RELEASE DAY – Total Exposure by JA Huss

Title – Total Exposure
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication Date – January 16, 2018
Series – Jordan’s Game #1

Not everyone needs a master.
Not everyone needs to really live, either.
Some people are content to be a participant in the game of life.
Others want to play for real.
If you want to play for real, come to me, lovely.
I’ll give you that little push you need.
I’ll open your mind, and your world, and soul.
Lay you bare. Let you feel the heat of my stare.
Take you places you’ve never been before.
Your body is my chessboard, sweets.
And if you give in to me, and you play, you might even win.
It’s just… your prize might not be what you went looking for.

Yet again, JA Huss has blown me out of the water with her newest release! Everytime I think that I know what to expect from her, she throws me a twist that leaves me begging for more (and yes, I’m aware that I feel like I say this with every book). Total Exposure was so different from any of her previous works, yet still contained the signature Huss style that I’ve come to know and love. The standalone in the brand new series was sexy, intriguing, and utterly addicting with characters facing unique issues in a setting unlike anything I’ve encountered before.

“How about it, Miss Rolaine? Would you like to play a game?”

Evangeline and Ix had one of the most interesting relationship dynamics and I couldn’t get enough of them. With a plot like this, every reader needs to experience it for themselves, so I won’t divulge too much information. However, I will say that for two characters who spent so little time together, their chemistry was off the charts. There was a slow burn to their relationship that led to an unparalleled trust between the hero and heroine. The way that their individual stories unfolded was nothing short of intense and took readers on a spectacular journey.

“I was just a number. A diamond ring made to sing then forsaken and left shaken.”

Total Exposure took me by complete surprise with how much I enjoyed it, especially given that the characters and their situation were a tad unconventional. However, with the way that Huss is able to paint her stories, I’m not sure how I am still shocked with emotion every single time I finish one. Each book is unique with a fresh storyline and characters that feel more like friends than words on a page. There’s always a mind-twist with exceptional writing that delivers on every level. If you haven’t been introduced to this author’s work yet, I can’t recommend it enough – and Total Exposure is a great place to start!


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JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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BLOG TOUR – Enticing Daphne by Jessica Prince

Title: Enticing Daphne
Author: Jessica Prince
Release Date: January 10, 2018

It’s easy to stop believing in happily ever afters when the man you thought you’d spend the rest of your life with abandons you right before your wedding day. After that disastrous event I decided that commitment was for suckers. I was young, successful, and in the prime of my life.

I didn’t need a man to make me happy.

Then an unexpected blast from the past came waltzing into my studio and decided I was a challenge he was more than willing to accept. The only problem is that he doesn’t remember he’s met me before.

He’s the ultimate playboy, determined to stop at nothing until he entices the hell out of me. But if Caleb McMannus thinks he can lure me in with his sinful looks and silver tongue, then he’s…probably right.

Jessica Prince dives back into the world of Girl Talk with Daphne and Caleb’s story in Enticing Daphne. This sweet, sexy, one-night-stand romance was utterly addictive and I found myself absolutely devouring it. Written with all of Jessica Prince’s signature heart and humor, this duo may well be one of my favorites. I adored the push and pull between Daphne and Caleb, the tension between them was electric and their chemistry sizzled off the pages. Jessica Prince did a fantastic job nurturing the deeper connection between this couple as well, reeling me in with the promise of something real and significant and delivering all that and so much more.

“And just like that, with a peck on the tip of my nose, he left, taking a piece of me with him.”

Daphne was every bit the feisty, independent force of nature I’d hope she’d be and then some. She was confident, hardworking, and fiercely loyal, with a quiet vulnerability that ensured she was also entirely relatable. Caleb proved to be her perfect match in every way with his dedicated pursuit of Daphne’s attentions, undeniably charming personality, and surprisingly sweet nature. These two characters just fit in an organic way that made my heart flutter. I also appreciated the personal growth both Daphne and Caleb exhibited over the course of their journey. Jessica Prince did a phenomenal job seamlessly weaving their family lives and individual struggles into the story to create the kind of emotional depth that takes a romantic comedy to a whole new level.

