Release Day: Hitched (Imperfect Love #3) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is the release day for Hitched: Volume Three (Imperfect Love #3) by Kendall Ryan. More information about his book and a teaser are below.

Hitched 3Title: Hitched: Volume Three
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
I’ve ruined everything.

I’ve broken the cardinal rule and fallen in love with my fake wife, and then I went and did the worst thing a husband can do.

Winning her back will be nearly impossible, but I’ve never backed down from a challenge before and I’m sure as hell not about to start now. Olivia will be mine, and I can’t wait to put a bun in her oven.

You won’t want to miss the final installment in Noah and Olivia’s love story, and especially the way this over-the-top alpha male wins over his bride once and for all.

This is the third and final volume in the story.

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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

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Blog Tour: The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken. I share my review with you, I really enjoyed this book. There’s an excerpt and teaser images from the book and a giveaway.

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VanDyken-TheMatchmakersReplacement-CV-FL-vC6-RGBTitle: The Matchmaker’s Replacement
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

My Review:
Having loved the first book in this series, I was eagerly anticipating the next installment and I couldn’t wait to read Lex and Gabi’s story. Let me tell you – I was not disappointed! This is RVD doing what she does best – snarky, witty romantic comedy at its best. I totally loved it and flew through it in no time.

Lex is a total manwhore and not shying away from that fact. Gabi and him share Ian as a bestie and they are constantly sniping at one another. Except they both secretly lust after the other and their constant bickering is only a front.

Ian has sworn Lex off his “sister” so Lex has consciously steered clear. Until now. He has actually been pining after her for years and their sexual chemistry is off the charts.

Lex is a fantastic character. A total manslut tech genius with a heart of gold underneath. Gabi is a bit of a contradiction – innocent and inexperienced but well able to stand her ground and enter into a constant battle of wills with Lex.

Their sexy back-and-forth had me roaring with laughter and smirking at my Kindle. When they finally get it on it was explosive without being overly graphic.

Most of the plot is centered around their romance and the Wingmen plot pretty much took a backseat. But it worked and there was never a dull moment.

It would be easy to get mad at Lex’s blatant sexism and hurtful barbed comments, but you just have to take it tongue-in-cheek and go with the flow. The same could be said for the premise. Lex has lusted after Gabi for four years and they spend a fair amount of time together given Ian is their BFF. I found it hard to believe that he stayed away from her for that long, or that he would allow his bestie to dictate his heart for such a lengthy period. But I tossed logic out the window and just went with it.

The writing was great and pacing was spot-on – no skimming in this book!

All in all, this is another fab, funny, warm, sweet, sexy read from the amazingly talented Ms. Rachel. I’m sad to see this series end but I’ve no doubt she’s many more fantastic stories lined up for us.

Actual 4.5 Stars.

Thanks to Insklinger PR and the publisher for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:

