Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5+ I AM GUTTED STARS!

From the first moment I read the blurb to this story, I got an immediate sense of what Annika's eccentricities were. Having some knowledge of this, I was ready and open to read this book - not really knowing where the writer was going to take me with this story. Ms. Graves was able to put me in Annika's shoes - so to speak - and as I read the story, I got to see the world from her perspective. She made me feel so much - her pain, her isolation, her fear, her pure heart that just made me want to protect to her from the harsh and often ugly realities of this world. We don't celebrate people we know to be different - we ostracize them, make them feel their inferiority and cast them aside.

The incident that Annika suffered in Seventh grade - I know what she went thru as I too was bullied just for being the tall, awkward girl. Annika's experience was much worse than mine, but my god, it was like I was reliving one of the worst times in my life again. I cried my eyes raw reading that. Hours later, that and other incidents that happened in the book are on constant playback in my mind. Needless to say, this book is going to stay with me for a long time to come and I welcome that. It's brought not only prospective but a bit of peace.

I could NOT put this book down - and believe me when I say I wanted to go slow as to savor it.

Edited to add in (3/31/2019): I just finished re-reading this gem again earlier this afternoon. All of Annika & Jonathan's moments are still with me and once again my eyes are watering and my heart is ready to burst. I love it that much. This is my first book by this author, but this will definitely not be my last. Ms. Graves has found a new fan in me.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Candi Kane PR Hosted Blog Tour for SWEET FATE by Laurelin Page !



Sweet Fate (Dirty Sweet #2) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance













Blurb:

Dylan Locke knows that pining over the young ingenue Audrey Lind is pointless. He can’t offer her what she wants. He definitely can’t give her what she needs. Thank goodness she’s half a world away, and he doesn’t have to deal with his attraction head on.
But fate has other plans for him, and when Audrey once again lands in his path, it’s only too easy to fall back into their easy rhythm. And then their easy banter. And of course, each other’s arms.
He tells himself nothing has changed. She still wants forever, and he still thinks tomorrow is long enough. But watching her search isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, and now Dylan must figure out if he’s really the love Scrooge he professes to be or if he’s been Fate’s willing victim all along.




Excerpt


It was a completely different experience kissing Audrey, after I’d accepted the gravity of the feelings I had for her.
I knew the kiss meant nothing, that it would lead nowhere, but it felt like being bathed in radiant light.
Like I was an imprisoned man in a dark prison cell who, for one brief moment, was allowed to step outside into the sunlight. I was completely present for it. Each brush of her lips, each touch of her tongue—I memorized it all, imprinted every second into my brain so that I’d have it forever. I might still have worn shackles with no hope of freedom, but this moment mattered. It was real and divine, and I would cherish every last second of the stolen sunshine until my dying day.
I would’ve been content with only kissing, with just the shallow lifts and falls of her chest and frantic hands trying to caress and cling.
But Audrey had other ideas in mind, demonstrated by the quick work of her hands at my waist, unbuckling my belt, undoing my trousers, the slip of her hand inside the opening to stroke the outline of my very prominent erection.
“This,” she said between kisses. She pulled at the elastic waistband of my boxers and dipped her hand in to touch me directly.
I hissed at the feel of her soft hand against my hot skin.
“I want this,” she begged. “Can I have this?”








Final Score - 4.5 Stars!

The epic conclusion has arrived to Audrey and Dylan's story.  Can one incredible hot night change the course of one's life?  For Dylan Locke, it has, and he's not sure whether to be happy or flipping angry about it.  See, Dylan has gone back to England and Audrey back to finish school in the States. They are worlds apart in their wants and needs, but "kismet” or is it "fate" has other plans for them.  Audrey ends up in England working at the Museum of Art, and somehow ... someway, Dylan finds himself in her immediate path and well - those old sparks get reignited. 

But has Dylan changed?  Does he want more of a future with someone - namely Audrey? Or will it just be a repeat of their adventure in New York all over again? 

I loved the angst, the chase, the push and pull – everything that made this a true will he/won't he.  Because it came down to Dylan and whether he was finally willing to let go of the past.  I loved that conversation that he finally had with his ex-wife (the she-devil) - it was a long time coming and something that needed to in order for him not to loose out on the most precious find - a second chance at love.  I can't wait to read the next book to spin off from this one - I'm sure it will be even more angst driven!  Bring it.  I do so love a good drama fest.



