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Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway: Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel

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Title: Enslaved By the Ocean (Criminals Of The Ocean #1)

Author: Bella Jewel

Expected Release Date: December 9, 2013

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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lynsey

5 out of 5

Okay, so first thoughts for this book are basically it’s going to be a typical mills and boon romance about pirates.  Oh, how wrong was I! I instantly fell in love with this book and the characters. It’s funny, scary, heartwarming and heartbreaking, to say the least. Yes, at times you just wanna smack Hendrix upside the head, but at other times you just want to give him a cuddle. Oh, and the sex, oh my the sexy scenes, let’s just say that you will certainly get very steamy and extremely hot (if you catch my drift). He’s sexy, controlling, and won’t take no for an answer but you just can’t help but fall in love with him. And when he calls her “inocencia” you just can’t help but swoon. Then there’s Indigo. She’s had a hard time of it recently and when she meets Hendrix you just know things are definitely not going to be any easier.  In short, this book was well written and well thought out, an absolute joy to read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Favourite lines
“Why can’t a pirate watch a horror film?
He shakes his head, smirking. “You’re about to tell me.”
“Because it’s rated arrrrrrrrrr.”

“Why do pirates wear eye patches?”
“Because they can’t afford iPads.”

mandy

3.5 out of 5

Finally, a new premise for a romance novel. Pirates. And not Jack Sparrow pirates, but modern day pirates. Yes, they’re real. Our heroine, Indigo (coolest name ever), in Enslaved by the Ocean runs from one trouble right into more trouble at the hands of pirates and what ensues was fun and sexy to read. Hendrix, our pirate Hero, is rugged and oh so yummy! I am still not sure what exactly he does as a pirate. He’s not a drug runner or a human trafficker, but he sure is a bad ass. But at the end of the day, who cares what he does? He’s hot and seems to have the best of intentions with each decision laid before him. And Indigo loves him and finds the fresh start she was looking for.

I enjoyed Enslaved by the Ocean. The characters were great. The dialogue quick and witty. The pacing was fast. This was a very short read for me. The sexy times were erotic and left me panting. Bella Jewel won our hearts with the MC Sinners series and her unique writing style continues in this new series. Yes, I said series. Bella will be giving us more yummy pirate goodness to drool over in Where Darkness Lies, which will be the second book in the Criminals of the Ocean series. I will be reading it. I need to know what happens after that bombshell of an epilogue.

danielle

4 out of 5

From the first word to the last, Bella Jewel’s Enslaved by the Ocean, will captivate your attention. Struggling through a whirl wind of unexpected life changes, broken dreams, and regretful lust, the heroine Indigo hasn’t had an easy life. But unlike most heroines she doesn’t find happily ever after the conventional way, because Captain Hendrix is anything but conventional. I mean, what would you expect from a pirate? And poor Indie forced to make difficult decisions to keep her life and her heart safe, decisions that would break the average person. Thankfully everything turns around semi in her favor and we aren’t left with a giant cliff hanger. The entire concept was definitely refreshing but I felt rushed through the entire book. The major plot lines were glossed over and I didn’t have a chance to develop a strong connection to the characters like I wanted too. The sexy times were completely juvenile for my taste as well, and to be honest I skimmed over most of them. I’m still giving it a 4 because the plot line is extremely interesting and it is a really good book. The story just feels really incomplete, and yes there is a sequel about two other characters, but I need more. Hendrix is still on my shit-list and I’m not sure I can ever get over his “payment plan. “ (sorry, I don’t give shit away) That’s just kind of big, NOO for me… and he didn’t do anything worth redemption in my opinion. But I’m holding out hope that the sequel will fill me in and bring the story full circle. Until then, I guess Ill have to wait, damn it!

❤ dg

lorraine

4 out of 5

walked into this with pretty high expectations since I’ve read and loved all of Bella Jewel’s MC Sinners series, and I was definitely not disappointed.  I’ve never come across a modern day pirate tale, so I was excited, but still a bit skeptical about whether or not it would be worth reading.

