Strong Enough by M. Leighton ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday

Today is release day for M. Leighton's first book in her new series, Tall, Dark, and Dangerous! You just have to meet Jasper and Muse in Strong Enough
Title: Strong Enough
Author: M. Leighton
Series: Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 4th 2015
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the first in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.

Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

Every time Michelle Leighton puts out a book, I MUST read it! So when Strong Enough was set to release I could not wait to get my hands on it! Just by reading the blurb I wanted to know more about Muse and Jasper, and now that I am done, it did not disappoint! It was a powerful and sizzling read with two characters from different worlds. I was on the edge of my seat, right until the final page!

Muse has a close relationship with her father and when he doesn’t contact her at their scheduled time, she decides to hire someone to track him down. When she meets Jasper, I could see they had an instant attraction to one another and she insists on going with him to find her father. Soon they are road tripping across the country, and the sexual chemistry between them continues to rise!

I really liked Muse; she is definitely an artsy type of person with a kind heart and is loyal to those she trusts. She let Jasper into her heart quickly and it was amusing to see her try and break down his walls. She has been pretty sheltered by her father growing up, so she learnt so much, not only about him but herself that she never would have expected.

I had tears in my eyes just from reading the Prologue. Knowing what Jasper faced as a child broke my heart. I knew that he would grow into a tough guy and would hide his emotions, but I didn’t expect him to go to the extent that he did. There haven’t been many people that he’s cared about, and he has put as much distance as he can between them so they are never harmed. He struggles with Muse because she is making him feel things he thought he never could. He is definitely the tall dark and broody type, but he is also very observant, always watching and taking in everything around him.

When Muse and Jasper get together… let’s just say it was intense and scorching hot! He has always used women to get what he needs before getting out, but he wants Muse so badly that he shows his emotions and takes her passionately. They are so good together, but I could see there were still secrets between them that could shatter what they had.

This book was incredible and I love how Michelle took us into a new aspect of life. We all know this dark side is out there and I thought that Michelle portrayed it well. I enjoyed the suspense, the mystery and the passion that was wrapped up in this addictive story. And getting a glimpse of a few characters from another series of hers was a definite highlight too. There were a few threads left open at the end of the book and I look forward to seeing them continue in the next two books in the series! I am hooked once again!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


“Me? What did I do?”
“You dug too deep. You gave too much. Now there’s no going back, whether you want to or not. It’s too late. You’d have to leave here to escape me.”
A chill chases its way down my spine despite the balmy morn‑ ing temperature. “I don’t want to escape you.”
He threads his fingers into the bound hair at my nape, working the strands free from the confines of the knot I tied them into. “Good. Because I’d find you. No one can hide from me.”

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Author PhotoNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, M. Leighton finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days M. Leighton enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from M. Leighton: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.




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The Veil by Chloe Neill ~ Review & Quote-tastic

It has been a long wait, but The Veil by Chloe Neill is almost here! Pick up the first book in this new Urban Fantasy series tomorrow!! 
Title: The Veil
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: August 4th 2015

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Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

I have been hanging for this new series from Chloe Neill for almost a year! Now that I’ve finished it… bring on the next book! Chloe has created a new Dystopian world, where magic and war have destroyed elements of the world, and paranormal or magical users are locked in Devil’s Isle. This first book set up the series, had plenty of detail into what has happened and introduced me to some strong and passionate characters.

The book is told from Claire’s perspective and begins on War Night, the celebration of the end of the war between humans and paranormals seven years ago. Claire celebrates with her friends Gunnar and Tadji, and on her way home she runs into trouble. She manages to get herself out of it, but knows her actions won’t go unnoticed. Liam Quinn appears and offers to help her, and soon they are working together to try and figure out what is happening to their city.

I liked what a strong character Claire was; she was willing to step in for a stranger and wanted to help Liam get to the bottom of the mystery they were trying to unravel. She is not afraid to speak her mind and will do anything for her friends. She also has this cool little shop, which has been in her family for generations, and people come from all over to visit it! I liked that it was a central point for them and a place for her to get away.

Liam has some secrets, and he slowly dropped his walls and let Claire into his world. Together they faced danger and became a tough team. There were other characters introduced and I look forward to see more of this group and what they can do in the future.

