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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Running Mate by Katie Ashley Review!!


"I didn't do it just because of the contract. I did it because you ******* consumed me. I only had eyes for you, and I always will." - Katie Ashley, Running Mate



I received a free ARC of Running Mate in exchange for an honest review. I was so happy to provide my feedback because I loved this book! 

I was a little weary to read the book originally because I've been burnt out on politics after our own very long, very dramatic presidential election lately. 




However, there is GOOD NEWS! This book was even better than expected and didn't trigger any of the stressful feelings from the US' most recent election! It didn't go in to all of the political issues or give flashbacks of the ridiculous debates we watched this past year. What it did give us what a bit of a behind the scenes story from a marketing perspective on how to get the vote! It was really neat to follow not just one political candidate through this process, but the whole political family and their different roles/relationships. Obviously, this is a work of fiction but it definitely made me think about very real political families we've watched grace Pennsylvania Avenue in the past. I felt that Katie did a great job with character development for both the main and secondary characters and made me fall in love with the whole Callahan family. 




Barrett "Bear" Callahan was the star of the show in this book for me. At first, he's the guy you hate to love. He's arrogant, he's crass, a womanizer, and definitely rough around the edges. He doesn't believe in love and can't even fathom the possibility of marriage in his future. I would call him a bit of a commitment-phobe, but that's not really true. He just never met anyone worth settling down for, until Addison came into his life.

It by no means was love at first sight between Addison and Barrett, though! From their first introduction and especially their first 48 hours together, the tension was thick. They fought and bickered constantly and both knew from a very early start in their relationship exactly what buttons to push on the other to get a reaction. While others worried that the two would be able to keep up appearances, I knew early on that their constant fighting was more a battle of sexual tension above anything else. Of course, neither Barrett or Addison were ready to admit that until about 70% of the way into the book!



My only complaint for this story was that it took the two main characters over half of the book to realize how they really feel, even on a personal level! I could see it developing from the very beginning and I think it was implied throughout the story that they were feeling things for one another, but I was ready for them to really be together sooner rather than later! I guess my ultimate issue is that I just wanted more of Addison and Barrett! :) I really liked Addison as well but her reaction to Barrett bearing his heart at the end of the book turned me off a little bit. I know that she was hurt by her past (homegirl, we all get the trust issues after a cheater) but I expected her to expect more of Barrett and to know that he didn't go into his feelings for her lightly. When he gave us this line...

"How can you possibly be a missionary's daughter and not believe in the power of redemption?"

I swooned and gave a fist bump to Barrett in my mind!



I was just ready to see Addison get swept away by her happy romance (she so deserves it) and not fight it tooth and nail. However, once she realized what she had and how he really felt, the end of the story was epic! I loved the way Katie Ashley wrapped up the story. Go you Callahan boys!! <3





Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wrecked by JB Salsbury Cover Reveal!!

Who can't wait for JB's newest book, Wrecked, to come out??? These two gals from GA are ready and waiting!! 

For now, we are LOVING this cover but you have to scroll to the bottom to see the perfection! Perfectly on par with all JB's other gorgeous covers 💋

We're loving these teasers, too! 



Blurb: 

When you can’t trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?


It’s been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life. 


Then Sawyer shows up, and turns his simple life upside down. 


Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laidback beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.









Hope you love it as much as we do.... <3 <3 <3 



 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Clam Jam by R.C. Bold Review!!

"I want to be someone's everything." "You already are." - R.C. Boldt, Clam Jam



I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book and I'm glad I did because I enjoyed the read. It will be released on January 10th, 2017!  This book was somewhere around a 3.5 for me, but I decided to round up because the pros definitely outweighed the cons for me in this book.


**** There are SPOILERS in this review so continue to read only at your own risk!! ****


Maggie is our main leading lady of this story. She's been burned by men in the past and is in that place (that most of us have been in one time or another) where she's swearing off men at the beginning of the book. Enter art and his gigantic lie! He has seen Maggie from afar and has that ultimate, love at first sight experience. However, he knows she's recently been burned so the only way he'll be able to be a part of her life is through a strictly platonic relationship. Maggie's ideal roommate is a gay man and Ry's ideal anything is Maggie, so i.e. he "becomes" a gay man for her.

