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    Sunday, 30 April 2017

    Review: The Bandit

    The Bandit The Bandit by B.B. Reid
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I fell in love with B.B. Reid's writing when I started her Broken Love series and decided that there was no finer bully (and I mean F-I-N-E) than Keiran. I've got to say that although Angel was a different breed of bully, he gave Keiran a run for his money and I loved him just the same.

    Mian was a 19-year old single mother who got kicked out by her God-fearing aunt and uncle when she got knocked up after being raped. She was on her last days of food and had no means with which to support herself when she turned to her daddy, who just happened to be in prison for murdering his best friend. He reluctantly sent her to the house where his last "job" would have taken place. He neglected to mention it was the house of the man whose father he killed. This was the impetus for the entire story and oh what a twisted story it was.

    I loved the plot. Even though I got lost and confused sometimes trying to understand the whole "knight" and "bandit" thing, it was no less intriguing. I was dying to figure things out and kept being disappointed that I wasn't several steps ahead. The author truly kept me in suspense!

    I floved Angel. I really couldn't get enough of this man. He was obsessive, possessive, sadistic, messed up, devious, manipulative, freaking sexy AF, etc. He was who drove this story in my humble opinion. As much as this was about Mian, it was Angel's character that encouraged me to continue reading and to end up loving this book.

    Shoot me now... but... I didn't like Mian. Nope. No. I really, really didn't. I didn't hate the girl, but... if she were to bow out of the story for some reason, I'd only miss her for Angel's sake. Call me crazy, but I didn't like the way she treated him. I felt she handled things with a lack of maturity. She was the same spoiled little itchbay that I saw in all of those flashbacks. She had no redeeming moments or qualities. There wasn't a time when I thought "Ah ha! What a wonderful human being she is!" Didn't happen. Ever. I hated her games. I hated her lack of logic. I hated her missing reasoning skills. I hated her lack of humanity. She loves him, she hates him, she loves him, she hurts him, she loves him, she tries to kill him... I hated much but I didn't hate her. Yet. I'm holding out hope that she stops doing this stupid ish in Book 2. I'm crossing my fingers and my toes. Because the fact that she refuses to see things from his perspective at all is pissing me off!

    Release Date: October 29, 2016
    Genre: Dark Romance
    POV: Dual - 1st person
    Steam: 4 out of 5
    Book Type: Book 1 of The Stolen Duet


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    Saturday, 29 April 2017

    Review: Distraction

    Distraction Distraction by Emily Snow
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Covergasm!! That is one gorgeous specimen of a man and he got me in the right mind set to read all about Mateo Bailon!!

    I was already intrigued by uber-sensual Mateo when I met him in Friction and I was beyond excited to find out that he was getting his very own story. He and Jamila (Jamie) lit up the pages with their chemistry and I couldn't get enough of them. This story was full of so much tension and I didn't even realize how tense I was until I finished reading and drew my first deep breath.

    Jamie knows what she wants: love, marriage, babies, and the white picket fence to go along with them. That was not the life Mateo was after. He was offering a distraction, a little fun for her and a way to forget his past. Jamie was his greatest distraction yet.

    I loved these characters. They were genuinely good people who fell for each other pretty quickly (as evidenced in the previous book), even if they constantly tried to fight their feelings. I only wish more time was spent on Mateo's pain. It obviously left a huge impact on him and gave definition to the man he became, but the way it was relayed failed to give his character the depth I expected. I had also hoped for more towards the end. Everything gets wrapped up with a neat little bow, but without getting to witness any of it, it didn't seem believable.

    Overall I enjoyed this story and found it entertaining and I would recommend it anyone who is looking for a story chock full of sexual tension and emotional angst.

    Release Date: April 22, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    POV: Dual - 1st person
    Steam: 4 out of 5
    Book Type: Standalone with crossover characters from Friction


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    Friday, 28 April 2017

    Blog Tour: ARRANGED by Lexi Blake

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    Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali’s sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash’s usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can’t stop thinking about her.

    Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali’s most respected families. The Oxford-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn’t mean they have to fall in love.

    Cover Reveal: KINGDOM by A.M. Johnson

     
    Kingdom (Avenues Ink Series #2) by A.M. Johnson
    Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
    Cover Design: Mary Ruth - The Reading Ruth
    Cover Model: Steve Gehrke
    Release Date: May 25, 2017

    Synopsis

    Kelly Kavanagh was Liam’s happily ever after, his loyal princess. A lifeline to something better than any high school dropout could ever hope for…until the day she left to pursue a dream that didn’t include him and slowly his kingdom crumbled to the ground.

