The Selection Blog Tour with #BookReview

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The Selection by Christine Castle & Jayne Faith
(Sapient Salvation Series, #1)
Publication date: October 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
Twice a year, the alien Lord Toric demands a selection of human women between the ages of 18 and 20 to compete in the Tournament of the Offered for a place in his harem. Maya must get through just one more selection and then she can marry the man of her dreams. She should have been safe, but when a young woman who was supposed to compete dies the day of the selection, Maya is forced into the Tournament.

Now she must compete against women who have been training for the Tournament for years to hone their skills of poise, charm, cunning, and seduction. And there is only one winner in the Tournament. The losers will be sacrificed.

Thrown into the fight of her life with no preparation, Maya must shed her innocence and win Lord Toric’s favor. Will she survive the first round, or will she pay the ultimate price for her inexperience?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26794834-the-selection

MY REVIEW

I will admit that I was hesitant to read this book and I really didn’t want to read it as it is not my normal genre. But I signed up and I kept my commitment, and I am sure glad that I did.

My first impressions of this book was, “Okay, what the heck is going on here and what is Earthfallen and Calisto and when did I leave Earth?”

But I couldn’t tear myself away from learning what was going to happen to Maya and Lord Toric. There is something going on from the past bloodlines here. Read this book very carefully, I think there are clues throughout the book that will help to understand the history between the Calisto and Earthfallen bloodlines and this whole story.

This book was like a puzzle for me trying to put together each little piece. Or I may just be crazy excited about this book and can’t wait for the next one.  I can’t recommend this book enough! It is an amazing read!

Purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sapient-Salvation-Selection-ebook/dp/B016RGM3MI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448910530&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Selection+Christine+Castle%2C+Jayne+Faith

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)~ ends Dec 17th
  • 3 eBooks – winners get to choose between The Seas of Time and The Laws of Attraction from our Love Across Stars series

AUTHOR BIO:

Hi there! I’m author Jayne Faith. When I’m not tapping away at my keyboard while swilling coffee and tea, I’m playing with my dog; eating crunchy snacks, flipping through recipes online, fantasizing about food, dreaming up my next meal (you get the idea – I’m a foodie!); doing yoga or Pilates; or watching TV (my co-author Christine Castle and I are both obsessive fans of the small screen!).

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Review Tour: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles

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Stupid Love by Cindy Miles
(Stupid in Love #3)
Publication date: September 10th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Bestselling new adult author Cindy Miles is set to capture the hearts of STUPID GIRL fans again with the grand finale of the Stupid in Love series, featuring Memory and Jace.

MEMORY

Casualties.

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.

Or so I thought.

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.

JACE

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

MY REVIEW

This book had me from “Dear Diary“……….

This book is part of a three part series and can be read as a stand alone. It is the first book that I have read by this author. It tells the love story of Memory Thibodeaux, the “Ragin’ Cajun” and Jace Beaumont, the tall, sexy, green eyed Texan. The story takes place in the “good ole” State of Texas. Memory is a college senior living her life to the fullest with great friends and good times. Jace is a twenty-five year old, hard working, college freshman that is full of determination to succeed in everything that he endeavors (and has quite the stick up his..well, you know) until his world collides with Memory.

Memory is known as a party girl willing to take risk, She has overcome death as a child and is not going to let life live her, she lives life, and does she ever. She is a strong determined woman with a heart of gold and an accent that melts hearts all over Texas.

This book touched me so deeply to my inner core. It had me in tears of laughter, tears of joy, and tears of heartbreak. The author incorporates throughout the book great lines from cult classic movies from the 80’s and 90’s, which I myself will admit I happen to do on occasion.

This book has everything you want in an amazing read. Friendship, love, laughter, tears, friends, family, and changes that come into your life that you never thought possible. It is a story you will not easily forget as it speaks to your heart, teaches you something, and reminds you how precious life truly is.

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I give this book four out of four knickertwisters. If you are not sure what a knickertwister is, read the book!!! See my rating system HERE.

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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.
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Going Against Type by Sharon Black Review Tour

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Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy
Date Published: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
 
Set against the backdrop of Dublin newspapers, Going Against Type is the story of two rival newspaper columnists, who write under pen names, and unknowingly fall for their arch enemy: each other.

Sports writer Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, and is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s gossip columnist, The Squire,  getting readers and editors talking. When Charlotte meets Derry Cullinane, their attraction is instant. But as their relationship develops, they discover there’s more at stake than protecting their alter egos

Book Review

This book takes place in beautiful Ireland and it involves the romance of Charlotte, a sports writer, and Derry, a fashion writer, and they write for competitive newspapers. I loved the way the author used a female as a sports writer and a male as a fashion writer. It was intriguing to watch Charlotte, who knew more about sports then Derry, and Derry, who knew more about fashion then Charlotte, try to relate to one another. It was a nice twist to the book. There are other characters in the book as well that impact Derry and Charlotte’s relationship. Charlotte’s old high school mate, Fiona and husband, Jack.

