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June 9, 2016

So this is my new blog.  On here I will review all the books I read.  Right now, nearly all my reviews can be found on Goodreads. As I continue to work on this blog I will sort and add my older reviews into categories. I am looking forward to this project as this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I love to read and I love to write.  So I hope you will visit this blog from time to time and watch it grow.

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Moving two thousand miles away wasn’t my plan, but when family needs you, you come.
Before I can head back to my hometown of Chicago though, I have two men to say good-bye to in Los Angeles. Neither one of them will be happy to hear the news. One is losing his assistant and the other his seven-year-old daughter. Neither will be an easy sell on my part, but I have no choice, and I’m not exactly thrilled with starting over with a Clean Slate.
This is a PREQUEL to our Charity Case Series.

COVER REVEAL ~ Title: Scavenger ~ Author: A.C. Melody

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It’s day two of the exclusive getaway on Dark Day Isle, and Felix’s smoldering lust isn’t the only thing to greet Tessa come morning. A list of challenges awaits her; finding the courage to confront her Master, devious tests of kink designed to push her limits and an unpleasant punishment that effects more than just their temporary dynamic.
Afternoon events provide insight on the getaway’s purpose and leads them deeper into the resort’s naughty, fetish-catering amenities. Tessa and Felix’s individual struggles are interspersed with visiting friends, unexpected triggers and a meeting of competitive spirits during the evening’s activity.
When Tessa’s true feelings about the cage are revealed, so is one of Felix’s well-guarded secrets that leaves her stunned. Now, Master expects to learn something from her in return and Tessa dreads what he might deem an even exchange for a truth he never wanted her to know.



 

 
A.C. Melody is a hybrid author of Erotic Romance and all its
savory sub-genres. Confessed javaholic, introverted geeky girl with a twisted
sense of humor and a wretched muse. She has a weakness for hard ass Alphas and
the strong women who capture their hearts, without damaging their rough edges.
 
A lifetime lover of fairytales, myths, legends and ancient
pantheons, A.C. spends more time researching than writing. Her biggest goal is
to provide new, captivating angles on old, favorite tales with enticing twists
and characters that redefine preset expectations.
 
She’s 100% guilty of placing all her money on the underdogs,
anti-heroes and shameless whores. When A.C. isn’t writing, being mom or doing
the day-job gig, you can catch her gaming, binge-watching Netflix or anxiously
awaiting the new superhero movie (specifically, Deadpool 2). A.C. loves to hear
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Releases June 5th

Synopsis:

When a serial killer strikes a small Alabama town – anyone could become the next victim, or the main suspect . . .

Ben Logan, former military, and now the successful owner of a private security firm, can handle just about anything. Well, anything except a run-in with Riley Carpenter.

When Ben joined the Marines, he never looked back, and he broke his best friend’s heart in the process. But when a murderer targets his city, he’s forced to return after a fourteen-year absence–he’s forced to face Riley. He’s not sure if he can make amends, but he knows one thing for certain: he won’t leave until the killer is stopped.

Riley’s world was destroyed the year she turned eighteen. A tragic loss and a broken heart left her wondering if she’d ever be truly happy again. Now, as a successful doctor, the last thing she…

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ Title: Clinched ~ Series: Fighting Love ~ Author: Nikki Ash ~ Genre: Romance ~ Release Date: April 28th 2018

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CLINCHED

A Fighting Love Novel #2

By

Nikki Ash

Genre:  #Romance

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Publication:  April 28th 2018

Read:  April 20th 2018  (ARC)

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

Series:  Fighting Love:  Tapping Out;  Clinched

Check out the series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/231135-fighting-love

Synopsis:

Charlie is everything I want and didn’t realize I need. It’s clear to me now that the woman I met at the club is only one layer of the woman I’m falling for. I’m a fixer by nature but for the first time I wouldn’t fix a thing. I want her just the way she is. Broken pieces and all. Who needs the fairy tale when we can have the reality.

Tristan is everything I want, yet don’t deserve. He’s loving, protective, smart, an amazing father, and he’s on to me. That’s why I need to speed this story up and tell him everything, so we can flip to the end of the book, and him and his daughter can move on to the next story. One where they get a happily ever after. Because there’s no story I’m a part of that ends in any way but tragedy.

