Against the Odds – Book Review

Title: Against the Odds

Author: N. L. Taylor

Publisher: Alan and Lane Media, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Pages: 372

Rating: 5 stars

Series: Redline Series

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Nikki Elliot is running out of money and time. After her year-and-a-half struggle of trying to rebuild her racing career from a near-fatal accident, Nikki is faced with some hard facts and hardships. Her family doesn’t want to support her, even though it’s her dream, and they fire her from their business. Nicki also needs money to rebuild her car and gets the help from Jake Masercotti. Even though he’s just her mechanic, they both become something more to each other. Secrets are uncovered, will they be able to live with some of their dead family members choices or will they let their choices control them?

Thoughts: The suspense and Mafia aspect of this book threw me for a loop, which I absolutely loved. Nikki is such an inspiration, going after what she wants and believes in. Jake is such a great character! I loved him so much, I loved everything he did and he stands for. The way that he treated Nikki was so refreshing and I love the author because of that. One of my favorite aspects was how Nikki was the race car driver and Jake was more of an artist who loved photography. Normally those rules will be reversed. Overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to continue the series.

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Only a Breath Away – Cover Reveal

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART will be available on all retailers on January 22, 2019!

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


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Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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A Cowboy’s Sweetheart – Book Review

Title: A Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Author: Crista McHugh

Publisher: Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op

Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Pages: 164

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Rich, spoiled, Kensi is being forced to move to her aunts Rodeo Academy. She is disgusted that she has to go to stay and do chores. She is trying to find a way to get home, that is until she meets Javier Cruz.

Javier has been struggling to get custody of his brothers, well the process of struggling to avoid “princess” Kensi, he realizes some of her good qualities.

With the time that Kenzie has left on the ranch will her and Xavier be able to move from more than just a friendship? Or will the two different sides of class ruin their chances?

Thoughts: This was such a cute and fluffy breed with some serious situations. I love Javier and his will to fight for his family. I also really enjoyed the playfulness with Javier and Kensi. I love that he was the only person to see beyond Kensi’s mask. Overall this was such a cute and easy read! I would highly recommend.

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In Harmony – Book Review

Title: In Harmony

Author: Emma Scott

Publisher: Trillian

Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Pages: 380

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Willow suffer through it nobody should have to go through. She has been living with the effects even after this happened. Her parents are rich snobs and only care about appearances. Halfway through her senior year, she has to move to Harmony, Indiana, from New York. She loves the new changes and takes an interest in a fellow classmate, Isaac.

Isaac has his own store with his own problems. His mother died when he was young, and his father is the town drunk. Issac turns to act, and it became an outlet for him to express the words he didn’t want to say. When he performs, he gets to embody other characters so that he doesn’t have to face the world through himself but as other people.

The to bond over Hamlet and the theater. The each lean on each other and learn new things and how to become with the other needs. Will they be able to become a couple when her dad threatens to end Isaac’s career and have them move to Canada?

Thoughts: The story was heartbreaking. I was so captivated the entire time I was reading. Willow story is a heart-wrenching one. I felt so sorry, and I wanted to offer help and guidance to her. Isaac was so sweet to Willow and I am so happy for his successes in life. The way that the two stories collide is so cute but bittersweet. I loved reading and getting to know the characters in In Harmony. I would highly recommend as a year-round read!

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Blood Oath – Cover Love

Cover Love

Like the cover of Blood Road, the first book of the duology, Blood Oath’s cover is bold and eye-catching, and I appreciate the way the designer, Monika MacFarlane, made sure the cover reflected the “Roman” feel of Torien’s world while giving it its own unique flair. I also like the way the laurel wreath motif continues in the interior design, at section breaks and chapter headings.

It’s always tricky to put a character on the cover, and although the model isn’t exactly how I picture Torien, I certainly think Torien could be pictured this way! All in all, I very much appreciate Monika’s thoughtful work in bringing all these elements together to create a striking cover.

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Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2)

by Amanda McCrina

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.

But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.

With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.

About the Author

Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.

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Burning Bright – Excerpt

Burning Bright by Chris Cannon Excerpts

Excerpt #1

“I think we are at the no-news-is-good-news stage,” Jaxon said.

“That works for me.” Bryn said. “I’m hoping my chaos magnet days are over. I’d love an uneventful holiday season.” “The Christmas Ball should be safer this year. Your grandfather has hired extra guards and installed more surveillance cameras around the estate.”
“That’s comforting, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to relax and believe an event is safe.”

“I feel compelled to point out that the common denominator among all the recent chaos has been you.”

“And you get to spend the rest of your life with me,” Bryn shot back. “You lucky duck.”

“I can barely contain my joy.”

They drove back to the Institute for Excellence trading comments and laughing. It was nice. On the way to her room, he said, “Do you still have the present I asked you to keep for me?”

Way to put a damper on the day. “I do.” Where is he going with this?

“Can I have it back?” he asked.

“Of course.” She unlocked her door, letting him into the living room and then went to retrieve the bracelet from underneath her sweaters. Should she admit she’d looked at it? No.

Jaxon accepted the box from her and held it in his palm like he was testing its weight. “I finally figured out what I should do with it.” He slid it into his coat pocket and then said, “I almost forgot.” He pulled a small white cardboard box from his pocket and handed it to her.

“What’s this?” She opened the box and looked inside to find brownies dotted with green Christmas tree-shaped sprinkles.

