Release Blitz: THE BACHELOR CONTRACT by Rachel Van Dyken

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Title: The Bachelor Contract

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: November 28th, 2017

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #3 (Can be read a standalone)

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She’s everywhere.

Ex-wife.

Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see…ever.

And now that he’s working beside her every day, he can’t escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he’d only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn’t going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

 

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It was Brant.

Always Brant.

Maybe that was because they’d never had any real closure. Just fighting, yelling, and then silence.

God, she’d hated the silence so much more than the yelling.

The silence crackled with tension—it was always filled with more meaning than when words were actually spoken.

It wasn’t the yelling that had killed their relationship.

It was the silence that had followed. When he had every opportunity to fix it—and didn’t.

Why was it so hard to move on? Probably because she hadn’t tried.

Instead, she’d worked. Tried to stay positive. And hoped.

Damn hope. Stupid hope.

“He’s not coming back for me,” she whispered, knowing that if she finally admitted he wasn’t coming, she would have to take her part of the blame in why. Because it wasn’t just on him to come running back. A small part of her knew that it was her job to meet him halfway. Instead, she’d ignored the need in his eyes, the desperate plea in his voice, and allowed grief to swallow her whole. Because at the time she’d needed someone to blame, and it was easier blaming him than herself.

 

 

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When I first read the blurb and discovered this would be a second chance romance book, I expected it to be packed with punches of emotion. I didn’t expect it to be so real, raw, and heart breaking. It truly brings out every emotion, and is such a lovely tale that shows that true love never fades away.

Brant has been on the road of self destruction, in the form of endless booze and women, sine his divorce. He is broken, filled with guilt and anger over what happened between him and his ex wife, Nikki. He made me both want to slap and hug him.

Nikki is also dealing with a lot of pain. She really breaks your heart at times. Since the divorce, Nikki has been filling her days with work- working as a masseuse at a resort. She finds her own little “family” there, and their love and friendship helps numb the pain a little.

Suddenly Brant finds himself working with Nikki. The two are obviously still attracted to each other, and still love each other, underneath the pain. They have a chemistry that can’t be denied.

The book also shows glimpse of the past, showing Brant and Nikki so deeply in love and happy, and gradually losing that along the way due to circumstances. (I don’t want to spoil it by saying too much).

During the emotional roller coaster that Brant and Nikki take you on, there are also moments of joy, humor, flirty banter and oh so sexy scenes. This is one of those books that is equally heart warming and heart breaking.

As I mentioned, it is number 3 in the series, and while you absoultly do not have to read the previous two (The Bachelor Auction and The Playboy Bachelor), I would recommend it! Those books feature Brant’s brothers, and you do meet Brant in them.

If you love angsty, emotional and steamy books, with a happy ending, you have to check out The Bachelor Contract!

 

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ARC Review: The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan

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Title: The Bed Mate

Author: Kendall Ryan

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

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I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

 

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Sam and Maggie met in college, and have been best friends ever since. They know each other like the back of their hands, and have been there for each other through all of life’s ups and downs.

So when Maggie breaks up with her boyfriend, Sam doesn’t think twice about inviting her along on his boys trip. What can go wrong?

Well, suddenly Sam is seeing Maggie in a new light. Everything about her seems different, yet she is the same old Maggie. Only now Maggie is making his heart pound and his palms sweat. Not to mention the fact he can’t stop thinking about kissing her.

But… it’s not possible she feels the same way, right?

The Bed Mate was sweet, funny and sexy. It was enjoyable, even though it was completely predictable. I thought the friendship between Maggie and Sam felt real, so authentic. Their playful banter and borderline flirty was fun, and made me smile.

I appreciated the different emotions and confusion that comes with crossing that lines from “just friends” to “more than friends”. And as always with Kendall Ryan, the writing was amazing.

I did have a few problems. Sam, while super swoony and witty, seemed too perfect at times. Too good to be true. And Maggie somehow seemed so oblivious to what an amazing guy he was.

