RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Hitched by Christine Manzari

Title – Hitched
Author – Christine Manzari
Publication Date – March 21, 2017
Series – Hearts of Stone #2

For aspiring journalist Harlow Ransom, life is just a well-oiled machine, and if she plans well, all things will go accordingly. And that is exactly why Harlow lives her life by perfectly polished to-do lists that she refuses to stray from—even when she’s celebrating her 21st birthday in Sin City.

  1. Visit the Boom Boom Blues Lounge
  2. See the water show at the Bellagio

Things can’t possibly go askew if she crosses things off her list one by one. But after a night of celebrating leads to waking up in bed with a sexy stranger and a ring on her finger, Harlow realizes that in no point in time did she ever have “Get Married” on her trusty to-do list. Yet that’s exactly what she did.

Professional snowboarder Trace Stone loves a good challenge—he’s all about the win. And this time, he’s going to find a way to win over the feisty, meticulous Harlow. The wedding may have been spontaneous and impulsive, but when he said “forever,” he meant it. Now, the only thing he wants on Harlow’s to-do list is him—from this day forward.

Not going to lie, I went into this book because it was announced that it was in a series of standalones that I had previously started. I didn’t read the blurb, I had no idea what it would be about, and I just dove in. Holy heck, I was in for a complete and utter treat! Christine Manzari made me swoon and giggle like a school girl as I progressed through Hitched. It came at the perfect time and certainly delivered with all the fun, flirty feels.

“One drink, Romeo. Just until your heart feels a little less broken.”

I love how Manzari took an insta-lust story and transformed it into something so much more. These characters’ chemistry and attraction only grew from that initial meeting and I could truly feel it with each encounter. Trace had something to him that made me want nothing but more. He had a charm when we initially meet him, but it became apparent quite quickly that it was just a part of who he was. He was steadfast and loyal, almost intuitive of Harlow’s thoughts and feelings. It was in those moments where he pushed, but not overly so, that I found myself falling in love with him. There were times I wanted to slap Harlow, but there were also moments where I could completely relate to her character’s motivations. I understood the pull of love, yet the reality of how much our scars fight against it. In the end, she may have been naive at times and certainly couldn’t see what was in front of her, but I felt like it was just her. She had to grow and have those eyes opened, and the story flowed effortlessly the way that it happened.

“Wow. A kiss like that in less than three seconds? No wonder the hotel room was littered with condoms. No wonder I married him.”

We all think that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I was ridiculously excited that this romance did not! There was a certain quality that I loved about Manzari’s storyline and her spin on this plot idea. She made my heart beat in frantic rhythms to what was happening in the story, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve had that happen. Hitched is one of my favorites that I’ve read this year and I’m definitely on the lookout for more from this author. If you need a quick read to get away from reality and fall in love with witty characters who somehow turn lust into love, look no further because Hitched should definitely be your next read!


Dancing. Alcohol. Heat. Lips. Laughter. Flirtatious touches.

Harlow naked in my bed.

I had no idea what time it was, but it was late. She said just one drink. She said there would be no bed in our future. She said she was immune to my charm.

All lies.

I’d lost count of how many times we’d fucked. All I knew was each time we reached the end, our lips and fingers greedily held on until it started all over again. I knew every inch of her. I’d had my mouth on each spot at least once. I wouldn’t be happy until I’d conquered every fucking inch of her.

I was sore and tired and spent, but in the best goddamn way.

The bed was still in one piece, and that was more surprising than the fact that Harlow was in it. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if we fucked it into a pile of rubble if it meant that morning never came. I had a feeling when the sun rose, it would all end. She would fade away just like the dancing water at the fountain where I first saw her.

I growled at the thought and worked my fingers into her long curls, for some way to hold on.

Her body was slick underneath me as I pushed up onto my knees, sliding in and out of her. Her limbs were wrapped around mine, holding me close. I could smell the sweet scent of alcohol and sex as I dipped my head to taste her neck. I devoured the tender skin along her throat, my teeth and tongue making her breath catch. Her slim body bucked up against me, and my fingers dug in, trying to tame the wild roll of her hips before she pushed me over the edge too soon. I kissed across her jaw until my mouth found hers and when she kissed me back, it became punishing. She teased her lips against mine, accepting the wild plunge of my tongue, and then pulled away until I was begging for more.

“Faster,” she demanded against my mouth. She dug her fingers into my skin and pulled me flush against her, pushing up into me recklessly. Soon my body was grinding and pounding against hers. Hard into soft. Over and over again. She was under me, but she was riding me, urging me with every tilt of her hips, daring me to go harder. Deeper.

And I was so lost in the sensation. My touch was frantic trying to sear everything about her into my memory.

When I thrust into her, my knees dug into the mattress and the headboard knocked against the wall. She moaned into my mouth with every rock of our bodies and it just made me want to do it again. To hear her beg my name. To feel her grab onto me. To feel her come around me.

I pulled my lips away from hers so I could look down at her. Thick lashes lifted and all I could see was green—the deep emerald of shiny bottle glass, gazing back at me. Burning for me. Her hair was spread in copper tangles across the mattress, the pillows and blankets shoved to the floor hours ago by her wild hands. Her pale skin was flushed pink and shiny with sweat. The fingers of one hand were still fisted in the sheet beneath her, yanking so hard she was pulling it free from the corner of the bed. The other hand was pressed against my ass, both of her legs wrapped around mine to keep me close.

“Don’t stop,” she begged. “It’s so good.”’

“I told you I’d make it good for you.”

Thrust.

The thump of the headboard spurred me on.

“I can’t believe I’m doing this,” she panted. “You’re a stranger. I’m never reckless. I’m always in control. I never break rules.”

“Rules are no fun unless they’re broken.”

Thrust. Thrust.

Her eyes closed. She made a sexy sound in the back of her throat as she ripped the sheet free from the edge of the bed. I ran my hand up her side, cupping her breast before leaning down to take her nipple in my mouth.

“Maybe I should marry you,” she moaned across the top of my head as her hand clutched my hair, holding me to her chest. “Then we could do this every night.”

“Yeah,” I mumbled around the smooth skin of her breast.

Thrust. Thrust. Thrust.

I let go of her hair and reached between us, stroking her. Making her body tremble. She clenched her teeth as if to hold her moans inside, like she could keep the pleasure all to herself.

Fuck that. Those moans belonged to me.

My fingers explored, sliding along the sweet spot where I sunk deep inside her. On the next stroke in, my finger followed, stretching her, filling her more.

Her eyes flew wide open. The wordless shape of her mouth and stuttered gasps were all I needed. She held my gaze as she arched up into me, chasing her release, racing me to the end. Again.

