Thursday, March 31, 2016

Surprise Release! Sweet One (Titan #9) by Cristin Harber

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Boy, does Cristin Harber have a surprise for you! She's written a new novella in the Titan series... and it's available now! You can get your hands on SWEET ONE today! See below to get all of the details!

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Synopsis:

Cash is alive. 


But who knows how bad he’s hurt. 

There was an explosion, and he won’t wake up. 

It’s the phone call the any Titan wife dreads, and the one that brings Nicola Garrison to her knees in tears. Crying and praying for Cash to wake up, she has one secret to tell him and now it might be too late. 

“I’m pregnant. You’re going to be a daddy.” Practicing the words a million times didn’t matter if he wasn’t coming home from his job. 

In her rush to save him, she lets down her guard. One slip. One tiny mistake. That is all it takes to let years of protecting her identity fall apart. Her time in witness protection, then at the CIA is called into question by someone who has the power to end her life—and the baby she’s carrying. 

As the game of shadows and spooks, mobsters and goons comes back to hunt Nicola, survival takes on new meaning—protecting her baby, her husband, and her life—forcing her to make a choice that would kill her anyway in the end.


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She made another quick scan of the perimeter. She squinted. There’s someone over there. Nic didn’t move or act as though she saw that person, who was probably a tourist out for a long walk along the beach—close to the reeds, standing still. 

Nope. Red alarm. Something was wrong. Shit. Okay. 

Never one to give up her cover, she stretched, and with faux-carefree laziness, watched another wave, eyeballing the figure in her peripheral vision, before slowly making her way inside. 

As soon as the door clicked shut, she moved boots, running from one side of the house to the next. There was nothing like a Jared Westin beach house to keep things armed and dangerous. She hit the master bedroom, slamming to a slowdown, tiptoeing around a sleeping Cash, and grabbed the binoculars. 

What else did she need? Hell, right now she was on a fact-finding mission. Back around the bed, and she was— 

“Freeze.” 

Shit. Nicola turned around to face her very awake­ husband. “Yeah?”

“What are you up to?” 

“Had to get something.” And in a freakin’ hurry. “Go back to sleep.” 

“What?” 

“Binoculars.” 

“Why?” He hadn’t bothered to open his eyes or move. 

“Jeez. Bird watching. Can I go now?” 

Cash turned his head and opened his eyes. “Lie to me again, and see what happens.” 

Oh boy. “Go back to sleep.” 

“You ran through the house like you were up to something.” 

“I’ll explain later.” Telling him now would make his head explode, and that’d be bad for recovery and all. “My bird watching is time sensitive. Grill me later. Please?” 

His eyes narrowed. “You have the Spidey senses too.” He pushed out of bed, feeling along the side of the nightstand until he retrieved a Glock 9. 

“Cash Garrison!” 

He stood up, pausing for what had to be a second longer than his old norm. “Let’s go.” 

“The doctor said no loud noise, no percussive forces. He stipulated no gunfire.” 


About the Author:

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Blog Tour: Finding Evan (Butterfly Days #2) by Lisa Swallow

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Synopsis:

“She killed a part of me – the part which trusts when someone tells you they love you, and allows you to trust that person with your heart.” 

Ness and Evan return to Leeds from Europe, and begin their new life together. But the past Evan has buried for years resurfaces and threatens their future. 

After fifteen years, Evan doesn’t want any contact with the woman who abandoned him, but is unwillingly pulled into his mother’s life by Lucy. 

Feeling pushed aside by Ness’s focus on her studies and new friends, Evan can’t confide in Ness about what’s happening. This return to his old behavior adds more distance to their relationship. When Ness’s new friend Ollie picks up the pieces because Evan is away, Evan’s insecurities threaten their relationship further. 

Ness becomes aware of Evan’s situation, and she questions whether he will ever be able to break his ties to those dragging him down. If he can’t put himself first, and live the life he wants, she is unable to see how their relationship could work. In return, Evan struggles with Ness’s inability to get close to people, and her distance pushes him further away. 

The decision about the future of the relationship is taken out of their hands - by something that could end things between Ness and Evan forever… 

Review:

Finding Evan was a good read. It is the continuation of the story that started in Because of Lucy and is recommended to read that one first. Otherwise you won't have backstory on these character and it probably won't be as good of a read without that. 

Finding Evan picks up after Ness and Evan return from their summer of traveling in Europe. I knew that there would be some difficulties there, some getting used to real life again, but I wasn't quite expecting everyone to revert to worse than Because of Lucy status. The first part of the story was a little frustrating. I loved the first book and was excited to read more of these characters, but they were both being really stupid at first. It was like even after spending all summer together neither of them could actually have a conversation with the other. I didn't understand and honestly wasn't sure this would be the book for me, but then once I really got into the story it changed. Ness and Evan were still a bit closed off from each other, but they felt more really and then it was great. Ness and Evan return to those characters I fell in love with in the first book. 

Ness and Evan have a lot going on in this story. Things are not at all easy between them once they get back to school. Ness is very busy with her med school studies, making new friends with some of the other students, and not really having a lot of time for Evan. She still has her afraid to let people in so she keeps holding back thing which makes Evan's insecurities worse. 

Evan has some family drama to deal with again, but he doesn't want to tell Ness about them. He still wants to keep those two worlds separate, but because he is not open about it with Ness it definitely causes some issues. Really both of them need to learn to be open and actually be able to talk to each other when this story starts. Evan holds back his family drama, and that coupled with Ness holding herself back from him make him very insecure. He takes that out in various ways, but man if they could just talk to each other things would be so much better. I understand as everything just comes together in a bit of a perfect storm and it just makes things difficult for these two. 

