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Blog Tour: The Only One Review

December 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 1

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From New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes THE ONLY ONE, a sexy new standalone novella in her One Love Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

 

 

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Lauren Blakely’s THE ONLY ONE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule

December 7th

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Review

2 Girls & Their Kindles – Review

AC BOOK BLOG – Review & Excerpt

As You Wish Reviews – Review & Excerpt

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

Little Red Reading Hood – Review & Excerpt

Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt

December 8th

BookSmacked – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Crazy Daisy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Reading Frenzy Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review

December 9th

Ramblings From This Chick – Review

A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt

Barbara’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

Beneath The Covers Blog – Review & Excerpt

Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Princess Reads – Review & Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Stacey is Sassy – Review

December 10th

Bad boys and Bedtime stories book blog – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Liz’s Reading Life – Review & Excerpt

Read All the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Review & Excerpt

The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

WickedGoodReads – Review

December 11th

SnoopDoo’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt

Lucia’s Book Reviews – Review

Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Bookery Review – Review

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

Bookaholic & Kindle – Review

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

December 12th

Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt

Go Read A Book – Review

In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt

Maddy’s Reading – Review & Excerpt

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review & Excerpt

She Hearts Books – Review

December 13th

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt

Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Night Owl Reader – Review & Excerpt

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Romanticamente Fantasy Sito – Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

December 14th

2 girls who love books – Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Naughty Moms’ Story Time – Review & Excerpt

Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt

Alba and Her Secrets..♥ Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

books are love – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book BLog – Review & Excerpt

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

Stephanie’s Sexy Reads (soon to be Naughty Girls and Their Books) – Review & Excerpt

December 15th

Jackie’s Book World – Review

The Reading Belles – Review

Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

JaymeBooks – Review & Excerpt

Joandisalovebooks – Review & Excerpt

Lina’s Reviews: A Book Blog – Review

Novel Addiction – Review

Queenzany – Review & Excerpt

December 16th

Bloggin’ With M.Brennan – Review

naughty and nice book blog – Review

Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt

Relentless book chics ramblings and reviews – Review & Excerpt

S3OC – Review & Excerpt

Shelly’s Book Corner – Review

Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews – Review

The Whispering pages book blog – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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About THE ONLY ONE:

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.

Until ten years later.

Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event.

The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.

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This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.

The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.

But I’m determined to change that.

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My Thoughts:

So I was instantly intrigued about Gabriel and Penny when we were introduced to both of these characters in some of Lauren Blakely’s previous works. Gabriel seemed like this mysterious and sexy playboy and I was so ready for him to find someone to settle down with. I honestly didn’t really remember Penny, but she’s also an interesting and sweet character. I’m glad that she was able to find someone for herself. I’m a huge fan of second chance romances so this was just the story that I needed in my life! I highly recommend this one if you’re a fan of Blakely or just any kind of second chance romance with a lot of steam and sweetness.

Penny is now an accomplished woman who runs a non-profit shelter for homeless animals. She’s such a sweet and rather confident woman now. However, she’s always remembered the hot man she spent three incredible days with back in Spain when she was just 21. She also has a lot of hurt and bitterness towards him because he never showed up the day they were meant to meet up in New York. Now, so many years later, she has to turn to Gabriel for help with catering a charity event for her business. She definitely wasn’t expecting him not to remember her, and she is also surprised by how much she still wants him all these years later.

Gabriel is now an accomplished chef who has opened several restaurants around the U.S. When he met Penny or rather Penelope, he was a struggling chef who was just trying to get by. But then he went onto a television show which he eventually won, and gradually became more and more successful. Now, he comes across this beautiful and fierce woman who goes by the name of Penny. She reminds him so much of his beautiful, young Penelope that he had so many years ago back in Spain. But he isn’t totally sure if that’s her or not. Regardless, all he knows is that he can’t resist this woman and he wants her in anyway that he can have her.

So as mentioned, I enjoy this romance because it’s a second chance romance, which is easily one of my favorite tropes. Penny and Gabriel might have only spent three days together, but they still left an incredible impact on both of them. I think the romance is great because it might be short, but it’s still incredibly steamy. Penny and Gabriel definitely have some hot sex! Since this is only a novella, obviously there’s not as many as usual, but it’s still sexy nonetheless.

The Only One was the first 1,001 Dark Night short story that I have read, but it was still a very powerful and great one. Penny and Gabriel were two beautiful characters who were both very much deserving of a happy ending and I’m glad that they were able to receive one. Lauren Blakely has written yet another fabulous book. Seriously though, there’s nothing that this author writes that I’m not going to read and completely fall in love with. I can’t recommend The Only One enough!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

 

Praise for Lauren Blakely and THE ONLY ONE:

“An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!”

