Review: Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston

Title: Frozen
Author: Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: October 2nd 2014
Part of A Series?: Yes, Heart of Dread #1
I Got A Copy Through: The Guardian Children's Books Website
Blurb Description: From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
 
**MY REVIEW**
Frozen was an extremely promising book with all the right elements, but it failed to use them in the right way.
I hate giving negative reviews but I kept hoping that the story would pick up, that something would happen to tie everything together and give the book that adrenaline burst it desperately needed, but nothing happened.
Natasha Kestal lives in a brutal world. The earth as we know it doesn't exist - the only thing that exists is the cold. Cold, garbage and no fresh water is what humans have reduced Mother Earth to. And from the ice came a new species, one with extraordinary abilities and a legend; a legend of a place called The Blue - where the sun still shines and the waters flow.
She is one of these Marked, as they call them, and her only safe haven the mythical land no one has ever found.
'"He liked her, he wanted her to like him, but only so he could use it against her later. Definitely messed up. But what choice did he have?
And here began my problems.
For cutthroat mercenaries, the group of boys escorting Nat to the Blue certainly didn't seem like them, but more like love sick boys that can't make decisions and don't have any semblance of loyalty. At sixteen, they're 'educated', have served time in the army and are scarred, with blood on their hands but that maturity that they should have had wasn't there.
The Blue and the creatures that came form it gave rise to more and more questions that there weren't any answers to, especially about Natasha, who she is and what she can do. Everything felt vague and even though there are two more books, even a few answers would have helped.
Moreover the bond of brotherhood that was supposed to be there wasn't and the romance aspect was more like a dragged out version of insta-love because for the life of me, I couldn't see the appeal, the desire they had for one another or the why.
All I can say is that I was disappointed and Frozen is something I simply can't recommend. At All. 

BLOG TOUR: Rumors by A. C. Arthur- Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to the tour for Rumors by A.C. Arthur! Rumors is an adult murder mystery/thriller that was published by Alloy Entertainment in December 2014. 
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Rumors
Rumors by A.C.Arthur

Rumor has it…he will kill again.

Her death tore them apart. Will solving her murder bring them back together?

Best friends Landy, Tenile, Nicole, Nathan, Justin, and Kareem were the golden children of Tanner University. Their paths were set: doctors, lawyers, business moguls, they were going to light the world on fire. Then, two weeks before graduation, Landy was murdered—and Nathan was blamed. Though he was never charged, vicious rumors drove him from town, and the circle of friends broke.

Ten years later, Nathan is back in Tanner, determined to clear his name. He’s asking questions no one wants answered, and soon rumors threaten to divide the community once more. Everyone in this small town is keeping big secrets—especially Landy’s old friends—and someone is willing to kill to keep their darkest deeds buried… Goodreads | Amazon 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.
Working in the legal field for more than twenty years now she’s seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven reading a romance novel brings. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, Artist continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!
Artist loves to hear from her readers and can be reached through her contact form or via email at acarthur22 @ yahoo.com (without spaces).

AUTHOR ONLINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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 **GIVEAWAY**
The author will be giving away $25 Amazon Gift Card to a winner of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends June 23rd.

**MY REVIEW**
I didn't know what to except from Rumors- it sounded really good in the synopsis, but I've become a bit skeptic when it comes to books these days, just not wanting to get disappointed, if you know what I mean...

And while it was a good book, it had this disconnected feel to it. The entire thing felt so disconnected from anything emotional or anything remotely feeling inducing. It was SUCH a good story line and SUCH good characters, and yet, somehow, the book turned out to be just plain mediocre. 

I Guess I don't really want to get into what happened, because if this is the kind of the book that intrigues you, then the synopsis would tell you everything you need to know! If you're not, then this isn't something I could really recommend, as it isn't that great but good enough for a one time read and I can only hope that the second book will be more than the first!

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BLOG TOUR: After Hours by Claire Kennedy- Review, Playlist & Giveaway!