This story had lots of twists and turns, things I wasn't expecting. Ness and Evan are just so great together that even when there are hard times, even when it might look like it is too difficult, even when Ness is being frustrating and wanting to make decisions for both of them, I still loved them and hoped they could figure everything out. They both have so much on their plate it makes it difficult, but they were still those wonderful people that I was rooting for whole heartedly. They are so good together and I really enjoyed reading a bit more of their story. I know they have a rough time, but such is life. It only makes you stronger and together they can make it through anything. Oh I really enjoyed Evan and Ness together. They are wonderful and really grew a lot in this story. They really started to come into their own and yeah it was a really good read. Slow start for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. So if you have read book one and loved it you definitely will want to give this one a read. 

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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About the Author:

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Chase Me (Paris Nights #2) by Laura Florand

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Releasing April 5
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Synopsis:

A Michelin two-star chef at twenty-eight, Violette Lenoir could handle anything, including a cocky burglar who broke into her restaurant in the middle of the night.

Or so she thought.

Elite counterterrorist operative Chase “Smith” had been through things that made Hell Week look easy. But nothing had prepared him for a leather-clad blonde who held him at bay at knifepoint and dared him to take her on.

Now if only saving the world didn’t require he ruin her life.

Two people who thought they could handle anything now have to take on each other. 

It's a battle neither one expected. But with their futures on the line, they have nothing to lose...but their hearts.

Warning: This book contains one arrogant Navy SEAL, nights of Paris passion, and a woman who wants to have it all.

Review:

Chase Me was such a fun read! I love pretty much everything Florand writes, and while this story felt much different from her other books it was still just as good. Her books usually make me feel like I am wrapped up in this big cocoon and just all warm and fuzzy inside. This one had moments that were reminiscent of that snuggly cocoon, but it it was just plain fun. It had me smiling so big from the very first words. I loved ever minute of it. 

Vi has worked very hard to get where she is today. She has a Michelin two star restaurant at the age of twenty eight. She has had to deal with a lot just to get where she is. She is fighting her way to the top and won't let anyone stand in her way. Especially not a cocky guy who thinks he can steamroll over her. 

Chase is a special ops guy. He is in Paris to work and has to break into Vi's kitchen to do so. He is not expecting the incredible lady he find when he does. Oh, I loved it. Chase is so much fun. He definitely is very sure of himself, doesn't back down, and has always thought the movies were wrong. That he would never find a lady who could give as good as she gets. That is until Vi. Oh it was hilarious their first meeting. Chase is immediately smitten by Vi, but Vi thinks he is just talking nonsense and doesn't take him seriously. It was so much fun. 

One of my favorite things about the story is how well these two went together. Sure they argued a lot, but Chase really does just want to keep Vi safe, but he knows she can do that on her own. He knows how strong she is and that she doesn't need a man. 

"She  knew that he wanted to save people, but he didn't need her to be weak so that he could satisfy his own superhero complex."

Vi has always had a hard time finding a boyfriend that could be something serious. Most men seem to like that she is headstrong at first, that she can take care of herself, but quickly want her to fold and become a docile little lady which she just is not. Chase definitely doesn't want that. In fact when things go wrong for her and she starts to try and crumble a bit he is right there making sure she is still strong. He gets her riled up so she is still fighting to be what she wants. He was great. He is not used to finding a girl that would actually be able to handle him and his job. Someone who wouldn't crumble when he is away on missions. Someone who would really be a partner. These two were just perfect for each other. They fight and claw their way to a happily ever after. It was so cute!!

Both of these characters are not used to the feelings they start to feel so it was adorable watching them come to terms with them. Chase was so fragile at times, but because he jokes around a lot Vi doesn't always believe he is serious when he is. And Vi is worried that she will get hurt, her heart will get hurt when he breaks it. Man I loved them together. This book was just simply fantastic. Super fun, funny, hot, sweet, cute, everything you could want in a story. As I said I read it with the biggest smile on my face. These two are one of my favorite book couples ever. I don't know how you could not fall in love with them. It was another amazing read by this amazing author.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, March 25, 2016

Release Blitz: The Fire Between High and Lo (Elements #2) by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Synopsis:

There once was a boy, and I loved him. 

Logan Francis Silverstone and I were complete opposites. I danced, and he stood still. He was quiet, while I ran my mouth. He struggled to find a smile, and I refused to frown. 

The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn't look away. 

We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows. 

Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision--a decision that changed us forever. 

There once was a boy, and I loved him. 

And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.

Review:

Have you ever read a story that just wraps you up so completely in its world that you instantly fall in love with it? One where you know things are going to take a turn, where you love the characters so much so quickly you are afraid to see where this will go? Where you know your heart is going to break into a million pieces before it will hopefully be put back together again? Well that was The Fire Between High and Lo. Everything was so amazing, so sweet, so wonderful, but you knew it couldn't last. You knew these two broken people would somehow have to overcome even more, be put through more pain, before they will get their happily ever after.

Oh, in such a short amount of time I completely fell in love with this story and these characters. I wanted to keep reading and dreaded it at the same time. These characters just wormed their way into my heart and I just wanted to protect them from everything that would come. I wanted things to just work out and have them be happy. I wanted it all, but knew I would have to go through some pretty rough times to get there. Really right from the beginning it was tearing me apart.

