Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Connected by Kim Karr


Connected
By Kim Karr
Published: May 7th 2013
Genre: Contemporary-Romance

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?


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J&M's review:

This story literally left me breathless and craving for more! It made me smile and cry and I was grateful for every emotion because it just made me fall in love with it that much more! I can't believe that this is Kim Karr's first novel because this book was brilliantly written like someone who has been doing this for many years. River and Dahlia have CHEMISTRY & this couple is to be added to one of the hottest couples out there.. & RIVER *SIGH* he was exactly what Dahlia needed-- Full of charm, super flirty, fun, sweet, and ROMANTIC as hell! I'm completely blown away by the cliffhanger though & was so disappointed but excited that it means there's a second book! So much has happened in Connected, but I know there's still so much to uncover, I can't wait to see where the story is headed because the twist left me with my jaw hanging, but the ending fitted well with the story... PERFECT REALLY! ;)



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Avoiding Intimacy by K.A. Linde

Avoiding Intimacy (Avoiding #2.5)
By K.A. Linde
Published: February 26th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Growing up, Chyna was handed everything on a silver platter. She never wanted for anything, except love—unconditional love from her parents. Love was a foreign emotion, and watching her parents love/hate relationship was never easy.

So when it came to her personal life, she made sure she never had to relive that. With looks that could kill, it was simple for Chyna to be the love 'em and leave 'em kind of girl. And she had always been okay with it. She would rather be single the rest of her life then end up as miserable as her parents. So when a man rescued her after she was drugged in a night club, she never expected to start a relationship with him.

But one chance meeting changes it all. Chyna is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity that could sky rocket her career, and she is forced to make a decision that could ruin everything.


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Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde


Avoiding Responsibilty (Avoiding #2)
By K.A. Linde
Published: December 1st 2012
Genre: New Adult, Romance


Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack's wedding.

The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can't seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?

Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi's life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?


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Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde


Avoiding Commitment
By K.A. Linde
Published: July 29th 2012
Genre: New Adult, Romance


Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.


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Entwined with You by Sylvia Day


Entwined with You (Crossfire #3)
By Sylvia Day
Published: June 4th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance


From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Tour: Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno




Welcome to my stop on the Keeper of the Lost Souls blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!



Keeper of the Lost Souls
By Kristy Centeno
Release Date: June 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Summary from Goodreads:
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts. Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn is part of a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls, whose main purpose is to guard those spirits which are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living.
Because Bryn is a witch, she’s fairly comfortable dealing with all sorts of threats, which she does with ease and confidence. Handling supernatural creatures is as easy to her as baking a pie. Dealing with people however, is something she is yet to learn how to handle.

Unfortunately, as her 18th birthday approaches, and the time for her to take on her first assignment finally arrives, Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.
Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches. A vendetta he has carried on even after death. However, as much as he might hate them, in order to stop a century old threat, he must join forces with one. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge.


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It's been a minute since J&M have read a YA novel. The moment we read the first chapter we became hooked. Bryn McCaskey the protagonist was an interesting character from the get-go. She comes from a long line of witches and is a Keeper Witch of lost souls. From the moment she graduated from high school and turned 18 years old Bryn was assigned her first charge, which means she has a whole clutch of souls to guard and protect from demons or soul eaters.

Bryn's 23rd charge a soul name Johnny Shaw was anything but compromising. Johnny was the last of his family line and his soul was out for revenge for his family and the evil witch that had killed them. He was a unique soul, a very powerful soul who used his powers on Bryn during their first encounter. He didn't want to have anything to do with Bryn and knowing that she was his families worst enemy- a witch.


Although Johnny and Bryn were both stubborn and butting-heads in the beginning. Once Johnny learned to trust Bryn as his Keeper Witch their connection and bond grew and with that they conquered and defeated the evil witch who tried to destroy and wreak havoc on earth.



This story was intriguing. Kristy Centeno did a wonderful job creating a story about witches, trust, family, and responsibilities. We appreciate that the author incorporated Chinese history or folklore and/or that the characters were of an asian descent. Not a lot of young readers are aware of the Asian culture, so this was something fresh to read about. The book was fun and witty, even the annoying characters grew on us. Overall this was a nice and fast read. We would highly recommend this book, it was a great YA novel.








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