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Release Blitz & Reviews: Give Me Reason & Give Me Hope by Zoey Derrick

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The Reason Series by Zoey Derrick is a series of novellas

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lorraine
4 out of 5
You know when you start reading something and you’re not really paying attention, but then all of a sudden you go, “wait, what?” then go back and start paying attention?  That’s what happened to me with Give Me Reason, and I was totally hooked in two sentences.  On the surface, you’d think it was a typical rich man meets beautiful poor girl and wants to rescue her from her pitiful life.  The prologue hints at the possibility of more so I settled in for what was quickly an intriguing read.

Vivienne is the very definition of a woman who needs a helping hand, but she is very proud and resists Mikah’s help every step of the way.  The story unfolds and is entirely from Vivienne’s POV, and it was really sweet to watch her resistance to Mikah crumble slowly.  Danger lurks on the peripheral of the story and I caught myself nail biting as I read.  Right when that danger catches up with Vivienne…yes, you guessed it, a cliffhanger!  Well played Zoey Derrick, well played.

Seriously though, this is one hell of a beginning to what looks to be a very promising series that it looks like I will be watching for release day on every single one of these novellas.

mandy

5 out of 5

While I am not one to normally read novellas, when Zoey asked if I wanted to read her new one, Give Me Reason, I couldn’t resist.  Zoey’s book, Finding Love’s Wings, was so beautifully written that I had to see if Give Me Reason was just as beautiful.  And it is. Give Me Reason sucked me in with an intriguing prologue that had my imagination running with possibilities.  And for the next 100 pages or so, I was glued to my Kindle.

Vivienne is a strong heroine who is in a bad spot with an equally sad history, but she’s not stupid or naïve.  She is resilient and determined. And she’s not looking for a hand out from anyone.

But then Mikah Blake walks into the diner where she works and she is inexplicably calmed by him and he is persistent in his need to take care of her.  But not in an overbearing caveman kind of way.  He seems to realize that Vivienne needs help, but she is not going to let him without good reason and reassurances that she’s not just a charity case.

We are left with a cliffhanger ending, much to my displeasure.  I kept tapping the screen in an effort to magically conjure up more from Zoey. Alas, that didn’t work so I had to wait until Give Me Hope released to satisfy my need to know what happens with Mikah and Vivienne.  Is Vivienne going to be okay after the devastating events at the end of Give Me Reason? Will Vivienne accept Mikah and his assistance in her life? Is there an epic love story unfolding? Are there higher powers at work? Will Vivienne get a chance at a happily ever after or will things from her past continue to compromise her chances? I am desperate to find out.

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Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.

Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse,  it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.

Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?

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He’s looking down at me, making me feel small at five feet two inches. He has to be at least six feet tall. Broad shoulders. His suit today is gunmetal grey with blue or black pin striping—I can’t tell which. His shirt is a beautiful lavender color with a darker purple tie.

“How do you know I’m not an addict?” I ask, softly.

He smiles at me, warm, genuine. “Because, you’ve come to return the money I left you last night as a tip.” My jaw falls open.

“How”—I swallow hard—”did you know?”

His smile fades a little. “Because, why else would you come down here?”

I close my mouth and look down at the floor. His ability to read me is really scary.

“Since you haven’t eaten since last night, I’m going to take you to lunch.”

I feel my face flush bright red, both in anger and complete irritation. “That is not why I’m here. I’ve survived for my entire life fending for myself, I don’t need some rich hot shot business mogul buying me food.” I reach into the pocket of my bag and pull the folded up paper from it. I thrust it towards him. He refuses to take it. Tears of frustration trickle down my cheeks. “Damn it Mikah, take it.” I push it at him again and again he refuses. “I’m not a damn charity case. I don’t need your money or your food.”

The bell chimes. We’ve finally reached the skyway. As soon as the doors open, I drop the folded up paper with his money in it and bolt from the elevator, turning left, hoping and praying I can get away.

“Vivienne, stop.” I hear him say behind me. I keep going, walking quickly but not running. Yet. I’m trying hard to not make a scene.

But he doesn’t seem to care about that. He catches me quickly, spins me around. I grab hold of his arm to catch my balance so I don’t go sprawling onto the floor.

