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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EXCERPT
“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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Release Day: His Best Mistake (Shillings Agency #6) by Diane Alberts

Today is the release day for His Best Mistake (Shillings Agency #6) by Diane Alberts!

his-best-mistakeTitle: His Best Mistake
Author: Diane Alberts
Series: Shillings Agency #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
One night with a stranger…

Security expert Mark Matthews has loved, and lost, and has no intention of ever loving again—especially not a woman who thrives on her life being in danger. Now, hot, meaningless sex with strangers he had no intention of ever seeing again? That’s a whole other story. And it’s all life as a single father allows him to enjoy. But when he meets a woman who refuses to tell him her real name, the game is on, because she’s everything he swore to stay away from. Daisy O’Rourke has bad idea written all over her, but he’s in too deep to walk away now…

Excerpt:
They walked down the hallway side by side, their arms brushing. Every time they touched, something inside her tensed up even more, building up pressure until she was sure she was going to explode if he didn’t either stop, or do something more than accidentally brush against her.

When she halted at her door, he stopped directly behind her, towering over her. “God, how tall are you? Six-four?” she blurted out.

“Exactly.” He cocked his head. “How’d you know?”

“I guessed.”

“You’re good at that.” He stepped closer, his nostrils flaring slightly when she swayed closer. He looked way too sexy standing there with his first few shirt buttons undone, and his jacket open. She wasn’t even sure when he’d done that, but it was hot as hell. “At guessing.”

It would be so easy to grab the lapels of that jacket and pull his closer. And she’s get to find out what he tasted like – whisky, more than likely, but still, she needed to know. The old her, the one before she lost everything…she would have gone for it. Would have taken what she wanted and not hesitated. But it had been so long since she touched a man, let alone kissed one, and he wasn’t William. He’d never be William.

But tonight…He could be hers.

Resting an arm over her her head on the wall, he offered her a small smile, and tugged oh her hair playfully. “What are you thinking about that’s got you blushing, Scarlett?”

“Nothing.” she said, her cheeks going even hotter. She spun and pressed her key against the reader until it blinked green. The heat of his body was directly behind her, burning her.

Hands trembling, she turned the knob and pushed the door open. She should go inside. Leave him in the hallway, along with any bad choices she might have made with him. But…

Was it bad? Was it so wrong to want one night where she didn’t miss the love of her life? One night where she didn’t have to be alone?

“Would you like some water? I have a few bottles in my mini fridge.”

He shoved his hands in his pocket and rocked back on his heels, letting out a soft laugh. “If I come in there, we both know it’s not going to be for water.”

“Like I said.” Heart pounding, palms sweating, she lifted her chin. “Want to come in?”

Diane AlbertsAbout the Author:
Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Book Blitz: Due South Boxed Set by Tracey Alvarez

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Due South Boxed Set by Tracey Alvarez! This is an amazing series and during this blitz it will be discounted to 0.99$!

Get this boxed set while it’s discounted!
From 26 September till 2 October this box set will be discounted from 7.99 to only 0.99$. That’s 0.99$ for 5 full length books! Don’t miss this amazing bargain! Get your copy on Amazon or any of the other vendor sites!

due-south-boxed-setTitle: Due South Boxed Set
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #1-5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The Due South bundle contains the first five books of Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small-town romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

The first 5 Due South Books (over 1500 pages) included in this bundle are:
In Too Deep (Book #1)
Melting Into You (Book #2)
Ready To Burn (Book #3)
Christmas With You (Book #4)
My Forever Valentine (Book #5)

My Reviews:
In Too Deep (Due South #1) – 4 stars
Melting into You (Due South #2) – 4.5 stars
Ready to Burn (Due South #3) – 5 stars
Christmas with You (Due South #4) – 5 stars
My Forever Valentine (Due South #5) – 5 stars

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Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand. Her two series, DUE SOUTH and FAR NORTH, both focus on small coastal towns, close communities, and family.

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Review: Make it Right (Bowler University #2) by Megan Erickson

Make It RightTitle: Make it Right
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Bowler University #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

My Review:
Max has got a massive chip on his boulder-sized shoulder and he is pretty much angry at the universe. Trapped in a life he does not choose for himself, he sees no way out of the future that is already mapped out for him. He harbors a secret crush on Lea, his ex’s bff, but he can’t stop acting like a total jackass around her.

Lea had been drowning under the weight of her own problems, but now that she’s in college she has her shit together and she has a plan for her life. Because of what she has faced in the past she can see beyond the carefully cultivated mask that Max wears to the vulnerability underneath. Because Lea showcases her vulnerability Max opens up and starts to let her in. Then she locks down and the story goes back and forth as they desperately try to trust one another. I love books that essentially focus on the redemptive power of love and Make It Right is such a read.

