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Cover Reveal: Nocturnes & Nightmares by Keri Lake

We are super excited to reveal the cover for Keri Lake’s book #1 Nocturnes & Nightmares in her upcoming The Sandman Duet!

Nocturnes & Nightmares releases April 29th!

Blurb

The most terrifying monsters aren’t found in dreams
Four young socialites have gone missing in the Chicago area. Two found dead, bearing the
signature marks of a brutal serial killer. With the kind of tragedy that mars
Nola Tensley’s past, she should be concerned, but without a pot to piss in, all
the struggling single mom cares about is making a normal life for her son.
After all, she’s clearly not the murderer’s type. Or is she?
When Rhett Voss, an enigmatic and handsome stranger, answers her ad for the outdated
in-law suite at the back of her property, offering double her asking price,
Nola really can’t refuse. Even though the supposed Wall Street Wolf seems
better suited for a high-rise downtown—a suspicion that quickly turns into
hindsight once she submits to the flirtations of her charming new tenant, and
consequently, unearths a series of disturbing revelations.
Her curiosities lead her down the path of a madman, whose moniker, The Sandman, only hints at the grisly
nature of his crimes. He’s smart. Evasive. A cunning psychopath with a twisted
method of disposing his victims.

And his hunting grounds are hitting too close to home.

Author note:
This book contains scenes of graphic sex and violence that some readers
may find disturbing. 

 

Genre: Romantic Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Okay Creations

About Keri Lake

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

She loves hearing from readers …

Blog Tour: When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

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Blog Tour: When We Left Cuba by Chanel CleetonWhen We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Published by Berkley Books on 9th April 2019
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
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In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.
As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

I had been looking forward to this book since reading Next year in Havana!! Which if you haven’t read you should!!

Beatriz Perez is a very interesting character. She’s strong, independent and has a clear goal in mind. She’s a go getter which I liked. She loves her country and she’s fearless. She has been through quite a lot, lost of a lot and now all she wants is revenge and killing Fidel Castro, to avenge her brothers death and returning to Cuba and so she becomes involved with the CIA.

Nicholas Randolph Preston III is a senator with high ambitions and has all the right things to achieve his aspirations. Beatriz and Nick meet and that changes the course of things to come for Nick. He’s forbidden to Beatriz in more ways than one. He really did love Beatriz, he was willing to do a lot for her. Beatriz, however was set on her path to avenge and to return home. They become entangled with each other but their situation and the position they hold makes it difficult for them to get their happy ending.

The book has a lot of political depth to it, with added spy elements. It’s about one woman’s love for her country, justice, the need to avenge her twin brother and the need to be more than what the society deemed women as in the 60s.

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However, the writing is lovely, I love the way Chanel Cleeton writes. The characters really shinned, everything was vivid and you could tell that the author did a lot of research and even though I’m not a fan of politics I did enjoy this book. It did bring out a lot of emotions in me whether they were positive or negative. You get very easily caught up with Beatriz, her need to avenge, her love for her country and the happiness she longs for. It’s a book about espionage, politics, patriotism and a forbidden love affair and if its that something you like, you’ll definitely enjoy this one!

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About Chanel Cleeton

After years spent studying international politics in London and a stint in law school, Chanel Cleeton found her passion crafting smart and sexy contemporary romances and thrillers. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book, her three dogs lounging beside her. Chanel is a lover of big sunglasses, irresistible handbags, food covered in sprinkles, and pint-sized pups with larger-than-life personalities. 

She is published by Harlequin and Penguin and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Motion by Penny Reid

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Motion by Penny Reid

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Motion by Penny ReidMotion (Laws of Physics, #1; Hypothesis, #2.1) by Penny Reid
Published by EverAfter Romance on 12th February 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
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Forced to lie to protect her sister . . .

One week.

Home alone.

Girl genius.

Unrepentant slacker.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona is a smart girl and had everything figured out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at thirteen, finish college at seventeen, and start your PhD program at eighteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled.

Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.

Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.

I’ve been waiting for this book since reading elements of chemistry. Admittedly I didn’t know it was going to be a twin swap story, I tend to shy away from those so I was very hesitant to start but since its Penny Reid (I adore her and her writing), I had to give it a shot. It has the signature Penny Reid humour and along with that deals with some social issues.

