Cover Reveal ~ Untouched by Melody Grace

Publication Date: May 14th

Blurb:
Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Cedar Cove’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.

Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.

One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…

UNTOUCHED is a prequel novella to the USA Today Bestselling UNBROKEN. It also can be read as a stand-alone story.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to my very first Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I’m not going to include pics or links, because there are just so many that I’ve aquired this week. Hi, my name is Alison and I have a book addiction!! Yes, I admit it. I’m sure there are a lot that I even forgot to write down as I was aquiring them.

Bought on Amazon:
Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Conncected by Kim Karr [This is just $0.99 for the weekend!! It’s been on my TBR list & I had to go ahead and grab it at this price!]

Ebooks I Won:
Agony (Debt Collector 2) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Free from All Romance Books:
Text Me (Come Together Series, Book 1) by KJ Reed

Free from Amazon:
Safe Aylum (A Deadgrounds Novels) by Tashina Tradell
The Hostage (Sarah Roberts Series Book Four) by Jonas Saul
The Cure by Athol Dickson
The Devil Has Dimples by Pepper Phillips
I Bring the Fire Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story) by C. Gokel
Love’s Second Chance (Second Chances Series) by L.P. Dover
Unbound (The Forbidden Bond Series) by Lori Ryan
VRIN: ten mortal gods (A Supernatural Near Death Mystery) by J. Michael Hileman
Undenied (The Amoveo Legend) by Sara Humphreys
Book of Wrath by Robin Coe
Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Thriller, Book 1) by M. H. Sargent
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream by Daniel Milstein
Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace) by K. Anne Raines
Secrets of the Red Box by Vickie Hall
Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann
The Last American Martyr by Tom Winton
Snowed by Pamela Burford
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) by L. T. Ryan
This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead) by James Cook
Be Hopeful (I Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times (The BE Series Commentary) by Warren W. Wiersbe
Chemistry by Jodi Lamm
The Accidental Groupie (New Adult, Rock Star Sex, Erotic Romance) by Simone Holloway
The Distant Shore (Stone Trilogy) by Mariam Kobras
Kiss Me, Chloe by Linda George
Bad Karma: The Edge of Texas – Bk 2 (Romatic Thriller) by JD Faver
Love Letters by Jane Larry
Deadly Memories by S. D. O’Donnell
The Love Handles Club (Love in the City Short) by Liv Morris
The Unexpected List (The List Trilogy) by Chrissy Anderson

Free from Smashwords:
The Strongest Ring (A YA Short Story) by Laura Bradley Rede

Received for Review:
Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf
Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls
Legend of the Raven Book 2 by Shawn Reilly

Of all these purchased this week, I’ve only read Walking Disaster so far. I posted a review on it already. If you don’t see the link in the sidebar, just type the title in the search box at the top right. I’m going to start Deep Connections today. If you haven’t already checked out my Call of the Raven Blog Tour post, please do. Click on the “a rafflecopter giveaway” link at the bottom of that post to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Shawn Reilly’s Call of the Raven, which is awesome. As you’ve seen above, Shawn sent me an ARC of book 2 in the series. I can’t wait to get started on that!

Have any of you read any of these other books? Did you like them? What are you reading now, or what did you just finish?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Fabulous Freebies for Friday

I guess I’m feeling alliterative today. I’m sure I just totally made that word up! Anyways, here’s today’s top 10 freebies on Amazon.

10.
http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Days-Sunday-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00359FHZ6/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_10

9.
http://www.amazon.com/What-I-Didnt-Say-ebook/dp/B008177HVE/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_9

8.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-Has-Dimples-ebook/dp/B005RQ26IQ/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_8

7.
http://www.amazon.com/17-Cents-Dream-Incredible-ebook/dp/B00AXCVJ6Y/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_7

6.
http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Grace-Fallen-ebook/dp/B00BMI5J2I/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_6

5.
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Red-Box-ebook/dp/B009BURX3M/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_5

4.
http://www.amazon.com/Too-Jewish-ebook/dp/B004FGMT4U/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_4

3.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-American-Martyr-ebook/dp/B005GFM764/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_3

2.
http://www.amazon.com/Snowed-ebook/dp/B003VYC776/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2

1.
http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Distance-Jack-Noble-ebook/dp/B00B8548LS/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_1

I hope if you don’t already have something at home to read, that you’ll find something here that interests you! Drop me a line & let me know what you’ll be reading this weekend!!

