Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Whipped by Karpov Kinrade

Whipped
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Release Date: February 2, 2015

“If you can’t sell a dildo in Vegas, you’re doing it wrong.” Vi, WHIPPED (Hitched, book 2) by Karpov Kinrade, coming February 2, 2015.

Yup–that’s Vi, a feisty redhead with mischievous green eyes and an attitude to match.

ABOUT WHIPPED:

I love sex. I used to be a professional Dominatrix by day and a recreational Dom by night. Now I co-own a sex shop by day. I still do the Dom thing by night, when I can.

So, yeah, I love sex. But I’m not a sub. That’s never been me. I like to maintain control in the bedroom. That gets me off.

But when the guy I’ve been chatting up online as a potential roommate shows up at my condo dripping sex and temptation… let’s just say I might be open to trying new things… for him.

If his playboy ways don’t drive me insane.
And if I can do the one thing I’ve never done for anyone.
Surrender.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But when you live here full time… that’s not much comfort, is it?

*****

Whipped (Vi’s story) is a sexy, full-length, standalone romance in the Hitched series. These books can be read in any order, but you might also enjoy Hitched, the first book in this series.

Content Warning: This book contains sex, swearing… and did we mention sex? Lots of sex. And abs. And Australian accents.

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Release Day Launch: Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken


I have read every book in this series and I’m so enthralled with every aspect of these books! I’ve been so in love with these characters from the very start and I’m over the moon with the fact that we are getting Elite from the boys Point of View. With some books you need to see the story from their point of view, what is going through their mind? How is everything different for them? I can’t wait to see what their world is like.


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Enforce
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 18th, 2014

Summary:

There’s two sides to every story...

And ours? Isn't pretty...

Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?

Trace Rooks, that’s what.

But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.

The only problem?

We're cousins.

And she may just be our long lost enemy.

Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.

Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours?

Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer...

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Release Day Launch: Inspire by Cora Carmack


I've read other books by Cora Carmack and I was never disappointed. Inspire is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and it releases today!!! Below you will find the summary, an excerpt and a rafflecopter. Please take a moment to check this book out and add it to Goodreads!


About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


Excerpt:

I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed.

The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms.

We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw.

I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench.

He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.

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About Cora Carmack: 

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Trailer Reveal: Paxton's Promise by L.P. Dover


I’ve read all the other books in this series and Gabby is one of my favorite characters! After reading about Paxton in Ryley’s Revenge, I’m beginning to like him more and more. I’m really intrigued by his character and I’m hoping that his character grows even more in this book! Check out the other books in this series before this one releases!

Paxton’s Promise
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: 12/29/14

Synopsis:

She hates him, yet she can’t get him out of her mind.

Female Bantamweight fighter, Gabriella Reynolds, has a bad habit of falling for forbidden fighters. Enter Paxton Emerson. He’s tall, tattooed, and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Everyone wants a piece of him, and he only has eyes for her. Through no choice of her own, she’s fallen in his debt and he’s now demanding payment. Too bad it doesn’t involve currency. Gabby’s decision to fulfill her promise to him ultimately brings out her true feelings, but also spurs the unwanted attention of another. 

Rage’s fixation on his newest obsession reaches dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Paxton Emerson has become a roadblock to his end goal and needs to be removed from the equation—by any means necessary.

Gabby will do anything to save Pax, but what happens when she’s the one who needs saving?

Links:

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About the Author: 

USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, and you can forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas Carols. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae Series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: Ryley's Revenge by L.P. Dover

Ryley’s Revenge
Author: L.P. Dover
Published: December 1st, 2014

Ryley's Revenge Synopsis:

UFC Middleweight fighter, Ryley Jameson, swore it would never happen again. He was done with his ex, and over the pain she’d inflicted when she left him. At least, that’s what he tells people. Maybe if he says it enough, he’ll begin to believe it himself.

Regretting her decision to let Ryley go, Ashleigh Warren comes back into town and confronts him. Holding only one secret back, she puts the rest on the line and asks for a second chance. Too bad he’s not going to let her off easy.

Camden Jameson loves his twin brother, but his jealousy runs deep. They may be identical in looks, but that’s where the similarities end. When Ashleigh comes back into Ryley’s life, Camden has the perfect opportunity for revenge. Two birds, one stone.

A journey to the Dark Side affects them all, but only one feels the true sting of revenge.

Review:

Warning: There will be spoilers if you haven’t read “A Fighter’s Desire”

I finished Ryley’s Revenge by L.P. Dover not too long ago. I was so happy with it. When I first met Ryley in “A Fighter’s Desire” I really liked his character. Also, even though this book could be read before you read the first 3 books, I don’t recommend it. You would be a little lost. Ryley has this big tough guy exterior, but he really has a good heart. Ryley’s Revenge is a continuation of Ashleigh and Ryley’s story.

