BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Dignity by Jay Crownover

Title: Dignity
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: The Breaking Point #2
Release Date: October 17, 2017

Looks can be deceiving.

I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter.

I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth.

I turned my back on dignity and sold my soul to the highest bidder, deciding to dance with the devil, instead.

I couldn’t figure out how to help myself, so there was zero chance I knew how to save someone else.

That someone else was Noe Lee. She was the unkempt, unruly thief who was just as smart as I was and twice as street savvy. She was annoyingly adorable beneath the dirt and grime, and she was in trouble. In way over her head, I told myself it wasn’t my job to keep her from drowning. In the Point, it was sink or swim, and I wasn’t the designated lifeguard on duty.

I shut the door in her face, but now she’s gone…vanished…disappeared without a trace. It took less than a second for me to realize that I wanted her back.

When a woman comes along that melts all the frozen, hard things you’re made of; you’ll do anything you have to, to bring her home.

What you see is not always what you get…and with a man like me, what you get is more than anyone ever bargained for.

No one does bad better than Jay Crownover. Dignity is the perfect new addition to The Breaking Point series and another addictive look into the vibrant, colorful, and unforgettable Point family. I didn’t have many expectations for Noe and Stark’s story so I was particularly blown away by the sexy, smart, and surprisingly sweet read. Jay Crownover didn’t just make me care about this couple; she made me feel for them until it hurt. I adored the immediate chemistry that sparked between the two geniuses and loved watching their tenuous connection develop into something deep and real. This duo stole my heart with their ferocity and strength of character. Noe and Stark knew what they wanted and they fought hard for every piece of it.

“I owed the villains everything. They took me the way I was with no questions asked.”

Noe and Stark were delightfully unique characters and I quickly fell head over heels for their particular brand of badass genius. Although they met under unusual circumstances, this pair found a kindred spirit in one another. Their time together fueled something passionate and undeniably significant that didn’t disappoint. Jay Crownover did a phenomenal job developing these characters over the course of their journey. I loved watching Stark’s heart thaw as Noe made him truly feel and I enjoyed experiencing Noe’s growth into a woman who no longer had to hide in the shadows. Stark became a man with something worth fighting for while Noe found a voice that demanded to be heard. Together this couple evolved into a force of nature all their own.

“Maybe it’s not about what we can’t do. Maybe it’s about the fact you tried to do something in the first place.”

From the very first page, Dignity had me riveted. Jay Crownover’s writing is as polished and enthralling as ever. Her breathtaking imagery, lovable characters, and captivating storyline brought this unique novel to life with the kind of powerful emotions I’ve come to love from this author. Dignity was paced to be devoured and I certainly did just that. I rooted for Noe in all of her brave and unapologetic glory and fell hard and fast for the utterly swoon-worthy Stark. Jay Crownover even gave readers a glimpse at previous couples from the Point in an incredibly satisfying way. Dignity gave me all the feels, making my return trip to the Point just as brilliant and downright stunning as I’d hoped it would be. Fans of Jay Crownover will love this new novel. Noe and Stark’s story is another hands-down hit from this talented author!


I was dragging ass when I took the stairs up to Booker’s unit. Typically, I could run up the three flights and not even get winded, but I was running on fumes and the last traces of adrenaline. My brain was fuzzy, and my normally sharp thoughts felt scattered and unruly. The past and the present were at war in my mind, and the battle for which one made me feel worse was raging.

I made my way through the quiet loft listening for any sound that would indicate Noe was up and moving around. When I got closer to the bedroom, I heard the shower running and swear words chasing the steam out of the open door. It was going to be painful for a while when the water sluiced over her wounds. The thought had me squeezing my eyes closed and clenching my hands into fists. Just because tough things didn’t break didn’t mean they couldn’t be damaged, dented, and scratched. The fact Noe was currently suffering so much wear and tear because of me scraped across my skin and dug into my belly like sharp knives.

I was turning to walk out of the room so she could finish in peace when the running water went silent and her swearing ramped up a notch. I heard her banging around in the bathroom and then she yelled, “Booker, I need a towel! I’m dripping all over your floor.”

I opened my mouth to tell her Booker was gone and that I would go find her one. I didn’t need her poking through his stuff and running across a submachine gun or a rocket launcher. My brain was ping-ponging between annoyance that she’d called for Booker instead of me and the unrelenting image of her, naked, wet, and dripping onto the tile. I wasn’t a guy prone to fantasy, but damn if I didn’t get all kinds of caught up in the thought of her pretty olive skin glistening with moisture from head to toe. I needed to get away from her. I needed space so I could find a way to wrap armor back around all the soft parts of me she exposed.

