Thursday, February 20, 2020

Release + Review - Paine - Tracy Lorraine

She was my best friend. The person I told my deepest secrets to. But when my world came crashing down, it was all because of her family.

From that moment, I realized I’d been wrong to trust her. Her big caring eyes and sweet face were nothing but an act as she’d watched on while I tried to keep my head above water.

That was our past.

Now, I’ve largely put Camila behind me and moved on with my life. Though it doesn’t explain why she’s always there: taunting me, tempting me, showing me the life I could have been living.

I should have been laughing when her own world turned upside down. Karma always wins out in the end. But suddenly we’re forced together once again and I have no choice but to remember the girl I’ve tried so hard to forget.

Jennifer's Review 

Do you want a little Paine? Paine was a great novel. I was really looking forward to reading it after meeting the characters in book one. This is a stand alone in an interconnected series.

I really liked the plot of this book. The two main characters have a mysterious history. I loved how the author unveiled that history throughout the book later by layer. The characters are dynamic and the heat was on point. The author did an amazing job with this story.

Overall, I cannot wait until the next book in this series. This is a great series of books.

Ratings Plot: 5/5 Charatcers: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

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Tracy Lorraine is a M/F and M/M contemporary romance author. Tracy recently-ish turned thirty and lives in a cute Cotswold village in England with her husband, daughter and lovable but slightly crazy dog. Having always been a bookaholic with her head stuck in her Kindle Tracy decided to try her hand at a story idea she dreamt up and hasn’t looked back since.
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Release + Review - The Perfect Pitch - Samantha Lind

The sound of the gavel crashing down, 
Has my life flashing before my eyes. 
Learning to play ball. 
Falling in love, 
Marrying an incredible woman and starting a family
Becoming a starting pitcher for the Indianapolis Lightning. 
Everything I ever wanted... Until I struck out. 
The same success that gave me the life I dreamed of, 
Took it all away. 
I'd do anything for a second chance, 
Even throw the perfect pitch. 
A signature on a piece of paper...
It binds you to someone, or it can tear them away. 
It broke my heart to file the papers. 
Gutted me to sign them. 
But this isn't the life I envisioned.
Tired of competing to be his number one priority,
I had to walk away from the man I loved.
I needed to be strong for our girls, for me.
Life goes on.
People can change. 
Now he wants a second chance. 
But can I forgive the man who threw it all away, and trust that he won’t do it again? 

Louise's Review 

The Perfect Pitch is a stand-alone Baseball story, while the Baseball side is light it ticked all the boxes on the romantic side of things.

Derek had it all, the amazing wife, 2 kids and the career of his dreams; for the past several years he has been indulging when he shouldn’t and falling down on the husband and father duties. With the wake-up call that he needs Derek is set to win back his family even if that means giving up his career.
Jillian didn’t want to go through with it but she had to, she needed to be strong for her girls. When Derek starts doing all the right things can she trust it or when the season starts again will he fall back into bad habits?

I personally really enjoyed this 2nd chance story; Lind is a new me author and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her work.

Star Ratings; Plot: 4/5 Characters: 4/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5


Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Release - Angry God - L.J Shen

“Once again, L.J. Shen has blown me away with a hauntingly beautiful, angst-driven, emotionally charged romance that will stay with me long after the last page. A must read for 2020.”
 --Siobhan Davis, USA Today bestselling author

Angry God, an all-new beautiful and dark new adult romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

Vaughn Spencer. 
They call him an angry god. 
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince. 
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street. 
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me. 
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me. 
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school. 
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London. 
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius. 
They say this place is haunted, and it is. 
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets. 
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.
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“How good are you at keeping secrets, Lenora Astalis?” His voice wrapped around my neck like a noose. 
I wanted to cough. I needed to cough. He terrified me. I hated him with the heat and passion of a thousand blazing suns. He made me feel like a scaredy cat and a snitch. 
“Oh, yes. If you’re coward enough to pretend you’re asleep, you’re good enough to keep a secret. That’s the thing about you, Astalis. I can smash you into dust and watch your grains dance at my feet. My little circus monkey.” 
I might’ve hated Vaughn, but I hated myself more for not standing up to him. For not opening my eyes and spitting in his face. Clawing his unnaturally blue eyes out. Taunting him back for all the times he’d taunted all of us at Carlisle Prep.
“By the way, your eyelids are moving,” he said drily, chuckling. 
He straightened up, his finger making a brief stop at the base of my spine. He snapped his fingers, making a breaking sound, and I nearly jumped out of my skin, letting out a gasp. I squeezed my eyes tighter, still pretending to sleep.
He laughed. 
The bastard laughed. 
Was he sparing me for the time being? Was he going to check in on me from now on? Retaliate if I opened my mouth? He was so unpredictable. I wasn’t sure what my life would look like in the morning.

