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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: UNPROFESSIONAL by J. D. Hawkins

 

Unprofessional by JD Hawkins

Release Date: March 22nd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Model: Christian Hogue

Blurb

What happens when the internet’s favorite playboy falls in love?

I have the best job in the world. Date beautiful women and write about it.

But I want to take it to the next level: instead of writing about my experiences make it into an online reality show.

But here is the catch. My boss wants me to share the show with a woman co-host. And he wants that woman to be my best friend and co-worker, Margo.

I’ll date beautiful women and she’ll date hot men. Sounds fair enough.

So now I have to watch her fake date hot men. I used to love going home with a different woman every night, but suddenly this isn’t as fun. Seeing Margo with anyone else is driving me crazy.

And the more time I spend with her working on the show, the less I want to keep our relationship in the friends’ zone. And the harder it is to stop myself from imagining her bent over the copier.

Things are about to get unprofessional.

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EXCERPT:

 

“Thank god you live on the ground floor,” I say, as I rummage for her keys in her bag with one hand while keeping her from falling with the other. It’s not that I haven’t been to Margo’s place before, but when we hang out it’s usually at work functions or the occasional bar, and at the moment I can’t shake the feeling that I’m intruding a little.

“You know, you’re really fucking hot,” she slurs, giggling. My cock stirs at the brush of her lips so close to my neck, her warm breath against my skin. I have to shake it off.

“And you’re really fucking drunk,” I reply with a forced laugh, as the key finally catches and I kick the door open.

“No…I mean it,” she says as I step into her apartment, still holding her in my arms. “You’re like…the most beautiful man.”

“That’s very sweet of you,” I say, as I open a few wrong doors (closet, bathroom) until I find her bedroom. I walk in and lay her down on the bed, then pull away, setting her bag on the night table. “You should probably just rest a bit, let it pass.” I unlace her boots and ease them off gently, setting them on the floor before straightening up to go. This feels familiar, although I haven’t carried a too-drunk Margo home from a party and put her to bed since our undergrad years. “You need anything? Water, or—”

“Yeah.” Margo smiles.

“What?”

Instead of answering, she mischievously beckons me closer. I look at her, dress rolling up around her thighs, twisting her body up in the sheets, my imagination starting to whirl a little.

“Come here!” she yelps impatiently.

This could mean trouble—the problem is, I like trouble. I groan and go nearer to the bed.

“Closer,” she giggles, and I’m taken with the smile, the way she grinds into the bed…

“What?”

Her hand pulls on my shirt, her smile goes and instead her mouth is open now, weakened like she’s preparing to kiss me. I could so easily fall into her here, so easily bring my mouth onto hers, put my own hands under her clothes. I can almost taste her, appetite stirring…

Except being a real man doesn’t just mean knowing when to make a move, it also means knowing when you shouldn’t.

“Nice try,” I say, pulling back.

Margo laughs and pounds her fists onto the bed with disappointment.

“But I need to see what’s under your shirt. You still got those Grand Canyon abs, I bet.”

“Ok. That’s my cue to go,” I say, half-out the door. “See you tomorrow.”

“No! Come on! Please! I remember the view was fucking amazing. Just a little peek. A tiny little peek for old time’s sake. Come on, Owen! Don’t be an asshole. You know you want to show it off.”

I look back at her, hand on the doorknob, and find myself laughing.

“Happy now?” I say, pulling up my shirt a little way.

Margo screams and falls back onto her pillows laughing.

“I knew it! Just as perfect as that night you got locked out of the girl’s dorm,” she says, as I close the door and leave.

When I get back to my car, I’m still smiling.

 

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5 STARS

So, here’s the thing. I have like, three, of J.D.’s books on my TBR, but this is the first one of his that I’ve read. Which technically, makes him a new-to-me author. I know, shame on me, right?

How on earth I waited so long to introduce him into my repertoire,  I’ll never know. This book has reeled me in. 

I will say, I think that this was a great first book of his for me to read. It introduced me to his writing style, which I love. Owen is  the typical, unapologetic, alpha bad-boy, manwhore, who happens to be a genuinely decent guy. He makes no bones about who he is, or what he wants. He has a best friend he works side by side with whom he adores, and plenty of women to keep him busy with his dating blog. 

Margo is sweet, beautiful, and unfortunately for her, has a horrible time picking boyfriends. Her longest relationship is with Owen, who happens to be her best friend. She likes her job, but her dream is to write in New York, leaving LA and all the bad juju behind. 