“I stopped in a bakery to order something for my mother, and I saw those.”

That was oddly thoughtful of him.

“I know normal girls wouldn’t want to eat brownies after baking cookies all day, but I figured that didn’t apply to you.”

“It’s not like I can argue that statement, so thank you.”

“Good night, Bryn.”

“Good night.” She locked the door behind him before taking a bite of brownie. It was chocolatey fudgey heaven. A small voice in her head whispered that he must actually care about her. The smarter part of her brain said to shut up and enjoy the brownie. No reason to read anything even remotely romantic into the nice gesture.

Bryn stopped mid chew. Wait. What? Did she just think of romance and Jaxon in the same sentence? Sure, he was funny, and smart, and handsome when he wasn’t being an asshat, but that didn’t mean there would ever be any real feelings between them. Right?

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He stood. “Let’s go for a walk.”

“Okay.” She set her mug on the bench and let him pull her to her feet. Should she tell her grandparents where they were going? That would kind of ruin the moment she and Jaxon might be having, so she shelved the idea.

Hand in hand, they walked down one of the slate paths back into the trees with the fairy lights. “This place is amazing.”

“This has always been my favorite part of the house. I used to spend a lot of time out here.”

“Doing what?”

They walked down a path and into a stand of trees. Several single swings and a double swing where two people could sit, like a porch swing, were suspended from the trees. There was also a staircase that spiraled around a tree and led up to a walkway suspended between the trees, high up in the branches.

“Can we go up?” Bryn asked.
“Sure.”
The spiral steps were easy to climb, but the walkway was higher up in the trees than it appeared from below. “What do you think?” Jaxon asked.
“I think it’s the perfect place to hide from the world.”

Wait a minute. “You made fun of me last year when I said I wanted a treehouse.”

“This isn’t a treehouse, it’s a far superior tree bridge.”

“Right,” Bryn mocked. “That makes sense.”

Jaxon tugged her back toward the platform of the first tree. “There’s more.” Around the back side of the tree there was a bench. “If you don’t feel like walking, you can sit.”

“As one does when one is tired from adventures on their tree bridge.” She sat and relaxed back against the trunk of the tree, very aware of Jaxon’s proximity and the heat coming off his body.

“Exactly,” he said.

She laughed. From inside the tree the fairy lights seemed even more magical. “You know this is basically a tree house without walls.”

“No. That doesn’t work for me,” he said.
Bryn rolled her eyes but didn’t comment.
“I saw that,” Jaxon said.
“You were meant to.” Joking around with him felt comfortable. “This is nice.”
“The tree?” he asked.
“No.” She pointed back and forth between them. “This. Us. No pretenses or small talk…just us.”
“Speaking of us.” He leaned in, slowly, like he was giving her a chance to move away. She met him halfway and pressed her mouth against his. Time seemed to slow down as his hand touched her cheek and then cradled the back of her head. Heat thrummed between them, burning bright as the kiss grew, which was strange yet somehow right.

Excerpt #3

I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”

“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”

“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”

He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”

He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.

She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

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Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)

by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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The Other Woman – Book Review

Title: The Other Woman

Author: Sandie Jones

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Pages: 304

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to Minotaur Books for sending me an arc*

Synopsis: Beware of Pammie. She’s going to be waiting for you.

Adam and Pammie have started dating and are getting married and are happily married. The biggest set back for Emily is Adams’ mother, Pammie. She has made it clear to Emily that she is not wanted or that she is good enough for her son. She tries to scare Emily away.

Secrets are unveiled and the truth is uncovered, but remember to Beware of Pammie.

Thoughts: I’m not one to read thriller’s but I really enjoyed reading this a lot more than I expected to! The ending was so shocking and I didn’t expect and I loved that about reading it.  I was so hooked and captivated that I couldn’t put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I really enjoyed that about reading this. I loved everything about The Other Woman. I haven’t enjoyed this genre before but this book has changed my mind. Now I need to pick up more from Sandie Jones and other thrillers.

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My Summer TBR !

This summer I plan to read quite a few books! I will not be able to include any arcs I receive on this list, but I plan to read a few of those too. I want to read sixteen physical books that are in my possession now and any that I can get my hands on. The stack of books isn’t in any particular order.

Now here’s my summer reading list:

all or nothing at all – Jennifer Probst

A TV series of Property Brothers and The Marriage Bargain come together to create a heart-wrenching contemporary romance in Jennifer Probst’s Billionaire Builders series.

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STARGIRL – Jerry Spinelli

At Mica High, Stargirl is told be normal as are all the other kids that learn there. They are not supposed to break the usual trends and cliches of schools.

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Ruin and Rule – Pepper Winters

A woman has her past, present, and future twisted with lies that she has been taught to know. She is desperate to find the truth but uncovering it might bring more threats and enemies than expected.

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Made You Up –  Francesca Zappia

Alex is starting over with her life at a new school and starts to make friends and fall in love, but what happens when she can’t decipher what’s real and what’s not?

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Has to be Love – Jolene Perry

Clara isn’t ready for the rest of her life to begin, after being in a tragedy from her childhood. She has gotten used to the sympathetic looks she receives. Clara meeting strangers is a different thing, that is until a new student teacher arrives.

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Let me in – Erin McCarthy

Aubrey just fled from an abusive relationship and hides on a remote island and finds out she’s pregnant. She meets Riker an ex-assassin who is willing to do anything to protect Aubrey.

