Book Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

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Title: Ride Steady (Chaos #3)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 610 pages
Rating: 5 butterfly stars

Synopsis
The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever.

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As you probably already know, I’m a HUGE Kristen Ashley fan, but of all of the KA books I’ve read, I’ve connected the least with the Chaos series.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some bikers.  And I love me some Tack.  He is after all my #3 KA Alpha.  But I didn’t fall in deep with either Shy or Hop from the previous books in the series.

So if you are hesitating to read this book, I will tell you point blank, DON”T HESITATE!  This book is easily my favorite book of the series.  Not only that, but Joker made a run to replace Tack as my favorite KA biker.  He is that special.

Joker had a rough childhood at the hands of Mom who left him and an abusive alcoholic Dad.  But he finds a new family with the Chaos gang.  What I found most interesting was how much he pushed away this new family.  He stayed private for the most part, and despite his moniker, never really smiled.  Until he stumbles upon Carissa and her son Travis one day, struggling with a flat tire.

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Joker is an odd mix of badass and sweet, switching between the two personalities depending on his company.  Around Chaos business, the underground fighting, or Aaron (Carissa’s ex), he is the true badass KA Alpha who DOES NOT take shit from anyone.  Around Carissa and her son Travis, he is all kinds of sweet.  Even as Travis beats the hell out of his face.

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As a couple, Joker and Carissa are night and day.  He’s a biker.  She’s a homecoming queen.  I loved that the attraction was built as teenagers.  Although they didn’t take action then due to the fact that they came from different worlds and only shared smiles in the hallway, that attraction didn’t die down.  And despite their differences, this couple just plain worked.  I never doubted if they were right for each other.

One of my favorite parts of KA’s books is when the hero or heroine lays out their feelings, and explains to the other why they are right for each other, and are their “forever”.  This book has not one, not two, but multiple moments.  Carissa and Joker expose their feelings to one another, laying out how deep and long those feelings have existed.  Even more powerful was when they did so to Aaron, who just wouldn’t go away.

“I’m in love with your ex-wife,” Joker returned, no amusement in his voice, his eyes locked to Neiland’s. “I’ve loved her since high school, man.  She means everything to me.  You gotta drag her down, that’ll suck, but I’ll pick her back up.  You gotta rip her apart, I’ll fuckin’ hate watchin’ it, but I’ll put her back together.”

KA’s version of heaven
I may or may not have squealed when I saw Tack’s POV in the book.  Ok, I totally squealed.  He did a fine job of reminding me why I love him so much.  Then Lee Nightingale shows up.  And Mitch Lawson. And Hawk Delgado.  And Luke, and Hank, and, and . . .  gah!!!  Oh yeah, the pimpster Knight also has a role, for you “Daddy” lovers.  This must be what heaven looks like. KA heaven.  And I don’t ever want to leave.

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This team of Alphas comes to play as the thorn in Chaos’ side, Benito Valenzuela, causes some trouble for Joker and tries to take over their territory.  With Chaos’ reach, and a load of help, this was an empty threat in my mind.  But it seems this slimy guy won’t go away, so I doubt its the last we’ve heard from him.

In my mind, there is nothing like escaping into KA’s world.  And this book, unexpectedly had so much sweet, I had a permanent grin through most of the read.  With the angst being on the mild side, this is just one of those books to sit back and enjoy every moment.

“She might make it tough on you, but if she’s that girl and you’re it for her like she is for you, this will be a bump in the road, but then you’ll ride steady.”

This epilogue was a bit different with a new character’s POV, but trust me when I say,when you figure out who it is, it is all kinds of awesome!  With Carissa, Joker has a future that his past can’t touch.  And that’s a beautiful thing.

“I wish I had that flat tire.  I’d bronze it!”

– Grace

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New Release (Giveaway): Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS by Lauren Blakely, the first full-length novel from her Erotic Romance Series, Sinful Nights! Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories –one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. And SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is absolutely no different! Brent and Shannon’s story is sexy and will keep you on the edge of your seat squirming and asking for more! This new series is a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets. Check out Lauren’s message below to hear more from her!

