Travel the Holidays with Audible: Week 1

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Gobble Gobble…Ho Ho Ho…we’re on the road for the holidays with audiobooks!

This event will run from November 1-December 31. This week we’re featuring:

DRIVE ME CRAZY
Marquita Valentine

FINDING BLISS
Dina Silver

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DRIVE ME CRAZY (Holland Springs #1) by Marquita Valentine
Adult Contemporary Romance
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Twenty-four year old Troublemaker Extraordinaire, Melanie Ann Smith, isn’t asking for much out of life: a house without wheels, to travel further than her home state and her best friend’s older brother, Carter Ambrose. Only three things stand in her way: juggling all of her odd jobs, keeping her daddy from gambling away all of their money and getting Carter to see her as a woman. NASCAR racer, Carter Ambrose, has finally decided to take his doctor’s advice and find a new occupation before another wreck on the track kills him. Only his doctor hadn’t counted on his little sister’s best friend, Melanie Ann Smith, crashing his weeks of solitude with her short skirts and platform heels. And that’s not the least of his problems. His mother has decided that she wants grandchildren and the only woman that’s good enough for the job-his ex-fiance. Soon Melanie and Carter agree to a temporary relationship. One with benefits that is mutually satisfying in every way, or so each believes. And just when they are ready admit their feelings, family secrets are exposed, threatening Melanie and Carter’s fragile relationship. Will Carter risk it all for love, or will Melanie be left holding the trophy for second place?

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DRIVE ME CRAZY will be on sale from November 3-7
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Finding

FINDING BLISS by Dina Silver
Contemporary Romance
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Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds – a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down. An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes. After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable – and sometimes heartbreaking – twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she?d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairy tale life in order to have a happy ending.

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Blog Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): Even The Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell

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Title: Even the Moon Has Scars
Author: Steph Campbell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Rating: 4.5 stars
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Synopsis
Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.

One night to set each other free.
Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most–her life.

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift
between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house–in the snow.
Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house–but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later,
neither Gabe or Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life.
Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.
It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

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Michelle's Review

Gabriel Martinez is a sweet and very loyal young man. You would want him to be there for you as it’s the case for his ex-girlfriend Jemma. She’s all kinds of trouble and at a demonstration that’s about to get crazy. Gabe sees the situation escalating and is trying to get to Jemma, of course, that comes at a very hefty price. Not only is he almost thrown into Juvenile Detention, he’s sent off to live his grandmother whom he affectionately calls Babci (which if I’m correct is grandmother in Polish).

Lena Claire Pettitt is a walking miracle, literally. She was born with a rare heart defect, she shouldn’t be alive, but she is and because of this, her parents are over-the-top over protective. Can I say home school? Yeah, that. Lena has an older sister, Kaydi and Kaydi feels that everything revolves around Lena. Lena parents takes a much needed weekend and Lena begs them to go that she will be fine. Of course, they ask her sister to “babysit” her, which does not make Lena too happy. Kaydi needs to leave the house to see her boyfriend and begs Lena not to say anything, which of course she welcomes. Lena is a loner and so artistic. Her hobby is painting and that is what brings her the most joy. She’s awaiting her college acceptance letters and trying to figure out how to tell her parents she really wants to go to NYU. Poor Lena accidentally locks herself out of the house while retrieving the mail and so she goes to the only house around the neighborhood, Gabe’s.

Lena ends up at Gabe’s grandmother’s house where he’s trying to repair an old car that his grandfather and father had started many years ago. Gabe is intrigued by this lovely girl who’s not dressed so warmly. He says he can help her out, but he needs to go into the city for a part for the car. Lena ponders for a moment, she rarely gets out of her house and she goes off to the city with this stranger.

Gabe wants to know about this beautiful girl with the hazel eyes. He’s wonders why she’s so lonely. Lena opens up to Gabe, but she asks the same in return, Gabe shuts her out. Lena gets to meet Gabe’s mother (accidentally) and she gets an inside look as to how messed his mother really is towards him and his parental grandmother.

