My Best Friend’s Ex, Meghan Quinn – Book Review

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35004715When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.

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

My Best Friend’s Ex is the story of Tucker and Emma. Emma and Tucker have been friends since high school and Tucker used to date Emma’s best friend before a tragedy tore them apart. They haven’t spoken since the break up and then run into each other at a bar. Emma has 2 days to find a place to live before she’s evicted from her apartment because the bank is taking over her building. So, Tucker offers up his place, his brand new place that he’s originally bought for himself and Sadie, the ex. Not having another option, Emma agrees and moves in with him. The beginning of their living situation is awkward because Emma thinks her loyalty is with her best friend, but she can’t help rethink that because no matter what, Tucker is her friend too. Their past comes in the way and they’re both toeing around each other for a while before they settle into an easy friendship. But, as their friendship progresses, their feelings grow and the apparent forbidden nature of their relationship is difficult for the both of them to overcome.

I love how breezily this story flows. It is so natural and easy going. Not once did I think, oh this is too fast! Oh, this shouldn’t have happened. I was in for the ride from the beginning and it was a smooth and easy one. I liked it. I love how the author has written the relationship between Tucker and Emma. The slow burn is so SLOW. GOSH! But, I do adore the bond the two form as they progress towards their romance. I mean, I loved that though it was apparent that they were both attracted to each other, they rebuilt their friendship instead of jumping into bed together. That was so gratifying to read. So many brownie points for that, Meghan!

I love Tucker. God, do I ever love him. He is so amazing. It’s hard to not love him. So many times I just wished to go inside the story and wrap him up in a tight hug and take all his worries away. He’s such an amazing character. He’s loving and caring and funny and sweet and sexy. GAH! So, sexy! I adore him. I adore him so much. I love his character arc. He’s grown so much during the story, given up on so many things and realized so many others. His journey is amazing and I am so proud of him to have overcome all his demons and just be the best person he could be. It took a lot of effort and it shows. It’s amazing.

I like Emma too. She’s so focused and driven. But, Tucker brings out the carefree side in her and encourages her to let loose. She is so sweet. But, I hate that she was hung up on the fact that Tucker is Sadie’s ex. Yes, it’s a huge thing because Sadie is one of her best friend’s and she feels like she’s betraying Sadie by going out with Tucker. I understand that. Completely. But, I hate how she was always belittling their relationship, assuming that Tucker maybe comparing her to Sadie in everything. She assumed the worst of Tucker, that if push comes to shove he would leave her without even talking to him about it. I just hate how she wrote him off so easily. That is not fair to him.

But, Tucker just made me swoon with all his gestures to win Emma over. They were so grand but also heartfelt at the same time and I was just swept off my feet, seeing how much Tucker did care about Emma and how much he loved her. It was the most amazing thing ever.

All in all, My Best Friend’s Ex is a great read that has elements of romance, humour, drama and angst all wrapped up in one tiny package for you to read and enjoy. I certainly did! 😀

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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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Black Tie Optional, Ann Marie Walker – Blog Tour

The Proposal meets Two Weeks
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Wild Wedding #1
Ann Marie Walker
Releasing May 30, 2017
St. Martin’s Press
The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker’s new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, “a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!”
Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips – on the surface he’s pure perfection. Too bad he’s an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.
 
Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.
So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober. Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.
 
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Black Tie Optional is the story of strong headed and fierce Olivia and the arrogant, tycoon Cole. Olivia, an environmental activist hates what Cole’s business is doing to the environment and is on his tail about changing his ways because animals are suffering because of what it does. However, despite all the animosity between them, they’re both attracted to one another and when Cole suggests they get married so that he can claim his inheritance, Olivia agrees. From there begins a game of cat and mouse and falling in love.
What I love about Olivia is her personality. She’s smart and fierce and independent. She’s not dazzled by Cole’s wealth or his larger than life attitude. Yes, she’s attracted to him and she admits that she is, but the whole thing is physical. It’s not because of his money or his stature. She’s loyal to a fault and isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. I like that about her a lot. She isn’t afraid to stand up to anybody if they question her and she does so unapologetically.
And then, there’s Cole. He comes off as arrogant and cruel, but there’s a whole other side to him that no one but his sister is privy to. He’s protective of her and he can go to any lengths to make sure that she’s fine and well. He drops everything at a moment’s notice for her.
When Cole and Olivia get married, this is the side of him that she sees and starts to fall for. Cole makes an effort, even if it’s for the cameras and soon their fake marriage is turning real when they start developing feelings for each other.
All in all, this story is a laugh out loud, sexy read that is breezy and quick. If you’ve got a couple hours on your hand, I’d recommend this book for you! 🙂
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Lucian Divine, Renee Carlino – Blog Tour

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Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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This book. *sighs* This book.

