Thursday, March 21, 2019

Book Tour for Nate by Kat Mizera (REVIEW)

Two people just starting off in their careers find a connection on and off the ice in this romance set in the hockey world.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Nate by Kat Mizera, along with my impressions of it, then add this eleventh installment in the Las Vegas Sidewinders series to your bookshelf!

To win, you have to play the game...
Rising hockey star, Nate Calloway has overcome a lot to get where he is. Playing professional hockey for the Las Vegas Sidewinders, he plans to keep his head down and do the one thing he’s good at: hockey. Everything is going according to plan until a gorgeous and spunky journalist falls into his lap. He might be a pro, but off the ice his lack of experience with women has him struggling to make the right move.
Fresh out of college, Chelsea Baldwin has landed her dream job working for a local newspaper. She finds herself in the locker room of a pro hockey team when she gets her big break much sooner than expected. Falling for one of the players, literally, wasn’t how she’d planned to start her career.
A pro-hockey player and a sports reporter shouldn’t be dating, but undeniable chemistry has them drawn together, despite the consequences. When the stakes rise, their trust in each other is tested both in and out of the locker room. But this is one game that they're determined to win...even if they have to make up their own rules.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After eleven books you’d think that Ms. Mizera’s Las Vegas Sidewinders series would be getting a bit stale, but that’s not the case with this slow-burn romance between two people just starting out in their careers.  From the first page to the last it’s a sweet and sensual tale with an endearing hero and an immensely likable heroine whose road to romance put a smile on my face.

Nate Calloway’s the rookie on the team, a player who’s determined to make his mark through hard work and a serious nature.  He takes his teammates advice readily as he wants to be the best player he can be, but when they recommend that he not date the new hockey reporter he finds himself standing strong as she brings a bit of sunshine to his slightly tarnished life.  Nate’s a truly likable hero, a bit naive and inexperienced, but his vulnerabilities endear him to me.  A traumatic childhood has left its mark on him too, left him leery when it comes to sexuality and relationships, and the reveal of his feelings left me aching for him.  It’s a heavy issue that I applaud the author for dealing with and it spoke volumes about his teammates that they supported him through his talking about it out loud.  Nate’s a charmer, a true gentleman off the ice, and throughout his burgeoning relationship with Chelsea his words and deeds warmed my heart and I’m still dreaming of this sexy hockey player with a heart of gold.

Chelsea Baldwin’s new to being a sports reporter, but she’s determined to be a success.  Though she knows nothing about hockey she jumps into the world wholeheartedly and throughout her time writing there’s a war waging between what her editor wants and what she feels comfortable reporting.  There’s an air of youth to her too, an air of uncertainty, that made for a charming start to her and Nate’s relationship.  Watching them grow closer was like watching high schoolers on a first date and showed their pairing to be teeming with sexual tension.  She’s a strong support to Nate, understanding with his desire to go slow and it made me like her all the more for it.  She’s cautious when forming friendships, careful in everything she does, but determined in the path she plans for her life as she balances love with her career.

On a whole this was a sweet and immensely satisfying story of two cautious characters winding their way towards HEA through all the highs and lows of both of their careers.  The romance between Nate and Chelsea was a charming one, heartwarming for all the issues they had to work through to be together.  Frank talks and unconditional acceptance made them a formidable pairing that I rooted for every step of the way.  Surrounding this likable main couple was an immensely appealing cast of secondary characters, Nate’s fellow teammates, who left a lasting impression on me.  Players who’ve found their HEA previously are back to update readers on where their relationships are, joined by new players ready to step into the spotlight.  Players like Zaan, Ian, and Tore were super sexy and confident and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.  Though they talk a good game when it comes to women, they offer unwavering support to Nate as they help him overcome his fears.  Together they’re a true team, playful yet brotherly in their interactions off the ice to remind readers of what makes this series so special.  By the turn of the final page I’m left utterly charmed by this couple yet ready for whatever Ms. Mizera has planned next for the Las Vegas Sidewinders!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she's called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She's never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she'd probably choose the west coast.
Kat's a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she's not writing, she's either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) - traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach.
Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article--a review of a rock concert--for $10 in 1985. Since then she's been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A&M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There's something enticing about hockey players and romance...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Book Release Blitz for Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)


Opposites attract in the most unexpected and sensual way in this romance that will keep readers on their toes as the road to HEA will be a rocky one.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale, then add this first installment in The Southern Gentleman series to your bookshelf!



