Twisted Mind Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Hi everyone! Please enjoy all the information and the review I’ve written for Mia Hoddell’s newest book, Twisted Mind!

Twisted Mind: Chequered Flag, Book 2 by Mia Hoddell

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release date: March 8, 2016

Blurb:

GP2 race car driver Dustin Coates has been made irrelevant…

For the past year, Dustin helped his best friend, Raine Wilkins. It was a good diversion from his twisted life. Now she’s settling down with his brother, and without the distraction from his own toxic relationship, Dustin is rapidly spiralling out of control.

​​Everyone warned him to leave his girlfriend, Elora, yet they knew nothing about the baby…

It’s up to Dustin to protect the innocent life hanging in the balance, and to do that he must endure Elora’s twisted games of manipulation and violence. However, when she does the unthinkable, Dustin finally snaps. Leaving her, the light-hearted jokester people have come to love is replaced with a grief-stricken man intent on one thing—earning a Formula One contract.

​​Everything changes when Tazia Nixon moves in next door…

Dustin clings to the Latin beauty who soothes his aching heart and helps him forget. But beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past she refuses to share. Dustin must decide if he can risk his fragile heart a second time. She might ease his pain, but she could also break him like no one else.

​​Will Dustin be able to overlook the deceit to find his forever with Tazia, or will he see nothing more than a ​​​​Twisted Mind?

My Review

 

Back in February I was left (impatiently) waiting for the sequel to Chameleon Soul, the first book in the Chequered Flag series, and now I’m so excited to be able to share my thoughts on Twisted Mind with all of you!

Before reading Chameleon Soul, I wasn’t really into the whole race car shindig, until about a week after I reviewed that book I went home for a weekend and went to the NHRA drag races with my family for the first time. And oh my god, it was SO much fun! The thrills! The excitement! Needless to say, that made me even more anxious to get my hands on Twisted Mind because I began to view the story from a completely different angle.

However, I do have to say, even if you’re not a fan of drag racing, race cars, or anything of the sort, Mia Hoddell still does an excellent job of keeping the sport sexy and full of high-intensity, much like the romance that is woven through the story.

I was curious to see how Dustin and Taz’s relationship would grow throughout the story and it was beautiful! Both of them have a lot of demons that tend to keep them down, but together their like this unstoppable force that I just can’t get enough of. I was sad, as usual with Mia Hoddell’s books, that it ended so soon! Though, I will be excited to see if we get a glimpse of them in the third book in this series coming out soon (I hope!).

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About the Author

MIA HODDELL AUTHOR PIC#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs

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Excerpts

I leaned in, desperate to feel him.
Finally, his lips grazed mine in barely a whisper of a touch.
A moan of protest slipped from my lips when he parted and the musical sound of Dustin’s husky laugh caused me to shiver.
“We shouldn’t be doing this,” he murmured, shocking me when his lips scraped my ear.
“I really don’t care.”
Dustin cupped my jaw, his thumb swiping over my cheekbone. The touch drew my eyes to his.
“I should though.”
I rested my head further into his palm and covered the back of his hand with my own to keep him there. Turning, I pressed my lips to his palm. “What’s the worst that could happen?”
“You could break me.”
I nipped at the tip of his finger when he trailed it over my bottom lip. “Aren’t we both already broken?”
“You could shatter me like no one else, Taz.” Rather than meet my eyes he stared off into the distance over my shoulder. “You could destroy me.”
I reached up, taking his jaw between my fingers and forcing his attention back to me. “I don’t want to.”
“That doesn’t mean you won’t.”
“No, but it means I’ll do everything in my power to try not to.”
The resolve in his eyes wavered. He couldn’t meet my gaze for long. He exhaled heavily, and his jaw kept tensing beneath my palm.
“Dustin,” I said, drawing his focus back to me. “It’s only a kiss.”
It wasn’t. We both knew I was lying and if we started down this road it would lead to more.
Regardless, Dustin pulled me into him. Pressing on the small of my back, he didn’t stop until I was flush against his chest. With his other hand he swiped back a lock of hair to slide it behind my ear.
He lowered his head, dipping until his forehead rested against mine. “I’m trusting you, Taz.”
I responded in a whisper, “Me too. You’re not the only one who stands to lose, Dust.”
Finally, he closed the gap between us and his lips met mine slowly, but forcefully. He claimed and possessed me, marking me as his with his mouth.
Every ounce of pain and fear was shared through our kiss.
When I parted my lips Dustin’s tongue immediately swept into me. I moaned, raising my arms to encircle him. I ran my fingers through the shaggy locks of hair at the back of his neck, pulling on them until he grunted against me.
Even though no space remained between us, Dustin forced me against him harder then dropped his head to my shoulder. He placed a tender kiss directly over the pulse point in my neck and mumbled against my skin, “Please don’t break me, Taz.”

