Friday, March 16, 2018

Excerpt Reveal for The Wrong Side of Heaven by Gia Riley


One thunderstorm fades into another, and I keep my eyes on the stars, praying this one isn’t as bad as the last. It’s tornado season in Kansas—the only other force besides Tess that threatens me on a daily basis.

The crack of thunder is sharp, and the flashes of lightning so close together, I know it’s almost time to get in the closet. There’s no basement. No shelter to run to with a secret door to the underground. It’s just creaky floorboards, dust, and a protective layer of cotton pillows I bought at the dollar store.

If the storm were to pull the roof off the trailer, there’s not much else inside my room for the wind to whip around. The only other piece of furniture I own is a dresser. But I learned, whatever I put in there, Tess will take, so I keep my clothes in the trunk in the closet. The little bit of money I have is kept in a secret compartment in the floor. It’s not much, but I save every penny I earn from babysitting jobs around the trailer park.

Over the summer months, I try to pick up as many nights as I can because, without school, I spend too much time in the trailer. Too much time with Tess leads to problems.

Last night, we argued about my chest. She said my boobs were getting too big and that my mother probably had a matching set, just like all the other whores in town. If I knew anything about my mom, I’d disagree, but Tess could be right, so I didn’t bother trying to convince her otherwise.

As much as I hate Tess, she’s all I have. When my dad died, Tess decided to keep me. She said something about the money from the government helping to pay the bills. I’m not stupid. I know all that money goes up her nose and feeds her habit.

Sometimes, when Tess is exceptionally bitchy, I almost wish I had gone into the foster system. At least then I’d have had a chance at happiness. Because living in Carillon is nothing but hell. A hell I can’t escape until I turn eighteen and graduate high school.

Three hundred sixty-four days separate me and freedom.

I am me. Alone and by myself.


Some touched.

Some watched.

Some just talked to me.

They all had their vices.


I’m trailer trash in the slums of Carillon.

Until I met him, the mysterious neighbor who speaks through handwritten notes. He never shows his face, only comes and goes late at night, and I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

I shouldn’t want him.

I don’t need him.

But when I close my eyes, he’s all I see.

He’s my addiction. The secret I keep close to my heart.

But sometimes things aren’t what they seem, and secrets don’t stay secrets forever.

And together, we’re just two lost souls on the wrong side of heaven.

Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can. 

She’d rather pick truth than dare, bake than cook, and will always choose coffee over tea. 

Just like life, her stories always have a mixture of heart and humor.

You can connect with Gia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. She also has a reader group, Gia Riley’s Books, on Facebook. Stop by anytime, she loves hearing from readers!



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway for What He Doesn't Know by Kandi Steiner


On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future.

Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man.

A man who also belongs to me.

A man I no longer wish to keep.

A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.

No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.

But they don’t know me at all.

I don’t even know me.

Not anymore.

They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three.

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

But there is no longer a home.

REVIEW: Please don't let me suffer......
"I would have been lying to myself if I said my intentions with her were completely innocent."

What the hell did Kandi do to meeee?? <--- That's how I want to start this entire thing off because I don't know what I am going to do. This wait, while it's only two weeks, is going to be death defying for me. Clawing at my walls, crying in a corner, woe'ing is me'ing by my lonesome. Kandi, what are you doing?? Are you LAUGHING AT ME?? Now, I may joke through this entire review but this is no laughing matter. This is just me trying to use a defense mechanism to hide my poor broken heart., first and foremost, my Kandi is back. MY Kandi is back. My angsty story-writing, heartbreaking, torture-weaving Kandi is BACK. This is what she does so well. This is what she does brilliantly. I've missed this ├╝ber angsty Kandi. Moments gave me pause. Actions gave me anxiety. Words stole my breath away. I gasped and I sighed. I furrowed my brows and I worried my lip....this book gripped me. The mystery surrounding the problems in Charlie's marriage kept me going, page after page. This was such a delicate and angsty dance between past memories and current emotions. But jealousy was not a pretty color on them thar boys. BOTH of them.

This book?? It had some heartbreak, it had some laughter, it even had some truthful sorrow. It encompassed a full range of emotions, but most of all, it had nostalgia and love, memories and comfort. Such a great storyteller in her own right, Kandi makes me giddy with her passion and the angst that she painted the pages with. This book had the beauty of an old love....that didn't feel old. It certainly didn't act old. Every turn of the page brought me a little morsel of a memory; the faded smiles and the wispy sighs. Miniature fire starters that made me want to reach into the pages and hug these characters -- or smack them. But it made me made me crave the forbidden, the memory, the desires. There was a spark borne of pain, deceit, sorrow, and compassion. It all played into the pull of hearts, and it allowed a chasm to build. Oh!! And the guilt? Oh gosh, the guilt is not what you'd expect.

"It was never about the music when she was sitting there with me."