Avoiding giving away spoilers like crazy:

Motion, the first book in the Laws of Physics mini series is about Mona DaVinci and Abram. Her brother’s friend and her current watch dog. To get her sister out of trouble, Mona takes her sister’s place and since he hasn’t met Mona (and her twin sister Lisa only once) it should be all okay ??

Mona is a science prodigy, extremely smart, awkward and quirky. She and her twin sister are identical in looks but not anywhere else. She’s also the opposite of our hero, Abram. Who is talented musician and a very smart guy. I adored Abram and Mona. They are both attracted to each other and with her pretending to be her sister and Abram having his perceptions coloured due to her sisters behaviour gives it a little more push/pull element to the story. Their unwanted attraction and genuinely liking each other adds more complications to their lives (and to the story). They have some preettyyy funny scenes together and some filled with sweetness. Mona struggles with being herself and pretending to be her sister. I can’t wait to see where they go!! These kinds of stories, you’re just screaming:

but you also want to protect Abram from the inevitable hurt he’d get when he finds out the truth.

ALSO CLIFFHANGERS!! HOW I HATE THEE!! but we forewarned is forewarned so it was not as in your face/heart but still, its making me very anxious and curious to find what happens next. Can’t wait for the next book!!!

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My stomach rumbled, long and loud, and I pressed my hand against it. Grunting into the darkness, I tossed off the covers and stood from Lisa’s bed. Food on my mind, I slipped out of the room and down the stairs. The kitchen was dark, but instead of flipping on a light—which might’ve alerted Abram as to my whereabouts . . . which he probably didn’t care about so long as “Lisa wasn’t doing anything crazy”—I crept on quiet feet to the fridge and opened it.

Momentarily dazzled by the bright light within, it took several seconds of squinting and blinking before the scant contents became visible. I frowned. In addition to the pizza box, two suspicious-looking containers of Chinese takeout, and various condiments, I found: shredded cheddar/jack cheese blend, a zucchini, a half a pint of mushrooms, and hot salsa. Opening the hot salsa, I smelled it, and then I dipped my pinkie inside and tasted it while examining the lid. It looked, smelled, and tasted fine.

Placing my finds on the island counter, I shut the fridge. The sudden extinguishing of the bright light meant that the kitchen was now pitch black. Shrugging off my lack of sight, I extended my arms and blindly felt my way over to the pantry until my hands connected with the torso of a person.

A person.

A PERSON!

I jumped back on instinct, my leg hitting one of the stools at the island counter and sending it crashing to the ground. My heart in my throat, I screamed, turned, and darted forward, but my feet tangled with the felled stool and I pitched, bracing myself for a gravitational collision with unseen wooden bars and a granite stool top.

But then strong arms caught me, deftly spinning and lifting me into the air. Cold dread rushed through my body, tensing every muscle. I couldn’t think. I didn’t think. Instinctively, my legs and fists pumped, fighting against my captor. Rocks in my throat as I readied another scream, a hand covered my mouth just as I belted it out.

“Whoa! Calm down. It’s me.” Abram’s voice at my ear soothed, his bulky arm a tight band around my torso, my back to his front, my feet not touching the ground. “Calm down. Shhh. Calm down.”

Hot breath teased my hair and neck, and I stilled, relief at discovering it was Abram didn’t quite chase away the viral panic still attached to my hemoglobin, coursing through my veins. I shook. I was shaking. And I was gasping through my nose, greedy for air.

Perhaps he heard or felt my strained breathing because his arm loosened, lowering my feet to the ground, and his hand covering my mouth slid away. “Are you okay? Are you hurt?”

“I’m fine,” I said, not sounding convincing. Truth was, I felt like throwing up. “Can you, uh, let me go?”

His arms immediately fell away and I stupidly rushed forward, once more crashing into the stool.

I heard Abram mutter a curse under his breath just as he caught me again, lifting me off the ground again, and saving me—again—from another gravitational collision. This time he turned us away from the stool and carried me across the room.

I didn’t fight him this time. In fact, I relaxed into him. Wired and exhausted, but mostly embarrassed, I allowed myself to be transported without protest. We left the kitchen and I was finally able to see dim outlines of furniture and walls, courtesy of the streetlamp illumination spilling through the windows of the living room.

