Tethered Through Time by B.A. Dillon *Giveaway

Posted: April 29, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Title: Tethered Through Time

Series: Time #1

Author: B.A. Dillon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 19, 2014

When it is time for souls to meet, there is nothing on earth that can prevent it from happening. That’s what Emma Finch realizes after her first encounter with Luke Myers. A confirmed bachelor and undercover cop, Luke has made his job his life. Since his first love died tragically in a car accident, Luke hasn’t been seriously interested in anyone … until he meets Emma.

Emma is navigating life after her husband of 24 years dies suddenly. Her days as a middle school guidance counselor are filled with hormonal teenagers, while her nights are interrupted by a dream stuck on repeat. A chance meeting with the mystifying detective at a Memorial Day barbeque leaves Emma staring into the same grey eyes that haunt her slumber night after night. She knows her…

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Down To You by Addison Kline ~Review~

Posted: April 5, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Posted: April 5, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make…

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Review by B.A. DillonHEA

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.
Have you ever wondered if Cupid really exists?
Michelle Irwin puts a sweet and happy spin on the idea and delivers a romantic comedy that is easy to love. The story centers around Becca, a free spirit, hospital medical secretary, who’s passion is fueled by her love of photography. Although single and without a family, Becca lives in the moment and seems at peace with the direction of her life. Evan, destined to roam the earth as a cupid, is a sweet and lively guy using his deep sensitivity to pair soul mates. Assigned to guide Becca to her one true love, we are treated to a beautiful romance and plenty of laugh out loud moments.
Ms. Irwin has developed a storyline that moves well through both internal monologues and dialogue about characters that are easy to care about. Both Becca and Evan have a rich history and their interaction with one another will have readers rooting for them the entire way. The dialogue is both sweet and witty, and there are moments of rich passion and complete hysterics. I love secondary characters, and my only disappointment in this story is Evan’s character has no one but Becca. I needed someone to add another dimension to his existence in Becca’s world. We had a few moments of Becca’s relationship with Cathy – and I would have liked a little more there as well. Cathy added comic relief and I wanted a lot more of her! The love triangle breathes life into what could have been just simple romantic tale. The writing is seamless, and I found myself captured by the story, reading well past my bedtime!
Pick up this delightful story full of love and promise – that left me wondering – is everyone’s love life guided by Cupid?!

cant love you moreReview by Lizzie M.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Quinn’s debut novel is one that Gone Readin’ happily recommends to those who love a tragic love story. The story behind the relationships Braelyn has with both Aiden and Gabe develops through a few surprises that will bubble up a few stray tears and tug on your heartstrings. It is gripping and heart breaking and it definitely offers enough angst for one love story. However, Can’t Love You More starts off a bit slow, and I found it difficult to engage for the first few chapters. But once invested in the characters and story, I finished the last two-thirds of the book in one sitting.

The characters are developed well, and I found myself rooting for everyone’s happiness. I love secondary characters because they breathe life into the principal parts, but there were A LOT of them. At times, names were dropped and I couldn’t remember who they were. I also liked that the story moved through dialogue. There wasn’t a ton of internal monologues, and the characters interacted at a perfect pace. The storyline is a fairly typical “young love” tale. For those looking for a novel in this genre minus the sex – you have a good option here. I think the author’s goal was to really develop a story based on the growing feelings the characters were discovering about themselves as well as each other. The plot is well thought out and a bit deceiving. All the relationships are pretty unique. Most romance books are saturated with so much sex, that it is hard to comprehend how the characters can function without that element, but that is nowhere to be found in this novel. My favorite part of this book was the shift in time and POV. Several chapters shift from the past to present day, to a few months earlier, or to a completely different POV. That’s what gave life to these characters – seeing them interact at different moments in their lives, and hearing another’s POV. Finally, there is some evidence that Quinn is a first-time published author, but nothing a great editor couldn’t correct.

Overall, I loved the premise of this book. Unfortunately the execution fell a bit flat. I liked the story and characters but felt the first few chapters didn’t suck me in, giving me that moment of “I can’t put this book down.” I need a visceral reaction to the characters – love them, hate them, even indifference. The bottom line – I have to react. I had a tough time doing that in this book. I wanted to hate Aiden, but couldn’t, and I just never fell in love with Braelyn. It’s a pleasant story and I’m more than curious how Quinn will tie up all the loose ends in her next book. Although not a cliffhanger – we are definitely left with a few questions! Sabrina Quinn’s debut novel, Can’t Love You More is a solid 4 star read – and I anxiously await the next installment.

 

forever with meSo sad to see this series come to an end …

Plain and simple – I am IN LOVE with the Montgomery family. Once again Kristen Proby delivers another romance trifecta. Dom and Alecia’s tale is a sweet story with lots of dialogue, a hot and sexy story full of love, and writing so seamless I gobbled it up in one sitting. Dom is strong, self-assured, and beautifully sexy. Alecia is strong-willed, yet somewhat vulnerable. Alecia’s backstory is quite interesting, softening her tough exterior. I am glad the plot isn’t a repeat of previous storylines, but felt the story itself was crammed into fewer pages and lacked the touching scenes the rest of the series has. Basically, their love felt rushed. Therefore, I never became as invested in Dom and Alecia’s story like I am with the rest of the family. I was so happy to finally witness Will and Meg’s nuptials – but wanted more. The family’s involvement in prepping the scene for the wedding was touching. I especially enjoyed listening to the brothers while they worked together. Proby’s Montgomery family is an incredible cast of characters. Her use of previous couples roots the story in a believable romance centered on life commitments. No spoilers from this reviewer, but I wasn’t crazy about Matt and Nic’s moment at the ballpark. It kind of came out of “left field” since there was never much reference to baseball throughout the entire series.

