Friday, September 27, 2013

***COVER REVEAL*** - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1)


TITLE - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1) 
AUTHOR - Melissa Rolka 
GENRE - New Adult 
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE - October 1, 2013 
HOSTED BY - Love Between the Sheets 


When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
I don’t even care that there are now three different girls talking to Reed. I sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder. He turns around and the look of shock and surprise on his face causes me to start giggling. He turns completely around with his back to the other three girls and gives me a smile that touches his blue eyes. His squared jaw highlights his smile perfectly. In this instant of a moment I decide I want to kiss Reed even if it’s just for fun and to forget.“You’re kidding me. Wow! I can’t believe you came here.” 

“I told you we would. You didn’t think I would do it, did you?”

“Honestly, no, but I was hoping. I never see you out on the weekends anymore, so this is a great surprise.” 

We stand there for a minute and then he orders me a beer. I take it, but nurse it. I've had a bit much already and don’t want the spins. He asks me and Quinn to play a game of pool with him and Matt. Matt wants to play girls against guys, but Reed says no way that he wants me on his team. I warn him that I am not that good, but alcohol may help my case. 

We play the game and I actually do pretty well. Reed touches me every chance he gets and is very flirty. It’s my turn and I have to bend over to make a shot, but to be honest I forget that I have a dress on. 

“Shit, Katherine,” he lets out in a bit of gruff tone and walks up behind me to cover me. 

I laugh at him. “Oops, I forgot about my dress.” 

“You look good enough as it is and now with a dress on. Jesus, I don’t need to get in a fight.” He is still pressed behind me as I continue to make my shot. I miss completely because to be honest I’m completely distracted. 

“I doubt anyone noticed, but thanks for protecting me.” He steps back and I turn around. I decide to be bold and kiss his cheek. 

“Trust me, you were noticed.” He moves a piece of hair from my face and the touch sends a chill through me. “God, you are so beautiful.”


Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review - The Born Trilogy by Tara Brown

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I loved this series!  The other half of BF Bookies told me about this author about 2 months ago.  I hadn't read anything by her. What I keep asking myself, is WHY THE HELL NOT??  Our book club featured Born and we all enjoyed this book.  We even made a video for Tara telling her how much we liked it.  

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, as I hadn't ever read anything from this author, nor do I normally read this genre - post apocalyptic.  I was pleasantly surprised!

The world came to an end 10 years ago.  Everyone is fighting to live. 

 “It’s us and them, Em.  There are no regular people anymore.”

I love what Tara does with details – not too much and not too little.  She makes you feel like you are sitting right in the middle of the story, right next to the characters.  She describes everything that appeals to all of your senses;  you can almost smell the things she’s writing about, you can see exactly how things are, you can almost feel the wind blowing in your face or feel how cold the water is, you can hear the high-pitched screams of the infected.  These sorts of details are what I need when I read a book.  They make me feel like I’m a part of the book.  Full of action, plenty of humor, and makes you want to keep turning the pages.  I had to know what was going to happen next. 

I loved the main character, Emma and would definitely want her on my side if the world comes to an end.  I want to be a part of her ‘us’.  She is such a badass and very smart.  Her father died when she was 9, but he had taught her how to be strong and how to survive.  She was sent to survival camp every year when she was younger, so she knew what needed to be done to keep living.

“Don’t help anyone.  Don’t go where other people are unless you have to.  Trust no one.  Always pull the trigger.”

I felt a connection with each of the characters, yes, even Leo (Emma's wolf).  The supporting characters are just as well-written as the main character.  Will:  pissed me off when we first met him.  Then slowly, he began to grow on me.  Very protective, and can kick some serious ass.  I would love to share a tent with him.  Jake:  handsome, funny, protective, all around great guy, even though his survival skills are lacking… quite a bit.  I would love to take a dip with him.  Anna:  young, yet smart, great survival skills, protective.  I would love to have her for a sister.  Leo:  loyal, strong, protective.  I would love to have him for a pet/friend.

I highly recommend these books.   I look forward to reading more from this author.

Each of the three books in this series gets 4 lovely hearts from me.   ~L

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review - Tasting Never by C. M. Stunich


I downloaded this book thinking it was going to be your typical broken boy meets broken girl..their eyes meet..they are pulled together by some sort of cosmic connection that neither of them could explain or want to deny... I WAS WRONG!