Man this story. The end just had me tearing up. Throughout the whole thing I wanted the world for Lo & Aly. I wanted them to figure out how to be happy. Or really for Logan to figure out how to leave his past behind and move on. How to be a better person, the person Alyssa needs and deserves. She loves him so much, but he definitely needed to grow some before they could really be together. With everything that happened, with all the ups and the downs, they were still there for each other. It was hard to read at times, it was heartbreaking and beautiful and everything all wrapped up into one amazing story. I loved it. I loved every minute of it even when I was dreading what would happen next. These two souls are so perfect for each other. Alyssa is amazing. She is such a sweetheart. She sees more in Logan that he will ever see and she knows how amazing he is. She can't help it though. It is like their souls are intertwined. Like they are meant to be.

And for as much as Logan messes up, for as much as he makes poor decisions and gets out of control, he was simply wonderful. I understand why everyone in his life keeps giving him more chances. You see him trying, you see him struggling, but you see him preserver.  Oh what a wonderful read.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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About the Author:

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: Harder We Break (Fall & Rise #5) by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Today we are revealing the cover for HARDER WE BREAK by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book is a standalone novel - the fifth novel in the Fall and Rise series and will be released May 24th.

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HARDER WE BREAK by Chelsea M. Cameron 
Releasing May 24, 2016 (Fall and Rise, #5) 
Cover designed by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations

Synopsis:

Simon King is totally secure in his relationship with Brady Bell. He’s totally over his family not accepting the fact that he’s gay. Seriously, screw them and their uptight, homophobic country club friends. He’s got his tribe and his best friend Will’s parents are the only ones he’ll ever need. He’s moved on, thank you very much.

But just one phone call will rip him right out of the perfect present back into the past and Simon will have to face the people who gave him their DNA but couldn’t give him their unconditional love. They say you can’t go home again, but Simon is going to have to.

Add to that the fact that all their friends are getting hitched and having babies and Brady seems to want to follow suit. Simon is definitely not ready for that and he’s not sure he ever will be. Between dealing with his family and dealing with the increasing pressure from Brady, Simon is at the end of his rope.

Will he be able to handle his parents and keep the love of his life at the same time? Or will everything he’s built fall completely apart?

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Bend Me, Break Me by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Synopsis:

One girl.
Lonely.
Broken.
Lost.

One boy.
Determined.
Guilty.
Lost.

Two hearts.
One terrible secret.


It will either bring them together or tear them apart.

Review:

Bend Me, Break Me was an incredible read. I picked it up one morning to just read a little bit before working on some chores and didn't put it down until I finished. I was just drawn right in and man...Ingrid and Coen are just so amazing together. He is so sweet and just what she needs. Oh I loved this story. 

Ingrid has suffered some tragedies pretty recently that have left her broken. She tries to stay within herself, not letting anyone else in, not letting herself be happy, just trying to be just by herself. That way no one can hurt her. She doesn't think she should be happy, she doesn't think she should be the same person she was before. She doesn't think she is allowed to be that person. 

"I only allowed myself so many smiles a day and that was my second. I only had one left. One smile to spend on something."

She is going to school because that is what her parents would have wanted for her. She doesn't really know what she is doing, what she will get a degree in, but she is there. She writes poems sometimes, gets her feelings out that way, but shares them anonymously online. She is perfectly fine being by herself and in her own world until Coen starts showing up. 

Coen was so amazing. Sure you know right from the start that he is hiding something from her, that he knows what happened to her because he is somehow connected, but he just wants to help her. Plus he likes her. Really likes her. Probably too much. She is so skittish at first, so not used to feeling things that they have a rough go of it. But he was incredible. He is always there for her, always willing to take her back and be friends again no matter what happens. He just...he is wonderful. He tries to get her to open up some, to let other people in and start to live again. He knows she has a lot that has happened, but he also sees how strong she is and what an amazing person she is. How she can deal with what happened and still have a life of her own. He usually let her make all the decisions, trying not to push her too far, but sometimes he couldn't help it. Sometimes he did push just a little and it was wonderful to watch. It was wonderful to see Ingrid slowly start to come out of her shell and open up to him. 

You know that there will be a bad section when she finds out Coen already knew her before they met, but it was just really well done. It was...I loved it. I cared so much for these characters, both of them, and you could really see the connection between them (even if neither of them realized/would acknowledge how strong that connection was). One of my favorite parts is how the author dealt with what happened to Ingrid, how that was talked about whenever it came up, whenever she would think about snippets of her past, and what details we learned/didn't learn through the story. It was so well done. It felt natural and organic. I just loved this book to pieces. It is sweet and innocent and painful and broken and hopeful and lovely and just everything wrapped all together. A really wonderful read. 

Oh one last thing - it was nice to see a vegan character that wasn't just mocked for their choices and actually ate food that was good. Food that the other characters liked. You don't see that often and it was a welcome addition since vegan food can be very tasty just like any other kind of food. 

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lie To Me (Touched Trilogy #1) by Angela Fristoe

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Synopsis:

Phoebe Matlin has always felt broken. While one of her sisters sees the future, and the other can heal people, Phoebe has come to accept that her truth telling gift just doesn't work.

Then her best friend, Tonya, lies to her and Phoebe's gift flares to life. With Tonya pissed at her, being a Truth Teller suddenly doesn't seem like such a great gift. Although, it is nice knowing she was the reason her crush, Nathan, dumped his stalker girlfriend.


