Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi all!

Finally finished it!




Title: Opal
Series: Lux #3
Release date: 3rd of December 2012
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, YA
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Pages: 384 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. 

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Review:

The third book of the series is a solid addition, but I’m also feelings some cons becoming bigger stones in my shoe.

I was really fond of the relationship between Daemon and Katy, they continued being sweet, snarky and sexy, they’ve come a long way since book one. It’s enjoyable to follow their development both together and individually. I was glad that they hadn’t lost the spark and sass towards each other being a couple.

In regards to plot, several interesting issues came up, some out of the blue, which I rather liked, and which I can’t wait to get more information about or explanations to what’s actually going on. If you think about it, the focus has always been on the main couple and not much has been revealed about the alien, arum and DOD issues. We don’t really know much of who is actually pulling the strings, what is the actual grand goal of the whole conflict, who or what is the main enemy, where is the story going, etc and I really like the obscurity around the plot, it makes finally finding out a lot more satisfying and the journey there unpredictable. I do, however, foresee some huge twists along the way and I’m sure they’re whopping and will leave me questioning everything revealed till then.

I also actually liked the ending and that it was a cliffhanger, I guess it just worked well and was an abrupt and emotional end to an overall, for me, slow book.

Negative: Maybe it’s just me but nothing much happened, I mean, stuff obviously happened, there was some decent action, but most of the time I felt the story drag and some annoying topics kept being brought up and circulated: Daemon and Katy’s hostility towards Blake (really, I know that you hate each other, but the constant whining towards Blake got old soon), Dee treating Katy as the root of all evil, them visiting that new characters (why are always the girls that have to dress up sexy and guys not, I would have loved to see Daemon in something more revealing), a restless Dawson, etc. I can’t recall reading any other romance YA book with more than three books, so maybe the dragging issue isn’t uncommon with middle books of a five installment or more series. It took me months to finish this one, because it was at times hard to gather the motivation!

Characters:

Katy – Even though I love her with Daemon and she has grown a lot, she has made some unfortunate and stupid decisions. In this book she kind of tries to right the wrong, but this brings about another issue I had with her. Why was she insisting on being a part of everything, I understand that she wanted to help, make up for her errors and protect the ones she cares about, but she was somewhat too reckless with herself. Otherwise, Katy’s still a decent heroine, although I was hoping she would have time to focus on her book blog a bit more too, it was fun to read about her hobby and how Daemon always commented her posts.

Daemon – From an arrogant douche in the first book we now have an excellent boyfriend who can’t do no wrong or at least much. He’s still the same – cocky, swoony and a bad boy, but all that combined with Katy makes for a sweet and spicy romance.  

Overall:

The series remains good and I will read it till the end. Still, some aspects started to annoy me too much, the good outweighs the bad luckily, so bring on the next book!

3 stars!

LIIS

Cover Reveal - Hudson by Shayne McClendon!


Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to the cover reveal of Hudson by Shayne McClendon. This post includes the cover of the book, information about the book and the author and a giveaway.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the cover of Hudson!




Cover Reveal
Cover Designer:  Alexandra Andersen (the two photos are from DepositPhotos)

Goodreads Link:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18913280-hudson

Buy Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Barter-System-Shayne-McClendon-ebook/dp/B00G718
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Synopsis:

Refuse to compromise.

Hudson Winters is in control of every aspect of his world. From his earliest
memories, he's been driven to succeed. Starting from nothing, he built an
empire based on opportunity and intimidation.

Personally, professionally, and sexually - he ensures the reins are always
in his hands.

He never counted on a woman like Gabriella Hernandez.

From the moment she steps into his building, she proceeds to shake up his
entire existence. Her very presence causes him to question everything about
himself, his relationships, and his future.

This story features characters readers fell in love with in "The Barter
System" and gives you a chance to sit down and catch up. Prepare to be
twisted up and knocked around a bit.  Another hot, emotional read from
Always the Good Girl, Shayne McClendon.

NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is
intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual
situations offend you.

About the Author



Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel "The Barter System." Other projects recently released are "In the Service of Women," "Yes to Everything," "Damaged," "Being Delightful," "The Hermit," "Hudson" - the second book set in "The Barter System" world, and many more.
Writer, mom, and hermit...Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.
She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.
You can contact her by email at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!
Shayne McClendon's work is available at all major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.

