Thursday, May 16, 2024

Book Cover Reveal for The Souls We Claim by S. Cole (REVIEW)….

 A hardened older man finds himself drawn to a younger woman in need of a hero in this age-gap romance full of action, suspense, and intense emotions.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of The Souls We Claim by S. Cole, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this seventh installment in the Iron Outlaws MC series to your bookshelf too!

Leaving my abusive husband was hard. Attending the funeral of my murdered sister is harder.
Especially when I find myself face-to-face with a stern Iron Outlaw biker holding a baby he says is my niece. I have no money, no home, and no way to take care of her, no matter how badly I want to.
Until Jackson 'Halo' Flynn offers me a deal that sounds too good to be true.
Live with him and care for my niece while he takes care of the men who killed her parents.
Vengeance is the only thing on my mind, not the sweet young woman with a busted face who claims to be the aunt of my half-sister, Lola.
Relationships weren't in my game plan. Neither was becoming a dad to Lola.
Yet, somehow our three lost souls stumble their way into becoming a family.
Until the man who killed my father decides to wipe out my father's line.
Which means me...and my girls.
But as a former Navy SEAL, I know there are no lengths I won't go to to protect the family I've claimed.

BUY here.


Another emotional gem in a series that continues to captivate readers as a dedicated bachelor finds himself the sudden guardian to his half-sister upon learning of his father's murder.  Add in his surprising introduction to the little girl's aunt, Arianne, and readers get to see a family forming from the ground up.  It's an emotionally intense journey to HEA, a heartbreaking yet uplifting romance of overcoming abuse and preconceived notions, and I was captivated by every word and each turn of the page.

Jackson 'Halo' Flynn is an older hero, one who's set in his ways and happily without any relationship ties when readers first meet him.  He's a real man's man, rough around the edges, with an air of danger surrounding him that made for one drool-worthy morsel.  Once little Lola came into his life though, a softer side emerged, one that warmed my heart.  When another female comes into his life at the same time, a woman who Halo knows he should stay away from, fate shows that she has other plans for him after he gives Ari a place to rest her head in exchange for taking care of Lola.  He starts off keeping Ari at arm's length, but before long the chemistry between them can no longer be ignored in a compelling romance that becomes more and more powerful.

Arianne is a woman who's been beaten down, physically and emotionally, by a man who kept her from living life to the fullest.  He stole her self-esteem and left bruises and scars behind, but trying to keep her from her sister's funeral through one last beating, was the last straw.  Seeing Halo for the first time is an intimidating moment for her, but him showing a softer side by holding Lola gives Ari a bit of reassurance.  The more time this trio spends together, the stronger the bond grows between them.  Halo slowly comes to realize that he has quite a lot to offer a woman, particularly Ari...who he wants to commit to wholeheartedly.  Time spent with Halo becomes empowering for Ari, helps her self-esteem, and encourages her to deal with her ex head-on.  The unconditional love and support of Halo is just what Ari needs in a beautiful romance that was built from dark roots.  Neither of them knew what they were missing until they came into each other's lives...and together it all added up to a match made in heaven.

This family in the making kept me glued to the pages and rooting for them every step of the way.  Theirs was a beautiful balance of love, support, and steam.  Their journey fit in perfectly with the romantic journeys of past couples in the Iron Outlaws MC and gave Ari an even bigger support system.  Just when everything seems to be going the Club's way though, the author upends everything with that gut punch conclusion that's now left me clamoring for the next book in this series!

My rating for this is an A.

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


The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Book Release Blast for Promise Me This by Karla Sorensen (REVIEW)……

  When childhood friends become something more, sparks will start flying in this contemporary romance of roommates becoming lovers.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Promise Me This by Karla Sorensen, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Wilder Family series to your bookshelf!

Imagine this: an author with a raging case of writer’s block finds an unexpected source of inspiration in her grumpy, gorgeous new roommate.  Sounds amazing, right?  Except that new roommate is my childhood best friend.  And Ian Wilder has been off-limits since I was five.It’s been over a decade since I’ve seen him, but when I return to my hometown after years away, Ian’s exactly the man I remembered.  The same guy who gave me his coat on a playground when we were kids and promised he’d take care of me forever.  I need a quiet place to work with this deadline looming.  I need a place where my daughter can unwind. Enter Ian with an offer I can’t refuse: his spare bedroom.
It’s an easy yes.  Except now the problem is I can’t stop thinking about him, and these thoughts? They’re wandering out of the friend zone.  I keep imagining very creative ways to rip off his clothes. And Ian starts giving me looks of his own, the kind that make my heart race.
One night, we cross a line we can’t uncross.  The lines have blurred, and our friendship is hanging by a thread.
Imagine this: a woman falling for her best friend.  And she has no idea if he feels the same.

BUY here.


