Sunday, May 31, 2015

Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Sacrfice
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: The Maddox Brothers #3
Release date: May 31, 2015

Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.






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Is there such thing as an undesirable Maddox brother? Answer: NO. Oh my, oh my. Taylor Maddox has melted my black heart. Beautiful Sacrifice is the third book in her Maddox Brothers Series and is serious literary gold. With each new story about this wild bunch of Maddoxes, I keep waiting to be left wanting, disappointed, or less than satisfied. It never happens. Jamie McGuire is remarkable. She knows how to write a story that is so addictive it's painful to walk away from it. Her words mesmerized me and held me captive until I finished Taylor's story. Even now that I'm finished, Beautiful Sacrifice is demanding a reread and I'm finding it hard to resist.

Falyn Fairchild is one stubborn gal. She comes from a life of privilege but has discarded her silver spoon for a life she can forge independently of her overbearing parents. I love her determination and how McGuire refuses to write a female lead that is anything but strong. You have to be tough to handle the Maddox men. Life is manageable for our leading lady but something is missing. She's going through the motions, just getting by, haunted by the life she abandoned. 

Enter Taylor. Firefighter. Tattooed. Maddox. A trifecta of hotness. He can't resist Falyn's sharp tongue and aversion to his charm. He grates on her nerves and she'd likely watch him burn if he caught fire. Hell, she'd be the one starting the fire. As his pursuit doesn't waiver, her feelings begin to. This pair can't resist the spark between them, but their connection runs deeper than just a chance encounter in Colorado. 


Passion. Heartbreak. Secrets, Danger. Beautiful Sacrifice was an adventure from start to finish. I loved every agonizing moment and couldn't help but swoon while watching Falyn and Taylor's flame ignite from a tiny spark to a full blown inferno. If you haven't discovered the Maddox brothers, right that wrong immediately! Each story is unique and epic. Now let's all say a collective "Thank you" to Jamie McGuire for creating these phenomenal Maddox brothers for the world to fall in love with. 




Beautiful Sacrifice is book three in the Maddox Brothers Series. I recommend reading the whole Beautiful Series and then the Maddox Brother Series first.

Beautiful Sacrifice is Taylor’s story.  We don’t know too much about Taylor, just like we didn’t know much about Thomas before going into his story.  Again for me, this is huge.  I loved not knowing about him so my expectations wouldn’t be too high.  Taylor is a firefighter and is serving on a hot shot in Colorado currently.  Of course this is all on the down low since Jim Maddox (dad) made all the boys promise they wouldn’t do anything dangerous when it came to their jobs just like their mother Diane would have wanted.  Tyler is the only brother who knows what Taylor does for a living since Tyler himself is a hot shot.  Since Taylor and Tyler are twins, they are as close to each other as they can be.  Taylor is a Maddox so naturally he’s a man whore.  While out on an assignment he meets Falyn in a café and is instantly intrigued.

Falyn Fairchild is a waitress at Bucksaw Café.  She has felt comfortable working at the café the last five years.  For her she’s living a good life.  She walked away from the life she lived with her parents, one where her father is set to be the governor of their hometown in Colorado.  She has a mission, make enough money to get her to one place where she can come to peace with her life up to this point and hopefully move forward.  Falyn was a firecracker right from the start.  She knew she was being a bitch and honestly didn’t care.  This helped keep her head in the game.  She built a loving family around her with the owners of the Café, Chuck and Phaedra, and Kirby, the hostess.  Everything is going as planned until Taylor Maddox came into the café.

From the moment Taylor and Falyn met, I knew this would be a fun ride.  Falyn spoke and Taylor knew the chase would be worth it.  Jim always told the boys they would know when they found the one.  I could see how Falyn would rub some readers the wrong way but I truly enjoyed her character.  It’s refreshing not to read about a woman who doesn’t just fall at the feet of a man.  She had spunk and that was awesome.  I also loved Taylor.  He was fun, caring, goofy and fought for what he wanted.  A true Maddox!  Plus he’s a firefighter and what girls doesn’t have a thing for them? 

