Desert Skies, Rebel Souls – M.P. Tonnesen – Blog Tour

I am so happy that M.P. Tonnesen asked me to be part of the blog for her new novel Desert Skies, Rebel Souls.

I even get to share one of my favorite scenes with you, but first how about you read the blurb below, and feast your eyes on that gorgeous cover!

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BLURB

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.
Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music of the nineties and stunning scenery – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

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Exclusive excerpt from Desert Skies, Rebel Souls 

It was a tiny tree with delicate leaves, the size of her thumb nail on the small of her back, only for the few select to see. The tree of life. It was more a symbolic act, a rite of passage, than a visual display. Nevertheless, she had a lengthy discussion with the tattoo artist about the exact design. Because it symbolised the meaning of her name – as well as Chaim’s – it had to reflect her personality, rather than be some stylistic logo. The process was painful. The tattooist was disturbingly high on something other than life; Rage Against the Machine were blaring Killing in the Name out of the speakers; and the fact that blood ensued freaked her out even more. In her naivety she had just thought some kind of special permanent felt tip pen would be used. To top off the whole experience, Lola fainted and hit the floor when it was her turn to go under the buzzing needle. Quel drame!

The end result was spectacular and worth it. Olivia thought of her little tattoo as an elaborate beauty spot; a subtle sign that would become an integral part of her and who she was; a new and improved Olivia; her love for Chaim carved into her forever.

 

Despite its limited size, she freaked out by the time the girls got back to the kibbutz.
“It’s so permanent! It can never be redone!”
“Calm down, Liv. It’s beautiful – and tiny.” Lola stroked her shoulder and gave her an encouraging smile.
“What if I regret it one day? What if… What if I have to go to a gala at the queen’s palace?” Highly unlikely, but still a possibility. What would people think? What would her parents say? She could vividly imagine her mother’s reaction! “Catin” she would call her. Her mother was not too posh to call her own daughter a trollop.

“But they won’t even be able to see it!” Hannah sighed. “Are you going to wear a backless dress to see the queen?”

Olivia realised how ridiculous she was being. Yet it was not till she saw Chaim that she calmed down. She revealed the dainty artwork to him slowly that night, taking care not to bother the sore skin covered in a thin layer of protective cream.

“I love it. It looks like an olive tree.” She could hear the smile in his voice behind her. “You can’t kill an olive tree, you know. They live on for thousands of years.”

He gently kissed the small of her back around her tattoo then continued up her spine, nuzzled her neck, before turning her around to face him, their foreheads locked together.

“You and me forever, ahuvati.” Their lips met in the softest of kisses.

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I mean swoon, right?! Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is available now, get your copy from the links below!

Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK KindleAmazon US Paperback|Amazon UK PaperbackiBooks | Kobo | B&N Nook

Blog Tour 

Don’t forget to stop by and check out TripFiction and Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews and Cherry Blossom Reads for more thoughts on “Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and be sure to check out the rest of the wonderful blogs on this tour!

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A huge thank you to M.P. Tonnesen for sending me her wonderful book, be sure to check it out, my review will be up later today!

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The Fortunate Ones


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Title: The Fortunate Ones

Author: R.S. Grey

Rating

Release Date November 1st 2017

Goodreads

Synopsis

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment. 

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

Review

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, R.S. Grey writes such incredible, heartwarming stories, and she’s become one my absolute favorite rom-com writers.

Her latest book “The Fortunate Ones” is another hit for me, and I have to be perfectly honest, I didn’t even read the blurb for “The Fortunate Ones”, I just signed up to receive the ARC straight away, because I have complete and total faith in R.S. Grey and her abilities to swoon my cynical heart.

The Fortunate Ones did not disappoint at all. It was a great read with the warmth, the steamy scenes, but most importantly the love and the wit, I’ve become accustomed to from R.S. Grey’s books.

Brooke, according to herself, is a country club cabana girl, and she’s not a fan of the fortunate ones at the country club. I love that despite the fact that she’s not a big fan of her job, she is extremely focused and gives a 100 percent.  Once again I found myself really identifying with the main character, R.S. Grey knows how to write about millennial women that’s for sure!

The language is great and fits the story so well, it describes the various settings perfectly, without being too dense or heavy with information.

And can I just say how I love the way Brooke responds to other women, she might not always like some of the women that she meets, but it never becomes ugly, and she is respectful at all times, I really liked that.

Brooke can, at times, be so set in her own opinions, and too independent, and just a tad bit stubborn (see what I mean about relatable characters?) for her own good, but her upbringing has shaped her, and she refuses to put aside her own hopes and aspirations for anyone. While I at times just wanted to grab her at the shoulders sometimes and scream:  WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, it pleased me to no end that she did not turn into the usual cliché of a girl who gives up everything for a man (I’m looking at you Joey Potter, throwing away the chance to study in Paris, because of Dawson of all people). 

Enter James Ashwood, a stunning entrepreneur, a technical guru, adorned by his peers and frequently seen with stunning women flocking around him.

Brooke, however, has heard some things about him, for instance that he is: “A royal asshole, a major dick, big tipper, loves luxury and beautiful women”, and unlike the rest of the staff at Twin Oaks Country Club, Brooke is not head over heels for James. Well, that’s not true, she just doesn’t want to admit it to her sister Ellie, and her friend Marissa. Instead she goes out of her way to avoid him.

Avoiding him doesn’t work.

