Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: Good on Paper by Jennifer Millikin






Today we are celebrating the release of GOOD ON PAPER by Jennifer Millikin. GOOD ON PAPER is a standalone, friends-to-lovers story! Be sure to follow Jennifer for exclusive news and giveaways!

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Good on Paper by Jennifer Millikin

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Book Blurb:

Natalie Shay never imagined a day like this would come. She did what she was supposed to do: graduate college and marry her handsome, popular college sweetheart. With the ink still drying on their divorce papers, Natalie tries to move on from an ending she thought would be happy. When she feels a spark with her stubborn, charming best friend Aidan Costa, Natalie's life becomes even more unrecognizable. Aidan has been her best friend for years, stood beside her when she got married, and has a notorious aversion to relationships. As confusion and denial overwhelm them, their spark grows. Held back by a secret he has been keeping his whole life, Aidan decides to ignore his feelings for Natalie. Natalie's discovery of his secret pushes them past the boundaries they've carefully constructed around their friendship. For Natalie, this could be a second chance at her happily ever after. But when a person from Aidan's past reappears, everything he has built with Natalie is threatened.

My Review:

Good on Paper is one of the stories that show two not so perfect people fall in love, but they both keep making mistakes when it comes to each other. Aiden and Natalie were super relatable because of this. I feel like one of the problems in romance novels is that the characters are just two perfect, and I loved how these two were clearly not!

Natalie and Aiden dealt with lots of curves in the road before they could reach their happily ever after but I loved how despite everything they fought for each other. I would definitely call this a slow burn romance, but it is a quick read. I love the Aiden was a teacher too since I’m a high school history teacher!

If you’re looking for a rainy day read, Good on Paper is perfect for you! 

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  Jennifer Millikin is a contemporary fiction author of five full-length novels and a contributor for Scottsdale Moms Blog. When she isn't writing she can be found cooking, hiking, or in downward dog.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Slashes in the Snow by M. Never


Synopsis: 

𝐊𝐲

Three years ago my father walked away. Away from our MC, all his responsibilities, and me. We haven’t spoken since the day he handed me the keys to the kingdom.

Shoved them down my throat was more like it.

I hate him, and the new family he’s playing house with. He left his entire life behind for a woman he barely knows. But I’m strong, resilient, and don’t need a damn soul to survive.

At least, that’s what I thought...until she walked into my bar.

𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐚

Someone is watching me. I can feel it. I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out of my mind, paranoid a stranger is there. My skin prickles every time I leave my house, because I know someone is following me.

I’m afraid. Alone. And there’s only one person left to turn to.

The stepbrother I never met. The man my stepfather speaks so highly about, but never sees. He’s the president of a notorious motorcycle club, and exactly the kind of person I need to protect me.

Little did I know, Ky Parish, freakin’ hates my guts.

***Slashes in the Snow is a romantic suspense (emphasis on romance) with dark elements. Reader discretion is advised.

My Review:


After reading the prequel story, Snowfall, I was super excited to read the full-length novel featuring Kira and Ky. While I realized I am not a huge fan of motorcycle club romances, I still fully enjoyed Kira and Ky’s story.

Kira and Ky are stepsiblings for the last two years, but have never met. When Kira’s mom married Ky’s dad, his dad left his club and Ky has wanted nothing to do with him since. But Kira needs help and Ky feels a need to help her.

I really loved the romance in the story. Ky and Kira were super hot together! I also enjoyed the mystery aspect and the last 50 pages just completely flew through! I needed to know what was going to happen!

Overall, this was a good romance and a quick read. I’ve read other stories from this author, so Slashes in the Snow definitely will not be my last from her!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient # 2
Rating: 5 stars!
Publisher: Berkley
Date Published: May 7, 2019

Summary:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

My Review:

I really loved last years The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, so I was super excited when I was able to receive a copy of the follow up, The Bride Test. This story follows Khai, an autistic man who doesn’t do love or relationships and Esme, a Vietnamese women who wants a better life for her and her daughter. I loved these two so much! Since the second they met, their connection jumped off the pages.

The story had so many laugh out loud moments, but also had a lot of heart and emotion. It literally had everything I could want in a story. The ending had me stupid smiling, even hours after I had finished it. The beginning was a little slow, but after about 25%, the rest just flew by! I needed to know how Esme and Khai’s story was going to play out.

I also loved how Khai’s autism was portrayed and how his family, especially his brother handled it. I loved Khai and Quan’s relationship. I loved no matter what they were there for each other. I really enjoyed seeing Michael and Stella again (The main characters from The Kiss Quotient) too!
My favorite scene is a scene between Khai, Quan and Michael. Even thinking about it makes me laugh again!

Esme was also a wonderful character. I loved how motivated and determined she was. I loved watching her grow into a confident women and seeing her stick up for herself!

Overall, Hoang has done it again with her sophomore novel! I cannot wait to see what other amazing stories this hugely talented lady comes up with! 

