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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER by Vicky Skinner

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HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER by Vicky Skinner

HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER by Vicky Skinner

Synopsis
Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

 

 

 

 

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My Review
Kate’s life is turned upside down in an instant when her dad/swimming coach is caught in the act of snogging the parent of teammate in front of the entire swim team. Humiliated, disgusted, and deeply hurt, she struggles to find meaning in her life outside the pool. After being kicked out of her own home by her cheating dad, she and her mom move to Portland to start a new life. She immediately meets adorable neighbor, Michael, who appears to have his own family problems in spades. The two forge a friendship that blossoms into something more. Kate tries and fails to find a balance between friendship, loyalty, honesty, and her own path for the future before discovering who she is without competitive swimming.

Plot
The main plot is the romance between Michael and Kate, but there are numerous subplots involving Kate’s friendships with the girls at her new school, her post-cheating scandal relationship with her dad, her friendship with childhood best friend, Harris, her sister’s relationship with a fiance, and Kate’s relationship with the pool itself. It’s a lot at times, but all of it ties back to the main themes of finding yourself and learning to navigate life when sudden changes are thrust upon you. I was hoping to get more of the competitive swimming angle in this book, though, wishing it was more of a sports romance, but it’s a solid character-driven book.

The Characters
This story centers on the characters and they are well-developed and go through a ton of transformations. Kate was someone I initially rooted for, then became someone I didn’t much care for, ultimately redeeming herself by the end. All of the main and secondary characters have their own arc, which was refreshing. I love it when characters are so much more than props.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER
1. Swimming. I enjoyed the scenes where swimming was the focus most of all.

2. Angst. Lots of teen angst, which is my favorite kind of young adult romance.

3. Marisol and Patrice. These two BFFs who took Kate under their wing on the first day are what loyal friends are all about.

4. Harris. Kate’s childhood best friend had some of the best character development in the book.

5. Small moments. The book is littered with little moments that count. The author creates these amazing vignettes that are vivid and memorable.

Bottom Line
A character-driven contemporary young adult romance with complex plotting and solid characters.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title: HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER
Author: Vicky Skinner
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

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Author Vicky Skinner

Author Vicky Skinner

About the Author
Born and raised in Texas, I don’t act like much of a Texan. I like cold weather and hate country music. I have a gorgeous husband, two dogs, and a Literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. If I’m not at home reading a book or doing laundry, I’m probably at the bookstore, nannying three rambunctious boys, or stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. I’m a reader, a writer, and a bit of a crazy person.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Vicky Skinner
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Excerpt Reveal – MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries – The Forgotten) by Lexi Blake

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake, is revealing an excerpt from MOMENTO MORI, the first book in her adult romantic suspense series, Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten, releasing August 28, 2018. See below for information on the book, preorder links, and the exclusive excerpt.

MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries - The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake

MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries – The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake

About the Book
Title
: MEMENTO MORI
Series: Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher:DLZ Entertainment
Category: Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 28, 2018
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Synopsis
Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future

A man without a past

Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows—his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.  

A woman with a bright future

River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

A love that could heal a broken soul

Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?

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Excerpt
“This place is beautiful,” he said when she hesitated.

She nodded but didn’t move from her seat. “I love it here. I went to college in Denver, but I always missed this place. When I was younger, my dad had a house in Creede. He started the business there, but when he could, he moved us out of town. My dad was a loner, I suppose. Creede has a population of four hundred and Dad thought that was way too many people.”

“I know the feeling. I lived in London for a while. That was definitely too many people.” He kept his tone even. It was odd. Now that he was here, that hunger he always felt was tempered by her fear. He’d thought he would take anything offered to him, but he couldn’t having met her. If the blonde had offered herself up, he would have turned her down. Over the two hours they’d sat in the booth, eating fried food and drinking beer, he’d figured something out. Some people were more special than others. River was special. He should be more cynical. He could hear Damon Knight telling him to be cautious, but he couldn’t make himself do it. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn’t have a long well of history to draw from and to teach him that this was likely a mistake.

It didn’t feel like a mistake.

“Wow. I’ve never been farther than Kansas City.” She still wasn’t moving and her voice had taken on a tremulous tone.

His heart constricted, and it was surprisingly easy to not listen to his dick. His dick was pleading with him to get aggressive. His dick was trying to convince him that if he could get inside her, she would accept him.

Yeah, he wasn’t going to listen to his dick.

“If you’ve changed your mind, I can call my brother to pick me up. I have a phone and so does he. His number is programmed in. I don’t want to scare you. I had a good time talking to you tonight. It was one of the nicest nights I’ve had in a long time.” Ever. It was the best night ever. It was the first night he felt normal, though he wasn’t exactly sure what that word meant. Comfortable was a better one. That tight feeling in his chest had eased as he’d sat in the booth with River and Tucker and Heather.

Although he’d hated lying to her.

She finally turned, looking at him. Her eyes shone in the moonlight. “You mean that, don’t you?”

He wanted to touch her. He’d had to force his hands not to move toward her all night long. The most he’d allowed himself was to have their hips and shoulders touch as they’d sat next to each other. He’d decided it had been a good thing he’d sat next to her because he was fairly certain he had a case of Big Tag’s crazy eyes, and she would have seen them had he sat across from her.

“I do mean it. Please don’t get me wrong. I want you. I would like nothing more in the world than to take you into that cabin, lay you out, and make a feast of you. I want to kiss you and when I say that I don’t merely mean your lips. I want to put my mouth all over your body. But more than I want that, I want you to like me.” It was important somehow. He wouldn’t see her after tonight, but he couldn’t stand the idea that she was afraid of him.