This had everything I love about pirates, and even better, it left out the ripped and busting bodices synonymous with pirate tales.  Enslaved By The Ocean takes everything you’ve ever fantasized about being swept away by a pirate and brings it into this century.  I’m now dying to take a boat ride across the ocean in hopes of being marauded by Hendrix (drool!).

Ooh, I need to shake myself out before I get lost there.  Let’s put aside the pirate factor.  There was a lot to recommend outside of that aspect.  Indigo is an awesome chick.  She was dealt a really shitty hand and was able to persevere.  I love a strong and sassy chick, it makes it so easy to root for them to get their HEA.

Her friend, Eric, is a bit of a douchenozzle but I’m almost glad because I didn’t have to spend a minute hoping that Indigo would get with him.  Jess is a great character as well, major sweetness.  I really hope that one of the stories in this series gives her a chance to shine and get an HEA too.

Overall, this was a great read whether or not you like pirates, and if you’re a Bella Jewel fan this is a must-read!

 

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Please welcome our newest guest reviewer, Jess

3.5 out of 5
A modern day pirate saga…  I was curious to see how Bella Jewel could take what I would typically consider a historical plot and make it modern.  And it was a good book, but I was hoping for a little more.  While I connected with Indigo, I felt the initial story and dialogue was a little forced to skip through Indigo’s story, introduce the best friend, Eric, and get straight to the pirate drama.  The pirates were a little cliche, drawing their swords and sailing on a ship with a mermaid on the bow.  But who am I to say what a modern pirate has for weapons and amenities in 2013.  They had guns too and did not hesitate to use them.

And then there is Hendrix.  Hendrix is tough and cruel, and his actions made him all the more believable as a pirate and consequently less likable, at least initially.  I struggled to see what Indigo could be attracted to.  But as the story progressed, the physical connection (and it was steamy!) sparked the emotional one.  The big, bad pirate, did indeed have that protective, caring side I was wondering about, and yes, I liked it.

This book has a lot of what you’d expect from a pirate story – pirate jokes, rum filled nights, tropical islands, and the old pirate crew.  I’m still not sure how a girl goes from life in the city to life with a pirate on the sea, but I’m going to add Where Darkness Lies to my to read pile to hopefully find out.

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Synopsis

Indigo is running, she has no other choice. She’s done something bad, and there only way to escape it, is to flee her home, and her country. She sets out on a luxury Yacht, to take her to another country with her best friend Eric. But she runs into a problem.

The Yacht catches fire.

She ends up stranded in the ocean, terrified, and scared of the uncertain. Until they show up. The pirates. Terrified, Indigo and Eric have to face the reality that this might be the end for them. These are pirates, they are the criminals of the ocean. What chance have they got of surviving this nightmare?

Then she lays eyes on Hendrix. He’s the Captain, he’s gorgeous, rugged, and mean. He’s planning on keeping her to repay his debt to another man, by selling her. Now Indigo has a crazy ex after her, as well as a pirate she can’t seem to get out of her head.

Come on this heart wrenching, dark, angsty and dangerous adventure as two people so opposite, find something so beautiful.

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Excerpt

“Stand up, this will be easier if you do,” he orders. He stands, taking me with him, and I lose my balance when I accidentally try to lift the wrong foot. Hendrix reaches out, taking my shoulder and goes to take a step forward to steady me, only to realize he’s wrapped the rope around his ankle, and is now tangled too. As if in slow motion, we topple backwards. I scream, and land with a thump on the ground as the ropes surround me. Hendrix lands over me, but manages to put his hand down to stop me taking the force of his body. He’s pressing into me in places he really shouldn’t be.

“Fuck,” he curses, tugging his hand to try and untangle it.

“How the hell did you get tangled too?” I cry out, squirming.

“Stop fuckin’ squirming like that,” he orders, and I stop as soon as I realize why he’s asked me to. He’s hard. My God, he’s hard.

