Blog Tour: Rowdy | Jay Crownover | Review | Excerpt | Giveaway


Welcome to our stop on the ROWDY blog tour stop. The Marked Men series is written by Jay Crownover. 


Rowdy
Marked Men Series #5
Author: Jay Crownover
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Released: October 21, 2014
Review Source: Harper Collins | William Morrow

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister. Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.


~~~The New Adult Genre is recommended for readers ages 18 and above due to the possibility of sexual content and/or other mature subject matters.

So I must confess, I'm too scared to get a tattoo. There is really no way that I could sit through a needle creating permanent art on my caramel canvas. However, given the chance to allow Rowdy to do it, well that may change! Rowdy, the main focus of Marked Men #5, has been through so much in life. All of our Marked Men have. As you can see I used "our." I use that term loosely. However, Jay Crownover built a New Adult empire centered around the lives of these men and the women they love. Their struggles. Their heartache. Their love. Their redemption. She's shared their world with her readers. This Marked Men novel is the best one yet. Honestly, they just keep getting better and better.

It's all about Rowdy. His determination. His growing empire. His great looks. His artistic ability. As well as his desire to stay locked down to himself. Locked away from family and especially love. His past hits him head on and his life begins to spiral through some changes and risks that he isn't quite ready for. Risks that may be too painful to take. Nonetheless, there is one great thing about the Marked Men family. They truly take care of their own. However, will Rowdy allow it or will he continue to go down a path of one night stands and late nights of work all because he doesn't realize he desires better.

Jay Crownover sprinkles in some romantic scenes throughout all of her novels. But for me it isn't what defines her writing. What the reader gets every single time is a well planned and executed storyline. What's unique about this series? It's the fact that although each novel is centered around one or two major characters, all of the majors in previous novels continue to have a distinct role in the storyline. One specific piece I really liked about this novel is that it appears that Ms. Crownover is stepping into the world of culturally diverse characters and main ones at that. It was crafted very well in this novel. That's something I always feel is missing from great series. As readers we like to make connections. And often this is a concept that is left out. I look forward to more. If your familiar with the series I'm not going to spoil it for you regarding who is next in line for their life story to be told. For me that's all apart of the anticipation during the reading process. There are hints here and there throughout. But it isn't until the end that you know for sure, which "Marked Men" will be next. Jay Crownover pours her heart and soul into each ink stained page of writing. Writing that is filled with realistic characters that are believable and true. Writing and story lines that get better and better with every single novel!




Excerpt

“I always thought it was the firsts that matter, but now I know that it’s the lasts that stay with you.”
Her mouth puckered into a little frown of confusion and I bent down to kiss that ruby above her lip. She shivered again and this time I knew it didn’t have anything to do with the chill in the air.

“I believed for a long time that I was never going to get past the first girl that made me feel like I was in love. I used it as an excuse to keep other women at an arm’s length because I was terrified of being hurt again. I was afraid, I still am, but I realize that that fact I want to be with you, that I care so much about you means so much more than the fear.”

She sighed and moved one of her hands to rest in on my cheek. “I don’t want you to be afraid of me, Rowdy.”

“You were and have been the source of a lot of firsts for me, Salem. The first girl I kissed. The first girl I ever cried in front of. The first girl I ever gave a present to. The first I never forgot. You’re the first girl that has ever kept me up at night and the first girl that that makes me hurt badly with the way I want you. Looking back I think when you drove away that day you took a piece of me with you that I didn’t get back until I saw you at the shop. All of those firsts are important and made me see things more clearly without the filter of time and resentment in the way, but what really matters is the lasts.”

I bent down so I could kiss her. I just pressed my lips lightly against her parted mouth and whispered to her, “You are the last person I want to kiss. The last woman I want in my bed. I want you to be the last girl that touches any and all parts of me, Salem, and that means so much.



About the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Book Review: Beautiful Chaos by Robert M. Drake

Beautiful Chaos
Author: Robert M. Drake
Reading Level: Not Specified
Genre: Poetry
Released: August 4th 2014
Review Source: Purchased


Chaos is not pretty. It's like feeling a hundred things. Hearing a hundred voices, and somewhere in the riot we tend to lose ourselves. And as we depart reality we find the truth. This book is the truth, it's everything we've been feeling for so long.


I had only found out about Robert M. Drake by stumbling upon his Instagram page (rmdrk), what a happy accident. Then, I had found out he had written books, so I decided I needed to get my hands on at least one of them.

This book in particular is a hauntingly beautiful collection of poems and thoughts. It draws you into his mentality and makes you never want to leave. He writes of love and life so passionately, as if the emotion and experience are sacred things to be treasured at all times.

It is quite short, so I finished in one sitting, but it left a huge impression. They way he strings words together are just so breathtaking. At this point, I’m just about willing to read anything he writes. By the end, if I had to choose one word to describe this gorgeousness of a book it would be “pretty.” It is just so pretty.


