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/ ARC Book Review / Anonymous / L.P. Dover / Release Blitz / Blog Tour /


Title: ANONYMOUS
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: April 23, 2018

Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.

My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

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It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.

His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

Anonymous

Anonymous by L.P. Dover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-23/4/18

“Anonymous” was such an engrossing read.
This was my first L.P. Dover book and I am pleased to say it was a positive experience for me.
I read this in one sitting as once I started reading “Anonymous”I found it impossible to put down.
I found I really enjoyed the established dynamic portrayed between Ellie and Jake.
It was so refreshing to be on a journey with a long-term married couple who are not afraid to express their feelings towards each other.
I would also really love to read their initial backstory if this author were to write it, as these two had such great overall chemistry between them and this made me want to delve deeper into there overall lives.
So this had twists and turns aplenty and had me on the edge of my seat biting my nails throughout.
And all though I did kind of guess where this was going.
I still enjoyed the journey I took to get there.
And guessing the twist really wasn’t that great a feat as there was a lack of overall secondary characters.
This really helped to narrow the suspect pool down like a lot and from that, it wasn’t that hard to kind of work things out from there.
This is one that I am happy to recommend and despite “Anonymous” being predictable in places it still left quite the impression and certainly packed a punch in regards to its dynamic suspenseful storyline.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Anonymous” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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/ ARC Book Release / Cheeky King / Nana Malone / Release Blitz /

Title: Cheeky King
Series: Royals Undercover #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2018
Blurb
What good is a King
without his Queen?
 
Sebastian…
 
I never wanted the crown, but now it’s mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.
 
Penny…
 
The moment he became king, I knew we were over.
Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we’d both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.
 
What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?

 Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2)

Cheeky King by Nana Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/4/18

I bloody adored this “Cheeky King”.
I clicked and connected more with this instalment than I did with the previous one, which I also enjoyed immensely.
This surprised me considering how hot and cold this pair run.
In fact, I felt that first Sebastion spat his dummy out and basically threw a royal brat tantrum and when he seemed to eventually stop fighting the inevitable it was basically Penny’s turn to have a pop.
This pair were actually exhausting to keep pace with at times so up and down were their moods.
But despite there bi-polar antics I really did enjoy the hell out of this couple.
They had insane chemistry and I got to admit I do have an old soft spot for royalty romance it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
“Cheeky King” was such an easy read, with plenty of action as well as romance occurring throughout.
It was told in dual POV and delivered on all fronts.
An intensely satisfying light romantic read that I really enjoyed and am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all
things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she
borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious
thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a
matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her
chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama,
passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as
she thinks she is.The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes &
Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most
notably the USA Today Bestseller list.Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional
books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that
won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet
reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San
Diego.

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/ ARC Book Review / Fools Rush In / Lilliana Anderson / Release Blitz /

Title: Fools Rush In
Series: A Cartwright Brother Romance
Author: Lilliana Anderson
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 30, 2018
I was a good girl. But I wanted him, knowing he was a thief. Did that make me bad?
Before Sam, I was the most boring, awkward and level-headed person you’d ever met. I was my best friend’s side-kick, the supporting actress to another person’s life. 

And I was OK like that. 
I was lonely. 
But I was OK. 

Then he came along. Our eyes locked and BANG my heart started beating. As my blood warmed and pumped around my body, everything changed. Before that moment, I had been as dead inside as my mortuary ‘clients’. 

Now I was alive, experiencing things for the first time, enamoured with a man I knew to be a criminal. 
Instead of running and remaining the good Christian girl I was, I married him. 
Now, I had to live with the consequences of that decision.

Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In by Lilliana Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐⭐⭐⭐STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/4/18

Well well well,
what a little gem this was, one that I really did enjoy.
“Fools Rush In” had such a unique way of relaying itself, one that I really loved.
Managing to deliver on its promise even though the relationship between Sam and Alesha wasn’t at all angsty.
In fact, I still found this to have an abundance of humour and side drama that pulled it screaming into the forefront, making it definitely stand out in its genre.
I was rooting all the way for Sam and Alesha, they were such a great duo and neither made any apologies for there choices in life, it was just like this is how it is, deal with it, dude.
I felt Sam was so real, not a cardboard caricature of a supposed thief, but so vital and vibrant.
He lived by his own set of rules and morals, in fact, the whole family did and Alesha despite her strict upbringing thrived in this new world.
Finding a true family she never realised she was seeking.
She proved herself very quickly because of her desire to really just belong somewhere and just be accepted for herself.
I didn’t even mind the Virgin trope with this, It usually bugs me to hell but here It just seemed to fit the mould and be believable.
I loved the fact that people here were redeemable, shades of grey, neither good or bad, such a very refreshing concept.
I also really felt Alesha’s inner turmoil as she seemed to be standing in the shadow of her friend.
Being a people pleaser at times myself I found her such a relatable individual.
I also really felt myself identifying with her internal angst as well.
Not having read Nate and Holland’s story I felt this gave me a completely fresh perspective on the overall dynamic overshadowing this whole entire family.
This left such an impression on me that I will definitely be reading that previous book now.
So This was almost like a reverse romance where everything seemed to happen backwards with the marriage coming first.
A very different take and on the whole falling for each other thing.
This was also surprisingly humorous at times and I adored the twins one-liners they were such classics.
“Fools Rush In” in my opinion was ultimately at its heart about family and what we will all do to just belong or ultimately just supporting one another with our whole entire beings, for no other reason than its family and that’s what you do.
It found this such a surprisingly heartwarming read.
This really was such a great book that I can’t recommend to you enough.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Fools Rush In” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Bestselling Author of the Beautiful Series, Drawn and 47 Things, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.
Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters with all the quirks you’d expect from those born Down Under.
Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in a city and suburban setting.
When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children.
Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.
Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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/ Release Blitz / SWEET DAYS (Four Days #2) / by A.S. Kelly /

Title: Sweet Days (Four Days #2)

Author: A.S. Kelly

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2018

 

Synopsis

Sweet Days is a complete standalone and a part of the Four Days Series
Patrick Doyle is a rude, selfish and cynical man. However he will do anything for his friends and family. His dream of pursuing a music career came to an abrupt halt after a car accident involving those he loves most in the world, after which he dedicated himself to working full time in the pub he manages with his childhood buddies, keeping his distance from love or any other kind of commitment.
Erin O’Neill is a bright young woman with her future well planned: she’s about to graduate, she’s got a part-time job in Patrick’s pub and she has the perfect boyfriend. But then the unexpected happens, upsetting her life and turning all her well-laid plans upside down, leaving her alone and desperate.
Patrick isn’t the kind of guy to get caught up in others people’s problems, especially if it involves a damsel in distress, but he can’t help coming to her aid and finds himself catapulted into her life against his will—even if he would perhaps like to become part of that life—even if that means getting hurt, and hurting her too.
Because Patrick destroys everything he touches.

 

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Excerpt

And then the door slams open.

And then the door slams open.
And he’s here.
He’s worried, and scared and desperate.
He’s absolutely perfect.
He looks at me and in a heartbeat all the pieces come back together and I can breathe again, as if he were the air passing through my lungs.
“I … I’m sorry,” he yells, trying to drown out the sound of the hail.
“It wasn’t your fault,” I yell back.
He takes a step forward.
“It is. I allowed all of this to happen. I established a reputation that meant that trashy girls like that would come here looking for me. I made it so that everyone believed that I am the dickhead that I really am. That you would think it too.”
“And you are,” I say, moving my wet hair from my eyes.
“I am.” He smiles bitterly. “But I don’t want to be like that any more.”
“No?” I ask with a pained voice and a bit of hope brushing up against my heart.
“No I don’t. But I’ll need your help,” he says, taking another step closer to me. “I need you to help me to be a better person.”
“M-me? Why me?”
Another step closer and his forehead is touching mine. It caresses my face and I close my eyes to let his touch imprint itself in my mind.
“Because with you, Erin, I feel I can be … different. I can be myself. I feel that I can finally be a man.”

