New Release … 2020 Favorite… 5+ Star Review: Fighting For Rain by BB Easton – The Rain Trilogy – Book 2

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“This is a series I urge every single person to read. It’s so unique and artistic and has me hanging off of every word.”
– Amo Jones, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Fighting for Rain, the second installment in The Rain Trilogy everyone’s raving about from BB Easton, is out now!

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The world was supposed to end on April 23, but Rainbow Williams’s world ended days before that.

The mass hysteria caused by the impending apocalypse claimed everything she’d ever loved. Her family. Her city. Her will to live.

Until she met him.

Wes Parker didn’t have anything left for the apocalypse to take…he’d already lost it all by the time he was nine-years-old. His family. His home. His hope of ever being loved.

Until he met her.

Brought together by fate and bound by a love that would last lifetimes, Rain and Wes were prepared to die together on April 23.

They were not prepared for what would happen on April 24

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Excerpt:

“Did I pass?” Rain asks as I stop at the bottom of the tree house ladder to give her a hand up.

“I think I’m the one who passed.” I give her a swat on the ass as she heads up and chuckle when she yelps in surprise. “I know your song.”

“Oh, really?”

When I climb in behind her, Rain is sitting, facing me with her arms folded over her chest.

For a guy who has nothing to prove, I fucking love proving myself to this girl.

I sit with my back against the plywood wall and strum something softer and slower and definitely sadder than anything I’ve played for her before. I’m afraid it might be too much, considering how far she’s come today, but fuck it. It’s the truth, and right now, the truth—and this guitar—is all I got.

“I think you might be a Paramore girl.”

The simple, soulful melody is synchronized with every beat of my own bleeding heart as I open my mouth and sing the first line.

About a girl watching her daddy cry.

Rain clutches the blanket to her chest and listens as I tell her the story of a woman who’s afraid to get hurt after watching her parents break each other’s hearts. She tries to protect herself. She tries to avoid the pain of being left. But when she finally falls in love, she realizes that it’s worth the risk.

I hope she’s fucking right.

I can’t really see Rain’s expression in the dark, but as I let the final note fade out, I know I’m going to find tears before I even reach for her face.

“How did you do that?” She sniffles, and when she leans into my touch, I know I got her.

I shrug. “When you’re in the system, you get good at figuring people out.”

She inhales deeply and sighs. “So, what’s the name of my new favorite song?”

I place the guitar in the corner and crawl over to her. Laying her down, I take the wadded-up blanket out of her arms and set it behind her head like a pillow. “‘The Only Exception.’”

Gazing down at her, I know now that that’s exactly what she is for me. The only exception to all of my rules.

No getting attached.

Leave before you get left.

Supplies. Shelter. Self-defense.

Survival above all else.

Now, they’ve all been crossed out with a giant X, and next to them, in murderous block letters, are the words Protect Rainbow Williams. That’s all I fucking care about now. Keeping her safe. Keeping her—period.

“Wes?” she asks, her voice small and shaky as she slides her fingers into my hair and pushes it away from my face. “Will you still be here when I wake up?”

Bracing myself on my forearms, I lower myself onto her soft, warm body and press my lips to hers. Blood explodes through my veins on contact, but I don’t move. I hold that kiss until I feel her relax beneath me. Until I know she’ll believe me when I finally promise, “Forever.”

Satisfied, Rain pulls my face back down to hers and kisses me like forever might actually exist. Slowly. Sweetly. Without the ticking clock of April 23 looming over our heads. Without blood on our hands or ash in our hair. Without wonder or worry about how it will end. Because we started at the fucking end.

Now, we get to begin.

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5+Star

Michel’s Review

2020 Favorite

Fighting For Rain and Dying For Rain by BB Easton are my most anticipated novels of 2020. After reading Praying For Rain I could not wait to see what happened on April 23rd to Wes and Rain.

April 23rd has come and gone. They survived but what exactly did they survive? What happens on April 24th and everyday after that. What has become of the world they knew and the new world emerging? The only thing they thought they could depend on was each other but that is another fallacy that is proving to be a lie.

The only truth is the survival instinct has only begun. The world has changed and everyone has choices to make. Some will become leaders, some will become saviors, some will become liars, some will righteous, some will become repulsive, and some will become recluses. Society has broken down and the new world emerging may not be worth surviving for. Dying may be the only option.

I hung on every word and was completely shocked by the direction this trilogy has taken. It is unpredictable, hair raising, adventurous, and philosophical as well as being a red hot romance. Who ever thought the end of the world would be so sexy? Who ever thought the world would end and humanity would be redefined?

BB Easton has my complete attention and my calculated anticipation. I cannot wait for Dying For Rain , the final book in the trilogy to release.

I can easily see this trilogy being made into a major motion picture! Well done BB Easton!

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About BB Easton

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BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write books about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about that.

Praying for Rain is BB’s first full-length work of fiction. The idea, fittingly, came to her in a dream.

If that sounds like the kind of person you want to go around being friends with, then by all means, feel free to drop her a line. You can find her procrastinating at all of the following places:

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Release Day Blitz + 5+-Star Review + Giveaway: Move the Stars by Jessica Hawkins

We are pleased to share the release of MOVE THE STARS, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series by Jessica Hawkins.

 

 

Lake
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.

Manning
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?

I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

 

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Tracey’s Review

Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh, OH, MY GOSH. I have been waiting for MOVE THE STARS, the final book in the Something In the Way series by author Jessica Hawkins for months. MONTHS. Sitting, waiting not so patiently, for Jessica to bring me back from the sob-fest that was the end of SOMEBODY ELSE’S SKY, I had plenty of time to ponder exactly how things would play out. I could not have even imagined what she had in store for Lake and Manning, and I am still in book hangover land.

This entire story gripped me from the first page of the first book, and Jessica did not disappoint with MOVE THE STARS. With truly no idea of what to expect, I was completely sucked into this third book, and could not put it down. With intensity, passion, and angst galore (it’s Jessica Hawkins, after all!), this was a book that I devoured. I mean, unstoppable. There was no way that I could not keep reading to find out the fate of this star-crossed pair.

MOVE THE STARS is one of those reads that made me both uncomfortable and over-the-moon happy, sometimes at the same time. There were times that I found myself wondering what in the world Jessica was thinking, that this was absolutely not the way that things were supposed to go down, but she brought everything together so beautifully, so masterfully, that any reservations were laid to rest, leaving me with a heart full of love for this exquisite story.

MOVE THE STARS is the perfect way to wrap up Lake’s and Manning’s story. It pushed my boundaries, swept me up, and carried me away, and I could not recommend it any more highly. It is 5+ gorgeous and emotional stars, and, along with the rest of the series, ranks in the top of my recommends for 2017.

 

 

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Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in the California desert and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

Learn more or get in touch at http://www.jessicahawkins.net

Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Delirious by M.S. Force- The Quantum Series – Book 6

Today we are celebrating the release of DELIRIOUS, an erotic romance title that is part of the Quantum series by M.S. Force. Check out the buy links and some teasers for the book below.

 

DELIRIOUS by M.S. Force

The 6th erotic romance title in the Quantum Series.


Book Blurb:

As one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, Kristian Bowen is on top of the world. With the Quantum team is fresh off a clean sweep of awards season and looking ahead to the premiere of their new film, Insidious, Kristian’s life is exactly how he likes it, complete with a stable of willing subs to tend to his every desire. Until he attends the wedding of his friend and business partner Flynn Godfrey and meets AileenGifford, the close friend of Flynn’s new wife, Natalie. Since meeting Aileen five months ago, Kristian’s carefully cultivated life has changed in ways he never could’ve expected. Now Aileen and her children are moving to Los Angeles, and he’s not sure whether to be excited or terrified about his powerful feelings for the single mom…

Aileen is coming off the worst year of her life, spent battling breast cancer while taking care of two young children. When Natalie, Flynn and their other friends encourage Aileen to move to LA and work for Quantum, she jumps at the chance to give her family a fresh start. And with her off-the-charts attraction to Flynn’s business partner in the mix, the idea of living in LA becomes that much sweeter. Until everyone shows up to welcome her and the kids to their new home in LA—except Kristian.

