Release – FALL by Kristen Callihan

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The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.

 

 

 

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I clear my throat. “While I was eating my ice cream—”

He snorts, but remains tense.

“I thought about how you looked familiar to me.”

“It was the guilt haunting you.”

“Or … And I’m just throwing this out there. You’re Jax Blackwood.”

He actually flinches. “Fuck. You recognized me.”

“It was bound to happen. John? Really?”

His chin tips in a pugnacious angle. “It’s my name. John is … me. Jax is who I am onstage.”

I picture him performing, all electric energy and raw passion and sheer talent. It’s a sight to behold. Hell, a couple of really hot fantasies have been induced by that sight.

While I’m lost in a teen fantasy, his eyes dart around like he’s expecting someone to pop out from behind a snow mound and take his picture. Then his gaze snags on me. My expression must be slightly punch drunk, because his entire body leans away from mine. Not exactly flattering to realize he’s afraid I’ll try to lick his face or something.

I snap my gaping mouth closed. “Oh, calm down. It’s not like I’m going to start squealing and try to grab your junk.”

His expression lightens a little. “I think if you grabbed my junk, I’d be the one squealing.”

“True. I have surprisingly strong hands.” When he stares at me in horror, I hold them up and wiggle my fingers. “Yoga. It’s highly effective.”

“My balls just flinched in terror.”

“Consider yourself warned.”

He snorts but then glances at our building. “You really live here?”

“Do you really think I hunted you down?”

John—because I can’t seem to think of him as Jax—runs his hand through his damp hair, which makes his biceps bunch and twitch. “Yeah … that does sound crazy.”

Crazy. This whole situation is. One day, I’m offered a four-month home in a dream condo, the next I’m standing on my stoop talking to a rock star. The biggest legend of my generation. I honestly don’t know how I’m not stammering right now.

“I can’t believe we’re neighbors,” I say without thinking.

His green eyes glint in the afternoon light, but he pauses and looks at me more closely. “You know, not to sound conceited here, but you’re kind of leering at me right now.”

My chin snaps up like I’ve been hit, even as my body flushes with embarrassment. Shit. I totally had been leering. No, not leering. But I had been staring at him in awe. Ugh. “Well, you do sound conceited. I was simply making polite eye contact.”

Liar McLiar-Face.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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REVIEW : A Thousand Reasons by Mariah Dietz

 

 

A Thousand Reasons

  

A Thousand Reasons
  Mariah Dietz
 June 21st 2018

 

My life is like a coin.
There are two sides.

On one side, I am Leela Walsh: daughter, sister, employee at three minimum-wage jobs.
I cook. Do laundry. Contribute to the debt my family is sinking in.

On the second side, I am Leela Walsh: Straight-A student, top graduate of my class, med student.
No one knows of my brother’s sordid past. My sister’s poor decisions. Or that I’m the first in my family to graduate high school.

The balance between these two sides is nearly impossible to maintain. And it only becomes more difficult when I meet Wes McCleary.

He’s never had a job. Never wanted for anything.
And now, he wants me.

There are a thousand reasons we shouldn’t be together, and just one that keeps bringing us together.

Will that one reason be enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

 

November 19, 2016

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

Title :              Punk 57

Author :           Penelope Douglas

Series :            n/a

Release date :   October 21st 2016

 

 

 

Blurb :  “We were perfect together. Until we met.” Misha

 

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me. In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

 

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…And that was the start.

 

For the next seven years, it was us.

 

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

 

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

 

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone.

 

What are the chances? F*ck it. I need to meet her. I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

 

Ryen

 

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

 

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.He could be gone forever.

 

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

 

 

 

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Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys #1) by Elle Casey

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Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys #1) by Elle Casey

September 14, 2016

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

Title :              Wrong Number, Right Guy 

Author :           Elle Casey

Series :            The Bourbon Street Boys #1

Release date :   September 22nd 2015

Rating :           4 Stars

 

 

Blurb : When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she’s in the middle of a shootout.After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?

 

Review : so one of the downsides of reading a series in the wrong order defentivly is that you spoiler yourself the story up to a point where it feels difficult to give it 5 stars because you were not surprised as you already knew what was going to happen because you already read a newer book.  Thats why I usualy try to avoid this – but I felt I needed to in this case –

 

Indeed it was a worthy start of a series but still I liked the second book that I read first better …

 

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Throb (Life on Stage #1) by Vi Keeland

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Throb (Life on Stage #1) by Vi Keeland

 
 

September 15, 2016

 

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Jeri’s Book Attic

 
 

 

 

Title :              Throb

Author :           Vi Keeland

Series :            Life on Stage #1

Release date :   January 25th 2015

Rating :           4 Stars

 

 

Blurb :

 

The rules:

No dating.

No sex outside of the game.

No disclosing the terms of the contract.

 

Rules were made to be broken, right?

 

Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain… so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil… and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.

 

Review : I love my Go-To Authors … the ones I always return to. Usually when you fall in love with an author it is not his first novel you love, because you join this development somewhere along ride.

 

Therefore it is only natural that even your favorite author still has a few older books that you did not read so far. Just now I “took care” of one of this older ones from Vi Keeland.

 

Reading “Throb” felt strange to me. While it is not “that” old you can still feel the huge development that this author made in just 1,5 years. While Throb is a really solid read it does not feel like for example “Bossman” because it seemed that her “bite” and the witty Banter between the characters was still “under construction in the beginning.

