Monday, December 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology



Now available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads


Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier...

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige releases December 14th!

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before- seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Review:

This Team Player Anthology was so good! I loved most of the stories. They were fun, sweet, hot, everything I want in a story. Now for a short review for each story. Enjoy!


The End Zone by LJ Shen - ★ ★ ★ ★

Jolie and Sage are bff. They live together and even though Jolie has always had a crush on Sage she can't do anything about it. He sleeps around, is super cocky, can be a bit full of himself, but Jolie has known him forever. She sees him for him and doesn't want to lose her best friend to become a notch on his bedpost. I really enjoy a good friends to lovers story and this was the same. I loved it especially because the characters don't really change that much. Sage is still just as cocky at the end of the story as the beginning. It was fun (and hot!!).

Slapped Into Love by Rochelle Page - ★ ★

Guy has a one night stand with a girl who he can't get out of his head and when she shows up where he is again things get interesting. I wasn't a fan of this short story. The writing style wasn't one that I enjoyed, I didn't connect with the characters, it was just meh for me.

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

I loved this story! Decker and Avery were so great together! Their first meeting was so fun, I loved how they don't get together right away, but there is just something there between them regardless. How Avery has some major issues and Decker is so kind and caring with her.  How he sees her, really sees who she is and what she is trying so hard to hide. Decker is an NBA player and Avery a reporter when they meet for the first time. It doesn't go as well as he had planned, but when he gets another chance maybe he can make thing better this time. Oh, it was awesome. The writing was great and so much more emotional than I am used to in a short story. It didn't feel as short as it was. It felt like a full-length story which is awesome. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!

Out of Formation by Ella Fox - ★ ★ ★ ★

This is the story of a cheerleader in love with a family friend who she thinks doesn't like her like that. He is a little older than her, and now going to be the football coach where she goes to school. It was another great read. I loved these two and seeing what each of them thought was going on vs what was. There were definitely some misunderstandings along the way and it was a fun read.

Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart - ★ ★ ★ ★

This was an intense read. Ren and Erica met a few years ago and he was pretty instantly smitten with her. But now it is a few years later and she has left and he has no idea why. He thought everything was great, he had his life all planned out, and then it was thrown into turmoil. He is understandably upset and does some things to try and move on/not think of what might have been. When the two of them have to work together again it is intense. They both have things they need to say, but man. There is a lot of anger there, but until the two of them can sit down and talk things out nothing will get resolved. Really enjoyed this story. All of that angry sexual tension was insanely hot!

Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn - ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

I loved this story so much! Calder was so so cute! Adorable! I loved him. He might be a big tough hockey player, but he was so sweet. He has a daughter and hasn't dated much since her mom walked out on them, but when he meets Rachel things start to change. Rachel is super fun and sweet and kind and I loved the back and forth between them. Oh, they were so cute together! Calder all nervous on their first date was adorable. Oh, I loved it.

Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose - ★

This was not a favorite of mine. I didn't like the characters and didn't see a connection between them. It felt like they only got together because of circumstances and...the guy was really not my favorite. His immediate reaction to things and they way he talked was not for me. Yeah without spoiling the whole plot I can't say much more.

Sin Bin by Mandi Beck - ★ ★ ★ ★

Now this was the way to write a story similar to one that I didn't care for in this anthology and have it be amazing. There was a definite connection between Stella and Jason right from the start. Even if circumstances wouldn't have brought them together when they did I am sure they would have figured it out eventually. Because they have the connection. They like each other. Things that happen in their lives just help them along a little bit. It was great. 

One Good Man by Emma Scott - ★ ★ ★1/2

Adrian and Janey were really sweet together. I don't fully understand Janey all the time, she was a bit...judgemental and not open-minded, but I liked her. And Adrian is more than he seems. More than he puts forth to the public. He is a football aka soccer player in France (btw why oh why does it take Janey so long to refer to it as football once she is in France? I didn't understand that one). He is also going to school and his team is on the verge of making it to the next level. Janey was sent to school in France, is a journalist, and is assigned to write a story about Adrian. She expects it to be just another dumb jock fluff piece, but he is so much more. I did really enjoy this one. It felt very...it is set in the 70's and felt like it somehow. 

