Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: My Only Sunshine by Mary Ann Rivers


Description:

John Lake owes his label an album—and has for months. Alone in his farmhouse studio outside of Lakefield, Ohio, he hears the music, but he won’t write it down. All the songs remind him of her.

Fifteen years ago, Mallory Evans was a fairy-haired warrior-poet. John couldn’t figure out why no one in high school noticed. He noticed, and he came to her window every evening before darkness came and the private violence of her home life threatened. Then, inevitably, one terrifying night broke the sweet spell between them.

John hasn’t seen Mallory since, but he’s looked for her—in his audiences, in his dreams. Now he decides that if he can’t find the inspiration to finish an album, he can at least find Mallory and finish what has always been between them.


My Thoughts:

This is a lovely story. We have John's point of view in the present. We get Mallory's thoughts in the past through her book. It's been 15 years since they've seen each. What happens to first love after being separated for so long? This is short but packed with emotion. It's a novella and the ending leaves enough blank space to fill in on your own. It's undefined but you can feel where it will go without having the whole story told. I loved it and highly recommend.


My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!
*Notes:
Language.

My Source: purchased


Where to get it:

Brain Mill Press


Where to find the author:

Website | Twitter | Facebook  | Goodreads

Review: The Dark Space by Mary Ann Rivers and Ruthie Knox


Description:
College senior Winnie Frederickson has accomplished nothing in four years but summa cum laude and the power of invisibility.

A professor’s kid, carelessly popular Cal Darling feels like he’s been going to college forever. If there’s anything left to learn, he’s not going to find it in the classroom.

The theater department’s “make-out class” is famously hard to get into, and what goes on between the twelve people who take it every spring is an annual topic of speculation. Winnie needs one more arts class to appear well-rounded for fellowships. Cal is just … bored.

The dark space – a class, a place, a state of mind – is ready for them both.

My Thoughts:
This one is a little different. Winnie is the girl who gets good grades that no one notices. Cal is the popular guy. They end up in the same class. Then things take a turn. Things get a little odd. They're in college. They're exploring and figuring out themselves, each other, and the direction they want to take in life. I like the writing, but you do need an open mind for this one. 

My Rating:  ***
Steam Factor: !!!!!
*Notes:
Language and some college-age experimentation.

My Source: purchased


Where to get it:

Amazon | B&N


Where to find the authors:

Mary Ann Rivers
Website | Twitter | Facebook Goodreads

Ruthie Knox
Website Twitter | Facebook  | Goodreads

Brain Mill Press

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly


Description:
Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It's a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he's ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she'd likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren't trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…


My Thoughts:

I read and enjoyed Evelyn and Wolf's book, though it's not necessary to understand this story. Eden and Evelyn are twins. Eden and Alec are fun with their constant bickering and barely concealed attraction. Eden gets herself caught up in a scandal and is banished for the winter to ride it out. She ends up going to the Highlands with Alec. He hasn't been back in ten years and for good reason. Eden ends up in the middle of Alec's family drama. It was a fun read. I recommend for any historical romance lover.


My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!

My Source: Netgalley




Where to get it:

Amazon | B&N | iTunes


Where to find the author:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

Review: A Gypsy's Kiss by Susan Griscom


Description:
Breena Cassidy
Cursed with what could be one of the worst supernatural abilities imaginable, Breena has never had the luxury of falling in love. Hell, she’s never even held a guy’s hand. At only twenty-two years old, she’s just about given up on the whole love thing. After all, when you can see twelve hours of someone’s future by a simple touch, and they, in turn, can see what you see, well… relationships are sort of out of the question. Her gigs performing psychic readings at parties, and the occasional one-on-one private appointment are just about Breena’s only connection with people. No matter how much she might wish otherwise.

Hawk Covington
Hawk’s hard body and skill have earned him a starting position on the Pioneer’s college hockey team. But it’s not his talent with a hockey stick that’s the most remarkable. His gorgeous two-colored eyes not only draw the attention of every female on campus, they also allow him to track people and objects. But when he suddenly finds himself stalked by a stranger, he seeks out the help of the rumored, “campus gypsy” for help.

Despite his vow to stay single and play as many college women as he can while the fun lasts, Hawk can’t ignore his attraction to the lovely and spirited Breena. And she can’t get the hunky star hockey player out of her mind once a single touch of his hand reveals something utterly strange. Surrounded by mystery, they realize that fate has brought them together for a reason, but can they stay alive long enough to recognize the depth of their feelings for one another



My Thoughts:
I loved this! Breena and Hawk both have powers that they have to keep hidden from those around them. Hawk seeks out Breena when he hears about her powers because he thinks she can help him. She can't, because he's the only person whose future she can't see. Although, that makes it possible to touch him. She's never had a relationship because of her powers. He thinks he can't have a relationship because he is always traveling for hockey. I liked the romance and the characters, but there are also some mystery and some hidden secrets. Interesting story. I haven't read the Whisper Cape books, and it's not necessary to this book, but I might check them out in the future. I'm also looking forward to more from this series.


My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!!
*Notes:
Language.

My Source: Publisher via ReadingAlley



Where to get it:

Amazon | B&N | iTunes


Where to find the author:

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Love Always, by Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel - Cover Reveal and #Giveaway

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Title: Love Always,
Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25th, 2015

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Blurb
I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.
She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices? Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back. Until the fateful day they meet each other. After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
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