I loved their love story and it was full of the heart-breaking, frustrating, angst-laden toing and froing that I love to torture myself with! Both characters are complex and solidly developed. I like the secondary cast of characters and they were decently detailed as well. I didn’t read the first book, and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story, but I’m beyond curious to read the first book now, and when I have space on my reading schedule I will be downloading a copy.

Lea’s disability was well written and not glossed over. I truly came away with a strong appreciation of how difficult it was for her to manage her condition, but she was a tough girl with a lot of inner strength and someone I very much admired. Max was very supportive of her in that regard and I warmed to him as a result.

I did find the plot fairly predictable and it lost some brownie points for that. However, the writing was great and the pacing spot-on, and for me, it was a real page-turner. I read this in two sittings in the space of twelve hours.

If you enjoy well-written NA that is character rather than plot driven then you will love this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf

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Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Read the book that Kirkus Reviews called: “A complex, witty page-turner, ideal for YA fans of scandal and romance.”

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

My Review:
Love Me Never is a stupendous read chock full of humor, angst, drama, intrigue, and one of the best MCs I’ve ever come across. Add a superb, unique, writing style, and distinctive narrative, and you have the recipe for one truly amazing read.

I think you can tell already that I loved this book! The characterization was exceptional and Isis Blake had me laughing out loud one minute and on the verge of a breakdown the next. She’s so damaged on the inside from that jackass “Nameless” but she’s brave and strong and holding her head up high despite the challenges and obstacles in her path.

She butts heads with Jack pretty much straight away and they enter into a contest of sorts, trying to outwit and outsmart one another. I have read some funny books in my time but this one takes the biscuit. I was in CONVULSIONS of laughter, literally shaking all over, tears leaking out of my eyes while reading. Seriously, my stomach was actually SORE by the time I finished. Read it for the humor alone.

Jack Hunter may be the Ice Prince of East Summit High but he’s one hot, sexy, intelligent guy. Now, he has deep-rooted psychological issues (as does Isis) and he’s full of self-loathing but he’s trying hard to be there for Sophia even though he’s crippled with guilt over his supposed failures. I couldn’t help falling for the guy with such a selfless attitude. I don’t approve of what he was doing to raise money for her medical treatment but it fit his character.

The plot is fairly predictable but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the beauty of this book is the character development, snarky dialogue, witticisms, and a truly refreshing writing style. It was a little light on the romance for my personal taste but I have high hopes for the next books.

In summary, I ADORED this book and I’m really looking forward to continuing the series. Well done Ms. Wolf – it’s a triumph.

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

Review: Falling Free: A Falling Fast Novel (Falling Fast #3) by Tina Wainscott

Falling FreeTitle: Falling Free
Author: Tina Wainscott
Series: Falling Fast #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father’s innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer—until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It’s certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable.

A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack—but he’s staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn’t need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace’s troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there’s an incredible passion waiting to be set free.

My Review:
An emotionally charged romance with all the feels.

Tanner and Grace meet each other at the perfect time in their lives. Both are meandering lonely through life, and they have written love out of the equation for quite similar reasons. Both of them are the product of dysfunctional upbringings, and neither of them had much love growing up. (His was non-existent, hers was absent.) That’s where the similarities end, though. They have each dealt with their demons in very different ways. Tanner is literally drifting through life and Grace is a closed-shop, totally focused on her work and her singular goal in life.

They meet as Grace has just received a bombshell that has shattered everything she thought she knew about herself. Now she is questioning everything, so, even though she is hugely attracted to Tanner, she continuously pushes him away.

Tanner was so patient and I loved him for it. I adored how he was written, and he is (hands-down) one of the most perfect book boyfriends ever. I’m still in a total swoon. He was sexy and sweet with a heart of gold. He could easily have become a player but he was a gentleman instead.

Even though this romance only spans two weeks it wasn’t a wham bam kind of connection. It still felt slow-building.

This book was full of emotional angst, witty banter, great secondary characters, and a thrilling, captivating world/setting.

The writing and pacing were great. My only complaints are the seemingly rushed ending and cliched epilogue, but overall this was a fantastic read.

Highly Recommended.

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

Blog Tour: Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Entrapment (Infidelity #4) by Aleatha Romig. I will review this book today, an excerpt and there are some teaser images. You can find the whole series on amazon here.

BK4 Entrapment E-Book CoverTitle: Entrapment
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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…

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“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.

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My Review:
Entrapment is the fourth instalment in Aleatha Romig’s insanely addictive Infidelity series. While this book was a little slow at the start, once I got past the 25% mark it came into its own and I couldn’t (and didn’t) put it down.

I was incensed at Charli at the end of the last book because of the decision she made. I understand she has deep psychological issues as a result of the abuse she suffered growing up, so I decided to accept that she lost her way for a few crucial moments and made one of the worst decisions of her life. If she had stayed with Nox he would have found a way to rescue her mom, but she chose to take matters into her own hands and I came to respect that.

