Cover Reveal: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today is is the cover reveal for the third book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s series A Wicked sage: Brave! I can’t wait to read this book. Let me know what you think of this cover or the first two books if you read them!

There’s also a giveaway that you can enter and information about a virtual signing!

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #3
Genres: Paranormal
Release Date: December 11th, 2017
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Blurb:
Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE! And best of all — This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! More details about the virtual signing can be found here.

About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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There is a giveaway to celebrate the cover reveal for Brave.
· PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag)
· OPEN INTERNATIONAL
· ENDS 10/2/17

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Blog Tour: Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force! You can read my review below.

Title: Delirious
Author: M.S. Force
Series: Quantum #6
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
As one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, Kristian Bowen is on top of the world. With the Quantum team is fresh off a clean sweep of awards season and looking ahead to the premiere of their new film, Insidious, Kristian’s life is exactly how he likes it, complete with a stable of willing subs to tend to his every desire. Until he attends the wedding of his friend and business partner Flynn Godfrey and meets AileenGifford, the close friend of Flynn’s new wife, Natalie. Since meeting Aileen five months ago, Kristian’s carefully cultivated life has changed in ways he never could’ve expected. Now Aileen and her children are moving to Los Angeles, and he’s not sure whether to be excited or terrified about his powerful feelings for the single mom…

Aileen is coming off the worst year of her life, spent battling breast cancer while taking care of two young children. When Natalie, Flynn and their other friends encourage Aileen to move to LA and work for Quantum, she jumps at the chance to give her family a fresh start. And with her off-the-charts attraction to Flynn’s business partner in the mix, the idea of living in LA becomes that much sweeter. Until everyone shows up to welcome her and the kids to their new home in LA—except Kristian.

He can’t avoid her forever, and when these two finally see each other again, sparks fly between the single mom and the producer with a past he’s kept hidden from everyone who matters to him. When that past rears its ugly head, will he run away from the woman he loves or turn to her for comfort in the storm? And will she prevail in convincing him that he can be himself, in every possible way, with her?

Kristian and Aileen’s long-awaited story is full of heat, heart and humor, as well as appearances from all the Quantum characters readers love!

My Review:
An emotional erotic romance about second chances and the power of love, family, and friendships. With a wonderful cast of supporting characters, a captivating movie-industry setting, a scorching-hot leading man, and a strong, inspirational heroine, Delirious was a wonderful read and one I can recommend.

This is the first book I have read in this series, and while it has most definitely piqued my interest in the other characters, you can read this as a standalone and not feel like you are missing out on too much.

Kristian was complex and layered and hiding a secret from his past. When it was revealed, his controlling nature and lack of trust in relationships made sense. I loved that he was eventually able to overcome it for the right woman. I also adored how great he was with Aileen’s children and those scenes in particular warmed my heart.

Aileen was a true inspiration. She was still recovering from her cancer ordeal, but she didn’t dwell on it, and she wasn’t whiny and looking for sympathy. Instead, she got on with her life, and she was ballsy after her brush with potential death. I really loved her personality. She wasn’t afraid to tell Kristian how she felt, and she was a fantastic mother.

While this is an erotic romance, it wasn’t as steamy as some of the erotic romances I’ve read. However, I had no issue with that. It’s more of an observation. The story also had plenty of meat on it’s bones i.e. it wasn’t just all about the s*x.

The supporting characters were fantastic and I’m definitely salivating at the prospect of checking out the earlier books in the series. From the details in this book, it sounds like each couple has a very interesting background and I’m intrigued.

There are a few reasons this isn’t a five-star read. Initially, I found it very difficult to get into this story. There is a huge amount of inner monologue at the start, which then became very repetitive and it wasn’t holding my interest. However, I’m glad I stuck with it as after the first quarter I became hooked and it kept my attention the rest of the way through. The other thing that niggled at me a little was how perfect her children were and the underlying insinuation that you are only a good mother if you have raised these model children. Apart from a minor strop in the car, these children were way too well-behaved. I would have liked them to act up a little more so it was realistic. I imagine they were harboring lots of confusing feelings over their mother’s illness and the fact a man has come into their lives, but it didn’t seem to impact them enough.

Overall though, this was a great read, and a great introduction for me to his author and this series.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. All three books in her initial Quantum Trilogy were New York Times bestsellers in 2015, and the Quantum Trilogy became the Quantum Series with Rapturous and Ravenous, with more to come!