But all in all it’s a fun, fast (novella), sweet read that will make you smile and laugh. A great read in time for the holidays!

 

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ARC Review: Saving It by Monica Murphy

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Title: Saving It

Author: Monica Murphy

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 3.75 Stars

Release Date: November 6th, 2017

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Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!

 

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Okay, I’m a huge sucker for best-friends to lovers tropes, so I was super excited when I read about this plot. Especially with Monica Murphy being the author. Saving It was sweet, funny, charming and low on the angst.  The type of book that makes you smile and gives an insta case of nostalgia.

One of my favorite things about this book was that it was sex positive, which isn’t always the case with books aimed for the YA crowd. I think the way Murphy handled the topic was perfection!

Both Josh and Eden were well-written. The friendship between the two felt authentic and when things start to blossom between the two it was extremely natural. I enjoyed how she portrayed the confusion, nerves and emotions that start to take over them as they discover their feelings for each other. I just wish there was a little more umph to it.

I particularly enjoyed Josh’s POV, as he had a really strong voice and personality to his character. I really feel that Murphy is a genius when it comes to writing from the male point of view.

I also like Eden’s character- she was both beautiful and intelligent, and had more on her mind other than boys- but I felt like something was lacking with her character. I just didn’t connect to her on the same level I did with Josh.

Being a YA book, there were some parts that were a little corny or OTT, but nothing too terribly that it too away from the book. I personally felt the characters were on the more mature side- they really felt like authentic teenagers. Not only in the way they spoke, but the inner dialogue as well.

It was close to a 4 star read, except for at times it felt a little slow and didn’t hold my complete attention. That might not be the case with a younger reader though. 😉 It was pretty predictable, but I didn’t mind as well, as their journey was original.

All in all this was an adorable story of two best-friends who discover they might be a whole lot more than that.

 

6 every time

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ARC Review & Release Day Blitz: THE FORTUNATE ONES by R.S. Grey

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Title: THE FORTUNATE ONES

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4.5 Stars

All The Feels: 5+ Stars

Release Date: November 1st, 2017

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At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

 

excerpt

“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

I step back, and he follows.

He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

I cross my arms and glance away.

“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.

 

review

R.S. Grey is one of those authors that deliver every single time. No matter how much I build it up in my head- which I always do- she somehow manages to make it better than anything I was expecting. THE FORTUNATE ONES was no different. Sexy, witty, romantic, angsty and full of charm, this may be my favorite one yet! One heck of an emotional roller-coaster!

Brooke Davenport spends her days working as a cabana girl at the luxurious country club. It’s not her dream job, but at least it’s income while she tries to find a job as an au pair.  There she meets James Ashwood- sexy, charming, confident, and pretty irresistible. There is this instant attraction and connection between the two of them, even though they are opposites in a lot of ways. The more time they spend together, the fire between them gets stronger and stronger and it starts to feel like the real thing.

Only thing is, James is 11 years older than her. He is successful, experienced and is ready to settle down. Brooke likes the idea of HEA, but she isn’t there yet. There is so much she wants to do, so many places she wants to travel. And while she wants James, there are other things she wants in life too. This is the perfect example of “is love enough?’.

First of all, I loved Brooke. She was strong willed and independent. A hard worker and a dreamer. She wasn’t about finding her true love, she was about making her dreams come true.

James was cocky, intelligent and unexpectedly romantic and sensitive. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Brooke.

Their romance is addictive. It’s a bit of a slow burn, filled with sexual tension, heart felt moments, swoony gestures and steamy encounters. It’s heart breaking and raw at times. It felt so damn realistic.

I loved how R.S. Grey approached this conflict of them being at different points in their lives. It couldn’t been so predictable, but she allowed Brooke to live her dreams and grow as a person. Don’t get me wrong, my heart was aching at their time away from each other, but wow, I loved how it changed Brooke. It made their HEA even more amazing.

