Author Spotlight- Miranda Kenneally

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Miranda Kenneally is hands down my favorite YA author. About four years ago I discovered a book about a girl that is the quarterback of her high school’s football team. I knew I had to read it, because A) I love strong female leads, and B) I love football. Little did I know Catching Jordan would be about one of my favorite book tropes or that it would become one of my favorite books.

While Miranda’s books are all different, they do share a connecting theme: they all feature realistic heroines deal with realistic issues. These girls are not perfect- they have flaws, inner struggles, insecurities and family problems. But they are also strong, determinate and lovable. As for the male leads? They are the type of guys you wish you fell in love with at 18.

Her books are touching, hilarious and always put a smile on my face.  Some produce tears, and all are entertaining.

 

If you haven’t read the Hundred Oaks series, you might want to give it a shot- you won’t be sorry. It is a companion series, but each can be read as a standalone.

  1. Catching Jordan
  2. Stealing Parker
  3. Things I can’t Forget
  4. Racing Savannah
  5. Breathe, Annie, Breathe
  6. Jesse’s Girl

 

 

For more information on Miranda Kenneally:

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The Score by Elle Kennedy

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Rating: 5 Stars

Author: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: January 11th, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review. 

Blurb:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.


If The Score was a song, I’d keep it on repeat. Wow. I’m almost speechless about this book, which is ironic since I want to scream from the rooftop how incredible it was. It had the fun banter and was sexy like I expected, but it was also moving, bittersweet and brought me to tears.

Let’s start with Dean. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love someone as much as Garrett, but Dean sure as hell made his case. He is cocky, surprisingly romantic, and an utterly charming dirty little talker. He also has a bigger heart than most people give him credit for. Elle Kennedy portrays the male point of view flawlessly.

I was so excited when I first heard Allie would be the heroine in this book, because I loved her in The Deal. After getting to know her more in The Score, those feelings only grew. She is spunky, a great friend, and like myself, she often thinks with her heart instead of her brain.

Allie and Dean are opposites when it comes to most things, but oh my god do they mesh well together. To everyone who was disappointed when they found out his love interest is Allie: Their friendship and relationship is everything. Seriously, they made me ‘aw’ out loud, smile like an idiot and have my heart basically beat out of my chest. Realistically, they have some bumps in the road, but they chemistry between them is hard to ignore. If you are into sexual tension and steamy scenes, you will really enjoy this book!

While this book is fun, hilarious and sexy, Elle Kennedy threw a curve ball and made me cry. Yep, I had actual tears streaming down my face, that I had to blot away with a tissue. I’m not going to touch more on this since I don’t want to spoil anything, but be prepared.

For those that follow the off-campus series, you will see some familiar faces- Hannah & Garrett (The Deal), Grace & Logan (The Mistake) and of course the lovable Tucker.

The Score will take you on an emotional roller-coaster and you will love every second of it.

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FriendTrip by M.E. Carter & Sara Ney

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Stars: 4 Stars

Release Date: December 22nd, 2015

Authors: M.E. Carter & Sara Ney

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

“A best friend is someone you can trust; they make you laugh, they hold you when you cry… they drive you to the sex shop when you’re trying to spice up your marriage.”

Becky used to be “the fun one.” But after five kids, yes five, and ten years of marriage, she is becoming everything she swore she’d never be; complacent, content and boring in the bedroom.

Determined to spice things up her marriage, she leans on the one person besides her husband she can always count on for advice; her best friend Janine.

Outgoing and always outspoken Janine has issues of her own; she is tired of living the single life. After a bitter divorce leaves her struggling to find love again, she’s no longer content coming home to an empty apartment, and living vicariously through her best friends love life.

Online dating, confused husbands, and flirting with random porn stars lead to nothing but trouble. Because nothing with these two is easy—and nothing ever goes according to plan.

Ever. At all. Not even close.


If you are looking for a new feel good read, look no further: FriendTrip is for you. This book is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming and filled with many OMG moments.  It is a perfect blend of friendship, love, and coming to terms that things don’t always turn out the way we plan. Honestly, my first thought when I finished this book was ‘wow, this would make a fabulous movie’. Who can I talk to about that?

