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Choosing Forever (Torn Duet #2) by Mia Kayla

My First 6 STAR read of 2017

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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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Torn Between Two (Torn Duet #1)

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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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💔 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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Release Date: February 12, 2017

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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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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!!!

 

About the Author


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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🎶 REFRAIN 🎶 is LIVE by Kennedy Ryan

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People dream of a love that runs deep. So deep it feels like it’s always been with you, just waiting for the person who’ll own your heart and soul forever. So few ever find it, but for Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson, happily ever after was only the beginning…

One of the biggest rock stars in the world and one of the brightest rising stars make a life together. Sometimes it’s glamour-filled days and blissed out nights, but it’s mostly staying true in the too-bright glare of the spotlight. It’s long stretches where the road is lonely and the work is hard. It’s living in a love that’s the safest place you know even while danger lurks at your door.

Book 3 of The Soul series is an emotionally-charged epic conclusion that had to be told and should not be missed for fans of this series and this couple!

 

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Kristys Review (2)5 Star ReviewThis is simply a wonderful conclusion to a beautiful and beautifully written love story.  I adore Rhyson and Kia, yet I was worried that this book wouldn’t live up. I am excited to say I was completely and utterly wrong. It more than lived up….it exceeded.  This couple is just compelling, endearing and so completely romantic. This is what I read romance books for….this kind of story right here.

You really need to read the first two books for this one to work for you. Go ahead, do it….they are spectacular.  But this book just adds so much to their story.  Now that they are together, getting to experience them figuring out exactly what that means and how that works is a gorgeous ride.  They have issues, all couples do and their issues are handle so realistically and so beautifully. I literally couldn’t get enough. This will forever be one of my very favorite series and Rhyson Gray is one of my very favorite BBFs. He’s not perfect, he’s real and romantic and spectacular.

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I just can’t write about myself in third person for one more bio! I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That’s me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you’ll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing TBR. I love to hear from readers at kennedyryanwrites@gmail.com.

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🏈 One 🏈 by Jewel E Ann is LIVE and Magnificent

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Title: One
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28th, 2016

 

Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.

Until …

God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.

It was one day.
One moment.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.

His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.

When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.

“We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”

***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

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Kristys Review (2)5 1_2 Star ReviewI’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Jewel E. Ann is undoubtedly the best author writing books right now. That is not an opinion….it’s a fact. Her Jack and Jill series was my absolute favorite read of last year. Seriously, if you haven’t read that yet…..RUN AND GRAB IT !!! (Hint the first book, End of Day ,is free right now.)  So when I found out Cage and Lake were getting a book of their own (and a second chance) I was ecstatic.  I was worried though….I mean I had such high expectations and I knew there wasn’t going to be as much action as there had been in the JnJ series so I had doubts. Silly stupid me. I should know better. Every Jewel E Ann book I have read has been SPECTACULAR and this is no exception.

Cage and Lake are wonderful and it is so great to get to hang out with them again. Both of them will melt your heart and then, when they are together the heat will melt your lady parts. (Can I say that?) But what makes this book extraordinary is the fact that the story is not extraordinary. These are two real people, in real life situations, facing challenges and trials and every day life and they are trying to figure out how to do it together. Funny things happen because that’s real, sad things happen because that’s how life is sometimes. They have ups and down, they have stops and starts….it’s glorious. I adored every minute of it. Cage is right up there with the best BBFs ever written but Lake? Lake is messy perfection. I loved her

As with every Jewel book, One has ALL the emotions….EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. I laughed loud, I cried hard, I swooned big time and I cheered like crazy. This book…..this book is the ONE.

Author Bio

Jewel E. Ann

Adult Contemporary Romance Author

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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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🎤 In the Absence of You 🎤 by Sunniva Dee Review and Release

In The Absence Of You
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Publication date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Aishe is running. Running from the burn of a love she knows will consume her.
Running from a soul mate she’s never even met.
If only she hadn’t been hired as a merch girl for the hottest indie band on earth.
If only she’d never laid eyes on its front man, Emil—intense, sexy, and so unlike the men of her culture.
If only she hadn’t fallen onto his lips, then into his bed.
If only her flame hadn’t exploded into a full-on forest fire.
If only Emil’s heart didn’t belong to someone else.
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Emil is running. Running from a broken heart.
Running from who he was with her.
If only Zoe hadn’t left.
If only Aishe hadn’t been right there.
If only she hadn’t been so damn gorgeous—insistent—different.
If only he could control himself around her.
If. Only.

