NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Next to Never by Penelope Douglas

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Fall Away Book #4.5; Not a standalone

Must have at least read BULLY and AFLAME before reading

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New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

In a uniquely fun way, the love story of a very important part of the Fall Away crew is told through (and with help from) Quinn Caruthers, the youngest sister of our original crew of men, in NEXT TO NEVER. Think of Quinn as the vessel in which we are transported to the love story we’ve always wanted to know. And yes, I’m going to be vague because spoilers are no fun. It was fun and tumultuous; a deeply intriguing look into how love can both damage and shape every being. And prove how some love stories are timeless.

By no means is this Quinn’s story. Instead its a segue into what her story will eventually be for when it’s her time to be up to bat. Not only do we get an amazing love story that spans time, but also a little insight into what has shaped and molded Quinn to be the way that she is now and what direction she’s heading in the near future. I fell in love with the way this story was given to us, how it showed us the paths that were taken to make everyone who they are now, even if it’s not always pretty and perfect. At times it’s disheartening and painful, but on the same coin it can’t help but be oddly uplifting. Even with it not being her story, I fell in love with Quinn and her persistent drive and big, caring heart. I honestly cannot wait to get her story (as well as the rest of the kids).

Douglas shines again with her writing and the real nature of her characters. It brought me back to every single beloved character of the Fall Away series even if time has fast-forwarded; it still felt the same, like I was home. Quinn shone without outshining the main subjects of the story, and this was the perfect way to wrap up the original series while tying it to the spin-off. Readers will love this novella and crave a series reread the moment they crack it open. NEXT TO NEVER carries the haze of nostalgia while being its own wonderfully addicting story.

 

♦SERIES♦

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Bully | Until You | Rival | Falling Away | Aflame | Next to Never

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Penelope D

Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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NEW RELEASES: January 17, 2017

This Week's Releases

17 - AllReleases Updated

17 - FeversongFeversong (Fever #9; Not a standalone) → Kindle | Hardcover
MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.

As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: The Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

Look for all of Karen Marie Moning’s sensational Fever novels:
DARKFEVER | BLOODFEVER | FAEFEVER | DREAMFEVER | SHADOWFEVER | ICED | BURNED | FEVERBORN

next-to-never-1-17Next to Never (Fall Away #4.5; Not a standalone) → Kindle  (5 Stars!)
New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Bully | Until You | Rival | Falling Away | Aflame | Next to Never

17 -Real Good LoveReal Good Love (Real Duet #2; Not a standalone) → Kindle

I’ve had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.
Logan Brantley changed everything.
Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.
He makes me want all the things I’ve never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.
Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I’m ready to fight for this real good love.

Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet.

Real Good Man

17 - Home RunHome Run (Boys of Summer #2; Standalone) → Kindle
LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

17 - Big ShotBig Shot (Standalone) → Kindle

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend’s little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.
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17 - The NeighborhoodThe Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2; Not a standalone) → Kindle (0.99)
Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

Neighbors (0.99)

17 - FidelityFidelity (Infidelity #5; Not a standalone) → Kindle
She thought she could save those she loved.
He thought he could save her.
They’ll both learn the truth.

FIDELITY, the dramatic conclusion to the epic five novel series INFIDELITY, following Lennox “Nox” Demetri, Alexandria “Charli” Collins, the Montagues, Demetris, Fitzgeralds, and Spencers is finally here.

When the vows are complete and the dust settles, who will be left standing?

No one is safe, and no alliance is above suspicion in the much-anticipated finale to this hot romantic-suspense saga. Our heroine has survived betrayal, cunning, deception, and entrapment…what will happen when she’s faced with fidelity?

Infidelity, it isn’t what you think.

Betrayal | Cunning | Deception | Entrapment

17 - Entice MeEntice Me (a Stark Ever After Novella; Not a standalone) → Kindle
From New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner comes a sensually seductive novella starring fan favorites Damien Stark and his wife, Nikki Fairchild.

Includes a special preview of Anchor Me, the highly anticipated fourth full-length novel featuring Nikki & Damien as they begin the next chapter in their life together.

I didn’t understand passion until I met Damien, the man who turned my world upside down and swept me off my feet.

And though our life together feels perfect, we can’t escape our secrets–and the danger that continually threatens to surface.

But for one night, I seek a respite. A birthday wish for my husband, my lover, my friend—one absolutely perfect night.

It is my most ardent wish.

And I only hope that it will come true…

Series

17 - Dirty MoneyDirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) → Kindle
Boone Price and his brothers know oil; at least, the dirty, backbreaking side of working an oil rig. But when their scrubby, worthless hunting land turns out to be sitting on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America, they go from the rig to the boardroom and end up billionaires practically overnight.

