Sunday, July 31, 2016

Book Review for Untimely You by K Webster


He can't love her. It simply won't work. Besides, he's already bound to the prison he created. A life that owns him. 

She craves to help him. She'll make it work. His secrets test the limits of her sanity and morals. Yet he owns her. 

The chains will break free. 
The demon will be released. 
And he'll be hungry for...her. 

Will their untimely love overcome the past and create a living, breathing future? 

Perhaps. 

Or, they might just go crazy... 


REVIEW: 3-3.5 STARS
"I'm no gold digger - I'm an orgasm digger. And something tells me Hocksted would be just the freak in the sheets I need."

This is the case of opposites attract on every level. Refined and mature vs young and clumsy, almost goofy. Such an odd couple....but they needed each other and they really worked. This storyline was a magnificent storyline with all it's twists and turns it pulled you through. Who doesn't love a boss/employee love story? Forbidden love is my favorite.

Ok, Adrian and Neesy are made for each other in EVERY way possible. He was troubled, angry and guilt-ridden and she was calm, compassionate and loving. She was the life he needed breathed back into him.  I loved her compassion for him and how she calmed him. He was so broody and angry one minute, and needy and loving the next. He was an attentive lover and she was the calm to his storm. He was so conflicted during this entire book, and I did like that hot/cold aspect of him because that brought out the honest love and best in Neesy. He is so emotionally wrecked as a man, but Neesy is such the perfect person for him. I like their dynamic in that aspect.  Neesy reminded him that he is alive, he is worthy and he is loved. She really tried hard and was there for him when he truly needed her.

Definitely need to mention that I really liked Eric and who he was in relation to Adrian and Neesy. I loved his character, what he stood for and how he worked into the story. It's not often I mention a secondary character, but he was worth mentioning! He was a good man. 

However, I feel the need to bring up what didn't work for me in this book, as this is a first for me with K Webster:
➜  Unlike all the books I've read by K, this one started out almost forced for me. I didn't connect to the characters right away like I normally do.
➜  She was the clumsiest woman I have ever read. Like, uncomfortably awkward.
➜  She was also a doormat to him....in some instances it was necessary for him to be calmed by her, but it was a little excessive in some areas. I wasn't comfortable reading about some parts of it, but he 'needed' that in her. 
➜  Some of the physical aspects of their relationship had the opposite effect on me. 

Just because these rubbed me wrong does NOT mean this book isn't good, because it is. K Webster ended this book beautifully and perfectly. The ending made me smile and their love made me sigh. Check it out and let me know what you think about the book!

~BEE

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~MEET K WEBSTER~
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she's active on social media connecting with her readers.
Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Book Review for One by Jewel E Ann


One
by Jewel E Ann

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting­-edge prosthetic legs, a binge­-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually frustrated.

Until ...

God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.

It was one day.

One moment.

One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.

His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline­-hating girlfriend.

When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.

"We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”

***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.



REVIEW: 5 STARS
"Focus on our future because, Lake...you are my future and I will marry you, even if I have to drag you to the alter and fuck a yes out of you."

This book started out making me LAUGH so hard, but by the end of it, I was swooning terribly hard. It was my first book by Jewel and one that makes me want to read more. I can't tell you enough how much I loved this book. This book was beautiful. Like, the kind you can just sigh after you finish reading it! I just feel like I was rocked in a cradle....swaddled, loved, cherished. This book really was an emotional ride.

I think it's hard to balance cocky with sensuality with honesty with pure love with sincerity with with with with.....seriously. UGH!!! This book did it for me. My thoughts are jumbled, my heart is amazingly full and I'm trying to wrap my head around the love that was presented in this book. This book was heart-tugging at it's best. I really did enjoy the emotions I went through while reading this book. It was a great mixture of sarcasm and real emotions. Very well balanced book.

I'm so in love......so.in.love. I just want to run around screaming, shaking people by the shoulders and telling them to READ THIS BOOK. I just feel like the emotions were just so real. I wish I could just explain it better. All I know is I loved this book. It pretty much left me speechless.

Throughout this entire book, I laughed. Like, laugh-out-loud and my husband shaking his head at me because I had tears....It was because Lake had a genuine honesty to her sarcasm, and she never let me down with her badassery. I liked her A LOT. But, adding Cage to the mix, her quirkiness mixed with his sexiness and honesty made me fall in love. 

