Monday, December 30, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Finding My Forever (Beaumont #3) by Heidi McLaughlin

Finding My Forever (Beaumont #3)
by Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: December 30th 2013
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Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down - marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn't in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man. 

A rock star. 

I was born and raised in the industry. 

I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me. 
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver. 

But after one look, one touch, one night... 
Now I’m the one doing the chasing. 

I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change. 
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her. 
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.

Don't miss Heidi's Facebook Party
Join the party for discussion, trivia and prizes as we all celebrate the release of FINDING MY FOREVER! (12/30/2013)

Heidi is the author of USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Rate: Loved it

Would you die for the one you love?

Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. 

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. 

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Rachel Van Dyken made me love Eagle Elite in the first book, but in this second book I totally adore it! 
Elect is even funnier, hotter, messier, more romantic and with more mafia style than the first book, and what makes it even more irresistible is the love triangle going on between Nixon, Tracey and Chase in order to keep Tracey safe. I had high hopes when I started reading this book, and Rachel Van Dyken did not disappoint me.
Elect picks up right where Elite finished. The war between families that started in the first book is still ongoing and now they also have the visit of what we could call the original mafia family. Also, in this story, Nixon sacrifices everything for the love of his life: Tracey. And in order to keep her safe, he leaves her with his cousin, the other boy that is in love with Tracey.
It was the best, hottest and most difficult love triangle I ever read about. Nixon seems to be the perfect fit for Tracey. He's bossy, only follows his own rules and would be the perfect definition of bad and dangerous boy. While Chase, is more softer than Nixon. He can be categorized in the good boy section. All taking into account that we are in the middle of a mafia war and the boys are part of a mafia family.
But how can you not fall for the bad boy who's risking everything, even his own life, in order to save you? And how can you not fall for the boy who's been there all the time and that seems that he would die for you, too, even if he knows that your heart belongs to his cousin?
Yes, it was difficult to decide between these two badass boys. But I think that I love a little bit more Chase. Rachel made me want him even more! Nixon sacrifices all, but Chase, too. In a different way since he's not the boss, but he'd also die for Tracey even when he knows she belongs to Nixon. Is all so heartbreaking!
The plot was simply amazing. Well built and leaving nothing behind, there's more action in this story than in the first one and we get to see new characters, too. And, as I said before, the love triangle between Nixon, Tracey and Chase thickens.
This story made me smile, cry, gasp and I simply couldn't stop reading. Full of unexpected turns and dangerous situations, a Shakespearean touch of impossible love, lots of hot, badass boys, redemption, suspense, drama, romance and betrayal. All with a mafia touch that made me love this book from the very first page until the end. It simply captivated me and made me crave for more! So I'm definitely waiting, anxiously, for the next two books: Entice and Elicit.

I still have the same actors in mind when I read the Eagle Elite series, so I'm going to repeat this time:

Jordan Legault as Nixon
Gabriella Wilde as Tracey
Mario Ermito as Chace

What do you think, Book Addicts?

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 12 Books: 2013 & 2014

This is a list of the ten books I enjoyed the most this 2013. It's not about the release date, but about when I read them. There are some books that were published long ago and others that are going to be released next year (2014)

This section is dedicated to the books coming next year. 2014 has a lot of promising titles waiting to be published and as a Book Addict I can't wait to read them all. We could call this list my most expected books from 2014 and some of them, the ones I haven't had the chance to read yet, my 2014 waiting list.
There are some books like Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout that don't have a cover yet, but that we would love to include in this list.

Book Addicts, you know how much I love the hot Fictional Boys that makes us fall in love while reading their stories, right? And we couldn't forget about them! So here's my list of hot Fictional Boys of 2013 from books I've read this year.

Daemon Black from the Lux Series won my heart from the very first page of Lux.
Although the second book in the series was my favorite, I would love Daemon in every single book. And that means that I love him in Origin. 
So if you haven't met him yet... what are you waiting for?

Sometimes, in a book like White Hot Kiss, the reader may be torn between the two boys that are in the life of the main character. 
Zayne is the sweet, good boy here. The responsible one. He's been in love with the main character since forever, but they cannot be together due to Layla's nature. So sad, heart-breaking and bound to win's the reader's heart.
But, then you met demon Roth. He's what you could say a hot, bad boy and he won my heart the very first time he smiled at Layla and "saved" her. I simply love him.
So sorry, but my decision was made long ago... I'm forever Team Roth. Sorry, Zayne.

Cam Hamilton is simply hot, sweet, patient and... perfect! I have to thank Jennifer L. Armentrout for creating such swoony, hot and perfect fictional boys. I want them all. It's simple. What do I want this Christmas? Check my Fictional Boy list and you're going to nail it. Specially, Ms. Armentrout's boys.
Back to Cam. I couldn't get him out of my head after reading Wait For You and then we get his side of the story in Trust In Me. Simply. Amazing. If you haven't met him, please do it.

