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Release Blitz & Review ~ Just Exes by Charity Ferrell

Title: Just Exes
Series: Blue Beech #3
Author: Charity Ferrell
Genre: New Adult Romance
 Release Date: August 30, 2018
Blurb
Lauren
Running into an ex you haven’t seen in nearly a decade is never a good
time. 
Running into your ex while he’s arresting you is humiliating. 
The handcuffs close around my fists at the same time he promises to
hate me until he takes his last breath.
I can’t blame him. He pleaded for me not to walk away.  He doesn’t know leaving him broke my heart as much as it did his. 
It wasn’t for me. Rather, it was for someone else. 
Gage
I skipped town after Hurricane Lauren obliterated my heart. 
Coming home was a hard choice to make. Arresting her isn’t. 
She has no idea of the demons I carry with me now. No idea that I’m a new man.
Two women ruined me. 
One I gave my heart to. 
The other punished me for it.
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Author Bio
Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew
up riding her bicycle to her library and reading anything she could get her
hands on. Angst is her happy place, and she loves writing about flawed people
finding love. She loves the basics—books, shoes, and online shopping.
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4 1/2 out of 5 stars

First things first – this cover. I hate this cover. This is NOT an accurate representation of what Gage looks like – there is NO WAY Gage is this skinny. Sorry, terrible cover. I digress…..

What sounded like a fun second chance romance was so much more. This was a really intense, gripping story of healing.

Gage Perry met the love of his life in high school. Lauren Barnes was his entire world, and she broke up with him with no good explanation, breaking his heart and causing him to move thousands of miles from Iowa to Chicago (the author wrote this and I laughed for a good 5 minutes – I live in Chicago and the furthest point in Iowa is hundreds of miles away).  Lauren never found love like she had with Gage again.

Fast forward 10 years – Gage moves back home to Iowa from Chicago, as his father is in bad health. He’s a police officer, and he’s called into a fire believed to be arson – and the suspect – Lauren. He arrests her, while whispering in her ear that he will hate her forever. It’s obvious right away that neither of them hate each other – in fact, they are still very much in love with each other.

Gage is an incredibly broken man. His story from Chicago is heartbreaking.  Lauren’s reason f or leaving Gage was not at all what I was expecting. I was a little shocked by it, in a good way.

Gage’s friends were hilarious. They HATED Lauren for hurting Gage and causing him to move away. His friend Kyle, in particular, was great. He called Lauren Satan.

The story moved at a great pace, and to be honest, I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.  Despite their pain, it was clear they loved one. I loved how Lauren stepped up for Gage in his time of need.

I can’t and won’t give too much away, but this book is really good and I would recommend it. It’s a little more romantic suspense but full of rich characters you’ll be pulling for.

My first book by this author, and it will not be my last.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Heartbreaker by Katie McCoy

 

 

Title: Heartbreaker

Series: Rascals #3

Author: Katie McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2018
Blurb
Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…Liam Callahan is devastatingly handsome, infuriatingly aloof and… my new boss?
Put that at the top of the list of ‘Things I Wish I’d Known (Before I Was
Panting in His Arms During a Sizzling Midnight Make-out Session.)’

My bartending gig at Rascals was supposed to be a fresh start for me. Now I’m
juggling drink orders AND red-hot sexual tension – but I refuse to let Liam’s
smoldering stares throw me off my game…

Until one late night leads to another. And another. Liam has a reputation as Mr
Heartbreaker, but he’s revealing a whole new side of himself: funny, playful,
and most definitely NSFW. But this rascal has made a rule of never getting in
too deep, and despite the real connection between us, something’s holding him
back.

Can we find a way to put the past behind us and move on? Or will my new
beginning end in heartbreak before it’s even begun?

Find out in the hot new stand-alone romance from Katie McCoy!

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#2 Wingman

#3 Heartbreaker

#4 Soulmate – Oct 15th

#5 Troublemaker – Dec 10th

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Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn’t writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.
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4 out of 5 stars

Ok, first things first. This story is set in Chicago (my hometown) and they went to Albanese Candy Factory in Hobart, which is a real place that I’ve been to. I have to say I really loved that!!!!