But in lies, intention is everything and Tonya's lies are a cry for help. The fear that her friend is covering darker and more serious truths is something Phoebe can't ignore. But knowing when someone is lying is the easy part. Now she has to decide what to do about it. And with Nathan and his doubts about her ability confusing things, finding a way to help Tonya isn't as easy as Phoebe thought it would be.

Review:

Lie To Me was an okay read, but I think I am a bit too old for it. I read young adult and normally it is fine, but this one the characters were a little...too young. It is just written for a younger audience. 

Phoebe is one of triplets who all have gifts. Only hers has never come in. Her sisters have always had their powers since birth, but Phoebe has often felt like the odd one out. She is supposed to be able to tell if people are telling the truth, but she has never been able to before. So she is just like a normal teenage girl. She has had a crush on Nathan forever, but he picked another girl over her way back when. Only now it looks like he is single again...will that mean that she will finally have her chance with him?

And what is going on with her bff Tonya? When Tonya lies to her one day suddenly she can tell. Suddenly her gift seems to be working...only maybe that is not a good thing. Tonya gets super angry that Phoebe calls her out on her lies, in a nicer way, but still. Now Phoebe has to figure out why Tonya is lying and what to do about it. 

Through the story we get to see Nathan and Phoebe grow closer, Phoebe try and figure out how to catch Tonya's boyfriend being untruthful, and how to help her friend. This was an alright read, but like I said I think I was a bit too old for it. There were some good after school special moments about abuse and helping victims of it, but it was just...not for me really. Phoebe is an angry teenager and lashes out a lot and just acts like a teenager.

One thing that did bug me was that the grandmother and everyone kept telling Phoebe she needs to learn to control her gift, but she never does. It was just like every now and again the grandmother would pop up to try and help Phoebe, and Phoebe would push her away and nothing really bad happened as a result of her gift. I kept expecting something to, but it was just...if she needs to learn to control her gift than maybe she should have? Maybe that should have been part of the story? I don't know. It just bugged me.

So overall an alright read but for an actual teenager.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Friday, March 18, 2016

Undercovers by Kayti McGee

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Synopsis:

Halfway through her first year on the job, Melissa Montclair decides the best part of teaching is winter break.

And the best part of break is the Perfect Ten she meets in a bar on New Year’s Eve. Why not celebrate a semester under her belt with a Perfect Ten in her pants? The one night affair is all she hoped for, until she walks into school a week later and sees Mr. Ten is Student Twenty-nine on her roll call.

She should be mortified—and she is—but that doesn’t stop her from banging him again. And again.

And again.

So much for job security.

Posing as an exchange student at Hamilton High is finally the assignment Officer Spence Vega has been hoping for. Now he has a shot at getting to the bottom of the town’s recent molly epidemic. There’s only a couple of problems: first, history is taught by the curvy bombshell he banged on New Year’s. Second, his growing suspicion is that she’s the dealer he’s looking for.

The job was supposed to be an easy in-and-out, not the teacher.

If only they could stop getting under the covers, staying undercover would be so much easier. 

Review:

Undercovers was an okay read. It started off really well, but then just got a bit too ridiculous for my tastes. I know it is supposed to be funny, but I often times have a hard time with funny books as it is not usually my humor. This one was better than most though. 

Melissa is a teacher and for some reason she thinks that means she must be a monk. However on NYE her friend talks her into trying to hook up with the hottie who walked in the bar, Spence, and for once she decides to let loose and go with it. They never expect to see each other again after that one hot night together, but they both are left thinking of the other. 

When Melissa comes back to school from winter break she finds Spence is there as a student! She completely freaks out and that is understandable. But how does she really think he is a high school kid? I mean...yeah. But still she believes he is and understandably is worried. 

Spence knows he can't share with Melissa why he is really there and that he is not a high school student, but that doesn't mean he can stay away. He likes her and wants to be with her and so they try and work it out. Melissa of course is resistant, but they fall in love in an instant because that is what happens of course. I was enjoying it well enough, but then the last part just kind of lost me. It was too quick and I didn't really understand why they thought the things they did. Like why he thought she was the drug dealer...it didn't make much sense even in a humorous context. So it was an alright read, but not my favorite. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich

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Synopsis:

A novel about fear of the future—and the future of fear

New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming.

     As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe—ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters—he becomes obsessed by a culture’s fears. Yet he also loses touch with his last connection to reality: Elsa Bruner, a friend with her own apocalyptic secret, who has started a commune in Maine. Then, just as Mitchell’s predictions reach a nightmarish crescendo, an actual worst-case scenario overtakes Manhattan. Mitchell realizes he is uniquely prepared to profit. But at what cost?


     At once an all-too-plausible literary thriller, an unexpected love story, and a philosophically searching inquiry into the nature of fear, Nathaniel Rich’s Odds Against Tomorrow poses the ultimate questions of imagination and civilization. The future is not quite what it used to be.

Review:

Odds Against Tomorrow was a fun read. Everything was a bit on the ridiculous side of things which made it really enjoyable. I loved Mitchell and his obsession with worst case scenarios and everything that happens. 

Mitchell is afraid of dying. He is always seeing what the risks are of doing anything and trying to figure out if it is worth it. For example elevators - what are his chances of dying in an elevator accident? And if he works on the 70-somethingth floor of a building is it reasonable to take the stairs instead? It was quite amusing to me. I loved all the random facts and just how hung up on it he is. The whole basis of the story is he eventually becomes a "fear professional". The company he ends up working for is exploiting a loophole in a law where they would get super rich by getting companies to pay them money to prove they were trying to do everything to keep their employees safe in a worst case scenario. His company doesn't have to do much except convince their clients that they need their services. Ever since the huge earthquake in Seattle (which I loved read by the way) where companies went bankrupt after being sewed by employees families, people are more open to this kind of thing. And Mitchell sells it well. He is so obsessed with fear and calculating what could happen he is very convincing. He makes everyone think that the worst could happen. 

