Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Source: Purchased for myself.
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: Already Released.
Number of Pages: 306 (Paperback)


Description from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

And Colleen Hoover has done it again!!!! I had Confess preordered for months, but I ended up being in a bit of a reading slump when the release date finally rolled around, but I picked it up last night...started reading, stayed up way too late reading, forced myself to get to sleep, and promptly devoured it this morning!!!

I loved Confess! Owen and Auburn were amazing characters, and their story was so intricately woven, and so captivating that I just didn't want to stop reading...or for the book to end!!! It's still totally continuing on in my head, and I'm actually pretty sad that I finished because I really just want more and more of Auburn and Owen. I completely loved it though, but I definitely wouldn't pass up the chance to read more about these two. ;) I think that their story ended in a really sweet, remarkable way, and I just loved it so much!! :D This is how I'm tortured by standalones though because I love how the book ends and is summed up, but would also love more. :P haha

I completely and wholeheartedly recommend Confess! If you love Colleen Hoover already, you'll definitely love this one, and if you haven't had the extreme pleasure of reading her books yet, then I think this one would be an absolutely fabulous one to start with! It was breathtaking and wonderful, and made me feel every single amazing and awe-inspiring feeling while reading it. Seriously...read it! I hope you love it as much as I did! ;)

What do you think? 
Does Confess sound like a book you'd like?
Have you read Confess yet?
Have you read any of Colleen Hoover's books yet?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: Inside Game by Collette West!


I'm always excited to see the covers for Collette West's New York Kings' books...and Inside Game was no different! I was privileged enough to get to beta read it for Collette, but I've been eagerly awaiting its cover, and today I'm able to share it with you. I think this is the sexiest cover for the series yet. ;D haha

And here it is!!! The cover for INSIDE GAME:

Inside Game
by Collette West
Release: July 10, 2015
Genres: Sports Romance, New Adult
Add to Goodreads
Third baseman Drake Schultz is the undisputed bad boy of the New York Kings. So it's no surprise when Major League Baseball suspends him for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Furious with their superstar, the front office issues an ultimatum: either work with their sober companion or kiss the rest of his quarter-billion-dollar contract goodbye. Cocky and arrogant, Drake resists being saddled with a live-in babysitter—even one he's insanely attracted to.

Drake is Eva Sloane's first celebrity client as a substance abuse counselor, and she knows she's in trouble when he starts tempting her at every turn. The way he looks at her is as hot as sin, but she refuses to become his new drug of choice. Slowly, she helps him realize he has to face the demons from his past and heal his tortured spirit before he can even think about satisfying any craving he has for her.

I absolutely love this cover, and it looks amazing with the other ones, too: 


What do you think?
Do you agree with me and think Inside Game is the sexiest cover in the series so far? ;) 
And is anyone else a big New York Kings' fan? :D

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Release Day!!! The Offer by Karina Halle!!!


Back when it came out, I quickly devoured Karina Halle's contemporary romance, The Pact...and now The Offer, a companion novel to The Pact is out!!! Both books are standalones, but they do happen to star two lovely, hunky, Scottish brothers. :P

And today is the official release day for The Offer!!!!!

You can find it on Amazon, B&N (I'll post this link once it's live!),  iTunes, and Kobo!!! For a limited time it also happens to only be $0.99!!!!! :D

So...if you haven't already fallen in love with The Pact, and have no idea what The Offer is about, I've got some lovely teasers, and an excerpt for you all! ;)

First things first though, here's the book's description:



She thinks he's an arrogant playboy.
He thinks she's an uptight prude.
But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. But when she gets knocked up and her asshat boyfriend leaves her high and dry, Nicola’s perfectly crafted world comes tumbling down. And stays that way.

Now, Nicola is the proud single mom to a five-year old daughter and living a giant lie. She can barely afford their ghetto apartment and all the men she dates run when they hear she comes with a child. She’s struggling and scared – and nowhere near where she thought she’d be at age thirty-one.

Her saving grace comes in the form of a tall, handsome and wealthy Scotsman Bram McGregor, the older brother of her friend Linden. Bram understands a thing or two about pride, so when tragic circumstances place Nicola at rock bottom, he offers them a place to live in the apartment complex he owns. It’s pretty much the perfect deal, so as long as she doesn’t mind living beside Bram, a man that, despite his generosity, seems to antagonize her at every turn.

