Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Review: You Were Gone

You Were Gone You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Tim Weaver’s David Raker series, but it is safe to say none of the prior books had me as eager as this one. Although You Were Gone can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, it certainly hits harder if you’ve read the prior books in the series. You see, one of the things I love most about David Raker is his commitment to his wife. With the twists thrown at us throughout You Were Gone, I was hooked.

As always, Tim Weaver delivers a gripping story. The book is filled with twists and turns, countless layers existing to keep you hooked throughout. The deeper into the story you get, the more elements that are introduced, making it difficult to work out every piece of information. I confess to working out some of the details, but there were certainly elements that caught me off-guard. It’s exactly what a good mystery should be, the thrills making it impossible to put down.

For long time readers, there’s also plenty added to the overall story in addition to this single mystery throughout. In fact, there were some lingering questions at the end of this one that I cannot wait to see come into play throughout the future books in the series. I’m not going to say what, due to spoilers, just know there are many things that will have long time fans eager for more.

Without a doubt, Tim Weaver delivered another fabulous read with You Were Gone.

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Review: Like A Demon: Game of Seduction

Like A Demon: Game of Seduction Like A Demon: Game of Seduction by Roxanne Rue
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like a Demon: Game of Seduction is the second book in Roxanne Rue’s serial series, and this one takes us deeper into the world. Like the first Like a Demon story, The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper, this is a three-point-five-star rating rounded down. I certainly enjoyed this second story and I’m curious to see what comes next.

With Like a Demon: Game of Seduction, we pick up right where the first story ended. We’re thrown straight into events, with answers being given and new elements being introduced. With this second story, we get to understand the supernatural world a lot better. In fact, this book works as an introduction to understanding the supernatural. That is not to say there is no story involved, there certainly is, but the main focus of this one is to help us understand the demons in this world.

Although we get a better understanding of things, we also have lots of questions. There are many elements introduced, and we’re left uncertain of plans, which in turns leaves us curious about where things are heading. Due to the events that take place during this one, we can create theories, but there are so many answers needed – plus a cliff-hanger ending – to ensure you’ll be back for more.

Without a doubt, I’m curious to see what the third story brings. I’m positive, now we have a full understanding of the story (from The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper) and the supernatural (from Game of Seduction) things are really going to start moving.

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Release Blitz: Master of Revenge.




Title: Master of Revenge
Series: Gods of Vegas #3
Author: Sienna Snow
Genre: Dark Romance/Contemporary
Release Date: July 31, 2019



Blurb

We are rivals. Sworn enemies. And he is the only man to ignite a fire in my soul.

I walk a fine line between control and chaos, defined by my past and driven by my future. Nothing can stop me from protecting those I love.

Zack Lykaios is cunning and dangerous. He wants to destroy everything I've built on his ruthless march to the top.

All that I am, or ever will be, says I should avoid him.

Still, I've been tempted. One card game. One night of all-consuming passion. One craving I can't deny. One need I can never quench.

Wanting him can only lead to disaster. Loving him is guaranteed to destroy my world.







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Inspired by her years working in corporate America, Sienna loves to serve up stories woven around confident and successful women who know what they want and how to get it, both in - and out - of the bedroom.

Her heroines are fresh, well-educated, and often find love and romance through atypical circumstances.  Sienna treats her readers to enticing slices of hot romance infused with empowerment and indulgent satisfaction.

Sienna loves the life of travel and adventure.  She plans to visit even the farthest corners of the world and delight in experiencing the variety of cultures along the way. When she isn't writing or traveling, Sienna is working on her "happily ever after" with her husband and children.


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Release Blitz: Four Meaningful Words.




Title: Four Meaningful Words
Author: A.M. Guilliams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2019



Blurb

Four words posed in a question started the beginning of our future.
Will you marry me?
Ten years of love and laughter, triumphs and failures, losses and gains later, and four words threatened to end it all.
Everything has a beginning and an end. I just never saw mine coming. Especially when I finally thought we were getting it all.
Until my husband and lifeline uttered….
I want a divorce.
Only I had four words of my own. Words that should be said out of happiness and pure joy. Words I’d been dying to say, but never could. A sentence that he may never hear now that he didn’t want to be my forever anymore.







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A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and fur babies. Books, flip flops, coffee, chocolate, The Walking Dead, and Chicago Fire are just a few of her obsessions. Her love of books began with novels by Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. When she’s not writing, you can find her down by the river with her family, curled up on the couch with a good book, or watching her favorite movies and television shows.


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Release Blitz: One Short Summer.




