March 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn

 Cover design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Jennifer Rush

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


March 25, 2013

Thoughts, Quotes and Everything Beautiful #1

If you follow my blog, you'll probably know how much I loved the Blogspiration meme. It was my favourite! And then Kristin decided it would be the end of it - we all know how much life gets in the way of blogging. I understand perfectly. But I miss Blogspiration like crazy. That's why I decided to make this new kind of meme, to keep the inspiration alive :) So I will post every Sunday (hopefully - if life doesn't get in the way) a thought, a quote or just something beautiful or inspiring. Feel free to join in, if you want to :)

This quote has had a big impact on me since the first time I saw it. It described perfectly how I feel most of the time. It's written in Italian, but don't worry, I will translate it for you ;)

I want a world at the height of the dreams that I have.

I don't know about you guys, but god, the era we live in it's so freaking awful. How many times do I ask myself, if I would have lived in the 1960, things would have been easier? Too many times. 

The interpersonal relations are screwed. The capitalism made everything for so fucking fast that half of the time I don't really know how I can keep up. When I search for a job every employer is searching for an "enthusiastic, energetic, friendly, professional, great personality,  upbeat attitude, well mannered, polite, bla bla bla individual" - for a minimum wage payment of course. Jesus, sometimes when I read stuff like that I become so mad. Basically you are searching for a perfect person, which "hallo, doesn't exist" and at the same time you are willing to give nothing more than the minimal payment. Fuck that.

If you follow my blog, you'll probably know how much I loved the Blogspiration meme. It was my favourite! And then Kristin decided it would be the end of it - we all know how much life gets in the way of blogging. I understand perfectly. But I miss Blogspiration like crazy. That's why I decided to make this new kind of meme, to keep the inspiration alive :) So I will post every Sunday (hopefully - if life doesn't get in the way) a thought, a quote or just something beautiful or inspiring. Feel free to join in, if you want to :)

I saw this quote somewhere around the internet this week and I absolutely adored it! And I decided that I needed to share it with you! I haven't actually seen the movie, I think, but this quote is so powerful. Makes you wonder.

Pic found here.

div style="text-align: justify;"> My degree means the world to me, and even though most of you will say I still need a Master degree to do something important, I feel like "What I've been studying psychology for freaking 4 years to work in a coffeshop?!" 2 days ago I've been doing cardboard in the basement of our coffeshop and I felt like crying. Never in my life when I was 17, have I ever thought this is what I will be doing once I got my degree. Sad, really. Then I asked myself "What on earth will happen in 5 years from now, if this is where I am now?"

All I want is do something, that I can use my brain for. I am a smart girl, I have a degree, and I've been accepted at one of the best Universities in the UK. Why this isn't enough?

Have you been struggling with same problems? What are your thoughts about this particular subject?

March 24, 2013

My cica, my love.

Today I want to tell you a story. 

I was home alone. My parents went for holidays. I was sitting home with nothing to do and decided to go for a drink. I was driving so I decided to just go for a Red Orangina before go to sleep. I sat in my car and went. I was 100 meters from home when I saw something. I stopped and went out of the car. 
And I saw her. A back snow flake. She was so beautiful. And I called her "Muriii". And she "said" miauuuu. I couldn't believe it. A cat. A black cat. It's all I've been dreaming for the past 10 years. 
My dad didn't want any more animals. We aren't really a dog type of family. But we did have cats. Well, one, black, when I was 5. His name was Muri. He died. Then we had another one, black, his name was Muri as well. He died as well. And after that my dad decided we won't have any cats ever again. 
And all I wanted was a cat. For years. Every Christmas I asked for a cat. Every birthday I asked for a cat. No, no and no was always the answer. 
And then the Universe sent me her. She was so, so beautiful. And my parents were on holidays. I looked at her and thought "well, they will be gone for 3 weeks - you will feel like home in 3 weeks time - which means - you'll never leave and my dad will need to get over it". 
But, I didn't take her home straight away. I played with her for a while and then I said to her "if you wait for me, you'll be mine forever". And I went for that drink. I was so nervous and I felt so stupid. But I had faith. When I came back I couldn't find her anymore. God, I was so sad. And angry at myself. I started calling her. And in the middle of that dark evening after a while she responded with a "miauuu" and I looked at my black snow flake and said "Come here. I'll take you home." And she did. 
And I took her home. 
The next day I actually woke up one hour and a half before work, just so I could buy her food. I was so happy. 
She was exactly what I wanted. She was perfect. And even now, after 4 years and a half, and thousands of  kilometers away from each others she still means the world to me. Because she happened to pop up in my life the very moment I needed her the most. And I will be grateful forever for that. 
Muri, my cica, I miss you so much. 

