Blog Tour: Blown Away by Brenda Rothert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Blown Away by Brenda Rothert. I share my review of this book with you.

Blown Away_RothertTitle: Blown Away
Author: Brenda Rothert
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In a sensual, emotionally charged novel of love and loss, a tender affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.

Drew McGovern is living for two. Her fiancé, Colby, used to savor the feeling of a powerful gale, the rain pelting his face as the sky grew dark—until a shocking tragedy struck him down. Drew’s still grieving his death a year later when she bumps into some of his old storm chasing buddies. For reasons she can’t explain, she volunteers for the next tornado. But when she reconnects with Colby’s best friend, Aiden O’Neal, Drew gets a breath of fresh air that stirs the ashes of her broken heart.

Aiden doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms, long enough to remember the tears that fell as they buried the man they each still miss. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind ruffles Drew’s hair and puts a sparkle in her eye, Aiden can’t resist the urge to hold her close. And when it comes to true love, he’s holding out hope that lightning strikes twice.

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My Review:
Dangerously sexy and addictive. I absolutely adored everything about this book, and I can’t find fault with a single thing.

Drew has been trying to get on with her life in the aftermath of the devastating death of her fiance. She is feeling antsy, and that she needs to get out of small-town Lipton for a while. A chance encounter with Murph, her fiance’s storm-chasing crew-leader sets her on a new path. Throwing caution to the wind (excuse the cheesy pun) she decides to join them for one month which turns out to be the experience of a lifetime.

Aiden was Colt’s best bud and he always felt guilty that he harbored a secret crush on Drew. Now that temptation is on his doorstep, he is doing everything in his power to ignore the growing attraction between them. But you know what they say about best-laid plans and all!

The romance was sizzling hot between the pair and they are so good together. Their chemistry zinged off the pages of my Kindle. And I loved it!

I adored the setting for this book and it very much reminded me of the movie Twister. It was exciting, thrilling and gripping, and informative without bogging the reader down in unnecessary detail.

Both mains were well developed with decent complexity, and I really connected with them and became invested in their journey to coupledom.

The other characters were an interesting mix though we didn’t find out too much about them.

The writing was great and the pacing was consistent. I had a hard time putting this one down as I just wanted to keep on reading.

In summary, this was a superb read with a good blend of adventure and romance. This will appeal to fans of well-written contemporary women’s fiction with strong emotional and plot development.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgally, in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:
Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Blog Tour: The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos #3) by Scarlett Cole

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos #3) by Scarlett Cole. I’ll share my review of the book, an excerpt and a giveaway.

PurestHook_coverTitle: The Purest Hook
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

My Review:
I’ll start by mentioning that I haven’t read the first two books in this series, and it was a great read in its own right. It completely stands alone and it isn’t essential to have read the other stories first because this author is fantastic at building each character’s profile one step at a time. A lot of times, I find books of a similar nature are on the short side and have a tendency to rush characterization. Not this book. Not this author. Scarlett took her time presenting and molding her characters and the book is such a good read because of it.

Both Dred and Pixie are complex characters with plenty of skeletons in the closet. I adored reading their love story. Especially, how they gradually grew closer to one another, and starting opening up and sharing their demons and the details of their past. By the end they were a very solid union with a promising future.

Family features quite heavily as a theme in this book, and how the notion of family can come in many guises. Pixie’s own family let her down and she has a surrogate family in the guys from Second Circle. They were so protective of her and it was lovely!

Dred’s own situation is far from ideal either and he still bears the scars from his dysfunctional childhood. His band members are his family and they all looked out for one another. Dred is a hard-core rocker with a hidden inner sweetness that comes to the fore when Petal enters the scene. Gosh, those scenes were so emotional, so beautiful! Imagine a badass tattooed rocker swooning over a baby, and more than that, doing everything in his power to ensure that baby has the best start in life and the prospect of a happy, healthy future. And it wasn’t just him – his bandmate brothers were equally as protective and caring – and I LOVED that aspect of this story. It really tugged on my heartstrings.

I did think the plot was quite predictable in parts and it’s not difficult to figure out who the antagonists are and what they are up to. It’s all building toward a confrontation at the end that felt a little rushed to me, and lacked punch as a result.