Current Book List:
The Barter System
Hudson
Yes to Everything
In the Service of Women
A Little Bit Country - Book One
Damaged
Obsession
The Hermit
Being Delightful
Gravity
Roadside Assistance
Somebody
Permission to Come Aboard - The Great Outdoors
Special Delivery - The Great Outdoors
A Sunny Heart - The Great Outdoors
Embrace the Wild - The Great Outdoors
Ready to Rumble - Love of the Game
Breaking the Ice - Love of the Game
Time to Make the Doughnuts - Love of the Game
Woman's Best Friend
Revenge is Best Served Hot
Compilations:
Just a Little Kilted - with Alexandra Andersen
Just a Little Crazy - with Alexandra Andersen
Just a Little Extra - with Alexandra Andersen
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen
All the Better To - with Christopher Southers
Books Available in Print:
The Barter System
Damaged
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review of Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley - 5 stars!

Happy Saturday!

I have been magnetized by Kristen Ashley work lately. Here is the review of Own the Wind from Chaos Series.


Title: Own the Wind
Series: Chaos, book #1
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Publishing date: 2nd of April 2013
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Literary Fiction
Pages: 448 pages
Source: Purchased from amazon.com
Summary:



Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos--the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more--much more--he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...






My review:


Own the Wind is the first book in Chaos Series. It is a standalone, but features characters you have briefly met in The Dream Man Series.

Own the Wind was a page turner and even though it's 448 pages long, it was easy to read and it was so grabbing so the length of the book did not bother me at all. I read it during a day, because I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. It was well-written and again, as it seems to be a tradition for Kristen Ashley's books, emotional and captivating and the subplots were awesome! I like how the author combined different genres together.

Plot:

Own the Wind tells the story of Tabbitha (Tabby) Allen and Parker "Shy" Cage. I met both of them in Motorcycle Man and was looking very much forward to Tabby's story. Tabby is Kane "Tack" Allen's daughter, which makes her an absolute no-no for Shy who is the member of the motorcycle club Chaos whose president Tack is. Tabby is protected by all brothers and that of course includes Shy. Shy is a hot gorgeous bad ass biker guy who can get any woman; who can do whatever he wants and this is exactly what he does - he sleeps with them. A lot.

The book starts with Tabby getting into trouble and Shy decides to teach her a lesson which hurts Tabby more than he knows. Unfortunately Shy realizes it too late and Tabby disappears from his life for a while. Until very sad circumstances bring them together again. Step by step they build a strong friendship where they can rely on each other and where Shy is always there for her. They grow tight, they spend time with each other.

The day Tabby realizes that Shy has got a girlfriend, everything changes. Tabby decides to pack her things and move, because seeing Shy with another woman is too painful for her. She has been in love with Shy for a while.

When Tack and the rest of the biker club realizes what is going on between Tabby and Shy, hell breaks lose.

What I liked:

I liked, that the story was told over a longer period of time. I enjoyed that it was not rushed and that the author took time to build the relationship between Tabby and Shy.

I loved the writing style and the dialogue was fabulous!

I loved that the author split them apart, Tabby having another boyfriend and Sky having a girlfriend. It made the story deeper and more meaningful.

I loved Shy's background story; it was interesting and heartbreaking to know about his family.

I jumped with joy when Shy got his mothers earrings back and gave them to Tabby. It was one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching scenes for me in the book.

I adored Shy's brother and was happy that Landon was brought into the story. I was also excited to meet many other characters from the Motorcycle Man.


Characters:

Tabby was a heroine who was easy to love. Experiencing a lot of hard stuff through her younger years and losing a person who loved her, all that shaped her. She grew and developed a lot as a person and as a character. She stood up for what she believed and fought for Shy when everybody else didn't. I loved her for that. Strong outside and vulnerable inside and Shy was perfect for her, to protect her and to make her feel alive again.

I don't know how Kristen Ashley does it, but her male leads are great characters! You can easily get addicted to them. I loved every aspect of Shy: as a man, as a friend, as a brother, as a lover. Masculine, good looking, but what matter much more - a safe heaven for Tabby, a shoulder to lean on, a man to trust. I ached for him when I read about his family and I cheered for him when things started to look good for him and Tabby. I felt being proud of him when he stood up for his relationship in front of Chaos brothers.

Quotes:

“You need a safe place to just forget shit and escape, I’ll give it to you. Tonight. Tomorrow. Next week. Next month. That safe place is me, Tabby.” 

