Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway All I Am by Jodi Ellen Malpas


ALL I AM: DREW'S STORY
by JODI ELLEN MALPAS

I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong... 

I don't need a relationship. I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it - no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy... well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.

Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.

But Raya has no idea about my other life - my real life. That I'm daddy to an adorable little girl. My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. Once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?


REVIEW: 4 STARS
"Because if you don't have anyone, you can't lose anyone."

JODI ELLEN MALPAS is easily one of the FIRST authors I ever followed on Facebook. After I read her This Man Trilogy, I knew that I wanted to read about more arsehole alpha men that fought for their women. Yes, he was nuts, but I really enjoyed the story and Jesse became one of my favorite book boyfriends, in turn, making JEM one of my go-to authors.

This novella is about Drew, one of Jesse's best friends from her original trilogy, but you do NOT need to read that trilogy in order to understand this story. There is some visiting of Jesse and Ava, but nothing is given away at all. And if you DID read it, then you will remember the nasty bitch Coral. Well, if you hated her in the trilogy, you're going to doubly hate her in this one -- I can guarantee it. Her spiteful nastiness hasn't changed AT ALL. She is the antagonist you will most definitely hate....but it's balanced out by Drew, and Georgia. We love Drew and Georgia. With this book coming out on Father's Day, it was the perfect tribute to Drew as an amazing father.

For being a quickie (I crack myself up), this was a hot little wonder and it reminded me of the love I have for JEM's storytelling. Drew's inability to accept that he actually has a heart with real feelings makes this all the more fun to read. I love seeing a hard-ass being brought to his knees by an unexpected woman....one that has the ability to make them lose their minds. If told right, the fall with them is the best part of the book.

"Raya has a power over me that's dictated a war between my sensible head and my closed heart."

This was short, so I can't say too much, but this was a great book to catch-up with some of the characters from the trilogy and I am so glad I read it. This was a great single POV jaunt through Drew's attempts to purge some feeling's he's not sure how to handle. Definitely worth the read.

"Jesus Christ, this woman could be my downfall. Could make me forget who I am. All I am."
~BEE

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EXCERPT

‘What do you want, Raya?’

She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’

‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.

With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.

We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily.

Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.

‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.


~MEET JODI ELLEN MAPLAS~
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Excerpt for Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov



Excerpt

Figuring I’d had enough booze to blunt his effect on me, I rolled up the sleeves of my black button-down shirt and moved next to him. “I’ll help you.”

“Okay.”

I caught him trying to not to look at my wrists and forearms, and it made me smile. How does it feel to want someone and have to hide it? “You wash, I’ll dry?”

“Sounds good.”

We worked in silence, shoulder to shoulder, and I found myself increasingly—and disturbingly—pleased at the thought of him being attracted to me and being forced to conceal it.

It was fucking horrible of me to take pleasure in his discomfort, but I liked being secretly wanted. Being illicitly desired. Being the object of his covert glances and maybe even his darkest, dirtiest thoughts. I let our arms touch more than necessary, as thrilled by the physical contact as I was by the thought of what it might be doing to him.

For there is no man who does not sin.

My dick started to get hard, clearly unbothered by the whiskey that was breaking down my inhibitions, pushing past all my defenses, and letting my imagination run wild.

What’s in that gorgeous head of yours, Maxim? What’s behind those cobalt eyes? What would you do to me, if I let you? What would you let me do to you?

“Carolyn is so nice,” he said, handing me the last serving dish left to be dried.

What? He was thinking about Carolyn right now? He wasn’t supposed to be thinking about Carolyn—I was, goddammit!

But I wasn’t. “Yeah.”

He turned off the water. Rested his wet hands on the edge of the sink. “I didn’t realize you had a girlfriend.”

And I heard it in his voice—the slightest edge of jealousy, so faint I might never have noticed it had I not been so hyperaware of everything about him right now. I fucking loved it.

“She’s not my girlfriend.”

“Oh.” Now there was confusion. “I guess I misunderstood.”

“She wants to be my girlfriend.”

Silence.

Of course there was silence. Maxim would never ask what the problem was. But I wanted to tell him. I wanted him to know. I wanted to share the impossible longing I felt with one person who might understand it.

