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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).

 

More Than a Feeling by Erika Kelly Review and Excerpt

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About MORE THAN A FEELING:

From the award-winning author of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT comes the final story in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet.

When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.

Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town—and he happens to be a rock star.

As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more, but who falls in love in two weeks?

Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.

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From beginning to end, Erika Kelly’s Rock Star Romance series has been a favorite of mine, and More Than A Feeling keeps that tradition going with a great end to a wonderful series. (Honestly, I’m really pretty sad it’s over). Cooper was a favorite of mine from the very beginning and getting to see him step into the limelight for a romance of his own was worth the wait.

I’m a fool for a good second chance romance and Cooper and Daisy have the perfect kind. Friends from High School, they both considered each other the one that got away (or more like the one that they never had a chance with). They have chemistry from the moment they bump into each other again and discover they can both help each other. Cooper is a great character (second in my heart only to Slater). He’s a good guy, who had it tough as a kid and never really got past all his baggage. Daisy is a wonderful female lead, strong, determined, empowered and always trying to make things better for the people around her.

Here’s the thing, I don’t think anybody writes a 3rd person novel better than Erika Kelly, and I ADORE 3rd person, when it’s done right. I know so many readers are conditioned to think they won’t like it, I promise you…read this book anyway. This story will suck you in, plop you right down in Snowberry and make you believe you live there. The characters are real and multi-layered and supported by a full cast of engaging friends and relatives.

And last but not least, Blue Fire!!! Getting to visit these characters I love one last time is bittersweet. The glimpse Erika gives us in to the lives of my favorite rock band brought tears to my eyes. I know this is the last book in the series (poor Ben) but I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we hear from my favorite rockers.

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Closing her eyes, Daisy bit into the crunchy drizzle, her teeth sinking through the buttery rich goodness of the bread. Oh, dear God. Her mom made the world’s best cinnamon rolls. With a sigh, she looked up to find someone heading toward her on the path.

Of course her childhood crush would show up the moment she’d stuffed her mouth full of pastry. Leaning against the hood of her car, Daisy chewed quickly—which sucked because, basically, time should stand still while savoring her mom’s desserts.

But Cooper wasn’t looking at her. Scowling at his phone, he stopped on the path, fingers furiously typing. Was he dealing with his mom?

Or maybe a girlfriend. Instantly her skin tightened, and her heart thudded. If Cooper had a girlfriend…God. Last night she’d gone on and on about how much he’d meant to her.

She looked away, mortification crashing through her system.

First, she’d bumped into him wearing waders and a fishing hat, and then she’d forced him to go out with her. Awesome.

He couldn’t have been clearer that he didn’t want to spend the day with her, but she’d gone and made an offer she knew he couldn’t turn down. Not if he wanted to get his mom’s house built and get himself back on tour.

Feeling a little sick to her stomach, she licked the sticky drizzle off her fingers and shoved the treat back into the bag.

As he paused on the path, thumbs working over the phone’s keypad, she took in his powerful physique. A white T-shirt strained across broad shoulders, hugging his thickly rounded biceps, and worn blue jeans cupped his hard, muscular thighs.

The colorful ink covering his body made him look like a total badass. She’d noticed a strange symbol on his inner wrist and a cartoon image on his forearm of a pin-up girl holding a barbell, a sexy slash of red for her lips.

The man he’d grown into made her soul wake up, and God, she couldn’t even remember the last time she’d felt this kind of fluttery attraction for a guy.

As if he felt someone watching him, he looked up sharply and found her. The worry lines eased. But he didn’t smile. “Hey.”

She pushed off her car. “You ready?” Forced or not, her plan was good for both of them. She was sticking to it.

 

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Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

 

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The Story of Us by D. Nichole King Excerpt and Review

THE STORY OF US by d. Nichole King
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2017
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —

Moments.

Every life is made of thousands of them, each one strung together with the next. Some are yellow and happy, some are blue and sad, and some…

Some wipe out color altogether.

“I love you,” is what I should have told Maverick.

“I’m sorry.”

“I’m still fighting.”

Instead I just watched him leave.

Now my husband, my everything is battling for each breath, and all I can do is stare at the machines as the clock ticks off precious minutes.

The doctors said the first twenty-four hours are critical—but every moment is critical.

You never know which will be your last.

This is our story, and I’m not ready for it to end.