Now with enough money to do whatever he wants, Boone is developing a taste for fine things. And the finest thing he’s ever seen is Ivy Smithfield, local realtor. Boone’s determined to win her affection and show the world that he’s more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy’s classy and beautiful – she’ll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she’s sexy and funny is just a bonus.

There’s one tiny problem – Ivy’s as dirt poor as Boone was. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business. What’s Boone going to do when he finds out the woman he’s falling for is, well, in his league?

17 - Giving It AllGiving it All (Naked Men #3; Possible standalone) → Kindle
Logan Marsh never stays in one place for long. Through his family’s foundation, Logan spends his days traveling to the world’s most dangerous places to deliver disaster relief, which really puts a damper on his sex life—until he reconnects with his high-school crush. Stranded together in the Caribbean, they enjoy a steamy fling that awakens feelings Logan has ignored for too long. But family drama calls him away from her sweet embrace . . . or so he thinks.

Brooke Gallagher loved being a home economics teacher and cheerleading coach. Then an unexpected tragedy forced her to take some time off. Now she’s back in D.C. and despite the intensity of her tropical encounter with Logan, she’s shocked to bump into him again. Logan’s dealing with his own issues (including a newly discovered half-sister) and he’s itching to get back on the road. More than anything, Brooke wants to be there for him. But first, he has to decide if love is enough to keep him in one place.

Risking it All | Wanting it All

17 - FlawedFlawed (Ethan Frost #4; Connected to the series but different couple) → Kindle
When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

Ruined | Addicted | Exposed

17 - Phantom KissPhantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires #12.5; Not a standalone) → Kindle
In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

Chicagoland Vampire series

17 - KeystoneKeystone (Crossbreed #1) → Kindle
Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe – a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They’re hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Crossbreed is a powerful new Urban Fantasy Romance series that will captivate your imagination.
Immortals live among us.

17 - Dirty SecretDirty Secret (Standalone) → Kindle
Agent: Kennedy Barnes
Target: Phoenix ‘Nix’ Ash
Crimes: Hacker and Heartbreaker
Mission: Get Close and Survive

After living her life in the shadows as the daughter of a congressman’s secret affair, Kennedy Barnes joins ‘Project Greenlight’ – a clandestine intelligence organization. She’s out to prove she’s more than her father’s dirty secret.

One of her first assignments is simple. Get close to Phoenix Ash, collect enough evidence to put him away for life, and get out unscathed.

Phoenix Ash is a world renowned hacker. He’s pulled off some of the biggest heists in modern history, but never leaves a trace. He knows people are after him and that every day may be his last, but when he meets Kennedy Barnes everything changes.

Lines are blurred and secrets are exposed as Phoenix and Kennedy both discover they do have a weakness – for each other.

17 - Tangled UpTangled Up (Taking Chances #2; Standalone) → Kindle

Storm chaser Max Grady can already feel it: there’s a tornado coming to his hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Max is going after it, and the only person he wants by his side is police officer Bree McDermott, fellow adrenaline junkie, his best friend, and the woman Max has secretly been in love with for years. But when a close call with a tornado leaves them lip-locked, Max knows that the danger is only beginning.

Bree is always up for excitement. Her close and sexy encounter with Max is unlike anything she’s felt before, and she wants more. As they work together to help clean up Chance, the air between them crackles with sexual tension. But Bree has a tendency to look ahead to the next thrill, and Max knows it. Now they’re all tangled up as they chase the strongest force of nature on earth: love.

 

17 - Daring to FallDaring to Fall (Hidden Falls #2; Possible standalone) → Kindle
Emma Jordan has returned home after her father’s death to run the animal sanctuary that had been his legacy. But strange things start happening, and it seems that someone is out to shut her down, someone who doesn’t mind putting lives in jeopardy to see it through. When Hidden Falls’ sexiest fireman starts to ask questions, Emma needs to make sure his charm doesn’t distract her from keeping her dreams alive.

Ben McQuaid has an obligation as a local fireman to protect the community, even from a well-meaning wildlife veterinarian who’s in way over her head. But, it’s becoming hard to keep his loyalty to the town and his desire for the pretty vet separate. As Ben and Emma become caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, their feelings for each other are growing.

Will they let duty drive them apart or will they dare to fall?