You have to read this book!! You will not be sorry! Just be ready for a heck of a ride!

 

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ARC Review: NAILED IT by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Nailed It

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3.75 Stars

Release Date: October 23rd, 2017

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I’m Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love.
And now I’m in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself.
Thanks, HGTV.


I’m not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house’s second-story window.
Jackson Gamble and I can’t be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match.


Except for that one time…
But enough about that. Jackson’s looking for forever, and I don’t believe in love, remember?


Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact.
Because it’s much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.

Full of humor and dripping with delicious tension, Nailed It proves that every heart can be ready for a little rehabilitation, if only you’re willing to open it up.

 

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Jackson took a step toward me, closing the space I’d put between us. He swept the hair off my face and trailed his finger down and across my jaw. “I thought we took care of that thinking problem the other night.”

“Jackson.” Man, he was making it so hard to hold onto anything resembling resolve.

He leaned closer, his lips a mere breath away. “Ivy.”

My heart thumped harder and harder in my chest. Am I really going to do this? Say something that might stop our sexytimes fun in its tracks before I get my fill?

Yes, damn it, it looks like I am. I really should’ve come up with a more solid plan so I’d know exactly what to say.

“While the other night was fun, I know that you’re looking for something”—my throat tightened, and I had to force the words out—“more long term.”

“You’ve obviously been talking to my meddling family—my money is on Savannah.”

I shrugged. “It doesn’t make it less true, does it?”

“I told you the other night that I knew we were only having fun, and I meant it.”

“But you’re dating someone.” Guilt flooded me as I said it. I’d been so focused on how upset Savannah would be that I’d managed to forget that I had even more to feel guilty for.

“I’ve been on a few dates recently, yes, but I’m not in a committed relationship, or I never would’ve carried you to bed. You really think I’d do that?”

Now that I thought about it, no, but I still wondered if Caroline thought they were more serious. His family certainly hoped it would go in that direction. “I don’t want to get in the way.”

Jackson’s intense gaze bored into me, making my heart skip a few beats altogether. “You’ve been in the way since the moment I walked through the door of this house—hell, maybe even since the engagement party. I tried wanting what’s good for me, but wanting you is stronger.”

Every ounce of air whooshed out of my lungs at once. “Then maybe we need to rethink our business arrangement. I can hire someone else to help me fin—”

“No.”

There was the familiar irritation, leaking in and spiking my blood pressure. I tossed the roller down in the vicinity of the tray. “Okay, let’s at least talk about it, because if—”

“No. We made a deal, and I plan on seeing it through. I’m also a grown man, and I’m perfectly capable of making my own decisions. I understand that this thing between us is temporary, and I don’t care.” He hauled me to him, his arm coming around my waist to secure me against him. “I’m not quite done having my way with you yet.”

He crashed his mouth down on mine, and all my pent-up energy surged forward at once, common sense taking the backseat as lust took the wheel. I parted my lips, diving headlong into the kiss. I ran my hands up his firm arms, not realizing my left hand was still wet with paint from catching myself until I’d dragged it most the way up.

Jackson glanced at the smear of blue covering his biceps and the sleeve of his T-shirt, arched an eyebrow, and then backed me up against the wet wall, his hips bumping into mine.

I moaned as he ground against me. He felt so good I didn’t even care about the paint or the fact that I’d need to redo the wall. I just wanted more of him on more of me.

 

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Oh Jackson Gamble, you have stolen my heart!

This is the story of Ivy and Jackson, two people who can’t stand to be around each other, yet find themselves flipping a house together. Which means working together. Relying on each other. Spending a lot of time together. But that doesn’t mean anything will happen between them.

Again.

Yep, Ivy and Jackson have a bit of a complicated past. They had a week long fling followed by a break up (is it a break up if it’s just a fling?) initiated by Ivy. However, the two can’t completely cut each other out of the picture, since Jackson’s sister is Ivy’s best friend. Maybe that is why that rule about staying away from your friend’s brother is around.

