Happy Early Release to TEN BELOW ZERO →

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TEN BELOW ZERO by Whitney Barbetti was released two days ago and is still on sale for only 99 pennies until Friday, the 29th. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible read (or the great price) so one-click it, ASAP!

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads

Read our review for TEN BELOW ZERO here → 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Synopsis:
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

Excerpt:
“Your roommates are nosey,” Everett commented, sitting back on the bed. He reached into the suitcase again.
“You would know,” I said, snatching a bra from his hands.
Everett shrugged. “It’s underwear. More specifically, it’s your underwear. I’m intrigued.”
“Yeah, well don’t get any ideas.”
Everett leaned back into the pillows, resting his hands behind his head again. “Oh, but I have a lot of ideas.” He winked at me.
I stalked away towards my dresser and began pulling things from drawers. When I turned back around, Everett was holding another bra.
“You don’t wear padding,” he commented, his fingers feeling along the lined cup.
“No.”
“I like that.”
My hands stilled. And then I moved them again. “Why?” I didn’t care. Really, I didn’t.
“Lies.”
I turned around. “Lies?”
“I like the truth. In every way.” He seemed lost in thought so I turned back around and packed my things.
“Am I really doing this?” I asked myself.
“Yes, you are.”
I turned around again. “Why?”
It wasn’t a question he should know the answer to. But he did. “Because you hate and you love the way I make you feel.”
I was naked under his gaze. Skin was just that: skin. But to see your soul stripped, laid bare for the eyes of someone you barely knew – that was terrifying. I’d walk down the street naked a hundred times before I would let someone see what
lay underneath.
I’d spent my life alone. Bounced from foster home to foster home. When my tastes outgrew my age as a teenager, I traded boys for men and found myself still alone. I reveled in the loneliness. No one could hurt me but me, and did I really care if I hurt me? Did I care? If I found pleasure in anything, it was my lack of feeling.
And that’s how I knew, when Everett told me not to fall in love with him, that I wouldn’t. I didn’t love myself. And wasn’t loving someone also loving yourself, the parts that saw the beauty in other people? I didn’t have that part. And I didn’t want it.
“I don’t love anything,” I said.
“I know.” His eyes were unsmiling.

About the Author:
I am the author of new adult romance novels. He Found Me (May 2014) is the first in a two-part series. Ten Below Zero (August 2014) is a standalone.
I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. I could drink my weight in their black iced tea.
I love music and have a playlist for everything.
I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.

Connect with Whitney:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitney.barbetti
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8106490.Whitney_Barbetti
Website: http://www.whitneybarbetti.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbetti

Giveaway!

Signed copy of TEN BELOW ZERO and a $10 amazon gift card.

RELEASE DAY: Ignite by Lily Paradis is live →

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We are so excited to announce that Lily Paradis’ debut novel IGNITE is now live! Happy Release day! 😀

Book description:

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

Want an excerpt of the book? Here ya go 😉

“Have you ever heard of koi no yokan?”
I shook my head.
“It’s Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”
“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.
“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it doesn’t exist in that moment.”

We can’t wait to have our review up for IGNITE soon! In the meantime, get yourself a copy and check out these links:

IGNITE available on paperback
Signed Paperback (2 weeks only)
Goodreads Giveaway
IGNITE Goodreads
Lily’s blog

Ten Below Zero →

ten below zeroRating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While PEOPLE are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

Natasha’s Experience:

So much to discuss, not enough review space to write it all in. I’d rather not make this review/experience a novel, for your benefit.

I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t much of a fan of Parker starting this book. She got on my nerves a lot more than I wanted her to and just annoyed me. Then there was Everett, this really mysterious character who never claimed to be anything else but rude and acted like too much of an asshole for me to really consider even befriending/liking.

So it’s safe to say I was worried with how I would take in this story. I’m SO happy I stuck with it. Like insanely happy. WAY too happy.

Before I continue, I need to share with you all some of my favorite quotes from the book because Whitney Barbetti is incredible at writing them, and writing in general. God bless her talent.

  • His voice was like his drink: smooth, warm like whiskey. I could get drunk off his words.
  • “You are wasting your life,” he whispered. “Why did you fight so hard to live so little?”
  • “Just because you say things that are true, it doesn’t make you an admirable person. Some people need to hear a lie.”
  • “How do you expect to understand anything if you don’t take a step out of your comfort zone, if you don’t embrace the scary?”
  • “Don’t get me wrong, I want to help you. But I also want to hurt you. I want to break you. I want to see you live.”

