31 August 2018

Release with Review:: You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy

31 August

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy Series: Forever Yours Book 1 Publication Date: August 29, 2018 Genre: New Adult Romance
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SYNOPSIS: I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.
Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.
By text message.
Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…
We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.
This time, I’m going to make her mine.
Forever.
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Review:

This one was different and I loved that. I loved that the male character wasn't the one to have doubts and break up the relationship. I loved that Amanda felt like she needed to give Jordan his space. It sucked that so many insecurities were in play but at age 19, yea you have them. You are not confident. A long distance relationship is hard. Jordan didn't handle it well, he allowed college and football to rule his life. Amanda did what she thought was best, she just didn't think she had broken the man she loved as much as she had.
I loved that Jordan loved Amanda. He didn't think he had done anything wrong. He was on a path to become a star and he wanted to take Amanda with him. He didn't know why they had broken up, he just knew that his heart was in two because of it.
Their connection is still there and with a little liquid courage and the world of social media, it is able to be explored. This story was sweet and had all the feels.

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Excerpt:
Jordan
Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.
Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?
I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.
“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.
Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.
Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…
She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.
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Meet Monica:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Release with Review:: Unbreak This Heart by Betty Shreffler

31 August


Title: Unbreak This Heart
Author: Betty Shreffler
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: August 31, 2018



Blurb

Ever since that horrific night, I’d shut men completely out of my life. I’d gone from the spunky, fun, Alex DeMarco to a broken woman terrified of intimacy. Easing me back into dating, my best friend sets me up with kickboxing lessons from my charming and perfectly sculpted instructor—Carter Maxwell.   

Carter’s goal is to break through my emotional barrier and mold my heart just like he molds my body, but trusting men is a battle I’m not ready for. What’s worse is my ex fiancé, Todd Livingston—the man who tore my heart in two—wants me back, and as much as I’d like to deny it, the feelings are still there.

Both men want what I can’t give—my body and my love—and neither are willing to give up the fight. But only one of them can unbreak this heart of mine. 







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Review:
We meet people for reasons. I have always believed that. Sometimes to learn a lesson, sometimes to find love, sometimes to have our heart broken. Alex is broken, she is a victim that has taken a lot of time to recover. She has her bad days but she is working through it. Her friends have been there for her. They encourage her. She still doesn't want a man in her life to ruin the good vibes she does have though.
Carter comes into her life like a hurricane. He settles her nerves, he is able to show her that not all men are evil. They have a heck of a ride and some bad things happen but their love prevails. Their love will conquer it all and show you that if you put your heart out there it can be taken care of.


Praise for
Unbreak This Heart

"Every single page has you addicted and craving more." ~ Goodreads Reviewer

"Holy Moly! This book was an emotional rollercoaster, I went through every emotion possible. Alex's story shows that a person can survive a tragedy, and become a stronger person in the end...This is for sure one of my top reads of 2018. This is a must read!" ~ Goodreads Reviewer





Author Bio

Betty Shreffler is a bestselling author of paranormal romantic suspense and contemporary romance. She writes sexy and suspenseful stories with hot alphas and kickass heroines with twists you don’t expect. She also writes beautiful and sexy romances with tough women and their journeys at finding love. Betty is a mix of country, nerdy, sassy, sweet and a whole lot of sense of humor. She’s a fan of photography, reading, watching movies, hiking, traveling, drinking wine, and all things romantic. She lives with her amazing hubs and five fur babies. If she’s not writing or doing book events, then you can find her behind the lens of a camera, in the woods, or sipping wine behind a deliciously steamy book.


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24 August 2018

Read:: Until Susan (Kindle Worlds: Happily Ever Alpha) by C.P. Smith

24 August
We finally get James and Susan's story. We were given just a little taste in Until November but here is the nitty gritty details. James knew from the moment he saw Susan that he had found his one. His BOOM. He knew that his life would never be the same. Susan, of course, tried to fight it. She tried to fight the attraction and make him move on to someone else. Their story is everything it needed to be. It was everything that we would expect from a Mayson man.






From the world of NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Aurora Rose Reynolds. See how the Mayson clan began. You've read their sons' stories, now it's James and Susan's turn. Experience the boom all over again in this action-packed novella of insta-love and suspense from Author CP Smith.