Audiobook Review: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

In Her Wake
Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: September 1st 2014
Review Source: Simon & Schuster Audio

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…


Before starting this story, I knew I was in for a heartbreak. We learn from the first book, Ten Tiny Breaths, of Cole’s biggest regret. In Her Wake is Cole’s side of the story. His pain, his sorrow of the night his life and Kasey changed. Needless to say, this was very hard for me to continue. Knowing the consequences of drinking and driving can cause… I could think of was of my dear friend I lost to a drunk driver. So excuse me for saying this - when it comes to drink and drive, I can be very judgmental. Though Cole was not the one driving, he felt guilty of letting his friend drive. It triggered a cord. Please people, do not let anyone drink and drive.

I must say, I learned that one shouldn’t judge no matter what. Not knowing the other half of the story doesn’t make one right. From reading Cole’s perspective, I can guarantee that he doesn’t need more people to be judgmental. His regret alone is consuming. Cole’s a walking dead. This tragedy impacted him to a whole new level one can never thought of. I know forgiving is hard, but one cannot live life with such sorrow. I was glad he found his happily ever after. It is true, love conquers all.

Cole destroyed Kasey’s life but was caught in her wake. This was his journey of forgiveness, a road to love. In Her Wake is a story that I will always remember.

Fans of Ten Tiny Breaths, I highly recommend that you start this right now.

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Unethical
Social Media #5
Author: J.A. Huss
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: October 22nd 2014
 

All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.



Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back. 



Sometimes not even a prince can save you.
This is an Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

Excerpt


The shouting starts as I exit, but I just flip my sunglasses down and push right through them. I’ve been doing this for twenty-seven years. Some encounters have been more stressful than others, but I’m not the kind of movie star who punches out photographers. They are making a living. Yeah, they are parasites who make a living off me, but fuck it. I really have no beef with them. In fact, most of them are nice when they’re not stalking you.
But then I see that bitch from Buzz Hollywood. She steps right in front of me and sticks that microphone in my face. “What will Jasinda think when she finds out you’re cheating on her?”
I actually stop to laugh. Ray grabs my forearm and tugs, trying to get me moving again. But I shrug him off. “I hope,” I tell the reporter as I look her in the eye, “she feels ashamed of herself. Jasinda”—I am facing the camera now, so I address her directly—“you’re a lying bitch. If you’re even pregnant, I’m up for a DNA test any time you are. I have a wife now and her name is Grace Kinsella-Asher.” And then I turn back to look at all of them as they hover close behind me. “And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get her a coffee and a muffin. Blueberry,” I add. “Grace likes blueberry. And she likes iced tall sugar-free caramel, nonfat, light ice, Starbucks double shot on ice. At least”—I stop to have a chuckle—“when she has money on her Starbucks app, she does.”
“Does she have money on her app, Vaughn?” a reporter from an internet blog asks me.
He’s nice, and funny. And never too serious about what he prints. “Her coffee worries are over, yes.”
Now they chuckle with me and I turn away and start walking down the street to the Starbucks. Half of them follow, but they stay behind me. Like a little train of leeches—annoying, but harmless.
See, this is how you handle the media. You don’t have to give them what they want, you just have to give them something they can use. Now they have two factoids about Grace to run with. Tomorrow everyone will be drinking that coffee concoction and the blueberry muffins will be sold out.
The day after tomorrow, they will be after the personal details of someone else and no one will give a shit about us until the next movie comes out, or I get nominated for an award, or Grace gets pregnant.
God. that makes me smile like an idiot and when I look over at Ray, he’s shaking his head. “What?” I ask him.
He holds up a hand. “Nothing.”
We turn right at 16th Street and head down towards the Starbucks.
“But,” he continues, “you have a stupid grin on your face. And if I didn’t know better, I’d say you are in love.”
“I am in love.” I let out a breath. “I love this girl. I’m gonna marry her again and get her pregnant, and spend the rest of my life bossing her ass around and pissing her off.” I glance back at Ray. “She likes it. But she also likes to fight it.”
“Mmm-hmm. If you say so, boss.”






J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label). 

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.



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Casting News: 'Game of Thrones' Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Joined Cast of 'The Scorch Trials'



Fans of "GoT" will be excited to know that Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) has joined the cast of The Scorch Trials. The Scorch Trials is the sequel to the The Maze Runner movie (and novel of the same name) which hit theaters this past September. 

As of right now The Scorch Trials is expected to release September 2015. 

Emmanuel joins Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito as recent addiction to star alongside Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter. Director Wes Ball will continue to work on the sequel and Temple Hill Entertainment and Gotham Group will once again produce the movie.

For those that have read the book written by James Dashner, than you will be familiar with the character Emmanuel will be playing. She will play the Harriet, leader of a the group of girls that escaped from another maze.

Have you read the book yet?

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