Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Blog Tour & Book Review: Choose Me by RC Boldt

Choose Me
by RC Boldt
Genre: Standalone Coming-of-Age Romance
Release Date: May 21st, 2019

Blurb:

Wearing the nicest suit I own, I stand in the very back with a flask full of whiskey in my inner pocket. I put on a brave face as I watch her walk down the aisle.

Because it’s too late.

I refuse to be the bastard who makes her cry on her wedding day, but I’m dying to tell her what I’ve always known. She’s my best friend, but she doesn’t realize she owns my f*cking heart and soul, too.

Each step down that aisle takes her farther away from me and brings her closer to him, forcing me to face the truth: I’ve fallen in love with someone who can’t be mine. If she’d just turn around, maybe she’d realize I love her more than he ever could.

I won’t ruin her perfect day, but my broken heart begs me to try and convince her.

Choose me.

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Excerpt:

“Hollis?”
I startle at the male voice calling my name. When I turn, I find a guy about my height wearing a button-down shirt beneath a sport coat and a pair of pressed slacks. He regards me with a mixture of surprise and recognition while I have no idea who the hell he is. He steps closer with a smile.
“Sorry to catch you off guard,” he apologizes and holds out his hand to me. “Grant Stevenson.”
I shake his hand warily. “Hollis Barnes.” I pause before adding, “But somehow, you already knew that.”
He grins, and if I’m being completely honest, I don’t detect any douchebag vibes. “I recognized you from one of the photos Magnolia has in her room of the two of you.”
It takes all my control to suppress the jolt that zigzags through me at his words. She still keeps a photo of us?
His eyes crinkle at the corners, and he lifts his chin to gesture to me. “Although I have to be honest, the ink and beard initially threw me off.”
A surprised laugh escapes me, and I slide my hands into my pockets.
Grant steps closer and glances around before lowering his voice. “I’m actually glad you’re here. I know you and Magnolia haven’t seen one another in a while, but you’re her oldest friend…”
Oldest friend. Not best friend. I don’t miss the phrasing. Although I don’t feel it’s intentional, it cuts deep just the same.
“I’m nervous as hell, and I’m hopin’ you can tell me if she’d like this.”
It takes me a moment to realize what he’s pulled out of his pocket.
A velvet ring box and a packet of Pop Rocks.
Fuck, fuck, fuck.
I resist the urge to rub at the center of my chest, where searing pain radiates.
He flicks open the box to reveal a ring with a large diamond that’s fancy as hell. Something Mrs. Barton would love and deem appropriate. But Magnolia? Hell no.
“Her mom helped me pick it out.”
Exactly.
“And I know she loves Pop Rocks since she always has a pack.”
Not the strawberry flavor.
But he’s trying. I can see the nervousness in his expression. The hope. The excitement.
I can’t crush this guy. He’s exactly what her parents have always wanted for her. The kind of guy who doesn’t get his hands dirty. The one with money and connections.
The one who can give her the future her parents expect her to have. The one who won’t come home with rough hands, callused to hell and back from working on a project that’s for a high-end client or due to be auctioned off to a car collector with more money than they know what to do with.
The man who wears button-downs like they’re second skin. Designer clothes.
So caught up in my thoughts, I don’t immediately realize that he’s pocketed the items and is gazing in another direction. When I turn and follow his focus, catching sight of her weaving through the crowd, I take advantage of the moment and let my eyes drink her in. She’s…so goddamn beautiful.
Her long blond hair spills down her back, and even beneath the shapeless graduation gown, her sleek, tanned legs peek out from the bottom hem, her heels accentuating her toned calf muscles.
When she catches sight of Grant, her entire face lights up, and…goddammit.
I can’t do this. This was a fucking mistake. It’s like someone’s performing open heart surgery and just cracked my chest open without anesthesia.

About the author:

RC Boldt enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl. 


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 My review:

I have a major crush on this book. I adored the characters, loved their story and cheered them on from the beginning to the end.

Magnolia and Hollister's story was beautiful through and through which is why I have a hard time coming up with good enough words for it. This book followed their lives from the first time they met when they were kids and she moved into the house next door, to their onward journey of adolescence.
And because of this book I can now add Coming of Age to one of my favorite genres.
'"Don't be like them. Just be you, Hollis."'
I didn’t know where this book was going to take me when I started reading it, but I was certain that this author wouldn’t disappoint me. And I was right to take that leap of faith because let me tell you, this was one of the very best friends to lovers stories I’ve read. Fan-fucking-tastic and unputdownable! I absolutely adored these characters and loved this book so much!! I’m usually not much of a fan of stories that go back in time to when the characters grow up but this one nailed it so perfectly! There’s no way to not love this book!!
'This is what everyone strives for. Kisses that not only affect you on the surface but reach to touch your soul. More than that, though, they settle even deeper. They become imbedded in the depths of your heart.'
Not wanting to give anything away, I just urge you to read this book no matter if you’re into young adults, friends to lovers, or slow burn romances. This fantastically written book had it all in the best way possible!

