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Then We Kissed by Juliet Spenser

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Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)
Synopsis:

A curvy, no-nonsense baker wakes up with regrets over a night with the sexy soldier who stole her heart, but a mix-up sends her straight back into his arms. 
Review:
Then We Kissed is the final book in the Blissful Kisses short story collection. This is probably the most ridiculous story in the collection, but that is not a bad thing. Charlotte just tries to run from everything, but luckily Bradley won't let her get too far.

Charlotte and Bradley first met before he was deployed when he came to a cooking class Charlotte was teaching. She thought they had a connection, he would always stay after and help her clean up and chat and whatnot, but then he left without even trying to stay in contact. She did send him a drunken letter telling him she loved him and she heard nothing back.

Now Bradley has returned and Charlotte in a drunken night she doesn't remember ended up sleeping with him. She is fuzzy on the details, but also embarrassed. She w…

Blog Tour - The Fall Up by Aly Martinez - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Available now on
Amazon * Amazon.de * Goodreads
Synopsis:

I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.


Review:

The Fall Up is another great read from Aly Martinez. I am so glad I found her books recently as I have pretty much loved all of them. Her characters are so well written you can't help but love them. Normally I don't like famous/rich people in my books, but The Fall Up was wonderful. I think it is because it was not the main focus of the story. The characters just …

Warm Winter Kisses (Bliss Harbor) by Juliet Spenser

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Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)
Synopsis:

A bed and breakfast manager is determined to avoid her feelings for her best friend, a hunky detective, but there’s no avoiding the heat between them when a blizzard strands them alone together. 
Review:
Warm Winter Kisses is the second short story in the Blissful Kisses collection. This time we have Hannah the divorced bed and breakfast owner and Liam, her best friend whom she suddenly realized she has feelings for. Since she sure he doesn't reciprocate those feelings she has been avoiding him for the past little while. She just cannot ruin her friendship with him because her feelings changed to more than friendly. 

When a winter storm rolls in and Hannah and Liam get stuck alone together there is really no where for her to escape to. And Liam is not going to let her get away with ignoring him completely. Things heat up between them and it was a quick, cute read. 

Rating: 
★ ★ ★1/2

Available on Amazon * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Kiss Me Again (Bliss Harbor #1.5) by Juliet Spenser

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Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)
Synopsis:

A high school teacher writes naughty love stories just for fun, and she’ll do anything to get her secret stories back when her notebook falls into the hands of the sexy, fun-loving guy who loves to tease her.
Review:
Kiss Me Again is part of the Blissful Kisses short story collection. I hadn't read anything by the author before so I thought this would give me a quick introduction. 

Kiss Me Again was a cute, quick read. Rachel is an english teacher at the local high school and in her free time she writes naughty romances. She doesn't ever want anyone else to read them, it is just something fun she likes to do. When Tyler surprises her in the park where she is writing she gets flustered and then annoyed and wanders off without her notebook. Of course she thinks the worst will happen - Tyler will tell everyone what he reads in it and she will lose her job. That cannot happen.

Tyler and Rachel have always had not the best relationship in Rachel&#…

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazier

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Tyrant (KING Book 2)
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I. Remember. Everything.
Only now I wish I didn't. 
When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself. 
But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.
Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know. 
I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul. 
I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day. 
He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him. 
Even if that means marrying someone else... 
Review:
Man Tyrant gets dark. Not that King was all light and fluffy, it had its moments, but Tyrant...this author does not hold b…

King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier

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King
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Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.
Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.
A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.
King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. 
Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.
Review:
Alright where to start with King. Phew. Man that ending. I....I need to get this out so I can move on to the next book and see what happens. It is quite the cliffhanger here so you might want to have it ready if you start reading this book. 

Doe is homelss, hungry, desperate for some sense of se…

Broken Course (Wrecked & Ruined #3) by Aly Martinez

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Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 3)
Synopsis:

Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn't even mine to harbor.
Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn't hurt to breathe. Don't get me wrong. Leo isn't perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.
Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to for…

Virginia Day Zero by Sean Cregan

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Murph and Rory Caulfield are two regular kids in the small town of Coombs in rural Virginia. When their uncle goes to fetch the local sheriff after finding "something bad" on his farm, the boys go to check it out for themselves. What they find is more than just bad, though - it could kill them and everyone they know.
The race is on now. First to escape, then to find out what's happened to their family and their town. If they can do that, they can think about finding a safe place to hole up away from the horrors that pursue them.
But day zero is here, and maybe there are no safe places. Not any more.
Virginia Day Zero is a sci-fi short story about the end of the world.
Review:
Virginia Day Zero is a quick read, but I really enjoyed it. Two kids overhear their uncle calling the sheriff after finding something in his field and they go to investigate. Only whatever is happening is bigger than they knew and the are now running for their lives. There are monsters out …

Among the Echoes (Wrecked & Ruined #2.5) by Aly Martinez

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Among The Echoes (Wrecked and Ruined)
Synopsis:

*Among The Echoes is a stand alone novel which contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.*

My name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.
I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows.
But he sees me.
Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me.
I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go.

