Jun 23

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely Review

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5 Smooches!

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Synopsis

There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
Right?

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There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I’ve got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

Note: Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, naughty jokes and a hot, swoonworthy hero you will fall madly in love with.

Review

I’m not even going to pretend that I’m anything but a huge Lauren Blakely fan girl. She just seems understand what I want in a romantic comedy, and she nails it for me every single time. Just when I think she couldn’t possibly top her last book, she comes out with another that totally sweeps me off my feet. Asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me to select the best chocolate chip from the bag. It’s impossible, they’re all wonderful little bits of awesomeness. But sometimes, one will rise to the top of the bag in all it’s perfectly formed glory, and for me this year, it’s The Knocked Up Plan.

Everything I love about romantic comedies was here, all wrapped up into a fabulously well written package. The plot wasn’t a typical workplace romance, and Blakely’s take on this genre was a breath of fresh air. I’m always impressed by the research she does for her books. This author is wildly creative, and she always finds something interesting and fun that makes each of her couples unique—their “thing.” I loved what she did in this book–it was romantic, exciting and, quite honestly, pretty darn inspiring.

These two characters are professional communicators, so it was no surprise that they had the banter down pat—it was sharp, witty and never missed a beat. The humor in this book is abundant, but pay very close attention. What really kept me grinning throughout this story was the completely pragmatic way this couple approached their arrangement. Totally oblivious to their mutual attraction, neither one of them ever really considered the ramifications of throwing some romance onto that blazing inferno of lust. It was pretty tongue-in-cheek, and I have to say Blakely executed it spectacularly. I think all of her readers will agree, though, that while she doesn’t hesitate to put obstacles in her characters’ paths to their happily-ever-afters, she also doesn’t allow those obstacles to turn into these big, drawn-out, pain-filled, angst-ridden scenarios. There is just enough contention, just the right amount of conflict, before she delivers an incredibly satisfying resolution. I don’t know how other readers feel about that, but I find it pretty dang refreshing.

I just couldn’t put this book down! It was so romantic, so swoony, so incredibly sexy! The Knocked Up Plan kept me furiously tapping my Kindle, late into the night, while simultaneously lamenting the turn of those pages and the fact that each one drew the story closer to completion. Three-hundred-plus pages of pure reading pleasure, this story kept me smiling from start to finish. Five smooches from me for Lauren Blakely’s The Knocked Up Plan!

~ Danielle Palumbo

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Jun 23

The Bars Between Us by A.S. Teague Cover Reveal with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today we have the gorgeous cover reveal for The Bars Between Us by A.S. Teague!! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy July 20th!!

Title: The Bars Between Us

Author: A.S. Teague

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20th

About The Bars Between Us:

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.

I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.

I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved.

After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.

We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.

Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?

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Parked beside my car is a truck that’s got to be twice as old as I am and looks like it should have been buried long ago.

Bronn hooks a thumb in the rust bucket’s direction and tells me, “Bessie’s seen better days, but I just can’t bring myself to put her out to pasture.”

I pull my door open and toss my purse inside, before turning to face him. “Bessie, huh?”

He props a hip on her front fender. “Belonged to my dad. When he died, Dani’s mom kept her. Gave her to me.”

His face is relaxed, but the pain of his loss is still in his eyes, and I’ve come to notice that it’s a look that’s always there.  Even when he’s laughing, it doesn’t erase the perpetual sadness that he carries with him.  It’s a sadness that I carry with me as well.

“When I was a kid, my dad took me to the beach once.”

Bronn’s brows knit and I hurry to continue my story. “It was cold that morning, early spring, the breeze causing goosebumps to take up permanent residence on my arms. I remember Daddy taking his sweat shirt off and putting it on me. The thing swamped me.” I pause and laugh, remembering how the arms of the hoodie had drug the ground and how daddy had belly laughed at the sight before rolling them up. “Anyway, we searched for shark’s teeth that morning.  It was too cold to swim, too cold to play in the sand. But I’d had a fascination with the predators of the sea, a newfound one, and Daddy had been determined that we were going to find a great white’s full jaw, I think.” I’d been staring up at the sky, but I glanced at Bronn to see his face rapt with attention, his expression intense. “We looked and looked until my eyes went cross. But, we didn’t have any luck.”

I can’t tear my gaze away from Bronn’s, even though the way he’s studying me is a little unnerving.

