August 16, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Royally Endowed (Royally #3)


Royally Endowed (Royally #3), by Emma Chase
Publish Date:
August 15, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and InkslingerPR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
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Rating: 5 STARS


(Synopsis) Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him?? 


Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
***Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

Everyone knows I'm a total sucker for royal books. They are my jam. So, of course - OF COURSE - this entire series has been nothing but heart eyes and swoony sighs for me. In book 1, Prince Nicholas fell in love with a New York diner girl. In book 2, Prince Henry fell for the quiet, awkward girl. And present through all of it was royal guard Logan St. James. He's in sort of a "always a bridesmaid, never the bride" type of situation. He's witnessed his charges find the loves of their lives, and because of his job and having to remain detached and preferably unattached, Logan has never thought he could find his. 

Then there's sweet, girlie Ellie, sister to the aforementioned NY diner girl. She has loved Logan from afar ever since he was assigned to guard her as well when she was only 17. For five long years, she's carried this torch for him with almost no hope of having her affections returned. Talk about dedication to the cause. Logan has been a singular presence in her life for some of the most momentous occasions - high school and college graduation, the marriage of her sister, her boyfriends and hook-ups and everything in between.

Royally Endowed is truly the story of Logan and Ellie. It backs up the timeline to near the beginning of the events that unfolded in Royally Screwed (book 1). Ellie was only 17 then, so of course a relationship with Logan who is in his early 20s would've been a little inappropriate. But, it was so important to begin at the beginning, so I'm so happy that Emma Chase took the time to take us back so we could see how this relationship evolved. 

And it absolutely evolved. Certainly there was physical attraction from the beginning, but what Ellie and Logan build over five years of being together - even as bodyguard and charge - goes so far beyond lust or objectification. They learn each others' secrets, help each other through tough times, and celebrate each others' victories. Every time we jump ahead a few months or a few years, we're taken to a point in their relationship that seemed significant as their attraction grew for each other. Until finally we find ourselves at present day when Ellie returns to Wessco for the summer. 

Ellie is now in her early 20s and Logan just can't keep his hands to himself anymore. And thank freaking goodness for that. As you can imagine, the sexual tension ramps up and up and up until you are practically DYING for them to just kiss already. But, it's against Logan's moral code and could endanger his job - one that he truly loves - if he gives in. It's a big deal. And it makes that moment when they finally throw caution to the wind so much more amazing.

A lot happens in Royally Endowed. Like, A LOT. We witness major events in the lives of all three couples in the Royally series. And each event is incredible in its own right. The epilogue puts the perfect final touches on this series that has held me captive from the very beginning. This series will go down as one of my all-time favorites.

Ellie

But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.

Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.

My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.

There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.

“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”

And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.

I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.

Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”

There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.

And Logan’s watching me again.

Watching my mouth.

His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.

I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.

And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.

Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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August 15, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Soul Mate (Roommates #4)


Opposites attract in Kendall Ryan's latest addition to her Roommates series.

The Soul Mate (Roommates #4), by Kendall Ryan
Publish Date:
August 14, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and InkslingerPR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS


(Synopsis) The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again? 


Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN.

Like all the other installments in Kendall Ryan's Roommates series before it, The Soul Mate was a fun, sexy, easy read. Sometimes you just need a book like that - one that captures your attention right away, isn't too heavy or drama-laden, and isn't tome length so that you can finish it in one lazy day. Every book in this series is like that, including The Soul Mate. 

Bren is a woman that I took turns loving and being incredibly frustrated with. I love her job as a zoologist. She's awesome with animals, and I enjoyed when she would tell Mason all these interesting facts about the animals she takes care of. But, conversely, she has serious commitment issues that cause her to miss all the wonderful things that are right in front of her. 

She's not opposed to one-night stands. Hence - her one amazing night with Mason. But, as you can imagine, when she suspects she might be pregnant a few weeks later, she reaches epic freak-out levels. This is way more commitment than she ever wanted. Luckily, there's no chance she can hide it from Mason (which is a HUGE bookish pet peeve of mine), since a weird chance of fate makes Mason her OB-GYN. 