March 18, 2013

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young Review

On Dublin Street
On Dublin Street #1
by Samantha Young
Published on August 31st 2012
Createspace, 414 pages
Find the title on Goodreads
Book Depository - Amazon

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

- description

On Dublin Street was a nice contemporary romance read. I really enjoyed it. And it's New Adult, so that made it even more enjoyable :) And the story is settled in Edinburgh, where I am currently living and that was completely awesome!! I loved it! When I was reading about Joss walking about Princess street and her working on George Street I felt like "Awwwww, this is where I walk everyday! How amazing is that?"

Joss is a complex character. She has a very dark past and she struggle to not think about her parents and little sister's death. She pushes it away as much as she can, but sometimes traumas and distress surfaces in her everyday life. She is also very sociable and a really nice girl. I liked her a lot. 

Braden Carmichael is a character. Holy fuck, he was something. I mean, he genuinely wanted Joss, and even though she struggled not to fall for him, he didn't let her have her way. Which I found.. nice. He was strong and willing to prove the point that they should be together. 

All in all, this book was ok. I had some issues with it, but I can't really pinpoint the exact things. I feel just like I was missing something. Though, I must admit the sex scenes were mind blowing. ;)

So, if you're searching for a hot New Adult Contemporary Romance, filled with loss, new beginnings, love, friendship and fighting your fears, then On Dublin Street is the perfect book for you!

For once, I wished I wasn't so broken, so Rhian had a best friend who was strong and not afraid to love, to hold up as an example of what was possible. Instead, I was her excuse that she wasn't being irrational. I was her enabler.

"Joss," James was pleading wiht me now, "Talk to her, please. She listens to you. She thinks if you're happy being alone, then she'll be fine too."
Happy? I wasn't happy. I was just safe.

"This isn't funny," I bit out, probably overreacting... but I was dealing with a whole mess of emotions that HE had put me through the last few weeks.
Okay, I maybe put myself through half of them but I was angry at me too, but I couldn't have an argument with myself so HE was getting it!

March 16, 2013

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski Review

The Edge of Never 
The Edge of Never #1
by J.A. Redmerski
Published on November 15th 2012
Createspace, 426 pages
Find the title on Goodreads
Book Depository - Amazon

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
- description

I've been thinking about this book a lot for the past couple of months and I decided I ought to it, to write a proper review. I loved this book with a passion I don't really know if I will be able to describe, but I'll do my best to try. And I will include a lot of quotes, because they are just too important to me, to left them out of this review.

Camryn. Sweet girl. Preceptive girl. Very different. She has a way of thinking that was just so deep. I connected with her from the first pages. I felt her pain, her thinking, her everything. She kind of reminded me of me. And seeing her struggling with the same questions that I usually struggle with, well that was just amazing. 

Andrew. You were that someone, if I am completely honest with myself, I've been waiting my whole life for. And I'll probably need to wait some more, but if you someday really will come alone, I don't mind the wait at all. Andrew is incredible. He is one of those guys that want from you to be honest, even if what you want to say is scaring the shit out of you. The one who pushes you to the edge, that wants the best of you, that you could possible be. I admired that, and in my heart still hope that one day I will meet a person who will push me to be the person who I always wanted to be. And in the same time loves me for who I am. Yes, this is what I want.

The roadtrip was fantastic! I loved reading about all the adventures that the two of them faced along the way. And the writing was absolutely beautiful. I couldn't get enough of it! Sleep, food, anything really, wasn't important while reading this book. I wanted it to go on for forever. <3

The Edge of Never is an amazing book which will leave you completely drained - because hell, what a roller-coaster of emotions! But it will also leave you filled with hope for the future. Because no matter what, there is a light in the end of the tunnel.

So, if you are looking for a New Adult book, filled with romance, roadtrips, discovering yourself,  finding yourself on the way, and wanting to believe in love again and all this filled with sweet and perfect steamy scenes, then The Edge of Never is the perfect book for you!

