Aiden (Vested Interest #2), Melanie Moreland – Book Review

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Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?

 

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Aiden is the second book in the Vested interest trilogy and follows the love story of Aiden and Cami. They both have developed feelings for each other in the first book of the series, Bentley (which is not connected to this book except for a few references. You can read my review for it here – Bentley, Melanie Moreland – Book Review) but instead of getting into a relationship, they’re in a friends with benefits arrangement because Aiden is of the opinion that he is not boyfriend material and would not be able to give Cami what she needs were they in a relationship. Also, he has issues from childhood because of his dyslexia and his parents mistreating him which makes him difficult to trust people. So, will Cami and Aiden have their happily ever after?

I’d already liked both Cami and Aiden from the first book, but in this one, I started liking them more. They’re both great characters who aren’t perfect and are trying the best they can. I like how the story shows both of them messing up because they’re so stubborn and making mistakes.

Cami is absolutely awesome. I love how she cares for her friends and family. She’s sweet and kind and stubborn and understanding. She never pushes Aiden even though she really wants to know more about him. But, she’s always open about her feelings to him. She tells him she likes him and wants to be with him and when Aiden rejects the idea, she lets go. Yes, there are several occasions where she tries to get him to open up and tell her about his past, but she doesn’t push him to be with her and gives him space whenever he needs it, even though it hurts her terribly when he’s distant with her. Cami is always looking out for her friends and making sure they’re okay. At the same time, she’s also dealing with her own personal issues in the best way she can. For that, I admire her.

Then, there’s Aiden. I like the way he was honest to Cami about how he didn’t do relationships and he never lied to her or led her on. He genuinely, deeply cared for her and he always made sure to do everything in his power to make sure she was okay. He was a supportive friend throughout the story and his relationship with Bentley and Maddox was amazing. That being said, I didn’t like how he didn’t tell Cami the reason behind his reluctance to pursue a relationship for almost the entirety of the book. He refused to acknowledge the depth of his feelings and unnecessarily hurt Cami even though it was his issues that were creating problems. I feel like a lot of hurt and heartache for both of them could have been avoided if Aiden had told Cami everything right from the beginning, or you know, as they started getting closer. He didn’t tell her till the last possible moment and it was only after Cami almost died that he decided to do it.

I like that we saw more of Bentley and Emmy in this book. Those two were still adorable and cute as ever and I really loved this peek into their relationship after the events of Bentley. Of course, Maddox and Dee were an added benefit. I loved both of them too.

Aiden wasn’t as satisfying as Bentley was for me, but it was a good read nonetheless.
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Piece of Work, Staci Hart – Book Review

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Piece of Work, an all-new sexy and hilarious romance from Staci Hart, is available NOW!

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

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Piece of Work follows the love story between Rin, a student on an internship at the Met before she starts working on her PhD dissertation and her boss, Court. They’re both passionate about art and bond over their mutual appreciation of it. They start seeing each other soon after Rin starts working at the Met, but Court is unable to lay his demons to rest and move forward with her in a way they both want to, which obviously, is the cause of a lot of misunderstandings between them. Will Court ever be able to look past his fears and be with her is the question.

What I love most about this book is the presence of art. And musuems. I love them both and the backdrop for this story was absolutely perfect. It’s so amazing, I couldn’t help love it immediately.

I really like Rin. She’s an awkward, tall, Korean – American girl who’s learnt to blend into the shadows so that people don’t see her. But, since she’s started working at the musuem, the reactions of Bianca, her direct supervisor, and their boss, Court, make her rethink her stance on the whole ‘I’m better of unseen’ thing she’s got going on. So, with the help of her friends and a personal shopper, she gives herself a makeover. It’s so nice to see how she comes into her own, how she gains poise and confidence as the story unfolds and all of it started with her putting on red lipstick to go to work. The story doesn’t say how it’s nevesaary to wear make-up to be confident or good at your job, but it shows how that little change sparks a difference in Rin’s life. The concept of feminism. Is explained so amazingly in this, especially with regards to Rin’s choice to put on makeup and I love it! Rin is smart and stubborn and headstrong and she doesn’t give up easily. I really like her and how she stands up for herself, especially in front of her bosses.