“Let’s promise each other that we’ll always fight as long as we get to make up like this.”

Daphne and Caleb’s story wouldn’t be complete without the rest of their crazy crew and Jessica Prince doesn’t disappoint. We get plenty of Lola, Sophia, Grayson, and Dominic to give me those familiar warm and fuzzy feelings, with just enough Fiona and Deacon to leave me anxious for their book. While Enticing Daphne is a companion novel, the author ensures it stands alone for any new readers just diving into this colorful world. The perfect balance of witty dialogue, sweet romance, sexy fun, and genuine emotion, Enticing Daphne is a phenomenal addition to the Girl Talk universe. Daphne and Caleb made me laugh and swoon and sigh. Jessica Prince’s writing is as entertaining and heartfelt as ever and her unique storylines continue to captivate me. Enticing Daphne is another must-read romance from this talented author!


Google was quickly becoming the bane of my existence.

What had started as curiosity about Caleb McMannus had blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Once you Googled, there was no going back. I was disgusted with myself.

Not only because it seemed I’d banged a guy whose dick had already been in half the female population of the United States, but also because I couldn’t stop thinking about the stupid man-whore. It was a sickness. A gross, disappointing sickness that I’d spent weeks trying to cure myself of to no avail.

Each gossip column of his sexcapades, each picture of him in a compromising position—and there were many, all of them with a different woman—was cringe-worthy. But I couldn’t stop myself from searching them out.

What was worse, I couldn’t stop thinking about our night together. It had been the most intense, toe-curling experience of my life. And even though I pretty much hated him for forgetting about me, I wanted it again.

Damn my needy, traitorous vagina!

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Dirt by Cassia Leo

Title: Dirt
Author: Cassia Leo
Series: Evergreen #1
Release Date: January 12, 2018

Jack and I had everything. Then, in one brutal instant, the universe tilted on its side, discarding us into black nothingness.

Now, I have a cocky a**hole for a husband.

The only way we communicate anymore is when we’re fighting or f**king.

With nothing left to lose, I write Jack a goodbye letter and head for Portland, where I quickly meet a neighbor who helps me find a job.

My new neighbor—broody, tattooed ex-soldier Isaac Evans—is complicated. Nevertheless, we form a fast friendship, bonding over our mutual desire to create something beautiful from the wreckage of our lives.

But despite the distance between us, Jack and I are still trying to make things work—fighting and f**king dirtier than ever. And he doesn’t appreciate my new friendship with Isaac. Not one f**king bit.

Cassia Leo has the beginning of an intriguing new series on her hands with Dirt. Laurel’s story was heartbreaking, surprising, and an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book, other than the promise that the author would stomp on my heart a few times. Cassia Leo certainly delivered, serving up a journey that was darker and more twisted than I could have imagined. Laurel, Jack, and Isaac made for a web of complicated feelings and unexpected ties that has me anxious to see where this story will eventually end up.

“What have we done to each other?”

I absolutely adored Laurel. She was understandably broken and yet there was something so beautifully resilient about her. I loved her quiet strength and the determination she demonstrated in picking up the pieces of her life to build something new. She had her moments of weakness of course, particularly when it came to Jack, but I’m excited to see how she continues to grow over the course of the series. To be honest, I couldn’t stand Jack. His relationship with Laurel seemed shallow and rooted in lust. Throw in his lying, manipulation, and obsessive behavior and I just couldn’t connect with him at all. Isaac, on the other hand, totally intrigued me. His own pain was obvious and yet he seemed to get what Laurel needed and understood her in a way Jack just didn’t. While I loved seeing them spend time together, I think the development of an emotional connection between Laurel and Isaac was lacking a bit and I needed more depth in order for me to really invest in their potential. 

“Sometimes, all someone needs is for one good person to say yes instead of no.”

Cassia Leo’s writing captured a myriad of complex emotions, giving readers a glimpse of life-altering heartache, devastating pain, and persistent hope. Fast paced and written to leave you wanting more, Dirt made me feel and kept me reading. Knowing there are more books to come in this series, I know the characters have a long way to go before we see them settle. I can say with full confidence that I have no clue where Laurel, Jack, and Isaac will end up and I am definitely curious to find out. With a trio of deeply broken characters and the promise of plenty of twists to come, Cassia Leo dives into what will undoubtedly be a fascinating new series with Dirt.


