Release Blitz + Review: Exposed by Willow Aster – Kingdom of Sin Series – Book 2

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A royal story set in background of conspiracies, manipulations and deceptions, Exposed is a whirlpool of intense emotions. The characters are beautifully broken. Their feelings are raw, gritty and incredibly terrifying. The story sucked me in and left its permanent mark on my heart.” ~PP’s Bookshelf

It was never a question of love.

I knew I loved Elias Lancaster and that he loved me.

At least I always thought he did.

But for some reason, he always found an excuse not to be with me.

The pain I felt as my childhood love rejected me, again and again, after promising me the world when we were kids…

Well, it just wouldn’t go away.

No matter how hard I tried.

Desperate times called for desperate measures, and I never wanted to be considered desperate, but I knew if something didn’t change soon, I’d lose Elias for good and die of a broken heart.

No one told me how many times my heart could break in the process.

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I lean in closer. “Be careful, your mask is slipping. You almost seem like the girl I grew up with right now.” I both love and hate seeing the real her. It’s driven me out of my mind that for years now, Mara has put on a mask around everyone but me. “Wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea and see that you’re actually a caring person.” I lower my voice. “I have nothing to say to you.”

The hurt flashes across her eyes but is gone within a blink. In my mind, I see her when she was ten, when she thought I was ignoring her for a week because my mother wouldn’t let me go play with the princess. She locked me in my room when I snuck out, not letting me out for so long I thought I’d die in that bedroom. Those were the dark days with my mother, the days I still try to stuff down inside. I’d give anything if I could erase them from my memory. The hurt on Mara’s face back then when I was able to go outside again but didn’t tell her where I’d been or what had happened…it’s the same look I saw just now.

It’s these snapshots of us in my mind that make me turn back to her, make me think maybe there is a way…maybe we could have a chance.

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Michel’s Review

Readers once again find themselves in the Kingdom of Niaps in  EXPOSED by Willow Aster. Princess Mara Catano is having an even harder time adjusting to the changes in the kingdom since her younger brother married and became king after her father was arrested for murder. Her mother has been banished from the palace, her father is awaiting trial, her new sister in law has taken her brother’s affection, and the kingdom has changed in a blink of an eye. The worst is the man she has loved since childhood no longer wants anything to do with her and has eyes for another. What is a spoiled princess to do but act out to get attention, make headlines for her bad behavior, and turn on her trusted brother due to her parents manipulation. Never a dull moment ins Niaps.

Mara has been in love with Elias since she was a young, neglected princess desperate for love and attention. She valued their friendship and fell deeply in love with the boy from her youth. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t royalty and filthy rich, he loved her for being Mara not Princess Mara. Now Elias is her brother’s advisor and has his own issues in life. He’s hiding things from both her and her brother.

Spiteful actions, immature decisions, and malicious intent keep them apart until they both finally see the truth. The lives are being manipulated. They are pawns in a wicked game of deceit and loyalty. Will they finally grow up, take control of their lives, and dictate their own destiny? Are they strong enough to weather the storm or will they blow away in the wicked windstorm created by the former king?

Although I liked the premise of this story and the theme of the series, I feel like the story that propels this cast of characters is falling apart.  The characters are hard to embrace and hard to believe. Their selfish actions and repetitive manipulations overtake the goodness the author wanted readers to embrace. I feel like there was not enough explanation of the political motivations to validate this world. I think this series could go much further with a bit more attention to details, a better development of characters, stronger world building passages, and a more mature plot line.

I am still very invested in this series and look forward to reading more. I think I had a hard time connecting with Mara and Elias. I loved the first book and hope the next will have that kind of vibe.

Overall I am glad I continued reading Exposed because I got to see the other side of a very mean, spoiled princess. I got to see Princess Mara evolve into a better woman rather than a spoiled royal brat.

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Willow Aster is a USA Today Bestselling author and host of Living in the Pages podcast. She lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband, kids, and rescue dog.

