Blog Tour & Giveaway! 1st Anniversary for Say Something by T.A. Roth!

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Say Something… by T.A. Roth
(Speak #1)
Publication date: March 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Twenty–two-year-old Ari Munoz prefers to keep men at an arm’s length.  So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend her night.  That’s until she sparks the interest of love’em and leave’em Ben Rodriguez. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but the electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

Twenty-two-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all, and his senior year marks the beginning of even bigger things to come.  He’s a football star, fraternity president, and his endless pick of beauties makes him the envy of all of his frat brothers.  So why is a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out his rules?
Ari has her secrets.

Ben has his rules.

What happens when both your pasts threaten your future?

Say Something…


*This novel contains adult themes and language.  18+ please.  This is book one in a series and contains a cliffhanger.


My reviews:

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[Say Something]

[Say Nothing]


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AUTHOR BIO:

T.A. Roth is a wife and mother of two funny and crazy kids. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not beautifying clients as a stylist/make-up artist at her day job you can find her reading, fangirling her favorite authors, or singing along to the radio. After getting the opportunity to read the debut novel of a then client now friend something clicked. Her “what the hell” attitude kicked in and a year later, here we are.

Say Something… A new adult romance is her debut novel.

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Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder!

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This was my first book by Wendy and I have to say that I will definitely be reading more by her.
The moment that they mentioned fire dancing, which was on the first page, I was hooked and a goner. For those for you who don’t know, that is something that has been in my life for over a year now. I have my own set of fire fans and I love them. Anyway, the point is that I formed an instant connection and I was really excited about it.
The premise of this book and the adventures the characters took part in were unique to me. I’ve never read a book that took the turns this one did. Wendy’s writing is addicting. I only put it down because my eyes were hurting from sleep and demanded to be closed.
The main character, Cam, took quite a bit to grow on me but she did! I loved how she interacted with her family and it made me wish I had the easy banter with mine too. I laughed hard throughout it all even though the undertone was heart-breaking. I felt myself looking forward to her next witty comeback and I was incredibly proud of how strong she managed to act, all for her family’s sake. It made me love her that much more, even after her character development that was amazing. It made me burst with happiness for her and everybody else in this book. I strongly enjoyed following her during the best summer of her life.
Asher, the main love interest, was beyond adorable. I don’t know what to say about it other than he pleased me as a reader. He was exactly what Cam needed although-I am sensing a recurring theme here- it took me a bit to get on board with them. The beginning of their relationship was not my cup of coffee. It felt awkward and a little forced to me. I also needed a lot more detail. As in more interactions, more memories, more… just more. It made me sad since I liked them as individuals more than a couple, but by the end, once I forgot how fast it all started, I wanted them to stay together forever. I loved seeing Asher’s character development play out as well.
Some things were too easily resolved and gave me a strong unbelievable vibe, and not the good one. It took me a little bit to get over that fact, but I managed to do so since there were other things happening that demanded my attention more.
That ending tore my heart out. My heart ached with such ferocity and I won’t forgive Wendy for it. This book really makes me want to travel to Maine now. That’s another thing to blame Wendy for.

4.5 stars!

 

Review:The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

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I have been eyeing this book for a while now, ever since I saw it at Book Outlet a couple months ago. I almost bought it but then I found something that caught my eye more and never got back to this. After reading it, I am so glad I didn’t buy it and borrowed it from the library instead. The fact that this took me more than a day to read, says a lot. It isn’t a tome of a book and I usually read a book like this in half a day.
Anyway, let’s get to the review.
This is my third book by Sarah and I have not been wow’d by the last two books as I was with the first one. I strongly dislike when an author uses Spanish in a book but completely butchers it. If it was a small thing, I would just roll my eyes and get over it. But at one point, a woman referred to herself as a man… in Spanish. That’s a huge deal!!!! It goes to show that Google was probably the most likely helper to Sarah and not an actual person that speaks Spanish. (Like me.) This makes me so incredibly sad and angry since I absolutely love it when authors have Spanish-speaking characters. Well, not in this case obviously.
I didn’t even remember any names of the characters but I know one now because I wrote it down. And that is Emilio, the main love interest. He actually deserves my respect. He isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and he put the main character in her spot multiple times. He seemed to read my mind and told her the things I wanted him to say, so cheers to that!!
Is it obvious that I disliked the main character? I actually don’t remember her name. I was annoyed by her most of the time than not and it made my reading experience more than excruciating. She’s the reason it took me so long to get through it. She needed to grow a backbone so bad!! Ah! I wanted to shake her and do some other unmentionable things. I also didn’t believe, for one second, that she liked Emilio. They were more like acquaintances than friends, let alone ‘friendly’ to me. She was attracted to him, yeah, but this is one of the many times where her backbone is in question. I only liked the side of her that took care of her dad.
Although I didn’t form a connection to any of the characters, my favorite has to be the main character’s dad. He actually felt genuine and troubled. The only times I was close to tearing up were whenever bad things happened that included him.
The ending was fine, I guess. The main character showed some promise but I grew tired of the story way before it so I didn’t have the energy to be proud or excited about anything.