Throughout it all Mitchell becomes obsessed with Elsa, "a walking worst-case scenario." She has a heart condition that could literally make her drop dead at any moment, and yet she seems to be living. How can she do that? How can she not be paralyzed by her fear? He trades letters with her, writing about his life as a fear professional and she her life living on a commune in new England, and each one makes Mitchell feel like he know her. Makes him more intrigued by what she is doing. You know she is this person, this thing which he kind of desires to be. He wants to learn her secrets so he too can live without fear. 

When an actual worst case scenario happens it was interesting watching how Mitchell dealt with it all. He never really planned more than the worst happening. He didn't plan on what to do after and it was fun. You can see a lot of it coming a mile away, but it was still that little bit on the ridiculous side that made me love it. I really enjoyed this read. Mitchell was fun and crazy, but almost reminds me of some people I know in real life. It was just a fun read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sadie's Mountain (An Appalachian Novel #1) by Shelby Rebecca

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Synopsis:

One fateful night, Sadie Sparks' young life was changed forever. Just as she was discovering love with her best friend, Dillon McGraw, someone else was plotting to take her for his own. Faced with choosing between the fear and threats and a safer life, Sadie leaves her West Virginia home for good.

A decade later, Sadie returns to Appalachia to care for her ailing mother, but stays to fight for the mountain she loves. Her struggles to protect it from being ravaged for coal put her in greater danger than she ever imagined — and back in the arms of the man she never stopped loving. But the man responsible for changing her life so many years ago is determined to keep her under his control. When she decides to break free, will Sadie and Dillon's bond be strong enough to endure the truth about his identity?

Review:

Sadie's Mountain was a really sweet read. Even with all of the bad stuff that happens, how it is basically the story of a girl trying to move on from the horrors of her past, it still manages to hold onto an innocence that I loved. It was just a really sweet romance. 

Sadie and Dillon have been friends forever. They were always incredibly close and Dillion planned on marrying her one day. Only something happened, something horrible happened to Sadie and she knew he would never be able to look at her the same way again. She shut down and moved away and tried not to think of him again. Man, this book starts right off with that fateful day and I must say the writing was just beautiful. Well, the up until the horribleness happened. Sadie was only 14 and it was just so beautiful and innocent. So...it really made me think of a small town and young love and everything wonderful. I just loved the descriptions of everything. 

Then everything that happens...well Sadie just cannot handle it. Not that I blame her. Especially with how her father reacts. Oh, I don't know how he could be so cruel. It was hard to read. I think the father was almost worse to read than what happened. How can you do something like that, how can you blame the victim and not only that but punish the victim for something that wasn't their fault? It was really heartbreaking to read. Luckily Sadie's mom convinced her dad that it would be best to send her away to live with her aunt on the other side of the country. Send her away from everything - the only boy she has ever loved, and the one who made her life a nightmare. 

While gone Sadie tries to move on, but she can't. She is still haunted by what happened. She cannot have a relationship with a guy, she just can't really live her life. The guy who did it still haunts her, still controls her, even from so far away. When she finds out her mom is sick and dying she knows she has to go back to her hometown, but will she be able to face the past? Will she be able to be in the same place as her nightmare? And will she be able to stay away from Dillon? Will Dillion even still want to see her again?

This story does have a bit of a subplot of the coal company wanting to blow up the mountain in her hometown, but that is really not a main storyline at all. It is really Sadie trying to take her life back. Trying to figure out how to stop her tormentor and not let him rule her life anymore. And trying to figure out how to let Dillon in. How to keep him safe, but still be with him like she wants to be. It was a really sweet read. Sadie goes from a scared little girl to this really powerful woman and it was amazing to read. This story was really beautiful. Triumph over adversity. It really resonated a lot with me as I have some similar events in my past and it is not easy to work through everything and leave them in the past. 

Sadie was wonderful, but she really couldn't have done it without the help of Dillon. Oh he was so sweet, so kind. He has been in love with her his whole life and nothing will ever change that. She left ten years ago and he has just been waiting for her to return, hopeful that she will one day. No one else will do. So he is there for her in whatever way he can be. He just wants her in his life, wants to be with her, but only if that is what she wants. He was so kind and gentle with her, so caring, I just loved him. He is exactly what she needed and deserves. Oh it was a wonderful read.  

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley #1) by Ava Miles

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Synopsis:


Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.

Review:

Nora Roberts Land was just an eh read. It was...well first off maybe I should say I have only ever read one Nora Roberts book. So the plethora of references to her books and characters didn't do anything for me. There were times when it was large chunks of text just naming characters from different books and it just didn't work for me especially because I did not know the characters. Even if I did I don't know that it would have been much better. 

Then we have the story. It was just...I am not sure what would make this "Nora Roberts" like instead of just a romance. Plus the people made stupid decisions that didn't make a lot of sense at time, add in a kind of lame "mystery" where you know who did it from the beginning (not in a I think it is this person, but in a this is the person who is doing it, now let's see if we can catch him kind of way) and you have just an eh read. 

