New Release ~ 3.5 Stars for Spin the Bottle by Sara Wylde

Spin the Bottle by Sara Wylde is available NOW!

“Smart and sexy NA contemporary—like the Goblin King if he starred in a modern day Cruel Intentions. I loved this story!” – USAT Bestselling Author, Virginia Nelson

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Jax

I’m a virgin, but I don’t want to be. I just want to get it over with, so I made a list. I held interviews. (I know, I’m a total Type A.) The winner is Sebastian Rathbone. Grade A Beefcake who plays defense for the Grizzlies’ Rugby team. Manwhore extraordinaire. So basically, a professional. The problem? My best friend, Matt. For some reason, he wanted me to pick him. I’d never choose him because then I’d fall in love and I remember the hell that was middle school. Now that he’s grown into his head and feet, and he is by definition also Grade A Beefcake, there’s even less chance he’d ever feel more than friendship for me. Why put myself through that? I thought I’d locked all of that away until a game of Spin the Bottle makes me doubt everything. Especially the lie I’ve been telling myself about not being in love with my best friend.

Matt

Sebastian Rathbone? Dude. No way. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s not the guy for Jax. If anyone knows the guy for Jax, that’s me. It hurts I wasn’t even consulted. Actually, what bothers me the most is that she didn’t ask me to be the one. To punch her V-Card, I mean. I’m pretty good at what I do, or so I’ve been told. It should be a good memory. Something special. And lemme tell you, Rathboner isn’t going to make it special for anyone. I don’t like it that there’s this part of her she’s going to give to someone else, but I guess I have to get right with it. I’m the best friend. Not the lover. Except when faced with losing her, I’ll have to take a spin on chance just one more time.

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3.5 Stars!

A friends to lovers romance. I was a little disappointed in this one. The first book in the series was edgy and kind of deep. Spin the Bottle was mostly sex and much less story.

Jax and Matt and Bastian are all friends. Matt and Jax are best friends. Jax is a virgin and she wants to lose her virginity. Can you see where this is going? I appreciate the pan- and bi-sexual relationships and I thought they were done very well, but that doesn’t forgive the fact that the book would fall apart without the sex. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is hot but not super gratuitous. If you haven’t read the first book, then let me tell you, this group of friends is quite twisted. I guess I just thought Wylde could have done more with the relationship between Jax and Matt.

Overall, a pretty good read, but just didn’t sit with me as well as book one.

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About the Author:

Sara Wylde is the crackfic! contemporary pen name for PNR/UF author Saranna DeWylde. She rather imagines that all the pen names live in the same dorm in her head and frequently have discussions that look and sound something like an episode of Herman’s Head.

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Book Blitz: 5 Stars for Painting Sky by Rita Branches!

Painting Sky
Rita Branches
(Painting Sky #1)
Publication date: April 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

*It’s a Stand-alone*

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My Review:

5 Stars!

Wow!  What to say?  Painting Sky is beautiful journey of growing up, feeling out of place and finding home in the most unexpected of places.

The story starts with Jane driving away from home with her boyfriend of four years.  She is moving in with her older brother, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s older brother and starting college.  The four of them have known each other for years, but shortly after moving in, she realizes things aren’t the way they used to be.  She struggles to fit in, her efforts at independence are squashed at every turn by her brother and her boyfriend, but they have lives outside of the house, so why can’t she?  The only one who treats her like an adult is her boyfriend’s brother, Keith, and she hates him.  The rest of the story is Jane’s journey of self-discovery and figuring out that what you once thought you needed isn’t what you needed at all.  Sometimes, what you need is the one thing you never wanted.

The Good:  A wonderful enemies to lovers, coming of age romance.  A heroine who comes into her own, is believable and makes mistakes without being over the top.  A hero you can’t help but love.  I sweet HEA that will leave you satisfied.

The Not So Good:  The writing starts off a little shaky, but gains momentum and improves by the end.  There is a twist towards the end of the book that was a little clichéd and kind of out of the blue, but it doesn’t distract from the overall message of the book.

