on Aflame by Penelope Douglas.

I CAN’T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT. Obviously, I read it in one go, right after it was released at midnight. I’ve been waiting for this since January!!! And it was absolutely worth it!!! Let me just totally fangirl this review and then I think I might be ready to think about something else.

Synopsis:

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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Review: (*may contain mini spoilers*)

My hands were literally shaking when Aflame came up on my kindle. That’s how excited I was for this. And it did not disappoint! If you have been reading my reviews for awhile, you know that Jared Trent is my ultimate book babe. And Tate is someone I wish I could be! I feel like there are million things I want to tell you, but my mind just turned into a mush. This review is not articulate at all.

Okay. Let’s start with Jared. After seeing him again in Aflame, I completely understand Ms Douglas’ reason to break my favourite book couple of all time. I had full trust in her, but I still wasn’t sure if the break up was necessary. However, the portrayal of Jared was so incredible, that I was so bloody happy that she broke them up at the end of Falling Away. Jared had undeniably grown as a son, as a friend, as a brother and as a boyfriend. I couldn’t believe it was possible to love him more. Jared, you ruined my love life!

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Tate, the perfect Tate… What I admire the most about her is her strength. And in this book, she proved again how independent, strong, smart and just overall how beautiful she was. I completely understood her determination to ignore Jared and just show him how much better off she was without him, because…GIRL POWER! Aflame really did have a strong message towards girl power, because of its amazing girl characters like Juliet, Fallon and even Katherine. Basically, this book was everything I loved, wanted and much much more.

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I’m glad that no one saw me reading Aflame, because I must have looked like a total idiot with my outbursts of laughter and crying. Or just generally swooning. I loved this book so much, I can’t even describe it to you. It was an absolute sensation, seriously. I loved that there wasn’t unnecessary drama, but it was truly a story how to soul mates are reuniting!

I have to also mention Madoc and Jax, who initiated my ultimately favourite scene from the Fall Away series. Their intervention to wake up Jared was so perfect! When Jared realised that he can’t just “fuck around” and has to get Tate back for good, I did a victory dance! The reason why I loved it so much was that Jared had his best friends explain it to him. And it just showed how much this group of friends care about each other.

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I could go on and on about Aflame, but I’m going to stop now. I can’t believe that this is the end of their journey, but I am so, so happy that they all found their happy endings. And when I miss them? I’m just going to re-read the series all over again! If you haven’t bought Aflame, go and BUY IT! Or if you don’t know Penelope Douglas, go read all of her books, because there won’t be one that would disappoint you. Thank you so much for this series!

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Rating: 6 out of 5, that’s how amazing this book is!

I hope you will read Aflame and drop a comment here!

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By the time you’re reading it, I have probably finished AFLAME!!! And I’m probably melting, crying or laughing. Anyway, GO AND BUY AFLAME!

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Title: Aflame (Falling Away #4)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015
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Synopsis

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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About Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Fall Away series. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Penelope lives in Las Vegas with her family.

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on Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward.

So while I’ve been waiting impatiently for Aflame, (IT’S COMING OUT ON TUESDAY PEOPLE, BRACE YOURSELF BECAUSE MY “SUBTLE” FANGIRL IS GOING TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE.) I had to find something to calm be down a bit. I read Love Surfacedwhich didn’t disappoint so I figured I’d give the NA romances another try. Stepbrother Dearest was recommended, because the male protagonist is very similar to one of my ultimate book babes – Jared Trent (whom I can’t wait see on Tuesday in Aflame!!!!!) Anyway, I gave it a try and here’s what I thought!

Synopsis:

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You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

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on Love Surfaced by Michelle Lynn.

Hi there.

I haven’t posted a normal review in a while, so I brought you a light new adult romance called Love Surfaced. I have a long list to-read books waiting for me, but I thought a bit of cheese wouldn’t be so bad! So here it is.

Synopsis:

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The equations are simple.

Piper Ashby + Brad Ashby = Twin Siblings
Brad Ashby + Tanner McCain = Best Friends
Piper Ashby + Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship circle.

Ignoring swarming butterflies.
Brushing off skipped heartbeats.
Settling on lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface twice?

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BLOG TOUR: Shadows & Lies by Eden Butler. GIVEAWAY.

