Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Release + Review - The Candle Palace - Devney Perry

The Candle Palace 
(Jamison Valley Book 6)
By Devney Perry 

Sometimes a single flame can ignite a love that lasts a lifetime. 

Milo Phillips knows the meaning of pain. Suffering through the most intense physical agony of his life, he’s confined to a hospital bed to bear it alone. More than once, he wishes he’d died in the explosion that melted and mangled his skin. Darkness consumes him, snuffing all the joy in his life and leaving an empty hole in its place.
But one day, a flicker of light sneaks into his hospital room, driving away some of the hopelessness. For the first time in months, pain isn’t all he feels.

The flicker’s name is Sara Foster, his new nurse. Milo just hopes that Sara can see past his scars. Because underneath, his heart has begun beating again just for her.

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

Johnaka's Review 
“A sneak peak into how they started, 5 stars”

I usually cannot stand novellas. They always leave me wanting more. The Candle Palace was awesome. It was the perfect sneak peak into how Milo and Sara met and fell in love. The Candle Palace is all about the meet-cute and how a chance encounter can change your life. how something horrible can lead to something amazing. I love the way Milo and Sara just knew and didn’t look back.

The Candle Palace took us back to Jamison Valley for a little while and it was just what the doctor ordered. You won’t regret one-clicking this one. Thank you Devney for taking me back to the place (series) that introduced you to me.




Writing style-5/5


Release + Review - Unforgettable - S.B Alexander

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He’s a football god.
She’s the daughter of a Texas senator.
Their chemistry is like oil and water.

My name is Ryker James. I hate when people tell me what to do. I’m cocky, ornery, and I take things when I want them. Caring isn’t in my vocabulary unless it’s related to football or my family, and I just lost my entire family in a blink of an eye. Now all I have is football.

The problem is the misery, the drinking, and the parties have more appeal to me. But Lakemont University wants that championship. Fans want to see wins on the scoreboard, and my teammates salivate to crush our opponents every game.  The only pass I might be throwing is at the auburn-haired girl who waltzes into my life. She’s fire. I’m ice. A combination that doesn’t work. So let the games begin.

My name is Haven Hale, and I’d been tucked away in a boarding school most of my life. Now I’m a big-time college girl, and all I see is freedom in front of me. But first, I have to agree to my father’s demands—no media attention and no sororities. If I can follow those two edicts, then college life should be a breeze.

Until one close encounter with Ryker James, and Father Dearest has changed the game. Stay away from the big, bad quarterback, or face my father’s wrath. There’s only one problem. I can’t help who I’m attracted to, and Ryker James is a magnet, built to attract any female, constructed to make any girl’s heart sputter, and my heart is beating off the charts. But it’s time to choose between the devil I know and the one I don’t.

Johnaka's Review 

“Unlikely pair, 5 stars”

Ryker and Haven should never happen. He hates her father. Besides he needs to concentrate on picking up the pieces and moving on with his life and playing football. He doesn’t have time for distractions. But Haven makes him feel for the first time since his loss. Is she want he needs to move on?

Haven is home for the first time in years and all she wants to do is fly under her father’s radar. She just wants to live her life and be in a place she loves. There is no denying her attraction to Ryker, but is he using her to get to her father? Does he have some ulterior motive? Only one way to find out.

I loved the chemistry between these two. They sizzled. They understood each other on a level not many couples get to right off the bat. Both characters grew throughout the story and let the little stuff go. Alexander killed it with these two and I wasn’t ready for the story to end. I cannot wait to see if she gives any of the secondary characters stories because they deserve it.