I was so upset when Ashleigh, afraid of where things could lead, leaves Ryley. Ashleigh hurts Ryley and he does what he thinks he needs to do hurt her more; including jumping into booze and women stronger than he ever has. He also throws everything he has into his training for the title, which he knows will be against his brother. I don’t think I’ve hated a Camden as much as I’ve hated a character before. When Camden starts to delve into things that change him, it causes an even bigger rift between the twins.

Ashleigh realizes that she made a mistake and Ryley knows he needs to grow a set and go get her back. They are steadily bringing their relationship to the next level and it was fun to watch it grow. Their romance was fun, sexy, romantic, and crazy. They would take one step forward and two steps back. They hit snags left and right. They powered through them. Ever relationship has its kinks, but if you love that person you make it work. You make every moment count. You fight for the important things even if it means turning your back on the people that you care about most.

We also see more of Gabby and her growing (almost not growing) relationship with Paxton. We haven’t seen much of Paxton and I’m really excited to read about him in Paxton’s Promise.

I laughed and then I wanted to throw my Nook. I smiled and loved every minute of the book. I was so happy with this finished product. This book showed that love can overcome obstacles, no matter how many there are. This book proved that the people that mean the most to you sometimes hurt you more than you could ever imagine. This series is definitely a keeper.

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You loved Courtney Cole’s #NOCTE in all it’s dark, twisted, spellbinding, messed-up awesomeness. You can’t wait until #VERUM (Nocte Trilogy Book 2) releases in February 2015. And now Courtney Cole is going to release an exclusive VERUM excerpt…but only if we can get it to the top 1000 on Amazon!

All you have to do is go to Amazon and pre-order VERUM right now. Go, pre-order, and get all your NOCTE-obsessed friends to pre-order, too. If enough people do it, VERUM will climb up the ranks, and we’ll get a sneak peek at the follow-up to what’s being called “a haunting psychological suspense,” “the best book of 2014,” and “the rare kind of story that leaves permanent marks on your heart and your soul.”

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton

I’ve read other books by M. Leighton and I can’t wait for this one. She always has a way of just bringing you into her stories.

Summary:

Coming March 15, 2015 from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton! POCKETFUL OF SAND, a story of heartbreak, loss, love, and new beginnings.

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“She was beauty for my ashes and I was hope for her heartache.”—Cole Danzer.

I don’t know what makes a great love story.  Is it that instant attraction when boy meets girl?  The passionate kisses and the fairy-tale ending?  Or is it a lifetime of tragedy, paid in advance, for a few stolen moments of pure bliss? The pain and the suffering that, in the end, you can say are worth it for having found the missing piece of your soul?

The answer is:  I don’t know.  I don’t know what makes a great love story.  I only know what makes MY love story.  I only know that finding Cole when I did, when my world had dissolved into nothing, when I couldn’t separate nightmare from reality, was the only thing that saved me.  He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole.  Without him, I wouldn’t have made it. If THAT is what makes a great love story, if THAT is what makes an epic romance, then mine…OURS is the greatest of them all.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Release Day Launch: Ryley's Revenge by L.P. Dover


I've read the first three books in this series and I loved them. I really liked Ryley's character I would love to see his happy ending. Reading these books you're in for a wild ride and I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Ryley's Revenge Synopsis:

UFC Middleweight fighter, Ryley Jameson, swore it would never happen again. He was done with his ex, and over the pain she’d inflicted when she left him. At least, that’s what he tells people. Maybe if he says it enough, he’ll begin to believe it himself.

Regretting her decision to let Ryley go, Ashleigh Warren comes back into town and confronts him. Holding only one secret back, she puts the rest on the line and asks for a second chance. Too bad he’s not going to let her off easy.

Camden Jameson loves his twin brother, but his jealousy runs deep. They may be identical in looks, but that’s where the similarities end. When Ashleigh comes back into Ryley’s life, Camden has the perfect opportunity for revenge. Two birds, one stone.

A journey to the Dark Side affects them all, but only one feels the true sting of revenge.


Book Links:


About the Author: 

USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, and you can forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas Carols. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae Series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Tryst by Arie Lane


Tryst
Author: Arie Lane
Release Date: January 6th 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Bentley Celeste has everything to lose, literally. On a night she should have been celebrating, her world came crashing down. Left with no other choice, she ran for her life and has been hiding ever since. 

