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THIS LOVE by Anna Bloom – Blog Tour (Review)

June 6, 2015 Katie A Blog Tour, Giveaway, Reviews 0 Comments

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I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for THIS LOVE by Anna Bloom! I know once I read the synopsis that I would fall for this book, and I sure did! It was just the book I needed to start to pull me out of a reading slump and I can’t wait to go back and re-read all of my favorite parts and quotes.

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Amber’s always planned to leave her overbearing mother and their stifling small town behind as soon as she graduates. That is until her car breaks down outside Bale and Son’s mechanics and she meets Freddy Bale. A boy who’d rather live in the moment than make a five-year-plan.

Ignoring her friends’ warnings, Amber puts all dreams for her perfect future on hold, and dives into the romance heart first. On their last day of school, however, Freddy decides to call off their relationship, and Amber does the only thing she can think of: Run away and never look back. Just like she’d always planned.

Ten years pass before Amber sets foot in town again, only returning to look after her ailing mother. While Freddy wants to make amends, Amber is confronted with her own wrong choices from ten years ago. Choices that could change the lives of everyone she’s ever loved.

When first love is given a second chance and the secrets of the past come hurtling into the present, will Amber and Freddy be able to lay their mistakes to rest and make this love the strongest one of all?


My review: As I said earlier, I knew that once I read the synopsis I would love this book. And I did. It started off in such a way that left me speechless because I have been there – someone taking care of a sick parent. I’ve been there – I know how hard it can be.

When Amber and Freddy fell in love, they fell hard and they fell fast. When their relationship ended? It crumbled to pieces in a way that I’m sure Amber felt was nearly impossible to ever put back together – and she ran. She left.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that same thought – to run, to leave, to leave everything behind because I couldn’t deal with it all. It can be such a strong yet scary feeling, and I can’t imagine how Amber felt when she did leave. It had to be a mix of overwhelming emotions.

When she returned home to care for her mom – the unexpected happens – her and Freddy are reunited by chance and this sets them on the path of second chances, the chance to open up and spill everything – something that could change everything for everyone, forgiveness and love.

I can tell you that this book will suck you, give you a lot of feels and you won’t want to put it down. I had a hard time putting it down just to get to work … a beautiful story about first loves, heartbreak and forgiveness. Add this one to your to be read list! You won’t wanna miss it!

Anna Bloom Bio:

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer with the sole ambition of writing about life as it happens. Dedicated to real characters, real problems and real romance Anna writes tales to stir your heart and head. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two young children, working in a local school and writing swoon worthy romance for Mature Teen and Adult readers, she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys and talking to the voices in her head- all in the name of her art.

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THE WAY WE FALL by Cassia Leo – Blog Tour Review!

February 23, 2015 Katie A Blog Tour, Reviews 1 Comment

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I cannot tell you  how excited I am to be taking part in this blog tour! From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew that this was a book I had to get my hands on! What an amazing story and an amazing opportunity to  be on this blog tour.

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The Way We Fall Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty.

Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.

Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.

Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.

Maybe we should have never been together.

Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.

Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.

Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.

The Way We Fall is the first book in The Story of Us series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel, The Way We Break, will be released Spring 2015.


My Review: ★★★★★


From the moment I started reading, I could not put this one down. I curled up on the couch at work, read for hours on end and then when I got home, I kept reading despite being exhausted. Easily one of my most anticipated books since I had heard about it, I was eager to fall in love with this book.

And I did.

The characters were believable – they were people I could easily know in real life. The situations they endure were ones I had seen friends or family members go through over the years. I felt connected to the characters, and I had so many feelings. I didn’t want this story to end, I wanted more, more and more because I was so in love with the story, the writing and the characters.

The descriptions in the story were clear and helped me to picture everyone (and everything) going on. I love being able to visualize a story as I read and this one didn’t let me down! I found myself lost in the story, constantly turning the pages and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I know I’ll be just as hooked and in love as I was with this one!

Cassia Leo Bio:

bored-bw-profile-picNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.


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Blog Tour: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack & Giveaway

May 26, 2014 Katie A Blog Tour, Giveaway, Reviews 0 Comments



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Author: Cora Carmack

Published: May 13, 2014 by William Morrow

Genre: New Adult

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


My Review:

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I gave this book a rating of: ★★★★★

ALL LINED UP was the book to bring me out of my reading slump that seemed to drag on forever. I was instantly hooked from page one and didn’t want to stop reading. I took my kindle with me to work one night and once I had the kids in bed and asleep, I curled up on the couch and started reading.

I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t want to put it down. Coming from someone who is really not that into sports and who doesn’t know much about football? I was sucked in immediately. I feel for the characters, I felt like I was right there with them on their journey together. I laughed, I cried, I swooned.

There was one quote from the story that I absolutely loved and hit close to home for me.

“I’ve found who pulls me together. You’re the only thing that makes me feel better when I’m tired or frustrated. You’re the thing that quiets all my worries and doubts and fears.”

To say that this quote hit me hard is an understatement, I read it and promptly burst into tears on the couch at work. Why? It’s everything I feel when it comes to my girlfriend. We’ve been together close to two years – she’s the one who puts me back together when I crumble, she is the one who calms me down on those bad days. To see a quote that sums up how I feel about my girl and our relationship brought tears to my eyes and made me realize even more how lucky I am to have her.