But Ivy needs help, and Jackson is really good with his hands. Doing repairs, of course. 😉 So what if he’s gorgeous, a great kisser, and charming. She won’t fall for him. No way, no how.

Let me start with Jackson, since he is the best thing about this book. He was one of those perfect male characters, with just enough flaws to make him perfect. If that makes sense? He was flirty, caring and soo swoony. He had a big heart, and wore his heart on his sleeve at times, which was refreshing.

Ivy was a little hard to connect with at times. I know she had her issues with relationships and love, but the fact that it took her so long to let Jackson in was a little annoying. I kept wanting to scream at her “Just kiss him!” “Just be with him!”

The two of them were awfully cute together there. The balanced each other out, and truly worked well together. They had a lot of witty lines and fun banter going on, and a few delicious moments of sexual tension.

The book was well-written. It was romantic, fun and heart warming. And while it was pretty predictable, I still enjoyed it.

If you like hate to love, and second chance (ish) romances, this is for you!

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She 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.

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Release Blitz & ARC Review: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Most of All You

Author: Mia Sheridan

Genre: Romance

Release Date: October 17th 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

All the Feels: 5+

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A broken woman . . .
Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .
Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .
Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

 

excerpt

I swallowed heavily, my mouth going dry as I took in the masculine beauty of his practically naked body. He was…divine. That was the word that immediately came to mind. Divine.

Angelic. Godly.

My gaze soaked in his strong, broad shoulders, the tight, lean muscles of his chest, the taut ripples of his stomach. As if my eyes were drawn to him like a magnet, they moved down his chest to his muscled thighs, his well-formed calves and then back up to his boxers, where the outline of his male anatomy was just barely visible against the thin material.
My core clenched, wetness pooling between my thighs. I blinked, completely unaccustomed to this kind of reaction when it came to a man’s body. I wanted to simultaneously run away and step toward him, to reach out and trail a finger down his chest the way I’d just run a finger over the tiny stone bird.
“My father made that.”
“W-what?” God, my voice sounded too breathy, too stunned.
“The sparrow.”
He crossed his arms over his chest, obviously self-conscious about his state of undress. He gave a quick nod downward. “Sorry, I didn’t know you’d be up.”
Again, my eyes moved to his bare chest. There was a sparse trail of hair under his belly button leading into the waistband of his boxers. My eyes leapt back up to his, and I practically gulped, sure he had heard it when his eyebrows twitched slightly.
I turned my head, my heart beating so loudly in my own ears I was sure he could hear that, too, even from where he stood.

“It’s only fair, I suppose,” I murmured.
“What’s that?”
“Now we’ve both seen each other half-naked.”
Gabriel tilted his head, assessing me in some mysterious way. He suddenly turned and walked back toward his room. I stood rooted to the spot, confused, when he returned just as quickly as he’d left, pulling a T-shirt over his head. He walked toward me, coming to stand directly in front of where I stood. His expression was slightly shy, slightly teasing.

“I hope…that if we see each other naked again, it won’t be a job, or an accident. It will be because we both want it, and because it means something.”
What?

Visions swirled through my mind, unbidden: tangled limbs and twisted sheets. Heat filled my veins, blood pumping between my legs. It was too much. It was…out of my control and it scared me. I didn’t want to think of Gabriel that way, couldn’t think of Gabriel that way. In truth, had never thought of any man that way.

“Mean something?” My voice was a mere whisper.
He nodded, his expression going serious, his eyes filled with sudden gravity. His hand slowly moved up to my hair, and he brushed a piece back from my face. His hand lingered, his knuckle brushing gently down my cheekbone. My breath hitched at the subtle touch. His full lips parted slightly, those angel eyes moving over my features as if he was memorizing me, memorizing the moment. I was spellbound, caught once again in his gaze. No one had ever looked at me the way Gabriel was right then, not in all my life.
“Yes.”