“What if I’d never broken down on the side of the road?”
Images looped in my mind’s eye like a movie on a spool, pulling me back toward the past. Me in my nurse’s cap after moving to Murfreesboro. James in his uniform, a sexy smirk masking his features as he leaned against my car. The old convertible Mustang I used to drive recklessly. They all swam together in a collage of my life.
I fought the onslaught, as well as sleep, but eventually I drifted to that place where memories and dreams collided—both the good and the bad—and pushed back against them, trying to avoid the darkest moments of my past. But sometimes, no matter how hard you tried to forget, the past demanded to be revisited—if only to appreciate what life had given you.

Release with Review:: Absinthe of the Heart (Sins of Yesterday #1) by Monica James

24 August
Wowser. Wow. Wow. This book started off with a bang. We meet the parents of our stars. We get the back story of the families and how the future was laid out for these teens. When we meet London and Holland in high school. They loathe each other. They don't know any better. It's been bread in them to not like each other. But what happens when they like each other? Chaos. The whole world tilts. Monica leaves us on our toes looking over the edge, waiting for the next shoe to drop. She had me wide eyed and heart racing through the entire book. These characters, I fell in love. I really hope we get more of them so that we can see how life treats them.





Two households, unlike in dignity, in the City of Angels is where we lay our scene...

London Sinclair was the boy my mother warned me about for as long as I can remember. His name alone has brought my family nothing but shame and suffering, so it’s no surprise we’ve been sworn enemies since the first moment we met.

With his bedroom eyes and cocky smile, he has all the girls under his spell. I have one more year of school left, and then I’m home free because I’m guarding a secret, one I’m ashamed to keep.

The boy who is completely off-limits is the one who drives me, Holland Brooks, wild. I want London, and I think…he wants me, too.

Some may compare it to a Shakespearian tragedy, as our surnames have fated our future, but when a single night changes my life forever, I can’t leave the City of Angels fast enough.

Ten years later, I have atoned for my sins and return to Los Angeles a changed woman. I’ve come home to get married. But the moment London walks back into my life, one thing is clear. Ten years can’t undo that night—that single, sinful night when I gave into temptation—because I want to do it again.

23 August 2018

Giveaway:: $20 Amazon Gift Card + Puzzle Pause Prize Pack Giveaway

23 August
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Initiation is an interactive mystery that combines the best of paper and screen. Packed with popular puzzles, coded messages, and twists and turns around every corner, this book promises hours of fun. The book is divided into five stages. In each stage you will solve puzzles, complete activities and gather keys that will unlock secret messages on a website. As you work through the puzzles you will be gathering clues to solve your first mystery. What makes this book unique is that anyone can do it. There is no answer key in the back of the book because you will know when you solved the puzzle correctly using the key check on the website -- but don't worry, the creators are prepared to assist you if you need a little extra help along the way, or come across a puzzle you don't know how to solve.
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Giveaway:: HueTrition $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

23 August

Do you think of your plate as a colorful canvas? Do you struggle with diet and choosing the right foods at meal time? When we think of our plate in terms of color, we are feeding our body in a way that is life changing -- not a diet plan! HueTrition is a new way of thinking about food! Do you have a favorite food color yet?
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Food as Fuel to Color Your World

HueTrition is the parent company to an entire world of colorful hues. In the fall of 2017, they launched their first app, HuePets at the Food & Nutrition Conference in Chicago. HuePets is a free program that consists of an game-like mobile app for kids and a website for parents that makes it fun for kids to eat healthy and try new things! Kids scan their food in real life, and feed their HuePet. With a balanced diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, they watch their HuePet grow into a HueMaster and collect real life rewards set up by their parents. Together with Amazon, HueTrition set up a rewards program that allows parents to insert toys/games/clothing right from Amazon as a reward for eating a balanced diet. Learn more about this free app and find FREE Printable color and activity pages HERE.
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Release with Review:: We'll Begin Again by Laurèn Lee

23 August
This is a second chance novel but its a lot of different kind of second chances. This book grabbed me from the beginning and held me until the end. William is a veteran who has had his fair share of tragedy in his life. He is living the only way he knows how to right now, the only way that he is afforded with having to life the live that was dealt to him.
Amelia is learning to live a different life. She is raising her son practically alone moving a few hours from his father. Her second chance has many meanings that you will see her grow into. You will find yourself rooting for this single mother that is in her own way most of the time. You will be cheering when she makes decisions that not only better her but better her son.
You don't meet people on accident. I truly believe that and this book will make you believe it also. Amelia is meant to meet William. She is pulled towards him, cannot leave him alone actually. She wants to help him, wants to give him a foot to stand on, she just doesn't realize that in reality he gave her two feet to stand on. This was a beautifully told story and I loved every minute reading.