He can’t avoid her forever, and when these two finally see each other again, sparks fly between the single mom and the producer with a past he’s kept hidden from everyone who matters to him. When that past rears its ugly head, will he run away from the woman he loves or turn to her for comfort in the storm? And will she prevail in convincing him that he can be himself, in every possible way, with her?

Kristian and Aileen’s long-awaited story is full of heat, heart and humor, as well as appearances from all the Quantum characters readers love!

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Purchase Delirious now!

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Michel’s Review
Delirious by M.S. Force is the sixth book in the Quantum series.  Although many would say it could be read as a stand alone novel, I think the entire series should be read first because it gives the reader a better understanding and background the Quantum family dynamics, The Quantum club, and part of the Aileen’s journey to present day.
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Aileen is a breast cancer survivor.  She has spent the past year fighting for her life while trying to stay strong for her two children.  When she came to L.A. it was more than starting over, it was bringing her closer to the support system she needed in her family’s life.
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Aileen met Kristian at Natalie and Flynn’s wedding.  Although they hit it off neither of them were in the right head space to begin anything.  With Aileen moving to L.A. it brings her closer to Kristian.  Kristian has more secrets than his lifestyle at the Quantum club, his past has left demons that can’t be exorcised.  He has to confront those demons if he wants any kind of fulfilling relationship with Aileen.
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Aileen has spent the last year with her life out of her control.  Coming to L.A. is more than a new start, it’s taking the control back in her life.  That includes choosing a relationship with Kristian and accepting his lifestyle and haunted past.
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M.S. Force delivered more than the typical BDSM type romance.  She created two dynamic characters who both have lived through horrific events in life and learned how to survive.  She allowed them to reach for a better future with hope, peace, and love.
I think this is my favorite book in the series.

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CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE QUANTUM SERIES

The Quantum Series, written as M.S. Force, marks Marie’s first foray into erotic romance. In this series, she writes about celebrities working and playing in New York, Los Angeles and other locations around the world while pursing their passion for dominant sexual relationships. Join the principals of the Quantum production company as each of them meets their match in life and love!

Book 1: Virtous (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 2: Valorous (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 3: Victorious (Flynn & Natalie)

Book 4: Rapturous (Hayden & Addie)

Book 5: Ravenous (Jasper & Ellie)

Book 6: Delirious (Kristian & Aileen)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

About the Author

M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. All three books in her initial Quantum Trilogy were New York Times bestsellers in 2015, and the Quantum Trilogy became the Quantum Series with Rapturous and Ravenous, with more to come!

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Twitter @marieforce and on Facebook. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com. Subscribe to her new blog to hear the latest and greatest news, including giveaways and other great prizes. Go to the blog and enter your email address on the upper right-hand side.

 

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

Hello Forever

A LGBT  Romance

By Sarina Bowen

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Synopsis

A basketball game changed both their lives.

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.

Hello Forever was previously published as It’s Never Over. This is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan.

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Michel’s Review

Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen is more than a LGBT romance, it’s a story of acceptance, self discovery, and steadfast love in a world that is less than perfect but more accepting.  It’s a story of two exceptional human beings finding “the one” who completes their souls.  It’s not about social issues or political issues, it’s purely about love.

Axel and Caxton met at church youth retreat when they were young boys.  They became best friends through the years until their teenage hormones kicked in.  They are both discovering that their long abiding friendship is turning into sexual desire for one another.  Giving into those desires seems like the most natural thing to do next in their relationship until they are caught by one of the church pastors.  From that point on their friendship is torn apart and both boys move on in separate directions in life.

