Review: Legacy (The Four Horsemen #1) by L.J. Swallow

Title: Legacy
Author: L.J. Swallow
Series: The Four Horsemen #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What’s worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen?
Discovering you’re the Fifth.

Verity Jameson’s day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can’t kill Death.

Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he’s looking for her.

The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.

Now they’ve found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.

A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.

So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?

The Four Horsemen: Legacy is the first novella in an exciting new paranormal REVERSE HAREM series f rom USA Today bestselling author, LJ Swallow.

My Review:
I’ve been on a reverse harem binge lately, and I have to say, this book really hit all the right points for me. Loved the fast pacing, great writing, hot guys, interesting world building, intriguing plot, and the refreshing take on The Four Horseman legend.

A fantastic start to a great new series.

Cover Reveal: Dare to Breathe by S.B. Alexander


Today is the cover reveal for Dare to Breathe by S.B. Alexander! I really like this series and can’t wait to read this book!

Title: Dare to Breathe
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: Maxwell #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Eternal love is worth waiting for.

Since Lacey Robinson trekked off to college four years ago, Kade Maxwell has worried non-stop that her blackouts and panic attacks would destroy her independence. But with her graduation on the horizon, he begins to relax, knowing she’ll soon be back in his arms. He’s excited to do the one thing he’s been longing to do—propose. But when he surprises her the day before graduation, he may be walking away instead.

Lacey was practically born with a baseball in one hand and a mitt on the other. The only time she hasn’t played was after the death of her mom and sister. The uphill climb to get back to pitching was painful, and if it weren’t for Kade, she might not have made it. Now, a major league team is interested in her, but she knows that her sexy bad boy wants to get married.

Fate is throwing curveballs at Kade and Lacey. Will they be brave enough to swing for love’s homerun?

This is the final installment of Kade and Lacey’s story. It’s highly recommended that Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream be read before reading Dare to Breathe.

Intended for audiences 18+ Strong language and sexual content.

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S.B. AlexanderAbout the Author:
S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read.

Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.

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Release Day Inseparable


Today is the release day for Inseparable and I’m so excited to be finally able to share this book with you all! I first had the idea for this story in January 2017, but I was already committed to writing the Kennedy Boys series, so it was Autumn 2017 before I could find the time to sit down and write it. Because the story had been fermenting in my head, pretty much all year, the words literally poured straight from my soul. This is my darkest, grittiest read to date, and there are some heavy topics explored, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Most of the early reviewers have commented on how much of a tearjerker it was, and how emotional they became while reading, so don’t say you haven’t been warned! All my books are special to me, in different ways, but I’m exceptionally proud of this book and I really hope you enjoy reading it, and that it makes you stop and think long after you’ve turned the last page. Enjoy 🙂

For a limited time, Inseparable, is only 0.99! The price will then increase to $3.99/£2.99 so don’t miss out, snag your copy today! You can purchase an e-book or a paperback copy on Amazon. This title is also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Keep reading for details of how you can participate in the special release day events and giveaways which are ongoing at the moment.

Blurb:
A gritty, angsty, friends-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis.

A childhood promise. An unbreakable bond. One tragic event that shatters everything.

It all started with the boys next door…

Devin and Ayden were my best friends. We were practically joined at the hip since age two. When we were kids, we thought we were invincible, inseparable, that nothing or no one could come between us.

But we were wrong.

Everything turned to crap our senior year of high school.

Devin was turning into a clone of his deadbeat lowlife father—fighting, getting wasted, and screwing his way through every girl in town. I’d been hiding a secret crush on him for years. Afraid to tell him how I felt in case I ruined everything. So, I kept quiet and slowly watched him self-destruct with a constant ache in my heart.

Where Devin was all brooding darkness, Ayden was the shining light. Our star quarterback with the bright future whom everyone loved. But something wasn’t right. He was so guarded, and he wouldn’t let me in.

When Devin publicly shamed me, Ayden took my side, and our awesome-threesome bond was severed. The split was devastating. The heartbreak inevitable.

Ayden and I moved on with our lives, but the pain never lessened, and Devin was never far from our thoughts.

Until it all came to a head in college, and one eventful night changed everything.

Now, I’ve lost the two people who matter more to me than life itself. Nothing will ever be the same again.

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I’m gifting a signed paperback of Inseparable via Goodreads. You can enter the giveaway here. It’s FREE to enter, and open internationally.

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And at 6 p.m. EST/11 p.m. GMT, I will be in the Social Butterfly Party Room on Facebook, for the official Inseparable Release Day Party. Join the group here and then set your alarm to join the fun from 6 p.m.! I will be live for fifteen minutes and then a slew of my author friends will be helping me celebrate my new release. Fun and prizes galore!

