REVIEW – The Gallos: The Beginning by Chelle Bliss

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Title: The Gallos: The Beginning
Author: Chelle Bliss
Series: Men of Inked, #0.5
Release Date: December 27, 2014

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Synopsis

Never read the Men of Inked series? This is a great introduction to the series or an addition for current readers. This is a SHORT story featuring the entire Gallo family and told from Mr. & Mrs. Gallo’s point of view. The Gallos are a loving Italian family filled with alpha males and one sassy sister.

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Chelle Bliss introduces readers to the quirky, hilarious Gallo family with The Gallos: The Beginning. This fast, fun read is a great way to get to know Maria, Sal and their colorful children before diving into the Men of Inked series. You’ll get a feel for this lovable, crazy family and their different personalities along with enjoying a more intimate look at Maria and Sal’s relationship. I loved seeing them happily married, still very much in love and passing along love advice to their wild, perpetually single children in the way only parents can.

“When you find that—the one person who makes your day complete—that’s the one you hold on to. Life can never be boring when you find your soul mate, like I found my Maria.”

Already being familiar with the Gallos myself, this was simply a fun reminder of what I love about this fantastic family. Since it was released so far into the series, I think I was expecting a bit more depth in terms of Maria and Sal’s romance and how the Gallos ended up in Florida from Chicago. However, it was still very much an enjoyable treat that perfectly captured the Gallo’s unique dynamic and further endeared them to me. Complete with Chelle Bliss’ signature mix of sweetness and steam, The Gallos: The Beginning is a sexy, sassy short that will have you raring to devour the Men of Inked series.

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For fans of the Men of Inked series, The Gallos is such a sweet look into the head of the Gallo family. As someone who read the series first and this prequel short story second, it made me smile and warmed by heart to get this peek into Sal and Maria’s relationship. I’ve known just how much the parents of these siblings have loved each other but that firsthand insight certainly made me realize just how much. Though I did enjoy this short story, I didn’t really get much out of it given that I’m already familiar with the characters. However, if you haven’t been introduced to them, The Gallos gives a perfect set up for each of the siblings that you’ll meet in the series, as well as a taste for the trouble they are capable of getting themselves into. Chelle Bliss has created one of my favorite romances that follows siblings and their transformations with the Gallo family, and I love that I got to be a part of it again for even just a short period of time!

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RELEASE TOUR – The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

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Title – The Wright Brother
Author – K.A. Linde
Release Date – February 28, 2017

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Synopsis

I’d dated his brother.

He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.

I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.

Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?

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I absolutely adore the fact that KA Linde dapples in several different genres, yet seems to excel no matter the setting. She creates characters that intrigue you with a plot that seems to naturally drive itself forward. The Wright Brother was no exception with its push and pull relationship between Jensen and Emery. The novel was one that left me turning page after page, unable to tear myself away.

“It was a life-shifting kiss. One of those that came only once in a lifetime. The kind that you didn’t want to mean more.” 

Jensen and Emery had chemistry that seemed to crackle, sizzle, and pop right off the page. They were so much fun to watch with their back and forth antics. Furthermore, I admired that it didn’t feel done for drama’s sake. All the ups and downs that ensued felt genuine for the backstories Linde gave these two. The story may be fictional, but every emotion was heartfelt and I found myself falling in love right beside the hero and heroine. They both had something to bring to the table and something that held them back, and yet they complemented each other in the most perfect of ways.

“You wanted it to be a lust-induced kiss in the dark, but you couldn’t even fool yourself. This one was everything.”

The Wright Brother was all about Jensen Wright, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want something for the rest of the Wright siblings as well. I appreciated the balance of this book being about Emery’s growth, while simultaneously wetting my appetite for the secondary characters Linde introduced. There’s a special quality about the way this author writes that will absolutely leave you satisfied, yet yearning for more too. I’m already giddy in anticipation of where she will go next!

