Friday, June 28, 2019

Release-Affliction-Natalie Bennett

Title: Affliction
Series: Deviant Games #2
Author: Natalie Bennett
Release: June 27, 2019
Genre: Dark Romance Suspense
Cover Design: Opium House.

I thought this town was the solution to my troubles, but my sordid past is the least of my problems.

A wealthy family of miscreants has claimed me as one of their own.

They watch me from the shadows.

They taunt me with their riddles.

Torture me with cruel seduction and lurk around every corner to ensure I can’t escape them.

When the clock strikes twelve a bargain is made, and a sinister game begins.

Eleven will play.
But who will win?

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In the Series:
Crucible (Deviant Games #1)
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Author Bio:
Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don't follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA's.

When she isn't in front of her computer she's spending time with her husband and their three little boys.

Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Release + Review - Pippa Grant - Master Baker

They call me the sugar whisperer.

Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes? I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.
You’re talking to a master baker.
But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.
My best friend.
Correction: My former best friend.
She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The wish in my bone.
She’s the one who got away.
After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by life, but she’s back.
Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.
Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.
So now I have to decide—which do I want more?
My bakery?
Or the woman I never should’ve let go in the first place?

Master Baker is a deliciously fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy featuring a smooth-talking baker, the one who got away, and a goat with more matchmaking tendencies than a nosy old grandpa. It stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers.

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Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she's not reading, writing or sleeping, she's being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies. 

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Johnaka's Review 

“friends-enemies-to lovers, 4 stars”

Grady Rock likes to talk dirty….dirty to his pastries. They are the only thing he has time for these days. He’s trying to get his bakery off the ground and that’s taking all of his attention, aside from Sue…his goat. Then he hears the bakery in Sarcasm has a new owner, one he is familiar with. He always thought it would be him and Annika running a bakery together and now she’s the enemy. Will they keep burning bridges while this bakery war continues or will they rekindle the once upon a time friendship they had?

Annika is home. She never thought she would be but when her family needs her, she goes. Now she’s running a bakery, one she never had a desire to be a part of. Let’s not even get into her baking skills. Then she sees Grady, her once upon a time best friend. Will they be able to make amends or will she continue to hold him at arm’s length?

I enjoyed the banter between Grady and Annika. Grady in the kitchen may put you in stitches. The others who were part of the story were pretty awesome as well new and old characters. I really hope Grant gives us Annika’s sisters story at some point. The only reason Master Baker isn’t getting a 5 is because I didn’t have tears in my eyes from laughing as often as I normally do when reading one of Grants stories. Either way, Master Baker is worth the ol’ one-click.




Writing style-4/5


Louise's Review 

Grady is an amazing baker with the one and only bakery until he comes face to face with the woman, he hasn’t seen in 10 years, Annika has come home from the military to help look after her family and help her mother live her dream. 

Two towns, a rivalry going on decades there is no middle ground. Grady is still holding a candle for woman he fell inlove with over 10 years ago, realising that he has missed his best friend and is still madly in love with her. Annika has her priorities, helping her mother adjust to her new life and taking care of her teenage sister while trying to keep her mothers dream alive; what she doesn’t realise is that having Grady back in her life is something she wanted more than she realised. 

I enjoyed reading the back and forth banter between Grady and Annika, there were a lot of minor characters throughout including an obnoxious bird and a naughty goat; keeping up with everyone was hard. I personally felt that there was a lot going on through out this story and a lot added in that was I felt was too much.

While this story personally wasn’t for me, it could very much be your next favourite. 

Star Ratings; Plot: 3/5  Characters: 3/5  Heat: 3/5  Writing Style: 3/5  Overall: 3/5

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Release + Review - Nicole French - The Kiss Plot

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Jane and Eric de Vries.
Often enemies. Sometimes lovers. 
Husband and wife. Or are we?

I wore the dress. We said the vows. 
And somehow it became more than just a stunt to collect his billions. 
A promise bound by love, not hate. 
Until he humiliated me in front of all of New York and disappeared. 

Now my errant husband has returned, and it's like I never existed. 
Except when he looks at me like he wants to rip my dress from my body. 
Something's holding him back. And I won't rest until I discover its cause. 

