Review for Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings

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Ink & Lies
S.L. Jennings
Publication date: February 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Format: eARC
Source: N/A
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From International Best Selling Romance Novelist, Hope Hughes, comes a gripping, heartfelt tale of two lovers, fighting for the freedom to…

No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.

…two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in…

WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

…two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it’s all lies!

Lies.

I’m not Hope Hughes. I’m not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I’m not even a woman.

I’m a liar.

And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe—just maybe—if she can find the soul within my words, she’ll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.

You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.

I just never expected to actually live it.

This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.

The one I’m still writing.

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S.L. Jennings has done it again…. She has written another fantastic novel with so much depth and emotion. I loved reading every moment of it and when I finished with this novel I just stared out in front of me for a long time. I did not know what to do next that is how much I loved this novel. I actually never thought I would love this novel so much especially with that very vague blurb. One thing I can tell you is that this is not one of those novels where the couple get together after just a few chapters but it is so much more.

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Now this story is about August and Fiona. They have been best friends for a decade and they are everything to each other – from counsellor, confidant, companion and friend. It’s almost like they can’t live without each other and I wish I had friendship like those two. August who is an author does not believe in love, yet he write only romance novels AND Fiona is a hopeless romantic. The first half of the book was so hilarious and trust me it has a lot off laugh out moments. They have amazing banter and hysterical interactions made me cry with laughter. The second half of the book was more emotional and with more angst. My heart could not take all those emotions in this book yet I still could not put it down. It was so addictive. A lot of times I wanted to smack August and the plot of this novel was so not predictable. You could never guess what would happen next.

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This story is almost told entirely in August’s point of view and Miss Jennings does a wonderful job at portraying him and trust me he was very complex but also has a great empathetic manner. This novel was angsty and frustrating at times but also sweet and sassy. ARC did frustrate me with his view on love and how it only exists in a person’s mind, but yet I fell hopelessly in love with him through each word he spoke. You will feel so much emotions in this book so trust me you will need a box of tissues with you! Fiona is just as amazing and I wished she was real because she sounds like one amazing friend.

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Ink & Lies is a book that I would savour forever and when I see the paperback in store, I will make sure I buy it I can’t survive with just the ebook. I need that beautiful cover on my bookcase. I will highly recommend this book to everyone I see. Ink & Lies left me floored and trust me it is a tear jerker! Get off your ass and read this book!

 

 

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S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.

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Cover Reveal for When I’m With You by Harper Sloan

 

Coming soon from New York Times Bestselling Author Harper Sloan is the third book in the Hope Town Series

WHEN I’M WITH YOU.

 

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It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.

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The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.

 

He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.

 

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Review for Easy Melody by Kristen Proby


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Publisher: Ampersand Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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The Boudreaux Series: Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?

Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.
But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.

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Now let me tell you each time I start reading a book written by Kristen Proby I fall more and more in love with her writing. All her books take me to a very nice happy place! Her characters are all full of love and emotion that you can’t help but be drawn to them! What I love most is this book does not have excess drama. Her books just have enough drama and her plots has amazing balance! Easy Melody is the third novel in the Boudreaux Series and let me tell you I loved them all! It’s always a pleasure to get caught up with the family and friends from previous books especially from the characters from the With me in the Seattle series.

Now Easy Melody is Declan and Callie’s story. Now let me tell you I loved the Boudreaux family, they are just as close as the Montgomery family. They have such warmth and compassion and they all look out for each other. They are what I love in a family. Now this book is sweet and sexy7 with an amazing hero and a sassy heroine. These books are just getting steamier!!! This book was such a quick and easy read which trust me I read this in one day!

Declan is a gentle, sweet-talking. Easy going guy, and a very talented musician just like Leo Nash; who plays in bars around New Orleans. Now let me tell you I learned in this book that Declan has a naughty side, which I loved! It took me completely by surprise: his naughty side! Oh my god what that man does in the bedroom should be illegal! What I did not know is that he was a do-it-yourselfer with him renovating his home. Now his home improvement skills, his project at hand completely appeals to her.

