Thursday, June 28, 2018

Contracted ~ Marni Mann ~ New Release

Contracted by Marni Mann Publication Date: June 28th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: Years ago, I was burned by a woman.
I forgave, but I haven’t forgotten, and it’s a road I’ll never go down again.
My career has become my life instead. I’m Max Graham, the biggest music agent in the business. Women love me, but I don’t do love anymore. I’ve found another way to meet my needs.
Eve Kennedy—stylist to the stars and total bombshell. By far, she’s the most daring woman I’ve ever had in my bed with a sexual appetite as ferocious as mine.
We might just have the hottest sex life in Miami and LA.
We don’t date anyone else—although, sometimes, we invite someone for a night. We travel the world, and I lavish her with gifts. But she knows my career comes first.
And the best part? For the past two years, she’s been happy with our arrangement.
Or so I thought.
I’ve survived heartbreak once before, but this one could be the end of me.
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About Marni:
Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.
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How to Fall For The Wrong ~ Harmony Williams ~ Blog Tour

How to Fall for the Wrong Man

by Harmony Williams Publication Date: June 25, 2018 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, Historical, Romance


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If Mary Babington-Smith knows nothing else, it’s that Lord Edwin Sutton kissed her. Regardless of who-kissed-whom, with the deed witnessed, they have no choice but to carry on with a temporary, fake, engagement. When Edwin sweetens the deal, offering Mary the money she needs to pursue her independence if she can play the lovesick fiancée for two weeks, Mary rises to the challenge. In two weeks, she’ll have everything she wants, and this time she’ll be the one to walk out of his life.
Despite Sutton’s argumentative, self-assured nature, when Mary glimpses a sliver of the boy he used to be, she vows to peel away every layer of armor he uses to shield his emotions. Somewhere underneath that worldly exterior is the kind-hearted man she once loved, but in order to find him, she’ll have to give him the power to hurt her…and he’s already broken her trust once.


Harmony Williams has been living vicariously in Regency-era England since she discovered Jane Austen. Since time machines don’t yet exist, she’s had to make do with books—fictional and non-fictional. On the rare occasions she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she likes to drink tea and spend time with her 90-lb lapdog. A feminist, she writes stories about strong women and the men who support them as equals.


Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

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Ms Williams is a new to me author and while I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it.
I liked Mary, Edwin, and their somewhat complicated backstory and their very complicated current situation.
As much as I enjoyed the Mary, Edwin, and the unique cast of secondary characters I really struggled with reading this at times. Part of it was the feeling as I moved through the book that there was a lot I didn't know, especially about Mary, that I needed to.
I struggled a little with connecting to the characters and the situations they found themselves in. I also had a sense of confusion regarding the true time period of the book. The premise of the book as presented in the blurb wasn't exactly what I encountered in the story and what was in the story seemed a bit thin.
Having not read anything else by this author, it's hard to say if this is a consistent issue or specific to this book. I am curious about the author though.....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Enlightened End ~ Audrey Carlan ~ Blog Tour

Enlightened End (Lotus House #7) 
by #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 
Audrey Carlan.
Release Date  26th June
Each of the books can be read as a standalone but are better read in order. No cliffhangers. Books are erotic romances written for mature audiences 18+.
My world ended the day I received an eviction notice for Lotus House Yoga. Teaching yoga is all I’ve ever known. I’ve been doing tree pose since the age of two. The studio is my home, my legacy. My mother and her best friend left Lotus House to me so that I could carry on spreading goodness and light to everyone who enters our door. Now I’m faced with the very real possibility that it will all go up in smoke…unless I can convince Grant Winters—the most ridiculously handsome and arrogant businessman I’ve ever met—to save not only my business but all those around it.
When I stormed into Grant’s office to beg and plead for a second chance at preserving what my family spent decades building, I had no idea how it would change my life.
A deal was made.
He’d visit the businesses he was planning to destroy and attend classes at Lotus House while I worked to change his mind. In exchange, I had to enter his business-first world of luxury, fast-talking men, and surgically enhanced women.
Turns out, I didn’t fit in... Then again, neither did he.
In the end, we were both enlightened.
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Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times and International bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Audrey writes wicked hot love stories that have been translated in over thirty different languages across the globe. She is best known for the world-wide bestselling series Calendar Girl and Trinity.
She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters," or with her nose stuck in a steamy romance novel.
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Elizabeth's Review

