ARC Review: Managed

November 15, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

ARC Review: ManagedManaged (VIP, #2) by Kristen Callihan
on November 14th, 2016
Pages: 304
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: The Hook Up (Game On, #1), The Friend Zone (Game On, #2), The Game Plan (Game On, #3), Idol (VIP, #1)
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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.

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.
That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.
I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.
If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.
Let the battle begin…

Kristen Callihan is one of my favorite authors. She’s great at writing fascinating plots filled with these eccentric and memorable characters. In my book, she can do no wrong. I thought that Idol was a fabulous start to this new series of hers that follows a band of guys and the girls that bring them to their knees. I couldn’t wait for Scotty’s story. He’s the boy’s manager who seems extremely stuck up and cranky. Sophie Darling is a new character, but she’s definitely the best possible match for Scotty.

You guys, Sophie is absolutely hilarious. From her first encounter with Scotty on the plane, everything that she says is just so funny and witty. Sophie is one woman who isn’t scared of telling you exactly like it is. She’s a fantastic, fun, and bright character who I truly adored. Though she has a shameful past due to her old job, she’s doing the best she can to make up for that. Sophie is the total opposite of literally everything that Gabriel or Scotty represents, and that’s why they turn out to be so good together.

We know him by Scotty, but Sophie prefers to call him by his actual name, which is Gabriel. In Idol, he was this cold yet beautiful man who no one could really figure out. He’s been friends with the guys in the band for such a long time now, but he doesn’t even let them in all of the way. The more we learn about Gabriel, the more we love him. The reasons why he’s so guarded become more and more clear to us as the book progresses, and it was such a beautiful thing when he finally let Sophie in. Surprisingly enough, Gabriel is actually a pretty romantic and swoony dude when it comes to his girl. Despite his issues and insecurities, he’s an incredible book boyfriend.

The romance between Sophie and Gabriel was so amazing because of the tension that builds from their very first encounter. It takes them quite awhile to actually get together, but it’s wonderful once they finally do. I think that they make such a strong couple because they started off as just being friends until it slowly developed into much more. I always like it when a relationship doesn’t develop too quickly. In my opinion, this one happened at the exact right pace. They had such fabulous banter from the start, so the tension was so real and witty. If you can’t already tell, they were such a great couple.

This was yet another excellent Kristen Callihan novel that I truly enjoyed. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I’m hoping that it will be Jax, since he’s been talking a lot about how he’ll never find love like his two friends have, so hopefully he’ll meet his match next! Sophie and Gabriel had such a strong and fun romance that I loved reading about from the start. I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of this author, love books that follow bands, or are looking for a story that will make you laugh.

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In all this time, I had yet to see Gabriel without a shirt. He hides his body like a pious Victorian, never letting me see anything other than him fully dressed and polished. Now I know why. Had he let me get a glimpse, I might never have been able to form a coherent thought around him.

This man’s chest is a work of art. It’s every fantasy I’ve had about a man’s body made real. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but I’m not about to complain. God, he looks touchable. Olive skin, tight little brownish nipples, a smattering of dark chest hair over the most incredibly honed—

“You’re staring.” His tone is dry.

“Yes, I am.” I drag my eyes up and find his expression bemused.

A thick brow lifts. I try to mimic the look and fail when both of my brows lift as one. His lips twitch in amusement.

He shifts his weight, causing his abs to clench. Good Lord. He’s not some overdeveloped gym worshiper, just solid and strong, that perfect balance between defined musculature and healthy male—

“You’re still staring, Sophie.”

“You think it’s easy looking away from all this splendor?” I ask his belly button, licking my lips when he huffs out a laugh and just a little bit more of his lower abs are revealed, slanting toward the thick bulge of his cock, which is lamentably hidden behind his slacks.

“You’re impossible,” he mutters, though there is humor in his voice. He strolls farther into the room and then practically kills me when he sits in one of the low-slung armchairs. That body, sprawled out on display, those thick, long thighs braced as if to take me in his lap—it’s too much.