Abram carried me to my mother’s favorite piece of furniture in our house, a gold velvet chaise lounge said to have once belonged to Napoleon’s sister, Pauline Bonaparte. Depositing me on the soft surface, Abram crossed to one of the Tiffany lamps and pulled the chain, bathing the room in soft blue and yellow, colored light filtering through the stained glass.

He then returned, knelt in front of me, one hand on my leg, the other cupping my cheek. “Are you okay?”

“Yes,” I said, cleared my throat, unable to lift my eyes higher than his black T-shirt, and said again, “Yes.”

He blew out a breath, pushing his fingers through my hair. By doing so, he forced my chin up and caught my gaze. That wrinkle of worry appeared between his eyebrows, and his very pretty eyes—which glowed and sparkled like polished amber cabochons—moved between mine.

“You really freaked out.”

I stiffened, gritting my teeth and yanking my head back, out of his reach. “I didn’t know you were there.”

Watching me with watchful watchfulness, he let his hand drop slowly until it rested on my left leg, next to his other hand which covered my right knee. “I said your name—twice—when I walked in.”

“I didn’t hear you.” I glanced from his eyes to where his palms were hot on my skin. “And I couldn’t see. I’d just shut the fridge, my eyes hadn’t adjusted.”

“Did you think I was a robber?” His left eyebrow lifted as did the side of his mouth, just a hint.

Clearly, he was trying to lighten the mood. Unfortunately, I still felt shaky. And embarrassed.

“I- I didn’t think,” I admitted, releasing an unsteady breath. “I wasn’t thinking. Sorry I fell.”

“No need to apologize. It wasn’t like you could help it.”

“Yeah. Gravity can be such a downer.”

He made a light, laughing sound. “What?”

“Uh, nothing. Whatever.” No physics jokes!

His frown returned, his fingers flexing slightly on my legs. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

Reaching for his hands, I removed them from my knees, setting them away. “I’m really fine. I just don’t like—”

He glanced at my knees. “Being touched?”

“When it’s unexpected.” I crossed my arms.

“That makes sense. But your reaction, even after you knew it was me—” He paused and sat back on his heels, as though debating how to continue and finally settling on, “It was a big reaction.” Abram continued to study me with his big, pretty, knowing brown eyes. “Hey, I would never hurt you.”

I winced, just a little, my gaze falling to my knees where his hands had been. I wanted to huff a laugh and roll my eyes, maybe say something like, I know, don’t be ridiculous.

But the word “Okay,” small and fragile sounding, slipped out instead. I immediately wished it back, because I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know why I’d said it, and I hated not knowing.

Get ahold of yourself, Mona. Pull it together. You are fine. Nothing happened.

Meanwhile, he continued his examination of me, I felt his stare, assessing my downturned face. “Out of curiosity, and no big deal if you don’t want to say, but did something happen to you this last year?”

My back straightened and I sucked in a slow, deep breath before asking calmly, “Like what?”

“You’re very . . . different than you were before.”

“Because I don’t want you touching me?” I tried to infuse my words with challenge, strength—wanting to shake off any earlier impression of weakness—and mostly succeeded. Peeking at him, I gauged his reaction from behind a hastily built wall of dispassion.

But then Abram dropped his chin to his chest, a massive grin lighting his features, and the fragrance of him hit me. My lashes fluttered as though he’d blown dust in my eyes, penetrating my wobbly wall of dispassion and sending it crumbling to the ground.

God, he smelled so good, and—unlike visual stimuli—I couldn’t stop whatever cascade of relaxing, soothing, melting awareness smelling his scent set off. Unthinkingly, I leaned forward an inch, chasing and inhaling the smell of him while he cleared his throat, like he was trying not to laugh.

Why he was fighting a laugh, I didn’t know, but the apparent genuineness of Abram’s struggle to subdue his grin only served to increase his attractiveness.

A moment later, he lifted his eyes and they connected with mine. He’d conceded to a shy smile. It was quite a smile.

“Yes,” he said.

“Yes?” I parroted dumbly. What were we talking about? And would it be weird if I buried my nose in his neck?

“Yes. You not wanting me to touch you means that you are very different now than you were before,” he explained.

I appreciated the completeness and thoroughness of his sentence.

