The cover for ‘Re Player’ by Claire Contreras shows a man in turmoil

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SYNOPSIS:
I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor. 
 
I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila. 
 
From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.
 
She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.
 
She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.
 
She says I’m bad news.
I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

Ebooks:

iBooks ➺ http://bit.ly/ThePlayeriBooks

B&N ➺ http://bit.ly/THEPLAYERBN

Kobo ➺ http://bit.ly/THEPLAYERKOBO

Google Play ➺ http://bit.ly/THEPLAYERGOOGLEPLAY

Amazon ➺ Ebook link will be available ON October 10th.

Paperbacks:

Amazon  ➺ http://bit.ly/TPPaperback

BooksaMillion ➺ http://bit.ly/THEPLAYERBOOKSAMILLION

BarnesnNoble ➺ http://bit.ly/BNPAPERBACK

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Review: ‘Elastic Hearts’ by Claire Contreras – story of a man choosing between love and his career

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Format: e-book, paperback

Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited

Series: book 3 of Hearts series

Rating: 18+ sexual content, language

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28673982-elastic-hearts

In this book of the series, we follow Estelle’s older brother, Victor, as he fights to keep his job after falling for Nicole who is not only his new client, but also the boss’s daughter. Victor has made a name for himself as a divorce lawyer and is living life on top of the world until his past catches up with him. He and Nicole had a fling when he was new to the firm and doesn’t like the fact that she is now going to be single.

Like a common occurrence in love stories, the male leader, Victor, is a player who fell for the love of a good woman. He ends things with her when they are 25 because he wants to focus on his career. Understandable, but he continues to go through women like dirty socks and there really isn’t a big reason why. He uses the excuse that it’s because of his job, but for me it didn’t really feel like a good excuse. It felt like a drive by excuse, because he was like that for most of his dating life.

Nicole has her own problems as she falls in love with the fantasy that we all have. Meet a rich Hollywood actor and have him sweep you off your feet. But like many marriages in Hollywood, it doesn’t pan out. Her husband Gabe is that stereotype of Hollywood life. He can’t seem to keep it in his pants. Then you add on the fact that he does drugs and you cover all the clichés. He is like the Ben Affleck of this world, except he doesn’t have a gambling problem. I didn’t like how she was just so willing to jump into a relationship with Victor. Considering how he was and he did treat her after she came back in his life, you would think that she would be standoffish. Add on to the fact that her husband broke her trust in every way possible. But nope. She’s like sign me up for another heart break.

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The best part of the book is those scenes that are filled with angst between Nicole and Victor. Anytime that they are alone the lust and passion between them comes scorching off the pages. It is all passion and anger and longing and it’s enough to make you want to fan yourself. Victor tries his best to keep his feelings at bay but we all know that the longer you deny yourself, the more you are going to want it. Forbidden fruit and all.

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Reading this book, you can see that there is a lot of clichés for both Nicole, Victor, and Gabe, but you don’t even realize that as you are reading. Contreras has a waiting of writing the stories as if they are real. The language feels like we are all just sitting at a bar talking over drinks while she tells us a story. I may not have liked the characters as much as the other books, but I still enjoyed the story.

Rating: B+

To keep up to date on news from Claire Contreras, you can ‘like’ her on Facebook, go to her website, follow her on Twitter, or follow her on Wattpad

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Kaleidoscope Hearts

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Audible | Review

Torn Hearts
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LRDlye

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1I9jPby

iBooks: http://apple.co/1I2ldPy

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/33795908-torn-hearts

Review: https://nerdysoul.com/2015/07/30/torn-hearts-by-claire-contreras-release-day-blitz/

Paper Hearts
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1KSiifj

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Lben8Y

iBooks: http://apple.co/1JJXiFm

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1M21cgB

Review: https://nerdysoul.com/2015/09/11/release-day-blitz-paper-hearts-by-claire-contreras/

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A look back at the books that came out in 2015

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While the end of the year might be a good thing for some people, it might be rough for the book readers of the world. There was too long of a list of books that came out this year and not enough days in the year to keep up. When looking back at the books that came out, it’s hard to pick just one favorite above the others as it’s like trying to pick your favorite kid.

