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❤💥It’s LIVE💥❤ The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee

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Synopsis

I guess I just forgot.
To ask him what he did for a living, I mean.
By the time I did, I was in—balls deep, as he’d say.
He was the perfect boyfriend.
Attentive, gorgeous, guessing my every wish and fulfilling them.
The sex was earth-shattering.
He even dealt with my crazy mom the way no one else could.
He popped the question, God, such a perfect guy.
There was just one issue:
He fucked other girls on camera for a living.
How the hell do you deal with that?

Excerpt 

It’s been three days since he left.

I have a photo of him on my phone.

I know what to do with it.

He’s an actor. He makes films. All I need is to Google his photo, and I’ll get that artist name he doesn’t want to give me.

So much secrecy. Deep down I know why. The news that photo will bring me will be terrible, and I’m a dunce for not accepting the writing on the wall when it’s scribbled in black, sloppy italics all around me, yeah—dunce.

I should upload it to Google.

It’s so easy.

Ciro has rented a yacht for the weekend, and he’s paid off Il Signore to have me come along as his personal waitress. My boss knows we’re together, I’m sure. He also loves my boyfriend’s restaurant tip every time he orders out.

I’m on my bed after a long night shift at Mintrer’s, cell phone in hand and his beautiful, smiling picture open in my photo album. He looks at me like he thinks I’m the world. He looks at me like this photo is for me and I’d never betray him. He looks at me with love in his eyes.

He’ll be back on Thursday. It’s only four more days. What are four days when we have three indescribable months behind us? I owe it to him to wait.

“I’ve made my mistakes,” Ciro said. “I want to do it right with you.”

I make his photo into my screensaver.

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I’ve been reading Sunniva Dee books for a long time now and I have to admit….this is one of my favorites. I knew from the second I heard the title that this book was going to be good…I just knew it. I love being right!!! LOL  These characters had me hooked from the beginning and so did the story. It just flowed so effortlessly. so believably, so completely organically.

CIro was the perfect book boyfriend, he was hot, smart, romantic, attentive…everything a girl could want in a boy. He was too good to be true….literally. You can’t help but fall for him. He’s genuine and honest to a fault and just a damn good guy….but, you know….porn!!! His profession aside, Ciro was a character that sucked me in, made me feel his emotions and had me rooting for him at every turn. I totally understood Savannah falling for him. I completely understood her not asking that one important question. I REALLY understood everything she did both before and after that one life changing moment. Both characters were real and relatable and completely fleshed out in a way that kept this book from being a novelty and made it a legitimate romance instead.

This book had my emotions all over the place. The tension was thick for me through most of this one. I was on the edge of my seat, so wound up about what was coming. (I love that feeling, like when you’re on a roller coaster, at the top of the first big hill, waiting with excitement and dread for the fall. That’s how most of this book made me feel.) I was pulling for them as a couple the entire time, but I was also pulling for them as individuals. At different times my heart soared and broke for them both. At times, I really couldn’t see how there could be a resolution that would be right and true and fair for both characters. But in true Sunniva fashion, she did the entire story justice with an ending that I never really saw coming. Honestly, one of her best books to date.

10 Purple Stars for one of the best books I have ever read. The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

 

Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017


Blurb
Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from
unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive
calling.
What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps
seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry
professor—the married poetry professor.
Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and
broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry,
but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade,
Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.
Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in
the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he
kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you
again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget
all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.
NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive
topics like cheating and death. 18+ Only.

 

 Wenn ‘s Review
10 Purple Stars

This book does not fit into a simple category. Or it would be “Fucking phenomenally mind blowing” category.

Saffron A Kent delivered a masterpiece.
I can’t find another word to describe it.
I have finished it almost 2 weeks ago and it’s still so fresh and raw in my mind. I am in a blissful state of euphoria. What a journey Thomas and Layla had to take to finally find peace! What a fucking journey!!!!

