ARC Review: xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

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Title: xo, Zach

Author: Kendall Ryan

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: January 23rd, 2018

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The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

 

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Swoon. Okay, I reserve the right to take this back, but until this moment, XO, Zach is my favorite Kendall Ryan book. Emotional, heartwarming, steamy, a delicious slow burn, forbidden love- this book has everything you could want.

When Poppy’s friend drags her to a party, she isn’t really expecting to have fun. And she definitely isn’t expecting to run into her newly ex boyfriend- who is there with his new arm candy. Refusing to let him see her sweat, she walks up to a sexy, tattooed guy and demands (asks?) him to play along, that he’s her date. He agrees.

Although there is an instant attraction between the two, they are shocked to learn they actually have quite a bit in common. Even more shocking is a toe curling, goosebump inducing, fireworks going off kiss they share. But Poppy leaves soon after that, declining Zach’s number.

Zach finds himself thinking about Poppy, the slightly insane and majorly hot girl from the party. Then he can barely believe it when he discovers that Poppy is the new girl he is advising.

Keeping things profession between them is a piece of cake, right?

Ha, so wrong!

But both Poppy and Zach have things about themselves the other person doesn’t know. Things that can change it all.

Ugh, I just LOVED Zach and Poppy’s relationship. It’s a slow burn, filled with witty banter, tons of flirting and oozes sexual chemistry. It’s also not easy. There are complications on both ends.

Poppy is more hesitiate than Zach is to explore the connection between them. She’s independent, strong willed, and isn’t used to having a guy completely there for her. And Zach… sigh. He’s a writer, and oh so romantic. Oh, and he happens to have a lovely dirty mind. 😉

Do yourself a huge favor and go one-click this baby!!!

 

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ARC Review: Until You’re Mine By Cindi Madsen

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Title: Until You’re Mine

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemp. Romance/ Sports Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: January 22nd, 2018

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You might’ve heard of me, Shane Knox, the guy who rose quickly through the MMA fighter ranks, only to crash just as fast. No one cares about personal reasons when it comes to losing fights and money. I’m determined to get back to where I was. For you to hear my name again. I’ve finally convinced the owner of Team Domination to take a chance and get me back in fighting—and winning—shape. What I didn’t bargain for is the guy’s spitfire of a daughter. Factor in her two professional-fighter brothers who are acting as my coaches and the fact that my career hangs in the balance, and Brooklyn’s the last girl I should be fantasizing about.

The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.

 

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I have a confession: I’m not really into MMA books. There, I said it. When I found out that Cindi Madsen’s new series would feature MMA fighters, I wasn’t sure how to feel. But when I had the chance to read this book, I couldn’t turn it down. I mean, it was a new Cindi Madsen book after all. I’m SOO glad I decided to give this book a chance. I LOVED it. It’s filled with flirty banter, witty dialogue, a swoony hero and very touching. I even found myself getting into all the MMA parts as well.

Brooklyn isn’t thrilled to be going back home to help out her family with their MMA training gym. Despite all the good memories there, there are a lot of bad ones too, especially between her and her father. It doesn’t help that she meets their newest fighter, Shane. Shane is a bad boy with a troubled past. He is the type of guy that Brooklyn wants to stay away from.

However, Shane isn’t exactly what he seems. There is a heart of gold inside of him, and Brooklyn starts to form an unlikely friendship with him. There is some major sexual attraction between them too, though despite Shane’s best efforts, Brooklyn keeps it in check. Which is kinda torturous. For her and for me. Especially during one sweaty, practice fight scene between the two. Wowza.

I loved their whole relationship. Even though they both have insta-attraction, there is a slow burn that will drive you crazy, in the best way possible.

You also get to know Brooklyn’s brothers, and they are pretty intriguing! I’m excited to read their stories.

There are some pretty bittersweet sub plots, but I don’t want to get into them too much, as I feel you will enjoy the book experiencing them first hand.

Make sure to add this book to your TBR pile, you won’t be sorry!!

 

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Excerpt of Man Card and Q&A with Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

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Ekk! I had the pleasure to ask Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby some questions to celebrate the release of their newest novel, Man Card. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did! Also, make sure to scroll down to read an excerpt of Man Card!

