Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ARC Review: THE BAD ONES by STYLO FANTOME

***This book is given as an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) in exchange for an honest review.





CON - The town's olden boy, the star quarterback. Everybody loves him, and he seems perfect...any mother's wish for their daughters. IF THEY ONLY KNEW THE TRUTH, they'd run away screaming.


You see, Constantine Masters is one half of the BAD ONES. One half of a soul so dark, but so pure...of their love for each other.  Con has waited for Dulcie, to grow, and wake up from her slumber...coz you see,
DULCIE has been a BAD ONE all along, she just hasn't realized it.
TOGETHER, they painted the town RED, with their victim's blood.



The BAD ONES has thrown me for a loop. I've always loved Stylo for her ability to shock me, and test my limits as a reader, when I first stumbled over her KANE Series. And then I met the MERCERNARIES Lily, Marc and Law, both men equaly rough in their own way, and Lily giving all she's got. 

Then came Con and Dulcie, who if I'm honest, scared me a bit. It was like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds, but a love story. Not a tragic one, because well they did have a happy ending. But mind you, I was batting for them and cringing at them, because they really are crazy scary. 

Not for the faint hearted, but this book, like all of Stylo Fantome's (I've read them all) will not disappoint because it will give you something to think about, and maybe make you look over your shoulder for a few days.

BLN (MA) RATING: 4 BLOODY STARS




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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Bad Ones are coming, watch out!


The Bad Ones

Love isn't always bright and shiny.

Sometimes, it's dirty and wrong, buried six feet deep in a secret place where only wild things dare to go. Hidden behind a big black curtain that covers things no one should ever see.

Sometimes it happens between two people who should never be allowed to come together. One who is a match, and the other who just happens to be gasoline.

One strike is all it takes to burn the whole world down, and that's exactly what they plan on doing.

Even if it kills them.

Warning: this book contains graphic sex, extremely brutal violence, bad language, and people repeatedly and knowingly breaking the law. 


CON IS COMING...SOON.

*This is a part of collaboration with the author Stylo Fantome, in exchange of an ARC, we will be giving our review soon!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NEW RELEASE: THE GIRL'S GOT SECRETS BY LINDA KAGE


Here’s the same old “girl posing as a boy” story but with a rock-n-roll twist.

Remy Curran dreams of one day being in a band, except the group she wants to join refuses to hire a girl drummer. So, she auditions as a guy...and makes the cut.

Becoming “Sticks,” a member of Non-Castrato, isn’t quite what she dreamed it would be, though. She spends most of her time keeping up the subterfuge and learning how to walk, talk, act, and drink like a man.

But what’s even harder to deal with is acting oblivious when the band’s heartthrob lead singer, Asher Hart, treats her like one of the guys and not a woman. She never imagined he’d be so much more than a pretty face with a nice voice. But he’s better than perfect. He’s perfect for her.

When love and lies combine, Remy must keep up the act or lose everything. But who knew lying to reach one dream could prevent you from attaining an even bigger dream?



Meet Remy Curran

& Asher Hart






& Mozart! the girl squirrel





Friday, November 20, 2015

BLN ADMINS

Book Lovers' Nook or BLN is a group born out of love for books, reading, book hoarding and shopping. It was founded by a group of friends who met through books, officially on June 22, 2011. We go gaga over new releases, book boyfriends, tea & coffee and all the other things in between.

Our mission is to create a special nook for fellow book readers and book lovers, essentially book crazies like us! We can be found on our FACEBOOK PAGE and GOODREADS.

Meet the ADMINS!



JONAH/JB



TERE



JELAI



MARY ANN/MA



RHODZ



MARISTELLE/MARI



PEACH



JOANNE

CTC (Colleen Hoover-Tarryn Fisher -Christine Brae) in the Philippines!

Hey guys! These are the photos from the Sept. 13 NBS event at SM Megamall. We were at the back (#729 and #731, haha) so I apologize for the grainy shots. 

