Saturday, October 21, 2017

When I'm With You (Hope Town #3) by Harper Sloan

When I'm With You
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Synopsis:

Nate:

It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.

Emberlyn:

The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.

He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.

Review:

Oh, this book. When I'm With You was such a great read. I loved Nate and Emm so so much! They are amazing together! Plus you still get to see all the guys from the Corps Security books as dads. Love it!

Nate and Emm don't have the smoothest of stories. Emm has always like Nate, but because of who they are it can be difficult to figure everything out. I mean if they did try to be together, but it didn't work out, it would ruin everything. Their parents are all friends, they spend a lot of time together growing up, so it is not just the two of them that would be affected. Oh, these two!

I loved Nate and Emm. They were wonderful together. Alpha dominant Nate was so freakin hot! I know he messed up a time or two, but when you read what he was thinking, at least that first time, it made sense. Then you feel for Emm as she is putting herself out there and getting nothing. I would have reacted the same way she did. It is hard to be so open with someone you like. Hard to have something happen, but then nothing actually does. Luckily Locke steps up and helps these two figure everything out. Or helps Nate figure out what he would be missing if he doesn't go after Emm. And then - phew! It was hot. The two of them together...yeah. I loved it.

One thing I really loved is how they talked everything through and how Nate tried to show Emm she was worthy of his love. He was so sweet with her at times and I loved every minute of this story. Yes, they grew up together and if things didn't work out it could end up being very awkward for their families, but sometimes it is worth the risk. To find your other half, to fall in love, to have a happily ever after is worth it. I am glad these two got that. They were amazing. Another great read from this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Excerpt Reveal: A Little Too Late by Staci Hart


A Little Too Late, an all-new romantic standalone from Staci Hart is coming October 24th!

 
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Synopsis:

I wasn't supposed to fall in love with the nanny.

When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I've been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I've been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.

For nine long months, I've been failing.

When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I'd found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I've been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I'd packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.

She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she's so much more.

The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn't. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.




Excerpt:

Hannah The first time I saw Charlie Parker, I didn’t see one thing at a time; I saw all of him. It was an assault on my senses, an overwhelming tide of awareness, and for a moment, the details came to me in flashes over what was probably only a few seconds but felt so much longer. 

His hair was blond and gently mussed, his face long and nose elegant. I could smell him, clean and fresh with just a touch of spice I couldn’t place. I tipped my chin up—he was tall, taller than me, and I hovered just at six feet—and met his eyes, earthy and brown and so deep. So very deep. 

And then he smiled. 

He was handsome when he wasn’t smiling. He was stunning when he was. 

I was so lost in that smile, I didn’t register the flying gob until it whapped against my sweater. Tiny splatters of something cold speckled my neck. 

This was the moment the clock started again, and the sweet serenity slipped directly into chaos. 

A blond little boy looked up at me from his father’s side with a devilish gleam in his dark eyes. The spoon in his hand was covered in blood-red jam and aimed at me like an empty catapult. 

Several things happened at once. Charlie’s face morphed into embarrassed frustration as he reached for who I presumed to be his son. The boy—Sam, I guessed from the names I’d been given by the agency—spun around lightning fast and took off down the hallway, giggling. Another child began to cry from somewhere back in the house, and a bowl clattered to the ground, followed by a hissed swear from what sounded like an older woman. 

I glanced down at the sliding, sticky mess against my white sweater and started to laugh. 

Charlie’s head swiveled back to me, his face first colored with confusion, then in horror as he looked at the Pollock painting on my sweater. 

“Oh my God,” he breathed, his apologetic, wide eyes dragging down my body. “Jesus, I am so sorry.”

 I was still laughing, almost a little hysterical. I couldn’t even tell you why.

I waved a hand at Charlie, and he took my elbow, guiding me into the house as I caught my breath. Another crash came from the kitchen, and a little girl came toddling out into the entry, leaving powdery footprints on the hardwood. 

Charlie’s face screwed up. “Sam!” he called, stretching the word, a drawn-out promise of consequences. 

A riot of giggling broke out in the kitchen. 

