Friday, February 26, 2016

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Bryce by Natalie Decker

It is a pleasure to bring you the exciting details and blog tour for Bryce by Natalie Decker.  Check out the book information, review and author information below!!

Bryce by Natalie Decker
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary

Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn't lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits. One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he's perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.

Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she's surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park. Maybe there's more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder. Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?  Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?  With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous.

This book surprised me on so many levels.  I went into it thinking I knew what I would be getting, and the author changed it all up and destroyed my preconceived notions.  This was a very character driven story, which is something I love.  The author did not disappoint in this regard.

Madison was your typical high school girl but with some spunk and sass, but also an endearing degree of vulnerability that made me like her almost immediately.  Then there are her two longtime friends and study partners, Graham and Bryce... one she's crushed on forever, and the other is the bad boy, the one she's never taken seriously but just happens to hang out with because it's a package deal. Then there's the cousin who comes to live with Madison and pretty much turns her life upside down.

There were so many expectations here.  I thought I had it all figured out before I had read two chapters, but I was pleasantly surprised.  There's nothing I love more than a bad boy with a terrible reputation for doing bad things, who turns out to be a lot more than anyone expected.  I love a story where the romance doesn't end exactly how you predict it will, and the villain turns out to have some redeeming qualities that make you think there just might be hope for him/her after all.

The author did a fabulous job keeping me guessing and injecting a very balanced layer of romance, teenage intrigue, and emotional angst that ramped up the suspense for me on how it would all end.  It was well-written with some great themes.  Definitely a good read.

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About the Author

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes,
and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tempting New Tales

Tempting New Tales is my weekly post where I share what new books I managed to acquire this week. Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  

On to the new bookshelf items.  Here's what I got this week!

Have you read any of these yet?  What did you get this week?  Leave a comment!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tempting Future YA Releases: February 2016

Tempting Future YA Releases is posted at the beginning of each month to let you know what new releases are coming out in the new month that caught my eye.  Naturally, the list is in no way complete, but will feature future releases that looked great to me.  (I'm also including New Adults as well.)  Here is the list for February 2016 Young Adult/New Adult book releases.  I know I'm a little late, but better late than never!

Lights of Aurora (Stone Legacy #3) by Theresa DaLayne  (2/2016)
Borrowed Magic by Shari Lambert  (2/1/2016)
Troublemaker (Songbird #6) by Melissa Pearl  (2/1/2016)

Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers  (2/2/2016)
In the After by Elisa Dane  (2/2/2016)
In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey  (2/1/2016)

Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks  (2/2/2016)
Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) by Aly Martinez  (2/2/2016)
Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart #1) by Sarah Ahiers  (2/2/2016)

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell  (2/2/2016)
Burning Offer (Trevor's Harem #1) by Aubrey Parker  (2/2/2016)
Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh  (2/2/2016)

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto  (2/2/2016)
The Beltane Escape (The Two Realms #1) by Ariella Moon  (2/2/2016)
Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise  (2/8/2016)

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan  (2/9/2016)
Raining Down Rules by B.K. Rivers  (2/9/2016)
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman  (2/9/2016)

Legend (Real #6) by Katy Evans  (2/9/2016)
A Faerie Wedding by Stephanie Keyes  (2/12/2016)
The Coupling (The Letting #2) by Cathrine Goldstein  (2/15/2016)

Abandoned by Elisa Dane  (2/15/2016)
Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth  (2/16/2016)
Death to the Undead (Life After the Undead #1) by Pembroke Sinclair   (2/16/2016)

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey  2/16/2016)
Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells  (2/16/2016)
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine  (2/16/2016)

Everlasting (Everlasting Trilogy #1) by L.K. Kuhl  (2/18/2016)
Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey  (2/22/2016)
How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2) by Emily McKay  (2/22/2016)

The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (2/23/2016)
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury  (2/23/2016)
After the Woods by Kim Savage  (2/23/2016)

Bryce (Scandalous Boys #1) by Natalie Decker  (2/23/2016)
Titans by Victoria Scott  (2/23/2016)
Chasing You (Love Wanted In Texas #5) by Kelly Elliott  (2/23/2016)

Soulless (Once Wicked Series #1) by Sarah J. Pepper  (2/23/2016)
A Hold on Me (Dark Heart #1) by Pat Esden  (2/23/2016)
Submission Specialist by Ada Scott  (2/26/2016)

Which one of these are you looking forward to?  Leave a comment!
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