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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 BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Dirty Wife Games by Clarissa Wild

Title: Dirty Wife Games
Author: Clarissa Wild
Series: Indecent Games #2
Release Date: February 28, 2017

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A scorned wife on the run, and a stalker who follows her every move… Match made in heaven?

After being forced to marry a tyrant, Hyun Song flees his home in a desperate attempt to save what’s left of her dignity … and her life.
Now on her own, she tries her best to move on with her simple life. But she quickly realizes she can’t escape her past … and that she’s not alone …

He watches her through her window.
Sends her indecent notes.
Stalks her everywhere she goes.

He wants her badly, and when she finally lets him in …
It’s time for the wife to play a dirty game.

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Clarissa Wild delivers the next twisted, dark romance in the Indecent Games series with Dirty Wife Games. After meeting Hyun in Wicked Bride Games, I was intrigued. I wanted to know more about the innocent girl who’d been forced to play such filthy games. Hyun’s story was definitely not what I expected, but it was every bit the convoluted and mysterious tale I’ve come to expect from Clarissa Wild. Hyun and Drake’s story is an entity all it’s own – an unexpected stalker romance that will keep you on your toes and make you blush with its sizzling encounters.

“A man who desires a woman he can’t have only wants one thing… To stop her from being with someone else.”

One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel was getting to unravel Hyun. Clarissa Wild did a great job allowing the reader a closer look at this character’s upbringing and the expectations her parents had for her that shaped her personality and the decisions she made. I especially enjoyed the transformation Hyun underwent over the course of this story. As she spent time with Drake and became comfortable in her own mind and body, we got to see this flirty, fierce side of Hyun that was capable of eventually demanding the kind of life and love she deserved. I adored seeing her stand up for herself with her husband and parents and by the time the final page was turned, Hyun seemed to be a completely new woman.

“As any person in my situation, one is expected to be a victim. To act like a victim. To become the victim. In order to win.”

To be honest, this book didn’t wow me like I wish it would have. The prologue caught my attention but after that the story moved kind of slowly without much action or storyline development. Things seemed to go from one incident of stalking to the next with a few small revelations regarding Drake’s intentions and Hyun’s marriage sprinkled in. I never really connected to the characters in a significant way, nor did I experience a moment of real emotional impact until the last third or so of the novel. That’s not to say that others won’t love this story, it just wasn’t one I could completely lose myself in. Of course, once Clarissa Wild revealed her big plot twist, things took off running and I found myself absolutely devouring the last part of this book.

“We played a dangerous game, and only one of us could win.”

I really did enjoy the direction this story took. Clarissa Wild definitely knows how to take a plot and turn it on its head, surprising the readers and dialing up the heat on her characters. Near the end of Dirty Wife Games I really understood the strange pull between Hyun and Drake and I even found myself rooting for them in that slightly disturbed way I always do when it comes to dark romance. I liked seeing Max from Wicked Bride Games again. His small role seemed to bring Hyun’s story full circle. As always, Clarissa Wild’s writing is great. Filled with vibrant imagery and scorching hot interludes, Hyun and Drake’s story easily came to life from the pages of this novel. Dirty Wife Games was definitely an intriguing addition to the series and another unpredictable dark romance from Clarissa Wild!

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My breathing is shallow, ragged, as I silently watch her look up at me with those doe-like eyes. She’s magnificent, so innocent … so ripe for the taking.

I don’t know if she’s ready for me … but I can’t return to where we were before.

Her eyes are skidding across the room, and then they zoom in on me. Her lips part but no sound comes out … yet.

I place a finger on my lips and shush her softly, a devious smile lingering. I whisper seductively, “Don’t make a sound. We don’t want the neighbors to hear.”

I prowl closer, approaching the foot of her bed without taking my eyes off her. I feel like an animal, raging with hormones that beg me to fuck her. But I have to take it slowly, so I don’t scare her.

But as my knees touch her toes, she pulls them back, drawing the blanket back too. I can see her sucking in a breath when I lean over and place my hands on the bed.

