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Half Stars in Book Reviews – Thoughts??

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I thought I was doing a nice thing by rating books using 1/2 stars but maybe not?  It seems as though some book review blogs use them but none of the big sites do – Amazon, Goodreads, B&N etc.  So, when I post my review on my blog and give the book 4.5/5 stars and then I post my review on Amazon or another site I have to either give it 4 or 5 stars.  I think it skews the review process as I always tend to bump up the review.  For example, if I give a book 4.5/5 stars then I bump it up to 5 stars on other review sites and if I give a book 3.5/5 stars I bump it up to 4.  Does anyone else have an opinion? Any fellow bloggers want to weigh in??  Thank you for the input!!

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Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris – Gorgeous Cover!!

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Author: Liv Morris
Publisher: Kiki Press
Release date: July 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance
Age Group: New Adult

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Book Description:
Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.
What more could a thirty-two year old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable but life seldom is.
Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm’s length however Kathryn’s arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.
Hidden secrets, Kathryn’s passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

About the Author

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Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. Relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, Liv qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.
A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis. Her favorite saying, “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” motivates her to live life to its fullest.
She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Currently, Liv is writing and publishing her short story series, Love in the City. Two short stories ranked in Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer.

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Novel Words by Jessica Fan Appreciation Giveaway

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Hello!!! I am so excited to have many wonderful followers so in celebration I am holding a giveaway. There are many great prizes including ebooks, swag and a $25 Amazon gift card!! Thank you to everyone who donated – please support these amazing authors & friends!! The giveaway ends on 9/3 so get your entries in today!! Click on the link below.

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Novel Words by Jessica Fan Appreciation Giveaway

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Hello!!! I am so excited to have many wonderful followers so in celebration I am holding a giveaway. There are many great prizes including ebooks, swag and a $25 Amazon gift card!! Thank you to everyone who donated – please support these amazing authors & friends!! The giveaway ends on 9/3 so get your entries in today!! Click on the link below.

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Temptation by K.M. Golland – Review & Tour Giveaway

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Title: Temptation (Book 1 in The Temptation Series)

Author: K.M. Golland

Release: February 1, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Romance/Erotica

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Book Description:

Sometimes being happily married and completely content is not at all what it seems.

That is what 35 year old, happily married mother of two, Alexis Summers finds out when decides it is time to return to work. After being a stay-at-home Mum for the past nine years, Alexis now realises a complete career change is just what she needs.

She becomes a Concierge Attendant in a prestigious hotel in Melbourne working for the owner of the hotel, Bryce Clark. He resides in the penthouse, is extremely hot and is a man who always gets what he wants—and what he wants is Alexis. She does a relatively good job resisting Bryce at first, but the undeniable chemistry, sexual tension and playfulness between the two of them is intense. He has copious amounts of money, sex appeal and above all, is a genuinely nice guy. Bryce has been waiting for his one true love to come along and he is positive that one true love is Alexis.

There is one problem; she is happily married to Rick, and no matter how strong her feelings are for Bryce, she is adamant she will not cheat. She draws a line in the sand but finds it increasingly hard not to cross. Will she succumb to Temptation?

About the Author

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K.M. Golland was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After studying Legal Practice for two years and working as a Land Conveyancer for four years, she put her career on hold to raise two beautiful children. Always having a love for reading, she decided rather than returning to the Legal Industry, she would become a Writer—publishing her debut novel Temptation (Book 1 in The Temptation Series.)

“I am an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I’m a Bookworm, Craftworm, Movieworm and Sportsworm. I’m also a self-confessed Shop-aholic, Tea-aholic, Car-aholic and Choc-aholic”.

