Cover Reveal: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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So you might know by now that I’m  a tad obsessed with The Royal series by Erin Watt (Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy). Well, Erin Watt has another YA book on the way, arriving May 30th, and it sounds so good! A bit less spicy than The Royals, but very good none the less. And plus, this cover….

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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from No. 1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt.

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…

 

 

Cover and Blurb first posted at Happily Ever After.

 

 

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Ahhh!!

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I was so excited to get this baby in the mail today! Coloring book + romance novels= yas! This book has 45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers Colleen Hoover, Anna Todd, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Jodi Ellen Malpas and more.

I will post a full review sometime soon, but all book lovers need to keep an eye out for Love Between The Lines, out November 8th! A huge thanks to Forever publishing for sending me a copy!

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Release Blitz: A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

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Title: A Place in the Sun

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: Oct 24, 2016

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When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald
does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country. Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away…that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned
mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no
plans to co-star in her fairytale. But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his
touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating
passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize
that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

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R.S. Grey- I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Release Blitz: Grasping Air by Carrie Aarons

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Title: Grasping Air

Series: Flipped #2

Author: Carrie Aarons

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: October 23, 2016

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We were the seconds after a grip released the bar, body floating through the air with nervous wonder. Would we successfully grab it again, or would we hit the mat, shattered and defeated?

Peyton Adams learned a long time ago that selfish and detached is the only way to be in life. What most people call shameless or obnoxious behavior, she considers key to getting where she needs to go. Most disapproving of all? USA Gymnastics’ golden boy with an eight-pack, Jared Hargrove. After being cut from the women’s team right before Rio, Peyton is back on the post-Summer Games tour. Not only is she the only one without a gold medal, but her history with Jared won’t stay buried for long.

Control and good manners; the two things drilled into Jared Hargrove’s head from birth. As a four-time gold medalist, he’s always obeyed the rules and reaped the reward. Well, except for the whirlwind week four years ago in London when wild-child Peyton Adams finally got under his skin, and into his bed. She broke his heart, and he hasn’t removed the ice wall around it since. Now she’s back to redeem herself to the world of gymnastics, and it seems, to push his buttons more than ever.

After years of resentment and heartache, can they repair a relationship so badly broken that most people wouldn’t even try? Or will they continue to fall, grasping at any last emotion before they finally collapse?

 

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Spotlight- Royally Screwed

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In this addition of Saturday Spotlight (10/22) we have….

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Author: Emma Chase

Release Date: October 18th 2016

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

 

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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

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Title: Keepsake

Series: Book 3 in The True North Series (#1 Bittersweet and #2 Steadfast)

Author: Sarina Bowen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5+++ Stars

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

 

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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There’s a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.

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Have you ever read a book that was so good, so perfect, that the second you finish you wish you could forget everything so you can read it again? That’s how it was with Keepsake. Sarina Bowen has this uncanny ability to make you feel every emotion when you read her books- even ones you weren’t aware you even had. Keepsake is no different, a total roller-coaster of feelings from start to finish, and I never wanted the ride to end.

After growing up on a ranch by a polygamist cult, its a complete understatement to say that Zach didn’t have the most normal upbringing. It’s been four year since he’s been kicked out of the group, and Zach is still adjusting to his new life. Living and working on the Shipley’s farm has been so good for him- he loves his job and loves the Shipley’s even more. For the first time, it feels like he is part of a real family. Then, everything changes with Mary Shipley’s best friend- Lark Wainwright– arrives on the farm.

Lark has just been to hell and back. While working overseas, Lark was kidnapped and held hostage. While thankfully she made it out alive, Lark can’t escape what has happened to her. When Mary invites Lark to come spend some time on the family farm, Lark doesn’t have to think twice. Working outdoors, fresh Vermont air, a loving and safe atmosphere and getting away from her hovering parents? It’s a no lose situation for her.

Unfortunately her night terrors and anxiety follow her to the farm, and despite her best attempts to hid it from everyone, there is someone that is on to her. Zach. Lark only knows a few things about Zach- Hardworking. Dedicated. Soft-spoken. Caring. Gorgeous. Virgin– but even so, she finds herself trusting in him immediately. The two of them start to grow closer and closer and even though Zach  has had next to zero experience with women, he knows there is something more than friendship between the two of them.

They cross the line from friends to lovers, and just when it seems like everything is coming together, it falls apart. Can they get past their demons and find their HEA?

First of all, I have to say I LOVE ZACH. He’s the good guy with a heart of gold type that will always be there for the people he cares about. He is so swoony and romantic, without even realizing he is. While he is a tad naive and awkward in social situations, due to the way he was brought up, he is wise and mature, and surprisingly quite the little dirty talker. 😉 And don’t think just because he is a virgin when the book starts that there are no steamy scenes, well, you would be very mistaken. When he spoke about his past, it hits you hard in the gut because there are real polygamist cults out there with children going through things he went through.

Lark’s story really hurt my heart. And while what happened to her obvious has a huge impact on her life, it doesn’t define her. The horrific things she had gone through turned her into a survivor, yet she doesn’t play the victim. She is going through a time when she is very vulnerable, yet is still strong. She has all these walls up to protect herself, but slowly let’s them down. Her journey is extremely touching.

