Blog Tour: Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan! I share my review of this book with you and there are some teaser images as well.

Title: Sexy Stranger
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite.

He’s rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle.

And she’s stranded with him for an entire week.

He knows the sexy stranger doesn’t belong in his small town, but he’s determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her.

She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda.

Buckle up.

My Review:
Another fun, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, sweet, sexy romance from Kendall Ryan.

Kendall has a really strong brand and I always know what to expect when I pick up one of her books. Sexy Stranger ticked all the usual boxes and it was a quick, entertaining read with a great HEA.

Luke Wilder owns and runs a whiskey brewing company with his brother and sister and he has lived a small town existence for most of his life. He had a promising football career and he went away to college but returned home after his father passed away, to run the family business with his twin, Duke (hardy, har. Luke and Duke are actually nicknames but it was funny!)

He has been burnt in love so when sexy stranger Charlotte rolls into town with her expensive car and her fiesty mouth, he has no interest in pursing the spark of attraction that ignites between them. Charlotte is on the run from those who seek to control her life and the last thing she wants is some redneck hothead pushing her buttons. Despite the fact our couple got off on the wrong foot, they soon make amends and quickly agree to a fling. Both know it can’t go anywhere because he is stuck there and she is leaving.

The banter was great between our couple and Luke was swoonworthy in the extreme. I enjoyed the setting of the book and the whiskey business was unique. I enjoyed watching Charlotte relax and let her hair down and the romance was electric. Kendall writes great romantic/sexy times.

An inability to properly communicate had the potential to rip our couple apart but all ended up in a good place.

The writing and pacing were solid and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Actual 3.5 stars.

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 two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries 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. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Blog Tour: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney


This is my stop during the blog tour for Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 May. View the tour schedule here.

Black DawnBlack Dawn (Black Dawn #1)
By Mallory McCartney
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2017

Blurb:
The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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Excerpt:
Sweat rolled thickly down his neck, making his getup suffocating. The night was bleak and all-consuming as Brokk Foster looked to where he knew his best friend and Commander was hidden. Weeks of tactical planning and training had brought the soldiers of Black Dawn to this moment. The slight tremor in his hands was the only sign of how he was feeling. Brokk pressed himself closer to the mossy ground, breathing in the sweet smell of dewy grass. A snap of twigs and the group went rigid, frozen in the shadows. Laughter filled the forest air as four men with blood-red sashes of the guards draped brazenly across their chests walked into view a few hundred yards away. They quipped at each other, totally relaxed, their voices sounding like a constant buzz to Brokk. His blood thrummed in his ears as his heart pounded wildly. The seconds felt like centuries until finally, he saw a flash of silver and a smooth voice filled his mind, “Now.”
Brokk didn’t need to be told twice. Springing from the ground like a demon from the darkness, he pulled his curved twin blades out in seconds as he cut the men off. The group stopped, looking pale in the moonlight and extremely exposed.
“Evening, boys,” Brokk said in a taunting voice. “Sorry to interrupt your rounds, but I dare say you’re a little close for comfort to our home. Convenient for us, though,” he added, twirling the hilts in his hands. “We wanted you exactly here.”
Their leader took a daring step toward him. His mistake. Brokk yelled into the darkness, “Memphis, keep him alive!”
In a flurry of movement, his friends dropped from the surrounding trees, all dressed in the same camouflage, their weapons at the ready. A mad cackle broke the guard’s momentary trance, and they tried to run. Chaos ensued.
Brokk threw his blades at the nearest tree—a satisfying thud sounded as they found their mark. He ran, eyes fixated on the two guards that had broken away from the fight ahead of him. It was laughable really, just how much they thought they had a chance of escaping. They had no idea who they were up against.
The familiar popping and breaking of bones shivered through his body when animal instinct took over as the wolf inside him did. The ground shook from his colossal paws, golden fur rippling like a beacon in the night. His growl rumbled like thunder, and for a split second, he forgot who he was. All that mattered was that he took his targets down. The guard’s deaths were much swifter than they deserved.
Brokk shifted back, trying to calm the elation of how good that had felt. Memphis snapped him out of his glorified moment. “Brokk! Come here.”
The last guard was openly crying, now forced to his knees, hands shaking behind his head. Brokk almost felt sorry for him. Almost.
Up close he was much younger than Brokk thought, fear replacing the guard’s bravery now. Memphis’s icy blue eyes cut into his, and he didn’t have to say anything for Brokk to understand. Telekinetic or not, his friend wore his heart on his sleeve. They were all on edge and who could blame them? Six years of hiding. Six years of losing this war. Brokk swallowed back his thoughts, wearing his mask of oozing confidence and anger.
“W-who are you?” The guard’s voice squeaked out several octaves higher than it should have.
Nyx kicked him in the gut, making him wheeze in pain and gasp for air. Memphis crouched down in front of him, his long blond hair tied back, revealing his severe features. They all bore scars, some more visible than others.