Title: One Short Summer
Series: Brooksville #2
Author: Jasmin Miller
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2019



Blurb

A sweet, flirty, and heartfelt romance with two roommates that spend one enthralling summer together.

After her car accident, Monica believes her dance career is over, despite the positive outlook everyone else has. Instead of trying to get back on her feet, she works on perfecting the art of couch surfing.

Famous author, Gabe Mitchell, doesn’t fare much better. On top of watching his roommate letting her life pass by, he also suffers from a major bout of writer’s block.

Hoping a change of scenery will get them both out of their rut, Gabe takes matters into his own hands and whisks Monica away to his own personal haven.

What neither one of them expects is the attraction to each other to bloom even though Monica will leave Brooksville in a matter of weeks.

Their time together is filled with skimpy bathing suits, sexy fantasy book inspirations, hot tub make-out sessions, and new job prospects.

It’s plenty to reignite their creative flames, but will it be enough to turn their one short summer into something more?







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Pulling out the barstool beside her, I sit down, wanting to be on her eye level. It takes me bumping my knees into hers for her to look at me, but at least she finally does. “Hey! Remember it’s me you’re talking to. We’ve been sharing a house for most of the last year. That’s pretty much as close as anyone has ever been to me, not that I would do this for just anyone. You’re a very sweet, kind, caring, and talented person. You need to get it in your pretty head that you don’t owe me a thing. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

My words don’t exactly trigger the response I intended as I watch the pink tinge travel up Monica’s neck and cheeks before she covers her face with her hands. “Oh gosh. Stop it already. I can't remember the last time I blushed. How embarrassing.”

Flabbergasted.

I’m absolutely stunned she’s reacting this way.

It’s also interesting she can still surprise me after we’ve known each other all this time.






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Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write kissing books and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.


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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Release Blitz: Convicted.




Title: Convicted
Author: Kristi Pelton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2019



Blurb

Nothing in life has ever come easy for the boy from the other side of the tracks.  

A mother that left. A father that hit. A brother that protected.

They say everything happens for a reason.

Joss Hess has spent his entire life looking for that reason.

After nearly killing a man and barely avoiding prison, Joss finds himself sentenced to 18 months on Briscoe Ranch, where certain things are expected.  

Hard work. Manners. Responsibility. Respect. Worst of all—anger management and restraint.

If he fails, Joss will be sent back to the state penitentiary to serve the remainder of his sentence.

One road block stands between Joss and his freedom: Ren Briscoe


Raised by ranchers, Ren Briscoe has been around men her entire life.

Home on summer vacation, she quickly realizes that Joss Hess is unlike any man she has ever encountered before.

She hates everything about him…his filthy mouth, arrogant attitude, the way he makes fun of her purity ring and her boyfriend. Mostly, she hates him because no matter how hard she fights it, Joss occupies her every thought. He may be the convict serving his sentence; but the real prisoner is Ren.  







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Just the fact that someone may be reading my ‘bio’ thrills me. What does one say in an author bio? Well, I LOVE to write! Sometimes characters talk to me in my head (in a non-psychotic way) and I have to get what they are saying out on paper! So, here we are! 😊

I am a part-time juvenile probation officer and full-time wife…but I spend the majority of the time helping my two favorite, college-aged sons navigate through life and hopefully become the best humans they can be.

I am a huge fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, the Oregon Ducks and the Chicago Cubs! (I have a dog named Wrigley)

I’m terribly addicted to music—ALLLLL kinds and driving in the car with the sunroof open and radio turned up helps the creative juices flow.

I am deliciously addicted to queso and cupcakes; but even with that…I like to slowly kill my body with Crossfit. I’m annoyingly sarcastic.

People ask me ‘what has been your favorite book to write’—I would have to say my original series. (I think it sold 100 copies)  J   Someday…I may have to tweak them a bit because my heart was poured into those books—but they need help!  Slick was my Amazon best seller…but every one of them mean something to me.

In the end, I truly believe life is taken way too seriously by most…I say enjoy every moment, have an adult beverage and READ!! Cheers….


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Release Blitz: Two Hearts.




Title: Two Hearts
Series: Sweetbriar Cove #10; Kinsella Family #1
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2019



Blurb

Discover summer love in Sweetbriar Cove with the new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!

Alice Evans wants to shake things up. Two years after tragedy first brought her back to Cape Cod, she’s still going through the motions, stuck in the same old routine. She’s looking for something to get her heart racing… Something, or someone — like the handsome stranger who comes roaring into town on a classic motorcycle, turning heads and sending the summer temperatures soaring. 