Review ~ Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ugh! I’m so vacillating between 4 & 5 stars here… I gave Beautiful Disaster an easy 5 stars, and this is right up there, but I think I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster just a teensy bit more. I’d probably feel differently about that if I hadn’t just finished Beautiful Disaster a week or so ago. It’s just that falling in love is always more exciting at the beginning & that’s when I fell in love with Travis Maddox – from the beginning. That says about how amazing these books are, too, because he is so not someone I would fall for in real life. Stop here if you haven’t yet read Beautiful Disaster, because this will spoil that. That being said, this book isn’t completely redundant, either. Jamie starts the book off by giving us a little bit of insight into Travis’ childhood. Might I say that it’s incredibly touching! Then it picks up with Travis’s first encounter with Pigeon in the lunchroom. I LOVED having Travis’s POV!! It gave so much insight into what motivated him to behave the way he did – often answering questions I had in the first book about his behavior. I melted everytime we got some of his internal dialogue. That was what touched me the most!
The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is just that I wanted more. I really would have liked to get more of his internal struggles during the time that him and Pidge were split up. We did get a little bit more there about his relationship with Trent. On that note, Jamie gave us more in general on the whole Maddox family. It was great getting to see more of his family and their relationship.
At the end we get a glimpse into their future, which was AWESOME. The only thing wrong with that was that I would have rathered have a whole book about their future, rather than just an epilogue. I JUST WANT MORE TRAVIS!! *SIGH* Absolutely AMAZING job, Jamie!!

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So, what did y’all think? What books out there have touched you the way these did?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Discussing Punished ~ Ch. 25

http://www.amazon.com/Punished-Paranormal-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B007GN4294/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366675199&sr=8-1&keywords=Punished+Arelia+LaRue

We’re up to chapter 25! Only 4 more chapters left!!

Ch 25 Re-birth

Arelia could hear someone calling her name. She awoke to Grand-mere Bea, Aunt Mae, Henri, Sabrina, Lucus and Tony. Arelia had been out 3 WHOLE DAYS!! She found herself staring at Lucus wishing he’d remember the kiss somehow. Mae had called Bea, and that’s why she was present. Grand-mere Bea asked for a moment of privacy with Arelia to inform her that they were leaving.

“Grand-mere, I’m tired of running…”

Bea understood why Arelia felt she needed to stay, but Bea still wasn’t happy about it. Arelia told her Grand-mere that it was time to forgive her sister, and then Arelia told Bea all about what had happened during her trip to the past. She didn’t, however, share her kiss with Lucus, but she told Bea how different he had been – how alive.

“…He needs someone like you.”

Arelia was surprised that her Grand-mere approved, but Bea told her how Lucus had been pacing outside her door for the past three days.

“I think I’m falling in love with him, and I don’t know how to tell Sabrina,”…

WOW!! I am SHOCKED! FINALLY!!!

Grand-mere Bea stressed to Arelia that she really needed to fess up to Sabrina. Then, Sabrina herself interrupts – impatient to talk to Arelia. Sabrina asked what happened, and Arelia told her she was fine and distracted Sabrina – as per usual. Then Arelia let Sabrina gush over Lucus a while. I had hoped Arelia was ready to finally speak up about Lucus!
That night Arelia and Sabrina both fell asleep in Grand-mere Bea’s arms.

So….I’m aggravated that Arelia didn’t go ahead and fess up to Sabrina. BUT, I think she is finally about to. I hope I’m not mistaken. I don’t know how much more of that crap I can take! Oh, and I’m certain she’ll discover that Ivan is Louis. I wonder how Arelia will react to that?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review ~ Heat of Passion (Out of Uniform #2)

Heat of Passion (Out of Uniform, #2)Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heat of Passion is a short, steamy novella. It’s the second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Navy SEAL Carson Scott is attending a bachelor/bachelorette party for Garrett and Shelby (from the 1st book). Carson is standing around talking with his SEAL buddies when “Jessica” a petite brunette walks up looking for a dancing partner. It’s not long before Carson find himself in a supply closet with her having the best sex of his life. She disappears, though, as soon as the deed is done. This leaves Carson contemplating his lifestyle and brings him to the decision that it’s time to grow up. No more one-night stands and wild flings for him.

