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Release blitz & review: Never Again

RB BannerNever Again, by Lilliana Anderson

Publication: December 14, 2017

never againAbout the book: 

“This is highly inappropriate.”
“Why?” he rumbled in my ear.
“Because you’re so young, and because I’m now your boss.”
“That just makes it more exciting.”

Not even a year after marrying the guy she’d thought was the love of her life, Cora Knowles is already requesting a divorce. To her recollection, philandering was not a part of her wedding vows, and she wasn’t about to stand by while ‘Sally from accounts’ rolled about on her Egyptian cotton sheets.
While trying to soothe her broken heart with copious amounts of cake and liqueur chocolates, her best friend, Olivia suggests that the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. Problems arise when the one Cora ‘gets under’ turns out to be the son of the Director of Prosecution—her boss. Worse still, he’s young. Younger than Cora originally thought, and younger than she’s comfortable with.
But, when the attraction is undeniable, Cora needs to decide whether she’ll turn her back on the enigmatic Brandon Sharp, or take a risk and follow her heart, even though she promised herself she’d never do that again…

My Review:

This was an interesting novel in several ways. Cora has been with Jack for 11 years and married for one year when everything comes crashing down. Her crazy friend, Olivia gets her to go out to live a little when she meets “green eyes,” who rocks her world. However, this is just the beginning of a lot of awkwardness, drama, and soul-searching, especially since he is about 10 years younger than she is. You know how you can’t help but look when you drive past a car accident? Never Again was somewhat like that.

So, first of all, I immediately sympathized and empathized with Cora because of her nasty, cheating husband. Not only did her personal/love life crash because of him, but it also resulted in professional consequences. So yes, she needed a night out with her best friend Olivia. Where she lost me was with her lying. Whether outright or lying by omission, I’m not a fan and I lose any affection for a character, real-person, etc. once lies are present.

Then there is Brandon. Young, gorgeous, charming, and obviously an expert in the bedroom. I loved that he made Cora feel so alive again, and I really tried to believe that there were real, true, emotional feelings between them. But it just didn’t feel right with me. No worries about hooking up with a younger, hot, world-rocking man after what had happened in her marriage, but as things progressed and as more information came to light about Brandon, I just didn’t feel like rooting them on.

Despite all of this, I was completely sucked into this novel and found it completely engaging (albeit like a car wreck, but still). I read along with this novel watching Cora dig a deeper and deeper grave, and was consumed with the plot and what would happen next. So, despite any moral conflicts, I can still recognize a page-turning plot when I see one!

Never Again isn’t at the top of my favorite reads list just because I didn’t trust the main characters, but this was still a great read. The hot, steamy scenes are off the charts (think Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina and Brad), there is never-ending conflict keeping you on the edge of your seat, and there is also some wonderful scenes where Olivia embraces some serious life changes. If you can separate real-life from fiction and connect with these characters despite their faults, then this will be one hell of a read.

*Thanks to Give Me Books Promotions for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Lilliana AndersonAUTHOR BIO

 Bestselling Author of the Beautiful Series, Drawn and 47 Things, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.

Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters with all the quirks you’d expect from those born Down Under.

Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in a city and suburban setting.

When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children.

Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.

Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.
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Book Review: No One Ever Asked

No One Ever Asked, by Katie Ganshert

Publication: WaterBrook; April 3, 2018

 

no one everAbout the book: Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?

My Review:

So this is a challenging book to review. The premise of the novel is that a school district loses accreditation, therefore, students from another district are going to be brought into the uber-fabulous Crystal Ridge district. The parents of the students in the Crystal Ridge district are not happy about this integration, and even those that would swear up and down they don’t have a racist bone in their bodies, soon have to face their inner-demons and confront how their actions are affecting their children. 

There are several main characters in No One Ever Asked. Camille Gray is the “perfect” housewife and PTA mom, parent to 3 children and married to Neil. Then there is Jen. Jen and her husband Nick have recently adopted a young girl from Liberia named Jubilee. Another prominent character is Anaya, a first-year teacher to the Crystal Ridge district and sister of a student attending high school in the district. 