She watches my every move as I hover over her legs, my mouth salivating from the mere anticipation of tasting her. Her bare feet are in front of me, and I bend over to kiss the top, my fingers softly sliding up her leg. Her skin erupts into goose bumps.

I bite my lip and kiss her ankle, gazing up at her to see if she’s still looking. I want her to see everything I do… everything she makes me do.

Just as I watched her, I want her to be a spectator now.

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REVIEW – Kyland by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Kyland
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #7
Release Date: January 24, 2015

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Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

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Mia Sheridan serves up yet another breathtaking novel in the Sign of Love series with Kyland. A poignant tale of loss, love and sacrifice, Tenleigh and Kyland’s journey was as unexpected as it was heart wrenching. Mia Sheridan explores humanity at its most basic in a world where poverty is commonplace, every day is a struggle for survival, and emotions like love and hope are dangerous and rare. From the first page to the last I was captivated – caught up in the vibrant imagery, colorful characters and lyrical prose of this story. I fell hard and fast for Tenleigh and Kyland, their inexplicable connection giving way to an addictive chemistry and sweet devotion that ruled my heart and left a lasting impression. The things that tied this couple together – their histories of heartache, fierce determination, and hard-earned success – made them utterly unique from any fictional pairing I’ve encountered before and ensured that I was wholly invested in Tenleigh and Kyland’s happily ever after.

“Sometimes my life felt so small. And I had to wonder why those of us who were given small lives, still had to feel pain so big. It hardly seemed fair.”

Tenleigh was a girl after my own heart. Her love of learning was something I could easily appreciate while her use of reading as an escape from the harsh realities of her life really hit home with me. I absolutely loved getting to know this shy and lovable girl, enjoying her close relationship with her sister and cheering her on as she worked towards a better life. Kyland was a little harder to peg at first, his seemingly cocky attitude difficult to make sense of and his relationships with other girls uncertain. However, as Kyland and Tenleigh got to know one another, I found myself in awe of the depth that Mia Sheridan gave these characters. Tenleigh’s family and their shared view of men had me curious while Kyland’s home situation and apparent desperation to leave their small town behind absolutely intrigued me. I adored getting to explore the complexities of these characters as their relationship developed and they came unraveled. I was surprised several times over by the truths they were able to share and the emotions these secrets stirred in me. Mia Sheridan did a phenomenal job at developing Tenleigh and Kyland, keeping me hooked on both their individual and joint growth and ensuring that they left an indelible mark.

“I wished I had known that it was dangerous for girls like us to pretend to be princesses. In that moment, dreaming of anything felt dangerous. Dreams failed, and when they did, reality hurt that much more.”

In true Mia Sheridan fashion, my heart was put through the wringer several times over before all was said and done. Tenleigh and Kyland’s story was not clean or pretty or nice. It was raw, gritty and unapologetically honest – the kind of story that doesn’t pull any punches and demands to be felt all the way through. Kyland struck me hard, making me think and feel in ways I never expected to. Mia Sheridan has an unparalleled gift for understanding the human condition and allowing her readers to experience every nuance of that insight as they read her stories. Kyland was certainly no exception and at times, I swear I could feel the hunger, cold and utter hopelessness that surrounded the characters of this book. Their plight became my own and by the time I’d turned the final page, I felt like I had truly learned something from Tenleigh and Kyland. With each new novel, Mia Sheridan continues to impress. Kyland exemplified this author’s gift for crafting socially relevant and undeniably enchanting storylines, capturing delightful personalities and genuine emotional upheaval, and delivering love in its boldest, purest and most unselfish of forms. Heartbreaking, captivating and full of feels, Kyland is another absolute must read from Mia Sheridan!

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I’m continuing to make my way through the Signs of Love standalones, and each time I think Mia Sheridan can’t top a release, she goes and leaves me in shock and awe. Kyland pulls readers into the mountains of Kentucky where she weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, sacrifice and hardship. The characters left their mark in my heart and the storyline was one that I could relate to on numerous levels. Though I have loved many novels from Sheridan, Kyland will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

“I think about how that little fire is hope. I think about how you have to keep it burning to get you through the hard times, the times that seem so painful you don’t want to continue on.”