Juliet was a ballerina for her whole life, until an injury ended her career.  She stops into Rascals, a bar owned by 5 male friends, and ends up with a new job as a bartender.  There she found a new family of friends – including Liam, one of the owner of Rascals.  After hanging out there on her first night, she ends up making out with Liam in the alley outside of Rascals.

There is one problem – Liam is very set in his ways and is looking for a particular type of woman. He grew up with a mother who had an addiction, and he constantly had to fend for himself. So in his  adult life, he is all about order and control. Juliet is not at all his type, but he cannot deny his attraction t o her.

I loved all the side characters in t he story. I will openly admit I didn’t read the first two books in the series, but I would like to read the next two for sure.

I got Liam’s story, meaning I understood how his childhood turned him into the person he is as an adult. There was a little bit of insta-love, but I knew after 3 weeks that I was going to marry my husband and loved him, so it’s possible. Liam’s hot and cold personality got a little old after a while, but Juliet – I just loved her. Dance had been her entire life. She was devastated when her career ended, but she moved on. She started teaching ballet, and found she was good at it.

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be lack of closure. There was no closure to the story with Liam’s mom, Juliet’s family was non-existent (which was weird, because I’m sure dance is not cheap) and I would have liked a little more closure surrounding her dance classes/teaching.

Overall,  this was a very enjoyable story and I will read the next one for sure.

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ARC Review – Tossed Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Title: Tossed Into Love
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Netgalley

 

Goodreads Summary

Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.

Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

Review

I have been a fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds (ARR) for a while now.  I loved her Until series. ARR knows how to write an alpha male, so I was expecting another alpha in this book. Sadly, I was disappointed.

Libby is a stylist, doing hair and make up. She lived with her sister for a while, and now she lives on her own. Her favorite place to eat is Tony’s Pizzeria, so when she hears that Tony, the owner, has had a hard attack, Libby wants to jump in and help the Moretti family out in their time of need.

Antonio Moretti is a firefighter, and has a lot of resentment toward the pizzeria his parents own. So he’s incredibly resentful when he has to step in and help out in the pizzeria while his father is recovering. He totally doesn’t like Libby helping out at the pizzeria. Antonio has made assumptions about Libby because of the way she dresses and carries herself – assumptions that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Libby has had a crush on Antonio for years, but has decided she’s done with him, since he’s a total jerk to her. I didn’t like the way Antonio treated Libby for the first 40% of this book. He was not a true ARR alpha and felt unlike any of the other men she’s written.

I did really like Libby. She was a hard worker and very sweet.  What happened at the end of this story made no sense to me. And Antonio’s reaction was pretty dumb.

Overall, this was a pretty good story and I would recommend it.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst

Today we are celebrating the release of THE CHARM OF YOU by Jennifer Probst. This book is a sexy standalone, RomCom title. Check out the purchase links below to reserve your copy now, and read an excerpt from the book!

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Synopsis:

It Takes Three Simple Steps To Make a Guy Fall in Love with you…
Determination.
Seduction.
Charm.
Let the game begin…

Presley Cabot has come a long way from the overweight, awkward college student who fell hard for the gorgeous track star, Nolan Banks, only to be humiliated after their one night together. Now, she’s one of the billionaire badass owners of LWW Enterprises and has everything she’d ever wanted in life, leaving her past behind.
But when Nolan comes back into town, and doesn’t even recognize the girl he once destroyed, she decides to invoke her own personal revenge. The plan is simple—make him fall hard for her, then dump him. She transforms herself into his perfect woman using three simple steps to spin her web.
But she never planned on getting caught up in old feelings…and new promises…

Nolan Banks leaves Wall Street behind to open up a brewery in his small college town. Finally ready to carve out his life away from the dreams of his family, he never expected to find an immediate attraction to the sexy corporate mogul who challenges him at every step. He falls hard and fast, determined to show her they’re meant for each other, until the truth of their shared past shatters their fragile foundation. But Nolan is playing for higher stakes, and he’s not about to let Presley walk away without a fight. Can he convince her his feelings have nothing to do with the game rules, and everything to do with the woman she is?

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She’d known all along he’d lied about his identity in order to secure this appointment. Admiration flowed through him, along with a strange punch in his gut that urged him closer. The spicy scent of orange blossoms and clove filled the air, making him want to breathe deeper. “How did you know?” he asked, stopping on the opposite side of the monstrous espresso structure that held two oversized monitors, dozens of papers, and a toppling pile of books. “I thought I covered my tracks nicely.”

