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Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Search For Maylee (coming soon), Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. As well as the short story collection Time Wasters and (co-author of) The Suspenseful Collection. Columnist for The Conscious Talk Magazine.

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Review: Ruckus, by L.J. Shen. 5 STARS!

MY REVIEW:

WOWOWOW I think this is the first time I’ve ever given every book in a series (that’s out yet. There is still one more hot hole after all) FIVE stars!! I absolutely loved Vicious and Defy, so I really can’t believe its taken me months to read this one too. I wasn’t disappointed, not in the least. I’m actually on the fence trying to decide if its BETTER than the others! I don’t know, because even though I feel like the story line is the best, I can’t abandon my feelings for Jamie from Defy. Jamie is my Hot Hole man crush, and is yet to be replaced as my book boyfriend. So we’ll see what #4 brings!!

Anyhow, back to Ruckus AKA Dean mother effin Cole! He is just as HOT as the rest, if not hotter. He’s a slut. Probably the sluttiest slut that the planet has ever seen, yet none of his one night stands will ever hold a candle to the woman of his dreams, Rosie, who just so happens to be the little sister to the one and only real girlfriend that Dean has ever had. I know, great twist right!

To make things even more complicated, she’s sick. The kind of sick that effects every single aspect of life. And, that’s not to mention makes being around her family hell AND will inevitably shorten her life span at an unexpected rate.

Ruckus is determined to win her over despite her determined-to-avoid-love/HATE feelings toward him. Their “dangerous chemistry” – or so L. J. Shen calls it – is undeniably sexy. My favorite feature of the entire book is their banter. It’s clever, wonderfully raunchy, and extremely witty.

The two are forced into spending a week together as the bridesmaid and groomsman at a wedding (the couple from book 1). The entire week is overflowing with drama. I couldn’t have removed my face from it’s pages with a crowbar had I tried. It’s excellent. A must read!!

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Rosie

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.

Dean

They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.

Ruckus is a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

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Review: The Genie Hunt, by M. C. Tuggle 4 of 5 stars

MY REVIEW:

The Genie Hunt by M.C. Tuggle is very clever! M.C. has a smooth easy reading style. It has a quick pace and a comfortable flow. I feel like it’s an excellent story for young readers. It has just enough drama and very little violence. The magic is there yet its practical and believable rather than over whelming. The plot is gripping and very unique.

I really like the main character Buddy. He is so sharp!  Although he’s only a tax attorney, his deep routed friendship with Coot, who has quite the past, has kept him on his toes in the ins and outs of defense representation. He makes an amazing attorney. The details of Coot’s current case are one of a kind and Buddy is able to sniff them out seamlessly.

The magic in this book comes in the form of a Genie. He’s controlled by whoever is in possession of a stone that binds him. He’s creepy, powerful, and very in tune mentally.

Buddy is placed in a situation where he’s forced to outsmart his opponents in law, as well as in crime, and the Genie. Through the struggle he thinks outside the box and the way he is able to mentally navigate the situation at hand is genius. He’s very smart, always a step ahead. Coot is only lucky ex-criminal to have such a friend!

All in all I enjoyed the story, especially the genie, and the ending was every on point. Kudos M.C. Tuggle, I’ll soon be checking out more of your work!

4 or 5 stars

 

DESCRIPTION:

Buddy Vuncannon, an attorney in High Point, North Carolina, and his friend Coot Pickard are heading out of town for a fishing weekend when they’re surrounded by a SWAT team. Three eyewitnesses have identified Coot as the gun man in the latest of a string of robberies. To defend Coot, Buddy must stand up to a bullying district attorney, uncover the identity of the real robbers, and battle a powerful genie who serves the robbers. Buddy’s investigation implicates an old friend, reigniting long-forgotten friction between Buddy and Coot. Old and new loyalties clash, leading Buddy and Coot to a desperate chase that forces them to seek the help of a madman they both fear.

