Braine Reviews: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz


Series: The Original Sinners 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary BDSM Erotica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 


The final book in The Original Sinners Series – The Red Years.

There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.
Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.
As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.
But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak.

READER’S ADVISORY:
Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers 18 and up.


And so it has come to this. The inevitable ending of The Original Sinners series’ Red Years. I was saddened, fell in love, heartbroken and understood. I will not dwell on the plot of THE MISTRESS because I feel it will spoil the beautiful ending Tiffany Reisz wrote so I’ll do my best to preserve that experience for you. All of you fans know that the story TReisz wrote goes beyond a string of pretty words, The Original Sinners is an avenue for escape and a way to live that kinky lifestyle vicariously through Nora Sutherlin.

Our Nora has a magic pussy. It’s the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle. Lost men sail into it and then find themselves.

So I though I’d focus on the ending instead. The ending of THE MISTRESS, The Red Years, and Nora Sutherlin’s arc before we move to the White Years, pre-The Siren and Eleanor Schrieber’s story.
The most important thing that struck me after I finished THE MISTRESS was now I understood. Like the vanilla characters, Wesley Railey and Grace Easton, I’m fascinated by all the kink but I never really understood the force behind it and I probably never will. But TReisz managed to enlighten my vanilla brain to an extent where I now have a different appreciation for the story and the characters and what makes them, THEM.
Marie-Laure was very instrumental in comprehending Nora’s complicated world and relationships. Her questions echoes most of mine and how Nora addressed each inquiry was emotional and matter-of-fact, no sugar added. It was like a BDSM psych crash course. And when Wesley finally had his moment with the magnetic Søren, I now completely get the priest’s magic. Søren will remain an enigma to me, he is one of those things one has to experience for one to understand. Søren is The Method to the madness. His truth, though some might find twisted, is sensible. The contrasts of his character, that being a faithful servant of the lord, a pacifist and a sadist, made perfect sense to me. Lastly, Nora and Kingsley and all their intricate relationships and connections now click, as if the pieces of the puzzle are in place and I can see the picture in all it’s gruesome and beautiful glory. Again, it may not be our truth or our version of what’s right but it’s theirs and in it they found the gift of peace, security and love. The real meaning of submission.

If it’s love, it’s infinite. You can’t count it.

The ending of THE MISTRESS had me torn. The different “Teams” will have their own opinion as to who Nora should end up with and I too had an opinion. It took me a while to be objective and though it was a little hard for me, everyone had their HEA in the most basic sense. Everyone got what they deserved. Everyone received their version of happiness and things are in its proper place. It was fair and just. I’ll leave it at that.
I’ve had separation anxiety before reading THE MISTRESS because I’m not ready to let go of this arc. I love Nora and her insane life and lifestyle. I love how honest the story is and how unapologetic these Sinners are when it comes to sex, to dominate and submit. I love her version of polyamory because it transcends the physical, these Original Sinners understand what real love is, its exclusive and inclusive at the same time and really they give it unconditionally. 
I think The Original Sinners is the only series where I gave each book a solid five. IMHO TReisz captured the essence of what erotica is, how to write it and what encompasses the genre. Erotica, to me, goes beyond sex and romantic love, it’s about the essence of a person, the how over the what and why they are and TReisz did a magnificent job with her Sinners. You don’t know erotica til you’ve read some Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer, Andrew Shaffer, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).


If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Stalk Tiffany

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Braine Reviews: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary BDSM Erotica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

The final book in The Original Sinners Series – The Red Years.

There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.
Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.
As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.
But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak.

READER’S ADVISORY:
Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers 18 and up.


And so it has come to this. The inevitable ending of The Original Sinners series’ Red Years. I was saddened, fell in love, heartbroken and understood. I will not dwell on the plot of THE MISTRESS because I feel it will spoil the beautiful ending Tiffany Reisz wrote so I’ll do my best to preserve that experience for you. All of you fans know that the story TReisz wrote goes beyond a string of pretty words, The Original Sinners is an avenue for escape and a way to live that kinky lifestyle vicariously through Nora Sutherlin.