Taylor and Falyn’s story is probably my favorite so far of the Maddox Brothers series.  I loved reading Falyn and Taylor grow stronger together, healing from their pasts and moving forward.  That all does not come easy for them.  They have some big humps to go over, one of which when it happened my thought went to seriously?  THIS is going to happen now?! But in the end Jamie finished it off nicely and I’m happy.  I can’t wait to read Tyler’s story! 




More or less I went into reading Beautiful Sacrifice blind.  I obviously knew it was a Maddox brothers book but I had no idea who was next. I just knew that I had enjoyed all of Jamie McGuire’s books that it didn’t really matter, I was going to read it.

This book is Taylor and Falyn’s story. I will admit that I really struggled with Falyn in the beginning. She was so closed off and bitchy that I just didn’t like her. I didn’t want Taylor to be with her. But then she changed for the better. Something happened that inspired the change in her attitude. And throughout the book we find out why she was so closed off.
As for Taylor, he is a pure amazing Maddox just like his brothers. I fell in love with him right off the bat. He is so kind and patient. And his feelings for Falyn were as pure and real as they could come.

What I loved most about this book was seeing more puzzle pieces come together in the overall family story. To see Travis and Abby’s wedding from another set of eyes. How they react to certain things that they see. It is kind of fun to watch everything come together.

This book couldn’t have had a better name. I won’t give anything away but I will say that the name is perfect and I loved where the author brought this story and she did an amazing job.

I think this is my favorite Maddox brother book so far (Travis excluded of course). You definitely have to grab this book is you are a fan of this series. I can’t wait for Tyler’s book. 




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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.


Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

May 19, 2015
Capital Confessions #1
Contemporary Romance
Penguin/InterMix




The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of
one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard,
play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for
the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for
him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the
last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair
with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one
steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they
must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

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I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read by Chanel Cleeton but it won't be my last. I am the girl that is hooked on Scandal so this book was right up my alley. It was refreshing to read something different for a change.

Jackie Gardner is bright, talented, beautiful woman. A woman that also has a secret past. Her mother is quite known around town as the woman who works her way through the men of political status. I got why Jackie was so afraid of relationships. Her mother didn't set a very good example. Jackie is the daughter of a Senator, a very powerful Senator. Only problem is, no one knows that. At times Jackie annoyed me but overall I enjoyed watching her character grow.

William Clayton was sexy and swoonworthy.  It was so nice to get a male character that was truly likeable. Charming even. I loved everything about him. He is definitely book boyfriend material.

Flirting with Scandal had the perfect mix of humor, chemistry and sexual tension that was off the charts. It flowed really well and kept me glued to my kindle. I also loved that it is a standalone. It is so hard to find a good standalone these days and this one won my vote. 




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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International
University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned
to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter
pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after
later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy
stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader
and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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Website: www.chanelcleeton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: Made to Love You by Megan Smith


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Jaylinn McCormick had finally found the man who makes her life
complete. After putting the most terrifying night of her life behind her, she’s moving on. 

Suddenly, unexpected life altering
events have Jaylinn spiraling in an unknown direction. Will she be able to survive?
Cooper Cahill finally found a balance in his life. He’s got the girl he always loved, business is thriving, and his baseball career is grand slamming down a new path. One phone call threatens to destroy his perfect life.
Can Cooper help Jaylinn dodge this curve ball life has pitched in her direction? Will the love
they’ve found in each other be enough? Or will Jaylinn walk away from it all?

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USA TODAY bestselling author Megan Smith is a New Jersey native who creates the memorable characters her fans have grown to adore. Smith is a wife and mother, who makes time for her family, professional life and the creation of the characters. Fans of The Love Series - Trying Not To Love You, Easy To Love You, Hard To Love You, Let Me Love You, A Christmas To Love You - are captivated by relationships, special bonds and family ties pervasive in Smith's emotional, energized and engaging work.

