REVIEW – Clickbait by Lisa Suzanne

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Title: Clickbait
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Release Date: February 3, 2017

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I run a popular dating and relationship blog in San Diego. People think I’ll spill their secrets all over social media—and that’s probably true. One mention from me can make you the hottest commodity in town or sink your social life. I protect my friends, but others sometimes end up as clickbait.

My newest column is all about the most undateable men in San Diego. Between my own experiences and those of my friends, I have plenty to choose from. Want to know if Carter King, the heir to King Communications with gorgeous abs and a persistent personality, makes the list or ends up in my bed? Read on to find out…

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FAST FIVE: WHY MY STORY IS WORTH READING
5. You could use a laugh.
4. There’s a guy named Axel.
3. Abs and beaches.
2. Sex. Lots of sex.
1. Carter King. Period.

Review

Lisa Suzanne delivers a sweet, sexy romantic comedy with Courtney and Carter’s story in Clickbait. This was my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Overflowing with witty banter, delicious tension and tons of feels, Clickbait was hilarious, heartwarming and utterly addictive! From the first page to the last, Lisa Suzanne had me hooked on her quirky heroine and swoon-worthy hero. Their push and pull was entertaining and the developing tension definitely turned up the temperature on this story. I fell in love with this couple’s ridiculous antics, easy sarcasm and undeniable connection, enjoying their apparent differences and much as I did the inexplicable chemistry that just made them click. Lisa Suzanne’s writing is refreshing, sassy and smart – the kind of voice that makes for an effortless reading experiencing and serves up plenty of laughs. Leaving my heart feeling light, Courtney and Carter’s journey was all sorts of satisfying. Clickbait is romantic comedy gold!

“I’m pretty sure you won’t miss another session of me inserting my wand in your chamber of secrets.”

I had so much fun getting to know Courtney and Carter over the course of this novel. Lisa Suzanne did a terrific job creating characters that were lovable, easy to connect with and spontaneous enough to keep me guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed unraveling Carter, uncovering his past and exploring the relationships that shaped him as a character. Tight lipped and very private, he was equal parts frustrating and mysteriously yummy – something that kept me invested even when I wanted to hate him. Courtney on the other hand, made a living broadcasting her private life. She was blunt, quirky and sometimes a little too quick on the trigger. Despite her outrageous dating behavior and tendency to post everything on her mind, I found her insecurities to be genuine – humanizing her in a way I definitely appreciated. There were a few times where Courtney was a little too childish and those moments made me want to knock some sense into her, but overall I enjoyed her unique voice and the crazy things she did in the name of love.

“I believe in attraction and lust. I believe in really hot sex. But I think love—actual love, the kind that can last forever—I think that takes time to develop.”

One of the things I loved about this story was the integration of Courtney’s blog posts. Not only were they incredibly telling of the character’s emotional state, but they provided hilarious moments of self-reflection that helped the reader relate to Courtney’s dating mishaps. Lisa Suzanne also did a fantastic job at rounding out Courtney and Carter’s world with colorful secondary characters that wormed their way into my heart. I adored Emme and Axel and the complicated relationship they seemed to share. They gave Courtney and Carter perspective while adding humor and heart to the story as well as some intrigue of their own. I can’t wait to get my hands on their book in the future. Lisa Suzanne definitely left an impression with her memorable characters, socially relevant humor and all those deliciously steamy encounters. Clickbait was fun, fresh and feisty – an all around feel good RomCom that left me grinning and ready for more from this talented author.

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REVIEW – A Perfectly Split Christmas by J.B. Salsbury

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Title: A Perfectly Split Christmas
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Series: Split #1.5
Release Date: December 15, 2016

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Synopsis

Can Christmas survive the split?

Only a couple months after Lucas and Shyann met, they’re faced with their first Christmas as a couple.

While Shy tries to convince Lucas to relax and enjoy his very first holiday, he struggles with what it means to be loved for exactly who he is.

Surprises await for the unique couple making this Christmas one they won’t soon forget.

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Please note: If you haven’t read Split yet, you shouldn’t read this short story (or the rest of this review) as it contains spoilers.

“This is how it always is with me and Shy, complete chaos, a meeting of uncontrolled lust and love swirling together leaving us both sweat soaked and sated.”

A Perfectly Split Christmas was a quick, sexy dose of Shyann and Lucas and the perfect addition to an already incredibly story. I absolutely adored seeing more of this couple, especially now that they’ve settled into their happily ever after. Shyann’s unconditional love for Lucas/Gage continued to warm my heart while her total acceptance of him gave me all the feels. I love how JB Salsbury played Lucas and Gage off of one another. The duality of this character continued to be utterly fascinating and totally unique, not to mention the fact that the combination of the two personalities really does make one seriously swoon-worthy book boyfriend. JB Salsbury definitely had me wanting to read Split all over again just to re-experience the rollercoaster that is Lucas/Gage. As always, I was blown away by how easily this author packs so much emotion into such few pages, serving up just enough angst and intrigue to balance the sweetness and steam of this short story. Captivating, heartfelt and full of holiday spirit, A Perfectly Split Christmas is a must read for fans of Split and JB Salsbury!