It’s been a week since I finished reading and I am still flailing over this book. I am telling everyone I can to buy it, read it and then tell me all about it while they read it. I cannot wait for more out of this series and to see where everyone is lead through the series!

If you’re looking for a book full of fun, great characters you will fall in love with, a pull-me-out-of-a-slump read and a read that will make you laugh, tug at your heart and swoon? ALL LINED UP is one you’ll want to read over and over again. I promise.

About the Author:

corabiopic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Review: Allegiant

November 4, 2013 Katie A Reviews 3 Comments

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I am pretty underwhelmed with Allegiant. It was not the thrilling conclusion I thought it would be and while I did enjoy some parts, I honestly found myself trudging through most of the book.

While I flew through Insurgent, this book seemed to drag.  I hated that.

My biggest issues were: the world building – these guys had no idea about the world outside the factions, so I think the world building could have been better – more detail, less info dumping.

I really needed less of Tris constantly gloating about how she was “right”. I HATED that. Okay, we get it, Tris – you think you’re right constantly, but it’s annoying and downright rude.

There was simply too much information to keep track of along the way. Most of it, to me, was a giant info dump. With the world building it was so much of a info dump, along with other parts of the story. It was too overwhelming to keep track of everything and left me pretty confused.

I am usually not bothered by switching of the POV – but it just didn’t work for this book. It confused me too much and I found myself constantly flipping back to see if I was reading Tris or Four. It just… didn’t work.

The ending… I don’t know. At some point, I had figured out what would happen, so while I wasn’t entirely surprised – it wasn’t an ending I was happy with – or proud of.

All in all… three stars. It was not the conclusion I thought it would be and left me wanting a lot more from the story. I’m pretty bummed about the way this series ended after having enjoyed the first two books so much.

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Review: Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

September 15, 2013 Katie A Reviews 1 Comment


Rating: ★★★★
Read: September 2013

First of all, a big THANK YOU to NetGalley for this ARC. I’m so excited to have a chance to read and review this book.

When I settled in to read WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, I had no idea that the story would touch me as much as it did. It was a very pleasant surprise, and the story was so beautiful and touching that even hours after finishing it, I’m STILL thinking about it.

Callie has returned home after being taken by her mothers years ago and now has to face the challenge of living a life she isn’t familiar with. She’s used to being on the run and the life she and her mother had. Settling in to a family and a new life isn’t easy.

I love that the story doesn’t cover that up. So many books and movies show someone coming home after years of being gone and immediately adjusting. Life isn’t like that. It’s not an overnight change or adjustment. I’ve been there – many times growing up. It isn’t easy, it isn’t fun (there are fun moments) and it’s hard as hell.

The characters in the story are fresh and vibrant – jumping off of the page with enough detail and personality to make you feel as if you’re right there with them. The family dynamic of the story is what truly touched me. I felt like I was a part of the big Greek family – a family who welcome Callie home with open arms.

On a personal level – I could relate to Callie and the relationship she has with her mother. I know what it’s like to be all too familiar with a life that is taken from you, and then you’re shoved into adjusting to an entirely new life. I knew how frustrated, unsure and wary she felt.

I know on a personal level how hard it is to adjust to a new life. I’ve been there. It was hard. It was stressful. It was an adjustment full of tears, fights and pain – but I made it – just like Callie did. We both had to make some hard choices – but in the end we both knew what was right for us.

This is a story that will always remain close to my heart and one I’m already looking forward to telling friends about.


Review: If You Leave by Courtney Cole

August 24, 2013 Katie A Reviews 4 Comments

ImageRating: ★★★★★

Read: August 2013

I knew right away that IF YOU LEAVE would have some sort of impact on me, but I wasn’t sure how it would. I was blown away by the story and found myself relating more to what Gabe and Maddy were going through more than many readers probably could.

We got a glimpse of what Maddy went through and her parents relationship, which is where things really started to hit home for me. My parents divorced when I was a kid and it wasn’t pretty for awhile. It was hard, but I understood where she was coming from when she told Gabe:

“Waiting for her to be strong and change our lives. But she never did. I hated her for that.”

We both wanted change, we both wanted our lives to be better than they were. More than anything, we wanted change. We didn’t get much of that change, but the above quote hit me and made me realize that I could relate to Maddy on a way that maybe others couldn’t – in a way, it made me stronger.

Both Gabe and Maddy have to face their demons, and their fears. They have to figure out where they both stand in order to be together and to make things work. It wasn’t easy for them, and it sure as hell wasn’t easy for me to read about. It broke me. I spent most of the book in tears while I read. If I wasn’t crying over Gabe and Maddy, I was crying over what they each had to face.

Their story hit hard and at the end?

I knew exactly how each of them felt. They had found the person they are meant to be with. No matter what shit they faced in the past, they had both come so far to be where they are now. They both faced their fears and took some huge steps on the road to healing in order to be together.

If there is one message from the book that truly hit home and something I fully believe in, it is this:

“Sometimes the hardest situations make for the best happily-ever-afters.”

No matter what Gabe and Maddy have faced in the past, or what they went through to finally be together – they both came to realize that even the hardest circumstances can weave together so beautifully at the right time to make an absolutely perfect happily ever after for two people who deserve it more than anything.