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Email: authormegansmith@gmail.com 

Blog Tour: Somewhere With You by Britney King

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Title: Somewhere With You 

Author: Britney King 

Book Blitz: May 27-29 

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Somewhere with you by Britney King


This is the tale of first and last loves. And those that come in between…
Jack Harrison is a relentless overachiever who leaves little in the way of compromise. A businessman to the core—he’s hell-bent on being at the top of the food chain. After all, no one can trip you up if you’re on top, as he likes to say. The problem for Jack is there’s only one thing that continually trips him up—and that’s her.
Amelie Rose, with a name like poetry and a heart of gold, as her father always said, is a free-spirited photographer who has managed to land a job at one of the top travel magazines in the world. This is both a blessing and a curse since Amelie never stays in one place for long and has refused to commit to anything—ever.
It might seem to the casual observer that these two have almost nothing in common. But fate would disagree. The story chronicles Jack and Amelie’s lives from childhood into adulthood, beginning when they meet as then eight- and ten-year-olds at summer camp specifically designed for children who’ve lost too much.
As fate steps in, and that first summer seals the deal, they come to depend on each other in ways neither of them expected, with each summer bringing them closer than the last. As they come to terms with life and loss, with hanging on and letting go, they’ll teach each other that some bonds are meant to last. Together, they will travel the world, meeting in various places where they’ll come together, and fall apart, all the while struggling to discern if the other could possibly be the one.
This unlikely love story takes us on an adventure where two people come of age, fall in and out of love, and question the role timing plays in it all.
Their story is proof that neither time nor distance—perhaps not even death—can destroy what love creates.
So it seems the only question left to ask is whether love is enough?


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My Dearest Jack,
If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably just had your heartbroken for the first time. Or at least it feels that way, anyway. But I want you to remember, son, that this isn’t the first time (nor will it likely be the last) that you’ve felt this way. You’ve been through so much already, and if you’re reading my letter, then obviously, you’ve survived thus far. And while it may not feel like it just now, you’ll survive this, too.
There are so many things I want to tell you about love, Jack. Oh, how I wish I were there to tell you this in person, to hug you, and hold your hand. Though,I’m guessing at this age, you might not like hand holding so much anymore. I try to picture you, what you look like now, where you are as you’re reading this, and it brings me so much joy to think of you all grown up. I looked in on you tonight as I’ve done every night since the day you were born, and as I watched you sleep, I pictured the man you’ll become. It’s hard not to feel a little bit bitter knowing I won’t be there to see it all. Oddly enough, though, it is with that sentiment that I want to tell you about love. If you are reading this and your heart is broken, you are lucky, Jack. I want you to pause a moment and let that really sink in. You are so damned lucky. Feeling this way, it means that you are living and more importantly—that you are loving. You cannot know how lucky you are to love until you’ve felt the immense pain of having to let that love go. It is a part of life. And as I am learning, it is also a part of death. Do not waste it. Do not play small. Lick your wounds, but then get back out there. Love harder next time. Most people don’t do that, you see. They get hurt once, and they hide behind it. They use it to excuse themselves into living guarded lives, never quite feeling the passion, the love that they are capable of. But not you, son. Don’t make that mistake. And I hope that if you consider taking that route, you’ll think of me and you’ll feel my love and know that even though I may have lost my battle, that I didn’t go down without a fight.
Neither will you, my love.
Neither will you.
I love you always,
Mom
P.S. Tips for healing a broken heart: time, above all else (don’t worry, you won’t feel this way forever), ice cream, and meaningful work. Now is the time to start a new project, Jack. Try something new, throw yourself into it, and let yourself get lost in it. You’ll come out all right in the end. You always have.



This book. THIS book. I can’t even put into words how much I just fell in love with this story. Britney King did an absolute amazing job sharing Jack and Amelie’s love story with the readers. From the first page I was completely drawn in and didn’t want to put this book down.

Jack and Amelie meet at camp when they are young and over the years their connection grows deeper and deeper. But life! Life gets in the way.

I think the author did an amazing job switching between past and present and time jumping since this book takes place over at least two decades. Never did I feel lost or wish I was in the “present” when I was in past which usually happens to me when I read books spanning time.

Somewhere With You really brought out all the feels. I cried, I laughed and I bit my nails off wondering if Jack and Amelie were going to get a HEA!

This book is definitely going on my book ten list of books this year! I can’t recommend it enough! Britney King will be an automatic download for me from now on!




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For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it...
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn't driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it's genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys--serving and running Austin Women's Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.



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