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Play the Man -Jaymee Jacobs

Jenna is super excited to be getting married after eight years of dating Ryan, but he is in no rush to get to the altar. As the two continue to work out their problems Ryan’s teammate gets an infatuation with Jenna. They all have to decide what is best.

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False Start – Jaymee Jacobs

Christopher is starting out a new life with the Dallas Comets, being on the top, but then gets a text message that makes his high come crashing down.

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Untouchable – Isabel Love

Monica Morgan is off limits and is Max might not be able to stay away.

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Losing It – Cora Carmack

Bliss is about to graduate and hasn’t done It yet. She is ready to lose it and she tries a one night stand but leaves the guy, later to know that he is her new teacher.

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Leah On the Offbeat – Becky Alberatlli

Leah doesn’t know what to do with the upcoming things in her life like prom and college. She has a great group of friends and a gay best friend Simon but is afraid to share with them that she is bi.

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Oakley is a pop star and Vaughn is a waitress. An unlikely pair that will only be found if unexpected circumstances hadn’t come up.

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Wonder Woman Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of Immortal and Daughter of Death will come together and they both will face an army.

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Because You Love to Hate Me – Edited by Ameriie

Thirteen short stories about villains.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

The fourth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

The seventh book in Throne of Glass.

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I hope you share your Summer TBR’s with me in the comments or on my Instagram!

 

Want You – Cover Reveal

WANT YOU

By

New York Times Bestselling Author Jen Frederick

This will be exclusive to Kindle Unlimited – On Sale July 1st

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Summary:

Bitsy

I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka

I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

May Wrap Up – 2018

I wasn’t really in a reading mood this past month. But I did enjoy most of the books I read and I thank all the publishers for sending me a review copy.

Title: Toxic Side Effect The Other Woman Just One of the Royals
The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
Author: Sandy Magner Sandie Jones Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper Gary Robinson  Total:
Pages: X 304 197 396  897
Rating: 3 5 5 2  ~ 3.75 stars

I hope all of you had a good reading month! I should be able to read more now that school is out!

Where the Sea Takes Me – Release Information and Review

Where the Sea Takes Me by Heidi R. Kling is out today! Get your copy and fall in love today!
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Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.

Review

I really loved this continuation of this series! I hope that there is going to be more books later on and we get to find out what happens to the characters a few years down the line. Sea is such a sweet character, that I loved getting to see grow up and become a better person. Deni is still just as cute as ever and I am happy to see him come to America. Overall this was a great read that I flew through in a matter of hours! I would highly recommend this be at the top of your summer reading TBR!

Roar – Paperback Release Day!

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Now available in paperback, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Grab your copy today!

About ROAR (Stormheart #1):

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”

“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

“Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke.

The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.”

“She’s a child.”

Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument.

You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.”

Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross.

“What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar.

“Skills?”

“Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?”

A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.”

Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far.

Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“

“Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.”

The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?”

He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.


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Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

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Just One of the Royals – Book Review

Happy Book Birthday to Just One of the Royals! *Thanks to NetGalley for giving me a review copy*

Title: Just One of the Royals

Author: Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Series: The Chicago Falcons #2

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: Super Star Hockey player Daniel Sacachelli only wants two things in life; have the Falcons win and to never have to leave him home, Chicago, for his secret. If Daniel ignores his secret, which is that he is the Prince of Eldonia. If he chooses to not go to Eldonia to take over the crown, his family line will have to give it up to the next family.

Madison Myong is best friends with Daniel and she can not believe he is a real prince. Although he seems to be less royal and more rebel. Daniel needs to step up to the plate and go to Eldonia and take the throne. He has the help of his friends and step-sister to become prepared to run Eldonia, even though he doesn’t want to. Madison becomes Daniels “fake” boyfriend. Also, they both wish to become more.

Madison wished to help Daniel, but will trying to change him end their friendship and possibly more?

Thoughts: A great continuation to the series The Chicago Falcons! You get to reflect on the past story and to experience a new one. The characters were so adorable, and friendship was the number one factor in all decisions. Daniel was so freaking cute, I loved his personality and pretty much his whole self-representation. Madison is very determined and cares for her friends and always wants the best for them. This was such a great feel-good summer romance that will make you rethink family, friendships, and relationships!

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DILF Diaries: Oh Baby – Giveaway!

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He likes to find them hot, and leave them wet…

Women are setting their lawns on fire and sticking cats in trees all so they can dial 911 and get a glimpse of Jack Decker’s…hose. When a firefighter looks like he does, it’s no wonder panties are melting, and hearts are ablaze all over the city because he is H-O-T…hot! Jack might put out fires like a regular hero, but it doesn’t stop him from heating up the sheets and letting them smolder.

In a burning twist of fate, Jack finds himself up all night long for an entirely new reason, a reason that’s anything but smoldering. That is until the feisty firecracker next door threatens to ignite a fire he doesn’t know how to battle…Oh Baby!

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As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.
Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.
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Marek – Book Review

Title: Marek

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Publisher: Random House Publishing, Loveswept

Pages: 245

Series: Cold Fury Hockey #11

Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC*

Synopsis: Marek Fabritis just found out he has a three-year-old daughter with his ex-girlfriend, Gracen. She has kept it a secret from Marek since she found out she was pregnant. Marek is ecstatic that he’s a dad and is so happy. He found out by being tipped off from an anonymous email that Gracen was getting married. He flew out to stop the wedding because no one was taking what was his.

