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.

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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

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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.

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.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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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.

Blog Tour: Remembering Everly (Lost & Found #2) by J.L. Berg

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Remembering Everly (Lost & Found #2) by J.L. Berg. There are some teaser images in this post and a giveaway!

Berg_RememberingEverly_E-BookTitle: Remembering Everly
Author: J.L. Berg
Series: Lost & Found #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
After two years in a coma, August Kinkaid has forgotten the darkness in his past. But his past hasn’t forgotten him. His beautiful former fiancée, Everly, remembers every tumultuous moment of their stormy relationship. The sizzling passion. The web of lies. And the terrible secret Everly’s been hiding since her last fateful night with August.

Now the truth is out and August remembers everything. As his long-buried memories come flooding back, he begins to understand why Everly would want to move on with her life. Why she would give her heart to another man. And why August should try to forget her once and for all.

But he can’t give up on the only woman he’s ever loved. Even if he has to reopen old wounds–and face the darkest demons of his past–August will do whatever it takes for a second chance with Everly. He let her slip away once. He’s not about to spend the rest of his life remembering Everly when he could be holding her in his arms forever . . .

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About the Author:
Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

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Blog Tour: A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land

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This is my stop during the blog tour for A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. I’ll share an excerpt from the book and there’s a tour wide giveaway to win an ipad mini.

The blog tour runs from 29 March till 11 April, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

A Shot of BourbonA Shot of Bourbon (The Bourbon Series #1)
By A.C. Land
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books

Blurb:
In the little highway town of Bourbon, Missouri, deadly secrets lurk behind Southern charm.

Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl. Since being a good girl has gotten her nothing but heartache, Charli decides to give rebellion a try. She pigs out, drinks, and hangs with Luke Parker, the son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher.

But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. His tough exterior and terrible dialect hide a good person despite his bad boy reputation. No matter how hard he tries to fight it, Luke is drawn to Charli’s innocence and finds her clumsiness too charming to resist. Though they’re from opposite sides of the tracks, neither can resist the magnetism drawing them together.

When Charli discovers a box in her mother’s closet, she pieces together the truth about Bourbon’s past and uncovers a deadly secret about her family. And once Luke learns of it, he vows to protect Charli no matter the cost.

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I pulled out my cell phone and a cigarette—the fourth one I’d smoked since Charli left. She was bound to be the leading cause of death among seventeen-and-a-half-year-old males named Luke who could hardly contain their hardons when her perfume wafted past.
I stared at an empty text box for too long. I needed to say something. It didn’t have to be important. Maybe I’d tell her what a bitch she’d been for leaving with them. Or something nicer. Something that might make her smile. Just something to let her know how pretty she looked tonight. There was no harm in that.
– You took my breathe away, Charli Chip.
Realizing I’d messed up, looking like the white trash idiot she probably thought I was, I hurried to type another one.
–Breath. Fuck. I meant breath.
Shit, I’d said fuck.
–I didn’t mean fuck. I just meant…you’re beautiful. I’ve never seen anyone so gorgeous in my entire life. I wanted to wrap you in my arms and keep you forever.
Did that sound creepy? I didn’t want her thinking I was actually going to kidnap her. My words were figurative, she’d know that, right? I wanted to keep her until I was done bagging her, and then I’d be done with her. So…not forever. For tonight. Maybe tomorrow morning.
-Not trying to be weird or nothing. Just saying. You’re…you. So…yeah…
Oh damn. Was there any way to un-send messages? I stared at the screen for several minutes, expecting something. She wouldn’t just not respond. Charli wasn’t like that.
I was alone in the grocery store parking lot analyzing what Charli Valentine would and would not do with her text messages. There was something wrong with me. I was sick. I’d caught some sort of virus.
I shoved my phone into my pocket. I wouldn’t look at it again. I wouldn’t message her again. Fuck her. She didn’t want a compliment, then she could go straight to hell.
When Colly finally locked up the store, he was business-as-usual. “Did you bring h-home the finance report from the garage?” He walked around the truck and crawled behind the wheel.
“Uh, was I supposed to?” Finance report? Hopefully he meant the little book with carbon copies of receipts. I slid into the seat, very aware of him not looking at me.
“I w-was going to figure the months…” Shaking his head, his fingers tightened on the wheel. “You don’t think she’ll sleep with him after h-he pulled that, do you?” Hunching over in defeat, he breathed “Don’t answer that.”
“If it makes you feel any better, she looked miserable with him. Not just, like, a little, but a lot.” Whether she’d sleep with him was a whole other story. From what I’d heard, Lonna Stuart would take her clothes off for just about anyone.
Anyone who didn’t have the last name Parker, that is.
Not that I’d ever tried. That was a fine line I’d never cross. She’d never tried either, probably not wanting to ruin my brother’s infatuation with her.
Her crazy, female brain fed off of shit like that, and she thrived knowing he was dying just to be near her. His obsession would pass, eventually. It made me feel better to know one day he’d be a famous football player, and she’d be a washed-up housewife. Fat. In my fantasy she was fat.
I was dying to rub that in her face.

