Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton



In the tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Piano Teacher, a heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the exquisite pain of love

When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle?

My Review:

There is no way my review will do justice for this book! Before I started reading, I read a few reviews, which said the ending would make you cry. Well, for me, I had a lot of moments where I cried or my eyes filled up with tears. This novel is incredibly moving. It took me longer to read this though, because the subject was very depressing. I learnt a lot through this novel. I didn't know much about Nagasaki, and I also didn't know how the bomb really effected the people there.

I loved how each chapter started with a word from a Japanese to English dictionary! I loved the main character, Amaterasu, even at times when I didn't agree with something she had done. Even though she was a fictional character, she seemed extremely real to me. I loved the other characters too, but I really connected with Amaterasu.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from Penguin's First to Read program (http://www.firsttoread.com/) in return for an honest review.

About the Author:

Jackie Copleton studied English at Cambridge University before teaching in Japan for three years. She has worked in local, regional and national newspapers in the UK and abroad. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is her first book and is inspired by her time living in Nagasaki.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Killer Instinct (Killer Instinct, #1)Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, I liked the cover since I am a redhead!

Lane may be unemotional and cold at best, but I still liked her as a character. She reminded me of a female Dexter. However, this book did not copy Dexter word for word or anything. I was trying to guess the ending the whole time, and it threw me for a huge loop when I thought I definitely had it figured out.

People are saying its wrong for her to like a 25 year old guy, I don't think it is. A lot of girls have crushes on older men, especially teachers. People also don't like how she described her sister...unfortunately there are girls like that in the world.

At first I was able to put the book down, I would read a few chapters, then read a few more the next day..but last night I couldn't stop. I love when a book does that to me. I had to know what was next, I was on the edge of my bed!

I recommend this book to any true crime fans.

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So, it has been awhile. Sorry for my absence. The whole book blogging thing started to take over my life and it just wasn't fun anymore. I took a break and now I am back. I probably will just stick to reviews, and less book reveals and such for now. Thanks for sticking around! Kara

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Book Blitz: Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren

Book & Author Details:

Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren

(Stripped #2)

Publication date: June 4th 2015

Genres: Adult, Romance


Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy. And my foster brother.

Now he’s back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It’s payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.

Excerpt from Better When It Hurts

I try not to scan the floor when I enter. There’s already a buzz in the air, the hunger and desperation of a strip club on Saturday night. I’m ready to earn money, ready to move my body. Ready to pretend Blue doesn’t bother me.

He’s nowhere in sight, and I breathe a sigh of relief. A group of men are still gathered near the railing. They’d tipped me pretty well while I was up there, so I figure I have a good shot at a lap dance. I saunter over, my breasts barely contained in the red bikini top, my skin coated in sweat and glitter and the thick smoke of this place.

“Nice set,” says a low voice from behind me.

I turn to see Blue standing there, arms crossed so his muscles bulge, lids lowered in that intense way of his. Shit. “Thanks,” I say, but the only thing I’m really thankful for is that my voice doesn’t shake.

He’s the head of security at the Grand, which should make me feel safe. Except we have a history. And he hates my guts. So there’s no affection in his eyes when they scan me up and down. No kindness in his voice when he adds, “You look great.”

The way he says it, it sounds like a threat. He makes me feel like the scared little girl I used to be when I knew him before. And him? He’s like the big bad wolf, sizing me up before he swallows me whole.

I force myself to shrug at him, to toss my hair. “Thanks, sweetie.”

He circles me, surrounding me. “But then, you always look great. That’s what you like, isn’t it? Having men panting after you? Leading us along by our dicks?”

My throat gets tight. I know that’s what people think of me. They take one look at my lipstick and my short skirt and assume the worst. God, they’re right. But it’s worse to hear it from him. Worse because he once believed in me. “Do you expect me to apologize for earning a living?”

His lids lower. “Not for that.”

I can’t meet his eyes. I know exactly what he wants me to apologize for. And he’ll never believe me. Even showing weakness in this game is enough to get me killed. “I don’t apologize to anyone.”

“Of course you don’t,” he says, his voice full of loathing. “But I don’t want your words.”

I can’t help but whisper, “What do you want?”

That makes him smile. It’s not a nice smile. “I think you know the answer to that.”

He wants to hurt me, to use me. He wants to fuck me. I swallow hard. “That isn’t for sale.”

“I wasn’t planning to pay you.”

This should be easy. Tell him no. Make him believe it. I’ve done this for a thousand men before.

Somehow he’s different. Maybe because I don’t really believe it myself.

I know he’s watching me. I know he’s hatching his plans. My heart speeds up every time I turn away from him, wondering if this is the time he’ll pounce. One of these times, he’s going to dig into me with his teeth and his claws. He’s going to hurt me, and I’m not sure I’ll survive it.

Not tonight, though. Not now.

I take a step away from him. “If you aren’t going to pay for my time, I think I’ll find someone who will.”