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Chameleon Soul Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Hi everyone! Please enjoy all the information and the review I’ve written for Mia Hoddell’s newest book, Chameleon Soul!

Chameleon Soul: Chequered Flag, Book 1 by Mia Hoddell

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release date: February 2nd, 2016

Blurb:

After one fateful night, Raine Wilkins’ life has never been the same…

Two years into a relationship with Formula 1 driver Teo Coates, Raine walks out of his life without offering an explanation. To shield him from horrifying events that are best kept secret, Raine breaks her own heart and the heart of the man she loves. And left with no choice, Teo is forced to abandon Raine to finish his race season.

However, Teo always wins, and losing Raine’s heart has only made him more determined to reclaim it…

Now, a year later, he’s back, and she’s his only goal. But Raine is no longer the same girl he left behind; she’s broken by the past and struggling to cope with each day. Unbearable memories have her nights plagued with fear, while her days are spent deliberately hiding away to avoid triggering full-blown panic attacks. Therefore, when Teo returns as England’s favourite driver, and demands answers, all of Raine’s careful planning is destroyed.

She is thrown into the one place she never wants to be—the spotlight.

Her newfound fame as Teo’s public girlfriend raises old dangers, and exposes her to a group who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. If Raine and Teo are to be together, they must confront their past. However, only Raine knows the truth behind what happened during that sinister night, and revealing her secrets may cause Teo to leave for good.​

My Review

The first time I read a book by Mia Hoddell was two years ago and I’m so pleased to be bringing you yet another review for one of her awesome books! All the other books I have previously read by Mia were in the YA genre, so it was quite exciting to dive into the NA genre with this series, and I have to say I couldn’t be more impressed!

A lot of my issues with the NA genre stems from the stories feeling very…fake. And too sickly sweet and overloaded with romance and steamy bedroom scenes. Chameleon Soul, though, has just the right amount of romance while also tackling real life issues that made me feel as if I were also overcoming some challenges, right along with the main characters.

Raine, our main protagonist, was so authentic and awesome. A lot of NA romance characters are seen as these perfect women, but Raine has flaws and struggles that create a more three dimensional person that you can relate to on a much deeper level. Teo, our main hunk, also is not just another guy in the romance genre, he stands out and has awesome qualities (like being a Formula 1 driver? Hello, awesome!). I really liked the way that Mia built up their relationship and melded the two together without it coming off as sappy and cheesy.

This will be the perfect book to pick up just in time for Valentine’s Day and you’ll blow through it so quickly with the fast-paced writing and plot! I finished it in under a couple hours and now I’m aching for the next one! Hopefully we won’t be kept waiting too long 🙂

 

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About the Author

MIA HODDELL AUTHOR PIC#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs

Connect with Mia:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+ | Amazon Author Page

or subscribe to Mia’s Newsletter for information on:

 ARCs, giveaways and new releases

**Giveaway**

1 x $5 Amazon gift card

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Excerpts

“Raine, wait!”
Footsteps thundered behind me, forcing me to run faster as my vision began tunnelling. Bouncing off the walls as I rounded corners, I attempted to trace my steps back to the exit through the labyrinth of hallways.
I could hear the footsteps growing louder, as if Nadine was right on my heels, but I couldn’t look without losing my rhythm.
Abruptly, I was jerked to a stop by a hand on my wrist. I spun at the touch, flinging my back against the wall with a scream. My movements were too fast to take anything in.
“What the f*** are you doing here?” The voice that snarled the words was not Nadine’s. Even full of malice I could never forget his tone. Despite that, my brain was no longer thinking logically.
I raised my hands instinctively to shield my face, the line between reality and my memories blurring. The brightly lit corridor was too tight and darkness encroached from every corner.
I was back in the alley. The rough bricks bit into my spine as I cowered into the building praying I could make myself invisible.
“No, not again,” I whimpered, my hands shaking. “Please, not again.”
In my mind they were coming at me, closing the distance.
No matter how tiny I made myself they could still see me.
“Don’t hurt me. Let me go!” White-hot panic rose in my chest, consuming me and fuelling the memory. Everything felt so similar, I wasn’t even seeing what was really in front of me.

