Monday, April 6, 2020

Book Release Blitz for Cougar by Elise Faber (REVIEW)


An older woman who enjoys living her life commitment-free, both in and out of the bedroom, finds her attraction to a younger man turning unexpectedly serious in this sexy romance with a bit of humor along the way.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Cougar by Elise Faber, along with my impressions of it, then add this second installment in the Chauvinist Stories series to your bookshelf too!

Age was just a number.
Or rather, for Artemis Lang, anything over eighteen was just a number.
She was nearly forty, in excellent shape, with a nice face, and a decided weakness for pretty boys. She also didn’t care if those pretty boys were her age or much younger. A man was a man and she loved men.
But just because she was open to seeing younger men, didn’t mean she was open to a future with them.
Artemis lived her life in temporaries.
Temporary relationships. Temporary production contracts. Temporary lengths of time in different locations around the world.
No ties. No strings.
That was better for everyone.
Except, Pierce didn’t see it that way, didn’t understand they’d had their temporary fun and it was time to move on. Fifteen years her junior, Pierce was a talented young director, lovely on both the inside and out, great sense of humor, and frankly, he had the best set of abs she’d ever seen on any human. But the key word in the previous statement was young.
And circling back to temporary.
Except, Pierce had gotten it into his head that he didn’t want temporary. He wanted Artemis and not just in his bed.
He wanted her in his life...permanently.
The scariest part? Artemis was worried she might want that too.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Fans of the older woman/younger man theme will enjoy much about this lengthy journey to HEA.  Featuring a strong-willed woman unafraid of going after what she wants, but who hides behind a painful past, readers will find themselves rooting her on as she starts a relationship with a much younger man.  It’s a young man who’s wise beyond his years and who’s committed to claiming his heart’s desire the moment he meets her in a journey full of steaminess and sweetness that kept me turning the pages non-stop.  While there’s nothing unexpected in this story, there’s still plenty to enjoy in a tale with a likable main couple, witty banter, and sizzling interactions.

Artemis Lang is a commanding presence who has no problem with things that are temporary...both jobs and men.  She makes no excuses for living her life the way she does either.  The moment she meets younger man Pierce though she finds her way of living in conflict with him.  It’s clear she’s drawn to him from the start, even clearer because of their unforgettable one night stand, but it’s a lengthy journey for them as she has to work through a painful past and her damaging preconceived notions about relationships.  Because of the charming Pierce though it’s a journey full of fun and flirtiness, a journey of friends to lovers, and with each exchange the smile on my face grew bigger.

Pierce Daniels is a delightful hero, both sweet and sexy.  He may be young in years but he’s a wise man when it comes to matters of the heart.  He’s full of life and doesn’t let something as inconsequential as age stand in the way of getting his heart’s desire.  It’s that desire that keeps him by Artie’s side no matter how often she tries to push him away and his efforts endeared him to me wholeheartedly.  His family too were just as open-minded and their interactions with Artie made her a part of the family which warmed my heart.  Pierce is a delicious hero and the highlight of the story for me, a highlight that I’m still thinking of as I get ready to dream at night.

On a whole this was a satisfying romance.  Though I wish it wouldn’t have taken Artie six years to fully embrace her HEA, I was still captivated by the journey Ms. Faber put forth.  I enjoyed the witty banter and constant sexual tension, while being equally grateful by their relationship being light on the angst which made this an easy read to while away the hours with.  By the turn of the final page this ended up being another well-crafted romance from Ms. Faber and I look forward to where she’ll take us next!

My rating for this is a B+

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


AUTHOR INFO:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team -- the Sharks! -- are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or find more information about her books HERE.

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Book Cover Reveal for Trey by A.M. Madden

A rockstar trying to hide his bruised heart, while living up to all the usual rockstar stereotypes, finds himself drawn to a woman who might chance everything for him in this contemporary romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Trey by A.M. Madden , along with a glimpse of this drool-worthy cover, then start counting down the days until this spin-off from The Back-Up series hits bookshelves on May 4th!