It was all he said, leaving me to try to comprehend his meaning. But of course getting naked always meant something. A bribe, a paycheck, a coercion, a means to an end…only I knew very well Gabriel didn’t mean any of those things, and it was impossible to convince myself he could. I already knew better. And I didn’t want to think about what getting naked would mean to Gabriel because the very idea filled me with terror and an aching, needy want.
But mostly terror.

 

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Okay, this is really hard because I want to say SO much about this book, yet at the same time, I feel this is a book you should experience first hand. So, I’m going to be a bit vague, but trust me, it’s for your benefit! This book was hauntingly beautiful, and an emotional roller coaster that took me through nearly every feeling one can feel.

Gabriel had a rough childhood, (Huge understatement!) yet he doesn’t let his past define him. He’s strong, swoony, and has this vulnerable soft side to him that is just completely endearing. Of course, he does have invisible scars and moments that haunt him.

Crystal also has a complicated past. And well, her life is still kinda complicated. Her story makes you realize things are not always black and white, and sometimes you’d never know what you would do, until you’re in that situation.

The two of them have this brilliant connection. It’s pure, it’s realistic, it’s raw at times, and it’s incredibly sexy. It’s not always easy between the two of them, nor is it simple. Their relationship is like the 4th of July; hot, intense, and full of fireworks. It’s a struggle, and even though they aren’t real, you just feel SO darn happy for them when everything starts to work out. That’s a huge compliment for Mia Sheridan’s writing.

I also have to say that as amazing as their relationship is, I also sincerely enjoyed witenessing the transformation of Gabriel and Crystal. To look back at the end, and see how far they come, it’s enough to almost make you tear up. And okay, maybe I did. 😛

All in all, this was an amazing read, one you HAVE to add to your TBR list. It’s truly a beautifully written book that will stay with you long after you finish.

 

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*I had the chance to ask Mia Sheridan who her top five book boyfriends were, and here is what she said:

  1. Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind
  2. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
  3. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
  5. Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo

 

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ARC Review: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

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Title: The Learning Hours

Author: Sara Ney

Series: How to Date a Douchebag #3 (Can be Standalone)

Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5+++

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Release Date: September 26th, 2017

 

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He’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up–they just don’t get it. Douchebags or not, there’s one thing they’ll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME.

Especially her.

 

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*Per the author’s request, this review will contain NO spoilers. That includes the Hero and Heroine’s names, so please keep in mind this review will be on the vague side for now.*

I have been reading and reviewing Sara Ney‘s books for over two years now, and I can say- hands down and without a doubt- that this is her best book yet. You know that scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas when the Grinch’s heart grows five times its size and nearly bursts out of his chest? Well, that was my heart while I was reading The Learning Hours.

This book was witty, charming, and hilarious. It was awkward, embarrassing and realistic. It was frustrating. It was steamy and romantic in a way that stole my breath away at times. It was heart-breaking AND heart-warming. It’s the kind of book that surprises you- it’s nothing like you are expecting- and makes you realize just how much you needed a book like this.

Ney’s writing was flawless, in an effortless way. Just pure, raw, natural, magical talent. Very few books have taken me on an emotional roller-coaster like this one, and when I tell you it will make you have all the feels, I mean that 100%! It captured my mind and heart from the very beginning. I read it in one sitting, despite my best efforts to make it last.

The characters were incredible. They weren’t perfect, both had flaws, but damn, did Ney hit it out of the park with them. You’ll cheer them on, want to give them hugs, and at times want to yell at them. It’s impossible not to have your heart stolen by them and their journey. Not to mention the chemistry they had and the sexual tension that was so heavy it fogged up my glasses. Well, it would’ve if I wore glasses. 😛

The Learning Hours isn’t the type of book you read once. It’s one you read over and over, again and again. You’ll read it when you’re happy, when you’re sad and when you want to fall in love.

