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    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Review: Secrets of an Alpha Male

    Secrets of an Alpha Male Secrets of an Alpha Male by J.D. Hawkins
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Let me start by saying that I've read pretty much all of J.D. Hawkins books, I stalk him regularly on social media, and I'm a huge fan of his work. This book was a bit different from what I've come to expect from him, but it was enjoyable.

    First we meet Connor 'Alpha Male' Anderson, a cocky fighter who has literally been plucked from obscurity and thrust into what is the chance of the lifetime for his career - a chance against the current MMA Champion and to earn the belt. If only his incredible ego would just get out of his way. He meets Frankie, a yoga instructor, and her natural calm goes a long way in teaching Connor some humility, as well as helping him find a balance and to put his life in perspective.

    I adored these two characters. Their connection was instantaneous but they both had to put in the work in order to sustain any type of relationship with each other. The biggest sticking point was their pride. Gosh, it was so frustrating. Being able to swallow pride was a huge obstacle for them. However, when they were on, it was so sweet. Connor may have been 'Alpha' but it didn't prevent him from being able to open his heart.

    The intimate scenes were hot, as expected. The sparring and fighting played a huge role in the plot and definitely kept me engaged. There was also just enough drama to add some spice and keep things interesting. My only issue was that things needed to be fleshed out more. This was a delightfully light read, but it was vague on some details. I think the drama with Tara was brushed off too easily. And I guess I wanted more from the epilogue as well. I wanted to see more development of Connor and Frankie's relationship. Ah well, that wasn't in the cards. It didn't stop this from being an awesome book by an amazing author!

    An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review


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    Preppy by T.M. Frazier

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    The Bow Tie is Back!
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    Blurb
    Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck.


    He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.


    Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired.


    Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.


    And their deaths.


    For most people, death is the end of their story.
    For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning.


    This is the fifth book in the King Series and it's meant to be read after Soulless.

    Dirty by Belle Aurora






    Title: Dirty
    Series: RAW Family #2
    Author: Belle Aurora
    Genre: Romantic Suspense
    Release Date: October 31, 2016



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    My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
    People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

    Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
    Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
    Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

    They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
    They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

    Enter Julius Carter.
    Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

    He saved me.
    I screwed him over.

    Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
    It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

    The question was, who would get to me first?

    Mr. President by Katy Evans

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    Mr. President by Katy Evans

    Release Date: October 31st
    Genre: Contemporary Romance


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    Synopsis:

    He's won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?
    I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.
    He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.
    Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I'm determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.
    Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I'm helpless to resist.
    We're stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt's chance at the presidency on the line.
    Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
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    About the Author:

    Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.


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    Say You Want Me by Corinne Michaels

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    There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.

    He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I’m not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.

    It proves easier said than done.

    When the doctor informs me I’m the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can’t make this work, I’m gone.

    The problem is—when the cards are stacked against us, and I can’t bring myself to leave him, I’ll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real . . .





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    Wicked Little Words by Stevie J. Cole & BT Urruela

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    "With American Psycho vibes and characters that will haunt you, Wicked Little Words does not disappoint." - #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout
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    Synopsis:
    Edwin Allen Mercer
    I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they've read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.


    Miranda Cross
    All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.
    After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction...

    The Huntress by Kristen Hope Mazzola & Dawn Robertson

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    Blurb:
    I am not a good person. In fact, I am the worst of the worst. I was dragged down into the gutter and have thrived in this seedy underbelly where I was recreated. Reborn as Eleanor McGuire, socialite and professional hitwoman. The filthiest, dirtiest, high profile pieces of shit, I end them.
    I am the huntress.
    Corrupt men are my prey.

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Review: Dirty

    Dirty Dirty by Belle Aurora
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    If you're anything like me, as soon as you were finished reading Raw, you searched the Earth for book 2. If you were like me, when you got to the bittersweet ending of Raw and saw that the next book was nowhere in sight, you curled up into a ball and sucked on your thumb in despair like a little bish.



    Okay. So I didn't really do that but I came pretty close. I've been aching and pining for this book. I can't say that for many series, but this one definitely made the top of my to-be-read list. Thank you Belle Aurora for giving us Dirty. I am soooooo fcking grateful!!

    TWITCH!! OMG OMG OMG!! TWITCH!! I missed your sexy, hot, crazy, tatted, no time for the B.S. azz!!



    Stephen James is definitely my idea of Twitch. Just needs a tattoed 13 on his face!!

    This book was just as "raw" (if not more than) the first one. Twitch was focused on ridding the world of vermin so that he could get his life back, but the book primarily focuses on Julius. Goodness, Jay was such an amazing character. Different from Twitch, but no less brilliant in his own right. We get to see what kind of man he really is in this one, especially when he makes Alejandra his priority. His mission, eventually, was to protect her, love her, and be loved by her.