After Hours by Claire Kennedy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rate: 4 STARS!
Synopsis: Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn't just about waiting tables. It's about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it's about Tips.

Tips--the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money...absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi's stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings. Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy...even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes...and things are about to get dirty.
I would have normally given a book this good a five star rating. In fact, under normal circumstances, I would be giving it a five star rating- but I must say that while the synopsis is very catchy it is also misleading as it makes you expect something in equivalent of James Dawson's Cruel Summer and what you get is a good book, that doesn't seem all that great as it hasn't hit that exceptional mark!

Pretty much everything that the book has is described in the synopsis. With maybe a few twists- well, one major one that I can think of now- and I was expecting SO much more! The characters were quite good, but something about the writing kept me from connecting with them, in that way that I would have loved to. I expected Tips to be more than a simple Dare game- maybe with dares a little more, well, dare-y instead of just kissing a guy and getting a whole jar full of money. 

The Waterside cafe as well, gave off this comfy old vibe, not the hip and sophisticated place it was supposed to be. There were side characters for no reason at all except to beef up the book a little. But there were things I LOVED about the book as well, including Xavi and Peter- becasuse, if nothing else, Claire Kennedy NAILED their relationship, pushing up my three stars to a four!

While it isn't the book out there, in conclusion, you just might like it more than me, and so I'd recommend it as a one time, rather short read!


Here is Claire Kennedy's OFFICIAL Writing Playlist: 
BAD (Lexi Larsen)
BILLIONAIRE (Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars)
ANYTHING BUT MINE (Kenny Chesney)
AMERICAN KIDS (Kenny Chesney)
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE (Beach Boys)
GOD ONLY KNOWS (Beach Boys)
BAD REPUTATION (Joan Jett)
SUDDENLY I SEE (KT Tunstall)
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT (Rolling Stones)
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE (Beatles)


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Claire Kennedy is a pen name for author Amanda K. Morgan. She is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn't writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.

Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

For more information on Amanda's freelance or technical writing, contact her.





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BLOG TOUR: Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas- Review and Giveaway

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Welcome to the tour for Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas. This is an adult epic fantasy (clean and appropriate for YA readers). 
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Her (not very) Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad. The descendant of a legendary hero, she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage, not on the battlefield.

Then a rash of suspicious deaths strikes the Regents—trusted advisors, friends, and guides to her troubled royal family—and the Noble’s Council tries to cover it all up. Tiana is determined to get to the bottom of the murders and the conspiracy, even if that means making a dangerous pact with a telepathic demon trapped in a magical sword. But he may just be the edge she needs to save the people she loves.

Cursed sword in hand, Tiana and her friends prepare to face the encroaching darkness­—and the ultimate truth about her and her family.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As an Air Force kid, Chrysoula went to twelve schools in twelve years and spent a lot of time wondering what made people tick. Books, it turned out, helped with that question. These days she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, which includes many small and demanding creatures who fight over her attention. Her first book, urban fantasy MATCHBOX GIRLS, was published in 2012 by the small press Candlemark & Gleam, followed annually by two more books in the same SENYAZA Series, all of which explore the impact of the supernatural on those who are— or who want to be— ordinary. Her next book, CITADEL OF THE SKY, is the first of a new series about the descendants of a Chosen One and the legacy of power and mental illness they’ve inherited. It’s also about Dark Lords and kicking butt in nice dresses.
AUTHOR ONLINE: Website | FacebookTwitter
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GIVEAWAY
The author will be giving away $10 Gift Card to online bookseller of choice (INT) to three winners of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends June 16th.

**MY REVIEW**

As a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, I can say that after while my state of mind could only be classified as LOST in between the second last episode and the season finale, it was something HUGE for Citadel of the Sky to pull me out of a Game Of Thrones funk and get me into another world- because it was THAT good!

