Cover Reveal: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

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Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Hard core fucking.

It’s not what I really want, but it’s all he has to offer. He’s filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I’d like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It’d be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I’ve already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.

Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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Cover Reveal: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling

Today is the cover reveal for Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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By Amy Sparling
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 31, 2016

Blurb:
Having spent most of her senior year flying under the radar, the last thing Ella Lockhart expected was to have a tornado rip straight through her house, leaving her homeless. It’s bad enough that the whole school now pities her, but did her parents have to let the neighbors take them in?

Now she’s sharing a house with Ethan Poe, her former best friend-turned-enemy. All those feelings she used to have for him are starting to rain down on her again. Too bad he’s a jerk and his new girlfriend has territorial issues. Thanks to Mother Nature, Ella’s house and her entire life have been turned upside down.

Ethan isn’t quite sure why Ella hates him so much, but he does know she wants nothing to do with him. He’s never quite gotten over the crush he had on her as a kid, and now that she’s living across the hall, it’s hard to stay away. His girlfriend isn’t helping the situation and when she shows her true colors, he doesn’t want to date her anymore. He wants to date someone like Ella. Too bad she hates him.

You can find Ella’s Twisted Senior Year on Goodreads

Amy SparlingAbout the Author:
Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.

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Review: Fighting Dirty (Ultimate #4) by Lori Foster

Fighting DirtyTitle: Fighting Dirty
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Sports Romance/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He’s the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…

With the life he’s led and the muscles he’s gained, Armie Jacobson isn’t afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter’s effect on him. It’s not just that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that’s all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.

Good girl meets bad boy. It’s a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they’re both about to learn what’s truly worth fighting for…

My Review:
Another great addition to this superb series and a hugely entertaining read from the very talented Lori Foster.

I’ve been dying to read this book as Armie has been my absolute fav man throughout the entire series (closely followed by the Saintly Cannon.) I’m pleased to say that Fighting Dirty lived up to my expectations, and it was a captivating sweet ‘n’ steamy read.

Armie has been running from his past but finally it catches up to him. In the right place in his life, he feels ready to tackle it head-on, backed by the SBC, his coach and manager, and his best friend Cannon. Life is suddenly looking up for Armie but he is still keeping Merissa (Rissy) at arms-length, believing he isn’t good enough for her, and concerned about dragging her into the drama.

Rissy has been in love with Armie since she was a teenager but he is constantly pushing her away. Until an issue in her workplace brings them together in the most unexpected way.

I loved this couple, and they are easily one of my fav couples from the series. Armie is a dirty, dirty boy but I loved how sweet he was with Rissy, because he knows she isn’t into that scene. He was so protective of her and it made my heart swoon. That’s actually one of the things I love best about this series. All the guys are alpha males but totally soft to the core when it comes to their women. They would all die to protect their wives and girlfriends, and they look out for each other. None of them ever belittle or demean their partners, and they understand they are strong, intelligent women, but that won’t stop them jumping in to protect them when necessary. Modern-day chivalry is alive and well, and I loved it in this book. It’s not just Armie, but Leese and Cannon too. Merissa is a lucky girl.

There was a strong sub-plot running alongside the romance, which is typical of the books in this series, and I loved the element of mystery and suspense tied to Rissy’s ex Steve, and Armie’s pathetic excuse of a father. All elements were successfully interwoven throughout the story and the writing and pacing are spot-on, as I’ve come to expect from this author.

I adore this world that Lori has created and I’m thrilled she is writing a spin-off series, especially because book 1 is about Leese, who is another of my favorites. I want to see him get his HEA.

In summary, I really enjoyed Fighting Dirty and it’s a great ending to this series. If you enjoy well-written romantic suspense then you should definitely check out this amazing series.

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

Review: Forever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Author: J. Lynn/ Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #5
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .

My Review:
I’ll admit that I’d been resisting reading this book despite devouring every other book in this series the instant they were released. I’ve loved all the other books, with the exception of Be with Me (because Jase is a total douche canoe) so I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to this one.

