Review: Down We’ll Come, Baby by Carrie Aarons – Blog Tour

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Title: Down We’ll Come, Baby
Author: Carrie Aarons
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by Carrie Aarons
Publication Date: January 27, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from InkSlinger PR/the author in exchange for an honest review on this blog tour

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Imogen

There is no way we can still love and cherish one and other.

When I married Theo Walsh, the rough, bearded townie who worked construction on my family’s summer house, I’d found my happily ever after.

That was before the fighting.
Before the jealousy.
Before the infertility.

We’ll be divorced long before death does us part.

But to secure my place in the family dynasty, there is just one more hoop I have to jump through. And I need him to do it.

Faking the marriage we once thrived in will gut me.
Especially with the secret I’m carrying.

Theo

I would have sacrificed for her until the end of time.

My job.
My home.
My happiness.

I’d given it all up to marry her. That’s how much I loved Imogen Weston, the daughter to one of the world’s richest families.

From the day we met, I’d done nothing but try to live up to the man she expected to be with. And now, I was done.

Sure, I’d complete this one final ask of hers, even if it destroyed me.

But I’ve made her promise the one thing that might save me. She swore that after she got everything she ever wanted, she wouldn’t look back.

I made my wife vow to leave me forever.

Review:

“I am more in love with you now than I was the day I met you. At first sight, and always.”

This book put me on a freaking crazy roller coaster of emotions and I loved it. However, I do want to start off this review by pointing out the one thing that annoyed me throughout the book: the heroine. This woman did not deserve Theo for a second. The things that she was asking him to do to secure her place in the family dynasty after walking out on him. The way she put her family and their money first for years and never appreciating the sacrifices he made for her. This woman deserves a pile of coal for every Christmas for the rest of her life.

Now that my issues with Imogen are out of the way, let’s talk about what I did love: everything else. The writing, the plot, the emotions, THEO.

Theo is the perfect romantic interest. This dude is what all men should aspire to be. He’s like every good boyfriend in all the romance books, but without those moments where they can be too arrogant or controlling in ways that make you take pause. Theo is dark-haired and bearded and hot as all hell while being the most supportive and kind husband. The things he did to make Imogen happy. Seriously, if you’re going to read this book, I would suggest reading it for Theo alone.

Carrie Aarons is an incredible writer. Not only is she just generally gifted at writing an overall lovely novel, this woman will put you through the craziest ride of emotions. I almost cried on my lunch break at work while reading the last few chapters. And usually books do not make me cry. Especially in public. I have a smiley and bubbly reputation to uphold here.

Overall, this book was amazing. I loved the story line (minus the whole Imogen being Imogen part). The writing and Theo made this book for me and if you’re looking for an angsty romance that might bring you close to tears, then pick this one up immediately.

About Carrie Aarons:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

 

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Review: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

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Title: Across the Horizon
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by Aly Martinez
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 4.5 stars

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it…

So does heartbreak.

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“Good to know I did not fuck the smartass out of you.”
“Honey, nobody’s dick is that big.”

The minute I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It sounded like the perfect romance with a fair amount of drama. Going into it, I had really high expectations. And luckily for me, those expectations were exceeded.

Rita spent seven years of her life married to douchebag Greg (Tanner’s words, not mine). Those seven years were up real quick the day she discovered that he was cheating on her with one of the nurses at the practice they work for. Greg was a doctor there and Rita was the office manager. Not long after, their office was hosting a spring fling BBQ event for their patients. At that event Tammy, the mistress, so kindly decided to inform Rita that not only was there the affair, but she was also pregnant with Greg’s child.

At the same time, Tanner was at the BBQ helping his brother Porter with the catering. When he heard Greg and Rita arguing, he decided to step in and tell him to back off. Rita took that moment to pretend that she was seeing him to get back at Greg. And so begins the whirlwind romance of Rita and Tanner.

I loved both Rita and Tanner. Rita’s sass and her banter with Tanner was off the charts hilarious. I would actually be laughing out loud as I read the book. But not only was Rita hilarious, she was a strong character. She went through a terrible time in her life with her head held high and was determined to make it to the other side a better woman for it.

“Whether we’re ready for it or not doesn’t change the fact that I’m in love with you. So you can go ahead and assume that, for the next fifteen years, I won’t be out with someone.”

Man oh man, Aly Martinez knows how to write a romance that not only tugs at your heartstrings, but can also make you laugh like crazy. Her ability to write Rita as such a sarcastic little fire cracker with killer one liners is incredible. Not only that, but the chemisty between Rita and Tanner was pretty dang hot.

The story itself was great. The amount of things that Rita and Tanner had to go through, together and alone, made their love feel that much more authentic. It was obvious from their first meeting that they were meant to be together, but it was just as obvious that they each had personal issues they needed to sort out to an extent before they could truly be the couple that they were meant to be.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It’s the perfect mix of a dramatic romance that will break your heart at times but then provide you with comedic relief that will have you laughing so hard.

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About Aly Martinez:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Review: This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I am so excited to present to you my review of This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. A million thanks to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting be a part of this book tour. You can check out the schedule here.