For the interviews, please view these youtube videos from other CTC fans/readers:HERE

For the Sept 14 event:HERE

and their CNN interview: HERE

THE LINE.

THE CROWD

WAITING

YES!!!

SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!

THIS WAS TAKEN AFTER WE WERE THROUGH, AND WE WERE AT THE 700s!

ROCK ON!

MY "TOO HAPPY" SMILE HAHA



COH


I. DIED,

MS. BRAE!!! SO PRETTY AND SUPER NICE!

OUR SIGNED LOOT!






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November 9 (Colleen Hover) -MA's Review



Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

MA's Review:

"I am translucent, aquatic. Drifting, aimless. She is an anchor, sinking in my sea." 

FIVE PLOT TWIST STARS!!!

I did not expect to love this book. FOR ONE, I didn't think CoHo could top Ugly Love for me, and TWO, because from the plot, it had the Nicholas Spark feel to it (which is really not a bad thing, it's just not my cup of tea). But how CoHo proved me WRONG. I started reading at 11PM last night and finished by 2AM, in between ranting with Co-admin Tere about the scenes and lines, that made me wanna throw my tablet in a fit of anger and betrayal, to the ones that made me want to bowl in ugly ugly tears or just SIGH and SWOON over Ben. I did not skip a page, and had to read one chapter twice, just so I could feel the effing heartbreak again. 

Lines:

“I don’t want to be your first, Fallon. I want to be your last.”

“I don’t expect that, Fallon. But I do pray for it. Every night, down on my knees, to any God who will listen.”

You deserve more than a secondhand I love you.”
One of the worst fucking moments, and I can still feel the wounds your tears left in my chest every time I breathe.”

“Do you think Stephen King was actually murdered by a clown in real life?” I ask him. “Did Shakespeare really down a vial of poison? Of course not, Ben. It’s called fiction for a reason. You make the shit up.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colleen Hoover: November 9



Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


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Tere's Review.

SIGH. I. Can't. Even.

I don't know how to start my review. Every time I try to start typing words, I just want to crawl back to my bed and read the book all over again. and again. and then some more.

To be honest, when I started reading this novel I wasn't simply "sold" by its plot. But I love Colleen Hoover so I'll definitely bite. I am the type of reader who loves certain "formulas" and won't simply go outside the box. (Hint: OFFICE ROMANCE aficionado)

And so I started reading in a normal phase, taking my time and enjoying the words. Hmm.. I was actually starting to like how the story leads. Sometimes there were scenes that made me smile a little because I was thinking -- HA! that's definitely a COHO trademark dialogue! 

As the gist says, Fallon and Ben met in an uneventful chance on a fair November 9, where Fallon was supposed to leave Los Angeles the next day to pursue her passion for acting in New York. Their instant attraction lead to their uncanny agreement of meeting only on November 9 for the next 5 consecutive years with no communication whatsoever but they will meet and talk on that date only. Sounds crazy, right? It is indeed.

And then I started to get serious with my reading. Digesting and feeling all the words written by the queen. By the 2nd November 9th I was completely sold. By the 3rd November 9th I fell in love. And by time I reached the 4th November 9th I was effin' heartbroken. It was as if someone took my heart and I watched as it get crushed into tiny bits and pieces. And how I wanted to throw and burn the book away but like an alcoholic that needed booze I kept on drinking on the words - completely in sync with the emotions that stirred all my senses until I felt the numbness of the high. Oh Colleen, how could you do this to me. You completely ruined me. It's going to be a while before I could recover from this high. And one thing for sure you  definitely changed my perspective with the ALPHA males. I felt like a new born reader. I would never look at heroes the same way again. Ever. Because you are absolutely correct. Real Men do cry.

5 stars.


My Fallon



My Ben 




Favorite Lines:

Every lines on each first page of the Chapters! Love Love Love!