I’ll stop there seeing as I highlighted way more than I realized and I’d rather you read the book yourself to find your own personal favorites 😉

This story started off slow for me and was at a plateau for longer than I wanted, but I’m almost grateful for that gentle start. I was completely thrown when I got to the deep end. Whitney Barbetti wants –needs—you to feel when reading, and I think I felt too much.

I can’t even tell you exactly when I became so invested in Parker and Everett, but it was so unexpected that I was overwhelmed when everything started hitting me at once. I genuinely felt the pain that Parker was going through; the anguish of being torn between wanting to stay numb and wanting to drown herself in everything that Everett was.

One second I was reading a pretty intense and emotional scene and the next I had tears streaming down my face— tears that I didn’t even know were coming until I was wiping them away in order to continue reading.

I loved the unexpectedness that was this story, completely reveled in it. This whole book really turned me inside out, gutted me, and made me feel alive. (Definitely getting emotional right now just remembering random scenes, oops.)

This entire book was a sweet-as-hell moment for me and I hope you experience it, too.

Add TEN BELOW ZERO to your TBR list on Goodreads and one-click this book the second it comes out on August 28. I promise you will not regret it.

P.S. This ended up being my longest review/experience, sorry not sorry 😉

P.P.S I’m so in love with the cover, it’s beautiful.

COVER REVEAL: Ignite by Lily Paradis →

Hey guys! We are SO excited to be a part of the Ignite Book Tour! Lily Paradis is releasing her debut novel at the end of August and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of it! This book looks fabulous, check out the gorgeous cover:

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Back Cover Description:

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

Release Date: August 26, 2014
YA/NA Contemporary

Cover by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22845021-ignite

IGNITE’s Tumblr Page: http://ersatz-paradise.tumblr.com/tagged/ignition

Find out more information about IGNITE and Lily’s other upcoming releases at www.lilyparadis.com

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The Hook Up →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

Natasha’s Experience:
*An ARC was provided for an honest review*

Well, shit.

I have managed to fall –yet again—for another fictional character. An imperfectly perfect football player who has my heart and soul.

THE HOOK UP was utterly amazing.

Anna is me. I am Anna. Or at least I can only hope to one day be as fantastic as she is. She loves to read, doesn’t take shit from anyone and is scared as hell about her future. She’s insecure, but down to earth and loves her best friends fiercely. Her honesty was refreshing and I love how she could admit when things were getting crazy and out of control for her.

“I thought I had lost myself in Drew. But the truth was that I’d found myself in him.”

I love Anna and Drew more than anything. Their chemistry was burning hot and so intense. (Pretty sure my kindle was on fire during some parts of the story.) What they had is what everyone strives to have one day: purely addictive and almost magical love that set them on fire.

I can’t even start on how incredible Drew Baylor is.
Baylor is everything. He is sarcastic, but charming, plays guitar, is incredibly athletic, has a body gifted to him by the gods, and cuddles like it’s his job. He is as genuine as they come and absolutely loves his team and his best friend, Gray.

I spent the entire time embarrassingly swooning over Drew.
Exhibit A:

“Keep talking to me,” he whispers.
I pause. “Doesn’t noise hurt your head?”
Thick lashes cast shadows at the tops of his cheeks. “Your voice isn’t noise. It’s a song I want to hear over and over.”

Kristen Callihan sure knows how to make me fall in love with her characters and story line. I was so engrossed in the book, wholeheartedly believing I was a part of the story. Ugh, one can only wish, ya know?

I will most likely spend the next few days reading everything that’s she’s ever written. (Right after I reread this book, because I already miss Drew something fierce.) She’s definitely now one of my newest favorite authors.

If you haven’t already, add THE HOOK UP to your TBR list on Goodreads now. You won’t want to miss this downright addictive love story.

GET IT NOW HERE! 

P.S. I’m already impatiently waiting to read the second book in the Game On series about Gray’s story 😉 xoxo

 

 

Upside Down →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series
New Adult Contemporary Romance

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Natasha’s Experience:

Okay, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I was actually planning on getting this book this weekend when Lia posted a tweet that said whoever tweeted her “bicep” first, would win a free copy of UPSIDE DOWN.

It must have been my lucky night because I was crazy fast with my response and voilà, here we are.

#GodBlessBiceps

I have so many points to get through, so I’ll try and make this sweet and simple.