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Kristys Review (2)

6 Stars

This is the one. This book right here is the one I’ve been waiting for. I knew Sunniva had this in her. Her last three were great, I loved them…but this book I ADORED. I can’t even explain how happy I am right now.

You have to know I’m a sucker for a bad boy rocker so I expected to like Emil. And he was entertaining in Walking Heartbreak and I had high hopes. But oh my God I never expected to love him like I do. Passionately! I never expected him to make me cry for him, to break my heart, to have me laughing and cheering and screaming. Emil’s pain is palpable, his confusion tangible and his desperation so very emotional. This boy was just a beautiful broken mess.

Then in walks Aishe. Aishe is a character I just got. I totally understood her. She was determined and willful while still being insecure. She was both selfish and caring. She was a dichotomy. A wonderfully interesting dichotomy. I felt her every emotion…her confusion, her hurt, her fear, her lust, mostly her desperate grip on Emil.

I read a lot of books and I like a lot of books, but I am rarely surprised by a book.

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Clearly this book surprised me. In the best possible way. I don’t trust Sunniva. I have said before that she is unconventional and unwilling to conform. It makes her a loose cannon. It makes her books a crazy exhilarating ride. I never knew what she was going to do next. And I LOVED that I never knew what she was going to do next.

This book was eloquent even when it was being crude and raw. It was so HOT and wrong and yet absolutely completely right. Perverted and sexy and sad and beautiful. It was crazy. Easily in my top 10 this year and a six star read for sure. This is a book I will read over and over again.

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AISHE

I come from a family that burns with love. You wouldn’t understand unless you were one of us. I’m not just talking my father and my mother—I’m talking every one of my ancestors. It’s in our genetic build to spend all of our energy on love.

Once we come of age, it strikes and blazes with a fire that eats you alive. This love is a plague that boils in my race and in my culture, and I wouldn’t know a different way unless I’d broken free and seen strangers love with milder flames.

Tonight, my eyes go from the merchandise on my table to the blond-headed burst of life hopping off the stage. His gaze shimmers with amusement, a cocky lip twitching as he slaps high-fives to guys and pinches girl-cheeks on his way over.

“Aishe! You got those super-tight, hot little tees with the broken heart thingy on the front? The ones the chicks dig?” he asks once he’s in front of me, Emil, the vocalist of Clown Irruption, one of the hottest alt-rock indie-bands out there. I’ve been their merch girl for a few months now. Each night, I zoom in on Emil with less and less difficulty.

“Yeah. Troll picked them up this morning,” I say referring to their tour manager.

“This is so cool—finally we see actual merch money,” Emil laughs out. Then he sets a hand to the table and squints at me. “You’ve done much better than your cousin. I mean, Shandor, man.” He shakes his head playfully. “He couldn’t draw dudes to the stand worth shit.”

My face loosens in a smile. I send a subtle glance at Shandor, who’s busy wrapping things up on stage, coiling cables and breaking down drums. To sell T-shirts wasn’t what he burned for. Shandor was born with the plague of our people too, but he hasn’t found his beloved yet. My people, we need something to obsess over, so if it’s not a man’s love for a woman or vice versa, it’s something else, and Shandor, he loves his music. Once the band promoted him from merch guy to monitors on stage, he recommended me to fill his spot, and voilà, here I am.

Shandor raises his head and stills on us, focus intent from under dark locks. He’s got a sixth sense for when guys chitchat with me. Like me, he left our traveling community years back, but the need to protect any girl of our people is so deep-rooted I doubt he ever questions it. Shandor would do everything in his power to stop any man, employer or not, from toying with his little cousin.

I straighten so that I’m tall for my height. Though I’m not overly curvy, I’m lean and strong. Supposedly, I’m also fiery, a bit fierce, a bit ferocious, traits that make me who I am, traits I don’t need here in the outside world as opposed to amongst those I was born to.

I intimidate most men with the stance I take right now, but I can’t intimidate Shandor. He glares, telling me without words what not to do, and next he pierces his stare into Emil’s back. Oblivious, Emil juts his index finger at the case of lukewarm beers behind me, wiggles it back and forth quickly, lips pursed in anticipation. “Hand over one of those babies, will ya?”

