Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blog Tour w/Review: A Song for Us by Teresa Mummert




 5 Stars

In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love?

From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.

Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident fa├žade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future...

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My Thoughts: I have had a long standing love affair with this series. I read White Trashed Beautiful (book One) back in October 2012, when the cover still looked like this......

*Click HERE see my review originally posted on my former blog*

 I was instantly hooked and knew I had found a new author to stalk. Since then it was picked up for publishing and had a makeover (sssshh I prefer the original cover, our secret). I have also read several other books by this author and have yet to be disappointed. I will slowly work my way through all them.

When book two White Trash Damaged released I was in happy dance mode. Could not wait. Kids can feed themselves tonight. TIME TO READ. Opened the book and THIS happened.....



Yup, see the highlighted area... ME! There are no words to describe seeing your  name in a book you have been dying to read... Ok now let's get serious.

I knew when I read WTD that Eric was going to break my heart into a million pieces, he is the wounded soul that we all can't help but fall in love with. He is kind and gentle and loyal to the ones he loves. And when he loves, it is deeply. The problem is Eric doesn't think he is good enough for the one he is in love with. The bigger problem he KNOWS the one she is with... is NOT even close. Sarah's boyfriend Derek is the a-typical asshole. He is a liar, a cheater, and emotional abuser. Oh, he has a moment or two of "sweet and tender" but they are fleeting at best. Basically I wanted to rip off his man bits and set them on fire.

Sarah and Eric are pretty much the epitome of soulmates they just need to realize that. And getting there is three-quarters the battle. I was brokenhearted and torn apart through a good part of this book. Talking out loud to the characters was a must, however, they did not listen to me. I will have to work on that skill later. All in all this is a wonderful series and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good rocker book and even those who aren't huge fans of the genre. You will fall in love with these characters I guarantee.

I do have to admit I am wildly curious what happens with the twins, these are two boys I would love to get to know better. Maybe that is just a bit of HINT HINT to the author. *wink*

~S



About the Author

I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story.
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

Website: http://www.teresamummert.com/
Twitter: @teresamummert
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TeresaMummert
 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5214793.Teresa_Mummert



White Trash Beautiful (Book One)



Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


3.5 Stars

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free



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  My thoughts; What did I just read? I am sitting here trapped inside a whirlwind of emotions. Teetering on the brink of loving and loathing, contentment and anguish. I can not wrap my head around this.

It isn't often I find myself questioning whether or not I liked a book. Usually when I have finished I am left with a solid feeling, but this book.....

  The main character of this story, Senna, has been dealt the worst hand life could possibly hand someone. So many things in her life have come to destroy her and completely crumble the ground on which she attempts to stand. I can't say that I find her a strong character because she doesn't fight to overcome, she doesn't strive to be positive, she doesn't even seem to care whether she wakes up on any given day. She has let every single thing that has happened to her beat her so far down that she is just simply existing. And yet she is still alive.

  This book took me a few days longer to finish than a book of this size normally takes. I kept finding myself being pulled into Senna's depression and I would just need to pause. I never had a hard time staying focused on the story, it was quite captivating to say the least. The relationship, albeit nonexistent, between Isaac and Senna was intriguing. I wanted to know what fueled him to keep returning to her side. I wanted her to see him, truly see him, just once. The mystery surrounding the situation Senna and Isaac find themselves in keeps you guessing, it keeps you entranced and it keeps your heart in splinters. 

  There is no denying that Tarryn Fisher is a outrageously gifted author and she proves that point throughout this entire book. She isn't afraid to veer from the "safe path". She is not afraid to end a book leaving the reader just a little unsatisfied. And to me that is a check in the win column, write what your heart leads you to write, write the dark and the light, write the happy and the sad. And if there is no real "happy" write it anyway. 

If you are looking for an HEA (happily ever after) love story I would suggest saving this one for another day. 
 
  I can't deny that there is an epic love story deep within these pages. What I will say is that sometimes finding your soulmate isn't always enough. First, you have to learn to love yourself.


~S