As for Becky and Janine, I FLOVE them!! I wasn’t always able to relate to them, but I connected to them 100 percent, and saw pieces of myself in both. Personally, their friendship makes this book for me. They push each other, encourage each other, and yeah, even embarrass each other. You can’t help but root for them every crazy step of the way.

Becky shows us that marriage and motherhood isn’t always a fairy tale, but is made up of many imperfectly perfect moments. That, and a ton of hilarious mishaps. Janine‘s journey with dating had me cracking up. There was the good, the bad, and the ugly. Well, mainly the bad and the ugly. I’m still laughing as I think about some of her dates. Which I can do, because I’ve been there too.

There is no sexy hero that steals the show- Janine and Becky do that on their own- but there is still a very lovable guy. Or two.

Now…I’ve read some books written by two authors, where it doesn’t work. Just because two people can both write well, doesn’t mean their work can be synchronized. That’s not the case with M.E. Carter and Sara Ney. Their writing styles compliment each others wonderfully, and the writing flows seamlessly. That, of course, didn’t stop me from trying to figure out who wrote what. Hmm.

FriendTrip will make you laugh. It will make you smile. It will make you want to book a trip to Vegas with your girlfriends. Most importantly, it will make you realize the trip through life isn’t nearly as fun without a bestie by your side.

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My Favorite Book of 2015 Is…

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The Deal by Elle Kennedy!

It was so hard to pick my top book, yet at the same time,  it was an easy decision. While I have loved SO many books that came out this year, I have to go with The Deal. The reason? Well, for starters I wish I could be Hannah Wells’ best friend. Garrett Graham is the perfect book boyfriend. The plot line takes you up and down, giving you plenty of feelings and a serious case of the ‘awws’. The other thing better than the unlikely friendship between Garrett and Hannah is the chemistry they have. Sarcastic banter, surprising feeling and scenes that are hot, hot, hot! I have probably re-read this book about 10 15 times. LOVE it! If you haven’t checked this one out yet, please do yourself a favor!

Blurb:

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

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Series Spotlight- Boomerang

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If you are looking for a new series to read, look no further! I absolutely adore the Boomerang series. This New Adult trilogy is complete-though I’m still holding out hope for another! Each book can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading them in order. They are all equally hilarious, fresh and steamy.

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Boomerang- Book One

Blurb:

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up.

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

I want the kind of love that feels like an arrow snapping from a bow- sharp, inevitable, soaring.

-Boomerang

 

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Rebound- Book Two

Blurb:

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

I like you Ali. I don’t want to, but I do.

-Rebound

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Bounce- Book Three

Blurb:

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

“What we just observed were literal sparks flying. Kind of like when we first met. Except we were sparkier.”

-Bounce

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Dirty Deeds by Megan Erickson Promo

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Author: Megan Erickson

Release Date: 12/8/2015

 

Blurb:

Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, one shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.

 

L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company’s hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.

 

They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.

 

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And here is an excerpt to hold you over a bit…

Alex shoved her phone back into her pocket and glanced around the garage. She really should go home. The sun was setting, painting the fall sky in streaks of pink and orange.

Hooking her thumbs in her pockets, she walked to the front of the garage, leaned against the side of the open bay, and gazed at the sky and the Friday night traffic on Main Street in Tory, Maryland.

She tapped the tire iron against her jean-clad thigh, enjoying the breeze on her heated skin and through the thin fabric of her tank top. Her nerves were jittery, and sometimes she still had the urge to run. To flee. To be far
away from him and her past as best as she could. But if she’d learned anything since she moved to Tory, it was that she couldn’t keep running. So she stayed here, where Ivy found the love of her life and where Alex had a good job and could see her niece grow.

She’d given up hope long ago she’d get the fairy tale that seemed to happen for everyone else. And that was okay. She’d hardened and carried a chip on her shoulder that was like an old friend now.