I gaze toward the wall briefly, thinking about it. So often I sit around and think about life and wonder about every possible aspect of it. I wonder what the hell I'm doing here. Even right now. In this coffee shop with this girl I've known practically all my life. Yesterday I thought about why I felt the need to get up at exactly the same times as the day before and do everything like I did the day before. Why? What compels any of us to do the things we do when deep down a part of us just wants to break free from it all?

Parents have this twisted belief that anyone under the age of about twenty simply can't know what love is, like the age to love is assessed in the same way the law assesses the legal age to drink. They think that the 'emotional growth' of a teenager's mind is too underdeveloped to understand love, to know if it's 'real' or not.
That's completely asinine.

Those girls at school had no idea what it really means to be depressed.
It's not only about sadness. In truth, sadness really has little to do with it. Depression is pain in its purest form and I would do anything to be able to feel an emotion again. Any emotion at all. Pain hurts, but pain that's so powerful that you can't feel anything anymore, that's when you start to feel like you're going crazy.

I'm alone again. Over a thousand miles away from home. No direction, no purpose, no goals other than to find myself on this journey I never imagined I could bring myself to begin. And I'm scared. But I have to do this. I have to because I need this time alone, away from everything back home which brought me here in the first place.

And then out of nowhere, the answers just come:  

"No one wants to do what I want to do," I say and my explanation begins to unfold more quickly now that I feel more confident in the answer. "Just like with living free and not taking the ordinary route, y'know? No one wants to step out of their comfort zone to do that with me because it's not something most people do. I was afraid to tell my parents I didn't want to go to college because that's what they expected me to do. I accepted a job at a department store because my mom expected it to fulfill me in some way. I went with my mom every Saturday to visit my brother in prison because she expected me to do, because he's my brother and I should want to see him even though I didn't. Natalie relentlessly tried to hook me up with guys because she thought it was abnormal that I was single.
I think I've been afraid most of my life to be myself."

March 15, 2013

Avoiding Commitment by K. A. Linde Review

Avoiding Commitment 
Avoiding #1
by K. A. Linde
Published on on July 29th 2012
K. A. Linde, 370 pages
Find the title on Goodreads - Amazon

Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

- description

OMG, when I first saw this book I was like "Oh, my God! This title is like the total description of me! This book must be completely amazing with a title like that!" That said, this book was indeed completely awesome. I loved it! Wasn't really what I was thinking it would be, but hell, it was so, so much more.

Lexi was an awesome main character! Some may judge her quite a lot, but to me, she was incredible. And I understood her perfectly. And because of that, I couldn't really judge her at all. She was a complex character and she felt like a real person. She had many insecurities and the way she thought about things, well, it made her very believable, and that's something I really enjoyed. 

Jack. Oh, Jack. You made me fall for you, then you twisted me completely. And then you broke my heart. And I still haven't had it in myself to really hate you. Because in a very twisted way.. I understood you too. Must be a psychologist thing. 

And the villain thing? Sweet God, I've never seen it coming. What a shock!! But then again, as a psychologist I should have known. Never underestimate a psychologist. It's just wrong.

Anyway, this book was stunning. It was different from others book that I usually read and that was quite great. And it's a New Adult, so I guess this is a plus point as well ;) So, if you are searching for a good romance book, filled with hopes for love, struggle to make it work, lots of bad things on the way of achieving it, and on top of that lots of steamy hot sexy scenes, Avoiding Commitment is the perfect book for you!

She knew that she had probably given him more chances that anyone else would have bothered with, but those women didn't understand what she was going through. If they weren't willing to push through the hard times and truly savour the good times, then they didn't understand men at all.

What pissed her off the most was that she hadn't truly wanted him to leave. He was part of her now. She had told him not to come back unless he had something better to say, but she was terrified that he never would. No one pushed Jack around. He did what he wanted when he wanted and she just happened to be on the wrong end of things this time around. What if she had pushed him away to the point that he never came back?

“And as angry as I am with what you have put me through, I am so very glad that we are now at this moment. This moment means I can move on to bigger and better things without you constantly weighing on my shoulders. 
I will never again turn a corner in New York terrified that I will run into you and even more terrified that I won't. I can go into any coffee shop I want. I can hope for love again.”

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