Wednesday, June 28, 2017

[Release Blitz *Reviews] THE WEIGHT OF LIFE by Whitney Barbetti @barbetti @IndieGirlPromotions

The Weight of Life
Whitney Barbetti

Publication Date: June 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.
He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.
Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another.

She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.
But it was only supposed to last three weeks.
“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.
I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.

I'm ashamed to say this is the first book by this author I've read despite having some of her books on my kindle a situation I will be rectifying. Prepare yourself before you start this story because your emotions will be flip flopping from one extreme to the other. The start had me apprehensive, I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was so glad I was wrong. Mila and Ames are two people who's lives have been put through the wringer, initially drawn together threw shared experiences something starts to form between them but how do you let go of fear and learn to love again. I can't explain how much I loved this story it's sad, it made me happy it has a positive message about moving forward abc never giving up.

I'm a sap. If you read a bunch of reviews you will see the words tears, cried, and sobbed. It's not often you hear me talk about the weight of the words in a book though. The title has a very intense meaning. It will both warm and squeeze your heart at the same time.
I don't know if having kids or losing my brother makes me more susceptible to be the emotional mess I am today but I know that not every story can make a person cry. I know that this book will make a lot of people cry.
I think the absolute most emotional single line in the book was: “Because I didn’t want you to be alone.”I couldn't handle the absolute rawness- it's actually making me tear up again.
Some people can write books. Some can write a story that means something to one person. Some people can move others through a story. Some have the ability to transport their reader into a world of their own making and leave them back outside their own front door after shaking their heads. Ms. Barbetti can do it all. It isn't the first time she left me reeling and I know it won't be the last.

I fell in love with The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti. This is the first book by this author that I have read. I love when books give me a roller coaster of feels and this book did just that. My emotions were all over the place but exactly where they needed to be. I went from giddy and actual hand clapping (Yeah, I love it when books make me this excited!) to sad and tearful to hopeful and back again. Both Mila and Ames have been dealt crappy hands, but they understand each other's hurt like no one else could. Fate brought them together for a reason. Can love withstand this or will their hearts remain an ocean apart? I literally could not put this book down. That is how good is was. Pure romance at its best. It gives you hope that you can love after loss. This 5 Star review is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood.

About The Author
I like nachos and champagne and clean sheets. I spend far too much time at Starbucks. I wrote a couple books...

[Cover Reveal] LOVE, HATE, & US by SP West @AuthorSPWes

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Love, Hate, & Us.
SP West

Release Date: TBA

Designer: Kirsty-Ann Still

Brody and Brooke, sitting in a tree.K-I-S-S-I-N-G…

We grew up thinking that our future was set in stone.We were wrong.
Turns out there is a thin line between love and hate.
Then there is us.
Brooke never imagined a life away from Emmerton. She never pictured a life without her childhood sweetheart, Brody. But when Brody does the unthinkable, Brooke’s world is turned upside down. Unable to watch as Brody moves on with his life, she decides to start afresh.
Unfortunately, leaving her past behind is not as easy as she thought, especially when her past wants her back.
About The Author
S.P. West has been many things in life (and has been called many things by other people). A proud mum, a wife, an introvert who loves to read, a former bellydancer, and servant to couple of feline overlords. Having made up stories since she was a wee lass she decided to have a stab at writing. Starting out writing a few fan fiction stories, she give herself the goal to write a full length story; her debut novel, Life Without You, is the result.

[New Release* Reviews] ABSOLUTION by Missy Johnson @missycjohnson @IndieSagePR

Missy Johnson

Publication Date: June 28, 2017
Genre: Taboo Romance

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Declan James was the perfect guy. He was sweet. Charming. Caring. Until he wasn’t. Fourteen years ago, his actions tore apart my family. He ruined my sister’s life and nothing was ever the same again. But now, more than a decade later, he’s back. When he walks into my office, asking for my help, I’m shocked, but nothing prepares me for what I’m about to learn. I see how far he’s gone to redeem himself and I know that he’s changed. I also know that, as a priest, he’s more off limits than ever. If I help him, my family will never forgive me. If I fall in love with him, I will never forgive myself. 
This book had me at hello. Immediately after reading the Prologue, I ran into the other room and told my husband all about it. It grabs you, and it's tragic. Everything bad that could possibly happen, does in the first few pages. You move onto chapter one thinking, "how do these characters go on form here?" Fast forward several years later, and life hasn't exactly gotten better, but it has moved on. You are thrown right into another impossible and tragic situation. Hannah must try to help someone that can't help themselves. This brings us our main man, Declan. Declan and Hannah have a very tragic and unforgivable interwoven past. That past makes the rest of this story amazingly angsty and complicated. I am a total sucker for angsty and complicated stories. If it looks like there is no way out, then sign me right up! These characters feel real, their emotions are raw, and the situations are believable. Throw in some taboo, and you have hit gold. this story was fantastic! It will frustrate you, and draw you in all at the same time. Prepare to feel right along with both Declan and Hannah, because this is a duel perspective story. I highly recommend this book to all my angsty forbidden story junkies out there. This book is worth every minute you lose while reading it. This is my second Missy Johnson, story, and I am anxious to get my hands on the next one!