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Review Blitz: Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan. Scroll down to read my review, check out some teasers and information about the book!

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Forbidden Desires #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 30th.

My Review:
A sultry pulse-pounding start to a fabulous new series from Kendall Ryan. Two hot brothers vying for our heroine’s affections? I think I died and went to heaven. Absolutely spellbinding, and I was hooked from the first page.

Lately, Kendall has been writing a lot of romcoms, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Soulmates series, however, this type of erotic suspense is where it’s at for me.

I could scarcely put this book down once I started it, and I finished it in record time.

I loved Gavin and Cooper and I swung back and forth over which I preferred. Gavin has that moody, broody bad boy act down pat, but he’s shielding his heart and we haven’t peeled back all his layers yet. Cooper was sexy but sweet, thoughtful and supportive, and I couldn’t help rooting for him either.

Emma was a great character. A sexy librarian with a chequered history with men and relationships in general. I loved how she pushed her boundaries and wanted to act outside her comfort zone.

There are lots of little things going on in the background that got me thinking, and I loved that. I had a suspicion which was confirmed with the cliffhanger and now I’m excited to see where the story is going next.

I do find sometimes with Kendall’s books that some of the minor details are a little overlooked and certain things don’t add up. I did find that here in little ways. I’m very picky like that though and most readers probably wouldn’t even notice. It didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment though as I think you can tell I LOVED this one.

Can’t wait for my next Kingsley fix. I really appreciate how Kendall works hard to release so quickly and she never leaves her readers waiting long. Thank you for that!

I also really enjoy her writing style, and she’s a very accomplished writer (and marketer) and an author I admire enormously.

In summary, an explosive start to a panty-melting new series. Highly Recommended.

Actual 4.5 stars. Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I’m voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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Release Day Blitz: Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force! Scroll down to read more about this book and read my review!

Title: Delirious
Author: M.S. Force
Series: Quantum #6
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
As one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, Kristian Bowen is on top of the world. With the Quantum team is fresh off a clean sweep of awards season and looking ahead to the premiere of their new film, Insidious, Kristian’s life is exactly how he likes it, complete with a stable of willing subs to tend to his every desire. Until he attends the wedding of his friend and business partner Flynn Godfrey and meets AileenGifford, the close friend of Flynn’s new wife, Natalie. Since meeting Aileen five months ago, Kristian’s carefully cultivated life has changed in ways he never could’ve expected. Now Aileen and her children are moving to Los Angeles, and he’s not sure whether to be excited or terrified about his powerful feelings for the single mom…

Aileen is coming off the worst year of her life, spent battling breast cancer while taking care of two young children. When Natalie, Flynn and their other friends encourage Aileen to move to LA and work for Quantum, she jumps at the chance to give her family a fresh start. And with her off-the-charts attraction to Flynn’s business partner in the mix, the idea of living in LA becomes that much sweeter. Until everyone shows up to welcome her and the kids to their new home in LA—except Kristian.

He can’t avoid her forever, and when these two finally see each other again, sparks fly between the single mom and the producer with a past he’s kept hidden from everyone who matters to him. When that past rears its ugly head, will he run away from the woman he loves or turn to her for comfort in the storm? And will she prevail in convincing him that he can be himself, in every possible way, with her?

Kristian and Aileen’s long-awaited story is full of heat, heart and humor, as well as appearances from all the Quantum characters readers love!

My Review:
An emotional erotic romance about second chances and the power of love, family, and friendships. With a wonderful cast of supporting characters, a captivating movie-industry setting, a scorching-hot leading man, and a strong, inspirational heroine, Delirious was a wonderful read and one I can recommend.

This is the first book I have read in this series, and while it has most definitely piqued my interest in the other characters, you can read this as a standalone and not feel like you are missing out on too much.

Kristian was complex and layered and hiding a secret from his past. When it was revealed, his controlling nature and lack of trust in relationships made sense. I loved that he was eventually able to overcome it for the right woman. I also adored how great he was with Aileen’s children and those scenes in particular warmed my heart.

Aileen was a true inspiration. She was still recovering from her cancer ordeal, but she didn’t dwell on it, and she wasn’t whiny and looking for sympathy. Instead, she got on with her life, and she was ballsy after her brush with potential death. I really loved her personality. She wasn’t afraid to tell Kristian how she felt, and she was a fantastic mother.

