Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Chronicles of Moxie by ZB Heller


~Synopsis~ 

Moxie Summers is a curvy, twenty-six year-old teacher who has not had the best track record with relationships. In a drunken stupor at a bar, she meets Miles who turns out to be her sparing equal, until she vomits all over his shoes. Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, her dream man turns out to be the single father of the newest student in her class. 

While fighting an attraction for Miles, Moxie’s conniving stepmother tries to advise Moxie she needs to get in shape if she’s ever going to catch the man of her dreams. To make matters worse a Girl Scout plans Moxie’s demise, a surprise party makes everyone blush, and then there was the skunk… 

Can Moxie overcome all the Girl Scout cookies, food poisoning and a showdown at Costco to get to Miles? 





OK, so here is the deal ... I was so excited to read this book. I wanted something funny, which is different for me. It is funny and the one liners are great. The characters are super likable. Ryan and Renee are a BLAST! Miles is just so swoon worthy and Dillion is just the greatest kid, I really loved that kid and Moxie, well she is FAB! 

The potential for this story was huge! it cover topics that are not addressed in many books. A widower, child who survived a car crash that killed his mother, a gay bestie, teachers who are far from your normal straight laced teachers and body issues (we will come back to that.) Like I said, I was so excited for this book...........and then............. 40% went by and I was thinking, "when is the funny gonna stop and get to the story?" Yes, everyone, it was too much funny! The constant zingers and smart ass comments, really grew tiresome. For a long time it seemed like I was not going to be able to finish this, but I DO NOT QUIT ON A BOOK! 

I felt the "need to be funny" really over shadowed the fantastic story of a woman with confidence on the outside and dying of self doubt and constant worry about her weight and body image on the inside. It did take a turn and become much more of a story at about 60%, I DO NOT QUIT! 
I enjoyed it a lot at this point.

I would give this to my twenty something daughter to read. It really does have a message, I just wished it would have been focused on much more! 



I am giving The Chronicles Of Moxie by ZB Heller 3.5 clocks!   





















Tempting Bad by M Robinson.. Blog Tour

Title: Tempting BAD
Author: M. Robinson
Release Date: March 24, 2015
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Brooke
I’ve come from a privileged life and an even more privileged upbringing. My parents taught me right from wrong and everything in between… except I wanted the gray area. I wanted to live life on the edge with the possibility of falling over. I didn’t care about the consequences because I had no heart…
I left that on the floor of my parents’ bedroom door, shattered.
And never went back to pick up the pieces.

Devon
Family first.
I learned the meaning of the word hate.
I learned that life is a battlefield and I stood frontline.
I learned that praying doesn’t work and God doesn’t listen.
And I learned how to be a man…
All at the receiving end of my father’s fists, my mother’s tears, and my sisters screams.
You can’t run away from your past…
It will always find you, especially when you’re asleep.

Warning: Book contains adult situations.
Sex/language. Mature readers only.

I was there, but I wasn’t.
I danced around in a sea of emptiness and longing, it moved around me easily, carelessly, harshly.
It was all and it was nothing.
It made me full and it made me empty.
It pleased me and it dismayed me.
I didn’t care. I was there to do a job. To be a VIP. I played my part beautifully, just as I always did. Letting myself get taken away on empty promises of nothing, but somehow seemed like everything. 
M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tempting Bad By M. Robinson... NEW RELEASE!!!!


Title: Tempting BAD
Author: M. Robinson
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Find on Goodreads


Brooke

I’ve come from a privileged life and an even more privileged upbringing. My parents taught me right from wrong and everything in between… except I wanted the gray area. I wanted to live life on the edge with the possibility of falling over. I didn’t care about the consequences because I had no heart…
I left that on the floor of my parents’ bedroom door, shattered.
And never went back to pick up the pieces.

Devon
Family first.
I learned the meaning of the word hate.
I learned that life is a battlefield and I stood frontline.
I learned that praying doesn’t work and God doesn’t listen.
And I learned how to be a man…
All at the receiving end of my father’s fists, my mother’s tears, and my sisters screams.
You can’t run away from your past…
It will always find you, especially when you’re asleep.

Warning: Book contains adult situations.
Sex/language. Mature readers only.

