Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Torn Between Two by Mia Kayla

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Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1) by Mia Kayla
Release Date: January 23, 2017
 
Synopsis
I believe in fairy tales — the kind where a knight in shining armor sweeps me off my feet. Coming from a broken home, fairy tales housed the hope I clung to. Never in my life did I imagine two knights coming into my life— two knights that wore very different armor.   A rockstar versus a lawyer. Fast and furious versus deliberate and calculated. Intense and passionate versus strong and devoted. Chaos versus stability.   I fell in love with one in the craziness of a concert. I fell in love with the other in the silence of his compassion.   And now I am Torn Between Two.  

Review:

I feel like this book is different from any Mia Kayla book that I have read in the past. This book centers around Sam and the two men in her life. She has recently moved to Chicago to work toward her dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu and to start her life over after such a painful past. One night with her friend, she meets, Hawke, her rock-star crush. They hit if off and have a lot of chemistry and Sam can't help but fall for him. However, Hawke, or course, travels a lot and is not very good at keeping in touch with Sam. He contacts her every so often in order to get his Same fix. Hawke has a lot of inner demons to fight himself. Sam meets Josh one day while shopping and they keep running into each other. He is a lawyer that has his own demons (mainly his family) to deal with. He and Sam become really close friends and he wants more from her. Sam still wants Hawke, even though the contact with him is sporadic. She has a hard time choosing what she wants, not just in men, but also going after her dreams.

This book is the first book of a Duet. It ends on a major cliffhanger with more questions than answers. I am anxious to read the second book in this series in order to see which way Sam goes, especially with what happens at the end of this first book!
 

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Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla
Release Date: February 12, 2017
 
Synopsis
Life is made up of choices. Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future. At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe. Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days. I love them both, but I have to choose. There is only one choice I can make. And I choose forever.  
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About the Author
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.  
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Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/2jIbURw
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2iopiIt
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

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Cover Design : L.J. Anderson / Mayhem Designs
Model: Kamil Nizinski
Release Date: January 16, 2017
 
Synopsis
Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:   1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)   2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.   3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.   4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.   5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.   6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.   7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.   8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.   9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.   10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

Review:


Zoey is not having a good day, not at all. She nearly dies choking on on a piece of candy while reading an email that will change her life. She is an interior designer and has been asked to do an overhaul for the brother of the guy (Ryder) that never called her after hitting it off so well four months before. What Zoey doesn't know is that her day is about to get a lot worse when looking at the job site she gets stuck in a window. To make matters worse, Ryder shows up to the site while she's in a very embarrassing position. Zoey and Ryder are forced to work together on this project since Ryder's brother was involved in an accident. Zoey is afraid working with Ryder will jeopardize her chances of getting the promotion she has been working so hard for. Meanwhile, Ryder is in a transition period with his life as a professional snowboarder after breaking his leg. He has trouble understanding what else he has in his life other than snowboarding. He is also trying to help his brother after the accident and struggles with keeping his distance from Zoey. Zoey is afraid for her job and for her heart once Ryder completely recovers. Will Ryder go away never to be heard from again after his leg heals? These two each have obstacles to overcome and understand what they want out of their life. This book was as enjoyable as the first and had a lot of great dialogue that made me laugh out loud. You will also see glimpses of past characters from the previous book, which is always a lot of fun! Make sure to give this book a try and you won't regret it! 
   


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About the Author
Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn't writing or teaching, she's binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.
 
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Ever Over After

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Ever Over After (The Over Duet #2)
Cover Design: DCP Designs
Release Date: January 9, 2017
 
Synopsis
Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me. Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure. And now I’m back to sift through the rubble. Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers. Answers and Low. Always Low. My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.  

Review

This is everything I wanted out of the sequel for Low and Ever! This book was done perfectly and I wouldn't change a thing. We begin with where the first book left off (and with Ever trying to contact Low). Low and Ever cross paths after 8 hard years apart. Low is, obviously, reluctant to give Ever a chance again after how everything ended the last time.  I wish I could dive into the story, but I am afraid to give anything away. Just know that pasts are brought up and that people are connected more than you realize! Ever realizes that he is not completely done with facing his past and neither is Low.  Both of them have to let go in some way in order to move forward, but can they do that?  I loved every minute of this story. It was a beautiful story and I hate that I can't dive into these two characters again!

P.S. We were lucky to enough to review the first book in the series, Low Over High, before it was released.  You can see that review here.
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About the Author
J.A. DeRouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly named "The Professor), and her furry friend, Scout. She holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing.
When she's not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women's health nurse. She's been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she's never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.
 
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#FRC2016: Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge (it's our Junior Year!)  We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!




