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True North: Finding Home Review and Teasers + #Giveaway

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Finding Home

True North Series

Book #1

Allie Juliette Mousseau

 

Genre: New Adult Romance | 18+ – Contains explicit sex

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Publisher: Dauntless Hawk Ink

 

ASIN: B00J1WU41S

Pages: 223

Goodreads Rating:  4.32

My Rating: 5.0



Book Description:

 

“When you’re lost… True North”


The North brothers were hell on wheels-adrenaline-junky bad boys. You’d think they had a death wish – every one of them – but they didn’t really, they just got off on the thrill of pushing every limit, that gravity or any other force told them they couldn’t conquer. What they weren’t prepared for were the women that would steal their hearts…


Livie Morrisey is dreading seeing Jake after his heroic homecoming from Afghanistan. She’s been in love with Jake North since she was a little girl, but he’s three-and-a-half years older than her and her big brother’s best friend. She was always nothing but the off-limits little sister – until the night before Jake left for the Army, when he’d given her her first kiss. They’d kept in touch for a year, but once Jake was deployed to Afghanistan, he’d cut off contact suddenly and she’d never heard from him again.


For the past three years Livie has kept herself distracted with homework and her university studies, but now Jake’s going to be up close and personal. And Livie can’t decide if tonight’s finally the night to prove to Jake she’s all grown up or the night she should let him go forever.

 

 

Together again when gone

My Take On The Book:


Wow… whoa… ummm O_o. For lack of a better descriptive word or eloquence, this book was simply ah-maze-ing. I want no need there to be a book 2 right this very second. I love those North siblings and if this book is anything to go by, the next installment about whether it be about Sam or Jules and Nate (idc, I wanna read them all) ❤ will be just as steamy if not better. The North family is not only littered with drool worth brothers but you’ve also got a completely awesome best friend in Jules and a totally loving and supportive family. This is a must buy book by an extremely talented author who is turning out to be one of my absolute favorites. Its an exceptional start to what I’m sure is going to be an exceptional series.


Finding Home is a dazziliing tale of war vet Jake North and the girl who has always loved him. Told in the female perspective of said girl and childhood friend Olivia ‘Liv’ Morrissey, you are introduced to a romance so profound your heart aches at times. Its beautiful and heartbreaking and a book I couldn’t bring myself to put down.


You are drawn into this tale from the go. I am personally the kind of reader that will read a book start to finish even if it’s a struggle, even if I want to skim over words and phrases (not that this was an issue while reading this book). I will literally read everything from the title page and copywrite page to the last sentence in the author bio… so its no surprise that I read the dedication page but it was so eloquently written, poetic and captivating that you forget its not necessarily part of the story. I was hooked, there is no other word for it, so hooked that instead of stopping when my kindle battery was dying, I cozied up next to the closest outlet, plugged it in, and kept reading. I may or may not have missed eating a meal or 2…

 

The Great (Pros):

 

 

  • Characters. Good and bad, each character’s development was on point and I could find no errors in their story or back-story. It followed a steady line from beginning to end in the way of no alterations mid book. I really hate when an author can’t remember their own storyline or characters. If a character is motherless, blondem brown eyed and tall with a loyal personality they should stay that way throughout the entire book with the exception of personality traits altering due to story progression and obvious things like colored contacts and such. This book is the perfect example of that, characters stayed true to themselves and their story progression.

 

 

  • Story. The story itself the one on the surface, the one you read about in the synopsis is a beautiful one… but once you actually read the book and you get to the story within the story, when you get to know the characters, their faults and their strengths, the things that define them that is even more beautiful.

 

 

  • Research. While reading this book, if you pay attention, you will notice the hard work the author put into this book. Not only in the writing and character bios but also in the research. I can’t get into too much detail as it’s an important part of the story but I will say that it’s obvious how much love Allie gives her books.

 

 

  • Music. One of my favorite parts about this book was the song name for each chapter. It helps to set the mood of each chapter and you can bet your ass that I have a ‘True North: Finding Home’  playlist on my ipod. Each song fit the chapter and its mood perfectly so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were played on repeat while she wrote each line.

 

 

 

  • Cover. Once again, a perfect cover for the book. Beautiful and intriguing and helpful while imagining the characters and their romance.

 

 

  • Relationships. The relationships in this story are breathtaking. I love the strong family ties and the support given to each other by the North family. But I also enjoy the contrast with between them and Liv’s family. While it’s a sad back-story, I happened to like the diversity. The interaction between characters was appropriate for their ages and their story. Nothing it the way they acted with one another or situations seemed off or uncharacteristic.

 

 

 

 

The Not So Great (Cons):

 

 

  • Not a single thing except that I have to wait to get my next book fix ha ha.

