Monday, February 20, 2017

Release Day: #1 Crush (#1 Series #1) by T. Gephart

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Tia Monroe was smart, sassy and successful. Sure, she could get a little crazy at times—life around Tia was never boring—but that was part of her appeal. And while she didn’t see herself as ‘classically beautiful’, she had no shortage of options in the boyfriend department. She just hadn’t found one who held her interest.

Until she laid eyes on Eric Larsson, and then it was lust at first sight.

He packed the perfect mix of smoldering sexy and unapologetic cool into his blond-haired, blue-eyed, ridiculously hot six-foot- four frame. One smile from him was enough to twist her insides, making her girlie bits tingle in the most delicious way. But it wasn’t just his looks, he was smart and funny—charming in the most a-dork- able way.

The only problem was . . . Tia had never actually met him.

Eric Larsson was one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars, rising to the top of his game and leaving a trail of disintegrated panties in his wake. Tia’s were no exception—but she wasn’t delusional. Love, marriage and happily-ever- after were not part of her fantasy; she just wanted to meet him. Just one time. One time. Confident that just seeing him in the flesh would get him out of her system.

So, with her resolve steeled, Tia set off on a quest to make it happen while avoiding her mug shot being splayed across the five o’clock news.

The journey no doubt will make for one hell of a stor


I really enjoyed #1 Crush. Tia was a loon in the best of ways. I loved her. Yes, occasionally she got on my nerves, but overall it was a fun read. 

Tia has a huge crush on Eric Larsson. Movie star Eric Larsson. The guy who is one of the hottest guys in Hollywood. I think it is safe to say she cyber stalks him. She knows almost everything about him. If there is a photo of him somewhere she has seen if. If she needs to know a personal detail about him she can find it. She is kind of crazy, but in a fun way. She decides that she needs to meet him to try and move on. See she figures no one is that gorgeous and nice and kind and everything he seems to be. No one. So if she meets him she will find out he is actually a jerk and then she is free to crush on someone else. Maybe someone more attainable than Eric Larsson. 

So Tia comes up with this crazy plan to meet him and it doesn't go exactly as she planned. It was fun. I loved it! She was a loon. Now here is where she annoyed me at times. She lied about her profession when she first met him, but for some reason she can't tell him that. She figured they would never see each other again so why not? It is not like she is hiding some huge secret that he would hate her if he knew. No, she just doesn't want to say hey I made up this small thing when we first met cause. I didn't quite get it so she kept continuing the lie and at times that got to me. She could be a bit whiney about it, when it was an easy fix. However the results of said lie were pretty hilarious and for the most part the story was just fun. 

Eric was super sweet. I don't normally like rich or famous people in my stories, but I loved him. He was just a normal guy who was a movie star as well. He was wonderful with Tia. And I loved how everything played out. He has a great sense of humor and it was so much fun watching the two of them together. Tia could get up to some shenanigans alright!

Overall this was a fun read. Tia and Eric were perfect together and I loved how crazy Tia was. Oh and I just realized this was book one in the series and we get Ryan and Lila's story next! I am really excited for that one!!

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


“Oh my God.” The words wheezed out of me as all the oxygen escaped from my lungs. My chest tightened like I’d been kicked right in between my ribs. 

There he was a few feet behind me slowly making his way toward me. 

“Eric, look here.” 

“Eric, this way.” 

Both sides of the line screamed at him as he patiently walked from side to side, signing autographs and taking selfies. Each step he took inching him closer to where I had frozen, my eyes bulging out of my head like a complete lunatic. 

There he was. 

Eric Larsson, right in front of me. 

And not even internet stalking could have prepared me for what he looked like in real life. 


So handsome he almost didn’t seem real, and as much as I tried I couldn’t stop staring. 

Say something my mouth begged as my brain continued on its mental vacation. My eyes scanned every inch of his body like it was planning to build a 3-D replica. 

Holy hell he was wearing the absolute fuck out of that suit. Every inch of the fabric curling around his delicious body like its life depended on it. And believe me, even though he was covered from head to toe in tailored Tom Ford perfection—I’d seen photos of him in this particular suit before—it did nothing to hide how obscenely hot he was. 

My heart thumped loudly as he took another step closer, his eyes remaining on the crowd. 