Making the Play

17 - White KnucklesWhite Knuckles (Lost Kings MC #7; Not a standalone) → Kindle
TWO TATTERED SOULS
After countless detours, Wrath and Trinity’s wedding is only ten days away. Together they’ve battled their demons and are ready to declare their commitment to each other in front of their entire Lost Kings MC family.
ONE BITTER ENEMY
No one is prepared for the threat that crawls out of the shadows and issues an evil ultimatum. One that places Trinity’s future in danger and jeopardizes the entire club. Trinity’s more than ready to put her life on the line to save the club. For her it’s not a question.
AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
Wrath’s role as protector of the club forces him to choose between the safety of his angel or the future of the Lost Kings MC and all they’ve built together. But Trinity won’t relent. A queen always fights for her king. She’ll risk everything to hold on to the peace she shares with Wrath.
FAITH IS STRONGER THAN FEAR
When evil takes her for a ride, will Trinity’s faith in Wrath and her faith in the Lost Kings MC be stronger than her fear?

White Knuckles is the seventh full-length novel in the popular Lost Kings MC series. It is suggested readers have at least read books four through six in the series before reading White Knuckles.

Tattered on My Sleeve | White Heat | More Than Miles

17 - Southern DesireSouthern Desire (Southern Heart #2; Standalone) → Kindle
After experiencing heartache and loss, Whitney decides it’s time to move on and leave the past behind, while keeping the pain with her. Finding her way to Kentucky to be with family, she’s finally settling and feeling some happiness. She meets Aaron and he’s slowly showing her how to live again. But, what Aaron doesn’t know, is the deep secret she’s keeping from him.

Aaron doesn’t believe in spending time with women he doesn’t see a future with. Love, to him was black and white, until Whitney found her way into his life.

She’s his one and he’s her strength.

The overshadowing secret plaguing Whitney’s mind drivers her away, leaving Aaron and everyone she met behind.

Will Aaron find his way to Whitney again?

Or was their love something that most people desired and never found?

17 - Dead in the WaterDead in the Water (Water Trilogy #2; Not a standalone) → Kindle
THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS. THE PERFECT COVER.

A GRIPPING ROMANTICS SUSPENSE THRILLER

He’s a contract killer. She likes to even the score. Smack dab in the middle of suburbia, few married couples are as competitive as Jude and Kate.

But then, most married couples don’t keep score in the form of body counts. Each hell-bent on a silent pact to out-do the other, the games begin.

Who ends up on top is anyone’s guess. But with these two, one thing’s for sure— not everyone comes out alive.

After all, there are a few things they can agree on: All is fair in love and war. And if they can’t make it work— they’re dead in the water.

Water Under the Bridge

17 - Red's SalvationRed’s Salvation (Red Starr #7; Possible standalone) → Kindle
USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne concludes the Red Starr series with an extraordinary mission that will keep you riveted to the very last page…

It has taken Catori Starr years to come to terms with the death of her husband during a failed hostage rescue mission. She’d overcome her tragedy better than anyone could expect, but no one could truly understand the crushing black hole left in her grieving heart. She’d moved on to the best of her abilities, even reopening the doors to their business and operating a hostage rescue team she’d personally recruited.

Brendan “Red” O’Neill’s last mission didn’t go as planned. He’d ended up becoming a political prisoner to a fragmented national government in a country that was supposed to be an ally to the United States of America. He lost count of the endless days spent wasting away throughout his years in captivity, but never once had he forgotten the vision of his wife’s beautiful face. She was the only motivation he’d managed to keep for his own sanity as he clung to life.

Breathe. That’s what Starr had to keep telling herself over and over as she discovered the closely held secrets surrounding the facts of that fated mission. Her husband had been captured alive and she would move heaven and earth to bring him home, even if that meant sacrificing everything they had–including her own life.

Red Starr Series

17 - Adoring InkAdoring Ink (Montgomery Ink #6.5; Standalone) → Kindle
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.

Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.

As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.

17 - A Merciful DeathA Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1) → Kindle
FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.

Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…

 

17 - Spurred OnSpurred On (Stripped Down #3; Standalone) → Kindle
Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true…
 
As the owner of the Double S Ranch, Cody Silver knows what women want—all except the one that got away. So when his high school girlfriend Sidney Stevens comes back to town for her sister’s wedding, Cody will do whatever it takes to prove that he’s a changed man.

After their explosive breakup, it took a long time for Sidney’s broken heart to heal—and she’s not about to risk it again. She’ll tangle with Cody and live out her simmering fantasies, but when the time comes she’s going to walk away satisfied.

But love has a way of ruining the best laid plans, and Cody and Sidney are about to learn that what you want isn’t always what you need…

 

17 - Carve the MarkCarve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1; Young Adult) → Kindle | Hardcover
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

 

17 - The Radius of UsThe Radius of Us (Young Adult) → Kindle | Hardcover
What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear?