Magnolia and Hollis were such loveable and sweet characters who, against all odds and despite or even because of their superficial differences and outside influences, formed the deepest of bonds between two people. A friendship that lasted a lifetime, two lost souls united. You have to meet them and read their story!

PS: To all the Out Of Series fans, there’s a little something in this book you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Social Butterfly PR. --

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Cover Reveal: Teardrop Shot by Tijan

Teardrop Shot
by Tijan
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: June 24th, 2019


Blurb:

I asked for his criteria for bed buddies–that's the PG version.
He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.

Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder.
Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation.
He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.

Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job.
And dumped.
And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?

Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates.
And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)

I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA. This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.

Teardrop Shot is a 107k standalone with brand new characters.

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 Will be in KU but will be available for pre-order on all sites prior to release day.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Release Blitz: A Really Bad Idea by Jeannine Colette

A Really Bad Idea
by Jeannine Colette
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: May 14th, 2019

Blurb:

Everyone has a best friend. Mine just happens to be Dr. Christian Gallagher— the gorgeous, green-eyed heart surgeon who wants to have a baby with me.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When my mother approached me on my thirty-third birthday with a brochure for egg freezing, it was a glaring reminder that my biological clock is ticking toward its expiration date. I’ve always dreamed of being a mom and had a plan — one that was destroyed when I caught my professional hockey player husband in bed with another woman.

Despite my broken heart I still believe in love. I want the happily ever after, but I also want a child desperately and won't settle in order to make it happen.

That’s why when I decided to take my mother’s advice, Christian came up with his own plan: Let’s have a baby together.

It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea. And yet...I can’t stop thinking about how great it could be.

There’s just one condition. Before we have sex (oh, yes, we’re doing this the old fashioned way!) Christian is adamant we go on three dates.

Sounds easy, but it's not.I thought sex would be the hard part, but the dates are only making me fall for the man I’ve known almost my entire life.

Whoever said sex doesn't change things never went to bed with their best friend.

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About the author: 
 
Jeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.
 
A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.
 
Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York. 
 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Book Review: With Ties that Bind #3 by Trisha Wolfe

Absolutely captivating and thrilling! My mind was spinning with all the possibilities of who the Alpha could be. It was nearly killing me how suspenseful this story was and how the author kept me in the dark until the final reveal. The unknown had me captivated and I really wanted to flip to the end of the book to finally know who the alpha was.
I'm still in awe by how cunning and malicious the alpha was. I felt like the monster was playing a mind game with me.

Detective Quinn was my anchor and his clever way of thinking was brilliant. I loved how he lost himself in Avery and I absolutely loved to see a new side of him. Oh my, he was like a wild animal, a beast. Who would have thought a side like this existed?! Not me, that’s for sure, but that made it even more fantastic.
Quinn reached a point where he suspected everyone and didn't trust anyone, that’s how I felt too. This must have been so hard for him because having no one to rely on in such a situation would drive me insane. So, you better be prepared for this suspenseful rollercoaster.
'Paranoia eats away my senses, dulling my instinct. My logic is defunct.'
I loved how Quinn and Sadie's friendship was brought into this story because I felt that they had unresolved business left from her story. Though I wondered why her profiler skills weren’t brought in to help catch the bad guy, but I get that it wasn't her story. It's just that this seemed like an even bigger thing than the Arlington case and every help would have gotten them closer to the truth. Maybe even sooner. But okay. I get it. The story would have been done quicker and much different with Sadie more involved.

Anyway, I loved how the series wrapped up and it’s with a laughing and a crying eye for me to see them go. Especially since I just took a liking to a certain character. Maybe he’ll get a story too?! I can only hope.


My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Book Review: With Ties that Bind #2 by Trisha Wolfe


Wow, this one was brutal. It was suspenseful through and through and had me on the edge of my seat until the last page. There was also so much cruelty and violence that made me shiver. I loved it! This was absolutely my kind of read!

