RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Who Needs Air by Cassie Graham

Title – Who Needs Air
Author – Cassie Graham
Publication Date – April 28, 2017

They fell in love at thirteen.
He wrote a book about it at twenty.
She watched him walk away at twenty-three.
And he made the New York Times Best Sellers list at twenty-four.

Campbell ‘Cam’ Potter stood idly by as August Wyatt took over the world one word at a time. Chapter by chapter, people fell in love with the story he created – the events she lived. And now the book was being made into a movie, it was only a matter of time before August was back in their small hometown in Georgia.

The problem was, when August left five years ago, Cam made a promise to herself. The ending in his book would be the conclusion to their story. There was no sequel, no second chance, no possibility of ever seeing him again. He obliterated her heart and she was determined to never let it happen again.

That is, until Cam gets a late night text from the heartbreaker himself.
New chapters are written, fresh storylines are explored and Cam and August find a familiarity in one another.

Sometimes THE END doesn’t mean it’s over.

Once again, Cassie Graham has mystified me with characters I couldn’t get enough of in a storyline that I wanted to jump into. Who Needs Air took a little bit of everything I absolutely love about the romance genre and wrapped it in a pretty bow for me to unwrap. I fell pretty quickly in those initial moments and the story only got better from there!

“The only thing that matters is August. His words. His hands. His promises. His passion.”

Graham’s characters are incredibly charming and hard not to fall in love with. I came to admire our heroine, Campbell, for her fierce independence and the way that she trusted her heart. She had almost an intuitive nature and felt so sure of herself in the decisions she made and where she wanted to end up. Then you had our wordy stud, August, who just stole the show. The way that he loved Campbell and wasn’t afraid to express it or the way that he was so worried about telling their story in the perfect manner melted my heart time and time again. Even in those struggling moments (where I wanted to do some serious cussing out of the author), something kept me tethered to him. Whether it was the second, fifth, or tenth time falling in love, I have a feeling that these two characters would always find their way back to each other. There’s something about their devotion and loyalty that screams timeless, and I adored every single second of it.

“He’s water and I’m air. So different, yet neither of us can live without the other. We’re deadly, but we’re also life-giving. I’ll drown in him if I allow myself and he might not survive without me.”

Not only are the characters fresh and fun, but Cassie Graham’s writing has grown leaps and bounds! From those first few chapters, I could clearly see a development in everything from her word choice to the imagery she created in her scenes. She wasn’t just telling a story with Who Needs Air, she was enchanting readers down a rabbit hole, breathing that very essence of air into them. She was immersing those readers into this love, bringing the world to life for us to be a part of. I always look for growth when I pick up a subsequent book from an author I’ve previously read, but I can honestly say I was struck speechless (and in complete awe) at just how much Graham has learned and applied these techniques in this brand new novel.

“With her hair out of its previously perfect up-do and makeup a mess, her beauty was a force to be reckoned with. She didn’t even have to try. She just… was.”

Who Needs Air is a second chance at love, but cleverly giving readers a chance to fall in love for the first time too. Through perfectly timed flashbacks, I became addicted to the romance between Campbell and August and needed to see how everything would end up. It comes as no surprise that I truly loved this story, along with every grin, every heart flutter, and every lip-biting piece of ansty romance that it delivered on. Trust me when I say that Who Needs Air is Graham’s best work to date and you won’t want to miss it!

Bringing my body into his with a tug, he squeezes my shoulders. Only, this hug feels different. It doesn’t feel like all the other ones we’ve shared since he came back into town. I’m baffled at first, my arms locked around his torso. He doesn’t let me free and I think he may need this. I think he might need me. He sighs, his face falling into the crook of my neck and I finally understand why it’s so different. I don’t know why it took me so long, but my heart soars and my grip tightens. I force my eyelids closed and I breathe him in, using every ounce of my ability to give him back what he’s offering me so willingly.

He doesn’t have to say the words, but I hear them loud and clear. He’s been looking for someone to care about him in this town. Not someone to fawn over him or tell him what he wants. I’ve shown him that even without the book, he’s still important and this gesture – his foreign and surprising hug – is his way of telling me he appreciates it.

He clutches the back of my neck, his signature grasp, and breathes me in as I cling to his sweater, willing my eyes to stay closed. If I look at him or our reflection in the mirror above the headboard, I’m going to lose it.

Sighing contently, he pulls back and I do the same, opening my eyes.

“Night,” he offers with a smile, bringing his lips to my forehead for a split second before turning around and sufficiently closing me out, unzipping his bag.

I blink a few times, speechless as I watch him pull his sweater up and over his head, tossing it on the bed. His muscles strain and the dimples just above his pant line are so pronounced, my fingers ache to touch them. I turn away, reminding myself that we’re just friends. Friends only, Cam. Hands off. No touching his back dimples. It’s inappropriate and…oh, God, he’s unbuckling his pants.

Walking out of the door with embarrassed haste, I close it behind me.

My skin, tingling and hot, I trace my forehead with my fingertips. The prickle of his kiss still evident. Eager to erase the aftereffect of his touch, I scrub my head like a moron, accidentally creating a deep red spot. It doesn’t help. My skin scorches for long minutes.