I also thought that Pixie’s sexual transformation was a little too quick for a girl with so much baggage.

The writing and pacing were great and I really enjoyed the worldbuilding. Love rocker romances and this one had the balance right between all key components.

Overall, this was a really great read and I look forward to reading more in the series in the future.

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

Excerpt:
Pyrotechnics went off all the way around the stage as the crowd screamed and cheered. He hugged each of the guys, then ran off the stage to pull Pixie from Harper and Drea. The break between the end of the act and the encore was approximately four minutes, and he had plans to use them wisely.
Pixie looked at him, her eyes wide in shock as he grabbed her hand.
“Quick,” he said to her, tugging her down the stage steps. There was no way he could make it back to his dressing room in time, so he hurried them along the black curtain that surrounded the stage into a darkened corner. He pushed her gently against the wall, trapping her in his arms.
“Watching you watch me, Pix . . . drove me crazy. You going to let me kiss you?” he begged. “Please.”
Pixie looked at him and put a hand against his cheek. “Yes.”
He slid both hands into her hair and pressed his mouth against hers. Energized from the performance, Dred struggled to rein in the need to kiss her fiercely. When he heard her groan, felt her lift up on her toes to loop her arms around his neck, he was done for. She was more than he’d dreamed of, and he’d dreamed a hell of a fucking lot. And yet none of his half-asleep fantasies could match the emotions currently blazing through him. Her tongue tentatively brushed against his so gently it was almost innocent. Well, as innocent as it could be when what he really wanted to do was take her against this black curtain.
It was fucking heaven.
He slid his hands down her body. Pixie giggled when he gripped her waist to pull her close. Ticklish. He’d have to remember that.
Not that he wanted to, but he needed to get back onstage. Fucking encore. He kissed her one more time, tasted the whiskey he’d given her earlier. The telltale thump of Lennon’s bass drum started to sound. He pulled back, willing his hard-on to take it down a notch before he got back onstage.
“That was quite the kiss,” Pixie said shyly.
He took her hand and led her back to the stage, positioning her right where she had been. It was impossible to resist kissing her again, and he grinned when Trent raised an eyebrow in his direction.
“Agreed. As beginnings go, Pix, it was pretty fucking epic,” he said with a wink, and walked back onto the stage to face the screaming fans.

Scarlett Cole PhotoAbout the Author:
Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015.
When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.
Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.
Rep’d by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, and published by St. Martin’s Press.
She’d love to hear from you on twitter @itsscarlettcole

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Blog Tour: The Debt by Tyler King

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Debt by Tyler King. I’ll share my review of this book, some teasers and an excerpt.

The DebtTitle: The Debt
Author: Tyler King
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: contemporary romance
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Blurb:
Hadley saved my life…and I ruined hers

Hadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets…except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words…

Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole—sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it.

I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs…it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.

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My Review:
The Debt is an exceptional debut by an author that is definitely on my “to watch” list. The writing was fantastic, the subject matter emotionally-heavy, the characterization complex and multi-layered, and the romance one you couldn’t help cheering for from the sidelines.

I LOVED that this was written entirely from the male POV, and I thought it was well executed. Josh has had a very traumatic childhood and he still bears significant scars. Hadley is the only other person on this planet who truly understands him because she experienced some of it with him. They came to rely on each other as little kids, and that hasn’t changed as they’ve grown into adulthood. Things have been far from plain sailing, and they are at a point in their lives and their relationship, that is definitely make-or-break time.

They love each other so much, but are afraid of hurting one another, so they hide a lot of their feelings behind their issues. At times, this was very heavy going. Both mains have deep-seated issues that go back to their dysfunctional childhood. I really liked that therapy formed a central part of this story, and I feel it was important to put that message out there. I also liked how the author didn’t gloss over what had happened to Josh. It was brutally painful to read, raw and heartwrenching, totally realistic and believable; superbly written.

Through therapy, the support of family and friends, and their love for one another they finally make progress and a future they never thought possible now seems within reach. I love my happy endings 🙂

I felt the pacing was off in parts of this story, and it became repetitive and dragged a little. I also didn’t like how abruptly it ended. But they are my only complaints, and the only reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review.

