Friday, March 06, 2015

Life of a Blogger: The Power of Tattoos

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: THE POWER OF TATTOOS

Last summer I talked about tattoos in one of Life of a Blogger posts, but that was just about me being a tattoo virgin (yes, I still am). Today I'd like to explore the subject a bit more...

I know different people who claim not to like men with tattoos running all over their bodies. Personally, I'm not a fan of a body completely inked, but I certainly don't mind staring looking at some body art. Indeed, especially if it's a handsome body we're swooning over observing. Since I'm talking mostly with passionate readers like me, I think it's safe to say that we aren't immune to the power of a tattooed guy. We quite easily sigh a lot when our head projects such an image, don't we? But how does that work with reality?

My sister is not really into tattoos, but if she sees a good looking guy with ink on his skin you can hear a "Huh..." escaping from her lips (I know sis, never feel bad for that!). What does this say? Apparently even if tattoos are not your thing, there's a big chance you can still be affected by them.

For those who are into them, I believe it's the personal taste that does the real trick. E.g. I prefer black & white tattoos and I think those with swirls are the sexiest ones, while others may say a specific colourful designperhaps even in 3D—is what it's cooler. And you know what? Whatever works best for you is ok!

My point is that no matter the preferences or the fact that you may not like tattoos, when you come face to face with an Adone sporting them, the same reaction is practically guaranteed...

We're all in this together! ;)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

"Married to the Viscount" by Sabrina Jeffries



MARRIED TO THE VISCOUNT BY SABRINA JEFFRIES

SERIES: Swanlea Spinsters #5
PUBLISHER: Avon
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Abigail Mercer was thrilled at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his bride without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in name only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother—who is responsible for everything!—and untangle this messy affair. Abigail is incensed, irate...and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn't nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought.

MY REVIEW

I hadn't read anything by Sabrina Jeffries until this book came my way and, I must say, I had a fantastic time. I'm also glad that not having read the previous instalments in the series didn't prevent me to completely fall for both story and characters in any way.

Spencer and Abby are wonderful. The chemistry is there from the very beginning, the sexual tension keeps building during the whole read and, although they try not to let their passion take over, just a kiss can make both of their heads spin. And the readers' heart beat faster... But things aren't easy (our hero certainly is anything but), those two are basically forced into a marriage they didn't ask for—or someone 'unknowingly' did?—and among twists and turns they have to try hard not to fall apart. Avoiding to fall for each other is even harder, but our Viscount is a stubborn man and Abigail may have to endure more than what she had planned...

From arguments to misunderstandings, passion escalating quickly, gorgeous exchange of flirtatious lines and moments of real sweetness, this book has dreamy entertainment written all over!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, March 02, 2015

"The Science of Attraction" by Verity Jacobs



THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION BY VERITY JACOBS

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Verity Jacobs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author

SUMMARY
Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game. She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype—even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind? So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for.

MY REVIEW

I discovered this book thanks to a review of another blogger and I got instantly curious about it. So, when the author contacted me asking if I wanted to review her novel, I couldn't really resist. Now I'm not just happy I read it, I also encourage other readers to try this book because it's not just good but original, too!

Who said smart people can't be sexy as well? I didn't and, if you did, this novel will prove you wrong. But it won't simply make you swoon over scientists, it will crack a smile up on your face more often that you think. I loved that, and I really liked the fact that each character had a different attitude that attracted me in a way or another. What they all have in common, though, is the same love for science, and one of the beauties of this book is that you don't necessarily have to be into lab language to follow what is being said or done. Verity Jacob's writing is very fluent and it makes all sound fascinating, so much that you will find yourself captivated by everything that is going on. Yes, there is much more than just romance in the air...

In all honesty, I thought I was going to enjoy this book but I ended up loving it instead. Geeky, fun and sexy, an explosive mix that makes this a great debut novel!

RATING: 4/5

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Thoughtful" by S.C. Stephens



THOUGHTFUL BY S.C. STEPHENS

SERIES: Thoughtless #1.5

PUBLISHER: Sphere
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY

The only place Kellan has ever felt at home is on stage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around his music and his bandmates, and that's the way he likes it. And then one woman changes everything... Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting—she's smart, sweet and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction...until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing: he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

MY REVIEW

I didn't read the first instalment in the series so I was completely clueless about the events, and I really didn't know what to expect from the whole read. Was I going to get involved? Would I like this Kellan guy? Could this book make me an emotional wreck? The answer is one and the same: TOTALLY.

Kellan Kyle's point of view makes for a roller-coaster of emotions... The read is dreamy but also painful and devastating, it strongly hits readers with every emotion Kellan feels and makes them fall even harder for him. He's a gorgeous guy who deserves just good things—mostly love—and that's why I got so frustrated with Kiera and her behaviour. She's so naive and selfish that I'm pretty sure reading her POV would have just made me want to slap her more. I couldn't stand her, but I loved the book thanks to Kellan and his bandmates, too. They cracked me up many times, they certainly entertained me and I always eagerly waited for them to appear.

New or not to this series, I think New Adult readers should grab a copy of this book and let it captivate them. Kellan Kyle guarantees a great time and so the other D-bags members!

RATING: 4/5
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This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Sphere.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Blitz: Broken Souls by Laurie Olerich!