A series of events has them stuck in the city of Boston, and Gabe takes Lena to all his favorite places he loves visiting. The places that they visit are both pleasant and surprising to Lena. They are so taken by each other. Both alternating POVs lets you see the bigger picture.

I rarely read Young Adult books, but I really and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very refreshing and a little different from what I’ve been reading lately. I loved the alternative POV, my heart broke at times because of the struggles both these characters had to endure. But mostly, I loved how their lives although somewhat different, but almost the same. Loved the Epilogue!

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by Wordsmith Publicity for an honest review.

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About

Steph

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now lives in the hot, humid south. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. When she’s not writing or taking care of her brood, she’s reading or scouring travel sites, always ready for life’s next adventure.

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Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Conflagration by Tessa Teevan

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Conflagration (The Wellingtons #2)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: October 26th
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

Branson Wellington? The name, my name, is usually followed by arrogant prick or self-serving bastard, and I can’t say I haven’t earned those titles. It’s true. I’m not the good guy. I’m not the boy next door. I’m definitely not your Prince fucking Charming. Not even close.

And I never wanted to be. Until her. The day I pulled her from the wreckage was the day that my life changed.

Who would have thought that one little lie had the power to throw two lives off course?

Love has never been in the cards for me, but now that she’s here, I have no idea how I’m ever going to let her go. Even if I don’t deserve her.

Because like I said, I’m a self-serving bastard and some things never change.

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Know what I hate(d)?
Branson Wellington in Incinerate

Know what I love(d)?
Branson Wellington in Conflagration.

And who doesn’t love a good redemption story?!

Before I begin, let me note that you don’t have to read Incinerate to read this book. Conflagration can be considered a standalone. You get the whole back story of what went down with his brother Knox, in this book. And hearing it from Branson’s POV, you see things in a whole new light. Is he innocent in all that went down? Hell no! He definitely played a role, but its just not the role that you may have assumed if you read Incinerate.

Anywho, onward to the review.

Going into this book I had no idea what to expect. Did I think this would become my favorite book by Tessa? No, I didn’t expect that. But that’s what absolutely did happen!

The prologue is as intense as it gets. Sweet baby Jesus, what a way to start! A night that changes everything for two people.

Our male hero, Branson Wellington, has struggled for a long time. Struggled to impress his father. Struggled to achieve professional success. His ambition to get to the top was ultimately his downfall. One overheard conversation sets into motion a series of events that create a new struggle. A struggle to gain the love and support of his family back after he burns a lot of bridges.

It was eye opening to see how much the love and support from his family meant to Branson. He has spent time trying to right his wrongs and earn the trust and forgiveness of those closest to him, who he drove away with his mistakes. With the tragic accident in the prologue, its hard for him to ignore the love his family is showing him, and he doesn’t want to lose that feeling again, even if he feels he doesn’t deserve it.

What I loved about this story, was the connection between the two characters, Branson and Ariana. One chance bar encounter changes their mindset on how to move forward in their lives. And a glance at each other during a life and death moment that changes the course of everything.

From the tragedy comes a lie.
From a lie comes a connection.
From a connection comes a truth.
From a truth comes a future.

“Never more real than this.”

The relationship between Branson and Ariana is anything but normal. But the connection between them from the first moment is meaningful. I love how they grab onto that connection, that feeling they have when they are around each other, and never want to let it go.

I give her all of me, and in return, I take.  I take her body.  I take her heart.  I take all that she’s willing to give.

While Ariana has her own family issues, she looks at Branson as more than her savior.  He’s  her second chance.

And even though he once said that it’s impossible, I’m making it my mission to save him, too.

