Review: The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending #1) by Rachel Harris

Title: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

My Review:
This was so adorable. Loved, loved, loved Brandon. And Aly’s journey to self-discovery was one that kept me engaged the whole way through. I was totally rooting for our couple! Gabi and Carlos are my favorite secondary characters and I’d love to see them get their HEA. Drew and Sarah intrigued me too, and there’s a lot more to Justin Carter then we’ve seen. A great cast of characters, superb writing, and plenty of chemistry to keep me hooked.

A fun, flirty, feel good read and one I highly recommend.

Release Day: Surviving Amber Springs


Today marks the release of Surviving Amber Springs, a second chance reverse harem romance that will appeal to both reverse harem and contemporary romance readers alike. This book has everything you have come to expect from my work – twists and turns galore, tons of emotion and angst, drama and suspense, and a controversial story-line. PLUS, there is plenty of swoon-worthy romance and three times the male hotness to drool over!

I’m always nervous-excited with every new book launch, and I regularly tell my husband that the day I’m not is the day I’ve become complacent and should give up! But my anxiety today is a lot higher than usual because this is such a sensitive subject and I really hope everyone understands the message I’m trying to convey. Yes, this book is entertaining but I also hope it’s thought-provoking and insightful. I urge everyone to read the note at the start before reading as this book may cause triggers for some readers.

I’m enormously proud of every book I write, but this one has touched a special place in my heart and I hope it does that for you too.

EARLY READER PRAISE FOR SURVIVING AMBER SPRINGS

“Emotional, raw, powerful, beautiful. I LOVED it!” Rachel Harris, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

“I love Siobhan’s writing … and I’m so glad that I’ve remained open-minded. Otherwise, I would have missed out on some of her best work… this book included.”Danielle. Goodreads reviewer

A compelling RH with great guys and believable relationships but it’s so much more. It’s a thought-provoking story of mistakes, misplaced judgments, second chances.” Jennifer. Goodreads reviewer

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About the book

Surviving Amber SpringsSurviving Amber Springs
by Siobhan Davis

Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age Category: Upper Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 26 December, 2018

Book Description:
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…

I’m the second-most hated person in Amber Springs.

First place honors go to my twin, Ethan; however, hate isn’t a strong enough word to convey how people feel about him.

Not that I blame anyone—some days, I hate him too. Mostly, I’m just lost and afraid, drowning in a sea of betrayal and guilt, wondering how this happened right under my nose.

There’s no choice but to leave. To move clear across the country in a last-ditch attempt to start over.

Transferring to a new school midway through senior year is hellish for most people. For me, it’s a welcome relief—until someone discovers our secret and now everyone knows.

The pointing, whispering, and scathing looks follow me around again, and I’m back to square one. Except, this time, I’m not alone.

Axel, Skeet, and Heath took me under their wing from the minute I arrived here. I’ve no idea why three of the hottest guys in town took any interest in me or why they continue to have my back, but I’m so grateful to have them in my corner.

Because, right now, they’re the only reason I’m not following my brother into an early grave.

Due to sensitive content, and possible triggers, this book is recommended to readers aged 18+. Full length novel.

Add Surviving Amber Springs to your to-read list on Goodreads or buy your copy on Amazon.

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Excerpt

“You go first,” Axel says in a whisper on the landing, thrusting a fluffy white towel into my arms.
I channel my inner seductress, narrowing my eyes and licking my lips. “We could always shower together.”
He pushes me into the wall, caging me between his arms while leveling a dark gaze on me. “Showering won’t be all we’re doing if I go in there with you,” he warns, his voice rough and husky.
“Why do you think I suggested it?”
His lips descend on mine, and he kisses me deeply. I pant into his mouth, clutching at his waist, pulling him flush against me. The evidence of his arousal, prodding my stomach, coils my insides into delicious knots, and I’m already so wet for him. I whimper when he suddenly pulls back. “Are you sure, Blaire?” His eyes examine mine carefully. “I thought you needed space.”
I was right. He was purposely ignoring my wishes, yet I can’t find it in me to criticize him for it. Not when he seems to know what I need better than I know myself. “I do.” I sigh. “I don’t. I … I don’t know.”
“And that’s exactly why we shouldn’t.” He kisses my cheek, moving to step away.
“No.” I fist my hand in his shirt, pulling him back into me. “I need to feel … something real.” My eyes convey every emotion racing through me. “Please, Ax. I just … I just need you.”

