THE MOON SHINES RED by Pamela Sparkman

Paranormal Romance Standalone

GRIN AND BEARD IT by Penny Reid

Winston Brothers Series #2

HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

Dirty Money Series #1

THE HARD COUNT by Ginger Scott

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.

WILDER by Rebecca Yarros

The Renegades Series #1

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep



Title: Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: 30th July
Rating: 4 stars


Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …






Gwen Frost is back and she ain't afraid to kick some Reapers' asses!

I was provided with an advanced electronic copy of this book in return of an honest review. This review will be also posted on Smokin’ Hot Book Blog closer to the release date.

As always, at the beginning of my Mythos Academy Review, my great respects go to Jennifer Estep for creating this shamelessly enjoyable read, that will be one of my favorites young adult series forever. She’ve done fantastic job with Midnight Frost, and I feel miserable thinking that Gwen’s shenanigans will end soon. There’s only one book left! Killer Frost will be released in March 2014 and then I’ll hope for spin-off. 


Anyway Gwen is back and she’ s not afraid to kick some Reapers’ asses.  She’s heartbroken over what happened between her and Logan, and despite the fact she’s moping and brooding, she’s doing everything she can to find artifacts and kill Loki.


Now, that everyone know she’s Nike Champion, she’s a priceless target for every Reaper and so are her friends. Between classes, trainings with Oliver and work in Library she’s trying to find a way to save the world. Mix it with heartache, nightmares and bloodthirsty Vic, Gwen has to grow up really fast. Which she does.


Midnight Frost is different than rest of the series. It’s a book about growing up, adventure and picking up the pieces of Gwen’s life.
I loved everything, the storyline was intriguing and fast paced, characters amusing and good written.  I’m looking forward to 6th installment.




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Spark by Brooke Cumberland



Title: Spark
Author: Brooke Cumberland
Release Date: 27th July
Rating: 2 stars



When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?

Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.

Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls—despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.

They have an undeniable spark—something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?

**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**





2 stars



Spark is a novel with great potential, that unfortunately was not used even in 10%. This book could easily mesmerize me and be fantastic read but author decided to go another road and this spectacular premise could not handle it, it was just crashed by things that weren’t necessary.

Fantastic blurb made me believe Spark will rock my world, but unfortunately it only made me frustrated and sad. People who supposed to help author with eliminating unnecessary things haven’t done their job. My biggest issue was the fact that there were so many events I couldn’t keep up! It was like bad soap opera where things go from bad to fucking terrible.

The story follows Velaney, 23 year old woman who one night was caught in the fire. Thanks to her hot neighbor who happens to be firefighter she’s alive. He goes to her bedroom and helps her out of the house. And I loved how it started! But after that things went a little downhill…
In only four chapters main character, Valaney meets Eric five or six times. Almost every encounter ended in Eric rescuing Valeney from fire, bar brawl, getting lost in the woods, when she knocked herself on the butt while running and so on. It was absolutely irritating to see her acting like silly damsel in distress. Every damn time.

Velaney feels toward Eric instant attraction that easily changes into insta love, despite the fact she act like she doesn’t care about him at all, it was plain to see how she really feel. Add to the mix, she has a terrible past that hunts her and another situations where she’s helpless and Eric rescues her, there’s nothing I haven’t seen before.

Oh, yeah, there’s a fact that this sexy tattoed firefighter isn’t as smokin’ as I thought he would be, cause he acts like a totall creeper! He just walks inside Velaney apartment every time he feels like it, is almost everywhere where she is like knight in shining armour, waiting for her to fall on her butt to ‘take care’ of her. I mean, what the fuck is that?

Another thing that I despised is the fact that writing is too fast, there’s several things happening at once, I couldn’t connect with characters and I was so mad because of that!

I wish there were more to Eric and Velaney relationship and that there wouldn’t be cliffhanger which was forced! All situation with Aiden is horrible and it’s definitely not well thought.

But there were nice enough moments to make you forget for a while about errors, I loved sex scenes which were enough to show affection and to turn you on.



Overall, I wish someone helped out the author and gave a few tips how to change this soap opra drama to really entertaining and beautiful story, because Spark definitely could melt few hearts. 







Review: Redemption of Callie and Kayden (Coincidence #2) by Jessica Sorensen






Title: Redemption of Callie and Kayden (Coincidence #2)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: 30th July
Rating: 4. 5 stars

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he's facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he'll never ask her to do.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they're together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.







