New Release + Review: Elite by Carrie Aarons

 

Title: Elite

A Privileged Novel

Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2018
Blurb
If you’re in, you’ll never have to ask. If you ask, you’ll never be in.Eloise Mason knows what it’s like to live among the privileged. Seeking a
change from the upper crust society of Europe, she flies halfway across the
world for a semester abroad in the one place guaranteed to toss responsibility
out the window and provide some good, old-fashioned fun; college in The United
States.

Except nothing at the picturesque, Ivy-covered university in Vermont appears as
it seems. And after a mysterious invitation arrives on her doorstep, curiosity
wins over the need to turn her back on games meant for the rich and ruthless.

Secret societies, risky tasks, and an inner circle to rival the royals. But it
may just be one American boy who threatens to be the most dangerous endeavor of
all.

Colton Reiter defines the word idolized at Jade Mountain University. In fact,
he practically rules the roost from the three point line of the basketball
court. The college’s star point guard, he is a god and treated as such;
professional scouts at every game, teachers looking the other way when it comes
to grades, and girls falling into his lap at the snap of a finger. He wants for
nothing, or at least that’s what he wants everyone to believe.

But when he meets the sassy girl with the British accent who could care less
about his status, her very existence threatens to unveil the skeletons buried
deep in the back of his closet.

With stakes this high, and hearts on the line, can they turn their backs on
power and popularity before the ivory tower comes crashing down on their heads?

 

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 Review:

I was so excited to read Elite after reading Privileged- and good news is that you don’t have to read the first book in order to read the second book, although they are connected and overlap a little bit.

I love Carrie’s style of writing and I have loved each of her books, but I am pretty sure this one is my favorite.  I love the secrecy in the Social Clubs – serious Cruel Intentions vibes and I LOVE it- I loved the secrets in the book from the main characters and I loved how I stayed interested throughout the whole thing.

Eloise is from the privileged lifestyle, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Her and her family were slumming it until her dad caught his big break and now she lives a lifestyle only most can dream of.  She decided to attended college in the U.S. to have a sort of normal college experience before heading back to Europe to attend cooking school in the elite city of Paris.  On her first day there, she not only meets a boy that takes her breath away, but also is invited to join the elite society of a group of girls, but is sworn to secrecy.

Colton also has his secrets and man, are they of the big variety.  But when he sees Eloise, he knows that she is life changing, no matter the cost.  He will do anything to help his family just like he will do anything to get to know Eloise.  But unbeknownst to the both of them, they both have their secrets, and it seems like it’s a recipe for disaster.

Reading this book brought me back to my sorority days, and thank goodness by friends weren’t awful people like these girls are.  The main girl who leads the sorority needs a serious life check and thankfully she gets it- the end has a sweet wrap up that made my heart sore because girl GOT what she deserved.

My heart completely broke for Colton.  Even though what he was doing is not right, it’s like he had no other choice and you can’t help but try to understand where he was coming from.  I wanted nothing more for them to be together because they both fit each other.  They worked so well together and made each other better.  I absolutely adored reading about they just clicked and worked.  While neither of them had serious relationships before, something about their chemistry just worked, and I thought Carrie did a great job of writing the story to show you exactly how much they cared for each other.

I give this book 4 stars because I loved the story and my heart broke over and over each time they came across an obstacle.  I love the characters and I loved how they both overcame things to get what they wanted in life.  I am a sucker for HEA, and Carrie definitely brought me that.  There were times when I wanted to punch the girl group because bitches be crazy, but I’m glad everyone got exactly what they deserved.  Elite is a book that I would definitely recommend and I think that you should pick it up if you haven’t already!

Author Bio

 

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.
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Blog Tour: The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan

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The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
Publication Date: February 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance novel about a runaway bride, a single dad who’s sworn off love, and the kind of family secrets that can threaten to break even the deepest bonds.
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You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.

I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.

Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.

I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.

Get ready to fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series! 

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Excerpt:

“Did somebody hurt you?” My gut knots with the question. You can’t save her, Ethan.

“You could say that.”

I step forward. Maybe that’s why she’s here on this impulsive visit to Jackson Harbor. Maybe she’s running from someone, escaping a home that’s not safe. “Do you have somewhere safe to go?”

“It’s not that kind of hurt,” she whispers. She swallows, and her gaze dips to my mouth. “Why are you so sad?”