About the Author:
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Book Blitz: Saying I Do by Tracey Alvarez

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Saying I Do by Tracey Alvarez. I’ll share my review of this book with you, an excerpt and there’s a giveaway. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 May. See the tour schedule here.

Saying I DoSaying I Do (Stewart Island #8)
by Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 19 May, 2017
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:
Marriage and happily-ever-after are for suckers…

Joe Whelan was fooled once on the way to the altar, and the Irish doctor isn’t about to be an eejit over a woman again. Especially not one who witnessed his broken-hearted humiliation years ago. He won’t be swayed by the sparks that fly whenever his eyes meet MacKenna’s or distracted by her sweet kisses. The only thing Joe cares about is preventing his sister from making the biggest marital mistake of her life.

MacKenna Jones loves a good wedding—so long as she’s sewing the bride’s gown, not walking down the aisle herself. Falling for Joe Whelan’s sexy bedside manner wasn’t on the cards, neither was a seven-day road trip with him to Las Vegas, the Marriage Capital of the World. When the stakes are so high, will these two gun-shy cynics ever say I Do?

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My Review:
Dr Joe has featured in several of the Due South books up to this point but we haven’t really learned that much about him except that he’s originally from Ireland. Mac has appeared previously as Holly’s cousin and the bridal shop owner so we know a little bit about her too. This is their story and I loved every heart stealing moment of it!

Tracey is a fabulous writer and her prose and her wonderful characters always hook me from the get-go, and Saying I Do was no different.

Dr Joe has sworn off love due to a disastrous previous engagement that Mac played a part in. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to ruin the story but suffice it to say that both formed opinions of each other when they first crossed paths and since Dr Joe moved to Oban they have butted heads every time they meet. But there is no stopping Mrs T once she gets a notion in her head. As the island’s self-professed matchmaking expert, Betsy has set her sights on Mac and Joe and the story kicks off with her manipulating a meeting between them.

Mac is also a bit love-shy thanks to an overly-eager mother who has been divorced a few times and she has some love skeletons in her closet too. I enjoyed Mac’s character – she was intelligent, successful, confident, and fiesty. She struggled to understand her feelings for Joe but as the story progressed she couldn’t avoid the fact she was falling in love with the Irish doctor.

Joe gradually starts opening his heart to Mac and he proves how far he has come on a trip to Vegas to celebrate his sister’s nuptials. But the path of true love doesn’t run smooth and there are a few hiccups for our couple before they get their HEA.

Tracey has done an amazing job portraying the Irish characters in this story. They were all believable and I found myself chuckling at phrases I know so well! All of Joe’s family were right characters and I sense they have some interesting stories to tell. The scene in the Vegas hotel room where Mac first meets his brothers was hysterically funny and I almost peed my pants I was laughing so hard. I loved the switch of scenery in this book, especially the American road trip. Something happens during that trip that made me mad (no spoilers here folks) but all was good in the end.

Overall, this was another superb read from Tracey. I always know I’m in for a great time when I pick up one of her books and that was most definitely the case with Saying I Do.

