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Title: Unconditional You
Series: Stupid Awesome Love #5
Author: Ceri Grenelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2019
 
 

 

Blurb
 
A marriage of convenience is their second chance at love.Celeste
With debt threatening to bury me, I have no choice but to fall back on my
mother’s lessons and marry a man for money. I’ve got an in with the wealthiest
bachelor in town, but I have to go through his Chief of Staff, Kai, before I
can even meet the Nilsson heir. Which sucks, because a long time ago Kai
promised to run away with me, then left me at the train station with no word.
I’m still not over it.

Kai
To my friends, I’m Kai. To the world at large, I’m Bobby Nilsson, mysterious
and reclusive heir to the Nilsson fortune. I inherit my parents’ money at the
end of the year under a single condition: A wife. There’s only one woman who
might be able to convince the world she loves me. The only problem? Celeste
doesn’t know that Kai and Nilsson are one and the same. Not to mention she
hates me. What’s a billionaire heir to do?

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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“This is quite the reunion then.”
“One I would have avoided if possible.”
“You said you have business to discuss? I’m so intrigued.”
His facetiousness, which was once fun, has now turned biting. We’re on opposite
sides, no longer partners in crime.
“I want to meet Mr. Nilsson, and you’re going to introduce
me.”
“I don’t know who Nilsson is. And he doesn’t go by Mr. Nilsson.”
I sigh at the obvious misstep. He knows what he’s
doing. 
“If you don’t know him then how do you know he doesn’t go by
Mr. Nilsson?”
“Sorry?”
“You said you don’t know him, so how do you know the
nomenclature he prefers?”
“All staff are briefed on the host.”
“And you’re just a regular, nobody, member of the staff.”
“Yes. That’s me—”
“Sir!” A young man in a waiter’s tux bursts through the
patio doors. “The caterer is freaking out. She can’t find her late-night peanut
butter and jelly puff pastries.”
“Why are you asking me?” he asks stiffly without looking
away from me. “Why would I know where the caterer’s puff pastries are?”
The kid looks like the waiter is a world-class idiot and
speaks very slowly, a thick New York accent peeking out. 
“Because you’re the chief of staff, which you made us repeat
back to you three times in a row. In unison.”
He glances at me, and I raise my eyebrow, a victorious but
subtle gesture.
He turns back to the boy, clearing his throat.
“Tell the caterer to check the walk-in in the second
kitchen. Some of the overflow went there.”
“Thanks.” The kid is gone as fast as he arrived. 
Kai’s expression is as innocent as a newborn baby taking a
shit. 
“Surely the chief of staff, the representative
of the man of the house, knows and has met his boss.”
He folds his hand behind his back, rocks on his feet. 
“Even if I do know Nilsson a little, why would I agree to
arrange a meeting?”
“Because I have something he wants.”
“And what’s that?”
“A life away from the spotlight. Away from the people he
hates. An easy life with no expectations.” 
He stops moving, his eyes narrowing. “What exactly are you
proposing?”
“Just that. A proposal. Of marriage.”
He stares at me, his eyes wide, and then he laughs. I knew
he would, the idea so outrageous and outdated. But I have my sources, and I
know Nilsson is as desperate as I am. I keep my expression neutral, unaffected
by his reaction.
“There are at least a hundred women,” he says, finally
composing himself, “inside that ballroom that want to provide what you’re
suggesting. What makes you think you have anything to offer? Your family
reputation is tarnished, thanks to that article. What advantage could you give
Nilsson?”
He’s listening. Time for my pitch. 
“Those women come with rules and expectations. They want his
name and the privilege that brings. They want him at their side at galas,
showing him off like a fucking engagement ring or a puppy with a diamond
collar.”
“What do you come with?”
“Freedom. The freedom for Nilsson to do whatever the fuck he
wants. Stay holed up in this mansion. Travel the world. Never see me, not once.
I’ll agree to anything he wants, as long as I get what I want.”
“He’s already free. He’s richer than Croesus—”
“Which I hear will change if he doesn’t marry by the end of
the year.”
If silence could kill, Kai’s weapon of choice would be made
of a narrow looks.
“How do you know that?”
Play it cool. Hook him and trap him. 
“I have my sources.” 
We face off for a moment, the tension riding us, stirring
us. Eventually he shrugs, acting nonchalant. 
“It doesn’t matter. Even with that knowledge, you don’t have
anything special to offer. You don’t know him, and he doesn’t
want just anyone.”
“You’re right. No one knows him or what he wants. I don’t
know what happened to him after his parents’ death, what made him the way he is
now. Maybe he’s disfigured or crippled or just really really shy. Maybe he’s a
drag queen by night, and he knows at least a quarter of the men and women in
there won’t give to his charities anymore if they discover his true self. I
don’t know why, and I don’t need to know. I don’t care. I want one thing.”
He doesn’t ask, and I don’t wait for him to. I don’t need
his permission or his acknowledgment.
You don’t own me.
“I want the money.”
He takes a step back, disgust clear on his face, even in the
dim light of the patio.
“Of course you do. Christ.”
“I want a limited amount, and I’m willing to sign a
contract, a prenup, whatever he thinks necessary.”
“How much?”
“That’s for Mr. Nilsson and me to discuss.”
He shakes his head and the disappointed expression almost
makes me waver. Almost.
“You’re just like them,” he grits out. 
“What did you think I’d become after you disappeared?”
It’s the only memory I let slip, the only sign I’m angry at
him and still holding a grudge. 
His eyes are fathomless as he takes me in. “Better.”
He turns on a stiff heel, and as he walks out, calls back,
“Nilsson will be in touch.”
“How? A text?” I lay on the sarcasm, thick and
cynical. 
He pauses, his hand hovering over the doorknob lightly, no
sign seeing me has had any effect on him at all.
“Email. Cell service isn’t very reliable around these
parts.”
“Just like the people here. What a life he must live.”
He grins. It’s cold. So unlike anything I remember. “Life is
the ultimate delivery system for disillusionment.”
With a snap of the door frame, he’s gone.
I sag against the railing and down my glass of champagne.
The alcohol burns and carbonation fills my lungs like balloons. 
There. It’s done.
The wheels are in motion. I’m on my way to seeing the arts
program finally succeed, and I survived a meeting with Kai.
Not half bad for a night’s work.
 