Because you remind me of Elena. Because I couldn’t walk away from her either. “I’m just worried about you.” I don’t know if I step closer or if gravity pulls me that way, but in a breath, she’s at my fingertips and my thighs brush her knees.

“Will you do me a favor?” she asks, her attention still on my lips.

“What?”

“Will you kiss me?”

“Nic . . .” I wait for the excuses to find their way onto my tongue, but they don’t, and I realize I don’t want an excuse to walk away from her. My whole body is warm and my fingers itch to touch her. The only thing I want is my mouth on hers. I want to taste her joy and sadness. I want to know how it feels to have that body pressed against mine.

I’m silent a beat too long, and she winces. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be. It’s not that I don’t want to, but you’re vulnerable.”

“Are you always so noble?”

“If you think my thoughts are noble right now, you’re even more naïve than I feared.” I lean my forehead against hers. Christ. Who am I kidding? She’s asking me to do something I’ve been thinking about since I first laid eyes on her. I couldn’t deny her if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Not even a little.

I cup her face in my hand and run my thumb along her jaw.

She slides a hand behind my neck. “I like the way you look at me. You make me feel sexy. Wanted.”

“Who made you feel like you weren’t?”

“A mistake.”

“Then he didn’t deserve you.” I lower my mouth to hers, telling myself the kiss will be brief, that I won’t get carried away. But then her other hand joins the first behind my neck, and her breasts press against my chest. Her thighs part, and I step between them in my instinctive need to be closer. A soft moan slips from her lips as our mouths connect.

This girl kisses like she does everything else—with unabashed emotion. She doesn’t hide a thing she’s feeling, and I’m hard even before her mouth opens under mine and our tongues sweep across each other.

I thread one hand into her hair and slide the other up her bare leg, my fingers curling into the flesh of her hip while my thumb strokes her inner thigh. Her skirt is bunched around her waist, and it would be so easy to follow this soft skin up and find her panties. She’s making the sexiest sounds, and I’m dying to touch her, to find out if she’s as turned on as she sounds, but I keep my hand where it is and give her the kiss she asked for. I offer the evidence that she’s sexy and desirable, no matter what some asshole made her think.

The Wrong Kind of Love © 2018 by Lexi Ryan

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Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: http://www.lexiryan.com

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Review:

I absolutely fell in love with Nicole and Ethan’s story. From breaking my heart at the very beginning to the HEA ending at the very end- I could and did not want to put down this book! It was fun, flirty, and had some super steamy scenes that I absolutely loved.
Nicole has an identical twin sister and when she finds out on her WEDDING DAY that home girl has stolen her man, she steals her identity (is it really stealing if you look alike anyways?!) and heads to the job that Veronica (twin) was supposed to be starting. Upon getting there, Nic gets totally wasted at a local bar- because hello who wouldn’t do that the day she finds out her sister has stolen her future husband- and *almost* hooks up with one of the locals. It’s totally out of character for her, but it was the almost release she needed.
Ethan is a OB/GYN at a local hospital and he is the local that Nic almost hooks up with, but duty calls and he has to leave her hanging on by a thread. Unfortunately, he is also the dad that Nic/Veronica was supposed to start babysitting for, and as you can see this is quite the dilemma.
This whole slew of characters have secrets and they are a bunch of rascals! At times, I literally wanted to punch her sister Veronica in the face because WHO DOES THAT!!! and especially twins with their sharing brain power. But all of the characters were lovable characters-seriously I felt like I was reading about a family that I wanted to be a part of.
Both Ethan and Nic are not ready for love- they have both have had their heart broken and aren’t looking for anything, but their chemistry and attraction are something else! Seriously you could feel the electricity just by reading. In the end there was no denying that they were meant to be together and I was so happy when they finally made it work!
I gave this book a 5 star rating because I truly enjoyed the story! I fell in love with each of the characters (yes even the annoying ones!) and the book just gave me a warm sense of comfort- like I could tell that I was going to enjoy reading all about the other characters that are to follow! I loved how sexy the book was, I loved the banter between the characters, and I loved how great the writing was. It wasn’t too cliche of a story and I am a sucker for HEA’s so this made my heart just melt! I would highly recommend this book if you are looking to get sucked into a family of characters and need something enjoyable to read! I can’t wait for what else is to come!