My biggest issue was Stephanie. I have detested her throughout this series and I didn’t want Jennifer to make me like her. I really dislike girls like her and to be honest, it really took me a good while to warm up to her. By the end, I did have sympathy for her and I felt like I understood her more. Still can’t say I’m overly fond of her.

Nick saved this book for me. He’s always been a bit of an enigma, and I liked learning more about him. He is a really good guy, and he has a good heart. I didn’t swoon over him like I did with Cam and Jax, but he is still decent leading-man material.

The plot handles two sensitive inter-linked subject matters in Jennifer’s usual inimitable style. The story was solidly built and appropriately handled without glossing over the difficult of the situations they faced. Emotional depth was decent.

However, the plot was very predictable and that’s the main reason why this is a 4-star rating. I thought we might have seen more of the subplot surrounding Rick, as I’m sensing there’s more to this story. Possibly I’m thinking it’s linked to what happened to Roxy and those other girls in the last book, and maybe it will be developed in the next book. Or I could be completely on the wrong page. Guess we’ll see!

If you have read the other books in this series then I think you’ll enjoy this one. For me, it’s not my favorite, but still a very decent read.

Cover Reveal: The Sapphire Affair (Jewel #1) by Lauren Blakely

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Today is the cover reveal for Lauren Blakely’s THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR and THE SAPPHIRE HEIST, twoe titles in Lauren’s new contemporary romance Jewel Novel series!

Readers will find sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes in this enemies-to-lovers sexy contemporary romance series, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is set to release on July 12, 2016 with the second novel, THE SAPPHIRE HEIST, releasing on August 16, 2016!

Blakely_TheSapphireAffairTitle: The Sapphire Affair
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: Jewel #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 12,2016
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Blurb:
Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.

But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs…

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Excerpt:
He’d have to get to the bottom of this on his own, and figure out if he was being played by the woman with the starfish belly ring. He wasn’t going to let last night’s kiss cloud his focus. He wasn’t going to let that blue bikini that hugged her hips, and had the good fortune to snuggle up to her breasts, distract him. Absolutely not.
“I’m glad you made it. I thought you’d get a kick out of Happy Turtle Cove, since you named me Happy Turtle,” she said, then dropped her voice to a faux whisper. “But it’s really a cove for turtles. I was just swimming with them.”
Stop. Just stop.
Swimming with turtles was too adorable. Especially when her nose crinkled. A constellation of freckles was splashed across her nose. He hadn’t noticed them yesterday. Briefly, he wondered where else she might be hiding freckles that he’d uncover on a proper and thorough investigation of her fantastic body. Preferably with his tongue, across every inch of her skin. “You were actually swimming with turtles?”
She tapped the mesh bag on her shoulder. “My snorkel gear is in here.” She gestured to her body. “Sorry, I’m still in my bathing suit. I’ll put on a sundress as soon as this is dry.”
“Or just remove the bikini entirely so it’ll dry faster. It’s not ever necessary to put on a dress on my account. I’m completely OK with the bikini as a sole item of clothing on a woman like you,” he said, then nearly smacked himself. He had to stop thinking with his dick. He had to use that head on his goddamn shoulders.
Cover up that body. Put a paper bag over your face. Stop being so damn sexy and sweet. Stop making me think about taking you back to my hotel room and peeling off that bikini and tasting how sweet your sun-kissed skin is.
“I’m glad to know that both nudity and skimpy bathing suits have your sartorial approval. But I actually hope to look somewhat decent when you take me to the Coconut Iguana. My friend Sandy runs it.”
He arched an eyebrow in question.
She tapped her wrist, even though it was bare. She didn’t strike him as a watch wearer. “Lunch time. I’m hungry. So I decided to let you take me out to lunch as a reward for your showing up and following my napkin instructions. Plus, they have the best fish tacos on the Islands, and absolutely amazing coconut drinks,” she said, stepping closer and bumping her hip against him.
A groan rumbled in his chest. Why was the universe torturing him?
He forced his brain to take over. To focus on facts, not lust. Because it made no sense why she’d be hungry, since he’d seen her at a restaurant two hours ago, and she didn’t look like she noshed around the clock. This was another sign that she might be working for the enemy.
“I’m hungry, too. Let’s head to the Coconut Iguana.” He held out a hand, telling himself that lunch was the perfect opportunity to get to the heart of who this woman was. Since she knew Eli, she might be a valuable asset. And if this woman was playing him, he could play her.

