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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Favorites! A Hunger Like No Other By Kresley Cole


In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?


Release Blitz! Watching Mine By Alex Grayson


My name is Nathan Reines… and I’m a voyeur. Yes, I like to watch people have sex. Witnessing the desire on their faces as they writhe in pleasure makes my blood hotter than the hottest flame. There’s nothing more erotic than seeing their bodies tighten and tremble as they balance on the edge of ecstasy. It makes my dick as hard as fucking steel.

I’ve never been tempted to have a lasting relationship with a woman—why get involved when watching from the sidelines is so fucking hot? But from the first time I watched the woman in the apartment across from mine, I knew she was different. She teases me with her soft touches and gentle caresses. She tempts me with her silent moans and sexy whimpers. She excites me, and makes me want more than I ever have before.
For two years, I refused to give in to my curiosity. That is, until fate took things in her own twisted hands. Now that I know what it’s like to experience Emberleigh in the flesh, there’s no damn way I could ever go back to simply watching.

 





Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday! The Understatement Of The Year By Sarina Bowen


What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE. NO CLIFFHANGERS. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.



The Understatement Of The Year is the third book in this series and in my opinion was better than the previous ones.  I loved the other books but I really LOVED this one.  It’s no secret I love hockey, duh.  It’s no secret that I love M/M books.  Putting the two together, for me, is like finding that one present that was tucked away behind the Christmas tree that you didn’t know was there.  Sarina Bowen was able to not only combine two if my favorite genres but she did it beautifully.

Let me state the obvious.  I am not a gay man, shocker I know, nor do I know what it is like to struggle with your sexuality especially after a traumatic event that not only hurt someone you loved but cost you to lose that person from your life for years.  So while at times I found myself getting angry at Graham, I had to stop and remember that there was so much more to it than him just not wanting to admit to himself his feelings for Rikker.  I wanted to cry more than once for both of these guys.  Rikker unfortunately didn’t get the chance to choose to come out about being gay, he was forced to come out and while he didn’t have it easy when it happened, he didn’t hide from who he was either.

Watching not just the sexual chemistry build to unbearably hot levels, but their friendship repairing is what made this book my favorite of the series so far.  It wasn’t just a quick process.  Both had things they needed to work out both together and separately and if the author would have rushed that I think it would have ruined it for me.

The direction that Ms. Bowen is taking this series is up.  Each book is better and better.  Each book shows struggles of life and is not a “let’s hurry up and be a couple with no problems book”, they all have the same relationships and life and not easy and it takes work for both of those things to bring you happiness theme going on.  I can say with a certainty that Sarina Bowen is now firmly on my favorite author list and she won’t be leaving there any time soon. 





Release Blitz! Royal Ruin By Jessica Peterson


To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,
Kit

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.

P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.


I love books that have a Royal theme to them, maybe it’s my long buried inner princess but I love the idea that girl who isn’t royalty can fall in love and marry a prince or king.  I don’t care if it is a made up land or a real life one, they call to me and I love to read them.  Royal Ruin started off strong, but slowly I started to not like it as much as I had hoped I would.  Keep in mind, overall I did like Royal Ruin but I just had some issues with Emily that just after a while worked on my nerves.

I love that Kit and Emily had a back-story together, that there was a connection there from before, that there was chemistry from before and that added to the tension between these two.  Kit is next in line for the throne, after a tragic accident he has to leave his life behind to step up to take care of things that matter the most to him, his family.  His grandmother is the Queen and she is feisty, sassy, and sometimes hard but you can feel the love she has towards her grandchildren when she doesn’t have her Queen hat on.  The fun loving Kit is not the Ice Prince.

Emily is bitter, and she has a right to be.  Her ex-husband not only cheated on her more than once but she feels that any sort of affection has been tainted now, even something as simple as handholding.  Yes, I said handholding.  She can have sex in the back of a cab but holding someone’s hand is a big no.  Can you see how after a while she started to wear on my nerves.  I wanted to like her, I did like her in the beginning but more and more little things just started to add up and had me wanting to yell oh for fuck sake get some professional help and put your big girl panties on.

I loved Kit’s siblings, especially the twins; they had me cracking up on more than one occasion with their antics and banter.  I can’t wait to read their stories because I have a feeling I will be laughing a lot.  I want more of their grandmother as well, she reminds me in a sense of how I imagine Queen Elizabeth being behind the scenes in real life when she can spend time with her family. 


While Royal Ruin wasn't a OMG I loved this book read for me, overall it was enjoyable and one that I think most will like.  Issues with Emily aside, I never got bored and it held my attention.  As I stated I am looking forward to more books in this series. 






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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

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Author Bio

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com

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Release Blitz! Midnight Blue By L.J. Shen

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Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is LIVE!


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It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.
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About LJ Shen:
LJShen.jpgL.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Read Again Wednesday! Changing The Game By Jaci Burton


Sports agent Liz Darnell will do anything to win back her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley. And Gavin's more than ready- especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of all.

I was walking by my paperback bookshelf and for some reason Changing The Game by Jaci Burton was almost begging me to read it again.  I have wanted to read this series all over again and as much as I loved the first book, Changing The Game is the book that I always think touched a special part of my heart.  I love Liz and Gavin, they balance themselves out and reading about them again just cemented my love for them. 

Liz knows how badly she messed up with Gavin’s brother, she not only lost a client but a friend and well a family as well.  Add into the equation that Liz has been in love with Gavin for years, you can understand why she has been avoiding him, his agent or not, because she doesn’t want to lose him as a client or just him out of her life even if she has never shown interest in him until one kiss after the Mick drama.  Liz she is complex, she has this ice-cold exterior but on the inside, she is soft, vulnerable, and a bit damaged.  When her and Gavin start their relationship, she knows he is going to be the one to destroy her heart, because she doesn’t have to worry about falling in love with him, she already is waiting for him to damage her more than her past has.

Gavin is a baseball player and never looked at Liz in any other way beyond his agent.  Has he noticed how attractive she is?  Oh yes but never acted on it.  He knows that his brother will have a huge issue with him being with Liz but sometimes it’s not all about his big brother.  He slowly starts to realize what they have is more than just some fun between the sheets, but what he doesn’t know is what.  He hurts her, more than once with his words, not thinking and just overall being a dumb ass.  He doesn’t realize how much he needed her in his life.

The chemistry between them is off the charts explosive.  The banter between them will have you giggling; the emotional aspects will have your heart at times breaking.  I think I loved this book even more after reading it again.  I love sports books in general, I am a sports fan in real life, hockey and football are my favorites but baseball holds a special place in my heart so maybe that is why this one tends to be the book I first think of when I think of this series.  I can’t wait to go back and rediscover the other books in this series because reading Changing The Game again has renewed my interest and love for this author and this series.