Cage is the epitome of every woman's dream man. He is a man that knows what he wants, and he goes after it....but not in a cocky way. He's more sincere. More genuine. More true. I don't know how to explain it other than by the time I was nearing the end, my heart was just HUGE with love for him. There was definite pain, but an immense amount of love in this book. Jewel did an amazing job drawing me into this story and making me feel it. I felt so wrapped up and so comforted. So. Good. Every single thing about Cage made me smile. Even his jealousy was sexy! 

I will be honest by saying that while this states it can be read as a standalone, I did feel a little lost at some parts of the story since I knew they were referencing the Jack & Jill series and a bit about how they first met. Did it take away from the story? No....and I can still say that you can easily read this one without having to worry about the quality of the story, but there are quite a few spoilery parts in this book for that series. I still haven't read the series, but I most definitely will be. What a great introduction to a new author for me. WOW. So good. 

"She became my drug, a heady cocktail of everything. The high I got from her was beyond anything imaginable."
~BEE



~MEET JEWEL E ANN~
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Review for Steadfast by Sarina Bowen


She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.


REVIEW: 5 STARS
"I wore the memory of Sophie like an imprint on my soul."

I think I can officially say that Sarina Bowen can write anything and I will read it willingly.....she wrote one of my NO - GO's and I loved it. She is easily on my list of authors I will always one click, no matter what the story is about.  The struggle in this book was powerful and emotional, and one that was perfectly written and beautifully executed.

I honestly have never liked stories about drug users and their life because the stories have never appealed to me. I've never felt sorry for them because the few I have read, I hated seeing the woe-is-me stories and the glorification of a user making out in life just fine, never being true to the honest harshness of that life. I love that Sarina always makes her books so relatable and easy to read, and this one was no different. The emotional impact was heartfelt in this book.

This book was literally a "day in the life of" Jude, but not in the manner I was thinking. We met Jude in Bittersweet and watched how hard he was working to better his life and move on in his life of addiction. In all seriousness, this book was a breath of fresh air; the honest truth behind what addiction can do to you, but it wasn't a downer and there was no dwelling on the problems. I really liked how his story was told and the manner in which it was told.

Jude had the daily nuances of living with struggle.....the need and the want. Two different things that gave him drive and purpose. He was determined not to need a crutch, and the want would never go away, so he learned to get a handle on it every day - one day at a time. While living day to day with this struggle, he was dealing with his one and only true love being so close, and yet so far away. Sophie was his life before he went to jail....and she was clearly becoming a significant part of his life after he came back home.

Sophie had a really rough road she was traveling. She had her family to think about, as well as her heart to care for. She loved Jude, but knew he was off limits because of who her father was....but sometimes true love just doesn't give up. As it shouldn't!! What a predicament she was in! Emotional turmoil became her life when Jude came back into town.

Self doubt is very evident in his world....Sophie means everything and he feels he has nothing to offer.

The way these two fought FOR each other was a true testament to their love for one another and the richness of their love in which they both couldn't deny, but tried, showed their tenacity. This book took some twists and turns that I didn't see coming initially, and being able to see how they turned out was another honest truth to the depth of their love for each other.

You fall in love with them.
You ache for them.
You breathe a sigh of relief for them.

What an amazing and a beautiful love story!!! I loved this book and this series is a PERFECT series to settle into. There were some lighthearted moments, some swoon-worthy moments and some downright nail-biting moments. This book had it all. Jude is the perfect man for Sophie, and their love definitely one for the books. Literally.

"Even when you're not perfect, you're still mine."
~BEE

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Ivy Years is her college hockey series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See http://www.sarinabowen.com/TheIvyYears for updates.

HIM is a bestselling sexy, sporty hockey LGBT novel co-written with Elle Kennedy.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Excerpt for The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins


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“What’re your plans tonight?”

She scoffs. “It’s Friday night. What aren’t my plans? I have drinks with friends in an hour, then a late dinner, and who knows after that.”

“Cancel them.”

She gapes at me. “Cancel my plans? Why would I?”

“Come out with me. Sadie says there’s a place around here with great pizza.”

She laughs, tilting her head and exposing the smooth column of her throat. “First, I don’t eat carbs, so there’s no way you’re getting me to do anything with the promise of pizza. Second, I just told you—I don’t date.”