Course Title: Contemporary Fables
Department: Magical Realism
About the book:

EUGENIA PANISPORCHI LIVES WITH HER MOTHER, TEACHES CHAUCER, AND REMEMBERS ALL HER PAST LIVES. SHE IS DESPERATE TO CHANGE HER FUTURE.

Born this time around into a South Philadelphia Italian-American family so traditional, she and her siblings are expected to marry in birth order, Eugenia lives a simple life―no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul's progress) will grant her heart's desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.
A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it's the only one we'll have.
Hindsight is different than any book I have read in the past.  It follows Eugenia who has lived several lives and who crosses paths with people she has met before.  She tries to live a simple, uncomplicated life, but when you are living life that is not really possible.  She also feels weighted by all the lives she has lived in the past.  Eugenia soon learns that she is not the only one that has these gifts.  She even starts a support group for others like her and soon learns more about herself and what kind of life she wants to live.  This book was very interesting and had some very funny parts associated with it!
  

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About the author:

Raised by traditional people in a modern world, Mindy Tarquini is a second-generation Italian American who grew up believing dreams are prophecy, the devil steals lost objects, and an awkward glance can invite the evil eye.

She’s served as assistant editor with the Lascaux Review, also Spinetingler Magazine, and is a member of the Perley Station Writers’ Colony. Her work has won recognition from the Philadelphia City Paper, the Maui Writer’s Conference, and the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation.

A native Philadelphian, Ms. Tarquini packed up her pizza stone and westward-ho’d. She now resides in Phoenix, where she divides her time between writing and wrestling with her pasta maker.

She does not have hindsight

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Cover Reveal: Ever Over After by J.A. DeRouen

Check out this gorgeous cover of Ever Over After, the conclusion of The Over Duet!! The Over Duet is a gripping tale of first loves, second chances, and hard truths. Ever Over After releases January 9th!

We were lucky to enough to review the first book in the series, Low Over High, before it was released.  You can see that review here.

AHHHHHH!!!  This book sounds amazing.  We are so excited to read the conclusion to this series and you guys need to check out this beautiful cover below!! 


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Synopsis:
Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me.
Yes, a love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure.
And now I’m back to sift through the rubble.
Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now is answers.
Answers and Low.
Always Low.
My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.





About the author:


J.A. DeRouen resides in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed "The Professor"), and her furry friend, Scout. She has earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing. When she's not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women's health nurse. She's been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she's never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.
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Cover Reveal: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

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Cover Design : L.J. Anderson / Mayhem Designs
Model: Kamil Nizinski
Release Date: January 16, 2017
 
Synopsis
Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:   1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)   2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.   3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.   4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.   5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.   6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.   7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.   8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.   9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.   10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.
 
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Giveaway
One ARC for The Rule Maker & $10 Amazon Gift Card
 
 
   
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About the Author
Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn't writing or teaching, she's binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.
 
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

#FRC2016: In the Heart of Texas by Ginger McKnight-Chavers



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge (it's our Junior Year!)  We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!





Course Title: Pop Culture Conversations
Department: Women's Fiction Studies
About the book:

Named a “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews 

Named a “Fall Must-Read” by RedbookMag.com * PopSugar * Parade Magazine * Brit + Co * SoulCycle

Hailed as a “Best Fiction Book by Women of Color” at Bustle.com


Pitched as “a poor man’s Halle Berry,” forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director’s beach house―after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation.

The more Jo reluctantly reconnects with her Texas “roots” and the family and friends she left behind, the more she regains touch with herself as an artist and with what is meaningful in life beyond the limelight. The summer of 2007 is cathartic for Jo, whose career and lifestyle have allowed her to live like a child for forty years, but who now must transition to making grown-up decisions and taking on adult responsibilities. In the Heart of Texas is a wry, humorous commentary on the complexities of race, class, relationships, politics, popular culture, and celebrity in our current society.
In the Heart of Texas is full of interesting characters and a great plot line.  Jo has been living in Hollywood as a soap actress after escaping from the town that she grew up in, Midland, Texas.  She isn't an A list star, but she is making do with her work.  However, after an affair with her (married) director goes bad, she is forced to head back home in order to escape the backlash.  While she is at home, she becomes a drama teacher and tries to sort out her life.  She has a lot to think about and has plenty of attention from the locals.  The interactions between Jo and her family and friends are some of my favorite scenes!  This is a great story about reexamining one's life and gives you plenty of laughs along the way!
  

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About the author:

A native of Dallas, Texas, Ginger McKnight-Chavers is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. She was a Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College, and her debut novel, In the Heart of Texas, will be released in Fall 2016 by She Writes Press. McKnight-Chavers currently blogs for The Huffington Post and The TexPatch, and she lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, daughter, and an overweight West Highland White Terrier.

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