She gave a half shrug and reached for her Starbucks cup, seemingly already bored with his conversation. “You’re predictable.”

Male pride stung, he still couldn’t help laughing. Why did he have to be attracted to a woman who gave him shit? Would be so much easier to find a more complacent partner for an affair. Unfortunately, Nolan knew it was way too late for him. He was officially smitten. “Then I’ll have to up my game.”

Another shrug. “Maybe you have no game left.” She sipped her coffee and studied him, those stunning eyes shielding her secrets. He ached to know every detail about this woman, but knew he’d have his work cut out for him.

“Come to lunch with me and find out.”

She tilted her head. Tapped her index finger again those bee stung lips as if considering. “Why?”

Her question delighted him. “Because the moment you walked into my brewery I haven’t been able to get you off my mind.”

“How sweet.” She fluttered her lashes. “Too bad I forgot you the moment I walked out of your brewery.”

He dropped into the chair opposite the massive desk and hooked his foot over his knee. He made no attempt to hide his naked admiration for those amazing legs or the brazen way she challenged him to go and try. Her foot flexed, lifting the spiked heel, and those sleek muscles clenched under golden skin. His dick practically wept and got strangled in his jeans. “Ouch. What if I confessed you were the first woman in a long while to intrigue me?”

“Yeah? What intrigues you so much?”

He warmed up to the topic. “Besides your rapier wit, and superior intelligence? Your eyes. When I look into your eyes, I seem to lose track of time. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Was it possible she actually looked bored with his compliment? She gave a long-suffering sigh, regarding him like he was mentally challenged. “Please tell me you have better things in your arsenal. And you better upgrade from that Peter Gabriel song because it’s been overdone. I spend every Saturday with a personal trainer who makes me throw up for fun, so I really don’t want to hear about my pretty eyes or wit. Go ahead and bring it. Tell me I have a slamming body and get creative, dude, or I’m throwing you out and you won’t get another chance to bang me.”

God, she was magnificent.

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Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst – Bio:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com.

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3 1/2 out of 5 stars

The synopsis of this book sounded intriguing, getting revenge on someone who humiliated you in college. The only problem is the guy you’re trying to get revenge on is one of the sweetest characters I’ve read in a long time!

Presley was overweight in college, and really struggled with her weight and her insecurities. She had a crush on Nolan Banks, frat boy and track star for two years, so one night, she ends up at a party where Nolan is and he takes her virginity. The next morning, she overhears his frat brothers talking about how Nolan had made a bet to sleep with the fat girl, and Presley is devastated.

Fast forward ten years – Presley is now thin, fit and a millionaire owner of a publishing company with her two best friends. When she hears Nolan is back in town, she devises a plan to get her revenge – make Nolan fall in love with her and then dump him.

Things don’t go according to Presley’s plan. It was pretty obvious what had happened that night in college to the reader, but not to Presley. She’s been holding on to years of resentment. I got that. I also get the insecurities that come when you lose weight – I’ve been there.

The story itself was well written, but it was really long. I also would have appreciated it being told in the first person. It’s so much easier to connect to the characters that way.  I enjoyed Presley’s best friends, Libby and Aubrey, and hope they get a book. I also liked Nolan’s brother, Carter, and would love to see him get a book as well.

My only real complaint is that the book had no epilogue. It ended very abruptly. I would have appreciated some closure, especially not knowing if this is a potential series.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it.

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ARC Review ~ Bishop by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Bishop
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Meet the Arizona Vengeance, hockey’s hottest new team. They’re burning up the ice—until a one-night-stand with the coach’s daughter freezes one player in his skates.

Bishop Scott, co-captain. Not too shabby, huh? It’s all part of my fresh start with the NHL’s latest expansion team, and that means new teammates, a new coach, a new city, and a big new contract. Basically, I cannot f***ing wait to show my old squad what they’re missing.

But first, I decide to check out the town before the grind begins. Turns out Arizona chicks are totally smokin’, and I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex.

Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter. All of a sudden, we’re picking up right where we left off, which means our hands are all over each other. That’s when her dad—my boss—walks in. And before I can get a word out, Brooke’s introducing me as her fiancé.

Sure, she just saved my ass. So why do I get the feeling Brooke’s going to turn my world upside down? Maybe it’s because this fake relationship feels way too real. . . .

Review

Sawyer Bennett knows how to write hockey players She did it 11 times with the Cold Fury series, and now she introduces us to the Arizona Vengeance – a new expansion franchise (think Vegas).

Bishop Scott was brought to the franchise from New York with his friend Dax. He goes to a club in Phoenix one night and meets Brooke – whom he finds beautiful and intriguing and ends up taking her home. He never got her last name or number in the morning, which he regrets. Imagine his surprise when he gets to the arena the next day and discovers Brooke works for the team – and is the coaches daughter.

Brooke’s mother died seven months prior to the move to Arizona, and her father has been taking it very hard. She moved to Arizona to be closer to her dad, and took a position with the team that wasn’t what she wanted to be doing, but it meant being close to her dad, and she was fine with that. Her dad finds her and Bishop making out in her office, and Brooke blurts out that they are engaged, even though they aren’t.

They decide to continue their charade, while of course developing feelings for each other for real. I liked the other guys on the team, especially Dax and Erik (who the next book is about, yeah). There was a side story with a friend of Brooke’s that was a little annoying, but it added a little drama.

There wasn’t an epilogue, which was disappointing, but maybe we will get the closure in the next book. This was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.

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ARC Review ~ To Have and To Harley by Regina Cole

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Title: To Have and To Harley
Author: Regina Cole
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

You may now kiss the biker
Bethany Jernigan owes her bestie. Big time. So when wedding planning overburdens the bride-to-be, Bethany steps in to handle the nitty-gritty. But the guy in charge isn’t anything like she imagined. He’s gruff, tattooed, and 100% male. His staff is even rougher around the edges, and it’s not long before she feels as if she’s stepped into some kind of crazy alternate reality.

Are those…bikers? Arguing about wedding favors?

Trey Harding never wanted this to get so out of hand. One little lie somehow snowballed into a world of dresses and flowers and food and holy-hell-he’s-in-over-his-head. But it’s not like he can confess he’s not the wedding planner he’s pretending to be–especially now that he’s falling for the maid of honor! His charade is becoming a farce, and as engines rev and ribbons fly, Trey’s running out of time to figure out how to tell the truth without losing his new family, his crew…or the woman of his dreams.

Review

You will need to suspend to serious reality in order to find this book entertaining.

Trey Harding is the leader of a motorcycle club.  He takes down drug dealers and scumbags. He grew up in foster care, believing that he was abandoned at a gas station by his mother. Turns out he could not have been more wrong. He had a loving family who he didn’t know about.

Turns out his new sister, Sarah, is engaged to be married, and is finishing up pharmacy school. She outsources the planning of her wedding to her best friend, Bethany. Turns out Bethany is recently out of a job and needs something to do.

Trey goes to meet his birth mother, and while there, he freaks and tells his mother that he’s a wedding planner. Yes, the 6 foot 5, tatted up biker claims to be a wedding planner. Not only does he claim to be a wedding planner, he actually gets his biker friends to start planning the wedding!!!

There are a lot of problems with this book. Here are some of them:

  • The cover. Trey is 6 foot 5 and covered in tattoos but the guy on the cover doesn’t have a drop of ink on him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book cover about an MC with a guy without tattoos on the cover.  So strange.
  • The story line it not at all believable or feasible. In fact, it’s ludicrous.
  • At times, the book is silly and then it’s very serious.
  • The story was kind of all over the place.
  • Trey is the Prez of an MC – he has no cool code name and quite frankly, he was the weakest and least vulgar Prez I’ve ever read.
  • There wasn’t a lot of character development – we didn’t get to learn a lot about the biker gang members or Sarah.
  • The story with Bethany’s grandmother – completely stupid and not believable.
  • Insta-love.
  • No epilogue.

I liked Trey. He wanted to be the son that his mother wanted, but he struggled with how to make that happen. I liked Bethany as well. She was strong, but the storyline with her grandmother and the promise she made her father – it was just so dumb.

