Thursday, November 30, 2017

His Possession by Anna Bloom #BookReview

I am back with another book review!! This time, it is for Anna Bloom's newest release!! His Possession is a wonderful book about a Hollywood superstar and her bodyguard. She is in danger, and her once trusted bodyguard has returned to keep her safe.

We get taken through a journey of her getting a new start, coming to grips with her past, and finding out what she genuinely wants from life. The journey is full of drama, intrigue, passion, sadness, and happiness. It is a wild ride. I will warn, it includes drug use, so if that is a sensitive topic for you, beware.

I think by the end of this book, you will love the characters and be cheering them on. In certain places, it is hard to love them, but they have redeeming qualities. This book features some plot twists that will probably catch you by surprise. It is entertaining and the ending is satisfying in an unexpected way. I don't think it ended how I had anticipated, but it fits.

This is a well written book, and I think you will love it. Read on to learn more about this book, the author, the prequel to this book, and to find out where to get the prequel and this book! Enjoy! 


Book: His Possession
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: 28th November


Synopsis
She was Hollywood’s golden child.
But ever since Sophia Jennings' best friend left her without so much as an explanation, life has spiralled out of control. With her career in tatters and having barely survived ninety days of sobriety, the last thing Sophia wants is to have old wounds ripped open.
He was her protector.
But ever since he walked away, Blake Henderson has lived an empty existence. It only takes one glance at Sophia for five years distance to melt away. Only she’s not the same girl anymore and he quickly realizes his return to Hollywood was his biggest mistake yet.
With a new threat looming, and Sophie lost in an existence she never wanted to live, can Blake save the vivacious young woman who once had the world at her feet? Or will the two of them lead each other on a dark path of self-destruction as they discover just how far obsession goes and what the true cost of possession is?


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Meet the Author
A book hoarder and coffee addict by heart Anna Bloom loves to write extraordinary stories about real love. Based south of London with her husband, three children and a dog with a beard, Anna likes to connect with readers, fan girl over her favourite authors and binge watch Supernatural while drinking lots of wine.
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What I need you to know... I received an ARC of this book, in return for an HONEST review. I was not paid to say anything. All opinions are my honest opinions.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Duke #FunnyFriday

Welcome to this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write five captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Minette of Southern Belle Charm.


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1. Duke: Just five more minutes!

2. Duke: You want me to walk further?! That will cost you a Milk bone.

3. Duke: Mommmm, whyyyyyyy?! Can we just stop walking now?! Do we really need to walk more?! I mean, we have to be a solid ten feet from the porch. That is enough walking right?!

4. Duke: If you insist on bringing me to the vet, you will have to carry me. I will not aid in this. The last time you took me there, well, we just won't discuss that.

5. Duke: Must take a quick nap. That Thanksgiving feast wore me out. So. Much. Chewing.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Selkie's Tale by Nara Malone #BookReview

I am back with another book review!! This one was so out of my book wheelhouse!! I have this love hate thing going with Sci-fi and fantasy. I either love it or I hate it. There is no in between. So, when something is Sci-fi or similar... I will either completely love it, or completely hate it. When it comes to books, I tend to stay away from all things Sci-fi and fantasy. I have not even read the Harry Potter books. I do plan on reading them, so do not hate me too much. I had to watch the movies and LOVE them, before I decided I needed to read the books.

So, since I am not huge fan of fantasy types of books, I was a bit nervous reading this book. However, I am here to tell you that Nara Malone did an amazing job writing this book. I feel like I want to read it one more time, so things that I am confused on, make more sense. I struggled to really understand this magical land the book brought me to, but I loved it. I never once wanted to stop reading.

The book takes place in the span of one day, and it brings you on quite a ride. I think you will fall in love with the characters, and find yourself cheering them on, and hoping they get to spend forever together. I thought the ending was going to be a sad thing, but it turned out awesome. It was just all around really good.

Are you like me, and struggle with Sci-fi or fantasy?! I think you should give this book a try. The author does such a great job making this fantasy world seem real. The characters are wonderful. It is just all around really good. It is extra steamy, so be warned!

Want to know more?! Keep reading for a synopsis of the story, an excerpt from the book, information about the author, and where to find a copy of your own!!