My cheeks were hot. I pressed my hands against them while I examined him with suspicion. What was he doing to me?

“How so?” I asked, hoping to keep him talking so I could hunt down the splintered pieces of my concentration.

His eyebrows pulled together as his shy smile became a smirk. “You’re telling me you don’t remember?”

“Tell me your version of events,” I demanded, side-stepping a lie and still holding my cheeks.

“Uhh . . .” He scratched the back of his neck, peering at me like I both confused and amused him.

I was used to confusing people, but not amusing them. My cheeks burned hotter.

“Do you even remember?” I pushed, knowing my tone was belligerent.

He made a sound like he was choking on a laugh. “Yes. It’s hard to forget waking up to a naked girl in my bed.”

Jaw dropping, my eyes grew to their maximum diameter.

Naked. Girl. In . . . bed?

“Are you serious?” I whispered, my mind darting in all directions, attempting to form a reasonable hypothesis for Lisa’s behavior and coming up completely empty. Suddenly, I couldn’t catch my breath.

He shook his head, giving me an astonished once-over. “You honestly don’t remember?”

My mouth opened and closed as I struggled to speak, but it was no use. I was too . . . I was too many things. Shocked. Confused. Incredulous. ANGRY.

LISA!

What had she been thinking? She’d been eighteen! How would she have liked waking up to find a strange, naked, eighteen-year-old boy in her bed?

I was beyond shocked. I was horrified. I was electrocuted by the reality of my sister’s brazen-slash-creepy quotient, because I couldn’t imagine doing anything in the same sphere of possibility. I was beginning to believe that if my twin and I were represented by a Venn diagram, our only areas of overlap would be physical. A minor sliver of shared corporal characteristics, and that was absolutely it.

“Lisa?”

Blinking at Abram, and promptly becoming tangled in his searching gaze, I realized he was still there. And I was still here. And my hands were still pressed against my cheeks as I warred with what I now identified as hot mortification.

What else could I do? I shot to my feet and marched out of the living room, dropping my hands and running up the main staircase.

About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Review and Giveaway: Hunting Danger by Katie Reus

Review and Giveaway: Hunting Danger by Katie Reus

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Review and Giveaway: Hunting Danger by Katie ReusHunting Danger by Katie Reus
Series: Redemption Harbor #5
Published by LLC on 25th September 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military, Romantic Suspense
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From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the next story in the explosive Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…
The one woman he wants…
When a childhood friend needs help, Nova doesn’t hesitate. They endured the foster system together, forging a bond Nova can’t ignore. Relying on her friends from Redemption Harbor Consulting—including Gage, the computer genius she’s falling for—is out of the question. She used to work for the CIA and she’s trained—she can handle this. Besides, the whole team is working on their own important jobs. She’s not going to drag anyone away when she’s not sure it’s necessary.
Is the one he can’t have…
When Nova asks for time off out of the blue—and use of the company jet—former Marine Gage takes note. Of course, he notices everything about Nova. But as one of her bosses, his growing attraction to her is a line he won’t cross. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll let her run straight into danger—and a quick hack of her computer proves she’s gotten in over her head. Gage is coming along for the ride, whether the sassy assistant likes it or not. He’ll do whatever’s necessary to save her friend…and keep Nova out of the clutches of a lethal enemy who won’t hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way.
Length: NOVEL
Author note: This is a stand-alone novel in the Redemption Harbor series complete with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Hunting Danger is Nova and Gage’s story, introduced in the book prior to this one. They are finally getting their own story while they are in the other books in the series, they aren’t any special/prominent scenes of them together so you can read this one as a standalone without missing anything.

When one of Nova’s childhood friend Layla from foster care needs help, Nova decides to help her on her own without asking the team, not counting on one of her bosses, computer wiz Gage following her. But thank god he did!

Nova and Gage have both been attracted to each other, but have been unsure of how the other feels and seeing as they are in a kind of a boss/employee relationship, it would be unprofessional but all that hesitancy will be questioned under the danger they find themselves in.

Apart from minor issues here and there, mostly about the pacing and slight lack of development in their relationship in the second half and too many people but lack of pages. I really enjoyed this one! Gage and Nova were very adorable together. You can see how much they cared for each other and loved each other despite their reluctance to take things further. They had good chemistry together and I liked that Nova didn’t back down from Gage. They were very well matched! Suspense and romance were balanced for most part in the book which I also liked.