I was shaking my head to marshal my thoughts back in order when I heard her swear again. Suddenly, like I conjured her out of a dream, Noe was standing in the pocket doorway of the bathroom wearing nothing more than a scowl of irritation and shimmery, shiny water droplets. Her midnight-colored eyebrows shot up to her hairline, and a bright pink flush stained the top of her chest and crawled up her neck into her face. She didn’t lift her hands to cover herself. She stood as still as I was, not moving at all under my furious and hungry gaze.

I wanted to be polite and look away. I told myself it was rude to stare and that the last thing she needed was some guy she barely knew gawking at her like she was a priceless work of art on a museum wall. I berated myself for this invasion of privacy but none of the lecturing or preaching did any good. The only way I could have torn my eyes off that petite frame, with it’s perfectly perky breasts and slightly rounded hips, was if someone slapped them out of my head. I couldn’t blink. I was scared to breathe. I felt like if I moved at all she would bolt like a startled deer, and I needed another second, another minute, another hour, to memorize every single part of her.

She was small, but all the parts added up to perfection. Seeing her like this, stripped bare with nothing to hide behind, I couldn’t believe I’d ever been stupid enough think she was a boy. Everything about her was delicate, feminine, and soft. The hollow of her neck, the elegant curve of her shoulders, the flare of her hips and the fullness of her ass. Her legs weren’t long, but they were toned and shapely. She was the very definition of good things coming in small packages and all I wanted to do was wrap her up and put her on a shelf that was too high and too hard to reach for anyone but me.

Choking on possession and a surge of lust unlike anything I’d ever felt, I belatedly turned my back on her and muttered thickly, “I used all the towels in there last night when I cleaned you up. I’ll go find where Booker keeps the extras.”

She moved. I felt it. The current that ran between us pulsed and throbbed with something hot. I heard her bare feet on the carpet and it took every ounce of willpower I possessed to keep my feet planted and my back turned. She was naked in a room with a very big bed and I was a man who never had such a visceral reaction to anyone…ever. If I had a switch, Noe Lee was the only person who had ever come along and flipped it. I was the actual definition of turned on when I had been off for most of my life.

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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

Title: Most of All You
Author: Mia Sheridan
Release Date: October 17, 2017

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

Mia Sheridan serves up another stunning, heart-wrenching romance with Most of All You. From the very first page, I was captivated. I knew that this novel would be as refreshingly unique as every other book from this author and I was definitely not disappointed. Crystal and Gabriel’s journey was one-of-a-kind and they shared a connection that was all their own. This couple was as unlikely as they were perfect for one another, their individual jagged edges fitting together to create something whole and healing. With a chemistry that absolutely sizzled, Crystal and Gabriel were the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and I quickly found myself totally addicted to this novel.

“How strong did your mind have to be—how beautiful your heart—to hold on in such a way? To choose love over fear again and again?”

Crystal is not your usual heroine. Life had not been kind to her and yet she seemed oddly accepting of her circumstances. Resigned to a lackluster fate devoid of emotional connection, there was something about this character that called out to me. Crystal had a fierceness in her that hinted at an incredible strength and begged for something better to find her. I adored the way in which this character blossomed over the course of the story. Mia Sheridan did a fantastic job unraveling Crystal’s insecurities, revealing her strengths, and highlighting the things that made her utterly lovable. She fought for her own happiness and she fought hard. Crystal’s resilience and determination ensured that I rooted for her happily ever after.

“I need to find myself. I need to figure out who I am without you. I need to figure out what to hold on to and what to let go of.”

I can’t say I’ve ever read a character quite like Gabriel before. He tugged on my heartstrings in seriously surprising ways. This hero was sweet, thoughtful, kind, and respectful – everything Crystal didn’t know she needed. Having endured more than his share of loss and heartache, Gabriel seemed to unknowingly recognize something in Crystal that allowed them both to grow and heal. In being able to care for her, he took back control of his life and, for the first time, was able to choose his own path. I loved how Mia Sheridan quietly evolved this character, putting aside his initial expectations for the relationship and allowing something else entirely to take root and eventually, transform them both.

“Choice is such a loaded word, isn’t it?”

