Friday, August 23, 2013

Author Spotlight {Mini Reviews & Extras}—Emily Snow

Hi, LUVs! Today we're spotlighting Emily Snow, author of the Devoured series, Tidal, and Savor You.

Devoured  #1
Publication: February 21st, 2013 by Touchstone Books | Simon and Schuster
First Edition: June 20th, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

Mini Review:
Filled with electrifying tension, breath-hitching sexiness, and a dose of all-around mysteriousness, Devoured was just the exciting and slightly angsty read I needed.

Responsible, dedicated, and pushover Sienna Jensen was badly burned by magnetic rockstar Lucas Wolfe when he kicked her out of his bed because she wouldn't let him cuff her. Two years later, she comes face to face with him in a courtroom when her grandmother's home has been foreclosed, and Lucas is the buyer. She's burning in rage—and in pain and desire. He wants her like never before. In order to secure the deed to her childhood home, Sienna must to meet his demands for ten days. It's harder to avoid the pull between them, yet scarier than ever. Along with their painful past is Lucas's that isn't so distant and threatens to destroy them both.

Although I wish Sienna and Lucas's first encounter was included or at least delved into more in this book so I could experience the journey of the characters and their triumph, I was surprised by the plot and overall development. Along with two people jonesing for each other, each character had a personal or external conflict that had nothing to do with each other. Where Sienna is passive, Lucas is all aggressive, but they're polar opposites that complement each other. The secondary characters' inner conflicts were hinted at, as well. Both aspects I really appreciated and added depth, making everyone distinctive.

The chemistry between Lucas and Sienna, as well as the dynamics between all characters, were palpable, with the UST and tension between everyone fraying my nerves and driving me insane. Lucas's dirty mouth and delicious promises had me eager. I wouldn't say this is BDSM or even mild BDSM—Lucas is simply domineering—but the sex, while a occurring sooner and more abruptly than I anticipated, was rockin' hot. And even though there's more to the story that needs to be revealed, the ending was just right. A resolution within a perfect mess, where its push and pull between obviously flawed characters with lives that might seem ideal but aren't and they find a middle ground.

All Over You
Devoured  #0.5
Publication: February 21st, 2013 by Touchstone Books | Simon and Schuster
First Edition: January 1st, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance | Novella

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Before Sienna was devoured, before Lucas was consumed, they were all over each other . . .

Lucas Wolfe is used to getting what he wants—from everyone but one person, that is—so when he meets the wardrobe assistant hired to work his band’s newest video, he’s got to have her. From the moment Sienna first obediently whispers “Yes, Mr. Wolfe”, he knows she’s perfect for him.

Three days.

And he’ll have her stripped down and bound to his bed.

Set two years before the events of Devoured, All Over You is the story of Sienna and Lucas’s first encounter.

Mini Review:
After reading the first book, I devoured All Over You. I needed to know, to feel, how Lucas and Sienna met. Details were peppered throughout Devoured, but I never truly understood the pain or part of that first connection because I didn't see it. I thought the draw was once-sided, that Sienna was enamored because Lucas was a rockstar and he was just looking for an easy prey to lay.

It was so much more than that. I got a glimpse into Lucas's head, saw Sienna's personality, felt her nervousness, and learned what happened the night Lucas kicked her out. Like the premise setting of this book, I got "behind the set." I think I might have enjoyed the first novel in the series more if I read this one first, but a part of me enjoyed the mysteriousness of their first encounter. It was elusive in Devoured, like a memory that's more a dream chased but never grasped.

It was here, and I appreciate how Emily Snow ran with the concept in the order she told the story and each book was published.

Devoured  #2
Expected Publication: September 17th, 2013 by Touchstone Books | Simon and Schuster
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Now that Lucas has declared his love for her, Sienna is sure the drama between them is over.
She’s not afraid of Lucas’s ex-wife or whatever secret the other woman is holding over him. For two blissful days—the remainder of Sienna’s contract with Lucas—they hole up in a vacation house in the mountains of Tennessee, consuming each other. At the end of their stay, Lucas comes to Sienna with a proposition: his band, Your Toxic Sequel, is going on tour with Wicked Lambs, and he wants her with him the entire time. Sienna agrees to work wardrobe and be his official girl.

Life on the road is different from anything Sienna has ever known. Not only does she have to deal with Lucas’s band members, but she’s also forced to be around Cilla, the lead singer of Wicked Lambs, who’s clearly in love with Lucas. Despite horny band mates and a persistent gorgeous rock goddess determined to sink her claws into Lucas, Sienna stays by his side.

Then the threats start.

Lucas’s ex-wife Sam isn’t happy that he’s moved on, and Sam begins harassing Sienna—everything from threatening emails to phone calls and even fake accounts on Your Toxic Sequel message boards slamming her and spreading vicious rumors. Sienna keeps this from Lucas since she knows how bad Sam is for his music.

It’s not until Sienna is attacked by a crazed YTS fan hired by Sam, and Sam starts to aim her verbal threats at Sienna’s grandmother, that Lucas finally reveals his secret. And it’s a big one...(

Since Consumed isn't out until next month (and I'm dying to read it!):

Devoured  #1.5
Free online mini-serial

Lucas Wolfe has come close to happiness with Sienna, not once but twice. And both times he's lost her because of his own fears. This time, he can't let her go so easily—not now that he realizes that the one woman who said "no" is the one he's in love with. Sienna is good for his music, and his life, and he's determined to show her that she belongs with him.

No matter what the consequences.

Absorbed is a FREE weekly mini-serial written in Lucas's POV.
It takes place between the end of Devoured and the start of Consumed. It will be published on Emily Snow's blog and website from August 16th through September 13th. Consumed, the second novel of the Devoured series, will be released in eBook format from Touchstone Books on September 17 and in paperback in November.
Chapter One

Savor You
Savor Us #1
Publication: June 11th, 2013 by Emily Snow Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Kylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

** WARNING: Mild spoilers of the Devoured series **

Mini Review:
Savor You focuses on Kylie Wolfe, Lucas's sister first introduced in Devoured. As a spin-off of the original series, Savor You starts with Kylie on a much-needed vacation, which took place on the sidelines of Devoured and prompted Sienna to be Lucas's PA.

I loved this novel. It was gritty, sexy, intense, and so well written. Emily Snow has found her way with words and description, and she has a certain style of starting from the middle of a story and filling in the backstory later, but in this case, it worked fabulously.

Kylie is giving up. Yet instead of on herself, she's cutting off Wyatt, the bassist of Your Toxic Sequel and her brother's best friend. They are the reason the band is named as it is, had inspired it. They are each other's repeat drug, reached for after each downfall and killing one another piece by piece with words said and wishes unspoken, as well as bootie calls and horrendous actions and too many memories together. But they can't and won't let each other go.

When Kylie goes to New Orleans for an escape, Wyatt follows soon after. Starting in the same city and following the same journey that begun their toxic relationship ends up being more than savoring one last hurrah or trip down bad memory lane. It's a plea and a setting to rights by opening old wounds and re-breaking the soul so it can heal correctly. And it was wonderful, worth that one last shot through the heart and vein. I can't wait

Publication: June 4th, 2013 by Touchstone Books | Simon and Schuster
First Edition: December 12th, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she's got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s shit list. At least, that's what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn't really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.

When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxicity she’s been drawn to time and time before and whose presence brings about the painful memories she's tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the guy she’s falling hard for.

Emily Snow

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Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the DEVOURED series (October 2012, January 2013) and TIDAL (December 2012). She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about all three. Visit her blog at for news, teasers, and contests.

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