They say you can’t become an addict after just one hit.

They lie.

One night. One girl. And I could feel it deep in my bones. I was addicted.

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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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REVIEW – Beautifully Damaged by L.A. Fiore

Title: Beautifully Damaged
Author: L.A. Fiore
Series: Beautifully Damaged #1
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man—Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

Burdened by a lifetime of horror and heartbreak, amateur fighter Trace doesn’t want to want Ember. His deep self-loathing keeps him from having any meaningful relationships, but Ember is an itch he can’t scratch. The two push and pull, slowly crumbling their walls, seemingly brought together by fate, because the turmoil that haunts their pasts is interlinked in undeniable ways. But can these two fighters finally lay down their arms?

L.A. Fiore has written a heartbreakingly beautiful tale of self-discovery, self-acceptance and forgiveness with Beautifully Damaged. Trace and Ember’s journey was emotionally charged and full of surprises – the kind of story that makes you think and demands to be felt. L.A. Fiore didn’t pull any punches when it came to this couple. Trace and Ember have both endured more than their share of heartache, but it was their undeniable chemistry and deeply significant connection that made their pain so utterly worth it. I absolutely adored this couple’s shared stubbornness and the resultant push and pull between them. Their easy banter made me grin while their bold flirtations left me blushing. My heart fluttered with each delightfully sweet moment they shared only to falter with every instance of gut wrenching honesty. L.A. Fiore has definitely created something truly unique with this memorable couple.

“He’ll never love anyone enough to move past those demons. It’s just how he’s made.”

From the very beginning I knew I would love Ember. I connected with this character instantly, recognizing pieces of myself in her moments of insecurity. She had low self-esteem and was incredibly vulnerable, particularly in her relationship with Lena. In fact, I found myself aching to punch Lena in the face on several occasions – a true measure of L.A. Fiore’s ability to make me react in a visceral way to what was happening in the story. However, as the story progressed, Ember grew in tremendous ways. Initially shy, guarded and inexperienced, Ember totally blossomed in her relationship with Trace. I loved how easily he unraveled her, challenging her to stand up for herself and be the woman she was always ready to be. I fell hard for the smart, sassy and incredibly strong woman that Ember revealed herself to be. Not only was she lovable and relatable, but Ember also proved to be the kind of heroine that was easy to root for.

“No one ever has, or ever will, know me the way you do. You’re inside me.”

Trace left my head spinning on several occasions. As far as heroes go, this one was utterly swoon-worthy but he definitely had to come a long way to earn it. While I appreciated his outstanding surface qualities and obvious protective instincts, Trace’s hot and cold games with Ember had me riding an emotional rollercoaster. He was frustrating and at times incredibly infuriating but something deeper tugged at me. Once Ember got Trace to open up I was a goner for sure. The reality of what this man had been through, the guilt he carried and the ghosts that haunted him, made my heart ache in ways I couldn’t have imagined. As L.A. Fiore brought Trace’s past to light I found myself feeling for him, wanting to heal him and falling head over heels for the broken bad boy who so desperately deserved love. I definitely enjoyed digging deeper with Trace, even though so much of what I found broke my heart. His relationship with Ember proved to be the perfect catalyst for healing and the source of so much light in an otherwise dark journey.

“Life works in mysterious ways, Ember, and the secret is to not think too hard on the why or how of it, and to not mourn what is no longer, but live: live hard and love hard.”

While I enjoyed the various puzzle pieces that Trace and Ember were tasked with putting together, there were times when it felt like there was too much concurrent conflict happening for one novel. Between Trace and Ember’s family dramas, Ember’s devolving friendship with Lena, Todd and Dane’s mysterious motives, and Heidi’s bipolar behavior and undefined role in Trace’s life, I found myself a little detached by the constant turmoil. Plus, we never saw sufficient resolution in regards to Lena, Todd, Dane or Heidi so in retrospect they left me more frustrated than anything else. Despite the madness, I could definitely appreciate the tangled web of pain and deceit that L.A. Fiore weaved with these characters. She certainly kept me enthralled, not to mention totally invested in Trace and Ember’s happily ever after. I enjoyed the ease with which this author voiced the story. L.A. Fiore’s writing style was comfortable and overflowing with genuine emotion. Getting lost in her words and the colorful world she crafted was absolutely effortless. Beautifully Damaged is a heartfelt, gut-wrenching read and the beginning to what I’m sure will be an unforgettable series.


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Rock Bottom by Silla Webb

Title – Rock Bottom
Author – Silla Webb
Publication Date – March 17, 2017
Series – Buried Secrets #4

Manipulation—the act that stripped me of my innocence.
Corruption—the deed that molded the monster I’ve become.
Persecution—the awakening of the fractured man who was only a pawn in a sick and twisted game.

When I lost my family after taking the fall for Drew Varney and his myriad of scandals, I frickin’ hit rock bottom. Without a shadow of hope within these desolate prison walls, the demons begin to gnaw their way out of my tainted soul.

My story is dark and heinous, a daunting tale of no redemption.

Or is there?

When Silla Webb announced that she would no longer be writing, I was genuinely disappointed and sad to be losing this hidden gem. So talk about a huge uplifting shock when she announced a surprise novella! Now, I’ve seen Silla Webb dive into the sweet and romantic with a hint of suspense, but oh man…I had no idea just how well she could excel at dark and dirty, too!

“I’ve carried this burden for thirteen years, never sharing with anyone. And just like that, I’m expected to share every detail of a nightmare that haunts my every waking thought?”

Rock Bottom is told from Josh’s point of view, in a very unique way, and I absolutely devoured it. There was something about getting into his psyche that proved to be twisted, but also illuminating given his past. Though it doesn’t excuse his behavior from the first books in the series, it definitely opened my eyes and made me feel a bit of sympathy and pity for him. I also have to point out that Webb’s writing style has grown tremendously since her last book. I’m not sure what she’s been doing in her time of hiatus, but her writing felt elevated to an entirely new level. With the events of Rock Bottom, she has set Drew Varney’s book up perfectly and I’ll be anxiously awaiting it. I sure have missed this author’s writing, but if this novella was any sign, she is back with a vengeance and I could not be more ecstatic!


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Silla Webb is a Kentucky native, raised in the heart of the coal fields. A coal truck driver’s daughter and a railroader’s wife, the coal fields own a special place in her heart.

She is a work-at-home, Super Momma to three rowdy boys, who keep her on her feet from daylight to sunset.

Silla is an avid reader, editor, and author.

When she isn’t conquering the world as a wife, momma, and Super Woman, Silla loves to lay on the front porch swing and read while sipping sweet tea, just passin’ the day away.

