Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review: My Skylar

My Skylar My Skylar by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 I Lost A Nights Sleep Reading This... and It Was SO Worth It Stars!

After everything I've read this year, this book will be sticking with me a LONG time afterward. I just knew it wouldn't be a book I could easily put down - and was I right! I didn't even mind losing a night sleep to get this read. Every single frustrating, wanting to knock skulls together moments just fueled my desire to see the end product. And I'm happy with the results.

I can't say much, or else I'm giving away the plot & I hate it when people do that! But if you come across this book - GET IT! Skylar and Mitch are worth the never-ending roll-a-coaster ride you will be on during the reading of this book. And when I say never-ending, it is just that. YOU will most definitely:

SHOUT
SCREAM
PULL YOUR HAIR OUT
THROW YOUR BOOK/E-READER DOWN
WANT TO KILL/MAME...

but in the end, you will love having gone through the gauntlet of emotions that this book is sure to bring out of you. And what's more -you'll be begging for more. Or maybe that's just me *wink*

Another satisfying read. And Penelope Ward book that I'm forever hooked on. Definitely on my TBR list for LIFE!

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: Dirtiest Secret

Dirtiest Secret Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 OMG What Now? Stars!!!

***received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Dallas Sykes! Ladies, he did not disappoint. Rugged, handsome, wolfish, suedo-manwhore. He was EVERYTHING and more! I had to sleep last night after I finished this book, so I could gather my thoughts about this book, but I'm still reeling! He was that good - so worthy of being apart of the Stark Series.

Abandon by his birth parents, raised by his uncle and aunt (they later adopted him) - Dallas never wanted for anything. Except the one thing he could have - Jane. These two are not only star-crossed, but a sick twist of fate has made them family. How cruel!

An tragic incident in their past not only drew them "together", but is also now tearing them apart - Jane & Dallas have lost touch. And while Jane has masked her pain/anguish with a failed marriage, Dallas sleeps with random women and is known as "The King of F**k". But neither are happy in their roles now, still drawn together, but never being "together".

I felt for them. I shouted with them. I roared with them at the unfairness of it all! There has to be some way they can be together - THERE JUST HAS TO BE!!! Dallas & Jane need a break here - and boy, did they get one ... or was it two or three? *wink*

I have my theories on what happened in the past, and I imagine those details will be divulged in the 2 books to come in this new S.I.N. series, but what lasting effects will it have on Dallas and Jane? Will it bring them closer? Or tear them further apart?

I cannot WAIT for Hottest Mess. I need more Dallas. And I desperately need more answers!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: His to Love

His to Love His to Love by Stacey Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Final Score - 4.5 How Could She EVER Forgive Him Stars?

***received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***


I'm still reeling here and I literally just put the book down to jump here & write this review!

Gabriella. Blue. Mafia princess. Innocent. She knows what her father is, but he's FAMILY - and family sticks together, no matter what!

Tyson. Blackbird. FBI agent. Liar. He knows the man who killed his father needs to be brought down, but at what cost?

From the very beginning I knew this would end badly. And while I get why Tyson needed to bring Jimmy down, the price... wasn't worth it to me IMO. It was immoral, unconscionable, and just down-right WRONG what he did & how he went about it. I would NEVER be able to forgive him, even if I loved him since forever. And that's the thing that doesn't sit well with me - Blue basically in the end kind of said "It's okay you lied me, just so long as you don't do it again". Uh, what? No! HELL NO!

I feel like she should have stressed how while she still loves - because she does - this would always be a sore spot between them and something that she would never be able to move past. No matter how much she hated her father, or the fact that they weren't close - Tyson betrayed her in the worse way imaginable - even more so than her own father - and it felt to me like it got swept under the rug. I just don't believe that... can't believe that.

And I get it, Tyson wasn't in a good position - between his job & the woman he's always loved, but man... there are just some lines you NEVER cross and he crossed ever single one of them. I guess what really makes me unforgiving is that he basically begged Blue not to let her father come between them again, but yet he made it so that her dad would come between them no matter what. Ugh!!!

Malik gave me the creepy vibe from day 1. No one with the crap he was involved in. Jimmy did nothing to warm my heart as a father especially with his treatment of Blue. He did deserve what he got in the end, I just wish it wasn't at his daughter's expense.

This story was a great read as I read nearly 20 chapters last night just to get caught up & finished, but man... the toll. I don't know if I could read this again, knowing the outcome, but I did enjoy the emotional roll-a-coaster ride. Great writing!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Cover Reveal & New Book - The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon

... to be released on June 28th!






An Indecent Proposal

Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .

The Billionaire Bachelor is available for pre-order at:

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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New Release Tuesday - Where Lightning Strikes by A.L. Jackson

... to be released at midnight!




A new stand-alone novel from NYT & USA Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson...

Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel is available at:



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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Cover Reveal & New Release - Steady as the Snow Falls by Lindy Zart

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Release Date: April 18, 2016
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Hired by a stranger to write his life story, Beth Lambert arrives at a seemingly abandoned house in the hills near her hometown. She knows the rumors, she knows it is dangerous and unwise. But she needs the money. And she needs to prove that it isn’t a mistake to think she can make a career out of a dream.


Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.
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“What’s happening between us?” When she didn’t immediately answer, Harrison turned.




“We’re getting to know each other’s heart. I’m glad I was introduced to yours.” Beth gingerly set her hand to his chest, felt the beat of his life against her palm. 