~Beneath The Covers Book Blog

“This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing.”

~5-Stars! Two Book Pushers

“Lauren has knocked this one out of the park and down the street into the kitchen of Rocco DiSpirito. This book is smart, sexy, and full of surprises with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. I want to find my very own Gabriel now. A sexy man with an accent who can cook for me. Who could ask for anything more?”

~Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

“Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming…”

~Fresh Fiction Reviewer

 

 

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

 

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Blog Tour: Wound Tight Review

December 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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Today is our stop on the blog tour for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey! Check out this fantastic new release and grab this sexy new contemporary fiction today!

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About Wound Tight:

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

 

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

 

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

 

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

 

Get your copy today!

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My Thoughts:

So surprisingly, I’ve never read a Tessa Bailey book before. I’ve honestly meant to, I just haven’t really gotten around to it. This one appealed to me because it’s her first M/M book. After reading Wound Tight, I’m definitely intrigued and want to read the previous books in this series. You can just jump right into this book without reading the others, though previous characters do show up. I found myself wanting to read the others in order to just get more time with these hilarious characters and learn more about their histories. I thought this was a fun and light read that I really enjoyed.

Renner is definitely a little bit of an intimidating character at first. He’s very serious, dark, and on the closed off side of things. However, it was still evident that the guy had a huge heart underneath it all. He cares extremely deeply for his family and a select few people that he lets into his life. So yeah, Renner is a tough guy to crack. He keeps a facade up that usually keeps people far away from him. He can’t deny that he is very intrigued by the younger security guard. Another thing that I liked about Renner is he knows who he is and what he wants out of life. He’s a mature guy and he really doesn’t want to be anyone’s experiment, but at the same time, he wants Milo in any way that he can have him.

On the other hand, Milo seems to be a lot more open and fun than Renner. Milo is younger than the seasoned and accomplished businessman. Milo has always considered himself to be straight and generally enjoys the company of women. Except he became intrigued with men when he met a secure gay man when he was acting as a security guard to a famous singer. Now, he’s asking Renner for advice on how to approach and be with men so he can prepare for this intriguing chef he met on tour. Renner has mixed feelings about being his teacher for another man, as you might expect. Anyway, Milo realizes that maybe the person that he really wants is the guarded guy that he is currently doing his best to protect.

The romance between Milo and Renner is nothing short of total steam. Seriously though, there’s this really hot scene that happens in a dressing room at a department store. The sex is really hot and passionate from the start. As already mentioned, Milo initially comes to Renner for advice so he can get ready to be with the man who first made him realize his true sexuality. However, Renner isn’t sure if he’ll be able to let Milo go once he finally has him. The romance here was absolutely awesome. Renner was very dominant and not afraid to put Milo in his place when he felt it was necessary.

All in all, Wound Tight was a short and sweet M/M contemporary romance that I truly enjoyed reading. I certainly plan on reading the other stories in this series and in her other books as well now. I think she’s a great author who’s written a very intriguing and steamy romance between two passionate and complicated men. Milo and Renner are both great characters with two totally different personalities who somehow make sense together. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you’re looking for a short and light read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Tessa Bailey Bio:

Author Bio: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

 

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

Connect with Tessa:

Author Twitter: @mstessabailey

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TessaBaileyAuthor/

Author Street Team/Facebook Group: Bailey’s Babes https://www.facebook.com/groups/191945697620644/

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tessabaileyisanauthor/

Newsletter: http://www.tessabailey.com/contact

 

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Blog Tour: Phantom Limbs Q&A + Giveaway

September 13, 2016 Blog Tours 3

Blog Tour: Phantom Limbs Q&A + Giveaway

I’m beyond excited to have YA author Paula Garner on my blog talking about her debut novel Phantom Limbs. Big thanks to Hannah from The Irish Banana Review for allowing me to be apart of this awesome blog tour!

1. What are some male POV written books that inspired you to write your own?

Certainly John Green’s books would be among the boy-POV YA books that inspired me during the early years of writing Phantom Limbs. More recently, Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun and Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King were equally inspiring.

2. Have you always wanted to be a writer or were you on a different career path first?

I always wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first story when I was six, as soon as I learned how to make words and string them into sentences. It was angsty and sad and had mature content (about a rose who became pregnant out of wedlock and was cast out of the garden). My fate as a YA author was sealed.

3. What made you want to write specifically for young people? Have you considered writing in any other genre?

I might at some point write for adults, but I chose to write YA because books were so incredibly important to me during my teenage years. Being able to read honest stories about tough issues was life-saving to me. I would like to pay that forward.