Writing style-5/5



The doorbell kept ringing as though someone were holding the buzzer down. I was going to kill that person unless it was Coach Chapman. He would turn his hammer on me.
I chuckled out loud. Coach Chapman reminded me of Thor. At least his fists did when he rammed them down hard on a table, trying to elicit my attention or the team’s.
“I need you to leave.” My boner was completely gone now. I walked out of my room without another glance at Blondie.
I navigated the stairs, not in the mood to deal with whoever was standing on my porch. I knew one thing was certain—it couldn’t be the cops. I didn’t have any other close family members who could be dead. However, my aunt Kari was due in from England for the funeral. She’d been calling me nonstop to give me updates about her arrival, which wasn’t for… Hell, I didn’t even know. I’d lost track of days.
As I descended the last step and walked into the foyer, my blood gelled as I scrambled to think whether I’d missed football practice. Maybe that was the reason Lucas wasn’t around. I discarded that thought. For sure, Lucas would’ve dragged my ass out of bed early that morning.
I opened the door swiftly, and a red-haired pixie fell backward onto my bare feet. She was definitely not my aunt Kari.
Red scrambled to stand then swiped her hands down her jean shorts. At the same time, I was blatantly allowing my gaze to roam up and down her petite frame. Her tits were round and perfect. Her tanned legs were toned. Her lips were plump. Mmm. I liked plump lips. But she had no meat on her body.
“May I help you?” I asked. Maybe I can help you get your lips around my dick. At that thought, he jerked in my sweats.
She brushed her fingers through her hair, her eyes going straight to my crotch. “You can start by not sizing me up like I’m your breakfast.”
Tell me not to do something, and I’ll do it.
So once again, my gaze took a road trip over her body, slow and sure. “I haven’t eaten yet. Are you hungry?” I waggled my eyebrows, hoping she would get my underlying meaning.
She pushed past me and stomped into my house like she owned it. “We need to talk.”
The air around her filtered into my nose—lilacs. As if her scent was all I needed, bits and pieces of the night before registered in my murky brain.
“Talk or fuck? Because you were checking me out too,” I said, not that my erection wasn’t evident.
She gave me a cheeky smile. “I don’t do one-night stands.”
I grinned. “It’s daylight. How about a one-day stand?”
The sun poured in through the open door and the windows in the living room and dining room on either side of us as we stood in the foyer.
She shoved her middle finger in the air. “How many fingers do I have up?”
I closed the door and stalked toward her until she was pinned up against the banister. “Be careful, dollface. That gesture means something completely different to me.”
She rolled her green eyes as her chest rose and fell. “You’re an ass. And I’m not dollface.”
I lowered my head until our lips were a half-inch apart. “What would you like to be called, then?”
“Ew, your breath is disgusting.” She flattened her small hands against my bare chest and froze, staring at my pecs.
Not caring about my morning breath, I inhaled her lilac scent, which was doing crazy things to my body.
She worried her bottom lip. “Um. Can you step away?”
“Are you sure you want me to?” Because I want to fuck your brains out.
I didn’t know what in the hot Texas sun was happening. More memories of her on my lap bombarded me. This chick had some kind of juju that jumped off her and into me.
She finally ducked under my arm. “I need you to focus.” She wound her way down the hall and into the kitchen as though she owned the house. “You need a maid and a monstrous fan to blow out the stench in here.”
The only aroma I had in my nostrils was her.
I followed her as a door upstairs opened and closed. “I need a blow job.”
She snorted. “Ask one of the many women you sleep with.”
I didn’t recall her being so feisty when she was sitting on me. But I wasn’t complaining. I dug strong women. I also loved a challenge, and Red was throwing out challenge after challenge.

About the author 

I'm Susan Alexander, and you'll find my books under S.B. Alexander. A little about me. I've been writing since 2012 and started with writing all about vampires. After the second vampire book, I began to branch out in New Adult Romance. I love to read mostly all genres, and I'm always game to try something new. So I tested my hand at writing romantic suspense and just loved it. So you'll find I write in several different sub-genres of romance.

In between writing, I spend time with my soul mate of 20 years who got a bad deal in life. Three years ago he was diagnosed with ALS. It's a horrible disease, but we both have been making the best of life, laughing, smiling, and doing what we can together.

But writing is a great outlet for me to take my mind to another place. Plus, I have a great network of family, friends, fans, and so much more. I truly have an angel on my shoulder. My mantra is make the best of life because it's too darn short.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Release + Review - I Hate you - Ilsa Madden-Mills

I want you . . . even when I hate you. 

I Hate You, an all-new enemies to lovers sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now! 

Blaze TownsendI hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more. 

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. 
He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Nerd girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game. 

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake FiancĂ©e and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4. 

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. 

She's addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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Johnaka's Review 
“Fine line between love and hate, 5 stars”

 Blaze let Charisma walk away months ago. It was for the best. Because guys like him don’t get girls like her. There is something about her though that calls to him. He wants her even he shouldn’t. The question is will he say screw it and go after her?

Charisma has rules and she never expected Blaze to well blaze through them. He made his way into her life and she was good with that. Then he just walked away. Now he’s back and he wants a second shot. Is she willing to give him a second shot?

The push and pull between these two was something else. I wanted these two to work it out and end up together. They both had their hang ups to work through. Add in the supportive friends and I was sold. Madden-Mills sucked me into I Hate You and I wasn’t ready to leave. I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.




Writing style-5/5


Jenn's Review 

Great sports romance! I Hate You is a contemporary new adult romance novel. The characters are dynamic and the heat is to die for. Add in the angst and this is an amazing book.

