Review: Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean

Title: Lucas
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Romance
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Blurb:
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

My Review:
Another superb read from an author who is easily a one-click fav at this stage. Having recently devoured the More Than series, and suffering from the worst book hangover after it ended (still grieving) I was delighted to discover this new spin-off series. While you can most definitely read this as a standalone I would highly recommend reading the More Than series first.

This story is light and dark, humorous, romantic, and heartbreaking all at the same time. Jay got the balance bang on and it was lighthearted while being serious in the places where it needed to be serious.

I felt for Lucas. I really did. He nearly left it too late to salvage the relationship with the love of his life. He was a total jackass to Laney (Lois) until he woke up and realized what he had done. I ADORED how he waited patiently for her. It would’ve been easy to slip back into old habits, but he didn’t, showing how much he had matured. I do think he had blinkers on as I figured out what was going on but it added to the drama and the tension.

Laney is a great character and my heart bled for her. I knew what was happening and I prayed that she would have the strength to walk away. She did.

The scenes toward the end were stupendous. Edge of the seat heartbreak but so powerful. I’m also glad that therapy was involved because I always feel it’s important to include it in books that explore such sensitive subjects, even if books are only meant to be fictional and entertaining.

Extremely well written and evenly paced. Jay can do no wrong in my book.

All in all, this was a great read and a superb start to his new series. I love all the Preston boys especially Leo and Logan and I can’t wait to read their books. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

Cover Reveal: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Today is the cover reveal for Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward! Let me know what you think of this cover! Is this book on your to-read list?

Title: Mister Moneybags
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Photographer: Maurizio Montani
Model: Richeli Murari
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a. designs

About the Authors
Vi Keeland
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Release Day Blitz: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward!

Title: Mack Daddy
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

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About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.
Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Blog Tour: Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Come Closer by Brenda Rothert. I share my review for this book with you today!

Come CloserTitle: Come Closer
Author: Brenda Rothert
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.

Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.

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My Review:
Actual: 3.5 stars.

Brenda Rothert is one of my fav authors and I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book as I knew it was a new departure for her and a change from her usual genre. I enjoy romantic suspense and I’ve read plenty of books in this genre so I was practically salivating when this one landed on my Kindle.

Both Dr. Delgado and Allison were superbly crafted mains with plenty of flaws and I always love a romance where the H and H support one another on a journey of self-discovery. Together, our couple were a perfect match and I loved watching their romance develop.

But, this book is much more than just a romance. Allison is running scared and when it becomes obvious that she’s no longer safe in Hawthorne, Daniel is her rock, her knight in shining armor.

The first half of this story dragged for me and it took way too long to get to the meat of the main plot. Once that kicked in it was great and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming. However, I guessed a lot of it which took some of the enjoyment away. I also felt there could’ve been more tension and conflict in some of the scenes, particularly at the end of the book, where it felt a bit rushed and a bit too convenient. It lacked substance and some of the minor details aggravated me because it wasn’t realistic.

I really loved the setting and the world building was great. The romance and sexy times were well written and the writing style is great, as I’ve come to expect from Brenda. Character development is strong – both with the mains and secondary characters.

Overall, this is a decent read – it just didn’t blow my mind in the way Brenda’s books usually do. If you are a fan of hers you will most likely really enjoy this one.

Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oh, and that cover is beautiful. It really captures the mood/tone and the characters are well depicted.

About the Author:
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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Book Blitz: Reckless Hearts by Heather van Fleet


Today is my stop during the book blitz for Reckless Hearts by Heather van Fleet! I also share my review for this book and there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post! You can see the blitz schedule here.

Reckless HeartsTitle: Reckless Hearts
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Series: Reckless Hearts #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.

My Review:
This sweet, sexy, heartfelt story ticked all the boxes! Hot alpha males? Check. Sassy, independent heroine? Check. Swoon-worthy romance? Check. Amazing character development? Check, check, check!

I totally LOVED Reckless Hearts and it was a great introduction to this amazing author and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

Collin was a total ass at the start but from his POV it was easy to tell that it wasn’t intentional. He is struggling to adapt to his new life as a single dad to beautiful baby Chloe, and it was inexperience and nerves that were driving his behavior. Collin is this uber-protective hot ex-Marine and the archetypical alpha male and, of course, I fell for him right alongside Addy.

Addison has always had to fight to live her life the way she wants to and she is fiercely independent. When she finds herself out of work, she is desperate but not desperate enough to work for jerk face Collin even though she adores sweet Chloe and the job is ideal for her. After a bit of toing and froing, she eventually takes the job and gradually her and Collin grow closer. As they open up to one another, they realize they complement one another and make a great team.

The romance was swoony in the extreme and the chemistry jumped off the page. I was totally rooting for our couple!

There is plenty of humor and witty banter in this book, especially between the three men! I loved the bromance.

Characterization was superb and the secondary characters were all really well developed. I enjoyed the simmering tension between Gavin and Collin and Max and Lia. Lia and Max are my favorite characters outside of our mains and I think I will die if I don’t get to read their book soon!

