Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review: Heartthrob by Willow Winters

Heartthrob Heartthrob by Willow Winters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release Date: August 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 3 out of 5
Type: Standalone

Nathan was a bad boy. Or at least that’s what the rumor is. Indeed, he came from the wrong side of the tracks, but aside from that I didn’t see any evidence of him being ‘bad’. Harlow was the good girl who couldn’t get enough of him. They had a history of poor communication and fights over virtually nothing, which made their relationship volatile. A night of unavoidable pain drove the two young lovers apart. Hearts were broken and they never believed they would see the other again. And yet, 10 years later, both happen to be on the same set for a TV show that they’re both starring in. History really has a habit of repeating itself with these two and their lack of communication was causing problems again.

I spent most of this book confused. It was one thing to not know the big ‘secret’ that Nathan and Harlow shared. The huge ‘secret’ that drove them apart. I’m all for ‘secrets’. However, they spent so much more time being inside their own heads instead of talking that their story became a tad bit frustrating. To the point that when the gigantic ‘secret’ was finally revealed, I didn’t even care anymore. I was more concerned with Harlow’s immaturity. She was around 28 years old and acted like a young adult. Not acceptable. On top of that, I didn’t like how Nathan was made out to be the bad guy. He was a freaking hero! Much effort was made to set the stage for this story but I feel like not enough attention was placed on how the story would unfold. I wasn’t invested in this couple’s HEA because I was still flabbergasted by the lack of ‘realness’ in the end. I really liked Nathan but I guess I wanted more development of his story. Their story. It felt incomplete.

One thing you can never take away from Willow Winters is how original her stories are. From one book to the next, it’s almost like reading from a different author and no two stories are the same. I really like that. With overlapping tropes and so few tropes to choose from, I can imagine it’s difficult for authors to make each story seem unique. So kudos to her for achieving the almost unachievable.



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Sick Fux by Tillie Cole ★ Public Announcement ★



When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
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Excerpt:

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Jackson Cane tastes like red-hot cinnamon, salt water, and sin.

When he concentrates, his long fingers twist in the back of his dark hair, right at the base of his neck, and he tugs.

Tugs… tugs…

I like to weave my fingers between his and pull.

Then ocean-blue eyes blink up to mine sending electricity humming in my veins. He smiles. I smile, and it isn’t long before our lips touch. I climb onto his lap in a straddle as I open my mouth, and his delicious tongue finds mine heating every part of my body. Our kisses are languid and deep, chasing and tasting. We sizzle like fireworks on a hot summer night…

Eventually, with a heavy sigh, I pull away, but hours later my mouth is still burning. I taste him everywhere I go.

Lying in my bed in the dark room, my heart aches, heavy and painful in my chest. Every breath is a burden. I blink slowly at the ceiling and slide my tongue against the back of my teeth thinking about hot cinnamon, tangy salt, caramel and sugar, sunshine and the best summer of my life…

The instant I hear it, I’m on my feet and tiptoeing to my open window. The low growl of an engine tells me he’s there in the darkness, out on the street in the shadows just past the streetlight.

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Title: Rocking Standby
Author: Cassandra Lawson
Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22
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There are a lot of perks that go along with being an up and coming rock star. I may not get the private jet, but I always fly first class. Gone are the days when I have to pursue a woman. They toss their panties at me and shove their numbers in the front of my jeans. I am living a charmed life.
So, how did I end up stuck as a standby passenger, hoping to get a flight? Not only did I get stuck in coach, I ended up seated next to the girl next door. Bentley seems sweet and genuine, a far cry from the women I normally date. At least, that’s what I believed before finding out Bentley is a deceitful gold-digger.
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There is no room in my life for romance. That’s what I’ve been telling myself since I lost the number of the sweet guy I met on my flight. He somehow managed to turn my bad day around, and for a short time, I considered going out with him. He’d been funny and sweet, or so I’d believed. Boy was I wrong.
Gage Addison isn’t just some guy from my flight. He’s lead guitarist of Reckless Release—a freaking rock star! No matter how sweet they seem, I don’t date musicians, especially one who calls me a gold-digging whore the second time he sees me. Getting involved with Gage is not an option, no matter how hot he makes me.