See, this wild heir is about to find out: karma's a fickle mistress. 
My weapons? Batting eyelashes, high heels, and that red lipstick he can't resist. 
I'll break down his mask, little by little. And then I'll make him pay for what he did. 
I just need to keep my heart in check while I do it.


Nicole French is an East Coast/West Coast hybrid creature, Springsteen fanatic, hopeless romantic, and total bookworm.

When not writing fiction or teaching writing classes, she is hanging out with her family, playing soccer with the rest of the thirty-plus crowd in Seattle, or going on dates with her husband.

In her spare time, she likes to go running with her dog, Greta, or practice the piano, but never seems to do either one of these things as much as she should.

Quicksilver Book 1
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Eric de Vries.
Looks like millions. Worth billions. 
A body like the David with a mind to match.
Unfortunately for this wayward heir, to keep his money, he needs a wife. 
And of all the women in the world, he chooses me. 

Too bad I've hated him for five years, since he took all my tears and tossed me away. The guy slept his way through half of New England and discarded women like hotel toiletries. 
Been there. Done that.

Still...what would you do for twenty million dollars?
Would you wear the dress?
Fake a smile for the man who broke your heart?
Or would you run far, far away?

Yeah, that's what I thought.
I'll see you at the church. Louise's Review

The Kiss Plot

The Kiss Plot is book 2 in the Quicksilver series, following on from book 1 I was left with more questions then answers by the end.

Missing for 10 days Eric finally surfaces and puts up a mighty high and hard wall pushing Jane away; not giving up Jane pushes back and when Eric cracks the devil himself appears to lay down the law and make sure that he gets his way. Eric and Jane have to navigate not only the deal with the devil but completing the wishes of Eric’s grandmother in her will.

Will they be controlled forever or will they find their freedom to be who they want to be?

This story leaves you on a cliff hanger which always leaves me frustrated, I personally felt that this book wasn’t for me there is still a lot going on and a lot of issues being addressed.

Star Ratings; Plot: 3/5  Characters: 3/5  Heat: 3/5  Writing Style: 3/5  Overall: 3/5

The Hate Vow

The Hate Vow is book 1 in the Quicksilver series; French is a new to me author.  From the start of the book I felt a struggle to read and connect with the characters; I pushed through to the end; this is my own personal opinion.

Marrying the man that broke your heart for 20 millions…. Why not? Going up against his family was hard especially the harsh bullying and rudeness of each and every one of them. When there are no more secrets to share, or so Jane thought she is left speechless standing in the church wondering what the hell just happened.

The Hate Vow leaves you on a small cliff hanger wondering what happens next.

While this story personally wasn’t for me, it most definitely could be for you.

Star Ratings; Plot: 3/5  Characters: 3/5  Heat: 3/5  Writing Style: 3/5  Overall: 3/5

Release + Review - Shelly Alexander - It's in his Song

They’re both back in Red River for good, and the chemistry is stronger than ever. But will her secret tear them apart all over again?

Dylan McCoy is restless to take over Red River’s favorite watering hole—Cotton Eyed Joe’s—when his Uncle Joe retires. First, he’s got to prove he has what it takes to carry on Joe’s legacy. Finally able to put the painful scars from his days working in L.A.’s trendy music scene behind him, he sets out to host a weekend workshop for songwriters. He calls in a favor and lines up some of the biggest musicians in the biz to attend. Life is good. Until the business owners who occupy the commercial space next door threaten to ruin his establishment right before the rock star lineup of attendees are scheduled to blow into town.

Hailey Hicks left Red River six years ago with a secret. Now—as a seasoned hairstylist who’s made her own way in the world—she’s back in town to help her cousin expand her salon. Unfortunately, the renovations aren’t going as planned and draw fire from the saloon next door. When she comes face to face with her ex, Dylan McCoy, sparks fly. Can they mend the damage done because of how they parted ways? Or will her secret cause them both to get burned again?

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About Shelly:
Shelly Alexander is the author of contemporary romances that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2019 RITA® finalist, she grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and an older sister, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in her closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to two toy poodles named Mozart and Midge.

