Friday, September 20, 2019

Review Round Up ~ September 20

Arc's and Recent Releases

Captivating in LoveCaptivating in Love by Bella Andre

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

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This is an entertaining entry into a long running series featuring a set of foster siblings as they find true love. The authors have moved through the original cast and are now telling the stories of key secondary cast members.

Gideon and Rosie are part of the Maverick group by relation to Ari, one of the previous leading ladies. Both are characters that are easy to like and want good things for. I appreciated the emotional evolution Gideon experienced, almost like once he really spent time with Rosie, she was the balm to release some of his pain and fears.

There is an interesting plot twist to bring these two even closer together while also cementing their places in the Maverick universe. Add in too little boy scene stealers and this is definitely a fun read.

My one “complaint” is that while this is technically a stand alone, it is so firmly entrenched in the series that it might be hard for someone starting here to not feel lost. I would strongly recommend reading at least one of two of the other Maverick books first.


The CannonThe Cannon by Leslie Pike

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

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The Cannon is part of the Swift Series and focuses on Bristol (the sister of the family at the center of the series) and Sawyer, a baseball phenomenon playing for the team her family owns.

I enjoyed Sawyer and Bristol’s story. They are both interesting characters with back stories that have potential for creating issues/baggage. Seeing them interact and deal with those things was sweet.

As with all things from Ms Pike, the Cannon was well written and engaging. So why then is this only a 3.5 star read?

My first (and probably biggest) issue comes from the the fact that is the third book in the series. I somehow (and need to fix this) have missed the first two book in the series. Certain secondary characters are written as if we know the backstory and while it doesn’t detract from Bristol and Sawyer’s story, it was still there poking at me while I read.

The second piece for me was this didn’t seem to have the seamless flow to it that I expect from Ms Pike’s writing. The only thing I can put my finger on for why I feel this way was the introduction of a secondary character who seemed prominent to the story, but then seemed to fade away with no additional mentions. I don't want to be a spoiler, so I won't share more - you will have to read the book to find out!

Overall, this is an entertaining and fun/sweet read. I am curious about the other books in the series and can't want to see what Ms Pike has for us next!


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hold On To Hope ~ A L Jackson ~ Cover Reveal

Hold on to Hope

A best friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance from A.L. Jackson

Coming October 28th

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Photo: Michelle Lancaster

A best friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .
Evan Bryant wasn't your typical hero.
But he was mine.
Broken by the worlds’ standards, he was still the strongest boy I would ever know.
My best friend. The boy I’d given everything to. My heart, my body, and the promise of forever.
The day I’d needed him most, he walked away.
He left me shattered and questioning the love I’d thought we’d shared.
Three years later, I wasn’t prepared for him to return to Gingham Lakes.
It wouldn’t have mattered if he still wasn’t the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.
My fingers still would have ached to caress his skin.
My body still would have begged to get lost in his touch.
And my heart . . . it would have always sung his name.
But time changes things. With it, secrets that could ruin everything.
Can we find a way to love again, or have the fears of our past stolen the hope of our forever...

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Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, and CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART novels. Watch out for her upcoming stand-alone, HOLD ON TO HOPE, releasing Fall 2019.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Knox ~ Brenda Rothert ~ Cover Reveal

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for KNOX by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the fourth title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Preorder your copy now! It releases on October 22nd.

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Knox by Brenda Rothert

Releasing October 22 | Chicago Blaze, #4

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I’m done.
Getting ditched at the altar is nothing compared to being humiliated there in front of three hundred shocked guests. Apparently I’m no good at spotting the signs your man’s a cheating liar. So I set off solo on my honeymoon to Hawaii, where I realize I’ve got this life thing down just fine on my own.
Friendships and laughter? Yes.
Adventures? Absolutely.
But relationships? Hell no. Never again.
I’m a man of few words. My reputation as a moody prick is deserved, but only the handful of people who really know me see the man beneath the professional mask.
I’m a protector. A warrior. That part is true. But the world doesn’t get to see the rest of me. And women don’t seem to mind my gruff exterior—my bed’s always warm.
I’m content with life—loving it, even—or so I thought. But when I meet a beautiful pastry chef with a broken heart and a smile that softens me down to my soul, I realize I wasn’t really content at all before her.
I only wish I had the words to let her know.