The hardest part about starting over is choosing where to Begin Again.

Sexy and sophisticated Amelia Montgomery is a powerful corporate lawyer by day. By night, however, she is a single mom whose biggest trial is keeping up with her boisterous nine-year-old son. When Amelia is offered a new job, she jumps at the opportunity to start again, miles away from her ex and his new family. But hitting ‘reset’ may just prove to be her biggest challenge yet.

William Divola, without a clear direction in life, joined the United States Army. When tragedy strikes overseas, he returns home to find a situation not much better than the harrowing war zones he’d just left. Once again left with no options, William takes to the streets with nothing but his grit and determination to survive.

When the wounded Amelia and desperate William cross paths, they form an unlikely bond. Despite their differences, they discover each may hold the key to unlocking the future and closing the door on the past. But some scars run deep, leaving both Amelia and William to question if it’s too late to Begin Again.

Release with Review:: Love, Inevitable (Colorado Mountain Novels Book 1) by Xana Jordan

23 August
I loved this very sweet and emotional story. It will make you fall for Vann and want to hug Adeline. This story cuts deep digging into a past that will create a lot of doubt. Vann is up for the challenge though and he does a stand up job showing who he loves and how he isn't going anywhere. The story was great and went quickly. Their friends and family are golden and such a good support system. Vann is so sweet you might want to jump in the book and steal him from Adelaide.




ADELEI
One day I woke up happier than I could've ever imagined. The sun was shining, the birds singing... I had everything.

But life never goes the way we planned. Sometimes, things come from nowhere and knock us off course, leaving us broken and lost.

Meeting him gave me a spark of hope, but I won't fall for his promises.

VANN
My time in the Marines has taught me to appreciate the little things in life. I served my country proudly, and would do it all over again.

Meeting her gave me a new mission, one I accept gladly.

I've never failed an assignment, and I won't start now.

I'll do whatever it takes to show her the inevitable.



Read:: Scoring the Quarterback (San Diegan #2) by S.M. Soto

23 August
This is my first read from S.M. and it was a good beginning. We have Natalia's point of view for about 75% of the story and she has gone from one bad break to another. She has never had anyone focus on her. She has never felt that she can depend on that one person. Everyone around her has let her down.
Enter Luke Caldwell. This popular and cocky guy puts his sights on her. He is fascinated by her. I don't think he dislikes her as much as he portrays. Working together on a class assignment has them going from heated arguments to talking about their dreams and pasts.
They really couldn't be any different. Their upbringing to their futures. And just when you think Luke is turning it all around, he'll grab you by heart and rip it out. This one will keep you on edge until the end. It was beautifully written.




Luke Caldwell has three abhorrent qualities to him:
1) He's a pig-headed jock.
2) He's a grade A asshole with the biggest, overbearing ego.
3) He's a manwhore.

These three qualities alone should've had me running for the hills. I tried to steer clear of him, I really did, but it was an impossible feat. Luke Caldwell was nothing if not persistent, and the way he bulldozed through my life, not taking no for an answer is proof of it.

I tried to stay away from him.

I wanted to hate him. But I couldn't. Luke was nothing like the idiot jock I pegged him out to be. He became a friend, a confidant, and after one unforgettable night, he became so much more.

Whatever this is between us, it's impossible to ignore. I just hope when all is said and done, I won't be burned by the college bad boy.

Praise of the book:
"This book is a page turner for all the college romance lovers out there, I read this book in one sitting and would highly suggest it. S.M Soto brings the perfect amount of angst with sweet." - USA Today Best Selling Author T.L Smith

"The best sports romance I've read this past year!" - Holly S. Roberts author of the USA TODAY Best-Selling novel "Play"

"OMG This book was absolutely amazing I loved it. Luke and Natalia are a perfect pair. Their witty banter back and forth and the angst. I could not put it down. Devoured this book in one night." - Once Upon A Romance Blog 
  "I literally read this cover to cover in one day. There wasn't a moment when I could put it down. Soto created characters and a relationship that was so addictive I couldn't bring myself to stop reading until the last page was turned. This is a new author I discovered and based on this novel alone, it won't be the last time I one click her books. If you love a sport romance with some friends to lovers spread throughout then make sure you one click this one. You won't walk away disappointed!" - Emily from Southern Vixens Book Obsessions 

"You remember the first time you read a NA book that just made you so freaking excited and addicted to the genre and you couldn't get enough. The very first one. That first time feeling that is thrilling and every reader wants to repeat. 

