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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 ~ Joy Ride ~ by Lauren Blakely


Joy Ride 


Lauren Blakely

My Rating:  5

Cover:  4

Publication:  May 1st 2017

Read:  June 6th 2017

Genres:  Romance, Romantic Comedy

POV:  First-person single perspective (Hero)



Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like your dream car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood…for the best joy ride of your life.
I’m at your service. Ready to go all night long, and I couldn’t be happier living the one-night stand lifestyle. But then a wildly sexy brunette appears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans. She’s fiery, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and I’d really like to know what makes her engine hum. Henley also happens to be my biggest rival, and now we’re forced to work together every day on the most important project of my career. Spending all that time with her ought to be easy, but the trouble is I can’t quite figure out if she wants to kick me in the lug nuts or beg me to give her a good, hard fuel injection. Until one night that question is answered on the hood of a sports car when she calls out my name three times. And we can’t seem to put on the brakes.
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
JOY RIDE is a sexy, dirty standalone written from the guy’s POV!



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My Review:

Joy RideJoy Ride by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars to Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely.

Max and Henley…….

Lauren Blakely’s characters just warm my heart, make me smile and sometimes (more often than not) laugh. Her books are filled with everything I love. Let me add Lauren has some of the sexiest covers! 😉

This story features Max Summers who we met in Full Package, which was Max’s brother Chase’s book. I loved Chase and Max is just as scrumptious. He is sexy, big, strong, successful and hot damn, he can make an engine purr! (pun intended)

Max owns his own custom auto detailing shop. He builds custom cars for wealthy clients. He is the best in the industry.

Actually, Max will soon realize he has some healthy competition.

Henley is young, spirited and gorgeous. She is also extremely talented when it comes to building and customizing cars. She even apprenticed with Max at one time. Unfortunately, they parted ways less than amicably.

When Henley returns to NY several years later; older and even more talented, Max can’t help but notice. In fact he tries not to.

I absolutely loved this book! I loved watching Max and Henley’s relationship change from enemies to professional to something so much more.

Max took his time with coming to terms over his growing/changing feelings for Henley. However, once he knew what he wanted, he ran after it and held on tight. Gosh, he made me so giddy. 🙂

Henley was an amazing heroine. She has a strong, independent personality and was also sassy and beautiful. Henley had a softer, vulnerable side to her as well. Considerate, kind and loyal are other words I would use to describe her. Let’s not forget witty.

Lauren Blakely has a unique way of creating memorable and lovable characters. I always feel strong connections to her books. When her characters fall in love, they fall hard! They are not perfect, they make mistakes but they own up to them! I could go on forever using an infinite number of adjectives to describe how much I love her books but you should experience them for yourself.

Max Summers….I hated to turn the last page! I hope we’ll get a glimpse of what he’s up to in another one of Lauren’s interconnected novels.

My review is honest and unbiased and written with a smile…..

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About the Author:

Lauren Blakely

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 80 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In June she’ll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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A Southern former Navy SEAL and a New York millionaire heiress… Can two people from different worlds every truly be together?


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Review ~ The Corner Office ~ by Katerina Baker

The Corner Office  ~  Katerina Baker


Publication:  June 23rd 2017

Read:  June 25, 2017

My Rating:  4

Genres:  Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary

POV:  First-person single perspective (Heroine)



Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.
Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.
But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.



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My Review:

The Corner OfficeThe Corner Office by Katerina Baker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars to The Corner Office by Katerina Baker.

I admit that after I read the blurb for this book I became apprehensive about reading it. My worry was a ‘love triangle’ which is not a trope I enjoy reading. In fact, for me, it’s right up there with cliffhangers and cheating. However I gave this book a chance despite my concerns. I’m glad I did.

Technically, there was not a love triangle. The main H/h of this story were not together when the other relationship occurred. In fact, the H/h, Tara and Richard were NOT even friends. They are colleagues who appear to dislike each other.

Tara and Richard are both executives at a top financial firm and are both moving towards promotion. The pressure is on (as it usually is with them) to out-perform the other. Only one will get the promotion.

Tara is all work, work, work. When she is intrigued enough to allow a little fun into her life, things take a dark, unexpected turn.

There are many situations in this book that are not what they seem. In fact, I would describe this book more suspense than romance. A certain element in the story felt ‘off’ to me. As a result of my suspicions, I was kept on my toes, completely engaged in what the outcome would be. I found some of my predictions to be wrong and was pleasantly surprised.

I found The Corner Office well written. The pace was steady, there was good tension and conflict, twists, turns and even a small amount of violence. The climax gave me some anxiety but the outcome was worth the bit of nail biting. 😉

My reason of four instead of five stars…
My disappointment in this book was the single POV. Because we are only given Tara’s perspective, I did not connect to Richard. I desperately wanted to be inside his head. I felt Richard was a more complex character; knowing what motivated him would have given me what I felt was missing. Also, I wanted to know I could trust him. In addition, I wished Tara and Richard got together a lot sooner; the ending was a bit rushed.

Overall I enjoyed this book.
This is my unbiased and honest review.