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A sexy, suspenseful new romance novel from Lauren Blakely, author of the New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series….

She was the one who got away…

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him – maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…

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I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you! Many of you have been patiently waiting for SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the story of Brent Nichols and the woman he loves. Many of you already know Brent since he’s the younger brother of Clay Nichols, from NIGHT AFTER NIGHT….The good news is this-SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is Book One in a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets.

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS kicks off this new series with a fiery, passionate, and suspenseful story of two lovers reuniting after ten years. Each book in this series follow a new couple and will be set against the backdrop of sin, money, sex, greed, passion and love in the city of Las Vegas. Brent’s love interest is Shannon Paige, and she has three brothers. Yep, you guessed it – each of her brothers will be getting a book! And while each book in the Sinful Nights series follows a new couple, get ready for a storyline that will carry across the entire series — a story of danger, risk and high-stakes suspense.

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Does this take place after the events in the Seductive Nights series?

A: Yes. This story begins one year after the final Seductive Nights book.

Can I read this if I haven’t read the Seductive Nights series?

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Brent is Clay’s brother. Does this mean Clay will be in SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS?

A: Why yes! He will indeed appear in a handful of scenes!

Is this series similar to the Seductive Nights series?

A: Absolutely. The hero in book one is a Nichols man! Nichols men are known for being dirty, passionate and fiercely loyal! You can also expect scorching hot sex scenes, dirty talk, high-class and glamorous settings, and passionate love. Have I mentioned the heat :)?

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, shethinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book is 21 Stolen Kisses, a new adult romance filled with angst and romantic tension, releasing in May. This summer she’ll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

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Release Day Blitz: Drawn to You by Ker Dukey

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Oh, perfect I just get back from a run with sweaty hair,

wet and hanging loose from the hair band attempting but

failing to keep it in place. I’m wearing sweats and an old

Muse t-shirt with a stain on it from spilt juice, and who’s

sitting looking perfect in a suit and tie, tapping away at his

laptop?

Mr sexy/annoying as hell Finlay, that’s who.

He gets up and knocks back whatever is in his mug,

closing his computer, and smirks as he takes in my attire.

“There’s eggs still hot on the stove. Help yourself, and tell

Gaby I won’t be back for dinner.” He waltzes past me, his

scent hitting me in the face like invisible mist …delicious

scented mist.

“Do I look like your secretary?” I mumble over my

shoulder, grabbing a bottle of water I’d left on the counter

from earlier then guzzling it down. The warm palm hitting

my ass cheek causes a screech to choke out of me and water

to spurt everywhere. Warm air hits my earlobe as Finlay

whispers, “No, you definitely do not look like my secretary.”

Did he really slap my butt?

“Hang on. Is that an insult or a compliment?” I call after

him as he chuckles and shuts the front door behind him.

Looking down at my outfit, I scrunch my nose up. I need

some new clothes and I need to kick his ass for slapping

mine.

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Title: Drawn To You

Author: Ker Dukey

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: June 30th

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Antonia McNally has a great family, a great boyfriend, and a great future… until she finds herself interrupting a robbery and becoming the victim of a ruthless criminal. When she witnesses brutal murder, abuse and suffers her own traumatizing assault by his hand, her life changes forever. When love, loyalty, and strength are tested, the weak falter.

Moving away to the States offers her a fresh start; however, confident, successful Finlay Hayes, her best friend’s Brother adds even more chaos to her already turbulent emotions. When she can’t decide between ripping him a new one or ripping his clothes off, one thing is for sure, they both have an unquenchable craving for each other. When life starts looking a little brighter it’s not long before the storm clouds roll in. All is never what it appears and under his good looks and in charge attitude, Finlay has a past of his own and secrets that can destroy the dynamics of the friendships she has built.

Secrets are waiting to be spilled, but at what cost?