We both snapped into motion. I followed him as he scooped up his crying daughter and stormed toward the kitchen. The little girl watched me over his shoulder with big brown eyes, her breath hitching in little shudders and her small finger hooked in her mouth. 

Charlie stopped so abruptly, I almost ran into him. 

When I looked around him and into the kitchen, my mouth opened. I covered it with my fingers as laughter bubbled up my throat. 

A bag of flour sat in the middle of the floor, the white powder thrown in bursts against the surrounding surfaces and hanging in the air like smoke. The floor next to the bag was the only clean spot, shaped like a small bottom—the little girl’s, I supposed. A bowl lay upside down, its contents oozing from under the rim and slung in a ring from ceiling to cabinet to floor, as if it had completed a masterful flip on its way to its demise. And in the center of the madness stood an older woman with flour in her dark hair and dusted down the front of her. Clutched under her arm was a wriggling Sam, offending spoon still in hand. 

Her face was kind but tight with exasperation. “Please tell me this is the new nanny,” she said flatly. 

“I doubt we could convince her to stay at this point,” he said with equal flatness.

About the Author:


Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

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Synopsis:

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.


Review:

Oh, Mia Sheridan. How do you always write such wonderful characters? People who are not the typical romantical leads. People who others might not see, or not for who they really are, but make them shine so? I...her stories always make my heart feel so very full. So full of love and kindness and oh, I love it. I just finished this story and I feel like I am going to cry because it is so beautiful.

Crystal and Gabriel. These two. Man. I don't even know what to say about them. They are so similar yet so very different. The way they see the world is beautiful and heartbreaking. Gabriel. He is...Mia has a way of writing characters that love so beautifully and fiercely it always makes me think that you would be so lucky to find that in your life. To love someone and be loved like her characters love. Gabriel is incredible. I wish I had a way with words. I wish I could pour out everything I am thinking and feeling about this book into this review. But I don't. I try my best, but for books like this, for characters and stories like this, I don't feel I can do them justice. Gabriel is incredible. He has his baggage, but he also has a really beautiful way of looking at things. He loves so pure and so wholly it is breathtaking.

And Crystal. Oh, Crystal, my heart broke for you. She definitely has baggage and oh, to try and love someone who doesn't love themselves must be difficult. To be there and support them and try and make them see that they are worth it. That they are beautiful and worthy of love. I don't really know if I could be as selfless and kind as some of these characters were. I've seen this book paired with Archer's Voice and that is fitting in a way. It reminds me of that story, but also not. Not in the story itself, but the characters feel similar. In a way that sometimes you have to do what is right for you to heal and move on. Sometimes you have to face challenges that you didn't think you would ever want to. Sometimes to move forward you have to go back and visit your past. To make peace with it. To heal. 

Crystal and Gabriel were so perfect for each other. They really bring out the best in the other and their story is beautiful. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. If you are a fan of the author already you will love this story as well. If not maybe this will make you fall in love like I did. Incredible. 

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Friday, October 13, 2017

Release Boost: Accidental Man Whore by Katherine Stevens


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Synopsis:

Ben Wright isn’t an escort.

Except when he is.

All he wants is to make some extra money to pay off his dad’s medical bills. He never intended to be tied to beds while making the Benjamins.

Miryam Wexler never intended to be dumped by her fiancé before their wedding.

But she was.

Now all she wants is to put her life back together and not tell her grandmother about her humiliation.

He needs money and she needs a stand-in fiancé. They can help each other, if they don’t kill each other first.

Two people with double lives equals four times the chaos and four times the comedy.


Excerpt:

I am not a male escort.

Okay, technically I am a male escort in the sense that I take money from women to go out with them and sometimes have sex with them. But it didn’t start out that way. I own my own business, for Pete’s sake. It’s not turning a huge profit yet, but it’s mine and I don’t have to answer to anyone. Now I have a madam and a Little Black Book. Except I couldn’t find a real little black book, so my escort contacts are scrawled across the pages of the October 2016 Men’s Health that I hide in a kitchen drawer. My whoring schedule is written on a Chinese takeout menu.

