Wednesday, May 20, 2015



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The Contest - 5 stars
It amazes me that this was the Authors Debut Novel back in Oct. 2014.  I just got to read this and the follow up Novel for review for Stories and Swag and I absolutely loved it!  It had angst, it had very likable characters (Jake is a musician and so Sexy!), it had heartbreak and it had a great love story unfolding right till then end.  All these components make for a great Romance that will leave you breathless.

Madi is a college student who analyzes everything, so when her friend Kindra suggested she enter a contest to win a date with their favorite singer, Madi thought it was just something that his PR set up and that no one like either of them would ever win.  But, Kindra enters her anyways...and Madi ends up winning!  She is excited to say the least, but she doen't go all fangirl on him when she flys out to L.A. to meet him. 
Jake isn't used to someone like Madi and he feels and instant attraction to her, but he is not interested in any relationship, not after everything that has happened in his past.  His main focus is he career.  He finds that he likes Madi, she isn't like all the other girls that fangirl over him. He expected a fan that would go totally nuts over meeting the famous Jake Morgan.  He finds that he likes spending time with her and it surprises him when he finds he doesn't want their weekend to end.  She tells it like it is and doesn't put up with his crap.  He likes how feisty she is.

So, Jake offers her a summer job. He wants her to come on tour with him and be his Assistant to his assistant.  Ang (His assistant) has a lot on her and he figures she could really need some help.  Besides, he doesn't want Madi to leave just yet.  After a lot of convincing and flying out to Chicago to help convince her parents that he would take care of everything for her, Madi accepts.  She has to admit to herself as well that Jake has gotten under her skin and she wants to spend more time with him too.

They banter back and forth and flirt a lot.  I was really amused at times as they tried to hide their attraction for one another behind smart ass comments.

-“I was not hot and bothered. I didn’t expect you to be home. Not my fault you couldn’t speak.”
“Oh, I could speak. I just didn’t want to.”
Madi’s hands journeyed back to her hips. “Oh really, Jake, and why not?”
“Truth be told… Because you were too beautiful for words.” She froze. “When you can think of a smart-ass response to my honesty, let me know.”

 But Jake is troubled by his past, he doesn't think he would be any good for Madi and he keeps pushing her away.  No matter how hard he pushes, she refuses to leave.  She knows there is something that he isn't telling her, something from his past that is preventing him from giving his heart to her. 

This story will leave you breathless, at least it did me.  Jake, even though he is troubled and thinks he is broken, he is the type of man that you just fall in love with.  I really loved the back and forth with them, it was funny, romantic and hot most times.  Kindra is a great character, I really liked her 'don't take no shit off of anyone' attitude.  She really cracked me up sometimes with the things that came out of her mouth.  For instances, she made Madi  promise to squeeze Jake's ass for her when she met him! LOL!

-“Yes, I asked her to report back on how you smell, which by the way I heard was orgasmic, and then I asked her to let me know if your ass felt as tight as it looks in pictures.”
Madi could see her life pass before her eyes as the words flew into the air from Kendra’s voice on the phone. They seemed to have a life of their own as they swirled around and seeped into her brain. She could feel her heart stop beating and death approaching fast. Jake gave her the sexiest smile she had ever seen as he stood up and turned around, pushing his backside toward her.

“Okay, well she hasn’t touched it yet, Kendra, but I’ve now turned my back to her and lifted up my shirt for her to grab away. She looks as white as a ghost right now so she may need a little encouragement from you to do the deed.”
Dying... just dying…
“Mads, if you can hear me, snap out of your coma and put both hands on the baby and squeeze it for me. It’s the last thing I’m asking and you can thank me later.”
Jake laughed hysterically and pushed his ass out even further. “Go ahead, Madi. Don’t let your friend down,” Jake encouraged.
“Do it, Mads, do it!” Kendra shouted.

I really think you should give this book a try, I bet you'll like it as much as I did!  And Jake...he is just...swoon worthy!

-She was asleep and he knew she hadn’t heard him. It was the only reason he was able to say it out loud. He whispered, “You make me crazy and happy and angry and aroused all in the same second. Can’t you see I just don’t want to hurt you? You’re everything, Madi, and you don’t even know it.”

Waiting to Loose 5stars

Loved this Conclusion to Jake and Madi's story!  If you thought you fell in love with Jake in 'The Contest' you will fall even more in love with him in this story. 

Once Jake decided to give his heart to Madi, he did it completely!  But, being with a famous singer comes with its fair share of troubles, probably more than its fair share.

While Jake is on tour, someone has it out to ruin his life.  And his life, is Madi.   Someone has been sending Madi messages warning her of Jake, saying he will hurt her.  She believes that Jake loves her, but its so hard to see him all over the internet with gorgeous girls all the time.  He assures her that he only has eyes for her and to not  believe everything she sees about him.

