REVIEW – Fighting for Honor by J.B. Salsbury

Title: Fighting for Honor
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Series: Fighting #8
Release Date: September 24, 2017

UFL fighter Caleb hasn’t been to Hope Town since he was eighteen. His next big fight takes place in Atlanta and the serene lakefront home from his childhood is the perfect place to train without distractions.

Until he stumbles downstairs to find a woman in his house. He’s met her before, and he’s never forgotten.

Honor was raised by her grandfather, Crazy Colonel Cartwright. Ostracized at a young age she was an outcast. Combined with her awkward personality and she became the local bully’s favorite plaything.

Honor and Caleb come face-to-face and feelings from fourteen years ago come rushing back—not all of them good.

She prefers to remain unknown, but she’s seen in public with the world’s most talked about fighter and thrust into a national spotlight that catches the attention of her childhood tormentors.

And they aren’t finished with her yet.

J.B. Salsbury brings her Fighting series to the Corps Security in Hope Town Kindle World with Caleb’s story in Fighting for Honor. Caleb and Honor were every bit a Fighting couple, but this crossover gave their journey a softer edge that had me melting in a totally new way. Part friends-to-lovers and part second-chance romance, Fighting for Honor was sweet, sexy, and totally captivating. I adored the undeniable chemistry between Honor and Caleb that only seemed to spark hotter as the pages passed. Their shared history gave them a great foundation on which to build something truly special and surprisingly deep. Overflowing with raw emotion and sprinkled with just enough heat, Caleb and Honor’s journey had me riveted as I devoured this story and held on tight through each twist and turn leading to their happily ever after.

“I should warn you. We’re fighters by nature, insanely competitive; we were all born that way. When we find what we want, we do not give up until it’s ours.”

Honor was the kind of heroine we can all relate to. She’s a bit lost, a little broken, and all sorts of insecure. She was also delightfully awkward, beautifully brave, and unwaveringly kind. She made me feel and left me grinning. She was easy to connect with and I found myself wanting to be her friend and cheering her on. Caleb, on the other hand, was utterly swoon-worthy. He was everything I’ve come to love about J.B. Salsbury’s Fighting men and I instantly fell head over heels. Caleb was flirty, loyal, and fierce in his feelings for Honor. I loved his easy camaraderie with the other fighters who made cameos and adored how protective he was of his relationship. I definitely would have liked to dive a little deeper into the characters, however, I understand that the length of this crossover project limited the depth of the character development.

“It’s real, Honor. As real as it’s ever been for me.”

Having never read Harper Sloan’s Corps Security series or Hope Town series, this was my first look at both of those worlds. It certainly wasn’t necessary to have read either series in order to understand this book and, if anything, I’m intrigued by the brief glimpse I got into the town and the fantastic characters I met. That being said, I enjoyed the unexpected twist that being part of the Kindle World gave this Fighting series story. Fighting for Honor was a mash-up of Salsbury’s addictive Fighting family with a small-town romance setting and I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet, sexy outcome. This book was bursting with heartfelt emotion, witty banter, and brilliant imagery, effortlessly bringing the lovable characters and their unique journey to life. J.B. Salsbury made me laugh, swoon, and happy sigh with Caleb and Honor’s story.


I have an addiction and JB Salsbury is my supplier!! I swear there is not a thing this woman can’t write. Each and every time I pick up a novel by her, I’m blown away by how much she reels me in and delivers on all the feels. I’m super excited to say that Honor and Caleb’s story was no exception. If anything, Fighting for Honor just left me hoping and begging that Salsbury will write a series of small town romances in the future.

“My granddaddy taught me that there was no greater virtue than honor. The only kind of honor I got is my name.”

I liked seeing a little bit more of a vulnerability in he heroine, Honor. I’m honestly not used to that with Salsbury’s characters but it provided for a different sense of satisfaction as she grew into her confidence. Caleb was every bit the gentle protective giant I would be disappointed to miss, and I loved him from the moment we met him. The history between the characters was perfection because it lent to such a fierce banter in their relationship. Nothing came easy, yet I effortlessly fell for these two together.

“She’ll fight for those she cares about, but she has a hard time fighting for herself.”

