Review: Play On by Samantha Young + Giveaway


When I was asked if I'd like to be apart of the tour to promote a upcoming release by Samantha Young I didn't hesitate for a second. We all have our go-to authors. The ones you don't even need a synopsis for, just the information where you can pre-order. Samantha Young is one of those authors for me. Sadly, life and work didn't give me the time to give the type of in-depth review I wanted to post. That's why I've decided to host a giveaway!

Click here to read an excerpt of Play On.


Release Date: September 12, 2017
Series: Play On
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The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and Hero returns to Scotland in this passionate and evocative romance about love, loss, and surviving both.

Nora O'Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She's avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it's not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He's determined to be at war with her.

And she has absolutely no idea why.

As with all of Samantha’s books I was hooked from the beginning. It’s more than a romance which is what I know I'll get with any of her books full of so many memorable moments with real characters and the problems that shape them and make you become invested.

Nora reminds me of a lot of Samantha Young's female characters from previous books. One of the reasons is because she’s a strong and resilient young woman trying to find herself.

Aiden is just the type of Scotsman I've come to know and fell in love with from the On the Dublin Street series. A strong and complicated man who knows what he wants.

Play On is a beautifully emotional story that will keep you enthralled. It will break your heart and put it back together.




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Excerpt: Play On by Samantha Young



The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and Hero returns to Scotland in this passionate and evocative romance about love, loss, and surviving both.

Nora O'Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She's avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it's not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He's determined to be at war with her.

And she has absolutely no idea why.


…that night as I tried to sleep, I couldn’t for worrying about how vulnerable I really had made myself to a man I didn’t really know. When I was with him, those fears drifted away, but being alone and having time to think about it brought them all back.
And yet … there wasn’t only the fear. There was relief.
Relief I never expected to feel.
I’d spewed out all the ugliness I’d ever committed and he didn’t run away. He held me and comforted me and looked at me like I wasn’t a bad person after all.
My attachment to him was deepening, as my attachment to Sylvie had. And that, I knew, was incredibly dangerous. Just as my attachment to the kids at the hospital, some of whom were terminal. Spending time with them was, at best, an act of kindness, at worst, an act of self-flagellation.
But to let myself fall for Aidan Lennox when he himself was at his most vulnerable was masochistic. He was a man with a huge life beyond me, and as soon as he stopped feeling so haunted, so alone, surely little Nora O’Brien from Nowhere, Indiana, would be left behind.
As if my thoughts had conjured him, the door to the shop opened, drawing me up off the counter. My heart beat faster as Aidan walked in. He closed the door behind him and stared across the shop at me.
And I knew that my self-flagellation wasn’t over.
I couldn’t run away from him.
I didn’t want to.
Drawn to him in a way I couldn’t explain, I walked slowly toward him, and he to me. We met in the middle of the shop. As soon as I was within touching distance, he put his hand on my waist to draw me even closer. My breath caught as our eyes locked and it took me a second or two to find the ability to ask, “What are you doing here?”
“I wanted to see you. Make sure you’re okay.”
I rested my hand on his arm, the one that held me close, and nodded. “I think so.”
He frowned, reaching up with his free hand to brush his thumb over my cheek in that way that made my knees tremble. “I couldn’t sleep last night for worrying about you.”
And I saw it. What I’d been trying so hard not to see.
I saw that he wanted me … like I wanted him.
I was at war with myself, thinking he should probably leave but wanting him to stay. More than anything I didn’t want to hurt him. Again.
However, maybe friendship was the key. We could be there for each other without turning it into something that would be incredibly painful when it was inevitably over. Friendship, I could survive. We both could.
“Aidan, I—”
“Ah, good the shop isn’t on fire.” My boss’s voice broke the moment as she strode in.
Aidan’s eyebrows were drawn together, as if he knew I was in a battle with myself and the side he wanted to lose was winning.
“Oh, hello.” Leah stopped beside us and I gently extricated myself from Aidan’s grasp. I scowled when I saw my boss’s eyes running over him hungrily. I felt sorry for her fiancé. “I’m Nora’s boss—Leah.” She held out a hand, grinning flirtatiously. “Are you the man with the delicious voice from the other week there?”
Aidan shot me a scowl. “No, I’m not.”
Thank you, Leah. “That was Roddy.” I looked up at Aidan. “Jim’s best friend.”
Before he could react, Leah gave a huff of laughter. “Who knew you were hiding all these gorgeous men, Nora.” She wagged her finger at me like I’d been naughty and then turned back to Aidan. “I didn’t quite catch your name.”
“Aidan.” He gave her a curt nod and stepped back, his eyes falling on me. “This isn’t over, Pixie.”
His determined expression froze me in place as I continued to fight with myself and what I wanted. Because I swear to God, every time that man called me Pixie, I wanted to show him just how naughty I could be.





Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart's Boardwalk series, was published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha's debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.



Cover Reveal: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


The first time I heard about The Thousandth Floor was when it was announced that Greg Berlanti and "Witches of East End" creator Maggie Friedman are adapting the upcoming book series for ABC. It was described as a futuristic year 2118-set drama that takes place in a thousand-story supertower on Manhattan's Upper East Side where a young woman's fall from the 1,000th floor ignites a scandal that ensnares the top-floor elite and the bottom-floor drones. It intrigued me right away and now the cover has finally been revealed.






New York City as you've never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole's flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson's beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers's job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he's hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….


The Thousandth Floor will be released August 30, 2016. If you don’t want to wait until then you can read the first four chapters right here!



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Review: The Anatomy of Jane by Amelia LeFay

The Anatomy of Jane by Amelia LeFay
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Amelia LeFay
Series: WJM
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Jane

I've always been on my own. My life used to consist of nothing but work, keeping Allen out of trouble, and if I had time, sleep. Then I became their maid.

Max

Every day more than half a million people tune in to watch my show. They trust me. I know it's because I’m the only son of the prominent Emerson family. However, I like to believe it because I'm honest no matter what story I report on. I'm honest about everything but the man I've been f**king for the last four years… and now her.

Wesley

First I want three things: First Maxwell Emerson and Jane Chapman both in my bed. Second, to be the best bloody chef in the country. Third, to figure out how to simultaneously get the first and second things I want without any of us getting hurt.

THREE PEOPLE.

ONE LOVE STORY….

I've never enjoyed any of the books that I've read involving a ménage à trois. It tends to be only about the steamy scenes with little to no story keeping it together. The only reason I thought I'd give it another chance is the author, Amelia LeFay, J.J. McAvoy's pen name. Black Rainbow, Sugar Baby Beautiful and That Thing Between Eli & Gwen are some of my favourite contemporary romances. If anyone can make me invested in a storyline involving a ménage à trois, it would be her or it's just not possible.

Apparently it's possible because I loved it.

The characters were very real to me. They each had a back story that make you understand who they are and the reasoning behind their actions.

I adore Jane. Everything that's happened to her could of made her so hard and heartless, but she's not. She's understandably pessimistic, hard-working, caring and very sassy.

I wasn't sure about Max in the beginning, but I grew to love him. He's rich, powerful and his cockiness was very repelling at first. Those moments of vulnerability that he shows and wouldn't want anyone to know existed and his story were what made me see past the cockiness to the point I like it now. My heart really softened towards him as the story progressed.

Wesley is cocky like Max, but in loveable way from the start. He moved across the world to be with Max, which would sound crazy if anyone else did it, but felt like typical Wesley to me even after knowing him for such a short time. He came across as a very passionate person who puts all of himself into everything he does.

I love this story and became so invested in it and its characters. The steamy scenes were amazing, but so was the story, which is what a lot of stories involving a ménage à trois lack. It was fast-paced, but never felt rushed. I could of read this book from start to finish at once, but wanted to prolong the inevitable end.

I'm very anxious to find out how the story continues.

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