The time for Redemption has come. It’s time for beauty to be reborn from the ashes.



Jessica Sorensen created stunning sequel to the one of the best 2012 books. Spectacular story of Callie and Kayden is continued in the same flawless way as the previous novel. Heartbreaking, touching or affecting are only few words that can describe this tear- jerking story of damaged teenagers.

"I realize how perfect we are for each other and also how disastrous we could end up being. Because even though we can help each other pick up the pieces of our lives, we could also break at the same time and then nothing would be left to catch us as we crumble."

After mind shattering cliffhanger at the end of first book, I thought nothing in Callie and Kayden’s story could move me more. I was painfully wrong. It was only the beginning. This time I saw another aspect of the plot, that is clearly deeper and more psychological.

"He’s looking at me, and I mean really looking at me, and
there’s this connection, this understanding that we are two people
who have been fractured, not by ourselves but by someone else
and we’re doing everything we can to not shatter to pieces."




Now, we get more than romance between two young and broken people. Redemption is emotional portrait, a journey into damaged souls that seek love. Every page is filled with something moving. This book bleeds emotions.

Fear. Loneliness. Pain. Regret.


In this painful story, Jessica Sorensen showed another side of herself and I adore her for that even more. Redemption is spectacular read worth every tear and aching heart.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee






Title: Escaping Me
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Release Date: 30th July
Rating: 4 stars



All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn't.

He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.

Here's the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.






** ARC provided by an author in echange for honest review**

Escaping me is another worth buying summer read that make you all warm and fuzzy with optimistic emotions. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to know more about main characters, because of the great way they were created. Nice setting, amusing characters and really well bulit plot make Escaping me enjoyable romance story!

There is nothing better than a summer read that make you all giddy and Elizabeth Lee’s book is exactly like this. I had a blast reading Whitney and Cole’s story and literally cannot wait to find out if rest of Lee’s books are as good as this one.



Whitney is 19 year old daughter of a rich lawyer and woman who has her own buisness on a small farm. After her parents divorce she decided to stay with her father. Now, she’s doing everything she can to not disappoint him. Being a perfect daughter and girlfriend is tiring so after she catches her boyfriend cheating she comes to spend vacation with her mother and sister.

There she has a chance to take a deep breath and start to live a life she wants to have. No more doing want people want, no more agreeing to everything her father wants. She escapes from the girl she is to find her true self.

Cole calls himself white trash. No one has ever believed in him or loved him. His problems with anger and figths as well as tattooes and piercings make him nobody in eyes of his family. After another incident that sends him to jail his brother has enough of his crap and sends him away. Now, in new small town when no one knows him, Cole tries to lay low.

How bad that he has to be unforunate enough to meet Whitney, because meeting this beautiful and unique woman can only cause trouble.
Whitney is a girl who knows a way to make him want to be better person. Man good enough for her.

Can both of them change their ways and find happiness? Is there a chance for Whitney to finally live her life the way she wants to and for Cole to accept himself?



Escaping me is a sweet romance that also touches another deep topic - finding a way to live. It’s hard to say no or make your own decision. It’s also hard to not give a fuck what other people think.

Overall, I loved this book! It’s passionate, funny, sweet and everything I looked for. Whitney and Cole’s relationship and their stories are fantastic way to spend the day.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: Like Falling by Jaden Wilkes






Title: Like Falling (Surfacing #1)
Author: Jaden Wilkes
Release Date: 30th July
Rating: 1 star


Sarah Miller is known as a dreamer in her stifling Mennonite community, but she's hiding something from them all. A simple wish to avoid the strictly enforced life path expected of her...early marriage, babies, and work on the farm.

She wants more, so much more. Education, travel, love...sex...

A chance at university hundreds of miles away is too much to pass up, so she follows her best friend Naomi and decides to take her future into her own hands.

She had no idea this decision would change her in ways she never imagined, will the one person she falls in love with hold her back from everything she ever wanted?

***As with all my work, this novel is intended for those 18+. It is New Adult, but contains depictions of graphic sex, drug use and underage drinking.

****This is not a stand alone, it is a cliffhanger, the first of three books.







Like Falling is story that easily can be hated and loathed. Unfortunately I am all the way in Team Haters. Usually when a book catches my eye and makes me anticipate reading it my expectations are pretty high. So imagine my deep frustration and disappointment when I started getting pissed off at heroine, plot, romance interest and generally at almost every aspect of this book.