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A Perfectly Split Christmas was such a tease read for this JB Salsbury fan. The short story provided the very morsel that made me fall in love with the characters; however, it also served as a giant reminder of how much I miss them! A Perfectly Split Christmas gives readers a glimpse into the life of Lucas and Shyann now that some time has passed since the end of the original novel. Needless to say, it’s filled with steam, romance, and that delicious push and pull that Split was filled with. I loved the way Shyann was intuitive, yet demanding at the same time. She knew how to coerce Lucas into giving her what she wanted, but also to deliver what he needed. That relationship dynamic was fascinating to watch play out, maybe even more so than in Split. I only wish that this sweet gift was a tad bit longer, but you can bet that I’m holding out hope for a follow-up novella at some point from Salsbury!

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REVIEW – Pulse by Gail McHugh

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Title – Pulse
Author – Gail McHugh
Series – Collide, #2

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From the New York Times bestselling indie author, the conclusion to the sexy contemporary romance that began in Collide, about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger.

“Do you know how scary it is to want something so bad you’re willing to change your whole life for it?”

Emily Cooper is ready to risk everything to be with the man who has consumed her thoughts and dreams since the fateful day they met. Unraveling fast, she can only cling to the hope that Gavin Blake still wants her.

Nursing his wounded heart, Gavin has cut himself off from society and retreated into a self-destructive, mind-numbing world. Emily isn’t used to being the strong one, but she’ll have to find the daring and confidence within to fight for their love and bring Gavin back from the edge—even if it means losing herself to their all-consuming, pulse-pounding passion. A New York Times bestseller, Pulse is the unforgettable conclusion to the story of Emily and Gavin that began with Collide.

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Review

Be still my heart; Gavin Blake can make me giggle like a school girl no matter how many times I read this series. The love found in Emily and Gavin’s relationship is special and heartwarming, one that continues to give me tingles in all the best ways. It’s a romance that defines the very word in so many different senses. Where Collide was very much the journey to our heroine finding her strength, Pulse was about being rebuilt into the woman she wanted to be.

“I’m going to break you down and slowly build you back up. Second by second, piece by piece, and memory by memory, I’m going to make you realize you’re worth what I’m going to give to you.”

From the moment I met Emily, there was something special about her that burrowed deep into my heart. She was broken in a way that I don’t traditionally see heroines and it made me appreciate her character and the story she had to tell that much more. Further, Gavin was created to be the most complementary male counterpart. The way that he took each broken piece and was able to aid Emily putting herself back together was encouraging, sweet, and absolute perfection. He never pushed too far and was the perfect blend of hard and soft. I know that McHugh wrote these two to go together in the way that she wanted them to with fate in mind, but I honestly could not have thought of a better story had I dreamt it up myself.

“Fate had a weird way of circling back over paths that were meant to cross.”

Above all else, I can say that Gail McHugh handled the situations these characters faced with respect and an unparalleled realism. She was able to show how women (and men) find themselves in situations that are so difficult to recognize and leave. McHugh was able to create sympathy, yet also pride in watching the characters grow and find strength. Furthermore, I thought that it was interesting because while I don’t normally condone a relationship happening the way that Gavin and Emily’s did, there was never a moment in my heart that I didn’t think these two characters should be together.

“Again, there’s a reason behind everything. All that matters is what you do with those decisions. You can let them break you or mold you.”

Pulse was a little difficult to read at times given the emotional impact, but much like Gavin did with Emily, it healed me as well. This book, and their love, is a story that I read for the first time years ago and one that still sticks with me today. I can’t recommend this epic romance enough to everyone and anyone who will listen. This bottle cap playing, Yankee loving, perfection of a man is definitely up there with my favorite book boyfriends of all time, and I don’t see him getting dethroned any time soon!

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Riveted by Jay Crownover

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Title: Riveted
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #3
Release Date: February 14, 2017

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you. 

Review

Jay Crownover serves up another phenomenal addition to the Saints of Denver series with Church and Dixie’s story in Riveted. This poignant tale of heartache and hope certainly left its mark, delivering all of the vibrant imagery, witty banter, delicious tension and genuine emotion I’ve come to love from this talented author. Only having seen bits and pieces of Church and Dixie throughout the series, I wasn’t sure what to expect from their journey, but Jay Crownover definitely exceeded any expectations I could have had. Told with plenty of southern charm and a sassy, sweet voice that was utterly entertaining, I fell hard for this seemingly opposite duo. Church and Dixie’s differences are what made this pairing so incredibly special and I lived for the push and pull between them. They made me laugh, stalled my heart and left me blushing a time or two in what was probably one of the sweetest, most satisfying stories of the series so far.

