Book Blitz – Falling for My Nemesis by Tia Souders

Falling For My Nemesis: A Sweet YA Romance
Tia Souders
(Sweet Water High, #6)
Publication date: June 11th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Spending time with my nemesis never felt so good.

Carson Brooks has been my enemy since the day he moved to town and tried to drown me in a rogue wave.

Not only are we enemies, but we’re not quiet about it either. We’re polar opposites. Where I’m a perfectionist and methodical in all things, he is carefree and the life of the party.

While Carson tries to trip me in the halls on a regular basis, I’m busy glaring holes through his disgustingly thick skull.

Oh, and did I mention I’m best friends with his little brother? Talk about inconvenient.

But it’s our senior year and my life is unraveling. My parents are at each other’s throats, I have yet to hear back about early admissions at the college of my choice, and I have no date to the Snowflake Ball. So, when Carson whacks me in the face with a basketball during gym class, I snap. I go for his throat–literally.

Now Sweet Water’s principal is giving us a choice: face suspension or find a way to work together on the holiday Angel Project.

Great. As if living in a warzone weren’t enough, now I have to spend time with the enemy.

But as tensions rise and we begin spending time together, I realize there’s more to Carson Brooks than his cocky exterior. Maybe I like him more than I thought. Maybe a little too much.

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A burst of laughter from center-court stole my attention. I glanced over to see Carson cackling with Olivia, a basketball casually hooked under his arm, looking as carefree as ever.

I rolled my eyes and turned back to Harper. Typical. Of course he would be fawning all over someone like her. He was probably going to the dance with either her or Tasha, one of Sweet Water’s MG’s. They might be popular and beautiful, but they earned their nickname as the school’s Mean Girls for a reason. I couldn’t imagine if I showed up dateless. No doubt Carson would relish the opportunity to rub my solo-status in my face.

I could picture it now, those crystal blue eyes glittering menacingly under the disco ball in the gym, his hair dark and rumpled. Couldn’t get a date, Shorty? he’d say, and then I’d punch him.

Ugh. Why was I even thinking about him?

I crossed my arms over my chest and mustered a smile. “No worries. I’m sure I’ll—”

My words cut off at the sound of someone yelling, “Heads up!”

But it was too late. I wasn’t fast enough. I was too wrapped up in my own personal crisis to react before the basketball smashed into my face—wham!

I doubled over, my hands flying to where the ball had torpedoed into my eye socket. The pain was sharp—blinding. It took my breath away. Several seconds ticked by before I managed to straighten and inhale, blinking a few times, eyes watering as I searched my surroundings with my good eye like a pirate.

My gaze narrowed, knife-sharp, zeroing in on my assailant. None other than Carson Brooks stood right in my line of vision, a smirk plastered across his perfectly symmetrical pretty-boy face.

I dropped my hand from my throbbing eye and Harper gasped beside me, covering her mouth, mumbling a muffled, “Oh my gosh.”

I gave her a cursory glance—she wasn’t helping—before I returned my focus back to the court where Carson began to laugh. Not a chuckle, but a bent over at the waist, full on belly roll.

And I snapped.

My hands balled at my side, while I stormed the eight feet separating us to his spot on the court, my eyes blazing, fists at the ready. I was a woman possessed as I closed the gap. All of my problems culminated in the single moment he lobbed the basketball into my face, and I was sure it was him. I had never been more certain of anything in my life. It was always him prodding me, poking me, pricking his needle-sharp jabs under my skin.

My face throbbed where he struck me with the ball, and as I neared, he laughed even harder. It took him but a minute to absorb the fury oozing from my pores, and his laughter faded, morphing into his signature smirk.

I didn’t think. I could only react, and before I knew what I was doing, before common sense could prevail, my slender fingers wrapped around his puny neck.

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abouttheauthor

Tia Souders is a city girl turned country. If life on a farm isn’t interesting enough, renovating a century home with her hubs has kept her on her toes. There’s nothing like discovering a fried squirrel in your furnace to make life fresh again.