    This book was intense, action-packed, filled with insane amounts of betrayal and deception, and beautiful love. I'm so excited for book 3 and hopefully it's a shorter wait time.

    Was anyone super excited about the sneak peak at the end for book 3??? Seems like Twitch will be back to his old tricks LOL!! Made me even more eager to get my hands on it!!


    Fave line: "Yippee-kai-yay, motherfucker." ~ Twitch

    An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review


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    Mr. Rebound by Kat T. Masen

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    Title: Mr. Rebound
    Author: Kat T Masen
    Genre: Romantic Comedy
    Release Date: October 30
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    Synopsis
    Moving across the country was supposed to be a fresh start. I’d made mistakes, but I told myself I’d no longer prey on emotionally unstable women. I don’t do relationships—I’m a selfish bastard that enjoys not answering to anyone—and relationships mean being with only one woman. More often than not, one that carries emotional baggage, like cheating exes or worse—kids.
    After landing myself in trouble, again, my cousin Charlie dared me to settle down with one woman. I’m not one to shy away from a dare, so I chose Scarlett Winters, the most wanted actress in Hollywood. The sexiest woman on Earth.
    I just needed to get past the roadblock—her assistant, Morgan Bentley.
    The wicked bitch of the west.
    Between her multiple personalities and the giant stick up her ass, I should’ve seen it coming. I’d been with enough women to read the signs. Morgan Bentley was after one thing, and one thing only. A rebound.
    That’s me, right?
    Mr Rebound.
    But what if this time I wanted more?

    Find Me Alastar by TL Swan

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    Cover Design: Louisa Maggio
    Release Date: October 30, 2016

    Synopsis

    He outbid me, that was our initial interaction.

    He was cocky, my first impression.

    Then he stole my heart, I don't even think he noticed.

    Alastar O'Shea was full of sexual energy, the things he would say, the addictive things he would do.

    He knew how to make me come undone.

    He knew how to love me.

    He was the best experience of my sheltered life.

    But do you ever really know who someone is?

    What if the story I know isn’t the story at all?

    I thought I knew him. I was wrong.

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    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Review: Mr. Rebound

    Mr. Rebound Mr. Rebound by Kat T. Masen
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I love books told from the male POV and Kat T. Masen killed it! She made me both love and hate the hero. He was a cocky bastard for the most part, but thankfully he had some rather redeemable qualities.

    Noah was a manwhore. Plain and simple. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that. He was a single guy, out to have fun, and no one got hurt. What set him apart was that all of his conquests happened to be seeking a rebound and he seemed to always be at the right place at the right time. Convenient huh? LOL. One day his "machinations" (and c'mon, his intentions weren't the greatest) went too far and suddenly he's packed up and moved to California. He makes himself a promise that this move will be his fresh start, that he won't continue his past behaviour. Pretty soon, he's getting knocked on his ass by a woman named Morgan, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, she ends up breaking both of their hearts. That's right, Noah found himself falling in love. Imagine that??? Now who does Mr. Rebound go to for a rebound?

    The story was a riot. No lie. You will laugh at the many inappropriate moments throughout this book. I know I did. But it's also incredibly endearing and I couldn't avoid falling for Noah's charm and rooting for him to find his "happy ending" (pun intended).

    An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review


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    Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

    Title: Tru Blue
    Author: Melissa Foster
    Genre: Dark Romance
    Release Date: November 9, 2016
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    Imagine falling in love with a man, then finding out he was a killer...TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster. 

    He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover...

    There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family--Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

    Buried Secrets by J.C. Valentine

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    Buried Secrets

    by J.C. Valentine
    Publication Date: November 29, 2016
    Genres: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Suspense
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    Synopsis: How do you live with yourself when you don’t even know who you are?
    On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.


    **AUTHOR’S NOTE** Buried Secrets is a New Adult, mystery thriller with very little romance but heavy on the suspense.

    Review: Tru Blue

    Tru Blue Tru Blue by Melissa Foster
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This book was incredibly heartwarming. It was full of feels, especially the warm and fuzzy kind. It dealt with abuse, addiction, family, friends, expectations, despair, hope, dreams, and letting love in to light up your life. Melissa Foster wrote one awesomely hot gem of a book and I recommend that every romance lover out there take the time to read it!

    "The heart doesn't care about bloodlines or birth parents. It just seems to know how to love in the same way our lungs know how to breathe."