I will admit that while I adore JB, I was initially skeptical about diving into a world that I had no previous experience with. I was hesitant that I’d be a bit lost, as the story is set in another author’s world.. However, she stayed true to her roots and did her fighting boys proud. It was a perfect blend of the back and forth banter her readers have come to expect, with that dangerous and mysterious setting of a new place. If anything, it made me curious to go check out Harper Sloan’s stories next (and for a girl with a pretty long TBR list, that’s quite a feat)! The ending felt a little bit rushed, and I would have loved to see some expansion, however it was so beyond fulfilling in the feels department. I’m sure that I’ll be first in line for whatever Salsbury pens next, but I’m definitely holding out hope for another small town romance!


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Fighting For Forever (Fighting #6)

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Had Enough by Anie Michaels

Title: Had Enough
Author: Anie Michaels
Release Date: November 17, 2017

She’s an eye-rolling, f-bomb-dropping, crazy-sexy wildcat and I want her all for myself. I almost had her once, too. Unfortunately, before I could convince her I was the only man she needed for the rest of forever, she pushed me away.
That’s okay, though. I don’t mind a challenge or a chase. Especially when I know that pushing me away is just as much a turn on for her as when she pulls me closer.
I’ll play her game for a while, but eventually she’s gotta understand that I’m going to win.

Harmless. That’s how I’ve always viewed my casual stance on dating and sex. It’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings. I’ve never been the one infected before. So what’s a girl supposed to do when she wakes up next to the one man she wasn’t allowing herself to sleep with?
Run like hell. That’s what.
Here’s a tip, though: running from the only person you want to run to, never ends the way you think it will.

Anie Michaels serves up another fierce, funny, and delightfully sweet romance with Hadley and Justin’s story in Had Enough. This standalone will make you laugh and leave your heart overflowing with all things warm and fuzzy. Having first met Hadley and Justin in the With a Kiss series, I was more than a little intrigued by their obviously electric chemistry. Anie Michaels definitely didn’t disappoint, surpassing any and all expectations with this couple and delivering plenty of sincere emotion, witty dialogue, and even a few surprises that kept me flipping the pages. I adored every moment of this perfectly sweet journey. Anie Michaels left me no choice but to absolutely devour Had Enough!

“Last night may have been a mistake in her mind, but in mine it was just the beginning.”

Hadley was every bit the firecracker I’d hoped she’d be and then some. She was sassy, independent, and driven – the kind of heroine you can’t help but invest in. I adored how the author carefully unraveled this character over the course of the story, exposing her insecurities and fears in a way that made her easy to relate to and that much more lovable. Justin made Hadley come undone in that way only your perfect match can and I loved every second of the unrestrained emotion he pulled from her. Justin was equally captivating, proving to be so much more than I first thought. The cocky playboy I met in Kiss Cam turned out to have a heart of gold. Justin was serious, protective, and deeply invested in his feelings for Hadley. Willing to be vulnerable and unwaveringly loyal, Justin proved to be book boyfriend perfection.

“I’m here because from the first moment we met, I was captivated by you. I want to be with you because it feels wrong to be away from you.”

This breathtaking journey was part friends-to-lovers part second-chance romance and one hundred percent addictive. Anie Michaels writing is enchanting, bringing Hadley and Justin’s world to life in a bold and beautiful way. I was thrilled to see so much more of Riley and Camden (from the With a Kiss series) in this novel too. Their friendships added so much light and love to the story. Hadley and Justin’s chemistry is as intoxicating as ever and I lost myself in the thrill of the chase. The fantastic push and pull between this duo had my heart all over the map and ensured I was deeply invested in Hadley and Justin’s happily ever after. Anie Michaels undoubtedly has another swoon-worthy romance on her hands with this one – Had Enough is sexy, entertaining, and full of feels!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: Enchant
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Series: The Enchanted #1
Release Date: November 17, 2017

Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

Micalea Smeltzer delivers the beginning of what is sure to be a magical new series with Enchant. Charming, sweet, and full of feels, Mara and Theo’s story was utterly captivating. I’m not usually one for fantasy romance, but the author had me so invested in her adorable, fierce, and swoon-worthy characters that I couldn’t help but devour this novel. From the very first page, Mara and Theo shared something special, the kind of chemistry that is absolutely electric. I adored the push and pull between them, thoroughly entertained by their witty banter and serious sexual tension. Micalea Smeltzer did a fantastic job developing Mara and Theo’s instant attraction into something more significant that demanded to be explored.