Review: Something In Between, by Melissa de la Cruz

MY REVIEW:

3 of 5 stars

I had some very mixed emotions about this book. Parts of me absolutely loved it, and parts of me felt like it was too juvenile for the subject at hand. In ways that’s okay because it is YA, but in other ways I feel like with touching a topic of such importance maybe it could have done without certain aspects that made it so juvenile. I’m usually a fan of adding a little bit of romance in as a back story, or to sprinkle some spice to the overall content. Even insta-love is more often than not fine with me, but in this case, I felt like it didn’t fit.

Jasmine is coming of age, so she’s experiencing life at a time of personal change as it is. All teens/YA come to a point where they have to pave their own way, in one aspect or another. Jas, is forced to find her way amidst much more serious circumstance than the average American. I love the angle this story brings to the immigration process. It gives a view from the prospective of a second generation immigrant that couldn’t be any more American, or any more deserving to be an American yet she isn’t… Not legally on paper! Living in America is all that her and her brothers know, yet their parents have failed to tell them that they don’t actually have real papers.

The news of her illegal status comes as gut wrenching shock to Jas. She’s worked hard her entire young life and has accomplished more than the majority of teens… Like period! She’s in several extracurricular activities, the captain of cheer, she’s conducting medical studies, and she’s landed herself a very rare and very prestige scholarship. When her parents tell her the reason she can’t accept such a high honor – that she’s worked so hard for – her entire life is turned upside down.

I feel like this is a subject that needed the light this book brought and am SO GLAD it’s a best seller! I think the emotional family angle of love, dedication, struggle, and the persecute of a very well deserved citizenship is needed in today’s society! It’s a big deal, and Melissa gave such struggle the kind of voice it deserves.

Jas ends up handling the situation, and I love the way she is with her family and friends. That’s despite the fact I struggled with her parents almost as much as her out of place insta-love with Royce. I’m not real familiar with the Filipino culture, but they are WAY to strict and for having such a close relationship with Jasmine and the brothers, they sure did have a lot to hide from them! As parent’s they wanted to give their kids a better life, an American life. The simple fact that they were drilling so many morals, hard work and integrity into their kids heads all the while LYING to them their entire lives really rubbed me the wrong way.

Ultimately I couldn’t bring myself to rate it any higher than a three, just because I was so off put by Royce and their childish relationship. YET it’s still a book I’d hands down recommend it to any and everyone with a crappy entitled outlook on immigration (with warning to the cheesiness of her and Royce’s relationship).

DESCRIPTION:

Be the first to read the thought-provoking new novel from Melissa de la Cruz, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost.

She had her whole life planned.

She knew who she was and where she was going.

Until the truth changed everything.

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. She’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship to the school of her dreams.

And then everything shatters. Her parents are forced to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

As she’s trying to make sense of who she is in this new reality, her world is turned upside down again by Royce Blakely. He’s funny, caring and spontaneous—basically everything she’s been looking for at the worst possible time—and now he’s something else she may lose.

Jasmine will stop at nothing to protect her relationships, family and future, all while figuring out what it means to be an immigrant in today’s society.

Review: Finding Cinderella, by Colleen Hoover

MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars

I guess Colleen gets to stay on that beautifully polished pedestal that I’ve placed her on! You know, the same one that practically every other book lover alive has boosted her up onto. I’m pretty sure this is the very first novella that made me grin all awkwardly through the entire thing. I was like a kid in the candy store on every single page of this playful coming of age romance.

I love Daniel. In fact, I think I’m in love with him. Deeply. He’s f**king adorable. I’d list all of the things that I love about him, but then I’d feel like a copy cat as that is the very thing he does over Six (I have mixed emotions about the name Six too, so don’t feel bad for thinking it.)

The way they meet is epic, and the way they rekindle that spark without even realizing who the other is, is perfect. I think my favorite feature about this book is the comfortably inappropriate playful banter. The personalities in this book are one of a kind, and hilarious.

The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5, is because I feel like Colleen is on a rating scale of her own. I would have most definitely rated this book a 5 for practically any other author, but for Colleen, I feel like a few of her books are better, so I don’t really have much choice but to give this one less than her others.

