Monday, November 17, 2014

Review for AFTER THE RAIN by Author Renee Carlino!

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.

I want to start off by saying how much I LOVE Renee Carlino’s novels! I was SO excited once I learned that a brand spanking new novel was coming out. I jumped at the opportunity to review After the Rain. I will do my best to review this novel and give it the attention that it deserves without spoiling the story. I will say that there are several twists in After the Rain.
In After the Rain you will meet Avelina Belo. I refer Avelina as a barrel racing cowgirl. At the time Avelina lived in California with her family. After a trip to the rodeo Avelina meets herself a cowboy that she becomes absolutely smitten for. This insta-love that Avelina has succumbed to has lead to her moving to Montana with her cowboy. Life couldn’t be any better. Avelina has fallen into a comfortable routine and she has adapted very well to her new surroundings. Avelina and her cowboy decide to go on a little trip, but little did Avelina know that this trip would change her life forever. There was something eerie in the air, Avelina could feel it and she was not the only one. Avelina and her cowboy decide to ignore this intuition and continue on with their plans. That is when a freak accident occurs and it changes Avelina’s life forever. It is difficult for Avelina to pick up the shattered pieces and move on when she allowed her cowboy to hold the reigns this whole time. Avelina was lost and had no clue on how to live her life the way that she wanted to when all she was ever use to was living her live the way she was expected to. Avelina needed a purpose to continue on and work to put the pieces of her life back together, but the only thing that Avelina was currently doing is surviving, she was not living. Well, that is until she met Nate Myers.
Nate Myers is a smart, career driven man. His only focus is becoming the best cardiothoracic surgeon that California has to offer. Nate is not interested in getting serious with a woman because college and work are more important. Nate got a rude awakening when he let his ego go to his head, which landed him a malpractice suit. Nate at this time was lost. He was not prepared to cope with the feelings that occur from losing a patient. At this time Nate needs an outlet. His father suggests that he takes a breather by going to the cattle ranch in Montana where some of his family lives. Upon arrival, Nate meets Avelina. His aunt has warned Nate about Avelina’s past and her reclusiveness. I think that Nate views Avelina as an opportunity to help someone in order to make up for the patient that he could not help. Not only does Nate need to do this for himself, but he also needs to do this for Avelina’s well-being. Avelina’s lifestyle at the time is not healthy. Not physically per se, but mentally. From here on out Avelina is Nate’s mission. He is determined to crack her shell and get to know her. Little did Nate know that Avelina would influence Nate to re-evaluate his lifestyle and priorities.  
Ultimately, Nate and Avelina need each other, but they don’t know it yet. They bring out the good in each other. This leads to each of them questioning their lives and most importantly, their future. They give each other hope and they begin to wonder if there is really something more that their life is supposed to become.
All in all, After the Rain is a fantastic story that will take you on a journey of two characters on the road to self-discovery and overcoming the challenges that were thrown their way. This is a story that you will cherish and is good for any reader!
**ARC kindly provided via Net Galley for an honest review**

RenĂ©e Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she's not at the beach

with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for TAMED (Torn #5) by Author K.A. Robinson!!!

Tamed by K.A. Robinson Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway!

Tamed, Torn Series #5, is now live! This book focuses on Adam and Amber. Adam is the guitarist with a wild streak in the Torn Series band, Breaking The Hunger. Amber is the best friend of the main character of Torn, Chloe. Both of these characters have a wild streak, something you're aware of if you've read the other Torn Series books.
**Tamed can be read as a standalone.**
I hope you like your rockers a whole lot dirty, because with Adam, that's what you'll get.

Mistakes—my life has been full of them. Time and time again, I’ve tried to change, tried to make the right choices, but it doesn’t matter. I always screw up.

I hoped that Adam would be different, that he wouldn’t be a mistake. Our relationship was supposed to be about sex and nothing more.

Fun, easy, simple—that was what we wanted.

But things are never simple, not for me.

Adam changed me. He made me the person I am today. I hate who I am and what I’ve become. I'm not proud of the things I've done.

I thought my greatest mistake would be falling in love with him.

I was wrong. 

My greatest mistake is much, much worse.

I’ve lost control.

I have a secret I can’t hide.

It’s going to destroy everything.

My name is Amber, and this is my story.

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Yay!! Amber’s story! I am in love with all of the characters from Author K.A. Robinson’s Torn series, so imagine my excitement when I learned that TAMED was in the works! Even though TAMED is a part of the Torn series it Amber’s story can be read as a standalone. If you have read all of the Torn novels then you know that Amber is Chloe and Logan’s best friend. They are a trio. Adam on the other hand is a member of Drake’s band and Drake is Chloe’s husband.
I really liked Amber’s character, but I could not help but feel bad for her. Amber makes a lot of mistakes and unfortunately she is currently enduring the consequences of her mistakes. Amber was never interested in a committed relationship. Amber enjoyed being a college student with no commitments and having the ability to live the life of a careless college student. Amber was convinced that nothing would change the path that she was leading…she was content. However after tagging along with Chloe to see Drake’s band perform, she met Adam. Amber was immediately swept away by his gorgeous good looks and cocky attitude.
What can I say? Adam was a ladies’ man or so it seemed. Adam also was not interested in a committed relationship, but he was certainly interested in getting to know Amber better, but he was timid at first. Adam did not want to become involved with Drake’s girlfriend’s best friend especially when all he planned to do was love women and leave them! Yup! Adam is a womanizer. However Amber’s temptations and forwardness was no match for Adam. She was a woman with a plan and her plan was to get a taste of Adam. At first Amber and Adam agreed to keep things open and to just have fun, but once the deed was done things changed. Amber was different. Adam also caused Amber to experience a connection that she has never felt before.
Amber and Adam have fun for a while, but it was time for Adam to go on tour, so he departed after an agreement to remain friends was made. Every time Adam and Amber would get together they could not help their attraction from growing, so Adam did what he knew best…he pushed Amber away. Even after their official separation their paths kept intertwining. This is when mistakes are made….At this time I HATED Adam. I thought that there was no way that he could redeem himself for what he did to Amber and how he treated her. The real question is can Adam and Amber put the past in the past and focus on the real issue a hand? How can a mistake that was made during one careless night be fixed? You will have to read TAMED to find out!
**ARC provided by author for an honest review.**







About the Author:

K.A. Robinson is twenty-four years old and lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Torn Series, The Ties Series, Breaking

Alexandria, Taming Alec, and Deception. When she’s not writing, she loves to read books that usually have zombies in them. She is addicted to rock music and coffee, mainly Starbucks and Caribou Coffee.

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