Blakely_TheSapphireHeistTitle: The Sapphire Heist
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: Jewel #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016
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Blurb:
Keep your lover close and your enemy closer…

After giving in to a fiery night of passion, island adventurer Steph Anderson and bounty hunter Jake Harlowe are back to square one. With millions in stolen jewels at stake, it’s hard for Steph not to question her new partner’s true motives—no matter how sexy he might be. Jake is hungry for more of Steph, but he can sense her growing mistrust, which only fuels his own doubts. Worse, there’s undeniable evidence that someone else is now after the jewels—and that they are both in real danger.

Fighting against their magnetic attraction is a distraction these two can’t afford. In order to survive, they’ll have to pull off one more heist—and trust each other with something even more precious than jewels: their hearts.

LaurenBlakelyAbout the Author:
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With nine New York Times bestsellers,her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller List more than three dozen times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love and Fighting Fire. She recently released BIG ROCK, a sexy standalone romantic comedy that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In the late spring, she’ll release MISTER O, another standalone romantic comedy.

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Blog Tour: The Wedding Pact (The O’Malleys #2) by Katee Robert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Wedding Pact (The O’Malleys #2) by Katee Robert. I’ll share my review, an excerpt of the book and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

About the book:
Carrigan O’Malley has fallen in love with family enemy #1, James Halloran and he has absolutely no intention of letting her get away. THE WEDDING PACT is the second book in a smoking-hot series about the O’Malleys—wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets from New York Times Bestseller Katee Robert and Forever Romance.

Robert_The Wedding Pact_MMTitle: The Wedding Pact
Author: Katee Robert
Series: The O’Malleys #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Carrigan O’Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she’s ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1.

Hallorans vs. O’Malleys—that’s how it’s always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family’s empire instead of how silky Carrigan’s skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he’ll be if he can’t get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

My Review:
Carrigan and James fall for each other despite their families being sworn enemies, and irrespective of the fact that her father is currently arranging her wedding to a man of his choosing.

I haven’t read the first book in this series but it didn’t matter, as this book can be read as a standalone. That said, I really want to read the first book now as I’m intrigued to learn more about this world.

The romance is perfect in this book – I liked how it progressed. Both mains are likeable despite their family backgrounds, or maybe it’s because of it. Both of them have good hearts and want to change the way their families conduct business. It’s one of the things that attracts them to each other.

I started this book thinking it was going to focus more on the ‘family business’ and the crime and corruption etc. However, the majority of this book focuses on the romance and it’s only the last thirty percent where we got into the meat of the other plotline. I especially loved the latter part of the book and it had plenty of action and twists and turns. I would have preferred more worldbuilding and suspense. For me, that would have made this book more of a stand-out.

That’s not to imply that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. The writing and pacing are good and the characters were well-crafted.

Overall, this was a good first introduction to Katee Roberts, and I look forward to checking out more of her work in future.

