Blog Tour: Chasing Power (The Realm’s Salvation #3) by Constance Phillips

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Chasing Power (The Realm’s Salvation #3) by Constance Phillips. There’s a tour wide giveaway. The book is on sale for only 1.99$ for a limited time.

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Author: Constance Phillips
Series: The Realm’s Salvation #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
For Keiran Saysin, protecting the fairy population from humans is more than a job. It is passion and his duty to the realm. Since Eero’s revolution failed—and the discovery of fairy power lying dormant in some of the human population, that job hasn’t been easy. Now that his sister and her husband are welcoming a set of twins, old enemies have come out of hiding, hoping the children will a serve as a key to reclaiming what has been stripped from them.

Enter Annie Valentine, the genetic researcher Daniel’s mother has employed. Keiran knows the smart thing to do is cast a spell and push the human away, but something about the way she stands toe to toe and eye to eye has him forgetting that getting involved with a human could cost him everything he values, including his power.

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Constance PhillipsAbout the Author:
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels.

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Surprise Announcement from Aleatha Romig

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Today there is a Surprise Announcement from author Aleatha Romig! For the FIRST TIME EVER – All FIVE Consequences novels are together in one set! And this box set is on sale for only 0.99$ for a limited time!

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Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #1-5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author took the world by storm with Anthony Rawlings, Claire Nichols, and her acclaimed Consequences Series.

It has been branded “as a genre of its own” with “masterful storytelling that will keep you biting your nails and furiously flipping the pages to finally get to the emotional, jaw-dropping conclusion.”

This box set includes the following five full-length novels:

CONSEQUENCES: Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar mansion and discovers that she’s at the mercy of billionaire Anthony Rawlings. To the rest of the world he’s charismatic and generous. It doesn’t take Claire long to learn that something more sinister lies beneath his polished facade. As time passes, Claire survives, and her strength penetrates Tony’s veneer, igniting passion where only fear had existed. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the question becomes clear…Is anything as it appears?

TRUTH: After enduring Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta, Claire is faced with the consequences of her new freedom. With the help of old and new friends, she strategizes to rebuild her life and learn the truth of the past. Secrets are revealed, true foes are exposed, and Tony admits his true feelings. Claire must decide who she believes—who is telling the TRUTH?

CONVICTED: Facing her oldest fear, Claire learns the true meaning of isolation. Who can rescue her from this nightmare? Tony? Harry? Phil? Or perhaps a more unlikely savior? Will it happen in time, or will the consequences of the revealed truths be more than she or anyone can handle? As the cards are played, who will win the game?

REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS The complete showing of the missing years as told by Tony, Phil, Harry, John, and Brent. Experience Tony’s consequences for his role in the past.This is NOT a companion, but a full length novel.

BEYOND THE CONSEQUENCES: The consequences have been paid, dearly by some. Enjoy a look into the future of the Rawlings world.

**This box set is a significant savings over buying Consequences, Truth, Convicted, Revealed, and Beyond the Consequences individually.

***The Behind His Eyes Companions are not included in the box set. It contains the FIVE full length novels. Enjoy the Consequences!

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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 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 standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series.
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: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and FuryTitle: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: fantasy/ fairytale retelling/ romance
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Blurb:
The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:
Wow. Just wow. Sheer Genius. Loved every minute of every page. I cannot believe I have to wait a YEAR to read the next one. Feel like dying because I need it NOW!

This was – hands down – the best read of 2016 so far for me. I seriously ADORE Sarah’s writing and the amazing worlds and characters she creates. The second installment in this series was even better than the first. It hooked me from the first word to the last word and I could’ve cried when I finished it. Even though it’s a decent length, I was greedy for more. More Feyre. And definitely more Rhys. OMG. Love Rhys so much. I liked him in the last book, even though he seemed cruel it was obvious he was trying to protect her. In this book, we find out why and how and I seriously wanted to project myself into this book and jump his bones. I thought I would spontaneously combust if they didn’t get it on and it took until 78% for them to share their true feelings and commit to a relationship; boy was it worth the wait. (Still fanning myself!)

