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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Blog Tour with Excerpt for Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings

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S.L. Jennings
Publication date: February 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

 

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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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“Yeah, but…” Her eyes grow wide and glossy as she tries to sift through all the reasons why that theory shouldn’t apply to her. In the end, she relies on her heart. “You said I wasn’t like those other women…that those other women weren’t me.”

I should tell her she’s right. I should put her out of her misery and reassure her that the last ten years were as real and meaningful to me as they were for her. That even though I may sling gift-wrapped bullshit for the general public, only she knows the true, honest parts of my heart. But with my tongue possessed by the taste of her rejection, I play the petty card, and do just the opposite.

“I guess I was wrong, especially considering yesterday’s events. Maybe you’re no different from them. And maybe you were right about me…that I do sabotage with sex to keep people at arm’s length. Because in the end, that’s all I want anyway, right?”

“You don’t mean that.”

I nod. “Yeah. I do.”

“So what are you saying?” The hurt is so thick in her throat that I can barely hear the words.

I suck in a breath, and scrub a hand over my forehead. “You were right about me. About us. We shouldn’t have done…what we did. And we can’t move on and pretend that it didn’t change us. What’s done is done.”

“I agree,” she nods, with a tinge of hope in her voice.

“So, maybe we should just see this for what it is—the end. You’re starting your life with Joshua and moving away, and I’m going on with mine.”

“Wait, August. No, that’s not—”

“You didn’t actually think we’d be able to keep this up, did you? What, you thought we’d turn out to be the modern day Cathy and Heathcliff? I’m not some swoony, literary hero, Fi. I’m not here to rescue you from your shitty love life that stems from your shitty childhood.”

“I never said you were—”

I’m rambling, spewing verbal diarrhea all over her blue cashmere, but I can’t stop. I can’t shut off the bile that has been choking me since this morning when she disclosed her impending nuptials. “You have Joshua. He’s the one you chose. He’s the one you want. You made that perfectly clear. So what the fuck do you need with me?”

“I thought we were friends, August. I thought you and me were—”

“Well, I guess you were wrong. Friends don’t fuck each other and then five minutes later get engaged. And why would you want to be friends with some empty, misogynistic prick like me anyway?”

“I-I didn’t mean,” her voice cracks, and the first tear escapes. She quickly dashes it away, refusing to let me play witness to her weakness. But I’ve already seen it. I share that very same weakness that has her bottom lip trembling. I’m just too much of a coward to show it.

“Look, I’m sorry. I think we just need a break.”

“A break. Yes,” she nods, dashing away tears. “You’re right. We both said things we shouldn’t have. Let’s just take a few days to…”

“No. A break from this,” I clarify, gesturing between us. “From us. This isn’t working anymore.”

“You’re being melodramatic, August. We’ve had fights before. We’ve said things we didn’t mean, and we always were able to work it out.”

I shake my head and look away, refusing to acknowledge the dejection on her face. “But I meant everything I said.”

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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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Release Day Review for Hard To Forget by Bella Jewel

 

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An Alpha’s Heart Novel, #3
By Bella Jewel
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
On Sale: December 15, 2015
Genres:  Adult Fiction , Suspense,Romance
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Delaney is a professional bodyguard who’s spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry. Now she’s facing her greatest challenge yet.

Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, and now his life is at risk.

When he hires a bodyguard, he never expected to put his life in the hands of a petite woman with a big attitude. Jax demands the best in everything, and he doesn’t think Delaney has what it takes to protect him. He’d rather have her on her back then covering his.

Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant—and devastatingly handsome—man she’s ever met?
*This book is a standalone that contains a HEA*

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So this is going to be short review as I’m typing this out on my lunch break at work. :/ So this is the second book that I have read by this author and let me tell you that I enjoyed it immensely. I mean this was a quick, fast paced and solid novel. This novel had a little of everything in here…. It had love, angst, drama and mystery. I love all of that in novels. I love strong females making their way into the male dominated professions. It shows is you work for what you want.

