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Blog Tour – Worth Fighting For by Amanda Kelley

Today we have the blog tour for Amanda Kelley’s Worth Fighting For! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Author: Amanda Kelley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Worth Fighting For:

Nothing in Kellen O’Connell’s life has come easy. He knows better than anyone that if you want something, you better fight for it.

 

When he finds himself drawn to a feisty kindergarten teacher, he realizes he’s going to have to fight harder than ever if he wants to know her secrets.

 

On the outside, Ali Crawford has it all. The perfect job. Great friends. A wonderful family. But she has demons, just like everyone else. There are things she’s never given a voice to, and they are relentlessly chipping away at her conscience.

 

Will she have the courage to trust the magnetic, if not annoyingly infuriating, Kellen with her past? Or will she let it ruin the best thing she’s ever known, as it turns her into someone she doesn’t even recognize?

 

If they can learn to trust each other, they might just find something worth fighting for.

 

*Intended for readers 18 years of age and up due to mature content.

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About the Author:

Amanda was raised in a small town in Wyoming where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Today, they live in Northern Colorado where she is lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom to two incredible sons. When she is not attempting to write awesome love stories, she spends her days as a chauffeur, alarm clock, maid, nurse, chef, counselor, cheerleader, referee, finder of shoes and homework, giver of hugs, and pet whisperer. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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Characters & Chemistry.

Ali Crawford a native of her home town has just moved back to start as the new kindergarten teacher. She promised herself that she would be a responsible adult and that she had changed since that night. She has also been having the same nightmare on and off for a very long time.

Ali is Fort Knox with her impenetrable walls she is guarded and hasn’t been with anyone since college. She has a lot to overcome of maybe what could of happened and what actually didn’t happen. She has taken every knowing measurement to protect herself for not being in such a situation again. But you can only ignore your problems for so long.

Kellen O’Connell is a cop and he takes his duty to serve and protect very seriously. He has not had an easy life but he has made the best out of his situation and what he could do for his brother, his younger brother Finn is more like a son than a brother. But his older brother is nothing but trouble.

Seriously I love and adore Kellen, he is all in for the heroine. He is loyal, patient and caring with a strong alpha vibe and he doesn’t come across as an a-hole. He takes being a good guy to a whole new level. The love is real.

The build-up of the chemistry with these two is really good. It is slow burn to begin with but soon heats up but sets a tone that it is going to be something good.

I liked Ali she is strong and sweet and stands up for herself. What I didn’t like was her being bitchy to the Hero for no other reason than maybe that she can. I just didn’t get it when I found out what happened I still felt it to be somewhat over the top. But that is just me.

Writing, Plot & Pace.

The writing here is truly captivating and it pulled me into West Grove and the world of Kellen O’Connell and Ali Crawford and the blossoming love they have for one another. There is great banter, warmth, and a feel good vibe to it. I had a lot of feels with this book and they just kept on coming. The pace is perfect which isn’t always easy to do especially when there is some angst involved. Whereas one could say that the plot has been tried and tested and done by many authors in different ways the execution is the most important aspect and Ms. Kelley nailed that one on the head no doubt about that.

Verdict.

There are so many wonderful possibilities with this world and this series and I want more. I truly loved it. Pet peeve when book one in the series has already been released and you have no idea, backtrack and find out that you just have to read book 1 otherwise you will die because it all makes no sense, kidding it does. But I shall read the first book I just wish companies would mention that for signups or I am blind.

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RAMBLINGS RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review -Waiting For You (McKinney/Walker Brothers #2) by Claudia Connor

Waiting For You Book Cover Waiting For You
McKinney/Walker Brothers #2
Claudia Connor
Contemporary Romance
15th March 2019
ebook
377
Netgalley

When ER nurse Nora Sellers is hurt in a hospital scuffle, firefighter Zach Walker blames himself. Blaming himself is nothing new. He’s been blaming himself for years for the trauma his baby sister endured as a teenager. Though with his happy–go–lucky attitude no one would know it. He’s good at his job, he’s a good brother, and a good friend, but Zach decided long ago he wasn’t husband and father material.


Even so, when Zach learns Nora is a single mother with a house that needs his help, he can’t walk away. After a few days with Nora and her ten month old son, he knows he doesn’t want to.


But Nora’s wary. She learned at a young age that the only person she can count on is herself. Now with a baby, a job, and a fixer–upper house, the last thing Nora wants is a sexy firefighter, making her heart flutter. But Zach is more than what he seems, and the more she gets to know him the harder he is to resist.


She’s been brave all her life. Can she be brave one more time and take a chance of a lifetime with her heart?

 

There is just something about Ms. Connor and this series that leaves me with a Happy Face & Goofy Smile.

