Review: Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O

Title: Tell Me Not To Go
Author: Victoria De La O
Series: Tell Me #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Jeff Price is in a long-term relationship rut–nothing a move from Utah to Silicon Valley can’t solve. But when he meets Samantha, his sister’s best friend, his newfound freedom is threatened by their attraction. Headed for med school, and still gun shy from her last relationship, Sam’s not in the market for love, either. The answer is simple: a ninety-day, no-strings-attached affair. What can possibly go wrong for two people determined not to fall in love?

My Review:
Actual 4.5 Stars.

A heartfelt, flirty romance that is virtually unputdownable. This awesome series is a must-read!

Tell Me How This Ends is one of my favorite books ever – I was totally engrossed in the love triangle between brothers Ryan and Jude and sweet Lizzie. I ADORED it and was so excited to read this new book. It’s wonderful that I didn’t have to wait too long to read this one and it was a really great second installment.

We first met Jeff and Sam in the last book and both were interesting characters so I was looking forward to reading their story. Jeff is Lizzie’s sister and Sam is Lizzie’s roommate.

Jeff is the quintessential nice guy – raised to respect and protect women and he is pretty perfect boyfriend material. However, he seems to keep attracting the wrong type of girl and he allows himself get attached too easily and finds himself settling in relationships that are not right for him. His parents also exert a lot of pressure on him, not always intentionally, but he feels the weight of their expectation and that has driven a lot of his past decisions. He wants to break the mold so he moves to be near Lizzie, taking a job in a VC firm.

Sam has been burned by love and she has refused to enter into a relationship since her ex, the first guy she loved, betrayed her with her ex-roomie. So she throws herself into her medical studies and enjoys the odd hook-up. Now, Lizzie is all loved-up and nagging her about sorting out her love life, but Sam doesn’t want to get involved in anything when she will be leaving soon to train as a doctor.

Jeff had visited a few months back and the chemistry between these two was electric! Now that he is back in town, Sam isn’t sure she can resist him but she’s determined to try. After lots of sparks fly, they agree on a 90-day pact – to have a non-relationship for the period Sam has left in town and they agree they won’t fall for each other. Ha! Best laid plans and all that!

Jeff was great – a great non-bf and a great brother and it was easy to swoon over him. Sam was such a strong, resilient character but so vulnerable at the same time. Her family had me in stitches and the scene where they greet Jeff naked having just stepped out of their hot tub was hysterically funny, as was the naked, stoned, drumming session – I laughed my head off at the visual in my head.

The romance was sweet and sexy and not without its ups and downs. I was so glad our couple got their HEA in the end and they both deserved it.

I loved that we got plenty of scenes with Lizzie and her beau (no spoilers here) and it was great to see them as a couple and moving in together. Aw, shucks, be still my heart.

The writing is superb and it flowed really well. While it didn’t have quite the same intensity or that extra special magical quality/vibe that book one had it was still a very entertaining read.

Chapter one of the next book was included at the back of this book and it has me squealing with excitement. It’s the other brother’s story (the one who didn’t get the girl) and I’m anticipating lots of angst and turmoil and my drama-loving heart can hardly wait!!

I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy well written new adult contemporary romance with strong character and emotional development.

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

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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Release Day Blitz: Catching Carly (Barley Cross #2) by Emma Hart


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Catching Carly (Barley Cross #2) by Emma Hart. There are some teaser images and an excerpt in this post.

Title: Catching Carly
Author: Emma Hart
Series: Barley Cross #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name is Carly Porter… And I’m really good at bad decisions.

How do I know this, exactly? Well, not including the time I accidentally bleached my eyebrows or sprained my ankle changing a lightbulb…

I had sex with my best friend’s brother.

Zeke Elliott has been a thorn in my side for eleven years. A very sexy, very tempting, very freaking annoying one. With big…hands.

And now my clitoris has a crush on the guy.

Seriously. I can’t look at him without my vagina performing accidental kegels. Which would be fine, but he’s Cain’s brother. I hate him. He’s off limits, right?

Right.