Our Nora has a magic pussy. It’s the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle. Lost men sail into it and then find themselves.

So I though I’d focus on the ending instead. The ending of THE MISTRESS, The Red Years, and Nora Sutherlin’s arc before we move to the White Years, pre-The Siren and Eleanor Schrieber’s story.
The most important thing that struck me after I finished THE MISTRESS was now I understood. Like the vanilla characters, Wesley Railey and Grace Easton, I’m fascinated by all the kink but I never really understood the force behind it and I probably never will. But TReisz managed to enlighten my vanilla brain to an extent where I now have a different appreciation for the story and the characters and what makes them, THEM.
Marie-Laure was very instrumental in comprehending Nora’s complicated world and relationships. Her questions echoes most of mine and how Nora addressed each inquiry was emotional and matter-of-fact, no sugar added. It was like a BDSM psych crash course. And when Wesley finally had his moment with the magnetic Søren, I now completely get the priest’s magic. Søren will remain an enigma to me, he is one of those things one has to experience for one to understand. Søren is The Method to the madness. His truth, though some might find twisted, is sensible. The contrasts of his character, that being a faithful servant of the lord, a pacifist and a sadist, made perfect sense to me. Lastly, Nora and Kingsley and all their intricate relationships and connections now click, as if the pieces of the puzzle are in place and I can see the picture in all it’s gruesome and beautiful glory. Again, it may not be our truth or our version of what’s right but it’s theirs and in it they found the gift of peace, security and love. The real meaning of submission.

If it’s love, it’s infinite. You can’t count it.

The ending of THE MISTRESS had me torn. The different “Teams” will have their own opinion as to who Nora should end up with and I too had an opinion. It took me a while to be objective and though it was a little hard for me, everyone had their HEA in the most basic sense. Everyone got what they deserved. Everyone received their version of happiness and things are in its proper place. It was fair and just. I’ll leave it at that.
I’ve had separation anxiety before reading THE MISTRESS because I’m not ready to let go of this arc. I love Nora and her insane life and lifestyle. I love how honest the story is and how unapologetic these Sinners are when it comes to sex, to dominate and submit. I love her version of polyamory because it transcends the physical, these Original Sinners understand what real love is, its exclusive and inclusive at the same time and really they give it unconditionally. 
I think The Original Sinners is the only series where I gave each book a solid five. IMHO TReisz captured the essence of what erotica is, how to write it and what encompasses the genre. Erotica, to me, goes beyond sex and romantic love, it’s about the essence of a person, the how over the what and why they are and TReisz did a magnificent job with her Sinners. You don’t know erotica til you’ve read some Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer, Andrew Shaffer, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).


If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Stalk Tiffany

Bought Borrowed and Bagged #56

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 
Sorry for being MIA last week, I was out on a family vacation and didn’t have enough time to make my BB&B so this week’s edition is still lean for two weeks.
Bagged
from Authors, NetGalley & Edelweiss



Big & Small

If I haven’t read the books, I’d say this is going to be one kick ass movie. The first movie was a little disappointing because Rick Riordan wrote one hell of the story and the adaptation was terrible plot-wise. Maybe I’m a masochist because I’d still want to watch the movie (with my expectations set on LOW) even though I think the actors are too old to get away playing teens plus the dude playing Tyson, Douglas Smith, is too good looking to be a baby cyclops. At least I’ll be comforted with the thought that the special effects will be cool.

Last Week’s Reviews

Check out these other fabulous blogs that participate in 
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NOTE: Future participants, please use your BB&B LABEL LINK instead of the individual post link.


Bought Borrowed and Bagged #56

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 
Sorry for being MIA last week, I was out on a family vacation and didn’t have enough time to make my BB&B so this week’s edition is still lean for two weeks.
Bagged
from Authors, NetGalley & Edelweiss



Big & Small

If I haven’t read the books, I’d say this is going to be one kick ass movie. The first movie was a little disappointing because Rick Riordan wrote one hell of the story and the adaptation was terrible plot-wise. Maybe I’m a masochist because I’d still want to watch the movie (with my expectations set on LOW) even though I think the actors are too old to get away playing teens plus the dude playing Tyson, Douglas Smith, is too good looking to be a baby cyclops. At least I’ll be comforted with the thought that the special effects will be cool.