The McKinney/Walker is one of my favourite series and when I saw this on Netgalley I just had to request it.

Zach Walker firefighter a slight commitment phobe a reformed manho still hasn’t processed what happened to his sister Hannah. But he meets his game changer. Nora Sellers.

I loved Zach, he is a knight in tarnished armour.

Nora Sellers has been alone all her life and it is hard for her to trust people and put down roots with an incident at the hospital where she works she meets the one man that will change everything. Zach Walker.

I docked a star because I wasn’t a fan of Nora but she grew on me and we became friends, we shall never be best buds though.

Waiting for You is a heartfelt romance full of feelz, sweet with an adorable baby (I’m a sucker for single parents, like catnip peeps) that will most likely melt the coldest of hearts.

A must read!

 

 

4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW : Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen

 

 

Blood to Dust

  

Blood to Dust
 L.J. Shen
July 17th 2016

 

His name is Beat, and I should hate him.

Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I’m tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.

His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don’t.

I’m not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I’m not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.

His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I’ve never seen his face, though I hear that it’s beautiful.

Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there’s a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.

His name doesn’t matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it’s his.

Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

 

 

 

Dark stories used to be a trigger for me – same like mafia books were.

There were some great authors that made me warm up to the mafia theme so every once in a while I dare reading a book on that subject.

And just lately I encountered some authors that also made me more adventurous when it comes to the darker stories out there – so when I saw the Blurb of Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen I was torn between trying it out and being afraid that it might be an epic fail for me.

Because there is one thing that I need even if the stories are dark (sorry I can not tell because of mayor spoiler …) and it is always a huge gamble if the book I choose will have it or not.

Ahgrr .. I really need to say more – but no – not possible … lets leave it at “what I need is something that is offered usually more rare in a darker story than in other books”

But this book is different … because it not only has what I was looking for but also it manages to combine subjects of darker nature with moments of laughing which I can not remember ever finding in another book.

And on top of that it is really hard at times to keep up with all the twists and turns the story is taking. And lets not forget suspense an action.

So YES it is a dark romance but an unusual one I think. But it should be left in that genre because of triggers it might contain for readers.

If this book is any indication on the writing style of this author I believe she should be watched closely. I think I will put her book “Sparrow” next on my reading list because I just read some quotes of it that really got my attention because they reminded me of an even darker version of Jodi Ellen Malpas’ Character Jesse Ward (This Man)

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF RAMBLINGS READING

Unbeautiful by Jessica Sorensen

Title : Unbeautiful
Author : Jessica Sorensen
Series : Unbeautiful, #1
Rating : 4 Stars
 
Blurb : Emery You want to know my secrets? What lies beneath the pretty? The scars I can’t let anyone see? The scars tied to my secrets? On the outside I appear normal. Some might even say perfect. They say that I’m a pretty girl. They say I should be happy. They say that I have nothing to be angry about. That I’m popular. A cheerleader. That I’m perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. But all they see is what’s on the outside. On the inside I’m raw, open, bleeding. Scars that can’t seem to heal the wounds. Carrying dark secrets about who I really am. How afraid I am to tell the truth. And it’s slowly killing me. Ryler Tattoos. Piercing. Scars. The guy who can’t speak. Gothic freak. Mute. Punk. I’ve heard it all. They say that I’m probably dangerous. They say people should stay away from me. They say. They say. They say. But who are they anyway? To decide what I am. They don’t know what’s hidden beneath the scars. Beneath the piercings and tattoos. The secrets I keep hidden beneath the silence. Maybe if they knew, they wouldn’t fear me so much. Then again, maybe they’d fear me more.
 
Review : I would have never guessed that this book will suck me in this deep I’ve been hearing on repeat nonstop one song …. which somehow perfectly fits this book… Eminem & Rihanna – The Monster
 
 

4 STAR ARC BOOKPROMO BOOKSHELF RELEASE REVIEW

Review – You Will Suffer (The Agency #3) by Alexandra Ivy

You Will Suffer Book Cover You Will Suffer
The Agency #3
Alexandra Ivy
Romantic Suspense
Zebra
29.01.2019
ebook
352

EVERY SMALL TOWN HAS A SECRET
The rolling fields outside Curry, Oklahoma, are a beautiful spot to ramble on an early spring day . . . and a lonely place to die. Among the prairie grass and wildflowers, a killer kneels beside a curled-up figure, plunging a syringe beneath skin to deliver the fatal dose. And as the victim’s last breath mingles with the air, it sends a warning out to the world: This is just the beginning.
 
AND THIS ONE
Rejecting her judge father’s prestigious connections, Ellie Guthrie opened her own law firm in Curry. But something strange is going on. Ellie’s tires are slashed. Dead rats are dumped on her patio. Her neighbor, former FBI agent Nate Marcel, insists on watching out for her. And then bodies begin turning up—supposed overdoses that Nate suspects are something much more sinister.
 
