28 November 2016

Blog Tour: The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski | Review + Giveaway

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The Boyfriend Whisperer
Linda Budzinski

Published November 15th 2016

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As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone when it comes to her own crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s is a member of the opposite sex.

When pretty and popular cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before herself.

About the Author

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Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

My Review

I'm a bit of a sucker for a book about childhood friends falling for each one another. I think I'm more jealous of their life-long friendship more than anything else. I moved schools too many times to ever have one of my own.... *green-eyed monster leers from my shoulder*

Tomboy Lexi leads a double life. One as the star player of her schools female basketball team, and another as the leading school expert on the teenage boy and how to land one. The funny thing is, she can't seem to snag her own guy - Chris. When Lexi is hired to 'whisper' Chris for cheerleader Lindsay, while it makes her sick to her stomach to do it, she takes the job believing it will make Chris happy - and that's what is most important, not her crush on him. Friend and co-worker, Abi tries to convince her that that's total BS, but Lexi is too stubborn to listen.

Abi is, by far, my favourite character in The Boyfriend Whisperer. Why? She rocks up to this guys house saying she thinks there is a snake, yes snake, in her car and she needs his help to get it out. All in the name of causing a distraction to bail out Lexi. So. Damn. AWESOME. She is the kind of friend every girl needs in her life,

The whole, "Boyfriend Whisperer" thing kind of irked me a bit because Lexi was telling girls they had to be different than themselves to get the guy. You should always be your awesome self - if he doesn't like that person, then it's his loss. That being said, you should show interest in getting to know whatever they are passionate about. This whole line of thinking is sort of addressed towards the end of the book, but I'm just going to leave it as that, so not to soil anything for anyone.

I think that I need to finish this up on the stupidity of the teenage boy (that is often extended into adulthood). I will never understand how they can go from pining over one girl one moment, to making out with a different one (often one they don't have feelings for) the next. Chris is so certain that the secret admirer gift he got is from Lexi - and obviously has feelings for her - but when he is told it was actually Lindsay, he basically shrugs and is like, okay then, and starts dating her? WTF?! *deep calming breath* Boys. *eye roll*

The Boyfriend Whisperer is a sweet story about teens trying to work out what they want in life while navigating the mined field that is high school and first loves.


3 out of 5

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21 November 2016

Cover Reveal: Untapped by Logan Chase

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Untapped
Logan Chase

Coming December 20th 2016

Some desires are better left uncovered…

Erik Bertinelli is the son of the vilest mob boss in all of New York’s underbelly. He’s the enforcer, the hitman for the syndicate, and the type of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. His hideaway is as unconventional as they come… the New York Public Library.

With a thirst for knowledge and a grand getaway at his fingertips, he loses himself daily in the dusty tales of old. Life is too f*cked up most days of the week. Peace would be beyond welcomed.

Grace Adams desires more than anything to live fully alive, and yet, she’s doing just the opposite of that. She’s a librarian at the New York Public Library and spends her days wishing like hell that she could disappear into one of the romance novels she reads.

With an imagination that would shock her family and friends, she keeps to herself and lives in the colorful parts of her mind – alone. Untapped.

When the same deliciously dangerous alpha male keeps showing up between the bookshelves, her daydreams quickly dive into passion that feels too good to be true. The kind that could burn anyone involved. The kind she would do anything for.

Maybe even kill…

About the Author

Romance is a genre that is oftentimes written by women, but my novels give you the chance to see through the eyes of some of the men that perhaps you fantasize about, and the opportunity to read about passion from the other side for a change. Stories told about real relationships, legit problems and past experiences… unless you’re an ex, in which case any resemblance to women living or dead is merely a coincidence. ;)

My name is Logan. I’m a full time firefighter during the day, but I’m not here to put out any fires. I’m here to start them. Hope you enjoy my stories and feel free to reach out at any time. I love to flirt.

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11 November 2016

Cover Reveal: Celtic Fire by Liz Gavin

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Celtic Fire
Liz Gavin

Highland Celts Series #1

Coming January 31st 2017

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This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.

When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.

Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.

Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?

Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?

Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?

When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.

Failure was not an option.

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When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Sit back, fire up your Kindle and enjoy the ride!

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6 November 2016

Book Blitz: Dangerous Kiss by Crystal Kaswell | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Dangerous Kiss
Crystal Kaswell

Published November 2nd 2016

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He was supposed to glue my broken heart back together. Instead he threw me away.

Now he’s just another rock star asshole.

He gets everything he wants.

But not me. Not again.

Ethan Strong was the first man I ever loved. He was the one person who understood me, the one person who made me feel whole, the one person who set my body on fire.

