Saturday, September 13, 2014

August Hot Picks and Giveaway

August

Every month the SSBR team will be bringing you our Hot Picks of the month. Check out our favourites for August and don’t forget… five lucky readers get the chance to win a Kindle eBook from our list of August Hot Picks. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. 

Lisa’s Hotpick

This is Falling by Ginger Scott

 

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lisa’s Review

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Synopsis

First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how. And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.
My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.
And then he showed me how to fall.

Lisa: "This is Falling by Ginger Scott is a sweet and poignant tale of love about a girl who is stuck living in the past and a boy who pushes her into living for the now and looking forward to the future. I have read one other book by this author prior to this one and was completely enamored by her style of writing and the beautiful love story she penned. This book is yet another example of a story that will touch your heart and make you believe that love does conquer all and how wonderful it is to fall."

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Lorie’s Hotpick

Within These Walls by J.L. Berg

 

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lorie’s Review

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Synopsis

Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?
Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.
Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.
I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.
But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?
My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

Read the first chapter here!

Lorie: Within This Walls is about a girl who never thought she’d find love and a guy who never wanted to find love again. Lailah and Jude’s journey is beautiful, emotional, and complicated. This book makes you realize just how much we take living for granted. It will have you counting your blessings, hugging the ones you love more often, and ticking items off your bucket list sooner rather than later. I loved every single minute of this book. Within These Walls is beautifully written, and it’s a story that will stay with me forever.

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Becs’s Hotpick

Degredation by Stylo Fantome

 

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Rating: 5 Stars

Becs’s Review

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Synopsis

Eighteen year old Tatum O'Shea is a naive, shy, little rich girl. Twenty-three year old Jameson Kane is smart, seductive, and richer. They come together for one night, one explosion, one mistake, and Tate is hurled into space – no family, no money, and no Jameson.

Seven years later, life is going pretty good for Tate, when she runs into Jameson again. This time, she thinks she's ready for him. She doesn't have a naive bone left in her body, and she can't even remember what shy feels like. Jameson has evolved into Satan – sharp teeth, sharper claws, and a tongue that can cut her in half. It all sounds like fun to a girl like Tate, and she is ready to play, determined to prove that she isn't the same girl he conquered once before. A series of games start, each one more devious than the last.

But the devil likes to play dirty, and she learns that playing for souls is playing for keeps. The lines between games and reality, heaven and hell, get blurry. Can she beat Jameson at his own game before someone gets hurt? Or will he leave her soulless, making him the winner, once and for all?

WARNING: contains a wannabe B-rate porn star, an impersonal personal assistant, and the F-word, A LOT. Also graphic sexual situations and sadomasochistic themes.

Becs: This was a debut novel that just burst out of nowhere for me and completely wowed me. I absolutely love it when this happens. I wasn’t asked to review Degradation and just happened to notice it as a new release and just something about the blurb called to me and I bought it from Amazon and absolutely, totally freaking loved it!! I really think this is possibly THE most exciting debut I’ve read in 2014 and I came across it by chance. Now, I’m recommending it to all of you out there who enjoy a dark and edgy romance, one which will push your boundaries and keep you glued to the page. I know there’s a lot of you out there and I’m highly recommending it to all you dark romance junkies.

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Macky’s Hotpick

Breakdown (Don’t #3) by Jack L. Pyke

 

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Rating: 5 Stars

Macky’s Review

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Synopsis

The evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself.

While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters' Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack's tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack's life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack's most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can't handle. Martin's purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears - or loves - away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again.

Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it's too late.

Macky: My Hotpick this month is a no brainer for me, it has to be Breakdown by Jack L Pyke. The reason being because this series and these three men— deeply troubled, multi layered Jack, dangerous, enigmatic, dominant Gray and the tender hearted, but also conflicted Jan— have all, really got under my skin badly! I admit I'm totally infatuated with these characters.... I can't describe how much I've come to love this hard core, dark, gripping, at times hard to read (both emotionally and physically) set of books. Each one, has grabbed and pulled me under its mind fuckery spell, taking me on a ride that's literally blown my mind, always leaving me mentally exhausted but in a really good way. Breakdown was yet another masterclass in battering the psyche of both the characters involved and us as readers; an emotional roller coaster in more ways than one and once again a terrific read that left me in awe of Jack's amazing writing skills. Despite it's hard hitting nature, this is still a moving love story between three perplexing guys, one that if dark is your bag, is most definitely a must read addition to your collection and a forever keeper. Just amazing!

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Mark’s Hotpick

Caught by J L Merrow

 

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Rating: 5 Stars

Mark’s Review

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Synopsis

You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.

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Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good...

Warning: Contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.

Mark: Like Macky August’s Hot Pick for me really wasn’t a tough decision either and the winner is…….Caught by J L Merrow. Oh how I loved this book! What makes it for me is always the characters that JL Merrow portrays. How she does it is a mystery to me, but they are ALWAYS thoroughly entertaining, normal people with their quirks living in a real world. Here we have Rob Emeny. Yes I know, I don’t know how many times I read Enemy too, but that is also a source of fun for the kids in Rob’s class too and even the adults.

I just so loved the multi-facetted side to this story. Robs past, Sean taking care of his nephews, Sean’s sister fighting cancer, Rosie playing matchmaker although with issues of her own, a class of kids that would drive anyone nuts, but you just can’t stop loving them, all with their own stories too. A light and at times funny book with just the right amount of pathos and poignancy to give it a much greater depth of emotion. The balance was perfect.

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Monique’s Hotpick

BAMF by SJD Peterson

 

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Rating: 5 Stars

Monique’s Review

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Synopsis

With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone's hero.
Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn't save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems. Alex's past comes calling, and it's time he becomes top dog.

