Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Eulogy (Eagle Elite #9) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken Publication Date: February 20th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance


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All is lost.
All. I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage. I've lost my soul. She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been. Sixty lives are mine to take. Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance. Sixty lives plus one more. Mine. When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled. Only one person stands in the way. She doesn't realize I'll kill her too. I don't own a heart. And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again. I am Chase Abandonato. Heir to a legacy of betrayal. And I will kill them all. Even if it means pointing the gun at myself. A life for a life. A soul for a soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Blood in. No out.



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Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

While thinking about what I should write in this review, I thought I should check out my review of Chase's first book aka Entice. In my review, I wrote " Chase needed a girl who would love him with all her heart". The whole time I was reading Eulogy I realized that Mil hadn't given him her whole heart. Only a part of it. And it pained me. It made me wonder about all the couples in the series. Are they really in love? Are they as broken as Mil and Chase were? I am not sure about anything anymore when it comes to Eagle Elite. I hope the rest of the couples are safe. Maybe that's the reason I am hoping to see the series ending soon. I don't want anyone else to go through what Chase did. My poor baby was broken. He wasn't the Chase I knew and loved. He was a broken man whose only mission was to kill the De Langes and drink. He almost burned his house. His relationship with Mil had cracks and I never noticed them. I can't believe that Mil was acting the way we saw her in the flashbacks. I had a different image for her in my mind.

I was a little hesitant when I began reading the book. I kind of wanted Mil to come back and reveal that this whole thing was a plot to find some things out. I am still not over her betrayal. I was feeling numb the whole time I was reading this. Luciana is a good woman. I liked her, but unfortunately, I met her in the wrong book. This time I am sure that she is the one who is going to love Chase with all her heart. She will be there to chase the nightmares away (and no that wasn't a pun). I am glad I didn't cry in this book. I have been crying for the last couple of books. 

The book wasn't bad. The problem is me and my weird feelings. I liked seeing Chase starting to become a version of himself that a mix of the man I knew and the man who had been through hell. Luciana is the opposite on Mil. She wears pearls and screams when she sees a mouse. She is not one of the bosses. She is a regular girl who has no idea what been with the mafia means. If I had met her before I would have definitely sung her praises because she brought a different kind of air to the series. I am looking forward to seeing more of her in the next books. Honestly, she is amazing. What she did in her mission to save Chase is not something I am used to seeing, but she gained the respect of everyone. She is the best part of the book.

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BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD. It covered my hands. It surged through my heart. It dripped from my fingertips onto the concrete floor. Trapped. Broken. Finished. Hungry. Insanity scratched its way into my psyche as I eyed the door and waited. One heartbeat, two heartbeats, three… It opened. I fired two rounds, and acrid smoke filled the air. I thought I knew what love was. I was a fucking idiot. Every single bone in my body shuddered with rage, with the need to rip something apart, someone, anyone —all of them. My friends. My brothers. I brought the war to our house, and they would finish me because of it. I’d thought I loved her. Our love had been a lie. Her betrayal my only truth. And now? Now, I finally knew what love was. I’d seen it, smelled it, tasted it. And lost it. I’d fucking lost it. They would pay. They would all pay. For taking her. For turning her against me. For making me believe that blood was everything, only after mine was spilled.


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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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Cover reveal: Definite by Kaylee Ryan




Title: Definite
Series: Soul Serenade #3
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Release Date: March 20, 2018



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Lauren captivated me with those big brown eyes of hers, and I knew my life would never be the same. What started out as friendship, has turned into so much more.

I was shocked when Tristian asked for my number. There hasn't been a day since that I haven't heard from him. He may be the drummer, but that deep sexy voice, it turns me inside out.

I assumed it would be one and done, but that's not how our story ends.

I worry it's not what he wants. He tells me he's Definite.







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Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.  When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s reading or spending time with family.  Born and raised an Ohio girl, Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.



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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Baby Maker by P. Dangelico

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Baby Maker by P. Dangelico Publication Date: February 20th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance





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Stella Donovan’s biological clock is a ticking time bomb.
The successful financial manager has spent her adult life building a career and neglecting her personal life. Problem is, she doesn’t believe in marriage. Not after watching her mother be treated like garbage by her father. Nope, marriage is not for her. All she wants is a baby. All she needs is a man to agree to her terms.
Dane Wylder, recently retired NFL tight end and future Hall of Famer, wants a baby.
Naturally, marriage is off the table. He’s not the marrying type. Women are great––as long as they’re trying to get into his bed and not his heart. But after years of living only for himself, he’s ready to be a father.
Sparks fly when a successful financial manager and a legendary football player enter into a legal agreement to have a kid together. They planned on everything––they just didn’t plan on each other.




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3 stars

The blurb made the book sound very promising and I was very excited to read it, but the so-called hero ruined everything. I was willing to put aside the cockiness and the way he treated Stella in the beginning, but the second half of the book was a string of "Is Stella supposed to fall in love with that douche" events that ruined my mood. I don't know why Stella kept accepting his behavior. She did her best to be there for him and he was acting like a jerk and I wasn't ok with it. I am not saying that Stella was the best heroine or something like that, but she was better than him and even if she was uptight she was more easy to relate to.

