Friday, 22 May 2015

❤ Blog Tour ❤ The Violet Trilogy ❤ Vivian Winslow ❤

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Book Title: The Violet Trilogy 
Author: Vivian Winslow 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
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Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of Vivian Winslows incredibly steamy Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Barons sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vis world is quickly coming apart.

Wild Violet (Book 1): In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different worldone that offers her the prospect of escaping her fathers plans, but at a price.

Hidden Violet (Book 2): With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lilys engagement to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yethow to build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.

True Violet (Book 3): Things are heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it's not just the desert climate. Vi is starting to come into her ownhaving the hottest sex of her life and poised to take over her father's multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends' lives. With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?

* Each trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series may be read independently, though the background from the earlier trilogies may be helpful to the reader. The Lily Trilogy is the first in the series, followed by The Dahlia Trilogy and then The Violet Trilogy. The entire Gilded Flower Series is now available.




ARC received for an honest review

The Violet Trilogy is the third trilogy in the series, and whilst it could be read as a stand alone, there are storylines that have continued through from the first book.

Violet Rai has always been the fun, easy going one out of Lily, Dahlia, Thomas and herself.  But as the series has progressed, things have come to light and things are not as they have always seems.

I have to admit, it took me a little while to get into the first part of this trilogy (but that just could have been my frame of mind at the time, as the rest I ploughed through)

There is so much going on in Vi's life, at times I was wondering how she was keeping it all together.  But boy did I admire her!

I felt that The Violet Trilogy delved a bit deeper than that Lily and Dahlia trilogies - I loved them both, but at times I felt they only scratched the surface of the characters involved, whereas Vi's got right down to the nitty gritty of life, the universe and everything.

Yes, there was still plenty of sexy times - phew, were there some HOT sexy times - but this installment was more.

There was some closure on some things that have been building through all three trilogies that come to a head - some good, some bad - and I felt that Ms Winslow treated these storylines with the respect that they deserved.

The one thing I would have liked more of is the story of Thomas - Vi's best male friend.  Even though his story felt organic and real, I would just love to know more.

So, when all is said and done, will Vi get the HEA she craves - even though she never thought she wanted it?

Nope, for that you are going to have to read for yourself!

I have thoroughly enjoyed all three trilogies in this series, and hope someday we get some more.




Wild Violet (Book 1) Excerpt
Chapter 2

Sweat drips down Vis chest as they finish the barre work. Despite every window being open, theres no respite from the heat for the dancers who pack in the two adjoining studios. Even in the summer, the class is full of people trying to keep up their skills for possible auditions, with the exception of Vi who does it because its one of the only times shes able to feel happy and free. She takes in the mix of people as she gulps down her watermen and women, mostly in their twenties, although some teenagers who look like they could be ten years-old, the majority of them beautiful, and all of them with absolutely gorgeous dancer bodies. She tosses her water back into her bag and takes her place in front of the mirror.

Today, half of you go there, the instructor says in a thick French accent, making a slicing motion with his arm to divide the class and pointing to the other space. The dancers move obediently. Monsieur Renard appears to be about sixty-five and has perfectly coiffed silver hair that goes well with his perfect posture. Despite being dressed in pants and a collared shirt, he doesnt have a drop of sweat on him. The rest of you will be paired off. Pas de deux.

Vi searches the room for a partner. This isnt what she signed up for today. She likes M. Renards class because he demands perfection and complete control from his dancers. Every position, hip movement and alignment always has to be just right. It forces her to focus, to allow her thoughts and self-doubt to melt away and for those ninety minutes to just be. But its too late to leave. She doesnt back down from a challenge.

Mademoiselle Rai, M. Renard points to her. Why are you not with someone? Or is your partner invisible? He chuckles and turns to talk to the pianist.

She smiles back and with her hands on her hips says, Seems no one finds me worthy to be his partner. Perhaps you would like to be my partner, Monsieur Renard.

He smiles and laughs, revealing yellow teeth stained from cigarettes and coffee. Mademoiselle Rai, if I were younger, I would have you for a partner and you would not forget that experience. He approaches her and says, eyeing her up and down, Malheureusement, my youth is gone and the women along with it. Not taking his eyes off Vi, he reaches out toward the right with his arm and snaps his fingers. Monsieur Costas. Dance with Mademoiselle Rai. You are both beautiful. You will fit well together.

Pointing to the girl who was originally paired with him, M. Renard instructs her, You go dance with the others.

Vi glances over at her new partner gliding toward her, ignoring the dirty look from the female dancer.

As soon as he reaches her, he places his hands on her waist and says, Youre the lucky one who gets to dance with me today.

She chuckles as she moves her feet and arms into fifth position. The same can be said of you, Monsieur Costas.




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Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husbands job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.

New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If shes not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, youll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, shes still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.


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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

♡ #CoverReveal ♡ SIGAL EHRLICH ♡ OUTER CORE ♡ #Stark3 ♡ GIVEAWAY ♡

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OUTER CORE
SIGAL EHRLICH
Stark Series #3

Title: OUTER CORE (Stark, #3)
Author: Sigal Ehrlich
Release Date: December 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: The Cover Lure

 

When Hayley makes a resolution to wear Daniel’s ring and embrace everything it stands for, to declare her insecurities and doubts R.I.P, it’s all good in theory

That is until the winds of change shift. Shift and swift by, bringing along past mistakes and new revelations, which threaten the balance of their relationship. Changes that neither Hayley nor Daniel could have ever anticipated or prepared for


Will the strong foundation of their relationship be resilient enough to get them through the upcoming storm?

