Blog Tour: Bounce by Noelle August + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Bounce by Noelle August + GiveawayBounce by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Published by William Morrow on August 25th, 2015
Pages: 304
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Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

Bounce is the final book in the Boomerang series by Noelle August. It can be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading the first two books in the series as the characters from the previous books show up throughout this book and references to events in those books are mentioned.

Skyler is a musician from Kentucky looking to make it somehow in Los Angeles. She ends up at an audition for a movie with her roommate.

Grey is the younger brother of Adam Blackwood, who we get to know in the previous book Rebound. After a wild party Grey has pretty much destroys his brother’s house, Grey has to work off what he owes his brother for damages. One of the things he ends up having to do is to sit in an audition for a movie Adam has invested in. He’s standing in for the leading actor who can’t make it to the audition for the female lead.

After hours of reading lines with numerous girls, in comes Skyler and the sparks start flying.

Grey & Skyler have instant chemistry and it’s off the charts, but other than the first time they met you don’t really see them act on it all that much. Thanks to Adam for loaning Grey out to Garrett (the male lead in the movie they’re filming) as his personal assistant, he’s on set every day and is around Sky quite a bit.

Sky doesn’t see them working out, due to the fact that she is the ripe old age of TWENTY TWO to Grey’s NINETEEN. WOW, what an age difference! NOT. She makes such a big deal over it, when really it’s not that bad. I almost forgot that she was only in her early twenties. She made it seem like she was 30ish everytime she complained about how he was younger than her. She has such an issue with having feelings for Grey that she even goes so far as to “date” Brooks. It starts up this weird love triangle thing, but you quickly realize that it’s not really anything to be worried about.

Grey has some serious issues he needs to work through in this book and he does everything he can to avoid said issues..but eventually he gets his head out of his ass and sees that it doesn’t take blood to make someone your family and for people to love you like their own.

Eventually Sky falls victim to the pressures of being an actress in Hollywood and in the end it finally brings her and Grey together. THANK GOD.

Like I said, this book is supposed to be the final in the Boomerang series, but I can totally see them spinning of this series and go in to the lives of some of the characters we meet in this last book. Especially seeing as I didn’t get an EPILOGUE. >:( All series should end with an epilogue. WHO AGREES WITH ME?

Anyways, if you like cute light hearted romances, I definitely suggest you check this series out.

Thank you to William Morrow for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. 🙂

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Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

BLOG TOUR: Rebound by Noelle August + GiveawayRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on February 10th, 2015
Pages: 291
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At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

 

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

 

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.
Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.
When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

 

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

 

I have to be honest here… I think I may have liked this one better than the first one. The reason why I know this is because I actually had to go back into Boomerang and skim it through a bit and see what exactly Alison did to her Ex in that book. Oops. :X

After going through something horrific with his last girlfriend in college, Adam has closed himself off from any sort of romantic relationships and only resorted to hookups and while blaming himself for what happened in college.

Alison, oh Alison, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t remember what it is you did in the first book that caused your relationship to Ethan to to end or else I may have not read this book….Alison has recently graduated college and now she needs to prove to her dad that she can handle the family business. I ended up liking Alison a lot. She was a good person who made a terrible mistake, but after learning more about her family, and especially her dad, it all made sense.  I’m so glad that she and Adam found each other and are able to help each other get over things that happened in their past and move on with their lives with each other!

 

This was a cute story, but it did get a bit emotional at times. There is quite a cast of characters in this series and I liked them all! This book did start out with Insta-Love, but it totally worked in this story! So don’t let it turn you off from continuing on with the book.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series, Bounce! We’ll get to know Adam’s brother, Grey Blackwood, better in that one. 😉

 

Thanks to William Morrow/Harper Collins for the opportunity to read & review this book for the blog tour! 🙂

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Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

Book Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn (Blog Tour)

Book Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn (Blog Tour)Stay With Me by J. Lynn
Series: Wait For You #3
Published by William Morrow on September 23rd, 2014
Pages: 448
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At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.

Stay With Me is another amazing book from one of our favorite authors Jennifer L. Armentrout. Book 3 in her new adult series WAIT FOR YOU, Stay With Me follows Teresa Hamilton’s friend Calla as she tries to put her life back together after discovering that her mother has stolen her college money and racked up a massive amount of debt in Calla’s name.
While the book starts out at the College and town where Wait For You and Be With Me take place in, the story leaves there and goes to Calla’s hometown outside of Philly.

