Top 5 Love Triangles with Tiffany Snow: Play to Win Promo/ Giveaway

Top 5 Love Triangles with Tiffany Snow: Play to Win Promo/ GiveawayPlay To Win by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #3
February 23, 2016
Also in this series: Power Play
Also by this author: Power Play
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Falling in love with polar-opposite men was an intoxicating ride that nearly ended Sage Reese's life. Now it's time for Sage to decide: Parker, the clean-cut, filthy-rich business magnate . . . or Ryker, the tough-as-nails undercover detective. Her choice? Neither. Because she can't stand the thought of coming between two brothers-in-arms finally trying to repair their friendship.

Yet not everyone feels the same way, including a mysterious woman who's come to Ryker and Parker for help. Sage knows firsthand how hard it is for the two former Marines to resist a damsel in distress. But something just doesn't feel right.

Now there's a danger closing in that only Sage can see, and she intends to do everything she can to protect Parker and Ryker-even at the risk of losing them both.

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The Risky Business series centers around one spunky woman, Sage – who ends up entwined in a dangerous life or death game. She’s forced to rely on two key players. Parker, her boss and a powerful business man. And Ryker, a police detective with a troubling past where Parker is concerned.  Secrets, mistrust and passion have her forming different, yet strong relationships with both men…leading to a love triangle a bit different than those you might be used to.  So we asked Tiffany Snow what her top 5 Bookish Love Triangles were.  Here’s her list.

1.       Eric/Sookie/Bill in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

2.       Ranger/Stephanie/Morelli in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

3.       One of mine, of course! Blane/Kathleen/Kade in the Kathleen Turner Series

4.       Rhett/Scarlett/Ashley in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

5.       Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet/Wickham in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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About Tiffany Snow

Tiffany attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, attaining two degrees in History and Social Studies Education. After working many years as an instructor and consultant in the Information Technology field, Tiffany now writes full-time.

Tiffany loves to read and has been reading romance novels since she was way too young to read such things. She has an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefers Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, thinks men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, has learned to never stop believing in her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero.

Married with two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and her family make their home in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from where she was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.


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RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay CrownoverBetter When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
June 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Better When He's Bold
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
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Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

 

There is this thing. This infatuation that so many women have. Some would say it is a sickness, some would call it a weakness.  What is this thing I speak of?

Bad Boys

You’ve read them, in many forms, I’m sure.  Though, I would venture to say you have not read one quite like Shane Baxter.

Bax is bad. He doesn’t just dress the part, he isn’t one guy on the streets and another behind closed doors.  He’s a thief, a fighter, an ex con. He’s self serving, no Robin Hood type hiding in a inked up, tough guy disguise.  He lives the part because that is who he is. It’s all he’s ever known.  Thrown into the life of crime at an early age, he thrived on it. It was that or starve, get your ass kicked, or worse…die.

Prison did nothing to dampen the bad boy within. Spending years behind bars gave him a purpose when released. Find the bastards who put him there and put them down.

What he didn’t expect to find was a feisty redhead dogging his every move, determined to be by his side as he finds the clues needed.

Dovie knows of Bax.  Her brother told her, before vanishing, that he was the only guy she could trust. Everyone else tells her Bax is the worst of the worst and will use her for his own needs and leave her with less than nothing.  But having less than nothing isn’t a new concept for Dovie and she will do anything to find her brother. Even if that something is Bax.

Dovie is just as bad ass as Bax, in her own way.  I stated that some people would think loving a bad boy is a weakness. For Dovie it isn’t.  It’s a strength.  It takes courage and resolve to find even the smallest amount of good in someone and love it. Dovie is that kind of woman. She wades through the shit with her head held high, finds that little withered seedling of hope and nurtures it until it becomes something stronger. In the process, making the bad and the good a cohesive unit. She doesn’t want to beat the bad out of Bax, it’s who he is. She just wants the good to help balance him. She believes in him. She knows him, sees him.

He, however, does not believe in himself.  But damn, when that boy puts a little effort and care in to Dovie, I melted.  His bad is bad but his good is panty melting good. It’s just a little rare.  His struggle to reconcile his feelings for others and their feeling for him, was sad but also a little adorable.  It’s easy to see the worst in everything you look at and watching him try to wake up from that…loved it! He made my heart stutter, that’s a good thing right?

