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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review for The Scottish Bride by Marquita Valentine

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Tired of waiting for her older brother's best friend to come to his senses, Cadence Romanov travels to New York City in order to bring Maddox home. But seeing him again opens up raw wounds of abandonment. Refusing to be easily led by him again, she runs away to Holland Springs, but not before leaving him a note as to where she's going. This time, it's all up to him to win her back.

After one reckless night ends in tragedy, Scottish rugby player Maddox Stewart turned his back on his former life, leaving everything behind, including Cadence... until she tracks him down and demands answers. As soon as Maddox sees her, he knows that nothing has changed between them and there's nothing he won't do to have her again. Forced to confront his demons, Maddox must find a way to forgive himself and win back his wife.


Marquita Valentine is not a new author to me, but the Brides of Holland Springs series is. The Scottish Bride is book 5 and I didn't feel as if I missed out on anything through out my read. I was able to connect with the characters and I will admit it does love me wanting to maybe visit Holland Springs and get to know the other characters better. This is a very fast read that has the sweetness of Cadence Romanov all over it, she's feisty and knows what she wants and is willing to fight for it. Rugby player Maddox Stewart knew he meet his future wife when he met his best friend's sister, he just had to be a patient man and he knew she was worth the wait. One reckless night ends in a nightmare and has Maddox running away from the woman he loves and believed to have hurt. Will the moment that Cadence confronts her husband Maddox have him facing what he left behind? This is a short, sweet, and with a sprinkle of sexy romantic read. 4 Stars

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Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series. Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen). When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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Book Review for The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen

The Edge of Us By Veronica Larsen

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Eight years ago, Cole Van Buren left me at the altar without a single explanation. My heart’s been at a standstill ever since, the anger keeping me from moving on. Keeping me from seeing the man who’s been right in front of me all this time…
Andrew’s been the friend I needed, the one constant through the hardest times of my life. But one night, the lines blur and we’re tipped into something more. Just when I’m ready to explore what we could be…
My ex comes back.
Cole says he didn’t come to get me back, but I should know better. The answers he dangles overhead are the ones I need to finally let go.
Except there’s no such thing as closure, only a past that wants to pull you backward.


I'm really not one for love triangle, because someone gets hurt in the end. In The Edge of Us, Veronica Larsen finds the perfect way to leave me one happy reader. That's not to say that I wasn't an emotional mess during my read. 

In this story Mila, our heroine is a strong and successful woman. She thought she had put aside the memories of her past, that was until she found out her ex fiance has come home and has been closer than she knew. He walked out on her on their wedding day without saying a word, no explanation of where he's going. All that she knew was that the man she had given her heart to and the time they spent together was a lie. That's what she had to tell herself to hang on to the hate and anger she felt. Maybe, one night of revenge sex on the night her world collapsed would ease the pain.

Revenge sex night may not have gone as planned, but it did bring Andrew into her life, an eight year friendship that was on the verge of recently becoming more. He listened and allowed her to cry and he became her best friend and co worker. Andrew is a dream, someone that is easy to fall in love with, but he comes with his own story of heartbreak and secrets.

I have such a love, hate and heated passion for Cole Van Buren, leaving Mila at the alter may have been the biggest regret in his life. Facing his demons is his biggest battle, but now that the woman who consumes him is just a breath away, will they be able to face those demons together? The pain, the want, and the need that this character endures, leaves the reader with an emotional pull to him. 

 Veronica Larsen wrote a story that left me on the edge, I couldn't predict the ending and that left me feeling addicted. The Edge of Us  had my heart in knots, feeling heavy and I was filled with many emotions throughout my read. It definitely will be added to my years favorites. It's a beautiful story of finding out if your strong enough to face your past, question the present so you can be willing to accept and fight for your future. Beautiful, Sexy and an Emotional Roller-coaster of a read. 5 Star Must Drop Everything Read!

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Intagram_TEOU_VL_CoverRevealVeronica Larsen began writing around the age of seven, scribbling Nancy Drew-like stories between the margins of composition notebooks. Her journey into the romance genre began once upon a long military deployment when she penned a steamy romance for her husband, a US Marine. This story eventually turned into her debut novel Entangle. She fell in love with writing romance and hasn't looked back since. Her novels are known to feature engaging story-lines, relatable characters that tap into heart-tugging truths, and a tangible chemistry that builds throughout the story. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, which has come in handy in resolving the messy lives of the fictional people in her head.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Release Boost for Savior by S.L. Scott




Title: Savior
Series: The Kingwood Series #2
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: August 13, 2017



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Everything is not as it seems.

Alexander IV has succeeded to the throne of the billion-dollar Kingwood Empire, but the people he thought he could trust aren't allies.

They're enemies.

Everyone he cares about is at risk.

Decisions--SACRIFICES--must be made.

What will he do to protect the people he loves? Will Sara Jane live or die?

Find out NOW in this EPIC conclusion to the bestselling The Kingwood Duet. Savage, book 1 in the series, should be read first and is LIVE on Amazon.