Delaney is a female bodyguard and worked real hard to get the respect she deserves from her fellow male co-workers.  She finally gets her own case where she can prove to all the men she can do just as good a job as a man, she get the very yummy, rich, hot Jaxon Shields. He does not want a women bodyguard and makes no problem at making it known. Delaney did not give up though and she proved she can do a good job. Not only does she save him when there was an attempt on his life but she also started to get under his skin… which obviously started to from an attraction between the two.

Now it took me awhile to warm up to Jax. Let me tell you he gave me whiplash with all those mood swings of his. I mean flirty one moment then sexist pig the next. I don’t know maybe I needed his POV as well just to understand him better with that mood swings! I loved how Delaney was not scared to stand up for her job and I loved that bite to her tongue 😛

Those love scenes were hot. I liked it a lot and the story moved at a fast pace… this is not a long book but it still had enough drama to keep me interested until the very end. If you need a quick read that holds your interest, then this book is it. This is a great guilty pleasure so trust me you should read this and maybe read the other books in this series!!

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About the author

 

Bella Jewel is represented by Kimberly Brower from Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency. Email – kimberly@rfliterary.com – Websitehttp://www.rfliterary.com

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over ten novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. In 2015 she signed a three book worldwide deal with St Martin’s Press – and happily joined the Macmillan team to produce some scorching, sexy, amazing stories that will be presented to the world from August 2015 onwards.

She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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
Source: N/A

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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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5+ Rating

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.

Release Boost with Excerpt & Giveaway for The Road That Leads To Us by Micalea Smeltzer 

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Title: The Road That Leads To Us
Series: Us Series (standalone)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
 Release Date: October 27, 2015
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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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Those bitches were gonna die.

That was a horrible thing to say about my so-called ‘friends’—and I used the word friends loosely, because true friends wouldn’t ditch you the day of your scheduled road trip because they’d rather be sunbathing in the Hamptons.

The fucking Hamptons.

Ew.

I mean, how clichéd could you get.

This was why I hated rich people.

It also sucked that I was one of those rich people.

Well, I wasn’t, but my dad was.

So by extension so was I.

When you grew up with a rock star for a dad, cameras and eyes followed you everywhere. It was exhausting.

I couldn’t just be Willow.

I was Willow Wade.

The daughter of the famous drummer Maddox Wade.

People expected greatness from me.

I just wanted to graduate college without slitting my wrists.

Author Bio

Micalea
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.

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Release Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway: The Road That Leads To Us by Micalea Smeltzer

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Title: The Road That Leads To Us
Series: Us Series (standalone)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
 Release Date: October 27, 2015
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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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AMAZON US / UK

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Those bitches were gonna die.

That was a horrible thing to say about my so-called ‘friends’—and I used the word friends loosely, because true friends wouldn’t ditch you the day of your scheduled road trip because they’d rather be sunbathing in the Hamptons.

The fucking Hamptons.

Ew.

I mean, how clichéd could you get.

This was why I hated rich people.

It also sucked that I was one of those rich people.

Well, I wasn’t, but my dad was.

So by extension so was I.

When you grew up with a rock star for a dad, cameras and eyes followed you everywhere. It was exhausting.

I couldn’t just be Willow.

I was Willow Wade.

The daughter of the famous drummer Maddox Wade.

People expected greatness from me.I just wanted to graduate college without slitting my wrists.

Author Bio

Micalea
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.

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Blog Tour With Excerpt: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin

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Title: Never Say Never
Author: Emily Goodwin
Genre: Full length, stand-alone contemporary romance
Release Date: September 28, 2015

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My life was full of nevers.

It was never supposed to go this way. I was never supposed to lose Mom so soon. I was never supposed to worry about making ends meet, to worry about losing the farm. I never thought I’d be working a job I hate, with a boss who was more interested in what was under my shirt than in my head. Saving neglected and abused horses had been my whole life. It was my reprieve, my sanity, my last saving grace in a cruel world. I never thought I’d grow to resent it, but I guess there is a first for everything.

Then I met him.

The Hollywood playboy. The entitled, cocky asshole that I can’t get out of my head. I never thought there could be more to him than sex appeal and an infamous reputation of loving and leaving. I never thought I’d fall for him, put my heart on the line, and risk letting him completely destroy me.