He is the one that never looks her way.
He is handsome and strong.
He is rough around the edges and mean.
He is everything she’s ever wanted.
He doesn’t even know she exists.
Her life is a joke.
***
She doesn’t step on cracks in the sidewalk.
She laughs at inappropriate times.
She talks when she shouldn’t.
She is clumsy and trips on air.
She is finally on his radar.
God help her now.




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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

With her latest release, the first in a new series, Ms. Vale once again entertains with a story about a clumsy and easy-to-miss heroine and her years-long crush on a sexy and popular athletic hero.  For years she’s been on the periphery of his life, yet never a part of it, until one klutzy act has him finally noticing her. From that moment on theirs is a sweet and sexy relationship, with a bit of danger thrown in, to keep readers fully invested in their satisfying HEA.


Raleigh Crusie was that girl in high school who went around unnoticed except when she was being bullied or creating a moment of embarrassment with yet another klutzy act.  Throughout that time she kept her crush on Ezra a secret, but with them now working together at the high school she gets closer to him than she ever imagined which has him finally noticing her in a connection that charmed me.  Raleigh’s a likable heroine whose danger-prone antics wore a bit thin at times, but she still endeared herself to me as she always managed to pick herself up and dust herself off.  She never let negativity get her down.  As a teacher she was caring and went above and beyond to help her students which is just one of the reasons why Ezra finally realized what he’s been missing out on and it makes for a cheer-worthy journey to HEA.

Ezra McDuff has always been the town’s golden boy as a top-notch athlete with good looks.  As a grown man he’s still beloved by the townsfolk as the high school coach and wanted by every single gal in town.  Life’s been good to him, unlike the emotional and physical bruises Raleigh’s endured, and he’s just sailed through life with a smile on his face.  One day though he finally takes notice of Raleigh and from there readers get to watch them grow closer together in a charming journey to HEA.  Ezra’s an appealing hero, one who can admit when he’s wrong, and it warmed my heart when he lamented over all the lost time of him not seeing Raleigh’s worth sooner.  Once his eyes were opened he became protective of her and together they dealt with a bit of danger from her past that added a satisfying layer of suspense to the story.

On a whole this was a charming romance of opposites attracting.  The closer Ezra and Raleigh got the more empowered she became as she was no longer the girl nobody noticed.  Once Ezra saw her worth he acted on his burgeoning feelings and wasted no more time, giving a boost to Raleigh’s self-esteem along the way.  It made them a formidable pairing full of heart and soul.  Along with this charming romance came a bit of suspense in a storyline regarding teacher/student relationships.  Ms.Vale dealt with this issue realistically and never glamorized it as it was an event that left its bruises on Raleigh’s past as well as affecting a current student.  There was a lot going on in this series starter but for the most part Ms. Vale juggled every thread nicely and I’m now waiting with bated breath for the next installment in this series.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles.  She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children, and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Book Tour for Crazy Daisy by Maggie Adams (REVIEW)


A wounded warrior returns home to find himself drawn to a young woman with a heart of gold in this novella that pulls at the heartstrings.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Crazy Daisy by Maggie Adams, along with my impressions of it, then add this standalone contemporary romance to your bookshelf!

