Monday, September 16, 2019

Release + Review - Driving me Wild - Mia Carter

All my life, I’ve been perfectly average. Compared to the rest of my high-achieving, type-A family, it feels impossible to stand out. While I’d love to make my big artistic dreams happen, I’m kind of stuck, thanks to a bunch of lame things like “affordable rent” and “keeping the internet on.” Dreaming doesn’t pay the bills. Freelance design work and part-time rideshare driving does. And it’s nice, for the most part. Finding a passenger’s thumb drive usually means reporting, returning, yay-hurrah-good-job-me. Except this time.

This time, I put the thumb drive in my computer. Hey, I’m just trying to be helpful! Suddenly a chat window pops up and the owner of the drive is bribing me to fly halfway across the world. Today. Turns out he's the super hot fare I haven't been able to stop thinking about...who just so happens to be Logan Weiss—the crazy-hot 29-year-old billionaire known as "the most eligible bachelor in tech”. What the hell am I even doing?

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Johnaka's Review 

“Interesting meet cute, 4 stars"

Carter is a new to me author. The blurb intrigued me so I decided to give Driving me Wild a shot. The meet-cute was adorable and pulled me in from the get go. I genuinely liked the story, the only thing I wasn’t huge on was I felt like it was a little too insta-love/rushed. Even with that said Carter still hit all the points she needed to make Driving me Wild a well-rounded story.

Logan is a career driven guy who is about to make a big move job wise. So far, he’s succeeded in everything he’s set out for. But when he leaves his keys in his ride share by accident, he can’t help but freak out. What he didn’t know in doing so is the set of events he would set off. He didn’t expect to fall for his driver but he did. The question is will she fall for him?

Chole wants more in life but she doesn’t know how to do it. A guy like Logan couldn’t want a plain girl like her. She’s never felt like she’s satisfied anyone compared to her sisters. Logan seems too good to be true. The question is will her insecurities keep her back from what could be her biggest adventure?

Plot-4/5 Characters-4/5 Heat-4/5 Writing style-4/5 Overall-4/5

Release + Review - Vaughn - Ella Fox & Rochelle Paige

Gorgeous, charming, and funny, Vaughn Corbett rose far above his less than optimal beginning to become a household name. Known for being a dynamic and unflappable interviewer, no one was more surprised than he when he got tongue-tied over a gorgeous blonde in the middle of a live interview.

Allie Henderson was so focused on her career that she rarely thought about men or dating. That all changed when she came across a silver-tongued devil on the red carpet. The moment his deep blue eyes met hers, something inside her shifted.
Allie was there to support her best friend. Vaughn was just doing his job. Neither of them expected the instant, magnetic attraction that couldn’t be denied.
Would a surprise that neither of them planned on end things before they really began?

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The second I saw the sexy as fuck blonde in the green dress, everything shifted. When our eyes met, I was poleaxed. An intensely possessive feeling roared to life inside me. The need to touch and claim her was so extreme that I struggled not to drop my mic and go right to her. 
I was known for being a dynamic and unflappable interviewer, yet for the first time in my career, I fumbled for words and struggled for coherence. This was due to the fact that the only thing I cared about was her. Only when I realized that my segment producer had been frantically waving at me from his spot next to the stationary camera did I remember that I had a job to do. 
Forcing myself into host mode, I somehow went about interviewing the group of people the girl in the green dress was walking with. I knew who each one of them was, but her name was a mystery because she stood off to the side, and it wasn’t like I could call her over. 
The rules on the red carpet were simple and definitive. Talk to the talent and keep it moving. Assistants, friends, and family members didn’t get a lot of play, even if they were as sexy as the goddess in the green dress. It frustrated me not to know her name, but I comforted myself with the knowledge that it would only be a matter of time before I solved that mystery.
After I wrapped up my pre-show hosting duties, something that took far longer than one would imagine, I headed into the Dolby Theatre. I was seated with one of my good friends, Liam Hall. He wasn’t nominated but was presenting, so he was in a chill mood. Typically, we’d have shot the shit and pressed the flesh with the people around us, but I was so busy staring at the girl in the green dress that I didn’t have it in me to do much more than phone it in. I was smart enough to train my eyes mostly on the stage when the cameras were rolling, but every time the host threw to commercial, my attention went right back to her. I hated that she was seated so damn far away in another section.
Oscar ceremonies were known for being ridiculously long and what was scheduled as a three-hour broadcast always went over. Sometimes by seventeen minutes, and sometimes by eighty. I’d never hated the length more than I did then. I silently willed the damn show to come in on time for once, but naturally, that didn’t happen. The fucking thing dragged on longer than War and Peace.
During one of the commercial breaks, Liam leaned over and muttered, “What’s the deal with the sexy chick in the green dress you’re busy eye-stalking?” 
While it was true that I was ogling her—clearly not as covertly as I’d hoped—hearing Liam refer to her as sexy set my teeth on edge. That I had any kind of reaction to his question was unusual. I’d had a similar response when I’d seen Dane Garrison take her arm earlier. The only thing that calmed me down about that was the certainty that Dane wasn’t dating her. I knew this because Dane and I were tight. The only girls in his life on the regular were his mom, Gloria Garrison, and his daughter, Maggie. Thank fuck I’d remembered that before I made a fool of myself by telling him to get his goddamn hands off the blonde. I’d never felt territorial about anyone before, but there was no denying that I wanted—needed—her to be mine. That brought me back to Liam, who needed to know that the goddess in green was majorly off-limits.
“Call her sexy again, and we’re going to have a problem,” I grumbled, speaking low enough so only he could hear me.
Sitting back, Liam raised his brows and gave me an “are you serious” look. I dipped my head to acknowledge that yeah, I sure as fuck was. Unbothered by his obvious amusement about what was going on with me, I turned my attention back to the woman in green.
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Ella Fox
USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.
Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.
Rochelle Paige
Rochelle Paige absolutely adores reading—always has and always will. When she was growing up, her friends used to tease her when she would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time.  If she has downtime, odds are you will find her reading or writing.
She is the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired her to chase her dream of being an author.  She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When she told her mom that her new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told her, "About time!" 