Blog Tour: Feels like Home to Me by Jennifer Van Wyk

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Feels Like Home, an all-new emotional standalone from Jennifer Van Wyk is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Andy Simpson never expected to be raising his teenage twin sons alone.

Then again, he also never expected to walk into his house and see his wife with another man. In their bed. Or that it wasn’t her first time.

Bitterness threatened to wrap around his heart, darkening every part of his life.

But a brightness he wasn’t even looking for entered their lives and wouldn’t let it take hold.

Christine Jameson knew all about being a single parent. But she was holding a secret. A secret she wasn’t willing to allow anyone to find out. One she’d held tight for years.

But one look at Andy, and she knew that she needed to be honest with him. That he deserved to know he wasn’t alone.

They both needed friendship. Needed someone who understood, who had compassion without judgement.

What they didn’t imagine was for it to become something more.

That they would come to share something they never thought they would experience again.

They didn’t expect for it to… Feel Like Home.

Excerpt:

I reach across the cushion and grasp her hand in mine, squeezing once. “I’m sorry you went through that.”

She squeezes my hand once in response. “I’m sorry you’re going through it now.”

“Thank you.”

“So, want some advice?”

“Eat more lemon pound cake?”

She releases my hand and sits back, giggling, and again I’m hit with how much I love hearing the sound of her laughter. “Well, that, too. I could even say it’s healthy because it’s made with Greek yogurt.”

“You trying to tell me something?” I tease her.

She smiles, a cross between sad and sort of resigned.

“My advice? Be happy.”

“What’s that?”

“Be happy. I promise you. First of all, it will drive Heather nuts knowing you are moving on without her. But second of all, and this is the most important part of it, you’ll be happy.”

“You make it sound so easy.”

“I’ve had a lot of practice. When Todd was at his sickest, we practiced a lot of happiness. Happiness because we had good days, or we had quiet moments to spend as a family when he could barely get out of bed. Happiness when we were able to celebrate holidays. After he cheated, one of the things we discovered was that we could either give in to the ugly that it brought on, or we could move on. We moved on. And he had to do the same. We both had guilt. Guilt for how we got there. I questioned if I wasn’t giving him what he needed. He questioned everything. I’m not going to lie… it’s hard, and most days you’ll have to dig deep, but you’ll get there. Trust me. The light is always better than the dark.”

I lay my head on the back of the couch and turn to look at her. She’s so gorgeous it almost hurts to look at her. I’ve always thought so, though I would have never done a thing about it. She has always been the mom who turned heads.

“What was he thinking?” I murmur.

“Pardon?”

“Todd. What was he thinking?”

“You mean…”

“When he stepped out.”

She doesn’t respond, just simply smiles before biting her lip and looking away, her long, dark, silky hair falling over her shoulder. She ducks her head and tucks a lock of hair behind her ear.

“I’m sorry,” I tell her, though I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. Almost admitting how gorgeous I think she is? Her husband cheating? Her husband dying? Me laying my shit out for her? All of it, probably.

“I’m sorry Heather’s such an asshole,” she replies with a shrug.

I bark out a laugh. “She is definitely an asshole.”

“She forgot rule number one.”

“What?”

“Never mind… it was in a book I read.”

“Ahh. Good book?”

“More than good.” She gives me a ghost of a smile and reaches over to grip my hand, squeezing once before letting go. “So, what are you going to do?”

“Honestly? I have no clue. I need to find a place for the boys and me to stay, talk with a lawyer… that part I know for sure. I can’t stay with her. As sad as it sounds, and maybe it’s kind of a little mean, but I think we fell out of love a long time ago. We’ve been hanging on by a thread for years. I’m sure part of it was my fault, but still…”

“It’s no excuse. This has nothing to do with you, Andy. This is all Heather. You’re a great guy. It’s Heather’s loss.”

“I appreciate you saying that.”

“It’s the truth.”

Review:

Feels Like Home was a fun read! It is the story of a Single Dad Romance (and really a Single Mom Romance too!) It started off in a way that definitely got my attention and made me want to keep reading. Andy and Christine have both been put through the ringer, and I am so happy that they ended up together- it was definitely the perfect match.

Andy comes home to find his wife in bed with another man. When given the ultimatum, she leaves not only her husband, but also her two boys (which is just unthinkable in my opinion!). When Andy seeks friendship in Christine, he never would have thought they would have the connection that they do. And the more he learns about her, the more he likes.