4. Are you working on any other projects currently?

Yes! In my next YA contemporary, Relative Strangers (Candlewick, Spring ’18), a tender-hearted teen who feels extraneous in her friendships and family discovers that part of her early childhood was spent in foster care. She sets out to find the family that cared for her, but when she meets her former foster brother, she develops romantic feelings for him that jeopardize the newfound sense of belonging she’s always longed for.

Later in 2018 my third book will come out, a YA contemporary co-authored with Audrey Coulthurst. Starworld is about two very different high school girls with painful home lives who fall into an intense text-message-based friendship built around an imaginary world, only to have that safe place compromised as their real lives unravel and one falls in love with the other.

5. How long did it take you to write Phantom Limbs?

YEARS. About seven, all told, from conception (cooking up story ideas while sitting at high school swim meets) through one billion drafts to finished copies.

6. What was the publishing process like for you?

Long. Rewarding. And, honestly, kind of charmed. I’m unbelievably lucky in the people I’ve had the privilege of working with. My writing friends, my agent, my editor, my publisher (so many amazing people behind the scenes working on this book), my critique partners, my readers… I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything.

ABOUT PHANTOM LIMBS:

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How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

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ABOUT PAULA GARNER:

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Paula Garner spends most of her time making food, drinks, and narratives, despite being surrounded by an alarming TBR pile and a very bad cat. Her debut YA novel, Phantom Limbs, comes out from Candlewick in 2016. Paula is represented by Molly Jaffa of Folio Lit, and lives in the Chicago area with her family.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

9/5: Such A Novel Idea – Guest Post

9/6: The Litaku – Review

9/7: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10

9/8: Pretty Deadly Reviews – Review

9/9: Resch Reads and Reviews – Guest Post

Week 2:

9/12: The Plot Bunny – Review

9/13: Go Read A Book – Q&A

9/14: Buried Under Books – Review

9/15: Novel Novice – Playlist

9/16: The Young Folks – Review

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of PHANTOM LIMBS (US Only)

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Well Hung Review and Release Blitz

September 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Well Hung Review and Release BlitzWell Hung by Lauren Blakely
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on September 12th 2016
Pages: 300
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: Mister O, The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1), The Sexy One, The Hot One
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I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone...Here’s what you need to know about me — I’m well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh—and I don’t mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge… not to mention loyal. I’ve got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.
Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits... 

Hey, I’m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work.
Until one night in Vegas… 

Yeah, you’ve heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I’m banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don’t ask). And before I can make her say “Oh God right there YES!” one more time, we’re both saying yes—the big yes—at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit. 


But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn’t stay in my pants when she’s around. I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too.
The question now is…do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?

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✮✮✮WELL HUNG is now available! ✮✮✮

A hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedy, WELL HUNG is about an easy going, and well hung gentleman who’s been burned by love in the past but finds himself falling fast and hard for the one person he cannot have. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy’s POV, WELL HUNG is the sexy, irreverent tale of what happens when a carpenter who’s good with all his tools accidentally marries his gorgeous and fiery assistant one night in Vegas. The trouble is…what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas in this twist on an office romance.

 

“Well Hung should come with the label ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ because there isn’t one single sentence I didn’t absolutely love of this story! This book has laugh-out-loud humor as well as a romance that’s both heartwarmingly sweet and deliciously dirty.”

-Yvette at Nose Stuck in a Book

 

 

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“Deliciously naughty and side-splittingly hilarious!”

Kelly at Beneath the Covers

 

 

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“Romantic, hilarious, & ridiculously HOT!”

Musings of the Modern Belle

“You heard it first from us: Lauren Blakely wrote the HOTTEST rollercoaster scene ever!”

-The Rock Stars of Romance

 

 

 

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And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

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Excerpt:

She twirls the pen in her hand. “So who caused the contamination today? Was it Floyd or Kevin the oily electrician you tried to put a chokehold on?”

“Oily Kevin needed the chokehold. Agree or disagree?”

She nods. “Completely agree. There’s so much agreement in me, I can’t imagine how much more I could possibly agree.”

“The chokehold was one hundred percent certifiably necessary,” I add, since Kevin had hit on her when he stopped by a few weeks ago. Here’s the thing—Natalie could dropkick him in the blink of an eye. She could slam him to the ground herself. But that shit he pulled with the leering and lewd comments does not fly with me. I would have done the same if a dude tried to get fresh with my little sister, Josie, at the bakery where she works. So I’d dropped a hand on Kevin’s shoulder, Vulcan style, and promptly escorted him the fuck out of my office. No one, and I mean no one, gets to put the moves on my employees.

“It was Floyd today,” I tell her, then give her the safe-for-work version of the story—the one about Floyd’s client conquests, not his comments about banging assistants. There’s no need to have that hanging out there in the air between us. Can’t plant that forbidden idea in her head.

