Prologue excerpt + ARC Giveaway: “Torrent” by Gemma James

TORRENT by Gemma James (pen name for Christina Jean Michaels) is the first book in a new series by the author that made me fall in love with her previous BDSM serial of novellas. I loved the depth, erotic nature and characters so, so much.

Today, I’m giving you the chance to win a copy of her upcoming release!

WARNING! » This is an extremely dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Not for those offended by dark subject matters.
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~ Prologue Excerpt ~

We’d left the gravesite two hours ago, but Mom’s lifeless eyes still accused me. The memory of finding her dead in the bathtub, the water deep and murky with her blood, embedded in my brain like a tattoo I couldn’t erase.

I stood in my bedroom, a space inundated with white lacy subterfuge, and sensed the uprising in my soul. Grief turned and boiled with a vengeance. I clenched my hands and crossed them over heaving breasts but couldn’t stop the eruption. I’d been simmering too long, unchecked. I hated my perfect room, my perfect family, my perfect life. Appearances were deceitful bitches that lied and covered the ugly truth.

“Open the door, Lex!” Frantic fists pounded, and I covered my ears to block out my step-brother’s barrage on the door. The first drop of misery fell from my eyes and despite squeezing them shut, I was incapable of stemming the mental pictures. They flickered in my head like a child’s View-Master reel.

I relived Mom’s horrified expression the night she heard me cry out, recalled the condemnation in her voice when she yelled at Zach to get out of my room. I still saw her wide eyes—the same green as mine—staring at me blankly a few days later, open and void as the life bled from her wrists.

“Let me in!”

“Go away!” I screamed, repulsed by the mere sound of his voice. A sob caught in my throat, and my body shook with the effort of holding back. I was trapped inside myself, a prisoner of rage and despair. Bursting with the need to tear into something, I dug my nails into my arms.

Her face wouldn’t leave my mind. Her beautiful face, twisted with shock and disgust at what she’d walked in on. I’d been too ashamed to explain. Now it was too late. I’d never see her again, never again inhale the sweet scent of jasmine as she embraced me.

Zach’s fault. My fault.

My nails dragged down pale flesh, almost of their own volition, and left behind ugly red streaks. Letting out a roar, I hefted a chair into the vanity mirror. My reflection shattered with an echo, a grotesque replica of my soul. I was unstoppable, insane with the need to destroy, to create the sound over and over again. Breaths coming in shallow gasps, I swept candles onto the floor, followed by pictures and perfumes. My entire makeup collection crashed onto the white carpet where the colors stained with flawless imperfection, but the pressure in my chest wouldn’t subside.

The assault on my door grew in strength, and I thought I picked up another voice blending with Zach’s. Had to be my imagination. Dad had barricaded himself in his bedroom, just like me, though he had a sedative and a bottle of Jack to keep him company.

Afternoon sunshine streamed through the lace curtains, an assault of warmth on my face, and I scowled. The skies should have opened, should have drenched the earth until it drowned. On that day, the day I’d watched my mother go into the ground, the whole fucking world should’ve cried until their eyes bled.

I grasped the lamp on my nightstand and hurtled it through the window, eliciting that glorious sound of splintering glass again, and I screamed until my voice went raw like the rest of me. The door broke under Zach’s struggle to get inside, and I fell backward, landing hard on the bed with both hands raised.

“Leave me alone,” I said with a pleading sob. He’d never gone so far as to break down my door. My room had been my only sanctuary, other than those few horrible occasions when I found him lying in wait in the darkness; those times when I wasn’t quick enough to escape within my four walls and turn the lock. “Don’t touch me!”

Strong hands encircled my wrists and pulled them to the sides, but it was Rafe’s beautiful green eyes staring back and not my brother’s. Tension seeped from my bones, left me weightless, and I exhaled in relief when he knelt in front of me, elbows resting on my thighs. A significant moment passed, locking the two of us in that short span of time when the world magically receded.

“I’ve got you. Everything’s gonna be okay.” His arms wound around my trembling body, and I went limp in the cocoon of his embrace.

Zach stood off to the side, arms crossed and gaze shooting daggers in our direction. I stiffened under the threat of his jealousy, and not even Rafe’s warmth could combat the chill that seized me. I wanted to believe him so badly, but nothing would ever be okay again.

Copyright © 2014 Gemma James

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Blunt and honest truths about my intentions for “The Rental”

326e2be500bd86d90ace2e75f9a75894I want to be blunt and honest with you. I’ve been giving hints about The Rental, but it’s time I let you in on my intentions.

This is first book in my erotic romance series. Vee and Rick’s journey to happiness together is explored and enhanced through sexual discovery, which is as important as the emotional romantic journey.

This isn’t a story about BDSM or Dom/Sub. What you’ll experience will be a sexual and boundary-pushing journey into exploring Vee and Rick’s, and maybe even your own, desires. This is a love story, and one where kink and sexuality is as important as the emotional romance.

That’s what this book is about: exploring human desire and the journey to get to true satisfaction.

