Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cover reveal: Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Harmony Mayson isn’t the kind of girl to take unnecessary risk, but after meeting Harlen MacCabe, she starts to wonder if maybe she should be. The more time she spends with the wild and free biker, the more she starts to crave the freedom he gives her... And even more, she starts to crave him.

Harlen lives his life on his own terms. After losing both his parents at an early age to a robbery gone bad, he knows how precious life is, and he’s determined to get as much out of it as he can. When he runs into the beautiful Harmony and finds out she’s moving to town, he knows it’s time to take his shot. She thinks he only wants to be friends, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

What Harmony and Harlen don’t know is that their time might be cut short. Revenge is in the air, and someone won’t stop until a debt is settled.

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aurora rose reynolds.jpgAurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.


Rock Me by Rebecca Brooke

Title: Rock Me
Series: Jaded Ivory #1
Author: Rebecca Brooke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017


I am not a victim.

At least that’s what I wanted to believe. What I wanted the world to see. Five years of trying to find the girl I hid from the world.

I wouldn’t let the bullies win. I couldn’t.

What was I supposed to do when he walked into the building? He’d made my high school years a living hell.

But, he doesn’t recognize me.

How do I prove he didn’t break me? Simple, take him home for a one-night stand.

At least it sounded like a good idea at the time.



Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The blurb made this book sound like a good idea when I first read it (see what I did here?), but I didn't exactly love it. I was all in for seeing Mari get revenge on the person who bullied her and then having her see how much Cole has changed and end up falling in love with him. I wasn't all in for her stupid reaction to that leaked video. Before that I liked Mari. She seemed strong and she had a good head on her shoulders. Then she jumped to stupid conclusions about that video and I just lost any warm feelings I had about her. Her reasoning made zero sense. It was a damn shame. I even forgave her for jumping so soon into a relationship with her former bully and getting a bird for him. Why would she do that so soon after being with him? Anyway, I was able to forgive Cole for been a bully in high school for two reasons. A) He wasn't truly a mean person, he was just hanging around the bad crowd and b) he has become a great man who actually tries to stop the bullies. He has learned from his mistakes and I liked that about him. He is a good person.

The book is the first in a new series and the rest of the books are going to be about the other members of Jaded Ivory. I want to read the next books and I hope to see a better-paced book. This one had some bumps and for me, it needed some work, but overall it was good.

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It couldn’t be. There was no way in hell the Cosmos could be so cruel as to let me have the performance of my life, only to be faced with one of the people I hoped to never see again.
But there was no denying it.
Cole Wallace was here.
The room that only hours ago seemed small now seemed minuscule, like the walls were closing in on me.
Five years.
Five years I’d spent trying to push every memory of him out of my head. To reinvent myself. To become a woman I was proud of. And the night that everything could change—the night things could finally go my way—Cole had to step into the same bar.
A light knock rapped against the door. I pulled my legs tighter against me, pushing myself closer to the wall, hoping whoever it was would go away. The knock grew louder, until the person was pounding on the door. Each thud sent a tremor through my body.
“Mari, open the goddamn door. I know you’re in there.”
I buried my face in the protective embrace of my arms, ignoring Sawyer, memories of the worst years of my life assaulting my brain even as I tried to keep them at bay.
I glanced at my phone. Shit, I was going to be late to class if I didn’t hurry. Turning down a side hallway, I picked up my pace. It was the long way around, but it meant I didn’t have to take the main hallway, past where the cheerleaders and football players hung out between classes.
The bell rang.
“Damn it.”
“Aww, late for class?”
The hairs on the back of my neck rose. These hallways were normally empty.
My stomach dropped, but I ignored the voice and moved even faster. A hand wrapped around my arm, pulling me to a stop.
“You’re already late. Stay. Have some fun.”
With a shove, I was pushed up against the lockers behind me. My heart raced in my chest. I tried to control the shaking of my hands as I lifted my eyes to see which one of the jocks had decided to torture me today.
Sam Horton.
He lifted a hand to brush the hair from my face. I flinched at the contact.
“Look at that, Cole, she doesn’t look happy to see us.”
Over Sam’s shoulder, I could see Cole leaning against the lockers on the other side of the hallway.
Sam leaned in and I pressed my cheek to the locker, the metal cool against my heated skin. I closed my eyes, afraid he was going to try and kiss me. There was a long pause before he laughed, cruelly.
“Did you actually think I would kiss you?” He sneered. “Why in the hell would I let these lips touch a freak like you? No guy in this school wants to put any part of their body near you, Mariloon.”
Cole burst out laughing. Sam stepped back, tilting his head down the hall. “Let’s go. I don’t need a detention.”
They started to move away and I felt my shoulders sag. They weren’t out of earshot, though. Still close enough for me to hear Cole say, “Just tell them Mariloon tried to kiss you and you had to stop her before you could get to class.”
My knees buckled and I slid down the lockers to the floor, tears racing down my cheeks. The sound of footsteps forced me to my feet and into the nearest bathroom. I raced inside the stall, slamming the lock across and sitting on the seat, my head in my hands, sobs racking my whole body. How could I go to class now? There was no doubt everyone would know what happened by now, and exactly like Cole said, it would be all my fault. They probably told everyone that I came on to Sam, hoping to sleep my way to the popular group. It was just the same as always.

