Saturday, August 31, 2013

eARC BOOK REVIEW...Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life...or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Short excerpt from the book that I felt was pretty funny: 
His eyes broke away from the dance floor and trailed up my body, starting with my heels. I knew there was a reason I braved these stilettos. When his gaze reached my hips, he dragged a thumb across his bottom lip, and I was ready to jump him right then. I pushed my shoulders back, and like a charm his eyes settled on my chest.
Thanks for keeping my secrets, Victoria. The grin of victory was already climbing onto my face, and then he returned his gaze to the dance floor without a comment.
What the hell?
He didn’t look at my face. He didn’t even look at my body for that long.
I was kind of offended. My girls, Marilyn and Monroe, were definitely offended.


I'm sad to say that this ended up on my DNF list.  I just couldn't stand the main character, Kelsey.  She was way too immature and wallowed in her self-pity a little too much that it over all turned me off this read big time.

I also felt that, from what I read, that there was no depth at all to this story.  Just a lost, annoying girl partying it up after college and using her daddy's hard earned money on herself.  Two words: spoiled brat.

Now you may ask how her love interest plays into all of this?  Well, she spots meets hottie, Jackson Hunt, while on the dance floor after making out with some European dude  *Some intro eh* and then runs in to him and the rest is history!

Only of course, there's a catch of mystery, secrets, and finding yourself.  Sounds so typical in books don't you think?

*Sigh,* such a big disappointment since I am an avid fan of the series so sorry readers.  Just not my cup of tea.  Maybe you'll enjoy it instead?

My Rating:

-Overall : 7
-Plot : 7
-Writing : 7
-Characters : 7
-Cover : 7.5

Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet Caleb Fox and Hailey Bloom from STAY WITH ME by Elyssa Patrick

Book Title: Stay With Me (With Me #1)
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Release Date:  August 30th, 2013
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Book Description
With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

Short Except:

I give him a look. “You’re not really expecting me to introduce myself, are you?”
“Why not?”
“Because . . . because . . .” I look up at the sky; no answers are there among the few stars that have now broken free of the clouds. “Because it seems silly. We already know each other’s names.”
“Let’s pretend we don’t. Here. I’ll start.” He holds out his right hand to me. “Hi, I’m Caleb Fox.”
I stare at his hand. “This is—”
“I’m sorry. I don’t talk to strangers.”
“Funny.” But then I decide to play along—I tell myself that it’s not to feel Caleb’s hand around mine once again. “Hi, Caleb. I’m Hailey Bloom.”
I like saying his name.
“Hi, Hailey.”
I like it even more when he says mine.
His hand grasps mine in a firm, no-nonsense grip. It should be an ordinary handshake. Something brief, impersonal, and easily forgotten.
This handshake is anything but ordinary, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
His slightly rough skin is still cool against mine, and his thumb sweeps the inside of my wrist. I gasp out loud, and his fingers briefly tighten. The handshake should be over by now.
He doesn’t let go. Neither do I.
“Now we’ve met,” he finally says.
“Yes.” My mouth feels dry, and I lick my lips. “We have.”
His gaze drops to my mouth. I want to fall into him, to let my body press against his, and feel his arms around me. To have his lips touch mine.
Who cares about anything else but that right now?
Nothing else matters. Nothing at all.
It would take just one step. One tiny step would bring me closer to him. I’d be within kissing distance.

Caleb Fox:    


Birthday: May 6th
Astrological sign: Taurus
Hair color: Inky black, a little on the longish side.
Eye color: Dark green
Height: 6’2”
Body type: Athletic, toned, built.
Likes: Kissing Hailey, sports, hanging out with friends and family, and his dog Goliath.
Dislikes: People who break trusts and hurt those who should be loved.
Values: Loyalty, honesty, trust, family, friendship, and love.

Favorite Things~    

Color: Blue.
Movie: All three Star Wars, but not the prequels.
Animal: Dogs, especially Yorkshire terriers.
Book: The Harry Potter series and The Odyssey by Homer.
Song: Well, he does like anything Hailey sings.
Food: Italian, pizza, and nachos.
Vacation Destination: The beach! He’d also like to visit some cities in Europe and see New Zealand with Hailey one day.
Television Show: The Walking Dead.
Sport (to watch): all of them, of course.
Sport (to play): baseball.
Movie Star: Hailey Bloom and now, Alex Randall.
Musician: Hailey Bloom
Painting: Starry Night by Van Gogh
Artist: Van Gogh
Way to Relax: Hanging out with Hailey, of course.
City: Burlington.
Astrological Sign: Taurus (his own) and Sagittarius (Hailey’s).
Career Option: something that involves sports (don’t want to spoil it!)
Place to Get Coffee: Starbuck’s and some local coffee shops.
Smell: Hailey Bloom, cinnamon buns, and the ocean.
Season: Winter
Holiday: Christmas
Candy: Kit Kats
Cold weather activity: Sledding. J
Place to snuggle: With Hailey.
Day: Sunday
Gift: Something thoughtful.
Disney cartoon: Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
Muppet: Kermit.

