Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know By Brent Hartinger

What it’s about
"I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. Who knew?"

Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn't keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life—either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren't cutting it anymore.

What's the secret? What does everyone else know that he doesn't?

Enter Kevin, Russel's perfect high school boyfriend. Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track? Or maybe the answer lies in a new friend, an eccentric screenwriter named Vernie Rose, who seems plenty wise. Or what the hell? Maybe Russel will find some answers by joining his best friend Gunnar's crazy search for the legendary Bigfoot!

One way or another, Russel is determined to learn the all-important secret to life, even if it's a thing he doesn't even know he doesn't know.

 Release date: 12/15

 KindleRomance’s Review
5 Stars! 
I'm hooked on this author's writing. I'm so glad he decided to move into "adult" books, or I never would have had the pleasure of enjoying his storytelling capabilities.

Russel Middlebrook is an extremely engaging character, and I positively adored him. Although his life seems to be going nowhere, his outlook and humor kept me smiling. Russel thinks he should have already figured out his life's goals. At a minimum, he should have at least decided between Passionate Aimlessness or having an Unstoppable Career Drive. He's working two jobs that he doesn't really like. He lives with two of his best friends, Min and Gunnar, and they were definitely an entertaining group. Gunnar's quest for Big Foot held a much deeper meaning and led to an interesting excursion for the two of them. I also enjoyed the details we learned about Seattle. For as little as Russel seems to think is going on in his life, he certainly kept me captivated with his story.

I wouldn't really classify this as a romance. Although we do see Russel have sex with multiple partners, he spends most of his time pining for Kevin. Kevin was the first and only love of his life from high school. There is a happy ending, but it's really just a set up for the next story in the series. Needless to say, I can't wait until that one comes out!

*A copy of the book was provided by the author via NetGalley*

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

I'm All Ears: Audiobook Review for Snow Falling on Bluegrass (Bluegrass #3) by Molly Harper

What it’s about
Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.

Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

 Karla’s Review
The Story

4.5 LOL Stars! I love the people of the KTC and want to work with them!! 

This was quick read, but it was big on laughs. Molly Harper is one of the most consistent writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Her fun engaging plots, quirky charming characters, and entertaining storytelling is something that this author has down pat, and she does it so well. 

I adored Kelsey from the first book, My Bluegrass Baby, and she was just as fun and witty here. I missed some of the characters and familiarity in the 2nd book, Rhythm and Bluegrass, but have no fear, that odd bunch is back and they added so much to Kelsey’s journey to love in Snow Falling on Bluegrass.

The story centers around a love/attraction triangle between Kelsey, Charlie, a sweet character we are familiar with from the first book, and Luke, a charming new character. When a snow and ice storm has the three of them, along with the employees from the Kentucky Tourism Commission trapped at the lodge where Luke has provided them with accommodations, things become a bit crazy. Kelsey doesn’t know which direction her heart should take, but everyone from that zany group has to have their say and they don’t hold back.  They speak their mind and we are the beneficiaries of the laughs! Some of them employ tactics to help her decide and at the same time exact their own form of revenge.

One of the highlights of the read was seeing where Sadie and Josh are in their relationship, as well as Bonnie and Will! I wasn’t a big fan of the latter couple’s book, but I really enjoyed them here. The book’s overall appeal doesn’t just apply to a few characters and their romantic dilemmas, but all the characters, how they annoy each other, and at the same time look out for one another. Fun times all around! 

Even though the right guy got the girl, my hope is that the other guy will get a story too!  After being a little disappointed with the last book, I’m glad to say that Snow Falling on Bluegrass put this series back on track and has me yearning for it to go on!

The Narration

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Series: Bluegrass (Harper), Book 3
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 09-22-14
Publisher: Audible Studio

5 Big Stars for the brilliant Amanda Ronconi!

I can’t imagine anyone else giving a voice to this writer’s words! It’s a wonderful relationship between author and narrator, and an enjoyable experience for the listener. Molly Harper is the clever, capable author of Snow Falling on Bluegrass, but it almost feels like Amanda Ronconi may have had a hand in it somewhere along the line, even if it’s just her voice in the author’s head when she writes. I know this author stands on her own talent and I can’t take anything away from her amazing storytelling, but when Harper’s books are narrated by the gifted Ronconi, they take on new life and are even better!

For an avid audiobook listener like me, having this talented narrator’s voice in my ears is like hitting the listening jackpot!

If you’ve never plugged into an audiobook, but want to see what it’s about, give the Harper/Ronconi team a try. You won’t be disappointed!

*A copy of the audiobook was provided via Audible in exchange for an honest review*

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway - Blue Mountain (Pack #1) by Cardeno C.

We are part of a fun blog tour with one of our favorite authors...Cardeno C! Today is the release for the first book in Cardeno's new Pack series, Blue Mountain. This is a progressive blog tour and the excerpt is broken down into  5 parts. We have the last part, so if you stopped here first, look at schedule under the excerpt, and click on the links so you can read the entire excerpt in order. Then be sure you make your way back to us so you can read KindleRomance's 5 Star review and enter the giveaway! One luck winner will get a digital copy of Blue Mountain. It's easy to enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for your chance to win!

What it’s about

Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.

A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.
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Excerpt: Part Five

“If you won’t stay here, then I have no other choice.” Suddenly, Mitch thought of a potential issue. “Hopefully your pack’s Alpha will allow me into his territory if I assure him that I have no interest in taking his place.”
Still staring at him in confusion, Simon said, “I don’t have a pack.”
Now it was Mitch’s turn to be perplexed. “You’re a lone wolf?”
That didn’t make sense. “But you’re an Omega.”
“That doesn’t make me weak!” Simon snapped, his eyes blazing.
“You keep saying that, and I keep telling you it has nothing to do with weakness. Wolves by nature need a pack. Omegas more than most. Not because you’re weak, but because Omegas are the most community-oriented, sensitive, nurturing of our kind. In this pack, for example, we have two Omegas who teach school, another who’s a nurse, and one who helps the elderly with tasks around their homes.”
“Yeah? Well, I don’t need a pack.” Simon looked away and swallowed hard. “I don’t need anybody.”

To read the first 4 parts of the excerpt visit these blogs!
Part 1: Joyfully Jay

 KindleRomance’s Review

5 Stars!
True love is always worth the wait.

I absolutely loved Mitch and Simon.  Simon was such a sweet guy, but he had such a heart-breaking existence before Mitch found him. The author did a great job keeping this relatively angst-free while still giving you a good understanding of Simon's sad and lonely life.  Mitch was an extremely gruff alpha, to the point that most of the pack was wary of him.  However, when it came to the mate he thought he would never find, he's as tender and patient as they get. It was unbelievably romantic watching Mitch court Simon. Of course, once they finally make the full connection with each other, there is plenty of steamy sex.

I loved the pack setting, and really enjoyed Mitch's brother, Freddy, who added some interesting dynamics to the story. 

One of my favorite authors writing one of my favorite genres!

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