Review: If I Dream (Corrupted Love #1) by K.M. Scott

Title: If I Dream
Author: K.M. Scott
Series: Corrupted Love #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
If I dream, will you dare?

All I wanted was my freedom. It’s all I’d dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson’s world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father’s world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.

I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father’s money couldn’t buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.

Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?

My Review:
If I Dream is the story of Ryder and Serena, two young people trapped in a world where power, money, and control rule the day. Serena’s father is a very powerful, rich man who runs an underground fighting ring amongst other dodgy businesses. He “buys” Ryder from the man who previously owned him and moves him into his mansion, cautioning him against touching either of his daughters. Ryder and Serena strike up a friendship that turns to love and when her father finds out he separates them and they don’t see each other for two years. When she returns, they quickly pick up where they left off.

This forbidden romance is full of angst and longing and should have been right up my alley but the execution and character development were lacking and that dented my enjoyment. I had empathy for Ryder at the start but he became weak as the story progressed and I hated that he didn’t defend Serena and that he consistently bowed to her father’s will. It seemed contradictory. Serena was a sweet girl with spunk and she wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted in life. Her sister was a despicable character as was Oliver. The plot regarding her mother was weak in my opinion and could’ve been fleshed out better.

It took me a while to ship this couple because the author glossed over their relationship at the start. We were told they spent six weeks talking every night but we weren’t privy to those conversations which was a shame because I felt a big disconnect until the second half of the story, but, even then it was more about sex than any meaningful connection.

In the main the writing is decent and the pacing consistent. While this was an enjoyable read, I still felt let down by certain aspects of it, but that’s probably more of a personal thing. If you enjoy forbidden, angsty romance then you will most likely enjoy this one.

Thanks to author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Cover & Title Reveal: Fallen Crest Home by Tijan


Today is the Cover & Title Reveal for Fallen Crest Home by Tijan! This is the sixth book in her Fallen Crest series.

Title: Fallen Crest Home
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest #6
Genres: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s been years since my mother was in my life.
I healed.
I learned to accept love.
I lived.
That’s all done. She was away, and now she’s back.
I’ve avoided her for a year and a half, but I can’t hide anymore.
Mason has an internship in Fallen Crest, so we’re heading back for the summer.
And when we got there—no one was prepared for what happened.

EXCERPT:
I had no time to stop and think.
I had to fight.
I had to hurt.
I had to protect.
Feeling someone behind me, I let loose with the bat, a scream erupting from my throat. Someone caught the bat and wrapped an arm around my waist. I tried kicking out. He dodged my feet and said hurriedly in my ear, “Damn, Strattan. It’s me, Channing. Stop!”
Channing.
He was friendly.
Stop.
I sagged in his arms, looking for Mason. Where was he? He was circling a guy, still fighting.
I started forward, but Channing caught my arm. “Whoa. Chill.”
I growled as I yanked my hand free and started forward again, but Channing grabbed my arm once more.
He got in front of me, holding his other hand up. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Look. He’s fine. We’re here. He’s got that. Look. Look, Sam.”
My senses began to calm. The black around my eyesight faded. I could see more normally, and the buzzing in my ears subsided. I gulped for breath, tasting salt and dust in my mouth.
Channing was right. Mason’s eyes were deadly, but alert, his mouth set in a flat line. His shoulders were tense, but he looked in control.

Also Available in the Fallen Crest series

About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Struggle
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Mythology
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Blurb:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: EPIC. Loved every single part of this book. Can’t believe I read it so fast when I had every intention of savoring it slowly but it was unputdownable. I will never get enough of the Covenant world. Never.

Full Review:

Fair warning – the fangirl in me is out in force right now and this review is going to be cheesy and gushing in the extreme. I’m making no apologies – just letting you know in advance.

Waiting for this book felt like an eternity for me. The Covenant series is my all-time fav series, ever, EVER and I was so excited when Jennifer announced this new spin-off series and it is everything I was hoping it would be and more. I wanted Seth to get his HEA and I was really hoping we would see more of my fav couple, Alex and Aiden, and the other characters I have come to love, and Jen has delivered in spades. My respect and admiration for her are at an all-time high because every book in this series is even better than the last and I am salivating at the prospect of the next book already.

The Power ended explosively and I thought I’d die if I didn’t get my hands on this book. Finally, the wait was over and I had every intention of reading this one nice and slow to really appreciate the magnificence. But that is virtually impossible when it comes to this world and these characters (and this author.)