Callie is originally from New Orleans and was raised by a single dad who owned a bar. He became an alcoholic after her mother died, so when Callie is old enough she leaves New Orleans for Denver and starts a new life. Though ten years later she is forced to move back to New Orleans after her farther passed away. He has left her the family bar and she has to figure out what to do with it.  While she is back in New Orleans, her boyfriend and boss Keith calls her and literally breaks up with her and fires her all in one phone call. So realizing she has nothing to go back to, she decided to stay in New Orleans and run the bar with her best friend Adam. This is where she meets Declan and at first she hated him. Declan on the other had was smitten with her the moment he saw her and will not take NO for an answer. He is determined to get to know Callie, in every way he can. Now let me tell you Declan is a known player, so I wondered if Callie could tame his wild side and make an honest man out of him. Now you just have to read the book to know!

I loved that the characters overlap in the series. Each of these books can be read as a standalone, but to fully appreciate as this family unit, you would want to read it in the series order. As like in the first two books, the epilogue in this book is a sneak peek to the next book in this series. Easy Kisses is going to be Charly and Simon’s story and I can’t wait to meet Simon! 😀 I said this before that I truly loved was that Kristen included a cameo from the couples from her With Me in Seattle series. So if you haven’t read any of Kristen’s books yet… then don’t wait, pick up the books and read it now! You really don’t want to miss reading such an amazing family dynamic! Trust me go read this book!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

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Review for Tempting Rowan by Micalea Smeltzer

tempting-rowan_highTempting Rowan (Trace + Olivia Book 3) by Micalea Smeltzer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 2, 2014
Genres:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
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I’m drowning in the numbness. It’s pulling me under and I can’t see the surface. It’s easier to pretend I can’t feel. And the longer you pretend, the easier it is to believe. But he wants to save me. Only he can’t. I have to save myself…and I don’t know if I want to.Rowan Sinclair’s life has been anything but easy. With an alcoholic mother and a sleazy stepfather, it’s been her responsibility to raise her younger siblings. At twenty-one she’s chained to a life she doesn’t want, but sees no other alternative. After all, what would happen to her brother and sister if she were to leave?

Trenton Wentworth sees the pain behind Rowan’s eyes. He wants nothing more than to make it disappear. To hold her. To love her. Except Rowan keeps everyone at a safe distance. But if there’s anyone that can break down the walls she’s built around herself, it’s Trent. So she avoids him at all costs. But Trent isn’t one to be easily evaded. He’s stubborn and determined. He’ll save this girl even if it costs him everything.

Love, lies, and deception.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Tempting Rowan.

Note: This is book three in the Trace + Olivia series but follows new characters. You do not need to read the first two books in the series to read this one.

Finding Olivia (Book One)

Chasing Olivia (Book Two)

Saving Tatum (Book Four)

This is a standalone.

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Let me tell you once I started this book, I had a very hard time putting it down. There was so many things I love about this book, and trust me I loved Trent and Rowan. Trent is just a perfect book boyfriend, he stole my heart and effortlessly wiggled his way into my heart.  Rowan is one of my favorite kind of heroine and trust me she is a force to be reckoned with. She is smart, hardworking and completely committed to building a better life for herself and her family. She takes so much care of everyone else and she never stops to worry about herself. Rowan is one quick witted, sensitive and strong but sure she is a little broken, imperfect, and reeling from a lifetime of emotional injury, but as you notice she is strong and fierce and obviously refuses to be defeated.

I connected instantly with these two characters and I loved it just so much. The relationship between these two has been perfectly and carefully crafted to make this novel important and the storyline unique to the characters. I loved to read the sibling bonds between Trace (+ Olivia) and Trent also the bonds between Rowan and her siblings. Trent’s relationship with his family is just a polar opposite to that of Rowan’s and the juxtaposition of these two realities really built the emotion of the story. I loved… loved the relationship between Rowan and Jude. It was sweet and adorable and also hysterical and had me laughing out loud a couple of times. She was herself around Jude, snarky; unapologetic and comfortable in her own skin. Now Jude and Tatum’s relationship was a whole different story and let’s just say, I’m counting down the days until I get my hands on their story!