Crownover has started this new series with a big punch. Literally and figuratively.  The characters of The Point are all hard hitting, tragic in their own rites and altogether captivating.  She’s delivered a introduction to something dark, sexy, exciting and dangerous. I have a feeling I’m going to love every bit of it.

 

About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
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RERUN Reviews: Naked by Raine Miller

RERUN Reviews: Naked by Raine MillerNaked by Raine Miller
August 25, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The first book in the bestselling Blackstone Affair trilogy! Naked desire. Secret Satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When successful and charismatic London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking “no” for an answer.

At first, his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship—huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?

Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.
 

I must admit the cover  for Naked caught my eye first, and then I read that the heroine would be falling for a sexy Brit. I immediately heading over to Amazon before I even finished reading the synopsis. I’ve found a new guy to swoon over. A sexy, domineering Alpha male with a British accent. I think I’m already in love. Yes, I’m definitely a fan of Naked’s male lead, Ethan Blackstone.

“That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl.”

Brynne Bennet is a young and beautiful American graduate studying at the University of London. She’s been living in London for the past four years after running away from a pretty dark and painful past. To make some extra cash while going to school, Brynne models for “artistic nude photography” for her good friend, Benny. While at a showing for Benny’s work, Brynne is informed by her friend that a very sexy man has just purchased her photograph.

“Ethan Blackstone was dangerous territory for a girl like me – Great White shark is hungry for lone swimmer in cove – territory.”

While they don’t meet at the event, Brynne eventually runs into Ethan Blackstone after he sees her leaving the gallery and offers her a ride home. Although she’s a little hesitant at first, Brynne eventually agrees for Ethan to take her home. The next day Ethan gives Brynne a ring and asks her out but she politely declines. This rejection doesn’t deter Ethan because he makes multiple attempts in asking Brynne out until she finally caves. The strong sexual attraction to Ethan is evident right from the start, and after their first date Brynne embarks in a relationship tha’ts both emotionally and sexually intense.

“The sex never ended with this man. And I was on board the sexy train right with him, flashing my frequent traveler pass.”

Brynne was a fairly likable character. She’s obviously suffered something terrible where she had to run away from her home life she’s still out going and out spoken. She embraces her sexuality and needs. Ethan Blackstone is delish. He’s an ex-Special Forces agent whose gone into private security business and made quite a fortune. He’s very intense, bossy, domineering and persistent. The fact that he was also British really had my blood going for him. The sex scenes were sizzling! I don’t know if these billionaires take a special Sex: 101 course, but hot damn why must they be so skilled in the boudoir?

“I was sorry. I really meant it too. I was sorry that parts of me were damaged and broken but it didn’t change the facts either.”

If you’re a fan steamy sex and characters with dark hidden pasts then you’ll want to pick up this series. Naked will lure you in, the characters will intrigue you and the story will keep you wanting more. This was my first Raine Miller novella and I enjoyed is tremendously. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger which has me even more excited for the second installment which will be told in Ethan’s POV. If my little review isn’t enough to persuade you to read Naked then I’d like for you to sit on this little tidbit …. David Gandy as Ethan Blackstone!

Review originally posted September 2012

 

 


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RERUN Reviews: Bang by E.K. Blair

RERUN Reviews: Bang by E.K. BlairBang by E.K. Blair
Series: Black Lotus #1
May 9, 2014
Genres: Dark Romance
Pages: 418
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Echo
Also by this author: Echo
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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

If, like me, you like your romance laced with all things dark and sinister…this is the book for you.  To say I was surprised by where the story of BANG went, would be an understatement.  Blair expertly took me on a wild ride from start to finish.

Vengeance is a funny thing.  It comes in two forms.  Some seek vengeance as retribution for a grievous crime against an innocent person.  Wanting to right a wrong.  Wanting for something good to come out of something bad.  Others will seek vengeance in a much more evil and twisted way.  Wanting more bad to come out of the original crime. 

Either way, you feel you are in “the right” for seeking such balance.  Even if you aren’t.  

The twisted tale of BANG is very much a story of vengeance.  A woman so desperate to cause some level of pain on the people she believes were instrumental in ruining her life.  What she will do for her vengeance has no boundaries.  

But maybe people like me aren’t supposed to be saved. Maybe I’m just destined to bear the weight of the demons that lurk among the good.