Worth a Reader's Time

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3.75 stars for this is a solid conclusion to an entertaining series.
Luna is a character that we have seen throughout the other books in this series, so it was nice to get to know her a little better here. She was the perfect person to soften the rough edges of our hero, Grant.
I definitely enjoyed Luna and Grant's story - from a lust/love at first sight through his emotional evolution Ms. Carlan did an excellent job of telling their story amidst the conflict of trying to spare a community from the wrecking ball.
As this is also the conclusion to the Lotus House series, I appreciated the effort Ms. Carlan put into weaving the prior six couples into the story so we could see where they are now. This could have potentially been a deal breaker for me (as I've seen it done poorly before), but it was done very well here so that it felt organic to the story.
I had a few personal preference type issues with the story, these did impact my rating by bringing the book just shy of a full 4 stars. I am not going into detail here because they really are personal preference and not related to quality of the story or the writing to tell it, they may not
be issues for other people, so I want everyone to form their own opinion.
This is a series that I have enjoyed from the beginning and I feel like this is a good conclusion to bring it to an end.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Rivers ~ S.L.Scott ~ New Release & Review

Title: Rivers
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2018


This Standalone Second Chance Rock Star Romance by New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, will have you falling in love with Rivers Crow while introducing you to his Sexy as Sin brothers and band mates—Jet, Tulsa, and Ridge.

Rivers Crow has everything he could ever need—a rock star life, more money than the devil himself, and worldwide fame. Except he’s still missing the one thing he wants—the girl he left behind.

Stella Fellowes has a life she doesn’t want—an unfulfilling job, debt without a ceiling, and lonely nights she spends pretending not to miss the one thing she needs—the boy who broke her heart.

Five years later, the guitarist she once loved is back with a hit record, millions of fans, and that look in his eye that still makes her weak in the knees. Only she’s not the same girl he once knew.

When these two star-crossed lovers come together, time starts to heal old wounds. Although she’s compelled to look past his sins, will he be able to look past hers?

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Stella Lilith used to have an adventurous side, but I think it’s been a while since she broke a few rules. “Will you climb out first?”

There’s my girl. “Yep.” I press down on the sink, hoping it doesn’t fall off the wall. It looks old, so I’m not sure it can hold my weight. But it’s getting louder in the hall, so I climb up, grabbing an exposed pipe above the window, and maneuver my legs through the opening. Good thing we’re on the ground level. Pushing off, I land on my feet in the alley and turn around. “Stella?”

She peeks out and by the way her lips are twisted and her eyes are looking at the cement, she’s nervous. “I don’t want to fall.”

“I’d never let you. Not to the ground anyhow.”

For a second, she looks confused, but her brow relaxes and a small smile appears. “You’ll catch me?”

“Every time.”

She disappears, and I can hear her climbing onto the sink. Her legs slide out the window until her ass rests on the metal sill. “Ready for me, Rivers?”

“All my life.”

“For real,” she says, her nerves causing a slight shake to her tone. “You’re going to catch me, right?”

“Always.” I take her by the ass, and say, “Put your legs over my shoulders.”

“What? No.”

“Yes. I’ve got you. Then all I have to do is back up as you slip out.”

“I’m not as light as I used to be. Are you sure you can handle me?”

I work my way under her so her legs are over my shoulders. “Don’t worry about me, baby. I can handle you all right.”

Her thighs squeeze my neck. I like to think it was the name I slipped in there, but it’s probably because she’s anxious to do this. She slips out a little more, and our eyes meet. “You’re sure you’re ready?”

“All you have to do is let go. I have you.”