I feel like a jerk writing this, but it is the truth. Like Falling is totall mind fuck for readers who despise naive, not likeable characters. Even thinking about some of Sarah’s actions make me want to hurl. Ygh. How is that possible you can love idea of book but reading it is like pure torture?

In few words Like Falling is about a girl who lives in Mennonite Community. She’s suposed to be good Innocent girl and in the future perfect catholic, wife and mother. And then she goes to college, everything is like this: GOOD GIRL GONE BAD in a matter of seconds.





Our sweet, naive girl starts to think only about GETTING LAID. It is like she finally woke up and thought: „Hey I have a vagina I need to get rid of my hymen, because it’s so boring to be virgin! Who’s a volunteer?” and „I can say pussy, fuck and cock! It so fucking cool”
I mean really?


Ugh. Sarah wants only to have sex. That’s all. All freakin’ plot!!!
Her relationship with Tyr is only about sex and I really didn’t feel any good emotions toward him. Author tried really hard to create hot romance interest but I was so disgusted by Sarah I couldn’t connect with him at all.

Usually I love sexy parts, as you can see in my previous reviews I can die happy girl after some hot book action, but after reading about Sarah’s sexscapades and her totally silly comments I couldn’t handle them. There were parts I totally didn’t understand, like situation with Adam.

„Sarah was shocked and a little upset, but intrigued. She hadn’t thought about daytime sex. What about seeing each other totally naked in the broad daylight? She imagined herself stripping naked in front of a man, and Tyr’s face popped into her mind. No no no, Adam, it’s got to be Adam, she forced herself to think about removing her bra and panties and crawling along the bed towards Adam.”

„She didn’t even want to think about their physical relationship, she might become bitter thinking of her own lack of sex. I just want to know what it feels like, is that too much to ask?”

She was completely clueless at this point, she had seen videos and read as much as possible, but nothing would prepare her for the actual act of sex. Even her vocabulary was limited, she felt foolish even talking to him about it. What should she call their body parts?

Overall, Like Falling is bitter disappointment. I was expecting wonderful and deep coming-of-age story about finding yourself in true, big, bad world. Instead I got novel about heroine that was plain silly. It's lack of depth, true feeling and love that didn't really exist. It was sad to read a book about someone who can't find love because it's mixed with lust.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Unbreakable by Rebbeca Shea


Title: Unbreakable
Author: Rebbeca Shea
Release Date: 23th July
Rating: 3 stars


Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*




Unbreakable is a story that definitely can allure lot of readers. Eye catching cover, great sounding premise and several positive reviews, really work magic. Rebbeca Shea’s novel is something that totally goes with the New Adult flow. Unfortunately, for a reader who have read so many new adult contemporaries, Unbreakable just vanishes from mind only a couple of minutes after you finish. It’s not bad book, I defintely won’t start bitching about, but it is not something worth my bows or gratidute. I guess, Unbreakable is just meh kind of novel. 

I haven’t got anything I haven’t seen before. Every aspect of Shea’s novel is something that I’ve read earlier. If I haven’t got my hands on so many fantastic new adult romance novels before this one, I would love this story.

Gabe & Jess know each other from the time they were children. Jess is the best friend of Gabe’s little sister and person that is like a part of family. So when both of them start to have deeper feelings for each other they don’t act on it, because of the fear of losing friendship and closure. But one summer things got pretty much heated and their attraction as well as love can’t be denied.


Gabe



Jess




First half is sweet heart warming romance. Everything is beautiful, from time to time mystical, glittery unicorn will show along side with some perky rainbows. Romance is bloosoming, characters are likeable enough, sex pretty hot too, but… it was too much touchy feely for me! It was kind of… boring, I guess? How good life could be before something will fuck this up. Which of course will happen.

After that things are little bit dramatic. We have heart breaking moments, gritty and raw situations and start of dreaded love triangle. Some time in the story we’ll meet London, sexy police officer, who will want Jess for himself. And all this love triangle yada, yada.

London:




I can’t say it’s not enjoyable book, it is just so not worth remembering. After few moments I couldn’t remember some plot twists or name of characters, which I suppose mean that I wasn’t into it at all. Lately I want something mind blowing and totally unique and Unbreakable was not this book.