This is it. 

I was holding my breath and falling in love with this book. I can't recommend it enough. I've missed this feeling so much and will be forever devoted to SM Soto for giving it to me!" - Fiona Cole 

Read:: Surface (Guarding Her #1) by Anna Brooks

23 August
What do you do when you are in love with someone that still needs to grow? With someone that still needs to find themselves? You distance yourself, that's what Royce does. He knows he's in trouble the minute he is assigned to Paisley. They get along, they laugh, they have a great time together. It's a little issue of age and working for her father that seems to be a problem. Royce takes a few assignments that make him busy. Paisley graduates high school and begins life.
When Royce reenters, she is flabbergasted. She is mad about him leaving, she is upset about feeling things for him that cannot be at this time.
I liked the relationship between these two. They just bounced off of each other and worked well. The mystery of who done it was also a great plot in the story because I didn't see the ending coming. There is a lot going on while they are getting to know each other but it's not too much to take away from the story.




She was off limits. Too young. The boss’s daughter.

Forbidden.

I knew it all along, but it didn’t change the absolute possession I felt when it came to her… nothing would change how I felt about her.

So I did what I had to; I waited until the time was right to make her mine, only to find out there is one thing that could ruin it all.

***

The Guarding Her series contains adult content and is intended for readers 18+. Each book can be read as a standalone.

Reading order:
Surface
Drift
Edge
Closer (coming soon)
Roam (coming soon)

Release with Review:: Double Down by Alessandra Torre

23 August
This story was incredible. It was wonderfully told and kept me on edge until the end. Bell's world has been turned upside down and backwards. She is just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Dario is doing everything in his power to keep Bell save and get her back home. This story kept me on my toes and I loved how these two stayed in sync during all of the chaos in their lives. 





The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet... In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man... and I fell for him.

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

Note: This book should be read after Even Money (available now).

Release with Review:: The Off-Season by Megan Green

23 August
I am not a big baseball fan but I love sports romance books. This series is shaping up to become a favorite. In the first book, we meet Tag and Lexi. Tag is Washington's superstar and killing it on the team. He loves his women and finds out the hard way how that can ruin your life. One woman, one story and sponsors start dropping him. He needs to get away from it all and his friend lends his cabin. Soon Tag is in the middle of no where trying to stay away from it all.
His neighbor, Lexi, is rebuilding her life, she is also rebuilding a house. She has decided that home improvement is her way to cleanse herself. Problem is: she's tiny and some things you just need a big guy for. Enter her new neighbor. Although Lexi is annoyed at Tag, they slowly become friends. He helps her with her house and she smarts off to him. They have his wonderful weird relationship. I thought the story was wonderful, showing how people change and how they deserve a second chance.




Ian "Tag" Taggart is innocent.
The day Tag's world comes crashing down around him, he's sitting in a fast food drive-thru, waiting on an order of fries. Golden boy of the MLB and shortstop for the Washington Rampage, Tag quickly finds himself losing grip on his superstar life with the use of two awful words: sexual assault.

Tag's willing to do anything to prove to the world he'd never commit the crime he's been accused of. In a last-ditch effort to revamp his image, his agent forces him out of the spotlight and into the mountains of Colorado.

The quiet town of Maple Lake is everything Seattle isn't.

And Lexi Barnes is everything he wasn't expecting to find.

It's game on this off-season.

Release with Review:: The Downside of Love (Blue Line #2) by Meghan Quinn

23 August
So this conclusion is nothing that I expected. We are told a great love story that develops from friendship. A friendship that must go through many hurtles to survive. A friendship that is brought to light after a long time of playing a game of keep away. The feelings become stronger as the friendship blossoms. The emotions are must deeper than we read in the first book. Meghan is the Queen of making me feel. She is excellent at her work, bringing you characters that you fall in love with, characters that you feel with, and characters that allow you to laugh and cry. I didn't expect the love story to be told the way it was, by who it was told by, and how it was told. Meghan surprised me and twisted my heart. Now my question is will there be more of this group of friends?




This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved.
This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would.
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself.

No, this is my story.

