Romance review: Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

Sutphin BoulevardSutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Rating: Get it, drool over it, love it.  One of my top reads of 2015.

 

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Quickie Review: Canine by Jordan C Price

canine-400Canine by Jordan C Price

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy novella

Format: Kindle ARC

Score: 10/10

Plot: What’s the difference between a faithful companion and a feral animal? Wild Bill suspects the line separating the two is shaky at best. Supposedly, Michael has been tamed, and he swears he gave up hunting. But when he comes home covered in blood and reeking of adrenaline, Bill fears Michael has crossed paths with another bloodsucker, and the urge to exterminate the vamp was too powerful to resist.

Michael doesn’t need to hunt vampires to stir up trouble. His run-in with threatening neighbors has left him baffled, demoralized, and teetering on the brink of yet another episode of depression. It tears Bill up inside to see Michael suffer—unfortunately, the sorrow also trips his most primal vamp triggers. Before he knows it, his own inner beast rears up, ravenous, insatiable, and ready to tear into the next thing that crosses his path…making him wonder if it was wishful thinking to hope that either of them had been successfully domesticated.

Review: Phenomenal writing. Fantastic storytelling. Over way too quick. BUY IT OMG YOU NEED IT.

Would you guys be mad if I left it at that? Seriously, Jordan C Price is of that genre of writers I like to call, the Masters. Master storytellers like her can give us a 28 page novella, pack in a tight plot, beautiful wording, a bit of mystery, and a romantic interlude that packs a punch(!). Combined it leaves us satisfied yet craving more; each piece independently is just as good. How is it possible?! I’ve never come across a writer so capable of writing Urban Fantasy. She has a macabre way of thinking that will root around in your brain and linger. Fans of her Channeling Morpheus series will find this novella delicious and fulfilling. People who’ve never read Channeling Morpheus could enjoy it just as much though a lot of context would obviously be lost. This one is so worth a read…if only to get a glimpse of the Southern Gothic world you are loathe to leave after reading Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary and A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion.

What you’ll love: wondrous writing; dark, twisted vampire laden setting; romantic and steamy romance between a vampire and his human lover; Wild Bill acting as Michael’s Knight in Shining Armor; a chance to revisit the CM universe again.

What you may hate: only 28 pages (when all you want is more); filthy, smutty vampires leaving a bloody trail all over the USA; not much else?

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Paranormal Review: A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion by Jordan C Price

sweeto-600A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Channeling Morpheus Books 6-10) by Jordan C Price

Published by: JCP Books

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: Paranormal of the Southern Gothic Vampire variety

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 8/10

If you’re looking for a Twilight reboot, this ain’t it.

Warning to all: there be slutty vamps here!

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Birthday Giveaway #5: Priscilla Glenn

Birthday Giveaway #5: Priscilla Glenn

Priscilla, Priscilla: you had me from the moment we met Michael from Back to You! I swear, I’ve never reviewed a romance novel on the blog because, let’s face it, this blog is geared more toward the Y than the A. But I made a BIG EXCEPTION for Back to You because it was so wrought with emotion and so very beautiful that I wanted to share it with all of you; plus, it had some heavy YA crossover bits I could use if anyone questioned it being on the site (bases covered! YES!).

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I gotta tell you guys, if you haven’t read her yet, Priscilla is phenomenal. She wrote her first book just to prove to herself that she could and thank god she did cause it’s one of the most poignant stories of love lost and found that I’ve ever read. She has a new book coming out soon called Emancipating Andie that we’re all dying to get our hot little hands on and well, guess what she’s going to be giving you for my birthday???

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Cover Reveal: Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

Priscilla Glenn, author of Back to You, has a new book coming out in March. YES! I’m going to pretend that it’s New Adult (it kinda sounds like it could be, alright?) even though it’s being dubbed Contemporary Romance. Let’s just say “Tomato, Tomahto” and get on with the good stuff!

The blurb:

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

The author:


Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.

If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.

And now…the cover! 

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ILYAF Exclusive! Extended sneak peek from Priscilla Glenn’s soon to be released, Emancipating Andie

I asked, she gave. Priscilla Glenn is such a doll that when I joked around, saying, “You know, for your Back to You blog tour, you could just give us an exclusive sneak peek,” she agreed! Just like that! What an awesome writer and person! So here you go…try not to spontaneously combust until the very end.

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Back to You Blog Tour Stops at I Love YA Fiction: Q&A, review, and exclusive teasers for next book!

Welcome to day 1 of The Priscilla Glenn Back to You Blog Tour! Woohoo!!! We’re so happy to be one of the first stops and we have a fun Q&A with Priscilla Glenn for you, a fabulous review, a signed copy giveaway, plus an exclusive teaser (and details about the release of the full sneak peek at the end of the tour next week)! So let’s get down to business!

