Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend | Blog Tour | Review | Giveaway |

Title: Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend

Author: Kay Marie

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

4 Stars

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review, this does not effect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist – thank you, Ollie – but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confessions #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret – pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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I really enjoyed the first Confessions book, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, I was lucky enough to take part in that tour too and you can find my review of book one here! I’d definitely recommend picking up book one before diving into Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, but it’s such a great book you won’t regret it!
In my review of Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist I made it pretty clear that I liked Skye, and hated that the book had ended! Book two gave me more Skye and her clumsy shenanigans, and I got a resolution to the way book one ended!
After reading both books I can happily say that I am a fan of Kay Marie’s writing style. She gets me hooked immediately and I end up devouring the book in less than a day. I found that Confessions #1 made me laugh out loud, and I am happy to report that Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend had the same effects! 
A character that I particularly enjoyed in this book was Blythe. In the first book she’s pretty nasty and determined to get rid of Skye, whether that be from wok or her brother’s personal life. I would say that Blythe undergoes that largest character growth over the two books, and she ended up being one my favourites! 
Kay Marie writes brilliant characters and they all just worked so well together, although Bridget can be loud and opinionated, at some points overly so, we also saw the calm and caring side to her. The only character I hands down did not like was John, but that was pretty much guaranteed!
I would highly recommend going out and picking up Kay Marie’s Confessions books if you haven’t already, they are incredibly enjoyable New Adult reads, and they aren’t overly smutty which is really refreshing!
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About The Author

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her for with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her – about her books, about scheduling an even, or just in general – you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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‘Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend’ by Kay Marie
4 Stars

Like Candy by Debra Doxer | Book Tour | Review | Giveaway

      

      Title: Like Candy

      Author: Debra Doxer

      Release Date: July 28th, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolises him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school. Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch you back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favourite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much.When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

To begin with I wasn’t sure if I liked Candy all that much, she struck me as extremely immature, perhaps down to her character or the the writing I’m not sure. I therefore resigned myself to reading Like Candy for the tour, with no real expectations. 
How wrong I was. Sure, Like Candy started off at bit immature, with a lot of focus on rather juvenile things, but as the book got going I started liking Candy a lot more, and I really started to like where Debra Doxer was taking the story. 
There’s a mystery surrounding Candy’s father, there’s a general awareness that he does bad things for a living, the synopsis openly states that he’s an assassin and possibly a spy. This ambiguous nature to his job is maintained throughout, building the mystery as to just what is happening and why people keep trying to break into their house.
I definitely got sucked into the story, I got through it really quickly because I just wanted to know what the hell was going on. So obviously I had my own little ideas about what was going to happen and who was behind it, and can I just say CALLED IT! Before you go thinking that Like Candy is predictable, I wouldn’t go that far. I didn’t guess everything, in fact I was left quite shocked when one rather huge revelation was unravelling. So definitely don’t be put off if you dislike predictable books, hopefully you won’t figure it all out and Like Candy can surprise you.
Candy is blown away by Jonah’s good looks as soon as she lays eyes on him, but then his personality puts her off. There was clearly chemistry between the two but it didn’t feel fake, forced or rushed into, so basically what I’m saying is there was no insta-love. In fact as far as I’m concerned their relationship still needs to develop a bit more before the L word can be dropped. I liked the dynamic of Jonah and Candy together, he was really sweet and thoughtful, and I could see why she was enamoured.
I think my initial feelings towards this book were probably due to the difference in age between myself and the high school characters, I’m sure that if I’d have read it when I was still in high school myself I’d have loved it from the get go. But as it was I needed a little bit of warming up.
Something I was not prepared for in Like Candy was the cliffhanger, that’s right. One minute I was happily reading away and the next, there were no more electronic pages left. It only means one thing, I’m going to have to wait for Sweet Liar to come out so I can find out just what happens!

About The Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks her when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “when I run out of time.”
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‘Like Candy’ by Debra Doxer
4 Stars

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist | Blog Tour | Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie, comes a new adult romantic comedy about a girl who’ll soon discover that some secrets can’t be kept forever, especially those of the heart.

My name is Skylar Quinn, I just moved to New york with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No—I was. No—I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist was featured in my First Impression Friday review which you can read here
I really enjoyed Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, it was fun and scratched my New Adult itch. I liked Skylar immediately, she’s just your average 22 year old, very down to earth and clumsy as hell. The fact that she’s clumsy and prone to making herself look like an idiot, along with the fact that she’s not some makeup wearing fashion guru that’s doesn’t even try was very refreshing and appealing. There’s nothing wrong with makeup wearing fashion gurus that don’t even try, but sometimes it’s nice to find a character that screams ‘I’m a real person’. And honestly, if she was a makeup wearing fashion guru the book really wouldn’t have worked. 
Not only did Skye’s clumsy ways make her a very realistic character, they also added a lot of humour to the book. Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist had me laughing out loud on public transport, making me look like a crazy person. But it was just so funny! 
So Skye gets a dating column, and she has to get into the nitty ditty details of a 22 year olds dating life, which you’d expect to be full of sexual exploits. As the title suggests Skye’s life is very far from that, so she enlists the help of her best friend Bridget. I’d really have liked to see more of Skye’s work and the writing of the column. I think it would have definitely been an entertaining addition to the novel. 
For the column Skye is told to start dating. Now, the reader knows that Skye has feelings for Ollie, Bridget’s older brother and their new roommate. So at this point I was wondering how the whole dating someone thing was going to work out. Especially when Patrick walked on the scene and I really liked him, I didn’t want Skye to hurt him, crazy as it may sound. I don’t want to give anything away, but Kay Marie handled the whole fancying your best friend’s older brother while being in a relationship thing very well. 
A moment that really stood out to me in Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist was the ‘confession’ at the beginning of Chapter 21. It went as follows,
Want to know the real reason I’m a virgin? Because I want to be. Maybe it’s idealistic, but I’ve been waiting to be in love with someone who truly loves me back. So maybe my first confession shouldn’t have been that I’m a twenty-two year old virgin. I mean, who cares? The real confession is that I’m a twenty-two year old who’s never been in love. And to be honest, that’s much more depressing to me.”
That really struck a chord with me, it’s a view that I think may have become outdated and forgotten in todays society among the over sexualisation of men and women and the infamous sex tapes of the famous. Who cares if you have or haven’t had sex? I don’t understand what the big deal is with the label ‘virgin’, so I thank Kay Marie for creating a character that wants love above shedding a label.
In the first impression review (read here) I mentioned that I thought Ollie was a bit immature. After finishing the book I can say that this point stayed with me for a lot of the book. My annoyance did subside quite a bit, especially as it became apparent that jealousy was ruling Ollie’s actions. (Swoon or what?!)
My one major complaint with Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist? The ending! I was not ready for it to end the way it did. One minute I’m happily reading and the next there’s an advertisement for the next book in the series. Well, it looks like I’ll be reading that one as well then!!
What’s the last book you read that you weren’t ready to end?  Let me know in the comments!