This had everything I adore in a read and I just cannot get enough of this series or this author.

Amazing. Go read this series now!

A word of caution – this is New Adult and not suitable for young teens.

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and RosesTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ fairytale retelling/ Romance
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Blurb:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this USA Today and #2 New York Times bestselling first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down, and features a teaser for the next book!

My Review:
Wow. What a fantastic read. Though it was a little slow at the start, I soon became completely immersed in this elaborate, addictive world that Sarah created. Loved Feyre and she is everything you could ask for in a lead character. Tamlin – swoon. Rhysand – bad boy swoon. Loved the romance. Great dialogue and lots of witty banter. Adored all the fantastical elements and the world-building was superb.
The second half of this book was explosive and so gripping – it was difficult to sit it down. One of the things I love most about this author is the fact that she writes books that are a decent length, so we get more story for our money which is awesome. I picked this up for 99p which was superb value. I’ve already ordered the next book and can’t wait until May to see where she takes the story next.

Review: Fallen Crest High #1-4 by Tijan

Today I’d like to talk about my new series addiction – Fallen Crest High from Tijan. I’ve been hearing about this series and this author for years as my lovely sister-in-law Sinead is a huge fan. I have a massive amount of ARCs and books I’ve received from publishers, authors, and publicists to read, and often it’s difficult to find time to read books or series that I’m longing to read (I realize how crazy that sounds!) Anyway, I was in an indulgent mood, so I started book one and I’m up to book five now and I’m totally addicted to this series. It’s so good and each book just gets better and better. I thought I’d share my reviews with you for the series up to this point, and I’ll continue to post reviews on an individual basis for the other books as I read them. If you decide to pick this series up, then I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying it.

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Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High #1) by Tijan

Fallen Crest HighTitle: Fallen Crest High
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

My Review:
My sister-in-law is a massive fan of Tijan and she is constantly recommending her books to me. I’ve had Fallen Crest High on my Kindle for well over a year (along with tons of others I’m ashamed to admit. I have obsessive compulsive trigger finger when it comes to freebies, NG requests, and signing up for ARCs) and the only reason I decided to read this now is that I have such a bad book hangover after Broken Prince by Erin Watt that I had to find something else similar to read.

I totally get the hype now. While I did have some issues with this book that stopped me from rating it a 5-star read, it was full of teen angst and drama and I lapped it all right up. I love our MC -Sam is a strong character who does her best with the shitty hand of cards she’s been dealt. She is a no-bullshit speaker and she doesn’t really care about what others think. However, that is mainly because she is so emotionally detached and numb. As a coping mechanism, she blanks out a lot of stuff instead of facing up to it. There were a few moments she broke down but I can tell she’s in for one hell of an emotional journey as the series progresses.

Logan and Mason were the bomb. Total assholes on occasions but they are kinda lost and not bad guys underneath the surface.

I love the romance and sex scenes between our couple and I’m totally shipping them.

The writing was quite amateurish at times (especially in the first half) and the book needs more thorough editing. I also felt some actions and reactions came out of nowhere and some scenes lacked emotional complexity. But the plot is superb and it is teen soap opera at it’s best. By the end I was so immersed in the world and the characters I had to consciously pull myself back into the realm of the living.

Always the sign of a great read.

I’m invested, Sinead! I’m totally sucked in now! Pity I can’t jump straight into the next book (have to tackle some ARCs) but I do look forward to continuing this series soon.

Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2) by Tijan

Fallen Crest familyTitle: Fallen Crest Family
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #2
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

My Review:
The writing and editing were more polished in this book than book one, however, the overall plot wasn’t as good. It was very repetitive in parts and I felt like it dragged a lot – meandering without any real purpose. It was still very entertaining and I’m invested in continuing the series.