Excerpt
“Don’t blame me,” he says. “You’re easy to rile. You rise to the bait every time…Like a pretty little piranha.”
“Did you just—” I spin, the wet cloth in my hand, and stare at him.
He’s holding my cake. And he’s bitten into it. The frosting is on his nose.
I respond the only possible way. I throw the cloth I’m holding at his face. It’s a damn good shot, because it opens up mid-air and covers half his face, leaving one of his eyes uncovered.
Brooke coughs and looks away.
“Thanks.” Zeke wipes his face off with the cloth and chucks it back to me. “I needed that. The damn frosting gets everywhere.”
“My frosting,” I shoot at him, turning the tap back on. “My cupcake, my frosting, your karma.”
“You two are exhausting.” Brooke sighs, joining me at the sink. “You either need to be separated on a permanent basis, like three-year-olds, or just have sex.”
My stomach loop-the-loops. “Unless he comes with batteries, I’m not interested.”
“I don’t need batteries,” Zeke offers, his sexy grin now an even sexier smirk. “It’s pretty easy to keep going when you’re being prayed to mid-fuck.”
“Why? Because you’re a god?” Brooke asks dryly. “How original of you. That’s never been used by a guy in the history of ever.”
Well. In all fairness, I might have begged to a deity once or twice when we…Never mind.
Not thinking about that.
“Can we not talk about sex?” I look around the room.
“Why?” Cain grins. “Aren’t you getting any?”
I look him dead in the eye and say, “I don’t need any.”
Zeke snorts. “People always need sex, Carly.”
I turn my attention to him and raise my eyebrow. “No. People need oxygen and water and food. You don’t even need sex to make babies now. Your point is moot.”

About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Review: Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

My Review:
Actual 4.5 Stars.

I’m a big fan of Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen so it was a joy to read a book jointly co-written by both these wonderful authors. I also love sports romances and I’ve read a good few hockey ones so I automatically knew I would enjoy the setting.

Good Boy is the first book in what promises to be an extremely entertaining new series. I haven’t yet read Him or Us but I totally plan to now as I loved the glimpses we got of both Jamie and Wes. I’m so glad I decided to purchase both books when they were on 99c sale recently. I really look forward to getting stuck into them shortly. As an aside, you can totally read this book as a standalone and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything by not having read those books first.

Anyway, on to this book! Jess’s brother is getting married and she has taken on the role of wedding planner which is a role she doesn’t enjoy but she takes very seriously – she wants to make sure Jamie and Wes’s big day goes off without a hitch. But she didn’t bargain on hot hockey player Blake Riley – her ex-hookup – wanting to railroad the event and inject a bit of juvenile humor, as you do! Once this pair is in the same room you can bet the sparks fly!

Jess is at a crossroads in her life and she’s struggling to deal with a decision she has made and how to tell her long-suffering parents her news. She has no time for distractions so boyfriends are a big no no. Try telling that to the very persistent Blake who knows what he wants and is hell bent on getting it.

I have to admit that Blake really irritated me with his immature carry on at the start and I did struggle to get into this book initially. HOWEVER, he completely won me over later on and I fell for him about the same time Jess did – he was a really good guy underneath the funny guy persona. Loyal to his friends and his family (have I mentioned how much I adored his family?) His ex was totally swinging from the cray-cray tree but he still protected her secret and that said everything about him as a person.

The writing is excellent as I expected, the dialogue is hysterical, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The chemistry between Blake and Jess was great and I like the slow romantic build up and the back and forth between them. The schmexy scenes were hot!

I’m really excited for this new series and hope it isn’t too long before the next book is available.

Thank you to the authors and their publicist for supplying an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Blog Tour: The Wright Brother (Wright #1) by K.A. Linde


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Wright Brother (Wright #1) by K.A. Linde! I share my review of this book with you and there are two teasers to check out!

Title: The Wright Brother
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: Wright #1
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’d dated his brother.

He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.

I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.

Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?

My Review:
Emery flees to her Texan hometown of Lubbock after a disastrous relationship comes to a crashing end. She’s actually glad to be back home, to have more time to spend with her sister and her niece and to come to terms with where she is in her career and her life.

Her best friend Heidi works for Wright Construction (her ex-boyfriends family company) and she ends up going to a Wright family wedding where she bumps into her ex, his psycho wife, and one hot billionaire CEO by the name of Jensen Wright. Jensen doesn’t recognize Emery and they share a hot and steamy make-out session that burned up the pages of my Kindle.

