Blog Tour: Endurance (The Sin Trilogy #4) by Georgia Cates

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Endurance (The Sin Trilogy #4) by Georgia Cates. I review this book and there’s an excerpt!

endurance-coverTitle: Endurance
Author: Georgia Cates
Series: The Sin Trilogy #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’m a doctor. Mobster. Killer.
My hands are covered in filth. I don’t have the right to touch anything as clean and pure as Ellison MacAllister.

I distance myself … always remaining obscure, composed, restrained.
Careful to never allow my eyes to linger too long.
Careful to hide my interest.
Careful to keep my burning desire buried beneath the surface.

I do it for her—suffer in silence—because it’s what is best for the woman I love.
And she has no idea.

She’ll be initiated as a Fellowship member soon. One of my mafia brothers will go through endurance so he’ll earn the right to claim her.
Make her his wife.
Kill. Me. Slowly.

I’m running out of time. Only a month remains before she’s beyond my reach forever.
I want to taste her. Share sleepless nights. Ride out her storm.
I want to give her the kind of nights she will still feel between her legs the next morning.
I want us to share the kind of passion that forms on our skin and drips down to saturate the sheets.
Between the sweat and the moans and the messy hair, I want her to know how hard she’s been loved.

To have her is to taint her.
I should stay away. But I won’t. I can’t.
I’m a selfish bastard.
A selfish bastard in love.

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My Review:
This is my first book by Georgia Cates but, by golly, it won’t be the last.

I adored this book from the first deliciously-crafted word to the last. Although I haven’t read the Sin Trilogy, I had no issue in picking up and understanding the plot, the world, or the characters and damn was that refreshing. A lot of times authors cite books as standalone that are building on characters introduced in other books or series and they turn out to be anything but standalone. I cite Endurance as a perfect example of how to write a spin-off book/series and not skimp on the character development. I didn’t feel like I missed out on a thing by not having read the other series first and I applaud the author for the perfect execution of this story.

Jamie is the Fellowship’s doctor so he largely avoids any front line action. It’s an honorable role to everyone but his despicable mother and I understand his deceased father was unhappy with his life choice, too, having favored him for a leadership role. Jamie suffers under the weight of their disappointment/disapproval and subsequently doesn’t feel like he is worthy of Ellison.

Ellison is crushing on Jamie big style but growing increasingly frustrated with his apparent lack of interest. When it becomes obvious that he’s as into her as she is into him, she is exasperated at his unwillingness to step up and claim her. Jamie thinks he’s doing the right thing because he believes one of his brothers can protect her better, even though the thought of anyone else claiming her is killing him. Ellison thinks he’s being downright pig-headed and sets out to change his mind.

I loved both main characters and could relate to their perspectives. They were perfect together! A fantastic team – both personally and professionally. I really wanted to knock some sense into Jamie but I had faith that Ellison could pull it off successfully. Their chemistry was scorching hot and I was so rooting for this couple.

I loved Georgia’s writing style and the pace was perfect – it was never overly described and there was no filler and no tendency to skim. It clipped along at a nice steady pace.

The plot was a little on the flimsy side at times but that didn’t matter as the relationship was the main focus point and that was pure perfection on a page.

I enjoyed the world building and I’m definitely intrigued to know more. I also enjoyed the secondary characters.

All in all, this was a really great read and I look forward to reading more in this world in the future.

Thanks to Inkslinger PR for providing a free, advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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EXCERPT 2
Chapter 2: Ellison’s POV