Overall, its a quick read, with fast paced action and romance and great writing (as expected from Katie Reus) and a great addition to the series. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Review and Giveaway: The Christmas Sister by Sarah Morgan

Review and Giveaway: The Christmas Sister by Sarah Morgan

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Review and Giveaway: The Christmas Sister by Sarah MorganThe Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin on 25th September 2018
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In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

Sarah Morgan writes such beautiful tales of romance, this one though is slightly different as it focuses on a family rather just one couple and their romance. It’s about a mum and her three adopted daughters. It is still no less heartwarming and the Christmas vibes of the book and the hope and love themes of the book make it a worthwhile read.

The book is set in mainly in Scotland, with point of views from all three of the sisters and the mum. The Christmas sisters is about three sisters who are very different from each other, their parents deaths had affected them all differently, now at different stages of their life. They meet again for Christmas at home.

Suzanne MacBride adopted her best friends three daughters after her death; Hannah who is the oldest and a commitment phobe but her current situation has her returning home in panic. Bethany a mum of two daughter who seemly has a perfect life craves more than just being a mum and a fight with her husband about her working causes her to return home for Christmas albeit earlier than planned. Posey, the youngest on the other hand has never left home, she aches to travel but feels like she can’t abandon her adopted parents.

All three of them are struggling but in different ways, the sisters had drifted a part from each other so this Christmas together brings a chance for them to be close again, after they let go of the hurts and learn some secrets of the past.

I really liked all the characters, Suzanne was special though with the sacrifices she made for best friends children. All the characters were likeable and the sisters were easy to connect and sympathise with. 

My only issue was I kinda wished they’re had been three separate books so I could have gotten more of them, to get more depth about the characters but thats just me being greedy.

Its a sweet and emotional book about three women finding their way and about family, bond of sisters, love and happiness. I already love Sarah Mogran’s writing so this was no exception, she created a wonderful dynamic between the sisters and their mother. I also loved how the character each stood out because in ensemble books, the characters start to blend in a bit and how over the course of the book we get to see them their HEAs. Overall, a lovely great read for anyone looking for a heartwarming or a Christmas themed book!

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About Sarah Morgan

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe.

Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

Review: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Review: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

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Review: Block Shot by Kennedy RyanBlock Shot: A HOOPS Novel by Kennedy Ryan
on 10th September 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Pages: 444
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Well well well. This was my first read by Kennedy Ryan and I went into this book just reading the blurb and I had no idea about certain things that might have stopped me from making that horrified face I made when I realised what was going to happen. Regardless of that shock, I enjoyed this book. My emotions are bit of a mess where this book is concerned. I liked some bits, I loved some bits other bits I wished hadn’t happened the way they did.

I really liked the authors writing and as a suggestion just like me I think it would be better for people to be prepared if their some warning or something because as rule, I don’t like reading (View Spoiler »). I was expecting more of the enemies to lovers which there was a bit to it but it was just mostly at the very beginning.

I liked Banner and Jared. Banner was great character who truly worked hard to get where she was. Banner really struggles with body and image issues that a lot of people (including me) can relate too and I found her very easy to connect with and really admired for all she had achieved. However, I kind of hated how some of it play out for her. I kind of saw her response to her client and was like thats very harsh and knowing especially how she felt about this particularly after her previous boyfriend and her beliefs, it just made me feel very uncomfortable for her what happened after.

Jared was an interesting character. Interesting because he showed some morals back in college that seemingly have gone away in his later age or maybe it was because he was love with Banner. His current world of grey especially when its comes to Banner was very particularly interesting.

He had been in really into Banner if not in love with Banner back in college. His pursuit of his lady love while admirable and fascinating to read is something I’d definitely hate it was real life but I also liked him?

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Did I think they were well matched, I did. Did I love their chemistry ? I did. Did I wish something hadn’t happened they way they had. I REALLY DO. Regardless of that, I think Kennedy Ryan writing is very captivating and I couldn’t stop reading and some of ways that Jared thought of Banner was beautiful. There are very sweet moments in the book as well.

Overall, its a tale of love between two people that can’t seem to stay from each other now that they back in each others orbit, a tale full of ups and down some ugly bits to make the beautiful bits shine a bit brighter.