It rang out clear despite the noise around us. It took me a minute to realize that while my brain had stalled, my mouth hadn’t suffered the same fate. My lips still open as his name left them. 

Who the hell yells out his last name? I panicked, unable to tear my eyes from him as his head lifted and his eyes settled on me. 

Dear. Lord. In. Heaven. And. All. The. Saints. 

Eric Larsson was looking at me. 

At me. 

At ME! 

His brow lifted in acknowledgement as his lips curled, momentarily blinding me as he flashed his trademark smile. 

Well, if that wasn’t an invitation, I didn’t know what was. 

So, even though I was struggling to breathe—my ability to remain upright also not guaranteed—my feet moved me closer toward him. My internal pep talk worked overtime as I reminded myself we were on a mission. Two minutes of eye contact, conversation . . . and something about me finding out what an asshole he was. 

“Hi.” The best I could do given the circumstances. 

Intellectually I knew the man was tall. I mean, in my head I figured I knew what six-foot- four looked like. But as I lifted my eyes, it didn’t come close to where I should be looking, my gaze hitting his chin before I tilted my head even higher. 

“Hi,” he responded, the single word sent a shiver down my spine as he unleashed another blinding smile. 

Those eyes were something else. The clearest blue I had ever seen, and though I knew it wasn’t possible it seemed like they illuminated from the inside out. Like magical orbs, the weight of their stare hypnotized me, pulling me in closer like a force field. I couldn’t have looked away if I’d tried. Not that I tried, and not that I wanted to. 

And oh Lord have mercy, did he smell good. Mouthwatering. Ridiculous that it would even get a mention given I already had those eyes, his face and his delectable couture-wrapped body to contend with. Yet there was his scent wafting up my nose uninvited. A sadistic mix of sexy, clean and masculine—probably Calvin Klein—overwhelmed me as I fought the urge to bury my head in his neck and inhale him like a line of cocaine. 

Say something you dumbass. My mouth begged as my hand, completely of its own accord, reached out and rested on his arm. 

Holy. Freaking. Shit. I. Was. Touching. Him. 

Do not moan, I reminded myself. 

“Congratulations on the movie.” Words poured out of my mouth, thankfully in a sequence that made sense, as my fingers struggled not to caress the fabric of his suit. My fingers didn’t listen, slowly stroking in small—slightly inappropriate and rather suggestive—circles. 

Wow, this is a really, really nice suit.

Do not lick it.

About the Author:

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan

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There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Man Mia Sheridan really knows how to write characters that make my heart ache. Stories where I feel so much for the people in them. Where I want everything to turn out great for them because they deserve it. Stories where the main characters don't have the easiest of times, but oh I love them so much. Usually they also have unusual situations. Things I don't normally read about, don't normally see in books, and I love it. She is wonderful at telling the story of the little guys or the unseen people in society. I love it. 

Preston's Honor was a fantastic read. This story really pulled on my heart and made me feel all the feels. Annalia never had much. Her mom always struggled to get by and give her what she needed. She always felt like an outsider, like she didn't fit in anywhere. Her home life wasn't sunshine and roses. Her mom was a tough lady to deal with at times and growing up the way she did she learned there were certain parameters that she couldn't step outside. Some she put on herself and oh, I felt for Annalia. She was a sweetheart, but she always seemed to try and disappear and always sought the approval of others. To get her value from others. To have them make her feel like she was good enough. I felt for her so much. She was struggling to get by and man I wanted nothing but the best for her. 

Preston and his brother Cole are the Sawyer twins. They had a much different upbringing than Annalia, but when they meet her one day while her mom is working on their farm they become fast friends. They tried to be respectful of her circumstances and had many wonderful days hanging out on their land. As a kid Annalia always looked in on their property and wondered what it would be like to live in such a wonderful place. To have such a wonderful family. Everything is probably perfect for them, but that is the way you see things from the outside. They didn't have a perfect life, but pretty perfect for them. Even though Cole and Preston were twins they were very different. Cole the easy going guy who everyone loves, and Preston the more serious one. 

The three of them grow up together and when they get a bit older things start to change. Some start feeling more for the other and man this book. Preston and Lia love each other for so long without knowing and when things fall apart it is not good. I wanted to pick them both up and give them the biggest hugs and make everything okay for them. I wanted to give them the moon and the stars and anything they wanted. 

