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Month: October 2015 (page 3 of 7)

Release Blitz: Finding Emma by K Ryan

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Finding Emma
by K. Ryan
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


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Synopsis: For the last year, Emma Owens has been quietly detached from everything and everyone. Desperate to escape the demons that chased her out of her hometown, she’s learned that life here in Milwaukee is just less complicated and less tragic when it’s a one-woman show.

In the span of one week, everything about her carefully orchestrated solitude comes crashing down. Then again, she can’t really ignore the scratching coming from her patio door or the hungry, pleading grey eyes reflecting in the moonlight. Those four little white paws and that tiger-striped fur thaws some of the ice keeping her heart on lockdown and she’s attached before she knows what hits her.

Emma doesn’t have any better luck ignoring another pair of eyes, and her new neighbor, Finn Matthews, with his shy persistence and a painful past of his own, slowly chips away at the rest of the ice trapping Emma in her insecurities and her loneliness.

Taking a chance on her new roommate and her next-door neighbor opens a door she’d previously slammed shut: the door to a new lease on life and the right to forgive, to fight back, and to heal.

And the craziest part about it?

It all started with a stray cat.

She was lost…and he found her.

**Finding Emma is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance. Due to language and some sexual situations, this book is not intended for readers under 18**

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About K. Ryan

K. Ryan

K. Ryan is a former English teacher, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. In between ‘real life’ duties, she’s been writing the Carry Your Heart series quietly on the side for the last two years. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers. She lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver.

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Review: Angel Fallen by Jennifer Leighton

Author: Jennifer Leighton

Book: Angel Fallen

tl;dr recommendation: a quick little read full of lots of awesome sex – 3.5 stars!

Book Summary:

When Garon gets the news he’s about to be transferred to a new assignment, his entire world comes crashing down around him, for as a guardian angel, a new charge can only mean one thing.

His Jessie, the girl he’s watched over from the moment of her birth, the human he’d been created to protect, is about to die.

Can he stand by and let her be destroyed? Or will he dare to do the unthinkable.

Dare to fall.


Jessica Martin doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Prince Charming is just a lie bought by starry-eyed women, and she’s far from that anymore.

No man has ever measured up to the one who lives in her imagination. With no real family, just temporary ones that came and went, she’s had few constants in her life, but the make-believe friend from her childhood has always been there for her. Always.

Too bad George isn’t real.

So when a mysterious man rescues her from danger, she can’t help but be suspicious. Her Good Samaritan is blond-haired, blue-eyed, and drop dead gorgeous, the complete embodiment of her perfect man, but he’s more than what he seems. The strange familiarity in his eyes, his touch…it shouldn’t be there.

What is he hiding?

Longer Review:

If guardian angels were real, I’d most definitely want mine to be Garon. Sweet, submissive and yet totally masculine, this angel is the devil in bed. and in a storage room closet. YUM.

Garon has been Jennifer’s guardian angel for her entire life. They were both created on the same day, and thus – he was made for her. However, when he finds out that she’s supposed to die and he’s going to be assigned to someone else he can’t live with that outcome. He makes the choice to become visible to Jennifer & cut ties to all he knows.

I wasn’t totally invested in this story, even though I really tried to be. There’s an extremely long mostly sex scene that takes up most of the book – NOT THAT I’M COMPLAINING – but then after that scene, there wasn’t too much else to the story. I felt that things were wrapped up a bit too quickly and a bit too easily and I had a lot of questions. For example, if Garon was made for Jennifer and created on the same day, aren’t all guardian angels made for their charges? How would it make sense for Garon to be assigned to someone new?

Also, I know I’m being overly practical here and this is a paranormal romance, but Garon has no ID…no social security number…no real skills. What is he going to do for work now that he’s fallen? Am I being too real here? Maybe, but I didn’t feel that this story was so fantastical that I shouldn’t be thinking about those things.

Notwithstanding those issues, the heat is most definitely on point. Jennifer writes those scenes with style and I absolutely enjoyed the slight switch of such a strong and burly man being submissive. The awesome sex and the fun and flirty writing style pushed those stars up for me. Sweet and incredibly romantic, this PNR is a quick little read full of lots of awesome sex. 3.5 stars!

[I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Review: The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe

Author: Molly O’Keefe

Book: The Truth About Him (Everything I Left Unsaid #2)

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Everything I left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1)

tl;dr recommendation: a little bit dark laced with a lot of bit dangerous, but it’s sexy as fuck and deliriously engaging. I loved it. 5 stars!