My recommendation:  A definite add to your TBR and your book collection.  Follow this author.  This is her debut effort, but I see great things to come for her.

EXCERPT:

The next towels were easier. I was getting colder and so tired that my eyes started to shut and I dozed off. When the towel on my stomach was removed, the breeze on my skin made me shiver and woke me up.

“Just one more time, and then we’ll check if the fever has lowered.” He changed the towels again. I had stopped feeling awkward about the lack of clothes a long time ago: maybe between the cold towel or the scared look on Keith’s face.

My shivering never stopped. After Keith took all the towels from my body, I just wanted to curl up and sleep. The sheets were wet, though, as well as my clothes. Keith left for a minute and I opened one eye to see him standing at the door, frowning.

“What is it now?”

“I can’t find any clean sheets,” he answered. I wasn’t feeling good enough today to do laundry, so the other set was dirty.

“Come on. Try sitting up.” Keith opened one of my drawers.

“What are you doing?” It was where I kept my underwear. He ignored my protests and took some black cotton panties and a matching tank top and placed them on the bed.

“I’ll be in the hallway. Call me when you’re done—unless you want my help.” His smirk was weak, but I knew he was trying to make me smile. I shooed him out of my room with a wave of my hand and took my time changing out of my clothes. My body hurt, especially my ribs.

“I’m coming in,” Keith warned, as soon as I pulled the tank top down. “Can you get up?” I obeyed him, unsure of why he wanted me to get up if I didn’t have any clean sheets to change the bed with. My bedroom swung around me and I had to sit back down again. I was too weak to stand. Keith sighed and put his arms under me. I stiffened instantly, not just at the gesture, but also at my lack of clothing. He picked me up and left my room.

“What are you doing?”

“What do you think? I’m taking you to my room. The sheets are clean, I haven’t slept there this week, and they are dry, at least.” He winked while pushing open his bedroom door with his shoulder. I had been in his room once or twice to bring him his clean clothes, but I’d never taken the time to look around. I wouldn’t do so this time, either, as the only light on was from the lamp on his bedside table.

The space was clean and tidy. I imagined all his clutter was in the attic, where he spent most of his time.

I whimpered against his cold sheets. “Come on, scoot over,” he said, as soon as he laid me down. I did what he asked and the next thing I felt was his warm body against mine. I gasped at the contact, but scooted back against his chest. I tried to ignore the chuckle that came from him, which shook my body slightly.

His hand came to rest on my stomach for a second before he pulled my tank top up. I was prepared to turn and punch him in the face when I realized what he was trying to do. He lifted his own shirt and hugged my bare back. I sighed, trying not to moan. For the second time tonight, I wasn’t cold, as his body was warmer than mine.

“Just so we’re clear, in the morning, we go back to not caring much for the other, right?” I asked, more to try and clear the air. I felt him tense before answering me with a weird shrug.

“I guess,” he mumbled.

“Why do you hate me?” I whispered.

 

Author Bio:

Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/

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Blog Tour with Excerpt, Author Interview and Giveaway: Safe With You by Sophie Lira

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SAFE WITH YOU by Sophie Lira

PUBLISHER: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Ages: New Adult

Category: NA Contemporary

Olivia’s starting over in the Big Easy. But just under the surface, she’s terrified her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her.

Kyle’s dream of playing pro baseball was shattered when surgery left him with rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without the sport he’d built his life around.

Broken and alone, Olivia and Kyle could be exactly what the other needs.

Just as they begin to trust what they’re feeling, things take a dangerous turn when Olivia’s past catches up to her. Will Olivia run again, or stay and fight for the life she and Kyle deserve?

 

Author Interview

I would like to welcome author, Sophie Lira, to Quesarasera Book Reviews.