Overall, people who don’t mind sugarcoated pretty little romance stories, will really enjoy Shea’s work. Readers who have had his/her share of old scheme in new adult, will be disappointed. Three stars feel like merciful rating for the book, that easily will be forgotten.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy #1) by Michelle Graves


Title: See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy #1)
Author: Michelle Graves
Release Date: 17th July
Rating: 4 stars


One delivery changed her whole life.

Izzy was a normal girl living in Chicago as a bike messenger before that fateful day. She delivered one package and set into action a chain of events she never could have expected.

Now she is running for her life from the Corporation, her best friend is not at all who he seemed, and to top it all off she keeps having visions.

Will she survive to navigate the waters as a Seer? Will her feelings for Kennan be her very downfall? Find out in See How She Runs.


Review:

Copy provided by an author in exchange for honest review

See How She Runs is mystery, fantasy and a dose of sweet romance that will rock your world, just like it did to mine!

After reading only a few pages I was instantly hooked on the story and the protagonist.

Izzy is strong, witty, smart woman that lives in Chicago and is a bike Messenger. Her quirkiness makes her very likeable, which made connecting with her easy.



Izzy lives with her sexy best friend Kennan, who’s a delicious eye candy and really protective. I instantly fell in love in him! He’s got golden heart and the fact that he is major hottie only makes me want him more ;)



 

Grave’s characters are really well developed and every of them has different personality that made me love them more. Which is a big puls for me!The other thing that’s captivating and made me read faster is unique plot, that enchanted me.

One day Izzy delivers a package to strange man, that really creeps her out. After accidentaly touching his hand she knows she has to stay away from him.

When Kennan finds out about it her life drastically change. Kennan isn’t exactly who she thought he is, her life isn’t quite normal and she is in great danger… Now, she has to run.

She enters a world of danger, evil, Seers and Guardians.

There were mere moments when I felt like some things were a little bit rushed and I couldn’t grasp them easily. I also wish I could get more romance and descriptions of feelings, it would made Grave’s writing more seductive.

Overall, See how she runs is a little hidden gem that needs to be discovered! Amazingly mysterious cover is only a small taste of what you’ll get and a great promise of mystical world like no other. Extremely enjoyable Urban Fantasy story that will make your heart beat faster and shows you a world you’ve never seen before.

Solid 4 star read!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Just Human by Kerry Heavens





Title: Just Human
Author: Kerry Heavens
Release Date: 20th July
Rating: 4 stars

Meet Liv and Danny...

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her, so she lets him go without a fight when his parents make him move back to America. She knows she will never love anyone like she loved him, but she has to move on.

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him, because she does nothing to get him to stay, so he goes quietly when his parents leave the UK. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her, but he has to move on.

Twelve years on, they have made a good job of pretending, they may have almost forgotten. But when they get in touch via Facebook, it seems that it is all still there.

They quickly find that they are intensely compatible in ways they hadn’t even begun to explore before they were forced apart.

Can they put aside their fears and give it a go? Or will deep rooted doubts and insecurities tear them apart?






Review:

ARC provided by an author in exchange for honest review. This review will be also posted on 25th July on Smokin’ Hot Book Blog

Sweet. Loveable. Entertaining. Everything Second Chance Romance Fan needs.

Just human is enjoyable second chance romance that will capture your attention and warm your heart. It’s really realistc story, that can happen to all of us and that makes it even more enchanting read.



Olivia is twenty nine year old owner of a bar, who lives in UK. She’s trying to find stability and love, but her relationships end in terrible way. After another disaster she wants to relax and stop getting into bad relationships.




And then, when she’s on Facebook, she gets a message… message that will change her life and open the door for memories she tried hard to push away…



You have 1 new message from Danny Morgan.

From: Danny Morgan 23rd March


Hey! I was reminded of you today. How is life?
Add me if you feel like chatting to an old friend.

Danny x



Danny is Liv’s first. First love, first kiss, first touch… 12 years ago he moved to US and their relationship was destroyed. Now after getting simple message via social networking site they can have their second chance. Can they?

“I don’t have any idea what I want for my future, but I know I want you. I’m twenty-nine years old and I haven’t had a relationship with anyone that’s even come close to having a lifelong future, except with you, but we were too young. We’re adults now and I have you back, I can’t pass up a second chance like this. I can see my future with you Liv, and if you feel the same way, then we have to try.”