So, don’t worry. I did it for you.

There might not be any mysteries that came out this year, mainly because some of the mysteries have been done so many times before it gets repetitive. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins probably had the highest sales amongst the older generation. They were able to get consumed with that world and the mystery. It was very much like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was a few years ago. We don’t have any of those books on this list.

The list below probably relates to the people probably around the age of thirty and younger. There is a mix of books in there that some may not like and some may not agree with. Opinions are important, especially with book reading. The point is that we all are able to read the books and let them into our lives. The books that mean the most to us are the ones that we can relate to in some way, and that’s why I chose these books for the top books of 2015. Below is the list of the top ten books that came out this year.

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10. Evil Never Dies by T.R. Ragan

Out: 8/4

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24840347-evil-never-dies?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/review-evil-never-dies-by-tr-ragan-suspenseful-finale-as-lizzy-comes-to-terms-with-her-loss/

In the latest book of the series, Lizzie struggles with the loss of Jared and trying to be the role model. She submits to the darkness in her and finds that it might not be what she thought it would be, but it might be too late for her to turn back. The story touches on the struggle that we all must deal at some point in our lives when we lose loved ones and whether or not we would submit to the darkness within, or be able to rise above it.

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9. Fall With Me by Jennifer Armentrout

Out: 3/31

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980781-fall-with-me?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/book-review-fall-with-me-by-jennifer-armentrout-story-of-not-letting-past-ghosts-control-the-future/

I admit, initially when reading this book, I didn’t think it was one of her better books, but after reading it a second time I wonder why I thought that way. I have loved every other book that Armentrout has written and I think that I had such high expectations for this book. When reading in between the lines, I see how beautiful the relationship between Reese and Roxy is and how pride is an ugly thing that can keep love from happening.

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8. Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras

Out: 9/9

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25284952-paper-hearts?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/release-day-blitz-paper-hearts-by-claire-contreras/

Like the first book of the series, this story has a beautiful couple that you just want to hate because they are so cute. They were torn apart because of circumstances and once again pride shows its ugly head and keeps them apart. It’s not until they get older and wiser that they see that love is more important than one’s pride. I love every character that Contreras creates because they are real and can relate to anyone that reads the books. Hard feat to do for an author.

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7. Scorched by Jennifer Armentrout

Out: 6/16

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18045624-scorched?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/review-scorched-by-jennifer-armentrout-a-heartbreaking-story-of-overcoming-one-of-lifes-hardest-things/

It’s these kinds of books that make me love Armentrout’s writing. While she may create characters that are similar and have their own bubbly lingo, she will throw in a deeply flawed character that we get to transform into that beautiful swan. This story touches on something that hit close to me and I couldn’t help but understand the story that much more. Alcohol is a problem for millions of people out there (whether it effects them directly or indirectly) and it hurts deeper sometimes than physical pain.

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6. The Shadowhunter Academy series by Cassandra Clare

Out: around the 20th of every month

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=shadowhunter+academy

In the surprise series released by Cassandra Clare, we get to watch one of our favorite characters, Simon, as he tries to insert his life into the Shadowhunters. While he has some of his memories back, he doesn’t have the core ones. Like the ones that connect him with Clary and Isabelle. At times, he can be annoying with it (especially the first few novellas) but he finally comes to his senses towards the end. The best part of the series, though, is that we get to see the background stories for all these characters that we heard about and how they effected the Shadowhunter world. Especially for Valentine and how he came to power. A must read for anyone who is a fan of the series.

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5. Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

Out: 5/26

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23492282-nowhere-but-here?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/book-review-nowhere-but-here-by-katie-mcgarry-story-of-living-life-to-the-fullest-and-to-face-your-fears/

She is not like many of the other authors on this list where she had multiple books that come out each year, but when she does release a book, it’s one that you get right away and then obsess over it. This book is the first book of the series and it’s a spin-off of sorts from her last series. She talks about the importance of living your own life and not letting your past dictate it for you. Like many of her other books, she is able to bring characters to life that we can relate to in some way and hope that things turn out well for them in the end.