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I stretch my arm toward the wall and turn out the lights.

With the light snuffed out, my other senses rise, hunting for her in the dark. The smell of her hair and her quick, shallow breaths. My sight adjusts until the heavy black curtain completely obscuring her fades to gray. Light from the outer room spills under the door, revealing just the shape, the outline of her, but still camouflaging details. I cup her cheek, taking a moment to appreciate the softness of her skin, the silky hair brushing my knuckles. I’m not an idiot. She wants the lights out because she’s self-conscious, but from my perspective, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

“I think you’re beautiful, Ban.”

“You do?” she asks, her voice hushed.

My words surprise me as much as they seem to surprise her, because I don’t say shit like that to girls. The prettiest ones usually seem to already know, which makes any admiration I’d express redundant. But Banner . . . she’s so beautiful, and I’m not sure she knows.

“I do.” I push the hair away from her face.

“Uh . . . thank you.” Her laugh isn’t much more than a breath. “The lights are out, so I’m not sure that compliment counts.”

“I know your face by heart. You have seven freckles here.” I swipe a finger over the straight bridge of her nose and drift down to caress her full lips and the tiny dent in her cheek her smile displays. “And a dimple right here.”

I explore the smooth skin of her nape, under a heavy fall of hair.

“Now I want to know your body, too,” I say softly. “Take off your clothes for me, Banner.”

After a sharply indrawn breath, she raises her arms. The rustle of her clothes—the sweatshirt, jeans, socks, shoes—being discarded whisper in the dark. I approximate her by touch, reaching for her arms and closing my fingers around the softness, the velvety skin. I lower my head and run my nose along her neck, discovering.

“You always smell so good.” I’ve wanted to tell her that since the first night we studied here.

“Pretty Pastel,” she replies, her laugh low, nervous.

“What?” I pause.

“The smell. It’s my dryer sheets. The scent is Pretty Pastel.”

“I like it.” I resume my exploration, running a palm over her shoulder, her collarbone until I find the soft, full weight of her breasts, testing them in my hands, cupping them, holding them, brushing the nipples with my thumbs until they pebble and her breaths come harshly.

“You like that?” I ask.

I see her head nod in the semi-darkness. “Yeah. It feels good.”

Her touch startles me in the best way, her hand finding my face, traveling over my mouth, eyes, and hair. I sense her approach, feel tiny pants of breath on my lips, and anticipation has me panting, too, shortens my breath and sharpens my senses. Her mouth seeks mine, eager and sweet when she kisses me. Her pleasure, her excitement matches, answers, fans mine.

I guide her back down to the couch, and with a hand at her shoulder, urge her to stretch out. I’d shave points off my GPA for a glimpse of her, but she doesn’t want that. I get it, so I settle for a taste.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

Review and Excerpt: Fighting For What’s His by Laura Kaye

Review and Excerpt: Fighting For What's His by Laura Kaye

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Review and Excerpt: Fighting For What’s His by Laura KayeFighting for What's His by Laura Kaye
Series: Warrior Fight Club #2
Published by Laura Kaye on 7th September 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military
Pages: 242
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Resisting her only makes him want her more...
Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.
Shayna Curtis is new to town and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting, she's grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.
Billy can't wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she's there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can't have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what's his.

Billy Parrish is a private investigator and Shayna Curtis is his now roommate, his best friend’s little sister who’s a photojournalist.

Fighting for What’s His falls under the forbidden/roommates to lovers romance tropes that I know a lot of people adore (ME TOO!) but Laura Kaye takes a bit further as our characters are hurt and suffering form their past. They have survivors guilt and PTSD.

Laura Kaye if you don’t know writes some amazing books/series, her writing is always a treat. Her couples have such great chemistry (this is one not an exception). I really liked Billy and Shayna, they forbidden/relcutant aspect allowed to get to know each other before they gave in to their mutual attraction. They were sweet and easily to connect and like.

Quibbles: I wanted more them together, more of them to talk it out and seemed like there was emphasis on bits that didn’t need to be there.

Overall, its a fast paced book that deals with some big issues and gives a HEA for our beloved couple. It’s great addition to a fantastic series about Veterans and their well deserved happy endings !!