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I was already a D. Nichole King fan (Like HUGE fan), so I want into this book with high expectations. Yeah…they were met and exceeded. This book is just a beautiful book about love, about the fact that falling is easy and hard at the same time. The scariest and the safest thing you’ll ever do. That after you fall, life gets complicated and messy while being beautiful and amazing. This book reminds you that every day matters and things can change in the blink of an eye.

This book did exactly what I love books to do….it made me feel all the feelings. I laughed and swooned and cried and cheered. Happy, sad, scared, excited…they all come into play here. But more than anything, this book made me think about everyday, about how I treat people and what I value.

The characters were real and exceptional at the same time. It was great to read a book with characters that felt like people I could meet IRL. Maverick was just about as swoon-worthy as they come, I fell for him within a few pages of meeting him. Alieya is a college student and an artist and still a little shell-shocked and gun-shy from the end of a long term relationship. Everything about her is just incredibly real. Her reactions would be my reactions, I just understood her. Some of the other characters were great too, especially Finley, Alieya’s best friend. She was a great addition and I would actually love to read her story one of these days.

I think what set this book apart is the way D writes emotion. It’s beautiful and crystal clear, everything on the page for you to experience with the characters. Honestly…I will read everything this author writes and I will likely read this book again and again.

 

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I’m cold sitting in one of the waiting rooms in the ICU. Maverick is still in surgery, the nurse tells me. They’ll come get me once he’s in his room. It shouldn’t be too much longer. No one else is close by. It’s just me and my thoughts.

It’s strange the things you think of to distract yourself from the real reason you’re sitting here. Me, I focus on the oil painting on the wall. Wonder how many people have stared at it and wanted to tear it down. How many liked it. Has anyone noticed that it leans a little to the left or that there’s an inconsistency in the corners of the wooden frame? Did anyone deliberate why this painting?

I’m sure it’s meant to calm the people who look at it. Doesn’t everyone find a lake dotted with sailboats calming? But the colors are all wrong. They don’t soothe me. They’re bright and bold and demanding. There’s too much crimson, too dark of navy.

I have to turn away from it. There’re magazines on the tables, but they scream at me too. Loud headlines of celebrities with large divorce settlements, jail time, and plastic surgery. The science ones boast of the newest medical advances and archeological finds. What they don’t realize is that in here, life beyond these walls no longer exists. In here, there’re only three things that matter: life, death, and the battle between them.

I shiver again. I should have brought warmer clothes.

Hugging my knees to my chest, I focus on the fake plant in the corner. There are no windows in this area, which is how I know it’s fake. It might be a fern of some sort, I don’t know. The leaves are long and skinny, but again, the color is wrong for this place.

I shift my attention to the hallway. In here, the lights are dim, but out there they’re on full and reflecting off of the cream floor. There’s a nurse at the nurses’ station, sitting behind a computer. She’s different from the one before. A moment later, another walks up to the desk. They keep hushed voices, and I hear nothing. The one at the computer lifts her eyes to me and when she meets my gaze, she offers a sympathetic smile. I don’t smile back.

I lower my head until my cheek rests on my arms, and I close my eyes. My skin is ice against my face. Cold is what it means to be alone, and right now, I’ve never felt more alone. Alone, but not lonely. No, because being lonely is different than being alone. Lonely is a fleeting state that ends. When Finley gets here, I’ll no longer be lonely, yet without Mav, I’ll still be alone.

I think about the happy moments Mav and I shared. Our time in Cancun. The dance under the stars. His smile. His silly pet name for me.

That was us. The whole, take-on-the-world, in-love us.

The us before we broke.

 

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d. Nichole King was born with a book in her hand. During her school years, she’d hide books inside textbooks, read during recess, changing classes, and while walking home from school. She wrote her first book at the age of 11, and the re-worked version of that book is her debut novel, LOVE ALWAYS, KATE.

Her YA urban fantasy series, THE SPIRIT TRILOGY, along with her NA contemporary series, LOVE ALWAYS, was acquired

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Synopsis

Life is made up of choices.
Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future.

At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe.
Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days.

I love them both, but I have to choose.
There is only one choice I can make.
And I choose forever.

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I read a lot of books so it’s rare for me to close a book and know immediately that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read…. but with this book I knew instantly. It’s that crazy good. I just want everyone to read this duet, absolutely everyone. It just does everything right. It is simply one of the most beautiful romances I’ve ever read. Actually it’s maybe two of the most breath-taking romances I’ve ever read, which is why I was so blown away.