To put it simply, all three of these very different women have some serious issues. Camille’s marriage isn’t what she thought, her children are not what she thought, and she learns a lot about the impact of her own actions, although she feels that she means no harm. Jen is trying to fit into this picture-perfect community but struggles with her Liberian-born daughter and her emotional outbursts. Anaya is trying to make a difference and ease racial tensions in her new school district but refuses to acknowledge her own actions that can be perceived as judgemental. 

A prominent theme throughout this novel relates to a common phrase, “out of the mouths of babes.” Despite how clever and mysterious us parents think we are, our children see us, they hear us, and they pick up on our opinions, reactions, etc. Even worse, they will adopt and verbalize our opinions, because we’re their parents and we must be right. Right?? Both Camille and Anaya were guilty in this novel of “do as I say, not as I do” pertaining to race relations, although it took a lot for them to realize that. And poor Jen was just struggling to stay afloat being a white couple with a Liberian daughter, that also was really struggling with her new family and new life. Jen was my favorite character, especially because of her raw honesty. Not only did she question her parenting skills, she had times that she questioned her love for her adopted child. Sure, she was overwhelmed, exhausted, etc., yet the author showed us what she thought and felt, despite it being such taboo feelings from a mother. 

This novel touches on sexual harassment, guns, infidelity, illness, injuries, and strains between parents and children (especially adult children and their parents). Let me forewarn you that this is not a happy story by any means. There are numerous moments that I can best describe as uncomfortable. But they are uncomfortable because Katie Ganshert did not sugar-coat anything. She tossed out all of the things no one wants to acknowledge or discuss and forced her characters to look them in the eye, therefore, making her readers also acknowledge these issues. 

I don’t think Ganshert had any great political or sociological agenda with this novel, but it will certainly make you think. You may feel proud of yourself in ways and in some other ways, you may cringe a little as you see catch glimpses of yourself or your own family. Nevertheless, the writing is exquisite and this is an important book to read.

*Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Blog tour, review, & giveaway: Nights at Seaside

NEW RELEASE…

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Nights at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Nights. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In NIGHTS at SEASIDE… 

Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.

Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart.

Nights at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Nights by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on the Nights at Seaside book tour! Will I ever tire of Addison Cole, her fabulous female characters, and heart-stopping leading men? Not likely! Nights at Seaside is definitely a sweet treat because we finally get Sky Laroux’s story! Funky, bohemian Sky is a tattoo artist, free spirit, poetry lover, and constantly has her best friend Blue or one of her brothers by her side as her great protector. But Sky is getting sick of the overbearing men in her life not seeing her as a grown woman. Sawyer bass is a super-sexy, sensitive, a musician, and a solid muscle boxer. Despite his swoon-worthy writing and way with words, Sawyer is struggling with his own inner demons about whether or not to stay in the ring. And when these two meet, just get ready for some fireworks!

If you’ve been following this series and ever wondered if there may be something more between Sky and Blue, then you should love this one! Always joined at the hip with Blue or one of her brothers, Sky hasn’t had a lot of luck meeting men and has never been in love. Luckily, Sawyer Bass literally sings his way into her life and she is completely taken with him. Despite his ruggedly handsome looks, Sawyer is just as sweet and sensitive as Sky, and there is instant chemistry between them. 

I must admit that Sawyer has now moved to the top of my list of book boyfriends, although I realize I say this frequently when reviewing anything by Addison Cole or Melissa Foster. But this time, I mean it. I loved this man from the beginning of the book until the end. He has such a huge heart, he’s romantic, poetic, strong, sexy, and so on. Honestly, of all of the characters in this series, I think Sawyer and Sky have been the most complex and all of the various sides of them flowed together beautifully throughout the novel. 

Besides just a budding romance, Nights at Seaside touches on several heart-breaking but relevant issues such as the risks of concussions in sports, the effects of debilitating illness on a family, and the guilt of trying to provide for loved ones. But don’t let me scare you into thinking this is a tear-jerker because there is still plenty of the trademark humor that I have grown to love in this series, especially concerning pranks that they pull on one another at Seaside!

Unfortunately, my vocabulary is nowhere near vivid enough to describe my love for this novel and the entire series. Addison Cole has stolen my heart again and left with me a warm, fuzzy smile on my face at the end of one of her novels. 

*Thanks to Beck Valley Book Tours and Addison Cole for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Also available… 
Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.