But you know what they tell you…never say never.

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Bloody hell, I want her. Without taking my mouth off of hers, I reach down and pull up her shirt, exposing her breasts. I trail kisses down her neck and bury my head between her tits.

Her legs wrap around me and she arches her back. She wants this too, and I know it’s more than just physical lust. She needs to feel the connection, to be touched, just as badly as I do. My hands run over the smooth skin of her stomach. I unbutton her jeans and move back up, putting my lips to hers once more.

I slide my hands down, intending on taking off her trousers. I feel the scar tissue beneath my fingers and she flinches.

“Sorry,” I pant. “Does it hurt?”

She turns her head away and closes her eyes. “Yes.”

“I’ll be careful,” I tell her.

“I know.” She doesn’t look at me. “I’m just…”

“Haley?” I grind my erection against her. It’s straining against my trousers so hard it’s starting to hurt. I need to be inside her.

“It’s ugly and gross, and I’m sorry.” I sit up to look, but she pulls me back down, shaking her head. “You don’t want to see it, trust me.”

I press a kiss to her forehead. “Haley,” I pant. “Nothing about you is ugly or gross.” Our eyes lock, faces just inches from each other. “I have scars too.”

“I know,” she whispers, gently running her finger over the jagged line above my eye. “I like your scars.”

“Let me like yours.”

Still looking into my eyes, she moves her head up and down. I rock back and gently move her shirt up. Rough, raised skin stretches tightly along her side. It’s pink and rippled, mapping a web of pain from the curve of her hip up to the side of her breast. A knot forms in my stomach, but it’s not from the sight of her. It’s from knowing that her flesh has been melted, that she has felt so much pain and was left with this as a reminder she has to live with every day.

“It’s hideous, isn’t it?” she asks, unable to look at me. “Like Freddy Kruger.”

“No, not at all like him.” I move down and gently press my lips to her scar. “You’re beautiful, Haley.”

She trembles under me, and I kiss her scar one more time. “I’m glad you think so,” she says, tears in her eyes. “I’m sorry.”

I wipe the tears away. “Don’t be sorry.” She closes her eyes and nods, pushing her shirt down and covering the scar on her side. I tip my head and push up her sleeve. The scar on her shoulder isn’t as bad. The skin is flat and shiny, and not as pink. I sweep my finger over it and then press my lips against that scar too.

“I wish you could see you the way I do. You’d see that you are beautiful.”

“Aiden,” she says as tears roll down her face. Then she’s pulling me on her again, and we kiss in a fury of passion. The same tightness plagues me, and I have to turn away to cough again. I bury my face in her breasts, trying to catch my breath. “Are you feeling okay?” she asks.

No, I’m not. But I’m so turned on, so wrapped up in her, it doesn’t matter. “I’m good enough.” She smiles and everything is right in the world again. “I want you,” I confess.

“I want you too,” she says.

I grin and put my lips to her neck, softly sucking on her skin. She lets out a moan. I hold myself up on my elbows and take her hands in mine, pushing them above her head. She squirms underneath me, rubbing herself against my erection.

I trail kisses down her neck, over her soft breasts and onto her stomach. She lifts her hips, and I slip her jeans over her arse and pull them down to her knees. She kicks them off and wraps her legs around me, bringing me in.

Her phone rings. “Ignore it,” she pants, and she lifts her head up to kiss me. She doesn’t have to tell me twice. Her fingers run through my hair again, and I can hardly take it. The phone stops ringing and she reaches for me, fingers hovering over my belt.

Then her phone rings again. “It’s probably Lori,” she tells me as she undoes the buckle. Her hands are so close to my cock. She’s moving slow on purpose, teasing me, and I love and hate her for it at the same time. “She’ll leave a message if it’s important.”

“Okay,” I rush out, holding my hips up. She pulls the belt through the loops and lets it drop to the floor. She takes hold of my zipper and runs her hand over me through the outside of my trousers. Fuck, I need her.

Tantalizing, she moves her hands back up, fingernails running over the skin on my sides. I’m about ready to take off my own fucking trousers. Her hands sweep back down and unbutton my jeans. The zipper comes down on its own, unable to hold back my erection. I yank them off. She sticks her hand inside my boxers, fingers curling around my cock, and I melt at her touch.