(Really though, I’ve even broken the rules and given her a 6 before, like the wrekless reviewer I really am! Review: It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover. 6 out of 5 stars… (if that’s even possible)  I think it’s safe to say I’m a Hoover fan! lol)

DESCRIPTION:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a novella about the search for happily ever after. This printed edition includes exclusive new material—a new epilogue and an essay written by the author.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them seemed perfect only because they were pretending it was. Moments like that happen only in fairy tales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after . . . it only further threatens it.

Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

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Review: Maledicus, by Charles F. French

4 of 5 stars

My Review:

There is so much going on with this book I don’t even know where to start! Maledicus isn’t your typical ghost chasing story, it’s much deeper and much richer than that. The group of men that are leading up the investigation are very unique. Each one bringing his own special qualities, and past to the table. Charles F. French did more than merely building his characters up with personality and an occasional insight to their past. He actually told each of their back stories in much detail. As the readers, we know everything there is to know about this team.  Their loves, families, careers, hobbies, and more deeply their losses. The paranormal investigation team in this book is compiled by awesome individuals. I honestly can’t even make up my mind on a favorite as its a toss up between Roosevelt and Patrick.

My favor for Roosevelt completely pools around his deceased wife Sarah. The love that they shared was one of a kind, and written very beautifully.  He promised her that he would live his life and not just give up after her death. He’s followed through with the promise for years, but every day its a struggle. She’s always in his mind and even his dreams. Theirs is kind of a story within a story and its hauntingly beautiful! Even in death she is there for him in his darkest times.

Patrick is my favorite for different reasons. His story is unique in other ways. He had a twin who never really left him when he died. They have this very special afterlife bond and are able to communicate. When Patrick meditates in a certain way, his twin takes control of his subconscious and is able to message him physically.  Patrick is out cold yet his hand is busy at work writing hand written messages to himself from his brother.  I thought this was such an awesome gift to have and it really made an impact on how the story plays out. I hate spoilers and don’t want to give anything away, so lets just say that Patrick and his brother are key to this particular investigation!  I love what the bond of these brothers transform into, and I also love the way Charles ties in their background as soldiers at the end.

Now, as for Maledicus, the evil spirit taking control of this entire book. Just WOW!!  I can’t even tell you how many nightmares this demented soul has given me! He is evil in it’s truest form. French couldn’t have told his story better had the devil himself possessed him while writing.  In ancient Rome Maledicus was a very evil man! He was the right hand to an emperor with his own agenda, and he fed off of the torture and deaths of many many people. No man, woman, or child was safe from his demented ways.  In death, Maledicas was watched by demons and ultimately given a gift of collected souls to use at his will, as he himself made the transition to demon. He is transformed into a statue and sent back to the earth to continue reeking havoc and soul consumption on the human race. He does his job well… That is until he crosses paths with this certain paranormal investigative team.

Another awesome quality about this book is that it doesn’t only tell about the evil in Maledicus’ heart/soul, but it also tells of the horrid things he does in haunting in the statue form. Each ancient collector is plagued with horror and death. Maledicus torments each and every collector in its own way.  Not only is he the root of several heinous deaths, but he consumes their souls when he’s done with them.

After being passed through the hands of many, the statue of Maledicus winds up in the office of Helen. I love Helen!  She’s smart, classy, and loves everything antique, especially Victorian.  What I love most about Helen, is the way she cares for her niece. After the loss of her sister and brother in law Helen is granted custody of their daughter Helena. It’s actually the small girl who is haunted the most by Maledicus. Helen cares too much, and doesn’t stand for it. She believes the child, and she can feel the fear inside. She contacts Roosevelt, Patrick, and the rest of the team.  The sickness that Helena’s haunting transforms into is heart wrenching.

Maledicus’s spirit is so strong and so powerful, they are able to make contact with him in their very first attempt at using their equipment.  After which the contact made progresses into very intense contact. Maledicus gets into their heads especially toward the end and it is a fight for each of them.  The team is very professional, very brave, and very dedicated to their work, yet even they aren’t prepared for just how terrible Maledicus actually is. In their defense, how can you be?