“It’s cute that you think you can actually have a battle plan with it comes to your heart, soldier. You go ahead and let me know how well that works out for you.”

Church has without a doubt made himself one of my absolute favorite Book Boyfriends. There was something about him that just struck me, something that touched me and marked a piece of my heart as his. Church had experienced so much loss and endured such immense heartache just for being himself that I couldn’t help but let myself drown in each and every emotion that poured from the pages of this novel. Church’s pain was palpable and seeing his past uncovered only made my heart hurt as if that pain were my own. The way Jay Crownover unraveled this man so completely, baring his scars for the readers and allowing Dixie to sooth and celebrate them was absolutely extraordinary. One can only ever imagine what a soldier endures upon returning home, let alone doing so to a place that holds so much personal tragedy, but the depth that these experiences gave this character made Church an utterly swoon-worthy and wholly incomparable hero.

“Why do you think I refuse to let myself think about there being a me and you, pretty girl? You’re all good and I don’t want to bring you into the kind of bad I can’t seem to shake.”

Dixie was every bit the ray of sunshine I’d imagined she’d be and then some. She radiated the kind of unwavering hope and joy for life that is contagious. I found myself grinning at her sweet positivity and heartfelt kindness towards those she cared about. She was selfless to a fault and in fact, it was this particular characteristic that allowed her to break down Church’s walls. As sassy and full of fire as Dixie was, there was also plenty of unexpected history when it came to this complicated sweetheart. Over the course of the story, Jay Crownover revealed Dixie’s past as one that had seen its share of sadness too. Coupled with her insecurities and a disheartened outlook on love, Dixie proved to be just as complex a character as Church. I absolutely adored exploring the many layers of our heroine, especially getting to know her through her various outside relationships. By the time all was said and done, I was thoroughly addicted to the hilarious, quirky woman that always had a kind word and a friendly smile.

“But like I said, love will always outlast fear.”

In true Jay Crownover fashion, Riveted was full of surprises. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, things took a turn and I found myself in the middle of one heck of a wild ride. I relished the touches of suspense and unexpected heart-pounding action that proved to be the perfect balance to all of the sizzling chemistry and poignant prose. I especially enjoyed the reappearance of some familiar faces and the closer look at a few newer ones as the secondary characters rounded out Church and Dixie’s world. I’m incredibly anxious to get my hands on Wheeler and Poppy’s story, which promises to be absolutely epic. Church and Dixie take readers on an inimitable journey that explores the scars of war and navigates the torrential emotions of coming home. Raw, poignant and heart-wrenchingly honest, I was unequivocally captivated by this well-paced, exquisitely written story and the colorful cast of characters that left me begging for more. Riveted is brilliant, breathtaking and painstakingly real – another must read novel from Jay Crownover!

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs. 

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REVIEW – Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

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Title: Naughty Boss
Author: Whitney G.
Release Date: December 15, 2016

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He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email…

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…

Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”

Your boss,
Michael

PS—Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

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Whitney G. delivers a sassy, sexy treat that will leave readers grinning with Naughty Boss! With a storyline prime for office mischief and a surplus of witty banter, this novella had me captivated from the very first page. While Michael was cocky, demanding and irresistible in a way that was totally infuriating, Mya was smart, hardworking and feisty enough to handle anything thrown her way. I loved the dynamic that Whitney G. cultivated between this couple. They shared an undeniable chemistry that seriously sizzled and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for things between them to combust – and let me tell you, I was not disappointed when it did! I loved the contrast between Mya and Michael’s actions/dialogue and their thoughts/private emails. There was a definite love/hate relationship brewing between these two and it only served to turn up the temperature on their story tenfold.

“You’ve just done your best to keep me out of your sight and far away from you, because you were thinking about having me as much as I was thinking about having you?”

There was also something deeper behind Michael and Mya’s connection that kept me invested in them beyond a physical relationship. Even when it meant he was being a total jerk, Whitney G. used Michael’s actions to lay the groundwork for his true feelings for Mya. I enjoyed being able to see the tiniest hints of trust, dependence and even respect for Mya that had formed over the course of the story. It gave me something tangible to hold onto while I waited for this couple to get their act together and give in to the possibility of having something real together. I would have loved to explore both characters’ histories more in order to really understand where they were each coming from, but in the limited length of this novella it wasn’t totally necessary and it didn’t really detract from the story. I think I just enjoyed Michael and Mya’s voices so much that I was left wanting more from them.