Releasing the pipe, she ducks her head to the side while I support her back with my hands, holding her until she clears the glass. Helping her upright, my face is against the jeans that cover her vagina and she’s squeezing my head with her legs so tight I don’t know if I’m going to live. What a sweet fucking way to die.

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Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.

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Elizabeth's Review

4.5 Stars - One of the Best

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Oh my heart! I have loved each of the Crow Brothers books, but I think Rivers' might be my favorite. It’s definitely the most emotional of the three books.
As the third book in the series, we’ve gotten to know Rivers and understood that there was something lurking for him. I was nice to see him face that head on and see the truly genuine heart ❤️ he was hiding.
I loved Stella as a heroine even when my heart hurt for what she was going through.
Well written, this is a fantastic balance between romance, intrigue, family, and forgiveness. There are glimpses of Jet and Tulsa (and their other halves), but this is 100% Rivers and Stella’s story. The additional back story from the other books is helpful, but this could be read as a standalone.
I truly appreciate how Ms Scott has crafted this book. Not only does she give glimpses of prior characters, we get to see future leads as well without it detracting from this story - that is an art she has mastered.
As much as I think Rivers might be my favorite, I’m really glad we get one more visit with the brothers when Ridge’s book comes out!

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Blood Match ~ K A Linde ~ New Release & Review

 As the provocative, sensual Blood Type series continues, the rare bond between Reyna and Beckham is threatened by betrayal, greed, and twisted secrets. A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided. Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell. Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham. She just has to find the will to survive this game. From the pawn, rises a queen. Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story begins in Blood Type and continues in Blood Cure. ✦ ADD TO GOODREADS

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Elizabeth's Review

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

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WARNING - If you have not read the first book in the Blood Type series, stop. Do not read Blood Match first as you will be completely lost.
Having said that, I found this middle book of the series to be entertaining and intriguing. There is a Hunger Games - esque vibe to Reyna and Beckham's continued story and the intrigue element plays a much larger role than the romantic relationship.
I definitely see this more as Reyna's story with Beckham playing a secondary and supporting role. I appreciated Reyna's growth, even if she still wasn't making the best decisions. Well written, this is a compelling story that pulls the reader in and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.
One plus for me; while Blood Match ends with a cliffhanger, it ends in such a way that if you are ready to be done with the story, you could walk away and let your imagination take over. I am very curious to see how things end in Blood Cure.

A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems. For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival. In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her. Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed. For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her. Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match. ADD TO GOODREADS  

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 The stunning conclusion to the Blood Type series finds the world in chaos and turmoil with one final battle left to determine who will survive—humans or vampires. She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing. Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home. But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again. As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance. Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all. ✦ ADD TO GOODREADSAmazon USAmazon UKiBooksB&NKoboGoogle Play           Kyla
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

ARC Catch Up

The Optimist's Guide to Letting GoThe Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

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

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I have to confess that it took me a long time to read this book. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the book because I did; I think the best way to describe it would be like a friend who is there waiting for you even when you need to step away.
Ms. Reichert introduces us to Gina, her mother Lorraine, and her daughter May. Gina is the apex of the triangle of the story, but Lorraine and May are key players as well. Using well blended present day story telling and flashbacks we see how much alike these three seemingly different people really are - and how much history repeats itself.
Gina was a character that I could relate to and I appreciated seeing her emotional growth and development. I especially liked how as the story unfolded she not learned more about her mother, but took lessons from the past and used them to make things better for her own little family going forward.
This is a story that definitely had elements of "make you think" and I believe it will especially hit home for people who fall into the "sandwich" of having older parents and children at home. There are lessons about grief, tolerance, communication, and finding happiness. While I most closely identified with Gina, I also grew to like Lorraine, May, and the rest of the cast. With this group, Ms Reichert has delivered a well rounded cast and compelling story.