Jackson Kinsella isn’t looking to be tied down. A world-class photographer, he’s just in town visiting his grandfather and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the mysterious brunette he meets on the Fourth of July won’t let his mind rest, and the sparks between them are anything but relaxing… 

The connection between them is immediate, and soon, their romance is heating up Sweetbriar Cove. But can Alice find the strength to start over? And will Jackson’s restless spirit keep him from true love? 

Find out in the new swoon-worthy standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

Sweetbriar Cove Series:
1. Meant to Be
2. All for You
3. The Only One
4. I'm Yours
5. Holiday Kisses
6. No Ordinary Love
7. Wildest Dreams
8. This Kiss
9. Always Be Mine
10. Two Hearts (Kinsella Family #1)
11. The Story of Us (Kinsella Family #2) - November 2019
12. Back to You (Kinsella Family #3) - March 2020







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A small-town girl, Melody grew up in the English countryside before moving to Los Angeles. She is now a New York Times bestselling author of feel-good contemporary romance novels, and is also currently writing for the upcoming BRIDGERTONS television adaptation from Netflix. She has two cats. 


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Release Blitz: Out to Find Freedom.




Title: Out to Find Freedom
Author: Lila Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2019



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Death and pain.
They surround me. Hold me hostage, refusing to let go.
But I want to survive. Want to fight. I just don’t know if I have it in me.
Maybe dying would be better.
It’s the break in the shadows that gives me hope.
When I look at him, all I can see is light.
So now I’m out to find freedom.


Private investigator Ryan Warden doesn’t know he’s moved next door to people he would put behind bars in an instant. Nor does he realise a sleepless night could lead him on the right track with the case he’s working on.
He certainly doesn’t expect Emerson Spence.
What he does know is he has to stay away from her. She’s been beaten and broken. She deserves to live freely while learning and experiencing things in life like any young woman should.
He’s too old for her. It’s better to stay away.
If he can.







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Lila was born in Brisbane Australia, her step-dad was in the Army which caused them to move around a lot. They finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. Being the youngest of four children she admits she was spoilt a bit. Even drove her mum crazy when she refused to eat meat at a young age.

Now, Lila lives with her husband and two children.

She started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC: Ballarat Charter series- Holding Out. Since then, she has published eleven other titles, which range from erotica, humorous romance, YA and paranormal. 


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Review: Like a Demon: The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper

Like a Demon: The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper Like a Demon: The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper by Roxanne Rue
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like a Demon: The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper introduces us to Roxanne Rue’s serial series, setting things off with a story that will leave you desperate for more. This first book provides us with so much, giving us ideas of where things could go whilst leaving us clueless as to how everything will play out. It’s a great introduction to a serial that has me desperate to dive into more.

In truth, my rating of this one is a three-point-five-star rating. I had a big debate as to whether I would round this one up or down, and, in the end, I opted with down. This mostly reflects how harsh I am when it comes to rating books. Moreover, I’m positive the future releases in this series will be capable of pulling higher ratings out of me.

If I’m being completely honest, I’m extra harsh with my ratings of serial releases. I’m a lover of tomes, where I can sit and read an entire story in one. I do occasional read serial releases, but not often. I prefer it when they’re all released, allowing me to devour the story back-to-back, preventing me impatience from getting the best of me. When a serial sounds good, however, I’m willing to make an exception – as I was with this.

I’m glad I did. Although it wasn’t as steamy as I’d expected, this book set up the story extremely well. I really enjoyed the characters (I was wearing a stupid smile at many of the comments made), I adored the storyline that unfolded (there were many elements to it, and all aspects grabbed me), and the ending left me desperate for more (I would have been curious without the cliff-hanger, but the cliff-hanger has me in dire need of the next part of the story).

The reason I rounded down was because this one was very much an introduction point. It was great, it was necessary, but it ended just as things really got moving. I would have liked a wee bit more before it ended, but as it was that’s just me being picky. I know when I dive into the second part of the story, I’m going to get that action I’m desperate for.

Without a doubt, Like a Demon: The Strange Case of Rebecca Prosper has me curious about this serial.

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Release Blitz: Bossy Brother Joey.




Title: Bossy Brothers: Joey
Series: Bossy Brothers #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: MMFM Erotic Suspense
Release Date: July 29, 2019



Blurb

Six years before my phone rang and changed my life forever, I made a mistake.

