Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Poses by Michelle Leighton



He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.


Strength…
It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it. But she did. Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater. Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to reach her goal.  

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse. In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe. All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese. That sounds easy enough, right?

Weakness…
Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy. Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one. It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he has a plan. It’s simple: Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life. That sounds easy enough, right?  

But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her. To save her. Even if he has to save her from himself.

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I was very excited to get Harrison "Reese" Spencer's book in All the Pretty Poses. There was just something about him, albeit brief in All the Pretty Lies, that had me wanting and needing more.


Reese is a man driven by power. He's built an empire on luxury, fantasy and excess. It's something he takes immeasurable pride in. That is until Kennedy Moore, his childhood love comes back into his life unexpectedly.

Kennedy Moore spent years healing her heart from the loss of Reese from her life. She over came great adversity to build a life that was hers and made her happy. Despite hardships and struggles she clawed her way away from the darkness, with one goal in mind...to become a dancer.

In a twist of fate, Kennedy finds herself dancing at one of Reese's many burlesque-like dance clubs, unbeknownst to either of them. On one of his rare visits they spot each other and all the past love and pain comes flooding back for them. Reese is so intrigued by the girl he once knew and in the woman now before him that he bribes her into working as an entertainer on one of his pleasure cruise yachts for a chance at an audition with a real professional dance troupe. Of course it's with ulterior motives that Reese makes this offer and he doesn't hesitate to make clear what he wants from her.

As they spend time together on the cruise it's both a pleasant and painful reminder of their past. But nothing stops all the old feelings from blossoming again and growing. The pull between Reese and Kennedy is undeniable, even when she tries to fight it. Their chemistry is like Greek fire, nothing can put it out.

Kennedy is smart and charming, beautiful, strong, and a survivor. It may take some convincing but she eventually can't help but give into her heart - and body - when it comes to Reese.

Reese - a known playboy - is strong, sexy, and a bit caveman, which let's face it, every woman wants a little of in her man! He's always been drawn to Kennedy, more so now than ever before, when he sees the woman she's become.

Things aren't as simple as falling back into what once was though. There are secrets. LOTS of secrets...some dark and twisty that will gut you and tear out your heart...leaving you emotionally hung over and yet pleasantly sated by the very end.

ATPP was everything you'd expect from a book by Michelle. It's smart and fun, sexy and intriguing, with plenty of twists and turns that keep you hanging on. I can't wait for whatever comes next in this series.


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First off I LOVE THIS SERIES! You need to read All The Pretty Lies, book one, before you start All The Pretty Poses.

ATPP is Reese Spencer’s book. Reese is Hemi's older brother and had me very intrigued in ATPL. I was beyond excited to hear we were getting his book next. ATPP is written in duel point of views, which is a HUGE plus for me.

We start out with Reese taking Hemi, Sloan and Sig to one of his high-end dance clubs. He has a lot of pride in his clubs and loves when he can make the time to visit them. He seems to "know" all the girls that work for him, except one it seems, as she takes the stage. Her body, her moves, her everything has him instantly in a trance. The trance is broken when Hemi informs him they need to leave, Sloan isn’t feeling well. While their leaving he catches the eye of the dancer on stage and realizes he knows her...how could he forget her, even after fourteen years he would recognize her anywhere.

Kennedy Moore can't believe she is looking at Reese, and by the way he is looking at her she knows he recognizes her completely. He looks just as handsome as always just more grown up now. She is very turned on but doesn't want these feelings. She can't have these feelings, she’s over him, over what they had, what they lost, everything...or so she thought. Seeing him now is bringing up everything she put behind her.

Reese and Kennedy have known each other for a very long time; fourteen years have gone by without a word spoken. Reese has a Mom who hates him and he was trying not to turn into his jackass Father. Kennedy is an adopted child who lived on Reese's Uncle’s property where her adopted parents worked. Everything was fine in her life until her Mother died and it all went downhill, fast...that is until she met Reese. The two became friends and eventually lovers until Reese's Dad sent him to Oxford for college. Reese basically becomes his father; he has power, money and is a MAJOR man whore. I wanted to strangle him during this book several times. Now Kennedy, oh my heart hurt for her! We knew she had secrets during the story and when they finally came out I except it and hurt for her even more. Michelle Leighton had me guessing all the way to the end of the book. Once you hit 80% you will be so wrapped up in the story that you will want it to never end. Reese and Kennedy are AWESOME! Your head will spin, your heart will be shredded, and you will have the biggest cheesiest smile while you read!

Another thing I loved is we get more of Hemi and Sloan, just a little bit, but hey I’ll take it. I LOOVVEEEE Hemi, ahhh just saying his name makes me smile. Sig, Sloan’s brother, is freaking hilarious, I really hope we get his book soon! I have a feeling he will surprise us all. We also get to meet Brian, who is the trainer aboard the yacht. I immediately liked him and loved how he helped Kennedy when she needed it.  

What Michelle Leighton book would it be without steamy scenes? While Kennedy dances it made me think of some Brittany Spears performances I've seen, very seductive. Reese is the king of dirty talk... good Lord can he talk dirty! He can also rub me down with sunscreen ANYTIME he wants *fans face*. Oh and I told my husband we needed a sauna after ATPL...I just added a piano to his "Honey We Need List". ;)



M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies. She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office. 