“May feel like you’re fallin’, Tabby, but remember, I’m at the bottom ready to catch you.” 

"She's not your little girl anymore, not like that. She may always be your , little girl in some ways, brother, but not like that. You gave me the chance, I would have told you, this is solid. We started out and it was friends. That wasn't what I wanted, it was what she needed, so I gave it to her. We built on that. The foundation is laid and it's the kind that holds fast. This is it, brother. We're livin' together. Soon's we can do it, we're movin' to a better fuckin' place so I can provide her a decent home. I'm puttin' my ring on her finger, I'm givin' her babies, and when she's laid to rest, that ring I give her will still be on her finger. I see you're accepting this now, so you need it all and there it is. I was a part of an us and I was happy. Some motherfucker killed my parents and took that from me, so life forced me to become nothin' but me. Now I'm an us again, and that's what I'll be with my woman and the family we make until the fucking day I die."
"Christ, Shy," Tack whispered.
"I think now you totally fuckin' feel me."


Generally:

The more I read Kristen Ashley's book, the more I get attached to her books. Own the Wind is a must read! Can't wait to read more of Chaos series! Buy it!


5 Flowers!
5 stars.

 Happy reading!

 

Review of Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley - 5 stars! Loved it!

Happy Friday!

I am happy to post a review of Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley.


Title: Motorcycle Man
Series: The Dream Man Series, book 4
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Imprint: Forever
Publishing date: 22nd of May 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Literary Fiction, Action
Pages: 335 pages
Source: Purchased from amazon.com

Summary:


Stuck in a colorless world, Tyra Masters decides to chuck her old life and starts searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is until she meets her dream man. The goateed, tattooed, muscled, gravelly voiced motorcycle man who plies her with tequila and gives her the best sex of her life. But she knows it isn’t the tequila and sex talking. He’s it. He’s who she’s been daydreaming about since she could remember.

Until he makes it clear she isn’t who he’s looking for.

Tyra slinks away from his bed, humiliated. The problem is, he’s her new boss. She just may or may not have forgotten to tell him that part.

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. And he lets Tyra know that in his motorcycle man way. Tyra fights for her job and wins it using sass and a technicality. Tack challenges her that if she hits his bed one more time, she loses her job.

Tyra is determined to keep her job and keep away from Tack. But she makes a big mistake. During their head-to-heads, she lets it all hang out and shows Tack she is who he’s looking for. And Tack has had a good woman slip through his fingers, he’s not about to let that happen again.

Although Tack colors Tyra’s world with a vibrancy that’s blinding, being with him means she has to live in his Motorcycle Club world. Full on, no holds barred. And since Tack’s world, not to mention Tack, is a little scary, Tyra isn’t so sure.

It's Tack's job to convince her.


My review:

Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley is exactly how I like my books: grabbing, well-written, funny, exciting with lovable and hot characters who have decent compelling stories! This book is an epitome of why I love to read! It had it all, it was a pure pleasure to read:

Plot:

Motorcycle Man is the fourth and last book in The Dream Man series. It tells the story of Tyra and Tack. Tyra gets an office job at Ride Custom Cars and Bikes which is owned by Chaos Motorcycle Club. When she shows up to her first working day, she meets with her new boss... who is the man she was in bed and had a lot of hot sex with and who basically kicked her out of the bed after that. Kane "Tack" Allen is equally surprised seeing her there, telling her, that he doesn't work with woman he has shared bed with. He makes that crystal clear.

Tyra needs the job desperately and throws a feisty fit, which surprises Tack. Tyra refuses to leave and Tack is not making her staying easy. Tyra promises that she will never ever have sex with him and that he does not even have to worry about it.

Well, never say never.

What I loved:

There are so many things I loved about the book, that I don't even know where to start from.
Writing was beautiful! There were a lot of text usable for wonderful quotes in this book! The writing style was amazing.

It was funny, I laughed a lot while reading. The author seems to have a great sense of humor

The subplots were fascinating - Tyra getting to know Tack's kids and past, Tyra's past, Lanie's and Elliott's story, Chaos MC. There was a lot woven into this book which made this book a page turner. I was up until 4 AM to finish it, because I did not WANT to put this book away, and I know I will re-read this book more than once. It was simply that good.

The romance was filled with chemistry, but it wasn't flawless - it seemed real, because in real life people do fight, they have ups and downs and so did . The romance was also hot, sizzling hot. It was also one of the most beautiful romances I have read. I think the chemistry between the characters was what made it believable and down to earth.