There is not one single thing I would fault about this book, and I’d give it a million stars if I could. I loved it. I loved Seth. I loved Josie. I loved Aiden (especially Aiden. Yum. Yum.) I loved Alex (she’s still such a bad ass) and Marcus, Deacon, Luke, Colin etc – I could go on. Told you I’d gush buckets.

The blend of action/adventure and romance was perfect in this one. The snarky, witty banter is there, the sexy times are there, the edge-of-the-seat suspense is there. What I really loved was the character development, especially Seth’s progression. And I enjoyed the fact that Aiden and Seth are starting to see eye-to-eye, yes they say they still hate each other but they don’t really.

Josie has grown on me since book one and I loved her faith and her loyalty to Seth in this one. I kinda guessed the two big things going on with her but they were still awesome reveals. Seth goes off to do something at the 96% mark and I swear I was legit afraid to read. My heart was in my mouth and I was turning the pages of my Kindle shielding my eyes. Really loved the end, even if the ending wasn’t quite as “bam-in your face” as The Power. Doesn’t matter – I’m still suffering from the worst book hangover and I’m already on a countdown to the next book.

The writing is superb (as usual) and the pacing is consistent and it was virtually impossible to tear myself away from this masterpiece.

The Struggle = Book Heaven for me, and I am on the verge of tears now because it’s over already and I want to slap upself up the head for devouring it so quickly. I have a ton of other books to read for reviews and I can’t do it. I just can’t let go of this one yet. Think I’ll have to re-read it instantly.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for writing such an amazing spin-off series. Please let it go on and on. I for one will never tire of reading about these characters. I love them all.

ARC generously provided by the author. I have voluntarily reviewed same and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Blog Tour: The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan! I had the chance to read and review this one and share my review with you today along with some nice teaser images.

The Play MateTitle: Play Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Smith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

My Review:
Another fab, entertaining read from an author who pretty much nails it every time.

When I start a Kendall Ryan book, I always know that I’m going to be in for a good read. Although her books tend to be on the short side, they are always entertaining quick reads that suck me in from the first page. She doesn’t fail to deliver with The Play Mate.

Smith has been in Evie’s life since she was a little kid because he was besties with her older brother Cullen. Smith always looked upon Evie like a little sister (due to the age gap which I think is seven years) until he didn’t. There came a point where they both started to feel something different for one another but neither has acted on it to date. Evie is now 22 and determined to put the moves on Smith. Smith is struggling to fight his attraction to the feisty, intelligent, Evie and it takes enormous willpower to resist her charms. Smith is terrified that over-protective Cullen will have a freak-out and it will ruin their friendship.

Evie takes matters into her own hands and that scene in the bedroom between them was awesome. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

I loved reading about their relationship and I was rooting for them so badly. When they finally decided to go for it, I was their loudest supporter. I loved when Smith confronted Cullen and what he said was perfect.

This book had all the usual ingredients that make up a superb KR read – lots of great characters, lots of funny moments, plenty of steamy times, and a fast-paced plot that clipped along at a steady pace.

I’m addicted to forbidden romances at the moment so this book was right up my alley. I loved it, and I’m really enjoying this new series of Kendall’s. Looking forward to reading the next one!

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

About 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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Book Blitz: Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni


This is my stop during the book blitz for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 20 March. You can see the tour schedule here.

Behind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 March, 2017

Blurb:
Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.

At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.

She only has one rule.

Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.

But she never said anything about love.

Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.

And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.

All of them.

Even ones she didn’t know she had.

