RERUN Review: A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons

RERUN Review: A Matter of Fate by Heather LyonsA Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons
Series: Fate #1
August 25, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 558
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

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.

 

Chloe’s life is a carefully planned out. Every detail from her schooling to her career, from birth she’s been told what she will do, who she will be. She is told it is in Fate’s hands. Now she’s being told who she loves has also been carefully planned out, but her heart isn’t so sure about Fate’s choice.

Chloe met Jonah at a young age, in her dreams. She has spent years growing up with him and loving him, but never believing he is real. A year after he abruptly disappears from her dreamworld, he walks into her math class. She can’t believe he is real and she is terrified of the pain of losing him all over again. The idea of him not knowing her scares her into distance and silence.

Jonah didn’t come to town unaccompanied though, he brought his twin brother Kellan with him. Chloe feels a strange connection with both boys and does not have the same fears where Kellan is involved. Jonah doesn’t attempt to speak to Chloe either, but Kellan does, unleashing a complicated and heated love triangle.

Chloe’s distress over the love cards Fate has dealt her is only one of her problems. She’s slated to become the most powerful magical creature on the Council, the people that run the world. It’s her unique powers that make her the main target for a group determined to take their revenge on all magical creatures.

A Matter of Fate is a modern day twist of magical powers, star crossed love and a dash of mythology. I’m not talking magic the likes of newts eyes and bat wings brewing in a cauldron. I’m talking X-Men type powers. Mystical fireballs, creating lightening storms or earthquakes, inflicting debilitating viruses or emotions; all in the name of taking down your enemies. The fight scenes Lyons wrote were action packed excitement and quite stunning.

On the flip side of all these powers is the good that balances them out. Those that can inflict you with the plague can also heal your wounds. Those that can inflect deep depression can also make you fell pure bliss. If you can destroy you can create. You get the picture. The building of these powers and the world they belong too was enthralling. I love a good dose of paranormal and fantasy and A Matter of Fate has both.

There are so many characters introduced here that some were all together underdeveloped, I’m hoping some of them will take more of a center stage in future titles. However, some were very well developed and I loved them. Kellan and Karl were favorites of mine.

Now, I should probably comment on the love triangle as some of you love them and others loathe them. I am not usually a huge fan of them. I hate love conflicts just for the sake of there being a conflict. I can say that though not all of the aspects of this impossible situation worked for me, other aspects truly did. At the beginning of it I was mentally screaming at Chloe for being so silly and scared but the deeper the story got, the more invested I became in it, the more heartbreaking it became. This is not conflict for the sake of conflict. Even though I saw the true reason for the strife coming pretty early on, it didn’t matter, I was knee deep into wondering how it would be hashed out and honestly was pleased that there was not contrite happy ending. It wouldn’t have done the story justice.

I’m pleased I had a chance to read A Matter of Fate and look forward to finding out what happens with these characters in A Matter of Heart.

About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.


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ARC Giveaway + Dreamcast: My Soul To Keep by Kennedy RyanMy Soul To Keep by Kennedy Ryan
Series: Soul #1
November 16, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
Also by this author: Still
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It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold...

KAI

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music's brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

RHYSON

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can't get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything - I will. And once she's mine, I won't let go.

Back in November, I picked up my first Kennedy Ryan book. It was My Soul To Keep and I pretty much adored it. I fell in love with Rhyson, especially. I just finished the follow up, Down to My Soul and my love for this boy just grew.

Here is my quickie review of My Soul To Keep, scroll further down for who I see as the characters. The ebook is on sale now for only $0.99.  Also, below you’ll find a giveaway for an ARC of book two, Down to My Soul!

My Soul to Keep was my first venture into a Kennedy Ryan book, but I’ll definitely be digging into her other titles. Shit, if all her guys are even remotely like Rhyson…she’ll become a favorite for sure.  He’s not without flaws. BIG flaws.  But his adorable quirkiness made me put up with his flaws. Well, mostly. Anyway, Ryan wrote characters I could care about and a story I could become invested in and wrapped it all up with some great lines. Like these:

“I’m afraid if I have him completely, he’ll take all of me”

“Watching you guys trying to be friends is like watching porn with no penetration. Really hot, but no climax.”

“I want to make her laugh my ring tone.”

