Blitz: The Wrath of Sin

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The Wrath of Sin by Tabatha Vargo
(Mortal Sin #1)
Released on March 23, 2014

Wrath is everywhere, even in the deepest recesses of the innocent. It alters the souls of the desperate and depressed. Changing you, consuming you until all that’s left is the sick desire to destroy everything in your path.

I’m not a murderer, but hate will make you do crazy things. I hate the man who stole my life from me, and it’s only fair that I steal something precious from him. But revenge is bittersweet when passion overpowers your reason, and what’s precious to him has become the voice of reason for me. Pushing me to feel human again, she threatens to change everything.

She calls me Sin, and she’s about to feel my WRATH.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Tabatha Vargo“Tabatha Vargo is a USA Today bestselling author from a small town just outside of Charleston, SC. Tabatha is a sweet tea sippin’, front porch sittin’ kind of girl from the south. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She is the mother of a seven-year-old rockstar/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s texting book ideas to herself and spending time with her friends and family. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper and from that point on she was hooked. She finished her first novel, ‘Wicked Fate’, in 2009 and released it in November 2012. She has since released ‘On the Plus Side’, USA Today bestselling ‘Playing Patience’, and ‘Perfecting Patience’.”

 

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Release Day Blitz & GiveAway: Finding Faith

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Finding Faith by Tabatha Vargo
Blow Hole Boys #2
A New Adult/ Contemporary Romance

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A little FAITH can get you through…

One night. That’s all Finn had with the only girl he ever loved. Years later, all he has left of that night is a silver cross, a broken give a damn, and the unrelenting desire to drink her memory away. As the lead singer of Blow Hole, Finn has his pick of women, but none are able to squash the need he still carries around for Faith. To hate her offers some relief, but when Finn sees her again after so many years, it’s hard to despise her. Especially when every reason he had to hate her, turn out to be lies.

As the daughter of a strict Baptist preacher, Faith Warren lived sheltered from all things sinful. When she met Jimmy Finn, the epitome of all seven deadly sins, she found out exactly what she was missing. After being forced to choose between her soul and the only person in the world who made her feel alive, Faith walked away from Finn and dove head first into her father’s preferred life. But now Finn’s back and he’s getting payback by wreaking havoc on her emotions. Except sometimes bad things feel good, and Faith has to decide once again if she wants to stay in her gilded cage or fly free with the dark angel of lust himself.

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Tabatha Vargo“Tabatha Vargo is a USA Today bestselling author from a small town just outside of Charleston, SC. Tabatha is a sweet tea sippin’, front porch sittin’ kind of girl from the south. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She is the mother of a seven-year-old rockstar/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s texting book ideas to herself and spending time with her friends and family. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper and from that point on she was hooked. She finished her first novel, ‘Wicked Fate’, in 2009 and released it in November 2012. She has since released ‘On the Plus Side’, USA Today bestselling ‘Playing Patience’, and ‘Perfecting Patience’.”

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Review: Me, Cinderella?

Me, Cinderella

Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose
Pages: 234
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: June 22, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

One kind deed can change your life forever…

Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes.

He could have been anyone – a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know.

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

My Thoughts:

This is a sweet and emotional love story. I really liked the fact that the plot revolves around the relationship between Brynn and Eliot. We are introduced to Brynn’s two “study buddies” and to Eliot’s brother; they are well developed secondary characters that don’t distract from the main story line.

Brynn is very intelligent and shy; she hasn’t had it easy in her life. Brynn lost her mother at a young age and her father remarried a real witch. Brynn was emotionally abused by her father and his new family, until her maternal grandmother took her in. Brynn learned love and to pass along her good fortune from her grandmother. Unfortunately her father’s actions also taught her not to trust.  When Brynn sees Eliot in the snow she follows her impulse and gives him a cup of coffee and has a short conversation with him.  Little did she know that this is the man that would steal and break her heart, along with forcing her to face her issues. At times she was too forgiving; staying in a place that has no heat and literally freezing to death she waits way too long to call Eliot because she doesn’t want to disturb him at his dinner. Really? She’s in a strange country with no other contact and he’s the one responsible for her accommodations. Call before you go into hypothermia.