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I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that i tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook where i love interacting with my readers.

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The Broken Facade (co written with D.H Sidebottom)

The Broken Parts Of Us The Broken Tethers That Bind Us

My Soul Keeper Cadence (co written with D.H Sidebottom)

The Beats In Rift Desolate (Empathy #2)

Empathy Vacant (An Empathy novella)

Benneth Innocence (co written with D.H. Sidebottom)

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I see you (co written with D.H Sidebottom)

Deadly (an Empathy Novella)

Ten (My Brother’s Best Friend)

Ice’s story – Bad Blood Series #2 (untitled)

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I see you (co written with D.H Sidebottom)

Deadly (an Empathy Novella)

Ten (My Brother’s Best Friend)

Ice’s story – Bad Blood Series #2 (untitled)

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Audio Review: Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley

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Title: Golden Trail (The ‘Burg #3)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Narrator: Brian Pallino
Length: 21 hours 20 mins, 664 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.

Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.

Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg.

As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn’t even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped… at all costs.

And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won’t get himself dead.

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Story: 4 stars
A sweet second chance romance about healing and moving on.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m addicted to the ‘Burg.  Who knew some much drama would take place in a small Indiana town.  This book, like the previous two in the series, has a TON of drama, most of it being criminal.

There are heroes in books and then there is Tanner Layne and Raquel “Rocky” Merrick.  These former sweethearts join forces to take down some evil men/women, and fall back in love along the way. While reading, I kept thinking they were taking on too much.  A dirty cop.  An abusive football coach.  And then the BIG ONE, a church youth group that was far from holy.

Unlike the Grinch, these Layne and Rocky seemed to have hearts two sizes too big.  These two give everything they have to protect their family, their community and its children.

Like all of her books, KA slowly rebuilds the foundation for this couple who were separated for years.  While the attraction between them burns bright, there reunion is not instant, even though Layne wanted that all along.  But knowing how things ended before, he doesn’t rush her.  He careful removes the wall that drove them apart.

I was a bit nervous on the reasons Rocky left Layne years prior.  I thought it would be a misunderstanding.  So I wasn’t truly prepared for what her reasons for when they came out.  How it came out was so heartbreaking, I was shedding tears for her and her pain.  And I totally understood why Layne got upset with her brother and father.  They made bad choices and made everyone, Rocky especially, because of it.  But she gets closure and some help to move past her pain, finally.

There’s so many layers to this story, each layer bringing Layne and Rocky back together, while protecting those they love from harm.  The strength of the family and friends, all coming together to do the right thing is the ultimate reward.

Performance: 3.5 stars
I was a bit apprehensive about having a male narrator for this book, but with a male POV in the story, I get that it was necessary.

My thoughts on the male narrator:
For Laine, I looooooved his voice.  So freaking sexy.  Seriously, this guy’s voice alone could make a woman purr.

For any female character, not great.  I’m not a fan of males speaking the female voice, it always comes off wrong, kind of whiny.  With that said, given his deep voice, he did better than others I’ve heard.

What he does a great job of, as do all of the other narrators I’ve heard for this author’s audio books, is give each character a distinct voice.  I especially loved the voices of Devon and Ricker, who came across as the bad asses they are meant to be.

Overall: 4 stars
There are a ton of romance books out there, but what keeps me coming back to Kristen Ashley is the full story she creates.  Her books are so much more than just a love story, which it goes without saying is full of Alpha testosterone and swoon-worthly moments.  What she does better than a lot of writers is build the perfect life.  If you could dream up how you want to spend your years as a adult, this author takes you there.  The road is not clear.  The path is not easy.  But ultimately, she takes you there.  To the man that will do ANYTHING for his woman.  To the family they build together and nurture.  To the friends they have for the tougher times.  Layne takes Rocky there, and in return, she leaves a Golden Trail of complete love and happiness, that will last a lifetime.

