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Ripped by Katy Evans Blog Tour

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Synopsis

Every woman wants me–except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.

That’s alright.

Let her come at me. Because I’m out for her heart and, this time, there’s no way she can stop me.

Review

“Ripped” is the next installment in Katy Evans’ “Real” series. And what an installment it is.
After I wasn’t all that wowed by Melanie’s story in “Rogue”, Pandora and Kenna more than made it up to me.

Their story is intense and raw, filled with so much hurt, heartache, betrayal and insecurity, it can bring you to your knees. It’s a story about a young love that was pure, real and binding, but couldn’t weather the pressure and expectations that the outside world imposed on them.

Now, years later, Pandora is a woman who had her heart-broken by the only man she ever loved. It was a betrayal and pain her heart never recovered from and so she keeps it guarded. Not allowing herself many emotions, she appears cold, distant, sarcastic and cynical. Yet underneath the tough exterior is a young girl feeling rejected and abandoned.
When the person that broke her heart is suddenly in her life again, it all turns upside down. Not wanting to let him back in her heart, she tries everything to fight the feelings she still has for him – except the ones of anger, hate and thirst for revenge. But a love like she felt for him can never be truly laid to rest, so the more time they spend together, the more her feelings resurface.
And though she tries to hide them behind a sharp tongue and insults, it is easy to see that her heart is still bound to him.
I liked Pandora and I liked the depth that Katy Evans gave her character. She has reasons for her cold and harsh behavior. The pain and the fear of getting hurt again are palpable. It’s so easy to understand why she acts the way she does as her heart has never grown beyond the moment it was ripped in pieces. But she has the courage to slowly let love in and I enjoyed witnessing how she allowed her softer and more emotional side to show – step by little baby step.

Mackenna was something else. He too felt betrayed and abandoned, unworthy of love. Now a rock star, those feelings still haven’t changed much and even with all the money, fame and women he still feels alone and empty – missing an important piece of himself. That piece is Pandora.
So once their worlds collide again, all his old feelings resurface and burn with an all-consuming fire. While at first he wants to make her pay, it soon changes into wanting to make her stay. And not just because of the mind-blowing sex that they have. He feels like they belong and he doesn’t make a secret of it.
He’s intense and doesn’t stop pursuing her, trying to get her to see what he’s seeing. And he does this well – but how could he not, considering he’s a sex-as-sin rock star that is also witty and smart, and has a soft side to him as well. What a mix! Add to it his protective and possessive streak as well as his down-to-earth attitude and you have one irresistible book boyfriend.

Their chemistry and sexual tension is off the hook and will make you fan yourself at times. Their banter is hilarious and their emotional moments are intense and raw. I couldn’t stop keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that they’ll sort their issues out. But as the secrets that both of them carry from the past come to light, they’ll have to prove if their love is strong enough to forgive and understand.

Sometimes I wanted to slap them both upside the head though in order to make them see what’s in front of them. And I wanted to smother Pandora for constantly going on about his “wolfish eyes” and his perfect buzzed head. Jesus girl, curb your obsession.
But those minor hang-ups didn’t do anything to reduce the awesomeness of the story.

4 goth-and-a-rockstar stars.

Meet the Author

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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It’s a Wonderful Fireman by Jennifer Bernard #BlogTour #Review #Giveaway @Jen_Bernard

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SynopsisHard-edged fireman Dean Mulligan has never been a big fan of Christmas. Twinkly lights and sparkly tinsel can’t brighten the memories of too many years spent in ramshackle foster homes. Although he’s established himself as one of the top firefighters at San Gabriel Station 1, he doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like gorgeous Lizzie.

Lizzie Breen is used to fighting-from her alpha male brothers, who try to smother her in the name of safety, to the life-threatening childhood illness she overcame. She knows what she and Mulligan feel for each other is a lot more than a fling, but she can’t get him to see that. The only gift Lizzie wants to give him this season is her love, but he’s not willing to accept it.

When Mulligan is trapped in the burning wreckage of a holiday store, a Christmas angel arrives to open his eyes. But is it too late? This Christmas, it’ll take an angel, a determined woman in love, and the entire Bachelor Firemen crew to make him believe … it is indeed a wonderful life.

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ReviewWell let me just start out by saying that I am always a sucker for a fireman story. And Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. Although had never read any of Jennifer Bernhard’s books and was unfamiliar with her Bachelor Firemen series, when I was offered the opportunity to read It’s a Wonderful Fireman, my interest was immediately peaked. I mean how couldn’t it be? How could I pass up the chance to enjoy two of my favorite things in one story? I knew this was going to be a novel for me and it definitely was.

Dean Mulligan had a rough upbringing from a drug addicted mother to an abusive stepfather and spending time in and out of foster care and situations that were sometimes no better than home. Now grown and working as a firefighter, he has always kept his distance from any kind of attachment, especially where women were concerned. That is until he met Lizzie Breen. Although he’d always tried to stay away from Lizzie, there was just something about her that continued to draw him in. But Dean never believed he was good enough for her and that there was no possibility of a longstanding relationship, and he continued to keep the walls around his heart never letting Lizzie inside.