Then, there’s Court. I really sympathized with him because what happened in his previous relationship was not something you can get over easily, but I didn’t like how he became so jaded and started accusing Rin of doing the same to him and how she was only interested in his affluent and impressive and wealthy family name and not him. Granted, he soon learnt his mistake and apologized to her, but it still struck me the wrong way that he just assumed she didn’t have good intentions to begin with, without any fault of her own. Every time their relationship moved forward, Court would get scared and take two steps back and frankly, after sometime, it got annoying. I know he was scared and he didn’t want to hurt Rin, but he was doing it anyway by being so indecisive what he actually wanted. His heart was in the right place all the time and he really cared about Rin, even fell in love with her, but he didn’t do anything about it till the very end, when he had plenty opportunities before. He just kept clinging on to what had happened in his past and though he acknowledged that Rin was nothing like his previous girlfriend, he still didn’t try to take a step forward, too hell bent on protecting his heart. That’s what made the maddest. Like, he was just running around in circles and I really wanted him to come to grips with the situation a lot sooner than he did.

I really enjoyed the portrayal of lasting friendships in this one. I mean, all of Rin’s friends are absolutely awesome and I really love how they had her back throughout everything that happened and how they encouraged her and supported her in everything she did.

All in all, a really fun read with a few swoony and heart-warming moments sprinkled along the way.


He smirked and flipped up his sunglasses.
Bastard.
“You’re early,” I clipped.
“I would have had my assistant text you, but she’s currently bedridden.”
You could have texted me.”
“I didn’t have your number,” he said simply.
“Oh.”
His eyes shifted to look behind me, and I turned to find my friends standing me in a row with my suitcase in front of them, my messenger bag on top, and fake smiles on all their faces, lips together, their judgment about as quiet as a foghorn.
“These your roommates?”
“Yup,” was all I said as I turned and took my suitcase, hugging each of them down the line with promises to text when we landed. And then I turned to Court, rolling my suitcase in front of me like like a riot shield.
I tried to pick it up to carry it over the threshold, but it was heavy, and before I could get far, he’d swept it out of my hands like it was a loaf of bread and not fifty pounds of mascara and shoes.
I waved at my friends, who offered encouraging smiles and hand gestures, and I closed that door, immediately regretting every decision I’d made to bring me to the moment I turned around.
He stood at the door to the backseat, holding it open for me like a gentleman, which I knew he was not. But the look on his face of regret and deference, under the hard shell of his brooding, was almost too much to bear.
So I did the only thing I could.
I ignored him.
I ignored his gorgeous lips as they tilted and the sleek cut of his jaw as I walked past him. I ignored the sight of his long legs as he climbed in next to me and the smell of him that made me want to grab him by the lapels of his jacket and bury my nose in his chest.
The driver took off, and I busied myself in my bag, looking for my headphones and book.
His eyes were on me. I pretended like I didn’t notice.
“You’re not wearing lipstick,” he stated.
Headphones, headphones, headphones. “It’s an international flight, Court. Of course I’m not wearing red lipstick for a ten hour flight.”
A pause. “Rin, I—”
Aha! I popped in my earbuds the second they were in hand.
His lips flattened, his face unamused. Rin, his lips said, but I smiled and shrugged, pointing to my ears.
“Noise canceling,” I said way too loud.
His chest rose and fell with a sigh I couldn’t hear—I’d already turned on music, a playlist we’d built the night before geared toward resisting douchery and unwanted-slash-totally-wanted advances—and he reached into his own bag, a leather affair at his feet, his hand disappearing into the bag and reappearing with a book, which he handed to me.
He watched me with his expression shrouded as I paused, my eyes on the offered book. An image of Penitent Magdalene by Tintoretto filled the cover, and I met his eyes, pulling my earbuds out by the cord.
“I thought you could use this. For your proposal,” he said, giving nothing away. “I…A colleague of mine wrote it, so if you have any questions, I can connect you. If you want.”
I took it from his hand, surprised and disarmed. “Thank you,” was all I said. He opened his mouth as if to speak again, but closed it, and with a nod, he reached back into his bag for his own book. Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.
I put my earbuds back in place, trying not to bite my lip, but it found its way between my teeth despite the effort at the sight of him sitting there, dressed like that, reading Margaret Atwood. After giving me a thoughtful gift, a book he knew I would want, one I would need for my dissertation.
Court Lyons made about as much sense to me as a scrambled up Rubik’s Cube.
I leaned against the door as I flipped through his gift, doing my best to sort through the rush of questions and confusion as Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sang about being cheated by the opposite of love. And I found I knew exactly the feeling.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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One Baby Daddy, Meghan Quinn – Blog Tour

“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason–she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy–and the perfect escape.