While this is an erotic romance, it wasn’t as steamy as some of the erotic romances I’ve read. However, I had no issue with that. It’s more of an observation. The story also had plenty of meat on it’s bones i.e. it wasn’t just all about the s*x.

The supporting characters were fantastic and I’m definitely salivating at the prospect of checking out the earlier books in the series. From the details in this book, it sounds like each couple has a very interesting background and I’m intrigued.

There are a few reasons this isn’t a five-star read. Initially, I found it very difficult to get into this story. There is a huge amount of inner monologue at the start, which then became very repetitive and it wasn’t holding my interest. However, I’m glad I stuck with it as after the first quarter I became hooked and it kept my attention the rest of the way through. The other thing that niggled at me a little was how perfect her children were and the underlying insinuation that you are only a good mother if you have raised these model children. Apart from a minor strop in the car, these children were way too well-behaved. I would have liked them to act up a little more so it was realistic. I imagine they were harboring lots of confusing feelings over their mother’s illness and the fact a man has come into their lives, but it didn’t seem to impact them enough.

Overall though, this was a great read, and a great introduction for me to his author and this series.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. All three books in her initial Quantum Trilogy were New York Times bestsellers in 2015, and the Quantum Trilogy became the Quantum Series with Rapturous and Ravenous, with more to come!
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Happy release day to If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Scroll down to read my review for this book, see some teasers, enter the giveaway and check out the trailer!

Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My Review:
A beautifully written coming-of-age story that packs a powerful punch. Emotional, insightful, and ultimately uplifting in the end, this book captured my attention from the instant I picked it up and I barely put it down until I finished it.

I am a massive JLA fan and I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think her YA paranormal series is her best work, but after reading TPWF and ITNT, I have to say that her YA contemporary romances are now vying for that prime position.

Even though this is a complete standalone and it’s in no way connected with TPWF, it stirs the same emotions, the same intensity, and the same addictiveness. At least, it did for me.

I read this book in less than twenty-four hours but that is nothing new for me with a JLA book.

Lena was a fantastic MC – a genuinely nice, sweet girl who made a bad decision and was slowly allowing it to chip away at her self-esteem and her self-worth. Her whole world tilted on its axis overnight and she was drowning in a sea of guilt and self-loathing. Sebastien, her BFF and longtime secret crush, was her rock, and he tried everything to get her to open up, but she was terrified of telling him the truth.

Sebastien was a swoony leading man and I loved the delicious push and pull nature of their relationship as they both held back from making the first move. Their connection was beautiful and it jumped off the pages of my Kindle. All the little touches and gestures and actions were gorgeous and I was totally rooting for them.

When the big event occurred it came out of nowhere and took me by complete surprise. Gosh, my heart was in my mouth and I was devastated at the fallout. I couldn’t believe it and I read on with a definite tightness in my chest. Jennifer perfectly demonstrated the whole gamut of emotions one would feel in such a situation and it was expertly written. She didn’t shy away from tackling the complex aspects of the tragedy, and it was real, raw, vulnerable, and so gritty and powerful. It made me stop and think about choices and consequences and responsibility. The message was very well delivered.

In the end, we get our HEA and I was so happy. It’s taken me a few days to write this review because I’m still processing it all. For me, that is always the sign of a great book.

If you enjoy emotional romances with a powerful message and books that really make you delve deep and think, then this is the perfect read for you.

Another showstopper, Ms. Armentrout. Thank you so much for another fantastic read, and for the advance complimentary copy which I’m always very grateful to receive.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Review Blog Tour: Hate to Love You by Tijan

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hate to Love You by Tijan. In case you didn’t read my review on release day here’s another look at it :). Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book!

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release date: August 28th
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
Right?
Wrong.
And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

My Review:
Standalone new adult college romance.

Kennedy Clarke paid the price for her brother’s popularity in high school, so when she starts college she’s determined to blend into the shadows and avoid the glare of her brother’s spotlight. Except that’s easier said than done.

Kennedy unwittingly draws the attention of the star quarterback and all-round Mr. Popular, Shay Coleman. Determined to avoid him, despite an obvious attraction, she tries her best to deflect his flirting, but these two have electric chemistry, and it isn’t long before they are tangling between the sheets and all of Kennedy’s good intentions are flying out the window.