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New Release and Review: On The Corner Of Love And Hate by Nina Bocci – Hopeless Romantics Series – Book 1

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On The Corner Of Love And Hate

Hopeless Romantics Series – Book 1

By Nina Bocci

Release Date: August 20, 2019

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Blurb:

For fans of Christina Lauren and Lauren Layne comes a delightfully sassy and sexy romance about a campaign manager who reluctantly works with the local Lothario to help revamp his image for the upcoming mayoral elections, only to discover that he’s hiding something that can turn both their lives upside down.

What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.

Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.

A perfect blend of humor and heart, On the Corner of Love and Hate is the first in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci.

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Michel’s Review

The Corner Of Love And Hate by Nina Bocci intrigued me. I love an enemies to lovers type of romance and was craving a bit more mature adult kind of relationship.

While the first trope was clearly present in this novel, the mature adult behavior kind of slipped through the cracks. I felt like the hero, Cooper, was a bit immature for a man clearly in his thirties. Not only did Cooper come across as immature but also came across as a slacker. It turned me off right away and while he had significant character growth, he never captured my heart. If I can’t fall in love with the hero then I find myself annoyed with the heroine for falling for him.

Emmanuelle had her own issues and I completely understood her frustration and resentment towards Cooper. It was completely validated. Rather than expressing herself in a positive, direct manner to Cooper she lets her issues fester.

When the two finally started to really communicate and express their real desires it was hard to get on board with their romantic relationship. The animosity, push and pull that I love in enemies to lovers romance lost some of it’s oompff because of the characters personalities. I never felt the chemistry between them. It was more of a slow building romance rather than a intense burn.

Honestly this book has potential and I think this will appeal to readers who like more of a generic type of romance. Although this book didn’t quite capture my personal taste I think other readers will really like it. The writing is well executed and flows well. I am looking forward to see what comes next in The Hopeless Romantics Series.

 

 

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14164319Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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New Release + Review: Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove

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Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove

Release Date: July 13th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Chasing Vivi, an all-new romantic standalone from A.M. Hargrove is available NOW!

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Vivi Renard—a blast from the past—wasn’t supposed to affect me like this.

When I knew her ten years ago she was nothing more to me than a highly functioning brain.

Hell, I paid her to do my homework.

Only now … she’s drop dead gorgeous but had the nerve to turn me down for a date … several times.

No one turns me—Prescott Beckham—down for anything.

I’m on a mission and won’t stop until I’m firmly planted between her thighs, hearing her moan my name.

Her plump red lips have me dreaming filthy things and acting like a kid with his first crush.

If I can’t have her, I don’t want anyone else to either.

What’s worse is I want to own every single bit of her.

Except there’s a slight problem.

Vivi can’t stand me.

Even the old let’s be friends again thing failed.

She tossed it back saying we were never friends to begin with.

But I’m the king at playing ruthless games.

So she’d better be ready to drop her thong, because Vivi is going to end up in my bed sooner … or later.

And I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be sooner.

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Vivi rubs her hands on her thighs. She’s nervous and has been ever since I stood over the table. She seems to have more confidence in herself now than she had when I knew her but that doesn’t account for her skittishness. Back at Crestview, she had been overweight—I knew that—only I didn’t know, or maybe I didn’t pay attention, to the other girls giving her a hard time. And why should I have? I had so much going on in my head I could barely keep my own shit together.

“So?” I prod. “Homework binder?”

“You did a pretty good job with me. I only figured you put the other girls in the same boat. You know, with the homework stuff and all.”

“I had you wrapped around my homework binder at Crestview. That’s your metaphor for finger.”

It’s not a question. I’m baffled because I had no idea. Yeah, I was a flirt, but I flirted with everyone to get what was necessary. It was the only way I knew how to accomplish my goals. She needed the money and always acted like she had no interest in me whatsoever.

“Of course. You had everyone wrapped around your finger. Well, maybe more of them were wrapped around your, um.” She points in the direction of my dick.

Sexy little Vivi can’t say dick out loud. Isn’t that the cutest thing in the world?

“Say it, Vivi.”

“Say what?”

“You know what.” I lean into her and get close to her lips. “Say it.”

Her chest puffs out as she says, “Dick.” Her lovely neck flushes pink and two bright spots of fuchsia dot her cheeks. This is sweet innocence at its utmost.