Crystal and Gabriel weren’t the only characters to make me feel. I also enjoyed the colorful and emotionally raw secondary personalities that helped shape our couple’s journey. Most of All You is leisurely paced, perfectly in line with Mia Sheridan’s other more touching reads. The character development, plotline progression, and emotional build-up were exceptional, ensuring that Most of All You is a true testament to Mia Sheridan’s undeniable talent. While Crystal and Gabriel’s story felt completely different from any of the author’s previous work, there was also something perfectly identifiable as Mia’s writing magic that warmed my heart as I read. Crystal and Gabriel’s journey is memorable and moving. Most of All You is another beautifully distinctive and breathtakingly poignant story from Mia Sheridan.


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Return to the Island by L.B. Dunbar

Title: Return to the Island
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Series: Island Duet #2
Release Date: October 13, 2017

The Island awaits your return

Ties severed too soon.
What was real?
What was fantasy?

Two lost souls.
Two broken hearts.
One deserted island.

I’ll find you, she said.
I’ll be waiting, he replied.

Return to the island to discover the truth.

L.B. Dunbar delivers the breathtaking conclusion to Tack and Juliet’s story with Return to the Island. After the way Redemption Island ended, I felt anxious, empty, and in desperate need of answers. Tack and Juliet’s journey was so unique and intriguing that I hated not knowing what was real and how their story would play out. Luckily, L.B. Dunbar didn’t leave readers hanging for long and Return to the Island was as sweet and satisfying as it was sexy and surprising. The chemistry between Tack and Juliet was as palpable as ever and I loved the tension that built as they danced around one another, unsure as to what their time apart truly meant for them.

“One night, everything was stripped away. Another night, a promise of something more stitched her back together.”

Juliet showed tremendous character growth since the first book. She was stronger, more sure, and completely self-sufficient. I appreciated her independent spirit and the genuinely kind heart she repeatedly demonstrated despite everything she had endured. I was able to connect with her in entirely new ways throughout this book and that made rooting for her absolutely effortless. Tack, on the other hand, seemed to become an entirely new person in this novel. Gone was the confused man driven by greed and lust and in his place was a strong, powerful man who knew what he wanted and was willing to work to get it. Where I found Tack to be enticing before, Return to the Island introduced me to an utterly swoon-worthy hero deserving of Juliet’s heart.

“She was her own island, adrift in the sea of life. Content, but not happy. Stable, but not firmly planted. Lying in wait like the island they left behind.”

Filled with colorful characters and vibrant imagery, Return to the Island was paced to be devoured. L.B. Dunbar’s writing was gripping, bursting with emotion, and utterly one-of-a-kind. The conclusion to Tack and Juliet’s journey didn’t just take readers back to the island, but had the couple facing totally new challenges together. I adored the secondary characters and all that they added to the storyline. There were so many unexpected dimensions to this book and I enjoyed seeing each one push Tack and Juliet in a new direction and develop them both as individuals and as a couple. I laughed. I blushed. I cursed. I swooned. Return to the Island was everything I’d hoped it would be for Tack and Juliet and so much more!


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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Title – Without Merit
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – October 3, 2017

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

Colleen Hoover delivers a story unlike any she’s written before with her intriguing new novel, Without Merit. As expected, I was captivated from the very first page, however, what followed can only be described as entirely unexpected. Colleen Hoover blindsided me with this completely surprising storyline and I quickly found myself caught up in Merit’s totally twisted family dynamic. Without Merit isn’t steamy nor is it really even a romance. This book lacked the heart-wrenching angst and ugly cry inducing emotions I generally attribute to a Colleen Hoover novel. Instead, Without Merit is something new, raw, and strangely satisfying. Fans of this author will be shocked for sure, but if you dive into this story with an open mind you won’t be disappointed.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”

Merit’s voice was quirky, unsure and totally different from any of Colleen’s previous heroines. She was strange and emotionally removed, spurring a need to get to know her that pushed me to keep reading. I desperately wanted to understand Merit and unravel her secrets. Over the course of the story, Colleen Hoover cultivated the character in a way that allowed the reader to excuse Merit’s somewhat disconcerting attitude and gave her the chance to tell her story on her own terms. Personally, I felt a little too much distance between the heroine and myself for the majority of the book. I prefer to connect to characters much more quickly in order to really appreciate the emotional aspect of their journey. It took a little too long for me to achieve that with Merit and this distance ultimately kept me from losing myself completely in this novel.

“You don’t get to decide what your life means to anyone else.”