 Cowboy on My Mind (Montana Strong #1)Cowboy on My Mind by R.C. Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

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This was a good read and while I appreciated the story, I wasn’t blown away by it.
I liked Ben and Rebecca and the mutual attraction they had for each other. The back ground of both and the evolution of their characters was interesting. I even found the intrigue element of the story compelling both as a vehicle to move the plot and the romantic relationship along.
That said, I was a little bored with the book. There were several times when I hoped for more and wanted to see the story go a little deeper. I think what bothered me most, was that this author has a fairly decent sized back list, but this book just didn't feel fleshed out. It was not what I expected from a veteran author. I have mixed feelings about future books in the Montana Strong series. I am both curious to see if Finn and Sam get stories, but also concerned that the future books would fall flat as well.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tattered ~ Devney Perry ~ New Release and Review

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour. So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again. Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself. But for their daughter.        


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        He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?” “She’s yours.” “Then that’s good enough.” “I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me? He nodded. “Really.” “I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.” “It’s not your fault. I believe you.” The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry. I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break. I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know. “Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat. “So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?” The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.” He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”    

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media. Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Newsletter

Elizabeth's Review

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

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I think this might be the best “surprise baby” book I’ve ever read.
Okay - never thought I’d say that!
I really did enjoy the set up of this book. A memorable one night stand, not enough shared information, and fate steps in 6 years later.
Thea, Logan, and Charlie are characters that pulled me in and got me invested in how they were going to make their unique situation work.
I think one of the things I appreciated most is that there was very little dwelling on the past or blame placing. Thea and Logan both owned who they were and what they did that lead them to the present and worked to move on. Combine that with the fact that both of the adults made the child in the equation the center was something sweet to see. The Charlie/Logan storyline was a key piece to this book for me.
Well written and truly entertaining, Thea and Logan’s love story is definitely one to pick up.
There was one little “extra” blip in the story that seemed a little out of place to me, the intrigue element just didn’t seem to fit in the overall tale - that is my one complaint regarding this excellence book.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Unexpected Love Story ~ Natasha Madison ~ Release Boost

Title: Unexpected Love Story
Series: Love Series
Author: Natasha Madison
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2018
When one man’s death exposes a complex web of lies, three couples discover the true meaning of love, loss and redemption.
I was the strong one, they said, until two words brought me to my knees. 
It was a secret I didn't share with anyone. A secret that made me promise I’d never fall in love. 
I no longer wanted that white picket fence of every woman’s dreams. 
Until the unthinkable happened. 
I thought I had it all with the best medical practice in the state and the woman of my dreams. 
I wore a smile on my face every single day. 
I couldn't wait to watch her walk down the aisle and start our forever, except she never did. 
My runaway bride made me realize love isn't worth it. 
What happens when your dreams unexpectedly come true?
This is the story of unexpected love.

An enemies-to-lovers romance with epic chemistry, fantastic banter, and passion that practically explodes off the page. It's fun, feisty, sexy and beautifully heartfelt, and I loved every moment! - Aj The escapist Book Blog

I finished this book in a couple hours, devouring every sentence, every page Natasha gifted the world with, until it was over and I was crying happy tears. - Cait's Creatures

Unexpected Love was just that unexpected. The storyline at times has some heartbreaking moments for both characters that made you want to hug both of them. -Melissa BookSmacked


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When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...


Unexpected Love Story (Love Story, #2)Elizabeth's Review

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

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I was so glad to get to dive into Gabe and Crystal's story! After meeting them in Perfect Love Story, I was very curious to see what was really going on behind the antagonism they displayed toward each other.
Gabe and Crystal are both entertaining characters that bring baggage to the table. Given how the story started, I actually expected Gabe to be a little more "damaged," but other than a few references, he seemed to put the event behind him and move on fairly well. Yes, these two had some bumps in the road, but overall their story evolved as I would have expected given that they worked together and were trying to keep their relationship quiet.
Unexpected Love Story is told in parallel to Perfect, but Ms. Madison does a great job of keeping this one spoiler free in terms of the Walker/Hailey story. Unexpected didn't pack the emotional punch that Perfect did, but I think that's a good thing. My only real complaint (if you can call it that) is that a little too much time was spent on retelling the "why" for Hailey and Crystal moving. Yes, that is important, but given the length of the book, I think just a little too much time was spent there. I am very curious to see where Ms. Madison is going to take this series in the next installment.

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