Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Blitz - A Seal’s Strength by JM Stewart

A SEAL’S STRENGTH by JM Stewart (October 3, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Military Match Book 2)
A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.
 This second chance was worth the wait . . .
 As a SEAL, Gabriel Donovan did the toughest jobs imaginable without blinking an eye. But three years after his wife's death, the idea of dating still makes him sick to his stomach. His daughter desperately needs a mother, though, and there's nothing Gabe won't do for his little girl.
 Stephanie Mason doesn't run from anything. Not even coming face to face with the "one that got away" on a blind date. Steph's body vividly remembers every single thing about Gabe and while some things have changed, the way he makes her feel sure as hell hasn't.
 Gabe and Steph know that love comes with risks, but if they're brave enough, this second chance might just bring them the love of a lifetime.

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Maybe he was right. Maybe it was time she was honest with him.

Careful to keep her voice low, she turned her head and looked off down the street. Honesty might be the best policy, but she couldn’t force herself to look into that disarming hazel gaze while she said the words.

“I wasn’t prepared for this. I was prepared for a weekend. A little fun with someone I trusted once. That’s different, you know, than a hookup in a bar. But you’re…you. It’s childish, really, to still feel that way. To be jealous of a dead woman.” She heaved a sigh and finally forced herself to look at him. “But I am.”

Her insides shook as she waited. That was the most she’d ever told him. She didn’t know if she actually wanted his response and yet part of her craved it. A holdover from all those years ago. Back in college, she’d wanted him to know she’d fallen in love with him, because she’d held out this hope he’d tell her he loved her back. Pathetic that the need still hovered beneath the surface.

Those keen eyes worked her face. Then, finally, he smiled, warm and alluring. “So, dinner? Next Friday?”

There was that sexy smile she’d known would make an appearance, and she was caving, exactly the way she’d known she would.

She heaved a sigh and nodded. “Fine. You win. I’ll have dinner with you next Friday. But since I owe you for the car and clearly you’re not taking my money…”

“Nope.” He winked, eyes gleaming with playful impishness and a touch of smug self-satisfaction.

Giddy, happy little butterflies took flight in her stomach. “Then I’m cooking.”

One dark brow arched and the corners of his mouth twitched. “Can you do that?”

This time, her facade cracked. She punched him in the shoulder. “Yes, thank you very much. Contrary to popular belief, I have actually grown up.”

Those gorgeous eyes glinted at her. “So you have.”

“Friday. Six o’clock. Don’t be late.” She pivoted and marched toward her car, determined to get away from him before she embarrassed herself. As she reached into her purse, however, it hit her. Gabe had her keys. She halted, sighed, and, face hot as Hades itself, turned back.

Gabe stood grinning at her, his right arm extended. He jangled her keys, dangling from his thumb and forefinger. “Missing something?”

She rolled her eyes and strode back to him, but when she reached for the keys, he held tight to them.

“I look forward to seeing you, you know. I’ll say it again, in case you missed my point last time. Were you anybody else, that first date wouldn’t have gone this far.” He finally released her keys and winked at her. “And I won’t be late. I’m never late.”

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Release Blitz Review + Giveaway - The Winter Wedding Plan by Olivia Miles

Author: Olivia Miles
Series: Misty Point, #2
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook$6.99 USD
All she wants for Christmas is a second chance . . . 

Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she's a single mom, she vows to do better--and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister's event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.

Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.

Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won't come without consequences--not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.

As Kate's wedding draws near and Charlotte's fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all.

In the vein of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Elin Hilderbrand, comes the second in a women's fiction series about the complicated ties of sisterhood that bind us together and sometimes tear us apart.

If you’ve read One Week to the Wedding then that’s where you first met Charlotte. Charlotte is the sister of Kate, the main character of the first book and the one we felt all the sympathy for. I’m not gonna lie, I truly disliked Charlotte and the betrayal she set on Kate. I could never imagine doing that to my sister. My feelings definitely changed towards the end of the book. Then I found out Charlotte was getting her own book. So of course, I had to read it!
After the last year pulled a toll on Charlotte and her family, she’s ready to prove to everyone that she’s changed. All in anyone can do when trying to prove anything is try their best. Sometimes it’s a lot harder to do than it looks. Not only is Charlotte trying to make it on her own, she also has a seven month baby girl that she absolutely refuses to ask for help with. It all goes back to trying to prove something. But in doing so, she’s hurting herself. 
Charlotte is trying to get back in good with her sister by working for her. It’s then she meets a client that wants her to pose as his “fake fiancée”. Um, yes please! This is one of my favorite tropes in romance. It rarely ever ends the way one wants it to. Especially when feelings get in the way!
Overall, this is a story about love, forgiveness, and redemption. It also sets up (hopefully) the next book in the series. Miles sure does know how to tug at the heartstrings in a lighthearted and romantic way. 
*Thank you the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Olivia Miles writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories. She lives just outside Chicago with her husband, young daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Blog Tour Review- A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess

Publisher: Random House Books for Kids
Published: September 19, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.
Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.
Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook's system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth. 