The team sets to work. They don’t know about the statue at first, they only know that there is most definitely paranormal activity in this home. They can tell right off the bat how evil it truly is. It also doesn’t take them long to figure out that Helen’s office has something special to offer in the investigation. When Maledicus reveals his name to the men, the research really begins.

I absolutely love how layered this story is!  It tales the ins and outs of every single character, offering one life’s story after another. The investigation is unique and absolutely bone chilling. It actually took me a long time to read because I’d often got to frightened and would have to take breaks to do wholesome things, in order to keep my mind right.  This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read and it scared the holy living crap out of me.  It’s the type of horror that I could totally see being a motion picture!  Nice work Charles F. French, you’re book is officially the scariest horror that I’ve ever read!

DESCRIPTION:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Roosevelt Theodore Franklin attempts to make it through life day by day. Roosevelt is a widower, who lost his beloved wife to cancer and a retired history professor, and he has not stopped grieving. Along with his two closest friends, also retired and who have also lost loved ones, the three men form a paranormal investigation group. They hope to find an answer to the question: is there life after death?

When asked by a local teacher to investigate a possible haunting of her house, the group
discovers an evil beyond anything they could have imagined. This is no mere ghost. Maledicus, who was in life a pimp, torturer, and murderer during Caligula’s reign in Rome, in death has become a sociopathic demon that attacks the weak and the innocent. Maledicus threatens a five year old child’s life and soul. Terrified by what they have discovered, Roosevelt and his friends must choose to either walk away from this threat , or to do battle with this ancient creature at the potential loss of their sanities, their lives, and their souls.

Review: Bonds That Bind by Austin L Wiggins

MY REVIEW:

3.75 stars

This little book is TWISTY, so much so that a couple of the stories I had to read twice just to double check that I actually comprehended it right. Unless your a psychic then you will never in a million years predict the ending of any of the stories in this collection.

There are six stories total, each around or under ten pages, and every single one of them poke at questions of morality. Wiggins creates relatable and understandable characters and then throws them into situations that are very much less than desirable. It’s interesting to see how the characters react to said situations. Very thought provoking!

The writing style itself is great, and the characters are surprisingly well developed given the short length of each story. I felt like some of the more dramatic scene’s were cut short, maybe rushed. I would have loved to see more detailed endings, perhaps a little bit longer per story. If Austin ever writes a full length novel then I will most definitely read it!

DESCRIPTION:

We all perceive ourselves as moral, and it’s easy to be so in the boredom of the day-to-day, but what about when things get ugly? Would you have the fortitude to say no if asked by a gangbanger to take part in his scheme to rob a casino? How about if someone threatened to kill your mother? Would you take them out? What would you do if your best friend slept with your wife? Would you save his life or would you let him die? Would you throw away a comfortable, if unspectacular, job as a teacher for the thrill of a big score, even if you could lose everything? Even if you could lose your life? If someone did something beyond the grounds of human decency, how much would their life be worth?
Dark and uncompromising, Bonds That Bind is the first collection of short fiction released by Writings by Ender and Beautiful / Losers Magazine founder Austin L. Wiggins. Equal parts Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy in tone, coupled with the easy, accessible prose of a Raymond Carver, Wiggins’ collection grabs readers’ attention from the start and doesn’t let go. Enjoy the ride.

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Dead Over Heels, by Theresa Braun #blogtour #bookreview #5stars

Dead Over Heels

Theresa Braun

Publication Date: Nov 16, 2016

Frith Books

Genre: Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance/ Short Story

My Review:

5 of 5 stars

A short review for a short book: Wow, this tiny little 38 page bomb really sets off a BANG! Don’t be fooled by the size, because this story has everything! It’s twisty, edgy, romantic, AND creepy. The main characters are overflowing with personality. From cover to cover this story is bursting at the seems. The plot points are well defined, the picture is drawn perfectly, and even with the refreshingly unpredictable shockers Braun is still able to tie it all together to produce a nice even flow.  I really have to give Theresa props, as it is SO hard to accomplish such qualities in such a short tale.