I beta read an unedited draft of this book and I have voluntarily reviewed same. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Excerpt:
Mac continued to gaze lustfully into the all-marble bathroom and giant tub that could easily hold a wedding party of six. As much as she wanted to soak in a tub filled with bubbles, if she wasn’t to be a complete wreck meeting Joe’s family later, she needed to crawl beneath those sheets and sleep for at least an hour.
“Shower and sleep,” she said. “I’m on an unstoppable trajectory to get clean and unconscious.”
“Party pooper.”
He grinned that sexy, promising a good time grin, and she nearly caved. Before Mac changed her mind, she ducked into the bathroom and shut the door. Locked it. Keeping temptation out of reach—for her, not him. Tapping her phone, she selected her favorite playlist and cranked up the volume. Nothing like Freddy Mercury’s soaring vocal plea for someone to love to set the mood for a refreshing, loooong shower.
Mac sang along—too bad if Joe didn’t like her voice—and took her time under the steaming-hot jets while Freddy gave way to Madonna, Bryan Adams, and Simple Minds.
Once her fingers started to prune, she relented and got out, pouncing on the free bottle of expensive body lotion. While Cyndi told the world about girls just wanting to have fun, Mac finished slathering on the lotion. She’d been a little premature turning down the opportunity to mess up the sheets with Joe because parts of her were very refreshed.
She flung open the bathroom door, shimmying everything she had, the chorus on her lips—and met the startled gaze of Joe, beer bottle in hand…and two other men.
One sat on the sofa, the other reclined on their bed, beer balanced on his flat stomach. Three pairs of eyes locked on her assets, jaws sagged, followed by wide, appreciative smiles by the two strangers. Joe turned a murderous stare at the two men—who were obviously his brothers, judging by their same coloring and bright blue eyes.
Mac froze momentarily, like a possum in a hunter’s spotlight, a flight or fight response kicking in, even though in this case, embarrassment would kill her before the adrenaline overdose. She bit down on the urge to shriek like a train whistle and slapped an attitude-infused hand on her waist instead. What was the point of rushing away when men had a photographic memory for boobs and bums? They’d be retelling this story for years.
“You must be Joe’s brothers,” she said. “Nice to meetcha.” As if she met her boyfriend’s family bare-assed every day of the week.
“Pleasure is all ours,” said the brother from the bed, lifting his beer in a silent toast. “I’m Kyle.”
“Luke,” the older of the two men said, from the sofa. “We brought beer.”
Both men, after their initial surprise, met her gaze squarely without their gazes lowering to her…assets. Now if she could just figure out how to make a graceful exit…
Joe solved the issue by hauling the gold-and-purple bed runner off the comforter and crossing the room in double time to wrap it around her, using the bulk of his body to block his brothers’ view.
“Flippin’ hell, Mac,” he muttered, tucking the tail of fabric between her breasts.
His voice was gruff, but not with the chastisement she’d assumed. His face told her he was caught between laughter, annoyance, and possessive arousal. Suddenly, she wanted the Whelan brothers gone. Suddenly, she didn’t need a nap, she just needed Joe.

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Tracey AlvarezAbout the Author:
Tracey Alvarez is a USA Today Bestselling Author living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.

When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found with her nose in her e-reader, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

Follow Tracey on Twitter as @TraceyAlvrezNZ or Facebook as http://www.facebook.com/TraceyAlvarezAuthor

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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saying I Do. This giveaway ends April 25th.

One winner will win a prize pack (over $65 value) which includes:
~ Playing For Fun signed paperback (Playing For Fun is Book 6 in the series, and features Mac’s cousin Holly)
~ Fun NZ theme tote bag
~ New Zealand Wild Ferns Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey Rejuvenating Face Pack
~ New Zealand Wild Ferns Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey Conditioning Lip Balm
~ Alpine Silk Manuka Honey Hand Cream
~ Alpine Silk Manuka Honey with Propolis Triple Milled Luxury Soap
~ Handcrafted in New Zealand woven Hessian Kete with feathers
~ 4 New Zealand Paua Shell Wine Glass Charms
~ Author magnet (not pictured)
~ Author bookmark (not pictured)
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Giveaway rules
* Prizes are not exchangeable for cash or anything else.
* All due care will be made in ensuring the prize arrives at the winner’s address, but the author is unable to refund prize value in any way should it not arrive due to postal disaster.
* Entries close on May 25th and winner will receive a direct e-mail from me shortly after – so please ensure Tracy Alvarez’s e-mail address is added to your safe/contacts list. If the author doesn’t receive a reply from the winner in 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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To qualify for the bonus 5 entries, you’ll need to purchase Saying I Do and answer this question in the space provided in the rafflecopter. The question is: What is the last 4-word sentence at the end of Chapter 13?

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Blog Tour: The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Wright Boss by K.A. Linde! Read on for my review and some teasers for this book!

Title: The Wright Boss
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
A new stand alone office romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I’ve always had one rule:

Don’t mix business and pleasure.