“We found all kinds of amazing shells, rocks that were smooth from being tumbled by the waves, crab shells that must have been eaten by gulls. But nothing that came from Jaw’s mouth.” I shrug, and smile. Bronn smiles back. His face finally relaxes, but his eyes are still full of emotion.

“I remember Daddy was so disappointed. But I wasn’t. I’d spent the morning with my favorite person in the world. I may have been freezing the whole time, my face chapped from with wind and sand whipping in it, my hair a tangled mess that took mama an hour to brush, but it was the best day.”

The half-smile that I’d been sporting while lost in the memory fades. “That was my last happy memory with him. He died not long after that.” I swallow hard, determined not to cry.

The memory is bittersweet, but it’s still sweet. That’s the thing about memories. The same exact memory can be happy or sad, depending on how you choose to remember it. And I choose to remember the sheer joy I’d felt that day, not the crushing sadness that it was the last time I’d felt that way.

I clear the emotion from my throat. “Anyway, I don’t know why I shared that. Just, maybe, to tell you, that I understand holding on to something because it has sentimental value.” I nod at his truck, “Bessie may not be worth any money, but she’s worth her weight in gold if she makes you happy.”

My lips quiver as I offer a smile. Bronn may think that we come from different worlds, and maybe we do.  Nana would have killed me dead if I had ever come home from a date in a truck like his.  But there’s sadness and loss everywhere, no matter how much money you have. And that common thread binds us together, whether Bronn realizes it or not.

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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

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Jun 22

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward Cover Reveal

We are excited to bring you the next cover from  New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

 DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!

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Photographer:  Brian Jamie

Cover designer:  Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Jun 20

Second Chance Season by Liora Blake Review

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Synopsis

Return to Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy with a family duty meets an ambitious city girl with even bigger goals and who shows him just what he’s been missing.

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her boyfriend of ten years, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance journalist—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to “country” as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.

Second Chance Season, book two in the Grand Valley series, is a charming, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Jennifer Probst and Kristan Higgins.

Review

I love a good small town southern book and that is exactly what Liora Blake delivered. Second Chance Season is a southern book but Garrett is no cowboy. He is a good ole boy through and through. I loved that about him. Having grown up in the south Garrett reminded me of all the boys and men I was surrounded around in my youth, only a better version of them.

This book was a slow build that gave me time to fall in love with these two as they fell for each other. I really enjoyed the build between these two very different personalities The contrast in these two really drew me in and the wit and banter between then really cemented my love for them and this book.

This has been my fifth Liora Blake book and I still look forward to each of her releases. I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to see what she gives us in the future.

~miranda

Jun 20

Deklan by Shay Savage Review

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5 Smooches!

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Synopsis

My father owes a debt.

I am his currency.

I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.

But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.
Instead of becoming a mafia princess, I’m marrying the henchman.

Deklan.

After one look at him, I’m not sure I’ll survive the wedding night.

REVIEW

I read all of this authors work.  I just like her unique stories and clean writing style.  So, I didn’t really know much about this story going in.  Im glad I didn’t because I found that the whole story was surprising and had a few twists and turns that I didn’t expect.  While I really enjoyed the writing style and the storyline itself, my favorite part of this story was the swoony Deklan.  He pretty much surprised over me and over again through out the book.  He is patient and kind and sweet and I loved how the author tied their pasts together.

Another great one from this author.  I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

 

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Jun 20

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DeklanEbook My father owes a debt.

I am his currency.

I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.

But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.

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Jun 20

Salvaged by Jay Crownover Review Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Order your copy today!

 

 

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

 

 

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Excerpt

“I don’t know that I have the time to take on a puppy right now, Poppy.” He lifted a hand and rubbed it across the back of his neck. His mahogany-colored eyebrows pulled into a vee over the top of his nose and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown that was too harsh for his pretty face. I liked it much better when he smiled and his twin dimples cut deeply into his cheeks.

I bit my bottom lip to keep the distressed noise that I could feel climbing up the back of my throat at bay. I knew he might say no but I couldn’t hide the fact that I was disappointed by his decision. I honestly felt like he and the puppy would be good for one another, that they could bring a little joy into each other’s life. It broke my heart a little that Wheeler wasn’t ready to open his heart up again, even when it was to something that was so obviously eager to love him unconditionally and irrevocably, unlike his ex.