I really liked the plot of this book. The whole enemies thing really entertains me. I loved the characters as well. Each had such a great backstory that blended very well together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I was drawn in from page one and couldn't stop turning the pages until the very end!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Release + Review - Just Breathe Again - C.A. Harms

I had it all. Truly, I had the perfect life. One filled with happiness and love where the bright smiles of my gorgeous wife and my beautiful daughter greeted me every day. I was a lucky man…
Until I lost it all.
Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I can still see them. My two angels still shining with their never-ending beauty. But those visions always lead me to darkness…
The moment when I find myself alone again. The pain is real and the emptiness inside me only grows with each passing day.
Time will heal me, they say. But they’ve never lived through the loss I have. They’ve never felt the excruciating pain of what it means to have your heart shattered into a million pieces. 
They don’t know the guilt I carry.
Sometimes I wonder why I even bother waking up every morning. But if I let go, I let go of them. And their memory is all I have left. 
I know I need to move on. I know it’s time to Just Breathe Again… 
The problem is I don’t know where to start.


Free in Kindle Unlimited

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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Johnaka's Review 
“Starting over, 3 stars”

Faith is moving back home and she’s looking forward to it. She’s always been close to her family and even though she’s had fun living in the city she can’t wait to get back to her roots. What she didn’t expect was to meet the mysterious Aaron. Will she be able to break through his walls?

Aaron had it all and now he doesn’t. He’s stuck in limbo not wanting to move on. But Faith makes him feel, something he hasn’t done in years. Will she be the one who finally convinces him to put down the bottle and let out all the hurt and pain?

I had extremely high hopes for Just Breathe again and ended up not really feeling anything. To me the story was predictable, I didn’t get emotional like I thought I would, and I didn’t connect with the characters. For me Just Breathe was like going through the motions. And in really cruddy honesty I felt like Aaron had more of a connection to his ex than Faith.

I’m not saying Just Breathe is bad, clearly it wasn’t where I’m giving it 3 stars. It just didn’t work for me. I went in ready to bawl my eyes out and instead did the whole eh shoulder shrug at the end. I tend to like Harms work but this one just didn’t meet my standards.




Writing style-3/5


Release + Review - Eighteen Thousand Ninety One - Erika Blount

Title: Eighteen-Thousand Ninety One
Authors: Erika Blount & Teri Glascock
Genre: Action (with Romance)
Release Date: August 18, 2019
Cover Design: Black Widow Designs

Electricity. Communication. Two things everyone has taken for granted since the day that it came into existence. Have you ever considered what happens with a power outage? If all radios are silent and you can’t connect to anyone that you’re not standing right in front of? What you lose access to? The answer is everything. Ivy Randall didn’t know that one storm would change her life forever. That one accident would alter the relationships in her life. But it did. While the world stops turning in the same direction that she’s always known it to, it starts spinning in an entirely new direction. Grudges and hatred are either buried to survive or burn brighter and cause more destruction, there is no in between. What are the rules when there are no rules? 

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Erika Blount Bio: 
Erika Blount is a romance author from Louisiana who is slowly branching into new genres. She is a lover of all things written and lives to travel vicariously through books, both her own and anyone else’s. She’s a bartender by trade, but nothing is as fulfilling as being behind a keyboard. She procrastinates on writing with her trusty side-kick Buddy the Wondermutt who is always at her feet and her boyfriend, Spanky, always looming nearby.

Erika Blount FB Page: https://bit.ly/2Z8vabV

Teri Glascock Bio: 
Teri Glascock is a new author from Louisiana. She is wife and mom to six kiddos.  She runs a decorated cookie gig from her home that takes up a lot of her time. She reads and writes to escape the monotony of everyday life and to chase her lifelong dream of writing. When she isn’t working on cookies or busy mommin’, you can find her in the peaceful paradise that is her front porch of her country-living home. She enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and tending to her flowers. Her life is a simple chaos and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Teri Glascock FB Page: https://bit.ly/2GreTYi

Jenn's Review 

Oh my lantana! Eighteen Thousand Ninety One took my breath away. This story had me captivated from the very beginning. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for what I knew was bound to come.

This book reminds me strongly of the movie Red Dawn. It is so raw and emotional. Add in the fact that this could really happen and well you got a scary book on your hands.

I loved the characters and the heat in this book. Both were written well and added some much needed depth to the story.

I liked the writing style, but did feel the story moved slowed in some spots. This book also ends on a cliffy so be prepared for that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I am dying for book 2. I have to know what happens next.


Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Heat: 5/5

Writing style: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cover Reveal - Always With You - Layla Hagen

About ALWAYS WITH YOU by Layla Hagen – available September 10th

Ruling his LA hotel empire through determination and hard work, Reid Davenport is a mystery to many. Despite the media’s interest in him, Reid steers clear of the limelight--until his life is broadcast in the tabloids, endangering not only his privacy, but that of his parents and his little sister. 