Christine has been through the ringer as well- her husband passed away from cancer but upon learning that he had cancer, she also found herself in a situation that she never imagined. So she also has a secret that she hasn’t revealed to Andy and doesn’t plan on doing. But when things heat up between them, it makes it harder for her to not tell him.

Christine and Andy definitely belong together. They start off as friends and definitely do not cross in boundaries – almost too slow in my opinion- but I think it is important to have that base of friendship in any relationship. I love the way their families merge and become the big blended family. The title of the book is perfect for it though- everything in the book from the characters to the plot and actual story feel comfortable and feels like home! There are some steamy scenes in there too!

I gave this book 4 stars because it was a good book! It was an easy read and I enjoyed the characters. It was sort of predictable but otherwise I would recommend picking it up and having a cozy night (think glass of wine and warm cozy fire and this book!). I would definitely read more from this author.

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About Jennifer:

From the Ground Up was Jennifer’s first published novel and now that she was bitten by the writing bug, has no intention of ever stopping. Jennifer makes her home in small town Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful, hilarious and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. You’ll be her best friend if you can make her laugh and follow up with asking her what to read next. When she’s not writing, you can find her cheering the loudest at her kids’ sporting events (read as: embarrassing them), sipping coffee or iced tea out of a mason jar with her Kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.
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Review: She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlap

Title: She Regrets Nothing

Author: Andrea Dunlap

SYNOPSIS:

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

REVIEW:

This book was not my typical go to Rom- Com, but I was sucked in from the moment I opened the book. If you are looking for a book that is light and fluffy, then this is not the book for you. This isn’t meant to scare anyone away, but more of a warning of the twists and turns you are about to embark upon! I still flew through it because I couldn’t put it down.

This book is about the Lawrence Family- Liberty, Leo, Nora and Laila. A family that is known in the New York elite crowd, that has an air of mystery, but always seems perfectly put together at all the events of life- home, job, social events, etc. Unbeknownst to Liberty, Nora and Leo, they have a cousin named Laila that lives a far more common life than they could have ever imagined.

Haven’t we all as human beings wanted to belong at some point? Whether it be with our family or jobs or a group? This book definitely sparked my sense of wanting to belong and made me think about what I would do if I was Laila. Because now that Laila has been given a little taste of the life she once could only dream of before, she will do anything to keep it. This book walks you through each thought and step of to what length’s a person will go to keep what they think new found power, money, family (whatever it may be) could slip between their hands- and sometimes that can be a scary thing!.

This book has such a dark undertone and feel to it, but I loved it anyways. I can’t quite put my finger on when it turns, but once it does you are sucked into the rabbit hole for sure! It’s one thing to think of all the things you could do to climb the social ladder of the New York elite, but to actually read about them happening was intense!. It was refreshing to see that some people in the book didn’t quite fall for her, after all you have to believe that someone can still spot the deception when it’s there.

It’s dark, it’s mysterious, it leaves you seeing how exactly how different people view and take on the world. It’s a well written book and Andrea did a great job telling and weaving through this family’s drama. I loved that the book made me stop and evaluate my life and what I have done to get to the places in my life. Any book that invoke such a time consuming emotion is a great read in my eyes.

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Mega Review: Sixth Street Band Romance Review by Jayne Frost

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So I did a thing this week- wasn’t planning on it and definitely have no idea how I found the time to do it, but once I started reading I couldn’t stop.  To start from the top though, I have met a lot of wonderful readers on Instagram.  There is nothing more I love to do (well other than reading) than to scroll through and see what everyone is reading.  Last week I saw a post from @steamyreads and how she loved the book Lost for You by Jayne Frost.  Next thing you know, we are chatting about the books and she sent me over a copy of 3 of them.  I didn’t have anything on my plate that I HAD to read, so I thought I would pick these up and just read when I could.  Well, I was totally wrong on that theory because once I started one, I had to read them all!

The books are in a series, but can be read as standalones.  They do have a suggested reading order, but you don’t have to follow it.  Mainly because anytime I see an “order” or “rule” I have to follow it, so I of course started with book one.  I do believe Jayne is currently writing the fifth book and it should be out sometime this year.  If you want to read in order here they are:  Gone for You, Fall with Me, Missing from You, and Lost for You.

