Review: Tonic by Staci Hart

Review: Tonic by Staci HartTonic Published by Promise Socks Publishing October 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.
The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

*** A standalone Romantic Comedy ***

Let me start by saying if I read a romantic comedy romance novel usually like to go into it without knowing it its a romantic comedy. There’s just too much pressure associated with it for me… Like what if it isn’t funny during the parts it’s supposed to be funny and I just roll my eyes and then that leads me to think that the author thinks their funny but they really aren’t. I’m not saying I don’t like to laugh I just don’t like knowing when I’m supposed to laugh. Also… This is going to sound bad but PLEASE UNDERSTAND I do not mean it to be meant in a bad way but sometimes I shy away from the genre too because I think there won’t be enough story in it like it’ll be more shits and giggles than storyline. I know, I know that isn’t fair it’s just that I’m usually on a scale that goes from makes me cry a few tears or makes me cry enough to sail Noah’s Ark and the books that make me cry usually don’t make me laugh that much.

With that prefaced let me go on to say that I FUCKING LOVED TONIC by Staci Hart. I really did laugh so much but more than that I loved the STORY. Joel and Annika rocked my world, I seriously was so sad once it ended, I did not want to let these characters go! Annika was this ice queen to everyone who knew her and she took no shit and gave no fucks. Except for with her family she was this soft woman who would do anything to make them happy. Joel was this sexy big beast bear just a really good fucking guy like good to the point where you’re just like damn he’s pretty GREAT! I loved that he was more than 10 years older than her, it was just so attractive. These two together are completely explosive…

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Joel’s tattoo shop just agreed to sign on with a tv network to begin filming a reality tv show and and Annika is the show runner, the instant they meet she hates him and he is intrigued by her.

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.

Filming begins and Annika’s feelings for Joel take on a life of their own and the irritation she once associated with him turns into heated moments that become harder and harder for her to ignore. He challenges her at every chance he gets and is dead set on getting her in his bed but he wants more from her beyond that. He catches these small glimpses of her when she isn’t completely uptight and he finds himself enamored with this woman. When Annika does give in it’s like everything that should seem so wrong is completely right. Joel doesn’t hold back with her body and he gives her everything she didn’t know she needed but more so than that he feeds a deeper connection that only leaves them both hungry for more. But Annika knows she can’t involve herself with this man any further than she has, she has a job to do and cannot let her judgement be clouded in anyway. In fear of not being able to have Annika the way Joel wants, which turns into every way, he makes her a bullshit deal. The only problem is that deep down they both know the deal they’re making is a LIE.

Their arrangement is going well until it isn’t… Shit gets REAL and the foundation crumbles beneath them. My emotions went haywire and I couldn’t help it I may have let my eyes leak a little. I couldn’t stop saying “FUCK!” really it was the only word I was capable of. Oh and another thing I loved is that when they argued with one another it was a free for all they didn’t say things to purposely hurt each other but things they had to purge like it would more so hurt them to keep it in. I’m sure that made absolutely no damn sense but I keep thinking back to the argument they have and Joel tells Annika fuck you, not to be malicious but because in that moment she deserved that and he told her.

All in all though this is my first book from Staci and I wish I had more eyeballs to read all of her books. This story had depth and so many more emotions than I planned for. If all romantic comedies could make me sad than I will read them all!

I feel like one more time I need to talk about Joel, I loved him so damn much. I love how old he was, how mature he was, how hairy he was, how tattooed he was, his sheer size (he seriously is size beast bear), oh and his heart, his heart was a million sizes bigger than him. But more than all of that he was so real in his way of life just upfront and honest.

Is it too early to re-read this again?!

 

 

 


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Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen JennerHarley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
October 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Revelry
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Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.

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Ali and Tiffany both read Harley & Rose, and both had similar feelings. While Tiffany LOVES to become an ugly crying mess while reading books, Ali does not. At all. But, that is exactly what happened. Following are some of our thoughts, we want to hear yours though too, so hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook.

Q: First things first – let’s talk about the cover – thoughts?

Ali: THE COVER IS A LIE!

Tiffany: Its a beautiful LIE! A pink wrapped fucking LIE! 

Q: If you had to pick three words that describe Harley & Rose, what would they be:

Tiffany: Three… Really, oh gosh that’s hard.  Beautiful, sorrow, and UNCONDITIONAL. But trust me there are way more than three words I could use to describe them. 