Ian and Harlow have been in each other's lives since they were children, thick as thieves, with an unbreakable bond of care and support.  Once they graduated high school though, everything changed as life took them in opposite directions.  After ten years apart they end up back in their hometown where they can no longer ignore long-simmering feelings in a slow-burn journey to HEA.  It's a journey made even more heartfelt by the inclusion of her daughter, Sage, along with the rest of the Wilder family as their support for this family in the making is unwavering.

Ian is a bit of a grump, a bit stoic and serious, at least that's how the world sees him. When he's reunited with his childhood friend that softer side comes out again as he will do everything to help her succeed...especially by having her stay in his home to help fuel her writing.  Whereas Harlow's parents cause writer's block, he provides all sorts of naughty thoughts.  Add in his endearing interactions with Sage, the kind that makes your uterus hurt, and it's clear that Ian and Harlow were always meant to be.  Their relationship felt natural from the start, built slowly through tender moments that warmed my heart.  Before now, they'd always fought against the feelings simmering between them, but this time around they decided to take a chance and I was totally there for it!  Though I normally like my romance books a bit steamier, I still found much to enjoy about this sweet and heartwarming friends to lovers story!

My rating for this is a B+

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


Karla Sorensen is an Amazon top 20 bestselling author who refuses to read or write anything without a happily ever after. When she's not devouring historical romance or avoiding the laundry, you can find her watching football (British AND American), HGTV or listening to Enneagram podcasts so she can psychoanalyze everyone in her life, in no particular order of importance. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University, she made her living in senior healthcare prior to writing full-time. Karla lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys and a big, shaggy rescue dog named Bear.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Book Release Blitz for No Cap by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)……

Ms. Vale is back with another family that readers will be clamoring for after glimpses given throughout the author's previous series.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of No Cap by Lani Lynn Vale, along with my impressions of it, then add this first installment in the Carter Brothers series to your bookshelf!

You know when you see that big red flag, and you think to yourself, I should probably not go anywhere near there?
Yeah, Quincy Carter ignored that big red flag. He walked right up to that red flag, waving blatantly in the wind, and kissed the holy hell out of her.
Sure, he probably should’ve arrested her for breaking a restraining order.
He probably also should’ve stopped her from continuing to break that restraining order.
Yet...he can’t.
By the time he realizes he’s in deep, Quincy has no other options but to ride the wave of continuous disaster that is Hollis Aue.
Hollis Aue is on the road to revenge.
After a famous comedian rips her best friend in the middle of his biggest show ever and elevated her disabilities to the butt of his joke, her best friend spirals.
After finding out from a kindhearted detective that her best friend took her own life, Hollis makes it her new mission to make that comedian’s life a living hell.
The only problem with that is Detective Quincy Carter with the Dallas Police Department insinuates himself into her life, making it impossible for her to achieve her goals.
Try as she might, she can’t shake him, and soon, the lines between hate and love start to blur.





At the conclusion of Ms. Vale's previous series it was clear that readers weren't done with the new family introduced towards the end.  The Carter brothers take center stage here with a likable tale of opposites attracting as the good guy cop finds himself drawn to the wild child heroine with a painful past.  With a heartbreaking start readers will quickly get swept up in a romance with the perfect balance of fun and flirty banter along with steamy encounters.  Add in bits of suspense and mystery and you end up with a solid series starter!

Quincy Carter is a drool-worthy hero, a dedicated and hardworking detective with a heart of gold.  He knows that he and Hollis shouldn't work, but he just doesn't care and wants her despite her criminal behavior.  He's a good support to Hollis and gets her when no one else does in a romance that made me smile and blush a time or two.  Hollis Aue has had a lifetime of pain, been on her own with virtually no one in her corner...until one person became her unlikely friend.  When the cruelty of another leads to a gut-wrenching choice though, Hollis is left reeling and out for revenge.  Through every vengeful encounter, Hollis finds herself staring Quincy down...and more than ready to do more with him in a sizzling connection that weathered all the ups and downs.  Hollis is a blunt person who tells it like it is, a tough girl exterior with a hidden soft side that Quincy brings out.  I very much liked her and could easily understand why she wanted revenge.  She's a loyal person with few people who care about her, so I could relate to and appreciate that fierce loyalty.  These two may seem like opposites but they fit beautifully together.

On a whole this was an entertaining series starter with a strong main couple who brought out the best in each other.  Their romance was both sizzling with moments of sweetness sprinkled in along with banter that amplified the sexual tension.  The only speed bump in my journey of enjoyment was the rather rushed ending.  It was a bit jarring, but until that moment there's much to like about this book and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the family!