I should probably start by saying that I'm NOT going to elaborate on the actual story here, because if I tell you what happens, why would you read it? Like if someone told me about The Red Wedding, I'd probably not have been so heartbroken and shell shocked when it took place. But what I should say is that all you GoT fans who just want something as good without all the heartbreak- this is the book for it!

And the fact that I'm saying this with all my heart surprises me as well, because, if I'm being brutally honest, I didn't expect to like this book, and I started it quite late and only because I had to. But trust me, there's no bloody murder in this book, there's ridiculous number of people to remember, there's no to any of the GoT downsides.

I'm going to end this now- but I'm going to say that any fantasy reader will LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Citadel of The Sky with its dual view point and general awesomeness- SO READ IT!

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BLOG TOUR: An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston- Review & Giveaway


An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.

She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.

When Leah stumbled across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, 
Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.

Goodreads Purchase: Amazon || B&N

AUTHOR BIO:
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

--She’s a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
--When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
--She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
--If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Author links:

**MY REVIEW**

I've only read one other Meradeth Houston book, and that was almost a full year ago- one of my first indie books, one of my first blog events- and the first author that I spoke to- and while Surrender The Sky wasn't a mindblowing book, it is most definitely one imprinted into my memory- and here I am, at the end of another one of her books- one that I loved VERY much!

I suppose what got me into the book after who it was written by and what that meant to me was the title itself- An Absence of Light- which for some reason sounds BRILLIANT- Just like all Meradeth's other titles! An Absence of Light starts off with a rather emotional bang, as described in the blurb. Leah's entire family has been murdered by these soulless things only she has been able to see for a long time- things that she calls the Shadows. Filled with grief she can't yet process, she takes off, leaving her family's rotting corpses and a possible murder conviction in her wake...

Lost, and broken, she stumbles upon people like her- ones that can not only see the shadows, but also have been hurt just as much. But they're also different. They've learnt how to fight back, and now, so can Leah!
But the shadows are only becoming more daring, and all they want is blood. A shadow take over is on the horizon and there are only three people that can stop it.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I don't know what else to say, except for the fact that it was exactly what I wanted and nothing like what I expected- I can simply recommend it! The characters had pain and happiness that was so equally divided that you couldn't help but sympathize with them. In any case, there was only one drawback- I just wished that Leah went through something- SOMETHING- before meeting Manuel and the rest of the gang, just to make it seem more plausible that just running into a gang of people that could make your life a whole lot easier!

READ IT:)

Review: A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Title: A Song For Ella Grey
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: October 2nd 2014
Part of A Series?: Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley
Blurb Description: Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story - as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.


**MY REVIEW**

What I can do, however, is tell you a song. My version of The Song for Ella Grey. And then, perhaps, you'll have that word I so desperately need.
"We scoffed at the kids who weren't like us, the ones who talked about careers, or bliddy mortgages and pensions. Kids wanting to be old before they were young. Kids wanting to be dead before they'd lived."
Claire and Ella, sisters of the heart, both so different and yet so alike- on the same journey treading on different paths, looking for answers everybody seeks. Life, Love, Death- and all the secrets they keep.
"It's destined. I love him and he'll love me."
Sometimes, the Three let a whisper out. And one of them reached the ears of Ella Grey. Love, she called it. Irrational and Infatuation the world called it. But, then what is love otherwise? The ability to see the beauty to see the world's treasures and see life and happiness happening in every step?
"We sang with Orpheus, but our voices were just a pulse beneath his lovely melodies."
He strummed out haunting, earth-shattering music, that would be impossible to re-create, and enchanted her. His Ella. Ella Grey. But the truth about love so strong, so fierce, so pure, is that it is not destined for a world like ours- where everything precious is only destined to crash and burn.
And in death, they go searching, for the one they lost. A mask put on, two people as one, to bring back the girl that the melodies were for.
"Our hearts, and our souls, had a music in them that must have always been there but that until now we had not heard, had not known."
Life in death, two of the youngest souls, with love to last generations, and a story that will leave you utterly perplexed, I can only finish by saying:
"The world, and everything in it, is all just an amazing song. What we have to do is bliddy sing it."

The Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A.Maclagan- Review, Interview & Giveaway

Title: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
Author: T.A.Maclagan
Publishing Date: May 20th 2015
Part of a Series?- Yes!
I received a copy through: The author via NetGalley
Blurb Description:When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?
 

**INTERVIEW**
1. The Thing you're most afraid of (your most irrational fear): Probably my most irrational fear is flying, which is a pretty big issue for me because I both love to travel and live in New Zealand while all my family lives in the States. New Zealand is far from everywhere but Australia, so almost any plane ride out of the country is a long one. I’ve always been a bit of an anxious flier but I was mostly okay until I had a child. That flicked a switch for me and now I’m a wreck whenever I get on a plane. So far it hasn’t stopped me from going anywhere, but I definitely start to get nervous about flying several months in advance. It’s pretty ridiculous really, but oh so true!

2. Three of the funniest things about you:
 -I always read magazines from back to front.
-I didn’t learn to eat salad until I was in my thirties. Now I can’t get enough.
-I’m originally from Kansas and really, really dislike The Wizard of Oz. That melting witch FREAKED me out as a child. If someone makes some quip about The Wizard of Oz after hearing I’m from Kansas, I’ll likely shiver or flinch, because my mind immediately goes to the witch. It’s not that I’m scared of her anymore, but …I don’t know…I still have an involuntary negative association that makes me unsettled. Yeah, I’m a total weirdo!

3. This or That:
 --Australia or Europe: Europe because there’s more diversity of culture.
 --Apple or Samsung: Apple.
 --Prom Lover or Prom Hater: Tough one…prom lover…I guess? I had fun at my prom but that was about the only school dance I had fun at.

4. Tell us a little about your masterpiece: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is about a teen sleeper agent living in the United States who gets activated. I got the idea after watching the movie SALT with Angelina Jolie. In it, she’s a Russian sleeper who was placed in the US as a child. That got me thinking about what her life as a teenager might have been like and from there Alexandra Gastone was born. Writing the novel, I loved exploring what notions of identity, loyalty and family would be like for a sleeper. The teen years are so much about finding your own identity, but what if your identity is dictated to you? What if who you are is a lie? I had a ton of fun exploring these questions while writing Alexandra!

5. What does it feel like, to have They Call Me Alexandra Gastone out there for the world to read?

It feels really surreal. Growing up, I never dreamed of being an author. Writing a book seemed like an insurmountable task to me and I was quite grade oriented and not very open to creative pursuits where grades were more subjective. It was while I was writing my anthropology dissertation that I started to feel this need to be creative. I think it was because I was dealing with statistics and rigid scientific analysis protocols. Anyway, that’s when I got it in my head to try and write a book. If I could write a three hundred page dissertation full of mostly coherent scientific jargon, surely I could write a fiction novel!  I laugh now at my naiveté. Writing Alexandra was way harder than the dissertation but also way more fun! I definitely have the writing bug now!

6. Your opinion on negative reviews:
I think everyone has a right to their opinion. I’m very open to constructive criticism and am more than a little thankful for the criticisms my agent and editors shared with me. They helped make Alexandra a book I’m really, really proud of.  I’ll definitely be reading my reviews and taking notes on things I think I can address in future books. I have a pretty thick skin as far as dealing with negative opinions. That said, I personally can’t understand reviewers that out and out bash authors and their books. I can’t stomach when people are really mean to each other so stuff like that just doesn’t sit well with me

**ABOUT THE AUTHOR**
T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New
Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A. felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is her first novel.

You can find her online at:
Website: www.tamaclagan.com 

**GIVEAWAY**

**MY REVIEW**

I spy beauty , Eyes spy loss , I spy strength , Eyes spy death , I spy knowledge , Eyes spy danger
I spy potential , Eyes spy distance 

I spy a lie?