“The man I didn’t want to need feels like the breath in my lungs.”

I mean, come on.  Great lines! If you’re a fan of the friends to lovers thing and you don’t mind a bit of a cliffhanger, check this book out. Strong 4 Stars

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~ Dream Cast ~

Rhyson  – I picked Deigo Barrueco. He’s freckly, which Rhyson isn’t . But I can’t seem to care. It’s the look on his face all the time that sold me. He’s broody, which I think fits Rhyson well. His messy hair helped a lot too. 

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Kai – I chose Pom Klementieff.  She, like Kai, was born to an Asian mother and there is just something about her eyes that draws you in. I think she’s nearly perfect.

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~ Giveaway ~

 

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About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan grew up in North Carolina, but loves living in Atlanta with her husband (tall – check, dark – check – handsome – check), and her handful of a son. Though she knew, like writers often do, that she was supposed to tell stories, the road to fulfillment has been paved with “some of everything” jobs that kept her family eating and living indoors. With her degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!), she has focused on writing for non-profit organizations and even doing some non-fiction ghost writing. Only in the last few years did she start telling stories again.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mom, she’s also passionate about serving families living with Autism. Her son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, and she has made it her mission to help as many families as possible find the resources and services they need.

I am just as passionate about the REAL LIFE stories I tell as I am about the worlds I build in fiction. Some of these use my given TINA DULA and some are written under my pseudonym KENNEDY RYAN.


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Review: The Baller by Vi Keeland

Review: The Baller by Vi KeelandThe Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform January 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 284
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel. The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men's locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all. And by all, I don't mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera. The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby-screwing with me. When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me. But I don't date players. And it's not because I'm one of the few women working in the world of professional football. I'd date an athlete. It's the other kind of player I don't date. You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid. Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. Turned out, I was that girl. Simple right? Let's face it. It never is. There's a story between once upon a time and happily ever after... And this one is ours.

Let me just start off by saying I fucking LOVE this book, like enough to want to claim Brody Easton as one of my top book boyfriends!

As my blog partners would say once I ranted about it to them, it was a total PALETTE CLEANSER!  I tend to love sports romances, even though I haven’t read many of them.  But this one was full of a sexy foot ball player and once I started I couldn’t stop.  I was actually in between 3 different books but my brain just wanted to read this one, so I did, and the rest is history…

It actually caught me off guard and somethings were definitely unexpected, some for the better and some not so much, but it did not stop me from reading at all.

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Brody Easton is a MVP football player who is self pro-claimed as, fuck-ass spectacular, and I will highly agree with him.  He is a complete alpha asshole with a heart of gold.  He was just perfect and his playful nature just made me want to squeeze him all over.   The relationship that develops between him and Delilah was one I will always feel drawn to for so many specific reasons. 

Delilah is a sports journalist and one of the best at that but she deals with the constant stress of being a woman in the world where it is implicated she only has her success due to the vagina in her skirts.  So she feels the need to prove her worth in her work field even more so than the next person.  Then she meets Brody Easton and he does not make said job any easier, he is actually plain and simple a pain in her ass.  

They keep finding themselves in the same place which makes sense since he’s a star foot ball player and her job is to keep heavy coverage on him and his team.  Brody carries on many antics that both get under her skin and arouse her and he seems to like the latter.  After some time he seems to be really trying to pursue her and eventually she gives in as I knew she would and DAMN is it HOTT when she does give in.  Fuck me on the wall HOTT.  No time to catch a breath HOTT, like Brody always has a hard on HOTT

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Things seem to be going really good and the dynamic between the two is fun, sexy, playful and just perfect! But they both have some buried and unburied skeletons in their closet. *Cue the drama.*  Cause it has to happen at some point and this is where it just fell a little flat for me…

Here’s why, there was a third POV added to the story and in my opinion it was useless it wasn’t executed in a way I understood it was needed.  The third persons POV created an issue between Brody & Delilah and had that issue been addressed with a bit more gusto I would of totally been okay with it.  So this third person had an ulterior motive and it caused a rift between Brody and Delilah but suddenly the issue became something else completely.  I felt like the story would of been the same and more understandable had that third POV not been there. 

Overall I still loved the story and the characters, I’m anxious to read another title from this author as I really did enjoy it, it was just that one thing that kinked a knot a little for me. 

