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Monday, September 25, 2017

ARC Review: Rock Me by Carly Phillips

Carly Phillips is one of the first romance authors that I ever read, and years later I am still loving her books! I don't even read the blurbs anymore because I know I will enjoy the story. This cover though absolutely blew me away and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this story. It was fun and sexy and a great quick romance. I think readers are going to love this one! 

Ben Hollander and Summer Michelle once met on the set of a reality show when she was trying to become the next big pop star and he was working security. They couldn't stay away from each other and it ended up breaking both their hearts when production found out and fired Ben for breaking the rules. He always thought that she was the one that told them and she always wondered why he wouldn't take her calls after it all went down, leading her to believe he felt less for her than she did. But now just as her career is about to take off, some starts targeting Summer and when a bodyguard is hired for her both Ben and Summer are shocked to find themselves face to face once again. The first time they were together they were both hurt, but can they possibly have a second chance to make things right and see just what they could have together?

I liked these two. They were sweet and sexy, and I loved that they had history together. They really felt as thought they complimented one another, with each one understanding and supporting the other. They had great chemistry and you could feel the attraction between them. I liked them a lot and loved seeing them get to know one another all over again. 

Overall, this was a great quick read that had everything I have come to love and expect from Carly Phillips. While this wasn't my favorite books of hers, I enjoyed every bit of it and I am looking forward to reading more in this series. I love the way she set up the next book, and I can't wait to get to know Austin better. This is one that I liked from start to finish, and I recommend if you are a contemporary fan looking for something sexy and sweet.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee

Cynical divorce attorney Lori Cumberland lives by one motto: Love is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand. With one failed marriage under her own personal belt, Lori had fallen hard and early—and it isn’t something she plans on repeating. She’s content focusing on the temporary marriages of her rich and famous clients. When she joins some of her recent divorcées on a celebratory cruise, her only vow is fun, sun, and new friends. But Lori finds herself tempted by a jury of one.

For Reed Barlow, falling into the world of private investigation was easy. He knows the law and knows how to avoid breaking it—all while doing his job. His rule to live by? No emotion, no involvement…until Lori. His charming smile and cocky attitude distracts Lori and lowers her guard, which is exactly what Reed desires.

But what appears as a one-time-only flirtation may be a plot orchestrated by Reed. As he’s taking his investigation to a dangerous level, it’s Lori who could end up in jeopardy. Reed has only one shot for Lori to grant him a second chance. But if he comes clean with her, he blows his cover. And that just might cost him the opportunity for an alliance of family…and of love.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

ARC Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

I am a huge fan of Sarina Bowen, both on her own and her co-written books with Elle Kennedy. That being said, I have never read anything by Sarah Mayberry, so I was excited to see what her and Sarina's style would be like together with Temporary. While I liked this book, I didn't love it and I ended up feeling as though it lacked the spark that I am used to with anything having Sarina Bowen's name attached to it. 

Grace works hard to support her sister since their mother is unable to, so when she lands a job helping to inventory an estate of a man from a rich and powerful family. What she never expects though is the attraction and connection she feels for Callan Walker, the man's nephew who wants her help in keeping his mother far away from everything to do with his uncle's estate. She knows that once everything is settled though that he will be back on his way home to Australia, and with her sister to think about, can she really afford the risk for something temporary? 

I liked both Callan and Grace. I didn't really feel connected to them though. Things just felt surface deep here and I wasn't really invested in their story or relationship. They were attracted to one another and their connection seemed genuine, but there just wasn't anything that stood out as special to me and I pretty much forgot about them as soon as I set this one down. 

Overall, this was a good quick read but in the end it was just okay for me. Things were definitely set up here for Callan's sister to get her own story, and I would be interested to read it and get to know her better. While I wasn't her biggest fan, she seemed to be on the right track at the end of this book. I just wish that I had been able to connect more with the characters here and that it hadn't felt like something was missing. While I do think that it was just okay, I think if you are looking for something quick and light to read you might give this one a shot. It was still good, just not great like I have come to expect from Sarina Bowen. I am hoping that if these two authors continue to write together that they will find their groove.

**ARC Provided by Bocci PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: The Last Outlaw by Rosanne Bittner

True Love Never Dies

Times have changed, and the old Wild West is a thing of the past. Nestled in his beautiful Colorado ranch, surrounded by family, infamous former outlaw Jake Harkner’s hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peace—but dark memories haunt the woman who has always been his strength, and not even Jake is certain he can save his beloved Miranda this time.