Author Bio

Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her Kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man who puts up with all her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves to bake and binge watch Netflix.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Release Blitz: The Sounds of Secrets

Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2017


I've been in love with him forever.

But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that some secrets may be too big to overcome.



Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The Sounds of Secrets sounded like a great book, but it didn't work out for me. Why? Because the pace was off. We have a time jump very early in the book and I got the feeling like nothing had changed for our heroine. I feel like it took too much time for the heroine to say goodbye to everyone and go to America. Then her time there moved way too fast and it barely slowed down when Sam came into the picture. I felt like these characters had stories to tell and experiences to live, but their journey was cut short. The book felt flat to me. I stopped reading it and picked it up again because I had to write a review for it. Otherwise, it would have been long forgotten. Lotte and Sam are two very flawed people who have their personal demons and they have to deal with them every day. Those demons didn't have the impact they should have on this book. Sam got over his problem very quickly which is unbelievable. No one should have been able to come to all the conclusions he did in such a short time, with so much will. I feel like Lotte's problem was barely addressed and that's a shame. I would have liked a book where those secrets made a terrible noise and the characters were a little forced to admit the truth about them and face them. I have this feeling, that the book is only a part of the story, not all of it and it was cut abruptly. In the end, the book didn't work for me and I am not recommending it.

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I was going to throw up from the nerves.
No, I told myself. No throwing up. Not when you’re expecting Sam to come into your room any second.
But the feeling was so strong. I popped a mint from my bedside table in my mouth, rolled it around my tongue a few times, but the urge was still there.
Oh, shit. Was this a mistake? Was inviting Sam into my room a big fat problem? I was leaving for America tomorrow.
The printed itinerary, neatly stacked on my chest of drawers laughed at me. What was I going to do? I couldn’t let Sam come up here.
My hands fisted in my hair as I berated myself for telling him to come. What was I thinking? I wasn’t some sexual nymph, skilled in the way Sam surely was. I wasn’t a virgin, but I hadn’t actually messed around with a bunch of guys.
I didn’t know what to do. 
I walked to the door, pressed my palm flat to it. I’d lock it. Then he couldn’t come in. He’d walk away, and we’d forget this ever happened.
Look how well that happened the last time you kissed him, my memory taunted me. Three years later, and you’re still wondering ‘what if.’
There was no reasonable escape from this situation. And, if there was, there was no escape that would make me not obsess over the ‘what if.’
It’d be okay, I told myself. Of course it would. Sex was nothing, right?
But I didn’t even believe my own thoughts. My nerves battled with my own desire. I couldn’t process a single thing.
I ran my fingers over my eyebrows or, what was left of them that wasn’t colored in, at least. I’d pulled so many out in the days leading up to the trip, needing some control over this impending trip.
I trailed my fingers to the sides of my face, tugging on my earlobes to ground me, and then, in tandem, I pulled out a hair with each hand. The immediate relief was nearly as intoxicating as the alcohol I’d consume in how it numbed my fears.
It would be okay.
I took in a cleansing breath, looking around my room for anything potentially embarrassing.
The blinds were open, so I closed them, leaving my room in soft, muted grays aside from the yellow lamp that lit up my dressing table.
My hand was on the back of the lamp to turn it off when my door creaked open.
Sam stood in the threshold, nearly taking up the entire space.
I switched the light off.
It was only a few loud heartbeats before he said, “Turn it back on.”
I hesitated.
I couldn’t see him, but I heard the creak on the floor by the door. “Turn it on, Lotte.”
Swallowing hard, I did.
The room was illuminated again in soft light, casting shadows into the angles of Sam’s face—making him look exactly as he was: dangerous.

