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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Mr. Big (a London Billionaire story) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @nanamalone

 

 

Title: Mr. Big
Series: A London Billionaire Standalone
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Blurb
You’ve heard the rumors.
Yes, they’re all true. The women…the bank account…the really big…
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m just saying, there’s a reason some call me Mr. Big. But none of it will matter to her. I’ve known her since we were kids. And she’s just as off limits now as she was then.
She’s my best friend’s little sister and when he asked me to give her the grand tour, he did not mean of my bedroom.
So Mr. Big has to stay under wraps… One problem, she’s the only woman I’ve ever truly loved. But with the secret I’m keeping, she’ll never love me back.
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You know what makes a great writer?  A writer that sucks you in from the cover, the blurb and then ultimately the book itself.  Ms. Malone is one of those authors that does all three consistently all the time.  This isn’t my first book from her and she is an auto-buy author for me.   I’ve been reading her since she debuted.  What makes this story different from the others?  Get a cuppa and I’ll tell you.
1.  The setting – One day, I will go to London.  Ms. Malone brings the city to life and it’s a character on its own.
2.  Emma – Ms. Malone has always written strong heroines that don’t need saving.  Emma is strong, likable, relatable and unfortunately unaware of what happened between Zach, Steven, and Ben (her brothers) and how it has played out over the years.  She sees the self-worth in Zach when he doesn’t.
3.  Zach – At times, I really wanted to hug him and tell him that everything would be okay but then there wouldn’t have been a story.  Zach had a lot to figure out and basically grow up.  I’m not going to spoil it for you but what he has to deal with isn’t easy.
4.  The Romance – this is a second chance/older brother friend/little sister romance.  I know, tropes galore but Ms. Malone makes the tropes work here.  There is nothing typical about Emma and Zach.  The dancing around each other, the slow burn that percolates until it boils over.  These two are made for each other and the smexy times are well worth it in the end.  I won’t go into the Mr. Big because you just have to read it.
5.  The BIG secret – OMG!  Yes, just OMG!  Of course, as a reader, you knew what it is but Emma doesn’t have a clue.  When all is revealed, will everything be okay?  You just have to read it and find out.
6.  Secondary characters – Steven, I loved him.  He is only trying to protect his sister but the heart wants, what the heart wants.  Emma and Zach were destined to be together.  Steven also is a really good friend to Zach and I really liked how Ms. Malone dealt with the secret with him.  He wasn’t a douche or an **shat.  She could have gone either way but I’m glad that she went the way she did.
This book has all the feels that I love.  Plus, I love how Ms. Malone writes her tropes.  They aren’t the tried and true because of the spin that puts into them.  I have the other books in the series and I’ve started reading them.  Do yourself a favor and pick them up.  You won’t be disappointed.  But then again, Ms. Malone never disappoints with me.
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USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
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Happy Book Birthday to debut author Madalyn Thane’s Someone Else’s Star w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorcandymiller

Title: Someone Else’s Star
Author: Madalyn Thane
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Published: October 24, 2017
Page Count: 167 Pages

When the boy who appears hellbent on ruining her life shows every sign of doing a 180-degree turnaround, seventeen-year-old Sadie Davis doesn’t know whether to trust her head or her heart.

After years of wishing on stars, she’s beginning to give up on her dream of finding true love. Can Jacob, the boy who has tortured her for three long years convince her that she hasn’t been wasting her time wishing on someone else’s star?

 

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Someone Else’s Star Excerpt © Madalyn Thane 2017
“Can you please try to get along with him?” Why did Bree make her feel like she was acting like a petulant child? Sadie was not the friend in the wrong in this situation. She would never ask this of Bree. Damn. Damn, damn, damn. She hated being such a pushover.

“Get along with him? I’m not the asshole who hit him in the face with a dodgeball, forever ruining the line of his nose. I need to think about this. You have no guarantee whatsoever that he won’t try something even worse on the so-called dates. What if he tries to actually kill me, once and for all? Maybe something has finally snapped in his mind and he wants me dead. I fully believe that a serial killer could lurk behind those eyes.”

 

Madalyn Thane lives in Western Montana with her husband, teenage son, four dogs and two cats. She has another son who lives in heaven with the angels.

Someone Else’s Star is her debut novel.

 

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Evolution of Us by D. Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @dkellyauthor @deekellyauthor

Title: The Evolution of Us
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2017



Blurb
They say most people meet the person they will marry while in high school. Balancing one another perfectly, Holly Ryan and Declan James were together through most of
college—until their relationship blew up, leaving Declan with more questions than answers.
For the past two years, Declan has tried everything he can think of to earn Holly’s forgiveness, but even if he manages to help her let go of the past and give them another chance at happiness, she still has a secret. Not to mention, she can’t get over the revolving door of women he seems to have coming in and out of his apartment.
Declan is desperate to prove to Holly she’s the one for him and isn’t above using his celebrity status or enlisting the help of their friends to win her back. All’s fair in love and war, right?

 

As you know, I’m pretty picky when it comes to New Adult but I wanted to give this author a chance.  I glad that I did.  I really liked this book.  Sure, sure, second chance romance in New Adult is pretty typical but Ms. Kelly gives it a fresh spin.  What I mean by that is that there isn’t much angst.  Which I hate.  The book is told in the past and the present.  You get the whole story.  A fresh idea, I know.  Especially in New Adult.

These two, Declan and Holly are meant to be together…forever.  Too bad no one told Holly that.  Having known each other since they were 14 and to their breakup, their journey to being back together is great.  I liked how Declan really stepped it up in his pursuit of Holly once again.  It’s not like she made him work for it but she is one stubborn lady.  In that sense, I really wanted to scream at her.  She still loved the guy but wouldn’t see past the miscommunication that broke them up in the first place.

Declan is hilarious.  And frustrating.  Having his friends help him win Holly back is good but I could have used a little less of it.  It made him seem weak at times.  But the pursuit…I loved it in the end.  He’s not the perfect boyfriend but he’s still perfect for Holly.  One of the big things in this book that I LOVED is the character growth that Holly and Declan go through.  I know, it doesn’t happen too often in the genre but Ms. Kelly makes it work and swoon-worthy in the end.

Overall, I really liked Holly and Declan.  Sage and Baxter are a hoot.  Trust me on this one.  Secondary characters that actually enhance the story, not bring it down.  This is a stand-alone, too.  Even if you don’t read New Adult, you would like this one.  Swoon-worthy in the end and the angst is left at the door.

 
 
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D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com

 
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