Reese was just sigh-worthy for me. Oooh maaan. When you think about someone that is so in tune with another, you know they pay attention to the little things. They make YOU their priority and they do so because they like to see you happy. Reese was this genuine, down to earth, wanted nothing but the best for Charlie, kind of man. Whether it was to the detriment of his own heart or not, he always had her best interests in mind. His selflessness was completely swoon-worthy, and nothing will ever change my mind about him. Granted....he was jonesing for another man's woman, but semantics. I just want him all for myself. I am completely, irrevocably IN LOVE with him. #MINE

Having said that, I am pretty sure Kandi did the virtual impossible with me. I *hated* Cameron. Hated him. Ok? Ha-Ted. So much so that when that ending hit, I was gasping. I was shocked. I was beside myself because I didn't know WHY Kandi did that. Here I was, following along this amazing story and watching myself, umm...I mean, watching Charlie reconnect with her first crush. I was happily watching him be good to her while her husssband was messing around with her heart, treating her like she wasn't important and he had better things to do. What in the world?? Ugh, Kandi!!! I felt sorry for him. What? Whyyy? Why did Cameron make me feel sorry for him?? I blame Kandi....yeah, her.

I don't even know how to suffer through the wait for the next book. Do I do it with Whiskey....or do I do it with Tequila. We should ask the expert, right Kandi? In my heart of hearts, I know I don't  aaaactually have to wait that long since I will have an ARC to read soon, but having to wait just a few days is going to be extremely painful. I'll take something....on the rocks. ASAP. kthxbye.

Oh! And I know what #TEAM I'm on....and I can't wait to see what Kandi does with the next book!! 5 Stars easily, hands down....all the way.

"Cameron was her husband. I was the boy who used to live next door."


Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer. 

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order. 

Join her group Kandiland HERE.




Book Review and Giveaway for Sinner by Sierra Simone

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.


"How something could be flawed but still good, how something could be imperfect but still worth loving. 

AS YOU KNOW, I have loved Sierra Simone for a long time, and if you've followed my reviews for any amount of time, you are aware of this tidbit of information. It should be noted that this book will not be for everyone, just like PRIEST was not for everyone. Sierra likes to dive head first into the taboo and forbidden aspect of the religious orders, and she takes no prisoners. And I like it. 

I enjoy the complexity in the way in which Sierra can tell a story. Her words, they are so...intelligent, for the lack of a better word coming to mind. She makes me think and seek a better understanding of the topic at hand. I know she would talk circles around me, but I am sure I could just sit there and listen to her talk about things all day long. 

"Ecstasy. That's that it's called when saints experience spiritual euphoria, and I'm no saint, that's for fucking sure, but this...this is ecstasy."

This one, while still harshly taboo, it is miles apart from Priest in some aspects. I felt like there was a lot more depth to Sean and I loved seeing such an about face of a character. With a few contradictions in my thought process, but a very definitely plausible explanation, Zenny and Sean made such the anomaly in terms of a couple, and I fell in love with them. His harshness to her innocence? Brilliant. I loved that she gave him such control and trust over herself that I couldn't do more than just sit back and watch how she manipulated his mind, while he manipulated her heart. The stark contrasts in their desires during the whole book, the way it all melded and came together made for a fantastic story, and one that I really enjoyed!

"I want to talk about how much I want her, how much I need her, and how much that doesn't scare me."

This book was very wordy, but it wasn't obnoxious by any means. Even saying it was wordy almost seems frivolous, because it was well thought out, it was descriptive, it was a journey worthy of a slow perusal. She was setting a methodical pace in conjunction with Sean's desires, and that allowed me to feel everything he was feeling. Sierra was quite meticulous in describing things, bringing us into the moment and allowing us to fall in love with Zenny and Sean together, and separately. I definitely loved that aspect of it. There were a few spots that I questioned the whys of things, but for the sake of the story and knowing where Sierra Simone could take it, I sat back and allowed it all to unfold and play out as she had imagined it. I am so glad I did -- I couldn't put this book down. I was never bored with this story. Ever. And of course, the naughty talkers that Sierra write's are delicious!!! Sean was NO exception, and I loved that he had a no f*cks given attitude about it. I love a good talking alpha man, but I also love that same man to have true and honest feelings, and Sean most definitely did. I fell in love with his heart and the entire idea of him from his family to his love life. 

"This mouth. I want to eat it and fuck it and worship it and abuse it."

This book had an amazing undertone to it, one that I normally wouldn't read because it's not in my comfort zone, but the way Sierra explained everything, and the way she included it in the story was the best way in order to incorporate it for me. I loved that the bane of Sean's existence....was also responsible for his saving. This one challenged me to read deeper. It forced to me to read more into the words, the underlying meaning of what Sierra was trying to convey. I felt the pain Sean felt, I heard the words Zenny was telling him, I accepted the healing Zenny was providing him. I loved that this story confirmed the very existence of soul mates; that there is someone out there for everyone. It was idealistic in that aspect, and it made this book very enjoyable for me. This was such a fascinating read!