Meredith has gotten out of a bad marriage. Her husband was cheating on her and blamed her reading these Nora Roberts book for their issues. According to him they put these fancy ideas in her head that don't actually exist in the real world so nothing could live up to her books. Sure okay, but he is a horrible person regardless. She is a bit shaky, a bit unsure of herself, but trying to move on. When she has to go back home to help out her family paper she decides that she will find her own Nora Roberts hero there, fall in love, and prove that it does exist in real life. Plus she is going to write about her adventures. And her evil ex can't have that because...well I don't really know why he would care that much, but he does. 

Tanner is a war correspondent who has just come back to the states. His brother had some missteps in his past, and Meredith's ex is using that to blackmail him into making her fall in love with him so he can break her heart. Now here is where I really don't understand the story. Tanner meets Meredith before he knows it is her and wants to get to know her better. But then he finds out she is the one he is supposed to hurt and he is conflicted. He likes her, so he doesn't want to hurt her, but his brother...how can he fail to protect his brother? Now why Tanner didn't just immediately go to Meredith and tell her what her jerk ex was doing I have no idea. She hates her ex so...wouldn't she then just help him out and they could figure out a way to thwart him together? Probably, but he doesn't say anything because...I have no idea why he doesn't. So of course you have them falling in love and Tanner all worrying about telling her so then she finds out in a bad way and there is conflict. Boo. 

Through this all there is a subplot of a murder mystery. They know who is supplying kids with tainted drugs that has killed at least one person and then they need to find a way to prove that they did it so they can be put away. It was...I was not a fan of that subplot. Especially since they knew who did it the whole time. Overall it was just an average okay romance with plenty of Nora Roberts references. I didn't really understand why what happened proved that romance like in her books was in real life. It was just...two people fell in love. Isn't that what always happens, in books or in real life? I didn't really see anything special so...I didn't see the whole premise actually being played out. It was just an eh read for me. 

Rating: ★ ★

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

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Synopsis:

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Review:

Where the Road Takes Me was a good read, but I was a bit let down by the end. It was alright until that point, but I don't know. Something about the ending just didn't do it for me. 

*Note: There will likely be some spoiler ahead!! If you don't want to know how this ends please don't read on!!*

So Chloe has a plan. She is going to stay away from everyone, not get attached to anyone, definitely not fall in love, then once she graduates high school she will leave. She will just roam around wherever the road takes her and never have any real relationships with people. She can't. She knows what it is like to lose someone and she won't do that to anyone. 

Blake has his own problems. He is the star basketball player, popular guy, but while his life might look perfect to those on the outside it is anything but. When he comes across Chloe late one night things change. He is intrigued by her. He wants to get to know her. He wonders how he could have ever not noticed her before wandering the halls at school, but he is so sweet. He knows she wants to stay invisible so even though it kills him he pretends to not notice her. He doesn't talk to her at school. He doesn't draw attention to her. He is always trying to do what she wants, what she says will make her happy. Oh he was a sweetheart. 

So Chloe keeping herself closed off from others is what she claims to want. She lost her mom and her aunt and now lives with a great couple who fosters her and some other kids. She...she could be frustrating. When it was revealed why she was keeping everyone away, why she didn't want to get close to anyone or think of a future, I must admit I was a little disappointed. Like this is all? You have a 50/50 chance of having something bad so you are just not going to live your life? Okay...I get that she is young and scared, but I guess I just wanted more. And she was alright. Really the author did a pretty good job of not making me want to yell at her every two seconds. But still. I...I know she was trying to not let anyone in, but she is so close with her foster siblings and her foster parents that I don't know how she can't see that leaving them without looking back would hurt them greatly. How that is almost like what she is afraid of. That that would be similar to what she doesn't want to happen for them. It would be like they lost her so...I just didn't understand how she could think they didn't love her. How she thought no one did so she would be okay just disappearing. I didn't really understand how she could keep her head in the sand even when they pointed it out to her. When one of the younger kids got angry that she was leaving him and such - how did she not see that this is hurting him? I don't know. I still liked her though which is really props to the author. With someone else this book would have been very tedious to read instead of an enjoyable read.

So of course Blake and Chloe get closer despite her trying to stay away. And things progress, she acts out when things get too serious, and Blake is just amazing with her. Oh I loved him. But then the ending. Is is horrible to say that I think it would have been a much better book if a) she didn't really have the cancer gene or b) she died at the end? When she did get cancer I was all ready for her to die. It seemed like that would have made for a better story. Like she learned that living is better than hiding away doing nothing. Instead it felt too...contrived. It was just like oh, okay, this is what we are doing now? Great...It just didn't work for me. I know it might sound odd to those who loved this story, but I do think it would have been a better story. Oh well. It was a good read, entertaining enough.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Broken Us (London Lovers #2) by Amy Daws


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Synopsis:


The moment those words come out of the doctor’s mouth, I feel sick.
So sick.
The life I have dreamed of…obliterated.
And Brody. 
God, Brody.
How will he look at me?
How can he accept me?
He'll know what I hid from him.
He'll know everything.
It’s over. It’s completely over. I can't tell him "I love Us" anymore.
Even though I do.
Even though it will kill me.
I can't tell him anything. Everything is ruined. Pummeled. Broken.
I have to leave him. I have to give up us.
I know he'll come after me.

I just have to do something to make him not want to. 