“But I was selfish enough to take all he’d give me while he was giving it. This feeling, this thing between us, was worth the pain.”

Mara was certainly not what I expected in terms of a heroine. She seemed detached and unsure in a way that made it hard to connect with her at first. However, once her story began to unfold and she started to grow into her own, I saw a bold, brave woman emerge. By the time the novel ended, I was definitely invested and I look forward to seeing her develop further as the series continues. Theo, on the other hand, captured my heart from the very beginning. He was mysterious, protective, and broody in all the right ways. I enjoyed watching him come unhinged around Mara and loved every tension-filled moment he endured trying to fight his feelings for her. I’m anxious to know more about Theo’s past and can only hope we’ll get to unravel this character a bit more in future books.

“My heart belongs to someone else even though I never meant to give it away. It’s just … his.”

As the first book in a fantasy series, Enchant had to focus on building Mara and Theo’s world, introducing the various players, and setting the scene for the rest of the series. Because of this, there wasn’t as much individual character development, but Micalea Smeltzer did a great job giving readers just enough to get them hooked and ensure they come back for more. I loved getting to meet all of the vibrant secondary personalities that colored this novel and am certainly curious as to how Mara and Theo’s journey will continue to unfold. Micalea Smeltzer’s writing is absolutely enchanting, effortlessly bringing her fantastical world to life and engaging readers in the vivid emotions of the story. I’ll definitely be back for more of this author’s snappy dialogue, entrancing imagery, and heartfelt prose. Enchant is an enthralling reading experience from start to finish!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Surviving Wilder by Cassie Graham

Title  – Surviving Wilder
Author – Cassie Graham
Publication Date – November 9, 2017
Series – Wild #2

Candy Sawyer has decided to put her Strix obligations on hold in order to find herself – whatever that means. After years of being a dream-jumping white-witch, she hits the road with two friends seeking answers in the unknown. When she stumbles upon a small town in northern Arizona, she discovers something she wasn’t quite ready to deal with.

Sherwood ‘Wood’ Wilder is a broody, gorgeous, supernatural Pursuer who loves to grate Candy’s nerves. Some wouldn’t even call them friends – Candy, especially. So, when she runs into him while on a case, she doesn’t expect to have any sort of feelings for him other than aggravation.

Against her better judgment, Candy finds herself on a dangerous mission alongside Wood to unlock the secrets tormenting the town.

Their relationship becomes a thrilling game of cat and mouse, and soon, the lines they firmly put in place become blurred beyond recognition.

They’ve unknowingly jumped off a ledge. The question is, will their parachutes open before they hit the soil below?

Cassie Graham has just released her newest novel, Surviving Wilder, and I’m definitely feeling all sorts of bewitched! I tend to be quite picky about which paranormal books I’ll pick up but Graham did a fantastic job with her world-building, pulling readers in and casting them under her incredible spell. Wood and Candy’s relationship was unexpected and filled with action that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride.

“She knew if there was a choice between her or me, I’d choose her. Every. Damn. Time.”

As soon as we got a glimpse of the hero and heroine together, I knew that their relationship would be on fire. They complemented each other in the best of ways and I found myself utterly addicted to their push and pull. Both Candy and Wood had some of the same fears, even if they manifested themselves in different ways. It resulted in Surviving Wilder developing into a story where each character had to learn who he/she was at their core. Their journeys explored their insecurities, their fears, and only when they came together was it that they could truly confront their demons (both emotionally and physically). Not only did the primary characters shine, but each of the secondary characters spoke loudly to me as well. They never overpowered Candy or Wood, yet they were so integral to the story that you couldn’t help but want more of them as well.

“Maybe she was the thief. She’s stolen something from me I didn’t even know I was willing to give away. We’re the ultimate Bonnie and Clyde. Together we’ll drown in our mistakes, broken and scarred.”

Surviving Wilder is so well written with its imagery and world building. It felt full out paranormal and as someone who is mainly a romance reader, it was definitely a refreshing breath of air. Though you can absolutely read this book as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first in the series, Surviving Wilder, in order to get the full effect. Cassie Graham is continuing to grow and she’s finding her niche with this Wild clan. I’m excited to see her continue to develop her confidences and produce books that are out of this world yet so relatable. I have an inkling who the next book is about and I must say – I’m super thrilled and anxious already!