First of all, I want to say that there is nothing wrong with those types of books. I actually really like them and will stay up until ungodly hours of the night trying to get into the minds of those characters and feel what they are feeling.
This book was not like that.

In those other books, I spent hours of my time waiting for the next touch or kiss or more.
This book was not like that.

In those other books, I read until I got to the part where all the ugly falls away and beauty replaces the darkness that engulfed the characters before they found each other.
This book was not like that.

But what this book was... was real.

I did stay up all night reading this book, not because I had to "try" to feel what Never and Ty were feeling.. but because it bled off the pages and wouldn't release me. It twisted my gut and and made me uncomfortable...and I loved it. 

This book unwounded in a beautiful, dysfunctional display of  human nature. It asks the questions.. what would you do if you felt less than human in the eyes of the people who were supposed to love you the most. If you felt no one in the world would take your side,  how would you fill the void? How would you mend the broken pieces? It points out the obvious... that each of us are only one bad decision away from what we perceive to be "normal" life... and a place where darkness and despair could take us.

C.M. Stunich has written a story that cracks the comfortable parts of your mind and begs you to see things differently. It will push up against the walls of acceptable and stretch your ideas of why loving someone is wrong or right, acceptable or unacceptable, healing or damaging .. and really.. who are we to judge? Sometimes all that remains is the ugly, and that is beautiful..   ~M

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review - Damaged & Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward

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I really, really enjoyed these books!  I started them, kept right on reading them, and couldn't stop until I finished them.  Okay, I did sleep in there somewhere.  Oh, and I had to work, too.  But, whenever I had time to read, I was reading!  Two friends of mine mentioned these books to me about a month or two ago.  They said they absolutely loved them and told me I needed to read them.  They were already on my TBR list, and I actually owned Damaged for a while – probably purchased during one of my (many)   1-click-happy days.  All I can say is, I’m very pleased that I finally read them! 

H. M. Ward’s writing style makes these enjoyable and easy to follow.  The humor throughout and the banter between Peter & Sidney had me smiling and giggling all the way to the end.  They had a strong chemistry that felt so natural and the way they were so patient with each other was very sweet.  Yet, the sexual tension between these two drove me crazy!  I just wanted them to get on with it already! But, I understand why they didn’t. *sigh*

“I’ll do anything for you, be anything you need.  I just don’t want to let you go.”

There were characters I loved and one particular character I hated.  In my opinion, if an author can make you feel love, hate, sadness, or any emotion at all while reading, that is good writing.  :)

Peter – sexy, smart, funny, knows how to swing dance!  and has a secret that could make him lose the girl he loves.  Sidney – beautiful, smart, running from an abusive past/ex-boyfriend and from a family who didn't believe her.   Together, they help each other heal, together they help each other get stronger, and together, they help each other love again.

These were my first books I've read written by H. M. Ward, and I’m happy to say that they will not be the last.  I give both Damaged and Damaged 2 four hearts each.  Thank you for the Ferro Family, H. M. Ward!

When Sean, Peter’s brother, was first introduced in this story, he was a total asshole.  I just wanted to slap him – quite a few times.  Then, as the story progressed, he started to grow on me, and I found myself intrigued by this sexy, dark man.  Then, to my surprise, I find out that H. M. Ward has written a series called The Arrangement… and it’s about Sean!  Yes, I’ve already 1-clicked book 1 and I’m ready to get lost in Sean Ferro.     ~L

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review - Walker's Run by Mel Favreaux


Mel Favreaux has transported me to a beautiful place in her imagination!
I loved this story. Walker's run is an amazingly well written story that is able to avoid the pitfalls of a lot of "Were" stories by having very strong characters. This author was able to include the basics of a solid story..alpha finding his mate, defending his pack, fighting off enemies, ect, while writing about really interesting people that get stuck in your head. I found myself thinking about the characters and plot lines throughout my day! Favreaux transitions easily between POV's giving a great perspective of the story.
I connected with Casey right away. She is independent and strong and she transforms into her position in the pack with ease. I especially liked her relationship with Amber, a white tigress.
Braedyn is incredibly sexy as an Alpha, but brings a bit of tenderness by being softhearted  toward his mate, his family and his pack.
If you are a fan of paranormal and Werewolves, you don't want to miss this book! Oh, and if I am every claimed by an Alpha.. I hope it is Braedyn!  ~M