That risky, dangerous, dirty, filthy, completely fucking alluring idea. My eyes roam the office briefly, and I catalogue all the places that are calling out to be christened. Her desk, her chair, the floor…

Just like that, my head is a wild rumpus of inappropriate ideas. Exactly what it shouldn’t be. It’s like horny aliens have invaded my mind.

But I’m not Floyd. I can do better, so I picture a vise, jam the images into it, and crush them out of my mind. The dirty images and the horny aliens, too.

“And then I escorted him out of Lila’s home and said see ya later,” I tell her, finishing the story, as I drag a hand through my dark brown hair. “Like, in another lifetime later.”

“Hmmm…” she says.

“Hmm, that’s great, or hmm, why did I give one of our suppliers the heave-ho?”

“Hmm, as in your story gives me a good idea. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

“What’s that?”

Her eyes sparkle. Hers are a lighter shade than my dark blue. “Want me to find a new hinge supplier?”

The idea is beyond perfect. I smack my palm against the edge of her desk enthusiastically. “Yes. And for the record, you’re brilliant and beauty—“ I cut the last word off so it sounds like a low bass note. Note to self: Don’t call her beautiful when you’re berating other men for hitting on her at work.

She’s watching me, waiting for me to finish my sentence, and somehow I twist the words into a new compliment, as I say, “Brilliant, and…bountiful.”

Bountiful? Seriously? What the hell was that? Maybe she won’t notice.

No such luck.

“Bountiful?” she asks, skepticism thick in her tone. As it fucking should be. “I’m bountiful?”

I nod, going with it, owning it. “Your brain. It’s like a cornucopia of ideas. It’s a Thanksgiving bounty. It’s bountiful,” I say, because I’ve got to sell this cover-up.

She squares her shoulders. “If you say so, Hammer.” And this bountiful brain was two steps ahead today. I already found a new supplier. I called around, talked to some of our colleagues, and got some great recommendations. I already have a new hinge guy lined up.”

My smile spreads quickly. “Damn. You are three steps ahead of me.”

“A good assistant should be.”

Thoughts: Mister O is easily my favorite Lauren Blakely book, so I had high hopes for Wyatt and Natalie’s story in Well Hung. It’s safe to say that Blakely definitely didn’t let me down. Though I won’t say that I liked it better than Mister O, it still came pretty close. I absolutely love how this author manages to get inside the minds of these male characters. There honestly aren’t enough romance books out there that only tell things from the male POV. Most of the time it’s a dual POV if it’s not in the female’s perspective. This is an amazing and fast paced read that I highly recommend! I recommend starting with Big Rock then Mister O then Well Hung. Though these are all standalones, the characters are all very connected, so I personally love reading these series in order. Anyway, read this if you’re looking for a well developed steamy romance with a lovable and surprisingly sensitive hero!

I can’t say enough positive things about my boy Wyatt. Though I was absolutely in love with Nick from Mister O, I can’t deny the fact that Wyatt is definitely a character that I would totally date/marry in a heartbeat. He’s rather damaged due to his past relationships, but he’s still an incredibly caring and generous guy. I loved learning more about him and his history as the book progressed. Not to the mention that he also has a hilarious sense of humor. On top of all of that, he truly is a romantic and swoony guy that will easily take your breath away. It’s a tragedy that he’s not a real person.

On the other side of things, my girl Natalie was an amazing character as well. I really identified with her, and I was a huge fan of her personality as a whole. She was definitely the perfect match for Wyatt! I loved how she didn’t put up with any of his crap. On top of all that, she was able to manage him and his entire business and make it look easy. I thought it might be weird not getting directly inside of her head, like I might feel somewhat disconnected from her. Luckily though, that turned out not to be the case at all. I ended up adoring everything about her.

The romance and overall chemistry between them was naturally incredible! You can feel the heat between them from the start. They do wind up hooking up rather early in the book, which I wasn’t sure about at first. However, I ended up being totally okay with it in the end. Blakely’s writing is so good that it truly didn’t bother me. Anyway, the romance was extremely on the steamy side and I loved it. Although things heat up between them physically rather quickly, I still enjoyed getting to see them bond on a friendly level. Like some of my favorite scenes were the ones where they would go out to dinner after work and exchange slightly embarrassing childhood stories or whatever.

This was a fast paced and well written book. Well Hung easily lived up to my expectations. When has Lauren Blakely not written an amazing and memorable love story though? She tends to have quite a few standalone books where the characters are connected on some level to one another. I’m a major fan of these types of stories, and she has easily mastered them! I’m looking forward to reading Wyatt/Nick’s sister Josie’s story next!