Rowan and Trent had such an amazing chemistry, love and passion that it seeps through the pages, with all the raw emotions. I absolutely loved the narrative, it’s a second chance for both of them and boy let me tell you it was amazing. I think, like I said before I fell head over heels for Trent, giving Trace some stiff competition. Micalea deserves so much praise for writing such an amazing book.

I love reading a book that has moments of connection with a character and stories. If I can feel the emotions of a book and made me invest in their happiness; then the author has done a great job. Micalea flat out blew me away with the emotional storm that raged through this book. I grinned, laughed, shook my head in exasperation, got mad, clenched my fists and yes trust me I cried. Micalea made me feel like I’m a part of this story. Trent and Rowan felt like old friends and their story took my heart and I just know that they will never let it go. I recommend this book to everyone because this is one amazing book that will stay with a person forever and I’ll easily reread this book. I highly recommend that when you reading this book, you need to keep a box of tissues nearby because this book just pulls on a person heartstrings.

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c0588141-6d6e-481a-a007-a5b95c6d122cMicalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Review for Chasing Olivia by Micalea Smeltzer


chasing-olivia-hiChasing Olivia (Trace + Olivia Book 2)
by Micalea Smeltzer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Genres:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: N/A

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How far would you go to reignite the spark you once had?

Two years later, Trace and Olivia are as much in love as they’ve always been. But the spark they once had for life is waning and Trace is determined that they find it again. His solution? A road trip. But he doesn’t tell Olivia the real reason they’re heading north.

Olivia is happy to go on a road trip and have more adventures with Trace. Besides, she needs a distraction from the soap opera her life has become. With college over, this is the perfect opportunity to chase down the carefree girl she once was.
But life isn’t a fairytale and you can only escape reality for so long.

Love, laughs, and a hidden agenda.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Chasing Olivia.

Read Book 1, Finding Olivia.

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Right after I finished with Finding Olivia I made so sure got my hand onto this book and trust me it was such a good idea! I love Trace and Olivia, they are just the perfect couple. Lots of dram can happen over the years and I so did not expect Olivia’s mom to get married let alone be pregnant. Not only was her stepdad a couple years older than herself. This was one very stressful thing for Olivia being an only child for so long. Changes are happening for Trace as well. His grandfather wanting him to step up at being CEO for the company and Trace not wanting that job.

Everything just got so hard for them and they needed a break. Trace and Olivia decided to go on a road trip to find some peace again, but Trace had some ulterior motive for this road trip. It is one sweet gesture and Olivia appreciates the spontaneity because she missed all the spontaneity in their lives. These characters are just perfect for each other. They are just so romantic together and such a perfect couple for each other.

It would not be a true road trip if Trace did not throw in some surprises along the way and I tell you Trace is such a perfect and awesome dude.

I also cried in this book and I’m not embarrassed about that. 😛  This book just had so much emotions. I mean my emotions went all over the place. I loved all the characters in this novel and I wished I could read a story of Avery and Luca. Trace is incredible in this story. He loves Olivia and does everything he can to recreate their love. I think a lot of people can relate to this story, I know I did!  He just adds adventure and makes Olivia’s life just amazing again. I would easily reread this book!

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c0588141-6d6e-481a-a007-a5b95c6d122cMicalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway for Aideen by L.A. Casey

Title: Aideen
Series: Slater Brothers (#3.5)
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Releasing: November 3rd

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Aideen Collins is fed up. She is at her wits’ end with her eon long pregnancy, her new-found paranoia, but mostly she is fed up with her boyfriend’s constant hovering and nit-picking.

Kane Slater is happier than ever. He is about to become a father for the first time with the woman he loves. Little does he know that Aideen is both literally and figuratively a ticking time bomb. He just has to survive a few more weeks of murderous hormonal outbursts, and all will be well… or so he hopes.

They’re both caught up with the expected arrival of their little one, but in the back of their minds is a shadow that won’t fade away. Neither of them talk about it, but the shadow’s lingering presence casts doubt over their relationship.