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A Moscato aficionado, and chocolate mistress, Cassie Graham is a born and raised Arizona girl. Her sass knows no bounds and almost always has something kind to say, no matter the situation. She runs a platform of love and strives to bring those attributes out in every book she writes.

Cassie studied English and literature in college and has an intense love for fairytales. Go figure. Though she loves a good fairytale, she promises to always put her characters through the wringer for that happy ending. She started writing early in her high school career after an English teacher forced her to write in a journal. Four years and thirty-something notebooks full of words later, she found her passion.

Being a hopeless romantic, she found her love for romance after she fell in love at eighteen. Stories became a lot easier to write after she found her soulmate. Love exists and she’s blessed enough to live it every day.

If Cassie isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a version of a fairytale, you can find her front porch sitting with her husband and daughter, eating all the bread, gossiping with her best friends, visiting Disneyland, supporting strong women, listening to cheesy music and reading great books by amazing people. She loves binge watching Supernatural, drooling over Dean, Sam and Cas, and going to conventions. She also enjoys spreading love any chance she can. So, if you run into her, give her a hug or a high-five. She guarantees they’re magic.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Kavanagh Christmas by Sarah Robinson

Title: Kavanagh Christmas
Author: Sarah Robinson
Series: Kavanagh Legends #5
Release Date: November 7, 2017

The heartfelt holiday conclusion to the Kavanagh Legends family saga revisits all the couples that readers have fallen in love with throughout the series. An angsty and loving Christmas novella, it’s the perfect goodbye to these Irish MMA fighters and a glimpse into what the future holds for them.    

 

With the Christmas season fast approaching, the entire Kavanagh family is feeling anything but the holiday spirit. Commitments are questioned, relationships are tense, and bickering is nonstop.

However, when a crisis strikes and the family realizes that they might lose one of their own, they’ll come together to remember the reason for the season is first, and foremost, love and family.

Sarah Robinson brings back the crazy, lovable Kavanagh family for one more novella with Kavanagh Christmas and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Told from multiple points of view, readers get to enjoy another look at Rory and Clare, Kieran and Fiona, Kane and Nora, Quinn and Kiera, and the rest of the crew settled into their happily ever afters. In true Kavanagh fashion, this novella isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Unafraid to get real and raw, Sarah Robinson hits readers with some tough stuff that had me experiencing the entire spectrum of emotions. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. And I fell in love all over again with each unique and enigmatic couple.

“That was who the Kavanaghs were. They showed up. They loved. Repeat.”

Kavanagh Christmas was the perfect balance of angst, humor, and unconditional love. The chemistry between the couples was as obvious as ever while their connections seemed somehow deeper, fortified by their history and shared trials. Sarah Robinson’s writing absolutely captivated and I found myself simultaneously devouring this novella and wishing it would never end. I loved getting a glimpse at the next generation, falling in love with the Kavanaghs as parents (and grandparents). My heart was shredded, pieced together, and left to soar with this final piece of the series. Sarah Robinson knows how to leave readers utterly satisfied and Kavanagh Christmas did just that!


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RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Shock Jock by A.M. Madden

Title: Shock Jock: A Lair Novel
Author: A.M. Madden
Release Date: November 7, 2017

I’m Vaughn Lair.
You might have heard of my rock star cousin, Jack.
I’m on the radio for entirely different reasons.
My voice may not cause women to swoon through music and lyrics…it’s the content of my syndicated radio show that has them desperate to talk to me.
I’m a sex therapist who doles out great advice.
My doctorate gives me license to hold nothing back.
My listeners have crowned me the King of Romance.
I change relationships for the better.
I’m the SEXpert.
The erotic shock jock.
The man with a plan.
Until one call on the air turns the tables on me.
A stranger suddenly has me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself.
And then an unexpected turn of events between my best friend and me only worsens my confusion.
I have all the answers, except when it comes to my own damn love life.
This man no longer has a plan.
This man is now the one needing advice.