Life used to be simple. I barely remember that life now. The past several months are a blur of lies, and sex, and more lies, and a lot more sex, and yarmulkes. Now I’m standing at my door with some eager beaver Miami detective flashing his badge in my face and wanting to know why they found my contact info in a madam’s office during a prostitution bust. I don’t have an answer that won’t land me in jail. I missed the hooker orientation where they tell you to have prepared statements for events like this.

How did it start? How did I go from a guy who waters plants for living to a part-time escort? I would like to say it started with a woman, but it didn’t. It’s kind of a funny story. I took money to bang chicks for my dad. It’s only a little less creepy than it sounds. I wonder if this cop will get a laugh out of it.




About the Author:

When Katherine Stevens isn’t writing, she can usually be found opening juice boxes and looking for lost shoes. Her kids keep her quite busy and always zig-zagging across the line of sanity. She is a lifelong Texan with a terrible sense of direction and even worse memory. She thinks life is entirely too hard if you don't laugh your way through it.

As a child, she dreamed of being the most sarcastic astronaut in history, but her poor math skills and aversion to dehydrated food kept her out of the space program. Now she writes to pass the time until NASA lowers their standards. Your move, NASA.



Other Books by Katherine Stevens

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dallas Fire & Rescue: Ghost Fire (Kindle Worlds Novella) by G.G. Andrew

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Synopsis:

When tenacious writer Laney Stonewater ropes firefighter Lucas Moore into staying overnight at the supposedly haunted Cattleman’s Crossing Inn, both of them will get more than they bargained for. The inn was the site of a blaze that killed a man 20 years ago and left Lucas with a strange burn mark on his arm and memories he’d rather forget. Along with a psychic, the victim’s widow, and an amateur ghost hunter, Laney and Lucas set out to learn if Cattleman’s Crossing went up in flames due to a simple mistake…or something much more sinister.

As the night grows darker–and the inn grows warmer, stranger, and more surreal–Laney and Lucas discover they’ve got a connection that burns as hot as any blaze and could have staying power beyond the haunted walls of the inn.

But first they must survive the night…

Review:

Ghost Fire was a fun read. A bit spookier than the author's other stories which I enjoyed. 

Laney is writing a story for the 20th anniversary of the Cattleman's Crossing fire. One man died in the fire and to add a little more to the story she is trying to get the survivors back to stay the night there with her. To share their stories and add that personal touch even though she is a big ghost skeptic. She is sure it was just a normal fire and there is nothing to worry about.  

Lucas is one of the survivors of the Cattleman's Crossing fire. He was only 9 when the fire happened and what he saw that night haunts him to this day. He doesn't want anything to do with that place. He definitely doesn't want to spend the night there. When Laney asks him to, when she asks him to share what happened so long ago, he tries to stay strong. But there is something there between them and this fireman can't say no forever. How can he say no and let her spend the night in that place? What if something were to happen to her and he wasn't there to try and help? 

When the two of them spend the night, with a few other invited guests, things heat up pretty quickly. Will Laney be converted and believe in ghosts? Or will Lucas realize nothing happened all those years ago? This was a fun story and the author did a good job adding some spooky tension in there as well as the fun characters falling for each other. It was a lot of fun and a perfect Halloween read. 

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Release Day: Accidental Man Whore by Katherine Stevens


Now available on 

Synopsis:

Ben Wright isn’t an escort.

Except when he is.

All he wants is to make some extra money to pay off his dad’s medical bills. He never intended to be tied to beds while making the Benjamins.

Miryam Wexler never intended to be dumped by her fiancé before their wedding.

But she was.

Now all she wants is to put her life back together and not tell her grandmother about her humiliation.

He needs money and she needs a stand-in fiancé. They can help each other, if they don’t kill each other first. Two people with double lives equals four times the chaos and four times the comedy.


Review:

Accidental Man Whore was a fun read. Ben was so adorably clueless. He is not good at picking up the clues and knowing what is going on. Oh, he was fun. 

Ben works watering plants in an office building. He started this company not that long ago and makes enough to live, but is not making a ton of money. Some of his clients are a bit scary in how strong their personalities are, but he is a good guy and gets his work done. 