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Anarchy Missing by J.A. Huss

Title – Anarchy Missing – Alpha Case
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication Date – March 14, 2017
Series – SuperAlpha Series #2

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Everyone wants justice.
That’s what Assistant DA, Lulu Lightly, tells me. “Cathedral City needs you to set things right,” she says. “To rid this place of corruption, once and for all.”
I’d like to rid Lulu Lightly of her clothes. And maybe her moral superiority. But mostly her clothes.
“I want you to fight the good fight with me,” she says.
Hell, yeah. I’m always up for a fight.
“We should stand up and be the voice of the people,” she says.
Sure, I hear voices. Sometimes I even listen to them.
“Figure out what’s good for the City and put it first,” she says.
Oh, honey… what’s good for the City is bad for the people. Trust me, I know. I’m Case Reider—insane Alpha, nefarious inventor, and I understand this town better than anyone.
Cathedral City needs me all right. Just not the way you think.
I’m not the justice you’re looking for, Lulu Lightly.
I’m still the same villain you left behind.
Only now… there’s something very, very wrong with me.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, JA Huss is a total mastermind. Every time I dive into a new story, I get nothing but unpredictability, heat, and surprises around every corner. Her characters are all so different, yet each created with a realistic feel, and despite being a story about super villains falling in love, there was something about Anarchy Missing that felt real as well. This novel was everything that I could have hoped for and more – proven by the fact that I just couldn’t put it down.

“I loved her, she walked away from me, and I never quite got over that.”

Lulu and Case’s romance puts a spin on the second chance romance that I’m used to coming across. I loved watching them find their footing where they seemed to love hard and fight even harder. Furthermore, Lulu goes through a bit of an inner turmoil with Case as he seems versus the man she knew, and I couldn’t get enough of that struggle. I admired that she had a sense of loyalty to him, but also to her job and the woman she had grown to be. It spoke to how strong-willed and determined she was and we definitely need more heroines like that! Case was such an anomaly that he really was the driving force of the novel. Even though I knew something was off from the very beginning, I was compelled to keep turning pages and figure out just what was going on with him. For as much as I loved Lincoln, Case easily pushed his way into one of my top favorite heroes with all the complexities that shaped him. The layers that Huss gave him was just fascinating because there was never truly one thing ruling him at any given time. His personality was a result of everything he’d been through, and was currently managing.

“Cathedral City belongs to us. The Alphas.”

Time and time again, Huss has found ways to keep me on my toes and surprise me, no matter what she’s writing about. There’s something for everyone in her novels and it’s what keeps me coming back for more. I loved the action in Anarchy Found and was admittedly nervous to how this installment would continue. However, it’s safe to say that the author makes her own rules and I’m already crazy excited to see what these super villains will take on next. With romance for the lovers and lots of high octane action for readers who crave more, Anarchy Missing has it all. Trust me when I say, this is a unique series readers do NOT want to miss!


He stares at me. I barely recognize him. He’s so much older, broader, more intent. One gloved hand flies to my throat, the other covers my mouth as he pushes me back into the shadows of the thick stone columns that hold the arch over our heads. We round the corner, backing me into the secret spot I found for us so many years ago at the end of that one perfect night.

I’m frightened for a moment. Caught up in the accusations against him. In the law, and my duty, and my job.

But the heat of his hands and the urgency in his push are enough to keep me calm. Make me want him. Render me powerless to refuse him.

Did I ever doubt that I’d give in?

“Where did you go?” he asks, once we’re hidden from view, the only prying eyes those of the iconic statue set into the stone wall.

“Away,” I say simply.

“You’re back now?” he asks. Eyes almost pleading.

“I’m back now.”

He sits on the stone bench and it’s like… it’s like we’re kids again. At the end of that one night at the ball. But this time we are deliberate. Older. More experienced, but also more cynical.

My eyes never leave his as I hike up my dress, straddle his thighs, and nestle myself into his lap.

He hugs me then. Wraps his arms completely around my waist, pulling me in so close, I almost gasp for air.

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JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times and 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.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde

Title: Shade’s Lady
Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6.5
Release Date: March 14, 2017

Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.

With Shade’s Lady, Joanna Wylde delivers a tantalizing tale of loyalty, lust and love that will leave you begging for more. This 1001 Dark Nights novella is the perfect addition to the Reapers MC series and a fun, sexy look at Shade, their national President. I absolutely loved getting to know this gritty, alpha biker and I found myself sucked right back into the Reapers MC world. Joanna Wylde has an incredible talent for maintaining her own special brand of family with these characters and Shade’s Lady definitely did not disappoint. I loved seeing so many familiar faces and appreciated the unconditional love and unwavering loyalty the brothers continue to demonstrate time and time again. Shade and Mandy, while a seemingly reluctant pair, proved to be the perfect duo and I found myself falling in love with their delightful push and pull as we got to experience their journey.

“How was I in his arms again? Wonder Woman would be so disappointed.”

Mandy was unexpected for sure. As was the way in which she and Shade got together. The beginning of their relationship was awkward, infuriating and so full of heat that I swear this couple left the pages singed. I loved the depth that Joanna Wylde gave Mandy. I hadn’t expected so much heartbreaking history or raw emotion when it came to our feisty heroine, but her personal issues and the things she had endured throughout her life made her the strong, independent ball-buster she undoubtedly was. I enjoyed getting to know her sister and nieces and felt like seeing them all together gave me a better idea of the kind of woman Mandy really was. Shade was also a constant surprise. His chivalry, protective instincts and unspoken need to claim Mandy for his own left me absolutely swooning. I loved how easily she pushed Shade’s buttons and yet he couldn’t help but be completely enthralled by her. Not only did Shade and Mandy share an obvious chemistry, but there was also evidence of something deeper between them from the very beginning that ensured I was totally hooked on their journey.

“I’m not sayin’ I’ll never need a getaway car, but if I do, I sure as shit won’t trick my woman into driving it.”

Joanna Wylde did a fantastic job balancing the sinfully sexy moments with all of the action, intrigue and honest emotions of this story. I was easily captivated from the very beginning and devoured Shade and Mandy’s story in no time at all. There was a great mix of personal growth, relationship development and MC adventure in Shade’s Lady. Joanna Wylde definitely knows how to overlap each area of the storyline to build something thrilling and memorable. I couldn’t have guessed how Mandy’s family life would play into Shade’s MC world but I adored watching it all unravel. The collision of their two worlds made for a significant journey that overflowed with genuine emotion and sizzled at all the right moments. Of course, I would love to know more about Shade, how he got to where he was, and what else was in store for him and Mandy. I suppose that’s the genius of this incredibly talented author though – she always leaves me desperate for more. Well written, perfectly paced, and full of feels, Shade’s Lady is another unforgettable Reapers MC romance from Joanna Wylde.