“It’s okay, Wheeler. Like I said, I’ll take him home until I can find a place for him. I’m sure Dolly could use a friend.” I crouched down and wiggled my fingers to get the dog’s attention, and grinned when he bounded over, tripping over his front legs as he scrambled in my direction. “I can take him to work with me and hold on to him until I figure something out. One of the boys at the shop will step up if Dixie doesn’t want another dog.”

I heard him sigh and looked up to see him watching me intently. He opened his mouth like he was going to say something, then let it snap shut with his teeth audibly clicking together. I didn’t know much about Wheeler, but what I did know I liked. He was nice. He was polite. He was thoughtful and he was kind. But more than any of those things, he went out of his way to hold himself in a way that wasn’t threatening or intimidating because he was aware without me saying a word how jumpy I was around people, men in particular. I hated that they were bigger than me. I hated that I knew firsthand how badly they could hurt me if they had a mind to. I hated that I wilted and cowered under their attention, even if it was innocent and friendly. The fact that he took care not to spook me spoke volumes and made me feel awful for putting him in such an awkward position.

“Poppy…” He sounded regretful and I had no interest in dragging the torture out any longer for either of us. I scooped up the dog and buried my nose in the top of his head.

“Seriously it’s no big deal. I love him and I’m happy to wait until I can find him a proper home. It was stupid of me not to consider how busy you are with everything you have going on in your life right now. A puppy is a big commitment and that’s not something you can put on someone else without discussing it with them first.” The dog swiped his tongue across my face, no doubt feeling my distress and rising panic. I wanted to tuck his warm little body to my chest and run away like I was trying to score a touchdown in the other team’s end zone. “I should have known better.”

 

 

 

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Jay Crownover’s SALVAGED – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

June 12th

Aurora B’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Ceres Books World – Review

Grownupfangirl – Review & Excerpt

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

Panda & Boodle – Excerpt

June 13th

Booknerd1107 – Review

Foxy Blogs – Excerpt

Happily Ever After Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Mustreadbooksordie – Review

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt

June 14th

Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Prisoners of Print – Review & Excerpt

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review

Two Girls with Books – Review

June 15th

Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Review

Night Owl Reader – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

June 16th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Book Sojourner – Review & Excerpt

Literary Gossip – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt

June 17th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

NotasLiterárias – Review & Excerpt

RentasticReads – Review

Reflections Of A Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

June 18th

I Heart Books – Review & Excerpt

Naughty and nice book blog – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review

Zili in the Sky – Review & Excerpt

June 19th

From the TBR Pile – Review

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

BookWorm221 – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

June 20th

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt

Reviews by Tammy and Kim (Rachel and Jay) – Review & Excerpt

TjLovesToRead – Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

June 21st

Jack of All Trades, Master of None – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

My Girlfriend’s Couch – Review & Excerpt

Rachel Reads Ravenously – Review & Excerpt

She Hearts Books – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

June 22nd

A Leisure Moment – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Caroline Jane Reads – Excerpt

KeeperShelf – Review

Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt

Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt

Queenzany – Review & Excerpt

June 23rd

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt

Krissy’s Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

Obsessive Book Nerd – Review

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

June 24th

Blushing babes are up all night – Review

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

 

 

About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Jun 20

Salvaged by Jay Crownover Review

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

Review

‘I didn’t want her to be scared of anything ever again.’

Jay Crownover has always been a one click author for me. I feel like we’ve grown together from NA to full on Contemporary and I have enjoyed every moment of it. The Saints of Denver was a wonderful spinoff series which allowed me to see he characters I fell for grow and mature while allowing me to fall deeply for a whole new set. No one has had me more eager for their book since I first met Poppy back in Rowdy’s book. Knowing her story and seeing it unfold slowly throughout the two series along with Wheeler. I knew the angst, drama and intensity would be high and Jay delivered on all those accounts.

“Everyone ends up a little bit out of place every now and then. I’ll put you back where you’re supposed to be, Poppy.”

Wheeler and Poppy have a connection that grows slowly while it is obvious that their chemistry was instant. Wheeler is possibly one of the best book boyfriends writer. He was sweet, patient and kind. His outside tattooed appearance was sexy and in contrast to his kind and calm nature. I LOVED him so deeply. Poppy’s story is so sad and hard. I was prepared to cry and have my heart broken for her but was pleasantly surprised to find that this story was more about her healing than what broke her.