Because of this facade, they are able to really get to know each other and become close friends. I obviously don't agree with Ry lying and I can understand how badly it hurts Maggie and breaks her trust with him, but I can also see the value of really getting to know each other without the added pressure of dating and possibly feeling like you always have to put your best foot forward, so to speak.


Naturally, Ry and Maggie are the perfect couple from the beginning of the story and everyone but Maggie seems to see it. Her best friend Sarah picks up on it. Jack, the supposed boyfriend but really best friend of Ry, obviously knows it and has from the very beginning. Maggie is even introduced to TWO female ex's of Ry's plus met Ry's Mom who had no idea what she meant about her son "coming out" so by the end of this book,I was a little frustrated Maggie hadn't picked up on anything yet, or her BFF had told her (Ry or Sarah)! There was passion between Ry and Maggie that was undeniable. The story overall was very well written, albeit a little longer than I really thought necessary.

My favorite part of this book was the end and the sweet, thoughtful, perfect romantic comedy/drama movie type  experience Ry fave Maggie to win her back. I mean, really?! Who wouldn't swoon at that?! I love that he kept the letters and I loved the little part of his 'tell' that made Maggie feel like he really loved her.




My only complaint? I want to know more about Jack and Sarah!! They had good chemistry as well, but I know Jack gad to keep  the facade so I'm hoping those two get their happily ever after in a future book 2!



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dirty by Belle Aurora Review!

Dirty by Belle Aurora Review!



Title: Dirty
Series: RAW Family #2
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 31, 2016


Blurb

My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me. 

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty. 

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach. 

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter. 

He saved me.
I screwed him over. 

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking. 

The question was, who would get to me first?


Review

First, I have to thank Ms. Aurora for the awesome ability to receive and review an ARC of Dirty in exchange for an honest review.

Next, I have to encourage you to read Raw (book 1 of this series) before reading this book or even this review!

This book, Dirty, has been...highly anticipated by me. I had hoped for a long time after reading Raw that we would get a 2nd book and/or a series, but really had no idea that this book was coming until I saw a teaser about it a couple of months back. I was so freaking excited about it that I avoided any and all teasers about it because I wanted to be totally surprised when I immersed myself into the story once it came out. Welł, this plan worked well and not so well for me. The reason I fell so hard for Belle Aurora and her writing was due to Twitch. Twitch is one of those epic characters that's so broken, so disturbed, so mysterious that you just have to learn more about. Then, let's add in the star-crossed, obviously soul-mate lovers piece to the mix! I loved that they were so different. Lexi was the ying to Twitch's yang. Because of my avoidance, I was partially let down to discover a little ways into the book that Twitch and Lexi weren't the main characters of this story. However, we did get glimpses of Twitch which I am BEYOND grateful for and even MORE excited about the next book to come. Hopefully I won't go crazy waiting on it, but the little teaser in the back of Dirty gave me something to definitely look forward to.

Enough about Twitch and Lexi's story, though. Dirty is about Julius and Alejandra (Ana). We were introduced to Julius briefly in Raw as he is Twitch's best friend, his brother, his one true confidant in all things. Julius was the only one who was able to be there for Lexi in a time where she really needed it and from that point forward, I was totally sold on Julius Carter.

Julius had a difficult upbringing himself. He keeps most people at a distance and works in an environment where there's not a lot of emotion and quite a bit of practicality and matter of fact behaviors. He is a total alpha and in charge of any and every thing around him. His job is to come in, assess situations, and make the ultimate judgement call for a group that's not easy to step in to.

Ana belongs to one of those groups. She is from a well connected mob family and treated more as a commodity than a cherished member of the family. She is beaten and broken, but strong and courageous through it all. When so many would've quit ten times over, she continues to fight. 

I won't go into detail of what happened in the story because I hate reviews with spoilers, but if you are intrigued by dirty, raw romances involving the mob, take no prisoners attitudes, mad kick-ass strong leading characters definitely check this book out! There is quite a bit of violence in it, so be prepared for that, but Belle Aurora is a great writer who really develops her characters and really allows the reader to be able to paint a clear, vivid picture of the story as it unfolds.

Happy reading, friends!





PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS





AUTHOR BIO

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under. 

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance. 

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 

Humorous romance novels. 

