Book Review & Giveaway: The Only Way by Magan VernonThe Only Way by Magan Vernon
Series: Only #4
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on March 18th, 2015
Pages: 333
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Source: Netgalley
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William "Tripp" Chapman has always been the black sheep of his family's political dynasty. His oldest brother works on Wall Street, his youngest-groomed for the senate. And Tripp is the brother known for wrecking his Porsche after a drinking bender and winding up in rehab.

On the night of his father's presidential election he takes a detour and meets a waitress at a local hole-in-the wall. Samantha "Sam" Green is just as broken as he is, but covers it up with enough snark so no one tries to get too close.

When Sam gets kicked out of her apartment, Tripp agrees that she can crash on his couch until she gets on her feet. But as they grow closer physically, the ghosts of their past threaten to burden their new relationship

The Only Way they can overcome their demons is to face them instead of running. Can Sam help Tripp find his way or will their own battles bury them further?

The Only series is a series of standalone novels. You do not need to read one in order to fully understand the other. M/F. HEA.

Another great book by Magan Vernon. I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE THE CHAPMAN BROTHERS. We got to meet and fall in love with Trey in The Only Exception and The Only Answer. In The Only Way we get to the meet his brother, Tripp, who happens to be the “black sheep” of the family. He’s fresh out of rehab and being whisked away to his father’s election night party. On the way there, he makes a detour to a hole-in-the-wall diner where he meets a waitress named Samantha “Sam” Green.

Sam isn’t any better off than Tripp. She’s got her own problems she’s dealing with and she keeps everyone at arms length with her snark. After being kicked out of her apartment, Tripp comes to the rescue. Soon she’s crashing on his couch and helping him out in exchange.

I really enjoyed this book. Magan did a good job of getting into the mind of a recovering addict who is trying to find himself after getting out of rehab. He may come from what seems like the perfect family, but he and his family are far from perfect and we’re beginning to see more of that in this book. I really liked him and Sam. They were GREAT together and they really helped each other out. She helps him find himself and his calling in the world. I loved that their relationship started out as a friendship and we got to witness their relationship blossom instead of just jumping straight into a romantic relationship. 🙂

Oh and we got to know a little bit more about the other Chapman, Trigg, in this book and I hope that we get his story in the future! Pretty Please, Magan? 🙂

If you haven’t checked this series out, you definitely should! Especially if you like more than just fluff with your romance novels. Magan deals with some serious issues in this series and I think she does a good job with the tough subject matter in these books.

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.

Book Review: The Only One by Magan Vernon

Book Review: The Only One by Magan VernonThe Only One by Magan Vernon
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on October 7, 2013
Pages: 302
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Source: Author
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Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first.

**This is not a sequel to The Only Exception. It's a companion novel with two characters from the first book. You don't need to read The Only Exception to understand this book.**

Erin’s Review:

 

We first meet John Boy in The Only Exception when he is introduced to us as Trey Chapman’s Big Brother at their Fraternity Alpha Mu. In The Only Exception he appears to be your stereotypical Frat Boy; Only there for the Booze, Girls & Parties… He continues t0 give us this impression at the beginning of The Only One, being that it’s a halloween party and he’s only wearing a loin cloth(say what?!).

“Watch it, loincloth, I’m not afraid to spork your eyes out.” – Monica

We were also introduced to Melanie in The Only Exception where she played a bigger part in that story than John Boy, so we already know her a little bit better than we do John when we get started with The Only One. Melanie is an honor roll student doing everything she can to make it through college, working and going to school full-time, this girl has no social life to speak of. Her good friend and Trey’s girlfriend, Monica, has managed to talk her into going to the Alpha Mu Halloween party. At the party she somehow manages to catch John Boy’s eye. It must have been that Hermione costume she was wearing, while the loin cloth that John Boy is wearing certainly caught her eye and all of our eyes (yum).

Monica is trying her best to keep John Boy and Melanie from hooking up, but Melanie isn’t have any of it.. In the middle of their hookup, Melanie receives a phone call that changes everything. This is where John Boy and Melanie show each other that there’s more than meets the eye.

“Now let’s go back to your place and bake shit and watch Harry Potter.” – John Boy

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I really enjoyed this book. John Boy isn’t your typical frat boy, though at first he seems like it. When Melanie gets some life altering news while with John, She  falls apart.  John comforts her while she deals with the news she’s just received and after seeing the side of Mel where she just lets go, he realizes that he wants more than just one night with her.  Melanie has to go through some serious shit and John is with her ever step of the way, even though she continuously tries to push him away. He was an amazing and supportive character and I don’t know who I love more now: John Boy or Trey. Hmm…

“You’re the only one for me, Melanie. I belong with you.” – John Boy

 

I hope that we see some more from these characters in the future! 🙂

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How To Marry An Alien (My Alien Romance #3) by Magan VernonHow To Marry An Alien by Magan Vernon
Series: My Alien Romance #3
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on November 18, 2012
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
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Alex’s interstellar relationship has finally been sealed in the eyes of the human world, so now she can move on to her next step: college.

