RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW – Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
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Chasing Spring is a thought provoking tale of friendship, love and finding absolution in the wake of heartache and tragedy. 

I was frustrated with Lilah for much of the story though I recognize her guarded persona was the result of all she encountered in her young life. She was broody and mischievous and at times behaved like a rebellious teenager. But she was also wise beyond her years and it hurt my heart to think about the childhood she lost. I adored Chase and his unwavering resolve where Lily was concerned. He was patient in his pursuit to restore her faith in him and the friendship they once shared despite his own demons and secrets. Their chemistry was palpable and provided great angst throughout the story.

Grey has woven an intense tale with flawed characters you can’t help but love and secrets that are sure to break your heart. Chasing Spring showcased Grey’s versatile writing style and was slightly reminiscent of With this Heart, the book that started my love affair with this author. This was a good book and I am thrilled to have read an early copy.

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Spotlight Review – Appealed (Legal Briefs #3) by Emma Chase

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When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out that way.

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

An entertaining second chance romance filled with intense objections and swoon worthy gestures commingled with deep rooted matters of the heart.

I finished this book over a week ago and I have not stopped thinking about Brent and Kennedy. I loved these characters and this book.  They entertained me with their witty banter but their stories captured my heart and took me on quite an emotion packed journey. I love second chance romances – LOVE THEM – and this book is sitting on the top of my favorite reads of 2016.

There was never a dull moment with Brent and Kennedy and I could not read fast enough to keep up with my heart’s need to know what would happen next. I loved Kennedy and her fierce and feisty personality. She was a force to be reckoned with both in and out of the courtroom. Brent’s determination and persistence with Kennedy was charming and sweet and he completely stole my heart.

I was engaged in the story, invested in the characters and loved catching up with the gang. Chase is a master at her craft with perfectly placed comedic relief woven into her stories to ensure the full spectrum of emotion is delivered. Though I am not a huge fan of Rom-Coms, Chase has ensnared me with her writing style and acquired a position on my must read author list. This is the third installment in the Legal Briefs series and though I am sad to see it end, I am excited for what is to come from Chase.

Overall Rating: 5 STARS

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY – Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman

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Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.

To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to date the first man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.

But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?

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“Do you think Indiana Jones is hot?”

Without missing a beat, Julia answers with a question. “Are we talking before or after Ally McBeal cut off his balls and slapped an earring on his ass?”

My eyes fly open and I look at her. She’s still in complete and utter repose and doesn’t seem at all caught off guard by my question.

“What are you talking about?” I ask.

“You’re asking me if Harrison Ford is hot, yes?” I mumble a yes, and then she opens her eyes and calmly says, “Well, if we’re talking about before Ally got her hands on him, yes, he was so utterly hot it was almost disgusting. But if we’re talking about after she got her grubby little paws on him and ruined it for the rest of all woman­kind, then no, he’s as far away from hot as you could possibly get.”

I rack my brain for a second before saying, “Before. Yes, defi­nitely before the whole Ally thing happened to him.”

“Well, then, you know my answer. Hot, superhot.” She closes her eyes again before quickly opening one of them to look at me.

“Why are you asking me this anyway?”

“No reason.”

Ugh, I answered way too fast. And by the severely wicked smile that is now growing on Julia’s face, I know she knows that I know something that she doesn’t and won’t let up until she does.

“You dirty little liar,” she says and pulls her legs off of the coffee table. “Tell me everything.”

“There’s nothing to tell.” I pretend to look at the watch that doesn’t exist on my wrist. “Oh, would you look at that, time to get Josie and go home.”

I stand up and call out to Josie, then remember that she has her earbuds in, so I walk toward the television room. But that’s enough time for Julia to start following me and peppering me with a series of questions. “Who is this Indiana Jones look-alike? Where did you meet him? Are you going out on a date with him?”

Ignoring her is not an option, so I stop abruptly, which makes Julia run right into my back. As casually as I can muster, I say, “It’s nothing and no, I am not going out with anyone. So there really isn’t anything to tell, I promise.”

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Starting Over is a heartfelt story about finding the courage to let go of the past and live in the moment. Sweetness and comfort abound with likeable characters in this cute story with fun family dynamics.