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.


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Cover Reveal: The Kylie Ryans Series by Caisey Quinn

The Kylie Ryans series has all new covers! 
 
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THE KYLIE RYANS SERIES 
 A girl with a dream and a guitar...
A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career...

What they found was each other.

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Girl in Love 
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Concealed by Victoria Michaels



Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.

Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.


Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?




Wow. This book pulled me in from the prologue and did not let me go until I read the last line. From the very beginning, the author paints a girl in despair. She is running, but what is she running from? I had to keep reading; I had to know. Then BAM! WTF! Bloody woman. Baby. Crazy blood covered man. OMG…Now she has a brand new reason to be on the run, and I got sucked in even more. But in the back of my head is why was she originally running? What happened to her?

Victoria Michaels does an excellent job at developing her characters. All their personalities were so distinct and real. I felt like I was thrust into this tiny town of Elton and into Sydney’s life. You feel her always underlying paranoia. She’s always looking over her shoulder, waiting for something bad to happen and the next sign that it is time to run again.

The problem is Sydney loves this town that she has temporarily settled in. She let people get too close and formed relationships. There is also a pretty hot sheriff, Wade, who has caught her eye. As much as she knows she needs to stay away from him for so many reasons, the pull is undeniable. She thinks that she can just have a taste, a memory, to last her the rest of her life, but she is sooo wrong. Try as she might, she has a very difficult time letting him go. It probably wouldn’t be so hard if he would let her go as well, but as soon as he had a taste, she was his.

Cue murders. Stalking. Other frightening things that start to happen. As hard as it will be Sydney is prepared to leave again, but circumstances prevent it. Wade won’t let her anyway. He is going to fight and protect her. *Sigh

The twist at the end is something I did not see coming. I had my suspicions as to whom and what she was running from, but I was totally wrong. There is no way that I could have guessed THAT! I’m telling you, you have got to read this book for yourself. It was a quick read (because I could not put it down) and one you will not regret.




Victoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband.


She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.












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Finding Me by S.K. Hartley Book Tour

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The lines are blurred between what is real and what isn't, the darkness that was once a place I feared was now a place of safety. If I stayed in the darkness, the hellish reality of what was truly happening no longer seemed real.
But I was about to be pulled out from under the consuming blanket of dark shadows, and plunged into the murky depths of my past. I was about to be shown my demons and all it's evil sides, all of it's pain and grief. I could only hope I survive it.
What happens when the world you once knew crumbles and falls at your feet? 
Who will find me? Who will save me from my demons?
My dark prince or my white knight...
And will I find myself in the process.


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"Neva, don't walk away from me!" Logan spits.
He is angry.  What right did he have to be angry with me? I wasn't the one flirting with another girl. Why was he even here anyway? "Go away, Logan!" I say, walking faster.
Suddenly my arms are latched to my back and I am being spun around. My heartbeat picks up around twenty notches as I come eye to eye with Logan.
"Why the hell are you always running from me? I can't take it when you run from me!"
"I'm not doing this now. Let me go." I say, trying to get my wrist free from his grasp.
"No, we are doing this now. Why the hell did you run?"
"We're all running from something, Logan." I spit, repeating Dex's words.
"You still don't get it do you? How much clearer do I need to be for you to understand that I'm not going anywhere? I have been in love with you for ten years, Neva! Ten years. It isn't just going to go away!"
"I never asked you to love me! Why are you doing this to me?" "Because I hate seeing you fall and not get back up. I want to be the one to catch you, but you keep pushing me away!"
"What do you want from me?" I whisper.
"You. Just you. All of you. Every broken piece."
I bow my head. He releases my wrists from behind my back, and they drop to my side. I can't give him what he wants. I just can't do it. I will break him. Christ, I break myself on a daily basis.
"I can't give you that." I say, taking a step back.
"I'm not giving you up without a fight, Neva. You can't just walk away from us!"
"I am protecting you the only way I know how."
"I don't need protecting. What part of me looks like it needs protecting?"
"Your heart." I whisper. I gulp back the tears that were begging to release. I would not cry. But every time I pushed back that feeling, it hurt just a little bit more.
"You're breaking it right now." He whispers, taking a step towards me.
"I will break it over and over again, Logan. My nightmares will hurt you, my fear of people being ripped away from me will gut you, and my anxiety will spike yours."
"I can take pain, Neva. I had dealt with it for the past three weeks. I would rather have the pain with you, than without you."
"I … I." The words are at the tip of my tongue. Waiting to release, but I know if I say them, everything will change. Nothing will be the same and I will drag him into the pit of hell where my heart lies and my nightmares are real.
"I can't."





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S.K. Hartley is a mother, wife and a writer. Based in the not so sunny North West of England you can find her either glued to her computer desk, in the public library (Yes, they do still exist!) or floating around her favourite authors books signings.
S.K. Hartley has an unhealthy obsession with coffee, chocolate and retro computer games and a healthy obsession of stalking indie authors.

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