“I’m not as strong as you.” I don’t have an ounce of willpower when it comes to this beautiful man. Even now, I want to plead with him to have me. To claim me. To take me into the bedroom and make me scream his name over and over.
“I’m not as strong as you think.”
“You were strong enough to tell me no.” I ache in my chest as I recall him pushing me away. No man has ever hurt my heart the way Jamie did that day.
“You’re wrong. I’m so damn weak when it comes to you, Ellison.”
We’d be together if that were so. “We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one.”
“The Order takeover is scheduled to happen in three weeks. You’re going to belong to another soon after. And it’s making me lose my fucking mind.”
Is it wrong to be happy to hear him admit he’s going crazy? “You made your decision.”
“What if I don’t want to live the rest of my life not knowing how you look when you wake next to me in the mornings, or how you feel in my arms at night when we fall asleep, or how you smile in your sleep when you’re dreaming of happy things?”
He didn’t mention a word about claiming or marrying me. That means I fall into the third category of females in his precious Fellowship. Fuck-worthy. “You said you wouldn’t taint me.”
“You won’t be considered tainted in the eyes of the brothers if they don’t know we’ve been together. It would have to be our secret.”
We’d be hush-hush, keeping everything we share in the dark . . . like it’s dirty. Like it’s wrong. Like it’s depraved.
So, what? When we’re over, I have to watch him hop from one Fellowship whore to the next because he can never have a wife? I have to pick up my broken heart and simply move on with my husband? I don’t work like that. It’s not in my makeup.
“I deserve better.”
“You deserve the best.” My chest tightens when Jamie repeats the words my father spent years instilling in me.
“You think sneaking around with you behind the backs of the brothers is what I deserve?” I want Jamie but not that way.
“It’s all I’m able to give you right now.”
“But I want more.”
I want his body, but more than that I want his love. I want his forever. My feelings are stronger than ever so what happens when our time together ends and I can’t give him up?
A month with the man I love versus never knowing what it feels like to have him inside me. Never knowing what it feels like to wake with him beside me. Never knowing what it feels like to have him hold me while I fall asleep. It should be a no-brainer . . . except I know me. I’ll fall so deeply in love with him that letting go will wreck me.

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gaauthorAbout the Author:
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.

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Blog Tour: She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2) by Jessica Calla

Today is my stop during the blog tour for She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2) by Jessica Calla! I review this book today and keep reading because there is a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

She Runs AwayTitle: She Runs Away
Author: Jessica Calla
Series: Sheridan Hall #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: contemporary romance
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Blurb:
After tragedy strikes New Jersey University’s Sheridan Hall, freshman quarterback Ben Riley’s stable, normal life is turned upside down. Sidelined from playing the game he loves and on the verge of losing his scholarship, Ben wants nothing more than to escape the chaos of college and return home to rural Pennsylvania and his family.

Yet, there’s something that keeps him from running. Or someone. A cute blonde he had a chance with but blew off for all the wrong reasons.

Megan Smith has secrets. Secrets that have burned her in the past. Secrets she’s unwilling to share with anyone at Sheridan Hall—especially Ben, her sexy, rough-around-the-edges floormate who broke her heart in a matter of days after moving into Sheridan. Meg decided early on that it’s easier to live life on her own than to share her secrets and let people in.

Meg runs, and Ben follows. But sooner or later, the clock on their chance at love will expire. With inner demons dragging them both down, they must find a way to stop running and trust one another or risk losing their perfectly matched love forever.

My Review:
Charming, romantic and full of heart, She Runs Away is a great second installment in the captivating Sheridan Hall series by Jessica Calla.

We were first introduced to Ben (and indeed Megan) in She Laughs in Pink. Something very traumatic happened in Sheridan Hall at the end of that book and as we start into this one it is clear that everyone is struggling to cope in the aftermath of the tragedy. Ben was injured and that injury now threatens his future football career. But it’s more than that. He is actually suffering from PTSD and running away from his problems instead of tackling them head-on.

Megan has a habit of doing the same, but it’s more of a defensive mechanism for her. While she grew up in a loving environment, it was less than traditional and her self-esteem suffers as a result. Ben blew her off back in September and she still feels the shadow of Juliet hovering in the wings, so she’s reluctant to start anything with him again.

But they have a really strong attraction to one another and soon they are agreeing to a sex contract in a feeble attempt to protect their hearts.

I adored Ben in this book, more so than the first one (even with that beard – not a beard lover!) He was such a nice guy and he genuinely cared for Megan but she has so many barriers up that it was difficult for him to break through. Megan grated on my nerves a little, even if I was sympathetic. Her actions in relation to that “person” who showed up irritated me no end. How she could doubt her father was beyond me. For an intelligent girl, she acted like a right idiot at times.

There was no doubt in my mind that Ben would grow tired of trying so hard, and he did, but Megan stepped up to the plate in spectacular fashion and I loved the end of the book. It gave me such a warm and cozy feeling, aww!!

The main reason I’ve rated this book four-star rather than five-star rating is because I felt it dragged a lot in the middle and my mind started wandering. The sub-plot involving that mystery person that showed up (being vague to avoid spoilers) lacked depth and I never felt any real tension or conflict as a result. I think this could’ve been fleshed out to add more to the story.