 

About The Author

A.S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar. She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee. She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

 

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/ ARC Book Review / True North (True Born Trilogy, #2) / L.E. Sterling /

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Release Date-4th April
Genre-Dystopian YA
Publisher-Entangled Teen Publishing
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumours of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA

 

 

True North by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-3/4/18

So “True North” is the second instalment in this fascinating dystopian YA Trilogy.
And out of the two, this was hands down my favourite.
This just seemed to have a much more intense vibe overall than the previous book.
The action here was amped up and pumping from the get-go and it stayed constant throughout, with no actual let-up in sight.
So this started not long after “True Born left off.
With Margot god knows where after being voluntary kidnapped by her parents and the mysterious Leo Resnikov.
More than likely to somewhere in Russia.
Meanwhile, Lucy herself is beside herself, worried sick and determined to bring her twin home where she belongs.
So, Upon realising her tempory guardian Storm has a hidden agenda and is, in fact, pulling his feet in regards to the help he promised.
Lucy now decides she only has herself to rely on and sets out to accomplish her goals herself.
With the assistance of the enigmatic Alister who upon saving Lucy from a child street gang takes it upon himself to aid her in her future endeavours.
And also understandably the protective “True Born” Jared Price also along for the foreseeable ride.
These three young individuals set off across oceans and unfamiliar terrain all to attempt bringing Lucy’s sister Margot back home to Dominion where she belongs.
So in True North, we finally get answers to some of those all important questions.
But for every one actually resolved another seemed to pop up in its place.
We also get to see a much closer relationship develop between Jared and Lucy with the former practically imprinting on her.
One niggle I do have know with this particular storyline is that I just don’t get why Jared won’t take his relationship with Lucy further.
And Lucy does she think she’s holding out for something better?
What does it matter if Jared goes all beast on her, is there someone else in her crosshairs?
That would be my one annoyance I took away from reading this.
I just don’t get the point here of staying apart.
when everything is turning to hell in a handbasket a constant would really be such a comfort.
Keeping your options open is a rather unromantic prospect as is saving someone from themselves.
Lucy should have turned around and told Jared to get over himself.
Why is she using her parents as an excuse as well, geez she should be disowning these un-natural rents.
This was also slightly more handsy than the previous book.
It was all very mild in nature though with just some light kissing and touching, nothing to stress over it was still very clean and suitably YA.
So I found this such an engrossing read and I am really looking forward to the final piece of this trilogy.
if you are looking for a good dystopian YA read this one really was a winner for me.
So I was kindly provided with an ARC of “True North” By Entangled Teen Publishing and Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Without Apology (Without #1) / Aubrey Bondurant / Release Blitz /

 

Title: Without Apology
Series: The Without Series #1
Author: Aubrey Bondurant
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2018
Blurb

He’s neat, always on
time, and a professed workaholic. I’m messy, always running late, and looking
for more from life than just my job.
Yet our mutual attraction is undeniable.

The last thing I expected after our first date was to have Simon show up at my
office. The charming and funny guy I’d met was now gone, replaced by the cold
and calculating man in an impeccable suit. While my professional future is now
in his hands, I can’t stop thinking about how his hands would feel on my body.

Whatever had started between us can’t possibly happen now, but that’s easier
said than done. Because the more I try not to think of his sexy smirk or

delicious accent, the harder it is to stay away. And if our forbidden office
kiss is any indication, his resolve is slipping too.

I’ve sworn I’d never fall for a man who puts his job first.

Too bad my heart isn’t listening.

***Without Apology
is for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way
contained to just the bedroom.*** 

 

 

Without Apology by Aubrey Bondurant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-29/4/18

I have never read anything by this author before and got to say I really enjoyed “Without Apology”.
This was a such a feel-good novel, like an old trusted friend or a comfy pair of slippers.