I am translucent, aquatic.
Drifting, aimless.
She is an anchor, sinking in my sea.

- Benton James Kessler
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She "loved me" in quotations
She kissed me in bold
I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps
She left with an ellipsis

- Benton James Kessler

--

   She points at my stomach. "You have abs?"
    I laughed and looked at my abdomen. She said it like it was a question, so I give her the obvious answer."Um... yeah? I guess."
  She covers her mouth with my shirt, hiding her grin. "Wow," she says, her words muffled by my shirt. "I like them."


--
I pull her up the stairs, towards my room.

Away from everyone in the world I don't want to see or speak to right now.

She's the only one I wanted with me today, and here she is. Just for me. Because she missed me.

If she's not careful, I might fall in love with her. 

Tonight.

--

We lie quietly for so long. I begin to wonder if he's fallen asleep. But after a few minutes, his grip around me grows desperate. He tilts his face until it's completely buried in my shirt, and his shoulders begin to shake as he starts to cry.

--

I'm not prepared for this. I have no idea how to deal with this. It feels like my heart is literally breaking. Cracking right down the middle, bleeding out into my chest, filling my lungs with blood, making it impossible to breathe.

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--
She's smiling.

I cry like a fucking baby.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

LIVE! Unconditional Anthology

 

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Life isn't easy. Love is harder. Love cuts, love burns and sometimes love breaks.

But living a half-life, living with regrets, that’s no life at all. People say we’re broken, not like other people. Maybe that’s true—ability, disability—what’s in a word? So whatever the world throws at us, we won’t stop, we won’t crumble. When we love, we love hard. Love without limits. Unconditional is an Anthology from authors Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Jane Harvey-Berrick, Sarina Bowen, Mary Elizabeth, D.Hart, Amber L. Johnson, CJ Lyons, Lauren K. McKellar, Shay Savage, and Magan Vernon.
He stole her lipstick…and her heart.

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands.
Ten years after their first affair, Sebastian and Caroline meet again. Now a successful journalist, Caroline heads out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Marine Chief Sebastian Hunter.

Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past, or will the hidden cost of war tear them apart again?
Until his accident, bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus had everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Could he possibly meet the love of his life in the last place he ever wanted to go--the hospital?
Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel is invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses. Dillon Decker hopes he is the cure to her madness. But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?
Fate took away Baylor's past, giving her a second chance at life, but when faced with a choice to move forward, leave it buried, or follow her heart, she struggled with her basic need to survive and be loved. When she met Brandt, he gave her a reason to rebuild a life full of forgotten treasures.
When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.
Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.
Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.
A West Virginia mountain, the middle of a blizzard, killers on his trail…no place for a city boy like Lucky Cavanaugh, an ATF explosives specialist.

Out-manned, out-gunned and shot, he takes Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Vinnie Ry
an hostage until he convinces her that he’s one of the good guys.

Vinnie heals not only his injuries but also his broken heart. But when they uncover a terrorist plot, Lucky is forced to choose between duty and passion, risking the life of the woman he loves in order to save the lives of thousands.
When eighteen-year-old Kate’s father turns up drunk to graduation, she knows something is wrong—really wrong. What she doesn’t expect is a hereditary disease that will turn her life around.
The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life—about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.
Isolated on a raft after their ship capsizes, an alcoholic death-match fighter and a young woman have to face the elements as well as their entwined pasts. Bastian can survive in the harshest environments, but can he survive Raine?
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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LIVE! Deadly by Ker Dukey

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Title: Deadly (an Empathy novella)

Release Date: August 24,2015

Genre: Dark Thriller

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Normal is not something Ryan and Cereus have ever been, where’s the fun in normal?

When Cereus’s dreams follow her into the waking hours, she has to come to terms with the fact, Ryan is not the only monster in her madness. That she herself… can be just as deadly.

*Must be read after Vacant to fully enjoy this novel

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I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that i tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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Website / Facebook / Newsletter / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon /Tsu

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