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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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🏈 💜 First and Goal 💜 🏈 : Moving the Chains book 1 by Kata Čuić Release and Review

Title: First and Goal
Series: Moving the Chains Book 1

Author: Kata Čuić

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Blurb

Eva Papageorgiou has one goal: to make it through her senior year of high school unseen and unscathed. But when her strategy to stay out of the limelight is derailed by rampant rumors, she’s forced to change tactics. Her new game plan is to keep everyone at arm’s length. Especially boys. So when she’s partnered up in class with the hot as hell varsity quarterback, she pushes and pushes.

Until he pushes back.

Rob Falls just wants to fit in. With his teammates, with his friends, with everyone. His image as the quintessential jock makes him feel like a fraud. Especially since it’s the only reason all the girls at school want him, except the one girl he dreams about. She wants nothing to do with him. When he’s forced to tutor the class pariah, he realizes it’s time to get in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.

She’s going to help him get exactly what he wants, whether she knows it or not.

Life doesn’t come with a playbook, but Rob knows this could be the most important play he’ll ever make.

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Review

Kristys Review (2)6 Stars

Every once in a while you read a book where you just live and breathe the characters. A book where you love them so much you think about their story long after you’re done reading. A story were the characters resonate with you so powerfully you don’t want to let them go. That’s how I feel about First and Goal. I adored it. I have Rob and Evie playlists because so many songs have me reliving their story. I have a ton of highlights, a boat load of bookmarked pages because I keep going back to re-read my favorite parts over and over. It’s that kind of book.

The writing is beautiful, intelligent, emotional and eloquent. The emotions are realistic and organic. Nothing feels false or fake. Rob and Evie are real, imperfect, exceptional and ordinary all at the same time. They are somehow both people you know and people you’ve never met before all rolled into one. Rob Falls will make you fall head over heels in love with him. He is just a beautiful boy inside and out and he immediately headed to the top of my BBF favorites list. You just need to meet him. And Evie…she is an extraordinary character. She is nothing like she appears to be when you first meet her. She is hard shell protecting a damaged heart. So real and relatable. Honestly, she’s half the women I know and watching her evolution is spectacular. I’ve always said believable character evolution is the mark of a great writer and Kata nails it.

This book literally made me laugh out loud. It made me smile and cringe and cheer and groan. This book made me bawl my damn eyes out. It made me lose sleep and blow off work and all kinds of things that should have pissed me off but instead made me deliriously happy.

Author Info

Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region 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. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. 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.

She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.

If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)

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🎸 STAND 🎸 Black Addiction 3 by T. Gephart Release and Review

Title: Stand
Series: Black Addiction #3
Author: T. Gephart
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2016

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Blurb
Good times didn’t last forever. While Beth Hart had enjoyed being the sometimes girlfriend of Max Reynolds—the hot bass player for Black Addiction—she knew it would never be more than a casual fling. He was destined for greatness, and she cared too much to hold him back. So, before she lost her heart and her sanity, she said goodbye to the Bronx, moved to Manhattan and left her party-girl days in the past—along with Max.


Nothing made Max happier than being a success in his own right. And in the last few years, he and his band had well and truly earned it. Moving to the city and enjoying the spoils of his new lifestyle made perfect sense, and he loved his new address. It wasn’t his new huge penthouse apartment that got him excited; it was his new neighbor. The one girl he regretted letting go—Beth.


He wanted her back and would do anything to make it happen. Hopefully it wasn’t too late. 

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Kristys Review (2)

3 3_4 Stars

So I have been a vocal fan of T.Gephart since I discovered High Strung a while back (yes my Dan Evans addiction is still in full force.) And when the Power Station ended I jumped right onto the Black Addiction bandwagon.  Rusty was first and I loved him, then came Joey (hehe I said came…Joey would appreciate that) and I LOVED him. And last but not least we have Max.

Max is a great guy, sweet, protective and determined….all the good stuff. Beth is great too. She’s completely independent, smart, and very chill. Their relationship for years has been off again on again, but they always remained friends. But they’ve lost touch for a long time now and neither is thinking about the other when they suddenly find themselves face to face. Turns out they really suck at staying away from each other.

I liked this book. It was sweet and cute and Max was definitely swoonworthy. It was nice to see the band again and to watch Max get his happy ending (Literally and figuratively). This book is a quick, fun, slightly slapstick read. It’s not covering any new territory, you aren’t going to cry or scream or curse. Very low angst. What you are going to get is a sweet romance and a fitting end to a really lovable series. Definitely worth the read especially for Black Addiction fans.