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Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside 

Coming Soon!

Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Blog tour, review, & giveaway: Only For You

NEW RELEASE……..

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. Hers could be right next door…

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

My Review:

I’m very excited to be a part of the tour for Melissa Foster’s latest romance, Only For You! This second novel in the Sugar Lake series focuses on Bridgette Dalton and Bodhi Booker and is packed with so many swoon-worthy moments! Bridgette owns the flower shop connected to her sister Willow’s bakery and is a single mom raising her five-year-old son Louie. Bridgette has always put Louie first and tried to create a life of love and stability for Louie since her husband Jerry died when Louie was just a baby. Bodhi lives a life on the edge as a rescuer in secret missions, but is Bridgette’s temporary neighbor since he bought a home for his mother in Sweetwater for her to live after her retirement. Bodhi never does relationships because he can’t promise he’ll make it back from his missions alive, and Bridgette has never brought men into Louie’s life, hoping to save him from the heartbreak of a man going away again.

Bridgette is a fantastic, dynamic character who is so easy to relate to as she juggles the joys and challenges of being a single, working mom. She’s such a fluid character that was smart, funny, beautiful, and caring. Bodhi did not appear to have a sweet or gentle side at all in the first portion of the book. Actually, he was the epitome of a hot, brooding, closed-off loner that you would want to avoid. However, as the novel progresses, Melissa Foster reveals an amazingly caring, romantic, loyal, and loving man that made my heart so happy! As always with Foster’s novels, the supporting characters were also wonderful, but Louie was the cutest thing ever. For a five-year-old character, Louie is so well-developed and steals the spotlight numerous times with his sweet innocence.

Only For You embraces the concept of love and the sacrifices that we will make for those that we love. Themes include dating and relationships when one of both parties have children, as well as, the importance of strength, love, and support within families. My main thoughts after reading are that some things are just meant to be despite walls we build around ourselves. Every once in awhile people are just magnetically drawn to one another despite how hard they may resist the pull, and some have killer chemistry 🙂 Bodhi and Bridgette’s story will definitely not disappoint contemporary romance fans and I promise that you will fall head over heels for both Bodhi and Louie. As per the norm, I have fallen in love with another Melissa Foster and another one of her leading men!

*Thanks so much to Beck Valley and Melissa Foster for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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The Real Thing (Sugar Lake Book 1)
Fall in love on the shores of Sugar Lake in the small town of Sweetwater with Willow Dalton and Zane Walker.

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?

Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.

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About the author
Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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Book Review: Marked for Death

Marked for Death (Blind Jacks MC)

By J.C. Valentine

Publication: November 27, 2017

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Tiffany

Leading a nomadic life, I’ve been on the run from my rich ex-husband for years. I’ve learned every trick in the book, staying one step ahead of him and his trackers. He’s taken everything from me, and despite everything, I’ve managed to carve out a life. But he’s getting close again. It’s time to hit the road, to start over…but it looks like the universe has other plans.

Ryder

As Sargent at Arms, stalking the crazy man trying to kill my MC brothers is part of my job description. Protecting the club is what I live for. Unfortunately, today I’m the loser in our never-ending game of cat and mouse. The last thing I remember before waking up in the emergency room is staring up at the sky while bleeding out onto the cold, hard pavement. Then the pretty nurse walks in and turns my world sideways, and those soft hands know just how to handle a big, angry biker like me. With a psycho on my tail, the stakes couldn’t be higher. I know I should walk away, but self-preservation has never been much of a strong suit. As my enemy closes in, I’ve got no gun, three bullet holes, and absolutely zero patience left. The question is, who will be the one to sign my death warrant—the crazy-ass biker who’s gunning for me…or the sexy-as-sin nurse I’ve got a hard-on for?

My Review:

I’ve learned over the past year that MC novels are my favorite sinful delight! Granted there is inappropriate dialogue and at first seemingly demeaning connotations towards women, but what can I say, it’s my guilty pleasure! Marked for Death was definitely a guilty pleasure but just too short! It was a great start to the new Blind Jacks MC series, but oh how I wanted more of Ryder!

