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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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?

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

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.

 
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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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Loving Riley, Liz Durano – Book Review

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29068839To his legions of fans, Ashe Hunter is perfect – the classically trained British actor taking Hollywood by storm with his devastating good looks and old-fashioned charm. To his American girlfriend, Riley Eames, he is the man of her dreams, a gallant Prince Charming come to life.

But to someone from his past, Ashe Hunter is the Yorkshire boy she groomed for the world stage – and now, her ticket to Hollywood fame. And she’ll do anything to get what she wants, even if it means tearing apart the image he’s built for himself ever since he left her.

 

 

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Let it be said that I am a complete Liz Durano fan and LOVE HER WORK. I’ve been following her work since she was on Wattpad and I am so happy that she’s making a name for herself in the published world too, because frankly, if you’re a romance fan, you absolutely need to read Liz’s books. There’s no two ways about it.

I read the first book in this trilogy, Loving Ashe, sometime early last year and absolutely adored it. In case you need a reminder, here’s my review – Loving Ashe.

In the sequel to Loving Ashe, things have really come together for both Ashe and Riley. Ashe is making a name in Hollywood and Riley is learning to let go of her past. They’re building a life together and both of them are extremely happy in their relationship. All is good for the couple until a blast from Ash’s past threatens to destroy everything that they’ve tried to build together.

I loved that we got to see more of Ashe and his demons in this book. The first one was all about Riley and her past, but this one also included Ashe’s with hers. I liked how in the first book, Ashe seemed kind of invincible, always the pillar of support, immaculate man but in this one, we learn of his flaws and his mistakes. He really is just a normal guy, trying his best. The way that is portrayed through the story is really beautiful. I fell more in love with him as I saw him grappling through his salacious past while still trying to be the man he wants to be for Riley and his family. It makes him so much more endearing and lovable. I adore him and I admire his resilience. Such a great, great character!

I didn’t like Riley as much as I did in the first book. She still had her own past to come to terms with and suddenly being bombarded with Ashe’s was a little too much for her. I liked how she tried her best, given the circumstances and her character grew and developed throughout the story. But, she was awfully indecisive throughout the story and it made me mad that she couldn’t just make a decision and stick to it. I understood that she was dealing with a lot and she was having a hard time keeping her head over water, but it really frustrated me a whole lot.

I loved that despite everything that was going on, Ashe and Riley held on to each other ans supported the other as best as they could and finally, in the end, they come out of it all a whole stronger than before with a lot more trust and love between them.  The romance was still as swoony as the first one in this, but it had a lot more angst and lot more depth than the first one as we learnt more about Ashe.

I also loved the whole mysterious plot that went hand in hand with the drama. It was so well executed and the twists and turns were really surprising and unexpected. I won’t say much on this because I think that it is best experienced while reading the novel, but let me tell you, it is amazingly written.

Loving Riley is a great conclusion to the love story that started in Loving Ashe and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

 

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Bentley, Melanie Moreland – Book Review

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36889238Three young men meet in university and form a lifelong friendship.

Their pasts dictate the men they are, but their present shapes their future.

What happens when these men meet the one person they are destined to be with? Can they fight their feelings and walk away? Or will they each succumb and learn the sweet agony of love?

Bentley

The leader of the group. He is uptight, formal, and cold. Rigid and set in his ways, always following the same path. Until the day, he stumbles upon her.
Emmy.
She brings with her spontaneity and light. The world she lives in is so different from his, yet he cannot control the draw to her. Nor can he explain the way she makes him feel.
Happy.
Protective.
Loved.

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Bentley follows the story of Winston Bentley Ridge, a closed off uptight businessman, and how he falls in love with spitfire Emmy with demons of her own.

What I absolutely love in this book is the supportive pseudo family both the main characters have. Their best friends have become their family over the years and they’re always there for Bentley & Emmy, every step of the way, providing support and comfort. I love that. Really, I do.

Aiden & Maddox, Bentley’s best friends are typical guys who’re always giving Bentley shit about everything and they make jokes about him being whipped all the time. But, they care for Bentley a lot and it shows in their actions throughout the story. And, they really like Emmy, always trying to make her feel comfortable after Bentley starts dating her and it’s really heartwarming to see their efforts.

Cami & Dee, Emmy’s best friends are just as good. They make sure that Emmy is always looked after. Emmy has had a hard life and she doesn’t like to rely on anyone for anything, but Cami & Dee help her to the best of their abilities as and when she lets them. Dee, being elder to both of them, is the mother hen of the group and her concern for Emmy just made me like her so much.

