Saturday Spotlight- Blurred Lines

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Author: Lauren Layne

Summary:

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

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Waiting On It Wednesday- Nuts

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Author: Alice Clayton

Release Date: October 20th, 2015

Summary:

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

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Pre-Release Blast – Slow Play by Monica Murphy

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We’re celebrating the upcoming release of SLOW PLAY on October 13th!

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Title: Slow Play

Series Name: The Rules Series #3

Author Name: Monica Murphy

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

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He’s the player of all players…

Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else.

Tristan Prescott is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him.

Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?

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New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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Saturday Spotlight- Anna and The French Kiss

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Author: Stephanie Perkins

Summary:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

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Rating: 5 stars

Author: Sarina Bowen

Release Date: October 13th, 2015

ARC received kindly from author in exchange for an honest review.

The Fifteenth Minute was like a roller-coaster of emotions and I wanted the ride to never end. Sarina Bowen has created a masterpiece with this heart stopping, humorous and romantic story. It is one of the best books I have read this year, and I am pretty confident when I say it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with The Fifteenth Minute.

Lianne Challice isn’t your typical freshman- she’s a movie star, best known for her role as Princess Vindi. Wanting a chance at a normal college experience, she is trying to stay under the radar, which isn’t exactly easy with a crazy paparazzi following her, being the punchline of a million sorceress jokes, and even having t-shirts made about her. In addition to all that, she also has to deal with her awful manager, and try to relate to people that she has little in common with. And as for her love life, well, that is nonexistence. However, there is one guy that makes her feel like he sees her for who she really is…

DJ Trevi is the guy behind the music playing in the arena during hockey games. He has turned the challenge of picking the right song to play at the right moment into an art form. Music serves as an escape to him, one of the few things that can help district him during an extremely intense situation he is dealing with. What’s another distraction? Lianne. He is intrigued that she knows as much about music as he does, their debates on whether or not pizza is an amazing food, and then there is the little fact he finds her absolutely beautiful.

Lianne doesn’t let people in easily, but for some reason when it comes to DJ, she’s eager to open the gates. DJ can’t believe someone like Lianne would even be interested in him, especially when a situation may prevent him from doing anything about it.

Even though Lianne is famous, she is very easy to connect with. Sure, she’s a movie star, but she’s also a girl that is trying to adjust to college life, is self conscious at times about her body, and gets tongue tied around a guy she likes. She is  awkward, sweet, smart, and a better friend than she gives herself credit for. I love her friendships with Bella and Rafe. Lianne is a strong character, though has a problem voicing what she wants. It was great watching her evolve through out the book.

As for DJ, well he is completely swoon worthy. He *might* be my favorite male character in the series, and that is saying something because I loved them all so much. He is romantic, caring, unknowingly charming and loyal. Pretty much the kind of guy you would love to meet in real life. He isn’t perfect though, and is under a great deal of stress due to the terrifying situation he finds himself in. Reading what he was going through made my heart feel like it would pound out of my chest and at times caused my stomach to drop.

Even though Lianne and DJ have an instant connection with each other, including plenty of crazy chemistry, DJ reluctantly has to put a stop on what they could become and insist they take the friend route. Normally I want to yell at a character when they do that to me, but in DJ’s case, I completely get it. So they try to be friends and only friends, which is easier said than done- hello sexual tension. Their friendship tugged on my heart strings, I loved the way they supported and were there for each other. I don’t want to give too much away, but they WILL make you smile.

Sarina blew me away with this book. I love how she brings dept to characters and isn’t afraid to tackle deep topics with real reactions, emotions, and the effects it can have on family relationships and friendships. While her characters are dealing with serious issues, there is also an endless amount of moments that bring a smile to your face, make you laugh like an idiot and steal the air from your lungs. And maybe even make you blush, cause Sarina is pretty darn good at writing sexy scenes.The Fifteenth Minute is truly special. It was also great to see many familiar faces from previous books in the series, The Ivy Years.

My only compliant is that it introduced me to a bunch a characters that I’m curious to read more about. Like, tomorrow, so get on that Sarina! 😛

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Waiting On It Wednesday- Friction

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Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Summary:

At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

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Teaser Tuesday- The Fifteenth Minute

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Title: The Fifteenth Minute

Author: Sarina Bowen

Release Date: October 13th, 2015

Just because she’s famous doesn’t mean she’s happy.

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

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