Branson still has his dickish moments in this book, but he really won me over by the end.  Going into this book, I expected to be pissed off with him a good portion of the read, but it was the opposite.  He had me grinning for most of the story.  A man desperate for forgiveness who gets so more than he ever expected.  All following a random moment of heroism.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

 Excerpt

 

As the blackness starts to fade away, I see that white light, but it doesn’t really look like that tunnel. No, it’s just a scene change, and if I could muster up enough strength, I’d groan because there are things in my life I’d rather not relive. It’s bad enough that I have the memories and have been dealing with the fallout for far too long. Reliving it all over again is more agonizing than the first time around, because now, I know the truth. I betrayed my brother in the worst possible way when he’d done nothing wrong, but by the time I found out, it was far too late.

So why am I having these flashbacks playing in slow motion? I thought when you were on death’s door, your life was supposed to flash before your eyes. So why am I replaying every single mistake I’ve ever made as if it were the first time—in slow motion instead of quick bursts?

Maybe my life did flash before my eyes and it happened so fast that I missed it. Maybe I’m dead after all and this? This is my hell.

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Additional Books by Tessa Teevan

The Wellington series

Combust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combust (The Wellingtons #1) – Amazon | B&N

Explosive series

Ignite

Ignite (Explosive #1) – Amazon

Incinerate (Explosive #2) – Amazon | B&N

Inflame (Explosive #3) – Amazon | B&N

Sweet Southern series

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Sweet Southern Sorrow (Sweet Southern #1) – Amazon

About

Tessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

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Cover Reveal (Excerpt & Giveaway): The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: November 27, 2014
Cover design by: Hang Le
Hosted by: Alpha Literary Services

Synopsis
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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Excerpt
“You still talk to your horses.”

I jerked and Sackett shifted, not liking the spike of energy that shot through me or the fact that my fingers had yanked at his mane.
Moses stood silhouetted in the barn door, holding what looked to be a large canvas in his hand.

I hadn’t realized I was still talking to Sackett, and I did a quick examination of what I’d just said. I believe I had just uttered an embarrassing rant on people named Moses not being allowed in Georgia. “Oh, Lord,” I prayed silently but fervently, “you can make the blind man see and the deaf man hear so it shouldn’t be too much to ask to make this man forget everything he’s just seen and heard.”
“What does Sackett think about those new, stricter laws in Georgia?”

I looked up at the rafters, “Hey, thanks for comin’ through for me, Lord.”

I loosened the cinch that secured the saddle around Sackett’s middle and pulled the saddle from his back, hoisting it onto the saddle horse and removing the blanket beneath without looking at Moses. I was kind of surprised that he remembered Sackett’s name.

Moses took a few steps inside the barn and I could see a small smile playing around his lips. I gave Sackett a firm pat on his rump signaling I was done, and he trotted off, clearly eager to go.

“You’re back.” I said, refusing to embarrass myself further by getting angry.

“I took Tag home. He had big plans to train for his next fight old school, like Rocky, but discovered that it’s a little more appealing in the movies. Plus, I don’t do a very good Apollo Creed.”

“Tag’s a fighter?”

“Yeah. Mixed martial arts stuff. He’s pretty good.”

“Huh.” I didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t know anything about the sport. “Didn’t Apollo Creed die in one of the movies?”

“Yeah. The black guy always dies at the hands of the white man.”

I rolled my eyes, and he grinned, making me grin with him before I remembered that I was embarrassed and ticked off that he had kissed me and left town. It felt a little too much like the past. The grin slipped from my face and I turned away, busying myself shaking out the saddle blankets.

“So why did you come back?” I kept my eyes averted. He was quiet for a minute, and I bit my lips so I wouldn’t start to babble into the awkward silence.

“The house needs more work,” he replied at last. “And I’m thinking of changing my name.”

My head shot up, and I met his smirk with confusion.

“Huh?”

“I heard there was this new law in Georgia. Nobody named Moses can even visit. So I’m thinking a name change is in order.”

