March 16, 2015

Blog Tour ~ Suspicious Minds (Fates #3) by Elizabeth Reyes

Welcome to my stop in the Suspicious Minds Blog Tour, hosted by As The Pages Turn. In this post, you will see an excerpt, teasers, author guest post, and a giveaway! Don't forget to hop on to other blogs to see more exclusive contents from Elizabeth Reyes!

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Title: Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3) 
Author: Elizabeth Reyes 
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: February 21, 2015 
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn


Good girls cheat too.

It's a bitter reality Lorenzo Moreno knows all too well. After his "good girl" fiancée blind sides him by cheating on him with her ex Lorenzo swears off relationships for a while, if not forever.

Until Fate steps in.

Unable to fight the incredible pull he feels to Olivia, a girl who was supposed to be just a meaningless one night stand, Lorenzo gives into his heart. But only after making one thing utterly clear. He will not deal with any exe's or other men in her life. Period.

She's not that person anymore.

For too long Olivia Romero shamefully put up with an manipulative and overly controlling boyfriend. So when fate pairs her up with the gorgeous but intense Air Force pilot she's ready to stand her ground. Cutting all ties with her ex is no sacrifice for Olivia. It's why she willingly complies with Lorenzo's uncompromising stipulation.

As their relationship intensifies so do Lorenzo's suspicions about any man in her life. Determined to not be that weak girl anymore, Olivia demands to be trusted. Despite how vehement her new boyfriend can be, her diligence seems to be working.

But when an unforeseen crisis arises Olivia is forced to make a decision. A decision she knows in Lorenzo's jaded and suspicious mind could be unforgivable.

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Walking smack into a wall jolted her instantly out of her thoughts. The moment she realized the solid wall was actually a man’s chest was mortifying enough, but when her eyes met Lorenzo’s uncompromising expression, her legs went weak.

“I’m sorry,” she said, feeling her face go hot, and pulled her hand away from his chest where it’d flown in reflex.

She was caught in his intense eyes as she had been earlier. Like she had been so many times the night she met him. But it was only momentarily.

“Don’t be,” he said, glancing away quickly, and if she weren’t mistaken, he seemed a bit panicked. Maybe his wife or fiancée was here. “I wasn’t paying attention either.”

They stood there in heavy silence for a few awkward seconds until she finally smiled and shrugged. “Small world, huh?”

The miniscule nod said he agreed, but his vacant expression now bordered on hard. His eyes lowered, and she gulped when she realized he was staring at her lips. He licked his lips as the memory of his kisses inundated her. Is that what he was thinking of too? She stared at his lips as she felt his face lean in a little closer to hers and froze when she could actually feel his warm breath so close to her lips. Just when she’d been certain he was going to kiss her, he froze too and their eyes met again. “Too small maybe.”


“I can assure you,” he went on as he pulled back suddenly, “if I’d known you’d be here . . .” He glanced away with a frown without finishing then tipped the edge of his hat with a painfully forced smile. “My apologies for running into you,” he said tersely. “Have a good day.”

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Author Guest Post:

Zee: What is the most memorable thing a reader has told you, be it in email, book signing, etc.?


I've had many memorable messages both in person and via email from readers. It's hard to pick out the most memorable one but the ones that always tug my heart are from readers who reach out to tell me about how my books got them through a tough time in their lives. Some have written to me from a hospital bed, some while they're getting their chemo therapy. Other's have written to tell me my books have gotten them through a very hard break up and then some are less emotional but equally smile inducing. Like the ones who say my books help make their train commute and such much more pleasant or that they didn't like reading until they came across one of my books, got hooked and now they love reading! I LOVE hearing from my readers so just about everything they write or share with me stays with me. I mostly hear from women but I did have one guy message me more than once to tell me he's still looking for his Sarah. =)
Then there are the funny ones. One in particular that I still makes me giggle was from reader who came out to see me at a signing in Temecula California. She said her whole family was hooked on my books. This was back before I'd even started writing Suspicious Minds. She said. "I gotta tell you a funny story. My daughter tells me a few weeks ago. Oh mom, Elizabeth posted about her upcoming books. Guess who's up next in her Fate series? Sydney and Lorenzo! And I said really? I always wondered about Sydney since all those years  he spent being Sarah's best friend and never made a move. But I didn't think Lorenzo was gay. My daughter looks at me like I'm crazy then starts laughing. No! Not their story as a couple; they're each getting their own story in the series and I said oooh! Then we both had a good laugh!"
For the record Sydney is not gay. Nothing against it I just have other big plans for Syd! ;)

Zee: I did wonder about Sydney after Angel and Sarah's story. I am so excited to read his story next! I hope he and Sarah get back to being close friends and I really hope Angel would be a little more tolerable towards Sydney. LOL. Thanks for gracing us with your presence, Ms. Reyes! :)

Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.

