REVIEW – Holy Frigging Matrimony by Emma Chase

Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1.5
Release Date: December 1, 2013

Synopsis

What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Emma Chase delivers a delicious dose of the Tangled series with her short story, Holy Frigging Matrimony. I absolutely devoured this tale, loving every extra minute of Drew, Kate and the rest of the crazy Tangled family. Told from Drew’s point of view, Emma Chase’s voice is just as charming, hilarious, and addictive as I remembered and then some. Drew and Kate’s chemistry is as potent as ever and reader’s were quickly reminded just how hot things between this couple could get.

“Relationships only work when both parties put the other person’s feelings before their own. Without that? Things tend to implode rather quickly.”

While this story was certainly a sweet treat, there was also some real emotion and vulnerability laced throughout the pages. I must applaud Emma Chase for her ability to keep things light and sexy while still continuing to develop the characters and move them forward in their relationship. If anything, Holy Frigging Matrimony left me salivating for more of Drew and Kate and anxious to finally hear the rest of Matthew and Dee’s story. This short story is proof that Emma Chase never disappoints and fans of the Tangled series will undoubtedly love seeing some of their favorite characters back in action!


Emma Chase has given readers an absolute treat in the form of Holy Frigging Matrimony! Drew Varney is back with all his delicious antics and hilarious comments, and I could not be happier. This short and sweet bonus short story will make you fall in love with the characters (and impeccable writing) all over again. Emma Chase also included a couple of extra bonus scenes following moments in the course of Drew and Kate’s relationship and they were everything you’d expect – witty and entertaining. It was the perfect way to demonstrate that it’s difficult to teach an old dog new tricks 😉 If you’ve read Tangled already, this is a definite not miss – and if you haven’t met Drew and Kate yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!


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REVIEW – Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Title: Anything You Can Do
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: February 2, 2017

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

R.S. Grey serves up plenty of heart, humor, and heat with Lucas and Daisy’s story in Anything You Can Do. An enemies-to-lovers romance, this duo kept me captivated with their witty banter, not-so-friendly (but utterly delightful) competition, and the totally electric chemistry that poured from the pages of this book. R.S. Grey has definitely crafted an entertaining dynamic with this unlikely hero and heroine and I enjoyed diving into their deliciously intense world. Having known each other since birth, the longstanding grudge between Lucas and Daisy ensured that their relationship was as unique as it was intriguing. I found myself quickly devouring their hilarious and sometimes adorably awkward story, anxious to see where their competitive natures would take them next.

“I am the Annie Oakley to his Frank Butler and I firmly believe that anything he can do, I can do better.”

While I adored the easy sarcasm and socially relevant humor that colored this book, Anything You Can Do was missing the kind of surprising emotional depth I’ve come to expect from R.S. Grey’s romantic comedies. The author generally dives a little deeper with her characters, demonstrating the development of a more significant connection between the characters as their relationship progresses and ensuring the reader’s complete investment in their happily ever after. However, this book was almost too focused on the fun, sexy side of Lucas and Daisy’s journey for me that the bits of raw emotion we did experience were easily overshadowed by the couple’s silly antics. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for something smart, funny, and relatively angst-free, then Anything You Can Do won’t disappoint.

“I squeeze my eyes closed, preparing for death, and instead his lips press against mine. I am still alive. Maybe more than ever.”

An interesting blend of several popular themes: enemies-to-lovers, childhood friends, second-chance, and small-town romance, this novel definitely had a unique feel to it. I enjoyed the undeniable tension between Daisy and Lucas and fell hard for the vibrant secondary characters that rounded out their world. R.S. Grey made me laugh and swoon and happy sigh while also managing to throw in a few wrong turns that kept me flipping the pages until the very end. Packed with all of the author’s signature sass, sizzle and sweetness, this enemies-to-lovers romance is the kind of lighthearted read that will leave you absolutely grinning.


Whenever I am in the mood for a good laugh, I know that R.S. Grey is guaranteed to deliver. Her books are filled with the perfect balance of light-hearted humor and back and forth banter to make every reader smile. Anything You Can Do was a prime example of this and certainly left me grinning from ear to ear. Daisy and Lucas had an unconventional relationship, if you can call it that, but their story is just too much fun to miss!

“I am Daisy Bell, rival to Lucas Thatcher, and the weight of carrying around that hatred has started to wear on me.”

From the moment I began reading the story, I knew that Lucas and Daisy would have one of those firecracker type of relationships. Everything was a game and it became about who would come out on top. That fierce competitiveness definitely kept me intrigued, even though it sometimes felt slightly childish. There were moments that I wanted to shake both of the characters, clock their heads together, and tell them to figure things out. Furthermore, I needed just a bit more of depth from Lucas’ character. It may just be that I know what Grey is capable of, but I craved more from his personality and his back story. However, I can say with utmost certainty that the back and forth bickering between these two was hilarious and ultimately rewarding. It gave a new meaning to the enemies to lovers trope and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I brush my chest against his with my eyes closed, greedy for more. I am behind enemy lines and I feel alive.”