“You seriously expect me to be able to get to work and hold a ten o’clock meeting with you today?”
“Yes.” He pulled me toward the bed. “I have some former fantasies of my own I’d like us to fulfill in my office…”

I absolutely adored the email exchanges between Mya and her best friend, Amy. They were the perfect mix of supportive and snarky with an all-around hilarious tone that made me laugh out loud on several occasions. Amy and Mya’s relationship was genuine and fun – it definitely ended up being one of the highlights of this book for me. Naughty Boss is fast-paced, wasting no time at all before diving into the heart of this story. I loved the devious overtone of the enemies-to-lovers storyline and couldn’t get enough of the push and pull between Michael and Mya. There were some editing issues that had me pausing on a few occasions, but nothing that really compromised my overall enjoyment of the story. As always, Whitney G.’s writing is vibrant, full of feeling and charismatic. While I would have loved a full-length novel for Michael and Mya, I enjoyed Naughty Boss as the funny, delicious, little treat that it was and definitely recommend this novella for your next quick hot boss fix!

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Whitney G.’s Naughty Boss is a quick afternoon read that is sure to wet readers’ appetites in more ways than one. With the contentious relationship between boss and employer, there is a love to hate trope happening and I soaked up every single second of it. This author has delivered two fun characters that left me aching for more, especially given the sexual tension that drew me in from that very first moment.

“His beautiful eyes met mine as I continued my short introduction, and for a split second I was reminded of how utterly gorgeous and captivating he was.”

Though Mya is cool and collected in the workplace, we get to see a whole other side of her in the emails she sends to her best friend. Whether they’re filled with complaints, steamy thoughts, or just jokes with her bestie, the way they helped drive the story forward had me smiling like a school girl. It was fun and different, and allowed for readers to witness a less serious side of Mya’s. I’m still sort of baffled by Michael, but I also can’t help but adore him. As a reformed bad boy troublemaker, he had all the makings of what attract me to my book boyfriends. This boss was in control, demanding, and alpha to the core. What I loved the most about Naughty Boss was that even in the moments of bickering and contempt between these two, the sizzle and tension could be felt through the pages. It kept me intrigued and needing to turn the pages to see how everything would eventually explode.

“I almost regretted taking out my sexual frustration on her by demanding so much. Almost.”

My only complaint was that the ending seemed really abrupt. It felt like I was just getting into some nitty gritty and then bam! The story was over. While I understand the length is meant to be a novella, I would have liked some of that final action to be drawn out slightly more. However, I was really impressed with Naughty Boss and miss these characters and their banter already. It may be my first novel by this author but if the steam and delicious tension is any indication of her talents, I can promise that it most certainly won’t be my last!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – From the Ground Up by Jennifer Van Wyk

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Title: From the Ground Up
Author: Jennifer Van Wyk
Release Date: February 7, 2017

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He can’t remember the last time he had his wife to himself…
She can’t remember the last time she felt wanted…

Life hasn’t slowed down since Tess and Barrett married over twenty years ago. After carting kids around, making dinner, enduring the stress of jobs, bills, life-it’s no wonder neither of them can remember the last time they had sex.
Or the last time they weren’t too tired to at least try.
Date night no longer consists of wooing, but going to the same restaurant and ordering the same food, then repeating the process.
The magic-is gone.
Life refuses to give them what they need-time alone together, so they take matters into their own hands. After all, a week away in a remote Michigan cabin is just what they need to light the fire in their relationship again.

The only problem? How do you fall back in love with each other when you never fell out in the first place? How do you re-build, from the ground up?

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Jennifer Van Wyk delivers all the feels with her debut novel, From the Ground Up! Sweeping me up in Tess and Barrett’s love story from the very first page, this sweet, real-life romance quickly stole my heart. High school sweethearts Tess and Barrett are all grown up and the stress of work, married life, and raising children has taken its toll on their relationship. With a lifetime of love to fight for, this couple was ready to do the work and it was this unpretentious storyline and unwavering loyalty that had me so hooked on these two. Tess and Barrett’s connection was palpable. There was something magical about the way they loved each other so fiercely and without reservation for most of their lives that spoke to me, gave me hope for a lasting happily ever after and left me rooting for this memorable couple. Balancing out all of the simple sweetness was a sense of humor that had me laughing out loud and just enough steam to leave a grin on my face. From the Ground Up is the complete package – genuine, hopeful and easy to connect with.

“How did this happen between us? Did I pull away first, or did she? Or did it just happen because we both forgot to care? Forgot to put effort into each other and started to take the other for granted?”

