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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.

 

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There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.

He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick up lines all to himself. It’s bad enough that I made the mistake of sleeping with him once. It will never happen again. I don’t want nor need some cowboy complicating my life.

But I don’t always get what I want.

Whether I like it or not, our lives are intertwined. Trying to keep him out of my heart is futile. He’ll find every loophole and embed himself there.

The problem is—I don’t know if he even loves me. And when the ground crumbles beneath us and our world shatters, I’ll finally know if he truly wants me or if we are only fooling ourselves . . .

 

~Guest Post~

 

Picking a cover image for me is a process. People think searching for hot guy images is fun, but it’s not. I spend hours on Google, Instagram, and stock images. By hour number three I’m ready to scream. I find images that I like but they’re not the right feel. It’s hard to find someone who fits the image that you’ve created in your head. Then you might find the “guy” but all his photos aren’t the right emotion or clothing . . . it is not as fun as one would think.

When I found the model for Say You’ll Stay, The image for him fell in my lap. My beta read, Katie, messaged me his photo and I knew. I just knew that he was Zach. I remember thinking . . . how the HELL am I going to find something close or better?

Then it came time to find Wyatt. And Wyatt Hennington is perfect. He’s dreamy, funny, cocky, smart-mouthed, and sweet as all hell. I had no clue how I would find him. A friend tagged me on Instagram and said . . . Wyatt?

That was it. My ovaries exploded and once again that gut feeling was strong. The only issue is that none of his photos had the photographer’s name listed.

It took me ten days to finally find his information. I was so lucky from that point forward. Because the model is also an actor, his PR team had to approve the sale of the photo. (Which they did THANK GOD). Then I had to pick one from the fifteen images of the hottest photos ever. I mean, how do you choose? I enlisted the help of my friends, Vi Keeland and Claire Contreras to help find one that was the best.

Then my cover designer, Sarah Hansen from Okay Creation did her magic. She sent me the cover and it was perfect. I seriously love all of my covers, but there’s something special about this one. I can’t place it, but it is truly everything I could want.

 

Don’t forget to pick-up a copy of Say You Want Me
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Review: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Review: Bedmates by Nichole ChaseBedmates by Nichole Chase
Series: American Royalty #1
October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Bedmates is my first Nichole Chase book. It’s also the fourth “royalty” book I’ve read, in a row. Obviously, this theme is becoming quite a trend for 2016. One I won’t be complaining about!

Maddie is the president’s daughter, American Royalty by birth but free spirit and extremely empathetic by nature. She does not quite fit the political mold.  She’s slightly wild and one ill thought out plan lands her in legal hot water. As an attempt to save a little face, daddy and his vice president hatch a plan for Maddie to serve her community service sentence by helping disabled veterans.  Her babysitter throughout it all is the VP’s son, a disabled vet himself and a person Maddie has had a rough past with.

Growing up with Jake on their parents campaign trail was always a struggle for Maddie. She had a crush but Jake only saw her as an annoying obligation. Being forced to work together after years apart brings back Maddie’s younger insecurities but Jake dashes those fairly quickly by his endless attention and flirting. The flirting was a favorite aspect for me. It was cute but still sexy. I loved the banter and chemistry between these two.

Chase lets the relationship grow easily and naturally and I loved that. As Jake’s PTSD started to show itself to Maddie, I appreciated her calm approach to it all. Maddie is a very endearing character and Jake’s a heartbreaker…but not in the manwhore sense…in the sense that his history is sad and the guilt that guides his life is painful. Maddie will do anything to help Jake through his troubles but he pushes her away from that side of him and it honestly made me teary eyed at several points.

For all that I adored about Bedmates, the last 10% or so, had a fairly bid negative impact on my overall read. There was a point where it fell apart. Maddie became less grown up, less capable, less of the strong person she had grown to be throughout the story and I really could not get behind the idea she had planted in her head. The last chapter, where all the big important revelations and resolutions were written, was all too rushed.  Had a little more been added to this part of the book, it would have been a much stronger book, in my opinion.  It’s still a good read and I would absolutely pick up the next in the series, I just wished there had been more.

 
 

About Nichole Chase

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, super hero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Nichole is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Royal Series (Suddenly Royal, Recklessly Royal, and Reluctantly Royal). She has four other novels and several short stories published in different anthologies.


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RERUN Review: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

RERUN Review: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice DavidsonUndead and Unwed Series: Undead #1
Published by Berkley March 2, 2004
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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It'a been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries - a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair - a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...

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.

