Monday, January 20, 2020

New Release: Almost Just Friends by JIll Shalvis + Review!

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the world—and the people who make it home.

Almost Just Friends, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Jill Shalvis, is LIVE!

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Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

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3.5 stars

I liked this book, even if I didn't totally love it. This is Piper and Cam's story. Piper is an EMT in her small town and is trying to fix up her family's home she and her siblings inherited. Her life is shaken up when she meets her elderly neighbor's hot Coast Guard son, Cam. It keeps getting more crazy when her brother and sister, who she raised when her parents died, both move back in with her and they bring their own boatload of problems with them. They all have a lot to work through and to learn about family. Cam is just what Piper needs when she needs it and gives her someone to take care of her, while she takes care of her siblings.

This was a really good story and good writing. I liked Cam at lot. He was a dream; very understanding and gracious of Piper. I had a harder time with her. She was very prickly and closed off. I have a hard time connecting with heroine's like that. She was also a little immature at times. But Cam loved her anyway and never seemed to mind her prickliness. It was nice to see her finally let him in and let herself fall in love. They made a good couple. The story was a good length and enjoyable in general. I liked Piper's brother, but found her sister annoying and childish. However, the story was good and I really enjoyed how everything resolved in the end.

Overall, this was a good book. I found it entertaining and enjoyable. I liked the strong themes of family and small town life. I liked Piper and Cam's relationship progression and the way that she worked everything out with her siblings. I have enjoyed the Wildstone series and look forward to more from Ms. Shalvis in the future!

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Cover Reveal: Kiss my Cupcake by Helena Hunting

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Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day.

Kiss My Cupcake, an all-new standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is releasing August 11th, and we have the irresistible cover!



Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.
From ax throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Release: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey + Review!

Love Her or Lose Her
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New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.



3.5 -3.75 stars

 This was a pretty good book. Love Her or Lose Her is the story of Rosie and Dominic. They have been married for years, sweethearts since their teens, but have lost themselves and their relationship along the way. They have some major issues to work through and must decide if their relationship is salvageable. Both must fight for their love and future together.

I liked Rosie and Dominic. They were a good couple. I liked their long history. I just didn't feel 100% connected to them. At times, I didn't understand why they were having problems or what all the fuss was about. There was no way that Dominic would have let Rosie go. He was determined to do anything for her, while Rosie was less sure that their marriage could be salvaged. I felt like there was a little too much angst and back and forth on whether they would end up together. But, they obviously loved each other and should be together. Still, I enjoyed this book. The writing and the story were good. I liked the cultural touches and the descriptions of Rosie's food and restaurant, too.

Overall, this was a pretty good read, even if it was not my very favorite by Ms. Bailey. I enjoyed it and was happy Rosie and Dominic worked out their issues. I like this series and look forward to more to come in the future.

New Release: Baiting Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds + Review!

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Series: How to Catch an Alpha #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 14, 2020


Chrissie doesn’t have time for guys, hot or otherwise; most days, she barely has time to sleep. With a thriving bakery that demands her attention and plenty of proof that relationships aren’t worth the trouble, she’s content to go it alone. Too bad she’s unwittingly baited Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way Too Gorgeous—and he’s just waiting for a chance to bite.

Gaston is used to getting what he wants, but he also knows nothing good ever comes easy. From the moment he meets Chrissie, he realizes that this woman who makes him laugh, smells like cupcakes, and looks like a tasty snack is going to be his greatest challenge. And if he’s lucky, she’ll be his biggest reward.

But someone else wants to catch Gaston at all costs—even if it means endangering the lives of the people he loves. Somehow Gaston must thwart danger and convince Chrissie that he’s the perfect catch.

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3.75-4 stars

Baiting Him was a really cute, feel good read. This is Gaston/Gus and Chrissie's story. They meet when she attends a bachelorette celebration at the bar he owns. He is smitten immediately, while she is a little wary. But he won't let her get away for long. As they get to know each other, they find they are a perfect match.

Gus and Chrissie's story was ARR at her sweetest. Gus was the swoony, perfect guy and Chrissie was cute and quirky. I really liked them both. Their story is instalove, super sweet, low angst, sexy and fun. Gus does the chasing, even though the book is titled Baiting Him. There is no big problems or fights or anything either, which I love.

Overall, this was a fun, easy read with a good story. I enjoyed this book a lot! I look forward to more from this series and Ms. Reynolds in the future.