One of the things I loved most about this book was how distinct Tess and Barrett’s personalities were. They were very much a couple who knew each other inside and out and that understanding of one another came through loud and clear, painting a vibrant and oftentimes hilarious picture of these two characters. However, I also appreciated the struggle Jennifer Van Wyk put her characters through. Knowing each other so well had made them complacent and I enjoying seeing them try to rekindle the sparks that come from getting to know someone for the first time. As Tess and Barrett got reacquainted, the reader was privy to every nuance of their relationship and what made them such a fantastic couple. The connection I formed with Tess and Barrett as I read this novel was decidedly intimate, a product of the rare and breathtaking look at their most private insecurities and fears. By the time all was said and done, I was deeply invested in this couple and sad to see this story come to an end.

“I don’t need empty promises. I don’t need him to tell me he’ll make all my wildest dreams happen, because it’s just not possible. What I need to hear is that he’ll be by my side, walking with me through our crazy life, remembering that we are in this together.”

While I don’t read a lot of stories where the characters have already fallen in love, From the Ground Up definitely opened my eyes to an entirely new kind of romance. Not only did I experience the ups and downs of fighting for a love you’ve already found, but Jennifer Van Wyk ensured that readers got to fall in love for the first time alongside this fantastic couple as pieces of their teenage love story were revealed in parallel to the reality of married life and parenthood. The pacing in From the Ground Up is a little slower since the feelings behind this story are already established and deep which means there isn’t a lot of explosive, heated drama. However, there is definitely plenty of intrigue and a colorful cast of secondary characters that made this story absolutely shine. I absolutely adored the ease with which this story was told. Every emotion rang true and I could feel how much heart and soul went into this book. Jennifer Van Wyk is definitely an author to look out for. Funny, captivating and beautifully written, From the Ground Up is a poignant reminder of what it takes to love for a lifetime.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Kiss Cam by Anie Michaels

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Title: Kiss Cam
Author: Anie Michaels
Series: With A Kiss #1
Release Date: February 6, 2017

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Life was smooth sailing for Riley Smith. She’d earned a promotion, was living the dream as a single gal in a big city, and treated herself to one of her favorite things – a professional basketball game. In Riley’s opinion, nothing ruined a good basketball game like the halftime gag, the Kiss Cam. When the camera lands on her and the sexy stranger in the next seat over, peer pressure from the arena forces them to kiss. It was supposed to be quick, meaningless, and comical. Instead the kiss was hot, delectable, and left her reeling.

It hadn’t been a great night for Camden Rogers, son of Portland’s mayor. On a date with a woman he didn’t care for out of obligation to his politician father, meeting the sassy and intelligent Riley was the last thing he expected. Kissing her, however, was the hottest thing he’d ever experienced. Never one to back down from a challenge, convincing his hesitant kissing partner they could be more would be his biggest accomplishment yet.

They came from two different worlds, a divide Riley was sure they couldn’t overcome, but Camden was convinced she was the one. Will Riley be able to let her guard down and let Camden in? Or will the Kiss Cam be their only sexy encounter?

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Anie Michaels has me totally hooked on Camden and Riley! Kiss Cam is witty, smart, and undeniable sexy – a sassy, sweet story that will give you all the feels, keep you grinning and leave you wanting more. From the moment of their amusing first meeting, Camden and Riley shared a palpable tension that was instant and overwhelming. I got lost in the easy friendship that quickly formed between them, fueled by a natural chemistry that made this couple feel fated and right. They were both stubborn and determined to make their own way in the world, which resulted in some seriously fantastic banter. Not to mention a push and pull that was impossible to look away from. Camden and Riley were undeniably tangible, living out their story in the real world where twenty-somethings go to basketball games and drink beer at the local pub. This couple came across as comfortable and familiar, allowing me to invest myself in them wholeheartedly.

“I like your mouth, Riley.  I like the way you use it and the words that come out of it.  I’ve only spent one half of a basketball game talking to you, and I know with near perfect certainty that I would never tire of hearing you speak.”

While Riley and Camden were easy to relate to and fun to explore, what I loved most about them was their understated complexity and genuine feelings. While they weren’t drowning in discontentment or drama, Anie Michaels did an incredible job at subtly unraveling both of these characters over the course of the story, exposing their insecurities and examining their personal relationships in a way that allowed me to connect with them on a deeper level. Riley’s feelings of inadequacy and her desire to prove herself through hard work was something I could immediately relate to and it was her need to achieve on her own merit that not only earned my respect but my adoration as well. Similarly, Camden’s apparent discord with his stepfather was an intriguing piece of this character’s puzzle and in fact it was Camden’s fierce defense of his relationship with Riley and his determination to be his own man that had me absolutely swooning.

“I know I seem like a wild and crazy gal, but deep down I’m just like any other twentysomething girl.  I want someone to love me and to love someone in return.  To build something with that person that no other person on the planet can tear down or wedge their way into.”