 

Jimmy Choo, Prada, Ferragamo and Minolo Blahnik’s, OH MY! Mary Janice Davidson is speaking in my language, Shoes!

Undead and Unwed is a story about Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Taylor, a smart-mouthed thirty year old secretary with a penchant for shoes. And not just any off the rack shoes, but fine designer shoes. Girlfriend is not the type to be caught wearing BOGO finds from Payless. To say that Betsy has had the single most horrible week would be an understatement. She turns thirty, gets laid off on her birthday, is ran over by a Pontiac Azteck, and to top everything off, she wakes up ‘undead’ in a coffin wearing a hideous polyester pink suit and cheap Payless shoes. THE HORROR!

Not long after her rebirth, a group of vampires discover her and reveal that she is the prophesied ‘Queen of the Undead’. She admittedly refuses to be involved in vampire politics and tries to live her ‘normal’ life. Unfortunately, the creepy and menacing current vampire ruler isn’t having any of it and drags Betsy into the thick of a brewing battle between two vampire groups. As if things couldn’t get any more complicated, the other group trying to lure Betsy is lead by the utterly sexy, delicious and arrogant Eric Sinclair, whom she would like to strangle when she’s not thinking about humping him.

Filed under the paranormal romance section, Undead and Unwed more of a cross between chick lit and paranormal with a little romance. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments from our heroine and her growing shoe collection would make any shoe lover seethe with envy. The other vampires and humans that surround Betsy are as hilarious and likeable as our heroine. My favorites being her human best friend, Jessica and gay roommate, Marc.

Undead and Unwed is definitely not your ‘typical’ Vampire novel, which I liked. There were times when Betsy herself laughed at how some of the Vampires she’d met fit perfectly into the cliche. The novel was definitely entertaining and a quick read. So if you are wanting to stray away from the normal dark and brooding vampire novels, then I recommend you give this book a try.

 

 


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by Tara Brown

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Sunday Brunch is where we ask an author a series of ridiculous questions that have little or nothing to do with books or reading, all in an attempt for you to get to know the person behind the books and maybe, just maybe…pick up one of their titles. Hope you enjoy!

 

BHR: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Tara:  Divine Brown, mostly because she’s that hooker who banged Hugh Grant.

 

BHR: What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

Tara: Is Da Funk by Daft Punk a wrong answer? I should have some bullshit philosophical answer like something from the Jagged Little Pill album but I was a bar star in the 90’s and never thought about suicide. I loved Beastie Boys and Run DMC. OMG It’s Like That, frig I love that song. I got drunk a lot.

 

BHR: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? name be?

Tara: Wolf, fast, cute, family animal, no flying – fuck that shit, and they are adaptable. They can live anywhere. They don’t need a saviour, they take care of business for themselves. I think my name would be epic like Mouthy Queen of the Moon. Queen for short.

 

BHR: If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?

Tara: If? Let’s let that answer it for me.

 

BHR: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

Tara: Nick, he’s like a wolf as far as adaptability and survival goes and he brings a penis so that solves me surviving and getting sex. And sometimes he calls me queen. It’s mostly Sunday mornings. A bra. Heat chafe is a thing. A grape plant.

 

BHR: You are an alien, with your own spaceship – who do you abduct?

Tara: Firstly, I do many laps around the earth, creating a counter orbit and causing time to go backwards. Then I go back to Brad Pitt in Fight Club. And then when I get sick of that, or when he finally starts to cry from all the biting that is occurring, I go get Collin Firth because I suspect he’s into that. And he has an accent.

 

BHR: On a scale of 1 to 10, how intolerable do you find baby pictures on Facebook?

Tara: 7

 

BHR: What’s the most money you’ve ever drunkenly spent at a fast food joint?

Tara: It wasn’t drunkenly. It was around $36. I was in college and very emo sad and I sat in my car and ate till I had to open the door up and puke in the parking lot. Whether I ate after puking is my own business, so mind yours.

 

BHR: We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?

Tara: Mexican. I used to work at this divey place with the best Baja ever. I am known as Tarasita in a few groups.

 

BHR: Who would you let punch you directly in the face?

Tara: My mom, a girl owes a debt. Maybe my sister. Same reason.

 

BHR: How old were you when you realised Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?

Tara: 14. Don’t laugh, Leah!!!!!

 

BHR: Who was your favorite Spice Girl?

Tara: Posh. She was the smartest. She came off as dumb as a bag of shit, never said much. But then as the other bitches are doing not much, she landed the HOTTEST soccer player ever, fuck add him to the alien list, and totally recreated herself. She did the posh thing to keep it cool, never shamed herself. She acted like a lady in the streets and a whore in the sheets. I suspect she’s also a biter.