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, Underground Kings and Shooting Stars.

Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Life Duet by Jewel E. Ann

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Sex isn’t love.

Love isn’t sex.

And friendship is neither.

The Life Duet, an all-new mindbending and romantic duet from Jewel E. Ann is coming February 6th, and we have the gorgeous covers!


The Life that Mattered

Releasing February 6th

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.
Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.
Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.
Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, pantyscorching novels.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Blog Tour: Release by Aly Martinez + Review & Excerpt!

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Release, an all-new “mesmerizing” and “captivating” standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!


Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.
At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.
By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.
Love never fails, right?
But for Ramsey, it did.
Love failed him.
I failed him.
The entire world failed him.
At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.
Move on,he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.
Start a new life, he urged.
I don’t love you anymore, he lied.
There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.
So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don't even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.

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It was funny. I’d spent almost half my life surrounded by the biggest, baddest criminals the state of Georgia had been able to capture. Yet, I was terrified of a five-foot-five woman who for some asinine reason was still in love with me. I couldn’t be around her. Not if I wanted to keep my head straight and my eye on the prize. I had three years before I got off parole. I needed to get a job, tuck away some cash, and, the second I was allowed to leave Georgia, get the hell out of there. Maybe, if I was lucky, I’d be able to convince my sister to come with me. We didn’t have to go far. We could stay in the south if she wanted. South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee—there were schools everywhere. Nora wouldn’t have trouble finding a job. The hardest part would be convincing her to leave Thea. However, maybe if she did, Thea would finally move on with her life and stop obsessing about me. I’d known they lived together for a while. I didn’t want anything to do with Thea while I was locked up, but I was happy as hell Nora had someone to lean on. I had been under the impression that Nora had gotten her own place when she found out about my release. I had been under that impression because Nora had straight-up told me she was getting her own place after I’d declared there was no way I was living with Thea. Now, I was hiding in my room, waiting for Nora to wake up, open my door, and escort me to breakfast like a damn bodyguard so I could avoid confrontation. Next up in my efforts to kill time was a workout. Sit ups, pushups, planks, running in place. This was when I realized Nora hadn’t bought me any deodorant. Another shower. Another naked lap around the bedroom, and this time, I managed to keep my hands off my cock. Finally, I got dressed. This required me to pick through a bunch of preppy shit Nora had bought for me to find tattered jeans and a fitted green tee that clung to my chest like a damn glove. In my closet, I found a belt and a pair of distressed brown lace-up boots that maybe could have doubled as combat boots if the war was taking place on a runway. But what the hell did I know about style? I’d been wearing orange or puke beige for almost half my life. When I was done with all of that and there was still no sign of Nora, I sat on the edge of the bed and decided to give the phone thing a try. I wasn’t totally out of the technology loop. We had computers at the library and we were allowed to use them if we earned the privileges. But they might as well have been dinosaurs compared to the phone she’d bought me. I couldn’t even get it to read my face with the fancy secret laser thing. I gave up trying pretty quickly. So there I was, bored out of my mind, starving, and poking at my newfound wrinkles in the bathroom mirror, when I heard a knock at my door. “Ramsey?” I froze, my eyes locked on the mirror, panic staring back at me. Thea. Jesus. I needed to find somewhere else to live. Leaning out of the bathroom, I stared at the door. If I was super quiet, maybe she’d think I was still asleep and go the hell away. When I didn’t reply, she knocked again. Her voice was timid and sweet, not at all like the fearless girl I’d grown up with. I hated it. “Ramsey? You hungry? I’m making breakfast? I was wondering if you wanted something?” Everything from my name to the fact that she was making breakfast was a question, as if maybe she was asking permission to cook in her own house. My stomach was currently feasting on my backbone. Still, I said nothing. She sighed. “Okay. Well, if you change your—” There were several seconds of silence. I quirked my eyebrow at the door, trying to figure out why she’d abruptly stopped talking, and then cursed my inability to develop x-ray vision. I held my breath, hoping to hear her footsteps as she walked away. No. Such. Fucking. Luck. The door swung open and she came walking inside with her hands stacked over her eyes. “Look, I know you’re awake. I heard you running earlier. I also heard you take at least three showers. Sorry, but the house isn’t that big. Neither is the hot water heater. Are you at least dressed so I can open my eyes?” Brave. Unapologetic. And completely oblivious to boundaries. Now that was the Thea I knew. “Get out,” I barked. “Dressed? Not dressed? Help me out here?” “Get. Out.” She kept her eyes closed. “You gotta eat, Ramsey. You can’t stay locked up in this room forever.” I wanted to tell her to get the hell out again. Honestly, it was on the tip of my tongue. But it never made it past my lips because my traitorous eyes stole a headto-toe of her lithe body. She was barefoot, wearing jeans—tight ones that tapered at her ankle. They looked like mine in the sense that they had a rip in the knee. They didn’t look like mine in the sense that they hugged the curve of her hips and more than likely her ass too. A pink tank top stretched across her chest, and I swear on my life, fuck x-ray vision because I could see the pebble of her nipples beneath the fabric. It wasn’t a ridiculous dress. It wasn’t stupid fucking heels. She wasn’t wearing a face full of clown makeup. She was just Thea. The nostalgia pumped through my veins like acid even as my cock stirred. Fuck, I should have jerked off again in the shower. “I’m dressed,” I bit out, desperate for her to put her damn hands down and maybe use them to cover her tits instead. Her long, brown lashes fluttered as she opened her eyes. Those fucking eyes had once owned me. As a huge smile lit her face, I felt the claim all over again. “Oh, look, you chose one of the outfits I picked out for you.” Of course I had. Of fucking course. As soon as I got her out of my room, I was going to take the outfit off and light it on fire.


