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.

39922836

Advertisements

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.

Amazon | Kobo | Google Play | B-A-M | Barnes & Noble | iBooks


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


Add it to your Goodreads today!

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.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumbler | Instagram

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.

40042796

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!

36053619

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.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38503715-blood-oath

Pre-order Link

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-blood-oath-by-amanda-mccrina/

Giveaway Info:

  • One (1) winner will receive a $15 Starbucks gift card or B&N gift card, plus a digital copy of Blood Oath by Amanda McCrina upon its release.

Link to Giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e698/?

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.

Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

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?

Excerpt #2

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.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40019526-burning-bright?

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-burning-bright-by-chris-cannon/

Giveaway Details:

$20 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

Link to Giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e695/?

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.

WebsiteTwitterFacebookPinterestGoodreads .

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.

You can check out Macmillan and get everything you need to know about The Other Woman! 

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.

DSC_1287

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.

DSC_1323

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.

DSC_1319

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?

DSC_1309

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.

DSC_1327

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.

DSC_1290

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.

DSC_1307

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.

DSC_1306

Untouchable – Isabel Love

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

DSC_1325

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.

DSC_1284

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.

DSC_1301

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.

DSC_1294

Wonder Woman Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

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

DSC_1283

Because You Love to Hate Me – Edited by Ameriie

Thirteen short stories about villains.

DSC_1278

A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

The fourth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

DSC_1311

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

The seventh book in Throne of Glass.

DSC_1318

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

Please use the Goodreads link for now: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40419592-want-you

Jen Links:

http://jenfrederick.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenFrederick/

https://twitter.com/JenSFred/

https://www.pinterest.com/jensfred2/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6995972.Jen_Frederick

https://www.amazon.com/Jen-Frederick/e/B00CKH119U

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!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xmNchi
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2L1IE1u
About the Book:

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!

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!

39861093

You can add it on Goodreads here.

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.

36176470

You can add it on Goodreads here.

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.

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EhjA2J

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.

Website – http://www.drewelyse.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DrewElyseAuthor/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/drewelyseauthor

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drewelyse/

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8378370.Drew_Elyse

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!

39740229

You can add it to Goodreads here!

You can enter to win a $15 gift card!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e690/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

WebsiteTwitterFacebook Goodreads

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.

36403003

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…

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2G8qz49

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2G82R8b

iBooks: https://apple.co/2G83j6n

B&N: http://bit.ly/2G7l9X8

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2HjMkdT

Don’t miss the other books in the Montgomery Brothers series

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

About the author

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.

Websitehttps://www.chasing-romance.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SamanthaChase3

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SamanthaChaseFanClub/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/samanthachaseromance/

Newsletter http://bit.ly/2xU05xE

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/samantha-chase

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.

37678716

You can add it on Goodreads!

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

Purchase Link

Amazon

Giveaway Info:

  • One (1) winner will receive an Echo Dot (US Resident) or a $25 Amazon GC (INT)

Link to Giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e683/?

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.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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.

37763268

You can add it on goodreads!

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.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36273731-fractions-of-existence

Purchase Links:

Amazon

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-fractions-of-existence-by-j-lenni-dorner/

Giveaway Details:

  • One winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

Link to giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e686/?

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.

WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagramGoodreads

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.

35499933

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…

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35499933-unforgivable

PURCHASE LINKS – $2.99 for a limited time

US: http://1click.bz/UnforgivableAMZNUS
UK: http://1click.bz/UnforgivableAMZNUK
CA: http://1click.bz/UnforgivableAMZNCA
AU: http://1click.bz/UnforgivableAMZNAU
Free in Kindle Unlimited

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”.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://isabelloveauthor.com
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/IsabelLoveBookBub
Amazon: http://bit.ly/IsabelLoveAmazon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IsabelLoveAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Isabel_Writes
Instagram: http://bit.ly/IsabelLoveIG
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/IsabelLoveNewsletter
GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a $25 gift card (Amazon or PayPal)
$25 Giveaway: http://bit.ly/UnforgivableReleaseDayGiveaway

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]

You can preorder on Amazon here!