Gracen Moore has been through a lot more than most people. She was pregnant and kept it from the father and is now currently being blackmailed to marry someone she doesn’t want to. Lilly has helped her through and is her greatest accomplishment.

When Marek takes Lilly and Gracen back to his house old sparks fly and they might end up staying together this time around. But will Marek forgive Gracen or keeping his child a secret and let his anger go, or will it stop them from being together?

Thoughts: I loved this relationship between these two characters. They are so lifelike and have such an adorable child. I had many emotions whilst reading, there were many moments of cuteness and I was swooning over Marek. I can’t express enough of how much I enjoyed reading it and am very thankful to have gotten an advanced copy.

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Standley and Hazel – excerpt scene

This scene is one where Stanley’s right hand man and best pal, Arthur, is digging for information about the disappearance of some of the street kids in town. More about this will be revealed in Book 2.

Arthur tried to prevent his hands from trembling as he lit his cigarette. He wouldn’t show weakness to this pigeon. To anyone. Not even Stanley. But all of the info coming in reminded him of his pa and that night. That terrible night.

He breathed in the tobacco and blew out. The little kid watched him in awe.

Good, he thought. Exactly what I want.

“Look, kid, I need to know what’s going on. Tells me. Why all youse disappearing? What gives?”

The kid looked left and then right. He wiped his nose, glanced up at Arthur then down to the ground.

Fear, Arthur thought, I can almost smell it on him.

“Come on, cough it up, ya knob. Ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of.”

The kid looked up, tears coming out of his eyes. “That’s because you ain’t seen ‘em, Sir. You aint’ seen him. You don’t know.”

“Seen what? The coppers?”

The kid trembled and chewed on his frayed cuff. “Nah. Not the Coppers. I ain’t afraid o’ them.”

“The Raven’s guys?”

“Nah. Ain’t nothin’ more to fear from them than a bloody lip.”

Arthur chewed on his cigarette a little and said, “Listen, I’m gonna give you a bloody lip if you don’t spill.”

“Legion. They come for us. Out of the Shadows. And then we’re gone.”

“Gone? Gone where?” Arthur stuck his hands in his pockets.

“No one knows, sir, not really. But I heard them talk about an island. Bloody Island.”

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Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes.

When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice.

But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will.

As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.

About the Author

Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt.

She’s a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online.

Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging.

Jo is a mom of 3 strapping sons living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with a neurotic cat named Hero.

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Marked – Excerpt Reveal


MARKED

Author: Drew Elyse

Series: Sailor’s Grave #1

Release Date: May 17, 2018


About the book

“MOVING ON” IS JUST ABOUT ACTING THE PART.

I would never say as much to the people I love, but it’s the truth.

They want to see me doing better.

They want to see me living for more than just my son.

So I let them.

Everyday is about putting on a face,

pretending to get over the loss of my husband.

And every day is a lie.

UNTIL MOVING ON IS A TEMPTATION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED.

I’m not about to claim I’m a genius,

unless we’re talking with a tattoo gun or woman in my hands,

but I’m smart enough to know the beauty serving up my cupcake fix is off limits.

Really, I know.

Too bad the lure of putting a real smile on Kate’s face is so strong.

When she visits Sailor’s Grave Tattoo Parlor,

I can’t help but want to leave my mark.

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About the author

Drew Elyse spends her days trying to convince the world that she is, in fact, a Disney Princess, and her nights writing tear-jerking and sexy romance novels.

When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found analyzing every line of a book, binge watching shows on Netflix, doing strange vocal warm ups before singing in a variety of musical styles, or screaming at the TV during Chicago Blackhawks games.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, she still lives outside Chicago, IL, where she was born and raised, with her boyfriend and her fur babies Lola and Duncan.

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EXCERPT

Liam

Christ, I really needed to stop doing this to myself.

Not give up the desserts, because fuck that, but stop torturing myself with the gorgeous woman that served them.

I knew the deal. She was a single mom, widowed a couple years back. She was under the protection of the club because Daz was her late husband’s brother. I also knew that despite conversations I’d overheard about her doing better, about her starting to move on, that she was nowhere near that place.

Maybe it was because I’d been old enough to understand everything as it happened when we’d lost Dad and after. I recognized what the people in her life couldn’t: that she wasn’t moving past a goddamn thing.

It was achingly familiar, seeing that fake smile. It was even more so to see the one she gave her son, knowing that if I were seeing it closer, there would be that lingering sadness behind her eyes that I saw in my mom’s for too long.

And that whole thought process made it sound like I had some fucked Oedipus complex.

Desserts, asshole.

There was a cinnamon braid left. That never happened. Sugar’s Dream was more of a dessert place than full-service bakery. The few things Avery made that worked for breakfast were usually snatched up before I ever got there in the afternoons. The cinnamon braid specifically was a favorite at Sailor’s Grave—it was the reason we had an actual kitchen knife in the back after we’d all fallen on one and had to rip off pieces by hand.

“Gotta take that back to the shop,” I told her, pointing to it.

Unable to hide the fact that she was relieved to have a task that involved moving farther away from me to prep a box for it, she jumped right to it. I wasn’t enough of a gentleman to not glance up from considering what else to get in order to take a look while she had her back to me. Kate looked fucking incredible coming and going. I liked a woman with curves, and she was far from lacking in that department. She had light brown hair that danced around her shoulders when she wore it down, porcelain skin that looked like silk, and amber eyes that usually looked brown, but stood out when there was enough light to see them properly.

