RB Reviews: Alienated

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

RB Reviews: AlienatedAlienated by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on 4th February 2014
Genres: Aliens, Sci Fi, YA
Pages: 344
Source: NetGalley
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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COVER REVEAL: Between Everything and Us

I am so unbelievably excited to reveal the cover of Rebecca Paula’s second novel, Between Everything and Us. She is one of the most amazing authors I’ve ever had the privilege of reading and the fact she’s one of my friends makes her books all the more addictive. If you like your NA with complex characters, beautiful settings and a plotline gunning straight for your heart, then you’ll want to check her out. Continue reading

RB Reviews: Pawn

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

RB Reviews: PawnPawn by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by MIRA Ink on 3rd January 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, YA
Pages: 347
Source: NetGalley
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered. The same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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NaNo WIP Hop!

It has been aaaaages since my last post, and even longer since I told you about the projects I’m working on so when my wonderful CP Katie tagged me, I knew I had to step up to the oche. This is a NaNo related hop to find out more about what has made us turn into hermits this month. To set it up, my project is about a reluctant resurrectionist (grave robber) who unearths a coffin and completely ruins a hostage exchange. Continue reading

Warning! This book has words in it…

Is it just me or do you miss the days when you found a book completely your own? Nobody else had read it, nobody had heard of it. You were the first of your friends to read the book with no expectations and every plot twist hits you out of nowhere. I miss that. I really do. If I were to pick up a book now, there’s an extremely good chance I already know something about it. “It has the best romance….you’ll never see the twist coming…..that ENDING…the main character is a badass.” Continue reading

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Everly After

*taps mic* Are you still there? I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I last posted…but I’m SO excited that my first post back is for such a brilliant book. One of my very dear friends and CP’s is unveiling the cover for her fantastically gritty NA debut, Everly After. You guys, I’m not being biased, you need to hurry to your nearest online retailer and get this bad boy pre-ordered right now. If you’re a fan of Kate McGarry’s gritty storylines and you’re looking for a New Adult book that tugs at the heartstrings, then this is the book for you. Becka also has a giveaway for us as well so be sure to check it out! Without any further ado, I’ll shut the hell up and tell you exactly what you want to know:

Book Cover - Everly After v4Everly After by Rebecca Paula
Publication date: October 21st 2014

All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.

Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waiting tables in busy a Parisian café after college graduation. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic behind her—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her delicate grip on a future begins slipping away, before a smug British war correspondent crashes her party and refuses to let her live hiding behind oversized sunglasses. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.

There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.

Twenty-five year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after he’s kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris and struggling with PTSD, he locks himself away to work on a novel while recovering and save his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans of laying low are quickly forgotten. He craves the energy and danger of war zones and realizes Everly is the perfect replacement, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that to do so means fighting for himself first.

*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*


It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness.

I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction.

When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.

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Yet another update

As you can tell, there’s been a lot of radio silence on this here blog over the past few months so I thought I’d give you an update about what’s going on.

First of all, work has been unbelievable. I’m based in a very busy office and look after four staff (two full-time and two part-time) and with all four in, we’re stretched to the limit. About a month ago, one of my full-timers left so I’ve been doing my job as well as hers to help out the team. Then my boss went on holiday for a fortnight so I had to recruit someone else, train up a temp, train up ANOTHER temp because the first was a disaster, do my manager’s job and then train up the replacement full-timer. Doing three jobs at the same time did wonders for my nails, though! 23 years old and I’ve finally stopped biting them. I’m about 5 weeks “clean” now so I like to think I’ve kicked the habit. The overtime and added stress left me completely done in so any extra energy I had I spent climbing into bed.

Secondly, my depression (which normally hangs around in the peripheries) swooped in for a full-on crapfest. A week of trying to claw my way out of a pit of despair didn’t really help with blogging and now that work has calmed down, the after effects are still lingering: exhaustion, teariness for no reason etc.

With regards to reading and reviewing, it’s been a full month since I read a book and even though I have a LOAD of reviews drafted up in my notebook, finding the time/energy to type them into a post is hard to find. I’ve actually noticed that my writing directly affects my reading. After finishing the first draft of The Breakup Playlist (yay!) I took a month off and in that time, no book could hold my attention. I just didn’t care about what I was reading so I stopped incase I missed out on a brilliant book because of my mood. On Sunday I started to get the little flutterings of writing inspiration and I knew it was time to get back on the horse! It should only take another couple of days to finish the TBUP revisions and I can feel my reading palate clearing so here’s hoping I get to pick up a beauty next week 😉

Getting back to writing as wiped away the cobwebs, I can feel my love for blogging starting to come back so I just want to thank you all for staying with me and let you know that I am going to bring this blog back under control. It’s just taken a while, that’s all :)


Cover Reveal: Forged in Fire

New Orleans at night can be a magical place. High energy. Hot music. Hotter men.



But there’s a reason this city carries a haunted, mystical aura when the streets clear and the mist rises. There’s a reason one shouldn’t stray too far alone…like I did.

FiF2 Who am I? Genevieve Drake.

I’m not the helpless kind of girl. Never needed a man to come to my rescue. That is, not until my twentieth birthday when some dude nearly chokes me to death in an alley. A hot stranger saves me by splitting the dude in half, ripping a monster from inside, and then incinerates it into ash.

The hot guy? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons. Now my guardian, whether I like it or not. But I’m seriously beginning to like it.

The dude choking me? One of many demons from the underworld trying to abduct or kill my ass. As the prime target of the demon prince, Dante, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans for me, I now have no problem accepting Jude’s protection.

Why me? I’m a Vessel, one who is born to serve the light but can be corrupted and used as a weapon for darkness. Until that fateful night, I had no idea this world even existed.

Now, I just want to survive it.






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RB Reviews: Far From You

I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

RB Reviews: Far From YouFar from You by Tess Sharpe
Published by Indigo, Orion on 27th March 2014
Genres: Mystery, YA
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?

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