It seems that no matter where Grey’s characters take her, she promises to bring readers on a ride. Anything You Can Do will have you singing the classic tune, as well as seeing just how Daisy and Lucas can one up the other. It’s a read that I’d love to see an extended epilogue for, and have no doubt that others will want one too!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Wright Mistake by K.A. Linde

Title – The Wright Mistake
Author – K.A. Linde
Publication Date – August 8, 2017

I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.

He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.

The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.

A second chance might destroy us both.

Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.

Oh my goodness! This book! This book had so many different feels that my head is still spinning and my heart is pounding out of my chest. Given that I’ve read the other siblings’ stories, I knew going in that The Wright Mistake would be angsty and highly emotional. However, I wasn’t quite prepared for what K. A.  Linde actually delivered. Austin’s book will make readers feel a gamut of emotions from positive to negative, but above all – hopeful.

“Austin Wright was broken…and I wasn’t about to try to fit the pieces back together.”

I was incredibly touched by Linde’s portrayal of Austin’s alcoholic traits. Having grown up with an alcoholic, it’s such a sensitive topic for me, so I often find myself in tune with these characters more so than usual. Austin and Julia were no exception, as their feelings were quite often ones that I have experienced. Austin has always been intriguing to me and in The Wright Mistake, it became abundantly clear as to why. He had such a complex personality, masking emotions and numbing much of his everyday life. My heart ached for him on more than one occasion, but it was Julia who was able to make it soar. I loved the way she defended herself and was this independent firecracker. Though she had deep insecurities and scars, she seemed to wear them with pride at times and it made me love her, wishing she could be in my circle of friends.

“When we spoke, we mixed about as well as oil and water, but our bodies were another story. We were the ocean waves, destined to crash together.”

Julia and Austin may have been combatant together at times, but their journey is definitely one for the books. The Wright Mistake sent an important message about loving others, as well as loving ourselves, and finding hope when we think all is lost. K.A Linde’s writing is as addictive as ever with incredible dialogue and real life scenarios that readers will not soon forget. If you’re ready for a read packed with emotion and grit, I promise that you don’t want to miss The Wright Mistake!


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

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

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – A Better Place by Jennifer Van Wyk

Title: A Better Place
Author: Jennifer Van Wyk
Release Date: August 7, 2017

After James Cole’s wife walked out on him, he put his dreams aside to raise his daughter. But now she’s grown and he’s ready for more.

When the opportunity arises to own a restaurant, his life-long dream, he can’t deny that it’s meant to be. And for more reasons than one.

He’s kept his heart closed off since the day his wife walked away. He’s never found someone who he thought was worth opening himself up to. But one look at her, and he knew she was everything.

Carly Hanson has a secret. A secret only she and her teenage son Jack know about. She’s built a new life but kept herself carefully guarded.

The day Carly stumbled, literally, into James, her world was turned upside down. She tries to keep him strictly as a friend, but he’s relentless in his pursuit. Can he break down the walls she’s so firmly built? Can he get her to join him in… A Better Place?

Jennifer Van Wyk serves up another sweet, sparkling small town romance with James and Carly’s story in A Better Place. Heartfelt, entertaining, and hilarious at times, this book expertly recaptures the brilliant feeling of family first cultivated in the companion novel, From the Ground Up. A Better Place brings readers back to Liberty and reintroduces all of the vibrant, unforgettable characters that call Jennifer Van Wyk’s fictional world home. A Better Place delivers plenty of feels, overflowing with raw emotion, lots of laughs, and just the right amount of sizzle. James and Carly shared an absolutely electric chemistry that made for a ton of great banter and decidedly delicious moments. However, it was the deeply significant emotional connection this duo shared that made them so addictive and ensured I was wholly invested in their happily ever after.

“I knew in that moment that it was either him or me. That I could choose to let him win, let him take over my life even more than he already had. Or I could be fierce. I could be strong.”

Carly is the kind of heroine you can’t help but root for. Having been through some seriously dark stuff in her life, I found myself in awe of Carly’s incredible strength, obvious kindness, and inspiring resilience. I wanted to hug her and high-five her all at once, completely moved by this breathtaking character. Carly’s relationship with her son Jack was equally touching and I quickly fell hard for their fantastic family. Jennifer Van Wyk did a phenomenal job developing this character over the course of the story. Seeing Carly’s beautiful spirit and brave heart being truly appreciated and watching her grow into her own as her relationship with James progressed, made my heart all kinds of happy.

“In the real world, people’s hearts don’t stutter just from someone’s look.”

James was pretty much book boyfriend perfection. I sincerely adored his relationship with his niece and nephews, his daughter Lily, and Jack. Talk about making me melt in all the best ways! Although he seemed fairly flawless, James had his own baggage. In fact, it was James’ past and the hurt he had suffered that made him feel so tangible and easy to connect with. James had overcome his obstacles to build a life he could be proud of and this made him the perfect match for Carly. James’ unwavering patience, absolute understanding, and fierce love for not only Carly, but Jack too, had me all sorts of swooning.

“Around him I feel like it would be okay to maybe try again, move forward and break all my rules. I’m falling for him, hard. Along the way, I wondered how the hell it happened. But I realized… he happened.”

