Friday, December 15, 2017

Cover & Series Reveal: A Shameless Little Con by Meli Raine

A Shameless Little Con 
by Meli Raine
Series:
The Shameless Series #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Cover Design: Marianne Nowicki, Nowicki Productions

Blurb:

I didn’t do it.

I never betrayed my friend.

Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

I've been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention.

But shame? Shame sells.
And everyone assumes you’re tainted.

Now I have my own personal security team, courtesy of the United States government. Not the one you learned about in civics class, though.

I’m being tracked by the deep state. The shadow government. They’ve assigned Silas Gentian to be with me twenty-four seven. He thinks he knows everything about me – all of it bad -- and he does.

On paper.

Like everyone else, he assumes I’m a traitor. A backstabber. A betrayer. Someone who helped a group of violent psychopaths, puppets of powerful men in Washington who made me into a tool.

Yet I see how he looks at me. True desire can’t be faked.

Or hidden.

And that goes both ways.

He assumes I’m trying to fool him.
And he might be right.
But not for the reasons he thinks.

A Shameless Little Con is the first book in the Shameless trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36636115-a-shameless-little-con
 

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COMING SOON IN THE SHAMELESS SERIES:

A Shameless Little Lie
by Meli Raine
Series:
The Shameless Series #2
Release Date: March 27th, 2018 
 

A Shameless Little Bet
by Meli Raine
Series:
The Shameless Series #3
Release Date: May 2018
 
 
 About the author:

Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes - and the women who love them.
Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cover Reveal: She Asked For It by Willow Winters

She Asked For It
by Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 23rd, 2018
Cover Design: Coverluv; Photo: James Critchley; Model: Martin Williams

Blurb:

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
You’ll tell me you don’t… but you already think you know what my story’s about.

You have no idea.
Just like the people sitting in this courtroom.
She asked for it. That’s what they keep saying.

And no, it’s not because my skirt was too short or I was drunk at a party.
It’s nothing like that. It’s because of what I like and how I like it.

They’re judging me as I sit in the front row, my eyes drawn to the man on trial.
If I’d known it was going to end like this, I never would have gone home with him.
But he’s the type of man I just can’t say no to.

I wanted to feel his lips kiss down my neck.
I dreamed of running my fingers along the rough stubble on his jaw.
I craved his hands on me, pinning me down.
I needed to whisper his name in the dark, late at night.

You still think you know what happened? You don’t.
He’s innocent and I enjoyed every second I was with him.

Let me tell you my story … all about how I asked for it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36286730-she-asked-for-it


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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars
by Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7th, 2017

Blurb:

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Excerpt:

By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.
“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.
“What? How? Why?”
He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”
“What was it?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Eli,” I started.
He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”
I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.
Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”
I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”
“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”
He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.
And there it was.
So small, so tiny, so real.
Love.
It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.
I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.
I knew Elliott Adams was love.
And I was falling into him so fast.


About the author:

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.



My review:

ALL OF THESE STARS for this PHENOMENAL READ!

WOW! This was definitely the best book in 2017 and one of the most touching I’ve ever read. I was blown by how emotional and realistic it’s been written. I don’t even know how to begin to explain how phenomenal this book was because no words would do it justice. Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing is so touching and beautiful; she has a true talent and is one of the very best writers that I know of.

The blurb didn’t give much away and left me curious at what I was getting myself into. In no way could I have been prepared for this amazing story. It showed me what it meant to be beautifully sad and taught me about real strength.

I usually write something about the story in my review but I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just tell you to open up your heart and let yourself be moved by this incredible read.

Elliot’s character reminded me a lot about myself, though he has a lot more strength than I will ever have. He’s the most perfect character ever written, not because his life was perfect – it was far from it – but because he had a heart of gold.

All these characters, Elliot, Jasmine, TJ, Ray, Laura, Jason, Katie and all the others had so much love to give and cared so much about one another like a big family. They were definitely rich of love.

This was no easy tale but an emotionally painful and heartbreaking story about the most wonderful and realistically written people.

There was so much pain and heartache but also deep, pure and honest to God love. These innocent and vulnerable teenagers had it rough in their lives early on for different reasons, but they had found each other and gave each other strength, love and trust in their friendship. Elliot was such a sweet boy. My heart ached for what he was put through at school and I was amazed at how selfless he was despite everything. He didn't care what was being done to him as long as his loved ones were okay. He brought me to tears with his big caring heart and it broke my heart how horrible he was treated in school by those bullies.

Jasmine was a sweet girl and I could easily understand that she wanted to help Elliot. Her situation wasn’t so much easier with her mum blaming her for things she wasn’t at fault. I was just glad that she had Ray.