“Excellent. Now say cock.” I put a great deal of emphasis on the “c” and “k” at the end of the word. Silver gray irises turn stormy and deep creases form on her forehead.

“Why would you want me to say that word?”

“Because it makes you uncomfortable as hell and I’m an asshole. I like to see you squirm, Vivi.”

“I won’t say that. It has nothing to do with truth or dare. And besides, it’s my turn.”

I take a couple of good slugs of my drink, sit back, and cross my arms. “Do your worst.”

She puts an elbow on the table and rests her cheek on her hand. “Truth or dare?”

“Dare.” It’s impossible not to laugh at her comical expression. I curtailed her plans.

“You can’t do that!”

“Do what?”

“Pick dare.”

“I most certainly can.”

Her head tilts back, and I can only imagine what she’s thinking. A chuckle escapes.

“You’re a jerk,” she says.

“So I’ve been told.”

“Okay, then. I dare you to tell me why you loathe the man you’ve become.” She gloats at the clever way she’s twisted the game. And stupid me should’ve figured out she’d come up with something like this. Vivi was always brilliant.

“Loathe is extreme. Let’s say I’m not particularly fond of who I am right now.”

“Fine. Go on.”

Now I’m the one who’s squirming. Where do I even begin? Vivi is almost a stranger to me. There’s no way I can bare my pathetic soul to her.

“I have daddy issues.”

“Really?” Her question is one of disbelief and she appears to be holding back a laugh.

“Hard to believe, isn’t it?”

“Um, yeah. Prescott Beckham, the guy with the world at his fingertips, has daddy issues? I think not. I Googled you after I ran into you that day. From all accounts I read there were no daddy issues to be found. Nada. Try again.”

“I have a team that keeps my secrets out of the media. You wouldn’t find anything on me. But it’s true. I grew up without a mom and my father was not much of one. So, there you have it.” I give her one of my best smirks. It usually does the trick on most women.

She leans back and tucks her chin closer to her body. “That’s it? And I’m supposed to buy that?”

“That’s all I have for sale, Little Wolf. Sorry.”

“You’re not a very fair player.”

“My turn.”

“Nope. I’m done.” She drinks another swig of her beer.

“No, you aren’t. I’m picking for you. Truth. How many men have you fucked, Vivi? And what exactly have they done to you?”

She shoves her arms into her coat and pushes at me to get out of the booth. But I have zero intentions of going anywhere. “Let me out, Prescott.”

“Not until you answer me.”

“That’s none of your business. How many women have you been with?”

“Too many to count.”

Her jaw flops open and I close her mouth with a finger under her chin.

“You asked, Little Wolf.”

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Michel’s Review

Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove is the type of book that most romance fans look for in a book.  It is written in duo POV’s and has a good cast of secondary characters to help propel the story.  This book is loaded with angst, steamy hot love scenes, emotional situations, romance, and self discovery.  It deals with some very heavy issues and I applaud A.M. Hargrove for emphasizing the importance of seeking professional therapeutic help.

While this book is the type of romance that many readers look for and was enjoyable, I also found it a bit distracting.  It was almost too perfect if that makes sense.  The plot and the circumstances that led up to the several of important scenes were predictable formula’s found in many romance books.  It felt like the characters themselves were interviewed and hired for this story because they met every criteria and checked every box with a yes.  A tortured billionaire hero with a secret past and extreme daddy issues falls for the the smart, fat girl from his past that was bullied in high school who is now a beautiful, thin woman. She is down on her luck and has financial troubles after the death of her only living parent. She’s fiercely independent and struggling to get by but refuses the sexy billionaires help.  Financial circumstances lead her to moving in with her male, gay best friend  and taking on two jobs.  It all falls apart when she is assaulted by her former boss.  The hero wants to save his woman from the heartaches she is dealing with and reaches the point where he is an overbearing alpha male.  Get where I am going with this… the characters were too perfect to the point of being distracting and the plot contained text book formulas that were too predictable.  I had trouble connecting with the characters and their lives.

This book was well written and entertaining but I think I was hoping for something a little different like some of the other books I have read by this author. I do think most romance fans will enjoy this book.