Calla has escaped a strung out mother and memories of a tragedy that has left Calla scarred both physically and emotionally with plans to make for a better life for herself. When it comes time to pay for her next semester in school she discovers that the money in her college fund is missing. Not only that, but someone has racked up a huge credit card debt in her name. When Calla can’t get a hold of the person who is responsible for this, her mother, she goes back to her hometown to try and find out what’s going on.

Entering Plymouth Meeting, her hometown, Calla goes straight to the one place where her mother should be. Only to find a hot bartender who gives Jase a run for his money as lieutenant of the Hot Guy Brigade. Which is what she calls the guys (Cam, Jase, Ollie, etc..) in her circle of friends.

Jax is a hot guy ex-marine, who spends his nights tending bar and has his own flaws. I think he makes the perfect, or not so perfect, match for Calla. I really enjoyed Jax a lot. He was a lot different from Cam and Jase.. The only thing that bothered me about Jax is the way he handled the Aimee situation… it was a serious ‘DUH!’ moment..and he should’ve realized that he was handling it all wrong. Other than that he was great with Calla.

I loved meeting Katie and Roxy. You never knew what was going to come out of Katie’s mouth. I hope that we see more of her in the future as well as Roxy, there’s definitely a story to Roxy and I do believe we will be getting behind her next. I can’t wait!!

Poor Calla, she’s had so much heartbreak in her life and really no one to share it with. She’s afraid to tell her friends about her past. She’s so independent until one day she’s not..and on top of that she’s never really LIVED her life. She has so much to experience and I find that maybe her mother screwing her over financially may have been the best thing to happen to her. She learns to trust her friends and open up to them..and she finds some one who helps her experience the things she’s been missing out on. 😉

I really enjoyed this book, it was a bit different from the last two books in the series.. It was a lot more suspenseful and I really liked that about this book. It also had a cameo from some of JLA’s other characters and I’m not talking about the characters from the Wait For You series, because they’re a given..you shall see. 😉

Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book! I look forward to the next book in the series, Fall with Me, which the cover for will be revealed next month so look out for it!!

 

The Wait For You Series by J. Lynn

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About J. Lynn

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.

Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn (@JLArmentrout)Be With Me by J. Lynn
Series: Wait For You #2
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on February 4th, 2014
Pages: 299
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Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

I have yet to read a book written by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I haven’t loved. Be With Me is no exception.
This book is about Teresa Hamilton, who we met in Wait For You. At the start of the book she’s starting her freshman year while she’s recovering from an torn ACL. She’s working on Plan B, while she waits for her body to heal so she can go back to her dancing. For the last so many years she’s been secretly crushing on her brother’s best friend,  Jase Winstead. A year ago they kissed..once..and since then they’ve pretty much been ignoring each other.. Until now. 😉

Now that Tess is going to college while she heals from her injury, she’s “reconnected” with Jase. Tess keeps getting hot and cold signals from Jase. One minute he wants her, the next he’s pushing her away. He’s hiding something from her, from everyone. It seemed obvious to me as to what was keeping him from having  a relationship with Tess, but when he finally opened up and talked to Teresa, I was totally shocked to see my theory was right.

On top of Tess having to deal with indecisive Jase, she’s having to deal with problems with her roommate. If you’ve read Wait For You, you  have an idea as to what Teresa has already endured in the past..but now we’re hearing it from HER point of view and we’re seeing her witness her roommate go through the same predicament.. Teresa uses what she’s learned from her past experiences and she attempts to stand up for her roommate… and boy..Jenn threw us a serious curve ball, because what happened with that entire situation, HOLY CRAP I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!! Wow. That was, I have no words for it… Insane. 

Cam and Avery, I LOVE THEM. I WANT MORE FROM THEM. You see them quite a bit in this book and they’re just as amazing as secondary characters as they were as the main characters. Though I would kill to get some more one-on-one time with them, especially if Cam is ever successful in his current endeavors. Ha.

Jack, Jase’s little brother, was absolutely adorable! And Jase was sooooooo good with him. I loved seeing Jase with his little brother.

While I think the story started out a bit slow, it finally got up to speed and from there I really enjoyed it.  Jenn gave us some some predictable and some NOT-SO-PREDICTABLE twists in this story. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the next book, Stay With Me!

 

The Wait For You Series by J. Lynn

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About J. Lynn

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rome by Jay CrownoverRome by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #3
Published by William Morrow on January 7, 2014
Pages: 400
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Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.

Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

My thoughts…

Rome is book three in the Marked Men series. I’ve been waiting for this one to become available. I love military heroes. There is just something about them that draws me in. This story had me laughing and crying. Yes, Ms Crownover brought me to tears a couple of times. Both Rome and Cora are secondary characters from previous books and I was happy they got their own book.

Rome. He’s a sexy alpha male who suffers from PTSD. He’s in a grumpy mood most of the time. Even though he’s grumpy I loved him. He’s strong willed and a protector.

Cora aka Tink. She’s smart and sassy, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and is very protective of her friends. She also meddles. I didn’t really care for this aspect of her. Since starting this series there has been a time or two where I think she overstepped her boundaries. Having said that I liked her for the most part and I think she had the best of intentions in her actions.

While I enjoyed Rome I did have a few issues with it:

The plot was interesting and held my attention for the most part, but there were a few times I found myself skimming pages. 🙁

The hero and heroine have unprotected sex from the get go. Although I’m against this I do however understand that sometimes this is necessary for storyline purposes.

They both agree that they’re not each other’s type, but Rome goes on to state Cora is smoking hot. I don’t get the “She’s smoking hot, but not really my type thing” It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Overall, I liked this one. It didn’t blow me away, but it was good. If you’re a fan of this series I think you’ll enjoy this one. If you haven’t read it yet I hope you’ll give it a try.

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Review: Jet by Jay CrownoverJet by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #2
Published by William Morrow on May 28, 2013
Pages: 400
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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

My thoughts…

Jet is book two in the Marked Men series by Author Jay Crownover. While I enjoyed Jet & Ayden’s story, I don’t think it was quite the story Rule was. There was just something fascinating about Rule that captured my attention from the beginning.

This one started out as a slow read for me, but the more I read the more enjoyable it became.

Even though Jet & Ayden appear to be completely different on the outside they are actually a lot alike in some ways. I couldn’t help but root for them. I wanted them to figure out their issues and come together as a couple.

The sexual scenes for this one are pretty mainstream. Thet weren’t overly explicit in nature and I kind of expected them to be a little hotter than they were, but otherwise they were sort of hot.

Overall, Jet sort of failed short for me. There was just something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on.

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Review: Stealing Harper by Molly McAdamsStealing Harper by Molly McAdams
Series: Taking Chances #2
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Chase Grayson has never been interested in having a relationship that lasts longer than it takes for him and his date to get dressed again. But then he stumbles into a gray-eyed girl whose innocence pours off her, and everything changes. From the minute Harper opens her mouth to let him know just how much he disgusts her, he's hooked.

But a princess deserves a Prince Charming who can make her dreams come true. Not a guy who can turn her life into a nightmare.

All good intentions go out the window when Harper starts to fall for the guy Chase has come to view as a brother. He wanted to protect her by keeping her away, but he can’t stand to see her with anyone else, and he’ll do anything to make her his. But when it comes down to Harper choosing between the two, will Chase have the strength to step back from the girl who has become his whole world if it means she’ll be happy?

Lines will be crossed. Friendships will be put to the test. And hearts will be shattered.

My thoughts…

This is going to be a very short review.

OMG! I knew going into this one that it was going to be highly emotional and I wasn’t wrong. By the end of Stealing Harper I was a blubbering mess. Literally. I’m still a bit emotional over it. I’m so glad that Ms McAdams wrote his story. I loved Chase. He struggled from the beginning with wanting Harper for himself and pushing her away because he didn’t feel he was worthy of her. Even though he thought he wasn’t good enough for Harper I knew that if anyone could change him for the better it was her. And she did. She made him want to change because he loved her so much and she was his entire world. He changed for her.

If you haven’t yet read Taking Chances I highly suggest you give it a try. It’s an amazing read and so is this one.

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Review: From Ashes by Molly McAdamsFrom Ashes by Molly McAdams
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When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

My thoughts…

From Ashes is the second book by Author Molly McAdams. After having read Taking Chances a short time ago, I was really excited to read this one. While I enjoyed reading From Ashes, I feel it was too long and some scenes should have been omitted via editing.

The premise was quite good and the characters were realistic, but I found myself skimming through quite a bit of it.

Would I read it again? Probably not.

Would I recommend it? Sure. Overall I enjoyed this story. I just wish it would have been a bit shorter in length.

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