Monique: SJD Peterson has done it again. This isn't just a winner, it's Olympic Gold!!!

Be prepared for some rough, raunchy, hungry, filthy sex, with dirty talking that will have your stomach flipping, and two wonderfully drawn characters guaranteed to steal your heart. I admit... I am totally besotted with Riley and Alex...

Your expectations from the blub and what Ms Peterson so cleverly elicits in this book is captivating. BAMF is a powerful story in so many ways, but what really got to me was the excellent characterisation and the relationship between Riley and Alex, made all the more compelling because things aren’t what they seem. There is also an undercurrent of danger which enhances their story and gives it direction, also creating an element of mystery surrounding Alex, which was another thing that kept me turning those pages. I was desperate to discover Alex’s secret past, where he came from, the whole build up kept me gripped! So, when his past catches up with him, not only threatening his life but Ridley’s too… well, that and the incredible sex these two men have, as well as the very touching and emotional relationship they share, just topped the bar for me with this book… I loved everything about it!

BAMF is definitely one of my best reads of 2014 so far, it was an unexpected treasure chest filled with everything I love about opening the pages of a book and just falling in love.

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59 comments:

  1. I've read BAMF and Caught and loved them both. At the top of my wish list is Breakdown.

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  2. I haven't read any but I would love to get "Caught" or "BAMF".

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  3. I have read Degradation by Stylo Fantome and LOVED it. Eagerly awaiting the release of Separation on 9/22/14.

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  4. I haven't read any of this books yet but I would love too :)

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  5. I also haven't read any of these, so thanks for sharing! I think that I'd be most interested in reading Within These Walls by J.L. Berg.

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  6. I haven't read any, so it's really hard to choose... It would be Degradation, Caught or BAMF. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. I haven't read any of them.I would like to give BAMF a read.

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  8. I have not read any of these, but Degredation by Stylo Fantome is at the top of my wish list.

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  9. I haven't read any but I thing BAMF Would be my choice! littlequeenie29@msn.com

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  10. My choices would be BAMF or Breakdown. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I've not read any of these yet. The first one I would love to read is This is Falling by Ginger Scott

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  12. I haven't read any of these books, but Caught! would be on top of my list. I love everything by JL Merrow :)

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  13. I have not read any but Within These Walls by J.L. Berg looks good.

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  14. I haven't read any of these yet, but I would love to read Within These Walls by J.L. Berg!

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  15. The only m/m I haven't read on the list is Caught!

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  16. I loved BAMF! Would really like to read Breakdown. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I haven't read any of these, Degredation by Stylo Fantome is my choice if I win

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  18. I have not read any, but I do have Caught on my Kindle waiting for me. I would love to win BAMF.

    Thanks!

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  19. I have not read any of these amazing books yet!! The one I can't wait to read is This is Falling by Ginger Scott!!

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  20. I've not read any of these books but the amazing reviews have me drawn to BAMF and Within These Walls!

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  21. BAMF and Caught are at the top of my list!

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  22. I haven't read nay of these yet, Within These Walls is top on my TBR list but the rest are right under it!

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  23. I'd love BAMF or Caught! Thanks!

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  24. I have not read any of these books yet.
    Within These Walls by J.L. Berg is at the top of my wish list!!

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  25. I haven't read any of these new releases, but Within These Walls & This is Falling look great! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  26. Haven't read any, I would love to read Degradation! Thanks for the chance!

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  27. I've read BAMF and Caught! and really liked Caught!. I would choose Breakdown.

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  28. haven't read any of these
    my choice would be Breakdown (Don’t #3) by Jack L. Pyke

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  29. I haven't read any of them. I would love to read Breakdown or Caught. Thanks

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  30. I'm most interested in Breakdown (Don’t #3) by Jack L. Pyke.

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  31. I've read BAMF and loved it. I'd love to read Caught.

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  32. I haven't read any these, but am really looking forward to them. Caught by J L Merrow is my first choice. Thanks

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  33. I read This is Falling! It was great, very emotional! I think Within These Walls is at the top of my list of these. Thanks!

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  34. I've read Caught! which I enjoyed! BAMF is on the top of my wish list.

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  35. Haven't read any but would love to read BAMF or Caught!!

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  36. I haven't read any of the books...yet, but I have added Within These Walls by J. L. Berg to my book wish list.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

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  37. I've had my eye on BAMF for a while but Caught looks good too!!!!

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  38. I reallly want to read BAMF! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. I also would love to read BAMF. Thanks!

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  40. I haven't read any yet, but Within These Walls is on the top of my list!

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  41. I haven't read any of these, but Caught is on my list!

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  42. I have not read any of the books on your list. I would love to read & win, 'This Is Falling'.

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  43. I haven't read any of them and BAMF or Caught would be awesome.

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  44. I haven't read any of these books, but I'd love to read Caught or BAMF!

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  45. Degradation is one of my fave reads of the year so far!!!

    ~ Tracy

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  46. I haven't read any of these yet. On the top of my wish list is Within These Walls by J.L. Berg and Degredation by Stylo Fantome. :)

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  47. Degredation by Stylo Fantome!!! I needs it! I haven't read any of them....yet :O

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  48. I haven't read any of these yet. This is Falling would be my choice. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I haven't read any of these titles, but, boy do they all sound amazing! The top of my wish list sits Caught by J L Merrow :0) Thanks for the chance!

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  50. i have not read any of this series yet,all sounds great. thanks for the opportunity :)

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  51. I would love to win Breakdown (Don’t 3) by Jack L. Pyke, so thank you for a chance to win this book :) Nice picks by the way

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  52. I will read anything by J.L. Merrow. Loved Muscling Through!

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  53. not yet most of the iste iam on desitheblonde or desiree reilly

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