Jennifer Van Wyk’s writing has definitely grown since her first novel and I loved experiencing the depth of the emotion she seems to so effortlessly have captured with Carly and James’ story. Touching upon some tough subjects, I must applaud the author for not only giving a voice to anyone who has experienced what Carly has, but also doing so with the kind of quiet grace and incredible strength these warriors deserve. I appreciated how perfectly this story balanced the heartbreak with the humor and overall hopeful nature of Carly and James’ story, taking readers on a journey that was as enchanting as it was poignant. Simply breathtaking, unapologetically real, and absolutely memorable, A Better Place is a grand slam of a second novel from author Jennifer Van Wyk!


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Broken Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: Broken Hearts
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Light in the Dark #5
Release Date: August 4, 2017

After everything we’ve been through, I thought we could weather any storm.
But this is one thing neither of us ever saw coming.

Jace and Nova have learned to roll with the punches—they’ve had to. The last few years have been bliss-filled and better than they imagined, but they’re ready to take the next step.

The problem?

Life apparently has other plans.

Sometimes you have to fight for what you want, and for Jace and Nova they’ll have to battle this war together or lose it all in the process.

Micalea Smeltzer serves up one seriously angsty sequel to Jace and Nova’s story with Broken Hearts. Picking up shortly after Dark Hearts left off, Jace and Nova are living their happily ever after when life throws them a series of curveballs that would change their relationship forever. My heart ached and soared and sang and shattered as I experienced this journey alongside the couple. Micalea Smeltzer definitely didn’t pull any punches, putting Jace and Nova through the wringer repeatedly over the course of this story. Through it all, their electric chemistry and significant connection continued to outshine the darkness, bringing a much-needed sense of hope to an otherwise emotional rollercoaster. This couple continued to captivate me with their delightfully snarky banter and unexpectedly sweet moments, ensuring that I was once again riveted to this novel from start to finish.

“Sometimes we wait for things because we’re scared. I don’t want to go through life denying myself things because I’m scared. That’s not me. It’s not us. We’re wild and chaotic.  A storm that can’t be contained.”

Jace and Nova both go through some serious growth as their story progressed, surprising me at every turn with their strength and incredible resilience. I loved seeing this couple come unhinged, even if it meant completely obliterating my heart in the process. There was something so beautiful about their unmistakable vulnerability. Both characters felt utterly raw and undeniably genuine, making it easy to relate to their heartache and invest myself further in their journey. While I definitely found myself cursing the author a time or two as I read, there was no doubt that this couple had the kind of real, gritty and unapologetic love that would see them through any storm. The obstacles Jace and Nova faced in this book only served to further the depth of their connection and left me with no choice but to fall harder for this duo than ever before.

“Confession—” I whisper and he turns his attention to me. “I used to dream in black and white but now it’s in color, and it’s all because of you.”

I absolutely adored seeing more of Cade, Rae, Thea and Xander – their presence and role in the story giving Broken Hearts that overwhelming feeling of family I’ve come to love from this collection of colorful characters. Although decidedly darker than previous books in the series, Broken Hearts managed to capture all of Micalea Smeltzer’s signature sass, sizzle and sweetness. This book made me laugh and cry and swoon, guaranteeing that my heart wouldn’t be the same by the time all was said and done. From the enchanting writing to the whirlwind pacing, everything about this story was perfect for Jace and Nova. The world Micalea Smeltzer has so effortlessly brought to life with this novel is vibrant, breathtaking and overflowing with heart-stopping emotions. Topped off with the kind of epilogue that leaves your heart bursting at the seams, Broken Hearts is a powerful and stunning conclusion to Jace and Nova’s epic, must-read romance!


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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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REVIEW – Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

Title: Midnight Lily
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #9
Release Date: March 1, 2016

Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he’s out of a job, out of the public’s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?

Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.

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Once again, I find myself totally blown away by Mia Sheridan! Midnight Lily is all consuming and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. From the raw and gripping emotions to the ingenuity of the storyline, Lily’s journey held me captive from start to finish and continued to linger long after the final page had been turned. This is definitely one of those books you should go into completely blind, experiencing every nuance of this novel for yourself. Mia Sheridan kept my head spinning and my heart aching as I navigated this emotional rollercoaster right alongside the hero and heroine. Holden and Lily’s obvious connection, potent chemistry and uncertain future made for one seriously riveting read and I’m still in complete awe of every twist and turn this storyline took.

“It felt like my soul was sleeping, and I had no earthly idea what would wake it up again.”

From the moment I dove into this book, I knew that Midnight Lily would be something special. The premise was intriguing and the characters a bit mysterious, more than enough to capture my attention and hold it. However, I couldn’t have prepared myself for the deeply emotional and shockingly delicate direction this story would take. Mia Sheridan proves to be fearless as she tackles some serious issues with this novel, shining a light on the human condition in a way that is somewhat dark, a little bit scary, and unapologetically real. Lily and Holden’s journey seemed to give my own pain and grief a voice and by the time all was said and done, this couple had somehow delivered me to a place of peace and acceptance. I have to applaud the author for the beautifully bold and incredibly graceful way in which she told this unconventional love story. Midnight Lily is simply stunning.