I went into this book expecting a romance but what I got was chick lit with romantic undertones. Vanessa’s personal issues seemed to be at the forefront of the story while the budding relationship seemed like an afterthought. As a result, I never felt the chemistry between Vanessa and Cameron. Though I was disappointed in the lackluster romance, there were many things I enjoyed.

The family drama was far more interesting and watching it play out pulled on my heartstrings.  Josie was charming and she reminded me of my own daughter at times. Though she was only 12 years old, Josie was wise beyond her years. The relationship between Josie and Vanessa was easy and fun to watch and quite frankly not always easy to accomplish with tweens.

Vanessa was a bit frustrating at times. I wanted her to be stronger but I understood the hurt she carried really did a number on her confidence. I was delighted to see her find herself again by the end of the story. Cameron was sweet and incredibly patient throughout the story. I wanted more of him and more for him. While that did not happen in this book, I feel like he just might have a story that needs to be told.

Though I wanted more from this story, I did enjoy it overall. It can be enjoyed by those who enjoy stories about women working out their issues.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

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SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

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Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books

Published: December 22, 2015

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Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

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A journey worth taking with a heroine who demonstrated unsurpassed courage and determination despite her circumstances.

The romance junkie in me was drawn to the idea of the heroine falling for the best friend’s brother. However, this story is SO much more than that. It was about a girl who faced what life threw at her with grace and purpose. She was the glue that held together what was left of her family refusing to succumb to the emotions that bubbled just beneath the surface.

I adored Lucille. She was wise beyond her years and yet pleasantly naive making her a bit of an anomaly. She was forced into adulthood much too soon but faced the challenge with eagerness and determination. My motherly instinct was to reach into the pages and hug this girl and then shake some sense into her. The budding romance with Digby was sweet and frustrating – par for the course with most teen relationships. It provided a little something normal for Lucille in an otherwise challenging time in her young life.

A pleasant twist of angelic proportions made my heart soar and nicely wrapped up this story. Laure’s writing style was engaging, the story was enjoyable and the characters were likeable. My only regret is the haste with with the story concluded. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the events leading up to the conclusion , but overall I am content with where things ended.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.

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There was something savage and brutal about being a kid, something all the My Little Ponies and Cabbage Patch Dolls couldn’t smooth over, but it was filled with magic too, most of which I found in books. I think The Breakfast Club is the perfect movie, falling down the stairs and denial are my biggest fears, I try to read at least a book a week, and I still occasionally play dress-up.

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SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol

Iniquity CoverI gasp as my body curls toward Brennus like a flower to the sun, for the pleasure of it. He holds me close to him. His nose grazes the length of my neck. He breathes me in. I feel the roar and rush of my heartbeat. I’m his toy; his energy streams into me. He winds the invisible key in my back and the euphoria ratchets and coils inside of me: tick…tick…tick…

Another wicked surge of energy flows from him into me. Pain. Pleasure. Bliss. My jaw unclenches as my lips part. I make a small, breathy sound as we dance. Brennus responds with something close to a growl. “Ye’re killing me, mo chroí,” he murmurs. His hand moves down my back infusing me with a golden glow of power. My wings punch violently from me, tearing a hole in my day dress. They spread wide, like a red stain beyond my pale skin. I’m dancing now for the thrill of it. I follow his lead.

As the song comes to an end, Brennus kisses my throat. He whispers in my ear, “When ye get back, come find me, mo chroí. I’ve healed ye…now wake up and banjax whoever banished ye here…”

 

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Iniquity is the EPIC and UNFORGETTABLE conclusion to my all-time favorite series. I have never encountered a series that resonated with me like The Premonition Series. If you follow my reviews, you know that I was seriously hesitant to entertain the fantasy/paranormal genre prior to starting this series. Let it be said, that my apprehension was laid to rest. Whether that is solely the work of this author is yet to be determined. But Amy Bartol made me believe there are journeys worth taking and preconceived notions about genre should never hold me back.

This book is the culmination of the battle of good vs. evil revealed in book 1 of the series, Inescapable. There are new characters to hate, new creatures to make you cringe and twists you could not possibly have seen coming. The WOW Factor is colossal and I applaud Amy for the countless gasps, shivers, and heart pounding emotions I endured throughout this book. EPIC does not even come close to being an accurate description for the surreal experience of Iniquity.