I enjoyed the different feel to this series, and that it’s not anything like the Chicagoland Vampire series. I liked how Chloe has taken the paranormal world and changed it up a bit. There are a lot of different paranormals, and in this world all are considered guilty and locked up. I enjoyed the magical elements, seeing what they can do to the world they live in and why it scares people. I thought that this was a great start to the series and enjoyed how this particular thread wrapped up, but a lot of other ones have been left wide open for future books. I am keen for more, I tell ya!  

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


And while he looked at me, while we looked at each other, time slowed, and the moment seemed to stretch in front of us, full of promise.
Liam dropped his head, lashes falling as he moved toward me, stepped into me, his hands suddenly on my cheeks, thumbs stroking my face, the line of my jaw.
My heartbeat stuttered, sped. I closed my eyes, lips parted with wanting, waiting for that moment of electricity, of connection. His lips hovered, only a moment away from mine. Anticipation and desire built, rose, spun together.
He dropped his forehead to mine. “Jesus, Claire.” His voice was rough with desire, and I braced myself for the onslaught.

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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Connect with Chloe at www.chloeneill.com.



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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 148


I spent a little time this week, tidying a few things on the blog. I created forms for Reviews and Promotion. I also set up my EDITORIAL SERVICES now that I have completed my course. Check it out in the tabs!
Just One Lie by Kyra Davis ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #151Until Friday Night / Reawakened
Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Tag!
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Uncharted by Claudia Burgoa ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
The Veil by Chloe Neill ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Strong Enough by M. Leighton ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #152
Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

The first five books are just 99c!
Born Wrong (Hard Rock Roots, #5)
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by C.M. Stunich


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Enticing Interlude (Tempest #2)
by Michelle Mankin 


Thanks Simon & Schuster for this little surprise!

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid



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Uncharted by Claudia Burgoa ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

I read the blurb to Uncharted and just had to share it with you! I am off to buy it while it's 99c too! It sounds soooooo good, and hell, I love the guy on the cover!! 
Title: Uncharted
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Series: Unexpected #3
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 21st 2015
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Jacob
As a rule, men don’t grow up believing in a happily ever after. We don’t believe in meeting the love of our lives or the white picket fence, and 2.5 children. Every man thinks that those stupid dreams or fantasies are just nonexistent shit until it happens to them. We should have been forewarned.

I wish I was prepared for someone to appear in my life and change all my priorities. I suddenly wanted that fence and children. The part of meeting the love of my life became very real, but I wasn’t ready for suddenly losing it all, and my life plummeting into this shithole forever.


The heartbreak of losing your soulmate is one of the worst pains you will ever live with. I should campaign and warn the young people. Vaccinate against love because if you lose it, you could lose yourself for the rest of your life. The burden on your back will forever mark you and wither away your soul, darkening your days and the rest of your natural life.

This isn’t false advertisement or a dramatic display of one bitter soul.

Pria

I fought by my mother's side until her last breath, and tried to help my father until his last memories dissipated. My sister is the last one standing, but her life is a miracle that can end at any given moment. All my life I’ve never been alone, but always felt lonely.

Today, my options on how to live my life are endless, yet my heart and my best friend limit them. Stay in Seattle, close to the one person that will never let me inside his world.

The thug, as mom would've called him. A man with a bad boy attitude and a heart bigger than the ocean.