But then Landon Wright comes home to his family’s construction company with a broken back and a beaten heart and ends up as my new sexy boss. As the office gets heated, I’m thinking about throwing the rulebook out the window.

If only there weren’t a million reasons this could never work.

We may have shared a single perfect kiss, but I can’t let our intense connection cloud my judgment. Not with everything I’ve worked for on the line.

Dating your boss is so very, very wrong…even if he feels so Wright.

My Review:
I was super excited to read this book as I really connected with Landon and Heidi in The Wright Brother and I was keen to see them get their HEA.

This was a great read and I read it in one sitting. Landon won me over from the very start and I was delighted when he kicked his conniving wife to the curb. Not that she went easily but I’m glad he had the strength of his convictions. He still had a job convincing Heidi he was sincere but he persevered until she was willing to take a chance on him. She was risking a lot as relationships between immediate management and employees was forbidden in Wright Construction and she was also worried how Em would react. Landon was swoon-worthy in the extreme and I totally shipped them.

Our couple was so hot for one another and their chemistry was explosive. The sexual tension in the first third of the book was delicious and it kept me hooked. Both are dealing with separate issues in their personal lives and it was nice that they could be there to support one another.

I really enjoyed how much of a career-orientated person Heidi was and how she had to work extremely hard to hold her own in such an alpha-dominated environment. I can relate to that. Her career was very important to her and it’s why she was so concerned about taking a risk with Landon – she didn’t want to jeopardize everything she had worked toward over the years.

It was great to get glimpses of Jensen, Em, and Colt, and to see the other family dynamics at play. I’m intrigued by Austin’s background and what demons are driving his alcohol addiction. I’m so looking forward to reading his book even if I’m not overly enamored with Julia, but I’m prepared to be won over. I enjoyed the sample we got at the back of this book and it’s most definitely whetted my appetite.

The writing was great and the pacing was perfect and it flowed beautifully.

This was a five-star read right up until the main conflict detonated. I want to share my review without spoilers which is difficult when it comes to this part of the story so, fair warning, this is mildly-spoilery. I found this part of the plot weak and I struggled to accept it as believable when her boyfriend was part of the family who owned the business and his brother (and her bestie’s boyfriend) was the CEO. I worked as Head of HR for 12 years and I have to say that Julia is the worst HR professional and a shitty friend. While I understand her personal relationship could have no bearing on the situation, no skilled HR professional fires someone without having all the facts to hand and without ensuring the relevant authority figures are aware of the situation, ESPECIALLY when this person is a well-respected loyal employee and a friend – you would do everything to avoid having to pull the trigger. I actually got really mad at that whole situation because it was a clear plot device and not properly thought out. I would have preferred if Miranda had used different means to cause chaos rather than going that route. Most readers probably won’t have any issue with it but given my background, I just couldn’t accept it as plausible or in any way credible. What was worse was the scene at the charity event when the Head of HR publicly assaulted one of the owners in front of clients and employees but she’s allowed to keep her job? That was a worse scenario than what happened at the golf event, and it brought the brand into more disrepute in my opinion. It just didn’t add up to me.

Also, while I understood Heidi’s reaction toward Landon, her acceptance of Julia’s role wasn’t realistic. She should have been mad at her for not handling it properly but instead, she was mad at Landon. And Julia never once apologized for her unprofessional handling of the situation. Gah, I hate saying anything bad about another author’s work but this really pushed my buttons and I hate that because I was LOVING this book up until this happened.

Anyway, that is my only complaint. The rest of the book was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable and I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. This is a great series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Wright stories. I do hope the girls are getting books too as I’m so invested in this family and I want to read more in this world.

Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing an advance copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Review: The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Dead List
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary/ Mystery
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Blurb:
It’s Ella’s senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran’s end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella’s carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn’t done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in the killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: Wow! What a fantastic read! I had a very difficult time putting this book down and only did so to sleep.

Full Review:

The Dead List is a well-written captivating romantic thriller that had my heart swooning and panicking in equal measure!

Read it for the romance as much as for the mystery because let’s be honest, Jennifer Armentrout writes some of the most amazing book boyfriends EVER and Jensen Carver is no exception. Where do I even begin? He’s hot, loyal, honest, supportive, funny, and so, so protective of Ella and I was in love with him pretty much from the get-go. One of the things I especially enjoyed was how confident he was in himself and his feelings for Ella and he didn’t shy away from articulating same.