Hailey Bloom:


Birthday: December 11th
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
Hair color: Dark brown that’s long and wavy.
Eye color: Blue, the color of the Caribbean ocean.
Height: 5’5”
Body type: Thin, but has curves.
Likes: Kissing Caleb, hanging out with Caleb and his friends, hanging out with Daphne, Katelyn, and Steph, just being a normal girl, and creative arts.
Dislikes: Her mother, disloyalty, people who sell stories and betray trust.
Values: Loyalty, honesty, trust, love, family, and friendship. 

Favorite Things~   

Color: Pink.
Movie: It Happened One Night
Animal: Dogs.
Book: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Easy by Tammara Webber.
Song: Falling Softly
Food: Italian
Vacation Destination: Somewhere that has a beach and is secluded and private.
Movie Star: Her best friend, Alex Randall, of course!
Musician: Too many to name.
Artist: Van Gogh
Way to Relax: Hanging out with Caleb.
City: Burlington.
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius (her own) and Taurus (Caleb’s).
Career Option: Anything but being famous, please.
Place to Get Coffee: She likes tea, actually.
Smell: Caleb’s cologne, vanilla, and the smell of rain.
Season: Fall
Holiday: Christmas
Candy: M&Ms
Dessert: chocolate cake
Cold weather activity: Sledding.
Place to snuggle: In Caleb’s arms.
Day: Friday
Gift: Something that’s meaningful and thoughtful.
Part of a guy: She has a fondness for green eyes. ;)
Disney character: Rapunzel
Muppet: Miss Piggy


August 30th – September 10th, 2013

Expected publication: August 30th 2013 by Elyssa Patrick

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

Book Trailer:

Short Excerpt:

He runs a finger down my cheek. “You’re blushing.”
“I’m always blushing around you.”
“I know,” he says, a shy grin escaping as he leans closer to me. “I’ve always wanted to kiss you when you’re blushing.”
I draw back slightly to meet his dark, heated gaze. Breathing seems suddenly impossible, and the space between us too far. “Oh?”
“I’ve wanted to put my mouth”—his finger traces a path over the apple of my cheek—“here and . . .
“Here.” His thumb grazes my cheekbone and then down my neck. “And here and here and here.”
“Just so you know,” I say, leaning into his touch, as his fingers continue to stroke me, pet me, caress my skin that burns under him, “I’ve wanted you to do the same. And I—”
I swallow heavily as Caleb’s head swoops down and he presses his mouth against the pulse in my neck. His teeth graze oh so gently against me as his tongue soothes the mark, and then his lips trail up my neck.
“You were saying?”
My hands clutch on his shoulders. “I want to kiss you. Everywhere.”

Playlist for STAY WITH ME
1     Someone Like You - Adele

2     Gravity – Sara Bareilles
3     Starry, Starry Night – Don McLean
4     Dancing Queen - ABBA
5     Catch My Breath - Kelly Clarkson 
6     Make You Feel My Love - Kris Allen
7     Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
8     Everything I Do I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
9     Falling Softly – from the Broadway musical, Once
10   My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson
11   Something – George Harrison
12   To Show Me Your Love – Mike Schmid (this is the song that plays in the book trailer)


I've never heard of Elyssa Patrick before but I was lucky by the lovely Intel of Goodreads to have. :) A friend of mine had gotten a copy of "Stay With Me" and I knew that the moment I saw the book cover and read the synopsis that I had to get my hands on this book pronto! Hence, I contaced Elyssa Patrick herself and requested a copy in which she graciously granted to me. xoxoxoxo <3

Hailey Bloom has everything a girl could want...fame, fortune, and a massive music and acting career. The only thing she lacks is...a normal life...

She takes off from the celebrity world and enrolls herself into Green College in hopes of starting a new chapter in her life. Of course, this does not happen, as she remains in the public eye no matter how much she hopes to distance herself from it.

It is at a party that she meets hunky male protagonist, Caleb Fox, that things really begin to take flight. Due to the constant scrutiny of what fame brings, Hailey is a bit closed off and unwilling to let Caleb or anyone into her inner shell. She constantly pushes Caleb's efforts and advances away but as well all know a man on a mission will not stop until the object he desires (*cough cough, HAILEY!) is acquired. ;)

Caleb, tries and tries to go the extra mile to mingle his way into Hailey's life. He wants to get to know the REAL her and not the Hollywood persona that fame/she has put out for herself.