TO NOTE: I am quite open about the fact that books do not make me cry in general. Many books that others have cried at that I have loved or felt they were super emotional rarely make me cry.....but this one made me openly bawl. There was no stopping the tears. I had to put the book down a few times around 89% because I couldn't even see the words. This hit way too close to home. This happened in MY life -- line by line, and it was hard to watch it unfold again. But having said that, this book was so good and I can and will easily recommend it. After reading it, I felt a little melancholy, a little sad it was over, but a whole bunch of HAPPY at having read yet another taboo and forbidden book by Sierra. She writes this genre with such conviction!!

"How the hell could temptation incarnate be a fucking nun? How fair is that?" 


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“Zenny,” I mumble against her lips, some valiant part of me recognizing that this is far, far beyond the kiss she asked for, and also recognizing that I’m going to come all over the inside of my Hugo Boss suit pants if she keeps it up. Even through the clothes, I can feel her heat, her  shameless rolls hinting at where she goes soft and wet between her legs. 

Fuck, I want to see it. I want to see her pussy. It’s suddenly all I can think about, all I can want or crave, just one glimpse, just a peek. 

“I want to see your cunt,” I say hoarsely, lifting my head. 

“My…cunt?” She says the word like she’s never said it out loud before. 

“Yeah.” My voice is so ragged right now, so desperate, and fuck, I’ve never felt this frantic before. Like I’ll actually combust if I don’t get this one thing, this one small sight of her secret place. 

She lets out a shaky breath, her hand dropping from my lapel to her skirt, which she slowly rucks up to her waist as I devour her lips once more, as I bury my face in her neck and kiss every sliver of skin exposed above her collar. I bite at her ear, at her jaw, my hand finding hers as it pulls her skirt up, so that I’m helping her do it, that we’re doing it together, this forbidden act, this forbidden revelation. 

Her forbidden body. 

That word, forbidden, spikes through my mind, bringing with it equal spikes of lust and fear. 

Because yes, it’s fucking hot that I shouldn’t be kissing her, I shouldn’t be begging to see her most secret place, my hand shouldn’t be covering hers as it slides up her thigh—but it’s also bad. Bad even for Sean Bell. 

Bad, bad, bad.

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Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.




Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway for Confessions: Robbie by Ella Frank


Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

"We don't want to change you to suit us, Robert. We want you because of who you already are."

W.O.W. For my FIRST book by Ella Frank, this was a WIN and I am now on a mission to read more. Yes, you read that right. This was my first. Now, silly me....I saw #1 after the title on this one, so I assumed that this was a whole new series. It is. However, it is a spinoff with characters from her Temptation Series. Now before I get some crazy side-eye from all you die-heard fans of hers, make sure you see that this was a very definite 5 STAR read for me, but let me explain.

Robbie was with Logan at some point, and I already knew this from following her Temptation Series quite loosely. I knew he was in it, but I wasn't too sure about the other two characters, deservedly referred to as The Priest and The Prick. So, my recommendation would be to read the first series before jumping into this one, BUT I was able to follow along with some effort. Effort meaning, there was a familiarity of her characters to each other, characteristics of their personalities and actions that may have been lost on me, but BUT but I was able to follow along and fall in love with these three men, and I think that says a lot about her storytelling and her ability to make you fall for her characters. I will say this though, I am on a mission to find TIME in my schedule to squeeze in the Temptation Series.  That is an official MUST READ for ME based on what this book did to me emotionally, as well as the clean way she told it. I seriously enjoyed this one so much.

The character dynamics were so easily followed and understood. I generally like my MM to be alpha men. I don't know why, and that's maybe an issue with me....but I like my men in all my books to be alpha and strong and present. All of these characters had their own personality and I really enjoyed their differences. Robbie was such a fun character. I could just envision him with his kohl eyeliner and pink lips with his mussed up hair....that vision, coupled with his skinny jeans made for a different but very enjoyable character read for me. But seeing the shift in wants and desires shift to needs was a beautiful thing to read. There was an erotic air to this read....a very sensual feeling, but not overly so to feel overdone and I loved that about it!

I cannot tell you enough how in love I am after reading this one. Not just with her writing, which was impeccable, but with her ability to tell this story with the love and affection she did, all the while giving me very definite and separate accounts for each man and their likes/dislikes. I was able to follow along, but I had to pay more attention. While her writing flowed, I knew I had to spend more time paying attention to all the nuances between these characters and all the emotions she was making me identify and accept. This book, her was just beautiful. It's not a shout-from-the-rooftops-dance-like-a-crazy-person kinda thing for me, but very definitely a you-HAVE-to-read-this-one sort of thing. I seriously loved this book. I loved the visions Ella gave me with her descriptive writing. I loved the insecurities and the emotions she made me feel. I loved everything about this one. E-ver-y-thing.