Excerpt

Prologue – Beth
Then

It was the calm before the storm.
Neither of us had spoken about it last night, both too caught up in each other to care what it all meant. He was irresistible and I saw no reason to fight the urge. No matter how many times we drifted apart, we always seemed to end up back together. Maybe it was sheer magnetism, maybe it was his amazing smile? Or maybe it was his delicious well-toned body that did amazing things to mine? It could have been any of those reasons, but mostly it was because of the way he made me feel.
Happy.
Some of my best memories featured the man sleeping soundly beside me. And it wasn’t even about the sex, although . . . yeah, his talents weren’t only restricted to the stage. There was just something about him. Something bigger than what he already was, and I knew living in the Bronx and working at Staples wasn’t his destiny.
Sadly, neither was I.
International rock sensation Power Station had seen it too, signing up Black Addiction—Max’s band—to be their support act for a huge stadium tour. They’d already wowed the crowds at Madison Square Garden, the other crowds would follow too and then the world would see what I already knew.
Max Reynolds was a rock star.
We’d taken a break from each other around three months ago. No messy break up, no drama—just our lives taking us in different directions. It wasn’t a new thing for us, and in some ways, it just worked. But last night wasn’t us getting back together; last night was something else entirely.
His eyes were shut tight as he slept, completely unaware as I watched him. His perfect lips parted just slightly as the air whistled past. And I knew this would be the last time we could do this; at some point we’d stop the revolving door.
“Hey.” He slid open an eye, his trademark panty-melting grin not far behind. “You’re awake. Feeling okay?”
“Yep, I know better than to try and keep up with you and your band.” I couldn’t help but smile back. “How about you? You had a pretty serious commitment with that bottle of Jäger.” Don’t know why I asked; I’d never seen him rocking the next morning regret like most of us did.
“Never felt better.” He smirked, his fingers trailing up my side, tickling my skin until they reached my breast. His talented fingers palmed me, hinting that he had other things on his mind other than his lack of hangover. “And my only commitment last night was pleasing you. So, tell me . . . how did I do?”
God, he was smooth.
He had this uncanny ability to make you feel like you were the only woman in the room, like nothing else mattered, and even if I knew it was temporary, I loved it.
“I think you got all the confirmation you needed last night.” I grinned as I nestled into his side. “If you want your ego stroked, you’ll have to go elsewhere.”
“That’s not what I want you to stroke, Beth,” he whispered into my ear, his voice loaded with suggestion.
“I should probably go.” It’s not that I didn’t want to stay, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know where this would end up. Sleep was not part of that equation.
“Why? Stay in bed with me.” His muscular, inked arms caged me against his body, the heat between us having nothing to do with the temperature in the room. “I’m almost positive you won’t regret it.”
I wouldn’t regret it.
I never would.
But in my heart I knew that this was the end of the road for the two of us. And as much as I wanted to keep going by his side, he had to walk it alone. How much longer could I stay? A week, a month, a year? He needed to be single. Free to do whatever he wanted to do when that spotlight finally hit him and not wonder if it would have been different without a girlfriend ball-and-chain. I wouldn’t be the source of anyone’s regrets, not least someone as special as Max. He was on the cusp of something great, and I cared too much to hold him back.
“You need sleep, you have a show tonight.” My hands moved over his chest. “We both know if I stay, there will be no sleep.” I tried in vain to free myself from his arm prison, my attempt laughable as he pulled me closer.
“Sleep’s overrated.” The words vibrated against my ear as I closed my eyes and remembered the moment. The one that would be the last time in his arms.
“You might not be dealing with a hangover, but you can’t outrun fatigue. Sleep and I’ll see you when you get back in town.”
It was a lie, an easy one to tell, knowing that when he came back things would be different. We would be different, and I think deep down he knew it was goodbye.
“Beth.” His lips pressed against the back of my neck, my short black hair offering me little protection as his hot breath defied logic and gave me goose bumps. “We’ll always end up like this, you and me.”
Not always, not anymore.
I didn’t dare say it. More because I didn’t want to hear it even though I knew it was the right thing to do.
“You going to let me go?” I asked, his arms showing no sign of releasing me
“For now.” He kissed my neck before loosening his hold and allowing me to sit up.
“You’re going to do great on this tour; this is what you’ve been waiting for.” I didn’t have to even force the smile on my face, I was genuinely happy for him. “Your life is about to change.”
“Whatever happens, happens.” His arms flexed and anchored at the back of his neck. “I’m still going to be me, that won’t ever change.”
“Good.” I fished my T-shirt from the edge of the bed and threw it over my head. “And I’ll be your biggest fan.” It was an easy promise to make; being supportive was something that I planned to continue. And something I could do even if it wasn’t by his side.
“Just promise you won’t get all weird and start stealing my underwear to sell on eBay.” He watched me as I slid on my own and grabbed my jeans from the floor.
“So, I should put back the pair I have stuffed into my purse?” I turned back to face him as I pulled up my jeans, batting my eyes seductively for effect.
I hadn’t actually stolen a pair of his boxer briefs, but it was easier than the inevitable so-this-is-where-it-ends that needed to happen.
“Call me, Beth.” He didn’t hesitate, his eyes looking directly into mine. It was as if he already knew that I probably wouldn’t but wouldn’t push the issue either. It was a weird stalemate, so much left unsaid, but all those words not spoken completely understood.
“See ya, Max.” I allowed myself one last look at him before scooping up my shoes and shuffling out of the room. The door closed behind me giving me a resting place for a second before I walked out of his house.
We both needed this. It wasn’t just for him; this was for me too. Together neither of us would reach our full potential, and we owed each other that. I was more than just a bass player’s girlfriend. I was more than a girl with tattoos, funky hair and a short skirt. If I stayed . . . he was too easy to fall in love with.
There was no sadness when I left; my heart wasn’t breaking. I was excited about what the future held for both of us and while I’d miss him, someday we would both be thankful.
In time we would both move on, and hopefully when he thought of me, he’d remember good things.
I would always, when I thought of him.