Years later their paths cross once again in a different state.  Both have become independent adults working towards their individual careers.  Axel is openly gay and trying to figure out how he fits into his new environment.  Caxton is hiding his sexuality for many valid reasons.  The one thing that hasn’t changed is their connection to one another and their desire for each other.  They are now adults who can choose their own destinies in life.  The problem is that life isn’t always black and white, nothing is ever easy.

Once again Sarina Bowen’s characters came to life on the pages.  I felt their emotions and sympathized with their trials and tribulations.  I was mesmerized by pure simplicity of their love for one another.  At the end of the day that is all that matters in life.  Love is what matters most.

I would highly recommend reading Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen!

 

 

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  Author Bio:

Sarina BowenSarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Year We Fell Down, Book #1 in The Ivy Years series, began breaking hearts in March 2014. Book #2, The Year We Hid Away, is brand new.

For Harlequin-E, Sarina writes the Gravity series. Coming in From the Cold features an angsty downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston – Panic Series – Book 2

Make Me Stay

Panic Series – Book 2

By Sidney Halston

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Synopsis

Secret identities, second chances, drama, desire: It’s all going down in Miami Beach in this tantalizing novel from the bestselling author of Pull Me Close, which was hailed by Aurora Rose Reynolds as “a heart-gripping story about . . . the power of love.”

April: Walking away from Matt Moreno was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Lying to him was a close second, but for his safety, I had no other choice. I was undercover, working to put some nasty people behind bars. But when Matt nearly recognizes me on Lincoln Road a year later, all those very real feelings come rushing back. Now that my assignment’s almost over, will he understand why I lied? Why I had to leave? Most important, can he ever forgive me?

Matt: I was madly in love with June Simpson . . . or, at least, with the woman I thought was June. Then she just disappeared while my family’s nightclub went through hell. And after months of searching, when I think I’ve finally found that sexy, raspy voice and those exquisite blue eyes, she slips away once more. Turns out, “June” is actually Detective April White. She’s been playing me the whole time. And she’s about to rock my world all over again.

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Michel’s Review

Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston is the second book in the Panic series and the twin brother, Matt Moreno’s story.  It can be read as a stand alone but I would highly recommend reading it after the first book, Pull Me Close.

Matt’s story takes place before his father was arrested which was before Nick’s story (Pull Me Close) and after the repercussions of his father’s crimes and near destruction of their family nightclub Panic.  Pull Me Close takes place in between these two timeframes.

On the surface Matt has always appeared to be the happy go lucky twin.  His easy going attitude is a deceptive armor for the complex man beneath the surface. In the beginning he’s juggling two full time careers.  He’s a successful attorney and has made partner in his firm in Fort Lauderdale.  From Thursday to Sunday he’s a successful businessman helping to manage the iconic family nightclub, Panic in Miami Beach. He’s trying to help his brother with the heavy burdens that come with running an iconic night club in the rapidly changing industry in Miami Beach while trying to change their father’s archaic business practices.  He barely has time for himself let alone relationships.  He’s known to enjoy the rewards that come with being a successful club owner. He’s known to imbibe in a little recreational cocaine and enjoy the easy pickings of ladies, His easy going mannerisms make it hard for his brother and father to take his presence in the club seriously. After their father is arrested for drug trafficking everything in his life changes.  He’s pulling his weight and trying very hard to take some of the responsibilities off of his brother’s back.  Nick is having a hard time letting go of the responsibilities especially after their father has been convicted and the club’s reputation is shattered.  Their business is on a downward decline, they are on every law enforcement agencies radar, and he lost his position with the firm he worked for. What makes his situation worse is the one woman he fell hopelessly in love with is the same woman who not only left him heartbroken but destroyed his family and career.  June Simpson stole his heart and disappeared from his life.  June Simpson is not the woman he thought her to be.  She’s the undercover cop that brought his father down, caused him to be arrested, destroyed his career, and shattered his soul. June Simpson is Detective April White and she has returned to Miami to testify in several trials of the drug trafficking ring.