The story is overstuffed while we could just have Stella and Dane trying to work everything out and caring for their baby. Instead, the story was focused on a few other stuff which weren't necessary if you ask me. To be fair the book had some good parts which are the reason my rating isn't lower, like some humor.

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Grabbing the pot of freshly brewed coffee from the coffee maker, he stares into the pot then drinks from it. I don’t bother to tell him it’s decaf. Throat working as he swallows, he holds up his index finger. I’ve got a finger for him, the middle one. “I don’t know what’s gotten into you but I’ve had enough.” He continues drinking. “And word of caution, if you come back to New York and continue to treat me like I’m cattle, a possession, you will damage this friendship beyond repair.” He places the pot down, his eyes downcast as he leans on the counter for support. “I’m sorry…I was a real asshole last night and––” “Last night?!” I shout. “How about for the past week.” “Well you’re not helpin’ the situation!” he shouts back, his eyes sparking, then winces again. My jaw hangs in disbelief. He can’t be serious. Is he really blaming me? “The hell are you talking about? You’re blaming me? Me?! You’ve been unbearable––when you’ve been around, that is. Usually you’re running in the opposite direction. But somehow in your twisted little male peanut sized brain, it’s my fault?!” “Yes, goddamit! Dancin’––smilin’ at that fucking cowboy!” His hand slashes through the air as if he’s indicating to someone in the corner. The veins near his temple pop up. Eyes impossibly wide, he advances on me, stopping a mere foot away. “You never smile at me like that!” Huh? “What does that have to do with anything?!” “Because I’m jealous! Okay! And you’ve made it very clear you’re not attracted to me but all I can think about is this!” He’s on me before I can blink, arms crushing me to him, kissing me like I hold the last breath of air on the planet and he means to steal it. A beat later he stops. His lips against mine he murmurs, “Kiss me back…please kiss me back.”


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Release Blitz: Gods & Monsters bySaffron A Kent





Title: Gods & Monsters
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018



Blurb

He was an artist. She was his muse.

To everyone in town, Abel Adams was the devil's spawn, a boy who never should have been born. A monster.

To twelve year-old Evie Hart, he was just a boy with golden hair, soft t-shirts and a camera. A boy who loved taking her picture and sneaking her chocolates before dinner. A boy who made her feel special.

Despite her family's warnings, she loved him in secret for six years. They met in empty classrooms and kissed in darkened church closets. Until they couldn't.

Until the time came to choose between love and family, and Evie chose Abel.

Because their love was worth the risk. Their love was the stuff of legend.

But the thing about legends is that they are cautionary tales. They are made of choices and mistakes. And for Abel and Evie, the artist and the muse, those mistakes come in the form of lights, camera, sex.

NOTE: This is NOT a paranormal or a priest romance.


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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


The books is divided into 3 parts. For me only the first part was good. Abel and Evie live in a small town where the people are very religious and it has the kind of people who are only good as punch bags. Both characters had difficult upbringings, but for the first part, they seemed to be okay. I liked them. We got to see the characters aging. I am not going to say growing up because the whole time I was reading the book I felt like I was dealing with kids. Evie has just gotten her period at the beginning of the book (around the age of 12) and the first part ends the night of her prom. The second part is where everything goes downhill. It's the complete opposite of the first part. There we had religion and in this part, we get a ton of sinful things happening. Like the main characters making a movie where they dance horizontally if you get my meaning (not saying the word because Amazon is weird about that). It's also the part where Abel's character is ruined and he becomes a person who doesn't consider anyone but himself when he made some decisions. Evie is not doing much and I felt like she just was there. When the third part came, I was honestly thinking that both characters should see that they shouldn't be together and call it quits. At first, their relationship seemed so good, but in the end, it was ruined and I wished to see both of them ending up with someone else. The story goes on for years and the characters had almost no development. Abel tried to fix himself, but his time was limited. I wouldn't recommend the book.






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Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World. 

Saffron is a big believer in love (obviously). She believes in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But she also believes in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. She believes in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love she writes about is flawed just like her characters. And she hopes by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as she does. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.

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Cover Reveal for Confessions: Robbie by Ella Frank

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Confessions: Robbie, an all new tantalizing contemporary MMM Romance by Ella Frank is coming March 8th!

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Author: Ella Frank
Release Date: March 8th

Synopsis

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…
That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.
No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.
But trouble was nothing new.
Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.
And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

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EllaFrankElla Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

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Review: Insatiable Bachelor (Bachelor Tower #1) by Ruth Cardello





Title: Insatiable Bachelor
Series: Bachelor Tower #1
Author: Ruth Cardello
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018



Blurb

Meet Dalton. He happily lives in the Bachelor Tower where women are allowed to visit but never stay for more than one night. It's a dream come true until his entire life is turned upside down by one irresistible woman.