Big Phil worked his way into their minds many weeks ago and rooted himself as the haunting figure. Without even trying, he ruins things and causes problems. He watches them from afar, hoping he can break their family.

Aideen’s instincts to protect her own are stronger than ever. If Big Phil wants to hurt those dearest to her, he is going to have one hell of a fight on his hands.

Aideen worships Kane, and what Aideen worships, Aideen shelters.

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“Don’t fight,” I groaned and turned into Kane’s body. “I’m too pregnant to try to stop it.”

Kane placed his hand on my hip. “Why don’t you go to bed?”

“Because if I sleep now then I’ll be awake all night.”

Nico scoffed from across the room. “Go into labour and get the brat out then.”

I snickered, “I can’t just go into labour. It will happen when it happens. I’ve two weeks left until me due date anyway, and it’s very common to go overdue… up to two weeks over, now that I think of it.”

“Oh, my God,” Alec gasped with a hand placed dramatically over his chest. “We can’t wait that long. Eight and a half months is long enough!”

Tell me about it.

“What helps induce labour?” Nico curiously asked.

I shrugged. “Long walks, spicy food, herbal teas, sex—”

“Do that!” Alec cut me off.

I snorted. “I would, but Kane won’t have sex with me.”

“What?” Alec and Nico asked in unison then looked at their brother with a mixture of shock and disgust.

Ryder and Damien looked at him with disbelieving eyes, too.

“Don’t you pricks judge me,” Kane snapped and pointed his index finger at them. “You try having sex with your girl when she is close to birthing a child. I’m fucking terrified I’ll bump his head or something… he is so low. He has a secure hold of her pussy now. It’s literally off limits. I just… I can’t touch her like that. That’s my kid’s mom!”

I rolled my eyes having heard this excuse a billion times over the last week and a half.

“Is it weird that I’m picturing what Aideen’s pussy looks like now?” Nico muttered aloud.

I gasped. “Yes, you pervert!”

“Don’t blame me,” Nico stated and looked at Kane, “he brought your pussy into it.”

The word pussy was starting to sound weird to me.

I held my hands in the air. “Let’s just stop talking about me vagina, okay? Brilliant.”

A veil of silence fell upon the room until Alec opened his mouth.

“I’ll do it if Kane won’t.”

“Bro.”

I looked at Alec with a raised eyebrow. “Are you offerin’ to have sex with me?”

“Yes,” Alec replied without hesitation. “I really want you to have my nephew… I’m willing to do anything to help bring on labour.”

Was it weird that my first reaction was to defend the gender of my unborn child as female instead of rejecting my boyfriend’s brother’s offer to bed me?

“Five seconds.”

I blinked when Kane’s voice got my attention. His body was no longer under my legs. I looked up and found Kane, who was now standing over Alec like an animal ready to attack.

Alec leaned as far back into the sofa as he possibly could. “Bro, I’m trying to help-”

“Three seconds.”

“Oh, come on, this is a sweet gesture when you-”

“One second.”

Alec jumped to his feet and exited my apartment shouting, “At least think about it,” as he ran.

“I’ve never seen him move so fast in my life.” Nico snickered. “It’s like he caught a glimpse of the Magic Mike cast and took off after them.”

I burst into unexpected laughter and laughed so hard I thought a little pee came out.

“I. Love. Your. Brothers.”

Kane looked from the sitting room door to a laughing Nico, Damien and Ryder and grunted, “I hate the bastards.”

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L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.

Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. Now a hybrid author, she is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.

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Review for Finding Olivia by Micalea Smeltzer

finding-olivia-by-micalea-smeltzer-hiresFinding Olivia (Trace + Olivia Book 1) by Micalea Smeltzer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 24, 2013
Genres:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers 18+.

How far would you go to find yourself?

That’s the question that’s been haunting Olivia Owens for years.

All Olivia has ever wanted to do is live and make mistakes, but her preacher father has made that impossible. She believes that her years at college will be her ticket into the real world and her chance to be wild and spontaneous.

But she’s never been able to do it on her own.