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4. Confess by Colleen Hoover

Out: 3/10

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22609310-confess?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/review-confess-by-colleen-hoover-story-of-loss-love-and-how-amazing-fate-can-be/

When reading this book, I was not expecting to like it as much I did. I read the blurb and I was like ‘eh this sounds interesting enough to read’. But after reading it, I was obsessed. Especially after finding out that the confessions in the book are all real. Some of them are dark and sinister while others are funny and light. It’s those dark ones that make you see how ugly the world can be and how it’s something that should be recognized. I liked how Hoover was able to work that kind of theme into her story, without it being the center point for it.

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3. King/Tyrant by T.M. Frazier

Out: 6/15 and 8/16

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27918024-king-tyrant?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: Kinghttps://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/release-day-blitz-for-king-by-tm-frazier/

Tyrant – https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/tyrant-by-tm-frazier-release-day-blitz-and-review/

If you want to a read series and literally curse out the author from start to finish, then start reading this series. It dominates your life and doesn’t let go. If you join the Facebook group you will see that you are not the only one who suffers from King-itis. Frazier creates characters that we love but there are so many twists and turns that you never know what to expect. It’s the perfect book to read when you want to get worked up and get all crazed over.

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2. Stark International series by J. Kenner

Out: 4/7, 6/23, 9/1

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/series/118761-stark-international-trilogy

Review: Say my Name https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/book-review-say-my-name-by-j-kenner-story-of-a-broken-woman-learning-to-trust-again/

On my Knees https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/book-review-on-my-knees-by-j-kenner-a-little-repetitive-but-sets-up-what-should-be-an-explosive-finale/

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It’s not very often where the sequel is better than the originally, but in this case, it is. Damien’s series is good in its own way, but I found that I liked the relationship between Sylvia and Jackson a whole lot more. They had more layers and I felt that we got to see more of a transformation for the characters throughout the series. Kenner had enough twists and turns that kept you coming back for more and demanding to know what happens next.

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1. Lawless by T.M. Frazier

Out: 12/8

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25756072-lawless?from_search=true&search_version=service

Review: https://nerdysoul.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/lawless-by-t-m-frazier-book-tour/

There are really no words to describe how amazing this book is. While the King part of the series has its own dark secrets, this story never had gotten me so angry before. I never actively spent time in a discussion group talking about a book because it was THAT good. It made me want to hunt down Frazier and demand answers. It’s hard to make a book that creates such a reaction from the fans and the torture is waiting for the next installment to come out. COME ON FE-BEAR-Y!

What book did you like the most this year?

 

Release Day Blitz – ‘Paper Hearts’ by Claire Contreras

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Blurb
lost her.

No, I didn’t lose her. I threw her away.

She was my best friend.

I was never supposed to fall in love with her.

I was careless.

She was heartbroken.

I thought I was doing fine. But here she is, years later, forced to work with me, reminding me why I fell in love with her in the first place.

And this time I’m going to do everything in my power to never let her go.

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Review
We follow Mia and Jensen as they try and fight the mistakes they made in the past in hopes of securing a future. We had heard bits and pieces of their story from the first book Kaleidoscope Hearts and the short novella Torn Hearts told us what happened, but this story dives further in the shattered remains and whether or not they can recover.

Jensen is completely swoon-worthy, maybe even more so then Oliver. He comes from a rough beginning with his mother abandoning him and his aunt raising him. When he falls for Mia he knows he’s not good enough but we get to see him get that self-confidence to say that she is the one and the strength to fight for her. He is a hopeless romantic and makes us fall for him with each word he says or writes.

Mia is a independent and confident woman, on the surface, but  underneath she is a broken shell of a person who lost the love of her life because he left her to be a father to his daughter. Yeah you want to be angry with her for being so mad that he wanted to be a father, but like what she says, it’s not why he left but how. You would be hard pressed to find someone that wouldn’t do the exact same thing.