Daisy Jones has loved Gideon McElroy her entire life. Painfully shy, she had lived for the summers spent on the small island near Wisconsin at her grandpa’s cabin, when Gideon would come to stay with his grandfather, the Colonel. While the old men reminisced on happier times, Daisy would follow Gideon like a puppy, thrilled just to be in his presence. When he enlisted, she was heartbroken but took solace in the fact that he would still come to visit his aging grandfather when time allowed. 
Fate had other plans. When his grandfather passed on, and Gideon didn’t attend the funeral, Daisy knew he was gone forever.  She married, had a child, and tried not to think of Gideon or what had become of him.
Fifteen years have come and gone.  Daisy, now a widow, is the veterinarian on the island.  She sees to the animals of the tiny town and lives a simple life. But when rumors fly that a strange man is living on the Colonel’s land, she makes it her duty to investigate.
Gideon McElroy has come home to die. He knows he should have left this earth back in Afghanistan, not stitched back together to satisfy some damn surgeon’s “God complex.” The scars left behind have given him a grotesque appearance, a good reason to stay to himself. Between his appearance, the locked fence, and Samson, his large Mastiff, he’s confident in his solitary existence until he exits this world.
But he never counted on “Crazy Daisy” and her determination to drag him back into life.

EXCERPT:

She glanced around. Nothing much had changed except the large exercise machine in the corner facing the window. All the books, the old rugs, were in place; even the chess set was still in front of the window.  It even smelled the same – slightly moldy, but redolent with the cherry vanilla tobacco the Colonel had smoked, and the Pine-Sol he had used to clean everything.
“Gideon? Where are you?” Daisy walked through the kitchen toward the back of the cabin.  Perhaps he had been hurt. In concern, she quickened her steps. As she neared the bathroom, there was what sounded like a groan. Truly worried now, she opened the bathroom door and stood stock still.
Gideon McElroy was stark naked and hard, his cock in his hand.
“What the fuck? Woman, are you crazy?”
She heard him yell, but she was transfixed. Most of his left side was crisscrossed with scars, like he had been in a fire. Even his groin and chest looked like a roadmap. The beard obstructed his neck and jawline, but the scars continued up the side of his face and into his hairline.
And he was pissed.
Daisy mumbled an apology and frantically searched for a towel. She spotted it on the vanity base and threw it at him, backing out of the room as he tied the towel around his waist and advanced on her as she hurried down the hall into the living room.
She held her hands up to ward him off and began to babble. “I’m sorry; I thought, well, the dog was missing, and the door popped open and I wasn’t sure if you were hurt, or even here and I wanted to…” She tripped on the leg of the large armchair and fell into it. The sun was completely blocked from her sight as Gideon closed the distance between them. For a moment, she thought this must be what Belle felt like when the Beast got in her face. She could feel his breath against her cheek.
“Now I know you’re not blind,” he snarled. “But are you deaf and dumb? I told you to leave and not come back. To stay away. Now what part didn’t you understand? Or maybe you’re just crazy like people in town say?”
That hurt. She had thought the name was because she was crazy enough to take on the local VA hospital when her David couldn’t get help with the PTSD he had suffered from after Afghanistan; not that she was, well, crazy. Tears began to fall, and she cursed inwardly. She hated that she cried when she was angry. It was a sign of weakness to her mind.
“Fuck! Don’t start the waterworks.” Gideon flung himself away from her. “I don’t care why you are here, I just want you gone.” He looked around the room. “Where the hell’s Samson? How did you get past him, anyway?”
“I, er, I don’t know.  He wasn’t here. That’s why I thought something was wrong.” She wiped her tears with her coat sleeve. “I heard what sounded like a moan in the back, and I came down the hall to make sure you or Samson weren’t hurt.”
Gideon eyes lit on the basket of goodies Daisy had brought. “You’re the fuckin’ welcome wagon?”
“No! Um, well, yes, I guess, in your case. I needed to make sure Samson had, um, his shots and was chipped, so I brought the basket and some of the cookies you liked when we were kids.” Daisy shrugged. Now that she thought about it, that did sound kind of lame - here’s some cookies. Remember me?
He quirked an eyebrow and picked up the taser. “And if I didn’t cooperate, you were going to taser me into accepting the basket?”
“No!” she laughed. “The dog,” but as soon as she said it, she knew she was in trouble.
“You were going to taser my DOG?” he roared, advancing on her once again.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The moment I read the synopsis for this book I was drawn to its theme of starting over and to its main couple who experienced a lot of emotional and physical pain in their pasts.  As childhood friends there was a solid foundation for romance which made their sensual reunion early in the story a bit more believable.  With each turn of the page readers will become invested in these wounded souls and will be rooting them on every step of the way.