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Johnaka's Review 

“Second chances at happiness, 4 stars”

Dylan and Hailey had a short-lived love affair when they were younger. They both had big plans to get out of Red River and nothing was going to stop them from doing so. When Dylan left unexpectedly it hurt Hailey, but she picked herself up and left herself.

Now they are both back but Hailey doesn’t want anything to do with Dylan. She has to worry about more than just herself where he’s concerned. Dylan though doesn’t care that Hailey has a daughter. He just wants the one woman who’s never been far from his mind. He left town chasing dreams years ago and now he’s back with a new one. One that includes her, will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?

Alexander wrote a sweet story for Dylan and Hailey. It’s in His Song went by super-fast and was one of the more innocent stories I’ve read this week. These two belonged together. If you take a chance on It’s in His Song I don’t think you will regret it.




Writing style-4/5


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Release+Review-Teardrop Shot-Tijan

Teardrop Shot, an all-new sexy and angst filled sports romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!

I asked for his criteria for bed buddies–that's the PG version.
He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.

Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder.
Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation.
He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.

Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job.
And dumped.
And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?

Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates.
And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)

I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA.
This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.

Teardrop Shot is a 107k standalone with brand new characters.  

He came out, all ready, saw me, and shook his head.
Giving him the biggest smile I could muster, I handed over his coffee and dangled my keys. “Let’s go.”
My neighbor was coming home from his night shift at a factory. He was trudging down the hallway when he saw us, lifted a hand in greeting, then stopped. His head shot upright and his shoulders stiffened.
He rotated swiftly on his heels, his eyes wide and bulging. He held up a hand. “Is that—”
“No.” Lying. Another superhero quality of mine. “It’s late, Bill. That’s my brother.”
Reese squashed a laugh and nodded to the guy. “What’s up.” It wasn’t a question, but a greeting, and he hustled me past my neighbor.
I gave Reese a look as we went to my underground parking spot. “He’s going to hammer me later. He’ll know he wasn’t seeing things.”
“He’s a fan?”
“The biggest.”
Reese smirked, meeting my gaze over the top of my car. “Bigger than you?”
We were entering cheesy territory here. We needed to scale it back.
“I have a cardboard cutout of you,” I told him. “In my closet.”
He froze. “You’re joking.”
I was, but now I had to buy one. “Wouldn’t you like to think that.” Settling into my chair, I felt better—more familiar terrain again. “But the funny thing is, next time you come, you won’t know if I was serious or if I bought him after I told you.”
Reese just rolled his eyes, putting the coffees in the cup holders for both of us.
He was looking around as I pulled out of the lot. “This is actually a nice place.”
“The underground parking is nice. The apartment building itself is okay. Nothing great.” I didn’t tell him how the lights in the laundry room would dim, so if I used those machines, I had to prop the door open with a rock. Or how I’d only do my clothes between seven in the morning and nine. Nine was the latest. After that, people were stirring, and there were a few neighbors I wasn’t so sure about.
Reese whistled as I pulled up to departures seven minutes later. “You weren’t kidding. That’s close.”
“And you’ve barely had your coffee.”
He yawned now, blinking a few times. “I’ll grab some inside. You can have it.”
I parked, but didn’t shut off the engine.
“Do not get out,” he warned.
I grinned. “Wasn’t planning on it. We really don’t need to go to that level, with the hugging, would we kiss or not… Too many strings, friend.”
He smiled back, but his eyes had started to smolder a bit. He leaned over, dropping his voice, “I’ll answer one of those questions.” His lips caught mine in a good, firm kiss, one that sent my senses spiraling and stole just the slightest bit of oxygen from my lungs.
I might’ve needed to gather my bearings as he pulled back and grabbed his bag from the back. Before he turned, he gave me a second kiss, this one lighter. “Go home. Go to bed,” he said as he reached for the door. “Text me when you park, and again when you’re inside your place. Humor me. I’m a friend. I can care.”
He was starting to leave, but I tugged on his shirt.