Miryam is getting married. To the perfect guy. They both are attorneys, they both know what they want, it is going to be great. Maybe not a grand, passionate relationship, but perfect for what she wants. 

When Ben's dad is diagnosed with cancer he will do almost anything to get the money to pay for his treatment. So he tries to get some more plant watering business, but his boss at the office building has another idea. Just go to some parties and keep the ladies happy. Easy peasy. And it pays a lot more than Ben could hope to make in an evening doing anything else. So of course he agrees. Oh, he was so adorable. He doesn't realize what is going on until he is in it. He was so much fun. 

Miryam thought her fiance was perfect, only to find out that he doesn't actually want to marry her. Right before the wedding. So now she will have to tell her grandmother, the person closest to her whose health is not the best, that she is not getting married. Her grandmother will be devastated so what will she do? Hire someone to play her fiance of course. Only Ben is that someone and they have had a run in before. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Now I will say I really didn't like Miryam for most of the story. She was soooo judgemental and awful! I was yelling at her a lot in my head while reading her parts. She thinks she knows Ben when she doesn't know anything. And she treats him not so good because of what she thinks she knows of him and ah! I didn't like her. But I still enjoyed reading her. Which is odd. 

Through all of this, through being a fake fiance and spending time together, these two grew closer. Oh I enjoyed this story. It was fun. Ben and Miryam and everything they go through. I so enjoyed reading thier story.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Excerpt:

I am not a male escort.

Okay, technically I am a male escort in the sense that I take money from women to go out with them and sometimes have sex with them. But it didn’t start out that way. I own my own business, for Pete’s sake. It’s not turning a huge profit yet, but it’s mine and I don’t have to answer to anyone. Now I have a madam and a Little Black Book. Except I couldn’t find a real little black book, so my escort contacts are scrawled across the pages of the October 2016 Men’s Health that I hide in a kitchen drawer. My whoring schedule is written on a Chinese takeout menu.

Life used to be simple. I barely remember that life now. The past several months are a blur of lies, and sex, and more lies, and a lot more sex, and yarmulkes. Now I’m standing at my door with some eager beaver Miami detective flashing his badge in my face and wanting to know why they found my contact info in a madam’s office during a prostitution bust. I don’t have an answer that won’t land me in jail. I missed the hooker orientation where they tell you to have prepared statements for events like this.

How did it start? How did I go from a guy who waters plants for living to a part-time escort? I would like to say it started with a woman, but it didn’t. It’s kind of a funny story. I took money to bang chicks for my dad. It’s only a little less creepy than it sounds. I wonder if this cop will get a laugh out of it.





About the Author:

When Katherine Stevens isn’t writing, she can usually be found opening juice boxes and looking for lost shoes. Her kids keep her quite busy and always zig-zagging across the line of sanity. She is a lifelong Texan with a terrible sense of direction and even worse memory. She thinks life is entirely too hard if you don't laugh your way through it.

As a child, she dreamed of being the most sarcastic astronaut in history, but her poor math skills and aversion to dehydrated food kept her out of the space program. Now she writes to pass the time until NASA lowers their standards. Your move, NASA.



Other Books by Katherine Stevens

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Release Boost: Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean


Have you read Logan yet? If not what are you waiting for? It is a great read!

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Synopsis:

As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.

Through his teens, he became the bad boy

Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.

***


High school dropout, Logan Preston is a

good-for- nothing stoner.

A black sheep.

A disappointment.

The worst Preston Punk of the lot.

At least that’s how everyone in his small town

makes him feel.

But Logan Preston has secrets.

Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.

He wears cockiness as a mask.

Arrogance as his armor.

Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:

What's beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?









Prior Books in the series (click title to go to my review):

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The Preston Brothers Series is a spin-off of the More Than Series. Meet the More Than men in:


More Than This (Book 1) - Jake Andrews: Sweet jock

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More Than Her & More Than Him (book 2 & 3) Logan Matthews: Arrogant asshat.

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More Than Forever (Book 4) - Cameron Gordon: High school sweetheart.

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More Than Enough (Book 5) - Dylan Banks: Broody, silent Marine.

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About the Author:

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.

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