“Please, Hailey. You and I both know all of that is not real. I don’t know you, Hailey. Not like I want to. I want to know you, just like I hope you want to know me."

But of course, like in all books, no matter how much Hailey resists Caleb away the more she ends up finding herself stuck in situations with him. This thus develops a strong bond between them and more of an attraction for one another. Walls and facades are brought down and the two find themselves soon falling deeply in love with each other.

"I frown, remembering how I wanted to leave that party all those months ago, full of people who only saw the Hollywood persona I’d been for so many years. All my life really. They had never seen the real me."

The only thing is, is that Hailey holds a big dark secret that could tear everything apart. And with the tabloids on her back will they be able to uncover it? What could it be? Will the media be able to figure out what it is? How will it effect Hailey and Caleb's budding love? How will everything turn out? Read and find out!

"Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me."

My thoughts:

Caleb and Hailey make a beautiful couple on a journey of finding love, trust, and friendship. You can't help but love these characters' rawness and vulnerability they bring to one another as well as their undeniable scorching chemistry. So YES, there is some steamy smutt scenes in this read that made me grin like a cheshire cat and squeal like a fan girl. ;)

Another treat that the author brings to the story is Caleb's sister, Daphne. Daphne brought a sprinkle of spice to the book. She reminded me of a Latina with all of her fiery personality. Kind of reminded me of my little sister! Buahahahaha.

My Over All Conclusion:

"Stay With Me" is definitely a book series that I will be following since I honestly really loved it. I literally fell in love with both Hailey and Caleb since they are easy to relate to and grow a liking too. If I were Hailey, I too, would also carry the reservations she carried toward people and herself.

As for Caleb, I absolutely adored him!! How can you not fall for a guy persistently trying to win over your heart and not to mention the fact that he's also hot?! So irresistible!

Lastly, before I conclude this, I would like to once again thank Elyssa Patrick for sending me a copy of this eARC so THANK YOU once more!! I really appreciate it and I look forward to the next book in the series. :)

My Rating:

-Overall : 8.5

-Plot : 8

-Writing : 8.5

-Characters : 8.5

-Cover : 9

Where to get your copy!

* $50 Amazon Giftcard
* 1-Digital Copy of Stay With Me
* 1-Digital Copy of As You Wish 1-Digital Copy of One Hit Wonder

  a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Elyssa Patrick writes sexy, emotional contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently working on her next novel. 

Elyssa's Favorite things!

Color: Blue

Movie: Gone With the Wind

Animal: Dogs.

Book: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Song: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (and I always include this song in all my playlists for my books, no matter what!)

Food: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. And cupcakes.

Vacation Destination: I’d love to go to Paris, Ireland, and Australia one day.

Play: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Phantom of the Opera for Broadway musical.

Television Show: So many, but some of my faves are: The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Parks & Rec, Downton Abbey, and The Walking Dead.

City: London, Burlington, and my hometown.

Astrological Sign: Virgo! (My own sign.)

Career Option: Romance and New Adult author. J

Smell: Freshly baked cookies, the ocean, vanilla, and chocolate.
Season: Summer.

Holiday: Halloween—all that candy!

Day: Saturday

Gift: Books!

Disney cartoon: Belle

Muppet: Cookie Monster

Dessert: Anything chocolate. J

Interview with Elyssa Patrick:

Hi Elyssa,
Thank you so much for granting me the ARC of “Stay With Me.”  I absolutely loved it!!   I have some questions for you to answer so let’s get to it! Lol. :)

Purple=ME   Black=Elyssa

1)  How did you come up with the idea for this book?  What inspired you to write it?

Hi, Kawehi! Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I’ve wanted to write a New Adult for the last few years, but I never really had a strong idea for a story. I also write contemporary romances (current series is called Rock Stars in Love), and so far, the books have featured famous heroes. I kept thinking how I’d like to really do a famous heroine who actually wants to be non-famous and be “normal.” The whole idea of STAY WITH ME came in a flash of Hailey who has been famous since she can remember but finally gets away from her mother and fame when she goes to college; there, Hailey finally finds herself, and she’s accepted for being her and not the Hailey Bloom. As to inspiration, I’m intrigued by celebrities, and the push and pull they must feel between private and public lives, and what they deal with on a daily basis. And I always hear and read so many horror stories about former child stars who grow up and whose lives are ruined, and I wanted to take a child star who became more famous but who doesn’t end up that route.

2) Are the characters based on anyone you know?