Ali: Beautiful. Tragic. Epic.

Q: What were your first impressions of Rose?

Tiffany: Sometimes I thought she was a bit dramatic and then there were times I wish she were more dramatic.  For the most part though I LOVED her and that doesn’t happen often but she was my hero, she loved crappy TV so basically she’s a WINNER! 

Ali: SHUT UP! You loved a book girl? 😉  I loved how quirky she was.  I also really loved that she put her heart on the line a couple of times in regards to Harley. So often the girl never speaks up and just gets her heart get broken over and over. While that happened, at least she was able to stand up for herself at times too. I also loved that she was so true to her heart, she knew who it belonged to, no matter what.

Tiffany: I do have the capacity to like heroines too… Most of the time I just don’t! Lol. But yes spot on, she was so true to her heart and it was her nature, most of the time it would annoy me but not in Rose, I think because she was so genuine.

Q: What were your first impressions of Harley?

Ali: I’ll readily admit that I had many, many moments of quite nearly hating Harley. He is so loving and caring yet so fucking stupid at the same time. It was aggravating.

Tiffany: I have to agree with you! SO many times I was so frustrated with him but then I would get all giddy over him.  But he won me over, tubes and all.  He was perfect but an idiot and I think sometimes that’s just a man gene so it wasn’t entirely his fault. 

Ali: I think his intentions were never bad, just misguided…maybe that’s the right word. In the end, I forgave him for everything and that’s really what matters.

Q: Chapter 4, location 343, on a scale of 1 to 5 how much did you appreciate Rose’s love for the perfect man nipples? 

Ali: OMG, perfect! I, too, have a thing about nipples. They can be soooo wrong or they can be perfect. There is not much middle ground for me. I loved that I shared that with Rose!

Tiffany: NIPS are a big deal for all of us, so yes Rose thank you for being so critical and not accepting anything less than the best man nipples! You have standards girl and I admire that. 

Q: Did Harley & Rose take you were you thought it would?

Tiffany: AB-SO-FUCKING-LUTELY! It’s been a year I’ve been waiting for this book, literally FB just reminded me and showed me the shared post from the blog of the cover reveal.  But really though, this was way more than I expected and I think their adventure together was perfect, real, raw, and so honest.  Had it went other way I don’t feel that I could of loved it as much, oh gosh the magnitude of this story will FOREVER BE ONE OF MY NEW ALL TIME FAVORITES! 

Ali: FUCK NO! This book did not take me where I thought it would. HARD FUCKING LIMIT, JENNER! But, that’s okay because it pushed my boundaries and was a really beautiful experience. I think I learned something about love and life and you can’t expect more than that from a book. Ever.

Tiffany: I don’t think Carmen will ever hear the end of this one, I still can’t believe you read it and I still think you’re a liar by omission, but I love you even more for it because you knew I would love this book and I so totally did!

Q: How awesome were the Peter & Wendy references? Did it practically make you shit out flowers from the cuteness? 

Ali: Too. Damn. Adorable. It fit perfectly with how they grew up together.

Tiffany: YES! UGH, him climbing through her window, I loved it! Have I mentioned yet that this has become one of my top reads EVER?! Like ever, like I want to live in this book! 

Q: How satisfied (or unsatisfied) were you at the end of the book?

Ali:  Such a fucking hard question.  If I focus on just the end and not some major factors leading up to the end…I’m absolutely satisfied. There was a moment where it could have gone a different direction and I’m so thankful it didn’t. I’m speaking of the epilogue here. I think it was exactly as it needed to be.

Tiffany: I so agree with Ali again about her answer, there was total content at the end and it had to be that way, there was no other way.  I can’t even bare to think of it going any other way. 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being a gentle pat on the head and 10 being a pencil to the eye), how upset were you with Carmen while reading Harley & Rose?

Tiffany: A pencil to the damn eye and then for good measures a second one because the first one didn’t cause enough damage!  I was so upset like a beautiful, torturing mess upset.  But I don’t know if I was more upset with the cover LYING to us silently or the events inside the book.  Either way if someone is going to make me cry and ruin good $5.99 lashes I’m glad it was Carmen. 

Ali: Bahaha! Your poor eyelashes. But, I am right there with you. There is no end to the horrible names I called Carmen while reading this book. And she deserves all of them and some more for pulverizing what little heart I had left.