 

I will have to read another older book to confirm that feeling. But at this moment it feels like that.

 

But still it was an enjoyable story, its only problem was that the Vi Keeland now is far better even than the Vi Keeland was back than – therefore she basically deducted 1 star herself #laughing

 

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Cover Reveal – Criminal by Loki Reynard and Jane Henry

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He’s everything I hate. And he’s going to break me.I thought I could take the law into my hands. I was wrong.

When I trespassed in the territory of the FBI’s most wanted, I thought I’d earn respect, maybe even a promotion. Instead, I was caught.

He’s going to strip me of everything — my clothes, my pride, my limits. He’s going to make me endure shameful punishment and worse than that, pleasure.

I can’t help myself.

I’m falling in love with a monster.

Everything about him is just plain… criminal.

 

 

 

 

 

Loki Renard

 

It’s just as well Loki Renard became an author because other career paths proved disastrous. She was once thrown out of someone’s house for trying to sell them citrus based cleaning product, and her brief brush with corporate life ended when she wrote profiles for her fellow employees likening them to various feral animals then attempted to negotiate the idea of not coming into the office and getting paid anyway. Perhaps if she’d had the dedication to slug herself in the face a la Fight Club, things might have turned out differently.

 

 

 

Jane Henry

 

USA Today Bestselling author Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.

 

 

 

 

Cover Package: On a Silent Night by SL Sterling

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Title: On a Silent Night
Author: S.L. Sterling
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Cover Design: T.E. Black Designs
Cover Image: Deposit Photos
 

 

 
Brody:
Five years ago, I lost my best friend. 
A year later, I fell in love with his wife. 
That Christmas, I ran, afraid of what my feelings held.
Three years later, I still can’t get her out of my mind.
So this Christmas, I’ve decided I am going to return to her. I just hope she’ll take me back. 
 
 
Cass:
Five years ago, I lost my husband.
A year later, I fell in love with his best friend.
That Christmas, he left with no explanation. 
Three years later, I’ve started over in a new town and a new relationship. 
Just when I think everything is finally coming together, he shows up.
 
This Christmas is about to get interesting

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Grand Prize: 1 Signed Paperback Copy of On A Silent Night, 2018 Hallmark Christmas Ornament, Lindor Chocolate and Camomile Tea
 
10 additional winners will be chosen to receive 1 ebook copy each of A Kiss Beneath the Stars
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs. 
 
An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel “It Was Always You” was born. 
 
When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters. 
 
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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REVIEW : Many Sounds of Silence (Seattle Sound #4) by Alexa Padgett

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Many Sounds of Silence (Seattle Sound #4)

  

Many Sounds of Silence
 Seattle Sound #4
 Alexa Padgett
 January 9th 2017

 

 

An Awful Night

Maybe she should have sensed the envy when her friends told her how smart, beautiful, and confident she was. But once her mother married a rock star, college freshman Abbi Dorsey suddenly had too many things going for her. One night she can’t remember produced a brutal set of photos the media—and the student body—won’t let her forget. No matter what she does, she can’t escape the fallout… or the threat of more to come.

A Great Lie
Green-eyed senior Clay Rippey has a famous father of his own, and he knows the sting of betrayal. From the moment he sees Abbi, he can’t stop thinking about her. He’s not the relationship type. But he can play one for the press…

A Dangerous Hope
There’s nothing made up about the desire sizzling between Abbi and Clay. But a bond built on fear and faking it doesn’t lead to happy endings. Too bad sticking to the safe route is all but impossible…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

 

November 20, 2016

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

Title :              Anti-Stepbrother

Author :           Tijan

Series :            n/a

Release date :   August 22nd 2016

 

 

 

Blurb : He told me to ‘settle, girl.’ He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’ He said I was an ‘easy target.’ That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks. I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha. He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother. Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming. I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

 

 

 

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Protecting Us (Special Forces: Operation Alpha #12) by Magan Vernon

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Protecting Us (Special Forces: Operation Alpha #12) by Magan Vernon

 
 

September 17, 2016

 

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Title :              Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Protecting Us 

Author :           Magan Vernon

Series :            Special Forces: Operation Alpha #12

Release date :   July 19th 2016

Rating :           3 Stars

 

 

Blurb : Calder “Doc” Thompson spent his whole life preparing to be an Undersea Medical Officer for the United States Navy. When an IED took out both of his legs, he was left with a pair of prosthetics and a job he hated at the local university Student Health Services. Ready to drown it all, he headed to Ace’s Bar and Grill where he met Maya Halliwell, the beautiful new bartender with a secret. A secret that has kept her away from the water for the last four years. Until she watches Calder step into the water and never come up. Now both of their lives are unraveling and the only way they’re able to stay afloat is if they protect each other.

 

Review : Adminting I had no Idea this would be turning out into a paranormal novel. I am not sure If I would have chosen to read it – had I known that fact before. Because eventhough I like paranormal – I do not read all kinds of paranormal and this would have been one of the kinds I do not read. 

 

I think this must have been the first time ever to combine such sensitve subjects like PTSD to … well a paranormal subject. And funny about that is – it actually worked. And while it was a short read and felt not really totally developed at times it was still enjoyable once I managed to read it with an raised eyebrow.

 

BUT because of the missing relationship devolpment / insta love and what felt like unfinsihed business in the end and that plus the (for me missing emotions) lead to the “only” 3 stars

 

 

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