“You’re…you’re…”

“I’m fuckin’ hard because you’re squirming against me. I’m a man. Get over it.”

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About the Author

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights was released in August 2013.

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Review: Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

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mandy

4 out of 5

I needed this book in the worst way! SO many books with the same tired storylines. SO many books that spend too much time telling and not showing a story. SO many books that blend with other books until you’re not sure if you read it or not or if you even want to. If you’ve been feeling the book doldrums like I have, then you will enjoy Must Love Otters. This book is chock full of smart, witty, and absurdly funny dialogue. The characters were equally great. The story was refreshingly real and sweet.

Eliza Gordon (which is a pen name, but we’re gonna talk like she’s real) is a girl I would like to have a drink with. I laughed so much while reading this book. And nodded my head in agreement with Hollie’s ramblings and thoughts. I devoured this book in an afternoon and now my sides hurt from laughing and my heart has grown in size within my chest over a story about a girl who has been afraid to really live and then she goes on a trip that changes her life. Along the way she meets hot guys, makes ridiculous decisions that land her in more than one unfortunate but hilarious situation and ultimately finds herself and her happily ever after. If Eliza Gordon writes another book, I will be reading it. And if Eliza is even half as awesome as Hollie, I hope I get the chance to buy her that drink some day. Must Love Otters is absolutely worth reading. You cannot read this book and be in a pissy mood. Won’t work. It’s crisp writing with relatable characters and wickedly funny. Plus, there’s a happily ever after. Who could ask for more?

 

lorraine

4.5 out of 5

Must Love Otters was so freaking funny!  I was laughing through almost the whole book.  Eliza Gordon did a great job of putting you inside of Hollie’s head, and there were moments that I thought she was channeling me because I know that I have some of the same crazy reactions to the type of messy situations she found herself in.  Loved Concierge Ryan, he’s a really sexy goofball and probably the only male capable of rescuing Hollie from herself and doing it with a straight face…well, most of the time.  Aside from all the laughs, Must Love Otters gave me the warm fuzzies, and had a very satisfying HEA.  This is a must-read for when you are in the mood for something fun to read!

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Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

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Blog Tour: Interview & Reviews- MINE by Katy Evans

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mandy

5 out of 5

REMY! Remy! Remy! Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate is one of the sexiest motherfuckers I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Brooke and Remy’s story continues in Mine after the amazing first book, Real, and Mrs. Evans has outdone herself. Mine was everything I hoped it would be and more! Brooke and Remy go through a lot in this book. Brooke’s reactions and freak outs were endearing and very humorous. She reacts exactly like I would in her situation, but the drama never turned into the expected nonsense that a lot of authors throw into their storylines. Remy and Brooke have an unbreakable bond and Mine was a great read about how to stand by your man when faced with tremendous complications. Remy may have a mental disorder, but he is still a man. Brooke loves her man fiercely and Katy Evans writes Remy in a way that does not take away from the seriousness of Remy’s disorder or how those around him deal with it. She writes with sensitivity and a knack for some seriously HOT lovin’. Real and Mine have earned spots in my list of happy place books, and I am sure that the upcoming, Remy, will do the same!

lorraine

5 out of 5

When I read Real, my only disappointment was that it was over, and if I hadn’t already had Mine in my possession I think I probably would have started it over.  Lucky for me, I did already have it, and Oh My God, it was just as good, possibly better than the first.  Hard to tell though, that would be like choosing between milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  Sometime you want one, sometime the other, but both are mouth wateringly delicious.

Mine picks up where Real left off, but thankfully neither had cliffhangers.  Brooke and Remy are just as hot and heavy and the story itself keeps the same intensity as the first in the series.  I don’t normally go in for the “me Tarzan, you Jane” level of alpha, but I would absolutely make an exception for Remy.  Katy Evans did an incredible job pulling that vibe off without it overpowering Brooke’s strong personality.  It doesn’t hurt that Remy is smoking hot and gives me mini orgasms just thinking about him.  I would definitely let him lick me like a lion.  PURRRRR.

