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Pre-Release: Falling (Fall or Break #1) by Barbara Elsborg

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About the book:

Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.

Harper is no longer behind bars, but it doesn’t feel like it. Ten years serving time for a crime he didn’t commit have left him shut down, numb, and a frozen wreck over the simplest of choices.

He’s acutely aware of the dark-haired young man checking him out in the supermarket, but he’s too deep in panic mode to even meet the guy’s gaze. Afraid the slightest move will trigger a fall that will never stop.

Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he’s a waste of oxygen. The tall guy in the long, gray coat is the first bright spot he’s glimpsed in a long time…though the man’s unblinking stare at a bottle of shower gel is a touch alarming.

Hard experience tells both of them to turn away before lust turns to hopeless attraction, and inevitably to disaster. But once their sparks connect, the arc of electricity is too strong to deny. Even if the cost is too much to bear.

Warning: Contains an ex-con with disaster written all over him, a boy toy who’s trouble with a capital T, a damp old British house, compulsive meddling, and enough hot sex to cure the severe case of nervous babbling.

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Expected publication: March 24th 2015 by Samhain Publishing

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Mare's Review

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* thank you Samhain Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of this e-book *

Im 100% in love with that cover and all covers that Samhain has been putting out. Just had to get that out there!

4 solid stars

Blimey!

This book had me so torn up. I liked it, it kept my interest. I kept saying I didn’t love it. As if there was something off about it, and I couldn’t put my finger on it! Maybe I thought the 2 MCs together were just….off?!?! Except when they were together they scorched me. They lit up my insides. It has been a real long time where I have picked up a new read and felt my insides slowly burning…. the feeling in that pit of your stomach… that this! this book! it’s going somewhere!

Then I thought hmmmm, its darker, edgier, def has angst… but not a Mareangstbook? What is it that is making me feel as if this just another read???

13 hours later I still cant tell you, but I can tell you that this book, the last 25% grew and exploded and made me think… Blimey!!!!! (new word for OMG and fits with the Brit boys in this book) this is FANTASTIC.

The mystery ran smoothly, the whodunit, the clues, worked seamlessly IMO.

The sex. The sex is so desperate and so hot and so just so… I have no words for it. When you read this book you will know what I mean.

The characters, so complex and you can feel (Harper’s) desperation, you can actually feel his heartbeat.

I loved both MCs equally. They both had qualities that you would want to find in a man. And the laughter and conversations melted me. Melted me.

I went through…

Smile

Giggle

Pout

Frown

Smile

Sweat

That was hott yet Im laughing

Biting my nails

Twisting my hair

Frown

Smile

This book shall give you it all.

And I will let you know that I really really really can’t wait for Book 2.

Once you meet Conrad I think you’re also going to be salivating for Book 2.

Dear Ms Elsborg.

Please dont make us wait long~

Yours truly,

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Love Lessons 1 & 2 series by Heidi Cullinan

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Book 1

Synopsis/Blurb: 

Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.

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Book 2

Synposis/Blurb:

Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.

Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.

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My 2nd and 3rd read of 2015.

While it didn’t start off the bang that I wanted, these books so so made up for that fact.

God, I hate it when no books work for me, when I start DNFing at the 10 page mark, when I roll my eyes, skim, scroll my e reader for another book because seriously there’s got to be something better out there right? right! And inadvertently I found the Love Lessons series through 1 of my internet boo’s Kristie.

She says “Oh Mare these books are good”

I trust her, so I try….

And I get sucked into this world full of Disney cheer, and laughter, and such oowey gooey sweetness that it is coming out of my pores! And its not cheesy sweetness, cause you know, I cant stand cheesy sweetness. There is sexual tension woven into 50% of the book that I thought I might get asphyxiated by it.

And the moments were tender and sweet and just so so right.

Book 1 was a little treasure in the sea of bullcrap.

And I finish it and am lost in this sweet essence that just engulfed me!

Now on to book 2, expecting the same oowey gooey sweet stuff………..

Boy I was never ever so wrong.

What I got was 270 pages of….

Music

Bigotry

Hot sex. OMG. From the get go… the sex was just…. out of the stratosphere HOTT.

Bible thumpers

Douchebag dads

crazy ass mom’s

Supportive loving parents and friends

Gunshots

Secrets

WTF. Did that just happen? Seriously?

And I got

Ready for it?

Ready????

I got ELIJAH!!!!!!! Elijah who is a side character from the main ones, but the 1 I feel for. Hook. Line. Sinker

He stole the show, I love him. I want him. And his book is coming

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In August

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So far. So far away. So so so far away.

GAH. The wait is going to be torture, and not sweet torture at that.

I do believe that book 3 will be the most epic one of them all. Because

Elijah.

Thanks to Kristie and Susan for understanding my hype through all the tweets.

And for keeping it together because they knew what was coming and didnt spoil that shit once for me!

Mare

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rock by Anyta Sunday

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About the book:

Igneous.

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

And then …

There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.

All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.

Sedimentary.

Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close … friendship.

Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are realbrothers…

Metamorphic.

But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?

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5 Emotionally Gutted and I never want to stop feeling this way stars

Oh

My

God

This book is going onto my all time favourites, re-read, make me ugly cry shelf.

I have been waiting ALL of 2014 to have a book make me feel this way. I love Angst. And I love books that make me feel like crawling up into them and curling into a ball, hiccuping cause I can’t keep the level of emotion out of my tears. The outer body experience. I haven’t felt this way since I read Split by Mel Bossa.

Anyta Sunday wrote this story so beautifully. I felt EVERYTHING. Everything guys. It reached into the very marrow of my bones.

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” He balls up his fist and presses it into my open palm. ‘I’ll be your rock. Do you think you can handle that today?’ 

I squeeze his warm fist. His pulse– or is it mine?– beats under my finger.” 

4No, it’s not a good look, gain some self-control4

“I smile and trace my name over its surface. Then his.

The tide sweeps in around us as if to soak up my story and run away. I envision it out there being tossed up onto the rocky surface. Has our story ended? If so, will it sink to the bottom of ocean, near the aquamarines that mermaids treasure? Or will the heavy breezes whip it through the sky, carrying it over every surface because it’s not finished yet? 

4And deep down I know this never works4

“I glance at the hook he’s tying around his neck. It had to be a hook because I want to reel him in. Even if I can’t or won’t, it’ll be nice to see hope hanging from his chest.” 

4But you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt4

“Our story never sank,” I murmur. “The breeze carried it for us.” 

There are so many more beautiful quotes, words, I can add here but I won’t. I’m gonna take these feelings that I have and wrap them all around me, cocoon myself within them, I never want this feeling to leave.

The lack of sleep, the dizziness, the headache. It is all so fucking worth it. Because this book… this book is probably one of the best I’ve ever read.

The best,

It was unputdownable! I left my BR buddy in the dust. She didn’t even get to start it and I was finished.

My eyes couldn’t stop leaking and wouldn’t leave the page. I couldn’t swish the page over fast enough. I had bated breath, racing heart beats, shaking hands. It hurt so fucking good. So good.From beginning to end, it started as a fisher and worked itself up to breaking my heart into a million little pieces only to glue itself back together again… but the fishers are still there as they will never ever be fully healed.

It was motherfuckin epic. The highs and the lows. This is how an addict must feel. The rush. The high. The tumble, The black hole of despair.

This book was EVERYTHING.

**Lyrics. Stay With Me by Sam Smith**

Mare

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Flight of Magpies (A Charm of Magpies #3) by K.J. Charles

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Synposis: 

Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 3

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

Warning: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.

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4,5 It’s the end of it all stars

Damn! I can’t believe this series is over. Really. Over.

Dear KJ Charles,

Do you think you can provide us with a 3.5? Just a small itty bitty tinny tiny few lines of some more Lord Crane and some more Stephen??? Just a little story of where they are? And some hot sex on a platter to boot?? Its not to much to ask for I don’t really think….  all us little people who will now have a tiny little fracture, some may be bigger than others, in their hearts because…. because it matters to us… we would probably fall graciously at your feet. Really.

Sincerely,

Would forever be grateful, Mare

I loved this series. So very much. Just like my review of book 2 I will repeat: I have never loved two MCs so equally as I do Lord Lucien Crane and Stephen Day. I can’t split them up, I can’t separate why I liked one more than the other because you just can’t.

And then there is Merrick. My Lord. Everyone deserves a Merrick in their life. I’m so glad I have my Merrick. You know those friends that never leave your side, that have your back no matter what. That can go blow for blow with you and it won’t change a thing! Yes everyone deserves a friend like that!

We meet Jonah. I for one can’t wait to sink my teeth into Jackdaw which is currently waiting to be devoured on my Ereader. I’ll let you in on  something. They probably won’t ever replace S&C in my heart. BUT. You never know, stranger things have happened and my mama always told me to never say never.

There is murder and mayhem and laughter and no tears. There is trickery and fights and arguments and the strings of my heart humming. Crane’s declaration. Man. Sex against the wall. Hot. The argument. Worthy.

The way KJ Charles writes, makes reading so effortless. You just fall into it. And… you don’t stop until the end. And it almost feels like all it took from start to finish was just a blink. Its fantasy and magic and fiction and Joy.

“Crane put his hand on Stephen’s tattooed shoulder, pulled him over for a kiss, and felt Stephen’s hands move on him, assertive, cofident, loved. 

Two for Joy, That would do very well indeed.”

Joy

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Pre-Release: Off Campus (Bend or Break #1) by Amy Jo Cousins

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Synopsis: 

Everyone’s got secrets. Some are just harder to hide.

With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

Warning: This book contains cranky roommates who vacillate between lashing out and licking, some male/male voyeurism, emotional baggage that neither guy wants to unpack, and the definitive proof that sound carries in college housing.

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Expected publication: December 30th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

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Mare's Review

1st off Thank You Samhain Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of the e-book. 

