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Friday, April 18, 2014

Laura Kaye is thrilled to share with you the cover to her next Hard Ink book, Hard to Hold On To which releases on August 19, 2014!
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  Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude. As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
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A Note from Laura:

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To! Is it August yet??? xo, Laura Praise for the Hard Ink Series: For Hard As You Can: "TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine "Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review For Hard As It Gets: "Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward "Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review "Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.   


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Forbidden -- The Soulkeepers ARC

Forbidden (The Soulkeepers, #1)Forbidden by Lori Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For the sake of disclosing, this review is based on 69% of the book, because I just couldn't keep going. I really tried, but I just couldn't.
Be warned: I believe this book is labeled N/A, but it isn't. It is definitely Young Adult. The characters are all in high school; the whole time I was reading, I kept getting this "Twilight" kind of vibe.

The good:
Great premise; While driving, Sophia comes onto the scene of an accident, and stops to help. What ends up happening is that she sees people that only she can see; are they angels, ghosts, who knows? Then after arriving at her new home and starting at her new school, she discovers the invisible guy is actually real, and goes to her school!
The author's writing: very good,I actually enjoyed it. Very good imagery, descriptions, etc. It started off really good for me but then...

Too much information. There is so much going on, and so many characters to keep track of, that my mind just wondered off repeatedly. I had to keep going back, just to make sure who was who, and who was human and who wasn't. Dialogue was sporadic; and when it took place, it was mostly from Sophia's new "friends" from High school, which were more like caricature versions of teenagers (especially Bailey) which lingo I found a bit unrealistic.
For me, the pace was slow. I mean, things happen, but the plot really doesn't move forward. One of the most intriguing things I found was that Sophia feels a second heartbeat every time she's around Michael. Pretty exciting and unique.I wanted to know why, so I kept reading.
Sophia notices the very first time she runs into him right at the beginning of the book -- then it happens, the second time, and the third...

Okay Sophia, stay with me: Michael, in the same place, heartbeat feeling starts...then he leaves -- or you leave, then it stops. Sooo.. **here I'm coaxing her from getting there, I mean, it's like 15% of the book and this has happened every time they're around each other; so I reach 60%!!
And Sophia?

Finally she figures it out, but then? Her teenage friends, demons, other stuff, and by 70% I was not emotionally invested in the characters, which is bad because at that point.

I was done.

Sophia reminded me of Bella - living alone with her dad, in a new town, attracted to the guy from the strange family, etc. Sophia is so passive, just being bounced around by her friends, following blindly, I would have liked for her to take a stand, be proactive. But that's just me. The plot is good, execution just kinda lost me. But, if you loved Twilight, you might enjoy this book. :) I did like the writing, so I'm more than happy to check out this author's work in the future.

ARC via Netgalley in exchange for Honest review

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