– Grace

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Cover Reveal: Bradley’s Whistle by Kirsty Dallas

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Bradley’s Whistle

Was he a hitman? A Navy Seal? Gigolo? I had no idea what Bradley Emerson did for a living. I’d figure it out though, secrets didn’t sit well with me and I loved a challenge. ~ Wiska

I wanted her. I didn’t want to want her, but the brain in my head was no longer in control of this vessel. Wanting her went against my rules, but apparently my male member was a rule breaker.  ~ Bradley

A comedy romance
By Kirsty Dallas

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  Release Date ~ August 2015

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Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Step F*@k by Scarlett Ward

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Meet Jai in this sexy stepbrother romance!

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Synopsis

SWIPE LEFT.

That’s all I did. A few too many glasses of wine with my best friend and the bitch convinced me to go on one of those dating websites.

A one-night stand.

A booty call.

And you know what? It.was.amazing.

I spent all night in a sexy stranger’s arms, hot and sweaty, until it was time to sneak out and do the walk of shame back to my apartment.

I never thought I’d see sexy stranger again, and I was totally fine with that – until my mother’s wedding.

She’s getting remarried, see. And sexy stranger just happens to be my new stepbrother.

All the wine in the world isn’t going to make this better.

Michelle's Review

Step F*@k is a super quick read, like in an hour you will be done, so you’ve been warned.  There are three other novellas to follow (which I read them all) and truthfully, the author could just have made a full length novel, but what do I know, right?

Emma hasn’t dated anyone since breaking up with her cheating ex-boyfriend over 6 months ago, her roommate, BFF, Megan decides as a joke to sign Emma up for a dating online service.  Emma just wants to finish up her degree in architecture (although her passion really is painting).  Her ever persistent roommate convinces Emma to log on to the site just to get a feel and meet someone even if it’s for one night of hot sex.  SexyStranger hits up her profile and she’s immediately intrigued by his profile and good looks.

Emma is joined with Megan to meet up with this SexyStranger at his hotel.  SexyStranger’s name is Jai and boy is he hot.  Not only is he hot, but he’s has the sexiest British accent.  He’s only in town for a few weeks.

Moving forward, the sexy times these two have is very hot.  Not going to lie, but I had figured out the plot pretty quickly and so will you.  Like I mentioned earlier, this is a very quick read.  I was expecting a little more, but I guess I will find out more in the other novellas.

– Michelle

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He doesn’t let me finish. He lets go of my wrist and grabs my hips, lifting me up onto the bathroom counter. My breath catches in my throat as my shoulders collide with the mirror. He’s kissing my neck, his hands all over me, and I wrap my legs around his torso and run my hands through his hair.

“I don’t want to be doing this,” I gasp, but we both know that’s not true. And he’s not technically my stepbrother yet.

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Scarlett Ward is a yoga-loving, coffee-drinking writer who finally took the plunge and wrote her first book. Her own stepbrother wasn’t remotely good-looking, but the one she dreamed up for Step F*@k is absolutely DIVINE.

Scarlett hates long walks on the beach. That shit is hard. She prefers laying out by the pool with her laptop, writing her next story while working on her tan.

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Book Review: Stop! by Alison G. Bailey

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Title: Stop!
Author: Alison G. Bailey
Genre: New Adult
Length: 278 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.

Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.

Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.

Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.

One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?

Grace Review

This is one of those books you should read in the comfort of your home, maybe with a bottle of wine and a box of tissues. I made the mistake of starting this during lunch at work and I spent that hour trying to hold back the tears. I’m sure my co-workers think I’m whacked. This book carries a lot of emotion with it and I think letting those tears flow can be cathartic.

This is the story of acceptance, strength, and the power of love.

I’m usually not a fan of weak heroines, but I admired the strength in Hollis’ weakness, if that makes sense. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to live in her skin. With judgement, evil looks and harsh words thrown at her with each appearance in public. Yet she bravely goes off to college, leaving the love and safety of her home.