Kyland and Tenleigh are two incredibly different personalities, yet are rooted in similar wishes and desires. I fell quickly for the tenacity and drive that they each presented, and I found myself only falling deeper as their journey continued. I admired Tenleigh’s desire to better the environment for those around her; she wore her heart on her sleeve and how can you not love a heroine who does that? Kyland was such a force of nature that didn’t want to let anyone in. He had been burned by the world, which left him focused on how to change his circumstances. There was something about him, from the very first look he gave Tenleigh that burned into me. I knew he had a story and I couldn’t wait to get each piece of it.

“I think that when enough time has passed, when you’ve survived that which you didn’t imagine you could, there’s a dignity in that. Something you can own. A pride in knowing the pain made you stronger. The pain made you fight to succeed.”

I will admit that this storyline resonated deeply with me, so I instantly formed a deep connection to it. From dealing with a sick parent to overcoming the obstacles that are out of our control, everything that this couple went through reminded me of how far I have come in my own life. It allowed me to relate to the characters and their plights in a way that I don’t often get to. I could feel my heart weeping in sympathy, creating a deep desire to hug these characters and tell them that everything would be okay. The ending was a bit abrupt for my personal taste, but Kyland was still a story that gave me all the feels.

“But if time didn’t heal all wounds, at least it made them bearable. And I’d survived.”

Mia Sheridan is honestly a literary goddess. Whether she’s writing about fictional cults, the recluse neighbor, or a coal-mining town in the mountains of the Appalachian, she transports readers in the most visceral way. The storytelling alone creates an experience in her books every single time. I’m kicking myself for waiting for so long to begin diving in, yet also incredibly glad that I can binge read them through. If you haven’t read a book by this talented author yet, she is a must, and I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

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REVIEW – Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

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Title – Thoughtful
Author – S.C. Stephens
Publication Date – February 24, 2015
Series – Thoughtless, #1.5

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In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it’s time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .

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The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . .

Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera’s own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won’t let Kiera go without a fight.

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From the moment that I discovered S.C. Stephens would be delivering more from one of my favorite literary triangles, I was anxious with giddy delight. Kellan, Kiera, and Denny ripped my heart out in the original Thoughtless trilogy, yet left me yearning for nothing but more of the sweet pain. Thoughtful allowed readers to see behind Kellan’s every motive, revealing a vulnerable side to him that we didn’t previously receive. For fans of the series, it certainly added a special element to what we have come to expect from these characters.

“For a minute, I could pretend that I meant everything to her, because she was certainly starting to mean everything to me. And if you pretend something long enough, it eventually becomes real. Right?”

I really did enjoy reliving this romance, especially through a different character’s eyes. Kellan gave us a peek into his history and those insecurities really shone a light on an entirely new side of his personality. Furthermore, he allowed a different insight into some of the events that occurred, which ended up creating a deeper sense of connection to his character. That being said though, there were some things that completely misaligned with how I’d expect him to react. At times, it was almost as if the Kellan created in Thoughtful differed so much from the Kellan in Thoughtless that they seemed like two characters. Though this didn’t happen often, it did give me pause in several parts of the book. The relationship between him and Kiera was even more gut-wrenching through Kellan’s eyes, but those key moments in his head were priceless. I honestly felt the same about his feelings toward Denny; Kellan’s voice made readers see just how difficult the whole dynamic truly was.

“’Promise’ was such a misleading word. It suggested hope, but sometimes promise had no hope attached to it. At least, not for everyone. Sometimes, to give someone else hope, you had to cut out your own.”