Johnakas Review 

“Moving fast, 4 stars”

Vaughn is known for being unflappable but when he sees Allie he stumbles. She comes into his life like a wrecking ball. He wants her and only her. The question is will his keep his cards close to the chest personality push her away? Only one way to find out.

Allie had always thought Vaughn had been attractive but when she met him it amplified. The two together were explosive and hot. Once together they were tied to the hip until Allie has to go out of town for work. Then it goes downhill. Will the misunderstandings tear the two apart or will they be able to start a life together?

Vaughn and Allie were perfect for each other. Together they create a solid foundation for a relationship and make each other whole. Plus you get glimpses of the characters from the first book Gage and even some new ones. I cannot wait to see where Fox and Paige do next with the series.

Plot-4/5 Characters-4/5 Heat-4/5 Writing style-4/5 Overall-4/5

Louise's Review 

Vaughn is book 2 in the Love Under the Lights series, we previously met Vaughn and Allie in Gage and I couldn’t wait to find out their story. 

Allie just slides by behind her famous BFF and that is fine with her, when she catches Vaughn’s attention, she pretends not to know who he is; but let’s face it how can you not know who this gorgeous man is. 
Vaughn has a fantastic poker face until he meets Allie, she is everything he wants but will secrets he is keeping push her away for good and destroy them?? 

Vaughn and Allie are explosive together, Their love is instant and the chemistry between them is off the charts and continues to grow throughout the book. 

I personally really enjoyed reading this book, while this book is a standalone I recommend that you read Gage’s book beforehand. I look forward to more from this duo. 

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Release - Holding onto Forever - Siobhan Davis & S.B Alexander

Secretly dating Coach Parker’s daughter was never part of the plan. Neither was becoming her dealer… 

Returning to my drug-dealing past wasn’t on the agenda when I accepted the full ride to play ball at Cypress U. But Mom lost her job. And my sister’s medical bills are mounting. So, I’ve no choice but to change the playbook.

When Emily walks into my life, like a fallen goddess with the ultimate power to destroy me, I know I’m screwed. I should steer clear, but I’m the one supplying her poison of choice. Falling for her is a complication I don’t need, but the more she’s around, the harder it gets to walk away. She needs me, and I crave her more than the sport I love.

Now, it’s all on the line. Including the NFL career that’s tantalizingly close. 

The stakes are high, but family means everything, so I’ll take my chances.

It’s only a problem if it’s out of control. And I have it in hand.

Except a certain a-hole discovers I’m using again, and he threatens to rat me out to my folks. Mom’s president of Cypress U, and Dad’s the illustrious football coach. Appearances mean everything to them, and I’m a continuous disappointment. They told me I’d be out on my ass if I fell off the wagon, so keeping it a secret is my number one priority.

Until the super-hot all-star QB takes more than a passing interest in me. Adam gets me, in a way no guy ever has, filling my head with ideas of forever—and now, I want more.

Dating my dealer is a recipe for disaster, especially when it’s forbidden, but I can’t help myself.

Because I’ve fallen too deep. 

And the hole is too large to crawl out of.