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Meet A.M. Hargrove:

One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

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New Release + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Offensive Rebound by MJ Fields

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Offensive Rebound

Holding Court Series – Book 1

By MJ Fields

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Blurb

TRAE
It’s a call that changes my life–and my little girl’s. Years ago, playing for the NBA was the dream, but the Seattle Stallions suck. Worse than that, my old teammate is now the star center–not to mention my number one rival. There has to be a catch, some sort of agenda. Before I was injured, I was the best. Now? There’s no way they want me.

But when I see the roster and salaries, it all comes together. It’s a chance to get on the court again and change our lives. And I just can’t wait for the opportunity to finally take him down. What I never counted on is Courtney Cohen being the game changer.

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I inherited the Bad News Bears of the NBA. When I discovered the star center, my ex fiancé, cheating on me, all I want is to jump ship before the whole thing sinks. But with revenge on my mind, I exact a plan. Take down the dirty player and save my father’s dream.

Suddenly twelve minutes is too little time, and a season is not long enough.

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Excerpt

“You still afraid of me?” Courtney asks. I push her hair out of her face. “No.” “I’m afraid of you.” “No beer muscles tonight?” I ask, glancing at her empty glasses. She shakes her head. I scoot in closer to her. “Tell me what you’re afraid of.” “Liking you too much,” she says then takes a drink. I turn her in her seat so she’s facing me. “You’re gonna like me even more when I’m inside you.” Her body grows taut. “You can’t say stuff like that. It makes me uncomfortable.” “Well, now I’m going to have to do it more often to get you used to it; make you crave it, beg for it.”

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Michel’s Review

I am a huge fan of sports themed romance books. I have read about almost every sport except for basketball.  When I was presented with the opportunity to review Offensive Rebound by MJ Fields, I jumped on it because I knew it would be a new reading experience for me.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, liked the characters, and felt the passion, I found a few glitches in the story that held me back from fully investing in it.

Courtney Cohen has inherited the Seattle Stallions Basketball team.  This team is relatively new and the joke of the NBA world.  Her father had purchased the team and built a state of the art arena with the hopes of leaving a legacy behind for her.  Before he could carry out his intentions and build the legacy he passed away from a sudden heart attack.  Courtney was still in college and had no idea how to handle a multi billion dollar business.  She handed the management over to her boyfriend, Brock Boehiem, who was the star player of the Seattle Stallions.  Months later she’s informed that the organization is almost bankrupt and is about to go under.  She is forced to take over the reins.  Upon her arrival she not only finds out that her team has been mismanaged but that her boyfriend is also a lying cheat.  He has a solid contract so she cannot fire him but she can take over the management.

The organization is a complete mess.  She is going to have to rebuild the inner management from the ground up.  She is also going to have to assert her management over the players and the coach.  She is not a member of the good old boys club and is met with defiance, rebellion, and attitude.  She must gain control of the players before the ball is in her court.  The only player cooperating is the new guy, Trae Rhodes.  Trae Rhodes is a washed up college player that was signed by her father before he passed away.  Why would her father bring on a player that isn’t on the same playing level as her team members.

Trae Rhodes is grateful for the opportunity and a chance in the pros.  His life had drastically changed after a college injury that left him unable to play the game he loved.  His life went in a different direction and he had new priorities that outshine basketball.  Playing at a professional level will give him the income he needs and the credibility he needs in the world of basketball.  It is merely a stepping stone in his life.  Becoming a Seattle Stallion will also give him the opportunity to settle an old score with Brock Boehiem, his most hated enemy.  Charlie Cohen signed him on for a reason and it may not be for his playing abilities.

It’s become clear that Courtney Cohen is Brock Boehiem’s achilles heel.  Trae isn’t sure if can use Courtney to settle his score.  He had too much respect for her old man.  He is beginning to immensely respect the powerful woman Courtney Cohen is becoming.

All is not right on the Seattle Stallions playing court.  Courtney and Trae will soon learn there’s a different game being played.  Together they can turn this team around and make it a contender in the NBA world.