About the Author: 


With over 2.4 million books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her international success started with her very first series, the Fixed Trilogy, which, alone, has sold over 1 million copies, and earned her the coveted #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, simultaneously. This title also was named in People magazine as one of the top 10 most downloaded books of 2014. She’s also been #1 over all books at the Apple Book Store with more than one title in more than one country. She’s published both independently and with MacMillan’s St. Martin’s Press and Griffin imprints as well as many other publishers around the world including Harper Collins in Germany and Hachette/Little Brown in the U.K. With her edgy, trope-flipped stories of smart women and strong men, she’s managed to secure herself among today’s romance royalty.

Paige has a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis, and she credits her writing success to what she learned from both programs, though she’s also an avid learner, constantly trying to challenge her mind with new and exciting ideas and concepts. While she loves psychological thrillers and witty philosophical books and entertainment, she is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.




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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Shattered With You

Shattered With You Shattered With You by J. Kenner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 4.5 Stars!

As with all things in the Stark World, I jumped at the chance to read the latest tie-in to the series and I have to say if this new series is any thing like the others have been ... we've got the makings of a PassionFlix series on our hands! Seriously, how can this not be turned into one, right? It's got it all - good looking, ultra alpha men, sassy and confident women who turn them on their heads, action, intrigue, and plenty of sexy times. Lord, the sexy times! *swoon* But I digress, let's get back to the review ...

Shattered With You, is the start of a new spin-off series, this time in the Stark Security world. In this world, is Quincy and Eliza story and but also their is a second chance story. See things didn't work out so well the first time around but somehow, someway, they were drawn back to one another and this time - neither one of them are going to let the other go. I adored these characters. Quincy or Quince at time did frustrate me with his reasons for leaving Eliza early on the first time around in their relationship but redeemed himself with the truth and the consequences of his actions. That man has strength of will and is a force to be reckoned with! Is it any wonder he found his equal in Eliza? Both of them have been through so much pain and suffering in their childhood and their innocence ripped away, yet they have come through it, as survivors.

I enjoyed the heck out this book and the cliffhanger ending has me anxious of the next book and where it will lead. I'm looking forward to more intrigue, more action, and of course - more sexy times as only J. Kenner can deliver!

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Well Suited, the final standalone in the Red Lipstick Coalition Series from Staci Hart, is coming May 2nd and we have the beautiful cover for you!


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Chemistry is my love language.
I’ve always been able to separate feelings from chemosignals. A shot of dopamine, a dash of serotonin, and a sprinkle of oxytocin—and bam. You’re in love.
And when egg meets sperm, you’re pregnant.
I couldn’t even be surprised as I stared down at the little blue plus sign, because I knew exactly when and how, and with whom it happened.
When: approximately five weeks ago.
Who: one night stand.
How: prophylactic malfunction.
The upside? I don’t have to go looking for a suitable mate.
Genetically, he’s the cream of the crop. His musculature is a study in symmetry and strength, his height imposing and dominant. He is a man who thrives on control and command, a man who survives on intelligence and resourcefulness. A perfect male specimen.
And the whole package is wrapped up in a flawlessly tailored suit.
I’m having this baby, and he insists we’re well-suited to have it together. And what’s worse? He wants more, in the way of love and marriage.
But love isn’t real. It’s just a product of chemistry.
And if he changes my mind about that, we’re both in trouble.


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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.



From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Release Day Promo for THE HOOKUP HANDBOOK by Kendall Ryan !


A hot new brother's best friend standalone romance from New York Times best selling author Kendall Ryan is live available everywhere.

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About The Hookup Handbook


My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office. Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: Sweet Fate

Sweet Fate Sweet Fate by Laurelin Paige
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 4.5 Stars!

The epic conclusion has arrived to Audrey and Dylan's story.  Can one incredible hot night change the course of one's life?  For Dylan Locke, it has, and he's not sure whether to be happy or flipping angry about it.  See, Dylan has gone back to England and Audrey back to finish school in the States. They are worlds apart in their wants and needs, but "kismet” or is it "fate" has other plans for them.  Audrey ends up in England working at the Museum of Art, and somehow ... someway, Dylan finds himself in her immediate path and well - those old sparks get reignited.

But has Dylan changed?  Does he want more of a future with someone - namely Audrey? Or will it just be a repeat of their adventure in New York all over again?

I loved the angst, the chase, the push and pull – everything that made this a true will he/won't he.
Because it came down to Dylan and whether he was finally willing to let go of the past.  I loved that conversation that he finally had with his ex-wife (the she-devil) - it was a long time coming and something that needed to in order for him not to loose out on the most precious find - a second chance at love.  I can't wait to read the next book to spin off from this one - I'm sure it will be even more angst driven!  Bring it.  I do so love a good drama fest.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Teaser Reveal for THE HOOKUP HANDBOOK by Kendall Ryan !








