Thursday, January 18, 2018

Release Day: Thrive (Guardian Protection #2) by Aly Martinez

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2) 

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Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot- three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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Previous book in the Guardian Protection Series

Singe (Book 1)
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About the Author:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. 

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. 

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Living Out Loud by Staci Hart

Living Out Loud, an all-new emotional standalone from Staci Hart is coming February 1st!

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When Annie Daschel arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list.

Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.

See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.
Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.
Stand in the middle of Times Square: Check.
Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.

Two things not on her list: Greg Brandon and Will Bailey. And just like that, she finds herself caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.

List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart.

Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

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.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Clam Jam by R.C. Boldt

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Clam Jam
Definition: the female equivalent of a cock block.
Example: You're chatting with a guy you're interested in and your friend comes along and lays claim to him. 

That's my life except it's worse. My friend who keeps jamming me is my gay roommate, and if that isn't a W.T.F. moment, I'm not sure what is.
Fact: He went home with three yes, three of the guys I had been so sure were into me.
Fact: He's really pissing me off. I mean, hello? I'm trying to get back in the saddle, but I'll never manage to get a boyfriend before the age of fifty if he keeps this up.
Fact: Secretly, I wonder what it would be like if he weren't gay. Why do all the hot, sweet, tender-hearted guys have to be gay?
Fact: My gay-dar needs a serious tune-up. 

The day I interviewed for the room to rent, everything changed. I knew I had met the girl, except there was one small problem: she didn't want anything to do with men. I recognized a top-notch force field when I saw one. She'd been burned badly and didn't want to deal with a heterosexual guy as a roommate. I could've turned around and found another place to live, but I wanted to live there with her.
So I had to go undercover.
Fact: I'm in love with my roommate.
Fact: I'm a likely candidate for carpal tunnel surgery since all the action I've had for the past year has been my hand.
Fact: She's going to hate me if I come clean now.
Fact: I'm not giving up. Which means I'll just have to continue to run defense until I figure out a way to get Maggie to see the real me.
The me that loves her.
The me that would never do her wrong.
Until then, I'll keep running off every guy who shows any interest.
Until then, I'll continue to Clam Jam.


Clam Jam was so much fun! I loved Maggie and Ry and the crazy situation they get themselves in. Yes, Maggie should have noticed something was up sooner and Ry should have come clean sooner, but I still loved it. 

Maggie just got out of a long term relationship (her finace was cheating on her) and now she needs a roommate. Preferably a girl or a gay guy or someone that there can be no feelings for. Because she needs time to get over what happened and move on. Time to heal and she doesn't want some sexy guy living with her distracting her. 

Ry knew Maggie was the one for him from the first moment he saw her. In a coffee shop. When she was with her fiance. But now she is single and looking for a roommate and this could work out perfectly for him. He can get to know her better, become friends, and then hopefully when she is ready to get back out there he can throw his hat in the ring and they will live happily ever after. Only he tells Maggie he is gay so she will let him live there...and now he has to try and figure a way out of this mess. But for now he will make sure she doesn't find someone else when she is ready, because they belong together. 

Maggie and Ry were perfect for each other right from the start and I loved watching them get close to each other. Yeah, Ry should have let her know what was going on sooner, but Maggie should have figured it out sooner as well. But for some reason I didn't really care while reading the story. Watching Ry run of her dates was a lot of fun. And watching Maggie fall for her "gay" bff was super fun. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author. It was lots of silly fun. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Saturday, January 13, 2018

How I Fall (How I Fall #1) by Anne Eliot

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Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.

But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future,

High School Romance, Sweet young adult.Book one in the two-book How I Fall series, ending with How I Fly


How I Fall was a cute read. It is definitely a young adult book and would probably be enjoyed more by a younger reader, but it was cute nonetheless. 

Ellen has a crush on Cam. He is the best, but she is the odd girl since she has CP. So nothing will ever happen there. I mean how would he ever like someone like her? 

Cam has a crush on Ellen. I loved reading his POV. I loved how he has been wanting to talk to her forever, but can't seem to get up the courage. I mean why would someone so strong and brave and amazing want to be with someone like him? 

Then there is Laura, the whirlwind of a new girl that leaves glitter in her wake. She is a bit crazy, but you can't help but like her. Especially when she decides that Cam and Ellen will be her new bff's. The three of them were so much fun. Cam and Ellen being forced together and trying to finally figure everything out. They are young, but I wanted them to work out. It doesn't aways happen that way especially when you have crazy parents like Cam. They were seriously out of control and I do want to read the next book to find out what happens next. These two were cute together and even though Ellen has more difficulties getting around than most she doesn't let it stop her. She was strong and capable and I loved her. She doesn't let anything get her down which is nice to read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Captain by Lauren Rowe

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From, Lauren Rowe, the USA Today and International bestselling author of The Club Series and Ball Peen Hammer comes a sexy standalone romance: Captain.

It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .
Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.

But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.

And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.

And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.

Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before--did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?--but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.

Because I do.
I hate him.
I really do.

I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

*For fans of Ball Peen Hammer and The Club Series, please note Captain features Ryan Morgan and takes place one year before the events of Ball Peen Hammer. It also includes characters from both Ball Peen Hammer and The Club Series, though Captain is a complete standalone with no prior reading is required.


Oh, Lauren Rowe is definitely a new favorite author of mine. Ball Peen Hammer was amazing and now Captian? I loved it just as much! Oh, Ryan and Tessa are amazing! This was not the story I thought it would be going in. It was so much better!!