The ending – really? Just really? I liked some of the characters but I honestly don’t know if I can continue reading.

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ARC Review – Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)

Title: Playing Hurt
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Chase: The last thing I’d ever want to do is let my team down. After overcoming my bad-boy reputation, I was dominating on the ice. But things aren’t going so well this season, and even my parents think I’m partying again. Now I’m really worried about my career. The only bright spot in my life is the Twitter flirtation I’ve struck up with pop princess Jordyn Banks. Turns out she’s a huge hockey fan—and she’s willing to wager a date on her favorite team. . . .

Jordyn: Even though I’m an L.A. fan now, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Aces, since I grew up in Chicago. Then I lose a bet to Chase Hartman, and suddenly I’m up close and personal with a pro athlete who’s anything but soft. Not only is Chase the hottest guy I’ve ever met, he’s secretly super sweet. As if I had time for a relationship . . . yeah, right. But when I suddenly have nothing but time on my hands, he’s the only one who understands. Now, with both of our careers at stake, Chase is tempting me to put my heart on the line too.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but they can be read as stand alones.

I’m a sucker for a book about hockey players. Imagine your a big NHL star and you end up tweeting with your celebrity crush and then bet on a hockey game, and when you win you get a date with said celebrity. That is the premise around this book.

Jordyn Banks is a huge pop star (I pictured Selena Gomez) and she’s also a huge hockey fan. She grew up in Chicago, so she’s an Aces fan, but she’s also an LA fan, since that’s where she lives now. Jordyn and Chase Hartmann start tweeting about hockey to one another, which turns flirtatious, and leads to much more.

Chase is having a rough season. He’s been “playing hurt” – he has a wrist injury. Jordyn ends up having surgery on her vocal cords, putting her out of commission for a few months, and then she and Chase begin to form a friendship.

This book was a fun read. I liked both Chase and Jordyn. Jordyn was incredibly down to earth for a mega star, and she appreciated the thought and effort Chase put into their dates (as did I – it was cute).  There wasn’t a whole ton of drama in this book, just a nice story about two famous people who meet and fall in love.

I was a little disappointed in the epilogue, though I was happy there was one. I didn’t feel that the epilogue provided closure to the story. But overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

 

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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High school parking lots are one of the most dangerous places on earth. I don’t have statistics to back that up…but I know it’s true.

I pull into the school parking lot Monday morning in my Dad’s giant, newly repaired mint-green Buick, with Back in Black by AC/DC blasting from the speakers. I feel tough, powerful—like I’m driving a tank.

I’m a badass teacher—I’ll run you down even if you’re a student—I’ve got twenty-nine more in class just like you.

The outfit helps too—leather boots, blue jeans, a starched white blouse and a black leather jacket. It’s my armor. The morning air is cool and crisp today, but I barely feel it. I’m locked and loaded and ready to roll.

As I march towards the main entrance, I spot Garrett and Dean and Alison Bellinger outside the doors. They pause when they see me, waiting.

“Damn,” Dean chuckles. “Callie’s got her shit-kickers on. Did you dig them out of a mosh pit from 1993?”

Garrett crosses his arms. “Somebody’s channeling Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds.”

He looks fantastic. His hair is tousled from the breeze and kisses his brow, and he’s wearing a dark blue sweater that’s snug around his biceps and soft, worn, light blue jeans. I remember his arms around me yesterday on my parent’s porch. The wonder and exhilaration of the moment.

Of him.

The intensity in his eyes, the desire and possessiveness in the grasp of his hands. The scorching feel of his mouth, his wet talented tongue that made my stomach swirl and my head spin.

So much for not complicating things.

But I’m not going to play head games with myself or Garrett—we’re too old for that shit.

I have feelings for him—I always have—our break-up had nothing to do with either of us not wanting each other desperately. But these aren’t just leftover echoes of a sweet, first love—this is something new. A throbbing, breathless attraction to the amazing man he’s become. I want to be near him. I want to know him, inside and out, all over again.

And he feels the same way. Garrett wants this version of me as much as he always did—maybe even more. I heard it in his whispered words and felt it in his kiss.

I don’t know if we have a future, if it can go anywhere. We have separate lives on opposite ends of the country. But I’m not going to worry about that—for now, I’m going to take each day as it comes and enjoy every moment we can.