 
 
 

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Author Bio
 
 
 
Ceri is the author of quirky and sexy contemporary romance
novels. She has a major weakness for sappy cuddle moments as much as hot and
steamy sex scenes, and a penchant for writing snappy and sarcastic dialogue.
She loves romance that isn’t afraid to be awkward and uncouth, and thrives on
flawed characters with big hearts.
 
A New York native, Ceri now lives in California with her two
cats, Mercy and Eugene Fitzherbert, who should be very thankful she didn’t name
him frying pan. She is a proud functioning introvert and lover of all things
geeky. You can find her haunting the Twitter machine or posting pictures of her
ridiculous cats on Instagram.
 
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Ceri Grenelle is an interesting new to me author. When I came across the plot of “Unconditional You” the 5th book in the Stupid Awesome series I applied for an ARC and while doing that I was asked if I wanted to read any of the previous books in that series so I checked the plots.

And I learned that Ceri Grenelle is one of these authors where at least I have to really go with my feeling for the blurb – if I am not sure about that one – go with the Beatles and LET IT BE … BUT what does that say about the author? Well I guess I have to read the third book to confirm my thoughts but I really think that this author might have the crazy awesome ability to listen to the characters when writing their story. Which basically means that her writing style changes depending what the leads tell her while their story develops. I know how weird that sounds but believe me I have thought about it for several days and this is the only way to explain it … because at my hands I have two books that are that have connecting yet standalone stories with characters. They appear on and off in the books so their stories are close.