Book: The Selkie's Tale
Author: Nara Malone
Genre: Virtual Reality/Romance
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Synopsis
Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie, summon seal across the ocean, summon man from beast—liquid keys to break the curse. Freed one night every seven years, Ronin is doomed to repeat that cycle into eternity. Unless he can find a woman powerful enough to resist a selkie’s irresistible pheromones and sex magick.
Maille believes she lost reality between Maine and New Mexico. Between where she is now and where she should be. She believes in facts, not magick. But facts can’t explain how she wound up naked on a beach with the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Or how she knows in her bones that losing herself in the passion Ronin offers is a path to disaster.
It’s going to be a long, hot, wet night. Caught between sex magick and a sexy selkie, disaster is inevitable for Maille. To break the enchantment she has to rely on the oldest magick of all—the power of love-drenched hearts.

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Author Bio
Whether it's a shapeshifter romance exploring the primal power of the wild feminine, or BDSM romance where love digs into a character's shadows, Nara believes romance should open the door and push lovers into a new dimension: sexually, emotionally, and sometimes physically. 
Nara Malone is an award winning novelist and poet. As a freelance journalist and writer, her feature profiles on women entrepreneurs and her romantic short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.
Nara lives on a small farm in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When she's not writing, she loves to run, hike, bike, and kayak. Every story she tells incorporates her love of animals, nature, and adventure.


An Excerpt From: THE SELKIE’S TALE
Copyright © NARA MALONE, 2013
Tears.
Ronin was so tuned to the presence of a woman’s tears that he could swear he heard them fall. While hearing a tear hit the surf on the other side of the ocean was a stretch, there could be no mistaking the scent or the taste. Each woman’s tears were unique. These tasted of secrets and sorrow. Ronin held each on his tongue, decoding subtle clues and catching one after another.
Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie. Liquid key that broke the curse for one night. Sunset to dawn.
Ronin had twelve hours exactly on this night of Mabon, the autumnal equinox.
Obsidian black with foaming mane and tail, his liquid steed bucked and galloped across the Atlantic in the time it took a cloud to glide across the face of the rising moon. At the edge of Wolf Harbor, his ride dissolved into thrashing breakers along the jetty.
Seven tears summoned the beast across the ocean, carried the selkie to his intended on enchanted waters. Seven tears summoned man from beast.
The scent and taste of her—cool and crisp as new snow—washed through him, renewing his withered spirit. A vision of her tear-streaked face, framed in a wild mane of dark locks, was like a sun rising in his heart. Her need gave him power. Her hunger drove him up on the rocky barrier.
Metamorphosis clamped him in its jaws. Transforming Ronin form seal to man. He writhed and moaned like some great sea slug, belly down in a kelp pile. Bones shattered and reformed. Skin spilt at the seams until at last he crawled from the prison of his pelt. All indignities and agonies made bearable by the promise of holding her.
Growing taller with each breath, Ronin scrambled to his feet. Nothing equaled the sheer exhilaration and power of standing erect.
Ronin reached to the sky, and turning to face each of the four sacred directions, he named the elements. “Earth, wind, fire, water, I bow to your power. I am nothing on my own. Embrace the frailties and powers of this human form. Lend me your strength as I do the Goddess’s will.”
The wind carried a wolf song from shore. Tipping his head back, Ronin turned toward the moon, his voice rising to unite in song with his shape-shifting cousins. None but a being who walked the earth as both human and beast would recognize the subtle tonal differences and encrypted messages that signified the human souls beneath those canid hides. The pack leader’s solo answer welcomed Ronin ashore and promised no interference with his mission.
Satisfied, Ronin shook out his long hair and turned to face the wind. Heavy locks whipped back from his face and fanned out across his shoulders. A wave broke, colliding with the boulder he perched on. The resonant boom vibrated in his bones, cold spray making him shiver.
Maybe it was the remnants of the storm spinning up turbulence. Maybe it was the moodiness of autumn setting in, or maybe because it had been longer than usual since he’d last tumbled in clean sheets with a willing female, but tonight felt different.
Heat emanated from the water. Power dissipated by the goings-on at Shadowling, the magickal manor perched on the cliffs. The priestesses and their servants would be celebrating the Mabon, but the woman on the beach was not of them. Her tears didn’t carry the telltale electric zap of power. If she had power, it was dormant yet. Her summons had been born of innocent despair.
As such she was tonight’s innocent recipient of his eternal penance.
Shrugging off the mood, Ronin stashed his pelt under a cairn of loose rocks and dove back into the water. He had eleven hours and fifty minutes left. He wasn’t going to waste one second more than he had to. Still, he had to proceed cautiously.
She’d summoned him without knowing he existed, or the workings of his enchantment. Most women didn’t embrace strange men who walked naked from the surf.
Pity, that.