“And for just that moment, we had found our very own world, and we lived in it joyfully.”

I had a few issues with how quickly things wrapped up and the role of certain characters introduced near the end of the story, but overall Midnight Lily was absolutely incredible. The magic of Mia Sheridan lies in her unparalleled diversity. Each book is a completely new reading experience, significant and unique in its entirety. Midnight Lily did not disappoint in this regard and yet, also maintained that inexplicable quality that makes this novel undoubtedly Mia Sheridan’s handiwork. From the poignant writing and enchanting imagery to the wholly unexpected storyline and carefully complex characters, Lily and Holden’s journey was everything I’ve come to love from this author and then some. Mia Sheridan explores love, loss and the power of the human mind in this thought provoking and beautifully haunting story.

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Wow – I finished Midnight Lily and honestly could not think of words to do this story justice. I’ve read plenty of other things from Mia Sheridan, but this book was nothing like I would have expected; it was so much more. The depth in character development and complexity of the storyline kept me turning the pages, aching to see how the author would come to a resolution. My mind was absolutely blown from Midnight Lily, with all its twists and turns, that I’m not even sure I have proper words to do the story justice.

“I wanted someone to save me. But I didn’t know what to do about that.”

If there is one thing I’ve come to learn, it’s that Mia Sheridan’s mind is a fountain of unique, fresh ideas. Midnight Lily was so inventive that I’m still struggling to truly process the plot. Though I can understand the polarized reviews on this particular book, nobody can deny just how incredible this woman’s writing is. She pens such a complex world that sucks readers in, time and time again. Though each story of hers is incredibly different from the one before it, Sheridan gives a voice to the perceived outcasts of society and I absolutely love her for it. The characters in this particular book are mind-boggling, yet I couldn’t help but admire their tenacity and courage for everything they both have gone through.

“…we don’t get to choose what we carry, but we do get to choose the grace with which we carry it.”

There is one shortfall for me when it came to Midnight Lily, and that was one of the side characters. I needed a bit more of an explanation or connection to her purpose in order to fully engage in the story. However, that does not mean that I didn’t fully enjoy this novel. I was blown away by the words on the page and continue to be even now. Midnight Lily will take readers on the ride of a lifetime, keeping them guessing at what will happen next. I felt blindsided so many different times, but only ever in the best way possible. Sheridan’s writing continues to evolve and she keeps surprising me so I can’t wait to see what happens next…I just know it will be fantastic!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Title – The Difference Between Us
Author – Rachel Higginson
Publication Date – July 25, 2017
Series – Opposites Attract #2

I’m cursed.

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

I’m tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I’m tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it’s me. I’m the problem. I’m shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

So I’ve decided two things.

The first? I’m giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

The second? I’m going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

If I couldn’t hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can’t swim in his deep end. He’s too successful. Too intense. He’s all man when I’m used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He’s everything I’m afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

So he’ll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He’ll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

It can’t be me.

We’re too different.

Rachel Higginson dazzles once again with the release of The Difference Between Us! The second book in the Opposites Attract series is filled with that delicious slow burn in your stomach, the kind where you’re waiting for the explosion of tingles to come and boy does it deliver. Ezra and Molly’s relationship is angsty in an untraditional sense, filled with a back and forth banter that is bound to keep readers on their toes. I don’t think the grin was wiped from my face the entire time, and that certainly makes for an awesome read!

“And hating him didn’t feel safe anymore either. In fact none of the emotions I felt for Ezra felt safe. But they didn’t necessarily feel wrong either.”

I saw pieces of the girl I used to be whenever I read Molly’s inner thoughts, and I think that’s what likened me to her so much. She was so unsure of any relationship, given that her family was dysfunctional and didn’t provide the best example. However, it turned out her biggest obstacle was her own mind. I really loved the uncertainty surrounding Ezra. We saw him through Molly’s eyes the entire time, so his personality was always colored with the vibe that she got from him, rather than his feelings and emotions. He would make comments that seemed like flirting, but with Molly’s bias, it was difficult to know for sure. Honestly, it was my favorite part of the entire novel. I’m normally a fan of the double point of view so I can tell what both the hero and heroine are thinking, but I could not image The Difference Between Us being written any other way. Higginson hit the nail on the head, providing just enough intrigue and fun-filled banter to keep readers smiling and wondering just when the fireworks would happen.

“I had spent twenty-seven years of my life blending in. But I wasn’t invisible with Ezra. He saw me. And I was enough for him.”

I wish that the end of the novel didn’t wrap up quite so abruptly, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. I think that readers will find themselves aching for more from not only our main hero and heroine, but the secondary characters as well. The writing is memorizing, the storyline is fantastic, and I promise that you’ll be finding anything but the difference between you and these characters. I may have just finished, but I’m already dying to dive back in for a reread!