Veronica meets Sebastian on a dating site. After much previous disappointment in the struggle for finding love Sebastian is a breath of fresh air for Veronica. Their feelings take off quickly, as does the drama and hauntings of their past.  Their very first date provides an odd encounter with a couple who never actually existed. After a full month of dating they return to the haunted restaurant. I wont give anything else away. You have to read this book!!!

More Buy Links:

Barnes & Noble: HERE

Kobo: HERE

Synopsis:

Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

Add to Goodreads: HERE

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Quotes:

“The problem is, I never knew that finding the one would be such a double-edged sword.”

 

“My brain started exercising like it had never done before. The Rubik’s Cube, the GRE, and my Master’s thesis on Jungian psychoanalysis all seemed like simple level capacity in comparison to the riddle at hand.”

 

“Bile rose in my throat, and I gripped Sebastian’s arm tightly. Had my dad really killed someone with his bare hands?”

 

“My breathing shallowed and I grew woozy. It was as if I was dying with her.”

 

“Now I knew the truth, but I couldn’t do a damn thing about it.”

 

“Suddenly I realized my feet hurt. Somehow I had managed to weather all of this while standing in my black patent leather heels. I kicked the up into my hands as if they had wronged me for the last time.”

 

“Last night had been spooky, and my breath had been taken away, but was it really magic? Maybe the vague intention of my candle ritual had come to fruition…after all, Sebastian had come into my life, and I knew now that my mom hadn’t abandoned me.”

 

“An echoing snarl became an animalistic roar, pinching e from my childhood memory. Once my eyes met the source of the sound, I saw my father barreling straight at us.”

 

“It was then that I screamed. The sound sliced through the night and my vocal cords felt as if they were shredding in my throat.”

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About The Author:

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Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. She blogs about writing, television shows, movies, and books, and all things dark. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, in Hindered Souls, in The Horror Zine, in Schlock! Webzine, and by Frith Books. Upcoming stories to appear in Monsters Exist and Hardened Hearts.

Author Links:

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https://www.theresabraun.com/

 
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Blog Tour Schedule

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~June 5~
Reads & Reels www.readsandreels.com (Promo)
Tranquil Dreams www.klling.wordpress.com (Review)
Beware of the Reader www.bewareofthereader.com (Review)
~June 6~
The Bookworm Chronicles www.muretbookworm.wordpress.com (Excerpt)
Didi Oviatt www.didioviatt.wordpress.com (Review)
~June 7~

Nesie’s Place https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com/  (Review & Excerpt)

~June 8~
Between the Lines Book Blog www.betweenthelinesbookblog.com (Review)
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Where Dragons Reside www.kernerangelina.live (Review)

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Blog Tour Review Stop: Before The Tempest, by Tani Hanes. (my rate 4 of 5 stars) #blogtour #review #giveaway

Before the Tempest (UK Crush Series Book #4)

Tani Hanes

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Genre: New Adult Romance/ Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Aileen Foster, poor, orphaned, musically gifted, never imagined her life could change so much, so fast, but getting a job as interpreter for boyband UK Crush pitched her headfirst into tumult and a glamorous life she never thought she’d have. Now, engaged to band member Theo Shelley, and having survived her audition to Hamilton Conservatory in Manhattan, she’s off to the Bahamas with the boys while they write their new album. Life has never been easy for her, but she’s trying.

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MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars!!

Three books in and I’m yet to be disappointed! Before the Tempest is an absolutely indispensable portion of the UK Crush tale. Moving along with the romance of Tink and Teddy is emotionally enchanting. Now engaged, and after winning a very prestige classical music scholarship, Aileen faces a whole new set of obstacles in life.