For example, see how amazingly perfect this quote of Jensen’s is:

“I want to be that guy-the one that when your phone rings, you hope it’s me. The one who holds your hand in the hallway at lunch. The guy who gets to hold you. I want to be the one who gets to touch you. I want to be yours.”

We are told he didn’t date, enjoying casual hook-ups, and while it wasn’t specified I took that to mean he was just waiting for Ella to open up and let him back in and he had no genuine interest in any other girl. That only made me love him more!

Ella was a great character too. A loyal friend to Linds, Gavin, and Jensen, and a nice person to boot. The opening scene when she was leaving the party showed she was a fighter, a survivor, and that only endeared me to her more.

I’m going to be brutally honest -my real interest with this book was the blossoming romance and the mystery/intrigue surrounding the murderer took a back seat for me. I’ve seen some readers suggest this is a horror but I wasn’t scared. It reads like more of a thriller to me. I never felt like Ella was in a genuine life-threatening situation and I was more invested in when she and Jensen were going to get it on than I was in identifying the killer, lol, HOWEVER that doesn’t mean I wasn’t intrigued because I was. I enjoyed how the past and the present intertwined even if it was a tad bit predictable. I liked the flashback scenes. I actually had figured out the murderer’s identity at one point but I kept changing my mind as Jenn threw out different hooks. Love when an author has me second guessing myself and Jenn did a great job here with throwing me off the scent! That twist at the very end was brilliant because I was a bit confused wondering how it was all stacking up and then bam, that came at me and my heart was in my mouth – that was so well written.

I ended up reading this in less than twenty-four hours and then I kicked myself for having read it so fast because I always do that with Jenn’s books and then I’m left feeling bereft.

In summary, this was a fantastic read and Jenn continues to prove she deserves to be at the top of my fave authors list. If you enjoy swoony romance intertwined with intriguing mystery and a fast-paced writing style then you’ll love The Dead List. Highly Recommended.

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

Release Boost: Fallen Crest Home by Tijan


Today is my stop during the release boost for Fallen Crest Home by Tijan!

Title: Fallen Crest Home
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #6
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: 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.

My Review:
Well, that was like literary crack for my soul. So EPIC! Loved every page. Stayed up until 3 am and had to put it down as I was so tired. Two hours later I picked it up again as I couldn’t go to sleep because my mind was conjuring up all kinds of scenarios for what was going to happen. So, yes, I finished it at 7.30am this morning and got up to work on only two hours sleep. Like a zombie today but so worth it. Man, I LOVE this series so much. I’m already sad at the prospect of it drawing to a close even though we have FC7 to come next month. Could read about these characters forever. Love Mason Kade. Sam is still a little irritating at times and I wanted to bash her head against the wall a few times during my reading of this book but it in no way dented my enjoyment. These characters are like old friends at this stage. Wonderfully entertaining. And the chemistry between Sam and Mase is the best I have ever read – it gives me chills all over. I get all the feels with this series. Massive book hangover now. Roll on May.

Excerpt:
My hand cradled the back of his neck, holding him prisoner.
I didn’t want him to look away, to move away.
I wanted him inside of me.
His eyes darkened and as if reading my mind, he moved back to pull his pants off. After grabbing a condom, and pulling it on, he came back and settled between my legs.
My arms went back around him, like returning to their home.
“Sam,” he murmured, tracing a finger down the side of my face. He tucked some hair behind my ear, and then I felt his lips against mine again.
Yes. Home.
That’s what this was.
I groaned, my head falling back, and I felt his soft chuckle against my skin, but then he reached down and shifted, lifting my leg until I wound it around his waist. He dipped in, shifting, and I felt him at my entrance. He paused, then slid inside.
My eyes closed and I relished the feel of him in me.
He began moving, thrusting inside of me.
As he kept going, and he slid his hands up my arms to capture my hands, I opened my eyes. We were staring back at each other, watching each other. I could feel him reaching inside of me, searching, claiming me. Everything in my body yearned for him, yearned for more. I wanted more. I needed more.
The second he touched me, everything blared alive. I was awakened. Always.
In and out. Mason kept thrusting.
My fingers clamped down over his, sinking deep as his pace quickened.
“Mason,” I gasped. Weak. His onslaught kept going, harder, faster. “I love you.”
He groaned, climaxing, and his body clenched as he thrust into me a last time. It sent me hurdling over the edge, and I wrapped both arms around his neck, hanging on.
A moment later, he brushed a soft kiss on my forehead before he slipped out.
I still lay beneath him.
I didn’t want to move.
I didn’t want him to move, and eventually, we slept like that.
I woke later, but I was still in his arms. He was curled up behind me, and I went back to sleep again. All the doubts and questions would be there tomorrow.