In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self-published books as well.

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Elizabeth is offering up the following prizes. The giveaway is international and ends at 11:59 PM CST 03/24/2015.

·         (1) Signed set of the Fate series (Fate, Breaking Brandon & Suspicious Minds) (INTL)

·         (15) eBook copy of Suspicious Minds (INTL)
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March 08, 2015

Review ~ Savor (Vicious Feast #1) by Kate Evangelista


Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you've got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome, yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn't be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spells trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

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If you do not have enough time to read my review, I can summarize it for you in six words: You. Have. To. Read. This. Book.

Savor is amazing and very addictive. I kid you not when I say it’s difficult to suck me in a book completely these days, but this one did just that. It may be the author’s awesome writing, or the interesting concept of the book, or the badass heroine, or just simply all of the above.

I find Dakota Collins a badass character. It’s the way she sounds in the book. It’s very easy to get lost in it. She’s very sassy, too, which I liked very much.

I liked the way the author executed this book. I like it that Savor did not focus on just Dakota and Luka’s chemistry, but also on the Dakota’s project, which is photography. The descriptive way Kate Evangelista wrote the photo shoots and all of Dakota’s ideas are very vivid, which made it easy to visualize. It felt like I was the one looking through the camera’s lens. It felt like I was looking at the picture itself, not merely reading words describing it.

I also liked the all characters’ interaction with each other. Their friendship had a very natural feel to it and it made me think of my own friends.

What dampened my enthusiasm in this book is Luka, the lack of back-stories, and not enough conversations/moments to build the intense chemistry between Dakota and Luka.

Okay, so Luka is your typical rock star who oozes sex appeal. He’s hot, he can be intense, and he . . . can be very unreasonably violent, too. There was a time when I really hated him because he came across as childish and deranged. He had his moments, though, and there was also a time when he was really sweet and I can see why the readers would fall in love with him. Still, I think his violent side overshadows the sweet one—or at least for me, anyway.

I understand that Savor is mostly about Dakota’s photography project, but there was no back-story to make me know the characters a little more, be it Dakota’s or the band’s. This is something that raises a red flag for me.

I hate it that the chemistry between Luka and Dakota is there just because the book says it’s there. There’s no build up of whatsoever. There wasn’t a getting-to-know you conversation and no back-stories were mentioned. The only thing they have is sexual chemistry, but when it comes to the romantic department, they have none. The only thing there is attraction, but no emotions.

Also, during the whole book there was no mention of anything paranormal except in the epilogue, which made me a little confused. It’s a very interesting build up for the sequel, but it’s just a little weird to me, reading something paranormal so suddenly after seeing none during Dakota’s time in Lunar Manor. The disclaimer is readers do not have to read Taste before Savor (and I didn’t), but if these two are closely related and the other is paranormal, I think there should have been a mention of something unusual in this book, even just a little (and I mean not just in the epilogue).

If you’re looking for an awesome read and a good writing style, I recommend this book and author to you.

~ Zee

March 04, 2015

Review ~ Get even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

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*Possible spoilers ahead

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose...

Revenge is a dish best serve cold. But not as cold as a dead body. Get Even, the first of the Don't Get Mad series is a very exciting book where both male and female readers can be hooked and clamoring for more.

The characters in Get Even are so alive and the distinction between their personalities and how they interact with the group makes it even more thrilling as they try to find out who is out to get them.

It was fun how each personality and skill set helps them out in in each DGM missions, from Margo's techy skills, Kitty's leadership, Bree's bravery and Olivia's awesome acting skills.

Each twist, each new clue that's supposed to light up the path opened up more roads. As an experience thriller/detective story enthusiast, I usually solve the whole thing or even have an inkling on what's going to happen next. But with Get Even, I wasn't able to rely on my 'detective skills' which I consider a very good thing! It enabled me to follow the flow thoroughly and made me even more excited on what would happen next.

~ Djan

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