She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.

“Would you mind zipping up the back of my dress?” She walks toward me, her flowery scent floating in my direction, spiking my yearning into overdrive.

“Uh, yeah . . . sure.”

She turns around, and looks over her shoulder. The back of her dress is completely open, the zipper undone to just above the curve of her beautifully round ass.

Shit, all that smooth, tan skin, covered by nothing but the velvety fabric of the dress. Is she wearing underwear? She’s not wearing a bra and I see no panty line.

Clearing my throat, I ask, “Are you wearing underwear, Adalyn?”

From over her shoulder, she smiles shyly. “Yes, it’s small though.”

Of course it is. Why wouldn’t it be?

Not being able to stop myself, I take a second to float my fingertips up her spine. From the initial touch, her back arches and a small gasp releases from her lips, but before I can think about stopping, she melts into my touch. Stepping closer, I place my hand on the back of her hip, my thumb pressing into her ass while the other hand explores the bare expanse of her back. Her head falls to my shoulder. Her lips part, and when I snake to the front of her dress, her breath hitches.

Eyes closed, I take in ragged breaths, my fingers inching closer and closer to her front, my cock painfully hard.

It’s been so goddamn long—and being with Adalyn has only spurred on my need—but I want to make sure we’re in a good place before we commit to anything. I want to make sure she’s ready emotionally because the minute I bury myself deep inside her, I know there will be no turning back. She will be mine forever.

But maybe for now, I can just have a little touch . . .

My cock pressed against her butt, she expertly grinds her backside into me, her hands moving to my neck, pulling my head down to hers. I kiss the side of her neck, using the hand that’s gripping her hips to guide her with her grinding in just the right place.

Fuck, that feels good.

I grunt, the sound vibrating over her sleek neck. My hand on her stomach, she arches wanting more of my touch, silently asking me to move north.

And I fucking comply. Inch by slow inch, I guide my hand to just below her breasts. When I halt my pursuit, a displeased groan escapes her.

“Hayden, please.”

I squeeze my eyes shut, trying to find the willpower. Her fingernails dig into my scalp, spurring me on as she turns her head and finds my lips.

She kisses me.

Hot.

Wet.

Needy.

Her lips gliding across mine, her tongue diving into my mouth, her moans are vocal and sexy. Her delicious ass, pressing, grinding, undulating against my rock-hard cock makes me want to do so much more, makes me want to taste so much more.

Moving my hand higher, my fingertips graze the bottom of her breast. Soft. Round. Smooth. I caress her right below her nipple, never touching, just teasing . . . tempting.

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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The Wright Love, K. A. Linde – Book Review

A sexy new contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I have the perfect life.
Until the day my husband tragically dies.
Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.
When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.
But he’s determined to do right by me.
Could he be the Wright love?

The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David’s story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.

 

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*ARC RECEIVED AS A PART OF A BLOG TOUR. THE THOUGHTS ARE ENTIRELY MINE AND IN NO WAY BIASED.*

The Wright Love follows the story of Sutton, recently widowed single mother and David, a an with secrets from his past that he’s trying to move on from. David works at Wright Construction, the family business of Sutton, of which she has no part, not being interested in anything related to the business ever. When the story starts, it’s been a year since Sutton’s husband, Maverick, passed away. In this time, David has been really supportive and understanding of her whole situation, being there for her in anyway she needs. During the course of the story, they start dating, but when a secret from David’s past is revealed, it threatens to destroy not only his relationship with Sutton, but also everything that he’s tried so hard to build.

What I like most about the story is definitely David and just how accommodating and understanding he is about the whole situation with Sutton. He never tries to pressure her into anything she isn’t ready for, understands what she needs and is there for her in every way he can be. As a friend, as a confidante, as a boyfriend. He backs off when she says she isn’t ready for sex even though they’re in the middle of it, he doesn’t go ballistic when she asks him to take a step back in their relationship because of her husband and he doesn’t crowd her when she breaks up with him. So, yes, he’s a decent human being. But, we have so less of those that I am compelled to write all these things as stuff that makes me like him.

