Monday, January 12, 2015

Til Death PT. 2 by Bella Jewel

Title: 'Til Death: Volume Two
Series: 'Til Death #2
Author: Bella Jewel
 Release Date: January 12, 2015


They say there's a fine line between love and hate.

There is.

I married a douchebag.

I didn't know it at the time.

He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.

I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.

Then he left me high and dry.

Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.

He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.

I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.

I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.

With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.

Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.

I may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave me.

He has to pay.

And pay he will.

*This is part two of a two book series and it will contain a HEA – Readers over 18+

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Kelsie's Review

4 Stars!!

I get exactly what I want out of Katia that was missing out of the first book: a backbone. One of the biggest problems I have with these books that have men with giant alpha male personas is the idea that all the women are supposed to be the point of it being detrimental. I mean, GOD! With Katia, it was painful to read in the first book. I felt so bad for her and wished she fought back, demanded more, and just once told Marcus to shove it! At least she does it at the end. 

So now we have the conclusion and it starts off with a huge one-two punch to the face in chapter one. Like what?! I'm not going to tell you. Nope. Go read. But what?! Poor Katia. Anyways, she's going all JLo's Enough, y'all. Minus the chopping off all her hair and training like a damn champ. She will be getting her any means necessary. At first, I was like "Yes, girl! Get it!" But after while, as it usually does with revenge, one tends to lose themselves to their revenge. And man does Katia take a left turn. Victims turn into monsters and monsters to victims. What was once black and white, get's gray paint thrown alllllll over it. I liked this part the most, I have to say. I like that she crossed lines and was horrified. I feel like we're often horrified but the depths we can go when we grieve and blame, but it's not really discussed. So good on you, Bella Jewel! 

I gave it four stars because I felt the end wrapped up super quick and I'm not sure if it's because it read like a serial so if I read it back to back it wouldn't be that way, but I felt like more needed to be worked out between our two protagonists. I would have also liked for a relationship between her father and her brothers to have been explored more rather than just accepted so easily (even Ford who bitched for like, half a second, got over it. Come on.) Especially since that...dang, I'm going to give something away....I would have thought their relationship would have been explored more since a certain theme was repeated *cough.*

So I'm not known for my subtlety. OH WELL. Anyhoo, worth the read! Lot's of angst, emotion, and hate sex so if you're pmsing its perfect! (Hahahaha sorry I had to!)

Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin

*Don’t read this book if you don’t like snarky, dominant, tattooed men who say things like “Open your mouth, and I will,” after you tell them to shove it. And don’t read this book if you don’t like sassy, strong-willed, fiercely independent heroines who use phrases like “bossy asshole” as a term of endearment. You have been warned.*

“Tattooed package of sin.” 

That’s how Savannah Ryan would describe her new boss, Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in Boston’s newest underground fighting organization. She’d also describe him as bossy, arrogant, and—depending on what he does to piss her off that particular day—an asshole.

It’s that aloof attitude, along with Savannah’s witty comebacks and tight little body that land her on his radar. Unfortunately for her, Declan is relentless when he sets his sights on someone, both in and out of the ring. Unfortunately for him, this recently reformed bad girl is trying to go straight after heading down a dangerous path. She’s not going to make this easy for him. In fact, she’s going to make it—and him—very, very hard.

Declan’s not worried, though. He’ll have Savannah come hell or high water, because if there’s one word he’d use to describe her, it’s “MINE.”

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Ages: 18+

Kelsie's Review!!
5 - Against my better judgement - Stars!!!

Here me out...numero uno, I usually avoid books with the naked chest covers. Why? Because they usually don't hold much behind them other than a set of abs. Meaning: substance is usually lacking. And yet....I one-clicked. Numero dos, the warning, "*Don’t read this book if you don’t like snarky, dominant, tattooed men who say things like “Open your mouth, and I will,” after you tell them to shove it. And don’t read this book if you don’t like sassy, strong-willed, fiercely independent heroines who use phrases like “bossy asshole” as a term of endearment. You have been warned.*" Now when I read that I was like "Gross." AND YET I ONE-CLICKED! 

I have no idea what possessed me. Lord knows its not the reviews because one thing I've learned over the course of the self-publishing boom is that there is NO accounting for taste, but when I say I'm glad I did one-click, I really and truly am. Because see...that warning is a little misleading. It makes you believe that Declan (I'm partial to the name too *wink*) is a total asshole that's supposed to be sexy. You know the kind..."get on your knees, skank" and the readers are supposed to be all "OMG, how sexy!" Nope! Declan's not like! He's actually sexy and macho WITHOUT coming off as a total jockstrap. Well fucking done, Kelley R. Martin! Does he get jealous? Yes! But it doesn't turn into some unhealthy foreshadowing that gets ignored! I actually really liked this guy! He's funny, caring, sweet, manly, sexy, and respectful of women! Who would have thought that was possible?! Also and this is a big one for me, people...NO GRATUITOUS SEX!! Can I get a freaking standing-o for this, pleeease?! I am so tired of people forsaking plot in the sake of multiple orgasms. I like my sex, just like everybody else, but 10 pg sex scenes in every chapter make me cross eyed. You are not as creative as you think you are, it's going to become monotonous! I promise you! Whew...rant over. Sorry about that! 

Now we get to Savannah. I like Savannah too! Authors have been missing the boat when it comes to sassy and witty...they've been missing and hitting bitchy or trite right on the nose. Now Savannah? She's got some spunk. I enjoyed her and her story. I love how blunt she was about herself, her past, and her emotions. She was an honest person. I liked her character growth and I like how she didn't take any shit from anyone, but she did this realistically. She didn't have a gigantic chip on her shoulder. I know a lot of people might get annoyed with her character, but I kind found her to be realistic. She's a twenty yrs old and emotionally stunted with a crap ton of baggage. 