Lucian Divine is the story of Lucian, a guardian angel, who falls in love with the soul he’s assigned to protect, Evelyn. Lucian has been guarding Evey since she was born, but he’s also in love with her. Her constant trysts with other men have driven Lucian to alcoholism and one fine day, when he can’t take it anymore, he tells her everything – that he’s her guardian angel, that he loves her, that they can’t be together. Then, he erases her memory, but he doesn’t do it right because Evey still remembers him. Then, she falls for him and yada, yada, yada.

“You are everything to me. You’re the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence.”

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It’s clear that the best thing about this story is Lucian. His love for Evey is so all consuming, so huge, so much, it pours out of him. He’s ready to die, just to be with her. And however hard Evey tries, she can’t convince him to kill her so that they can be together because hurting Evey causes him unbearable pain. He comes close once, but is unable to go through with it because it’s hurting Evey. Yes, he loves her a whole lot. I admire that about him. That he is so in love with her and he’s not afraid to tell it to the world. He literally tells everyone he meets about her. Even though his best friend, Zack and his supervisor, Mona, advice him against getting together with Evey, what with him being an angel and her being human, he overlooks them and goes on to marry her. But, then, trouble finds them and everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

But, the determination that Lucian has, to always protect Evey, to love her more than his own life, is there within him throughout the story and that’s amazing. I love that about him!

“Evelyn, I’ve existed for more than two millennia. In two thousand years, I have watched over so many lives. At times, more than five souls were my responsibility alone. I’ve watched all of them die. I’ve held many of them while they were dying. It’s in my nature to do that, to give peace to my souls, to look out for them when I can, to sway the good ones to do the right thing, and to protect man and life here on Earth. I’ve watched over stunningly beautiful and brilliant women, but I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.”

Now, then, what I didn’t like.

It was too insta love. I understand that Lucian is Evey’s guardian angel, so he’s made in such a way that Evey can’t help but love him and he’s been in love with her for years, but it still feels too rushed. They’ve just met and they’re spending every moment together, getting engaged in two weeks and married in two months. Whirlwind romance, yeah?

And, then, we know how Evey fell in love, sort of, but how about Lucian? I would loved his side of the story, before he told Evey who he was.

As much as the plot kept me on my toes, at times it felt like everything was happening too fast and I didn’t have the time to fully grasp what was actually happening. It was great that I didn’t get bored, but I would have liked it if there was a breather somewhere in the middle.

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”

All in all, it’s a great book with a good story, well rounded characters and nice writing style. I would recommend it to the romance fanatics who like the insta love trope and the drama that generally accompanies it.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

Bad Boys After Dark : Dylan, Melissa Foster – Blog Tour

 

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Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan
Melissa Foster
(Bad Billionaires After Dark, #2)
Publication date: December 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!

Meet the Bad Boys… Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

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I’ll start off by saying that this was such an amazing romance! I’m quickly becoming a fan of Melissa Foster and her writing. I’m a complete sucker for romance. I mean, I read a whole lot of it. Whatever I can get my hands on. But, not all of them are good, you know. They all have one thing or the other that’s good but I haven’t come across many authors who have a whole package of the good stuff like Melissa Foster.

I loved this story, even if there was a little too much of sex for my liking. I mean, I understand why. The story started with what was supposed to be a one night stand and the lead pair is very sexual in showing their appreciation for each other, so yeah, obviously there was going to be a lot of that. It was good that it was tastefully done.

But, the story is nice. For once, it’s the guy who isn’t afraid of commitment. Of course that’s what I liked best. Dylan went in full force and did what he needed to win the girl over. Sometimes that included giving her space and sometimes it meant smothering her with attention. But, he knew when to push and when to hold back and he never, ever forced her to do anything she didn’t want to, even if it meant working on their dates or having her leave him in the morning. He was always patient and understanding and even if he was disappointed at times, he did his best to be there for her. I love that. You don’t see that in people very often these days.