Tiffany: That’s a huge feat! You don’t cry, EVER except for that one time in Seattle at breakfast at 8:52am when you cried and we all saw it.  But I obviously hardly remember the details of that! Hahah!

Q: Not so much a question really, but what was your favorite quote from the book and why? (Kind of a question after all) 

Ali: Shit…too hard! Okay, so I’m not going to give the whole quote. For reasons. But it’s the one that starts with “Tell him that I loved you first…” <— HEARTBREAK CITY!

Tiffany: And I am now CRYING AGAIN! We need ID’s made with our place of residence showing Heartbreak City, if Harley & Rose are there I’d gladly live there. Okay but favorite quote, I had a million but this one was one of my faves, seriously I have too many but this one was one that is just so TRUE! “All of what I told him was true- some people are just meant to break your heart, as if it were their sole mission here on earth to teach you not to fall in love with the wrong person.  Some people will break your heart over and over again, because some of us never learn.” – Rose 

Ali: Such a perfect and true quote.

Harley & Rose releases on October 18, 2016, but you can pre-order it now for only $0.99. Link is at the top of the post.

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About Carmen Jenner

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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Review: The Player by Claire Contreras

Review: The Player by Claire ContrerasThe Player by Claire Contreras
Published by Claire Contreras October 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Paper hearts

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.

Every man wants to be me and every woman wants to tame me. Until Camila.

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.

WAR-FUCKING-ZONE! <3

Warren Silva stole my heart, kicked it around a little like a soccer ball and scored all the GOALS! Okay that was kind of cheesy but I fell so in love with him… He was sort of naive with tattoos and gosh those tattoos! 

I mean there’s no way you could read the book and not picture the man on the cover, no possible way. You just can’t. I’m convinced. I need to stop being a girl about a hot guy and get my shit together. *deep breath, okay not that deep I’m sick and it’s making me cough harder* 

But the story, well that’s the best part! Both Camila and Warren were my favorite.  Claire has a way of making me love her heroines though (cause I don’t like many, shocker I know) there’s always an air of realness to hers though where you connect with them in small and big ways making the characters emotions translate into something so much more REAL. And Warren he was crass, bold, and foul so basically perfect and everything you want in a man, right?  Really though he even had a real side and even when he fucked up I loved him, it was so hard no to. 

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Their not so chance encounter led War on a conquest to get Camila in his bed before he is headed for home in three weeks and and he was convinced it would be easy as pie until she continuously opens her mouth and turns him down… A little down the line Camila decides to give him a chance and reinforces the rules that it has to be as friends and completely platonic.  But eventually those lines blur blissfully and three weeks looms over their heads before they know it neither of them wanting to part ways… 

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In between things get heated with War and Camila, he was so vocal in his need for her and in return it made Camila brave in what she wanted from him.  The give and take was relentless and definitely A PAGE TURNER, like I was almost shy reading some parts and I am not a prude! But this was DAMN HOT!

Their time spent together was always easy and fun and the banter quick and witty like for once I was rooting for a HEA (not that this story isn’t a HEA) I just didn’t want any of these characters to hurt for a single second… Which is saying a lot because I love when shit gets heavy and all emotional and people die or hurt one another.  But the hurt was definitely happening in this one and where did that leave two of new favorite characters..? 

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Without me even getting into “the mess” you know the part where shit just takes a turn for the worse and shit hits the fan and you say the fuck word one too many times cause you know they are going to split for awhile with battered hearts and bruised knees.  There is always that impending doom that Camila lives in NY and Warren lives overseas way across the pond… So in the hopes anything becomes resolved how would it ever work when both treasure their homelands and have careers that can’t be moved… 

Can they make it work? 

Where will they live? 

Can they forgive each other? 

Will Nas be there? 

These are all the things that I questioned and of course they were answered but I won’t tell you, you’ll have to read to find out.  But I will say this Camila does forgive and that is one of the things I loved so much about her, her grace of forgiveness.  She didn’t hold this terrible grudge and milk it for all it was worth she forgave and then faced REALITY. Good or bad she dealt with it, period. 

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About Claire Contreras

Claire is a New York Times & USA Today Best Selling author, mother of two, wife of one, owner of three dogs, and breast cancer survivor.

She enjoys writing anything from children’s stories to erotic suspense, but her most notable work is a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and dreaming about places she wants to visit.


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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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Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.

Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.Turbulence by Whitney G.
Published by Whitney G. August 30, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica Romance
Pages: 412
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy screws girl.

Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…

And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

Pre-boarding & Boarding Announcement:
Good morning romance readers. This is the pre-boarding announcement for Black Heart Reviews review of TURBULENCE by Whitney G. We are now inviting those readers who have been anxiously waiting for this new release, and any readers who love a cocky hero, to begin boarding at this time. Regular boarding will begin in approximately two seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure your eReader is charged and ready to go because Whitney G. is about to take you on a ride riddled with passion, family drama, angst, heartache and Whitney’s patented knock your socks off love scenes.

Safety Briefing:
We remind you that this book has a dirty talking, cocky, Alpha hero. Readers who have an aversion to dirty-talking, cocky, Alpha heroes are prohibited on the entire aircraft, including the lavatories.

Now, if you’re a fan of the dirty talk, try holding on to your panties because Jake C. Weston is set on annihilating them. The filth that comes out of Whitney’s heroes mouths is one of the main reasons why she is an automatic buy author for me. The dirtier their mouths are the better, and Jake C. Weston is in fine form when he’s DTF. Let’s take a moment to read what kind of filth comes out of this sexy beast…

“I won’t be the guy you think you can call when you need to talk to someone. Unless it’s about how wet your pussy is, I don’t want your name on my call log, and I don’t need you thinking we’ll ever be friends.”

“We can talk tonight. We can talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about.”

“Tonight as in ‘the morning’ when we actually land in Paris, or ‘tonight’ as in right now?”

“Tonight as in right after we leave this restroom, as in right after I make you turn around against that door and remind you who your pussy belongs to.”

“What’s your favorite type of woman?”

“What?”

“You know, blonde, brunette, redhead. Those types.”

“I’ve never had a type.”

“Why not?”

“Because there’s not way for me to tell what a woman’s pussy is like just by looking at the color of the hair on her head.”

Gah! He is sooooo the Jerk of my dreams! Forget the hearts and flowers type of guy. Someone get me a Jake C. Weston, STAT! This man is on FIYAH!  😈 

Turbulence:
Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return your seats and keep your seat belts fastened. And for real, keep those seat belts fastened because Whitney G. has her jets set on full throttle and she don’t give a f*ck about your emotions.

As always, things are never smooth sailing for Whitney’s couples. Jake is a classic commitment phobe who was content on having emotionless sexual relationships with women in all the area codes. But things quickly change when he meets Gillian, a headstrong young woman that ignites a hunger in Jake that he hasn’t experienced in a long time. Jake’s insists that their relationship can be nothing more than hot f*cks in layover cities or airport bathrooms, but Gillian ins’t having any of that and makes a valiant effort to plant herself in Jake’s stubborn mind and hardened heart. Gillian and Jake’s complicated love story felt like a never-ending back and forth swing that wreaked havoc on an otherwise passionate and intense relationship, and I was simply glued to the pages wanting more and more of this couple. 

But Gillian and Jake’s push and pull relationship wasn’t the only thing that had me holding on to my seat. Whitney throws in some family drama that always kept you on edge and wondering what the hell could be wrong with these people. I really wanted to throat punch every single member of Gillian’s pompous family. They were not nice people and it really made me admire Gillian’s strength and determination to not heed to their expectations of what they thought she needed to be. As for Jake’s family…well, there was some serious fucked-upness going on there. The deeply rooted lies and secrets of his family will disturb you, and make you as angry and jilted as Jake was. I loved discovering what made Jack the way he was, and I loved seeing the tender and heart aching moments that really made you understand where all his hate and resentment came from. Whitney definitely played with my emotions during some scenes and had my eyes wet with tears.


Landing:

On behalf of Black Heart Reviews and the entire crew, I’d like to thank Whitney G. for bringing me on this journey called TURBULENCE. I was practically salivating on my Kindle while reading Gillian and Jake’s explosive love story. Whitney is a master at combining witty banter, passionate love stories and HOT sex that’ll set your face on fire. The witty banter was on point. The humor was on point. The sex is ALWAYS on point. This book was everything I’ve come to love about Whitney and her writing, and was the perfect remedy to get me out of my most recent reading funk.

The wait for this book felt excruciatingly long, but the end result was totally worth it. Whitney G’s books are always enjoyable and I will always look forward to whatever hot read she has coming next. If you’ve been waiting on this book as long as I have, don’t wait any longer to read it. RUN to Amazon or B&N or wherever and purchase this book now!