    Liam O’Connell was the sun to Kelly’s everlasting moon, her painted prince. A strong and devoted soul to fight the war she was slowly losing against herself…until his promises had become lies and her dream was the only way she would ever survive.

    MISTER WONDER FULL by Maggie Marr

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    I lost the one woman I loved. After her death, I dedicated my life to giving women pleasure and making them feel adored. I thought I could never love again.

    Until Tara.

    THE BOHEMIAN AND THE BUSINESSMAN by Katy Regnery

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    Cover Reveal: ALL ABOUT THE D by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

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    All About the D by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam is refreshing, surprising and completely sexy! #OneClick now while it's only 99c! ➤➤➤ http://amzn.to/2oMqXrs

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    Blurb:
    A sexy new romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Lex Martin and bestselling author Leslie McAdam…

    I'm known for being formal. Meticulous. Professional.

    So you’d never suspect I spend my nights photographing my impressive junk for a NSFW blog. Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not bragging. I have millions of followers who’ll tell you they live for my posts.

    I’m like a superhero, saving humanity one dick pic at a time.

    Cover Reveal: MISTAKEN IDENTITY by M.C. Jackson

    Cover Design: Indie Sage
    Release Date: May 16, 2017

    Synopsis

    The last time I saw my sister was the day before she vanished from my life. I’ve spent the last five years searching for her, clinging to the hope that one day I will find out what happened to her, but every lead has ended up at a dead end.

    Until now.

    He took me because he thinks I’m Her.

    Review: Arranged

    Arranged Arranged by Lexi Blake
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I got a taste for Lexi Blake's writing with For His Eyes Only and couldn't pass up the opportunity to read from her again. ARRANGED was an absolute pleasure to devour. It's about the arranged marriage between Loa Mali's King Kash and his one-time sweetheart, Day. For the past five years Kash has been living the life of an infamous playboy. Paparazzi, threesomes, hookers, and sex tapes were his new norm. Until his sovereignty was threatened and he was forced to wed the straight-laced Day. He soon discovered that his new wife was much more than she seemed.

    I really liked the way the BDSM world was worked into this story. I especially appreciated how the author explained and illustrated that being a submissive wasn't a form of weakness and that there weren't set gender rules for it. I think it was handled with care and I love the sweet twist it gave to this story. The plot and the characters were interesting and entertaining and I would recommend this read to anyone who enjoys some suspense with their erotica.

    Release Date: April 25, 2017
    Genre: Erotic Romance
    POV: Dual - 3rd person
    Steam: 3.5 out of 5
    Book Type: Standalone novella - Book 13.5 of the Masters and Mercenaries series


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    Thursday, 27 April 2017

    PREPPY, PART THREE: THE LIFE & DEATH OF SAMUEL CLEARWATER by T.M. Frazier

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    Preppy, Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier is available now!!!

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    Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

    Release Date: April 26th, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary Romance


    The bowtie is BACK!
    Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.
    What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.
    Preppy's to-do list?
    SAVE FAMILY. SEEK REVENGE.
    He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.
    Preppy Part Three is the third book and conclusion of Preppy and Dre's story. It's also the 7th book in the King Series, which should be read in order starting with KING & TYRANT.

    SERENITY by Janet Nissenson

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    Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation.
    Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again.

    MERCY & MAYHEM by Lindsay Cross

    Mercy & Mayhem (Operation Mayhem #1) by Lindsay Cross
    Cover Design: Kari March Designs
    Release Date: April 27 2017

    Synopsis

    He wanted nothing but revenge…until her.

    Mack Grey wants one thing in his life: vengeance for the ex-CIA operative who betrayed his team, Jack Mankel. And he’s finally got the traitor within grasp, all he has to do is catch a hop across the Congo and capture his enemy.

    He had no idea the depths to which Mankel’s evil could reach.

    She never thought she could love again…until him.

    All single-mother air force pilot Marley Mitchell has to do is fly a group of special operators across Africa for a HALO jump and then she can be back home with her baby girl. Then the unexpected happens. Her plane crashes and Marley has to rely on an insanely hot commander to get her out of the jungle alive.

    Deep in the jungle, Mack gives her his heart and soul. He’s willing to lay down his life to protect hers.

    But Marley has a secret.

    A secret that could destroy not only their hope for happiness, but Mack’s entire team.

    With Mankel closing in and guerilla soldiers on the prowl, their sensual attraction is put to the ultimate test in an action-packed thrill ride of passion so hot it threatens to burn them alive.

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    About the Author

    Lindsay Cross is the award-winning author of the Men of Mercy series. She is the fun loving mom of two beautiful daughters and one precocious Great Dane. Lindsay is happily married to the man of her dreams - a soldier and veteran. During one of her husband's deployments from home, writing became her escape and motivation.