I want to straddle him and lick my way from the hollow of his throat to the tip of his cock.

He eyes me as if he knows what I’m thinking, and the air thickens. So many things we left unsaid. I’m remembering his lips now, surprisingly soft, but strong with purpose.

From the way his lids lower, I wonder if he’s remembering things as well. But he doesn’t move. Tension glides over his body and snakes around the room. I feel it in my throat and down my spine. We’re closing up again, retreating.

Slowly, I toe off my shoes and set my gear down, never breaking eye contact. “I was being completely honest,” I tell him. “I see you like this and I want to stare forever.”

He snorts, shaking his head even as he rests his temple on his knuckles. “What do you mean ‘like this’?”

“Undone.”

He tenses. It does lovely things to that chest. I focus on his face, mainly to maintain some semblance of decorum.

“You think this is me undone?” he asks quietly.

“It’s a start.” I reach for my camera bag. “Will you let me photograph you?”

There is safety to be found with the camera between us. A way for both of us to hide until we’re comfortable around each other again.

“You’re serious?”

“You sound surprised.” Holding my camera, I sit in the sofa opposite him. “Don’t tell me no one has asked to take your picture before.”

“They’ve asked. I never saw the point.” He shrugs. “I’m not the story.”

You’re my story. You always were.

“This is just for me,” I say instead. “No one else.”

His shrewd gaze pins me. “Why do you want this?”

So I can have a bit of you forever. “Pictures capture moments in time. I want this one—when you finally let me see a sliver of the man behind the clothes.”

His nostrils flare on an indrawn breath, and he slowly lets it out. When he speaks, his voice is a rasp. “Take the pictures.”

 

 

 

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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ARC Review: This Is Our Story

November 14, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★★★★

ARC Review: This Is Our StoryThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 15th 2016
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

The concept for this one seemed intriguing to me so it’s been on my radar for awhile now. Once the early rave reviews started coming in, I decided that I had to put this at the top of my TBR list so I instantly started reading it. It turned out to be just as interesting and well written as I was expecting. I’m always a fan of YA thrillers, and this one wasn’t disappointing to me. I’ve read quite a bit of books in this genre plus I watch too much TV, so I didn’t find the twist to be all that surprising, but it wasn’t extremely predictable either. My point here is, this book was just as great as I was hoping it would be. The writing had a unique style to it that drew me in from page one. I’ve never read anything from Ashley Elston before but she’ll certainly be an author to watch for me in the future.

Kate was a rad character. She was ridiculously smart and perceptive. Let’s be real, if it was me this was happening to, I’m not sure I would have picked up on all the things that this girl managed to do. She was determined to get to the bottom to what happened out in the woods, and she didn’t let anything or anyone stop her from accomplishing just that. Kate was a cool and collected character, that’s for sure. She was a strong MC and I think that reads will really be able to connect with her.

Usually I talk about the romance at this point in my reviews, and this book does have quite a bit of romance in between the main plot. However, I don’t want to talk too much about it since I’m afraid that it might be a slight spoiler. It seems like other early reviews that I’ve read have left any names out, so I’ll do the same. I will say that there are some swoony boys, and just leave it at that. The romance truly isn’t the main thing since Kate has a lot of other things to worry about, but it’s a nice break from all the action when it does happen.

The writing style is a unique and fascinating one. The first narrator is unknown to us, and those are fairly short chapters that talk in a little bit more detail about what went down in the woods from a mysterious POV. Our narrator the rest of the time is Kate in first person. I felt like the second narrator really gave us some perspective on what was going on inside the boy’s head after the death of their friend while they were all out hunting. As the book progresses, we learn more and more about who this person is.