Thank you Berkley Romance for sending me an advanced review copy! 



Friday, February 22, 2019

Cover Reveal: Blindsided by Eden Finley


Release Date: March 20, 2019
Cover Design: Kellie Dennis / Book Cover by Design
 

Synopsis

 
𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫:
When Talon left to play pro ball six years ago, the hole in my chest confused me. I focused my heartache into making my own NFL dreams come true, and by the time I was drafted, the longing I had for my best friend was buried deep. Now he wants everything to be like it was in college, but we can’t have threesomes and be reckless like we once were. The media storm would be enough to break both our careers. That’s not my biggest concern though. The torch I had for him burns brighter after so long apart, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Marcus Talon is straight. I need to stay away from him.

𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧:
Years ago, Miller and I made a pact that we’d win a Super Bowl together. When I’m offered a position on his team in Chicago, I don’t hesitate. I move across the country to chase a dream that’s a decade old. Only, now that I’m here, he’s avoiding me every chance he gets. If he was anyone else, I’d cut my losses. But this is Shane Miller—the guy who makes everything better just by existing in my universe. The guy I’d do anything for. The guy who’s more to me than a brother, a friend, or even a teammate. I’m not going to let him get away.
 

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Excerpt

“God, I wish I was there,” Miller says. His solemn face fills my phone screen, and I wish he was here too.
“Here?” I croak. “Why?”
Scenarios run through my head of what Miller could do if he were here right now, and not one of them is PG-rated.
“Why do you think? I’m going batshit and my leg is messed up. I wanna be back on the field.”
Ah, he’s still talking about football. Duh.
“I’ll get you there,” I promise.
“You’re really going to spend your off season training me? Shouldn’t you be taking a jersey chaser or two to a sex island?”
I perk up. “There are sex islands? Think we could recondition there?”
“On second thought, I don’t think you should be let loose on a sex island. You’d probably forget to do important things like eat and drink water, and then you’d die of dehydration.”
“Like those animals who literally fuck themselves to death?”
“What?” I ask.
“There are these rat-looking things from Australia. The males literally stop eating so they can have sex until they die. Something about their need to keep their gene pool going.”
“I shouldn’t be shocked about your weird knowledge of animal sex, but I am.”
“Just trying to find my spirit animal.” I sigh. “Although lately I’m more like a panda. If I go much longer without sex, I’ll forget how to do it.”
Why my brain thinks that’s a good idea to tell Miller, I have no idea. Maybe I’m fishing for him to agree with me or maybe I want him to know that I’m not fucking around with anyone else. Not that I’m fucking around with him either.
“Aww, how long has it been? A few days? A week?” He smiles but there’s something in it that makes me think he’s gritting his teeth while he does.
“Try months. That night … with you and those two girls. That’s the last time I …” I wave my hand in a you know what I’m trying to say gesture.
“Holy shit, how are you surviving? And what about your pregame ritual?”
“The new calluses on my hands aren’t from throwing footballs.”
Miller cracks up laughing, and something inside me breaks. What it is, I don’t know, but it’s like charging the field at the beginning of a game. It’s a touchdown in the last minute. It’s putting that championship ring on for the first time. It’s … everything.
“Shane,” I say, my voice coarse.
His eyes flick to mine through the small screen, and his laughter dies.
My confession is a whisper. “I chickened out.”
Miller’s brow furrows. “Chickened out of what?”
“This. FaceTiming you.”
Miller looks like he’s trying to decide to mock me or let me off the hook. I beat him to talking so he can do neither.
“I’ve wanted to. You have no idea how much.”
His expression softens. “I think I have a fair idea. I wasn’t calling you on your bluff or taunting you.” He lowers his voice and whispers, “I wanted it. I want this.”
Miller’s gaze burns so hot I expect my phone to overheat. How I’ve never seen him this way before now is confusing, but not really when I dissect it.
I uprooted my whole life for him. Moved to Chicago to be near him. All because I missed what I had with him, which up until recently, I thought was just a solid friendship.
Friends don’t give up what I did just so they can see their college buddy again. That’s illogical. That doesn’t stop me from trying to make sense of it. And to make sense of it, I need to do something I’ve been putting off. For fear of rejection, fear of discovering some unknown truth that’s always been a part of me, I don’t know. But I do know Miller doesn’t scare me. Doing this with Miller doesn’t scare me.
“Take your shirt off,” I rasp.
“Talon—”
“Take. Your. Shirt. Off.”


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About the Author

 
Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart. With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.  

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Review: She Found Him by B. Cranford



Release Date: February 19, 2019
Cover Design: Oh So Novel
Genre: Emotional Contemporary Romance Standalone
 

Synopsis

One thing Rose Riley is proud of: standing up for what she believes in while living her best life kindly. One thing she’s not so proud of: whacking a man on the head with her handmade sign at an animal rights march. Especially when she takes the whimpering puppy dumped on her front porch to the nearest vet and he turns out to be the man she struck . . . Awkward. One thing Rose didn’t expect to find before going back home to Australia: Love.


