Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley ~ Launch Day Blitz

“I know it’s fake but thank you, Ty. I never expected to have anything that nice and it is nice, no matter what. So thank you for giving it to me.”

He didn’t speak but his eyes changed, one of those changes I didn’t know, didn’t yet understand but this one was meaningful. They all were but this one was more meaningful than the rest.

A lot more.

And I couldn’t stop myself, his eyes so close, that look in them, my arms moved from around his shoulders, my hands framed his face, I leaned up and whispered, “Thank you.”
Then I pressed my lips to his.

View Ashley_Lady Luck_MM.jpg in slide showI meant to give him a soft kiss of gratitude. This was not to say I didn’t want to give him a long, hard, wet kiss of something else. And just what I wanted to give him and what that would lead to had also been filling my head space the last couple of days but that wasn’t where I intended to go just then. Not yet. Not with a house full of people downstairs waiting to eat fried chicken.

But when my mouth hit his, he didn’t give me the chance to give him a soft kiss of gratitude.

Instantly, his fingers slid up into my hair, cupping my head, and his mouth opened over mine making a demand.

Mine complied. His tongue spiked into my mouth and I liked the taste of it, I hadn’t had it in what seemed like a decade, I missed it and he tasted so fucking good my body pressed into his and not just because his arm around me grew super tight.

Then I was twisted, on my back in what was, I noted vaguely and was unbelievably happy for, a bed. His torso was on mine, his hips beside mine, his long, heavy leg moved to tangle with mine as his tongue moved in my mouth. I wrapped one arm around his back, one around his shoulders, my hand moving to cup the back of his head and hold him to me.

God, he couldn’t kiss. He could kiss.
LADY LUCK by Kristen Ashley (July 29, 2014; Forever Mass Market)
Is love in the cards? Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side...

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

About the author: 
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain, #3)

Publish Date: July 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback {p.528}
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Mountain #3
Source: Publisher
Lexie Berry, Ty Walker
Ty Walker was wrongly imprisoned and for the five years he was inside, he honed his plan so when he gets out, he has nothing but vengeance on his mind.

But then he walks straight to stylish, leggy, beautiful, goofy Lexie Berry and he suddenly has something else to think about. He knows within seconds he wants her and within days he can love her but with the filth that was flung at him clinging; he also knows he can’t have her.

Since birth, Lexie Berry has been Lady Luck’s favorite toy and because of that, Lexie is cautious. But within a day, she senses Ty is something special. With her luck, however, she can’t trust it. Then she finds out what was done to Ty and she’s willing to do anything to make it right.

Even what Ty will never forgive her for doing.

Ty clings to vengeance and Lexie goes all out to give him back the time he lost. But Ty is battling demons within and they’re up against dirty cops and criminals who will stop at nothing to sway Lady Luck against them. All Ty and Lexie have is hope Lady Luck will finally swing their way.
Overall this was a great read, but it was not without its flaws. The story-line kept me engaged because I wanted to know how it was all going to turn out. This small town in Colorado seemed to have a hate on for people with "color in them."

The constant vulgar way in which the male lead, Ty, and his friends referred to women grated on my nerves. I never understood why the female lead, Lexie, never seemed bother by this. Never once did she bat an eye at the terminology he continued to use whenever speaking about a woman.

The slang and run-on sentences tended to be a bit confusing. More than once I had to stop and slowly reread sentences out loud in an effort to make heads or tails of them. I know a lot of the horrible grammar was supposed to reflect how their usage of slang, but after a point it begins to be a bit too much. For the life of me, I cannot think of one person who talks like they did. It moved past the point of them using slang to the point of them appearing uneducated.

Other than that, I liked the characters. I became invested in their lives and the community. It's a series I hope to continue, but it does take some getting used to in regards to trying to muddle through all the slang.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In My Mailbox {173}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Half Price Books
The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male (Bluebonnet, #2)Everything for Us (The Bad Boys, #3)Seduced By Fire (Partners in Play, #1)Up to Me (The Bad Boys, #2)
Everything for Us by M. Leighton
Seduced by Fire by Tara Sue Me
Up to Me by M. Leighton

Books via Paperback Swap
Crave (Billionaire Bachelors Club, #1)
Crave by Monica Murphy

Books via Public Library Sale
BreathingA Brush with Death (A Penny Brannigan Mystery #2)Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Pretties (Uglies, #2)The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)Whiskey Beach
Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Pretties by Scott Westerfield
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Books via Target
Collide (Collide, #1)
Collide by Gail McHugh

Saturday, July 19, 2014

In My Mailbox {172}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Barnes & Noble
Lick (Stage Dive, #1)
Lick by Kylie Scott
Books via Dollar Tree
The Morganville Vampires, Volume 2 (The Morganville Vampires, #3-4)Rescue
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Books via Half Price Books
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers, #1)A Beautiful Wedding (Beautiful, #3)Deceiving Lies (Forgiving Lies, #2)Red HillSharing You (Sharing You, #1)Slammed (Slammed, #1)Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire
Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams
Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
Sharing You by Molly McAdams
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
Books via Paperback Swap
Stormy Nights (Heroes of Silver Springs, #3)
Stormy Nights by Tonya Ramagos

Sunday, July 6, 2014

In My Mailbox {171}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Book Outlet
Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable, #1)Breathe (Breathe, #1)Just for Now (Sea Breeze, #4)Light (Gone, #6)Resist (Breathe, #2)Smart Girls Get What They WantSweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)Used to Be: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood; The Education of Hailey KendrickWhile It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)Zombie Blondes
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Just for Now by Abbi Glines
Light by Michael Grant
Resist by Sarah Crossan
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Used to Be by Eileen Cook
While It Lasts by Abbi Glines
Zombie Blondes by Brian James

Books via Goodreads Win
For the Longest Time (Harvest Cove, #1)
For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle

Books via Paperback Swap
No Reservations (Kate & Leah, #2)
No Reservations by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart

Books via Publisher
Boomerang by Noelle August
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

Books via Reader Service
Mr. Right Goes WrongNo Strings AttachedA Sword Upon The Rose (Scottish Medieval, #3)Wild Iris Ridge (Hope's Crossing, #7)
Mr. Right Goes Wrong by Pamela Morsi
No Strings Attached by Susan Andersen
A Sword Upon the Rose by Brenda Joyce
Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne
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