Review: Seduction (Curse of the Gods #3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Title: Seduction
Author: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Series: Curse of the Gods #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Willa Knight: Dweller? Sol? Accidental evolutionary hiccup?

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore.
The rules are changing.
The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans.
Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive.
Because someone wants her dead.

But, really, what else is new?

My Review:
Awesome. Every book in this series is getting better and better. The relationship is really hotting up with the guys now which I love (that waterfall scene was EPIC) and the plot is getting more complex and involved. Can’t wait for the next installment. Another fantastic read.

Review: Dare to Live (Maxwell #5) by S.B. Alexander

Title: Dare to Live
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: Maxwell #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.
As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

Dare to Live can be read as a stand alone. Intended for adult audiences.

My Review:
Dare to Live is the fifth book in S.B. Alexander’s amazing Maxwell brothers series, and a book I was highly anticipating because Kody so needed his HEA!

Kody has featured as a side character in previous novels and he is the last of the triplets to tell his story. My heart was already broken for him, but even more so at the start of this novel at a very poignant scene in a graveyard. Mandy’s death broke Kody, and six years later he is still struggling to get through each day. Until a certain feisty motorcycle-loving nurse crosses his path.

Kody and Jessie are pretty much smitten with one another when they first meet, but the timing isn’t exactly right. Jessie has just received some devastating news and thoughts of guys should be at the back of her mind, but she can’t forget the intense, handsome man or his cute niece.

This story has its fair share of angst and it will definitely tug your heartstrings. The irony of their pairing would be laughable, it it wasn’t so sad, but it added a layer of authenticity to the story. I was rooting for this couple from the very start.

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and ultimately uplifting, Dare to Live is an emotional read which packs a powerful punch. I loved it! The underlying message is one of letting go of the past, conquering your fears, and learning to live in the moment. Highly recommended as are all the previous novels in this series.

I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary advance copy of this book but all the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Wicked Choice (The Wicked Horse Vegas #4) by Sawyer Bennett


Today I am reviewing Wicked Choice (The Wicked Horse Vegas #4) by Sawyer Bennett! Please read on for my review and some teaser images.

Title: Wicked Choice
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: The Wicked Horse Vegas #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Rachel Hart and Bodie Wright are nothing more than teammates. As mercenaries for hire with the elite Jameson Group, they have each other’s backs in the most dangerous of circumstances. But after a mission gone deadly wrong, Rachel does something she’s never done before. She crosses the professional line and takes comfort in Bodie’s arms.

One night of passion turns their lives upside down with a pregnancy neither of them expected, and one that Rachel was too terrified to ever want. Bodie, however, is a family man through and through, and he’s determined to raise their child alone if necessary.

The only common thread Rachel and Bodie have is their membership at The Wicked Horse, a sex club that lets them both fulfill their dirtiest fantasies with each other. As they become more intimately entwined, the strong, steady man with a heart of gold makes Rachel question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. Their wicked nights together make them so much more than teammates and Rachel is about to discover the choices she thought were the most difficult are actually the easiest ones to make.

My Review:
This is the fourth book in Sawyer Bennett’s amazing Wicked Horse Vegas series and it’s another triumph. While it is different to the other books in this series, and it’s not easy to compare, I think this may be my favorite one yet.

I love that this is a bridge book to a new series and I am so excited for it! I hope I can contain myself until it releases in 2019. I was wondering why we hadn’t gotten a book for Kynan earlier on, and now I know why! I hope the first book is either about him or Cage as they are my favorite of the secondary characters from this book.

Anyway, onto Wicked Choice. I loved everything about it. I loved the character development. ADORED Bodie. I mean, my God, what a man. I especially loved the modern taken on the pregnancy situation and it was great to delve into both perspectives. Bodie was willing to sacrifice a job he enjoyed for his child and that just made my heart swoon and my ovaries melt. Seriously, could that man get any hotter?! And I had sympathy for Rachel. She should be allowed to make that choice without anyone castigating her for it, but her anguish was real.

I loved the backdrop of the Jameson Group and the missions they were sent on. While it didn’t occupy a huge part of the book, I thought the mix was perfect.

The romance was really well written, and, with all the books in this series, Sawyer manages to achieve complexity in her characterization and substance in her plot, so it’s not just about all the sexy times, which is something I really appreciate. I know when I dive into one of her books that I’m going to get a decent story with realistic characters as well as all the scorching hot chemistry.

There isn’t a single thing I would fault about this book. Loved it, and I can’t wait for the next instalment, and the new spin-off series.

In summary, Wicked Choice is a sexy, sweet romance that ticked all the boxes. An absolutely superb read, and one I’m happy to recommend.

