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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review of SUMMER LOVIN' by Donna Cummings

Goodreads Summary:

Mia is starting her new life away from the dull work-a-day world of managing her brothers' business. She volunteers to dogsit at her friend's house for two weeks, giving her a chance to figure out the next step in her career. Even though it's not an easy gig chasing after a puppy with a shoe fetish, there's the added bonus of the hunky guy next door. Maybe it's finally time for Mia to add a summer fling to her resumé.

Luke is a workaholic forced to take two weeks' vacation, and he's pretty sure it might kill him. But then he has a great idea: getting to know his temporary neighbor. She's sexy and fun, with no worries about a long-term commitment. It's the perfect situation for a guy devoted to his job.

My Thoughts: 5-stars

I loved this short story by Donna Cummings. It was such a fun, adorable and witty read. I read it in one sitting.

The story is based on two hard working professionals taking a two-week vacation from their fast-paced lives. Mia is dog sitting at her friend's house, and the hunky neighbor, Luke, is taking a break from his restaurant...he also happens to be a great cook. Neither are looking for love, but love finds them anyway with the help of a cute little fluff-ball, aka Hellboy.

Summer Lovin' makes the reader feel as if she is experiencing the budding feelings of falling in love all over again. Mia and Luke's relationship proves that when it comes to love, no matter what your logic decides, your heart is the one in control. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by Donna Cummings. I definitely recommend Summer Lovin' to romance lovers.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Review of VENGEANCE by Michelle Madow

 Here is my review of Vengeance by Michelle Madow. Make sure to check out the 1st book in the Saga, Remembrance. See my review here.

I loved Remembrance, so when I found out Madow was releasing the second part of the Transcend Time Saga, I couldn't wait to read it. And it definitely did not disappoint. Chelsea is obviously very upset, feeling as if she's been betrayed by both her boyfriend and best friend, so when someone offers her the opportunity to right what she believe has gone horribly wrong, she must decide whether to accept the offer, or move on. What would you do? By the end of the story, Madow had me dying for more. 

I can't wait for the third book so I can see what happens next. All I know for sure, is everyone's lives are going to be totally flipped upside down, leaving the reader wondering what will unfold when it comes to  love, destiny and reincarnation. This book is not to be missed! I definitely recommend it! It's a must read!

You can find Vengeance on Amazon & Barnes & Noble

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!! :)
Taryn :))

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DARK SEEKER Blog Tour Schedule

Throughout the month of December I will be hopping from blog to blog talking about Dark Seeker. This includes reviews, interviews (author & character), guest posts & GIVEAWAYS!! We will also be revealing the cover for Book 2, Dark Return, on Dec. 19th, so don't miss it! Check out the schedule! I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello! :) Hosted by The Magic Attic!


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A HUGE thanks to all of the bloggers who participated in the Dark Seeker Tour. I really appreciate you having me as a guest on your blogs. You ROCK!!! And a very special thanks to Bree from The Magic Attic for organizing and hosting the tour. You're fabulous and this tour would not have been possible without you!! <33

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Here are my Top Ten books TBR this Winter:

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa  

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Legend by Marie Lu
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
What are some of your Top Ten books to be read this winter?

Friday, November 11, 2011

What Book Reviewers Are Saying About Kai & Button Contest

In Dark Seeker Kai is the gorgeous hybrid bad-boy with a jaded past that Janie is trained to hunt. Here's what reviewers are saying about Kai...

"I was reading at a decent pace and enjoying the book. But when the character of Kai was introduced, as my aunt would say, "Oh, Lawdy". Talk about one sizzling hot bad-boy. After Kai came along, well, my interest was definitely piqued. Kai is everything Janie was been warned about and trained to kill. But when she starts uncovering secrets from Kai's past, she discovers that everything is not what it seems." -The Bookish Babes

"Kai is adorable, I knew from the first scene with them together I was going to love him and I do." -Book Passion for Life

"Kai...dear, sweet Kai. Ok so guess what? I got me a new fictional boyfriend to add to my list! Kai is a hot mystery. He is an absolute sweet heart who lives with a guilty consciousness and doesn't want to be lonely anymore. He truly "feels" for Janie and would lay down his life for her in a heartbeat. Again I love how further into the book Taryn gave his view on things every now and then because I truly got to understand him and fell even more in love with him. "-Girls on YA Books

"Kai....Oh how I fell for this boy from the moment he jumped on the page. All hello, I'm here and look at me cause I'm bada@@! He is amazing considering all he's been through *nope not telling* He is a strong, sexy, snarky and very loveable guy. Some of my fave lines in the book all come from him! I really went all fangirl for him" -SupaGurl Books

"The chemistry between Kai and Janie was so intense!" -Livin' Life Through Books

"Kai was just perfect. He captured my heart from the beginning. He was strong, sweet, but at the same time a bit cold. He had a tough past and it showed with how he dealt with his feelings. I loved it and I loved reading about his past. It made him feel so real. He’s definitely going into my book boyfriend list. He was just so sweet and swoon-worthy!" -My Cute Bookshelf 

"Kai is a gorgeous mystery; he is sarcastic and stubborn and has a knack for showing up wherever Janie is. His guilt weighs heavy on him and I was eager to learn more of his past and secrets. He brought out not only the worst in her but also the best. Kai for me was a wonderful male love interest for Janie and I really liked his little bouts of jealousy." -Obsession With Books