At the start of her sophomore year, she only has four things crossed off her Live List, but that’s all about to change thanks to a chance encounter with Trace Wentworth. She’s about to learn that there’s more to this reformed bad boy than just his looks and panty dropping smile.

Trace can’t explain what it is that draws him to Olivia.

All he knows is that he wants to get to know the girl with the sad smile but sparkle in her eyes.

When she tells him about her list, he knows that this is his chance to get to know Olivia Owens. Trace is determined to show Olivia that she can do all the things she’s ever wanted to do. So, he begins to help her cross things off her list, even the more outlandish requests.

What happens along the way is more than what Olivia or Trace ever expected.

Love, laughs, and a list.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Finding Olivia.

Other books in the series
Book Two: Chasing Olivia
Book Three: Tempting Rowan
Book Four: Saving Tatum

*this series is complete*

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Okay let me first say that I read this book only after I read The Road That Leads To Us. So where do I begin with this?

Oh my goodness I loved this book so much! I loved Micalea’s writing style so much! I adore the flow and feel of the books! I’m still swooning and my heart is still pounding from the story. Trace has wiggled his way onto my book boyfriend list. The story was totally awesome, but the main reason I loved about this book is because I can relate to a lot to Olivia. Olivia was given her cards she was dealt and instead of complaining about her life, she tried to make it better. Trace helped her make her live better. He made her step out of her comfort zone, several times actually, trying to complete the list she made. The characters had such a strong chemistry from the very first page and while they were still young, they did not act like teenagers in a relationship. This was such a refreshing book.

Trace was such a yummy guy. Tattooed, in to cars, down to earth (even if his rich), his a total gentleman; his the whole package. He was like a ‘knight in shining armour’ from the very beginning and he completely stole my heart. There was so much more of him. The secondary characters were also wonderfully developed. Which made me hope for more books on the other characters.

Finding Olivia made me laugh, made me tear up and made me swoon. I fell in love with Olivia and Trace and this book was just totally amazing. I did read this book in one day and I would reread this book soon I think 😛 this book kept me interested the whole time and I walked away with a new favorite book boyfriend and love story to tell my friends about it. I would do recommend this book to anyone. I can’t wait for more from this author!

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c0588141-6d6e-481a-a007-a5b95c6d122cMicalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Review for The Road That Leads To Us by Micalea Smeltzer


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by Micalea Smeltzer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Genres:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Things are about to get rocky for Dean Wentworth and Willow Wade.

Willow Wade is used to living in the spotlight, with her father a famous drummer in the band Willow Creek—her namesake—it’s been a lot to live up to and oftentimes she doesn’t feel she’s enough. But there has always been one person she could turn to.

Dean Wentworth knows a thing or two about how crippling a name can be. His family is worth billions after all. But Dean’s always been content to do his own thing. Play his guitar. Work on cars. And geek out to his various “nerdoms”.

But when Willow turns up unexpectedly, he realizes maybe there is more in life he wants.

Her.

One trip will change their lives forever.

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“it’s like you’re all conspiring against me,” he muttered. “I can’t trust any of you. At least I have my hedgehogs.” He stroked the quills of Amy. “They would never betray me this way.”

Lately I get so excited about new releases about this author! I adore everything to do with the Willow Creek characters. I was especially looking forward for this book because really who would not want to read more from the Willow Creek band. I knew beforehand on the children of the two couples from the authors other series, which I thought was a really cool idea! The day that this book was released I made sure I could get my hands on this book or actually the e-book. I loved this book!! I read it in like one day! It was very beautiful, quirky and funny at most of the times!

The plot was absolutely amazing! I loved that the two main characters went on a road trip….. The plot developed very well and trust me when I tell you I enjoyed it so much and I loved the description of the places on the road trip as well! There were a few very hot scenes in this book and I loved it! I also adored Willow and Dean. Now Willow is the daughter of Emma and Maddox from the Willow Creek series!  I loved Willow, she was so clumsy and she loved so much adventure and she wants to feel free! She does not know who she wants to be and she needed a road trip to make herself feel better. She was planning to go on the trip with her college friends but those friends decided to change their plans at the end. That pissed of Willow but she went home back to her family. Then she went to go visit her best friend Dean the son of Trace and Olivia from Trace + Olivia. He was just like his farther, a mechanic and he loves music.