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous In Love #1
Published by Poppy on October 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 309 : Paperback edition
Source: Purchased on Amazon
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She fell in love with him in the books – now she has the chance to star opposite him in the film . . .
Paige doesn’t think she’s particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree. Now she’s thrown into the spotlight, and into a world of gossip, rumour and deceit. The only people who know what she’s going through are her two male co-stars, and they can’t stand the sight of each other. Paige knows it’s a mistake to fall in love on the set of a movie, but days of on-screen romance and intensity start to change her mind. The question is, can she keep what happens behind the scenes a secret when the world is watching her every move?

Yeah…as you can tell I had a bit of a crisis when this book was done (thank goodness I have the next one right next to me and ready to go!). But let’s start at the beginning…

I really first picked this up because I saw, contemporary, romance, movie stars, and a main character with the same name as me (duh, I’m biased). I thought this was going to be another cheesy contemporary YA novel, which I’m trying to stay away from recently because they’ve been boring me, but this was NOT that at all.

I would have flown through this much faster if school didn’t get in the way, but nonetheless, this was excellent! I love stories that have anything to do with main characters that are plucked from obscurity and plopped down into a completely new life. It’s hard to do this well, but I think Rebecca Serle did it in such a realistic way that I was like, “Yeah I can see that happening.” (Which is a huge component for contemporaries).

Anyways, back to our main characters. I loved Paige. She was pretty down to earth and didn’t get caught up in the whole stardom thing which was how I saw the story going, but I’m so glad it didn’t. She was kinda “whatever, filming a movie,” but also recognizing what a huge moment it was for her. Very real character.

Rainer…? I wasn’t a huge fan. I have a problem when it comes to goody two shoes guys in novels. I’m not sure why. They just seem too perfect. Which I get was the ideal narrative for Rainer, but he still rubbed me the wrong way. Tell me Rainer, what are your motives? Tell me your secrets.

And then Jordan. Sigh, Jordan. The bad/good boy. I love a complicated male backstory, and man did he deliver. Another character that I thought was really down to earth about the whole acting shindig and that was a refreshing breath of air (especially after Rainer).

I can NOT wait to start reading the next one. Scratch that, I’ve already started reading the next one. And then there’s going to be a third! And there’s a short novella of the fictional book within this book and its story/plotline. You can bet I already purchased that from Amazon. Oops.

Anyway, have you read this book/series yet? Did you like it? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think! (Especially with that ending! Still not over it)

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Published by Poppy on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 246 : ARC edition
Source: An ARC was provided to me by the publisher (thank you SO much!)
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On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

This is only the second Jennifer E. Smith book that I’ve read, but she is well on her way to becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style and her books are so adorable and such easy reads that I just fly through them.

That being said, I only gave this one 4 out of 5 stars, since the plot was what had me kind of saying, “ehhh.” I think I’m just a very non-sentimental person when it comes to high school sweethearts, so throughout the entirety of the book I wasn’t really rooting for Clare and Aidan from the start. Which sucks, because it totally tainted my view of their relationship, but it is what it is.

However, I did appreciate the story. I liked how we got glimpses of their relationship through the different locations they went to and explored how they were going to deal with being apart. Definitely made me nostalgic for my high school days and saying that first goodbye to all my friends, so that was something I could totally relate too.

In the end this was a really adorable romance story that had me smiling and thinking about the past. I love stories that take place just before leaving for college, so this was right up my alley in that sense. Jennifer E. Smith fans and fans of contemporary novels will not be disappointed by this one!

(Also, her covers are always SO awesome! I love them!)

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Series: N/A
Published on January 27, 2015
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 304 : Paperback
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

Before writing this review I was reading others on Goodreads and I discovered that this was a modern retelling of A Room With a View by E.M. Forester. While I was reading, that fact did not cross my mind at all (for some weird reason, since I have read the classic novel). So knowing that fact…here is my review:

I strongly liked this book. I can’t say that I loved it just because I think the beginning went in circles a lot and I really wanted to get down to the nitty gritty of the story. That being said, I did like that Ms. Lindner took the time to really explore and show the readers the sights, sounds, and smells of Italy from the very start. Writing a book where lot’s of travelling takes place sounds difficult based on that fact alone if the author is not in Italy (or wherever) so I did appreciate the amount of detail put into the setting.

