Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I just had to get Thoughtful to read Kellan's perspective on meeting Kiera and seeing the way she tore his heart apart. I enjoyed this one more and today's swoon shows the heartache Kellan was going through... sigh!

Title: Thoughtful
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #1.5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 24th 2015
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A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Times bestselling author S. C. Stephens!

Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.

All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women... until he meets her.

Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he's worth more. But there's one problem— she's his best friend's girl.

Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.

I read Thoughtless not long ago, and before continuing with the series, I was told to read Thoughtful because it was told from Kellan’s point of view. I am glad that I did because a lot of the details were still fresh in my mind and I was able to follow the same situations with ease. This book made me love Kellan that much more as I saw the depth of his pain and struggles with Keira.

Kellan had a difficult childhood and used women to feel wanted. His parents treated him badly and he was looking to other people to fill that void. When Keira and Denny come to live with him in Seattle he realised that he wanted that kind of easy relationship too, but knew he couldn’t step over the line with his best friend’s girl.

Kellan and Keira’s relationship started as friends, but changed after Denny went away for work. Keira was becoming depressed and Kellan pulled her out of it, but their connection became stronger and harder to ignore. Every touch, every caress and every kiss made it harder for Kellan to give her up and when things escalate to the next level he realises how deep his feelings are for her. But Keira… argh! She continued to break his heart and I think it was worse from his point of view! I knew it was going to happen, but seeing what he did to move past it was heartbreaking. She was so frustrating for both Kellan and me and I wanted to yell at her to wake up to herself!!

I enjoyed Thoughtful more than the first book because I was able to feel the emotion and struggles that Kellan had to deal with. He tried so hard to give Keira up, but she continued to hold onto him. His friendship with Denny was important to Kellan as they went through some tough times in the year they were together, but he couldn’t stop his feelings toward Keira from growing. The time and emotion he put into his music was beautiful too, I could see how much his relationship with Keira was torturing him. If you are a fan of this series, you will want to read this book!!

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

I emotionally released everything built up inside of me, from the pain of not having Kiera’s love to the pain of never having my parents’. I cried for hurting Kiera. I cried for betraying Denny. I cried for my nonexistent childhood. I even cried for the mountain of meaningless encounters I’d had over my lifetime, because meaningless encounters were probably all I would ever have now.
Kiera didn’t run away from my breakdown. She held me, cradled me, rubbed my back, even pulled a blanket over my shivering body and used her heat to warm me. I’d never felt so much love and comfort from another human being. Ever.

Kindle Arc Loc 5202

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S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer's block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

Other reviews featuring S.C. Stephens
Thoughtless series
Thoughtless #1
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Waiting On Wednesday # 142 – Kingpin & Trailer Park Fae

I am so eager to get my hands on Kingpin!! And Lilith Saintcrows new one with an interesting title... YES PLEASE! 

Kingpin (Cartel, #2)

Title: Kingpin
Author: Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #2
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: June 1st 2015

The second scorching novel in the Cartel trilogy from the smash hit author Lili St. Germain.

Mariana and Dornan struggle to define their twisted relationship amid the wreckage of their warring families. With their forbidden love built on a foundation of lies, it's only a matter of time before everything they've built comes crashing down around them.

Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged, #1)

Title: Trailer Park Fae
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Gallow and Ragged #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Expected Publication: June 23rd 2015

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry ~ Review, Giveaway & Teaser Tuesday

Nowhere But Here is being released today!! I loved being in this world and meeting the complex characters that Katie McGarry has created. I am excited for you all to meet Oz and Emily!

Title: Nowhere But Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 26th 2015
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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Nowhere But Here is not like any bikie book that I have read before. It was still quite intense with elements of danger, but it showed what it’s like for kids that have grown up or are related to this world. My emotions were all over the place, I laughed at times and certain moments brought tears to my eyes and my heart actually shattered as well. It was a fabulous first book in the Thunder Road series.

Emily was quite reserved in the beginning, but considering how sheltered she has been, it was totally understandable. Her parents and Eli have kept so much from her and she finds it difficult to adjust to this complicated world. She grew throughout the story, slowly learning more about her history, and standing up for herself when needed.

Emily and Oz begin this story loathing each other with a passion! Oz knew some of Emily’s secrets and couldn't wait to see her leave. But the more time they spent together, that dislike grew into a gradual friendship, with a heap of sexual tension! Oz’s character changed throughout the story too, he began as an angry boy, but definitely was a man by the end. I saw a soft side to Oz that I wasn't expecting and my whole perspective of him, the club and its people changed.

There were so many great secondary characters introduced, most of them are club people. Olivia, Emily's grandmother played a major role; she changed everyone's lives in one way or another. Eli sacrificed so much for those he loved; my heart broke for him because he wanted to be part of his daughter’s life so badly, and was willing to lay his feelings out there. Chevy and Violet have history, and I have an inkling of what happened and I am keen to read their story to find out for sure! And then there’s Emily’s adopted father Jeff, he was definitely her rock and safe person to fall back on.