2/5 stars.

Release Day: Uncovering Hope by Kacey Shea!

 

First and foremost, congratulations Kacey on your third release day!!  I have loved every single book Kacey has written and this one is no exception.


Synopsis:

Carly Reynolds doesn’t have much faith in men. She no longer trusts her heart to lead—not after doing her so wrong. Raising her sons alone, Carly must learn to stand on her own. But she’s stronger now, wiser, and determined to move forward.

Derek Taylor, the sexy tatted drummer for Three Ugly Guys, doesn’t have much time for women, except to hook up and get off. He’d rather focus on writing music and living the career he’s always dreamed. Fate may have other plans.

Dr. Garrett Brooks is the talk of Children’s Hospital. As the new surgical resident, he is young, charming, and attractive. He takes an immediate interest in Carly but his demanding work schedule and her single mom status don’t leave much opportunity for dating.

Between love interests, two boys to raise, and a full time nursing job, Carly’s ability to stand strong is put to the test. And when strange things start to transpire Carly must face the reality that her past has come back to haunt. Can the woman she’s become dare to hope for love again? And which man will win her heart?

*This book is the third and final book in the series but you do NOT have to read books one and two to enjoy Uncovering Hope. It contains adult themes and explicit content and is intended for mature audiences only.*


My review:

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This book follows Carly, a single mother (*cough*my sister-in law*cough*) and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have been dying to know more about her since she was introduced in the first book, Uncovering Love. She has a good head on her shoulders and she made me so proud on multiple occasions.
This book was not what I was expecting. And I meant that in the best of ways. I thought I was going to read an easy romance but nope, wrong! This story was so much more than that and I have learned that it’s Kacey’s stamp. She gives you more than you can ever expect. There was definitely some incredible steaminess but there was also some serious and crazy events I didn’t see coming.
I won’t go much into the male characters because of spoilers but here is the rundown: Josh is a prick and I wanted to punch him too many times to count. Derek made me smile like a lunatic and heat up with passion. He is perfect, but of course, will never be my Tate. I hated Dr. Garrett from the very beginning and it didn’t change whatsoever.
I just love how Kacey’s characters have such amazing and creative backstories to them that they can’t help but feel real. They are real people going through real problems and I am in awe because of it. She mixes the perfect amount of humor with severity in every situation and it makes the ride unforgettable. I was laughing so hard one minute, and gasping the next. Kacey has created such an amazing cast of characters with some of the biggest hearts I’ve ever stumbled upon and for that, I am deeply grateful for her.
I read this in one sitting which goes to show that Kacey’s books are perfect to pick up when you are trying to get over a slump. (Which I was, and I did.) It left me satisfied and pulled at my heart strings every step of the way. This was such a beautiful and emotional read, definitely an amazing and perfect way to end this wonderful series. Everything about this series will always be close to my heart and as sad as I am to let it go, I am happier to have gotten the chance to read it.

5/5 stars!


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 About the author:

Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and part-time bookkeeper who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

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Make sure to stalk Kacey Shea on her social media as she gives away ebooks, swag, and other prizes throughout the week!

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Other reviews I have for Kacey: [Uncovering Love] [Uncovering Desire]

 

Review: Why Now? by Carey Heywood!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
So, I have almost nothing of a review because I was too busy being immersed in the story which by itself tells you how much I loved it.
This book follows Kacey, a woman who has been in love with her best friend’s brother, Jake, for almost all of her life. The story starts with her drunkenly accepting a marriage proposal from Heath, Jake’s friend. The foundation of their engagement was just dumb to me. But it’s okay, because it’s supposed to be, I think. Anyway, then Jake comes back to town and suddenly shows interest in Kacey. Things pick up from there and boy, was it a beautiful and wild ride.
My heart ached for Heath from the start. I love his character so much and I wish I could console him due to the things he’s going through. I mean, I was all for Jake and Kacey but Heath is so amazingly sweet, he deserves to be loved and respected.
My heart also ached for Jake, but for completely different reasons. It was sad witnessing him going through things in life nobody should go through. I loved how he showed his affection to Kacey, even if I didn’t agree on him going against Heath to do so.
The reason why I give this 4.5 instead of 5 was because when something pretty big happened, it was too unexpected for me to get emotional over. I was just ‘oh, okay’ and moved on. I don’t know why but the fact that there was no build up to it or something prevented me from caring too much. Which is pretty sad since I would have wanted to be emotional over it, of course. The event itself wasn’t emotional for me, but the aftermath definitely was.
The end sneaked up on me out of nowhere. I could have sworn I had just finished chapter one when suddenly the epilogue was right in front of me. That ending hit me pretty hard and left me a blubbering mess. It packed so many emotions in those few pages and I loved every single one. It was equal amounts of sweet and heart-breaking. I loved, loved, loved how everything wrapped up.
AND WE GET HEATH’S STORY NEXT?!?!? YES, PLEASE!!