“Did you get my text?” Sara asked, pushing through the office door. I’d just finished tying my apron around my waist, and was leaning toward the cracked mirror on the wall for one last makeup check before punching in.

“No,” I replied, frowning. “Dropped my cell in the toilet this morning. I called the phone people. They said I didn’t have any insurance, so I’m fucked. I put it on Future Me’s list of things to worry about.”

Sadly, Future Me’s list got longer every day. She was supposed to pay our credit card bill, figure out whether we should break up with our boyfriend, and find a better place to sleep than my sister’s couch. She also needed to lose ten pounds and magically fix the rusted-out Kia Sedona currently broken down in my sister’s yard.   

Present Me would’ve felt guilty about dumping all this on the poor thing, but I only had three minutes left to punch in and start slinging drinks for drunken bikers, so it would just have to wait.

Yup. I’m organized like that.

Studying my reflection, I ran an eye down the length of my body. Tight tank with a hint of bra showing? Check. (Nothing like some boob action to bring in the tips. Not only that, Rebel had said he’d be here tonight, and he always liked seeing the girls.)

Lipstick was bright and shiny, no smudges on the teeth. More eye makeup than I’d usually wear, but ever since I’d started hanging out with Rebel’s biker friends, I’d kicked it up a notch. Made me look wild and sexy. Not gonna lie—I liked this new me. I liked her a lot. I guess if there was one good thing about my sister’s life falling apart—and me moving to Violetta to help with the kids—it was that it’d forced me to change my life, too.

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Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

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BLOG TOUR – Ignite by Drew Elyse

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Title: Ignite
Author: Drew Elyse
Series: Savage Disciples MC #4
Publication Date: March 2, 2017

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Synopsis

Once a Disciple, forever a Disciple.

Ace has been keeping secrets, and not just from his club brothers.
Secrets have a way of coming back to haunt you.
All of his are about to be revealed,
whether he’s ready to face them or not.

A Disciple will fight like a savage—even against his past.

When Quinn waltzes into the Disciples’ clubhouse,
she’s only after one thing—and it isn’t Ace.
She wants closure, an end to what they started so long ago.
But with the heat exploding, Ace and Quinn are far from over.

When this biker is forced to confront his past, everything will ignite.

Bs Review

Drew Elyse delivers the next sizzling Savage Disciples MC novel with Ace’s story in Ignite! From the moment I first met Ace, I’ve been waiting to get my hands on his book and Drew Elyse definitely didn’t disappoint. This second chance romance is fierce, sexy and full of feels – the kind of novel that will captivate you and keep you reading until the very last page. I absolutely adored Quinn and Ace. Their story was unexpected and at first glance Quinn wasn’t the woman I would have pictured Ace with, and yet Ignite was so very perfect for who this couple was at their core. I felt deeply for Ace and Quinn and all that they had endured. I couldn’t have picked a better match for Ace and I loved discovering his history with Quinn and watching him fight for their future. These two shared an electric chemistry that made for plenty of scorching hot moments and Drew Elyse certainly wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty. She made me grin, blush and totally swoon as I fell in love alongside this memorable couple.

“I thought we were building something that would last, until the foundation crumbled right beneath my feet.”

Quinn was the kind of heroine that made investing in her absolutely effortless. Her intelligence, strength of character and feisty personality had me rooting for her in no time. I loved how easily she fit into Ace’s world and that she didn’t let him walk all over her. Her relationship with Max was one of my favorite things about this story and it revealed a lighter, spunkier side of Quinn that really rounded out the character. Ace was every bit the thoughtful, passionate and deeply loyal man I imagined him to be. I enjoyed uncovering the truth about his relationship with Quinn and diving into his family history and the past mistakes that shaped him into the man he was. Admittedly, I would have liked a little more depth in terms of his relationship with his brother. While we got the highlights of their history, I never felt like I had enough information to really feel the emotions associated with their complicated situation and that took away from the events that unfolded between them. Overall, both Quinn and Ace proved to be lovable and relatable but together they were an unforgettable force and the perfect addition to the Savage Disciples MC family.

“It wasn’t a whirlwind romance that came in hard and blew out fast. It was us settling in to something we’d both been missing all along.”

I loved seeing so many familiar faces from the previous books in the series. Drew Elyse always manages to capture that unique feeling of family she has created with these characters and it had me falling in love with the Savage Disciples all over again. I especially enjoyed getting to know Max and Ham a little bit in this book. They added some much needed laughter and levity to the story and had me itching to know more about their developing relationship. As always, Drew Elyse balances the romantic aspect of the story with just enough of the club action to keep me coming back for more. She expertly connects each book in the story with a subtlety that allows for them to stand completely alone but also feel like a piece of something bigger and better. Ignite was well paced, beautifully written and overflowing with emotion. I found myself once again completely at the mercy of Drew Elyse’s words and enjoying every steamy, sweet moment of Quinn and Ace’s journey.

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Drew Elyse has completely ensnared me with her Disciples men and their female counterparts who love putting them in their places. Ace has always held a special place in my heart and when I learned his story would finally get told, I’ll admit that I was incredibly giddy. I’m also happy to say that Ignite most certainly did not disappoint; this novel was one of those that I couldn’t stop reading, yet also one that I never wanted to end.

“The fact of the matter was life wasn’t simple. Life happened to each of us, the good and the bad, and all we could do was react. Sometimes, we’d get it wrong.”

Ace and Quinn have such a different relationship from the previous couples of the series that it made for quite a refreshing read. Quinn had one of those magnetic personalities that I couldn’t help but be drawn to. I could relate to her nerdiness, yet being loved for each of those quirks she had. I also admired the bold façade she put up in front of people, especially when her inner thoughts contradicted that in every single way. It’s hard to pinpoint, but there was something about her that felt like a mirror looking at myself in so many ways. However, for as much as I loved Quinn, there was something about Ace that left me tripping over my own feet. The assuredness and dedication with which he approached his relationship with Quinn was kind of beautiful to witness. Given the harsh, closed off piece of his personality that readers got in previous books, we got to learn that there was a whole other softer side to him. It made me smile, warmed my heart, and made him quite the irresistible biker.

“My silence said it all. It broadcasted loud and clear what I would not say: regardless of the past, I would always give in to him. He was the wound I would open again and again, never learning my lesson.”

Though I enjoyed the characters and their banter immensely, I felt as if there were missed moments of opportunity for Elyse to dig deeper in regards to the storyline. There weren’t many, but I craved that connection, especially given what I know this author is capable of. However, that being said, the writing is true to this author’s style and transported me to another world of irresistible bikers and sassy heroines who tame them. The sense of camaraderie and family that Elyse inserts into these Savage Disciples melts me every single time. It’s an MC world, but this author has definitely put her own spin on the environment and will leave readers wanting more and more.