A story about sacrifice.
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl.
A story I wish I never had to tell.

This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.

22 August 2018

Release with Review:: The Upside of Falling (Blue Line #1) by Meghan Quinn

22 August
I was speechless when I finished. I loved how this story was told. I loved that Meghan introduced us to Colby and gave us his back story. We found out what made him tick. We got a front row seat to his family life. When we meet Rory, she is at a party, trying to have a good time. This story had a lot of ups and downs as Colby is a silent man. A silent man that slowly comes out of his shell because of Rory. I was impressed that young adults this age wrote letters, communicated, and tackled real life. By the end though, by the end I was ready to just grab Colby and hold onto him tight. Here's to waiting for the ending, for waiting to see if Colby gets a shot at adult life and stops being so serious. The man needs to take a break.




Gripping, heart-stopping, and an incredibly epic journey with a twist you'll never see coming. Best selling author, Meghan Quinn, brings you a modern take on an old fashion romance that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.

Release with Review:: The Cleanup (Washington Rampage #2) by Megan Green

22 August









Title: The Cleanup
Series: Washington Rampage #2
Author: Megan Green
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2018



Blurb

Boy meets girl.
Boy screws girl.
Girl gets knocked up.

That was my story with Brandon Jeffers, power hitter for the Washington Rampage and baseball’s biggest bad boy. He came into my life like a line drive to the face, and he left without looking back.

It’s okay though, because I’m determined to raise this baby on my own. I mean, women for centuries have navigated parenthood alone…why should I be any different?

But when the major league star shows up on my doorstep making promises I know he can't keep, my defenses go up and my expectations stay low.

Brandon says he can clean up his act…

I’ll believe it when I see it.


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Review:
Liv and Brandon were a tough case. She was a loner. She was used to taking care of herself and having no help. She has a small circle and if she lets you in, it means you should consider yourself special. Brandon loves women. He is a ballplayer and has no time for relationships. Amazing how a couple small words like, 'I'm having your baby' can change your life perspective. Brandon tries, he really does to be there for Liv and the baby. She made it overly difficult. She thought she had it all figured out, she didn't give him much of a chance. It was hard to like her. These two fight hard for it all to work but they do, they make up a lot of ground in 9 months.






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Megan lives in Northern Utah with her handsome hubby, Adam. When not writing, chances are you’ll find her curled up with her Kindle. Besides reading and writing, she loves movies, animals, chocolate, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!


Release with Review:: Memories of Us Fabiola Francisco

22 August
This was one of the sweetest stories I have read in a long time. We didn't get the man-whore that is seen so much. We don't see the girl that couldn't move on after a break up. What we see and get are two people that try to heal without the other but cannot. Hunter is following his dreams. Mckenzie is working on herself. When they reconnect you feel all the feels. You feel their connection. You feel how much they belong together.




A new second chance, Rebel Desire Spinoff
The life I'm living was supposed to be ours, not just mine, and without her it means nothing.
I couldn't climb on stage and sing to a crowd, knowing the one person my songs were meant for was miles away from me. Writing songs about her is the best I can do until she comes back because I know we're not over. We're just on pause, like your favorite song when you need a moment to take it in. But as soon as I find her, I'm pressing play on our love story.

*This is a standalone novel 

Read:: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

22 August
My heart with this one couldn't take it. Melanie was superb relating these two characters and making you feel. She had me relating to Margot and her feelings and then wanting to hug Jack. This story tugged at all the feels and had me wishing I could make it all better.




Jack Valentini isn’t my type.

Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.

Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.

But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.

His huge, hard muscles.

Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.

And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.

But he’s wrong.

I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

Release with Review Behind Me by Piper Reagan

22 August
This story was super emotional. It was one with a little bit of everything. You will want to hug Josephine. You will want to cry with her. You will fall in love with these two. Josephine got a raw deal as a teenager. She had parents that were not supportive at all. She is hiding still though, she isn't living fully.
Cain has a hard job. A job that tortures his soul. As soon as he meets Josephine, his Blue J, he is calm. I loved the building relationship of these two. I loved watching these two develop into one. Cain does everything he can to support Josephine on her journey of life.










I don’t even know who I am anymore.
Josephine… My birth name. The one my parents gave me and the one they can have. It makes me no difference.
Joss… That’s what my friends call me. I like it. It means they know me. Sort of.
Blue J… My stage name. It hides me when I need it to.
Bird… That’s what he calls me. And he’s the only one.