 

He’s a really good love interest and I really wish we had more heroes like him. That being said, it was absolutely stupid of him to lie about something so fundamental about himself, especially after he knew the situation Sutton and her family were in. I understand why he did what he did, but it still doesn’t make it better. He should have trusted his friends and known that they would have understood him and his motivations instead of lying about it.

 

 

Now, Sutton. Sutton, Sutton, Sutton. What do I say about her? I absolutely admire her will to keep going after everything that has happened in her life in such a short amount of time. The loss of her husband, being a single mom, answering to her overbearing family and her nosy inlaws could not have been easy, but she did it all. And, she did it with grace. She found a new purpose in life and stood back up on her feet. For that I absolutely admire her.

 

But, she was also easily influenced by what others had to say and she did come across as indecisive often. I understood that loosing her husband had made it difficult for her to move on, but I wish she had had more faith in herself and the choices she was making, both for herself and her son.

 

Next, Sutton’s family, who’ve been really supportive of her and who all love David and rely on him in a professional way. They were so endearing. They were all genuinely worried about Sutton and her wellbeing was on the forefront of their actions every time. I loved that. I especially loved how they adored David too and how they tried to make things easier for him, especially after he started dating Sutton. Morgan, Sutton’s sister and David’s best friend though, stole the cake. I absolutely adored just how amazing she was with her sister and her nephew and of course, how she silently supported her best friend through everything that happened between him and her sister, never picking a side or blaming either of them, but just being a pillar of support for them.

 

All in all, this was an absolutely amazing read and I definitely recommend you to read it if you’re into romance!

 

The Wright Love is a part of a duet that ends in a cliffhanger. The Wright One, Book 2 in duology comes out on May 29, 2018!

RATING – 4 STARS!!

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A new sexy contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Secrets swarm all around.
My world is crumbling under the strain.
I don’t know if we can survive this.
My heart is in the Wright place.
But is his?

The Wright One is the last book in the Wright Love Duet that began in The Wright Love. Find out if Sutton and David survive their world of secrets in the conclusion to the Wright Love duet!

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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The Cock Tales Anthology Pre Order Blast!

Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th!

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Publishing Date: May 26th

Cover Designer: CD Reiss

Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’

Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’

Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’

Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’

Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

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Breaching The Contract, Chantal Fernando – Book Review 

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New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with a brand new series about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.
Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…
Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?

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Breaching The Contract is the story of Kat, a driven, determined law school graduate who wants to be the most kick-ass criminal lawyer ever. She starts working at an up and coming law firm headed by two lawyers – Jaxon and Tristan which is famous for it’s repertoire in criminal law. Jaxon mentors her and she forms a very good working relationship with him. But, for personal reasons, Jaxon takes time off of work and she’s forced to work with Tristan during the time being. Tristan is the opposite of Jaxon in his ways and the two butt heads a lot. He micromanages Kat and doesn’t give her space to breathe. He’s rude and cold. He makes her do stuff beneath her pay grade. At first, Kat is annoyed with him at every turn, but as she spends more time with him and his kids, who he’s got her baby-sitting, things change and they start falling for each other. But, of course, things are far from dandy because he’s her boss.

 
What I like most about this book is Logan. He’s Tristan’s son and he’s the cutest kid ever. I adore him so much. All his interaction with both Kat & Tristan is so endearing. I just wanted to squish him with so many hugs! 😍

 
Kat is a very good character. She’s smart and driven and she doesn’t take shit from anyone. She’s super friendly and easy going. She’s had a tough life so far, but she makes the best of it and she doesn’t complain about her shitty hand. She doesn’t give much stock to love and is content with her friendships and her job. She’s so nice with kids even though she’s never been around one. It was really nice to see how she grew to like Tristan’s kids. So cute.

 
Then, there’s Tristan. Most of the book, I was so freaking annoyed at him. I mean, I understood why he had to ask Kat to babysit – he had client meetings and his nanny was sick. His best friend was caught up in his own problems and his family was half-way across the country. So, yes, I understand why he leaned on Kat. But, what I don’t like is how he seemed so ungrateful for all she was doing for him. He didn’t request her, he ordered. And he never thanked her the first time. Then, when she had to stay back so late that she actually fell asleep on his couch was when he had the decency to thank her and apologize for the issues. However, he was an amazing father and I loved that about him. He wasn’t able to spend a lot of time with his kids because of his demanding job, but he made the most of the time he did get. It was really nice to see him that way. And, once he started dating Kat, he was attentive and he made sure to look after her too. I really like that.