After changing into pajamas, I climb into bed and wrap myself in the comforter. I need to sleep and forget the last three hours happened.

Just as I’m about to shut my eyes, my phone goes off with a text message.

August: Tonight was exactly what I needed.

Another one comes in.

August: You’re still so important to me. Please don’t ever forget that.

I chew on my lip and study the words until they become indecipherable. Turning on my side, I plug my phone into the charger and close my eyes.

I’m in so much trouble.

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Cassie Graham is a sassy redhead who lives in Arizona with her handsome husband and beautiful daughter. If she isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a book, you can find her watching Supernatural or reading a delicious romance by one of her many talented friends. She likes front porch sitting in her pink rocking chair, drinking Moscato, chocolate, reading books with her daughter and constantly dating her husband.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Father by Clarissa Wild

Title: Father
Author: Clarissa Wild
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Confess your sin.

People call me Father, but I prefer Frank because I’m the worst preacher you’ll ever meet.
Days spent completely wasted pull a number on you, especially when you’ve got a truckload of baggage that comes with it.
Until this beautiful girl in the back of the church takes my breath away.
…And we end up committing sacrilege in the confessional.
Did I mention I’m filthy?
Bad doesn’t even begin to describe me, and after one taste of what she’s got to offer, I want more.
Too bad having a dirty mind isn’t the only thing we’ve got in common…
Our past is laced with sin.

Author’s Note: This book is not for everyone. It’s raw. It’s vulgar. It’s downright offensive. But it’s oh so damn delicious with a capital D. If you are easily offended or prudish, please don’t read this book. But if you like a bit of humor mixed in with raunchiness and brawling, you’ll love this book.

Clarissa Wild delivers a sizzling, gritty, taboo story with Father. Frank and Laura’s journey was colorful, imaginative and delightfully filthy. Akin to a trainwreck you can’t look away from, the author firmly held my attention from the first page to the last. I enjoyed the dynamic between Frank and Laura. Their opposites attract vibe was heady with sexual tension and leant itself to plenty of terrific and hilarious banter. Clarissa Wild kept me blushing as these two fought to fight the inevitable and eventually gave in to one another completely. With a vibrant cast of secondary characters, Frank and Laura’s world easily came to life. I adored getting to know the various personalities that made this story so surprising. As distinctive as the main couple was, this journey was definitely a group effort.

Frank is no one’s hero and yet somehow Clarissa Wild managed to make me care about this filthy, unapologetic and oftentimes infuriating man. Frank was a bit of a mystery which, when mixed with his obvious heartache and pain, created a measure of undeniable intrigue. I loved how Frank unraveled a bit with Laura, demonstrating a vulnerability that kept me invested, no matter how dirty and disturbing the story became. Laura was pretty much the total opposite of Frank. She was loving, selfless and understanding in a way that was almost divine. I absolutely adored her relationship with Diego and Bruno and the ways in which she repeatedly demonstrated her incredible strength. Laura was the light in this story and the hope she brought to Frank’s screwed up world was undoubtedly the highlight of this novel for me.

Father was every bit the dirty and offensive novel I imagined it to be, but there was so much more that demanded to be discovered as well. Clarissa Wild did a good job weaving together the many layers of this story. There was plenty to explore beneath the overlying romance between Frank and Laura and it was these unexpected pieces of the puzzle that kept me so curious. Admittedly, there were moments where I craved more depth from the characters and a better understanding of the emotions involved, but Father was certainly a fun read. As far as inappropriate and sexy stories go, this is definitely an enjoyable one. Clarissa Wild doesn’t exaggerate and Father absolutely lives up to the warning, so if you’re not down for a gritty, slightly sacrilegious story, then this book probably isn’t for you. If you don’t mind plenty of filthy thoughts, dirty talk and outrageous behavior then be sure to check out Father and brace yourself for Frank’s brand of worship.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW – 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Title: 180 Seconds
Author: Jessica Park
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

180 Seconds is utterly exceptional in every single way. Jessica Park has truly outdone herself with this heartfelt, courageous and poignant novel. Allison and Esben were as unlikely a duo as they were perfectly fated and I fell hard and fast for their breathtaking journey. From the moment they met to the final page, this couple held my heart completely captive. Their obvious chemistry was decidedly electric and at times I swear I could feel myself being pulled into their orbit. However, it was Esben and Allison’s unmatched ability to balance one another, a soul deep understanding of each other’s character that made this pair so undeniably addictive. Jessica Park has captured an elusive dynamic with this book and made it incredibly tangible, letting the reader glimpse something absolutely magical and then allowing them to briefly grasp it.

“You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”

As far as heroines go, Allison absolutely slayed me. This character was one-of-a-kind in so many ways and yet, relating to her felt simply effortless. Getting to know this closed-off, cautious and anti-social woman was difficult to be sure, but Jessica Park was careful to ensure it was never too frustrating for the reader. Allison’s insecurities were obviously a product of her past and gave her a sense of vulnerability that was genuine. I understood her walls and the purpose they served, respecting the strength she unknowingly demonstrated with each small moment of openness. With Esben’s help this character transformed in spectacular ways over the course of the story and it was in fact Allison’s immense character growth that made this book such an inspiring and deeply satisfying read.