Everyone was afraid of him. Everyone he knew was waiting for his powder keg to blow, but he’d sworn to himself earlier in the evening that it wouldn’t blow around her. He would protect her even if it was only for one night.

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Author Lexi Blake

Author Lexi Blake

About the Author
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Where to Find Lexi Blake
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Teaser Reveal – RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs) by Carrie Ann Ryan

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Carrie Ann Ryan is revealing a teaser from RESTLESS INK, the second book in her adult contemporary romance series, Colorado Springs, a spin-off of the Montgomery Ink series. See below for information the book and series, pre-order links, and the exclusive teaser.

RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

RESTLESS INK (Colorado Springs #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

About the Book
Title: RESTLESS INK
Series: Colorado Springs #2
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes & Noble | iBooksKobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.

For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.

When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.

But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it..

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Book 1: FALLEN INK
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Author Carrie Ann Ryan

Author Carrie Ann Ryan

About the Author
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Where to Find Carrie Ann Ryan
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook | Twitter
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Teaser Reveal – HITMAN WEDDING (Bad Boy Inc.) by Eve Langlais

HITMAN WEDDING Teaser Reveal

New York Times bestselling author, Eve Langlais, is revealing a teaser from HITMAN WEDDING, the fourth book in her adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Bad Boy, Inc., releasing August 29, 2018. See below for information on the book and series, pre-order links, and an exclusive teaser.

HITMAN WEDDING (Bad Boy Inc. #4) by Eve Langlais

HITMAN WEDDING (Bad Boy Inc. #4) by Eve Langlais

About the Book – Preorder Now!
Title: HITMAN WEDDING
Series: Bad Boy Inc. #4
Author: Eve Langlais
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
The employees of Bad Boy Inc. are gathering for a celebration. The bride sported the latest in bullet proof corsets. The groom wore a gun. The guests came armed for action. But the cake blew up before they could eat it. As for the honeymoon, it’s going to be a mad chase across the globe dodging bullets and bombs to find the culprit who wants them all dead.

Once upon a time, Darren fell for a woman while in the world’s most romantic city. In full view of the Eiffel tower he had his heart torn from his chest and stomped on.

Time for revenge. Francesca played Darren for a fool, but he won’t let it happen again. Now that he’s found her, she’s going to pay for her actions. Problem is she’s getting under his skin. Rubbing against his skin. Making him remember those Paris days and hotter nights.

Before he can decide if he’s crazy enough to fall in love with her again, everything explodes after the wedding..

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: ASSASSIN NEXT DOOR
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Book 2: PINT-SIZED PROTECTOR
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Book 3: DEADLY MATCH
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Author Eve Langlais

Author Eve Langlais

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Eve Langlais is a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance. She likes to blame her twisted imagination for her sarcastic sense of humor which tends to heavily influence her stories. She loves to write, and while she might not always know what her mind is going to come up with next, she does promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because she believes in a happily ever after.

 

 

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Where to Find Eve Langlais
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Book Blitz – Guest Post + Giveaway – TORN by Mia Kerick

TORN Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for TORN, a stand-alone LGBTQ+ M/M/M young adult contemporary romance, by Mia Kerick. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive guest post, and details on her giveaway.

TORN by Mia Kerick

TORN by Mia Kerick

About the Book
Title: TORN
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Young Adult LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Vinny Bucci and Tommy Stecker are almost cousins—their mothers call themselves “sisters of the heart,” so that sort of makes them cousins, doesn’t it? Since childhood, they’ve shared holidays and Sunday services and their passion for soccer. But now they’re eighteen, high school seniors, and what has always been devoted friendship—the next best thing to family—has started to feel like something else. Something more….

Unfortunately, the Steckers can’t accept their son’s same-sex romance, and upon recognizing the teens’ mutual attraction, they push Tommy into dating a girl from church, then compel him to attend a Christian College far away from Vinny’s school. The Buccis and the Steckers—once a family of choice—clash over what’s right and go their separate ways.

Forced into separation, Vinny and Tommy are both devastated, but while Vinny hardens his heart to love, halfway across the country Tommy becomes emotionally and physically ill. Their passion for each other hasn’t diminished, let alone died, but they lose contact, and for the first time in their lives learn what it is to live with a broken heart.

Will Tommy and Vinny find their way back to each other, or will they accept the rules dictated by family and try to live severed lives, their love forever unfulfilled?

 A Mature Young Adult Romance

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Guest Post
Hi readers! Mia Kerick here, and today I’m promoting my new release, Torn, a novella that I call a story ballad because it makes you feel the way a ballad playing on the car stereo makes you feel. Picture it: you’re driving down a tree-lined country road on a brilliant summer day, windows down, sunroof open wide, wind in your hair…set to the sound of a melancholy tune that is louder than your thoughts.  Torn is an intense, passionate read, so I figure that, you may need some comic relief.

And here it is… Gifts for the person who has everything.

What do you give the person who has everything? How about giving them a laugh?

Here are the top ten FUNNY GIFTS you can give to share the smiles.

  1. I need this mug!!


  1. In my family’s case this doormat states fact. This would be a great gift for Momma Mia Kerick!


  1. Most American men could use a few squirts of this Instant British Accent Breath Spray. I definitely could after I suck down a cup of dark roast out of the mug shown above.


  1. Business in the front, party in the back. Men and women alike need this MULLET HEADBAND!! I challenge you not to laugh at the sight of your little brother or five-year-old daughter wearing it!