Then stuff starts happening on campus, and when Kennedy steps in to defend another girl she draws even more unwanted attention to herself.

The drama and angst are upped as Kennedy battles to stay true to herself and stick to her goals. But her heart is ruling her head, and Shay isn’t anything like she expected. Soon, she finds herself falling head over heels for the type of guy she swore to avoid.

I felt Kennedy’s pain and her desire to keep her focus, but no one could resist Shay’s allure. Without a shadow of a doubt, Shay is the shining star of this show. While he was presented as this cocky, player-type, the reality is quite different. He was such a nice guy, and so supportive and loyal to Kennedy, and I was in love with him from the very start. Kennedy’s inner monologue grated on my nerves at times, even if I could understand where it was coming from.

This was a very good read, but predictable and lacking a little. Maybe, it’s because I’m greedy and I wanted more – more angst, more drama, more tension, just more. I was expecting an enemies-to-lovers story but Kennedy and Shay only hated each other for about five seconds, and that was a tad disappointing for me. Perhaps, I didn’t enjoy this as much because I’ve just re-read the Jaded series and, man, was it an even better angst-filled-emotional-heartjerker the second time around.

If you are a die-hard Tijan fan you are going to love this. If you are new to this author, I suggest starting with the Fallen Crest, Broken and Screwed, and Jaded, series’ first. All are absolutely superb and the very best this author has to offer, in my opinion.

Actual rating 3.5 stars. Massive thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing an ARC which I am voluntarily reviewing.


About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Blog Tour: Tell Me That You’re Mine (Tell Me #3) by Victoria De La O


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Tell Me That You’re Mine (Tell Me #3) by Victoria De La O! I share my review of this book, some teasers, an excerpt and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

Title: Tell Me That You’re Mine
Author: Victoria De La O
Series: Tell Me #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Ryan McCallister is ready to come home and put the heartbreak of his first love behind him. But when he returns after teaching abroad, the home he once knew isn’t quite ready for him. The woman Ryan once loved is living with his brother; his friends have moved on; and his new landlady, Eva Romero, seems determined not to like him.

But Ryan likes Eva. A lot.

It doesn’t matter that Eva has a six-year-old son and a troubled ex-husband; when Ryan’s with her, everything makes sense. Eva isn’t convinced she’s ready to take another chance on love, but Ryan’s determined to show her he’s worth the risk.

My Review:
A heart-warming, sweet, emotionally-charged romance about second chances and self-worth and how you should never give up on the person who rocks your world, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Tell Me That You’re Mine is an addictive page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.

Swoon over Ryan, empathise with Eva, and go gag-gag for little Diego.

It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book forever, when it hasn’t actually been too long. I fell in love with this series with book one, Tell Me How This Ends, and the complicated love triangle between brothers Jude and Ryan and the lovely Lizzie. If you haven’t read that book yet, stop reading this review and go grab a copy NOW! You won’t be disappointed. It is one of the best books I have ever read, and it still occupies a very special place in my heart. It was as if Victoria took everything I love in a book and wrote it just for me.

So, heading into Ryan’s story, I was excited but also a little nervous, wondering if I had built it up too much in my head and praying it lived up to my expectations. Thankfully, it did that, and more!

I was already in love with sweet, shy Ryan and hoping for his HEA because he so deserved it. It was awkward and tense when he first lands back on American soil, and I was cringing as I was reading because it felt so real. Lizzie is just an awesome human being. Seriously, she was so considerate of both their feelings and she always knew the right thing to say.

We had already been introduced to Eva and her adorable son, Diego, in book two. Eva has had it tough but she’s strong-willed and self-sacrificing and determined to give her son the best start in life. I could relate to her and how she fought against her feelings for Ryan because she didn’t want to drag him into her mess and she was worried over how Diego would react.

Perhaps I’m mean-spirited, but I found it very difficult to muster any sympathy for her ex. He had a mental health illness so I should have been more charitable but I just wanted him to drop off the face of the earth and leave our couple alone. I understood how hard it was for Eva to completely cut all ties with him, but my heart ached for Ryan. He needed to be someone’s number one and I was hurting when he was hurting but so proud of him for putting himself first and doing the right thing.

His father is a shit. What an ass. I loved how Ryan spoke his mind and got it off his chest. I just wish that we saw the part where he told Jude about that.