Secondly that cover… O.M.G… that cover is HELLA… HELLA HOTT. I wanna hug it and squeeze it and sleep with it. That’s how much I love the cover. Because the model… I don’t know who is he but he reminds me of someone who I fell in love with this summer, Zach from BB16. (Big Brother 16).

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So this story was my Zach story where he wasn’t just bi-curious but totally ended up with his guy. Gah. This cover. Gets 5+ Send Mare into a lust induced coma stars.

The overall story I enjoyed. I liked the concept, the story line, Reese, the slow burn angst.

However at some moments I really really really wanted to punch Tom in the face.

I facilitated between punching him out and hugging him and then punching him again.

DUDE. Get over it. Was pretty much my mantra.

Did I love Reese?? YES. SO MUCH.

My Reese….GAH LOVE

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(anyone else see the resemblance or just me????)

It got to the point where I kinda wished that the story was in Reese’s POV. I really wish I knew his story more in depth.

This was my 1st Amy Jo Cousins book, but Goodreads advised me that she has many a books that I will totally get to.

I liked her wording, the way she spun the story, and of course Reese.

It is the 1st story that I haven’t DNF’d in weeks so, I thank you Ms Cousin from the bottom of my heart for resurrecting me back.

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Playing the Fool series by Lisa Henry and J.A Rock

Book 1:

Expected publication: December 29th 2014 by Riptide Publishing

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Book 2: 

Expected publication: February 2nd 2015 by Riptide Publishing

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Book 3:

Expected publication: March 9th 2015 by Riptide Publishing

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About the series: 

Mac and Henry aren’t just an odd couple—they’re completely improbable: a tough-as-nails, by-the-book FBI agent who picked the wrong week to give up caffeine and donuts, and a young con man who’s as handsome as he is difficult to pin down. But when they’re stuck on the run together, the snark and heat reach Shakespearean proportions. Or maybe that’s just Henry’s flair for the dramatic.

Rural Indiana has never seen an accidental crime-fighting duo quite like this. But when the danger’s over and the play’s done, Mac and Henry may have to write their own script to find a happy ending.

 

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Thank you Netgalley via Riptide Publishing for the e-copy of these books! 

I have mad author love for both Lisa Henry and J.A Rock. My 1 wish is that someday I get to be in a room when they are plotting their next joint story. Whether they are going for dark, sad and twisted or fun with fisting 🙂 you’re sure to get a dose of greatness. I was honoured to be able to Beta read Another Man’s Treasure for these 2 ladies. A dark and twisted book that left me feeling a little desolate. I was able to pre- review When All The World Sleeps and was so amazed how these 2 thought up some of the shit they did. And my heart hurt. And the ANGST. OMG these 2 do ANGST so well.

And here’s a well known secret. They write fun stuff too! Like make you LOL and LOL!

Mark Cooper VS America

So much fun and hot that book!

So now I get to tell you about Playing the Fool. 

Well no I won’t spoil it for anyone because it’s a long time b4 it releases to the public but I will tell you to Treat yourself with book 1 for Christmas. Good tidings and good cheer! A little Mac and a little Henry really will leave you feeling good.

I can’t even imagine how much these 2 ladies must of laughed their asses off writing some of the sentences in these books.

I am totally not Disguspressed ! Like not at all. I am totally and 100% in love with the way these stories flowed.

Henry and Mac take you on such a fun fun ride. Costumes and dresses! Guns and murder!

Candy and donuts and just say no to sugar.

Say no to decaf and nasty ass tea!

Happy birthdays, twisted persona’s, running, someone’s always running.

So here’s my advice. Start this book with a great big mug of coffee (pot! pot of coffee) and a box of doughnuts. Don’t share the doughnuts with anyone. This box should be your’s and your’s alone. Ensure that you have lots of candy or chocolate with you at all times.

If you’re on a diet this book is not for you 😉

I’m totally saddened that this ride has ended for me…. for now

I am so disguspressed with those last 2 words cause I want more more more and soon soon soon and please please please!

But alas while I wait to see if get more Mac and Henry….  I’ll take some Brandon and Alex to keep me company!!!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry

 

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Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, author of Sweetwater! I’m touring the web talking about my inspiration, my

writing process, and giving you a behind ­the­ scenes look at Sweetwater. And of course there’s a

giveaway! You could win a title from my back catalogue, as well as a $20 Riptide gift voucher!

Giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for me 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 I won’t be able to see it otherwise! On October 8, I’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 the prize!

About Sweetwater:

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Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton

because he’s deaf, but that’s not what shames him the most. Something in Elijah runs contrary to

nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.

Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is—and for all the ungodly

things he wants. And Crane isn’t the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane,

he refuses to push or mistreat the young man.

When violence shatters Elijah’s world, he is caught between two very different men and two

devastating urges: revenge and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must

face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end

his life . . . or truly begin it for the very first time.

 

 

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Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she

hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a

government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of

a mix­up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English,

neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as

many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown­up.

You can visit Lisa her website, at Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

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