The day Tristan turned into a teenager her whole life changed. Faced with the reality that his father was more of a child than he was, Tristan chose to forego the rest of his childhood and become an adult.

Both have secrets that could destroy the fragile foundation that Tristan fights hard to build. But what happens when the very secrets you are hiding are the very ties that will either bind or break you? Can Bentley stop running long enough to let someone in? Can Tristan start believing that not everyone he loves is destined to abandon him?

***WARNING*** This book is intended for 18+ due to strong language, violent scenarios, and sexual content.

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About this Author:

Arie Lane is an avid reader and stay at home mom to two beautiful little boys. When not writing or chasing them around she is usually catching up with other Indie authors and constantly keeping up with new blogs. 

She loves to connect with people is proud that she finally had the courage to put some of her crazy thoughts into written words. From the time she started reading her nose was always stuck in a book and she couldn't be happier that now she's encouraging others to get their noses stuck also. Even if her readers are of 18+ variety.

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Cover Reveal: Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews

FOREVER FOUND Cover Reveal
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Coming December 30th, 2014

BOOK SUMMARY:

Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I've ever had to survive. I've never loved anyone the way I love her.

But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her--now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn't just destroy me--its killing Neverland.

I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.

Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left--but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.

EXCERPT: 

Gwen is leaning against the window. Every time I leave her, I forget. She’s not all gangly limbs and huge eyes and dirty hair hanging in her face, flinching at her own shadow.  Not anymore. That Gwen still haunts my island, but this—this Gwen is breathtaking.

She thinks she’s broken. Fractured pieces of a broken mind, held together by medication and stubborn denial. But she doesn’t see herself, not the way I do.

Lane had that right. She’s breathtaking—even now, when I know she’s sad and broken. She stands straight, a pair of thin sleep pants curving around her ass before falling loose and free to the floor. Her shoulders are back, graceful and strong, under the thick sweater she’s wearing, her hair pulled into a messy knot at the top of her head.

She can see me, my reflection in the dark glass. And I see the tension in her tighten, drawing her up and sharp, until she’s almost vibrating with it. “Why are you here?” she asks, her voice low and hoarse.

She sounds like that when she’s been crying. I know—I’ve heard her so many times, heard her tears. Wiped them away. Whispered happy thoughts until I teased a smile from her.

“Peter,” she snaps, and I jerk, out of the memories and into the moment.

“You ran away.”

She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings. Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts,

“You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”

“Do you remember the firefly meadow?”

She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.”

“That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder.

“We’d hide there, from the lsot boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“

“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers.

Why are your stars different?

“It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.”

She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies. It wasn’t—“

“Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine.


Author Information: 

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dual Cover Reveal for Ryley's Revenge and Paxton's Promise by L.P. Dover


I’m pleased to give you the dual cover reveal for the Gloves off Series: Ryley’s Revenge and Paxton’s Promise. I read the first novella with Ryley and I really grew to like his character. I hope in this next book his character grows even more. We haven’t seen much of Paxton, however from the brief encounters that we’ve had of him I think he may end up being my favorite. I really excited to read both of these books when they come out!

Ryley's Revenge Synopsis:

UFC Middleweight fighter, Ryley Jameson, swore it would never happen again. He was done with his ex, and over the pain she’d inflicted when she left him. At least, that’s what he tells people. Maybe if he says it enough, he’ll begin to believe it himself.

Regretting her decision to let Ryley go, Ashleigh Warren comes back into town and confronts him. Holding only one secret back, she puts the rest on the line and asks for a second chance. Too bad he’s not going to let her off easy.

Camden Jameson loves his twin brother, but his jealousy runs deep. They may be identical in looks, but that’s where the similarities end. When Ashleigh comes back into Ryley’s life, Camden has the perfect opportunity for revenge. Two birds, one stone.

A journey to the Dark Side affects them all, but only one feels the true sting of revenge.


Paxton's Promise Synopsis: 

She hates him, yet she can’t get him out of her mind.

Female Bantamweight fighter, Gabriella Reynolds, has a bad habit of falling for forbidden fighters. Enter Paxton Emerson. He’s tall, tattooed, and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Everyone wants a piece of him, and he only has eyes for her. Through no choice of her own, she’s fallen in his debt and he’s now demanding payment. Too bad it doesn’t involve currency. Gabby’s decision to fulfill her promise to him ultimately brings out her true feelings, but also spurs the unwanted attention of another.

Rage’s fixation on his newest obsession reaches dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Paxton Emerson has become a roadblock to his end goal and needs to be removed from the equation—by any means necessary.

Gabby will do anything to save Pax, but what happens when she’s the one who needs saving? 