An added bonus is that he’s smart, witty, funny, charming and hot. Oh, so hot! He gives his girlfriend cute nicknames and he leaves unexpected presents at her door when he’s courting her in an effort to woo her. And he works for charities. And he bakes. And he owns a bar. Yes, my friend, the word you’re looking for is perfection. *Sighs*

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Tiffany, she is such a hard ass. She’s always busy with work, likes no strings attached one night stands (because that’s all she’s got the time for) and loves her family. She’s a coveted sports agent and takes her job very seriously. She is literally available 24X7 to all her clients. Workaholic much? But, though she has this reputation of being a hardass, she’s actually this amazing, sweet girl who’s just awesome. I like her. She’s not really sure how emotionally available she is and the path she goes on with Dylan to actually discover what kind of live and what kind of relationship she wants is beautiful. She admits to her flaws and never believes that she’s perfect. I like that. She’s gorgeous and she’s successful and what a dynamite! Most men would be salivating for her. Stuff like this makes people cocky, but she isn’t cocky. She knows she isn’t God’s Gift to Mankind. She’s humble and she’s good and she’s awesome and I love her!

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This story is so well written. I love everything about it. The characters, the situations, the little surprises, the dates, all the family time, the importance of careers, the importance of love. Everything that is highlighted in this book is awesome. If you’re a romance fan, you HAVE TO PICK THIS UP!

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Seaside Whispers, Melissa Foster – Review Tour

 

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Seaside Whispers
Melissa Foster
(Seaside Summers)
Publication date: November 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux–an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy–is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.

With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, seductive Mira.

A surprise encounter leads to white-hot passions and midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?

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Oh this story! It is so sweet! Kind of like the ‘oh let my heart skip a beat at the romance’ things that happen (very rarely in reality, I know).

The characters are really well written. They’re three dimensional and have a lot to themselves than just being a couple in love. They’re great individuals and very capable of functioning by themselves. So, it’s not that kind of love where the lead couple is constantly saying ‘they can’t live without the other’ because they can, they just choose not to. And that’s beautiful.

The best part about this was that there was no unnecessary miscommunication. In romance novels, more than half the time, problems arise because people don’t talk to each other, don’t try to understand the other person’s point of view. In this story, Matt and Mira were always upfront about their feelings, they communicated and talked everything out. They were always truthful with each other, even if the truth hurt. No secrets, no lies, no hiding things because they felt they were protecting themselves or someone else. I like that. I really, really like that.

As a couple, they were a house on fire. So sexy and hot, yet so sweet and adorable. Gah, it made my heart melt. It was so good to read about their relationship developing. It was kind of insta love because they were together by chapter three, but they’d been friends for almost a year before they got together and they’d always been attracted to each other, so it wasn’t as insta as we’re talking about.

As individuals, Mira was the epitome of a loving mom. She always kept her baby boy on the forefront if every decision she made. But, she’s smart, sexy and so savvy. She wasn’t some damsel in distress and totally capable of holding her own. Which is so amazing, because so many times single moms are portrayed as these weaklings who just need a man to hold them up and that’s not right. They’re women. They’re effing shiz self sufficient. They can definitely raise a child all on their own.

Matt is hot as fuck, okay. Thats it. He’s super hot. But he’s also so sweet and caring. He’s always lavishing all his attention on Mira and her son. He’s protective of them and he can go to any lengths to keep them both safe and happy. Despite being hot and sexy, he’s an adorkable nerd. With the glasses. Yes. Hotter than ever. I really adore him.

And then there’s the cutie, Hagen. He’s so adorable. He’s super smart and very perceptive. He loves to read and he wants to be nerdy because a girl in his class said that nerdy boys are the best.

So, yes, a great story and great characters which leave you with the fuzzies. I love this story! Definitely read it, romance fans!

 

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Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook or her personal website.

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Children of the Veil, Colleen Halverson – Blog Tour

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Elizabeth Tanner has one goal: to find her mother in whatever dimension she’s imprisoned. But to do that, she has to face her estranged father, and to do that, she needs a shot of whiskey…or seven. But after an attempt on her life and the return of her lost love, she wakes up with one hell of a hangover and a whole barrage of questions.