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He loved Willow from a very young age, I mean they were raised together and they been best friends for like forever. Though when Willow came back into his live he started seeing her a little differently. Willow was crazy and out there, which I really liked. Then Willow was also so sweet and funny! Willow made me laugh with all her crazy plans and ideas and her obsession of lollipops. Dean was such a cutie in the beginning of the book, but he turned hotter into the book! He was so geeky which was cute! I loved how Dean was when he was around Willow. Willow was a character that was a whirlwind and all over the place, meanwhile Dean was more quiet and reserved. I also loved when he feared Maddox so much! I also loved Maddox’s antics.

I loved that this book was told in both POV’S! It made the book even better and helped me connect even more with the two main characters! Now I can’t wait for the rest of the series… I really want to read more from Liam especially the way it ended between Willow and Liam. Now listen up the cover from this book is just so absolutely stunning! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and the models are the perfect Willow and Dean! Micalea hurry up and bring the next book out please!

“Hot Buns?” I repeated in disbelief.
She shrugged and sat back with a smirk on her lips. “You have a nice a**. It seemed fitting.”
I snorted. “You’ve been checking out my ass?”
“Like I said, it’s nice.”

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c0588141-6d6e-481a-a007-a5b95c6d122cMicalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Blog Tour with Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: I Need a Hero by Codi Gary

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I’m so excited to be able to bring you the Blog Tour for Codi Gary’s I Need A Hero… Here you will see my review to this book with an nice excerpt!



I Need a Hero
Men in Uniform #0.5
By Codi Gary
Releasing October 20, 2015
Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
Source: Tasty Book Tours and Edelweiss

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Sergeant Oliver Martinez joined the military to serve his country—not plan parties. But after a run-in with his commanding officer, Oliver is suddenly responsible for the Alpha Dogs Training Program’s upcoming charity event. Worse, he’s got to work with the bossiest, sexiest woman he’s ever met—who just happens to be the general’s daughter.

When it comes to military men, Evelyn Reynolds is not interested. And with the opportunity to launch her new PR firm at the charity event, she doesn’t have time for some sexy, arrogant jerk with a hero complex. Evelyn is determined to keep things professional—if only she can ignore how Oliver’s muscles fill out a t-shirt and the infuriating way he makes her heart pound.

But when tempers flare and a scorching kiss turns into so much more, Oliver and Evelyn will have to decide if this attraction is forever…or just for now.

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This is a great way of starting a new series. I really enjoyed this book. Now this book Evelyn, a very sassy military brat that is forced to plan a charity event with a cocky and charming Oliver. Though there was an attraction between them, Evelyn still won’t give into her urges because Oliver is like his farther, a commanding officer.  Having moved around a lot as a child and having been without her farther for years one end, she just doesn’t want a life like that. Though in the end the attraction and emotional bond forming brought them together. Obviously with the help of some compromising and a dog.

I that Eve and Oliver have a soft and strong side. I like how Eve is so independent and brave and she melts around the beast. Oliver always go into bar fights and bragging to his friends but he adores his family and would always go the extra mile.  I also fell in love with the dog. So we have two polar opposites and clashes, plenty of heat and a slowly developing understanding between the two as they realize that they can work together productively.

This novella had such a great balance of sexy and sweet moments and trust me this book was such a fun read! I wish this book was a full novel so I could get some more time alone with this characters. I’m all for an entire series of sexy military men and women so I can’t wait to see what Codi Gary cooks up for the next book. If you love men in uniform as much as I do and are looking for a sweet, funny romance with a dash of heat then this book is for you!

Sorry this review is short but I’m at work and obviously I can’t write a long review while I’m at work because I don’t have such a long lunch hour.