This book is a fabulous friends to lovers tale that will make you swoon. It’s told in dual POV, which is my favorite, and the flow of the story is very smooth. Owen and Margo are two wonderful characters, and there are some good secondary supporters too.  There is no violence, no suspense, just good old fashioned erotic romance between two people you want to be together. There are also some very funny parts that had me chuckling out loud. I love that the sex is hot, but it’s not the whole book.  Unprofessional is an overall complete package, wrapped up in a great plot.  

This may have been my first J.D. book, but it definitely will not be my last. Those books of his on my TBR will very shortly be moved to my read list. 

 

About the Author:

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

 

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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: Endurance by Amy Daws

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He rejected her. She loathes him. Now they have to fool everyone and pretend they actually like each other.

 

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He rejected her. She loathes him. Now they have to fool everyone and pretend they actually like each other.

Tanner Harris has been busy shagging his way through the ladies of east London, but getting caught by the paparazzi buck-naked with his trouser snake in his hands means he’s sowed his last wild oat.

Dr. Belle Ryan once thought Tanner Harris was the perfect kind of bearded bad boy she needed to relieve a bit of stress after her intense job as a surgical fellow, but an icy cold rejection from London’s sluttiest footballer puts the two at each other’s throats.

Fate and a favour conspire to put Tanner and Belle back in each other’s paths and they’re forced to do a lot more than get along to save face and their careers.

Rage turns to passion and tempers run sizzling hot when they realise they aren’t just falling for each other—they’re jumping head first. And neither have the endurance to keep their hands to themselves.

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EXCERPT

 

I cheers my beer with hers and chug the rest down. I drop the bottle and begin swirling Indie around in a childish spin that sends us both flying in different directions and crashing to the ground. Hot, sweaty hands wrap around me and pull me to my feet.

“Thank you, Good Samaritan,” I slur, turning to face my gallant saviour.

When my eyes glance up and focus, I’m stunned by the bearded vision before me. “You look like a guy I know!”

He clutches his hands firmly around my waist and holds me to him. “You look like a girl I want to know.”

I laugh half-heartedly and try to pull away.

“Are you trying to leave me, lass?” he slurs into my ear.

I frown and my head bobbles. “How could I leave you, Jesus? You’re God’s son…You’re everywhere.” I throw my hands out wide to punctuate my “everywhere” and attempt to stumble away.

He grabs me again, this time his hands dipping lower to my arse. My good mood evaporates instantly. “Hey!” I shout. “Watch your fucking hands!”

I attempt to shove him away, but he feels like one of those doors that you push when you’re supposed to pull. He doesn’t budge. He leans in close and whispers in my ear, “I’d like to put my hands on your tight little—”

Right when I’m about ready to punch the wank stain in his vile mouth, I nearly fall over as a strange momentum spins me away. The man’s hands are no longer groping me. They are now pinned deftly behind his back by no other than—

“Tanner?” I utter with a gasp, my hands covering my mouth at the shock of the scene before me.

“Shove the fuck off, you disgusting prat, before I turn your wrist into a pretzel.” Tanner pushes him into a nearby table, and the man almost topples over but catches himself before scurrying away without a look back.

Blue, angry eyes swerve to me. “Ryan,” Tanner growls, slicing a hand through his hair to get it off of his face. “I’ve texted you like twenty times.”

“I…I…I haven’t looked at my mobile in a while.”

“No fucking shit.” His bearded jaw is taut with anger. “I’m taking you home.”

He reaches out for my arm but I yank it away from him.

“No, you’re not.”

His shoulders rise and fall with a deep breath. “I’m taking you home. You’re completely pissed.”

My eyes narrow. “Of course I am. It’s Tequila Sunrise night.”

“I don’t give a fuck,” he snaps. “Let’s go.”

I shoot him a murderous look when a voice interrupts us. “I’ve got mine. You got yours?” I turn to see Camden holding a sleepy-looking Indie against his body.

Determination slices through Tanner’s voice. “I’ve got her.”

I turn to face him, stumbling a bit as I wag my finger in his face. “Hey, I am not yours!” Suddenly, Tanner bends over and I’m airborne for a second, landing heavily on top of his shoulder. “Are you fucking kidding me, Harris?” I begin pounding on his back but it’s to no avail. “I’m in a dress. My arse is hanging out for all of England!”

“Your arse was hanging out when you spread out on the floor a minute ago. I’m taking you home, Ryan. Even if you’re kicking and screaming.”