Watch out Lair Lovers! A.M. Madden delivers another delicious book boyfriend with Vaughn in Shock Jock. Sexy, hilarious, and undeniably sweet, this novel gave me all the feels and then some. Vaughn and Haven were quite the pair and I absolutely adored their genuine friendship, easy banter, and unconditional loyalty. Their obvious connection and understated chemistry begged further exploration and kept me flipping the pages until I’d devoured this story. A.M. Madden made me laugh, swoon, and happy sigh with this brand new Lair and his feisty best friend.

“Can you imagine your life without her?”

As far as heroes go, Vaughn was in a league all his own. I loved his intelligence, earnestness, and delightful dirty-talk. I enjoyed the way A.M. Madden developed this character through his work and his relationship with Haven. He became exposed and vulnerable over the course of his journey and I found myself completely drawn to the man beneath the bravado. Haven was equally fascinating; her history with Vaughn and the way their lives were so totally intertwined had me anxious to get to know her better. A.M. Madden unraveled Haven a bit, letting readers see what made her tick and then giving the character room to grow into her own. Lovable and true, it was my ability to relate to Haven so completely that made this heroine easy to root for.

“The things I want from you run a mile long. I want your heart. I want to give you mine, and for you to accept it.”

Fans of A.M. Madden’s previous books will be happy to see some familiar faces again. I adored the cameos and how effortlessly the secondary characters seemed to fit into Vaughn and Haven’s story. Shock Jock was an entertaining and easy read, allowing me to lose myself in the romance and sizzle of this fantastic journey. A.M. Madden’s writing sparkles with all of the wit and charm I’ve come to adore from this great author. Shock Jock isn’t heavy or overly angsty, but the perfect lighthearted read to leave you swooning and smiling. Whether you already love this author or are just diving in for the first time, Shock Jock is sure to satisfy!


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A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.

A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.

“It’s all about the HEA.”

A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House and Ever After Romance.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going. She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.

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RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Tempting Sophia by Jessica Prince

Title: Tempting Sophia
Author: Jessica Prince
Release Date: November 2, 2017

Having my heart broken once was enough to make me give up on the idea of love all together. Instead of searching for The One I decided to embrace variety and turn my back on monogamy. I made a living convincing women they didn’t need a man to feel complete.

And I totally rocked at it.

Until the man who shattered my happily ever after came waltzing back into my life, determined to make me fall for him all over again.

He claims that I’m the love of his life. He wants a second chance, and it seems like he’ll stop at nothing to tempt the hell out of me. But if Dominic Abbatelli thinks he can win me back with his puppy dog eyes, heartfelt apologies, and declarations of love then he’s…probably right.

Jessica Prince returns with more from the ladies of Girl Talk in her hilarious and sweet new novel, Tempting Sophia. After getting glimpses of Sophia and Dominic in Seducing Lola, I was utterly intrigued. Jessica Prince hinted at some serious history and undeniable chemistry between these two and I was anxious to get my hands on the rest of their story. Tempting Sophia definitely delivered. Sophia and Dominic’s journey was funny, heartfelt, and absolutely sizzling. I fell hard and fast for their colorful banter, adorable sweetness, and all the ways in which they made me swoon. There was something magnetic about this couple and I adored experiencing the push and pull between them as they tried to find their way back to each other.

“I told you I’d make you crave me until you forgot how to live without me, and I meant it. Because in ten years, I’ve never learned how to live without you.”

Sophia was feisty, strong, and wonderfully outspoken. However, there was also a vulnerability and measure of insecurity about her that just felt so entirely genuine. I enjoyed getting to know this character, watching her grow and evolve over the course of the story. Sophia was easily relatable in a way that had me wholly invested in her happily after ever. Dominic was just as captivating. I enjoyed his confident and charming personality, but even more so, I loved the way he came undone around Sophia. Unafraid to fight hard and love harder, Dominic and Sophia brought out the best in one another. This couple had me falling hard and fast for their unique and beautiful love story.

“And I’ll wait for as long as it takes for you to forgive me and let me back in, because not only do I not know how to live without you in my life, I don’t even want to try.”

Tempting Sophia was the perfect blend of sweet romance, heart-wrenching emotion, and scorching hot encounters. Throw in plenty of humor and some hilarious secondary characters and Jessica Prince has you ready to devour this story. There were so many of my favorite elements in this storyline. It was a heartfelt-second-chance-best-friend’s-sibling-romantic-comedy and it just felt good all the way through. I laughed. I cried. And I swooned. Jessica Prince’s writing truly sparkles and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Daphne and Caleb next. Witty, heartfelt, and completely enchanting, Tempting Sophia is a must read from this incredibly talented author!