I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Courtney and Trae.  I loved his dedication to the ones he cared about.  I loved his sense of integrity.  I enjoyed watching Courtney grow from a naive young woman to a powerful executive and sensual woman.  The story had a good premise but I struggled with the professional aspects of it.  My logical mind struggled with it.  It takes more than one or two people to handle a multi billion dollar business.  An organization of this magnitude has an army in the office. It takes multi managers, multi departments, micro managers, and a specialized staff.  The players are professionals under contract.  Their careers and lively hood depends upon their performances.  Their performances dictate whether they stay within the professional world of basketball.  In this book the players seemed to have a high school or college mentality that followed the leader rather than relying on their agents and attorneys.  One player had too much control and that would never happen in the world of professional sports.  The same goes for the coaches.  Coaches and players are not involved in the financial aspect of the business other than receiving their earnings and meeting contractual obligations.

I enjoyed this basketball romance and would recommend to other readers.

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mj-fieldsUSA Today bestselling author MJ Fields love of writing was in full swing by age eight.

Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and sold it for ten cents to family members.

She self-published her first contemporary, new adult romance in January 2013. Today she has completed seven self-published series, The Love series, The Wrapped series, The Burning Souls series, The Men of Steel series, Ties of Steel series, The Rockers of Steel series and The Norfolk series.

MJ is a hybrid author and publishes an Indie book almost every month, and is signed with a traditional publisher, Loveswept, Penguin Random House, for her co- written series The Caldwell Brothers. Hendrix, Morrison, and Jagger. All three books in the series are published. The Caldwell brothers don’t grow into alphas, when their mother passes away they become her legacy, her good in the world of bad.

MJ was a former small business owner, who closed shop so she could write full time. She lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

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New Release + Review: Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin – Boys of Summer Series – Book 2

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Home Run

Boys Of Summer Series – Book 2

By Heidi McLaughlin

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Synopsis

LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

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Michel’s Review

Home Run, the second book in the Boys of Summer series, by Heidi McLaughlin has released.  The Renegades are back and looking to make their mark this season.

Cooper Bailey has prepared for this moment his entire life.  He has finally moved up from the minor leagues to the major leagues.  It’s his rookie season with the Renegades and he’s feeling the pressure.  He has to prove that he is a valuable asset to the team.  He’s challenging a legendary player, trying to take his starting position.  Everything rides on the spring training season in Florida. He has to stay focused because he is finally chasing his dream.

Cooper Bailey never dreamed he’d meet a woman that could affect how he plays the game.  Nor did he dream a woman could capture his heart completely.  Ainsley Burke is an unexpected pleasure as well as his possible downfall.

Zookeeper Ainsley Burke has put her personal life on hold after she found out her mother is battling cancer.  She has changed her job position so that her schedule can work around her mother’s medical needs.  When she meets rookie Cooper Bailey at a community service event, she foresees the possibility of having something fun in her life for a few weeks.  After all he is only in Florida for spring training.

Life has a way of rearing it’s ugly head when things seem to be going well.  Cooper and Ainsley are both going to experience these obstacles and be tested beyond their limits.  It’s how they move forward that counts.  It could be the greatest season of their lives or it could be the season that destroys them both.

This book ran hot and cold for me.  I liked this book better than the first book in the series and felt a little more connected to the Renegades world.  Home Run started out with a bang but stalled throughout the middle of the book and the ending seemed a bit rushed.  At times I had a hard time connecting Cooper’s and Ainsley’s struggling relationship.  There were also other factors that seemed too coincidental in their story. I struggled with those coincidences. Overall I did enjoy the book but was hoping for a little more swoon worthy romance.

I am looking forward to what comes next in the Boys of Summer series.  Hopefully the Renegades will be chasing the pennant.

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heidi-mclaughlin-bioHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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New Release + Review: No Bad Days by J. Sterling – A Fisher Brothers Novel

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No Bad Days

Fisher Brothers Series – Book 1

By J. Sterling

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New York Times Bestselling author J. Sterling brings you her latest laugh out loud, angst filled romantic standalone you won’t want to miss!

Nick Fisher is State’s most eligible bachelor–confident, creative, and driven–and is completely aware that every girl he knows is trying to land him. But Nick is more than the marketing genius everyone sees on the outside. In fact, his life is far more complicated than anyone suspects . . . even his own brothers.