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And for the close, can Brody just fuck me full of sorry? I’ll volunteer really, seriously.  The ending was actually better than I was hoping considering the climax.  It came to a good close and I was content with where they left things off.  Vi Keeland I definitely think you should just give all the team members their own book because well football and sex, I’m sold! 


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Books We Want to Read This Spring

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Ah, Spring. The temperature’s finally warming up and there’s nothing better than reading a good book outside. Or if you’re an introvert like us, you’re watching spring come to life from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re into romance, new adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, thrillers or mysteries, there are numerous great new releases coming in the wonderful world of books, just waiting for you to pick up and read. So, here are the books that we have on our must reads this Spring list. Check them out, and then let us know which books you’re looking forward to reading this Spring.

 

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Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras
Release Date: March 20, 2016

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Collared by Nicole Williams
Release Date: March 22, 2016

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .

Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Hard Ball by CD Reiss
Release Date: March 29, 2016

Perfect ass.
Perfect arms.
Perfect swagger.
They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.
He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.
When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.
I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.
Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.
My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.
But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.
Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Fatal by Evie Harper
Release Date: March 30, 2016

Mackson King’s past is a dark, horror-filled chasm that could swallow the toughest, most dangerous men. A member of the notorious Portland Street Kings, he’s impossible to intimidate—but he can be hurt. He learned that the hard way, thanks to her. Lana. The one woman capable of easing his nightmares, of soothing his demons, was the very woman who shredded his heart. She took away his torments, only to become one of them.

Born into a family who lost their way long before she arrived, Lana Scavello has carefully enforced a steely interior that shields her heart from harm. But that doesn’t mean she can’t cry, and she’s spared Mackson King more tears than he ever deserved. Finding Lana at her most vulnerable, saving her when she felt the most invisible, he burrowed beneath her defenses to carve his own personal door to her soul. Only to decimate it, along with everything she’d ever known.

Now, years later, fate has thrown the couple together once more. Pain, heartbreak and betrayal will explode to the surface, leaving both of them raw, aching, exposed. And that’s when their true love story begins…

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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Down To My Soul by Kennedy Ryan
Release Date: March 31, 2016

RHYSON
She doesn’t wear my ring.
We never stood before a preacher.
The only vows exchanged were between our bodies; between our souls.
But she was mine and I was hers until I ruined it. I have to believe that every day, every step, every breath brings me closer to making things right.
To making her mine again.

KAI
I’ve seen promises broken.
I know love makes no guarantees.
But things were different for Rhys and me, until he lied, and I walked away. Only there’s a chain between our hearts that I can’t break. Even if I forgive him, a shadow from my past hangs over us; over this love that reaches all the way down to my soul.

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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One With You by Sylvia Day
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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The Beast by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Hardcover

 

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The Player by Kresley Cole
Release Date: April 12, 2016

A madman with a shadowed past . . .
In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine–sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . .
Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.

Love is the ultimate wild card.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Release Date: April 12, 2016

How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.
As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.
His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner
Release Date: April 19, 2016

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Hardcover

 

Charged by Jay Crownover

Charged by Jay Crownover
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Book Links: Kindle (US)

 

Grin and Beard It
Grin & Beard It by Penny Ried
Release Date: May 2016 (TBD)

Sienna Foster is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

Book Links: Goodreads

 


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Review: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras

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Published by Claire Contreras March 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Paper hearts

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood's biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss's daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can't afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won't be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there's smoke...

Elastic Hearts is the final installment in the Heart Series and though this is the third book the initial two do not need to be read in order to read Victor & Nicole’s story.

Let me begin by saying I had very high expectations for this book as Victor was the side character that intrigued me the most.  Something about the unattainable lawyer who had a protective streak over his sister in book one and never-ending cynicism in book two just won me over completely.

And the verdict is… Victor & newbie Nicole surpassed any expectations I thought I had!  I was hooked from start to finish, I basically could not put it down.  This is what you can expect when you pick up any of the three books from the Heart Series in my opinion.

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So these two… They met without knowledge of who one another were and so have it be that Victor was newly employed by Nicole’s dads firm and well office sex happened a few times before it had to come to an end and that end lead to Nicole’s marriage to Hollywoods hottest actor Gabriel Lane.  Fast forward some odd years later and now Victor is handling the divorce of Nic & Gabe, interesting right? I thought so too.