 
Overall, the story was good enough, but it wasn’t WOW like I was expecting it to be after reading the blurb. What I like was that it wasn’t unnecessarily dragged and the book was over in a short while. I think I read it in about 45 minutes. So, I love how the author didn’t create unrequired drama and it was just a short and sweet read. All in all, a nice, light read. 🙂

 

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Her latest releases include Toxic Girl, Saxon, and a USA bestselling biker romance novel Dragon’s Lair.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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xo, Zach, Kendall Ryan – Blog Tour

 

 

The first time we met was at a party.

 
Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

 
I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

 
The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

 
The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

 
I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

 
You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

 
I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

 
xo, Zach

 

*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

First things, first. I absolutely adore this story. So very much. It’s swoony and romantic and hot and sexy as hell, all at once. It was such a pleasure to read this and I enjoyed every second of this book!
The story follows Zach & Poppy, two people who fall in love in unexpected circumstances and how they overcome their problems to stay together.

Poppy is a great lead. I adore her. She hasn’t had the easiest life and there’s stuff that she’s still dealing with in terms of money, but she’s doing her best. I like how she busts her ass off to do what she needs to do and she doesn’t whine about it. When other college students are getting drunk and partying, she’s working. But, she doesn’t complain or behave like her life is shitty or she could do so much better. She makes do with what she has and does what she has to do without complaints. I really admire that about her. Of course, the fact that she’s a poetess and absolutely loves reading are other brownie points which make me love her even more. She’s smart as hell and she’s focused, determined and driven. She’s really compassionate and sweet. She’s definitely not a pushover and she stands up for herself and doesn’t take shit from others. I think I admire that the most about her.

 
Then, there’s Zach, who’s absolutely swoony. Yes, he’s a little crude and makes no apologies about who he is, but he’s also a closeted romantic who slips love poems to Poppy every chance he gets. His poetry is really enchanting and I was left really mesmerized by how he poured his feelings in such beautiful words. He’s really passionate about his work, too. He’s been working on a novel, which I love, and he works as an advisor at a university, which is how he and Poppy start interacting regularly. He’s thoughtful and generous and is always finding new ways to show Poppy how much he adores and respects her. But, most of all, I LOVE how he’s big on consent. When his and Poppy’s sexual relationship developed, he never did a single thing without asking. He never assumed, he never went with the flow. If he wanted it, he asked for it and he respected Poppy when she said no. He didn’t try to pressure her or force her into anything she wasn’t ready for. It sent such a huge message for positive sex and consent that I just had to close the book and revel in that feeling before I could continue.

 
The secondary characters in the book are just as funny, but I think my favourite is Zach’s mom. She lacks a filter and will absolutely say everything on her mind. She doesn’t even mind discussing her son’s sex life with her supposed girlfriend in front if her son. Yeah, she’s the over sharing type. But, she is who she is and she doesn’t try to hide it or tame herself down. I love that about her. She doesn’t think she needs to hide who she is for people to like her. She loud, boisterous, foul mouthed and proud of it. I LOVE THAT.

 
Overall, this was such a great read with all these amazing characters and a beautiful plot and I loved every minute of this story. It is definitely something that I’d recommend to romance fans because it’s so good!

 

 

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

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#DesiRepDiscussions – My Hero, Rishi Patel 

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Hey guys!

Over the past couple years, the #DiverseReads movement has gained momentum and people have become aware of reading books that have characters that are not just cis straight and white. After All, this world is a huge place and there are many different, diverse people here that are not straight or white. They have been poorly represented in media for a long time and that has taken its toll.

Desis are an example of such oppressed voices. We have not been represented in a good light in the western media, but, thankfully, that has changed in the last few years and with emerging authors such as Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Tara Sim, Dhonielle Clayton, Sabaa Tahir etc, hopefully, people will see us in a better light and begin to understand our culture more.