Jess Michaelson knows she shouldn’t want Nick like all the other girls do, but she’s crazy about him anyway. How could anyone resist those charms? When he focuses his attention on her, she has no idea what she’s truly in for.

Sometimes love is hard.
But it’s worth the fight.

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3 Star

Michel’s Review

J. Sterling has a new series featuring three sexy brothers.  No Bad Days is the first in the series and features the youngest brother, Nick Fisher.  Nick is a senior in college.  On the surface it appears that Nick has led the enchanted life.  He has a reputation of being a ladies man.  He’s the president of his fraternity.  It’s very clear he’s extremely intelligent and has a very bright future ahead.  Beneath the surface is a very troubled young man.  A young man that is being controlled by his father.  His dreams for the future are being crushed.  He can’t even tell his older brothers because the father they grew up with was a different kind of man.  He’s hanging onto his college days and freedom for dear life.  When he meets a girl that could make a difference in his future, his life begins to spiral out of control once again.

Jess Michaelson has secretly crushed on Nick Fisher.  When their paths finally cross she meets a different Nick Fisher than most people know.  Jess and Nick click on every level.  Their relationship is going full speed ahead until life rears it’s ugly head.  Jess is being forced to switch schools because of her major.  Nick can’t handle long distance relationships.  A vicious woman is waiting on the sidelines to swoop in and grab Nick by the balls.

What happens next?  Some very bad decisions that destroy everything Nick and Jess had.

For fans of new adult romances with a lot of angst and back & forth are going to eat this book up.  For me it was a bit predictable and immature.  I wanted Nick to have more substance and backbone.  I loved Jess and the strength she was able to muster in a bad situation.  Overall I think this book is for a younger reader base.

I am looking forward to Nick’s older brothers stories.  These guys have ten years on Nick and a lot more life experiences.  I think I will be able to relate to their stories a little more.

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About J. Sterling

j. sterlingI got fired from my last job. It’s true. I know you’re sitting there thinking “Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone as amazing and awesome as you???” And i’d love to give you a good reason, but the truth is- being this awesome is clearly very scary to other less awesome people.

So I said screw them and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing books that mean something to me is a million times better than working for my ass off for someone who doesn’t really care about anything other than the bottom line.

My soul feels more satisfied.
My heart, more full.

So thank you for reading, loving and recommending the stories I write.
I appreciate it more than you know. 🙂

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New Holiday Release + Review: Christmas Candy by Celia Aaron

 
 
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Christmas Candy
A Holiday Romance Novella
By Celia Aaron
 
 
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Synopsis 
A Christmas novella where everyone gets their just desserts.
Olive had a major crush on Hank in high school. She was the too-smart, slightly chubby girl who gawked as Hank ran track and made all the cheerleaders swoon. After high school, the two went their separate ways. Olive opened a yoga studio and swore off sweets while Hank traveled the world. No problem, right? At least there wasn’t a problem until Hank moved back to town and opened a candy shop across the street from Olive’s studio. Now, Olive will do everything she can to shut her old crush down. But Hank has other plans, and all of them end with an Olive sundae.
Author’s Note: Christmas Candy ends at 25%. As a special holiday treat, The Hard and Dirty Holidays (a set that includes A Stepbrother for Christmas, Bad Boy Valentine, Bad Boy Valentine Wedding, and F*ck of the Irish) is included at the end of this sweet tale for a limited time. Happy Holidays from Celia Aaron! 
 
 
 
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“Can you call that number again, dear?” Mrs. Carmichael adjusts her enormous bifocals. “I couldn’t hear it over my cats. They meow something terrible when they’re hungry.”
I glance around at the cat-free common room. “Sure. I-14.”

 

“Thank you.” She stares at her upside down bingo card.

 

“I wanted to ask you something last night, but I couldn’t quite work up the nerve.” His fingers linger against mine again as he hands me the next ball.

 

“What?” My voice comes out breathy as I call out the number. We should have had a bingo by now, but I’ve learned everything takes a little longer at the senior center.

 

 

He leans over, his warm breath tickling my ear. “I was wondering what your favorite candy is.”

 

 

Goosebumps break out along my neck and arms as I snatch the ball from his hands and announce the next number.

