REVIEW – Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Title: Over Us, Over You
Author: Whitney G.
Release Date: December 7, 2017

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.


Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,

Over Us, Over You is another sweet, sexy novel from Whitney G. Feisty, entertaining, and full of feels, Hayley and Corey’s book absolutely hit the spot. I’m a sucker for a good sibling’s best friend romance and this one had me intrigued from the very beginning. I adored the easy banter, obvious attraction, and longstanding history between Hayley and Corey. I enjoyed getting to glimpse pieces of their past, finding their relationship easy to root for. The roommate aspect of their story definitely made for some delicious tension and I honestly couldn’t wait for things between these two to explode. I always enjoy a fiery heroine and Hayley delivered in spades. Her relationship with her best friend Kelly was icing on the cake, providing plenty of relatable moments that made me laugh out loud. Whitney G. has definitely created a colorful group of lovable characters with this crazy crew.

I can always rely on Whitney G. to deliver an entertaining, quick read designed to be devoured and Over Us, Over You was no exception. I did find the pacing of this book to be a bit uneven. There was plenty of build-up only to have things blow up and resolve a bit too quickly. I also didn’t realize this book was a spin-off and I felt like I was at a bit of a disadvantage because of it. While there was definitely some insight into Hayley’s relationship with her brother, I needed more in regards to Corey’s relationship with him and Hayley’s relationship with her brother’s fiancé in order to really connect to all of the pieces of this story. Those issues aside, this novel was sweet, funny, and easy to read. I enjoyed the ups and downs of Hayley and Corey’s off-limits love and the secondary relationships that made this book so much fun to read. Whitney G. has once again charmed me with Over Us, Over You!

Over Us, Over You from Whitney. G. is a quick, sweet read bound to leave readers with a smile. It’s a brother’s best friend romance but with a friends to lovers twist as well, and if you know me, you know that those are two of my largest sweet spots. Corey and Hayley are ridiculously cute with the back and forth tug of war in learning how to be together as adults. I loved their drafted emails and fun exchanges while trying to keep their romance hidden from the world. At times, I did just want to shake them and make them come clean. However, it made for a cute story that made me fall in love right along side the characters. I have no doubt that readers will be enamored with Corey’s hardheadedness as well as Hayley’s fun-loving personality. In a way, they complemented each other perfectly.

“Forget going to hell. I’m flying there drenched in gasoline.”

I do have to admit that I’m a tad annoyed that the book wasn’t marketed as a spin-off of some of the author’s other works. I’m a reader who likes to go into things in order of publication, even when there is no overlap of characters. Given that the secondary characters were the same, it definitely irked me because I wish I had known. Furthermore, the pacing of the story felt slightly off to me. There was a lot of build up with a quick climax and resolution. I wish that Whitney would have spend a little more time on the blowing up of the problem and expanding on it more. That being said, I know that I can always count on this author for a quick, flirty and fun read. She has yet to truly disappoint me in this regard, which always leaves me coming back for more!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Saving Grace by A.D. Justice

Title: Saving Grace
Author: A.D. Justice
Release Date: December 28, 2017

I wanted to ask for a divorce.

Instead of the fight I expected, she agreed—with a few stipulations, all of which revolved around our son leaving for college in the fall.

Keeping those promises would be a challenge, no doubt. But all I had to do was uphold my end of the deal then walk away without a backward glance.

Somewhere along the way, our charade became my reality.

With each day that passes, I realize time is once again my enemy. I can’t lose her a second time. I’ll never walk away—she healed my soul.

Saving Grace is now my only hope.

A spectacular story of first loves, second chances, and forgiveness, A.D. Justice has a must-read romance on her hands with Saving Grace. Blake and Grace’s journey is as surprising as it is powerful, captivating me from the very first page and holding my heart hostage well beyond the final page. This story had me raging, laughing, crying, and falling in love, each emotion more raw and real than the next. Despite their rocky start, the chemistry between Blake and Grace was utterly electric and I quickly found myself captivated by this couple’s obvious spark. I adored the push and pull between Grace and Blake, loving every moment of their uncertain and yet entirely familiar connection. I was thoroughly addicted to this duo by the time all was said and done.