The purpose of this discussion event is to make others aware of the lush, beautiful desi culture and to tell them more about us. So, for the next few days, my absolutely amazing friend, Aditi from A Thousand Words A Million Books and I will be sharing various essays by desi book people – bloggers, bookstagrammers, twitterati etc for you guys.

I hope that you learn something new by reading what we have in store for you here and that you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by!

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My Hero, Rishi Patel

– Pragati

My first exposure to Western Media had been back in 2010, when I was about 15. A friend of mine introduced me to the popular reading website – Wattpad. She’d been reading a story that she thought I would love and bugged me till I didn’t start reading it. She was right. I loved the story. And I was hooked. After that story, I read countless other stories on the forum. All of them beautiful and amazing. But, all of them featured white, straight, cis and able bodied characters. I didn’t read about anyone else. But, I didn’t let that deter me, I continued to read and I continued to fall in love with stories.

When I started interacting with the authors on the websites via comments and even after I became friendly with many of them, I never told them my real name. I had a stupid screen name on the website, which was really westernized. I’d turned the location settings off for the app. So, if they interacted with me, they wouldn’t know I was Indian. I used to think that it would make less somehow, if they found out. So, I didn’t tell anyone.

When I created my twitter account, a couple years back, the trend continued. I didn’t tell people I interacted with that I was an Indian or that I lived in Mumbai. I tried to steer clear of such conversations and only a few of my close friends actually knew this about me.

This continued for a long time, till I came across When Dimple Met Rishi in late 2016. I hadn’t read a book with an Indian MC before that and had only just heard about Star Touched Queen. WDMR was also the first mainstream YA romcom with desi characters that I read. And, I met Rishi Patel.

Rishi Patel, who took pride in his culture. Who didn’t think he had anything to be ashamed of because of who he was. Rishi Patel, who was unapologetically Indian and who loved being Indian. He didn’t think that there was something wrong with him because of who he was. And he definitely didn’t care about people who treated him like anything less because he was Indian.

Reading about Rishi gave me hope. It made me see myself in a different light. It made me understand that nothing was wrong with me because of who I was. It made me understand that I shouldn’t shy away from talking about myself and who I was and if people looked down upon me because of it, they didn’t deserve my time anyway.

Reading about Rishi made me understand how stupid I was being, holding myself back because of what others would think. And, it also gave me courage. If Rishi could embrace who he was and be proud of it, why couldn’t I? By all counts, Rishi & I weren’t different. I even had the advantage of still living in my own country, so I hadn’t experienced any diaspora first hand. So, if he could do it, so could I.

And, I did. I started telling people I was Indian, I changed my bio on Twitter & Instagram & I put a picture of myself for the profile photo. One book, and my life changed completely.

The effect he had on me, got me thinking. If one character could turn around how I presented myself in media, what would happen if more such characters started appearing in mainstream media? This is the reason why we need more representation in media. So that people like myself can be who they are without the fear of being secluded, of being sidelined for others.

Because, if Rishi can do it, so can we.

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#DesiRepDiscussions – Representation Matters

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Hey guys!

Over the past couple years, the #DiverseReads movement has gained momentum and people have become aware of reading books that are different from cis straight white characters. Because, this world is a huge place and there are many different people here that are not straight or white. They have been poorly represented in media for a long time and that has taken its toll.

Desis are an example of such oppressed voices. We have not been represented in a good light in the western media, but, thankfully, that has changed in the last few years and with emerging authors such as Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Tara Sim, Dhonielle Clayton, Sabaa Tahir etc, hopefully, people will see us in a better light.

The purpose of this discussion event is to make others aware of the lush, beautiful desi culture and to tell them more about us. So, for the next few days, my absolutely amazing friend, Aditi from A Thousand Words A Million Books and I will be sharing various essays by desi book people – bloggers, bookstagrammers, twitterati etc for you guys.

I hope that you learn something new by reading what we have in store for you here and that you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by!

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Representation Matters

– Aimal

Desis are one of the largest population groups in the world, with over 1.7 billion people and a diaspora that’s spread across all continents. But even then, desis are among some of the least represented groups in publishing, especially when you consider Bangladeshis and Pakistanis.