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My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Fantastic Stars!

Holy Hell! Oh. My. God!
I don’t even know where to begin with this book!
To say I loved it is a HUGE understatement.

I’m determined to write this review without spoiling anything for you. There was so much going on here and this book was overloaded with feels. There is tragedy but there is also so much laughter. I cried both happy and gut wrenching tears. From page one I was engaged. And the only reason it became necessary to put my Kindle down was because I needed to take care of my family. The nerve of them taking me from my reading, lol. 🙂 I will add this book has one of the very best endings I have ever read!

I have only read a few books by this author and I have loved every single one. Nikki Ash has an amazing talent for storytelling. She is not afraid to cross some boundaries or break your heart to pieces. I promise you though, she will do an absolutely amazing and satisfying job of piecing your heart back together.

Tristan and Charlie were two of my favorite characters of the year. Hands down, I mean that. I can’t say too much without giving you spoilers but I can say there are a few other characters in this book that you will love. There is no way you couldn’t.

Tristan is a single father. He is a great dad, a great friend. Tristan is at the top of my book boyfriend list. He has a protective and loyal side. He is kind, friendly, and so so sexy. There is no way you can’t love him.

Charlie has been through unimaginable trauma. She is guarded and wary of everyone and everything around her. All with good reason. Her circumstances gutted me. Completely. Charlie never saw Tristan coming. Or his adorable daughter. They both helped to heal her. They showed her unconditional love and support. I loved Charlie!

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. While Charlie and Tristan’s relationship grew slowly, I never felt frustrated by the pace. In fact, this book would not have been believable otherwise. While I can’t say this book was relatable (for obvious reasons), it was everything I look for in the perfect read.

If you haven’t read this author yet, I recommend her highly. That said, I have read a few of her books and look forward to reading more. I only wish there was more reading time available in my days. Tristan’s best friend Mason has a book coming soon. I plan to grab that one as soon as it releases!

This is my unbiased and honest review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: Psychopath’s Prey  Author: VF Mason Genre: Dark Romance Publication Date: April 17, 2018   

Title: Psychopath’s Prey 
Author: VF Mason
Genre: Dark Romance
Publication Date: April 17, 2018 

 

Once upon a time she became mine.

 

Mine to hunt. 
A criminal psychologist and a serial killer.
The love between them shouldn’t exist.
Or so the world thinks.
Her mission is to find him.
His single obsession is to catch her.
The hunter and the prey.
Let the games begin, and may the stronger one win.

 

 

V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied filmmaking and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. 

Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it.When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.
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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: The Night Manager, Author: Tarrah Anders, Genre: Contemporary Romance 

 

 

Title: The Night Manager 
Author: Tarrah Anders 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trust. Honor. Family.
 
I wake up naked in bed with my best friend’s little sister and I have no recollection of what happened.  After we go our separate ways, she soon ends up on my doorstep with nowhere to go in the middle of the night and I let her stay with me until she gets her own place.
I tell myself that nothing can happen by burying myself in work and that I fight to ignore the desire burning through my veins of her presence, but I’m only human.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Can I ask you an odd question, okay maybe not really odd, but probably not the everyday type of question that one would be asked?” I start.  “Should I be concerned about this question?” he asks playfully.  “I was looking for the broom earlier, because I broke a cup, sorry about that by the way. And so, I went looking in the garage. Why do you have a box labeled knee pads? I mean why would you need a box full of knee pads? What are you doing on your knees?”  His face slowly turns from serious to sudden laughter. He flops back onto the bed with his hand over his eyes and laughs loudly as I stand still in between his legs with my hands on my hips.  “Oh man.” He says in between fits of laughter. He wipes his eyes and then leans up on his elbows. “What do you think it’s for?” he says finally trying to keep a straight face but failing miserably.  “I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking.”  “So as you know, I’m a retired male dancer.” He says and pauses… 
 
 
 
The Night Manager is a spin off from Tarrah Anders’ STRIPPED Available now exclusively on Amazon & Free on KindleUnlimited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Tarrah. She’s a contemporary erotic romancer who is all about the feels, with the twists of sexy mixed in between. She’s been writing since before she can remember.  Writing has always been a passion, that was kept it under wraps, stayed on the backburner and never vocalized or followed through with my desire to be a writer, until she read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ She kept her writing romance from her husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. Now, he lovingly helps with ‘research’ and uses him for his amazing Photoshop skills for her covers.  
She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but living in beautiful San Diego with her little family while working during the day as a social worker working with the homeless. She is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and zombies.
 