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And if you’re confused about the above analogy I mean this as a total major compliment.
From the moment I picked this up, I was entertained.
It was Filled throughout with such humour and passion.
Its actually been a while since I could just kick back and read something without overthinking things and that was the main draw here for me.
The ease here with which I was able to get lost in the narrative.
And as an added bonus Simon and Peyton were just two extremely likeable and human characters.
I had no issue at all warming and relating to there various quirks, which in my opinion only added to there overall appeal.
“Without Apology” for me also had a great supporting cast, my favourite just happening to be Payton’s dog who was adorable.
I loved the special relationship Peyton shared with her pet, that then was extended towards Simon as an added plus-point to his time spent with the lovely Peyton.
The back and forth dialogue between man and dog was so adorable and appealing in nature.
Gotta love a pet man.

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There wasn’t really a whole lot of this novel I disliked.
It ticked a lot of my boxes and more.
it wasn’t angsty, wasn’t filled with OW/OM drama and was told in alternating POV which is my favourite.
Then you have Peyton who is completely comfortable in her own skin and the SEXY-BREXY SIMON, whats not to love about all this ay.
If you’re looking for a light sexy read to make you smile give this one a go it was an absolute charmer.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Without Apology (Without #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Excerpt
As I unloaded my full carry basket onto the belt, I couldn’t
help noticing the man in front me who was wearing a charcoal gray suit. He was
attractive, but what instantly perked up my ears was his British accent. That
wasn’t something one often heard in this suburban town outside of Dallas,
Texas.
He was talking to the elderly cashier, who I knew as
Laverne, about lacking the identification necessary to buy the bottle of
champagne she was holding in her hand.
“You have my word I’m over the legal drinking age, whatever
that may be here in Texas.”
Laverne adjusted her thick glasses and shook her head.
“Unless you have some sort of identification proving it, honey, I can’t sell it
to you.”
He searched the inside pocket of his suit. “Unfortunately,
my passport is back in my hotel room. Is there any chance you could give me the
bottle now, and I could return tomorrow with my ID?”
Nice try, I thought, but then realized the words had
inadvertently slipped out loud. When his ice-blue eyes focused on me, my body
immediately responded. Because the eyes were only part of what made up his gorgeous
face, now turned in my direction.
Damn, David Gandy had nothing on his younger version, for
sure. The man’s mouth turned up in a slight smile towards me before he sighed
at Laverne, seemingly recognizing that her cataracts and sour expression made any
use of his charms a wasted effort.
Taking pity, I stepped up. “Hey, Laverne, how about I pay
for the bottle? I have my ID if you need it.”
She hesitated and then glared when Brexy, my new mingled
word for British and sexy, pulled out his wallet, probably to front me the
money.
“You keep your wallet and your cash where it is, honey. What
you two do in private ain’t none of my business, but don’t be doing it in front
of me. Rules are rules.”
Brexy and I exchanged arched brows at Laverne’s suggestive
way of putting it, but he stowed his wallet and said, “Understood. I promise
to, uh, finish this transaction in private.”
Now he was smirking. The expression suited his handsome
features very well. I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing out loud.
“Good.”
As Laverne scanned my items, she started chatting. “Making
snickerdoodles with the girls tonight?” She directed the question towards me.
“Yes. Sure am.” I noticed the man’s gaze flick over to my
left hand. Subtle he was not. Then again, neither was I. “My three nieces,” I
offered, feeling like an idiot for needing to clarify that point.
“You don’t need her identification, I take it?” he inquired,
making room for me to slide my credit card at the terminal in front of us.
Laverne tsked “I’ve known Peyton here for nearly the
twenty-nine years she’s been on this earth, so I’m quite aware of her age
without needing proper identification.” She handed me the receipt after bagging
everything and added, “She’s also quite single.”
And with that, she was moving on to the next customer.
 I shook my head over her use of the word ‘quite’ in
front of single. Because ‘single’ wasn’t enough, she had to add the word
‘quite,’ making it sound as if I couldn’t possibly be more single.
Small towns. Gotta love ‘em.  
Author Bio
Aubrey Bondurant is a working mom who loves to write, read
and travel. 
 