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Cover Reveal: Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris


Today is the cover reveal for Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris! I can’t wait to read this one, it sounds so good!

Title: Eyes on Me
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Cooper’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, straight-A student, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at the Torres dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. But in dance, as in life, one wrong move and someone could get hurt.

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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New Saven Covers and 50% sale!


I have some exciting news for you today. The entire Saven Series has received a makeover and I’m thrilled to finally be in a position to showcase all these gorgeous new covers! In honor of the rebranding, I am running a LIMITED TIME sale on Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure! Save 50% off the usual retail price of both books*.

Massive thanks to Victoria of Victoria Cooper Art for all these amazing new covers and graphics.

“Amazing plot, and the love story between Sadie and Logan is right up there with Twilight, Mortal Instruments, Iron Fey, and Black Mage.” Michelle Madow, USA Today bestselling author of the Dark World and Elementals series’.

If you enjoy heart-stopping adventure, intriguing mystery, and swoony romance, then I think you’ll LOVE this completed-series. And if you enjoyed the alien romance in my Alinthia series, then I think you should take a chance on this series too, even if it isn’t RH!

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Saven Deception & Saven Disclosure are only 0.99!

Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
by Siobhan Davis

A girl with a hidden past. An alien prince. Their unlikely attraction could save two worlds… or doom them all…

Sadie Owens desperately needed a do-over. When she’s chosen for a six-month residency in a government-run undersea city, she willingly drops everything to participate. After all, the experiment could be a huge step forward for her overcrowded planet and her life.

The instant Sadie crosses paths with a hot guy with ocean-blue eyes she’s drawn to him in a way she can’t explain. But Logan gives Sadie mixed signals, and she can’t figure him out.

Logan Chandler has kept a lot of secrets for his species. If humans knew the real reason the Saven were on Earth, then their coexistence would be anything but peaceful. Logan has vowed to stay away from human girls, but he can’t help falling for the different and beautiful Sadie. Unfortunately, protecting the girl of his destiny could destroy his own kind…

As the mystery of the Saven starts to unravel, is it too late for Sadie to save her heart and the human race?

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“Come, sit,” he says, his fingers curling gently around the tips of mine. I plop down on the beanbag beside him and yelp. “You are hurt.” He frowns. “Let me take a look.” He scrunches the edge of my shirt, but I clamp down on his hand. There’s no way I’m admitting that it’s my butt that’s sore, and no way am I ready to let him inspect that part of my anatomy.

Yet.

Get you, my inner devil teases.

“I’m fine.” I pin him with a “drop it” look.

“You are so stubborn.” Shaking his head, he unscrews the cap from his bottle.

“I’m stubborn?” I level an incredulous look his way. “Have you not looked in the mirror recently, dude?”

He laughs and the sound sends warmth flooding through me.

“You’ve a lovely laugh,” I blurt out. Ohmigod! I can’t believe I said something so cheesy.

“I do?” He looks amused.

“Yep.” I’m resorting to one-word replies now for fear of what else might inadvertently tumble out of my mouth.

He stares intently at me, his fiery eyes penetrating my soul. The cord buzzes with anticipation. I might’ve forgotten how to breathe again. “You are beautiful, through and through.”

With each passing second, my heart pounds faster and faster. He inclines toward me and I move closer. Butterflies are throwing a mad party in the pit of my stomach. Like magnets, we inch closer and closer still. As my pulse throbs, he zeroes in on my lips and his eyes linger there.

I’ve imagined this moment so many times without ever really believing I’d get to experience it. Now that I’m here, seconds away from my first real kiss, I’m terrified of the strength of my emotion. I never knew it could be like this. That I could feel such a strong connection to a boy; that my body could tremble with such intense desire. And our lips haven’t even met yet.