 But will Victor be able to work with Nicole without feeding into his desires wants?

Forbidden… Everything becomes forbidden.

The sexual tension between the two is visible to anyone with two eyes but Victor has worked hard throughout his whole adult life and Nicole is crossing every boundary line he draws making it harder and harder for him to keep things professional.

But once they both cross those lines, well that’s when all hell breaks loose.

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Nicole is easily a favorite heroine of mine.  She was so relatable meaning she eats, she feels regret, breaks down like us all, doesn’t want to fail as a woman but feels as if she did, had very real insecurities, but lastly she found her strength in a very honest way and for all those reasons I fell in love with her. 

Once things escalate to a point of no return with Victor and things go somewhat sideways she definitely stood up for herself and did not become this sappy shit she would not be anyone’s “dirty little secret” and she handled herself very well.  But your heart wants what it wants and who can deny that.

Victor on the other hand may have been a bit more out of control in the best way possible.  He is an asshole and working out a divorce to a woman he is falling in love with only adds fuel to the fire. But being the ever so present adult he isn’t quite ready to risk his career and her reputation for  something that is unknown to him. Though determination is quickly playing into their story and everything is heating up! 

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Finally, every divorce has to come to a close right?  What happens when this one does, will Victor & Nicole finally be able to be together publicly without precautions? 

Let’s just say shit gets hot, like cross your legs real fucking hard hot… 

I’m going to wrap it up here and just say I LOVED ELASTIC HEARTS! Where their story led was so genuine and perfectly measured I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome for these two.  


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My journey to being an Indie reader is a bit convoluted.  I’ve always been a big reader.  When the hubs and I struggled financially, we never had internet or cable, so I practically lived at the library or at yard sales searching for cheap paperbacks that typically already had the covers ripped off.  I’m not one of those readers who hadn’t read since high school but picked up FSOG and fell in love with reading…  reading and I have always been the very best of friends.

But one of my girlfriends is one of those people that I mentioned above.  She read Fifty, like fifty times, and then searched the web for what to read next, and the rest is history.  She became a fucking savage and somehow fell into the Indie world.

I remember sitting with her at work in between saving lives and squishing boobs and her being like, “You should really download the Kindle app.  E-books are legit.”  And all I could do is snarl and judge her a shit ton little.  I’d respond, “Um, no thank you.  I prefer real books that I can hold.”

And then my girl would be like, “Leah, you should really try a couple Indie authors.  You don’t know what you’re missing!”   And I would smile politely and say, “I’ve never had hemorrhoids either, but that doesn’t mean I need to experience them to know that I won’t like them.”  Because I totally thought Indie authors were trad-pub rejects, or bored housewives who needed to get a real hobby.  (Yes, I was a judgmental whore. But just hear me out.)

And this went back and forth for a while until she went a little ghetto on my ass and threatened bodily harm if I wouldn’t just try one.  (That’s a little over exaggerated, but you’re picking up what I’m throwing down.  I already said she turned savage, and I meant it.)   So, I begrudgingly downloaded the Kindle app and downloaded a book that all of her crazy book friends were loving, My Side by Tara Brown.

I read it.  And I hated it, just like I knew I would.

I seriously hated it.  So I went over to Amazon to check out the author’s profile and prove to my friend that the author was probably a schmuck and that’s where things started to turn for me.  Tara’s  ‘About Me’ on Amazon is different than it used to be, but I remember reading something like, “I won’t talk about myself in the third person because that’s weird” and LOLing because it really is weird.  And her whole spiel had me rolling in my chair, because that bitch is funny (she’s also one of my most favorite humans now, ever.)  So then I went to her website and read her blog posts for hours and kind of turned into a weird stalker.

So of course in my total stalker-haze I downloaded one of her paranormal stories (without telling anyone, of course.  It was a total special-ops moment because this bitch hates to admit she’s wrong) and I read the entire series in a matter of days.  I loved it.  Her writing was brilliant and I had never read anything like it ever.

I ended up reading every single book that woman had self-published, and when I read her BORN series, I was hooked.  If an Indie author could write a story that completely and utterly gutted me like that did, I was hooked.  I was a fan. I was a believer.