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Excerpt

An hour or two after the library opened, I was going over an interlibrary loan order when I looked up to see a face less than two feet from mine.
“Jesus!” I cried on a whisper I only managed due to years of practice.
Max, my unrepentant best friend, just grinned at me, swirling a piece of her blonde hair around a finger.
“What’s the matter with you? Sneaking up on people is a good way to get yourself hurt,” I informed her.
She shrugged. “I ever see you holding a weapon, I might reconsider my tactics.”
“A heavy book can do some damage,” I pointed out. We were in the reference section, after all.
“And you’d sooner throw yourself at me than any of the books in this library,” she replied.
Well, she wasn’t wrong.
“Shouldn’t you be working?” I changed subjects. Max was a barista at a local coffee shop. She joked about it being a good filler job until she married rich and never had to work again. At least I tried to chalk it up as a joke, but I wasn’t always so sure.
“I’m on lunch.”
“Your lunch is half an hour.”
“And you’re avoiding the subject,” she chastised.
“There’s a point to this sneak attack?”
“Um…meeting with the P.I. this morning? Info on He Who Shall Not Be Named? Ring a bell?”
“It’s He Who Must Not Be Named,” I corrected.
She rolled her eyes. “Jack tries to kill all the muggle-borns, he can get upgraded to ‘must’. Until then, we’ll stick with ‘shall’.”
That was a fair point.
I dropped my eyes to my computer and hit send on the order to the Portland Public Library.
“So, what? You’re just going to ignore me?” she demanded.
I sighed before meeting her blue eyes. “I’ve got an address.”
Her face showed her glee. Why she was enjoying this saga so much, I had no idea. “Where is he?”
“A town called Hoffman,” I explained. “It’s four hours northeast.”
Letting her stew on that for a second, I grabbed the return cart and wheeled it around the desk. A pretty frequent visitor when I was working, Max fell right into step with me as I went to re-shelve.
“Wait. He’s still in Oregon?” she asked.
“Yep.”
“Four hours away? That’s it?”
“Four hours,” I repeated.
“What a smarmy motherfucker.”
There was a time when I would have disagreed with her. There was even a time I had disagreed with her, but I’d learned my lesson the hard way. Even now, I couldn’t bring myself to agree out loud.
“Are you going tomorrow?” Max asked after a minute of silence.
“Yes,” I said without hesitation. I couldn’t let myself hesitate—not out loud and not in my own head. If I did, I would chicken out. It was time. I needed this. I needed to finally confront him once and for all.
“Good for you,” Max said, her voice uncharacteristically serious—not that Max couldn’t have a serious conversation, just that her personality tended to bubble up through everything. She was loud, spirited, excitable. I rarely heard her speak in that low, almost grave tone.
I really, really hoped she was right.
“You’ll call me after you see him?” she inquired.
I sighed again, knowing I was bound to get a reaction from this. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to see him right away. It might take some time.”
“Why? You said you had his address.”
“Apparently he joined a motorcycle club,” I told her, watching her jaw unhinge. “The place he’s living belongs to them, so I’m not sure I’ll be let in if he doesn’t want to see me.”
“Holy shit,” she muttered, still gaping. “You’re serious?”
“Based on the way the investigator tried to warn me from going up there, I’m going with he was telling the truth.”
“Are you sure you want to do this alone? I can come with you,” she offered, an idea probably at least as much about not wanting to miss the adventure as it was about being a loving, supportive friend.
“Really? You and what time off?” I reminded her.
She scrunched her nose. “Admittedly, his highness told me if I bail on any more days this month, I shouldn’t bother coming back in.”
“His highness” was Max’s name for her manager. The owner of the coffee shop was never there or involved in anything employee-related. That was all Marcus. The way Max told it, Marcus was a terror with a dictator complex. I took this with a grain of salt seeing as just two weeks ago, Max told me she wasn’t going into work at all because saw a Kate Spade bag online she wanted. My suggestion that she just order it off the website or at least wait until after work to hit the mall had fallen on deaf ears.
“I’ll be fine, promise,” I assured her.
“Okay, but if I need to drive up to wherever the fuck and junk punch him, you just let me know.”
I laughed, and couldn’t help but think how lucky I was to have her. Without Max, I never would have gotten the nerve to finally face him.
Now, I just had to make sure I didn’t lose my nerve before I made it to Hoffman.

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Drew Elyse

Drew Elyse spends her days trying to convince the world that she is, in fact, a Disney Princess, and her nights writing tear-jerking and smutty romance novels. Her debut novel, Dissonance, released in August of 2014.

When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found over-analyzing every line of a book, binge watching a series on Netflix, doing strange vocal warm ups before singing a variety of music styles, or screaming at the TV during a Chicago Blackhawks game.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a BA in English, she still lives in Chicago, IL where she was born and raised with her boyfriend and her prima donna pet rabbit, Lola.

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RELEASE WEEK & GIVEAWAY – The Daughters of Maine by Tish Thawer

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Title – The Daughters of Maine
Author – Tish Thawer
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Series – The Witches of BlackBrook #2

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Synopsis

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

After being reunited in the present day, three sister witches are forced to separate once more in an effort to save their newly formed coven and themselves.

Foes from their past now threaten their future, and a trip that spans centuries is their only hope of survival.

Chasing their enemy back through time seems like the right choice, but will walking in the footsteps of their previous lives provide the answers they seek?

Only time will tell.

Review

Tish Thawer has a special quality to her writing that makes whatever she puts to paper become an all-encompassing read. I was sucked into The Daughters of Maine just as much as the first book in the series, if not even more. The storyline is utterly addicting with characters that burrow their way into your veins. Thawer has an incredible knack for world-building, which made The Daughters of Maine absolutely magical – no pun intended – and I’m already craving more from these sisters.

“Goddess of old, Goddess of new…”

I love getting to see the same characters as the first book, yet developing a feeling of meeting someone new as well. With the time travel to a past life, I was fascinated by how much the core of these personalities stayed true to what we’ve come to expect, yet presented an entirely new way of showing growth and transformation. Though I absolutely adore the sisters as individuals, it was their yearning to become a stronger unit that called to me the loudest. The underlying lessons and methods to do this were so obvious, but not always the easiest to achieve, and it was quite amazing to watch the sisters strive for it.