I’ve been dying for a new series from Cassia Leo for what seems like forever. When I heard about Dirt, the first book in the Evergreen series, I am not ashamed to say that I did a dance of giddy excitement. I dove into this novel with my heart open, ready to be torn apart, but I got something completely different. Dirt left me shocked and speechless, with a mind reeling from all that I had encountered.

“If it’s not the fight-me-tooth-and-nail, leave-me-bloody-and-gasping-for-air kind of love, I don’t want it.”

The heroine, Laurel, was undoubtedly my favorite part of this entire book. I loved her search for independence and the attempts to gain control back of her life. Though she may not have felt it, she was strong simply for surviving the tragedy that she had faced. It was in those moments of living, not just surviving, that I caught glimpses of this character’s true personality and likened me to her. On the other hand, her husband Jack drove me up a wall. He was a character with a personality that made me want to slap him seven ways to Sunday. He had a couple moments of likeability, but they were few and far between for this reader. The communication between these two was severely lacking, which left me wishing for a bit more to help relate to them as a couple. I do wish that we had more chapters from Isaac as well. His personality and brokenness intrigued me immensely. The glimpses we caught of his struggles made me curious for more, and I do hope we receive them in future novels.

“Isn’t there some sort of limit on how many times someone can break a promise before the other person has to say enough is enough?”

Cassia Leo has a special way with words. Whether she is writing angst, sadness, or more lightheartedness, the way she pulls readers in is incomparable. I’ll definitely be sticking around to see how the rest of the books in the series unfold, but I have a feeling Leo is not done with the mind games yet!


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REVIEW TOUR – The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde

Title – The Wright Secret
Author – K.A. Linde
Publication Date – January 9, 2018

I was just his best friend’s little sister.

But he was always more than that to me.

After twelve years of pining over Patrick’s easy smile, baby blues, and captivating charm, I decide to take matters into my own hands—and completely blow my chance.

Who knew a self-proclaimed manwhore would decide to be a gentleman the first time I’m naked in his bed? Definitely, not me. But when I land there again, neither of us has any intention of stopping.

There’s only one problem: nobody can know. Especially not my three older brothers. If they found out, all hell would break loose.

So I’m willing to keep our secret…

Because I want him Wright here, right now.

If you’ve been following K.A. Linde’s Wright siblings from the beginning, then like me, you have probably wanted ball-busting, hard-ass Morgan Wright’s story from the moment you met her. I’ve sat and patiently waited until Linde decided it was her time, allowing the anticipation to build and the excitement to bubble over. Can I just say that she freaking delivered?! The Wright Secret lived up to all my expectations, producing a story filled with angst, emotion, and everything about Morgan Wright that I have come to know and love.

“You two have been circling each other for years.”

My favorite thing about the novel was witnessing the interactions between Morgan and Patrick. When the two of them were together, the chemistry was explosive, but there was something else bubbling beneath the surface as well. Each of the characters grew more firmly into their own skin the more time that they spent together. I loved watching them go from these rigid personalities to slowly morph into these pliable ones, yet still very much steadfast and dedicated. There was something about Morgan that I think a lot of female readers will relate to and make her that much more likeable. She is a strong female in a male-dominated profession, and her struggles are ones that will leave you rooting for her to succeed in every single sense of the word. Her counterpart, Patrick, had such an incredibly addicting personality, especially with how much it changed from those initial couple chapters. He made me giggle on more than one occasion, which led me to easily see how Morgan could hold a life-long crush on him.

“Love is not too strong a word to use when you’ve crashed into each other’s orbit.”

K.A. Linde continues to surprise me with each new Wright release. She somehow tops the previous book and leaves me with so many feels that I don’t ever want it to end. I loved the girl power strength, the cute romance, and the thicker-than-thieves family dynamic that The Wright Secret encompassed. Linde may be running out of siblings to write about, but I’ll be anxiously awaiting for Sutton’s story, and then I’m sure I’ll be begging Linde to revisit them! If you haven’t picked these up yet, do yourself a favor. They are definite not to be missed novels!