We were supposed to be together forever. Then things got hard and Ethan forced me to choose between him and everything I’ve worked for.

Now he’s back in my life. He says we’ll be friends. It’s been a long time. I can forgive, but I can’t seem to forget. The taste of his lips, the sound of his groans in my ears, those calloused fingers between my legs– I’m going out of my mind remembering all the pleasure he brought me.
Worse, I keep thinking how happy he made me.

I can’t fall back in love with Ethan. It doesn’t matter how badly I crave his gorgeous blue eyes, his tattooed arms, and his strong guitarists’ hands. It doesn’t matter that his smile still lights me up inside. It doesn’t matter that I need him like I need oxygen.

I’m not giving Ethan another chance to throw me away.

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Crystal Kaswell writes scorching hot new adult romance. When she isn't writing, she is chain drinking tea, binge watching Law and Order, practicing yoga, or debating which fictional character would be the best in bed. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.

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Excerpt

After I lead her outside, I pin the woman to the wall.

She rises to her tiptoes to kiss me. I turn so she gets my cheek. From the sound of her whine, it's not what she wants, but that's too bad. I don’t kiss strangers.

Haven’t kissed anyone since Violet.

The woman’s lips go to my neck.

I close my eyes.

Need to get into this. But my head keeps filling with thoughts of Violet—of her soft, red lips sucking on my neck as she climbs on top of me.

My cock springs to attention.

Uh-uh. I may be a manwhore, but I'm not tacky enough to think about my ex when I'm fucking a stranger.

I pull back to take a long look at this woman. Whatever her name is.

Her tongue slides over her lips. She wants me. Badly. Usually, that's enough.

But right now…

Damn, what the hell is wrong with me? I close my eyes and force my thoughts out of my brain.

She tugs at my t-shirt and runs her fingers over my chest.

There. Pleasure starts pushing everything else away.

I can do this.

Her hand goes to my jeans. She undoes my belt. Pulls down my zipper.

Then she's jumping back, hiding behind me. The side door is swinging open. Someone is stepping into the alley.

Better call this now. Shit's not happening with her. I should go home and practice those new songs. I should wait until I'm someplace that doesn't remind me of my ex to pick up a one-night stand.

I rebutton my pants and fasten my belt.

There's a woman in front of the half-open side door. She's on her knees, pressing her hand over her mouth.

Poor girl doesn't know her limits. It's been a long time since I drank enough to throw up but I don't remember it fondly.

She's a champ. She coughs but she doesn't gag. It takes a minute, but she manages to push herself up and brush off her dirty knees.

No-

I rub my eyes. There's no way in hell that's her.

I must be seeing things.

Violet blinks back at me. "Ethan?"

Fuck, that's her voice. I'd know it anywhere. Her hair is different—it's cut short, a severe bob with neat bangs—but those green eyes give her away.

"Vi?" I ask.

Her eyes go wide. They're more red than green at the moment. She's been crying. Or trying not to cry. Violet never was the type to cry in front of other people.

She grabs for the door but it's already shut.

"Fuck." She takes a step backwards.

Her makeup is the same—heavy enough to scream leave me alone, light enough to show off the adorable freckles on her cheeks and nose.

The woman paws at my arm. "Ethan." She says my name like we're old lovers, not strangers. "Do you know her?"

I swallow hard. Yeah. I know her. I know every inch of her.

Violet's eyes are as glassy as they are miserable. She's past buzzed and well into drunk.

Of course she's drunk. It was two years ago that her brother… That was the day her heart broke, the day she locked me out. Took a few months to make it official, but it was two years ago I lost her.

Two years ago exactly.

I turn back to the woman. "Sorry, sweetheart, I'll have to take a rain check. I'll see you around."

She pouts.

Violet takes another step backwards. Then she turns and hightails it out of the alley.

There's nowhere for her to run. The parking lot is around the corner. She's far too drunk to drive.

I run after her.

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4 November 2016

Cover Reveal: #Blur by Cambria Hebert

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#Blur
Cambria Hebert

GearShark #4

Coming January 10th 2017

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Nothing but a #blur…

There’s a new kid in town, and he’s hell on wheels.

From what we’ve heard, it may be because he knows exactly what hell’s like.

Lonely. Scorching. Unforgiving.

You may know his brother, the NRR hotshot (and former GearShark cover model) Lorhaven.

It’s only natural a driver with his background and family connections has sped his racecar into the newest, hottest division.

But that’s not all.

Arrow may be following in big bro’s tread marks, but he doesn’t plan to stay there.

He’s swerving onto the road less traveled… and a lot more controversial.

