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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Release Blitz! Wednesday By Kendall Ryan


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 would 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 willing 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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Once upon a time, he’d been my everything.

He was standing in the corner talking to one of her great aunts, holding an empty glass that my brother had kept filled with whiskey all afternoon. I wanted to help—to do something, anything, to take that dark, stormy look out of his eyes—so I asked him if he wanted to get some air.

He took my proffered hand without a word, but instead of leading me outside like I expected—maybe to the front porch for a breath of the cool February air—he towed me upstairs. And straight into the bathroom. Without a word, he pulled my black cashmere sweater off over my head.

I stood there shocked for a few seconds. This was Shaw—my former best friend and secret lifelong crush. The man who once held my heart in the palm of his hand when I was young and foolish. And he had just been through the most traumatic event of his twenty-six years—losing his wife to a drunk driver. Yet here he was, singularly focused on getting me naked, and seemingly as quickly as possible.

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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Cover Reveal! Broken Prince By Erin Watt

These Royals will ruin you…
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

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Review! Denial By Lisa Renee Jones

Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan's best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn't destroy her first.

This is a spin-off of the Inside Out series, and it takes place in the same world, so there are some characters you have met before, and some who are new.

It is always hard to review a book that is a cliffhanger and a spin-off without giving away the cliffhanger, plot points of the other books, or too much about the book itself. Especially when the whole point of the book is the unknown factor, how she got where she is…and what happened?

The story of what happened is told through flashbacks and Ella’s POV, as Ella remembers the reader is made aware, so in a lot of ways, the reader is Ella, and experiencing things as Ella.

The writing is both strong and engaging. The characters are compelling, although for a lot of the book you are not sure, or at least I was not, if you like them or if you can trust the information being given. Neither seem trustworthy, and both seem like there is a lot they are not telling, be it because they don’t remember or through intentionally withholding the truth. But, this makes it a more interesting story, as a reader you are on edge, wondering what will happen, what is true, what is not, and how all of the events tie together.

There is definitely enough here to make me want to get to the next book, to know what will happen, to know the rest of the story. I am looking forward to the 2nd part.

And, good cliffhanger…it definitely ended at a point that left you wondering....
 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ARC Review! Sugar Daddy By Sawyer Bennett

Seduction has never been so sweet! The New York Timesbestselling author of the Cold Fury series—Alex, Garrett, Zack,and Ryker—returns with the first novel in a hot new trilogy.

Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the na├»ve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Note: Sugar Daddy ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story continues in Sugar Rush and Sugar Free!
Sugar Daddy is an emotional ride.  By the 3rd chapter, you have met all of the main players, Sela, Beck and JT,  and have answers regarding the past Sela shares with Jonathan Townsend as well as a pretty good idea what she plans to do about it and get her revenge.  You know what happened, although it is not a big surprise as to what happened to her as it is alluded to in the blurb for the book and dealt with almost immediately.

The story takes off, and it is fueled by the quest Sela has for revenge against JT for what he did to her years ago.  She is focused, and she is intense, yet you are still able to relate to her, which I found to be impressive.  I have little to no personal experience with wanting to kill someone for revenge, so being able to relate to Sela was definitely not an easy thing…but Sawyer Bennett made it seem effortless.  Sela is a character that you like, and her thought processes are oddly rational, and in that the reader is able to understand her and empathize with her.  I was worried about this at the beginning, wondering if I would be able to connect with her, which I have to do to be able to enjoy a romance, but I was worried for nothing.

Some of it is predictable, it is a romance after all, so there are things that you know will happen, some not so much.  You know, or at least I did, what Sela will have to do to get close to JT and to get her revenge plan in motion. Although, it doesn’t go exactly as planned, which is where the story really begins. She is conflicted, more than once she questions what she is doing and why, and, well, if your plan is to kill someone, or you are even thinking about it, I would hope you think and rethink.  Instead of seeming wishy-washy, this back and forth Sela goes through makes sense.

I was impressed by the way the author handled the scenes with Beck and Sela, the way she allowed the reader to be more and more present in their relationship, evolving from fade-to-black in some scenes to full descriptions, as it develops from a relationship started with a lie to one that is actually starting to be built on trust and genuine affection for each other.
As it is a romance, it is not a spoiler to say that along the way, Sela and Beck end up involved with one another because they want the relationship and for no other reason.  The connection is real.  Beck, though, is VERY against being lied to, and Sela is keeping a secret……


ARC Review! Deep Dark By Laura Griffin

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.
I enjoyed this book, which isn't a surprise as I have read and enjoyed others by Laura Griffin. It also fit my mood, as sometimes I want to read something a little grittier, maybe a little less "hearts and flowers" than your usual romance. And, 2 people who meet because of a serial killer, well, doesn't get a whole lot darker than that. 

I liked Reed and Laney. Reed is a 39 year-old detective with the Austin PD. Laney a 24 year-old hacker. The serial killer mystery was interesting, creepy, and added the suspense without being wildly complex. In fact, I didn't actually find myself all that concerned with trying to piece together the identity of the killer, because the story flowed well enough that I was engaged without feeling the need to think ahead. The tidbits of police procedure were enjoyable and some of them new to me...do you know what it is to "fume a doorknob"? I didn't either.

Reed is a homicide detective investigating the death that occurs at the beginning of the book. Laney works for an internet security firm and was friends with one of the killer's victims. They share an immediate attraction to one another, but Laney is hesitant to get involved, to allow anyone to get close to her due to something that happened to her in her past. Reed is more interested in getting involved, but convinced he is too old for her. He is 15 years older than she is, but I like that other than being concerned about the age gap, he never treats her like a child, never behaves toward her like she has no idea what she is doing. In fact, he respects her, while becoming increasingly concerned that she is in danger from the killer.

The writing is strong, the characters are likable and believable. I enjoy a novel where the characters are written as people, who have flaws and feelings and thoughts. Reed seemed human, he wasn't perfect, and he knew it. Laney was also not perfect, but the 2 of them together made a good team and balanced out the other, which is always nice.

The story is a romantic suspense and is balanced fairly well. I believed there was an actual relationship developing amongst all of the police, murder, and other general mayhem that was existing around the serial killer case.

I defintely recommend this one. It is a standalone and you do not need to have read the others in the series to be able to fully enjoy this story.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Release Blitz! Manacle By Bella Jewel





I’ve loved Danny since I was five.
He’s loved me longer.
It seemed destined that we would be together, it seemed like the stars had aligned.
Then we grew up and life got in the way.
He’s stepping up to be president of the Motorcycle club we grew up in.
And I want no part in it.
I want to be free, to travel the world and experience life without violence.
He’s not willing to give up the club.
I’m not willing to be an old lady.
But giving him up is like losing a part of myself.
Love isn’t easy.
Life certainly never is.
The manacles he has wrapped around me will hold me to him.
No matter how hard I try to run.


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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Cover Reveal! Amped By Tina Reber




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(Blurb to follow at a later date)

“Everyone has a demon inside them. That voice of self-loathing, of questioning our purpose and worth. But everything in life has balance. A counterbalance. The light in the darkness. Every breath we take, each choice… We all struggle, Jason. Every day. You aren’t the only one. But that’s what life is all about. Of counting our blessings. Of seeing the moments of beauty that are right in your face. But you’re too busy feeling sorry for yourself and allowing the cowardice of others to blind you.”
He scoffed. “Cowardice?”
“You think there’s bravery in suicide? Or this slow death of yours? It’s a copout. You want to label yourself as brave, you fight—every second of the day if you have to. You never, ever give up. You fight until the end.”