Their grown up selves were not as innocent anymore, had a lot more baggage to carry and to work through a lot, but no matter how thick the wall was they’d built around their hearts, a lot of restrained emotions were flowing through them.
‘You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.’
Conclusion:
I don't need alphas, MCs or overdramatic storylines but exactly this! An honest, real life kind of story with genuine characters so humble and perfect, you can’t imagine that someone just made them up. A story so authentic and touching, you feel almost suffocated by all these overwhelming emotions swamping your body. This is an absolute must-read and re-read!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Release Blitz & Book Review: Damaged by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco

Damaged
by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Series:
Voyeur #4
Genre: Erotic Thriller/Dark Romance
Release Date: December 7th, 2017

Blurb:

"Now I'm going to ruin you."
I found the way out.
Yet, Ivy doesn’t know it. Haven’t been able to tell her.
My plan is incomplete. Possibly flawed. The exit from this room is almost in the palm of my hand.
But there’s no telling what truly lies on the other side of that wall.
How the hell we’ll survive escaping this place.
How damaged we’ll be.
Jamie’s life is in our hands—one wrong move from us will be her end and yet, I can’t afford to let that stop me.
Fuck no.
I’ll forsake their lives without so much as a blink to get us out. Their blood on my hands I’ll wear with pride.
To survive I’ll kill every last one of them.
It’s time we finally escape.
We’ll die if we don’t.

WARNING: This story isn't for everyone. Caution. 18+

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36281764-damaged

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Broken
by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Series:
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Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.
Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.
N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I. Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.
That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.
Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control. 
 
My review:

Let the torment continue…

What an absolute mindfuck! I’d be scared shitless and would have died a thousand deaths already having done all this to me.
But let’s just take a moment to appreciate this awesome cover!! Oh my!! I love it now even more after I’ve read the book =P

So, the story picked up where it last left off which I liked a lot, but I suppose it’s kind of required with this kind of story anyway.

We already know from the previous book who the puppeteer is and now another master was entered into the game. Very exciting!! The story was absolutely captivating and had me glued to the pages.

Although it was again a very short read, it was as intense as the previous ones but focused more on the mental aspect than the physical one. The captors wanted to finally break their puppets last resistance and played with their minds in a scary way.

Valerie, and her ever-present anger, was as arrogant as always, driven to ruin Ivy and Noah. Will she succeed with her cruel game in the end or do her dolls have a chance to escape in time? It keeps us guessing and hoping.

Ivy and Noah’s emotions were kept heightened from the drugs though it wasn’t just animalistic lust but also intense fear that kept them on their toes. It got a lot harder for them to keep their sanity and not break apart. Especially as they’re aware that eventually after all their torture, their deaths will await, because their suffering and obedience was never enough. The ultimate goal was always for them to die.

It feels like the books get shorter and shorter. Not sure about the actual length though, it just feels that way. I wished it was longer and finally gave us an ending or just some more though we did get a very short but very intense and edge gripping suspense, not to mention the cliffhanger at the end.

The authors really know how to keep this twisted game going and have the characters on the edge of losing all self-control.

Some very interesting events took place in this book and left me speechless at the end! It was absolutely killing me! I really need more! Give me more! Now! Pretty please! =P
'Slowly, a smile breaks free, and the evil, sinister creature in the mirror, the one with pure bloodlust in his eyes, smiles back at me cruelly.'
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blog Tour: Captivated by Him by Terri E. Laine

Captivated by Him
by Terri E. Laine
Genre:
New Adult Romance
Release Date: December 5th, 2017

Blurb:

Fate plays matchmaker with my heart by repeatedly putting Gavin Volk in my path. Our mutually insane attraction is instant, captivating me from the first time we meet.

The wickedly gorgeous guy knows how to set my body on fire with just one look.
And he’s there for me like no guy has been before.

Only, he says he’s not boyfriend material, not good enough for me. But he won’t give me a reason why.

If rumors at our college are to be believed, he's dangerous, connected to the mob. I know he would never hurt me physically, but mentally he's shielded by secrets he doesn't trust me enough to share.

Yet, every time he kisses me, I feel it deep down in my soul.
Just when I think I’ve broken down his barriers, he builds a fortress between us again.

Though I want him.
And I know he wants me.
His secrets keep me far from his heart.

I should walk away with my pride intact.
I can’t keep allowing him in my life only to be shattered when he walks away.
Either he proves his love by trusting me or he needs to let me go for good.

However, my greatest fear is that if he tells me what he's hiding, will I be strong enough to stay?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36194419-captivated-by-him



Excerpt: 

“If you want to walk me, you can. But I can make it on my own.”
“Lead the way.”
I had to adjust myself; it was going to be an uncomfortable walk. When I glanced up, I got an eye full of her fantastic ass and had to catch up if I didn’t want fucking blue balls tonight.
When we were side by side, she cast me a look. “And don’t think you’re talking your way up to my room. It’s a boy-free zone.”
I chuckled. “You’ve made your point. Believe it or not, I don’t have to beg.”
It was her turn to laugh. “Your ego knows no bounds.”
“It’s not ego, Angel. It’s a fact. And though you are on a short list of girls who have turned me down since before high school, it’s cool.”
She stopped in front of a red brick building, and now I knew which building held her dorm. I filed that away for future reference.
“Well, it’s healthy you learn that not all women are susceptible to your charms.”
Her warm palm reached up and patted my cheek. I captured her wrist and turned it to press a kiss to the skin at the juncture of her hand and arm.
“Never say never, Angel. I might corrupt you yet.”