This was one of those books that I just had to read in one sitting. I’m not going to lie, I have a bad habit of skipping to the end of books just to see how everything ends up. I was tempted multiple times to do that here, but I’m glad that I was able to resist that temptation and just read it for myself. It was a well written novel that sucked me in instantly. I can’t recommend it enough to readers who love a good YA thriller that has strong characters that you will fall in love with immediately.

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ARC Review: Daring Fate

November 13, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

ARC Review: Daring FateDaring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) by Megan Erickson
on November 14th, 2016
Source: Megan Erickson
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Overexposed (In Focus, #4)
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I received this book for free from Megan Erickson in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

We all have tragic backstories in today's world.
I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.
When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.
As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...

You guys, this book is amazing. I’m not a huge fan of any paranormal or shapeshifter romances honestly. However, I adore Megan Erickson and I was so excited that she was writing more M/M, so I decided to give it a shot regardless of the genre. Sure enough, Erickson managed to make me actually enjoy this genre. She’s written a beautiful cast of characters and a memorable and intense world. This was definitely outside of my contemporary comfort zone, but I’m glad that I read it. I recommend it if you loved Megan Erickson’s In Focus series or her Strong Signal series with Santino Hassell. Yes, it’s different but it still has Erickson’s signature witty writing and major swoony romance.

I loved Reese from page one. You could tell right away that he was such a strong fighter who didn’t back down for anyone, even for people much larger and stronger than him. He’s feisty and full of sass, which is something that I personally never get tired of seeing in an MC. I also loved how passionate he was about keeping his siblings safe. Reese has been through so much with the loss of his parents at a young age, so his siblings are really all that he has, which I respected. I think that he was a fabulous character and I really enjoyed being inside of his head.

Dare was somewhat difficult to warm up to at first. He was a bit of a controlling asshole at the beginning of the story. Aside from that, he still had such a kind heart and he did everything possible for his pack and also for Reese and his family. So yeah, he did earn more and more swoony points as the book progressed. He is still on the possessive side, but it never seemed like TOO much to me. I felt like Dare and Reese had an equal partnership, Dare wasn’t overly dominant over the entire relationship.

Not going to lie to you guys, there’s a ton of sex in this book. They literally have sex at around the 10% mark, so yeah, there’s not much actual relationship development before the physical side of the relationship begins. For the most part, this didn’t bother me since the scenes were actually so hot and didn’t feel entirely out of character since we knew all the context here. Reese and Dare are True Mates, and Erickson writes that sex is an important part of the actual mating process. Eventually though, they connect on more of a personal level as well, and the love that they have is something that we believe by the end of the story.

So I can’t totally judge on the paranormal aspect since I don’t have ANY adult paranormal romances that I can compare this one to. But I will say that I personally believed that the world building was fascinating. Erickson’s written a complete history about Weres, Noweres, and werewolves that’s so descriptive and never boring. I was truly wrapped up in this dystopian world that she’s created here. I also loved all of the supporting characters and can’t wait for more of their stories in the upcoming books for this refreshing new series.

Daring Fate was one of those books that I was unable to put down once I started reading it. Seriously though, as soon as I received the ARC, I started reading this in the middle of class, then hardly stopped reading throughout the remainder of my day. It’s a fast paced read, that becomes really intense at a certain point. If you read a lot of books in this genre, you’ll probably find the climax to be predictable, but I thought it was action packed and awesome to say the least. At this point, there isn’t anything that Megan Erickson writes that I’m not going to instantly buy and I recommend that you do the same!

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ARC Review: One Snowy Night

November 12, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★

ARC Review: One Snowy NightOne Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5) by Jill Shalvis
Published by Avon Impulse on November 8th 2016
Pages: 160
Source: Edelweiss
Also by this author: Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1), The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2), Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.
Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.
They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

So One Snowy Night is ridiculously short. Obviously it’s a novella, but the actual story only takes up about 60% of the book, the rest of it is an excerpt for another upcoming Jill Shalvis title. I found that to be a little off putting, I wanted it to be even longer! The length didn’t truly give us enough time to really get into Rory and Max’s romance. I still thought it was an enjoyable and fun short read. It’s something that I’d recommend if you only have a small amount of time and would like to read something mostly light and not completely filled with angst. Though not my favorite, I’m still glad that I read this one.