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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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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Acquisition by Chelle Bliss

Title: Acquisition
Author: Chelle Bliss
Series: Takeover Duet #1
Release Date: October 24, 2017

A ONE-NIGHT STAND with a handsome stranger wasn’t a problem–until he tried to STEAL her company.

Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company to new heights.

Rival CEO, Antonio Forte is arrogant, controlling, and sexy.

She should know, since Antonio’s a one-night stand she thought she’d never see again.

Antonio wants to takeover more than her company, he wants her as part of the Acquisition.

Let the games begin…

Chelle Bliss delivers another sexy and surprising romance with Acquisition. From the beginning, this book absolutely sizzled, but it was the unexpected turns the storyline took that had me so completely captivated. Lauren and Antonio made for quite the power couple and I fell hard and fast for this determined, feisty duo. They shared an undeniable chemistry that begged to be set free as well as an understated deeper connection that wholly intrigued me. The push and pull between the hero and heroine was downright addictive and I loved the witty banter, flirtatious exchanges, and heated moments of honesty that so brilliantly colored the pages of this novel.

“I know before his lips touch mine again that if I’m not careful, he’d know he was right. I wanted him, even though I hated him. The phrase, there’s a thin line between love and hate, it fits us perfectly.”

Lauren and Antonio were both fantastic characters and I appreciated the way Chelle Bliss developed their relationship beyond their initial physical attraction. I adored learning about Lauren, discovering her personal history and piecing together what made her tick. She was strong, fierce, and incredibly driven, but also vulnerable in a way that felt entirely genuine. She’s the kind of heroine it’s easy to root for. Antonio, on the other hand, was utterly swoon-worthy and he not only knew how to make a girl blush, but he had what it takes to melt hearts too. As much as I adored everything that made him true book boyfriend material, I would have liked to unravel him a bit more on a personal level in order to get a real sense of who he was and better understand his motives.

“I want her to feel the truth in my words. I’d move heaven and earth if I believed Lauren could be mine forever.”

Acquisition was a fun, sexy novel all around. The character growth, relationship development, and plot progression all made for an enthralling read and I easily lost myself in the world Chelle Bliss has created with this book. There were also plenty of great secondary characters to add to the humor and heart of the story, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me next. The author left readers with quite the cliffhanger and I’m definitely on the edge of my seat waiting for the conclusion to Lauren and Antonio’s story. Fast-paced, entertaining, and full of surprises, Acquisition is another electric and enchanting read from Chelle Bliss!


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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.

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RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – The Final Fight by J.B. Salsbury

Title: The Final Fight
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Publication Date: October 23, 2017
Series: Fighting #9

When life brings you the perfect person at the worst possible time…

On a weekend visit to Las Vegas to visit his brother, Marine Braeden Daniels meets a woman who challenges him in ways he can’t deny. The best part is she wants what he wants.

No strings. No feelings. Just fun.

AJ is a Las Vegas performer who is finally living her dream. Growing up poor, she’s determined to succeed at any cost. No one will stand in her way—not even a hot Marine who breezes into her life all confidence and a cocky smile.

A few stolen weekends and neither can deny the feelings quickly growing between them. But the obstacles that keep them apart become more devastating when the Marine Corps calls Braeden away for a six-month deployment.

It’s only six months.

What could possibly happen?

JB Salsbury brings her unforgettable Fighting series to a close with another epic and angsty romance. The Final Fight is Braeden and A.J.’s story and it was everything I’d hoped it would be and so much more. Their journey was sweet, sexy, and full of surprises. The author had me riding one heck of an emotional rollercoaster as I fell hard and fast for this great new couple. A.J. fit right into the Fighting world, proving to be the perfect match for Braeden and all of his demons. These two shared an instantly addictive chemistry that burned hot and fast. However, it was their significant emotional connection that gave me all the feels. Braeden and A.J.’s story was a fantastic addition to what is one of my all-time favorite series. With The Final Fight, JB Salsbury leaves Fighting fans totally satisfied.