I met a girl, we had some fun, and then we had a baby. And I fell pretty damn hard for my daughter. I was going to be there. I was going to give her everything I never had. I was going to have a family.

And then her mother disappeared and took my baby with her.

And now she’s done it again. Because that call that changed my life was from my five-year-old daughter asking me if I knew where her Mommy was.

Then came the lawyers. And the demands from her super-rich, super-powerful messed-up family. And the little fact that my ex didn’t just “disappear” she was “presumed dead”.

I don’t live a traditional lifestyle and I’m not in a traditional relationship.

But I can pretend if I have to.

And that was the plan when my two “best friends” and I decided to hire “professional liar” Brooke Alder to be my fake fiancée.

It’s totally gonna work.  As long as MY super-rich, super-powerful, messed-up family doesn’t get in the way.

Bossy Brothers: Joey is book two in the Bossy Brothers series and features a delicious, burning hot, MMFM, surprise-baby, fake fiancée story with a twist that proves committed couples don’t just come in two’s, mistakes can be a good thing, and for some people, non-traditional love is exactly the kind they should fight for.







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JOEY
They’re on the loveseat facing the window and in profile from my view. Huck is down on his knees, head between Brooke’s legs. She’s gripping his hair, head thrown back, eyes closed, and her plump mouth open to allow the moans to escape.
Huck reaches up, grabs the front of her sundress, and drags it down so her bra is exposed. He does that again with the bra, and her tits bounce out. All the while he’s licking her pussy.
One hand grabs one breast and squeezes. Hard. Hard enough to make Brooke whimper. And the other one slides between her legs.
He fingers her as I watch, my dick getting hard at the sight of them.
Footsteps on the stairs make me look over my shoulder. Wald comes up around the banister. Saying nothing, but looking me dead in the eyes.
He licks his lips and I turn back to keep watching.
Wald’s hands slide around my hips and his chest presses into my back as he reaches for my already hard cock beneath my slacks.
“Wald,” I say. But it’s so soft, I don’t think he hears me.
Lie. It’s a lie. He hears me.
They planned this.
He and Huck planned this on the way over.
Wald grabs my hand and reaches for his dick, placing my palm over his growing hardness under his pants. He squeezes himself using my hand to do it and I fucking moan. I can’t help it.
Then he’s kissing my neck, whispering, “Come on, dude. Play along. You know you want to,” in my ear as he begins to unbuckle my belt.
I suck in a breath of air, thinking up a reason why I should stop him.
But there’s no good reason. We’ve already crossed the line again.
Where did I really think this day would end up?
I brought a girl in. I let them both have their fun. And I had mine too. Then I gave her a ring and bought her a house and told them they were staying here with us.
I can say it’s all for Maisy. And that might still be true.
But this is the real me, isn’t it?
This is the reason why I never settled down. Why I let Charlotte leave me behind the day Maisy was born. Why I never came back here to the city where I was raised. Where my brothers still live.
It’s because I have always wanted more than I have.
I’m a selfish, greedy motherfucker and that’s never going to change.
Wald has my zipper down now. I’m still holding his cock through his jeans. He’s hard, and I’m hard, and there’s no way we’re not doing this.
He pulls my cock out and starts to jerk me off. Leaning his chest into my back. His lips kissing my neck.
“Come on,” he says.
I turn my head a little. I can feel his breath on the side of my cheek. His lips drag along the stubble of my jaw until he catches the corner of my mouth with his teeth.
Brooke is moaning in the other room and I turn my head back to watch. Huck is climbing up her stomach, kissing it as he unbuckles his belt and gets his pants open. He pulls his cock out and fists it, her looking up at him. He takes her hand and wraps it around his shaft and gives her a little push. A little encouragement.
Brooke begins to tug on him, their eyes still locked together.
Wald squeezes my dick, reminding me who I’m with right now.
I lean into the doorjamb. My right hand behind me, squeezing Wald’s dick as he gets his pants undone and pulls himself out. He hands it to me.
That’s the only way to describe that move. He takes my hand and places it over his cock and I automatically begin to mimic Brooke as she jerks Huck in the other room.
She’s got her mouth open now. Still looking up at my friend like he’s got all the answers.
Wald’s hands are on my hips. He presses forward until his cock is rubbing up against my ass. One hand slides down along the diagonal muscle of my waist and grabs my balls.
I suck in a breath of air and close my eyes. Holding in the moan that wants to escape.
But Brooke is giving Huck a sloppy blow job and I want to watch it.
So I open my eyes and see Huck staring back at me.
“Come here,” he whispers.






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JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller's list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.


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