She was easily the most delicious thing in this goddamn bakery.

She was also the only thing in the place I was sure I wasn’t getting a taste of.

A minute later, she came back with the tied up box, setting it on the counter by the register.

“Anything else?” She tried to avoid my eyes but ended up looking right at my mouth. My cock took notice, fixing to fight for attention.

I was so fucking tempted to answer with something like “a taste test” just to get a rise out of her, but I bit my tongue.

“Two of the lemon cupcakes, one raspberry chocolate, and” —I peeked around her— “are those the mocha ones you’re working on?”

She glanced over her shoulder like she wasn’t sure what she’d been doing when I walked in. “Um…yes.”

“Can I get one of those?”

“Of course.”

Again, it was full hustle to get away from me. I got it. If I were a better man, I might stop coming in. Of course, I’d probably lose it if I tried going cold turkey from my preferred sugar fix, but I could at least talk someone else into coming for me. Jess would probably do it if I bankrolled her own cupcake habit.

Turns out, I wasn’t that good of a person. I wouldn’t push her, but I couldn’t deny myself at least getting to see her beyond just the Disciples’ parties. These little visits were like a fucking drug.

“How’s your boy?” I asked, grasping at anything to get her to talk to me.

“He’s good. He’s telling everyone at his daycare that he’s going to be a biker when he grows up.” It was impossible to miss the love and pride in her voice.

“Probably not a stretch. I wouldn’t be surprised if the brothers had him on his own bike the minute he’s old enough.”

“His dad had a bike, too. Owen’s been around them since he was born.”

I watched as what she’d said registered. I saw her freeze, every inch of her tightening up. She was still facing away, keeping her expression hidden, but I didn’t doubt it was a mix of shock and devastation. I hadn’t known what a minefield the topic was, though I couldn’t be sure I’d have avoided it if it was. Mom told me time and again as she got better that talking about Dad helped, even as much as it hurt.

“I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t help at all. I know it still hurts and all the sympathy in the world doesn’t touch that, but it’s true.”

For a long moment, she didn’t move. I didn’t even see her breathing from my vantage point. Then, she turned around with the box of cupcakes in her hands. She didn’t adopt that benign smile she always had at work, but that didn’t mean she was giving me any glimpse of the real grief.

No, Kate’s face was fucking blank.

Shit.

It wasn’t my fucking place to try to “help,” especially not while she was at work. Suddenly, if I could take the words back, if I could undo even the reminder of her husband, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Before I could dig my foot out of my mouth and figure something out to say, she went over to the register and started ringing up my order. “That’ll be $17.56.”

Even her voice was flat, lifeless.

Rather than push and make a bigger ass of myself, I pulled out my card and paid without a word. I kept my mouth shut as she wordlessly handed it back with my receipt, and then slid the boxes toward me.

Only when I had them in hand did she say, again in that dead voice, “Have a nice day.”

I’d fucked up. Royally.

April Wrap Up

I had a very busy month full of ARCS and school work! I read a total of 10 books and I don’t know how many pages but I enjoyed most of the books I read this month.

Title In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO Knocked Up Unforgivable Embracing Her Heart Love Beyond Opposites
Author Samantha Chase Stacy Lynn Isabel Love Melissa Foster Molly E. Lee
Pages 416 N/A N/A 324 150
Rating 5 5 5 4 5

 

Rescuing the Receiver Ace of Hearts Chasing Truth The Dylan Dilemma
Until There Was Us
Rachel Goodman Chantel Fernando Julie Cross Patricia B. Tighe
Samantha Chase
N/A N/A 400 339 384
5 5 3 4 5

Love Beyond Opposites – Book Review

Title: Love Beyond Opposites

Author: Molly E. Lee

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (LLC)

Publication Date: May 7, 2018

Pages: 150

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Jade is a mathlete. Lennon is a rockstar. They aren’t meant to go together, society doesn’t allow that.

Jade has had a crush on Lennon since she first saw him in 9th grade. Same goes for Lennon, he has been infatuated with Jade when he saw her. But he was told she is off limits, by his dad. Senior year, graduation night, Lennon decides he should go for it with Jade. Even though, he’ll be leaving for a three-month tour. He ends up needing her help and maybe a kiss or two are shared between the two. Is it worth it and can it possibly work? The mathlete and rockstar, are they meant to be? Although you know what they say about opposites.

Thoughts: This was so cute and relatable. Jade’s quirky personality sold me from the very beginning. Lennon is super adorable and is really a rockstar. I would love to get to know what happens after the epilogue. This is will make a great summer read!

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Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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Until There was Us – Book Review

Title: Until There Was Us

Author: Samantha Chase

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Pages: 384

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: Megan has always been the careful type until the one night at her cousin’s wedding she has the wildest nights of her life. That was two years ago and she kept in touch with Alex for a while but it didn’t work out. What happens when she moves back home to work for her cousin? Will Alex and Megan be able to have a relationship or will Megan push him away again?

Thoughts: These two characters draw you in and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Megan and Alex’s story is such a sweet one! I loved getting to see other favorite characters within the storyline.

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About the book

Megan Montgomery has always been the careful type. Except…one time at her cousin’s wedding when she threw caution to the wind and had the steamiest hook-up of her life. But that was two years ago—why can’t she stop thinking about it? So when Megan accepts a job at her cousin’s company, she does everything she can to avoid Alex—knowing he’ll shake up her carefully crafted world.