 

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ARC Review: TEMPORARY by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

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Title: TEMPORARY

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: September 11th, 2017

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blurb

The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the one who can ruin everything…

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…

 

review

Okay guys, I just adored this book! Fun, witty, romantic, and tugged on my heart strings. As a long time fan of Sarina Bowen, it was everything I had expected it to be. Charming hero, strong heroine, and a love story you can’t help but smile about. This was my first time reading Sarah Mayberry’s work, and I can honestly say she has a new fan now.

Grace Kerrington is one of those heroines you would have for your WCW. She’s strong, feisty, intelligent, beautiful, and has a big heart. She has not has the easiest life, and is struggling to take care of her her little sister Olivia. Her sister and a steady pay check are the only things that matter to her.

Callan Walker is carefree, cocky, gorgeous, and extremely rich. At least that is how he appears to be. We learn that Callan is also thoughtful, romantic and cares about people. He is a bit guarded. He also can make a kickass coffeee. And can we talk about his accent?! (Yes I’m aware you can’t actually hear it, but it’s so well written you will swear you can.)

Grace and Callan have little in common other than family troubles and a mutual attraction. But when they start to work together the sparks between them are undeniable. Being with Callan would mean Grace has to risk a lot, and Callan might not be around long enough to be worth it.

I loved their relationship. What starts off as an unlikely friendship turns into something so swoon worthy. If you like books where there is a good connection, mega chemistry and sizzling attraction then you know what you need to be reading.

The writing was incredible. If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t think there were two author’s behind this story. It’s flows flawlessly, and their character’s voices stay strong and steady throughout. They both have a gift to bring the characters to life, and create an amazing world for you to visit.

There were also several side characters that I would love to hear more about, and I’m pretty sure I may get that wish.

While some parts may seem predictable, the entire book felt fresh and new to me. I will definitely be re-reading this at some point. If you haven’t read this yet, check out my Q&A with Sarina and Sarah!

 

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Blog Tour HATE TO LOVE YOU by Tijan

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Title: Hate To Love You

Author: Tijan

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

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blurb

Rule #1: No hot guys.

It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.

No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.

I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.

Right?

Wrong.

And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

 

excerpt

I was almost grinning from delight as I shoved open the back door. If I hit him, hey, all was fair in the war we were fighting of who could piss each other off the best.

It didn’t.

He was leaning against the wall, the back of his head resting on the brick, and he looked over to smirk at me. “I want to see your room.”

I thrust my hand out. “I’ll take those notes.”

That smirk just widened. He patted his bag and pushed off from the wall. “They’re in my email. I need to get on a computer.” He patted my arm and moved past me, heading inside. “I can use yours.”

“Hey!” I followed him in.

He was looking up the stairs. “Sabrina said you were on the fourth floor. You saw my place. I want to see yours. It’s only fair.”

He wasn’t waiting for my go-ahead. He was already up and rounding second floor to third. He’d be at my floor before I could get there. “Stop! I am not okay with this.”

He was at the third-floor door. He glanced down with that same goddamn smirk. “Better tell me which room or I’m going to hang out in the hallway.”

“Why are you always smirking? Is it permanently attached to your face?”

“What room, Clarke?” He was at my hallway door.

Fucking hell. I gritted my teeth. “Wait. Just wait. My door automatically locks.”

He’d opened the door but let it shut. Waiting as I covered the last set of stairs, I refused to let him see me panting. I stood there, purposely holding my breath until he narrowed his eyes and cocked his head to the side. “Breathe, Clarke. You’re going to pass out.”

I almost burped out the small pocket of air I’d been holding. “I hate you so much.”

“Yeah, yeah.” He waved that off. “We get it. Eternal damnation in hell, the whole shebang. Whatever.” He nodded to the door. “Stop stalling. I want to see your room.”