As always with a Colleen Hoover novel, Without Merit touches upon some seriously tough subjects. The author isn’t afraid to dissect the traditional family, poke and prod at society’s ailments, and challenge what we know about love. The heady lessons to be learned throughout the pages of this book snuck up on me under the guise of Merit and Sagan’s developing relationship. I adored the subtle chemistry between the two characters and found hope in the strength they drew from one another. This duo kept me on my toes with their unusual connection, while the secondary characters helped contribute to my overall state of confusion and intrigue. Colleen Hoover’s unpredictable storyline ensured that I sat up and paid attention to everything this book had to say.

“Your emotion and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”

While the plot, pacing, and voice may have been totally out of character for Colleen Hoover, the writing was certainly on point. Carefully constructed and decidedly imaginative, Without Merit captured Colleen Hoover’s mature and confident writing style. There was much to be explored beneath the surface of each sentence and I absolutely enjoyed the overall reading experience. Ripe with Colleen Hoover’s signature symbolism and poignant prose, Without Merit is therapeutic in an unexpected way. Through Merit’s eyes, the reader is able to identify their own emotional baggage, finding acceptance and an understated sort of healing in Merit’s unconventional personal journey.


Whoa. Let me start off by saying that w=Without Merit is so different from any of Colleen Hoover’s previously released books. Yet, it also has a very signature Hoover style in its poignancy and issue awareness. I can’t say I knew what to expect, and though I found the beginning chapters to be quite odd and eccentric, the story captivated me and absolutely blew me away.

“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”

Merit is a teenage girl dealing with family situations that left her feeling vulnerable and alone. I loved the way Colleen Hoover didn’t blatantly point out signs; she subtly hinted at things going awry one by one. It wasn’t until Merit had to confront her life experiences and jolt her beliefs that she came out of her own self-centered (for lack of a better word) bubble. Once she did, the reader was able to see Hoover’s intention and I found it to be done absolutely beautifully. At the heart of this novel, it’s about this girl finding her way, finding her family, and discovering that nobody in this world is perfect. We all have our flaws and it felt good for me to personally be reminded of my own, particularly in the ways that I could relate to this character.

“Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”

I’ve tried to keep my review vague because, like most of her novels, Colleen creates a riveting story that needs to just be experienced. Without Merit was so relevant to today’s society and warmed my heart on more than one occasion. It served as an excellent reminder for those of us struggling, while also delivering on some warm fuzzies. No matter what, this incredible lady has earned a faithful reader in me, but there was something definitely special about Without Merit. With a message so loud and personal, I’m sure I won’t be letting go of this book any time soon.


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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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NEW RELEASE REVIEW – Select by Marit Weisenberg

Title – Select
Author – Marit Weisenberg
Publication Date – October 3, 2017
Series – Select #1

Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. The daughter of a billionaire investor in Austin, Texas, it looks like Julia has it all. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface‒dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of highly evolved people who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally jeopardizes the delicate anonymity of her people, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him‒John Ford. He’s popular, quiet, intense, and strangely compelling. Then Julia discovers she can read his mind and her world expands. Their forbidden love is powerful enough to break the conditioning that has kept Julia in the cold grip of her manipulative father.  For the first time, Julia develops a sense of self and questions her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide how she will define herself—and whom she will betray.

I decided to try Marit Weisenberg’s The Select on a whim because the cover was just too pretty to pass up. Plus, I’ve been itching for something in the dystopian, alternate world for some time and the premise of a super-evolved race sounded like it definitely fit that bill. With an interesting premise, a different genre from what I’ve been buried in, and a stunning cover, I had high hopes that I’d hit the trifecta of perfection.

“After weeks of being a ghost, I recognized myself again. Defiance felt so much better than shame.”

Unfortunately, I was left feeling intrigued, but not very satisfied. Even though the story was written in the first person (which I normally adore), I had an incredibly difficult time connecting to any of the characters, but especially the heroine. I expected a strong leader who stood up for what she believed in, and instead I felt like I got someone who second guessed herself for three quarters of the book. Ironically, I connected most to the human, our hero, the most – despite never receiving his voice. By the time Julia started to question her upbringing, it was a little too late for me personally. Furthermore, I often felt like the storyline was going in circles with no real driving force to push the book forward. It wasn’t until I reached about 75% that I felt inclined to keep turning the pages. It was at that point that the action really took hold and unraveled pieces of the mystery that was hinted at in the beginning. However, I still have no real idea what type of “special” Julia and her people are supposed to be, which also left me a bit disappointed.

“There was no sign I’d ever been here. There was no real sign we’d ever been together.”

Though I did have some issues with this story, I am intrigued to see where Weisenberg will take it in the next book of the series. The writing is great and the plot is intriguing, but I am hoping to see some growth and ability to invest readers into the characters more. Select doesn’t end on a cliffhanger per se, but I have faith that it will leave readers, like me, wishing they could continue on with these characters right away!