Review:

After reading and loving Becoming Us, the first book in this series and seeing how it ended I was pretty sure I wouldn't like A Broken Us as much. I was sure I would start hating Fin though I was hopeful the author would write it in a way that that didn't happen. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened. After falling in love with Brody in book one I really don't understand how Fin could do everything she does in this book. I just didn't get her and she made me angry. She was just all poor me the entire book when she is the one who caused all the problems. She is the one that wouldn't let Brody in. She is the one who is so upset with herself. She is the one that could have saved herself her heartache, but she didn't and she wouldn't listen/talk to anyone about her problems so she stayed poor, poor Fin for the whole thing. It was annoying. 

So at the end of the first book we have the doctor giving Fin some bad news. We don't find out what it is, but she decides that she has to end it with Brody. Even though they have been together for  a long time, are planning a life together, she is just going to break his heart into a billion pieces and not even tell him why. Oh, I hated that. I can't stand when people make decisions for other people. Like they can't decide what they want for their own lives. Like you know better. Oh, not good. 

So Fin breaks Brody's heart and runs off to stay with her friend in London. She is all heartbroken and sad, but she makes some incredibly stupid decisions in this book. She was just soooo annoying! I didn't understand her at all. Really the issue is that it is not a problem with Brody it is a problem with herself. She is unhappy with herself so she tries to tell herself that it is all because of Brody that she is doing this. Ugh. 

So she runs off to London and almost instantly meets a new hot guy and starts making out with him. But not completely into it since she is still so in love with Brody. Yeah. So in love that she just makes out with a near stranger cause that makes sense. She was just too all over the map for me in this read. She was horrible. And she just kept hurting Brody over and over again. 

Oh then we have the completely contrived meeting of a family with an adopted daughter and realizing that omg! People can love each other as parents/children even if they are not biologically related?!? It was this great shocking thing to her which made me want to bang my head against the wall. Fin wasn't so stupid in the last book. She didn't seem to have so many insecurities. They were hinted at a time or two, but Brody helped her with that. Maybe that is the real issue - I didn't understand how the character I spent a book reading and getting to know suddenly turned into the person in this book. It just didn't make sense. If she had a bad past or something had happened to her then maybe I could have been more sympathetic to a desperate spiraling out of control situation, but with Fin I just didn't get it. It was too much. 

So yeah this book was definitely not as good as the first one for me. You do get a happy ending, but getting there was very frustrating to read. I wish we would have gotten a few chapters from Brody's point of view just to see what he was thinking/feeling at certain times. That might have helped. But overall I wish I would have skipped it. It just made me not like the characters as much as I had after the first book. 

*Note: After reading this book/writing this review I was informed by the author that this was actually the first book released in the series. She went back and wrote the prequel, Becoming Us, after this one. Which is interesting. I wonder how I would have enjoyed this story had I read it first. If I hadn't fallen in love with the characters already and didn't have that happy couple in my head. I'm still going to leave my review as is since I read it thinking this was the second book, but just wanted to include this note.

Rating: ★ ★

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Becoming Us (London Lovers #1) by Amy Daws


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Synopsis:

The dreaded friend-zone... The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae. I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can't feel any lower...Brody stumbles into my path-barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I've ever experienced. But Brody has a past. A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be. Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn't a total joke, Jake comes back into my life...and messes things up...possibly for good.

Review:

Becoming Us was such a great read. I loved Brody! He was so much fun! I know he could be a little over the top at times, but that first meeting? Oh he was adorable. 

So this story starts off with Finley sitting in a coffee shop hoping that today will finally be the day that Jake LeShae talks to her. That they start a conversation instead of just making eye contact. Jake LeShae who is the hottest guy ever. Jake who once they did start talking I kept thinking am I supposed to like this guy? Cause I didn't. Not at all. He was a huge jerk. Stringing Fin along for what seemed like no good reason. They started talking and hanging out and he would sometimes act like he wanted more, like he wanted to date her, but then would just shut down and go dark on her. Then they would be just friends again and the cycle would repeat itself. He was...not very good. He might be hot, but he runs too hot and cold. 

When things finally blow up between them I was so happy. Finally Fin can move on and find someone more worthy of her. She was such a sweet person she deserved someone great. And then there was Brody. Oh he was adorable! When he runs out into the parking lot without any shoes and a half empty bag of garbage just so he has an excuse to be out there and talk to her oh I loved it. From the moment he stepped into the picture I was just smiling ear to ear. He was wonderful. 

So Fin and Brody were so cute together! They do do that thing where they just get wrapped up in each other and the outside world doesn't seem to exist, but I didn't care. He does have a bit of baggage that comes up a time or two, a few scenes where he gets really crazy in not a good way, but he knows he has issues as well. He knows he needs to try and figure his stuff our so he doesn't lose the best thing to ever happen to him. They both feel so much so quickly it can be a bit rough at times, but oh how I loved these two. Brody really helps Fin be more confident and self assure. Jake did a number on her with the constantly keeping her guessing so Brody was a welcome change with his open honesty. He was adorable! I loved watching the two of them grow closer and figure everything out. 

Until we get to the ending. The epilogue where it is all ominous cliffhanger-ey and...I enjoyed this story so much, but I really don't know that I will enjoy the next book. One of the things I really hate in stories is when people make decisions for other people, and that is what book 2 sounds like it will be. So...I loved this story, but wish it wouldn't have had the epilogue. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier


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Synopsis:


Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable... barely. 

To the outside world she is just a loner with an attitude. 

When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else. 

Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that rival her own. 

Two broken souls that can't be healed. They can't be saved. 

Abby & Jake have to decide if they can accept the darkness not only within one another, but within themselves. 

If they can accept each other for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn't always found in the light.