We’ve learned a lot about Rory in the last book in this series, The Trouble With Mistletoe, since she works for Willa. Rory is a caring woman and I’m glad that she received her own story, even if it was simply a novella. She’s a strong and fascinating character, and I loved learning even more about her background and family. Rory is fun, there’s nothing more to say about it.

What we’ve seen of Max in the past has made me extremely intrigued about him. He works for badass Archer, who’s story we get to read in the next book. It’s clear that he’s intrigued by Rory since he stops by so frequently with his precious dog Carl. However, I was surprised and more than a bit confused by his anger towards Rory considering she did nothing wrong. He didn’t know her whole side of the story, but he still jumped to conclusions nevertheless. In my opinion, it was unnecessary drama. Since it was such a short story, luckily it didn’t last all that long, but I wasn’t a fan of it happening. His attitude in general took away some swoony points for me.

The romance was alright, aside from the drama that I already mentioned it. Based on what we’ve already seen of them, I was certain that Max and Rory would make a solid couple, and I wasn’t totally wrong about that. I just felt like it was imperfect with the ridiculous drama. The few sex scenes that we did see were pretty steamy and romantic. I definitely felt the chemistry between them. I feel like the “I love you” might have happened too quickly. You guys literally just got together and Max has had this terrible grudge for Rory over something that he didn’t know everything about. I get that it was a novella so naturally things moved faster than normal, but I didn’t like it.

This was a sweet romance between two characters that I’ve been curious about for awhile now. Despite my issues with Max, he was still a nice match for Rory. I feel like they were really able to balance each other out. I can’t forget to mention Carl, Max’s adorable dog. I loved him, and I also loved how much Rory obviously loved him. This wasn’t a perfect novella, but it was still an interesting one. I wanted more pages of this and less of a sample for Jill Shalvis’s next book. This was a quick read that I was able to enjoy in just a day.

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As Long As You Love Me Review

November 11, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

As Long As You Love Me ReviewAs Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy, #2) by Ann Aguirre
on September 30th 2014
Pages: 352
Source: Purchased
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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother. 
Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can't pinpoint exactly what's missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he's the guy who women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever. 
Though she's terrified of opening up, Lauren's ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

I read I Want it That Way months ago, and immediately bought As Long As You Love Me after finishing it. For whatever reason, I put off reading Lauren and Rob’s story. I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it. I might have actually liked it just a little more than the first book, it’s pretty even though. Anyway, the thing that I loved so much about this was how the plot was rather unique and we also saw a different kind of hero and heroine. Rob and Lauren have both decided that college wasn’t for them, for different reasons but they still managed to reach that conclusion eventually. I’m always looking for New Adult stories that aren’t your typical college story with a pure heroine who meets a bad boy who somehow tames him or whatever. Yes, I’m aware that not all books in the genre are like this, but they still have a bad reputation for it nevertheless. Aguirre has written yet another fabulous NA story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Lauren was an interesting character. She’s Nadia’s (MC from the first book) childhood best friend and roommate until she drops out of college and returns back to their hometown. Lauren was definitely smart enough to attend a college, but once she reached a certain point, it became more and more obvious to her that this just wasn’t her thing. She also had strong social anxiety that she did her best to cover up by being a big party girl, but that only lasted her so long before it all became too much. I really related to Lauren and her struggles with anxiety. I became frustrated with her for not facing her problems earlier than she does, but I still understand her reluctance and pain.