She was about to turn around and close up shop when the sound of a rattling exhaust caught her attention. She turned her head to see a red Mercedes—the source of the sound—making its way down the street. The car turned into the parking lot of Payton and Sons and Alex waited as it parked in front of her and the driver turned off the engine, which thankfully killed the noise.

Alex glanced at her watch. It was after seven now. Technically the shop closed an hour ago, but she waited for the driver to get out of the car, because it wasn’t like she was in a hurry.

The door opened. A man’s black dress shoe planted on the ground of the parking lot, attached to a gray-panted leg. That leg just . . . kept going. The man had to be tall as hell, and when he emerged from the car, Alex swallowed. Yes, he was tall. Very tall, probably close to six-four. He wore a gray suit with a white shirt that was unbuttoned at the top and a dark blue tie, loosened so the knot hung off to one side. He slammed the car door shut with a little bit of anger, and Alex jolted at the sound and the force, her body stiffening.

She hated herself a little at her knee-jerk reaction to a big man who was angry.

She squared her shoulders and gripped the tire iron, watching the tall man with dark hair glare at his car with his hands on his lean hips, broad shoulders rising and falling with a heavy sigh.

He speared his fingers through his hair and turned to Alex, opening his mouth to say something but stopping abruptly at the sight of her. He blinked.

She blinked back.

He was about ten feet away, and even from here she could see the brilliant blue of his eyes, the long dark lashes framing them. The little bit of silver peppering his hair at his temples.

He was gorgeous in a clean-cut, serious businessman way. The effortlessly wavy hair, the square jaw, the lips that threatened to open any minute and spit out such words like merger and acquisition and accounts payable. He looked like he didn’t smile, but scowled from under a heavy brow.

The type of man who’d always looked down his nose at all the Dawn women. Called them easy and white trash under his breath. Yeah, she was judging, but her defense was to judge first. Better to size up whom she was dealing with quickly than be caught off guard.

Basically, Mercedes Man was the exact opposite of Alex’s type.

She placed the tire iron she was holding and crossed her arms over her chest. With a raised eyebrow, she said, “Having some trouble?”

He blinked again, his hand frozen in his hair. Then he dropped it at his side, the other still on his hip. “Bloody car.”

It was Alex’s turn to be surprised. The guy was British. She’d never met anyone who was British, and she really only heard British accents on TV shows like Game of Thrones and Spartacus, when all the actors had these vague European accents in order to appear exotic. She grew up in Indiana. Not a hotbed of diversity.

“You guys really say ‘bloody’? Like that’s actually a thing?” she asked—and immediately clamped her hand over her mouth, because the man’s dark eyebrows dipped in a scowl, which still did nothing to lessen his attractiveness.

“Do you Americans really say ‘yee-haw’?” he shot back at her, the last word morphing into what Alex assumed was an attempt at a southern accent.

“You’ve officially said that word more than I have in my whole life,” she answered drily.

He paused, like he wasn’t sure whether to laugh or glare. In the end, he went with a glare, along with a muttered, “Well, then, I’ll be sure not to blurt that out at random times.”

“That might be a good rule.” She took a step forward and jerked her chin in the direction of his car. “Need some help?”

“Your bloody roads,” he said. “Can’t go a hundred meters without hitting a pothole, and it’s done a number on my car.” His eyes took in a sweep of the shop. Alex tried not to look at it through this man’s eyes. Everything about him, from his clothes to his car, was sleek and clean and put together. The shop behind her was an older building, with a few—okay,
several—cosmetic issues. It smelled like grease, oil, gas, and rubber, and she loved every fucking inch of Payton and Sons. So this guy could sneer at it all he wanted. It was home to her. When that arresting blue gaze returned to hers, his eyes were unreadable. “Can you service a Mercedes?”

Oh, for fuck’s sake. “Uh, yeah, we can service a Mercedes.”