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BLOG TOUR – Seducing Lola by Jessica Prince

Title: Seducing Lola
Author: Jessica Prince
Release Date: July 18, 2017

I’ve had my fair share of bad relationships. I’ve dated liars, cheaters, shoe fetishists, and everything in between. Sure, these experiences would make any woman cynical when it comes to dipping her toe back into the dating pool, but I used my past for good and made a career out of helping other women avoid going down the same paths I had.

And I was damn good at it.

Until a random act of fate set my life on a course I’d been avoiding for years, and put me in the crosshairs of a man that made me feel things I swore to never feel again.

Now I’m in his sights and it seems like he’ll stop at nothing to seduce the hell out of me. He might hold my career in the palm of his hands, but if Grayson Lockhart thinks he can blackmail me into submission with his sexy voice and sexy hands and sexy everything, then he’s…probably right.

Just when I think Jessica Prince couldn’t make me laugh any louder, swoon any harder or fall any deeper, Seducing Lola comes along and proves me totally wrong. Grayson and Lola’s journey was RomCom perfection, pulling me in from the very beginning and enchanting me with every turn of the page as I experienced their snarky, sexy story. Grayson and Lola’s connection was instant, palpable and completely inexplicable. They shared the kind of pull that simply felt right, no matter how hard Lola tried to fight it. Together this duo ignited the pages of their novel with a chemistry that was utterly undeniable and incredibly fierce. In addition to their significant emotional connection and sizzling electricity, Grayson and Lola shared plenty of chuckle-inducing witty banter and tons of heartfelt happy-sigh moments. Having ardently stolen away my heart, it is safe to say that Jessica Prince has another winning pair on her hands with Grayson and Lola.

“You know, you really are quite stunning when you smile,” a familiar smooth, velvety voice said into my ear from behind me. “Even if it’s a smile of pure evil.”

Even though their story was light, fun and entirely sexy, both Grayson and Lola experienced significant growth over the course of this novel. Jessica Prince did an amazing job unraveling these characters as they explored their connection, faced their pasts, and evaluated the possibility of a future together. While Lola was feisty and independent, she melted a bit with Grayson. It was her vulnerability and the admission of her fears that allowed me to connect with her so unexpectedly. From the start Grayson hit all my book boyfriend buttons, but it was with Lola that he truly came alive. Getting to know his flaws and experiencing his emotional rollercoaster with Lola endeared Grayson to me in entirely new ways. I could feel the depth of his feelings for her, which, coupled with his seriously infectious smile, allowed him to wholly steal my heart.

“I want to make you happy. I want to be the one to make it better when you’re sad. I want to fight with you and make up with you. I want everything, and I want it with you. Only you. Only. You.”

Some of the best moments of this book wouldn’t have been possible without the phenomenal secondary characters that colored the pages of Grayson and Lola’s story. I’m officially addicted to the women of Girl Talk and I can’t wait to hear more from Sophia and Dom, Daphne and Caleb, and even Fiona and Deacon. The storyline absolutely sparkled and the pacing hit its mark every single time. Jessica Prince’s writing is exquisite, effortlessly capturing Lola and Grayson’s emotions and letting the reader feel right alongside the characters. As a huge fan of this author, I am thrilled to say that Seducing Lola epitomized everything I love about Jessica Prince’s voice and then some. This novel is without a doubt her best work yet. A brilliant balance of charming dialogue, delicious tension, scorching interludes, pop culture references and genuine emotion, Seducing Lola was written to be devoured and I loved every epic minute of it!


Prologue

If you’d have asked my twenty-year-old self what I saw in my future ten years down the road, I probably would’ve answered the same way as every other naïve co-ed living the college dream on Sorority Row.

I’d be married to the love of my life, raising our two perfect children in the suburbs—because the city is no place to bring up a family, obviously—and driving a top-of-the-line SUV that all the minivan moms would envy because I had way too much style to ever be caught dead driving a minivan.

Clearly, my twenty-year-old self was an idiot.

It was she who forgave—then was subsequently dumped by—my college sweetheart after finding him pile-driving my sorority sister from behind on the handmade quilt I’d spent countless hours creating out of his old high school football T-shirts as a birthday present. His brilliant excuse?

“You’re just not adventurous enough, Lola. She’s willing to try things in bed that you aren’t.”

Apparently refusing to allow him to film us having sex and entering it into a contest on a porn site was just too vanilla for him. Last I heard, he was making a killing on the amateur scene.

Unfortunately, my twenty-one and twenty-two-year-old selves weren’t all that smart either.

It was my twenty-one-year-old self who discovered I’d unwittingly been made a beard by Brad, the guy I had dated for six months, because his evangelical parents just “wouldn’t understand.”

BTW, Brad and Phillip’s wedding was a really lovely affair. He asked me to stand as his best woman—since he considered our relationship the reason he finally made his way out of the closet—but I turned down the honor, choosing instead to get annihilated on mojitos at the open bar.

My twenty-two-year-old self thought I had finally found a decent guy. That was until I came home to find him doing something I’ll never be able to unsee to a pair of Louboutins I’d spent the better part of a year saving up for.

The saddest part? I hadn’t even had a chance to wear them before his defilement. I didn’t have the heart to throw them in the trash, so I let him take them with him when I kicked his ass out.