Until she meets someone that shows her a different way to live. Someone who gives her what she never had, what she never knew she needed and can bring a little light to a life full of darkness.  But the web is too well weaved to escape it that easily.

BANG is not a book for the faint of heart.  There are some extremely horrific moments in it that if they don’t make your stomach turn, you aren’t quite human.  

The heart is a weapon—a self-inflicting weapon—that if not trained properly, can destroy a person.

One thing that I truly loved about BANG is how well Blair wrote the characters.  Even the ones you should hate by the end of the book, are really difficult too.  They are not black and white people, their lines are blurred and you can’t help but sympathize with them on some level.

BANG will disturb you, rattle you, excite you, make you sweat, make you cringe, make you hot. It’s an intense read with an ending that will have you sad, livid and guessing at what is to come.  

BANG is one of my favorite reads of the year and I think it will be lingering around in my brain for months to come.  

About E.K. Blair

New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody and has been noted as ‘The Queen of Dark and Twisted’. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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Review: 53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar

Review: 53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attarby Leylah Attar
Published by Pitch73 Publishing Genres: Contemporary Women
Pages: 396
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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This is not your typical love story.
It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed.
Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad.
Bad becomes very, very good.

Shayda Hijazi—the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect daughter. For thirty-three years, she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing her heart has always been denied: Love.

Troy Heathgate—untamed, exhilarating, dangerous—a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.

Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again.

Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.

If you haven’t read anything by Leylah Attar, you’re lacking some seriously amazing shit in your life.  I read The Paper Swan by her last year and was blown away.  Blown so fucking far away I landed in the planet-not-planet Pluto and had no idea what to do with my life.  Well, except to start stalking Leylah.

So, fast forward a couple months and I see 53 Letters For My Lover is only $0.99, so I dropped everything I was reading and started it.   And let me tell you, this book consumed my entire being for the duration of the story, and will probably leave me dreaming about these characters for days ahead.

53 Letters For My Lover is a story that spans decades, revolving around two main characters – Shayda and Troy.
Shayda is a Syrian refugee – born to wealth, but ending in poverty at a young age.  She’s sent to America to marry a man and bring the opportunity of the United States to her family.   She is one of the strongest, yet weakest characters I have ever read.  Complex on so many levels.  She marries a man who is so completely in love with her, but with his troubled past, cannot handle his feelings.  Show his love.  Be a husband.  In all of the flashbacks, you see a hard working man who is just doing his best.  So when you realize this love story isn’t about Shayda and her deserving husband, it’s about another man, my heart really hurt for him.

But you see here, Shayda explains her love story with Troy.  From the beginning in broken yet beautiful and angsty  memories.  You see that while she loves her husband so. damn. much, she is in love – heart, soul, every fiber of her being – with Troy.

“I’ve crossed oceans and countries and continents.  That was the easy part.  But sitting here before Troy Heathgate now, I’m teetering a knife’s edge between honor and disgrace.”

Now, Troy.  Troy, Troy, Troy…    What can I really say besides… YUMMO.  Come to Momma, big man!
Troy is wealthy.  And sexy.  And smart.  He’s a ladies man who tastes, savors, then discards on his way to the next flavor of the week.  He snaps his fingers and he gets what he wants.

“If Troy Heathgate locks in on you, you’re done for.”

But the problem is, what he really, truly wants is Shayda.  A married woman who’s loyalty to her husband and children is almost unbreakable.   Almost.

a image of a couple on the wall

Their story is so damn angsty I found myself hardly able to breathe.  It’s all-consuming in ways that you just can’t put your tablet down while you’re reading because you have to know what happens next, and what happened before just so you can understand.  Because when a love follows you through all sorts of shit for over three decades, there is a damn complex story to absorb.

And the sex.  Sweet 8 pound baby Jesus, the sex.  That alone is a journey, and when you read this, you’ll understand.  It is so hot, so…good.  Beautiful?  I dunno, saying that makes me feel like a sappy bitch, but it’s true.  Troy Heathgate knows how to fuck his feelings right into your heart.

There are so many ups and downs in this story.  So many twists and turns.  So many amazing supporting characters that just add to the complexity of the story.  But in the end, you get a beautiful, amazing love story that really prooves true love conquers all.