IS WORTH KILLING FOR
There’s a killer in town, toying with her, drawing both Ellie and Nate into a web of murder and vengeance. To find answers, she’ll have to unearth this small community’s dark and twisted past . . . before it’s her turn to die.
 
Praise for Pretend You’re Safe
 
 “Alexandra Ivy gives readers a nice balance of romance and suspense in her fast-paced,
well-plotted novel.”
—Kat Martin, New York Times bestselling author
 
“A satisfying mystery . . . Ivy's clever foreshadowing keeps the tension high throughout this 
fast-moving tale, and the romance sizzles.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“A pulse-raising romantic thriller.”
BookPage

I can always count on Ms. Ivy to deliver me some good, old romantic suspense.

 

Ellie Guthrie has moved back to Curry, Oklahoma the place she was born to open up her own law company. She is content but everyone is glad that she is there. Ellie is prickly which I like in my heroines but we didn’t get off to a good start, but she did grow on me.

 

Nate Marcel retired from the FBI he was too tired of living life dangerously and wanted a different pace and he got that in Curry. But his former skills are going to be put to use soon enough. I liked Nate a lot and he balanced out my slight dislike for Ellie at the beginning.

 

The writing is good, and the pace matched the tone of the book and there was some angst and suspense. I had an inkling of who it could be, and I was right to some extent. I can only recommend this book as it is a good and solid read.

 

 

4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe (Jacob’s Ladder #1) by Katie Ashley

 

 

Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder, #1)

  

Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe
Jacob’s Ladder #1
Katie Ashley
November 7th 2017

 

As the lead songwriter for Jacob’s Ladder, the last thing Gabe Renard needs is a debilitating case of writer’s block. After years of meaningless one night stands, he’s finding it hard to pen the love-filled ballads the label is requesting. In an effort to clear his mind, Gabe takes his jeep off-roading in the North Georgia Mountains. When a wrong-turn leads to him getting stuck more than just creatively, he’s forced to call for help. To his surprise, the “Ray” who has been sent by Hart Wreckers to his aid is actually “Rae”—a sexy-as-hell spitfire in a pair of tight-as-hell jeans. The combination of Rae’s sassy mouth and rocking body might be the inspiration Gabe needs. But for the first time since becoming a rock star, his advances have been shot down.

Reagan Hart has never been a fan of musicians. In fact, just the mention of one might cause her to throw a tire tool. Her disgust for them started when she was just eight and her mother ran off with a traveling country singer, and it only worsened when at seventeen, her rocker boyfriend knocked her up before blowing out of town. As a single mother taking care of her family’s collision business, Rae doesn’t have time for hook ups, much less a relationship. And if she did make time, a musician would be last on her list, even one as good-looking as Gabe Renard.

Can Gabe find the words to prove not only to Rae, but himself, that she’s the only one for him?

 

 

 

Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe (Jacob’s Ladder #1) by Katie Ashley is the first book by this author that I read. My thoughts in general on her writing style is that she presents an easy digestible read. The characters are well developed and likeable. And the story is well written and the development is deep enough to feel connected but not to heavy to be deeply invested.

Which already explains why it did not make the 5th star. I was not feeling with the characters in a way that it brought tears to my eyes. Which can go both ways as in tears of devastation and hurt or from laughing.

 

When I started reading the book Gabe made me feel like I should know more about his background but it seems that it is the first book of a series so maybe he was in another series as a secondary character? Anyway once I was moving with the flow the story felt good and I could read the book in two short sessions.

 

If you like Rockstar romances I am pretty sure you will especially like this one. It’s plot is far better than many previous books I read of that genre. It feels as if the author paid special attention to not make it a cliché read.

 

And besides on moment when I felt Rae was going overboard and acted unreasonable the author did a great job at that. I have to admit the author even found a good explanation for the actions of Rae later so if you ask me what I think about this book I would tell you that I can truly recommend it to you if the blurb appeals and if you like an easy digestible read.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Craving Sugar by Elena M. Reyes

 

Craving Sugar

  

 Craving Sugar
 Elena M. Reyes
 October 27th 2017

 

Earn extra cash by becoming a high class companion.
Travel, eat, and have your every expense taken care of.The catch: I’ll be someone’s sugar baby for a year. Paid to be a private escort.Beau Carter is young, beautiful, and with a bright future ahead of her. Her dreams of becoming the first woman in her family to graduate from college are just within her grasp, when the financial aid runs out. Up to her eyeballs in debt, she works night and day to make ends meet, but even that can only last for so long.

Hendrix Parker lost it all four years ago. Angry at the world, he’s become an asshole—a bitter shell of the man his family once loved. A recluse, he is now forced to leave his sanctuary in the Florida Keys and become an active member of the real estate developer community he now dominates.