Sooo, yeah, enjoy. And add THE RENTAL to your Goodreads shelf!

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“The Rental” – a teaser blurb and sexy picture!

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Erotic Romance
Book #1 of The Rental series
Release date: (coming 2014)

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he belongs to a dark & lucrative world
she has nothing to lose, everything to gain

until she learns the rules
she leaves; no future
he leaves; death

join the world of The Rental

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I’m back with The Rental, and it’s fresher and hotter than ever!

I’ve been pretty silent recently, and that’s because I’ve been working hard on my next release. It’s an erotic romance, and while I’m still working on the blurb and a new cover for it, I do have updates in the form of AH-MAY-ZING pictures and GIFs.

WARNING: What you are about to see is explicit and steamy hot, so proceed at your own risk ;)

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and they couldn’t stop even when they should have

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but then her world shattered in an instant

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and she fell into a dark place alone and hurting

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and they did this

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and then he was less careful

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and then all of this happened

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and this mind-blowing kind of stuff … *faints*

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Book review : “Scoring Wilder” by R.S. Grey

21843117Title: Scoring Wilder

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication date: June 15, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 4 stars

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What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

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Scoring Wilder is a sexy, hilarious, coming-of-age romance between an up and coming soccer-star hopeful (Kinsley Bryant) wanting to make the Olympic tryouts, and soccer’s best and baddest star (Liam Wilder).

Kinsley has been cheated on by two boyfriends in a row, but she doesn’t become “woe is me” and I love this about her. She’s one of the few non-annoying female main characters in books aimed for women. Early on we meet one of the seniors, Tara—best described is a word that rhymes with witch—who has it out for Kinsley. Kinsley gets treated like dirt by her, and contemplates speaking out, but also from the start of the novel she crushes on Liam Wilder, and it’s soon apparent they have a thing. Kinsley can’t shake her attraction for Liam, and soon we see that the attraction goes both ways. Everything becomes twisted in the quest to have Liam, to not get him in trouble, or her, and to stay out of Tara’s evil games.

Liam Wilder is helping out with the girl’s soccer team. He’s been in hot water with his sponsors and needs to clean up his act. So here he is helping out when he gets to know Kinsley. Things become intimate and hot with the two of them and their practically forbidden relationship, him being coach and all.

If you’re looking for a light comedy with a sexy side, Scoring Wilder is your novel. I loved reading it. It was easy and addictive, and nothing stupid happened as a plot device in order to keep the story going. Becca, as Kinsley’s sidekick, is funny and keeps the scenes moving, adding much of the comedic relief in the story. The relationship between our main characters doesn’t start up right away, instead there is interest that turns to angst, and angst that turns into many very satisfying scenes.

From about 70% onwards, though, the story seemed to have tied up mostly. It didn’t drag, but I did read that last ~ 1/3 of the novel wondering what would pop out and ruin things because most of it was happy and dandy. It felt a bit strange, because I felt like I would pay later for getting awesome scenes without anything standing between Kinsley and Liam. In the end, other little things were tied up, but the ending did feel a bit … anticlimactic? I enjoyed it, but it still had that sense to it.

Great book overall!

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Book review + GIVEAWAY: “Hate To Love You” by Elise Alden

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Author: Elise Alden

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication date: June 2, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before meeting my sister’s snooty new fiancé.

Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.

The truth?
I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her.

The lie? 
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.

That was seven years ago. 

It’s time to come clean.

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Author, Elise Alden

Author, Elise Alden

If you’re looking for a traditional romance that is however very unconventional, then this novel is for you! I read most of it in a day and that’s coming from a reader who takes 3-6 days to finish a normal novel.

See, Elise Alden gave me a tonne of reasons to hate Paisley, the main character, and a few even to hate James, the love interest, but what can I say? I really appreciate and tip my hat to her as the author for daring to make leading characters have qualities that other authors shy away from, instead making characteristics to enhance likeability. I think inside we all want to do nasty things, think them at least, and maybe even do some them in our lives. For this reason, I completely connected with Paisley. If you’re looking for a sweet, innocent, heroic and selfless main character you’d be approaching this book the wrong way. This book, in my opinion, does become selfless but it is a wild friggin ride along the way to get there.

Poor Paisley has a few nasty works of art in her life, in her parents and sister. I couldn’t help but expect the teenager she turned into given how they treated her growing up.

James is so proper and British and upstanding … but Paisley is a dirty little girl who knows how to reveal the inner man and boy did I enjoy seeing the layers of his character.

Please do buy this book and give it a go though you might have heard opposing things. Hopefully I’ve straightened it all out for you. Hate To Love You is a traditional romance but written and plotted in a very unconventional way. I loved to hate, and loved to love, these two lead characters, and the supporting cast all shine, too. 

Highly recommend!

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Book review: “Breakable” by Tammara Webber

Breakable-by-Tammara-WebberTitle: Breakable

Author: Tammara Webber

Genre: New Adult; Contemporary Romance

Publication date: May 6, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.