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REVIEW – Hated by Christine Manzari

Title – Hated
Author – Christine Manzari
Publication Date – September 18, 2017
Series – Hearts of Stone #3

Frankie DiGorgio has returned home for the summer to fix up and sell the home she grew up in. But when Frankie discovers Austin Stone is also back home and right next door, her summer suddenly seems more exciting than the motocross tracks she races on.

Four years ago, Austin was her best friend. Her first love. The only boy who saw more than just her rough edges.

But Austin left Frankie behind to perform in Las Vegas with his brother Dallas after winning Rising Stars. And Frankie didn’t wait around for him. Instead, she disappeared with no explanation and she hasn’t spoken to Austin since then.

Austin hates Frankie now.

Unfortunately, they’re next door neighbors again and Frankie and Austin can’t avoid each other anymore. With little more than bitterness, heartbreak, and secrets between them, they soon find themselves reverting to their childhood habits—prank wars. As Frankie and Austin’s past is put back together and old feelings resurface, they discover it’s a fine line between love and hate.

And the secrets Frankie has kept could cross the line right into hate.

How could you read the blurb for Hated and not be utterly enthralled?! I was so tickled pink from the moment that Christine Manzari started giving the details for what this book would entail. It just so happened to be some of my favorite tropes tied together and I knew I’d need to dive in as soon as I could. With a combination of friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and a second chance at love – how could anyone resist?

“Watch my back? More like watch my heart. The boy I fell in love with? He hated me.”

Frankie and Austin had one of those relationships that I could surround myself in like a warm blanket. In memories of their past, readers received a foundation of their love – before they even labeled it as such. These two best friends became everything to each other at a young age, and I loved the way it unfolded. Frankie allowed Austin to see her vulnerabilities and in turn, he became a piece of her. She would protect him however she had to, leading to an incredible bond between the two. Though the majority of the book is filled with a back and forth, enemy vibe, I think it was plain to see the tension broiling and passion igniting. The chemistry between Frankie and Austin was explosive, and I never wanted it to stop. There was also a very playful banter and youthfulness to their personalities that instantly made me fall in love with them as a couple.

“Sometimes when things were broken, they were broken for good.”

Manzari truly knocked it out of the park in what I consider to be her best book to date. Hated took everything I love about a novel and packed it into one explosive little gift. The physical attraction and sexual tension was sizzling, the storyline was cute and mysterious, and the writing was an addictive breath of fresh air. That trifecta left me aching for more and I definitely would not be upset if there was another book in the works for this couple (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)!


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The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Heiress by Cassia Leo

Title: The Heiress
Author: Cassia Leo
Release Date: September 26, 2017

How much is love worth?

Twenty-two-year-old Kristin and her single mom have always struggled to make ends meet. When her mother’s body begins to deteriorate after many back-breaking years of working as a housekeeper, Kristin must say farewell to her college dreams and hello to a full-time job waitressing. She doesn’t really mind. After all, giving up on her dreams will be her penance for that one horrible night.

Her luck begins to turn when she meets Daniel Meyers. Daniel is sexy and funny, but most importantly, he wants to get to know the real Kristin. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also extremely wealthy and intent on protecting her. Kristin feels safe with him. She wants to open up to him, to share the details of the awful night that changed her life. But she can’t shake the feeling that Daniel may be keeping a dark secret of his own…

Cassia Leo serves up a sweet, sexy, and suspenseful read with The Heiress, Kristin and Daniel’s unconventional love story. From the very first page, I was intrigued. There was something inexplicable between Kristin and Daniel that drew me to them and kept me invested in their developing relationship despite how different they seemed. As their journey progressed, the chemistry between the hero and heroine became more obvious and their connection deepened. Kristin and Daniel challenged one another, pushing each other away for the sake of their personal baggage, only to be drawn back in by that intangible pull. The secondary characters added plenty of heart and tons of intrigue, ensuring that I had no choice but to hang on for whatever wild ride Cassia Leo had in store.

“He was practically begging me to be myself, but who was I?”

Kristin is the kind of heroine I always love getting to know. Hardworking and loyal to those she loves, she’s beautifully flawed and perfectly real. There was something so genuine about this character’s voice that drew me to her heartache. I couldn’t help but feel for her and all she’d already endured. Determined to find her way in the world and make up for the mistakes of her past, Kristin was resilient and vulnerable in a way that made her entirely relatable. Daniel, on the other hand, raised plenty of questions. Everything about this character was carefully crafted and I enjoyed how this hero’s personal history unfolded as the novel progressed. While maintaining a bit of mystery concerning Daniel was necessary to the storyline, I would have liked to unravel him a bit more near the end of the book for the sake of really connecting with him.