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about writing with Sarina/Tanya? 

Tanya: I love that Sarina is so blasted smart that she forces me to think deeper. It makes for better characters and a more interesting story line. I kind of feel like my writing style is like a balloon drifting. She grabs hold of me and keeps me from floating away. She’s also got a great sense of humor and puts up with me, so that’s nice. 

Sarina: Tanya’s job is to run off with the balloon, and take me outside of my own head. She has such a wild sense of humor and it’s so refreshing! My job is to tame it and shape it into a romance plot line.

Q: How did you split up the writing process?

Sarina: We trade back and forth every 2,000 words or so. That way we both get to write both characters.

Q: Braht is quite a character. I don’t think I’ve experienced another hero quite like him. If you had to cast someone to bring him to life in a movie, who would you pick?

Tanya: I just watched Call Me By Your Name and Armie Hammer would make a terrific Braht! 

Q: I laughed out loud a handful of times while reading this book. Did any of the hilarious moments (crunchy kielbasa for example) come from real life experiences or just a great imagination? 

Tanya: That kielbasa scene is real! Only, you know, enhanced for reader enjoyment. The kielbasa my mother-in-law served us was really tasty. And there’s a salon scene where the pedicurist is quite terrifying. That was inspired by real life events. I’m lucky I survived it with all ten toes.

Q: If you had to pick between Tom or Braht to play your fake boyfriend, which one would you pick?

Tanya: I’d pick Tom. I’m really uncoordinated and I feel like he would be good to hold onto while walking across ice. It’s icy in Michigan.

Sarina: Okay, twist my arm. I’ll take Braht. We can get pedicures together.

Q: If you had to give each other a nickname, via Braht style, what would it be?

Tanya: I’m terrible at nicknames. Everyone in my family has a nickname and I’ve always just been Tanya. Huh. How about Pooh Bear for Sarina? Or Sassy Pants? Maybe just Miss Sarina. 

Sarina: I’m not sure we all need Braht-style nicknames. But I will say that Tanya posts the best cocktail photos on Instagram. So I’m dubbing her Ms. Margarita.

Q: In Man Card we learn that Ash’s family has a cabin that is very near and dear to her heart. If you could pick any location for a vacation home for you and your family/friends, where would it be?

Tanya: A cottage on the lake is my absolute dream. There are a lot of people in Michigan who are lucky enough to have one. I’m still not that lucky, but a girl can dream. 

Sarina: We’re skiers so I want a ridiculously posh home in Aspen. As long as I don’t have to pay for it. This is a fantasy, right?

Q: Can you spill any news on if Sadie will get a book!? (fingers crossed)

We sure hope so! We’re working on something soon!

 

 

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Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.

 

 

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Name your other favorite movies,” I challenge Braht.

All of them?” He chugs his margarita.

Hmm. Top ten? Top five?”

That’s totally easy,” he says. Somehow I’ve gotten closer to him on the floor. When he sits back, I actually snuggle in beside him. He’s wearing a ridiculously soft shirt that feels good against my skin. And I watch with fascination as he ticks off the names of films on his fingers. When Harry Met Sally. The Devil Wears Prada. Roman Holiday. Clueless. And Working Girl.”

I burst out laughing. I can’t help it. Those are all chick flicks. You should just hand over your man card right now.”

Not a chance.” Braht’s expression grows intense. In the first place, I gave you a very thorough demonstration of my man card last week. I don’t remember hearing any complaints.”

I swallow hard, because this is certainly true.

And secondly, you’re looking at this all backward.”

I…am?” And why can’t I look away? He has the most beautiful, intelligent eyes.

Yeah, you are,” he whispers. It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse. He’s not afraid to be seen with that Tory Burch you like to carry—nice color, by the way. He’ll free up your hands because he likes your hands, and he remembers all the terrific things you can use them for.”

Oh,” I say slowly. Now my fingers itch to reach out for him. I have to make fists with both hands so I won’t do it.

Furthermore, he’s not afraid to quote Working Girl. Because Joan Cusack is a genius. And who wouldn’t want to say Melanie Griffith’s best line out loud?”