I’m half-tempted to call Donnie to make sure he gave me the correct address when headlights brighten the narrow alleyway.
The SUV is crawling toward me, and my nerves are jacked. I shouldn’t be doing this. I should find a decent part-time job to pay for my sister’s medical expenses, but I see no other way. We have to get her vest fixed or buy a new one. Selling drugs is the only way to make some quick cash. Besides, I’m good at it. I sold dope and pills for years, and I’d never been arrested. I always had my pulse on the neighborhoods, and I knew where cops loitered at night.
You’ve been out too long. Things might have changed, and you’re in a new state.
I push my inner thoughts aside. None of that matters. I’m always alert. I always know what’s around me, and as Mom tells me, I’m perceptive as hell. I have to be. Taking care of Mom and Phoebe—especially Phoebe—I have to be alert to her sounds, her breathing, and her emotions.
Thinking of my sister sends pain slicing through my chest. I can’t let anything happen to her. She spent two days in the hospital, where the doctor pumped her with antibiotics, until she started feeling better.
The SUV pulls to a stop, and a short stocky guy gets out of the front passenger seat brandishing a gun. The driver, a taller man than his compadre, follows.
I lift my hands as if a cop is arresting me. “I’m unarmed.”
Aiming the gun at my head, he stalks toward me. His dark eyes are hard, his mission resolute. “Move and you’re dead.” His deep voice is lethal.
An all too familiar wave washes over me, and I’m tempted to back out of this stupid idea to sell drugs and run before he pulls the trigger. I’m not any good dead to Mom and Phoebe. But I know his words are just a scare tactic while he frisks me.
I stand statue-still while the second dude, sporting a thin beard and no mustache, pats my sides, my lower back, down my legs, and straight down to my ankles. He sticks one finger in the air. “All clear.”
The stocky dude lowers his gun, and, inwardly, I grin. The goon didn’t find the blade in my boot. I’m not about to use it though. But I don’t walk into situations like these unarmed. Still, I make a mental note of the type of men I’m dealing with.
A tall man climbs out of the back seat. He’s sporting baggy jeans and a New York Yankees ball cap, and the gold bling around his neck probably weighs ten pounds as it glints off the dim light on the side of the car repair shop.
It’s all I can do not to roll my eyes. Donnie doesn’t show off like this dude. Donnie’s motto is blend in with the crowd. Standing out only draws attention.
“You must be Wrangler. I’m Ray Diaz.” Ray struts over to the metal garage door. “You understand I have to be careful.” He punches a code in on the keypad tacked to the frame of the door. Within a second, it opens.
I tuck my hands in my jean pockets. “I’m well aware of the industry.”
A deep chuckle erupts from Ray. “I heard. Donnie told me you were a cocky punk too.”
It’s my turn to laugh. “When I need to be.”

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Siobhan Davis 

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USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series. 

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. 

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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S.B. Alexander 

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.

Release + Review - The Lion Heart - Carrie Aarons

He’s supposed to be the ruler of this kingdom.
The prince poised to take his rightful place on the pitch.
Instead, he plays the jester, shunning his legacy.
Only I am privy to his lion heart.

Kingston Phillips is the heir to England’s football dynasty. The offspring of two of the world’s greatest players, the expectations set on his shoulders could crush the universe. But the golden-haired Adonis chooses to live his life as a game; a series of nightclubs, brawls, pranks and different kit chasers parading through his sheets.

I’m the last woman he should chase, and I’ve told him so. My cheeky mouth and icy demeanor guard the secret no one can learn. But when the Casanova I’ve been avoiding becomes the bloke next door, he quickly begins to thaw the frost around my heart. Kingston shows me the ferocious, loyal, protective side of himself that no one else gets to witness.

I begin to realize that he’s just as damaged as I am.
That as much as I try to deny it, we’re the same.
And ... that might just be our undoing.

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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 
“Don’t judge a book by its cover, 5 stars”

Remember that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover when referring to people? That saying is absolutely fitting for Kingston Phillips. Everyone sees the image he projects but they don’t really know him. Well no one outside of his small circle of friends. When he sees Poppy he wants her but she’s so far outside of his league. Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?

Poppy knows everyone just sees her outter beauty, her shell. They don’t know who she is underneath the makeup and clothes. She doesn’t know who she can or cannot trust but Kingston wont be one of them she can.. or will he? Will he be able to change her opinion?

Aaron’s killed it with Poppy and Kingston. The Lion Heart is all about not taking people at face value. You never know what’s going on behind closed doors. Aaron’s made me feel proud with how much both characters evolved like they were my friends. Poppy learned to let go because of Kingston and she made him a better man, gave him purpose. The Lion Heart is a killer story with some football/soccer thrown in the mix.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Release + Review - Hard Place - Emily Goodwin

Hard Place, an all-new standalone enemies to lovers/office romance by Emily Goodwin is LIVE!