Man, this story gets sicker and more depraved the more we delve into it, but I lapped it up. Aleatha writes heart-pounding edge-of-the-seat romantic suspense with plenty of exciting twists and turns. Entrapment was no exception.

Bryce and Alton are conniving and hateful as ever. Actually, Bryce is a total psychopath and it’s completely obvious in this one. Those parts were exemplary in their execution and I had chills all over reading those scenes. He managed to scare me and he’s not even real. Chelsea is a shell of her former self, having suffered at their hands. It all falls to Charli/Alexandria to save them.

I was a little disappointed in Nox in this book. Yes, he is distraught and pulling out all the stops to save her, but he doesn’t personally do much and that annoyed me. He has his minions running around trying to rescue his girl, and the one time he gets the opportunity to do something he ruins it -Yes, I am talking about that shameful hotel room scene – that was wrong on so many different levels that I can’t even form words, but I’m digressing.

I again loved the Oren and Adelaide sections, and the revelations about the past are starting to come out. Can’t wait until they find out everything in the next one!

I did predict that cliffhanger but it was still AMAZING. Dumped right in the middle of a sentence this time, not just a scene, and it made me howl with frustration, but that’s what I love about cliffhangers. I’ll be biting my nails until the next ARC is available.

Overall, this was a great continuation in what is proving to be a very solid series. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion. Thank you for the great read, Aleatha.

Actual rating 4.5 stars.

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

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Excerpt:

DETONATIONS OF RED.
Flashes of white.
Explosions—visible to only me—momentarily hindered my vision. Blinking, I tried to make sense of Deloris’s text message.
“ALEX GOT INTO A CAR WITH ALTON FITZGERALD. WE ARE FOLLOWING.”
Though the plane ascended higher and higher, my heart fell to an abyss, the place where my stomach used to be.
I read it again.
The words refused to change.
Emotions boiled within me, creating a turbulent concoction capable of destruction. I looked toward the small window, expecting to see swirling clouds, but saw only the deceiving blueness of a complacent sky. Despite the misleading calm, disbelief, hurt, and rage swirled through my body, rushing through my blood, tightening my chest, and weakening my knees. Unconsciously, my fingers balled, creating fists that needed to connect with something—with anything—as I increased the pressure on the phone. Surely it would crack and shatter.
I read the words again and again.
They didn’t make sense.
Charli wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t willingly get into her stepfather’s car.
Something terrible had happened.
I’d witnessed her apprehension and disgust when it came to Alton Fitzgerald. She’d shared her fears and some of her stories. He was the other devil, the one she spoke of. No matter what he’d done to her or not done to her in the past, being with him was dangerous. She knew that and so did I.
Charli wouldn’t willingly go with him, not after she’d promised me she’d stay safe.
I clenched my teeth, hearing her words in my mind, her promises…her lies.
When she refused to wait for me for this trip to Savannah, Charli had promised she’d stay with Deloris.
According to this text message, she hadn’t.
That’s what the words on my screen were telling me. Deloris’s message confirmed that Charli had done the one thing I forbade her from doing. She’d put the one person whom I’d entrusted to her care in danger.
She’d willingly sacrificed herself.
I needed to understand why.
I needed to speak to her, but I couldn’t.
Since the plane had just left the ground, I couldn’t make a call until we were high enough for the Wi-Fi to be activated; however, that didn’t stop my rant. Pounding the tabletop before me with the butt of my fist, a tirade of words spewed forth. The outburst, infused with obscenities, echoed uselessly through the cabin.
Wisely, Isaac remained quiet, rightfully assuming I’d share more when I was ready. The flight attendant, though, was new. She didn’t know me.
“Mr. Demetri, is everything all right?” she asked, her eyes bigger than dinner plates as she hurried around a wall and moved toward me. With each step she teetered one way and then the next, her body thrown off balance as the plane continued its ascent.
“No! Nothing is all right. Go sit down before you fall. There’s nothing you can do.”
“Sir,” she said, looking down at the phone still in my hand. “If we’re not yet out of the range of cell towers, we will be soon, but once we have Wi-Fi you’ll be able to Face Time.”
I reined in what little self-control still remained. This wasn’t my first flight. “I’m aware.”
“However, if you don’t want to wait, the plane has a satellite phone. Would you like to use that?”
What? Why didn’t I think of that?
Because I’m too stunned to process.
“Yes. Get it right away.”
Her knees buckled as she maneuvered toward the cockpit, her hands supporting her one way and then the other.
“I’M CALLING ON THE SATELLITE PHONE. I WANT DETAILS!”
I sent the text to Deloris, not caring if it would send or if she would get it. Just pushing the letters gave me something to do.
As soon as the flight attendant placed the satellite phone in my hand, I began dialing the longer-than-normal string of numbers. With each second that I waited for the connection, my blood pressure rose another notch. The rush coursing through my veins filled my ears with an internal roar, muting the engine’s drone.
Ring.
Ring.
Ring.
“You have reached—”
Though the plane continued its climb, at the sound of her voice, my stomach took another nosedive. Hitting the disconnect button, I called Mrs. Witt. She probably should have been my first call, but I needed to try to reach Charli. I wanted to know that I could.
Now, I knew that I couldn’t.
As the satellite phone again waited to connect, I reached for my own phone and pushed the app on Charli’s tracker.
Nothing.
My mind reasoned that it wasn’t because she was unreachable. She may have gotten into a car, but she wouldn’t take off the necklace. There was nothing on the app, because we didn’t yet have Wi-Fi access and the cellular service was unavailable.
As soon as the satellite phone began to ring, Deloris answered, “Lennox we’re following her…”
“What the hell happened? Where is she? Where is that bastard taking her? Why the fuck did she get in his car? Why didn’t you stop her? Did he threaten her?”
“She’s a few hundred yards ahead of us on the street. We’re making our way out of the city. According to her tracker, her heart rate is elevated, but otherwise, we believe she’s safe. According to the GPS it seems as though we’re headed toward her home.”
“Her home?” I asked incredulously. “No, Deloris, her home is in New York.”