Today I'm happy to be part of Broken Souls Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!
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BROKEN SOULS
(Primani #4)

This is the first standalone book in the Primani series. It’s a dark romantic suspense that layers a decades-old murder with chilling demon possession on top of two broken people who must somehow heal wounds too deep to see the light of day.
Stalked by evil… Psychic Rori Austin’s life is over. She just doesn’t know it yet. Suffering from recurring nightmares and terrifying fugues, she’s hanging on by a thread. When she blacks out and wakes up in 1969, she knows she’s out of control. Broke and alone in the city that never sleeps, she’s desperate to find someone who can hold back the darkness in her mind. When gorgeous Declan shows up out of nowhere, she’s thrilled until he starts asking questions she has no intention of answering.
Haunted by guilt… Declan Manning is a ruthless killer and a renowned healer. Demons fear him. Humans love him. Life is good. The last thing he needs is a human woman. After saving Rori’s life, he walks away but can’t forget the fear in her exotic eyes. It haunts him, dredging up memories better left buried deep. Intrigued by her secrets, he uncovers the horrifying truth: She’s marked for Hell, and her time is almost up.
BROKEN SOULS EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT LAURIE OLERICH

Moving carefully so he wouldn’t startle her, he pulled the shirt over his head. Turning to the side, he dropped his eyes over his shoulder. At his nod, she reached for him. Slowly, softly, she explored him with feathery strokes that tickled yet sent his blood racing.
“Go ahead, darlin’. Look. Touch. Find your answers.”
Rori was treading on shaky ground, she knew that. He was beautiful. Perfect. His face was like a painting, a sculpture. The hard planes could seem cruel, but right now were softened by his emotions. Love? Patience? She didn’t know, but she knew one thing for sure. He wasn’t trying to hide now. He’d taken his shirt off, and she’d lost the use of her vocal chords. He was beautifully made; muscular without being massively huge, golden skin that begged for kisses… he turned so she could see him, and she froze. What would she do if he had wings sprouting from his shoulders? 
“No wings?”
Grinning like a naughty little boy, he shook his head. “Sorry. No wings.” He captured her roaming hand and kissed it. “I have other mad skills though if you’d like me to demonstrate. For instance, I can make you hot.” 
He placed her hands on his shoulders and busted out laughing when she snatched them back with a horrified gasp. What the hell? He was glowing! The harder he laughed, the more obvious the light became. She was trying to put some distance between them, but he wouldn’t let her. Instead, he reclaimed her hands and forced them flat against his chest.
He scolded, “Uh-uh. You wanted answers. Man up and get them. The light is my saol. It’s our life force, technically. You might consider it the source of my powers. You have one too; but yours isn’t strong like mine is. Yours is human.” The teasing smile vanished. “Mine isn’t. Anymore.”
He wasn’t human? This was getting better and better! She seriously needed to put some space between them. She couldn’t think straight. 
He pressed her hand harder against his chest. “Do you feel that? That’s my heart beating just like yours does. Don’t be afraid of me, Rori. I’m here to protect you. It’s what I do. I tried to tell you that before, but you didn’t want to trust me then. Do you trust me now?”
That was a good question. Did she?
She studied the trees in the distance while she considered her answer. After all of the crazy things that had happened in the past few months, she had to admit he’d been there for her without asking for payment. Strangely enough, she didn’t think he was insane anymore. “I do.”
“I’m sensing a ‘but’.”
He was really, really hard to resist. She brushed his bangs back from his eyes. His mouth curled into a lopsided, sexy as all hell grin. The impact slammed all the way to her toes.
“You could melt butter with that smile. How do we mere mortals resist you?”
Flushing an adorable shade of pink, he choked on his snappy comeback before clamping his lips together in a line. Was he embarrassed? How cute was that? Grumbling under his breath, he reached for his shirt, and she shocked them both by stopping him.
“Wait! I want to look at you.” Did I say that out loud? Crap.
He shot her an incredulous look before dropping the shirt and pushing gracefully to his feet. He moved so fast she scooted backwards with a girly cry of alarm. The grin he wore this time was all heat, no humor. Slow, sexy… forget butter, her entire body might combust. Before she could squeak out a protest, he unsnapped his jeans and dropped them in a pile. Kicking out of them in a movement that was so smoothly done he must’ve practiced it, he hauled her upright with her mouth hanging open.
Not an ounce of material in sight.
“Uh… uh, Dec… I’m not sure--” She kept her eyes pasted on his chest. His muscles were nicely shaped, hard, tanned... flat nipples begged for a kiss.
Oh, yeah, he certainly looked human!
He stood in full naked glory, daring her to look lower. He gave her that sexy grin again. She backed up. He stalked forward until her back came up against the granite boulder. His bare chest brushed her breasts. Something hot and velvety brushed her belly. With her heartbeat pounding in her ears, she swallowed hard and placed her hands on his forearms. The hard muscle blazed at her touch. He had fine golden hair dusting across skin that she couldn’t resist caressing. Soft…
“Admit it. You wanted to know if I had all the correct equipment.” He was teasing her. She could tell by the humor in his voice, but he was so right. At that moment, she wanted to look down more than anything in the world. 
He turned around and said over his shoulder, “I’ve been told I have a nice ass. What do you think?”
“Dec! You’re horrible! I am not looking at your ass!” But she couldn’t resist bursting into giggles at the lift of his eyebrows.
“Are you sure? I can stand here all day.”
“I’m sure you can.” A wistful sigh slipped out when she snagged a peek at his butt. Yum!
He was beside her so fast he was a blur. Lifting her chin, he winked before dropping a sweet kiss on her open mouth. “Don’t be so obvious. There’s time for us to get naked and hump like bunnies later. Right now, you need to recover your strength so you can keep up.”
With that he stepped into his jeans while she focused on his hands. Capable. Smooth. Hard. Those hands had nursed her, held her. How would they feel making love to her?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie Olerich is the author of the urban fantasy romance series Primani. She loves to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, roller coaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes who’ll raise the temperature in any room you’re in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! Her Primani series combines the best of the three. When not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about her next hero, she’s planning parties, traveling the world, and spending lazy nights with her son, her Dal pals, and friends. Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Germany. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to a career spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both!

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