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Rhapsody on a Theme (Vivaldi in the Dark #3) by Matthew J. Metzger

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Synopsis:

Sequel to The Devil’s Trill Sonata

Although their relationship has been repaired since the disaster that was Cambridge, Darren has not. His depression has worsened over the years until it is no longer an option to watch the illness play out its patterns. Treatment is a must.

Treatment is also a difficult disaster. When the second attempt at medication goes as badly wrong as the first, and Darren is forced through a rapid deterioration of mood swings, insomnia, nausea and increasingly dangerous thought patterns, his partner Jayden begins to fear that the only end to this disease will also be the end of Darren himself.

Apart from a single glimmer of hope: when Darren’s best friend asks Darren to play at his wedding, Darren begins to slowly return to the half-forgotten piano. As he slowly sinks back into the music that he deserted seven years earlier, the shadows — finally — begin to fade.

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Whoa. What a ride with this trilogy.

From the 1st page of book 1, Vivaldi in the Dark, to the last page of book 3, Rhapsody on a Theme.

The genre is Young Adult.  Although book 3 follows more into adulthood, these 3 books stay true to YA.

The sex scenes aren’t really scenes. The nitty and gritty will only fully be sprung within your imagination. This romance follows 2 boys and depression.

I won’t go into major details of the book because I feel everyone should self discover the joy of reading and not have it ruined for you.  I will tell you that it does deal with depression and Matthew J. Metzger keeps it real. The details, the dark world Darren lives in sometimes can be felt within the pages of this trilogy.  You hurt when he hurts and you breathe when he is out from under the dark cloud.

Depression is a real illness that I feel doesn’t get it’s due as it should. Happy people could never understand what depression is really like.  Most will harp that said person could just snap out of it. Unfortunately it isn’t so. In Darren’s world he had Jayden, who is by far a pretty amazing guy. Especially for a young teenager/adult who are usually selfish. But Jayden was raised by a single mother for some time, and I know for a fact. as I was a single mom for a time myself, that those kids are different. Worldly, more sensitive, more mature than their respective peers. Adults in child size bodies.

The road for Darren and Jayden was a long one, mostly depressing, and we finally get that HEA for these 2.

The supporting characters were great, especially Livvy who I feel a deep connection with as our similarities could be 1 and the same.

While YA isn’t typically my go to genre because you know I got a kid that age, it just feels wrong to me lol, I recommend this series to all. Its not an easy read, but to me the more angsty a book the better, but it is worth your time. Darren and Jayden are memorable and will stay with you.  Matthew J. Metzger is a great story-teller and I will def be reading more of his work.

4 stars for the overall series

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Devil’s Game (Reapers MC #3) by Joanna Wylde

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Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn’t afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn’t afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.Or so she thinks.

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4.5 SEXY STARS!!!

First and foremost, our Congratulations to Ms. Joanna Wylde for making the “Devil’s Game”  the Romantic Times Magazine Top Pick!

With that said….  we got another HOT one over here!!!!

This is fast-paced… with just the right amount of suspense and action…. lots of humour…  romantic  and extremely hot!

This book will take you to Hunter’s beginning… on how he became a member of the Devil’s Jack and how he ended up kidnapping Picnic’s daughter Em.  (And we all know who Picnic is!).

And then there’s Em, a view of her childhood, growing up as Picnic’s daughter…  her story before and when Hunter, a.k.a. Liam, entered  in the picture.

We highly recommended that you read Reaper’s Legacy before this book, though it’s not necessary.  But if you have read it, then you already had a glimpse of how Em met Liam and her kidnapping…  but this time, read the full version through Em and Hunter’s POV.

And, of course, the aftermath…  knowing they both are from a rival biker club…. and that Picnic will not hesitate to kill Liam…  will that stop Liam from pursuing Em and vice versa? Well…. not if Liam or Em can help it!. 😉

Em’s character is smart, brave, kick-ass, stubborn and just the coolest likeable female lead there is…. and one of the most that we love about Em, is that  she knows and goes after what she wants!

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And Liam, well, he defies the odds against them, thus, proving himself worthy. We love his sexy and cool demeanour and how he fought and respects his woman. He is one hot alpha!

Their story is definitely not easy…. but who wants easy?

All in all, we totally loved it!!!!  It is well written… and it has everything a biker romance book should have : there is  action, that nail-biting suspense, humour, just enough angst and of course, it’s totally hot!.  😉

AND….  guess who the next story is gonna be? Picnic!!! OMG!!! That little preview of Picnic’s story in the end, what a tease!!!! WE CANT WAIT!

❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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Just Between Us by Hayley Oakes BLOG TOUR

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Title: Just Between Us

Author: Hayley Oakes

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

SYNOPSIS

An attraction that can’t be denied ….

Ten years spent trying to forget.

Kyle returns to his home town following years away to discover Sophie nursing a broken heart after being dumped by her fiancé.

