Monday, April 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Playlist, and Review of Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine

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Looking for a romantic comedy with lots of action? Check out the excerpt and my review for Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine!

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Title: Devious Minds Author: K.F. Germaine
Release Date: April 23
Book Tour: April 27 - May 8
Genre: New Adult Comedy
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A New Adult Comedy

When Sydney Porter transfers to Northern University, she’s ready to put her past behind her. Landing a job on campus as an irreverent radio personality, she uses the anonymity to air all the campus dirty laundry—earning the infamous Sunday Lane more than a few enemies. But her true passion is spinning records, even if Drunk Earl is her biggest fan. Sydney’s junior year kicks off with the promise to be amazing. Or at least it does until Gray Peters, hotshot quarterback, unexpectedly reenters the scene. His presence threatens to destroy everything she has going, as well as resurrecting a night Sydney never wants to remember or repeat. She’d run away like a coward, but this time she's determined to stay and fight. A twisted battle of wit and trickery ensues, with one common goal—vengeance. Sydney and Gray set out to make each other miserable. But misery loves company, and soon, walls are destroyed and truths are revealed that could change their future forever.
 *** Due to mature sexual situations and language, this author recommends an 18+ reader ***

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I added another track, exploding the speaker with a fast beat, and danced around until I felt a pair of hands run up the sides of my thighs, slow and easy.
“What are you doing?” I yelled up at Peters. He was standing directly behind me and the top of my head landed just below his chin. His answer was to pull my backside into his hips.
“I’m dancing, Sinister.” He groaned into the back of my neck. “This is what you wanted, right? No inhibitions. I’m your bitch tonight, right? We can start flinging knives in the morning.”
I let out a cracked laugh, not quite understanding this one-eighty in his personality. “You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, Peters, but if you’re referencing your dick, I’d be shocked to receive a paper cut.”
He pressed even farther into me as I continued to mix.
Looking back on this now, I should have just elbowed him in the stomach and tripped him off the edge of the balcony, but I was drunk. Elated by the dancing crowd. Everything about this place screamed sex—the people, the lighting, the sweat dripping off bodies, and his husky breathing against my ear breaking down my protective dome. I tried to muster the strength to stop him, but with my mind half altered, my body took over completely.
As if he knew I was struggling, he gently lifted the back of my damp hair and planted his lips on my neck. His tongue swept across my skin, and he softly moaned over my fret board. I released a sharp breath into the microphone, and he laughed against the back of my ear.
“What… are… you—”
Before I could finish my pathetic plea to end this, his hands slid over my front, gliding down my stomach and stopping just before the waistband of my underwear.
“Peters,” I rasped.
His hand rolled over my shirt, and he pulled it deep between my legs. I let out a breathy groan into the microphone and tipped back my head until it rested against his shoulder. Peters dragged his tongue up the inside of my neck like I was a Popsicle—his favorite flavor—long and flat. He pulled my sweat into his mouth.
When the music rose to a sharp crescendo, so did my panting, right into the mic. It was hard to believe this six-foot-two behemoth could deliver such a delicate touch, but I didn’t have to turn around to know it was him. My body had a memory of its own.

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★★★★ stars

I really liked the premise for this story. Past regrets and a desire for revenge changing to a new understanding and perhaps love? Sign me up! I was told this book was going to be funny and it was.  I really enjoyed seeing Gray and Sydney duke it out! 

Overall, I had high expectations for this book, and for the most part the book met them. I liked how strong Sydney was.  I liked how she could dish out pranks and orders.  I liked how she looked after her brother and friends.  I even liked how she was true to herself and secure in the knowledge of what she wanted.  Gray was likable for the most part.  I didn't really understand what motivated his need to get Sydney back for perceived transgressions.  I also didn't like how he was willing to transfer it to Jack, his team mate and Sydney's brother. Otherwise, I liked seeing Sydney and Gray verbally spar and try to one up each other.

I even enjoyed seeing them work together, support one another, and realize what had kept them apart was all a mistake. While the story was great and I enjoyed reading it, I felt sort of a disconnect between me and the story.  Please bear with me while I try to explain. There parts of this book that were hilarious and others that were supposed to be funny, but that I didn't feel like quite make it to the mark. I also feel like there were lots of story arcs that either weren't completed or done enough justice, like the one with Nick, the guy Sydney had a crush on. The reason I'm having a hard time explaining the disconnect is because I read this book quite quickly, all in one sitting.  

I wouldn't mind reading about Gray and Sydney again. Or any of the other guys on the football team.  I'm glad I read this book. K.F. Germaine's work holds a lot of promise and I look forward to reading her books in the future.

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*  

Author Bio

KF Germaine is a Pacific Northwest native and part-time author. Besides reading too late into the night (4 AM is still considered night, right?), KF has several life pleasures which she won’t list because, well, it begins to read like an Oscar-winner acceptance speech and no one wants to hear about her hairdresser. Instead, KF believes one's secret enjoyments are more telling. So to name a few: Circus Peanuts candy, watching country music videos on mute, and awkward/borderline-inappropriate conversations with grocery clerks.

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