Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books That Need More Attention Blog Hop [INT]

Welcome to Black Heart Reviews stop on the BOOKS THAT NEED MORE ATTENTION Blog Hop hosted by Stuck in Books! Today, we will be featuring books that we absolutely love and think should get more love from readers. These are books that come with the highest recommendations from Black Heart Reviews. So, scroll on down to find out more about these books and see how you can enter to win a Kindle copy of one of these fabulous books. 

For readers who love Dystopian YA......

She has no name. 
She has her knives. Her training. Her halo. 

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until… 

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt… 


When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets. 

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain? 

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

For readers who love New Adult......

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she's more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body but never her heart.

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Cuba "Hollywood" Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he's never tasted...love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn't come easy...especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames come calling.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the very wicked survive.

For readers who love Adult Romance......

Selah Elmore is a big, beautiful, independent woman who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. She loves her life being a professor and popular pirate erotica author. However, when she leaves the Pacific Northwest to spend six months studying sculpture in West Africa, she learns she doesn't know a thing about love. 

Cocky, suit-wearing Gerhard charms her during a stopover in Amsterdam, but dashing, adventurous Kai sweeps her off her feet in Ghana. 

Sparks fly on three continents when perpetually single Selah discovers there's more to love and life than she ever imagined. 

Sex? Absolutely. 
Love? Not my thing. 
I didn't do love or butterflies, but I loved him. 
I was screwed, and not in a good way. 

Missionary Position is book three in the Modern Love Stories series. It's a spin-off/standalone from Geoducks Are for Lovers. It isn't necessary to read that novel or Ready to Fall prior to reading this.

We are giving away a Kindle eBook copy of each book mentioned above. There will be THREE winners. Contest open internationally.

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New Release + GIveaway: The Resolution of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and new book THE RESOLUTION OF CALLIE & KAYDEN. This is the sixth book in The Coincidence series, and the third book for Callie & Kayden's story. 

Things are going good for Callie and Kayden. They’re still dealing with their past and the pain connected to it, but for the most part they’ve moved on. The biggest decision they have at the moment is what they want to do with their lives in the future.

Eventually, though, the past catches up with them and it leaves them with a choice no one wants to make. But Callie and Kayden learn that as long as they have each other, they can make it through just about anything. And in the end, they discover what they really want out of life.

Book Links  -  Amazon  |  B&N  |  Goodreads

“She’s just being nice,” Kayden says gazing down at me. His hair is ruffled and his jawline is scruffy and he looks so happy. “And it’s nice… that she wants to be so nice... it could be worse than an overnice mother.”

“Yeah, I know.” I sigh, knowing he’s right, that it could be worse, that I could have a mother like his mother. “I just wish she’d be just a little bit less embarrassing.” I raise my hand and make a pinching gesture with my fingers. “Maybe just a teeny tiny bit.”

“Yeah, I doubt that’s ever going to happen.” Kayden slips his shirt off and chucks it aside. His jeans ride low on his hips, giving me a view of his abs and chest that is crisscrossed with scars. “I did find it funny when she kept cracking jokes all through dinner about how she thinks we’re going to end up getting married.” He kneels down on the mattress, nudging my knees open with his knees until I spread open my legs for him.

“Oh God.” Shaking my head, I cover my face with my hands. “I’m glad you find it funny because I’m sure most guys would be running for their lives.”

The mattresses moves as he leans over me and puts a hand on each side of my head. I crack my fingers apart and look at him. He’s been so much happier since he put the past behind him. He seems to breathe freer, smile more, and it’s probably the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. “Well, just make sure you really want this,” I say as he moves one of my hands away from my eyes. “Because you still have time to run.”

He shakes his head, his tongue slipping out of his mouth to wet his lips. “No running here,” he whispers in a raspy voice that I know only means one thing—he wants me. “Ever.” He moves my other hand away from my face then pins my arms above my head.

A while ago, the movement would have sent my heart soaring and not in a good way. But now… well, it freaking soars like a bird high up in the sky never wanting to return to land ever. It soars because it’s free. It soars for him.

“You want me,” I tease as he leans down to kiss me.

“You’re right,” he says. “And then I want to give you your present.”