“I’m still scared. But we’re not promised to tomorrow, and we’ve let too many yesterdays pass us by. Today is all we have.”

A.D. Justice’s phenomenal character development drove this story in a seriously powerful way. Grace faced several heart-wrenching realities in this book and yet she exuded the kind of genuine warmth, sense of gratitude, and hopefulness that made it impossible not to invest myself in her happily ever after. She was fierce, loving, and unfailingly kind and with each passing page, I lost a little more of myself in Grace’s struggles only to find myself again in her awe-inspiring strength. Blake was definitely the biggest surprise for me. I didn’t want to like him because it was easier to have someone to blame for all of my heartache, but A.D. Justice couldn’t let my heart go that easily. Blake proved himself to be worthy, evolving so genuinely and completely over the course of the novel that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels.

“Through every good day and bad day and mistake and stroke of luck, she has been my saving grace. Even when I was too stupid to realize it. Even when I didn’t deserve her.”

To be honest, there were things at the beginning of this book that would usually be non-starters for me. However, I knew this author so I pushed through, confident that she wouldn’t let me down. The journey of redemption, forgiveness, and self-discovery that unfolded was nothing short of unforgettable. Grace and Blake’s story was real and raw and life-affirming, making Saving Grace one of my favorite reads this year. With a storyline that felt fresh and characters that resonated deeply, this novel was bold and beautiful. A.D. Justice’s writing was colorful, honest, and overflowing with emotion, effortlessly bringing this story to life and ensuring I absolutely devoured each and every page. Breathtaking, unexpected, brave, and poignant, Saving Grace is A.D. Justice’s best work yet.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

Title – The Man in the Black Suit
Author – Sylvain Reynard
Publication Date – December 19, 2017

Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite. Compelled to report her discovery, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with stolen art.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her, threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice—she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

Secrets and danger abound as Nicholas and Acacia try to solve the mystery of a piece of stolen art. But Acacia may prove to be the most dangerous mystery of all.

I feel like I’ve waited forever for a new Sylvain Reynard novel and I can’t even describe to what degree it was it worth the wait! The Man in the Black Suit was classic, quintessential Reynard but with a fresh twist as well. The standalone novel was intriguing and addictive, leaving me unable to put the book down. I tremendously enjoyed the ride that the author took us on, both with the characters and the very apt real-life issues it shone a light on.

“I’m sorry the world is so dark that embracing one’s humanity causes shock and surprise.”

Acacia and Nicholas’ tale is not your conventional romance. However, that special quality also made it impossible not to fall in love with. The Man in the Black Suit was not just about the slow burn of falling for another person, or the instant attraction that leads to ignited passions. While both of these elements were present, the story felt much more about learning someone’s shortcomings and faults, then learning to love and accept them despite those things. Furthermore, it felt like learning how to accept our own flaws can lead you to discover love. Both Acacia and Nicholas were hiding things at that initial meeting, but Reynard did such a beautiful job untangling both of their sordid histories. It kept me turning the pages waiting for the next mystery to unravel and surprise to blow my mind. Simply put, it was a love story between two very different people, but also learning to love ourselves.

“Look at those eyes. A man could get lose in eyes like those.”

The Man in the Black Suit was an unexpected surprise from the very first page to the last word of the epilogue. It was everything I’ve come to know and love about Sylvain Reynard’s writing, yet elevated in a way as well. Perhaps what I loved most though was how relevant to the times the novel felt. With so much backlash on certain cultures and people, it felt refreshing to read this story and feel the emotions that I did. It is certainly thought-provoking and eye-opening, without crossing a political boundary. There is a reason that I keep coming back to words from this author, and there is no doubt that I will continue to do so in the future!

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REVIEW – Cuffed by K. Bromberg

Title: Cuffed
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: Everyday Heroes #1
Release Date: October 21, 2017

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?


I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.

K. Bromberg serves up her best novel yet with Cuffed, Grant and Emerson’s story. I adore a good second-chance romance, but Cuffed had an unexpected depth that captured my heart from the very beginning. This book blew me away with its poignant prose, witty dialogue, and heartfelt emotion. The colorful collection of characters captivated me. I was utterly smitten with Grant, and Emerson was a woman after my own heart, but it was the powerful combination of these two characters together that really stuck with me. Their connection ran deep, and their chemistry absolutely sparkled. K. Bromberg has cultivated something sincere and significant with this couple, and I fell head over heels right alongside them.