I hated him.
HATED him.
Hate, hate, hate. I chanted the words to myself that very next morning as I stomped toward his ridiculously expensive house, next to the ridiculously nice lake, with his ridiculously loud red Mercedes parked out front. Jackass.
I’d be doing society a favor if I set it on fire.
Seriously.
The thing was probably filled with so much bodily fluid and disease that if he got in a car accident he’d infect the entire freeway and start a citywide epidemic.
I shuddered.
I compartmentalized Lex into two boxes.
The first box was Childhood Lex, the friend who used to hang out with Ian and me before he moved across town, never to be seen again. He used to ride with me to school, and when I was sick he gave me my own box of Kleenex—never mind that he stole it from his teacher’s desk. The point is, Childhood Lex was a keeper.
Box number two?
Asshole Lex, also known as the version I was walking toward. The Lex I met when I was eighteen, who momentarily stunned me speechless with his godlike beauty, had been a figment of my overactive, sad, hormone-riddled imagination.
On the outside? The perfect man.
With a brooding and sultry smile.
Biceps the size of my head.
Who gave me the distinct feeling that if I ran my hands over his buzzed hair I’d orgasm before he even touched me.
Whatever. I was over it. So over it.
A lot of people had stupid crushes when they were eighteen, right?
Now all I saw when I looked into his stormy blue eyes was syph or the clap, and that was being generous. The dude was a walking STD and seriously tried every nerve I had. He was an ass. Plain and simple, no sugar coating. He was the type of guy who’d tell a chick that she looked fat in a dress or who refused to share the communal breadbasket. See! He couldn’t even adhere to typical manners during mealtime! Just thinking about him had me tied up in knots.
Last year, when I went shopping and stupidly invited Ian along—which of course meant Lex had to come—I was told in no uncertain terms that if I would just stop drinking chocolate milk in the morning I’d be able to fit into a smaller size.
He’d smiled.
His dimples had deepened.
He’d even crossed his arms as if to say, Look, I did you a favor, pat me on the back.
Instead I had kicked him in the balls and tried to give him a black eye, clocking Ian in the face.
My point? Lex. Was. The. Devil.
I made a point of only hanging out with Lex when absolutely necessary, and even then I almost always had Ian as a buffer. But now that he was playing love nest with my ex-roomie, Blake? Well, I was on my own.
Lex opened the door after my third aggressive knock. Black sweatpants hung low on his hips, a vintage Mariners shirt fell open around his neck, and he was wearing black-framed glasses that made his eyes more appealing than should be legal.
“Sunshine,” he said, his smirk deepening as he crossed his burly arms over his chest.
“Dickhead.” I smiled sweetly. “New glasses? They look thicker than last time.”
“Better to see you with.” He leaned forward, his eyes narrowing into tiny slits. “There they are.” He reached for one of my boobs.
I slapped his hand away so hard my palm stung.
“Probably not the best way to treat your new male clients.” He shook his hand and turned towards the living room leaving the door wide open. Manners were completely lost on him.
Gritting my teeth, I slammed the door behind me and took off my shoes because I knew if I didn’t he’d give me hell.
He was a freak like that.
For as much ass as he got, it was shocking how much Lysol he used around the house. His clothes were never wrinkled; everything was pristine.
Even his breath.
Damn him.
He drank coffee like a Starbucks employee but never had coffee breath.
It was almost painful, staring him in the face, knowing that everything on the outside appeared perfect—but didn’t match the inside at all, not even close!
Beauty like Lex’s was dangerous and wickedly tempting, like something out of a paranormal romance novel. Sometimes, at night, when I dreamed of Lex getting hit by a car, I imagined him as a vampire roaming the streets in his favorite black sweats, shirtless, shimmering under the streetlights, just waiting for whores to line up so he could take a few bites.
A pencil flew by my head.
“Yo.” Lex’s eyebrows shot up. “We have a lot of work to do if we’re going to get you ready for the next two clients. Daydream about chicks on your own time.”
“I’m not a lesbian.”
He bit on his bottom lip, sinking back in his chair as his eyes slowly roamed from my mismatched socks all the way up to my head. “Okay, whatever you say, Gabs.”
I will not commit homicide. I will not commit homicide. “You know,” I said as I tossed my purse onto the table, “it’s offensive that you assume all lesbians dress like crap.” So what? I was wearing a ratty white T-shirt and ripped jeans, and I was pretty sure I still had mascara on from the night before. It was my Lex repellant. He hated sloppiness.
“Offensive.” He nodded. “Also true . . .” He used the spare pencil from behind his ear to slide my purse over to the farthest side of the table. “It wouldn’t kill you to wear something other than jeans and T-shirts, Gabs.” He sighed. “Say it with me: dresssss—”
I grabbed the pencil from his hand, broke it into two pieces, and handed them back to him. “I wear dresses, just not for you. Dresses are your kryptonite, especially short black ones. I refuse to be a part of your ‘shower time.’”
He snorted. “You wish.”
“Yes. Every night when I go to sleep I pray for Lex to dream of me while he jerks off because yet another girl refused to follow his instructions in bed : ‘Damn it, use the manual!’” I said, using my best imitation of Lex’s voice. I’d only heard him shout instructions to a girl once, and it had scarred me for life. What the hell are you doing? Do I look like I’m satisfied? There’s a diagram! Ugh.
Lex rolled his eyes. “Very funny, and the manual is there for a reason. Do you even know how many chicks get confused when I call out sexual positions? It’s like, get there faster, you know?”
My feelings were torn between fascination and disgust. “So,” I changed the subject. “Let’s train, because I have about ten years worth of Organic Chem homework.”
Lex sighed and held out his hand.
“No.” I crossed my arms. “I don’t need help.”
