Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder


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Book Blurb: 
I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
5 out of 5 Fairy Tale Stars 

How are the story lines?  
gripping and amazing 

How are the sex scenes?  
believable and sensual with a sense of eroticism 

Would you recommend this to your friends?  
Yes!  Everyone should read this book. 

I need a minute....

ok. WOW! I love Jasinda's prior work. I'm glad I got this book. I now will be the proud owner of a paperback version (which I only get if I truly love the book enough)

I didn't know anything about the book. I hadn't had the opportunity to research it or read the blurb first. I'm glad I didn't. I went into this book completely blind and opinion free.

First, I loved the growth of the relationship between Nell and Kyle. How sweet to get the chance to watch them grow from friends for so long only to have it turn into a real attraction and getting to fall in love with your best friend. About a 1/4 of the way into the book, I found myself freaking out and crying. Not knowing anything about how she loses Kyle - I couldn't believe what I was reading and thought oh no - her life is going to be miserable.

Enter Colton Calloway - and what an entrance. Although it appeared to be "instant attraction" and a lot of you readers don't believe in that stuff, this story has a bit of a twist in the fact that Jasinda surprises you and they aren't together immediately. Fate is what brings these two back to each other. I believe in fate. Fate is a constant in my opinion so that made this story totally believable to me. Instant attraction can be real - it just depends on if anyone acts on it or not. These two did not. Fate just happened to intervene.

When Colton and Nell finally meet up again, the real bulk of the story builds. Both are broken in their own right and in their own way. Now the story is all about how he teaches her that it's okay to grieve and that it's okay to miss Kyle and FEEL the guilt and the pain. Don't push it all down and surpress it. FEEL it. This is where the book gets deep and shows you how the past can destroy us or it can make us who we are and in the end we all control our own destiny and how we survive tragedy.

This book will make you feel - so if you're not a fan of being engrossed in the characters and being invested in what happens to them or how they feel, then it's not the book for you. If 

that's how you enjoy reading - then BUY this book! It's so worth your time.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Contest!!! Where's Parker & Seducing Cinderella

The Parker/Reid World Domination Contest!!!

Raise your hand if you like hunky, hot romance heroes!

Do we have everyone’s attention? Awesome! 

Now raise your hand if you remember the game Where’s Waldo? 

You may be wondering what those two completely different things have in common. Well, from February 26th to March 22nd, The Maxwell Mob – the one and only Romance Mafia forNew York Times bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell – invites you to participate in what will no doubt be the sexiest game of Where’s Waldo? to date. 

Seducing Cinderella, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel from Entangled Publishing, hits store shelves on February 26th for its paperback debut, featuring the one and only Parker Hurley on the cover. Parker, as you may (or may not) know, was the inspiration for MMA star and super-hunk Reid Andrews.  While the world – mainly the Mob – is excited about Parker being on the cover, we began to ponder, where else in the world has this amazing model been? 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find Parker! The contest rules are simple. The prizes? Sizzling. Let’s show the world that the Maxwell Mob truly does dominate and that Gina L. Maxwell really does bring us Romance that moves you in more ways than one! 

World Domination Contest Rules:
  1. You need to join the Maxwell Mob. Besides being the most awesome Romance group in the history of ever, it’s a great deal of fun, and being a Mobster gives you exclusive access to advance excerpts, interviews, cover reveals, and you get to hang out with Gina. It’s a win/win. You can join on Facebook or on Goodreads – although the Facebook group is more active and it allows for all of the goodies. However, if you don’t have a Facebook account, don’t let that discourage you. If you are a Goodreads user, let us know. We’ll make sure you get the goods as well! 
  2. Have a paperback copy* of Seducing Cinderella.
    *In the interest of global fairness: for those NOT in the U.S. and unable to receive a paperback version of SC before the end of the contest, use a printed copy of the cover image somewhere in the photin place of the paperback. THEN, attach a picture/screenshot of your paperback purchase/receipt to the email entry along with your entry picture. This makes it fair for everyone!
  3. Now here’s where the fun begins. Find Parker. And you can find him anywhere. Parker Hurley has done cover shoots for nationwide outlets such as Kohl’s and has modeled for companies like Dockers. You can really find this fellow anywhere; he’s even been seen on the back of a city bus. Chances are he may be in your house in a local ad somewhere right now! If you cannot find him in public, then get creative with collages or magazines; print out pictures…anything…so long as it’s moderately tasteful. (We did say moderately.)
  4. Take a picture with Parker and your copy of Seducing Cinderella! We want creativity! Get crazy with it! Some examples could be dressing up in costumes or duping your poor significant other into playing the role of Reid to your Lucie (in things they wore in the book, of course). We stress this part – THE MORE CREATIVE, THE BETTER. You may enter the contest more than once, but make sure it’s with a different theme. Send your awesome pictures to with the following:
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Location (store, etc. + city, state, country)
    4. Blog name you’re representing (only if applicable)
    5. Description (optional)
  5. Contestants may submit their pictures through March 22nd. All pictures will be posted to this public Pinterest board so you can scope out the competition. Mob Officers will select the Top Ten finalists, and Parker Hurley will choose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. You heard right: the Parker Hurley will be choosing the winners, so make these entries count!
  6. So what do you get if you win? Excellent question. Gina has put together prize packages that we’re sure will tempt anyone to run to the bookstore, pull out a camera, and get clicking.

Grand Prize 
  • Framed 8x10 autographed pic of Parker Hurley
  • Paperback of Seducing Cinderella autographed by both Parker Hurley & Gina L. Maxwell 
  • Lucie's Anklet – featured in Seducing Cinderella 
  • Vanessa's Necklace – featured in the upcoming Rules of Entanglement 
  • Team Reid t-shirt
  • eBook of Rules of Entanglement 
  • Seducing Cinderella promo swag

 2nd Place 

3rd Place 
  • Team Reid t-shirt
  • eBook of Rules of Entanglement 
  • Seducing Cinderella promo swag
  • Signed bookplate

Remaining 7 finalists 
  • Seducing Cinderella promo swag
  • Signed bookplate

Individual Blog Winners 
  • BEST CONTESTANT FROM EACH BLOG will win an eBook of Rules of Entanglement

    So what are you waiting for?! Get going! And don’t forget to spread the word and check thePinterest board to see what everyone comes up with! Good luck! ;)

    Sunday, March 3, 2013


    I do Romance book reviews on Ravishing Romances and wanted to have a secondary page in the event that Ravishing Romances was booked.

    Here is our secondary page.  Enjoy!