As typical with MC novels, Marked for Death focuses on a sweet, intelligent, caring woman that finds herself completely intrigued with a bad-ass biker. What made this novella stand out from the rest was the exquisite writing and incredible characterization courtesy of J.C. Valentine. More of a short story than a novella, the author packs a punch with Tiffany and Ryder, making you cringe, stress, swoon, and celebrate all in one tiny package. 

Being that it is so short, I don’t want to go into the plot much more than the blurb already does, but let me say that the story is a romantic one as one man finds himself injured, yet still needs to finish a job, while a woman finds herself completely out of her element when she wants to help him. Just wait for their flirty banter and especially their conversations in their intimate moments, because there is some serious soul-sharing that occurs that will make your heart burst. 

If you’re a fan of MC romances, or even if you haven’t yet taken that leap, this is one that should not be missed! I can’t wait to see what J.C. Valentine has for us next in this series!

*Thanks to IndieSagePR for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Plan

The Plan, by Ella James

Publication: HEA Press, LLC; November 26, 2017

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You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.
Not for love, for baby.
Crazy, right?
That’s what I thought.
Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.
When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well, you know.
Then I see Gabriel McKellan. He’s Fate’s most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below me. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe’s well-endowed in other ways and great in bed to boot. I would know. He’s my ex-husband.
When I suggest The Plan, I don’t imagine that he’ll take the bait. It’s been ten years, and we don’t work. But Fate has other plans for both of us.

My Review:

The Plan is an emotionally charged, second chance romance between Marley and Gabe. After a whirlwind Vegas wedding, the two ended up divorced and went their separate ways. Years later when Marley decides to move home to Fate, Alabama, she finds herself renting space in the same house as her ex, Gabe. Over the years, Gabe has become a successful writer, but also suffered hardship involving an ex-girlfriend. Marley has become a doctor but has been unlucky in love and especially unlucky in achieving her true dream – to become a mother. After some serious nastiness and hate between Marley and Gabe, the ice starts to thaw a bit as their relationship changes. 

First of all, I really enjoyed this unique novel, primarily because it touched on so many different situations and emotions. I have to admit that I struggled with both characters at first, and especially some of the plot structure. A lot was left to the imagination regarding how they came to be married and the reasons for their divorce. There were also various things that popped up throughout the story that came out of left field or just didn’t make sense. Like the jet and the shopping experience in New York – who knew Gabe was so wealthy? Where was the older woman that owned the house that they were sharing? Even some of the steamy sex scenes were confusing at times, which probably sounds silly but I honestly had to re-read several of them because I felt like I missed some significant turns in the events, lol. Despite these things, as I said before, the story was unique and different from anything I’ve read, so kudos to Ella James for shaking things up a bit in the world of contemporary romance!

Marley’s character was hilarious at times, but she also confused the hell out of me at times. Gabe’s character was not likable in the least in the first third of the story, but he came to really grow on me. Don’t get me wrong, I truly loved both characters after getting into the story and it I effortlessly became invested in this couple as things changed and progressed. I couldn’t help but root for them long before there was any glimmer of hope. They just had this certain, special something between them that felt like a mix of unfinished business, unresolved feelings, and something new altogether. 

I can’t say this is the best novel I’ve read lately, but it was good and I’m certainly happy to have read it. As I said before, it’s different in a lot of ways, so if you’re feeling in a rut lately with your reading, give this one a try!

*Thanks to Give Me Books Promotions for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Title: The Plan

An Off-Limits Romance Standalone

Author: Ella James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 27, 2017

Blurb
You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.
Not for love, for baby.
Crazy, right?
That’s what I thought.
Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.
When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well, you know.
Then I see Gabriel McKellan. He’s Fate’s most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below me. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe’s well-endowed in other ways, and great in bed to boot. I would know. He’s my ex husband.
When I suggest The Plan, I don’t imagine that he’ll take the bait. It’s been ten years, and we don’t work. But Fate has other plans for both of us.

 

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Author Bio

 

Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
Ella’s obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.
To find out more about her projects, follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks, tweet her at author_ellaj or follow her on Instagram (authorellajames).
Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at rebecca@rfliterary.com.
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Book Review: Wrapped in Hope

Wrapped in Hope: A Forbidden Romance, by K.B. Andrews 

Publication: February 27, 2018

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Temptation — it’s all around us.
My hardest decision: give into that forbidden desire, or resist all the unrelenting urges inside of me.