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney - ★ ★ ★ ★

Lucy and Amelia are near identical twins. Lucy likes to have fun and date lots of guys in college while Amelia is more studious. When Lucy accidentally sets up two dates for the same night she asks Amelia to stand in on one of them. She doesn't want to cancel one. I mean might as well have her sister stand in then she can go out with them again another time. Amelia is hesitant, but ends up agreeing in the end. Now what happens when Amelia starts liking Dante, the guy she is on a date with pretending to be Lucy? And he likes her in return even though he is confused as Lucy doesn't seem to be the same person he went out with before (which is a good thing). It was fun, I loved Dante and Amelia, but I will say I really didn't like Lucy. She annoyed me to no end. But it was a fun story. 


And there you have it. Overall this was a great read. I loved most of the stories and found a few authors I will need to check out more of their works. I mean if I loved their short stories, something I don't read that much of as I am usually not a fan, I am sure their full length books will be awesome!

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




Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.



Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.



Adriana Locke:

A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys. From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.



Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer. A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.



Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.



Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have-- without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.



Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.



Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out- loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.



Meghan Quinn:

A BLONDE AT HEART Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!



Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.



Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense. She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ginger Krinkles by Dee DeTarsio

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Synopsis:

Ginger Krinkles is crossing her fingers that this holiday season will be extra special, for once. She lost her job in San Diego and dreads moving back home to Ennui, Ohio, where she’s convinced she will end up like her mean ol’ grandmother (God rest her soul). Ginger has always been a holiday-hater. But she has a secret. Make that two. If you buy the first one, maybe it will be easier to unwrap the second: either Ginger is an elf, or there really is magic to be found in an old cookie recipe.

Review:

Wow, what did I just read? I...it was like reading someone who is on something or manic or something. It made no sense at times. It was odd. There were moments I enjoyed the story, enjoyed Ginger's snark, but the nonsense was discombobulating.

So Ginger doesn't like Christmas. She was born just after Christmas, has a Christmasy name, and she doesn't get why everyone is so festive this time of year. She has a big mouth and says super mean things about people she likes and cares for and they sometimes overhear her. And at the moment she is in a bit of a bind - she lost her job, she doesn't have a boyfriend, she is probably going to have to move home. She has a few thousand dollars in the bank, but that won't last long. Side note - Ginger makes it seem like her family is terrible and didn't care about her growing up and stuff, but then you find they are great and a normal family and all of her complaining about the holidays and how terrible they are didn't make sense...

Now this story was all over the place for me. As I said sometimes I really enjoyed how snarky Ginger was, but overall I had a hard time following the conversations and story as it went along. Like she had a date with a guy and the whole date was a mess. I was constantly like wait am I missing something? I kept re-reading the same paragraphs hoping that somehow I would be able to decode the secret manic language of this story. But I couldn't. I love Christmas stories, love Christmas magic, but this one made no sense!! Seriously. I don't know why there are so many amazing reviews for this one. I don't get it.

Rating: 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Release Day: Team Player Anthology


Now available on
Amazon.comAmazon.deGoodreads

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier...

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige releases December 14th!

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before- seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.


Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.



Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.



Adriana Locke:

A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys. From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.



Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer. A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.



Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.



Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have-- without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.



Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.



Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out- loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.



Meghan Quinn:

A BLONDE AT HEART Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!



Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.



Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense. She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor #1) by Penny Reid

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Synopsis:

What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?

You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

‘Kissing Tolstoy’ is the first book in the Dear Professor series, is 46k words, and can be read as a standalone. A shorter version of this story (28k words) was entitled ‘Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants’ and was available via Penny Reid’s newsletter over the course of 2017.

Review: 

Gah! Kissing Tolstoy is a new favorite read from the delightful Penny Reid. This story was originally released monthly in her newsletter, but I haven't been reading it as it came out. I am not very good at waiting to see what happens next...plus I tend to forget things so I thought I would just wait until the it was released in book format and read it all at once. And gah! I loved this story so so so much! I was like why was I being stupid and waiting to read this until now? Cause I could have been swooning over Professor Kroft for like a year instead of days! Oh, he was amazing.