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. And now she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just the place you live, but the person others think you are. Phoenix Flores Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta. He became that person — the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoid.

Ninety seconds can change a life — so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

Told in alternating first person points of view, The Radius of Us is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over. Most importantly, Marie Marquardt’s The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.

NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

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Standalone Contemporary Romance

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I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.

Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.

Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

Alessandra Torre managed to take elements that we’re used to (boss/employee romance, friends-to-lovers, playboy hero) and make them feel wholly unique with the way that she pens them. This story was addictive and provocative. It has the kind of allure that will keep it in your mind long after it ends with its angst-filled story about two best friends who are riddled with sexual tension and deep affection for one another; so much so that your chest will hurt and your tummy will tingle and you’ll wantwantwant them to giveingiveingivein already.

All I know and can say is that Trey and Kate and their story were written in a way that it demands you take the journey with them. It feels different, set apart, from the rest. Torre builds it perfectly, beautifully. There’s no magical fix or easy get-together of two people who circle one another and it isn’t made easy for them for the sake of the book. But it doesn’t kill you either. It’s a fine line that Torre takes us on where she gives us little treats to keep us moving forward and I loved that it made the journey fully worth it. Because it really is about their journey over the years, the growth they both make, and the love that is built along through it all. It’s erotic without being overly sexual. It’s hot without being scalding.

Both characters were outside the norm for their type: Kate being wise without being naive; Trey being a playboy without the harem. It’s the kind of book you literally devour in one sitting and then get angry about because you did and it’s over, and you weren’t ready to let them go. I loved it. Truly. LOVE IN LINGERIE was a powerful read filled with delicious angst that was impossible to put down until the last page was turned. And even then it’ll continue to stick in your mind. The best stories always do.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle, Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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FAVORITES OF 2016

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What a year 2016 was, right? So many good books by both authors we love and new-to-us authors. I had previously given my half-year report, but I’ll go ahead and put them first and add on my new ones after. These are in no particular order (imagine the horror of ranking that?!):

12 - Love in the LightLove in the Light is the second book in the Hearts in Darkness Duet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Hearts in Darkness, and when I heard that Laura was going to give Caden and Makenna another book I was jumping up and down. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I cried so many times while reading it, and it literally felt like there hadn’t been years between the first book being published and this book being released. It’s an incredibly emotional journey for both characters, what with Caden suffering from PTSD, and I absolutely loved it. Also, hats off to Laura for portraying PTSD so well. This was not a gratuitous story (in order to resurrect an old book) but one where more to their story needed to be told.
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12 - Make Me SinMake Me Sin is the second, interconnected standalone in J.T. Geissinger’s Bad Habit series. Let me preface this by saying that you will both love and hate me while reading this book. I sobbed and raged while I read it. I begged my best friend to read it and received so many angry texts from her (which made me gleeful, I’ll admit). Make Me Sin is incredibly angst-y, emotional, and sexy. AJ…well, AJ is everything. He’s a scarred, broody drummer for Bad Habit, and he and Chloe HATE each other. But you know what’s directly under hate? Lust. There is so much hateful lust in this story that I choked on it. It was amazing in every way. It is filled with so many elements that will rock your world. Seriously. Read it.
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•Sweet as Sin (Bk 1): Amazon

