Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hot Rock by Annie Seaton @entangledpub @annieseaton26

Title: Hot Rock

Author: Annie Seaton

Publication date: February 24th, 2014

ISBN: 9781622664832

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Megan Miller is on a dream trip to research her doctoral thesis at a rock festival in England. When she arrives in town she's stunned that her temporary neighbor is the spitting image of her 70's rock idol, too bad he's also a world-class jerk. So why can't she stop thinking about him?

Seventies rock star Davy Morgan is a man with a secret: rockin' in one time and living in another. He holds his privacy close to his heart, so when a beautiful girl who not only loves but truly understands his music moves in next door, he works overtime to keep her at a distance. Easier said than done.

Megan follows Davy to the rock festival, but it's not what or when it seems. The lure of the music draws them closer, but can their newfound love span across the decades, or will it get lost in time?

I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been in a reading rut the last few months and wasn't sure I was ever going to find my way out of it. I felt like I read the same thing over and over again just from different authors with different character names. It seemed all the physical books I had accumulated all ran together so in an attempt to break my exceedingly tedious span of "same old, same old" I turned to the vast amount of e-books I had gathered in my kindle cloud. This little gem was among them and it was purely through random selection that I decided to give it a gander. I am grateful that I did as my rut finally came to an end.

Megan has longed to visit the site of a music festival that has been going on since the early 70's. As a doctorate student focused on the cultural and societal differences of music festivals through the ages, it was fated that Megan finally get a chance to visit one of the most famous ones to date. However, issues at home start to plague Megan and cause her to question whether she should remain in England and live her dream or venture home and try to save her comfortable future. In the process of deciding she meets her gorgeous neighbor that seems to bear an unusual resemblance to one of her favorite 70s musicians.

David reveled in his solitude. The last thing he needed was an attractive woman coming around and threatening that. He needed to keep the vixen at arms length and if that meant acting the part of the stereotypical big-headed musician, he could do that. Well... he hoped he could do that. It seemed Megan was bound and determined to get under his skin and become a woman the likes of which he had never before met in either time he frequented. What future could the two have with David spending half his time in 2014 and the other half of his time rocking the stage in the 1970s?

Finally, a book that got me out of my rut. I have to admit, I didn't really have high hopes for the book. I had not read any books by Annie Seaton and was worried it'd be a bit to "indie-fied" for my liking. I was certainly wrong. The chemistry between David and Megan was palpable. Where the time travel angle could have caused confusion and disharmony within the storyline, it seemed to flow rather easily, a feat not easily achieved even by extremely skilled authors.

Although I did have one issue with the book. A relatively small one, but one none-the-less. There were some issues that the female protagonist experienced with the time traveling that I would have liked an explanation to. There was no real reasoning behind the physical symptoms she endured and I started to wonder why it was even included in the first place. But, that did not effect the overall appeal of the book so I can live without the whys of it.

This book is Diana Gabaldon meets rocker fiction. It's a fun mix that would appeal to those who like sexy rocker men who can also time travel. Groupies and time travel capabilities, talk about a man who has it all.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Wanderer's Children by L.G. O'Connor @TLCBookTours

Title: The Wanderer's Children

Author: L.G. O'Connor

Series: The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #2

Publication date: December 16th, 2014

ISBN: 9780990738107

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The Wanderer's mission three decades ago: secretly sire children to hide his bloodline, and protect them until their destinies can unite in the final battle between good and evil. That time has come...

Cara Collins, the First of the Holy Twelve, longs for one last peaceful weekend with her bridesmaids as she plans her wedding to Simon Young, her former Trinity Guardian, before duty calls with the Angelorum to gather the Twelve and prepare them for battle. Life, as she knew it, has changed; weird is Cara's new normal. Her newly acquired Nephilim DNA is wreaking havoc on her and those closest to her as her body transforms into Amazonian proportions and an overabundance of pheromones threatens to land her in hot water with Simon--not to mention a sudden suspicious outbreak of "insta-love" among her friends.