“The problem is me.”

He was completely still. Before I could stop myself, I covered his right hand with my left.

“Sometimes I don’t know what I want.”

He yanked his hand from beneath mine and we faced each other.

For the first time tonight, I looked him right in the eye. Nothing around us existed for me anymore. I heard only his breath. Smelled only his skin. Saw only his guarded expression.

I had to have him.




I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

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~MEET MELANIE HARLOW~
Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters. 

Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

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For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles.

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Book Review and Giveaway for Bad Penny by Staci Hart



Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever

REVIEW: 5 Catch-22 Stars
"Every single day, she'd marked me in more ways than one."

I seriously LOVE books like this!!! It makes me want to hug Staci even harder the next time I see her!! I love that she can emote what she does with such panache, truly. It makes me smile because her word cadence and flow seems just so effortless. Her words have this neat way of putting you in the moment. Right there, laughing or feeling, going though the motions with her characters. It was just perfect!

Second chance at a first impression, that's how this whole book played out for me. Her characters are so easy to read and connect with; like you are on the same level with them, or you've known someone just like them and can relate very easily. I love that about Staci's writing. It's ease and connectability on a whole different level. Yeah, that's probably not a real word, but it works, so there.

BODIE tried so hard. He wanted to show Penny what love could and would feel like with him. I loved how hard he fretted over making it work, how he was supposed to go about it. He made me sigh!! He gave being corny a sexy, relatable and mental smirk. He balanced strength and vulnerability with precision. I loved his inner self and the way he worked so hard to put Penny at ease.

PENNY'S insecurities were grounded and well-founded, so I understood why she had them and why she was protecting her heart, but I also loved the way the story played out. She was so alive, so carefree! She was structured just enough to keep herself carefree with little rules for the outside world to see.....only she felt them within and they controlled her, kept her in her own little 'cage'. When I say Brodie was the  perfect man to ease her of her fears, I am not joking. He was so sigh-worthy!

"Clearly, I'd caught feelings, and no amount of antibiotics would save me."

These two were combustible!! Seriously, every time they hooked up, I was smiling and smitten with the way he took care of her, pushing her boundaries and making her feel things she hasn't wanted to feel in so long, or ever again. Questioning her own rules and allowing more than what she was used to emotionally, Bodie was the perfect man to set her ablaze and turn her inside out. The patience of a saint, and the libido of the devil. Sexy and sweet, he was perfection in a man!

If only all of life's problems could be solved by the "peanut-butter-to-jelly ratio", life would be good. I loved this one. This is most definitely a must-read in my book. This was *the* book to read for light and funny, sexy and hot. It had all the elements of a great book! So good! I'm smiling so big!!! PERFECT book after some heavy reads.

"She looked at me like I was a king, and I felt like every bit of one with her on my arm."
~BEE



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~MEET STACI HART~
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. 

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Excerpt for Bad Penny by Staci Hart


EXCERPT
BODIE

She glanced behind me, twiddling her fingers, presumably at Jude and Phil. “So, you’re a twin, huh?”

I nodded and took a sip of my Maker’s as “Rock the Casbah” kicked off, and everyone around us started bouncing and dancing. “Since birth.”

She laughed. “What a win for the universe that there would be two of you.”

“Double your pleasure, double your fun.”

That caught her off guard, and her bottom lip slipped between her teeth as a flush rose on her cheeks.

Just like that, I had one objective, and it began and ended with her lips.

“Although I should tell you now,” I stepped closer, slipping into her space, and her eyes widened, pupils dilating as she leaned into me, “I don’t like to share.”

The tip of her pink tongue darted out to wet her lips, and her eyes were locked onto my mouth.

“Are you thinking about kissing me?” I asked.

She shook her head, though her eyes didn’t stray. “No, I’m thinking about what your dick looks like.”

I laughed from way down deep in my belly, shocked in the best way and turned on in the worst. And as the ocean of people waved around us, she rose up on her tiptoes, grabbed a handful of my T-shirt, and pulled.