“…protect our souls, through and through. Be with us on this day…”

I felt like this book had so much more action than the first, which resulted in a really quick-paced read. From that very first page, we are thrown back into the craziness that the sisters have found themselves in and as the plot unraveled, I felt myself literally losing time because I had to keep digging to get to the bottom of what was going on. There is an entirely new setting introduced in Daughters of Maine and it added a unique, fresh element. The family was out of their comfort zone, yet found out who they were more than they could in the present day. The way Thawer wrote this aspect really drew me in, especially with the way she brought it all together in the end.

“…so that we may return unharmed in any way.”

The only downside for me as a reader is that now I have to wait and see what happens next! Tish Thawer has created such a breathtaking read that will leave you guessing and reeling at every surprising turn. She keeps her stories fresh and her characters evolving, resulting in earning a reader for life. The Daughters of Maine may not end in a total cliffhanger, but it will definitely leave readers thirsting for more. Once again, Thawer has written a spellbinding tale, and I never want to be rid of her magical cast.

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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for a RONE Award (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and a Reader’s Choice Award.

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl Media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Live Wire by Caisey Quinn

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Title: Live Wire
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Nashville’s Finest #1
Release Date: March 7, 2017

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Synopsis

HE’S NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING… 

Explosive ordinance disposal specialist Chase Fisk never breaks a sweat defusing even the most complicated of explosives. So when a homicidal maniac threatens to set off military-grade IEDs during Nashville’s largest music festival, Chase is the man to take him down. But with the reappearance of a woman he thought was long dead, everything he thought he knew is blown away.

EXCEPT LOSING HER AGAIN.

FBI operative Vivien Montgomery is an enigma to everyone around her. So when a deadly threat lands her in Nashville and paired up with the only man she’s ever loved, she isn’t looking forward to an emotional reunion. She’s only here to get the job done and get out. But when the madman behind the chaos targets her for death, the one man she left behind might be the only person she can count on to save her life…

Review

Caisey Quinn delivers an explosive, action-packed second chance romance with Live Wire, the first novel in her Nashville’s Finest series. After meeting Chase and Vivien in the prequel novella Lit Fuse, I was addicted. I knew I needed more of this badass couple and Caisey Quinn definitely didn’t disappoint. Sizzling, heart pounding, and full of feels, Live Wire was everything I’d hoped it would be and so much more. From their intensely emotional reunion to the delightfully satisfying conclusion, this story kept me utterly enthralled. Chase and Vivien’s sparkling chemistry was more potent than ever, compounded by their time spent apart and further intensified by their inexplicable emotional connection. I absolutely adored the push and pull between this duo, easily caught up in their heady tension and suggestive banter. Caisey Quinn made sure the reader felt every raw and gripping emotion along Chase and Vivien’s journey and by the time their story came to a close, I was nowhere near ready to let this memorable couple go.

“He had two purposes in life. That much was clear now. Defusing explosives and loving her.”

I adored getting to know Vivien better in this novel. Caisey Quinn has a talent for writing strong, confident females that are easy to root for while also ensuring they posses a genuine vulnerability that keeps them relatable and Vivien was a prime example. She was my favorite kind of heroine – the perfect mix of intelligence, sass and kindness. Vivien’s ability to recognize her mistakes and willingness to beg forgiveness coupled with her refusal to give up on Chase and their once in a lifetime connection made it impossible not to love her and cheer her on. Caisey Quinn also did an excellent job at putting the pieces of this complex woman together, revealing her tragic past and allowing readers to make peace with the decisions she had made that tore her and Chase apart to begin with. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Vivien in an entirely new light. Her heartache was authentic and her determination fierce – a potent combination that gave me no choice but to invest in this heroine.

“I have been the furthest thing from fine. I’ve been trying to pretend to live when I’ve been dead inside since the day I thought I lost you.”

It came as no surprise that Chase continued to be utterly swoon-worthy. I was already so in love with his beautiful heart and willingness to risk everything for Vivien in Lit Fuse. I didn’t expect for my own heart to break so much for Chase in Live Wire, but Caisey Quinn portrayed his pain at losing Vivien and the betrayal of finding out he’d been lied to so boldly that I couldn’t help but have a visceral reaction to his story. Sure, there were times in this book where he was a total jerk and I just wanted to slap him, but I also understood how deeply he felt and how conflicted he must have been at the situation Vivien presented. While I definitely would have liked to learn more about Chase’s past, he had plenty of emotional turmoil to sort through in this story and how he handled all of it was definitely revealing of his character. Chase made me melt with his suggestive flirtations, moments of emotional vulnerability, and dizzying sweetness. This hero was definitely book boyfriend material and one I won’t forget any time soon.

“Their past was messy and complicated but she vowed then and there to keep their future free of unspoken words and hurt feelings. No more secrets and no more lies.”

One of the things I loved about Chase and Vivien’s story was their equal footing throughout the novel. Both members of law enforcement, they were a powerhouse of strength and intelligence that kept me absolutely riveted. I loved the teamwork this duo exhibited and how easily they fit together. Their shared protectiveness made for one heck of a captivating adventure as they tried to balance their careers and relationship in the wake of all the pulse pounding action. Caisey Quinn had me on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out how this thrilling storyline would play out and loving every minute of Chase and Vivien’s quest to break the case. Surrounded by a colorful cast of secondary characters, I found this fictional world easy to lose myself in and even easier to love. I am so ready for more of Luke, Annalise, Aiden and the rest of the gang. I just know we’re in for another wild ride with the rest of this series. Live Wire demonstrates incredible growth in Caisey Quinn’s writing. This author’s talent for story building, character development and forging emotional connections with the reader continuously blew me away. I devoured Chase and Vivien’s story, loving every moment of this addictive, thrilling and dangerously romantic novel.

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BLOG TOUR – Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg

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Title: Sweet Rivalry
Author: K. Bromberg
A 1001 Dark Nights & Sweet Cheeks companion novella
Release Date: February 28, 2017

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Synopsis

Ryder Rodgers had a plan.

He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.

Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.

When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.

The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.

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Bromberg delivers a sexy, sweet romance with a competitive edge in Sweet Rivalry – Ryder and Harper’s story. After meeting Ryder in Sweet Cheeks, I was totally intrigued. He was smart, loyal, loving and in control – qualities I definitely wanted to explore in a more intimate setting. K. Bromberg didn’t disappoint, serving up plenty of intelligent charm, witty banter, and delicious sexual tension in this tantalizing novella. Constantly challenging one another, Ryder and Harper were the perfect match. They left me reeling from their verbal sparring matches and raring for more of their feisty flirtations. Sassy, sizzling and full of feels, Sweet Rivalry is the perfect companion to Sweet Cheeks and a fun, quick read for fans of this talented author.

“Just in case you were wondering, beard burn is a real thing.”