But let’s talk the relationship between Zach and Lark. They have this connection right away, and their friendship is pretty adorable. However, there is some sexual tension between them, so much that you could feel it sizzling between them. The chemistry they have between them makes you forget they are not real people. However, it’s not all smooth sailing between them, there are obvious complications with bumps in the road. But the way they react to those makes it all the more genuine.

One my favorite things about Sarina Bowen’s books is the way she not only brings the main characters to life, but the secondary characters as well. You have to make them interesting enough that readers want to know more about them, but not to the point that they steal the show from the hero and heroine. Sarina nails it every freaking time. It’s impossible to read one of her books and not think about other characters you want books for. In Keepsake alone, I have three of four side characters I need books for. That’s a remarkable talent.

In previous reviews for the True North, I’ve mentioned how much I love the entire Shirpley family, but let me just state again- It’s impossible not to love this family!! I particularly loved how they treated Zach, it was very heartwarming. There is also a sweet friendship between May and Lark. It was also great seeing more of Griffin & Audrey, and Jude and Sophie. I’m hoping there will be more to the series!

You need to read this book. It’s one of my favorite reads this year. Hands down.

And if you haven’t read this series? Do yourself and favor and read it. Here is my reviews for Bittersweet and Steadfast if you want to take a look.

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Cover Reveal- More Than Friends by Monica Murphy

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Author: Monica Murphy

Title: More Than Friends

Series: Friends #2 (Just Friends #1)

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Release Date: November 14th, 2016

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He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want…

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life.
After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve
made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more
boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle
could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart
and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s
not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so
hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace

Series: Book 3 in the Royals Series (#1 Paper Princess and #2 Broken Prince)

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: YA/NA Romance

Rating: 5 (can I give it 6?) Stars

Heat Rating: 3 Stars

All The Feels: 5+++ Stars

Release Date: October 17, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

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These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

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*Before I start, I just wanted to clear up that while this review has NO spoilers from Twisted Palace, it does contain some spoilers from Paper Princess and Broken Prince. If you haven’t read those books yet, you might not want to read this review! 🙂 *

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When the ARC of this baby popped up on my kindle, I have to admit I started screaming and dancing around my living room. That was followed up by the heart-pounding, palm sweating, butterflies in the stomach feeling- all before I even started reading- because holy crap, I was about to finish The Royals series. If you are thinking that is a bit over the top, clearly you haven’t been #royallyruined.

These books are dramalicious, shut the front door fantastic, soul-crushing, and the cause of several emotional breakdowns. There are so many things I love about this book, this series, that it’s almost unfair. From the characters (the ones that grow on you, the ones  you love right away, the ones hate to love, and of course, the ones you love to hate), to the impeccable writing, to the twists and turns that leave you saying WTF.

I am going to be extremely vague with this review, because I truly believe this book should be something you get to experience all on your own, but I will still go over a few things.

Okay, so Twisted Palace starts off right where Broken Prince left off, which involved not one, but THREE plot twists/cliff hangers. Brooke has been murdered, Reed just got arrested for said murder, and oh yeah, Steve shows up at the front door. Steve- Ella’s dad and Callum’s best friend, the man that is supposed to be dead.

So it’s pretty safe to say that in the beginning of this book, the characters are going through a lot, and that theme continues throughout the book. In my opinion, Twisted Palace is definitely the most suspenseful book out of the three. At times my hands were shaky, my heart was pounding out of my chest, and my stomach turned into a butterfly conservatory.

Looking back at Paper Princess, it’s amazing to see how much the characters have grown, particularly Reed. He started off as a complete asshole, and ended up being pretty damn swoon worthy. And okay, let’s be honest, he’s still somewhat an asshole, but that is the charm of Reed. 🙂

While all the characters go through so much in this book, Reed and Ella really go to hell and back. Even though they are young, the bond and love they have with each other is really special. Erin Watt has blown me away with the amount of chemistry, heat and passion between Reed and Ella. Nothing between them is easy, but yet, they are perfect.

And far as Ella goes- I just love her. Seriously. I love that she is equally beautiful and intelligent. Strong yet vulnerable. Guarded but has a huge heart. I think the best thing that Erin Watt did with Ella is even though she is wise and mature past her years, at times in each book she has moments where she acts her age- seventeen.

Like the first two books, there are a lot of surprises in this book. Things I saw coming and things that completely blind sided me. Thankfully, we do get some answers and- small spoiler alert- this book does not end in a cliff hanger. 😛

I am pretty bummed the Royal journey has come to a end. There is talk Easton will be getting a book though, so I am holding on to hope for that. These Royals have truly torn me apart and slowly put me together as this series has gone along. I can’t remember ever being this obsessed with a series.

I know this review doesn’t have nearly as many details as my others, but trust me when I say you will thank me for it. You need to get this book and just savor ever sweet, torturous moment of it. And if you are reading this and haven’t started this series? What in the world are you waiting for?!

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(Please note that there is no e-book preorder on Amazon, but will be there once it is live)

Cover Reveal- Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Author: Cindi Madsen

Title: Crazy Pucking Love

Series: Taking Shots #3 (Getting Lucky Number Seven #1, Anatomy of a Player #2)

Release date: November 7th, 2016

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I just met the girl of my dreams.

Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss.

Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right?

The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.

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USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.

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