Dalton: Women are a perk of my lifestyle. I work hard. I deserve to play harder. But I didn’t get on the Forbes List of Rising Entrepreneurs by getting lost in the baggage and disruption that comes with dating. I’ve seen dozens of men fail when they fall in love. Pathetic.

That's why I chose the Bachelor Tower. It was designed by a genius, my hero: the late, Garry F. Sinclair. He created an all-male haven for ambitious men who want to live like kings and play by their own rules. Casino nights, a fully equipped gym and lap pool, cigar and Scotch bar, and a media room with screens the size of the average movie theater. The list is endless. I easily network with men trying to launch their careers or those at the top who want to stay hungry. The best part: the tower attracts women, beautiful women who hang out in the lobby bar and vie for an invite upstairs. Easy, like fishing in a barrel.

Until Sinclair dies and Penny Fuller moves into the apartment next to me because the new owner doesn't share his vision.

Everyone agrees Penny can't stay. I don't want to get involved, but she doesn't understand the lengths my fellow building mates will go to to get her out. She's not only irresistibly sexy and painfully optimistic, she's also in real danger.

Siding with her would be career suicide.

Betraying her was never my intention.





Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Insatiable Bachelor was a good book even if it made say a tiny wtf with everything that went down in the end. Things were a little bit overdramatic and that wasn't needed if you ask me. I wanted something else to used as an excuse to get Dalton and Penny back together. What I liked about the part close to the end was the way the characters worked together to make sure that the apartment would continue to belong to Penny's sister. I really hope to see Penny's sister and Ben as the main characters in the next novel.

The story was easy to read and the pages flew. The pace was good and the characters likable. I liked Dalton and Penny's relationship and I hope to see more of them in the next book. The secondary characters were also good (I mean those who didn't want to get Penny evicted). I liked Penny's father and I liked his way of living even if it is a little too free-spirited for me. I wanted to see more of Dalton's father and how he was handling everything with their reunion. Overall, the book was good and I would recommend it.


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Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

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"Wow hot at every page. Heart stoping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."

"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story line of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like I know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."

"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.



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Blog Tour: Constantine: A History Part 2 : (Dragon Kings) by Donna Grant

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Constantine: A History Part 2, an all-new Dark Kings novella from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant is LIVE

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Constantine, King of Dragon Kings is an enigma. Extremely private, he keeps the details of his past secret. Now is your chance to get another glimpse into a certain time of his life - and the people he encounters that change him.
This is a short story involving Constantine from the New York Times bestselling Dark Kings series from Donna Grant.

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The 20th of April, human year 1746
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I have tried. I truly have. Some might look back and say that I didn’t give it enough, but I will know the truth. The simple fact is, the mortals have lost their bloody minds. I knew it was a good idea to have a spy in the English parliament long before Culloden, and Keltan has done a fine job relaying information while keeping his true identity a secret. But learning that the English plan to pass The Dress Act in the next few months that would make wearing a tartan or kilt illegal leaves me flummoxed. And fuming. Some of the Kings wish to use our magic to stop such idiocy, but we won’t. Just as we didn’t intervene or participate in Culloden or the many other battles before that—or the ones yet to come. We have chosen to live among—but apart from—the humans. And for very good reason. It is impossible to look at the mortals without disdain for their stupidity or respect for their accomplishments. Thankfully, the spell I cast prevents such deep emotions within the Kings in regards to the humans. Otherwise, I’m not sure even I could keep from eradicating them. The years are a blur. They pass as quickly as sand through my fingers. Worse yet, is that my brethren are terribly, enormously lonely. It’s an ache experienced by all. Each attempts to hide it, but it’s there in their gaze, in their words, and in the very things they do not say. And, if I’m being honest, I’m lonely, too. I will never admit it to anyone. It’s difficult enough to divulge it in this journal. It’s a secret I keep concealed, because if I let it show, if I concede that I feel such emotions, then it’s a weakness that can—and will—be used against me by our enemies. The Fae Wars might be over, and we may be on friendly terms with the Light, but I know the Dark Fae will never give up in their quest to take over this realm. It’s a prime hunting ground for them. They will always be adversaries. And they’re patient enough to wait to strike at the best moment. Then there’s Ulrik. He wants to challenge me. Perhaps, he’ll win. Perhaps he won’t. I try to prepare for all these things. I know they’re coming. It’s a feeling deep within me, like a warning bell. Just as I know that our power, our magic, will draw other enemies to us. Will we be ready? We have to be. We’ve lost too much already. I will not allow anyone to take what we’ve fought so hard to maintain after everything we’ve given up. I owe it to the other Kings to ensure that. And I will. Even if it means I forfeit my life. Because, in the end, I am merely one dragon. Any of the other Kings could take my place—even Ulrik. But they are the ones who are important. The dragons are gone from this realm, but the Dragon Kings must remain at all costs. Constantine, King of Golds King of Dragon Kings

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DGImageDonna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae. She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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