Gideon McElroy once had a home full of love and support in the small town of Watertown, so it’s naturally where he’s returned to in order to recover.  A wounded warrior full of anger and only wanting to be left alone, he at first turns away the kindhearted young woman who was once so important to him.  But when he needs her most she’s there, turning a night full of tears into something long-anticipated as their reunion brings him back to life.  Though not much time is spent with these characters, there’s much to like about Gideon.  He’s strong and protective, jumps in the moment he senses danger.  His scars may have bothered him early on but through Daisy’s eyes he sees himself as the only man she needs in a romance full of heart.

Daisy Jones is a truly good person, caring of those who are in pain and a champion to all those wounded warriors returning home.  The suicide of her husband drove her to take on the VA, earning her the moniker of “Crazy Daisy”, and showing herself to be a kindhearted heroine with a strong sense of protectiveness and a soul that lit from within.  Daisy always had a crush on Gideon and has no intention of letting him live like a pariah, making it her mission to drag him back to the land of the living.  It’s a journey full of heartwarming moments, as well as a few tears, that will keep you glued to the pages while watching them make a life for themselves.

This is a quick read, too quick of a read as it jumped many years in the life of this couple to show some of their most emotional moments.  I would’ve love digging deeper into these two characters, having their pain amplified to make their message regarding veteran’s care a more potent debate.  This story on a whole remained light, leaving readers wanting more, but content with what’s between the pages as we’re left with a very HEA.

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Maggie Adams is an internationally bestselling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, the romantic comedy-Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, Humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the various best seller 5-star list with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of various awards for excellence including Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015, the Readers Favorite Award 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 and the 2017 New Apple Awards -Suspense.
She also writes paranormal romance, young adult romance and women’s fiction. Maggie’s books can be found on eBook and paperback on her website and all major book sites.
When she’s not writing, she can be found dancing, singing and cooking (usually all at the same time), and spending time with her family and friends.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Book Tour for Rock Hard by M.J. Roberts (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Set in the rock star world, readers will find themselves drawn to this sexy tale of a drummer who can no longer ignore his attraction to his best friend’s sister in a connection made more complicated by the fact that they’re all bandmates.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Hard by M.J. Roberts, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Chord Brothers series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $75 iTunes GC too!

Drummer Ryder Chord has been living half a life since he was sixteen and his twin sister was murdered. He throws himself into his music. When Lexi Evanovich joins the band, life becomes almost tolerable. Until one day when the rest of the band isn’t there and Ryder and Lexi have to share a hotel room: with only one bed.
Rule number one of band-dom: You never sleep with anyone in the band.
Rule number one of bro code: You never sleep with anyone’s sister. You definitely never sleep with your best friend’s little sister.
Rule number it’s so obvious it’s a count even a drummer can keep: You Never. Ever. Sleep with your best friend’s little sister when she’s in the band…and he is too.



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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:


When it comes to rock star romances I can never get enough and I inhale every title I come across.  The synopsis for this series starter definitely pulled me in and courtesy of its likable characters, and their emotionally intense backgrounds, I was captivated by all the twists and turns and am looking forward to revisiting these band mates again soon.