As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

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Dear Tammara Webber,

You once introduced me to the book that would make me fall in love with a brand new genre: New Adult. That book was Easy and it blew me away so much that I’ve read it just as much as the first Harry Potter book.

Now you’ve followed it up with Breakable and I just have to say a few things first:

  • I believed in your talent, but Easy was perfect and I didn’t think you could make another perfect book to match that elite level;
  • I still love Easy as one of my all time favs and I doubted you could impress me that much again; and
  • I worried you’d erase the ground-breaking first book in this series by following up with this one.

Glad to report I was wrong, and can’t be any happier for it.

Love, Rebecca

••• Now here is my review! •••

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Sliding my hand to the base of her spine and pulling her closer, I teased my fingers into the back of her jeans while I returned my mouth to hers, kissing her slow and gentle to slow and deep, slow and deep to fast and tender, fast and tender to hard and deep – reeling her in, bit by bit.

Breakable is sort of a sequel and sort of Easy in Lucas’ POV (point of view). It’s told in alternating storylines, with Landon as a teenager before the first book and then as Lucas in the current timeline, and yet this too manages to reveal new content but touch on the absolute best parts of Easy.

I think everyone should buy this book if you love contemporary stories. It literally has the best of everything. A bit of the type of YA you love to read, the sexy stuff from NA, and the emotional and poignant narrative of a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching contemporary.

Landon is a kid with no direction, mother suddenly dead and his father absent and drowning in his own grief. Landon becomes adventurous, dangerous, live-for-the-moment, experimental, slutty and withdrawn. He meets a friend early on, and after a quick punch on, they become best mates. Together they go through high school like one big ride and this storyline is both crazy as it is hard to watch, knowing what I do about his grown-up character.

Lucas is the sexy college kid/tutor/barista/defence-class-instructor who is guarded, and torn over his feelings for Jacqueline. He notices and crushes on her well before we heard about him in Easy and immediately we run into a huge problem: he’s both a student with her and her teacher. He can’t be both and so he tries to stay back, but their connection is intense and angsty and he can’t stop where they’re heading when he feels as strongly as he does.

Avoidance would have been the smart thing, but where she was concerned, all logical thought was useless. I was so full of irrational desires to be what i could never be again, to have what I could never have.

I wanted to be whole.

I am so glad that I read this book ASAP. If I had the opportunity I’d scream it from every rooftop. Like the original, this sort-of-sequel, sort-of-retelling-from-lucas’-POV is what NA should be. It’s about growing up into an adult, and sexual exploration, it’s about experimenting, and finding out who you really are, about realising you have to face the darkest bits of your past, and completely about finding true love.

★★★★★ Straight to my Best Everrr shelf on Goodreads and HIGHLY recommended! ★★★★★

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Book review: “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons

maybe-someday-by-colleen-hooverTitle: The Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

Genre: Historical Romance

Publication date: July 2000

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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47499Books — when they resonate with a reader — help us laugh, cry, appreciate, feel sad, feel loved or feel sexy. For the first time, though, I read this book called The Bronze Horseman and lived in this world like I was a hologram or astral projection of myself. No longer was I imagining a book world but living it.

“Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: What do believe in? What do you hope for? What do you love?”

I put off reading this novel probably for the same reason every other non-reader of this book has: the extraordinary length. It doesn’t quite beat Ulysses, but at 912 pages in the paperback, it’s no plane-ride quickie. I huffed and puffed and said, “Oh, but …” and glanced longingly at the cover on my Kindle before bypassing it for a book with 300-odd pages.

Mistake. I should have read this the moment I heard of it.

The Bronze Horseman is an epic love story tale. It begins in the tiny apartment where several of the Metanova family live, including the main character, Tatiana. The war begins on the first page of the book, though we simply follow Tatiana on the way to buy supplies for her family where she meets a man, Alexander. They share what I’ll always look on as one of the most memorable scenes, and it’s clear that physically, emotionally and wholly they are meant for each other.

“Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye and have faith, my Tatiana.”

And then, very early on, Tatiana realises her sister’s new man that she has been gushing and praising is actually Alexander Belov. The couple share unimaginable heartbreak through this epic saga, Tatiana being of the utmost giving types of person, and Alexander a selfless, strong, and incredible leader and hero while they have to deal with his being with Dasha.

But the war is terrible and it breaks the family apart, it sends Alexander to war and the Metanovas into severe struggles. The war is relentless and it breaks spirits, lives and even love.

The Bronze Horseman is the most fullest, passionate, emotional, taxing, vivid, truest, saddest love stories of all time. It pushes and pushes and pushes you, and I do not exaggerate when I say after every single scene you are left wanting more, more hooked, more in love with Tatiana and Alexander. At 912 paperback pages, you can imagine the amount of love I felt by the end.

“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.”

I would say you have nothing to lose by giving this incredible book a go, but it’s more important to stress you have everything to lose if you don’t experience it.

5+ big, huge, massive stars!

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