The subject matter meant it was a very intense read despite some great comedic scenes, fantastic banter, and plenty of scorching hot sexy times. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Both characters were complex and magnificently developed. The emotions were real and I felt everything they were experiencing. This isn’t an easy story to pull-off as a debut piece of work, but Tyler delivers with aplomb. She is definitely an author to follow, and I have no doubt she will have a successful writing career.

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

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Hours later, just after 8:00 a.m., I was still awake when the woman next to me stretched and reached for her phone on my nightstand. Propped up against my headboard, I watched the silhouette of a leggy blonde dressing at the foot of my bed. She shoved her tits into a push-up bra and wiggled her way into a tight black dress.
“It was fun,” she said. “See you around, MacKay.”
“Later.”
She tiptoed away with her shoes in her hand and closed the door behind her. I knew I shouldn’t have brought Kate home, but at the time I didn’t have the clarity of mind to do otherwise. Women had always been transient in my life. This one was no different.
I pried myself from the covers, then crossed the room and stood at the floor-length mirror beside my dresser to inspect the new ink peeking around the right side of my rib cage. The skin there was still tender and swollen, a result of six hours under the needles to continue the design that decorated my back. Bear was an artist with an implement of pain.
My eyes fell to the framed photo lying facedown on my dresser: a younger me in a tux, standing onstage with my adoptive parents beside a piano before my first sold-out concert. It was one of the happiest days of my life, and I couldn’t bear to look at it.
I was skinnier then, and lanky. Hadn’t yet grown into my body. Next to my pale, freckled parents, I stood out like one of those exotic adopted children of yuppie celebrity parents. Dark skin. Black hair. Green eyes. People told me I was “interesting” to look at, to gawk at. So little by little I covered all the pretty bare flesh in tattoos.
The first piece I ever had done was of a raven with its wings spread wide across my chest. The tips of each broken wing nailed down. I was seventeen then. After my first sitting, I came to understand why people said tattoos were addictive. I suppose I became a glutton for pain, because when Bear’s wife offered to put a hole in my lip, I let her stick a needle through my face. For shits and giggles. At twenty-one, I had two full sleeves. My dad only asked that I keep the modifications within reason. I was a bit fuzzy on that definition.
From the top dresser drawer, I grabbed a tube of antibacterial ointment and applied two fingers’ worth to the new tattoo. My stomach growled. It was empty and angry from last night. So I sifted through the field of laundry-pile bunkers scattered around my bedroom until I found a black shirt and dark jeans on the passable side of clean.
When I hit the landing at the bottom of the stairs, I felt a pair of knowing brown eyes watching me from the living room. Nothing good ever came from the morning-after ritual. Even so, I couldn’t help but glance at my roommate curled up on the leather couch with her laptop open and earbuds hidden under her long dark hair. She held seven fingers over her head. Hadley averted her gaze back to the computer screen rather than look for my reaction. Like she didn’t give a fuck.
“Don’t you have anything better to do than wait for the walk of shame?”
“Don’t you have an appointment to get your dick swabbed for STDs?”
“Fuck off.”
“Get bent.”
And so everything was par for the course on a Sunday morning. I held out my middle finger as I turned toward the kitchen. That was fun. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? I had yet to decipher her scoring system. Asking for clarification would only validate her participation in my sex life.
Neither of us enjoyed living together. My parents’ house in the middle of nowhere was too big for two people and not big enough for the both of us. Since my dad left to take a job in New York during our freshman year of college, every day was a special kind of torture. But Hadley needed me. And as much as I couldn’t stand being near her, I wouldn’t abandon her again.

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About the Author:
Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband.

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Blog Tour: Deception (Infidelity #3) by Aleatha Romig

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Deception (Infidelity #3) by Aleatha Romig! I’ll share my review of the book with you, some teasers and an excerpt.

BK3 Deception E-Book CoverTitle: Deception
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Dark Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule–one week only.

Or did it?

Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following it but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.

Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?

Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli’s pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.

Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series – It isn’t what you think!
(This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)

My Review:
Another spine-tingling read from the wonderfully-talented Aleatha Romig.

Book 3 in the series opens up exactly where we left off in Cunning. While Charli and Nox are trying to sort through their issues, others are attempting to manipulate them for personal gain. At times, it is difficult to identify who is playing who, but I love that aspect of this series! The intrigue ramps up a notch and we have the undercurrent of political wranglings mixed in with the Collins mafiosa-type family shenanigans and the downright nasty goings on in Montague Manor. Bryce and Alton are still up to no good and this time they drag someone else close to Charli into the frame. Alton is also seriously toying with Adelaide’s sanity, and I suspect I know exactly what he is doing (there will be no spoilers here!) Damn, it is seriously messed up.

I adored the flashbacks narrated from Oren and Adelaide’s perspectives. I love how the past and the present are colliding and what that seems to imply for our couple’s future. When the revelations come out, it is going to be explosive!!!

Nox and Charli are much more secure in their relationship and it was a joy to read. Nox is still a dirty, dirty boy, but it’s hard not to love him, especially when he finally opens up and exposes his vulnerability. The romance is sweet and steamy in equal measure. Adore this couple!

Charli has really come into her own now, and she is feistier, more resilient, and more vocal in defense of her needs and goals. I’m really enjoying her progression as a character.

The writing is fantastic and I really enjoy Aleatha’s writing style. The pacing was a little off in the first third of the book, and it was starting to lose my attention. Thankfully, things really picked up then, and it became almost impossible to sit it down.

I’m not a big fan of how this book ended. Not that I’m complaining about the cliffhanger, because I’m not – I’ve come to expect that from Aleatha -but I was unhappy with Charli’s behavior. It felt inconsistent with her stronger persona. I would have preferred a different reaction to demonstrate how much she had changed.

Overall, though, this was a superb read, and I can’t wait to continue this series. I’m grateful that Aleatha is writing this series so quickly so that we don’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next. I would highly recommend this series to fans of well-written romantic suspense with emotionally complex characterization and tons of mystery and intrigue.

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

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Gripping the phone, I nodded, though I knew he couldn’t see me.
“If I were there, I’d unwrap you, like a fucking Christmas present. Each piece of your clothing would find its way to the floor as I exposed your perfect, sexy-as-hell body. I’d run my fingers and tongue over every inch of that soft skin, tasting you and leaving goose bumps as a trail of my exploration.”
My eyes closed as his words touched me.
“Princess, I’d punish your ass for your insolence in pushing to go back to the city tomorrow and for scaring the shit out of me by not answering your phone. Then after I turned it fire-engine red, I’d make it feel better, showing you how much I admire your strength and determination.”
My neck strained as I sucked in a breath, lifting my behind from the mattress and imagined all he described.
“I’m not there,” Nox continued, “but I’m going to take what I can get. Do you have a problem with that?”
“N-no.” My voice sounded wonton, even to my own ears.
“Now, princess, tell me what you’re wearing.”
I hurriedly kicked back the covers, revealing my yoga pants and stocking-covered feet. “A big t-shirt, yoga pants, socks…”
“Stop.”
I sucked my lower lip between my teeth, waiting for his next command.
“Tell me what I want you to be wearing.”
“Nox?”
“Is the bedroom door locked?” he asked.
“I-I don’t remember.”
“Lock the door, Charli.”
Without thinking, my feet, covered with fuzzy socks, landed on the soft rug that surrounded the big bed. My socks slid as I skated across the wood floor, no longer worried about ghosts or Demetri secrets.
My thoughts were now consumed with everything Nox.
I tested the knob. As I did, it clicked and the small button within the knob popped out. I pushed the button back in and verbally confirmed my mission. “The door’s locked.”
“Are the blinds shut?”
I turned toward the windows. Was it still raining? I couldn’t hear anything but the way Nox’s voice reverberated through the phone, sending shockwaves throughout my body, my blood coursing to keep up. “They’re shut.”
“Keep the lights on.”
My hand lingered over the switch. Would he know if I disobeyed?
“Tell me they’re on.”
With a sigh, I did as he said and moved my hand away from the switch. “They’re still on.”
“Now, put me on speaker phone. I want you to fix the attire problem we mentioned earlier.”
My lower lip disappeared as I hit the speaker button and laid my phone on the bed.
“Charli, you need to respond to me. I can only hear you.”
“Yes, Nox.”