She describes her writing style as: “Adult Contemporary Erotic Romantic
Comedy,” which is just another way of saying she likes her characters
funny, her bedroom scenes hot, and her romances with a happy ending. 
 
When Aubrey isn’t working her day job, or spending time with her family, she’s
on her laptop typing away on her next story. She only wishes there were more
hours of the day!
 
She’s a former member of the US Marine Corps and passionate about veteran
charities and giving back to the community. She loves a big drooly dog, a
fantastic margarita, and football.
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Only the Beginning
Daphne Dubois
Publication date: April 25th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

After a heartbreaking betrayal, Melissa Legacy shuns romance. So when her best friend joins the Lovers Oasis website and fears her fiancé will find out, Melissa agrees to meet the anonymous Romeo, prepared to explain her friend’s change of heart—then she sees him.

Failing restaurant entrepreneur, Craig Wheaton hasn’t been home since his mother’s tragic death. Now he’s back to confront his demons and stand beside his brother as best man. Dreading the reunion, he agrees to meet his avatar lover, but at the last moment he reconsiders the arrangement—until he lays eyes on her.

When Craig assumes Melissa is his online consort, she impulsively plays along, resulting in an afternoon of unexpected intimacy. But with Melissa using her friend’s identity and Craig dealing with a family fallout, is a future together impossible, or will they discover that love at first sight is Only the Beginning?

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They were in her bed and he was breaking off a piece of toaster pastry for her. The pillows and sheets were strewn around them. Earlier, he’d left the rehearsal party to pour out his heart to her. That confession had led to an encounter in her hallway, which then carried on into her bedroom.

Melissa looked at her phone and smiled. She’d told him she’d found the Proust questionnaire online.

Taking the last bite of toaster pastry from him she asked, “What is your perfect idea of happiness?”

He put the foil wrapper on the bedside table, then brushed his hands together. He had an answer, but he kept it to himself and instead said, “Easy, cooking for someone else.”

She frowned. “Not yourself?”

“No, too boring. There’s no surprise.”

She’d laughed, then handed the phone to him. “Ask me the next one.”

Craig cradled the phone in his hand going down the questions. “What is your greatest fear?”

Melissa pulled the sheet up to her chin, then tucked into his side. “Losing Gran or having something bad happen to her.” She was quiet for a moment then pinched his arm. “Ask another one, it’s supposed to be without too much thought.”

“Why?”

“Because people take too long, trying to come up with an answer that sounds grand and important. The truth gets lost…or at least the most interesting bits.”

He read, “What is your greatest extravagance?”

“My Pink Kitty toaster. It makes great meals.”

“God.” He moaned. “Okay, moving on. What is your current state of mind?”

“Mmm.” She curved one leg around his. “Bliss,” she said, taking the phone from him.

The glow from the phone illuminated her features in the dark room. He could tell she was scrolling through the questions. “Oh! This is a good one. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?”

Craig leaned his head back on the pillow and blew the air out of his cheeks. He thought of phrases like more successful, business savvy, lucky…

“Hurry up!” She pinched him again. “That’s cheating. Quick, one thing you’d like to change about yourself.”

“I want to be more determined,” he blurted.

She raised up on her elbow and studied him. “How so?”

He glanced up at the ceiling almost too shy to look her straight in the eye. “I want to be the man who knows what he wants and won’t let anything stand in his way.”

“I’ve met those guys. I consider them rude.”

Craig chuckled and hugged her closer. “Maybe I meant more decisive. There always seems to be a scale in my head, constantly weighing options.” Her head rested on his chest. “Maybe that’s why I started to leave the pub, I wasn’t sure I wanted to meet you.” His fingers moved up and down her bare back, tracing her spine.

 

Author Bio:

Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she’s not putting her characters in

compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers.