SebringSebring is the finale to Kristen Ashley’s Unfinished Heroes series and features Nick Sebring, the somewhat ‘villian’ from the first four books. He’s the ‘bad’ Sebring brother. And if anyone can redeem a darker character, it’s KA. I knew that she’d take me on a ride that I wouldn’t be able to stop, and I was not wrong. She redeemed him in the absolute best way. And Olivia…KA created a robust female character that straddled that same line between good and bad that Nick did. PLUS, that epilogue, man. KA always gets me on the damn epilogues and this one had me sobbing for the loss of letting these characters go, and for the beauty and love of Nick and Olivia. This is a kinkier, darker series from KA, and I loved each one.
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collared-williams-ebook-2Collared was a uniquely captivating story that broke my heart. This is more than a childhood love story. This is a story about pain, past, healing, strength, and heart. It’s about a girl named Jade, who was kidnapped and held captive for 10 years, and the pain and suffering she experiences trying to somehow re-acclimate to who she’s supposed to be and somehow meld that into who she is now because of what she’s suffered. It’s painful but it’s also really beautiful. Nicole pens it so masterfully that I was awed beyond belief while reading; feeling as if I were her, and wanting so desperately for her to be happy. The love story is the tasty icing and it will make your heart swell.
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18 - BountyBounty is the sixth interconnected standalone in Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series. The love story between Justice and Deke was poetically beautiful. It had incredible heart and a slow, soft burn between the two leads. KA has always been genius at choosing songs to incorporate with her tales, but because Justice is a song writer/singer, it took the musical elements to another level. The love between Deke and Justice was some of the best-feeling love I’ve read. And getting to see the other couples in the series and how they wrap their arms around everyone they can, involving Justice and making her feel like she’s home was also amazing. I still don’t really have words (as I did in my official review) to explain why this book was so bountiful (←see what I did there ha).
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10 - The Midnight SeaThe Midnight Sea by Kat Ross is the first in her Fourth Element series. I have been raving about this fantastical adventure story since I read it. I’m normally pretty skeptical about trying new authors sometimes, but the beautiful cover drew me in right away. Then the blurb fascinated me. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I’m only a page or two in and I’m LOVING it. It’s an epic fantasy of a young girl named Nazafareen who joined the empirical Water Dogs, warriors who battle the evil demons called Druj, after the loss of her sister. There she trains and years later when she reaches the culmination of said training she finally receives her daeva, Darius, who is a demon brought up in the light to battle the Druj. It’s young adult but don’t let that turn you away from this story. It’s romantic, the bond she forms with her daeva, and the journey she takes is filled with harrowing landscapes, and deathly battles, and through it all Nazafareen and Darius grow closer. I have been on pins and needles waiting for the next installment and you will too.
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17 - Too Hot to HandleToo Hot to Handle is the first book in the Romancing the Clarksons series. I love everything Tessa Bailey writes, that’s for sure, but this book held such an amazing cast of characters that I loved it even more. Rita and Jasper come to life so vividly, and the Clarkson family is such a ragtag group of siblings. It was a story of finding onself, where Rita and her siblings were on a journey to come to grips with their pasts and to also find ways to accept themselves. It was incredibly erotic, in the best way, and well written like always. Jasper had such a rawness to him that he will flip anybody’s switch. What was emotional, for me, was the love and hate between the siblings. They were all incredibly poignant and strong characters, and I felt like I knew them all, so now I’m desperate for their books in a very addict-like way. Each Bailey book brings something different, and the element of family and acceptance in this story was strong. I loved it so very much, and like I said, I need the other books now!
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7 - Unbreak My HeartUnbreak My Heart is the first emotional book in the Heart series by Nicole Jacquelyn. It took me daaayyyys to write my review for this book because it TORE. ME. UP. I love Nicole’s effortless writing and the way that she always pushes boundaries. It wouldn’t be a book by Nicole Jacquelyn if it didn’t. She writes the nitty-gritty and the fucked up things, but she does them well, and in a way where I can always love each character despite what they do. And! She always makes me sob. Shane and Kate’s love story is messy in every way, I mean, how can it not be when her best friend dies, and the man she’s always loved is now widowed, and she’s forced to be around him to take care of the kids. You will either love this book or hate it, but I’m betting you’ll love it if you can handle unconventional love stories. It will rip at your heart and you’ll go back and forth between hating and loving the characters, but in the end you will end up hugging your kindle while you sob tears of frustration and joy. And then you’ll buy the paperback just so you can hug that too. I greatly look forward to the next story in the series as I know it’ll be more of the same amazingness.
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14 - Into the LightInto the Light is the first book in Aleatha’s Light series. This was my first Aleatha book (no longer a virgin), and I didn’t realize that there was such a thing as being Aleatha’d. Well, now I know. Because, wow. The twists and turns in this pathological mystery were everywhere. And the way it ended! ARGHHH! I need more. Writing my review was incredibly difficult because I wanted to avoid even the littlest spoiler so I can’t even say much here. But it features two different storylines following Stella Montgomery, an investigative journalist, who has lost all caution when it comes to finding answers on what happened to her best friend, and Sara Adams who awakes blind and amnesia’d into a group of people (read: cult) who call themselves The Light. So much fucked-upped-ness, and yeah. Still have no words. Just read it, basically.
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Moonshot_FrontCover_Final_LoResMoonshot is a standalone second-chance, coming-of-age, forbidden, angst-filled romance with some suspense sprinkled on top. Tyler, the daughter of a baseball player, and Chase, the star baseball player, had an absolutely addicting love story. Alessandra romanticized the sport of baseball too (I know! She made me love it), which was a brilliant secondary character that added such depth to the story. Yes, I just called baseball a character, and you’ll understand why when you read it. Nothing in this story is gratuitous in any way, and it was written so well that I couldn’t come up for air until I had read the last page. It’s still with me, this story and these characters, and I think it will be for a long time. The beauty of the story really falls in the First Love element, and how both Chase and Tyler were incredibly unique people who had no way to stop the magnet pulling them together. It really hurt so good, and I already want to reread it.