He gave me a new name. One that was branded on my skin our first night together, placed there by his lips. The night that was supposed to be our first and our last. Because if he sees the me hiding behind the fake name, will he even want me?

Cain
She slipped out, right through my fingers. But that won’t work for me. Her voice made an impression, her touch left its mark. And when I find her, I’ll make sure she remembers the way it felt.

But how can a girl who hides herself, living her life in a convent and afraid to face the world, ever fall for a man who kills people for a living? Can the death row prison guard and the girl struggling to break free come together? Or will their differences keep them from finding their forever?


Behind Me is a contemporary romance with adult language and sexual content and is intended for an audience 18 and over.

Release with Review:: Even Money (All In Duet #1) by Alessandra Torre

22 August
Word of advice before I begin, do not start this book before bed thinking it will relax you and you will put it down. I did that. I did not sleep. I finished the book. Once I began, I could not and would not put it down. The pull you feel from these two will keep you going until the last word. We meet Bell and we meet her friends. We see her past and her present. It was an eye opener to what can happen to screw with your life. Bell didn't ask for hers to be wrecked but it was. She meets Dario at her place of employment. He is gorgeous, powerful, and has lots of money. Dario sets his sights on Bell and moves in for the kill. He finds his heart and digs for Bell's. This story grabbed me and gobbled me up. It was in the middle of the night when I finished and am currently waiting for the conclusion. I have to know what happens. This was a perfect mix of love and mystery. Its a tale of complication and heart ache.




From an NYT Bestseller... a jaw-dropping story of a Vegas casino owner and his seduction of the one woman who could destroy his perfect life.
Dario Capece was a walking disaster, wrapped in thousand-dollar suits and reeking of power. I felt him before I saw him, like the hint of a storm electrifying the air. He touched me, and my heart gave up everything in the heat of the connection.
I should have walked away. I didn't.
He should have kept his hands to himself. He didn't.
Some storms can't be stopped.
And some storms? They bring death.
*This is book 1 in a duet. The second book, Double Down, is available now.*

Release with Review:: Tossed into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

22 August
I loved how strong Libby was in this story. She wanted something and she pursued that dream. She loved her clothes and shoes, however she wasn't scared of getting dirty. She kept to herself but she always had a plan in the works. Her heart was as big as the moon.
Antonio judged Libby before he even knew her. I couldn't stand that he lumped her right in with another crowd before she could open her big heart to him. Thankfully his parents loved her so she was around for him to get to know her better. This story was a little rough in the making, but these two once they began together, melted my heart.




Can the best of enemies become the hottest of lovers? New York Times bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds proves that opposites can be compatible—and twice as combustible…
Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.

Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

17 August 2018

Release with Review:: Rules of Friendship by CA Harms

17 August

Title: Rules of Friendship
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: A Friends-To-Lovers Standalone Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2018
As a guy, the number one rule to being best friends with a girl should be simple…
Never, and I do mean never, fall in love with her. 
Oh and you should never fantasize about her either.
Believe me, that situation can get messy really fast and leave you with nothing but one hell of an awkward mess on your hands—literally.
Reese and I have been through everything together; our bond is deep. But I am going down fast, and I fear there is no way to stop it. I spend most of my time hiding my body’s reaction to her because like I said: just friends.
But things are changing. We are changing. 
I no longer see her as just Reese, my best friend. When I look at her now, I see a gorgeous woman that takes my breath away. I see my future. But what if she doesn’t see me the same way? 
I can’t risk losing her… 
The fear of screwing everything up is excruciating. So that’s why I have chosen to stick to the rules. The Rules of Friendship that is. 
She was off limits. Plain and simple. 
But then in she walks wearing her tiny shorts and those tight tops. Come on, a guy can only have so much restraint before he caves…


Review:
When thinking of friends turned to lovers, I always refer to 'When Harry Met Sally', don't you? "What I'm saying is--and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form--is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." -Harry explaining his entire philosophy to Sally
When beginning this, that was the scene in my head. Dawson is sitting there thinking about his best friend in a sexual manner, knowing that as a friend he really shouldn't be. But don't friends make the best lovers? Reese will find out when Dawson puts it all on the line.
This book was really light and funny. It was true CA material, right down to it, a little drama but nothing that makes your heart stop and the characters are really easy to relate to. You want to be friends with this group. You understand where they are in life. The story is cute and I loved it. 


C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.
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