 

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Author Bio

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.T’s approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn’t lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past “colorful” experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don’t have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn’t let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey – she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

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🎵Take Me Home Tonight🎵by Erika Kelly

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Erika Kelly’s TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT is rocking readers’ worlds everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for passionate heroes and strong women, book 3 in Erika’s Rock Star Romance Series, TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Calix and Mimi’s story is sure to please and keep you turning pages long into the night!

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About TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT:

A rocker gets a taste of unexpected passion in the latest red-hot Rock Star Romance from the award-winning author of I Want You to Want Me.

Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.

Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom…

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Kristys Review (2)3 3_4 StarsI adore Erika Kelly’s books and her Rock Star Romance is one of my very favorite.  The boys (and girls) of the Blue Fire family are just magnificent and getting back into their world is always a great escape.  This book put me right back where I wanted to be, on Violet’s farm and with the boys in the studio.  This time Mimi is front and center.  She’s business oriented and trying to get her dad to give her the chance she’s worked her entire life for.  When he seems intent on setting up more hoops for her to jump through, she decides to explore another avenue to success. A avenue that puts her on Calix Bourbon’s doorstep.

Calix is a session musician and the fill in keyboard player for Blue Fire, and so far he seems like the perfect fit.  But with a home life in turmoil a heavy weight on his shoulders and too much responsibility for one man, Calix can’t commit to anyone, not Blue Fire, not a relationship, not even to himself.  But the pull of his attraction to Mimi is causing him all kinds of trouble he wasn’t ready for.

As always, Erika’s writing is spectacular.  She sucks you in and paints a picture like no one else.  Everything is solid here, the writing, the complex storyline, the relationships. Mimi is a great character…smart, artistic, determined and alternately sure of her self and insecure, you know, just like most of us.  Calix is the strong silent type, a man of few words and here is the only place I got hung up in this book.  I had trouble connecting with Calix, I think his strong silent routine was just a little to silent for me.  Maybe I like my boys a little bit more exposed than Calix was.  Just when I would start to fall for him he would pull back.

And once again, ALL of your favorite characters are back in full force, Emmie and Slater, Derek and Violet…even Ben and Cooper.  All pitching it to fill in a beautiful background tapestry for the book.

Overall, it’s still a great read and believe me when I tell you I CAN NOT WAIT for the next book (bring on Cooper).  The Blue Fire family is one of my favorite places to be.

 

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“Great story line, full of emotion, and passion with wonderful characters. I adore this series!”
–Gretchen, Goodreads Reviewer

“Erika Kelly has now won a place as one of my top authors.”
–Deanne, Books and Boys Book Blog

 

 

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Erika Kelly - author picAbout Erika Kelly:

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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