 

 

“I don’t like candy.” I glance at him. He’s watching me, eating me up with his eyes. Problem is, I can’t say the sensation is unpleasant. Quite the opposite.
“Come on. Everyone likes candy.”

 

 

“I don’t.” His nearness is throwing me off, and I stutter out the next number.

 

“You sure? I saw the way you looked at my candy apple.”

 

 

I huff out a breath. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

 

 

He moves closer, our arms touching. “Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone.” His conciliatory whisper has my heart stutter-stepping. “You look beautiful, by the way.”

 

 

I can’t focus on the numbers, not when he’s winding me up like a clock. It doesn’t help that this is the most distracted I’ve been over a man since … Since senior year when I stared at him running track instead of doing my homework. I’ve fallen into the same hole with the same guy, and I can’t seem to get myself free.

 

 

“Candy apples.” I keep my voice low.

 

 

“What?” God, his voice in my ear sends shivers shooting down my spine.

 

 

“I like candy apples the best.”

 

 

“I’d like to see you eat one of my candy apples. Extra caramel for you.” He hands me the next ball, his index finger skating along mine. “Something sweet on your tongue.”

 

 

My body goes up in flames as our eyes meet, and I call out, “O-69.”

 

 

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Michel’s Review
Nothing is sweeter than Christmas Candy.  This was the perfect title for this Christmas novella by Celia Aaron.  A red hot sexy candy maker serving up sinfully decadent delights to a driven and disciplined Yoga master.  They are burning up the calories, finding their zen, and making new holiday traditions.  First they have to battle insecurities, competitive business practices, and old high school misconceptions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday treat.  It was a novella packed with everything readers expect in the romance genre.
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Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.
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New Release + Review: Blow by Heidi McLaughlin – Virtuous Paradox Series – Book 1

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Meet the complicated men behind

the sexiest boy band in America!

BLOW by Heidi Mclaughlin is

NOW AVAILABLE!

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By Heidi McLaughlin

 Virtuous Paradox Series – Book 1

Release Date : November 8, 2016

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Synopsis

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

 

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

 

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Excerpt

“Oh yeah? What’s that?” Her tone is playful and gives me hope. And I need hope. Not to score with her, but to get through my days.

“You should join me in the shower.” I waggle my eyebrows at her and rub my hand over my abs, pushing up my shirt a little so she can see what’s underneath.

Kim shakes her head, but her smile tells me that she likes the idea. She covers her mouth to stifle a laugh, and I chuckle.

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Michel’s Review

Heidi McLaughlin is one of my favorite authors.  I have been reading her books since she first hit publish on her first novel.  She has a special gift of creating an emotional story with dynamic characters that keep the readers glued to the pages.  We become invested in the characters lives within the world she created.  Whether it be a rock star, a Navy Seal, a reality television star, or a cowboy, the character grabs hold of the heart.  With her latest release Blow, readers are introduced to the dynamic boy band Virtuous Paradox. We have all had some kind of girl crush on a member of a boy band and have fantasized about them.  We sometimes forget that these beautiful young men are also ordinary people with very real lives behind the image.  They have their insecurities, personal demons, struggling relationships, and lessons to learn in life.  The difference is that their lives are very public.  Their mistakes are elevated by the media.  It’s a high price to pay.

Bodhi McKnight is a cocaine addict.  He has reached the point of self destruction.  His family has intervened and sent him to an exclusive rehab for thirty days.  Not only will Bodhi have to face his demons and overcome his addiction, he will have to learn to love himself.  He will have to learn how to deal with his relationships in life whether it be family, friends, or his professional colleagues.

While in rehab he meets Kimberly Gordon.  Kimberly is not a counselor, she is an assigned friend to help him cope with the withdrawals and the grueling process of becoming healthy.  She’s there to offer support and friendship.

Bodhi and Kimberly break the cardinal rule and become involved.  Once the thirty days is over they will have to face the real world.  Can their forbidden relationship survive in the real world?  Can it survive the world that led Bodhi to addiction in the first place?  Can love heal Bodhi?