About The Author

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her – about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general – you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Someday Beach by Jill Sanders | Book Blitz | Giveaway and Excerpt

Someday Beach by Jill Saunders
(Grayton Series #2)
Published: 19th May 2015

Description from Goodreads:
Shelley has always dreamed of going back to Surf Breeze. When she finally sets out on her own and buys a run down building along the popular boardwalk, she hires a sexy, but annoying contractor to help her turn it into her dream boutique. What she hadn’t counted on was finding herself slowly changing with her surroundings. Fighting against an overbearing family, she’ll learn to not only follow her own dreams, but stand up for something she believes in.

Marcus has been waiting his whole life for a woman who could see through the horrors he’d been through as a child, and the humour he uses to mask it all. Now that he’s found her, he’s not quite sure what comes next.
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“You’ve got a nice space here.” He looked out at her view. The boardwalk was below them and he watched for a moment as people strolled by. Beyond that was a long strip of beach and then the emerald water. It was a calm day and barely any waves rippled the water, which made it look green for as far as the eye could see.
He turned and noticed that some soft strands of her blonde hair had fallen around her face. She had either forgotten to put on makeup that morning or had very little on. Her skin looked so soft, he itched to reach out and touch it. His eyes roamed over her and he couldn’t deny the sudden and powerful tug he got from looking at her curves. She was taller than most women he’d dated. He gauged her height around five-eight. The old jeans she was wearing were snug in all the right places, making him wish he could run his hands over those long legs.
When she turned her eyes toward him, catching him in his assessment of her, he couldn’t stop the smile.
“Beautiful view,” he said, softly.

About The Author

Jill Sanders is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pride Series, Secret Series and West Series romance novels. Having sold over 150,000 books within 6 months of her first release, she continues to lure readers with her sweet and sexy stories. Her books are available in every English speaking country, audiobooks, and are now being translated to six different languages.
Born as an identical twin to a large family, she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, later relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career before discovering her talent as a writer. She now makes her home along the emerald coast in Florida where she enjoys the beach, hiking, swimming, wine-tasting, and of course writing.

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Only Ever Yours | Book Blitz and Giveaway

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neil
Released May 12th 2015
Quercus/Hachette
389 Pages

Description from Goodreads:

Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O’Neil’s world of Only Ever Yours women are no longer born naturally, girls (called “eves”) are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends.
Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions – wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives, life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls),  are too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty, her only asset, in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future, even it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.

Advanced Praise for Only Ever Yours

“Terrifying and heartbreaking, O’Neil’s story reads like and heir to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and M. T. Anderson’s Feed, and, like those books, it’s sure to be discussed for years to come.” — Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)
“A dark dream. A vivid nightmare. The world O’Neil imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a scalpel.” — Jeanette Winterson 
“An ingenious exploration of gender roles, female identity, and female competition.” — Buzzfeed
“Unbelievably believable, compelling, utterly riveting… Whilst it is dark, uncompromising and utterly daunting to read as a woman, it is and should be a classic in the making.” — Liz Loves Books

About the Author

Loise O’Neil is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.
She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.

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Cursed By Fire | Blog Tour and Giveaway

Description from Goodreads:
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The Vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
So far, so good. I’ve not finished Cursed By Fire just yet, I had one hell of a crazy week last week so all things blog took a back seat to the world that is uni. Despite that, I did manage to get a bit of reading in, taking the form of Cursed By Fire.
I’m really liking Ari, she’s a strong female character with some pretty cool fire abilities. She’s really passionate and looks after herself, factors I love in a female character. Ari doesn’t need men to help take care of her, she’s got her own back and a whole load of blades. I’m all about strong independent women, I can’t be doing with girls that are weak pushovers when I’m reading, it’s just a big no for me.

I haven’t really done the whole paranormal thing in a while, I went through a hardcore phase a while back when all I read was paranormal YA romance. Give me a fallen angel, vampire or a wear creature and I was a very happy girl. It’s actually been really nice delving back into the paranormal world, I love the little bits of information that Danielle Annett provides about the paranormals, whether it be shifter or vampire. The information provided creates for really good world building, which is always good when vampires are involved.

I’m definitely going to continue on reading Cursed By Fire, I’m really enjoying it so far, and can’t wait to find out what happens to Aria. Expect a review of Cursed By Fire soon! If you’ve read Cursed By Fire I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

About The Author

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay Area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.