Finn O’Connell doesn’t know why the Fianna want him to aid Elizabeth in her search, but he’ll take any excuse to be near her again. Together, they dive headlong into the shadows of her mother’s secrets and find themselves embroiled in a Fae rebellion that will test Finn’s loyalties and their love.

With the Faerie realm verging on chaos, Elizabeth and Finn will embark on a quest that will lead them from the streets of Chicago to London’s seedy Fae underground. But rescuing Elizabeth’s mother means journeying to a place Finn can’t follow, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice between finding her at last or saving her own soul.

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Okay, so this book! Gah! I really liked it. The world of Trinity is one that I’ve loved since the first book, so I was really excited to dive into the second one.

The story didn’t disappoint. It was really good to get back to these characters and this story. The plot is really interesting and the characters are great and varied. I loved how all the realms are portrayed and all the mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s mother is handled really well. The flow of the story is great. Nothing seems forced or awkward. Also, there is a plethora of different kinds of beings in the story which is really interesting. You have your Fae & Fianna, but other than that, there’s also shape shifters and vampires and demons and whatnot. I really like that. A whole lot. And all the Finn & Elizabeth feels! GAAAHHHH! I’ve been rooting for them since the first book and I was just shipping, shipping, shipping them so hard in this one as well!

Elizabeth, like last time, is head strong and brave and stubborn and adamant. I like how she’s always on her feet, ready to do anything to find her mother. The plethora of emotions that she goes through are so well described. There’s so many issues she needs to work through and there are so many hurdles she has to cross before reaching her mother. They’re all handled really well in the story and I like it. The best part of the story is how she doesn’t give into every whim and fantasy of Finn. She actually calls him out on stuff she feels is wrong and doesn’t fall in line despondently. But, all said and done, she loves him dearly and literally makes a deal with the devil to save him. I admire that a lot.

Finn, as always, is hot as fuck. He’s such a great character. There’s so much to his story and we learn a lot of his backstory in this one. He’s smart and quick and sharp. He’s an amazing fighter. He’s ready to go to any and all lengths to protect Elizabeth and that’s really heartwarming. Though he makes some questionable decisions, his heart is always in the right place and that’s what matters. He isn’t perfect and doesn’t try to portray himself as such. I really like that about him. He has no airs and owns up to who he is.

The one thing that I would change about the book is that Elizabeth is kidnapped once every 3 chapters and she’s always getting conked on the head which I don’t like. I mean, seriously. That stuff gets old after the first few times. Other than this, it was a great read.

All in all, a good story that I would definitely recommend to other fantasy readers.

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Finn stood up and placed his hands on my shoulders, massaging my sore muscles. I turned my head to the side, allowing him access to my neck. He rubbed his thumb down my spine, and I let out a soft moan as the tension in my body released.
“The way you addressed that soldier tonight, and your oath to Phelan,” he said. “I have to admit, I was quite enamored by your display of power.”
“Oh, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Mr. O’Connell.” My fingertips hummed with aisling energy as he brushed my hair aside and kissed me between my shoulder blades. In spite of my exhaustion and everything I learned tonight, my body ached for him.
“I think royalty looks good on you.” He smoothed his hands down my arms, and breathed into my ear. “But then again, I think everything looks good on you, Princess.”
I placed my hand over Finn’s. “You just want to see me in a dress again.”
“I suppose I’m still stuck in the 18th century.” He stroked my hair, pulling my wayward curls behind my ears. “I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to seeing women in trousers.”
I stood up and stretched, turning to the cot in the corner. “Well, get used to it, buddy.”

Finn grabbed my ass, and I squealed as he pulled me into his lap, the rickety wooden chair groaning beneath our weight.
“I could get used to these tight blue jeans, however.” Finn moved his hand down my hip.

“They are quite flattering in a twenty-first century sort of way.”
“I’m glad you approve,” I breathed into his ear, reaching back and placing his cheek close to mine.
“It’s just that a lady’s skirts made it much easier to do this.” Finn wrapped his arm around my waist and slipped his fingers inside the waistband of my jeans.
I gasped, grabbing at his hand—to release me or plunge deeper, I wasn’t sure.
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28240174Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

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14777224As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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Grin and Beard It, Penny Reid – Book Review

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But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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Okay, so, anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely adore Penny Reid. I mean, I just completely, absolutely, totally, irrevocably love her and her work. She is JUST THE BEST!