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Excerpt:
The guys have already done their soundcheck, and I stand on the stage, absorbing the quiet that will disappear in mere hours. I drop my head back, closing my eyes and let the few lights that are on soak into my skin before looking down at my camera and flipping through its settings. I adjust for the poor lighting and begin to snap test shots. After looking at the preview of the picture I change the ISO and increase my shutter speed, so my exposure won’t be affected as much by the light. The shots will be grainer, but I can adjust that later if need be.
“So I see you didn’t learn your lesson.”
I freeze as I stare down at the camera and the hair on my neck stands up. I don’t want to look up.
“Jace,” I reply, and I watch his shadow on the ground I’m staring at.
“I figured you would’ve quit after what happened with us, but…” he says, stepping forward out of the light and nodding to me. “Here we are, and you’re doing photography for my label.”
I finally look up, cocking my head at him. “Yeah, it’s your label.”
“You haven’t changed one bit, have you, Natalie?” he asks as he stops in front of me.
“What was I supposed to change?” I reply.
He towers over me with those menacing green eyes, and my jaw clenches as I take him on for the first time in three years. His face has aged; the corners of his eyes are now wrinkled, but it only adds to his appeal. My heart doesn’t flutter the way it used to, though. It seems to have stopped beating altogether.
He runs a hand through his hair, letting it drop to his neck as he tilts his head, a sick smile coming to his face. “You’re still a musician whore.”
I step back, my mouth dropping open before I gain my voice and say, “Let me remind you, you’re the one that cheated on me!”
My blood pulses in my ears as I watch his thin lips press into a line. He crosses his now fully tattooed arms, and one eyebrow goes up.
“Maybe you should’ve stayed then,” he replies.
I fight the shaking of my body as I stare at him. A metallic taste fills my mouth.
“I couldn’t!” I say, my voice trembling. “You know that! This is my career. This is my life!”
Jace’s nostrils flare as he steps forward. “So how many members of Makeshift Chemistry have you fucked?”
I try to step away from him, but with each move back, he moves forward. Movement from the front of the venue catches my eye, and I see Brent and James walking down the aisle.
“Can’t answer me, whore?” Jace says as he leans down over me.
“None!” I scream in his face and something in my brain clicks. I push him back. “I made that mistake with you!”
“You were supposed to love me!” Jace says, grabbing my arms and holding me.
“You never loved me!” I reply as my body trembles. Krav Maga, Nat! You know it! But my body won’t work.
“How could anyone love you?” Jace chuckles as he pulls me up, so my face is inches from his. “You only love one thing, your God damned pictures.”
“Let her go!” Brent yells as he somehow manages to jump up onto the stage. Jace drops me just as Brent’s fist connects with his face and I fly backward, skidding onto my ass.
“Brent!” I say as I scramble forward, standing and grabbing his arm. “Stop! He’s not worth it.”
“I…” Brent’s voice drifts off as his chest heaves, his eyes moving between Jace and I. “Alright.”
James goes to help Jace, who is grinning despite his growing black eye and dripping nose. “I guess I figured out who you’re fucking.”
My body goes numb as my eyes water, my hand dropping from Brent.
“Do you want to die?” James asks Jace before shoving him back into the drums.
“So more than one?” Jace says as Brent grabs James’ arm to prevent him from hitting Jace.
I don’t want to know what happens next and take off running in the direction I know the tour bus is. I rush up the steps with tears rushing down my face.
“Natalie?” Kie asks, seeing my face as I rush passed him and Brad. I don’t respond as I go into the bathroom, slamming the door, before sinking to the ground. A knock comes on the door. “Nat?”
“I’m fine, Kie,” I reply.
“No, you’re not,” he answers. “What happened?”
“Nothing.”
“I know you hate me, Nat.”
I stand, throwing the door open and his eyes widen as he looks at me.
“I don’t,” I pause, my chest heaving. “I don’t hate you. I hate what I see in you. I hate I see Jace Smith in you.”
“Jace Smith?” he asks, his eyes racing over my face.
My lip trembles. “Yeah, I’m that photographer he fucked.”
Kie’s mouth drops open.
“So you’ve heard his stories,” I say, and my throat is thick.
“I…” his voice trails off, and his eyes drop to the floor.
“You’re friends with him,” I say, and his hand goes to the back of his neck.
He looks up, and his green eyes are sad. “I never knew it was you.”
“Be careful what you believe.”
He swallows as he shakes his head. “I know you, Nat. I know what he said isn’t true.”
“Imagine how many people would believe me if I tried to stand up to him,” I say, and a fresh set of tears comes over me.
I hear the door open again, and I know it’s Brent and James.
Kie looks over his shoulder. “Dude, what happened to your fist?”
Brent pushes passed Kie and pulls me into his arms.

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About the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Blog Tour: Cole by Tijan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Cole by Tijan. I really enjoyed this book and share my review with you today and soeme teaser images!

Title: Cole
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I shouldn’t have remembered him.
He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn’t know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.
But I could feel him.
The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.
The second time was different.
He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.
That was just the beginning.
He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…
Cole Mauricio

My Review:
Combine one dark, sultry, mysterious man, one sweet grief-stricken woman, and add tons of smokin-hot chemistry, plenty of suspense and intrigue, a mafioso environment, and you have one heck of an explosive read. Cole is signature Tijan at her very best. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down.

Initially, I was a little concerned that I might not like this book. While I’m a massive fan of this author, I wasn’t a big fan of Carter Reed. However, that had nothing to do with the characters or the worldbuilding so I thought I’d give Cole a go. I’m so glad I did.