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What I need you to know... I was given an ARC of this book to read, and write an honest review. I was not paid to say anything, and everything I said above is my honest opinion.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Till Forever by Elena Matthews #BookReview

So, I was given this great opportunity to read an amazing book, and tell you all about it! Plus, included in this post, is not only my review, but so many awesome extras, so please stay with me here. I need to ramble for a few minutes.

I never give away too much information in my reviews. I try to tell you if the book is good or not, if the characters are well developed, how steamy it is, and maybe some other important details. As for the plot, I do my best to never spoil anything. Now, I am not trying to give spoilers of this book, but I do want to point out a few things. 

When I enter into books, I try to know as little as possible going it. It makes it a better read for me. Everything is a surprise. So, I knew very little going into this book, and I am grateful for that, though for once a bit of a warning may have been nice. However, even knowing what I know now, I would still have read this book. 

If you have read my blogs, or know me at all, chances are you know that in 2003, I gave birth to a daughter way too early, and her tiny little body just was not strong enough. She is my guardian angel in Heaven, and I miss her every day. I will always miss her. If you have experienced the same or similar, or if you just struggle with this sort of event, you may want to think before you read this book. The very beginning, we experience Tyler and Mia's loss of their daughter Erika with them, and that theme is woven into the fabric of the entire book.

There were a few moments in the beginning, when I almost walked away, but I didn't and I am glad that I didn't. Another thing I should mention... Again, as you probably know if you know me... My mum is battling Metastatic Breast Cancer. She is a warrior. There is mention of cancer in this book, and if that is a hard subject for you, then you may want to give a few moments thought if you can handle it.

With these warnings given, I encourage you to read on.

This book was fabulous. It is honestly a five star book. I do not like to give star ratings within my review, because I feel everyone has different standards, and my five star may not be your five star, and vice versa. However, I feel like I just need to say that I loved this book that much. 

You know by now, how important character development and plot are, for me in books, and this book scores an A plus on both. It is just that great. It is good enough, that I happily read about subjects that are not necessarily comfortable for me, and I do not regret doing so.

You will absolutely fall in love with these characters. The main ones and the supporting ones. You will be thoroughly entertained by the plot. You will feel emotions, good and bad. You will not want to put it down, until you are done reading it, and then you will wish it were not over. Though, the ending will satisfy you. It is a complete book. 

I highly recommend this book. It takes us on a journey with husband and wife Tyler and Mia, and we see just what their marriage can withstand, and just how much they will fight for each other, or against each other. This book has plenty of steamy parts. If you love for a book to be steamy, this one will certainly satisfy your need for steamy romance. However, if you aren't so into that, this is still the book for you. Just simply skim over those parts. This book has such depth and weight, beyond the steamy love scenes.

Do yourself a favor, and get this book. I genuinely think you will thank me later.

Now, if you continue reading, Bare Naked Words and Elena Matthews, have loads of awesomeness for you. You will find a book synopsis, an excerpt from the book, information on the author, information on where to get a copy for yourself, a music play list to accompany the book, and a link for a giveaway! Like I said, so much awesomeness!! 

Thank you for joining me for another book review!! Happy reading!!


Till Forever by Elena Matthews 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover designer: Okay Creations 
Cover photographer: Sara Eirew
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Synopsis: 

When you marry your soul mate, it’s supposed to last forever. 
Tyler and Mia Bailey are blissfully married, living out their dreams…until a soul-shattering devastation breaks them apart, forcing Mia to walk away from their happily ever after. After months of separation and silence, Tyler is finally ready to fight for the love of his life, but Mia is trying to move on, and her resistance to her husband’s charms will prove to be the biggest battle he’s ever had to face. It was supposed to be till forever…but forever might be just out of their reach.