We are a hairsbreadth from one another. I bridge the final distance and close my eyes. His fingers brush my lips and I’m tingly all over. Reopening my eyes, I see the adoration glistening in his gaze. For me.

“Ala beatra.” The words roll seductively and respectfully off his tongue. I’ve no idea what it means, or what language he’s speaking, but it sounds beautiful.
And like a form of worship.

Though it’s possible I’m deluding myself.

He closes his eyes and presses his mouth to mine. His touch is feather soft and it unravels me. I kiss him back equally gently and he moans softly. His lips exert more pressure as he draws me in flush with his solid chest. I’ve never felt this much emotion before. It’s almost too much, but at the same time, not enough.

Gaining in confidence, I encircle my arms around his neck and melt into him, savoring the feel of his body as it presses against mine. Angling his head, he extends the kiss, and it grows in intensity and fire. I’m matching him, kiss for kiss, and my need for him is reaching an all-time high. I can’t get enough of him. He is everywhere, and yet I need more.

Saven DisclosureSaven: Disclosure (The Saven Series #2)
by Siobhan Davis

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as Earth’s greatest ally and only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

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Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

Title: As She Fades
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

My Review:
Absolutely loved this except the end was far too abrupt, and it feels like I don’t have closure. Happy I guessed the twist, and it was genius. The blurb really drew me in and it had the right level of angst and drama to keep this reader happy, just wish the ending was different.

Also, I’m wondering why the end paragraph of the blurb is there as it’s technically not correct. I’m wondering if the story was maybe written like that first, and was later changed. It was actually that part of the blurb that really hooked me. I can’t help thinking of how angsty that would’ve been. Maybe she’ll do a Jessica Sorensen on it and write a different version of the same story with a different Part 2 – would love to read that!

Review: Discovering Alexis: Truths & Lies (Bad Boy Rebels Book 7) by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Discovering Alexis: Truths & Lies
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Bad Boy Rebels Book 7
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name is Alexis and up until a day ago, I thought the worst thing that ever happened to me was catching Blaine and Masie kissing. Boy was I wrong. Like really, really wrong. Now my life is filled with crazy hackers, dirty lies, and three hot guys trying to protect me. And who knows what tomorrow will bring.

My Review:
I LOVED this volume and I’m enjoying Alexis’ character way better than Zharas. The boys aren’t quite as captivating as the boys in Zhara’s harem, but West and Steel are smokin’ hot and very intriguing. Ellis not so much. This one was a fantastic read, plenty of laughs, sexual tension, and mystery. Initially, I was peeved that the story was splitting between Zhara and Alexis but after this volume, I really don’t mind. I hate that they are so short because I’m so stuck into it and then, bam, it’s over. Aaggh! I’m hungry for more even though I can’t really complain as I’ve read these all back to back.

Totally addicted to this series – I need more like, yesterday, lol. Please tell me the next volume is coming soon? Can’t get these guys out of my head!

Review: Discovering Zhara: Sweet Lies & Kisses (Bad Boy Rebels #6) by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Discovering Zhara: Sweet Lies & Kisses
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Bad Boy Rebels #6
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name is Zhara and my life is filled with drug lords, threats, lies, secrets, and kissing…
It’s making separating my real life with my undercover life complicated.

The Bad Boy Rebels series is a novella series that follows Zhara and six guys who are part of a secret detective program. It contains a lot of kissing, steamy scenes, with a bit of suspense, and mystery.

My Review:
5 hawt stars for all the gorgeous, interesting guys but 3 stars for the gullible heroine, weak premise, and plot holes. That said, Zhara is growing on me as she becomes more forthright but the premise behind the story is not believable and I’m consistently rolling my eyes at how she has to “prove” she’s dating six guys. There is no credible reason for it or the fact that others are demanding proof. But, I really enjoy the detective agency side of it and the mystery is intriguing, and I’m one hundred percent invested now.

And that scene with Benton and Xavier was hot (even if ridiculous that they were asked to do it.) Hoping for steamier scenes as it progresses and I’m definitely loving the RH aspect.