BOOK ONE: Gone for You- Cameron and Lily’s story

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Book one sets the stage for everyone, and it is where you are first introduced to the main characters in the following books.  Cameron, Christian, Logan and Seth make up a band called Caged and they play in Austin, Texas on Sixth Street.  Cameron’s brother Chris is always around too, helping the boys out with whatever they need- girls, places to stay, food, etc.

Christian has just been in an accident and all of the members of the band have rushed to his side.  Their current manager takes this opportunity to try to have a press conference  instead of respecting their privacy or worrying about him at all, so they switch all of their plans and end up in a different hotel to avoid her.  It’s while checking in that Cameron first sees Lily- she is sort of like a concierge.  And while Cameron can have his pick of any girl, he only has his eyes set on Lily.

However, Lily isn’t cut from the same cloth as Cameron.  She has grown up with a silver spoon, and her dad is the Governor of Texas. She was supposed to marry someone handpicked by her parents- and definitely shouldn’t be dating the lead singer of a rock band.  Since she didn’t go along with their plans and wanted to be an art major, her parents have “disowned” her and she has to support herself- thus working in a hotel and other things.

While the two seem like total opposites, they definitely attract.  And they are both looking for someone to love them.  Cameron- the hard, serious rocker, never having a serious girlfriend, and Lily – the daughter and woman that just wants to find love finally.  When they finally give in to each other and accept that they are what each other wants and needs- it’s just perfect.

This book had the perfect amount of lust, angst, and romance.  It was just what I needed after reading a few books that didn’t exactly do it for me.  I didn’t want a lot of complications, and I wanted a happy ending without too much dramatics.  And I definitely got that out of this book!  I gave this book a 4 star rating because I thought the stage was set perfectly and it was a good story without too much fluff.  I enjoyed the heck out of it!

BOOK TWO: Fall with Me- Christian and Mel’s story

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Christian is another member of the band Caged, and he has a secret- that secret being that he is a complete nerd and is actually pretty smart (NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! I’ll take brains and rock star any day!) They first meet in a diner that Mel is working at, but it’s when he sees her again that he knows he shouldn’t mess with fate.

Mel is strong and she has to be.  I love when there is a strong female lead.  And I absolutely adored Mel.  I think we could be friends in real life!  She is a hard worker but she also has her secrets too.  And slowly she let’s Christian see each one of them.  But while she finally decides to let him in, she never wants to be seen as a problem or like she isn’t enough.  And while it’s uncharted territory for both of them, they both work well together.

I feel like if you were to meet Christian in real life he would be this big soft teddy bear.  I loved how he wanted to take care of Mel and how she needed him to take care of her.  And I loved how she finally let him.  You can tell that they both have extremely big hearts and as much as Cameron and Lily were opposites attract, Mel and Christian are like two peas in a pod.  They just work perfectly together.

I gave this book 4 stars as well because I enjoyed reading about them.  Each character had quirks about them that I absolutely adored and I thought it was a well written book.  I thought the story kept me engaged and at the end to find out that Jayne Frost’s actual relative had the same disease as Mel’s grandmother spoke volumes to me.  When an author writes about something so personal and you can tell that this book was for them, it just touches my heart. I also love a happy ending, so I was glad I got it here too!

BOOK THREE: Missing from You- Sean and Anna-baby’s story

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Book three is my absolute favorite.  If you have read my blog before, you will know that I am a sucker for any story where there is a child involved.  And this one got me too!  Also, you know I love second chance romances so add that to the mix, and I don’t think I will ever hate it.

Sean and Anna have a history- they were each other’s first loves and due to the fame of the band, they were torn apart right before they left for their first tour.  And Anna had to witness the worst thing possible when it comes to relationships – so she left and never looked back.  She even married someone else.  But all along, her heart always belonged to Sean.  He just had no idea how much so until he sees her again.  And believe me when I say that Sean has been living the Rockstar dream- including having sex with anything that will walk.  But when he sees Anna again, he knows that she really never left him, and he will do anything to keep her, even if it’s only for one night.

Anna is my favorite character- she not only is a bad ass woman, but a bad ass mom.  She stepped up when she needed to and took care of her baby.  She sacrificed and made sure her daughter was always taken care of.  She is even a pretty fair mother, which is always admirable in my opinion.  Any mom who wants the father of the child in their child’s life and doesn’t hold it against them is amazing in my opinion.  If I was ever in that situation, I could only hope to be half the woman as her.