-“You think?” she laughed. “You’re kidding, right? Everyone likes you. Everyone loves you.”
“I’m not concerned if everyone loves me. I’m only interested in the love of one girl.”
“You are my first and last thought at the beginning and end of every day. I want you with me so I can protect you from all the bullshit. I want to ease your fears. If you could see my face right now, you’d see a man who’s deeply in love, probably for the first time in his life.”

-“I’d do anything to keep you happy and safe. I know I don’t deserve you. I know this life I lead is a fucked up mess, but if you’ll stick it out, I promise you that I will try to make every chance you take on me worth it with the love and pure devotion I return to you.”
She smiled and closed her eyes. “You did it again.”
“What?” he asked, kissing her cheek and sniffing her neck.
“Said the perfect thing.”

-“You’re stuck with me. I fall in love with you every time you breathe,” she said.

This story wouldn't be complete with out some mystery, danger and a whole lot of angst.   When Madi gets an email of a picture of Jake in a comprising position with Allison, it completely destroys her.  Jake assures her that it isn't true and makes his mission to prove to her that its not true.  He has to figure out who on his team has betrayed him.
He must find out who and why someone is trying to ruin his happiness.  He must find out who on his team has betrayed him in such a way,  He must find out where Peter is, he doesn't want him to find Madi and try to attack her again, and he must find Allison to find out what her part is in all of the mess. ...  And the clock is ticking. 

This was a great 2nd book!  I might have even liked it more than the first! ;)  Sometimes follow up books can't keep true to the story or keep you interested, that is definitely not the case with Waiting to Loose!  Its a perfect follow up and it has the perfect ending!  You will definitely be swooning all over again for Jake, trust me!

-“And finally… this is a tube of glue.”
Madi giggled through her tears as he gazed into her eyes. He took a deep breath as he stared at her face.
His voice cracked as he spoke. “Because you fixed me. Every part that was broken has been healed by your love for me. You made me whole again.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Title: The No Asshole Rule
Series: The Rule Series #1
Author: Ashley Erin
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: May 19, 2015

Andie has one rule she lives by, no assholes. She doesn’t befriend them and she certainly doesn’t date them. Upon transferring to Parkland University, she is irritated to discover her neighbor is not only an asshole, but an attractive one that her body and mind can’t seem to ignore. Can Andie let go of the one rule that safeguards her heart?

Lucas doesn’t date. Ever. At least not anymore but the sexy, distant woman across the hall intrigues him and the draw is more than he can resist. Will he like what he finds hidden deep inside her wounded soul?

They both fight to keep their rules, but the pull is irresistible. As Andie struggles with the demons from her past, old wounds open. Both Lucas and Andie will need to decide what is worth fighting for.

Some rules are meant to be broken. Are they up for the challenge?

Sighing, I run my hands down my face as I open the door and step out. Instead of my door across the hallway filling my vision, Lucas stands before me in a tight blue t-shirt. We are less than a foot apart, if I lifted my hands they would brush against his chest. Breathing in deeply to settle the pounding of my heart, I almost gasp as his soft cologne and a hint of sweat stirs up butterflies in my stomach. He has this magnetism, a power that draws me in and I don’t like how vulnerable I feel.

Lucas clears his throat as his eyes scan over my body and I remember I’m only in a towel. Before he can say anything, I bolt around him and slam my door.

Ashley has a degree in Psychology and has worked in the Human Services field for five years. She loves reading romance, new adult, paranormal and fantasy novels.

She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta with her boyfriend, two dogs and four cats. She also has a horse she loves with all her heart. When she is not working with the horses, reading and writing, you can find her on social media.


Monday, May 18, 2015


We're celebrating the release of Truth in Watercolor by author Kimberly Rose! Check out the teasers and giveaway below!

Title: Truth in Watercolors (Truth #2)
Author: Kimberly Rose
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 12 2015
Designer by: Amber Shaw at Book Beautiful

Truth, I hide.

Truth, you seek.

Truth, I confess.

Truth, you leave.

She never meant to let anyone in, least of all him. Now that she has, she is forever changed. Capri sees her life one way. Dull.  She’s learned to dim and fade into the world around her. Until the day she agreed to more time with him.

Shrouding himself in a carefully constructed shield of humor and vibrant charm, Wes has effectively kept everyone out for most of his life. He’s successfully hidden the truth about who he really is, but then she agreed to more time with him.

Lines become crossed and reconstructed. Secrets are revealed, and infatuation is born. Will their connection be enough to paint themselves new, or will the truths of their lives be too stained to overcome.