  1. Ewww… but yeah!!  I just want to meet the person who came up with this!!

  1. For the distinguished baby…

  1. Wasn’t this model once a SNL cast member? In any case, I want one for when I fall asleep on the couch. #neverlonely

  1. Now everybody can have three carats!!!

  1. Some of us already have these, so it is only fair that we share the hairy joy!

  1. Maybe it is mean, but the truth actually does hurt.  Give a stack of these to your favorite parking critic—we all know one. He or she will know what to do with them.


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Author Mia Kerick

Author Mia Kerick

About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Where to find Mia Kerick
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – ECHOES by Alice Reeds

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ECHOES by Alice Reeds

ECHOES by Alice Reeds

Synopsis
“Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.” —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

 

 

 

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My Review
Two parts LOST, one part THE HUNGER GAMES, ECHOES is intriguing, complex, at times confusing, but a fast, fun, satisfying read. The story opens with a plane crash on a deserted island before flashing back to a trip to Germany seventeen hours earlier. At first, it seems like two separate storylines, and I wasn’t sure which one was real, but it ultimately resolves clearly, so stick with it. High school students Fiona and Miles are recipients of a swanky internship for tech-giant, Briola, in Germany. They’re flown on a private jet and set up in an expensive hotel, but it all falls apart when they take a cab to Briola only to find an empty warehouse with every physical and online trace of Briola wiped from existence.

On the island, Fiona and Miles struggle to survive. Their own relationship is fraught with distrust and animosity. Miles is a trust-fund kid and Fiona is a scholarship recipient at his private academy. They have nothing in common except this internship, which doesn’t make sense to Fiona since she doesn’t see herself as being nearly as qualified as Miles. While the two of them work to remain alive, they have to first learn to trust each other. Surprises and mysteries lurk around every corner, and the more they learn, the more dire their situation becomes.

Plot
The plotting is flawless, with heart-pounding tension, plenty of twists and turns, and unexpected surprises. The relationship development between the two characters is woven through the story so that it’s an extension of the plot rather than the main focus. The author kept me guessing until just the right moment.

The Characters
Both Fiona and Miles are complex characters. Told only from Fiona’s point of view, we see Miles evolve through her eyes. Their assumptions about each other fall away as they’re forced to work together to live another day and get off the island. Fiona is a tough-as-nails kickboxer with a string of trophies to show for it. Miles is a spoiled rich boy with far more to him than just that. Both will learn there is more to themselves and each other than what’s on the surface.

Top Five Things I Loved About ECHOES
1. Twists and turns. I love when I reach the end of a chapter and NEED to turn the page to find out what happens next. Alice Reeds ended nearly every chapter with something that made me not only want, but need, to read on.

2. LOST-ness. The similarities to LOST were an homage to the groundbreaking television show. It both grounded me in the story as well as intrigued me. The parallels begin and end at the setting, though. ECHOES is very much its own story.

3. Fiona. She’s determined and brave, but with a believable vulnerability that suits her character.

4. Miles. He defies stereotype and is a swoonworthy romantic lead.

5. The writing. Author Alice Reeds does  phenomenal job of pulling the reader into the world she’s created so you can breathe in the humid ar, taste the salty air, feel the grit of sand on your skin.

Bottom Line
A perfect blend of terrifyingly thriller elements mixed with a swoony teen romance.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title: ECHOES
Author: Alice Reeds
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | Entangled

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Author Alice Reeds

Author Alice Reeds

About the Author
Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

 

 

 

Where to Find Alice Reeds
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Teaser Reveal – TEN REASONS TO STAY (Risky Hearts Duet) by Candace Knoebel

TEN REASONS TO STAY Teaser Reveal

Author Candace Knoebel is revealing a teaser from TEN REASONS TO STAY, the first book in her adult contemporary romance duet, Risky Hearts, releasing August 30, 2018. See below for information on the book, a link to add them to your Goodreads TBR, and an exclusive teaser.

TEN REASONS TO STAY (Risky Hearts Duet #1) by Candace Knoebel

TEN REASONS TO STAY (Risky Hearts Duet #1) by Candace Knoebel

About Book 1
Title:
TEN REASONS TO STAY
Series: Risky Hearts Duet #1
Author: Candace Knoebel
Release Date: August 30, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
One day a week—Thursdays—my husband and I could do whatever or whomever we pleased.

Protection was non-negotiable.

And no matter what, we had to be home by midnight.

Jack was the one who wanted an open marriage, but we were supposed to keep things simple. No strings. No commitments. It seemed so easy…until it wasn’t.

Devilishly handsome Cole Blackwater was only supposed to be a flight, but everything about him made me feel alive. Wanted. Seen. When I realized he was my husband’s boss, I should have broken things off right then…but I didn’t.

One day a week, I could pretend that I was his and he was mine…until Cole wanted more.

But how could I decide between the man I’d promised to love, honor, and cherish, and the man who tempted me to break every single vow I’d made?

 

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Author Candace Knoebel

Author Candace Knoebel

About the Author
Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs, and has found an outlet in over twelve novels.

With two completed series, her work ranges from  paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her thirteenth novel, The Taste of Her Words.

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Where to Find Candace Knoebel
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Teaser Blitz – THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS (From the Baroness’s Diary) by Cristiane Serruya

USA Today bestselling author, Cristiane Serruya, is releasing a teaser from THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS, the third book in her adult contemporary romance series, From the Baroness’s Diary, releasing August 28, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and an exclusive teaser. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook of book 1 in the series for free!

THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS (From the Baroness's Diary #3) by Cristiane Serruya

THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS (From the Baroness’s Diary #3) by Cristiane Serruya

About the Book
Title: THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS
Series:From the Baroness’s Diary #3
Author: Cristiane Serruya
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
I’ve been trying to get away from one man, I didn’t think I’d end up with three.