None—they all come from my imagination. But how great would it be if there was a guy out there like Caleb? Or Nick? Or Griff? *swoon*

3) If you had the chance to become a famous singer or actor like Hailey would you take it?  Why or why not? And if you were already famous, would you also give it up to live a normal life?  Why or why not?

Long ago, when I was in middle school and then high school, I wanted to be famous when I was older. I was badly bullied in school, and I found solace in movies and books, and how these famous stars were also bullied had become someone big. But now? No way. I’m a very private and shy person, and while I studied acting in college, I definitely don’t have the passion for it. And my singing voice is . . . not good. :)

As to if I were already famous and would give it up, I think that depends on a few things. If I loved it—truly loved it—I don’t think I would. But if I was ambivalent about my career and didn’t want it, then I would totally give it up, like Hailey does.

4) Are there any quotes in “Stay With Me” that you particularly love or that holds special meaning to you?

Hmmm, so many to choose from. :) I tend to like everything Caleb says to Hailey, that sweet, sexy guy.

He steps closer to me, a glint in his eyes. “I’m a distraction?”
“A huge one.”
“Good.” He’s so close to me that his breath whispers over my hair. His lips are almost touching my ear. “Because you’re definitely distracting me, too.”
I put my hand against his chest and feel his muscles tighten in response. “Well, then we’re in perfect agreement.”
“And what’s that?”
“Distractions”—I jump when I feel his mouth skate over my earlobe—“are not needed, and that w-we sh-should . . .”
His lips enclose on my lobe, tugging it gently. “You were saying?”
And I also like Hailey’s convo with Griff (one of Caleb’s good friends), mainly because well, of what he says about books and libraries. ;)

“Yup,” he says firmly. “I love books. And I love libraries.”
“Oh.” I fall silent for a few, still processing the fact that this is what Griff wants to do and feeling suddenly foolish as I’m clearly showing what an ignoramus I am. “I love books, too.”
“Good. I never trust anyone who doesn’t love books.”

5) Both Hailey and Caleb go through a lot in their lives and relationship. Is there anything you would like readers to take back from them or from reading your story?

Oh, that’s not my place to say, as what readers should take back from them or my story. I hope whatever it is, though, that it’s good.

6) When reading “Stay With Me,” there were parts where I envisioned certain songs highlighting those moments. Did you listen by chance happen to any particular music when writing scenes of this book? And if so, any sort of music playlist that comes to mind?

I’m curious . . . What songs did you envision? I actually didn’t listen to music while writing the book—I need to write in complete silence. But I would make notes of songs that I thought would fit and made a playlist for STAY WITH ME after I finished the book. One of the songs that is included is To Show You My Love by Mike Schmid, which is the song playing in the book trailer.

7) I noticed that there is a 1.5 as well as a book two and three in the midst.  Is there anything you can or would like to reveal to readers about the future installments?

1.5 is a Christmas novella (so figure around 80-100 pages) called CHRISTMAS WITH ME. Jamie is the hero of that novella, and his story takes place during Winter Break when he returns home in Connecticut. While there, he runs into his heroine (Zelda Nichols) who went to high school with him—he never really noticed Zelda, but now he can’t stop thinking about her. It’s told from Zelda’s POV. This will be a funny/sad novella, so I’m nervous as to how readers will react. I hope they like it!

GO WITH ME, With Me #2, is a full-length and will feature Nick Brady as a hero. I’m not yet saying who his heroine is. ;) You can expect that book Spring 2014—probably late May.

Finally DREAM WITH ME, With Me #3, is another full-length and Griff Sinclair is the hero. That will most likely come out Fall 2014.

8) Do you have any advice for aspiring or beginning writers?

Write, write, write, and read, read, read. You only get better by writing and working on your craft. So read writing craft books, take courses, find other writers you can form a critique group with, and join organizations (like RWA) that will help improve your writing.

9) What do you look for in a book or think what makes a good story?

Honestly, I just look for a book that reads good to me. I love romances and New Adult the most, so I love when a book can make me sigh in happiness, bring on the romance and sexytimes, and just make me feel like anything is possible.

10) And lastly, what are you currently reading as of now?  I’m curious.  ;)
I just finished reading Laura Florand’s upcoming contemporary romance Christmas novella, SNOW-KISSED, and loved it. It features a marriage-in-trouble trope and definitely made me ugly cry, but it’s completely romantic and swoonworthy. Highly recommend her and her books!

Before I conclude this interview, I would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to respond to my questions and inquiries.  I REALLY appreciate it. <3
It was a pleasure to have read “Stay With Me” and I look forward to “Christmas With Me” in December!!
Once again, thank you for your time and input and I hope to hear from your works again!

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