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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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REVIEW – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title  – Everything, Everything
Author – Nicola Yoon
Publication Date – September 1, 2015

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative,  inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

I’ve been aching to read Everything, Everything from the moment I heard buzz about it, but especially once they announced the movie deal. I expected a gut-wrenching story that would tear me to pieces, but Nicola Yoon delivered something entirely different for her debut novel. Everything, Everything delivers such a beautifully poignant message that I took to heart and have a feeling other readers will do the same.

“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”

I tend to fall into the category of a romance reader, so I loved seeing Madeline come alive with the introduction of Olly. You could slowly see life being breathed into her through each of their interactions as well as the ability to seeing life through his eyes. However, I also loved that the story didn’t just center around their growing relationship. There was something about the message of being alive and living that hit really close to home, and left my heart a mess in a completely unexpected manner. Further, one of my favorite things about Everything, Everything was the accompanied illustrations as well as the texting conversations. Traditionally, I’m not one for these extra bells and whistles because the connection I feel to the characters can get lost. However it actually enhanced how I felt about both Madeline and Olly, allowing me to feel more deeply the emotions they were experiencing.

“But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”

Everything, Everything is the debut novel from Nicola Yoon, but it felt anything but. With strong characters and deep emotional ties, the standalone novel felt like something delivered from a woman who was born to write. It was innovative and filled with intent to deliver a message that every person should hear. Everything, Everything and it’s push to live certainly breathed life into this reader and I can’t wait to see what magic Yoon will put out into the world next.


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REVIEW – Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Title: Over Us, Over You
Author: Whitney G.
Release Date: December 7, 2017

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,
Corey

Over Us, Over You is another sweet, sexy novel from Whitney G. Feisty, entertaining, and full of feels, Hayley and Corey’s book absolutely hit the spot. I’m a sucker for a good sibling’s best friend romance and this one had me intrigued from the very beginning. I adored the easy banter, obvious attraction, and longstanding history between Hayley and Corey. I enjoyed getting to glimpse pieces of their past, finding their relationship easy to root for. The roommate aspect of their story definitely made for some delicious tension and I honestly couldn’t wait for things between these two to explode. I always enjoy a fiery heroine and Hayley delivered in spades. Her relationship with her best friend Kelly was icing on the cake, providing plenty of relatable moments that made me laugh out loud. Whitney G. has definitely created a colorful group of lovable characters with this crazy crew.

I can always rely on Whitney G. to deliver an entertaining, quick read designed to be devoured and Over Us, Over You was no exception. I did find the pacing of this book to be a bit uneven. There was plenty of build-up only to have things blow up and resolve a bit too quickly. I also didn’t realize this book was a spin-off and I felt like I was at a bit of a disadvantage because of it. While there was definitely some insight into Hayley’s relationship with her brother, I needed more in regards to Corey’s relationship with him and Hayley’s relationship with her brother’s fiancé in order to really connect to all of the pieces of this story. Those issues aside, this novel was sweet, funny, and easy to read. I enjoyed the ups and downs of Hayley and Corey’s off-limits love and the secondary relationships that made this book so much fun to read. Whitney G. has once again charmed me with Over Us, Over You!


Over Us, Over You from Whitney. G. is a quick, sweet read bound to leave readers with a smile. It’s a brother’s best friend romance but with a friends to lovers twist as well, and if you know me, you know that those are two of my largest sweet spots. Corey and Hayley are ridiculously cute with the back and forth tug of war in learning how to be together as adults. I loved their drafted emails and fun exchanges while trying to keep their romance hidden from the world. At times, I did just want to shake them and make them come clean. However, it made for a cute story that made me fall in love right along side the characters. I have no doubt that readers will be enamored with Corey’s hardheadedness as well as Hayley’s fun-loving personality. In a way, they complemented each other perfectly.

“Forget going to hell. I’m flying there drenched in gasoline.”