Shannon’s 5 Star Review:

Truth in Watercolors  by Kimberly Rose
5 Luminous Stars

I was a lucky enough to be able to beta read Truth in Watercolors for Kimberly.  I absolutely adored her debut novel, Truth in Wildflowers, and just took it upon myself to insert myself into her life. 
Watercolors should be read after Truth in Wildflowers as this book focuses on Wes, August's best friend, and Capri, August's sister. I loved Wes when we first met him and low and behold he stole my heart right away from August.

Wes is the hilarious, tatted up, charm-the-panties off you funny guy; he didn’t have the best childhood growing up but he didn’t have the worst either.  He had Blue and Blue loved that boy as if he was his own.  There was nothing Wes wouldn’t do for him. Wes, though, does like to keep his feelings to himself. He and August have always been close and while growing up he had a slight interest in his best friend’s sister but when they grow up and are working on a project tighter, Wes just may not be able to keep his feelings hidden much longer.
Capri is quiet, beautiful, and likes to fade into the background of life.  She doesn’t like to be noticed or to be the center of attention.  She, too, likes to keep her feelings to herself but she does have a release.  She paints, she paints beautiful pictures and quite a few of them are of her brother’s best friend, Wes. She has some secrets that don’t make their way to the canvas but eventually by working with Wes she’s able to bring them to light.

While they’re working together Capri is no longer able to blend into the background.  No longer able to be “white” she begins to come out of her shell and allow her true colors to shine.  Wes watches her grow and he thinks that maybe they can be what each other needs. But will Wes finally see that he’s capable of the love that Capri offers or will he just push her away as fast as he can?  Capri knows Wes is worth more than he’s given himself credit for and she just wants to be the one to show him how beautifully worthy of love he is.  Can she make him believe? Will he learn to love himself as much as he loves her? You will definitely want to read this series and see what all the beautiful is about.

I adore Kimberly and her writing.  She makes you feel every word she puts down on paper.  In this book you will see all the colors of the rainbow and you will feel them, as well.  She has a beautiful way of writing and you fall deep into her books.  I hope you take the time to read both books in the series.  They’re different, they’re real, the feelings are tangible, and the love is pure.  When you read this book I hope you feel like I do, Kimberly Rose is the epitome of the saying “the world is but a canvas to our imagination”.  I’m so thankful she shares her imagination with us.  I am impatiently awaiting Lennon’s story, I can’t wait to see what her Truth’s are.  


The porch light flicked on. I tapped the steering wheel with my hands. Then the door creeped open slowly. A ray of light slipped through the crack, and then illuminated the figure in the doorway, like an angel.

With one step, the figure emerged from the light. Oh, fuck. I ducked under the dash. When did he get home? I clenched my eyes shut willing him to go back into the house. A few seconds passed, and then a solid knock hit my window.

I groaned and peeked up. Mr. Hunter stood with his arms crossed over his chest. I sighed and rolled down my window.


“Mr. Hunter.”

“It’s Steve, Wes. I assume you are here looking for my daughter.”

“Yes, Mr. Hunter.” I nodded and sat up a little straighter.

He sighed. “When did you decide to start calling me Mr. Hunter?”

“Since I started having impure thoughts about your daughter,” I blurted out.

He didn’t say anything.

I didn’t say anything.

Crickets didn’t say anything. Say something, crickets!

“So, I’m guessing she’s not home?” I asked manning up to the crickets.

“No, Wes. She’s at August’s house watching a movie with Kensie.”

“Thank you, Mr. Hunter.” I nodded. “I’ll try there.” I reached down to crank my window up when his hand slammed onto the glass, holding it in place.

“And Wes? You’re like a son to me, but you break my baby girl’s heart and I’ll break those pretty, colorful arms. We clear?”

I nodded. “Yes, sir,” I agreed, and he dropped his hand from the glass. I rolled that window up as fast as I could and peaced out of that driveway. Mr. Hunter was clearly going to be a tough sell. I’d have to send him a fruit basket or something.

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Title: Truth in Wildflowers (Truth #1)
Author: Kimberly Rose
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 2014
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Truth, love finds you.

Truth, love leads you.

Truth, love heals you.

Truth, love breaks you.

For college student Kensie, finding love hasn’t been easy. With a father she’s estranged from she finds it difficult to trust men, and with a past she’s ashamed of she is unable to trust herself. Kensie feels irrevocably stagnant with an unending desire to move. That is, until she meets August, and her life is set into motion.

After a tragic accident, August gave up on living. A captive to his guilt, he is unable to move on from his past. Then he finds a reason in Kensie. She awakes every dormant fiber of his being, but will she want him once she discovers he is everything she fears most?

Can Kensie let herself love August, or will the truth destroy her?

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About the Author:

Kimberly Rose is a wife, mom, and writer. She found her love of writing in her teens pouring out an angst-ridden heart into journals. Kimberly self published her first book, Truth in Wildflowers, in 2014. She currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and daughter.

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