“I had never wanted anything more than I wanted to believe I deserved to be this happy.”

One thing I can always count on with this author is her unique and enthralling storylines. The Heiress was no exception and I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly mysterious and certainly surprising journey Cassia Leo had in store for her readers with this book. I loved trying to piece together all the hints and character inconsistencies throughout the novel to try to come up with the truth behind the romance. Cassia Leo’s writing evoked plenty of emotion, tugging on my heartstrings as the past came to light and Kristin and Daniel’s world began to unravel. Although sprinkled with some undeniably suspenseful moments, The Heiress maintained a heartfelt and oftentimes downright swoon-worthy overall tone that made this novel a quick and entertaining read. A poignant and powerful story of loss, love, and forgiveness, Cassia Leo has another memorable romance on her hands with The Heiress!


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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Five by JA Huss

Title – Five
Author – JA Huss
Publication Date – September 19, 2017
Series – Rook & Ronin Spin-Off; Mister Series Prequel

Five Aston has known Rory Shrike for as long as he can remember. He played with her in the sandbox. He went to every damn horse show just to be supportive. He helped her with her French, walked her home from school, and faked his test scores just to stay with her a little longer and not be sent off to college early.
But eventually he had to move on.
And so did she.
Never has a second chance meant so much to a boy who loves a girl.

A standalone book that is also a spin-off of the Rook & Ronin Series and prequel to the Mister Series. You can read it first, you can read it last. It doesn’t really matter because it’s f*cking Five.

Have you ever waited years for a book’s release only to be nervous to open the pages once it’s finally in your hands? That is so much time to build up hype and imagine just what could happen, but also could result in a huge disappointment. Needless to say, I’ve been experiencing this insane, anxious feeling over the release of Five from the moment J.A. Huss announced that Five and his Princess would finally be getting their book. I’m not quite sure why I had so much worry because knowing this author and the way she never disappoints, I should have known that I would be in good hands. Five delivered on every single explosive point, leaving me second guessing everything.

“I’m just like my mom. Hot-tempered blonde bombshell, ready to explode. And he’s just like his dad. Control freak with a side of sexy. But this is who we are. Headstrong, and bossy, and competitive.”

I was first introduced to these characters when they were super young, so I already had a basis for my infatuation. However to see them as adults was just utter perfection. Every trait that they had as children seemed to strengthen and oh…my…goodness. Rory was the Princess, but she also became so confident and hard-headed. She was the definition of strong and badass, and I could not get enough. Five was a little more aloof than I had expected him to be, but it ended up working in his favor. As the tale unfolded, readers were allowed into his thought process and why he acted the way he did, and oh man. All I can say is that everyone is in for one heck of a ride! Together, these two were an explosive push and pull of everything I love to see in the characters I read. I could feel their passion and chemistry, but above all else, I could feel their love. Huss has never written a character that disappointed me, but there was definitely something extra special about these two.

“Spencer Shrike raised a warrior princess, not a helpless one. You, of all people, know this.”

In case you haven’t read anything by this incredibly talented author, I will let you in on a little secret. She writes her stories the way she envisions them, bleeds her passion into the words, and allows all the good and bad to come together in a way that will leave your head spinning. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the release of Five, but I did have the bar set extremely high. Whether you are new to her writing, or have known Five and Rory since the days of Shrike Bikes, buckle up and prepare for one heck of a ride because J.A. Huss does NOT disappoint, but will absolutely leave you breathless for more!


“You want a kiss?”

“Mmmhmm,” I say, closing my eyes as I picture it. God, I’ve dreamed of this moment for ages. “I really need one, Five.”

His mouth touches my earlobe. Lips caress the soft skin of my neck. “Like this?” he asks.

“Yes,” I practically moan. “Just… like… that.”

“Do you want more, Princess?” he asks, his voice low now. Growly. Filled with so much promise.

“More, please,” I say, in my sweetest princess voice.

“Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. ‘I promise.’ And as soon as you do that, I’ll give you everything you want. OK?”

“Five,” I moan. “Just—”

His hands come up suddenly. He cups my face, stares into my eyes with the most sincere expression I’ve ever seen on him. And underneath that sincerity, I see… fear. “Promise me.”