And Still I had a (very sorry) 2 Star book and a (must read) 5 star book directly following each other here in my hands – that is what I call a reading experience … crazy right ? So I was looking forward at that point to read the book that I originally applied for because its blurb was not only talking to me … no it was almost shouting at me.

And again I was right to trust my gut – this book was everything I hoped – expected and wished for. I was confirmed in my thoughts that the author really has a writing style that changes with the needs of the character …. From the first glimpse I got at Kai in the previous books I knew I had to read his story. The character never left me even weeks later I was constantly checking when the book might finally be available to read.

If you asked me to make a reading suggestion to you? I would tell you to read Bursting Out first because it will make you want to read this book so much …

When we get introduced the characters in “Bursting Out” I wasn’t sure what to think of Celeste but I was pretty sure I would love Kai’s character. So when we finally get to really meet them in “Unconditional You” there were revelations that explained a lot about how they came to be and I loved how their characters were growing in depth. I was surprised by some of the things that were revealed and I loved the plot from beginning to end especially because the plot was not a simple and easy one. The author really took time writing some twists and turns to make it memorable but again I think if you read book 4 before this it will leave an even deeper impression as the differences between the characters are more obvious. .

And really anything more about the plot I could tell you here that is not already mentioned in the blurb would be a spoiler that I would like to avoid at all cost

My recommendation? Even though you can read it as standalone – I suggest reading book 4 (also because it’s pretty awesome on its own) and then enjoy this one here – and I am pretty sure you will when you like the plot as mentioned in the blurb.

 

 

 

 

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ALL GROWN UP IS LIVE!

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

 

 

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When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.

Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.

My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.

Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.

His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.

But…he looked so familiar.

As I got closer I realized why.

He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home.

The boy next door.

Only now…he was all man.

I hadn’t seen him in years.

I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.

Which I did. Until summer came.

And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year?

 

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If I would bring down this book to one line or even one word it would be PERCEPTION. It is all about that right ? Everywhere we go and with everything we do. I always avoided books that had a huge age gap in their plot between the leads. Not because I think it is a problem but simply because I always place myself into the story to feel them and I could not see myself in that role. In my case especially the “daddy” thing – (meaning young woman older man) – but when one of “my” top authors comes around with that subject well I cannot resist …. So I took a leap of faith that Ms. Keeland would pull me into it … and what can I say … she did it …

 

As I said it is always about perception – why is it ok in our society if a young woman has an older husband ? Well the guy would get backslapping.  It would only be frowned upon if the age gap would be so huge that there would be rumors about a marriage for money in awaiting the impending death. But the only comment you get when an older women is interested in a younger man is “Mrs. Robinson” – WHY? I asked myself that question before and could not come up with a reasonable answer.  And even worse when I started reading “All Grown up” I was irritated with myself because I could totally understand the feelings of the female lead. Her shock and hesitation …

 

But this author worked magic and with the flow of the story my thoughts started changing and I could feel myself getting into the characters. As usual Vi Keeland writes her characters so beautiful it almost hurts. And what is special about her writing is that they are equally beautiful and deep in their development.

 

Slowly but surely this author secured her place in my top 20  go-to-one-click-authors. If you haven’t read anything from her I can only advise to remedy asap. – just check her books for a plot you like and go for it. I truly wonder at this point what else she might be able to sell to me that I normally would not read …

 

But let me again come back to PERCEPTION … read this book and learn from it … learn not to care what other people think and follow your heart …

 

 

 

 

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Title: Wreck My World
Author: Victoria Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
 
 
 
Blurb
 
“The feeling I
have in this very moment, after not seeing her for so long, will haunt me
forever, reminding me why I left to begin with.”
 
For as long as I can remember, Easton Crews has been
off-limits. As much as it kills me, that’s never going to change.
 
After his little disappearing act three years ago, then
suddenly showing up out of nowhere, I shouldn’t want anything to do with
him.
 