My name is Riley P…

Savor Me by Aly Martinez

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Savor Me: A Novella
Synopsis:

I lost my virginity at age thirteen. I know what you're thinking, and the answer is no. I wasn't raped or molested. Nothing horrible happened to me. I don't have a daddy complex, or a shit life that I need to be rescued from. I just happen to like boys...a lot. I like them all. Tall, short, skinny, buff, light hair, or dark, I don't discriminate.

I realized early on that one man wasn't enough for me. It's a simple mathematical fact. Why have one man when you can have two? Any more than two gets complicated. Hell, half the time even two gets complicated. But it’s worth it. Sometimes every woman has to make an exception though, two crappy losers or one smoking hot man. 
The night I laid eyes on Hunter Coy, I made my choice. At least until he introduced me to Mason Wynn.
Review:
I was excited to read Savor Me and get to know Hunter a little better. Plus one girl with two guys? Yes please. I thought this would be a continuation of his story,…

Stolen Course (Wrecked & Ruined #2) by Aly Martinez

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Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 2)
Synopsis:

**Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.**
I fell in love with Manda Baker eight years ago, and I loved her to the core of her soul. We were supposed to have that elusive happily ever after and spend a lifetime together. But that was all before she was STOLEN from me. 
Her best friend, Sarah Erickson, killed her. It wasn’t intentional. It was far worse. Everyone claims it was just an accident, but I can see through the lies. Even if it’s with my dying breath, I will make her pay for what she did.
Fate hates me. It robbed me of my first love and left me to navigate through this world emotionless and numb. Then, one day, spiteful fate gave me a woman to fill my shattered soul and make me feel again. It gave me Emma Jane Erickson. Now I spend my days searching for the answers that will ruin Sarah and my nights falling in love with her sister—the one person who is bound and determined to save her. 
But what happens when everyth…

Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil #4) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil Book 4)
Synopsis:

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 
Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 
Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.
Sensual and swoon worthy, thi…

Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1) by Aly Martinez

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Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 1)
Synopsis:

I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. 

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.
It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?
**Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.**

Rev…

Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren

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Tough Love (Stripped 0.5)
Synopsis:

A prequel about the sacrifices we make for love...
I sneak out of my room every night. My father's guards don't see me.
No one sees me, except him.
He's the son of a foot soldier. My father is his boss. The boss. I shouldn't even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn't kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won't stop me from being with him.
Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.
Review:
Tough Love was a better read than I thought it would be. Yes, Clara can be a little naive, but she has been kept locked away secluded her whole life so it makes sense. Plus she is only fifteen years old. 
Clara dreams of being able to roam around in the outside world. She wants to go to school, and parties, and just anything except being locked up in her room all the time. She does have a secret though - she sneaks off at night to the pool house and tries new things. It is there that she met Giovanni who is t…

Savage Secrets (Titan #4) by Cristin Harber

Savage Secrets (Titan Book 4)
Synopsis:

Caterina Cruz has no home. No loyalties. No objection to exacting torturous revenge. Her life’s mission is to destroy the terrorist who murdered her family. Then she steps into an elaborate game of charades alongside a Titan Group operative posing as an arms dealer—and her newlywed husband. The sexy distraction may be more than she can handle.

Attacked with a psychedelic drug weeks before, Rocco Savage is plagued with hallucinations that threaten his new rank as Titan’s second-in-command. No one knows and he wants to keep it that way. Throwing him further off his game, he now has a wife with her own secrets he can’t crack and an agenda he can’t control.

Their mission—an elaborate deception of heated glances and passionate kisses—spins out of control. With Rocco's mind already compromised, can he keep his secret and his distance? And with Caterina's tragic past controlling her every move, can she keep the con up long enough to secure her re…

Rumor (Renegades #3.5) by Skye Jordan

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Rumor (Renegades, Book 3.5)
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Former Navy SEAL Josh Marx thinks he has it all figured out. He’s living the bachelor lifestyle in southern California, running risk assessment for the Renegades, but most importantly, he’s finally gotten over the unrequited love he’s harbored for his former teammate’s ex wife. Then his buddy calls from overseas, worried because he hasn’t heard from his ex, and asks Josh to check in on her. Josh doesn’t want to get involved, but the same code that urged him to walk away in the first place is suddenly pushing him to change his Christmas plans.
Grace Ashby doesn't appreciate the sexy SEAL trying to step in and take over. He thinks she’s hit rock bottom by working at a strip club, but she knows differently. She could set him straight, but he’s already rejected her once, and she doesn’t need one more man judging her.
She tells him to butt out of her business and her life. But Josh’s conscience won’t let him walk away this time.
Review:
I love when I fi…

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
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From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchmanperfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past--a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience. 
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer…

Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

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Bet Me
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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.
But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.

Review:
I put Bet Me on my to-read list after listening to an NPR podcast on romance novels. Part of their summer romance reading thing. One of the people on the panel mentioned this book, that it…