Father forgive me for I have sinned. I'm not even Catholic, but I might need to hit the confessional and say a couple Hail Mary's after reading Absolution by Missy Johnson. This book is so wrong it's right. A HOT priest and a social worker, both their worlds were rocked the same night 14 years ago. A tragic event brings them together again after all these years. A shared past can only mean one of two things: their past will wedge further between them or it will bring them crashing together. I love Missy Johnson's writing and the dual perspective that she uses. I like seeing the internal struggles. I was hooked the moment I started reading and I couldn't put it down. The plot and all it's twists were amazing. I absolutely loved this book. This 5 star review is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog.

Some books are all pleasure and happy feelings and some are a mix of pleasure and pain and I think that describes this book perfectly. Missy is an author who always puts her readers through the wringer emotionally, she takes our minds on a journey where we are at war with our hearts and our heads. Declan and Hannah are connected by a past that is full of tragedy when they come back into each other's lives all the pain and hate is palpable, it practically leaps from the page Hannah works in Child Protection and when dealing with her latest case her paths cross with Declan. I think the author did a great job showing the realities of Hannah's job. Declan is a man who became a priest to atone for a mistake in his past, did he do it for the right reasons absolutely not but I could understand his reasoning. Despite their obvious failings I really liked both characters they are both very complex people who want to make a difference even if it's at the cost of actually living their lives. It's a story that at times is hard to read but it's one full of hope for the future

Missy Johnson
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog…you get the picture). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read. 


[Cover Reveal] PRETTY NEW DOLL by Ker Dukey & K Webster @KerDukeyauthor @KristiWebster @IndieSagePR

Pretty New Doll
Pretty Doll #3
K Webster & Ker Dukey  

Publication Date: July 17, 2017 
Genres: Dark Romance

Benny, broken, hurting, and alone Lost his dolly, his love, his home. Injured and searching, reborn anew, He finds himself befriended by one who’s true. Learning about the world, urges, and lust. Finding a new future, a new dolly, is a must. Then out of old pain, fresh prospects come to life, Benny’s sick mind summons him, so his hand takes the knife. Have you ever been so lost that you became a shadow? Lurking but not living. Existing in the background where no one notices you. My doll betrayed me, killed me in more ways than she realized. I’m watching, waiting, wanting. One day soon she’ll give me back what she took away… it’s funny how life works that way.

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About the Authors

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen. You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
Ker Dukey: My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected. I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling. When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

[New Release * Review] THE KING by Skye Warren @skye_warren @LWoodsPR


The King 
Skye Warren

Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Dark Romance

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The highest stakes... 

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I'm his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game. Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble. A trailer park princess. The son of a criminal king. We don't belong together, but I'm caught in a twisted game. His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything.  
THE KING is the first book in the new Masterpiece duet about risking your heart and finding yourself. It's a spin-off from the USA Today bestselling trilogy but can be read separately.
I never know quite what I'm going to get when reading a book by Skye but I do know I'm never going to be disappointed.We start the story finding out how Damon and Penny meet when they were children, it all seems very pure and innocent. Next we move to the future and we meet the devil incarnate Damon's father Johnathan Scott, this is where the authors words are used to devastating effect. Skye very easily paints the multi faceted elements of Johnathan's personality perfectly, we feel the evil pouring off him when he goes to the diner Penny works at he really is a crazy scary dude. Penny may be young but it when you learn her back story seems like she has lived a thousand lives in that short time. However she's no victim she's strong and courageous even if she makes some dodgy decisions. Damon is an enigma, his outside facade is one of a tough businessman who no one questions but with Penny he's different he's protective and almost tender. Set against a backdrop of gambling we see what the addiction has done to Penny's father and subsequently her whole life. Every decision that Damon forces her to make is a gamble but will that the final gamble at the end of the book finally break their budding relationship? I can't wait to get my hands on book 2

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.