I should’ve known better, honestly. It wasn’t like I’d grown up in a home with my very own personal June and Ward Cleaver. Oh no, my parents split when I was only six years old. And it was anything but amicable. My mom never kept her hatred for my father secret. And dear old Dad never hid the string of women he kept on tap, one for whatever mood he may’ve been in. It was shocking that I hadn’t grown bitter at an even younger age, having to deal with their drama, but I was in my early twenties and still a believer in happily ever afters.

Like I said, I was an idiot.

Now I know what you’re thinking. After three miserable failures, I was probably a jaded cynic who was convinced true love didn’t exist.

Well, you’d only be half right. See, I believed in love, sure… as long as it was happening to anyone other than me. I’d been the fateful target of that bastard Cupid’s stupid-ass arrow three times already; I had no desire to go for a fourth. I wasn’t anti-relationship when it came to other people. To each their own and all that jazz. And I didn’t hate men. I just didn’t believe they were of any use to me for anything other than a few hours of fun that eventually led to a—hopeful—mutual release before I sent them on their way.

I learned from my mistakes, grown wise as the years passed. I knew exactly what I wanted out of my life, and believe me, there wasn’t a shitty picket fence in sight. If the suburbs were for families, then the city was exactly where I was meant to be. I was a successful, accomplished thirty-two-year-old woman who’d gotten where I was in life by hard work, perseverance, and the cluelessness of women all around the world.

My name was known in households all throughout Washington State. I, along with my two best friends, hosted Seattle’s most successful female-based talk radio show, aptly titled Girl Talk. I’d managed to make more money in the past ten years by offering relationship advice to helpless women than I’d ever know what to do with.

It was safe to say the rose-colored glasses were off. I lived in the real world where men cheated and women drowned their sorrows in vats of Ben & Jerry’s.

Sure, I wasn’t living the future I saw for myself when I was twenty, but then again, at twenty, I still thought Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were meant to be, that Wedding Crashers was cinematic brilliance, and that the whole Tom Cruise/Oprah couch jumping “I’m in love with Katie Holmes” thing was actually romantic. What the hell did I know back then?

A lot had changed over the years. And as I gazed out the floor-to-ceiling windows of my penthouse apartment, overlooking the Puget Sound, I could honestly say without a shred of doubt that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

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

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

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

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – A Scottish Wedding by Hilaria Alexander

Title: Lost in Scotland
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Series: Lost in Scotland #2
Release Date: July 20, 2017

FROM “THE DAILY GOSSIP”:

TYING THE KNOT!
Ladies, Hugh MacLeod is off the market! We caught up with the sexy hunk from Abarath and his fiancée, makeup artist Sam Farouk at an event in Edinburgh. The pair met last year while working together on season one. The Scottish actor looked handsome in a tailored dark grey suit, while the raven-haired beauty at his side turned heads in a golden lamé gown which channeled the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress of the same color. Ms. Farouk played coy when asked about the engagement, only revealing that the ring belonged to Hugh’s grandmother. With a dreamy look to her groom-to-be, Ms. Farouk confessed his proposal was “fairytale worthy.” MacLeod charmingly deflected each one of our questions about season two of Abarath, saying he would get in trouble if he told us anything. When we asked if a date had been set yet, the engaged couple looked at each other for a brief second. Soon, they replied in unison in a way that turned us into mush. Ms. Farouk added that it will all depend on Hugh’s schedule and his commitment with the show. We wish the very best to the groom and the bride-to-be and we hope to bring you more news about their upcoming nuptials!

Hilaria Alexander takes readers back to Scotland to fall in love with Sam and Hugh all over again in this Lost in Scotland follow-up novel. Picking up right where Lost in Scotland left off, A Scottish Wedding packs plenty of sizzle and tons of feel good moments that are bound to make you grin. Sam and Hugh’s connection is as strong as ever but preparing to say, “I Do” proves to be a little more complicated than either imagines. I enjoyed the ups and downs of this journey, feeling the duo’s frustration and anticipation as my own as they navigated life in the limelight. Hilaria Alexander did a great job using the challenges Hugh and Sam faced to further explore their relationship and even when I wanted to yell at them to get it together, they still gave me all the feels.

“Once again, he reminded me of how deep my love for him was, how deep it ran into my bones. Passionate, brave, and steady, he seemed to have a gift for making me feel grounded when life threw curveballs that had me spinning.”

Admittedly, the first half of the book was a bit disjointed and I had a hard time staying connected to the storyline. There were so many sexy encounters that the progression of the plot and character development seemed to suffer at the beginning. However, as the second half of the story hit, I was back to being enchanted by the author’s beautiful imagery, witty dialogue and heartfelt emotions. Hilaria Alexander definitely has a knack for completely immersing the reader in her vibrant and socially relevant world. As much as I loved seeing more of Sam and Hugh, I was perhaps equally excited for another dose of the hilarious secondary characters. Sweet, scorching and totally Scottish, this book was a fun, satisfying read for fans of Lost in Scotland. Hilaria Alexander delivers a Hollywood-worthy happily ever after for Sam and Hugh with A Scottish Wedding.