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Evading The Dark
E.M. Rinaldi
(The Cross Chronicles #1)
Published by: CHBB Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

High school sucks. It doesn’t matter who you ask; jock, cheerleader, computer nerd, or band geek, they will all say the same thing: It’s a nightmare. But Casey is still wondering how she got the short end of the stick. Just a Sophomore at the prestigious Luthos Academy for Magical Beings, Casey already knows more about heartache and fear than any almost-sixteen-year-old should. Orphaned and left to be raised by the Academy, she spends her days training to become a Guardian, but that dream is looking dimmer with every day that passes.Unlike the wand-waving heroines in all her favorite books, Witches in her world don’t cast spells, they are born wielding the power of nature: water, fire, earth, or air; powers Casey never developed. She’ll be lucky if they even allow her to take her final exams.

She is top of her training class, but that doesn’t keep her from being looked down upon by every other being at her school. All Casey wants is to be given a chance, instead she finds the only life she’s ever known targeted by an unfathomable evil. Thrust into the center of an age-old prophecy, a war is coming with Casey at the reins.

Will relying on her hard earned training be enough for her to make it out alive?

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10 years earlier …

I should have known that something bad was going to happen, but at only six years old, I didn’t know how to put my feelings into words. At least, not those feelings. How was I supposed to tell mommy that something dark was following us; that I could feel its eyes on me while its hungry breath fogged up the window? I knew she wouldn’t understand, outside it was anything but dark. The sun was shining clear and bright and laughter trickled in from the barbeque next door. Why would she believe me, a kid, when what I felt was not reflected around us?

I should have told her anyway. I should have screamed it until she listened, because, as it turned out, she knew the darkness was there too.

Looking back, all the signs were there—blatantly so. It was a Sunday, the day that my mom always took me to the park. I loved those days. She would always have a new adventure planned for us: catching butterflies that we’d pretend were fairies or climbing trees that she made me believe were the tallest mountains.

But not that Sunday. I thought it was weird that she didn’t want to go outside, mommy loved being out with the trees, but I didn’t argue. I had my own reasons for not wanting to go out. And it wasn’t too bad in the house; true to form, mommy tried to play the night out like it was just another adventure.

“We’re really in a secret cave hunting for lost treasure,” she said.

She led me all around the house, making obstacles out of the furniture until we made it to the “treasure”—a fresh baked batch of brownies. The whole time I thought it was just a new game. It was my naivety that kept me from seeing how my mother moved a kitchen knife from its drawer to the counter, or how all the “obstacles” looked strategically placed.

I couldn’t tell then, but now it’s all too clear; she knew that something was coming. Or someone.

They came late in the night. We were halfway through The Lion King when there was a knock at the door. My mom turned off the movie and instantly knelt in front of me to quiet my cries of dismay. There was no explanation for why the movie was gone; she had no chance to give one. The knock at the door swiftly turned violent, with more blows sounding on the back door and surrounding windows.

I was ushered into the dark crevice where our couch met the wall. Almost too big to fit, I managed to squeeze in just as she ran to the kitchen and grabbed the knife. I heard her yell frantically into her phone as the harsh pounding became so vehement that it felt as if the whole house shook. Whether it’s because I was too young or unintentionally blocked it out, I can only remember bits and pieces of what she said.

“Eli, they’re here! Help! … 120 Huckleberry …”

At one point I heard a splintering crack as one of the doors started to break. I crawled further into the crevice as my mom spoke faster.

“… not enough time! … I’m so sorry. Take care of her.”

I never saw what happened next, but I remember every sound: the high pitch of our glass windows shattering, the harsh moan and crack as the already fragmented door gave way, followed closely by my mom’s scream. And I heard what I now recognize as the sound of a fight. I sometimes dream that my mom won that fight and came to get me and everything was okay. But that’s not how it happened.

The fighting ended in an eerie silence. I almost crawled out of my hiding spot, but even my undeveloped instincts could tell that I wasn’t alone. Whoever was still there

was looking for something. Before I knew it, it was silent yet again, but this time it was real. This time, it was forever.