Rob was easily the highlight of this book. It honestly breaks my heart that he isn’t a real person. He was the popular football star in high school who got all the girls and had this awesome life. But he also finds that people judge him based on how gorgeous he is, and they believe that he doesn’t have much more to him than simply his looks. He’s found that girls basically use him because of his looks and isn’t the guy that any of them would actually settle down with. Rob was definitely a character who proved that their is a lot more to a character than just being book smart. Rob is ridiculously caring, loving, kind, and extremely swoony. I fell in love with him on page one and he continually proved that he isn’t your typical NA hero in all the best ways.

This book has one of my favorite trope’s: best friend’s brother. Lauren has had this huge crush on Nadia’s brother ever since she was a young girl. But she believes that he’s very much out of her league and has watched helplessly as he’s brought home girlfriend after girlfriend. Much to Lauren’s surprise, she later discovers that Rob has been attracted to her for quite a long time now, but just never acted on it. I like how the relationship between them doesn’t develop too quickly. They slowly start spending more time together when she helps him with his dream of flipping houses and also building furniture. I love that they build a real friendship before starting anything physical. Once they do get physical, the chemistry between them is very real. The sex scenes were steamy, but it wasn’t excessive either.

This was a fabulous book. The only real complaint that I have is the drama that happens at the end that keeps them apart. It absolutely drove me insane that Lauren treated him that way. I know that she was mostly coming from a caring place, but it was over the top and unacceptable to me. I also didn’t understand why Rob just believed everything that she said so easily, I feel like his actions throughout the book showed that he would have typically fought for her and not accepted what she told him. Other than that, the book didn’t have any heavy angst that really bothered me. I found this to be a fascinating story filled with wonderful characters.

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The Hot One Cover Reveal

November 11, 2016 Features 0

  • From the NYT Bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE, comes a sexy new standalone romance…

THE HOT ONE!

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Releasing March 14th, THE HOT ONE will bring readers more of the swoony romance and passion they’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely, as well as plenty of witty humor and clever banter. Check out this fantastic cover created by Helen Williams with photography by Wander Aguiar.

 

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At first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her back.

But trust me on this count – she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. I’m prepared to fight for her…and to fight hard. I might have let her slip through my fingers the last time, but no way will that happen twice.

He’s the one who got away…

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that, stripping at my job, showing off his rock hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky, arrogant jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not a jerk . . ? He’s the one I’ve tried like hell to forget but just can’t. Maybe I’m cursed to remember him. My money is on him being the same guy he always was, but what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s a new man? I won’t fall for him again.

But how do you resist the hot one…

 

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THE HOT ONE is coming to audio! Check out this note from Lauren:

“I’m so thrilled that Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt will narrate THE HOT ONE. Zach has an amazing voice and you might know him from GREY, as well as books by Colleen Hoover and Corinne Michaels — I’ve been wanting to work with him for a long time on an audiobook and he is the perfect Tyler!!

(And yes, I’m still working with Sebastian York! Sebastian is narrating Full Package and Joy Stick!)”

 

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About 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 twelve 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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Trust Release Day Launch

November 8, 2016 Features 0

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Today we have the release day of Trust by Jana Aston! Check out the release day festivities and grab your copy today!

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About Trust:

“Knock knock!”

“Um… Who’s there?”

 

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me

you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in

plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

 

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.

But I’m going to get it together. I am.

 

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.

I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.

I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

 

Right after I get out of this interrogation room.

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I need to remember to be careful with this girl. She’s so… unsure of herself. She seems self-reliant, yet there’s this undercurrent of doubt that I don’t yet understand.

She walks across the studio and pulls a denim jacket from a small closet and shrugs into it, then picks up her bag and slings it over her shoulder. “Are you ready?”

I nod and follow her out, watching as she locks the door then tugs on it to make sure it’s locked. We take the elevator down in silence then hit the sidewalk outside before she asks if we’re walking or driving.

“Driving,” I tell her, nodding to the parking spot I got in front of her building. I unlock the car and open the passenger door for her before walking around and getting behind the wheel.