He’s opening up about his private struggles with sexuality to tell a story that’s gone unheard until now.

One thing’s for sure; Arrow may have a painful past, but his foot is heavy on the accelerator.

With speed like this, he’s bound to leave everything behind in nothing but a #blur.

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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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31 October 2016

Blog Tour: Forever Blue by Abby Wilder | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Forever Blue
Abby Wilder

Published June 17th 2016

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I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.


When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“Devourable” – YA Books Central

“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.

About the Author

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Abby Wilder is an author from the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most . . . well, written words and binge watching television series.

Since a love of reading has remained constant in her life, she couldn’t imagine anything better than being a writer so she set out to achieve just that.

Abby has one husband, two children, three cats and a dog called Joss.

Girl Behind Glass is her debut novel. Boy in Uniform is a short companion story and Girl Beneath Stars is the final in the Behind Glass Series to follow Willow Stanton.

Her next book, Forever Blue is due for release June 17th 2016.

Excerpt

I never thought it would end like this. I never thought it would end at all. But not all stories get a happy ending.

As I tore myself away and the car lunged forward, I ignored his pleading eyes and the terror that had settled within. It only took a few seconds, but it seemed like an eternity. The tyres chewed the gravel and savagely spat it out behind us. The barrier did nothing to stop the car and we sailed over the edge. He reached over and took my hand in his, just as the force of hitting the water smashed my head into the steering wheel. I wound down my window, not daring to look at him.

His eyes stayed on me as water filled the car. And although he never voiced it, he knew. He knew this was the end. He knew there was no other choice. And he didn't fight. He smiled sadly as the water rushed in through the open window, and as we were sucked below, the cold lapped against our chins. It filled the car quickly, and as we sunk to the bottom of the lake, I closed my eyes, blocking him from my vision, my life, my memory.

I needed to move, to leave what would soon become a watery grave, but even though my lungs were bursting and panic sounded like a siren in my head, I turned to look at him one last time.

"Forever blue," he said, though the water muted the words. As the last breaths of air escaped, bubbles slipped from his mouth and became trapped under his eyelashes. His dark hair swayed with the movement of the water. But he did not move. He did not try to follow. He just smiled faintly as I pushed myself through the window and swam towards the surface. With one final glance back, I watched as his eyes followed me from the watery depths. And even though I was desperate for air, the feeling no longer panicked me. It was too familiar.

I broke the surface and gulped in air, running my hands over my face to push the water away. A raindrop splattered on my cheek. He did not rise. Seven more raindrops in quick succession splattered against my skin. And still, he did not rise. The heavens opened and rain fell like a sheet, blanketing me, cutting me off from the rest of the world.

I thought it was the end of everything. But I was wrong.


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28 October 2016

Cover Reveal: Perfect Love by Amanda Cowen

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Perfect Love
Amanda Cowen

Perfect Series #2

Coming Winter 2016

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The story that started with PERFECT SENSE continues…

Cash Brooks held a secret from Quinn that destroyed any chance they had at a happy ending.

Everything she believed their relationship to be was a lie.

Quinn left heartbroken for Harvard, unable to stop loving him even though she knew his past ruined any chance they had at a future.

Now, she’s in Boston completing her MBA and learning to move on without the only man she ever loved. Starting over isn’t easy… especially when an unlikely circumstance pulls her into Cash’s world once again. The truth will come out, hearts will be broken, and Cash will have to battle the mistakes from his past and fight for a second chance to be with the woman he loves.

Their love isn’t perfect, but will it be enough for Quinn to learn to trust him again? Or will the burden and mistakes from his past keep them apart forever?

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Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories and delighting her imagination. She has been writing since the ripe age of twelve about ponies and princesses in brightly colored duo-tangs with metallic pens. Thankfully, she now has a Mac with a keyboard where she can write about love, sex and relationships. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Her next Contemporary Romance/New Adult Fiction novel TAINTED (The Wyatt Series #1) will be available in Summer 2014.

Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Goodreads, or visit her blog.

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Book Blitz: Perfect Sense by Amanda Cowen | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Perfect Sense
Amanda Cowen

Perfect Series #1

Published March 22nd 2016

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He’s gorgeous.

He’s reckless.

And he’s every woman’s dirty fantasy in the state of California.., except one… Quinn Ashby.

Recent graduate of Penn and top of her class, Quinn is whip smart, ambitious and interning as the new marketing coordinator for the Bexley Bruisers American Hockey League team. The last thing she needs is to waste her time on guys…especially one as lethal to her focus as Cash Brooks.

But once the bad boy hockey star tempts her into his world, threatening her professional future, she’s forced to decide whether to let him into her heart…or to leave him behind forever.