Hello there!

I’m here today with a blog tour stop of Eden Butler’s Shadows & Lies! There’s an excerpt, review, character casting and a giveaway waiting for you. Enjoy and drop a comment!

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Shadows & Lies (Shadows, #1)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Mystery
Release Date: March 26, 2015

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One lie can change your life.

A web of lies can destroy it.

Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on his desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother.

Alex Black is a distraction Ryan doesn’t need—she’s loud, obnoxious and a common thief, but her eyes are haunting, her lips irresistible and Ryan happens to love her filthy mouth.

Alex is also the only one able to help Ryan find the leads he’s missing. She’s the only one who can lead him to the one person who has the answers he seeks, but following her could cost Ryan everything.

Secrets get told, lives get wrecked and in every shadow, the truth is hiding.

Review

Shadows and Lies got me at synopsis! I love strong female characters and Alex Black is certainly one tough cookie. I was So excited to read and it did not disappoint. We get into the mystery part straight away and it made me go for more.

Alex is a very complex character with a lot of bad life experience. When she meets Neil Ryan, she sees him only as a cop (though a pretty hot cop) and doesn’t even consider starting anything with him. I really liked that they didn’t start anything straight away and it simmered enough. Ryan looks a bit like Mr Perfect, but he also has some demons which is why I think they are a perfect match! Look at them (or my version of them):

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The suspense and mystery is very well written –  not at all predictable. I was wrecking my head for most of the book to find out the connections. What absolutely frustrated me (in the good way though) was the steamy stuff! Ms Butler is such a tease! I updated my statuses on Goodreads, telling everyone that we are finally getting there, but it was like I jinxed it. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of sparks that will make you fuzzy! 😉

Overall, I really enjoyed this easy read with a mystery and some suspense. And of course romance! I definitely recommend this book and hopefully, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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“I’ve never seen you cruel before. Didn’t know you had it in you, Boy Scout.”

“You know, lady,” there was a hum in my voice I didn’t recognize. Alex had put it there with just the low dip of her gaze, “you got all these ideas that you know me. You don’t.”

“Ditto.”

Her eyes moved with the shake of my head, following the slow nod, the moment becoming something tactile, obvious as the heating air between our bodies that dampened our skin. Two looks, two held breaths and something had shifted. Hell, who was I kidding? It had started, brewing, way back, the second I grabbed her arm, stopping her from taking that wallet. It simmered when she snuck onto my balcony asking for my help. Now it crackled—that attraction, the symmetry in the breath that mingled between her mouth and mine.

“Alex?” It was only her name falling from my mouth that moved her gaze off my lips, a small glance that was all the answer she’d give me. “I’m not a fucking Boy Scout.”

There are times when you can’t think. Those are the clustered moments when the energy, the zing of the moment you’re in breaks apart any awareness you have. There is no logic in the swell of sensation or the liquid heat that drives one body closer to another. It’s the feel of warmth, the hope of touch that pulls you in no matter what your brain tries to make you understand about right and wrong, friend or foe. I wasn’t supposed to touch Alex Black. I wasn’t supposed to see her as anything but a mission. I was supposed to find her stalker and keep her safe.

But I had always done what was expected. Seems she had to, as well. The difference was that my expectations fell on the side of justice. Hers ran along the tracks of corruption. Both meant we survived however we could.

I didn’t think about the case or what had brought her to me in the first place, and what kept her coming back to me. I reached for her because I knew that’s what we both wanted. I touched her because she let me and once I had her against my chest, felt the smooth brush of her fingers on my neck, sensation shattered judgment.

The last sound I heard before I kissed her was the strangle of laughter falling into a moan. Hers, not mine. Alex was a woman—beautiful, sensual, parts that went in and out just like they’re supposed to, but she did not kiss me like any other hesitant, docile woman I’d ever touched.

She touched me like she was still hungry, like the meal we had just shared had not filled her. Like nothing would.

About EB

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

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BLOG TOUR: The Slayer (Untamed Hearts #2) by Kele Moon. GIVEAWAY.

Hello there!

Today, we have a blog tour! I have an excerpt, a review and character casting for you, so I hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you As The Pages Turn for this opportunity.

