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Release Blitz & Review ~ All That We Are by Melissa Toppen

Title: All That We Are
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Cover Design: Pear Perfect Creative Covers

They say everything happens for a reason- that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. For the longest time I didn’t think that was true. I had stumbled around in the dark for so many years that I didn’t think I would ever find my way out. But when I finally did, it came in the most unexpected way.


Miles Hollins had been my brother’s best friend for as long as I could remember. We didn’t like each other much growing up. Or rather, we couldn’t stand each other. But after ten years of being gone, a lot had changed.

He wasn’t the same boy I remembered. I wasn’t the same girl either. So much had happened. 
I moved away and got married.
Miles joined the military.
We both returned home broken in our own way.
I struggled to find my place in my new life. Miles struggled just to get through the day. But together we slowly began to heal. I quieted his demons and he gave me a sense of belonging. For a while that was enough.
But this is real life, and in real life nothing stays perfect forever. In real life not every story ends with a happily ever after. Sometimes the scars we carry are just too deep. 
I promised him I would fight. 
He promised me I would lose. 
I’ll do everything in my power to prove him wrong. Because it’s when you find the one thing you can’t live without, that you truly find yourself.
All That We Are is a standalone contemporary romance.

Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. 
Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

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4 stars

I was a little hesitant to read this book because the reviews made it seem like it was really deep and heavy, but it was so much more than that.

Harlow moves back to Kentucky after discovering her controlling husband has been cheating on her. She wasn’t allowed to have a job or a life outside the home, so she’s a little lost. She becomes reacquainted with her brother’s best friend, Miles, and he offers her a job at his tattoo shop.

Miles has his own demons. He was in Iraq and came home with some serious battle wounds (not physical). He is convinced that he doesn’t deserve happiness due to his war experience, which is pretty deep. He’s not prepared for all the feelings he has for Harlow once they are reconnected.

This is a really beautiful story of two people who are broken finding love. I’m a big sucker for a brother’s best friend trope, though this book was a little darker than some.

I really liked Harlow. She came out of her marriage a much stronger person. She had decided she was not going to let another man control her, and she took the control seriously. Her love for Miles was real and genuine, and seemed to be a big surprise to her.

I really loved Miles. He had such a good heart, but war really broke him. Watching him heal was a beautiful tale. I enjoyed reading this story and was happy it was told in the first person, alternating POV.

This was a really great story and I would recommend it.

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Release Blitz ~ Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

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“Her Defiant Heart is a captivating story of forbidden love and revenge with an anti-heroine you’ll root for and a hero you’ll swoon over. Monica Murphy knows how to leave you on your toes.” – New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan

Her Defiant Heart, a new adult romance by Monica Murphy is live!

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Life can feel like a cruel joke. I grew up poor and motherless, with a father who never got over his wife’s abandonment. But now he’s gone too, and I’m dead set on finding the woman who so carelessly tossed me aside when I was a baby.

I want revenge. And I’m going to get back at my mother any way that I can.

I change my name. Start my new life in college, and just happen to cross paths with the gorgeous, ultra-rich Rhett Montgomery. He’s immediately interested in me, not that I’m surprised.

You see, I planned it that way. I meant for him to find me. He’s the one connection to my mother, and I’m using him, so I can destroy her. But I didn’t plan on Rhett being so charming. Sweet. Sexy.

And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for him either…

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Release Blitz ~ Lovely Little Liar by J. Kenner

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She’s not the woman I thought … but dammit, she’s the woman I want.

Lovely Little Liar, a sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is LIVE!

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I never thought of myself as cynical, but getting dumped at the altar changes a man.

Now, I’m all about my job. About building my business and getting on with my life. Don’t get me wrong; I still love women. I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.

But getting close? Getting serious? Giving a woman my trust again?

Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

Or so I thought.

Then I met her. It’s funny how things can change in a heartbeat. How one case of mistaken identity can change everything. But there she was, all business and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her.

Most of all, I wanted to help her. To keep her and her sister safe. But the more I get to know her, the more I want her. The whole package. The complete woman.

And the miracle is that she wants me, too.

Trouble is, we’ve both been burned before. Now, I know one thing for certain—the only way that we’ll survive the heat that crackles between us is if we both find the courage to leap into the fire together.

Lovely Little Liar is a novella originally published as Bitch Slap. Minor edits, such as expanded scenes, have been made to this book.