JACOB
“Can we order them online?” Matthew whines while waving the booklist in front of me. We could, with a few clicks and a credit card, but I want to have the whole college experience, and that includes the campus bookstore. “Think about the hours of sleep I’ve missed already.”
Not even glancing in his direction, I continue my way to our destination. Moments like these make me wonder if we made the right decision about heading to UW instead of following our sister to UT. AJ would help with babysitting Matthew—and maybe me too. Instead of a dorm, perhaps the parents would’ve leased an apartment for the three of us. She’d clean, I’d help her cook, and we wouldn’t be miles apart.
I won’t ever admit this in front of her, but I miss my sister. We’ve gone months without her because of summer camps or vacations. However, this situation is different from the others. This time she’s going to be far away for years. Two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s, and whatever else she plans to do with her life. Matthew tried to persuade her not to go to Texas. We even agreed to follow her to any music school that accepted her, but she declined all of them.
As my brother and I discussed our options, Seattle won. Our parents own an apartment they are letting us use, we have access to the recording studios, and our father Chris visits Seattle often. Neither of my parents plan on visiting my sister. Both avoid being seen with us in public. A part of our daily life, living in the shadows because of their fame.
“We’ll go in and out, Matthew James.” I push on the glass door, and as we enter, we both stop in our tracks. The entire place is jam-packed—clearly the first sign we’re in the wrong place and why we should find a way to move in with Princess-bitch. She’s usually the one who keeps us organized. Without her, I have to create my own evil plan. “You get in line, I’ll gather the books.”
“Can we come back at a better time?” He hunches his shoulders, using a dreadful voice.
“No.” I fight the urge to slap him in the back of his head for behaving like a child. “Your job is to stand in line.”
I hurry through the mass of college students, gather the books on the list, and head back to where MJ waits.
“Here, carry your own shit.” I hand him half of the stack and keep the other half. “They’re heavy.”
“Why buy two of each?” That’s a rich question coming from the guy who had issues lending his toys, and sharing his drums, guitar, or any other object he owned.
“For the same reason our parents always bought two or three of each.” He gives me a hooded glare. “You have trouble sharing and making decisions on what you want to do. This is college, not home.”
He shakes his head, rolling his eyes in exasperation. The mane of dreadlocks dangles along with his face. “Dude, I’m not a child anymore. We’ll take one set and save some of that money they gave us.”
I hang my head without uttering a word. He dares to tell me with a straight face that he isn’t a child anymore. The dreadlocks and Jamaican hat imply the opposite. The outfit he wears screams party: “I’m here for the beer, the sex, and whatever else they throw my way.”
“Humor me, MJ. Let’s take both sets.”
I plan on having fun too, because all work and no fun isn’t my game. However, he’s all fun and little work when our parents aren’t around. Just one reason why I’m hauling his ass. The main reason is because I have no fucking idea what I would do without him. This dude and I have never been apart. Never. Ever. And the thought of that happening this soon scares the shit out of me. I’m not ready to face the freaking real world without him. One day we’ll do it, but not yet.
“As long as you do my homework, you can buy as many books as you want, Jacob.” I slam a hand on my forehead. That had been a stupid promise.
He wanted to be an English major, a useless degree that would take him too long and would be a waste of our time, as we both want to pursue our music career. He made the right choice when I explained that the more time we spend in college, the more we have to push the release of our second EP. The band is our life. We started it two years ago, released a few singles and one EP, and toured with a couple of bands. Nothing too far from the West Coast, but we do have a small fan base.
Pushing him toward finishing school with me was easy, as I’d promised to help him study, do his assignments, and be his personal butler for the first month. As far as I’m concerned, in a couple of years we’ll be as famous as our father, Chris, and we’ll hire our own butler. If we can stick to the plan for one entire school year, we’ll earn our freedom.
“No, Mommy.” I hear a soft voice behind me. My ears tingle with the sound and it makes me look that way. “I’m telling the truth.”
A black curtain of curls blocks the view of the female subject that piqued my interest. She holds a bunch of old books, and her eyes remain on the floor, even when I clear my voice trying to grab her attention. That’s when I realize she’s on the phone. I stare at her olive colored legs and the fun, pink Converse sneakers she’s wearing. Time to implement some of those moves I keep in reserve to lure a girl in. College awaits. If only I had done this while we toured—flirt with girls. However, Chris traveled with us and used his hawk-like vision, steering us away from trouble. The two times he was unable to join, he sent his trusted friend and bodyguard, Arthur Bradley. Unlike the other bands, we were escorted straight out of the venue once we had finished playing.
College is the opportunity to expand my horizons, get acquainted with the opposite sex, and have sex. My brother elbows me, giving me a warning glare. Choosing to ignore him is a no-brainer. With a beauty like this, I couldn’t have picked a first college fling better if I’d tried.

Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.

She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact. 