Evie has endured challenges and heartbreak throughout her journey. But she has matured, overcome and grown exponentially. At this apex of her evolvement you will find an amazingly dynamic creature full of unsurpassed passion and a penchant for kicking ass. She is the epitome of a true heroine and I am in awe of the compassion, dedication and courage she displayed.

I could spend countless hours talking about all the males of this series but I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say there will be plenty of Russell, Reed, Brennus and Xavier for everyone as the battle for Evie’s forever comes to a head. And for those of you who love Da Fellas like me, you’ll get a dose of dem as well.

This book effectively wraps up the majority of the conflict encountered throughout the series. While Evie’s forever is solidified, there is some ambiguity in the ending that is loaded with possibility and that just makes me giddy with anticipation. I am sad this series is over as I am not ready to leave Evie’s world. But I am excited for whatever Amy has in the works.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

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For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul.

We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

The Truth About Him is intended for mature audiences.

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The Truth About Him is the gripping conclusion to this story about survival, family and love. The page turning drama perfectly complemented the developing relationship between Annie and Dylan to keep me engaged throughout the story.

The story resumes where Everything I Left Unsaid concluded. Annie and Dylan’s relationship was a tumultuous roller coaster laced with uncertainty, insecurity, and intense sexual chemistry. My heart ached for the truths that were revealed and soared for the progress they seemed to make with each challenge they encountered. I was frustrated with Dylan and his stubbornness, but he ultimately won me over with his sexy charm and protective instincts. I am thoroughly pleased with the growth both characters achieved throughout this series and pleasantly surprised that good ole’ Pops claimed a piece of my heart.

Overall I enjoyed this story and these characters. Though this installment concludes Annie and Dylan’s story, I am hopeful for another installment for a few of the secondary characters who were directly responsible for the heart-pounding drama surrounding Annie and Dylan.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Praise for M. O’Keefe’s Everything I Left Unsaid

“Exquisite, thrilling, and toe-curlingly sensual . . . a delicious guilty pleasure I never wanted to end!”New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

“I am head over heels in love with Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe. Everything about this book hits the mark—the exceptional prose, the brilliantly defined characters, the delicious plot, and all the wonderful, dangerous secrets. It’s an absolute must-read keeper-shelf book!”New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner

“I couldn’t put this book down. Annie’s story is heartbreaking, liberating, sweet, and sexy—I want more!”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“Sweet, sizzling, sexy, and heart-wrenching, Everything I Left Unsaid broke my heart and left me yearning for more.”New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart

“The mystery, the excitement, and not to mention the elusive and very demanding Dylan Daniels will leave you breathless!”New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones

“O’Keefe is one of the best contemporary romance authors writing today. . . . Elegantly sensual and blisteringly sexual, the story immediately hooks readers and keeps them captivated with help from beautiful writing, complex characters, and a healthy dose of secrets, while a cliffhanger ending will have them eagerly awaiting Book 2. Breathtaking and passionately intense—a must-read.”Kirkus Reviews

“[O’Keefe] moves skillfully into . . . romantic suspense with this excellent series launch. . . . [She] infuses the situation with distinctive life and absorbing detail. Captivating characters and a cliffhanger ending will keep readers coming back for more.”Publishers Weekly

“Beautifully written, this richly detailed storyline, coupled with beguiling and complex characters, takes us on an emotionally charged journey filled with lust, betrayal and secrets. Captivating secondary characters only add fuel to the fire as a chance meeting between two damaged souls opens the doorway to what could be their salvation or personal hell. An incredible cliffhanger only charges your appetite for the sequel.”RT Book Reviews

“Intense . . . O’Keefe has deftly penned a story of hope, growth and courage peopled with complex protagonists. It’s a smorgasbord of visceral emotions.”BookPage

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MollyOKeefeMolly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe

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Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free.

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

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Everything I Left Unsaid is a captivating tale of clean slates, seduction, and secrets.  This book consumed me and I am so thrilled I took a chance on this new to me author.

The secrets and lies kept me on the edge of my seat for much of the book. While I thoroughly enjoyed Annie and Dylan’s banter, I was completely mesmerized by their erotic exchanges. My heart hurt for all they had been through but I was pleased with the character development as the story unfolded.