About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries. 

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Release + Review - Zombie Playlist - Kirsty Dallas

𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮'𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞, 𝐬𝐦𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐨𝐝𝐤𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐜 𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮.

Some people are life sucking, soul destroying, end of the world assholes…then there are zombies. Actually, they’re not really zombies, they’re infected, but you know, tomayto tomahto.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got my faults, too. My attitude down-right sucks. I’m untrusting. I smoke and curse too much, and I’m somewhat of a kleptomaniac. In a normal world, those faults help keep my rock queen facade intact. But in this new world, one raging with illness and torn apart by the desperate and stupid, I’m what you would call a survivor.

My plan was simple, stay alive and protect my teenage sister. When a silent man with a steely gaze shot his way into my existence, I knew that more than my life was at stake. Lawson Bishop had the potential to crack his way inside the hard shell of my heart and bring it back to life.

Jennifer's Review 
Holy moses! Zombie Playlist is one of the beat written zombie books I have ever read. That is saying a lot because I have read a ton. This book has everything you need in a zombie book. Obviously zombies, a motivating factor, and a loss of humanity. 

The plot of this book is off the chains. Not only did the author do a great job actually thinking out the story line, but the characters fit in perfectly. I loved the unique challenges and how the author slowly reveals more about each character.

The heat in this book is not missing. The chemistry between characters sizzle until its bound to explode. This book has an amazing writing style. I really liked that each chapter ends with a song, hence the title. It was well thought out and planned. 

This book is for the zombie lovers for sure. It is well written and easily in my top zombie books. I plan to reread this book many times.

Ratings: Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

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Kirsty Dallas is an international bestselling and award winning author from the south east corner of Queensland, Australia. Her comedy romance, Decker's Wood, was an Amazon, iBooks and Nook bestseller, and was also a Goodreads Top 10 Comedy for 2014. Novels to date also include the highly acclaimed Mercy's Angels Series which tackles the subject of violence against women, and standalone novels Breeze of Life, Violet Addiction, Stupid Love, the award winning dark romance, When Nothing Is All You've Got, and Liberty. 

Kirsty Dallas' stories are renowned for their raw honesty and engaging characters. Plots that delve into the frightening subjects of abuse, rape, drugs and violence are twisted into the pages of her books, bringing heart stopping action and a roller coaster of emotion. 

Working with Australian Director and screen writer, Chris Sun, Kirsty worked as script editor on the horror feature film, Boar. Boar was signed to Universal Pictures Australia, and was released in 2018.

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Release + Review - Beautifully Broken Control - Catherine Cowles

"Catherine writes the best broody, damaged heroes! I freaking loved Cain, and he and Kennedy were a perfect match!" 
—Susan Stoker, New York Times bestselling author

Beautifully Broken Control, an all new emotional small-town romance with the perfect blend of sexy and suspense from Catherine Cowles, is out now!

A woman trying to rebuild her life.

Kennedy is doing all she can to escape, to prove that she’s not the monster her father was. A simple life of peace and service is all she needs.

A man haunted by a past he can’t forget.

Cain has buried his demons under layers of control and success. The only thing he needs is his company and his solitude. Certainly not a woman with captivating green eyes filled with ghosts so similar to his own.

He’s a reminder of the life she’s left behind. And she’s a threat to his tightly guarded control. As sparks fly between them, they discover that what they might need most is each other.

But with pasts like theirs . . . you never know when darkness might descend. 