I just shook my head and laughed, both and embarrassed and pleased at his underlying meaning. “Shut up, Apollo,” I said, and it was his turn to laugh.

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About

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Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.
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Book Series Blitz (Excerpt & Giveaway): Home by JA Huss

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HOME (Social Media #6 – FINAL BOOK)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look like with me in it.I just want to move on.I want to plan the future and think about kids and preschools and college funds. I want everything she ever wanted, and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions.You can’t change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you’ve silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won’t stay buried forever.

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His co­star, Valencia Cruz, joins him in the scene. She’s his ex­girlfriend from his teen years.

She’s very beautiful. She’s wearing a gold gown. They must’ve just come out of some kind of a ball in this part of the script. She’s very exotic, like Bebe. Long, dark hair. Striking amber eyes.

Olive skin. And a body most eighteen­year­old girls would be jealous of, even though she’s about the same age as Vaughn.

They talk briefly on set, and then there’s a call for quiet and the stage people do their thing. I strain to hear what’s happening, I’m not really that close, but my whole world goes silent when I witness what happens next.

They are kissing.

Vaughn leans in, cupping her face, his mouth covering hers in a kiss so passionate I almost want to faint from the steam. I move a little closer to get a better look. As he kisses her, it feels familiar.

It feels like he’s kissing her the way he kisses me.

Then his hands are all over her body, grasping at her tits, her ass, and then he roughly grabs one of her gown straps and pulls until it breaks. He yanks her dress down, exposing her breasts, all the while his mouth never stops its assault on her lips.

I’m stunned. I’m picturing our rough sex the other night and I swear to God, I think he uses some of these moves on me!

I’ve watched him kiss countless women on screen, but he wasn’t my husband. I turn and walk away, following the dimly lit hallway back to where I entered, then make my way outside.

It’s dark now. I click the keychain and my car beeps, so I head in that direction, still trying to process what I saw and how I feel about it.

I sit in the car for a few moments trying to wrap my head around things.

This is his job. I realize that, but I can’t come to terms with the idea that my husband gets to have a rough makeout session with his ex­girlfriend and call it work.

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FOLLOW (Social Media #1)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: August 27. 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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LIKE (Social Media #2)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Novella (115ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance
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BLOCK (Social Media #3)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Novella (90 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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STATUS (Social Media #4)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Novella (115ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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PROFILE (Social Media #5)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 22, 2014
Novella (100ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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JA Huss
J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
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New Release (Giveaway): Nerd by Cambria Hebert

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Title: #Nerd (The Hashtag Series #1)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Genre: New Adult College / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Format: Ebook + Print
Synopsis

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…In more ways than one.She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

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Cambria

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.
Email: cambriahebert@rocketmail.com
Facebook: http://smarturl.co/CambriaHebertFanpage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cambriahebert
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GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298677.Cambria_Hebert

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Book Review: Last Light by M. Pierce

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Title: Last Light (Night Owl #2)
Author: M. Pierce
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 4 stars (Grace), 3.5 stars (YaYa)

Synopsis
Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper—and hotter—in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt’s memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers’ motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt’s life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.

Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate’s libel suit and fend off Seth’s advances…until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.

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But now I know. It was his privacy. And now I know how he valued his privacy. Above me, above his family, above everything.
 

I’d spent exactly fifty-six days without Hannah. Fifty-six days without her smile. Fifty-six days without her body. But who was counting? 

Grace: After Night Owl, there are two things that are certain about M. Pierce/Matthew Sky.

First, he cherishes privacy.
Second, he cherishes (is obsessed with) Hannah. So what happens when both of those two things are taken from him?

With a mind that doesn’t usually seem levelheaded, he makes an elaborate plot to gain both back again.  But that plan is filled with lies. So many lies.

YaYa: Since Night Owl I was amused with the way Matt’s brain functioned.  I mean a bunny on a leash.  Something was not right. Quite a few acts now in Last Light that question once more how sane or insane is this man.  How do they put up with him?