The writing was superb, as I’ve come to expect from Jessica, and all the characters are well-developed. I enjoyed the setting especially the sojourn to Miami! I love how much care and attention Jessica pays to her secondary characters and it was great to see Juliet and Chase again and to get to know Maggie (I’m guessing the next book is about her and Dave.)

While I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first book, it was still an excellent read and I’m very much invested in this series. Can’t wait to read book three!

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Jessica CallaAbout the Author:
Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women’s fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she’s not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you’ll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Young Adult mentor for the FicFest writing contest. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.

Find Jessica on Twitter (@jess_calla) or at her website (www.jessicacalla.com). She loves to make reader and writer friends.

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Review: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs

falling-for-the-girl-next-doorTitle: Falling for the Girl Next Door
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Creative HeArts #5
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.

My Review:
An entertaining read with well-developed characters, a wonderful creative setting, some real-life problems, and a sweet romance I could totally get behind.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series (including the first book which tells how Sloane and Tru got together) but it didn’t matter as this can be read as a standalone.

I love that both mains were creative people – Sloane is the mystery talent behind Graphic Grrl, a very successful online animated superhero strip, and Tru is a wannabe filmmaker who loves nothing more than filming his beautiful girlfriend – and it really created a great backdrop for the story.

Tru and Sloane are great characters, both complex and well developed and a good representation of teenagers struggling to deal with family and identity issues. Together, they were a wonderful team and a great example of a truly supportive relationship. I could understand that Tru didn’t want Sloane to become his crutch, and he wanted to be the type of boy she deserved, but I hated that he mistakenly pushed her away. Sloane wants to do the right thing by him so she goes along with it even if she is missing him terribly.

The situation with Finn was very humorous at times and I’m intrigued to read his and Willa’s story now.

I love that family features quite prominently in this book, even if it is more of the dysfunctional variety. I adored Dylan and only wish we had gotten to see more of him. Jenna was also a great character.

The romance was sweet and clean and my only complaint is that I wish there had been more of it and that it was a little more emotionally intense.

The plot wasn’t anything amazingly original but it’s well executed and it chips along at a nice pace. The book does deal with some serious issues but it’s not a deep read, however, I liked that therapy was involved and how that played out as that’s an important message (even if the transition would have taken longer in real life.)

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and I look forward to checking out other books in this series.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an advance complimentary copy of this book.

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson is Free!

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A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson is free and I am helping spread the word about that today! Find out more about he Bleeding Stars series here.

a-stone-in-the-seaTitle: A Stone in the Sea
Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Bleeding Stars #1
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Sunder lead singer Sebastian Stone is no stranger to trouble.

It follows him wherever he goes.

From his track record, he should have known Shea Bentley would be a problem. But the soft, innocent Southern girl was all he could see. All he wanted to see. Now they’re both drowning in a sea of desire, sinking hopelessly into a world of lust, and their passion refuses to let them up for air.

No matter how much he wants that to be enough…Shea has an inescapable past. One she would do anything to keep running from.

But some secrets never die.

If her history is dragged from the depths, it could tear his world apart. He has to decide if she’s worth fighting the tide or if they should just sink like a stone in the sea.

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, STAY and STAND, coming in 2017.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Review: Broken and Screwed (Broken and Screwed #1) by Tijan

broken-and-screwedTitle: Broken and Screwed
Author: Tijan
Series: Broken and Screwed #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Alexandra’s older brother died the night he graduated. That day changed everything for her. No longer was she the party girl. No longer did she care about being popular and no longer was her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who could help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her entire heart from breaking when Jesse will move on, and she knows he will.

After Ethan died, Jesse excelled at basketball, partying, and girls. He used it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony was that Alex was the only person who could do that for him. She helped him forget, but she was the one person he shouldn’t be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.