Shayna saw Billy through the windows to the gym with the fighting rings where his club met. He was on his knees facing another fighter—a woman with a long black braid—while a bigger group knelt around the two of them. Shay had just enough time to appreciate that the club included women veterans before the woman attacked him.

For a long moment, they grappled with each other until Billy managed to flip the woman and pin her to the ground.

Three visceral reactions rocked through Shayna.

An almost animalistic appreciation of Billy’s brute strength.

Arousal at the memory of Billy pinning her against the wall.

And jealousy that another woman was experiencing the feeling of the weight of his body instead of her.

Shayna’s heart tripped into a sprint as she stood there, slack-jawed and wanting…

Suddenly, Billy sprang into a kneeling position again as the woman got up and moved to the outer ring of people, and it was clear that some sort of trash-talk being thrown between them from the looks on their faces and the way the others were laughing and clapping.

And then Mo moved into the center with Billy. As big as Billy was, Mo…Mo was like a mountain. His ready smile and deep laugh had earlier put Shayna at ease and allayed any concerns she’d had that she might be invading a space where she wasn’t wanted. But now Mo looked nothing short of intimidating as he stared Billy down.

The men seemed to lunge at the same time. They slammed into each other and worked to pull each other flat to the ground, and then finally they both went down. Shayna couldn’t see who had the advantage around those cheering the two men on, and she realized that she was straining and moving to the side to get a better view.

Whatever was going on, it was much longer before the fighters traded out, and this time it was Billy coming out of the center to join those on the side. A few of his teammates shook his hand before he moved outside of the group to grab his water bottle. And then he tilted his head way back to take a long drink.

And, holy mother of sweaty hot men, Billy Parrish was freaking gorgeous.

Muscles glistening. Shorts hanging dangerously low on his lean hips. Dark blond hair made even darker from sweat. Even the fingerless black gloves he wore were sexy as fuck. His Adam’s apple bobbed as he drank.

Shayna swallowed hard herself.

He wiped his mouth on the back of his glove and capped the bottle again, and then he did a double take as he noticed her standing in the window.

Heat absolutely roared over Shayna at having been caught so blatantly ogling him. And there was a smugness to the almost-smile he wore. But he gave her a little wave and nodded his head as if to invite her inside.

The gesture should not have made any part of her feel gooey, but it seemed her crush on her brother’s best friend had resurrected enough to indeed cause gooeyness. Whether she wanted that to happen or not.

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Review and Excerpt: Once Upon A Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely

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Review and Excerpt: Once Upon A Real Good Time by Lauren BlakelyOnce Upon A Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely
on 10th September 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 218
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From #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone rom-com! That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.
My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.
That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.
Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.
***
I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.
After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.
Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.
All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.
It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.
Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?

Mackenzie is a single mother who loves trivia at one of her non mom nights and does trivias at a local pub where she meets a musician ‘guitar hero’ as she thinks of him.

Campbell was a teen idol when he used to perform with his brothers as a trio called heartbreakers. Now he’s music teacher and does gigs with his band made up of his friends at The Grouchy Owl.

Mackenzie and Campbell hit it off from the moment they talk. They had such fun and cute banter. They are both single parents who adore their children. Mackenzie and Campbell were so cute and adorable together! I mean yes they had very passionate moments as well but the entire I thought about how cute they were!!

This is such a feel good romance, it has little angst but its minor but I adored them together. They just fit each other perfectly! They were sweethearts who deserved their HEA, after sacrificing so much for their kids.  Theres the sneaking around, tiny forbidden element and the longing for each other that a bit of angst and spice to their romance and makes the story more special.

I also really liked their kids and both their relationships with them, its nice to read for once about their kids that just nice and don’t have an attitude or any other problem.

Overall, a light hearted romance comedy with a adorable couple to makes you feel warm and fuzzy! I can’t wait to read Campbell’s brother, Miller and his best friends story!!

Mackenzie

I’m not checking him out.

I am solely focused on answering the next trivia question. The game emcee spouts it out for the four teams vying for the prize at The Grouchy Owl bar. The prize being bragging rights.

The hostess clears her throat, brings the mic to her mouth, and asks the question: “Which Las Vegas hotel did the bachelor party stay at—”

I’m perched forward in the chair whispering the answer to my teammate—Caesars, Caesars, Caesars—so we can write it on the answer slip before the hostess even finishes.