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19 - Wicked SexyWicked Sexy is the second novel in the Wicked Games series, and an interconnected standalone. Having first met Tabby and Connor in Wicked Beautiful, I knew that their love story was going to be something altogether special. And that’s because Tabby haaaates Connor. It was smartly written, intriguing, and had off-the-charts sexual tension between a strong-minded hacker heroine and the mercenary man she loved to loathe (loathed to love, too). Tabby is a free-spirited woman who has all the power over herself and has no issue with it. But Connor’s protectiveness and strength just gets under her skin. Neither realize that they are both so much alike until the mutual hatred simmers into delicious sexual tension. And oh my god people, the sexual tension in this book about burned me to a crisp. Hot hot hot, and the story was so damn intriguing. I loved every aspect of it, and I never wanted it to end. Still don’t as a matter of fact, and I really hope we get more of their banter in the next book.
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retrieval alyRetrieval is the first in the Retrieval Duet that features two intertwined couples, but features one more heavily in this book. And their story is riddled with the kind of second-chance romance feels that a book can when it features a man doing everything he can to get his wife back. The emotions that Martinez was able to dig deep to flush out made this an unputdownable story. The kind where you have to read it all in one sitting. It was also especially painful because they lost their child and the internal battles they each fight to get back to one another is filled with both beauty and sadness. Martinez created a beautiful story but it was genius too; the way she intersected another couple and had them all oddly connected–I mean, wow. Their story doesn’t end in this book, but rather in the second book.
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black-swan-affairBlack Swan Affair is a standalone romance that deals with a whopper of a conundrum: the heroine’s love for two brothers. Kreig manages to take us on this journey in such a way that even the reader won’t know which brother she wants her to end up with. The story is woven from past to near-present to present which allows us the ability to fall in love with each character and learn them as they come to us rather than being told what to feel. A story with this sort of conflict inflicts the biggest kind of emotions–it was edgy, sexy, heart-ripping, and emotional. Sometimes irony is a real bitch, and life likes to throw us around in the worst ways, and these characters are swirling in it. This is a must read kind of story that hurts so good.
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4-four-letter-wordFour Letter Word  is the first in the Dirty Deeds series and my first J. Daniels book. The premise of this story is that they meet because she dials the wrong phone number. And so goes a sweet, slow burn of a romance where these two characters build something from phone friends to something more. I loved how Daniels crafted their relationship to where you could feel them growing closer and falling in love in a situation where neither was looking for it. It was fun…fun! It was light and airy and just sexy in the most not-trying way. And the hero? Man. He was something special; his heart alone is worthy of the best things. An author who can really make me feel the things she writes are always the best kind of stories, and I loved this one.
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6-hit-the-spotHit the Spot is the second novel in the Dirty Deeds series, and an interconnected standalone about a different couple (whom we met in Four Letter Word). J. Daniels wowed me again with Tori and Jamie’s novel. Loser and Legs. I love a book with two main characters who circle each other and have these sort of hate-to-love-you feelings for one another. And these two had that and then some. I’ll tell you, Jamie was everything. Maybe one of my favorite heroes of any book because he was vulnerable but cocky and sweet yet the best kind of dirty talker. And he fought for her, guys. This book gave me the biggest swoons and some of the best belly dips imaginable. And their bet and refusals to give in just made it even more fun and sexy.
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punk-57Penelope Douglas writes the best New Adult novels and she shone again with Punk 57. The incredibly intense hate lust between Misha and Ryen began from the get-go and created a passionate and erotic novel. Both characters are multi-layered and strong-willed. Imagine how Bully felt and triple it. And knowing the ball that was bound to be dropped just from reading the blurb, and how Douglas manages to capture that angst of love from that age, it was expected to create a lot of feels; I wasn’t fully prepared for exactly how well it was going to do that. I mean, I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t read fast enough. It was beautiful and sexy and filled with everything that makes a novel worth re-reading.
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6 - Too Wild to TameToo Wild to Tame is the second novel in the Romancing the Clarksons series and while it’s about a different couple, it’s recommended to read in order since it’s a series that relies heavily on the siblings of this family and their group journey. Tessa Bailey always grabs me with her words, but one area that she’s an ace at is the sexiness she writes. It’s more than just the basic sexy but more of the poetic kind of erotica that she can create just from a simple touch of hands or the whisper of words between her characters. I wasn’t expecting Aaron to grab me like he did because he blended in to the background pretty well in the first book. This book, though, turned me to ash. I literally burst into flames. Aaron and the intense connection he shared with Grace absolutely stunned me. I felt like an addict turning the pages faster than I could read them. And it was only that scorching because there was a legitimate plot and connection between the two that was on a deep, soulful level. I mean, just thinking of it now makes me want to reread it again.
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tbtsThe Bird and the Sword is a fantasy romance that blew my mind. Fantasy can be a difficult genre to get into as a reader because world-building is a huge key to getting a reader to believe and connect. Harmon has such poetic writing and thinking that she built a unique world with what felt like little effort. Everything about it felt effortless: how the romance easily came to be; how the characters were palpable and lovable; and how the story grew from a seed to a big, beautiful tree. And even though the main character had no use of words, I felt her words in every action she made. It was an incredibly epic and moving story. I’m still thinking about it weeks later and want to shout about it from the rooftops (if I did a thing such as that). Even if you’re not a reader of fantasy, I highly recommend you give this book a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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6-going-underGoing Under is the third standalone in the BlackHawk boys series and my favorite of the series so far. I love books that make my heart hurt or my belly dip, and this book did both so well. I loved how Ryan created the dynamic between Sebastian and Alex with more than just a forbidden kind of romance but the kind that created walls. And yet, even with those walls, the pull was incredibly strong and vibrant to the point that the fight wore at them. It made my chest hurt in a multitude of ways. The conflict was so high that it ratcheted up every single emotion and it hurt so, so good.