Then her phone rings again. Three calls in a row—that’s never a good sign. She freezes, my cock in her hand. My lips are against hers, my tongue in her mouth, and I think about how good it would feel if my dick went in there.

She shakes her head and starts pumping her hand. I want inside of her. I want to connect as one, feeling physically how she makes me feel inside. I don’t want to just fuck her. I want to make love to her.

I’ve never, ever wanted that before.

She tugs my boxers down, and I’m overcome with want. I take my mouth off hers and remove her shirt, staring at her large breasts for a few seconds before moving back down. Both of her hands are on my arse, and she’s pulling me down, pressing me into her, the thin material of her nickers keeping us apart. She’s so warm, and I know she wants me as badly as I want her.

“Do you want to go upstairs?” she pants, sliding her hand around my thighs.

I don’t care where we go, as long as I’m with her. “This is fine,” I say, only because letting her go isn’t something I can do right now. We’re cramped together on the couch and a bed would be better, especially for our first time. Though the passion between us is unlike anything I’ve felt before, and I know no matter where we are, making love to Haley is going to be transcendent.

Her heart is racing against mine. She nods and widens her legs. I slip my hands behind her and unclasp her bra, slowly rolling each strap down until her breasts come free.

“You are so fucking beautiful,” I whisper before I press my mouth to her, flicking my tongue against her erect nipple. She moans again and takes hold of the hem of my shirt. I hold my arms up and she pulls it off, dropping it on the floor next to us. Her eyes sweep over me.

“So are you,” she says, and her eyes land on my cock. It turns me on to see her staring at it with hunger and lust in her eyes. I dive back down, moving to the side just enough to run my hand over her stomach and inside her nickers. My breath catches when I feel her wetness, and my want intensifies. I put my lips on the soft skin inside her neck, kissing her as I stroke my fingers over her core.

About the author

1635425Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

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Review: For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

For The Love Of Ash by Taylor Lavati
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Publication: March 9th 2015
Genre:New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Synopsis

Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.

Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where his life is headed.

When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want.

In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means.

*This book is a standalone and NOT part of a series. This book contains mature content.

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4 Rating

*A Contemporary Copy Provided in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved this book! It was raw and emotional and so realistic when it comes to take care of your younger siblings. It is a standalone so you can just jump into it!!!! This book had so much romance and the characters were multi dimensional and all of the characters felt so real. The storyline has so much emotion, love, hope, and so much more…..

There was a lot to follow in this book but it was such an easy read. I read this book in just one day which I loved. This book was so vivid that it felt like you were experiencing everything with them! This book is about a twnty three year old Maggie who is now a mother to a nine year old who is also her brother. It was so nice to read why Ash would call her mom instead of Maggie, it made my heart constrict.  I don’t know how Maggie could balance everything in her life with Ash, College and work but somehow she did it, and she did it wonderfully. the Last thing on her mind was romance but like always romance comes just out of the blue. She met this amazing swoon worthy guy at college but little did she know is that he is also Asher’s teacher at school.

Asher just radiates positivity  and hope and he is one amazing kid that you can’t help but love. He is one kid that loves hockey and his teacher who he helps in classes.

Luke has the weight of he siblings on his shoulders. He moved back into his parents house to protect his siblings from their abusive father. Luke wanted to become a teacher and help those who are being abused by their parents he wants to show the children that they are loved and safe at school. Luke attends the same college as Maggie to finishe his education. Both Maggie and Luke wants to be teachers and these two have more in common than they realize. Both has a dysfunctional family life….. Luke has his farther and Maggie has her wicked grandmother who wants custody over Ash.