A decade before Sophie and Kyle hated each other, she thought he was an arrogant playboy and he thought she was a spoilt princess. A drunken kiss changed everything and they spent the summer before university hiding their budding relationship.

Back then he was the achingly attractive bad boy that Sophie couldn’t resist and now Kyle attempts to revive Sophie from her misery as her friend.

But is the one person she wouldn’t let herself have the only one who can save her?

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Playlist

I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift

Make Me Over – Lifehouse

Let her Go – Passenger

The One I Love – David Gray

Someone like you – Adele

Broken Strings – James Morrison and Nelly Furtardo

Vision of You – Belinda Carlisle

Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Back form the Dead – Skylar Grey

Collide – Howie Day

Demons – Imagine Dragons

The Only Exception – Paramore

Easier to Be – Lifehouse

 

Author Bio

About the Author: Hayley Oakes is a wife to a Manchester United fan and a mother to a three year old daughter both require patience and a sense of humour. She enjoys reading angst ridden romance and writing stories that she would love to read. She loves post apocalyptic movies and anything 80’s. This is her second novel.

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My Inspiration Behind the Characters

I have always loved angst ridden romance ever since the days of ‘My so called life’ and ‘Party of five’. I love the idea of a romance that is doomed to fail despite how much the characters are drawn to each other.
I wanted to create a story where the characters were unable to stay apart but didn’t really like each other. I also don’t like stories where the end is a foregone conclusion and so I like the reader to always guess what will happen next.

My inspiration for Kyle was every bad boy in fiction that I ever read, in my mind he was a lot harsher than I wrote him but it didn’t translate to paper and he became a tortured good guy deep down. I wanted him to be a mixture of Jordan Catalano from ‘My so called life’, Griffin from ‘Party of Five’ and Patrick from ’10 things I hate about you’. Someone who is adored by people but doesn’t require the adoration, who is effortlessly cool but doesn’t need the acceptance.
My inspiration for Sophie was the teenage angst movies that I have enjoyed my whole life. The torture of feeling like you don’t quite fit in and the hardship of realising that your parents aren’t perfect. You realise that your mum can love again and be giddy. You realise that you can get yourself into trouble and don’t have to ask permission for everything. My own teenage experiences and those of my friends were drawn on heavily,
Sophie gets a bad rep in some reviews for being whiny and selfish but really all she is someone who is too scared to just be herself and accept what she wants. She’s a typical teenager who worries more about what everyone else thinks rather than just following her heart.

The British Psyche that causes love to be even more torturous …..

Brits are polite and say sorry a lot,
They keep their feelings bottled up and tied in a knot,
They find it hard to say exactly how they feel,
Keeping emotions hidden well, even as they heal.

Brits often tend to worry what other people think,
Not usually finding it easy to throw caution to the wind.
They need a cup of tea to calm any storm.
They need validation and like to conform.

When it comes to love, Brits find it hard to express,
Exactly how they feel which can leave them in a mess.
It’s hard to win at love if you aren’t prepared to say.
Just how much you feel and I love you every day.

Despite their guarded nature they love strong and deep.
You get loyalty and trust, qualities to keep.
The words are not forthcoming but actions certainly are,
Which speak louder than words and are preferred by far.

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Real life versus fiction – which parts of Hayley Oakes are included?

Interview with Hayley

Have you ever had your heart broken? Yes – a few times.

Have you ever had an attraction to a bad boy? Oh God yes – where are the good boys???

Have you ever fallen for someone who was out of bounds? No – however I craved a forbidden romance as a teenager.

Have you ever craved someone you hated? No – I’m too good at hating lol.

Are your parents divorced? Yes but I don’t have any step siblings

Have you ever had a holiday romance? No – that one passed me by.

Have you ever loved someone so intensely that you couldn’t bear the thought of living without them? Every day ❤

Do you have a best friend like Ashley? Yes, I have an extremely close and amazing best friend but she isn’t as selfish as Ashley.

Do you regret letting a long lost love go? No, I have found my bad boy.

Have you found your HEA? Yes ….. thank God.

 

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BECAUSE OF KIAN by Sibylla Matilde Blog Tour And Giveaway

 

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Because of Kian

 

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***** Mature Content, Abuse, Sexual Situations, Adult Situations, Strong Language *****

I know I’m twisted. Growing up in a perfectly well-adjusted home, I don’t really have an excuse. But no matter… I realize how messed up I am. And therapy can only do so much.

I pushed my boyfriend to violence, a violence he couldn’t control. Sickly, I almost liked it. So I pushed him more. Before long, the pain outweighed the pleasure and the loss I sustained shattered me. So I ran. I’m now a bit shell-shocked harboring a lot of guilt. My boyfriend is now my ex and wants revenge. He wants me to pay for turning him into the monster he’s become. And I still have a deviant yearning that I don’t understand. My own monster inside… my own demon to battle.

I can’t get close to anyone. I can’t give in and scratch that itch. I can’t wreck someone else.