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Blog Tour: Kiss and Make Up Series by Sara Ney


Today is my stop during the blog tour for the Kiss and Make Up series by Sara Ney! I share my review for the first two books in the series today. There are also soem teasers.

Kissing in Cars

Title: Kissing in Cars
Author: Sara Ney
Series: Kiss and Make Up #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
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Blurb:
This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

WILL SHE, OR WON’T SHE…

Studious and (mostly) sensible, the only thing Molly Wakefield wants to do is get through Senior Year and graduate. Well, that and hit the beach in her spare time. Okay, fine – and go shopping every once in a while for a new dress… (and who could blame her?)

And things are going according to plan – until the day she spies Weston McGrath, handsome star athlete and scholar, spying on her in study hall.

A tad creepy? Maybe.
Thrilling? Absolutely.

You see, Weston McGrath happens to be one guy no one can get close to.

Despite her best efforts to avoid it (because let’s face it – the guy isn’t exactly “boyfriend material”) Molly and Weston form a friendship.

And more….
Sort of.
But it’s a friendship that comes with a price – because Weston just cannot seem to stop screwing things up. Or saying all the wrong things. Possibly in that order…
And who has time for an 18 year old “fixer-upper” that should know better?
Not Molly.
Or does she?

Note: This YA book is intended for 17+ due to the vulgar language used by its male characters (and occasionally the females as well, even though they’re too lady like to do it throughout the entire book). Some adult sexual situations that steam up a few car windows. This title is approx. 63,000 words.

Weston appears to be your stereotypical asshole hockey player player and the type of boy that Molly usually steers well clear of, however, appearances can be deceiving.

I really enjoyed the start to the Kiss & Make Up series by Sara Ney. Molly was a great MC with lots of spunk and a genuine heart. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind or articulate her feelings even in front of the hotness that was Weston and I really admired her self-confidence. Her friend Jenna was funny but she also irked me with the way she went on about Weston both in front of her own boyfriend and Molly. Seriously, not cool. I don’t actually think she meant to be hurtful but it was insensitive all the same.

Weston was swoon worthy in the extreme, and essentially a nice guy with a penchant for messing up spectacularly. That scene with Stacey was like a knife to the chest – this was when I wanted Weston to man up but he chickened out again and I was furious with him. All ends up well, even if the last chapter and epilogue felt rushed.

The writing is brilliant, character development is decent, and the story flowed consistently. I liked the dual POV and felt it was well executed. I would’ve like a little bit more of a plot and a lot more of the romance but that’s just a personal choice.

I’ve read (and loved) Sara’s How to Date a Douchebag series and I was expecting this one to be funny. It was, and the scene in the restaurant at the end had me giggling like a three-year-old, but it wasn’t quite up to the standard of her newer series.

All in all though, this was a great read and I’m looking forward to book 2.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a complimentary copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

He Kissed Me First

Title: He Kissed Me First
Author: Sara Ney
Series: Kiss and Make Up #2
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
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Blurb:
This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

HE SAID…
“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s the shrieking, overly-dramatic shrew that’s taken over my sister’s apartment. And what is up with her hair? I know what I want; an easy, uncomplicated lay – and Cecelia Carter sure as shit isn’t one. But I never could resist a challenge, and vow to wipe that condescending grin off her pretty face. Aw, shit. Did I just call her pretty..?” – Matthew Wakefield

SHE SAID…

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want; someone who’s good for my body and soul and makes me laugh – and Matthew Wakefield isn’t any of those things. I cannot stand the sight of him; I mean, what a jackass. If I refuse to give him anything but sass and sarcasm, it’s only because he deserves it…” – Cecelia Carter

This book is intended for those 17 and older. If you’re offended by cursing (particularly “F” bombs), sarcasm, sexual situations and Alpha Male jackasses – this book is not for you…

