Blog Tour: Contracted Defense by Piper J Drake

 

 

Title: Contracted Defense
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: A Safeguard Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 70,000 Words
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781459290518

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Time is running out and the enemy is at the gate.

Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he’s no novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he’s itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.

The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude about their first “easy” assignment together—setting up a private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn’t impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She’s proved right when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the physical and cyber security systems aren’t just glitches. They’re under attack…and there’s a traitor in their midst.

As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria and Adam. They must protect their client and the research he’s desperately trying to keep secret. Working together, they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly secrets they’ve sworn to protect are revealed.

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This is the third book in Safeguard series by Piper Drake, but the first one I’ve read. I was intrigued when I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it.

Victoria Ash is an agent with Safeguard, but is a little less self-assured than you would think someone in her position would be. She is going through a long and drawn out divorce and is not really looking for anything new, including a new partner. She’s very meticulous and focuses on work.

Adam Hick is the rookie, the new agent with Safeguard and the one night stand that Victoria never thought she’d see again. Adam is very recently out of the military and lets what happened to him while enlisted affect him, but we only find out bits and pieces of what happened throughout the story.

After hooking up at a party, Adam and Victoria become partners the next day. Adam wants to continue their “affair” but Victoria is all business and wants to just do the job they were assigned. You can see the attraction between the two and how much Adam wants more with Victoria, who just wants to focus on the job and figuring out who is coming after their client. As the story progresses you see Victoria give in more to her feelings and after the action of the story, and Adams willingness to risk his life for her’s you start to see Victoria’s attitude change.

I think at some points the plot of the story, a romantic suspense, gets overshadowed by the romance part, and the main action did not take place till the end. Otherwise this was a good story.


Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.Connect with Piper at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads| Youtube

 

 


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Blog Tour: Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros

Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)
by Aden Polydoros
Publication Date:  August 1, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

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I was really excited to get a chance to read this book. When I read the description it sounded like something I would really enjoy. And I did. However, there were parts of it that were a bit confusing. I felt like there were times I had no idea what was going on, and felt like certain things were still not fully explained by the end of the book.

One thing I did really like was the characters. Tyler/Apollo, Shannon/Artemis, Elizabeth/Persephone and Hades. Reading about what they were going through was probably my favorite part of the story, especially when they interacted as a whole. I did feel bad for them throughout the book at what their lives were.

I felt most bad for Hades, I really felt like he got the short end of the stick being stuck where he was, and the torture he endured. His being drawn to Elizabeth was probably the only bright spot in his life. I do have to say I’m a little torn at being Team Hades or Team Apollo, I liked them both. Hades is the bad boy every girl thinks she wants, and Apollo is the good to Hade’s bad.

All in all a great story, and I’m looking forward to the continuation of their story, if only to find out what happens to these four next.


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Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.

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Blog Tour: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.


 

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Maddie is a straight-laced and focused senior who has most of her life already figured out, she has a pact with her two best friends that they won’t date till college. She has parents that fight nonstop due to her dad being unemployed, and a brother who may or may not be returning to college after the summer.  The bright spot in her hectic life is her job at the Zoo, where she works with her crush Seth.

Her life changes on the night of her 18th birthday when she buys a lottery ticket after her friends fail to show up for her birthday party. The only highlight for her birthday night is that she runs into Seth at the store after she buys her ticket.  After realizing that she won the lottery the next day Maddie’s life takes a path that she never saw coming.  They say that money changes things and for Maddie that is true, but deep down she is still the same girl she has always been.  Of course after she wins and people find out, things change for her, not only do her friends act different, but through a little peer pressure she may start to do things that she normally would not.

There were several things that I actually liked about this story, such as Maddie’s focus and her friendships and of course her love for working at the zoo, even after she wins. But there were a few things that turned out to be predictable as well, such as a new popularity, a bit of peer pressure to spend, and being taken advantage of by someone you would not expect it from.

One of the bright spots for this book for me was her relationship with Seth. He was a great addition to the story. Of course with all relationships there were some snags, but in the end Seth was exactly the wakeup call that Maddie needed for a lot of things in her life. Seth and the zoo were probably my favorite parts of the story with Maddie, because it was the one aspect that the money did not really change for her.

By the end of the book I was happy to see that Maddie realized what she needed to do, although part of it came too late for her, but all in all the ending was about what I expected. Maddie got to choose how to proceed in her life where the money and her future were concerned with no outside influences that were bad. All in all a great story about the changes that face anyone who wins as much money as she did, and really what you would think would happen when people find out.

I do have to admit that I did think of all the things I would do and buy if I won that much money. What would you do?



I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.