This whole book is poetry.
The prose is flawless. The characters quite the contrary.
The honest portrait of characters not so perfect, dare I say, quite disturbed, is a beauty. Lovers of words, and life, real life, ugly reality will fall for Layla, a woman driven by her heart. I can’t express how wonderful Layla is. She is one of the most driven woman I’ve ever read. And do not take that lightly, she knows no bounds, does every thing in excess, will make you SO uncomfortable at times but is also the most selfless woman ever. #Laylaismynewbestfriend

Thomas, on the other hand, is defenseless when it comes to Layla, he can’t deny her as much as he tries to. He is battling his demons, slowly setting them free, with words and sex and he’s abusing Layla in doing so. I should add that Layla is willingly accepting everything Thomas gives her.

Both Layla and Thomas will try to fight what they are together but sometimes it is just impossible.
On another note, Thomas is one dirty dirty man… #IwanttododirtypoetrywithThomas

Their relationship is wrong, beautiful, true, it’s everything. I can’t even type this without having fucking butterflies. I’ve been slayed by this book.

This review is not complete, I am just overwhelmed by the feelings the book gave me.

 

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Excerpt
I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body,
and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.
I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss
of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.
It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.
Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.
“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.
He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign.
Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”
Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.
“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.
For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”

 

Author Bio
Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian
Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book
world.
I’m a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the
butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind
of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally
ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by
the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love,
no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.




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<3 <3 NEW RELEASE <3 <3 Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee

 

Path of Thieves
Sunniva Dee
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Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.

After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.
When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.

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EXCERPT:

Last night wasn’t good. Dad’s getting more eager. He wants to accomplish so much on his shopping sprees, blaming a more expensive life now that Step-Cynth’s with us. I’m not in a place to meddle, but it seems six-packs of aprons aren’t the only things she buys on his bill.

My father’s becoming sloppy. Yesterday, we returned in the early morning after hitting almost a dozen houses. The owners of four of them were still at home. Yeah. He isn’t doing his homework the way he used to.

Thing is I’m tired. I don’t see a change in sight. Now, I try to keep my eyes open as I drive the wreck to Orlando to meet up with Keyon. Which is going to come back and bite me in the ass. What other option did I have though, come off as a coward to, in the words of Liza, “freaking Keyon Arias of Alliance Cage Warriors?”

Keyon is already there when I enter the Hard Rock Café. He fills out his side of the booth with fighter shoulders and wide thighs. Elbows on the table and bent over a glass of water, he lifts a hand in greeting as soon as he sees me. My chance to chicken out just dissipated.

“Cugs,” he says, voice husky like it is after a fight. Maybe that’s his voice now. I remember it light, prepubescent, I guess, from back when my own had the pitch of a little kid.

“Keyon.” I tip my head, acknowledging him without a smile, and then I sit down in front of him.

“Soda?”

I think of the possibility of going to Gainesville for the tryouts. “Ice water.”

Keyon doesn’t need to do much to get the waitress over. Half-turned to our table, she’s hovering with a watchful eye. When he glances up, she meets his stare immediately and hurries over.

“How are you?” From his expression, he’s not just being polite. He wants to know. “It’s been so long since we’ve talked.”

“I’m good,” I lie.

“What have you been up to? Your sister has been trying to get a hold of you.”

I’ve steeled myself for questions, assuming they would come. I didn’t think he’d start with them right away though.

“Oh you know, living it up in Newbark.” I do a long, purposely fake nod hoping it will make him laugh. Instead, he studies me, starting with my eyes then traveling over my face.

“You liking it there? How’s your old man?”

I shrug, unable to lie about him. “Married again. To a girl Paislee’s age.”

His eyes widen a little. “Is that so?”

“Yeah, as of a few months ago.”

“Geez.” He blows air out his nose. “New stepmother, huh?”

“Yeah, she isn’t exactly Mom.” And there, I said it. I hope he doesn’t notice. I open my mouth to add something, whatever, to get us off the subject, but he jumps in before me.

“You miss your mother?”

Silence.

Snowmen. Hot chocolate. Cold summer lakes. Blue lips.

So YA is kind of new for me. It’s not my usual genre-of-choice, but I love Sunniva’s writing and I figured if she was going to try something new, then I could, too. Plus, I really wanted to hear Cugs’ story. And I’m so glad I did. Cugs is the perfect example of a good guy stuck in terrible circumstances. And man, you can’t help but root for this guy. Cugs was everything I hoped he would be, I loved him. I loved watching him overcome and figure himself out and I especially loved watching him fall in love. I found it so unusual to be reading a story completely from a guys point of view, but I don’t think it could have been done any better. And Nadine was a great heroine. If I had one single critique of this book, it’s that I would have loved more of Cugs and Nadine, but then again…I am Obsessed with Romance.