April White’s return to Miami is anything but a happy homecoming.  Facing Matt Moreno is devastating because she really loved him with all her heart. When she’s brutally attacked by one of the criminals, she loses all of her memories.  She’s left in Miami alone and dependent on Matt Moreno to take care of her until she can function on her own.  She senses that Matt is more than an old friend from her past, she senses animosity beneath the surface.

Matt is forced to take care of the woman who ruined his life.  It’s hard to forgive and forget but it is also hard not to love her.  Now he has to decide what is more important in his life, love and happiness or his family legacy.

Sidney Landon added so many new layers and elements to the Panic series.  She not only gave her readers a phenomenal romance, she also gave the readers a better understanding of the first book in the series.  The Moreno brothers both had to tackle very complex issues within their family as well as their personal lives.  Their relationship with each other was as close as expected of twins but also strained because of the club.  This book put them on equal grounds and made them both better men.  It also gave the club more life.  Readers were introduced to the people that are making Panic more than a popular nightclub but a close knit kind of family. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the sultry nights in Miami at the Panic Club.

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Pull Me Close

Panic Series – Book 1

By Sidney Halston

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Synopsis

Welcome to Panic, a sultry Miami nightclub where bodies and hearts move to a beat that doesn’t stop at sunrise—the setting for “a magnificent story full of deep emotion” (Sawyer Bennett).

Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.

Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.

Michel’s Review

Wow! Sidney Landon has taken readers on a new adventure in the sizzling hot new Panic series.  She takes her readers to Miami Beach and the sinful, sultry Panic Nightclub, where decadence is the norm.

Nick Moreno is stressed out to the max after his father was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking.  Their family nightclub, Panic has been “the club” to go to in Miami since the eighties.  After his father’s arrest the club is struggling to stay afloat.  They are on the every law enforcement agencies radar and it’s imperative for the club to stay clean.  That means keeping out the drugs, the hookers, and every other kind of criminal element that enters the club.  To top it off, his twin brother, Matt is off the rails with his drinking, womanizing, and lackluster management. He’s become a control freak and the last thing he needs is trouble entering his club.  When a drugged up woman passes out in his club and he’s forced to take her home and babysit, he’s beyond pissed.  Strangely enough it’s also the first moment of peace he’s had in months.  This odd woman claims she’s not a druggy but her actions say differently until he gets to know her.

Katherine suffers from extreme anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and severe PTSD. Every moment of her life is a struggle.  Every moment leads to more depression and loneliness. She’s trapped in a bubble she cannot burst no matter how hard she tries.  When she takes one step forward it forces her three steps backward.  When she met Nick Moreno at one her lowest moments it made her brutally aware of how bad her life had become.  When Nick offers her friendship she’s even more desperate to become a somewhat normal person.  Her life isn’t easy to overcome and she may never overcome it all completely but it’s worth every effort.  She deserves friendship, companionship, and love.  She has so much to give of herself if only she can find the way out of her self inflicted prison.

Katie and Nick have found something special and worth hanging onto.  It’s going to take a lot of work and nothing may ever be perfect for them but it’s worth the effort. They give each other peace in a world where peacefulness is hard to find. In the end they both find out that even though life isn’t perfect their love is the glue that keeps them together.They learn that they can’t always control life but together they can get through it’s ups and downs.

Sidney Landon floored me with this book.  She didn’t hold back and delivered a vivid picture of mental disorders and how they not only affect the person suffering but those who love them.

I highly recommend reading Pull Me Close by Sidney Landon. It’s an unforgettable and emotional reading experience.

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Sidney Halston

USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike, and that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second.

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Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway + 5+-Star Review: The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

 

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…THE KNOCKED UP PLAN! A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done. What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments.

 

Now available on all retailers! Get your copy delivered now!

 

✮✮✮ THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.

Right?

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There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I’ve got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, playful jokes and a hot, swoon worthy hero you will fall madly in love with. One-click now for pure reading enjoyment!

 

Excerpt:

“How does it work?” I ask. “The whole donation process.”