He’d do anything to protect them…except listen to the fiery and intelligent PR pro, who's as beautiful as she is tempting.  Every time she walks into his office, he fantasizes about bending her over his desk and kissing her. Every time she smiles at him, he wants to pull her closer and not let go.

Hailey Connor doesn’t take on uncooperative clients. But the second she meets Reid, she’s compelled to stay and help, even if she must fight his  own broody ass to do it. He’s bossy, demanding and so sinfully alluring that she knows she's in over her head. Reid may be infuriating, but when he talks about his family, she can’t help but melt a little.

With every kiss, they grow closer. With every touch, they fall deeper. They’re opposites…yet perfect matches. But when their different worlds collide, will it tear them apart or bring them together?

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About Layla Hagen
Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. 
She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Release + Review - Perfect Storm - Erica Marselas

I should have never taken the babysitting job at the Goodwin house, but I had my reasons.
But what I really shouldn’t have done is fall for Mr. Goodwin. 
For years, I watched his marriage fall apart, and when it ended, I was the one who helped him put back the pieces of his broken heart. 
Now there's a storm brewing in the form of his ex-wife. 
I'm hoping I can hold on as she comes blowing back into his life.
Though it isn't only her that could destroy us… 
I have a secret, 
and I'll do anything not to have it exposed.


Free in Kindle Unlimited

"I love her, maybe more than life itself. But in the eyes of everyone else, our relationship might never be anything more than a sordid affair.
Lola Anderson is every bit the forbidden fruit.
She’s the perfect, intoxicating, taboo treat, and I have fallen for her. Hard."
Erica is a wife, a mother of four, and a tequila drinking smart mouth. When she’s not wrangling her children and trying to keep them alive, she’s writing. She’ll write anything from sweet stalkers, to forbidden love, to erotica, to rom coms to young adult because she believes no love story is created equal and every story deserves to be told. Even the fictional ones. As long as she can dream it, she'll write it. 


There is a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card

Louise's Review 

Perfect Storm pulled me in and I could not put this book down. Filled with a taboo age gap, love, twists and suspense Perfect Storm was everything all rolled into one. 

Falling for the babysitter, girl next door or ex-student; take you pick Lola was every one of those things. When Dean’s marriage started to fall apart, he tried he really did but some cracks are too big to be filled. Lola never meant to fall for Dean but she had to be in the house to get close for reasons she wasn’t sharing with anyone. When the ex-wife starts to unravel, deep secrets are revealed that changes everything. 

Can Dean and Lola survive the fall out? 

I really enjoyed reading Perfect Storm; Dead and Lola’s chemistry was burning up the pages and Marselas’s writing kept me on edge wanting more. 

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Release + Review - Complete Captive Heart Duet - Carrie Aarons

Charlotte never thought she’d be staring down the barrel of a gun when she walked into her thankless bank job. Especially one that is held by her childhood neighbor and the boy who broke her young heart, Tucker. And the last thing she expected was to become his hostage. What ensues is a story of heartbreak, recovery, passion, and prevailing through it all to save the love that still burns between them.

"Aarons takes a typical boy next door romance and turns it on its head. No flowers and sweet, swoon-worthy late night stolen kisses here. There is grit and suspense and a struggle to move forward; and Aarons does it flawlessly." -The Read Report


We knew each other a lifetime ago. And then...
We lost childhoods. We lost opportunities. We lost love.
Fate is giving us another chance. But a chance at what?
Because even though we’ve been brought back to each other under the worst of circumstances…
We are still. So. Damn. Lost.


We found each other where no else could.
Found a purpose. Found ourselves. Found love.
But then life got in the way.
Three years later and the people that we once were are nowhere to be found.
Can our love survive everything we've put it through?
Can we find a way back to each other...

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Author Bio
Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

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Johnaka's Review 

“love with a twist, 5 stars”

Tucker and Charlotte have known each other since they were kids. Once were extremely close in private but in two different worlds when in public. What Charlotte never saw coming was Tucker’s life going down hill and him dragging her with. Will they be able to come out on the other side? Or will she be his hostage until the end?

I loved The Captive Hearts Duet. First off can I just say that each and every cover for these books are GORGEOUS! Like I can’t even. Then you get to Aarons writing and honestly it was something else. I didn’t know how I would feel about Tucker in the beginning, but just like Charlotte I was soon falling for the golden boy turned trouble. One thing is for sure, Aarons knocked my socks off with these two and I never saw them coming. The Captive Hearts Duet is worth the one-click.




Writing style-5/5