“I like your heart, Harrison.” She looked up, her eyes clashing with his.
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Review: Sparrow

Sparrow Sparrow by L.J. Shen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Final Score - 4.5 I'm Still Reeling Stars!

Whoa! I've literally just finished reading this book and that's my first thought afterward - W-H-O-A! I saw some of the parts coming (if you paid attention, you would too) and the others weren't much of a shock as much as I was left wondering ... How could they ever move forward from this?

Troy. What can I say about him that already hasn't been said? I understand his reasoning for what his does - wouldn't you want revenge against the person who took someone important away from you? But his actions and the methods he uses... that's what Sparrow has so much trouble with. And how do you rationalize falling for a person you perceive to be a monster & reconcile that?

Sparrow. She understands him - they grew up in the same neighborhood - so much more than anyone else really. She's got the same thought processes as he does, some of the same codes... but she knows that being tough, doesn't mean you have to be cruel. Sparrow has much more of a moral compass than Troy and that's what ultimately brings them together - her fire to his ice - and eventually what nearly tears them apart.

I could not put this book down - and being sick didn't deter me! I finished it and loved every minute of it. I only wish there was still more for me to read. This book ended on a positive note, very different from how it first started, but nevertheless it is complete and I'm happy with that. I would just love read what happens to Sam in the coming years...

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: Left Behind

Left Behind Left Behind by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 Emotionally Crippled Stars!

The secret of this book is pretty much a given from the beginning, especially if you have paid attention to the small details (like I have), so that wasn't much of a shock to me.

However, that's not to say that this doesn't deliver on other shocking revelations. OMG... it totally does, in spades! I'm still reeling from them. I just... can't believe a grown woman can hold so much resentment towards an innocent child, especially one who was so clueless as Nikki was.

Poor Nikki has lost her world - her mom is dead. She's about to be put into the foster system with no way of escape until her 18th birthday. Until she gets a letter from her mom saying that she's got family she didn't know about and perhaps they can help her now.

Zack has also lost his world - his girlfriend Emily. Although things have been rough lately between them, they've been friends turned more over the years. Except for one night when an argument leads to a rift that can never be bridged.

Is it possible that the fates have aligned for Zach and Nikki to come together to heal one another? Or is just a cruel twist of fate? To me, this is NO cruel twist of fate, but it isn't exactly fate bringing them together either. They were more than likely never supposed to meet, but they did. I don't call that fate, I call it happenstance.

In any case, back to the big secrets revealed - I wanted to physically punch someone afterward (you'll know who after reading). Like seriously wanted them to end up with a big fat lip, with blood dripping down. I hate careless adults who blame kids for their parents actions. But karma is a bitch, and this person - although its not really revealed what happens to them - does get a dose of it, and rightly so!

I love this book... it will stay with me for quite some time afterward. Beautifully written and worthy of sequel - if the authors ever decide to do one. But even if they don't - it ended on a well note, although some questions I have still linger. I guess its time to employ my over active imagination to construct the answers.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Teaser Friday - Stuck-Up Suit by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

The wait is almost over!  Just 3 more weeks until WE meet Graham... 









Stuck-Up Suit to be released on April 11th ... pre-order at:

Amazon ---> http://amzn.to/1pgdyJ3
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Coming Soon - Wanting It All (A Naked Men Novel) by Christi Barth

... to be released on August 9th!




Christi Barth’s smoking-hot contemporary romance series continues as the five best friends who survived a tragedy as teenagers take to their Naked Men podcast to open up about women. In Giving It All, the group’s globetrotting hunk discovers that you need to go home to find love.

Logan Marsh never stays in one place for long. Through his family’s foundation, Logan spends his days traveling to the world’s most dangerous places to deliver disaster relief, which really puts a damper on his sex life—until he reconnects with his high-school crush. Stranded together in the Caribbean, they enjoy a steamy fling that awakens feelings Logan has ignored for too long. But family drama calls him away from her sweet embrace . . . or so he thinks.

Brooke Gallagher loved being a home ec teacher and cheerleading coach. Then an unexpected tragedy forced her to take some time off. Now she’s back in D.C., and despite the intensity of her tropical encounter with Logan, she’s shocked to bump into him again. Logan’s dealing with his own issues (including a newly discovered half-sister) and he’s itching to get back on the road. More than anything, Brooke wants to be there for him. But first, he has to decide if love is enough to keep him in one place.


Wanting It All is available for pre-order at:



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Christi Barth earned a master’s degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Barth lives in Maryland with her husband.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cover Reveal & Release Date - Defender (Long, Tall, Texan) by Diana Palmer

... to be released on June 28th!




The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love.

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left.

Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?


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Add to you TBR list on Goodreads ---> http://bit.ly/1RLYE3D


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The prolific author of more than 100 books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

Cover Reveal & Debut Author - Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

... to be released on Sept 13th!





A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new againromance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.


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Add to your TBR on Goodreads ---> http://bit.ly/1XsLT1Z


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New York Times Bestselling author ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read:laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking by not cleaning up, and has finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog...


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Nina 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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Coming Soon - Collared by Nicole Williams

... to be released on March 22nd!





From New York Times Bestselling Author, Nicole Williams...


When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .

Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.


***This is a standalone novel***


Collard is available for pre-order at:

Add to your TBR at Goodreads ---> http://bit.ly/1QKsriy


About the Author:




Nicole is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series, the LOST & FOUND series, and a good handful more. She writes romance because she still believes in soul mates and happy endings.

Nicole loves hearing from her readers. You can contact her at nwilliamsbooks@gmail.com.


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