All he can do is swear to remain by her side. But it takes more than a hope for peace to outrun a past defined by violence, and it isn’t long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply can’t refuse. Life has brought him back full circle as he rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate…leaving Miranda behind one final time, fearing that the man she loves more than anything is destined to die the way he’s always lived—by the gun.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Fireborn by Keri Arthur

Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Dirty Boxing by Tara Wyatt & Harper St. George

**Monthly Newsletter Giveaway Winners**

Simone Elkeles Tote Bag + Swag

Notebook + Swag

Mystery Box of Books

All winners have been notified via email and are posted on the Rafflecopter form from that giveaway post. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Daring Wes by Jules Barnard

I have really enjoyed everything I have read from Jules Barnard and Daring Wes was no different. This book is the second Cade Brothers book, with each one being a standalone story. I had a great time reading this one and recommend this as well as anything else by Jules Barnard.

Kaylee and Wes were in love back in college, until she walked away breaking his heart and causing his golf game to suffer. Forced to take a job working at a resort as a golf pro, the last thing Wes expects is for Kaylee to walk in the door as someone else's fiance. But when sparks start flying between them, he begins to rethink everything he thought he knew. 

I really liked Wes and Kaylee. Both had so much under the surface that they hid from the world, and I loved getting to know them and see what all they were each dealing with. I absolutely loved how Jules Barnard handled things here. Readers should know that there isn't any cheating involved here, so don't let that keep you from giving this one a shot. There was a clear connection here and so much chemistry between these two, but I was so glad that they waited for Kaylee's relationship to be over before anything happened. I really admired them for that, and it just made me love them that much more. 

Overall, this was another solid read from Jules Barnard and one I would recommend for contemporary fans. I am really liking this series and I can't wait for the next one! Jules Barnard has a way of drawing the reader in from the first page and holding their attention all the way through and that was the case here for sure. This one was an emotional read, and I felt like I was right there with Wes and Kaylee through all the highs and lows they experienced. Great read, and think readers will like this one as much as I did.

**ARC Provided by Author**

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Feature and Giveaway: Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler

Trevor Maxwell

Coyote shifter with an attitude
Covert operator
Trusts no one, especially his devastatingly beautiful new partner

Alina Bosch

Former CIA, newest operative on the covert team
Hired to spy on her partner
Motto: “Never be deceived again.”

Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they’re going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side...

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Last Gentleman Standing by Jane Ashford

A fortune hunter’s dream…

Miss Elisabeth Elham is an unlikely heiress. She never knew the curmudgeonly uncle who died suddenly and left her a fortune. She’s proud, outspoken and independent—a definite challenge for London’s fortune hunting suitors.

As various determined gentlemen vie for her attention at balls, routs, picnics and parties, Elisabeth finds herself embroiled with a charming rake, a mysterious nabob, and an elegant neighbor. This would all be great fun, if only she wasn’t so fascinated by the one man in London who’s not trying to woo her…

Rediscover this classic Regency romance!  Originally titled Bluestocking, this classic story has been unavailable for over 25 years and is now returning from the vault!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

ARC Review: Love Profound by Kelly Elliott

Love Profound is the second book in the Cowboys & Angels Series by Kelly Elliott. Each book is a standalone story and is easily understood on their own. Though I will say that the charactes are interconnected and for full enjoyment I would recommend reading in order if possible, even though it isn't necessary. I am loving this family that Kelly has created and I am looking forward to more in this world. 

Amelia is the baby of the Parker family and while she writes romance, she doesn't believe in it. After having her heart broken, she prefers to keep it to her stories. Wade is trying to figure out what to do next with his life, so when he gets an opportunity to change his scenery he jumps at the chance. When Amelia and Wade meet, they both find themselves drawn to one another. But can Wade show Amelia that love is real and can be found in more than just her books? 

I will admit that I struggled at times with this book, and part of that was Amelia. Though I love the Parker family and this world that Kelly has created, I found it hard at times to relate to Amelia. She came off a bit immature at times and that didn't help anything for me. I really liked Wade though, and he made up for a lot of that. He was sweet and genuinely good, and that is something I find irresistible in a hero. He had been through a lot, and it was great to see him moving forward with his life after it all. These two did have chemistry and a connection, but I wasn't fully invested because of Amelia. 

While I did enjoy this book, it didn't have quite the same feel as the first in the series did for me. Besides Amelia, I wasn't entirely sure why the Liam situation was even a part of this story. It felt unnecessary and as though there really wasn't a reason for it. I also felt like there really wasn't much conflict at all here in this story, and that had it feeling a bit flat for me. While I did still like the story, it just didn't have the spark that I normally feel with Kelly's books. I will say though that she definitely knows how to write heroes that are swoon worthy and impossible not to fall for and that was definitely the case with Wade. This one was good, and I think fans of the first book will enjoy this one.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Guest Post with Author Terri Osburn and Giveaway

Terri Osburn started putting words on the page in 2007. Five years later, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts. Shortly after, she signed with an agent and moved into publication, with her debut novel, Meant to Be, released from Montlake Romance in May 2013. Terri lives on the East Coast with one high schooler, three long-suffering tabbies, and a hyper Yorkiepoo with attachment issues. To learn more about Terri, check out her website at

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Forever With You by Beverley Kendall

I’d never fallen harder for anyone than I did for Graham Prescott. The British hottie was like no other guy I’d ever met. And the attraction between us was mutual and red-hot.