Jensen mistakenly thinks Emery is only back for a visit so he has no qualms in asking her out on a date. When he realizes she is back for good it’s too late to stop his heart from growing attached – not that he doesn’t try.

Jensen blew hot and cold for me at the start but I loved all the drama and the angst and I knew there was a good reason for his behavior. I sensed where the plot was going and I was right. Emery was a little too weak at times but a likable character all the same.

The romance was great and their chemistry was off the charts. I totally shipped them and was rooting for them the entire time.

I loved the added complication of Landon and his controlling, scheming, possessive wife. Man, I’ve never wanted to throttle a fictional character so much! She was a whiny gold-digger and I’m wondering how on earth Landon ever fell for her.

One of the things I especially enjoyed about this book was the side characters. All were interesting and well developed as secondary characters. I’m so looking forward to reading Landon and X’s story (no spoilers here) especially after that brill sneak peek in the back of this book. And I’m hoping the rest of the Wright siblings are getting their own book too.

The plot was a little too predictable for me and the writing was a little off at the start of the book and that’s the only reason I knocked off stars. I will say that the issues I had with the writing completely disappeared after the first few chapters and the book is well executed in the main. I’m very excited to see where the author takes this series next.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to fans of angsty, swoon worthy contemporary romance.

Actual rating – 3.75 stars.

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

As an aside, I adore that cover and it’s one of the things that enticed me to pick up this book.

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: Leather Pants (Happy Pants #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: Leather Pants
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Happy Pants #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Comedy/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Book #2 of The Happy Pants Cafe Series

It Only Takes One Hot Rock Star To Ruin Your Life…

The youngest woman to ever sit on the bench, the Honorable Sarah Rae Alma has busted her butt to get where she is. No fun. No distractions. And definitely no bad boys. In fact, she takes a certain pleasure in crushing their souls—yes, she has her reasons.

So when rock-n-roll’s most famous bad boy, the legendary Colton Young, enters her court, looking hotter than sin and smugger than hell, she’s just itching to serve a little justice.

But Sarah’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. And her fate will land squarely in the hands of the world’s most notorious rock star rebel.

Will he crush her? Or will he tempt her to take a walk on the wild side?

My Review:
Leather Pants is a fantastic rom-com written in the inimitable style of the wonderful Ms Pamfiloff. I had a stomach ache reading this book because I was laughing so hard. There are some wonderful authors writing in this genre and Mimi is definitely at the top of that list. This is the third book I’ve read of hers and she is an expert at penning uproariously funny stories with witty banter and plenty of hysterical scenes. My husband pretty much hates it when I read one of her books because I can’t hold a proper conversation with him while I’m reading it – I’m snorting with laughter the entire time.

Judge Alma is quite prim and proper until she crosses paths with rocker Colt Young. It was actually quite poetic that both of them were almost the opposite of how they appeared and I wondered if they would be able to find a happy medium that would work for them as a couple.

Initially, I struggled to find Colt sexy because the long-haired leather pant wearing visual just wasn’t doing it for me, and it was a bit too cliche. However, his personality totally won me over and I just pictured him completely differently in my head and it worked! I could kind-of relate to Judge Alma, in a way, and I loved seeing her throw caution to the wind and just going with her gut, although she did end up in a world full of trouble.

The chemistry was electric between our couple even if I did wish there were more sexy times.

Mimi has a fascinating mind and I’m always impressed with the creative aspects of her world building, character and plot development. I loved the idea of the Happy Pants Cafe and Luci was a howl. I also enjoyed the other secondary characters and they were decently developed too.

The writing and pacing are bang on and it was a thoroughly entertaining read. Highly recommended. Go check it out.

As an aside, I haven’t read the first book although I have it on my kindle but you can completely read this as a standalone and not miss a thing.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC as supplied by the author’s assistant. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2) by Emily McKay

Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back
Author: Emily McKay
Series: Creative HeArts #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

My Review:
I LOVE the way this series has been crafted with different authors writing different books based on characters who are all interconnected. Did I say I LOVE it? I LOVE LOVE it! Okay, fangirl moment over. I’ve read four in the series now, and not in the order I was supposed to (’cause I’m an idiot) but it hasn’t dented my enjoyment and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book.