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Blog Tour: Wish Review

September 1, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Blog Tour: Wish ReviewWish by Barbara O'Connor
on August 30th 2016
Pages: 240
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Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

I’m such a huge fan of middle grade books that I can relate to and that are filled with heartwarming moments. I definitely received all of that and so much more with Barbara O’Connor’s latest book Wish. Honestly, the story itself isn’t all that unique, there are middle grade stories out there about kids rescuing dogs and about kids in foster care. However, the way that it was written was so fresh and unique. I also loved all of the characters. If you’re looking for a book that’s bound to hit you right in your feelings, look no further than Wish.

The plot revolves around an eleven-year-old named Charlie who is being sent from Raleigh to a “hillbilly” town along the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina to live with an aunt and uncle that she’s never met. She has to live with them because her father is in prison and her mom was declared an unfit parent by social services. Once she arrives to this new place, Charlie finds herself just counting down the days until she can leave it again. But her opinions are changed after making a new friend Howard, and also by meeting a stray dog that she decides to take in.

So from the first page, it’s very clear that Charlie is a force to be reckoned with. I absolutely adored her unapologetic attitude and how she (for the most part) didn’t have any problem with being a tough little tomboy. Charlie has a pretty big temper at times, which naturally always gets her into trouble. In that respect, she reminded me a lot of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, who is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. Anyway, I loved how passionate and loving Charlie was towards her brand new dog Wishbone. I also love how she always makes wishes on weird things that she’s been told by random people that she should wish on. Her innocence was also insanely endearing, and I wanted to put her in a bubble and shield her from the world so she’ll never change.

Howard is the friend that she makes and I absolutely adored him. Charlie says that he has an “up-down walk” that causes all of the other kids at school to make fun of him and leave him out of games. He pretty much forces his way into becoming her friend, but she soon discovers that she likes his company and enjoys his huge family too. The most endearing thing about Howard is no matter how many times Charlie tries to push him away or says mean things to him, he always automatically forgives her and acts like nothing happened the next day. He also teaches Charlie that she should say the word “pineapple” in order to get her temper under control. He’s just a hilarious character all around and I wanted to give him a huge hug.

One minute Wish made me laugh out loud, the next it made me cry. It’s a seriously emotional and heartwarming book that I instantly loved. I recommend it for middle grade readers who enjoy realistic stories filled with fantastic characters. Though I’ve always been a selective middle grade reader, this book makes me want to be open to even more books in this genre! I’m particularly looking forward to reading whatever Barbara O’Connor writes next.

ABOUT BARBARA O’CONNOR:

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Barbara O’Connor’s awards include the Parents Choice Gold and Silver Award, American Library Association Notable Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books, and Kirkus Best Books. Her books have been nominated for children’s choice awards in 38 states and voted as a state favorite by children in South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Barbara was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She draws on her Southern roots to write award-winning books for children in grades 3 to 6.

She currently lives in Asheville, NC. Her latest book is Wish, a middle grade novel published by FSG.

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Sunday Street Team: Girl in Pieces Review

August 21, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★★★★

Sunday Street Team: Girl in Pieces ReviewGirl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Published by Delacorte Press on August 30th 2016
Pages: 416
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For fans of Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen Reasons Why, and All the Bright Places comes Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel about a girl who has lost everything—almost even herself.      Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.    Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.   A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

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I’m going to be honest, Girl in Pieces was not an easy read for me. It wasn’t one of those light and fluffy books that I could sit down and read in just a few hours. It ended up taking me a few weeks to read it, just because it’s such a heavy and downright emotional read from start to finish. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a worthwhile read and that Charlie’s story isn’t one worth telling. Though difficult, it’s still beautifully written, thanks to Kathleen Glasgow’s remarkable prose. This is only Glasgow’s debut novel, yet she manages to write like a seasoned professional. I highly recommend reading this book because it’s about such a relevant topic that people of all ages need to learn more about.

I’ve decided not to make my review all that long because I think the book really speaks for itself. Glasgow ends up tackling so many important issues in this book including: cutting, sexual abuse, alcoholism, and the main character is staying in a mental hospital. Yes, we have seen most of these topics be addressed in many YA books in the past, but the author still manages to make it all feel so unique and like it’s all being addressed for the very first time. Though it has been talked about before, cutting especially is still a topic that makes people really uncomfortable. I remember when I was in middle school, I picked up a book called Cut and my mom was extremely concerned for me, though I actually picked it because I knew some friends who were cutting and wanted to be better informed on the topic. Anyway, it goes to show that just the thought of cutting makes people uncomfortable, and that’s why we need to address it. There are teens out there who are doing it and not getting help because they feel too ashamed to speak up. I’m getting a bit off topic here, but I just think Glasgow’s sensitivity while still addressing useful information was very beautiful and refreshingly well done.