It doesn’t matter how beautiful he still is. Or how close we
once were. It shouldn’t matter that my entire body lights on fire with need
whenever he gets close.
 
He chose the worst possible time to leave without so much as
a goodbye.
 
However, just like the first day he walked into our home,
I’m drawn to him, needing him near me just as badly as I need air to breathe,
and I can’t stand it.
 
I want to hate him. I know I should hate him. But
hating him is the last thing he’ll let me do.
 
I push, he pulls harder, until I’m completely wrapped up in
him, my mind lost in the one person who is forbidden—the one person I’ve always
loved, even when he belonged to someone else.
 
Easton was never meant to be mine. It took me years to come
to terms with that and now that I finally have, he’s here, right in front of
me, more irresistible than ever.
 
The part I fear the most about that—he’s the one person
capable of completely wrecking my world.
 
“I’m not leaving
until you take all of your hate out on me. Let me feel it. All of it. Every
dirty look. Every nasty word. I will have it all before I leave. Stop hiding
from me.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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She stops and turns around when she hears my boots crunching
in the gravel behind her. The cold look in her eyes is
almost enough to freeze my damn heart. “Don’t you dare follow me, Easton.
Turn back around and go inside.” With pained eyes, she points at the building
and screams. “GO!”
After yelling at me, she immediately turns back around and
starts walking again to get away from me.
Ignoring her demand, I stalk toward her, wrapping my arm
around her waist right as she attempts to straddle her motorcycle.
“You’re not driving home,” I say, while squeezing her waist
and pulling her against me. “I get that you want fast right now. That you need
a rush to clear your head. Trust me, I know you. I’m the one that got you
addicted, but you’ve had too much to drink.”
“You don’t need to worry about what I do,” she growls out in
anger, before elbowing me in the stomach in an effort to get away. “Dammit! Let
me go. I need to leave. I can’t be here.”
She’s still trying to fight me, so I carefully lower her to
the gravel and trap her under my body, pinning one of her legs underneath mine.
“Give me your keys,” I growl, an inch away from her lips. “Don’t make me force
them out of your hand. I can pin you under my body all night if I fucking have
to, Kota.”
“Yeah, I don’t think my brother would like that much.” She
attempts to buck me off with her hips, but it does nothing.
I smirk down at her and push my hips closer against her
body. “Fight me all you want. I’ll win.”
“Fuck you, Easton!” Breathing heavily, she lays still and
fights to control her breathing from below me. After a few seconds, her eyes
meet mine, and she grins. “Fetch.” She tosses her keys across the parking lot
and then pushes my chest, speaking against my lips. “Now. Get. Off.”
I release a hard breath and take a moment to analyze her
face. It feels like forever since I’ve seen it.
Her big, gray eyes are framed by long lashes and her dainty,
freckled nose is now pierced and flaring out in anger.
Catching me off guard, she pushes her way out from under me
and closes her eyes as she runs her hands over her face and lays back. “Just
leave me be. I don’t want to be anywhere near you. I’ll have Hope take me
home.”
“You really mean that?” I question with a tight jaw. “You
still hate me after three damn years?”
“How can I not?” she bites out, before jumping to her feet,
ignoring my hand as I reach it out to help her. “You tore my heart out. Now get
out of my way.”
I bite my lip, holding in my anger as she pushes past me and
disappears inside.
I’m still standing out here with my hands in my hair when
she walks back out a few minutes later following Hope to her old, beat-up
truck.
My heart pounds relentlessly as I watch them hop inside and
drive away.
You tore my heart out.
Those five words hurt like hell. She’s always been good at
making me feel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today
Bestselling Author of the Walk of Shame Series.
Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for
as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed
readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her
passion.She lives for a good romance book with bad boys that are just highly
misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When
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Wreck My World was the first book by Victoria Ashley that I read and I must say the concept of this story is interesting. The author took the storytelling of a sweet small town romance and inserted a strong woman in a male work environment as a female lead.