I flee my abusive husband and travel to Italy to find Salvatore Di Luca, my long-lost love.

But the moment I set foot in Sicily, my life takes an unexpected turn: I meet Enzo, a dominant, broken-hearted man, and we connect at first sight. I couldn’t have imagined he is Salvatore’s elder brother and that they have a younger brother, Angelo, who thinks he is damaged for life. 

It’s more than a trip. It’s a life-time journey.

All three of them want me and I want to heal their tortured souls and broken hearts. Before I even realize what is happening, we are entangled. Yet I am still married and the darkness of my past comes crashing down on us sooner rather than later, threatening more than our happiness.

But I won’t go down without a fight—and neither will my Harem—because my journey won’t be complete until forever belongs to the four of us. 

If you are a fan of a romantic Reverse Harem Romance, you will love this scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy story which involves three alpha Italian knights who will do anything for their baroness—oops, their Principessa. Buy this quick-blush, perfect bedside read by USA Today bestselling author Cristiane Serruya now!

Please note that this book might covers sensitive topics to some readers.

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Book 1: THE EROTIC ESCAPADES OF BARON BEARDLEY’S WIFE
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Author Cristiane Serruya

Author Cristiane Serruya

About the Author
USA TODAY and AMAZON best-selling romance author, Cristiane Serruya lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her six-foot-six husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. Cris is a writer, a lawyer, a reader; a woman, a mother, and a wife. Not necessarily in this order. Or in any order…

She has a Master’s in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, after twenty-two years of practicing law, Cris decided to give writing a go. And–amazingly–it was just the piece that was missing in the puzzle of her life.

She loves to hear from readers so fell free to stalk her online and visit www.crisserruya.com to win a freebie left there only for you.

Those who want to receive Cris’s very sporadic emails about new releases, giveaways, and promotions can sign-up on http://bit.ly/CS-VIPlist.

Where to Find Cristiane Serruya
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Cover Reveal – THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT and THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER by Meghan Quinn

THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT and THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER Cover Reveal

Meghan Quinn is revealing the covers for THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT and THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER, both books in her latest adult contemporary romance duet, releasing August 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018. See below for the covers, information on the books, and links to add both to your Goodreads TBR.

THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT by Meghan Quinn

THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT by Meghan Quinn

About Book 1
Title: THE LEFT SIDE OF PERFECT
Author: Meghan Quinn
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2018
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
For better or for worse,’til death do us part . . .

The better captured me; she’s who stole my heart.  And made me realize I couldn’t live without this woman. The worse of her took my breath away–kicked me when I was down and twisted me into a million knots.

 When I first met her, I thought she was someone I would never see again.  The second time I ran into her, it was a random coincidence.

The third? 

I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the girl I was going to marry.  But life isn’t always perfect. You have to take the better and the worse–even if it means giving her up, having her slip between your fingers, and letting her walk away. 

 I’m getting married. 

This is forever, ’til death do us part.

 

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THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER by Meghan Quinn

THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER by Meghan Quinn

About Book 2
Title: THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOREVER
Author: Meghan Quinn
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish . . .

It sounds so simple, to love someone unconditionally.

To give them your heart.

So why is she slowly eating away at my soul with every unanswered phone call, every unread text, and every door left unopened?

 She said yes, and yet, in order for her to be with me . . . I need to let her go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Meghan Quinn

Author Meghan Quinn

About the Author
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!.

Where to Find Meghan Quinn
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – FOREVER LOVE (Forever Series) by J. Lum

FOREVER LOVE Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for FOREVER LOVE, the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Forever, by J. Lum. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on picking up the SUMMER LOVE, a novella prequel, for free.

FOREVER LOVE (Forever Series #1) by J. Lum

FOREVER LOVE (Forever Series #1) by J. Lum

About the Book
Title: FOREVER LOVE
Series: Forever Series #1
Author: J. Lum
Release Date: August 2, 2018
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Other

Synopsis
To appreciate the sun, you have to withstand the storm.

Free-spirited, poetic Casey Loughlin has had her fair share of rain, and she always manages to see the silver lining. During her teenage years, when she met Toby Cardona, she learned everything she ever needed to learn about love and loss—all in one year.

When Toby lost Casey, everything changed for him. The once caring and endearing boy, with dreams and hopes of his own, became the cold, broken, money-hungry man he swore he’d never be. Now, with Casey back in his life, it’s up to her to show Toby that the second time around, love can still hurt, but it’s worth every painful prick. Will Toby weather the storm, and embrace a second chance, with the woman he’s always loved?

 

 

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As I look at her face, shielded by her sunglasses, I try to recall how I know her. Taking a deep breath, I nod my head and give my best smile. She’s breathing even harder, which in turn, makes me hard. Her chest and face flush a little, and I wonder if she’s as flush in other areas. But who the hell is she?

I won’t lie, I’ve fucked a lot of girls, but I don’t recognize her. Only a few people call me Toby; maybe we went to college together. While trying to figure out who she is, I can’t help myself, my eyes roam all over her. She turns a little, giving me a better view, and I twitch a little. Fuck me. She’s curvy, and her breasts are plentiful. I’m lost on her body, and would love to reacquaint myself with her. She shifts and starts to get up and, turning slightly, I see her round ass come into view. She’s wearing short jean shorts that are slightly riding up. The thought of rubbing my hands all over her backside flashes before me. I bet you she would fill them up.

She’s now standing, with her arms folded across her chest, which only pushes her breasts up higher. Plus, the plain tank top she’s wearing has inched up, exposing her smooth skin. The view of her standing up isn’t helping things below my waist. I’d like to lick her all over.