“And neither do I.”

“Then why are you asking me out?” she asks.

“Because despite what you may think, I am a gentleman, and it’s only good manners to buy you dinner first.”

“First?” she asks, wrinkling her nose. “What’s second?”

We stare at each other. I let her figure it out on her own. It’s rare to meet a woman like me, someone who truly has no interest in finding a partner. I’ve heard that claim from enough girls to know when they’re bullshitting me, and unless Amelia is a Grade-A con artist, she definitely isn’t looking to get serious.

When she understands, the wrinkles on her forehead ease, and she parts her lips. I answer with a knowing smile. Suggesting sex within half an hour of meeting someone might normally get me slapped, but I get the feeling Amelia appreciates a more direct approach.

“I don’t date,” I say, “but I’m still a man with eyes.”

She makes no secret of looking me up and down. “You’re not my type either,” she warns. “I like men who carry a briefcase and see a barber regularly.”

I run my hand through my black hair, which I know is too long. “How’s that working out for you?”

She narrows her eyes. “Fine. Perfect.”

“I have some tattoos too,” I say. “And ride a motorcycle. Since that’s normally how I get most girls, I suppose those are turn-offs for you.”

“They are,” she says immediately, straightening her shoulders. “I’ve never understood the appeal of a bad boy.”

“Then tonight, we’re a match made in heaven, aren’t we? It shouldn’t be hard for either of us to say goodbye afterward.”

She bats her eyelashes a few times, not because she’s flirting but because she’s thinking. Considering. Which means it’s basically a done deal. I’ve never gotten this far with a girl only to have her walk away. “Why even bother with dinner?” she asks.

I take a moment to study her, her shoulder-length, perfectly coifed blonde hair. Her defined red lips that look like a heart when pursed, which is often. Yeah, based on the fact that I’m noticing details—something I try not to do anymore—I know I’m feeling her tonight. Most guys would jump at the opportunity to skip the small talk, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I like women, always have. Just because Shana fucked me in the head doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time around them—just so long’s it’s surface stuff.

I don’t want to scare her off by suggesting I might want to have a conversation with her, so I just shrug. “Because I’m starving.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Indulge me then. I need my energy.”

“For what?” she asks.

I arch an eyebrow at her. I’ll definitely need my energy for a night with her.

She reads my expression and her cheeks redden. “Oh.”


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~MEET JESSICA HAWKINS~
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California.

She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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I love all things Jessica....I have since I met her in October 2013 and I have loved every book she has written. I cannot suggest enough that you read The Cityscape Series and her Night Fever Series.
~BEE

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Book Review for Forbid Me by M Robinson

Forbid Me
by M Robinson

It was only a matter of time until the truth came out.

I never thought it would come to this…

I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend's sister.

If there is one person I’d willingly go to hell and back for it was…

Lillian Ryder

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REVIEW: 4-4.5 stars
I watched the girl that I loved more than anything walk away from me, except this time...she took my heart with her

Everyone that knows me knows I love forbidden romances....and for that word to be IN the title?? Hello!!! Sign me up!!

This book did NOT disappoint on storyline....I enjoyed the angst that this relationship had, the fact that Jacob was warring with himself on what the right thing to do was, and how the book overlapped Complicate Me. I loved that the circumstances were just ripe enough to cause the scenarios to actually happen....and the best part was, it was all plausible. No made up drama, just real road blocks with honest problems arising.

There is a very real taboo-esque (my new favorite word...ha!!) side to this story since Lily was underage half of the book. But, I have to say this: it may have been WRONG on every level....but their love was so RIGHT. It was so intense and so real/true/honest/sincere (insert more adjectives if needed....seriously) that I couldn't help but root for them and feel their anguish and pain, their elation and happiness. This book was an excellent story on navigating their forbidden love. I loved the way their story continued on and we got to grow with them.

Jacob was freaking amazing....dominating, sexy, sincere and honest. He had honest issues with their age difference as well as the fact that she was Lucas' sister and tried to handle them the best way possible, even though we saw how much he struggled with it. Reading this as a dual POV book allowed us to see both sides of the picture and it was SO good!! This was a dangerous game of cat and mouse, because Lily wanted him with every fiber of her being and the feelings were mutual, but had very real consequences if they acted on them.