I do have to admit that I’m a tad annoyed that the book wasn’t marketed as a spin-off of some of the author’s other works. I’m a reader who likes to go into things in order of publication, even when there is no overlap of characters. Given that the secondary characters were the same, it definitely irked me because I wish I had known. Furthermore, the pacing of the story felt slightly off to me. There was a lot of build up with a quick climax and resolution. I wish that Whitney would have spend a little more time on the blowing up of the problem and expanding on it more. That being said, I know that I can always count on this author for a quick, flirty and fun read. She has yet to truly disappoint me in this regard, which always leaves me coming back for more!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Saving Grace by A.D. Justice

Title: Saving Grace
Author: A.D. Justice
Release Date: December 28, 2017

I wanted to ask for a divorce.

Instead of the fight I expected, she agreed—with a few stipulations, all of which revolved around our son leaving for college in the fall.

Keeping those promises would be a challenge, no doubt. But all I had to do was uphold my end of the deal then walk away without a backward glance.

Somewhere along the way, our charade became my reality.

With each day that passes, I realize time is once again my enemy. I can’t lose her a second time. I’ll never walk away—she healed my soul.

Saving Grace is now my only hope.

A spectacular story of first loves, second chances, and forgiveness, A.D. Justice has a must-read romance on her hands with Saving Grace. Blake and Grace’s journey is as surprising as it is powerful, captivating me from the very first page and holding my heart hostage well beyond the final page. This story had me raging, laughing, crying, and falling in love, each emotion more raw and real than the next. Despite their rocky start, the chemistry between Blake and Grace was utterly electric and I quickly found myself captivated by this couple’s obvious spark. I adored the push and pull between Grace and Blake, loving every moment of their uncertain and yet entirely familiar connection. I was thoroughly addicted to this duo by the time all was said and done.

“I’m still scared. But we’re not promised to tomorrow, and we’ve let too many yesterdays pass us by. Today is all we have.”

A.D. Justice’s phenomenal character development drove this story in a seriously powerful way. Grace faced several heart-wrenching realities in this book and yet she exuded the kind of genuine warmth, sense of gratitude, and hopefulness that made it impossible not to invest myself in her happily ever after. She was fierce, loving, and unfailingly kind and with each passing page, I lost a little more of myself in Grace’s struggles only to find myself again in her awe-inspiring strength. Blake was definitely the biggest surprise for me. I didn’t want to like him because it was easier to have someone to blame for all of my heartache, but A.D. Justice couldn’t let my heart go that easily. Blake proved himself to be worthy, evolving so genuinely and completely over the course of the novel that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels.

“Through every good day and bad day and mistake and stroke of luck, she has been my saving grace. Even when I was too stupid to realize it. Even when I didn’t deserve her.”

To be honest, there were things at the beginning of this book that would usually be non-starters for me. However, I knew this author so I pushed through, confident that she wouldn’t let me down. The journey of redemption, forgiveness, and self-discovery that unfolded was nothing short of unforgettable. Grace and Blake’s story was real and raw and life-affirming, making Saving Grace one of my favorite reads this year. With a storyline that felt fresh and characters that resonated deeply, this novel was bold and beautiful. A.D. Justice’s writing was colorful, honest, and overflowing with emotion, effortlessly bringing this story to life and ensuring I absolutely devoured each and every page. Breathtaking, unexpected, brave, and poignant, Saving Grace is A.D. Justice’s best work yet.


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

Title – The Man in the Black Suit
Author – Sylvain Reynard
Publication Date – December 19, 2017

Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite. Compelled to report her discovery, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with stolen art.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her, threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice—she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

Secrets and danger abound as Nicholas and Acacia try to solve the mystery of a piece of stolen art. But Acacia may prove to be the most dangerous mystery of all.

I feel like I’ve waited forever for a new Sylvain Reynard novel and I can’t even describe to what degree it was it worth the wait! The Man in the Black Suit was classic, quintessential Reynard but with a fresh twist as well. The standalone novel was intriguing and addictive, leaving me unable to put the book down. I tremendously enjoyed the ride that the author took us on, both with the characters and the very apt real-life issues it shone a light on.

“I’m sorry the world is so dark that embracing one’s humanity causes shock and surprise.”