But that thought is distracted by her hostile body language. My eyes roam up her wonderfully-toned legs, and I notice she’s not as tall as I thought. What I would give to have her legs wrapped around my waist, sinking myself into her.

Jesus, I have to pull myself together.

I should’ve brought someone with me to control me leering all over this girl like a pervert. Maybe I can convince her to come over for a quick lay. Isn’t that what summer vacations are about? Bang it and leave it.

She has to be standing about close to five-foot-six, fitting perfectly in my arms. I’m guessing from the flush, I could turn that scowl into a moan with one kiss. Her lips are pouty and swollen. I wish I could recognize how I know her. Clearly, from her perspective, she knows who I am. I tilt my head.

“Hi, luscious. How about you come home with me? I’d love to get my hands on your beautiful body.” I give her my flirtatious smile. Taking a few steps forward, I lean into her. “I would make you flush everywhere, and have you moan my name.” Her breathing becomes labored, and something about this is familiar. I shake my head to release the unnerving feelings, and I smile, moving in to put an arm around her. Her arms raise as if she’s about to wrap them around my neck, but she swings back and slaps me across the face.

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SUMMER LOVE (Forever Series #0.5) by J. Lum

SUMMER LOVE (Forever Series #0.5) by J. Lum

About the Novella – FREE
Title: SUMMER LOVE
Series: Forever Series #0.5
Author: J. Lum
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
TOBY
Spending the entire summer with my father wasn’t in my plans. I hated him. I was angry and resentful, and it made me feel out of control.

Until I met her.

Casey is carefree. She lives life to the fullest, without regrets, and to a guy like me, she was hope. We only had the summer, and I knew better than to get wrapped up with her, but I couldn’t help it.

And now? Now, I don’t know how to let her go.

CASEY
I’d never been in love. At fifteen, my life was filled with books and family expectations. Love was not something I had time for. 

And then, he saved me.

Toby is a boy from California, so you would think he’d be easygoing, but he isn’t. He’s the definition of self-control; everything has to be “just so.”

But when we’re together, living each day with reckless abandon, I realize that life is so much more than fairytales within the pages. 

I’m pretty sure he’s my soulmate. But what good can possibly come from falling so hard when you’re this young? How can this ever work?

A promise. That’s all we have to hold on to. One. Simple. Promise.

***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.

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Author J. Lum

Author J. Lum

About the Author
Lum resides in the Northern Virginia area. While she calls Virginia home, she is constantly on the go. She’s got a constant case of #Wanderlust; most of the time, you can find her traveling around the world to see her book besties, or checking off her bucket list places. Her second home away from home is Hawaii, where her family is from. The love for the ocean runs through her veins. She also has a love of pugs, unicorns, and anything chocolate. She and coffee have been having a love affair for many years. And, if you don’t find her wandering around the world, she’s more than likely hanging with her pug, Lani.

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Where to Find J. Lum
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Cover Reveal – NOT QUITE PERFECT (Rocky Cove) by Rebecca Norinne

NOT QUITE PERFECT Cover Reveal

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne is revealing the cover to NOT QUITE PERFECT, the first book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Rocky Cove, releasing September 26, 2018.  See below for the cover, information on the book, and preorder links.

NOT QUITE PERFECT (Rocky Cove #1) by Rebecca Norinne

NOT QUITE PERFECT (Rocky Cove #1) by Rebecca Norinne

About the Book
Title: NOT QUITE PERFECT
Series: Rocky Cove #1
Author: Rebecca Norinne
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
I can’t believe I met the perfect man …

On the ferry to my mother’s wedding, I met the most amazing man—his love of Faulkner notwithstanding. Professor David Carstairs was funny, intelligent, and had the sexiest hands I’d ever seen. A conversation about classic American literature led to a romantic dinner at his house … and then a whole lot of dessert afterward. I’d never done anything like that before, but what we had was something special.

Unfortunately, everything came crashing down the next day. Because my supposedly perfect professor? His dad just married my mom, and now he’s my stepbrother! Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot more complicated.

I’ve finally found the perfect woman …

En route to watch my father marry yet another young gold digger, I met the perfect woman—her hatred of Faulkner notwithstanding. Victoria Witherspoon was kind, witty, and had the most kissable lips I’d ever seen. We spent the day together, and then stayed up all night exploring each other’s bodies. I don’t do relationships, but for someone as perfect as Victoria, I was ready to make an exception.

If only her mom hadn’t just married my dad, putting the object of all my fantasies firmly in the “off limits” category. And I thought the holidays were awkward before.

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Get caught up on the series:

Book 1: THE VINTER’S VIXEN
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Book 2: THE DISTILLER’S DARLING
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Author Rebecca Norinne

Author Rebecca Norinne

About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring strong, determined heroines and sexy, dominant heroes with guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

When not writing, Rebecca can be found watching rugby, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. Originally from California, Rebecca currently resides in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband.

To receive news about Rebecca’s books, sign up for her newsletter, or keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also visit her website or drop her an e-mail anytime.

 

Where to Find Rebecca Norinne
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Cover Reveal – BETTING ON HIM (Wilde Love) by Kelly Collins

BETTING ON HIM Cover Reveal

Kelly Collins is unveiling the cover to BETTING ON HIM, the first book in her adult contemporary romance/romantic suspense series, Wilde Love, releasing October 15, 2018. See below for the cover, information on the book, and preorder links.

BETTING ON HIM (Wilde Love #1) by Kelly Collins

BETTING ON HIM (Wilde Love #1) by Kelly Collins

About the Book
Title:
BETTING ON HIM
Series: Wilde Love #1
Author: Kelly Collins
Release Date: October 15, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?  

Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they’ll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.  

Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead…  

As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?  

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Author Kelly Collins

Author Kelly Collins

About the Author
Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she is inspired by real-time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.

Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-five years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking the trails and visiting the mining towns like Cripple Creek. She likes to think it’s the ambience that brings her there and not the amazing slot machine in the back of the casino.

In the winter, you’ll find her tucked into her seat at The World Arena cheering her beloved Colorado College Tigers Hockey Team. After several losing seasons she knows there’s a win coming soon. Kelly is no fair weather fan.

She has three amazing children, and she wonders how they all turned out to be engineers when only the creative side of her brain seems to work. She just chalks it up to the engineering genes her husband contributed to the mix.

Creative minds need an outlet and writing books is where she focuses her excess energy..

Where to Find Kelly Collins
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Teaser Reveal – MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries – The Forgotten) by Lexi Blake

MEMENTO MORI Cover Reveal

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake, is revealing another teaser from MOMENTO MORI, the first book in her adult romantic suspense series, Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten, releasing August 28, 2018. See below for information on the book, preorder links, and an exclusive teaser.

MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries - The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake

MEMENTO MORI (Masters and Mercenaries – The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake

About the Book
Title
: MEMENTO MORI
Series: Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher:DLZ Entertainment
Category: Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 28, 2018
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Synopsis
Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future

A man without a past

Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows—his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.  

A woman with a bright future

River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

A love that could heal a broken soul

Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?

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Author Lexi Blake

Author Lexi Blake

About the Author
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Where to Find Lexi Blake
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Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway – FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS (Warrior Fight Club) by Laura Kaye

FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S HIS Excerpt Reveal

New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kaye is revealing an excerpt from FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS, the second stand-alone book in the adult contemporary military romance series, Warrior Fight Club, releasing September 7, 2018. See below for information on the book and series, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt.

FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S HIS (Warrior Fight Club #2) by Laura Kaye

FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS (Warrior Fight Club #2) by Laura Kaye

About the Book
Title:
FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS
Series: Warrior Fight Club #2
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Military Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Synopsis
This fight club has one rule: you must be a veteran…

Resisting her only makes him want her more…

Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.

Shayna Curtis is new to town, fresh out of grad school, and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting in a month, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.

Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.

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Excerpt
A note from Laura Kaye:

I’m so excited to share Fighting for What’s His, because this story is such a sweet, sexy, and funny roommates-to-lovers and brother’s best friend story! Need more to pique your interest? Enjoy this excerpt:

“I got the bandages you asked for. I’ll grab them,” Shayna said.

Without looking at her, Billy nodded once. She heard the frustrated breath he released as she left the room. When she came back up, he was waiting at the top of the steps. “I got it from here, thanks.”

“I can help—”

“I’ve got it,” he said again, not quite meeting her gaze.

“You helped me, so why can’t I help—”

Shayna.”

Billy.” She understood how guys like Billy and her brother thought. She’d been around enough Rangers to know they hated needing help. But that didn’t mean they didn’t actually need it. “You won’t be able to reach the back of your shoulder. Let me help.”

He let out a harsh breath, then turned away. “Fine.” He disappeared into his bedroom at the back of the hallway.

She followed the rectangle of light spilling from the master bathroom and found him gathering supplies from the medicine cabinet. For a moment, she just stood in the doorway, because she could feel the anger rolling off of him. “I’m sorry if carrying my stupid desk made your shoulder worse.”

He slanted her a look, and it was clear that he was attempting to beat back his frustration. “It didn’t, so don’t worry.”

“I’m kinda predisposed to think things are my fault, so it can’t be helped.”

He frowned, and this time all the frustration bled from his expression. “Why do you say that?”

Because my idiocy and stubbornness killed my brother. That was what she thought, but what she said was, “I don’t know. Old habit.”

Billy shook his head. “Well, this isn’t your fault, Shayna. And I’d be willing to bet that whatever else you’re worrying about isn’t either.” He closed the toilet lid and sat heavily, and Shayna was glad that he looked away, because his words had unleashed a sting at the backs of her eyes. “I hate that I need help with this. Not that you’re the one helping.”

There went her belly again. “Just pretend I’m Ryan,” she said in a quiet voice.

He smirked up at her. “Why would I do that?”

“Because you probably wouldn’t care if a buddy was patching you up, right?”

He shrugged with one big shoulder. “Anyone ever told you that you can be too damn perceptive?”

“I am a photographer, after all. It’s literally my job to notice things.”

“Mine, too,” he said, tossing an appreciative glance over his shoulder. Their gazes collided. Held.

Made Shayna’s heart beat harder. “So, do I need to do anything special or just clean, bandage, tape?” she asked as her gaze scanned over his burn scars.

“Put antibiotic cream on before you bandage. Otherwise, that’s it. And be sure to pat rather than wipe. Because of the movement of the joint, this spot is the one area that has struggled to heal.”

She washed her hands and ran warm water over a wash cloth, then did as he said. “Let me know if I hurt you.”

“You won’t,” he said. “I can’t feel much where its scarred. My nerves are mostly shot back there.”

Shayna debated whether humor would help or hurt the situation, then went for it. “Well, in case you have one left, I don’t want to get on it.”

One beat passed, then another. Billy chuckled, and the sound did funny things to her chest. “Appreciate that, smart ass.”

She put a playful sauciness in her voice as she said, “You noticing my ass, Billy Parrish?”

He didn’t answer, even though his mental debate as to how to respond seemed to ring loudly, making her laugh as she tended to him.