Kiss Cam was a refreshing change of pace for Anie Michaels whose previous books have been far more angsty and heart wrenching. Filled with laughter, love and adorably sweet moments, this one just made me feel good all the way through. Although definitely a light read, there was plenty of depth and intrigue built into Camden and Riley’s story. Anie Michaels delivers a touch of inner turmoil with this couple, allowing for enough more serious emotions to play out across the pages to perfectly balance the sass and steam. Kiss Cam is phenomenally written, effortlessly bringing this story to life and leaving me no choice but to lose myself in the author’s words. Anie Michaels infuses this story with heart and humor, giving Riley and Camden distinct voices that demand to be heard and felt. Full of enchanting characters, hilarious banter, plenty of genuine emotion, and an unforgettable storyline, Kiss Cam is undoubtedly a sexy, smart and totally sweet story that will leave you utterly satisfied.

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Anie Michaels is the author of the Never series, the Privates serial, and stand-alone novels The Space Between Us, Instead of You, and The Absence of Olivia. She started writing her first novel in June 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Working at home as a full-time writer of books, when she is not pounding on the keyboard she can be found reading, playing with her kids, spending time with her family, and connecting with her close friends.  She’s spent her entire life in the Pacific Northwest, lives in Portland, Oregon, and can’t imagine ever being anywhere else… except maybe somewhere tropical.

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REVIEW – Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Finding Eden
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #6
Release Date: October 5, 2014

Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

When the world as you know it has ended, when all that you love has been washed away, where do you find strength?

When the new world you’ve stepped into is as isolating as the last, when your heart is broken, and your future is unclear, where do you find hope?

Finding Eden is a story of strength, discovery, forgiveness, and undying love. It is about believing in your destiny and following the path that leads to peace.

THIS IS THE SECOND PART, AND CONCLUSION, IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS (BECOMING CALDER SHOULD BE READ FIRST).

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Mia Sheridan delivers the heart-stopping conclusion to Calder and Eden’s story in Finding Eden, a breathtakingly poignant and utterly romantic tale that will leave you irrevocably altered. Having been left emotionally devastated by Becoming Calder, I had no choice but to dive into this book immediately. From the very first page, Mia Sheridan had me addicted all over again and I was a goner, absolutely devouring this story. Overflowing with intense, raw emotion, Finding Eden broke my heart and put it back together repeatedly before all was said and done. Eden and Calder’s worlds are vastly different and years have passed since we met them as kids in Acadia, but their love beats even more strongly in the face of all that they had endured. Mia Sheridan perfectly captured the depth of this connection, making me feel every piece of Eden and Calder’s relationship as I continued on their journey.

“I know what it feels like when the person who’s your whole life is stolen from you and each day bleeds into the next in a blur of misery and longing.”

I honestly couldn’t imagine a more resilient and patient character than Eden. After everything she had experienced with Hector, she still exuded incredible strength while holding onto extraordinary hope. I absolutely adored the growth we got to see with this character over the course of this novel. Mia Sheridan did an exquisite job at transforming Eden through her various relationships and taking the small, unsure girl and turning her into a woman whose courage, intelligence and unfailing kindness burned bright. I especially adored Eden’s relationship with Molly. The more she acted like a typical twenty-something woman, the higher my heart soared. Seeing Eden thrive, working at something she was passionate at and surrounded by people who understood and loved her, filled me with a much-needed contentedness. Her grief lingered and her fears and insecurities were always just beneath the surface, but these qualities only served to make Eden that much more relatable and lovable.

“I was trying to live, I was. But, now you’re back, and I’m alive again.”

Mia Sheridan definitely put me through the wringer when it came to Calder in this book. If I thought he harbored hidden pain before, I really had no idea. Guilt, betrayal and grief made him into the kind of character that you just want to reach into the pages and hold onto. My heart bled for him as he dealt with the loss of Eden, the loss of the only home he’d ever known and the secrets Hector had revealed in the end. However, I have to applaud Mia Sheridan for the careful way in which she handled Calder’s emotional turmoil. While it was so completely devastating, he took that pain and turned it into something beautiful. I loved that he found a way to harness all of those feelings and it filled me with a sense of pride that he was able to find success in doing so. In addition to all of the angst, Calder also demonstrated an unexpectedly romantic side that swept me clear off my feet. His proclamations of love for Eden, his grand gestures and the genuine way in which he cared for and cherished her left me in a giant puddle of mush. Calder was every bit the tortured hero in Finding Eden and it was definitely a swoon-worthy look for him!

“Someone tried to tell me what my destiny was once. I knew in my heart it wasn’t true. It felt wrong. I don’t think other people get to tell us what our destiny is, Calder.”