All works out great in the end, and I cried tears of joy at the epilogue – it was so beautiful.

Victoria is a fantastic writer and the words seem to flow effortlessly across the page. It is lyrical and descriptive without bogging the reader down in unnecessary detail and it never disturbs the consistent pace. What I love most though is her ability to make her characters come alive. And I get all the feels reading her books. While this wasn’t as angsty as the first book, it is definitely emotional and it will tie your insides into knots at times (in a good way.)

Anyway, I’ll end the embarrassing gushing right now before I ramble on too much. Just know this is a great book, and a great series, and you need to start with the first book to really enjoy the experience.

Another show stopper, Victoria. Please keep them coming!

Thanks to the publisher and Barclay PR for supplying an ARC of this book. I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Excerpt:
It’s feels like an eternity since I’ve been home. In reality, it’s only been a year.
My slow walk to the house is surreal. The lawn is as pristine as ever, each blade of grass shorn the same height by Jude’s meticulous mowing. The red geraniums I planted years ago are thriving. And the dent in the porch rail, caused by my foot accidentally connecting with the wood, is still visible. But I don’t remember the house being this uninspiring shade of blue, or the crack on the front stoop being this wide. This house, this city, used to be my whole world. It seemed a lot bigger then.
Discordance skitters over my spine: what should be familiar is foreign, relief mingles with anxiety. Time snaps and contracts as I knock on the front door, and suddenly it seems like an hour since I left. A nanosecond.
The door swings open, and the reason for my hasty departure is staring at me. She’s as pretty as I remember—maybe more, damn her. Green eyes that used to flutter when I kissed her, full lips that whispered confidences in my ear.
Now, her face is frozen in a hostess’ smile. Her fingers worry the bottom button of her pink cardigan and the threads begin to loosen. She doesn’t know what to do because she wasn’t expecting me. I guess it wasn’t nice showing up a day early.
“Ryan. You’re home.”
Home. Does she mean mine or hers?
I had almost forgotten what Lizzie’s voice sounded like, but its husky depth brings the memories of the six months we spent loving each other rushing back.
Well, I had been loving her. She’d been falling in love with my brother.
I wait for my heart to ache, but there’s only a small twinge. That’s a surprise. In my mind, this was all so much more dramatic and intense. Hard stares and pinched lips. A little social awkwardness seems so mundane by comparison.
And then the door swings open wider and Jude is there. My pulse stops—doesn’t slow, just ceases to exist for a second. Leave it to him to bring the fireworks.
Like the house, Jude seems smaller than I remember. Or maybe that’s because he has gone expressionless, his discomfort hard-crashing him. His hands dig into his pockets, searching for an anchor, pulling his shoulders into a hunch. It takes a lot to knock Jude off his game. Glad to see I can still have that effect on him.
When he opens his mouth, no sound comes out. It’s unusual for me to have to step up and be the better man when I’m around my big brother. But today is that day.

About the Author:
Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and practicing Wonder Woman spins, She loves talking to readers, so find her at www.victoriadelao.com.

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The Irish Getaway release day!

Today is the release day for The Irish Getaway,  an optional short novel in the international bestselling Kennedy Boys series. I am very excited to share the story of Faye and Kyler’s vacation in Ireland with you, along with exclusive content from Finding Kyler, Losing Kyler, a sample from Loving Kalvin, and a sneak peek at Saving Brad! Scroll down to read the blurb and access the download links. The Irish Getaway is only $0.99 for a VERY limited time so don’t miss out – grab your copy today!

The Irish Getaway (The Kennedy Boys #4)The Irish Getaway (The Kennedy Boys #3.5)
by Siobhan Davis

Book Description:
An optional short novel in the highly-addictive Kennedy Boys series by USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis.

The Kennedy Boys go wild on vacation in Ireland!

It’s the summer before they start college, and Faye and Ky are visiting her home turf together—it’s Ky’s first time in Ireland, and her first trip home since her parent’s tragic death.

After a blissful three weeks on their own, they welcome the rest of the Kennedy clan when they arrive on Irish soil for the vacation of a lifetime.

Watch the sparks fly as family emotions run high and the Kennedy boys’ party up a storm, creating mayhem and madness wherever they go.

This dual POV short novel should only be read after Keeping Kyler.

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Blog Tour: Hate to Love You by Tijan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hate to Love You by Tijan. I share my review of the book with you.