Okay, I needed help, desperately needed help, and Lex wasn’t just passably smart but a certified genius, at least when he applied himself. I refused to ask him to go over my homework just because Organic Chem was, to me, like reading a foreign language.
He cleared his throat.
I didn’t move.
Finally, he stood, slowly walked over to the end of the table, and fished the chem book from my oversized purse. “What chapter?”
“Lex—”
“If I’m teaching you Organic Chem, at least say Professor Lex.”
“Listen very closely, Lex.” I went over and jerked my book out of his hands. “I didn’t need your help last year when I almost failed biology, and I sure as hell don’t need your help now. Let’s just get this training done so I can go home and suffer in silence, alright?”
“Fine.” He dropped my book against the table and then, without warning, grabbed me by my shoulders and pushed me against the counter that bordered the kitchen. My butt hit the cupboard . “Up until now we’ve been helping people find their perfect match. Basically acting like a wingman so that the idiots of this world see the girl who’s been standing in front of them all along .”
Why was he standing so close? Did we have to be touching? I told my body not to respond to his proximity, but Lex was magnetic, even if every part of him was evil. My brain was having trouble functioning while his large palms were pressed into the tops of my shoulders.
“Okay.” I swallowed. “And now that you’re allowing guys to become clients of Wingmen Inc., I basically do the same thing. Give them confidence, help them capture the one girl who’s always seen them as the friend—or worse, who they’ve been invisible to.”
“What’s that like, I wonder?” Lex still didn’t release me. “Being invisible . . . Maybe next time a dude ignores you, take notes.”
And another insult.
“Lex.” I huffed out a breath. “Just get on with it.”
“Right.” His eyes momentarily locked on mine before he rubbed the bridge of his nose where his glasses were perched. It was not sexy. It wasn’t. Really. That. Sexy. “So whenever we take on a new client, we give them a list of questions, meet them in a public place, and then use the power of human emotions like jealousy and curiosity to get the other person interested. That’s where you come in. If another girl sees our client as desirable, he becomes desirable.”
“That easy?”
“Sort of.” Lex leaned forward. “But you can’t suck.”
“Suck?”
“At anything.” His lips hovered near my mouth. He was starting to freak me out. I wanted to run away, but I was pinned.
“Lex, if you kiss me I will bite your tongue off. I swear.”
“If I was actually kissing you”—Lex released one of my shoulders and placed a finger against my mouth—“you’d know it. This, my frumpy friend, is training.”
His lips descended.
They pressed against mine, then pulled back. “Yeah.” He shook his head. “Gabs, you’re going to need to open your mouth a bit more. Guys are stupid. They always assume that more tongue means better kissing, when the opposite is true, but you still need to have your lips parted, not locked down like Fort Knox.”
“What’s happening?” I tried to push away from him.
Lex rolled his eyes. “Gabs, believe me, this is all business. You can even keep your hand on my junk the whole time.”
“What!” I roared.
“So you know without a doubt that nothing about you turns me on.” He grinned menacingly. “Seriously, I don’t mind.”
“I do!”
“Hey!” He chuckled. “I was just trying to help.”
“Grabbing your penis is not the answer, Lex!”
“Weird, because it so often is.”
“I hate today.”
“Is it the rain?” He frowned.
“It’s not—”
“It is.”
“Stop that!” I shoved him. “Hurry up and grade my kissing skills so I can go home and study.”
“Kissing, hand holding, hugging, cuddling, laughing, winking—just a few things you need to master.” He was firing off so many horrible, body-numbing words.
“Just hurry up,” I grumbled in a defeated voice as I tried to block out the fact that he was a good-looking ass who offended me with every single breath he took.
“Ah . . .” Lex held up his hand. “One never hurries a kiss.”
“What about a passionate kiss?”
“A passionate kiss isn’t hurried, it’s frenzied. Damn, don’t you know anything?”
Heat swamped my cheeks.
“How many guys have you kissed, Gabs?”
“Plenty!” Five. I’d kissed five.
“You blush down your neck when you lie.” Lex cupped my chin and then brought his lips down against mine again. “Part.”
Sighing against his mouth, I relaxed my lips while his slid across.
He pulled back, wearing a frown of irritation. “A bit more, Gabs. Guys want access.”
I kept my eyes open.
So did he.
I didn’t want him assuming I was into it, which was probably his exact line of thinking. Only keeping my eyes open was an entirely raw experience, watching him watch me while I felt him.
I shivered.
“Cold?” That stupid smirk was back.
“Frigid.” I glared, putting myself down before he had a chance to.
“You read my mind.” He nodded seriously. “Now stop being a bitch, and let me teach you how to kiss.”
“I know how to kiss!” I don’t know what came over me—maybe it was the need to prove myself, or possibly it was just stress over the entire situation. Needing to stay in school and hating that he was the answer, I wrapped my arms around his neck and jumped, my hips colliding with his as I mauled his mouth with as much passion as I could conjure up, this time closing my eyes and putting everything I had into it.
With a growl, Lex pushed me back against the countertop. As my butt collided with the edge, his tongue plunged into my mouth and his hands dug into my hair, pulling it free from its ponytail while he changed positions his lips demanding a punishing kiss from a different angle as his he gave my hair a harder tug back.
I grasped at his T-shirt, pulling him closer and nearly falling backward into the sink.
And then, just when I was in danger of losing myself to the kiss that would probably be the best kiss of my life, I bit down on his bottom lip.
That move didn’t work out the way I’d planned, not at all. In my head it was smart. I’d piss him off, get him to pull back and leave me alone.
It did nothing of the sort.
Nothing of the sort at] all.
With a hiss he pulled back, fire blazing in his eyes. For a split second that seemed to go on for an eternity, he hovered and I waited, both of us on the edge of something. He wet his lips, I mimicked the movement, and then, like a snake, he struck. His mouth fused to mine in a punishing kiss, one that bruised my mouth while imprinting its essence on my soul.