My Review:

Sometimes you get to be lucky enough to read a book that gives you all the feels. She Found Him was that book for me. It had everything I wanted it a story. It was adorably cute, but dealt with some real topics that I completely connected with. I loved everything about this story, and I can’t want to read more from this author.

She Found Him is about a Veterinarian named Liam and an Australian currently living in America named Rose. When they first meet at an “Adopt Don’t Shop” event, she accidently hits him with her sign-twice and then runs away! They meet again a week later when she comes to his office after finding a stray puppy on her porch. This is when the magic begins! Liam, Rose and the puppy Wilbur were all so perfectly written. I loved them all! Little Wilbur (nicknamed Wilby!) was just the cutest and it made me realize even more that I need to have a dog in my life right away.

I connected with Rose on such a personal level as well. She is dealing with homesickness and hasn’t seen her parents in two years since she left Australia. This was very real to me because my parents live in New York and I moved down to Texas. I understood how she felt about needing and missing them and wanting to go home.

Overall, this story was just absolutely perfect. I loved everything about it. I am so glad I was given an advanced copy to read! She Found Him is a quick read that is 100% worth it! Highly recommend! 

 

   

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B. Cranford is a proud Australian living in the USA, a lover of books, breadsticks and bed, and the mother of two children who are far too similar to their father for her liking. A lifelong reader, she dove into the romance genre on the recommendation of her best friend and hasn't looked back since. After three years as a blogger, she decided it was high time she finally finished one of the 12,002 books she'd started writing, and the end result was her debut novel, The Brightest Star.
 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cover Reveal: Luca by Brenda Rothert






Today we are sharing the cover reveal of LUCA by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone that will be releasing on April 23rd. It is the second title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. 


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Luca by Brenda Rothert

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Chicago Blaze, #2

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Book Blurb:

Abby

I only have one love now—the home furnishings business I’m building into an empire. Maybe money and success can’t love me back, but they keep what’s left of my heart safe. One-night stands are my way of scratching the occasional itch I get for something more. And no one’s better for that than a sexy as sin hockey player I’ll never see again after one very hot night together.

Luca

I used to love two things: hockey and women. But now my nieces and nephew are my top priority, because I’m raising them after tragedy stole their parents. Somehow I balance single parenthood and my career as a forward for the Chicago Blaze. There’s no time for women, until I get knocked on my ass by Abby Daniels. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted, but her devastating past may end us before we even get started.
 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review: His Scandalous Viscountess by Sorcha Mowbray








Today we are celebrating the release of HIS SCANDALOUS VISCOUNTESS, the third book in the Lustful Lords series by Sorcha Mowbray. This book is a historical romance title from Jack's House Publishing. Check out the purchase links and blurb for the book below.

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His Scandalous Viscountess (Lustful Lords, #3) by Sorcha Mowbray

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Book Blurb:

Once upon a time, a boy and a girl fell in love…but prestige, power, and a shameful secret drove them apart.

Julia fled abroad after the death of her husband, Lord Fallthorpe. She has finally returned to England, but little has changed.

Except for her.

As a dowager marchioness, Julia lives and loves where she pleases. And the obnoxious son of her dead husband does not please. But what can an independent woman do? Why, create a scandal, of course!

Viscount Wolfington is no stranger to the wagging tongues of the ton. Between being a Lustful Lord and the scandal of his birth, he learned long ago that society had little use for him. So when he walks into The Market and finds the woman who once stole his heart being auctioned for a night of debauchery, he jumps at another chance to hold her--even for just a single night.

As Julia and Wolf unravel their pasts, will villainy win again, or will love finally conquer all?


My Review:

From just reading the synopsis, I knew that I wanted to read this story! When it appeared on my kindle (in the form of an eARC), I read it right away. Realizing after I had already started it that it was book three of the Lustful Lords series, I became a little hesitate, but it didn’t take anything away from the story. I definitely think that you can read His Scandalous Viscountess as a standalone.

The story literally starts at a sex auction and within a few pages there is one of the hottest three ways I have ever read. I seriously loved Wolf, Julia and Linc together. I wanted more! The story has more sexy times throughout and I was not disappointed.

I think my favorite part of the story was Wolf, also known as Grayson Powell Viscount Wolfington. He wasn’t your typical Lord that we usually read about in historical romances. He didn’t come off as an asshole, which I really appreciated. He was kind and caring and I loved how he wanted to take care of Julia.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I would like to read the first two books in the series as soon as possible. I think they are perfect rainy day reads when you’re looking for a little spice. 


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!

For more information about Sorcha, please visit her website, “Like” Sorcha on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Sorcha’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at sorcha@sorchamowbray.com.

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