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release date: August 28th
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
Right?
Wrong.
And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

My Review:
Standalone new adult college romance.

Kennedy Clarke paid the price for her brother’s popularity in high school, so when she starts college she’s determined to blend into the shadows and avoid the glare of her brother’s spotlight. Except that’s easier said than done.

Kennedy unwittingly draws the attention of the star quarterback and all-round Mr. Popular, Shay Coleman. Determined to avoid him, despite an obvious attraction, she tries her best to deflect his flirting, but these two have electric chemistry, and it isn’t long before they are tangling between the sheets and all of Kennedy’s good intentions are flying out the window.

Then stuff starts happening on campus, and when Kennedy steps in to defend another girl she draws even more unwanted attention to herself.

The drama and angst are upped as Kennedy battles to stay true to herself and stick to her goals. But her heart is ruling her head, and Shay isn’t anything like she expected. Soon, she finds herself falling head over heels for the type of guy she swore to avoid.

I felt Kennedy’s pain and her desire to keep her focus, but no one could resist Shay’s allure. Without a shadow of a doubt, Shay is the shining star of this show. While he was presented as this cocky, player-type, the reality is quite different. He was such a nice guy, and so supportive and loyal to Kennedy, and I was in love with him from the very start. Kennedy’s inner monologue grated on my nerves at times, even if I could understand where it was coming from.

This was a very good read, but predictable and lacking a little. Maybe, it’s because I’m greedy and I wanted more – more angst, more drama, more tension, just more. I was expecting an enemies-to-lovers story but Kennedy and Shay only hated each other for about five seconds, and that was a tad disappointing for me. Perhaps, I didn’t enjoy this as much because I’ve just re-read the Jaded series and, man, was it an even better angst-filled-emotional-heartjerker the second time around.

If you are a die-hard Tijan fan you are going to love this. If you are new to this author, I suggest starting with the Fallen Crest, Broken and Screwed, and Jaded, series’ first. All are absolutely superb and the very best this author has to offer, in my opinion.

Actual rating 3.5 stars. Massive thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing an ARC which I am voluntarily reviewing.


About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Review: Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) by Erin Watt

Title: Fallen Heir
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

My Review:
Compulsively readable, and highly addictive. You won’t be able to put this one down until you’ve finished it. At least, I didn’t. A phenomenal addition to The Royals series, and a surefire crowd-pleaser. Erin Watt has definitely knocked it out of the park again! I just want to grab Easton and smother him with love – that boy is so in need of it!

This book is more of a character-driven story than the original trilogy, in my opinion. You will find lots of the same delectable drama, witty banter, laugh-out-loud moments, and emotional highs and lows as the initial books, but Fallen Heir delves deeper into character development in a way Paper Princess didn’t. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just an observation. If you go into this expecting lots of plot twists and turns, you might be a tad disappointed.

Easton. Oh, Easton.
How my heart ached for you.
How my palm itched to slap your face.
How I wished I could reach into my Kindle and hug you to death.
How I wanted to shake you repeatedly and demand you pull your head out of your ass.
To say Easton has lost his way is a massive understatement. He is aimless, virtually parent-less, and struggling without Reed to keep him on the straight and narrow. He lashes out when he is hurt, and he acts so foolishly when he is drunk (which is a lot of the time.)

I really liked Hartley. I admired her determination and her strength of character. Her family are jerks, and she has been treated terribly unfairly, but she is still fighting and surviving, and I had tons of respect for her. I liked that she challenged Easton, and fought their attraction, and the slow-build up of their romance was perfect.

I’m starting to really dislike Lauren. Ggrrr. I wanted to choke her after that conversation she had with Hartley in the Royal kitchen (as an aside, I think Easton’s personality may be rubbing off on me a little. Hence, all the aggressive, violent undertones to this review. I’m not really like this in real life. I swear!)

The last ten percent of this book was like – hell,yeah, here we go! I was on tenterhooks the whole time! And I LOVED it. And then bam! Cliffy city. Holy moly. It was awesome. I’m hoping it’s not as it seems because my heart will shatter, but I cannot wait to read the next instalment.

In summary: Another hugely entertaining read, with superb character development and a H and H who will both tug at your heart strings.

Actual 4.5 stars.

Massive thanks to the author and Nina Bocci for supplying an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.