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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Release Week Book Blitz: Playing for Keeps





Blurb:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game…

She's in love with him.
He's trying not to love her.
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realising she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.


**This book can be read as a standalone novel, but reading The Love Game (The Game, #1) beforehand is advised.**




My Review:

Maggie has been in love with Aston for a while but can't do anything about it because he's a bigger whore than her best friend Braden. Braden being a caveman won't let anyone near Maggie especially Aston. While Braden and Maddie are away for the weekend Maggie goes to sneak into Aston's room but he catches her. After one night together they can't seem to just leave it at that. 

Aston has a horrific past that he has been pushing away his whole life. Maddie brings memories and all the horrors to the surface. As much as he tries to keep those things buried, Maddie makes him open up and face his demons.

Maddie and Aston start a secret relationship. They need each other more than anyone can understand but are afraid to let it come out.

This book broke my heart and pieced it back together. Aston's story tore me apart but the more healing he got the more you wanted to give him a hug. I loved Maddie's character. She was strong in the first book but she really won the prize in this one. She was completely loyal and was there for Aston as best she could. Even when things blew up, she stood her ground for him. They really did have an unconditional love. It was really sweet. 


Excerpt:


ASTON:

“You okay?”
I shake my head. “No. Every time. Every fucking time he brings her up. I thought he wouldn’t in front of you, but he did.”
“He has his own pain,” she says softly. “It doesn’t excuse it, but he does. He feels guilty for what happened to you – that he couldn’t stop it.”
My mind reels for a second and I look down at her. “He told you that?”
She nods, letting her hand drop from my back and standing in front of me. I stop.
“You’ve never let him tell you.” She reaches up and cups my face. “He hurts, too, Aston. You both hurt. It’s not something that will go away, but you can’t let it rule your lives. If you let pain rule you you’ll get lost in it.”
“What if I’m already lost?”
“You’re not lost. You’re hiding, but you’re not lost. I won’t let you get lost.”
I let my hands come up and rest on her back, pulling her into me. “What if there’s no map?”
“Then I’ll get lost with you,” she whispers. “I won’t let you let them win, Aston. I won’t let you get sucked in by those demons. I won’t let that happen. I care too much.”
And she does. I can hear it in her voice.
She wraps her arms around my neck, and I hold her to me tighter, our foreheads resting against each other.
“I’ll try, Megs,” I promise. “I can’t say I won’t, but as long as you’re here, I think I’ll be okay.”
“And you’ll talk to your Gramps? Just once?”
“I’ll think about it. How about we just focus on stopping me from getting lost for a bit?”
“You just need a place to aim for, that’s all. You need a place to go to.”
“Go on then.” I smile. “Give me a place.”
“Okay.” She pauses for a second, closing her eyes and chewing her lip.
“I’m waiting…” I tease her.
Her blue eyes open, shocking me with their vitality. “Aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
“I don’t need to aim for the sky. The only star I’ll ever need is standing right in front of me.” I brush my lips over hers. “Maybe the place I need to aim for is nowhere other than where I am right now.”
“Maybe I’d go with you wherever you ended up.”
“Maybe I’d never ask that of you.”
“Maybe you wouldn’t need to ask. Maybe you’ll never need to ask me for anything, because I’ll always be here.”


 
 
**OPEN INTERNATIONALLY**





Link to Chapter One of Playing for Keeps on my website





My Review:

 Maddie goes to Berkley to get away from her past and problems in New York.  While at a party her friends challenge her to do to the player Braden like he does to every girl on campus. Not only do they want to give him his own medicine but they want to teach him a lesson. Maddie knows she can do it because she knows his type but the problem is, she can't help but be attracted to him.

Braden has been wanting inside Maddie's pants since he first laid eyes on her. His friends see the interest and they decided to challenge him to get Maddie to fall in love with him and have sex within a month. With help of their friends they set out to make each other fall in love. 

What they never expected was to get lost in their own game. Braden is more than just a sex addict and when Maddie's past comes back around to haunt her, he's there in a way she never imagined. Braden never thought there was more to Maddie than just the sweet appearance she gives off. All he wants to do is peel the layers and find out what she's hiding. He never thought he would start to care. 

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the banter between Maddie and Braden. He was such a caveman and wanted to beat his chest and yell mine at every guy who even looked at "his girl". Maddie was so strong. She didn't take crap from anyone and when her fears were placed before her she stood up and did what she needed to do. Their friends were hilarious. I think everyone needs friends that are as loyal as those. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

 

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.



Find Emma online at:


Friday, June 28, 2013

Inpsired Fridays: Paint


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LXm6WB9RsYQ/UQslAVi0EMI/AAAAAAAADTA/x13mnP7nlWc/s1600/Pinterest-Logo-e1341884936729.jpgInspired Fridays is hosted by  Inkk Reviews
You don't have to actually craft anything to "be inspired". Show something you maybe have done, want to try, or even a cool looking book nook or library. Whatever inspires you!