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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: Filthy Beautiful Love (Filthy Beautiful Lies #2) by Kendall Ryan

Filthy Beautiful LoveTitle: Filthy Beautiful Love
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Filthy Beautiful Lies #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I never expected to watch Sophie walk away. She was mine. I would own her. She just didn’t know it yet. New goal: Seal the deal and rock her world so thoroughly she never wanted to leave again.

Highly sexual and emotionally charged, Filthy Beautiful Love is the provocative conclusion to Filthy Beautiful Lies.

My Review:
Didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, even though it was still a good read. Not a huge amount happens but it was so well-written that I was thoroughly engrossed in their love story anyway. Lots more of the steamy stuff in this one. Love Kendall’s writing style and characterization is superb – well-developed, complex characters with plenty of emotional depth, just as I like it.

I’m interested in Pace’s story and will check it out at some point.

Book Blitz: In Every Way by Amy Sparling

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for In Every Way by Amy Sparling! There’s an excerpt of the book and a tour wide giveaway.

In Every WayTitle: In Every Way
Author: Amy Sparling
Series: standalone in the same world as In Plain Sight
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend Colby goes on vacation, Josh is stuck working with Bryce—and all of Bryce’s terrible ideas for summer. They make a list of what the “perfect girlfriend” would be like, and now they plan to find her. It shouldn’t be too hard, since Josh is one of the hottest, most popular guys in school. Right?

Bess Navarre would rather read a book than go outside. She’s chubby, dorky, and a self-proclaimed loser. But when her grandmother volunteers her to work at a jewelry kiosk on the beach, Bess has to comply, no matter how humiliating it is. Bikinis and Bess do not go together, and now she feels even dorkier than ever.

When Bess and Josh’s paths collide, sparks fly. But it won’t be that easy. Bryce wants Josh to date a supermodel. And although Bess might just fit all of the things on Josh’s list, she won’t give herself a chance to figure it out.

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Chapter 1
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Graduating high school was supposed to feel like becoming an adult. After so many years of slogging through early morning alarms, bumpy bus rides, and crappy cafeteria food, the day after graduation was supposed to be . . . different. Guess I thought I’d feel like an official adult or something.
Besides the fact that I slept until noon, my life feels exactly the same. Some seniors from my school are planning to move across the country and become crazy party college freshman, but not me. I’m just stuck here in Louetta, Texas, a small town with a few good pizza joints, but nothing really exciting to brag about. I’ll be starting good ol’ community college in the fall, for what, I have no idea. Mom said she’d help me sign up for core classes. Dad said I’ll have a blast. I’m not exactly sure how true that is, since I’ve seen the campus and it looks like a combination of a thrift store and like, an old Walmart. Once college starts, I’ll have two years to figure out what I’d like to major in, and then maybe, I’ll feel more like an adult.
Right now I’m just happy to have one last summer of not doing a damn thing except working at the family business, The Flying Mermaid. It’s a surf shop on the beach, passed down from my grandparents. It was a TV repair shop when they owned it. My parents turned it into a surf shop with a little section at the front for gifts and girly crap my mom loves. It’s a pretty popular hangout at Blue Beach, and working there has always felt more like fun than actual work.
Of course, there are other things I aspire to do this summer.
Like get a girlfriend.

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

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Giveaway
There is a book blitz wide giveaway for the book blitz of In Every Way. These are the prizes you can win:
– a signed paperback of In Every Way by Amy Sparling (US only)
– a 10$ amazon gift card (International)

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