Charlotte and Derry both have some baggage they are carrying around in some very heavy bags, which holds Charlotte back a lot throughout the book. (Girl, could use a bit of therapy) For once, I saw the male character being an actual good person and Charlotte was just too hard on him. Needless to say, I was Team #Derry.

What team will you be on????

Book Excerpt

‘Why are you so nervous Charlotte? It’s just a date!’
‘Oh come on Helen. The last guy I dated was Mr Uptight Conor, and before that I dated sports jocks. Derry is different. He’s Premier League status!’
‘And you’re Scumthorpe United? Take a look at yourself, woman!’
‘I’m not sure what he expects, but I’m not his type, Helen. I’m floundering.’
Helen caught Charlotte’s hands and forced her to meet her gaze.
‘Don’t you dare run yourself down Charlotte Regan. You’re intelligent and totally gorgeous! But you need to do one thing.’
‘What?’
‘Allow yourself to be a woman! How do I put this without you taking it the wrong way? Don’t talk sport all night. You are incredibly bossy when you start. Let Derry take charge a bit. Allow him to be a man!’
Charlotte blinked.
‘Sorry, I just time travelled to the 1950s for a moment. What were you saying?’
Helen smiled.
‘Charlotte! You like this guy. So give him a chance. Don’t send him to sleep with triathalon stats. If he wants that, he’ll go drinking with his mates.’
‘If his mates are anything like him, they probably wouldn’t know a sports stat from the price of heifers in Mullingar,’ Charlotte sighed. ‘Okay, I’ll bluff about fashion or something…’
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‘So, did you get lucky?’ a deep voice drawled. Charlotte spun to find Mr Panama Hat grinning down at her. Bloody hell, she thought, smiling back despite herself. Any other man she knew would look utterly ridiculous in what seemed to be a tailor made, striped linen jacket and trousers, combined with that damned hat. But he carried it off with a self-confidence that bordered on swagger.
‘Yes actually, I did,’ she admitted, still smiling. ‘What about you?’
He grimaced. ‘I lost. My own fault. I took a flier on somebody else’s tip.’
Charlotte grinned sympathetically. ‘Oh?’
Mr Panama Hat shook his head, scowling briefly.
‘I read some bloody sports columnist from Ireland Today. Had a few winners earlier this week. As I said, it’s my own fault. I never normally bother with racing tips. Whoever it is, he obviously doesn’t know a horse from a three-legged stool.’
Charlotte swallowed hard.
‘So how much did you lose?’ she managed, trying to sound casual.
‘A thousand.’ He caught Charlotte’s horrified expression and laughed. ‘Hey, don’t look so worried! I’m a big boy.’
Charlotte stared at him in amazement. Who did that? Maybe he was a rich eccentric, the kind of guy who hung around the race courses, betting big. Not caring whether or not he won – or lost everything on the day.
That said, she was damned if she’d come clean!
‘So, do you normally gamble this recklessly Mr…?’ Charlotte trailed away meaningfully, biro poised over her notebook. He stuck out his hand, a warm smile forming.
‘Sorry, I should have introduced myself. I’m…’
‘Derry! Where have you been? They’re just about to start the judging. Com on darling, I have to go line up. I want you to be able to see!’
A tall blonde, wearing a rose pink knee-length dress with tiny matching jacket, pink stiletto slingback shoes and a dizzy spiral of cream and pink headwear, teetered over and clung to Derry’s arm. She looked, Charlotte thought, vaguely familiar. The blonde smiled tightly at Charlotte and then noticed her press badge.
‘Oooh you’re from the papers! Maybe I could talk to you when the judging’s over. Do you have a photographer with you?’ She didn’t wait for Charlotte to answer, but rushed on. ‘You’ll have to excuse us right now, ok?’
‘Of course, don’t let me delay me,’ Charlotte said, stepping back.
‘Wait,’ Derry began, shooting her a sudden intrigued look. ‘You’re not with Ireland Today, are you?’
Shit. Charlotte managed a surprised laugh.
‘U, yes,’ she squeaked. ‘I’m er, writing a piece on Ladies’ Day.’
‘Oh right.’ He frowned. ‘What about their Side Swipe columnist? Do you know him?’
Lie Charlotte. And do it well.
‘No. It’s being written anonymously. I think the writer works from home…’ She smiled brightly at him. Behind Derry, the blonde shot Charlotte a steely glare. Charlotte glanced one last time at Derry.
‘You should go. And I have to work. Nice to meet you.’ She turned and walked away.
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About the Author~Sharon Black

Sharon Black trained as a journalist and worked for The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner. She has had short stories published and she won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.When she’s not writing she reads, walks and sees friends. She loves Italian coffee, theatre and stand up comedy. She lives in a Dublin coastal village with her husband and their three children.

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