Monday, 20 January 2020

Review: Starsight

Starsight Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starsight is the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series, and I was eager to dive into it after loving Skyward. I will be honest and say I was a wee bit uncertain about this one at first – I was not loving it in the way I loved the first book – but the deeper into the story I got, the more it gripped me. By the end, I was hooked, and I’m now desperate for more.

With Starsight, the universe we were introduced to expands massively. There are plenty of new things to love and hate, plenty of new questions arise, and we get answers to some of our questions from book one. With a lot happening throughout, Starsight adds so much to the story.

In fact, after reading Starsight I’m more desperate for book three than I was with the wait between books one and two. There are so many possibilities of where things will go next, and I’m eager to see how the story will play out.

Without a doubt, I’ll be diving into book three as soon as it’s available.

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Review: Alpha's Enemy

Alpha's Enemy Alpha's Enemy by Lola Gabriel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Alpha’s Enemy is the first book in Lola Gabriel’s Bears of the Wild series, and it wasn’t what I’d expected. It had me curious enough to read until the end, but I’d been hoping for more from the story.

For me, I found this one to be very surface level without the depth I’d hoped for. It was a case of instalove, followed by a lengthy separation to explain a conflict that was obvious, followed by an instant happily ever after. For a paranormal romance, I feel as though the romance was really glossed over.

Although I’m curious about the next book, it’s not one I’m dying to read.

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Series Blitz: The Finding Series.




Title: Finding My Night
Series: Finding #1
Author: Halo Roberts
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy



Blurb

Second star to the right…

I wish it were that easy. My father once told me to find my night, but I’ve given up. All that’s left is a tattooed reminder and the distraction that smells of jasmine whirling around my kitchen.  ~Nick

He’s quiet, serious and so hot. I want to shake his world, and his bed, like a snow globe. But he’s my boss, and so far out of my league that we’re not even playing the same sport. ~Bree

Far from star-crossed, Nick and Bree are thrown together when fate, a guy named Frank, recommends Bree for the job as Nick’s personal chef. Cue the insanity with kittens, a crumbling mansion, and the cream puff fiasco, on a sweetly hilarious romp with delicious bits of heat. Spoiler alert: you may need to toss this book in the freezer periodically.







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Title: Finding My One
Series: Finding #2
Author: Halo Roberts
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy



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Blue skies and dirt roads and peaches, oh my

A real job with the family business or goodbye trust fund...my parents have lost their minds. The icing on this craptastic cake is setting up headquarters in some backwater southern town, complete with a partner...a growly, handsome, confusing, deliciously enticing partner. -Veronica

Her parents aren’t paying me enough. I’ve got a farm to run and a kid to raise, I thought they’d send someone that actually understood farming when they contracted me. Instead I get a city girl...a spoiled, smart, sassy, gorgeously tempting city girl. -Shane

Things are heating up in the country...







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Release Blitz: Power Play.




Title: Power Play
Series: Power Play #1
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: January 20, 2020



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There’s no turning back. I can’t go home a failure—again. Everyone wants to use me, make me their pawn, but I have other plans. I will win this election or die trying. 

Randi Sawyer
It started with a shady business proposal I should’ve turned down. Now here I am pretending to be someone I’m not, and bonus, I’m at the mercy of a man whose joy comes from my failures. The deeper I sink into DC’s seedy political scene the more I realize I can’t trust anyone if I’m going to make it out alive. Until him. Secret Service agent Trey Benson is bitter, jaded, and oh so hot with his mischievous smirk and cocky attitude. He hates me, just like everyone else, but he might just be who I need to survive this mess I’ve landed myself in.

Trey Benson
Forced onto her protection detail, I’m certain she’s just another Political Barbie in this city. I should know—I’ve dated most of them. Except she’s not. Funny, foulmouthed and crazy as hell, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous, Randi Sawyer just might be the one person who can make a difference in DC—and in me. Too bad the boss says she’s off-limits, that it’s too risky for her career and mine. Good thing I’ve never been great at sticking to orders.

Power Play is the first book in the five book Power Play series. These cannot be read as standalones. All five books follow one main couple’s relationship as it grows through a five year time period. It’s suspenseful, steamy, and oh so unputdownable. If you’re a fan of Tiffany Snow, Brittany Sahin, and Skye Warren then this series is for YOU!







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Kennedy lives in Dallas with her husband, son, and 80lb Goldendoodle who still believes he's a lap dog. A bookworm at heart Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed or by the campfire with an unputdownable book. She began writing two years ago with Falling for the Chance and has no plans of stopping. Her novels are witty, action-packed, and offer enough steam for a great facial. If you like strong heroines and sexy, tattooed men who can't keep their hands off them then this author is the one for you.

