Monday, July 31, 2017

Release Blitz: Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison

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Drafted first round pick when I was seventeen, playing first line at eighteen, branded NHL's bad boy at nineteen. At twenty-three I was cut from the team and living back home with my parents. A knock on the door brought an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. All I had to do was prove I learned from my mistakes, so no way would I fall for a chick with a pouty mouth even if I wanted to spend all day devouring it.


When my father gave me a job, I had no idea it would be to babysit some washed up NHL player. He wanted me to be his chaperone, his overpaid babysitter. I thought it was a joke. Then I met him, Matthew Grant. I wasn’t prepared for this particular bad boy. He’s not only hot but he’s arrogant and kinda sweet in a 'you make me crazy' kind of way.
Basically now that he’s finished screwing up his life, he’s decided to turn mine upside down.

She’s the first thing I’ve ever wanted more than hockey.

He’s the guy I know I should stay away from.

But what if this thing that started out so wrong turns into something so perfect?

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When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Blog Tour: Flutter by Olivia Evans

Dylan Walker has spent six years trying to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Presley Cooper. Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present.
Or so he thought.
Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing. With the help of an unexpected ally, Dylan must find the answers and save the girl he loves before it’s too late.
A second chance at love.
But first, he must find a way to make her remember her past. Remember him. Remember everything.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I really enjoyed this book.  I think what I really loved about it was the story line itself.  For me it was different from the romances that I normally read.  It was an emotional journey with many ups and downs, and heart breaking moments.  But there was also the suspense of it all and not knowing what would happen next or how everything would work out the way I wanted it too.  

Dylan lost the love of his life 6 years ago and has never been able to move on. He has gone to college and managed to live his life the way they had both planned but it doesn't mean he has forgotten about her or stopped loving her.  He moves to California after he graduates to start his new job in a hospital and at the same time hoping to move on.  But when he walks into work on day he sees her!!!  For a moment it's like his eyes and his brain are playing tricks on him, but it really is Presley.  The girl that  he has loved for a long time and still loves.  But when he looks closer he sees that she is not the girl he fell in love with.  She has no memory of who he is and her state of mind has been completely altered.  And he has to wonder what happened to her? How did she get this way?  He wants answers and he will do what it takes to not only get them but to fix it. He wants his girl back and he will risk everything to get her. 

Dylan was this amazing guy who was sweet and loving and once he found Presley again he never gave up.  I loved the relationship he formed with Cody, one of the other characters and it was so nice to see how close he was to his grandmother.  She was his biggest support system and right there for him when he needed her.  He loved Presley and would not let her done.  

Piece by piece the truth starts to unravel, and when it all comes out you cannot believe what this girl has gone through.  The things that were done to her by the people who are supposed to take care of her.  When things start to become clear to Presley she did her best to fight, to find out the truth and become the person she once was.  She had Dylan on her side and I think that was all she needed.  It was not an easy journey at all, and at times the moved forward only to take two step back.  

The suspense in this book is what I loved.  When you start to see the truth come out I had to wonder how would Dylan be able to fight this.  The two people he needed to fight against to get Presley back to herself and out of the place she was in seemed impossible.  But i loved that he would not give up.

Flutter is unique in it's own way.  I loved the characters and the relationships that they built.  We get to see Presley and Dylan's relationship evolve as the author takes us back in time to when they started dating.  We also see the trauma and the reason why Presley was confined to a mental hospital and it was so heart breaking to watch.  At times through this book there was certainly heart break, for all of the characters.  Watching Presley go through her episodes, and Dylan having to watch it all happen.  It was an emotional journey and one that I really enjoyed.  

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.“You know, Dylan, there are many hospitals you could work at in New York. If I didn’t believe your moving to California with all those hippies was the best thing for you, I might beg you to stay.”

An unexpected laugh bubbled from his chest as he shook his head. His grandmother put up a good front about being accepting of different cultures and lifestyles, but try as she might, she was blue-blooded through and through. Growing up in one of the wealthiest families in New York had a way of doing that to a person. He had been like that once, before he lost her. The familiar hollowness that always came with her memory began to swell. He couldn’t deal with that right now.

“You’re the one who suggested I interview at Grace Hospital in the first place. If it weren’t for you, I never would have considered moving to California. Also,” Dylan exhaled. “I need a change, Grandmother. There are too many memories here. Too many ghosts.” When he noticed her frown, he looked away and pushed his messy dark blond hair out of his eyes. He needed a haircut. It was one of many things he'd neglected recently.

“I know you loved her, Dylan. I loved her too, but it's been six years. It's time to accept what happened and move forward.”

“Two,” he corrected, trying not to flinch. Her words felt like a physical blow. “Until two years ago, I still had hope that one day…” Dylan pulled in a deep breath and pushed his memories into the darkest corner of his mind. “That’s why I’m moving to California. Going to college at Penn State, staying close to home, those were things we were supposed to do together. I’ve lived the life we planned without her. I thought it would get better, but it hasn’t. I need to go where everything I see doesn’t remind me of her.”

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Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She's obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu's.

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