His eyes darken. “Your call, gorgeous.”

I hear the unspoken message beneath his words, steel under velvet. For now.



Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dark romance. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely tender. For those new to her work, consider the bestseller Wanderlust, Prisoner or the Dark Nights series starting with Trust in Me.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cover Reveal: One More Life by TR Lykins

Third Book in Last Heartbeat Series
Genre: Clean Romance
Author: TR Lykins
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Elizabeth Renee Watson never dreamt that she would ever be proposed to.

She's had several bad relationships end because of an illness that almost killed her. Now she has this wonderful guy down on one knee, asking her to marry him. Can she say yes or will her illness come back to haunt her? Will Tyler be able to deal with her illness or will he run like the rest of them.

Tyler James Smith had given up on finding his "forever girl" until he took his best friend's son to school one day. When he walked into that classroom, he finally met the girl of his dreams. Tyler had always envied his friends and their loving relationships. He wanted what they had.

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Educating myself in this industry has made me work hard to obtain my goals of writing and becoming an author. The learning process has also made me appreciate, what all these authors have accomplished and all the hard work they put into writing and publishing. I quickly learned that it is important to thank an author by leaving reviews of their work. Having many author friends who always answer my many questions has helped me and I love each of them. These authors are my inspiration.

I can’t wait to share all my stories with you!!! My novels are Clean New Adult/Young Adult Romance. Hope you enjoy my unique stories about love and happily ever after.

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Now I can share my stories with anyone at any age group. Adults and teenagers alike can read my stories and I am proud to have kept it clean for everyone to read.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Blitz & Giveaway: A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah

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A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah
Publication date: May 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy


Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…



Archer Kay Leah was raised in Ontario, Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, it has been this diversity that has inspired Archer’s love of toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and crazy situations.

Archer started writing stories at age six and became “that kid” with their nose in the books and a pen in their hand, pursuing the challenges of writing novels at age thirteen and conquering the dread of poetry at fifteen. Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged.

When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek who has too many hobbies, keeping busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along, especially if it is in technological form. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

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Book Blitz: Eternal Light (Few Are Angels #3) by Inger Iversen

Eternal Light by Inger Iversen 
(Few Are Angels #3) 
Publication date: June 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Ella has accepted her fate of fifteen years with Aleixandre, but does not consent to his plan of using her powers to eradicate the Chorý race. In a last ditch effort to sway her, Aleixandre offers an early release of her debt and to allow Kale residence in the garden house.

Will this be enough for Ella to take the deal?

Enlisting the help of Kale, Sola, and Jace—Ella sets off to look for the Zdrowy, a mysterious group of Chorý, thought to have been cured of la Luxure.

Join Ella and Kale in the final installment of the Few Are Angels series, as they are set on a path that not only leads to a possible cure to the Chorý status, but may also offer Kale something he has been chasing his entire immortal life—absolution.


Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Blitz: Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez

Book & Author Details:
Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez
(Dirty Secrets #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sinthia Michaels has nearly lost everything. Unwittingly, she’s signed over the majority of her couture fashion line and lost the support of her retailers in one fell swoop. Behind it all is the one man she is undeniably attracted to.

Core McKay, a wealthy and legitimate businessman, is after one thing only—his mother’s murderer. When his intel leads him to a corrupt politician connected to Sinthia, Core will stop at nothing for his own version of justice—even if that means using Sinthia to get what he wants.

Continuing the story of twisted lies and dirty secrets, Core and Sinthia both have an end game, but their feelings for one another could be their undoing.

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Excerpt 1:

     The challenge in her eyes filled me with a need I’d never even known I possessed. My hands tightened and unclenched before I caught her by the arm and pressed her against the wall. In one swift move, I pressed my lips against hers. Moving my mouth on hers, I forced her lips open and I plundered inside, one hand tightening on her waist and drawing her even closer. My tongue swept into her mouth while my other hand released her arm, reaching up to wrap itself in her hair, tilting her head back.

     Her hands fisting my shirt, she leaned up into me. My mouth devoured and stroked her with a controlled sensuality that made my cock jump to life, straining against my pants to break free. I growled when her mouth widened and she pushed her tongue into my mouth. I groaned, tasting a hint of mint 
and coffee. 

     My head spun out of control as she kissed me back with unleashed anger and passion. The ache within my throbbing balls grew. I knew I wouldn’t last much longer until I needed to bury myself inside her cunt. 

     Sinthia’s breath caught as my hands went around her, pulling her away from the wall and flush against me. My fingers traced over her buttocks. She tried to remain motionless, her ass cheeks tensing in reaction. Blood raced to my cock, stiffening it to near pain as I imagined her voluptuous tight ass clamping down on my cock as I fucked her from behind.

Damn, I burn to have her.


Sedona Venez is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby—hooah—and their furbaby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy complex stories about strong but broken characters who push boundaries, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

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Excerpt 2:

     “Damn. Shit just got real,” I muttered under my breath. 