While I did really like this addition to the series, I somehow felt like Thoughtful moved at a much slower pace than the original trilogy. Even though I knew what was happening and I was aware of how things would end up, I still expected it to flow a bit smoother than what I had received. Lucky for me, the butterflies exploding in my stomach were still very much present. S.C. Stephens has written characters that are all-consuming; they seep into your very being and make you itch for more. I loved being brought back into this world with such an emotionally impactful read. It wasn’t a straight regurgitation and for this fan of the series, I truly appreciated that. Though I have adored this triangle and everything they’ve been through, I finally feel okay saying goodbye after the addition of Thoughtful to the series. I’m beyond excited to see just what Stephens has up her sleeve next!

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Wicked Shadows by A.D. Justice

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Title: Wicked Shadows
Author: A.D. Justice
Series: Steele Security #5
Release Date: February 22, 2017

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Devon “Shadow” Kane chose a life of anonymity the moment he entered the clandestine world of the CIA. His training made him a killer, a skill he has no qualms using.

Elle Sinclair, the younger sister of his childhood friend, is far from the girl next door. She’ll be the next big star. She’s also the one he can’t have. The blinding lights of flash bulbs in her celebrity world contradict the stealth and invisibility required in his.

Then she’s gone.
Disappeared, without a word or a trace.
A desperate plea for help from her brother tests Shadow’s undercover skills.

The stakes are high, and Shadow will risk everything for her. The only two constants in the equation are the threat of blowing his cover and the probability he won’t reach her in time.

With peril at every turn, can Shadow and Elle both survive? Or will the wicked shadows surrounding them ultimately cause their demise?

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A.D. Justice delivers the stunning conclusion to the Steele Security series with Shadow’s story in Wicked Shadows. From the first page to the last I was captivated, lost to Devon and Elle’s suspenseful and action-packed romance. While they initially seemed to be complete opposites, I quickly found myself invested in this unlikely couple. Elle radiated warmth and was kind to a fault, shedding light on the darkest parts of Devon’s soul while he in turn nurtured her overwhelming goodness and encouraged her to follow her dreams. They brought out the beauty in one another in a way that was utterly breathtaking, sharing a sizzling chemistry and an inexplicable connection that made my heart race and skip a beat. Devon and Elle’s common history and easy friendship allowed them to be honest with their emotions and unconditionally accepting of one another. The partnership that A.D. Justice nurtured between this duo was strong, capable of withstanding time and distance and impossible for readers to ignore.

“In the last eight years of this so-called relationship, what exactly have you given up for Elle?”

Shadow was a complete enigma for so much of the series that the mystery surrounding this secretive and deadly man kept me on edge, anxious to hear his story and unravel the virtually unknown hero. A.D. Justice definitely didn’t disappoint, introducing readers to Devon, the man behind the mystery, and exposing him so completely it left me absolutely swooning. I adored hearing Devon’s history and getting to know his family. Finally being able to put the puzzle pieces together was incredibly satisfying and for the first time, I felt like I understood why Devon had worked so hard to become Shadow. I was definitely surprised by his relationship with Elle and stunned to discover how romantic and sweet he could be – a stark contrast to the silent, brooding CIA operative I’d come to know. A.D. Justice did a fantastic job giving Devon the kind of depth that allowed me to connect with the character and, by the time all was said and done, I had absolutely fallen head over heels in love.

“You’ve protected me so I can walk freely in the light. Now it’s time for us to walk together.”

Wicked Shadows was perfectly paced, expertly balancing the heart-pounding action with the sweet, romantic moments. I absolutely loved the storyline and found myself devouring this book, eager to find out what A.D. Justice had in store for Devon and Elle. I reveled in the dichotomy of their journey – thoroughly enjoying the contrast between their current situation and their past encounters. Filling out their vibrant world were the familiar faces of the Steele Security crew and a handful of new, colorful personalities who brought so much life to the story. I could not have imagined a better, more enthralling way to bring this phenomenal series to a close. A.D. Justice’s writing has grown so much since the series began and Shadow’s story was the perfect example of all that this talented author is capable of. Overflowing with raw emotion, brilliant imagery and heartfelt prose, Wicked Shadows was every bit the gut wrenching, pulse pounding, scorching hot and surprisingly sweet journey I’d hoped it would be and then some. Readers are in for an inimitable, highly addictive ride with Shadow and Elle!