And I broke.
I lunged at her.
I hurt her.
I pushed her.
I tried to control her.
I knew I was being rough, but I didn’t care. I wanted to hurt her. I wanted her to feel an ounce of what I was feeling.
A breath of fucking air she shot from my lungs.
Something.
Anything.


~~~~~~Dawn's Review~~~~~
Having read the VIP series and loving it so very much. I found myself wanting to review Tempting Bad on it's own merits. I wanted to act like I didn't know any of the characters. I am so excited to tell you all that I loved this book so much!
There are so many books that keep the lead characters deep secrets until, we are 25 chapters in. Leaving us with a fantastic book in the beginning and a rushed ending... I find that annoying. Tempting Bad is NOT that book!
You are "in" on the secrets very early on.
The honesty between Brooke and Devon was so refreshing. Being in the loop so early, I feel made this book something so different and I could not get enough.
M . Robinson, does not write a sweet, hearts and flowers book. This is filled with angst and times when you want to send her a message, asking her "why are you doing this to these people? What did they ever do to deserve this? Have they not suffered enough?" I am guilty of doing this.  I was 92% in and expecting it to be wrapped up with , what I thought would work as an ending. Then I found myself literally saying " she did NOT just write that!" M, takes you on a hundred mile journey one way and then BOOM, veers to the left, changing lanes into on coming traffic!!!! Always the unexpected, and I ate it up.
Brooke and Devon have some of the best chemistry I have ever read.
You could feel it.
You believed it.
The way Devon would see the changes in Brooke and how he would treat her, was so smart. Brooke is such a multifaceted character. She plays the part perfectly. She knows when to turn it on and when she is beat at her own game. Which Devon does every chance he gets. He knows she is hiding , he knows she is pretending, after all, he is doing the same thing.
Devon, is OMG, he is just everything... I mean really, that is how I feel about him. He is suffering, he is strong, he loves his family and he would do anything to protect those he cares about. I loved that about him. He is taken by Brooke the second he meets her. He can not walk away, he can't just be friends, the pull is to great and they both give in.
No rules
No expectations
No labels
But the past, she has a way of coming back to bite you in the ass.  You never know when it is going to happen and who may or may not have engineered it.
When faced with their ghosts Brooke and Devon have to decide to face them or to let it destroy them.
The one sure thing they had in common was how much they wanted each other. And HOLY. MY. GOD, it was HOT! This is a seriously sexual book. I mean that in the best possible way. It is blush inducing, panty changing, fanning yourself  HOT! But not so much that it takes over the book. It is the perfect balance. It seriously is one of the sexiest books I have read in a very long time.
If you have no idea of the history of these characters, you need to go NOW and read the VIP series.  Yaz , Sebastian and of course Madame are key in this story. Along with past relationships ,being interwoven into this complex story.
I would love to tell you everything I possibly could about this story, but you would be missing out on such a fantastic read.
5 Screaming Clocks from me.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tempting Isn't It?


American Savages book 3 in the Ruthless People series by JJ McAvoy.......Review by Dawn




Synopsis


Betrayed. Melody is nowhere to be found, Liam is in jail, and the Callahan family is cracking, just as Avian Doers, the FBI Director and puppet master behind their downfall, planned. 

But just because they’re down doesn't mean they’re out. To fight back, Liam and Melody will have to put everything on the line. The kid gloves are coming off, and no one is getting out alive. Nothing will compare to the reign of terror that is about to envelope the entire country. First they were Ruthless, now they are pure Savages. The end is here, and no one is safe… 




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Here we are the final installment of the Ruthless People trilogy...American Savages, and I believe the best book of the series. That is saying a lot because I freaking love each book.

I think the reason I loved AS so much was for one simple fact ...Liam Callahan! This IS Liam's book!!!
He was in rare form and I just ate it up. Every despicable deed, every completely insane plan he formulated. But my absolutely favorite part of Liam ' s "rebirth", as I like to call it, was his need to get control of Mel. Liam, for me became the man he was always intended to be, but had not pushed far enough. Mel's disappearing act pushed him too far. He, again for me, became Ruthless in his pursuit to make Mel understand once and for all, HE was a man in control. I absolutely loved Liam. 