I would have done and said almost anything to be with him. So I’d told him one harmless, little lie…

But it hadn’t been.

Harmless or little.

That lie nearly destroyed his life.

Seeing him again after four years stirs up feelings I have no right to feel. So I tell myself the only thing I want from him is his forgiveness. But first I have to earn his trust—something easier said than done. Especially when he makes it clear there’s only one thing he wants from me.

To stay the hell out of his life.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ARC Review: Grip by Kennedy Ryan

The one thing you need to know before starting Grip, is that if you haven't read Flow first you need to start there. It is the start of everything and really does need to be read first. Trust me, you won't regret it! As soon as I had finished Flow, I was dying to read Grip. It set up the story perfectly and I was captivated with these two in a way that I rarely am. 

Grip and Bristol first met when Bristol's brother (Grip's best friend) asked him to pick her up from the airport. But when circumstances left them both broken hearted, they went their separate ways. Now they are able to be friends again, but Grip wants everything with Bristol. Can he break through the walls that Bristol has put up, or will the risk of getting hurt again keep her from what they could have together? 

I absolutely love these two. That being said though, besides breaking their hearts they have also broken mine. There were some times that I wanted to shake both of them and tell them to just get over themselves. So much time was lost between them due to fear and insecurities and stubbornness. It is so obvious that these two were made for one another, and yet things definitely didn't come easy for them. They each had so much to them though, and it was easy to see that a lot of the time they were in their own head, especially Bristol. The connection between these two was undeniable and stronger than you often see, making them rare and special. But their chemistry is electric and it was a miracle that the tension between them didn't cause my Kindle to catch fire. I just couldn't get enough of them and never wanted their story to end. 

Overall, I loved this book. Kennedy Ryan has a way with words that is truly unique and she always writes such different and interesting characters. This story was such an emotional read, and I was invested right from the start. I highly recommend these books and honestly I can't say enough good things about them. Flow and Grip have been some of my top reads this year and I am so excited to read the next chapter in their story, Still.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

From the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Susan Mallery, read the second irresistible installment in the Happily Inc series!

Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?

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ARC Review: Flow by Kennedy Ryan

I am usually not a huge fan on prequels, because more often than not they just rehash everything in them in the next story. That wasn't the case here with Flow by Kennedy Ryan though. This prequel perfectly set up Grip and Bristol's story and once I started I couldn't put it down. I was immediately drawn in and hungry for more. 

When Grip agrees to pick up his best friend's sister at the airport, he never expects to feel such an immediate connection. But the moment that he lays eyes on Bristol, he knows that she is different. Both of them have their reasons why they shouldn't pursue anything with the other, but find it impossible to deny what they feel.

I absolutely loved these characters right from the start! These two were very different, yet they worked together so well. It was as though they were made for each other and were meant to complete the other. Both Grip and Bristol were deep and well developed, even in this short prequel and I couldn't wait to get to know them any better. 

Overall, this was a fantastic start to this series and I honestly can't wait for more. This is definitely a must read before starting Grip, so make sure to read it first! I have always been a huge fan of Kennedy Ryan's since the first book I read of hers, but I think that Grip and Bristol have the potential to be my favorites from her! I am so looking forward to their story!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Dirtiest Little Secret by Skye Jordan

She is his fantasy…

Ava Jennings has spent her life dedicated to her family’s steel business. So when she catches her fiancé engaging in extracurricular activities under his desk with a coworker, Ava fires him on the spot. With her self-esteem at an all-time low, Ava throws caution to the wind and heads to a well-known, wild biker bar. She’s determined to prove she’s capable of the spontaneous, wicked-hot sex her fiancé was searching for outside their relationship. And she finds all that and more in a rugged, edgy motorcycle mechanic, the one man in the bar who eclipses all the others.

He’s her dirtiest little secret…

Isaac Banks doesn’t talk to members of the Steel Warriors motorcycle club about his painful past. All they know is he’s the best bike mechanic in the state, which is exactly how he likes it. Ava doesn’t recognize him as the awkward kid who used to spend Sunday nights at her dinner table with their families, but she’s sure interested in the man she thinks he is now. She’s from the world he left behind, and he knows he should walk away—but it’s impossible to say no to the woman who starred in all his adolescent fantasies. All he wants is one night to get her out of his system. Because there was no way she could live up to his dreams.

But he’s wrong. One night will never be enough.

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