Where Bren might be completely opposed to creating ties to another person, but Mason is convinced his one perfect person is out there, and he wants to find her. In fact, after his one night with Bren, he's sure it's her. When she shows up at his practice wanting a pregnancy test, he's even more positive. But, she throws up roadblocks left and right, and Mason looks for any way possible to get to know her. 

Bren's commitment to being commitment free got on my nerves at times. Mason was so amazing and incredibly patient with her. He's sweet and attentive. Even when things in his own life get distracting, he stays the course when it comes to Bren, but she is such a tough nut to crack. I get why she has the hangups she does, but how many times does one person need to show you kindness and goodness and sexiness before you learn to trust?

Despite my frustrations with Bren, I loved how her relationship with Mason developed and how they slowly learned to trust each other with the good stuff and the hard stuff. It was a good way to spend my day. 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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August 14, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & EXCERPT: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)


Illegal Contact (The Barons #1), by Santino Hassell
Publish Date:
August 15, 2017
Publisher: InterMix
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher
Genre: adult m/m contemporary romance
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Rating: 5 STARS


(Synopsis) New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.


Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

I have never loved Santino Hassell more than I did after reading Illegal Contact. Before this book, I was in a m/m contemporary romance slump. I love them, but most of the ones I had read recently were either not well plotted or not well written or so super cheesy, I found myself rolling my eyes more than swooning - not a good sign. But then this book came along about a grumpy football star who falls for his adorkable new personal assistant, and I swear to you, it felt like coming home again. 

Santino Hassell gives good romance. All the hallmarks of a good one are present in Illegal Contact. Because Noah works for Gavin, you have the whole forbidden aspect, and that creates some delicious sexual tension. The two guys do eventually become friends, after a bit of a rocky start (thanks to Gavin not really wanting Noah there to begin with, but resigning himself to the fact that he needs his help), so that adds another wonderful layer to their relationship. They share stories and secrets and each starts to feel protective of the other. And I so love when friendship morphs into something else. 

The warmth in my chest and butterflies in my gut made it plaintext's as day that my miserable ass really fucking liked him. In the hand-holding kind of way, not just the ass-pounding way. Although I wanted to do that too.

And that "something else" is just... wow. You wouldn't think that this big, mean football player would be anything close to compatible with a recent college grad looking to make some money to pay off his loans. But, when Noah and Gavin finally cut the crap and finally get together, it's freaking magical. They are sexy and hot and passionate and exactly what each other needs. 

Before Illegal Contact, I was already resigned to reading anything Santino Hassell writes. He's so brilliant with his words and how he uses them to convey real situations and feelings. But, after Illegal Contact, not only am I convinced he's a new addition to my "one-click list," but I'm determined to get him on everyone else's list too. Illegal Contact isn't just your typical jock romance book. It's got depth and substance and a lot of memorable moments. This is one of those books that I will choose to read a second and a third time just because it makes me happy. 

"Football isn't the only thing that's held me together. And it's not the only thing that I love."
Gavin

Somewhere in the past couple of weeks, right around the time I’d watched Noah’s face light up as he threw himself into philanthropic planning schemes and he’d warned me about Joe being a nosy scumbag, I’d lost my mind. Evidence? Me wanting to smack my closest friend for putting the moves on him.

At first I’d thought I was being overprotective. Not even a week ago, I’d had this whole talk with Noah about him feeling safe, and I’d taken it seriously. As a foster kid, I’d never felt safe. Especially in the homes of people who’d temporarily taken me in. I’d been constantly reminded of my precarious position in their houses, and how they could put in a thirty-day notice with my social worker at any point. And they’d used that leverage against me.

I wasn’t about to step into the shoes of bastards who’d worked hard to ensure I would end up distrusting and despising people for the rest of my life.

He was my employee. I was his boss. He obviously didn’t trust me but had agreed to shack up in my house for two reasons only—money to help his father and to catch up on his debt. He didn’t really want to be here, but he had to be. The least I could do was respect his wishes. The same for my friends, but Simeon was laying it on thick.

As he’d run his hands all over Noah, I’d justified each jolt of discomfort by saying Simeon was shitting all over my promise. But Noah agreeing to fan day and whatever else? That had turned discomfort into outright jealousy. Especially since he hadn’t even known my damn name after meeting me at the interview, but he knew all sorts of random facts about Simeon. Simeon, who was in full-throttle, charming superstar QB mode. I was over it.