As I predicted in my review of book one, Sam is struggling to hold things together in this book as the impact of everything finally hits her. It was difficult to read at times but that is testament to the great characterization. Mason is her rock and I loved him in this book even if he was still a bit mysterious and moody.

Logan is clearly floundering and I wonder what’s in store for him in the future.

Her mother is a total nut job and their father is a complete pansy. How he could sacrifice his kid’s welfare over that psycho is beyond me.

In summary, this was a decent follow up even if the plot let it down in parts.

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest High #3) by Tijan

Fallen Crest PublicTitle: Fallen Crest Public
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #3
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sam’s first day at Fallen Crest Public doesn’t go well. Some girls want to be her. Some girls want to destroy her. And some just don’t like her. All in all, despite being protected by Mason and Logan, it’s still only the strong survive. Sam will not only have to survive, she needs to learn how to conquer too, but there’s another battle growing. Things are about to come to a disastrous end between the towns, Roussou and Fallen Crest. Sam’s other main dilemma? Keeping Mason and Logan from getting arrested or hospitalized.

My Review:
Best book of the series so far. Damn those bitches are mean, but I love how Sam wanted to try and handle them on her own and how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to them. Logan and Mason were awesome and so protective. The way in which Mason planned to put an end to Kate once and for all gave me chills all over. Even though it was the early hours of the morning there was no way I was putting my Kindle down until I read through those scenes. Explosive. But what I loved most about this installment was how Sam stood head and shoulders above them all at the end – in the way she handled the situation at Quickies. She showed she was the better person. I still don’t like how Mason and Sam are keeping things from one another under the guise of protectiveness. At this stage of their relationship, they should have progressed beyond that. But overall, it was a really gripping read and I’m completely immersed in this world now. Onto the next one 🙂

Actual rating 4.5 stars

Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High #4) by Tijan

Fallen Fourth DownTitle: Fallen Fourth Down
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My mother tried to destroy me. She doesn’t exist to me anymore and my father, the one who raised me and the biological one, are both works in progress. The only two people that I can trust are Mason and Logan, and they’re the two people who I could lose. It won’t happen. I won’t let it. No matter the truth, no matter who loves me, I won’t let anything or anyone come between us.
They’re my world. They’re my life.
They’re my family.

My Review:
Each book in this series just gets better and better. This might have been my favorite instalment yet. Loved it. Loved Mase. The end scenes were very dramatic, emotional, and explosive. Glad Sam has finally wised up and decided she needs to be the one supporting Mason because she was leaning on him way too much. He needs someone looking out for him too. The chemistry between these two is some of the best I’ve ever read – they are seriously smokin’ hot together and it reads so well.

I feel for Logan – he’s a little lost puppy. Hope he finds a girl who’s his equal because he deserves to be happy. Sometimes his OTT banter irritated me and I hope he grows up a little when he reaches Cain U.

Stuff is about to get real in the next one with all this Marissa and Seb-ass-tian drama. Can’t wait!

I really don’t want this series to end; I’m enjoying it far too much.

Blog Tour: Fool Me Once (Foolproof Love #2) by Katee Robert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Fool Me Once (Foolproof Love #2) by Katee Robert. This was a fantastic read and I’ll share my review for this book with you today! And there’s an excerpt and some teasers from the book!

FMO_1600Title: Fool Me Once
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous.

Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…

But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.

Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.

He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.

Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.

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My Review:
A sizzling-hot read that will leave you begging for more.

This is the second KR book I have read, and I enjoyed this one as much as the first. She is definitely being added to my list of favorite authors as I really enjoy her writing style. This book had everything I love in a romantic novel – in spades. Superb writing and pacing, complex multi-layered characters, strong plot, scorching sexy times, and a total snark-fest. What is not to love?

I can see how some readers might react negatively to Aubry, as she doesn’t come across as a likable character at first. But you need to peel back the layers to understand her character. I enjoyed her immensely and really appreciated how refreshingly different she was as a lead female. She snaps, barks, and spits, but it’s all a defensive mechanism, one she has carefully cultivated over the years. She doesn’t let people in because of her dysfunctional upbringing, and she is crippled with anxiety which means she doesn’t form bonds easily.