I received a copy of this book from the publicist and publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
“What are you wearing?”
A pause, as if she’d shocked him. “You’re hitting on me.”
“Are you complaining?” She twisted around in her chair and stared into the mirror on the wall across from her. When he didn’t immediately respond, she kept going. The only alternative was to back down, and Carrigan was so goddamn tired of backing down. The only reason she kept taking James’s calls was because of the distraction he offered her. If he wasn’t going to play, there was no reason for her to stay on the phone.
She really wanted him to stay on the phone. “Shy? That’s okay, I’ll go first. I’m wearing a thin white tank top and a pair of black panties.” She was a liar, but it would take all of five seconds to make it the truth.
“Lovely, you’re testing me.” His voice gained an edge.
Good. At least someone was feeling as out of control as she was. “I suppose you’d like photographic proof.” She stood and shimmied out of her long skirt, and then pinned the phone between her ear and shoulder while she unhooked her bra and took it off. “Hold, please.”
Ignoring his cursing, she adjusted her angle so he would have to be blind to miss the faint outline of her nipples against the fabric of her tank top, and snapped a picture. She knew she was playing with fire. Good lord, of course she knew. But she wasn’t about to stop. She grinned as she sent the picture.
Carrigan put the phone back to her ear in time to hear his sharp inhale. “Your turn.” She held her breath, waiting to see if he’d actually do it. Receiving pictures was one thing. Putting them out in the world was entirely another. Really, she shouldn’t have taken the risk in the first place. There was no telling what he would do with them—they might show up on the Internet. Then who would want to marry her?
Funny, but the idea of countless men checking out her rack didn’t bother her nearly as much if it meant she dodged the marriage bullet. The shame on her family might be enough that her father would send her away permanently. She’d like to spend some time in New York or LA or even New Orleans. Maybe Rome or Paris or Tokyo. The world was so damn big and she’d only seen a little slice of it.
Her phone beeped, pulling her out of her thoughts. She glanced at the picture he’d sent and started to shake. Oh my God. James was shirtless, wearing only those goddamn jeans she couldn’t seem to get enough of. And they were unbuttoned—a clear invitation if she ever saw one. An invitation she desperately wanted to accept. “Damn, James. Somebody taught you how to selfie.”
“Maybe I’m a natural.” His voice was little more than a growl. “You started this, lovely. Tell me what’s next.”
The strange mix of command and handing her the reins got her head back in the game. She walked over to her bed and climbed onto it, trying to ignore the trembling in her legs. She could be in charge. She wanted to be. “I’m lying on my bed.”
“What color are the sheets?”
The question seemed to carry far more import than it should. “White.”
“They don’t suit you. Red is your color. Go on.” He sounded so damn imperial, as if he actually knew her. He didn’t. No one did, really. She wore so many masks, sometimes she worried she’d forget the woman at the center of them all.
But this time he was right. She would have chosen red for herself.
Carrigan put the thought away and focused on the now. “You talk too much.”
“My mistake.” He didn’t sound the least bit sorry. Good. She wasn’t, either. “How do you want it, lovely? Rough, I’d bet. You’re not fucking breakable, and I think you love to be reminded of that fact.” Something rustled on his end of the line. “Close your eyes.”
She obeyed without thinking, and then instantly snapped them open. “I thought I was in charge.”
“You let me know if I get something wrong.” His laugh told her how unlikely he found the possibility.

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Katee Robert.04.205px.pngAbout the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Review: Rock Candy Kisses (3:AM Kisses #4) by Addison Moore

Rock Candy KissesTitle: Rock Candy Kisses
Author: Addison Moore
Series: 3:AM Kisses #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Annie Edwards was born deaf, but she’s never let that define her. She’s settling in as a freshman at Whitney Briggs University, loves her dorm, her roommate, her classes, but something feels as though it’s missing—enter Blake Daniels. He’s everything Annie is not—a rocker, a player, a college dropout. Her friends want to sleep with him, her brothers want to kill him, and all Annie wants is a chance to see where her heart takes her.

As the lead singer of 12 Deadly Sins, Blake has had his fair share of rock candy. But Annie has taken over his body, his mind, his heart—three things he’s never lost control of before.

Often first love and first heartbreak go hand in hand.

Sometimes the thrill of one is worth risking the other.

My Review:
Out of all the books in the 3:AM Kisses series, I was most looking forward to reading Annie’s story. Annie has just been a little sweetheart the whole way through the other books, and I loved how protective Holt and Bryson were of their little sister.

Annie is deaf and she has attended a special school most of her life. Determined to break out on her own, she enrolls in Whitney Briggs, and is ready to kickstart this next stage in her life. She bumps into rocker Blake on her first day and he is immediately taken with the gorgeous enigmatic Annie. Blake has his own skeletons in the closet and he’s not in a good place in his life. Blake’s own transformation was a tad bit unbelievable to me. I would have preferred if it had been stretched out a bit.

That said, their romance was sweet and he let her set the pace, and he turned into a real gent.