As always, Sunniva’s writing style isn’t like anyone else’s. She makes the words bend to fit her narrative instead of making her story fit the words. Sometimes it takes me a minute to settle into one of her books, but once I do, I’m completely lost in the world she created. And I loved being lost in there with Cugs. I especially loved the tie-ins to her previous novel, Dodging Trains. I’ll be honest, I don’t think YA is my thing, and I had to remind myself, once or twice, that this was the story of Cugs’ journey, not the story of his romance. But it was a spectacular journey and I’m so glad I was along for the ride.

Author Bio:

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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🔥🔥New Release🔥🔥 Callie Unleashed by Amy Jo Cousins

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If you can’t stop thinking about one man, get under another.

A scorching hot one-night stand with her ex Gabe and his current lover was just what Callie needed to start her recovery from a decade-long sexless marriage. One night only, because anything more than that with the man she’d never quite gotten over would be too dangerous. And the threesome was even more fun and filthy than she’d fantasized it would be.

Now Callie’s supposed to be moving onto new erotic adventures, without Gabe. Or thoughts of Gabe. No Gabe, damn it. But somehow her ex keeps getting caught up in her plans, and Callie can’t make herself say no when Gabe offers to accompany her—strictly as her platonic safety-measure friend—to a BDSM club.

Callie’s trying to be smart, to protect herself and explore this fascinating new world at the same time. And she does actually feel safer knowing Gabe is close when Alejandro, the sexy Dom she meets, introduces her to her first experiences with submission. But when Ale picks up on the ever-present sexual tension between Callie and Gabe, Callie’s going to learn just how far an experienced Dom can push two people who aren’t sure where their boundaries lie.

Amy Jo is simply a spectacular writer (if you don’t believe me just read her book Off Campus!! It is amazing). So when I found her M/F/F erotic novella Callie, Unwrapped, I grabbed it immediately. I mean menage erotica from Amy Jo is a must have. BUT what ended up blowing me away was how much MORE than erotica that book was. It’s an amazing story full of characters with the kind of depth you don’t usually find in erotica or novellas. I was flat out shocked at how well rounded the story was, how invested in the characters I became and how much I needed to find out where this story goes.

Enter Callie, Unleashed!!!

I was ecstatic when this one hit my kindle and even more excited when I actually read it. It’s even better than the first one. Like amazingly better (and I really didn’t think she could top Callie, Unwrapped) First this book is HAWT. Like light bdsm, M/F/M menage hot. But sex aside, I am so freaking in love with Callie and with Gabe. These two characters have history and heartbreak and unresolved emotions you just can’t help but be caught up in. I understand them, I believe their struggles, I’m rooting for them. I adore them. I was so freaking excited to be back in the middle of their story. NOW, I can’t wait for the conclusion!! (hint hint Amy)

So, bottom line is this….READ THESE. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you have ever thought you wanted to give an Amy Jo book a try, here is the perfect opportunity. Read THESE. If you never thought about reading an Amy Jo book (first, what’s the matter with you???) Second…Read THESE.

 

 

💙🖤💙Complicated Hearts 💙🖤💙by Ashley Jade

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Title: Complicated Hearts: Part 1
Series: Complicated Hearts
Author: Ashley Jade
Genre: New Adult/Erotica/Menage

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 Breslin—I was in love with Asher Holden the moment I saw him…and I knew nothing would ever be the same. 
Then he hurt me. He wrecked me. He ruined me.
I spent three years putting myself together—fixing what he broke.
I never thought I’d see him again after that day.
I was counting on it.
Little did I know—life had other plans…and things were going to become a lot more complicated.
Asher—I finally know who I am. I own it, I embrace it…I’m no longer afraid.
I live my life with no regrets now, because I’ve learned my lesson—the hard way.
I thought I had it all figured out.
But then my past collides with my present…and things become complicated.
Turns out I don’t really know myself after all.