This book was extremely well written and I really enjoyed the mafia world Tijan has created. Cole is dangerous and mysterious and I ADORED that aspect of his personality. He had this aura that bled from the pages and he was swoon worthy in the extreme. I enjoyed watching as Addison slowly started to peel back his layers.

The first half of the book introduces us to the characters and lays some subtle clues as to what is going on. The suspense and the action are really ramped up in the second half and I loved it! The climactic scenes were so good and I had chills, peeps, legit chills. So intense. So good.

I totally shipped our couple and the romance was very hot. They caved to their monkey lust pretty much straight away but it worked, and I felt the believable connection between our pair.

I liked meeting Carter and Emma again, and Jake was a decent side character. I really didn’t like Sia. She was a bit of a conundrum of a character – she had the capacity to be both selfless and selfish at the same time. I didn’t like how she made comments about Cole when she knew he was her friend’s boyfriend. It goes against the girl code and is a big no-no in my opinion.

The plot was a wee bit predictable in parts – I guessed who the villain was but not what was driving his behavior so that was a nice surprise along with certain people’s backgrounds (being vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.)

I liked that we got some of Cole’s perspective toward the end because I was expecting this book to be in his perspective and was surprised initially when it was in Addison’s. I’m not sure why I thought it was going to be in his voice but it didn’t matter anyway.

All in all, this was a superb read and is one of the best books Tijan has written. If you are a fan of this author or a fan of mafia romance in general then you will love Cole.

Highly Recommended.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

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

About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/

WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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Cover Reveal for Losing Kyler!

Today is the cover reveal for Losing Kyler! And I am sharing the cover for Keeping Kyler as well. There’s an excerpt of Losing Kyler, a special gift for those who pre-order a copy and instructions on how to enter and a giveaway!

Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

You can find Losing Kyler on Goodreads
You can pre-order Losing Kyler on Amazon

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Losing Kyler pre-order gift!
If you pre-order Losing Kyler you can sign-up to receive free bonus content for this series. Not available to purchase or download anywhere else! All you need to do is pre-order Losing Kyler and then complete this form.

Losing Kyler Excerpt:
In this moment, I hate my mother, and I’m mad as all hell that she isn’t here for me to yell at. To demand she tell me the Goddamned truth and explain why she thought it was such a good idea to lie about virtually every facet of my life. My hands ball into fists at my sides, and I’m barely holding it together.
“I also discovered that he was working for a firm in Belfast at the time your mother told you she met him. He wasn’t working locally, Faye. There’s no way Saoirse could’ve met him in the way she described to you.”
Liar! How could she do this to me!
I don’t even know who I am anymore, and every memory I have of my parents is tarnished by the knowledge that it was a fabrication. That I was being lied to every single day of my life.
Why? Were they ever planning on telling me the truth?
Hopping up, enraged and upset, and struggling with a million other emotions, I sweep the contents of my dresser clear across the floor. Picking up the stool, I fling it across the room, watching as it smashes against the wall, the sounds of splintering wood adding to James’s shocked gasps. Tears erupt from my eyes, and my cries fill the room as I slump to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably into my hands.
Ky kneels down, gently wrapping his arms around me from behind. His limbs are tense, his arms a little stiff, and I feel it too—the lure of his warmth and the call of his body battling against what we’ve been told, forcing us to maintain a certain distance.
“Kyler.” James’s voice contains clear warning.
“Shut up, Dad. She needs me, and I’m only comforting her. You’re the one who fucked up here, not us. And you’re a damn hypocrite to criticize us after all you’ve done.”
Ky’s statement is paradoxical in part, because the truth is more complex than that. Is James the hypocrite or are we? I don’t know what to think anymore. I massage my temples, digging my fingers into my skin with brutal intensity, welcoming the pressure. What is right and what is wrong? I’m not sure I know anymore, and my jumbled brain is incapable of constructing logical thought patterns.

Cover Reveal Keeping Kyler!
And as a bonus here’s the cover for book 3, Keeping Kyler!
Keeping Kyler

You can find Keeping Kyler on Goodreads
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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads
And buy your copy of Finding Kyler on Amazon for only $0.99!

Giveaway
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Losing Kyler. There will be two winners. Open Internationally. The prizes are below:
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Review: Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Happy book birthday to Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Title: Till Death
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense/ Mystery
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Blurb:
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

My Review:
A gripping suspenseful read with a fantastic romance to boot, Till Death is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

I was very intrigued to read this book as it’s a new departure for Jennifer Armentrout and I was interested to see how she would pull it off. Well, my reigning fave author has just proven she can turn her hand to any genre and deliver a knock-out story.