My Review:
Book two in the Kiss and MakeUp series is the story of Molly’s brother Matthew and we watch as he falls in love with her roommate, Cecelia. Both Matt and Cece were freaking nuts and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this book and it definitely had me giggling throughout. The emails and texts were very funny and were a quirky touch. I liked that we caught up with Molly and West and it was funny to see how Matt and West sparked off one another. I did find it difficult to get into this book at first as both male and female voices were irritating but that wore off as the book progressed. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, and this series isn’t a patch on Sara’s How to Date a Douchebag series, it is still a thoroughly entertaining, quick, fun read. If you enjoy upper YA/NA contemporary romance with plenty of comedic moments then you’ll enjoy this series.

Actual rating: 3.75 stars

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

A Kiss Like This

Title: A Kiss Like This
Author: Sara Ney
Series: Kiss and Make Up #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
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Blurb:
This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

ABIGAIL DARLINGTON IS AWKWARD…

She will never be “that” girl. You know the one: that girl on campus, confident in her own skin. Always saying the right things. Putting herself out there. Knows how to talk to a guy without stammering.

Nope. Shy but clever, and easily embarrassed, Abby is fine being the wallflower in her circle of outgoing, beautiful friends; she would rather read about a sexy book boyfriend than actually have a live, breathing one.

…BUT CALEB LOCKHART IS WORSE.

Star goaltender for the University’s hockey team, Caleb is quiet and broody, preferring the solitude of his orderly, regimented life. He doesn’t like, or need people—and plans to keep it that way. One more year left of hockey and he’ll be long gone.

AWKWARD NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. Both their lives change the day that Abigail falls for Caleb. Well, falls directly on top of him, to be accurate. Because sometimes we don’t settle into love.

We fall there.

WARNING: This book contains cursing, and LOTS of it. It also has sex, uncomfortable and often awkward situations. Not to mention, the secondary characters say some really inappropriate s**t. Not intended for readers under 17

About the Author:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Blog Tour: The House Mate (Roommates #3) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The House Mate (Roommates #3) by Kendall Ryan! I’ll share my review of this book with you today!

Title: The House Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.

Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.

His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.

The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions?

This is book 3 in the Roommates series, but each book can be read as a complete standalone as they all feature new couples to fall in love with.

My Review:
Hot Single Dad Romance Alert!! The third book in the Roommates series by Kendall Ryan didn’t disappoint. This was another entertaining, quick read that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Construction boss Max Alexander is a thirty-five-year-old commitment-allergic hottie who likes to enjoy hookups without the pain of a relationship. When his ex makes an unexpected reappearance with a baby in tow, his world changes in an instant. I adored how quickly Max grew attached to baby Dylan and how sweet he was with her. He is in desperate need of a nanny and when Addison shows up she’s perfect – except that he feels instant monkey-lust and wonders how the hell he’ll be able to resist her when she’s living in his house.

Addison feels the explosive chemistry between them but she can’t turn down this job – she needs the money and a place to live and she desperately needs to get over a bad break up. Addison wormed her way into my heart instantly and I hated how much she lacked self-confidence as a result of that ahole ex, Greg. She was wonderful with Dylan, and as a mother myself, I really enjoyed this part of the story. It truly warmed my heart to see how much she loved that child.

Max and Addison try to ignore the growing sexual tension between them and take the time to get to know one another. I loved watching our couple fall in love. It wasn’t all plain sailing but I especially adored how Max stepped up to the plate and put her needs before his own. It just goes to prove that for the right girl, no guy is commitment shy. He had been waiting for his own true love all along. Aw, shucks. Max is great leading man material and I had no trouble falling for him.

Baby Dylan is gorgeous and so sweet even if some of her behavior seemed a bit advanced for a one-year-old.

There are a couple of complications which threaten our couples happiness but as is the norm with KR books they are dealt with quickly and put straight to bed. I actually wish some of the conflicts were more long-drawn out as I prefer a bit more tension and suspense but that’s not how Kendall rolls, and I’m okay with that – it’s what I’ve come to expect from her work. It doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book, just that it would’ve been that little bit more special with some fleshing out of the conflicts.

The epilogue was great and I loved seeing our couple get their HEA.