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Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

When Hearts Collide by Niecey Roy ✫ Cover Reveal ✫


Cover Design: RBA Designs
Release Date: September 18, 2017

Synopsis

Rachel Bennett’s plan is simple, no distractions until she finds her dream job. What she didn’t plan for was a fender bender with a scowling, sexy man in an expensive suit. Craig Larsen has enough stress trying to save his dealership’s reputation, he definitely doesn’t need a sassy redhead who can’t drive turning everything upside down. One thing is certain, life was much more peaceful before they crashed into each other.

Fate has other plans for them, though. Soon they find themselves plotting a yard war against a grumpy neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of an old high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?

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He’s done holding back

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Review: Stronger by Janet Nissenson

Stronger Stronger by Janet Nissenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I realized after reading Stronger that I’ve had the good fortune to read this series in its entirety. How cool is that? No worries though - if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series or read a few not all, this reads completely as a standalone. Past characters are there in the periphery (some are closer than others), but it’s not necessary to know their stories in order to understand, follow along, and fall in love with Dante and Cara’s love story.

Dante had his heart broken. He was in love with a woman who seemed to love herself more than anyone else. He was on the brink of proposing to her when she called off their relationship, choosing her career over a life with him. Dante was deep in despair and his friends and family had had enough and encouraged him to move on. However, doing so is harder than anyone realizes. That is until a sweet, fresh and beautiful woman named Cara brings sunshine to his life. She’s too young for him, too good, and she deserves a man who can give her everything. Dante can’t imagine being who she needs because not only does he not want to travel that road again, but he’s got unresolved feelings for his ex. So what happens when the ex comes crawling back?

I’m a huge fan of Janet Nissenson’s writing. Her writing is almost lyrical and her stories are always passionate. She did an amazing job of drawing a picture in my mind of Dante. And let’s be real, this was Dante’s story more than anyone else’s. He was the star amongst bit players. I could feel his pain, confusion, depression, anger, desire and love. I could not only feel these things, but the author gave me a chance to understand them. I think the only complaint I have is that I wanted more time with Dante and Cara as an everlasting couple. I think an epilogue in the future would have absolutely made my day. However, if you’re looking for angst, drama, intense passion, and fierce love, then this story’s got all that and more.

Note to the author: Janet, in your note to us readers you stated, “I know that for some readers the stories have seemed too long, too detailed…”. I say NO! I wouldn’t change a damn thing. You gave us your all and it was more evident through each book how much of your heart was poured into the pages. I’m sad to say goodbye to this series but I’m glad you’ll be giving us the holiday edition to ease the pain of this farewell.

Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Primarily Dual - 3rd person
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Type: Standalone - Book 6 of the Inevitable series with character crossover


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Heartless by Michelle Horst ✱ Release + Review Blitz ✱










I’m warned that Carter Hayes is heartless.

He’s part of the screw crew.
He’ll just use you and leave you.
He’s ruthless and always gets what he wants.

Just look for the trail of broken hearts and dreamy sighs and you’ll find him.

“Hot as sin, Carter.”

I don’t have time to fall head over heels for any guy. Besides, he’d never notice someone like me. I have a three step plan. Get through college. Get a job. Get my sister out of the hell hole I left her in. That’s all I have time for.

That’s until I hear of the betting pool the guys started. Whoever screws me first gets the money.  The moment Carter looks at me, I know it’s only because of the bet.

I tell myself our first kiss is only for show.
I hate my heart for falling for his irresistible charm.

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Title: Heartthrob

Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2017


Blurb


Nathan Hart is charismatic with a beautiful smile that makes women weak in the knees. A former bad boy with a mysterious past. He was made to be in Hollywood, on the cover of magazines and the star of movies.

He’s what dreams are made of … and tabloid gold.

But there’s more to him that he hasn’t told a soul. Even the gossip columns will never know.

Something that draws me to him unlike anyone has before.

Something that could ruin us both.

He whispers to play along; he promises it will all be alright.

I can’t tell him no, even if I wanted to.

The moment he locked his light blue eyes on me, I was ruined.

I never stood a chance. I only pray our pasts don’t rip us apart.

Heartthrob is just one of six scandalous romances from Best Selling Authors.

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Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: September 21, 2017

Synopsis


I was done.

Done with men.