Now it is no secret that my favorite book of Penny's is Beauty and the Mustache. Because Drew...Drew is so dreamy! I love him so so so much! But now Drew has some competition from Professor McSwoony. Seriously. They are kind of similar and that is probablty why I love them both. They are both poetic, which seriously I don't like usually, but when Penny writes it I am just like yes! I want more! Give me all the flowery words! But Luca, aka Professor McSwoony, also has that dark, depressing flowery poetry words. He is a professor of Russian literature and oh, I want to discuss all the things with him all the time! I see why all his students would get googly eyes for him - he is amazing!

And Anna? She is so sweet and cute and kind of a dork in the best of ways. She also loves Russian literature and has read all the books for his class at least once and she was great. I loved how this story played out. They are professor-student so nothing can happen...or can it? Ah! It was so much fun! Luca is not very good at expressing what he feels because he is trying so hard not to feel until he can, and Anna is falling for him through his lectures because he is an amazing professor, but he seems to not care about her at all. The two of them were wonderful and this was a great read. I loved every minute of it. A new favorite for sure.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bleeding Hearts Duet by A Zavarelli

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Synopsis:

How far would you go to save someone you love? Would you give up your body? Your mind? Your heart?

I did and it cost me everything.

He says he owns me. And it’s true.

I’ve signed over complete control of my body and life for six months to a man I don’t know. Five years he’s been planning this. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But my blackmailer serves it up white hot. He’s addicted to my innocence, and I’m addicted to him.

He likes to hurt me. I love to let him. He brings me to life. He sets me free. He makes my heart feel things it shouldn’t.

But he also scares me. He holds the fate of my brother’s life in his hands. A life behind bars for crimes I know he didn’t commit. My blackmailer can’t give up his revenge on my family, and I can’t be with him if he doesn’t. But I’m nothing more than a butterfly caught in his net. Do I really have a choice?

Review:

The Bleeding Hearts Duet was a fun read. I really enjoyed Brighton and Ryland's story.

Alright, the first part of this duet, was...yeah. I did really enjoy this read even if there were moments when I was like really Brighton? But it was great.

Brighton's twin brother went to prison for a crime she is sure he didn't commit. She feels terrible that he is rotting away in there and would do anything to help him. When she receives an offer of freeing her brother in exchange for handing her life, body, decision, everything over to a stranger for six months she doesn't think that long about it. She is certain she can do this so her brother can finally get out of jail. After all, he is a great person and doesn't deserve to be in there.

Ryland is a guy Brighton first met briefly when she was 16, and now she works for him. She is strangely drawn to him even though he is older and she doesn't know why. Now 21 she has fantasies of getting down and dirty with him, but he doesn't seem to remember that kiss they shared forever ago.

When Brighton finds out Ryland is her mystery monster things are a bit rocky, but they work themselves out. Only Ryland is definitely keeping things from her, he won't talk about himself much, his past, anything really. She falls for him hard, but she doesn't even know if he is in this for more than their arrangement or if he cares for her as well.

Now Brighton's brother also doesn't tell her things. She doesn't know why he pleads guilty to the charges brought against him when she is certain he is innocent. She doesn't know what he was getting up to before he was sent away and he won't tell her. Add in her "friend" Nicole who is obviously part of this with Ryland, and co-worker Matt, who knows more than he will tell, and she is left in the dark by everyone. By those who claim to care about her. Man, I don't know how she put up with it. Really, I wouldn't have. Because if you really cared about me you would tell me what was going on. But it was a fun read. Super hot sexy times and Ryland and Brighton were good together. You can see he cares even if he doesn't want to. He is not all monster.

No Brighton does make some stupid decision towards the end of this first part, some things that I was just like really Brighton? You are going to stick with this even after you learn everything? You can't understand why someone would act the way they are acting?

Then on to the second part of this duet. Now I was hoping that Brighton wouldn't just forgive everything and be a doormat, and luckily she wasn't! Ryland definitely makes some mistakes with her along the way, but then he learns from them. He doesn't want to keep making them. He wants to fix things and be with her because he does love her. And she is not perfect either. It wasn't easy with these two, but I really loved this second part of the story. The two of them are perfect for each other if only they can work everything out. Don't want to say too much more as I don't want to spoil anything, but it was a fun read. Through all the ups and downs these two were great. They are imperfect people, but they try and be better than they are. Together they can be. I loved it.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins


From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!

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About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

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About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.


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About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

Excerpt:

As he neared, I gathered every ounce of bravery to ask, “Senator?”

