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We’ve got a new addition to the OwR team (I know you know…we’ve been gushing about it.)

Hi everybody!

I’m Cheryl, and I’m supposed to write an introduction, telling you a little about myself. I hate doing this, and so, I guess I can start there since it’s probably the biggest part of my personality. I’m introverted and shy, I don’t like attention, and I hate talking about myself. But I can talk books. For. Days.

I enjoy pretty much any genre—as long as there’s some kind of romance involved. What makes a book great, in my opinion, is not just the writing. It’s the story, the characters, the struggles they overcome, the sacrifices they make, and the butterflies-in-the-tummy love they find along the way. That is why I read, and why I write, and why I’m so excited to join the Obsessed with Romance blogging team.

Some of my favorite reads are:

Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Point Of Retreat Slammed
The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Sea of Tranquility

Ten Tiny BreathsTen Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

Drowning Instince

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disater

Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The vincent BoysDarkhouse

The Dark House Series by Karina Halle

 

 

 

I was only supposed to list five favorites,

but here is something else you should know about me—I don’t follow rules all that well. Plus, who only has five favorite books??? I think my rule breaking is justified here. If you’ve read and loved any of the above books then please be sure to follow my reviews here on Obsessed with Romance.

Kristy and Wenn, I love you ladies to pieces! Thank you so much for making Sunniva and me permanent fixtures of the blog. I’m tremendously happy to be here and cannot wait to share my love of reading with everyone.

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherylMcIntyreauthor/

Find me on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6431156.Cheryl_McIntyre

 

? GRIT by Cheryl McIntyre ? Review and Release Blitz ?



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Three. This is my number. The sum of reasons why I continue to go on.

One: She needs me.

Two: I have to protect her.

And three: With her, I feel human.

But the weight of a man’s secrets is a thousand pounds on his shoulders. Two thousand more on his chest. Trapping him.

Crushing him.

My secrets are slaughtering me.

Fear and regret—of what I’ve done, of whom I’ve become, and of what I’ve let go—are dragging me into a hole, and I can’t claw my way out.

The deeper I sink, the farther I push her away.

The farther she goes, the more my mind spirals. Down into a black abyss. It’s dark here. So damn dark.

She needs to know what I’ve done. I have to tell her. But how can I battle the darkness if I lose my light?

This is what my life is now. I’m a shadow of a man in a scarred body, longing to live again.

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Kristys Review (2)5 Star Review

There are a million questions you could ask me that I would have a hard time narrowing down to a single answer like who my favorite band is or what my favorite song is,  my favorite movie or the best book I’ve ever read, or which of my kids is my favorite.  Picking one would be impossible.  But I have one favorite author and the answer has been the same for the last several years….Cheryl McIntyre.  She’s my answer, my only answer ever single time….and books like this are the reason.  She just always gets it right and Grit is no exception.

Dirty, the first book in this series and an absolute must read BEFORE Grit,  was a hard read, amazing and emotional, but hard.  It was gut-wrenching and stomach twisting and painful but still very much a love story about surviving and finding what you need when you least expect it and you don’t even know what it is.  And Grit picks up right where Dirty leaves off, with Link and Rocky still surviving, still dealing but also trying to heal and trying to do that together.

I love these characters, they are so flawed and so scarred and completely struggling to  move forward, but they are also survivors and inherently good people who have seen the very worst  the world can dish out.  Neither one of them ever expected to be in a relationship and witnessing them stumble their way through it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

One of the things that sets a Cheryl McIntyre book apart is that ever single thing that happens, ever action and reaction, every event, every thought or feeling a character has makes sense, it’s believable within the context of the story, it`s planned and thought out and done right.  It’s just all done right.  Her characters stay true to character, there’s growth and change, they adapt and sometimes even surprise you, but at their core they remain the people you fell in love with. Link and Rocky are no exception.

The other thing that sets her books apart is her ability to put you in her characters’ heads, to make you feel what they feel.  It’s remarkable really.  When Rocky panicked, I panicked, my heart raced and my breathing picked up.  When Link got angry, I felt angry, when Rocky cried, I cried.  With ever decision they made I was right there with them. I might not have agreed with them, hell I might even have been screaming NO NO NO at my kindle, but I was with them, feeling it, experiencing it. That…that right there is the reason I read books and Cheryl never lets me down.

I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. And the absolute best part….being there when Link and Rocky get it right, when they finally start to catch a break and when they finally start to heal, it made every painful step worth it.   It was the perfect ending to a perfectly f*@ked up love story.