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NEW RELEASE REVIEW – Finding Mr. Wrong by A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm

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Title: Finding Mr. Wrong
Authors: A.M. Madden & Joanne Schwehm
Release Date: February 20, 2017

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Synopsis

Here’s a tip: never trust a jackass in preppy clothing.

The phrase “trust me” should have been my first clue to hightail it out the door, but hindsight is always 20/20.

So there I was, on a stage with two other men, being asked ridiculous questions by a woman I couldn’t see, but whose voice made my pants tighten―and not around my ankles.

Before I knew what was happening, I’d signed up for six weeks in paradise, isolated on an island for forty-two days with a complete stranger. And when I finally laid eyes on the sexy brunette who belonged to that voice, a part of me thought this wouldn’t be so bad.

I’ve always been a levelheaded guy. I am a successful, smart, and shrewd business man. But that was when I was listening to the head above my shoulders. Once the blood traveled south, I always ran into trouble.

She called me Mr. Wrong, and that was fine with me.

Lesson learned: lust always trumps logic.

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A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm prove to be an inimitable writing duo with their first co-authored novel, Finding Mr. Wrong. Sexy, fun and full of feels, Jude and Brea’s story is romantic comedy gold and the kind of book that leaves you grinning and begging for more. From the first page to the last I was hooked on the colorful personalities and fresh, humorous writing that filled the pages. Jude and Brea’s seemingly opposite personalities led to a seriously addictive push and pull that manifested itself in plenty of delicious sexual tension and hilariously witty banter. This couple shared a sizzling chemistry that begged to be explored along with something deeper and unspoken that kept me undeniably hooked on their unique journey. Madden and Schwehm expertly balanced all of the humor and steam with plenty of heart and a few gut-wrenching moments that ensured my total investment in Jude and Brae’s story.

“Seriously, he is one fine hunk of man, and you need to climb him like a tree.”

Jude was pretty much book boyfriend perfection. Even when he was being cocky, arrogant and purposely frustrating he was somehow still funny, smart and downright dreamy. I enjoyed watching him unravel as he spent time with Brae and loved experiencing his relationships with his best friends. Madden and Schwehm certainly knew what they were doing when it came to the sexy Swede. Brae was equally unforgettable and I had so much fun getting to know the feisty, slightly awkward and adorably quirky heroine. Her strange habits made me chuckle while her selflessness and dedication to helping her family warmed my heart. Effortlessly stealing my heart, Brae and Jude made for an unlikely and yet perfectly compatible pair. They challenged one another, supported each other and together they not only revealed the truth depth of the other’s character but grew into better versions of themselves.

“There he was in all his Swedish glory. God love a Swede. If I had a Swedish flag, I’d wave it with pride. If I knew his parents’ address, I’d send them a thank you card.”

Madden and Schwehm also had me falling in love with each of the secondary characters that rounded out Jude and Brae’s world. They added levity and love to the novel and left me anxious to read their stories. Finding Mr. Wrong was perfectly paced to be devoured. I found myself flying through this book, desperate for more of Madden and Schwehm’s enchanting storytelling. I absolutely adored the premise – a random couple thrown together for six romantic weeks on an island and you just know there’s going to be plenty of tension and drama. Madden and Schwehm didn’t disappoint, delivering plenty of heat, a few hilarious antics and some seriously adorable heartfelt moments that left me absolutely swooning. Despite this being their first novel together, the authors worked seamlessly. Finding Mr. Wrong flowed smoothly, the voices of the characters distinct but consistent and the writing style utterly captivating. Finding Mr. Wrong is definitely a win for Madden and Schwehm and an absolute must read for romantic comedy fans!

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REVIEW – Clickbait by Lisa Suzanne

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

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Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can Christmas survive the split?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REVIEW – Pulse by Gail McHugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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