“But you already gave me my present.” I pat my pocket where the tickets to the concert are that he gave me. He said it was for a redo of a night that should have been special, but he couldn’t give it to me then, but he was ready now to give me everything I deserve—his words not mine. My mom practically fainted when he said it. And me, well I think I fell in love with Kayden even more.

“Yeah, but that one was only the first part.” He kisses me, then softly bites my bottom lip before he leans back for air. “There’s more,” he breathes against my lips, coming in for another kiss. “But you have to wait.”

“Until when?” I wonder, my heart skipping a beat as his hands wander for the button of my jeans.

“Until we’re done with this.” He gives me a wicked smile as he flicks my button undone.


Book 1: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden - Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Book 2: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden - Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Book 3: The Destiny of Violet and Luke - Amazon | B&N |  iTunes
Book 4: The Probability of Violet and Luke - Amazon | iTunes | B&N 
Book 5: The Certainty of Violet and Luke - Amazon | iTunes | B&N 
Book 6: The Resolution of Callie and Kayden - Amazon | iTunes | B&N

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family. 

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Rag Time with Uncle Neal & Jeff #2: The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre

**Rag Time with Uncle Neal and Jeff is a monthly feature where two drunk dudes read mommy porn. All for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!**

Welcome to Rag Time with Uncle Neal and Jeff!  This is what happens at my house when boys are left unattended, with beer and smut.  This first video was sent to me as a gift one night when I was out of town. They were tipsy and I had a paperback laying there, curiosity got the better of them.

It was so well received that the boys have agreed to continue the hijinx by reading an excerpt (of Black Heart Reviews choosing) every month.  Got a particular excerpt you'd like to see them read? Let us know! ;)

**Please note, these are books we love! We are not making fun of anything here other than the typical male reaction to reading erotica!**
Series: The Girl in 6E #1
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: RedHook

I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?

Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.

Even my dog was intrigued!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tour Review + Giveaway: Tell Me You Love Me by Julie Prestsater

Series: Fire Me Up #1
Release Date: September 21, 2014
Publisher: Julie Prestsater
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: From Author for Review
Links: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
Rating: ★★★ ½

Stay. Stay with me. Stay here. Stay close. Stay like this forever. Stay as happy as I am right here in your arms, always. 

* * *

All I’ve ever wanted was to be loved, but if this is what true love is…I’m not so sure I want it anymore. It also makes me wonder if any of my memories of our once happy marriage are even real. Maybe I just conjured up the fairy tale in my head because I wanted…no…needed it so much. Who the hell knows?

“Molly just called to remind you about your book club meeting this afternoon.” He turns away. “I told her you’ve never missed a meeting and I doubt today would be any different.”

The door shuts behind him before I let a smile creep across my lips. Instantly, the hurt from this morning flees my mind and I feel nothing but giddiness. I have a book club meeting today, and let’s just say it’s not your everyday book club. 

Sure, my husband may never truly love me again…but who needs love when you’re about to get an eyeful of hot firemen? 

* * *

Tell Me You Love Me is the first in a four-book series called Fire Me Up—a sweet romantic comedy series about a group of sassy neighborhood women who have a serious love for steamy romance novels and sexy firemen. Lucky for them the local firehouse is just a few steps away and is in no shortage of hot firefighters to fill their wild imaginations.

In TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, we meet Lizzy, a sweet and vivacious woman with a great sense of humor, but has the unfortunate fate of being married to a douchebag husband who has brought her to tears on more than one occasion with his cold behavior and insults. The guy is such a Grade A douchebag from the instant you meet him, and make you want to kick his teeth in every time he opens his mouth. Fortunately, Lizzy has been blessed with amazing girlfriends that allow her to be her fun and vivacious self when they meet for their regular book club meetings. 

Now, Lizzy's book club isn't your normal book that meets for coffee and chit-chat about their latest reads. No, this book club is filled with women just as sassy and entertaining as Lizzy. Molly, Rose, and Rachel each have their own painful histories but they all gather together to gush about their latest book boyfriends. An added bonus to their book club meetings is that the local neighborhood firemen just happen to pass by their meeting place every.single.time. This ain't no coincidence my friends. 

One day, during their meeting, Lizzy and her girlfriends discover that there is a new addition to the fire house, and this guy totally gets Lizzy burning up. While the other guys on the team might be great eye candy, Ryan totally has Lizzy stopping from breathing momentarily, dropping her jaw, and drooling like a dog in heat. Okay...it's not quite like that, but you get the gist. He's totally setting off her alarms and it seem like she has the same affect on him. The two instantly hit it off but there's that niggling little issue of Lizzy being married to a total douche canoe. 