One month later he’s on the beach as Garrett’s best man. He glances over where the reception is being set up to find none other than “Jessica”, who turns out to really be Holly. They talk after the wedding, both admitting that the night at the club had left a strong impression on them. Carson wants a relationship,though, and Holly just wants a fling. Holly is tired of being the good girl she’s always been. Can Carson help her embrace this bad girl side while being committed to a relationship with him?

My Thoughts:
I really would have loved to read this as a full-length novel. I enjoyed the characters and the plot as they were- I just wanted more details. There’s a lot of sex in the book, but not the kind of thing you’d find in say a 50 Shades book. I would have liked to see stronger characters and a stronger plot to balance it. I’m looking forward to what Elle comes up with next.

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About this author

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review ~ Ignite (Midnight Fire, #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

http://www.amazon.com/Ignite-Midnight-Fire-Series-ebook/dp/B005U8GQT6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366497037&sr=8-1&keywords=Ignite

Blurb:

“With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death.”

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they’re keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan’s lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

My Review:
Ignite (Midnight Fire, #1)Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Warning!! This review contains some SPOILERS.
I’m really not sure where to start with this one. First I should say, that overall I liked it, and I want to continue reading the series. Now, that being said there were some things that bugged me, or that I would change.
Kira, Tristan & Luke are the stars of the show. Luke is Kira’s best friend & of course, he has a problem with the boyfriend. Overall, I like Kira’s character, but sometimes I thought she didn’t act like a normal girl head over heels for a guy. I was always surprised that she would be so concerned about Luke, while seemingly so in love with Tristan. This wouldn’t be necessarily surprising with someone older, but definitely not typical of a teenage girl. I didn’t feel like the whole love story with her & Tristan had enough build up for my liking, either. One moment they just wouldn’t work out, and the next there was no turning back. I like the plot, but there were a few times that things seemed a bit unbelievable. For instance, I had a hard time with her waking up from a 3-month coma, and no big deal was made of it. I also expected a big deal when she didn’t come home among other things. It would often be stated that a big deal was made, but there weren’t enough details. Kira said she was stared at for being the “girl in the coma”, but that would be about it. Maybe it’s just that the story felt a bit rushed to me. I would have liked to have seen the story in much greater detail.
I love Tristan’s character. I wouldn’t change him and his brooding ways. And, for the most part I wouldn’t change Luke. Luke is built up as this really great guy with a huge heart, but then once or twice it’s hinted at that he may have a dark side. I don’t think that really fits him & that bugs me. I definitely get the whole love triangle thing. I imagine it would be hard not to form an attachment on Luke’s part. I’m curious how Kira is going to react to him in the next book, with her being away with him for 2 whole months. I’m also very curious about how Kira’s mom will come into play.
Despite the issues I had with it, I’ll still be coming back for more. It definitely didn’t suck in my book. I really just wanted more of it!

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About the Author:

Kaitlyn Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She’s been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a cockapoo puppy of her own.

Wanna find Kaitlyn?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5276341.Kaitlyn_Davis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaitlynDavisBooks

Blog: http://kaitlyndavisbooks.blogspot.com/

Have you read Ignite? What did you think? Are you going back for more like me?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Freebies For Your Weekend

Happy Friday!! Time to stock up on those free kindle reads for your weekend. Here’s today’s top 10 freebies on Amazon:

10.
http://www.amazon.com/Feels-Like-First-Time-ebook/dp/B00961VIIM/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_10

9.
http://www.amazon.com/Betting-on-Hope-ebook/dp/B005ISCTW6/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_9

8.
http://www.amazon.com/Be-Good-ebook/dp/B00C5YSBB4/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_8

7.
http://www.amazon.com/Deedee-Divines-Totally-Skewed-ebook/dp/B0028AEDE4/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_7

6.
http://www.amazon.com/Christianish-We-27re-Really-Following-ebook/dp/B00BI9U6RO/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_6

5.
http://www.amazon.com/Dukes-Undoing-Rogues-Ladies-ebook/dp/B007VTRULU/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_5

4.
http://www.amazon.com/THE-FALL-Rapha-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AHGWMX0/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_4

3.
http://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Upstream-ebook/dp/B00A8J10UM/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_3