The moment Luke sees Maggie is the moment he is drawn to her but he does not know why. He spend all his time trying to break down her defenses and telling himself that he is not good enough father, because he fears he will be like his farther.These two have so much baggage and issues but they are perfect for each other. They did have ups and downs but we all know they are meant to be, even Ash knew about it. Ash is so sweet he help Luke with Maggie and the ending was so amazing I loved Luke and Ash work together making a plan to break down Maggie’s defenses.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone. To make a person care what will happen to the characters in an book is an amazing job. All the emotions I felt in this book was so genuine and I was sorry that I reached the end of the book. This book was beautifully written. The author carefully described all the events and the characters were so easy to love and obviously some where easy to dislike. Do yourself a favor and read this book because you won’t regret it! Warning: Make sure you have a box of tissues with you!
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About the author

Taylor Lavati is a twenty-something year old author residing in Connecticut with her husband and dog. She writes both Young Adult and New Adult with ranging genres from fantasy to dark romance and all the niches in between. If she’s not behind a computer screen or scribbling in her notebook, she’s playing video games, going on hikes, or spending time with her family.

Romance with a bit of CHAOS.

Review: Trusting Liam ( Taking Chances #2)

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Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams
Taking Chances #2 (Can be read as Standalone)
Publication:June 9th 2015
Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre:New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Romance
Purchase:AmazonKobo
Synopsis

 From the New York Times bestselling author of Taking Chances, From Ashes, and Stealing Harper, comes the new unforgettable adult romance Molly McAdams’ fans have been waiting for—the sizzling story of a young woman who must place her trust in the one man who can break through her defenses.

A night they will always remember…a connection neither can deny…a secret that could destroy it all…

When Kennedy Ryan moves to California, she never expects to come face-to-face with Liam Taylor—the intriguing man who has haunted her thoughts for a year. A man who led her to breaking every one of her rules for a single night of passion that ended up meaning more than it was ever supposed to. Accustomed to disastrous experiences with men, Kennedy shields herself before he can break down more of the carefully built control she’s clung to for the last four years. But every time she sees Liam, she feels her resolve weakening.

Liam Taylor has been asked to help socialize his boss’s nieces. But what he thinks sounds more like a babysitting job ends up leading him to the only girl who ever slipped away before morning—a girl he thought he’d never find again. And now that she’s within reach, Liam’s determined to never let her go.

But when a secret from her past tests their relationship, will they be able to cling to the trust Liam has worked so hard to build?

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*Review might have spoilers!*

“You’ll always be Moon to me.”

This book was amazing. Most of you might think it needed more of Chase and all but because I haven’t read the entire book of Taking Chance (and most probably wont) but this book was absolutely perfect for me. I had so much emotions reading this book that i want to break my rule of not reading books with cheating in and I did start on taking chances but i stopped when Harper found out she was pregnant….  I have some rude friends who told me what will happen to Chase and I loved Chase more than Brandon already so i couldn’t read more because i know that book will kill me. That is why I’m happy this book is all about Liam Taylor and Kennedy Ryan! This book was hot, sexy, sweet and had me smiling like a crazy loon most of the time. Forgiving Lies is one of my favorite series so I’m really happy that we got to read more of the Ryan family! 

“No one was ever worth the chase. But you? You will be worth it every time. I will always chase you, Kennedy.”

This book starts of with Kennedy waking up in a hotel room in Vegas. She had a very wild and sexy night with no other than Liam but she slipped away from him before he woke up and they never gave each other their names. They did think about each other months later even though they did not know each other. A year later Kennedy and Kira found out that they had to move to California because a very dangerous gang was getting out of prison and was threatening Kira and Kennedy. This is the very same gang that kidnapped their mom all those years ago. Kira obviously did not want to go but Kennedy and her parents wanted Kira to get away from her boyfriend for a while. So they moved to California without knowing how long they will be there but thankfully they had some family there. Their uncle Eli lives there and one unexpected thing happened; Liam works for Eli. Eli called Liam into his office one day because of the girls. Liam was suppose to help the girls find a job and introduce them to some friends so the girls dont have to stay locked up in their condo the whole time. Liam obviously was not happy about that but he got the girls an interview at his farther’s gym. Liam did not know that Kennedy was the exact same girl that run from the hotel room a year ago, until one day the girls went to visit their uncle at the work. The moment Liam saw the girls, he was so shocked he did not know what to do. He did what he could and talked it out with his dad, after all they would have seen each other eventually because they got the job at his farther’s gym.