Cover Reveal: His Last Ride.


Cover Reveal for His Last Ride
by Marcie Shumway
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We are delighted to share the cover for HIS LAST RIDE by Marcie Shumway, the next book in the second season of 425 Madison Avenue. Check out this amazing cover for gotta have childhood friends romance! This book hits shelves on 2/10/2020!





She was my childhood friend. The one person outside of my family that I could always count on.
Fate drew us apart, but when my life was turned upside down, it brought us back together.
And, much like when we were kids, she made it right again.
Payton had a way of soothing more than just the wounds that were skin deep.
There’s one small problem, I’m not sure that I want to be just her friend anymore.


Payton
He was my childhood friend. The one who always accepted me for me.
For years, I didn’t realize my life was missing anything and, then Cody came back into it.
Just like when we were kids, he brought all the pieces back together. He made me feel things
I didn’t know I could feel. How can I be his friend when I want so much more?


I won’t be his buckle bunny.
Adjusting to very different lives, Cody and Payton need to decide if what is between them is worth fighting for. From small towns to the big city, they’re not the same people they once were.


Can a childhood friendship become so much more?
Only time will tell.

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Marcie Shumway is a small-town girl, born and raised in Maine. She resides with her high school sweetheart on a family-owned farm just miles from where she grew up. Her hubby and their four furbabies are her first loves, but they are followed closely by her writing, apple pie, and chocolate.

Marcie started writing short stories in middle school for her classmates to enjoy. They were always love stories with happy endings and spurred her dream of being a published author. Chasing that dream as an adult, she continues to write stories for her readers to love. An avid reader herself, Marcie thrives on the books of her favorite authors and when not writing, can be found curled up in her favorite spot with a good book in hand.

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Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.


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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Review: Mister Wrong

Mister Wrong Mister Wrong by Mika Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mister Wrong is the third book in Mika Lane’s Player series, and I really hope it’s not the end. I had a lot of fun with this series, and there are some side characters we got to see throughout the three books I would like to see get their own stories.

With Mister Wrong, Mika Lane gives us another quick read that will have you hooked throughout. It pulled me in from the start, ensuring I was turning the pages at a rapid pace. There were a few things I would have liked more of, a few things I felt were not completely resolved by the end of the story, but this was not enough to lessen my enjoyment. Mister Wrong may not be my favourite of the three Player books, but it was still an addictive read I had to complete in a single sitting.

As with the other books in the series, this one works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. There are references made to the characters from the prior books, but you do not need to have read them to understand what is going on. The romance in this one is complete within the story, ensuring you can enjoy it without any other knowledge.

Overall, Mister Wrong was another addictive read that has me hoping there is more to come in this series.

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Release Blitz: Enigma.




Title: Enigma
Series: Laurel Springs Emergency Response Team #3
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2020



Blurb

It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us…

Karsyn Fallaway

Tucker didn’t stop my car as it drove away from his house that summer night, and the sting of rejection hasn't gone away.

Over a year has gone by, and I find myself looking for him in all the places he’d been before. It doesn’t help, he’s still an enigma I have yet to figure out.

My friends are the only thing holding me together. Work is the one thing keeping my mind busy. Until my life threatens to tear completely apart.

Tucker Williams

She drove away and my pride wouldn’t allow me to stop her. A year later, regret keeps me up at night, forcing me to replay the moment in my head.

Working with the K-9’s is the only thing keeping me going. Becoming close with the former MTF is a perk I hadn’t counted on.

When a child is kidnapped, all the hard feelings have to be put aside to save a life. Secrets are unearthed, and this time as Karsyn threatens to break, I know I’m the one to put her back together.







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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.

Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".

When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.


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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Review: A Layer Hidden

A Layer Hidden A Layer Hidden by Candace Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve repeatedly said I’m not the biggest lover of short stories, but I’m starting to believe it’s because I’ve been reading the wrong ones. Although I much prefer a tome, when done right short stories are a great way to pass a short amount of time. With Candace Robinson, I’m of the belief the short stories will always deliver.

It takes great talent to write an entire story in a word count that would only be an introduction for me, and I envy Candace Robinson’s ability to tell so much in so few words. No word is wasted, everything is important, ensuring the story packs a punch.

I could share details, explain what is to be found in this story, but you’ll do much better to read the story than my review. Just know, A Layer Hidden is one of my favourite short stories. It’s difficult to find a short story I love, even harder to earn a spot on my favourites list, but A Layer Hidden managed it with ease.