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Excerpt –
© 2017 by Elena Matthews
I turn and head over to Alex on the dance floor to say good-bye. When she finds my eyes wandering the space around me, she tells me that Mia went inside to grab a drink. However, when I go in search of her, I come up empty. Reluctantly, I order an Uber before heading to the bathroom since the four beers I consumed are making me feel as if I could piss a river.
Thankfully, there isn’t a line when I get to the bathroom, so I open the door. As I swing the door open, I startle when I realize a chick is in here, doing her business.
“Shit, I’m so sorry,” is my automatic response.
After taking a quick second glance, I see that it’s Mia.
So, this is where she disappeared to.
Her face is one of alarm as she scrambles to cover herself, but I don’t miss the redness around her eyes and the tear streaks along her rosy cheeks. Ignoring the scowl I see aimed my way, I step inside and close the door behind me, locking it.
“Jesus, Tyler,” she grumbles with annoyance as she quickly wipes herself before standing, pulling her panties up and allowing the dress to fall back into place, smoothing it down with her hands. “You ever heard of knocking?”
You ever heard of locking the door? I don’t say this. I simply ignore her quip and focus on her raw red eyes that make my heart clench.
“Have you been crying?” I ask attentively, taking a step toward her.
She sighs irritably as she flushes the toilet and closes the seat before walking over to the sink where she begins the process of washing her hands. “No, I’m fine,” she says with a tone that sounds anything but fine.
“Mia?” I step over to her until I’m standing behind her, staring at her reflection in the mirror where she purposely tries to avoid my eyes.
She sniffs, sucking her bottom lip into her mouth, a sign that tells me she’s upset but trying to hold the emotion back.
“I know when my wife’s been crying,” I state confidently, taking in her sad eyes. When seconds pass and only silence greets my ears, I gently whisper, “Baby, what is it?”
She visibly flinches at my words, and as she turns the faucet off, she looks up to the ceiling, breathing heavily. Her eyes flutter closed, her wet hands fiercely gripping hold of the sink.
“You.” There’s a hard edge to her voice, one that chips away at my heart.
“Me?”
“Yes, you,” she grits out, fuming.
Instead of stepping away from her obvious ire, I instinctively step closer.
She gives out a shuddery breath before laying into me good, glaring at me through the mirror. “I’ve waited two months for you to put your money where your mouth is, and as the days passed without a single word from you, I started to think that maybe your drunken vow to fight for me was just bullshit. When that realization sank in, I tried anything not to think of you and just focus on me. And you want to know something? It was working. I was pushing through the depression, finally feeling like me again, finally feeling like, maybe, I could get through the next days without having the constant reminder of what I’d lost. That was when I realized I didn’t need you. That my life didn’t revolve around you, that I could survive without you. I felt like I was slowly moving on with my life.
“Then, tonight, you unexpectedly turned up, and everything I’d felt went straight out of the goddamn window the instant I set eyes on your stupid, beautiful, perfect face.
“Two months, Tyler. Where the fuck have you been?”
She’s breathing heavily, and her eyes are filled with angry tears, but she doesn’t give me a chance to explain. “I want to hate you, slap you, hit you, anything that involves hurting you, but instead, all I want to do is…” She pauses, dragging her teeth over her bottom lip, her eyes filled with obvious turmoil before she lets them fall shut.
I move stealthily closer until my chest is pressed up against her back, both hands on her hips, unable to resist touching her in some way. Just feeling her between my fingertips is everything. She remains silent, her facial expression tormented.
“What do you want to do?” I breathe in her ear.
I don’t miss the way she shivers against me. Her eyes flutter back open, and her stare meets mine in the reflection of the mirror. As well as seeing anger, I see passion. Pure, hot, unadulterated passion.
“I want to slam my lips onto yours. I want to lose myself in your touch. I want you so much.” The words come out on a husky whisper.
My fingers grasp her hips, my cock turning rock fucking hard within an instant.
“You can do both—hate me and kiss me,” I urge, pushing my hips into her ass. “Take your anger out on me, on my lips, on my cock…”
A moan escapes her lips, and my fingers drift lower until they meet her bare thigh just below her dress.
“You can be as rough as you want.” I forcibly dig my fingers against her thigh, showing exactly how rough with my touch alone. “I want your wrath, baby. Give it to me.”


Other books in the series:
Our Forever (Our Forever book 1)
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Meet the Author:
Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.

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What?! #FlyOnTheWall

Welcome to February's Fly on the Wall Round-Up. This is a blogging challenge, hosted by Karen of Baking in a Tornado, where bloggers get...