She stabs a carrot slice, chews, and swallows. “Well, there’s this thing guys do when they’re horny. It’s called”—she glances furtively from side to side—“jacking off.”

“I’m well aware of how the protein shake is made. What I mean is, are we talking about one of those little rooms you go into?” I ask, since what man doesn’t have an image of a jerk-off chamber? “With magazines or porn or whatnot?”

“Yes, they schedule the donors for forty-minute sessions in them.”

“I’m more efficient than that, but that’s good to know.” I take another bite and chew. I set down the burger. “So, a nurse or orderly would escort me to a special room, and then I’d need to drop my
drawers and whack off. Into a cup, right?”

“A plastic sample cup. With a top,” she says, and I’m kind of amazed that she’s answering every question like a champ. No blushing, no stammering.

“What do they provide for entertainment? Laptops? Computers? Or is it old school with Playboy?”

“They provide pornographic material in printed form as well as video on a TV screen.”

“Awesome. So I just choke the chicken in a room with a ton of other dudes going at it in their own rooms, too. Hand a cup to the nurse. She seals up the goods. Then, what’s next?”

“They do tests on your swimmers.”

“They’ll pass. Then you come in, maybe the same day, maybe a few days later?”

“Same day. We’d have to time everything to my cycle and when I’m ovulating.”

“Fine, so they undress you, prop you up on an exam table, and stick a turkey baster into you?”

“You paint a lovely picture of the process.”

I hold up a hand, waving her off. “Wait. I’m not done. You’re in nothing but a hospital gown. The doc tells you to put your cute little feet in stirrups, and they stick that baster up inside what I am sure
is an absolutely gorgeous and heavenly home,” I say, because if she can complement my tadpoles, I can say something nice about the paradise between her legs. She mouths a thank you. “After the boys
make the upstream trip, they send you home.” I mime patting her on the rear and then sending her out the door.

“I think you’ve got the basic idea.”

“And after that?”

“That’s all,” she says. “That’s all I’d want you to do. I don’t expect or want any involvement. I’d have all the paperwork drawn up in advance saying there are no legal rights, responsibilities, or expectations of parenting, and no financial commitments required.”

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but that’s the clincher for me—the lack of involvement. If I’m ever going to raise a child, I’m damn well going to do it right. The whole nine yards, two parents, just like my mom and dad raised my brother, my sister, and me.

Nicole isn’t asking me to sign up for daddy duty, though. She doesn’t want me to help with diaper detail or midnight feedings.

She’s a friend asking for the help she needs so she can then do those things on her own.

And helping a friend seems like something I should consider.

Fine, she’s asking for a hell of a lot more than a dude to put together an IKEA TV stand, and those things are beyond Da Vinci Code-level cryptic. I’d like to see Robert Langdon decipher some IKEA assembly instructions. Good luck with that, Harvard symbologist.

I like Nicole. I respect the dickens out of this woman. I want to take her request as seriously as she’s asking it. “Can I have a few days to think about it?”

“Of course. Take all the time you need,” she says, then glances at an imaginary watch on her wrist. “It’s only my biological clock ticking.”

 

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Tracey’s Review

What’s the modern woman to do when she’s reached a certain age, that old clock (yes, you know the one that I mean) is ticking, and there’s nary a serious romantic prospect in sight? If you’re Nicole Powers, you take matters into your own hands and get busy planning this baby-making thing.

I’ve gotten used to Lauren Blakely knocking my socks off with her romantic comedies. Each one owns me just a little bit more, and choosing favorites is like picking one child over another; you just can’t do it. THE KNOCKED UP PLAN literally stole my heart and was quickly added to the list of Books That I’m Soooo Very Happy To Have Read.

Let’s talk about Ryder Lockhart for a minute. From the very first, his wit, his charm, and his approachability made him MOYD (Man of Your Dreams) material. All of these attributes, plus the fact that the gods of genetics have amply blessed him, make him the perfect choice for Nicole’s plan to enter the ranks of mommyhood, and placed him squarely among the ranks of favorite book boyfriends ever.

