Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor

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Worth the Risk
The McKinney Brothers # 2
By: Claudia Connor
Releasing Feb 3rd, 2015


When a McKinney brother falls in love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.

Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.

Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.


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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kick by Carmen Jenner

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Happy Release to Carmen Jenner

Kick is LIVE!

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RELEASE DATE: January 26th, 2015


kick coverWhen I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson.  I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.

And I’ll betray her too.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

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Review: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

TheDeathHouseThe Death House by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Gollancz
Release date: 26th February 2015
Buy links: Amazon UK
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Toby’s life was perfectly normal… until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.

Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts.

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I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I received The Death House I wasn’t really sure what to expect, It sounded really mysterious and almost thriller like. The cover makes it sure looks like that as well.

What I didn’t know, but soon realised is that this is a Young Adult book. And I really enjoyed this story. The story reminded me of a boarding school and all the students are in a pattern of school, playtime and sleep. Although this is of course not a boarding school and the students aren’t healthy! Up to your 18th year your blood is being tested and if it is found to be ‘defective’ you are being send to a big manor house called: The Death House. The kids are there, nurses are there to look for signs of people getting ill and then you are silently taken away in the night to the Sanatorium. Everyone receives their ‘vitamins’ at night and therefore won’t wake up in the middle of the night when they hear things or will be crying in the night.

Now we meet Toby, Toby has decided from the very beginning to not take his ‘vitamins’ as he’s not silly and knows they are anything but. His nights are his and he knows what happens in the night when one of the kids has been taken ill. He knows what the routine is and what the sound of the lift is when they are taking another ill child. The house is seperated into dorms and each dorm look after their own. No mingling in, because what is the point really? Toby is the eldest and therefore the ‘leader’ of the dorm and can’t care much other than staying alive, keeping his dorm on the highest number of not ill, sleeping in the afternoon and feeling ‘free’ in the night.
Will and Louis has stolen my heart in this story, Will is so young and carefree and Louis is smart and they are best mates. Even Ashley, Tom, Jake, Daniel, Clara (of course) and the other girls Henriette and Eleanor all have a little place in my heart.

One day the house gets two new occupants, Tom and Clara. Clara is the new girl and everyone fawns over here except Toby. For Toby she’s just someone who is disturbing the peace, same with Tom. But Clara is also not taking her vitamins from day one and now is sharing the nights with Toby and of course they start to enjoy the nights together and exploring the house.

How Toby is slowly changing throughout the story and how all the little fun things really count really made my heart swell. There is always something worth living for.

I really enjoyed this story, it is mysterious. What does being defective means? What and where is the sanatorium, why are the nurses like this and the Matron, why does she makes certain decisions? I had way more questions and would love to have some more answers, but at the other hand I don’t. Keep the mysteriousness alive.
I am pretty sure people will be talking about this book for a long time. Some will love it and some will hate it. But for me it was a lovely enjoyable book with a bit of mystery thrown in. I have had a few tears and shared a few laughters and enjoying the really Young Adult feel of this book.

‘An exceptional, contemporary, heartbreaking novel’ That’s what on the back of the book and I completely agree with this.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2015

  1. Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #3) by Nalini Singh: I can’t wait to read more of this awesome series by Nalini Singh. It is such an awesome New Adult series by her and it will be about T-Rex & Charlotte! Release date: 10th March 2015.
  2. Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh: Another awesome series by Nalini that I am waiting for. This one will be about Aden the Arrow – I want to know how he gets his HEA and of course hopefully read a bit more about Vasic too! Release date: 4th June 2015.
  3. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle MeadThe end of an era almost, It will be the true end of the Vampire Academy books and Bloodlines books. Definitely looking forward to this one after the fantastic cliffhanger of book 5! How will this end with Sydney, Adrian, Rose and Dmitiri? Release date: 10th February 2015.
  4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra ClareBack into the Shadowhunter’s world – I can’t wait for this series and hope it will be just as good as her other series. Release date: May 2015.
  5. Untitled (Guildhunter #8) by Nalini SinghNo blurb or hint into who this story will be about – I am thinking/hoping it will be Naasir! But yeah I am looking forward to this one with absolutely no info yet whatsoever ^_^ Release date: 2015.
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. SchwabI read the blurb of this book and I really want to read this now. It has everything quite interesting: Magicians, time travellers, A Red, Black and White London. It sounds really intriguing and I can’t wait! Release date: 27 February 2015.
  7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J MaasI found a part of the blurb that really pulled me in: Lose yourself in a land of legends, a fae world so sumptuous that you may never return home … The tantalising start to a seductive high-fantasy trilogy. Release date: 7 May 2015.
  8. The Shadows (BDB #13) by J.R. WardI still love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series – my first ever paranormal series I fell in love with this genre. iAm and Trez will be in this story and love to read more about them. Release date: 31 March 2015.
  9. Dark Ghost (Dark #27) by Christine FeehanThe Dark Carpathians are the 2nd series I fell in love with in this genre – recommended by a good friend of mine. And no matter how many books in this series – reading about the Carpathians is amazing, I love their world and how it slowly is rebuilding. Release date: 2015.
  10. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny ColganI love Jenny Colgan books – I can’t have enough of these in my collection! They always make me feel good ^_^ Release date: 26 February 2015.

So what is your Top 10? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Accepted by Coleen Lahr


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Accepted by Coleen Lahr
Publication date: 4 November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley’s estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.
Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she’s always longed for – a family. She may have even found love. There’s only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi’s approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi’s crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.

When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she’d find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she’s ever known, dictate her actions?

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