About The Author:

Cheryl McIntyre

Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, Dark Calling, and HARD. She resides in Ohio with her high school sweetheart, their two sons, one daughter, one fur son, and a hamster.

You can follow her author page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads. On Twitter, though she has not yet mastered the art of tweeting. On Amazon. On tsū. Or on her website. You can also join her newsletter to receive information about new releases and current sales.

Find Cheryl

Website: http://cherylmcintyrebooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherylMcIntyreauthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylHMcIntyre

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6431156.Cheryl_McIntyre

Amazon Author Central page: http://www.amazon.com/CherylMcIntyre/e/B00DQCIT7U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1405729244&sr=1-2-ent

tsū: https://www.tsu.co/CherylMcIntyreAuthor

Stay up to date on all of Cheryl’s new releases by joining her newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1C2azm3

?? Cheryl McIntyre Q & Freakin A ??

So in an awesome “OMG how great is today” kind of way, I got to do a Q & A with my favorite author. (Yep…my favorite author.  I like a ton of them, I love a few of them too…..but Cheryl is my favorite every day, all day long). And BTW her answers made me love her more.

Check out Cheryl’s profile on my favorite author page

Click on the cover for Amazon Link

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What was the hardest scene/book/character for you to write?

Scene – The hardest scene for me to write was definitely the opening scene in Getting Dirty. I flat out refused for months, ignoring Link as he repeatedly popped into my head, over and over again. It’s dark, and violent, and one of the worst imaginable acts a person can go through. The fact Link is helplessly forced to watch it happen was extremely difficult for me to put to paper. But it’s what makes him the man he is, it’s
a part of him, so I finally allowed him to tell his story through me.

Book -The hardest book for me to write was Let It Be. I took a character who was always happy—he was the one everyone else depended on through the entire Sometimes Never series, he was the backbone of those books—and I made him vulnerable. Though his story is the shortest out of all the SN books, it is by far the heaviest, dealing with depression and suicide. It was also my first time writing a M/M gay romance, and I was terrified I wouldn’t do that book justice. In the end, I think it’s the most honest book I have ever written.

Character – As for the hardest character for me to write—that’s Jensen Payne from HARD, without a doubt. He’s a shameless scopophiliac with a penchant for dominance, not just in the bedroom, but also in his every day life. Additionally, he’s pushy and sexy and heartbreakingly damaged. It took me a while to fully understand the many layers and levels of Jensen, and I created him. Steering my way through his twisted
mind was challenging, but in the end, I think it was worth it.

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Which character is most like someone you know in real life?

All of them! I take pieces of people I know and incorporate them into my characters. You will never find unrealistic thoughts, feelings, or actions in my books because of it. Having said that, Hope, from Sometimes Never, is most like two people I know in real life. She is very loosely based on my niece and a friend from high school.

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If you could rewrite the ending to any of your books, which one would it be and what would you have done differently?

If I could rewrite the ending to Dark Calling, I would give it a clear and final ending. It was my very first book—a young adult paranormal romance. It was never meant to have a sequel, but because I left the ending so open everyone who read it requested it. (You know, like all 10 people.) 😛

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Is there anything that you’re dying to write, but you’re afraid to?

Abso-fucking-lutely! Hahahaha! But the books that scare me the most to write are the ones that end up meaning the most to me.

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Is there anything you refuse to write? If so, what is it and why?

That’s a really good question. I feel like I need examples, because I honestly have no idea. I have come across ideas that I go back and forth, debating whether I should write them or not, but I can’t think of anything I’ve ever totally dismissed.

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If you could choose to be anything other than a writer, what would it be?

Okay, you ready for this… A full time blogger. I am 100% serious. There are days I wish my only job was to read and review and pimp out my favorite authors, organize blog tours and release day blitzes, and beta read books before release. I occasionally do some of those things for my author friends and I love it. I know bloggers work their asses off for little more than the enjoyment of reading, but if I couldn’t write books, I would love to tell others about them.

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What’s your idea of the perfect novel?

My idea of the perfect novel has a strong female lead, great character development, realistic thoughts and reactions, a “real” guy who isn’t over-the-top sweet or cheesy—but isn’t a total asshole, witty humor, no fluff or pointless filler, and a story that is so intensely good I can’t put it down.

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What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was English. My favorite elective was Art. And my favorite class was study hall—because I could read.

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve gotten an idea for a story?