He paused, looking back.
“And after that?” I asked.
“We’re friends. Let’s play it by ear.”
Our gazes held, a shared reminder of the other details in our agreement. I saw his darkening, so I let go. “Okey-dokey. Hope you don’t get mauled.”
He laughed. “It’s too early for that.”
But we both knew the truth. It could happen.
As if reading my mind, he amended, “It’s usually not that bad. If it is—and I don’t think it will be—airport security is good with celebrities here. They’ve got a special room and everything. Plus…” He reached in his bag and pulled out a baseball hat, dragging it low over his eyes and flicking up his hood. “This is pretty incognito.”
His height wasn’t, but I decided to pick my battles. “I’ll expect twenty questions by the time you land.”
He laughed. “Don’t think so. I’m going to be sleeping that whole time, but I’ll text you updates just to annoy you.” He got out, but bent back down, his tone more serious. “Do me a favor? Only take that job if you want it. Don’t take it because you feel desperate. I can loan you money, if anything.”
That wiped all joking aside. “Reese.” Dammit. “I’ll never lose myself in a guy again. Ever.”
“Yeah, but before you didn’t have a friend who could loan you money until you got to a place where you could pick something that actually made you happy.” His eyes flashed a warning. “Now you do. Just think about it. It’s a loan. I’d give one to another friend in the same spot.”
I rolled my eyes.
He chuckled. “Drive safe. I liked screwing you. Let’s do it again and soon.”
“I changed my mind. Get mauled!”
I could hear his laugh as he shut the door and headed inside, his bag over his shoulder. Only a couple guys squinted at him, their heads cocked to the side. He was right. His incognito look really was incognito, but he was still frustrating.
And I was hoping for thesoontoo.
Driving back, my phone kept buzzing.
Reese: Checking in.
Reese: I had to check my bag. It’s too big for a carry-on.
Reese: Two autographs.
Reese: Going up the escalator now.
Reese: At the security line. The guards are cool. They promised not to be angry when Thunder beats the Coyotes.
Reese: Through security.
He knew I couldn’t answer. I was driving.
Reese: I’m at gate A6.
Reese: This is a nice airport. I always forget till I get here.
Reese: I upgraded to first class.
Reese: Coach wants to make sure I get back in time for meetings this morning.
Reese: Still not boarding. Just letting you know.
After parking, I grabbed my phone.
Me: It’s supposed to be questions. Like, if I asked security if I could put a body in my bag, could I still check it? Questions like that. You’re not following the rules.
Reese: Fuck the rules. These are my rules.
Reese: You do questions. I do updates. Deal with it.
Reese: Except now. Are you back at your place?
Me: Yes. Walking upstairs now.
Reese: No updates from you. Well. Yes. Tell me when you get in your place.
I turned down my hallway. Bill’s door opened and his head popped out. His hair was scruffed up like he’d been trying for a Mohawk. “No bullshit. Was that him?”
I was about to break a fellow Reese Forster fan’s heart. “It was my brother.”
He glared. “You’re not fucking with me?”
That was it.
His head went back in, and he slammed his door shut.
Immediately Mrs. Rings yelled from her apartment across the hall. “STOP SLAMMING THE DOORS! EVERYONE FUCKING SHUT IT!”
And her parrot a second later.
And then, “SHUT IT, BORIS!”
And her parrot again, “EVERYONE FUCK IT AND GO TO SLEEP!”

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Our review

All the emotions! Teardrop Shot is a slam dunk! This book has everything I love in a book. There is romance, but there is also a deeper story overall. This book tore me up in an amazing way.

Gosh the plot if this book surprised the heck out of me. The overall theme of this book is healing. I really liked the way the author wrote this book and the subject matters covered.

Charlie is such an interesting character. I really related to her. She is antisocial and quirky. That reminds me so much of myself. Then you have Reese. He is an interesting character on his own. He is not your typical athlete. He has many layers to him. I loved his character.

The heat in this boom is great. It was written in a way to enhance the story, but not overshadow it. I really liked that about this book.

The writing style of the book is amazing. The pace of the book is steady. The story is told from a single point of view. I really loved the subject matter and the way this author tore my heart up. 

In conclusion, this book gave me a major book hangover. I stayed up way too late reading this book, but my lack of sleep was worth it. It is safe to say I would recommend this book!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
About Tijan
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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