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A.C. LandAbout the Author:
Author of the Bourbon Series, A.C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. A.C. always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.
Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A.C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.

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Blog Tour: The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc. #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc. #1) by Rachel Van Dyken. I’ll share my review of the book, some teasers, an excerpt, the book trailer and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

VanDyken-TheMatchmakersPlaybook-21818-CV-FT-v5Title: The Matchmaker’s Playbook
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule.…

My Review:
Rachel Van Dyken is definitely a one-click author for me. I think this is the fifth book I have read by this very talented author and I have loved each and every one. Boy does Rachel know how to write great romantic comedy that is fresh, original, hysterically funny, and chock-a-block full of interesting characters and tons of swoon-worthy scenes.

I thought Ian was a total jackass at the start. Seriously, some of the crap coming out of his mouth made me want to reach into my Kindle and slap him around a bit. But he rapidly grew on me. Underneath all that swagger, he has a heart of gold. And he’s hot. And a modern day Superman. Yup, he’s the full package.

Ian has never been in love, and he’s quite dismissive of the notion until he meets Blake and she worms her way in deep.

Blake started out absolutely hating his guts, and it was really funny when she realized he was part of Wingman Inc. I loved the progression of their relationship and it developed quickly but naturally. It was pretty obvious how this one was going to play out but I was still surprised that David turned out to be such a douchecanoe. Blake is an intelligent girl and I can’t believe she would be so in love with someone who clearly didn’t value her friendship in the end. That’s the only part I wish had been written differently.

The dating service angle was different and not what I was expecting (in a good way.) Ian was so spot-on with the women, and it gave me plenty of laugh out loud moments. I loved that Lex had a nerdy IT side and he put it to good use producing matchmaking reports/stats. Loved that!

The writing and pacing are spot-on, and as so often happens with a book from one of my favorite authors, I started it last night intending on maybe reading half of it and stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. Read it in one go. Could not sit it down. It was way too entertaining.

Lex is a very intriguing character and I look forward to reading his story. It’s obvious that he and Gabi actually love each other underneath all the snarking, and I know the next book is going to be a real roller-coaster read jam-packed with angst and tormented toing and froing. I, for one, can’t wait for it!

If you enjoy well written romantic comedy you will adore this book. Highly recommended.

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

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The Matchmakers Playbook Creed
1. Head held high.
2. Always smile.
3. Never slouch.
4. Wear clothes appropriate to the season.
5. Let him open the door.
6. No kissing on the first date.
7. He comes to you.
8. Lingering is frowned upon.
9. NO facebook stalking.
10. NO STALKING stalking.
11. Don’t be too available.
12. LIsten to Lex and Ian.
13. See Number 12.
14. No seriously, go back, re-read #12.
15. If after one week you aren’t satisfied, we will dissolve the contract.

Excerpt :
“If you hurt her, I’m going to break off your favorite appendage.”
“Silly Gabi.” I grinned. “Is that an invitation to touch?”
“Guarantee if I ever do touch you, it will only end badly.”
“Tease.” I winked.
“Stop that.” She flicked me on the nose. “Your sexual prowess is dead to me. Dead!”
Rolling my eyes, I wrapped an arm around her and steered us both into the kitchen, where the smell of French bread and spaghetti filled the air. “Have I told you how much I miss our weekly dinners? Think we should do it daily? You know, so I don’t starve?”
Gabi shrugged out of my embrace. “Learn how to cook.”
I jutted out my lower lip. “It’s not for lack of knowledge.” I broke off a piece of warm bread, then poured myself a large glass of wine. “It’s because yours always tastes better.”
Gabi groaned loudly. “Damn, do the girls really fall for that? Still?”
“Eh.” I shrugged and made a so-so motion with my hand. “Nine out of ten.”
“You disgust me.”
“You say that every day.”
“Because it’s true every day.”
“When’s dinner ready?” Serena bounced into the room, literally, her head bobbing from left to right. Maybe that’s how girls like her built up more brain cells. They shook the air, and the pressure between their ears exploded, making tiny little brain-cell babies.
Gabi poked her head into the fridge. “When Lex gets here.”
“So it’s ready now?” she asked.
Never mind. No brain-cell babies. I fought the urge to point to the steaming spaghetti and bread sitting on the breakfast bar. Didn’t it look ready, kiddo?
“Technically,” I answered for Gabi. “But we aren’t eating”—I stressed the word “eating” even though I’d just taken some bread—“until my sidekick gets here.”
“Sidekick, huh?” Serena crossed her arms, forcing her boobs to kiss one another and nearly hit her in the chin.
“Oh, I thought you knew.” I gave her a sad face. “I’m the hero in this scenario . . . Even own my own cape. He’s basically the Robin to my Batman.”
“Batman’s hot.”
“So is Robin,” Gabi said defensively.
Whoa. Did she just defend Lex? I felt her forehead. She pushed my hand away and handed me some parmesan cheese.
The door flew open, and Lex stepped through, holding up two bottles of Cab. “Sorry, traffic was shit.”
“Language,” Gabi called.
Lex and I shared a look before Lex stomped over to the swear jar and tossed in a dollar bill.