This was a great read. Mia Sheridan knows how to write stories that make you so immersed in the world you can't put it down. Makes you feel so much for the people you are reading about it is like they are your friends. When I finish one of these soul-crushing, but heartening, stories I always want to go help people in situations like the characters. After Kyland I wanted to see what I could do to help the super poor in Appalachia. After this I wanted to see if there was something to do for people like Lia. This story felt quite timely with everything going on in the US at the moment, but I think that is just coincidental. I recommended it to everyone I know so they can get a little glimpse into how someone else lives. How they work so hard to survive. I loved this story. This is up there with my favorites from this author. This is one that I will re-read again and again.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Blog Tour: A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.
Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.
One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*


God this book. It tore me apart.  I...there were moments when I legitimately hated Wade. Hated him so much for how selfish and mean he could be to those he loves. How he expects everyone to put up with all the punches he threw and still be there. How he thinks he needs to keep people safe from himself. Oh Wade.

And Elliot? Oh my did I yell at her at times. She yells at someone when she thinks they are calling her a doormat and well...I agree with them. She makes excuses and lets people treat her like crap all the time. It is okay because she doesn't let it affect her. Fine, but just because someone treats you like shit doesn't mean you need to stick around and take it. Plus she is one of those girls who is so in love with the guy that when he leaves she is nothing. Even when they were together she was just going to do whatever he wanted and then try and figure out what she wanted afterward. Like he is more important than her and now that she doesn't have him she doesn't know what to do. So she sits and stays stagnant and doesn't do anything. She lets her sister snipe at her all the time and her dad throw insults and it is fine. They don't bother her, but come on!

Now it probably sounds like I didn't like this story, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I didn't just like this story I loved it. I wrote the above while I was reading the book and I thought about deleting it or tweaking it a bit or something but decided to leave it. When I read it now it is like I was lashing out. Because this story hurts to read in the best of ways and sometimes you hurt those you love even when you don't mean to. Because Elliot and Wade were amazing together if they could only figure their stuff out. If they could finally talk and get it together it would be amazing. There is so much going on and it is not really the right time, but when is? When is a good time to try and see if you can get back to where you were when you have been hiding and running from it for the past seven years? I loved every minute of this story even those where I was angry with the characters. Where I hated them or loved them or both. It is really quite remarkable how much I loved this story with how the characters are ones I should have hated. As I said I did hate Wade at times, but I also loved him. Elliot annoyed me at times, but I still wanted only the best for her. I yelled at her in my head but also rooted for her so hard. The way the story is written I couldn't put it down. I was reading on a long train ride home from a weekend away and when we had to switch trains my husband was all happy smiley fun and I just couldn't. I was like no. This is not the smiley fun time. I need to keep reading. I am in this so deep I can't get out until I finish. I need to finish. It feels like there is not enough light shining in the darkness and I can't find my way out of this fog this story left me in. I needed to keep reading to try and find my way back to my normal happy self.

This story was a rough one, but I loved it so so much. It was wonderful. It really blew me away. It shredded me to pieces, but then put me back together again. I cannot recommend this book enough. Even if it sound eh to you go read it. I don't know how you couldn't be so involved with these characters, how you wouldn't hurt with them and hopefully heal with them. How you could not love this story as well. I already loved this author, but this is now my favorite story from her. I still can't move on and I finished it a few days ago. It is a how will anything else be as good after reading such a wonderful heart-wrenching tale? It won't. I don't give out a lot of five-star ratings, but this one deserves it. Man, I need to try and find something to help me move on. Or maybe I should just give it another read...

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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, even 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. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

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 sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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From WSJ Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new stand-alone contemporary romance.

Fake engaged to the hottest quarterback in the country? SCORE.

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss . . . that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist . . .
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist,
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Three months. Two hearts. One fake engagement.


Fake Fiancee was a really fun, cute read. Sunny and Max were so sweet together, even if they messed things up at times. It was such a fun read.

Max is the star quarterback on campus. Football is his life. He won't ever put anything before that. He can't. There are plenty of football groupies that try and hook up with him, but he is not really into that. He was dating this one girl, but that ended badly not that long ago and now he is just focused on playing the best he can. He doesn't need the distraction a girlfriend would be.