"Kai is a really interesting character. He is mysterious, cautious and really protective when he cares about someone. It is so cool to read about a demon-vampire hybrid. Janie and Kai´s relationship is intense and quite forbidden. This makes it all so much more complicated. And a good story is always complicated." -Rather Barefoot than Bookless

"Browning had me completely on edge in regards to Kai.  His storyline is full of mystery and I constantly found myself wondering about his heritage. I’ll tell you this – it certainly isn’t an answer you would suspect. I kept throwing around ideas in my head, but I never even got close. I just simply never suspected the true answer. She also keeps you guessing about the skeletons in his closet. I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but I will tell you this – I LOVED Kai. I have found myself a new book boyfriend. He’s endearing and sweet, yet tough at the same time. He’s got a backbone, but he has a conscience too. And Janie and Kai together? Magic, my dears. Pure magic.  The two are easily one of my favorite new young adult duos." -That Bookish Girl

"Kai - oh...Kai, Kai, Kai - I love everything about you, my tortured hero. From your green eyes to your scarred chest - from your motorcycle (that I really want) to your blood stained boots." -Cassandra

"The romance was nicely developed and there was a bit of an obstacle tossed in that could make the reader think. What would I have done if that had been me? Would I have been as forgiving as her, no matter how reformed he was presently?" -The Bookaholic

"One of the hottest guys to hit YA fiction. I loved Kai. He is … well, I'm not going to give away what he is, because that would spoil the story for you, but he is HOT! However, it's not only his looks that make him appealing, but his personality as well. He and Janie have some fabulous witty banter, but you'll also get to see a deeper side of him when Taryn gives you a few glimpses of what's going on from his point of view. His love story with Janie is sweet, and will also leave you wanting more." -Michelle Madow, author of Remembrance

Now for the CONTEST...

Design a "Kai" button and post the link in the comments section. Feel free to link it back to your blog. Once all buttons are posted, we will choose a winner. The WINNER will receive a personalized autographed copy of Dark Seeker. I will also place the winning button on my website & blog with credit to the artist of course! :)

I look forward to seeing your amazing Kai buttons. Thanks so much for entering. I know you all have talent...I've seen your buttons on twitter, facebook, your blogs, etc. You blow me away with your artistic abilities.

All buttons/links need to be posted by December 10th! :)

All the best,
Taryn :))

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And the Winner is...

Hi everyone!

Thanks for entering the signed giveaway for Dark Seeker & Dark Beauty. The giveaway ended yesterday (Oct. 31st) and a winner has been chosen.

Congrats Liz Z! Check your e-mail! :)

Thanks again for entering! Don't forget to check out this months giveaway in the NOVEMBER FREE 4 CHAPTER EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY EVENT for DARK SEEKER.

Cheers!! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

November DARK SEEKER Giveaway & 4 Chapter Excerpt Event

Have you entered to WIN everything in the photo for the November DARK SEEKER Giveaway & 4 Chapter Excerpt Event? Read the first 4 chapters of DARK SEEKER and enter to WIN on my website:

Good luck and enjoy the first 4 chapters!!
{In case you are wondering what the signed weapon's Kai's scythe. It's not real, but you probably already figured that out.} :)

THE WINNER IS ASH!! Congrats & check your e-mail! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review of Remembrance by Michelle Madow

 My Review of REMEMBRANCE by Michelle Madow

As soon as I saw the cover, I had to read REMEMBRANCE by Michelle Madow. The cover is one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and the story is just as gorgeous. The mask draws you in, but the words, characters and storyline keep you wanting more. I loved it! Madow has created a captivating romance between lovers across time with a unique twist on reincarnation and the fate of finding true love for the second time in another lifetime – even when it ended tragically the first time.

Inspired by Taylor Swift’s Love Story video, the protagonist, Lizzie, has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England but is unaware of her past life. She doesn’t understand why she feels so connected to the new guy, Drew, especially since she already has a boyfriend – who happens to be quite controlling. Readers will find Lizzie down-to-earth and relatable. She is very likeable and someone I would have loved to be friends with in high school. I rooted for Lizzie and Drew from the very first chapter, even when it appeared as if they’d never be together. 

As for Drew – well, he is totally gorgeous, and not just on the outside. He struggles with his feelings for Lizzie and it shows through his actions. Whether he is doing everything to push her away, dating her best friend, or giving into his feelings, Drew is downright swoon-worthy and I can’t wait to read more about him and his past life.

I definitely recommend Madow’s debut novel to any age, pre-teen through adult. It is an amazing love story that will tug at your heart and keep you wondering what is going to happen next. It’s a must read. I look forward to delving deeper into Lizzie and Drew’s pasts, including the complications that test relationships, fate, life and even death, in the upcoming books in the TRANSCEND TIME Saga.

5 stars!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Ten Books I'm Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here are the Top Ten books I'm dying to read...

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
I love this series. Ash's POV is going to be amazing!

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
I just bought this book. It is at the top of my TBR pile.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is one of my all-time favorite books & I have a huge crush on Four.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
I really enjoyed Nightshade. I'm curious to see where the series goes.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I got this book at BEA this year. Really want to read it...soon!

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series and I loved Bloodlines.

Vengeance by Michelle Madow
I loved Remembrance by my awesome friend, CP and agent-mate. Can't wait to see what happens next.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I've heard this book is amazing!

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The cover is absolutely stunning! 

Thanks for stopping by!! :) What are you dying to read?