I caught the smallest breath — a surprised, satisfied gasp — just before our lips met, and fireworks exploded in my brain. The kiss wasn’t soft or sweet; it was strong and determined, those red, red lips pressing against mine, opening to let me into her hot mouth, her tongue finding mine like she’d been looking for it her whole life.

The surprise left me as quickly as it had hit, and I leaned into her, my free arm winding around her back to press her body against mine.

There wasn’t an inch of space between us, and all the while, our mouths worked each other’s in a long dance that left my heart chugging like a freight train in my chest.

She pulled away, her lips swollen and eyes lust-drunk as they met mine and held them while she kicked back her drink and grabbed my hand.

“Let’s get the fuck out of here,” she said.

And I smirked, breathless. “Your place or mine?”



BAD PENNY
by STACI HART

Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.



~MEET STACI HART~
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. 

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for Wicked Favor by Sawyer Bennett


WICKED FAVOR
by SAWYER BENNETT

New York Times bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, is happy to introduce a new Wicked Horse club in Las Vegas and you’re cordially invited to attend the grand opening...

As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up.

Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed.

As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.


REVIEW: 4 Forgiving Stars
"She's gorgeous and sexy and funny and smart, and since I first put my mouth between her legs, I haven't looked at another woman."

Lesson learned: I should never second guess Sawyer Bennett, seriously, but this book was a test of my patience and a battle of the wills. But, as usual, Sawyer Bennett didn't let me down. Leave it to her to wind up this love story and let it play out slowly and meticulously, while turning up the heat a notch or three.

In the beginning:
I loved Trista.
I wanted to punch Jerico.

In the end:
I wanted to hug Jerico.
I loved Trista.

With this spinoff from the Original Wicked Horse Series, we got to see a little more of a wicked side being based out in Vegas. Sexier covers, feistier females, but thankfully no shortage of sinfully sexy men to read about! With the way this book started out, I was a little concerned. I will be completely honest in saying that I wasn't sold on the first 30% of the book because my moral compass and patience was being tested diligently by Jerico. I literally wanted to strangle him!!!! I could easily stare longingly into his beautiful jade-green eyes with his jet black hair and his smooth-as-silk voice, but I still wanted to strangle the MF'er. He was so blinded by his rage and disgust that he wasn't seeing 'the bigger picture' with the repercussions of his actions and that was really setting an awful taste in my mouth. His bitterness was biting ME.

But like I said earlier, I should never second guess the journey Sawyer Bennett is going to take me on because, without fail, she leads me down a forgiving road through a love story so compelling that I have no other options but to get on board and fall in love. I loved seeing Jerico brought to his knees with everything Trista brought out of him. He ended up being the softest, yet dirtiest talking alpha ever, and his confidence made him that much more alluring. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but you'll understand it once you read it. I love a confident man, but I love a man that knows his weakness and bows down and gives into it eventually. I loved seeing that side to Jerico. Loved it. I feel like SB did an amazing job redeeming Jerico for all that happened, but gave him the lesson he needed to learn.

Holy Shite: THIS WAS HOT. With this book, we met an amazingly STRONG woman with so much determination and willpower, I was taken aback. She wasn't your typical weak heroine, and she was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed reading her and loved her character. Her strength in her convictions, her compassionate demeanor, and her ability to let go and explore a whole new sexual appetite made her a well rounded character with a naughty side to delve into. She was so amenable, but curious. Seductive but innocent. I really enjoyed discovering this side of her, and the fact that her secret playful side was aching to show herself provided some super sinfully sexy times. And lucky us, Kynan just so happened to make an appearance with these two. Who is Kynan? Remember Bridger from the first series?? I think he is going to be 'that' book we wait for. I know I am overly excited to read his story now. Hahaha!

I'm glad I trusted my time and heart to Sawyer Bennett again, because she did me good. This truly was a very hot and sexy book, and it showed the capability of forgiveness and the strength of one woman's love that she can provide to her man. This series is going to be a fun ride down a slippery slope....pun intended. I can't wait for more. Wicked Wish is the next book in this series. You can add it to your GOODREADS account or PREORDER it for an August 11th release. I am definitely going to be following this series.