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Steals and Deals ~ September 17 -20



Boss of Me: An enemies-to-lovers, stand-alone romance by Tia Louise (NEW RELEASE) $.99

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Ride Baby Ride (Thompson & Sons Book 1) by Vivian Arend $.99

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In It to Win It: A Wynn Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson $1.99

C.A. Harms Starter Set - 4 books $.99

Fragments of Ash: (inspired by "Cinderella") (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery $.99

Smut: A Standalone Romantic Comedy by Karina Halle $.99

Duke of Manhattan (The Royals Book 3) by Louise Bay $.99

Chasing Fireflies by Claudia Burgoa $2.99 (New Release Pricing - changing soon!)

Before Girl by Kat Canterbury $.99

The Almost Wives Club Box Set: The Complete Series of romantic comedies, Books 1 to 5 by Nancy Warren $.99

Sexy Jerk: An Enemies-to-Lovers, Opposites-Attract Romantic Comedy (Sexy Jerk World Book 1) by Kim Karr $.99

The Will (The Magdalene Series Book 1) by Kristen Ashley $1.99

Soaring (The Magdalene Series Book 2) by Kristen Ashley $1.99

The Time in Between (The Magdalene Series Book 3) by Kristen Ashley $1.99

Tempt The Boss (Tempt Series Book 1) by Natasha Madison $.99

Manic Monday (Charity Case Book 1) by Piper Rayne $.99

The Executive by K I Lynn $.99

The Outpost (Jamison Valley Book 4) by Devney Perry $.99

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review Round Up ~ September 14

Recent Releases

Crazy (The Gibson Boys, #4)Crazy by Adriana Locke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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Peck (the male lead in Crazy) is a secondary character we’ve seen in the three previous Gibson boy books. What we knew of him was fairly superficial- he’s their cousin, a little goofy, a big flirt, and will fight for cheeseball. In Crazy, we get a chance to know the good guy behind the image.

Ms Locke did an amazing job of peeling back the layers of “fun” Peck to get to the real man. It was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with someone who is devoted to his family, has a tendency to put everyone else first, and finagles dinner from family and friends just so he doesn’t have to eat alone.

He’s not a perfect character, he has his baggage and flaws. In this case those things make him the perfect person for his love interest who has her own set of matching Samsonite to cart around.

I enjoyed getting to go on this Crazy ride with Peck and his lady love. For series followers, you will be glad to see a certain mystery resolved. This is also a good chance to catch up with the other Gibson boys and scene stealer, Nana. This is technically a stand alone, but there is enough crossover of characters in all of the books, that I would suggest reading one or two of the others first. We also get our first real glimpse of Peck’s brother and the lone Gibson girl, Blair, also makes an appearance. Does this mean we may see books for them in the future? I sure hope so!


 Unraveled: Corwin & Belle's story (Until You Book 1)Unraveled: Corwin & Belle's story by Christa Wick

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

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This is a super quick, steamy “forbidden” read. The forbidden piece is that Belle has a long time crush on her best friend’s older brother- and guess what, he has a crush on her too.

Given the novella length, we don’t get to know the characters super well, but what we do is sweet and has me rooting for them.

This is the first in a series focusing on 3 (male) high school friends whom have made careers in elite military units. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Silver Brewer by L.B. Dunbar ~ New Release and Review

Title: Silver Brewer: The Silver Foxes of Blue Ridge
Author: L.B. Dunbar 
Genre: Over 40 Romance Stand alone
Release Date: September 12, 2019
Olivet Pierson needs his land. 

Name your price, Mr. Harrington. 

She has her reasons, and this muscular mountain of masculinity isn’t going to get in her way. However, her heart has a different plan after she accepts his crazy conditions: three nights up on the ridge.
George Harrington is a quiet, giant of a man. 
No sale, Cricket.
He’s a war hero, a widower, and COO for the family brewing company, but his life lacks spontaneity. Then, she arrives, chirping away at him, roaming his body with those sky-blue eyes, and negotiating for something he won’t put a price on. Too bad his heart is immediately sold.
With the challenge accepted, this silver fox can no longer deny his desires for something a little different.
Welcome to Blue Ridge where sexy silver foxes meet their match of feisty vixens.
The Harrington brothers are a spin-off from Second Chance, but don’t you worry, this over 40 romance can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

PP’s Bookshelf - “Sexy. Emotional. Angsty. Real. Honest. Heartbreaking. Swoonworthy. Heartwarming.”