Open House at my thirteen-year-old son’s school. There was this guy who looked to be college age there. He was taking his little brother around to meet his teachers. I have no idea what their story was. I don’t know where the parents were. But this guy kept turning heads and he was absolutely oblivious to it. His full focus was on his brother. It was sweet and it gave me a great idea for a story line. In this kind of situation, I would just pull up my notes app on my phone and type away, but we were in line to see a teacher, and I didn’t want anyone to see me typing this out and think I was insane. As soon as we got in the car, I just sat there, putting it all down in my notes.

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What are your three “desert island” books?.

Three??? Um…I guess any three of the following: Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick, Lick by Kylie Scott, Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout (J. Lynn), Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Art & Soul by Brittainy Cherry, Adrenaline Crush by Sunniva Dee, The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, Kyland by Mia Sheridan… I could keep going…

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Answering with only characters from your books (and give us a reason)   

1) Which character would you have liked to date

Park Reed from Before Now, because he’s frigging hot, and intense, and passionate as hell.

2) Which character would you have married

Mason from Sometimes Never. He’s fiercely loyal, relentless when it comes to something—or someone—he wants, witty and sarcastic, and most importantly, he has great taste in movies and music.

3) Who would have been your best friend

Hm… That’s a hard one to answer. I want to be friends with all of them. Either Chase from Long After, or Roh from Always Forever. Both are sweet, fun, and easy going. And they’re smartass comments would keep me entertained.

4) Who would your personality have clashed with

Probably Annie from Sometimes Never and Long After or Jensen from HARD. They’re both control freaks and I don’t like being told what to do!

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How awesome were Cheryl’s answers?  The only thing I can say is if you haven’t read any of her books….do yourself a giant favor and get yourself one.  You will thank me later.  And Cheryl, I can not thank you enough for taking time to do this !! As always…you are the best in all ways. ???

?? Kristy’s #8 Pick ?? HARD by Cheryl McIntyre

1Check out out exclusive Q & A with Cheryl here…

HARD by Cheryl McIntyre

Hard6 Stars

THIS IS A FULL-LENGTH, STAND-ALONE EROTIC ROMANCE

I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her.

For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes.

And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires.

I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard.

My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS POSSIBLE EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS FOR SOME READERS. PLEASE TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY.

Buy HARD on Amazon

Kristys Review (2)I can not even begin to tell you how amazing this book was!! I love Cheryl McIntyre’s Sometimes Never series, but this is her best book yet. It works on every possible level. It will make you hot, it will turn you on, it will make you cry, it will take your breathe away. The depth of the characters is what sets this book apart from most erotic romances.

From the first chapter to the last I felt every emotion the characters felt and more importantly, I believed every emotion. Every feeling, every action and every reaction make perfect sense in the context of the book. There’s no false drama or manufactured conflict, it’s all exactly as it should be, gut wrenching and real.

And holy hell the sex in this book is off the charts. Some of the most inventive, sensual, erotic sex I’ve ever read (and I’ve read ALOT). If this doesn’t turn you on you might want to see a doctor, something may be broken.

But beyond the wonderful story and the sexy romance, what makes this book amazing(and truthfully most of Cheryl’s books) is the way this author turns a phrase. There is such a lyrical poetic quality to the phrasing and sentence structures that adds to the emotion in such a tangible way. I often find myself re-reading and highlighting large parts of the text just because the wording is so beautiful. It moves me the same way a great song lyric does.

I read this book TWICE the day I got it, yes that’s right, twice the same day. I have a feeling this is a book I’ll go back and read over and over again.

**REVIEW** Beneath the Cape—The Superhero Anthology

by Angela McPherson (Goodreads Author), Cheryl McIntyre (Goodreads Author), Christine Zolendz (Goodreads Author), D. Nichole King (Goodreads Author), Laura Thalassa (Goodreads Author), Lynn Vroman (Goodreads Author), Magan Vernon (Goodreads Author), Sunniva Dee (Goodreads Author)

Find Beneath the Cape on Goodreads            Buy Beneath the Cape: The Superhero Anthology on Amazon

Created with the sole purpose of benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Only available July 1st – October 1st.

The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice. Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Because heroes should never be forgotten.

4 Star Review5 Star Review

Superheroes.  Save the world and protect mankind.
But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?

Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—Find love.


Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened.
A touch.
A kiss.
And now, a manhunt.

Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us.

Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani’s room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing.
Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.

Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity.
Until her.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams.
Until he doesn’t.
The curse may be broken, but not without a price.
One love must end for another to begin.