The ONLY thing I had an issue with was the way it was told. I loved Complicate Me and the way it was written, but the back and forth between past and present in this one kind of threw me for a loop a few times and I found myself having to think back and remember what was going on. It was slightly distracting, and books in this format aren't generally hard to follow for me, but this time I had a hard time. I am not entirely sure why, but it would not deter me from recommending this book over and over. This book is a complete standalone in the series, but reading Complicate Me puts you IN the story and allows you to follow along with events as they are being told. Since the storyline runs concurrent with Complicate Me, it was great seeing all the events from different points of view. I loved this story....LOVED. IT. I also loved catching up with Alex and Lucas, along with the rest of the Good Ol' Boys.

Seriously.....pick up this book. I really enjoyed it!! I cannot wait for Aubrey and Dylan's book, which you can preorder HERE.

~BEE
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“Is that right?” I replied arrogantly, centimeters from her lips. “I don’t know you? Really? What part don’t I know? Maybe I don’t know the way you move your hair to cover the side of your face when you’re nervous. Or maybe I don’t know how you bite your bottom lip when you’re deep into your strings. Or do you mean that I don’t know the way you freak out if it’s too dark in a room and you won’t walk in? Or maybe I don’t know that you bite your fingernails when you think no one is looking. Oh wait, here’s a good one. I don't know that you're trembling in your skin right now. I don’t know that your heart is beating a million miles a minute, your hands are clammy, and you can’t swallow. How there are hundreds of thoughts going through your mind, but the top one being how bad you want me to kiss you. How bad you want me to fuck you. How bad you want me to claim every fucking inch of your perfect body,” I paused to let my words sink in, and her flushed complexion gave away that everything I was saying was true. 

“You’re right. I don’t know you. I don’t see your gorgeous smile in my sleep. I don’t hear that ridiculous giggle you have when I’m away from you. I don’t see those dark brown eyes every time I close mine.” I leaned in a little closer so she could feel my breath against her lips. “I don’t stroke my cock to the memory of your sweet pussy pulsating down my shaft and the taste of your come dripping down my chin.”



~MEET M ROBINSON~
Best Selling Author M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein. 

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 

She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Series Review: Reckless and Real by Lexi Ryan


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REVIEW: 5 Stars 
"No one can tell me I lead women on to get sex. I've never needed to. I take women to bed without any promises and make damn sure they don't regret it. I don't do commitment or forever, and I don't hide it."

Once again, Lexi Ryan has spun a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails in anticipation of what is going to happen!!

So many twists.
So many turns.

What you thought you knew, you apparently did NOT. 

We got to know a little more of Sam at the end of Lexi's Here and Now Series, and he was a sexy-no-strings-attached kinda man.

Lizzy is the other half of Hanna. The twin with the body and the beauty, full of life and fun. Everything had to be easy for her, right? She was able to get by and she is just happy the way she is....or so we think.

I loved seeing the growth of these two characters. I loved getting inside their heads and going through all the emotions they were. Foreign and common.

Love.
Hurt.
Anger.
Pain.
It was all there. And the way it all played out; superb.

Lizzy was trying to find her way in the world after leaving the job she had. She needed to find a job that she wanted that fulfilled her, but she was also looking for Mr. Right. She knew what she had in the past, but knew that what she had wasn't possible anymore. She was determined to find him.

With a political family dictating life as he should live it, Sam has to adhere to certain expectations. Those expectations seem to be getting in the way of who he thought he wasn't....how can HE fall in love with someone?? That isn't who HE is....or is it? Well, guess what Mister!!! Sam is a Mr. Right!!! He was so swoony sexy hot lickable yummy. Yes....all that and more.

I couldn't put this book down. I was nervous for Lizzy and Sam, I was excited and I was blown away. I really needed them to realize they were meant to be....they were just so perfect!!

The pull, the draw.....the pure sensual intensity between these two is so palpable. Moth to flame. It was just so angsty and good!! I loved it. I couldn't get enough of these two. Their time together was so sacred and pure and it was SUPER HOT....just ridiculously sexy. Not over the top, drawn out scenes, but purely seductive and intimate. The feelings....oh gosh, the feelings I felt between the two of them was absolutely beautiful.