There are only a handful of desi books released in publishing every year – a number that’s, fortunately, increasing every year but still very low. Even fewer are books written by desis about desis, and those that aren’t written by desis often fall prey to stereotypes and gross conflation of the various rich subcultures within the “desi” culture into a monolithic, single dimension. It’s something I’ve noticed rather often what sort of desi stories are pushed by publishing (and movies, or anything – actually), and those are overwhelmingly what I call “oppression narratives.”

For desi teens to pick up books that promise them representation and only read how horrible their cultures are, how oppressed desis are as a product of their own cultures and countries is a concern. For example, Bollywood is a booming industry with hundreds of movies released every year, from every different genre imaginable, yet when you think about an Indian movie, what do you picture? Slumdog Millionaire, about poverty and violence. Pakistan has a huge fashion and entertainment industry with music that’s adored all over the world, but what media is hailed by the West?

Oppression narratives about terrorism and violence. These are, unfortunately, realities of desi countries – undisputedly, but they aren’t the only realities. And it’s concerning to me that mainstream publishing only likes to push narratives that tell desis of their oppression, and that focus on our “Othering,” while largely avoiding and/or not resourcing narratives that tell mainstream audiences that desis have their own identities, their own cultures, sure, but we are a diverse, large group of people who are people first and foremost.

There are, of course, exceptions. Some of the recommendations I have are Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, and Fire Boy by Sami Shah – both very unique novels by desi writers. The first tackles what it’s like growing up desi (Indian) and Muslim in the United States, while the second is an elaborate fantasy about a Pakistani boy who finds out he’s half-jinn.

I treasure these stories with my heart and soul because they provide me with some semblance of representation that I so rarely see in any form of media. And I sincerely hope that with this new push towards diversifying publishing, desis aren’t left behind and we get more books about our lives, our experiences and our beautiful culture(s) without being told how backwards and oppressed we are.

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#DesiRepDicsussions – A Love Letter to Sandhya Menon

Hey guys!

Over the past couple years, the #DiverseReads movement has gained momentum and people have become aware of reading books that are different from cis straight white characters. Because, this world is a huge place and there are many different people here that are not straight or white. They have been poorly represented in media for a long time and that has taken its toll.

Desis are an example of such oppressed voices. We have not been represented in a good light in the western media, but, thankfully, that has changed in the last few years and with emerging authors such as Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Tara Sim, Dhonielle Clayton, Sabaa Tahir etc, hopefully, people will see us in a better light.

The purpose of this discussion event is to make others aware of the lush, beautiful desi culture and to tell them more about us. So, for the next few days, my absolutely amazing friend, Aditi from A Thousand Words A Million Books and I will be sharing various essays by desi book people – bloggers, bookstagrammers, twitterati etc for you guys.

I hope that you learn something new by reading what we have in store for you here and that you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by!

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A Love Letter to Sandhya Menon

– Kav

Discussing diversity in media is a prominent part of my mission as a booktuber. More importantly, I want to support and promote diverse content, particularly diverse YA novels. Last year, I had the honor of beginning my journey of supporting Sandhya Menon, an unbelievably talented YA author who writes about Indian-American teens as an Indian author herself. To this day, I can still remember the moment I discovered her and how that changed my world forever.

In the first half of 2017, Menon’s first novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, was released and I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this novel. When Dimple Met Rishi was the first novel I ever read featuring a main character of my skin color. I still have an inability to express how my world changed and the happiness this brought me.

Since the release of When Dimple Met Rishi, Menon has announced two other novels, From Twinkle, With Love (out May 22nd, 2018) and When Ashish Met Sweetie, the sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi, two more YA novels featuring Indian-American teens. Each of these novels has the potential to change yet another Indian-American teen’s life the way When Dimple Met Rishi changed my life.

By writing about characters that look like her, Menon has revolutionized the YA world in terms of its Indian representation. When Dimple Met Rishi is the first mainstream #ownvoices YA novel with an Indian-American main character. This is thanks to the endless work of so many activists in the publishing world, but is also thanks to the endless work and talent of Sandhya Menon.

South Asian representation is rarely considered in the discussion diversity, as though places like India and Pakistan do not exist and people from there do not deserve to see themselves in media. Menon has begun dismantling this ideology by being brave enough to write what she does. Everyday when she writes, she is changing the world with her work.

I implore you to support Sandhya Menon in any way you can because the desi community needs your support. Support the woman who has changed countless Indian-American teens’ lives and will continue to do so in the future.

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