Bibliophile Chloe - “Ms. Dunbar doesn't fail to amaze me with her writing of mature characters, still full of life, still wanting to find love and the holy hotness of the chemistry and smexy times!”

Cee Cee Houston - “L.B. Dunbar has found her niche. The over 40’s is definitely a trope she does extremely well.”

“Before you try to steal my land, perhaps you should learn a thing or two about it.”

I stare up at him as his expression turns virile. 

“I know this piece of property could earn you millions.” I look beyond him, taking in the small bit of landscape I can see around his broad hips and crossed arms.
“I told you, I don’t want the money.” He scoffs. “I’m talking about dirt under your toes. Wind in your face. Stars in your eyes.” His eyes nearly dance as though he has undisclosed information he’s waiting to share with me, and strangely, I want to know his secret. And though dirt under my toes doesn’t sound pleasant, it doesn’t sound terrible either.
Tell me. Tell me all your wisdom and woes. I swallow with the intensity of his glare and rub a hand down the thigh of my jeans.
“Okay, so I’m not Pocahontas. How would I learn?” My voice cracks, sounding meek. Teach me, Yoda.
“From the land.” He pauses. His crossed arms bulge before me and lift with the heave of his frustrated inhale. What would those arms feel like around me?
“And your land will just teach me?” Oh God. Did my voice just drop? Did I exaggerate your land, implying something other than the greenery around us? Damn Marcus and his damnable innuendos, but if this man means I can hike his landscape, I volunteer as tribute. “How?”
“What?” I stammer. My mouth falls open.
“Camping. Three nights of roughing it and then I’ll think about your proposition. You break before that and no deal.”
My proposition? Did I proposition him? Can he see the images racing through my mind? I want to do all kinds of things to him, starting with the body part closest to me. My heart races, and my sweaty palms…sweat more. My breath catches.

Anything whispers through my mind along with the song “Colors of the Wind.”

My eyes narrow. My heart thuds to a screeching halt. 
This is crazy.
But I slowly rise, pressing up on my thigh as I stand. I come to my full height, which doesn’t quite match his, but with the help of the two step difference, I’m close. My gaze meets his fiery eyes. There’s one thing this man needs to learn about me. I like nothing more than to prove others wrong.
“Challenge accepted.”
L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies, Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy tales and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two dozen novels, she’s created sexy rom-coms for the over 40; intrigue on an island; MMA chaos; rock star mayhem, and sweet small-town romance. In addition, she earned a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include mother to four children and wife to the one and only.


Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to  Friend

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In Silver Brewer, L B Dunbar returns us to Blue Ridge, GA and the Harrington family this time with oldest sibling, Giant.

When we reconnect with Giant, he's approaching 50 and has been married, widowed, raised children, and is on his second career after a medical discharge from the military. He's content (mostly) with life when Letty sweeps in and changes everything. Letty is a slightly older heroine (40) and has her own baggage when she appears on Giant's doorstep.

I found myself enjoying and relating to these characters. Ms. Dunbar does a fantastic job of portraying the complexities of getting to a certain point in life and having to decide if you want to change your direction or maintain the status quo. Both Giant and Letty are likeable characters and some of their interactions were absolutely priceless, especially as they try to figure each other out. Emotional growth and stretching is a consistent theme in their relationship as they try to decide where to go and what to do.

As much as I liked both characters and enjoyed their story, there were also times when I wanted to reach into the book and shake them. I found myself frustrated with Letty several times and her willingness to just accept certain aspects of her life. I think some of that is being of a similar age and hoping that I would handle certain things differently.

Silver Brewer is an excellent continuation of previous stories set in the Blue Ridge community. The Harrington siblings play are strong role in the secondary cast, especially the brothers. We get glimpses of them as the interact with Giant and I hope that means we will be seeing stories for them in the future.

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