Acacia and Nicholas’ tale is not your conventional romance. However, that special quality also made it impossible not to fall in love with. The Man in the Black Suit was not just about the slow burn of falling for another person, or the instant attraction that leads to ignited passions. While both of these elements were present, the story felt much more about learning someone’s shortcomings and faults, then learning to love and accept them despite those things. Furthermore, it felt like learning how to accept our own flaws can lead you to discover love. Both Acacia and Nicholas were hiding things at that initial meeting, but Reynard did such a beautiful job untangling both of their sordid histories. It kept me turning the pages waiting for the next mystery to unravel and surprise to blow my mind. Simply put, it was a love story between two very different people, but also learning to love ourselves.

“Look at those eyes. A man could get lose in eyes like those.”

The Man in the Black Suit was an unexpected surprise from the very first page to the last word of the epilogue. It was everything I’ve come to know and love about Sylvain Reynard’s writing, yet elevated in a way as well. Perhaps what I loved most though was how relevant to the times the novel felt. With so much backlash on certain cultures and people, it felt refreshing to read this story and feel the emotions that I did. It is certainly thought-provoking and eye-opening, without crossing a political boundary. There is a reason that I keep coming back to words from this author, and there is no doubt that I will continue to do so in the future!


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REVIEW – Cuffed by K. Bromberg

Title: Cuffed
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: Everyday Heroes #1
Release Date: October 21, 2017

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?

***

I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.

K. Bromberg serves up her best novel yet with Cuffed, Grant and Emerson’s story. I adore a good second-chance romance, but Cuffed had an unexpected depth that captured my heart from the very beginning. This book blew me away with its poignant prose, witty dialogue, and heartfelt emotion. The colorful collection of characters captivated me. I was utterly smitten with Grant, and Emerson was a woman after my own heart, but it was the powerful combination of these two characters together that really stuck with me. Their connection ran deep, and their chemistry absolutely sparkled. K. Bromberg has cultivated something sincere and significant with this couple, and I fell head over heels right alongside them.

“My black-and-white world has color seeping into its edges. I love and hate it all at the same time. It makes me feel alive inside when, until now, I hadn’t realized I had been dead.”

Emerson is definitely one of the best heroines I’ve read this year. K. Bromberg expertly nurtured and grew this character over the course of the story, allowing me to experience Emerson’s personal transformation as my own. Despite all Emerson had endured, her strength, independence, and kind heart shined bright, and I couldn’t help but feel drawn to her light. She was genuinely vulnerable and perfectly flawed, the kind of character that was easy to relate to and impossible not to root for. Grant was equally enthralling with his sensitive heart and swoon-worthy hero complex. I loved seeing him come undone in Emerson’s presence, letting go of the bravado and superficial confidence to expose the deeply feeling and fiercely protective man beneath.

“You can’t go gypsy when you have roots. And I want you to have roots, Em. Here. With me. Ones that tangle with mine and can never be ripped out.”

To be honest, the cover did not do this book justice. In fact, it downplays the breathtaking and poignant story of resilience and forgiveness found within. What K. Bromberg has here is so much more than another sexy cop romance. Cuffed is raw and gripping and obviously deeply personal. There is no doubt that K. Bromberg poured pieces of herself into this story because it comes across with so much love and hope. The author’s writing is definitely at its best with this book, and I found myself absolutely devouring it. I also have to applaud the grace with which K. Bromberg handled the sensitive subject matter of Emerson and Grant’s story. This novel was every bit the real and powerful journey I hoped it would be and so much more. Cuffed is bold, beautiful, and overflowing with emotion. This book is K. Bromberg’s best work yet!


There are some books that I have read that have made me laugh, others that made me cry, and some that I have felt deep down in my bones. There are novels that have pulled me into a vortex of emotions, pumped blood through my veins, and became an entity all on their own. K. Bromberg’s Cuffed is somehow one that encompasses bits and pieces of all of these things and more. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t expect to receive such a deep, moving novel given what it was packaged in, but I guess this is one of those cases where you definitely shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

“But remember, you don’t need to know the details of her past to love her heart in the present.”