4.5/5 stars!

Review: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz!

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was the first book that I have read by Lauren and I am now anxiously awaiting more from her world! Granted, this wasn’t my opinion when I started the book. I was a good 120 pages in and still not connecting or caring about the characters, or the world. But, that all started to change the moment when we got to meet Judah!! That guy saved the book for me but I will go on into more detail about him on his section of this review.
This book made me so proud of my stubbornness in never quitting a book even if I am not quickly intrigued from the start. Sometimes you miss some amazing things when you DNF and I am so glad to not have missed the rest of this story!
The structure was very unique. It’s told in three parts and there are no chapters. At first, I was thrown off because of that. I never knew how vital chapters were to my experience until I had to go on without them. But, luckily, it worked for this book. The story progressed rather quickly so next thing I knew, I was already on the next part and chapters weren’t close to being in my mind.
Let’s first talk about our main character, Noa. Her story starts when she meets Callum at school, stumbling into a world she never knew existed. At first, I wasn’t really a fan of her. I felt like her situation with Callum was too insta-love for my liking. Still do. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around their attraction no matter how hard I tried. But my opinion of her changed drastically by the end. I loved reading her poems throughout the story and I was awed by her skill with words. Her family situation made my heart ache and by the end, her emotions were so raw and heart-breaking that I couldn’t not feel for her. In the end, I loved her.
Callum was very frustrating. He gave me an intense case of whiplash. One second he was one way and the next he was another. His personality completely jumped in the spectrum and there was nothing subtle about it either. It just rubbed me the wrong way and instead of intriguing me, it drove me away. Until the last few pages of course. The ending revealed parts of him I didn’t even suspect were in him and it was mind-blowing. I still don’t like him with Noa, but as an individual, he has my attention.
Now, let’s talk about my experience savior, Judah, Callum’s brother with a bad reputation. From the very beginning, he was exactly who you thought he was based on the information we had… Until he wasn’t. I was completely awed by his character development and the way his interactions with Noa developed as well. It made my heart swell with pride and sorrow at discovering parts of him everybody else took for granted. Oh, how I wish I were in Noa’s shoes so I could love him intensely, the way he deserves to be loved. (Yes, I ship Judah and Noa. SO HARD.) His emotions, experiences, reactions, thoughts, they were all believable to me and I cherished them all the same. I need more of them!
I wasn’t going to give this more than 3.5 stars due to my issue with connecting to the characters. But it’s obvious Lauren changed my mind with those epic last pages. I felt like the dialogue was a little weird at times. Not necessarily bad, but not really believable either. The world-building sort of flew by me. I don’t know if it was my fault or the author’s so we will just sweep that aside.
Now, about that ending. I am so proud that my first opinions were savagely thrown away and replaced with better ones. That third and last part was utterly insane, in the best way. It tore at my emotions out of nowhere and I think it had a lot to do with a particular someone’s POV. Secrets were revealed, betrayal acknowledged, hearts torn open and scraped raw (including mine)… and more. All the bad stuff that makes a plot so good and intriguing. I am still pretty shocked at everything that went down. It goes without saying that I am so ready for book 2. Holy gods, I need more!!!

4/5 stars!

Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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The hype around this book has been insane and of course, like any other reader, I wanted to figure out for myself why exactly that has been the case. I still think the hype sets people up for failure because this book did NOT meet the hype for me.
The main character was extremely naive and impulsive from the very beginning and I didn’t see that change whatsoever. I never, for one second, believed that she was ‘in love’ either. She made me proud a couple times but then there was usually something right after that made me roll my eyes at her.
This story was told in 3 parts and the only thing that kept me intrigued, that had to do with the main character, was her job- or internship. I could actually feel the passion she had for it, unlike everything else.
This book was diverse, yes, but it didn’t blow me away. The characters and most of the plot was just bland for me. I didn’t build any connections to any characters at all and that makes me sad.
The only characters that I felt myself somewhat looking forward to reading about were the main character’s brother, Toby, and her best friend. If this book followed those two instead, I would have rated it so much higher. The fact that I remember the main character’s brother’s name instead of hers says a lot of my opinion. I was all smiles at that ending but I am still ‘eh’ about it. All in all, I am glad I gave this a try and put my curiosity to rest. It wasn’t awful to get through so I give it that too.

3/5 stars.