“You’re such an arrogant arsehole!” My hands stop their assault on Tanner’s backside in favour of covering my rump. This is mortifying. I hang my head and let my hair cover my face, praying like fuck I don’t see anyone I know. “I can’t believe this is happening.”

“Believe it, woman.” Tanner pauses at the door and turns his body so my head is facing a different direction. “Now, tell this nice man I’m not a rapist.”

A bouncer-looking bloke turns his head upside down to make eye contact with me. I mumble, “He’s not a rapist. Just a walking dead man.” I straighten a bit with my crescendoed scream. The bouncer lets out a hearty laugh that dumps hot coals into the pit of my belly. So not the reaction I was looking for.

He moves to let us pass and then Tanner drops me down in front of a cab. I ball up my fists and wallop him a few times. “I’m not a petulant child, you animal.”

He doesn’t even flinch.

I exhale in concession and fold myself in behind Indie and Camden. When we’re all in the cab and it begins moving, Tanner breaks the silence with a surprisingly jovial tone. “Well, did you all have a fun night?”

 

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5 STARS

I have four words to describe this book:

Amy’s BEST BOOK YET.

Seriously. It’s that good. I LOVE a good sports romance, and I adored Challenge. I honestly didn’t think I’d like Tanner as much as Camden, but I like him SO much more! He’s just that little bit extra naughty that is irresistible.

Belle is my hero. She’s smart, curvy (THANK YOU AMY!!) and the type of crazy you want to have on your side, if you know what I mean.  She’s fiercely loyal to those she loves, and God help those she hates. 

These two together are nothing short of combustible. They are oil and water, complete opposites and that totally works for them.  They both have such deep souls that they never let anyone else see, and to see those souls revealed is a beautiful thing. 

In typical Amy style, there is plenty of light-hearted humor, and delicious sexiness in this book. The epilogue alone will have you in stitches (that pun is for you Amy!)

You CAN read this book without reading Challenge first, but I don’t recommend it. I love that in this book, there are recurring cameos of her characters from her London Lovers series. (I also highly recommend those, too!)

Two Harris brothers down, two more to go. I can’t wait to see which one she brings us next!

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Amy Daws is a lover of all things British and her London-based love stories bring the incredible city to life on every page. Read all about hot British men, hilarious heroines, and unforgettable and original ensemble casts that pull out all the feels. For more of Amy’s work, visit www.amydawsauthor.com

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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: Study Me by Logan Chance

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STUDY ME

By Logan Chance

Release Date: March 9th

Cover by: Judi Perkins with Concierge Literary Designs

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Blurb:

Work, Study, eat, and repeat. For the life of a pre-med student Marley has
her work cut out for her.

To make matters worse, her professor Houston Dale is one of the hardest
teachers around. His sole purpose is to make each student suffer.

When Marley is asked to be his assistant for the semester forbidden sparks
will fly between them.

Houston Dale hates teaching Anatomy. With a secret past he won’t let anyone
get too close.

But, when his assistant lives across an alleyway and he can see all the
naughty things she does in her bedroom at night, Houston can’t contain
himself.

Forced to choose between his past and present, will Houston be able to be
strong enough to withstand the temptation of his student?

This is a forbidden Professor/Student affair. Get ready as Houston and
Marley heat up the pages and your hearts.

 

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Excerpt:

“Are you saying it was my fault?” This corner was a bad idea, because now
he’s pressed against me, his tall body encompassing the small space.

His dark eyes bore into mine. “Yes,” he says, matter of factly.

He’s refusing to whisper. What part of library does he not understand?

“Shhh.” I peek around him and the aisle is still clear.

His arms cage me in, and he eliminates every inch of space between us. “Do
not shush me again, Miss Murphy,” he dips his face down, close to mine,
“unless you want a repeat of earlier.”

Well, I do want a repeat, but it’s probably a very bad idea.

He leans close to my ear, brushing the hair away with his nose. “You want
me to whisper, Miss Murphy? How’s this?”

Goosebumps break out along my skin from the sensuous feel of his lips
against the shell of my ear. This is so bad. So bad. Anyone could come
around this corner and find us. And how did we get to this point? My
fingers grip the edge of his pockets when he whispers again, “Do it once
more and you’ll feel the sting of my hand on your ass, again.”

A soft “shhh” escapes me before I can stop it.

His teeth clamp down on my earlobe. “Fuck,” he whispers in my ear. “You
probably shouldn’t have done that.”