Ryder Chord’s the drummer for up-and-coming rock band Hard Chord, a guarded and contemplative musician with music constantly on the brain.  At least his mind’s normally obsessed with song lyrics, but lately he’s becoming consumed with thoughts of bandmate Lexi (his best friend Jase’s little sister).  They’ve known each other since they were young and he’s always felt protective of her, but he doesn’t want to ruin his friendship or harm the band so he’s been struggling with his burgeoning feelings for years.  One rainy night though, and a week of just the two of them alone together, has their long-hidden feelings rushing to the surface while bringing past pain to the forefront.  Keeping secrets and dealing with the past weighs on their relationship and soon leads to a rollercoaster of emotions that could end their band and their close-knit connection.  Ryder’s a sexy man with a tragic past that broke my heart.  It’s made him overly protective and ashamed of his reactions to this defining moment of his life, a moment that tore his brother’s lives apart too.  Ryder’s a man with strong convictions, a man who wants to boldly claim Lexi after years of keeping his feelings to himself, so Lexi wanting to keep their relationship a secret bothers him greatly.  Seeing his alpha side emerge when Lexi was around other men endeared him to me too and put a smile on my face.  His guilt over keeping their secret showed him to be an honorable man despite his behavior after the tragedy that still affects him today.

Lexi Evanovich has always loved Ryder.  From the moment he first rescued her as a young girl she’s always been attracted to him and when the opportunity arises to finally show him how she feels she dives in wholeheartedly.  Like him, she has something in her past that weighs on their relationship and makes their HEA less than certain as the story progresses.  Through numerous emotional ups and downs readers will feel completely invested in her and Ryder, rooting for them as she’s a constant temptation to him.  Theirs is a relationship meant to be and with each turn of the page past pain is holding them back from a future together that only by dealing with the past will get them to their HEA.  Lexi’s a likable heroine, full of energy and a commanding presence on stage, while a bit insecure when off stage.  Her insecurities are especially on display when it comes to her erotic encounters with Ryder and it led to lots of frustration as she was reluctant to say what was troubling her.  Despite that I enjoyed the two of them together and was rooting for them to heal each other as the glimpses we get of their pasts made their journey to HEA all the richer.

On a whole this was a well-crafted series starter with larger-than-life characters, a vividly depicted rock star world, and a slew of emotions that kept Lexi and Ryder’s HEA in doubt until the very end.  They’re an engaging couple, fun and flirty in many of their interactions, and teeming with sexual tension as they evolved from friends to lovers. Their pasts had a big affect on how their relationship progressed and for Ryder in particular it was heartbreaking as the closer they got to each other the stronger his fear and protectiveness became.  Surrounding this likable main couple was an equally memorable cast of secondary characters who had their own ups and downs throughout this book. Ryder’s brothers have left a lasting impression on me during their short time in the story.  Still recovering from the tragedy that had each of them giving into addiction in order to cope has me hoping to learn more about them and how they’re slowly rebuilding their bond, using the music that once connected them to find a close bond again.  Bandmates Jase Evanovich and Hit Man practically jumped off the page as sexy players who enjoy the benefits of groupies, unashamed and unapologetic with their indulgences.  Hit Man is especially notorious for his playboy antics, flitting from one girl to the next like a conveyor belt.  It’s stereotypical rock star behavior and it’s only through his charm that I was able to not hate him for it.  He’s got big changes in his life though too and I’m intrigued by how, or if, he’ll be changed which has me looking forward to his own story being told.  Hard Chord is a tight-knit band, more like family with their playful and protective interactions, and I’m now counting down the days until I can jump back into their world.

My rating for this is a B+/A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

M. J. Roberts is a writer, editor, and teacher – with more than two million copies of her stories in circulation worldwide, Roberts is well loved for creating characters who feel as real as your most cherished friends. Roberts works to diligently to create believable, lovable characters, witty dialogue, prose ripe with metaphor, exciting plot twists, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and romance scenes that sizzle.
Roberts is a multiple award-winning author including first place in the prestigious Summer Lovin’ Romance Literary Contest 2015 for the novel Risk Your Heart.
Roberts also writes under the pen name Natasha Action. Roberts is originally from New York but lives in the southern United States for the purpose of endless comic material.
She’s married to a professional musician (A.K.A. The Rock and Roll God) because she is too busy tormenting imaginary characters and counting her blessing to pursue her longtime dream of Rock n’ Roll stardom herself.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Spotlight on Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee (GIVEAWAY)

A woman looking for a no-strings coupling finds herself attracted to a man who was left at the altar in this contemporary tale that gets more complicated with each turn of the page.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fourth installment in the First Wives series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC along with a digital copy of this book too!