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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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Review: Love Struck (Miss Match #2) by Laurelin McGee

Love StruckTitle: Love Struck
Author: Laurelin McGee
Series: Miss Match #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Welcome to a seductive world where two solo artists combine their talents-and their hearts-to make beautiful music together…

SHE’S GETTING INTO THE GROOVE
Lacy Dawson is a young singer-songwriter with a record deal, a studio gig, and a serious case of writer’s block. After looking for love songs in all the wrong places, she finds inspiration at an online support group called Song Writers Anonymous. Thanks to one mysterious member who motivates her and inspires her, Lacy’s career is back on track. But is she ready to meet her sexy musical muse…face to face?

HE MAKES HER HEART SKIP A BEAT
Eli is definitely interested in hooking up with Lacy, aka “LoveCoda.” But between writing her new album and his band’s success, they can’t find the time to face the music-or each other-about their burgeoning online romance. All that changes when Eli and Lucy get booked on tour together. In person, the attraction is all too real and explosive. They both should walk away, but once they are in each other’s arms, there is no turning back…

My Review:
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Another fun, sexy, witty read from the authors of the fabulous Miss Match.

Lacy has been struggling to cope in the aftermath of a terrible personal tragedy. As an up and coming musician, with studio time banked, she should be working on new music, but she has a bad case of writer’s block. In desperation, she reached out to an online forum and has made a connection with another musician known only as Folx. It’s seven months later and both of them have developed feelings for one another. Then Lacy gets thrown a lifeline – the opportunity to tour with a new sought-after band, and she is immediately entranced by Eli, the banjo player. Lead singer Jax has also caught her eye, but it’s Eli she is continually drawn to.

As Lacy grows closer to Eli, she is consumed with guilt over Folx. Although they have arranged to meet up (to attend her sister’s wedding) she isn’t in a relationship with him so is it really cheating? I thought it was an interesting and intriguing concept and both mains battled to make sense of their feelings.