With Ace by her side and a new piece of jewelry on her finger, she thinks she is ready for anything. Well, almost anything.
Her new roommate holds a dangerous link to her past that Alex isn't sure if she can handle. Then there is the whole alien fiancé thing. Every time she tries to get closer to Ace, he seems to pull further away. Top that off with a full summer class load and a few more alien attacks and it’s just another day for Alex.

Except this time she isn’t sure if marrying an alien will be the happy ending she’s hoping for.

**While the first two alien books were mildly tame, this book is a little different. I'm not saying it's Fifty Shades or anything, but Alex is eighteen, she's going off to college and she's been with her alien boyfriend for a year; there is guranteed to be some heat. I'm recommending this for upper YA/New Adult readers.**

Maybe things are looking up now with you and your Alien lover, and you’re ready to take the plunge. Well, let Magan Vernon give you some tips on How To Marry An Alien. It is with pleasure that I share with you the last guest post in the My Alien Romance series,  via Meredith Johnson of Meredith’s Musings. For your Alien How-To pleasure, Meredith has kindly reviewed all of the books in this series for us. You can check out her first two reviews here and here.

Meredith’s Review:

Backpacks, Birkenstocks, and Boom-Boom Blockers

Oh my, this book is worth the read if for no other reason than the term Boom-Boom Blockers. Need I say more? I just love Magan Vernon’s humor and wit. This series really satisfied my love of aliens and my need for all-things-goofy. So, yes Magan Vernon you have a new fangirl!

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So our happy little couple is all cutesy and in love again after a psycho-alien ex tried to destroy their relationship. Eeek. But now it’s time for Alex to go off to college (after all they can’t get married until she graduates….the whole peace treaty thing ya know). Ace comes into town to make the cross-country drive with Alex and settle her in at school (and much closer to him). A few kisses and hugs from the parental units later and the two are off to new adventures. The drive is long, boring, and then……

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OMG! What was that? Alex flips their SUV and the road trip comes to a screeching halt. Thankfully Circe reinforcements show up and gets them out of the vehicle. But Ace…something is wrong with Ace! While he’s carted off to Circe, Alex is taken to school. She still has to settle in to the dorm and get ready for her first class. But what about Ace??

Once Alex is assured Ace is being treated and will be ok, she gives in and checks in at school. Meet new roommate, Lucy. I Love Lucy! Seriously, why didn’t I ever get a roommate like her in college? Lover of Birkenstocks, driver of a Volkswagen Thing (how awesome is that), and girlfriend to Riley………WHAT!?! Crazy Riley who held a gun to Alex’s head you say? Yup, one in the same.

But this is the new-and-improved, memory-wiped Riley. She’s fun, kind, and caring. What is THAT all about? Is it a set-up? Does she actually remember Alex and is trying to fulfill some evil plot? It sure seems fishy that of all the colleges and all the roommates in the world, Alex is bunking with crazy Riley’s new girlfriend.

Everyone else urges Alex to let it go (easier said then done when the girl tried to kill her). Alex doesn’t think she can, but then she does have other problems. Suddenly she’s like the Kim Kardashian of the inter-galactic tabloid kind. Being asked for an autograph by a purple space creature is her new normal. There’s also the whole “my boyfriend beams into my room but I can’t get into his pants” problem too. Could it be that Ace doesn’t really want to go through with the marriage? Or is it fate since just about every time they get close the ultimate Boom-Boom Blocker, Lucy walks in? (How hard is it to remember to put the sock on the door Alex?)

Ace is hiding something from Alex, but it’s not at all what she thinks. Every time they get close to sealing the deal, he backs off. When he finally tells her the truth, it definitely wasn’t what I expected. And there’s one teeny little detail he leaves out. Who am I kidding it’s HUGE!

So with marriage plans still on, boom-boom blockers handled, and a friendship with Riley developing, everything is ready for the happily ever after. Well, at least until wedding dress shopping is involved. Who is that lurking in the bridal shop? I won’t give it away, but this someone and their partner in crime worked very hard to get rid of Alex. A lot of events since she left for college were put into motion by these two and they won’t get let anyone spoil their efforts. The confrontation that goes down just made me go:

 

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Your favorite characters all make an appearance in this final book of the trilogy. We see Alex’s who family, all of the interns, Monte (who is convinced he can swing Lucy the other way LOL), Simone, Brody, Gemma (the whole high school crew), and more. It’s a fantastic sendoff with each character getting some fun attention.