I enjoyed Heather’s style of writing and it flowed beautifully. The pacing was also spot-on. Overall, this was a really great read and a fab start to a new series. Can’t wait to read the rest of the boy’s stories.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:
Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 with an associate degree and has been working in the publishing industry for over five years. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.

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Excerpt Reveal: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward


Today is the excerpt reveal for Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward! There are two teaser images and an excerpt of this book!

Title: Mack Daddy
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

MACK DADDY EXCERPT
Copyright © 2016 by
Penelope Ward

It was the evening of our monthly PTO meeting. On the agenda was to designate the volunteers for several fundraisers that would take place in the spring.
Setting up the refreshments and a coffee urn in the hallway outside of the classroom, I couldn’t wait to get this over with so that I could go home, get into my pajamas, and relax. It was always exhausting to have evening commitments when the workday ran so late to begin with.
A deep voice from behind startled me. “A keg would be much more fun, wouldn’t it?”
I turned around to find Mack standing there, holding a box of chocolate chip cookies from the supermarket.
“What are you doing here?”
He placed the cookies on the table. “This is the parent and teachers meeting, isn’t it?”
“Yes, but…” I hesitated, not even knowing what to say.
He finished my sentence. “But I’m not supposed to be included in that group?” Mack snapped his finger. “Oh, I’m sorry. I thought PTO stood for ‘pissing teacher off.’ My bad.”
“Well, if that were the case, you might be in the right place.”
“This is the right place for me tonight.”
“This meeting is for serious participants.”
“I’m serious about the teacher. Does that count?”
“No.”
“Actually, in all seriousness, I’d also like to help. It’s the least I can do after crashing your school year. I really would like to be as involved as I can in Jonah’s education. That’s the truth, okay? Getting to spend time with you is an added benefit.”
What could I say? He had just as much right to be here as anyone else.
“Just be aware that this isn’t the right place to be joking around or distracting the other attendees, for that matter.”
“I don’t plan on distracting anyone but you.”
“Yeah, well you have quite the fan base here. We have a very strict agenda to adhere to.”
He moved in closer and just stared me down for a bit. The contact caused my skin to prickle and my nipples to harden. “Don’t worry,” he said as he looked down, seeming to notice that my nipples were piercing through the fabric of my shirt. “Your points are well noted, Miss O’Hara.” He wriggled his brows. “I’ll see you inside.”
I hated that he knew he was having an effect on me. If my body had this kind of response now, what would have happened if he’d actually done more? Spontaneous impregnation? Some things just never change, and my reaction to this man was an example of that.
A long table sat in the middle of the spare classroom where we held the meeting. There wasn’t a single man in the room besides Mack. He was like the centerpiece.
I took my seat at the end of the table. “So, shall we get started?” Looking down at my list, I said, “First on the agenda is the book fair. We need to elect someone to be in charge of it and coordinate the volunteers.”
Mack raised his hand.
“Yes?” I asked.
“That sounds like it’s right down my alley. I’d like to volunteer to run the book fair.”
“What makes you want that task? It’s a lot of responsibility.”
He thought about it for a moment then said, “I write children’s books. I think I’d be a perfect fit.”
“That’s a good point,” one of the women said. “He might be the perfect fit.”
I’m sure you’re thinking he’d be the perfect fit, alright…in your vagina.
“Okay…but I hope you know that there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into organizing that particular event. It takes place over the course of an entire weekend. You have to place orders with the bookseller, do inventory, delegate tasks, and arrange for an onsite food vendor because many people just come for the food. Ultimately, the food is the bait.”
“I can bait people. I’m a master baiter.” He paused. “I mean…I can handle it. I’ll get a shitload of people to sign up.”
An attending nun gave him a dirty look for his use of foul language.
He cleared his throat, seeming to regret his choice of terminology. “I’ll get people to attend. Don’t worry.”
“I’ll put your name down as a possibility. We’ll take a vote at the end.”
“Thank you.”
Looking around the room, I asked, “Is there anyone else here who is interested in taking the reigns on the book fair?”
Not a single person budged.
One woman said, “No, but I’ll be happy to help Mack with whatever he needs.”
I’m sure you will.
Mack nodded then offered a smug smile. “Thank you.” He then took a bite of his cookie and winked at me.

About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.
Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Release Day Blitz: The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

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Happy release day to The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney! This is my stop during the release day blitz for The Failing Hours. Have you read this series? the first book is on my to-read list.

The Failing HoursTitle: The Failing Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an asshole.

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships–most assholes don’t.

Dating?
Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.

He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.

So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.

About the Author:
Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte’s, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm.

I live in the midwest, but “Will Write for Travel,” and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch – and am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.

One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.

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Blog Tour: Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert. I review this book and there is a teaser image you can check out!