THE HOOKUP HANDBOOK
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day: March 19th

About the Book

My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort.
The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And
the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track
to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office.
Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work.





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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan
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Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been
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"Maybe I could cure you."

"Cure me? I'm not sick, Sienna. My dick is just choosy."

"Well, it chose me. So, what are we waiting for?"

"You're funny, Sienna," Case says through a laugh. "But it's not gonna happen."

"Why not?"

"It doesn't matter, babe. It's not happening."

My throat constricts. Did he just babe me?  "You're an asshole, Case."

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Review: When August Ends

When August Ends When August Ends by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 Stars!

I could not put this book down all day yesterday, last night, or this morning. I doubt I got much sleep - but it was worth it to read Noah & Heather's story.

More of a review to come ...

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Candi Kane PR Hosted Blog Tour w/Review for SWEET LIAR by Laurelin Paige !






Sweet Liar (Dirty Sweet #1) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance






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BLURB
British ad exec Dylan Locke isn't looking for love. He isn't looking for fate. He's definitely not looking for Audrey Lind. She's pretty, far too young, and overly romantic--in short, exhausting.

But when the girl, young enough to be his daughter, literally lands in his lap and asks for his expertise, he'd be lying if he said he wasn't interested. In her body, in her innocence, in her philosophy.

In the kind of kismet that starts with kisses.

But Audrey isn't looking for love either--she's looking for lessons, and she's certain Dylan knows everything she needs to learn.

If he agrees to play the teacher can he keep his heart?

Of course he can.

Then again,  he might be lying.








EXCERPT
Too bad she was that kind of girl. The kind of girl who wanted a man to love her before she lifted her skirt.


God, she was young. Younger than whatever ridiculous young age she actually was.


I’d sworn off love years ago, but not sex. Never sex. And Audrey Lind was all sorts of temptation, the kind I knew better to stay away from. She was too romantic. She was too American. She was too young. Much too young. I was definitely old enough to be her father. Probably.
Definitely.
I didn’t want to think about that.


“I’m pretty sure I can convince you kismet exists too, if you’ll just do one thing.”
“What’s that?”
“Kiss me.”


I was alone. I would always be alone.

I was a girl who felt things.


Dylan was polite, but he wasn’t nice.


I thought she’d be less dangerous in the sunlight.
I was wrong.


She was sex on heels, and I was a goner.


Audrey Lind: Part wildling, part devil, part innocent, all contradiction.

I wanted to kiss her again. Because she had perfect plump lips. Because she tasted like honey. Because she was warm and the night was cold, and I’d been in the dark for so long.


Colliding into her had been like crashing into sunshine. She made me feel warm in places that had been cold for oh, so long.


“I can’t decide if I need to shelter you, or if I should show you off.”

I stretched her and filled her and punished her pussy for being so perfect, so tight, so inexperienced

I fucked her like I’d paid for the hour.
“I’ve never watched anyone watch me like you’re watching me now.”




Final Score - 5 Wickedly Hot Stars!
Dylan is divorced, has a teenage son, a she-devil of an ex, and is definitely NOT looking for a relationship. I felt like he was setting himself up for what came next. And what came next was Audrey. Audrey is young - like twenty years too young for Dylan. But the instant they meet - CHEMISTRY - the explosive kind. And Audrey is one person that Dylan can't quite ignore. Especially with such huge differences - the age factor and the fact that they reside on two different continents.

Can just one night satisfy them? Can they can move on with their lives, separate and unaffected?

Dylan Locke. Business man. Experienced. Living God! Oh my stars ... I am in lust with Dylan! Once again, I've been brought a book that has a character from a previous series and I need to play catch up. So worth it! What I time I will have playing it ... catch up that is. This book was sweet, sexy and had the makings of an epic love story that tugs at the heart strings! I can't wait for it's conclusion in Sweet Fate.



About the Author:


With over 2.4 million books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her international success started with her very first series, the Fixed Trilogy, which, alone, has sold over 1 million copies, and earned her the coveted #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, simultaneously. This title also was named in People magazine as one of the top 10 most downloaded books of 2014. She’s also been #1 over all books at the Apple Book Store with more than one title in more than one country. She’s published both independently and with MacMillan’s St. Martin’s Press and Griffin imprints as well as many other publishers around the world including Harper Collins in Germany and Hachette/Little Brown in the U.K. With her edgy, trope-flipped stories of smart women and strong men, she’s managed to secure herself among today’s romance royalty.


Paige has a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis, and she credits her writing success to what she learned from both programs, though she’s also an avid learner, constantly trying to challenge her mind with new and exciting ideas and concepts. While she loves psychological thrillers and witty philosophical books and entertainment, she is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.









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