Eliot is still suffering a loss from ten years ago and is surprised when Brynn shows up and offers kindness and a bit of company for a brief time. He’s stunned to realize that this young woman has stirred his interest. He fights against his loss and growing love for Brynn so hard he really hurts her. I got a bit upset with his back and forth attitude, especially since he was taking Brynn along for the ride. One minute hot and the next freezing. Eliot hides behind the teacher – student issue almost to distraction. I admit it was an important aspect of the story, but Brynn is a grown woman who is graduating almost immediately upon returning to America. It just got a bit too much at times regardless of the necessity. I did like that Brynn finally stood up to him and as a result he had to confront the past and deal with it instead of running from it. Eliot also realizes he can’t let her go after he almost losses her to a traumatic event (won’t spoil).

Overall this is a good quick read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a heartwarming love story and like to watch two people grow while they find themselves and each other.

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ARC Review: Stay With Me (With Me #1)

Stay With MeStay With Me (With Me #1) by Elyssa Patrick
Pages: 270
Publisher: Elyssa Patrick
Review Source: Author/NetGalley
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I was attracted by the cover and it just got better from there. It has a nice steady pace and the story flows nicely. There is no OTT drama or angst. The focus is on the loving relationship and the growth of the characters.

Hailey is a young woman who is escaping fame and the trappings that go with it to try for a “normal” life and college education. She has been famous all her life; starting out as the Gerber Baby and going on to singing and acting. Hailey has been pushed her entire life by her mother, who is the one who really wanted the fame and money. Hailey is trying to figure out who she really is and what she wants to do with her life. A relationship doesn’t fit into her plans, but Caleb turns out to be too hard to resist.

Caleb is sexy, loving, tender, and solid. He knows what he wants and has the patience to wait for it and the understanding of how to fight for it when needed. He sees Hailey, not THE Hailey. Caleb is there for her from the beginning, letting her come to him on her own time. Proving his love and that he can be trusted by actions as well as words. Caleb helps Hailey figure out a lot of things by simply being there and accepting her for who she is no matter what.

Daphne is one of Caleb’s little sisters and is a freshman like Hailey. Daphne is another person who accepts Hailey and they become fast friends. She is also very funny; I can’t wait for her story.

Overall, this is a great book with an ending. It is a stand-alone as the next book is about another character. I do wish there would be more for Hailey and Caleb. It feels like their story has just started and I hate to leave them. I feel I should mention that there were a few typos, but nothing that took me out of the story.

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Review: Ten Tiny Breaths

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Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker
Pages: 258
Publisher: Atria Books
Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Tsula’s Rating: 4 ★★★★☆

Blurb:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

My Thoughts:

Let me just say wow.  I went into this book expecting a good read and was blown away.  When car accident survivor Kacey and her sister Livie run away from their “Christian” aunt and her drunk, almost molester husband and move to California, things change in ways they didn’t foresee.  Livie gets to start over a whole new school.  Her sister Kacey goes from working at Starbucks to waitressing at a strip club her new and unexpected best friend Storm works and performs at, practicing her kickboxing at a male dominated, testosterone ridden gym, and let’s not forget living next to the sexy Trent, a constant pendulum between good guy and fiery bad boy.  Kacey is sure she’s going to get more than they bargained for.

Kacey had spent all her life after the accident locking out everyone other than her little sister.  It worked well until she met Trent.  Suddenly her entire life is on its side and the walls she spent so long building are simply blown away the second she meets him.  I really enjoyed getting to know Kacey and understanding why she was the way she was.  It made every second she spent getting closer to Trent and realizing she couldn’t shut him out that much sweeter.  He was patient with her all the way through, despite a misguided attempt to make her go to therapy.  I grew to love both her and Trent, as well as Livie and Storm and her daughter as they helped her through her battles and made her realize it was time to move on.

There was a bit of a scare at the ending where I thought it wouldn’t have ended well, but that was resolved quickly and I later realized it was necessary, especially with the wonderful twist towards the end of the book.  It wasn’t too fast pace but still didn’t drag.  I would definitely reread it, so it gets a 4 from me.

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Book Title:  Playing Patience

Author:  Tabatha Vargo

Release Date:  April 26th 2013

Genre:  New Adult/Romance/Contemporary

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 Sometimes all you need is Patience.

Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn’t quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him.

Zeke isn’t the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren’t so easy to find.

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“Oooh,” his eyes got big like he was just realizing something. “I get it, you’re into chicks.”

Did I have the word lesbian written across my forehead or something today?

“No,” I said adamantly.