Sunny also has her share of bad relationships. She recently got out of one herself with an athlete so she has told her self no more athletes! When she needs a ride to class one day and Max realizes they are going to the same class he of course offers her a ride. And that is where things get interesting. They are both attracted to the other, but don't want a relationship. Plus their exes will both be in class with them so why not pretend to be together to stick it to their exes? No harm there and it will be mutually beneficial. Of course things aren't that easy. Their feelings don't stay fake even if they want them to. And that causes problems because...well this was never supposed to go anywhere for either of them.

I really loved both of these characters. Sunny was so strong to get to where she is, but a bit fragile at times as well. I loved that. And Max? Well he doesn't always think thing through before he does them, but when he cares about someone he really cares for them. He was sweet even if he messed up at times.

This was a great read. Only the second book by this author I have read, but I definitely need to read more. This was a wonderful story to get lost in on a cold winters day.

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Max stalked over to the barrier that divided the stands from the football field and jumped it. The fans went nuts as he brushed past them, some not even realizing it until he was down the aisle. The Jumbotron followed him.

“Good Lordy, what’s he doing?” Mimi asked, clutching at her chest.

“I don’t know,” I said rather weakly, taking the chance to study him the closer he came. He was beautiful, his shoulders impossibly broad. To add to the distraction, his helmet was in his hand and all that dark brown hair was flowing around his chiseled features as if he had a fan in his face. My Viking.

“He’s coming over here,” Mimi commented.

He was. But why?

I stopped breathing . . .right when he came to a halt in front of me and knelt down on one knee.

Eyes the color of a wild ocean gazed at me.

He took my left hand in his right one.

“Max,” I breathed, my heart fluttering.

He gazed up at me. “Sunny Blaine, will you marry me?”

The stadium went wild. In a daze, I looked up at the Jumbotron and felt like I was watching this happen to someone else. Camera phones flashed all around us.

My first clear thought was I’ll kill him.

Aloud, nothing came out but a faint wheeze. Clearly someone had stuffed a giant wad of cotton in my mouth. Clearly I needed something a lot stiffer to drink than this Diet Coke. Clearly my fake boyfriend was a freaking raving lunatic.

He sat his helmet on the ground next to my feet, reached inside it and pulled out a small black box.

No, no, no!

The box opened, and my stomach churned at the sight of the large round solitaire diamond ring that was nestled on the black silk. I blinked repeatedly to clear my vision.

With deft fingers, Max eased it out of the lining and slipped it on my left hand.

I stared down at it. Then back at him.

I was going to murder the hottest quarterback in the country.

Kiss her, Kiss her, the crowd chanted.

We were the focal point of the entire world.

Max stood and tugged me up with him until we were standing. He slid his hand around my neck and pulled his face to mine. The sky was blotted out as he kissed me.

But I hadn’t said yes!

I wouldn’t say yes.

Not to a fake engagement.

The applause of the stadium was deafening. And his kiss—it was deadly. Despite my rage, my body craved him. His lips were hot, so hot, and my tongue met his with a vengeance. We kissed hard, and I nipped at him, my teeth scraping across his lips. But the only one who’d end up bleeding in this scenario was me.

He eased back to take me in, and with a final look at my face he gave a thumbs-up sign to the entire stadium. They went nuts, chanting his name.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear, letting his hand trail down my arm as he stepped back from me. He walked away backward, eyes on me the entire time. The announcers for the game told everyone who might have missed it that Max Kent had just asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she’d said yes. More cheers came as they replayed him on his knee in front of me with a giant YES written across the top.

I plopped back down in my seat. Frozen.

“. . . did you see her face? Shocked . . .”

“. . . most romantic thing in football . . .”

“. . . luckiest girl in the world . . .”

My face went hot. Even my ears burned. I wanted to crawl under a seat.


What a lie.

The half ended and our offense came out to the field, snapped the ball, and Max threw it straight to Tate who ran it in for another touchdown. My chest constricted and anger churned in my gut.

I didn’t care who won.

I hated football right now. Most of all, I hated Max Kent, and I was going to make him pay.

About the Author:
Wall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she's a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education. When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors. Email her at

Cover Reveal: Until Sage (Until Him #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Coming May 9th! Add to your to-read list on Goodreads


Sage Mayson had Kimberly Cullen once, and the memory of that brief encounter has tortured him since the moment he pushed her away. He should have followed his gut, but he didn’t, and now he’s left watching the woman he wants more than anything from afar.