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About J. Kenner

Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Release Blitz & Review – The Rival by Megan Green

Title: The Rival
Series: Washington Rampage #3
Author: Megan Green
Genre: Standalone Sports Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Blurb
I love her. But
she loves him.
I’d known Avery Grant was the one for me since the moment she bossed me
around on the playground. After over a decade of friendship, I’m still biding
my time, waiting for the moment she realizes everything she’s ever wanted is
standing right in front of her.
Then one white envelope sends my world spiraling.
A wedding invitation, announcing Avery’s engagement to the one man who
could never deserve her: Miles Johnson.
Miles is the worst kind of human — and my biggest rival. Everything I
can do, he thinks he can do better, including being the best rookie pitcher the
MLB has seen in decades. But if he makes her happy, who am I to interfere?
But when Avery shows up on my doorstep, devastated and heartbroken from
Miles’s betrayal, I can’t help but open my doors for her.
The timing is all wrong, but I won’t miss my shot.
This time, I refuse to strike out.
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Megan lives in Northern Utah with her handsome hubby, Adam.
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Besides reading and writing, she loves movies, animals, chocolate, and coffee.
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4 1/2 stars

Ugh – third and final book in series and I haven’t read the first two. But man, this book was great!

Carter has been drafted by a pro baseball team (that seems to have a lot of days off, lol). He has to move to Seattle from Wyoming, away from his best friend, Avery. Problem is Carter has been in love with Avery since the moment he met her, and everyone seems to know it – everyone except Avery.

Avery is engaged to Carter’s rival, Miles Johnson. Carter has hated Miles forever, and he told Avery to stay away from him. He was devastated when Avery and Miles got engaged, and did his best to put distance between them, but Avery wanted Carter to be her “best man”. Carter agreed but did so reluctantly.

Avery is then stunned to learn her fiance is a cheating scumbag, and that sends her straight to Seattle to Carter. He’s so happy to have his best friend back, and spends a while helping her get over her breakup. She meets his friends, who clue him in to the fact that Carter is in love with her, and she finally realizes that everything she’s ever needed is right in front of her.

I freaking loved Carter. Such a great guy. I can throw out a bunch of adjectives to describe him, but they won’t do him justice. He’s just a great character. I liked Avery a lot too, but she was a little “slow” when it came to realizing her feelings about Carter. Carter loves the Sandlot and calls Avery “Smalls”, which I adored. Made him even more lovable!

I didn’t much understand the rivalry between Carter and Miles other than they were both pitchers (who pitch daily – like that happens). Miles wasn’t a likable guy at all, so I was glad he was out of the picture fast.

This was a great read, and I would highly recommend it.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Royally Yours

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t…is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

**

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.

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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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3 stars

I have to admit I’m really disappointed that this book, a “prologue”, wasn’t really a prologue. I don’t know how to describe it, but it sure wasn’t what I was expecting to read.

And, I feel the the cover is not really appropriate for a story that starts in the 1950’s in a royal family. I can’t imagine that if a story similar to “The Crown” had a movie poster made, the Prince would be wearing no shirt. It’s just bizarre and doesn’t feel authentic to the story.

The story itself was good.  I liked the Queen – I liked her in the past three books I’ve read – but knowing this story is about her, and that in the future, she’s a widow, made me sad.

This book was more “historical romance” with a contemporary feel. Some of the dialogue felt very contemporary, and I had to keep reminding myself when this book was actually set, which got kind of annoying. And the names, which were LONG, were often times hard to keep track of.

I was expecting something completely different than I got here, and I’m slightly disappointed, but I love Emma Chase and will continue to read her books as long as she writes them.

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ARC Review ~ Teased by Fire by Molly O’Hare

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Title: Teased by Fire
Author: Molly O’Hare
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC

Goodreads Summary

Olive has always been content living an anti-social existence while letting the characters she writes about fulfill her wild side. She’s worked hard to achieve a zero human interaction life. However, that came to an end when out of nowhere her best friend announced she’s moving out, and her brother was moving in. Not only does Olive now have to deal with the guy that has teased her their whole life, but he also came with a cat the size of a human child.

Hank’s had a thing for Olive for as long as he could remember. When he realized she needed a roommate, he jumped at the chance. Why wouldn’t he when annoying Olive had always been his favorite pastime? Then one day when Hank let his curiosity get the better of him, he discovered Olive had a whole other side of her she kept hidden away.