Not everything was as black and white as Quinn wanted it to be. He was tested thoroughly because he lost more than he could have imagined in his orderly life and Avery was drifting farther into dangerous territory. Quinn wanted to protect her but his hands were tied with so much being stripped from him. He lost control in more than just one sense of the word and Avery was slipping through his fingers.
This would have the strongest and toughest put through the wringer. Now you can imagine how Quinn struggled between accepting the grey parts in life and turning against the people he cared about.
‘It’s the most intoxicating feeling, witnessing Quinn - who’s always in control – lose every bit of his.’
This one was my favorite so far. Edge gripping tension, unpredictable villains, unforeseeable actions, secrets, guilty consciences, lies, betrayals.
The worst of the worst, a monster so evil and deceitful, someone who had everyone play his game unknowingly. Manipulation, violence, cleverness, furtiveness. He strategically placed his marionettes to his wishes and got rid of every obstacle in his way. It was a delight to get glimpses inside the villain’s brain with his POVs. I liked those a lot more than in Sadie’s story.

I just wasn’t a fan of the suddenly deep feelings being confessed, which came out of nowhere for me since I was still at the forbidden/desire stage. There also wasn’t much between H and h yet to manifest something so deep but well, the main thing was the crime and suspense and everything else was just a bonus.

As always, it’s a pity that the books are so short. I just wish they were made into one book instead of split into three but luckily the next one already awaits me on my kindle.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monday, May 6, 2019

Book Review: With Ties That Bind #1 by Trisha Wolfe



The danger to women in the city isn't gone although the Arlington Slasher case is closed. A new series of killings has Detective Quinn working closely with Avery, which puts his control into test. The desire between them grows but their situation of being colleagues and her currently fragile state of mind after what was done to her make everything a lot more complicated.
'So now I have a secret, too. I slip my hand into his large, rough one and curl up next to his strong arm, savoring the feel of his comfort for the last time.'
Well, I'm here because of Quinn. =P I loved him in the With Visions of Red Series and couldn't wait to see him lose some of his strictness, because he has that need to be in control at all times. And now the current events have his control slipping from him with a new murder on the streets and the woman of his desire in danger again.
I loved seeing Quinn a little bit unhinged because he was torn between protecting Avery and keeping his distance to her.
'A man can only be tested so many times before he breaks. And Avery Johnson is a whole different kind of temptation.'
Just like the previous series, this book was also a short and quick read. I’m sure the next two will be as well. The suspense made it seem even faster because you just want to know what will happen next and aren’t able to put the book down. Of course the ending has me at the edge of my seat and I’ll dive right into the second book.
'Being in control of my surroundings and myself is what keeps my instincts sharp. I depend on it at all times. But with Avery, I feel that control slipping, weakening more and more every second.'
Avery made it really hard for Quinn to resist her. And who can blame him?! She's such a temptation. I can’t wait to see more of the safe and guarded Quinn losing control of his black and white life. I loved his protectiveness and need to see him unravel and shed his controlled demeanor to protect the woman he has feelings for.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Book Review: With Visions of Red #3 by Trisha Wolfe

The final showdown!
Phew! What a ride it’s been. Who knew that this was going to be such a complex murder case?! Oh my, what a suspenseful mindfuck. It was way more intricate than what I thought it would be, but oh so good!!

When you like gripping suspense with a little steam added to the mix, this series is a great storyline to dive into especially because it's so unpredictable.

The Story:
Since someone close to Sadie was taken by the killer, time was running out way faster than ever. With barely anyone to trust, will Sadie be able to find the woman in time and save her before the killer loses his interest and discards of her too?

Thoughts:
Colton was a rock for Sadie. He helped her in so many ways and guided her into acceptance of her inner demon. Sadly, their relationship took a backseat in this final installment, although there was never the entire focus on it before either but rather on catching the killer – which I preferred anyway. But at the end, I was unsure where their future will lead them and that’s kind of unsatisfying.

Regardless, the suspense in the story was there from start to finish and somehow I did not see the ending coming. I also did not guess entirely correctly about the villain, although I had a suspect at one point whom I discarded too quickly. Other than that, there was no way to discover the bad guy until he was revealed by the author. I loved this a lot because there’s no better way to ruin the suspense of a story than to uncover the villain right from the start.

The only thing I wasn’t keen on again was the UNSUB’s POV because somehow his chapters confused me every time during this entire series and I didn't like the way it was written at some parts. Maybe it was purposely but for me it was rather irritating and took me out of the suspenseful and thrilling mood I was in from Sadie's POV’s.

Can't say that I saw the ending coming and I also can't say that I was very fond of it, but I liked it nonetheless in a strange way.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Friday, May 3, 2019

Book Review: With Visions of Red #2 by Trisha Wolfe


I NEED MORE!!
Can it get any more thrilling?! I can’t take no more! Some of my questions had been answered in this book but those hints were killing me! I really need to know who the killer is!!