 

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5 Stars

Here’s why I love this book:

Besides the fact that Houston Dale is smoking hot, he’s a deeply wounded soul, and I think Logan did an amazing job capturing Houston’s pain. My heart hurt for him, that’s how well written he is. 

Marley is sweet, shy, humble. She is truly one of those people who is beautiful both inside and out, and has no idea. 

Their chemistry is off the charts. I like the teasing, and the banter between these two. Most of all, I really enjoyed the way these two helped each other.

This was a very quick, easy, STEAMY read, but it also tugs at  your heart strings. Study Me is the complete package. 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Logan Chance enjoys the simple things in life. Star Wars, music, and pretty
girls. Always in trouble at school, he was made to copy the dictionary
while the others played. This began his word fascination.

With a love of words he then realized he loved stringing those same words
together to create stories to inspire all.

From Boston, and relocated to Florida, he lives out his days writing,
reading, and avoiding the beach.

Not afraid to tell it how it is, Logan is definitely a man of his own.

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RELEASE & REVIEW: Delude by Jacob Chance

DELUDE

By

Jacob Chance

Release Date: March 2nd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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 Synopsis

She wasn’t part of my original plan for revenge, but one glance at her and
I was entranced. I followed her for weeks, observing her habits. I’ve been
in her apartment numerous times, learning anything and everything I can
about her. She’s become an obsession and I’ll do whatever it takes to make
her mine.

It’s only a matter of time before I have her where I want her…

on her knees and at my mercy.

Soon, there will be no secrets between us.

 

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Excerpt:

Sobs fill the silence of the room. “Dad, leave mom alone,” I shout, pushing
on his chest and shoving him back a couple of feet. Like a tenacious pit
bull after a chew toy – this fucker just keeps coming.

Each time he comes back harder, finally snaking by me. Gripping her upper
arm in his meaty fist, he digs his fingers deep into her skin, and uses his
other arm to block me.

Cries from the pain and the fear he instills mix with the stench of alcohol
emanating from his body. His other hand goes to her neck, gripping under
her chin. The shriek piercing my ears is cut off when he squeezes.

Her face changes color.

Red. Then purple. Finally, heading into the blue family. Blue’s always been
my favorite color, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen this exact shade before.
It’s the color of sadness and the ocean of tears my mom has cried over this
asshole.

Everything happens fast. Her eyes open wide and bulge as the pressure of
his fingers increases.

She can’t breathe and I’m paralyzed standing behind him, watching it
happen.

Transfixed with fascination, I stare. Her eyes lock on me, her love shining
through the agony she’s experiencing. The terror and pleading in her eyes
fades to acceptance.

She knows this time she’s going to die.

Tears flow uncontrolled down her cheeks and a sense of relief washes over
me.

This is the last time he’ll ever make her cry.

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5 STARS

I LOVE Jacob.

Ok, let me clarify. I love Jacob’s writing.  I don’t know how he does it, but he combines the perfect amount of sweetness, suspense and sex, in one glorious story.

Zack is from Jacobs previous novels, and while this book is technically a stand alone, I HIGHLY recommend reading Quake, Quiver and Delve prior to this. It will only help enhance your Zack experience, I promise!

Zack is a complicated character that you will have a deep love/hate relationship with. He’s nothing short of a monster, but you catch these glimpses of good, and you almost WILL him to change his ways. 

Lana is a beautiful soul. She’s sweet, shy, and brilliant. She’s new to Boston and her only friends are her bosses and their significant others. She carries around a secret, and it’s a soul crushing one. 

Lana and Zack become neighbors, and this is where you see their relationship unfold. There are twists  and surprises along the way. There are sweet moments, and lots of steamy moments. 

What I love about this book is after everything you find out about Zack, his story is one of redemption. And after everything you find out about Lana, her story is one of hope. These two total opposites belong together. They bring out the best in each other.

I haven’t read a book by Jacob that I didn’t love, but I do believe that this one is my favorite. I’m always a sucker for the broken bad boy, and Zack is just that. I’m actually sad that his secrets are revealed because this means we won’t see any more of him.  

I will miss this group of characters, but I can’t wait to see which of Jacobs I get hooked on next. 

 


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About the Author:

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a
martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of erotic romance, DELUDE is his latest release.

Jacob plans on writing many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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RELEASE & REVIEW: MUSE by M. Lynne Cunning

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MUSE

by 

M. Lynne Cunning

Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all.

The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael.