I have been wanting to change things up so I was looking through Pinterest trying to find something to match my idea.

Bathroom I think ill do this Colorado 

I know it looks like a bit much but that not exactly what I'm going for.



I originally had wallpaper that I removed but then encountered this problem. I once again searched through Pinterest and found this.




paint removal, how to remove paint, DIY, tutorial, furniture painting, removing paint, remove paint, heat gun tool 


I will keep you guys up to date on how it comes along...

What has Pinterest inspired in you?



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wrong Kind of Love Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

                                                  
                                                                                                                     





Genre: Contemporary New Adult

The first time I ever saw Caden Harper I’m pretty sure I fell in love.

All that golden hair and pale blue eyes. He was mysterious and covered in paint. I found it endearing and wanted nothing more than to find out all his secrets. I gave that man things I would never give anyone else. He blew it though. Which I shouldn’t be surprised considering he is a womanizer.

So I moved on, well kind of. Jaden Harper wasn’t what I expected. I found myself drawn to him all most as much as his brother. Maybe it’s the fact they are twins or maybe it was the fact I wanted to live on the wrong side for once in my life.

Now I’ve found myself dug deep in this game. Theres no end in sight and I wonder when all the lies I have told will come back to haunt me.

Neither man should know the things I’ve gone through. Neither should trust me. I’m not who I say I am. My past is full of things I won’t ever share.

But where will that lead me when Caden wants nothing more than to consume me? He won’t wake up to see he has the wrong kind of love.

My Name is Grace BreadField and this is my story.

  



Where can I buy the book? AMAZON!

You can also check it out here on GOODREADS.



TEASER:

*18 + warning for mature content. Unedited


"I don't know why I let Teagan talk me into coming to this club/bar/whatever. I hate crowds and being surrounded by a lot of sweaty people. I fight way through them looking for her and Declan on the dance floor.
Until this song came on.
You ever had that happened to you? One second you're minding your own business and a song comes on and changes your life. It says whatever you're thinking and feeling even if you didnt know thats what you were feeling.
My hips start to sway to the beat of the music. My hands go straight up in the air. My head rocking, my hair going everywhere.
"Cause you are the piece of me, I wish I didn’t need Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why..." comes Clarity by Zedd over this places speaker system.

I feel him with me. His body pressed to me, his arms around my hips.
His lips whispering things in my ear, naughty dirty things. Things only Caden would say to me.
"If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?..." Who ever wrote this song gets it. They get what I'm going through.

I'm lost in this sea of people, none of them I know. I still feel the ghost of Caden with me. Its how I know what I'm doing. What pain I'm causing him. What pain I'm causing myself.
I feel like I need him every time I'm no where near him. I wish I didn't. I'm fighting him every time I see him. I don't know why. Our entire relationship was doomed from the beginning yet it fixes me. We are insanity, the way we are together. We shouldn't work but we do. And I see the clearest when hes around.
I feel tears falling down my face as I continue to dance. I sing the lyrics at the top of my lungs. I dont care who hears or sees. I need this right now.
And just like that I feel him. I stop moving and look up. My face is damp and pulled tight. I dont care who sees, I dont care who knows. Its like I finally opened my eyes. I've wasted hours, days, months, years...
I run through the crowd to him. My Caden. I'm about a foot from touching distance, reaching for his hand when Jaden steps in front of me."-Grace, Wrong Kind of Love

About the author
Amanda lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and young child. 
She enjoys reading, writing, and drinking tons of Dr. Pepper. 
You can find her sitting on the couch with either her head in a book or typing on her laptop.

Amanda is the author of This Beautiful Thing, Fire In Her Eyes, Angel Cuffs, and Norma Jean. Wrong Kind of Love will be released this June.



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #12

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine to show upcoming releases that we can't wait to read (aka going crazy waiting for). This weeks book is:



Expected publication: April 22nd 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 288 pages

(Goodreads synopsis


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…



 






I really loved the summer series so when I saw she was coming out with another book I didn't hesitate to add it to my TBR list.


What are you "waiting on"?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: #11

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine to show upcoming releases that we can't wait to read (aka going crazy waiting for). This weeks book is:

Curtsies & Conspiracies
by Gail Carriger
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Series: Finishing School Series 
Hardcover: 320 pages


(B&N synopsis

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.
Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot—one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.
In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger's YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.


I have mixed feelings about this one. I am waiting for it but it's more out of needing to read it because I read the first one. I didn't really enjoy the first book that much but hey I willing to give this book a try too.

What are you "waiting on"?