Of course, with every good story, there is some drama. And unfortunately, this drama was *NOT* their doing....it was crazy how a little thought or misconception can turn into a HUGE problem.

I know that their love will see them through, but I am eagerly anticipating the next book REALLY bad. Like.....REALLY bad. As I saw everything play out, from the outside looking in, I just knew that they were going to have some questions to answer to. Sadly, this was the perfect example of how things play out when we only have half the story and we are in the middle of it all. Lexi Ryan has a way to spin a story and make you fall deep into the storyline and be immersed in all the happenings surrounding her characters. I love that she keeps me teetering on the edge with all her stories.....love it!

"We don't get to choose who owns our heart and we don't get to choose who has the power to break it."

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REVIEW: 5 Incredible Stars
"Maybe a good person would step away before things went too far, but when it comes to Samuel Bradshaw I am neither good nor bad. I'm only his."

I have been waiting for this book, and Lexi Ryan did NOT disappoint!!! OMG!! This book was everything I needed in a wrap-up story.

Liz and Sam had a HUGE falling out in Something Reckless, one that could have been avoided but circumstances got in the way. When someone you love gets caught in a compromising situation that isn't easily explained....it is very hard to digest.

This story was one of some crazy twists and turns. The political aspect to this story really added some very interesting elements and restrictions to their love. When you find that you must 'do for your family' because people are watching you....that really makes it difficult to digest within your heart when you know who your heart really belongs to. I really liked this restriction because it added that much more angst to the storyline and really made me settle in deep as I tried to see how it would all play out. The problem here is, Liz wants Sam, Sam wants Liz and neither are willing to fully admit it. Too much has played out that neither of them can get to the root cause of it all.

These two are so in love with each other and they need to let each other know, but how do they go about it without hurting their families and their future careers? How do they tell each other and get past the hurt they have caused and felt? I really enjoyed the angst in this story....the pulling from one another to the next, the way they tried to be 'good' for the family's best interest, but found that their love was stronger than just a feeling....it was a need.

I loved the depth of their love....their love knew no true boundaries and was making it's own way in this world and eventually, it was going to be known that they were in love and nothing was going to stop it. I loved Liz and Sam's story and once again, Lexi wrote such a loving and complex story that kept you on the edge of your seat not wanting to put the book down. Brilliant. Excellently written book, as usual!! Lexi Ryan has yet to put out a book that I haven't been in love with. Her stories flow effortlessly and she has a way with sexy angst. She is such a great read.

"I want to fill her with so much pleasure there's not room for anything else in her mind. I want to claim her. To own her, the way she owns me."

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Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids--a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.


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Book Tour Review for Bossman by Vi Keeland



BOSSMAN
by VI KEELAND

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?

Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?


REVIEW: 5 HILARIOUS & HEARTWARMING STARS!!
"There's a fine line between genius and unhinged."

YES!!! OH.MY.GOSH!!! I have to say that I have read four of Vi's books, and I have not been let down once, but THIS ONE is my absolute FAVORITE!!! This book was IT! I laughed, I smiled, I swooned....it was all there. This book was amazing.

Characters?  Spot on.
Strong heroine. She was strong and a hard working woman, she knew what she wanted, but was also tested on her desires. Wants? Needs? No, definitely her desires. She was a great difference to the many heroines I've been reading and I really liked how she handled things. I read her with awe.

Chase was a funny and lighthearted, but aggressive and protective Hero t> He was pure masculinity, mixed with raw sexuality and the promise of a good time. One thing I enjoyed about his story was that he really had to find out what was going on with him. He didn't even know, but he knew he had to talk to her, meet her, get to know her. I love stories that make HIM step out of his comfort zone in a realistic fashion. I loved this story!!!

Reese and Chase's relationship had a beautiful dynamic. They were able to talk and joke around, but also be serious and honest with each other too. The way they started out played heavily throughout their story and I really think it resonated with me a lot. I loved their characters so much. I feel like SHE made HIM feel things that he denied for so many years, and He made HER understand that not all men are alike.

The descriptions? Perfectly done.
The layout of the story? Executed with precision.
The flirting? Giggle-worthy.
The innuendos? Blush inducing.
The anticipation? ARGH!!!!!
The giddiness? Anxiety pang creating. (I got a lot of those!!)