Then we meet Risher, who should be the definition of a book boyfriend. He has the looks and personality to make you swoon, but it’s how he treats Hollis that will truly win you over. I swear, every time he interacted with her, my eyes would water. And I’m not lying that just writing about him has me getting emotional. His only fault would be not being more blunt with Queen Bitch, Leah.

I swear, if this boy tells me he’s made of chocolate, I’m going to curl into the fetal position and weep like a baby.  He’s perfect.

Like Hollis, I constantly questioned why Risher was so interested in her. I never thought he was playing her, as Leah insinuated, but I did wonder what motivated to be with her. And he has his own story, which showed that he understood her pain. He proves his loyalties repeatedly, so don’t lose faith in him. He’s the real deal.

“Hollis, whatever that makeup is hiding won’t ever cover up how beautiful you are.  I knew that the first time I looked into your eyes and saw your light.”

This book has a surprise twist that I didn’t see coming, with Benton. I won’t give it away but his story seems very timely given a popular story in the media right now. And his story will break your heart. Seriously, ouchy!

The true character of someone is not visible with a brief glance from the naked eye.  In that moment, the purpose of my past came into focus.  The details of mine and Benton’s circumstances may have been polar opposites, but our souls craved the exact same thing.  Acceptance of who we were and not what we looked like.

The dynamics between the three were very interested. For those who don’t like love triangles, don’t worry, this isn’t one. But both men mean something very special to Hollis and both give her strength.

I loved the character development in the story, for the main characters and the secondary characters. Maggie and Chuck, as Hollis and Risher’s respective BFFs, were a hot PDA loving mess, but they added some much needed humor to the story.

In the end, Hollis, despite her insecurities, manages to find love and new friendships within the heavily judgemental college crowd. This story carries a strong message about looking past flaws or differences. Focusing on a persons inner beauty rather that outer shell. There are some hard lessons in the story that will cut deep. But the beauty of the story will ultimately warm your broken heart.

“But your’e not a one-shot guy. You’re an every minute, of every day for the rest of my life kind of guy.”

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.

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Release Blitz (Book Review): Wasted Lust by JA Huss

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Book: Wasted Lust (A 321 Spin-off)
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

A GIRL WITH REGRETS…

Sasha Cherlin died the night she let Nick Tate walk out on her for a life of crime. Her very essence was destroyed when they broke their promise to one another.

A MAN WITH REMORSE…

Nick Tate made his choice with her future in mind. He loved Sasha enough to know that leaving her behind was the only way to keep her safe.

A PATH TO REVENGE…

Special Agent Jax Barlow understands the bond of love and he plans to use it to get justice. Nick and Sasha will do anything to rewrite their past. He’s counting on that to bring them down.

Wasted Lust is a 321 spin-off, full-length, romantic suspense filled with lies, secrets, and the power of redemption by the New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

Just some general info about this book and how it relates to the rest of my books:

This is a story about Sasha Cherlin who appears in Slack, Come, Come Back, Coming For You, 321 (unnamed at the very end), and Meet Me In The Dark. It CAN be read as a standalone, but readers should be aware that this book is meant to be “The End” for Sasha and her life in the Company. Wasted Lust occurs ten years after Coming For You, two years after Meet Me In The Dark and AT THE SAME TIME as 321, so it is a parallel book, and although there are no real spoilers for 321 (I was very careful to avoid them) the plots converge in the middle of Wasted Lust. I would consider this to be a traditional romantic suspense and it is not dark.

Grace Review

Every time I sit down to read a new book from this author, I know I’m going to get something original, unpredictable, sexy, and thought provoking. And while each storyline is unique, there is one thing all of her books seem to have in common: trust no one.

The synopsis felt like a one two punch.  First, I expected some serious heartache.  Second, I was desperate to read as soon as possible.  Am I a masochist?  Doubtful, but I knew the author wasn’t going to make things easy for me, and I couldn’t wait.  So figure that one out.