RachelAuthorheadshotAbout the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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Cover reveal: Tuned Into you by Cindy Dorminy

Today is the cover reveal for Tuned Into You by Cindy Dorminy. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Tuned Into YouTuned Into You
By Cindy Dorminy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Publisher: BookFish Books

Blurb:
A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers wants to be. Beer pong? Stupid, foot-wrecking shoes? Random hookups? No thanks. Lydia would rather be in her cleats practicing her bat handling skills.

Enter Abe Fischer, the Nashville Teen Idol superstar. He’s a lip-syncing party animal with a short fuse; or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Except, Abe turns out to be nothing like the guy Lydia’s read about online. He’s sweet, and the way he talks to his horse…sigh.

Then life throws Lydia and Abe a curveball. They are wrongfully arrested for destruction of property. Their choices? Either work on the Fischer Farm for the summer earning nothing more than blisters and a sunburn, or have the arrest go on their records, which would ruin Lydia’s shot at a softball scholarship. It’s a no-brainer. Lydia picks up a pitchfork, pulls out the SPF 40, and prepares for the worst two months of her life.

When the press gets wind of a big secret Abe’s family has been keeping, things become even more complicated. Now Lydia has another choice to make: stick around for Abe’s messed-up life in the spotlight, or go for the scholarship of her dreams.

You can find Tuned Into You on Goodreads

Cindy DorminyAbout the Author:
Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can’t let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories.

When she’s not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way. She shares her house with her musician husband, her awesome daughter, and a cool, four-footed child that would eat all the cheese if she could figure out how to open the refrigerator.

Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.

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Review: Playing For Fun (Due South #6) by Tracey Alvarez

Playing for FunTitle: Playing For Fun
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #6
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
PLAYING FOR FUN is the sixth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, or Bella Andre, then you’ll enjoy diving into these heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Wanted: A woman for Ford.
Ford Komeke can’t deny he could use an up-skill in the dating arena. It’s a local in-joke that his game, as far as women go, sucks. Thanks to the meddling of New Zealand’s worst octogenarian matchmaker, he’s got an online dating profile, a new wardrobe, and a haircut from Stewart Island’s sexy hairdresser, Holly Parker. But since he’s well and truly mired in the friendzone with Holly, what’s the harm in exploring his options? A little jealousy could work wonders.

Offered: Dream job with a catch.
What do you say when you’re offered an un-turn-downable career opportunity? You say, hell-to-the-yeah! Only there’s a problem. To get the dream job Holly must leave Stewart Island and her two best friends, Shaye and Ford. But if Holly can distract Shaye with wedding planning and set Ford up with a nice girl so she can stop imagining him naked, neither will notice if she exits stage right. Neither will notice if her feelings for Ford stop being strictly platonic.

Warning: One kiss is never enough.
As addictive as the chocolate stash Holly hides in her fridge, one kiss forces them out of the friendzone—way out of the friendzone. Heat and hunger explode, but the ugliness in Ford’s past hold his heart hostage. Playing for fun or playing for keeps? Holly and Ford must decide because the consequences of falling in love means that someone’s heart or someone’s dream will ultimately end up shattered.

My Review:
Anyone that follows me on social media will know I am a massive fan of Tracey’s Due South series. I was therefore very excited to get the opportunity to beta read this book in advance of publication.

What can I say? I LOVED Holly and Ford’s story and I ADORED being back in the amazing small-knit community that Tracey has created, and it was FANTASTIC to catch up with some of my favorite characters (especially Shaye and Del, they are my absolute favs)

Ford had a very difficult early childhood, and he is still showcasing the scars. He’s also very much lost in his twin brothers shadow. Mrs. Taylor (the community busy body with a heart of gold) decides he needs a woman and she ropes in his bestie Holly to help with her matchmaking. Holly and Ford are great friends but she’s been harboring more than friendly feelings for him for some time. There were lots of hilarous scenes where Ford is on dates with some crazy chicks! LOL funny.

Holly has an opportunity to leave the Island, and she is torn. On the one hand there is Ford, and her adopted-grandma, and her BFF Shaye, but on the other hand most of her friends are all married or engaged and she feels like she’s skirting the fringes of their lives.

This is more than just a simple friends to lovers story. Ford needs Holly to help him overcome his demons, and she needs his love to keep her where she has always belonged. Ford clams up whenever the conversation gets heavy, where Holly really needs to see him vulnerable, so she knows she can truly trust him and plan a future with him. The path to true love and real trust is not an easy one and it’s filled with plenty of angst and heartache.

This was a fantastic read for a book that is still undergoing final round of editing. It’s testament to Tracey’s considerable talent that I’m already rating it 5 stars – it was seriously that good. The worldbuilding and character development was solid, pacing is perfect, and the writing is amazeballs as usual. It’s also filled with plenty of sexy times and funny dialogue, both of which I’ve come to expect from this author.

If you love this series then you must read this book. And if you haven’t checked out this series yet then what are you waiting for? In Too Deep, Book 1 is free on all major online retailers.

Thanks to the author for gifting me a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.