And now there is Kian… my rescuer on a dark, painful night. He sees through my pretense. He tries to pull me from my frightened isolation, to keep me from becoming a victim. He forces me to face my warped desires and shows me that pain doesn’t really have to truly hurt.

He wants to show me a way to serenity. But I am afraid… Will I ruin a good man?

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EXCERPT

His hands slid along my jaw, just above my neck, and nudged my face up to his. My eyes closed to shield him from the raw emotion he would see in them. I waited for his words. A rebuff or a command. Something to start the argument that was sure to follow.

 

But instead of hearing the growl of his voice, I felt his lips crash down on mine. And I blossomed beneath him.

 

My arms frantically wrapped tightly around his waist. His kiss was demanding, fervent and rough. My aching soul relished in the painful, bruising force of his mouth on mine, the tight pull of his fingers in my hair. Taking a few steps, he pushed me roughly up against the wall, and I moaned as the rush of desire poured through me.

 

He knew. I needed him. I needed this.

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Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana exploring the dusty Old West gold country on the back of a horse. She attended a two-room schoolhouse beginning in 1st grade & had the same teacher until she changed schools after 7th. Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Deveraux & Lisa Kleypas. She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache. She is a true romantic & always has stories floating around in her head, living in a fantasyland until she writes them down to free them.

Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually… but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.

Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He’s proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet.

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The Seer by Ariel MacArran

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The Seer by Ariel MacArran
Publisher: Here Be Dragons
Publication Date: February 19, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction Romance 18+

Synopsis

Discovery means death but Arissa risks everything to save Fleet officer Jolar’s life. Repaying this telepath means saving her from execution and Jolar strikes a bargain that will spare her life. In return, Arissa must join him on a dangerous mission and use her telepathic abilities to help him uncover hidden forces that threaten the Tellaran Realm.

Jolar will do whatever it takes to clear his life debt to Arissa. The only thing he absolutely cannot let himself do is fall in love with her . .

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Confusing to start but unputdownable towards the end

This started out really confusing. There wasn’t enough world building or any basic info. I double checked the GR blurb, the front of the book, the back of the book.. etc. It felt like I was missing a prequel or a book one. Then it wasn’t till much later that I found this “The Seer is a stand-alone novel but it takes place in a universe (The Tellaran Realm) where one already published book (Stardancer) takes place”. That explains it. I urge you to read that other one if you felt as lost as I am.

It might be because of the lack of info that I didn’t feel any connection to the characters nor do I believe in their romance. BUT, the story really did pick up about half way. THEN, it’s really unputdownable, lots of action and intrigue. A lot of it had to do with crazy Jasa. She was completely delusional, but she wasn’t alone. She did so much for Jolar, or rather using him to her own advantage.

I didn’t like Jolar at the beginning, how much he kept from Arissa. But, he resurrected himself at the end, in a really big way. It went against what he was taught his whole life. It just showed how much integrity he had, and how much he was in love with Arissa.

The other character that I really liked was Kemma. She’s not your normal ornament (yes, what a strange word for an occupation, but i digress). She’s clever and fierceless. Arissa’s journey would be much worse if it wasn’t for her. I was glad that they found each other, even if the chances for that was next to nil.

I wouldn’t mind reading more of Jolar and Arissa story, if there were more.

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BLOG TOUR: WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS BY LISA HENRY & J.A. ROCK

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Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, authors of When All the World Sleeps. We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our crazy ideas, this new book, and even giving you a sneak peek or two! And of course there’s a giveaway involved! Leave a comment to win!

Thanks so much to Slits Read for having us, and to everyone following the tour. Here’s today’s look at When All the World Sleeps:

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Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a great pair of prizes! Up for grabs is an ebook of our last co-release, Mark Cooper versus America, and a $20 gift voucher from Riptide. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your Facebook or Goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! On APRIL 2, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win this awesome prize!

About When All the World Sleeps:

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Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.

Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.

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Harper’s Little Spitfire Blog Tour and Giveaway

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E book: March 2, 2014


 ~Synopsis~
For the last 15 years, Sage Mathews has had her eye on one of the Harper brothers. Each time she came even remotely close to catching his eye, he ruined it by taking advantage of the closest woman around. Despite her many attempts of capturing his attention, she repeatedly ended up suffering from the pain yet again. Having been hurt for the last time, Sage decides to pull herself away from the bad boys of Laker.
Fate had a different plan for her… Certain surprises have drawn Sage back into the path of the Harper brothers once again, this time exposing her to their interesting…predilections. Possessing secrets of her own, she is thrown into a world she never thought possible.
One woman holds the Harper brothers’ hearts in the palm of her hands, but the true bad boy for her won’t allow her into his heart. Will he ever drop his guard down and finally feel the true love from a woman? Will she allow one of the Harper brothers into her heart? Or will he demolish her entirely for anyone else?
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                           ~About Author~
Born and bred in Australia. Have lived here all my life with my wonderful husband and 4 children. Love reading any kind of books and love to write. Currently writing my second book in the ‘Sweet Series’ and love it.
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