I wasn’t a hundred percent sure if the killer was revealed or if the author was only teasing me. I really don’t know what to believe anymore. And the ending was the final blow!! Oh my! I need the next book right now!!
'Sometimes the lure to become the thing we fear – just to alleviate that fear – is too great a temptation.'
I’d thought it would be easier to get captivated by this story right from the start since my mind was still in this world after having finished the first book only a couple of days ago, but it took me a few chapters to get sucked in. Though after that bumpy start, it took off right into an edge gripping suspense. This was definitely better and more thrilling than the first book.
And the ending! Oh my God! The characters turned me on (who knew that rope play could be so damn hot?!), just to bring me down within seconds and have cold chills run through my entire body.

The Story:
Since the killer contacted Sadie, he can't stay away. She has to watch her back now more than ever and it's not only her being threatened. Though the questions remain the same, who was this guy?! Someone from her past? Someone who was obsessed with her?! And why?
'How much does the UNSUB really know about me? What are his intentions – what will he do with that information?'
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Book Review: With Visions of Red #1 by Trisha Wolfe


The ending made me want to dive right into the second book. It was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat for at least half of the story. Though the book didn’t grab me right from the start and I was always made aware of it being fictional due to the killer’s POV. Other than that, I liked Sadie’s character as well as Colton’s and Quinn’s.
I’m still edgy because I don’t know who the killer is and I keep guessing and pointing my finger. It’s addictive and I already put all the other connecting books of this series on my tbr pile.

The Story:
Sadie Bonds led two lives. By day she worked as a profiler to catch killers and by night she sought out a place where she could let her inner demons roam.
When she met Colton, she was torn between the allurement and the danger of what it would mean to give in to her inner desire. He wanted to free her and make her face her demons. But was she able to accept his help? Could she ever break the chains of fear?!
‘I now know what evil lurks where even the light is afraid to shine.’
Thoughts:
I don't know why I expected this book to be a dark read, it wasn’t, or rather it didn’t feel that way, though it had some darkish elements and very hot moments. Maybe I’m just used to darker books. Anyway, it wasn’t what I anticipated but it was a great read and a suspenseful crime story. It mostly followed Sadie, how she was constantly on edge because of her demons that held her captive for years, and the investigation of the horrifying deaths in her town.

Sadie’s past still haunted her and made her seem a little paranoid at times. I liked this though because it gave the story even more edge.

Colton is still a mystery to me because there's something about him which I can’t pinpoint. He has a secret past of his own that hasn’t been revealed yet and I can’t wait to find out more. He’s a controlled man and I loved his calmness and how he slowly seduced Sadie with his words and deliberate actions.

Detective Quinn was rather unimposing at first but I came to like him more and more.

I liked this book a lot but somehow I couldn’t fully fall in love, though I was very much captured at the end. It was an alluring story nonetheless and I highly recommend giving it a try.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Release Blitz: Fluffy by Julia Kent

Fluffy
by Julia Kent
Genre:
Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30th, 2019
 
Blurb:

An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent


It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day.
The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with a naked star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43561153-fluffy
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Excerpt:
 
“Do you use the proper terms for everything, Mallory?” He makes an inarticulate sound as I peel the gauze off the cut, wiping gently. “You call your pretty place a vulva, right? And you use the word vagina.”
“'Pretty place'?”
He shrugs.
“And yes, I do. Vulva and vagina. And then there’s the clitoris,” I say primly.
“What’s that?”
“What’s what?”
“A clitoris. Never heard of it.”
I freeze and look down at him. Bright eyes meet mine. Is he serious?
“The clitoris is a nerve cluster above the opening to the vagina,” I begin, taking a breath to continue my impromptu human sexuality lecture, because when a man tells you they don’t know what a clitoris is, you educate them immediately.
For the sisterhood. All the women Will is going to sleep with from here on out will thank me later.
He starts to laugh. I’m so tempted to pour the small bottle of isopropyl alcohol directly on his wound, but I’m a kind, compassionate woman, so instead I dab it on with a swab.
“OW!” he bellows.
“Sorry.”
“You’re not sorry at all.”
“I’m sorry for your sex partners that you have no idea what a clitoris is, Will.”
“I know what it is. And my tongue knows how to find one. Blindfolded.”
“Why would you blindfold your tongue?”
 
 
About the author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.

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Blog Tour: Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

Pretty Reckless
by L.J. Shen
Genre: Standalone High School Romance
Release Date: April 26th, 2019
 
 Blurb:

We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…


Penn
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.
 