I really adore this series. I love the humor, the aliens, Alex, and of course the scrumptious Ace. It’s a light, fun read that is pure entertainment. Guyliner Lovers Unite! Beam Me Up Ace!

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out Meredith’s reviews of the My Alien Romance series by Magan Vernon!

About Meredith:

I’m a reader, a writer, and an intern! I love everything publishing and wish I could put a book in the hands of every child! I look forward to reviewing books and helping writers find new, useful information. Oh, and I keep track of all FREE writing contests!

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How To Break Up With An ALIEN (My Alien Romance #2) by Magan VernonHow To Break Up With An ALIEN by Magan Vernon
Series: My Alien Romance #2
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on May 9, 2012
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard, especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien. Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn't excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems. As Alex's senior year progresses, everything changes and she can't figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.

Ever struggled with what to say when you want to break up with your Alien lover? Ever wanted to know if you could survive after breaking up with an Alien? Well, you are in good company. It is with pleasure that I share with you another great guest post by Meredith Johnson of Meredith’s Musings. For your Alien How-To pleasure, Meredith has kindly reviewed this second book in the My Alien Romance series by Magan Vernon for us.

Meredith’s Review:

Boys, Best Friends, and Beam Me Up Scotty!

So now that Alex and Ace have avoided an alien invasion by agreeing to get married, what’s a girl to do? Well, she goes back to high school to finish her senior year of course. Alex still has to graduate and finish college according to the peace treaty that betroths her to her hottie alien boyfriend.

Now that Alex is back in the land of boring humans, she’s once again the goofy geek instead of the kick ass extra-terrestrial fighter. So she endures the usual torture from mean girl Gemma at school, but finds some solace at her new barista job when she meets her co-worker Simone. Finally a BFF!

Things are good: she’s still on her way to be valedictorian, she’s enjoying some female bonding, her old crush Brody is suddenly giving her a lot of attention (a girl can enjoy a little male attention even if she’s technically engaged right?), and the best perk of all? Ace can beam into her bedroom any time he wants!

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I mean how AWESOME is that? Ace can so beam into my room anytime. Did I say that out loud? Ok, so anyway Alex’s life is all happy and wonderful.

 

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Until Ace starts “running late” all the time. And Brody wants to be more than just friends. And maybe Alex doesn’t want to give up on her dream of going to Columbia. What’s a girl to do? I don’t know, maybe break up with an alien?

WHAT!?! I said maybe. Could it be possible that there is some sleep creep involved here? I mean, Brody is getting a bit obsessive. And why on earth is Alex suddenly questioning her feelings for Ace? She loves Ace! And who wouldn’t want to be the next Princess of Calta? There is the whole future mother-in-law from hell that is totally against the alien/human marriage. Could she really stoop so low as to use her sleep creepiness to try to break the treaty?

No worries, Ace is coming to town to help. And to meet Mom! And Grandpa! And wow, Ace sure looks a lot like one of Grandpa’s old war buddies. Eeeep!

Top moments in this book (besides the awesome beaming thing) include:

1. Dreams involving the world’s worst white rapper (and Alex being his ho, yo)

2. Monte’s totally inappropriate (but strangely appropriate) crudeness

3. The whole beaming thing (did I already say that?)

4. Mom meeting Ace

5. Ace’s preppy boy wardrobe

6. The whole beaming thing

As much as I loved this book, I have to admit that I really missed the aliens. There are a few here and there, but no one floats in goo, no purple people eater gets to duke it out with an invisible octohippo, and there is no phoning home. We do get to meet Monte (who needs his own book), but How to Break Up with an Alien reads slightly more YA contemporary. It’s still fun and quirky, and the whole beaming thing is just hot, but I hope we get to see some more E.T.s in the next installment.

So will they make it? Or will Alex find out that breaking up with an alien is hard to do? You’ll have to read it to find out.

Stay tuned for Meredith’s review of the last book in this series, an interview with Magan herself, and the chance to ENTER TO WIN signed copies of the books!

About Meredith:

I’m a reader, a writer, and an intern! I love everything publishing and wish I could put a book in the hands of every child! I look forward to reviewing books and helping writers find new, useful information. Oh, and I keep track of all FREE writing contests!

 

 

 

 

About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.