“I do not think. I do not remember. I do not plan. I empty my mind until I am barren, until I don’t feel like me, until I don’t feel like anyone. I just exist. Barely.”

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy book boyfriend, look no further than Esben. He was enigmatic in a way that was mesmerizing – immediately grabbing my attention and holding me under his spell long after the final page had been turned. I loved how understanding, kind, and unfailingly positive this character was. Esben’s outlook on life challenged me to see the best in humanity and believe a little harder in our innate capacity for goodness and love. It’s been a long time since a character ignited in me such a fierce sense of hope, but Esben did so without question. Jessica Park also did a phenomenal job at unraveling this character, pushing past his social media persona to expose the flawed pieces of this hero – humanizing Esben in a way that only made me love him that much more.

“Hold on to your one. Remember? I have you, and you have me.”

As much as this story was Esben and Allison’s, it also belonged to the brilliant secondary characters that colored this couple’s world. I absolutely adored getting to know Simon and Kerry. They not only brought levity and heart to the story, but also gave depth and dimensionality to the main characters. Arguably, the most important outside relationship in this novel was that between Allison and her best friend Steffi. Born out of necessity and made strong by a shared history of heartache, this was honestly one of the most complex and gut wrenchingly honest friendships I’ve ever read. These two made me laugh and filled my heart with happiness in the way only epic best friends can. Allison and Steffi’s friendship was heady, carrying the weight of their secrets and fears along with all of their hopes for the future. Moved by the desperation and pain from which their inimitable bond was forged, these besties brought me to tears on several occasions.

“I don’t want closure. I don’t want this to be done. Not with you.”

Relevant, smart, and overflowing with feeling, 180 Seconds is a beacon of hope in a social media world. Jessica Park delivers the kind of novel that demands to be felt. Perfectly paced and written with all of the grace, intelligence and heart I’ve come to love from this author, no one tells a story quite like Jessica Park. She reeled me in with plenty of adorably sweet moments and intriguing angst only to wholly devastate my heart by the most unexpected turn of events. Every raw emotion, every honest revelation bled from the pages of Esben and Allison’s story until I couldn’t help but feel it all, deeply and irrevocably. Overwhelmingly honest, beautifully real and all consuming, this story rocked me to my core. 180 Seconds is not only the best book I’ve read so far this year, it is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Esben and Allison’s journey is simply unparalleled and 180 Seconds is a definite must read. #thisbookthisbook

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY – Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair

Title – Feels Like the First Time
Author – Marina Adair
Publication Date – April 25, 2017
Series – Destiny Bay #2

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Gibson, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis, comes the second book in a funny and charming new small-town contemporary romance series by Marina Adair.

What’s wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn’t do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister’s ex-husband. Sure, he’s a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she’s had a crush on him, how great he’s always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can’t give in to temptation. Can she?

It’s been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali’s date and two of the hottest kisses he’s ever had, Hawk can’t deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?

I fell in love with Destiny Bay almost immediately after diving into the first book of the series. When Marina Adair announced that the next book would be about the elusive other bar owner, I became immediately giddy. Feels Like the First Time is a such a sweet friends to lovers novel that allows readers to escape the everyday stresses and find themselves in a small town, surrounded by people who they’ll grow to love and care about.

“I’m not afraid of going it alone, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be nice to have someone I love by my side.”

Ali was a walking contradiction that I simply couldn’t get enough of. She was so strong-willed and tough that I never expected to see the vulnerabilities that Hawk pulled out of her. There were moments of being unsure that every girl could relate to, and it likened me to her. She may have bent metal into beautiful things as a career, but I thought it was the perfect metaphor for her personality; she was strong and unyielding, yet when faced with someone who was willing to work hard enough, she became malleable to the world around her. From the initial moment that readers get a taste of Hawk, I knew that I would be in for a ride. There was some spark he held, something that even through the words on the page, I could feel his warmth and light. He was fiercely loyal to the people and things he loved, and felt like such a genuine person. It was easy to see how these two best friends could easily fall in love with another as time grew on.

“But it was his smile that got her, kick-started her heart. It was warm and a little crooked. And as if there just for her.”

Feels Like the First Time is a light-hearted romance that will sweep readers away into a whimsical, cute story. There were a couple moments that I wanted to experience a deeper connection to the characters, especially given the nature of their tangled relationship. However, the writing was fantastic with witty dialogue and some thought-provoking scenes. I loved the emotions I experienced from the relationships as well as the transformations I watched happen from beginning to end. Overall, Marina Adair has created a heartwarming town with characters I can’t get enough of. My fingers are crossed for more from this series and I’ll definitely be waiting!

Ali nodded because she needed him more than she needed her next breath.

The intensity of her feelings terrified her. They always had. Even at seventeen she knew what she felt went beyond the run-of-the-mill teenage crush. She’d been in love. Sure, it was a young, simple love, but it was love all the same.

Only he’d loved someone else.

So when he married her sister, she did her best to let him go. But no matter how painful it had been for her, and at times the ache was so acute it had been paralyzing, she was never able to set him completely free. Choosing the pain over the loss.