My Review:
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Read this book in one sitting – I literally could not put it down. Having read several of Tijan’s books at this stage, I can say she is synonymous with intensely dramatic, addictive, emotional, angsty reads and complex characters who will burrow their way deep into your heart and latch on. Broken and Screwed is no exception. Alex and Jesse are destroyed after Ethan’s death and the only reprieve they can find from the hurt and the grief is to lose themselves in each other. But Jesse treats Alex appallingly at times and she just accepts it because she feels so numb inside. She has always been in love with him so there’s that too. Alex has also made poor choices when it comes to her friends – Angie and Marissa should be strung up for the many ways in which they manipulate her. And don’t even get me started on her parents – I’ve never wanted to hunt down and kill fictional characters as much as I wanted to with those two. Oh, I’m so invested in this, and totally rooting for our couple. Towards the end of this book, Jesse started to redeem himself and I’m guessing his feelings run as deep as hers. Can’t wait to continue the series to find out. Tijan is fast becoming a favorite author.

Review: Mason (Fallen Crest High #0.5) by Tijan

masonTitle: Mason
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #0.5
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Mason Kade is not known to be nice. He is ruthless, manipulative, and unforgiving. Most will say that he is an a**hole and he is to those that cross him or cross his loved ones. However, he does not want to be who he is. He does not enjoy hurting others, but there is no limit to the lengths he will go to protect himself and his brother.

This is the story of how he came to be and this is why so many love Mason Kade.

My Review:
Overall, this was a great addition to the series and it provided further insight to Mason, Logan, and Nate. It covers quite an extensive period in their lives from Tate coming on the scene to Sam’s arrival. I didn’t like seeing Mason with other girls and I almost felt aggrieved on Sam’s part which is ridic because 1) they are fictional characters and 2) Sam hadn’t come into his life yet. I got all grrrr whenever Kate was in it, and I would have loved to reach into my Kindle and strangle the manipulative beatch. We see the real extent of Mason’s protective nature in this novella, and a more vulnerable side of Logan. Loved that. I also enjoyed that we got to see Nate a little more as I’ve felt like his character has been underdeveloped in this series (it would be great if we got Nate’s book in the future.)
I adored seeing the first interaction between Mason and Sam in the forecourt of Quickie’s but I was disappointed that it cut off then. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a proper companion novel to the first book, to see everything from Mason’s perspective.
There were parts where I felt Mason’s inner monologue was too excessive for a male character and sections were there was too much telling and not enough showing, but overall it was a good read, and one I would recommend to readers of this series. You will come away more informed over certain scenes and characters.
I’m kinda depressed now because I’m all up to date on the series and I need more. When is book 6 coming out?

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Review: Logan Kade (Fallen Crest High #5.5) by Tijan

logan-kadeTitle: Logan Kade
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #5.5
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
People think that just because they know my name, my reputation, and my family that they know me. They don’t.

They say I’m a manwhore, but who wouldn’t be with my face and body? They say I’m a partier, and that’s not going to change. They say I’m a fighter, and hell yes I am. F*ck with mine, and I’ll f*ck you back ten times worse.

So, yes. Maybe what they say is true, but that’s not all of me.

I’m loyal to a damned fault. If you earn it, I’ll never leave your side. And when I love, I love hard, but there’s another side to me where it’s dark and painful. That side’s been kept hidden, until her. Taylor saw inside of me, and the second she was there, she owned me.

People think they know me…

…but only she can see me.

My Review:
This book was brilliant, and one of the best in the series. I was a little surprised that it was written mainly from Taylor’s point of view, as I was expecting it to be in Logan’s narrative. We do get some chapters in his POV but mostly it is Taylor.
Taylor was a great leading lady and a perfect match for Logan.
I loved seeing a different side to Logan in this book and it really helped me understand him more. He is always joking and messing about but it’s obvious it’s to hide his real feelings. Taylor breaks through his veneer and something inside both of them calls out to the other. I felt like crying for Logan, I really did. His inner demons have been tormenting him and he’s all cut up. I loved seeing his transformation in this book and I’m totally rooting for them as a couple. I also enjoyed seeing glimpses of Mason and Sam, although they were rather fleeting, but hey, this is Logan and Taylor’s story so that’s cool.
I saw some reviews criticizing Tijan for what happened at the 82% mark and some readers even gave up at the point. I have to say I was gut-punched at that part of the story and mad at Taylor but not really at Logan (don’t hate.) I actually thought Tijan did a fantastic job of keeping his character consistent. Drink and sex are Logan’s coping mechanisms, so for him not to react as he did would not have been in keeping with his character. I didn’t like what he did, but it was believable.