Shannon Wentworth’s biological clock is ticking, and she isn’t going to let her single status keep her from having a baby. When her wedding-photography business takes her to Mexico, she has every intention of finding a willing baby daddy to help her out. Until the bride goes AWOL, leaving Shannon to coddle the arrogant fiancé who has accused her of sabotaging his wedding.
Victor Brooks never could have imagined that he’d be on a honeymoon for one. Only here he is, taking a hard look at his life after the younger women he thought he loved walked out. The woman who volunteers to help him reflect is the last person he expects to be attracted to. Between the tequila, the sun, and one earth-shattering kiss, Victor finds Shannon a distraction too sexy to ignore.
They strike a deal: wait three months, cool off, and see if their tropical beach attraction is worth taking up when they go back home. Unfortunately, that’s just enough time for the past to come calling. All their best-laid plans are at risk. So is the last thing Shannon expected to matter the most: her heart.

EXCERPT:

Victor noticed Shannon sitting in the open dining area of the hotel the next morning, drinking coffee and reading on her e-reader. He’d spent most of the previous day licking his metaphorical wounds and nursing a headache.
Dressed in cotton pants that went midcalf and a light shirt, she looked like she was dressed for a long plane ride home. As much a pain in the ass as the woman had been, he felt compelled to say goodbye. After all, he was the reason she was there.
He walked up quietly behind her. “If it isn’t woman who fed me mezcal.”
The sound of his voice made her jump.
Too bad she wasn’t holding her coffee.
“You have got to stop doing that.”
Without an invitation, he sat and smiled. She took a deep breath and looked away, came painfully close to rolling her eyes. For some reason, he appreciated the fact she held back and wondered just how much it would take for her to disregard him with such a gesture.
“Please, sit down,” she said.
He glanced at his chair. “Thank you.”
She set her e-reader aside and regarded him. “I thought for sure you’d be back at the office by now.”
So did he. “I couldn’t fly yesterday even if I’d found a flight.”
“Oh?”
He didn’t miss the tiny shine in the corner of her eye.
“No. I had one too many the other night. Inflicting that on whoever had the misfortune of sitting next to me on the flight home was more than I could take after my flight here.”
She smiled, briefly, and lifted her chin. “I’m glad to hear you’ve evolved since Friday.”
Unable to help himself, he laughed.
Her smile returned.
Victor felt a twist in his gut, a pull to something he didn’t want to name. “I guess you’re leaving today,” he said.
She shrugged. “I am.”
He nodded. “Justin informed me you made sure I didn’t decide to go for a late night swim.”
“It was tempting. But then I realized you wouldn’t be able to pay me if you swallowed too much water.”
“Self-preserving. Very smart of you.”
“It’s a gift.”
When the woman wasn’t tossing barbs at him, she was beautiful. Perfect lines in her face, high cheekbones … he couldn’t tell if her olive skin was from an ancestor or the byproduct of living in Southern California. Not anything like anyone he’d been attracted to before.
What was he thinking? He wasn’t attrached.
Victor shook his head and stood. “Well, I saw you sitting here and thought I’d at least say goodbye.”
She stood with him and extended her hand. “For what it’s worth, I’m sorry things didn’t go as planned this weekend.”
Her fingers were long, elegant. Just like the woman. Disappointment saying goodbye was an emotion he had no business feeling. Yet there it was, like a lump in his chest.
“Are you?”
Her smile cracked. “No. But it seemed the right thing to say. I am sorry for the heartache. That’s never easy, even if it’s for the right reason.”
Victor realized he was still shaking her hand and let go.
“Goodbye, Victor. Good luck to you.”
“Goodbye, Shannon.” And because it was the appropriate thing to do once you said goodbye, Victor walked away. When he turned to take a last look, Shannon sharply moved her gaze to her coffee.