I absolutely loved this story. I was learning everything right along with Emily and witnessed the passion and loyalty that the club have for those they consider family. My heart soured and was shattered with each secret and/or twist that was introduced. I think that Katie McGarry has done a remarkable job at introducing us to this new world; I loved the characters, the chemistry and the threats that were wrapped up in this brilliant and well written read. I want the next book NOW!!

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

“And if we’re swapping compliments, you’re fucking gorgeous.”
Heat flashes on my cheeks and I immediately look down.
“Don’t do that,” says Oz.
“Do what?”
Strong fingers underneath my chin and I swear it’s harder to breathe. Oz lifts my head so that we’re staring at each other again. “Don’t deny a true compliment by looking away. You’re braver than that.”
I bite my bottom lip and Oz swipes his thumb over my mouth, causing me to let it go. His thumb stays at the corner of my mouth and I swear he must feel my pulse pounding in my veins.

Kindle Arc Loc 3011 

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Other reviews featuring Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits Series
Pushing the Limits #1
Dare You To #2
Crash Into You #3
Take Me On #4

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Jet by Jay Crownover ~ Review & Quote-tastic

When Asa was released, I decided to binge read the Marked Men books that I have missed... I had only read Rule, so I had four others to read. Over the next few weeks, I will bring you my reviews of the rest of the books in the series!

Title: Jet
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 28th 2013
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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?

It has been almost a year since I read Rule, the first book in the Marked Men series. Now that the series has been concluded with the sixth and final book, I decided it was about time that I finished it up. So I binge read the last five books, back-to-back. Jet had everything that I love from this world tied with an interesting plot and all the aspects I love from a good New Adult read.

Ayden had a difficult past and she has tried so hard to become a better person because of it. She doesn’t want to fall back into her old habits, so she was very hesitant about acting on her feelings. But as her past catches up with her, she was quick to distance herself to keep those she loves safe. Jet had a difficult childhood too, and didn't know that he could have a better relationship than the one that his parents had. He loves his work, especially the recording side of things, and is determined to have a better life than what he had as a child.

These two are so perfect for one another, but they try everything to keep the distance between them. They had a moment in Rule, and since then have not acted on it. It was amusing though to find out that they are now living together! Ayden and Cora would make fun of each and every conquest that Jet brought home and I was cracking up at that! No matter what they would do though, I could see the sexual tension building between Ayden and Jet.

Ayden's brother Asa is a pivotal character in this book as his actions are the ones that cause the drama between Ayden and Jet. He’s a shady character, and only thinks of how he can benefit from the things he does. I really didn't like him at all, as he is so self-centred and can't see the effect he is having on someone he loves.

I liked watching the relationship develop between Ayden and Jet. They struggled with their demons and really didn't want anyone to help with their problems. Their friends are great as they offer support and advice, even if they don't want it, but it in turn helps to set them on the right path. After the epilogue though, I am keen to get onto Rome’s book to see how things go for him!

“I wanna have sex, Ayd. Lots and lots of sex . . . with you and only you. Does it have to be more than that right now? After last night how can you deny that you want it, too?” I shook my head a little and let out a slow exhale. I was going to ask him what had changed, since all the complications he seemed stuck on when we first met still existed, but he went on and rendered me silent. “I’m not saying it couldn’t eventually lead to more, but right now I feel pretty broken and I’m not really sure there are enough pieces lying around to put me back together.” 

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Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships - how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

Other reviews featuring Jay Crownover
Marked Men series
Rule #1
Asa #6
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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 138

My template was modified this week, and something happened with Disqus, so it was re installed and I lost a lot of my comments, so as of Friday afternoon I was told to contact support and hopefully they can fix it… fingers crossed!

Other than that, life is normal, running around after the kiddos and taking my oldest to cross country… where she came second! Not bad for a 10 year old! Off to the zone comp in June!! 
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday # 141 – Pushing the Limits & Amber Smoke
Jake Undone by Penelope Ward ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Fated by Joanne Kershaw ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Jet by Jay Crownover ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday # 142
Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Catch and Release by Ella Fox ~ Blog Tour
Forever a Jett Girl (The Bourbon Series, #3)

Forever a Jett Girl (Bourbon #3)


I purchased this one and bought the audio for just $2.99!! 

Collide (Collide, #1)

Collide (Collide #1)


The Potion Diaries (The Potion Trilogy #1)


Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You


Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)

Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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Fated by Joanne Kershaw ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

Today, I am bringing you an excerpt from Joanne Kershaw's newest release Fated. This sounds like a great fantasy read and I hope you take a moment to check it out. There is a giveaway too, so good luck! 

Title: Fated
Author: Joanne Kershaw
Series: Vanguard Legacy #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: April 25th 2015
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Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace. 