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***If you haven’t read Give Me Reason, the following may contain spoilers!***
lorraine
4.5 out of 5

Give Me Hope picks up exactly where Give Me Reason leaves off, except this book is entirely from Mikah’s POV.  There is a prologue in Give Me Reason that hints at possibilities beneath the surface of the story that are not explained until this book.  And, I must say WOW to what was being hinted at.  If you read the synopsis, it tells you outright what I’m talking about, but I’m not going to say it because I walked into it blind, and I thought it was more fun that way.

Normally, I avoid books that take this direction because they often border on ridiculous.  Zoey Derrick does a great job balancing that line, allowing the ability to suspend disbelief and give the reader hope that special things can exist.  I am so far loving this series, and am dying to get my hands on the next installment, Give Me Desire!

mandy

5 out of 5

Another great read from Zoey.  I don’t know what to say without spoiling things about the story. And the story is unfolding so nicely. I feel so vested in what happens to Viv and Mikah and the revelations in Give Me Hope have me angry that I have to wait for more of their story. Being impatient and wanting it all and wanting it now is what normally keeps me from reading novellas, but Zoey’s writing is amazing and I’m like an addict needing my next fix when it comes to her work.

Mikah and Vivienne’s story is hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking. They both have big hurts in their pasts and the present isn’t being any nicer to them. The next installment in the Reason series is due out before the end of the year and I am desperate to know where things are headed. HURRY, ZOEY!!!! I NEED MORE!!!!

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An Angel is he…

From the first moment he saw her, MIKAH BLAKE was seized by an inexplicable need to protect Vivienne Callahan, a fragile but fiery young woman who’s awakened a slumbering power within him. With his encouragement, Vivienne has begun to turn her life around, and things seem to be heading in the direction of a slow but certain happily-ever-after. But that happy ending is side tracked by a rising evil that is determined to destroy her.

When her dark past comes back to claim her, Mikah is caught in a whirlwind of events that lead him down a path he was born into but never understood. Until now.

Can Mikah save Vivienne?  Will his love be enough? Will he be able to control his angelic powers and use them to protect his newfound love?

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Zoey Derrick Author Information:

Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason – The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

 

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Blog Tour: Reviews & Giveaway- Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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Taunting Destiny is book #2 in the Fae Chronicles. Fighting Destiny should be read first for complete enjoyment and understanding of the storyline.

Read our review of Fighting Destiny here.

Synopsis

I thought things were bad and weird before – hold on – it’s getting worse.

Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.

The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.

Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.

With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.

This time, destiny is taunting me.

I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

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Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #2)

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Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northeast with her family. When not writing she can be found on her page Erotica Book Club. She’s an avid reader of everything paranormal romance.

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Mandy’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

Amelia Hutchins is an amazing writer. Her first book, Fighting Destiny, was phenomenal and had me riveted from beginning to end. Taunting Destiny was no different. Super hot sex, Alpha hero, lots of action, same great cast of characters. The Fae Chronicles have it all. The heroine, Synthia, is seriously kick ass! She has information and changes coming at her from every direction and isn’t really sure who to trust or depend on, but she does not back down.  She is a fighter and a survivor to her core.

Her relationship with Ryder intensifies in this installment and it is SMOKIN’ HOT! Amelia Hutchins writes beautifully erotic sex scenes. I find myself squirming in my seat while reading and the husband sure isn’t complaining about the side effects of Taunting Destiny!

This book continued to look into the deaths and torture of the Fae and also revealed the larger implications of the events that have taken place.  Synthia learns more about her own history and it’s sad and heartbreaking.  This information brings us some new characters and has me stoked to see what role they will play in what happens next.

But alas, the book ended with another cliffhanger. And what a doozy.  Hopefully, the third book will be released in the not too distant future, but in the meantime, I will be rereading the first two installments to get my fix of the fabulous world that Amelia Hutchins has weaved.

Lorraine’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

There are not enough good novels in the adult paranormal genre.  It is so refreshing to read something of quality and that wasn’t meant for 13-year-old girls.  Taunting Destiny is a must read if you like this genre.  Make sure to read Fighting Destiny first or you’ll be missing a lot.  This is The Fae Chronicle series by Amelia Hutchins.  Props to my book pimp, Mandy, for insisting I read this when I kind of didn’t want to.

Ok, down to business.  At the start of Taunting Destiny, Syn had just found out she is something she has spent her whole life hating.  She struggles throughout to come to terms with what she is and balance it with the humanity she has inside of her.  This is made all the more difficult by the still numerous unanswered questions about her identity and destiny.  As if THIS isn’t enough, every turn she takes uncovers more conspiracies, changing her path with every step she takes.  Add in Ryder, a bad ass alpha Fae prince who she doesn’t want to want (but oh WOW on the incredible sex), especially since she knows he is hiding something.  Now we have some very dangerous circumstances.

I couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what happened next, and I found myself biting my nails in anticipation until Syn and Ryder made it through a tough spot, only to stop breathing again when a new obstacle presented itself.  There were some definite heart-wrenching moments throughout, none more so than the cliffhanger at the end.  Normally, I hate books with cliffhangers because I’m an instant gratification kind of person, and I like my nice neat tied with a bow happy endings, and it is so often done on stories that I’ve forgotten about by the time the next installment is released.  However, I really don’t mind the cliffhanger here.  I know I’m not going to forget a moment of this story, and I’m actually excited about coming up with theories on what I think is going to happen next, and even if I’m wrong, I feel confident that Amelia Hutchins is going to steer this in a way that I will love.

On an end note, ladies, we need to get the word out on this series.  I could easily imagine this being made into movies, and I would dearly love to take this genre back from the screaming tweens.

P.S. To Amelia Hutchins: I love everything faerie, so a huge thank you for bringing them to life in such an amazing way!

 

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Blog Tour- Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Lovers Unchained by Siren Allen

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A Cursed Demon
Twenty years ago Jude made a huge mistake resulting in him and four of his best friends being cursed by the Dark Witch. For twenty years he has searched for his mate-the only being able to break the curse placed upon him. Until he finds her he will not be able to release the pent up sexual energy that is driving him insane. On his journey to find his mate he is captured and held prisoner by Lana, a vicious vampiress.
A Sex Crazed Vampiress
Lana is intrigued by Jude’s ability to resist making love to her. She doesn’t know of the curse placed upon him years ago. No matter how hard she tries to seduce him she always fails. His life means nothing to her and she is ready to end his existence, but first she must know what prevents him from succumbing to her seduction. She wonders if it’s her or if Jude is like this with all women. To test her theory Lana places one of her female prisoners, Carissa, and Jude together. To her dismay, sparks ignite between the two captives.
A Witch on a Mission
Carissa is searching for her friend who is rumored to have been captured my Lana and her men. She doesn’t plan on finding love but she can’t resist the attraction she feels for her fellow captive, Jude. She senses the desire raging through him and yearns to ease the tension coursing through his muscled body. However, their lust for one another angers Lana and can only lead to one thing…death for both her and Jude.
Now that Jude has found his mate he must get them both to safety before Lana destroys them.
Will Jude lose his mate so soon after finding her or will they escape Lana’s wrath and form a bond so strong nothing and no one can break it?

Review

Rating 4 out of 5

This was a fast and hot read.  I’ve read lots of paranormal books, but this book was fascinating. Siren Allen didn’t pussyfoot around with the action and she didn’t shy away from using and imagining different paranormal “races” and their sexcapades.  In fact, there wasn’t a single “mortal” in the book. Oh wait, there was a mention of one called Beth, but that’s all.  I love the world that Siren Allen has created with the different realms and she gave just enough of each realm to have you wondering where future books will go. The synopsis is a great overview of the book, but the characters and the dialogue draw you in and have you on the edge of your seat, squirming and panting.

Lana, the sex crazed vampiress, is an evil bitch but I sort of liked her. She didn’t make excuses for her actions and her confusion over Jude’s inability to have sex with her was endearing to me. You gotta admire a horny broad who will stop at nothing in order to figure out why someone would reject her.

Carissa and Jude. Oh boy. The chemistry was electric and instantaneous. They are well matched as mates and I look forward to future installments and seeing how their relationship evolves past built in desire for each other.  And speaking of desire, I’m a little in love with Carissa’s friend, Faede. She’s not only a super cool paranormal chick, but she looked past her mate’s wrongdoings and I loved the way she loved her mate.  I’d tell you who her mate is, but some things are best left to finding out on your own.

Lovers Unchained is the first in a series titled, Curse of the Dark Witch, and I will be impatiently waiting for the next one.  Fast paced action, likable characters, and scorching hot sex mixed with a paranormal world, a Dark Witch with secrets,  and an author who can write about it all like she’s preaching the Word and you have Lovers Unchained. Read this book. Seriously.

Excerpt

Lana straddled him. She ran her hands up his chest.

Jude kept his eyes closed. “Why didn’t you teleport in?”