“My black-and-white world has color seeping into its edges. I love and hate it all at the same time. It makes me feel alive inside when, until now, I hadn’t realized I had been dead.”

Emerson is definitely one of the best heroines I’ve read this year. K. Bromberg expertly nurtured and grew this character over the course of the story, allowing me to experience Emerson’s personal transformation as my own. Despite all Emerson had endured, her strength, independence, and kind heart shined bright, and I couldn’t help but feel drawn to her light. She was genuinely vulnerable and perfectly flawed, the kind of character that was easy to relate to and impossible not to root for. Grant was equally enthralling with his sensitive heart and swoon-worthy hero complex. I loved seeing him come undone in Emerson’s presence, letting go of the bravado and superficial confidence to expose the deeply feeling and fiercely protective man beneath.

“You can’t go gypsy when you have roots. And I want you to have roots, Em. Here. With me. Ones that tangle with mine and can never be ripped out.”

To be honest, the cover did not do this book justice. In fact, it downplays the breathtaking and poignant story of resilience and forgiveness found within. What K. Bromberg has here is so much more than another sexy cop romance. Cuffed is raw and gripping and obviously deeply personal. There is no doubt that K. Bromberg poured pieces of herself into this story because it comes across with so much love and hope. The author’s writing is definitely at its best with this book, and I found myself absolutely devouring it. I also have to applaud the grace with which K. Bromberg handled the sensitive subject matter of Emerson and Grant’s story. This novel was every bit the real and powerful journey I hoped it would be and so much more. Cuffed is bold, beautiful, and overflowing with emotion. This book is K. Bromberg’s best work yet!

There are some books that I have read that have made me laugh, others that made me cry, and some that I have felt deep down in my bones. There are novels that have pulled me into a vortex of emotions, pumped blood through my veins, and became an entity all on their own. K. Bromberg’s Cuffed is somehow one that encompasses bits and pieces of all of these things and more. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t expect to receive such a deep, moving novel given what it was packaged in, but I guess this is one of those cases where you definitely shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

“But remember, you don’t need to know the details of her past to love her heart in the present.”

Grant and Emerson had such a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, romance that drew me in and absolutely captivated me. Much of the novel is spent in a back and forth type of pattern, figuring out the boundaries of their relationship as adults. For me, this can sometimes be a hindrance because you never get to truly see the couple as a functioning duo. However, this never bothered me between Emerson and Grant because they were best friends when they were little which provided for such a strong foundation. Furthermore, they both carried heavy baggage concerning a catalytic event in their relationship and it was quite interesting to see how they both dealt with that. I respected the push and pull dynamic to Emerson and Grant; he needed to learn the appropriate time to push her, while she needed to learn how to let go and trust. The relationship that they tore apart and rebuilt numerous times was one of those that hits you in all the feelers, and definitely leaves its mark on your heart.

“We both took what the other offered and used it to conquer something we feared.”

In traditional Bromberg fashion, she has surprised me and wowed me with the release of Cuffed. She has piqued my interest in terms of her secondary characters, and blew me away with the primary ones. I put off reading it due to the abs on the cover, but was quickly kicking myself for doing so. Cuffed was completely unexpected in terms of the subject matter and I’ll be honest and say that I was pleasantly surprised. You could tell that the author poured her heart into this interconnected standalone, breathing her very essence into its pages. My fingers are crossed that Grant’s brothers’ stories are equally as riveting because I’m certain I’ll be first in line to dive on in!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – A Precious Love by Karen Ferry

Title: A Precious Love
Author: Karen Ferry
Series: Believe #3.5
Release Date: December 11, 2017

Trish Lawson never thought she’d meet a man willing to put up with her type of crazy, but Alex Darrow might end up surprising her.

Alex was never meant to become my lover. On top of being hot as sin, he is gentle, sweet, and honest – not the kind of fun I was looking for. But fate has other plans for us, entwining a thread around our souls and pulling us closer at every turn. Soon, I start to believe that we might have a future together.
That our love is precious.

