Release Day Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 4th 2016
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Baseball shouldn’t be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase…he started out a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a God yet partied like a Devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my perfect world broke apart.

First loves were supposed to be flimsy and temperamental. They were supposed to burn bright and fade fast. They weren’t supposed to stick. They weren’t supposed to eat away at a man’s heart, his capacity for life.

This isn’t your typical sports romance. In fact, Moonshot isn’t even your typical romance – it’s a perfect blend of first loves, a second chance romance, suspense, mystery, and most especially, baseball. If you’re looking for something different in a book, but would still make a perfect summer read, Moonshot is it. It’s addicting, intense, exciting – I literally couldn’t put it down from the second I picked it up. Nothing in this book was predictable, and I was glued to Ty and Chase’s story from the very start.

There were supposed to be moments where you could divert, could pick new paths that would lead back to success. But in this, there was only one path, a giant vacuum that sucked me in, the end hitting my heart with a resounding thud that shook everything, down to my soul. I love him. Still. More.

Ty Rollins has been a ball girl ever since her mother died when she was seven and she had to go live with her baseball star father. She grew to love baseball over the years, and now at seventeen, there’s nowhere she’d rather be than in the Yankee’s stadium. Ty’s love for the sport is visceral and comes so clearly off the pages – it nearly made ME love baseball, and I know next to nothing about it. However, Ty has still lived a somewhat sheltered life protected by her loving father, and she’s a little naive and innocent when it comes to boys – men. But from the second Chase Stern transfers to the Yankees, there’s no one else Ty can see – but luckily, Chase feels the same way.

A player on and off the field, Chase is everything an almost-eighteen-year-old girl should stay away from. Add in the fact that his teammate is her father, and Ty is the very definition of off-limits. But it’s love at first sight for Chase, and there’s nothing he won’t give up for Ty, including other women and drugs. Soon enough, they’re sneaking away in the dark for time alone to talk and touch, allowing their love to bloom and grow… and you know these two are IT for each other. They know each other inside and out – their love and chemistry made my heart sing and flutter.

But despite how much Chase and Ty are meant to be, fate isn’t on their side, and their first love ends in heartbreak. Their time wasn’t then, but four years later, it seems like their time is now. They are just as forbidden to each other as they once were, but the stakes are so much higher this time, because they know what it’s like to lose one another. Can they finally have the open love and relationship they want? Or will the sinister things that have been happening around them catch up with them?

As a teenager, he had corrupted me. As a woman, he had ruined me.

I have to mention that this is one of the few second chance romances where I wholeheartedly loved what happened during the separation. Usually, the hero turns into a manwhore again and sleeps with every woman he encounters, but this amazingly didn’t happen in Moonshot. Ty and Chase’s separation only made them love each other more, and I was so, so happy the author chose to write their story this way.

Certain loves can’t be fought. The harder you tried, the harder you would be knocked back, over and over again, until it beat you into submission, until your heart caved and body surrendered. Love like that didn’t know the rules of society; it didn’t care about life mistakes. It only knew what must be, and what would happen—no matter what.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It’s a one-of-a-kind read, unforgettable and unputdownable. Alessandra Torre continues to prove over and over what a remarkable writer she is, and Moonshot only solidifies how I’ll pretty much read anything by her. Not only does her writing improve with every book she releases, but the versatile way she writes in different genres with different feels in incredibly impressive. No book of hers is like her others – but she writes her suspense and mystery just as jaw-dropping as ever. She had me hooked onto not only Ty and Chase’s forbidden love, but also the mystery seamlessly woven into the novel. I highly, highly recommend this book – if you’re a fan of the author, you already know what a fantastic writer she is, and if you haven’t read her yet, this is the perfect place to start!

4 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Tight by Alessandra Torre Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Sex Love Repeat: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Tight: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Hollywood Dirt: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Love, Chloe: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Release Day Review: Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 14th 2016
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walked her dog and mixed her smoothies. Tried to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

I wanted what every New York girl wanted. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

It turned out … I’d have to fight for all of it.

I originally read Chloe’s story as part of the Bedroom Blog over on Cosmo, so when I heard that Alessandra Torre would be making it a full-length novel, I was excited! I adored Chloe in the serial, and I adored her even more in Love, Chloe. If you’ve read the serial, most of this full-length novel is the same, just put together in a more cohesive way. If you haven’t read the serial, Love, Chloe is a fun and flirty read that is endlessly entertaining. It reads more like a chick-lit novel than a contemporary romance and focuses on Chloe’s journey more than anything. If you’re looking for a book that’s funny, light-hearted, yet meaningful, I highly recommend Love, Chloe!

I’d spent my whole life trying to impress people. Maybe that was the start of my fall, the last two decades one plush float into the depths of shallow, insecure, hell.
All I know is that when I hit the bottom, I hit hard.

Chloe Madison used to be at the top of the world, a spoiled socialite with more money than she needed. But when she finds out all that money her family has is dirty money stolen by her parents from other people, she becomes homeless and bankrupt. Desperate for money to pay for her NYU tuition to get her diploma, she finds a job as an assistant to Nicole, a condom heiress. But it turns out assistant is basically another word for dog sitter – and Chloe’s pride and ego could not get any lower at this point.