The story was told in dual POV which added depth and kept me engaged. The characters were mostly likeable and I am hopeful the loose strings and lingering questions surrounding them will be cleared up in the next book. This was my first book from Molly O’Keefe but it will definitely not be my last. I am anxious to jump into The Truth About Him which releases November 24th, 2015.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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O’Keefe can remember the exact moment her love of romance began—in seventh grade, when Mrs. Nelson handed her a worn paperback copy of The Thorn Birds. Writing as Molly O’Keefe, she has won two RITA awards and three RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two kids.

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“O’Keefe is one of the best contemporary romance authors writing today, and her foray into erotic romance is an unqualified success. Elegantly sensual and blisteringly sexual, the story immediately hooks readers and keeps them captivated with help from beautiful writing, complex characters, and a healthy dose of secrets, while a cliffhanger ending will have them eagerly awaiting Book 2. Breathtaking and passionately intense—a must-read for erotic romance fans.” Kirkus Reviews 

“Exquisite, thrilling, and toe-curlingly sensual…A delicious guilty pleasure I never wanted to end!”

—Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

I am head-over-heels in love with Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe. Everything about this book hits the mark—the exceptional prose, the brilliantly defined characters, the delicious plot, and all the wonderful, dangerous secrets. It’s an absolute must-read keeper-shelf book!”

—J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author 

“I couldn’t put this book down. Annie’s story is heartbreaking, liberating, sweet and sexy— I want more!”

—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author 

“Sweet, sizzling sexy and heart-wrenching, Everything I Left Unsaid broke my heart and left me yearning for more.”

—Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author

“The mystery, the excitement, and not to mention the elusive and very demanding Dylan Daniels will leave you breathless!”—Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author

“M. O’Keefe is a master at pulling the reader into her world. You will see it, smell it, touch it, and most importantly, feel it.” —SC Stephens, New York Times bestselling author

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Ripped by Cassia Leo

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Adam Parker, sexy surfer with a heart of gold, is back to tell his story in RIPPED, a spin-off novel from the New York Timesbestselling Shattered Hearts series.

Adam has had his heart ripped out before. But there’s nothing he and Lindsay haven’t been able to overcome. Nothing that could tear them apart… until now.

After seven years of competing, Adam is at the top of his game in the surf world. But troubles at home have forced him to consider retiring earlier than expected.

With the possibility of a final competition in his future, the pressure is on Adam to perform; to leave on a high note. Long hours practicing at the beach only causes more turmoil between him and Lindsay. Until finally, the stress reaches a boiling point and someone gets burned.

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Ripped is the long awaited story of Adam Parker, the beloved surfer with the corny jokes that captured my heart in the Shattered Hearts Series. It’s no secret that I was a #teamadam girl and so this story holds a special place in my heart.

Maturity looked good Adam. He was the same boy I fell in love with only he was a man in every sense. Adam was a doting husband and father and I did not think it would be possible to love him more – but Cassia proved me wrong. Adam struggled with finding the balance between his career and his family, something I can certainly identify with as a wife, mother and full-time employee. But his determination to do right by his family made me fall more in love.

I enjoyed getting to know more about Lindsay and seeing her interact with Adam and the children. I might still harbor a little resentment towards her because of her past choices, but ultimately I believe she made Adam happy. I needed him to love and be loved but I also needed him to find peace and my heart is full because I finally have the closure I needed for one of my all-time favorite book boyfriends.

I was so thrilled Cassia decided to publish Adam’s story for her fans. I am pretty sure I smiled through most of the book – even a couple of scenes that had my heart racing with anticipation of what would come. While I am thrilled with the story, I am sad to say goodbye to my beloved Adam.

Overall Rating 4.5 Stars

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Five novels from the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts series available in Kindle Unlimited for a limited time.

The Shattered Hearts series is a steamy and tender rock star romance spanning an epic 25 years and 1,589 pages.

After eight years of being tossed from one foster home to another, Claire arrives at the home of Jackie Knight and her son, hot, tattooed guitarist Chris Knight. Chris becomes Claire’s first friend and first love. But Chris’s dreams of musical stardom soon tear them apart, until fate brings them back together in an explosive reunion. Secrets are revealed that leave them shattered. Can they pick up the pieces before it’s too late?