Landon— My life was all mapped out.
I knew exactly what direction I was heading in—I didn’t have time for any roadblocks or obstacles.
Then I meet her.
And him.
Now, my heart is split right down the middle.
She controls the rhythm. He controls the melody.
Complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it…and there’s only one way this can end.
Warning: This story is for mature readers only, due to language and sexual themes. This story contains explicit content featuring m/f, m/m, m/f/m. 
Trigger Warning:
This story is strange and unconventional. It’s everything you hate. That’s the only warning I can offer you.

So this book had me from page one. Talk about being instantly invested!! I was hooked by chapter one, tearing up by chapter two, bawling by chapter three and in love by chapter four. This book had absolutely everything I love…EVERYTHING. Angst that tore at my heart, romance that made me swoon, heartbreak that had me crying and sex that made me…

It’s the characters, all three of them, that make this book spectacular. Breslin is every girl who falls in love and every woman with a broken heart. I loved her and I got her. I didn’t love every choice she made, but in the context of her life…I believed her reasons. Landon is AWESOME. Just every good thing you want your hero to be. Smart, caring, talented and compassionate (also hot AF). He is solid and strong and steady and makes people around him want to be better. Then there is Asher. Asher is my kryptonite. He is everything that makes me fall in love with a book boyfriend. He is a beautiful, broken, confused and sad. He is every boy that lost hope and lost his way and desperately needs a second chance. He is a man in search of redemption and OMG do I love a good redemption story.

This story is heart-wrenching and beautiful, sad and redeeming, completely messed up and totally logical. It just feels like it couldn’t have played out any other way. The love stories are breath-taking (like I literally caught my breath), the mistakes are tragic and the future is unclear…but I can’t wait to read it.

Ashley Jade is a relatively new author to me… but damn, the girl played my emotions like virtuoso. My expectations were HUGE!! Consider them completely exceeded.

I’m a lover of romance, erotica, dark romance, oxford comma’s, the em dash, peanut butter on my cookies and anything thought provoking…except for math. 


I’ve always read books growing up and after having a strange dream one night; I decided to just go for it and publish my first series. 

Little did I know, I would end up falling head over heels in love with writing and it would own and soothe my soul. 

If I’m not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find me listening to music and pondering the meaning of life. 

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I recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find me there, too. 
I love connecting with my fans—you are my world. 

Release Blitz and Review WHEN LIFE HAPPENED by Jewel E. Ann

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When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from

Jewel E. Ann is now LIVE!

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When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

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Publication Date: June 5th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

 

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I was scared to read this book, because quite frankly, Jewel E. Ann makes me feel EVERYTHING. She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she makes me fall in love and she breaks my heart. And as much as I love it, I fear it also because I never get the story I expect and I never expect the story I get. Which is a phenomenally good thing and hard to pull off. This book is no exception. It is the very best stand alone she’s ever written (and that’s saying A LOT because Only Trick and Undeniably You are spectacular).

The blurb for this story is accurate, but OMG it’s only the tip of the iceberg. I know reading it makes you think you are going to get a certain type of book about a certain thing… but you’re not. You’re are going to get something completely different. This is not a book about cheating, it’s a book about life and all the things you never see coming.

Parker is amazing and complex and somehow both a free spirit and a control freak. I adored her and I felt every inch of her struggle with right and wrong, good and bad and all the gray area inbetween. And I loved and felt for Gus too, but he is only a small portion of what makes this book amazing. There is so much love and life and learning in this book and such a long and winding road to the happy ending.

Here’s the thing… It’s pretty easy to make me cry. I’m a crier, it’s not that hard, write something sad and I’m gonna cry. I can name at least 50 different authors that pull that off. But making me cry from sheer freaking happiness, I only need one hand to count the authors that can pull that off. So as I was lying in my bed, sobbing because watching this love story unfold was so fucking beautiful, I’m was kind of in awe of Jewel. Anyone who has read her books knows why I love AJ, and Jones, and Cage, and Trick and Lautner. But the H in this book is my favorite, my very favorite… And I’m not done with him. My one caution on this book is this…I can’t stop reading it. I’ve read it like three times in a row. So…yeah…addictive.