Except for now. Now is not the time for enjoying or worrying or relationship building…now is the time for focusing. Now is the time to be ice and steel—don’t smile, don’t waver.

“Little fucknutters don’t know who the hell they’re dealing with,” I growl.

Allison pumps her fist. “That’s the spirit.”

Garrett opens the door for me. “Go get ‘em, Gangster’s Paradise.”

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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5 out of 5 stars

OMFG, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

I am so glad I found this little gem!!! I cannot express how much I loved this book.

Callie Carpenter lives in San Diego and just gets her dream job as the director of a musical theater. She then gets a phone call that changes her life. Her parents have been in a car accident.

Don’t fret, her parents survive, but they each have a broken leg and the reason for the car accident is hilarious (I won’t spoil). Her parents will require round the clock care while they recover, so Callie has to move back home to Lakeside, New Jersey to help her sister care for her parents.

Callie gets a job at the local high school as the theater teacher, covering maternity leave for another teacher. On her first day, she runs into Garrett Daniels – her ex-boyfriend and former love of her life. Garrett teaches history at the high school and his the head football coach.

Callie and Garret have sizzling chemistry from day one (take 2).  Garrett is kind of an alpha, and Callie is a strong woman. She knows that her time in Jersey is limited, but she jumps into a relationship head first with Garrett, because she knows deep down she’s never stopped loving him.

One other amazing thing about Garrett – he’s a dog lover and has an 18-year old dog named Snoopy who is his best friend. His relationship with Snoopy was so sweet – it was one of my favorite parts of the story.

There is not a lot of drama between Callie and Garrett in the story. I love a good second chance romance and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved how Callie and Garrett cared for their students and fought to protect them. I loved Garrett’s big, crazy family and Callie’s small, crazy family.

I read this book in less than 24 hours (shows you how sucked in I was) because it’s so delightfully wonderful. If you love second chance romances, or books with great characters, you should give this book a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

* * *

All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

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Maren glanced back at me, more puzzled than ever, but she started up the cement stairs. I couldn’t take my eyes off her legs in front of me. Her calf muscles were insane from all the ballet training. I remembered how flexible she’d been and felt my dick start perking up.

“In addition to all the history I just gave you,” Aiden said, his voice echoing off the walls, “this hotel was also the site of a certain prom a few years back.”

All of a sudden, Maren stopped moving and looked down over her shoulder at me. “No way.” The stunned, joyful expression on her face was worth every penny I had to pay to make this happen.

Goose bumps rippled down my arms inside my jacket. I smiled at her.

Her jaw dropped, and she continued up the stairs. At the top, Aiden moved ahead and opened the door to the rooftop. “Ballrooms were not available tonight, but when Dallas asked if you could have the roof to yourselves, I had to admit no one had booked it. In fact, no one has ever even asked to book it.” He laughed.

Maren stepped over the threshold onto the rooftop. “Dallas is definitely one of a kind.”

The three of us moved away from the door, and I saw the table that had been set for us, complete with white linens, flower centerpiece, and candlelight. Luckily, the air was warm, and the wind was soft. The sun was still setting beyond the skyline to the west, and to the east the Detroit River was visible; a little to the south was the Ambassador Bridge, and beyond the river, Canada. The view was breathtaking on all sides.

After turning around in a full circle, Maren looked at me with shining eyes. “Dallas. This is incredible.”

“You’ll have your own server for the night, and he should be up shortly,” Aiden said, checking his watch. “I should get back downstairs. Dallas, you have my cell if you need anything. Maren, good seeing you again, and I hope you enjoy your evening.” He gave us a smile before heading back to the stairwell door.

As soon as he was gone, Maren turned to me. “I cannot believe you did this.”

I shrugged. “I felt pretty bad when you said you’d missed the prom because of me. I figured I owed it to you.”

She laughed and rolled her eyes, which were filled with tears. “You didn’t, but whatever. I’ll take it.” Opening her purse, she hunted around in it for something. “God, I don’t even have tissues. I didn’t know you were going to make me cry.”

“No crying allowed at the prom. And I hope it’s okay I’m wearing jeans.”

“It’s fine.” She sniffed and closed her purse. “I’m not that dressed up either.”