 

5 Quills

 

It’s a sweeping romance with real problems and realistic characters. A book the focuses strongly on family love and support as well as the kind you find in a significant other. It is sizzling and sad all at once wrapped up in a nice little package of seamless and creative writing. If you’re looking for a real world romance then this is definitely your book. Ms. Mousseau is one extremely talented writer with an uncanning ability to weave a tale with characters you really care about. It’s another one of a kind. Kudos to her 🙂

 

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About The Author 


Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.

She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and hot and sexy spice. Always a HEA and stand alone – even in a series.


Her alter-ego:

Alana Jewel Mousseau creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She writes brave but “human” main characters, imaginative plots and complex worlds; from High Octane action to exploring the deepest emotions – you won’t want to put down your book!


She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write is outdoors, but when the weather gets too chilly she’ll be inside at her desk looking at the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and 85 pound golden retriever, who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes.


With a free spirit, Allie loves to travel and has spent three years sparking her imagination while travelling the U.S. and Canada in an RV with her family. She looks forward in continuing her journey to see the world, while finishing her degree in Literature

 

Author Links:

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Books by Allie:

True North: Finding Home, Livie and Jake – NA Contemporary

Enemy Lines – A Sci-fi Adult Novella

Without Borders – a sexy Contemporary short story

Books by Alana:

The Scars Saga – A Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy; paranormal romance series:

Scars of the Bifrost Bk 1

Unlocking Brisingamen Bk 2 – Coming Soon!

Ragnarok Bk 3 – Coming Soon!

 

 

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$25 gift card, a signed paperback of True North: Finding Home or an eBook copy of True North: Finding Home.

Plus, LOTS of other awesome prizes! Giveaway for all eBooks are open internationally; all other prizes are open to US winners only.

 

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Manhattan Ten Series (Books 1-3) Review + #Giveaway

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Temptress

Manhattan Ten Series

Book #1

Lola Dodge

 

Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance, Superheroes

Release Date: June 12, 2012

Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

 

ISBN: 978-1619211094

ASIN: B0083WTVT8

 

Pages: 114

Goodreads Rating:  4.03

My Rating: 5.0

 

 

Book Description:

 

Kiss your powers goodbye.

 

Kidnapping a super-powered suspected felon from a Vegas bachelor party is another day at the office for Jenny Ray, alias Temptress. With one kiss, any naughty supe’s powers are hers. Except this time she’s caught by her mark’s boss, who’s no ordinary superhero.

 

It’s Thinktank, leader of the toughest hero crew around. One destroyed men’s room and near-toilet-drowning later, Jenny’s forced to steal an innocent hero’s powers.

 

For a super brain, Tank’s feeling pretty idiotic. First, he let Jenny close enough to get to him. Second, he’s helpless against the tide of desire that rises in him every time he kisses her. Which he’s doing a lot, since she’s trying to give him back his power—only it’s not working. As he shadows her on her various freelance casino security jobs, he realizes she’s no she-demon—she’s a time bomb. Her acquired powers are shredding her, body and soul.

 

As they give in to desire, a shadowy figure from Jenny’s past surfaces with a kidnapping plan of his own. Jenny will do anything—even level Las Vegas—to rescue the man she loves. But there may not be anything left of her when the dust settles.

 

Product Warnings
Contains high-stakes poker, high-end cocktails, and high-flying over Las Vegas skies. Never drink and fly!

 

 

Ivory

Manhattan Ten Series

Book #2

Lola Dodge

 

Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance, Superheroes

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

 

ISBN: 978-1619214415

ASIN: B00BUKRAJI

 

Pages: 115

Goodreads Rating:  4.0

My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

That cold day in hell? It’s here…

 

If Ivory’s fellow flight attendants whisper that she has ice in her veins, they’d be right. She’s spent years ruthlessly suppressing her dangerous ice powers, pretending she didn’t grow up wild on the tundra.

 

Her legendary coolness has held solid—until a crazed attacker snaps her composure, unleashing her ice beast and blowing her cover. And she’s not sure if the man who defuses the situation is any less dangerous.

 

When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through his mark’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.

Panther tempts Ivory in every smoldering way, but to let him melt her resistance is a risk she can’t afford. But when her past rises up to claim her, Pan is caught in the crossfire…and the only way to save him is to let the beast claim her, body and soul.

 

Product Warnings
Contains one smoldering ice vixen and the sexy beast man who wants to get his claws all over her. Make sure your icemaker is in tip-top shape before reading. Mukluks optional.