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About Jewel:

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Why? Why in the hell did I wait so long to read this book? Just….WHY? This book floored me. It was everything I hoped it was going to be and then it was even more than that. Nothing on earth is better than a book that takes it’s time, builds not just characters, but an entire world full of places and people that you can see clearly in your mind. OMG did I love this book.

Every character was amazing, real, believable. I felt like I knew every single one of them. There is something amazing about an author who is willing to take her time and introduce you properly to every character. Nothing is a throw away here, there is intent and purpose behind each person, each scene and each and every word. I loved Fern. She was absolutely amazing and completely different than any other female lead I’ve read. And I loved Bailey. And I especially loved Ambrose, again, he was like nothing I ever read before.

The best part about this book… Amy Harmon broke all the rules. This book does a ton of things romance books aren’t supposed to do and I LOVE it more for that. This book made me think, made me cry, made me laugh, made me appreciate and consider and feel. The entire time I read it, I just kept thinking…. how? How can a book be this absolutely amazing? How can an author be this good? How did it take me so long to read this book?

Endurance by Amy Daws

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Blurb

Tanner Harris has been busy shagging his way through the ladies of east London, but getting caught by the paparazzi buck-naked with his trouser snake in his hands means he’s sowed his last wild oat.

Dr. Belle Ryan once thought Tanner Harris was the perfect kind of bearded bad boy she needed to relieve a bit of stress after her intense job as a surgical fellow, but an icy cold rejection from London’s sluttiest footballer puts the two at each other’s throats.

Fate and a favour conspire to put Tanner and Belle back in each other’s paths and they’re forced to do a lot more than get along to save face and their careers.

Rage turns to passion and tempers run sizzling hot when they realize they aren’t just falling for each other—they’re jumping head first. And neither have the endurance to keep their hands to themselves.

I recently finished the audiobook of Endurance and it was absolutely spectacular. I LOVED it. It’s the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a long time.

The narrators were both amazing, but especially the male narrator. He just nailed it, humor, cockiness, fear, pain…every emotion he got exactly right. The duet narration was great, too. I’m so grateful I listened instead of reading.

And the book itself was such a pleasant surprise. I simply adored it. Comedy and romance are so hard to do, it seems like one always suffers and that was not the case here. This book was so funny, and not stupid slapstick funny, but smart humor that had me laughing out loud. The dialogue and the characters were so hysterical, especially when Tanner and Belle really get into it, their insults were so funny. I rarely like comedic books…but I loved this one.

And dang, the romance was on point too. I was tearing up, swooning, absolutely falling in love. I completely believed their relationship and loved both characters. They were both so multi-dimensional, so realistic and human, so flawed yet wonderful. I could not have loved this book more.

I am absolutely thrilled to find a new author to be excited about, also….completely getting Challenge next!!

Third and Long (Moving the Chains 3) by Kata Cuic

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Synopsis

Not everyone plays by the rules.

Eva Papageorgiou has it all: the popularity that always felt so elusive in high school, looks that men can’t ignore, and a boyfriend that other women covet. She’s gorgeous, powerful; she has the world at her fingertips.

And it’s all a lie.

The problem with living a lie is how easy it is to forget who you’re lying to. Eva’s time to withdraw into the shadows has expired, courtesy of Rob’s rising fame. Her only option is to hide in plain sight.
Amid all the chaos, Rob is her safe escape from it all. They continue to be stronger together than they ever could be on their own.
Until being together is what tears them apart.

Rob Falls has everything he’s ever wanted: his dream girl, a winning team, respect from everyone. He’s at the top of his game, with a Heisman nod on the horizon, and the potential to be a first-round draft pick.

And it’s all crumbling before his eyes.

The mounting pressure of being an athlete at the next level while doing all he can to protect Eva takes its toll. He doesn’t sleep enough, he worries constantly, and he’s torn wanting to be in two places at once.
Rob never imagined the day he’d have to choose between fame and love.

Sometimes life makes choices for us.

With the game and their hearts on the line, will Rob and Eva keep their secrets hidden? Or will they reveal everything to each other, to themselves, to the world…only to lose it all?