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I sit outside on a bench, looking at the scuffs on the tips of my black leather shoes. The bottoms are worn from wearing them while riding my bike. It was the only sign that set me apart from the other rich kids where I grew up. Other than Cruise, no one rode motorcycles or had dealt with anything worse than getting a warning after getting busted for smoking, skipping school, sneaking out, smoking weed, getting drunk, or driving over the speed limit. The list could go on.
I have a car. I just don’t drive it much, preferring the freedom I feel on my bike. It wasn’t just my clothes or the bike that set me a part. None of them had lived, breathed, existed simply because their soul mate did. Not even now.
From the moment I saw her, I knew Sara Jane was it for me, an angel in a Catholic school uniform, eating a candy bar. She couldn’t have been more innocent. Except she was. The girl had barely been kissed. It’s like she had been waiting to meet me, as if she had saved herself for me. How a girl who looked that good and smelled even sweeter remained untouched for so long was beyond me.
I would have loved her no matter what. She could have been a prostitute, and I would have only seen her halo. I was a ship navigating a stormy sea, but she called me to her lighthouse, a beacon shining in the dark. It was never about her innocence, or the sins I had inherited. The day I met Sara Jane was about two lives that weren’t meant for only one lifetime, but destined to be together forever.
Maybe that’s what had given me the confidence to break away from the kids I grew up with. I knew I was meant for something bigger than a life of partying and getting high socially.
I was meant for Sara Jane, and she for me.






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Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.



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Release Blitz for Ginger by Angera Allen




Title: Ginger
Series: Spin It #2
Author: Angera Allen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2017



Blurb

The Women of Spin It, Inc.

Working for Lucas “Luc” Mancini’s record label is not for the faint of heart. Their lives are fast paced and filled with music, mayhem and hot men.

GINGER

SPIN IT: BOOK TWO

She hasn’t been Ginger “Snow” Wolfe, the daughter of the Wolfeman MC President in years. She’s DJ Gin Gin, an up and coming star in the world of underground music. She left that life... she left because of him, Micah “Shy” Jenkins. The one who built her up, only to leave her broken and bitter. He’s the ghost that has haunted her for the past three years.

The glamorous life of DJ Gin Gin is fast paced. She has her music, she has her girls and is living the life she always dreamed. Nights behind the decks, hyping up the crowd and traveling the world. Then there’s Brant. Her friend, her confidant, and her protector. Her good time with no strings attached. He just broke through her walls with an off the charts chemistry she hasn’t allowed herself to feel in years.

After a heroic incident leaves Ginger broken and vulnerable, she is forced to face the inevitable collide of the life she left behind and the independence she has worked so hard to build.

Shy is back with a full vengeance to claim her and make her see the past isn’t what she thought it was. Brant refuses to let her go and is willing to fight for the girl he wants to claim as his own. As if this conflict wasn’t enough, drama ensues that threatens to take it all away. 

In the battle of the past and the present, who will win Ginger’s future?







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Crazy, outgoing, adventurous, full of energy and talks faster than an auctioneer with a heart as big as the ocean... that is Angera. A born and raised California native, Angera is currently living and working in the Bay Area. Mom of a smart and sassy little girl, an English bulldog, two Siamese Cats and a fish named Red. She spends her days running a successful law firm but in her spare time enjoys writing, reading, dancing, playing softball, spending time with family and making friends wherever she goes. She started writing after the birth of her daughter in 2012 and hasn’t been able to turn the voices off yet. The Spin It series is inspired by the several years Angera spent married into the world of underground music and her undeniable love of dirty and gritty romance novels.


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Release Blitz for Balance Check by M.E. Carter




Title: Balance Check
A #MyNewLife Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 18, 2017



Blurb

Life has a funny way of throwing you off balance.

Take me for example. I spent years in a bad marriage with a self-serving ass, only to have the love of my life show up when I least expected him. Greg helped me on my journey of self discovery and taught me that, no, I’m not perfect. But I’m perfectly me.  It was an amazing journey.

We laughed hard. We loved even harder.

And then he was suddenly and cruelly ripped away from me by the unclenching jaws of fate.

Ok, so it wasn’t that dramatic. And I really need to stop watching the Investigation Channel.

But now Greg is back and as it turns out, re-incorporating someone into your life isn’t that easy. Between jobs, kids, and barely-there friendships, life and love can be messy. Making it all work is a balancing act. 

But we’re determined to get it in check.








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Mother, reader, storytellerME Carter never set out to write books. But when a friend practically forced a copy of Twilight into her hands, the love of the written word she had lost as a child was rekindled. With a story always rolling around in her head, it should come as no surprise that she finally started putting them on paper. She lives in Texas with her four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who sadly was born long after her pen name was created, and will probably need extensive therapy because of it.


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Release Blitz for Havoc by Laramie Briscoe




Title: Havoc
Series: Moonshine Task Force #3
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017



Blurb

When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime…

Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined.

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. At least that's what I tell myself.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.







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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.

Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".

When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.



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Release Boost for Crave: Part One by E.K. Blair




Title: Crave: Part One
Series: Crave Duet #1
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017



Blurb

Kason and Adaline.

From the moment they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop would be, though.

Loving Adaline was all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel, forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.








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E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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