Johnaka's Review 
“Unexpected love, 5 stars” 

Kennedy is running from her past. She thought she was doing the right thing only to have it blow up in her face. So now she’s trying to atone for the sins of another. Kennedy’s just trying to get by. She has friends that she keeps at a distance and works her fingers to the bone. She didn’t expect Cain. Cain who is full of suspicion.

Cain is used to those trying to get close to him to take advantage of him. When he finds out there is a new girl in his group of friends and no one really knows her he starts to get suspicious. Even with the red flags popping up in his head he can’t help but stay away. He wasn’t looking for a relationship let alone love, but it just may have landed in his lap.

I loved how distrustful Cain was but he automatically saw the good in Kennedy. He didn’t hold the sins of another of her head like she did. I loved how Kennedy was supportive of him and pushed him to do what he wanted. I love how she reminded him that money doesn’t mean happiness. If you take a chance on Beautifully Broken Control, I think you will enjoy it. I cannot wait to see what Cowles does next.

Plot-5/5 Characters-5/5 Heat-5/5 Writing style-5/5 Overall-5/5

Louise's Review 
Beautifully Broken Control is book 4 in the Sutter Lake Series giving us Cain and Kennedy’s story, with only knowing very little about each of them I couldn’t wait to find out their stories.

Kennedy has left her old life behind her, one that she feels guilty about and will for the rest of her life. Volunteering and being the best person, she can she is slowly giving back and moulding herself into the woman she wants to be. When Cain decides he needs a break he calls his best mates what better way to solve all your problems than with your chosen family.

Trouble hits Cain’s company he is put in an awful position of figuring out who has betrayed him, with his demons circling him daily he pushes Kennedy away. When Kennedy comes face to face with danger; is it her old life or her relationship with Cain that put her there?

I personally really enjoyed this story, Cain and Kennedy were a mystery going into this book. I really enjoyed getting to know both these characters and it was great to check in with old ones.

I look forward to what is next from Cowles.

Star Ratings; Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she's not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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Release + Review - Rock Bottom - Emily Goodwin

Rock Bottom, a standalone romance in the Dawson Family Series featuring Dean Dawson by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Emily Goodwin, is LIVE!

Rory’s life is a mess. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, let go from her job, and losing her apartment, she takes a chance on a new job in a new town. Things can’t get any worse, right?


When the foundation of Dean Dawson’s life crumbles to pieces at his feet, he swears off relationships of any kind and goes back to a life of bachelorhood, loving and leaving different women every night. 

After dodging what could possibly be the world’s worst blind date, Rory finds herself face to face with Dean—a temptation she knows she should avoid. It’s just one night, and there’s no harm in having a little fun.

Wrong again.

They say when you hit rock bottom the only way to go is up, but nothing is ever that simple.

Louise's Review 

Rock Bottom is book 6 in the Dawson Family series and can be read as a standalone. Having only read books 1-3 I was worried I would miss something but I didn’t, but keeping up with this huge family makes me want to take notes.

Dean knows everything hasn’t been perfect for a while, when he tries to make the situation better, he finds the cold hard truth. After agreeing too be set up on 3 blind dates to finally get his family to stop pestering him his 3rd and final date cancel’s he finds himself face to face with a gorgeous woman. Rory wants just one-night, fake name and background she finds herself wanting to come clean.

Can they have their 2nd chance at love or will the lies from the beginning ruin everything?

I personally enjoyed reading this book, knowing some of the previous characters it was great to catch up with them. I am going to go back and read books 4 & 5 to complete the series.

Star Ratings; Plot: 4/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 4/5 Overall: 4.5/5