When an opportunity finds Mia in New York working with Jensen you know sparks are going to fly, from fighting or falling love remains the mystery. I like how. Contreras wrote this story because you can feel the attraction they have for one another but also the pain as well. When we are inside Mia’s brain is what I like the best. Reading and feeling the inner struggle she has about what to do was beautifully done. I felt her pain right along side her. She knows she is still attracted to Jensen but the fear of him breaking her heart again keeps her from doing anything.

I really enjoyed the dynamic of Jensen’s daughter, Olivia, and what she brought out of both Jensen and Mia. We see the softer (and dare I say hotter) side to Jensen as he does everything he can to be the best father. Because that’s how he is. He loves with all that he is and stops at nothing to give the people he loves all of him. Mia is someone who doesn’t like kids but she forms an instant bond with Olivia. Is it because she is a part of Jensen? Or maybe it’s because her dislike of kids comes from Jensen getting another woman pregnant? I love how Contreras doesn’t really tell you why but lets you figure it out on your own. Books that make you think deeper about a character are the ones that stay with you.

As of right now, there is no word on whether or not their will be a another book in the series, but I sure hope so. Contreras has made a faithful reader out of me and I’m sure she will for you too.

Rating: A

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Buy Links – The Hearts series
Kaleidoscope Hearts

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Audible

Torn Hearts
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LRDlye

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1I9jPby

iBooks: http://apple.co/1I2ldPy

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/33795908-torn-hearts

Paper Hearts
Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/1KSiifj

Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/1Lben8Y

iBookshttp://apple.co/1JJXiFm

Kobohttp://bit.ly/1M21cgB

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Claire Contreras
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Stalk Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter

What did you think of the book?

Thanks to Rock Stars of Romance for setting up the launch

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Book of the Week – ‘Paper Hearts’ by Claire Contreras

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In the second book of the Hearts series, we follow Jensen and Mia as we get to find out if they can work out their differences from what happened in their novella. We have already seen that they have a lot of work to do to get back to the basics of their relationship, but they prove that sometimes you can’t overcome history. Can Jensen and Mia learn to live with the mistakes of their past?

Are you going to buy Paper Hearts?

Cover for ‘Paper Hearts’ by Claire Contreras is released

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The cover for Paper Hearts has been released. This is the full-length novel for Mia and Jensen which will continue where Torn Hearts left off. This is the second story of the Hearts series by Claire Contreras.

Blurb
I lost her.

No, I didn’t lose her. I threw her away.

She was my best friend.

I was never supposed to fall in love with her.

I was careless.

She was heartbroken.

I thought I was doing fine. But here she is, years later, forced to work with me, reminding me why I fell in love with her in the first place.

And this time I’m going to do everything in my power to never let her go.

You can read the first part of their story in Torn Hearts which was released on Wattpad and is now free on retailer sites.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LRDlye

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1I9jPby

iBooks: http://apple.co/1I2ldPy

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/1DMjMnZ

Giveaway
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDk5NjRmMDM5ZDM4YTBjYWM0YzAyYzM0NGI2ODRhOjcyMQ==/?

About the author

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Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Stalk Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Paper Hearts is expected to come out September 10th.

What do you think of the cover?

Thanks to Rock Stars of Romance for setting up the launch

‘Torn Hearts’ by Claire Contreras release day blitz

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Blurb
met a boy once.

He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.

I met a girl once.

Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.

Until we reached it.


Buy Links
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LRDlye

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1I9jPby

iBooks: http://apple.co/1I2ldPy

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/1DMjMnZ

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/33795908-torn-hearts

You can start the series with Kaleidoscope Hearts where we follow Oliver and Estelle on a roller coaster ride and introduce us to Mia and Jensen.


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Claire Contreras
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Stalk Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Are you going to buy Torn Hearts?.

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Thanks to Rock Stars of Romance for setting up the launch!

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