What a cute, delightful treat from the phenomenally talented Hilaria Alexander! A Scottish Wedding transported readers back to those beautiful fields of Scotland and oh man did I adore revisiting it. The story picks up right where Hugh and Sam left off, giving readers a look into the first steps toward their happily ever after, and I can say that it sure is a ride! While I did enjoy the overall story, I do wish that the first half contained more of the depth that I experienced in Lost in Scotland, as well as a few key moments of the wedding planning process. While the first half of the novel focused heavily on the physical reconciliation of the two main characters, I found the second half to be reminiscent of what I initially fell in love with. Their banter was light and fun, which always tends to be a definite plus for me. I liked the way that Alexander chose to unfold the events of the novel leading up to the wedding, though it certainly left me guessing. 

“We were two souls from very different backgrounds, but ultimately, we loved the same things, and loved our jobs so much, even when it was hard, even on the days it reduced us to grumbling, tired shadows of ourselves.”

Hilaria Alexander’s writing is as beautiful and descriptive as ever. I adored the way she brought scenes to life through the words she chose and the descriptions she provided. Though I was very happy with the end of Lost in Scotland, I can’t complain about getting more of the gorgeous Scotsman who made me swoon in A Scottish Wedding. The wedding was super sweet and absolute perfection, but readers will enjoy the surprising journey to get these two to the altar!


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury

Title: Wrecked
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Release Date: July 18, 2017

When you can’t trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?

It’s been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.

A life affirming journey of heartache and hope, J.B. Salsbury delivers a perfectly poignant and simply unforgettable story that left my heart utterly Wrecked. This novel was absolutely everything I’ve come to love about this author and so much more. Aden and Sawyer instantly stole my heart, enchanting me completely from their adorably awkward first meeting until the very last page. I loved the unquestionable connection between the characters, transfixed by their obvious and sizzling chemistry and wholly intrigued by their personal histories and the challenges they would surely face together. Aden and Sawyer’s journey did not disappoint, serving up plenty of genuine emotion, fantastically addictive banter and seriously scorching encounters. J.B. Salsbury is at her absolute best with Wrecked!

“Chance. Fate. These are things I know nothing about. In my experience, all choices, no matter how seemingly simple, have significance.”

I connected with Sawyer on an incredibly personal level, easily finding so many of my own emotions echoed throughout this character. While her journey was decidedly unconventional, the grief she carried and the emotional rollercoaster she experienced over the course of this novel were undeniably authentic. I adored how vulnerable Sawyer was, finding a sense of peace and renewed strength in the sincerity of her struggle. This story definitely carried its share of weight, but each of our heroine’s triumphs lightened the load on my soul a little bit more. J.B. Salsbury did an incredible job developing this character, utilizing the relationship between Sawyer and Aden to push her outside her comfort zone and force her to live life in new and thrilling ways. The overall growth of this character was nothing short of breathtaking and by the time all was said and done Sawyer had effectively stolen my heart.

“But I can’t change who I am, no matter how much I want to. The guilt and the self-hatred is frustrating and I’m so lost in who I am and who I wish I could be that somewhere along the way, I’ve lost my way.”

Broken, scarred and unmistakably altered by tragedy, Aden is everything a hero should be and then some. J.B. Salsbury didn’t pull any punches when it came to this character, serving up an angry, resentful and self-destructive man that was hard to love at times. However, beneath the pain and unimaginable loss was someone loyal and capable of caring deeply – hints of the kind of hero that leaves readers swooning. As the book progressed, Aden’s personal transformation was more subtle than Sawyer’s, evident in the memories he shared with her and the moments in which he allowed her to truly see him. With their relationship, J.B. Salsbury paved the way for the kind of gradual development that makes the reader feel like they’re growing alongside the character. I felt Aden’s fears and shared in his healing, allowing him to take root and fill my heart with his story.

“I may not need him. He may be the worst possible person for me. But I want him in a way I can’t even begin to understand.”

Wrecked is one of those novels that leaves its mark, branding you in unexpected and deeply significant ways and altering your view of the world irrevocably. J.B. Salsbury touched upon incredibly harsh realities, detailing the struggles of PTSD and terminal illness with the kind of exceptionally rare insight that allows the reader to experience it for themselves. The emotions were raw and unapologetically real, leaving me no choice but to feel Aden and Sawyer’s pain as my own. J.B. Salsbury expertly balanced all of the heartache and angst with a breathtaking lightness and obvious joy for life that ran throughout the novel, giving this story plenty of levity and an overall hopeful nature that absolutely captivated me. Perfectly paced and exquisitely written, this book was meant to be devoured. J.B. Salsbury once again proved herself to be an instant one-click for me. Painted with vibrant imagery and overflowing with gut-wrenching emotions, Wrecked is a brilliant must-read story of loss, love and life.