While I would have surmised that this story would mostly be about Sasha and Nick, I was wrong.  Most of it actually takes place between Sasha and Jax.  One is trying to protect Nick, one is trying to capture him.  If you’ve read the author’s other books, it should be clear which person was which.  Although you don’t have to read the other books by the author, this book felt like a treat.  Being the master storyteller that she is, she wove together 3 plot lines from previous releases (Come series, Three Two One, and Meet me in the Dark). Since I’ve read all of the other books, it was a great way to reconnect with those characters and fill in the missing pieces of each story.  At the same time, I felt the author gave you enough background on each that it isn’t required to read those books before this one (although there is a big spoiler for Three Two One in this book, so it is suggested you read that one first).

Sasha is suffering a bit of an identity crisis.  With a passion for dinosaurs and attempting to get her PhD, her path becomes murky and she begins to challenge her own direction.  Added to that is the FBI agent, Jax, who won’t leave her alone.  With Jax, she is reminded of the person she never got over, her “promise” Nick who left her at the age of 13.

Thirteen and wanting to die so bad because this boy left me.  Live your life, he told me. Grow up, move on.  You will love again.

I never had a choice, did I?

What Nick has been up to all these years is unclear for some time, in fact he doesn’t actually enter the story until much later.

“You’ve locked yourself away in this prison of your own making, and it’s killing you.  I can see it in your eyes.  You live in the past when the present is all around you.”

I wavered on my feelings about Jax.  The revelations about his past were slow to come so I didn’t always trust him.  He was forceful at times in getting Sasha to follow his plans, and it’s good her instincts are still sharp, because he unknowingly puts her in danger.  He eventually does win me over with his honesty about Nick and his own home life.  Which is right about the time when I started to get nervous about Nick. Was he going to come in and create some crazy ass FBI/assassin love triangle?  How things do play out was a complete surprise.

After it all, I’m not sure what to think about Nick.  What he did for Sasha and her friends was honorable. What he did prior regarding the Company children, I may never understand.  But he felt he was saving them. In the end, he manages to do that for a select few.

“We win.”

Who was part of the Company is a puzzle that is only revealed piece by piece, as the author quickly lays them out in the last 10% of the story, leaving my head spinning.  “Promises” are not as they seem and even family can’t be trusted.  While I felt Sasha’s decision about her direction between Jax and Nick was made for her, it seemed like the right one.  And although my heart did hurt, it was clear only one was the right choice.

The epilogue of this series seems like it was written specifically for JA Huss fans.  We don’t just get a HEA for this story, but also one for James and Harper (Come series) and Merc and Sydney (Meet me in the Dark). The latter being so special because the future of that couple didn’t seem solidified in my mind, until now. I do wish there was some hint as to what Sasha planned to do with her life, but that was a minor detail.  This story gives you closure to a lot of storylines and a firm end to the Company.  I hope.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Excerpt

SASHA

I’m not a player. I know there are girls out there who do this kind of thing for a living. They scout out prospective husbands. Dress up, put on a show, try to hook one with the bait.

I have no bait. I’m cute—not sophisticated like my mom’s friend Rook, or badass like her friend Veronica, or even smart and sassy like my mom, but cute. A Smurf, they used to call me.

And those ladies are the only real role models I ever had growing up. That’s it. The extent of my wily ways with men come from half-ass copy-catting people who have more game in their pinky fingers than I have in my whole body.

So I’m at a complete loss here. Because Jax insists on treating me like a woman. And I’ve spent a good number of years trying to avoid this kind of scenario. The kind that sweeps you off your feet. The kind that jumpstarts your heart and makes it hum in a way you never thought possible. The kind that makes you doubt all those pledges you made to yourself through the years.

I will never love again. I will never give my heart to a man. I will never have to endure the crushing reality that comes after the only person I ever wanted to be with practically begged me to forget about him.

I tried it, it just didn’t work. I can’t just erase my first crush. I can’t just throw away the one thing I held onto after my father died. I kept the boys at bay all during high school. I didn’t even lose my virginity until my first year of college. Ford made sure of that. The memory of his crazy overprotective antics as I grew up make me smile.