2.
http://www.amazon.com/Tuesdays-paranormal-romantic-suspense-ebook/dp/B0056I5M22/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2

And finally….
1.
http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Hope-Quinn-Thriller-ebook/dp/B006BZIXZM/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_1

Let me know if any of these are any good. I haven’t read any of them; I just downloaded most today myself.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review of Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Penny-Sets-Up-Shop/dp/037586735X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365616992&sr=8-1&keywords=Pretty+Penny+Sets+Up+Shop

I started reading Beautiful Disaster last night, and if it weren’t for having so much I HAVE to do today, I would have already finished it. I’m LOVIN’ it!! I’ll be out tomorrow, so I’ll probably have a review ready for it either tomorrow night or Friday. In the meantime, I wanted to share my daughter’s absolute FAVORITE book Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop. I actually won this book a couple years ago or so, but it has been my daugther’s favorite “go to” book ever since.

BLURB

Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn’t have any money! What’s a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny’s attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a “Small Mall!” Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny’s surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children’s book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny’s help, kids can get money savvy!

My Thoughts
It’s really a win win book with its great message. You can never start too early teaching children about being wise with their money. In writing this review, I was surprised to learn that there are other Pretty Penny books out there. Same illustrations, same theme, different settings. I now know what books to get my daughter for her next birthday! Also, I would recommend the hard cover books versus the e-book version. This is one of those that your little girl will want to be able to turn the pages to. Plus, it’s only a few dollars more.

What are your little ones favorite reads??

Review of Ezra L.C.’s Ignition

http://www.amazon.com/Ignition-The-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00715FMO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365556796&sr=8-1&keywords=Ignition+Ezra+L.C.

Book Description from Amazon
Publication Date:January 23, 2012
The last half of your senior year of high school is supposed to be easy. Jes Anderson was looking forward to a relaxing final semester, followed by a lazy summer before heading off to college. Instead, she’s been having nightmares of fire and brimstone, while her best friend Amanda is harassing her to find a boyfriend. As if that weren’t annoying enough, a group of students from a rival town is temporarily transferred to Jes’ high school. Despite herself, she can’t help but take an interest in Seth Thomas. Jes can tell there is something unusual about him. But what exactly? He’s handsome and charming on the surface but Jes can’t quite figure out if she likes him or hates his guts. And he seems to be hiding something. So much for an easy semester.

This is a weird one for me. I’m going to start with the negatives first in this review, which is a little backwards for me. I usually want people to read all about what I like about a book first. That being said, you have to promise that if you read the negatives, then you absolutely MUST proceed to the positives! Otherwise, you’ll be greatly deceived about my overall opinion on this book.

Negatives
Okay, so here’s the bad for me. The first thing is Jes’s character seems to do a flip flop for me at the beginning of the book. At first she seems like a timid, quiet, book worm, but then she does this 180 & she’s one tough chick. She still holds onto a little of the girl she starts out as, but she still seems almost like a different person. I suppose boys can do that to you, or yes, even girls. Which brings me to the next thing I didn’t care for. There’s a little bit of lesbian action that takes place. It’s just not my thing. That’s me, though. There are no sex scenes in the book, just make-out sessions. Also, for any mom’s wanting to know what to expect for their teen readers at home, there’s a bit of foul language and some very violent scenes.
I think the kindle version could definitely have used a little more editing, but it wasn’t so much that it took away from the book. There was a scene or two that seemed a little unbelievable to me. Lastly, there were plenty of times that the characters got on my nerves, BUT it was typical teenage behavior and realistic.

Positives
So, my “negatives” list is pretty long. Here’s the kicker – I STILL COULDN’T PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!! I know, crazy right? It irked me in so many ways, but yet Ezra must have been brilliant, because I couldn’t stop reading. Ezra keeps taking you through all these twists and turns, and you just can’t figure out where it’s all going to end & you feel like you HAVE to know! This is sci-fi, romance & suspense all in one!!

I had to look and see if the next book was out in the Ignition Trilogy, and discovered the Ignition Trilogy FB page. Ezra is looking to have the next book Backdraft out sometime this spring. He’s currently looking for someone who speaks fluent Portuguese to help out. If that’s you, you can message him on FB. I wonder where the Portuguese will come into play…

I LOVE comments, so please say “HI”!!

Happy Reading,
Alison