    An avid reader since childhood, reading and writing is in her blood. After years of reading, she discovered her true passion - writing. Her alpha military men are damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and determined to win the heart of the woman of their dreams.


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    SAY YOU'LL BE MINE by Maria Luis

    Say You’ll Be Mine

    by Maria Luis
    A Nola Heart Novel
    Publication Date: April 27, 2017
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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    Falling in love with your ex should never feel this good ...
    Twelve years, three cities, and too many pairs of stilettos later, Shaelyn Lawrence is back in the one place she vowed never to return: New Orleans.
    Thankfully, her hometown stint is temporary. Better yet, she has a plan guaranteed to get her out ASAP:
    • Return her aging-but-still-crazy grandmother back to health;
    • Help her cousin with her boutique;
    • Evade Brady Taylor, her high school sweetheart, a.k.a the reason she fled Louisiana in the first place.

    Cover Reveal: FINDING HEART by Tiffani Lynn

    Finding Heart

    A Colorado Veterans Novel
    by Tiffani Lynn
    Publication Date: June 7, 2017
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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    Marina Rossi is a tornado of personal chaos, always stumbling into trouble no matter how hard she tries not to. After being scarred by her family and placed into foster care as a teenager, she finds solace with Jasen until he’s moved to a new home. Because of all she’s endured, her biggest fear is being alone and her only goal in life is to create a loving family.

    BROKEN DREAMS by Callie Anderson


    Cover Design: Sarah Hansen / Okay Creations
    Photo Credit: Franggy Yanez Photography
    Release Date: April 27, 2017

    Synopsis


    Ethan is the boy who climbed into my bedroom every night.

    He's everything I love.
    Laced with everything I despise.

    He's every happy memory.
    And every shattered dream.

    He's my everything.
    But he broke every part of me.

    I'm supposed to hate him.
    But I can't.
    I don't know how.

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    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: May 30, 2017

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    It began as a ruse.

    Take a girlfriend. Divert the press from the fucked up mess that’s my family until my father is re-elected. Stage a public breakup. Move on.

    Only that brilliant plan went straight south the moment I set eyes on Willow Blackwell.

    I found her.

    My center. My future. A soulmate with the will of a mule and the mouth of a harpy.

    I now want things I never wanted before. Permanent kinds of things.

    Review: Serenity

    Serenity Serenity by Janet Nissenson
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Matthew and Sasha meet at Ian and Tessa's wedding. They both share a visceral reaction to one another, an attraction that hits you right in the gut. Too bad Matthew is there with his wife. It is soon revealed that his wife has been and continues to be unfaithful, while in his heart he knows that his marriage has been over for a long time. An unexpected event serves as the catalyst to the dissolution of the marriage.

    I enjoyed the way the author moved us through the lives of her characters. The impending divorce and Matthew's contentious soon-to-be-ex gave this story its much needed angst and drama. This book lauded Sash as a woman of perfection, virtually on the path to be elevated to sainthood, while Matthew's wife was painted as a deceitful, manipulative, and whoring itchbay. Harsh. But true. The ex's actions weren't doing her any favors and I couldn't find an ounce of sympathy for her circumstance.

    Although I wasn't a huge fan of Sash, I adored Matthew. He was a computer gee and a bit awkward, but he was also kind, considerate, generous, loyal, thoughtful, and a truly amazing father. I honestly cannot praise his character enough. He really was amazing. I loved that the author didn't create him to be perfect. He wasn't the perfect lover, the perfect lover, or the perfect man. But it was his slight imperfections that made him stand out. It was his humbleness despite his riches (dude's a billionaire) that made him special.

    I've been a huge fan of Janet Nissenson's Inevitable series and despite the fact that this one wasn't as sensual or sexy or physical, it did spark a good note within me because it still hinged on the profound feelings of its characters, good and bad. If you're looking for a sweet, almost saccharine, romantic read, then Matthew and Sasha's story may just be the book for you!

    Release Date: April 27, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    POV: Multiple - 3rd person
    Steam: 3.5 out of 5
    Book Type: Standalone - Book 5 of the inevitable series with crossover characters


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    Wednesday, 26 April 2017

    Review: Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three

    Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three by T.M. Frazier
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I've currently got this song in my head: Boyz II Men - It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

    I'm finding it extremely difficult to write this review. I'm finding it hard to let these people go. I guess the same can be said whenever an epic saga reaches its end because no one wants to say goodbye to their most beloved characters. And this isn't just a farewell to Preppy, although that one cuts real deep, but it's sayonara to King, Bear, Ray, Thia and Dre too. The only thing that is keeping me from the depths of despair is the little ray of hope that TM Frazier gave at the end of this book, making me believe that this goodbye isn't forever. It's more of a "see you later".