Now, all Hank had to do was convince Olive life was a heck of a lot more fun when you add some fire to it. Honestly, what could possibly go wrong?

Review

First, I apologize for missing the original publication of this. I had it down on the wrong date, but I read it, and now I’m posting – very late:(

I’m a sucker for sister/brother’s best friend romance novels, so when I read the summary for this one, I was all in. The book was good, but not great.

Olive Quinn is a loner. She stays holed up in her apartment writing and doesn’t really like human interaction. So when her best friend announces she’s moving across the country and that her brother is moving in to help with the rent, Olive is pissed. Hank, the brother, has been giving Olive a hard time forever. What Olive doesn’t realize, though, is Hank has had it bad for her for a long time.

Hank is a firefighter. This part of the story is under utilized. We don’t spend a lot of time in the firehouse, but we get to know some of his buddies but not a lot of “fire action”, which was a bummer. Hank is also known for being late, because he loses things – keys, phone, wallet.

One of the funnier storylines in this book revolves around Hank’s cat, Dog. Olive and Dog don’t have a great relationship from the start, and she’s kind of afraid of Dog. It’s really funny.

About the characters – I loved Hank. He was so sweet to Olive. Yes, in the beginning, he played pranks on her, but that made him endearing. Olive was pretty uptight throughout most of the book. She had a rough childhood, where she wasn’t really loved and nurtured by her parents, and it made her believe love didn’t exist.

This book was told in the third person – hearing this story from Olive’s first person point of view could have changed the whole tone of the story. When you’re reading in that person, it’s harder to connect with the characters.

The story itself was good – I enjoyed it and would recommend. If there is another book in the series, I am likely to read it.

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Release Blitz & Review – Thor by MLJ Quigg

Title: Thor
Series: Thorny Devils MC Book #1
Author: MLJ Quigg
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2018
Separated for fifteen years, will they be able to let the past stay in the past or is there too much hurt to forgive and forget.
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Fifteen years ago, he broke my heart, leaving me to put my life together after he disappeared. Then out of the blue, he waltzes back in like it didn’t matter. I knew I couldn’t keep him away because it wasn’t just me anymore.
Derrick
I made the biggest mistake when I left her. Now she’s back, and I’m going nowhere. She will be mine again. She just has to get with the program.
 

MLJ lives in NSW, Australia, with her husband, three adult children, and six cats—yes, you heard that right, six.
Growing up in a huge family of eight kids was always noisy and didn’t give her enough alone time to unwind.
Books have always given her an outlet from the craziness that is her life. Nothing is better than curling up with a good story to take her mind off her surroundings.
As a new author, she hopes you enjoy her stories and that they help you get out of your world and into hers for a few hours.
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3 stars overall

This is honestly a tale of two books – one is about 63% long and the rest is 37% long. I loved the first 63%, and then I was like “WTF did I just read”.

This MC story is set in Australia, which is different, yet interesting to me. I love a good MC story, and haven’t read one for a while. Derrick is the President of Thorny  Devils MC. He’s skating through life, banging chicks, but not settling down.  He and his guys seek out a security firm and imagine his surprise when at their first meeting, he is kicked in the stomach by the woman whose heart he broke 15 years earlier.

Monique runs a security firm and is one tough chick. Man, I really did like Monique. She is none-to-happy to see Derrick again after 15 years. But he’s back and he’s about to discover some interesting info. He’s a dad to triplets.

Monique is happy their kids have finally met their father. She has two boys and a girl and the boys are their fathers clones. While I liked this part of the story, I will say it moved VERY fast, and the forgiveness happened VERY fast. I mean lightning speed.

Then there’s an event that happens at the club, and Derrick ends up in the hospital, and then honestly, the book loses me. I’m not a prude by any means, and I won’t spoil it, but happened was so not at all believable and ludicrous that I just skimmed the rest of the story. I have NEVER read an MC book (and I have read many) with a twist like this. It just did not make any sense at all. And this story just came out of nowhere.

There wasn’t much backstory or character development either. The reason Derrick left Monique was summed up in a few sentences and she was all “oh, I get it” and I was all “what?” I really did like Monique though. She was a very interesting character, but her past, between giving birth and the present, is super dark, and it was kind of not  believable that she would come out as strong as she did. It’s a nice thought, but highly unlikely.

Overall, the story was just choppy. The turn at the 2/3 mark was just so bizarre to me.

If you are a fan of dark MC books, I would recommend this.