Book Summary:

We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Longer Review:

I was actually bouncing up and down dying a little bit to read this book. The way that book 1 ended killed a little piece of my soul and I was so excited to dive back into this series. And it did not disappoint.

I was completely drawn to Dylan’s emotionally stunted soul the same way that Annie was. It’s evident that he has such a clear, good, warm heart that has never received the caressing it deserves. Annie has lost herself so many times over that she’s finally coming full circle, finding herself again – and she’s convinced that she can take Dylan on her journey.

The fact that practically the entire story happens in a trailer park is so utterly perfect and different. While Dylan has money, he doesn’t use it as a weapon, and he certainly doesn’t use it to smother Annie. She’s doing this thing between them the best that she can, he free spirit and steely determination leading the way.

Of course there’s more danger in this book, some pretty tenuous moments, and terrifying ordeals, but there’s also a sense of community amongst the characters. They’re completely imperfect, and often times illogical, but they make a world of seeming poverty rich with human connection.

There’s also a lot of great, wonderful, scorching, searing, screaming, toe-curling sex. These two have an inability to keep their hands off each other, even when they think they should, and I was totally ok with that. Go forth and fuck Dylan and Annie, I’ll be right here.

Dylan and Annie compliment each other in a way that not many Hero’s and heroines do – even in the most brutal moments they understand each other and have each other’s backs. This story is a little bit dark laced with a lot of bit dangerous, but it’s sexy as fuck and deliriously engaging. I loved it. 5 stars!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Release Day: Behind his Walls by B.L Mooney

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Sometimes there are monsters hiding in the people we love. Monsters we don’t see until it’s too late. As a psychologist to abuse victims, I see the damage those monsters can cause every day and the hell the women go through to regain their lives.
My experiences in life are a double-edged sword. Without them, I wouldn’t understand the women who seek my professional help. Having them has ruined me for any woman. I refuse to let history repeat itself. I know the statistics of what should become of me, but I’m fighting the monster inside of me every day.
I can’t turn my back on any woman who needs my help, and Dr. Lindsey Perkins is no exception. With an escaped convict she helped put away after her, she needs my protection more than anyone. But when she gets too close, who’s going to save her from me?
I’ve built these walls for a reason. A reason Lindsey is determined to uncover. It’s better for her to only know me as Dr. Hatcher and leave Joseph behind the walls.
Ages 18+ due to adult content and violence.
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B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.
B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.
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Review: Hard Beat by K. Bromberg

Author: K. Bromberg

Book: Hard Beat (Driven #7)

tl;dr recommendation: angst-ridden, kindle-gripping, scream-inducing deliciousness! 5 stars. #MustRead.

Book Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Ache comes a blistering new novel filled with danger, secrecy, and a desire that can’t be sated…

Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story.

But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…

With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.

He’s ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out…

Longer Review:

Bromberg is the Master of Angst and she once again earns her title. Speaking of titles, this one is perfection. There’s a hard beating of hearts as Tanner and Beaux ache to be something that may be a fantasy, the hard beating of blood in their veins as they take each other for the first, the second first, and then maybe the last time, and the hard beating of my head against the wall as truths were uncovered, secrets revealed, and careers were put on the line.

This is angst-ridden, kindle-gripping, scream-inducing deliciousness. Kristy takes you to your breaking point…and just when you think you can’t handle any more, she gives you more. This story is told in Tanner’s point of view, and I LOVED being inside his head. I would have also loved his head to be inside of…*cough* ok. um. yes. back to the review.

Needless to say, Tanner is a sexy beast. If you follow K. Bromberg’s books, you know him as Rylee’s brother (if you don’t follow her books, you need to…like yesterday). He’s the voice of logic, the protective older brother, and one hell of a journalist. He just lost his partner and best friend, Stella, due to the conflict and his job, and those protective instincts flare up to full force once he meets BJ Crosyln, his new photographer and partner.

The problem is that he immediately doesn’t like her. He likes her beauty, he likes her body, he likes her fiery spirit, but yet, there’s just something about her he doesn’t trust. His mind fails to mention that to his dick and a serious conflict arises causing sudden bursts of angry shouting interspersed with clashing tongues and teeth. Beaux is a more than willing participant, but is equally burdened by an instant lust/hate relationship she finds with Tanner.

If you love a good hate fucking, Bromberg delivers fantastic hate fucking. I’ve never wanted to have make up sex more in my life. There are so many secrets being kept that as one falls to the ground, the others start to follow like dominos until Tanner’s heart is left in dire state of emergency. Hit after hit keeps coming, leaving chaos, disaster and maybe….just maybe…a little hope?

