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Review & Giveaway: Break Me Down by Roni Loren

In Break Me Down by Roni Loren, Sam Dunbar likes being in control, whether at work or in her private life. That need for control lead her to training as a domme with the sexy Gibson Andrews. Gibson submits to no one and certainly not Sam, even though he has very strong feelings for her. When Gib learns that Sam was attacked outside of the bar she manages, he immediately tracks her down. He promises to be her lover for one week and give over complete control. But these two are fighting numerous demons as well as their attraction to each other. Will they be able to find common ground and love?

BreakMeDown2This is the first time I have read a book where the heroine is a domme. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, especially during the sex scenes. Not only were the sex scenes very well written, but I didn’t feel silly or creepy reading about Gib being Sam’s submissive.

Ultimately the book is about love and overcoming your past. Sam was orphaned as a child and never adopted, bouncing from foster home to foster home. Gib had a verbally abusive father, who still haunts him to this day. The two characters had a lot of emotional baggage to work through, especially Gib who saw his submission as a sign of weakness. I found myself cheering when these two finally found their HEA. Continue reading

Review: IT’S WHAT I DO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE OF LOVE AND WAR by Lynsey Addario

 

Lynsey Addario never dreamed of becoming a famous photographer. Photography started out as a hobby for her. Soon, however,  her hobby became the reason she used to travel abroad. Her journeys took her to Afghanistan  (both before and during the U.S war there), Sudan, Iraq, Libya,  Somalia, Turkey, Argentina, and various other places around the world. Her photographs have won her many accolades including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.

22571757I saw this book on the new release shelves at my library and thought the book sounded decent. I was so wrong. This is by far the best non-fiction book I have read this year! Addario ‘s account of her career is a pulse pounding, tear jerking narrative that had me riveted from the first page. Her writing style thrusts you into what she experienced. I felt my heart beating faster as she embedded with U.S soldiers in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan and later when she was kidnapped in Libya. I cried when the soldiers she had been embedded with were wounded and killed and her chapter on the rape of women in the Congo was heartbreaking.

A lot of times when you read a non-fiction book, the writer will include a dozen back and white photos of the subject usually in the middle of the book. Addario and her publisher go above and beyond this.The book is full of her beautiful and at times tragic photos and they are all in color on glossy paper as they are meant to be seen.

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Review & Giveaway: A KILLING NOTION by Melissa Bourbon

We are celebrating the release of A Killing Notion by Melissa Bourbon today on the blog with a review from Abby and an awesome giveaway!

Review from Abby:

Killing Notion by Melissa Bourbon was a fun little mystery for an amateur book sleuth like myself.   This is the fifth book in the series about Harlow Cassidy, a dressmaker and small town mystery solver.  I haven’t read the other books in the series but I liked this book so much that I am going to start from the beginning and read them all.

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In this book Harlow is making dresses and mums (a ribbon corsage) for a group of high school girls for their homecoming dance.  A local mechanic iskilled because someone messed around with his car to make it crash.  All fingers point to the mechanics son and Harlow is determined to prove that the son is innocent.  I was able to figure out a few pieces of the mystery before Harlow did in the book but I was still surprised by who was guilty!  The Cassidy family with their extra charms (or talents) are really interesting and I can’t wait to read the entire series.

Reviewed by Abby

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Review: RUMOR HAS IT by Jill Shalvis

If you like contemporary romance and haven’t read Jill Shalvis yet, you are missing out on some enjoyable, humorous, emotional, sexy books. Rumor Has It is the fourth book in the Animal Magnetism series and probably the best one yet.

rumor-has-it-200x326We get to follow Griffin and Kate’s love story in Rumor Has It. Griffin is Holly’s sister and Kate’s best friend. Holly happens to be marrying Griffin’s best friend Adam. If you have followed the series, Holly and Adam were the couple in Rescue My Heart. However, if you haven’t read this series yet, no worries. Each book is just as fun as a stand alone.

In real life I wouldn’t care much for a moody pain in the butt that Griffin is, but in a romance novel, heck yes, I love them. Especially when paired with a sweet, nice, but fiercely independent heroine like Kate. Kate doesn’t take Griffin’s crap, much to his surprise. It is one of he things he loves that about her.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: THIRTEEN by Kelley Armstrong

Update – Congratulations to “Crystal S” for winning a copy of THIRTEEN!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has a new release coming out and to celebrate, we are giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter.

Title: Thirteen (Otherworld Series)
Author: Kelly Armstrong
Publisher: Plume (Penguin)
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Category: Paranormal Romance

Official Summary:

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, for a grand series finale.

Note: all hardcover editions are “collector editions,” which will include features such as author notes on the series and the post-13 Elena story “From Russia, with Love.”

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Giveaway:

Kelley’s publisher is giving away a copy of THIRTEEN to one lucky winner (US or Canaday Only).  To enter, simply comment below and let me know if you have read any of Kelley’s other books and which is your favorite.  If you haven’t read any of her books yet, just tell us why you want to win this one!  Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm Central Time on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Winner will be notified via email (so make sure you enter a valid email address) and published on blog.