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3-rock-chick-awakeningRock Chick Reawakening gave us the story we’ve been waiting years for: Daisy and Marcus. If you’ve read the series, you know how big a part of the gang Daisy is. And her past has always been known but never experienced. The wait for her story was completely worth it. I mean, KA beautifully captured everything that made Daisy who she is and took us on a journey that both hurt and inspired. Tears were shed and the best kind of belly flops were experienced. She managed to intersect it into the Rock Chick series in little genius ways that gave me an incredible kick and boy did it make me smile. The pure beauty and sheer strength of a story she packed into a novella was astounding. But again, it’s KA and that doesn’t surprise me. This story was absolutely everything. (If you haven’t read the series, I don’t really recommend starting here as it does give some spoilers for the Rock Chick series and I think it’ll mean more to the reader to experience Daisy after you’ve loved her from the main series).
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There you have it. My top 20 of the year. There are many others I loved so much but had to keep it to a manageable amount so I spent a few weeks hemming and hawing. Tell me your faves of 2016 in the comments below!

MY LIBRARY

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After a full year (plus a week or two) of working on the room I wanted to turn into my library slash office, it’s finally 99% done. We ripped out the carpet, painted the walls and ceiling, replaced the blinds, and placed Pergo wood flooring. Then we received a bunch of free bookcases so we took 5 of them, sanded, primed, and painted them, then hooked 4 of them together on the one wall. Then came the arduous task of carrying 800+ paperbacks & hardcovers from my bedroom upstairs to the new room downstairs while keeping them in order as best I could and figuring out a layout as I placed them. They are alphabetical by author last name and then in order by series. Then, of course, I faced out some of my favorite covers on each bookshelf so that I could look at them (the covers rotate as my moods change). Below I’ll show some pictures of the process all the way to the finish. Any questions, just ask in the comments!

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Sadly I don’t have any of the before-before pictures with the tannish carpet and the horrific beige walls, but imagine it 😉 — The first photo shows the carpet stripped completely out and the walls painted. The next is the new subfloor. Then came the beautiful flooring.

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This is after my husband and I spent hours sanding the top layer plus the gloss of each 7-foot tall bookcase. Plus 30 individual shelves on top of all of that.

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Then came putting primer on all 30 shelves plus each bookcase. And, the little shelf hooks? They were gold so we sprayed all 120 of them w/ white primer.

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Finally they were able to be placed against the wall and nailed together. This required some cleverly placed and hidden shims because whoever built this house didn’t build a square room. And two of the bookcases were just a smidge shorter than the rest so we placed shims to make them all the same level.

Now for the final pictures!

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My reading recliner along w/ 2 of my 7 cats

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You’re probably wondering where my 5th bookcase is…well, it’s on the other wall and is partially being used as my Kristen Ashley shrine. As one does.

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The bottom half, which you cannot see much of, has books I plan to give away and extras of books I already own. Also not shown is my desk & TV.

I have a few bookish related pictures that I need to buy frames for and hang, but otherwise it’s a complete room <3 Hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look into my library — I want to see yours in the comments!

REVIEW: Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan

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Wildwood #2; Interconnected Standalone

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Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.

Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.