Characters themselves sort of fell flat for me though. For me to really love a story, I have to get the full package and I think the weak characters let me down. There were lot’s of cliche’s in their personas, and I think I just wanted more originality overall.

It was a cute story, though, and perfect for the upcoming year, so I would check this out if you’re fans of Anna and the French Kiss and other stories of that like!

Between the Sheets by Allie Boniface

Between the Sheets by Allie Boniface
Series: Cocktail Cruise #3
Published on September 14, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 108 : Paperback/ebook edition
Source: Received through Black Lion Blog Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review
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An affair with an exotic cruise line dance instructor might be just the escape this single mother needs…

Andrea is determined to merge career and motherhood, which she’s (barely) managing as a cruise line marketing manager and a single mom to six-year-old Drew. That life leaves zero time for sex or love, so when she has a chance for a no-strings fling with a sexy cruise ship dancer, she decides to go for it.

Sebastian is enjoying a low-key life as a dance instructor on a singles’ cruise ship, a welcome change from his previous life in Argentina as the star of a hugely popular dance show. Tired of women who only wanted him for his moves on and off the dance floor, he’s content to teach basic waltz and foxtrot and keep to himself. But when the lonely, enigmatic Andrea sweeps into his life, everything changes.

Can he come to terms with his past? Can she find room in her life and her heart for another man? And is the possibility of new love strong enough to make them both want to?

I was originally intrigued with Andrea’s backstory when we first heard about her in Tequila Sunrise, and now I’m so glad I was able to read about her more in depth in this final installment of the Sex on the Beach series (side note: I’m so sad this is the last one! I love Allie Boniface’s writing style, so I will definitely have to pick up some of her other novels to distract me from my sadness of no more Cocktail Cruises).

Once again, the leading male, Sebastian, in the story is hot, hot, hot! I mean come on a dance instructor who knows how to, literally, whip women off their feet? Sign me up for a man like this please! Andrea’s son, Drew, is so adorable too! If/when I have kids I want one just like him! I think both Andrea and Sebastian handle the idea of her being a single mom really well, which is nice because stories can easily get caught up in that idea without leaving time to work on the actual romance (oh and P.S. Andrea’s ex, Ron is a total dick. I hate him five-ever).

I wish I could say that I’m looking forward to the next in the series, but it doesn’t look like there is going to be any more! So sad, but I think the series really ended with a bang and I can’t wait to see what else Allie Boniface comes up with in her future works!

Sex on the Beach by Allie Boniface

Sex on the Beach by Allie Boniface
Series: Cocktail Cruise #2
Published on August 10, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 110 : Paperback/ebook edition
Source: Received through Black Lion Blog Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review
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Two people who’ve always played at love discover the stakes are higher when they let down their guard and open their hearts…

Cassidy Arnez is an elementary school teacher with an enormous secret: a sexually adventurous online life that she leads under a foolproof alias. Her motto has always been to enjoy sex and the single life as much as possible. With a deadbeat dad and a brother who died in combat, she knows she can’t rely on any man to stick around.

Bryce Anderson enjoys his bachelor life as the CFO of a major cruise line, a position that gets him all the sun, sand, and women he could want. But he meets his match in Cass, who’s even less interested in commitment than he is, and her casual, confident sexuality turns him on more than anyone he’s ever met.

When a financial crisis at Cass’s school places her, and her coveted secret identity, at the center of a small town firestorm, she must decide whether she’ll let Bryce become the first man she’ll trust with both her secrets and her heart.

I was sort of worried when I started this next novel in the series that it would be very similar to the first one, but I was so wrong! Allie Boniface creates complex and real characters along with very real situations that makes you fall in love with the story even more. Would it be too soon to say that Cass is probably my favorite character from this series? She’s so spunky and lovable, and she’s a teacher (which is super kick ass in my mind’s eye. Mad respect for teachers of the world).

The love story, as per usual, was sizzling and sexy and I loved every minute of it! I wish the story could have gone longer so I could read more about Bryce (yummy)! I also really liked that while this can be considered a sequel from the first book in the series, it’s also disconnected enough to not have to be a sequel. I love when love stories like this interconnect, and I hope the next one does just the same!

I can’t wait to read the next one in the series and be introduced to more fun and love!