With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer’s block she’s been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy.

For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron…

Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known.

But is it actually Lauren’s life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she’s been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately.

When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish which life is real and which is fiction?

**Previously published as Blurred Lines**

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5 STARS

This book is so incredible, and completely surprising. Just when I thought I had it figured out, M. threw me completely for a loop, and I loved it.

I’ve never read a book with the subject matter of this one, and that alone makes the book fantastic. She did a beautiful job writing it in a respectful way. I’m not going to say much more than that because I hate spoilers, and this book deserves to be read. You need to discover what I’m talking about.

There are happy, beautiful moments, and sad, poignant moments. At the end you will close your eyes and you will say “wow”. Very powerful and touching. Definitely a must read!!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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M. Lynne Cunning has always wanted to be an author, but it wasn’t until she discovered National Novel Writing Month and all the insanity that goes along with it that she began to truly realize her love for writing stories. While she doesn’t limit herself to writing only specific genres, her first published novel is a Contemporary/Romantic Suspense. She also doesn’t believe that the traditional typical “happily ever after” is always the way to go. You’ve been forewarned.

She is almost always reading or writing, but also enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband/best friend, Dennis, and is the proud dog-mom of a brindle boxer. She’s also a too-far-gone coffee addict and a lifelong country music fan.

RELEASE BOOST, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Vanished by T.K. Leigh

 

 

Title: Vanished

Author: T.K. Leigh

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Release Date: February 7, 2017

 

Blurb

Recommended for mature readers due to strong language and graphic violence.

  Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.

 Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

 When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.

  Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.

 Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

 It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…

  Before it’s too late.

Vanished can be read in conjunction with or separate from the Beautiful Mess series.

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5 STARS

Mr. Burnham is back and he’s better than ever!  

Let me start by saying this: If you haven’t read T.K.’s Beautiful Mess Series, that’s ok. But honestly, you should. Because then you’d know what I mean. Alexander Burnham is the type of man that is sexy when he’s younger, and absolutely sinful when he’s matured. 

This story, not surprisingly, will take you on an emotional roller coaster, especially if you’re a parent. Every mom and dad’s worst nightmare has come true for Alexander and Olivia. Only it’s not a random kidnapping. No, this one is personal. 

The heartbreak, the fear, the suspense, the joy. It’s all in this book, delivered in only a way that T.K. Leigh can. It’s a thrill from the minute you open it, to the very last page. I didn’t want the book to end, because I wasn’t ready to once again say goodbye to Alexander and Olivia.  

You can read this book as a standalone.  But I HIGHLY suggest reading the Beautiful Mess series first. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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Excerpt

 

This was no longer home to a fearless girl who had more love for Olivia than she deserved. This would now become a place of nightmares for her daughter. Would she ever be able to sleep in this room again? Would she ever want to sleep alone? Would she ever feel safe?

Olivia struggled to come to terms with what Melanie’s life would be like if she survived this. She hadn’t done anything to deserve this. Alexander wasn’t without his faults, and neither was Olivia, but Melanie was so young, so pure, so innocent. Now, at far too young an age, she would be jaded by the cruelties of the world.

Would she ever see her smile again?

Would she ever hear her carefree laugh?

Would she ever feel her unconditional love as she flung her arms around her?

Bleakness invaded Olivia right down to her core as she fell onto Melanie’s unmade bed. Sheets that were once warm from her presence had grown cold, and Olivia could no longer keep it in. She wasn’t just watching a made-for-TV movie about a successful, semi-famous family losing their daughter. She was living the nightmare. wishing with everything she had that this would all be over soon, that it wasn’t real.

Wake up!” Olivia screamed, slapping her face as relentless tears streamed down her cheeks. She curled into a ball, the torment growing inside her becoming unbearable. It felt like someone was ripping her open with sadistic apathy, the pace languid and sluggish, taking pleasure from each strained breath she struggled to capture. Her skin prickled with the heat of a thousand branding irons. No matter how loud she screamed, it wouldn’t dull the pain.

Wake up, Olivia!” she bellowed again, louder and more desperate. Nothing worked. No matter what she did, no matter how loud her cries, nothing would wake her from this nightmare.

Sobs wracked through her body as she fought for air. She tried to gain control over her body and tears, but it was useless. She was no longer in command of her own destiny. Even the seemingly innate task of inhaling and exhaling had become arduous and complicated. Melanie was her lifeline, her reason for living. Without her, Olivia’s heart gave out, her lungs refused to work, her body shut down.