Now, Bentley, he’s your successful businessman who has cut off from the world and doesn’t show people who he really is, apart from his two friends. His life revolves around work and he hasn’t felt in a long time. That changes when he runs into Emmy at a coffee shop and they chat for a few minutes. Emmy makes Bentley laugh, something he hasn’t done in a long time. So, of course, he wants to spend more time with her. He goes back to the coffee shop to meet her the very next day and asks her out. They start dating and slowly, Bentley opens up to her. He is so sweet and thoughtful, it really made me smile. Even though he hadn’t known Emmy for long, he wanted to make her happy, to make smile. The efforts he took to make that happen really made me like him. He was overprotective and overbearing at times, but with the situation they were in, I couldn’t really fault him for that. I loved how he encouraged Emmy to pursue her dreams and did his best to shoulder her burden without taking away her independence. It was a fine line but he managed it. Sure, they had a few disagreements with regards to the money, but he handled the situation so well, it made me love him even more.

Emmy. Now Emmy, I adore. She’s blunt and funny. She doesn’t hold back and speaks what she thinks. She’s not easily intimidated and has the ability to turn any situation funny because of her smart mouth. She’s been through so much at such a young age yet she smiles and if I don’t know her story, I wouldn’t ever be able to imagine that she had dealt with so much pain. Seriously, I’m surprised she’s not a walking endorsement for abandonment issues and that she takes chances on people and tries to trust them. I wouldn’t be able to do it if I was in her place.

The romance is sweet and adorable. The attraction between them is instant, but no one is dropping the L – bomb after two dates so that’s good. I mean, insta love is overdone and I don’t really understand it. I love how their relationship builds and how they slowly learn to trust each other and rely on each other. Also, I love how they’re always honest and open. They don’t keep secrets “to protect” each other and are upfront about everything. That really was one of the things that I loved most about this story.

Really a great read and I would totally recommend it to all romance fans out there! 😀

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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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Love Between Enemies, Molly E. Lee – Blog Tour

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36560371Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

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Love Between Enemies follows the story of two graduating seniors – Zoey & Gordon. They’ve competed over everything right from kindergarten – from science fairs to debates to scholarships and exams. Everything. This deep rooted rivalry has never let them become friends, but they respect each other. Everything is going fine for them till their graduation day. Gordon was hoping to win the scholarship he’d tried hard to secure to pay for Stanford, but on graduation morning he finds out that Zoey was the one to win it. He’d received some upsetting news in the morning, add to that the fact that Zoey won the scholarship he so desperately needed when he thought she wasn’t even competing for it. It causes him to snap and he uses mean words to introduce her as the valedictorian in his salutatorian speech at the ceremony. He regrets it immediately and hunts Zoey down to apologize to her. But, Zoey is hell bent on getting revenge for what he did and plays him. Over the course of the night, she actually starts developing feelings for him, but by then, the damage is already done. Will they be able to trust each other after everything?

As far as stories go, it was an enjoyable read, though it was pretty predictable. Also, the insta love was a bummer. Granted, they didn’t profess their undying love for each other by the end of the night, but it seemed as if they just had these intense feelings about each other in a matter of hours. They’ve known each other since they were in kindergarten and they’ve never felt anything about each other. But, now, all of a sudden they’ve realized that they’re sort of perfect for each other. What is this sorcery? It wasn’t really believable.

Zoey, I liked. I loved that her father had a huge business and more money than he knew what to do with, but Zoey didn’t think of herself better because of it. In fact, it made her work harder because she didn’t want to ride on her father’s coattails. That is admirable. She worked hard year round to earn the scholarship and to apply for the internship (again, her and Gordon are the prime contenders for it) before she went to Stanford. She refused her parents’ help for anything school related because she wanted to do it on her own. But, what I felt was no other facet of her personality apart from this need to prove herself were showcased in the book. I would have like to know more about her other than that she wasn’t a glory hound and that she knew how to hold a grudge (hence the whole revenge against Gordon plan).

Then, there’s Gordon. He’s smart and hardworking and humble. I love how much he loves his father and how much he wants to help his father save their restaurant. It’s really endearing. We know he can be a little spiteful when vulnerable, but he has a good heart and he regrets stuff when he knows he’s wrong. He wants to be a good man – someone like his father. He’s selfless and understanding in light of his father’s troubles and is ready to give up on his dream of going to Stanford because of it. I thought that was really nice of him. He’s also wicked smart and has the knack of a good businessman as shown in the book. His was a really nice character.

I would have liked if both Zoey & Gordon’s parents would have had more screen space, especially Zoey’s, because they were such interesting and good characters and their relationship with their kids was great! I liked how they were involved in their kids’ lives despite being busy, even if I abhorred the fact that Zoey’s parents didn’t make it to her graduation to listen to her speech because of a business meeting. I mean, what parent misses their kid’s valedictorian speech with the excuse that “they’re heard it hundreds of times before and it’s really good” because they have business to attend to?