Sasha fled her hometown ten years ago in the aftermath of a hideous kidnapping at the hands of the serial killer known as The Groom. She left behind a mother and a boyfriend she loved and started a new life away from all the horrific memories. But she returns home to the Inn she has always dreamed of running and things pretty much pick up where they left off. Her college boyfriend is now hot FBI agent Cole Landis and his reappearance in her life the minute she shows up in town tells you all you need to know. Their romance was cut short due to her ordeal ten years ago and it’s obvious both of them never forgot the other.

Any fans of JLA that are worried about lack of romance – let me reassure you, you will not be disappointed. Cole and Sasha are an amazing couple and their chemistry is electrifying. They reconnect slowly but surely and it was an integral part of the plot. Cole feels like he let Sasha down ten years ago so he’s determined to protect her this time. And, boy, does she need it because strange things are happening around her and women are missing, and it’s clear that she is being targeted again.

Cole is one of the best book boyfriends Jennifer has written. He was suave, charismatic, intelligent, protective, hot, loyal, and I could add so much more but you get the gist. I loved him, and he was quite a different male character for Jen to write which I appreciated. Sasha was a great heroine. She was strong and brave despite all she had been through. I also loved her mother.

JLA perfectly blends the romance with the suspense and everything builds to an explosive climactic scene that was superbly written. I had chills all over reading the last few chapters.

The only reason this is a four-star review is the fact that I guessed the who and the why early on (like ridiculously early on) and it dented my enjoyment. I was hoping I was wrong but as more clues were dropped I knew I was right. While one part of me was mentally high-fiving myself for figuring it out so early, another part of me hated that it was so predictable (to me anyway.) Now, if you don’t read a lot of romantic suspense or mystery/thrillers I don’t think you will work it out, but I spent years reading thrillers/crime novels and one of the reasons I stopped reading them was because it was too easy to work out the plot twists and that was the case with Till Death. That doesn’t detract from the fact this is a very well-written book with a decent plot, perfect pacing, great world building, and complex characterization.

Overall, I can say this was a great read and mean it, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to Jennifer’s fans or fans of romantic suspense.

I’d like to thank the author and her assistant for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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.

Review: More Than Enough (More Than #5) by Jay McLean

More Than Enough Title: More Than Enough
Author: Jay McLean
Series: More Than #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
There’s no emotion greater than fear.
No ache greater than grief.
No sound greater than silence.
***
I’m grateful he showed up on my doorstep,
pissed off and angry at the world.
If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.
And I don’t just mean here on this journey with him.
I mean here, in this world.
*
I wonder what events in all our lives—hers included—are The Turning Points? The points where we all determine that the fear of our pasts and the uncertainty of our futures are greater than our need for happiness.
Here.
Now.
While time and everything around us stands unmoving… who’s to say we can’t have it all?
***
We wanted it all.
We wanted it with each other.
We thrived on the chaos we created.
And ignored the Mayhem that ensued.
Because falling in love was easy.
But sometimes, love isn’t enough.

My Review:
After each book in this series, I gush buckets and I say this was the best one yet, and I think the next one just can’t live up to that. But here’s the thing – they do! Each book is better and better than the last (if that’s not an oxymoron) and More Than Enough was no exception.

Dillon has been the quietest of the boys but he has always intrigued me. In this book, we get to peel back the layers and meet the messed-up boy who doesn’t feel like he’s good enough. He soars, he stumbles, and then he gets back up on his feet, and I was with him every step of the way. I felt his pain, his joy, his heartache, his longing, his self-loathing, his desire to do the right thing. Man, Jay Mc Lean can really make you FEEL when you read her books. Emotional development is strong and multi-layered.

Riley is a broken mess when Dillon first finds her and I loved how he nurtured her back to life. But what I really loved was how she returned the favor when he needed her and how they saved each other. It was such a powerful message.

This book contains all the ingredients I’ve come to know and love about Jay’s writing and it sucked me in and devoured me whole. The entire time, while I was salivating over every page, I was also shedding tears because I did not want it to end.

If you enjoy well-written angsty-dramatic YA/NA contemporary romance then you need to read this series. It’s superb.

So sad it’s over but happy we have the Preston Brothers spin-off to take off the edge.

Thanks for hours of fab entertainment, Jay. Definitely a one-click author for me now.