 

The reader gets thrown right into the story and it takes a while for all the parts to reveal themselves – but when they do you are going to really like the dynamics between the leads

 

It is difficult to explain how I experienced their presence in the book. Somehow from the first page on Dakota takes the whole space the story offers and in a way Easton is always following. You can sense early on that these two are meant to be together but at the same time that it will not be an easy feature to get to that point.

 

And remember I said that the storytelling felt like it would within a small town romance to accomplish that must have been not easy I would assume because these kind of strong lead will not be pressed into a role that easy.

 

Why I couldn’t give five stars? Well in a way because of Easton. I need my male leads to be at the same level than the female or even ahead of her when it comes to being the strong part of the story. Yet here somehow Dakota always was the stronger one so I could not get into the feelings of the story properly.

 

If you do not have the same preferences like me you are probably going to love this story so enjoy

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London

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How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London

Release Date: June 17, 2019

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How to Lose a Fiancé, Book #2 in the Greek Billionaires contemporary romance series by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London.

Sophia Andreou has always been the “good daughter” who tried to keep her domineering father happy. She followed the rules and did everything that was asked of her. But this time, her father is asking too much. The family company is crumbling, and her father has arranged a marriage to a Greek billionaire who can save their property business. What?! Umm no thank you. If Cinderella can dress up to win a prince, surely Sophia can do the opposite and ditch hers…

Dion Kourakis has come a long way from being an orphan with only a single friend to his name. Now he runs a billion-dollar investment company and has the respect of everyone in Europe. His charming personality covers a lot of emotional scars, including his desire to make his mentor proud. Dion doesn’t exactly want a bride to go along with his next business deal, and he plans on letting the lass down gently when they meet…

Only, his future bride has turned out to be nothing like what he thought she’d be. She’s quirky and has a habit of turning up to social events in strange outfits. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what she’s up to, but the harder she tries to convince him she’d be an awful wife, the more he wants to convince her they’d be perfect together.

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He expected some hesitation from her over the marriage thing. Hell, he’d hesitated himself. It had taken him a full two weeks to process her father’s offer—or rather, ultimatum—and come to grips with the idea of marrying a stranger. Seeing his mentor, Elias, hooked up to half a dozen different machines after having a fall in his home, with tubes coming out of every orifice, had finally pushed him over the edge.

Closure was now within Dion’s grasp, he could shut the final page of his father’s book. He wanted that feeling so bad he could taste it…so bad he would marry a stranger.

“We have plenty of time to get to know one another.” Dion motioned for her to follow him outside. “Your father told me that you’ve been working in the family business.”

“That’s right. I’ve been doing some general admin,” she replied. “And I have my own virtual assistant business, too.”

The sun had set some time ago, but the lights dotted around the garden brightened the front of the house. He unlocked the car and held the door for her.

“Ah, so you’re a businesswoman. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about, then.”

“Sure, although it’s not real passion in life, to be honest.” She looked at him expectantly, as though wanting an invitation to elaborate.

“What would you rather be doing?” he asked.

The car’s engine rumbled as he pulled out of the circular path in front of the four-car garage. A warm breeze carried the salty tang of the ocean into the car.

“You know, I’m really passionate about taxidermy.” Sophia nodded as though this was the most normal thing to say. “There’s just something about animals that fascinates me.”

“Taxidermy?” He frowned. “Like, stuffing dead animals?”

“Stuffing or mounting,” she said. “It includes both.”

Was she for real? Her expression didn’t reveal even a sliver of amusement.

“I see it as a way to prolong an animal’s life,” she explained. “I know it might seem a little strange, but trust me. When I bring my collection over, you’ll see how wonderful it is.”

He gulped. “Your collection?”