“Even fifty years from now, if I never speak to the man again, I know I’ll never forget him. He’s made an irreversible mark on me as real as the heart that beats in my chest.”

A.J. was everything I’ve come to expect from a Fighting series heroine. She was independent, fierce, and perfectly vulnerable. She had a heart that demanded to be loved and enough attitude to handle everything Braeden threw her way. Braeden was equally intriguing and I adored finally getting to know this character after seeing bits and pieces of him throughout the series. Braeden’s personal journey stirred up a lot of turmoil and I appreciated the raw and genuine emotions that poured from the pages of this novel. Together, Braeden and A.J. were a force to be reckoned with. I loved seeing them unravel each other so completely, forcing one another to fall apart so that they could both find a way to heal.

“In time, maybe we’ll both start seeing ourselves a little more clearly.”

One of my favorite things about The Final Fight was getting to see all of the previous couples from throughout the series. JB Salsbury gave readers a glimpse into the happily ever afters of her beloved characters and I found myself overcome by the beautiful feeling of family the author has so masterfully cultivated over the course of the series. Paced to be devoured, Braeden and A.J.’s journey was completely captivating and the author’s writing proved to be as enchanting as ever. The Final Fight expertly balanced the potent emotional element of the story with plenty of adorable banter and just the right amount of sizzle to deliver something wholly incomparable. JB Salsbury leaves readers with plenty of spin-off possibilities as she brings this phenomenal series to a close with what is definitely one of her best novels yet. The Final Fight is breathtaking, swoon-worthy, and an absolute must read!


I swear, I’m that reader who looks at a series with more than a few books and thinks “enough already”. However, when it comes to J.B. Salsbury’s Fighting boys, it feels like I’ll never be able to get my fill. With each new release, she sucks me in and makes me fall head over heels in love with the characters and their journeys. The Final Fight was like a one-two punch to my heart with all the feels and emotions I experienced, but I wouldn’t have the series go out any other way.

“We’re going to get through this. We’re gonna fight our way through this because we know no other way. And we’re gonna do it together.”

I was hooked on the relationship between A.J. and Braeden from their very first meeting. There was familiarity in the confident (almost cocky) attitude of Braeden as well as the strong, independent personality of A.J.’s, yet they were incredibly different from Salsbury’s other Fighting boys. Braeden’s story was emotional, filled with ups and downs, but in a devastatingly beautiful way. Plus, it shone a light on a very real affliction facing way too many members of the population. I loved that while the characters lived these separate lives, their chemistry and feelings were never misconstrued. Their setbacks became my very own heartbreaks, while their victories became my own joyous moments as well. I could feel their emotions bleed from the pages, seep into my heart, and couldn’t help but root for them from beginning to end.

“There’s no way she can do what she’s proposing; she’s just one girl. But she’s the girl.”

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, then it’s no surprise that I am a long time fan of this author and tend to think highly of whatever she puts out into the world. She found a niche with her Fighting boys, but after reading The Final Fight, I think she may have a penchant for military heroes as well. Braeden and A.J. may not have been fighters in the traditional sense, but they were every bit the embodiment of the word. It was such a bittersweet moment to turn that last page of the book, but if the series had to end, this poignantly beautiful tale of love and fighting for survival was the absolute best way to do it.


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Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)

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JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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REVIEW – The Consort by K.A. Linde

Title – The Consort
Author – K.A. Linde
Publication Date – October 10, 2017
Series – Ascension #3

After the loss of a friend and a false imprisonment in an Eleysian dungeon, Cyrene has no interest in destiny. Her heart was shattered, friends scattered, and her home is nothing but a pretty illusion. Even her magic won’t cooperate.

Only desperation can turn her to the last person she should trust:

Prince Kael.

His darkness mirrors a growing force lurking within her. A struggle she never imagined threatens to consume her. And as friends and foes begin to show their true colors, she starts questioning whether anyone is who they seem.

Even herself.

K.A. Linde’s writing has attracted me and kept me invested no matter the topic, but there was something special about The Consort that made me feel like she has found her niche. This third book in the series continues Cyrene’s journey of ups and downs to discovering herself and oh boy does it deliver. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, aching to read faster yet simultaneously never wanting the story to end.

“She didn’t know where her story was going. She didn’t know what path she was on. She couldn’t care less about some prophecy that was trying to lead her in whatever direction it wanted. Her future was her own from this day forth.”