Of course, I did have some bugaboo's. I'm really hoping that this isn't just the end for these two. Maybe we have a sequel in the works? I say this because things ended very abruptly and without much getting resolved. Warning to some: spoilers ahead! For instance, what about Declan's relationship with his dad? It's totally cool if he doesn't want to make amends, but I do feel that he was waffling there. Maybe we'll have Blake's book next and we'll get the story there, but I'm not too sure. Also, we spend the last third of the book gearing up for Savannah's fight. In fact, it's a huge point of contention between her and Declan, but she doesn't fight in the end for obvious reasons that I will not share right now. My problem is if we will ever see her fight? Otherwise that entire plot line seems kind of useless and a waste of time. I actually really liked the idea of having a female fighter because we don't see much of that. Does Savannah end up going to school? I WANT TO KNOW hahaha! I also feel that there was a lot of telling going on here. I need some more showing. For instance, Declan kept getting his feelings hurt (a little too much, honestly) because of things Savannah said. Things that I didn't bat an eyelash at. It happened so much so that I started worrying if I was more bitchy than I thought haha! One more thing and then I think I'm done...Savannah's past. Especially concerning something that happened when she was seventeen. I do feel that it was handled quickly. She's emotionally scarred from that and rightly least that's what she says, but it gets shrugged off pretty quickly. I don't know, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. This book does have a lot of the NA tropes, but it's done pretty well so I can forgive most of them. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that one, I super duper hope there's a sequel and this time the sequel would make sense. It wouldn't be produced simple for the sake of gimmick or sales. And if we aren't going to have a sequel, is this a series of interconnecting standalones in which some of these questions will get answered? I want to stay in your world, Kelley R. Martin! 

I recommend this! I was beyond surprised and I loved that. I love that this author proved me wrong. I guess I forgot the old adage about judging a book by its cover. Shame on me! You've got a new fan, Ms. Martin! I'm so excited to read more of your work :) 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Policy Update!

***UPDATE 12/28/14***

I will no longer be accepting requests for reviews UNLESS you are an author I've previously reviewed or a tour hosting company. Please do not solicit reviews through email or on FB/Twitter. 

Thank you for understanding and I wish you luck in your career!

Kelsie =) 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dear Readers...


Miss me? Wondering where the hell I am? Well, let me tell you, lovies! It's been a crazy couple months. I've published my second book, started my third, moved across the country for work, suffering working in retail during the fourth quarter and now I'm about to move back to the East Coast.  In a nut shell, something had to give and sadly it turned out to be blogging :( 

Good news though! Don't fret! All new reviews and everything else you've come to expect from me will begin again in the New Year! So authors, if you are emailing me -> GOOD LAWD, I am sorry! I will try my damndest to get back to you. Publishers/Promoters -> same goes for you! 

And as for my readers -> is there a book you want me to review? Let me know! I definitely owe it to you! Tell me on Facebook and Twitter! Or leave a comment below :D 

Thanks for being so patient, you guys are the reason I do what I do! 

Happy Holidays!


Here's a pic of a sexy Santa and a giant teddy bear! MWAH! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scenes from the City by Penny Reid

aka... the Festivus Surprise

100% of proceeds go to Toys for Tots.

This book cannot be read as a standalone. It is a collection of short scenes following the ladies from the 'Knitting in the City' series and will only be available in eBook format from December 1 - December 15, 2014.

or at least add to your Goodreads TBR! KTHANKS!

Kelsie's Review
5 Across the Board Stars!! (Like you were expecting anything else)

Let's go scene by scene, shall we?

'Neanderthal Seeks Honeymoon' - Janie and Quinn

HILARIOUS. Were we expecting anything else? Frogs and vaginas people! That's all you need to know about this one.

'Friends Definitely With Benefits' - Elizabeth and Nico

Surprisingly poignant...or maybe not so surprising. I don't know why I didn't think Elizabeth had this kind of depth. Maybe because I find her the hardest to connect to, but when we see her moments of weakness that's when I can connect with her. She's very strong, almost all the time which seems to be required of her, but it was nice to see her crumble a little. And of course it helps to have Nico Mangaofhdosafjsjfpiello (I can't pronounce it either, my fingers spazz when I try to type it) to help put you back together! 

'Hacking the Hacker' - Sandra and Alex

Oh God, my favorites. Or I should say current favs because SOMEBODY had to go and give us a sneak peek of another couple and now I'm in lurve with them. Anyhoo, Sandra and Alex, what can I say? You will laugh, smile so hard your cheeks hurt (both sets), and just sigh all over the place. Alex is the best and Sandra is hysterical. I think it may be time for a reread!

'Beauty and the Beard' - Ashley and Drew

Oh, romantic, whoa! Drew, seriously, sets the bar. Gah. Melty chocolate.  I can't really process...kinda feel like Ash right now whenever he starts spouting off poetry. Wowza. This scene was beautiful and HOT. Yum. Like hot melty chocolate with some spice. Yessss.

'Ninja at First Sight' - Fiona and Greg

And here we gooooo! Greg. Just Greg. Every single damn time I think I've hit my threshold of man love for Penny's male leads she then introduces another and I'm over here like "My heart cannot grow this large!" But I have to say, in the few pages we have with Greg, he has completely stolen the top spot. No contest. I love his sarcasm, his wit, his intelligence, the way he talk and treats Fiona, I mean...WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?! Penny, you're giving me a complex! Do you know how hard it is to date and be like "Well, he's no Alex! See ya!" And now they have to compare to Greg too? Sorry, men, I now have unreasonable standards because of Penny Reid.