All in all, this was a wonderful book that wasn’t an easy read by any means, but it’s still one that is ridiculously important. Charlie is such a beautiful and heartbreaking character who I wanted to hug and comfort all throughout the story. I also want to hug and give a huge round of applause to the fabulous author, Kathleen Glasgow, for taking on such important topics that are always relevant to teens and also adults today. I think this will particularly stand out to readers who enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why or love Ellen Hopkins’s books. Though I do believe that it’s such an important and wonderfully written novel, I don’t think you should read it if these are topics that are triggers for you in any shape or form. This is a dark read, but I’m still glad that I read it anyway because it’ll definitely stick with me for a long time.

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Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.

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Blog Tour: Smash & Grab Review

July 21, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 4 ★★★½

Blog Tour: Smash & Grab Review

Blog Tour: Smash & Grab ReviewSmash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 19th 2016
Pages: 384
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Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!   LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.   CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .   Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.   Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

So Smash & Grab was a very unique and surprising read for me. I’ve never gotten a chance to read books like The Heist Society or The Conspiracy of Us, so I’ve basically never read a book that follows teen criminals committing heists. Is the concept here realistic at all? Nope, not by a long shot. But that doesn’t make it any less fascinating to read. Sometimes it can be nice to take a break from all of these contemporary YA books and read a book will some light thriller elements to it. Smash & Grab is seriously action packed, and I enjoyed getting caught up in the story as a whole. I also loved the dual POV narration, Amy Christine Parker did a wonderful job at getting inside the minds of these two extremely different characters. My point is, this book probably won’t be for everyone, but I personally found it to be a fast paced and genuinely interesting read.

Christian was definitely my favorite character by far. I enjoyed the chapters where he narrated the best because I felt more of a connection to him for some reason. Naturally, I also loved the fact that he loved books. My heart absolutely broke for him as he desperately longed to escape the gang life and the awful jobs that they gave him, but at the same time, he struggled with wanting to support his mom and little sister. It’s safe to say that I just wanted to give this a kid a huge hug and tell him that things were going to be okay. He’s an amazing selfless guy who I instantly clicked with from the very first chapter.

Lexie wasn’t as easy to connect with for me on a personal level. To be honest, she’s a little bit spoiled and I didn’t know what to make of her at first. However, she’s gone through a lot and lost all her money when her father was arrested. Lexie then goes to great lengths to prove that one of his coworkers from the bank had a hand in the illegal action as well. Lexie is a feisty character who thrives on taking huge risks. For one, this girl loves BASE jumping. She’s just full of adventures and seems to not be afraid of absolutely anything. Though I’m totally the opposite, I loved seeing the confidence and pure adrenaline that came from this incredible character.

The romance started out extremely slow for me. That’s weird to say because it contains insta-love, but it still takes quite a long time before either of them act on their feelings. I guess I was expecting for the romance to take up more of the plot due to the West Side Story comparison in the blurb. But what I’m trying to say is that somehow it didn’t bother me that there wasn’t more romance here. I was so wrapped up in all the extravagant action that unfolded within the pages that for once, I found myself not longing it. Once they finally get together though, I believe that Lexie and Christian make a cute couple.

All in all, this was a quick book that captured my attention from start to finish. Lexie and Christian both have such distinctive personalities and wonderful stories to tell. Though I normally prefer stories with plots that I can relate to, I found myself on edge while reading all of this intense action. I’m glad that I broke outside of my shell a little here and read a book that I probably wouldn’t normally. Like I already mentioned, I wouldn’t recommend this book for people who only enjoy realistic stories, but this is still a light and fun book that I’m glad that I had the chance to read it.

ABOUT AMY CHRISTINE PARKER:

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AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.

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Blog Tour: Don’t Tempt Me Review

July 20, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★

Blog Tour: Don’t Tempt Me ReviewDon't Tempt Me by Lori Foster
Published by HQN Books on July 26th 2016
Pages: 352
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Love comes along when it's least wanted 
Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself. 
Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet…

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Lori Foster’s DON’T TEMPT ME – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule

July 18th

Curvy and Nerdy – Review

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Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review

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July 19th

Curled Up and Cozy – Review & Excerpt

My Girlfriends Couch – Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

July 20th

With Love for Books – Review

Go Read A Book – Review

Mama She’s Crazy About Books – Review

I’m A Book Shark – Review

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

July 21st

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Fiction Fangirls – Review & Excerpt

Best Book Boyfriends – Excerpt

LucyLicious Reads – Review

July 22nd

Book Munchies – Review & Excerpt

Ebook Indulgence – Excerpt

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

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July 23rd

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

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Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Excerpt