"I work really hard to maintain a cool reputation here, and you come and give me a hard-on in about ten seconds. You're ruining my rep, babe."
~BEE

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for When Life Happened by Jewel E Ann


WHEN LIFE HAPPENED
by JEWEL E ANN

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.


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REVIEW: UNBELIEVABLE
"I'm afraid of having everything that means nothing and nothing that means everything."

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I'm trying to recover....I must be in recovery mode. I feel like I need to learn to breathe again. I'm once again completely speechless, but I cannot for the life of me breathe right. This book was full of truths and realities and trust beyond all measure. This was such an eye-opening read for me, it completely knocked me back a peg. WOW.

For all the believers in fate, this book is for you. For the ones that don't believe in fate, this book is for you.

So, knowing what little I do about Jewel's writing, this one, I expected it to be good. Great even. Phenomenal? Sure, it was possible. BUT, I just didn't expect what I read. And that is why I am having a hard time reconciling my feelings, my thoughts, my emotions about what this book did to me. For me? Definitely to me. I am seriously humbled. And yes, this book was all sorts of phenomenal, in every sense of the word. The truths in this book are so heartbreakingly real. We are all stuck in our own ways, we know what we like and don't like. But what if that truth is suddenly flipped over and you are actually seeing the 'truth' to the other side of it? Yep. That's what this story did to me. For me? Yeah, to me.

There is so much about this book to discuss and revel in, but there is so much I cannot tell you because then you won't get to experience it yourself. And the experience of it without any type of spoilers is the absolute must have experience you need. I want to discuss the characters. I cannot. I want to talk about the journey. I cannot. I want to be a fly on the wall as you read and feel this book. I simply cannot. That synopsis is literally only half of the story, and it's not about what you think it is. It's so much more. This book was not superficial in any way. It was deep beyond reason, emotional beyond understanding, and real beyond imagination. This storyline was something so powerful and moving, I found myself staring off just to absorb the impact of the feelings. It was thought altering. It was so so good. I think it's my favorite standalone of the year so far.

"Today is my favorite day."
"You said that yesterday."
"That was yesterday."

I'm officially book drunk on this one. Book DRUNK. A book hangover would imply that I am done and trying to move on, but I'm still feeling the lingering effects and, no doubt, I'm sure I will get there eventually, natural progression and all. But, book DRUNK means I'm still feeling it and still actively wandering through the onslaught of emotions that Jewel forced me to endure and my head is still spinning!! This book was IT for me. I'm in awe. That was WOW. If you think you know how this story plays out, you're wrong. I promise you that. The characters were written with precision. The plot was written with emotion. The truth of the matter is, the experience felt 100% real. I may have shed a tear.....but I'll never own up to it.

"You can't prepare for greatness -- it just has to happen."
~BEE



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~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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Monday, June 5, 2017

Excerpt Reveal and $.99 Preorder for A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks



EXCERPT
I lean over the edge of the balcony and peer down at the garden below. I’d take a moment to enjoy the cool Wilmington wind against my flushed face if I could breathe. For a solid minute my vision swims as I struggle to suck in enough air to keep from passing out. The sound of my pulse rushing in my ears begins to ebb as everything starts to calm and I thank my lucky stars. Soft strains of music slowly drift free and steal the silence I rushed up here to find, as the patio doors beneath me open. I can hear fractured snippets of people regaling fond stories of Mrs. Adkins. I move slowly backward into the shadows and watch as he steps out onto the deck, running his hands through his hair. I should take the opportunity to leave while he’s out here, but I can’t seem to make my legs work.

I watch as he links his hands behind his neck and stares out at the sky. My heart rate begins to accelerate again when I remember idly how I used to love running my hands through his messy blonde locks. He looks exactly the same and yet somehow completely different. The natural, infectious energy that used to surround him has disappeared, but I guess prison will do that to you. The boy I last laid eyes on has long disappeared, but the man that’s taken his place bears all the resemblances to my first love.

I wish I’d known he was going to be here—I could have avoided him. I’m not ready to see him, and as he stands looking out into the night, I can’t pull my eyes away. I’ve practiced every day for ten years what I would do in this situation. I’d ask him why he didn’t come clean. Why he lied. Why he shut me out and ruined what was left of my already broken heart. I was positive I’d be able to deliver it spurred on by anger alone. I was wrong. I assumed I’d be furious, but now that it’s actually happening I’m not.