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

I thought that, with this being book three, it might be a good idea to introduce you a little to Elora’s new world and the new cast of characters in her life. The main events of Fated take place almost a year after the conclusion of Reflected, and a lot has changed for Elora. Now an active Vanguard, she is finally living an ‘ordinary’ life—you know, aside from the mind-reading and exceptional speed, strength and senses!  Enjoy!

My back slammed into the red brick wall, and a hot breath rushed out of me. Gasping, my eyes flickered shut for a second before I felt myself rise again. Cold, hard hands gripped my neck and lifted me until my face was level with a pair of menacing, soulless black eyes. I didn’t wriggle or squirm, not that I didn’t want to, but the hold the vampire had on my neck was choking the life out of me. Pushing out with my mind, I tried to find my back-up. Where on the Spirits was the rest of my quad?
My quad, however, seemed oddly absent, and I felt my heart beat grow a little more frantic—and probably more delicious-sounding considering my current company. Desperate now, I swung my legs up hard and punched my feet into the centre of the vampire’s chest. A dead thud reverberated through me. He snarled derisively while I pushed against him, trying to force him to release his grip on my throat. One shove, another. The third time, I summoned all of the Vanguard strength I had in me.
I caught the smug creature off-guard—my short stature often led my enemies into a false sense of security. His grasp loosened for a fraction of a second and I twisted away, both of us falling in a tangled heap on the floor while I gasped for breath. I scrambled away, the dirt from the alley pushing up under my fingernails as I skittered backwards. The vampire moved fast, and I was unable to put any real distance between us before his shadow loomed above me.
I cast my eyes towards the shadow, trying to anticipate the creature’s next move. It was not the vampire but my quadmate and commander, Marcus. He held his finger to his lips and I listened inside instead.
“The rest of the quad are behind you, Elora,” came Marcus’ calm, calculating voice. “We need to draw him that way if we’re going to take him alive.” This steady-in-the-face-of-danger attitude was something I had come to expect of Marcus during the last few months, and so I nodded, the panic fading as quickly as it had come.
Marcus slipped back behind a portion of the wall and continued his commands, relying on me to pass them around the quad. This was what I did, after all—human telephone. A sudden lump rose into my throat as the phrase fluttered through my brain, my assigned Vanguard Superior had coined it and he had died a little over six months ago whilst trying to protect me. He was an honourable man. I had trusted him and he had believed in me. It still hurt that he was gone. I had little time to think about it, though; the vampire had hold of my ankle and was slowly lifting me up. The tendons in my ankle popped, straining against my weight. My short, auburn hair slipped from its ponytail as I was lifted completely off the ground.
“They sent a little girl for me?” laughed a dry voice. We had reached the obligatory ‘just before you die’ gloating, and I steeled myself for the usual barrage of taunts and mockery. “Did they really think you would be able to take me down?” the vampire continued. I squirmed a little, making it look good. I knew the others were about to make their move and I was waiting as patiently as I could. “Little girl, I am Ramos. I have been alive probably ten times your lifespan! How dare you think you can kill me?” It was clear that Ramos needed this to be a two-way affair, so I joined in—if only to shut him up.
“Maybe I just look good for my age?” I coughed. It turned out it was difficult to speak when suspended upside down.
Marcus whispered to me that it was probably best not to antagonise the monster any more, but it was a little late for that.
“Good for your . . . ha!” Ramos mocked. “The lack of marks on your uniform show me just how little you are, girl.” The silver flecks on my sleeve were on the sparse side—but I was still new, really, so twelve was pretty good. With a sudden surge, the vampire wrenched me up and around, spinning me so that he once again gripped my neck rather than my ankle. Then he whispered darkly, “I think I will drink you slowly, painfully. Punishment for your arrogance.”
“Now would be a great time to perform your daring rescue!” I urged my quadmates silently. I saw them about the same time as Ramos heard them. They slipped in from three sides and completely surrounded him, like moths to a flame. His grip tightened on my neck for a moment and then he lowered me. Turning slowly, he looked to each of my team in turn. He was no doubt realising that I was the very junior of juniors when it came to Vanguards, and that my quad most definitely were not.
Marcus had his arms folded loosely across his chest. His forearms glistened in the faint orange glow from the distant streetlights. He had many more kills and captures to his name and he was not alone. Simon had an equally glittering past. Finally, Maria, who had been here only six months longer than I, certainly had her fair share.
“Well, well! I see this has become more of a banquet than a snack!” Ramos ran his tongue slowly over his teeth as if to prove his point. All at once, I lashed out with my foot, striking him in the back of the head and nudging him forward. Simon and Maria each grabbed an arm, and Marcus pushed his iron stake firmly through Ramos’ heart. He gasped a chalky breath before disintegrating gently into a fine grey powder. He really never saw it coming, how would he when the signal was invisible?
Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again. Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing.
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