So I don’t have much experience.

But Jax is a player, I can see that now. He’s got me wound up tight. My head is pounding with the possibilities he comes with.

Sex being one of them. I have not had sex in over two years. And I’m not one of those girls who go for a toy at the first hint of a dry spell. After two years though, I’m considering that option.

But now Jax is here. Kissing me. Making my whole body tingle. Awakening the desire I’ve pent up for so long.

“Are you afraid of planes, Sasha?”

I look over at Jax. “What?”

“Does landing bother you?”

“No,” I say, confused. “Why?”

“You’re squeezing my hand so hard, you might be cutting off my circulation.”

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About

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Excerpt Reveal: Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans

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Excerpt

MANWHORE + 1  by Katy Evans

EXCERPT

FOUR WEEKS

I’ve never been so hopeful as when I board the pristine glass elevator at the M4 corporate building. A handful of employees ride along with me, murmuring perfunctory greetings to each other and to me. I think my mouth must be on vacation because I can’t seem to force it to speak. But I smile in reply—my smile nervous, nervous but hopeful, definitely hopeful. My riding companions step out on their floors one by one until I’m alone, riding up to the executive floor on my own.

Toward him.

Toward the man I love.

My body is raging. My blood is pumping—my blood is storming—my thighs are shaking. My stomach feels filled with little earthquakes that just won’t quit, then they turn into a full-fledged roil when I hear the elevator ting at his floor.

Stepping out, I’m in corporate nirvana, surrounded by sleek chrome and pristine glass, marble and limestone floors. But I hardly have eyes for anything except the tall and imposing frosted glass doors at the far end of the room.

Framing those doors to each side is a pair of sleek designer desks, for a total of four.

Behind these desks are four women in identical black-and-white suits, sitting behind their gleaming dark-oak desks, working quietly behind their flat-screen computers.

One of them, the forty-year-old Catherine H. Ulysses—right hand of the man who owns every inch of this building—stops what she’s doing when she sees me. She arches her brow, then seems both tense and relieved as she lifts the receiver on her desk and murmurs my name into it.

  1. Am. Not. Breathing.

But Catherine doesn’t miss a beat as she motions me toward the huge frosted doors—those intimidating doors—that lead into the lair of the most powerful man in Chicago.

The human being with the most powerful effect on me.

This is what I’ve been waiting for, for four weeks. This is what I wanted when I left a thousand messages on his phones and what I wanted when I wrote a thousand others that I left unsent. To see him.

For him to want to see me.

But as I force myself to step forward, I don’t even know if I’ll have the strength to stand before him and look him in the eye after what I did.

I’m wracked so hard with nervousness and anticipation and hope—yes hope, small but bright, even as I shake like a leaf.

Catherine holds the door open, and I struggle to hold my head high and walk into his office.

Two steps inside I hear the swoosh of the glass door shutting behind me and my systems halt at the familiar sight of the most beautiful office I’ve ever been in.

His office is all vast marble and chrome, twelve-foot ceilings, and endless floor-to-ceiling windows.

And there he is. The center of its axis. The center of my world.

He’s pacing by the window, speaking into a headset in a low, low voice—the kind he uses when he’s pissed. All I can make out are the words have to be dead to let her fall into his clutches …

He hangs up, and as if he feels me in the room, he turns his head. His eyes flare when he sees me. His green eyes.

His achingly familiar, beautiful green eyes.

He inhales, very slowly, his chest expanding, his hands curling a little at his sides as he looks at me.

I look back at him.

Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint.

I just walked into the eye of the most powerful storm of my life. No. Not a storm. A hurricane.

Four weeks, I haven’t seen him. And he still looks exactly as I remember. Larger than life, and more irresistible than ever.

His striking face is perfectly shaven today, and his sensual lips look so achingly full I can almost feel them against mine. Six-feet-plus of perfectly controlled male power stand before me, in a perfect black suit and a killer tie. He’s the very devil in Armani; strong-boned, square-jawed, gleaming dark hair and those penetrating eyes.