WARNING: Due to strong language, drug reference, and steamy love scenes, this series is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

This set includes:
– Forever Ours (197 pages)
– Relentless (262 pages)
– Pieces of You (372 pages)
– Bring Me Home (389 pages)
– Chasing Abby (372 pages)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

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RELEASE BLITZ, EXCERPT, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Sinful Desire by Lauren Blakely

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for SINFUL DESIRE by Lauren Blakely, the second full-length, standalone novel from her bestselling Erotic Romance Series, Sinful Nights! This new series is a new erotic romance series written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets.

Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories –one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. And the Sinful Nights series is absolutely no different! First, there was SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, and now Lauren brings you the passionate and suspenseful SINFUL DESIRE filled with sexy moments that will keep you up all night!

Lauren Blakely does it again and brings readers more smoldering, sexy nights in her new Sinful Nights Series with her newest novel, SINFUL DESIRE.

SINFUL DESIRE is a full-length, standalone erotic romance novel that follows the love affair of a new couple, Ryan and Sophie. It’s currently priced at $3.99 across all retailers for a limited time only.

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Buy One Get One Free This Week Only!

This week ONLY when you buy SINFUL DESIRE (or if you preordered it!) you can get a FREE copy of Lauren’s USA Today Bestseller PLAYING WITH HER HEART. Every eBook of SINFUL DESIRE includes a link in the back of the book to redeem your free copy of PLAYING WITH HER HEART! All you have to do is simply click the link in the back of the book, follow the instructions, and you will be able to download a copy of PLAYING WITH HER HEART readable on any eReader. ONE-CLICK and get two books for one price! If you already read PLAYING WITH HER HEART, there is a paperback giveaway to enter.

The link to redeem your free copy is in the back of every e-book of SINFUL DESIRE this week only…

And that’s not all!

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Feeling the Desire to have a Sinful night of your own? Then you’ll want to take the Sinful Nights quiz and answer fun trivia questions about the Sinful Nights series! To celebrate the release of SINFUL DESIRE on September 22nd, Lauren is giving away a $500 gift card for a stay at the Ritz Carlton nearest you!*

Everything you need to turn your fantasy into reality and enter the Sinful Nights contest during release week can be found in the back of the SINFUL DESIRE eBook, including the short quiz in the book that you have to complete to enter the contest. The SINFUL DESIRE eBook is the ONLY location with the link to the quiz. The release week contest runs through Saturday, September 26, ONLY, so you’ll have to make this read a quickie to enter to win this awesome prize! In addition to the grand prize, there are several other great prizes in the giveaway!

So grab your copy of SINFUL DESIRE today! Get ready to ignite your passion and dive into SINFUL DESIRE on release day!

*Please note: If you are the winner and there is no Ritz Carlton near you, you may opt to receive a $500 gift card to any Marriott property, or Marriott-owned hotel.

** If you purchase the paperback and would like to participate in the contest, please contact me at lauren@laurenblakely.com for instructions.

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ABOUT SINFUL DESIRE:

This book contains Lauren Blakely’s hottest, dirtiest, and most dominating hero ever! Panties optional when reading this sinfully sexy STANDALONE novel in the NYT Bestselling Sinful Nights series!

He gave her the most mind-blowing night of pleasure ever. He made her want to get down on her knees. He dominated her in ways she’d only dreamed of. And she didn’t even know his name…

Control.

It’s what Ryan Sloan values most. Control of his business, control of his secrets, control of his days and nights. With the way his life spiraled in the past, he needs to stay in charge of his present.

Giving up control.

It’s what Sophie Winston craves. After a wildly successful career, she’s stepped away from the business world and is now focused on her work as her city’s most noted philanthropist.

When she meets Ryan Sloan, the chemistry is scorching, and utterly undeniable. Their desire for each other runs red hot. He wants everything she’s willing to give him in bed, and she wants him to take her to new heights as only he can.

Soon, he has to have more. All of her — heart, mind and body.

The only trouble is, he hasn’t been honest about how he met her and the dangerous connection he has to her brother.

When the truth is revealed, he’ll have to give more of himself than he’s bargained for or risk losing the only woman he’s ever let into his heart.