I absolutely adored the dynamic between Harper and Ryder. Part second chance and part friends-to-lovers romance, this duo had a frenemies vibe that made me grin. Their undeniable chemistry was obvious from the start – a sparkling force that made the pages absolutely sizzle and kept me reading until I’d completely devoured this story. There was also something deeper that rested beneath the surface, hints of a more significant connection that kept me riveted and rooting for Harper and Ryder’s happily ever after. Ryder was book boyfriend perfection in all of his slightly arrogant and delightfully devious glory while Harper was the kind of fierce, independent heroine it was impossible not to love.

“A princess may not need to be saved, but she sure as shit needs to take a ride on that unicorn she’s found every once in a while. He’ll remind her she needs to live instead of staying locked up tight in that tower of hers.”

In addition to simply wanting more of Harper and Ryder, I would have liked to see this couple address the issues in the past that kept them apart until now. More specifically, the kiss they shared back in school and Harper’s misconceptions about Ryder and the woman who interrupted what could have been a turning point in their relationship. While it wasn’t necessary to my enjoyment of the story, it felt like the one string hanging between them that never got tied up. Honestly, I think I’m just greedy and desperately want to see Harper and Ryder get a full-length novel that dives deep and gives them the kind of happily ever after that leaves a girl utterly swooning.

“And when in the hell did preppy-boy Ryder Rodgers transform into that mythical guy who hits every single one of my buttons?”

Sweet Rivalry surprised me with its unique and intelligent storyline. I felt like I learned something from Harper and Ryder’s work and I definitely enjoyed the bidding war that got personal in all the best ways. K. Bromberg never ceases to blow me away with her colorful characters, brilliant imagery, entertaining dialogue and genuine emotions. Sweet Rivalry was well written, perfectly paced and left me begging for more of this memorable pair. Bromberg made me laugh, feel and fall in love with a well-practiced ease indicative of not only her unquestionable talent for story building, but also her unparalleled ability to connect with her readers and mesmerize them with her wickedly wonderful words. Sweet Rivalry was hilarious, hot and full of heart – an addictive addition to K. Bromberg’s Sweet Cheeks world and a fun, sassy standalone novella that’s not to be missed!

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Once again, K. Bromberg has weaved an addictive tale with sizzling characters that left me wanting nothing but more, more, more. Sweet Rivalry is filled with sexual tension that practically oozes off the pages, to the point that it took on a personality of its own. The way that the author described the looks between Harper and Ryder left my heart rate increasing and anxiously turning the pages to see the explosion.

“Regardless of who she is––a competitor, a friend, a lover, or even all three combined––I prefer a woman who’s strong.”

There was just something about these characters that I couldn’t help but instantaneously fall for. Harper was so strong-headed that she dominated the scenes she was in. I loved that she was a female in a male’s world, yet never let her confidence in her abilities or herself diminish. There was something admirable about that unwavering spirit that resonated deep within me. On the other hand, I adored that it was Ryder who questioned the scenarios these two found themselves in. He was confident in his own abilities but was utterly mystified by this woman, and it made for such a refreshing and fun read. Between their banter, the chemistry, and the unique storyline, Bromberg stole my heart – hook, line, sinker.

“Someone I can debate with, a woman who can hold her own in an intelligent conversation, and one I can verbally spar with. I want to be met match for match.”

Sweet Rivalry is one of those charming novellas where you just find yourself grinning from ear to ear, consumed by the romance between the characters. My biggest complaint about this novella was of course that it was just too short! The way that their relationship exploded was just the beginning and I’d love to see more. Bromberg sure knows how to reel this reader in and I certainly can’t wait for whatever she delivers next!

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Work first. Reward sex next.

That’ll give me something to look forward to during the next few days. The ones I can’t wait to dive headfirst into that will be an ever-changing combination of stress, exhaustion, strategy, and manipulation. An unscripted dance amongst us bidders while we size each other up, calculate our numbers, and explain to the developer why we’re the most valuable candidate for the job.

It’s the game I love. The competition I thrive on. My return to the job that I’ve been desperate to make.

And there’d be no better way to make a statement that Harper Denton is back than to leave this building with the multimillion dollar contract for Meteor Development tucked securely under my arm.

And just like that, as a reward for my positive thinking, when I look up, there he is, in full view.

I take in the expensive briefcase, the venti Starbucks, and the expensive watch peeking out from beneath the cuff of his shirt. And just my luck that while I’m afforded a full view of his body, the one thing I’m the most curious about is obscured by his hand holding his cell phone up to his ear: his face.

So instead I drink him in. He really is magnificent. I note his posture and the way he carries his body when he moves forward a few steps. There’s an air about him that says he’s no-nonsense and in control, powerful, and at the same time he doesn’t seem uptight. He has that Southern

California professional vibe. I can’t put my finger on it but he reminds me of someone I can’t quite place. Regardless, a man who can pull off being in control and playful has definite merits.

Like “spank me until my body aches in want, and then make a game of hitting each erogenous zone with his tongue before he’ll satisfy that ache he created and let me come” type of merits.

The mind-blowing-sex reward just became even more appealing.

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.

Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – A Broken Soul by Jessica Prince

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Title: A Broken Soul
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Pembrooke #3
Release Date: February 20, 2017

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Synopsis

He’s terrified of loving her.

Quinn Mallick already had his happily-ever-after, and in the blink of an eye it was ripped away from him. Now he’s content to walk through the rest of his life carrying the weight of that guilt on his shoulders. He’s convinced he doesn’t deserve a second chance. But when the town’s beautiful dance teacher turns her sights on him he finds himself questioning everything.

She’s terrified of losing him.

Lilly Mathewson’s once quiet, predictable life has been turned on its head. Feeling alone and adrift, she finds her comfort in the most unexpected of places. Falling for the town widower was never part of the plan, but there is just something about the temperamental man she can’t seem to let go of.

What started as two grieving people leaning on each other has quickly turned into something neither of them expected. Lilly is ready to take the next step, but how do you move forward when the man you love refuses to let go of the past?

He has a broken soul. She has a broken heart. And the only way for them to heal is if they do it together.

Review

Jessica Prince delivers what is undoubtedly one of my favorite books this year with Quinn and Lilly’s story in A Broken Soul. Powerful, gut wrenching, and devastatingly honest, A Broken Soul overflows with the kind of emotion that lingers long after the final page has been turned. Both struggling with loss and desperate to protect their hearts from further damage, Quinn and Lilly made for an inimitable pair. The pain and heartache they brought into the relationship made for plenty of angst, but it also leant itself to some exquisite moments of healing. A Broken Soul was one of those novels that tore at me, leaving me raw to every bit of Lilly and Quinn’s story and ensuring that I felt their journey all the way through. As always, Jessica Prince perfectly captures the feeling of family that I’ve come to love from the Pembrooke series with the inclusion of some familiar faces. I adored being able to see Eliza and Ethan settled into their happily ever after, along with more of Chloe and Derrick. With the help of their friends and family, Quinn and Lilly developed their undeniable connection into something deeply significant, making my heart flutter and falter and, when paired with their unavoidable chemistry, setting the pages of A Broken Soul on fire.