They say time heals all wounds. And maybe they’re right. But what about wounds no one sees? The kind that open again and again? The kind that have you feeling like you swallowed glass?
Those are the wounds I carry. Years of heartbreak have created layer after layer of scar tissue over my whimpering heart.
Everywhere I go, I play the part of rock star, shameless with my cocky attitude and salacious smirks. I deserve an award for how well I can fake being happy.
But then everything changes in my life—again.
Turns out they were right.
After all I’ve been through, I discover my heart can mend itself after all.
Even in the wake of tragedy, the tiny fragments of my heart are fusing back together.
What’s the magic elixir? In my case it turns out to be a stunning beauty with bouncy, caramel waves, a smile that has me forgetting my name, and crystal-blue eyes just like mine.

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AUTHOR INFO:

A USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, A. M. Madden is also a Jersey girl whose addiction to romance started at twelve after reading Judy Blume’s Forever.
As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she truly believes that true love knows no bounds.
In her books, she aspires to write fun, sexy, realistic love stories that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. She creates realistic characters and believes there’s no better compliment than when readers feel they know the characters personally.
When not writing, she’s busy being a wife to her soul mate, and a mother to two boys who she believes are the most handsome men on earth. She loves to cook, hates to bake, and dreams about living at the beach someday.
AWARDS:
2016 eLit Gold Medalist - Best Romance Ebook - The Shortstop
2016 IPPY Silver Medalist - Best Romance Ebook - The Shortstop
2018 Book Excellence Finalist - Finding Mr. Wrong (co-written with Joanne Schwehm)
2019 Book Excellence Finalist - Scoring Mr. Romeo (co-written with Joanne Schwehm)
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Book Tour for Charmer by Kayley Loring (REVIEW)


As a fan of rockstar romances I was drawn to this book the moment I read the synopsis with its tale of a sexy rocker falling for a single mom while doing all he can to win her over.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Charmer by Kayley Loring, along with my impressions of it, then add this sweet and sensual romance to your bookshelf too!

NICO
She serves me coffee late at night when I come around to write lyrics, but it’s not the caffeine I’ve gotten addicted to.
We’ve got the spark, but she’s the only woman in town who seems to be immune to my charms.
When it’s time for me to leave for my cross-country tour, I just can’t imagine not seeing her for months.
So I offer her a job on the road with me.
KAT
Everyone in LA knows that Nico Todd has a way with songs and with the ladies.
What he doesn’t know is that I would love to let him have his way with me.
But my life can only revolve around one infuriatingly cute guy — the six-year-old that I live with.
Imagine my surprise when Nico finds out about my little boy and tells me to bring him and my mom on the road too.
And imagine Nico’s surprise when he realizes my son is the biggest charmer of them all.

EXCERPT:

I may have studied to be on the wrong side of the camera, because I am the Meryl Streep of acting like I don’t want to lock myself in a closet with Nico Todd and lick him all over.
I can feel his beautiful brown eyes on me as I walk away, but I’m not going to look back at him. If I look back at him, he’ll think I’m flirting. And I’m not flirting. I’m just a really awesome waitress who obsesses about the well-being and voice and eyelashes and butt and hands and full lips of all my customers. I check in with my other table to see if these non-Nico people want anything else, and quickly glance over my shoulder at him.
He’s scribbling in his notebook. Not looking at me. Good. Why should he?
But praise the Disney gods, he grew up good. I wasn’t a huge fan of that wizard show—always more of a movie nerd—but I watched the first season if I was at home when it was on. I was thirteen and my friends had pictures of Shane Miller and Nico Todd up in their lockers. I may have had Annie Leibovitz portraits and stills from Ken Burns documentaries taped to mine, but I had eyes and hormones. Still do!
I didn’t recognize him immediately the first time I saw him walk into the coffee shop, but my stomach flipped in a way that it hadn’t in years. We get all kinds of celebrities in here pretty much every night, because Beachwood is that kind of neighborhood. It’s a casual hipster restaurant, so most people roll in here wearing T-shirts and jeans, unless they’re talent agency doucheholes. But some people look better in T-shirts and jeans than others. Some people have that glow about them, even in a dimly lit retro coffee shop. And all the other waitresses who were on that shift were talking about Nico in the back of the house. It seemed like every one of them knew someone or had heard about someone who’d been out with him—once or twice. I’ve been somewhat out of the loop for about six years, so that was the first I’d heard of him becoming a musician, and that was when I knew for certain that he’d be off-limits for me.
But I mean, it’s my job to take good care of him while he’s here. And to occasionally wonder what the fuck he’s up to when he isn’t here. And to think about him every time I take a shower.
Because once I had listened to him on Spotify, I became a fan.
I fell in love with the songs and tried to stay detached from the singer.
Which is impossible, because he’s so good. His voice is sexy, sure, but he has this way of singing with his whole heart and soul even though he isn’t usually belting things out. And he’s got magic fingers because the way he plays guitar—I swear it feels like he’s strumming my clitoris. His songs are cool but warm at the same time, like an ice cream sundae. They’re all about women, of course, and it’s so easy to close your eyes and picture him singing to you. Even the songs that are about things not working out with a girl are somehow poignant and swoony.
But by the tenth time I’d listened to every song on all of his albums, I realized something: even though he writes and sings love songs—he never once says the words “I love you.”
Which is why he’d be nothing but trouble.
But I can still appreciate his talent when I’m alone, in the privacy of my bedroom.
I can still have a crush on him.
Everyone needs a little crush to get through the day.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a fan of rockstar romances there’s much to recommend this book!  From its decadently delightful slow burn romance between the main couple, to its witty banter, to a wonderful cast of secondary characters, readers will be quickly captivated.  When it comes to heroes too, Nico Todd’s immensely drool-worthy and has come a long way from his first appearance in Ms. Loring’s Sleeper, a book where he lived up to all the typical rockstar stereotypes.  Here though he’s a changed man who’s ready to find his HEA.  That HEA comes in the form of a single mom who leads him on a merry chase in a tale that will warm the heart and put a smile on your face.

Nico’s at the top of his game, beloved by fans and wanted by all women....all women except waitress Kat though.  He’s enjoyed being the player for years but seeing his sister and best friend happy has him longing for that same kind of support and it’s what draws him to Kat every night though she’s not falling at his feet easily.  He’s not one to give up however and it’s a slow walk to earn her heart as he helps her make her dreams come true while treating her family like his own.  Taking her and her family on tour with him gives him just the opportunity he needs to prove himself to her too.  While Kat thought Nico wasn’t the fatherly type, he proved that oh so wrong through his endearing interactions with her son Tate.  Tate brought out a softer side to Nico and it showed just how committed he could be to someone, how caring too.  He showed just how perfect he could be for her if she just got rid of her preconceived notions about sexy men.  With each turn of the page I fell a little more in love with Nico.  His big heart shown through at every turn, his self-deprecating manner too, and I enjoyed watching the slow and steady relationship brewing between him and Kat.

Kat’s the ideal heroine, the kind I wish every story showcased.  She’s a strong-willed young woman who sacrifices everything for her son Tate, born after a one night stand that left her all on her own to raise him.  Being left on her own has tainted her perceptions of men though and it’s part of what has her pushing Nico away so hard at first.  His sexiness tempts her mightily though as his charm slowly starts winning her over.  He also wins her over by giving her the chance of a lifetime...to make a documentary and photograph life while living it for a change.  For far too long she’s put her needs aside to raise her son but she’s now given the chance to do something for herself and it had me cheering her on every step of the way.  With each turn of the page Kat and Nico’s romance evolved into a connection full of smiles and sizzling encounters as this group became an unexpected family while traveling down the highway of life.