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Title: The Slayer (Untamed Hearts, #2)
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Erotic | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015

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To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.
She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He’s a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.
A thief.
An addict.
A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there’s something holding him back, a single temptation he can’t resist before leaving.

Alaine.

She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.

“To me you’re coke. Fine. Smooth. Perfectly white. Very bad for me, but so fucking sexy I don’t give a shit. It’s worth going down for.” – Chuito Garcia

Review

The Slayer completely exceeded my expectations! I’ll be honest, I had my doubts because I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Viper, but already then I was very intrigued by Chuito and Alaine. I was hooked from the first page and I cannot recommend The Slayer to you enough!

Alaine is a heroine that I would die to be friends with. She’s smart, empowered, independent, beautiful, loving and a little bit bossy – everything I aspire to be. I could understand all her emotions and I was rooting for her right from the beginning. Her chemistry with Chuito was undeniable. Chuito is a troubled soul, a little too stubborn. I definitely felt a strong connection to him and I thought that their journey together was beautiful and exciting.

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But the relationships that absolutely stood out for me where the bromances. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I genuinely laughed out loud during Tino’s and Chuito’s conversation. I don’t want to throw a shade at Alaine, but I truly believe that Tino is Chuito’s soulmate. Their relationship alone is a good enough reason to read this book, it’s been so long since I came across such a strong bonding between friends. Nova – Tino’s brother is also hilarious and his bossy one liners made me crack up several times. GO BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IMMEDIATELY.

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This book had a perfect balance of suspense, action and romance. I couldn’t stop reading. I found myself breathless while following the adventures (or problems, accoring to Chuito) of Miami gangs and Italian mafia. I was so intrigued, maybe I found my inner gangster? 😉 I was a bit disappointed that not everything got resolved, now I need to wait for another 2 books. I have no idea how will I survive!

This was such a gem and I hope that more people will find this book and read it. The Slayer is definitely one of my favourites of 2015, so thank you Ms Moon! Read it and don’t forget to drop a comment!

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Rating: 5 out of 5

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Excerpt

“It’s a new dance. I don’t know the steps.”

“No steps. You always need rules,” Chuito complained. “Just listen to the music. Close your eyes.”

“They’re closed. I’m listening.”

“Listen to the drums. That’s the part you listen to. Feel it.”

“I’m feeling it.”

“No. Feel it like a heartbeat. Like life. You want it to be a love song, hear the sex in it. Hold me like I hold you.” He jerked her tighter against him as he said it, forcing her breasts to crush against his chest and her dress to ride higher up on her thighs. “Like you need me.”

Alaine sucked in a hard breath and ran her hand up from his shoulder to his neck. The lust made her languid against her will, and when he moved this time, she followed because she didn’t have a choice.

“You’re not supposed to think when you dance. Supposed to just feel. To move the way I tell you to move.” He ran his hand up her back, pushing at the center of it until she arched into him, allowing her head to fall back and forcing her hips tightly against his. “Yeah, like that. Better. I step hard. You step—”

“Soft,” she finished for him.

“That’s right. Follow my hand. Hard, soft, together we fit.” He loosened his hold on her waist, and she stepped back to the beat and then allowed him to pull her into his arms again. They did it a few times, the push and pull, stepping away from the heat and moving back together like they needed each other to keep breathing. Then he pulled her to the right and stepped to the left at the same time. When he used his hold on her waist to force her back, she stepped so that her feet were between his. He fit the two of them back together like a puzzle piece again, with his leg pressed so intimately between her thighs it was making her ache. She arched her hips on instinct, and he hummed in approval. “Bueno, asi mismo. Move them like God made you to move them. That’s good, mami.”

Before now, they’d been dancing salsa, not this hybrid, more sensual form of moving that felt like a guilty pleasure. The beat was the same, the steps were sometimes the same, but this was so much more intimate. A tease. A candy-coated sin that wasn’t a sin because it was labeled dancing instead. Alaine loved it. She let herself be completely soft in his arms, moving where he wanted her to move, because it felt so damn good to let go of everything else and just be with Chuito. All she had to do was feel the drums throbbing and listen to the erotic, lulling sound of a man singing in Spanish about dancing with his woman. All night.

They danced until the sun came up.

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Kele MoonA freckle faced, redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives off pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.

So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who had infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts–They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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