Dirty SecretTitle: Dirty Secret
Authors: Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert
Series: standalone
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
*STANDALONE – ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE**

Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix ‘Nix’ Ash
Crimes: Hacker and Heartbreaker
Mission: Get Close and Survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman’s secret affair, Kennedy Barnes joins ‘Project Greenlight’ – a clandestine intelligence organization. She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret.

One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.

Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He’s pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes everything changes.

Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness – for each other.

This is a STANDALONE novel, but is interconnected with Dirty Work, which is now available.

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My Review:
Hot chemistry and edge-of-the-seat suspense combine to deliver an addictive read that I devoured in record time. I couldn’t put this one down until I finished it!

Brenda Rothert is one of my favorite authors but I’ve yet to read any of Chelle Bliss’s books – must rectify that soon if this novel is any indication of her writing style. I absolutely loved Dirty Secret from the first tantalizing page until the last. This was my kind of perfect read – chock full of steamy romance, pulse-pounding intrigue, interesting characters, intense suspense and skilful writing.

Nix was a great leading man – hot, argumentative, smart, and cunning, he could come across as a bit of an ass but he had a heart of gold underneath. My fav type of alpha male. I swooned over how protective he was of Kennedy, even though he was angry as all hell at her.

Kennedy was a kick ass black ops government intelligence agent and she was awesome!

I loved this couple and their chemistry was explosive – definitely fanning myself during this read!

I also really enjoyed the undercover subplot and the murky world of The Loft. There were plenty of dark, dangerous, suspenseful scenes where my heart was in my mouth. How they snagged the bad guy in the end was a bit too simplistic but I rolled with it anyway.

It was a tad slow moving at the start, for me, but apart from that, it was a superb book. Highly Recommended.

Actual 4.5 Stars

Thanks to the authors for providing a review copy of this book via Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review.

About the Authors
Chelle Bliss
Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.
Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in history. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Brenda Rothert
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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Blog Tour: Casanova by Emma Hart

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Casanova by Emma Hart. I review this book and there are some teaser images to look at.

CasnovaTitle: Casanova
Author: Emma Hart
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I loved him more than life.
He broke me and he didn’t even know it.
I ran from him.
He didn’t chase me.
He never needed to, because he knew I’d come back.
He was right.
Death brought me home to him.
Brett Walker.
Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.
A casanova to his core.
My ex-best friend.
And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I’m tasked with turning to gold… Or so they think.

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My Review:
Actual 3.5 stars.

Emma Hart is one of my favorite authors and she knows how to write a seriously funny rom-com. I adore her Burke Brothers and Stripped series and both those series had a brilliant blend of humor and sexy romance with great characters that kept me hooked from page one.

Casanova is a great read jam-packed full of Emma’s signature sassy wit. The banter between Lani and Brett is hysterical and I was laughing my head off while reading this book.

Lani had left for California over a misunderstanding the night her and Brett graduated. One of the things I loved about this second chance romance was how both mains could now acknowledge their immaturity and appreciate if they had just spoken to one another they wouldn’t have spent eight years apart.

The overall premise of this story was flimsy and lacking depth and that was my biggest issue with it. The plot was also very predictable and it lacked a nail-biting climactic moment. Brett was portrayed as a Casanova who didn’t give a crap about anyone, but he never really presented as such. He bed-hopped, that was blatant, but every other demonstration of his character led me to believe he wasn’t the bad boy he was portrayed to be. It didn’t take much for me to fall for him!

Lani was a great female lead – independent, and career driven, feisty, and opinionated, but she had a good heart.

Without a shadow of a doubt the snarky banter is the star of this show. Prepare to laugh your socks off!

If you enjoy well written light-hearted romantic comedy or you are a fan of Emma Hart then you should definitely pick this one up.

I would like to thank the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Emma HartAbout the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Book Blitz: The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is my stop during the blitz for The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan! I share my review with you today!

The Room MateTitle: The Room Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

My Review:
Cannon and Paige’s romance is sweet, sexy, and chock-full of laugh out loud moments and scorching hot chemistry. This is Kendall Ryan at her best!

This was a really brilliant, fun, flirty, fast read and I loved it!

Cannon is a great combination of serious and sexy and did I mention he is ridiculously hot? (He’s ridiculously hot!!!!) Paige was a woman after my own heart. I was Head of HR in a previous lifetime so Paige’s chosen career as a HR Manager really resonated with me. Kendall did a stellar job with her character and I loved how calm and controlled she was and I loved the scene the first night Cannon moved in when she asked him questions and expressed interest in him rather than talking about herself. Her personality was very true to the job she performed and we all take parts of our work home with us. She was no walk over and she had no trouble speaking her mind or going for what she wanted even if she had reservations.

Allie was a terrible friend and sister and thank God she redeemed herself at the end.

The only reason this is four-star rather than a five-star review is that I felt the scene with Maggie was inserted purely as a plot device and it was too transparent to be accepted with any level of credibility. I wish this had been interwoven through the story and there were ample opportunities to keep this subplot going which would have given it authenticity and added an extra layer of dept to the book. Other than that, though, I adored it and it’s one of my fav KR reads.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a 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.

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