Sean- what to say about him- he loves hard.  But he loves on his terms and has a lot of growing up to do.  He has a lot of lessons to learn and he has to learn them before ever thinking of getting Anna back.  If I actually knew Sean in real life, I would want to punch him.  He was immature at times and needy, but it wasn’t annoying.  I thought that the author did a great job of writing and walking you through the story.  It was a heavy read at times, but it was worth it in the end.

I gave this book 5 stars because I bonded the most with these characters.  I thought it was a beautiful and painful story.  I loved every piece of it, even when I was aggravated with them.  I thought the characters were well developed and not cheesy at all.  I thought the way they loved each other definitely came across in the books, and when they were hurting so was I. When they were happy so was I.  It was a great read and definitely my favorite of the series!

BOOK FOUR: Lost for You- Chase and Taryn’s Story

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Chase is damaged and so is Taryn.  I could tell from the start that this book was going to tackle much “darker” topics.  Taryn and Chase both have their own demons, and together they make for one recipe of disaster.

Two of Taryn’s best friends were tragically killed and it has changed the course of her whole life.  She is forever bound to the survivors and before meeting Chase she thought that she would always be with Beckett- her high school love.  As much as she has tried to move on from the accident, it is always the elephant in the room and is always the thing that pulls her back to her past.

Chase has a past of his own too- one that is filled with drug abuse and things he no longer does.  He has been sober for awhile, but when he meets Taryn he feels old habits and ways start sneaking in and realizes he actually has no control over anything.  He loves her but what does he love more??

Taryn and Chase were sooo dramatic for me, but I loved all of it!  I wanted to slap both of them at different times, but you could tell this story was therapy for both of them.  Each one separately held something that represented new and a fresh start- and they couldn’t have one without the other.  They both were stubborn and would let each other go, but gladly that’s not how the story ended.  They both had to also face their demons in order for them to move forward.. together.

I am giving this book a 4 star rating because again- I LOVED THE STORY!  It was one that had backstory and all sorts of dramatic points and turns, and just when you thought this would be the happy ending they deserved, she went and wrote another twist.  As with all of her books, Jayne is writing from a personal point and you could tell that Taryn needed to face that tragedy.  You could feel how the book was therapy – for me and for whomever reads it.  It was well written and very well developed.

Let me say this too-all Jayne’s books are HOT- girl knows how to write a steamy scene.  Her characters have chemistry, romance, friendship, and they feel like family.  They are relateable without being unattainable.  The stories were beyond good- they kept me interested and they were not cheesy.  They were amazing and you could tell each story that was told was special to the characters and the author.  She did them justice! So if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you take the plunge and read them all!  And if you are like me, you will blow through them.  And then you can join me in waiting for Logan’s story to be released.. so stay tuned!

If you would like to purchase them- good news they are FREE on Kindle Unlimited.  I have linked them all here for you below:

Gone for You

Fall with Me

Missing from Me

Lost for You

Also, you can follow Jayne on Instagram @jaynefrost.  Her books are also on audible if that is your preferred style too! 🙂

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Taming Him by Kennedy Fox Review

Title: Taming Him
Series: Bishop Brothers
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Vacation Romance
Photographer:Wander Augular
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Designer:RBA Designs
Release Date: January 30, 2018
*Each Bishop Brothers novel is an interconnected standalone*

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy.
Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk.
Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He’s every girl’s wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn’t follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day—even if it’s to say, let’s just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman. Still, that isn’t enough to tame the wildest of the Bishop brothers.

River Lancaster has finally met the man of her dreams. Too bad after six months of romantic bliss, she finds out he’s married. With a broken heart and blind rage, she books herself a ticket to Key West, Florida. Tired of cheaters and liars, she’s set on escaping to forget he ever existed. Who needs a man when there’s an all-you-can-drink margarita bar, anyway? That’s what she tells herself until she bumps into the right guy who can make all those bad memories disappear.
Even if it’s only temporarily.

Two weeks on the beach is what they both need. No strings attached, no expectations, no broken hearts. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll change the entire course of their lives in just nine short months.

**A complete standalone contemporary romance with a little southern drama**

Alex Bishop is your true Southern Gentleman- born and raised in Texas on a Ranch that he works on with his family and best friend Dylan.  When Dylan decides to take a trip to Key West and invite Alex along, he has no idea that the “boys trip” will turn into something more.  Because while Alex is a true Southern Gentleman, he is also a boy that hasn’t been tamed and has no intentions of settling down any time soon.

