Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Blitz + Giveaway || Love & Other Lies by Madeline Ash

Love & Other Lies by Madeline Ash 
Published by: Destiny Romance
Publication date: January 20th 2015 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Small town vet Abby Benson has fled to the country to put her shameful past behind her. She’s just beginning to find her feet again when handsome stranger, Rue Thorn, arrives in town and begins to stir things up. Rue is gorgeous, kind and thoughtful and the two share an instant attraction.  But convinced he’ll despise her if he learns about her history, Abby reluctantly keeps him at arms length.

Determined to win Abby over, Rue tries to reshape himself as the sort of guy he thinks she might be interested in. And for a while it seems his act is working.  But when he finds out that Abby has been lying to him, it isn’t long before everything start to unravel …

A moving story of trust, forgiveness and the power of love from the author of Uncovered by Love and The Playboy’s Dark Secret.

The story does sound good, doesn't it?Now it's time for a sneak peek...

Wednesday morning, Abby checked her watch as she hurried out of the bakery, paper bag in hand, ten minutes late for work. All Rue’s fault. If he would stop being seen around town – browsing the market, enquiring about nature walks, eating lunch with a healing Spindle in tow – everyone would leave her alone. But this was the third morning in a row that she’d been sidled up to and asked whether he’d persuaded her yet.
These people seriously had no shame.
She slid the change into her wallet and glanced up to see Rue leaning against her four-wheel drive, parallel parked on Main Street. She halted, stomach hitching. He was looking away, one ankle crossed over the other, hands in the pockets of those faded denim jeans. He wore sunglasses, the burnt brown lenses and thin gold rims working with the dishevelled hair to push him into clandestine superstar territory.
He’d been detected. Curious faces peered through shop windows, and Tanya loitered on the street corner, typing on her phone with eyes set on Rue. When she noticed Abby, she gave an outrageously obvious wink.
This was going to necessitate an official change in her working hours.
Abby hadn’t seen Rue since he’d visited the vet. Two days with nothing but a light on across the street to show he was still in town. Two days to remember how darkly she could hurt people and know for absolute certain she couldn’t run the risk of hurting him too.
As she considered hightailing it, he spotted her. He pushed off the car and started towards her. His walk was smooth, assured. The possibility that he was going to ask her out again sent nerves sprinting from her heart to her toes and back again.
She would have to say no.
No to that determined stare meeting hers as he shoved his shades onto his head. No to that kind heart and beautiful body. No to everything she wanted. Just no.
When he was a few strides away, she inhaled. ‘Rue—’
Hold that thought,’ he murmured as he reached her, sliding a hand behind her head and bringing his mouth down to hers.
Startled, Abby dropped the bakery bag. His body came closer, hand still cradling the back of her neck, the other skimming down her waist to tug her fully against him. Heat and contact met her skin and shot deeper, raging in her chest, tangling in the base of her stomach. He slanted his head and the warmth of his mouth shifted, tongue sliding over her bottom lip, not demanding entrance, but working for it. Working, playing, teasing – whatever he was doing, he did it like no man had before.
She could smell his skin. Hear the pounding of her pulse. His thumb caressed the hollow behind her ear and the tenderness of that touch tore through her body like a scream.
Deafened by it, she opened her mouth and drew him in.
His taste was an ache against her tongue, so pure and perfect that she missed it even as he pushed deeper. She circled her arms around his middle, holding on, feeling her breasts and belly and thighs press against muscle. She felt like she could never speak again and that would be all right, if she could stay right here. No lies, no restraint, just Rue’s kiss and the truth of her body’s response.
He’d probably be okay with that.
Those wide hands slid down to grasp her hips. Holding her steady, he broke away from her mouth and kissed up and along her right cheekbone. Abby closed her eyes as his lips reached her ear, tingles breaking out down her spine.
I hardly know you,’ he murmured, nudging the curl of her ear with his nose. ‘So how is it that I feel like I’ll always know you?’
She didn’t speak. Didn’t dare.
I can feel you in my head,’ he said, forehead on her temple. ‘You make me feel like there’s something urgent I haven’t done yet, and I can’t put my finger on what it is, but every day that I get closer to leaving this place, I get more uneasy. So I need to do something about it. About you.’
His mouth found hers again and it occurred to Abby that everything Rue knew about her was real. There was a pit of things he didn’t know – but the things he did know, those were real.
She had never kissed a man who knew real things about her.
He pulled back again, tucking hair behind her ear, and her pulse tumbled. ‘You must like being the subject of gossip,’ she murmured.
His back was to the street. A sparkle lit his eyes. ‘Observers?’
All armed with opinions about such a lascivious public event?’
Over-armed, I imagine.’
Friday,’ he said. ‘I’ll pick you up at seven.’
About that—’
Okay, seven-thirty.’ Then, as suddenly as he’d kissed her, he lowered his sunglasses and turned away, cutting past the delighted spectators. Abby watched his retreat, breath short. Arousal kneaded at her body from the inside out, like greedy fingers reaching after him.
As far as truth went, her response to Rue was absolute. It felt whole and untainted, pounding hot through her veins. It felt honest.
Well,’ she said, accepting her fate. ‘Seven-thirty, then.’