Women say it all the time; they get fed up, throw their hands in the air, and vow a life of celibacy—until the next chiseled chest comes into view and then they’re foaming at the mouth and wiping the drool from their chins. But this was different, I really meant it.

I’d been manhandled by the last pig that would ever bring his sausage near me. After one of the nastiest divorces in history, followed by some of the crudest and raunchiest dates, I’d decided to bat for the other team.

…At least I tried.

But creating the next Brat Pack hadn’t been on the agenda. Neither had Collier West. And I wasn’t prepared for finding true love at the end of my gal-pal tryst.

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I met him in a snow storm...
We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck.
We fought.
We touched.
We fell.
Hard.

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She literally crashed into my life...
The last thing I wanted was a relationship. Especially with a quirky chick who drove me insane. But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart.
And I had to have her.
All of her.
Now.

Review: Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

Most Valuable Playboy Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most Valuable Playboy was another stunner from New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely! By the end of the first sentence on the first page I found myself already falling for the charms of one Cooper Armstrong!!

Cooper’s been warming the bench for three years while with the Renegades. When the team’s starting quarterback finally retires, it’s Cooper’s time to shine. After a slow start, that’s exactly what he does. There’s only one little fly in the ointment - the owner’s sister, Maxine, and her determination to have him. The night of the Most Valuable Playboy auction, not wanting to rock the boat with the owner, especially during the negotiation for his new (hopefully) contract, Cooper’s desperate to have someone outbid Maxine and save him from her predatory clutches. In swoops Violet to the rescue, which sparks their fake relationship, which wasn’t really all that fake, and their journey to love.

Funnily enough, I loved everyone in this story. It’s so rare for this to happen that I kept looking for someone to hate. Anyone really. Never happened. Even Maxine with her almost pathetic attempts at seduction had endeared herself to me. I can’t even pinpoint what exactly I loved most about this book. This author has an amazing technique when it comes to writing from the male perspective and this story was no different. Cooper was an accomplished athlete who was dedicated to his career, focused on his plan, and had a kind and generous heart, which showed throughout this story at every turn. And although we don’t get Violet’s perspective, it was easy to see that she was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and more than worthy of the love that Cooper had in store for her.

I swear, Cooper had me chuckling so much. Whether from his internal monologue:

"It warms the cockles of my heart to see so many here to help us support the charity. Yeah, I don’t know what cockles are either, but mine are toasty, and our fans are amazing."

Or his interactions with his teammates, his best friend, Trent, or his banter with Violet. There was no bad side to be found in all that made Cooper who he was and therefore I could find no reason to take away any stars in this review. He deserves all the stars. This world needs more men like this character and like the other men featured in this story. I’m going to try to patiently wait for Jones’ book, Most Likely To Score, because I’m excited to see how this star receiver and Jillian achieve their happily ever after. I hope Harlan’s after that!!

Release Date: September 1, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
POV: Male - 1st person
Heat: 4 out of 5
Type: Standalone


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Vigor by J.C. Valentine ✯ Release Blitz ✯


VIGOR, A Spartan Riders Novel

by J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders, #3
Cover Designer: Sara Eirew
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, MC Romance, Bikers, Standalone


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USA Today and International bestselling author J.C. Valentine is back with the latest in her electrifying, dangerous, and provocative world of the Spartan Riders MC…
After escaping an abusive marriage, Spartan Riders bartender Ginger “Red” Mercury is determined to live life on her own terms. When the club’s VP declares her untouchable and stakes his own claim on her, she finds herself ready to wage war.
A year after inoculating the threat from notorious cartel leader Ricky Cruiz, Garrick “Repo” Stone, the last-standing original member of the Spartan Riders MC, has his focus on something else: monogamy. Having decided to settle down and take an ol’ lady, he has his sights set on Red…and he has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win her.
When a new threat makes itself known, threatening everything the brothers stand for and care about, they’re left scrambling to find out who’s behind it before it’s too late. With the high-stakes game of war looming over them, will Red be able to open her heart to love before outside forces pull her and Repo apart?

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He's loved Tiff since high school--but tragedy has blockaded her heart.

Tyee University football player Riley Black has adored Tiff since high school, but she's never felt the same way. As Riley enters his senior year of college, he's finally moving on and enjoying the perks of being a star athlete. Until one glimpse of Tiff unearths all those old feelings of longing and desire, not to mention the trauma of their shared past.