    My Fave Quotes:
    "Passionate. Relentless. Rough. Frenzied. We were all of that and more. So much more." - Dre about her and Preppy

    "I was a boy when we met, someone who avoided and ran from everything in his life he didn't want to deal with. In some ways I'm never going to grow up, but you made me want to be more. For you. For Bo. Now I'm a man who knows it's time to stop running away and start running toward and I'm choosing to run to you, Doc. Forever." Preppy to Dre

    "He defended me when no one else would. He protected me when I couldn't protect myself. He became family when I didn't have one." Preppy describing King

    I'm not sure how to properly form a review right now. My emotions are still running pretty high. So I'm just going to speak to the guys who stole my heart.

    To King: Thank you for being so scary and sexy at the same time. You taught me the true beauty of your dysfunction. I loved watching you grow into the man you are today and being an invested observer to your hard-won happy ever after with your one and only love, Doe. I firmly believe that you are the glue that holds everything and everyone together and that there is no greater friend, ally or love greater than you. I love you so much!!

    To Bear: Thank you for letting me fall in love with you within the first book. Thanks for letting me see all of your pain and allowing me to bear witness to your every triumph. Like your friends, your existence was never easy. Your dad, Chop, was evil incarnate. Thank you for being nothing like him. You and Thia deserve every bit of the happiness and blessings you've reaped and that are still in store for you. Thank you for all of the inappropriate moments. Thanks for refusing to wear shirts. No need to cover up all of that hotness *wink*. Most of all, thank you so much for being you.

    To Preppy: I don't know why this is so hard. Maybe it's because your story was the last and remains the freshest. Thank you so very much for the insanity that is you. Your beginnings were horrific and broke my heart and a part of me wishes your stepdad were still alive so you could give him the Preppy special. Dude, you made so many freaking mistakes along the way, but I always admired the way you owned them. Thank you for making bow ties sexy. I will never look at bow ties the same way again. Thank you for staying true to you. I know you've changed, you've grown up, you're a husband and a dad now, but fundamentally you are still the same. Just as loyal. Just as honorable. Just as crazy. You're you and I love you! When you died, I was broken. I was still dedicated to your family (got those books on my shelves, of course), but we all knew something was missing. The huge hole you left was glaringly obvious. When you came back, I bawled my eyes out while my heart sang. Your creator sure knows how to wring out every emotion from me, especially when it comes to you. Thank you for being such an awesome character. That's right, I'm in awe of you. You're crass, raunchy, rude, obnoxious, inappropriate and just plain wrong. However, I wouldn't want you any other way because for every negative quality, you've got a positive one that outweighs it by far. What I've always loved most about you was your huge heart. You've got more reason than most to refuse to open it up, but your capacity to love is unparalleled. From the way you and King became thick as thieves; then Bear rounded out your trio; how you welcomed Mama Grace and treated her like the mom you always deserved; you even took Doe under your wing despite the circumstances; and the list goes on. The most obvious proof is how and who you are with your family. Your love is absolute and unconditional. I love how you love them all, especially Dre and Bo. I love what you're willing to do for those you love. You're a man who, on the surface, seems to embody all that is wrong with your trousers and you dress shirts and your suspenders and your bow ties and especially with those tattoos that go all the way to the sides of your head... but you, King and Bear are all perfect in your imperfections. I'm going to miss your wit, your jokes, your wild hairs, your incredible stories, your everything. I really hope it doesn't take your creator too long to bring y'all back to life. In the meantime, y'all continue to take care of each other.

    To the entire cast and crew of the King series... until we meet again... Because Pancakes!!

    My previous reviews:
    Preppy, Part 1
    Preppy, Part 2

    Release Date: April 26, 2017
    Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
    POV: Dual - 1st person
    Steam: 4 out of 5
    Book Type: Book 7 of the King series


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    Pre-order Blast: JOY RIDE by Lauren Blakely


    From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a steamy new standalone rivals-to-lovers romance…

    JOY RIDE!

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    Let's be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood...for the best joy ride of your life.

    PREPPY, PART THREE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SAMUEL CLEARWATER by T.M. Frazier

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    Preppy, Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier is now LIVE!!!

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    Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

    Release Date: April 26th, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary Romance


    The bowtie is BACK!
    Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.
    What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.
    Preppy's to-do list?
    SAVE FAMILY. SEEK REVENGE.
    He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.

    A LOVE FOR ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY

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    Do you have a love for romance stories? Included in this anthology are stories that will have you intrigued; make you swoon; all the while warming your heart.

    Fifteen SBR Media authors present to you: A Love for Romance.