Alex Rebat’s been living a good life. He loves his career and friends, but like Megan, hasn’t been able to stop thinking about their passionate encounter. And once Megan moves to town, Alex makes it his personal goal to show her that maybe it’s time to start taking a few more risks…

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Wait for Me – https://www.chasing-romance.com/wait-for-me

Trust in Me – https://www.chasing-romance.com/trust-in-me

Stay with Me – https://www.chasing-romance.com/stay-with-me

More of Me – https://www.chasing-romance.com/more-of-me

Return to You – https://www.chasing-romance.com/return-to-you

Meant for You – https://www.chasing-romance.com/meant-for-you

I’ll Be There – https://www.chasing-romance.com/ill-be-there

Until There Was Us – https://www.chasing-romance.com/until-there-was-us

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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Excerpt

Alex was drinking coffee and looking out at his backyard. He loved his home, his property. Living in the suburbs was something he had always wanted to do, and when he found this house, it had everything he needed—lots of green space and room for him to put in the pool he now had and the kind of landscaping that ensured his privacy. He wasn’t antisocial or trying to avoid his neighbors, but he had thought if he was able to work with clients out of the house, they’d appreciate the privacy.

With June almost here, the weather was starting to turn warm, and he’d opened up the pool the previous weekend. The water level was perfect, and so were the chemical levels. The pool was heated, and maybe in another week or two, he’d be able to start using it.

Off his back porch was a hot tub, and for now that worked fine.

He was considering changing and doing a little soaking when his phone rang. When he saw Megan’s name on the screen, he was pleasantly surprised.

“Hey,” he said when he answered and hoped his enthusiasm wasn’t too obvious.

“Oh my God, Alex,” she began breathlessly. “I’ve lost Maylene!”

“Um…what?” She immediately relayed what had gone on, and she was getting to the point of near hysteria. “It’s going to be all right.”

“You don’t understand, Alex! I had one job to do— one stupid job!—and I screwed it up. I have to find her, and I have no idea where to look!”

He was already grabbing his keys and locking up the house. “I’m on my way. I’ll be there in ten minutes, and I’ll be on the lookout for her as I drive over.”

“What do I do? Where do I even begin to look for her?” she cried.

“Go and grab her leash and start walking up one side of the block and then down the other. I’ll be there as soon as I can. I promise.”

He heard the shaky breath she let out. “I have to find her, Alex,” she said quietly. “I can’t believe I lost her.”

“You haven’t lost her, Megan. She’s a handful— Ethan talks about that all the time. She’s gotten out before, so we will find her. Trust me.”

“I…I don’t know…I’m not sure where to even start…”

At that moment, he hated how he wasn’t there already with her. He could hear the devastation in her voice and knew she was going to have a serious meltdown any minute. “Megan,” he said, his voice going firm and authoritative, “you need to do what I’m telling you. Get Maylene’s leash, and then start walking down the block to the right of the house. I have a feeling that’s the direction she’d go in first. Start there, and I’ll be there as fast as I can.”

That seemed to work because by the time she hung up, she sounded a little more in control of her emotions. Back when they had dated—and he used the term loosely—he had never seen Megan get emotional. She got frustrated, sure. But never emotional—never to the point of tears. And he wasn’t sure how to react to it. His initial response was…well…it made him like her a little more. It softened her and showed how she wasn’t as cold as she’d seemed when they had ended things.

That memory instantly got pushed aside because now was not the time to be focusing on it. The important thing right now was to get to her and help her find Maylene.

Luckily, traffic was on his side, and he didn’t hit any red lights and turned onto Summer’s block six minutes later. Alex immediately spotted Megan and pulled over, rolling down his window. “Megan! Hop in! We’ll hit the other side of the street now.”

Nodding, she quickly jogged over and climbed into the truck. It was pointless to ask if she’d had any luck— the simple fact that there wasn’t a dog on the end of the leash told him she hadn’t. He pulled over close to the right side of the road and drove slowly. They each called out to the dog as they went. After two blocks, Megan rested her head on the back of the seat and sighed loudly. He pulled over.

“It’s no use,” she said miserably. “She’s gone. She’s just…she’s gone! I’m going to have to break it to Summer that I lost her dog!” She looked over at him, her brown eyes brimming with tears. “She loves that dog! Do you have any idea how much this is going to kill her?”

Unfortunately, Alex did know how much Summer loved her dog, and no doubt this was going to be devastating for her. Reaching over, he took one of Megan’s hands in his and gently squeezed it. “We’re not giving up, okay? We’ll keep driving around. We’ll knock on doors. We’ll put up posters and post on social media if we have to. I’ll drive around all night if that’s what it takes. All is not lost here, okay?”

The hesitant look on her face told him she didn’t think it would do any good, but he refused to quit. Not after only two blocks! With her hand in his, he started driving and was relieved when she turned and called out to Maylene again.

They drove for several more blocks and then turned around and made their way up the other side. By the time they were back in front of Summer’s, Alex decided to pull into the driveway and park. “We’ll knock on doors now,” he said.

“Maybe we need to go off the block,” she suggested.

It was possible, he thought, but he had a feeling if they were on foot, they’d have more luck. “Why don’t you go and grab a handful of her treats? This way if we spot her and she thinks we’re playing, we can lure her over with a snack. What do you think?”