Last Week’s Reviews

Check out these other fabulous blogs that participate in 
Bought, Borrowed & Bagged:

NOTE: Future participants, please use your BB&B LABEL LINK instead of the individual post link.


Blogoversary Party: Enchanted Immortals

Editor extraordinaire and YA author, C.J. Pinard and the rest of her Enchanted Immortals take time out of their tight crime fighting schedules to party with us!

Enchanted Immortals Attend 
Talk Supe’s Blogoversary Party

Portland, Oregon – Present Day

The Immortals were standing in the penthouse of the Murphy Architecture Building, admiring each other’s party attire.

As Kathryn stood on tiptoe to adjust the black bowtie of Jonathan’s tuxedo, he grumbled, “What’s this party for again?”

Kathryn shook her head and sighed. “It’s for Talk Supe’s two year blog anniversary. Do you ever listen to a word I say?”

Thomas laughed. “I’m pretty sure after a hundred years, he’s probably starting to tune you out.”

She snapped her blonde head in Thomas’s direction and narrowed her blue eyes. “Hey, you just keep up that talk. Let’s see if Malina still hears your ass in a hundred years.”

“Touché, Kat. Touché.”

Thomas gasped when a shimmer appeared in the air and Malina stepped into the living room. When would he ever get used to that? She was a vision in a floor-length purple chiffon gown and was carrying a beaded purple clutch purse. Her thick brown hair was up loosely with random curls cascading down to her shoulders.

She walked to Thomas and kissed him on the cheek. “Don’t you look dashing in your tux,” she said, a flirty smile in her whiskey colored eyes.

“You look gorgeous as always,” he said, flushing slightly at her compliment.

Kathryn lifted the hem of her beaded cream dress and walked towards Malina to give her a hug. “Good to see you,” she said, beaming at her.

“Likewise, Kat. Where’s Tyler, won’t he be joining us?”

Jonathan was pouring himself a scotch at the credenza. “Nope. Had to work. Said he didn’t have a date anyway.”

Kathryn pushed up the spaghetti strap that had slid off her shoulder and smirked knowingly, but kept her thoughts to herself.

Thomas raised an eyebrow at Jonathan and pointed to his glass. “Getting the party started early?”

Jonathan tipped his head back and swallowed the amber liquid in one gulp. “Yeah, so? Want some?”

Thomas grinned. “Nope. I’m waiting to see what they’ll be serving at this shindig.”

“It’s hosted by a bunch of chicks, so probably some fruity shit or a bunch of wines,” Jonathan replied, replacing the lid on the heavy glass decanter with a clink.

Kat clapped her hands once. “Yay. I could use a Cosmo.”

“So who are these chicks again?” Jonathan asked.

Kathryn sighed. “I already told you. They write blogs on the supernatural. And the vampires are pissed off ‘cause they found out about the true nature of Night Crawlers and have been blogging about the existence of vampires in Portland.”

Jonathan raised his eyebrows. “Seriously? Where do these girls live? They need to be careful.”

Malina spoke up. “The party’s being held in L.A. but they don’t live there. We don’t know where they live, actually. It’s the Internet, they could live anywhere.”

“Alrighty then. Shall we?” Thomas said, ushering them towards the front door with a flourish.

Malina waved her hand in the air and a portal appeared.

“Or, there’s always that…” Thomas said, shaking his head with a grin.

The four stepped through it and found themselves in a massive ballroom. Crystal chandeliers hung from an ornate ceiling and glittered under the lights. A highly polished wooden floor was littered with beautiful people of all ages, races, and sizes. Kathryn’s eyes were huge a she took in the sight. There were men and women alike that Kathryn was sure weren’t entirely human. She resolved that she would take a listen into their thoughts as soon as an opportunity presented itself.