Now he was back, looking at her how she always looked at him, as if he’d never let go, and Ali gave in to the fantasy. Played out the what-ifs she carried with her for over a decade. He’d been hers for so long, she let herself believe that she was his, too.

He was asking for right here, right now—this she knew. Tomorrow, reality would creep in, and everything would go back to the way it was. But tonight, sitting on this beach, overlooking a world bigger than the two of them, Ali wanted to feel what it was like to be loved by the man who owned her heart.

“I want,” she said.

“What do you want, Aliana?” he whispered, the sound of her name on his lips doing crazy things to her. Crazy girly things that made her feel delicate and desirable.

“I want you.” She trailed her hands down his pecs to that flat stomach and lower, loving how his muscles rippled and curled under her touch. “I want you to pamper me so hard I won’t remember how to walk come morning.”

Hawk’s eyes darkened, and his mouth was on hers. Hard and demanding, and just how she’d imagined. There was no warm-up, no testing the waters. He was kissing her as if he knew what he wanted.

And he wanted Aliana.

Their mouths were fused together, her hands gripping his shoulders for purchase, but his fingers were gentle, languidly exploring her face, her neck, the curve of her shoulder, slowly moving down her arm and bringing the wide neckline of her shirt with him.

He never stopped kissing her, but she felt his lashes flutter open, realized that she’d never closed her own. Then his deep brown eyes locked on hers, watching her as they kissed, and it was erotic and unexpected. As she watched him back, she felt his lips curl into a smile. Could feel the dimples on both cheeks come alive under her touch.

“You like to watch,” Hawk growled, and she felt her cheeks flush.

Ali never considered herself a watcher. But Hawk was such a beautiful and commanding man, she’d never been able to look away. Not even now, when her body was begging for release. He was that good—a simple kiss and she was so turned on, she could feel her body shaking.

That smile turned cocky.

“It’s not like I stand there peering through your bedroom window at night,” she said, leaving out that night he was at the bar. His bedroom window during the morning, when he was walking around after a shower. She was more than guilty.

“I’ve peered through yours.”

And to prove he wasn’t the least bit ashamed, he lowered his head and placed an openmouthed kiss on her shoulder, those eyes of his never leaving hers. Not even when he moved lower toward her collarbone, his mouth working her with a softness that took her by surprise and a reverence that made her feel as if she was precious.

Ali wasn’t sure what to do. Hard, challenging, complicated—that was what she was used to. But this was light, simple—too easy to be real. It confused her as much as it terrified her.

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Author Marina Chappie seen outside her Santa Cruz, Calif. home, Friday February 17, 2012. (Photo by Tosh Tanaka)

Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Ravenous by L.L. Collins

Title: Ravenous
Author: L.L. Collins
Release Date: April 20, 2017

Raven: To seek, plunder, or prey. To devour ravenously. To seize as spoil.

I am Raven.

I knew what it meant to fight my way through life.
To be the victim, the spoil, the prey.
I decided long ago I would take control of my future.

No more bug infested couches.

No more drug-addicted mothers or absentee fathers.

No more welfare checks or moldy bread.

No more settling.

I thought I had it all figured out, a way out of the hand I’d been dealt.

Until my life got turned upside down by two very different men who look at me with mirrored lust in their eyes.
Their want is palpable, heady. Their desire makes me reckless.
I no longer know who I am or who I want.

The only thing I do know is, I am ravenous.
Voracious. Intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.

Despite the fact I know it is a disaster waiting to happen, I can’t stop it.

I’m afraid I will never be sated.

L.L. Collins delivers another unforgettable journey with Raven’s story in Ravenous. Powerful, poignant and full of feels, this novel swept me off my feet, tugged on my heartstrings and left me begging for more. Raven, Brecken and Porter shared a journey that was unexpected and yet somehow, absolutely right for these characters. I didn’t know that I would grow to love them as quickly and completely as I did, but L.L. Collins has a way of sneaking in and stealing my heart. The chemistry between the characters absolutely sizzled, sparking across the pages and threatening to consume them before all was said and done. However, it was the understated and significant connection between the three main characters that undeniably ruled and left my heart aching over the insecurities and harsh truths that were revealed during the course of this story.

“Your past can’t define your future, Raven. It just can’t.”

Intelligent, loyal and incredibly kind, Raven is the type of heroine you can’t help but root for. From the very beginning I was hooked, excited to uncover this woman’s history and anxious to see where her story would take me. With Raven, L.L. Collins created a voice that was genuine, easy to relate to and impossible not to love. I felt every bit of her heartache and agonized over her feelings for both Brecken and Porter. Her experiences became my own as I lost myself to the raw emotions that colored the words of her journey. Raven also underwent some significant growth over the course of the story. I enjoyed seeing her transform into a more confident, feisty and self-sufficient woman as she pushed her limits and redefined her life on her own terms.

“Two brothers, completely different, but both with a strange hold over a part of my heart, which was ridiculous because neither of them really knew me at all.”