“What I’m trying to say is that I want to have a baby. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time now, and I’m ready to become a mom. A single mom…Would you help me?”
Ryder freezes…
“I looked into adoption, and while I think it’s amazing, I want to try first to have my own, so I’ve been looking into sperm banks.”
He smiles, and that’s another feature I can add to the list. The man has a great smile. It’s warm and exhilarating at the same time.
“Some women are checking out Plenty of Fish. You’re checking out plenty of tadpoles,” he says, then makes a keep-talking gesture with his free hand.
“Let me tell you all about sperm banks.”

I mean, a cup of sugar, being a plus-one at a social event, sure, but being asked to give the gift that keeps on giving, well, that’s something else, and not many guys would be down for it. Ryder, though, is not most guys, and has a wonderful, if somewhat battered, heart beating beneath those cover model looks. Helping out a friend in need is something that he’s happy to do. Nicole really couldn’t have made a better choice, and so it begins…

In THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, Lauren Blakely, with her mystical wordsmithing, has given readers even more characters to fall in love with, a seriously lovely twist on the subject matter, and had me alternately laughing, ‘awwing,’ swooning, and fanning myself (because, come on, y’all, it’s LB, and there will always be those moments!). Nicole and Ryder are not only cute together, they respect each other and they genuinely care about each other, and watching the changes in both of them as their relationship evolves is both heartwarming and sexy.

Lauren’s books are always some of my favorites, and THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is no exception. It’s riding high atop my 2017 Favorites, and the 5+ sweet, sexy, and swoony stars make it one that I’d recommend to rom-com lovers everywhere. You need to grab this one up, guys, because it goes down like the sweetest treat. Enjoy.

 

“A refreshing take on the baby trope, The Knocked Up Plan is as sweet as it is naughty. Blakely not only balloons Nicole and Ryder’s incredibly powerful chemistry to new heights with their steamy love scenes, but she also infuses sweet emotion into every single one of their interactions.”

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In June she’ll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

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New Release + Excerpt + 5 Star Review: Anti Stepbrother by Tijan

 

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anti stepbrother now available

 

 

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell in love with the anti-stepbrother instead?

Anti-Stepbrother

By Tijan

Release Date: August 22, 2016

Buy: Amazon  / B & N / IBooks / Kobo

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Synopsis

He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

 

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Excerpt

He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.

I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.

I wanted to help him.

Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.

“What happened?”

Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”

“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”

“Why do you have to know?”

“Because it’s hurting you.”

I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.

The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.

“What are you doing?”

He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.

I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”

“Why are you pushing this?”

I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.

“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. “Please tell me.”

“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.

I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say

“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”

I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”

And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.

“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.

I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”

“And now?”

“Still not thinking it through.”

“You’re okay with that?”

In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.

I didn’t answer.

I closed the distance between us.

 

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5Star+

Michel’s Review

Summer was looking forward to her first year at North River University.  Not only was it the beginning of her higher education , she was finally going to be with the guy she loved, her stepbrother Kevin Matthews.

Her first day at NRU did not go as expected.  Her first year at NRU was nothing like the plan she had mapped out.  Her higher education was more than academics.  It was a learning experience about “real” life.

All freshman are required to take core classes before beginning their field of study.  One of those classes is Statistics.  Statistics can be a difficult class on it’s own merit but add the statistics of life into the mix and it becomes downright brutal.  Summer began with this problem… What are the chances of Summer surviving freshman year?  Can you figure out this problem ?

One stepsister + One Stepbrother

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One naive freshman

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Three Brothers

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Six Girls

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One Wild Fraternity

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Two Best Friends

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Two Ex Girlfriends

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Countless Scorned Girls

One cheating jerk

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Two dysfunctional families

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Campus Life

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The Answer: Read The Book

I could not put this book down.  The twist and turns, the dynamic characters, and college drama kept me glued to the pages.  This book was not only a book with a romance, it was a book about life.  I loved it and would highly recommend this book!

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tijan bio I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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