One of the things I don’t like about both Mason and Logan is their overall attitude to girls. Yes, both of them would never take advantage of a girl or go off with a girl who is drunk and not capable of making a rational decision, however, they know girls are falling head over heels for them and they still go on using them for sex (pre-Sam Mase and pre-Taylor Logan.) That doesn’t sit right with me, but I’ve had to just let that fly over my head, because otherwise I wouldn’t have enjoyed this series.

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to an amazingly-addictive series. Highly Recommended.

Actual rating 4.5 stars.

Review: Fallen Crest University (Fallen Crest High #5) by Tijan

fallen-crest-universityTitle: Fallen Crest University
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #5
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: New Adult Romance
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Blurb:
Fallen Crest is back with a vengeance!

Samantha, Mason, and Logan are all together and united with one common enemy: Sebastian Park, the king of fraternity douchebags.

With professional football scouts eyeing his every move, Mason Kade has to walk the line for the first time in his life. Any move he makes against Sebastian has to be perfect and under the radar. One mistake, and his career is over.

Sebastian has other plans. Mason’s career isn’t his target—not even close. Wanting to destroy Mason completely, Sebastian knows he must hit him where it hurts the most: Samantha, who doesn’t give a rat’s ass that she’s the target.

Sam is bound and determined to protect Mason herself, no matter the cost, but what if the cost is beyond her imagination? What if this time, the villain wins?

My Review:
Another great instalment in this highly addictive series. The scene has changed to Cain U but nothing much has changed. Logan, Mason, Sam, and Nate are a cohesive unit again facing off against new threats. This time, Park Seb-ass-tian is a formidable foe and they have to up their game to stay ahead. There was plenty of tension and conflict and I was anxious waiting for it to all kickoff. When it did – in the last part of the book – it was an epic showdown. I loved how Mase has matured and how intelligence won out over fists.

In general, character development was decent in this book, especially with Sam and Mason. I did hate how they were still keeping things from one another although I understood it was coming from a protective place. However, if it’s not a thing of the past in the next book I can see myself getting very frustrated. In reality, no one would be happy with their other half lying so much to them, much less able to pass it off so flippantly like Mase did here. I would like to see them a totally united team in the next book, with no secrets or lies.

Certain parts of the plot were predictable (Summer? Hello?) and others less so (the revelations at the end were brilliant) and there were some holes in the plot that frustrated me a little. I’m not sure how well the scene in the house at the end would hold up to more detailed scrutiny but I just went with the flow. I also didn’t like how Sam’s running career (and the reason for her track scholarship) disappeared completely in this book – there was no mention of her coach or her training with the team, and while it isn’t pivotal to the plot, it speaks to the core of her personality, so I was a little perplexed that it was completely glossed over. It’s a minor point, and it didn’t dent my enjoyment, but it wasn’t consistent characterization.

I was wondering when the mom was going to make a reappearance and now I’m intrigued to see where this is going in the next book.

Sam and Mase are such a wonderful couple and I hope we get to see their wedding in one of the later books. They so deserve a happy ever after.

Onto Logan’s book next…

Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

twisted-palaceTitle: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

My Review:
The nail-biting, stomach clenching, heart pounding conclusion to Ella and Reed’s story is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I had all the feels reading this one and it was virtually unputdownable.

Initially, Ella grated on my nerves a little – her attitude toward Reed’s guilt or innocence and her behavior around her dad bugged me. But I got over that pretty quick as Steve took a more prominent role in her life. What a total and utter complete douchecanoe!! There were plenty of things that didn’t add up about him but most of all, I hated how he abused his parental role and tried to pull Ella away from Reed. (How very dare you!)

As the story progressed, I became increasingly frustrated at whoever was setting Reed up – they were doing a stellar job, and I became so worried for him.

As a couple, Ella and Reed really come into their own in Twisted Palace, and I loved their progression. They are a real unit and the romance was swoon-worthy and downright perfect. Reed is to die for. Amen. He also grew up a lot and realized how much his actions had hurt others in the past. As if I needed any more reason to love him.

Ella was amazing, as always. I love her no-nonsense approach and her intelligence even if I did wish she thought to investigate a little sooner.

The last twenty percent of the book had me on the edge of my seat, almost afraid to turn the page. It was so freaking amazing – my heart was in my mouth and my pulse was pounding so badly.