She’s an unapologetic wine-loving, coffeeholic with a sweet tooth. In-between wrangling her two children and drinking copious amounts of coffee, she reads and writes stories that tug on your heartstrings.

Visit her at tiasouders.com and join her newsletter for sneak peeks and more!

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Book Review – The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner

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Hello lovelies and Happy Wednesday! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner, the first book in the Etherya’s Earth Series, which is a reimagining of the age-old Vampyre/Slayer saga. The rest of the books are all published so it’s totally binge-able if that’s your kind of thing. I’d binge if I could and I want… but I have quite a long list of book reviews to do. Anyway, I think you should try to stay away from any type of distractions — go on a mini reading vacation, send the hubby out with the boys, hire a weekend baby-sitter, or even call in sick from work (guilty of doing that in the past) before binging this series cause once you start, you will get sucked in…badly.

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Twilight sparked my love for reading and interest in anything paranormal/vampire related. I also think there’s something super sexy and exciting with forbidden love stories. So, when Rebecca Hefner emailed me and asked me to review The End of Hatred, I obviously said yes. The premise sounded really amazing, so I had a feeling I would really enjoy it. And, I absolutely did… more than I expected and I’m utterly and wholeheartedly in LOVE with this book/series. I have KU, so while I was reading, I downloaded the second book already. It was that GOOD!

Unfortunately, I did have to put finishing the series on hold since I had other reviews to do. BUT, I can’t lie… I’ve been constantly thinking about this book and I’m honestly beyond excited to continue.

So, let’s get to my review and hopefully by the end you’ll be tempted and intrigued enough to grab a copy for yourself.

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Published: November 18, 2018 by Rebecca Hefner

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Formats: Paperback 232 pages Kindle Edition, 330 pagesbuyonamazon

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These are dangerous times on Etherya’s Earth… 

Miranda, princess of the Slayers and heir to the throne, has hated the Vampyres for a thousand years. Since the Awakening, she has fought to protect her people choosing to be a warrior more than a royal. When a female Vampyre washes up on the shore of her compound’s riverbank, she seizes the moment to take the offensive.

Sathan, King of the Vampyres, distraught at his sister’s disappearance and captivity, agrees to travel with Miranda to resect the Blade of Pestilence, also hoping to change his people’s state of endless war. Although the woman hates him due to the constant raids on her compound for the Slayers’ life-giving blood, he can’t help but admire the stubborn and strong princess.

As their journey progresses, both begin to understand that they are aligned in their hatred of Crimeous, leader of the Deamons, as well as their hope for peace between the Slayers and Vampyres. Determined to fight their growing attraction, they forge a tentative truce. But old wounds run deep and trust is scarce. Their faith in each other must remain strong or all will be lost…

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A Deliciously Enticing and Satisfyingly Addictive Paranormal Romance

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I’m seriously so in love with this story and characters and just WOW! The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner is such a deliciously enticing and satisfyingly addictive paranormal romance about slayers, vampires, and demons. It absolutely captivated me from the very beginning and left me desperate for more in the end.

The Slayera Princess and the Vampyre King must learn to trust each other to fight a common enemy and restore peace between their people. As they journey to find the weapon that’ll defeat the leader of the Deamons, Crimeous, Miranda and Sathan find themselves not only on a similar path towards the same goal, but also undeniably attracted to each other. Will they be able to bring their people together to defeat Crimeous and eventually find a way to be together?

Hefner has a beautifully seductive way with words that I completely fell in love with this book. Her writing is effortlessly engaging and so utterly alluring. I was sucked in and I loved reading about all these supernatural beings and immortals. The world-building is simply outstanding and I thought the concept about Etherya’s Earth is creative, unique and undeniably intriguing. The plot is wickedly fun, dark, and mysterious. It’s fast-paced and so deliciously thrilling that I was literally holding my breath a few times. I thought the action, drama, humor, suspense, and romance were perfectly balanced creating a remarkably enjoyable reading experience. I honestly didn’t want to finish the story, but at the same time I was dying to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed the secrets, the betrayals, the angst, the heartbreak, and all the crazy twists and turns that made my heart race. The ending is heartwarming and fabulous in every way and I found myself smiling so much. There’s just so much to love about this story and I really cannot wait to see what happens next!