The dialogue was excellent. While reading I was thinking, that the author is mastering the art. I also remember thinking: Do men really talk like that? So sweet and beautiful? Of course, the fact I haven't met any man who speaks like Tack did, does not mean they don't exist. But the words used in the dialogue made me think how beautiful a language can be. Even the ugly words fit in.

Epilogue of the book was breathtaking! It seems that Kristen Ashley is a master of writing epilogues! I loved the epilogue of Law Man and the epilogue of Motorcycle man was simply hair-raisingly beautiful. It made me cry.

Characters! The word "like" is not enough to describe how much I loved the character. Heck, even the word "love" doesn't suffice. What I enjoyed mostly was that they weren't perfect or flawless, they were just so incredibly real.

Characters:

I loved Tyra! She was feisty and independent and brave. They way she took in Tack, his kids, being a biker babe and the whole freaking Chaos MC was adorable! I loved the sassyness and that stood her ground, but also gave in when she realized she made a mistake or was wrong about something.  I wanted to clap my hands when I read the scene where she furiously was bitch slapping a guy who hurt Tabby (Tack's daughter) or when she fought Naomi after Naomi called her the c-word. Awesome lady!

Tack went very quickly to my top favorite male leads. I was intrigued by him in the previous book in the series and was happy that he got a whole book! The kindness and sweetness he gave to his friend's wife Mara in Law Man was great, but the love and action he gave to Tyra, was fabulous!

Tack was hot, good looking, tough, bad ass biker and owner of Ride Custom Cars and Bikes and the president of the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Besides the toughness, he is also deeply sweet and odes anything to protect his old lady and kids. That is beautiful. A man who makes you safe and allows you to be who you are and who you want to be. Loved him.

I adored Tack's children Tabby and Rush. I have already read Taby's book and I can't wait to read Rush's book.

There were many other characters in the book worth mentioning, but the list would simply be too long to place in the review. Let's just say, that the whole biker bunch in Chaos is interesting!

Quotes:

"Truth, Honesty, perseverance, strength, love of all kinds and forgiveness are all beautiful,Tack. The most beautiful stories ever tõld are the most difficult to täke." - Tyra to Tack

”Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.” - Tack to Tyra

”The ride is not over but if I can keep my Club together and find a sweet, feisty woman who’s got my back and enough to her that she’ll stay there, holding me up not dragging me down, I figure I’d find my way to beauty eventually. And I’d find absolution because I’d know, I earned the love of that woman, a woman who’s got so much to her it’ll take years to dig down and find the heart of her, that would be my reward.” - Tack to Tyra

“The perfect I was looking for wasn’t perfection. The perfect I was looking for was the one. And he was you.” - Tyra to Tack

“I like everything about you, honey. Lived in black and white seems like all my life. Never noticed. Not until you colored my world.” - Tyra to Tack

“Every day somethin' new. Will I ever get to the heart of you?”
“I’m not your absolution, honey. You earned it before you met me.”

“You’re my reward.”

- Dialogue between Tyra and Tack

.....

I rest my case.

Generally:

I rest my case. It was an excellently written book with characters that melt your heart. Simple as that!

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Happy reading!



 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Review of Law Man by Kristen Ashley - 4 stars!

Happy Friday!

I have found myself a new favorite author! I mean, I have many favorite authors whose books I am and will always read, I just need to add one more to the list. Her name is Kristen Ashley. I accidentally bought one of her books few days ago and now I have read already 5 of her books and just bought 2 more!

The first book of hers which I started reading last week, was Law Man from (Book 3 in The Dream Man Series) and the second one I read and finished a night after was The Motorcycle Man (Book 4 in the series). I started from the end of the series, but that is alright, because the books in The Dream Man Series are standalones. Yes, you do meet the people from the books from the series in each four books, it doesn't matter really.

So, the first review will be book 3 in the series. Here is the review of Law Man.
And by the way, if you haven't read her books yet buy one NOW! You'll be hooked, I promise!




Title: Law Man
Series: The Dream Man Series, book 3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Imprint: Forever
Publishing date: 4th of February 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Literary Fiction, Action
Pages: 355 pages
Source: Purchased from amazon.com

Summary:

Four years ago, Mitch Lawson moved across the breezeway from Mara Hanover and she fell in love with the tall, good-looking police detective who had an uncanny ability to dress well even though he’s single. It was not a stalker kind of love; she knows she has no hope since Mitch is way out of her league. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s her dream man.