“Five,” I say, unable to stop staring back. This is everything. Everything I’ve always dreamed of. Five pressing me up against a wall. Me, the only thing on his mind. Except I’m not the only thing on his mind, am I? No. Those creeps from the past are back. That’s why he’s here. And even though I’d normally not give in so easy, I know this is not a game. So I say, “I promise. Now stop talking, you stupid genius, and kiss me already.”

He smiles. Leans in. I close my eyes, ready for it. Finally gonna get what I want.

But then he moves his mouth to my ear and nibbles on my lobe. “Good girl,” he coos. “But I’m not sure I believe you, Princess. I can feel those wheels turning inside your head. They’re grinding hard.” He presses his hard cock against my hip when he says that last part. “So I’m gonna hold off on that kiss until I get back tonight. And if you’ve been good, and if you’ve held up your end of the—”

“What?” I say, pushing him back. “You will do no such thing, Five Aston! I want a fucking kiss and I want one right now! I’ve waited six years for this, and denying me is practically emotional abuse. Now stop fucking around and kiss me, goddammit!”

“Who’s the boss of you, Rory?”

I huff out some air. “Me.”

He smiles. It’s a big, genuine, I’m-gonna-teach-you-who’s-boss smile. “Wrong answer.”

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Mr. Perfect (Mister #1)

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Mr. Romantic (Mister #2)

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Mr. Corporate (Mister #3)

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Mr. & Mrs (Mister #6) – Releasing October 31, 2017!

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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 & GIVEAWAY – Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss

Title: Misadventures of a City Girl
Authors: Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss
Series: Misadventures #1
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

 

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

 

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

 

Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss prove to be quite the dynamic writing duo, serving up tons of sizzle and plenty of heart with Misadventures of a City Girl. Luke and Madison’s story was fun, flirty, and delightfully filthy, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. From their very first encounter, this pair exuded sexual tension and raw attraction. Luke and Madison’s chemistry burned hot and bright as their personalities clashed and they fought to find middle ground. The authors did a great job playing off of the couple’s vastly different lifestyles, ensuring that the reader was firmly invested in their journey together.

“We’re like rivers, handsome. We move through life touching different points and changing the landscape around us.”

I adore a good opposites attract storyline and this one was no exception. However, the best part of Luke and Madison’s journey was discovering they might just be more similar than was initially apparent. Wild and Bliss took the relationship between the hero and heroine to new places as they explored the couple’s past heartbreaks and personal histories, developing unexpected emotional connections that took me by surprise. I appreciated getting to know Madison on a more significant level and only wish Luke’s character had undergone the same amount of development. There were several moments that felt like missed opportunities to really get to know Luke beyond the superficial facts. Regardless I enjoyed this book for the light, sexy read that it was.

“I want you more than once. I want to lost count. I have no idea when it’ll ever be enough, Madison.”

Luke and Madison’s journey moved quickly, pulling the reader in and dousing them in the flames of this couple’s red-hot love story. The overall storyline was undoubtedly intriguing and I liked the progression of the relationship and it’s eventual resolution. Luke and Madison had a great push and pull that kept me grinning as I read this novel. The authors certainly made for quite the pair in their own right, their writing styles blending well together and leaving me to wonder what else they might be capable of together. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, entertaining, and seriously scorching read then you’ve definitely found it with Misadventures of a City Girl.


I have been anxious to get my hands on the books in the Misadventures series from the moment that the authors made the huge announcement. Each novel sounds unique, filled with fun, and romance to heat up chilly evenings. Misadventures of a City Girl’s blurb seemed like it would be the perfect way to kick off these books and I have to admit that it turned out to be. Chelle Bliss and Meredith Wild make a dynamic duo, delivering a story full of spice and raw passion between the hero and heroine.

“There’s nothing fast about the man. He lives like he loves. My life is the total opposite.”

While I absolutely adored the premise of the storyline and thought it had tremendous potential, I was left wanting just a little bit more, particularly from Luke. We catch glimpses of his past and what made him become the person that he did, but I wanted to see that transformation through his eyes more. Madison goes from a broken divorcee who needs space to this strong independent woman, and readers can easily see what contributes to her getting from point A to point B. However, while I was happy to see Luke push his boundaries and leave his comfort zone, I was missing that connection as to what changed for him. As a personal preference, I think I needed just a bit more of that depth. That being said, these two made me giggle and smile on numerous occasions. While I’m not usually an insta-love fanatic, I have to admit that I loved how quickly they grew to care for each other, and how much they wanted to adapt to the other’s lifestyle. It was in those moments of compromise and caring that I truly fell for the heroine and hero as a couple.