“Sounds good.” Megan took off up the driveway, and Alex watched her disappear around the back of the house and into the yard. A minute later, she called his name, and he quickly jogged back to her. At the gate, he spotted her pointing to the far corner of the deck. When he stepped closer, he started to chuckle. “Don’t you dare laugh.”

He knew she was trying to sound intimidating, but there was a hint of laughter in her own voice.

There, sitting in the corner of the deck in Ethan’s hammock, was Maylene—peacefully sunning herself. Alex glanced at the dog and then to Megan. “Um…”

“She was not there earlier. I swear.”

“Okay.”

“I’m serious, Alex! She didn’t come when I called her, and she wasn’t there when I brought the mail in and put it inside either of the houses. I heard her barking when I came out of the main house, but by the time I came out of mine, she was gone!”

“I believe you,” he said carefully and took a step closer to her. “I’m sure she was just playing with you.”

She shot him a bland look. “Seriously? That’s what you’re going with?”

He laughed a bit, unable to help himself. “I’m not sure what else I can say. The thing we should be focused on here is that she’s not lost. She’s home and in the yard, and even though I happen to know for a fact that Ethan doesn’t like her sitting in the hammock, it’s better than the alternative.”

Rescuing the Reciever – Book Review

Title: Rescuing the Reciever

Author: Rachel Goodman

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: June 11, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: Hazel runs her own dog shelter in offers volunteer spots. She gets the notorious Colorado Blizzard’s wide receiver Chris Lalonde as one of her new volunteers. Hazel has enough to deal with, with her mom and business the last thing she needs is a drug taking NFL player.

Chris is trying to get his name back to being clean but with no one giving him the time will he be able to. Even when his teammates don’t believe him.

While working together sparks fly, but will Grace risk it all to be with Chris?

Thoughts: Grace has such a sweet personality and offers help whenever she can. Chris is a total swoon-worthy companion especially when he shows up at the shelter and gets Olive, a shy dog out of her safety. I love the dual perspectives. This was such a sweet story. I can’t wait to continue in the series.

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The Dylan Dilemma – Book Review

Title: The Dylan Dilemma

Author: Patricia B. Tighe

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: Kenzie doesn’t have time for anything other than playing basketball especially a boyfriend. Her school gets a new basketball coach and makes Kenzie lose her confidence, she falls into a slump and is afraid of losing her basketball scholarship. The last thing she needs is to be in a relationship with Dylan, a friend who recently went on a vacation with her family.

Dylan, on the other hand, is ready for a relationship and won’t be getting over Kenzie anytime soon.

Will the two end up together with so much at stake for Kenzie?

Thoughts: This was so cute! Kenzie is such an adorable character. The struggles and anxieties she feels are super relatable. Dylan is just as cute, his commitment to Kenzie is so adorable. I love the use of double perspectives and I can’t wait to see what else Patricia writes.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39109223-the-dylan-dilemma

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Amazon

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The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe

Release Date: April 24, 2018

High school senior Kenzie Harper-Shea has no time for dating, especially after the arrival of the basketball coach from hell. Now Kenzie has lost her confidence, is in a slump, and in danger of losing out on a scholarship to play college ball. The last thing she needs is her “vacation boyfriend,” Dylan McCoy, distracting her with warm smiles, inside jokes, and swoony kisses.

Dylan, however, is totally ready to date. He finally lives in the same town as Kenzie and is not about to lose the chance to let their relationship grow into something more. But for now, he’ll stay in the friend zone because he’s determined to find out what has her running scared. It can’t be just about basketball.

As Kenzie spends more time around Dylan, her feelings become a jumbled-up mess. It’s obvious they’re into each other. So, why does she panic whenever she thinks about dating him? Is it connected to basketball or to something deeper? She’s not sure. Does she have the courage to examine her heart, even if it means breaking Dylan’s?

About the Author

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Ace of Hearts – Book Review

Title: Ace of Hearts

Author: Chantal Fernando

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: June 11, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

****Thanks to NetGalley for sending me a copy for review****

Synopsis: Erin has had a perfect life. She could have had anything that she wanted as a child. Her perfect life was perfect until she finds her real birth certificate that her mother hid. She sees that her “dad” isn’t really her actual dad. She goes to find her real dad and starts to connect with him. And she knows that he is the president of the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club. She has now become the “princess” of the MC. Her dad has made sure to tell his members to stay away from his daughter. But Erin doesn’t need to follow that rule and goes after Ace, a fellow loyal member of the MC. Will the two be able to have a relationship with Erin’s dad being the president and Ace being a loyal member?

Thoughts: I loved every moment of this. The two main characters complete and complement each other in a great way. Aaron is so sweet and down-to-earth, why lace is a brooding biker man. I couldn’t put it down while I was reading and as soon as I finished it lingered on my mind.

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Fractions of Existence – Blog Tour


I love the cover of Fractions of Existence because the location is hinted at in chapter 3.14, which is a short chapter that is important to the Existence series. The cover also features a drawing of two Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin, in a gold hue, which is the tattoo that marks the group of the main antagonists.

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Fractions of Existence by J. Lenni Dorner

Publication Date: September 20, 2017

Once they were humanity’s exalted protectors— now they are being hunted.

Xavier will weigh all human life against Gwendolyn’s ignorant happiness.

The good news is that her choice can blow his away.