He’s got the best eyes.

They twinkle mercilessly when he teases me, and when he doesn’t tease me, they’re mysterious and unreadable, assessing and intelligent, keeping me guessing about his thoughts.

But I had forgotten how cold those eyes used to be. Green arctic ice looks back at me now. Every fleck of ice in those eyes gleaming like diamond shards.

He clenches his jaw and tosses the headset aside.

          He looks as approachable as a wall, his shoulders stretching his white shirt, which clings to his skin like a groupie. But I know he’s not a wall; I’ve never wanted to throw myself at a wall like this.

He’s walking towards me. Every step he takes makes my heart pound as he moves with that quiet and confident own-the-world stride of his.

He stops a few feet away and shoves his hands into his pants pockets; and he seems so big all of a sudden, and he smells so utterly good. I drop my eyes to his tie as the little candle of hope I walked in with starts to flicker with doubt.
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Synopsis

The unexpected love story that began in MANWHORE continues heating up the pages in MANWHORE +1 by New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans…

Billionaire playboy? Check.

Ruthless businessman? Check.

Absolutely sinful? Check.

Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.

I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle–not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard.

Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I’ve become a hopeless Sinner.

Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me–something unexpected–and I want this wicked playboy’s heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?

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About

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Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!

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Blog Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): Rule Breaker by Harper Kincaid

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Title: Rule Breaker
Author: Harper Kincaid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 122 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis

Just one more can’t hurt…right?

Re-belle-ious, free-spirited Lauren Renwick has decided it’s time to trade her wings for roots. That means no more bad boys, no more foolish choices. Yet when she’s stood up on New Year’s Eve, her resolution to stick to her Mama’s Rules for Dating weakens. Especially when she spots sex-in-leather-and-tattoos, Jackson Sullivan.

One look at Lauren, and Jackson is hell-bent on getting her on the back of his Harley and riding straight for his bed. Their night together is an erotic rush that has a new word popping up on his horizon—forever.

Lauren tries to convince herself he’s just one last fling to get bad boys out of her system, yet she finds herself falling hard and fast for a man with a stalker ex and a meddling Irish family. Plus, he has zero chance of passing her uptight parents’ inspection.

Jackson has Lauren’s back, but if she wants all of his heart, she’ll have to meet him halfway—by ditching rules that hold her prisoner, and learning to stand up for what she really wants.

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Michelle's Review

Lauren Renwick has been stood up on New Year’s Eve, so what does she do, she drives over to a biker bar and drink her sorrows away. She is a former beauty queen with the tendency to attract “bad boys”. She tries to live to her parents expectations. Her mother has even written rules down on how to keep a man (those rules were so not working for Lauren).

As Lauren is contemplating her future, enter Jackson Sullivan, hot tattoo man in jeans. The attraction is off the charts. But Lauren does NOT want to go the “bad boy” route, little does she know, she should not judge a book by their cover.

Jackson is an extremely Alpha male and he wants Lauren. Their relationship moves at warped speed. I did love how Jackson had Lauren’s back especially when dealing with her old fashioned Southern parents. My issue with this book or rather novella, everything seemed too rushed. I wanted more substance.

The sexy times was hot, there was even some backdoor action. For me again, I felt like I read this type of relationship in other books. I would have preferred a little more angst. There was some involving an ex of Jackson, but it the storyline, again, felt rushed. The book was written well, I just wanted more of a story.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

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About

A woman with the heart of a revolutionary,

The mind of a pragmatist,

And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF…

Born in California and raised in South Florida, I’ve moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on my head ever since. Along the way, I’ve worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what I really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true and I am tickled pink with glitter over this good piece of fortune.

What else? Hmm…I love indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black because it’s slimming, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds),and making those close to me laugh ’til they snort. I’m a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia. I totally love hearing from readers so stalk me via social media or email me at HarperKincaid26@gmail.com!

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