 

 

Serpents and Saviors – Road to Publication

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37915783-serpents-and-saviors

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Amazon | B&N |

SERPENTS AND SAVIORS (PROJECT EMERGENCE #2) BY JAMIE ZAKIAN BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37915783-serpents-and-saviors

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-serpents-and-saviors-by-jamie-zakian/

Giveaway Info:

  • One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Serpents and Saviors by Jamie Zakian (INT)

Link to Giveaway

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e680/?

Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2)
by Jamie Zakian
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

Lord of the Flies meets the 100.

Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.

The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters.

This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.

AUTHOR INFO:

Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.

Website | Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads

Road to Publication

The road to publication has many paths. I chose to walk along the small press path, which has worked well for me. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing and talented editors, cover designers, and marketing pros who’ve helped bring my work to new levels. The family type approach a small press offers really provided a nurturing feel, which was something I personally needed when starting out in the industry. There is no single right or wrong way to becoming published. I always encourage aspiring authors to do extensive research on all avenues available to them, whether it be self-publishing, small/indie presses, or the agent/big five pub route.

Embracing Her Heart – Book Review

Title: Embracing Her Heart

Author: Melissa Foster

Publisher: Word Literary Press

Publication Date: April 17, 2018

Pages: 324

Rating: 4 stars

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

Synopsis: Grace once left her hometown and Reed Cross behind several years ago. When she returns for a couple weeks. She’s made it big in New York and didn’t think she’d return, let alone see her secret high school boyfriend/lover/first love, again.

Reed has come back to Oak Falls to take over his uncle Roys Business. He was working on a porch for nonother than the Montgomery’s. Who happens to be the family of his first love, Grace.

They meet again and rekindle their past love, but will they both stay and live together or run away when things get rough?

Thoughts: These two characters really complement each other. They are so sweet to each other. I loved how they went after their dreams and a few years later they get a chance to be a real public couple. I loved Graces personality and her determination. She goes for what she wants and won’t let anyone get in her way. Reed is such a lovely character and I loved seeing him grow and take on his past. I would love to read a continuation and hopefully get to see a family down the line for these characters!

39403885

Buy Links:

KINDLE: http://smarturl.it/EHH_Kindle

KOBO: http://smarturl.it/EHH_Kobo

iBOOKS: http://apple.co/2vDGJbO

NOOK: http://smarturl.it/EHH_Nook

GPLAY: http://bit.ly/2gLs8IZ

PAPERBACK: http://smarturl.it/EHH_Pb

Links:

Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Fan Club | Pinterest | Google Plus | Instagram| Amazon | Goodreads | Website

About Melissa Foster:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She 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, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

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.

Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

Giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4cf78adb651/

Everwylde

Author: Donna Grant

Release Date: April 16, 2018

Genre: Historical paranormal romance

About the book

Re-enter the world of New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant’s spellbinding Kindred series.

To live in the light they hunt in the dark…

Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest endeavor.

Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret. Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he’s faced with a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and what they stand to lose.

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2HHApWV

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2HHTjNj

iBooks: https://apple.co/2HIj4xc
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2HD00QU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2HHyOjX

Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/2HGw7iH

About the author

Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

Website – http://www.donnagrant.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaGrant/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/donna_grant

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dgauthor/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1141209.Donna_Grant

Tumblr – http://donnagrantauthor.tumblr.com/

Notes of Magic by Jessica Butcher

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38479001-notes-of-magic

Purchase Links:

BAM | Indies | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-notes-of-magic-by-jessica-bucher/

Giveaway Details:

  • One winner will receive a signed copy of Notes of Magic by Jessica Bucher

Link to giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e679/?

Notes of Magic (The Bohemians #1) by Jessica Bucher

Publication Date: February 24, 2018

Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.

Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,

waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.

Curses can be broken, but at what cost?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Bucher is a Young Adult author living in Texas with her husband and children. Her first book, The Hereafter, was published in 2016. When she’s not writing, editing, or chasing her kids, she can be found scrolling through Facebook or planning her next travel adventure.

WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads