Release Blitz: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Counterfeit Boyfriend

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: June 25th, 2018

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My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.

 

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ARC Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

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Title: The Accidentals

Author: Sarina Bowen

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 4.75 Stars!!

Release Date: July 10th, 2018

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Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

 

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Sarina Bowen’s debut YA novel is the ultimate coming of age story about loss, forgiveness and falling in love. The Accidentals is angsty, raw, witty and swoony. It broke my heart a few times before completely stealing it from me. It begs the question: can a burned bridge ever be repaired? The Accidentals is perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jenn Bennett, Katie McGarry and Sarah Dessen.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself that you don’t read YA, so you can’t picture yourself enjoying this one. Well, you’d be wrong, and I’ll give you NUMBER reasons why you would. 🙂

1.The plot. This isn’t a fluffy tale of a lovesick teen. In fact, while there is romance, it isn’t the main focal point of the story. Instead, we find Rachel Kress, who is struggling after the death of her mother, who raised her as a single parent. As if losing a parent isn’t hard enough, Rachel has no one else to turn to. Or so she thinks, until she in introduced to Frederick Richards, aka “Freddy Ricks”, the famous musician. He is her father, and after 17 years of being absent, he wants to help take care of her. Suddenly Rachel is living a life completely different than the one she is used to, with a man she isn’t fully sure she even wants a relationship with. Cue the overloads of feelings. Sarina used my heart as a punching bag multiple times. We also see Rachel entering her senior year at a new boarding school, dealing with a roommate, new friends, and maybe even a new love.

 

2. Rachel. I loved everything about Rachel and her journey. Rachel is mature, intelligent, talented and quirky. She struggles with the idea that she isn’t enough, and kind of views herself as a burden. The relationship with Frederick isn’t an easy one, there are many ups and downs between the two as they navigate into unfamiliar territory. It felt completely real. It wasn’t wrapped up with a pretty bow but any means, and at times Rachel’s thoughts made me want to cry. At the same time, Rachel is also dealing with friendships, feelings, and hormones. So many pesky hormones. 😉

 

3. The romance. As I mentioned before, the romance isn’t the main part of the plot. That said, there is a ton of moments that are simply adorable. Jake and Rachel first meet via email. While it it suppose to be regarding information and questions about the boarding school, a friendship slowly forms between the school. Then, when Rachel finally meets Jake in person… that friendship feels like so much more.

 

4. The Characters. Sarina is the type of author that just knows how to bring a character to life. There are so many interesting characters in this book, with their own voices, personalities, and problems. It makes for such an incredible read, and brings such life to the book. I know sometimes side characters are not as well thought out or developed as the main ones, but that is one thing you do not have to worry about.

 

5. The writing. The writing in this book is everything you’d expect from a Sarina Bowen novel. From the witty dialogue to the touching moments, it is all so well-written. Every word has a purpose. I was truly addicted from the moment I started. It feels like a bit more mature of a YA book- there are no extreme over the top characters or unnecessary drama. Everything in this book felt genuine. It made me smile, laugh, swoon, and even tear up. This book was simply wonderful. ❤

 

So please, please do yourself a favor and take a chance on this book. You won’t regret it! Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last YA Sarina graces us with. 😉

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ARC Review: The Upside of Falling by Megan Quinn

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Title: The Upside of Falling

Author: Meghan Quinn

Series: Blue Line #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: June 21st, 2018

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Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.

 

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Head turned down, pushing the sleeves of his white Henley up his arms, he swaggers toward me. His jeans hang low on his hips, held up by the same brown belt he wore the other night. His narrow waist directs my eyes to the center of his jeans, and I can’t help wonder what might be behind the crotch of his pants.

And then there is his chest. Barrel like, broad and prominent. His thick biceps showcase his strength, and the fabric of his shirt stretches over his shoulders and forearms. Having spent a lot of time at the gym, I’ve seen every body type, but Colby’s is different. He’s strong, built, but not like a body builder. His body seems to suggest the only kind of weight he’s been lifting is his own body, pushup after pushup. I can’t imagine there being barbells in his workouts, but I can imagine logs, cadets, and heavy machinery. He has working muscles, the kind you earn from hard, dedicated work on the field. In a word? Impressive.

Walking up to Stryder, he grips his friend’s shoulder and says something into his ear. A smirk crosses Stryder’s face before he moves over to our side of the bowling alley and takes Colby’s place.

Is he leaving? Already?

Might as well at this point. It’s not like he’s going to talk to me, not after my pathetic attempt at a bet. I should have known I was going to hang out in the gutter all night. It’s where I usually am when I’m bowling. I blame the ball. The thing has a vendetta against me.

Sighing, I prop my chin in my hand and watch Stryder expertly toss his ball down the lane, getting a strike . . . once again. And just like every other strike, he pumps his arm up in the air and celebrates. We get it, you’re good, no need to—

“Hey.”

That voice . . .

Stunned, eyes wide, not able to move, not wanting to scare him away, I keep my eyes trained forward, soaking in that beautifully deep voice of his for a brief moment before saying, “Hey.”

“Can I sit here?”

Still keeping my eyes trained forward, I say, “Sure.”

My body tingles with awareness of how close he is to me, that fresh laundry scent invading my senses, prickling the little hairs on my arm. My body leans toward his, wanting a little more, searching for anything else he might give me. I don’t know why he’s choosing to engage me in conversation, but I’m sure as hell not moving while he does.

“Sorry about tonight,” he says and he actually sounds sincere.

“Why are you sorry?” I mumble.

Reaching around, he takes my cheek in his hand. The callouses on his palm rubbing against my skin is a welcome sensation. As I’m turned toward him, I steady my breathing. I’m having a hard time slowing my heart rate because of his close proximity, and the unexpected touch shooting a wave of heat through my veins.

“I’m sorry you didn’t get to ask me any questions. I didn’t think you were going to suck that bad.” A playful smile tugs at his lips, and my heart sinks to the floor. Oh God, he’s so gorgeous, especially when he smiles.

Matching his smirk, I say, “I didn’t think I was going to suck that bad either.”

“I feel bad.”

“You should.” That garners a laugh, deep and throaty, the sound cloaking me like a shield, protecting me from the outside world, bringing me into a little bubble where we are the only two that exist.

“Ask me a question.”

Shocked, I swallow hard and say, “Really?”

He nods and holds up his fingers. “You get three.”

“Oh, three? Wow, I feel like you just gave me the key to your soul.”

Rolling his eyes, he adjusts his stance on the barstool and leans back, giving us some space, our knees still knocking into each other. “Easy killer; it’s just three questions.”

“Yeah, three questions I didn’t have before.” Tapping my chin, I try to think of good questions, but now that I have him willing and waiting, nothing comes to mind. I wasn’t prepared for this, he caught me off-guard, and now I feel I can’t be strategic about my probing. “Hmm . . . what do you like to do on the weekends?”

“Jump,” he answers.

Searching his eyes, lips quirked, I say, “Uh, you’re going to have to be more specific than that. What kind of jumping are we talking here? Like jump roping? Because that seems kind of weird to do on the weekends, and if you tell me you’re in some kind of jump-roping club at the academy, I’m not going to believe you.”

His lips curve up as he scratches the side of his jaw. “Jump out of airplanes.”

Oh.

Oh.

That’s . . .

Uh, that’s really hot.

“So you just casually jump out of airplanes?”

“I’m part of the Wings of Blue, the academy’s parachute team. We jump every day, at least two to three times a day after class and before dinner, depending on wind and ceiling limits. On the weekends, some of the guys, including Stryder and me, go to Springs East Airport and do civilian jumps. The more jumps we get in, the higher the chance we’ll be considered for big demonstrations, like parachuting into football games and major sporting events for the Rockies and Broncos.” Ummmm. Did anyone else just hear how many words he gifted me? And seriously? Does the man have no clue how incredibly sexy he is when he talks about something he loves? The expression on his face . . .

“Wow, that’s . . . that’s really hot.” I chuckle. “Sorry, I don’t mean to fangirl over your parachuting, but I guess I wasn’t expecting that answer. You just jump out of planes?”

He slowly nods. “Every day.”

“Anything to get you up in the clouds, huh?”

“Yeah,” he answers shyly, rubbing his jaw. “Okay, next question.”

 

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*Yes, this review is completely spoiler free!*

Meghan Quinn completely surprised me with this one, in the best possible way. The Upside Of Falling was gripping, witty, sexy and emotional. So very emotional. In fact, I may need a cart full of ice cream, and I indeed to send Meghan the bill.

I’m going to attempt to say a lot about this book, because it is wonderful, while saying little about it, because you should experience it yourself. Make sense?

Colby is kind of a jerk. He’s moody, has walls up a mile high, and doesn’t care about much. The only thing he does care about is becoming a fighter pilot for the US Airforce. That is his dream, his passion- pretty much his entire life.

Rory is the opposite. She’s sweet, kind, has a huge heart and her family is the most important thing in her life. She’s the kind of person that lives for helping others, while sometimes forgetting to put herself first from time to time.

In a refreshing change of pace from so many romance books, it’s Rory that chases after Colby, determined to get under his skin. To help him. To show him that the world can be filled with kindness and love.

And slowly, something starts to form between the two of them. It’s romantic, and unexpected and swoony and so perfect. It’s a slow change, and you can’t help but to fall in love right beside them. The connection and chemistry they have feels so natural, it squeezed at my heart. Colby and Rory are just two people you can’t help but root for.

And Colby? Wow, does Meghan Quinn do some amazing character growth with him. Wowza. He will steal your heart.

And yes. As you might be aware, this book does a cliffy. But I know it will be worth it, this delicious torture we are in. Plus the second part, The Downside To Love will by out July 5th- not much time at all!!!

Trust me when I say READ THIS BOOK! It’s going to be a top favorite, I know it. Even if you aren’t typically into military books (like myself), you will want to read this book!

 

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ARC review: Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Title: Only Him

Author: Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Series: One and Only #2- can be a standalone

Release Date: June 4th, 2018

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance.

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.
So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.
Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.
We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.
But he’s got to tell me the truth.

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All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.
Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.
Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.
I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.
But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.
And I can’t stay.

 

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Eeek! Another sexy, emotional, swoony book by Melanie Harlow. This book was a complete emotional roller-coaster, and took me through every emotion. More than once.

Maren is shocked when Dallas shows up at her doorstep. The last time she saw him was 12 years before, when they were still couple, the night he broke her heart. But now there he is. Looking better than ever, giving her that same smile, wanting to make amends for hurting her.

When a dinner turns into much more, and Dallas being in town for “one night” turns into multiple nights, they both know they are in trouble. The feelings they had for each other have never gone away, and they are feeling stronger than ever.

But can Maren trust him not to hurt him again? Especially when it starts to seem like Dallas is hiding one major secret..

This was a really great second chance at love book. Maren and Dallas have obvious chemistry and a connection they can’t seem to shake. Of course it’s not that easy, as Dallas is battling something that brings a really emotional aspect to the plot. (HEA tho, don’t worry!!)

All in all, this was a great read. I really enjoyed both the characters, as well as seeing Emme and Nate from Only You. I can’t wait for Stella’s book!

 

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

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It was just announced Sarina Bowen is writing a YA romance book! Ahh!! The Accidentals is arriving July 10th! Cover reveal coming soon!

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Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3
player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never
met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive
world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named
Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts
distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

 

 

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