Readers were thrown right back into the angst of Cyrene’s life while in the midst of it being turned upside down. From the very first page of The Consort, I was unable to put it down. Cyrene was on a journey to discover herself unlike any that I’ve encountered before. Though the novel takes place in a fantasy genre, there were phenomenal parallels to reality that made me fall in love with Cyrene more so than I already had. She experienced incredible losses and betrayals which colored her perception on life. It resulted in being swallowed by a grief that she then had to work her way through. I could sit here and gush about her relationships and hardships, but it’s honestly just something that needs to be experienced for oneself. The secondary characters also never outshine our heroine, yet somehow, they each twinkle and shine in their own rights. Whether you love or hate them, there is never a feeling of ambivalence and that is certainly a talent of Linde’s that speaks for itself.  

“She had long wondered if she was the light or dark. The good or the bad. Perhaps to win this battle, to end this war, she needed to be both. To be more than separate halves and instead be whole.”

K.A. Linde has built such an incredible, intricate world filled with layers upon layers of surprises. Every time I would uncover something, there were five more questions raised and it left me never able to guess where she was taking the story. Though I have just finished The Consort, I’m already aching to find out just where she will take these characters next. I have no doubt that readers will fall even deeper with Cyrene and her clan in this installment of the series, which I fully believe is the best yet!


Time was a wily beast.

It stole. It destroyed. It healed.

Constant and immovable.

And each day brought a new morning.

Time was dependable. And only time could move the world forward.

Time had slipped away from Cyrene. It was a thief in the night, scrubbing away the hours and leaving her disoriented.

At first, all she could feel was the soft bed beneath her body. For a moment, she thought of Dean. Lying against his chest, waking in the morning with his arms wrapped tightly around her, knowing that another night had passed. Another night closer to their wedding.

Then, another second ticked by, and that memory stabbed her in the chest. There would never be another morning like that. There would never be another dawn with Dean. There would never be another moment in Eleysia. For she was bound to Byern. And always would be.

Her eyes flew open, and she scrambled across the bed in horror. Her hand touched her mouth…and Kael Dremylon’s eyes slowly opened with a lazy smile on his pretty face.

“Morning,” he said, biting back a yawn.

“What in the Creator’s name are you doing in my bed?” she all but shrieked.

“Sleeping.”

“How dare you come into my quarters and share my bed with me! Do you think I have no honor? Do you think I have forgotten what you tried to do to me?”

She had woken up curled around Kael! Her leg wrapped around his. Her arm flung across his bare chest. His arms cradling her, as if he even knew what comfort was.

Now, he was staring at her as if she had gone completely insane. How could he possibly think this was okay?

“Do you know where we are?” Kael asked.

He sat up and leaned on one elbow. The sheet slipped off his body, revealing every rippling muscle. She snapped her gaze back up to his face.

“I don’t see how that matters.”

“We are on a Byern warship. This is the only room on the ship with quarters this nice. Otherwise, you can sleep below decks with the crew. Is that what you want?”

She shook her head. “Surely, there must be somewhere else. I can’t be expected to sleep here. What will everyone think?”

He laughed a bitter, rough laugh. “Now, you are concerned about this?”

“If I am to be carted back to Byern, then I should have the luxuries of an Affiliate.”

He held his hand out. “And you are afforded those luxuries.”

Cyrene opened her mouth to argue, but he cut her off.

“This is a war vessel, not a pleasure ship. We are not on procession, like the last time you had the full attention of Byern royalty in your bed,” he said viciously. “If you do not sleep with me, in my rooms, then you sleep below decks. With the crew.”

Cyrene glowered at him. Of course, he would use every advantage that he had while he had her here. And, even though she had never slept with King Edric, it still prickled her to think that everyone, including Kael, believed that she had. But, if it irritated him to consider it, then she wouldn’t contradict him.

“So, you expect me to sleep next to you the entire time I am trapped here?”

“Yes,” he said simply. “Now, if you want to roll back over and lie on me again, I won’t object.”

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K.A. Linde grew up as a military brat and created fantastical stories based off of her love for Disney movies, fairy tales, and Star Wars. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, loves reading young adult novels, and dancing. Additionally, K.A. has written more than a dozen adult novels and is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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