I loved how supportive and protective Blake was of Annie, but also how he was willing to accept she was an adult where her brothers were still treating her like a little kid. I can understand it to a point, but there were a few scenes where I wished I could leap into my Kindle and punch both Holt and Bryson. I felt they were also very hypocritical as reformed ex-players themselves. But their motivations were pure. I also loved getting to see some of my favorite couples again.

Olivia is a nasty piece of work. Ugh. I hated that Bryson and Holt dragged her in to explain, instead of letting Blake do that. That was really unfair. This storyline was very predictable in my opinion and I totally guessed the twist relatively early.

I don’t know anyone who is deaf, but it seemed realistically portrayed. I liked that Annie didn’t see it as a disability and how she didn’t let it hold her back in life. However, her mom was a little pushy when it came to the op, and it seemed like Annie was happy as she was. That said, in the end she seemed happy with the outcome.

All in all, this was a decent read and a good addition to the series.

Review: Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1) by J.L. Berg

Forgetting AugustTitle: Forgetting August
Author: J.L. Berg
Series: Lost & Found #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn’t matter that she’s moved on, that she’s about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can’t hurt her-because he’s in a coma. Except that he’s not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she’s the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .

My Review:
Disturbing. Addictive. Mysterious and loaded with intrigue. Emotionally-charged. These are just some of my thoughts after reading this unforgettable book. Forgetting August sucked me in and refused to let go – not until I had read it from cover to cover in one go.

I had to take a few days after reading this to properly gather my thoughts into some type of sensical order. Seriously, I was blown away after reading it. This was a dark, sometimes hopeful story of addictive love which explored that fine line between love and hate, obsession, and authenticity.

Character and plot development were strong and artfully woven with subtle foreshadowing and plenty of little teasers. The writing was exemplary and the execution was flawless. I will most definitely be checking out more of this author’s work.

Now, I’m not sure what it says about me, but I was totally rooting for August and Everly to get back together. I had a feeling that his previous actions – though morally reprehensible – had been done out of love and a fearful need to protect her. I imagine we are going to find out exactly what was driving his behavior in the next book. I have some unanswered questions like:

Who is Sarah’s mystery BF?
What’s the story with Trent?
Why wasn’t August more curious over what happened that fateful night?

I guessed the twist quite early on, but it was still a fab revelation. The only thing I didn’t like was how quickly it fell apart at the end and how neither of them questioned the other or their actions. I wanted to see more of a fight for their love.

I loved the chemistry between August and Everly and I totally bought into it. The period at the end of the book where they were in his house was a joy to read and it brought some balance to counter the darker stuff.

For me, this book was quite thought-provoking. I couldn’t help thinking what it would be like to be in August’s position. What would you do if you remembered nothing or no one from your life? What if you had a do-over, a second chance to be someone else? Who would you be? I was thinking this kind of stuff all day after reading it. I always think it’s the sign of a great book where it stays with you for days, and even weeks, after you read it. This is that book for me.

The biggest issue I have now is where can I get my hands on the next book?!! I need it like I need air to breathe.

Some favorite quotes from the review copy I received:

“Move in with me. Please. Warm my bed, live in my arms, never leave.”

“Everyone’s life is complicated and confusing, Everly. It’s what keeps us breathing and not falling over dead of boredom. It’s the chaos that makes life worth it. Don’t deny what you’re feeling because it’s not simple or easy. Deny something because it doesn’t feel right, not because it’s complicated.”

“Loving someone was easy. Life was the chaotic mess in between.”

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

Blog Tour: Slow & Steady (Alphas Undone #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Slow & Steady (Alphas Undone #2) by Kendall Ryan. I share my review with you

Slow_amazonTitle: Slow & Steady
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Alphas Undone #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romances
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Blurb:
When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.

Greyson can’t deny that he’d like his own private show, but there’s not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault… and he agreed with every single word. He couldn’t do anything to help her then, but he can now.

Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.

He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he’s dreamed about so often.

Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.