“This is nice,” she says, glancing around the interior of my Range Rover. “This is more James Bond than FBI though,” she says, with a little wrinkle of her nose, her forehead creasing in concern.

“Are you disappointed?”

She shrugs. “It is a nice car,” she says as she buckles herself in and crosses her legs, resting her hands on her knees. “But I don’t think it’s government-issued.”

I laugh. “It’s not. Does that disappoint you?” I ask, starting the car and merging into traffic.

“I guess it’s okay.” Another shrug.

I take a right onto the Schuylkill and ask if she’s learned any new knock-knock jokes since I last saw her.

She turns her head and gives me a look. “Funny.”

“I’m genuinely curious,” I say. “You were killing it the other night.”

“No. But speaking of killing, did you know that at any given time, there are between twenty and fifty serial killers in the United States? Did you know that?” She turns in her seat to look at me, her eyes wide with interest.

“That’s quite the transition, from knock-knock jokes to serial killers,” I comment while turning on the ramp to the I-676.

“Oh, yeah. Sorry.” She shakes her head. “I just thought it would be fewer.”

“Uh-huh.”

“Like ten. I thought it would be ten. Maybe fifteen.”

“One would think.” I nod. Not really. Who thinks about this shit?

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Royally Screwed Review

November 4, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Royally Screwed ReviewRoyally Screwed (Royally, #1) by Emma Chase
Published by Everafter Romance on October 18th 2016
Pages: 276
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2), Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5)
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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

So I recently read my first book from Emma Chase, Sustained, and it was absolutely amazing! I might have set my standards a little high on this one just because I loved that one so much. Anyway, this was still a wonderfully written and laugh out loud funny book. I think part of the reason why I didn’t love it more is I’m not that big of a fan of royal romances for some reason. I know, why would I even bother reading it then? Well, I already know that Emma Chase is a great author so I figured if anyone could make me enjoy these romances, it’d be her, and she definitely did to a degree. I look forward to reading the next couple of books in this series about some of the fascinating side characters. I recommend this if you’re looking for a lighthearted romance with an alpha male and a strong female who isn’t afraid to put him in his place.

For starters, Olivia is a fantastic character. She’s used to taking care of her sister and her mother’s beloved little bakery and coffee shop. Her mother was tragically killed awhile back, and her father is now an alcoholic. Now the bakery is potentially being shut down since Olivia can’t afford to make payments on it. The point is, she’s a survivor. She’s faced great tragedy in her life, but she hasn’t let that defeat her. She keeps going on, and making the best of her circumstances anyway that she can. She’s an interesting character and I enjoyed being inside her head. She’s a fabulous heroine, Chase couldn’t have written her any better.

So on the other side of things, we have Nicholas, who couldn’t be more different from Olivia. He’s a Prince, who’s been used to cameras following him wherever he goes from an extremely young age. Now, he’s being placed under a tremendous amount of pressure due to his grandmother aka the Queen, telling him that he has to get married as soon as possible. She’s giving him five months of freedom so he can pick out his wife, who has to be a royal or a natural born citizen of their country. Like Olivia, Nicholas has been through a lot in his life. He had to deal with the death of his parents when he was only a teen and then forced to pretty much become a man with tons of responsibility right after that. Nicholas is a solid guy. I also enjoyed being inside of his head. He was witty and made me laugh out loud many times. I loved Jake from Sustained more, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy Nicholas in a different way.

The romance was a bit cheesy and fast paced in my opinion. It started out with Olivia not taking Nicholas’s crap when he offers to pay her a ton of money just to have sex with him. She obviously is pissed at him for treating her like a prostitute. However, I feel like she still forgives him way too fast. Before you know it, they are going on a date and then all of a sudden they are spending all this time together. It was cheesy at times because of the language in general. Some of it just seemed too cheesy and not something you’d actually say to one another in these situations. I felt like there simply wasn’t enough buildup in their relationship. It all moved at a ridiculously fast paced for me.