On a whole this was a romance full of heart and soul, a romance between two immensely likable people who make each other complete.  They supported each other as she sees past his rockstar exterior while he gives her the chance to feed her soul through her photography.  Just like music fuels his soul, so too does photography for her.  Their connection was both heartwarming and scorching, giving a perfect balance that was virtually angst-free in a story that gave me tons of warm fuzzies.  Along with this near-perfect main couple were the secondary characters of Kat’s son Tate and Louise, Kat’s mom.  Tate’s wonderfully realistic, a mini adult at times while having a tantrum occasionally too, and the reactions of Kat and Nico to these moments were equally relatable.  Children normally annoy me when I discover them while reading, but Tate utterly charmed me.  I loved the side of Nico that was brought out in their interactions, a side that had him being both a friend and a father figure.  These scenes made me smile and endeared Nico to me even more fully.  Louise was just as strong-willed as her daughter, a sassy and protective mom and grandma and Nico had to work equally hard to win her over as she was a strong defender of her daughter.  Their time on the road saw all of them becoming an unconventional family and I enjoyed the journey immensely as the story wound its way to its cheer-worthy conclusion. With times so stressful right now this is just the book you need as it’s a carefree romance with delightful banter and characters that I’m still thinking of.  Though this book stands strongly on its own I’d still recommend reading Sleeper first to get greater insight into Nico’s personality while discovering more wonderfully crafted characters from Ms. Loring!

My rating for this is an A.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn't allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

Book Blitz for Nova by Crystal Daniels & Sandy Alvarez (GIVEAWAY)


A woman who’s always been the good girl finds herself wanting to be bad in this romance of opposites attracting set in the MC world and featuring a sexy, bearded single dad.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Nova by Crystal Daniels & Sandy Alvarez, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the Louisiana, the Kings of Retribution MC series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon GC too!

Cain LeBlanc, known as Nova to his brothers, is the Enforcer for the Kings of Retribution MC, Louisiana.
He’s dedicated to the club, but Nova’s entire world revolves around his daughter, Piper. Being a single father doesn’t come without its challenges. Making sure his lifestyle doesn’t affect his home life is one of them.
Never bring a woman home.
That’s one rule Nova has stood by for years.
Until a one-night-stand, with eyes like the ocean, left him wanting more.
After an altercation with another biker, Nova finds himself in trouble with the law. And if the threat of doing time wasn’t enough, Hell rolls into town on a Harley, with a ghost from his past looking for trouble.
Promise Bailey has spent most of her life yearning for acceptance from the only family she has ever known. Which is why she continues to work hard, proving herself as a valuable attorney at her stepfather’s law firm.
Her fiancé commits the biggest betrayal, giving her a new perspective on things, and herself.
Promise realizes her life has become too predictable and mundane.
It’s time for a change.
With the support of her girlfriends and a little whiskey, Promise lets her hair down for a night out to celebrate her newly single status.
One night.
No inhibitions.
No names.
That was all she wanted from the smooth-talking bearded man sitting at the bar. And the stranger was more than willing to deliver.
Little did Promise know she was going home with a member of the local motorcycle club, and how one night of unimaginable pleasure would change her life forever.

EXCERPT:

"Then, my club has no beef with you." My brother extends his hand, and Crow accepts.
"Let's hope it stays that way." Releasing hands, Riggs stands, but Crow stays seated.
His eyes drop to the table. "There's another reason we haven't left town." His words cause all of us to tense, and his men take it as a threat. Moving forward, their hands reach for their weapons, and we go for our own. I have mine out and the end of the barrel directly in Crow's face before either of his brothers manage to pull guns on us.
"Tell your men to stand down before I put a bullet in your head," I warn him.
"Stand down," he barks, and his men holster their weapons. Unfazed, Crow continues, as he looks to my brother. "I have someone waitin' outside that I'd like you to meet." Then his eyes settle on my face. "L.A," he calls to one of his men. "Bring her in." Crow's eyes never leave mine.
What the fuck kind of games are they playing?
"You got it." His brother, L.A, turns toward the door, but Everest won't let him pass. "Think you could tell the mountain here to move?" He looks over his shoulder.
"I'm not playin' games here, Riggs. My old lady is no threat to you or your club." Crow is quick to reassure us, but I don't give two shits. I keep my gun on the fucker, just in case.
"Let him pass," Riggs orders Everest, and he steps aside. Looking down at Crow, my brother tells him, "Let's hope, for your sake, you're right. I'd hate to see my brother make a mess all over my barroom floor.”
His man L.A opens the door, leans out, motioning to grab someone's attention. A tall, thin brunette steps inside, with her face, cast down to the floor as she approaches. The wringing of her hands as she keeps them clasped in front of her tells me she is nervous.
The moment she lifts her head, I'm staring at a ghost from my past.