While Ravenous is clearly Raven’s story, so much of this book also belonged to Brecken and Porter. I adored getting to know both brothers and much like Raven, found myself drawn to each of them for entirely different reasons. I loved the dichotomy that L.L. Collins has created with these seemingly opposite personalities. Unraveling these men was incredibly intriguing and decidedly satisfying. While I enjoyed exploring their differences, I was enchanted by the similarities they shared and the insecurities that had marked them both so deeply. My heart definitely knew which brother it wanted more, but L.L. Collins had me second-guessing myself on multiple occasions in that fantastically frustrating way only she can.

“You deserve to find someone who lives and breathes you.”

L.L. Collins really outdid herself with Ravenous. Exquisitely written, perfectly paced and filled with vibrant, one-of-a-kind characters, I absolutely devoured this novel. When I wasn’t swooning over Brecken and Porter or falling in love with Raven, my heart was being invaded by the fantastic secondary characters that colored this book with so much light and levity. The author did an amazing job at balancing the angst of the past with the scorching hot encounters and heartfelt declarations of the present to deliver something magical and utterly captivating. Packed with breathtaking moments of emotional honesty, genuine vulnerability and subtle chemistry, Ravenous owned me entirely. From the first page to the last I was hooked on Raven, Brecken and Porter, desperate to know how their story would play out and anxiously awaiting every twist and turn L.L. Collins decided to throw my way. This author is undoubtedly at her best with this one. Ravenous is sexy, smart and surprisingly sweet – an absolute must read from L.L. Collins!

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L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She’s the author of the Living Again Series, the Twisted Series, Back to the Drawing Board, and the Jaded Regret Series. Visit LL on her website, and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – The Player by K. Bromberg

Title: The Player
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: The Player Duet #1
Release Date: April 17, 2017

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

K. Bromberg delivers a sports romance masterpiece with The Player. I fell head over heels for Easton and Scout, the delicious slow build of their relationship and the steady unraveling of their personalities and pasts. I was immediately captivated by the palpable sexual tension and utterly electric chemistry that sizzled between the hero and heroine – feeling every bit of their fragile restraint as I lost myself to their story. K. Bromberg brilliantly brought the professional sports atmosphere to life with the vibrant cast of secondary characters and inarguably evocative imagery. I swear I was experiencing the sights and sounds of major league baseball first hand as the author wrapped me up in the excitement of scorching summer nights spent beneath the glare of stadium lights. K. Bromberg’s lyrical prose and inherent understanding of human emotion made Easton and Scout’s journey an unforgettable reading experience and has me desperate for the next chapter in this inimitable couple’s story.

“Who knew the man who’s got a wicked arm and swagger for days also has such a huge heart?”

Easton was absolutely swoon-worthy, the kind of book boyfriend that melts your heart with his swagger and charm only to completely steal it with his surprising sweetness and thoughtful nature. I loved getting to know this character and exploring the subtle complexities of his relationship with his father, his role on the team and his history with the game. As Easton opened up to Scout and revealed his thoughts and fears to her, I found myself audibly sighing. He was unsure and vulnerable in a way that felt genuine and easy to relate to. The way he cared for her and fiercely defended his growing feelings was incredibly sexy, leaving me a puddle of adoring mush and moving Easton up my list of all-time favorite book boyfriends. Easton’s easy camaraderie with his teammates and his fierce dedication to baseball were just icing on the cake. These displays of love and loyalty left me anxious for more of this delectable hero.

“So, you can have your romance novels while I have my King and Follett and Patterson because I don’t want to read about having that kind of love someday. I’d rather be over here trying to take a chance at it in real life.”

K. Bromberg definitely knows how to write unforgettable heroines. Scout was feisty, intelligent, and completely devoted to the people and career she loved. She was the perfect match for Easton, pushing him and refusing to give in to his cocky smile and confident demeanor. In return he challenged her to open her heart, let down her walls and live her life on her own terms. The growth we got to see from this character was absolutely beautiful and I found myself cheering Scout on and investing myself wholly in her happily ever after. I enjoyed exploring the dichotomy of this character, Scout’s ease around the team and confidence in her work a direct contradiction to the insecure girl who struggled tirelessly to make her father proud and protect her heart at all costs. I’m excited to see where K. Bromberg plans on taking this character as this story continues. This lovable heroine definitely has me rooting for her.

“The measure of a man is often unquantifiable, and yet, with Easton, it’s everywhere.”

In addition to being exquisitely written, The Player was perfectly paced. An effortless balance of poignant conversation, sizzling encounters, adorable flirtations and intriguing baseball politics, this novel was one I just had to devour. I loved getting a glimpse at a new side of the sports world, experiencing Easton and Scout’s sweat, tears and emotional vulnerability as I read. K. Bromberg’s insight into this couple’s hearts and minds as they traversed Easton’s injury and rehabilitation made for an emotionally honest and decidedly memorable sports romance. Ending on a cliffhanger that left me swearing up and down the final page, I’m desperate for more of this incredibly addictive couple. K. Bromberg has once again totally hooked me and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next for these two. The Player was sexy, fun and incredibly sweet – another must read novel from this talented author!

Take my love of all things K. Bromberg and combine it with baseball, and naturally you get a grand freaking slam from this reader! The Player was filled with sexual tension, witty banter, and characters who could stand their own against whatever life threw at them. I found it to be sweet and tender, yet gritty and emotional at times. Easton and Scout’s romance ended up being the perfect way to bounce into spring!