I know not everyone loves a triangle…read this one anyway. I know people like the concept of a once in a lifetime love that is like nothing the H/h have ever experienced before….read this book anyway. I know not everyone embraces the idea that you can love two different people for very different reasons at the same time….READ. IT. ANYWAY !!!

This book took my breath away…over and over. It made me smile and swoon and laugh and cry and scream and sob and question everything. I’ll be honest, I finished Choosing Forever a while ago and I am still thinking about it. A year from now I will still be thinking about it. It immediately claimed a spot in my all time Top Ten. This book…. these feelings… this emotion…. THIS is why I read.

 

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About the Author

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

 

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Release Blitz **Text 2 Lovers** by JD Hollyfield and K Webster

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by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

 

It’s the start of nothing good.
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number.
And he replied.
Him: Show me a picture.
Him: Tell me your name.
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger?

It’s the start of everything right.
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong.
And she made me laugh again.
Her: You’re probably a creeper.
Her: Possibly a stalker.
Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine?

Him: Take a chance with me.
Her: This is crazy.
Him: I need to see you.
Her: What are we doing?
Him: We’re about to find out.

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This book was cute and funny and hot and everything you would expect from J.D. Hollyfield and K. Webster, but what kind of took me by surprise was how emotionally involved I got in these characters. I was totally hooked on the romance and the relationship. I’m not going to lie, of course I did a lot of laughing and gasping in surprise, but I also shed a few tears and swooned hard. I really loved both characters. And the secondary characters were a great addition, adding humor and drama to the entire story. I will definitely be grabbing their books when the time comes.

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Author JD Hollyfield

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer and first-time author. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or playing around with her husband, son and three doxies, she’s relaxing with her nose in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her first novel. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on her next book.

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💔 Torn Between Two 💔 by Mia Kayla Release Blitz and Review

Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1) by Mia Kayla

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Release Date: January 23, 2017

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Synopsis

I believe in fairy tales — the kind where a knight in shining armor sweeps me off my feet. Coming from a broken home, fairy tales housed the hope I clung to. Never in my life did I imagine two knights coming into my life— two knights that wore very different armor.

A rockstar versus a lawyer.

Fast and furious versus deliberate and calculated.

Intense and passionate versus strong and devoted.

Chaos versus stability.

I fell in love with one in the craziness of a concert.

I fell in love with the other in the silence of his compassion.

And now I am Torn Between Two.

 

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It’s January and I can tell you whole-heartedly that this book will be in my Top Ten for 2017.

Here’s how I know:

This duet is in my Top Ten Books of All Time (as in one of the very best stories I’ve ever read).

This story is simply the most beautiful, uplifting, heart-breaking, love-affirming, soul-shattering roller coaster I’ve ever read. I can only say I am so beyond grateful that Mia Kayla took me on such a breath-taking ride. I’m not going to tell you this book is flawless because the beauty of this book is its flaws…its flawed characters, its flawed love, its flawed circumstances. I loved every single page in this story…even the ones I hated.

What blew me away, more than any other aspect of this book, is how much I LOVED each and every character. I think that’s what made this story unforgettable. Sam is clearly torn between these two amazing and amazingly different men in her life, but you will be too. I understood Sam because I also loved them both. I adored Hawke and his crazy life and his beautiful words and intense love. But I also adored Josh and his calm strength and his beautiful heart and his compassionate love. Crap…now I’m tearing up just thinking about them. It’s just stunning to me that Mia was able to make me love them both so completely. And Sam is a great character. There is nothing weak or selfish in her feeling for these two. She is a loving, caring, independent woman who has had her fair share of heart-break. She is in a situation that no woman would ever expect to find herself in and there are simply no easy answers. She is never careless with her feelings or callous with her love.

This is not a book about cheating, that’s not what’s going on here. It’s a book about circumstances you don’t plan and feelings you don’t expect and people you never see coming, but who matter in ways you can’t control. It’s about the decisions you make and the decisions that are made for you. This book is about all the best parts and the worst parts of falling in love. It’s about falling in love fast and falling in love slow and friendship and passion and hurt and heartache. It’s about love.