Quinn has always pushed her buttons and though they tell each other they don’t like one another, it becomes apparent that an underlying attraction has been bubbling away under the surface for the last year. Fate decides to throw them together and it doesn’t take long for them to end up in bed. The chemistry between our couple was phenomenal and the journey from enemies to lovers to soulmates completely credible.

Quinn is a completely swoon-worthy male lead who is the real deal. His nurturing nature is showcased through his confident support of both Aubry and Jenny as they battle bouts of anxiety. As someone who has dealt with anxiety in the past, I appreciated how well this was written. Sympathetically with bursts of humor. It was raw and real and helped me personally connect to the material.

The witty banter between our couple was hilarious, and I found myself laughing non-stop.

My only complaint is that the last couple of chapters felt rushed, and I also wished it was longer, as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Quinn or Aubrey. I really want to read Adam and Jules book and I can’t wait until Hope and Daniel’s book is released. I’m definitely hooked on this series.

All in all, this was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it.

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

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She pinched the bridge of her nose. “If I say you’re right, am I ever going to live it down?”
He didn’t answer, and she opened her eyes. Their reflection was slightly distorted in the passenger window, but even she could see he had a seriously tense look on his face. She belatedly realized that they were pressed together, her back to his front, and that he was…
Oh my God. She couldn’t resist leaning back into him, just a little. Yep, that’s not a micro penis. A shiver worked its way through her, leaving goose bumps in its wake, and her nipples perked right up, showing through the thin fabric of her T-shirt. There was no way he didn’t feel her reaction, not with his arm creating a band across her ribs, his forearm against the underside of her breasts.
Even as she noticed, he started to release her, his hand sliding over her stomach, but he stopped when he hit her hip, his pinkie finger dipping below the waistband of her shorts, just a little. It wasn’t anywhere near anything vital, but that little intrusion made her moan all the same.
“Fuck.” The word was barely audible, but she felt it in the way his body tensed behind her.
She shivered again, torn between telling him to back off and getting the top button of her jeans all undone for him. If she didn’t make a decision—and fast—he was going to back off again. It was written all over the tension she could feel emanating from his body.
Aubry started to reach for his hand, still undecided on whether she wanted to encourage or threaten him, but he moved, bending down to brace one hand on the truck in front of them, the other still on her hip. The move brought his mouth against her ear, and his harsh exhale made her shake.
She arched against him. She couldn’t help it. Her body took over, a primal part of her knowing he could give her all the pleasure she could handle, and was only too happy to extend an invitation by rubbing her ass against his hard length.
His grip on her hip tightened, but he didn’t try to stop her. “You’re playing a dangerous game.”
She knew. They had to stop for so many reasons, the least of which was that they were on the side of a freaking highway and it was only a matter of time before a car drove past.
But she didn’t want to stop.

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Katee_Robert_authorAbout the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Blog Tour: Hitched (Imperfect Love #3) by Kendall Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

This is the third and final volume in the story.

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

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Pre-order blitz: The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos #4) by Scarlett Cole

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Today is my stop during the pre-order blitz for The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos #4) by Scarlett Cole

The darkest LinkTitle: The Darkest Link
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #4
Genres: Romance
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Blurb:
When her car breaks down off the side of a lonely highway far from her sunny Miami home, tattoo artist Lia never expected her very own white knight to ride up on the back of a barely street-legal motorcycle…and she never expected to fall for her dark savior. After a string of failed relationships and a bruised heart, Lia is not looking for forever, and the hot mechanic, with his sexy scruff and shaggy hair, is simply impossible to resist and the perfect candidate for mind-blowingly-perfect, no-strings-attached one night stand.

