Friday, September 4, 2015

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne blog tour with teaser, review and #giveaway @Tastybooktours @_LaurenLayne



Blurred Lines
By: Lauren Layne  
Releasing August 25, 2015  
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In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.


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Rating: 3 of 5
Cover comment: Kind of typical for genre
Book source: NetGalley

Can best friends be more and not ruin their friendship? That's the question raised while reading Lauren Layne's latest contemporary romance, Blurred Lines. A fun, flirty read, I liked it but found I didn't love it.

Parker and Ben have been best friends for six years and live together as roommates. Ben is the typical man whore we see plenty of in New Adult today. Parker has just been dumped by her longtime boyfriend and nursing her broken heart. Noticing how her bestie can have fun and move on to the next girlfriend, Parker wonders if maybe she should try this route instead. The guy she uses as her test subject is Ben. Of course, emotions will get in the way.

I liked the premise of the story and the author's writing. My problem in general was my lack of caring about either character. Yes, they were developed and grew over time. There just wasn't this sense of connection to either one. Told in first person with dual narrators in present tense, even this style didn't make the main characters click for me. Why? The stereotypical and formulaic behavior of the characters took away from the general sense of their story and the supposed romance just wasn't there. I also didn't like Parker slut shaming the girls who hooked up with Ben. Can we not pigeonhole gender into a particular way of behaving anymore, please? Can't both sexes live and act the way they want without fear of labels? I also didn't like how Parker turned hypocritical with her supposed best friend, Lori, when it came to Ben, the story line with her mother being ill seemed added for dramatic effect, and I also didn't get some of Parker's decisions (like her letting her ex back into her life). For a 'bad boy' Ben did grow on me.

I may not have bought into these two and their 'friends with benefits' scenario but I will say what kept me reading was the chemistry between them. Their banter just flowed and sounded humorous and natural. Their romance, though very hot, took some time to build and they seemed oblivious to what was going on for too long. This aspect took away from my enjoying the novel more and I didn't feel their love story as I have in other romances. 

This is the first book I've read by this author. Despite my problems with the characters, I really liked Layne's writing style and her way with words. Now that I'm curious, I will definitely need to check out her other books. 
About the author 
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway
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·         JUST A LITTLE CRUSH by Renita Pizzitola
·         CRUSHED by Lauren Layne
·         AGAINST THE CAGE by Sidney Halston
·         POSSESS by Laura Marie Altom
·         AFTER MIDNIGHT by Kathy Clark
·         MAKE YOU BURN by Megan Crane
·         MY HIGHLAND LOVER by Maeve Greyson
·         BREAKING NOAH by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne
·         A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE by K.J. Charles
·         FORBIDDEN by Jacquelyn Frank
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Release Day Blast: Better Than Chocolate by @JLynnRowanLit @PromoBookTours

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Carmella Sannarellli is a people pleaser. She can’t say no to anyone, even when it means putting off her own personal goals in the process. So, when her best friend, Sadie Miller, calls with the announcement that she’s broken up with one fiancĂ© and eloping with another in St. Croix, Carmella can’t stop herself from dropping everything and accepting the invitation to stand as maid of honor. 

Jilted fiancĂ©, Ryan Wutkowski, has been the third member of the Carmella-Sadie trio for nine years. He fully supports Sadie’s new engagement and upcoming nuptials, knowing it’s the right decision and best for both of them. But when he boards a plane to San Juan for a business conference, Carmella is the last person he expects to find occupying the seat next to his. 

Two days in San Juan, then a week in St. Croix—Carmella knows her two best friends are hiding something. But can she figure out what went wrong between them as she battles her own tingly, off-kilter feelings toward Ryan, while dodging advances from a womanizing best man, and confirming for herself that Sadie did make the right decision? When Ryan unexpectedly shows up at the rehearsal dinner and gets himself invited to the wedding, will Carmella finally uncover the secret he’s held since the day they first met?

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Meet the author:
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Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career. 

Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students. 

When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen. A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and the most adorable baby on the planet.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Compulsion For Reading Blog Tour #Giveaway @MartinaABoone @PageTurnersBlog

Scavenger Hunt!

Don't forget! There’s a fun scavenger hunt that’s part of this blog tour. Martina released TWO codewords yesterday, each with their own free download on her website. You can find those here: http://www.fictionfare.com/compulsion-by-martina-boone-blog-tour/ and here http://www.pageturnersblog.com/2015/08/compulsion-paperback-blog-tour-diy.html
 For today’s codeword, keep reading below, and find the codeword in red, all caps. You’ll find the instructions on what to do with that codeword down below as well!

COMPULSION by Martina Boone
October 28, 2014, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 
Pages: 448 

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient CURSE.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. 

Available Now in Hardcover, Paperback, and Audio   

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Pre-Order Heirs of Watson Island Book Two!

PERSUASION by Martina Boone
October 27, 2015, 
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 
Pages: 464 

Book Depository | (free worldwide shipping)

About the Author

Martina Boone spoke several languages before she learned English after moving to the U.S. She has never fallen out of love with words, fairy tale settings, or characters who have to find themselves. She is the author of Compulsion, the acclaimed first book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. with Persuasion releasing 10/27/15. She is also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. Locally in her home state, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.


13 Free Downloads, Word-Search Fun, 

and a Persuasion Pre-Order Giveaway

If you've read and loved Compulsion, good news! Persuasion releases October 27th!
  • To say thank you to all the amazing readers who've let her know that they're looking forward to reading the sequel packed with more mystery, magic, and romance--not to mention a ghost or two or six--and to celebrate Barrie Watsons gift of finding lost things, Martina has some great giveaways going on. 
  • There are thirteen code words in the grid below that relate to Persuasion and the Heirs of Watson Island series. 
  • From 8/31 to 9/11, the Compulsion paperback blog tour will reveal the code word or words that will unlock a special page at http://www.MartinaBoone.com that day. (Yes, somewhere on this page, there is a CODE WORD!) 
  • There are three great giveaways (see below!) plus even more giveaways that are exclusive to Martina's website when you visit. 
  • As a code word unlocks a page, you can go to that page to download free items. There will be stickers, DYI origami bookmark, traditional bookmarks, door hangers, book plates, beautiful wallpapers, and more. 
  • To unlock a page, replace the word CODEWORD in the following URL with the actual code and type or copy the whole thing into the address bar of your web browser: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/CODEWORD/
  • ALL pages will be unlocked by 9/11. 
  • All downloads are free, and most are available whether or not you pre-order. 
  • A few downloads will only be available with a pre-order receipt or order number. 
  • Wherever you need a pre-order receipt, there's also a special Rafflecopter with additional AMAZING giveaways. 
  • With pre-order, a limited number of people will also receive a signed bookplate, bumper sticker, and beautiful signed Compulsion and Persuasion charm bookmarks with ribbons. 

Word Search Puzzle

Want a sneak peak at all the code words? Here's the word search puzzle that contains all thirteen! But remember, one is unlocked for every stop on the blog tour, so you'll need to stop by each of the tour hosts to find the code word that day so you can download the freebies!
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Enter the Giveaways!

Prize One:
Prize Two:
Prize Three:

DON'T FORGET! 

Follow the rest of the tour for more free downloads every day! 
For daily updated links to all the tour stops and codes for free downloadables, plus more prizes and chances to win, go here: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/tour/