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There is a absolutely no two ways about the fact that she’s a brilliant author and all her books are just so very amazing. They’re just so, so, so freaking good. Like, I literally have a case of heart eyes when I read her books. I just want more and more and more and more!

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It’s just because her books are so very amazing. She has such a way with words that you cannot help but love her. Her books are smart, funny, quirky, lovely, full of amazing slow burn romance and so much fun and laughter! I LOVE THEM! (Like I already mentioned 10000 other times!)

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Okay, now, I guess we’ve spent a lot of time fangirling over Penny, so we should dive into the review!

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So, let me start by saying SIENNA DIAZ IS THE WOMAN! GOSH, I LOVE HER!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She is absolutely freaking shit brilliant.

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She’s smart. She’s beautiful. She’s humble. She is absolutely freakin’ hilarious! (Well, she has to be. She is after all an A – list comedian.) She kind of reminded me of Rebel Wilson. Which is all sorts of awesome because I ADORE REBEL WILSON!

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But, she is seriously so amazing. She’s like my new role model. She stands up for what she believes in. She doesn’t take shit from anybody. She always speaks her mind. She is determined and hard working and she loves her job. She’s always trying to be better at what she does and she has an amazing passion and drive for the things she loves. Yes, she is like the perfect woman. Now you know why I love her so much!

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She is also a closet romantic. On the outward, she says she doesn’t want to settle down, but she does crave a family, a partner and her life to be filled with a lot of love. Which, makes absolute sense because she has so much love to give.

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While she maybe a hopeless romantic, she still is a little cynical and a whole lot sarcastic. Seriously, there are so many facets to this woman’s characters that I could talk the whole day and still not scratch the surface. She is just this multi dimensional, loving, kind, complex, giggly girly woman who is just about everything awesome in the world.

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Now, talking about Jethro. He is such an amazing BOOK BOYFRIEND! Like, make room ladies, your latest, probably the most amazing one as of late, Book Boyfriend has arrived. And, he is all sorts of amazing.

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I can hear you sighing all the way from here, woman. Keep it down! I know he’s absolutely amazing, but, yeah. Put a stop to it!

So, Jethro. He’s done a lot of questionable things in his past, but one incident changed his life forever and since then, he’s been the best version of himself. He gave up all his vices, turned his life around and became this absolutely wonderful, wonderful man.

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He is also a hopeless flirt. He’s charming and sexy and gorgeous and his mouth just spits honey. So, yeah, he just flirts without even trying. It makes him all the more desirable, though.

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He’s also kind and caring and beautiful. He just gives and gives and gives. He’s such an amazing man. Always ready to help anybody, keeping his best foot forward, just being this amazing, amazing person. He never hesitates to help anybody, is always running around, trying to make others happy. I love that about him.

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And, he seriously has a way with words. He just knows the right things to say at the right time. I mean, I swooned more than once just listening to him. He is absolutely perfect. Just so, so, so very amazing.

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Yeah, swoons, right? I just absolutely adore him. There aren’t words enough to tell you guys how much I adore him. He is absolutely friggin’ perfection. Just absolutely, completely, amazingly, perfect.

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Now, coming to the story! It is so, so well written. Penny promised us some slow burn in this one and did she deliver?!?! Oh my! I was just so invested in the characters from the very beginning and they were just getting lost in their heads and trying to maintain a distance and what not, and I was just like, GET TOGETHER ALREADY!

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That was my thought process for most of time they were skirting around each other and I just wanted to bash their heads together and make them understand that they’re totally perfect for each other! There was so much anticipation and build up that I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW I FELT WHEN THEY GOT TOGETHER! I just celebrated!

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It was just so fulfilling, like I’d achieved my purpose in life! Then, their relationship took off and the book got even better than before, even though I didn’t think that was possible! They were all cuddly and smoochy and cutesy. Like this adorably sexy amazing couple and I just swooned so much. And dreamed about them being together forever.

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And then they fell in love and things got even better and so much more interesting and there was so much drama and love and happiness and longing and anxiety in those last 5 chapters where they made their way to their happily ever after that I JUST LOVED IT!