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“Must be nice to have family members who own a bar and a bakery.” I inch a little closer. “My brother owns his own vet clinic. I get a family discount on wormer.”
Dean laughs, and it rumbles right through me. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a laugh I can describe as sexy before, but everything about this man is turning me on.
“It is nice getting free food and drinks.”
“I bet. Though I’d probably weigh five hundred pounds after a month of all that free food.”
Dean grabs a menu and hands it to me. “The house pretzel with cheese is better than the fries.”
“That does sound good. It’s not too late to order food?”
He shakes his head. “The kitchen is open until ten.”
“Good. I feel bad when it’s way too close to closing time.”
“That’s very considerate of you.”
“I worked in retail in college.” I give the menu one more glance and decide on the soft pretzel and cheese. “It was irritating when people came in right before closing.”
“I try not to go anywhere if it’s within fifteen minutes of closing, unless it’s my sister-in-law’s bakery. Then I’ll go in a minute before and order whatever takes the longest to make.”
I laugh and meet his eyes, feeling another rush of heat go through me.
“I’m kidding,” he says. “And she’d probably tell me to get the fuck out anyway.”
“Oh, I would too.”
“So…where did you go to college?”
Shit. I have no idea of the names of any Canadian colleges. “The, uh, Central University of…of…” Canada is divided into territories, right? “…of the Northern Territory.”
“Never heard of it,” he says right as I realize my so-called college would be abbreviated to CUNT. 
Oh my fucking gosh. If I were to drop dead right now, the universe would probably be doing me a favor.
“It’s a small school. Private too. And girls only.” Just pick up the shovel, Rory, you’re doing a good job digging yourself a hole to crawl in. “Do you come here often?” I blurt, needing to change the subject.
“If I say yes it makes me sound pathetic, but since my brothers own the place, we all come here to hang out.”
I smile. “It’s nice you like being with your brothers.”
“They can be assholes, but for the most part, they’re good guys,” he laughs. “And the free food and drinks don’t hurt.”
I feel my phone vibrating with a text. “Excuse me,” I say as I dig it out of my little purse. It’s Lennon, reminding me not to leave my drink on the bar when I turn away.
“That wouldn’t be your boyfriend, would it?” Dean asks, doing a good job of looking not too interested as he makes sure I’m single.
“No, it’s my cousin.” I quickly reply that I’m always careful and put my phone back done. “And I’m guessing you don’t have one either?”
“A boyfriend?” Dean gives me a smartass smirk. “Not at the moment.” He finishes his drink and moves his stool a little closer when a new song comes on, base loudly thumping around us.

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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters. 

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends. 

Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. 

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Release + Review - My Bestie's Ex - Piper Rayne

I can’t borrow him.

He’s not a sweater or a skirt.
He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.

In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.

To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be. 

Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.

Johnaka's Review 
“Adorable meet-cute, 5 stars”

My Bestie’s Ex is the first book in the new Rooftop Crew Series by Piper Rayne and I am all for it. If you’ve read Piper Rayne before you may know who Blanca is (White Collar Brothers series) and this is her story. I loved the new characters; I love the vibe these two created for this group and at the same time I loved getting a little taste of one of my favorite families Piper Rayne has blessed us with. Overall, it’s a one click must.

Blanca has a whole lot of change going on in her life. When she runs into her ex bestie and rekindles that friendship all seems well. When she meets a handsome stranger on a train going to her new place things start to look up even further. Finding out that handsome stranger and her now work together, hello plot twist. Is Blanca willing to put her new job on the line for a guy?

Ethan never expected to meet a beautiful woman on the train and he cannot deny that he was hoping he would see her again. But what he wasn’t expecting was to see her at work. He’s not one for mixing business and pleasure, but if anyone can sway his mind it would be Blanca. When his past and her present collide will they come out on the other side unscathed or will they have to walk away from each other?

Plot-5/5 Characters-5/5 Heat-5/5 Writing style-5/5 Overall-5/5

Louise's Review 

Welcome to the new series you HAVE to get your hands on, My Bestie’s Ex is book 1 in ‘The Rooftop Crew’.

With 4 over protective brothers Blanca needs to forge her own path, when she runs into her old BFF from college the choice is easy, move in with her and start over. Meeting a stranger on the train late at night might not be ideal, when she comes face to face with him again the chemistry builds every time they are in a room together.

When Blanca’s new crew meets Ethan it isn’t for the first time causing ripples throughout her friends. Will Blanca and Ethan get their HEA?

Riper & Rayne are a dynamic duo and I have a feeling this series is going to be the best yet. I personally loved this book; I cannot wait to read the rest of this new series, bring on book 2.

Star Ratings; Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" ( caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.