About the Author

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Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories and delighting her imagination. She has been writing since the ripe age of twelve about ponies and princesses in brightly colored duo-tangs with metallic pens. Thankfully, she now has a Mac with a keyboard where she can write about love, sex and relationships. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Her next Contemporary Romance/New Adult Fiction novel TAINTED (The Wyatt Series #1) will be available in Summer 2014.

Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Goodreads, or visit her blog.

Excerpt

A twenty-minute car ride later and I’ve got enough sweat under my armpits to fill a child’s size pool. When I pull up to the curb, I expect to be impressed by his building – but I’m more than impressed. I’m awestruck. His building is gorgeous, on a corner lot, with huge industrial sized windows overlooking Carrick Park, and black wrought iron railings leading up the concrete steps.

Cash swims into focus, walking down the front steps and onto the sidewalk. I swallow hard admiring his hard taut body in a tight pair of jeans stalking towards the passenger side door. It isn’t fair how good he looks this early in the morning or how his already dark skin appears even more sun-kissed against his white shirt.

“Good morning, Mittens.” He smiles, letting those infuriating dimples do their worst. “You know, it’s easier if you take a picture, it lasts longer.”
Returning a self-assured grin, I slide my sunglasses from my eyes to the top of my head and give him my steadiest eye contact. “Don’t flatter yourself. I wasn’t looking at you. I was admiring your building.” I jerk my gaze away from his wet lips, and he slides onto the seat, running his hand absentmindedly though his hair.

“Is that so?” he asks, his voice getting closer.

Clearing my throat I put my car in drive and pull into the oncoming traffic. I try to keep my focus on the road but my gaze wanders feeling his body permeate several more inches in my direction.

What is he doing?

“Brooks, I’m trying to drive here. Keep to you side.” I manage to choke out, feeling his hand brush a ringlet of hair over my shoulder.

“Did you miss me?” He smiles.

I roll my eyes and mumble, “You wish.”

“Wow. That is quite the skirt you’re wearing.” His gaze burns into me, and I inhale a sharp breath. His eyes are on my body. This is not good. This is really not good. “And that red blouse…Fuck, you need to put on a jacket before we get into that studio.”

I turn my attention to my body and make sure everything is intact. What is he even talking about? I look like any well-dressed young professional.

“This is how I always dress for work. Most call it business casual,” I reply.

Cash’s head lowers and his mouth is way too close to my ear. “That outfit is anything but casual.”

I glare at him, annoyed. “If you don’t like it, then don’t look.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t like it, Mittens. I love it. How the hell am I supposed to focus at the photo shoot with you in that?”

I grip the steering wheel. Does he not understand how inappropriate he is being? “Stop saying things like that to me. I’m a Bruisers’ employee, not your next fuck.”

“You’ve got to stop overthinking everything, Mittens. We’re going to happen.”

“So it’s all up to you? What about what I want?” I reply.

Cash smiles his patented sexy smirk. “And that is?”

“Get into Harvard. Find a stable career. And build a distinguished reputation as a professional.” I pause, letting out a trembling sigh. “Unlike every other girl in the state of California, I have zero interest in becoming Cash Brooks’s next conquest. I have bigger wants than banging the bad boy of the Bexley Bruisers. I’m a busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman who would rather die than wait for a man to validate my existence.”

He throws his head back and laughs, enjoying my rejection. “Nothing like tooting your own horn.”

“I mean it,” I say, when his laughter stops and he is back to his dangerously charming grin. “I’m on to bigger and better things.”

“I can guarantee you won’t find bigger.”

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26 October 2016

Book Blitz: Dekkir by Lara LaRue | Teaser + Giveaway

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Dekkir
Lara LaRue

Galaxy Alien Warriors #1

Published October 26th 2016

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This Alien Warrior will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take his female.

Dekkir, war chief and military leader has found his mate…a human. She is tiny contrasted to his hulking size, but her luscious curves and delectable scent call out to his heart like no other.

Anthropologist Grace was sent by Earth Military Command to act as emissary to Dekkir’s planet. Her mission was clear: make contact and live among the aliens recording details on their culture and world. The job should’ve been simple but like the story of her life sh*t got complicated fast. Now she has a hot alpha alien warrior trying to claim her like some caveman. WTH?

Adding to the chaos of her life, she’s attacked by her own military command. Dekkir is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Can they survive the coming battles? Or will they die before he can claim his mate?

Dekkir is the first book in the Galaxy Alien Warriors series, it features steamy sex, thrilling battles, and plenty of romance. All books in this rock-hard science fiction series can be read as standalones, there are no cliffhangers, and happily ever afters are guaranteed!

