Saturday, September 24, 2016

WEEKEND REVIEW GIVEAWAY

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While our New Releases Weekend Giveaway is taking a hiatus until Monique has moved house and back in the driving seat again every Saturday we’ll have a WEEKEND REVIEW GIVEAWAY. Take a read of our reviews from the week and one lucky winner will get to choose a Kindle ebook from the reviews listed.

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Gentle by Mark Zubro

gentle_thumb[1]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Two high school boys try to survive amid death and danger in the desert, while hoping for the possibility of first love.

Shane Semereau wants to be left alone to read his books and carve his wood sculptures in the warm desert. His life is a swarm of confusion and violence, but he wants to be a force in making the world a gentle place. He grasps at those dreams. Cory Garcia is a bundle of electric energy who lashes out at everyone and everything, but loves to let his mind go in the world of dance. Amidst great danger and looming violence they find each other and unite against all that is arrayed against them at every turn.

CHERYL

::: REVIEW POST :::

"The story is gripping and interesting with a good core cast of characters who are – overall – well drawn."

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The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2)

by Angel Martinez

pillbugsof time_thumb[1]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

CHERYL 

::: REVIEW POST :::

"I not only loved, but was impressed by everything in both books ... I will be looking out for any more in this series or by this author generally."

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Overexposed (In Focus #4) by Megan Erickson

overexposed_thumb1Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me...

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he'd planned to do with his sister.
His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs...

DEBRA 

::: REVIEW POST :::

"Megan Erickson writes dialogue that is real, easily conveying the characters’ emotions and getting the reader fully engaged in the story."

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Surfacing (The Ariel Series Book #2) by A.L. Bates

surfacing_thumb[1]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP,Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.

Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.

For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.

SALLY

::: REVIEW POST :::

"There are plenty of moments of action, of grief and pathos, and of joy. It was very good fun and I enjoyed it."

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Pillow Talk (On The Radio #1) by Pandora Pine

51eeyo38fjL_thumb[2]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Seduced by his voice…

Devastated by a cheating scandal that ended his marriage and nearly ruined his online dating service, PillowTalk.com, Logan Reid is a man on the verge of ending it all. A phone call out of the blue from the program manager of PRIDE XM Radio pulls Logan back from the brink. A job offer to host a late night call-in show for the lovelorn called Pillow Talk is a last shot for Logan, who is struggling to find a way to start over.

Bostonian Greyson Montgomery is dealing with a personal scandal of his own. Homeless and jobless after a disastrous relationship, he's forced to move back in with his parents and rebuild his shattered life. Alone and miserable, he tunes in to the debut of Pillow Talk and decides to call the dulcet-toned host with his own tale of heartbreak.

Ratings at PRIDE XM soar after Greyson's call to Logan, triggering the program manager to invite Grey to co-host Pillow Talk for a few weeks. This doesn't sit well with Logan, who thinks Grey is trying to steal his job.

Are these two broken hearted men too damaged to trust again, or will they take the opportunity to share some Pillow Talk of their own?

MARK

::: REVIEW POST :::

“The whole idea of this book kept me invested all the way through. A wonderful read with a myriad of emotional issues from all characters to overcome."

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The Weight of It All by N.R. Walker

the-weight-of-it-all_thumb1Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.

He joins a gym.

Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.

As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.

Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.

JANE

::: REVIEW POST :::

"The ending will leave you with such a happy heart and all of the warm and fuzzies. I cannot recommend this highly enough."

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The Heart of Texas (Texas #1) by RJ Scott

5177DeogLRL._SL300__thumb[1]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley's portion. Concerned about Riley's lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley 'marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves'. Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of father's stipulation. Blackmailing Jack Campbell into marrying him "for love" suits Riley's purpose. There is no mention in his father's documents that the marriage had to be with a woman and Jack Campbell is the son of Riley Senior's arch rival. Win win.

Riley marries Jack and abruptly his entire world is turned inside out. Riley hadn't counted on the fact that Jack Campbell, quiet and unassuming rancher, is a force of nature in his own right.

This is a story of murder, deceit, the struggle for power, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy. But under and through it all, as Riley learns over the months, this is a tale about family and everything that that word means.

MARK 

::: REVIEW POST :::

"This book has it all; feuding families, moneyed families, dysfunctional families and everyone with more secrets than you can shake a stick at. I actually really did like it in an over the top, soap-opera kind of way."