Suddenly, a pair of familiar, strong arms cradled her, lifting her off the torturous bed, cocooning her in a shelter only they could provide. They comforted her sobs, giving her exactly what she needed. She cried into her husband’s chest, a hundred tears falling for every regret. No words were spoken. Lowering himself to the floor, he simply held her in his lap, wiping her tears, providing her with warmth in this cold, hateful world.

She didn’t know how many minutes ticked by as he remained there, silently assuring her with his presence that they would get through this, that everything would work out. Still, she knew they would never be the same. This had shaken their family to its core. There was no returning to the way things were before.

Olivia cried harder.

She cried for all the time she should have spent with her daughter instead of working tirelessly for one charity or another. She cried for all the times she told her no when she should have said yes. Yes, we can have pancakes for dinner. Yes, we can go feed the ducks at the pond. Yes, we can make Christmas cookies in July.

Exhaustion set in as her cries subsided and she closed her eyes. The last thing she saw before drifting off was Melanie standing alone in a dark room, a blank expression on her pale face.

 

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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a USA Today Bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog, and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). In late 2015, she gave birth to her first (and only) baby. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or chasing her daughter around the house.

T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.

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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: P.I.T.A. by Brooke Blaine

 

Title: P.I.T.A. (L.A. Liaisons, #3)

Author: Brooke Blaine

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: January 30, 2017

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Synopsis

As one of the most prestigious wedding coordinators in Los Angeles, Paige Iris Traynor-Ashcroft is known for being classy, elegant, and the orchestrator of many happily-ever-afters.

But in the words of Paige herself: “What a crock of shiitake.”

Known affectionately (or not) as P.I.T.A. to those closest to her, she’s never been one to buy into the whole monogamy thing for herself. Sure, her BFFs are getting picked off by Cupid one by one, but his arrows have nothing on her semiautomatic.

Richard “Dick” Dawson does his best to live up to his name. A long-time frenemy and manwhore extraordinaire, he thrives on pushing limits, pushing up skirts—and pushing every single one of Paige’s buttons. He’s the itch she can’t scratch, and doesn’t want to. Or does she?

What happens when blazing-hot rage turns to crazy, unexplainable lust? Surely not…love? Because that would just be a total P.I.T.A.

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5 STARS

Brooke has done it again. Only this time she’s added a whole bunch of feels to her usual rom/com flair. 

P.I.T.A.  is the third book in her LA Liaison’s series (if you haven’t read the first two, what the hell is stopping you?), and in true Brooke form, is packed full of hysterical one-liners and comedic situations. But unlike Licked and Hooker, this one goes a little deeper. Paige is a little more complex than Ryleigh and Shayne. And that is what make this book my favorite in the series so far.  

Paige is a strong, take no prisoners, be on top kind of gal. While she’s best known for her amazing wedding planning, she doesn’t actually believe in the act of marriage, which is a little ironic. 

Richard “Dirty Dick” Dawson is her best childhood friend, turned frenemy in college and somehow always manages to keep himself on her radar. The tension between the two is often times more than just sexual, but there’s a reason for it, and it’s a good one.

I love love love these two. While Paige comes off confident and secure, underneath she has a soft heart that she doesn’t want broken.  Richard comes off arrogant and cock-sure, but underneath that, is a man with who knows what ~ and who~  he wants.

I absolutely adore this series, and this book is definitely tops. I laughed at Paige, and I cried with her. I hurt for her, and wanted to kick her ass like her friends would do. But most of all, I wanted to see her get what she didn’t know she needed. And Brooke didn’t disappoint. 

I’m happy we still have one more book left to go. And while I’m anxious for Quinn’s story, I’m not ready for this series to be over. 

 

 

About Brooke Blaine

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Fidelity by Aleatha

 

bk5-1-fidelity-e-book-coverShe thought she could save those she loved.

He thought he could save her.

They’ll both learn the truth.

 

FIDELITY, the dramatic conclusion to the epic five novel series INFIDELITY, following Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, Demetris, Fitzgeralds, and Spencers is finally here.

 

When the vows are complete and the dust settles, who will be left standing?

No one is safe, and no alliance is above suspicion in the much-anticipated finale to this hot romantic-suspense saga. Our heroine has survived betrayal, cunning, deception, and entrapment…what will happen when she’s faced with fidelity?

Infidelity, it isn’t what you think.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new, epic romantic suspense will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next..

Have you been Aleatha’d?