Overall, Wheeler and Poppy had me hooked from the start and eager to read the whole way through. I never wanted to put the book down and was sad that a series I have come to love is ending but what a great way to pull it to a close. The only problem I had with this book is probably not a problem for many reader and that there was almost too much sex for my taste. I was not expecting this to be as erotic as it was and while it wasn’t so much to turn me off from the story I personally would have preferred a few less scenes. Still, Savaged was an amazing book and I can’t wait to see what Jay will bring us next.

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Jun 20

The Gamble, Sweet Dreams and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley New Paperback Editions Release with Giveaway

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ANNOUNCING THREE BEAUTIFUL NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FROM THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN SERIES!

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THE GAMBLE

Life isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she’d found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn’t know her at all, it’s time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it’s got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn’t entirely sure she’s ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn’t sure she’s ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn’t come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she’s been waiting for.

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SWEET DREAMS

When you lose everything, anything is possible.

Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she’d been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .

Lauren’s fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She’ll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.

However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they’re not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

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LADY LUCK

All you need is a little luck.

Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. You name it, Lexie has probably survived it-or worse. But there’s only so much bad luck a girl can take, and now one promise is all that stands between her and a brand-new life.

When that promise brings her to Carnal, Colorado, Lexie isn’t sure the rough, yet strangely charming, town is for her. But there’s something Carnal has that might just make staying around worth it . . . and that’s Ty Walker.

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Lexie knows there’s a difference between vengeance and justice, and she’ll do everything she can to make sure Ty gets the latter. And with the good people of Carnal on their side, Lexie and Ty might finally find their luck is changing for the better.

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About the Author

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Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Social Media Links

www.kristenashley.net

www.facebook.com/kristenashleybooks

www.twitter.com/kristenashley68

Giveaway

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Jun 19

Beauty: Learning to Live by Jordan Marie Review

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5 Smooches!

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Synopsis

This isn’t your everyday Beauty and the Beast story.
Our love story was tragic, until it wasn’t….

Once upon a time I fell in love with a beast.

I fell fast.

I fell hard.

I loved him intensely and I trusted him completely – until he ripped my heart to shreds.

Love isn’t a fairy tale.

It’s messy.

It’s dirty.

It’s painful, and it’s ugly.

Until it’s not….

This is Book 2 and the Final Book of the Beast & Beauty Devil’s Blaze Duet. Book 1 Beast must be read first.
Please note this is a full size novel. Page numbers reflected in the pre-order may not be correct until the final file is uploaded.

Review

Jordan Marie’s Devil’s Blaze MC trilogy completely blew me away with its intensely emotional, painfully dramatic plot. At the time, I proclaimed it to be Jordan Marie’s best work to date, and arguably, one of the most gritty and gripping MC romances that had ever been told. I still stand behind that statement, but I’d like to amend it slightly. From that series emerged a character whose story was so devastating, it demanded to be told. The brutality and viciousness of Michael ‘Beast’ Jameson’s story could not be ignored, and Jordan began to unravel the tale in Beast: Learning to Breathe. Beauty: Learning to Live is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Learning to Breathe/Learning to Live duet within the Devil’s Blaze MC series, and it picks up where Beast left off.

I went into Beauty knowing full well that Jordan Marie could–and wouldn’t hesitate to–deliver another blow to the feels. With that in mind, I gathered up the jagged pieces of my heart after reading Beast, and I cracked open Beauty. Where Beast was a ferocious and shattering story that left a scarred and damaged man in its wake, Beauty was exactly what the title implied: a beautiful story about learning to live again. Just as powerfully emotional as it’s duet partner, Beauty is, however, the flipside of the coin. More hopeful, more loving and much more healing, this story got my heart racing in a completely different way. Chemistry was never an issue between Michael and Hayden, but having been apart for a while, once they reconciled, they were explosively passionate and some of the sexiest material Jordan’s ever written is in this book.

I know some readers were disappointed when Beast ended in a cliffhanger, but I really hope that once they read Beauty, they’ll understand why that was necessary. This story as a whole was so thorough, so richly developed and so layered, that it just would have been impossible, even for an author as talented as this one, to adequately and effectively communicate the level of pain and healing, of loss and love, that these characters experienced in one book. A duet within the series is exactly what this haunting story required. Once again, Jordan Marie has managed to shock and awe me with a deeply moving story. Five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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