    There are too many adjectives to describe Truman. Humble, respectful, protective, talented and he had an immense capacity to love. Ergo, he more than deserved the moniker of Tru Blue. Paired with Gemma, a spunky and pushy and gorgeous gift of a woman with a heart of gold, their story had intense chemistry and fierce love. Gosh, it was love by the buckets full!

    "This man. This incredible man should be too damaged to know how to love. Too broken to want to embrace life. And yet here he stood, her pillar of strength, revealing all his weaknesses and fears, baring his tormented soul."


    To be honest, I'm still pretty much fangirling over Truman. He was the epitome of a man and I found so much pleasure with him as a character. He was such an awe-inspiring person. It's not often that I fall in love with the hero so quickly, but I loved Truman from the start and it was very hard to let him, and the beautiful family he created, go. Adieu Tru Blue!!

    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    POV: Dual - 3rd person
    Heat: 4 out of 5
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    An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review


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    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Tricked by Rebecca Zanetti

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    We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for TRICKED by Rebecca Zanetti, a novella in her Dark Protectors Series brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy of this sexy  novella today!


    My Review:

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    My rating: 4 of 5 stars


    WOW!! What a delightfully intense novella. Somehow Rebecca Zanetti found a way to pack a full story into a few pages, giving enough to satisfy me while at the same time I'm clamoring for more!

    Jared Reese was a 400+ year old vampire who was tasked with saving the life of his sister-in-law's BFF, Veronica. You see, Veronica had been poisoned and now had only days to live. However, the mating between these two characters would not only cure her, but also grant her immortality.

    There were so many unrealistic elements to this story but it was part of what made it amazing. These unrealistic elements are part of what I love and appreciate so much of Paranormal Romance. Jared was oh so sexy, Alpha, scary, intelligent, protective and dominant. Veronica was smart and sassy, the perfect match for the strong and vicious vamp.

    Now I am excited to add not only the rest of this author's work to my TBR because her writing was THAT GOOD, but I'm also adding the short stories that comprise the 1001 Dark Nights anthology.

    Marry Me Mad by Katy Regnery

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    Marry Me Mad is one swoonworthy read!

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    Blurb:
    Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery's New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!
    For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.


    Get to know the families of Blueberry Lane!


    *All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*

    Gangster Moll by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner

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    Gangster Moll

    by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner
    Gun Moll #2
    Publication Date: November 14, 2016
    Genres: Adult, Mafia Romance, Interracial Romance, Erotic Romance
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    Synopsis: As a newly Made Capo in the Pivetti Crime Family, all eyes are on James “Mac” Maccari, and not for a particularly good reason. The way to his new position in the family was paved with blood, and that left some all too suspicious of where—or who—he might be going after next. Mac isn’t interested in playing to the politics of other Made men or Cosa Nostra. His only goal is to keep his promise and be waiting for his gun moll when she’s finally released from prison.
    Until all hell breaks loose … again.


    Fresh off her six month sentence, Melina Morgan is all too ready to get back to life, and Mac. The mafia life has been one learning curve after another, but with Mac at her side, there’s nothing that they can throw at her that she can’t handle. Even with a ring on her finger, and a new last name to go with it, Melina won’t be domesticated. But with a man like Mac, he wasn’t exactly looking for that kind of a woman, anyway.


    Sometimes, wedding bells bring bloodstains …


    When directed attacks start to happen, taking the lives of some of the highest Made men in the Pivetti family, distrust and unrest begins to breed throughout the ranks. Someone is making a move on the boss’s seat, and it seems far too easy to put the blame at Mac’s feet when every single attack is somehow connected to him. All over again, Mac and Melina find they’re fighting an uphill battle to keep each other safe and survive.


    But this time, they might not be fighting alone …

    Tru Blue by Melissa Foster ~ Pre-order

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    Title: Tru Blue

    Author: Melissa Foster

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Release Day: November 9th

    BADD MOTHERF*CKER by Jasinda Wilder

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    Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? That’s what they say, at least. I went into that day hoping I’d get the happiest day of my life. What I got? The worst. I mean, you really can’t get any worse of a day without someone actually dying.

    So…I may have gotten just a little drunk, and maybe just a tad impetuous…

    And landed myself in a dive bar somewhere in Alaska, alone, still in my wedding dress, half-wasted and heart-broken.

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    Eight brothers, one bar.

    Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke, yeah?

    I kinda think so.

    Wanna hear another joke? A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress.

    I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on this earth I need.

    I got a bar needs running, and only me to run it—at least until my seven wayward brothers decide to show their asses up…

    Then this chick walks in, fine as hell, wearing a soaked wedding dress that leaves little enough to the imagination—and I’ve got a hell of an imagination.

    I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. Not so much as a finger, not even innocently.

    But I did.