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Excerpt:

“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team.
“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.”
“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.”
When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.
“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”
Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before.
His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty.
We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.
Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense.
“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”
“Not if I ruin you first.”
About the author:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review: Tempting Christa by Tracie Delaney & M. A. Comley


Christa fled from her dark past and wanted to feel safe again in her new home far away from the people who hurt her badly. Getting a restart in life wasn’t easy though and finding a job was just as hard. But she was a strong and determined woman with an inquisitive mind.
When Dayton Somers made her an unbeatable offer she was torn between accepting it and running far away from yet another rich guy trying to pursue her.
‘Never again would I allow a man to control me, not even one as formidable as the man standing in front of me now.’
Although Dayton wasn’t like her ex, there were still some similarities at first which made Christa cautious because rich, controlling men weren’t what she was looking for especially when said man was her boss and used to getting what he wanted. She went through hell before she came to New York but came out alive and swore to never fall for a man like that again.
‘I’d allowed a man to break me once. It wouldn’t be happening a second time.’
The story was told from Dayton’s and Christa’s POV and slowly revealed the troubled pasts of both characters. While I enjoyed the story a lot and liked how Christa fought against the monsters who were trying to destroy her, I think that it moved too fast in some regards. Maybe I would have liked it better from only one POV because having both main characters with dark histories and secrets felt a bit crowded especially because it only grazed on the heavy topics (although Christa’s had some more depth). That’s obviously a personal matter but I just prefer when it focuses on one thing and goes deep all the way or not at all.

I loved how the book started and Christa’s reservations toward Dayton and his proposals. She didn’t give in easily and posed a challenge for the demanding and controlling business magnate Dayton Somers. Max was adorable as well although he could have been more involved for my liking since there was a new man in their lives.
What irked me a bit was how - after only a short time and without much happening - Dayton the womanizer and forever bachelor all of a sudden wanted it all, the girlfriend, kids etc., without seemingly any development of his character.
Maybe I wasn’t as involved in the story as others but I just didn’t feel their sudden connection. Or it may have been because of how jumpy it felt at times when things moved along rather fast without smooth transitions.
Other than that I really liked the storyline and the ending had my heart rate speed up. Now I am impatiently awaiting the next book.

-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by the author. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cover Reveal: A Really Bad Idea by Jeannine Colette

A Really Bad Idea
by Jeannine Colette
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: May 14th, 2019

Blurb:

Everyone has a best friend. Mine just happens to be Dr. Christian Gallagher— the gorgeous, green-eyed heart surgeon who wants to have a baby with me.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When my mother approached me on my thirty-third birthday with a brochure for egg freezing, it was a glaring reminder that my biological clock is ticking toward its expiration date. I’ve always dreamed of being a mom and had a plan — one that was destroyed when I caught my professional hockey player husband in bed with another woman.

Despite my broken heart I still believe in love. I want the happily ever after, but I also want a child desperately and won't settle in order to make it happen.

That’s why when I decided to take my mother’s advice, Christian came up with his own plan: Let’s have a baby together.

It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea. And yet...I can’t stop thinking about how great it could be.

There’s just one condition. Before we have sex (oh, yes, we’re doing this the old fashioned way!) Christian is adamant we go on three dates.

Sounds easy, but it's not.I thought sex would be the hard part, but the dates are only making me fall for the man I’ve known almost my entire life.

Whoever said sex doesn't change things never went to bed with their best friend. 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33285202-a-really-bad-idea
 

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About the author:
 
Jeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Release Blitz: Crazy for Your Love by Lexi Ryan

Crazy for Your Love
by Lexi Ryan
Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #5
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
 
Blurb:

A family wedding with a fake boyfriend, meddling parents, and an obsessive ex . . . What could go wrong?

The only thing worse than being single at my sister’s wedding is finding out that my ex will be there too. Not just any ex—the guy everyone expected me to marry, the man I came to Jackson Harbor to escape.

Now I need a date, and fast. Enter Carter Jackson—the firefighter who’s dealing with an unwanted five minutes of fame ever since a shirtless photo of him saving a puppy went viral. He’s warding off propositions left and right, and he needs a fake relationship as much as I do.

Sweet and sexy, Carter is completely off-limits. See, I have a rule. A no heartache rule. Not only is Carter my friend and a known heartbreaker, but his job as a firefighter puts him in danger daily, and that’s something I just can’t handle.

The commitment between us might be pretend, but the passion all too real. As crazy as it makes me, I have to keep Carter at an arm’s length. Even that might not be enough to spare my heart. 
 
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About the author:

Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com

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Cover Reveal: Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

Pretty Reckless
by L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High #1
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29th, 2019
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs; Model: Austin Victoria

Blurb:
 
We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…


Penn
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.
 
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About the author:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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