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Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I am on a bit of a YA binge at the moment, and had to dive in to the second book in the Confessions series immediately. I just love Rose and how much she has grown so far.
Title: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
Author: Louise Rozett
Series: Confessions #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin

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Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I picked up Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend immediately after finishing the first book, Confessions of an Angry Girl. Rose’s journey so far has been difficult and I was eager to see how she would handle her sophomore year. This book was a pretty difficult for Rose, as she is dealing more with her issues and her mother by going to therapy. She grew as a person and began to find her own path in life.

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend began with Rose watching someone else being harassed and bullied at a party before the year begins. It was sad to see this sort of thing happen because of what a person’s sexual preferences are. I was proud of Rose, lending a hand, even though it backfired on her and continued to be an issue throughout the book for her.

Rose continued to struggle emotionally throughout the story, but the issues tie more to her mother and brother. Attending therapy is hard, but I could see that both Rose and her mother were starting to open up. There were still situations at school that were hard for Rose and she dealt with it all the best way she could. I liked the change in Tracy, although at times it was hard for Rose and I sided with Rose in most of those occasions. Jamie… well, he is a tough nut, he opened up occasionally, but was quick to withdraw, and that really annoyed me.

What I loved the most… Rose coming out of her shell. She was a bit angry in the first book, but in this book she is voicing her opinions more, even if they get her in trouble. She became more confidant, tried knew things and had no idea what to do with compliments… that brought tears to my eyes!! She changed as a person and found her own image by the end and I just wanted to cheer for her!

This was a good follow up to the first book, but even if I didn’t read it, I would’ve understood what happened previously as the author gives you the details you might have missed in the first book. I liked the introduction of the therapy in this book, seeing her mother move forward and the change that brings to Rose’s life, and the introduction of a few interesting characters. I am looking forward to what happens next for Rose as well as her friends and family.

Complimentary copy provided by Harlequin Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



He leans in and kisses me so gently I can’t breathe. For a moment, only his lips are touching me, and I think that I can extract myself, that I can figure out a way to get out of this kiss that shouldn’t be happening. Then his arms close around me and I can’t help myself.

There’s something simultaneously great and awful about kissing a guy who can melt you in a heartbeat. It’s exciting to be powerless when he touches you, but it also sort of sucks to be a slave to attraction. Suddenly you’re going against decisions you thought you’d made, and doing exactly what you know you shouldn’t.

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Lousie Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, followed by Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, both published by HarlequinTEEN. The next book in the series, No More Confessions, is due out January 2015. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freeman from THE WIRE, of course) in sunny Los Angeles, and pines for New York City. 

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Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Tag!

Magen at Corrie the Book Crazed Girl tagged me in the Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Tag!

The Rules! 
There are three rounds, wherein I use a random number picker applied to my “read” shelf on Goodreads for three books, and then decide what I’ll do to those three: burn, rewrite, or reread.

I decided I would pick three books from what I read in 2012, 2013,2014... So here goes! 

2012
The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine, #2)The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Burn - The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain
I wouldn't have read this series if I new how disappointed I'd be with the ending!
Rewrite - The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
This was the start of a series that I loved, but I felt this book dragged a litte.
Re-Read - Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
This was a great start to the series and it blew me away!

2013
True (True Believers, #1)Pursuing the TimesFrigid (Frigid, #1)
Burn - Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
I was a little disappointed in this book, and frankly, I don't like the cover.
Rewrite - Frigid (Frigid #1) by J. Lynn 
I enjoyed this book, but wanted more from it. 
Re-Read - True (True Believers #1) by Erin McCarthy
This was the first book I read of Erin's and I loved it!

2014
Being a Jett Girl (Bourbon, #2)Stepbrother DearestSweet Ruin (University of Branton #3)
Burn - Sweet Ruin (University of Branton #3) by Nazarea Andrews
Although I enjoyed this one, two guys, one girl, I am not sure how it would work long term! 
Rewrite - Being a Jett Girl (Bourbon #2) by Meghan Quinn
I loved the first book, but this one lacked a little excitement for me.
Re-Read - Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
This book was AMAZING! I loved every moment and my emotions were all over the place! 

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Annnnd, that's it! Although I had trouble picking the books, because my Read list has no numbers, this was really fun! 

I'm going to tag Brandee @ Bookworm Brandee 
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