Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review-The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams


Publisher: Berkley
Published: November 5, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Print ARC
Rating:


Blurb:
The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Review:
Omggggg!! I freaking loved the absolute crap outta this. I laughed throughout the whole entire book. If you’re in need of sexy, romantic, and a laugh-out loud romance, READ THIS! And fast.

Gavin and his wife Thea are on the rocks—worse than on the rocks. She wants a divorce. So what does his best friend and a group of guys do? Well, invite him to their super secret romance book club! Where dudes struggling in relationships read and find guidance on what women want. Let’s face it, this plot and story is genius af. All I want to do is shout from the rooftop on how fun I thought the book was. From start to finish it was a hoot!

Gavin is your next book boyfriend...or husband. Yes, he’s had some minor setbacks on certain areas of his relationship. Mainly one that starts with a big O. But hey, there’s always room for learning haha. And learn he does.

The secondary characters are another reason I adored the story. I know men like this exist out there somewhere, right? Because if not, then that's such a shame. I enjoyed the Bromance so much. It was just the thing I needed to put me in a good mood!

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

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About the Author:
Lyssa Kay Adams is the pen name of an award-winning journalist who gave up the world of telling true stories to pen emotional romances. She’s also a diehard Detroit Tigers fan who will occasionally cheer for the Red Sox because her husband is from Boston.

Lyssa lives in Michigan with her family and an anxiety-ridden Maltese who steals food and buries it around the house and who will undoubtedly be a character in a future book.

Things Lyssa loves: Baseball pants, mashed potatoes, and that little clicking sound that scissors make on the cutting table at fabric stores. 

Things she doesn’t love: Mean people, melting ice cream cones, and finding food in her underwear drawer. 

Keep up with Lyssa on Twitter at @LyssaKayAdams. Please note: She mostly tweets about baseball pants and mashed potatoes.

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Blog Tour Review-Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) by Susan Mallery






MEANT TO BE YOURS
Author: Susan Mallery
ISBN: 9781335041494
Publication Date: 10/22/19
Publisher: HQN Books

Book Summary:

In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…
Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.
After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.
Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?


Review-
Friends-with-benefits that always means more in the world of romance. Why must I love this trope so much? The whole “let’s have sex and if it gets to be too much we walk away...” bit is my favorite line of the whole book.  It rarely ever stays “just sex”! At least in romancelandia. In real life...I’m sure F buddies work just fine.

“So just you and me, for as long as it’s good for us, then when it’s over, we walk away. No regrets, no bad breakup.”

Heh. Famous last words, anyone? Jasper and Renee are completely and utterly sexy from the moment they officially met. The chemistry is out of this world hot and as a reader, I could totally see what they couldn’t. Falling in love! But we have some stubborn characters. What can we do with that, yeah?

Jasper and Renee would like to convince themselves that their “relationship” is just one based on sex and friendship. They both have demons that will never allow them to have more.

Renee is a wedding planner and besides her love life; she’s well put together. Jasper is a suspense novelist that needs help writing in a love interest for his series closer. What better way to do that then ask for help from his buddy Renee?

Meant to Be Yours is one of my favorite types of romance. I felt the love, angst, and the easy way of watching two characters fall in love. It was beautiful. Jasper has made his way onto my lust of yummy book boyfriends! There’s nothing I love more than a man who treats women right.

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

Buy Links: 
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Social Links:
Twitter: @susanmallery
Facebook: @SusanMallery
Instagram: @susanmallery



Author Bio: SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.
Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.





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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review-The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts


Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: October 29,2019
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Print book
Rating: 4



Blurb:
This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn't spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she's secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

Review:

“She was a bookworm, not a daredevil.”

I feel as if I just read a book about my life—book blogger/reviewer life and all. I, too, am also way more comfortable with my nose in a book. They’re just so much easier to deal with than regular people! All jokes aside, this was beyond adorable.

Our heroine, Amy, is without a doubt my spirit animal. She’s nerdy, loves books, and she’s a major book reviewer! In order to meet her favorite author, Amy must participate in a competition. It’s where everything starts to happen. Enter Toff—the boy she secretly has a crush on but he has no idea.

"That was the problem with crushes—they weren’t rational."

One night changes everything and they decide to start a fake relationship (one of my favorite tropes!!). I enjoyed all the swoony moments that happened between Amy and Toff. The book references were so fun to read about it because let’s face it, I’m a huge booklover. Always have been and always will be!

If you’re looking for a light-hearted romance, Toff will the one you're looking for!