The little nuances here and there that played on throughout the whole story; I got giddiness and anxiety reading this one!!! SO GOOD! I felt wrapped up in their world. I felt real emotions. Real hemming and hawing. Real questions. It was all so real.

I shake my head because this book was LEGIT. The book was amazing!!! This is the kind of book that makes you excited to tell someone about; one that you wildly describe like a lunatic so they 'get you' and understand how much you loved it!!

It was erotic and sexy, sinful and honest. Everything you needed for a great book.
~BEE






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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Excerpt for Tell Me a Desire by Tamara Lush


EXCERPT
“You ready?”

Caleb’s hands covered my eyes as we stood in the doorway of his bedroom— our bedroom—and I laughed and jumped up and down.

“I’ve been ready all day. I can’t believe you’ve made me wait to see this.”

Although I moved most of my stuff into his penthouse over a two week span, he hadn’t let me near the bedroom. We’d been sleeping at my house while the designers and painters and builders worked on the redesign. The messy-chic d├ęcor at my house was making Caleb a little anxious, I thought, and he was eager to return to the stark cleanliness of his penthouse.

“I wanted it to be a surprise.”

I squirmed against his body as he tightened his hands over my eyes and kissed the back of my ear. “Please, let me see, Caleb. You know I can’t wait for surprises.”

“You smell good, you know that?” He licked my earlobe, making me wait. “Like vanilla and coconut. Or maybe caramel. Makes me ravenous.”

“I always smell like caramel. Now show me the room!”

He slipped his hands off my face, and I froze, open-mouthed. I couldn’t have better decorated a room if I’d had access to the Art Deco offerings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The walls were a rich cream, which set off the dove-gray curtains. A blonde-teak headboard shimmered in the golden light of the geometric lamps…and of course, the gorgeous vanity he’d bought me for my birthday.

“It’s like a perfect replica of the hotel in Paris.” I recalled our first romantic trip together and grinned. “How did you remember every detail?”

I ran my hand over the duvet, then to the smooth wood of the headboard.

“I found out the name of the hotel’s decorator and hired him. I wanted it to be perfect for you. It’s our room now.”

“And this? God, it’s gorgeous.” I petted the velveteen, golden chaise and sat down.

“I thought you could read on it.”

I blinked back a tear because a flash of my childhood bedroom came into my mind, and I remembered how I’d slept on a thin futon in our trailer for the entirety of high school. How my room was barren of a bureau and how I’d had one pile for clean clothes and one pile for dirty. How I’d wake up in the middle of the night to hear the plastic skirting around the trailer rattle and wonder if it was the night everything would be blown away like the places I’d seen on TV.

This new bedroom, this lavish, luxurious space, was something I could have never dreamed of as a child.

And yet…maybe now I’d moved in with Caleb, we’d eventually decorate a room for our baby. Maybe this room, our bedroom, was the beginning of something larger. Life as a family. My heart surged as I gazed at him.




TELL ME A STORY, BOOK 1

A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat...

Tell Me a Story

Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame. But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects ... and Emma's wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.

Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he's never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.

Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma's building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore ... and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?
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Don't miss the next installment, Tell Me a Desire: Episode Two of The Story Series
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TELL ME A DESIRE, BOOK 2

Emma and Caleb spend nearly all their free time enjoying each other sensually, but she wonders how permanent their relationship will be.

Emma's beloved Orlando bookstore is saved, thanks to Caleb's quick actions. She's caught up in a dizzying whirl of work and play, between her business, his palatial condo and the romantic getaways her handsome real estate mogul plans. But her 35th birthday brings not only sweet gifts, but the bitter realization that if she's going to have a family, it has to be now. She wants forever, but what about Caleb?

Caleb is in love for the first time in his life, and he can't do enough for his raven-haired temptress. He's happy living in the now, showering her with gifts to make up for her childhood, spent in poverty. But when Emma brings up the future, it becomes clear that she's not the only one with a past that can rear up and threaten their happiness. Despite all the daring exploration he persuades her into, marriage may just be his hard limit. Will he find a way past his darkest fears?

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Don't miss Tell Me a Lie: Episode Three of The Story Series. Release date: August 4, 2016

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~MEET TAMARA LUSH~
Tamara Lush is an award-winning journalist with The Associated Press who also writes sexy romance novels for smart women.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Emerson College in Boston, she began her reporting career at a small, weekly newspaper in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, People Magazine, The St. Petersburg Times, The Boston Globe and USA Today, among others.