“My time with Madison was a fleeting gift. Like a dip in the springs. A warm little haven. But only for a while. My home is here…and her home is in the city.”

Chelle Bliss and Meredith Wild have made an incredible team in Misadventures of a City Girl, setting the bar high for expectations when it comes to the rest of the Misadventures series. I’m anxious to see what will happen in the other standalone novels from other authors and how they weave their own tales. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book which definitely gave a brand new meaning to the phrase opposites attract!


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BLOG TOUR – Taming Mr. Flirt by A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm

Title: Taming Mr. Flirt
Author: A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Here’s a tip: never say never.

It all started in a barn, rolling around in the hay with a hot brunette. When I hooked-up at my best friend’s wedding with the bride’s best friend, I had hay in places it should never be. And how my bowtie ended up around my dick was an entirely different story. I’ll give you a minute to consider the possibilities.

That first romp set the tone, and with each of our sexual encounters that followed they became more risque. The fact that all my fantastic orgasms were coming at the hand of one woman blew me away.

My entire adult life I believed monogamy equated to boredom. Everyone knew that variety was the spice of life. I enjoyed the company of a sexy, smart, confident woman. It was my kryptonite. I was a master flirt, and my sexual skills were unsurpassed.

Yet, with this woman it was all so different.
With this woman, I had met my match.

Not only did she rival my appetite for sex, but she also taught me a few things along the way.

She called me Mr. Flirt, and could bring me to my knees.

Lesson learned: Sex always trumps sanity.

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A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm are back with more of Kyle and Vanessa in Taming Mr. Flirt! First introduced in Finding Mr. Wrong, I was absolutely enthralled with this enigmatic duo. Their chemistry was palpable from their very start and I couldn’t wait to read their story. Madden and Schwehm didn’t disappoint, serving up plenty of scorching hot encounters, lots of laughs, and a surprising amount of feels. I fell hard and fast for Vanessa and Kyle, wholly enchanted by the witty banter, easy friendship, and raw emotions that colored the pages of their story.

“Words I needed to say lodged in my throat, and I found it almost impossible to breathe. No words were spoken. Instead, in the silence so much had been said.”

In addition to being seriously sizzling, this novel hit me with an onslaught of unexpected emotions that had my head spinning. Vanessa and Kyle were so much more than their undeniable attraction and I adored getting to unravel these characters over the course of the story. Kyle caught me off guard with his passion for work and I’d be lying if I said his intelligence and dedication didn’t make me absolutely swoon. Vanessa, in particular, fascinated me. I loved exploring the dichotomy of this character, her obvious confidence a stark contrast to the quiet vulnerability that made itself known as her journey progressed. She was bold, beautiful, and genuine in a way that really stuck with me.

“Regardless, if she is someone you can’t imagine living without, you chase her—end of story.”

Vanessa and Kyle’s story was simply breathtaking, the perfect balance of sexy fun and heartfelt emotion. A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm’s writing styles blended perfectly to create something magical, memorable, and totally one-of-a-kind. This writing duo has quickly become one of my absolute favorites and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the rest of their lovable bunch of characters. Madden and Schwehm have another hit on their hands with Vanessa and Kyle. Taming Mr. Flirt is another highly entertaining and utterly addictive read from these two phenomenal authors!


We both stood staring at the hay strewn all around the barn. “That looks very scratchy,” Vanessa said with a frown.

“Allow me.” I removed my monkey-suit jacket and spread it over a mound of hay that was closest to us. A quick glance toward the door ensured we were out of sight if someone were to walk in. “Better?” With an enthusiastic nod, Vanessa lowered herself on my jacket, rested on her bent elbows, and stared up at me. I looked down at her and considered all the things I could do to her with my tongue. “That dress looks amazing on you, but I bet having it pushed up around your waist would make it look even better. I can’t wait to see if there’s a thong under it or lace panties. I’m a thong guy.”

“You talk a lot. Are you just going to flirt with me or are we going to put this hay to good use? You owe me an orgasm.”

“Oh, you’ll get one. Trust me.” My dick was in agreement as it came to life in my pants. Poor thing had struggled throughout the entire ceremony.

With each look and smile Vanessa gave me, my cock responded. There were a few times I had to glance at Brae’s great aunt Myrtle just to calm him down. But now, there was no calming down in his future.

There wasn’t anything romantic about this encounter, then again she didn’t seem to be into that bullshit. Neither was I, and that was what made our connection perfect.

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