Fate has intervened and it seems like our two are destined for one another until Lacy comes to a rather rash conclusion which has her chasing the wrong man. It was at this point that I started getting very frustrated because the truth was obviously right under her nose but she was a bit dense to not even consider the possibility that she might be mistaken.

Eli is amazing, so sweet and considerate and caring. Lacy treats him pretty poorly at times and I wanted to throttle her. However, she clearly isn’t in the right frame of mind, suffering in the aftermath of what happened with her fiancé. So, I made allowances.

I love rocker romances and I enjoyed the world created in Love Struck. I thoroughly enjoyed all the musical and touring scenes, though it was a lot tamer than some of the rock star romances I’ve previously read.

Initially, I was a little disappointed with this book as I had high expectations having adored Miss Match. The pacing was off at the start and the first 15% was very slow and bogged down in unnecessary details which pulled me out of the story. I was also rather unimpressed with the writing in the early chapters. I have read seven or eight of Laurelin Paige’s books at this stage and her writing is superb. I haven’t read Kayti’s debut yet though I plan to. So, I was expecting the writing to be above par. Frustrated, I actually stopped, went off and read another book, and then came back to it. I’m really glad I did as I ended up completely loving it. The pace picked up; it was steady and flowed much better after that. The writing also improved and was more in line with my expectation.

Lacy is a great leading lady and Eli a credible swoon-worthy leading man. Together, they make the most beautiful music (cheesy, I know) and their chemistry was scorching hot and thoroughly believable.

Jax, uh. I hated him. He was so selfish and rude. Not mad about Kat either but we aren’t given a hell of a lot to understand what really is going on with her. I loved the small glimpses we got of Andy and Blake and loved that we got to see them tie the knot. Yay!

While there are plenty of humorous moments (that scene in the lobby. Argh! So cringey but so, so funny) I didn’t think it was quite up to the standard of Miss Match in that regard. To be fair, that’s a very high benchmark as Miss Match is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The romance and sex scenes were brilliantly written and I loved all the angst/frustration and the to-ing and froing of both mains. Emotions were scattered and it was very tense/fraught at times and I lapped it up!

All in all, this was another great read. If you are finding it a little slow at the start, don’t give up – keep reading and I promise it will be worth your while. I can’t wait to see what this duo come up with next.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for supplying an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Cover Reveal: Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig

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Today is the cover reveal for Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig! I can’t wait to read this book as I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books in this series! You can find the whole series on amazon here. Now let me show you the cover for Entrapment!

BK4 Entrapment E-Book CoverTitle: Entrapment
Author: by Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Dark/ Suspense
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Blurb:
“The snare is set—leaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance”

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up…

One chance meeting
plus…
One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine
plus…
One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion
plus…
One impulsive decision
times…
Two declarations of love
divided by…
The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules
equals…

ENTRAPMENT

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

Don’t miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.

*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

aleatharomig1About the Author:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Review: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

Broken PrinceTitle: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Review:
5 “Reed Can Ruin Me Anytime” Stars

Scandalous. Sexy. Shocking. Salacious. Highly Addictive and Compelling. This series is the bomb. I totally love it.

Major credit to Elle and Jen for writing such a captivating, entertaining story. I can’t remember the last time I was this invested in a series, and it’s easily one of my favorites now. Sheer Genius.

Reed – can we just take a moment? He was a total ass in the last book but I fell for him all the same (cuz I’m a bit shallow like that.) I loved his character development in this book, and how he didn’t give up on Ella. I also loved how he let her take the lead but also stepped in to protect her where necessary.

I adore Ella – she’s a fantastic MC and the only one with any semblance of morality. She really came into her own in the second half of the book when she stood up to the bullies in school, and she didn’t shy away from telling Callum a few home truths. She is a great blend of strength and vulnerability.

I LOVE them as a couple and I’m totally rooting for them. The chemistry was amazing and all the romance/sexy scenes were perfect.