Bromberg writes fantastically, as per usual, and weaves a complicated story with ease. Hard Beat is one hell of a ride and an explosion of intense desires, waring needs, gut wrenching emotion and sweet relief. Insert book hangover here. 5 stars. #MustRead.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Blog Tour: Reclaim Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
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As the heart-pounding Chasing Fire trilogy concludes, a dangerous entanglement leaves Hudson and Allie wondering how much they’re willing to risk for the love they can’t live without…
There’s almost nothing Alessandra Sinclair wouldn’t do for Hudson Chase. He was her first love, and she’s determined that he’ll be her last. But when the terrible truth Hudson has been hiding comes to light, Allie finds herself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a man from her past who’s determined to use what he knows to ruin Hudson. Now, the only way to save the man she loves may be to lose him forever…
Hudson has always known that the secrets he keeps could be his downfall, but he never expected them to put Allie’s life in danger as well. It’s time for him to come clean–before everything he’s ever wanted is destroyed…
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“Exceptional…Seriously sexy and sinfully steamy. Can’t wait for more from this writing duo!”–New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me
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Cover Reveal: Freed by Him by GL Chapple



Title: Freed by Him

Series: Fighting Free Series

Author: GL Chapple

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Suspense

Release date: November 19th 2015





He hurt me

He broke me

He almost destroyed me

Nobody was ever going to do that to me again. I learnt to fight back. I made myself tougher, harder, stronger. I didn’t want or need anyone.

Until Nate Masters.

Until he made me feel, want and need

Then my carefully constructed world began falling apart around me. Secrets shattering my faith in those closest to me and with the nightmare from my past pushing its way back into my present, I don’t know how much strength I have left to fight with…

Could I trust him? Give someone the power to hurt me again? He’s determined to break me free from behind my walls of self preservation

I’m just not sure I’m ready or willing to be Freed by Him….



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I’m currently a SAHM to two little ones. I live in Wales in the UK and spend a huge amount of time at the beach, despite our climate…

I don’t drink any hot drinks despite trying my best to make myself like coffee! I love reading – obviously, writing and music, and hot sunny days which we never get enough of!

I’ve dreamed of writing my whole life and would often pen short stories as a child. Unfortunately, life took over and reading and writing were forced to take a back seat for the last few years. Until my husband bought me a kindle last Christmas, and well, suddenly everything changed…

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Blog Tour & Review: Obscured by Tara Sue Me

Obscured by Tara Sue Me

Date of Publication: October 12, 2015


From Tara Sue Me writing as Cat Waters:

There’s the truth you know….

At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.

The truth you believe…

There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when she learns her days are numbered, she runs into the safety of his arms and trusts his promise of protection.

And the truth you never imagined…

The aftermath of a tragic accident and a bitter betrayal leaves her destitute and alone. The one man she shouldn’t trust offers her a chance to escape. But when good and evil collide, what do you do when the truth is Obscured?


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Obscured is twists and turns, suspense and secrets, lined in sex. This was nothing of what I expected but everything that I loved.

This story throws you directly into the underbelly of Vegas that no one wants to talk about – Athena is a prostitute. She’s fallen prey to a man who she believed she loved and trusted; a man who betrayed that trust by pimping her out and who keeps control by roughing her up. She’s been in this world for ten years and she’s not sure if she could get out even if she wanted to.

Athena has a problem with not knowing who to trust. She knows she can’t trust her pimp, but that’s all she knows. When things start to take a turn for the worst, she runs to the only person she thinks she can trust: Isaiah. He’s her childhood friend, her first kiss, and a pastor. He can keep her safe – right?

Tara has a way of writing a story that’s honest and real, making you connect with the characters while revealing just enough pieces to give you a complete mindfuck. I was fighting for Athena’s HEA but I didn’t know quite who I was fighting for her to end up with. Tara also deals with Athena’s issues with sex in such a perfect and respectful and believable way. But when she does have sex her way – OHMYGOD.

Obscured will twist your thoughts and flip your heart. Get ready for a wild ride through the darkness of Vegas, while you fight for Athena’s bright future. LOVED. 5 stars!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]


About Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.

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Chapter One

The day I meet Isaiah Martin for the second time, I am running late. I pride myself on my punctuality, not to mention that my clients demand it, and I’m not paying attention to my surroundings.

I look at my watch again. Five minutes after. Shit. I scurry through the hotel lobby, making a beeline to the elevators. If luck happens to be on my side, I won’t have to wait, but the elevators in the largest hotel in Las Vegas are notoriously slow.