 

BHR: What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Tara: Ginger snaps

 

BHR: What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever unintentionally vomited?

Tara: Probably the parking lot at McDonalds during the emo thing.

 

BHR: What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever intentionally vomited?

Tara: In my bustier, it’s a weird story. This guy had a new car and he was giving me and my friend a ride home after the bar. I said I had to puke and he said the car was brand new so I pulled open my shirt and lost it in my bustier. Proud moment?

 

BHR: Who do you just hate the most? 😉

Tara: I have so many political answers. Let’s go with Russell Crow.

 

BHR: Where would you go in a time machine?

Tara: Jane Austen’s house

 

BHR: What is your favorite quote?

Tara: The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. By Jane Austen

 

BHR: If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?

Tara: Something with nuts, let’s be real. Like Salty nuts. Salted nut bag? Is that a flavour?

 

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Split personalities? I won’t rule it out.
A little crazy? Possibly.
Boring? NEVER!

I am the award-winning, international bestselling mystery writer, Tara Brown–but that’s not all. Some days I’m the cook, others I’m the maid, but mostly I’m the chauffeur to my two darling girls. Oh, and I’m always the dog trainer and cat wrangler. And on some occasions, I fancy myself a bit of a con artist–I believe I have my husband convinced that changing kitty litter is bad for women.

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Behind the Cover Story: The Player by Claire Contreras

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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.

 

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I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.
 
I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.
 
From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.
 
She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.
 
She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.
 
She says I’m bad news.
 
I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

 

~ Guest Post ~

 

I want to preface this by saying that I’m not a “hot guy cover” kind of girl. If you had told me three years ago that I would put a hot guy on my cover, I would have laughed. It’s not that I don’t think the eye candy is nice, but for some reason they rarely call my attention.

The process for this cover started in January and ended in August. In January I told Mia Asher about the book I was going to write next (about a European soccer player and this girl from New York who’d never watched soccer in her life). I described the guy a little and she cheered me on, as she often does, and that was that. A few days later, she sent me a message with a picture of this guy and said, “This is Warren.”

She was right.

It was SO him.

I knew from the moment I saw the photo that I had to have it, so I contacted the photographer right away. We went back and forth for months before I decided to call it quits. I told him to forget the whole thing and I tried to move on. Shortly after, I debated contacting him again. I spoke to another friend of mine (Vi Keeland) and she sort of calmed me down and walked me through the process of dealing with models/photographers (she’s quite the expert… I mean, have you seen her covers?). After thinking about it some more, I contacted him again. This time, I was prepared and things went a little smoother and after another month of going back and forth, I got my picture. Thankfully, that was the most difficult part of the process.

After I had my picture, I contacted By Hang Le. Hang made a cover for me last year for a suspense I was working on. I haven’t used that cover because I haven’t finished that book, but the cover itself is gorgeous and flawlessly captivates the story when you look at it. For that reason, when I sent her this picture for The Player, I was terrified. I expected her to take one look at it and say, “Really, Claire? I gave you the incredible cover you haven’t used and now you want me to put a hot guy on your cover?”

She didn’t do that, though. I gave her the general idea of what I wanted and waited… and waited… and finally, she sent me three options. They were good. I highly doubt Hang could make anything subpar, but they weren’t what I wanted.

I told her to change the background and make it more obvious that he was standing on a field. Then I changed the name of the book to The Player, so she had to go back and edit that, and while she was changing that I asked her to change my name from pink to green. Then, finally, after what felt like an eternity, I had the perfect cover for The Player.

Even though I am not a “hot guy cover” kind of girl, this hot guy completely fits the story, the genre, and everything I envisioned. What do you think?

Don’t forget to pickup a copy of THE PLAYER on
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Review: Porn Star by Zara Cox

Review: Porn Star by Zara CoxPorn Star (I #1) by Zara Cox
Series: I #1
September 13, 2016
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Pages: 414
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Black Sheep
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My name is Quinn Blackwood:

By day, I'm a billionaire CEO. Rich. Entitled.By night, I'm the exclusive porn star only known as Q.Why? Because I love women. If I believed in an almighty being, I'd thank him for creating them. They're by far his most perfect creation… especially when I'm fucking one of them.

Oh, did I mention I'm an asshole? Fuck yeah. According to my shrink, I'm one twisted motherfucker. And that's just the way I like it. Until she walks into my life…

My name is Elyse Gilbert, nicknamed ‘Lucky' because according to my dad, I'm the unluckiest person alive, and I'll die the same way I came into the world: naked, screaming, and dirt poor.