“I’m putting myself on a limb for a woman who wants to run, when for the life of me, I’ve never been one to stay. But I’m not going anywhere.”

There was something about Scout that instantly drew me to her personality. She was a woman in a man’s world, but she owned it. Though she had moments of vulnerability, especially when it came to her father, the way she fought back against expectations and jibbing from the players made it impossible not to love her. That fierceness and tenacity was so admirable and provided to be such a breath of fresh air from the personalities I come across in the book world. Scout truly embodied the woman I strive to be on a daily basis so she certainly left her mark. Her counterpart, Easton, also proved to be quite the special man. He had an intuition about him where he could sense things with Scout; he knew the moments to push and the moments to let it go. Even in such a short time, their romance was personal and intimate in more than just a physical sense. I loved the focus on his career and the duty he had to his father, yet it touched me that he remained so grounded. Both of these characters suffered from living in the shadows and it was that sympathy and empathy for each other that really made these characters the perfect counterparts.

“His expression is part awe, part disbelief, and a whole lot of little boy mixed together, and it steals my heart when I had it firmly protected under lock and key.”

Time and time again, Bromberg has proven that she can take the broken and make them feel worthy of love. She has written books that were sexy and erotic, books that were sweet and funny, and now she has shown readers that she can blend it all together wonderfully. This first book of the duet proved to be addictive with its combination of witty banter and intense moments between Scout and Easton. I turned that last page with my jaw dropped and am already aching to see how their love will continue in the next book. However, if it’s even half as good as The Player, I expect Bromberg’s next book to be a grand slam out of the park!

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Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

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REVIEW – Turning Back by JA Huss

Title – Turning Back
Author – JA Huss
Publication Date – April 12, 2017
Series – The Turning Series #2

I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.

Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me… Until he wasn’t.

Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.

Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.

And now he might be the only one I have left.

It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better.

And that’s why I’m turning back.

It has been quite a while since I’ve stumbled across a book that I simply could not put down. JA Huss has created such a tantalizing and taboo world that I felt so completely drawn in, immersed in the lust and romance of these characters. Turning Back ended up being the perfect balance of steam and heat mixed with growth and maturity. This second installment will satisfy so many of readers’ desires while simultaneously making them crave more and more.

“I’m gonna lose, I realize. I’m gonna lose this game. Because I desperately want to trust these men and I know it’s a bad idea. I want them to heal me, but they have long claws and sharp teeth.”

With the way that Smith left the game at the end of book one, I was curious (and maybe a bit skeptical) as to how things would progress in Turning Back. I was a little nervous that these characters would lose their edge and those traits that originally fascinated me. However, I was so relieved to see that while Huss had to change some characteristics for their growth, nobody really lost the essence of what made them the personalities I fell in love with. Quin was still a lost boy, trying to figure out how he fit in to this life he created. Bric was still the take charge, strong-headed alpha who tended to walk a line with the darkness inside him. However, what possibly stole the show for me, was the introduction of Rochelle. The many different layers to her persona and the choices she made felt like I was digging deeper and deeper, never really knowing when I’d hit the center. However, once I did, something in me sparked to life and I could understand every single decision she had made. I loved Chella and didn’t know how I would possibly feel toward Rochelle, yet once I met her, it wasn’t about choosing a favorite. Turning Back redeemed some characters that I hadn’t grown to like yet, made me fall in love with those I got a deeper look at, and feel pity for those who were still lost by the end.

“How long should I punish her? How long do I refuse to let her in? How long do I have to torture myself in order to trust her again?”

It’s no secret that I would read a shopping list from JA Huss if she chose to publish one. There is something unique about her writing and her characters that I tend to resonate with. Every time I close a page on a novel from this author, I think that there’s no possible way she can top it in whatever she chooses to tackle next. Yet, time and time again I am shocked and in awe of the level of talent Huss exudes. Her romances are unconventional, her storylines are a vortex, and the overall read is an experience to be had every single time. If you haven’t picked up a book from this author yet, I really believe you are severely missing out. Turning Back had a little bit of something for everyone and certainly left this reader absolutely one hundred percent satisfied!

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REVIEW – Taking Turns by JA Huss

Title – Taking Turns
Author – JA Huss
Publication Date – January 18, 2017
Series – The Turning Series #1

I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.

Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.

Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.

Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.

It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.

I just didn’t expect to like them.


I heard the door open and close and said nothing. And the footsteps coming down the hallway towards the bedroom. I even heard him say, “Hey.” So softly. “You awake?” Like he didn’t want to wake me.

I listened as he stepped into the closet. There was that slick sound a man makes when he pulls his tie through his shirt collar. I heard the unclasping of his watch. The jingle of his belt buckle and the shuffle of his pants as they dropped to the floor.

I even heard his moan as he stood over me. I could feel his shadow from the streetlamp outside like it was heat.

Then the bed creaked, the mattress sank. And his warm, hard body straddled me.

Still, I said nothing.

I just buried my face in the sweet scent of the pillow and closed my eyes, feigning sleep.