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

Buy from Amazon US Here
Buy from Amazon UK Here

About the Author:
Lisa Brown Roberts’ award-winning YA romantic comedies have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Lisa's teenaged self tweezed off all her eyebrows, crashed a car into a tree while trying to impress a guy, and accidentally went to prom with someone else's boyfriend. When she couldn't fix any of this in real life, she made up imaginary happy endings in her diary.

Not much has changed.

Lisa lives in Colorado with her family and many, many books.

Chat with Lisa:
Twitter: @LBrownRoberts
Instagram: LisaBrownRoberts
FB: www.facebook.com/authorLisaBrownRoberts
Website: www.lisabrownroberts.com
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Release Blitz—The Second We Met(Fulton U #2) By:Maya Hughes


AVAILABLE NOW!

Title: The Second We Met
Series: Fulton U #2
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: October 17, 2019
PURCHASE ON AMAZON
or Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited

BLURB

Dear Jerk Across the Street, sorry for accidentally walking in on you and catching an eyeful of your—equipment. And hard pass on the open invitation to join you in the shower “anytime”, A-hole.

That’s the note I should’ve written. Instead I sent a pleasant and apologetic version.
Had I known Phoenix “Nix” Russo would’ve been the neighbor from hell, I’d have told him right where he could shove my words.

Nix is the big man on campus with everyone lined up at his games to make sure he knows it. Sure, he’s got piercing blue eyes, abs that don’t quit and a smile that could set fire to a set of panties from a hundred yards away, but he’s also the biggest pain in my ass.

Dear Pink-Haired Menace, learn how to take a joke and stop being such a kill-joy...

Elle Masterson called the cops on one of my parties—again. My sweet talking usually gets me out of trouble, but this time it got me into a nice pair of silver handcuffs. Now I’m on a reputation rehab tour with a stop at a spring break community service project.

Guess who’s my new boss?

Now we’re shoulder to shoulder, sweaty, tired and…she’s not anything like I expected. There might just be a heart under that hardass exterior. She’s invading my dreams and I can’t shake the feeling she’s the key to unlocking a piece of me that I’ve hidden away.

It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why I’m really here.

Maybe I can break through her walls and into her heart before that happens...one screw at a time.


READ CHAPTER ONE HERE: https://www.mayahughes.com/blog


The Second We Met is one of my favorite types of romance—enemies-to-lovers! There’s nothing I adore more than two people with insanely hot chemistry, try and  fight the feelings they have for each other through smart jabs and sexy tension. 

I knew for a fact that Elle would be my spirit sister. Plus, her hair rocks! She’s immediately on edge otter meeting
Mr. Russo—and for good reason! Not only is he hot af but he’s also cocky and obviously thinks too highly of himself.  Is their any reason why Elle wouldn’t want to kick him where the good lord split him? Despite the fact that he’s sexy as all get out? Of course! She isn’t blind but she knows the type of man he is. 

The two are water and oil. Or are they? From the outside looking in, I think they’re absolutely perfect for each other. It’s just getting both Nix and Elle to realize it for themselves that’s half the battle. What a sexy battle it is too!! 

Obviously, I’m a huge fan. If you’re into enemies to lovers or plain romance in general, this is one for you! Especially if you’re the type that loves fun romance that keeps your heart racing. Nix Russo...eat your heart out!

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but completely my own. 



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ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE FULTON U SERIES

#1 The Perfect First
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AUTHOR BIO

Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.
I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cover Reveal— RUSH: A BLACK HEARTS STILL BEAT PREQUEL by L.A. Cotton




RUSH: A BLACK HEARTS STILL BEAT PREQUEL


COVER REVEAL

We are excited to share the cover for Rush, a brand new NA story from bestselling author L A Cotton.

To celebrate, L A is giving away a signed paperback ARC with a $10 Amazon GC over on her Facebook Page

BLURB



The sweetheart of Country is about to show the bad boys of Rock, it only takes a single beat for everything to change.

Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change. 
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched. 

Those aren’t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact he’s the bassist for America’s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.
... this is their beginning.

Rush is a 50,000 word Black Hearts Still Beats prequel novel. Rise (BHSB: pt. one) and Rule (BHSB: pt. two) are coming soon!
 
*** 


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edgy. Angsty. Addictive Romance.

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.


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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Blog Tour Creative Post—The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys




Hello! Welcome to the Fountains of Silence by bloc tour. I’m very excited to host and show you a mood board of what the book meant to me. Below you’ll sees mirage of images that I felt directly resembled (and caught the essence of) this beautifully written novel. I can't comment enough on how spectacular I thought the story was. That it was able to make me feel as if I was in 1950s Spain. Sepetys was brilliantly able to evoke the struggles and emotion felt by many people living from that time. I hope that you'll take some time out of your busy lives, and find a way to read this book!