Regardless, my jealousy was a complete anomaly. Had never happened before. But it was happening right the fuck now, and I was furious with myself. Who cared if Noah was cute and a smartass who wasn’t afraid to tell me to go fuck myself? And so what if that turned me on? Who cared if he was proving to be helpful and loyal enough to warn me about Joe? He was still my employee. I wasn’t supposed to care that he was more interested in my best friend.

Fuck. Whose idea had it been for me to be someone’s boss? I had zero clue what I was doing. Why had I ever listened to Joe?

I returned to the game room and paced the mostly empty space. I’d just seen that anger-management person a few days ago, and every tip and suggestion had flown out of my mind. All I could think about was how pissed I was at myself, and how I needed to go down to the gym and beat the shit out of a punching bag to work it out of my system. The last time I’d been this mad at myself had been when I’d trusted a journalist who’d invented a fake backstory for himself to get me to respond to his prying questions. Then he’d blasted my childhood across the front page of the newspaper.

Gavin Brawley Blames His Out of Control Temper on Hardscrabble Past.

Every word out of context. Bits and pieces of my identity twisted to fit the story he’d wanted. After that, I’d vowed to never talk to a reporter again. I hadn’t expected my emotional thermometer to blast through to enraged over Simeon coming on to Noah. And now I had nothing to use as an outlet. I could work out from morning to night, but after a while it was monotonous. Energy being expended but not going anywhere, and I felt like it circled the air and absorbed right back into my shoulders every goddamn night.

“You’re being real extra right now.”

Marcus’ calm voice did nothing to settle me down. “Shut up.”

“Nah.” Marcus yawned and plopped onto one of the sofas. “Fuck, dude, I’m ready for nap time. Your cagey, jealous shit is ruining the vibe.”

“Who says I’m jealous?”

“Your white ass gets so flushed when you’re mad that it would be impossible to miss. I thought you were going to jump Simeon when he made that comment about giving ole boy a ride.”

“Yeah, well, what can I say?” I stopped pacing. “I didn’t invite you assholes over here to give my employee a hard time.”

“Your employee.” Marcus threw his muscular legs up onto the couch and stretched out. “Don’t even front like you don’t want to smash him.” “I don’t.”

“Bullshit. You were staring them down the whole time we were downstairs. I mean, hey, no judgment. He just looks like a typical white-boy hipster to me, but whatever floats your boat, man. You may want to lay it down for Simeon if you’re serious, though. He most definitely wants to tap that ass.”

I ground my teeth together and tried to remember the last time I’d felt possessive over anyone, but I came up short. Then again, I didn’t normally hang out with the people I had sex with for more than ten minutes after we both came.

“I don’t want Simeon fucking him, and it has nothing to do with me being jealous.”

“Oh yeah? What’s it got to do with?”

“Him not pissing off the only person I can stand to have in my house for six months,” I snarled.

“Simeon can stick his dick in someone else until Noah is finished here.” “And then you’d be cool with it?”

“Yeah, then I’d be cool with it.”

Marcus snickered. He knew I was full of shit.

“Let me ask you a question, Gav.”

“Is that a question or a warning about the fact that I can’t stop you from asking even if I wanted to?”

“Probably the last one.” Marcus propped his feet up on the arm of the couch, making himself nice and comfy. “If you’re having jealous temper tantrums over this kid after a month, how the fuck are you gonna act in another two or three? He’s gonna be here all the time, dude. Showering in your bathroom, sleeping in your guest room, jacking it in bed a few thousand square feet away . . .”

“For fuck’s sake, Marcus.”

“Am I right or am I right, though?”

He was right. But I refused to admit it.

“I already told you I’m not jealous. Do we get along? Yeah. We do. And you know that’s a miracle when it comes to me. Half the Barons can’t stand my ass because I won’t laugh at their stupid jokes, but at least they respect me. Most people think I’m a piece of shit.”

“And your boy?” Marcus pressed, looking truly intrigued. “What’s he like?”

“He’s . . .” How was he? What was it about him that had even clicked with me enough to make me want to guarantee he not walk out of the oversized front door and not come back? To become desperate and throw in that huge bonus so he wouldn’t have to keep commuting? “He’s a smartass, but he’s a good person. And he gets me.”