 The Kingdom on Fire books are truly something else. They have magic, romance, and a kick ass heroine who might possibly give Katniss Everdeen a run for her money. Henrietta and the boys are back in this action packed sequel and left me breathless. Quite literally. Which makes waiting for the next book that much more tortuous. 

I'm being dramatic but can you blame a girl? There's so much that happened that I don't even know where to begin. We meet some new characters along the way, and then there's that romance thing. The one where there could be three suitors. I'm not a fan of this. At all. I have a general idea of who she may end up with but as of right now, the romance aspect isn't for me. I'm really loving everything else though. 

Okay, I lied. I totally care about who she ends up with and I do have a guy in mind for who I want it to be. But for now I'll keep hush on who that is. Anyways, magic and fighting in books is all good and entertaining. So if you haven't yet started the first book...I highly suggest doing so. While I think parts in this story were slow at times, I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the next one. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends by L.B.O'Milla Blog Tour ft. Giveaway


Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends

Written by L.B. O’Milla

Publisher's Synopsis: Little Yaga is a teenage forest dweller. She is unhappy because, unlike other foresters, she cannot howl or roar, and both of her legs are human-like. There have been rumors that Scraggard the Immortal, a powerful and ruthless Ruler of The Forest, is not exactly immortal. He is sustained on the energy of humans.

When he lures Ashley, a human teenager, into The Forest, Little Yaga, feeling sorry for this weird creature, helps her escape. Infuriated, Scraggard sends Little Yaga and her best friend Kikimra to the human town to bring Ashley back. The forest girls, stunned by technological “miracles” of humans, believe them to be as powerful as the Immortal himself. Unwillingly, Little Yaga and Kikimra become instrumental in Scraggard’s pursuit to recapture Ashley. Distressed by her disappearance, Ashley’s boyfriend and her brother manage to sneak into The Forest. Combining their efforts with Little Yaga and her forest friends, the teenagers embark on a perilous journey to rescue Ashley and save The Forest from Scraggard’s malevolent reign. As Little Yaga discovers the secrets of her forest home and her own origins, she comes into contact with creatures and settings straight out of Russian fables and mythology.

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L.B. O’Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and loved to read and write from an early age. When she was 26 years old, she with her husband and daughter fled the country escaping the ethnic and religious persecution. She arrived to America as a refuge.

In the US, O’Milla graduated from NYU and worked as a physical therapist while raising her family, but she never gave up her love of writing. Having grown up in a family that exposed her to the arts, literature, and music, O’Milla enjoyed Russian folklore and its characters. 
She studied and mastered English, so that her first book could be written in the language of her new country. O’Milla’s novel, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends, mixes Russian folklore with the American tech that her own children love.

In her spare time, O’Milla enjoys reading, writing, attending Metropolitan Opera performances and off Broadway shows, spending time with friends and family, and participating in outdoor activities. She lives in New Jersey. Now widowed, her biggest supporters are her children and her sister. O’Milla is at work on a sequel containing more adventures of Little Yaga.




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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Release Blitz ft Review + Giveaway - The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley


Author: Lia Riley
Series: Everland, Georgia #2
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market$7.99 USD
eBook$5.99 USD
Fairy tales aren't ever what they seem . . . 

Tuesday Knight's dream of Broadway stardom has flopped, leaving her unemployed and brokenhearted. Ready to quit kissing frogs and make her own happily-ever-after, she takes a job as a princess in Everland, Georgia's historical amusement park. 

Mayor Beau Marino lives an unenchanted existence-all work, no play-which is fine by him. After his marriage ended in disaster, the last thing he wants in his life is more drama. But Everland's new free spirit has a talent for getting under his starched collar. 

When the town's beloved but bankrupt park might be shut down, Tuesday and Beau face a choice. Can they join forces, save the day-and each other? Or will their fierce battle of wills destroy any chance of a fairy-tale ending?

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Marina Adair, comes the second book in Lia Riley's Everland, Georgia series about two city sisters finding love in a small town.

“Never did he ever want to be anywhere but here, on the corner of Forever and Always.”

This is what I like to call a good ole’ fashioned romance novel. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to read a book that isn’t filled with unnecessary drama that causes your heart to go into palpitations. That’s not to say I don’t love those, because I do. But every now and then, books like this one are perfect. 

Tuesday is the wonderful, happy go lucky and at times, flighty heroine that is one all her own. I loved her immediately because she’s one that’s not afraid to be who she is. Mayor Marino is her complete opposite in everything. It’s only natural that the two don’t get along. 

I’m a firm believer that love is just as a strong of an emotion as hate. While these two may not have “hated” each other, they sure didn’t love each other ether. The chemistry is undeniable though. I wanted them to be together in that way so bad! I felt the pain after a few sexy kisses that weren’t enough. Two kick ass people deserve that much!