Omnipotent beings find each other while playing an online game. Xavier has been searching for Gwendolyn, his true mate and the missing member of the Existence. Only if reunited can the group regain the rest of their memories and access all of their powers. Hidden in plain sight, disguised as humans, they help who they can, as best they can, when they can.

The Eyes in the Shadows, a religious sect, has been trying to free humans from the “prison” of life on Earth for millenniums. The Existence has always been able to thwart them… until now. They’ve discovered a way to end the world that no one will see coming.

Gwendolyn has her future all laid out. There is a plan. She knows what her parents want for her and how to get it. Then Xavier, a friend from a virtual game, makes her question everything. He’s full of secrets, one being an understanding of her fear of the wind.

She tries to suppress her intense attraction to the mysterious and frustrating Xavier. She’s engaged, after all, and the thoughts she’s having aren’t proper. Gwendolyn is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, danger, and a forbidden attraction. She’ll drive across the country in her beat-up old car, not knowing if he is genuinely interested or just being polite. (He refuses to kiss her!) Gwendolyn’s journey is full of self-doubt, sacrifice, and dark visions that invade her sleep. Will she uncover the truth about herself?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. competed in Write Club 2014 &2016. The Creative Writing Institute held writing contests that resulted in J Lenni Dorner being published in “WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014” and LOST!: A themed anthology 2017. J self-published “Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters,” in 2015. Winner of the Write Edit Publish Now flash fiction “Youthful Frights versus Adult Fears” Halloween challenge 2015. Signum University’s Mythgard Institute held a creative writing contest in the autumn of 2015 called “Almost an Inkling” in which J Lenni Dorner was the Popular Vote Winner of week 6, resulting in publication in The Soul of Wit. The Operation Awesome Flash Fiction Contest 12 win in April 2016 went to J Lenni Dorner.

A to Z Challenge co-host as of 2017.

When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games, laughing at funny cat videos, finding drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.

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Unforgiveable – Book Review

Title: Unforgivable

Author: Isabel Love

Publication Date: April 26, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me an arc**

Synopsis: Anna comes from a pretty well off family. They all get along and Anna and her brother have a close common friend, Wesley. Anna has had a crush on him since the first time she saw him. Wesley was not always wanted especially while in the foster system. He was saved during a fight by Anna and her brother. He always wished for a family and he sorta had one with Anna’s family.

Both Anna and Wesley have had their own struggles and problems to overcome. After ten years of not seeing each other will they still be drawn to each other as they once were? Can they overcome their fears and hardships and learn to forgive to become a couple, or will obstacles keep them apart?

Thoughts: I freaking loved this! I don’t think I’ve ever been so invested or have rooted for a couple more than in this story for these two! The way Isabel had everything portrayed made m heart happy. I couldn’t and wouldn’t change a thing about this novel. I will definitely be picking up all of Isabel’s old and new books! I loved both of these characters, they each have their own physical and mental conflicts. The drama that is set up between the two is such a perfect amount. There was nothing I didn’t like.

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Blurb


There are certain things that are unforgivable…
Falling for your brother’s best friend is one of them.

That isn’t the worst thing I’ve done, though.
Not even close.

Shame and guilt follow me everywhere.
Except when I’m with him.

With him, I can breathe again.
Smile again. Love again.

But he has no idea what I’ve done…

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EXCERPT

“Would you mind keeping this piece steady while I attach it?” he asks, interrupting my reverie.
“No problem.” I take my position opposite him, holding the piece of trim in place against the dresser as he drills screws into the underside so that they remain hidden from view. It’s like magic.
I study him as he works.
He tilts his head this way and that to make sure the piece is level before he starts. Then, he lifts the drill, and taut muscles shine with sweat as he drives each screw into the boards with purpose. His forearms flex and jump with every movement. And his tattoo calls my eye to follow the bumps and dips of his biceps and triceps.
Wesley Scott is a perfectly sculpted specimen of man. He’s strong. Confident. Capable.
He catches me staring and winks, rewarding me with his rare, crooked grin. I feel myself flush as I quickly look away, totally busted.
No, I don’t mind helping him one bit.

AUTHOR BIO

Isabel Love is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading about two people falling in love, overcoming whatever obstacles they may face, and finding their happily ever after. A husband, two kids, and a full-time job keep her busy by day, but by night, she can be found with her Kindle in hand, reading “just one more chapter”.

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Knocked Up – Book Review

Title: Knocked Up

Author: Stacey Lynn

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an arc**

Synopsis: Braxton is a tattoo artist who is covered in his own tattoos, has been through a lot in his years. He has no family but has always wanted one. He has worked his butt off for what he wants.

Cara is finally living for herself. She gave up on her crazy parents and is still dealing with her twin brothers death. She is making money by being an artist, without the help or approval of her parents.

One night at a friends wedding they spend a passionate night together, Cara’s first one night stand. She leaves abruptly the next morning and leaves with an unknown gift at the time. How will Braxton take the news of finding out he’s going to be a dad? Will the two of them be able to be a couple and have a happy family?

Thoughts: I absolutely loved this! Braxton is such a sweet character that I fell in love with instantly.  I loved seeing him mature over the course of the novel. You can tell how much he had grown throughout the novel. Cara is just as sweet and brave. She stands up to her parents and tells them straight what she thinks. The two characters together are a dream team. I would love to read a continuation of their story. I flew through the story and I was so emersed in their lives I just couldn’t put it down.

Knocked Up by [Lynn, Stacey]

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