I couldn't miss the mafia family that won my heart thanks to Rachel Van Dyken. Nixon Abandonatto might be my kind of guy: bad boy, bossy and pierced. Yeah, I know. I cannot have any problems, right? Well, actually I do. We also met in the first book of the Eagle Elite series Chase, Nixon's cousin, that also happens to be in love with the main character, Tracey. While Nixon is labeled in your head as a jackass, Nixon is what you could call the good one. Taking to account that all of them are in a mafia family. So good boy in mafia terms. You finish the first book with the heart divided: you don't really know if you are Team Nixon or Team Chase. But then in Elect, while most girls fell definitely in love with Nixon for his dangerous sacrifice for the love of his life, I couldn't help it but fell in love with Chase. He was there all the time for Tracey, took care of her and his love is a little bit less aggressive than Nixon's. I don't know. What I mean is I am Team Chase. So yeah... I'm a little brokenhearted.

Have you ever liked the really bad guy of any story? I don't mean the bad guy who turns out to have a heart and becomes the good guy. I mean the bad guy. The scary one that kidnaps the girl from the good guy. That's what I mean. I always said: Hell to the no. But the Kresley Cole wrote Endless Knight and now I said Hell to the no, with a little exception: Aric.
In the very beginning of the Arcana Chronicles I was definitely and without a doubt Team Jack, but then... Oh, boy, then I really met Aric in Endless Knight. Or in The Arcana Chronicles also known as Death. Yep, that one card with the deadly touch. 
I discovered a lot of unraveling truths some of them broke my heart and some of them made it beat faster, and after finishing the second book in the series I was torn between the two boys. I'll have to read the third one (hope that this will be soon. Please *insert cry here*) to decide.

Speaking of bad guys... Another novel written by Jennifer L. Armentrout with a bad, hot guy that I fell in love with: Hunter. I couldn't believe I fell for an Arum and I was OMG I refuse to like him (since I first read the Lux series), but damn it was way too hard. And I couldn't resist him. Sorry, Luxen. I fell so torn now between the two alien races... 
And Hunter definitely bring a clear definition to dangerous hot mess. 

Well, ladies... Isaiah is my favorite boy from Pushing The Limits. Their story is what I like to call an epic and unforgettable one, and just quoting Logan makes me want to read Rachel and Isaiah's story again and again:

"A debt, a villain, speed and bad odds. This is something I definitely want to be part of."

I loved Ryan. He's sweet and troubled. I really liked him. And Noah? Sweet Fictional Boys! Of Course I wouldn't miss them. But Isaiah's story was my favorite, and that's why I chose him first. Although I cannot promise that next year he would be my first pick after reading West's story. Sorry, but so many boys so choose. Can I have them all?

Rush Finlay from Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines is without a doubt my favorite boy from the Rosemary Beach series. I was lucky to read the three books in a row. Without waiting a single day. Lucky me, because the ending of the first book in the Too Far series? I almost have a heart attack. A real one! And the second book would be my favorite one. And then the third made impossible to forget about Rush Finlay.

Ryan Hunter from Play With Me was the boy that made me want to read more romantic stories. I re-read his story and fell all over again for him. And his side of the story in Ryan Hunter? *sigh* Definitely the perfect teenage boy with a mature side and an aching for a girl he can't have... until now. Yep, his story is one of my favorites and I also labeled an epic one.

Henry and James from The Goddess Test Series by Aimée Carter also won my heart and a place in my Fictional Boys list. Aimée Carter created a tortured character who seeks love and mixed it up with a mythological story that blew my mind. You are bound to love this character and definitely start to see Hades, god of the Underworld, a little bit different (in a good way!).
But there's also James. The one that begs Kate to not do the test. The handsome boy who seems to have a thing for her and that also "played" with Henry's last wife: Persephone. 
I hate to feel torn like this, but I couldn't help it... So I chose them both! *wink*.

Chase and Chad Gamble from Tempting The Best Man and Tempting The Player by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I told you! I don't know how she does it, but I love her male characters. Well... adore and want them all would be more accurate. 
Chase was a little bit frustrating at some point. I wanted to smack him and told him to kiss the girl once and for all and stop breaking my heart, 'cause after Rush Finlay's heart attack I couldn't afford another one.
Chad, on the other hand, brought a smile to my lips every single time. He also was a little bit frustrating. I think that's a Gamble quality only. But he was not as frustrating as his little brother. So I can say that I love him a tiny little bit more. Bit no big difference. I still want them all *wink*.

Harrison Yates from A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers, brought hot, frustrating and intense to another level. How can they create so much sexual tension? Come on! I couldn't even take it!
So apart from being the knight in shining armor, trying to keep Sam safe, he's inhumanly hot, eye candy, sweet and what I like to call a perfect boyfriend material. 
He and Lisa also created another level of frustration for me, but I can forgive them, 'cause they made this story my favorite one from the A Little Too Far series.

Sometimes we choose a book by its cover. I know. I do it, sometimes. So I couldn't miss the Top 12 book covers that I loved this year and made me want to read the book.