Her writing style is that she tries to keep on earth. She tries her best to not be too unrealistic with her characters, what they do and how they live. She wants her books to be relatable and not to create too many eye rolls.
She has written and self-published 10 books so far in her writing career.  They’re all dual point of view aside from one story. She is currently working on several pieces but focusing on two mainly. Thematically, the novels are friends to lovers, random hook-ups and office romances mixed with a whole lot of fun in the middle.
 
 
 
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COVER REVEAL ~ Title: Manic Monday, Authors: Piper Rayne, Publishing Date: April 26th ~ Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary

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Manic Monday, an all-new hilarious and romantic standalone from Piper Rayne, is coming April 26th!

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Title: Manic Monday

Authors: Piper Rayne

Publishing Date: April 26th

Cover Designer: RBA Designs

The perfect man for me is a blood-sucking lawyer. #pfftwhatever

Been there.

Done that.

Burned the T-shirt.

I didn’t swear off all men after my divorce, but I sure as hell swore off anyone remotely like my ex. On the top of that list? Attorneys. Everyone knows they can’t be trusted.

Now that I’m back in Chicago, my focus is my daughter, my mom and me. I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, it’s just on hold—indefinitely.

Then I see Reed Warner again, and he weasels his way into every part of my life, not willing to take no for an answer.

In spite of my better judgment I can’t stop thinking about the way his designer suits fit his muscular frame, or the way his blue eyes seem to eat me up with every glance.

You know when you’re on a diet and even hummus seems irresistible? Reed is like the equivalent of chocolate éclair and my willpower is fading fast.

The problem? Not only is he a lawyer…

He was the best man at my wedding.

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PiperRaynePiper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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COVER REVEAL ~ Taunting Tony by Marie James ~ Available for Pre-Order! ~ Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

 

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Cover Reveal: Taunting Tony
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Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
 
Rules.
 
They’re a necessity. They make the world go ’round and help idiots function in society.
 
Most don’t require much thought and are easy to follow — or so I thought …
 
I didn’t realize, however, that the new group of people I became friends with could have so many.
 
No sleeping with group member’s moms? Easy enough.
 
No shirts at the BBQ? I’m all over that. Do you know how hot it gets in Texas during summertime?
 
No sleeping with others in the group? Now this one … This one is killing me.
 
If you saw Joseph Snow, with those killer abs and cocky smirk, you’d bethinking the exact same thing … rules are meant to be broken.
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AVAILABLE NOW! ~ Title: JAG, Series: Diablo’s Throne MMA #2, Author: HJ Bellus, Genre: MMA Romance, Release Date: April 17, 2018 

Title: JAG
Series: Diablo’s Throne MMA #2
Author: HJ Bellus
Genre: MMA Romance
Publisher: Crave Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2018 

 

 

Jag
No matter how fast he runs, there’s one thing Jag can’t escape.
His past.
It has the power to destroy the man he’s worked so hard to become.
Jag is slated to be the next MMA champion. It’s been years in the making. The hype surrounding his prized fight is ignited by his charismatic personality and smoldering good looks.
But it’s all a shield protecting the storm brewing inside of him…
And now, there’s a new girl in town Jag can’t seem to stay away from. She’s quiet, mysterious, and sexy as sin.
His demons. Her secrets. They collide when least expected.
The announcer booms over the speaker. “Your hometown boy. The one your momma warns you about and the same one who can charm you out of your panties and knock your lights out. Jaaaaaaaaag the Punisher.”

Before the announcer’s deep booming voice ends, the crowd goes fucking wild. Sweat beads form on my forehead, and my stomach dips and dive bombs at the sound of his name. 