“No, that’s cool.” His smile was too big. “I don’t discriminate, trust me. I like chicks, too. You know what? We should like them together, like at the same time,” he leaned in and ran his thumb across his bottom lip before he softly tugged on his lip ring.

My eyes shot to his mouth and he smirked at the attention. I rolled my eyes.

“I don’t like chicks, and if I did I certainly wouldn’t share with you,” I flipped my card over and picked up the book.

“Okay, so you’re not a lesbian. Then what are you?”

Aggravated by his question, I sighed loudly and answered honestly.

“You want to know what I am? I’m shattered, that’s what I am. There are tiny pieces of Patience scattered all over.”

“I’d like a piece of Patience,” he reached across the table and ran a finger across my hand.

This time I did tense up, but for entirely different reasons. My heartbeat sped up like I was on the verge of a panic attack, but instead a rush of euphoria filled me.

“I don’t know if I can give you a piece,” I heard myself flirt back.

That earned me another sexy grin. Damn him for being so freaking hot.

“Why not?

“Because I don’t know where they are.” I frowned at those words.

What started out as innocent flirting, had just that quickly become a sad truth. I was a shattered girl and I had no idea where my pieces were or how to put myself back together if I did find them.

“I bet I could find your pieces,” he leaned in and bathed my cheek with heated breath.

I didn’t miss his hidden meaning, but I chose to ignore it. “Good luck. I’ve been trying to find them for years.”

I shrugged off my shiver and started to deal the cards again.

“Challenge accepted,” he said, as he leaned back in his chair and took a swig from his beer.

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Tabatha’s been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She’s now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful seven-year-old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel, Wicked Fate, in May of 2009.

She’s now pursuing her English degree and she hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.

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Review of Incidental Happenstance

Incidental Happenstance

Incidental Happenstance by Kim Desalvo
Pages: 342
Publisher: Kim Desalvo
Review Source: Author
Release Date: August 3, 2012
My Rating: 4.5/5

From Goodreads:
Incidental: Occurring or likely to occur as an unpredictable or minor accompaniment* Happenstance: A chance circumstance * Neither was looking for it. Neither was expecting it. But sometimes, life has other plans… One year after the loss of her fiancé, Tia Hastings needed to find a way to start over. She had to figure out how to be single again, but she had no idea how to do it. Last Stop was a tiny pub with no significance—she chose it to be anonymous, to watch the interactions between the sexes so she could figure out how to start her life over… Dylan Miller was a megastar. It was impossible for him to move amongst the general population without being recognized, but he longed to simply blend into a crowd. He donned a disguise and wandered into Last Stop, a dark little hole-in-the-wall where he was sure he wouldn’t be recognized… When their worlds collide, Tia and Dylan discover something neither of them thought possible—love. But when a fallen star sees Dylan as her ticket back to the top and will stop at nothing to make him hers, Tia wonders if she’s out of her; and out of time to rescue the love she thought she’d never find again… Is it fate? Coincidence? Or both?

My Take:
Wow! I was wary, as always, with a new author. I am so happy that I gave this one a go. I was engrossed from page one. I fell into this story from the first word and shortly thereafter fell in love with Tia and Dylan.  I really liked all the detail from their first meeting to when Dylan had to leave to continue his tour. It was nice to get the POV of the different characters. It was done real well.  I didn’t find/notice any problems in the editing department, which was pleasant.

Tia is a school teacher who has a very difficult time the past year dealing with the death of her fiancé. On the anniversary of his death she decides to go out, taking baby steps to get her life back. Just wants to watch others interact and be a “fly on the wall”. Little did she know she would find her future.  Tia is a strong yet vulnerable person. I liked her from the start. I could feel her pain and confusion trying to get on with her life and not feeling guilty about it.

What can I say about Dylan? I loved him right away. He’s sexy, smart, sensitive to Tia’s needs and just down right hot. Dylan has his own issues to deal with and does so quite well, until he trusted the wrong person. I can’t add much more without giving too much away.

I hope there is going to be more Dylan and Tia in the future. I’m going to be greedy though and say I also want to see the rest of the band members and Jessa get their HEAs.

If you want a wonderful love story with a bit of angst and laugh out loud humor, cue Chester and Francine;)  I could do more of those two also.

The only thing I didn’t like was all the time spent on Penelope in the beginning, but that’s a personal opinion. It was better balanced in the last part of the book.

This is 4.5 star read for me for that reason.

*I received this free from the author for an honest review.

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