Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision Book Review and Giveaway

I joined my 2nd ever blog tour and I’m so excited. This one is also by an author that I’d never heard of. But when I learned she wrote new adult romance, I signed up right away. Plus, there’s a giveaway you book babes, so scroll down to the end and enter to win before you leave!

Before I link the cover, there’s a book trailer I wanted to share. I know. A book trailer. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing!

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Doesn’t it sound good? It was. But before I get too ahead of myself, here’s a little more information.

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Now and Again

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Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor.

All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes.

Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding?

There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation.

Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try.

And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams.

Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface.

And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.

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The first thing I loved about this book was the voice. Sometimes I feel like the new adult book community may not care about excellent voice if the sex is hot or whatever, but I do appreciate a nice writing voice. I believed I was reading Em and Cole.

Another thing that was WAY DIFFERENT from the new adult books that I normally read, was that this book is cute and fairly clean. I’m used to reading (and loving) some fairly raunchy stuff so I was really not sure how much I’d like this, being in the new adult genre but being so clean. Well, it didn’t affect the story one bit. I really liked it. And the lack of dirty smut (haha) didn’t take away from anything.

I also really liked the dual perspectives told in the story. I’ve always been a fan of that story telling technique, so I really felt like it added something to the narrative.

I read some reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and saw that other bloggers had the same thoughts I did. I loved Cole. Loved the guy. Seriously. But sometimes I wanted to grab Em by the shoulders and shake the crap out of her for the way she was acting. I sympathize with that. But also, I liked it. Because sometimes in life, we act weird and we don’t always know why we do (or why people) do the things they do. Sometimes after traumatic events, we realize that it’s hard to let people in again. I think that Em and Cole’s issues and their reactions made the story believable. I mean, we do need some action, right?

Overall, I think that Jennifer Ellision is a fantastic writer and I would love to read more books from her. If she does write smut, I’d love to read that next. I know, I’m shameless.

I give this 4.5 (rounded to five) enthusiastic stars.

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About the Author

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Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Jennifer is the author of the YA fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea, as well as the New Adult contemporary novel, Now and Again.

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BUY LINKS

Now and Again is available at the following locations:

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Win a Prize

Jennifer and Pen & Muse have teamed up to run a giveaway. Here’s the easy entry form to win a copy of the  book or a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck babes!

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Currently Reading: The Game Plan (Game On #3)

I have been on this weird kick of bearded men lately and if you haven’t noticed, I feel like there are not that many bearded love interests in the new adult genre.

I was pumped to find The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan with some sexy, tattooed, beardy on the cover.

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The Game Plan

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A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

Game On.

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Let’s see how I like this.

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Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines

I’m on an Abbi Glines binge lately. I read the The Vincent Boys #1 (loved).

I just started The Vincent Boys #2 and I’m loving that. So I started looking at some of the other books she has written. Holy shit. She’s written a million books.

I came across Bad For You.

I feel like I’ve been seeing so many of these books lately. A good girl falls for a womanizing bad boy rocker.

I don’t know why but they just don’t do it for me. I love bands. I love bad boys. And for some reason I have zero interest in these books.

I haven’t read Bad For You. Has anyone out there read it? Did you like it? Wondering if it’s worth reading this Sea Breeze series to get there. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll break my own rule if it’s like, really really good or something.

Here’s the book in case you haven’t seen it.

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Innocence was never meant for the addictive…

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.

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Extended The Vincent Boys #1

Okay, so I posted the other day about The Vincent Boys and how wicked awesome this book is so far and SEXY.

Well, I was Googling this book even more (like a creep) and discovered another cover. I like this cover better actually BUT THEN I read small little words on it. EXTENDED AND UNCUT.

What.

I don’t even know if I will be able to handle this one. Must. Do. More. Research.

What’s the difference? Do ya’ll know?

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Alt Cover The Vincent Boys

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Currently Reading: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

I started a new book by Abbi Glines and it is SOOO good.

I haven’t really read much from her. I’ve read one another but it’s really good so far.

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Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….

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So far, the author is making it way to hard not to fall in love with the Vincent boys. I found a few graphics on the web and I thought I’d share them with you.

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Shame on ya’ll for not telling me about this book sooner! I don’t know if I can stand the heat!

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Sincerely Carter by Whitney G. Review

Oh man. I’ve found a fantastic new book. It’s weird because I hadn’t heard of it before yesterday and I read it in one sitting. It was fantastic. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so.

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Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

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There’s a ton of these promos that I found on Goodreads. I didn’t make this but I thought it was pretty awesome fan art. This one was made by Jennifer Kyle.

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I loved this book! It’s a quick, light, fun read. The author has done a fantastic job making you fall in love with both Arizona and with Carter. I suppose I should admit that I’m a tad impartial because I am a fan of friends-to-lovers stories if they are done well.

Also, Whitney G. is masterful at writing steamy scenes! They were extremely steamy and I thought she did a great job with the chemistry between the two.

This book was HILARIOUS. I loved the humor and the perfect way she was able to portray elementary school friendship, adult friendship, and love.

I give this 4.5 (rounded to five) enthusiastic stars.

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The Bad

I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily bad, but if you’re looking for something super deep, this isn’t it. Though I’m assuming you would know that from the genre and cover.

The only real complaint I had was the bloody blushing. Everyone blushed. Little girls. Adult women. Pretty much, if you had a vagina in this story, you were blushing. And that got kind of annoying. But in an entire book, if that’s my only complaint, I’d say you did a fantastic job.

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