The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power.
Leonel “Short Stack” Garcia-Shapiro’s life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can’t stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.

Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.

Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.

Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face.

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I was excited about this book for two reasons…several of my favorite authors were participating and my recent addiction to the TV shows Arrow and The Flash had me searching for some good Superhero romance and guess what??? I FOUND IT.  This book delivers great stories, strong heroines, hot heroes and lots of action.  And the stories are fabulously diverse…some are straight up Superheroes with costumes and special powers, some are interesting variations on superpowers you may or may not have seen before, some border on supernatural and some are just straight up everyday heroes.  These stories also run the gamut from completed novellas to cliff hangers (but don’t worry… all of the cliffhangers will be resolved when the authors released them as completed stories after the Anthology’s sales period is complete).

Every story here is great, there wasn’t one that I didn’t enjoy…and of course everyone will have their own favorites.  What shocked me was how easily I was sucked into each and every story,  I’ve been making teasers all week because I can’t stop thinking about these characters.  As always with romance novels, the heroes are swoon-worthy but I was especially excited by the female characters.  There are some bad a$$ chicks in here (no I’m not talking about the authors although they are pretty bad a$$ too.)  I’m talking about chicks that catch bad guys, solve mysteries, fight crime and help the less fortunate…you know Superheroes.

And lets not forget that thanks to these wonderful authors, not only are you getting an amazing book, but all of their income from the book is going to the Wounded Warrior Foundation to help actual real life heroes!! It really doesn’t get any better than that.  Visit Amazon and GET THIS BOOK.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Beneath the Cape…A Superhero Anthology

Cheryl McIntyre (one of my very favorite authors EVER)  dropped some exciting news today for fans of Superheroes and Romance

Romance authors, Angela McPherson, Cheryl McIntyre, Christine Zolendz, D Nichole King, Laura Thalassa, Lynn Vroman, Magan Vernon, and Sunniva Dee bring you seven different New Adult Romance

Here’s what Cheryl had to say:
I’ve been waiting for FOREVER to share this news with you all!

About a year ago, I was watching Thor, and I was thinking about how much I like Thor—I mean, come on, Chris Hemsworth is HOT! And I thought about how much more I would like it if there was even MORE focus on the romance between Jane and Thor, and maybe even Loki could have a love interest. So that got me thinking about how comic books, though awesome, are typically marketed to men. Women like superheroes too, but we like romance better.

So I started messaging author friends. Some got it. Some didn’t. But the ones who did signed on, and now, after a year of planning and writing, I can finally, FINALLY announce Beneath the Cape—The Superhero Anthology will release on July 1, 2015!

A HUGE thank you to Book Covers by Ashbee Designs for donating the gorgeous cover!

Description:
Superheroes for women!

What’s beneath a hero’s cape?

Add it to your Goodreads TBR’s here

Hard by Cheryl McIntyre

6 Stars

THIS IS A FULL-LENGTH, STAND-ALONE EROTIC ROMANCE

I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her.

For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes.

And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires.

I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard.

My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS POSSIBLE EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS FOR SOME READERS. PLEASE TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY.

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I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I can not even begin to tell you how amazing this book was!! I love Cheryl McIntyre’s Sometimes Never series, but this is her best book yet. It works on every possible level. It will make you hot, it will turn you on, it will make you cry, it will take your breathe away. The depth of the characters is what sets this book apart from most erotic romances.

From the first chapter to the last I felt every emotion the characters felt and more importantly, I believed every emotion. Every feeling, every action and every reaction make perfect sense in the context of the book. There’s no false drama or manufactured conflict, it’s all exactly as it should be, gut wrenching and real.

And holy hell the sex in this book is off the charts. Some of the most inventive, sensual, erotic sex I’ve ever read (and I’ve read ALOT). If this doesn’t turn you on you might want to see a doctor, something may be broken.

But beyond the wonderful story and the sexy romance, what makes this book amazing(and truthfully most of Cheryl’s books) is the way this author turns a phrase. There is such a lyrical poetic quality to the phrasing and sentence structures that adds to the emotion in such a tangible way. I often find myself re-reading and highlighting large parts of the text just because the wording is so beautiful. It moves me the same way a great song lyric does.

I read this book TWICE the day I got it, yes that’s right, twice the same day. I have a feeling this is a book I’ll go back and read over and over again.

Amazon : Hard by Cheryl McIntyre

Favorite Author : Cheryl McIntyre