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About The Author:

Katerina Baker

Goodreads Author



Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.

Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.

Katerina is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency, and has a contract with Lachesis Publishing, who will be publishing her Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs.

Release Tour ~ Belong ~ by NB Baker

Title: Belong
Author: NB Baker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Cover Designer: Robin Harper @ Wicked by Designs


When everything is stacked against you, sometimes surviving only happens when you find that one person in the world and the one place you truly…

This world can beat you down.
Make you feel worthless.
Swallow you up in its darkness.
In the blink of an eye the people I loved more than anything, were taken from me.
Leaving me alone with no one but my abusive father.
If you get told you’re worthless often enough, you start to believe it.
You drink it in until it poisons your soul.
That was my life…until Justin.

The minute I saw Sarah, I knew she was special.
I wanted to claim her then, but she wasn’t ready.
Seeing her again, I know I’m done waiting.
I want her.
I’m not stopping until I make her see how special she is.
I want her to look in the mirror and see the woman I see, the woman who was made for me. Sarah thinks she doesn’t deserve me.
She doesn’t think I can understand the pain inside of her.
I have the same darkness inside of me.
I just need her to believe in herself and in me.
In us.

Can two damaged souls learn to trust and lean on each other?
Can they put their past behind them and learn just how beautiful life can be together?
Or when tragedy strikes, will it all be lost forever?

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I’m Iowa born; but now I reside in Wyoming with my husband and children, including our four legged children, Kiera and Jade. I love to write in the spare time I have after working forty hours in the financial world and playing wife and mom (a.k.a. chef, doctor, housekeeper, taxi driver, zookeeper, homing device, and much more).










Release Blitz ~ Bed Of Lies Volume Two ~ by Niquel

Title: Bed of Lies

Series: Bed of Lies Vol 2

Author: Niquel

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: June 26, 2017

I considered my life to be lackluster.


I craved something new and exciting.

I thought I needed a man to take care of me, 

to show me what true love meant.

After countless failures and terrible dates, 

I decided to go online, and that’s where I met him. 

He was everything I could have ever wanted: sweet, 

caring, and a true gentleman. 

Linc was the epitome of true boyfriend material

—until he showed me his true colors. 

Now I’m fighting for my life in a place unknown; 

I’d give anything to go back home.

“Bed of Lies plays with your mind, rips your heart and leaves you strangely falling in love with the Monster Linc” ~Smashly Bookalicious Reviewing Chicks

“It will rip your heart, mess with your mind and ultimately you don’t have a choice but to love Linc” ~Goodreads Review (Betty)

“An epic dark read and can’t wait for Bed of Lies 3.” ~Goodreads Review (Catherine)

“Go inside, asshole!” I heard Linc yell at someone. The light was turned on and the brightness stung my sensitive eyes. I blinked to focus, but everything was moving too fast and out of focus.

“Linc, it’s not what you think!” the young kid yelled out.

“It’s not? Did you not betray me? This woman was not taken because of your loyalty to El Tigre?”

The kid didn’t answer.

My eyes finally adjusted and the kid looked like he was barely eighteen. He had long dark hair and tanned skin, and he had on a suit that was several sizes too big. Linc pushed him down in front of me, pressing his skull down with the sole of his shoe.

“She almost died because of you! Whatever they were paying you, I could have paid you double if you were loyal!”

Linc took a sharp hunting knife out of his jacket and stabbed the kid in the back of his neck, right under the base of his skull. His body went limp, but he was still alive. I shook and cried, trying to back away from him. I didn’t want that to be my fate.

Linc snapped his fingers and Yavuz came in to remove the boy. Linc kneeled down in front of me and cut the tape away from my ankles, spreading my legs open wide. He ran the cool metal over my thighs and I was paralyzed with fear.

He cautiously peeled the tape from the corners of my mouth and placed a kiss on my sore lips. His tongue slid in between and I opened up, letting him consume me. This man confused me like no other.

I broke our kiss and looked him in the eye. “Can you untie my arms?”

“I can’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t know what I’d do if you touched me right now.”

“Well, I’d be gentle. I’d massage your shoulders then work my way down your chest and stomach. I can’t be responsible for what happens next, but I’d need a shower first.”

“I can’t protect you if you’re not tied up and out of sight.”

“Yes you can!”

I didn’t think I’d get him to do it, but he cut the tape from my wrists and I smacked him in the face. He looked at me but didn’t react. I thought for sure he was going to stab me with the blade, ending my life.

“What is the matter with you? If you want me, you can have me. You don’t have to go through all of this. I don’t want anyone else, Baş.”

He stood to his feet and extended his hand out toward mine. “Come.”

I followed him out of the room and up the stairs, and it took us a while to get out of that prison. It seemed like we were walking up the stairs for an eternity then we finally went through another side entrance to the kitchen. This place has more secret passageways than the Underground Railroad.

As we walked up the stairs, my pumps smacking off the hardwood, I saw his wife glaring down at us from above. “So are you two in love now?” she snapped.

“What does it concern you?” Linc replied.

I laughed. Their relationship was odd, but I didn’t want any part of it. Whatever issues they had were between them.