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AUTHOR INFO:

New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Cover Reveal for Hide Your Crazy by Lani Lynn Vale


Two people who don’t seem like a match made in heaven find themselves forming a connection after an unplanned event sets them on a path towards a surprising HEA.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hide Your Crazy by Lani Lynn Vale, then start counting down the days until this standalone contemporary romance releases on June 11th!

I’m kind of a lady, but definitely more of a weirdo.
Hearing the woman at the table behind him say that to her friend should’ve turned Logan Gibbs off.
It doesn’t. In all honesty, it only makes him listen harder.
He’s had enough weird in his life to last a lifetime. The last thing his complicated life needs is a woman in it who has no clue what color you get when you mix yellow and blue together.
Yet, her obvious blonde moments aren’t enough to deter him. Nor is her lack of finger-painting skills.
I’m a cop, not a miracle worker.
Hearing the man in the group behind her say that should’ve had Katy Roberts running away as fast as her feet would carry her. Katy’s fathers a cop, and it’s hard enough to live her life with Daddy trying to dictate her every move. She needs another cop in her life like she needs yet another thing to go wrong.
To add onto that, she can’t find a job, has no love life to speak of, and has to be the oldest known virgin in Kilgore, Texas.
Yet, when she sees his painting—a painting that resembles a piece of the male anatomy more than the lighthouse they were supposed to be painting—she knows that she has to give him a chance.
The very last thing the two of them expect is for her father and his boss to force them to marry after an eensy-weensy accident. An accident that, surprisingly, both of them want.


BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (CA)  |  AMAZON (AU)  |  BN  |  KOBO

AUTHOR INFO:

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles.  She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children, and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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Book Release Blitz for The Fadeaway by Rebecca Jenshak (REVIEW)

It’s a slow burn of witty banter and sexual tension as a sexy college basketball star, who could get any girl, finds himself attracted to a single mom in a charming romance with a bit of heat.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Fadeaway by Rebecca Jenshak, then add this second installment in the Smart Jocks series to your bookshelf!

This college jock is a total player. He’s used to getting who and what he wants. Until her...
Katrina
The hottest guy on campus won’t stop asking me out. I know that sounds like a good problem to have, but this guy… this guy has no idea how complicated my life is trying to juggle being a single mom and college student.
Every Thursday, he shows up at the café where I work. His cheesy pickup lines and arrogance should have me completely annoyed. I’m not. I can’t say yes, but Thursday is my favorite day of the week.
Joel
The hottest girl on campus won’t go out with me. I know, I know, that sounds presumptuous, but this girl… this girl has gotten under my skin, and I can’t seem to walk away.
Every Thursday, I show up at the café where she works. She’s fed me every excuse in the book. I should give up and bang one of the many girls blowing up my phone. I’m not. Even when she says no, Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (CA)  |  AMAZON (AU)


MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the moment I picked this book up I felt myself wrapped up in a warm and comfortable blanket, captivated by the witty and heartwarming banter and the crackling couple who actually talked through their issues in a realistic way.  Though the theme of a sexy playboy athlete falling for an unattainable single mom is familiar, Ms. Jenshak put a fresh spin on it through her crafting of such delightful characters and their entertaining dialogue that made me smile as well as giving me a few blushes along the way.  By the turn of the final page I was left cheering and hoping to see more of these characters in the future as each one of them endeared themselves to me, pulled at my heartstrings while making my day just a little brighter.