Problem is he’s all alone and needs a buffer. Someone to draw attention away from him.

“I bought you to be my whore.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

 

 

Textrovert

  

 Textrovert
Lindsey Summers
May 2nd 2017

 

Can you fall in ♥ with someone you’ve never met?

Summer is nearly over and Keeley is about to start her senior year when disaster strikes: she picks up the wrong cell phone by mistake. 😞 Just her luck that it belongs to Talon, a totally arrogant jock 🏈 who’s just left for football camp—with her phone. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week.

Talon is so full of himself, but Keeley quickly discovers he’s funny, too—at least his texts are. 😅 And he listens to Keeley—which is more than anyone else does. Texting Talon, she can be more than just the quiet twin sister of a popular boy. Texting Talon, she can be the outgoing person she’s always wanted to be. Soon the two are falling for each other, hard.

But when true identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings stay the same?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Ruin You (The Debt #3) by Molly O’Keefe

 

 

Ruin You (The Debt, #3)

  

 Ruin You
 The Debt #3
 Molly O’Keefe
November 9th 2017

 

Simon

The only thing that stands in the way of my revenge is her.

The lying scheming daughter of the man who killed my parents. She has the secrets I need to bring down her father.

And I’ll do anything to get them. I will lie to her. Steal from her. Use her.
Ruin her.

It helps that our chemistry is explosive.

What I’m not expecting is for her to be so sweet. And so strong.

So…irresistible.

Penny

After so many years of lying and hiding, I finally have a place to call home. With people I can call a family. The Paintbrush Inn is my life now, and I won’t let anyone ruin it.

When sexy and world-weary Simon checks in to the Inn, I never expect him to glance my way. I’ve spent my whole life blending into the background. Being overlooked and ignored. It’s been helpful, even though it’s lonely. And he’s way out of my league.

But our attraction is powerful. Undeniable.

Dangerous.

Because I can’t let anyone close. If the secrets I keep were to be revealed, my whole life would be destroyed. But something about Simon makes me break all my own rules. I’m letting him in to my home, my body, my life, never expecting he has his own secrets.

His own lies.

When the truth comes out, we’ll both be ruined.

 

 

 

Reading Ruin You by Molly O’Keefe was not my first rodeo with this author but I have to admit I had no Idea it was already the third book in this series called “The Debt”. Which proofs that even though the characters are connected it is easy to read as a standalone.

Obviously I like the writing style of this author or I would not have selected this book. As I already read 4 or 5 books from her.

 

But now lets go to the core of my thoughts and they are and honestly they are widely spread for once.

First of all and dear to my heart :  The setting … I love SF can not help it so I felt right at home. But when it came to the setting of the Paintbrush inn I could not help myself and my mind went to a place I know of that I love dearly. Everything about this Paintbrush Inn reminded me of the herb farm in Seattle right down to the food (just google it and check if you agree). So my mind already had the perfect setting for the plot

 

Second : And I have to admit dear author it took me a moment or two until I connected the dots. I loved the movies (and I mean the older ones not the one from 2017) dearly. So ones my mind finally found what it reminded me of the name Simon was almost TO obvious #laughing. Ok I guess not everybody can follow my line of thoughts here so I would like to whisper a line to give a hint “the Saint” …. Clearly its not THAT story but please admit there are some parallels at least I found them enough to be reminded.

 

And with all these warm feelings about the story I felt so far it was kind of hard for me to realize one thing. As the story went on I knew this thing there between the leads had to blow up at one point. Hey no spoiler here right ? But could I feel that the characters had enough going for them that their relationship would survive this ? And when I asked myself that question I noticed something strange.

 

It did not feel like an Insta love what they had. But it also did not feel like love to me. It felt like need and lust like a web of betrayal that can only be survived because both are equal partners in the same yet different crime. The story moved into the background for me at that point and I only wondered how this situation would be solved.

 

And I have to be honest for me it wasn’t solved. The story has ended but until the final end I am still not convinced that Simon and Penny were really in love. They were in lust for sure and they had something but even there I am not sure if they had chemistry or just a connection in their past that links them together.

 

Still I like the writing of this author and I will always pick up a book from her if the blurb appeals to me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Title : Blurred Lines
Author : Lauren Layne
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
 
Blurb : In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”? When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him. The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.
 
Review : When you read Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne you will find that the storyline is very “cliché” orientated. Friends to lovers or friends with benefits with the option of going back – only to find out it’s not possible.
But still the author manages to makes it interesting. Her writing is good and you are captured in the story. The leads are interesting and their development is sufficient enough for the reader to feel with them.
I can promise the story will draw you in from the first page – enjoy
 
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
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