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My Review:
I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I’m glad that the second installment was a decent read too. Kendall Ryan is fast becoming one of my favorite authors and I enjoy her signature style of writing. You are guaranteed a smoking hot read with plenty of interesting, complex characters, plots with emotional depth, and swoon-worthy leading men who would literally burn the world down for their women.

Grey is no exception. Wallowing in a pit of guilt for what happened with Mason, Finley’s deceased husband, Grey hasn’t lived much of a life in the two years since his death. He has thrown himself into his work and casual hook-ups and not allowed himself to even anticipate happiness. A chance encounter with Finley changes everything.

As a struggling single mom, Finley has taken to the strip pole. It’s dangerous, especially with a creepy guy who appears to be fixated on her, but she feels she is all out of options. When Grey turns up unexpectedly, she is brash and aloof, still bearing the scars of grief, something she feels is his fault. Gradually, she opens up to him, sharing her family life with him, and that exposes deeper vulnerabilities. Ashamed of their growing attraction, she continually pushes him away, conflicted by feelings of guilt and betrayal. Grey is upset at her persistent rejection though he has an inkling of what is going through her head.

I was anxiously waiting for the plot regarding the stalker to develop, and when it did it was a bit of a letdown. It was over in the blink of an eye, and I wish this had been fleshed out more. As it’s written, I didn’t feel like she was ever in any real danger. I would have liked this to have been darker, and more realistic. I think if a guy had a girl he had been fantasizing about in his house for three days he would have taken it further. It’s the only reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review, because I can’t find fault with anything else.

The writing is good, the pacing is spot on, romance is perfect, characterization is superb.

All in all, another great read from this author.

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

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Excerpt:
It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface.
Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression.
She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts.
“Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple.
“I know that.” My voice was sure and confident.
“Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman.
Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months.
This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure.
I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I’d ever met.
And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat.
She didn’t say anything. But she opened the door wider.
With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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Review: Daring Her Love: A Bradens Novella (Love in Bloom #22) by Melissa Foster

Daring her LoveTitle: Daring Her Love: A Bradens Novella
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: Love in Bloom #22
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
This Braden novella features Kat Martin, Brianna Heart’s best friend from Hearts at Play (The Bradens, #6) with appearances from the hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Bradens you know and love.

Kat Martin knows what she wants in a man—someone stable and adoring, definitely not the type of guy who sleeps around. After all, Kat rarely does the wrong thing—until she meets seductively enticing Eric James, and suddenly wrong has never felt so right.

When it comes to his career, race-car driver Eric James is intense, obsessive, and passionate, but when it comes to sex, there’s only one kind—daring, unbridled, and no-strings-attached.

One stormy night, a delayed flight and the dangerous allure of the unknown leads Kat to throw caution to the wind, and she indulges in a rendezvous that she vows to immediately forget—but the secret tryst stirs something possessive in Eric, and forgetting is not an option.

My Review:
Daring Her Love is an enjoyable quick read that will appeal to fans of well-written, consistently-paced, steamy contemporary romance.

While I haven’t read any of the Braden novels, it didn’t matter in the slightest as the story still stands on its own. That said, I’m intrigued to discover more about Hugh and Brianna’s story and I will most definitely be grabbing a copy of that book in the near future.

While I felt the plot was fairly predictable, and a tad cliche and cheesy at times, it was still a good read. This was largely due to the romance and sexy times; the chemistry between Kat and Eric was scorching, and while it was a case of insta-lust/love, it felt believable in a head-over-heels once-in-a-lifetime type way. I enjoyed the witty banter between our couple and how they were both open and honest with each other despite mutual vulnerability.

As it’s a novella, it’s hard to delve deep into the characters psyche (this is where reading the other books in the series would be advantageous) but I felt the author achieved as much as she could, and I had a decent enough grasp of both personalities.

I was excited to read a book about race-car drivers as my dad was involved in that scene for years in Ireland, and my early childhood weekends were spent at a race track. We didn’t really get to see much of it (again, constraints of a novella) but what we did see was exciting all the same. This is another reason why I want to check out Hugh and Brianna’s book.

I enjoyed Melissa’s writing style and the words glided effortlessly across the page.

All in all, a great read and one I’d recommend.

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