In the end, fate decides to play the ultimate trick on us, and we are left bleeding and in torment.
The pain becomes too much to bear, and I attempt to sever the tie between us.

The only problem is that Alex won’t let me.
He turns my body into flames of lust while his lips speak of his love for me.

My heart still aches from the loss we share, but I don’t know if I can keep resisting him.

Karen Ferry serves up plenty of heat, heartache, and hope with her new novella, A Precious Love. Having been teased with hints of their relationship in Time to Learn, I was eager to get my hands on Trish and Alex’s story. Karen Ferry definitely didn’t disappoint, delivering the kind of feels that make your heart stutter and soar. I appreciated the intense, immediate connection this couple seemed to share and adored the ease of their flirtatious banter. Trish was every bit the feisty, independent woman I knew she would be, and Alex was downright swoon-worthy in his romantic pursuit of her.

“Maybe I am a little bit crazy, but that’s part of my appeal, babe. Just try to go with it, yeah?”

Due to the length limitations of a novella, the author jumped forward in time at several points throughout the story. While I appreciated the opportunity to see the breadth of Trish and Alex’s relationship, it lost a little something in overall depth. I had a hard time understanding how deeply and solidly they fell for one another when we didn’t get to see them building that part of their relationship. Instead of just being told of their growth and emotional development, I would have preferred to experience it for myself. That isn’t to say that I didn’t feel this story all the way through, I did. I just wanted to feel it as deeply as I’ve felt the author’s other work.

“No matter what she says, this woman is mine.”

Trish and Alex certainly have their work cut out for them in this novella. Karen Ferry put these two through the emotional wringer and she pulled me right along with them. This author has definitely mastered the emotional sucker punch. A Precious Love has humor, heart, and just the right amount of heat, making for an emotional but entirely enjoyable read. The author’s writing continues to show fantastic growth and I found losing myself in her fictional world absolutely effortless. Trish and Alex were the perfect pair, pushing each other in all the right ways. I hope we’ll see more of them in the future. A sweet addition to the Believe series, A Precious Love is a quick, memorable read that will leave you wanting more!

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Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she is a complete Anglophile and bookaholic. She loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. She can never get enough of romance.

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REVIEW – Preston’s Honor by Mia Sheridan

Title: Preston’s Honor
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #11
Release Date: February 18, 2017

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

Preston’s Honor is another heartfelt, thoughtful, and emotionally charged Sign of Love novel from Mia Sheridan. Preston and Lia’s story was unconventional, to say the least, but the author had me completely hooked from the very first page. This couple shared something significant and tangible, but it was their utterly electric chemistry that initially captivated me. I could practically feel the sparks flying between these two characters, even in their younger years. I adored seeing that develop into something deeper and more substantial as we unraveled their lives together from childhood to the present. While Preston’s Honor was very much a second chance romance of sorts, it was also about going all in for the first time. Lia and Preston had that comfortable familiarity that pulls you in, but it was the pieces of their journey that were brand-new that kept me reading.

“My heart, it seemed, knew only how to beat for him, like the wings of a bird soaring through an endless sky.”

Lia and Preston felt fated in a way that was almost tragic as the story unfolded and yet Mia Sheridan never let the reader lose hope for a happily ever after. I particularly adored Lia’s personal evolution. She was flawed, vulnerable, and unsure for so much of this novel but her overall growth and transformation was absolutely beautiful. I appreciated the honesty with which the author told Lia’s struggles. She was genuine and relatable and easy to root for. Preston also experienced some great growth in this novel, although much of his personal development seemed to have occurred before Lia returned. My one issue with this book was how little we saw of the couple actually and solidly in a relationship. This led to many of the emotions in the story being expressed but not experienced, and it took away from my ability to really connect with and invest in the couple.

“Purpose. Contentment. Joy. To find those things, don’t seek happiness. Search instead for those who need your gift and give it away.”