I can’t help saying it with him, and together we sound like the world’s horniest Greek chorus: I have a head for business and a body for sin.”

Sin sounds pretty good right now, actually. But Braht’s not done with his speech. Any man who tells you that chick flicks are for pussies can’t be any good in bed. Because that man does not speak the language of women. He doesn’t know that a little luxury can erase a shitty day of worrying about your ex…”

Braht takes my hand in his and begins to massage it. He has a great technique, applying gentle pressure between each joint. I relax just a little bit more against him.

“…That man doesn’t speak the language because he’s afraid of sounding like a girl. But fuck that noise, honey bear. If a man doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe a satin teddy with peekaboo lace and mother-of-pearl snaps at the crotch, he can’t buy it for you and then strategically ask you to wear it. He can’t plan ahead to blow your mind sometime by lifting your skirt somewhere semi-public and dangerous. And he can’t get down on his knees and kiss that lace and then pop open those snaps while you bite your own hand to keep from screaming when you climax.” Braht takes a deep breath and lets it out in one hot gust. Fuck. What was the point of this speech?”

“Um…” My voice is hoarse, and my face is suddenly very hot. Let’s not even mention my nipples. Man cards, I think.” But I’m not sure, because everything tingles.

Right,” he says with a sigh. Still got mine. Shall we watch Working Girl next?”

Okay,” I breathe, sinking a little further into his comforting embrace.

 

 

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Release Blitz: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

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Title: Sex, Not Love

Author: Vi Keeland

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15th, 2018 (LIVE EARLY!)

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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter.  Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us.  His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off.  But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time.  So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner.  The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city.  He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.

It’s just sex, not love.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

 

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Sneak Peek: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

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Title: Sex, Not Love

Author: Vi Keeland

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15th, 2018

 

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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter.  Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us.  His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off.  But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time.  So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner.  The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city.  He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.

It’s just sex, not love.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

 

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Cover Reveal: THE BEAU & THE BELLE by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Beau & The Belle

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: February 1st, 2018

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Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

 

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Cover Reveal: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

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Title: The Coaching Hours

Author: Sara Ney

Series: How to Date a Douchebag #4

Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult

Release Date: February 5th, 2018

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THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.
Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.
Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.
And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

 

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ARC Review: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

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Title: Pretty Dead Girls

Author: Monica Murphy

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Rating: 3.75 Stars

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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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Okay, wow. When I first started reading this book, I had no idea the rollercoaster of a ride Monica Murphy was about to take me on. I’m pretty certain I felt every emotion possible while reading this book. Pretty Dead Girls is fresh, thrilling, witty, suspenseful and even filled with swoony moments. You’re never quite sure what is going to be on the next page, but you can’t wait to find out.

Disclaimer: There are a lot of twist and turns in this book, and also a lot of things that play into the plot. Therefore, to give you the best experience when you read it, I’m not going to go into too much detail.

The heroine in this book is Penelope. She has a pretty normal life, spending most of her time cheerleading and being involved in the Larks, a small, semi exclusive club at her school. Then, her life completely changes when one by one, members of the club start to be killed off. Dealing with the mourning of her friends, the fear of being a target, and the stress from police, Pen finds an unlikely friendship forming with a boy in her school named Cass.

Cass is the bad boy/loner type, who has a history of getting in trouble. He also seems to be linked to all the girls that are being killed. And while Pen is kind of hesitate of him at first, the two do become close, and there is major attraction/chemistry between the two of them. But there are things they don’t know about each other, that could change everything.

I have to say, Monica Murphy’s writing is AMAZING in this book. The story had me completed addicted, I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I was up late reading it and at times it had me a little scared, complete with my heart racing.

The story is written from Pen’s POV, while also being from the POV of the killer every so often. It was interesting getting an inside look at their thoughts.

My only real complaint with this story is the romance aspect of it, which is why it’s not quite a 4 star. At times Penelope and Cass were too adorable for words, then at times I didn’t like the two of them together. I get they are teens and have all the angst, but it was a tad frustrating. They are a true tale of opposites attracting which I love, and they have plenty of banter between them as well.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, witty spin on “whodunit”, make sure you get this baby! I am planning a re-read of this one!

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