 
 

About Whitney G.

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Claire Gracen) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Reasonable Doubt,the Mid Life Love Series, the Jilted Bride Series, the My Last Resolution Series, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:


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Behind the Cover Story ~ Reveal: The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Cover Story ~ Reveal: The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. CherryThe Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry
Series: Elements #3
September 23rd, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was eight years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

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Can we take a second and appreciate the beauty of this cover?!

If you have seen the previous two covers really you can’t expect anything less than this magnificent looking beauty.

So I (Tiffany) met Brittainy in Vegas recently and let me tell you… She literally became my favorite person!  Let’s just say she’s this poetic gangster and so full of positive energy, her smiles are contagious.  We have a first look at her cover and a little insight. Enjoy!

What was the thought process behind your cover or the inspiration for it?

Brittainy: For the cover of The Silent Waters I definitely wanted it to have the same feel as the first two books in the series, yet also somehow tie in the despair of the hero with the photo! When I stumbled on the cover model on Instagram I knew he was going to be on my cover! He just embodies everything that is Brooks. 

I love that! Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this book? Also can this be read as a standalone?

Brittainy: I’d love readers to know that this is a story about two people and the moments that broke them, and the moments in life that healed them. It’s a story of moments. It can be read as a complete standalone!


See I told you, she’s like a modern Edgar Allan Poe, like I don’t think I have ever loved the word MOMENTS so much!
 
Once more lets totally admire this full wrap cover, because well it gorgeous!
 
Everyone make sure to add this beauty to you TBR! We can’t wait for it!
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Audiobook Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Review:  Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books August 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 337
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

This book.

Eff me, this book.

It’s been days, maybe even weeks, since I finished and my stomach still hurts when I think about it.  

I’m not sure why I started it.  I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover as a person (I mean, come on.  She’s hilarious.  Freakishly giving.  Her family is adorkable.  She’s just…the best.)   And then with her books I’m hit or miss.  Half of them are 5+ stars and destroy me, or I DNF them.  There’s no in between.  I didn’t plan to read this book, but somehow it was on my audiobook purchased list (no idea how) so I just said, “fuck it,” and started it.

The narrators kind of bothered me at first.  I wasn’t diggin’ the male voice at the beginning, and the chick sounded like a less annoying Miley Cyrus.  I almost switched to ebook version at one point… but before I knew it, the story had sucked me in and the voices just seemed right.

Anyway, Ugly Love follows two main characters.  Tate, the female, is in present tense.  Miles, the male character, in the past.   While we listen to Tate’s life in the now, her story with Miles in the now, we hear about Miles’ past from him.  So while their relationship seems like a disastrous hot mess, we’re given these little pieces of Mile’s past and it all starts to make sense why he is the way he is.

I connected to Miles on such a personal level.  What he goes through, what he felt…I’ve been there.  I’ve felt that.  I won’t say what, because it’s a huge spoiler, but Miles is… perfection.  Yes, he’s a fucking asshole as an adult.  But Miles as a teenage is EVERYTHING.  Everything.  Seriously.  Young Miles is the epitome of perfection, and I loved him.  I rooted for him, all while I knew it wasn’t going to end well because I could see what he was like as an adult.  An asshole.  Jaded.  Mean.  Stand-offish.  Broken.  Miles as an adult is fucking broken in so many pieces you can’t even imagine all those jagged edges finding their match and him being whole again.

And that killed me.  To know he was that fucked up.  And that adorable, perfect, hopeful young Miles was going to be destroyed in a terrible, awful way.

Miles and Tate are pretty much fuck buddies.  All sex, no feelings.  Don’t ask about each other’s pasts, don’t expect a future, just enjoy the now when it happens.

That’s obviously a disaster waiting to happen.

Anyway, I don’t know how else to describe this book without giving things away. But I can tell you it made me feel everything. I felt a ton of joy.  And I felt even more heartbreak.  My black, evil little heart fucking broke so hard at one point I was a sobbing, snotty mess.  Seriously, I cried my fucking eyes out.  The pain I felt was visceral and it destroyed me.

Colleen Hoover is a fucking genius, and this book is 5+ stars on my scale.  I loved it.  I loved all the ugly parts and all the beautiful ones.  

 

 


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