FIDELITY is the fifth and FINAL of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series.

*This series does not condone nor does it advocate cheating.

 

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5 STARS

Aleatha is the Queen of seductive, suspenseful story lines and unforgettable characters. This series, these people – Nox, Charli, Oren and Adelaide are absolutely no exception.

They say all good things must come to an end, and I don’t think that there was a more perfect way for her to do so. This series literally came full circle.  I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the Montagues and Demetri’s, but I feel like we aren’t really. I feel like it’s more of a “see you later.”  That’s probably wishful thinking on my part!

Fidelity had just as many twists and turns as the first four books in the series, and there’s not one point where I ever thought to myself “I saw that coming.” Every heart pounding, nail biting page was as exciting and intriguing as the one before. 

I laughed, I cried. I gasped, cringed and finally cheered. I went through a whole slew of emotions, not only from this book, but from this entire series. 

If you haven’t read this series, start. If you’ve never been Aleatha’d, get. She doesn’t write for the faint of heart, but I promise her writing will suck you in. You must start from the very beginning or you won’t understand what’s going on. This series can’t be read out of order. 

I’ll miss Charli and Nox, but I’m very anxious to see what and who Aleatha brings us next!

 

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BETRAYAL 1One week. No future. No past. No more.

Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

“Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

Lennox “Nox” Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:

One week. No more.

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

“Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?”

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.

 

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CUNNING 1“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

 

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.

Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series.

Infidelity – it isn’t what you think.

 

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BK3 Deception E-Book Cover (2)DECEPTION, book THREE of FIVE in Aleatha Romig’s INFIDELITY series.

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule–one week only.

Or did it?

 

Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following it but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.

Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?

Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli’s pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.

Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

 

DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series – It isn’t what you think!

(This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)

 

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BK4 Entrapment E-Book Cover“The snare is setleaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance”

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up…

One chance meeting

plus…

One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine

plus…

One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion

plus…

One impulsive decision

times…

Two declarations of love

divided by…

The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules

equals…

ENTRAPMENT

“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

Don’t miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.

*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

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aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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RELEASE BLITZ & REVEIW: Why Not? by Carey Heywood

Title: Why Not?
Series: Love Riddles #3
Author: Carey Heywood
Release Date: Jan 10, 2017
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He doesn’t love me.
Our relationship wasn’t supposed to have strings.

Now he’s almost all I think about.

He changed everything.

I’m not ready to tell him.
There’s a chance he’ll blame me when I do.

I don’t know if I can trust him but I’m afraid to face the future alone.

Will he ever love me, or will he always love me not?

Before I can stop myself, I reach up and trace his lips with my finger.

Neither of us speaks. We both just stand there and stare at each other.

The next second I’m in his arms, and his lips are on mine. His hands are in my hair and mine are up the back of his shirt.

This isn’t a kiss, it’s a wild fire.

I’m engulfed by it, the heat of his lips against mine, and the flame’s lick of his tongue.

I’ve dreamt of this kiss since I was fifteen years old. Even my wildest dreams did not touch the passion of this one. When his mom moved away not long after he left town for college, I was sure this kiss would never happen.

I’m not the type to pine over a boy I didn’t think I’d ever see again. I got over my crush on him. As much as I love her, I had no desire sit at home each night like Kacey did mooning over Jake. I’ve had other crushes; I’ve dated and even had a few relationships.

That does not mean I ever forgot about Trip Lowell. Seeing him again after all of these years has brought all of those memories to the forefront. This kiss is over ten years in the making.

As fast as our kiss began, it ends. I’m left suddenly cold, the fire extinguished by his retreat. He’s not gone, but he’s moved backward at least three feet.

“I’m sorry,” he murmurs, lifting his hands the same way he did earlier after he startled me.

“What?” I breathe.

“You’re upset. You were crying. I didn’t mean to take advantage of that.”

My brow furrows. “You’re not.”

I take one step toward him and then another. My feet move until he’s right in front of me.

Sliding my hands up his chest, I ask, “Are you against me taking advantage of you?”

It doesn’t take him long to decide. He bends, his hands on my ass, lifting me. My legs circle his waist as I grab onto his shoulders.

His mouth plunders mine. I’m not only along for the ride, oh no, this may be my one and only opportunity to experience him.

My hands roam.

My tongue tangles with his.

My hips push forward against his very apparent hardness.

He carries me across the yard, his step sure without even looking. I’m so distracted I don’t realize where we’ve moved to until he sets my ass down on a picnic table.