The Chloe of the working class struggles, and struggles hard. In between working for the slave driver Nicole, saving money to afford rent to her new apartment, and staying away from an ex who broke her heart and won’t leave her alone, Chloe experiences a new sort of life where she has to work for what she’s got, and work even harder to keep it. I loved this growth and development to her character – Chloe isn’t without flaws, but she’s a relatable sort of heroine, and you can’t help but connect with her and cheer her on in her journey of self-discovery.

There’s also a bit of romance going on for Chloe – and thankfully it’s not with the ex who cheated on her. Vic was a part of Chloe’s world pre-bankruptcy, and as tempting as it is for her to fall back into that rich, spoiled life with him, Chloe finds the strength in herself not to. On the way of finding herself, she also discovers the kind of man she deserves, and the super of her new apartment just might fit that bill…

I needed to embrace my relationship with Carter and stop being a wimp. Whether I’d told him so or not, I loved him. He made me realize how empty my old life had been. And in his eyes, I saw a future that I wanted more of, a future where I was a better person.
Wow. I might have just become a grown-up.

I really wish we could’ve gotten more of Carter and Chloe, because I adored them together! The story focused a bit too much on Vic and Chloe’s past, so I didn’t feel like we got to know Carter all that well, but I did enjoy the way their relationship developed. And I loved that even though there is romance, Love, Chloe is still very much Chloe’s story, a journey of self-discovery, friendships, financial struggles, and so much more. Alessandra Torre did a fantastic job balancing the hardships of life along with the fairy tale of love, and I couldn’t be more proud of how Chloe is by the end of the novel.

I seriously enjoyed this book. It’s fast-paced, endearing, and so much fun to read. Chloe’s heart-warming story of self-discovery is definitely a must-read!

4 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Tight by Alessandra Torre Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre 

Black Lies: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Sex Love Repeat: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Tight: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Hollywood Dirt: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Moonshot: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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Early Review: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: September 7th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

A Hollywood Superstar. A Small Town Girl. Opposites shouldn’t always attract.

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

THIS is how contemporary romance is done. Hollywood Dirt is just… SO. GOOD. It’s a bit slow in the beginning, but once it picked up the pace, I couldn’t stop reading. I finished this book with a smile on my face – actually, I had a smile on my face practically the whole time I was reading. Hollywood Dirt is an exceptionally well-told enemies-to-lovers, Hollywood romance. I just couldn’t get enough of Cole and Summer – I became so fully invested in their story. It’s a Hollywood romance – famous boy meets not-so-famous girl – but the way Alessandra Torre delivered the romance made it so much more than the cliché it could’ve been.

Hollywood Dirt is pure contemporary romance, which means it’s very different from Alessandra Torre’s previous books. It’s not dark, it’s not twisty, it’s not a WTF book… it’s very much a feel-good, enemies-to-lovers, contemporary romance with some Hollywood thrown in. So if you’re a fan of the author’s other books, this won’t be what you’re used to, but I highly, HIGHLY recommend you give it a try.

Cole Masten used to be one half of Hollywood’s “It” couple, but after catching his wife cheating on him and being handed divorce papers, life’s not going so good for him. He tries to lose himself in women, but it doesn’t work. The only thing that can keep his mind off the mess his life has become is his newest project, The Fortune Bottle, which is just so happens to be set in a small Southern town named Quincy.

I hated that man; he was an asshole unlike I’d ever known. Why God deemed to gift men like him with looks like that was beyond me. Or maybe looks like that shaped men into assholes like him.

Summer Jenkins lives in Quincy, and she’s just waiting for the day she can save enough money to get out and away from all the townspeople that have ostracized her after a prank she pulled. The last thing she expects is the ticket to her way out to be in the form of Hollywood hot-shot Cole Masten. Summer used to fantasize about the movie star, but reality of him? It turns out Cole is just an arrogant, rude, and conceited prick. A good-looking prick, but a prick nonetheless. Summer is less than impressed with Cole (understatement) but she puts on a nice face because she’s Southern and also because she wants a job with the movie that can pay her some money. But somehow, she ends up with the leading female role of The Fortune Bottle.

What ensues is an amazing enemies-to-lovers romance that I couldn’t get enough of. Summer HATES Cole, Cole does everything he can to spark Summer’s ire, they get on each other’s last nerves – the banter between them was just incredible to experience. I felt like I was THERE watching the two of them go at it. These two characters were what sucked me into this book. And, of course, underneath all the glares and the snarky comments, is the underlying chemistry that the two of them can’t seem to shake off. They want each other so bad, but how can a relationship be when they’re from such different worlds?

“Summer. Look at me.”
I did. It was hard not to, when he was that close. And God, he was gorgeous. So much so that it hurt, like staring at the sun, the pull of attraction so sharp and dangerous that it physically hurt my heart. It was staring at something you could never have but desperately wanted, despite any danger that accompanied the attraction.