On a serious note, I would like to take a moment to also commend Katy Evans for tackling bipolar disorder.  I know someone who struggles with this every day, and does it on their own without the aid of medication, so this all took on a very personal feel for me.  Remy’s character portrayed this struggle beautifully and I think she did a great job bringing this subject to light without it overpowering the rest of the story.

I can’t wait to see how this plays out from Remy’s POV, as well as getting more of his total hotness.  Must.  Have.  Next.  Book.  Now!  I think if I ever meet Katy Evans that I’m going to have a serious fan girl moment…or several.

danielle

5 out of 5

From the moment Remington Tate entered my world I have been in love with Katy Evans. Her first novel, Real, is in my top ten and the best fucking book ever, and Mine is no different. Flawlessly written, Mine is the perfect continuation of Brooke and Remy’s story.  Picking up right where they left off in Real, Remy and Brooke’s relationship is immediately faced with more challenges. My gosh, poor Brooke is really put through hell again. As the reader, you will experience it right along with her too. She isn’t the Brooke from Real either. Oh no, Brooke learned her lesson, and is paying for her sins with her own heart break. Brooke is 100% relatable and I don’t think anyone would disagree with her struggles.  She was real and raw. Remington’s territorial tendencies really rubbed off on her too. Honestly, I found it adorable how possessive she became of Remy.

But for me, this series takes character identification to a whole other level. An emotional roller coaster to say the least, Katy Evans fearlessly exposes how difficult loving someone who doesn’t love themselves is. Remington’s mood disorder is heartbreaking and I felt Brooke really became the perfect rock Remington needs. This is 5 star read for sure and I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on Remy’s point of view! This series will really come full circle when readers can understand the depth of his emotions first hand. So alas, I sit here waiting yet again for more of Remy and Brooke.

Stay Raw.

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“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate 

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.

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Special Interview with Katy Evans

We must know where Remington manifested from! Pure imagination and creativity, or based on someone you know?

He totally manifested on his own and, unfortunately, not based on anyone I know. I have yet to find the perfect real-life Remy, but he’s still pretty real to me. I love hearing from readers how much he means to them.

Do you know anyone who suffers from Mood Disorders? If so, does it directly impact your life?

Yes, I’ve had close experience with mental illness and it’s a topic that is very dear to my heart. I respect everyone who has, or continues, suffering from this condition as well as their loved ones who help, love, and support them through it all. It’s part of what makes Remy’s journey so important to me.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would love to travel, generally, anywhere I haven’t been. So let’s go to Africa and India, Russia, South America,  everywhere and anywhere I could.

Do you follow any real MMA fighters? If so, who is your favorite? If not, why write about one?

While I do enjoy watching MMA fights, I don’t follow one in particular. I am more obsessed with the athletic aspect of the fighting, which explains Remy’s boxing background. In my mind, even if Remy fights as an MMA, he is truly a boxer at heart.

Are you athletic? Do you enjoy exercise? If so, what is your favorite type of exercise?

I haven’t been able to exercise as much as I’d like recently, however I like to do a combination of hiking, kickboxing, interval training, walking, just to keep it fresh.

Since music played such an important role in the characters’ relationship, what is your favorite band(s)? Favorite music genre? Do you play any instruments? What was the last thing you listened to?

I really don’t have a favorite band, but love discovering new bands I haven’t ever heard before! I play the piano a little bit, but badly. J I’d much rather hear someone else play it. I love listening to any song that moves me, so the genres I listen to vary depending on my mood or the scenes I’m writing, or whether I’m exercising or want to relax.

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Beer or liquor?

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Sleeping In or Long Naps?

Sleeping in

Chocolate or gummy bears?

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Date night- quiet night in or crazy night out?

Quiet night in

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Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you! 

Website: www.katyevans.net

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