Overall, this story is a light hearted and fun romance novel about two people afraid of taking risks when it comes to matters of the heart. They learn the hard way that true love waits for no one to be ready!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“I’m nervous.” The tightness in his tone backed up the muscles bunching near the hinge in his jaw. And the simple, honest admission did something to her that no amount of flirtatious back-and-forth ever would.
“So am I.” She began buttering the dish. “Who taught you how to cook?”
He stirred the chocolate in the double boiler, hands clenching the spoon. “Mama used to say that a man needed to know three things: how to fix a dessert, iron his own shirt and sew a button. That some day future women would thank her.”
       “Smart lady.” Tuesday laughed, grateful for a moment to recalibrate, to slow her racing heart. “I suck at ironing by the way.”
       Beau gave her a resolute stare. “I make my own starch.”
       “Stop.” She nearly dropped the dishtowel. “No, you don’t.”
        “One tablespoon of cornstarch in two cups of water.”
       Her gaze fixed on the rare smile tugging the corner of his mouth. The revelation was oddly endearing. “I’m not sure whether to be impressed or terrified.”
       “Your mama didn’t teach you these things?”
       Tuesday thought. “We grew up in small town Maine.”
       “Sounds cold.”
       “So, so cold. So much snow. So much cold. Beautiful though.”
       “I’d like to check it out, in summer.”
       “Yeah, good idea. My dad ran a maple sugarbush farm, made homemade maple syrup. Mom was his opposite. He loved being outdoors. She liked being inside. I guess they were opposites,  must have attracted at some point but over time they repelled each other. Pushed one another further and further away. She left when I was in high school. Moved down to New Hampshire where she was from and met a banker. They live in the suburbs. She has a housekeeper now.”
       “She abandoned your family?”
       I. . .you know, I don’t know. My sister thinks so. I was the baby. My mom used to love to style my hair. She could do so many intricate braids. We didn’t have much money but she’d shop at thrift stores and garage sales and find me cute dresses. Sometimes I’d find her sad and I’d try to cheer her up. I’d ask her to brush my hair and she would,  even though sometimes I could hear her sniffling and I knew if I turned around I’d see her crying.”
       Tears sprang to her eyes and she ground her fists into them. “Wow. Hello! Where'd these come from.” God, way to keep things light. Her inconvenient emotions would probably sink the night.
       “I’m sorry that happened.”
       “Me too.” She took a breath. Then another.
“Can we return to the regularly scheduled programming? Chocolate is always the cure.”
       Beau looked like he might press forward but changed his mind at the last moment. “My mama taught me how to separate yolks from whites. Can I show you?”
       “I won’t pretend that I have skills. Instruct away.”
       “Okay, pick an egg, any egg.”
       She selected a brown one and he stepped behind her, her back heating against his  chest. His arms slid over hers. “Now what you do is give it a tap to open the shell. No! Not so big, just a little one.” His hand engulfed hers, guiding the movement. “Good. That’s real good. Now let the yolk settle in one side. That’s it. Now you start to transfer the egg back and forth and back and forth, let the white run out like that until voila! All you have left is the yolk.”
       Tuesday gawked at the golden yolk in the shell. “Martha Stewart eat your heart out.”
       He checked the chocolate and milk, it had melted down into a decadent pool.
       “Can we eat that as is? I’m sure the souffle is amazing and all but hey, a bowl of melted warm chocolate is going to do me fine.”
       His laugh was just as decadently rich. “Haven’t you ever heard that good things come to those who wait?”
       “Sure, by people waiting,” she quipped. “They need something to tell themselves.”
       That really got him going, his deep laugh rich as sun-warmed molasses. “Let me make you a deal.”
       “I’m not agreeing until I hear the terms.”
       “Smart woman. When you have this dessert, you are going to say it’s better than the best sex you’ve ever had.”
       She set her hands on her hips. “You have a low opinion of my sex life.”
       “Nah.” He winked. “Just a very high opinion on my soufflé.”
       She arched a brow. “You’re on.”  
       Standing behind her he continued to help guide her effortlessly through measurements and pouring, mixing and stirring. He didn’t grind on her or get perverted, not that she’d have minded. Chocolate was meant to be an aphrodisiac and she’d never experienced anything so sexily mundane as chatting over nothings in the kitchen with a man who didn’t try to cop a feel. He appreciated and and even savored her for who she was and what she offered which right now was fully dressed fairly polite company.
       In fifteen minutes he opened the oven and slid the soufflé in.
“And now?”
       “We wait,” he answered. “Until it’s puffed on top and jiggly in the center.”
       “You have a way of making cooking sexy.”
       “Do I? I guess that helps even the field.”
       “How so?”
       “You make breathing look sexy.” His gaze lingered on hers for a few beats before he turned and began to wash the dishes. 
She stared at the back of his head, his broad shoulders, his narrow hips, blinking in surprise. He seemed wholly unaware that he’d broken her heart and put it back together, refashioned into something new, stronger and brighter.





Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.


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