 


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RERUN Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

RERUN Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha YoungOn Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by Signet July 2, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

After reading On Dublin Street I was surprised to find out that this was Samantha Young’s first venture into the adult romance category. I was totally astounded by that little tid-bit because On Dublin Street was so incredibly awesome. If you are a sucker for a sexy man with an accent then I can tell you right now you will be falling and swooning hard for Braden Carmichael. Weeks after reading this book I am still thinking about that sexy Scotsman. I’m kind of kicking myself right now because I’m just getting to this review and not told you about the awesomeness of this book.

College student, Jocelyn ‘Joss’ Butler has been living on her own in Scotland for the last four years. Joss had lived through enough heartache and loss that would last a lifetime. She loses her mother, father and younger sister in a single tragic vehicle accident at a young age and has been on her own ever since. So as soon as she graduated high school in America, she quickly jumps on a plane to moves to Scotland, her mothers homeland. Not wanting to suffer through such tragic heartache again, Joss keeps everyone around her at an arm’s length. She’s unwilling to let herself care for others, including her roommate and new friends in Scotland. After her best friend and roommate moves to London, Joss is on the hunt for a new flat and finds a vacancy for a beautiful flat on Dublin Street.

“Our attraction was nuclear. I had never known anything like it. It made Braden Carmichael extremely dangerous to me.”

“Why the hell did he have to be the human version of a sexually charged nuclear weapon?”

On the way to visiting her new potential home and future roommate, Joss has a chance meeting with an alluring Scotsman. They unexpectedly share a cab ride and from the instant she meets this mystery man, Joss recognizes her attraction to this stranger. Although she’s attracted to sexy Scotsman, Joss is put off by his flirty ways and cockiness. Leaving the mystery man in the cab, Joss goes on to inspect her new flat and agrees to move in with the young and beautiful, Ellie Carmichael.

Unbeknownst to Joss, Ellie happens to be the younger half-sister of Braden Carmichael, the stranger she shared a cab ride the first time she visited Dublin Street. The two unexpectedly meet again when Joss steps out of bathroom totally naked and runs into Braden in the hallway of her flat. Not only is Braden Ellie’s brother but he also happens to be the owner of the flat and feels he can walk-in whenever he pleases. Braden makes it clear from the very beginning that he’s interested in Joss and even tries to stake a claim on her even before they start any sort of relationship. Although Joss acts put off by Braden, she’s unable to keep herself around him and finds out that he’s not so bad to be around with. She’s extremely attracted to him but as her rule in life, refuses to let her self get close to him. Braden presents Joss with a “friends with benefits” deal where that can satisfy each others desires and needs with no strings attached.

“After last night, there’s no denying the promise of what’s between us. I’m not backing off, so rather than coming up with a new defense – which I’m sure I’d find highly entertaining – just give in, babe. You know you’re going to eventually.”

From the moment Joss and Braden get together, their relationship was absolutely electrifying. Braden will completely sweep you off your feet and consume all of your thoughts. Even with his cockiness and bluntness, you will not be able to ward off his charms. Braden totally had me from the moment you meet him in the cab ride scene and he continued to woo me till the very end. I found his aggressive and dominant persona to win Joss over completely sexy. With his determination, Braden was the first person in years to crack the protective wall Joss had built ever since she was a freshman in high school. He not only wanted to break down her barriers but he was willing to stick around even when Joss was hurdling through all her personal issues.

Joss was an interesting character. Although I found her never ending melodrama annoying at times, I couldn’t find myself not liking her. Seeing the barriers she’s created throughout the years is understandable, especially after suffering a great loss at such a young age. It’s a little heartbreaking to see her isolate herself because of her fears. Joss thinks that if she just lives in the now, she won’t set herself up for heartbreak in the future. You are with her when she finally starts to let herself feel for others around her and you see her wanting to make a change in her life and psyche. Some of the scenes I really enjoyed while Joss was working through all the muddle in her head took place in her therapists office. Her therapist didn’t push her to do things but allowed her to work things out in her own pace. She was even able to let Joss workout her feelings for Braden and the therapist was a fan of him from the very beginning.

“You’re a good person, which makes the fact that you don’t trust anyone really hard for the people who care about you.”