“This? It’s Sour Patch Kids candy.” “Oh my God,” Kira whispered, her voice expressing the same horror as mine. “Yeah. Saw that. Why are they in our condo?” “Well, shit, are you allergic to these too?” Liam asked quickly. “You need to tell me these things.” “We’re not, but we might as well be!” I waved my hand at the boxes and made a gagging noise. “You need to get rid of these.” “Fuck no, they’re my favorite.”

When Kennedy saw Liam again she was so shocked. He wanted her so much but she kept pushing him away. Everyone knew she was fighting a loosing battle but Kennedy kept fighting it. She kept pushing him away because of a secret she had but she stopped fighting because she could no longer fight it. They gotten so close and became a very adorable couple but Kennedy did not believe in Love anymore. Liam knew differently because he saw her walls coming down. She was planning to tell him about her secret when her secret got revealed in an unexpected way. That secret nearly forced them apart…. What I loved about this book is that they did mention Chase, I loved Brain he was an laugh and I always thought he was high but he never was. He saw things before Laim or Kennedy did, he knew their feelings before they did and he is strangely very good with advise. I loved how close Liam is to his farther even though his not Liam’s biological farther. I LOVED LIAM….. The guy was the heart and the soul of this book…. he did carry the weight that he looks like Chase and he reminds everyone of Chase. Liam did not take that to well but he did work through all that problems….. and became just the man he was meant to be and Chase would be DAMN PROUD!!

Brain clucked his tongue. “If you’re asking me, dude number one, then I’d say my boy terrified you because he made you feel more than you ever felt for your ex-boo, And finding that, after being hurt by the ex, only made the fear of finding your true love much greater.”

I didn’t like Kira that much. She sounded to whiny for me and then what she did behind Kennedy’s back was so not right. You don’t just do that but thankfully everything worked out. The whole huge drama about having to send the girls to California.. the threats.. the fear for their safety… THEN ZERO!!! I mean I expected some kind of danger and that never happened. It would have been nice if Liam saved Kennedy from danger or I would have loved to see more of Mason and Kash. Some suspense would have been nice, you don’t just send your girls away because of a threat and let the threat just disappear like that. I don’t know how it actually feels for this book to fall short because I did not finish reading Taking Chances so I did not read when Chase died so I loved this book. This book is worth while to read but let me warn you this book is not about Chase but actually about Liam and it must have been hard to make this story about Liam if everyone wanted more of Chase…..

“Not  a dream, I love you, Liam Taylor.” 

About the author

6436698Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

Book Blitz + Giveaway & My Review: The Single Game

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The Single Game by Amanda Black
Standalone
Publication:July 15th 2015
Publisher:Full Fathom Five Digital
Genre:New Adult, Erotica, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase:Amazon Barnes & Noble
Synopsis

In this third, stand-alone installment of Amanda Black’s Apartment Novels series, sparks fly during a sexy party game.

When Eden Foster’s parents tell her they’re moving from Chicago to the Illinois suburb of Aledo, Eden is crushed. That is, until she runs crying to her jock boyfriend, who she finds on top of her so-called best friend. Moving’s not looking so bad anymore.

Now a senior at Mercer County High, Eden is ready to re-enter the dating scene. Still burned over the betrayal of her ex, she’s looking for someone sweet and innocent. With the help of her two new friends, Zoe and Amy, Eden makes a list of what she’s looking for: an eager virgin, ready for training—and no jocks.

Eden thinks she’s found what she’s looking for in Logan Black, a shy and geeky classmate. But why are Zoe and Amy convinced that the answer to her search is a party game…with kissing?

Eden better get ready, because she’s about to play the Single Game.

The Single Game is the latest addition to the erotic Apartment Novels series, which began with Lily and Ethan in The Apartment and The Blank Canvas.