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles. 

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. 

With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored. 

Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dirty by Belle Aurora Release Blitz!




Title: Dirty
Series: RAW Family #2
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 31, 2016


Blurb

My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

He saved me.
I screwed him over.

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

The question was, who would get to me first?






PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS





AUTHOR BIO

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under.

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.

Humorous romance novels.

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.

With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.

Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.


AUTHOR LINKS

Monday, August 22, 2016

Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan Release!!



I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell in love with the anti-stepbrother instead?




Anti-Stepbrother is NOW AVAILABLE!

Get Your Copy TODAY:
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1WGmyFl
 (September 12th delivery)
Add Anti-Stepbrother to your TBR at: http://bit.ly/1UCNF0f




Blurb


He told me to 'settle, girl.' 
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?' 
He said I was an ‘easy target.’ 
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks. 
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha. 

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother. 

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming. 

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

Author Information



I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan Excerpt Reveal!


Excerpt
The sun shone into the room, and it took me a few moments to realize where I was. I didn't recognize the king-size bed, or the black sheets, but then Caden walked past the open door and all the memories flooded into place. I slept at his place. I glanced around the bed... I slept in his bed! "Your alarm's about to go off in ten minutes," Caden called from the doorway. He had a cup of coffee in hand and wore only jeans. I tried to keep my eyes front and center, but I lost. The tattoos were a nice little zig-zag pattern, pulling my gaze down, all the way down. Caden's slow, smooth chuckle told me he knew what I'd just done. My cheeks only warmed a little. I shot him a look falling back to the pillow. "I feel like this should be the first skip day of my school career." "You've never skipped before?" I shook my head, rolling it side to side on the pillow. "Am I missing out? Should I embrace my inner deviant?" He smirked. "You can skip a class for any reason in the world. It's your life." I sat up, eyeing that coffee. "You were supposed to be the bad influence." His eyebrow lifted. "I'm not selling it enough?" He lifted his cup. "You want some coffee?" "I'm wondering if today is the day I try coffee too." "You've never had coffee?" "I'm beginning to think I'm lame." I thought about it. "Really lame." "You slept at some guy's house last night. Think of it that way." His smirk was back. "Not so lame now." I could do one better. "I slept at a fraternity house." "And you drank beer." "It was the second night in a row that I drank beer." "See? Not so lame after all." "You're right." I sat up. "I'm halfway to total badass." He grinned. "We cuddled last night, and you could think of it as dry humping. You almost got some last night." Except I hadn't, and we were in the friend zone. Why were my hands curling around the covers into tight balls? I glanced down and forced them to loosen, then shrugged, trying to be the nonchalant badass I was. "You carried me to bed. Almost the same thing." Suddenly, the joking was gone, and his eyes burned. I could feel his heat from across the room, and my body reacted, instantly warming even before he said a word. "Nothing's the same as sliding inside," he murmured after a moment. "The feel of being in there, feeling that clench around you, knowing you can push as deep as you want, as hard or gently as you want. Nope. I've gotta step off the joke train for a moment here. Nothing is remotely the same as that feeling." Fuck. My pulse spiked. He tossed me a look. "Maybe I'll cop a feel the next time." I pretended to groan. "One more notch on my badass peg. You better cop a feel next time." "Is that all I am to you? A notch on the bedpost? I feel so used, Stoltz." Okay. My last name. We were back on familiar ground here. But my grin was still a little shaky. "Get used to it, Banks. I'm only disguised as this plain Jane. Inside there's a wild woman just waiting to be let loose." He didn't reply. He stared at me for a few more seconds, then straightened from the doorway. "There's nothing plain about you, Summer."


I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell in love with the anti-stepbrother instead?

Anti-Stepbrother is releasing August 22, 2016!

Pre-order on the following retailers:
iBooks: http://apple.co/1Yg47GW
Nook: http://bit.ly/22Vj7dD
Kobo: http://bit.ly/24CzWcI
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1WGmyF1
(September 12th delivery)
Add Anti-Stepbrother to your TBR at: http://bit.ly/1UCNF0f



Blurb
He told me to 'settle, girl.'
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?'
He said I was an 'easy target.'
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother's fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

Author Information 

I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories. 


THANK YOU!