 

 

 

Belle Fury

Manhattan Ten Series

Book #3

Lola Dodge

 

Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance, Superheroes

Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014 

Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

 

ISBN: 978-1619222670

ASIN: B00HF8X4DU

 

Pages: 111

Goodreads Rating:  4.25

My Rating: 5.0

 

 

Book Description:

 

This is one diva with killer moves…

 

Belle Fabian has worked her toes to the bone to become an internationally renowned ballerina. When the curtains rise on her career-making performance of Giselle, she brings down the house—literally.

 

Mid-dance, she manifests a superpower that nearly destroys the Metropolitan Opera House, wiping out a line of chorus girls and sending the audience dashing for the exits. As she flees the theater, she assumes the worst. Her hard-won career is over.

 

The Manhattan Ten’s leader is playing hooky with his new lady, so it falls to Red Ruin to round up the super-powered danseur. It’s just one small, bird-boned woman hiding in a convenience store. How hard could it be?

 

Their first encounter generates sparks that border nuclear and their chemistry sends Belle’s powers into overdrive, but their perfect storm of passion is marred by her suspicion that Ruin is holding back. That secret that could turn the sweet burn of Ruin’s lightning into a permanent scar on her heart.

 

Product Warnings

Contains one lightning-hot hero and a not-so-blushing ballerina. May cause third-degree burns and spontaneous tango

 

My Take On The Books:

 

I’m a scatter brain, my scheduling absolutely sucks and I tend to forget deadlines, so I’m not surprised I almost missed this review O_o. Not only that, but for the longest time I was sure that the series was titled Manhattan Teen. Anyways, these books were absolute gems. Romantic, action packed and steamy where they needed to be.

 

I feel that its safe to admit wanting my own Manhattan 10 guy. Squee. I loved, Loved, LOVED book 1. The story between Tank & Jenny (Temptress) was just too freaking cute. I loved the build up to the big shebang. It wasn’t a love at first sight thing, really it was more of lust at first sight that boils into a steamy love affair… love being the operative word. I loved how book 2 explains the story of Panther and Ivory and how the team made their way to Vegas for the beginning of book 1.

 

But suffice to say that Book 3, Belle Fury, is my favorite of the series thus far. There is just something so sweet about their story. Its different from the others in the sense of trust and vulnerability. They know each other’s real names for the moment they first meet so there is no secrecy there. (Also, I may be a bit biased due to my love of Ballet and wanting a Red Ruin book while reading Temptress).  My only pet peeve is the Angel angle. I didn’t want them to go there are they did so it irked. I loved her character in book 2 and continued to like her in book 3 but it was where the author wanted her character to go emotionally that made me really sad and uncomfortable.

 

 

Temptress – 5 Quills

Ivory – 4.5 Quills

Belle Fury – 5 Quills

Overall Rating

5 Quills

 

Book 4 where are you?!?! I need my hero romance fix stat. It feeds the comic book/ super hero nerd in me. It’s a book that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes romance, action and intrigue. If you like strong female leads, sexy bruiting males and love stories to curl you toes, dip into the Manhattan Ten Series now.

 

 

 

About The Author 

 

Lola Dodge was forged in the suburbs, tested in the retail wastelands and reborn as a romance writer after several strong cocktails. Armed with her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, she travels the world in search of story fodder and men with accents.

 

Website: http://www.loladodge.com/

 

 

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Open Internationally | Must be 13+ To Enter, 18+ to win the books.

1 Winner will get a $25.00 Gift Card to Amazon (INTL)
1 Winner will get a $25 Gift Card to Sephora (US)
1 Winner will get the eBook Set of The Manhattan Ten series (INTL)
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Life’s A Capella Cover Reveal

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Genre: Adult Literature
Release Date: December 1, 2013

Synopsis:

I want to tell you how great my life was. How I lived without regrets. With constant laughter. Without any tears. I want to tell you how I lived each moment to the fullest. How each breath I took was fresh and full of life. With eagerness. Without any fear.

I want to tell you all of that, but then my story would be masked with lies and not worth telling.

The story I will tell isn’t a statistically correct story as I am an anomaly. And it doesn’t really begin with my childhood. No, my childhood is something I buried so that I could move forward, onto the future I deserved.

My life didn’t start until I left my past. And I left everything. My mother, my friends, my name. Yes, my name. I will not tell you what my name used to be because it is irrelevant. That person never really existed.
My new name, the name everyone knows me by is Erin Lewis.

Four years after leaving her hometown in Alabama, Erin is finally happy with where her life has led her. For the first time, she is confident and secure in her environment and the relationships she has formed. But before she can fully settle into her new life, her past makes an unwelcome entrance and she wakes up one morning to find that the foundation she has formed her new life on broken.

In the midst of losing everything, Erin must find herself, proving herself to be far stronger than she ever imagined.

Author Bio:

I’m a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our “half breed” son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he’d rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out.

I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa.

I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog crap to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on a keyboard and bring them to fruition.



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