As with the previous Sign of Love novels, Preston’s Honor was incredibly unique. There were so many intriguing components to this storyline that I was never quite sure where Preston and Lia’s journey would end up. Mia Sheridan consistently tackles bigger issues in the context of her love stories, and this book was no different. I truly appreciated the discussion about immigration that the author started with this novel. Preston’s Honor takes readers on a true rollercoaster ride as Lia and Preston go from friends to lovers to not-quite-enemies and back again. My heart was in a constant state of discontentment, desperate for this couple to get the happily ever after they both deserved. With its vibrant characters, endearing dialogue, and heartfelt emotions, Preston’s Honor is another fantastic story from Mia Sheridan.

If there is one thing I’m certain of in the book world, it’s that Mia Sheridan can write a gripping novel that will steal hearts and make readers swoon. Preston’s Honor intrigued me with the premise of a twin sibling rivalry over a girl and had me diving into the pages with high expectations. It’s a standalone novel in the Sign of Love series that made me laugh, made me cry, and certainly left me wanting to find my own community to be a part of.

“What happened when your words agreed to something but your heart couldn’t be swayed?”

Both of the characters, though they had known each other from childhood, had so much to learn about the other as adults. Preston loved Lia in his own way, as Lia had loved him in her own manner, but it seemed that they could never speak the same language of love. Each faced such large obstacles and thought that they had to endure them alone. The way that this played out made for such an emotionally charged read. Furthermore, the transformations from beginning to end were earth-shattering. They happened slowly, but with such a natural, realistic feel; I loved where they began, but I just adored where they ended up so much more. The only real downfall for me was a switch in Sheridan’s writing style. Traditionally, she has painted vivid scenes that pulled the reader into the world she created. However, due to the dynamics of the relationships and the interpretations of each other’s feelings (on all accounts), Preston’s Honor felt much more expository in nature. At times, Sheridan was telling the emotions rather than showing readers. While the story was still excellent and addicting, it left me unable to connect to the characters in the way that I have in the past. The last quarter of the novel was much more the style that I’ve become accustomed to and I found myself wishing that I had more time with both Preston and Lia in that regard.

“In some ways we’d lived out an entire relationship—the beginning, the middle, and the end—and in some ways we’d never had a relationship at all.”

There was something about the message of Preston’s Honor that hit really close to home for me. The story felt personal on so many different levels, but especially in the disconnected feeling that Lia endured. It was an incredible moment to see her find her place and in that instant, my heart felt so light and satisfied with the story because of how deeply that feeling resonated in my bones. Mia Sheridan astounds me that she is able to create stories that feel so different and unique to the rest of the series, but also to other books in the industry. She’s a fountain of talent and I can honestly hope never runs dry.

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BLOG TOUR – Merger by Chelle Bliss

Title: Merger
Author: Chelle Bliss
Series: Takeover Duet #2
Release Date: November 28, 2017

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer–he prefers her in his bed.

Antonio Forte has always put business before pleasure, but ever since he met the gorgeous CEO of Interstellar Corp, he finds himself wanting both. And he’s hoping she won’t be able to refuse his latest offer.

Lauren Bradley knows how to survive as a woman in a man’s world–trust no one. Especially handsome, smooth-talking men who make her panties melt with a single glance like Antonio. But his offer is almost as tempting as he is.

Sometimes to gain it all, you have to give up everything…

Picking up right where Acquisition left off, Chelle Bliss brings Lauren and Antonio’s enemies-to-lovers romance to a heartfelt conclusion with Merger. This duo continued to thrill me, their chemistry as potent as ever while their connection grew even stronger. They made the pages sizzle for sure, but there was something much more significant taking root in this novel. I loved exploring the softer, more vulnerable side of the couple as they looked toward the future both professionally and personally. As Lauren and Antonio fell head over heels, I was riding the emotional rollercoaster alongside them.

“Six months ago, you walked into my life and changed everything in an instant. You were my Big Bang, causing every particle and atom in my soul to burst into life.”

Antonio really came to life in this book. Chelle Bliss unraveled her hero thoroughly through his concessions at work on Lauren’s behalf and his relationship with his family. I absolutely adored seeing Antonio with his mother and siblings, it warmed my heart and allowed me to experience the character in an entirely new and decidedly swoon-worthy way. Lauren also did a lot of growing in this novel. As she let the company become secondary to experiencing life, the character felt more authentic and relatable. Chelle Bliss did a great job getting to the root of Lauren’s insecurities and fears, allowing the reader to see the workaholic heroine in a completely new light.