I love East too. Poor little lost boy. I hope he gets his own book as I didn’t see nearly enough of him here. In fact, I really hope Erin Watt take advantage of all the other stories they could write. I could continue reading about The Royals till I die.

Brooke and Dinah continue to grate on my nerves even though we don’t see that much of them here. You know they are waiting in the wings to cause more trouble.

This book is full of twists and turns, conflict and angst, and I lapped it all up. Because I only read PP the night before and I was kept awake half the night by that bloody brilliant cliffy, I came up with my own list of plot twists. The two revelations at the end of this book were great but I had them on my list so I can’t say I was overly shocked. To be honest, I’m glad, because I was actually terrified to read the end of this book. I kept thinking, if the cliffy is as bad as book one I won’t be able to sleep, eat, concentrate on work, or read another damned book until Twisted Palace is out. So while it’s still suspenseful, and I want to know what’s going to happen next, I think I can just about hold myself intact until the next book is ready.

If you don’t like the shock-factor or soap-opera-type drama then you should steer clear of this series. It is definitely more explicit than your average YA book but I don’t doubt it’s authenticity and I applaud the authors for going there. It was so entertaining as a result and it really does stand out from the crowd.

The writing is fantastic and it’s fast-paced. It’s virtually unputdownable so make sure you set aside a decent chunk of time to read it because someone will have to pry it away from you otherwise!

If you haven’t started this series yet then what are you waiting for!

Thanks to Elle’s publicist for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

As an aside this would be awesome on the small screen.

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Paper PrincessTitle: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

My Review:
Oh, good, God, I’ve just finished and I think I might be having a coronary – I need the next book so badly I can scarcely breathe.

Quite simply, that was magnificent. I adored every word. I started last night and stayed up until 4am and the only reason I didn’t finish it straight away today was because I had to work.

Those Royal boys are super-hot brats but I can’t help loving them, especially Easton and Reed. They are naughty, naughty, boys but I love that brash, cocky, over-protective type. Right up my alley.

Ella was a great MC, tough, gutsy, with a wicked cool mouth – she was well able for Reed & Co. She did have a vulnerable side though and my heart ached for her at the end.

The high school setting was great and I either loved or hated all the secondary characters.

There are a few things that were a bit ew – like their Dad and that slut having sex in front of them all. It didn’t seem to fit his character, but it was such a minor issue that it in no way dented my overall enjoyment.

I have read many of Elle’s books, although I haven’t read Jen Frederick before, but I have to say the writing was flawless and full of all the things I love about Elle’s books in general – the witty banter, hysterical scenes, lots of kissing and sexy scenes, plenty of angst and drama etc.

This was more sexually explicit than your normal YA read but they have put a 17+recommended reading age on it which addresses that issue.

Now, that ending – holy moly – it was sheer brilliance. Honestly, my heart is pounding in my chest. How the heck am I expected to read another book after that ending?! I can’t – my heart is in the shredder. (Giving myself a pep talk – must calm down before said suspected coronary becomes a real one.) I had a feeling I knew what was coming but I was only partly right. I guessed the person involved (never trusted her from the start) and I suspected she was going to walk in on something like that, but it was still completely unexpected! (Being vague on purpose as I don’t want to give away spoilers)

Awesome! I love cliffhanger endings (I love torturing myself.)

Cannot wait for part 2 – I’m actually really glad I waited until now to read this so I only have a couple of days to wait. I’ll be on a countdown.

I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much, Nina!

Blog Tour: Hitched (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan. I share my review of this book with you today. And you can also find the book trailer and an excerpt of the book in this post.

Hitched 2Title: Hitched: Volume Two
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

My Review:
4 Hot for Noah stars.

The second installment in Kendall’s new series picks up pretty much exactly where it left off in Volume 1. Our couple is growing closer but Olivia doesn’t realize that Noah is keeping secrets -both professional and personal- from her, and you just now it’s going to explode in his face at some point.

Noah continues to be the star of this show for me. His concern and support for Olivia are so heartwarming even if some of it is misguided. Olivia is learning to let go of her inner control freak and she is growing as the depth of the feelings she has for Noah develop. However, the shocking cliffhanger at the end is going to set them back. There is no way Noah is going to be able to convince her that his actions were genuine and not because of the contract. Even though it was obvious where this was leading, it was still a tremendous place to end. Great job Ms. Ryan.