I adored Summer, I really did. She’s no demure Southern woman – she gives as good as she gets with Cole, and I loved her for that. I also loved how determined she was to do what she had to do in order to get out of a town that doesn’t deserve her incredible heart. Cole took a little more time for me to warm up to. He’s just so… arrogant and rude to Summer in the beginning. I mean, yes, he just found out he wife was cheating on him, and he’s COLE MASTEN, but he’s definitely not a likable guy. But this was just in the beginning – pretty soon, I fell so hard for this man. The way he feels about Summer, the way he can’t stop thinking about her, the way he banters with her because he wants to see the incredible woman he knows she is… how could I not fall for him?

This was not a rebound, this was not infatuation, this was the end of his life as he knew it, and the realization hit that even if she didn’t want him, he would never ever find another woman like her, he would never get over her.

I remember the precise moment I fell in love with Cole – it was when Summer gave him a pet rooster. A PET ROOSTER. Oh my god, I couldn’t stop laughing at Cole and the way he was with Cocky (yes, he names his rooster Cocky). My favorite part of Hollywood Dirt (besides the awesome hate/love between the main characters) is definitely COCKY. This awesome rooster that Cole ends up loving so much. THAT was when I fell for this ridiculous man. And my love for him only kept growing when he started falling for the woman he was meant to be with.

They say that love is finding your soul’s match in another. I found my match. I found him, let him wrestle me to the ground, and then turned around and made him mine.

I applaud the author for her exquisite writing and fantastic storytelling. This enemies-to-lovers romance is nearly flawless – it’s fun, sexy, and so heartwarming that you’ll want to clutch at your heart by the time you’re done. Seriously, this is a wonderful book you don’t want to miss out on. If you’re a fan of contemporary romances, Hollywood Dirt is a MUST READ!

4.5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Tight by Alessandra Torre  

Black Lies: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Sex Love Repeat: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Tight: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Love, Chloe: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Moonshot: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre

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Happy Release Day to A.R. Torre – Do Not Disturb is live!

Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre

Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre 
Series: Deanna Madden #2 (full reading order below)
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Erotic Suspense
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Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

My rules:

1. Don’t leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don’t kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.

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Reading Order: Deanna Madden series

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre

#1 ~ The Girl in 6E: EbookHardcover • PaperbackGoodreads
#2 ~ Do Not Disturb: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ If You Dare: Ebook • Goodreads (Nov. 10, 2015)

about the author

Alessandra TorreA New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written nine novels, four of which became #1 Erotic Bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, became a breakout hit, rising to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for her erotic thriller The Girl in 6E.

From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

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Release Day Review: Tight by Alessandra Torre

Tight by Alessandra Torre

Tight by Alessandra Torre
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: February 7th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t got laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

The word ‘tight’ has twenty-two definitions, but my favorite is Webster’s fifth – “a bond which cannot be broken.”

Oh. My. God!!! What a book! I stayed up all night reading Tight. It was surprising how fast I devoured this book – I honestly couldn’t put it down!

This is the first book I’ve read from Alessandra Torre, which I am totally ashamed about – I wish I read some of her books earlier because her writing rocks! Apparently Tight is a bit different than her previous books, but from what I’ve read, it was freaking awesome already. The storyline was one giant mindfuck, and I loved it. Tight is a deeply romantic book about strength and survival – it takes you on one wild ride from start to finish. I nearly couldn’t keep up with this book!

The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

So… who the hell is her??? I had my suspicions about who ‘her’ was, but this book still kept me on the edge of my toes, kept me wondering and guessing. I’m still thinking about this book days later – Tight is definitely the kind of book that stays with you!

Our heroine, Riley, is a small-town girl from Florida. She’s a happy girl, content with her life, but everything changes when she meets Brett while on a trip for her friend’s bachelorette party. Brett is handsome, sexy, rich, and enigmatic – she knows pretty much nothing about him except how much he wants her and she wants him. What begins as a one-night-stand turns into so much more as Riley and Brett can’t keep their thoughts away from each other and decide to pursue an actual relationship. It’s a warm, blooming romance between these two as they fall in love – Brett spoils Riley and takes her on exotic trips. He’s pretty much the perfect guy… except he has some secrets.

Though Tight is told mostly in Riley’s POV, we also have the occasional chapter in Brett’s POV as well as the mysterious ‘her’ from the blurb. I don’t want to tell you more because it’s best to go in blind. Just know that nothing in this book is expected – my mind was going all over the place, trying to think up answers to all my questions about the story and the characters.

I applaud Alessandra Torre for her masterful storytelling. It was brilliant and wonderfully executed, and I was also a HUGE fan of the writing. Ms. Torre nails the suspense in this one – I read Tight in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down! As I was nearing the climax of the book, my heart was pounding and I was nearly breathless. The ending was flawless and utterly satisfying. I highly recommend this book!

The only reason why I can’t give a full 5 hearts is because of how I didn’t connect with Riley or Brett. I liked them well enough, and I loved the story, but they just didn’t have that spark that would make me love a character. Still, I was too wrapped up in the story to mind too much.

If you’re a fan of books that perfectly balance romance and gripping, nail-biting suspense, Tight is for you!

4.5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre  

Black Lies: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Sex Love Repeat: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Hollywood Dirt: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Love, Chloe: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Moonshot: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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