River has had a hard life- her younger sister passed away from complications when she was just 12 years old and she has spent the majority of her adult life taking care of others.  After going through something so tragic as losing her sister, she has poured herself into her work and never looked back. Up until recently she was dating a guy but found out he was married, so even her love life is lacking.  River’s only plan is to go to work and be the best nurse, but that’s until her best friend convinces her to take a trip to Key West- a trip she truly deserves and a chance for her to actually let her hair down.

River and Alex are from two parts of the world, two completely different parts of the world but they have a connection that neither of them can ignore.  Instead of ignoring the connection, they decide to give in to each other and make the most of the week left.  They spend a week getting to know each other, crossing off items on the bucket list, and fall in love.  But when Alex has to make a quick exit, it leaves River wondering if this would ever work.  When she doesn’t try to get in touch with Alex in the months following, he doesn’t know how much longer he can go carrying this torch for her. Until she shows back up – but will her news finally get Alex (the wild one) to settle down, or will he not be true to his roots and leave her standing high and dry?

This read was a quick and easy read and ties into other stories by Kennedy Fox (but can be read as a standalone – this is Courtney’s brother from Courtney and Drew’s story!) While I was able to predict most of what was going to happen, I did still enjoy the book as it was pretty light and you WANT them to be together.  I would have loved more cowboy drama – because hello, who doesn’t love actual cowboy drama?! but the story was more about how the decisions Alex makes and how his being raised in the South will lead him down the right path.  At the end of the day, it was an enjoyable read and definitely had it’s angsty, steamy scenes that Kennedy Fox always brings!

I give this book 3.5 stars because it was a good and enjoyable book.  It was a great story and the prologue definitely left me sobbing like a baby.  I would recommend picking up this book and giving it a ride!  You will be left with wanting more from the Bishop brothers and I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

 

 

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

 

 

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

 

 

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Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

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January 22nd

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About Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

 

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Review:

I haven’t read a YA book in awhile, but I am SO glad I decided to pick this one up.  This was a great story and well written.  I fell in love with Drix and Elle and I fell in love with their beautiful story- it’s a story that starts and holds you in until you finish it.  It shows you the good and the bad in people.  It makes you believe in good again.

Elle is your typical privileged girl, daughter of the Governor, and has somehow been convinced that the work she is doing for her father is for the greater good.  Drix is your ultimate bad boy who was just released from juvi and after entering the Governor’s program, actually has a second chance at life.  However Drix is at odds with himself because he doesn’t know who he is- a bad or good person.  When he meets Elle though, he knows that he wants to be good, but his past may ultimately get in the way.

When they first meet, they have no idea who the other is, but what they do know is that they both can’t stop thinking about each other.  But when Elle’s father and mother both make the decision for her to not spend time with Drix, it’s almost like a star crossed lover story- you have to go where the bad boy is!  But while Elle is supposed to be the good girl, she convinces Drix to keep breaking the rules and ultimately gets in him trouble.

It’s a story of young love, but sometimes young love is the best love.  It’s innocent love, and it doesn’t matter what the world says about it.  They are faced with more things than most adults go through- but you can tell that they are more mature than some adults too.  Katie definitely gave us a glimpse into Drix’s soul- and while he might not know who he is anymore or where he belongs, it’s his sense of wanting to be better that makes you root for him and for their relationship.  And Elle- what she ultimately does to save Drix is the most selfless thing, and proves that her love is real.

I gave this book 5 stars because it was unlike any story I have ever read.  It was a gut wrenching story, but one that showed how good people can be.  It showed that while there is bad out there, there is hopefully so much more good to overcome it.  I loved the writing style, and thought the story flowed together seamlessly.  I thought it was engaging- made you think about what you would do if you were faced with the same situation.  I feel that any book that provokes that much thought from me is definitely worthy of a five star rating.  Also, the story was wonderful, the characters were well written and well developed.  The plot made sense and wasn’t too far fetched.  It was a great read and would definitely recommend you adding it to your TBR list immediately. See below for an excerpt:

~Ellison~

Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”

I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”

“Andrew?” someone asks.

“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?

“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.

“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.

“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.

“Yes.”

“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.

My entire body recoils. “What?”

“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”

I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”

“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”

Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”

More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point?  Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”

A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.

My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”

He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.

Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.

I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.

Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”