This book is a love triangle, honestly the BEST love triangle I have ever read. It is NOT a menage or a threesome (Nothing wrong with those…I read them too. That’s just not what this duet is). I know not everyone loves a triangle…read this one anyway. I know people like the concept of a once in a lifetime love that is like nothing the H/h have ever experienced before….read this book anyway. I know not everyone embraces the idea that you can love two different people for very different reasons at the same time….READ. IT. ANYWAY !!! I would absolutely hate to think that anyone would miss out on this absolutely breath-taking love story because they were afraid to take a chance on it or because they had a preconceived notion of what a love story needs to look like.

I just can’t believe how freaking brilliant it is. I honestly laughed out loud, I ugly cried, I panicked, I screamed, I swooned, I hurt, I healed and I loved. THIS is why I read. This feeling right here….like I can’t get enough and I never want it to end.

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Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla

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Synopsis

Life is made up of choices.
Single choices like bricks laid out in a path. A path that leads to your future.

At twenty four years old, I would have never guessed I would be stuck between two men—two men from opposite spectrums of the universe.
Their lives, their worlds, their demeanor is as different as the darkest of nights and the lightest of days.

I love them both, but I have to choose.
There is only one choice I can make.
And I choose forever.

 

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About the Author

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

 

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Revived : The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2) by Kora Knight & our 5 1/2 Star Review

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 Title: Revived

Series: The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2)

Author: Kora Knight

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Synopsis

Love.
The most powerful force in existence, but also the most ruthless. Cunning and deceptive.Man’s greatest Achilles heel. Leaving all who embrace it weak and vulnerable.
At least that’s how Dom-for-hire Max Kelley sees it, after the love of his life knocked him on his ass. A brutal blow that not only stole his breath, but decimated his ability to trust. Turning him cold and cynical. The TKO he never saw coming.
Love.
A mistake Max won’t ever make again.
Meaning no more relationships—not exactly a hardship. Just the thought of dating makes him queasy, and one of the reasons he doms for a living. To sexually engage without the poison of intimacy. The other reason? To keep his demons sated. With whips and chains, and scandalous kink. A fiery mix that always hits the spot.
That is, until a bright-eyed beauty walks into his life and refuses to leave.
Sean Matthews. College senior and flirt extraordinaire. Max’s newest—and greenest—client sub. Man, is he delicious; able to push Max’s buttons, able to make him crave the things he knows he shouldn’t. Sound the alarm, this can only mean trouble. Unfortunately, deterring Sean proves virtually impossible, and now Max finds himself at a crossroads.
Man up and kick his favorite sub to the curb… or succumb to his own caged desires.

Warning: This erotic, gay, BDSM romance contains intensely explicit sexual scenes both inside and out of the dungeon.

** Note from the author: In keeping with the promise I made to my Upending Tad devotees, I’ve included a small side story with Tad and Scott in book 2 where we delve a bit further into the developments of their relationship, and all the wonderful ways they’ve been keeping each other’s hearts pounding. So, be prepared for a few more character point of views! Tad and Scott aren’t going anywhere. They’ll be around for the long haul. XXO

I completely adored this book. Plain and simple. I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about it. And I am so freaking glad I did, because part one was great, emotional, enthralling and I really REALLY wanted this one to live up to my expectations. And man, did it surpass them!!!

Max and Sean are both amazing characters, complex, multi-faceted, fully developed characters that are just perfect in their imperfections. I really loved them both. (I know this might be blasphemy to Kora Knight fans, but I actually love them more than Scott and Tad…yeah I didn’t see that coming either.) Max was his same brooding, dominant, damaged self, but he was so much more. In everything he did I just felt his struggle. His pain and grief were palpable. My heart broke for him over and over again even while he was pissing me off.  And Sean….Sean just took me by surprise. I think he is my favorite of all Kora’s characters. I loved him passionately. He is light to all of Max’s black. But my favorite things about him were the things I didn’t expect. his strength, his intelligence, his confidence and his inherent goodness. I just couldn’t get enough of him. It was nice to see a lot of the characters from Upending Tad again, Scott and Tad chief among them. As always, they supplied humor and emotional relief from the turmoil and their interactions with Max and Sean are a great example of skilled storytelling at it’s very finest.

This story is both a simple love story and a roller coaster ride. It’s a story of compassion and cruelty, humor and hatred, forgiveness and resentment, unconditional love and conditional affection. It’s freaking beautiful. My blood pumped, my chest hurt, my breath caught, my tears flowed, I laughed, I cried, my heart rejoiced. And I freaking loved every single minute of the journey. Books should make you feel…this book made me feel everything.  I just loved the story, the narrative was gorgeous. I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long damn time.