“This is pretty much the same thing I had to do when I got the tattoo on my shoulder,” she said, smoothing antibiotic cream over the rent skin. She grimaced as she did so, not because she found it unpleasant, but because she worried about hurting him despite his reassurances.

“How many tattoos do you have?” he asked in a low voice.

The question reminded her that he’d seen one of them—her most intimate one, and heat filtered into her cheeks as she positioned the bandage. “Four. The one on my hip, and three on my back and shoulders. Once you have one, it’s kinda addicting.”

“Is that right?”

“Mmhmm,” she murmured, concentrating on the tape. “I think the bottom piece of tape might need to wrap under your arm a little to hold it in place. Is that okay?”

“Whatever you say, Goldilocks.”

“That’ll be Dr. Goldilocks to you, ya git.” She smoothed the tape down.

He chuckled again. “What’s with the colorful cursing?”

She grinned. “I grew up with brothers. Am I offending your sensitive ears, Ranger Parrish?”

“Hell, no,” he said. “I’m a fan.”

“There,” she said, surveying her work. Satisfaction warmed her belly, because she’d gotten to help him. And he’d called her pretty. And said he was a fan of the crazy crap that came out of her mouth. “All done.”

He rose and peered in the mirror. “Perfect, Shayna,” he said, their gazes meeting in the mirror.

And she could’ve sworn he said, “Perfect Shayna,” without the pause between. Especially when he looked at her like he was doing right now.

As if she had on far too many clothes. And Jesus did she suddenly agree.

“Any time you need patched up, consider me your girl,” she managed, still meeting the heat in those brown eyes.

Brown eyes whose reflection looked her up and down. “Don’t you mean woman? Consider you my woman?” he teased, throwing her earlier words back at her. “You know, when I need patched up.”

Shayna released a shaky breath. “Yeah. Exactly.”

He gave a slow nod, then turned to look at her directly, bringing them toe to toe. “Then, consider me your man when you need muscle. Now, how about I go move your car and help you build a desk?”

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING
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Author Laura Kaye

Author Laura Kaye

About the Author
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Where to Find Laura Kaye
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Teaser Reveal – GOOD TIME COWBOY (Gold Valley) by Maisey Yates

GOOD TIME COWBOY Teaser Reveal

Harlequin and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Maisey Yates, is revealing another teaser from GOOD TIME COWBOY, the third book in her adult contemporary western romance series, Gold Valley, releasing August 21, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and the exclusive teaser.

GOOD TIME COWBOY (Gold Valley #3) by Maisey Yates

GOOD TIME COWBOY (Gold Valley #3) by Maisey Yates

About the Book
Title: GOOD TIME COWBOY
Series: Gold Valley #3
Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Western Romance
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Synopsis
In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden desire just might turn into the love of a lifetime…

When Lindy Parker lost her cheating husband, she gained a vineyard. She’ll do anything for Grassroots Winery, including teaming up with the hottest devil she knows, rancher Wyatt Dodge. Wyatt is her ex’s friend and has an ego as big as the bulls he rides. But in spite of that, disciplined Lindy has always wanted him…

Lightning struck Wyatt Dodge the first time he saw Lindy Parker. But there were two problems with that: she was married to his friend, and Wyatt doesn’t do strings. But now Lindy is free, and the two of them can finally explore the heat that’s burned between them for so long. But can Lindy make this good time cowboy decide on forever?.

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Book 1: SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY
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Book 2: UNTAMED COWBOY
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Author Maisey Yates

Author Maisey Yates

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Teaser Reveal – ALL I WANT IS YOU (The Youngers) by Iris Morland

ALL I WANT IS YOU Cover Reveal

Iris Morland is revealing a teaser from ALL I WANT IS YOU, the third book in her adult contemporary romantic comedy/mystery series, The Youngers, a spinoff of the Love Everlasting series, releasing September 6, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and another exclusive teaser.

ALL I WANT IS YOU (The Youngers #3) by Iris Morland

ALL I WANT IS YOU (The Youngers #3) by Iris Morland

About the Book
Title: ALL I WANT IS YOU
Series: The Youngers #3
Author: Iris Morland
Release Date: September 6, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy/Mystery
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Synopsis
You met them in DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME. Now prepare to fall in love with THE YOUNGERS, a brand-new series from Iris Morland, full of sexy men, passionate women, and the love stories you can’t get enough of.

A brilliant, aloof lawyer, Phin Younger has focused solely on his career and on helping people less fortunate.

Living his life without romance? He’s just fine with that. Phin knows all too well how relationships make life messy and complicated.

Until the day Emily Lassiter begs Phin to help her teenage brother. Beautiful but as fierce as a lioness, Emily is like no other woman he’s met.

Suddenly, all of Phin’s plans to avoid romantic entanglements are thrown out the window the moment he sets eyes on Emily.

A former model, Emily now struggles to make ends meet for herself and for her teenage brother Josh. When Josh commits a crime that could put him behind bars for years, she turns to her brother’s court-appointed lawyer, Phin Younger, for help.

But Emily never expected that her brother’s lawyer would be young and handsome. And she definitely never expected that Phin’s kiss would heat a need inside her that soon transforms into a conflagration.

When these two can no longer deny their feelings for each other, an embittered rival of Phin’s threatens to destroy his career, dragging Emily into the scandal.

Now these star-crossed lovers must overcome the fears that hold them captive—or face a future without the love that could set them both free.

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This book is a part of the LOVE EVERLASTING series, which is one large series following multiple families and friends. Each book can be read as a standalone (unless otherwise noted), or they can be read in order of publication as one long series. Each book is interconnected, with many of the same characters showing up in multiple books.