This book… what can I say but that the overall storyline simply steamrolled me. Mia Sheridan is absolutely at the top of her game with this novel and the moment I finished reading, I wanted to start all over again. Every question I had, each piece of the puzzle fell into place over the course of Finding Eden. This book was everything Eden and Calder deserved in a happy ending and then some. Plus, Xander! Talk about an epic best friend. I think I fell in love with him as easily as I did Eden and Calder. Xander, Molly and the rest of the secondary characters rounded out this story perfectly, bringing a much needed lightness and sense of humor to this otherwise emotional rollercoaster of a journey. Paired with all of the unexpected twists and Mia Sheridan’s absolutely phenomenal writing and this is far more than a five star read. Finding Eden sparked such intense, visceral reactions in me that it became a one-of-a-kind reading experience. Mia Sheridan has an unparalleled gift with words and Finding Eden is the perfect example. This epic love story is an adventure from start to finish, a brilliant commentary on the power of finding love, family and a place to call home. Finding Eden is an absolutely must read!

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I’ve just finished Finding Eden and I have to say that the conclusion to Calder and Eden’s story was absolute perfection. Mia Sheridan has a knack for breaking your heart, filling each crevice with joy, and then finding ways to break it further. It’s a wickedly delicious cycle that I’ve come to expect from Sheridan and I honestly would not have it any other way. With each book I read from her, I fall more in love with her style, her characters, and the way that her mind translates emotion to the pages.

“Our souls clung to each other as much as our bodies did. And yes, there was healing.”

I have rode such an up and down rollercoaster while reading Finding Eden, and even Becoming Calder, that I’m having difficulty putting the experience into words. Sheridan forces you to immerse yourself in this world with no desire to remove yourself. Her imagery pulls readers in and truly envelops, enabling readers to see the scenes the characters are in, to smell the environment, and to feel every gentle caress or harsh shove. The book becomes a life of its own, which made for such a surreal romance. Even if a reader wasn’t captivated by the incredible plot, there is no doubt in my mind that he/she would be blown away simply by the phenomenal way this writer puts her thoughts to paper.

“Whether we’d been two college freshman, two farm hands, two gypsies— two anything— the falling in love part of our story would have been the same.”

Not only do Sheridan’s descriptions bring Finding Eden to life, but these personalities sneak up on you, and burrow into your veins, leaving pieces of their essence in your soul. They become those best friends who turn into family, people you care about and can’t help but invest in. I couldn’t imagine going through any one thing they went through, let alone the series of events that happened, and it truly made me not only love them, but admire them and root for their successes.

“You were victims. But don’t live like victims. Live like survivors.”

With each new novel I read from Mia Sheridan, I find myself falling more in love with her writing due to her immensely growing talent. I’m enjoying being transported to new worlds with new encounters and even having my heart get put through the wringer time and time again. Finding Eden was the end of Calder and Eden’s story, but because of the way they became a piece of me, their story will stay with me for quite some time. There was something about their friendship with Xander, the love they had for each other, and the devotion that they exuded that I found reassuring and illuminating. I can’t wait to see where Mia Sheridan will take readers next or how she’ll surprise us, but given what I know of her already, I have no doubt that I will be astounded, just as I was with Finding Eden.

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Archer’s Voice (Sign of Love #4)

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Becoming Calder (Sign of Love #5)

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Lit Fuse by Caisey Quinn

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Title: Lit Fuse
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Nashville’s Finest #0.5
Release Date: January 31, 2017

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Synopsis

When Chase Fisk enrolled in the United States Army, it was mostly to escape a dead- end job working with his  alcoholic father. The military provided him with a sense of  belonging, and his brothers in arms became the family he never thought he’d have. He’s ready to embrace his promotion to Commanding Officer over a group of new explosive tech recruits—but he isn’t ready for her.

Vivian Brooks grew up in a military family and is unlike any woman Chase has ever met. The recently enlisted recruit is beautiful, tenacious, and as steady with her hands as any EOD technician he’s ever seen. She tempts him in every way possible, challenging him at all turns and taunting him with a body that haunts his waking moments and most of his sleeping ones. But as their forbidden romance could threaten their careers if it’s discovered, Vivian’s buried secrets threaten to destroy them both.

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Caisey Quinn has me totally hooked on Chase and Vivien! From the first page to the last, Lit Fuse is a sweet, sexy, action-packed ride that teases at an even greater adventure ahead. This novella packed a powerful punch, introducing readers to Chase, Vivien and a handful of other fantastic characters who will comprise the Nashville’s Finest Series. Each one had a unique, lovable and totally intriguing personality that left me wanting so much more. Although I’m not generally a fan of third person narration, Caisey Quinn effortlessly captures the hearts of our two main characters and delivers this story in a way that perfectly reflected their individual voices. She served up all of the emotion and personal connection to Chase and Vivien I could have hoped for and then some, easily ensuring my total investment in their happily ever after.

“He was like the ocean, Vivien decided. So much constantly happening beneath the surface even when everything appeared calm. Coming and going, pushing and pulling. Waging internal wars with himself, with his emotions.”

