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Sunday, November 23, 2014

ARC Review: A Very Grey Christmas by T.A. Foster

A Very Grey Christmas is the third story in the Kissing Eden Series by T.A. Foster. I will admit that while I was excited to get more of Eden and Grey, I was a bit worried after reading Loving Eden. I felt like it was missing the spark of the first book and just wasn't what I had come to know and love about these two. I also have kind of a love hate relationship with Christmas stories and novellas, so this one had me a bit nervous. I have to say though, that I really enjoyed this one! It felt like the first book in this series only with a ton of holiday spirit added! This book isn't a standalone and should be read in order, so if you haven't read these already you are going to want to start with Kissing Eden. 

As Eden and Grey approach their first Christmas together, they are facing spending it in different states. While Eden knows that she needs to return home to spend it with her parents, she feels torn about being in a separate state than Grey. To Eden's family, Christmas has always been important. Which is why she doesn't understand how it isn't a big deal to Grey. Eden tries to convince Grey to come home with her, but with so much work going on he can't leave Padre. But with them being so far apart, they both soon feel the distance and Eden realizes that all she wants for Christmas is Grey.

I love Eden and Grey. I felt like in Loving Eden that these two just didn't seem to have the same connection as before. But they had that back and more in this story. These two were back to what I had loved so much about them, and I could really see just how far these two had come. They loved one another so much, and it was great to see them living their lives together. I loved getting more of them and seeing some of their HEA play out in their real lives after everything. They had a stronger connection than ever before, and I felt like they were also even hotter together if that is possible! I loved seeing the sweet and sexy with these two.

Overall, this was a great addition to this series. This was everything I had been missing from the last book, and I liked seeing the continuation of their relationship. Eden and Grey have always stuck with me, but after this story they have solidified themselves as some of my all time favorite characters. I highly recommend this series, and if you are a fan of these two you will not want to miss this one! This gave me exactly what I had been hoping for with Eden and Grey, and just the right amount of holiday cheer to get me in the spirit of the season!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan

Book of Choice from Beth Kery

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

Review: Felix by Elizabeth Reyes

I was really excited to read Felix by Elizabeth Reyes. I am a huge sports romance fan, and I love me some sexy fighters. That being said though, this book was good but not great. For some reason I found myself not really connecting with the main characters as much as I had hoped for. While I liked Felix, I just never really cared about Ella. I think that she was my biggest problem in this book, and that kept me from really enjoying this one as much as I could have.

Ella works hard to attend school, work and take care of her family. But she also devotes most of her time to working at the 5th Street Gym teaching self defense classes and educating the community. She has personal reasons for being so dedicated to the cause, but she has made it her mission to make self defense classes affordable for those that need them. When she first meets the sexy fighter Felix, she judges him based off what she has heard about his reputation. But she can't help but be drawn to him and knows that she is nothing like what he usually goes for with women. Soon though, Felix is pursuing her and is determined to show her that he isn't like what she has heard. Can Felix and Ella get over their pasts and let each other in? Or will Ella have heard too many things about Felix to give him a chance to show her who he really is?

I liked Felix. He definitely never had a shortage of women, and he never made any apologies about who he was. But he was so take with Ella that he had no problem giving that up. He wanted to be a better person and prove to her that he could be exactly what she needed. He was sweet and kind with her, and I loved the patience he showed. He was great with her and really showed just how much he was interested in the whole package with her. Ella was the one I had issues with. Although both her and Felix had both been through a lot and handled things differently, I actually didn't care for the way that Ella let her ex Grayson have such control of her life. While I didn't agree with Felix drowning himself in women, Ella let Grayson treat her horribly and take things too far even though they had broken up. Ella might have been clear with her words to Grayson, but her actions told a completely different story. I wanted her to do something and she just kept letting things go for reasons that I thought weren't even close to good enough. It was amazing to me that Felix was as calm and cool about everything as he was. He handled things far better than she did, and I wouldn't have been so understanding had it been me in his shoes. While they had chemistry and connected, the crap with Grayson was just too much for me.

Overall, I thought that this could have been such a great story. Felix and Ella were good for each other, and I really believed that the love and support between them was a great foundation for a relationship. I just sort of lost the bond between them with all the drama and the way that Ella continued to let Grayson interfere in their relationship. As much as I wanted for her to grow a pair, she never really seemed to. Then besides all that drama, it seemed as though every other bad thing that could possibly happen did. It just got to be too much and was kind of a downer. The whole thing was a bit depressing, and I was wanting something more upbeat. I liked the idea of the epilogue, but I felt like it was just okay. We got a lot of different POVs, but it just didn't do much for me and I was left wondering why it was really even there. I think that this book had a lot of potential, but for me it just fell flat.

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Feature and Giveaway: Felix by Elizabeth Reyes

They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it?

World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.

Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.

The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.

Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.

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Feature and Giveaway: Twice Tempted by Eileen Dryer

Fiona Ferguson and her twin sister Mairead are missing. Sisters of an alleged traitor, they have been cast out by their noble grandfather, who believes their brother's reputation will taint them. Furious at the old man's behavior, Drake's Rakes Alex Knight and Chuffy Wilde set out to find the sisters.

What Alex and Chuffy don't know is that they are also leading agents for the traitorous cabal The Lions right to the women. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, the sisters and their rescuers are forced farther and farther into the slums of London to escape not only the Lions, but Minette Ferrar, a notorious assassin looking to revenge herself on Ian Ferguson by killing his sisters. What Fiona Ferguson cannot escape, though, is the dawning realization that she is falling in love with Alex Knight, who is burdened with secrets that pose the most danger of all.

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