Just Human plot is really simple, but in a way it makes it better. Reading it is like living Liv’s life for a little while. You can’t help but wonder about your first teenage love. Keary Heavens created funny, sweet and heart warming novel mixed with great steaminess. I can highly recommend it for fans of Second Chance Stories who won’t be disappointed by it.


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Cover Reveal: The Only One by Megan Vernon

 And here is it, stunning cover of The Only One: 







ABOUT THE ONLY ONE:

Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first. 

ABOUT MAGAN VERNON:



Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.

You can find her online at www.maganvernon.com.

Links:






Excerpt:

I looked around the basement, sipping whatever concoction some guy poured out of a cooler. He called it a ‘magic potion’ and I hoped that didn’t mean he rufied it. I don’t know how Monica talked me into this.
A horde of girls clad in nothing more than lingerie pushed past me as if I were nothing more than another one of the paddles on the paneled wall. I tried to pull back but then I came face to chest with a set of abs and felt all of the magic potion cascade down my cardigan.
I gasped once the cold liquid soaked through both my layers and hit my skin.
“Too bad, that was such a nice sweater…” A deep voice said.
I looked up, all the way past the chiseled six pack and to a pair of cool blue eyes. “Maybe you should just take it off up in my room and I can help you dry off.” He leaned in, his full lips right on my ear. “Or make you wetter.”
My breath caught in my throat, rendering me speechless. Luckily my best friend Monica jumped between us, pushing the guy back so I got a full view of him and realized he was only wearing a loin cloth and a large smile.
"Down John Boy." She scowled at him and then turned to me, almost knocking her beret off. "What the hell happened to you?"
"I-I-I spilled my drink."
Monica's eyes narrowed as she looked down at the red liquid soaking through my gray sweater. She whipped her head around to the loin cloth clad guy. "Was this your fault? Are you trying to get my friend naked?"
He held up his hands, a cockeyed grin on his face. "Purely an accident, Lib."
Ah, now I knew where I’d seen him before. He had come into the coffee shop we worked at a few times. I don’t think he even glanced in my direction more than to hand me his student ID to pay, but was always calling Monica ‘Lib.’ I’m guessing because she was an extreme liberal.
Monica's boyfriend, the governor's son Trey Chapman, pushed through the crowd. When I usually saw him he was polished in dress pants and a dress shirt, but his Halloween costume was nothing more than a pair of American flag boxers, a dress shirt, and some gray hairspray. He looked ridiculous. I still don't know how Monica talked him into the Clinton and Lewinsky couples costumes.
"Hey, I’ve been looking for you." He slipped his arm around Monica's waist. "What's going on here?"
"Your big brother here spilled a drink on Melanie to try and get her naked."
"Hey!" John yelled.
"It wasn't his fault," I piped in. "It’s crowded here and he just ran into me. It’s fine."
"Fine?" Monica raised her eyebrows. "That Hermione costume you've been wearing since middle school is covered in ever clear and Kool aid. That’s not fine."
"I haven't worn this since middle school!" Okay, truth was, it was my go-to costume. I bought it for the first movie's midnight showing and wore it for every movie opening and Halloween since.
"Whatever." Monica turned her head to Trey and tugged on his shirt. "You can just wear Trey's shirt."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NA Readathon Challenge



Welcome to Smokin’ Hot Book Blog! 

Thanks to awesome NA Readathon I’m hostng for you Mini Challenge called Character Twitter Bio. Rules are pretty simple!

Character Twitter Bio is where participants choose a character from a New Adult book and write a twitter style 140 character bio for them. This is something nice and easy that everyone can be involved in and is also just a little bit of fun :)

To win ebook copy of Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow post a comment with your Twitter Bio, I’ll pick one of the most interesting Bio, so be creative!
This giveaway is open ONLY to NA Read-a-thon participants. And they are only eligible for the prize if they have linked up to their sign-up posts via the linky.

This Giveaway is open only 24 hours!







Temptation is everywhere.

It's July, 1923. By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation. By night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper, but with her mother gone, she’s usually stuck at home with two younger sisters—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom.

In one week.

Enzo DiFiore’s screen-idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless, even though he’s the son of the mobster holding her father hostage. But when the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful attraction to buy more time.

And then there’s Joey Lupo, the irritatingly handsome pest from her childhood who’s got the street smarts Tiny needs to smuggle enough booze to make a quick ten grand. But he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned, and despite his promise to protect her, Tiny isn’t sure she can trust Joey—or stop her growing feelings for him.

To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.