I loved how it ended. Loved, loved, loved it. But now I feel bereft – I am not ready to say goodbye to any of these characters, but especially Reed and Ella. Can we have a college based NA spin-off at some time, pretty please? It also leaves things open for a book about Easton which I believe Erin Watt is writing mid-2017.

This was a very fitting ending to a phenomenally addictive series. If you haven’t started it yet you need your head examined. You won’t be disappointed.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

Blog Tour: Burning Bond (Holly Woods Files #6) by Emma Hart

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Burning Bond (Holly Woods Files #6) by Emma Hart. I’ll share an excerpt of the book and some teaser images.

burningbond_final-ebooklgTitle: Burning Bond
Author: Emma Hart
Series: Holly Woods Files #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Brody Bond. The youngest homicide detective in Holly Woods. My best friend’s younger brother.
Off. Freaking. Limits.
I’ve told myself that for the past five years, and I’m going to keep telling myself that. Besides—I’m kind-of dating Jason. I don’t need Brody. I shouldn’t even want him, but want him, I do.
Not that I have time to think about it. With Noelle and Drake in Mexico for two weeks, I’m holding down the fort at Bond P.I. Or I was… until I stumbled upon a young woman who’d been attacked while walking my dog.
Jason thinks it’s the latest in a long line of gang-rapes happening across three states. Brody thinks I’ve added a target to my back. Getting to the bottom of it is at the top of my to-do list.
Two men, both determined to protect me.
I think I could love one. I’m almost certain I’m in love with the other.
Ride or die just got a whole lot realer.

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“Danger! Danger! Danger!” Gio screams. “Danger! Neenaw neenaw neenaw!”
“Jesus Christ, Nonna!” Brody yells, rubbing his ear. “What the hell is that?”
Nonna stops. “He-a likes CSI.”
I blink. Gio watches CSI?
“You let your parrot watch murder TV shows?” I ask.
“Si. He-a likes it.”
“Neenaw neenaw neenaw!” Gio flaps his wings.
“What is the neenaw about?” I say quickly when he stops.
“He-a is-a a police-a car,” Nonna says in the kind of dry tone that says I should know that.
Like it’s totally fucking normal for a parrot to pretend to be a police car.
“Nonna, you need a quieter pet,” Brody tells her. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
She snorts. “He will-a learn-a a fire engine next!”
“I’m leaving.” I grab my purse and stand up.
Nonna grabs my arm, stands me up, and spins me toward the dining room—and away from the wannabe siren with a heartbeat. “No. You-a must-a help me.”
“Nonna,” I say gently, hoping to placate her and trying not to think about the fact that I dropped my purse on the floor. “They haven’t set a wedding date. This can wait until they’re home.”
She shakes her head. “No. She-a does-a not-a care about-a napkins!”
I don’t blame her. I’m not gonna lie. I don’t care about napkins, either. At least, not right now. There are far bigger things to worry about.
“Neenaw!” Gio cries through the house.
Brody slams the dining room door, cutting him off. “That goddamn bird, Nonna.”
Nonna clasps her hand to her chest. “Take-a it-a back!”
“I’m going to damn you if you don’t get on with this. I’m supposed to be on a lunch break, not a torture break,” he grinds out. He grabs the samples and, flicking through them halfheartedly, selects the most god-awful pattern I’ve ever seen. “Here. This is nice.”
“If you’re blind,” I say sarcastically, reaching across and taking them from him.
It’s even uglier at closer look. I don’t know what Nonna was drinking when she picked these, but it must have been Moonshine or something. I can’t even describe the vile mixing of lace and satin on that swatch.
“One of these three.” I pull them from the clip and put them on the table. “Trust me. I’m not being responsible for Noelle having to wipe her mouth with a napkin that looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick.”
“What’s wrong with the one I picked?” Brody asks me indignantly.
I cast my gaze upward. “It looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick,” I say slowly so he gets every word. “No. I’ll be held responsible, and it’s not happening.”
Nonna wrinkles her nose as she puts her glasses on and examines the swatches I’ve handed her. Honestly, if she brings them any closer to her face, she’ll be able to feel them. Then she selects a fourth.
“I like-a this one.”
“No,” I say firmly. “One of these.” I hand her the best three.
Brody groans. “Why can’t she just use paper napkins?”

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emma-hartAbout 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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