Tiffani Vernon has been running from her demons for seven years. When she's forced to return to Seattle for financial reasons and attend the same college as Riley, she's confronted with the traumatic event which has shaped her future and scarred her memories of Riley. Tiff struggles to avoid her secret high school crush, but he's not having any of it. He's pursuing her with a relentless determination to prove once and for all, they were meant to be together.

Can love finally heal their wounds or will they succumb to the pain and forever wonder what could have been?

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To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.

Review: Heartless by Michelle Horst

Heartless Heartless by Michelle Horst
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t go looking at my rating thinking I didn’t like the book. I did. Honestly. Who doesn’t enjoy a good enemies-to-lovers trope? I sure as heck do. And it may be the case that it’s just me and there really was no problem with this story, but I didn’t love this one.

Let’s explore why…

I felt like I was told about the Screw Crew (yeah, that’s really what these men called themselves) and I was supposed to love them despite it all. Despite the fact that they wore their whoring ways as a badge of honor. Despite the fact that girls were clamoring to add themselves to the ‘screw list’. Despite the fact that a wager was placed on who would be able to bed the heroine.



I wasn’t feeling it.

Then I was supposed to fall for and feel for the heroine because she lost her parents at such a tender age and was responsible for the upbringing of her younger sister. But not really because a kind woman named Sue took on that responsibility while she was free to venture to college. And it wasn’t like she was raking in the dough to really help out. And her plan to create a better life for her sister didn’t seem well planned. But I digress. Yes, I felt sympathy. Yes, I tried to be understanding. No, I didn’t really like her. And yes, I felt some type of way.



No. Not really. Call me cold but I really wasn’t moved.

So I’m subjected to the cruel attitude and mean words the hero, Carter, throws at Della while they’re in college. I guess that was supposed to show me how heartless he was. I wasn’t very convinced. Especially because not too long after their many head-to-head, foot-to-mouth arguments, he’d be driving himself crazy thinking about her. Talking about her being under his skin. Hmmm… but your ‘heartless’ though?! It was a real schoolyard ‘pull her hair to show her you like her’ type of deal. I guess it could be considered cute.



Crazy.

Okay, so fast forward four years after Carter and Della have a one-night stand. Kinda predictable. I swear, I could tell you how this story would go without even reading it. However, this predictability is the biggest reason why I enjoyed this book so much. Who could ever turn away from cute kids? Shoot, cute kids can save a story sometimes, I tell ya. I must admit that with this plot device, Carter became immensely appealing and I started to really care for the fellow. Even the little twist towards the end that the author inserted to liven things up was actually a pleasure to read. I only wish that sort of entertainment was felt throughout the story instead of when I’ve basically made it to the finish line.

So, again, I enjoyed the story. I think it was more of a ME thing, not an everyone else thing. So, as always, take my words with a grain of salt. I’ve read other books by this author that I’ve loved (i.e. Predator) and this story in no way is going to stop me from reading future books from her. I think the chakra that drives my reading was off or something.

Release Date: August 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Second Chance/Enemies to Lovers
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 3.5-4 out of 5
Type: Standalone - Book 1 of the Enemies to Lovers series


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Monday, August 28, 2017

✯✯✯ Hate to Love You by Tijan ✧ Release Blitz ✯✯✯

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Hate to Love You by Tijan

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Publication Date: August 28th


Rule #1: No hot guys.

It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.

No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.

I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.

Right?

Wrong.

And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

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Title: Blood Stained Tranquility
Series: Ryze #2
Author: N. Isabelle Blanco
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Release Date: August 28, 2017


Blurb

Evesse 

Five weeks ago, my best friend was abducted. A sacrifice for the God of Lust.

It wasn’t the beginning of her end . . . it turned out to be the beginning of mine.

I’ve been brought back from the dead.

Only to be condemned to die once more.

I’ve awakened to find myself mated to Zeniel, the God of Tranquility. But, no. That isn’t who he is anymore.

I’m so vile that simply meeting me tore out the most primal, dark force inside him.

He’s a demon.

A mythical monster.

An indiscriminate killer.

He’s made to destroy the entire fucking world . . . and I’d give anything to have him.