What topped this story off was the epilogue – an ending truly fitting for this wonderful family. I enjoyed getting a look at the entire crew ten years in the future and listening to Steven narrate their journey. There’s no way to say good-bye and I’m hoping Ms. Proby will give us a bit more from the Montgomery family on her blog and in a few shorts in the future. BRAVO, Ms. Proby and thank you for taking your readers on a marvelous journey!

The Ilia Stone by RJ Loom

Posted: February 3, 2015 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

Review by Lizzie M.Ilia Stone

Nia Williams could never have imagined the way her ordinary life would be turned upside down after the death of her grandfather. A chance find unwittingly has her discovering the truth of an ancient Greek myth, plunging her into a world where the legends she only read about in her history books become her reality. Plagued with a strange link to others’ past, she follows the path of an ancient artifact around the world and throughout time as it reveals its story to guide her to contain powers once thought lost to the rise of modern religion. Two men affected by the artifact vie for her allegiance; Gabriel, a man haunted by his own past, and smooth talking Viktor who wants Nia to embrace a life she never imagined.

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. Loom has blended several genres together and created an edgy, humorous, dark paranormal romance with a side of Greek mythology. What a concoction! At Gone Readin’ we always look for the perfect trifecta: character development, seamless storytelling, and intriguing plot twists that keep us guessing. This one folks is most definitely a winner!
Ms. Loom has done a phenomenal job creating characters we love to love and yes, love to hate. Nia is clearly a multi-dimensional character with strength yet vulnerability. The love triangle fashioned by Loom leaves you guessing, and hoping for a perfect outcome. Viktor and Gabriel are an interesting pairing of characters that offer depth to Nia. It doesn’t hurt that the men are hot and intelligent – offering a dose of humor at that perfect moment.
The storytelling is incredible, not missing a beat – even with the genre mash-up. The flashbacks offer a whole other layer to the story that adds to the development of Nia’s character. There’s no rote formula followed here, but instead a unique and twisted plot that leaves you begging for more. We’re left with somewhat of a cliffhanger, but there’s good news at the end – a little sneak peak at what’s up next. It will leave you wondering – who’s coming for the stone next.
The Ilia Stone by new author, RJ Loom, is simply a diamond in the rough.

FALLEN by Ann Hunter

Posted: January 28, 2015 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

Reviewed by Ameena Z.Fallen

“Once upon a time, I fell in love. Madly, deeply. With my whole being. I’d do anything for the girl who robbed me of my heart.
I tried to save her…
But Darkness came. The ban sidhe, Crwys, death herself, wants me for her own. She thinks I am someone from her past, and she will not rest until I submit.
I have secrets. Some I can barely live with myself for, and every night I dream of two women. One I cannot save, the other I cannot escape….”
–Prince Sylas of Killeagh

Ann Hunter has written a wonderful tale in her fantastical retelling of the Frog and the Princess. The story begins with Prince Sylas running off to avoid an arranged marriage. Like many royals his bride has been decided by the families. On his journey, he encounters a band of robbers who kidnap him and hold him for ransom. The leader of this group is Laittie, and after one kiss between the captor and the prince, they have “fallen.” During this time, Sylas’ grandfather, a man Sylas loves and reveres, has been called upon by death, Crwys. Cryws is the woman who takes the lives of those whose time has come to an end. Sylas, who loves his grandfather, takes his place. From here the story shoots off on wild ride of fate, courage, understanding power, and the meaning of life.

As I ventured into this story I wondered “wait, they have met, are in love so what is this story going to be about?” Hunter weaves a tale of a fantastical world that literally blends between the realms of the living and non-living. She has painted a story of love, fealty, revenge, toil, death and friendship. I was very impressed with this story as the characters are so richly developed. The plot moves along at a decent pace considering its complexity and style of writing. What I liked most is at each corner is the twist. As soon as you thought you knew where Hunter might go with the prince’s life she makes an expected turn. If you love fantasy fiction, this book is for you!

 

Falling Away Teaser Post(one day left)

Posted: January 5, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow…

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Top Ten(ish) Books I Read in 2014

Posted: January 2, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Reminder: This list refers to books I read in 2014, not necessarily books that were published only in 2014.

This year many of my favorite books were not what I would necessarily call “best” books but they were books I thought were fun to read. They are perhaps not for everyone. Therefore I divide them by genre.

Best Literary Fiction

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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This powerful, emotionally affecting and unforgettable story takes place in the Nazi period, but the focus is more on the impact of Nazism on non-Jews, and in particular, on the German children it was supposed to benefit. The author enables us to imagine vividly what it was like to be alive at that time, subject to the same piercing fears and privations, facing the same obstacles and moral dilemmas, and confronted with both the depths of depravity and the heights of…

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