You read Back to You by Priscilla Glenn, right? RIGHT?! If not, stop everything you’re doing and get on this book! I’ll wait. Don’t believe me? Check out our review of the book here and if a 10+ star review doesn’t convince you then, well, you have issues. This book and the author are nothing short of amazing! Back to You is the story of Lauren, a day care teacher still reeling ten years after being left behind by her best friend and first love Michael. When he shows up at the daycare with his daughter in tow, Lauren is shocked to discover she just might still have feelings for him and is forced to choose between this ghost from her past and the perfect man she’s currently dating. I can’t do it justice. All I can say is, read our review, buy the book, and then put your entry in to win 1 of 3 signed copies below!

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Now on to the fun stuff! Below you’ll find a hilarious Top Ten with Priscilla and a teaser of the sneak peek to her new book, Emancipating Andie, we’ll be releasing in its entirety January 9th.

Top Ten with Priscilla Glenn

Full disclosure: I totally cheat when it comes to “favorite” surveys. Instead of choosing favorites, I give lists. You’ve been warned.

Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing, A Bronx Tale, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Karate Kid (the original!), My Cousin Vinny, The Princess Bride

Favorite song: Colorblind by Counting Crows, This Year’s Love by David Gray (I taught myself how to play both on the piano!), Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne, These Are The Days by Van Morrison, Arizona by Kings of Leon, Last Request by Paolo Nutini, Killing Me Softly by The Fugees, Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

A place I’d love to visit: Italy, Greece (especially Santorini), Hawaii

Item you can’t live without: My cell phone. I know it’s irrational, but if I ever happen to forget it at home, or if it runs out of battery in a place where I can’t charge it, I have a moment of sheer panic. It’s quite ridiculous.

Person you would like to meet: If I were being fantastical, I would say Maya Angelou. If I were being realistic, I would say Katja Millay, author of The Sea of Tranquility. She stepped up and took me under her wing when I first published Back to You, and we’ve been trading emails, texts, and phone calls ever since. We often lament the fact that we can’t just hop in the car and meet up for coffee. Or alcohol, depending on the day ;)

Favorite hobby: If I say reading and writing, is that cheating? It truly does take up most of the free time I have when I’m not teaching or taking care of my family. I love, love, love getting manicures and pedicures. Does that qualify as a hobby? 😉 I also love teaching myself songs on the piano, although it’s been a while since I’ve learned anything new.

Guilty pleasure: Robert Pattinson. I know, I know. My husband never misses an opportunity to tell me I’m not thirteen years old, to which I always respond that I don’t have a crush on him for being Edward. I like that he’s humble and self-deprecating and funny. And also, he’s sex on legs.

Favorite book/author: anything by Emily Giffin, Stephenie Meyer, JR Ward, Tammara Webber, Victoria Dahl, Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, SC Stephens

Favorite color: blue

Collect anything? Do toys count? My kids are five, three, and ten months. My family room often looks like an episode of hoarders.

EXCLUSIVE TEASER for Priscilla Glenn’s next book, Emancipating Andie. The full 3 page sneak peek will be released on January 9th! Check back for the full thing but for now, content yourself with this:

He lunged at her and she screeched in protest, attempting to get out of the car, but he grabbed her hand before she could reach the handle.

Andie sucked in a breath and froze.

It was like a static shock, only not unpleasant, a fuzzy electric tingling that shot up

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her arm the second he touched her, settling in her chest.

As soon as she gave up the fight, he reached over and took her other hand, sandwiching them between both of his.

She could feel the warmth of his skin permeating hers as he pressed his palms together, and she glanced up at him. He was watching her, his eyes full of amusement and something else she couldn’t place.

More of this awesome sneak peek to be revealed in just 6 days…

 

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Reveal! The Revamped and Glamorous Cover for Back to You by Priscilla Glenn

Hey! So you read Back to You by Priscilla Glenn and fell in love with Lauren and Michael, right? Us too! Heck, we loved it so much that we forced the author to befriend us and now we’re BFFs who can joke about things like Friends reruns and funny Nickelback parodies. She also gave us an exclusive Q&A session where she revealed the real life inspiration of Michael in addition to letting us pick her brain for random and fun facts. Now, we’re back with the latest news about this fantastic read. The cover has been revamped and is more glamorous and fabulous than before. Without any more blah-blah-blahing, here it is; for your eyes only: Back to You!

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Author Spotlight: Priscilla Glenn

Hey, you! Welcome to our first ever Author Spotlight. Woot woot! I’ve made it my mission in life to find out more about the authors I love and you just get to benefit from it. Lucky ducks! Tonight’s Author Spotlight is focusing on someone who has recently burst out on the scene with a debut novel you might have heard of:

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