When Tamara isn't writing or reading, she's doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Book Tour Review for Knot by M Mabie

by M MABIE

He knows everything.
She has all the damn answers.
I’ve always been a free spirit. It’s my nature.
I crave control, but with her it’s far more.
He’s a power hungry climber.
Her wealth could buy and sell me.
It’s too much pressure being the center of anyone’s focus.
She underestimates my desire for her, my need to please just her.
When he’s vulnerable, it’s hard to deny him.
Her crooked smile cripples me.
He hides his demons, but I’m no fool.
She thinks not committing to anyone makes her more honest. She’s wrong.
A man like him deserves someone who can offer that kind of love.
She promises nothing, yet I feel like a king when she says my name.
I never let anyone possess me like he did. Not before. Not after.
My greatest regret was compromising. I should have never held back.
Still, when we’re apart I’m not myself.
I miss the days when she was just down the hall.
He’s better off without me, and it hurts.
The ugly truth is I need her more than she needs me.
Our relationship was born out of lust and curiosity.
The lies we told ourselves killed it.
Together, we found Nirvana.
We learned it was all a mirage.
I ruined him.
I broke her heart.
I keep coming back.
I can’t let her go.
KNOT is a contemporary romance and a complete standalone. It is the first spin-off from the best-selling Wake Series. You do not need to read BAIT, SAIL, or ANCHOR to enjoy this book in its entirety, but if you love angst you'll enjoy them, too.


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REVIEW: 5 ANGSTY STARS
"I wish I could mute my memories of her, but that laugh will haunt me forever."

Some books just swallow you up, heart and soul. Some books wrap you up and hold you tight, gripped in their storyline. Knot was one of those books that caused my heart to beat fast, my breathing to stifle and my mind to race. M Mabie can write angst. I love angst. I crave angst. I got my angst I was looking for in this book....and a new set of abs from clenching while I read it!

I will say this; some people will probably not connect with Nora. Some will think Reagan is an asshole. Some will even go so far as to call them shallow. Here's how I know differently: I saw a little bit of myself in both of them, and I felt like I knew what was going on with both of them, all the while questioning every s.i.n.g.l.e. thing they did!

I have anxiety. But I'm a functioning adult. I have ways that I deal with things. 
I have insecurities. But I'm a strong woman. I work around things.
I second guess myself. But I take care of business. I get things done. 
I am stubborn AF. But I know when to give in (sometimes). (And when to use my dimples)
These may not define me, but they sure do describe me.

I saw so much of these traits in both characters, and I could easily relate. This was probably one of the BEST things about the story.....I could relate. I loved how M Mabie wrote the story so you could understand what was going on. You could empathize with their feelings. Not everyone is strong 100% of the time, even though we like to think we are. The give and take, the push and pull, the stealing of emotions; it was all so powerful between Nora and Reagan. I feel like they were each other's escape, each other's drug, each other's pain, and each other's balm. I just want to jump around, waving my hands, telling you that you MUST read this book!! Their love was so deep. I love a love like theirs. 

When you find a love that circumnavigates what YOU know as normal life....changes up what you do and how you do it; that is a love you FIGHT for. That is a love that defies all 'logic' as you know it. I loved that Nora and Reagan didn't have an easy road because, while true love should be easy, it almost never is. The road you travel, the bumps you make it over, the problems you correct, make that love that much stronger. I cannot stress enough how much their story made me think and made me feel what they were going through. Their love was EVERYTHING. The challenges they faced within themselves was my favorite thing to see. It was a kind of story you just wanna say, "UGH!!!!! Read this now!"

I felt like with Reagan, every act had a meaning. Every move had an emotion attached to it. They were so powerful with each other. That unspoken love that they were both trying to navigate. It was beauty in it's finest form. 

So strong
So powerful
So REAL.

I really connected with Reagan and Nora and this book is most definitely a must read, must get signed, must display on my shelf kinda read. The emotions never stopped in the book. It was like a high the entire time you read it and there was no respite. I held on for dear life for my heart's sake as I read about their love....story.

"When you love someone, your instincts don't always follow logic." 
~BEE


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~MEET M MABIE~
M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."

She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost. 

M. Mabie usually doesn't speak in third-person. She promises.

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