After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…

 

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WILD KISSES seeks to give second chances to the main characters who haven’t necessarily had it easy when it has come to love and life: Avery and Trace. While we learned a bit about them, separately, in the first book, we certainly were left hanging and in need of more. Jordan pens their fragile love story that is built from the bare bones of a building that signifies hope. For both characters.

Avery is freshly divorced and sinking everything she has, both money and mental strength, into building her dream cafe and bakery. Sacrificing her time and heart to her husband for near a decade, she’s more than ready to give her all to something that gives her purpose. I loved her fighting spirit and invigorating drive. She complemented Trace perfectly. Because he’s just as lost and in turmoil as she is. His ex-con status has shunned him from getting work and building up his company. Underneath everything that is Trace, is his big, caring heart. That man carries it on his sleeve in every aspect of his life. I loved how they fit with one another and gave the other the lift they needed in ways they didn’t expect.

The beginning started a bit slow, but once the sexual tension began boiling, the story really picked up. The back-and-forth between them kept the tension at a high and with Jordan’s ability to pen eroticism, it really brought this book to a fever pitch.  WILD KISSES gives us exactly that: kisses that evoke passion and hidden feelings. Their love story jumped a lot of hurdles, and was filled with great romance. The Hart sisters and their love stories have been both fun and wild, and I cannot wait to get the next sisters’ story.

 

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Wildwood #1; Interconnected Standalone

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Sometimes fun. Sometimes naughty. Always romantic.

I am a New York Times Bestselling Author writing under the pseudonym Skye Jordan for my more … sexually heated … works.

My Skye Jordan novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.

And, yes, even love. Because even as Skye Jordan I’m just a happily ever after kinda gal.

Thanks for reading!

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BLOG TOUR: Commander in Chief by Katy Evans

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White House Book 2; Not a standalone

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The sizzling second installment of the White House series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.
I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history
wasn’t done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the
beginning…

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He looks devilishly handsome.

His hair is combed back and oh, how I love every chiseled inch of his face. He’s the first to move, prying his hands from his pockets, eyes flaring, inhaling visibly—his inhale stretching the fabric of that black tux.

Disbelief and a punch of longing to have all of this man, his love and his name and his babies, hits me as he approaches. I’m gazing at him walk to me down the hall of the White House residence, both of us ready to attend a social dinner. My first public event with him.

I need a moment, or a thousand moments, to adjust to this new role.

Matt continues advancing—with every step his eyes drinking me in, his lips curling in a seductive, appreciative smile.

“You ready?” He stretches out his hand.

I nod and look at that hand—the hand I’ve held so many times, and that held me. I slide my fingers down the length of his, and he grips them and leads me down the staircase with him.

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White House #1; Not a standalone

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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COVER REVEAL: Bombshell by C.D. Reiss

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Hollywood A-List #1; Standalone

Releasing: May 1, 2017

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From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, a standalone romance about a nanny, a Hollywood star, and a love they never expected.

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…

 

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CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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COVER REVEAL: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

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I am absolutely LOVING this cover, you guys! I love R.S. Grey and I cannot wait for this book!

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Releasing February 1st, 2017

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Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.
It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.
The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.
I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.
The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.
Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

 ♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

“Isn’t love supposed to be easy? Isn’t love supposed to be fun? The moment you fall in love, you become acutely aware of all the different ways the person you love can die. It’s sickening. It’s morbid and painful and heart-wrenching, and it’s all totally worth it.”   -Lucian

 

♦3.5-4 STARS♦

Renee Carlino always manages to find a unique way to tell a story whether it be by a book within a book or by a book with guardian angels, and I’ll always be awed at how she can continually write outside of the box. LUCIAN DIVINE has many different elements within it ranging from some spirituality to romance to a touch of paranormal. Each element tells the story in its own way and binds the story together into an immersive tale.

A forbidden romance truly unlike any other, Evey and Lucian are on the wrong side of the line. Angels and humans aren’t to communicate let alone form bonds of love. The longing and wanting these two characters have for one another is palpable and what’ll ultimately keep you turning the pages. Actually, Lucian will keep you turning the pages because he really digs at your heart every time we are in his POV. His sensitive and loving soul will really pull at you. The ‘world building’ and element building was also fun to explore and experience through the eyes of Carlino; the care and satire woven into it made it more so.

My one deciding factor to make it the star rating it is, is the pacing. I found the pacing to be too fast and it forced a disconnect that had to be continually re-connected in order to keep myself going in the story which can get a bit tiresome for a reader after awhile. Aside from that, I did enjoy this story and the ever-creating mind of Carlino. LUCIAN DIVINE has a little bit of everything wrapped into one package, and has the kind of romance that will pull a reader in instantly. Keep an open mind and give it a try!

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

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