Always Booking – Review & Excerpt

July 24th

Up All Night Read All Day – Review & Excerpt

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Book Briefs – Review

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Review

July 25th

EskieMama Reads – Review & Excerpt

Whispers from the mountains – Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Okie Dreams Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

July 26th

A Bookish Mess – Review & Excerpt

Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Take Me Away To A Great Read – Review & Excerpt

July 27th

A girl and her books – Review

Margie’s Must Reads – Excerpt

Author Groupies – Review

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

July 28th

I am a book addict…and proud of it – Review & Excerpt

The bookworms obsession blog – Review

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Review

July 29th

The Smut-Brarians – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

July 30th

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review

A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt

Majorly Delicious – Review & Excerpt

Don’t Tempt Me is a sweet, fast read about finding family, love, and more! You can’t go wrong with this book! It’s a must read!”—Night Owl Reviews

“Best friends find hunky men and everlasting love in Foster’s latest charmer.”—Publishers Weekly

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“It’s lust at first sight and a double romance in this new novel of neighbors helping neighbors by the prolific Foster”—Kirkus

 

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Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.

 

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Despite the fact that I’m a major romance fan, I’ve actually never read any books by Lori Foster. I’m glad that I picked this one up, and I plan on checking her other titles out whenever I get the chance. I think that Lori Foster is a quality author who has written a steamy and fast paced romance that was really enjoyable to read. If you’ve been a fan of romance books for a long time, you’ve probably already read some of her works, and I think you’ll enjoy reading this one as well. If you’re like me and somehow have missed her other works, I’d say that this is a solid place to start.

Honor is a pretty sympathetic and interesting main characters. She’s such an independent and determined woman, and I loved that about her. She’s spent so much time either fighting for herself or helping out with her only true family member, that she doesn’t really understand how to accept help from other people. Anyway, I loved that her personality was so strong and sweet. I wouldn’t say that she’s my favorite heroine or even the most memorable, but she still had admirable qualities about her, and I never get tired of seeing those in romance books.

Jason is the swoony alpha love interest who will definitely met your heart. He’s a guy who wants to help everyone he possibly can, and I loved how selfless he was throughout the novel. Jason really knew how to put Honor, and every other person who he cares deeply about first. Jason has done his best to build up the not so great neighborhood that he lives in that Honor recently moved into. However, it now has attracted more robberies and violence than Jason and the rest of his neighborhood alpha friends would like to happen. Basically, Jason does his best to protect Honor, and I loved that about him. He wasn’t the swooniest book boyfriend, but he was still very alpha male and extremely sexy.

So Don’t Tempt Me doesn’t contain just one romance, it also has another romance between Honor’s best friend Lexie and Sullivan, a guy who lives in the neighborhood. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of how this was written at all. Maybe I’m just too used to reading romance books that strictly focusing on one couple, not two in one book. Whatever the reason, I found the secondary romance to be a distraction from the main one. Focusing strictly on the romance part of it, Lexie and Sullivan were a fascinating couple to read about and I would liked to see a whole book of their romance. The relationship was filled with steam and added an additional emotional elemental to the story.

Overall, I found Don’t Tempt Me to be a refreshing and fast paced novel. I definitely understand the hype about Lori Foster as an author, and I want to read the rest of her works now. Though I had a few issues with the fact that this focused on two totally different love stories in one novel, I don’t regret reading this book. It was an easy read that was well written. Longtime Lori Foster fans and those that have yet to read her works will likely adore her latest story.

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Blog Tour: The Sapphire Affair Review

July 16, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★½

Blog Tour: The Sapphire Affair ReviewThe Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1) by Lauren Blakely
Pages: 222
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Also by this author: Mister O, Well Hung, The Sexy One, The Hot One
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Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.
Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.
Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.
But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs…

 

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July 13th

Vagabonda Reads – Excerpt

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A Taste of Sin – Excerpt

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July 14th

Marie’s Tempting Reads – Review & Excerpt

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Pretty Sassy Cool – Review & Excerpt

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Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

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The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

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The Pervy Ladies Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

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A Bookish Mess – Review & Excerpt

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July 17th

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

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Ellesea Loves Reading – Excerpt

Book Briefs – Review

Sofia Loves Books – Review

July 18th

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

Author Groupies – Review

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

WTF Are You Reading? – Review

July 19th

Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt

Book Lit Love – Review

A Fortress of Books – Review

Romance Book Nerd – Review & Excerpt

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Excerpt

July 20th

The Flare Up – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Naughty Book Eden – Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Socially Awkward Book Nerd – Excerpt

July 21st

Jill Miller – Review & Excerpt

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Alpha Book Club – Review & Excerpt

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review

BJ’s Book Blog – Review

July 22nd

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Excerpt

Limelight’s Books Blog – Review

Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt

Shelly’s Book Corner – Review

 

 

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Author pic - Lauren BlakelyAbout Lauren Blakely:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Lauren Blakely is one of my very favorite romance authors. I love how each of her books are filled with such unique plots and memorable characters. Not to mention the fact that her romances manage to bring the heat. Anyway, the plot for her new series is one of the most standout concepts that I’ve heard of. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but the story will continue in The Sapphire Heist, which is out in August. I can’t wait to find out if Jake and Steph get the HEA that they both desperately deserve. Though it had some slow moments, I still love the idea of it, and also loved the steamy romance.