My rating for this is a B+

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



Lani Lynn Vale is an American author of humorous romantic suspense novels. Born in the Great State of Texas, she has lived the majority of her adult life in East Texas where most of her novels are based. She’s married to her high school sweetheart whom her readers refer to as “LLV’s Bearded Half.” She published her first novel, Boomtown, in the summer of 2013 after the birth of her third child. She’s gone on to publish over 100 novels, with most of them going on to become USA Today Bestsellers.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Book Release Blitz for The Truth About Us by Claudia Burgoa (REVIEW)……

A young man unlucky in love finds himself right in the middle of it in this emotional and bittersweet tale of second (and third and forth) chances that's told in two parts.  Book one was already published last month with the concluding book in the duet releasing today.  Keep reading to get my impressions of The Truth About Us by Claudia Burgoa, the second installment in the Impossibly Possible Duet, then be sure to add it to your bookshelf!

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa brings the conclusion of the Impossible Possible duet with The Truth About Us.
Every night, I find myself caught between dreams and wakefulness. Yearning for a past that slips through my fingers.
Each night, whisper prayers into the darkness.
Longing for just one kiss, one more touch...
Longing for her.
Maybe forever is a lie.
The truth is that tragedy will always break your heart.
But maybe, this time, I can build something greater out of tragedy.
Maybe...just maybe love isn’t as lost as I once thought.
And maybe forever might still happen to me.
***The final book in the Impossible Possible duet examines grief, loss, and ultimate love put to the test.



Ten years (in the Decker Family world) have passed since Ms. Burgoa broke reader's hearts with a cliffhanger that left us battered and bruised.  This book drops readers right back in the middle of their drama by bringing Gabe and Ame together to help care for her young niece and nephew.  While they unite to be a family for two youngsters dealing with their recently disabled (and addicted) mother, they also start working through the pain of their own pasts in order to finally reach their long-destined HEA.

It's a raw and gritty journey for Gabe and Ame as he reveals all that happened leading into the cliffhanger and all the other events that befell him and drove him from her.  The reason for their reunion is believable and seamlessly fuels everything that follows.  From hard truths being revealed, to second chances being given, there were plenty of scenes that made my heart bleed.  There were also blissful moments of delight as seen through the text streams between this couple, streams that warmed my heart while making me blush.  Throughout their second chance Gabe worked hard to prove himself to Ame, went above and beyond to care for those she loves, while slowly releasing the chains around his heart to fully embrace the HEA within his reach.  As for Ame, she's accomplished much since their separation, but along with that her heart's become more and more jaded with a wall surrounding it that's gotten higher and higher.  It added even more heartache to the journey to forgiveness Gabe was undertaking along with frustrating me as she had him twisting in knots in a dance of push and pull.

Along with a memorable main couple there was an equally appealing cast of secondary characters.  From the various members of the Decker Family with their humorous banter and supportive actions, to the rebuilding of a love meant to be, this was a tale full of emotions that kept me glued to the pages.  Ms. Burgoa had me cursing her name at the end of the previous book and I knew it would take a lot of work to lead readers to a satisfying conclusion.  But lead us there she did, in a journey of ups and downs with Ms. Burgoa playing our emotions like a maestro!  Each turn of the page had me rooting for this pair more and more, investing me fully in their hard-fought journey to HEA, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to those wanting a tale full of heart and soul!

My rating for this is an A-

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



Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breaths away. Her books are the perfect blend of steamy and heartfelt, filled with emotional characters and explosive chemistry. Her writing takes readers to new heights, providing a variety of tears, laughs, and shocking moments that leave fans on the edge of their seats.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, her youngest two children, and three fluffy dogs.
When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitting, or just hanging out with her family. At nights, she likes to binge watch shows or movies with her equally geeky husband.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Book Teaser Reveal for The Trouble With Bad Boys Anthology……

Readers have reason to rejoice as there's some drool-worthy bad boys coming to bookshelves soon!  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of this collection of deliciously bad boys from some of today's favorite authors, then start counting down the days until The Trouble With Bad Boys releases on June 4th!

The trouble with bad boys...They're not the forever type, but the chemistry is too intense to ignore. Their touch sets you on fire. Their kiss makes you crave more. They'll draw you in with their sophisticated charm, break the rules...and your heart. Everything about them is wrong, yet you can’t stay away.
Because sometimes…bad is better.

Don't miss these rugged rebels and the strong women who tame their wild hearts.

***100% of proceeds from this set will benefit Our Rescue to support victims of human trafficking.***

Includes stories from:  SE Rose  |  K.M. Scott  |  Stephanie St. Klaire  |  Morgan James  |  Ellie Isaacson  |  Abbi Cook  |  Elizabella Baker  |  Anna Blakely  |  Kristi Avalon  |  Anna Brooks  |  Brooke O’Brien  |  Victoria Ellis  |  Anise Storm  |  J.C. Thompson  |  Nadia Han  |  Debra St. James