Thank you very much to the author and her assistant for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Review: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling

Title: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year
Author: Amy Sparling
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

My Review:
A decent read. Well written with plenty of witty banter and swoon-worthy romantic moments. The plot isn’t hugely original but it’s well executed. Loved Ethan’s shirt-making entrepreneurship – a nice quirky touch. Recommended.

Inseparable Trailer Reveal

Today is the official reveal of the book trailer for Inseparable, my impending new adult standalone contemporary romance release. Massive thanks to Book Candy Studios for nailing the concept and creating a trailer I’m totally in LOVE with! Hope you enjoy.

PREORDER INSEPARABLE NOW

Inseparable is now available to pre-order from Amazon for a massively discounted 99c price. The price will be increasing to $3.99 shortly after release so don’t miss out and pre-order your copy today! This title will also be enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program upon release.

Review: Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ fantasy
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Blurb:
Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review:
Brave is the third and final (I think) installment in Jennifer’s Wicked Saga and it was a very fitting ending. I loved the first book in the series, but was a tad disappointed in Torn so I was a little apprehensive starting Brave, but I needn’t have worried. Jennifer isn’t one of my all-time fave authors for nothing.

Ivy isn’t in a great place when we catch up to her, not surprising after the ordeal she suffered at Prince Drake’s hand in the last book. Ren is amazingly patient with her, even if I wanted him to push her a little more to open up. When she finally let him in, it was great to see them gel again as a couple and they presented a united front from that point on, and I loved it! They are so perfect together and the romance was gorgeous and spot on.

Tink is fantabulous again, and his interactions with Prince Fabian were so funny! Don’t even get me started on the trunk full of trolls; I laughed so hard at that scene.

Brave had plenty of the action which I felt was missing from Torn and it was a seamless blend of action-adventure, romance, mystery, and fae politics.

Is it just me or was it left quite open-ended? Don’t get me wrong, we have closure for Ivy and Ren and a potential happy future, but the story of the evil Queen, the crystal, and the portals between realms isn’t resolved indefinitely. I wonder if Jennifer plans to write a spin-off at some point?

Anyway, while this series isn’t at the top of my list of favorite JLA series, it’s still an entertaining read, with great characters, witty banter, swoony romance, and decent world building.

Overall, Brave is a solid conclusion to the Wicked Saga. Fans of this series, and this author, won’t be disapponted.

I received an ARC from the author (thank you so much, Jennifer) and I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Excerpt: Dare to Live (Maxwell #5) by S.B. Alexander


Today I am sharing an excerpt with you from Dare to Live (Maxwell #5) by S.B. Alexander! There also is some information about the book and some teaser images!

Title: Dare to Live
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: Maxwell #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.
As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

Dare to Live can be read as a stand alone. Intended for adult audiences.

Dare to Live by S.B. Alexander – Excerpt:

Kody Maxwell

My phone rang, startling both of us. Mrs. Shear let go of me as I fumbled for my phone in the pocket of my jeans. By the time I plucked it out, the ringing had stopped.
“I should call my dad back.” My dad hardly called when he was working unless he needed something. Maybe he wanted me to bring him lunch. I could go for something to eat. “It was great to see you.” I hiked my guitar over my shoulder.
Mrs. Shear gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. “Take care of yourself.”
Nodding, I hoofed it back to my truck, tapping my dad’s name on my phone. “What’s up?”
“I need you to get to the hospital.” His voice was sharp, but shaky. “I had to take your mother to the emergency room, and someone needs to sit with Raven.”
My hunger pangs turned to nausea as my heart stopped. “Is Mom okay? What happened?” The cemetery narrowed to a pinpoint.
“I’ll explain when you get here.” The phone went dead.
My dad was always the calm one in the family unless the situation involved my mom. I didn’t blame him. My brothers and I were the same when it came to our mom. She’d been so fragile after Karen had died, and rightfully so. She’d been the one to find her daughter dead on the garage floor.
My guitar bounced on my back as I sprinted the rest of the way to my truck. My mind scrambled, while my insides felt as if someone had taken a knife and carved a hole in my gut.
In a flash, I was driving through the streets of Ashford. Thankfully, the neighborhoods were quiet as I tried not to speed through stop signs. Within ten minutes, I was plowing through the emergency room doors like a bulldozer on steroids, trying to regulate my breathing, which was erratic—and not from running.
The minute I was inside, the scent of cleaning fluid knocked me back a step as I searched the room full of waiting patients. A little boy cried on his mother’s lap. Two people waited in line at the information counter. Doctors sped by with nurses at their sides.

About the Author:
S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read.

Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.

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