Caution: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse. 

Review:

The Dark Light of Day was...not as good as I was hoping. I love T.M. Frazier's King series and how dark it is. I thought this would be similar, but it was just...not as intense as I thought it would be. Everything was a bit too easy. Too easy to fix, too easy to move on, just too easy. I know it is her first book, but having read the rest of her stories first this one just didn't hold up as well. It was still an okay read, I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would. 

Abby and Jake both have dark pasts. They both have things that have happened to make them who they are. Abby had her grandmother after everything, but since she died in an explosion she doesn't know what to do. She is not quite 18 yet so she has to figure out a way to not go back in the system and quick.

Jake has not had it good either, but now he is a hired killer. He makes good money, but he just moves around from place to place. When he gets a call that his dad has let his shop run into disrepair he goes to try and save it. Not for his father, but for himself. And that is where he meets Abby. Abby who is hiding in his junkyard. Abby who he is drawn to even though he knows nothing about her.

When things get tough Jake is there for Abby. He helps her overcome her past and everything that has happened to her. Not that that means they have an easy road of it. There are still plenty of bumps along their journey to happiness. Now one of my biggest problems with the book is that everything is way too easy to fix. Abby tells Jake something from her past and instantly she is okay with it then. Sure. It is that easy. For years she has hidden and not been able to move on from everything, but he is magic! Just telling him makes everything better....yeah. No. It was just too easy. It should have taken more time. It would have been better had she really struggled to overcome everything and things didn't just become okay suddenly. That is my main issue with the story. It was an alright read, but it wasn't the best. Definitely not as good as the authors other works. Plus I didn't really feel like I really got to know the characters as well as I should have. For what the story was I should have cared about them more, but I just didn't. Oh well. If this is your first read by the author and just found it to be okay check our her other works. I think they are much better.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Release Day: Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down #1) by @VioletDukeBooks

Finally JACKSON'S TRUST by NYT Bestselling Author Violet Duke, available now!
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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now. 


Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as- sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self- control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own. 

Advance praise for Jackson’s Trust 

 “I totally love this hotter side of Violet Duke. You still get the same sweet, emotional story but with a little bit of extra sizzle. Jackson’s Trust is a must-read novel.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett 

“A delightfully fresh read . . . Violet Duke delivers it all in Jackson’s Trust!”—New York Timesbestselling author Jen McLaughlin 

 “Violet Duke’s writing jumps off the page and grabs you from the first sentence. You will loveJackson’s Trust.”—New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre 

“Jackson’s Trust is hot, sweet, and filled with tender moments. Violet Duke writes heroes who make me swoon!”—New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan

Excerpt:

“So what’s your stance on morning-after breakfasts?” 

Her gaze never wavered. “I actually like cooking breakfast for one,” she replied with an honesty he could hear clear as day. “But,” she concluded softly, “I think that’s an irrelevant point for us.”

Coming from any other woman, the finality in that statement would be merely disappointing. Coming from Leila, his brain was finding it almost unacceptable. “Let me guess. You don’t sleep with guys you work with.” 

She answered via a slight head tilt, before driving the point home. “This job is really important to me.” 

Enough said. That was that. 

Jackson did his best to curb the disappointment while he dropped his hands from the wall and backed away. “I don’t blame you. It’s a great opportunity for your career.” He grit his teeth against the urge to crowd her back up against the wall when he saw her chest rise and fall, at a pace that matched his own. 

Hell, even the way the woman breathed was a turn-on. 

Being the consummate professional around her was going to be a damn nightmare. But not impossible. He just had to focus. “So that brings us right back to why we’re here today; throwing you into the deep end so you can hit the ground running in this amazing career opportunity.” 

Her eyes widened the slightest bit in surprise. “Just like that? No muss, no fuss? I’m now in the same category as Rachel, never to be flirted with again?” 

He almost laughed at that as he swept another quick glance over her. Commercial- shiny, sleek layers of caramel and toffee framing her face, ultra-feminine curves he couldn’t spend too much time on without disrupting the fit of his slacks, and approximately a mile or two of toned legs. Seriously, she was superheroine pretty. Tough and sexy, with a sweet country rock goddess smile, and a hella cute tomboy way about her that she couldn’t hide. Not even under that chic thigh-high skirt and five-button blouse—yes, he’d counted—she had the rightfully held confidence to wear unplastered to her body . . . 

The same category as Rachel? Was she kidding? Christ, she belonged in a category all her own. When you threw in her wit, fire, and football chops, Jesus, she was basically his dream girl. 

“Don’t think it’s going to be easy for me not to flirt with you, sunshine. But I respect your commitment to your career.” So saying, he walked over to the refreshment bar at the corner of the conference room and poured them both some coffee, giving his brain the time it needed to shift gears and make good on his declaration. 

This wasn’t going to be easy. 

Because while he had absolutely no problem stepping back when a woman wasn’t interested, Leila wasn’t disinterested. In fact, all evidence would point to her being about as interested as he was. 

She was just . . . off-limits. 

A volatile combination.


About the author:

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romances filled with strong, unique heroines and memorably romantic heroes. With just under a million books sold to date, since becoming an author in 2013, Violet has appeared on the USA Today bestseller list thirteen times and the NYT bestseller list three times, with the additional honor of charting in the Top 10 across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally. Her fans, who she just adores to pieces, affectionately call her books sweet & sexy 'laugh & cry' love stories.

When she's not feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking impossible-to-be- duplicated 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days in Hawai'i chasing after her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband (their ringleader).




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