  1. Lia Riley is such a talented writer. I will now definitely read anything –and everything— that she plans on writing.
  2. I’ve been living on the wrong side of the world. Australia is clearly where I am meant to be.
  3. I love Talia so much, I just want to cuddle her for a while and be her best friend. Her snarky attitude was everything. The sass was much appreciated.
  4. Bran. What even. God bless the dude in the koala suit.
  5. There’s this popular hashtag right now, #relationshipgoals, that I’ve always found to be so naïve and unrealistic. I mean, the goal itself should be a (stable) relationship, right? Wrong. When –not if— I date an Australian man, I wholeheartedly hope and pray that our relationship can be just like Bran + Talia, without the minor (major) miscommunications.
  6. I laughed SO much reading this book. Seriously, ask my friends, they thought I was insane.
  7. Everything about this book was fantastic. From the hilarious dialogue, to the setting, to the palpable chemistry between Talia + Bran.
  8. This book did not disappoint, at all.
  9. I can’t wait to read SIDESWIPED, the second book in the series.
  10. One-click this adorable, funny, hot as hell, kind of sad at times, but oh so lovely read, ASAP.
  11. And keep up with Lia Riley on Facebook!

Some favorite quotes to add in:
“So much for an impromptu book club.” LOL, one of my favorite scenes.
“Don’t break your heart trying to batter against the world, okay?” *swoon*

Ugly Love →

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Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Natasha’s Experience:

Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. I may have even told her she was my favorite person in the entire world at Book Bash, no big deal. She’s owned that title the minute I met Will and Layken and I don’t ever doubt that she will continue to be a favorite of mine.

I’ve been dying to read this book since the second I found out the title because that’s just how Colleen works in my head. I don’t even need to read a synopsis beforehand because I know I will undoubtedly love all the words she strings together in her books. (I might have even stalked my local Barnes & Noble shelves for days before the actual release day to get a copy for a friend and me, shhh.)

All that being said, I can’t say Ugly Love was my favorite read from Colleen.

Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% in love with Miles Archer. Maybe even 1000%. He is so freaking swoon worthy.  His entire story hurt my heart, even if I didn’t end up crying my eyes out.

I liked that he had different traits of Will Cooper in him, as well as some Dean Holder characteristics, too. He was broody and mysterious –hello Dean—but he had a crazy beautiful heart and was poetic and perfect –god bless Will Cooper. This probably wasn’t intentional, but I’m happy that I could compare Miles to a couple of my past book boyfriends. ♥

I loved Tate, a LOT. I just didn’t like that she was so invested in Miles. I wanted her to be less like liquid and more her own person. But I did like that she was honest about her feelings at the same time. I’m hoping I’m making sense at this point.

The writing—the perfect writing—flowed so well for me. Colleen is incredibly talented; I can’t even begin to explain what her words do to me.

With her stories and unforgettable characters, the overall reading experience never fails to be a great freaking time.

Please don’t hesitate to one-click this read. You more than likely need Miles Archer in your life. #MilesHighClub

Giveaway:

Sign up for ONE eBook copy of Ugly Love HERE

Reckless →

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Rating: 3 .5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

When Hailey Covington arrived at the University of Oregon, her only goal was to survive her Freshman Year. But when she met Jonah Trabor, everything changed. Intrigued by the new mystery guy who understands her and makes her feel safe, Hailey soon finds herself tangled in a web of secrets and lies— with Jonah at the center of it all.

For Jonah, meeting Hailey is something he has waited a long time to do. Captivated by the beautiful girl who challenges him and makes him feel alive, Jonah knows he is playing with fire. But the more time he spends with her, the deeper he allows himself to fall into a world not meant for him— with Hailey at the center of it all.

Loving each other might be reckless, but they quickly learn that love isn’t hinged on a choice.

Natasha’s Experience:

This is a debut novel for Holli True and I think it had a lot of potential to be a great story.

Hailey and Jonah were really likable characters; they just fell in love too quickly for me.

I loved the secondary characters, Rebecca and Charlie, because their personalities were really fun to get to know and added more familiarity to the story. I could easily see myself being friends with them, which is so important to me when reading.

The writing did an exemplary job of depicting the scenes and made it feel like I was really in the characters’ world. Paranormal romance isn’t a genre I’m extremely familiar with so I didn’t really know what to expect with this story.

The plot was definitely suspenseful because I was dying to know what the heck was going on with Jonah the entire time, so I liked that the book had me hooked and interested to keep on reading.

If you want to feel a bit reckless and love love, definitely check out this debut novel!

P.S. I’m totally in love with the cover. So simple and beautiful!