A little bit of science-fiction, a little bit of horror, and a whole lot of addiction makes this the perfect quick read. If Candace Robinson was to ever use this as the start of a longer story, I’d be all over it.

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Release Blitz: Almost Perfect.




Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 16, 2020



Blurb

USA TODAY bestselling author Claudia Burgoa brings readers a delightful new romantic comedy that’s equal parts hilarious and sexy about friendship and learning how to fall in love!  

Olympic medalist and X-game sensation Alex Spearman thinks he’s perfect.

He’s not. I know his kind.

Rich, famous, and emotionally unavailable.

Well...He’s perfect enough to hook up with on the weekend of his sister’s wedding.

His sister is my best friend. This is a disaster in the making.

Did I mention he’s also hot, sexy and funny?

How can I resist?

After a steamy weekend, I agree. We have chemistry.

But it just won’t work out in the long run.

He’s just a fond memory. That is...until he moves next door.

When I’m in need, the almost perfect man offers to help.

On a “friends-only” basis.

“Just friends,” he said. Yeah, right.

Suddenly, Alex is getting too close for comfort.

Things are becoming heated … becoming too real for me.

Is this the real deal or am I another medal to him? 







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“Harry Potter geek?”
She nods. “Dad and I used to read the books when I was young. It’s our thing, you know? We share our love for mythical creatures and magical worlds.” 
She smiles widely. “When I was at my mother’s, I used to read the books by myself and wished I was at Dad’s instead.”
“So now you get to wear a unicorn necklace and look like a fairy?”
Suddenly, I see darkness pushing her bright face. She grabs the handle and starts closing the door. “Thank you again for everything.”
“I’m supposed to stay with you and binge watch a series or just watch a rom-com,” I say, showing her my arm where I scribbled my notes.
Her expression smooths, and her lips slip into a charming grin. Her mouth is framed by a pair of inviting dimples that enchant me.
“So tell me about this first day,” I ask. “We could share some of the chocolate chip cookies I got you.”
She steps aside, inviting me in. “First experiences suck most of the time.”
“First kisses never suck,” I tell her.
“Of course they do,” she protests with conviction.
I brush a strand of her hair, leaning forward. “There’s always that little moment of hesitation. When everything is almost happening. Like, right when you’re about to touch her lips,” I say, my lips are so close to hers. “You wait though.”
“What do you wait for?” she asks with sweetness and innocence.
“For her to step back or lean into the kiss.”
“What if she doesn’t move?”
“That’s my favorite,” I answer before I brush her soft lips with mine.
She gasps as I dip my mouth to hers. This is pretty much like going down the slope at high speed. I can’t stop, I can’t hesitate. One wrong move and it’s a bust. I have to control every movement, lead her. Lean where I want us to go. I slide my tongue across her lips, and she opens them while she wraps her arms around my neck.
I don’t rush it though. If this is the only kiss I get from Hannah, I want it to be perfect. My heart hammers as our kiss leads to more than just demonstrating to her that a first can be extraordinary.
The small whimper she makes as I slide my hand around her waist and pull her into me gets me worked up. I hold nothing back, and she doesn’t either. I move my lips to her jawline, nibbling her soft skin all the way to her earlobe.
She tastes sweet. Like lavender, vanilla, and honey. I could eat her. Nibble every inch of her skin, drink her all.
As she pushes her hips up against me, trying to get closer, my eyes open. Our gazes connect. I want to consume her. All of her. The pain from climbing the tree is gone, replaced by desire—a hunger I’ve never come across before.
I run a hand through the back of her neck, my fingers curl around her skull, gripping her head tightly.
“Waiting?” she asks between shallow breaths.
I nod. “You’re in charge, do you want me to continue?”
She rises on her tiptoes, leaning closer. This time, I devour her. Our tongues tangle and fuck if the fire isn’t consuming us.
Lust and adrenaline rush through my veins. I run a hand up and down her round, tight ass. My length is turning into a piece of steel. Throbbing, needy steel that wants to slide inside her. A sexy moan escapes her lips as I move between her thighs and push her against the door.
Her legs wrap around my hips, and anything besides fucking her is off the table. There’s no restraint. For her, or for myself.
I break the kiss, gasping for some air. “Are you sure about this?”
“I have this theory,” she says. “Being with a guy for the first time being awkward and meh. Do you want to prove me wrong?”
“Challenge accepted.”






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Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of two confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact. 


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