Will the stairs be quicker? I glance over my shoulder. The stairwell is located on the other side of the large open atrium. With my client’s room on the thirtieth floor, the elevator is faster, even if I have to wait. I turn back to the elevators.

And run right into a man standing in my path, overcorrect, and twist my ankle.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” he says in a soft, cultured Southern accent, reaching out a hand to steady me. “You okay?”

“Damn it!” My ankle throbs so much I’m not sure I can walk. I gingerly put my weight on the hurt ankle and curse again at the pain.

Suck it up, Athena. This is nothing. Think about what’ll happen if you don’t make it upstairs in the next few minutes.

“Ma’am?” Mr. Southern Gentleman repeats.

“I’m fine.” I tentatively move my foot side to side. “Just give me a minute.”

“Why don’t you come sit down and let me take a look at that ankle?”

“You a doctor?” Odds are Odds are he’s just your standard pervert wanting the chance to run his hand up my leg. Even if he is a doctor, I’m not about to let him put his hands on me. Not a wise thing to do, since it’s almost a certainty Mike will find out.

“No, ma’am,” he says. “But I think you may need to rest that ankle just a bit.”

“Really, I’m fine.” I put my full weight on the ankle and nearly fall over as the pain sparks up my leg. “Ow. Ow. Ow.Hell.”

He doesn’t speak again, but takes me by the arm and leads me to a bench near the elevators. His head drops down and he runs a finger along my anklebone. Pokes and prods me. “I don’t think anything’s broken, but you should probably stay off your feet for the next little bit.”

“Easy for you to say,” I snap. “You’re obviously not the one running late.”

He looks up and our eyes meet.

Warm caramel eyes. His thick, black hair is long overdue for a haircut and curls up the tiniest bit at his neck. His firm lips give way to a perfect “O” of surprise at the exact moment I recognize him.



He embraces me with a crushing hug. “Imagine seeing you here. How are you?”

My spine goes rigid, and I don’t return the hug. “I’m….I’m fine,” I stutter while my eyes dart around the lobby, trying to see if anyone’s watching me.

“I can’t believe it’s you.” He is oblivious to my discomfort. “Are you in town for long?”

I force myself to stop scanning the area and focus on Isaiah instead. A cold chill runs down my spine as I take in his handsome features. The last twelve years have treated him well. No longer is he the awkward teenage boy plagued by acne and thick glasses. He’s grown into the handsome man I always knew lay beneath the surface.

He looks at me in expectation. What did he ask?

I fiddle with the hem of my skirt. It rests just above the knee. “I live here.”


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Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton

Author: Alice Clayton

Book: Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)

tl;dr recommendation: I didn’t have a farmer fantasy before, but I sure as hell do now.

Book Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Longer Review:

Sweet, wholesome and delightfully puntastic, Clayton makes us laugh while showing us how to fall in love. I was expecting humor and while sometimes it felt a little too ridiculous, I definitely cracked more than a few smiles. And Roxie cracked a whole lot of nuts…;)

Just when I thought I had figured it all out and I actually became a little complacent, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. THAT made me smile the most. Roxie is also just so much fun. She’s just a normal girl who has all of those insecurities about falling back into her old home town.

Sometimes going back to the place where you began – the place you fought so hard to break free from – forces you to look at yourself a little differently and face the ghosts that you tried so hard to break. While Roxie goes through these emotions, it’s not a heavy book, NOT AT ALL. There’s so much lightness mixed in, that you forget a little that Roxie is trying to sort through and organize her internal pantry.

And LEO. ohgoodheavens. I didn’t have a farmer fantasy before, but I sure as hell do now. He is home grown perfection. Scorching eyes, rough hands, and a witty mouth have Roxie at the ready to till his soil until the cows come home. Too much? NEVER.

They are perfectly matched and yet imperfectly timed. It’s so sweet to see them try to keep things casual when it’s blatantly obvious to everyone that it’s so much more. If you’re looking for a lot of back and forth banter, awkwardly hilarious scenes and steaming heat, Clayton delivers. This is funny smut wrapped in one of those pretty cupcake boxes. Nuts is delicious and sweet with just the right amount of spice. 4.5 stars!

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Cover Reveal: My Soul to Keep by Kennedy Ryan

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My Soul To Keep

Kennedy Ryan

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It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…


I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.


I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.


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About Kennedy Ryan

I just can’t write about myself in third person for one more bio! I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That’s me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you’ll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list!

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