REVIEW | The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller by Rio Youers

Title: THE FORGOTTEN GIRL

Author: RIO YOUERS

Released: 28TH MAY 2019 by TITAN BOOKS

TWs Graphic violence and body horror. Gore; On the page character death, parental death; Behavior and descriptive language akin to self harm, and references to such; Reference to suicide and suicidal ideation.

Genre: ADULT THRILLER | SCI-FI | HORROR


This was an awesome novel! It more than met my expectations and I truly enjoyed it. I’ve never read Youers before, but after this I’ll definitely be adding him to my list of authors to watch! I am so glad I was able to pick this up.

The plot was so interesting and unique. I can’t say I’ve ever read anything quite like this. There is so much life, and death, in The Forgotten Girl. I found myself thinking about this story even when I wasn’t reading, and there were several times I kicked myself for not bringing it along with me to read in my downtime.

The characters were so real and the writing actually made me feel I was in the room with them dodging bullets and engaging in high speed car chases! Even the secondary characters were so well written and captivating.

It is such a page-turner and I urge you to pick this up as soon as possible! It will surprise you in the best way.


“She possesses a unique and powerful ability. Just like we can erase data from a computer hard drive, Sally can erase memories from a person’s mind.”

Abducted and brutally beaten by a group of thugs, street performer Harvey Anderson is convinced he’s a victim of mistaken identity when they demand to know the location of his girlfriend, Sally Starling. Harvey Anderson has been single for years. 

She dominated my dreams. Sometimes as a lover, more often as a scared, lonely girl running from something that slathered and swooped. I woke with her name on my lips, clutching the empty half of the bed, knowing beyond all doubt that she should have been next to me. 

Aided by his thugs, a sinister man known as “the spider” has tracked Sally to Harvey. He has pursued her for nine years, desperate to possess her remarkable talents. Yet emotion runs deeper than memory, and so Harvey goes looking for a woman he loves but can’t remember, and encounters a danger beyond anything he could ever imagine.


Thank you so much to Lydia Gittens at Titan Books for the review copy!

COVER REVEAL | On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

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You guys, I am IN LOVE with this stunning cover! Of course, all of Kandi’s book covers have been perfect, so this is just another beauty of a thing. Scroll down to see it in all its glory!

On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing date: June 13, 2019

Cover Designer: Kandi Steiner

Photographer: Lauren Perry of Perrywinkle

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Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.

And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.

He’s trouble.

Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.

No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.

He sees me—the real me.

The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.

I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.

Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.

Everyone said Noah Becker was nothing but trouble.

If only I had listened.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

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Coming June 13, 2019 to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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About Kandi:

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Legacy (PSU #4) by Kandi Steiner

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Legacy: Palm South University Season 4 by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: July 26, 2018
Genre: New Adult

Welcome to my stop on the Legacy Release Blitz tour! This is hosted by Social Butterfly PR, which is a wonderful PR biz to work with 😊 I was supposed to post a review today, but got the ARC late due to some technical issues. I’m nearly finished, but won’t be in time to review it for this post, so review to come!! What I will tell you, though, is you’re gonna love it!! It’s so freaking amazing so far. If you know about Kandi Steiner, you know she loves to break and then remake your heart. I must love pain because she’s one of my favourite authors… also, Legacy happens during the same semester as Black Number Four, so I’m reading them together for a fully immersive reading experience. It’s phenomenal!!! So much shock and drama happening!! You’ll LOVE it.

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Synopsis: Written like your favorite drama television show, the Palm South University series has been called “a mix of Greek meets Gossip Girl with a dash of Friends.” Follow seven college students as they maneuver unrequited love, teacher/student romance, the tangles of “no strings” relationships, love triangles and more. Each “season” has six “episodes,” and just like when your favorite show hits Netflix, you can read just one episode at a time or binge the entire thing. With the perfect mix of angst, emotional romance, and romantic comedy, the Palm South University series is your next guilty addiction.

Drama. Lies. Sex.

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.

Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen. .

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About the Author:

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

CONNECT WITH KANDI:

➜ NEWSLETTER: bit.ly/NewsletterKS

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Kandi Steiner may be coming to a city near you! Check out her “events” tab to see all the signings she’s attending in the near future:

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Wasted Words by Staci Hart

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Title: Wasted Words
AUTHOR: Staci Hart

RELEASED: 14 May 2016

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
MY THOUGHTS: Tyler is amazing! I absolutely love hot men who are down-to-earth and so sweet! He really has everything going for him and absolutely no reason to make friends with someone so different to him as Cam, but for moving into the spare room of her apartment.
Cam is a sorter – meaning she categorizes people and assigns them to particular shelves, then loves to matchmake her friends and customers of Wasted Words – the bookshop bar where she works. She never saw Tyler coming, which is so cute!
They’re such a great match, and the story they tell is so adorable! I love that they are so into each other and so oblivious to how the other feels. I was rooting for them from the beginning and hoping that Cam would get out of her own way, but I totally get that she was afraid of getting burned again.

Wasted Words is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance, whiskey, and bookshop bars.