“Wow, what a beautiful place,” Malina breathed, looking around. She had her arm hooked through Thomas’s.

“I agree. Where are the hosts?” Kathryn asked.

“Where is the bar?” Jonathan asked carelessly.

Kathryn smacked him on the arm and craned her neck. “There they are,” she said, pointing to two beautiful dark-haired women in sleek black gowns. “Now be nice and let’s go meet them. They may need our protection in the near future if they keep revealing the supernatural to the real world.”

Jonathan sighed. “Okay. Then we find the bar.”

Thomas patted Jonathan on the back once. “Yep. But just so you know, I’m not carrying you out of here.”

Happy Anniversary, Debbie and Braine!


These immortals have a Gatsby flair to them, read up and party with these old sports… literally
Check out Enchanted Immortals

  • I started out as an e-book editor, and still am. (NOTE: Editing one’s own work is an impossible task so if you find typos in my book I claim no responsibility!)
  • I have never been to the state of Oregon.
  • My “day job” is not editing, believe it or not; I work with real inmates every day.
  • My grandfather was a published writer, and my great-grandfather was the Editor in Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1940s.
  • Having three jobs and three children isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I must be insane.

C.J. is a west coast native currently living in sunny Florida, USA. An editor of over 40 books, C.J. has writing in her blood, and hopes people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories.


Fan Girls & Boys Wanted

C.J. is giving away a signed print copy and an ebook of
ENCHANTED IMMORTALS
to two lucky Supie.

Contest ends July 11, 2013

Good luck!

Blogoversary Party: Enchanted Immortals

Editor extraordinaire and YA author, C.J. Pinard and the rest of her Enchanted Immortals take time out of their tight crime fighting schedules to party with us!

Enchanted Immortals Attend 
Talk Supe’s Blogoversary Party

Portland, Oregon – Present Day

The Immortals were standing in the penthouse of the Murphy Architecture Building, admiring each other’s party attire.

As Kathryn stood on tiptoe to adjust the black bowtie of Jonathan’s tuxedo, he grumbled, “What’s this party for again?”

Kathryn shook her head and sighed. “It’s for Talk Supe’s two year blog anniversary. Do you ever listen to a word I say?”

Thomas laughed. “I’m pretty sure after a hundred years, he’s probably starting to tune you out.”

She snapped her blonde head in Thomas’s direction and narrowed her blue eyes. “Hey, you just keep up that talk. Let’s see if Malina still hears your ass in a hundred years.”

“Touché, Kat. Touché.”

Thomas gasped when a shimmer appeared in the air and Malina stepped into the living room. When would he ever get used to that? She was a vision in a floor-length purple chiffon gown and was carrying a beaded purple clutch purse. Her thick brown hair was up loosely with random curls cascading down to her shoulders.

She walked to Thomas and kissed him on the cheek. “Don’t you look dashing in your tux,” she said, a flirty smile in her whiskey colored eyes.

“You look gorgeous as always,” he said, flushing slightly at her compliment.

Kathryn lifted the hem of her beaded cream dress and walked towards Malina to give her a hug. “Good to see you,” she said, beaming at her.

“Likewise, Kat. Where’s Tyler, won’t he be joining us?”

Jonathan was pouring himself a scotch at the credenza. “Nope. Had to work. Said he didn’t have a date anyway.”

Kathryn pushed up the spaghetti strap that had slid off her shoulder and smirked knowingly, but kept her thoughts to herself.

Thomas raised an eyebrow at Jonathan and pointed to his glass. “Getting the party started early?”

Jonathan tipped his head back and swallowed the amber liquid in one gulp. “Yeah, so? Want some?”

Thomas grinned. “Nope. I’m waiting to see what they’ll be serving at this shindig.”

“It’s hosted by a bunch of chicks, so probably some fruity shit or a bunch of wines,” Jonathan replied, replacing the lid on the heavy glass decanter with a clink.

Kat clapped her hands once. “Yay. I could use a Cosmo.”

“So who are these chicks again?” Jonathan asked.