Yeah, my life is a twisted, seething mess. But that life changed the day I met HIM.He made me forget the cameras.He made me forget I was doing this for the money.He made me forget my shame.He made me forget everything. I was consumed by him. Only him.

But now my past has caught up with me

Let me start by saying the synopsis for Porn Star is a bit misleading, this is not a book full of some dude filming porn after porn after porn. A fact that I am most thankful for.

Not that I have a problem with a porn star making porns, I mean…if that’s your job, obviously it would be well covered. But Q isn’t your regular porn star. In fact, the title of this book is a bit misleading as well.  He does make porn, but it is not his career and it is with great purpose.  It’s also the catalyst for him meeting Lucky.

Quinn and Lucky are both extremely damaged people. Quinn more so, but they each carry more than enough baggage to fill a cargo train.  Cox did well at revealing their past dramas, just a little at a time. I rather enjoyed the element of suspense, there is quite a lot of it in Porn Star. Quinn is set on a path of ultimate revenge, dead set on tearing down all his enemies in one fail swoop – but it takes time to learn the how and the why.  On the flip side, Lucky is on the run and protecting a very important secret.

I would keep you, Lucky. If I didn’t need to do this. If my life wasn’t a fucked up wasteland, I would keep you. Make you mine forever.

That, along with the fragile trust and hint of love that grows between these characters, very much kept me invested in this story.

However, when the true conflict hit the pages and the subsequent resolution, the story lost it’s steam. The resolutions to all issues were far, far too easy. In my opinion. I needed it to be more difficult, most especially when rebuilding the lack of trust. I felt like issues were swept under the rug.  Furthermore, I’m not quite sure how or why Lucky was such an important part of Quinn’s revenge. He comments about how important it is, but in the end, it just seemed needless.

The thing is – I rather enjoyed Cox’s writing style. I loved the voice she gave to both main characters, Quinn especially.  So, even though the story is flawed and the plot line didn’t totally add to me, I’d absolutely pick up another of titles.  Oh, and…the sex is pretty hot.


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Review: Rushing In by Lexi Ryan

Review: Rushing In by Lexi RyanRushing In by Lexi Ryan
Series: The Blackhawk Boys #2
August 30, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: All for This
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The favor seemed simple: Keep my new stepsister out of trouble for one summer.

I’ve never met Grace Lee, but Mom tells me she’s a quiet and artsy college student with a troubled past. When I agreed to let her stay with me, I thought it was no big deal. I expected to share my apartment with a sullen girl who’d spend hours locked in her room.

I didn’t expect a walking fantasy determined to make me lose my cool.

I didn’t expect a woman with secrets so dark, so deep, I’d throw away everything if it would save her from the past.

Rushing in to do this favor is turning my life upside down—and not just because Grace needs her ass spanked. Keep her out of trouble? Grace is the trouble. And I want in.

RUSHING IN is a standalone novel and the second in The Blackhawk Boys series.

Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

I KNOW I’ve said this before, but there is just something about Ryan’s writing that pulls me in and always leaves me comfortably satisfied. Rushing In…no different.  I actually enjoyed it more than the first Blackhawk Boys book.  Why?

Grace.

In Spinning Out (first book of the series) I really liked the hero, but the lead female left me feeling a bit bored. So not the case with Rushing In. Grace had personality and even when I didn’t fully understand or agree with her decisions, I felt like they came from a place true to her insecurities as a young woman.  And Ryan writes insecurities well, whatever they may be.  In this case, Grace is a mess because of misguided attentions from boys when she was young and from a missing mother figure. 

Chris entering her life as her new stepbrother complicates the cage she’s built around her life.  He’s not sure why, but he’s determined to get close enough to her to break that cage open.  Chris is the ultimate good guy and he was pretty adorable.  Much less hard than any Ryan boy I’ve read in the past, and I quite liked what she did with him.

After I finished Rushing In, a book buddy asked me my thoughts and said ‘it doesn’t sound gritty enough for you’. Which is valid, I do tend to read more on a darker scale. But as we chatted she brought up a point. She basically said Lexi Ryan writes the innocence I like, when I typically hate innocence. And that is it exactly for me as well.  You can hand me virgin story after virgin story and I’ll probably be bored with 98% of them, but I bet if I got one from Ryan, I’d love it. She just has a style that speaks to me as a woman with issues and as a reader who likes real characters.


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