     The throng moved again. McKay was checking me out with unveiled interest. 

     I tried to calm my beating heart, but to no avail. Biting my bottom lip, I drank him in. Jesus. He looked smoking hot. If you looked fuckable up in the dictionary, McKay’s name would be right there next to it. He sizzled in a shawl-collared tuxedo paired with a crisp tailored white shirt, black silk bow tie, 
black leather shoes, and a Panerai watch. Ram was looking flawless in a white tuxedo. It was masculinity at its finest. 

     McKay’s eyes flashed as he arched his eyebrow at me. I stopped and turned so I was facing Jade and my back was toward McKay. 

    Jade curiously looked at me. “What’s up?” 

    “Don’t look. That’s McKay by the bar,” I hissed. 

    Of course, Jade did the exact opposite of what I’d asked and stared boldly in his direction. 

    I wanted to choke her. “Really? What part of ‘don’t look’ was unclear?” 

    Staring over my shoulder, Jade whispered loudly, “Which one?” 

   “In the black tux with the black silk bow tie. He’s staring at me like I owe him money,” I responded. “Because I do.”

     “Damn! Look at that face.” Jade blinked and then blinked again. “He’s crazy hot.” 

     “No. He’s just crazy.” I turned back around, glaring at him. Okay, he was hot, but I’d be damned if I acknowledged the way my cunt pulsed under his scrutiny.

Excerpt 3:

     I turned around to find Core McKay staring at me with no smile. He was standing under the bright moonlight, looking delicious, dangerous, and just plain fucking gorgeous. 

     “Making trouble everywhere you go,” he drawled in that ridiculously gruff tone.

     My cunt clenched like it recognized its master’s voice.

     “What can I say? I’m a very bad girl.” I batted my eyelashes almost comically before sashaying toward him. 

     Stopping before him, I tilted my head, and my eyes traveled up his well-built tall body. He had discarded the tuxedo jacket he wore earlier. Muscles bunched against his crisp tailored white shirt, and his rolled-up sleeves displayed the tattoos on his forearms. His collar was unbuttoned, and all I could focus on was the all-seeing eye tattoo on his neck.

     Damn. This didn’t bode well for me. I was a sucker for men with tattoos.

     He crossed his muscular arms. “Hmm… that happens to be my favorite type of woman.” 

     He was sexy—well, hot and scary. His dark hair was cut short on the sides, but it was stylishly longer on top. His searing steel-gray eyes made me visualize seriously wicked, naughty things.

     Shit. Shit. Shit. Sin, focus.

Excerpt 4:

     I tilted my head, kind of enjoying the sarcastic ruthlessness of McKay’s demeanor. “What can I say? Obviously, what’s between my legs is really memorable.” 

     McKay laughed, and it was a full-on sexy sound, which sent a zing to my cunt. 

     “Apparently.” He silently eyed me. 

     I squared my shoulders and took a deep breath. “Why are you gawking at me like that?” 

     He shrugged one massive shoulder. “Just trying to figure you out.” 

     I knew he was toying with me, but I was in no mood for games.

     “There’s no riddle to me, McKay.” 

     “I beg to differ.” His lips tilted into a brief small smile.

     I pasted a smile on my face and delivered my next line in a saccharine tone. “So are you going to continue to eye-fuck me?” 


    He smirked, and my heart skipped a beat. 

    I started to fidget, and then I forced myself to stand still. This man was fucking unnerving.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights Book 1) by Melissa Foster

NEW HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

“Catching Cassidy was laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” — #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet – Rachel Van Dyken

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. 

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COMING IN 2015 the full Harborside Nights series...

Catching Cassidy (Het)
Discovering Delilah (F/F)
Tempting Tristan (M/M)
Chasing Charley (Het)
Breaking Brandon (M/M)
 Embracing Evan (Het)
Reaching Rusty (Het)
Loving Livi (Het)

Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.

My Review:
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I have been wanting to read a book by Melissa Foster for awhile now and finally got the chance to read Catching Cassidy, the first book in the Harborside Nights Series. Now I know why I have seen Melissa Foster's name on most of the blogs I visit! Melissa's writing is incredible, I was hooked by chapter one. I fell in love with both Cassidy and Wyatt fast. There was a lot of will they? won't they? in this one. I also loved all the other characters, (I have a soft spot for Tristan) and I especially look forward to finding out what happens in the next book, Discovering Delilah, which focuses on Wyatt's twin sister. (There was a sneak peek of chapter one in the back of Catching Cassidy and it sounds fantastic!)

Catching Cassidy is an emotional roller coaster, and I definitely recommend it to anyone - especially anyone who has grown up with a best friend and has mixed feelings about them. You heart will pump throughout this book so make sure you have plenty of time to read it before bed or any of your preferred reading times. The romance will grip you in this novel.

I love this series and I look forward to reading every book! I am looking forward to being able to see how the characters progress behind the scenes of the other characters main stories. 


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