 Madeline lives and writes in Melbourne. She is an author with Destiny Romance and Tule Publishing.

Online, she calls home, although she does have capricious blogging tendencies so might not always have fresh tea ready for visitors. That's not to say she doesn't welcome company.

She writes contemporary romance.


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And it's time for a giveaway, kindly hosted by the author! Good luck :D

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • eBook copy of Love & Other Lies
  • eBook copy of The Playboy's Dark Secret (a connected book to L&OL, as the heroes are brothers)
  • A print copy of Uncovered by Love
  • $20 voucher for the online book distributor of their choice (Amazon/iTunes/etc)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7)

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander)

Rating : 5 stars
Read: September 2014
Format Read : Paperback

5 "I still can't believe how brilliant and addictive this series is" kind of stars 


Claire and Jaime 

My wonderful and amazing OTP! 

It's quite a great feeling to read a book and/or series that you feel you know the characters, you understand them, you root for them, you're alongside them in each conquest and their this two are in a special league of their own. They truly are.
Watching the series now, and having all those feelings of the 1st book, I can also see how much they grew and how much they realize they can't live without one another...they share the same soul and it's just a beauty to read about it.

Now, since this books are massive they also gave us an unique take on their lives, and of course a lot happens to this 2.

This book have even more turmoils and perils, it's the peak of the American Revolution and of course nothing comes easy for Jamie and Claire, even when they decided to keep away from it four a while and go too Scotland. Yes, you guessed it..,sea voyages don't come easy at all for them and the sea can be more dangerous than ever, since it haves two different forces trying to control it. And well, until they reach their destiny, they do have a ling way to go.

Despite their usually awesomeness, I loved the developments of Claire's relationship with John [ not the carnal thing...I still can't believe that happened,lol ].

I don't want to spoil much more but in each book I think it's impossible for me to love them more...I prove myself wrong every time.

Brianna and Roger 


Their story did ended up in a sort of cliffhanger in the last book...they risked it all, their lives and of the bairns, in order to save Mandy. So in a way it was bittersweet to read about their lives in the 80's but quite emotional, their need to not forget their roots and especially to stay connected with the loved ones they left behind, making a home for them in Lallybrook.

I love this two, so it was great to see them building a new life , even if Roger struggled with his calling and Bree had to overcome some 'macho crap' and proved her value as an engineer.

“Would you care to explain to me exactly which aspects of plant inspection require a penis?” 

Bree is awesome,you guys!
I love Jemmy (what a precious little boy) and well, the whole family really.

Now the developments on their story line blew me away...this time around it did end with a HELL of a cliffhanger.

Other characters 

Lord John

Yay, once again we get Lord John's POV and it's amazing! I know I'm biased but still :-)

My dear John,
You're awesome. You should have punched Percy. I do love you to pieces!


God damn it, doesn't the lad have a break? Seriously, the whole vendetta against him gave me chills. I get that, but the way that man was lurking around, expecting for Ian to be happy just to be the one to destroy it.
Gosh, how I just want for him to be happy and leave his demons behind.


I always thought it was interesting the whole William story line but it was indeed different to read his thoughts and his life. At first I confess I wasn't really ken in his story but he slowly grew on me. still I can't say that he is a character that I love but I do love his relationship with Lord John and the complexity of his history with Jamie. It's strange and great to see that he have traits of both his fathers.
And well, there were scenes that Jamie broke my hear, having to hide from his son but at the same time eager for a glimpse of him.

The Hunters 

I confess that at first their speech was way over my head but then I get used to it.
I do like this 2 a lot and how their stories is intricate with the other I can't wait for more of them. Especially Rachel, she is quite a direct and kick ass woman.