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MY REVIEW

Temptation by K.M. Golland is a must read for anyone who loves romance with a spicy twist.  This book may have some similarities to 50 Shades of Grey but I assure you it  has its own surprises lurking amongst the pages.  This book reminds me of the movies Pretty Woman, Indecent Proposal & An Officer and a Gentlemen all rolled into one.  Alexis is a happily married mother of two who has just re-entered the workforce.  She lands a job working for a handsome billionaire who lavishes her with attention, a promotion and expensive gifts.  He wants more but is she willing to ruin her marriage and destroy her happy family to fulfill her desires.  Alexis has never wanted anyone besides her husband, Rick, and these new emotions that Bryce elicits from her are driving her crazy.  But, Bryce won’t give up his advances and Alexis keeps pushing his buttons.

I give this book 4/5 stars!! I loved the plot twists & turns and how the author built up the sexual tension between Alexis & Bryce – she didn’t just have them rolling in the sheets in the first two pages.  Without spoiling the plot I especially liked the final few chapters and how Rick reacts to Bryce’s revelation & proposal.  I did find the beginning of the book to be slow and I put it down a lot.  However, as the plot advanced I found myself wanting to know more and the author did not disappoint.  I am looking forward to the continuation of Alexis & Bryce’s story and will be reading the second book in the series – Satisfaction.

Enjoy my favorite quote from the book – it really sums up the overall message.

“I don’t believe anything is absolute.  Things change, people change. Circumstances change.” – Bryce pg.74

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D. T. Dyllin Birthday Bash & Giveaway

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Book one of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy

New Adult Paranormal Romance
 

299 pages
 

by D.T. Dyllin

For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Book two of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
New Adult Paranormal Romance
241 pages

P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she’d have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?

Book one of the Death Trilogy


Erotic Paranormal Romance
 

307 pages

by D.T. Dyllin

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death

About the Author

Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

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Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott – Review & Giveaway

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Author:  Daisy Prescott

Release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description:

Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. After coming face to face with the one who got away, he decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world’s largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.

Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.

About the Author

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Before writing full time as a freelance content creator, Daisy worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. She earned her degree in Art History and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Baker, art educator, antiques dealer, blue ribbon pie baker, fangirl, content wrangler, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of the titles she’s acquired over the years.

Daisy and her husband (aka SO) currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with their rescue dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat. Geoducks are for Lovers is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second novel set in Ghana.

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My Review

Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott is a well written, refreshing, and fun read.  What peaked by interest about reading this book was the title.  I thought to myself, what in the world is a geoduck??  Well, for those of you wondering it is a VERY large, edible, saltwater clam and is native to the west coast of North America.  Well, that explains why I didn’t know about it – I’m a Jersey girl born & raised.  We have horseshoe crabs not geoducks.  With that out of the way, onto my review!! I found the story intriguing and entertaining and I related to the main character, Maggie, and her friends in more ways than one.

Maggie lives the island life now having moved from the hustle and bustle of NYC to a cabin on the beach on the opposite coast.  In that time, she has gone through a divorce, the loss of her close friend and the death of her mother.  But, she is strong, resilient and happy with her life or so she thought.  Maggie is looking forward to her amazing college friends joining her for a weekend of reminiscing, relaxation and fun.  What she did not count on was the arrival of Gilliam Morrow – one of her best friends from college and also the one that got away.  His presence stirs up familiar feelings that she thought had long since vanished and in their short weekend together 20 years seems like yesterday.

The author did a fantastic job telling the story!! I felt like I could hear the ocean and smell the refreshing air – like I was sitting around the beach house with a glass of wine with old friends talking, laughing and having the world’s best time.  It was comfortable and inviting and lacked a lot of messy drama and power struggles.  The character and plot development was on point and I found myself reading this delightful story in one day.

This is definitely a must read for anyone who is in their late 30’s or early 40’s.  I say this because this age group will most likely be able to relate to the characters in the book.  Any younger and they probably won’t get the music & movie references and any older and they probably won’t appreciate the comfortable and downright hilarious back and forth banter that occurs amongst the friends.  I’m not saying don’t read this book just wanted to give everyone some insight and perspective.

This was a solid debut novel and worth checking out for the wonderful storyline, believable characters and the geoduck phallic references.  **4.5/5 stars**

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