“Yes, I have a huge collection. Squirrels and racoons and a couple of cats that I found. Strays, you know. Lots of people think they have time for a pet and then they just dump them. I even have a fox. She’s a real beauty. I was thinking we could put her in the living room. Or maybe the foyer, so she can greet guests.” She clapped her hands together. “Baroness Sasha Foxington III would absolutely love that.”

Baroness. Sasha. Foxington the fucking third.

Was he in a nightmare right now?

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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.

Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.

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Sophia reluctantly agrees to an arranged marriage to protect her mother. She flies out to Corfu to meet her soon to be fiancè but she has a plan.

Dion wants to buy Sophia’s fathers company for personal reasons and if that means a bride being in deal then who is he to say no. He wants the company more than anything else. I didn’t even mind that he is a millionaire. He did act like it and he doesn’t have a string of women.

I rarely wander into the rom com genre there is just something that rubs me the wrong way. Keeping a balance where it is funny but not going over the line to ridiculous is a difficult feat. I found that this applied here. The plot was a bit thin and could have had more depth. But rom com is meant to be fluffy. The writing is excellent and engaging.

I was enjoying it up until the 28% mark and then I hit a snag. The heroine was about to do something stupid but she managed to backtrack but in the end it all blew up in her face. She knew it was a bad idea yet she did it anyway.

I liked it but if you love rom coms then this is the book for you.

 

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REVIEW : More Than Crave You (More Than Words #4) by Shayla Black

 

 

 

More Than Crave You (More Than Words, #4)

  

More Than Crave You
More Than Words #4
Shayla Black
September 18th 2018

 

I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROMO / REVIEW : Release Blitz for Madison Quinn Garrett

 
Title: Garrett
Author: Madison Quinn 
Genre: Military romance 
Series: Dark Water Security Series #2
 
 
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At a buddy’s wedding, I met her. The perfect woman. The one who made me want something more than a one night stand. I had the most amazing night with her, only to wake up the next morning to an empty bed. 

Two and a half years later, Garrett met Hope again. If he accept an offer to provide live-in security to some rich tech guy—it turns out she’ll be his new roommate. At first, he wasn’t sure if he wanted the job, but now there’s no way he can turn down this position.

Only Hope refuses to talk about the night they spent together. At the mere mention of it the color leaves her face and her hands shake like she’s on the verge of a panic attack. 

When threats against our new boss escalate, Garrett vows to protect them both. Even if Hope continues to hide something from him. He doesn’t know what it is, but he’s not about to let her go just because his new boss pissed off someone who wants to kill him.

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Madison is a mom to three energetic boys who constantly keep her on the go, a wife to a wonderful man that she’s been with for more than 20 years, a full time managed at a community mental health organization and an avid reader.
Madison started writing in high school as a way to escape a less than ideal home life. It was nothing more than an outlet for her. When she went to college, writing took a back seat as most things do when you have too much on your plate. While on maternity leave after her third son, she started writing again and hasn’t stopped. Only recently has she made the decision to share these stories with you, her readers.
 
Her hope is to write stories that give you what writing gave her, an escape. Even to this day, she loves getting lost in a great story that allows her to leave reality for a little while.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Book two in the Dark Water Security Series by Madison Quinn might not be as intense as the first book, but that is hardly surprising as the first book was really a tough one. Still, the author did a great job with Garrett in creating yet another intense character that I instantly loved. What actually made the story less intense for me was the job the two leading characters had aka the “boss” of both of them.

I actually felt irritated at times because with the plot pointing in one direction I somehow expected something that did not happen.

Still, I can not wait for the next book in the series hoping it will be the second owner’s story – on the other hand, I can also see some other interesting stories with other for now secondary characters. We will see what the author will give us next.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – I Dream of Spiders by Elle Keating

Today we have the blog tour for Elle Keating’s I DREAM OF SPIDERS! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today!

Title: I Dream of Spiders

Author: Elle Keating

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The move to the remote town of Quarry Hill, Pennsylvania was supposed to help Griffin McGuire start over and forget the two people who betrayed him. As a paramedic at the local hospital, he would still have to interact with people, but the rest of the time he could hole himself away in the secluded cabin he was renting. It was perfect. For the first time in over a year, he felt like he could finally breathe.