About the author:

Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cover Reveal: Last Chance by Lauren Runow

Last Chance
by Lauren Runow 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Age Group: Adult 
Release Date: January 9th, 2018
Cover Designer: Designed With Grace

Blurb:

Last Chance is a story of love and heartache proving that life is not always fair, but it's worth the pain to get the moments you’ll treasure forever.

Mackenzie

From the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking. He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him.

There was only one problem… he was my best friend’s older brother.

It’s been eight years since I’ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth. So here I stand, taking my last chance to get him to notice me, my last chance to see if he feels the same way.

I need to know if he is just a fantasy, or if he could be my reality…

Before my reality changes forever.

Connor

I never wanted a girlfriend; I was burned by love and vowed to never go down that road again. But when the beautiful girl I’ve known practically my entire life snuck her way into my arms there was something that changed in me. I wanted to be with her, next to her. Just simply kissing her lips made my life complete.

Now I have one mission.

To make hers complete, too.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36473521-last-chance

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About the author:

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Release Blitz & Book Review: On Her Guard by Skyla Madi

On Her Guard
by Skyla Madi
Series: Protecting Her #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: Crave Publishing

Blurb:

I don’t know how my life got so twisted.

One day, I’m working as a cash guard, shooting the tires off a stolen vehicle, and the next I’m a guard for the only daughter of high-profile mob boss, Marco Ventilli.

The twist?

I’ve already met the five-foot-four, one-hundred-and-ten-pound bombshell that is Sera Ventilli.

In fact, I’ve had her every way a man can have a woman, and if her father ever finds out, he’ll skin me alive and bury me six feet under the hot sands of Las Vegas.

I knew Sera looked like the worst kind of trouble—my gut told me she was—but she swore otherwise, and I lapped up every single lie she fed me, like a Goddamn idiot.

All I had to do was keep the promise I made to my mother on her deathbed. Leave the Army, find a normal job and a good woman, and get on with my life.

Yeah. So much for that​.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36536793-on-her-guard

 

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About the author: 
 
SKYLA MADI is an International bestselling romance novelist from Brisbane, Australia.Skyla started her writing career fresh out of high school and at 24 she is a giver of both real and fictional life.
She is an aquarian, lover of the written word and author of the #1 BESTSELLING Consumed trilogy.

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My review:

I can't tell you enough how glad I am that I stumbled upon this author's books a few years ago. And since this wasn't my first read by her, as I absolutely love her New York Crime Kings Series, I had higher expectations on this book than I'd normally have.
But Skyla Madi easily accomplished to surpass my expectations with this captivating, suspenseful and very sexy read.
Jai move aside, Ben is here! =P
“Hold on to your heels, Princess. Shit's about to get wild.”
At first I wasn't really sure what to expect because I haven't read lots of mafia books before and the mob is a rather vile and unpredictable bunch of people which cause a lot of death and destruction (at least in books and movies). So I worried a bit if the love story would suffer from this, but after I started reading, I soon found out that the book was nothing as I've expected but so much better.

Regardless the length of the book, the story had a great pace and although the characters had an early sexual encounter, it wasn't an insta-love story. Actually, I'd say the book wasn't a love-story at all but more about a forbidden feeling towards one another forming into an ever-growing bond.

It was about Sera trying to break free of the strong hold and short leash her father had her on. She's young and envied her carefree friends because being the daughter of the mob boss entailed a certain rule of etiquette and always brought harsh consequences to every 'wrong' decision.
Though one night changed everything when she stumbled upon Ben, whom she never expected to see again after a drunken night between the sheets. Man was she in for a surprise.

Ben wasn't continuously as strong a character as I'd expected him to be. He'd have preferred to go back to the army where he belonged because no other job could give him the same satisfying feeling, but his promise held him back. He seemed torn and lonely. I thought that he was rather sad at times but this had me love him even more. Don’t’ get me wrong, he was physically strong and had great personality traits but his heart ached for love and attention which was reflected in his actions.
'There's something about her, something that says, “you can't touch me.” I want to touch her. I want to completely ruin her for anyone else. Ever.
One might argue that Sera was immature or careless but I wouldn’t necessarily agree because putting myself in her shoes I probably would be as rebellious as she was, though she clearly was younger than Ben.
'Being the only child – and only daughter – of Marco Ventilli, Don of the Vegas family, is no walk in the park.'
I loved this book so much! I almost highlighted everything LOL not really constructive but I couldn't help myself. I just loved every word of it!

I was excited about the characters’ first encounter, nervous about Ben working for the mob, anxious about Sera’s dad finding out about them, scared for Ben’s life and swooning over the epilogue. I believe this sums it up pretty nicely. So, do yourself a favor and pick up this book, because you will be glad you did!

-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Give Me Books Promotions. --

 My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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