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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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Review ~ Blind Faith ~ by Teresa Gabelman

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Blind Faith 

by

Teresa Gabelman

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

Publication:  May 10th 2017

Read:  June 18, 2017

Genres:  Romance (Novella)

POV:  Third-person alternating perspectives

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Synopsis:

Julie Daniels has committed her life to teaching the blind. Cowboy, Clay Marshall, turns to her for help. As their worlds collide Clay and Julie find that they have to rely on blind faith.

**This book was previously released in the Charity Anthology: ‘Incompatibly Yours’**

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My Review:

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars to Blind Faith by Teresa Gable.

Blind Faith was previously released in an anthology. (see blurb for details) Before this book, I haven’t read anything by this author. I actually came across this book in my daily travels through social media. I enjoyed this story very much. Although it was very short, I still felt a connections with the main characters. I wished this book were a full length because the premise of the story was interesting and engaging.

Julie works with helping the blind find courage and strength to see beyond their darkness and despair. This is a job that she is good at. In addition, she finds it very rewarding to help people. Julie wouldn’t change what she does for anything. I like that she was strong and sassy, yet shy at the same time. Julie was a great character.

Clay is the typical sexy, alpha cowboy that we ladies swoon over. And it was so easy to swoon over him. Julie accepted a job with Clay Marshall, a man she crushed on as a teen. Even years later he has her lady bits all tingly. Julie is hired to help Clay’s brother, Bo. Since this is a short story, I’m not going to go into details.

Clay remembers Julie from high school. They didn’t run in the same crowds and she was quiet and shy back then. But he did notice her. In fact, Clay had a bit of a crush on her as well. When Julie comes to the ranch, Clay is a little surprised at his reaction her. He is definitely attracted however he keeps his distance. Julie is there to help Bo.

Although I adored watching Clay and Julie find love with each other, I was even more focused on her relationship with Bo. I admit, I was worried about his outcome.

The ending was sweet although a bit rushed. Again, this is a short story and there is only so much you can put into it before it becomes a full length. I wouldn’t have minded that at all. That said, Blind Faith was short and sweet and hit the spot.

I will definitely be looking to read more from this author in the future.

 

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Release Blitz ~ Love Wasted ~ by Shirl Rickman

Title: Love Wasted
Author: Shirl Rickman
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2017



She loves him. She loves him not. 

When Cassandra Porter was seven years old, she fell in love with her next door neighbor and her best friends brother. Cass loved that boy every single day…until he broke her heart and all that remained were the pieces.

Ten years and what feels like a lifetime apart, that boy—now a grown and sexy, warm blooded man—is thrust back into her life. He might make her temper flair and blood boil, but a few unresolved feelings are no match for the way her heart races when he is near…

She drives him the good kind of crazy. 

Paxton Luke led his life with one thing on his mind: success. Friends and family come first, with no room for emotional attachments—not even with the neighbor girl, who’s turned into a complete knockout. His sister’s best friend. Emotions only lead to love, and love was trouble.

They’re determined to fight this undeniable attraction to the bitter end. It’s too damn bad their hearts are about to get love drunk– wasted on love.

Several questions are swirling through my mind at this hour of the night.
For example, when I try to stand, is this little paper toilet seat cover going to stick to my ass? Are my feet numb from the champagne or the magenta stilettoes I’m wearing? Or why am I sitting in the bathroom stall of a bar, staring at the sticky, alcohol laden floor? Not to mention the most important question of the night, one I will never admit out loud, why I can’t get the picture of the brunette, hanging on Paxton all night, plunging to her death from a cliff out of my head?
Oh, hell. I need to stop. There’s only one person who can distract me from my dumb, girl emotions. Laney.
Taking my phone from my clutch, I tap Laney’s name under my favorites. When it begins to ring, I stand up, wobbling a little while shimmying my panties up my legs and pulling the bottom of my gold mini dress back down from around my waist. A giggle slips past my lips when I think of the hot mess I am tonight.
As Laney’s voicemail echoes in my ear, I fall against the wall of the bathroom stall. “Dammit, Laney! I really wish you would’ve answered,’ I hollered into the phone unnecessarily. The sounds of feminine chatter drifting from two stalls down from girls making one last dash to the ladies room before the countdown. I lower my voice, “Happy New Year. God, I wish you were here.” I sigh. “You’d tell me like it is…you’d stop me from doing something stupid. But, you’re not here, and when I do that stupid thing, I’m going to blame you. Just a friendly warning.” Pausing, I stare at the writing on the side of the stall and admire the use of the words love and forever written in twirly letters full of hope. I’m sure the voicemail is going to shut off any moment, so I say my goodbye. “Anyway, I love you, Laney…like whoa and don’t you forget it.”
Ending the call, I glance at the time before opening my clutch and dropping it in. I have five minutes until midnight. Pushing the door open, I wobble my way out, slowly making it over to the sink. I wash my hands, drying them before I freshen up with a touch of hot pink gloss and a fluff of my hair. One final look and I approve.