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Blog Tour: REMEMBER ME FOREVER (LOVELY VICIOUS #3) BY SARA WOLF

 

Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious #3)
by Sara Wolf
Publication Date:  May 2, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Blurb:

“What a rush! Brilliantly crafted, sharply written, and completely unpredictable–the perfect ending to an all-time favorite series! Sara Wolf is a fresh voice in YA, and her characters never fail to make me laugh and think. If you’re in the mood for an edgy, witty, one-of-a-kind romance, this is definitely for you!” —Rachel Harris, NYT bestselling author

Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.

Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.

Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.

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I was super excited to get the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. I absolutely LOVED the first two books in this series. Isis Blake is an amazing  character. She’s snarky and lovable, and while she’s been through some events in her life that would make some people give up, she continues on.

This final book in the series takes us along as Isis starts college, and we get to see her interact with a whole new group of people, including her new roommate, and we finally get to meet the boy that turned her against love, and of course we get to see Jack and how the events at the end of Forget Me Always have shaped his life.

As much as I loved this book and could go on and on about it, I don’t want to say too much in my review because I don’t want to spoil what happens. I will say that we get to see a newer, maturer (a little) and older Isis who is able to deal with what happened in her past and find a way to move on.  We also get to see the culmination of the feelings that she has for Jack, and that he has for her, and how they finally overcame all obstacles to get a real chance at a happily ever after.


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Contemporary Romance Challenge: Sports Romances #ContRom2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and each month there is a new Monthly topic.  

This month’s topic is:

Favorite Sports Romances

Here are mine:

 | The Deal | The Mistake | The Score | The Goal|

| The Lucky Charm | Until Friday Night | One Week Girlfriend | Off Sides |

What are your favorite Sport Romance books?

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: Update #ContRom2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and here is an update of the Contemporary Books I’ve read so far in April. 

| Love Me Never | Forget me Always | Remember me Forever |


These are the Contemporary Books I am planing to read in May:

| By Your Side | Every Little Thing | Whenever I’m With You | Easy |

 

For more information or to sign up go HERE

Monthly Wrap Up: February and March 2017

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So in the process of wanting to read more books than I did in 2016, I decided to participate in a few reading challenges. You can check  the status of them every day here, but each month I’m a bit behind so I’m covering everything I’ve read and done for February and March (I’m a little behind on blogging)!


 

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None for February or March


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February and March: 13 books read


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I have read 25 books so far for 2017.


 

Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

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Author:  Cecilia Vinesse | Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

thestorySeven Days of You  is a debut story about a girl, Sophia, spending her last seven days in Tokyo before returning the United States. Seven days to say goodbye to her friends, her crush and her home, everything is great, or so Sophia thought, till Jamie shows back up in Tokyo, ruining her last week with friends.

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Sophia and Jamie are your typical friends who might be something more. I liked their dynamic of going form not wanting to be near each other to realizing that things did not end the way they should have when Jamie left Tokyo before.

Sophia is portrayed as your normal teenage girl who puts off packing until the last minuet opting to spend time saying goodbye to her friends, dealing with her depressed sister and thinking about maybe staying with her estranged father.  I was not overly fond of Sophia’s sister and her negativity, and I was a little weary of the way things went down with Sophia’s friends, especially where her other friends are concerned.

This book definitely spoke to the reader about how relationships turn from one moment to the next.

I really thought the setting was cool. I have never been to Tokyo, but I could see the places that Sophia was going in my mind as they were described. It was a great way to bring the reader into the story.

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I am the type of person that wants the Happily Ever After for pretty much every book that I read. I also tend to have a problem with books that to me just end, and to me this book really just ended. Maybe with the option for a sequel. All and all Ms. Vinesse did an amazing job with this fast paced debut. It was a definite quick read.

5star

 

#LoveAThon: Mini-challenge #5: X Meets Y Challenge

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I’m so excited to be participating in the 2017 Love-a-Thon hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy


This challenge is made for you to combine the books and movies/tv shows that you love in some way, in order for other people to find new recommendations for things to check out.


I had a little trouble with this one, but decided to take my favorite shows and cast some of  my favorite book characters into them:

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Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games
Cinder from Lunar Chronicles
Juliet from Shatter Me
Warner from Shatter Me
Rachel Adams from Defiance

Chaol from Throne of Glass

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Josh from I’ll Meet You There
Wolf from Lunar Chronicles
Four from Divergent
Maxon from The Selection

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Jack Force from Blue Blood Series
Rule from Marked Men Series
Garrett from The Deal
Luke from Exceptional
Ally from Exceptional


I hope maybe I helped you find a new book, or a new show. Who would you cast into your favorite shows?