“Yes, Ms. Haines?” He stopped three feet from me.

“I don’t want to make you uncomfortable or be inappropriate, but I’d like to know.” I swallowed and he waited patiently. “Why don’t the Baelese allow casual touching?”

I could hear my heartbeat in my eardrums.

The Senator put his hands in his pockets, and I tore my eyes away from his forearms.

“That’s a perfectly understandable question. It’s a major difference between our cultures. My people have much thicker skin than humans, over ten times thicker. And in our skin we have more nerves and nerve endings. A simple touch is not so simple. The smallest brush of a hand across our skin can drive us to distraction. It makes us want more. Do you understand?”

Literally, all I could do was nod, because at some point during his explanation, I swear he moved closer. Not close enough to touch, but close enough to make us both overly aware. It wasn’t until my eyes darted in the direction of the doors to check for the guard that the Senator grasped the back of his neck and took a step back, looking away from me and back out at the obstacle course.

“And that is why it is better to leave touching for mating. No other time.”

“Oh.” My heart went crazy inside me.

I heard the little devil of Linette on my shoulder, pushing me to do something or say something seductive. Now, you idiot, while the guard is out of sight! It was hard to be sexy on command.

My voice trembled a little. “I thought maybe it was because it was unpleasant. That you didn’t like being touched.”

“No, Ms. Haines.” He looked straight at me now. “We like it too much.”



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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ford (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #7) by Samantha Chase

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Synopsis:

There are three things Ford Garrison wants more than anything: to build, to report to no one, and the chance to live his life without the prying eyes of the good folks of Eagle’s Ridge. Having spent ten years in the Navy as part of their construction battalion, he was able to live out most of that dream. Two out three wasn’t bad, right? Now that he’s out of the service, things aren’t falling into place quite as easily as he hoped and he ends up back home with all eyes on him.

It wasn’t as if Callie had gone out of her way to end up in Ford’s path, but somehow that happened all on its own and the town gossips were having a field day! Could she help it that she was living in the house Ford had hoped to claim as his own or that the work on his grandmother’s ranch meant they were living not fifty-feet away from each other?

Ford was determined to come home, do a job to help his grandmother and leave. Callie James is a distraction and she represents everything he has spent years running away from. Now he’s at odds with his friends, his family and himself about where his home and future are going to be.

Could he walk away from Eagle’s Ridge a second time?


Review:

Ford left his hometown of Eagle's Ridge as soon as he could. He couldn't wait to get out of his small town and the prying eyes of everyone that lives there. He hated how everyone knew everything you did. He wants his privacy. So he joined the military and now he lives across the country and only comes home when he has to. And his trips home are quick in and out type things. He doesn't want to catch up with everyone and have everyone stare at him while he is there. He has some good friends that live there, but he won't ever come back to stay. 

When Ford's grandmother gets in a bind he comes right away to help out. He has some work he needs to do on her house and he is hoping it won't take too long. After all he has a job to get back to. Only it looks like her house needs more work than he thought. Plus there is Callie to think about...Callie who is living in the guest house and who he can't stop thinking about. 

Callie was the daughter of Fords grandparent's housekeeper. He remembers seeing her around at times, but she was a few years younger and he never really knew her. But Callie definitely remembers him. She had a crush on him when she was younger, and man now the crush is back full force since he is back. I mean he has grown up to be an incredible man. How could she not still crush on him? 

Callie was super sweet. She is one of the kindest people. She does what she can to help Ford out in whatever he needs. Cooking meals for him and his crew, calling people, whatever he needs she tries to help. Because that is just who she is. I really liked her. She was so sweet. 

Ford is a pretty great guy as well. He doesn't have the best relationship with his parents since they keep hassling him to move back and take over his grandfather's company, but he can't do that. He can't live in this town. Only maybe he can...maybe if he gets out of his own way he could figure something out. He could be happy with Callie and doing work that he loves in a place he does love. 

These two were really cute together. I really loved how Callie understood Ford and never pressured him to stay like everyone else in his life seemed to. She wanted what was best for him and if leaving town, which would leave her broken-hearted, was best for him she wanted that for him. Because as I said she was the nicest. The two of them together just worked and it was the story of if they could get everything figured out it would be pretty great.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2