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Of Love & Corn Dogs by Parker Williams

the-weight-of-it-all_thumb1Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

With more money than he could spend in ten lifetimes, Darwin Kincade still couldn't keep death from stealing his lover. A little older and a whole lot wiser, flirting with his twice-a-week waiter is the perfect no-risk substitute for a real relationship. Until the night his routine is upended by the restaurant's newest employee.

Ricky Donnelly loves people. While being a server isn’t his dream, he’s good at it. When a grumpy man is seated in his station, Ricky sees there’s more to him than he lets on, and when the man relaxes, he’s actually sweet.

As the two men bond over a discussion about corn dogs—something Darwin’s never heard of—he realizes how much he’s missed out on in his life. He vows to open himself to new experiences—including, perhaps, a chance at finding love again.

Not wanting anything to muddy their blooming relationship, Darwin hides part of himself from Ricky. He likes the look in Ricky’s eyes, unclouded by Darwin’s notoriety. Unfortunately, the truth can never stay hidden, and when it comes out, Darwin may lose any hope of holding onto the future they’ve begun to build.

FREYA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"I started this book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters and returning to it later. I finished it in one go."

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Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne

51RPO3UlOAL_thumb[1]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local cafĂ©, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.

Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.

FREYA

::: REVIEW POST :::

"A delicious mixture of things that go bump in the night, love, prejudice, a fist-wielding ex, murder, attempted murder, stalking, sweet moments, drama, heroics and a bloody good ending."

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GIVEAWAY

Have you decided which book you would like based on our reviews?

Then enter the draw below and one lucky winner will get the chance to choose a book from this week’s review posts. GOOD LUCK!

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35 comments:

  1. The Weight of It All by N.R. Walker

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  2. Thanks for the chance. Of Love and Corn Dogs.

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  3. i read the weight of it all already and i would recommend to everyone!!!..this week i would pick Pillow Talk (On The Radio #1) by Pandora Pine

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  4. Weight of it all or Pill Bugs of Time

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  5. Overexposed by Megan Erickson, I love this series :)

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  6. The Weight of It All for me this week.

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  7. Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne sounds really good.

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  8. Overexposed by Megan Erickson. The whole series is fantastic.

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  9. Having read book one in this series I need to read Pill Bugs of Time.

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  10. The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker. Yes please.

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  11. I'd absolutely LOVE either Overexposed or The Weight Of It All - I've really enjoyed everything else I've read by both authors so I'm looking forward to these. :D
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    Elizabeth Marshall (e marshall@)

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  12. I was somewhat interested in The Weight of it All when I read the blurb but after reading Jane's review it's now on my must read list. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. I have a few of these on my tbr already, so going to go for a wild card with Gentle

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  14. Of Love and Corn Dogs or The Pill Bugs of Time......love the interesting titles.

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  15. Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne sounds very interesting.

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  16. I would choose "The Weight of It All" by N.R. Walker

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  17. I would pick The Pill Bugs of Time. I read The Weight of It All this week and loved it.

    Thanks!

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  18. The Weight of It All would be my choice. I've read so many amazing reviews for it.

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  19. The Weight of It All by N.R. Walker

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  20. My first choice would be The Weight of It All, it's sitting at the top of my wish list right now ;-)

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  21. my pick this time would be The Heart of Texas (Texas #1) by RJ Scott

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  22. OVEREXPOSED or OF LOVE AND CORN DOGS

    --Trix

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  23. Probably either Raven's Rest or The Pill Bugs Of Time.. :-)

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  24. The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2)
    by Angel Martinez

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  25. The Heart of Texas (Texas #1) by RJ Scott

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  26. Not entering this one, since I've already purchase OVEREXPOSED and OF LOVE AND CORN DOGS, but did share & wish everyone Good Luck!

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  27. Overexposed (In Focus #4) by Megan Ericsson.

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  28. Who can go past anything by NR Walker?
    Jane's review just reinforces my view.

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  29. I think maybe Raven's Rest.

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  30. Overexposed for me. :)

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  31. I would really like to read Overexposed. Thanks!

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  32. NR Walker's The Weight of It All

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  33. Oh, dear. This is going to be a hard decision for I haven't read any of these books and Love all these authors. I know these books all sounds great since I've read their blurbs. Any you'd like to throw my way would be appreciated...Any! <3 Thanks for the chance!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

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  34. Overexposed. Thanks for chance

    PS The Weight of it All is soooo great. Loved your review

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