Joel Moreno is the Golden Boy of his college’s basketball team.  A junior star player on the court and off as guys want to be him while girls just want him.  He’s happy to indulge too as he enjoys the perks of all the hard work he puts into his sport.  It’s earned him a reputation, one he just smiles away, as he flits from one girl to the next.  The moment he meets Katrina though is the moment where everything gets upended.  How he sees himself, how others start seeing him, and what he truly wants for the future changes irrevocably.  What starts out as fun and flirty soon becomes more meaningful as he realizes that his actions not only affect Kitty when it comes to the time they’re spending together, but also her son Christian.  Meeting Christian brings up Joel’s painful past, a past that truly left me aching for him, and made him the man he is today.  Past betrayal has left him holding his heart close, scared of giving it away out of fear he’ll be left broken.  Moving on from the past is a major theme in this story for both he and Kitty and to get to HEA they’ll both have to look deep inside themselves and embrace the happiness they’ve found with each other.  Joel is a delicious hero, sweet and sexy.  He’s self-assured, knows he’s good with the ladies, but I never held that against him as he was just so charming.  He saw Kitty as a challenge at first, thought that once he got her she’d be out of his system, but he quickly got caught up in the deep connection he felt with her.  Their relationship felt easy, fun to watch evolve as they each were a strong support for the other.  The few misunderstandings they had were talked through in a way that was refreshing and made for an even more enjoyable story.  Throughout this book Joel charmed me with his words and deeds, both big and small, showing himself to be a truly good guy despite how superficial others might have seen him.  He was a hero with substance and he’s definitely the latest addition to my list of book boyfriends.

Katrina Philipps is a hardworking young woman who had a definitive plan for her future.  Getting pregnant as a teen didn’t change that plan and her days now revolve around studying theater, taking care of her son, and working at her college’s cafe where she has a life-altering first meeting with Joel.  Kitty’s very aware of Joel’s reputation but is honest enough to admit that he’s attractive and that she’s more than willing to use him for one night.  She doesn’t give in quickly though as what she thinks she wants, and what might be what’s best for her, could be two very different things.  After months of temptation they finally begin a tentative relationship, one that shows both of them being fearful of the intense feelings coming to life.  It’s a decadently delightful journey they undertake, one that allows them to grow close, and it made for plenty of sweet and sexy moments where they felt like a family.  Through it all Kitty stayed true to herself, making Joel aware of her needs, but never holding back once she decided she wanted him as her own.  She’s a great mom to Christian too, a bit overly protective early on, but as the story progressed she opened herself up to others helping her.  For so long she felt like it was her against the world, not having help from the baby daddy, but Joel showed her that accepting help didn’t make her a bad mother.  She needed time for herself as a woman and Joel was more than happy to help her discover herself in playful and sensual encounters.  When things got rocky between her and Joel she proved her love in the most subtle of ways by supporting him unconditionally when he most needed support and it made me like her all the more for it.

This was a truly entertaining romance from the first page to the last as the relationship between Joel and Kitty flowed beautifully with no silly misunderstandings to distract from their delightful coupling.  Their scenes together were playful yet teeming with sexual tension.  The slow but steady pace of their pairing had me rooting them on while breathlessly waiting for them to give into what they truly wanted.  Their connection was made even stronger by their interactions with Christian.  I don’t normally care for children in romance books but he was a cute kid who brought out a softer side to Joel as well as forcing him to deal with his past which ultimately helped him make a future with Kitty.  Surrounding this wonderful main couple was an equally memorable cast of secondary characters.  The main couple from the previous book in this series, Wes and Blair, were on hand here to share their words of wisdom and to tempt Joel to find a relationship of his own.  Glimpses of their romance were also on display to cast a shadow of love over the whole story, giving readers hope for all sorts of HEAs.  Along with this happy couple were lots of single folk who caught my attention.  From the quiet giant Z, to the financially struggling Nathan (and his dangerous way of earning money), to the scarred Gabby, I’m left counting down the days until we revisit Valley U with all its immensely appealing characters just waiting for their HEA.

My rating for this is an A.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and lover of the Hallmark channel. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.