SINFUL DESIRE is book two in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each full-length novel features a new couple. This high-heat, high-stakes sexy romance series follows the Sloan family as each sibling falls madly in love against the backdrop of sin, money, greed, passion, mystery and suspense…

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“His fingers traveled along her spine and up her neck to her hair, grabbing it, turning her so she looked up at him. Her eyes were hazy and full of a lust that matched his. “Do you have any idea what you do to me?” he asked harshly.

“I think I do.”

“You are under my skin,” he whispered, as he kept her pressed against the warm hood with one hand, then slinked his other hand down to her waist, and unfastened the slim, orange belt. “And in my head,” he continued as he snapped the belt free. “And I can’t fucking stop thinking about you.”

“I can’t stop either,” she said, and in a flash he wrapped the belt around her wrists, knotting it, twisting it, and tying her hands together with her own accessory. She allowed him, offering up her wrists to be bound. She was a willing hostage.

“That turns me on even more,” he growled in her ear, as he stretched her tied arms along the silver hood.

“Tying me up?”

“Yes,” he said, pressing his erection against her ass. “But what makes me rock hard is the way you let me. The way you want me to. The way you give your body to me,” he said as he grabbed a condom from his pocket, unzipped his pants, and pushed down his briefs.”

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Sinful Desire is a steamy tale of secrets, seduction and sin that will have you on the edge of your seat with page turning anticipation.

Ryan Sloan may have just taken the top spot for my all-time favorite Blakely boy and I simply cannot decide what I love most about him. While his dominating personality is certainly a force to be reckoned with, his fierce loyalty is both endearing and swoon worthy. He was the perfect blend of dirty talking alpha male and passionate lover.

I loved everything about Sophie and found that I identified with her self-proclaimed nerd label and if I am being honest, even her submissive side. She was confident and sophisticated but found delight in the simple things too. Sophie is just one of the many Blakely women whom I adore and I appreciate that Lauren continues to deliver strong heroines that are both likeable and someone I would enjoy being friends with in real life.

The chemistry was crazy hot between Ryan and Sophie which made for plenty of sexy exchanges and steamy encounters. And those emails were so much fun. The secrets and suspense added an increased level of anticipation to the story that kept me engaged from cover to cover. I always enjoy the cameos from characters found in Lauren’s plethora of books and get excited when I meet characters who I know have a story in the works. I thoroughly enjoyed Sinful Desire and am anxious for the next story, Sinful Longing, which is due out November 17, 2015.

Overall Rating: 5 Steamy Stars

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS!

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SINFUL LONGING – November 17, 2015

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Lauren Blakely - Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had eight books on the New York Times Bestseller list and fourteen on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first novel in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her new adult forbidden romance, 21 Stolen Kisses, hit e-readers in May and landed on the USA Today Bestseller list. In September, she’ll release SINFUL DESIRE, her next title in the bestselling SINFUL NIGHTS series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

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Spotlight Review – Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

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A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington DC, you see first-hand how hard life can be and that sometimes the only way to survive is to become harder. I have a reputation for being cold, callous, intimidating – and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.
Complications don’t work for me – I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will get you off. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming – and I don’t pretend to be.
Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.
Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be hard, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.
And that – that I know how to do.
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A heartwarming story about life, love and the value of family as told through the eyes of one charming attorney. It’s sure to amuse you with its stimulating banter and capture your heart with its enchanting characters and touching story.

Jake Becker is full of charisma and a self-proclaimed bachelor. But beneath that non-committal exterior is a kind soul with a penchant for wayward children and a heart of gold. I am completely smitten with Jake and subtle way he maneuvered himself into the lives and hearts of Chelsea and the children. While I wanted to wring his neck a few times, he ultimately won my heart.

I admired Chelsea’s determination, dedication and the love she had for the children. Her life was completely changed in an instant and the way she rose to the challenge was nothing short of extraordinary. As child number five of seven, I had a sincere appreciation for all that Chelsea took on with her nieces and nephews.

This is the second book I’ve read from Emma Chase and she has quickly worked her way into my list of favorites. The characters were likeable, the story was engaging and the organic feel of the writing made for a pleasant reading experience. I am anxious for the final installment in the Legal Briefs series, Appealed, which is due to release November 17th.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

*I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.