Ryan and Tessa meet one night at a bar. Neither of them expected the other, but there was an instant connection between the two of them. Ryan had just broken it off with someone and Tessa gave him a fake name/job as she was just out to have some fun. But then some things happen and Tessa is kind of heart-broken by Ryan. She really liked him, she thought they really had something, and then it gets all messed up.

Not that Tessa is totally innocent herself. Now I am trying not to give away too much here because the story was so freakin good. It was not the usual story I was expecting. Ryan...Oh I fell in love with Ryan. He was so sweet and I loved him hardcore. I...I felt bad for him at times because he is such a sweetheart! The things he does for Tessa? The ways he tries to make things right I loved. He was incredible.

And Tessa is just as great. The two of them together were so cute (and hot! OMG they are hot together) and I loved watching them work everything out. Tessa never thought she would see Ryan again, she didn't want to see him again, but when she is forced to play nice with him for a bit things get interesting. I loved this story. Go, read Captain. It is amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, January 8, 2018

Summer in Napa (St. Helena Vineyard #2) by Marina Adair

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When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.

In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted.


I'm really enjoying reading through Marina Adair's books! They are all so hot and sweet and fun and wonderful. I'm so glad I found her!

Lexi grew up in St Helena, but then moved away to follow her then boyfriend to school and start her life with him. She got married, they opened a restaurant, everything was great until it wasn't. Until she found him cheating on her. Until she got divorced and he got the restaurant. So now she is back in St Helena a bit embarrassed and trying to get back on her feet. She did always want to work with her grandmother and turn her bakery into a bistro and now she can. If only she can make it work.

Marco is best friends with Jeff, Lexi's now ex-husband. He has always like Lexi, was in love with her in high school, but she was his best friends girl so off limits. She still is, only now she is single, in town, and he can't seem to stay away. Lexi's grandmother keeps setting her up with dates - someone different for breakfast lunch and dinner it seems. It is a bit overwhelming and she can't seem to turn them down. As Marco and Lexi grow closer they come up with a great idea to pretend to date so she can easily get out of her grandmother's setups. Only...things don't seem to stay pretend for very long.

These two were great. Marco is a good friend, was always a good friend, and now? Now he is starting to realize maybe he doesn't really know his friend Jeff as well as he did. Maybe he can really have something with Lexi, the girl he has always wanted. Oh, it was fun. And hot! Phew! The chemistry was there right from the start. It was so much fun to read.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Battle Scars by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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From the dusty plains of Afghanistan to the sleek corridors of the New York Times, journalist MJ Buckman seeks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who’s her complete opposite … and fits her perfectly.

Marine Sergeant Jackson Connor knows that relationships don’t work for men in the military. He’s living proof of that. But when a steely-eyed temptress in a flak jacket, who carries her moral cause in front of her, crosses his path, he’s furious, curious, and all kinds of in-lust.

* * *

A grown-up love story about two people who aren’t looking for love, but realize how precious it is when they find it. They don’t play games and there are no stupid misunderstandings, just life standing in their way.

Can they compromise? And what does that look like in a modern relationship between two driven people?

Assignment Vs deployment.

They’re always traveling in different directions. What relationship can survive that?


Battle Scars was not that good. I was expecting a great story about a military guy and a journalist that follows the story wherever it goes. Only...I never saw a connection between these two. Ever. It was told to me, but it wasn't there. And it didn't work. Everything was really surface level, tell not show so it was just not that good. 

MJ is a foreign correspondent who gets saved by Jack when one of her stories goes awry. Jack is not at all happy that his men were put in danger because of her, but she apologizes afterward and tells him if he is ever in New York to look her up and she will buy him a drink. As a thank you. And that is exactly what he does. And the story goes on from there. Jack is still in the military so finding time together can be tricky. Between his deployments and her travel for work, it is not easy. And I never really saw them caring about each other. Everything was too quick and easy and told to me so I didn't care. 

The other issue? It felt like the author was using the story more as a commentary on what is happening around the world than a romance like it is billed as. And some of that stuff I struggled with. Like the story Maggie follows up on in Amsterdam about refugees. She talks to an older lady who rides her bike around, has always felt safe and no worries, but one day one of the refugee boys called her a whore for riding her bike with shorts on and now she is afraid to leave her house. That made me do a huge eye roll. She does then go and talk to someone that works at one of the shelters to get the other side of the story, but it was a bit...I don't know. I live in Berlin and we have a lot of refugees here. Are there some issues? Sure, I guess, but I haven't noticed a ton of difference in the way things are now compared to a few years ago. It is not like it is suddenly super unsafe to be out and about. I don't know. I get a lot of the anti-refugee nonsense from people in the states and it bugs me. Because even if some of them are bad, even if some of them cause harm to people, I would rather help everyone out than turn them away. Because the situation where they are from is horrible. And I can't imagine being in their shoes. Here in Germany they have to take integration classes to learn the language and cultures here, and it would be hard. I can't imagine leaving everything you know to try and make it somewhere safe. It was just one of many things that were snuck into the story in a kind of heavy-handed way and made me roll my eyes. 

So yeah, I was not a fan of this story. It was too much a commentary on the world today and the characters were flat and I don't think I ever really knew them at all. Definitely didn't see them fall in love so I didn't really care what happened to them. 

Rating: ★ ★