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For more about the rest of the series, check out my first review of this great series!!! 

http://bookwormmisfit.blogspot.com/2014/10/review-fighters-desire-by-lp-dover.html

About the Author: 

USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, and you can forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime an those songs usually consist of Christmas Carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Miles from Home by Ava Bell



Ava Bell is a new and upcoming author who is releasing her first book in January 2015! This book has already been added to my TBR list! I'm excited to give you the cover for her new book!!









Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review: The Memoirs Series by Marni Mann

The Memoir Series
Author: Marni Mann

Summary:

Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales:

WARNING: While intended for young adults, this book does contains drug use, strong language and graphic imagery. Reader discretion is advised.

Marni Mann presents a Young Adult edition of her poignant and hard hitting cautionary tale about the dangers of heroin.

"I could feel my chin falling toward my chest, my back hunching forward. My body was acting on its own, and my mind was empty, like all my memories had been erased. There was scenery behind my lids. Aqua colored water and powdery sand that extended for miles. I was never going back to coke. I wanted more heroin. And I wanted it now."

Leaving behind a nightmare that haunts her, nineteen-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine.Starting a new life in Boston, Nicole desperately seeks a fresh beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows—a drug that will take her independence away.

Heroin.

With one taste, the love that once flowed in Nicole’s veins turns into cravings. Tracks mark the passing of time, and heroin’s voice grows louder. It holds her hand through death and prostitution, but it’s her addiction that keeps her in the darkness.
When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, or a love for heroin she’ll never forget.

Scars From A Memoir: 


"I could make up a story to cover the last eight years, but the scars on my arms told the truth. So did my ankles, the skin between my toes, even the veins that had burst on my breasts. Did my battle wounds really prove I was a survivor? Or was I too damaged to be glued back together?"

Nicole had only one skyline to remind her of the freedom she'd lost-a tattoo of inked buildings dotting the skies of Boston, crisscrossed by scars. Heroin had owned her, replaced everyone and everything she'd once loved. The past was supposed to be behind her. It wasn't, but that was the price of addiction.

Two men love her; one fills a void, and the other gives her hope of a future. Will love find a way to help her sing a lullaby to addiction, or will her scars be her final good-bye?

Review:

I reviewed a copy of both books in this collection: Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales and Scars From A Memoir for an honest review. Thank you!!

I’m going to do a joint review. When I first read the summary for these two books, I was a little weary. I’m not a big fan for drug addiction books, but since Marni Mann wrote it I gave it a go ahead.

The first book, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales was a bit hard to get through. It also felt more like a journal than it did a story. It was more of, “this happened to me, and then this happened.” Maybe that was why I had more of a hard time reading it. I had a hard time stomaching what the main character went through. With every little needle, with ever descriptive example, I felt more and more sick. This book, however, gave me more of an insight to what people who suffer addiction go through, the consequences of what their actions lead too. This book is a reminder that just minutes from you, someone could be suffering from addiction; just a reminder that what this main character goes through is real and it isn’t just a made up story. This story gave us all the gritty details that we tend to try and ignore when it comes to addiction.

Throughout Nicole’s story, you wonder to yourself if it is ever going to end. Will she finally realize what she has done to herself and the ones around her and her family? You continually see her blame everyone but herself. You continually see her wither away from society before she realizes what she has done. The characters in this book are real. They aren’t something just made up to create a story for us. Marni did that. She gave us something that could really happen or quite possibly has happened in our lives. It showed us how the people around us cope and deal with what happens. It’s a terrible feeling and something I hope no one has to go through.

When the story continues in Scars From A Memoir, we see an addict who has cleansed herself from the addiction that once control every aspect of her life. We see more of her personality in this book. We see more of who Nicole is in this book. It picks up 2 and ½ years after Memoirs. She has faced prison time and rehab.

In Scars, we see the aftermath of what an addict has to deal with when addiction has been beat. We watch her pick up the pieces of her life that she has destroyed. We watch her move on from her life and everything that she has put her body through. In this book, we are shown that every decision that we make, every choice that we make our own, has a consequence. You grow more attached to her character and the characters around her. I became more sympathetic with her in this book because in the first she fought all the help around her. In the second book, she let the people who cared about her help. She learns to help herself. To say I was shocked with the ending, I wasn’t. Like I said earlier… every choice comes with a consequence and hers was a really sucky one.

These two books were amazing eye-openers. Even if you have never touched drugs before, it gives you an insight to what happens to those that do. I’m not saying what happened to Nicole happens to everyone who uses drugs, but it does. I think everyone should read this book; if not to understand addicts more, but to understand just in general. 

About the Author:

Best-selling author Marni Mann, knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.