 

Author Bio:

E.M. Rinaldi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her fiancé, Milz, and their slightly psychotic pup, Boone. She works as a Registered Radiologic Technologist,taking pictures of mangled bones for hours on end- then she writes about all the bizarre situations her characters get themselves into while she was away. She is a Second Degree Blackbelt and can’t write a story without at least one fight scene in it.

When she’s not writing or trapped at work, E.M. likes to read (obsessively), clear her DVR, and have all night Buffy marathons with her friends, complete with cookies and cinnamon rolls.

Her love for writing stems from an early age where she would create stories on an old computer program and force anyone within grabbing distance to read them. Not much has changed; be warned: stay out of grabbing distance.

E.M. is a new YA author and her debut novel, Evading The Dark, is available now.

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/ ARC Book Review / Sassy Little Thing (Iron Fury MC #4) / by Bella Jewel /

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Release Date-19th April 2018
Genre-MC Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

IRON FURY MC BOOK 4!!! 

People, in my opinion, don’t take happiness seriously enough. 
They go through life, constantly trying to please other people. 
I do, however, take my happiness seriously. 
Very seriously. 
But, when things in my life, go suddenly south, I am left with more than one choice. 
Do what’s right, or do what’s wrong? 
That, on any normal day, would be an easy choice for me. 
I’ll do whatever I need to keep my life flowing with happiness. 
But when it comes to love, everything changes. 
And him. 
I love him. 
Which means I have to correct my wrong doings. 
I need him to forgive me. 
I need money. 
It’s the only way. 
When a job for a live-in maid comes up, with excellent pay, I jump at the chance. 
When I realize it’s for the member of a Motorcycle Club, I still don’t back down. 
Even if it means I have to live with and work for, one of the hottest, broodiest and most difficult men I’ve ever met. 
I’ll do whatever it takes. 
Only, I don’t expect to actually like him. 
The mysterious biker. 
The one who I seem drawn to. 
And now I have a real problem. 
Do what’s right, or let my heart take me where it wishes? 
Two men. Once choice. 
Things are about to get very, very complicated. 

 

 

Sassy Little Thing (Iron Fury MC Book 4)

Sassy Little Thing by Bella Jewel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC-BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-19/4/18

I have read a few Bella Jewel book’s in the past and as usual this offering “Sassy Little Thing” certainly didn’t disappoint.
I was invested here right from the get-go and this would have been a full house in regards to star rating but there were some teensy little things that pulled this down slightly for me
Let me start by saying this can totally be read as a standalone.
This was the only book in this series I have read and I had no issues following along or keeping up with the storyline here.
Reading the others in this series may enhance your immersion into this world but it by no means is necessary to enjoy “Sassy Little Thing”
So this was lol funny and I adored Saskia’s spirit right from the start.
She was the sort of girl that you can’t help smile at and I adored how she just kept things so real.
I fell in love with her outgoing tenacious zest for life.
And though life had given her lemons she was defiantly making lemonade with them.
My kind of girl.

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But at the same time, I also wanted to give her a great big swift kick up the derriere for putting up with her ex’s bullshit behaviour.
Instead of completely kicking his lying, cheating scumbag arse to the kerb.

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And as for the sister, there are just no words to describe her arse-wholery antics, what a complete and utter cow she was.
I think here Saskia was way too forgiving.
I would have thrown her to the wolves myself, karmas a bitch.