While I feel this was Robbie's story, I think it was obviously very inclusive of Julien and Priest as well, and it really laid a great foundation for this spinoff series. Knowing that the next story is Julien's POV, I can only surmise that the third one is Priest's POV. I honestly cannot wait to dive into their stories!!

To recap: I am not new to Ella Frank in name....but I am very wet-behind-the ears new to her writing. I have followed her for some time because I have loved the sound of the books she has written, and I have purchased some but haven't made the time to read them. Making time for this one was priority for me since I knew I wanted to finally be able to recommend her with conviction since I keep chatting about her books on my page. I have mentioned a time or two that I enjoy well written MM. It's no secret and that is something I will happily check out. And Ella is now a definite authority on well written for me, and I will be reading more. I am SO excited to check out more. I have linked the entire three book series up there on the Goodreads link, so make sure to add them all to your TBR. I literally sighed after reading this book. It was such a welcome difference to my repertoire of books, so much so that I am giddy thinking about reading more from her!

"Smile, mon cher petit. You make everything that's dark fade to nothing when you smile."


Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway for Tap That by RC Boldt and Jennifer Blackwood


The beer's not the only thing getting tapped.

I have a secret. It’ll get me fired if my boss ever finds out…which shouldn’t be a problem except for one thing: my coworker, Reid Morgan.

He’s cocky, aggravating, and that hot-as-sin mouth simultaneously makes me want to slap him and melt into the mattress.

Now that he’s discovered my secret, he’s doing everything in his power to take my job.


I have a problem: my pint-size spitfire of a coworker who’s primed to take my promotion.

She’s infuriating, sexy as hell, and I just can’t seem to keep my hands off her.

Now we’re both vying for the same position…and only one of us can come out on top.

"His smile makes me want to slap that expression off his perfectly stubbled face. He's wearing jeans and a black shirt that hugs every muscle. The only word that comes to mind is: delicious."

This promised to be a great title, between RC Boldt's signature comedy and swooniness in her men, to the introduction of Jennifer Blackwood's writing. I haven't read Jennifer's books yet, but I have heard of her and even met her at a signing once, so I was so excited about this story! While this wasn't my favorite read as of late, it was an easy read. I wanted a little more depth, I suppose, but this one felt like a surface scratcher read. It was was a rom-com, I know, but I felt like it lacked a little for me...which isn't the norm where RC is involved. But overall, a light and fun read with a sweet ending!

The book started out a little rough for me, especially because the reality of her actually getting that job in the first place made me say huh? Like, check references, people! So of course, I was already questioning things. But, by about the 32% mark, it started to pick up a little. It was slow in a few spots, but I was still actively interested in it. By the time I got to the 51% mark, it honestly felt like a finished story....which was very odd!! Needless to say, the rest of the story had me curious about what was going to happen to add more drama and more making up for Reid and Callie.

What I wanted and what I got were almost two different things. Almost. I wanted to see the depth in Reid. I wanted him to fight for Callie and I wanted to see him be a man and stand up.....and what I got wasn't exactly that. I was hoping his backbone would stay strong, but he disappointed me for a little bit there. His redemption was a rough ride, in my eyes. I wanted to see Callie's strength that she gave us early on to continue, and I feel like she did that.

We got some made up drama that added to the overall storyline, but it felt very contrived in some aspects.  It made me roll my eyes at some points, but it was definitely some of my biggest pet peeves playing out across the pages. It also felt slow and immature in some parts, but they are young, so I could go with it and follow along. Again, not my favorite, but it pushed the story forward and gave us some insight into their thought processes, and also allowed us to see who Reid and Callie were and what they are made of.

On the positive side, these two were a fun couple. When it was them, and not outside extenuating circumstances, the story was cute! It was light. It was easy. It was sexy! These two had chemistry and I enjoyed seeing them hanging out and hooking up. It was a really fun read with some super sweet times together. I loved finding them in some....tingly predicaments, and those were all sorts of fun! I smiled a lot, I giggled a few times, and I even sighed a few times. This couple was definitely cute.

This was an enemies to lovers/rom-com read, and I definitely enjoyed the setup and the fostered animosity between these two characters, so it was legit. I mean, I would hate to be in Reid's shoes...but I'd also hate to be in Callie's too! So the setup, in that aspect, was on point and I liked that. I laughed at their push and pull. I relished in their snarky comments. I loved that they were sneaking in quick glances, adding some fun into their job. I enjoyed their desire playing out before me. At times I felt all the intensity between these two, and at times it fell a little flat for me. Overall, this was a good read for me, and despite the slight problems I may have had with it, this ended on an easy smile for me.




RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.



Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.