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Oliver Martinez sat stiffly in the wobbly office chair, the room stifling despite the hum of the air conditioner above his head. He wasn’t usually the nervous type, being that military police didn’t allow time for panic, but facing off against General Reynolds, the man who pretty much held his career in the palm of his hand . . .
Well, he figured he had a right to sweat with the way the older man was staring him down.
“What do you have to say for yourself, Sergeant?” General Reynolds asked.
A thousand excuses ran through his mind, but none of them would appease the general, Oliver knew that. He hadn’t become an MP to be liked; even his family knew he wasn’t a people person. He was hardworking, sharp as a tack, and a mean son of a bitch when you got on his bad side—qualities that made him an excellent MP. And military police was exactly where Oliver belonged. He got to bust heads and keep order; it was structured, and there were rules. He was the good guy.
But this time, he had stepped in a big old pile of shit trying to play the hero.
“I did what I thought was right, sir,” Oliver said.
“You instigated a confrontation with a civilian that turned into an all-out bar brawl,” General Reynolds said. Although his tone and outward expression seemed calm, Oliver hadn’t missed the eye twitch on the left side of the general’s face. The man was beyond furious, and nothing Oliver did or said was going to make things better for him.
Why had he decided to go out with the guys on Friday? His buddies from group therapy, Dean Sparks and Tyler Best, had convinced him that he needed to get out and blow off some steam. He hadn’t expected to take down some rowdy kid or have the cops called on them. The civilian police had been cool, though, once he explained the situation, and as they hauled the kid off for drunk and disorderly, he’d thought that was the end of it.
Until he’d shown up for work this morning only to have Tate tell him he wasn’t on rotation and that the general wanted to see him. Oliver hadn’t had any idea what the meeting was about, but he’d never expected to get his ass chewed over something that wasn’t even his fault.
“It wasn’t a brawl, sir. I contained and subdued him too fast for that.”
Oliver regretted his words the moment they left his mouth. They sounded arrogant, and that wasn’t going to score him any points.
Especially since the civilian in question was the general’s son.
Despite knowing this, Oliver tried again to explain his side. “I just mean, and with all due respect, sir, that the civilian was drunk and harassing several women, and when I politely asked him to leave them alone, he threw the first punch.”
General Reynolds’s salt and pepper mustache twitched, and Oliver wondered for half a second if the general was messing with him and if he was secretly amused that his son had been taught a lesson in respect.
“I don’t care if he threw a hundred punches. You should not have engaged. You did not have to break his nose or sprain his wrist while you were restraining him.”
Okay, so he wasn’t amused. But no matter how angry the general might be, Oliver wasn’t going to apologize for roughing up the little punk. The kid had thrown a sucker punch that had lit fire to Oliver’s jaw, and it was still sore. And if the kid hadn’t fought him so damn hard, he wouldn’t have gotten hurt in the first place.
Would he have handled things differently if he’d known who the kid’s dad was? Maybe. But there was nothing Oliver could do about it now except take whatever punishment was meted out to him.
“It seems to me you could use a little time out of the field to learn how to channel your aggression . . . in other ways,” General Reynolds said.
Now the general was smiling, and unease swept over Oliver.
“Have you heard of the Alpha Dog Training Program?” General Reynolds asked.
“Yeah, I know a few of the guys running things,” Oliver said.
And neither Best nor Sparks had been happy about it at first. The Alpha Dog Training Program was the brainchild of some PR expert hoping to create a good public image for the military by training shelter dogs for specialty jobs like military, fire, police, search and rescue, and therapy. And if the animals-getting-a-second-chance angle didn’t just make you weepy, the dogs were being trained by troubled kids under the supervision of MPs.
It was meant as an alternative punishment for nonviolent juvenile offenders. Instead of being locked up in a detention center with months of community service tacked on top, they were sent to Alpha Dog. They shoveled shit, fed and cared for the dogs, and learned how to teach them basic obedience. The place was set up with barracks for up to twenty-five kids at a time. The goal was to give them a skill and refocus their energies. The program even helped them with job placement at several Sacramento veterinary hospitals and rescue organizations. It was a better deal than most kids in the system got.
“Well, I’m glad you’re familiar with it, because you’re going to help organize and promote their upcoming charity event,” General Reynolds said.
Oliver choked in surprise. “I don’t know anything about fundraising!”
The general’s eyes narrowed and glittered. “Well, this will give you a chance to develop a new skill.”
Oliver just sat there, weighing his options. If he pitched a fit and accused the general of abusing his power because Oliver had hurt his son’s delicate feelings, he’d be committing career suicide.
“How long will I be out of the field, sir?” he asked.
“Until I think you’re ready,” General Reynolds said.
Oliver nodded grimly. The only option open to him was to bite the bullet and do the job.
“You’ll report to the Alpha Dog Training Program today. The event coordinator will be there at eleven to give you instructions on what you’ll be doing. I do hope you take this time to learn some discipline, Sergeant Martinez.”
Fuck you.
Taking a deep breath, Oliver stood up and saluted the general. As soon as he barked, “Dismissed,” Oliver was out the door, wishing he was headed home to beat the hell out of his punching bag. This whole morning had sucked donkey nuts, and the last thing Oliver wanted to do was be around a bunch of teenagers or his friends.
Not that Best and Sparks weren’t good people, but he knew that the minute they found out about his little time-out, they were going to laugh it up.
Especially Best.

