Monday, 23 May 2016

Blog Tour + Giveaway ~ Bet On Me by Mia Hoddell


Bet On Me
by Mia Hoddell
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Standalone
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Page Count: 290
Only $0.99 for Release Week
It’s all a game until they’re betting with their lives.

Alaya Matthews is in search of freedom. Tired of her mundane life, she packs everything she owns into two bags and heads for Europe. Her plan is simple: see the world and be adventurous, don’t get tied down, don’t settle for less than her heart’s desires, and never fall in love.

However, Alaya didn’t plan for Cole Ashford.

Drawn to her love of life, Cole wants to know how to live again. For seven years he’s been dead inside, and the numerous threats hanging over his head have finally caught up with him. What Cole doesn’t realise is accepting Alaya’s help will mean confronting every part of his tainted past. Alaya is desperate to know what haunts him, and she’s so certain he’ll reveal it she invents a bet he can’t refuse.

One is never enough though, and as they grow closer together, the more daring their wagers become. Neither of them will back down from a challenge, but the stakes are being raised. Gambling on Cole may cost Alaya her heart, or even worse, her life.
Bet On Me is $0.99 for the release week only!

Buy Bet On Me within the first week and you can also claim an exclusive bonus scene. Just fill in the form HERE.
“One of the best stories I've read this year … I rarely get chance to sit and read a book from start to finish, but this is one of those that you just have to make time for.” ~ Author Keren Hughes
“A romantic suspense full of intrigue right from the start that had me on the edge of my seat.” ~ Anne @ Bookaholics Reading Haven
“This book is full of suspense and the chemistry between Alaya and Cole is scorching.” ~ Author Sharon Stevenson
He shook his head in despair. “I’m beginning to think I made a mistake trying to save you. You’re not going to make my life easy, are you?”
I clutched my hands to my chest, giving him my best dreamy-eyed swoon. “Aww, you were trying to save me. You’re so sweet! And for the record, no, I’m not going to make your life easy. But hey,” I shrugged, “it was your choice. You could always save me by boxing him against the window and leaving me in peace.”
“Oh really? Maybe I’ll just go to the toilet instead and leave you to fend for yourself.” He kicked one leg out into the aisle, moving to stand. When his body shifted, it gave me another glimpse of the greasy-haired man who watched us from the corner of his eye and reached for his bag, as if ready to pounce as soon as Hazel … uh, Cole moved.
Throwing away all self-respect, I reached out and grabbed his wrist. “No!”
He sniggered and collapsed back against the seat with a smirk. “So you do need saving.”
I narrowed my eyes at him. “You’re cruel.”
“Sweetheart, you don’t know me, remember? Don’t sound so surprised.”
My jaw dropped at his words and my gaze shifted nervously around the carriage. Maybe I was better off taking my chances with the other guy. I swallowed hard.
“I’m not your sweetheart.”
“Would you prefer it if I called you Ice Queen or Gingernut instead? Because I didn’t think those would go over as well.”
Glowering at him for flipping my line back around on me, I folded my arms across my chest. I refused to rise to his teasing and ask why those names. Gingernut obviously came from the way my hair changed colour in the sun. However, Ice Queen could have been because of a number of things.
“This is the part where you’re supposed to give me your name,” he prompted when I didn’t respond.
“You could always not talk to me. Problem solved.”
“Sweetheart it is.”
To celebrate the release of Bet On Me, Mia is hosting an online release party.  There will be plenty of takeovers, giveaways, games, and more so make sure you JOIN HERE
#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me. Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Blog Tour Review ~ Always His (Crazed Devotion #1) by C.A. Harms

Title: Always His
Series: Crazed Devotion #1
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 9, 2016
Forgiveness … 
It isn’t always as easy as it sounds. 
Becoming a Marine had been Ryker’s dream, but that dream faded when it led to losing the one girl who held his heart. 
Returning to Alabama after being gone for more than five years was going to be hard, but he couldn’t continue to live without her. 
His world seemed empty and there was only one thing that could heal that void. 
Find Nicole… 
Beg for her forgiveness… 
And never let her go again. 
She would always be his...

My Opinion

This is the second book I've read by this author now. I found Always His to be a sweet, heart-warming read, that held my interest so that I sped through it.

I dived into this book the minute it appeared in my kindle and had finished it within a few hours. This author has a gentle style of writing that's great for purely escaping from the real world. It draws you in and keeps you hooked.

Always His is a cute romance about Ryker returning home after a stint in the Marines to fight for the girl he left behind. The romance is sweet, and there's definitely a connection. I did feel things moved a little too quickly and were a bit drama-less at times. Everything just seemed too easy and I wanted Ryker to have to work harder to win Nicole over.

Saying that though, that's what made it a great escape read. It remained light-hearted for most of the book and kept a smile on my face.

Overall, this was another good read. I enjoyed it and will most likely be looking out for book two.


3.5


“Every time I read a C.A. Harms book I think I have found my favorite book, then I read her next one and I fall in love all over again! Always His is the first book in a new series called Crazed Devotion and it starts with a BANG!” ~Geri from Southern Yankee Book Reviews
“Absolutely one of the most romantic love stories I have ever read.” ~Nancy from My Girlfriends Nook Corner

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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