She wasn’t mine to take, but I reached out and took her like that forbidden apple in the garden she belongs in.
She’s my angel. 
She was put on this earth for the devil himself.
And I’m not strong enough to resist her.

She’s off limits… forbidden… and all mine.

But I know it’s only a matter of time before the hell that is my life engulfs us both with its wicked flame. 

My Review:

I’ve stated the obvious several times as to what an enormous fan I am of K.B. Andrews and every time she throws something new my way I am positive that this one is my favorite. Seriously – this time – this one is my favorite! However, as my fingers linger above the keyboard, I’m truly stumped about how to review this novel without spoilers!

Let’s just say that once upon a time there was a young boy that had been adopted and raised by his aunt and uncle. Across the street, there was a young girl – that fell in love with the boy and vice versa. However, this is not a fairy tale with an HEA ending for them. Things change, causing their love story to end.

Years later, the young girl is still struggling with her feelings about the boy, but feelings shift when she reunites with one of his family members. Why is this important? Because they realize that they not only have an incredible and lasting bond but also have a lot of chemistry and feelings that they are not sure they should feel.

Let me start with Holden… Oh, Holden, how I love you… If you’ve ever been madly in love with a book character, then you understand what I’m saying. Anyway, incredible man that has been dealt several horrible hands in life. Then there’s Hope who thinks that life is over, ruined, etc. not realizing what could possibly be out in the world for her if she would only open her eyes and heart.

If I’m being cryptic, know that it’s not an accident. This is a novel that needs to be slowly unwrapped like a prized gift, feel what the characters feel, face the adversity alongside them, and be there to support them and cheer them on the entire time!

Enough rambling about the story that I can’t exactly tell you about and on to the incredible, fantastic, always impressive author, K.B. Andrews. There are a handful of authors (and you know who you are), that if they have written something, I have happily read it. What sets K.B. apart is that when you read one of her novels, it will not come even close to a story you have heard before. Her characters and plot are not only unique but addictive and a perfect blend of realism and “I wish.” This woman puts an immeasurable amount of passion into her writing, craves and accepts feedback, and ultimately wants to write a story from her heart – but write it in a way that will wow her readers.

Whether it’s romance, sexy chemistry, action, sadness, confusion, or so on – Andrews manages to capture every imaginable emotion in her novels making them not only a pleasure to read but a privilege. Wrapped in Hope is completely unlike books you normally read, but is not only amazing but worthwhile reading because it prompts the reader to consider the parameters of love. Who sets the rules for who we love and who we don’t? Does age matter when it comes to love?

Add Wrapped in Hope to your TBR.  Regardless of your preferred genre or plots, this is one that can be enjoyed by all and leave your heart feeling very open, yet very full.

*A very special thanks to K.B. Andrews for allowing me to read and review this ARC!

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Book Review: Just the Trouble I Needed

Just the Trouble I Needed: A Bayou Sabine Novella (The Bayou Sabine Series),

by Lauren Faulkenberry

Publication: Blue Crow Books; 1 edition; September 5, 2017

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About the book:

Sometimes a little trouble—and a lot of Louisiana heat—can help you find your way…
Kate McDonnell has a problem: a problem with four legs and a howl loud enough to wake the whole Bayou. She can’t remember why she agreed to dogsit her best friend’s Catahoula until sexy Sheriff Andre Dufresne stops by and her memories come right back. But Kate can’t get seriously involved with anyone right now—she just got cheated on by her scoundrel fiancé, and besides, Bayou Sabine is just a temporary refuge. Maybe Andre would be interested in a light-hearted fling?
When Andre Dufresne first met Kate, she was naked as a jaybird and tried to brain him with her hairdryer. But that was months ago. Now, all he wants is to get to know her better. After all, they don’t make girls like her where he comes from—whip-smart, fast-talking, straight-shooting, and foxy as all get out. He has his work cut out for him though—Kate is no country girl. She might like him all right, but she can’t stop talking about going home.

Kate can’t resist a short-lived affair with Andre, and Andre isn’t about to tell Kate no. Can he convince her that he’s worth the trouble? Or will her fear of being hurt again ruin any chance they have of love?