She doesn't have that happiness in her eyes that a woman in love would have. I've seen it before. That glow. That ere of happiness. Lizzy doesn't have that look of being complete. Content.

But, she does light up when she sees me. Her smile does reach all the way to her eyes when we talk. That has to mean something.

I'll leave you off right there because I want you to read what happens with Lizzy and Ryan's romance. I know a lot of you are probably thinking that there will be cheating involved but without giving away too much, I will guarantee you that there is NO cheating. Told in alternative POV's, you see how Lizzy and Ryan form a bond that begins with friendship and eventually blossoms into something more. This books isn't just about a romance; it's a book about friendships, family and Lizzy discovering her strength. In the 180+ pages of this book, you see Lizzy slowly gaining strength to get herself out of her loveless marriage, and gaining back her self-confidence that her husband has been chipping away the last few years. The two characters are absolutely adorable and I liked following them along as they discover something new and exiting during the most inopportune time. 

While it might not be packed with as much angst, drama and sexy times are my normal type of reads, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, is a sweet, sassy and satisfying read. Julie Prestsater had me smiling the whole time I was reading this book and her adorable characters just made this book a pleasure to read. It's a wonderful start to a romantic comedy series and I definitely cannot wait to see what happens to the rest of the women in the Fire Me Up Book Club. 

If you want something quick, fun, and satisfying to read then I definitely recommend you give this new fun series a chance!

Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she's not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers.

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Reveal: Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin

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Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.

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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets. During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.  

 Author Links:
Website: http://heidimclaughlin.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeidiMcLaughlinAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeidiJoVT
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568302.Heidi_McLaughlin

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WTF Friday #6: It's like a BDSM theme Park!

**WTF Friday is a weekly feature here at Black Heart, where we explore the stranger side of life.  It will not always be suitable for ages under 18, for work or for people lacking a sense of humor.  This is all in the name of entertainment, don't take it too seriously.**

Ever been to Japan? Yes? Maybe you are aware of these then. If not, let's get all learned about the 40+ billion dollar a year business known as LOVE HOTELS.  

Love Hotels are widely popular in Japan.  You can rent them at a "resting rate", which is hourly or a nightly rate.  Either rate is typically very reasonable.  Reservations are not only, not required, they are not usually possible.  You rent your room via video board.  It's like a Red Room of Pain vending machine!

And yes, that is a Pooh room.

Pooh isn't the only themed room you can find though. Ever want to get shackled and fucked in a Hello Kitty room? No problem.

This is the toned down version of what the room used to be. I guess the leaked pictures of a blindfolded and gagged Hello Kitty was disturbing to some. Prudes...

Maybe childish themes don't turn you on.  That's okay. There's is a room for everybody. Want to play doctor? Done!

Are you hot for teacher?  This hotel even provides the naughty school girl uniform for you.

Dreamed of being screwed from behind on a subway? Admit it...you know you have...you dirty birdie.  Well, here you can! Sidenote:  Being groped on public transportation is actually a big problem in Japan, there are even "No Groping" sings posted.  I'm betting this is a popular room.

Are you a Science Fiction fan? There is a room for that!

But it isn't just the inside of the hotels that are like a kinkier version of Disneyland.  The shells of these hotels are quite amazing.  JZarrus is an entire hotel themed around Jurassic Park.  I'll take Jeff Goldblum's room please!

There is also one that is a Queen Mary replica.

There are some that are much more inconspicuous, discretely disguised. But here's the thing.  No one in Japan gives a shit if you need to pop in for a good hard fuck.  Love Hotels are an accepted part of society.  

And, they are not all kinky or strange.  Some hotels are very beautifully furnished, not really any different than other hotels.  Also, they are clean.  You're not heading in to some seedy, dark alley motel.  I've given you shots of some of the more fun rooms, there are definitely some that are way more hard core and some that you wouldn't even realize could be rented by the hour.  But if you are ever feeling adventurous in Japan, check one out! I know I will!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reveal: Enforce & Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

  Enforce Smashwords Cover

Release date 12/15


  Ember Smashwords Cover  

Ember - Winter 2015

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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