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Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

Review

I adore ALL this authors books, but this one is my most FAV! 5 star read! – Angie’s Dreamy Reads

Cam and Tyler’s story is like looking in a mirror and seeing your own truths. Beautiful, romantic, and as always, hilarious. Staci Hart must keep writing forever, because I’m always awaiting her next read. 5 stars! – Brittainy C. Cherry

It’s perfection. If Jane Austen were alive, she’d agree. – USA Today Bestselling Author Lex Martin

Hart’s storytelling is like sitting across from your best friend and watching her share some experience she’s had. You know what I mean – she’s waving her hands, her eyes wide, her body language pulling you in and has you begging – BEGGING! – for the next word. – Adriana Locke

Staci Hart is the queen of romantic comedy. Wasted Words will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love with its uncommon freshness in a genre suffering from “same old same”. With a little Jane Austen flair and a lot of heart, this book is easily one of my top reads of 2016. – Author Kandi Steiner

Lovers of Staci Hart (and Jane Austen, for that matter) will have a major swoon-fest over Cam and Tyler in Wasted Words. Their personalities absolutely leap off the page with realism, thanks to Hart’s adept hand at characterization and dialogue, and you’ll find yourself unable to put this book down once you start it. – Author Karla Sorensen

Wasted Words is sensational. Together Cam and Tyler are stunning. So perfect. Just everything. I want to burn with them, burn in their fire, because burning together is pure bliss. – Bookalicious Babes

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Top 10 Tuesday – Best Books of the First Half of 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks prompt is Best Reads of 2018 (So Far)! We’re already more than halfway through 2018, and I still feel like it’s March…. It’s actually crazy how quickly time has flown by this year. And so much has happened! I finally got my Irish Residency in March, started a business in the same week, applied for my driver’s test (which is strange considering I’ve been driving since 2010…), and moved my blog to WordPress! I’ve also started 2 new jobs (dog training assistant and off licence clerk), so I’m very busy. I always make time to read, though! Which finally brings me to this weeks topic. Best reads…oh, what a hard decision… Fine, I’ll limit myself to only books that have been released already.

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1. Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
Everyone who knows me or has had even half a conversation with me knows this has been my most favourite novel of the year! I absolutely LOVED this book, so go read it as soon as you can! I struggled for months to get the ARC and ended up getting one personalised, plus a personalised finished hardcopy and signed Owlcrate edition. So, I love life. I reviewed it here

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2. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
What a dark beauty of a book… The contents are creepily satisfying and appeal to my love of spooky mysteries and hauntingly brilliant writing. Will be likely to reread during the Halloween season… I reviewed it here

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3. LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff
This was one of the BEST Sci-Fi’s I’ve read – EVER! It’s hands down amazing and I cannot wait to read book 2! I reviewed it here

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4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

What a hell of a murder mystery! I love these crime thrillers that f*ck with my head… You DEFINITELY need to pick this up and just try to figure it out before Turton ties it all up. I reviewed it here

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5. Fat Girl on a Plane – Kelly deVos

Such a body positive novel. Well, mostly, I guess? There are some issues throughout the book, and some TW, but I felt the majority of the novel made up for it. I enjoyed it, anyway, and reviewed it here

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6. Wasted Words – Staci Hart

I have loved Staci Hart for years.. She is an amazing novelist and puts SO much into her writing! This was one that KILLED me.. I kinda love some Friends to Lovers novels…

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7. What He Doesn’t Know – Kandi Steiner

This duology killed me so many times… Wahhhhh – These types of novels really make me sad and complete me at the same time! Check Kandi out! She’s a phenomenal author..

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8. Tristan – Karla Sorensen

The Bachelors of the Ridge series was brilliant! Tristan was a slowburn romance that was well worth waiting for… Karla is a master of romance!

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9. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Inej FOREVER! Kaz is cool, too, I guess? bahahahh Looking forward to Crooked Kingdom! I ended up getting the duology set with sprayed pages and I love it!

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10. Furyborn – Claire Legrand

I loved so much of this novel… Especially the bounty hunter babe, Eliana! I reviewed that here


Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday – Independence Edition

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks prompt was to choose books with red, white, and blue covers in line with the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Now, while I AM American, I’m not super keen on what’s happening in the good ole US of A lately, so I’m changing mine a little. I live in Ireland now, so I’ll be highlighting books with green, white, and orange covers! And celebrating the independence of Ireland while I’m at it!!

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1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone I know who has read this is in love with it, so I really need to pick it up soon!

2. The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi
Ever since I saw the cover reveal, I knew I needed this. The synopsis sounds awesome, and Chokshi is a queen!

3. Contagion – Erin Bowman
This is just a really cool cover. The description sounds like Illuminae meets Roanoke

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4. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince has been in my possession since it released… Still not sure why I haven’t read it, yet.

5. Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

Set in Ireland, and a pretty cover! I’ve heard good things about this so far.

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6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

Heard loads of things about this one! Looking forward to it…eventually.

7. Circe – Madeline Miller

Another that’s been in my possession since release! I love this cover, and the stamped hidden cover.

8. The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas

Just caught my eye, and has been on my Goodreads TBR for ages.

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9. The Gunslinger – Stephen King

I saw the movie! I know, I know….read the book first, but I wasn’t aware of the book before then.. It was really good, though!

10. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

I love John Green. Must I say more?


Did any catch your eye? Or have you already read some of these? Let me know in the comments!

BLOG TOUR: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

Welcome to my stop on the Disgrace blog tour! I’m so excited for you to read this book because I loved it!

Disgrace broke me, shattered to my core, and then slowly put me back together. This had been one of the best contemporary romance novels I’ve read in such a long time. Grace was an amazing heroine in search of herself and her strengths. Jackson is the town’s monster, but maybe they’ve painted him with the wrong brush? They overcome so many issues and go through so much heartbreak throughout this novel. The character development was amazing and the relationships so touching. Yeah, this is the part where I cry, too. A few times 💔💔💔

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Disgrace, an all-new romantic and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Excerpt:

Jackson

“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.

“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”

“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”

“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

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