The plot have lots of coincidences and characters running to each other by chance but well, I didn't thought too much of it... even when we are skeptical, there are coincidences and it did give the plot lots of twists and turns.
I thought it was simply brilliant the way Roger and Bree received letters from the past and the ingenious how the way they read it (and we read it) it's like Claire and Jamie are there in the present, and we are alongside them.
Many people think that this series is way to descriptive but it's one of the aspect that I love about it, I love how detailed the books can be, how much historical tidbits we get, from the lives and customs of that time to historical moments. I now even know what is to someone to pull out a 'Benedict Arnold'....fascinating stuff really.
No wonder I'm so hooked in this series.... Do I regret it? Hell no!!!!!

My motto : "There will never be enough books in this series"
Oh and of course "Je suis Prest"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Killer Queen (Painted Faces #2)

Killer Queen (Painted Faces, #2)

Rating : 4.5 stars
Read: October 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition (ARC kindly given by the author)

"Extreme highs, earth-shattering lows 
- I've had them all."

Killer Queen (Painted Faces #2) by L.H. Cosway

"It was a new sensation for me to want to mark my spot, but she brought out my inner caveman. Who'd have thought it,huh? A bloke who wore dresses and lipstick on a regular basis was going all alpha male. There was definitely a touch of irony in there somewhere."

Killer Queen takes place before, during and after the previous book, Painted Faces.
And it's Nicholas time to tell a story, in a sort of journal, letting us know some of his lowest and highest point...and how meeting this beautiful, witty and snarky woman left him on his knees and feeling fully accepted of all the things that make him quite the "unique snowflake".

So this book not only gave a new perspective to the story it didn't the feel the whole book all over again (like it seems to be the norm this day) and many times it was quite intense and emotional to be on Nicholas shoes but what a pair of heels those are! (sorry couldn't resist the pun)
But it was also so entertaining, our Nicholas does have one dirty mouth (not that I'm complaining) and like before he can be amusing and just hilarious. Oh and jealous Nicholas? Priceless!
So yes, it was a whole new experience to read his perspective...

And it have given a lot more about him and how this woman made him see himself and try to really LIVE and not merely exist. Made him see that he is worth of every happiness and even if the memories shape us, is left to us to not let them overcome the life we can have.

(and one a quick note, Phil totally deserves the best friend award. I f I liked him before, now I completely adore the man for all his done.)

So do I have to say how much I LOVED this book?

Even though I've read Painted Faces in April (and only posted my review yesterday...damn procrastination) , it was a book that absolutely made it's mark on me.
 I loved this unconventional, sassy and emotional story. It's one of those books, that even if you not sure at first is totally worth the leap. 
Killer Queen can be read as a standalone but I would recommend to read Painted Faces to have the whole experience, and for that I don't mean just more of Fred and Viv, because let's face it, you won't get enough of them....but it's also because L.W. Cosway it's one great writer.

And that ending?...PERFECTION.


Oh and Nicholas?

This Is For Anyone Who's Thirsty For Michael Sheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Painted Faces (Painted Faces, #1)

Painted Faces (Painted Faces, #1)

Rating : 5 stars
Read: April 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition

...when in the fast embrace their limbs were knit, 
they two were two no more, nor man, nor woman - 
one body then that neither seemed and both."
Ovid, Methamorphoses 


"Every memory makes me who I am right now, in this moment. 
Good or bad, all experiences shape you" 

This is Freda aka Fred and Nicholas aka Viv story.

Freda is used to speak her mind, to let her snarky sense of humor to hide the shy and insecure woman she is. She is not used to have a handsome man to focus his attention on her...and well, that man is Nicholas, who just moved next door to Freda.
From the start he was a burst of color in Freda's world, besides being devilishly handsome, he is funny, intense and a flirt...and quite surprising when she goes to his show and discover the type of performer he is. At night the beautiful Nicholas transforms in the diva Vivica Blue.
And then one proposition arises for Freda to become Viv's assistant, where she emerge in the world of drag and most of all in all the complexity and the beautiful mess that is Nicholas.

"We all paint on a face to show the world. 

For some of us that's quite literal" 

This story is an unconventional, controversial and BEAUTIFUL love story.
It actually made me look past the box, past the stereotypes and focus in this amazing characters and their story.
I related so much with Freda (although I'm not that snarky or funny) and i loved how nonjudgmental she is.
And Nicholas? My dark and handsome man, my beautiful mess. This man can talk dirty and be a shameless flirt and then be all intense and passionate.

Painted faces is a story of discovery...of self worth, purpose, joy and love. And of course, that love do came in all shape and forms. 
Even if the man look better in a dress than you :D