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AUTHOR’S INFO:

Crystal and Sandy are Indie Authors and the sister writing duo behind several Love and Purpose filled romances. Sharing the same passion for books and storytelling lead them on an exciting journey to not only read all the incredible stories they have loved so much over the years, but to write some of their own.
Since 2017 they have published thirteen books. The Kings Of Retribution MC Series -Undaunted, The Darkest Of Light, Finding Solace, Defy, Unbreakable, Lost King and Prospect.  Also, Leather and Mistletoe, MC Christmas Novella (standalone), Love above Law. The Kings of Retribution Mc-Louisiana Chapter: Riggs, Wick and Nova. Finally, Demetri: The Volkov Empire, and Keeping Denver.
Both were born in the state of Illinois, before moving to Wyoming, where they spent part of their young childhood before moving to Mississippi.
Crystal currently reside in  Mississippi with her husband, their sons and  furbabies.
Sandy currently resides in Mississippi with her husband and their children.


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Book Cover Reveal for Risky Move by Robyn M. Ryan

Fans of the theme of roommates to lovers will be drawn to this tale of a young woman wanting to be independent who finds herself attracted to the brother of her boss, a brother who’s also her roommate, which makes their burgeoning feelings even more complicated.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Risky Move by Robyn M. Ryan, then add this second installment in the Tampa Suns Hockey series to your bookshelf when it releases on April 30th!

She’s his brother’s nanny...and totally off-limits.
In an effort to escape her overprotective mother, Cassie moved to Tampa to decide her future and claim her independence. When she lands a job as a live-in nanny to adorable twin infants, she’s convinced she’s on the right track.
Until she meets her new roommate: Tom. He’s an off-the-charts gorgeous neurologist (are they even allowed to be that sexy?), her boss' brother, and also her aunt’s best friend. There are way too many points of contact for them to take the risk...but Cassie can’t help but fantasize what contact with him would feel like.
Tom knows the stakes, but Cassie’s vibrant spirit strikes a chord in his heart and he can’t stay away. But just when they start to think they’re moving in sync, the unthinkable happens. Did taking the risk create a chasm too wide to bridge?


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Book Cover Reveal for Hard Truth by Sybil Bartel


Readers will find this an intensely emotional read of overcoming the past and featuring a hero who’s not easily defined.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Hard Truth by Sybil Bartel, while drooling over this sexy book cover, then add this fourth installment in the Alpha Antihero series to your bookshelf when it releases on May 18th!


I couldn’t escape the hard sins of my past.
I couldn’t unsee the truths in my mistakes.
Every breath she took was a reminder of the pain I’d caused.
Growing up at the mercy of a madman, I swore I would never give anyone that kind of power over me again. But here I was, on my knees, begging for a life I lost.
Except no amount of forgiveness would bring it back.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer...
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Book Tour for Brody: Frat House Confessions by Bethany Lopez (Review & GIVEAWAY)


A young woman trying to help her brother overcome his addiction finds herself attracted to the rich boy with a heart of gold who’s desperate for her to see beyond his pretty face and big bank account.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Brody: Frat House Confessions by Bethany Lopez, along with getting my impressions of this sweet and sensual romance.  In honor of this third installment in the series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed print set of the three books in this series, a mug with a packet of coffee, along with some swag too!