But nothing in life is free and as Nicola gets her feet back on the ground, she discovers that the enigmatic playboy may end up costing her more than she thought.

She might just lose her heart.

Those McGregor brothers are nothing but trouble...

EXCERPT

When reality starts to fade in a bit, I find myself being walked to the door of my apartment building, my arms draped over both Kayla and Steph. We go up the stairs and now I’m standing in front of my door, wobbling back and forth, trying my hardest to look as sober as possible.

Steph goes to knock on the door but it’s already open. I guess we are being loud, giggling, in the hallway.

Bram looks at the three of us and my God is he a sight for sore eyes.

“We brought her home,” Steph says, motioning with her hand for Bram to get out of the way, “your shift is over.”

“No,” I tell them as they shuffle me inside. “He can stay.”

I know the three of them are exchanging a look over my head.

“I’ll make sure she goes to bed,” Bram explains. “No funny business, I swear.”

“Pinky swear?” Steph says and I turn to see her holding out her pinky to him. “You know I don’t break those.”

Ugh, Steph and her damn pinky swears. She wouldn’t even be married to Linden if it weren’t for one.

But Bram does a pinky swear with her.

“No funny business,” Steph warns him.

“Good thing I’m not funny!” I yell as I flop down on the couch. The room is beginning to spin.

“Nic, that was, like, five minutes ago,” Steph says. She reaches over the couch and pats my head. “Do you want us to undress you because Bram’s not allowed.”

“No one undresses me but me!” I yell, throwing my fist up into the air.

“Have fun with her,” Steph says to Bram. “And remember, she’s untouchable. Don’t make me make your brother punch you in the junk or something.”

Bram makes a scoffing noise. “Last time he tried to do that, I got him back good. You just ask him what happened on January 16th, 2005 and why he’ll never eat pudding again.”

“I mean it,” Steph threatens and I hear her and Kayla leave and the door closing.

I close my eyes too. Drift away for a moment. The spinning has stopped and there’s a beautifully cool breeze wafting over my skin.

“I’m not supposed to touch you,” Bram’s gruff voice says and when I open my eyes, he’s crouched in front of me, a lock of dark hair over his forehead. His face is shadowy in the dark, the only light now being from my bedroom behind him.

“That’s okay,” I mumble into the couch. “You can touch me. I say it’s fine.”

“How about I bring you something to sleep in? Do you have a favorite nightshirt? I always see you in that top that your nipples try and poke right through.”

“No, not the nipple shirt.”

He goes to get up. With a lazy hand, I grip his shirt. “Don’t leave. I’m fine here.”

“I can’t imagine you being comfortable.”

“I’m drunk. Everything is comfortable. Except I wish I had a cheeseburger. I would eat it and use it as a pillow. Or maybe use it as a pillow and then eat it.”

“I see.”

I raise my brow at him. “You just want to go through my underwear.”

“Oh, I’ve already gone through your underwear.”

“Lies.”

“I wore them on my head and danced around your apartment.”

“Did you really?” I ask, totally serious.

“Come on,” he says grabbing my forearms. “If you want to sleep in your clothes, that’s fine. But I’m bringing you to your own bed and taking off your shoes.”

“Can you brush my teeth too? I need clean teeth.” I let him pull me to my feet and I pitch to the left, heading right for the coffee table. But I’m in his arms, his capable arms, and he’s holding me to him.

“You have capable arms.”

“You have an exquisite arse,” he responds and half leads me, half drags me out of the living area and into the bedroom.

“I like the way you say arse,” I say with a giggle, exaggerating his accent. “I like the way you say everything.”

“I’m glad, because I foresee a lot of arse talk in the future.”

“Yeah, yeah.” I try and swat him away. “All talk and no arse pinching.”

About Karina Halle

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible. 

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her husband and rescue pup.

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 And here are some final teasers for you all! Be forewarned...some are pretty steamy! ;) 




What do you think?
Are you as excited to get your hands on a copy of The Offer as I am? 

I totally already got myself one, so hurry up and get yours, too! ;P 
That $0.99 deal won't last long!!! ;)