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I also enjoyed Mason’s brooding bad-boy smoulders and I loved how he and Saskia rolled together such a fabulous dynamic.
This also had a fabulous array of side characters that I so enjoyed getting to know better.
This really wasn’t a dark read, but there were some elements near the end that could trigger.
My only main issue was that I wasn’t a lover of where the storyline went in regards to an alleged betrayal.
I was not a happy bunny and was totally bummed at the lack of trust where I thought it really wasn’t warranted.
I understand things looked bad on the surface but no-one looked for a deeper reasoning behind Saskia’s supposed actions.
There was just no understanding.
My other gripe was just me spitting my dummy out and without going into great detail I was like “well if you had given Saskia the benefit of the doubt, then certain actions could have been avoided”
I know OBSCURE MUCH!!!
I just felt gut-wrenchingly destroyed for Saskia and wanted to give her a massive big hug.
So this was a fabulous read and it is only the above couple of gripes that impelled me to remove a star.
Despite that, I really enjoyed “Sassy Little Thing” it had just the right balance of humour and drama to keep me intrigued and invested.
A sassy sure bet people.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Sassy Little Thing (Iron Fury MC Book 4)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ ARC-Book Review / Belleza And The Brute / Jane Matisse / Realese Blitz /

Title: Belleza and the Brute
Author: Jane Matisse

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 28, 2018
Blurb
The modern remake of a classic tale that twists the
fictional into possibility.
When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely
circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a
domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life
gives you a second chance.
Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted
brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for
help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to
pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for
Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab.
Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally.
He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took
his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing,
and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.
Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?

Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-28/4/18

So I should mention I did struggle with this book a wee bit.
There were certain aspects of this story that were just not my cup of tea and if I had been aware of them before starting I would probably given “Belleza And The Brute” a miss.
So first things first, the title here, I wasn’t really a fan and it was only that this was described as a modern day beauty and the Beast tale that made me overlook this.
I do so have a soft spot for anything Beauty and the Beast.
It’s one of my all-time favourite fairy-tale’s so I was definitely intrigued as soon as this was mentioned in the blurb.
Unfortunately, this book for me had quite a few of my most hated romance tropes.
The first being The dead wife or girlfriend, I really don’t like it especially when I feel the H or h is getting a raw deal and made to feel like second best.
In this, I felt like Elana drew the short straw which was a shame as she was really quite the sweetie.
A girl wants to feel like the most important person in their lover’s life, not a replacement for what they cant have and I really felt that Tristan felt this way overall, sigh.
Don’t mistake me Tristan’s past was tragic, I just think he should have ultimately committed himself more to the partner that was alive and breathing and just remembered his dead wife fondly and with love rather than totally obsessing over her.
Then there was Elana’s virginity, I’m so sick of the untouched virgin storyline.
Maybe if we were dealing with an eighteen-year-old then yeh Ok, but not at Elana’s age, it’s a highly improbable scenario.
Then on top of that, there were actions in this book on the H’s part that I was just like
Why Just Why?

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So there deep breathe, that’s my negatives out of the way onwards and upwards.
So despite the above, I did finish this and it passed for me a pleasant couple of hours.
This was a lot lighter in nature than what I was expecting and was also well written and despite some reservations, I did want to keep reading to discover the end-game.
It’s just a real shame that ultimately we didn’t gel more.
That I think was really more about my own personal preferences than anything else.
That’s why after consideration I rated this three stars as this wasn’t actually badly written just a bit of bad fit for me in places.
I still found “Belleza and The Brute” an enjoyable read, it just didn’t ultimately blow me away.
Oh, and on a sidenote that pet name Tristan used for Elana “Ma Puce” not only does the French sound plain awful and unromantic the meaning “My Flea” is so weirdly random I had to look it up to see if it was a commonly used term and Yep it actually is!!!
like calling someone sweetie apparently how weird and wonderfully strange is that ay?
You learn something new every day, all-though I would still give my partner the stare of death if he decided to refer to me as a flea.
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All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Author Bio
Jane Matisse is a professional introvert who began reading
romance novels at the age of thirteen. She graduated with a BA in English
Literature in 2014 and has been working hard ever since to put her degree to
good use. Although it took her two years to finally finish her very first rough
draft, she is thrilled to have recently released her debut The Blogger and
the Hunk
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Matisse loves all things Jane Austen, will choose tea over coffee any day, is a
Phantom of the Opera aficionado, and has been an avid book blogger since
2013. She currently lives in SoCal with her family and three fur babies: Max,
Thumper, and Percy.

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