3 stars

 Release was a pretty good book, with the potential to me great, but it didn't quite get there for me. This standalone book is Thea and Ramsey's story. The two met as children, both having hard family lives, and became best friends who leaned on each other for everything. They fell in love at a young age before tragedy struck them and tore them apart. Ramsey has been in prison for many years for his part in this tragedy. During that time, he pushed Thea away and told her he hated her. When Ramsey is released, he wants nothing to do with Thea. But she is hell bent on getting answers and working things out with him. The two have a lot of heartbreak and trauma to work through if they want to have any kind of peace and a happy future.

This book is full of high drama and angst. There are so many dramatic moments and very few happy moments. The story was interesting and had potential, but I needed more healing in the book to get over the past and less continuous, one-tone drama. I found it a little frustrating. I liked Ramsey and Thea and I wanted the best for them. These two were so broken and had hurt each other so much. They fought each other through much book, before finally finding a way to resolve their problems. Ramsey hurt Thea badly and was cruel to her in an effort to push her away. But she would not give up on him, and kept coming back for more hurt, making her seem like a doormat at times. I had a few moments where I wanted her to give up on him, because of the way he treated her, and I didn't feel like he made up for that behavior enough. It was a little hard to imagine them having a happy future when the book was so tumultuous. But it seems like they do get the healing they need afterwards; I would love to have seen that first hand on the page. Still, this fast paced story kept my attention and I wanted to see this couple work things out. They deserved a happy future and I was glad it worked out for them.

Overall, while I didn't totally love the way things played out in this book, Ms. Martinez is great at angsty stories that pull you in and this book was no different. If you love the drama, you will love this book. I just personally like the drama in the books I read balanced with more resolution of the drama. I still enjoyed the book and was entertained. Thea and Ramsey deserved their well-fought-for happiness. I look forward to more from Ms. Martinez in the future!

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

New Release: Siren Reborn by Lexi Blake

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“Lexi Blake is a master at sexy, thrilling romance!"-- Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author

Siren Reborn, the next steamy addition in the Texas Siren Series, from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak, is available now!

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Cole Roberts and Mason Scott loved each other since childhood, but they needed something more to make them whole. They searched for a woman who could complete them, but a terrible accident tore them apart. Their perfect life shattered, they were each left angry and alone.
Kitten Taylor’s past is filled with heartache. She yearns to be part of a family she can call her own. When Cole takes her in, she hopes to finally find the place she belongs, but quickly realizes something is wrong. There is a chasm between them and every day it seems to get worse. When they are alone together, she can sense the wonderful bond they could share, but they can’t seem to find a way to connect.
Everything changes when Kitten meets Mason for the first time. She instantly feels a connection and realizes how perfect their lives could be if Mason and Cole could look beyond the past.
When a killer puts the trio in their crosshairs, Cole and Mason will have to put aside the betrayal and hurt they allowed to consume them in order to forge a future with the woman they love.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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