“Two workaholics, living on different continents. What could possibly go wrong?”

This book wasn’t anything like I expected. I was ready for a lot more drama and angst but things resolved fairly quickly, leaving our hero and heroine to focus on their personal relationship and individual growth. The pace was very different from that of Acquisition and somehow it worked for the couple’s journey. After the dust settled in the beginning, the remainder of Lauren and Antonio’s story was sweeter, slower, and much more laid back. Chelle Bliss’ writing was vibrant and full of emotion, expertly bringing this story and the colorful characters to life. Merger is smart, sexy, and surprisingly sweet – a captivating final installment to the series and an undeniably satisfying conclusion to Lauren and Antonio’s love story.

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Takeover (Takeover #0.5)

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USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – The Map to You by Lindy Zart

Title: The Map to You
Author: Lindy Zart
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Series: Least Likely #1

They both had secrets that could drive people apart—or bring them together forever . . .

Keeping his inner demons at bay means Blake Malone has more than enough trouble on his plate. He doesn’t need any extra complications. But that’s exactly what he gets when, on his way to North Dakota, he leaves his truck unattended—and returns to find a beautiful woman sleeping in the front seat.

Opal Allen seems to have a knack for attracting trouble. Which is why she isn’t about to tell her new road trip companion the real reason she needs to hightail it out of town. But Blake has a way of seeing right through her, which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Now her biggest problem is figuring out how to resist their undeniable attraction. Because once this road trip is over, she plans on never seeing Blake again.

But the best adventures don’t go according to plan.

Lindy Zart delivers all the feels with Blake and Opal’s story in The Map to You. This unlikely duo will have you falling head over heels with their witty banter and electric chemistry. They broke my heart and made it soar, reminding me of the strength and beauty that can be born of a painful past. This book was an adventure from beginning to end and I enjoyed every moment of the sweet, sassy, and steamy ride. Blake and Opal are unlike any book couple I’ve met before and I adored every twist and turn of their journey.

“I’m starting over, reinventing myself. I don’t know how, but I am. I figure I’ll know who I want to be when I catch a glimpse of her.”

Blake was so different than the man I first met in Roomies. He definitely had his cocky, flirtatious moments, but Blake proved to be so much more than I ever could have expected. Lindy Zart expertly developed this character over the course of the story, utilizing his relationship with Opal to bring out a more serious and compassionate side to Blake that made my heart ache. There was also an unexpected depth and raw vulnerability to this hero that made him utterly swoon-worthy.

“She knows me – the real me. And she’s as easy to tether as the wind. The freest damn spirit I’ve ever encountered.”

Opal was equally intriguing, captivating me with her quirky personality and impulsive behavior from the very first page. As surprising as she was endearing, I really enjoyed getting to know this heroine. She was a puzzle, I definitely wanted to solve and I loved how she both frustrated and enthralled Blake. I would have liked to dive a little deeper with Opal, get a better idea of her past and where she came from in order to really connect with her, but overall, her insecurities and fears allowed me to relate to her and I had fun losing myself in such a unique and vibrant personality.

“Lust, anger, protectiveness, empathy, insanity – I can’t put a name to what I feel right now. I just know I feel more than I should for someone I just met and don’t trust.”

An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, The Map to You kept me guessing. Lindy Zart’s writing was colorful and overflowing with genuine feeling. I love that this author isn’t afraid to tackle the tough stuff and I found myself desperately rooting for Blake and Opal to find their way through everything their lives had thrown at them, together. Roomies fans will be thrilled to see more of Kennedy and Graham in this book, too. Getting to touch base with this adorable couple was icing on the cake. Lindy Zart serves up another satisfying, memorable, and one-of-a-kind romance with The Map to You!

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REVIEW – Fighting for Honor by J.B. Salsbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

And they aren’t finished with her yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fighting the Fall (Fighting #4)

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A Father’s Fight (Fighting #5)

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Fighting For Forever (Fighting #6)

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Fighting Fate (Fighting #7)

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The Final Fight (Fighting #9)

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Had Enough by Anie Michaels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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