I love all the drama in this one!! In my opinion it’s neck and neck with book one, and is much better than 2 and 3. It’s rare to be able to keep the story flowing and to create such a bang three books in!! Tani executed quite the whirlwind of admiration, love, and obsession. She is able to mix up the couple’s bedroom escapades in a way that keeps you as the reader wanting more. It’s far from droll, to put it lightly! *drools*

My hat is also off to Tani with this one in terms of intense scenes of jealousy, sabotage, and rage. The fans of our favorite group of gorgeous boy/men are at an all time high in erratic action – As is the craziness of past relationships(ish)… Pushing the limits with ups and downs in a relationship, especially such a high profile relationship, is really a strong point for Tani in Before the Tempest!

Another aspect that I love about this book is the music standpoint. The entire series IS after all written around musicians. Up until this point the main focus (in terms of tunes) has been all behind the scenes with an occasional explanation of concerts and piano practice/performance. I found it very fulfilling to learn more about the back end of the music process. Especially since the band decides to make some changes.

I loved Before the Tempest, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

About the Author:

Tani Hanes was born in Yokosuka, Japan. She spent the first few years of her life traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, making the permanent move to the Central Valley of California when she was five. She visited family in Japan on a regular basis, and attended college in Tokyo for one year at ICU before getting her degree in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has two children, and was a substitute teacher for fifteen years. Hanes currently resides in New York City with her husband and cats, Moss and Lily.

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I’m so glad I decided to read this series!  It isn’t my usual genre, so I was honestly a little bit leery going in.. I’m happy to say that I’M SO GLAD I DID FINALLY READ THESE BOOKS!!  You can find my reviews for all three previous books here:

Review: Living in the Shallows (UK Crush #1), by Tani Hanes 4 of 5 stars

Review: Diving Deep (UK Crush #2)

Review: Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3), by Tani Hanes

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And, now for the..

Giveaway:

5 digital sets of the UK Crush series and 1 complete print set of the UK Crush series, signed by author

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f6/

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Last but not least, don’t forget to PRE-ORDER book #5!!

AMAZON ORDER LINK: HERE

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Review: Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3), by Tani Hanes

Tani has written a hell of a romance series here!  I’ll be joining in the blog tour for book #4 hosted by R&R!  My review of Before The Tempest will be a stop on the tour on Thursday 5/25 so stop back by and check it out!

As for now, here is my review for UK Crush #3, Learning to Fly by Tani Hanes.

Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3) by Tani Hanes

*My ratting: 3.5 of 5 stars.*

MY REVIEW:

In comparison to the first two books in the UK Crush series, I found Learning to Fly to be comfortable. There’s a lot of love in this book. It also had TWO of the biggest milestones in Aileen’s life, which is awesome. To make it even better, they happen one right after the other, making one hell of an epic week at the end of the book!

I love that Aileen (Tink) was able to get everything straightened out with her classical music career, especially after the near life threatening sabotage that was put in place in book 2. Tink pulled herself back up, spent the perfect amount of time with her original professor and wound up nailing her performance in an audition of a lifetime. She and Theodore (Teddy) spent a few very romantic weeks together in NYC which was very much a dream come true for her. I love Aileen’s humble approach at life and in her travels. I also really liked that they did so many touristy things together.

Although everything about this book, including the ending, was absolutely predictable — it was still overflowing with juicy bedroom scenes and refreshingly normal relationship situations. They attend famous events together as a regular couple. As a whole, I thought this particular book was cute. Their public affection for each other is beautiful, and their private time is heart thumping hot hot hot!

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Tinker Bell’s life has changed so much in the past six months. She’s gone from being a poor music student to the girlfriend of a member of one of the most successful bands in the world. In Learning to Fly, the third in the UK Crush series, she travels to New York City with Teddy to compete in the most important piano audition of her life, to prestigious Hamilton Conservatory.

Life has never been easy for her, and though knowing Gethin, Ronan, Matthew, and of course, Teddy, has been wonderful, life is still fraught with unforeseeable problems. Her relationship with Teddy continues to grow as she falls more in love with him in beautiful wintertime Manhattan, and surprises await in the magical city of her dreams.

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