Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop!!! (USA & International)

Yet another fantastic giveaway hop presented by I Am A Reader Not A Writer
This one is Co-Hosted by Mary from BookHounds and Forever Young (adult).

Please click HERE to go to the entire hop list!  
There are more than 290 blogs participating!!! You are at #73 on the list!
On to the giveaway... there will be four (4) winners!
I have a number of books that I have a couple copies of, so....
I am giving away three sets of books:
Set #1: How Do You Spell g*e*e*k?, April Adventure, and The Homework Machine
Set #2: Touching Spirit Bear and Among the Hidden
Set #3 The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa and A Season of Gifts
The sets are US only, but because I don't want to leave anyone out I will have an International drawing as well: ONE book ($10.00 or less) from the Book Depository, as long as they ship free to your location.    
Please fill out the proper form to enter:
Must be at least 13 years old and a follower of The Wormhole!
Good Luck - Happy Reading!

Review: The Hand He Dealt by Tanith Davenport

The Hand He Dealt by Tanith Davenport

**I received this book from the author via Roxanne Rhoads and Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and participation in the tour.

Product Description (Total E-Bound Publications):

Nobody can beat Astra Scott in playing the hand she’s dealt.
Astra Scott likes to live life to the full. A sorority girl and Gaming Management student, she spends her days studying and practising guitar, and her nights partying or working at the Fountain Casino, where she has an internship as part of her final semester. The only blot on her landscape is Ash Drake, her best friend Sasha’s boyfriend. Arrogant, physical and blond, Ash has never forgiven Astra for her rejection months earlier and enjoys annoying her at every turn.
But when Astra’s boyfriend Harry reveals a shocking secret, Astra responds in the only way she can think of: by finding a way to take on a more attractive, masculine role in the relationship. 
My thoughts:
I guess I should begin this review with the fact that erotica is not my usual genre so I am greatly out of my element here.  This book is not for the timid reader.  It contains alternate lifestyles and explicit sexual content.  

This is the first book I have ever read where the main character is studying gaming management.  I am a gambler and love to go to the casino so I enjoyed learning about Astra's college choice and seeing the casino from another point of view.  

Tanith Davenport has created interesting characters representing a wide variety of groups.  She has placed those characters in a realistic college setting.  There are a number of fraternities and sororities that the characters are involved with.

The entire storyline is character driven.  The characters seem to grow throughout the book.  In the beginning they are unsure of themselves and don't seem to know what they want.  As the story progresses they appear to figure things out.  

This story gives a whole new meaning to the term love triangle!

There is a bit of mystery throughout the book with Astra being attacked a few different times by unknown attackers.  This is all worked out towards the end. 

The ending finds closure, acceptance and happiness for all the characters.