Kata Cuic’s tagline is Real Romance from the Trenches of Real Life. Seriously, there has never been anything more fitting. This book, these characters… they are real to me. I think about them, I cry for them, I hope for them, I want for them. When this series ends I will mourn the loss of them, I will cry because I won’t get to follow them into old age. Hell, I have tears rolling down my face right now just thinking about it. Nobody…NOBODY writes like this. I can’t think of one other author that writes real life so perfectly, so eloquently and so emotionally.

This book is both a big departure from the first two books of the series and a perfect logical inevitable progression for the characters. The first book, First and Goal, is sweet and funny and emotional. It’s first love and first mistakes at their finest. The second book, Second Down, is sadder and tougher. It’s love surviving in the face of adversity and heartbreak. And this book….this book is love struggling to survive in the face of real life. Real life were things can go from amazing to unbearable in the blink of an eye, where things aren’t fair and love isn’t easy and some days it’s all you can do to hold on. But where the good days make all the bad days worth the effort.

Rob and Evie are real people to me. They are so intricate and fleshed out and believable. In this book, more than any of the others in the series, you understand them, you feel what they feel, you know them and consequently you take the journey with them. When they got it right, my heart rejoiced with theirs, and when they made mistakes my heart broke with theirs, and when they cried, I cried horrible ugly-cry tears. I have never, in my life, read a book that made me feel so much. And the other characters in this story elicit just as much emotion from me. There are characters that I love passionately, and characters I hate viscerally. There is literally not one character in this story that I don’t have some kind of reaction to…and that to me is the mark of a great book. Nothing is a throwaway, everything, every character, every scene, every action,  builds this world and this story.

I read a ton of books, and I have for years, and in my opinion, there are only a handful of authors I’ve come across that can make a story live and breathe real life the way Kata Cuic does. I have loved other books and other couples, but with Rob and Evie I find myself constantly needing to be reminded that they are not, in fact, real people. Third and Long will stay with you long after you’ve finished it, at least that’s true for me.  This book is not light and fluffy, it’s not rainbows and unicorns, and if that’s what you’re looking for, this might be the wrong fit for you. But if read to feel real emotions, if you read because you appreciate the journey as much as the destination, if you read because sometimes you need to get lost in someone else’s life for awhile, then this book will blow you away. When the last book in the series comes out, I have a feeling it will be bitter sweet. I can not wait for the rest of Rob and Evie’s journey and I desperately anticipate their HEA. I know when they get there, no other couple will ever have deserved it more. But I also know, when I turn to the last page, I will be so grateful for the journey and so sad for the end of the ride.

About the Author

Kata lives near Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. A self-proclaimed binge-reader who has issues with moderation, she struggles to wear all the necessary hats of wife, mother, reader, writer, chef, maid, chauffeur, nurse on any given day. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.

She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.

A few of her favorite things are books (duh), chocolate, cats, and gardening. Her biggest guilty pleasure is 90s rap and R&B (which she has to listen to when the kids aren’t around).

 

Riptide by Kathryn Nolan

Avery Dacosta never expected to find a protester in front of her office.
 
Especially not now, when she’s this close to achieving a professional milestone years in the making: building a luxury hotel on Playa Vieja, San Diego’s untouched beach paradise.
 
Finn Travis, local surfer and all-around nice guy, never expected to find himself the leader of Playa Vieja’s resistance. He’s more of a mellow tree-hugger than a radical activist. Except Avery’s hotel threatens to destroy the place he loves the most. For the first time in his life, Finn decides to use his charisma for more than just attracting his next fling.
 
Avery’s worked too hard to let a bongo-playing hippie like Finn shatter her perfect future. And his naive idealism grates on her every nerve.
She’s not alone in her loathing: Finn thinks Avery is a greedy, corporate robot.
 
As Avery and Finn crash together like waves against the shore, their debates become heated. Sexy.
 
Dirty.

But the riptide of their attraction jeopardizes more than just their ideological values. Can Avery and Finn be together without giving up what they care about the most?
Kathryn Nolan writes erotic romance novels and quick-and-dirty novellas. She loves a smart, strong heroine. She likes her heroes filthy-mouthed (and not afraid to bend a little).

 

 
And she’s all about that slow-burn sexual tension.
 
When she’s not at her day job (which is top-secret) she enjoys feminism, foreplay and having her nose in a book.
 
She’s a morning writer, a bike commuter, and the world’s biggest X-Files fan.
 
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