Michael Swift, Cara's Trinity Messenger, has spent months running from his attraction to Cara's brazen best friend Sienna, the only woman who has ever skirted his considerable defenses. But if he wants a future with her, he must confront his tormented past head on, or risk losing her and destroying the future of the Angelorum.

As dark forces and outside threats gather, Cara has more to worry about than fitting into her wedding dress and playing Cupid to her friends. A second encounter with rocker Brett King shows Cara once again that there are no coincidences. One of the Wanderer's children, Brett and his secret siblings are the key to gathering the rest of the Twelve.

When the newly forming team finally comes together, an unexpected revelation shakes them to their core. They must all look deeper into their souls as new secrets come to light to discover what's really at stake in the final battle between good and evil... if betrayal and Lucifer don't rip them apart first.

I received an physical copy from the tour host in exchange for participation in the blog tour and an honest review.

I read and reviewed the first book in the series and was pleasantly surprised by how spectacular a read it turned out to be. The mesh of fantasy coupled with a dash of interesting angelic history was a great pairing for the fictitious world O'Connor created. When told that the second book was becoming available for review on a tour, I had to act quickly. I had to know what happened to Cara and her motley crew of angels and humans bent on stopping the forces of evil and fulfilling their destinies.

Cara knew that things were changing in her world, but the extent to which that was happening surprised her. She knew after being given Nephilim DNA that she would be changing physically and even in the depths of her powers. What she didn't know was that her friends would also be slowly changing and shifting around her as well as they find their places in this new world of hers. Cara thought she was in for a little fun with her friends before she committed her life to Simon Young forever. A few growing pains and hormone spikes wouldn't stop her from doing so. But the forces of evil don't much care whether Cara wants a bit of freedom to enjoy a normal life and a normal wedding, they want what they want and they will do anything to get it... even attack the people she loves the most.

Michael shared a kiss with Sienna. Just a kiss. So why couldn't he stop thinking of her? Why was he desperate to talk to her and be with her but at the same time absolutely terrified to do so? Michael has a dark past that he never lets anyone know about. He knows he will not be able to hide anything from Sienna if he actually gave into his attraction to her and pursued a future with her. However, for whatever reason Michael can't stop himself where Sienna is concerned. If he is to be with her, he has to figure out how to tame his demons and none of his martial arts training will be of much help in that task.

I absolutely loved that this next chapter in Cara Collins's world was more centered around love and romance. While the first book was good, even thought it was more about setting the stage and relaying the plot, I liked that this one allowed me to get to know each of the previous book's characters (and even some new ones). I got to know more about Michael especially and he had been one of the characters that intrigued me the most in the first book. He was so mysterious that I knew he had to have a past that was more than a little troublesome. The angelic history was still there, the interesting battle between good and evil was still apparent, but the introduction of new characters and the budding romances that could be showcased in the next books, make me hungry for more. I want need to know what happens next! L.G. please don't make me beg!

If you are interested in a book that has a lot of hot romance, a new and intriguing plot line, and a cast of characters you will fall in love with, this is the book for you.

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Rest of the Tour
December 1st: The Lovely Books (excerpt & giveaway)
December 3rd: Diane's Book Blog (author interview)
December 6th: The Book's Buzz (Trinity Stones review)
December 9th: Reading Reality
December 10th: Sara's Organized Chaos
December 11th: Benni's Bookbiters (author guest post)
December 12th: From the TBR Pile (review & Q&A)
December 15th: Shelf of Imagination (author guest post)
December 16th: girlichef
December 17th: Saints and Sinners Books
December 18th: A Night's Dream of Books
December 18th: Kimber Leigh Writes (author guest post)
December 22nd: Shelf of Imagination
December 23rd: Buried Under Books (author guest post)

About the Author:
L.G. O'Connor is a member of the Romance Writers of America. A corporate strategy and marketing executive for a Fortune 250 company, she writes adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She is currently working on the third book in the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, Book of Four Rings, for publication in 2015. In addition, she is writing an adult contemporary romance series. L.G. lives a life of adventure, navigating her way through dog toys and soccer balls and loaning herself out for the occasional decorating project. When she's feeling particularly brave, she enters the kitchen...

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