Marcus raised an eyebrow. “How’s he get you? He doesn’t even like football.”

The disgusted tone drew a smile out of me. I plopped down in one of the armchairs and tilted my head back. “He didn’t grow up like me, but . . . he gets it. And he’s not phony. He’s straight up with his opinions and isn’t afraid to tell me them.”

“So he’s not scared to say . . . ‘Gavin, you’re being a dickhead.’”

“Basically. He talks almost as much trash as I do, which is probably why we managed to get along. Also, he keeps trying to make me look good to Mel. Gave me credit for all this shit that he came up with. I don’t get it, since I was a total douchebag to him, but I appreciate it. He’s a good dude.”

“Huh.” Marcus slowly nodded, analyzing me with his big dark eyes. “Aiight, I’ll talk to Simeon.”

“About what?”

“Him keeping his greedy hands off your boy.” Marcus winked. “But if you’re keeping on with this whole I’m-trying-to-hold-on-to-my-employee bullshit, I’d recommend getting laid. From where I’m sitting, you just look like a jealous, horny bastard.”

“Done.”

Marcus rolled off the sofa and sprang to his feet. He arched his back with a jaw-cracking yawn. “You mind if I catch some sleep, dude? I’ve been having nightmares every night for the past few days.”

“What kind of nightmares?”

“Eh. Stress shit. Getting injured before the season even starts. Moe getting hurt messed me up, man.”

“You spoke to him?”

“Yeah.” Marcus sobered. “His agent isn’t feeling too good about his contract since this is his last year, and he’s had four fucking surgeries during the life of it. Remember what I said earlier? About them saying he was injury-prone? I wasn’t making it up. His career may be over, man. Or maybe they’ll trade him to some douchebag team like the Predators.”

The Predators were infamous dickholes. It seemed to be a requirement for signing with them. Even their cheerleaders were mean as fuck. The Slytherin of the NFL. The only time I could play a game without everyone mentioning my shitty reputation was if we were playing the Predators. They, as a whole, had a shittier reputation than me.

“You won’t get hurt.”

Marcus arched a brow. “You a prophet now?”

“Yeah. And I prophesize your ass winning the Super Bowl this year.”

“Without you and Moe? Nope.”

I scoffed. “Yeah, right.”

“For real, man. I love Phil, but he’s no Brawley. He’s small and lean enough to run circles around D-men after a reception, but he has none of your force or bulk. They’re changing everything to account for you and Moe not being there. Fucking sucks.”

It did suck. Even more so because I was now facing the reality that my team was short not one but two starters. If I’d controlled myself better, I’d be there to support them. All of this stress and anxiety about how the season would roll out wouldn’t be on their shoulders, although in my opinion Moe was more of an asset to the team. He was one of the best wide receivers in the league. Even so, I wanted to be there to step up. But I was stuck. Because of my need to escalate shit five times past where it could have ended.

“All right, bud. I’m gonna go talk to Simeon, and you figure out how to get laid.”

I nodded, watching him go, and actually listened to the tip. Between Simeon and Noah, the shit about Moe, and now the news that my replacement wasn’t rising to the occasion of starting for the Barons? I needed an outlet. It was either time to get in a monstrous fistfight or take out the brimming frustration on someone’s ass.

I went for the latter.

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

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August 10, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Inked Memories (Montgomery Ink #8)

Did you catch the cover of the newest - and final - Montgomery Ink book? It's going to be SO hard to say goodbye to this family, but I have a feeling Wes' story will take us out with a bang...


Inked Memories (Montgomery Ink #8), by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publish Date:
October 31, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Genre: adult contemporary romance
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(Synopsis) Wes Montgomery watched his entire family fall in love, and now finds himself ready to settle down. Except the one person he seems to find chemistry with is not only his twin’s ex, she also works for Montgomery Inc. But when the two find themselves in one compromising situation after another, Wes realizes he’s having second thoughts about the dynamic woman who’s burst her way into his life. Sure she sets off his temper, but she also makes him hot in every other way possible.


Jillian Reid never loved her best friend like everyone thought she should, so she pushed him away so he could have his future. Now, despite fighting it, she finds herself attracted to the one man she shouldn’t. When her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, and a danger no one saw coming show its face, she’s forced to turn to Wes for help. The two of them have fought off their attraction long enough, and each cave to the desire. But this enemies-to-lovers tale might have an ending no one ever dreamed of.