She’s looking for someone with a rich character, not bank account...
Emma’s life has not been easy. Rather than using her disadvantages as a crutch, they have fueled her passion for helping others. She believes in working hard, loves her brother unconditionally, and has no time in her busy life for a certain cocky playboy who has obviously never been denied a thing in his life.
He’s searching for something, but isn’t sure what...
Brody may come across as a fast-talking rich boy with a sweet car. He’s secured a position in the hottest frat on campus and has the attitude of a guy who’s never known what it’s like to go without. So, yeah, it’s a pretty accurate description. But there’s more to the youngest Temple brother than meets the eye.
When Brody keeps showing up in Emma’s world, her initial assumption is that he’s still playing games. As his confessions come to light, Emma starts to see beneath the surface, but is it enough to change her perception of him?  Will Brody finally be faced with the one thing he can’t buy… Love?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The story of the Temple brothers comes to a satisfying end with this third installment in the Frat House Confessions series as youngest brother Brody tries to win the heart of a young woman who has every reason to distrust him.  These two opposites though, trying to find their place in the world, soon find themselves giving into an attraction that ends up being just what they need.  From the first page to the last readers will quickly find themselves rooting these two on as fate throws them a few surprises along the way before giving them an ending that put a smile on my face.

Brody’s the charming and playful young brother who wears his wealth as easily as a coat, the brother who wants for nothing but love and acceptance after a lifetime of being ignored by parents who only reach out to him when his brothers don’t answer.  On the surface Brody appears happy and carefree, but inside he’s feeling lost and unsatisfied. He’s looking for something that’s just his, something separate from his brothers, which is how he ends up becoming a Big Brother to a charming little boy.  He also ends up closer to Emma, the young woman he can’t get off his mind in a journey that sees them going from reluctant (on her part) friends to lovers.  Through it all I fell even more fully for Brody as his kind heart always shown bright as he was quick to lend help before even being asked.  His interactions with Emma endeared him to me with each turn of the page as sweet and flirty friendship led to more sizzling exchanges.  For Brody, all he wanted was the love and attention of Emma and set out to get just that in this gem of a romance!

Emma’s the kind of heroine you can’t help but admire.  She’s hard working with a big heart that she gives freely to others....others except Brody Temple as she thinks he’s nothing more than an uncaring rich boy.  Her feelings are a bit understandable though considering he and his brothers had a hand in kicking her brother out of their fraternity for his increasingly nasty behavior.  The fraternity’s actions were justified but love for her brother Crush has her defending him repeatedly.  In this story Crush has returned from rehab and is living with Emma and it’s yet another hardship she has to deal with.  Money’s always been tight for her and Crush and him moping around at home and not working means things are even more of a struggle.  She finds out she’s not alone though as Brody barrels his way into her life, supporting her when she needs it most, in a connection that slowly grew deeper over time.  She might’ve thought Brody was her opposite early on but seeing them together makes it clear how good they are together and how alike they are when it comes to their giving natures.  If anyone’s deserving of a HEA it’s these two and as I turned each page I became even more invested in them and was rooting for them every step of the way.

On a whole this was a sweet and sensual romance with only a bit of angst added to keep me captivated. The friends to lovers theme was a deliciously charming slow burn too that endeared both Emma and Brody to me.  Along with crackling encounters between these two there were numerous exchanges that made me smile too in a romance that was thoroughly engaging.  Along with this delightful main couple were reappearances by the other Temple brothers and their significant others. I loved seeing them, getting an update of their HEAs, and really loved the familial vibe between all of them.  Despite their issues with Crush they wholeheartedly embraced Emma as one of them and it made me want to be part of their group too.  Though this book stands strongly on its own I recommend reading the whole series in order so you can see where each brother came from emotionally and see the groundwork laid for what I hope becomes a spin-off series featuring Crush and Papi. Both men are a bit broken, definitely bruised, and both have left me wanting to see more of them.  Here’s hoping that Ms. Lopez doesn’t leave me hanging for too long as I’ll be counting down the days until we revisit these characters.

My rating for this is an A.