Jake was a character who I instantly fell in love with. He’s made so many sacrifices in order to provide for his sisters. Yes, he has to do some rather interesting jobs as a bounty hunter, but it’s all worth it to him in the end. He’s such a selfless and charming dude all around. I just wanted to give him a huge hug honestly. He also has reasons why he doesn’t mix romance with his clients. He was burned by a woman who he fell for in the past who turned out to just be conning him. Now, he finds it difficult to let people in because of that incident. Anyway, I wouldn’t consider him to be my personal favorite Lauren Blakely book boyfriend, but he still definitely managed to make an incredible impression on me.

Steph is similar to Jake in the respect that she also was burned before and is hesitant to jump into a relationship. She’s also just discovered that the only father that she’s ever known is a total con. So clearly this girl has some trust issues, but that’s to be expected to say the least. She’s not my favorite protagonist of Lauren’s because I wasn’t able to fully connect with her on a personal level. However, I still liked her fierce personality.

The romance was totally steamy from the start. Unfortunately, the two don’t meet until around the 20% mark, which bothered me a little bit. I just feel like the beginning was slow and should’ve been marked down at least some. There was certainly insta-love between them once they finally did meet, which never really works for me. All that aside, it still was pretty steamy in general. In the end, it wasn’t my favorite romance, but it worked in some respects.

So ultimately, this was a pretty solid book as a whole. It wasn’t my favorite by Lauren Blakely, but I’m still excited to read the next book in the series. Jake and Steph are both complicated but well developed characters and I can’t wait to see their happy ending! I recommend reading this new romance from an incredible author.

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Sunday Street Team: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame Review

June 19, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★

Sunday Street Team: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame ReviewThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Published by Macmillan/Swoon Reads on June 7th 2016
Pages: 336
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Taylor Simmons is screwed.
Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.
Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

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Hey, everyone! I’m so happy to be a member of the Sunday Street Team. SST is hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 and you can learn more about it by heading over to her website.

I read this book back when it was first posted on Swoon Reads. Back then, I was impressed by the writing, characters, and the romance in general. I was a little unsure about how the concept would work out when I first heard about it, but it did end up making more sense than I thought that it would. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a witty and clever story that I truly enjoyed. I recommend this if you’re a fan of high school romances that promise plenty of angst but sweetness as well.

Taylor Simmons is a character that it takes a little while to warm up to. She cares A LOT about her reputation, like to an insane degree at times. I personally couldn’t completely wrap my mind around it, though I do understand that teens especially feel that pressure. Once you get to know her personality more, you begin to understand exactly where she’s coming from. More than that, she’s much more than just being this uptight smart girl. She’s also clever, witty, funny, and a little bit charming too. I really liked and related to her as the story progressed further.

Evan McKinley is a surfer dude with a serious reputation for being a total manwhore. If you base it only on this alone, then you miss out on how great he actually is. He turns out to be extremely swoony, along with being a smart and witty guy all around. Though Taylor thinks he’s this huge slacker with no ambitions, he turns out to surprise her. He actually dreams of being a marine biologist, and Taylor ends up helping him with his college applications. I really felt for him when it came to him dealing with his jerk of a step-father. So yeah, he turns out to be a rather incredible guy.

So the romance between Evan and Taylor is obviously very shady in the beginning. Taylor panics when she wakes up in bed with Evan, a boy that she only knew by reputation. They end up getting involved in a fake relationship in order to protect her perfect reputation. Anyway, they slowly begin to strike up a gradual friendship, which eventually leads to more. Like I already said, Taylor helps him figure out his whole college situation, which he initially doesn’t want to have anything to do with. I feel like the sort of slow burn thing they had going on was extremely realistic, not to mention full of swoony moments. It felt like your average high school romance, with clearly some not totally real drama thrown in for entertainment purposes.

This was an enjoyable read for me to say the least. It’s a fast paced read, I could barely put it down once I started reading it. Though I thought at first that it would be just another YA romance, it surprised me by also having great character depth and growth. I truly liked basically every character, and wanted the best for them in the end. The author was fabulous and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

About the Author:

Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

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