Everyone I follow who said this book was excellent was absolutely right! On Dublin Street was such a wonderful treat and I devoured this book in about a day. It was an emotional, angsty and enthralling read that me wide-eyed and glued to my Kindle. I really enjoyed seeing Joss grow and learn how to love and trust those around her. Braden is able to teach her how to trust and love someone whole heartedly. Ellie is even able to teach Joss that it’s easy to care for folks even with all of their faults. With Braden and Ellie’s help, Joss is able to learn that loving someone should not be something that we fear and that she is only holding herself back from finding peace and happiness by withdrawing herself from those who love and care about her. Like I said I was shocked to find out that this was Samantha Young’s first adult romance novel. On Dublin Street had all the passion and intensity that I crave in adult romances. Ms. Young created captivating characters and an emotionally and sexually charged story that will leave you wanting more, more and more.


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Behind the Cover Story: In Your Dreams by Ginger ScottIn Your Dreams by Ginger Scott
March 29, 2016
Also by this author: This is Falling

Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away
in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t
really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it
is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of
bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible.
Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that
stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They
flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a
little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They
have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and
it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering
her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his
shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music
industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes
patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only
question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or
the girl of your dreams?

cover story

Behind the Cover Story is a cover reveal with an exclusive guest post from the author about said cover. Maybe, it’s an explanation of how they came up with the concept. Maybe, it’s how they found their model. Maybe, it’s more than that. Maybe, you need to check back in next time to find out! 😉

 

~ Guest Post ~

 

The Story Behind the Cover
(AKA sexy smirk meet Ginger’s garage)

I’m not sure how everyone else does it, but this is my process. I freaking LOVE creating my book covers. I do my own. It’s like this little carrot I dangle and reward myself with when I’m finally done with the manuscript. (Confession: I usually cheat and start when I’m almost done with the manuscript.)

But this cover was special. Super special. And I cheated and started WAY early on this bad boy. It started when I was in the middle of working on Wicked Restless, and I had this nagging idea that I wanted to write one more Falling book. I really loved Casey’s character in The Girl I Was Before—he’s sort of a never-ending frat-boy mixed with swagger-filled DJ, and he’s that friend/side-kick that overstays his visit and maybe feels like he’s way more work than he’s worth. But…he’s also a best friend. And there was always this hint that Casey must also be a damn good guy…you know…under that super sexy but selfish exterior. And then I got to thinking about what he looks like.

Club lights. Flat-brim hats. Headphones. Vans or Chucks. Skater-boy jeans. Tight shirts and scarves. Sunglasses. Smirk. Chin.

^^^ All that above? That’s from a Post-It note I wrote that boiled Casey’s look down to a few key words. Those last two? They were circled. Casey can portray a million words in one smirk, and his chin…well, that’s his weapon. I needed a chin. Like…the freaking super hero of chins.

Meet Michael Patrick Gleason. He plays Casey. He lives here in Arizona, and his chin? Maybe just take a look at it again. It’s kinda perfect.

But even before I started assembling the pieces—aka The Chin, perfect headphones, the right hat (BTW, I made that hat. Me and the guy at LIDS are super tight now. He says I can come design there anytime I want.)—I had the most important piece to line up. I have a friend, one of those best-friend kinda friends, the kind I’ve known since I sprayed my hair straight up and rolled puffy socks up over my pegged jeans. He’s this incredibly gifted photographer, and his name is Frank Rodriguez (DLRfoto). He lives in San Francisco, but for one week, he was coming to Phoenix. The book wasn’t done yet, but stupid rules—I’m the one who made them, so I broke ’em.

We had one day, so we turned my garage into a club, complete with streaming music courtesy of Cut Chemist and color gels that gave Michael that right hint of orange and red on his skin. We shot in my one-car suburban garage for a few hours, and at one point, the husband came home to open the door, promptly closing it after staring at us with furrowed brow and telling us to “carry on.”

Hundreds of images, boiled down to a dozen choices, and this one…bam! So basically, I’ve been sitting on this beauty since Christmas. And now that you see it, I hope you understand just how dang hard it’s been to keep a lid on it and keep my mouth shut. It’s my favorite. And it’s special. And Frank is a genius. Really—go stalk him on Facebook and IG. His knack is really more of the travel/humanitarian type of thing, but I don’t know…I think he’s pretty freaking fantastic at smirks and chins and make-shift-garage sexiness. What do you think?

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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before and Wild Reckless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).


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