Grace: Other than looking inside the mind and life of this eccentric character, what draws me to the series is the whole concept of it all. Is it all real, or is the author intentionally fucking with your mind?  Is this author writing an autobiography?  The fact that their name is one of the main characters, and the books Night Owl and Last Light are featured within the book, is a bit of a mind trip.  It’s like some Leonardo Inception shit going on.  Or is it?  Given that the author in real life has been very secretive, you have to wonder.

YaYa: I’ve built my own theory that two people are writing these books.  Our own Matt and Hannah perhaps?  And if so, who are they? M. Pierce has been very secretive since we all got a hold of Night Owl and the use of these books makes me wonder is this the way the author is choosing to communicate with us.  What are we missing?

What we liked:
Grace: The author makes you wait for the hot moments to ramp up, but when they do, holy hell! Five alarm fire hot!

Last teaser

YaYa: One thing I will admit, the sex scenes were very hot and steamy.  Love me some kinky Matt.  Pierce can really put your ovaries through a test.

“Run away,” he whispered in my ear. “Make this good for me, Hannah. Make me believe you don’t want it. Fight me.” (Goodness gracious Hannah give him a fight @.@)

Grace: Hannah is toyed with (some for her pleasure) and manipulated throughout this book. But she continually questions whether what she and Matt are doing is right.  And as he throws more lies at him, she becomes more skeptical about Matt’s actions and motives.  As the lies become revealed, she actually grows a backbone and gives Matt some room to rethink his actions.  Have either learned from their mistakes?  Time will tell.

YaYa: What I enjoyed most it wasn’t so predictable.  One minute you think this is going to happen, and the turns out the story has taken another course.  But unlike Grace I feel like Hannah let herself be toyed.  She’s not a child and she chose to go along with the deception.  Then she was feeling sorry for everyone who was also being deceived by Matt and she couldn’t believe the lies she was making up.  Was she not fully aware she was being pushed by Love? Everyone is quick to say Matt is crazy, but what about Hannah?  How crazy are you to go along with a fake death?  Let alone from the man you so dearly love.  What drives these two together?  Because obviously they are nothing alike.  But it’s what they are willing to give up for one another that really shows how much they care about each other.  Even if it means risking it all including yourself.

Last teaser 2

What we didn’t like:
Grace: If you thought Matt was a jerk in Night Owl, just wait.  I was very frustrated with his thoughts and actions, which were selfish and manipulative.

And Seth (Matt’s brother), ugh.  What the hell is going on with this guy?  Something obviously happened between Seth and Matt that we don’t know about yet.  I’m hoping that comes out in the next book, because the hatred/jealousy between them is still a mystery to me.

The Price
I know, I know, the author has nothing to do with this.  But really, as an author, do you really want one of the main talking point about your book to be the price?  Night Owl was a steal at 99 pennies before the author signed a publishing contract, but taking a 800% price increase seems a bit drastic.  I personally chose to buy the paperback rather than the ebook because it seemed like a better investment. My advice, if you are not a Skyhard, than wait until the ebook price drops.

YaYa: The fact that my favorite part of the story and where I felt like this is what I wanted from this author wasn’t until the last 20% of the book.  That’s where I said: “This is Pierce!”  Maybe my standards were to high but I didn’t connect with the story.  I was a bit bored and with all the mess Matt had caused and created I wasn’t sure where it was going.  The back and forth with Hannah, his stupid lies, the brothers hounding and pushing themselves on her and Melanie. Don’t even get me started on that Baby Bitch.

Am I going to read the next one?  Most likely.  I know.  Sounds crazy but I really need to see where this all ends.  What it means for Matt to be out there again.  Hannah’s question towards Matt at the end left me new questions.  So Pierce I need you to bring your A game. I’m expecting explosive Mind-Fuckery.

– YaYa and Grace

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