Shirl Rickman is a writer, a dreamer, and an optimist. A small town Texas girl currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shirl adores her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs. When she’s not dreaming up new love stories, Shirl can be found reading, drinking her favorite coffee, Kona Blend with coconut milk. She loves kindness, laughing and meeting her readers. 

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Release Blitz ~ Ultimate Game Changer ~ by Kira Adams

 

Title: Ultimate Game Changer
Author: Kira Adams
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2017
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He’s my brother’s best friend.When my parents died, a part of me died along with them. Nothing mattered anymore; everything lost its meaning. I lived my life in moments, good and bad, but somewhere along the way, I stopped living.

We only had each other, and Cade, he did a hell of a job looking after me. They doubted we could make it; they doubted our resolve.

Braxton has lived next door to us ever since we moved in with my aunt after the horrific accident. Cade took to him so quickly; they’ve been inseparable ever since. Their favorite pastime? Torturing me. But something has shifted between us recently, and I’m seeing him in a whole new light now. I know my brother will never accept it, but he’s drawing me in like a moth to a flame.

He pushes off the doorframe, closing some distance between us. He is now close enough that I can feel his breath on my face when he speaks. There are droplets of water left on his chiseled chest, and he looks like he just stepped out of a magazine ad. 
The hairs all over my body are standing up, and I’m worried that I am visibly shaking. God, he is going to give me hell for this. 
He leans over so that his lips are dangerously close to my ear. “What’s the matter, Em? Are you feeling okay?”
His breath tickles my ear and sends shivers down my spine.
“What are you doing?” I ask, my voice shaky.
“Nothing,” he replies, pulling away enough so I can see his face and then batting his eyelashes innocently. “I just love watching you squirm.”
I push him away, annoyed. Within seconds Braxton has my back up against a wall and he is pressing into me as he trails his mouth and breath dangerously close to my ear. It takes a few moments for me to register what else I feel because I can barely catch my breath. Braxton is Cade’s best friend. I know he gets off messing with me…but he’s never taken it this far before and I feel completely out of control.

 

Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer, from the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

 

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and A Date with the Devil.




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Release Blitz ~ Past Transgressions: A Russian Roulette Love Story ~ by Janae Keyes

Title: Past Transgressions: A Russian Roulette Love Story
Author: Janae Keyes
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2017

 

Ms. Responsible, that’s what my roommate and best friend Katya calls me. I spend all my time working and I never take time for myself, always taking care of everyone. Until, Katya has me join her for a trip of a lifetime, three weeks in Russia.
That’s where I met him.
A hitman, a hired killer.
I used to kill for a living, but that part of my life is behind me and she is in front of me. Though the life I left behind is calling me back.
I can’t go back, I have to protect my family and her.
When least expecting, past transgressions return to haunt the unsuspecting.

 

 


Janae was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She grew up a very creative only child and has been writing for as long as she can remember.
Janae accidentally met her now husband online, and a whirlwind romance began because of their mutual love of Harry Potter. After dating long distance, Janae picked up her life in California and moved halfway around the world to Belgium to be with him, all in the life of a hopeless romantic.
When Janae isn’t chasing around her active toddler, she is working on new ideas and working to improve her craft. Janae is currently living in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium with her husband and daughter.
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Cover Reveal ~ What If I Fall ~ by Cheri Marie & LB Russell ~ Coming August 8th 2017

Title: What If I Fall
Author: Cheri Marie and LB Russell
Genre: Contemporary/Second Chance Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Photographer: RplusMphoto
Cover Designer: Book Nerd Designs


Jameson Bradley is a sweet, sexy, cocky, alpha of a man – and everything I’ve been trying to avoid. Since the death of my husband Brady, less than a year ago, a relationship is the last thing I’m looking for. But apparently the universe doesn’t care what I want…

Aurora Broderick is everything I didn’t know I needed in my life. She’s smart, beautiful, strong… complicated. I had every intention of telling her I was a cop… Until she told me about Brady. Knowing how she feels about dating another law enforcement officer, I couldn’t bring myself to tell her. Losing her before she is actually mine – it isn’t an option.