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Bethany Lopez is a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She's a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.
When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.
Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Book Release Blitz for Code Name: Hacker by Sawyer Bennett (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find this a tale full of twists and turns as a woman tries to start her life anew after being released from prison, a life as a mother making amends as well as a woman attracted to a mystery man.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Code Name: Hacker by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of it, then add this exhilarating contemporary romance to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fourth installment in the Jameson Force Security series make sure to visit the link below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC too!

I’m not the same Bebe Grimshaw I was years ago. The woman I was spent years behind the bars of the highest security women’s prison in the nation, my punishment for hacking nuclear codes as part of a crime syndicate I’d gotten in way too deep with. The woman I am today doesn’t regret what I did, or the fact that I got caught, but I am remorseful for the years I lost with my son, Aaron. Released from my sentence early thanks to Kynan McGrath, I joined his team at Jameson Force Security and now put my skills to use helping people.
I’m just trying to get back a piece of what I lost, focusing solely on raising Aaron and my work at Jameson. As long as I have my son and my career, I’m content. But life has a funny way of letting you know exactly what you need, and when a devastatingly handsome stranger named Griffin befriends Aaron at the park, I have to consider I might be missing something. A part of me that was locked away long ago reawakens, and I find myself looking at Griff in a way I’ve not looked at a man in more than a decade.
Just when I think things are starting to look up, my world is turned upside down. Turns out that meeting wasn’t an accident, and things aren’t going my way at all.
Griffin Moore is the man sent here to kill me.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Bebe Grimshaw is a character who’s intrigued me from the very start of this series.  Until now we’ve learned about her through bits and pieces, but this is where we get an in-depth look at her as she continues to rebuild her life after a prison stint.  Until now her focus has been on her son, but seeing a mysterious man start befriending her son has her thinking more about her heart too.  From start to finish this is a gripping read with a surprisingly sweet and sensual side that’s a fine addition to the Jameson Force Security series, a series that should be read in order to make for a much richer storytelling experience.

Bebe’s a wonderful heroine, strong-willed and easy to admire.  She’s owned up to her past and is now just trying to make amends to those who stood by her.  Her focus now is on her son and mother and doing the best job she can for the man who got her out of jail...Kynan McGrath.  She feels as if she owes him and it’s under a constant fear of her past revisiting that she goes through each day doing the best she can.  Seeing her son Aaron with a mystery man though puts her on high alert, not only out of fear for her son but for what the man’s doing to her heart.  Until now that part of her life has been ignored, but seeing the sexy mountain man has her heart racing and I enjoyed watching her give in to that part of herself.  She’s a mama bear at first in her interactions with Griff, but once he reveals who he is she’s completely won over and they become a formidable pair dealing with unexpected twists and turns in a sweet and sexy romance with moments of suspense to bind them together.

Griffin Moore is a man on a mission, sent by a man from Bebe’s past to make sure she doesn’t have a future.  Watching her day in and day out, spending time with her son, has him considering a new mission though...one where he claims her heart instead.  Griffin’s a delicious hero, one who looks dangerous on the outside but who has a sweet and kind heart on the inside.  He charmed me throughout this story and in his interactions with Aaron he endeared himself to me which made him an unforgettable hero.  His interludes with Bebe were sensual and nicely balanced with action and suspense to keep me glued to the pages.

On a whole this was a quick read with an immensely appealing main couple who went through very little angst.  They were a mature couple who experienced a lot in life so they weren’t ones to waste time.  Once Griff knew what he wanted he went after Bebe full steam and it made for a fun ride as they dealt with the surprising twists and turns Ms. Bennett threw at them.  Couples from past books were also on hand to lend a familial vibe to the story and it kept me even more engaged in the race to the end.  Although I’m not a big fan of kids in romances I thoroughly enjoyed Aaron and his wise beyond his years personality.  I enjoyed the softer side he brought out in Griff and their interactions often left me with a smile on my face.  Although the ending felt a bit rushed and too wrapped up, Ms. Bennett did leave readers with one heckuva twist that caught me by surprise and has me counting down the days until the next book in this series hits bookshelves!

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.
Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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