We have more sexy times in this installment and I love the chemistry between our couple. I am totally rooting for them. Big style.

The banter was witty, with plenty of sparks flying, except for a cringy scene where Noah is referencing intimate bodily parts using crude juvenile speak that was completely unnatural for a grown man to use.

The last installment left us at a great point in the story but I was a little dismayed that it was dismissed so quickly and easily in this volume. This could have been fleshed out to add greater tension and conflict. As it currently stands it was a blatant plot device to add maximum shock-factor without any real depth.

This book focuses mainly on the burgeoning relationship between Olivia and Noah and less on the corporate situation.

I’m finding it more and more difficult to suspend my disbelief as this series progresses. The overriding premise of this story just isn’t believable. I worked in corporate management for almost twenty years and you cannot convince me that any board would be swayed by co-CEO’s getting married and having a baby. I really can’t fathom how them having a baby has anything to do with stabilizing the ship or that the board would be less inclined to look for potential buyers if they announce a pregnancy. Strong performance and strong financials is the only measure that would count, in my opinion.

I worked in an alpha-male corporate environment where it was frowned upon when female employees became pregnant, and all kinds of sexist remarks would be bandied about. (It was totally disgusting and there was little I could do to change that aspect of the corporate culture.) Basically, female employees, no matter how strong a performer they were, were pretty much written off after pregnancy. Now, perhaps this fictional world is intended to be different, but I don’t think so given how some of the male employees have been portrayed thus far. So, to me, announcing Olivia’s pregnancy will send a death knell, not have the opposite effect. Unless it turns out that the fathers, in all their scheming, actually care more for their children than the company and that’s really what’s going on. I could buy that more readily even though that wouldn’t really make much sense either. But it’s the easier pill to swallow.

The other issue that niggles at me is blatant lapses in editing in relation to aspects of the timeline and some of the scenes. I spotted three glaring errors in the first couple of chapters alone. Not enough to dent my enjoyment but enough to frustrate me a little.

Reading back over this review it might come across like I didn’t enjoy the book which isn’t’ the case at all. It was still an engrossing read. The last one was a 5-star read but this one is rated lower because of the aforementioned issues. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s hugely entertaining and I am enjoying the characters and very invested in reading the conclusion to their story.

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

EXCERPT
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Just a little tight, is all.”
I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
And that starts now.
I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
“I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
“Relax. Okay?”

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Release Day Blitz: Hitched (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is the release day for Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan. There’s a trailer and excerpt for this book in this post.

Hitched 2Title: Hitched: Volume Two
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

EXCERPT
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Just a little tight, is all.”
I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
And that starts now.
I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
“I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
“Relax. Okay?”

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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

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Review: Never Never: Part Two (Never Never #2) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never part twoTitle: Never Never: Part Two
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

My Review:
I really love Silas and Charlie and some things are starting to make sense though it’s still very mysterious. My only complaint is regarding the length, it was way too short, and why is it taking so long to release the next installment? I really feel if you are going to serialize a story in this way then you should release a new installment every month. Still excellent though and I’m anxiously awaiting the next one.

Release Day Blitz: Keep (Seaside Pictures #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is the surprise release day for Keep (Seaside Pictures #2) by Rachel Van Dyken! I share some information about this book and a teaser!

keepTitle: Keep
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Seaside Pictures #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name’s shouted on rooftops.
It’s written on bras, bathroom stalls, hell my name is everywhere. To say my name is to experience an orgasm without ever leaving your house.
My name?
Zane “Saint” Andrews.
I’m sex.
I’m a rock god.
I’m also a virgin.
What they don’t know won’t kill them right? Give the people what they want. And what they want is the idea of me; the pleasure they gain at listening to my song and knowing without a doubt I’m talking about them and only them.
It worked for a while.
Until a nerdy girl with glasses falls at my feet, literally, and suddenly I don’t want to be Saint anymore, what I want? What I really need?
Is to be kept.
By her.

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!
You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

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