Overall, it was a good, enjoyable, lighthearted read.

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“Help me out here,” Gordon whispered, his cheek brushing against mine as he spoke in my ear. “I’m blanking.”

The breath stalled in my lungs with how close he was, and how his soft words sent warm chills across my skin. The notion that he thought I was someone he could ask advice from both thrilled me and made my nerves twist. Or that could be because I could smell him again, which seemed to have a direct line to my crazy-button. Because only an insane girl would be wishing her enemy would keep whispering in her ear like that—he could recite the alphabet for all I cared, as long as he kept talking.

“Um,” I said, stumbling over my own words. New experience. Not exactly fun. My eyes darted over the faces in the room—completely oblivious to the battle raging inside me, the one that screamed to give in to what I was feeling for Gordon, and the other side reminding me how he’d slayed me this morning. I finally spotted the quarter on the table and remembered how to use my brain. “Any time someone says quarter, they have to drink.”

Gordon smiled and I felt it in my bones. “Thanks,” he said. “What she said.” He spoke a little louder as he sat up straight again, and I instantly craved the warmth of his nearness.

I’m in so much trouble.

I focused solely on the game and on the plan, but my body…my heart…wanted what I couldn’t have.

 

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35683226The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

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Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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Blood & Sand, C. V. Wyk – Blog Tour

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30975382The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

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

Trigger Warning – Slavery, Sexual Assault/Abuse, Physical Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts.

I need a minute to gather my thoughts here, okay? This one was an amazing, amazing story and such a wild ride. And that ending? Gosh, that left me needing more immediately. Can we have the next book right now? Because I would very much like for that to happen.

Blood & Sand seemed to be inspired from Pompeii (the Kit Harrington movie) on a lot of fronts. Maybe it was co incidental, maybe it wasn’t but I thought of that movie more than once while I was reading this story. And not just because they have a very similar setting. Especially with regards to Xanthus, the male lead in the story.

What I loved best about the book was Attia, for sure. Her character is absolutely amazing. She’s defiant, stubborn and brave. She values honour above all and she’s the last of her kingdom who is remaining after the Romans invade. Not knowing her royal heritage (she’s the crown princess), they assume her to be just a warrior and take her as a slave to Rome where she’s bought by a merchant. He buys her as a gift for his gladiator, Xanthus, who is called the Champion of Rome – the best gladiator around. I love how doesn’t give her trust freely and doesn’t have any naive notions of the life that’s ahead of her. She’s fierce and unafraid and she isn’t scared to protect those who are dear to her even if it means fighting multiple men at once. She is a really good role model.

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Xanthus made me really emotional more than once. All the guilt and pain he carries is a little too much. I’m surprised he’s able to breathe after all that he feels. He’s kind and caring – something the Romans were never to him. He’s an honourable man in every sense of the word. Not in the way Mark Anthony calls Brutus with contempt and disgust, but the honourable man Julius Caesar believed Brutus was (I’m sorry! Reading this has awoken the Caesar nerd in me). He maybe his master’s champion and he may get a few concessions, but he’s still a slave and he hates what Romans have made of him – a murderer who kills people for sport. Yet, he handles himself in front of a crowd beautifully and never lets people see the demons he carries. He’s such a good person beneath it all and it makes my heart ache that his life has been full of so much bloodshed.

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The romance in this so subtle, at times I forget it’s even there. I absolutely love the slow burn though. And I love how both Attia and Xanthus cross the bridge slowly. They first learn to trust each other and then they become friends, sort of, before crossing the line into becoming a couple (even though they’re not actually a couple because the master believes she’s his concubine). But, yes, the feelings are there and they care about each other very deeply. They fall in love by the end of the book and it happens gradually over a period of time, which I adore. They learn things about each other that are hidden from the world and actually see who the other person is before they learn to love them. I love how easily they accept each other. Their relationship is really beautiful and I loved watching them grow throughout the story.

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Now, the plot. It’s really, really good! Somethings were predictable and I saw them coming but I enjoyed reading them unfold just the same because they were really well written. The pacing of the story is great and I didn’t find myself wishing for it to go faster or slower. I didn’t get bored. What I love is how the author didn’t shy away from showing gore. The action/fight scenes were brilliantly written and I particularly enjoyed them. And that ending! GAH! Like I said, I need book two now!

This was a truly riveting read and you should definitely go grab it ASAP!

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DROPKICKromance, Cyrus Parker – Book Review

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A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.

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