He breaks our kiss to ask one final question. “You sure about this?”

I nod, my hands already at work unfastening his jeans.

“Say it,” he commands, and I oblige.

“Yes, I’m sure.”

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5 STARS

It’s no secret Carey is one of my go-to romance authors. I LOVE her style of writing, and this book just reaffirms my affections. 
Why Not? is the third and final book in the Love Riddles Series, which makes me desperately sad. I’ve grown very attached to the little town of Ferncliff and all of its inhabitants. 
Reilly has been one of my favorite characters ever since book 1, Why Now?  She’s smart, head strong and spunky. As a reporter for a local TV station, she has to have a certain amount of poise and confidence. But you just know underneath the take-no-prisoners, independent woman of the 21st century, is a girl who wants what we all want: love.
Trip is a local boy, turned man, turned Police Officer. After living outside of Ferncliff for a few years, he’s returned home. He wanted to get settled into his new place, he is new department and not much else. Running into Reilly was a bonus. 
Oh these two!!  I love them together, but they are both so stubborn I wanted to smack them both upside the head!  Their chemistry is off the charts and they are so perfect for each other. They just need to get out of their own way to realize it. 
This book has a little bit of everything: romance, hot sex, angst, suspense. It’s my favorite kind of read, and the perfect way to wrap up this series. I will miss the characters in these books. They feel like family. But I’m definitely ready to see what Carey brings us next!

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with 13 books out and many more to come. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Ever the mild-manner citizen, Carey spend her days working in the world of finance, and at night, she retreats into the lives of her fictional characters.

Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, their nine-pound attack Yorkie and their needy Ninja cat.

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Separations Games by CD Reiss

 

Separation Games
by CD Reiss

Series: The Games Duet # 2
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance

“CD Reiss writes the best erotica I have ever read.”

Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hacker Series

Synopsis:

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller.

There’s one, unbreakable rule in the game.

Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.

The heart is impulsive.

The heart makes bad decisions.

The heart doesn’t see the long game.

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.

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5 STARS

There is one way to describe the way this series ends: Gratifying.

But it wasn’t without a lot of hard work on Adam and Diana’s parts. 

This was probably the absolute BEST sequel to a first book EVER.  You get hooked on Diana and Adam from the get go in Marriage Games, and book 2 just reels you in. 

The way these two grow in this book is phenomenal. I love the discovery: not only of themselves individually, but of each other. They truly are two halves of a whole. 

There are so many things I could go on and on about, but that would give too much away. So I’ll say this. READ THIS DUET. If you’ve ever read a book of Christine’s, you know how absolutely brilliant her mind is. The stories she tells are nothing short of heart pounding, the characters unforgettable. 

Take Adam and Diana’s journey with them. You’ll be glad you did. 

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He took my hand, putting it in his lap as if it was finally home. “What are we doing?” he asked.

“Screwing up.”

“Like it’s our job.”

“If you’re going to do something, I say, do it all the way.”

He squeezed my hand. I was jarred by the way he looked in the direction of the window, but not through it. He didn’t look like the commanding Dominant who had been my partner for the past few weeks. As handsome as ever, and graceful and sharp, a leader and a decider, but not the same.

He faced me. “I don’t know how to fix this.”

The streetlights glinted off the light in one eye and his jaw locked, catching things he’d never say. He looked like a man I knew and abandoned. Manhattan Adam.

“We can’t fix it,” I said, putting his hand in my lap, watching our clasped hands make a new form. I rubbed the outside of his thumb with mine, feeling it’s familiar shape, the strength of the knuckle and the texture of his skin on mine. “We have to build something new. And we can.” I looked up from our hands to his face.

Could I make him feel my optimism? Could I take a piece of it onto a fork and lift it to his lips? Would they part? Would he let me lay it on his tongue? Would he chew and swallow, saying “I do. I do believe we can, I do.”

He didn’t say that. He didn’t believe, but his lips needed to touch my belief and his tongue needed to taste my hope.

I don’t know if I kissed him or if he kissed me, but it felt like a first kiss, with full quivering that left me paralyzed at his nearness. The act of two tongues tasting each other was so intimate between strangers, so taken for granted over time, and so rarely is the wonder of it felt through to the bone.

He was licorice. Fennel and leather. And he moved like cool water, reacting to my movements, countering with his hands and his mouth, covering me with his attention. The kiss was the sway of sex, the smell of it, the carnal desire without the promise of anything but another dance.

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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