All in all, I did really loved Emma Chase’s writing. I can already tell that she’ll likely be an insta-buy author for me in the future. As mentioned earlier, I can’t wait to read Henry’s story then hopefully Ellie and Logan’s story after that. In Royally Screwed, Olivia and Nicholas were both very memorable characters in their own right. I thought that Olivia was such a strong and fierce character. Nicholas wasn’t as spoiled as you might think, he’s actually a caring guy who would do absolutely anything for his little brother. I’m sorry that I didn’t totally love it, but it was still entertaining and fun as a whole.

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I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.

At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.

Or my best friend’s brother.

Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliche.

 

And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner.

Which sort of makes him my boss too.

Okay – it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.

 

Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever.

Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz

during a meeting and I fill it out.

 

And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…

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What do you think of Sandra?” I ask Sawyer as I snag a signed baseball from a display case along the far wall of his office. I settle into one of the guest chairs across his desk and toss the ball over my head before catching it again.

He’s reviewing something on his monitor and he pauses at my question and turns his attention to me. “You know she’s the best executive assistant I’ve ever had. Do you need her help with something? I thought you were happy with Preston?”

Somehow human resources only assigns me gay men or women old enough to have birthed me. I suspect that’s on direct orders from Sawyer. Dick.

I give the ball another toss and catch. “No, I meant, what do you think of Sandra as a woman?”

“I don’t,” Sawyer says, narrowing his eyes at me.

“She’s got a thing for me,” I say.

“She doesn’t,” Sawyer says dismissively and taps the mouse on his desk, intent on ignoring me.

“She does,” I insist. “She’s always looking at me.”

“Maybe she thinks you’re an idiot.”

That’s a distinct possibility. I’ve never been quite sure. Most of the time she ducks her head and calls me Mr. Laurent as she scurries past. It fucking turns me on, but I’m not sure if it turns her on or if she honestly just thinks I’m an asshole.

“I think she’s dating someone in marketing,” Sawyer adds while tapping on his keyboard, engrossed with whatever’s on the screen in front of him.

“They broke up over the summer,” I say confidently, leaning back in the chair and tossing the ball a little further in the air.

“How do you know that?” Sawyer stops typing and crosses his arms across his chest. He doesn’t look pleased with my knowledge of Sandra’s dating life; I think he views her like the little sister he never had. “What could you possibly want to do with Sandra anyway?”

I catch the ball as my brows raise in disbelief. “You need me to spell it out for you, buddy?” I lean forward in the chair and adopt a serious tone. “Sometimes, when two people are attracted to each other, they enjoy taking their clothing off together so they can—”

“Shut up,” Sawyer interrupts. “She’s not really your type.”

“Beautiful?” I question.

“Sweet,” he replies.

She is sweet, he’s right about that. I think about the paper burning a hole in my pocket and wonder again if it was hers. I’d like it to be hers. I think sweet Sandra has a hidden dirty side, and I’d really like to uncover it.

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Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet Reviews

October 31, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★

Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet ReviewsBad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1) by Leisa Rayven
on December 23rd 2014
Pages: 417
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two-stars
When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.
Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

I had heard a lot of great things about Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet, so I grabbed both of them when they were on sale months ago and finally got around to reading them. Honestly, they weren’t absolutely terrible books, but I didn’t think they were anything special either. I’ve been striking out with a lot of romance novels lately, but the other ones I can’t even finish, so at least I was able to get through these books. They were actually rather entertaining and the author truthfully has a ton of potential. I just wasn’t a fan of the characters at all and wasn’t even rooting for them to end up together until very late in the story.  I might check out what this author writes next, but these books simply didn’t totally work for me and that makes me extremely sad.