“You’re perfect.” Our eyes met, and the air between us suddenly felt full of hope and possibility. In any other circumstance, I’d have kissed her.

But I couldn’t do that tonight.

“Oh, I almost forgot.” Reaching into the inside pocket of my jacket, I pulled out a wrist corsage. “Sorry if it’s a little smashed. I had to get rid of the plastic container to hide it from you.”

She giggled and held out her arm. “That’s okay. It’s beautiful.”

“Good.” I slid the elastic band with three deep red roses attached to it along with some other green stuff onto her wrist. “I told the lady at the florist to make it a prom corsage. Pretty sure she thought I was crazy. Or creepy.”

“You might be crazy. But I love it. Thank you for this.” Then she rose up on tiptoe and pecked my cheek. When she lowered her heels, she stood there for a moment, her hand on my arm, her mouth so close I could have simply tipped my head down and my lips would be resting on hers.

My heart stumbled over its next few beats. I wanted to do it so badly, but I’d promised her I’d behave. I’d promised myself I’d behave. There were so many reasons why I shouldn’t be here tonight, standing so close to the only girl I’d ever loved, tempted beyond reason by her legs and her lips and her laugh and her eyes and her ability to make me feel like I fucking mattered in the universe.

What was the right thing to do?

If only—

The door from the stairwell opened, and we moved apart.

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Melanie HarlowMelanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Review

3 out of 5 stars

I read Only You and really liked it, but I’m going to be really honest – I struggled with this one.

Without giving much away, there is a very tough topic in this book that I a) wasn’t expecting and b) didn’t much appreciate (especially with no warning in the summary). I won’t spoil, but I had a really hard time with this topic.

Maren is a yoga instructor who lives in the Detroit area (as do all MH’s characters). She has been having a recurring nightmare and she doesn’t know what it means. Her sister encourages her to go see a psychic, and her sister gets some really interesting information. Maren is not convinced. Turns out Maren was hurt terribly years ago by Dallas, her first love who disappeared without a word.

Twelve years later, Dallas shows up on her doorstep unannounced and they start talking again.  They start hanging out and feelings get involved.  Except Dallas has a huge secret he doesn’t share with Maren.

I have a few issues with this book. One was how quickly Maren forgave Dallas.  He hurt her very badly and yet she forgave him so fast.  I also had a hard time with the “issue” surrounding Dallas. It seemed really unnecessary. Dallas is also one of those “I was never good enough for my parents” guys. I found that annoying.

The ending was pretty good, as well as the epilogue, but it wasn’t enough to save this book for me. I will certainly continue to read this author, and I will read the next book in the series for sure. This book just wasn’t as good as some of her other material for me.

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ARC Review – I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

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Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

Review

 

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

 

Somehow I missed book 2 in this series, but I read the first book and really enjoyed it. This one was good, but I didn’t love Rian (Ryan with an I) as much as I should have.

Rian and her twin sister Marley are into real estate. Marley is the brawn and Rian is the brain (she’s a self-admitted number lover). She lives in the Hamptons with her sister, and is accosted in the grocery store by a gorgeous man who accuses her of hitting his car. Turns out it was her sister and not Rian, but the guy, Pierce, is instantly attracted to Rian and can’t stop thinking about her.

Pierce is a patent lawyer who works for his dad. He made a mistake on a patent, which has caused his family some embarrassment, so he’s taking the summer off to reevaluate things. Pierce is staying in the Hamptons with his brother, Lawson, who is buying up houses and renovating them. The description above makes it seem like Pierce keeps stealing real estate from Rian, but that wasn’t really the case.

Rian has some pretty big secrets. And she doesn’t share them with Pierce until it’s too late. Almost. These secrets have turned her into a hard person, and she is not really likable. She’s quick to make assumptions about people. It made her unlikable. Marley was a much nicer character, but she wasn’t the main story.

Where I didn’t love Rian, I loved Pierce. He was a very sweet guy, and he was very funny. They had some great banter between them. He was very caring and good to Rian. She didn’t always return the favor.

My biggest complaint would be this book was really LONG. It was much longer than it needed to be, and I honestly skipped over a lot of unnecessary internal dialogue. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t as good as Shacking Up, in my opinion.

Happy reading.

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