Author Bio

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: A Scottish Lord for Christmas (Sins and Scandals #3) by Lauren Smith

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A SCOTTISH LORD FOR CHRISTMAS by Lauren Smith (December 5, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $1.99; Sins and Scandals series Book 3)

The best gifts come wrapped in a kilt . . .

Beautiful Lady Rowena Pepperwirth can have any man her heart desires. Unfortunately no gentleman has elicited even the slightest flutter---until she meets the brooding Lord Forres at a holiday house party. With just one look at the dashing Scottish lord, Rowena suddenly knows what she wants for Christmas.

Quinn MacCauley, Lord Forres, is in need of a wife. When he meets the lovely Lady Rowena, he knows she'll be a good mother to his daughter and a capable household manager. But Quinn doesn't count on Rowena being the most tempting woman he's ever met. He's determined not to risk his heart, but Rowena's just as determined to give him the greatest holiday gift of all---a chance at true love.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A Scottish lord for Christmas is my favorite novella in the series. It felt more like my kind of book. The other two novellas felt too modern time-y for me. This one was closer to my reading taste when it comes to historical romance and I was happy. Rowena was the best heroine so far. She is a strong person and has a great character. I loved the connection she had with Quinn's daughter and it was clear that she loved the child very much. Rowena and Quinn had chemistry and everything worked out for me in this book. I don't want to spoil the end of the novella, but Rowena's actions there made me like her even more. All the ladies in the series are good, but Rowena is a little better than the other two. She didn't need to shout her independence from the rooftops to prove anything. I feel like as the series is processing the characters are becoming better and better. The book can be read as stand-alone, so if you haven't read the previous two don't hesitate to read this one.

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LAUREN SMITH, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Blog Tour: The Bad Girl and The Baby by Nina Croft

 Captain Matt Peterson prides himself on being able to handle anything...until he winds up as the guardian of his baby niece, Lulu. Two years and six nannies later, his well-ordered existence is in chaos. Still, he’s all Lulu has. Except, well...there is an aunt... Darcy Butler has spent the last three years in prison for beating up her abusive brother-in-law. Her only regret is that she didn’t hurt him worse and stop him from killing her sister in a drunken car crash six months later. But now, Darcy just wants to rebuild her life. Starting with finding her sister’s child. But Matt doesn't want an ex-con with a record for violence anywhere near Lulu. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to keep away from Darcy, himself. Despite their differences, their chemistry is combustible...and the sex is incredible! Still, it can’t possibly last. Can it?



Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Bad Girl and the Baby is probably the last book in the cutting loose series by Nina Croft. All the gals have found their men and happiness after their years in prison. Darcy's book was interesting and since it had Lulu I couldn't help but like it. I disliked the Diana part, but it wasn't that bad. I don't understand how Lulu went from the always crying baby to the more quiet version of hers. I also feel like she was neglected after she served her purpose as a way to bring Matt and Darcy together. I wanted more time with Darcy Lulu and Matt as a family, to be honest. Matt and Darcy wasted too much time by not being together.