He has grown so much form the man he was in Ruthless People. Gone is the spoiled, entitled man. He is a man on a mission and with one clear path... make everyone pay for hurting his family. His rise to power began with a man trying to hurry and prove himself... his guard slips... he fixes it and rules with a calmer head... it was a beautiful thing to see. 

Mel, makes a spectacular return and I mean really, was there ever any doubt? We see the light in Liam's eyes when she does appear, but that quickly fades when he demands answers. Not gonna lie, I did enjoy the bit of hell Liam put her through. It broke my heart when he saw her for the first time in months . But then he tells her exactly how he felt and she was not prepared for his coldness. She must learn that sometimes showing weakness towards those you love the most, does not mean that you are weak. The evolution of Liam and Melody, is absolutely fantastic. And the ending of the book, will BLOW YOU AWAY! 

The depth and richness of the characters in AS is fantastic. Miss McAvoy, does not disappoint at all. She has written a book, a series that is like nothing else out there. Its not pretty, its ugly and hard to not hate these people. But each of them have qualities that make you just root for them... Except Olivia... GOD I HATED HER!  
If you are a fan of this series, we get everything we have ever wanted, and by that, Olivia finally gets what she deserves!!! I can not remember a time when I wanted a character in a book to die so badly. And not just die, suffer a horrible death... does that make me Ruthless???
We get to see Neal step up in a BIG way and redeem himself in Liam eyes. I really am happy that Neal found happiness... SHHH, I can't give it away.

Now, on to my favorites... Declan and Coraline or as I like to call them... "the bright spot!" I adore these two characters...Dec is so loving and passionate about his wife, almost to a fault when you are in a Mob family. He never puts anything before Coraline, and if he did she would not bat an eye. The family comes first! Coreline, is just the sweetest thing, she is loving and always tries to play peace maker, even when there is a snowballs chance in hell that peace could happen. Plus she is sort of a badass!  And HELLO, "Free Liam" T shirts... hilarious and the most perfect way to describe her... LOYAL. 

This is Coraline talking to Mel.
"Mel, just tell him you're sorry." She added and I turned, smiling at Ethan's head .
"I know you love him and he loves you. You both have gone through hell together and apart, but at least when you're both together you can find comfort in each other. When you love someone, you just have to let them win sometimes. It doesn't mean you're weak. It doesn't mean that you are any less of the woman he fell in love with . He would walk through fire to you... while you were gone he told Evelyn to show Ethan pictures of you. He wouldn't let any one of us doubt you. Give him this and move on Mel, if you truly love him or you will lose him permanently. I'm sure you all will still have plenty of fights in the future."
I am so happy Declan and Coraline got a happy ending!!! Just wait you will see. 

Evelyn, is a bit more vocal in AS. She has had enough and lets them all know it. I have always enjoyed her character and wanted to know more about her and Sedric's past... we get that!!!  And that is all I am going to say about that. 
Sedric, he has always been one of my faves. He does not disappoint at all. I love it when he gets all fired up. Sedric has always had the best interest of the family in mind when making decisions regarding their future. He will die before someone in his family is in danger. 

So much happens and so much history is revealed, my mind had to take time to process it. The way it is all wrapped is so impressive, I found myself yelling at my husband. He walked in to ask me something, I was at 94% I looked up and pointed at the door and said "Nope, shit is blowing up and people are dying, I need you to leave." I am not kidding. The final chapters are so intense, I flew through them. Only to get to the epilogue that I, FA-REE-KING LOVED!!!  We are treated to the future and a glimpse of where the family is years later. You will love it! 

I almost feel like I should warn you all to be prepared for your heart to ripped out and stomped on. Be prepared to fall in love with Liam in a whole new way. Be prepared for a whole new level of sexiness between Liam and Mel... HOT.And finally, be prepared to understand that, just because these are Ruthless People and would do horrible things to you and yours, they are a very loving and loyal Family! 

I love this series so much, and Miss McAvoy is an amazing story teller! I honestly do not think this review will do this story justice, but I certainly will not spoil it for you! I also, believe that this should be the end of our beloved Ruthless People... I mean you really can not go out on a bigger BANG!!!!! 

5+++ Clocks from me! 















Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tempting Bad Tease





ARE YOU TEMPTED ? 
YOU SHOULD BE!!!
Tempting Bad 
By 
M. Robinson 
Coming March 24th