Secrets. Lies. The ultimate betrayal.

Jameson isn’t the only one with secrets. When everything’s out in the open, what path will Aurora choose?

Author of Hearts Aligned (Self-published 2016), a military romance, Cheri Marie lives for a good read with an alpha hero and strong, stubborn heroine. After many years of starting books and never finishing, she took to Word in April 2015 determined to write and finish her first novel. Nights that turned into mornings and a whole lot of unruly characters she finished Hearts Aligned. Currently, she is in the works of publishing her second and third novels set to release the beginning of 2017 while writing three others set to release in the Spring, Summer and Fall later in the year. Residing in sunny Southwest Florida, she lives with family, five dogs, a cat, a tank full of fish, and a bearded dragon named Toad.

LB Russell lives in a small-ish town in northwest Georgia. After years spent in retail hell she took some time off to take care of her family. She still resides in that same town she grew up in with her husband, son and the behemoth cat that isn’t really her cat. She sat down with a good friend this past summer and started writing what would be her first work for publishing. With several more titles planned she hopes to do this for a long time.

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Blog Tour ~ Unforgiven by Willow Winters

 
Title: Unforgiven 
Author: Willow Winters 
Genre: Romance 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
The sins of his past can’t be forgiven. 

Mason Thatcher gave me chills when I first laid eyes on him. The good kind. The kind that makes your body ache and your heart hammer. 

What’s better is that he looked at me the same way. 
There was a hunger in his eyes that wouldn’t be sated, and a confidence in his stride that told me I could never run from him. Back then, I didn’t want to. 

It’s not fair that his touch eased my pain. 
That his lips on mine made my worries vanish. 
That his love gave me a reason to breathe again. 

With him, I felt complete, as if fate had given me a second chance.

Then I learned the truth: the sins and secrets of what really brought us together. 

I knew it was too good to be true, but I could never have imagined he’d be capable of something so cold and cruel. That he was the reason my world crumbled. 

There’s no way we can go back to what we once had and it’s not as easy as walking away. He can’t risk me telling his secrets.

I don’t know what choices I have or how I’ll survive this. 

What he’s done is unforgivable, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to let me go. 


Unforgiven is the second book in the new series, Sins and Secret Series of Duets by Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author Willow Winters. It is book 2 of a 2 book duet although other standalone duets will be featured in the series. It is not necessary, but highly recommended that you read book 1, Imperfect, before reading Unforgiven.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I like my action hot and my bad boys hotter. And I don’t hold back on either one in my writing.  I’m so happy to be a #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. I’m so grateful and honored!  I actually started writing after having my little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during my pregnancy with her I read. I only wanted to read romance, and I read EVERYTHING. I would read a book a day — sometimes two.  In January 2016 I was staying up late with her and just thinking of all these stories.  They came to me constantly. And I finally sat down and just started writing. I always wanted to do it so I figured, why not? I never thought I would reach this point of success, to be honest. It’s insane to me that I have so many fans. And I love each and every one of them for all of their support.

 

 
 
 
 
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Release Blitz ~ Musings: An Argyle Empire Anthology ~ Avalable Now!

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Release Date: June 20, 2017

 
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Seven friends inspired to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in crisis.
 
Seven authors with a love for storytelling.
 
Nine original stories with themes every reader will love.
 
Comedy. Romance. Suspense. Fantasy. Drama. Prose.
 
Individual reflections combined into an eclectic collection.
 
All proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Covenant House, in loving memory of Terry Aisenstein.
 
Foreword by Sylvain Reynard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
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New Release ~ Wrecked by Luke Prescott ~ Is Live & Available now!

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WRECKED

By Luke Prescott

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Blurb:

Asher Kilby is a mechanic who’s dream is to have his own garage. He’s
fiercely protective, sexy, and getting dirty doesn’t just happen in the
garage.