The characters are all really AWESOME. Miranda, the Slayera Princess, is a fantastic heroine. She’s fiercely loyal, kind, brave, and incredibly determined. She’s a bit stubborn and impulsive at times, but deep down, she has a really good heart. Miranda just wants what’s best for her people and will do anything to restore peace. The Vampyre King, Sathan, is such a lovable hero and like Miranda, he’s also looking for a way to end the ongoing war between the vampyres and slayers. I love that he’s caring, patient, honest and I fell so hard for him. Didn’t hurt that he’s ridiculously charming, sexy as hell and just so darn irresistible. AND he’s also a super sweet and loving brother. Yup, my heart melted over and over.

I love the supporting characters too. They all have a special place in my heart and there’s so much about each of them that I admire and love. But, I don’t want to spoil anything. I’ll let you have some fun getting to know their wonderful and intriguing personalities. I do want to mention that I’m most definitely looking forward to Darkrip’s book and just getting to know him more.

Absolutely love the romance. It’s dripping with yummy swoons and so much heart! Miranda and Sathan have that perfect chemistry I find absolutely irresistible. It’s hot and steamy, but also adorably sweet. It’s incredibly fun and beautifully touching watching Miranda and Sathan interact. I love their playful bantering, their sexy moments, and all their heartfelt scenes. Miranda and Sathan definitely made me smile and laugh, feel anxious and excited, and get emotional in the best way. I love these two so much and cannot get enough of them together.

With heart-pounding suspense, breathtaking adventure, intriguing drama, and thrilling action scenes, The End of Hatred by Rebecca Hefner had me gripping the edge of my seat. The world-building, the narrative, and the character developments are exquisitely and flawlessly well done. I loved the twists and turns, the conflicts and complications, the romances, the lighthearted moments sprinkled here and there, and everything else in between. This is such a wonderfully engrossing story about war, politics, family, forgiveness, redemption, friendship, and love. I will rave about this book with blood, tears, and all my heart. I honestly can’t recommend it enough and think it’s perfect for fantasy, paranormal, and romance lovers.

Sending virtual hugs to Rebecca Hefner for contacting me and sending me a paperback copy of The End of Hatred. I’m forever thankful for having the opportunity to read this book and being introduced into this enthralling world. My opinion and thoughts are my own and not affected by receiving a free copy of this book.

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It’s the will to find a peaceful solution that shows one’s true strenghts.

Our future can be what we make it, if we have the courage to try.

I’ve never felt about anyone the way I feel about you. It’s frustrating and infuriating and wonderful and amazing, all at the same time. I’ve never been in love before so I pretty much suck at it.

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rebeccahefnerphotoRebecca Hefner grew up in Western NC and now calls the Hudson River of NYC home.  In her youth, she would sneak into her mother’s bedroom and raid the bookshelf, falling in love with the stories of Judith McNaught, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts.  Years later that love of a good romance, with lots of great characters and conflicts, has extended to her other favorite authors such as JR Ward and Lisa Kleypas.  Also a huge Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan, she loves an epic fantasy and a surprise twist (Luke, he IS your father).

Rebecca published her first book in November of 2018.  Before that, she had an extensive twelve-year medical device sales career, where she fought to shatter the glass ceiling in a Corporate America world dominated by men.  After saving up for years, she left her established career to follow the long, winding and scary path of becoming a full-time author.  Due to her experience, you’ll find her books filled with strong, smart heroines on a personal journey to find inner fortitude and peace while combating sexism and misogyny.  She would be thrilled to hear from you anytime at rebecca@rebeccahefner.com

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies and I hope you enjoyed reading my review. Let me know if you decide to add this on your TBR and if you’ve already read this book/series and comment below and let’s chat!

As always, have a great and lovely day!

sincerelykjologo