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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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Cover reveal: The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle

Today is the cover reveal for The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Summer of Lost WishesThe Summer of Lost Wishes
by Jessa Gabrielle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: June 13, 2016

Blurb:
When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport’s mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands, Piper doesn’t care much for the view…until she catches a glimpse at Rooks Carter.

Her mom’s “look but don’t touch” policy regarding the boy next door is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he’s helping his dad restore Piper’s new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes this boring little town a bit more exciting.

But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history – unless someone unravels them first.

You can find The Summer of Lost Wishes on Goodreads

About the Author:
Jessa Gabrielle is a young adult author who lives in the land of salt water, palm trees, and sandy shorelines. She believes that summer love is pure bliss and that she was a mermaid in a past life. Her debut, The Summer of Lost Wishes, will be out in June 2016.

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Blog Tour: His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn. I share an excerpt of the book, some teasers and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

Title: His Undercover Princess
Author: Avery Flynn
Series: Tempt Me #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Stylist Elle Olsen lives in fear of someone discovering her secret identity as Princess Eloise. But the men who killed her entire family in a bloody coup have done just that and now they’re coming for her. All Elle wants is to disappear into anonymity again, but the panty-melting billionaire who kidnaps her isn’t about to let that happen.

On the society pages, smoking hot financier Dominick Rasmussen is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. As a secret resistance fighter, his one goal is to get Princess Eloise on the throne and restore the monarchy. The biggest problem? His stubborn and sexy undercover princess has no interest in ever wearing a tiara again.

Their goals couldn’t be more opposed, but neither Dom nor Elle can deny the attraction bringing them closer together. As the stakes rise and danger increases, they are forced to choose between love and country…

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“Dom—”
The rest of the sentence was smothered by the white cotton cloth he held in his free hand and forced against her nose and mouth. Shock froze Elle to the spot. She couldn’t blink. She couldn’t breathe. All she could do was feel the banging of her heart as panic sent it into overdrive. The people who killed her family had found her.
“This is for your own good,” he said as he looked down at her. “I couldn’t take the chance you’d fight me, and there isn’t time to explain.”
Too damn bad for him, because her fight-or-flight response zinged into action. Whatever was in the cloth, she didn’t want to breathe it in. Adrenaline clawed at her, demanding life-giving oxygen, but she refused to give in. They might have murdered everyone she loved and sent her into hiding, but she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She grabbed his arms, yanking and stabbing her nails into the sliver of his wrists not covered by his shirt. He didn’t flinch.
Dom kept his cold gaze on her, a icy determination making them even bluer somehow. “Just relax and breathe.”
Fat fucking chance. Holding on to his forearms for leverage, she slammed her knee upward, aiming for his most vulnerable spot. He deflected the move with an ease of a natural athlete or a man trained to do whatever it took to force the world to do his bidding.
She fought against him, kicking and hitting, but he kept the cloth pressed against her nose and mouth. Her lungs burned with the effort not to breathe as she struggled in his iron grasp, but it didn’t do her any good. Blackness ate around the edges of her vision, the lack of oxygen taking its toll. She didn’t have long before she’d pass out, with or without the help of whatever chemical was in the cloth.
Ten years. She’d made it a decade without anyone finding her, without her secret coming out. Foolishly, she’d thought she was finally safe. Now she’d pay the price for a crown she’d never worn and a kingdom she’d never ruled. Dom pulled her close to his hard chest so she wouldn’t fall to the cold marble floor, holding her tight but without cruelty. No doubt that would come later.
“Everything is going to be okay, Princess Eloise,” he whispered against her ear. “I promise.”
But it wouldn’t. She knew better than to ever trust a man who promised happy endings in the middle of a kidnapping.

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AveryFlynnAbout the Author:
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Cover Reveal: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ella's Twisted Senior YearElla’s Twisted Senior Year
By Amy Sparling
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 31, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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