Kathryn sighed. “I already told you. They write blogs on the supernatural. And the vampires are pissed off ‘cause they found out about the true nature of Night Crawlers and have been blogging about the existence of vampires in Portland.”

Jonathan raised his eyebrows. “Seriously? Where do these girls live? They need to be careful.”

Malina spoke up. “The party’s being held in L.A. but they don’t live there. We don’t know where they live, actually. It’s the Internet, they could live anywhere.”

“Alrighty then. Shall we?” Thomas said, ushering them towards the front door with a flourish.

Malina waved her hand in the air and a portal appeared.

“Or, there’s always that…” Thomas said, shaking his head with a grin.

The four stepped through it and found themselves in a massive ballroom. Crystal chandeliers hung from an ornate ceiling and glittered under the lights. A highly polished wooden floor was littered with beautiful people of all ages, races, and sizes. Kathryn’s eyes were huge a she took in the sight. There were men and women alike that Kathryn was sure weren’t entirely human. She resolved that she would take a listen into their thoughts as soon as an opportunity presented itself.

“Wow, what a beautiful place,” Malina breathed, looking around. She had her arm hooked through Thomas’s.

“I agree. Where are the hosts?” Kathryn asked.

“Where is the bar?” Jonathan asked carelessly.

Kathryn smacked him on the arm and craned her neck. “There they are,” she said, pointing to two beautiful dark-haired women in sleek black gowns. “Now be nice and let’s go meet them. They may need our protection in the near future if they keep revealing the supernatural to the real world.”

Jonathan sighed. “Okay. Then we find the bar.”

Thomas patted Jonathan on the back once. “Yep. But just so you know, I’m not carrying you out of here.”

Happy Anniversary, Debbie and Braine!


These immortals have a Gatsby flair to them, read up and party with these old sports… literally
Check out Enchanted Immortals

  • I started out as an e-book editor, and still am. (NOTE: Editing one’s own work is an impossible task so if you find typos in my book I claim no responsibility!)
  • I have never been to the state of Oregon.
  • My “day job” is not editing, believe it or not; I work with real inmates every day.
  • My grandfather was a published writer, and my great-grandfather was the Editor in Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1940s.
  • Having three jobs and three children isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I must be insane.

C.J. is a west coast native currently living in sunny Florida, USA. An editor of over 40 books, C.J. has writing in her blood, and hopes people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories.


Fan Girls & Boys Wanted

C.J. is giving away a signed print copy and an ebook of
ENCHANTED IMMORTALS
to two lucky Supie.

Contest ends July 11, 2013

Good luck!

Braine Reviews: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne


Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Purchase: Amazon  

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She’s a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She’s free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by “an admirer” and printed with two simple words: “You’re welcome.”

TRULY MADLY DEADLY is Hannah Jayne’s first YA novel and its a debut with a heart-pounding BANG! The YA market is saturated with cute and wrenching romantic dramas, post apocalyptic worlds and other fantastical stories, it’s starting to blend together. Writing a suspense psychological thriller as your first book for young adults is ballsy and definitely refreshing. And I absolutely devoured it, no crumbs whatsoever. That’s how good TRULY MADLY DEADLY is.
The blurb gives us readers a good enough clue as far as the plot is concerned. Like I told HJayne, TRULY MADLY DEADLY has a Swimfan/Pretty Little Liars feel to it. In a nutshell someone is obsessed with Sawyer and people who’ve either hurt her or have ill intentions towards her started dropping like flies, making it look like tragic accidents followed up with curious gifts and creepy notes saying that the deaths were favors done for Sawyer. Ultimately it became really vicious as Sawyer finds herself being framed to the point where her mental stability is being put to question and people are becoming suspicious of her.
The build-up is really great with surprising peaks it will catch you off guard. The identity of the villain is on my list but that’s after the obvious ones have been eliminated from the short list so really HJayne kept the clues camouflaged til the end. Even Sawyer never saw it coming! That’s how cunning the antagonist and consequently, HJayne is. My only regret is towards the resolution, I guess I was expecting for a more dramatic and violent ending. Nevertheless it didn’t dim TRULY MADLY DEADLY‘s genius for me.
I’ve felt all the dark emotions one goes through when reading a psych thriller. The fact that TRULY MADLY DEADLY is technically a YA book is immaterial. HJayne cleverly wove a story meant for us to feel scared, paranoid and frustrated. All the hyphens of a great suspense story are present: nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw-clenching, heart-pounding. HJayne wrote a story about crazy teens but the appeal extends beyond the young adult bracket.
TRULY MADLY DEADLY is one of those books that under promised but over delivered. So if you’re eyeing this book, go ahead and get it, its worth your time.

Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she’s not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

Now that you’re here, kick up your feet and stay awhile…

Follow Hannah
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Braine Reviews: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Purchase: Amazon  

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She’s a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She’s free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by “an admirer” and printed with two simple words: “You’re welcome.”

TRULY MADLY DEADLY is Hannah Jayne’s first YA novel and its a debut with a heart-pounding BANG! The YA market is saturated with cute and wrenching romantic dramas, post apocalyptic worlds and other fantastical stories, it’s starting to blend together. Writing a suspense psychological thriller as your first book for young adults is ballsy and definitely refreshing. And I absolutely devoured it, no crumbs whatsoever. That’s how good TRULY MADLY DEADLY is.
The blurb gives us readers a good enough clue as far as the plot is concerned. Like I told HJayne, TRULY MADLY DEADLY has a Swimfan/Pretty Little Liars feel to it. In a nutshell someone is obsessed with Sawyer and people who’ve either hurt her or have ill intentions towards her started dropping like flies, making it look like tragic accidents followed up with curious gifts and creepy notes saying that the deaths were favors done for Sawyer. Ultimately it became really vicious as Sawyer finds herself being framed to the point where her mental stability is being put to question and people are becoming suspicious of her.
The build-up is really great with surprising peaks it will catch you off guard. The identity of the villain is on my list but that’s after the obvious ones have been eliminated from the short list so really HJayne kept the clues camouflaged til the end. Even Sawyer never saw it coming! That’s how cunning the antagonist and consequently, HJayne is. My only regret is towards the resolution, I guess I was expecting for a more dramatic and violent ending. Nevertheless it didn’t dim TRULY MADLY DEADLY‘s genius for me.
I’ve felt all the dark emotions one goes through when reading a psych thriller. The fact that TRULY MADLY DEADLY is technically a YA book is immaterial. HJayne cleverly wove a story meant for us to feel scared, paranoid and frustrated. All the hyphens of a great suspense story are present: nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw-clenching, heart-pounding. HJayne wrote a story about crazy teens but the appeal extends beyond the young adult bracket.
TRULY MADLY DEADLY is one of those books that under promised but over delivered. So if you’re eyeing this book, go ahead and get it, its worth your time.

Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she’s not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

Now that you’re here, kick up your feet and stay awhile…

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Cover Reveal: My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER
The Beaumont Series #2
Heidi McLaughlin

I expected a life of music. I expected to raise my son. It took one look to make everything change. I never expected happiness. I never expected to find her. I never expected to feel desire. I never expected I’d be a family man. I never expected to be loved. I never expected to fall in love. They say you should expect the unexpected. I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

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Heidi McLaughling is offering My Unexpected Forever up for pre-buy for those attending the Naughty Mafia Rocks Vegas 2013. Pre-Purchase HERE
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Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets. During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Blood Rule by Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand’s werewolf YA series,
Dirty Blood is one of my favorites! So excited that book 4 is coming out soon and here’s the cover…

Blood Rule
Dirty Blood 4
Heather Hildenbrand
August 6, 2013
YA Sco-fi/Fantasy

Forty-six.
That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.

Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.
That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.

Sixteen.
That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.

Zero.
That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she’s not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she’s lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she’d grab is her DVR player.

Stalkers Welcome

Heather is giving away the following to one lucky follower:
Enemy Within by Angela Kace (Ebook)
Dirty Blood omnibus (first three books in the series)
Custom werewolf necklace
Signed swag pack photo including Blood Rule.

Good luck!