“I was trying to be polite.” She licked his nipple. Between her legs, she felt his cock jerk and felt his hardness through her leather suit. She wanted him badly; more importantly, she wanted him to want her. He was an obsession she couldn’t get rid of; a puzzle she couldn’t figure out.

Lana ground her sex against his, drawing a moan from both of their throats.

“I have some friends I want you to meet,” she whispered. She pulled back a little and watched for his reaction. Unfortunately, all he did was yawn; he didn’t even open his eyes.

“Aren’t you a little curious as to who I want you to meet?” Once again, he ignored her. His nonchalance only made her want him more. Every time he ignored her, or pretended to not want her, it only made her work harder to please him and make him want her. Every prisoner she owned would give their last breath to have her show them the amount of attention she wasted on Jude.

Lana licked his nipple again. She refused to give up; defeat was not a feeling she was accustomed to. She placed soft kisses from his nipple up to his neck, and then nibbled along his jaw line. She tried to kiss his lips, but he turned his head causing her to kiss his cheek instead. Lana hissed in frustration.

She was tired of playing games with him. When she told her brother about all the problems this slave was giving her, he asked to borrow Jude for a month to train him, but Lana said no. She wanted to be the one to break him. She gave him plenty of chances to give in to her demands. If she couldn’t have him by choice, she would have him by force.

Without warning, Lana teleported Jude to her bedroom, where they landed on her bed; she quickly climbed off of him.

“Handcuff him to the bed,” she said to her servants waiting in the shadows. She was tired of playing nice. It was time for her to be the bitch he thought she was.

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Review: Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Fighting DestinySynopsis

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae – beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.
Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Mandy’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

Amazeballs! This book rocked my world and left me panting for more. I love the Fae and I am a sucker for books about them. I love the different spins that each author takes on the subject of the Light & Dark Fae. But damn. Amelia Hutchins is a literary wonder with Fighting Destiny.  I cannot think of one thing to bitch or whine about in regards to Fighting Destiny. Except, it ended and I want more. Good thing it’s a series and more (as in the next book) is coming sometime in August. (That’s this month! Squeeeee!)

Which means that yes, Fighting Destiny has a cliffhanger ending. And I loathe cliffhangers, but this one honestly wasn’t that hard to handle. There was some closure and we weren’t left in a lurch, like say, in the middle of a scene or dramatic conversation. I promise you, it’s well worth it. And besides, there’s not that much more time to wait for the next installment in the series.

This book has more than the Fae that I love so much. A kick ass heroine, a yummy Alpha male (and he’s a Prince), good friends and supporting characters, drama, angst, a little comedy, and a serial killer that brings in some action and suspense are just some of the things that make this book incredible. Top all of that with the smoking hot sex and the panty melting words of our Dark Prince and you have yourself a winner. Or Fighting Destiny. Same difference.

Danielle’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

Spell-binding. Absolutely spell binding, from the moment you open the book, to the end when you’re dying for more. And I am very picky about paranormal books too and don’t read many. But trust me, Amelia Hutchins, knows how to write. I cannot believe this is her debut novel. The plot line is so intricately woven; everything has much a deeper purpose than you initial realize. I started reading this novel not even knowing what the Fae was which should tell you her descriptions and background information isn’t just for the paranormally seasoned. Thank God the sequel is set to release this month! So yes, it’s a cliff hanger, but (like Mandy said!) you aren’t going to want to fling the book, but you sure as fuck will be glad #2 comes out soon.

The Heroine, Synthia, or Syn (Kick ass name right? Especially for a witch) is the definition of a bad ass. Jacked-up past, vacant future, she is a walking contradiction of her own emotions, but not in the annoying cat and mouse way. I mean suddenly being forced to work with her sworn enemy, and then becoming attracted to him, well, I think we would all be a little torn. Believe me; girl has good reasons to hate all things Fae. However, Ryder is a disarming character. Feral, yet calculated. There were moments when I wasn’t sure whether I wanted Syn to fall for him. Hutchins wrote him so perrrrrrfectly. Strong, robust, total fucking alpha, so I understand Syn’s pull toward him. The secondary characters are equally as captivating as well and really aren’t that secondary. I’m not one to spoil books, so all I’ll say is Larissa and Adrian. HOLY SHIT! Mind-blown!

I promise this book won’t disappoint you; it’s deep, romantic, comical, mysterious and at times sort of disgusting. You will experience Syn’s life with her just as she does, and sometimes, I find the love story of a Heroine and herself even more beautiful.

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