Recently, I read and really enjoyed Act Like It, which was a hilarious and charming story that also revolved around two stage actors. So that was partially why I had high hopes for this one as well. Bad Romeo was hard to connect with for me. Though the author has potential, I didn’t like the general style of how it was organized. For example, there’s a lot of flashbacks that reflects on the majority of Cassie and Ethan freshman year at acting school. I didn’t mind that, but it did bother me how these flashbacks would get interrupted by chapters taking place in the present. In my opinion, the story would have worked a lot more smoothly if the flashbacks were a separate book, like a prequel so the whole book takes place in only one tense. I also felt like there could have even been the flashbacks first, then the present. It was just weird and so random how it was written.

Cassie was a fabulous character in the beginning of the flashbacks. She was so witty and hilarious. I laughed out loud several times of just funny little things that she said. She’s extremely feisty and not afraid to tell it like it is. I loved her spirit and her determination to make something of herself. She was a great and relatable character. Later in the story though, I kind of wanted to smack her. When she first meets Ethan, she doesn’t take any crap from him, but she slowly lets him walk over her. I absolutely hated watching this happen. I think that Cassie should have definitely known better and not given him another chance. I get that she’s young and he’s her first boyfriend. I totally would have likely done the same things if I was in her shoes. However, it was just frustrating to me nonetheless.

Ethan was easily why I didn’t like this book the way that I probably should have. I do see his appeal, he’s this dark and broody guy that every girl wants. But he’s seriously messed up. There’s nothing wrong with that, but he’s actions are just beyond awful. Clearly, I really really wanted to slap some sense into this boy. He was a lot more tolerant in the present, but I still found his younger self to be the actual worst. I feel like he’s just such a typical book boyfriend in the poor Edward Cullen or Christian Grey way. He’s damaged in a “hot” way, broody, and unfairly possessive over Cassie. He was ridiculously controlling to say the least. I wasn’t a fan!

In a way, I do get why people like Bad Romeo. But for me, it just wasn’t my kind of story. It was way too typical and not unique for the most part. I felt like the present and past chapters should have been more organized and not so random. I liked Cassie at times, and she’s why I bothered giving this two stars instead of one. Ethan was just your stereotypical romance hero who brought nothing new to the table. Yes, he changed in the present, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he was a ridiculous douche in the past.

Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet ReviewsBroken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2) by Leisa Rayven
Published by Pan on April 28th 2015
Pages: 336
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How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?
For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?
Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.
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So Broken Juliet is basically the same exact story as Bad Romeo. We’re still dealing with a combination of both the past and present in random ways. I don’t think that a second book was honestly needed. There could have been less flashbacks involving Cassie and Ethan’s first year, and more of a combination of all three years. This book was yet another fast read for me. I have to admit that I did enjoy the writing itself, just not the style. There’s not much new to say about this book. I liked it a little bit better just because I felt like Ethan was able to sort of redeem himself.

Cassie has changed a lot in the present. We saw in the first book how closed off and damaged she was. I did feel bad for Cassie, and I do hope that Ethan doesn’t screw up a third time. Cassie was pretty hesitant to get back involved with Ethan, as you might expect since he completely broke her not once but twice. Cassie is still feisty and awesome. I loved her roommate Tristan. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get his own book with a fabulous guy!

As mentioned, Ethan is a lot better in this book. I still don’t totally get why he suddenly decided in the past that leaving was the best thing for Cassie. It just felt like an odd time for him to suddenly wake up and realize that. Anyway, he is a better guy in the present who will do anything to get Cassie back. I think it’s good that he started seeing a therapist, because it’s clear that he had some major things that he needed to work out. He’s still not my favorite book boyfriend, but he’s more tolerable which is a start.

Though it wasn’t needed, this wasn’t a terrible book. I just didn’t really feel like the love story between Cassie and Ethan was all that epic. The love scenes in this one were pretty frequent, most of them happening in the past. I wasn’t bothered by the frequency, I just didn’t completely feel the chemistry in the first place. I hate it when I don’t like books that seem to have a lot of potential. I’m probably going to read more from this author in the future. I’m just disappointed with Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet.

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