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Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann

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Title: Scarlet Stone

Author: Jewel E Ann

Genre: A romantic suspense standalone

Release Date: December 10th, 2016

Synopsis

“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.”

What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence?

Scarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancé, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life.

After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound.

Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents.

He resents every breath she takes.

She’s fascinated by his every move.

In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie.

“Over eighty-five percent of the world’s population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.”

Do you believe?

Jewel E. Ann is one of my very favorite authors, so any day that one of her books ends up on my kindle is a very good day. This woman completely sucks me into every story she tells and Scarlet Stone was no exception. I was hooked on this story from page one and invested by chapter two. As with all Jewel books, she doles out the story in tiny little increments. You just have to expect that she is going to feed you little pieces along the way and in the end she is going to tie up every single loose end and a perfect little bow that takes you by surprise. Just trust and hang on for the ride.

I have a hard time deciding what Jewel is better at…writing amazing, enthralling, complex characters or writing amazing, enthralling, complex storylines. To be honest, she excels at both. I loved Scarlet. She was unique and her back story was like nothing I ever read before. She was a times beautifully calm and serene and at other times a hurricane.  Theo was amazing (and frustrating) and a crazy mystery for most of the book, but when he finally shows his heart and his journey….WOW. I was blown away by him in both good and bad ways.

As always, Jewel doesn’t tell you the story of two characters, she builds a world full an amazing supporting cast and a plot woven so tightly around them you can’t help but buy into it completely. The begin of the story was amazing, and while there were parts in the middle where I questioned whether to not Jewel was going to be able to pull it all together, the end just completely blew me away. I have seriously gone back and re-read parts of the end over and over I loved it so much. There is NOTHING this woman could write that I will not read. Nobody does it better.

 

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Jewel E. Ann

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

With 10 years of flossing lectures under 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 a 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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Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

Kristys Review (2)3 Stars

Didn’t quite cross the finish line for me.

Three stars is almost generous for me on this one, it’s probably should be a little lower. I wanted to love it, and honestly the plot did pull me along. I had a hard time putting it down, which should sound great right? But I wasn’t really enjoying it, I was waiting for it to deliver on all the promise it had, I was waiting to love it. And at times I thought it was close, but it never got me there.

I never fell for Hayden and I never really believed the chemistry between the main characters or the love story. There wasn’t enough of Hayden on the pages to make me love him. I spent too much time unsure if I could trust him. And Kenzie was not likable for a lot of the book. Just kind of mean for no reason. Without using spoilers it’s hard to say exactly what went wrong, but the major plot points keeping them apart where thin at best, Hayden was TOO mysterious, and several items that needed to be cleared up were left unfinished. Also the end seemed oddly rushed and somewhat incomplete. I’m a huge SC Stephens fan, this one just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

💜 Punk 57 💜 by Penelope Douglas

Title: Punk 57
Genre: New Adult
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 21, 2016

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Synopsis


From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between…

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

*Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+.

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Kristys Review (2)4 1_2 Star ReviewWhen a Penelope Douglas book hits my kindle I’m like a kid on Christmas morning….excited, impatient and a little worried that I might be disappointed. Luckily this author NEVER disappoints.  I could not put this book down, I just wanted real life to disappear so I sink into this world and never come out. It had everything I love in a book: angst, humor, emotion, passion and that sense that something big is just around the corner.

I loved Misha, he was messed up perfection. He was the good guy wrapped in the bad boy tattoos. He was sweet and sour and salty in all of the best ways. Ryen was a more challenging character to fall for. She was everything I loved and hated about high school. Somehow she was the girl you hated and the girl you were all rolled up together. She was a character very few writers could pull off properly and Penelope hit the mark perfectly.  And once again, Penelope writes a book about high school characters that are perfectly teenage, yet completely relatable to readers of any age. OH…

And this book was smoking hot too.

The one and only reason this book wasn’t a 5 star read of me was that the ending came a little too quickly. I love resolution in the books I read, but I thought maybe the last 1/4 of the book threw a little too much at me too fast. I guess I just wanted time to savor some of the resolutions a little bit more.

I would say the true test of a book is how long it stays with you after you turn the last page. This book has not left the front of my kindle carousel. I have gone back and read passage after passage. I’ve look up scenes, bookmarked and highlighted. Like everything Penelope Douglas writes, I will read this over and over and then buy the audiobook when it comes out so I can listen to it too!!!

 

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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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