I liked Darcy. She is feisty and the kind of person I would want as a friend. She sacrificed years of her life when she helped her sister and even forgave her when she practically betrayed her. Darcy is the kind of woman I would want to have my back. I liked her a lot. Matt was a good guy, but I wasn't able to like him much because he was trying to do everything properly in order to achieve what he had in his mind as the best course for him and Lulu and in the end, he almost lost his happy ending because of it.  I liked the way he made up for it though.

Overall the book was good and I have mostly positive feelings about it. I would recommend it.


 Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Release Day: Black Mercy by Stacy McWilliams

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Book - Black Mercy
Release Date - 3rd December
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Mason Michaels has it all professionally; he’s a rock god, a shrewd business man and excellent at managing bands, but his personal life is full of struggles.

He has struggled since his wife left him with their baby and has closed himself off emotionally. It's a struggle as he tries to balance his parenting duties with his band and business. Sex is just sex and his assistant is more than happy to meet some of his needs, but when his friend dies of cancer and leaves him with a newborn baby, he needs to hire help.

He doesn’t expect Amber to walk in. At first he’s resistant because she’s gorgeous and he wants more than her employment services. Can he resist this beauty as she becomes a part of his life?

Amber Davis is also struggling. She’s lost her fiancé, her job, been disowned by her family and is awkwardly staying on her best friends couch when she lands an interview with the infamous Mason Michaels.

She needs a live-in position and is good at working with kids so when her friend’s sister gets her an interview as an au pair for Mason, she’s grateful for the chance. As she moves in her life becomes complicated and she finds herself falling for her boss.

Mason is ‘sex on a stick’ and Amber finds it difficult to resist him, but can she trust him with her heart? Or will he be just another in a long line of recent disappointments?


Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Undercover Attraction (The O'Malleys #5) by Katee Robert


Part of the O’Malleys series
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"A worthy addition to a sexy series." -- Publishers Weekly

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O'Malleys.

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.



4.5 stars

Can we just get Dmitri and Keira's book? I need that story especially after the way their story ended in this book. I need to see how Dmitri is going to become one of the good guys. I hope no one will die in that book. February is too far away for my taste! The cover of that book is gorgeous.

To be fair the cover of this book is also yummy. One of the reasons I could get the series in paperback would be the covers. The inside is also a good reason to buy the books. Aiden's story doesn't disappoint! I loved it but I am not giving it 5 stars because I found myself more interested in Keira and Dmitri who also tell some parts of the story. They took the focus off the main couple. Aiden is preparing to take down his enemies and I believe that he and Dmitri will take down everyone in the next book. I have a feeling that this book is here to prepare us for the events of the last book in the series. I would love to see Seamus dead or at least eliminated as a threat to his children. I also want to see all the O'Malley's bonding again and admitting that they love each other. So far they have been torn apart and now I hope to see them mend their relationships with each other.

I liked the main couple. They have a slow romance which was a pleasant surprise. They didn't just jump straight into bed with each other and they took some time to get to know each other. I find the match between Aiden and Charlotte to be one of the best in the series. For me, Charlotte is exactly the woman Aiden needs as the head of the O'Malleys. She is strong and she has everything I would have asked for her as a heroine. Aiden has his plan and she is more useful than I could have imagined. For someone who was on the "right" side of the law, she knows how to handle herself. Plus he needs someone to help him when that plan fails in some way.

I was very satisfied with the book. I like Katee Robert's writing and the book had a good pace. Not too fast not too slow (ok slow on the Dmitri/Keira thing). I don't have a single problem with the book other than the one I said in the beginning. I would definitely recommend both the book and the series. You will understand everything that's happening better if you read the previous books and I don't see a reason why you shouldn't give this series a chance.


Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it "a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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