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Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Received an advanced copy from the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of this book tour

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Rating: 5 stars

Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

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One year ago, at a party in December, a series of events happened that led to the death of a teenager. Five teens had played a part in that death, but no one really knew what happened. Fast forward one year, and each of these students receive an exclusive invitation to compete for a $50,000 scholarship. After the events of last year’s party, they could each use that money for college so they all attend.

Once there, they realize they may have been a little hasty in accepting that invitation. Someone is hellbent on revenge and determined to find out the truth of what happened that night, and they will do whatever is necessary to know the entire story from start to finish.

Each of the characters were so strongly developed. I adored each persons’ chapters and being able to get into their brain to see exactly how they were feeling about the events that transpired at last year’s party, as well as the events at the revenge party. Ruby’s chapters were by far my favourite though. She was such a complex and interesting character with an insane life. No joke, I have no idea how that girl is still standing.

The writing was easily my favourite part of the book. Like I just mentioned, the characters were written beautifully. Not only that, the descriptions threw you into both the past and the present so clearly. I could picture everything as it was happening, and my god, if I never even have to think of a porcelain doll ever again, it’ll be too soon.

I was constantly on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. While it was pretty obvious from the prologue who organized the revenge party, I was engaged all the way through wanting to know every single detail of both the past and present.

Overall, I would highly suggest picking up this book. While, yes, it is obvious who the party is organized by, I think the book is so thrilling and mysterious that it’s easy to look past that and have a wonderful reading experience.

Enter Chelsea Pitcher’s giveaway here:

  • 1 of 10 copies of This Lie Will Kill you, US only
  • Ends December 19, 2018

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About Chelsea Pitcher:

Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She is the author of THE S-WORD, THE LAST CHANGELING & THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN.

Watch for her new YA thriller, THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU, coming December 11, 2018 from S&S/McElderry!

Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I am so excited to present to you my review of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton. A million thanks to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting be a part of this book tour. You can check out the schedule here.

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Title: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Received an advanced copy from the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of this book tour

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Rating: 5 stars

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

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Wow. That’s all my brain can seem to conjure up after this reading this book. Just wow.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a collection of six intertwined stories that are set beginning in the near future all the way to years and years from now. They explore the possibility of what our future and those extending past our life spans could very possibly look like.

One of the best parts of this anthology, despite the fact that the stories were intertwined, was that it never once felt repetitive or boring. Every story was so different from the last and made you think about the future in different ways. Because each story differentiated from one another in the way that they did, I find it incredibly impressive the way Arwen Elys Dayton was able to intertwine them in what seemed to be such an effortless way.

Each of the characters were so different from the last despite the fact that they all revolved around the same prominent theme. They all had their own voice within the stories that made each one memorable and affected your opinions of them in different ways.

This book was incredible. I literally cannot stress that enough. It really makes you contemplate the future and where we are headed as a species and I honest to god think everyone should read this book. It’s one of those ones that’s going to stick with you long after it’s over.

Enter Arwen Elys Dayton’s giveaway here:

  • 1 copy of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, US only
  • Ends December 11, 2018

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About Arwen Elys Dayton:

Arwen Elys Dayton is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States.

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Review: Heavenward by Olga Gibbs – Blog Tour

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Hi lovelies. Today I’m excited to share with you my review for the Heavenward blog tour. Take a peek below to see the other blogs taking part and a very special offer for my followers!

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Title: Heavenward
Author: Olga Gibbs
Series: Celestial Creatures #1
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/Fraser’s Fun House for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 3 stars

With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?

Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…

Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.

Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.

Deceived, threatened, hunted and now on the run, who can she trust?  

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One of the things I liked most about the book was how accurately I thought Ariel was portrayed. She had one of the worst childhoods you could possibly imagine and it was very much reflected in her personality. She was filled with rage, she made impulsive decisions, and was a sarcastic little fire cracker with mood swings you couldn’t even imagine. As a reader I appreciate that Olga Gibbs didn’t turn her into this perfect teenager out to save the world, while forgetting about the past she presented to us. Ariel is such a raw character and I enjoyed the accuracy of her character throughout the story.

In terms of the boys in this book, I’m team Rafe all the way. I don’t trust Sam as far as I can throw him (and considering I’m 5″0 and he’s an angel, I’m going to wager that isn’t far). But the fact that it was so back and forth between the two made it more interesting to read because I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next with the boys.

The writing of the book was very description heavy at some points. I liked the descriptions because it helped to give the reader an image of what is going on in a world that is nothing like we would ever be living in. However, I thought at some points they were in the wrong place. For example, there were a few moments where someone had said something important to the story or an action scene was about to go down, but before that there were a couple of pages of straight description. It took a little bit away from the big moments for me,

To me, the pacing felt a little quick. It didn’t fully seem that way reading it, but when you get to the end and realize how many things happened during such a short time, you just kind of sit there and think how was all of that able to occur so quickly? Maybe we get to find out angels have a different concept of time in the next book?

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. This was first time reading a novel that involved angels and it was good.

As a follower, I get to share a link with you guys so you can read Heavenward for free. Just click right here! Hope you guys enjoy it!

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About Olga Gibbs:

Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.

She is currently writing a second book in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.

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