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Author Spotlight- Sara Ney

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Sara Ney is one of those authors that always delivers each and every time she writes a book. No other author has me laughing through out the book quite like Sara does, thanks to her witty humor and fabulous one liners. Her female characters are always strong, and I love that I can find myself in everyone of them. Her books are always lighthearted, filled with little romantic moments, and have the right amount of drama in them. I love her writing style, and the way she brings the main characters and all their friends to life. If you have never read one of her books it’s time to start. I have been a fan for a while now, and I can honestly say her books keep getting better and better!

 

The Kiss and Make Up Series:

 

#ThreeLittleLies Novella Series:

 

 

Sara was gracious and let me do a Q&A with her! 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Which of the female characters is the most like yourself?

SN: Jenna, the obnoxious friend who appears in my first three books. Or so I’ve been told by those who know me, LOL. I’m very outgoing, but not as inappropriate. I like writing her because she says exactly what I’m thinking.

Have you ever made a character do/say something that you regret looking back at it now? Or maybe something you wish a character would’ve done/said?

SN: I think I probably wouldn’t have waited so long for Cecelia and Matthew (He Kissed Me First) to kiss because WHY DID THEY WAIT SO DAMN LONG? Ugh, I never would have done that. I would have let the bastard kiss me. Why wait?

As much as I love the relationships between your characters, I also adore the friendships shown, especially between the females. Are their close bonds something you made sure to portray?

SN: Side characters are my favorite; they make a Main character complete. I’d like to think we all have a wacky group of misfit friends who complete us too. “The Loud One,” “The One Who Likes To Hug,” or “The Friend Who’s ALWAYS LATE.” I adore awkward people, and am very forgiving when they screw up [most of the time]. They make a story whole.

The Three Little Lies series is such an original concept- how did you come up with it?

SN: I am in love with the idea of romantic clichés; brothers best friend… unrequited love…. childhood crush…. fake boyfriend…. The day I turned A Kiss Like This over to my formatter, I started pounding out Things Liars Say. I knew I wanted it to be a cliché–and immediately thought a mistaken identity could be romantic and flirty, but I also knew I didn’t want it to drag on and on. That’s why Things Liars Say is a novella and not full length. Things Liars Hide isn’t as cliché as the first, but Book 3 definitely is!

Your male characters are often charming assholes*, the perfect blend, making them feel very realistic. Are any of them based off anyone you’ve dated or known?

*I am using the term assholes loosely. They are sweet, romantic and loyal, but have their male moments, which makes them all the more realistic. This isn’t an insult!

SN: I spend a lot of time observing people, and I’ve mentioned in my bio that I’m an adviser for a university organization, which puts me in direct contact with the Cal’s, Matthew’s, Cubby’s and Weston’s of the world on a regular basis. This is why my females are so bold (for the most part). Young woman these days shouldn’t settle for some of the behaviors I see from collegiate men, and I think readers have noticed I’m very much into empowering females. So while they’re not based on any one specific person, they are my interpretation of how guys are. How they act and talk.

Can you give away anything on the Kiss and Make up book four?

SN: I definitely have a concept for it, and parts are it have already been written but when it will be published is a grey area. I’ve titled it ONE LAST KISS and it will be Jenna’s story… as well as an epilogue of sorts: you’ll find out what happens to everyone from the previous books. Happily the Ever Afters? We shall see….

You are on the last book for both the Three Little Lies and Kiss and Make up series, do you have any other series/books in mind for when they are finished?

SN: Believe it or not, I do have an outline for another book; a standalone (but let’s be honest, the first books in both my series were supposed to be standalone’s, so maybe I’m not the person to ask). All I know it that it will probably involve some ice cream, a sister, an alpha male, and some awkward staring from across a grocery store.

I know you are working with M.E Carter on Friend Trip, but if you could collaborate with any author, who would it be?

SN: I don’t have a clue how to answer this question without rattling off a long list *stares off in the direction of my bookshelf* Elle Kennedy. I’ve also long admired Jane Green. I love Cindy Miles. S Walden is flawless, I think she could make me a better writer. This question is the worst–I want to list everyone I admire. Colleen Hoover. Jen Frederick. DAMMIT. Everyone.

Thanks again Sara for your time!

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