Ruin Me (Nova #5) by Jessica Sorensen

Ruin MeTitle: Ruin Me
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova
Publisher: self-published
Published: January 19, 2015
Shelves: new adult, contemporary, romance, road trip

Synopsis: A part time student, CNA, and caretaker for her slightly deranged mother, Clara McKiney doesn’t have time for a relationship. That’s why her friends with benefits arrangement with sexy and ridiculously charming Jax Hensley works perfectly.

But Jax has other ideas.

The moment Jax met Clara he was instantly drawn to her wittiness, confidence, and gorgeous smile. Even though he agreed to the friends with benefits arrangement, he secretly hopes for more than their weekend hook ups.

When Jax’s estranged mother mysteriously disappears, he sees an opportunity to spend more time with Clara. After convincing her to return home with him, a new agreement is made. One road trip and week together to find out why his mom vanished into thin air.

Things are about to get complicated.

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but that did not influence the review**

4 stars If you guys know me, you know that this series has owned me. So when I saw there was a 5th book I had to have it.

This story was a little different than the rest of the series, not quite as gritty. There was the element of drug addiction and how it affected people, but not directly. It was Jax’s mom who was the addict so we didn’t get to hear his personal struggle of trying to stay clean. He did have a lot on his plate though, so we did see how deeply addiction impacted his life.

2nd ShelfJax and Clara were both really similar and a great match. While the exact details of their situations were different, they both knew about too much responsibility at such a young age. While they didn’t divulge their secrets right away it made for a great connection. Which in turn led to a great romance. I loved the push and pull of their attraction, on both a physical and emotional level. I knew Clara wanted to give in, and I knew she wouldn’t hold out forever. I loved Jax’s honesty and how he was unashamed to ask her for more. The kissy times weren’t so bad either. ;)

I didn’t realize this would be a road trip book, and I got so excited as soon as that came up. It suddenly opened the door for the relationship to get to that next level. And if there’s one thing I love, it’s a good road trip story.

What did I want more of? Everything. It was just a little too “on the surface for me”. I love feeling the dark and gritty rawness of a character in my bones, and while it was written and I enjoyed it, I never felt it totally own me this time around.

The ending was lovely and full of so much hope and potential for fresh beginnings. It made my heart flutter because these characters totally deserved a HEA.

Rec this? Yes! I really loved it even though it wasn’t quite as gripping as the rest of the series.

Celeste

Release Day Teaser and Excerpt – Something Real (Reckless & Real #2) by Lexi Ryan

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Today we’re celebrating the release of

Something Real (Reckless & Real, #2)
by Lexi Ryan

It’s the second book in a great series
…and it’s available now!

We loved the first book (check out our review here)
so we’re excited to read this one!

About the Book:

SomethingRealAfter everything blew up on Christmas, Liz walked away from me, and I let her. She said she needed space and a chance to pursue her dreams. But we both knew she was running from the mess she made. Now the political campaign she used as an ex- cuse to leave is bringing us back together and I’m proving to her what she really needs—not just the hot nights, greedy hands, and undeniable physical chemistry. What she really needs is something real. What she really needs…is me.

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Excerpt:

Sam

Security had better not have let one of those asshole journalists from downstairs up to my floor. I swear, those soul suckers would do anything to get a new detail to add to their nothing stories. I open the door without removing the chain and feel as if I’ve been punched in the gut when I see the woman on the other side.

Liz is worrying her lower lip between her teeth and watching down the hall. Is she looking for Sabrina or trying to make sure no one sees her coming to my room? My insides twist at the sight of her—an internal tug-of-war between conflicting emotions. I want to pull her into my room and kiss her until she can’t see straight, touch her until she promises never to leave me again, and at the same time, I want to demand that she go back to her room because having her close makes me hope for things I can’t have.

I remove the chain and tug her inside by the arm before closing the door behind her.

“No one saw me,” she says, her eyes locked on the floor. “I made sure.”

“I saw you,” I growl. It’s painful to be this close—to breathe her air, to smell her perfume. I never knew how much it could hurt to want and be denied.

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Captive (Captive #1) by Brighton Walsh

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Title: Captive

Companion Series: Captive,
Book One

Author: Brighton Walsh  @WriteAsRain_

Expected Publication:
March 24, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 288

Genres: New Adult  Contemporary  Romance  Mystery/Suspense

Source: print ARC provided by the author

Summary from Goodreads: Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. The daughter of a prominent business man, she has everything she could ask for. Except a father who’s present in her life, a mother who doesn’t spend her days drinking herself into oblivion, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls a home. Madison dreams of someday leaving her life behind. She just never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.

Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary as dangerous as he is compelling, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness, and a heart as broken and battered as her own.

But as Madison lets her walls down for the first time in her life, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could rock her very foundation.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 03/04/2015): 4.23

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  • Christina thought this title was hot and surprisingly sweet. It goes on her TOP SHELF! To find out why…

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{blitz, excerpt & giveaway} Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff

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Today we are celebrating . Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff . (PRG Investigations, #1) Publication date: February 28th 2015 Genres: New Adult, Romance . . Synopsis . One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind—family, friends, school. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My only option, really, until I realized running from a police officer … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Review, Excerpt and Giveaway – Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker

Today, we're celebrating K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. Check out our review and the excerpt... and don't forget the giveaway!!   About the Book: Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway – The Right kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine

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The Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine comes out in paperback today!! We loved this book...as proof, see our review here! Check out the great excerpt below and enter the giveaway! Trust us...if you haven't met Chelsea Fine's wonderful characters yet, you don't  know what you're missing!! About the Book: Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{cover reveal + giveaway} Hold On to Me by Lucia Franco

Hold On to Me by Lucia Franco . Release date: April 28th, 2015 Cover Designer: Romantic Book Affairs Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age Series Standalone   Synopsis John Jackson. He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

The Hidden Library (The Collectors’ Society #2) by Heather Lyons

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Title:  The Hidden Library Series:  The Collectors' Society Author:  Heather Lyons Published:  February 2015 Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . . Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Release Day Celebration with Giveaways: Sustain (Broken & Screwed #3) by Tijan

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  Meet Bri & Luke in Sustain!  Amazon US Synopsis I had a simple life. I worked two jobs, made ends meet, and hung out with my mom and twin brother. The other part of my life was about avoiding him, but when SWAT raided my boyfriend’s home, that was the last straw. The boyfriend got tossed and to help me keep busy, my brother talked me into joining their old band again, but I had … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Untamed (Unbeautiful #2) by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Untamed Author: Jessica Sorensen Series: Unbeautiful Publisher: self-published Published: February 27, 2015 Shelves: new adult, contemporary, suspense, romance Synopsis: Emery No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real. Sometimes it’s … [Continue reading & get hooked!]