That was until he met her.

A woman who doesn’t know her own name or why she was covered in blood and standing in the middle of the road when he found her. Griffin knows he should contact the police, but something is preventing him from going to the authorities. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he was correct in trusting his instincts. Every time she falls asleep, she dreams and another memory is unlocked. Memories that are horrific and make him want to protect and hide her from the world.

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Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) Feels Like Falling (Dangerous Love, #5) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.
When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.

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Griffin moves out to Quarry Hill to run from his past and what he survived. Got to say I did not see that coming (nice twist there Ms. Keating) the physical wounds might have healed but the emotionally scars are still real.

One night when coming back from the store he nearly runs a woman covered in blood over with his truck. Stopping to ask if she is alright, she runs off knocks her head and then she can’t remember her name and suffers from amnesia. She just knows that the police cannot be involved.

Clare (given by Griffin because we can hardly call her?) wakes up in the hospital with no memory. Griffin takes her in and slowly she starts to remember things but not enough until she goes to Philly.

I liked Clare she is strong yet vulnerable, but she also did think things through doesn’t matter if she had amnesia or not. Seriously you don’t know who is after you or why you got kidnapped but what the hell let us bugger off to Philly.

She is a virgin and he is NOT a manwhore. How about that?

I loved Griffin he has the whole tortured Hero thing going on but what this guy absolutely needed was more closure. One sentence to me does not equate closure. But he is all about the heroine, he is dedicated, loyal and overprotective.

There are some instalust moments going on here especially as the heroine is all for the Hero but I guess seeing as she can’t remember I would probably be all in as well.

I’m a mixed bag of everything when it comes to this book. It has suspense but, in my opinion, drama was created were none was necessary, the Hero behaving like a douche one too many times. Getting back to the suspense and at times it kept me on the age of my seat but here I think that the author could have fleshed some things out. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the writing in this one and the plot.

At the end I was desperate to know if Trent would get back and yes, he will. I can’t wait to read his and Tia’s story.

 

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Review – King Of Flames (The Masks of Under) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

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The Masks of Under #1
Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Urban Fantasy
Limitless Publishing, LLC
5th March
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Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.

Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved...

Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.

But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.

If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.

I just need to figure out why.

 

Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

I have read a lot of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal romance in my life some has been fantastic, others have been bloody awful, and King of Flames is somewhere in the middle for me or upper scale.

I didn’t know what to expect and it was difficult to get into the book at the beginning, but this book is unique, and with the author’s idea she has truly put her book in a league of her own. I find her writing similar to (view spoiler) but that was the vibe I was getting here. The good was I had no clue where we were going to go with this book and that is exactly what I needed there was also zilch in love interest and sex which is refreshing so you had to focus on the plot and there was no room for error here but the author did a fantastic job and I can’t really pinpoint why I can’t give it 5 stars or even 4 stars and quite frankly that irks me a lot. I fekt that the author could have maybe given more in fleshing out the world of under? It was like we just touched the surface but take my review here with a pinch of salt.

What do you do when you wake up with a tattoo you didn’t have the night before?

Well that happens to Lydia and whereas she is a bit of an oddball what happens to her is even out of her realm of possibility. Until her and a bunch of people throughout the world are teleported to under. Where every so often the worlds between earth and under align and where no souls are born in under the realm still needs to keep living.

The Fallen with the help of the ancients decides who becomes what. Be it a monster or something else completely.

Turns out I’m not immune to everything. Someone pulling off their skin? Yeah not my thing, kind of made me want to puke

Kings, Flames, Shadows, Elders and Ancients is worth a read.

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RAMBLINGS RECOMMEND REVIEW

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

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McKinney/Walker Brothers #2
Claudia Connor
Contemporary Romance
15th March 2019
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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!

 

 

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