“Rochelle,” he whispered, leaning over me. His fingertips gently brushed the hair away from my shoulder. His mouth pressed against my skin. “Did you miss me? God, I’ve missed you. Two weeks is too long. We need to renegotiate.”

He nipped my neck. Kissed it. Licked my ear as he positioned himself to begin.

And I said… nothing.

Even though my name is not Rochelle.

That’s why I’m here. Tied up and gagged inside the closet. Sitting in the dark as three men on the other side of the door argue about where Rochelle went, why I was in her bed, and what they should do next.

I should be scared but I’m not.

I should be screaming, but I won’t.

Because this just feels very, very right.

And the only thing on my mind is… what will happen next?

Okay, I’m not going to lie…I don’t even know how to review JA Huss’ Taking Turns. I thought I’d seen it all from this author, but boy was I wrong. Taking Turns was erotic romance at its finest with a storyline created to suck you in. Once the ball got rolling, I seriously could not peel my eyes away due to how invested I became in the plot as well as the phenomenal cast of characters.

“Taking Turns isn’t really a game, is it? It’s a lifestyle.”

I am obsessed with all the characters of this story, including the ones I never even got to meet. Each man had something about him that drew me in, much like Chella experienced. Smith was blatantly honest, but it allowed readers to always know where he stood. Quin was the best friend who made you feel comfortable and safe, almost like a lure. Bric was the sensible one so many times that he was definitely hard to get a grasp on. I never could get the best read on him, but he had a quality that charmed you and made you fall anyway. They truly were the perfect trio of men to Chella’s mysterious background. Her personality hinted at a broken past and I was waiting for that shoe to drop the entire time. Huss has a knack for writing heroines that I relate to on so many different layers, and it’s something I look forward to with each release. Chella was no different in how I could see myself in her, yet totally unique from all the other characters that have come from this author.

“We can’t play the game if we fall in love, and I like the game.”

The Turning Point club sounds like it should be a place of filth, yet somehow with Huss’ visual aids, it became an exclusive place of opulence and grandeur. Rather than a place people would shy away from, I wanted to dive deeper and there grew my curiosity for what the novel was based on. However, it never felt dirty or wrong. There was something about the approach the author takes in describing the scenes, the acts, and the passion that breathes life into it. It was dirty, it was erotic, but it was classy at the same time. I was fascinated by how the club worked, how the membership was run, and even the actions inside the club. I needed more, more, more and I totally got it!

“Nothing lasts forever. Not even the thrill of taboo lust.”

I knew I would get gritty and eroticism after reading the blurb of Taking Turns, but I never expected the addicting story to go with it. This book had me genuinely invested in what would happen, and at times, the heat was just an added bonus. Now I’m incredibly excited to dive into the next installment of the series because I’m anxiously awaiting to see what the heck will happen next!

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BLOG TOUR – Twist by Kylie Scott

Title: Twist
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Release Date: April 11, 2017

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they’re emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets…except the one that really matters.

When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it’s always better with a twist.


Kylie Scott serves up one delicious romance cocktail with Alex, Joe and the rest of the Dive Bar crew in Twist. Sexy, smart and full of surprises, Twist has Joe meeting his match in the feisty and hilarious Alex, an out-of-towner who finds herself facing deception and desire the moment their worlds collide. I fell hard for the epic banter that colored this novel. Matching wits and shared stubbornness made for plenty of sizzling tension between our hero and heroine and I quickly found myself utterly addicted to their push and pull. Kylie Scott also reacquaints readers with Vaughan and Lydia from Dirty as well as the rest of the Dive Bar family. They brought so much life and laughter to the story, effortlessly reminding me why I enjoyed losing myself in their world to begin with. Alex’s best friend Valerie was a welcome addition to the cast, her spirit and sass making me grin and stealing the show a time or two. Kylie Scott delivers another memorable and vibrant addition to the Dive Bar series with Alex and Joe’s unique and intriguing journey.

“Goodbye had a feeling, a scent, and Joe was covered in the shit.”

From the moment she walked into the bar, Alex had me wholly invested in her. Her willingness to take a chance and follow her heart was inspiring while her intelligence and fight made it impossible not to root for her. I loved her boldness and surety, even though inside she was falling apart. More than that, I adored her strength and how ferociously she fought for her relationship with Joe when push came to shove. Joe, on the other hand, didn’t sway me quite so easily. My initial reaction was a strong urge to punch him in the face for the lies he’d told and the way in which he’d deceived Alex. But in true Kylie Scott fashion, even when I wanted to deck him, Joe proved himself to be thoughtful, kind and unbearably sweet. The care he took with Alex and the pieces of himself he let slip in her presence warmed my heart and in no time at all, I was absolutely smitten.

“I loved him and I hated him, and I honestly hadn’t known him long enough for either. But he had me. There could be no fighting this one true fact. Joe had me, whether he wanted me or not.”