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Lara LaRue is a romance author who lives in New York City. She loves writing sizzling, sexy stories.

To learn more about Lara LaRue and her collection of romance novels, visit her website

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24 October 2016

Cover Reveal: Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert | Teaser + Giveaway

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Playing Pretend
Juliana Haygert

Published October 24th 2016

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**New extended (13,000 more words) and re-edited version!**

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love who man that made her proud of her true self?

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting--but equally gratifying--life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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23 October 2016

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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The Hating Game
Sally Thorne

Published August 9th 2016

Purchase: Amazon
Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person's undoing
3) Joshua Templeman


Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together forty (ok, fifty or sixty) hours a week, they've become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There's the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything-especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she's got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she's got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn't hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

About the Author

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Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colourful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favourite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

My Review

I always have so much trouble writing reviews for books that I just absolutely love, because what ever I write just doesn't seem to do it justice. The Hating Game is on of those books and I have been agonising over this review for almost 2 months... Here goes nothing.

I was lucky enough to be provided a copy of the novel from Hachette Australia in exchange for my honest review. And I can honestly say, I absolutely freakin' loved it!

Thorne explores the fine line between love and hate with flare and humour. The 'games' that Lucy and Josh play are hilarious and had me laughing my arse off. Lucy is just the best MC and its a delight to read from her POV. Feverish Lucy. Funniest. Thing. Ever! This has to be one of my favourite books that I have read in the last couple of years.

If I am to really nit-pick to find something wrong with The Hating Game, it would have to be the overly dramatised scene with Josh's family near the end of the book. It felt a little blown out of proportion  and the dialog got a little unnatural here too. The only real issue that I had was that there was not enough book. I NEED MORE JOSH AND LUCY!

The Hating Game is an amazing read that'll have you thoroughly entertained the whole way through. As Thorne's debut novel, I cannot wait to see what she'll produce come time and experience. I highly commend everyone to read this novel!


5 out of 5
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22 October 2016

Review: Hat Trick by Kristen Hope Mazzola

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Hat Trick
Kristen Hope Mazzola

Published October 3rd 2016

Purchase: Amzon
One accident - a freaking car crash.

That’s all it took to send my brother’s and my life into a tailspin with no end in sight. I was going to be something. I was going to be the best. I had the Olympics in my sights. And it all went to shit in one flash. Brayden wasn’t ready to raise a younger sister when I was thrown into his lap. He had his life and everything going for him. Thankfully, he was still drafted to his dream hockey team. The same one dad played for when we were growing up.

It took time, but I started to get better, started to open up, started skating and even dating again. I even thought I found the perfect guy for me.

Isn’t it funny how guys hit on you when they know you’re not available, but when you’re single they won’t give you the freaking time of day? I guess the game is more fun that way. And for the captain of my brother’s team, that’s exactly what I was. A hat trick is three goals in hockey. Some say three is a crowd and they might be right.

I was Gavin Hayes' unobtainable goal.

About the Author

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You want to know more about me? Well, let's see...

I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.

Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I'd like or just to shoot the, well you know.

A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

My Review

I love me a good hockey based novel, so I was excited to get my hands on Hat Trick -- I may have also been swayed by the hockey hotness that is the cover... Sadly, this turned out to anything but a good hokey novel.

So I started with a sample off Amazon, and I was really impressed with story. So naturally I purchased the rest of the novel, and it was all down hill from there.

I can sum the whole book up in one word. Surface.

Everything is glossed over; time, relationships, backstory. There is little, if any, character development throughout the book. Myla is just the worst. First off, what kind of name is that? Then there's the fact that she never finds any direction with her life after the accident ruins her dream of going to the Olympics. She just latches onto Gavin, and while I can admit that he makes her happy, but after her trauma, it seems like putting a band-aid on a cut that needs stitches -- it'll work for a while, but it's not what you need in the long because you'll just be left with a big ol' mess.

Then there is whole rivalry between Brayden and Gavin. We're told that its a roll over blood feud from their fathers, but not what caused it. Then it just magically goes away at some point in one of the many time jumps that occur.

I'm not even going to touch the proposal. Just - ugh.

With everything being glossed over so quickly, we're more told how the characters are feeling, rather than being shown. I absolutely hate it when authors do this. No one like to be told how they're supposed to feel things -- especially me.

There were moments that I did enjoy, though they were few and far between, and very sort moments. A quirky comment here, a heartfelt moment there. Not nearly enough to redeem this book in my eyes though.

Hat Trick is a book that fell flat on its face and didn't come close to its potential. I would not recommend.


1 out of 5
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