Preorder your copy of ALL I WANT IS YOU – available September 6th

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Author Iris Morland

Author Iris Morland

About the Author
A coffee addict and cat lover, Iris Morland writes sexy and funny contemporary romances. If she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys binging on Netflix shows and cooking something delicious.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels) by Christina Bauer

UMBRA Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover for UMBRA, the second prequel in the young adult fantasy/dystopian series, Dimension Drift Worlds, releasing January 29, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels #2) by Christina Bauer

UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels #2) by Christina Bauer

About the Prequel
Title:
UMBRA
Series: Dimension Drift Prequels #2
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian
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Synopsis
“I have not found an author that I adore the writing style of this much since Jennifer L. Armentrout. The world that this author created was amazing.”– Brittany’s Book Reviews

A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.

One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.

In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.

Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….

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Dimension Drift Series

“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”Woven Magic

This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

Dimension Drift Worlds
1. Dimension Drift (April 2018)
2. Umbra (Winter 2019)

Dimension Drift
1.Alien Minds (Spring 2019)
2. ECHO Academy (Spring 2020)

More series from author Christina Bauer: Beholder (YA Dark Fantasy), Angelbound (YA Urban Fantasy) and Fairy Tales of the Magicorum (YA Urban Fantasy)

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Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Release Day – OPPORTUNITY (Office Roulette) by Kennedy Layne

OPPORTUNITY Release Day

Today is release day for OPPORTUNITY, the third book in the adult mystery/romantic suspense series, Office Roulette, by USA Today bestselling author, Kennedy Layne. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

OPPORTUNITY (Office Roulette #3) by Kennedy Layne

OPPORTUNITY (Office Roulette #3) by Kennedy Layne

About Book 3
Title: OPPORTUNITY
Series: Office Roulette #3
Author: Kennedy Layne
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre:
 Adult Mystery/Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne brings you the thrilling conclusion to the Office Roulette trilogy…

Gareth Nicollet had been born into wealth, but he’d learned at an early age that money wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be.  Regrettably, he’d made a meaningful choice early on in his life that now threatened his future with the woman he loved.

Cynthia Ellsworth valued many things, but trust and loyalty were at the top of her list.  She’d always known the man who shared her bed had secrets, but she never thought in a million years that he had the ability to destroy her career and her heart with a single blow.

Someone once said that greed was balanced by fear, but that wasn’t entirely true when there was nothing left to lose.  Unfortunately, Gareth’s secret is the very reason the roulette wheel is spinning and Cynthia’s life hangs in the balance.

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Excerpt
It seemed to her that she could sense the moment Gareth was going to speak. She’d never been attuned to a man the way she was with him, and that included many more than Kurt Langston. In hindsight, all Kurt had done was distract her with adventure that she hadn’t seen fit to provide for herself.

Cynthia supposed she should be thankful to him for one lesson, because he’d taught her that she hadn’t needed a man to make her happy. She was proud of who she’d become, though she could admit to holding men to higher standards more often than they could meet.

It was unfortunate that Gareth had come immediately after her valuable lesson, when the sting was still fresh.

She’d always tended to act first and suffer the consequences later. It was in her genetic makeup to be out in front of any issue. She made decisions, in and out of her personal life, and stuck to them. Maybe it was time she give a little bit.

“We could always table this discussion until later,” Cynthia managed to draw out around a moan he initiated by working on a knot in her right calf that had been bothering her all day.

She lifted the lashes on her right eye to witness his reaction. He hadn’t even flinched at her confession. She could at least give him the benefit of the doubt about why he’d kept the fact that Brad was his brother a secret.

She owed him that much, didn’t she?

To prove that she wasn’t just delaying the inevitable— which she’d asked for— she raised a knee so that her foot rested against the growing bulge in his pants.

“Are you trying to distract me with sex, Cyn?”

“Is it working yet?”

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: MEANS
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Book 2: MOTIVE
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Author Kennedy Layne

Author Kennedy Layne

About the Author
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com..

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Teaser Reveal – COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART (Heart of Texas) by Donna Grant

COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART Teaser Reveal

St. Martin’s Press and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Donna Grant, are revealing a teaser from COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART, the third book in the adult contemporary western romance series, Heart of Texas, releasing August 28, 2018. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, an exclusive teaser.

COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART (Heart of Texas #3) by Donna Grant

COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART (Heart of Texas #3) by Donna Grant

About the Book
Title: COWBOY, CROSS MY HEART (Heart of Texas #3) by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #3
Author: Donna Grant
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Western Romance
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Synopsis
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene in the second book in her Heart of Texas series, Cowboy, Cross My Heart, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .

Naomi Pierce isn’t the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It’s not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can’t help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol’-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it’s one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye…

Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can’t help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him from the stands. It doesn’t take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close―and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn’t be any kind of cowboy if he didn’t offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger―without risking his heart?

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Author Donna Grant

Author Donna Grant

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com.

 

 

 

 

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Trailer Reveal – LOVE, CUTTER by Michelle Jester

LOVE, CUTTER Teaser Reveal

Author Michelle Jester is revealing the book trailer to LOVE, CUTTER, a stand-alone upper young adult/new adult contemporary romance, releasing August 28, 2018. See below for information on the book, an exclusive first look at the trailer, and a link to add the book to your Goodreads TBR.

LOVE, CUTTER by Michelle Jester

LOVE, CUTTER by Michelle Jester

About the Book
Title: LOVE, CUTTER
Author: Michelle Jester
Genre: Upper Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.

Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.

Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

 

 

 

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Author Michelle Jester

Author Michelle Jester

About the Author
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.

One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

 

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