Cold. Callous. Cocky.

A total playboy with abs for days, a panty-melting smirk, and a face the gods themselves would be jealous of.

And he’s my new boss.

None of that matters, because as a single mom, men like Alexander Harding are the last thing I need. What I do need is this job, so I’m going to keep my head down, work hard, and avoid that asshole as much as humanly possible.

But then he gives me an offer I can’t refuse, even though everything inside of me is warning me to run away and never look back. It’s just one weekend. One weekend to convince a bunch of stuffy investors that Alexander has changed from the player who spent more time in the bedroom than the boardroom into a family man they’d be happy to go into business with.

But the more time I spend with him, the more I realize that there might be a beating heart buried under his designer shirts and spectacular pecs after all…which is bad news for me.

Because the only thing worse than hating your boss is falling in love with him.

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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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Johnaka's Review 
“Single mom office romance, 3 stars”

Harper had no way of knowing the got butthead in the BMW in her kids school parking lot would be her new boss. But there he is in all his brooding glory. Harper is known for making the best out of little. When life hands her lemons she makes lemonade. She has no plans for a man in her life especially when she’s busy with her twins. But what if he wants her? Will she be able to avoid the pull?

Okay, so.. I liked Harper and Alex I did, I really did. But I wanted more. It felt like it was almost too fast paced for what we got and not enough of them really learning about each other if that makes sense. Maybe Hard Place didn’t work for me because I really don’t do cliff hangers which Hard place has ( I didn’t know when I started). With that said if you like cliff hangers then try Hard Place. As for me well I honestly don’t know if I will read book two.

Plot-3/5 Characters-3/5 Heat-3/5 Writing style-3/5 Overall-3/5

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Release + Review - Crazy - Adriana Locke

Love is crazy. 
Peck Ward, the sweet, small-town mechanic, isn’t sure it’s for everyone. Least of all him. His life is chaotic enough without adding the pressure of a relationship. Besides, unrequited love is a real thing and he’s kind of over it. 
This works out perfectly until a certain someone throws a wrench—pun intended—into his plans. As they go from adversaries to friends to possibly something more, things get complicated. After all, they know how this story ends. It’s not with them together. 
His easy grin is enough to win her over. Her unabashed personality does him in. But are they ready to accept the fact that sometimes you don’t find love where you’re looking for it? Sometimes you find it in the most unexpected, craziest places.

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Louise's Review 
I have been hanging out waiting for Peck and he did not disappoint. 

Crazy is book 4 in The Gibson Boys series and I think the most anticipated one yet! Peck has been a constant throughout the series gracing the pages with humor, laid back attitude and his stunts. 

Peck loves Molly – that’s what the occupants of his small town of Linton believe. Does he really love her or feels protective of a her due to their 2 decade friendship?

I literally cannot say anymore, I don’t want to give anything away; this is 1 book that you cannot miss, Peck Ward is more than just the laid back man he appears to be. 

Once I started, I could not put Crazy down devouring it in 1 sitting; adulting thrown out the window. If you have not read books 1-3 I highly recommend that you do, The Gibson Boys are all special in their own way. 

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

Release + Review - Always with You - Layla Hagen

About ALWAYS WITH YOU by Layla Hagen – Available NOW

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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Johnaka's Review 
“The final Connor sibling, 5 stars”

 I have been following the Connor Family series from the start and I am so happy to finally have Hailey’s story. Hagen wrote the perfect hero for our heroine. These two matched up perfectly. Good thing first impressions aren’t everything otherwise these two never would have ended up together. Hagen sucked me in and I sighed in a sad satisfaction when I got to the end. I loved the ending but I’m not ready to say good bye to this family.

Reid is a private guy, his ex though? Polar opposite. He doesn’t care what she says as long as his family is good. But when it starts to affect them, he knows he needs to do something. He may not have wanted Hailey’s PR skills to start with but he needs them now. It probably helps that he finds himself attracted to her. Will he be able to convince her to take a chance on him?

Hailey is all about work and her family. Aside from them she doesn’t have much time for anything else. When she takes on Reid as a client, she knows he’s going to be anything but easy and open. For some reason though she finds herself drawn to him though. Will she cross the line with him from professional to personal?

I loved catching up with the rest of the Connor family. I loved meeting Reid’s family and the parts they played in Always with You. One thing is for sure I think you would enjoy Always with You if you give it a shot.




Writing style-5/5