How To Date An ALIEN (My Alien Romance #1) by Magan VernonHow To Date An Alien by Magan Vernon
Series: My Alien Romance #1
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on December 6, 2011
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
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High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?

 

Ever wanted to date an Alien? Ever wondered what it would be like to experience some Extraterrestrial flirty-feels of your own? Well, you are in good company. It is with pleasure that I share with you an awesome review of the first book in the My Alien Romance series by Magan Vernon. The wonderful Meredith Johnson of Meredith’s Musings suffers with Alien Lust like the rest of us, and bravely submitted herself to read and review these books for your Alien loving pleasure.

Meredith’s Review:

Gorgeous Alien, Green Goo, and Guyliner!

I’m on a total alien binge, so when I heard about this book I couldn’t wait to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It is funny, sweet, full of aliens, and Ace is just YUM!

I have to say, the day before I started reading this I went to see the movie Monsters Vs. Aliens, so I couldn’t stop picturing B.O.B, Dr. Cockroach and crew hanging around and giving a few high fives. I love how this story drips in sci-fi, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Some of the aliens are bizarre and the interaction between the different species is fun.

 

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Meet Alex Bianchi, a somewhat geeky over-achiever that needs something on her Columbia application to help her stand out. Extra curricular activities aren’t her thing, so thank goodness her dad works for the ultra-secretive government compound called Circe. Just mentioning an internship there gets the Columbia recruiter to perk up. One call to Alex’s estranged father and a summer at Circe awaits.

Only Circe isn’t the military base Alex expected. It’s actually a huge compound, hidden in a mountain where aliens are housed. What the what? (Sorry, I’ve been dying to use that.) Leave it to poor Alex to give her dad the thumbs up the moment she steps inside the foreign little world, a sign that one should apparently never give in front of an alien. Just ask Alex as she’s nearly strangled to death by some slimy creature. But something or someone with gorgeous black eyes rescues her. The next thing she knows, she’s being treated by the Bug Man-a.k.a. an alien doc who I imagine looking like an orange roach (see Dr. Cockroach above).

Alex struggles to fit in with the rest of the interns. While she’s still in high school, they’re all in college and one in particular is angry that Alex only got the much sought after position thanks to her well-respected dad. Whatever, Alex has more important things to do, like report to her assignment in online security!

Hello Ace! Best. Internship. Ever. Alex can’t help but notice her gorgeous supervisor, I mean hello guyliner! What is guyliner you ask?

 

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But those eyes, she’s seen those eyes before. And boy do those eyes follow her everywhere. Such as into the cafeteria where Alex almost become a punching bag for an alien smack-down. But thankfully those black orbs swoop in and save her. Wait! That isn’t the first time! Those black eyes that swallow her up saved her once before, the first day she arrived at Circe. Coincidence? I think not.

Alex and Ace dance around their growing attraction, after all humans and aliens don’t mix. But what if they do? Well, there’s a few things about Ace Alex isn’t aware of and let’s just say falling in love with him could lead to the total annihilation of Earth. WHAT?!? Bring on the mother ship, mix in some green goo I want to dive in to, and let the shenanigans begin.

My only gripe with the story is it’s too short. I wanted more!

I wanted more interaction with Alex and the other interns. By the end of the book we’re supposed to believe that a few of these guys are willing to go way out on a limb for her. I just didn’t see it. It was like the friendship developed some behind the scenes.

I also had a hard time believing Alex could just jump into a spaceship and pilot it into outer space all by herself. I know, I realize the whole bug aliens and green goo I had no problem with, but seriously how can the chick just jump inside a flying saucer and become an instant Maverick? I still remember the first time I attempted to drive a stick shift. Let’s just say rolling half a mile down a hill backwards, into a ditch, with a screaming mother trying to jerk the steering wheel were involved. Maybe it’s just jealousy talking, but still. She was a computer nerd, it would have been more believable if she cracked some secret code and beamed herself aboard the mother ship. Just sayin’.

Overall this is a fun, quirky read. If you love aliens I’m sure you will enjoy the humorous sci-fi elements and the swoon-worthy Ace. I read this book in a day and quickly jumped into the next two in the series. It’s addicting.

On a side note, as I’m writing this the news is reporting of a possible UFO landing in Boca Raton. Ace? I’m here! Beam me up baby!

 

Stay tuned for Meredith’s reviews of the other books in this series, an interview with Magan herself, and the chance to ENTER TO WIN signed copies of the books!

About Meredith:

I’m a reader, a writer, and an intern! I love everything publishing and wish I could put a book in the hands of every child! I look forward to reviewing books and helping writers find new, useful information. Oh, and I keep track of all FREE writing contests!

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.