He brought me to his suite and locked the doors behind us. I stood by the bed as he disappeared into the bathroom and I heard the shower turn on. I wasn’t sure if I should go in or wait, but before I could make a decision, he came to the door naked and waved me in.

I stepped inside the standing glass shower and he came in behind me, running his hands down my spine and over the curve of my ass. I heard him squirt body wash on the pouf he’d previously grabbed from beside me and he ran it over the back of me, thoroughly cleaning everything, and then turned me around to repeat.

He washed me then stood there staring at me. His cock was hard as a rock and I fell to my knees. I placed my hand around the base and slid my lips over his slick rod. He grabbed the back of my head and shoved himself in deeper, causing me to gag, but I kept on sucking.

He grabbed me by my hair and brought me back up to a standing position, pushing my back against the wall, and made his way down my body, straight to my core. He lifted my right leg and placed it over his shoulder, palming my ass as his tongue slid in between my folds.

“Baş, I’m gonna come.”


“Do it, right in my mouth. Don’t hold back, my princess.”

Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.

When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she’s writing or creating graphics or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other. 

Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.






Cover Reveal ~ Spread (Club Deep #2) ~ by Penny Wylder


Title: Spread ( Club Deep #2)
Author: Penny Wylder 
Genre: Romance 




Welcome to Club Deep– the hottest new X-rated club on the block. And my brand new home.
I didn’t mean to audition for a job as a GoGo Dancer. It was an accident– I was only trying to encourage my nervous friend. She’s the one who really wanted the job!
I guess I made an impression, though… because the club owner hired me on the spot.
When I hesitated, he tempted me with a huge salary; WAY more than anyone else.
Why is he so interested in me?
And what happens when he pulls me off stage and corners me in a dark room?
Spread is part of the Club Deep series– all standalone novellas, all set in the filthiest, most taboo place around. Feeling daring? Then come on in…
P.S. Like my other books, these contain NO cheating, tons of heart throbbing heat, and the best kind of happily ever afters around.





Penny Wylder writes just that– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!







Teaser ~ Lost & Found ~ by Anna B. Doe ~ Coming July 22, 2017

Lost & Found by Anna B. Doe



Title: Lost & Found

Series: New York Knights, book 1
Author: Anna B. Doe 
Genre: NA romance
Cover Design: Emily Wittig, Emily Wittig Designs and Photography
Release Date: July 22nd, 2017


I don’t know what I want to do with my life. The only thing I am sure of is that this is not what I imagined my life to be. So, instead of staying and trying to figure out what is wrong, I choose to run away. I choose the unknown. I choose the adventure. 

My name is Anabel Majer, and I’m lost.

I have it all—well, almost all: family, health, money, fame, career, women, you name it. The only thing I am missing is a Super Bowl ring—or so I thought until the night everything changed. One night, a small Tinkerbell collided with my life, and I am gone.

My name is William Price, and I found her.

She is everything he wanted. 

He is everything she needed to stay away from. 

What happens if at the end of the journey you lose more than you find?

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Anna B. Doe is an indie author of the contemporary romance novel Lost & Found, book one in the New York Knights series. She is also a college student at the University of Zadar in Croatia where she is studying education science and Spanish. When she isn’t studying (which is most of the time), she’s reading books, watching TV shows, or traveling the world working as an au pair. She is addicted to coffee and a big lover of dogs. Anna writes what she loves to read, which is romance. She is currently working on the second book in the New York Knights series and the first book of her new YA series.

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Cover Reveal ~ Fall ~ by Eden Butler ~ Available July 25, 2017

Title: Fall
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2017 


A secret smile.

A haunting kiss.

Life – Interrupted.

Keilen Rivers was the best Lily Campbell never had. He was the promise she didn’t let herself keep. After all, nothing in life seems meant to last, and love is no exception.

When Lily’s life takes an unexpected and tragic turn, she leaves behind both her island home and the boy she could have loved to protect the only family she has left.

But sometimes life takes without giving. Sometimes you cannot bend, only break. And when her career spirals out of her control, Lily can only watch as everything she worked for falls to ruin.

But some lies are hard to come back from. And some promises are made to be broken. Sometimes going home again is the only thing that can save you. But first you have to break. First you have to fall.

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. 
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 

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Release Blitz ~ Vengeance ~ by Isabella Starling




Title: Vengeance

Author: Isabella Starling 

Genre: Dark Billionaire Romance 













First came wrath,

Ruining everything in its path.

She lost it all and wound up alone,

And his life turned his heart into stone.

Daddy taught his girl so well,

And now she’ll have her very own cell.

Her new owner thinks he has a pretty pet,

But his little toy is the real threat.

She’ll make him fall in love so fast

He’ll reveal every detail about his sordid past.

She’ll use it all to make him bleed,

But can a girl like her really succeed?

Be careful when you play these games,

Babygirl, your life might just go up in flames…




















Isabella Starling started out as a voracious reader of dark romance, and has since evolved her love of reading into writing dark, twisted romantic tales. When not spending time with her boyfriend, two cats & a Labrador pup, she’s chatting away to author friends and plotting her next release.









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