Reid left his life in Chicago far behind him and hasn’t been back, but he’s never been able to escape the guilt he feels about his own painful role in inviting a monster into his baby sister’s life. A monster who almost destroyed her. Being with Lia is an unexpected gift, one he doesn’t feel he deserves, and their one night together has him wanting more than he should. Especially since she doesn’t know the truth about his past. However, when he finds Lia’s bracelet in his bed, he has the perfect excuse to drive down and surprise her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami. He’s in for an even bigger shock – and a fist to the face – when his past and present collide in the humid Miami weather when he runs into the last person he’d ever expect to see in a tattoo studio: Harper, the sister he betrayed, and the last link to his former life.

Excerpt:
Lia opened the door to her condo and let Reid inside. He’d followed her home on his bike, so they’d been unable to talk, but he’d said nothing once they’d parked in the underground garage.
“Holy shit, Lia,” he said, looking out toward the water. “That’s some view.”
She dropped her keys on the side table, and placed her purse next to them. Sharing details about her wealth only seemed to cause problems. There had been at least two boyfriends who stuck around longer than they really wanted to because of her funds. So she’d never thought to prepare Kenny for the reality of her life, nor had there been opportunity.
Lia walked over to the balcony doors and opened them wide. “Want to go outside for a while? I’ll get us some drinks.”
Reid dragged his hand along his jaw. “I don’t know what I want. My head feels like a car that hasn’t ever had an oil change. Overheated, poorly performing, and full of crap.” The smile he gave her was filled with sadness.
She squeezed his hand and headed to the kitchen. She grabbed a couple of beers from the fridge. Kenny was leaning against the balcony, staring out into the distance. The deep blue rippling waters of Biscayne Bay had soothed her frayed mind on many occasions. She only hoped it was having the same effect on him.
The look on her best friend’s face had torn her apart. Harper had fluctuated between elation and disappointment. And Kenny had looked shell-shocked as he started to put the pieces together, leaving Lia unable and unwilling to pick sides. But the look of abject loneliness on his face when he saw Harper standing with all her friends had forced her to break ranks and stand with him. No one in that situation should be left to stand alone.
“I figured you could use one of these,” Lia said, walking onto the balcony with the drinks.
He took them and placed them on the table next to them. He took both her hands and pulled her toward him. He stroked her skin, as if desperate for contact. “My name is Reid Kennedy . . . but everyone calls me Kenny. Except my sister and parents. I wasn’t trying to deceive you, Lia. It’s just the name I go by.”
“Let’s not worry about that right now. You and Harper are all that matters. We can talk about this at some other point.”
Reid nodded.
“Is it okay to call you Reid?” she asked.
He breathed what she took to be a sigh of relief. “You can call me whatever the fuck you want as long as you are still speaking to me. I’m sorry,” he said, burying his nose into the soft hair at the side of her neck. The scent of him, man and leather, surrounded her, and despite everything going on around them, she was transported back to their previous weekend together, when she’d stripped for him in the warm shades of dusk.
Lia wrapped her arms around his waist. “For what?” she asked.
“For coming down here to make you feel better, only to pull you into all this.”
She didn’t respond immediately, but rubbed her hand up and down his back. It was the kind of gesture she wished her parents had done to her when she was small. Reassuring. Caring even.
He pulled back a little. “Don’t you hate me? For leaving her?” he said quietly.
“When she comes over, are you going to explain why?” She placed her hand over his heart. It beat fiercely.
He covered her hand with his own. “Yes.”

Scarlett Cole PhotoAbout the Author:
Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 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.

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.

If you want to know more about Scarlett’s books, visit her at:
www.scarlettcole.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the third and final volume in the story.

