I suck, I know!

I don’t know how many times I’ve promised to become better at this blogging thing. Life just keeps getting in the way.

If you’ve been following this blog and me for a while, you know that I have mental health issues. Basically, life is a rollercoaster. And not one of those fun ones where you laugh and scream, but one of those where you sit there hoping for the ride to be fucking over because you can’t stop screaming, crying and throwing up. You’re terrified. And the ride just won’t stop.

So, while I really do want to blog, I just can’t seem to find the time to actually read books while on that rollercoaster, juggling school, private life, social life and trying to maintain my health. Changing this blog into something else has been on my mind for a while now. I love a lot of things apart from books, such as fashion, tv shows and interior decorating. I don’t know if you guys would be up to reading any of that but at least then maybe I’d be able to actually post something.

While I’m sat here writing this post, listening to Christmas music, I should really be working on my field study presentation, or my bachelors essay or anything school related basically. I’m a busy gal who most of the time just wants to stay in bed and cry the day away. I’m trying to find that life spark again, but it’s damn hard. Sometimes I feel like just giving up.

Let me know what you guys would be up to! And know that I do appreciate the few of you who still visit this blog.

xx Kayla

PS. What’s the weather like where you are? It’s snowing like crazy here and has been since Sunday.

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COVER REVEAL: Bad at love by Karina Halle

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Bad at Love by Karina Halle
Release Date: November 16th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is coming November 16th!!!

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She’s bad at love, but he’s even worse…

Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She’s hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn’t a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.

Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be his girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.

There’s only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing– they’ll date each other. On paper, it’s the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.

They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.

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Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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ARC REVIEW: Maverick by Karina Halle

img_4037Original title: Maverick
Year published: 2017
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages:
First sentence: Fuck.”

 Plot: Forget playing it safe.

John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.

When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.

That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.

With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.

But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.

 

My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard to put the feelings I felt when reading this book in to actual words. Karina described as not as angsty as some of her other books. This was supposed to be lighter, easier, not as much heartbreak and suffering. That was a fucking lie. This book starts out with a fucking heartbreak. Then it does gets easier and you get to enjoy all the superhot sex scenes and all that jazz. Until there’s fucking heartbreak again. Like, I wanted to die, that kind of heartbreak. I was not okay because nothing about that scene was okay, neither were the ones after. I just need you to prepare to get your heart broken because I wasn’t prepared and now I’m sat here writing this like a mess.

I loved the characters in this book and it makes me sad that I haven’t read the previous book in the series, Wild Card, because even though these can totally be red as standalones you kind of miss some stuff because the characters in the books are all connected. Maybe I’ll read it later, who knows. The most important characters are of course Maverick and Riley and I’m not sure what to say about these characters, you kind of have to get to know them yourself, they’re kind of complex. Both of them have a sad/messy past and it just adds so much to who they are. I’ll just say that they are made for each other, like for real.

The book is out now, where you usually buy books and you should really buy this one, and drown in it, like I did. The next book, Hot Shot, is about Maverick’s brother Fox and it will be out in January!

 

FIVE FUCKING STARS!

COVER REVEAL: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

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I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.

Right?

Wrong.


 

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•Kobo: to come but the link should be live monday:  bit.ly/BIEMY-KOBO
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•Paperback: to come a week after release

 

Black Hearts by Karina Halle (Sins Duet #1)

bh-3d-book-1-1Orginal title: Black Hearts
Year published: 2017
Published by: MetalBlonde
Number of pages: 295
First sentence: “Once upon a time, a troubled young con artist fell in love with her mark, the drug lord with ties to the man who ruined her life.”

Plot: For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

 

My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin.

I LOVED this book. But then again I always love books that where written by this lady. I don’t understand how she does it. How she writes these characters you can relate to even if they’re drug lords or soccer players. How does she write these places in such a way that makes you feel like you’re there?

The only thing I can really tell you is that you are in for a ride with this one. This story is something else entirely and I love it. Vicente is just a bit too much to be true and Violet is just a young woman trying to figure her life out.

 

You guys need to read this book!

Cover reveal: Black Hearts by Karina Halle

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For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

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NOTE: Black Hearts is book one of the Sins Duet, with the sequel, Dirty Souls, releasing in March 2017.

These books can be read as a standalone – though they are a spinoff of the Sins & Needles and Dirty Angels trilogies, Black Hearts & Dirty Souls are set 20 years in the future and follow new characters. You do NOT need to read TAT or DA to enjoy or understand this duet.

 

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