While I liked the premise of a forbidden romance , I also felt this book mocked the process of rehabilitation from drug addiction.  One of the crucial steps in becoming healthy is honesty with oneself as well as others.  Kimberly encouraged Bodhi to lie while in rehab so that they could be together at night.  She encouraged him to sneak around rather than encouraging him to follow the program.  She is an employee of this rehab center.  She knows that in order to become healthy the patient has to complete the steps of the program.  I also felt Bodhi’s rehab was skimmed over and became insignificant after the initial withdrawals.

The relationship between Bodhi and Kimberly was very touching in many ways but some of the sex scenes turned me off.  I love a dirty talking man but there are just some words that are a complete turn off for me.  When Bodhi used words such as cunt or twat, I was appalled.  Those are two of the most derogatory words used in a negative manner towards women in general.  The sex scene went from sizzling hot to ice cold.

Blow still has a good romantic story that many readers will like.   For me I was on the fence with this book.  I tend to want a little more grit to the story.  After all drug addiction is a dark and dirty subject.

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heidi-mclaughlin-bioHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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Blog Tour + Review: Marry Me Mad by Katy Regnery – Blueberry Lane Series – The Rousseau’s – Book 2

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Marry Me Mad is one swoonworthy read! AND IT’S LIVE!

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Blurb:

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

Get to know the families of Blueberry Lane!

*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*

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Michel’s Review

It’s back to Blueberry Lane where five dynamic wealthy families lives are intertwined.

Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau has always been the sweet twin in the Rousseau family.  She puts her family and friends first. She would never betray them.  Her twin sister Jax has returned home from Hollywood after recently going through her own life changing dilemmas.  As usual Maddy has put her sister first while her own life is in shambles.  She’s keeping her troubles to herself because part of her problems could hurt Jax.

She has just gone through a painful break up that led her down a troublesome road.  While trying to drink her problems away, she runs into Cort Ambler, a childhood friend and her sister Jax’s ex boyfriend in high school.  Cort broke Jax’s young heart.  Now Mad finds herself one again insanely attracted to Cort.  He’s off limits because of Jax.  The heart wants what it wants and hers wants Cort.  Is Maddy brave enough to go for what she wants in life or is she going to settle with living a life in Jax’s shadow.  Will she sacrifice her own happiness because of her sister.

Cort Ambler has always loved Madeline Rousseau.  In high school he chose the wrong twin by mistake.  Ten years later he has a second chance and he is going to do everything within his power to win Mad’s heart.

I love the Blueberry Lane series.  I thoroughly enjoyed Marry Me Mad but found it bit a predictable and repetitious.  The story seemed to go in circles with Mad’s indecisiveness and Cort’s declarations of undying love.  It seemed like the characters were dwelling in their own minds more than they were interacting together as a couple.  Even though I felt it lacked in some areas it was still a charming romance.  Anything by Katy Regnery is good.

I am looking forward to the next Rousseau to take the fall in matters of the heart.

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Make sure you don’t miss the start of the Rousseau series! Jonquils for Jax is now available!

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PREORDER JC AND THE BIJOUIX JOLIS!
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About the Author:

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home

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New Release + Review: Top Shelf by Kelly Jamieson – Aces Hockey Series – Book 3

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Top Shelf

Aces Hockey Series – Book 3

By Kelly Jamieson

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Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

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Michel’s Review

Kelly Jamieson has just released the third novel in the sizzling hot Aces Hockey Series.  Top Shelf features NHL player / bar owner Jared Rupp.  Jared is a certified player, known for his womanizing.  His passions run beyond the bedroom and the ice.  Jared’s bar is his baby.

After a chance meeting that leads Jared seeking professional help from Sydney Frayne leads to so much more than a new look.  Jared is reluctant to let Sydney Frayne revamp his beloved bar The Sin Bin.  Sydney is a pro and good at what she does.  She’s aware of Jared’s reputation and ready to prove she means business.

What starts as a strictly business relationship turns into a fun, flirtatious, and sizzling hot romance.  Jared and Sydney’s chemistry can melt the ice and burn the bar down.

Kelly Jamieson once again delivered a sexy, fun, and delightful sports romance.

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Kelly Jamieson is
the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married
mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She
likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves
watching hockey.