Then one day Mara’s faucet won’t turn off and she knows nothing about plumbing. Being a good guy, Mitch offers to help then he invites himself over for pizza. Mara gives it a go but finds herself running away from him (literally) on their first date, standing him up their second and then she runs into him (again literally) on her way to save her ne’er do well, criminal cousin’s kids who’d just run away from their ne’er do well, criminal Dad.

Suddenly, Mara finds she has on her hands the guardianship of two kids and a gorgeous police detective who’s willing to do anything to help out… including giving fabulous foot rubs.

But Mara knows who she is and where she came from and she knows Detective Mitch Lawson is better than her. Hot law man Mitch disagrees and his challenge is to convince Mara to let go of her past and he sets about building a family at the same time he finds he also needs to protect them all against known and unknown adversaries that would tear them apart.


My review:


I didn't know anything about Kristen Ashely or her books, so when I was searching what to read next, I saw Law Man in one of the bestseller lists in amazon and decided to give it a try. I am so glad  I found not only the series, but also Kristen Ashley.

Law Man is not only a romance, it gives you a serious story about family relationships, about giving, trusting, letting go, about love. It's well written, it gets to you, it makes you think what's really important in life.

Plot:

Mara is  a shy woman who has had a crush on one of her neighbours for 4 years. She never reacted upon it due to very low self-esteem and because of her past. Mitch is a detective in police and Mara doesn't want him to know her past.

They get acquainted when Mara needs help with her faucet and running water. Mitch helps her and after that they keep bumping into each other.

When Mara needs to rescue her brother's kids, Mitch refuses NOT to help her and follows her to pick up the kids and later to Mara's brother's house. When he sees, how Mara's brother, Bill, lives, he automatically wants to protect Mara from everything.

What I liked:
I love that Kristen Ashley's books are about people who are already past and over their first relationships and that they are dealing with the lives of mature adults. There are kids involved.

I think, the plot was very good, it was not only a romance, but the insight into Mara's life and to the kids' life was fascinating, horrifying and sweet. It was a page turner. The relationship between Mara, Mitch and the kids was amazingly well written.

This book had also the most beautiful epilogues I have ever read.

I just had one problem with this book, and that brings me to the characters.

Characters:

Even though parts of me really liked Mara and I have to admit, I LOVED Mara on the second part of the book, I really did not connect with her in the beginning. I can understand that some people are shy, but Mara's self esteem was so unattractive to me. I did not get that, not at all. I think it was all too much, without any reason. I did not like Mara's World either where she put people into boxes according to how they look. I hated her system of 1 to 10. It was extremely superficial. Only after around 60% of the book was read and the pace picked up, I grew on Mara. I liked that she finally started to develop as a character.

Mitch was lovable. He was not always that lovable because of being a jerk once and a while, especially with his words, but his actions were adorably lovable. What Mitch did for Mara and kids and the actions he took to protect them - I loved it! I also loved him for getting Mara out of her stupid shell to finally blossom. I could very easily relate to hi,much more than I could related to Mara.

Billie and Billy - Bill's kids were amazingly written. I felt for them, especially for Billy. The way he tried to please both Mara and Mitch was heartbreaking! The way he protected his sister Billie was ADORABLE! This is were the beauty of Kristen Ashley's writing lies. She creates characters which are not only believable, but truly REAL. Billie and Billy simply stole my heart.

As said earlier, the pace of the book picked up after half of it was read and then the reader was introduced to many other fascinating characters. (Mind you, it was the first book of Kristen's which I have ever read, but it was book 3 in this specific series.) Elvira was as colorful as they come and the rest of the girls fun to read about. I also found Tack and Hawk fascinating. These were men whom I would love to read more about. They were interesting and I connected to Tack momentarily. It was like love from the first sight!


Generally:

It was my introduction to Kristen Ashley's world and I loved it! It made me laugh out loud, cry, think. I actually experienced many emotions while reading it.

I will give it 4 stars and the reason behind it not getting 5 stars from me, is that I had difficulties with relating to Mara. But when you get past that, it's a great book to read! It's definitely worth reading!


5 Flowers!
4 stars.


Thanks for coming by!
Happy reading!

 

Pretty Little Dreams by Jennifer Miller - Review, Excerpt and Giveaway!

Hello everybody!