I made a second Facebook account just for book shit, because that entire world intrigued me.  Authors were on Facebook?  There were other people in the world who loved reading as much as me?  There were giveaways for books and free shit?  I could message an author and they would actually respond?   My mind was fucking blown.

I stopped reading paperbacks for the most part because being able to read at night when I’m laying in bed listening to my husband snore cuddling with my husband without a light on was a huge game changer.  And I’ll totally admit now that e-books have made me weak as fuck, because when I actually do have to hold up a paperback, I swear my wrists get so sore and I actually contemplate wearing wrist braces.

I still read traditionally published books, but 95% of what I read is Indie… and I truly believe that the quality of those books sometimes far surpass some that get published.  I mean seriously, some of those Indie authors are life-changing, soul-crushing, heart-stopping geniuses!

And I love the Indie world.  The authors, the bloggers, the readers.  Some of my closest and bestest friends are my internet book friends that no one in my real life really understand, but that’s okay, they’re my people.  My spirit animals.

And having relationships with authors is pretty fucking rad.  Getting to ask them questions, tell them how they made me ugly cry, getting to meet them at events – it’s a new way of life.  Indie authors have to be some of the hardest working, most generous human beings on this planet, and I feel pretty damn lucky to call them my friends.

So yeah.  I went from a judgmental, paperback self-righteous whoreface to being a loud and proud Indie reader.  And I’m pretty sure I’m here to stay.  🙂

I’d love to hear how you found yourself immersed in this crazy, awesome Indie world!  Let me hear your story!

 

 


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Review: In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott

Review: In Your Dreams by Ginger ScottIn Your Dreams by Ginger Scott
Series: Falling #4
March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: This is Falling
Also by this author: This is Falling
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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?

I’ve stated before that Ginger Scott is one of the most underrated authors I read.  I’ll add to that now by stating, she is the queen of perfect little moments. Scott has a way of slipping in these touches or breaths or glances and turning them into such profound moments. I absolutely adore them!

For example, this is Murphy and Casey just hanging out and sharing a look. Just a look.

Gray finds me fast and hold me hostage. I submit with nothing but the truth.

Or here, same scene just a little bit farther along…

Lane’s voice echoes from a few doors down, breaking up what might have been my favorite full minute of breathing ever. It was definitely my most honest minute ever. And I didn’t have to say a word.

Her books always have these great and perfect little moments placed at just the right times.

Did I just fangirl pretty hard right there? I did, didn’t I? *shrugs*

Anywho…on to the story of In Your Dreams.

Casey Coffield is kind of a mess. An adorable and charming mess, but a mess none the less.  He’s aware and keeps good mental notes on all his flaws that really need attention.  But he keeps his focus on the ones that may impede him from his dreams in the music business. The rest of those flaws can be fixed later.  Until he happens across a YouTube video of a girl singing a song titled, In Your Dreams, Casey Coffield.  A song he loves, a song he wants to put his spin on, a song he doesn’t really understand.

Murphy remembers Casey very well, even if he can’t remember her.  She’s very aware of the type of person Casey is. Or, at least, was. And she’s not about to fall for his false charms.  Until they really are no longer false and the connection they both have to music becomes more. 

I’ve had sex. I’ve had boyfriends. What I’ve never been is almost kissed. I think maybe I like the almost kiss even better. Or maybe I hate the almost kiss.

It’s a slow burn romance. They are strangers who work with each other before they are friends who flirt, who eventually become lovers. Oh man, when they do…HOT!  But again, it’s all the little moments that lead up to their love and all the ones that follow after they become lovers that make In Your Dreams the book it is.  The interactions between these two were sweet and humorous and absolutely delightful.  They bond over a Biore pore cleansing strip. I mean, really, it sounds odd but it’s so fantastic. 

Take two independently strong characters and throw them into all the situations that make them insecure, throw the scariest parts of life at them, and then watch them learn to lean on someone they never would have expected. And love it but know it’s not completely sound and solid. That’s what this book is.

I loved every bit of their story and my only complaint would be that I would have liked a little more at the end.  I needed more time with them, I didn’t want it to be over.

In Your Dreams is technically the fourth book in the Falling series but you can absolutely read it as a stand alone. 

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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