Payton Hudson comes to work at her dad’s garage after moving across the
country. She’s beautiful, captivating, and holding a world of secrets.

When these two meet there’s an instant attraction that can’t be denied.
Even though Asher tries to stay away, because the boss’s daughter is off
limits, it doesn’t happen. He knows what he wants, and it’s Payton.

Feelings start to get involved. Sex becomes all consuming. Emotions are
extreme.

When everything they thought they knew falls apart. One may be relieved.
The other completely wrecked.

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About The Author:

Luke Prescott grew up in New York, where he still lives today. He likes to
fish, work on his Jeep and cheer on the best damn team in the NFL, the
Giants. He spends his days getting his hands dirty and his nights using his
dirty mind.

Writing is a new-found interest for him. Realizing how sexy the written
word can be, his imagination took over. He’s got plenty to tell and looks
forward to sharing it.

Facebook –

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Goodreads –


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16276670.Luke_Prescott

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Review ~ Wrecked ~ by Luke Prescott

Review ~ Wrecked ~ by Luke Prescott

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WRECKED

by Luke Prescott

Release Date:  June 23rd 2017

Read:  June 19th 2017

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Genres:  Romance, Erotic Romance, Light Suspense

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

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Synopsis:

Asher Kilby is a mechanic who’s dream is to have his own garage. He’s fiercely protective, sexy, and getting dirty doesn’t just happen in the garage.

Payton Hudson comes to work at her dad’s garage after moving across the country. She’s beautiful, captivating, and holding a world of secrets.

When these two meet there’s an instant attraction that can’t be denied. Even though Asher tries to stay away, because the boss’s daughter is off limits, it doesn’t happen. He knows what he wants, and it’s Payton.

Feelings start to get involved. Sex becomes all consuming. Emotions are extreme.

When everything they thought they knew falls apart. One may be relieved. The other completely wrecked.

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My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars to Wrecked by Luke Prescott.

Release Date: June 23, 2017

Asher and Payton…….

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this book. After reading Screwed,, the debut book by this author, I knew that Wrecked would be just as steamy. I was right, but it was so much more! Even after reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure of this book’s premise. The unpredictability became a pleasant surprise. I admit I am notorious for trying to figure out a book’s plot from the very beginning. There were twists and turns I didn’t expect.

The author’s writing has a smooth flow with a steady pace. There is a lot going on to keep the reader engaged. The characters were likable and relatable and I had a strong connection to Asher and Payton. In addition to the steamy erotic aspect, there are tender moments as well. Damn, that Asher is swoon-worthy book boyfriend material.

Asher is a mechanic who dreams of one day owning his own garage. He is a sexy, cocky man who loves his drinking and one-nighters; who has no intentions of be involved in a relationship. But when his boss’s daughter comes to work at the garage, Asher begins to change his way of thinking. It isn’t long before he realizes his desires regarding Payton are becoming more than lustful. She is all he thinks about.

Payton has secrets. Her reasons for moving across the country are complex, leaving her to be constantly on edge. Because of these unsettled emotions, she did not want to get involved with Asher. However the chemistry between them was not to be ignored.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was watching Asher’s character change. It was as if a switch was flipped when he met Payton. She gradually became his everything. Asher became the epitome of a hero.

I liked Payton. But I loved Asher! Even though his first pages in the book painted him an arrogant jerk, his change to loyal, protective and loving was amazing to watch. I absolutely adored his romantic side. My favorite scene was where he danced with Payton. Those moments were intense and shiver-worthy.

I hated when this book ended. I wished it were longer; I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Asher and Payton. No matter how short it was, Wrecked is a book with all the emotions and ‘feels’ we look for in a perfect read. I’ll also add that the suspense added more depth and complexity.

If you haven’t yet read Luke Prescott, you are missing out. Both of his books, Screwed, & Wrecked, were fantastic! I am looking forward to more from this author for sure!

*This is my honest and unbiased review.*

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About The Author

Luke Prescott

Goodreads Author

Luke Prescott grew up in New York, where he still lives today. He likes to fish, work on his Jeep and cheer on the best damn team in the NFL, the Giants. He spends his days getting his hands dirty and his nights using his dirty mind.

Writing is a new-found interest for him. Realizing how sexy the written word can be. His debut panty soaking novel is coming soon.

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