It just put fuel to the fire and made their final meeting so, so much better. Just, more of that intensely amazing slow burn came into play.

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So, after all the swooning, I don’t think there is much left to say! Thank you, Penny, for writing this amazing book!

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It is one new amazing feather in your amazingly awesome hat. Just keep being awesome and writing all these beautiful stories! YOU MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

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Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Happy Readings, you guys! 🙂

And, please tell me about your favorite Penny Reid novel! Did you read Grin and Beard It? Did you like it? Hit me in the comment section! I love to talk to you guys! 😀

Red Night, R. K. Close – Book Review

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For five hundred years I have feasted on the blood of the innocent.
For centuries I have seduced beautiful victims into my bed.
And all this time, I have never gone without…

I am Zachariah…

While enduring endless days as an immortal, only one urge soothes my savage need.

Blood.

I have consumed countless humans—I have witnessed mountains of corpses piled beneath my feet. But none more significant than the woman I once loved.

My heart was not the only one she captured, but it would be the last…

An inferior creature turned her heart against me—Adam. Such a pathetic identity to be named after the original creation of God, and always besting me in life. But in death—I am king.

I am far more treacherous.
I should be feared.
I demand to be remembered.

And I am, for being known as the immortal who slayed the woman we both loved, and my rampage continues…

Now in the scorching desert, I find prey well worth the chase…

Samantha.

And my interest in this mortal runs deep. Adam has pursued me over the globe in search of revenge—but his own weaknesses have made him vulnerable. He’s taken to the striking mortal, which means only one thing.

She will be my next target.

But this time, not for the taste of blood. I will take her as my own mate, and neither Adam, or anyone else, will stop me…

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First of all, I AM EXTREMELY SORRY FOR THE DELAY! The book released almost 20 days ago and I was supposed to post the review then, but sadly, life got in the way and I never got the time to read the book! 😦

However, now I have read it! And, I am so, so, so happy to have read this book! It is absolutely amazing! The writing style, the story line, the characters, the dialogue, everything is phenomenally amazing. I LOVE IT! It is so very well written.

The characters were really well done in this book. They’re the USP. I adore the characterization in this story. All the characters are well written, complex and deep who have so many facets to them that they just surprise you at every turn. They’ve got so much depth and the myriad of emotions that is depicted through their actions is absolutely gorgeous. I have to tell you, they’re just amazing, amazing characters. I love them. They’re awesome and kickass and hot and passionate and protective and possessive and just so freaking shit amazing, I don’t have the words!

One more thing that I love is that the book is fast paced. There is no wasting time in pleasantries and that makes it so much better. The story is moving forward with each page and each action and emotion and that is just awesome.

Of course, there is the love triangle that will not get into. As you guys know, I’m not a huge fan, but hey! They’re okay. At times. We’ll just say this is one of those. I was extremely satisfied with the ending though, so I won’t curse it much!

Now, I CANNOT WAIT for book two!!!!

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Rescued, Phoebe Rose – Blog Tour

 

Welcome to my tour stop for Rescued by Phoebe Rose. Rescued is a New Adult romance with snark, witty banter, and kittens. Can be read as a standalone. It is rated 18+.

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Thomas is a hot geek, a twenty-three year old entrepreneur with no time for dating…and even less time to deal with the stray kittens who’ve claimed his patio as their home. Seattle college senior Tessa is a born rescuer, warm and caring–and sick of getting her heart bruised by guys like Thomas. But when he sees her rescue a kitten while wearing kitten heels, he’d do anything to kiss her. And while Tessa vows she’ll never let herself fall for a sexy, ambitious businessman, she fears she’s already in over her head.