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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August 9, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & EXCERPT: The Forbidden


Check out my review & an excerpt from this new release by THIS MAN author, Jodi Ellen Malpas.

The Forbidden, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publish Date:
August 8, 2017
Publisher: Forever Romance
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS


(Synopsis) Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.


Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he's forbidden.

Where do I even begin with this book? I think I'll start with the author. I adore Jodi Ellen Malpas. Her stories are amazing and she's such a great writer. I wanted to read The Forbidden even before I knew what it was about. Truthfully, I didn't really know what it was about until I was actually reading it, and that's a really good thing. If I had gotten a wiff of the plot, I probably definitely wouldn't have read it, and in retrospect, that would've been a shame. 

The Forbidden deals with one of my hot buttons in romance books - one of the things I absolutely can't stand. Well, me and scores of other readers. When I realized what was going on (and I'm not going to spoil it here for you - you'll just have to read it to find out), I seriously thought about not continuing. I was afraid for my heart. And truthfully, my heart did break - many times. But, not exactly like I had thought it would at first. 

The main reason why I stuck with it was JEM's ability to draw these amazingly compelling and interesting characters. Both Jack and Annie were great, but it was really Jack who stole the show. He's the best sort of alpha male, and yet so vulnerable and compassionate too. They way he cares for Annie made my heart melt. Annie's unwavering faith in her man, even when things were at their worst, was impressive. I loved how they complemented each other and laughed together and loved each other. 

And yet, their story was absolutely heartbreaking. Many times I asked myself how they could find their way out of it and still be together. It seemed to be an impossible situation, and against all odds, I found myself rooting for them and hoping with each page that went by that they would find a way. It's certainly not the reaction I initially thought I would have. 

The Forbidden won't appeal to everyone. There will be some that will learn what it's about and make the decision that I probably would've made to not even start it. But, I will tell you that, at least from my perspective, you'd be missing out on a fantastically compelling, emotional and real book. Love isn't always neat and tidy. It doesn't fall in line like you want it to. But, it's worth fighting for. 

“Thank you for your help,” I say quietly, studying him, definitely detecting that he’s deep in thought. Don’t ask, don’t ask, don’t ask. I need to get back into my apartment without engaging with him, which could prove tricky when he’s blocking the doorway and looking like he has no intention of shifting to let me in.

“Annie,” he breathes. “I’m struggling so badly.”

“I’m not doing this.” I swallow, pushing my way past him. He grabs me by the top of my arm and holds me in place. “Let me go, Jack.”

“I’ve already told you I can’t do that. Annie, I’m drowning here. I’m going out of my mind, and the more time I spend with you the fucking worse it’s getting. Listening to you, talking to you, sharing a passion with you that goes way beyond the amazing time we had in bed together.”

“You have to forget!” I yell, knowing anger is the only way forward. Be angry with him. Let it dominate me and rule me, because the alternative scares me to fucking death.

He pushes me into the hall and slams the door behind us, forcing me to back up. “No,” he says, straight and even. “No,” he repeats, moving one more step forward, except this time I don’t retreat. Because I can’t. Because he has me locked in place with those grey eyes, and now they’re back to their full glory. Sparkling, even if it’s with anger. He reaches for his shirt and starts unbuttoning it before shrugging it off and throwing it to the floor, revealing the chest that’s haunting me.

I quickly look down at the pile of material, my mind reeling. His chest. His perfect damn chest. “What are you doing?”

“I have no fucking idea.” He reaches for me and slides a hand around my neck, pulling me to him. Our chests meet, and my determination to repel him vanishes under our connection. Wrongs turn into rights. Conflict turns into craving.