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International: $10 Amazon Gift Card & a copy of Amanda’s first 2 titles (eBook or print – winner’s choice)

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Guest Blog Post
I’m so excited for the release of my new book The Single Game! It’s my first venture into NA territory and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. While it is a continuation of my Apartment series that gives us a glimpse into the future of some of the main characters, it can easily be read as a standalone novel featuring the next generation of the Foster family. So if you haven’t read the first two books but this one sounds interesting to you, go ahead and jump on in! If you really like this one you can always go back and see how it all began.
The idea for this story actually came to me in a dream a while ago. It was just a fleeting image of two random teenagers making out for the first time in a dark closet during a party game that was sort of like spin the bottle. The boy was very nervous and the girl was the one putting him at ease. For some reason that one scene kept replaying in my mind over and over again after I woke up, which I found totally weird because I can never remember my dreams. I always feel like they must have been awesome, but damn if I can ever recall one single detail the next morning. That’s why when I realized that I was building on that scenario in my head the more that I thought about it, I knew I had to write it down or it would drive me crazy. As the story unfolded, I realized that I was drawing on a lot of my own experiences from when I started dating my husband, so this one ended up being very near and dear to my heart.
I really hope you check out this sweet and sexy story and let me know what you think! -Amanda Black
Q&A
1. What elements of your own love life influenced this story? 
More than I should probably admit! My husband and I were both very young when we started dating. Not quite as young as Eden and Logan, but there were still plenty of bets that we would never make it.
2. There is less angst in The Single Game than in your previous books (The Apartment and The Blank Canvas), can you talk about that a little bit more? 
That was most definitely on purpose. By the time I finished writing those books I was absolutely drained from all of the emotions I had dredged up, both personal and fictional. Once I started getting the idea for The Single Game I saw that as an opportunity to just sit back and have some fun. It sounds funny to say that I was avoiding melodrama while also writing about teenagers, but I just wanted it to feel genuine, sweet and loving. Life has enough angst. I wanted to give me and my readers a small break.
3. What motivated you to write a New Adult Erotica? 
I was already used to writing erotic romance after the last two books, but I was just really drawn to the story that was growing in my mind of these two teenagers on the verge of graduating high school. It’s such a big milestone in everyone’s life and I wanted to see how this couple would deal with a budding relationship in the middle of all of that.
4. I was so intrigued by the characters in this story. Logan is a shy, geeky, male virgin whereas Eden is a beautiful, confident, and sexually active HS senior girl. What made you reverse these typically male/female roles? 
I’m always up for a good role reversal! Honestly, some details of their relationship were drawn right from my own and other people I’ve known. There were plenty of girls who got burned by dating a player and they were much happier once they gave the shy guy another look. Plus, how many of us have said at one time, “I’d love to find a guy with no relationship baggage who I could teach exactly what I like.” Eden takes that idea and runs with it, exploring and discovering brand new things that she and Logan both like.
5. What character in The Single Game is most like you and why?
Definitely Eden. I had the proverbial burning by the ex. Not quite as dramatic as hers was, but that scene came from my ugliest high school memories. I wasn’t back in the saddle until early college but by then I knew what a treasure I had when I found my own shy guy.

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3 Rating

*Advanced Reader Copy given by Netgalley for an honest review*

This is going to be a short review…..This book I read this weekend but I don’t know how I feel about this book. I didn’t like the beginning so I nearly stopped reading but I hate not finishing books so I rallied on. Thankfully so because it got a bit better later in the book. Like most of us are use to the girl being a virgin and shy but in this book Logan is the virgin and shy and he never been kissed but he know what he wants. He wants Eden but he has no idea how to get her. Eden reminded me more of an college student than a high school girl being so sexually free. I loved how Eden guided Logan in what to do, it was hot as hell….  I would have loved more conflict. This book had strange character development I mean Logan was first a shy, kind of awkward virgin but in a matter of days he turned into a dirty-talking virgin. So basically the characters weren’t portrayed right to me. This book was HOT. I will never deny that this book was a page turner but like I said before I would have liked more conflict or drama because I needed that. Anyway this book was okay, I did enjoy it but I needed more.

About the author

8525387Amanda Black was born and raised in the Midwest, where she still lives with her husband and spoiled-rotten dogs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art before deciding that she actually needed to pay some bills, which is when she took a position as an ophthalmic technician.

For the past few years she’s been a closet romance writer in her spare time and would love nothing more than to make it a full-time career. When she’s not writing her next steamy love scene, her interests include reading, sketching, and annihilating her friends and family in movie trivia.