From the moment they met, Chase and Vivien were utterly electric. They had an undeniable attraction that hinted at the possibility of something deeper and decidedly epic evolving between them. Caisey Quinn did a phenomenal job at planting the seed of their inevitably significant connection and letting it grow just enough to grab hold of the readers and ensure they’d be back for the full-length novel. I loved how carefully bits and pieces of both Chase and Vivien’s pasts were revealed over the course of the story, allowing readers to appreciate the depth of both characters while also leaving room for further exploration. While I knew enough to become wholly enthralled by these memorable characters, there was obviously more to discover that will keep me coming back. I can’t wait to see where Caisey Quinn plans on taking these characters and how they’ll continue to grow, both as individuals and together, as their journey progresses.

He wanted her, he’d proved that with his behavior when she’d shut him out. But the closer she came the more he seemed to pull away. He wanted her at a safe distance, she decided. Not too close but not out of reach.”

There honestly wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about Lit Fuse. From the fun, sassy way that this story began to the explosive and puzzling ending, I was absolutely riveted. This novella is a true testament to Caisey Quinn’s incredible talent. Not only has she crafted a unique storyline and filled it with one-of-a-kind characters, but she has also managed to perfectly balance the heat, humor and heart of this story and compact it without losing any of its spark. I adored every sassy comeback, intelligent thought and sizzling moment of tension that colored the pages of Lit Fuse and I can only imagine how addictive Chase and Vivien’s full-length book will be. This story was paced to devour and I did just that. Overflowing with flirtatious banter, sexy interludes and emotionally raw moments, Lit Fuse is the total romance package topped off with heart pounding suspense and gut-wrenching surprises that will leave you reaching for the rest of the Nashville’s Finest series.

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REVIEW – Worth the Chance by Vi Keeland

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Title: Worth the Chance
Author: Vi Keeland
Series: MMA Fighter #2
Release Date: February 17, 2014

Worth the Chance

Synopsis

Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget.

Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.

Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway.

Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.

When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?

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Vi Keeland delivers an emotional second chance romance with Liv and Vince’s story in Worth the Chance. Having met Vince as a teenager in Worth the Fight, I was curious to see where the author would take this obviously troubled boy and the result certainly exceeded my expectations. All grown up and just as angsty as ever, Vince is MMA fighter perfection. When fate reunites Liv with her first love Vince, sparks fly and an unshakeable connection is forged. I absolutely adored the chemistry that Vi Keeland has created between these two. At times it was understated, a slow burn that moved throughout the story, and at others it was a fierce flame that demanded to be felt in all of its intensity. This couple had plenty of sizzle that, when paired with their emotional history and easily rekindled friendship, made them absolutely addictive.

“It’s defiant and socially improper, but it’s also raw and honest. And everything that attracted me to him so many years ago.”

Liv was the kind of heroine that you just love from the beginning. She was smart, sassy and unafraid of hard work. She was down to earth, friendly and perfectly sweet – a combination that had me wishing we were friends. As we got to know Liv over the course of the story, the depth that Vi Keeland gave this character became apparent and I found myself connecting to the heartache and hesitancy that kept Liv from going all in with Vince. Her feelings, fears and insecurities were genuine through and through and it was these raw and vulnerable qualities that touched something in me. Before I knew it, I found myself completely invested in Liv and rooting for her to find her happily ever after.

“The ability to live your own life, truly for yourself, is such an easy thing to say, but such a difficult thing to do.”

Vince also surprised me with his complexity of character in Worth the Chance. While we met him as a troubled boy in need of an outlet, he had become a man very much in control of his demons. However, as he spent time with Liv, his evolving emotions and her role in his personal history opened him up to everything he’d tried to put behind him. Vi Keeland did an incredible job capturing the intensity of both the war Vince was waging with himself in regards to his past and the freedom to feel he was trying to unleash with Liv. I found myself experiencing Vince’s angst, uncertainty and overwhelming need to be loved as my own while his journey progressed and ultimately, I was wholly impressed by the beautiful transformation this character underwent during this novel.

“We protect each other. That’s how it works.”

While some of Worth the Chance was fairly predictable, there were some cool twists and turns that Vi Keeland had in store that kept me captivated and it was these unexpected plot points that made this book stand out as more than just your typical MMA fighter romance. There were also plenty of intriguing new characters who, along with the familiar faces that made me grin, balanced out all of Liv and Vince’s angst and intense passion with just the right amount of heart and humor. Overall, the storyline was fun, sweet and delightfully steamy, making this well-paced novel a memorable reading experience. The icing on the cake was Vi Keeland’s fantastic writing which effortlessly brought the storyline to life. I adored the authentic feelings, witty banter, vibrant imagery and brilliant prose that painted the pages of this book and will definitely be on the lookout for more from this talented author.

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