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Book 1 - LAYERS



According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.

When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…

That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.

Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.

Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.

In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorbed, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.

Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…



Book 2 - INNER CORE
 


When Hayley makes a resolution to take back the control over her life, and declare their relationship R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…

That is until Daniel decides to prove her wrong and get her back.

Together, Hayley and Daniel seem to have it all. But can love ever be enough when two strong personalities collide and while reality takes the lead?

Faced with more obstacles than she could have ever bargain for when it comes to Daniel, struggling to keep her own identity while sharing a life with her man. Buds of doubt start rooting in Hayley’s confidence, making her rethink her decision.

And just when it seems that they might make it together after all, life happens. Bringing a threat that neither Hayley nor Daniel could ever anticipate, a threat that could break them apart forever . . .

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By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she had the luck to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.

Not exactly sure where they will end up next…

When she is not hiding in her office, writing, she enjoys music, reading and taking care of her little clan.

With a great believe in "don’t wait for things to happen - make them happen," she enjoys anything exciting life has to offer.


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Saturday, 16 May 2015

✜ Give Me Love ✜ Paige P. Horne ✜ #1

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PAIGE P. HORNE - GIVE ME LOVE

• 244 pages
• release date - 15 Mai - 2015
• Book #1 of 2





When a blonde haired, grey eyed, Kathrine Harris is forced to go out with her friends for a night of forgetting and carefree fun she has no idea her world is about to turn upside down. This is going to be a night we wont forget. Her best friend Claire and roommate says, but Kat has no idea how true her friends words are.
 
 Bryce Grant, a handsome, dark blue eyed; young successful club owner, who doesn't do relationships gets a fire lit in him the moment Kathrine walks in the door. Can two lost souls come together and help each other heal and move on from their deep, dark past. Or will they destroy each other and leave hearts broken and more damaged than they were before?



 Kathrine just broke up with her idiot of a boyfriend. She never really loved him anyway - and she especially didn't love his rich family.
Now she feels just sad for herself and hangs around at home and reads all day. That's why her roommate 'forces' her to go clubbing one night.

Enter Bryson Grant.


He's the owner of the Club and he's immediately attracted to Kat ... she feels the same - he's illegally hot...
But both don't want a relationship - Kat, because she just came out of a long one, and Bryce, because he just doesn't do relationships.

Something else they both have in common is their past...
In the prologue we hear what happened to Bryson and his family when he was little, and from Kat's comments, we kind of get what her life has been like....

But of course the past and the no-relationship-rule, doesn't stop them both from falling for each other....

But there are still too many problems in their way - like Kat's best friend Jake, who is acting weird.
And someone from Bryson's past might come back to stir up trouble...
And both Kat & Bryce don't really want to share all of their troubled past with the other.....


What will happen to Kat & Bryce?
Will there be a HEA?
Will everybody die at the end?
o.O
Or will there be a horrible Cliffhanger?


I'm not telling you that of course ...☺  

I don't want to spoil anything ☺ Ok - not a real Cliffhanger... ;)
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I really enjoyed the story...

I just can't dislike a book that makes me cry in the prologue already ☺



I really liked Bryson and Kat - they're so cute together.

There were looootttsss of sexy scenes ...



... and funny scenes and very moving scenes... frustrating and adorable scenes....

Plus the scenes with Kat's best friends Jake & Claire and Bryce's brother Jace .... I really liked those.

We also get some flashbacks to Kat's past - really interesting to see what happened back then...


The tiny little things I didn't like?
Well, it's not really a like or don't like thing...it's more that you just notice that Paige probably read Fifty Shades of Grey a while back, and then decided to try her own hand at writing ... you notice that it's her first try too ... the story doesn't really have a flow to it ... which doesn't make the book bad, but there's definitely room for more ☺

The story itself wasn't all that innovative too... nothing that I haven't read a dozen times before... but also nothing that I wouldn't read another dozen times again - because I just love those kinds of stories ☺

It was a tiny little bit too 'insta' for my tastes - they meet and bam! - he says: come with me - and she goes with him ☺

And what doesn't fit for me... is the cover? Just looking at the cover, you expect something dark and suspensy...and it has a few of those elements - but it's basically just a cute romance with two people who have some problems left over from their past...but it's not a story that's as dark as the cover suggests ☺
But..I really like the cover - maybe Paige can use it again one day - for a story that would fit it ☺

but still....

Give me love was a really sexy and moving romance ... about two people with a bad past, trying to find their Happy Ever After....can't wait to see what happens in book #2 ☺





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Paige is the author of her new book, "Give Me Love." Which releases May 15, 2015. It is the first book in the series and she is currently working on the second and final book now. She has always had a love for writing and reading a good story. But writing is her passion. It gets her up early before she heads off to her day job and keeps her up late at night.
Paige lives in Georgia with her wonderful, artsy husband who works in the film industry. They have two crazy dogs, Dodge their Great Dane and Dottie their wild Dalmatian. You can usually find her typing away on her laptop or with her kindle in hand reading something juicy.

"Life is about loving what you do and who you do it with."