Lizzie Breen comes from a loving and happy family surrounded by strong, alpha male brothers and is used to having to take a stand for herself. Lizzie also had a difficult childhood because at the age of 10, she was diagnosed with Leukemia and had to learn to fight for her life and overcome her struggles with the treatment she had to endure. Deep in Lizzie’s heart she knows that she and Dean belong together and is determined to continue to fight for him to make him finally realize that their hearts are entwined and that they belong together.

But when Dean finds himself in a life threatening situation, he begins to relive his life’s path finally coming to the realization that he doesn’t want to live without Lizzie in his life and that she is the one and only woman for him. But will Dean ever get the chance to tell Lizzie how much he loves her or is it now too late?

With a little taste of a Christmas classic entwined in this novel, Jennifer Bernhard has given us a wonderfully entertaining tale including some funny laugh-out-loud moments, as well as touching and emotional ones. The emotion practically leapt off the pages keeping me engrossed in Dean and Lizzie’s story right through to the last page. Although this story is part of a series, It’s a Wonderful Fireman can definitely be read as a standalone. But be forewarned because once you read this novel, you are most certainly going to want to go back to the beginning to enjoy Ms. Bernhard’s engaging and enjoyable Bachelor Firemen series I can promise you.

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4 ENTERTAINING AND “WONDERFUL” STARS!

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“You shouldn’t be flirting with the new probie. If Fred was here, he’d tell you.” Mulligan looked very sure of that fact—arrogant, even. She assessed the bump in his nose, the way his biceps bulged from the sleeves of his T-shirt, his air of absolute assurance. Another girl might be intimidated, but Lizzie had grown up with four brothers who’d become soldiers and a firefighter. She’d outgrown intimidation by the age of six.

“Why are you so suspicious of Ace? He’s part of the brotherhood, isn’t he?”

“Not yet,” Mulligan said with decisive finality, as if everything had now been settled. “You stay here, and I’ll tell him to get lost.”

“You will not!” She grabbed his arm as he brushed past her. It felt like grabbing a log, that’s how thick and strong his forearm was. “It’s none of your business.”

“It is my business. Freddie’s my business. We’re tight.”

“If you were that tight, you’d know that his only involvement with my love life is feeding me ice cream after a breakup,” she snapped. “Stay out of it, Mulligan. You have some nerve, you really do. I’ve never even met you before, and you’re trying to tell me who to sleep with.”

He stopped dead. She kept her hand on his arm because it felt so good. His tendons tightened under her touch, and she saw his jaw flex.

A quick flick of his wrist, and suddenly she was pressed against him, chest to chest, thighs to thighs. Sensation poured through her; it felt like standing next to a volcano. “I’m not telling you who to sleep with. I’m telling you who not to sleep with.”

“Oh, really?” she snapped, furious. “Who should I not sleep with?”

“Anyone but me.”

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Judgement 8 by DH Sidebottom ~ Review

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Synopsis

When your genetics are reformed, life becomes a constant battle to survive.

Elina Rowe was born and raised for one specific purpose… to become Subject Alpha in Judgement’s research into energy manipulation.
After years of tests and experiments something goes wrong in one specific test allowing Elina to escape. When she runs straight into the hands of Reid McCallum things start spiralling out of control and everything she believed is turned upside down.
Elina soon finds out that Judgment isn’t all she thought it was and people she thought enemies and friends are total opposites.

Reid McCallum –Subject Delta, has been searching for ‘The Eight’ for eighteen months, hoping to build himself an army to take down the establishment that took so much from him.
When Elina storms into his life, he and his friends find out just how devious and greedy Judgement have become. What seemed like a ‘freak mistake’ in one of Elina’s trials wasn’t exactly what they thought and her break out wasn’t as simple as it seemed.
However, what Reid comes to find out is that he no longer needs an army…. Because Elina IS an army!

This book contains strong language, violence and explicit sexual scenes.

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A Sci-Fi Erotic Thriller from the brilliant DH Sidebottom? Oh yes, and it’s beyond anything I’ve ever read in this genre mix. Judgement 8 has put her above and beyond any of my expectations, and this story is absolutely mind blowing, and will have you at the edge of your seat the whole way through.

Elina grew up in the Judgement Corp. under the watchful eye of her mother, who experimented and basically put her through hell her entire life, which has drastic outcomes and changes the face of everything you thought you knew. She braves the storm, and escapes the facility, running smack dab into Reid, who little does she know, is also a Judgement subject.

These two are like fire and ice, literally, and it’s one hell of a storm that’s brewing. The physical and mental bond they have is like nothing I’ve ever seen, and the force they bring as a pair is magnificent. They have mutual enemies, ones that will stop at nothing to destroy them, and it’s an explosive non-stop thrill ride

Book Reviewed by KellyFive stars.1

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Enforce (Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Release Day Event

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Book Title: Enforce (Eagle Elite Series)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 18, 2013

Synopsis

There’s two sides to every story…

And ours? Isn’t pretty…

Then again, what’s pretty about the mafia?

Trace Rooks, that’s what.

But she only wants one of us, and I’ll kill him before I let him have her.

The only problem?

We’re cousins.

And she may just be our long lost enemy.

Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn’t attend Eagle Elite University.

Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer…

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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