I was picturing pitchforks and fire. Maybe that was the burning smell he mentioned. It was hell, and all the fire in there. I yanked the door, glaring as I did. “Was this Sabrina’s idea?”

“Nope. All mine.” He was right behind me. I could feel his breathing. “She refused to tell me your room number, said I had to call.”

My eyes widened at the thought of him coming up by himself, strolling down the hallway, and then knocking on my door. Good Lordy gracious. Too many would’ve seen him at my door. I would’ve been the talk of the dorm.

I shuddered, unlocked, and entered my room.

 

review

Warning- You may want to set aside a chunk of time before you start reading this book. To say it is extremely addictive would be an understatement. 😉 Tijan is the queen of dramatic, angsty, sexy college books and Hate To Love You is no different. The true definition of a page turner, it will hook you in from the first sentence until long after it’s finished.

Kennedy is one of those heroines that you automatically connect with, no matter how much you have in common with her. She’s independent, head strong, feisty and has a big heart, even if it is a little guarded. There has been a lot of things thrown in her direction, so she isn’t your typical carefree college student.

I knew Shay was going to make me swoon, but I didn’t realize HOW much. I just adored him. He’s a tad cocky, a big jock, but also is thoughtful, romantic and fights for the people he cares for. He is a good friend, especially to Kennedy. The two of them together are just pure magic. It’s not always smooth sailing, there are ups and downs, but they are just so perfect for each other. Their chemistry was sizzling hot!

Tijan has a knack for writing College novels. She portrays them so flawlessly, so effortlessly, it’s insane. All the characters have strong voices, and you can’t help but embrace them, their flaws and all. From the witty dialogue, fun flirting, omg embarrassing moments and great inner thought- few do what Tijan does.

There are a few twists and turns and moments that caught me off guard in this book, so it’s definitely not a fluff read. There are some real raw moments in here. I don’t want to get too much into that and spoil anything though.

You need to one-click this baby or at least add it to your TBR list. You won’t be sorry!!!

 

 

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ARC Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

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Title: Fallen Heir

Author: Erin Watt

Series: The Royals Book Four

Genre: Mature YA

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

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These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

 

review

I’ve been wanting another Royal book from the second Twisted Palace ended, so I have to admit I let out a scream when I saw an ARC pop up on my kindle. My heart was racing and my palms sweating, and yes, this was before I even started the book. That might seem like an extreme overreaction, but if you are familiar with The Royals series, you totally get it. 😉

Before I start the review, I just wanted to specify that this review is SPOILER FREE! In fact, at times I may be a bit vague because Fallen Heir is one of those books that you’ll want to experience yourself.

Oh Easton. You get an idea of his character in the first three books (Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace) but in FH you really get a look at how flawed, vulnerable, complex and broken he is. There were times I wanted to hug him and times I wanted to shake some sense into him. Easton has so many layers to him, I honestly believe he is one of the best written characters out there. His thoughts, actions, pain and hopes feel so damn real.

You don’t get to know Hartley as well as Easton, but it appears she has quite a few layers to her character as well. She’s strong and independent, yet guarded and unsure at times. There is a lot that plays into the reason she is how she is, but I don’t want to get too much into that. I do have to admit at times she was a little frustrating to me, but that is just part of who she is. No one is perfect.

They are good for each other, even if Hartley doesn’t want to admit it. They had that connection that you don’t find everyday. Their journey is filled with ups and downs, sweet and raw moments, and a genuine friendship.

Of course, being a book in The Royals series, there is plenty of drama and OMG moments. It wasn’t quite as dramalicious as the first three installments, but I have a feeling the next book will make up for that!

Like all other Erin Watt books, Fallen Heir is filled with witty dialogue, fun banter, swoon worthy moments and twists and turns that steal the breath from your lungs. Erin Watt is truly the master of writing addictive stories with characters that steal your heart. And knock five years off your life. 😉

You do not want to miss this book. It’s everything you didn’t know you needed. I’m counting the days until January!

 

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