Every time that I think J.B. Salsbury can’t get any better, she produces a new book that just blows me out of the water. In her newest release, she’s taken two sensitive subjects and combined them into a breathtaking novel about insurmountable loss and the power of all different kinds of love. Wrecked was one of those stories that filled my heart with a myriad of emotions, making me both laugh and cry, and somehow left me feeling lighter by the time I turned that last page. Though I have just adored everything else she has written, I can definitely say that Wrecked has a special quality to it that will make it one of my favorite reads of the year.

“What I saw in the mirror was a girl who, even if for only that brief second, had given in to what could be rather than having her hands wrapped up in manipulating her future into what it needs to be.”

Sawyer and Aden’s story often times felt like highlights of my life playing out in front of my very eyes. Each character had traits that resonated deep within my bones, which made for an incredible connection to each of them. I won’t go into specifics, because I want everyone to read and experience it for themselves, but seeing the reflection of my own thoughts and feelings was certainly an experience that left its mark. I also appreciated the tremendous amount of growth both Aden and Sawyer exhibited from the beginning to the end of the novel. Sawyer was a straight-laced, by the books, type of woman being forced to live a little and experience life out of her comfort zone. Aden was a broken, tortured man who embodied the term loner. Though he had his reasons, it broke my heart on more than one occasion and I just wanted to console him. The chemistry between these two was indescribable; they complemented each other perfectly, and I could not have asked for anything better.

“For now, he needs me. This powerful soldier needs me to save him even if for only one night.”

I can honestly say that while Salsbury continues to grow in her writing, Wrecked is some of her best work to date. The characters are raw and real, the storyline is unique and refreshing, and the text itself is gripping and heartwarming. The romance between Aden and Sawyer will leave readers giggling after wiping their tears, and then aching for more. I know that I simply could not get enough of these two – no matter how perfectly Salsbury ended their book. She continues to surprise me with her excellence, and it only leaves me salivating for what she will do next!


Oh no, fuck no!

I thought he was kidding. I should’ve known better. Aden’s intentions with me since I stupidly boarded this boat have been my torment for his enjoyment. He loved watching me squirm over the bait tank and when I proved I wouldn’t shy away from a challenge, he pulled out the big guns. From his flirty smiles to his teasing touches, he’s discovered my weaknesses and is exploiting them for his own entertainment.

Now this? Raw fish probably still warm from fighting for its life.

And now I’m God knows how many feet above water sitting on a two-seater bench held up by rusty ladders and staring down a piece of glistening pink meat.

“You have to eat it, it’s a rite of passage.” He offers the meat to my lips and I quickly turn my face away.

“I’m really not hungry.” As if the idea isn’t enough to turn my stomach, watching him clean the fish before sectioning off enough for lunch wasn’t much of an appetite builder.

“Of course you are.” He brings the piece to his own mouth and takes a bite, closing his eyes with a moan as he chews.

I feel a rush of bile hit my throat, or maybe it’s beer, either way it’s warm and it burns. “That’s disgusting.”

“You’re telling me you don’t like sushi?”

My eyes widen. Sawyer would say she’s never had sushi. But Celia’s a different story. She ate a live cricket in the eighth grade on a dare. She didn’t even flinch. “I like sushi, just not directly from the…um…source.”

“Doesn’t get fresher than this.” He takes another bite and I can’t deny that his response to eating it does give it some appeal.

“I think I need soy sauce or that green stuff.” What’s it called?

“Just try it.”

“I really don’t want to.”

“Oh come on.” He smiles in that cute crooked way that makes my heart dip and dive. “Live a little.”

I chew the inside of my mouth debating the cost/benefit of taking a bite of this fresh-out-of-the-ocean fish. On one hand, I’ll impress Aden. That in and of itself is worth the ick factor. But what if I throw up all over his boat? Is the chance of impressing him worth totally humiliating myself? I groan when I realize what I’m doing, exactly what I swore I wouldn’t do. I’m making an internal pros and cons list. I close my eyes and steel my resolve and my spine. Don’t think, just decide. I pop open my eyes followed by my mouth.

“Yeah?” He stares at my parted lips.

I nod, hoping he’ll hurry before I change my mind.

Lifting the rose-colored flesh forward, he places it between my teeth. It’s a small bite so I close my lips around his fingers expecting him to pull away…but he doesn’t. For a moment I’m suspended in his gaze, totally stuck while his hot fingers rest between my lips. This should be grossing me out; after all, I watched him gut this fish with his bare hands and to wash off all the blood he merely dipped them into the ocean. But all the thoughts of raw fish and a stranger’s finger do nothing to stave off the warmth blooming in my belly. My tongue pulls the meat deeper into my mouth, brushing against the rough pad of his forefinger. He bites his lip but finally drops his hand.

He watches intently while I chew and swallow.

“How was it?” His voice is low and gruff.

Lost in the heated moment, I barely tasted it. “Good.”

His hand cups the back of my head and he pulls me toward him, stopping just short of our lips touching. “I can’t fucking take this anymore.” His breath is sawing in and out, bursting against my mouth with impatience. “Let me.” It’s a demand, not a question.

A kiss. I don’t need to channel Celia or flip a coin…I know what I want.

I lick my lips and close the slight distance between us.

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New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona.

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