“The fuck?” I whisper to myself, looking all around the gym. 

Did they really just fuck up his music? The tune to SpongeBob SquarePants begins playing. I turn to Layla, who is bobbing her head to the music with a smile plastered on her face.

The crowd chants each word to the SpongeBob theme, not missing a beat. Layla screams each word right with them. I’m confused as hell. A sudden screeching sound serenades the gym. The song mixes up, cutting right into the middle of “Straight Out of Compton,” and I find myself shouting each word without second thought. I recognize the song from Jag’s playlist when he’s done cardio in his apartment. The only thing missing is the thumping of his sneakers on his treadmill.

I glance over to Layla with mysterious tears in my eyes as I shout the words. Her expression mirrors mine. Then I spot him. A bobbing black hood trimmed in vibrant teal. Boss and Cruz flank each of his sides. Other Diablo fighters follow right behind. The symbolic image of a family breaks the tears free from my eyes. The amount of pride surging through me is off the charts. 

Jag keeps his head down as he strides to the ring. Halfway there, he picks up his pace into a jog. I giggle, knowing it’s pure Jag. The man has one gear, and that’s overdrive. His crew doesn’t pick up the pace with him, letting Jag take the lead. He leaps into the ring, tearing off his black robe and thrusting his fists into the air.

He beats his chest with his face tilted to the heavens. His mouth is wide open, and by the way his throat bobs, I know he’s screaming at the top of his lungs. Jag has always been a force to be reckoned with, but in this environment, he’s a king. He owns the entire arena. I don’t recognize the man he is right now, but holy hell he owns my heart even though this Jag is a stranger.

He glances down to me, winks, and then takes his corner. I have no doubt he knew I’d be right by Layla. Everything is the same as Trick’s fight. Boss is large and in charge, slapping Jag around and screaming in his face. My chest tightens at the sight. Boss is Jag’s father, and the love expressed between the two is enough to bring the cruelest person to their knees. Boss doesn’t have to love Jag because of a blood bond. No, he chooses to love Jag without judgment. And that’s something you don’t find every day. 

“Layla,” I scream over the buzz of the crowd. “I’m scared.”

She smiles brightly back at me. “You should be.”

I crane my head in question.

“As hard as he fights in this ring tonight is as hard as he’ll fight for you. You should be scared for your heart, Sunni, because once Jag owns it you’re screwed, and I know he loves you.”

It takes me a few seconds to absorb her message. Once it sinks in, the crowd roars to a deafening state. My head whips back to the octagon. Jag and the other man are already dancing around each other. The long hair on the top of Jag’s head bounces back. It’s then I see his opponent connect a punch to his nose. 

The blood dribbles down his face. The other guy gets three more punches in, whipping back Jag’s head. All of my former excitement evaporates. My heart plummets to the cold cement ground, watching the man I love get the shit kicked out of him. Not once does Jag’s jackass grin fade as he takes his punishment. It does nothing to the turmoil brewing inside of me.

“I can’t,” I scream, turning to Layla and burying my face in her shoulder.

Her hand comes up to the side of my head, bracing me in comfort. The sounds of the gym echo around me. Layla’s steady grip keeps me grounded even though the bone-crunching sounds continue. I can’t. I just can’t watch the man who brought me back to life get the shit beat out of him. I squeeze my eyes shut, remembering his knee-weakening grin before his gorgeous face dipped between my legs. I focus on all the good memories that warm my belly.

Layla jumps, causing my head to bounce off her shoulder. Her screams reverberate through my skull. She’s long gone as a post to lean on. Her body bounces up and down, which gives me the courage to look up. 

I glance up. It’s all flashes of black, teal, and red until my vision narrows on Jag. His flexing calves come into view first. Then it’s his taut ass in spandex. It pains me to look at my safe place, his chest. When I do, all I see are his bulging and flexing muscles. A long arm comes out with a brutal force. Jag’s fist connects with the other guy’s jaw. He stutters back. Jag doesn’t stop throwing both arms, one after the other, some connecting and some not.
HJ Bellus is a small-town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she’s a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.

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