About the Book

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.


Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

AUTHOR BIO
Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of GrayOut of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter @RutaSepetys and Instagram @RutaSepetysAuthor.


PRE-ORDER LINK


Blog Tour Schedule

Week One
September 30 – The Paige Turner – Creative Instagram Picture
October 1 – Fangirl Fury – Review
October 2 – Tome and Textiles – Wardrobe Wednesday with Cover Recreation
October 3 – The Lovely Books – Moodboard
October 4 – The Lovely Loveday – Review


Week Two
October 7 – ReadsRandiRead – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
October 8 – Confessions of a Book Addict – Listicle: 10 Reasons To Read Fountains of Silence
October 9 – As The Book Ends – Playlist
October 10 – Lollipopsandlyrics – Creative Instagram Picture
October 11 – Metal Phantasm Reads – Review + Playlist  


Week Three
October 14 – Sunshine and Mountains – Listicle: “Movies to watch if you loved Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys”.
October 15 – Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner – Moodboard + Review
October 16 – Cracking the Cover – Review
October 17 – Jessabella Reads – Review
October 18 – The Baroness of Books – Moodboard + Review  

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Review-Heartfelt Lies (A Healing Love Novel Book 1) by Alexandra Christopher


Publisher: Self-pub
Published: September 12, 2019
Genre: Romance
Source: E-book
Rating:3.5 stars


Blurb:
Ella Jones is no stranger to lies. After spending most of her childhood caring for her unstable mother, she’s learned to simply do as she’s told and keep to herself. When tragedy strikes, an intricate web of deceit spanning years begins to reveal itself, changing her life forever.

She starts over in a new town and seems to find happiness like she’s never known before. But deceit is never far from Ella and when she realizes just how tangled her life has become, she just might lose the joy she’s fought so hard to gain.

Kohl Kingsley spends his days diligently working at his family’s construction business and his nights playing hard with the crew he grew up with. When he meets the new girl, who moved to his small town, an instant attraction draws him straight to Ella. Closed off and mysterious, she becomes the person Kohl cares about the most and he’ll do anything to keep her.

His protective instincts want to shield her gentle heart, so when Kohl realizes the fateful way their pasts have crossed, he keeps a secret knowing it would tear her apart.

Kohl will fight for his new love, but a lie of omission is still a lie and Ella has to learn to forgive herself before she can ever forgive him.

This is part of the Healing Love series but can be read as a standalone. Each novel in the series will feature a new couple.

Review:
Debut author? Well, color me impressed! Heartfelt Lies was well written and deeply engaging. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be emotional. Because it evoked a lot of emotion from me—sometimes I felt sad, happy, and annoyed. Very well rounded, as you can see.

Let’s start with the good. The story was one that I felt really brought out the love and connection that two characters can have upon meeting each other. I liked that Ella was a strong and independent woman. You sometimes get books where authors claim the heroine is a badass... and she’s just not. Ella, I’m happy to admit, was great! Kohl is dreamy, kind, and an all around good guy. Next book boyfriend for sure!

With that being said, I’m going to contradict myself for a second. I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love aspect of the book. I never have been. Of course there are exceptions to that rule. I’ve liked—even loved—some stories that dealt with characters seemingly falling in love at first sight. This book isn’t exactly love at first sight but they have an instant connection that I didn’t feel was genuine. It takes a lot for me to be on board with that kind of connection in a romance and I just wasn’t sold on it here.

Of course, I’m gonna contradict myself again and say that I was able to overlook everything once I could fully connect to the two characters. The love they had was real, raw, and true. By the end, I truly believed that their love one of light and goodness. And all the yummy and sexy things in between!

Overall, this is for the readers who dare to dream and aren’t afraid of going after what they want. Maybe you’ll see a part of yourselves in Ella—who is as badass as they come. Or even better, you’ll find a Kohl all for you own!

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are completely subjective but are my own.

Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited or buy for $2.99!
Buy from Amazon US HERE
Buy from Amazon UK HERE

About Alexandra Christopher:
Alexandra Christopher has been an avid reader of romance for years. With countless stories residing in her head, she decided to try her hand at writing.

Alexandra lives in a small southern town. She's the proud mother of two beautiful children and is married to the love of her life.

She's a lover of football, Sephora, and all things chocolate. When she's not playing in the yard with her son, or watching her daughter cheer, you'll find her snuggled on the couch with her nose in a book .


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