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An obsessive bookworm, CODI GARY likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Title: Aideen
Series: Slater Brothers (#3.5)
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy

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Aideen Collins is fed up. She is at her wits’ end with her eon long pregnancy, her new-found paranoia, but mostly she is fed up with her boyfriend’s constant hovering and nit-picking.

Kane Slater is happier than ever. He is about to become a father for the first time with the woman he loves. Little does he know that Aideen is both literally and figuratively a ticking time bomb. He just has to survive a few more weeks of murderous hormonal outbursts, and all will be well… or so he hopes.

They’re both caught up with the expected arrival of their little one, but in the back of their minds is a shadow that won’t fade away. Neither of them talk about it, but the shadow’s lingering presence casts doubt over their relationship.

Big Phil worked his way into their minds many weeks ago and rooted himself as the haunting figure. Without even trying, he ruins things and causes problems. He watches them from afar, hoping he can break their family.

Aideen’s instincts to protect her own are stronger than ever. If Big Phil wants to hurt those dearest to her, he is going to have one hell of a fight on his hands.

Aideen worships Kane, and what Aideen worships, Aideen shelters.

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“Alec offered to have sex with me to help me go into labour.”

Keela snorted. “I’ll have sex with you if it’ll help you go into labour.”

“Me too, I’ll happily do it,” Bronagh chirped.

“You will happily do what?”

We looked to the doorway when Nico and Kane walked into the kitchen. Bronagh grinned knowingly at her boyfriend.

“Me self and Keela are offerin’ to have sex with Aideen to help her go into labour.”

I heard a high-pitched scream come from the hallway.

“Accept!”

I stared wide-eyed as Alec skidded into the kitchen, barrelling into his brothers like they were pins and he was a bowling ball.

“Accept the proposition, Aideen,” he pleaded as he tried to remain on his feet. “I’ve dreamt of shit like this for years!”

“I’m going to fucking kick your ass when I get up!” Nico growled from the floor.

Alec turned and kicked him in the stomach. “Shut up and let them think about this! This is important.”

I laughed at Alec and looked to the girls who were shaking their heads. I decided to play with him and his brothers simply because I could use the entertainment.

“Fine, go get the dildos.”

“Oh, my God.” Alec placed his hands on either side of his face. “This is the best day of my life.”

Keela bit down on her lower lip. “What do you want me to do to them?”

His eyes welled up. “It’s finally happening.”

Bronagh covered her mouth with her hand when she couldn’t control the giggle that erupted from her. Alec’s attention zoned in on her and her mouth.

“You … you’re playing … aren’t you?” he whispered, legit tears falling from his eyes.

Keela laughed then, too.

“That was cruel, Aideen,” Alec whispered and wiped his tear stained cheeks. “So fucking cruel. Don’t ever talk to me again. I don’t like any of you anymore.”

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L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.

Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. Now a hybrid author, she is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.

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