My Review:

Once again, I have fallen in love with Bayou Sabine and this fantastic series from author Lauren Faulkenberry. I am hoping that by now you have read the earlier novels in this series and know all about Enza, Jack, and their Catahoula named Bella. When Kate faces unwelcome news at work, she gets a call from Enza and decides to vacation at Jack and Enza’s place for a week (and dog sit) so that she can regroup and clear her head. But as soon as she comes face to face with sexy Sherriff Andre Dufresne, her vacation starts getting a bit more complicated.

I loved the chemistry between Andre and Kate in the last novel so I was so excited to read this novella that focused on these two seemingly unlike people. Andre is rugged, straightforward, and lives a quiet life in Bayou Sabine. Kate is a suits and heels type woman that works as a researcher in a lab in Raleigh. yet, he beat her at Scrabble back in December and she is still intrigued… 

My only criticism of this novel is that I did not pay attention prior to reading that it is a novella! I wanted so much more from this amazing couple and when it ended I was like, “really? I’m going to need more Kate and Andre!” Despite my need for me, Lauren Faulkenberry managed to pack a ton of emotion, feeling, and real-world situations into a novella that I was unable to put down.

Faulkenberry always wows me with her characterization and vivid imagery which allow the reader to feel the humidity in Bayou Sabine, see the muddy mess that Bella made on her latest adventure and feel the heat between Kate and Andre. Even when they have an argument, it feels so incredibly realistic and “normal,” as if you and your significant other had the same argument the other day.

Just the Trouble I Needed, like the others in this series, is an addictive, fast-paced, romantic, yet true-to-life story that should be next on your TBR. If you haven’t read the others in this series – do that first, but this novella is just further evidence of what an outstanding writer Lauren Faulkenberry is and what compelling characters she creates!

*Thanks to Lauren Faulkenberry for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Reviews

Book review: Taking Back Brooklyn

Taking Back Brooklyn (TDB Book 2), by K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore

Publication: January 9, 2018

 

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About the book: 

I’ve been dead two years now. Not a physical death, even though I’ve wished for it many times.
It would have been better than the heartache, which was far worse than the torture.
Nothing mattered anymore until I got a glimpse of light.
A picture of my life.
My heart.
My son.
Now getting back to them is my soul purpose, no matter what it takes or who I have to kill.
I will be tested, tried, and broken before I can get my family back if I survive long enough.
Taking back what is mine, will be well worth the fight. Revenge on the man who took my life away will be sweet.
Taking back Brooklyn will be even better.

My Review:

I am so very, uncontrollably excited about Taking Back Brooklyn!!! If you have not yet read it the first book in this series – stop now and order Taking Down Brooklyn – otherwise, you will be confused and miss out on an incredible novel. 

I’m struggling how to write this review without spoilers! But let’s just say that Brooklyn finds Jake’s old burner phone in a drawer, a phone that only John had the number – and most exciting of all, Jake gets a text that says “Stand By Me.” After Jake assumes the text is from John, who is supposed to be dead, a wild ride begins of bringing down Miles, saving the President, and finding out what really happened to John. 

I did beta-reading of this sequel, read the final drafts before editing, and have re-read this novel again. The biggest things that I love SO MUCH about Taking Back Brooklyn are:

  • it’s completely action-packed
  • it’s funny (especially the buffet and chocolate fountain)
  • hot, steamy romance mixed with sweet emotion

Kelly and K.B. have managed to wow me with all of these amazing elements and much more in not just one book, but two. And once again, the writing is so completely flawless that it’s impossible to figure out who was writing which parts because everything flows together so seamlessly. Although the characters are not new, the development of the characters just deepened in this follow-up, making them feel even more real and familiar than before. 

Another unique quality about this book (and the first one) is that it truly cannot be categorized as a romance book or a “girly” book or a “guy’s” book. The suspense and drama built into the plot, the assassins and crime, and the romance of the novel would appeal to most any reader. It’s not just crime and killing, yet it’s not just a sweet love story – but is just so much more. 

There are not enough words to construe my praise of Taking Back Brooklyn and I highly recommend that this one goes to the top of your TBR list. Kudos to Kelly and K.B. for once again creating something so exciting, addictive, and unique among so many other novels published today.

*Many thanks to K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!