 

Tell us a little about yourself, Sophie.
Well, I live in New Jersey. I’m a huge sports fan (Football, Baseball, the Olympics) and I love to travel. When I’m not writing, I work in a small brewery. I love beer and really appreciate the craft in it. I’m really fortunate to work with awesome people who are really great at what they do.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, actually. It’s something I kind of just fell into about four years ago. I went through a horrible rough patch when my father passed away. I needed something to get my mind off it, and a family friend suggested journaling. I was never a Dear Diary kind of girl, so I decided to take up writing. I loved the classes I took in college so I went with it. I found a really great core of writer friends to help me edit and guide me through the journey.
Safe With You is set in the awesome city of New Orleans.  What made you choose New Orleans as the setting?

I wanted something fun and different in the south. I’m from the Northeast and after 30 years, dreaming up something in a new city was definitely needed.
Do you have any funny writing quirks?

I never plot or outline. Ever. I’m trying to do that now with a new manuscript I’m working on. But for this whole series, I just went with the flow in my head. I also can not write in 3rd person or past tense for the life of me. Apparently I’m one of the few, haha.
What was the hardest part of writing Safe With You?

Editing! I went through a million edits (and two re-writes!) before I was signed with Swoon. Since I mentioned I don’t really outline, I had to re-write a lot. But I found a good medium of writing down the big picture after I was done with a chapter which really helped me pick the flow I needed.

Sophie, thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

 

Excerpt from Safe With You

“Liv, I would never let anything happen to you.” I know. The words are a firm, solid promise. As his lips press to my forehead, I practically shudder. “Just let me in a little more. I won’t let you get hurt.”

I won’t let you get hurt again, either.

Before I can look up, his arms wrap around me and he holds me close. The hug has the most perfect amount of affection and pressure to shield me from the world. The softness of his T-shirt laced with his cologne is like the most luxurious blanket I never want to leave.

I get comfortable, leaning into him still, basking in the quiet, serene atmosphere, until I doze off, loving the way I feel in his arms. (Olivia, Chapter Seven)

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Author Bio

Sophie Lira grew up smack dab in the middle of New Jersey. As a self-proclaimed sports junkie she can usually be found rooting for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Ravens, and especially her Alma Mater, Rutgers University. She’s also a seasoned beer snob with a preference for crisp pilsners, pumpkin anything, and chocolatey stouts. Her number one passion outside of writing is her never-ending wanderlust. Sophie is always looking for her next batch of frequent flier miles, passport stamps, and the perfect clouds to post on Instagram. She still resides in Central New Jersey and spends her days at an Industrial Design firm working in HR. Favorite things include: Dunkin’ Donuts coconut iced coffee, the Olympics, all-you-can-eat sushi, and Siberian Huskies.

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Cover Reveal: Relevance by Sonya Loveday

Relevance
Sonya Loveday
(The Six #2.5)
Publication date: March 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Relevance

The noun form of the adjective “relevant”.

Meaning “important to the matter at hand”.

Secretly located in the tunnels under Chicago’s city streets, Cole Enterprise is home to a group of trained soldiers. Jake Aceton is their newest acquisition. Recruited from boot camp before graduation after being handpicked by Grant Jackson, Jake is plunged into the mysterious underground world, forever changing his life.

Regardless of his relevance to Cole Enterprise, Jake has a hard time looking past all he has to give up. Can he learn to live in his own shadow in order to protect those he loves?

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Author Bio:

Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to purchasing her first laptop in 2009, and publishing her first novel, Casted, in 2013.

In early 2014, Sonya expanded Casted and then went on to publish Spelled, the sequel to Casted in March, wrapping up the series, and her stint with Paranormal Romance. For now.

Not long after the completion to the Casted Series, Sonya tried her hand at New Adult/Coming of Age, a sub-genre of Contemporary Romance. Thusly, the Six were born with The Summer I Fell, which released at the end of July 2014. The demand from readers was instantanious, which brought about End Note, the second book of the series in December 2014.

To date, Sonya lives in Central Florida with her husband, and two kids, and is currently working on her fifth book set to release later this spring 2015.

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