Neither Brooke nor James can hide their attraction towards each other, and when they finally give into this attraction, WOAH. These two are so compatible and trust me, you’ll be clutching your iPad/kindle to your chest, trying to contain your emotions, when they fight and then make up, their chemistry is off the charts.

Unfortunately it’s not enough to just have great chemistry, their everyday lives turn out to be a lot less compatible. You see, there’s a bit of age gap between them. Brooke is 25, James is 36, and their five-year plans do not at all circle around the same values and goals etc., which means that they butt heads a lot.

This story might seem like your typical rich business man falls for completely normal woman, boom love. It’s not, instead it’s such a refreshing take on this story, and it doesn’t rely on clichés to tell a story.

The characters will frustrate you, they will annoy you, you’ll want to throw your book somewhere in frustration, because goodness me. James can be a major dick, and Brooke, a stubborn ass, and you just sit back and wish for them to actually say what they mean.

But that’s what makes it so good, the fighting, the frustrations, the angst, the longing, the attraction and everything in between, and it IS SO GOOD.

If you enjoy romance, witty writing and wonderful characters, make sure to pick up this book. I can’t wait to see what’s next from R.S. Grey

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.

 

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, THE FORTUNATE ONES, is available now! Read a sneak peek below and be sure to pick up your copy today!

 

 About THE FORTUNATE ONES

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

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“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

I step back, and he follows.

He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

I cross my arms and glance away.

“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.

 

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Release Week Blitz – The Fortunate Ones

THE FORTUNATE ONES by R.S. Grey releases November 1st and you can now preorder your copy for just .99c before the price goes up on release day! Find out more about THE FORTUNATE ONES below and preorder your copy today!

 

 About THE FORTUNATE ONES

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

Add THE FORTUNATE ONES to your Goodreads list here!

Preorder your copy of THE FORTUNATE ONES for 99c now!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook GroupNewsletter | Instagram 

 

Book Review: This is Beautiful

 

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Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox

Rating ★★★★☆
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2pbTtV1

Synopsis 

The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!

This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?

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Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.

Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.

I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.

Checkmate, Angel.

Review 

Argh I’m so excited to finally have the conclusion to this series, I can’t believe the cliffhanger the previous book with on, good lord that was cruel 😀

I think this might be my fave out of the Checkmate books, it felt honest, and it felt real in a way that was very relatable.

The characters were great, I loved the development that Kayla went through after her accident, and it was refreshing and so great to see her put herself first, something that more women, in my opinion, ought to do. She stood up for herself as well, and spoke her mind, moreover she took the plunge and went for her dream, a very admirable thing to do.

Also, can I get a doggy dealer like Kayla in my life?

It was interesting to see how she wanted to pursue a friendship with Logan after it was revealed to her that they’d been a couple before her accident.

Speaking of Logan … oh my word. YES, where can I find me one of those please and thank you?

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to see your loved one, and then realizing that she doesn’t recognize you, let alone remember everything you had together.

Logan has the patience of a saint, he stays close becomes her friend, and lets Kayla set the pace.

It was great that the focus, for the most part, was on their mutal relationship and how they were trying to come to terms with their new reality. I will say though that some of the drama seemed a bit dragged out, and a bit repetitive, with some sudden and rather unexpected guilt from both parties as well.

That being said, this was a perfect way to end the Checkmate series, Logan and Kayla have become my absolute favorite of the three couples, and I’ll never look at a sprinkled donut the same way again 😉

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.

 

Release Blitz: This is Beautiful

Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Designer & Photographer: Sara Eirew
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-Chance Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2pbTtV1

The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from duo of romance authors under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!

This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?

***

Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.

Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.

I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.

Checkmate, Angel.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book w in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. Must read This is Dangerous first. However, you don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but it’s recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.** Continue reading

Book review: A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Roses

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Author Sarah J. Maas

Rating ★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

 

Synopsis 

A Court of Mist and Fury

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Review

 

Back in June, I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and enjoyed it tremendously, however I did find it a bit drawn out at times.

Last month I finally finished reading ACOWAR and ACOMAF, and thankfully, I got loads more action.

In ACOWAR (which I think is the absolute best of the 3 books) Feyre goes through some serious growth and development, which was something to behold. After the events in ACOTAR, how could anyone really imagine her to be the same? I certainly couldn’t, and I’m so happy that she changed, and found the will to nurse her new strengths and become accustomed to them, however it also became annoying that everything just worked out for her: “oh a problem occurs, wait Feyre discovers a new power to overcome that problem.” It was too convenient and didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Ahh the love aspect of the stories – I get why people ship Feysand, I GET IT! My god what a controlling bastard Tamlin turned out to be, I won’t spoil, but Cauldron have mercy on my, he turned out to be a dick.

Rhysand on the other hand, sigh. Can I get my very own? The front he puts up for others, being a bad boy and more evil than good, turns out to be just that, a front. In reality he is selfless and thoughtful, and he’s looking for a partner in life, someone who is equal to him.

These books are long, like long-long, and lots of it could be left out, it seemed a bit too rushed and just in need a good editor.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this series, but there were also a lot of flaws, the whole class systemm with high feaes and lesser faires seemed odd and irrelevant, and don’t get me started on the ending of ACOMAF, my god! I’m not going to spoil, but good lord!

Everything was just too perfectly wrapped up, I might continue with the spin-offs.

Have you read these books?