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

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

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Review: Unfaithful (Touched Saga #2) by Elisa S. Amore

UnfaithfulTitle: Unfaithful
Author: Elisa S. Amore
Series: Touched Saga #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
DESPERATE DECISIONS
A Secret that Should Never Have Been Revealed

A dark reality lies hidden under our very eyes.
Since their creation, the Màsala have enforced the destiny of humankind on Earth through the Subterraneans, Angels condemned to carry the weight of death on their shoulders in order to please Fate. Evan, a Subterranean, has denied his own nature in order to protect Gemma, the girl he was sent to kill and with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love.
But what are the consequences of cheating Death?
Five months have gone by since her last encounter with Death, and in spite of having experienced the most intense period of happiness in her life at Evan’s side, Gemma’s instinct reminds her that the game is far from over. Evan, overconfident, lets his guard down, revealing an unmentionable secret—an error that can be paid for only with blood. Death returns to claim Gemma, sending its faithful servants to kill her. Desperate, Evan will do anything to save her, but the menace will seek them out even where they feel safest . . .
The challenge between passion and death will pit the protagonists against each other. In the face of jealousy, betrayal, and emotional devastation, Evan and Gemma find it isn’t easy to escape their fate.

My Review:
Elisa S. Amore doesn’t disappoint with this great second installment in the Touched Saga.

Gemma and Evan are in love and it is so sweet and adorable! Nothing or no one else exists for these two but each other, and they can scarcely bear to be apart. I love their chemistry, and I’m totally sold on the romance. These two belong together. I thought I’d combust alongside our mains if they didn’t get it on! I was a little surprised at the sex scene because it’s more descriptive than you usually find in YA. It’s not overly graphic, so this is more of a caution. I would recommend this for age 15+.

Death is still hunting Gemma, although that part of the plot really only kicks off in the second half of the book. This time, death takes the guise of a familiar face and it is emotional and heartbreaking for everyone involved. I did figure out what was going on a lot earlier than the gang, and there were occasions where I was rolling my eyes at their blatant stupidity.

When I read Touched, I was quite suspicious of Ginerva, but that seems to have been unfounded. She was a great friend to Gemma in this book, and I enjoyed her character a lot. She’s a badass witch who can kick serious angel butt, so what’s not to love about that?!

I love the world Elisa has created, and she is so descriptive in painting that world for the reader. I could easily visualize everything as if I was watching it on a movie screen. The scenes in Heaven/Eden were some of my favorite, and they were so magical and romantic. Swoon. I love the angel and witch combo and the development of those aspects is being consistently built.

Little clues are dotted throughout the book which gradually build to an explosive reveal. Can we just talk about that ending? Wow! My heart was in my mouth reading it! I did predict it (and I was screaming at Gemma in my head for being so blind) but it was still nail-biting and heartbreaking and it ripped me to shreds. I had to read it twice because I just couldn’t believe it happened. Awesome twist, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

We still don’t know what or who Gemma is but it’s pretty transparent at this point – all the clues are stacking up to one obvious conclusion. I won’t say it here in case I spoil it for anyone, but I am hoping this comes out in the next book and that it’s connected to how she will save him.

I did have a few small issues which stopped me rating this 5-stars. For me, the romance totally overshadowed the rest of the plot in the first half of the book, and even though I love them as a couple, and I adore romance, my attention was starting to wander. There were some inconsistencies with both Gemma and Evan’s characters which bugged me a little. For example, Evan is incredibly protective of Gemma but then he makes stupid reckless decisions which jeopardize her safety. Gemma is fierce and brave on the one hand and weepy and whiny on the other. Overall, I enjoy them as characters, but there were some scenes I wish had been written differently. The other aspect I dislike is how Gemma just dumped Peter. So. Not. Cool.

In any event, these minor issues did not detract from my enjoyment. This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it for lovers of paranormal romance that is heavy on the romance. I cannot wait to read the next book!

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Some quotes I enjoyed from my review copy:

“Love has made me crazy but it’s the sweetest form of madness and I accept it willingly.”

“If your heart stopped it would silence mine forever too. I couldn’t live even one minute knowing you were gone.”

“What you need to believe is that I’m a part of you as much as you are of me. You’re here inside me. Always remember that.”

“His kiss made heaven and earth move for me and I was swept up into an infinite sky studded with stars.”