The thing I love most about Kylie Scott’s writing is her ability to completely enthrall the reader from the very beginning. She sucks me in right from the start and gets me totally hooked in a matter of pages. Twist was certainly no exception and I found myself devouring this story, desperate to know what would happen between Joe and Alex. I adored the messages that separated the chapters, each one providing a glimpse into how this couple’s friendship developed online and giving their current relationship a sense of emotional depth. Twist delivered all the feels, including some devastating emotional blows. Only Kylie Scott can have my heart in my throat one minute and leave me chuckling the next but she does so with a well-practiced ease that ensures I keep coming back for more. This author really did a fantastic job at layering the many facets of this story and ensuring that she delivered one seriously intriguing and absolutely unforgettable journey with Joe and Alex. Twist is another winner from Kylie Scott and you can bet I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to arrive!


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REVIEW – Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan

Title: Grayson’s Vow
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #8
Release Date: September 8, 2015

Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they’ll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.


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If there’s one author that consistently delivers captivating, one-of-a-kind and breathtakingly poignant stories it is Mia Sheridan. With each new novel I fall a little harder, feel a little deeper and lose myself a little more to this phenomenal author’s scripted spell. Grayson’s Vow absolutely blew me away. Hooked from the very first page, Kira and Grayson’s story was enchanting, unexpected and overflowing with raw emotion. Their journey was smart, sexy and seriously sweet. They shared something powerful and real and I loved how easily their connection came to life before my eyes. I adored watching their relationship develop from the strangest of arrangements into something significant and without limits. Both burned by life and love, Kira and Grayson shared a push and pull that was ripe with delicious tension and addictive banter – making this book a decidedly entertaining read and the kind of novel I just couldn’t put down.

“People suffer all over the world, every day. But people triumph all over the world every day, too.”

Kira struck a surprising chord with me. Determined to not only start over, but to do so completely on her own terms, this heroine was prime for some fantastic character development. Mia Sheridan did not disappoint, transforming Kira from a stubborn, determined girl into a strong and confident woman that was worth investing in. Grayson also took my heart for quite a ride, slowly opening himself up and exposing the hurts of his past for readers to experience. I felt for this character in ways I couldn’t have imagined and ultimately, I found myself falling head over heels for the man who proved to be so deserving of unconditional and lasting love. Together this couple inspired beautiful change in one another. As they unraveled each other over the course of the story, we saw Grayson and Kira’s anger and mistrust towards the world evolve into a heart stopping passion and gut wrenching honesty that sparked, sizzled and left its mark.

“Because I suddenly understood that sometimes it’s right to meet in the middle, but sometimes, the simplest act of grace is to meet the other person where they are. That, that is love.”

The pacing of this book was absolute perfection. Mia Sheridan expertly balanced the slow moments where Kira and Grayson shared their pasts with the scorching hot instances of unrestrained passion, ensuring that this story not only flowed easily but was also entirely felt. As a huge fan of the fake relationship storyline, I loved the way Mia Sheridan turned this concept into something fresh and utterly unforgettable with Grayson’s Vow. There were so many layers and surprising twists to this tale that I found myself riveted to the page, anxious to find out what would happen next. Grayson and Kira’s world was made complete by the colorful cast of secondary characters who not only helped further develop our hero and heroine, but also added some much needed perspective, levity and heart to the story. Mia Sheridan’s writing continues to astonish me. Overflowing with heart-wrenching emotions, brilliant imagery, relatable dialogue and inimitable characters, her mastery of the written word unquestionably shines. Grayson’s Vow is yet another sparkling success for Mia Sheridan and an absolute must-read novel in the Sign of Love series!


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I don’t know why I continue to walk away shocked at how much I love Mia Sheridan’s stories, yet somehow I do – every single time. I’ve just finished Grayson’s Vow and am in awe at how different the storyline is from her other novels, yet is filled with the signature style that is Sheridan’s work. She has such an innate talent in the way that she is able to build her words up and immerse readers that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get enough.

“’And by the way, my dear,’ Charlotte said, resting her hand on mine on the counter, a glint in her eyes, ‘forget the prince and princess. I always imagined the real story was between the witch and the dragon.’”

Grayson and Kira had such a fun dynamic to their relationship! The back and forth banter made me giggle and smirk, even when they were frustrated with each other. Furthermore, their broken personalities complemented each other perfectly and it made for such a heartfelt read. Also, I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty sure that their stubbornness is what did me in and made me fall head over heels. Grayson clung to his past, haunted by the memories of the place he called home, while Kira ran from her demons. That pride that filled each of them touched me in a way that’s not easily describable. There was something about each of their coping mechanisms that resonated within me. Watching them deal with their issues and wade through the murky waters ended up being somewhat cathartic for me and scars that I bear. Needless to say, they were perfection and I certainly soaked up every single second of them being together!

“It takes work, and faith, and a whole heart full of hope. It takes letting the pain in, too. Because the problem is, you can’t shut off one emotion without shutting off all your emotions. You have to feel the pain if you’re going to feel the joy.”

I’ve said it before and I will say it again; if you haven’t read a novel by Mia Sheridan yet, you are missing out! With vivid imagery and thought-provoking scenarios, she forces her way into your heart and soul with her words. Grayson’s Vow was filled with so many feels across the spectrum, but an overwhelming one of love shone brightest. I had the hardest time putting this book down and never wanted it to end (not that the notion is a surprise at this point). Sheridan has written another solid masterpiece and I’m anxious to see what she does next!


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