Kimberly vowed to protect her heart from Sage, but when her sister is murdered and her world starts to fall apart, he’s the one person she finds herself leaning on.

Getting a second chance is something Sage knows is rare. He’s not going to squander the one he’s been given, and he won’t take no for an answer when it comes to making Kim his.

But what Sage doesn’t know is Kim has a secret that could leave them both devastated and heartbroken.

About the Author:

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.

Release Day: The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE

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Bryan Leech is a cad.

Or, he *was* a cad.

No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.


Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.


Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable? rafl/display/ee2f7e8629/?

About Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

About L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ravished by Amanda Quick

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From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love.

There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . .

Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.


I LOVE Beauty and the Beast. Love it. I have seen the Disney movie approximately a billion times. It is one of my favorite stories. And I love retellings of the story. It is pretty easy to make me love a story if it is Beauty and the Beast related. I also love old timey books. Love them. Plus I love fossils! I could go look at fossils all day and be happy. Love them and geology and all that stuff. It is the best. 

So all of this love makes it seem like I should love Ravished right? I mean it is about a girl who loves fossils, collects them and tries to find them in the caves near her house. It is old timey. It is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. It seems like this would be a shoe in for one of my favorite books. Only it wasn't. It was bad. How did the author take all these elements I love and turn it into this book that was so frustrating to read? Well by writing it in this "zany" way that is supposed to be fun/funny and it didn't work for me. As it usually doesn't when it comes to books that are supposed to be humorous. I knew right from the start, when Mrs. Stone, the housekeeper, faints. I know it was supposed to be humorous, but it just made me roll my eyes so hard and thinks oh, this is the kind of book I am going to be reading? Okay. And I didn't stop rolling my eyes or wanting to bang my head against the wall the whole time I was reading it. It wasn't for me, but I see where other people would find it humorous. 

So Harriet is one of the most annoying females I have read. She acts like a petulant child when she doesn't get her way, never thinks about what effect her childish actions will have on others, and just keeps getting herself into messes because she cannot think. She loves fossils. Fossils, fossils, fossils. Tooth fossils to be exact. Oh tooth fossils. Do you like tooth fossils? She likes tooth fossils. If only she could find more people to talk to about tooth fossils, or find more tooth fossils. Ugh. It was like let's see how often we can use the word fossil in this story. It was fossil this and fossil that in a really unbelievable way. I know, it is probably supposed to be humorous, but it was just annoying. It didn't go into what the fossils were or anything about them for the most part. I think there might have been two times when something was explained or talked about more than an 'I like tooth fossils' kind of way. It was frustrating for me, especially because I do like fossils! I would have been interested in reading more about what ones she found in the cave and stuff like that. But no, I just had to keep reading about how much Harriet loves fossils. So much so that she completely loses all sense when they are in the picture. It was ridiculous! 

Harriet also never took into account what her actions would do to Gideon. What people would say if she didn't go along with what he suggested. She was just all no, no, no! I don't care what people say about me! And he would have to be all, and what about me? What about what they will say about me? You know the past 6 years have been incredibly difficult for me, everyone thinking I am a terrible person for things I didn't do, and then she would be all oh noes! I totes didn't even think about you even though I am supposedly in love with you. Yeah, sure. Maybe think for two seconds about how things will be for the guy you claim to love. Ugh she was annoying. 

As for Gideon he was better, but still he was off for me. He has a scar on his face and his honor has been tarnished and no one believes he didn't do what they say he did. After a while he just stopped trying to tell people the truth. Until Harriet, who believes he is good right from the start. The writing in the book didn't make it so I felt any connection between these two characters, so when they were supposedly falling in love I didn't see it. It wasn't that good. That and the sexy time scenes were really uncomfortable for me. Not sexy. Not good. 

This whole book was just kind of a disaster for me. I didn't like the characters, I didn't see the connection, it was kind of all over the place. I didn't like it. Oh, and the thieves are caught pretty quick which left me thinking what now? What is the rest of the book going to be about? It all moves so quickly. Like things were introduced, then dealt with in a few pages it felt like. Then the ending...ugh. Things were resolved okay I guess, but it was so lame. The everyone lived happily every after and all issues were fixed was just too much. It was too easy. Too simple. I didn't enjoy it. So yeah, this book was not for me.