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This book is good. I like it. I mean, the story is not something that is new, but the writing is great. The way the characters are portrayed – their behavior, their personality, their emotions – it’s what makes it great. I like the quirkiness and the smart, sarcastic vibe that is there in this book the entire time.
The characters are really, really good. I like Tessa so much! She’s this ball of sarcasm and wit wrapped into procrastination and warmth and kindness who just demands to be loved by the reader. She’s a little insecure and a whole lot naive, but she is absolutely awesome! I love her. Really, I do. She’s such an amazing person. Kind and forgiving and loving. Always there to help her friends. Rescuing animals. Yeah, she’s great! 😀
Thomas is also real nice. He’s smart and stupid intelligent. Yes, I know that they’re opposites. I mean, he’s really, really intelligent. He’s younger than 25 and has already sold two of his start ups and is the CEO of his third. So, yeah crazy intelligent. He’s snarky and possessive and protective and just amazing. He’s super adorable and just melts your heart!
Like I said, the writing is what drew me in. The story is fast paced and doesn’t make you wait and doesn’t bore you. Which I like. I just wish that there had been a chapter or two before the epilogue. Seriously, the ending was a little rushed. I wanted to see more of the conflict resolution than what was shown. If the author would have done that, this book would have been so much better than what it is now. True story.
But, apart from that one issue I seem to have with this story, everything else is great! It really, really is! I loved it! So, so much! Makes your heart melt and smile so damn bad.
A definite recommendation for a light hearted, cutesy read on a weekend! 🙂
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Phoebe Rose writes New Adult and contemporary romantic comedy, connecting readers with witty, geeky, passionate couples. Couples falling head over heels in love for the first time.
Phoebe’s loves include beach travel and writing in coffeeshops. Her YA fantasy, published under another name, has been translated into other languages and optioned for film. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and tweets from @phoeberosebooks
 
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Cross the Stars, Venessa Kimball – Book Review

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00006]What would you risk for love? Would you cross the stars? Steal the moon?

She is American. A commoner, an outsider. Min barra. He is Jordanian royalty. A prince, already promised to another. And their worlds are about to collide.

A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she is losing direction. Having carved her own path through life, rejecting her family’s elitist influences, the last thing she wants is to waste time and prove her parents right. A happenstance summer-long program abroad offers the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in volunteer work, finding richness in family and purpose she has never experienced before.

Prince Rajaa bin Ammaar is returning home to Jordan from Georgetown University. His intent is to spearhead a refugee program meant to bring peace to his country. Amidst threats of civil war and revolt, Raj stands for his convictions, even when they challenge his family and the very culture he is preordained to uphold.

A chance encounter at a crowded party in D.C. brought Ella and Raj together for one fleeting moment – two people never thought to meet again. But it’s not until their diverse worlds collide in Jordan that they realize the power of their connection. With the refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect their forbidden love.

With the culturally rich Jordanian backdrop, Cross the Stars will take you on a journey into the geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of people amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers’ clashing fates, and the diversity they must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive.

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OH MY GOD! THIS BOOK! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

I am a complete sucker for forbidden romances, so it is no surprise that I love this. As if there was a way I wouldn’t love it?!!?!?!?!

I mean, I fell in love with it the moment I saw the cover. It was so good! All amazing and breathtaking and gorgeous. And then, I read the description and I loved it even more. Then, I read the actual book and HOLY FUCK! Yes, it is that good!

I mean, it is such an amazing love story. And, it has kings and princes in it and centers around the love story of a prince and a commoner. What else do you need in a story? This has romance and drama and action all in one amazing package, signed, sealed and delivered to you so that you can shamelessly devour it.

I love how the author gave the characters a chance to grow properly before the romance began. Like, really began. And then, there was all that amazing drama to add to the mix. So, what is not to like?

The story flows so amazingly that I didn’t really mind the fact that it took sometime before the plot picked up. I was enjoying the read anyway. I mean it just leaves you asking for more and more and more. It is that good. That ending though, it fucked me up. Really, it did. I mean, I did sort of anticipate a cliffhanger, but not THAT! Why would you do this to me? It just left me wanting to read the next book right now! Which, sadly is not possible because I don’t think the second book is even close to releasing right now, so I have to sit and wait! I HATE THAT!

Apart from the cliffie ending, this book is amazing and a must read! Seriously, guys! So awesome. So, so awesome!

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Venessa started her journey in the world of books in 2010. Currently, Venessa is writing in the Adult Romance genre as well as the Young Adult Contemporary Fiction genre. However, expect the unexpected from her writing since she tends to surprise her audiences with her diversity and original take in the genres she has written. Her New Adult and Adult fiction can be found under the pen name V. Angelika as well. When Venessa is not writing, she is chauffeuring her three little Kimballs to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading and brainstorming new projects she has up her sleeve.

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