The floorboard creaks when I jerk as a cold shiver races to the base of my spine. I quickly step behind the curtain, worried he might have heard me jump, but when I peer out he hasn’t moved a muscle. My body temperature suddenly feels as though it’s dipped to ten below zero and I’m trembling, despite the mild night. He’s so still it doesn’t look like he’s breathing. I can’t see his face; I should at least thank the universe for that small mercy. I shiver violently again and fold my arms tightly under my chest, trying to get a hold of myself. The sight of him has knocked out the little air I’d managed to suck in clear from my lungs, and my body’s decided to betray me yet again. I shouldn’t be surprised; it’s nothing new. I’m trembling uncontrollably now, and I try to relax and take some deep breaths like I’m supposed to. I’ve seen people shake violently with anger before, but I know that’s not what this is. This isn’t rage or hatred—it’s an acute realization.

I’ve missed him. I’ve missed the one person in this world I should hate.


Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Book Review for Only With Me by Kelly Elliott



ONLY WITH ME

by KELLY ELLIOTT

Life was great.

I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Colorado Springs SWAT team.

That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and her panna cotta was heaven.

Cue my very traditional Greek family.

Then all hell broke loose.

The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the world she was the better cook.

If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.


Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?


REVIEW: 3.5-4 Stars
"I wasn't sure if it was the feelings I suddenly felt for this woman, or the fear that gripped me because of those feelings."

PSSST!!!! That hot cover certainly did this story justice, just sayin'. Matched it to a "T"!

OMG.....the FUN in this book was so addicting and palpable, right along with the chemistry that popped off the pages!!!! I have only read a few of Kelly's books, but this one sticks out as completely smile-worthy!!! I mean, c'mon, a man in uniform? SWAT team, no less? Scruff too? SOLD to the lady with a book in her hands!!! Oh wait...

Because, seriously, I went into this book and was immediately smiling and enjoying the cool confidence of Nic and the understated, but very bold side of Gabi. This made for a fun read with many laughable moments. I was giggling out loud and smiling while reading this book. I loved their banter, but their inner dialogue while mentally checking the other out? Hilarious! And desserts will never be the same again. One thing that I would love to point out is that Elliott did an amazing job creating this electric atmosphere around their first meeting and that made me fall immediately in love with their love story. The sexual tension between Nic and Gabi was a good, steady buildup and I loved seeing Nic being brought to his knees.

DRAMA. I said it, and I will dust over it, but I will also leave it at that because some will enjoy it. I didn't really like the plot-line behind the suspense side of the book. I don't enjoy those kinds of plots, but that is just a ME thing. The build-up to it wasn't anything very secretive because I pretty much guessed what was going on, but the rest of the book was wonderful and funny and lovable and smile-inducing, so I am choosing to let that carry me to my happy place. Was some of it over the top in my mind? Maybe, but it worked and I kept reading and clearly didn't give up. The family drama surrounding them totally reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I kept laughing at everything going on. There was definitely more good than aggravating, but I needed to point that out.

Elliott nailed the flirting between these two characters, and no matter how cheesy some lines can be, when you're feeling the pull to one another, it's all good - you're just going with the flow. However, some of their lines during sex were robotic and super corny and it pulled me out of the story a little at times. Also, no one EVER says something out loud thinking they said it in their head. I am beginning to think that is an overused excuse for an "oops" in many books and would love to see it stop. But overall, I want to/need to mention that these two were so combustible around each other, so comical, it was fun to see them escape and turn each other on (and out!!) and talk dirty to each other. Nic and Gabi's love story was a win for me and Kelly Elliott is becoming a quick and easy read for me. I was actually hoping that the NEXT book could of been her best friend/his best friends story. I really liked Charity's brazen mouth and Cole's dedication to her, and loved getting glimpses of their story in this one. They were a fun couple to read.

"Being inside Gabi was like being in heaven. It was becoming an addiction. A drug I couldn't get enough of."
~BEE

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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. 

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. 

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

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