I first met Finn McCain in Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs (Sloane & Tru #2 and #5 in the series) and I was instantly swooning, so when the opportunity arose to review Weddings, Crushes, and Others Dramas (#6 in the series) I jumped at the chance, and the very lovely Melissa from Entangled gave me a copy of this book to read first.

I’m obsessed with forbidden romance at the moment (ahem!) and I also love stepbrother romance so I had high expectations going in. I am glad to say that this book lived up to them and more.

I loved Willa! Her voice was distinctive, unique, and refreshing. She was sensitive, intelligent, spunky, and very loyal to her father and friends. Her relationship with her father unravels in this one as he falls head over heels in love with a movie star and she pretty much monopolizes his life. Willa has no clue because her father has kept her in the dark (I seriously wanted to throttle him) and overnight her world completely tilts on its axis. She is floundering and feeling insecure and concerned that her father is going to get his heart trampled on again.

Enter the divine, supremely hot, Finn, son of said movie star and all round good guy. He tries his best to help Willa adjust to her new life but she thinks he’s making fun of her and she’s somewhat intimidated by his good looks and his confidence and the simmering attraction she feels for him.

I love me some teen angst and drama and this book delivered in spades.

I really enjoyed the world created in this series and I (naturally) love that Willa is a writer. All the characters are really well crafted and I’m interested/invested in all of them.

The writing is brilliant, the pacing was perfect, and I adored the dual POV. There was a decent amount of witty banter, amidst serious moments, and frivolous scenes. I was a tad disappointed there was no sneaky kissing going on but given how the book ends (and the fact that I have the next installment of their love story on my Kindle to read) I know there is plenty more mileage to come from this couple.

Overall, this was a fantastic read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Thanks to Entangled for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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
You can pre-order Keeping Kyler on Amazon

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:
– One signed paperback of Finding Kyler
– One $10 Amazon gift card

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Review: Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid #4) by Molly O’Keefe

Title: Wait For It
Author: Molly O’Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #4
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.

Tiffany : After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.

Blake : I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.

My Review:
A heartfelt enemies-to-lovers story and a great addition to this superb series.

Having read the first two books in this series, and already connecting with Tiffany, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book. Tiffany and Annie bonded over their abusive relationships, their strength, and their determination to survive. Annie got her HEA with Dylan Daniels in the first two books so now it’s Tiffany’s moment in time.

Tiffany was trapped in an abusive marriage to Phil and she bore him three children. They are her entire world and she’d do anything to protect them including making a deal with the devil a.k.a her harsh, cold brother-in-law Blake. Tiffany took his money and ran with her kids, determined to start over with them in a new place. But when Phil reappears on the scene she has no choice but to flee and ends up running into Blake at one of the lowest points in her life.

When Blake first met Tiffany he thought she was a gold digger and that she was in on some scam with his delinquent brother, but he begins to realize he was wrong. Tiffany is running scared from Phil and Blake understands that he needs to step in and clean up his brother’s mess again. In doing so, he starts spending more and more time with Tiffany and gradually they fall for one another.

One of the things I adored about the first few books was the gritty drama, anguishing heartache, and the complexity of the characters. While we got that in this book it wasn’t quite up to the same standard as the earlier books and, in particular, I felt like Blake’s character development could have been explored a bit more. The transition from enemies to lovers came too quickly and I struggled to buy into the romance.

Tiffany is a superb character and I greatly admired her resilience and her strength. I wanted her to have a HEA because she has had so much pain and suffering in her life. I loved the addition of her kids and they added something magical to the story. I also adored the glimpses we got of Dylan and Annie and was so happy they were in a good place.

Overall, this was a very decent read and it’s a good addition to a superb series even if it didn’t quite match the brilliance of the first two books. As an aside, I didn’t read the third book as I had no interest in Max and Joan. You can totally read this book as a standalone and it works because the story isn’t reliant on the other stories and characterization is solid.

I love Molly’s writing style and she’s a very accomplished writer. Told in dual POV, the voice is strong and unique and there was never any confusion over who was narrating.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book as supplied by the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Actual 3.75 stars.

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.