Pretty little Dreams - Jennifer Miller's Blog Tour Banner


I am glad to be part of Pretty Little Dreams blog tour. This tour is organized by Lustful Literature and by the author Jennifer Miller. My stop includes a review, an excerpt, giveaway and some information about the book and author. Enjoy!


 
Title: Pretty Little Dreams (Pretty Little Lies, #2)
Author: Jennifer Miller
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
 
 
SYNOPSIS:
 
1378605_4937411733501_1737743339_nThere is a place in all of us where our deepest secrets lie in wait for their moment to surface, and surface they will.
After living through a real live nightmare, Olivia wants nothing but to forget. Forget and move on. But how do you forget something that has stained your soul and forces you to lie to your loved ones? Even if your intentions are to spare them the horrors of the truth?
Luke knows Olivia is not as recovered as she would have him believe. He can see the pain she tries to keep hidden behind her eyes, and knows she has not told him everything. But how do you save someone who won’t let you in? Where shame holds Olivia captive, Luke suffers through the guilt of not protecting the one person he loves more than anything.
Can two people who have suffered so dearly find a way to come together or will they risk the dreams they have placed in each other’s hearts? Can love find a way where forgiveness cannot?
 
 
 
 
My review:
 
 
Pretty Little Dreams is the second book in the series and you definitely need to read the first book in order to understand what is going on. Since I had not read Pretty Little Lies, I did that and it ended with a huge cliffhanger.

Pretty Little Dreams is well-written and I liked how the author developed the characters and the story also became darker, deeper and more serious. I loved the writing!

It's written through 2 POVs and really liked reading the novel both from Olivia's and Luke's perspective. They both had their significant voices to carry the story. It was gripping, emotional and left me speechless few times.

Olivia goes through hell due to her ex. Her story is heartbreaking, painful and as the story continues, also hopeful. She is a heroine I truly enjoyed. She is vulnerable and yet so amazingly strong person. She goes through a lot of pain and has many fears, but her love is still there. Luke was my favorite in Pretty Little Dreams. I loved his character! He and his love for Olivia was hot, romantic and totally adorable.

I definitely recommend Pretty Little Dreams. Start with Pretty Little Lies and you will get an enjoyable experience! Jennifer Miller was a big surprise for me and I am glad that I found her books and I will keep an eye for her upcoming books!


5 Flowers!

5 stars.

 
 

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“HELP! I’VE BEEN KIDNAPPED. SOMEONE HEL…”
Suddenly, I am grabbed from behind and dragged into the bedroom and thrown on the bed like a rag doll. I try to roll onto my back but instead a weight settles on my back, and my face gets shoved into the mattress.
“Shut the fuck up, bitch.”
The voice is not Deacon’s. I freeze as shock runs through my body from head to toe, paralyzing me in fear.
“Lover boy isn’t here to save you. It might be worth facing his anger to shut you up permanently.”
I don’t speak. I’m afraid to move. Who is this man? He moves off me so he can roughly flip me over. I stare up into his hard eyes. He’s not an attractive man. Light hair, pointy nose, and lips so thin they’re hardly there at all. He has a scar that runs from the tip of his eyebrow to the middle of his cheek. “Leave me alone.”
“I don’t think I will… what does he call you? Princess? I don’t think I will, princess.” He says mockingly. Then, to my horror he runs his hand down the front of my body, squeezing my breasts painfully and then gripping my hip. His breathing starts quickening.
“No, please don’t touch me.”
“That’s right, beg, you bitch. Next time you will think twice about breaking the rules and trying to yell for help.”
Oh God. He’s going to hurt me, or worse. I do the only thing I can. I start struggling. I kick my legs like a three-year-old having a tantrum. I throw my head back and forth and get one of my hands loose and scrape my nails down the front of his face. “Let go of me!” I scream.


 
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1371284_4936501510746_669029856_nAuthor Jennifer Miller was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but now calls Arizona home. Jennifer’s love of reading began when she was a small child, and only continued to grow as she entered adulthood. Ever since winning a writing contest at the young age of nine, when she wrote a book about a girl with a pet unicorn, she’s dreamed of writing a book of her own.
Quickly learning that dreams don’t just fall into your lap, she knew she had to chase them herself and not be afraid to dream a little bigger. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother, and is very lucky to have a family that loves and supports her in all things. She also has an unhealthy addiction to handbags and chocolate covered strawberries, neither of which she cares to change.

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