“—in the 2009 moving The Hangover?”

“So easy,” I say to Roxy as she smacks my palm and mouths ringer while filling in the answer.

I’m not a ringer.

I was simply fed a steady diet of Trivial Pursuit, trivia books, and endless facts about the world as a kid.

That’s all.

Also, I love trivia. Trivia helped me through some tough times as an adult, and by tough, I mean anxiety-ridden, sleepless, and stressful. That kind of tough.

As the hostess flips her cards to the next question, the guy on stage—the one I’m not at all checking out—adjusts the amp for his guitar. The Grouchy Owl has a little bit of everything—from darts, to pub quizzes, to pool, to live music from local bands. It’s like a Vegas hotel right here in the West Village. Big Ike doesn’t want patrons to leave, so she makes sure the entertainment options are plentiful.

And if that handsome hottie stays on the stage, I won’t want to head home for a long, long time. Except that I’ll have to. I’m Cinderella, and I turn into a pumpkin in minutes.

But for now…Hello, nice view.

As the guy turns the knob on the amp, his brown hair flops over his eyes. He flicks it off his forehead with a quick snap then runs his fingers down the strings on his guitar. Those fingers fly.

I bet they’d fly other places too.

 

 


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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy.

Release Day and giveaway: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Release Day and giveaway: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Release Day and giveaway: Block Shot by Kennedy RyanBlock Shot: A HOOPS Novel by Kennedy Ryan
on September 8, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Pages: 444
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If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat...

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is...arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me...well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she's put me in my place, I'd be an even richer man.

I'm a successful sports agent because I assume "no" means you'll think about it.

I'm sure what you meant to say is "Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don't always get what they want,

but those men don't know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she's winning, but this game?

She doesn't even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar...and I'm out.

I've moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I'll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn't say the struggle wasn't real.

But I've got that one dollar, and Jared won't have me.

“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Infinite by Cecy Robson

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Infinite by Cecy RobsonInfinite by Cecy Robson
Series: Carolina Beach #3
on 15th August 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 365
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Hale Wilder, aka the Anaconda of Wall Street, spent his childhood fighting to be the best to win his father’s love. He was the best student and the best athlete, who grew into a successful businessman and took the finance world by storm. Want to retire before you’re forty-five? He’s got you. Need your millions to be billions? He’s your man.

Young, rich, and powerful, Hale was unstoppable, until a company scandal destroys his reputation and threatens to bring down everything he’s bled for.

Becca Shields is the kickass public relations goddess spinning scandals to gold and launching has-beens into superstardom. She never expected to see Hale again—not following the humiliating night when her family caught them on the beach, barely clothed.

When Becca discovers Hale is in trouble, she can’t turn her back on the boy who was once her world and the man she never forgot.

Hale never thought he’d have another shot at greatness or with Becca. Now that he has both, he won’t let either go without a fight.

*NOTE* Although a part of a series, INFINITE can be read as a complete STANDALONE and features a new couple!

I shut the TV off when she turns to answer the next question. Not because I don’t want to keep watching, but because I do. Jesus Christ in heaven. When the hell am I going to get over this woman?

“Did you turn it off?” Sean asks.

There’s enough sound coming from his end of the line that I can still hear Becca’s voice. Unlike me, Sean is still watching. He and Becca remain close, but then again, they never got as close as Becca and me got on that beach.

“I have work to do, Sean,” I say, trying to keep my voice casual. “Anything else you want to tell me?”

“Yeah.” He takes a sip of his drink. “I think Becca broke off her engagement.”

I straighten, every muscle along my spine turning to stone. For once, I’m glad Sean’s not around. I don’t want him to see me like this.

“To the owner’s son, Paris,” Sean adds. “Hmm. Or is it Lynda? Could be Brooklyn or maybe something fancy like Minnesota. Whatever his name is, he’s out of the picture. Did you see? She’s not wearing a ring no more.”

I didn’t bother looking, but if Sean’s telling me, it’s because he did look. Ever since learning she accepted that jackass’s proposal, I’ve forced myself to stop wondering what could’ve been between us. Who the hell am I kidding? I’ve never stopped wondering about us. How her hair fanned over my shoulder and the feel of her when I climbed on top of her.

About Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.