“I can’t get you out of my head, Annie.” His forehead meets mine, his palm massaging away the tightness in my neck muscles, softening me up until I relax in his hold. “I want you all over again, and I can’t even find the will to worry about how much more that’ll make me want you.” He breathes down on me. “I’ve played that night on repeat. I’ve dreamed of holding you in my arms again. I’ve craved the sound of your voice, the feel of your touch, the softness of your lips on mine. I know I shouldn’t want you. But I do. Nothing has ever made me feel this insane with need. Nothing has taken up so much space in my head. I can’t fucking help it, Annie.” His grey gaze sinks into me, my heart steadying to an even thrum. His head starts to shake mildly, his splayed hand moving up to the back of my head and fisting my hair. “I don’t want to help it,” he growls. “I want you. I don’t care how wrong it is.” His clenched fist tightens, gripping my hair harshly. “I know I’ve been on your mind since I fucked you every which way in that hotel room. Stop denying it. Don’t insult me and tell me you don’t crave that amazing feeling all over again. I can see it in your eyes every damn time I look into them. You. Want. Me.”

It’s me who moves in first. All me. I lunge forward and smash my lips to his, the magnetic force winning. His words winning. Jack winning. My heart winning. I coax his mouth open with hard, hungry kisses. I’ve lost my mind to a craving too powerful to fight off. And, like Jack, I don’t care how wrong it is.

Lost.

Yet as he walks me backward until my back slams into the wall, I feel found again.

I cry out, and Jack moans. We’re clumsy and desperate. He’s pushing me up the wall with the force of his kiss, then he’s rolling away, taking me with him until it’s his back slamming into the wall. It’s the elevator all over again. The atmosphere is sizzling. I’m on fire. He scoops me up, pinning me to him, and carries me into my bedroom. I focus on him. Only him and the return of feelings that I’ve fantasized about since that unforgettable night. All the guilt is abandoning me, and I let it, unprepared to let anything stop me from taking the forbidden.

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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August 7, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Wright Mistake (Wright #3)


Oh Kyla - the things you do to my heart! THE WRIGHT MISTAKE is out tomorrow, and this is one K.A. Linde book you absolutely can't pass by.

The Wright Mistake (Wright #3), by K.A. Linde
Publish Date:
August 8, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS


(Synopsis) A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde...


I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.


He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.


The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.


A second chance might destroy us both.


Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.

I knew going in to this one that The Wright Mistake was going to be a heart breaker. I had no idea how true that sentiment would be. But, the best part about this book wasn't the breaking, but the mending. 

Julia and Austin are fire and ice. For two years, their interactions have been nonexistent at best, volatile at worst. In the two previous books in this series, the fact that they don't get along was made plain, but we never really understood why. In The Wright Mistake, we get their backstory and, as always seems to be the case, the demise of their relationship was due to Austin's other long-standing relationship - with alcohol. 

Austin is a high-functioning alcoholic, but an alcoholic all the same. His BFF Patrick enables him and his siblings don't question him, so as not to rock the family boat. But, when Austin decides he wants another go at a relationship with Julia, she pulls out all the stops - I'm yours as long as you don't drink.

In addition to his personal relationships being affected by alcohol, his professional ones were as well. There are big changes at Wright Construction announced in this book, and Austin's role in the company is contingent on him getting some help. Between Julia and his job, Austin has some pretty big motivation to get sober and stay that way. 

It's not that easy though. Austin's road to sobriety is long and hard. It's punctuated by some amazing moments with Julia as she lends a supportive hand along the way. They really are perfect for one another in so many ways. And once they stop fighting all the time, it's easy to see why. But, love and amazing sex aren't enough. Especially when stress comes at him from work and from his family, and he doesn't have the coping skills necessary to handle them without a drink. 

I'm so glad that Kyla Linde didn't make Austin's issues with alcohol less important or easy to get over just so that we could get to a neat and tidy HEA with he and Julia. My heart was heated and my soul battered by everything that he goes through. I was equally sad for Julia, as she had to stand by and watch the man she loves go through all this, not knowing if they would be standing together on the other side. It was emotional and impactful and heartbreakingly real. I loved it. 

I think back to where these five siblings were in the very beginning of the first book at youngest sibling Sutton's wedding. I remember thinking that these three brothers and two sisters didn't have a great relationship. They weren't one of those closer-than-close families where they all leaned on one another and would do anything for any of them. 

Now, with everything that the three brothers have gone through, it's amazing to see how this family has rallied around one another. First with Jensen and his child, then with Landon and his ex and his injury, and now with Austin and his addiction - these trials have brought these five siblings so much closer together, and I've really loved watching that happen slowly, over time. Morgan and Patrick's book is next, so I can't wait to see how the brothers handle their sister falling in love. I have a feeling it will be the Wright kind of perfect.