And that's what her whole life is. A lie. Everything she does, from her hobbies to the people she talks to, to what kind of person she should be- it's not who she really is. They're lies. A cover up.

Because she's not really Alexandra Gastone, and hasn't been for seven whole years.  She is Milena Rovka an Olissian national- a trained impersonator and killer set to become a spy in the CIA. 

But being a spy is never easy, is it? Especially when the spy in question is finding the lines between who she was and who she's supposed to be blurring until they are almost nonexistent.

I ABSOLUTELY ADORED this book!' It had that right amount of suspense, mystery, romance, love, friendship and family that made you believe it, and at the same time, kept you at the edge of your seat, flipping pages, waiting for what came next. I couldn't BELIEVE that shock ending either. All I could think was WOAH- I need to tell people about this.

T. A. Maclagan writing is simple and yet, so complex- just like her characters. Varos, Milena, Albert, Grant, and there's even a political conspiracy and terrible corporations integrated with patriotism and a seventeen year old girl questioning things she thought had always been cemented. I can't tell you much about it, because then boom goes the suspense but...

...READ IT!:)

BLOG TOUR: Norah (The McKades of Texas) by Kimberly Lewis- Review & Giveaway


Norah (The McKades of Texas #2)  

Author: Kimberly Lewis
Narrator: Tiffany Williams
Release Date: April 15th, 2015

Publisher: Airbending Media Productions, LLC


Blurb Description: He may not be a cowboy… But that won’t stop him from wrangling her heart.

Chase O’Donnell is the proud new owner of the Caldwell Ranch—or maybe he’s not so proud. Annoyed would be more like it. After receiving the news of his inheritance, Chase’s first thought is to sell the ranch and be done with it—until one night with a beautiful blonde at a local honky-tonk has him changing his tune…

Norah McKade is surprised by her instant attraction to the handsome new stranger, and even more surprised when she finds out he’s her new neighbor. But with Chase only being in town for a short amount of time, Norah determines getting tangled up with him a bad idea and promptly places Chase in the friend zone.

Although a bit reluctant, Chase agrees to Norah’s terms—but he’s not about to deny or ignore the fact that there’s more between them than just sexual attraction. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to get her to change her mind and prove to her that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for her to fall in love with him.

Goodreads ** Goodreads Series
Buy Links:  Amazon | AudibleB & N | iTunes | Kobo

Author Info
In November 2011 author Kimberly Lewis stepped into the writing world with her first contemporary
Western romance, When the Heart Falls.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories.
After rediscovering her love of romance novels, Kimberly found the inspiration to pick up a pen—or in this case a laptop—and began writing her first novel. Since then she has continued to write and credits her husband and her wonderfully crazy family and friends, who with their love and joking demeanor provide her with the ideas that inspire her novels.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her amazing family.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

**GIVEAWAY**
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**MY REVIEW**

Listening to an audiobook is always a different experience from actually reading a book- and while it takes a whole lot more time and patience to get through the former, listening to Norah (The McKades of Texas #2), my first ever audiobook- I can honestly be glad that I did!

All the while, to and fro where ever I was going, this book was what was playing, instead of my usual music and I loved every minute of it! And because while I was listening, I was constantly comarping it to a physical/ ebook- I feel the need to say something about that too, because an Audiobook is an experience! As somebody that reads really REALLY fast- I loved Norah because it made me slow down and take in the details- the small expressions, the thoughts that I would've otherwise skipped and it was strangely exhilarating- like Reading my very first book!

While the story was long in Narrator lengths, I found it to be extremely predictable. Told in dual view points, I felt like you could see what was coming from a mile away. Maybe not the exact details per se, but close enough. The chemistry, however, was undeniable, if a little overdone- I loved the Texas backdrop that made everything so Southernly welcome and authentic, upto the Accent of the narrator! 

To sum it up, a book I wouldn't have liked too much if it was a normal one, but as an audiobook, it's worth the whole experience! 4 stars!