Grant and Emerson had such a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, romance that drew me in and absolutely captivated me. Much of the novel is spent in a back and forth type of pattern, figuring out the boundaries of their relationship as adults. For me, this can sometimes be a hindrance because you never get to truly see the couple as a functioning duo. However, this never bothered me between Emerson and Grant because they were best friends when they were little which provided for such a strong foundation. Furthermore, they both carried heavy baggage concerning a catalytic event in their relationship and it was quite interesting to see how they both dealt with that. I respected the push and pull dynamic to Emerson and Grant; he needed to learn the appropriate time to push her, while she needed to learn how to let go and trust. The relationship that they tore apart and rebuilt numerous times was one of those that hits you in all the feelers, and definitely leaves its mark on your heart.

“We both took what the other offered and used it to conquer something we feared.”

In traditional Bromberg fashion, she has surprised me and wowed me with the release of Cuffed. She has piqued my interest in terms of her secondary characters, and blew me away with the primary ones. I put off reading it due to the abs on the cover, but was quickly kicking myself for doing so. Cuffed was completely unexpected in terms of the subject matter and I’ll be honest and say that I was pleasantly surprised. You could tell that the author poured her heart into this interconnected standalone, breathing her very essence into its pages. My fingers are crossed that Grant’s brothers’ stories are equally as riveting because I’m certain I’ll be first in line to dive on in!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – A Precious Love by Karen Ferry

Title: A Precious Love
Author: Karen Ferry
Series: Believe #3.5
Release Date: December 11, 2017

Trish Lawson never thought she’d meet a man willing to put up with her type of crazy, but Alex Darrow might end up surprising her.

Alex was never meant to become my lover. On top of being hot as sin, he is gentle, sweet, and honest – not the kind of fun I was looking for. But fate has other plans for us, entwining a thread around our souls and pulling us closer at every turn. Soon, I start to believe that we might have a future together.
That our love is precious.

In the end, fate decides to play the ultimate trick on us, and we are left bleeding and in torment.
The pain becomes too much to bear, and I attempt to sever the tie between us.

The only problem is that Alex won’t let me.
He turns my body into flames of lust while his lips speak of his love for me.

My heart still aches from the loss we share, but I don’t know if I can keep resisting him.

Karen Ferry serves up plenty of heat, heartache, and hope with her new novella, A Precious Love. Having been teased with hints of their relationship in Time to Learn, I was eager to get my hands on Trish and Alex’s story. Karen Ferry definitely didn’t disappoint, delivering the kind of feels that make your heart stutter and soar. I appreciated the intense, immediate connection this couple seemed to share and adored the ease of their flirtatious banter. Trish was every bit the feisty, independent woman I knew she would be, and Alex was downright swoon-worthy in his romantic pursuit of her.

“Maybe I am a little bit crazy, but that’s part of my appeal, babe. Just try to go with it, yeah?”

Due to the length limitations of a novella, the author jumped forward in time at several points throughout the story. While I appreciated the opportunity to see the breadth of Trish and Alex’s relationship, it lost a little something in overall depth. I had a hard time understanding how deeply and solidly they fell for one another when we didn’t get to see them building that part of their relationship. Instead of just being told of their growth and emotional development, I would have preferred to experience it for myself. That isn’t to say that I didn’t feel this story all the way through, I did. I just wanted to feel it as deeply as I’ve felt the author’s other work.

“No matter what she says, this woman is mine.”

Trish and Alex certainly have their work cut out for them in this novella. Karen Ferry put these two through the emotional wringer and she pulled me right along with them. This author has definitely mastered the emotional sucker punch. A Precious Love has humor, heart, and just the right amount of heat, making for an emotional but entirely enjoyable read. The author’s writing continues to show fantastic growth and I found losing myself in her fictional world absolutely effortless. Trish and Alex were the perfect pair, pushing each other in all the right ways. I hope we’ll see more of them in the future. A sweet addition to the Believe series, A Precious Love is a quick, memorable read that will leave you wanting more!


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Karen Ferry is a thirty-something writer, wife to a quiet, laidback man, and mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl who keeps her parents on their toes.

Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she is a complete Anglophile and bookaholic. She loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. She can never get enough of romance.

Or of too many book boyfriends, either.

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