K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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August 4, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Theirs to Take (Blasphemy #4)


Holy sexy cover, Laura Kaye. We're about to meet not ONE more Blasphemy master, but TWO. Check out the cover and blurb for THEIRS TO TAKE (Blasphemy #4)


Theirs To Take (Blasphemy #4), by Laura Kaye
Publish Date:
September 26, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Genre: adult erotic romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

(Synopsis) Best friends Jonathan Allen and Cruz Ramos share almost everything—a history in the Navy, their sailboat building and restoration business, and the desire to dominate a woman together, which they do at Baltimore’s exclusive club, Blasphemy. Now if they could find someone who wants to play for keeps…


All Hartley Farren has in the world is the charter sailing business she inherited from her beloved father. So when a storm damages her boat, she throws herself on the mercy of business acquaintances to do the repairs—stat. She never expected to find herself desiring the sexy, hard-bodied builders, but being around Jonathan and Cruz reminds Hartley of how much she longs for connection. If only she could decide which man she wants to pursue more…


As their attraction flashes hot, Jonathan and Cruz determine to have Hartley for their own. But the men’s erotic world is new and overwhelming, and Hartley’s unsure if she could really submit to being both of theirs to take…forever.



A Special Cross-Over Release with Jennifer Probst’s Reveal Me from her Steele Brothers Series!
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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August 3, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Mine For The Week (Wild Love #2)


FINALLY, Erika Kelly is giving us more from the O'Donnell siblings and her Wild Love series. MINE FOR THE WEEK (Wild Love #2) will be out this fall, and today you get to see the cover and an excerpt!


Mine For The Week (Wild Love #2), by Erika Kelly
Publish Date:
October 3, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | iBooks

(Synopsis) As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at a singles resort. He just needs one week to escape his life, and then he’ll get back on track. But moments after arriving he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. But he’s about to start a Major League Baseball career, and she’s launching a fight for her family legacy. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion?

Sophie reached for the key in the ignition.

“Move over,” Ryan said.

“Excuse me?”


Tearing off his sunglasses, he stuck his face into the Jeep, forcing her to lean back. “Move over. I’m getting in.”


Struck by all that masculinity, the scent of sun-warmed cotton, soap from his shower, and whatever shampoo he’d used, it took her a moment to answer. He was a formidable presence, and the energy rolling off him overwhelmed her. “You can teach me how to use a stick shift from the passenger seat.”


“I’m not going to teach you. I’m driving you.”


“You can’t drive me to the other side of the island.”


“Wanna bet?” he said.


“Why?”


“Because you’re going to get twenty minutes down the road, stall out, and then what? You’ll be stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere by yourself.”


His intense gaze unnerved her. Stirred up all kinds of inappropriate feelings.“Why are you staring at my mouth?”


His jaw clamped shut. “Because I freaking love your mouth. I can’t stop kissing it, remember?”


Heat rushed up her neck, burning her cheeks. “Yes, I remember. That was very rude of you to bring it up.”


His arms reached over his head, hands clutching the roll-over bar of the Jeep. “Move over, Soph.”


“This isn’t a good idea.”


“It’s happening.”


“I’m not coming back until tomorrow.”


His nostrils flared, but he remained silent.


“And you don’t want to see the volcano.”


“Not really.”


“I’m not missing the waterfall with magical properties.” She gave him a meaningful look.


“No.” His lips twitched. “I wouldn’t expect you to.”


When she didn’t budge, he finally looked her right in the eyes and gave her the most searing look she’d ever seen. The heat, the intensity, ignited a flurry of explosions in her chest. Holding her gaze, he said, “I think you know I’m going with you.”

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life--she just didn't know it. Raised on the classics, she didn't discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she's been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she's written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women's fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she's lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

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August 2, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Hooking Up

I am absolutely ready for a new Helena Hunting book, and thankfully, one is on the horizon. Check out the cover for the follow up to Shacking Up - HOOKING UP. You're definitely gonna want to look if arm porn is your thing... *drool*.


Hooking Up, by Helena Hunting
Publish Date:
November 7, 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

(Synopsis) Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.


Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.


They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.
Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.