Overall though this was another great swoony, funny read. If you enjoy Kendall’s work you will most definitely love this 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 two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries 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. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Blog Tour: Cristin Harber’s Only series

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Cristin Harber’s Only series. I share my reviews for all four books! There are also two teasers for the first book. Have you read this series? Let me know your thoughts!

Only For Him

Title: Only for Him
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

My Review:
Wow, I just loved this novella! What a great introduction to Gray and Em’s love story. Cristin definitely knows how to write complex characters and evoke soul deep emotion in her readers. I felt the pain of unrequited love, the pain of self-loathing, the fear, the hurt, the joy, the agony – the whole gamut of emotions while reading it. I did see both twists coming and I was hoping I was wrong. My heart broke for our couple, and I can’t wait to see them get their HEA.

The writing was superb, the pacing fast paced and consistent, and the dual POV was expertly executed – both voices were unique and I was never confused over who was narrating.

An excellent start to this novella series, and a great introduction to author Cristin Harber for me.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a complimentary copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only For Her

Title: Only for Her
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.
All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

My Review:
Another great installment in this novella series. Gray has finally manned up and decided to make amends for past wrongs. Ems is working herself to the bone in order to support her family and put herself through college. Her character really shone through in this one and I admired her strength and her resilience. Her love for Gray hasn’t dissipated in the slightest and I felt her pain (although I do believe his apparent demise was glossed over and her reactions weren’t shown realistically.)

I thought Gray was very presumptuous when he made a reappearance and that Ems capitulated way too easily but I could forgive it because these two share a soul-deep forever-love connection that is all consuming. Wow, their chemistry just bled off the page and I totally ship them. That ending had me reaching for the next episode straight away!

Again, it’s well written and it flows well, and I’m definitely enjoying this series.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a complimentary copy of this novella which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only For Us

Title: Only for Us
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The third installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

Grayson and Emma. First love. True love. And… they have a daughter. Abandonment is his curse. He left his woman, survived his team, and missed the moment most precious to a father. Until now.

I didn’t know you were killing yourself with work. I didn’t know you’re raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would’ve kept me from you.

Love needs to heal all, or they won’t survive the collision of their separate lives. Emma must reach deep into her heart that is barely hanging on and find forgiveness. Grayson, wrecked with PTSD-filled nightmares, must prove that he’s here to stay and able to rebuild his family against all odds.

I need to say I love you. But what I mean is I love you–in a way that defies definition and exists only in a world that you and I are in.

My Review:
This was, in the main, heartwarming and hopeful, and the character’s reactions were very believable. I especially loved how big Emma’s heart was. She could’ve made Gray earn back her love but she is crazy about him and she trusts in him to do the right thing this time. The romance was very swoony, and I’m loving this couple. The end was very predictable but definitely, entices one to want to read the final installment.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a comp copy of this novella which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only Forever

Title: Only Forever
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.

My Review:
A great ending to a great series. This was a little more action-packed, and we saw the introduction of the Titan men, and I have to say I’m definitely intrigued to read that series now! I loved the ending and that they got their HEA and it was so sweet with Callie. Beautiful and heartwarming.

Now that I’ve read all four novellas, I can rate this series 4-star and recommend it. It is well written, fast-paced, character development is decent, there is plenty of angst and drama and the romance is swoony. The main reason it isn’t five-star, for me, is the fact that the plot was way too predictable. I would have liked more unexpected plot twists and turns but I figured out all of them. However, it’s still a really great collection of novellas and I think I’ll definitely be checking out the Titan series in the future.

Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing a comp copy of this book, which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

My Review:
Wow. Just wow. I had wanted to read this for a while and I finally got around to it last night. I don’t have time to write a full review so I apologise if this is a bit of a brain dump.

Exceptionally brilliant. Fantastic character development. Heart-felt, gritty, raw emotions had me swerving from laughter to tears in a nanosecond. I adored the football and soccer setting, and could really relate as that’s what my gang are into. Romantic and sexy, swoon. Amazing writing and perfect pace. Yeah, I totally loved it! Will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work when I get through the backlog of review books on my list.

If you enjoy well-written NA sports romances with complex characterisation and steady plot development then you will LOVE this book. Highly recommended. 5+++ Stars

Some fav quotes:

“Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

“You play with a fire so bright it hurts my eyes.”

“It means they deserve forgiveness from those who were expecting too much, and from those who were supposed to be there supporting them when it got too hard.”