Wish I knew when the next Zhara episode was out, but Jessica is very prolific and she releases quickly so I’m confident we won’t have to wait too long. Usually, I’m not a fan of serials like this but I’m really enjoying this one (complaints aside.)

Review: Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

My Review:
Combine high school romance, best friends turned lovers, and a competitive sports environment and you have one heck of a great read!

I chose to read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker just before I read this book as I wanted to familiarize myself with the Hundred Oaks series and with Miranda’s writing. While I enjoyed both those books, I felt they were lacking on the romance front and I didn’t like the fact that our couple only got together at the end. Coming up for Air was a vastly superior read, for me, because the romance was much better written and I loved how our couple got involved at a much earlier point in the story.

I adored both Maggie and Levi and was rooting for them from the start. Both are very focused on a future career in swimming and very dedicated to their craft with one key difference. Levi has regular hook-ups to alleviate stress where Maggie has barely even kissed any boys. When she proposed that Levi “coach” her so she was better prepared for college it was obvious the way this was going to go. I didn’t mind that though, and I enjoy that trope so I happily went along for the ride. What I didn’t like was how Levi used that evil witch to help push Maggie away and I was screaming at my Kindle in blind rage at that scene. Maggie was the more mature of the two even if she was way more inexperienced than him. She knew better than to treat her best friend that way.

Miranda seems to excel at abrupt ends that leave you scratching your head, and this book was no different to the others I’ve read in this series. I hated that it ended so suddenly and I don’t feel like I have proper closure which is the only reason this is a four-star rather than five-star review. I did enjoy the epilogue in Sam Henry’s narrative and it explained a little more but I wish the ending wasn’t so rushed.

Overall though, this was a superb read. It gave me all the feels and I adored the setting, the characters, the best friends to lovers trope, the writing and the pacing was spot on.

I look forward to reading other titles in this series at some stage.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I have voluntarily reviewed same and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

My Review:
I really enjoyed this although the ending let it down. Characterization was superb and it was full of witty banter and laugh out loud moments. It was a little light on the romance for me and I wanted more of a grand gesture/more swoony moments at the end but still a really good read. Recommended.

Review: Love Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #4) by Jillian Dodd

Title: Love Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary.
Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me.
I’m going to learn to love myself.

Well, I’m going to try.
Mostly, I want a boy to love me.
But which one?

Dawson – The gorgeous boy who made a mistake, but whose molten lava kisses and steaminess I can’t freaking resist.
or
Aiden – The God of all Hotties, who is practically infused with love potion. Who I thought liked me, but now says he wants to be my friend.
or
Brooklyn – The boy that first stole my heart. Who has always loved me. Well, until the whole cabana incident.

I mean, it was bad enough when there was sort of a love triangle, but now that I’m talking to B again, it’s like I’m in a love rectangle, or a rhombus, or something.

Oh, and did I mention Cooper Steele?
The new soccer coaching, health teaching, tattooed hunk?
Who Garrett sent to school to guard my body.
I mean, be my bodyguard.

But back to loving me.
I should forget about boys and worry about me.
Love me.
Like, eventually.

My Review:
I had a love-hate relationship with this book and I have a severe case of literary whiplash after reading it. Keatyn really frustrated me with her indecisiveness in this book and her inability to choose between Dawson and Aiden. I mean, it was totally obvious she should pick Aiden but it took her forever to get to that place. I felt so bad for Aiden – he was doing everything right and still having to watch her run from his arms to Dawson’s. I totally get that you can be crushing on more than one boy at a time, and I don’t have an issue with that, but I did have an issue with her kissing one and sleeping with another at the same time. Then B comes back into the mix and it got even more tangled. Despite my frustration with Keatyn, there is no denying this book was full of angsty drama and swoony romance and it’s annoyingly addictive. I’m totally rooting for Aiden now and I hope she ends up with him.

Again, the stalker plot is not really doing it for me but there are indications that she’s going to try and take back control of her life in the next book so I’m hoping this aspect of the story gets the development it needs as the series progresses.

Now, onto Adore Me.