“But what’s the point if he’s content to just hold on to that struggle for the rest of his life?”

As far as heroes go, Quinn is one of the most heartbreaking I’ve read in a while. From the very first page Jessica Prince had me in tatters, my heart shredded by the loss Quinn had faced and the reality of what he would be forced to tackle in the future as a single father. Plagued by overwhelming guilt and haunted by the love he had lost so unexpectedly, Quinn had a hard time opening himself up. Jessica Prince did an incredible job balancing this character’s crippling grief with the moments of reprieve he found with Lilly. All of Quinn’s darkness made each shining moment of hope absolutely sparkle and I found myself falling hard for this character in those instances between the shadows. Admittedly, there were times when I wanted to scream at Quinn to appreciate what was right in front of him – to hold onto Lilly and never let go – but his inability to move forward without first forgiving himself was so raw, genuine and absolutely necessary to the kind of man Quinn was that in the end it made his personal journey that much sweeter.

“Come escape with me for a little while.”

Lilly was a heroine after my own heart. While I adored her sunny disposition and kind spirit, it was her ability to use music and dance as a way to escape her pain that made her someone I could easily relate to. The relationship she had with her father just about ripped me apart while her navigation of Quinn’s grief and the ease with which her life fit into his had me riding a serious emotional rollercoaster. I loved getting to know both the sweet, easy going woman who loved her friends fiercely and opened her heart to Sophia and Quinn with grace and understanding and the broken girl who wasn’t ready to deal with losing a piece of her family. Lilly was smart, strong and easy to love. Jessica Prince did a phenomenal job unraveling this complicated woman. I fell hard for Lilly as she fought for the people she cared about and the love she so richly deserved. The author exposed Lilly’s insecurities and fears in a way that made her feel incredibly genuine while also repeatedly demonstrating the true strength of her character and her immense capacity for love.

“I wanted nothing more than to lower my walls and allow her to heal my broken soul. But I didn’t deserve that. I didn’t deserve her.”

Feelings. So many freaking feelings. Jessica Prince doesn’t pull any punches with Quinn and Lilly’s story, hitting readers with a tsunami of emotions that ensures that A Broken Soul is one heck of an unforgettable journey. Unable to stop reading until I’d devoured the entire novel, I laughed, cried, hoped and fell in love right alongside Quinn and Lilly. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good ugly cry but this book did me in. Caught up in Quinn’s grief and Lilly’s impending loss, I sobbed as my heart ached and broke for all that this couple had to endure. Not only did Jessica Prince tug on my heartstrings with expert precision, but she also perfectly balanced all of the angst with plenty of steam and some delightfully sweet moments that left me absolutely swooning. With each new novel from this author I find myself even more blown away by her incredible talent. A Broken Soul is vibrant, honest and incredibly touching – the kind of story that’s easy to connect with and impossible to put down. Jessica Prince undeniably has another winner on her hands with Quinn and Lilly’s must read journey!

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Excerpt

“So what about you? Have you always wanted to dance?”

Her voice went soft, her expression wistful. “Yeah. I’ve been dancing since I was about eight. I started a little later than most, but once my mom put me in classes, I was hooked.”

“You’re amazing,” I found myself admitting. “Why didn’t you go to New York or something like that?”

Her face flushed, and something told me it wasn’t from the wine this time. “You’ve seen me dance?”

“Yeah. Last week. I was getting in my truck after grabbing a coffee. The blinds to the studio were open and you were in there by yourself.” I stopped, thinking back to the sadness on her face that morning. “You were…”

“Crying,” she whispered, and although she still wore a smile, I could see the sadness had returned. “Yeah. You kind of caught me on a bad day.”

Suddenly I was aware of what I must have been putting my loved ones through, because even though I knew it wasn’t fair, I wanted to push her to talk about whatever was bothering her. Instead, I ignored that curious niggling in my gut and said, “You know, I might not be as good a listener as you are, but if you ever need to talk…”

“Thanks,” she smiled. “It’s okay. I’m okay. I just got some bad news the day before.” She stopped long enough to inhale deeply before she continued. “My dad’s sick. Cancer. I found out about it the day before.”

“Christ,” I hissed. “Lilly, I’m so sorry.”

“It’s all right. I was struggling with how to cope, you know? I couldn’t imagine…” Her voice cracked and her throat moved as she swallowed. “I still can’t imagine not having him, and knowing he’s going to die… it really fucking sucks.” When she let out a self-deprecating laugh, it took everything I had not to jump across the table and wrap my arms around her. I’d never felt more out of my element with a person before, yet, at the same time, I could relate to her better than most.

“I went down to the studio before it opened and put on the music and just… escaped for a little while. I’ve always used dancing as a way to escape. When I was little, I had trouble in school. I’m dyslexic and it took a while for the doctors to be able to diagnose it. I know it’s not really a big deal, but when you’re in elementary school and have trouble reading, well, let’s just say the kids can be real assholes.

“My mom enrolled me in dance classes and I discovered that when I was moving, when the music was playing, all the mean things those kids said about me just… disappeared. It was my escape, to this day it still is. So, to answer your question, that’s why I never wanted to pursue something like New York. It might sound weird, but what I do now, when I dance, even when I teach my kids, it’s all for me. If I tried to join a company, everything I did would be for them. Doing what I do now, I don’t have to answer to anybody. I don’t have to worry about the routines becoming monotonous. I get to leave my head for a while and not worry about the outcome. Does that make any sense?”

I hardly recognized my voice, the sound rougher, almost jagged as I said, “It makes perfect sense.” I had no clue what was coming over me, why I was reacting the way I was, but I couldn’t stand to see that heartache in her eyes any longer. Standing from my place on the floor, I held my hand out to her. “Come on. I want to watch you dance.”

“What? Now?” she asked incredulously. “You want to watch me dance right now?”

I gave a casual shrug and let my lips curl up in a grin. “Why not? You got other plans at the moment?”

“Well… no, but—”

“Perfect, so nothing’s stopping you.” She didn’t seem convinced, and for reasons beyond my comprehension, I wanted nothing more than to see this gorgeous woman dance. So, I pushed.

“Come escape with me for a little while.”

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Author Bio

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

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

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

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