Monday, April 11, 2016

Release Blitz feat Excerpt:
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!!

Title: Stuck-Up Suit
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 10th, 2016

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It started out like any other morning on the train.

Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.

He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.

Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?

Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.

When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.

I might have picked it up.

I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.

I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days—until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.

When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.

So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.

I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.

I didn’t expect him to text back.

I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.

I didn’t expect to fall for him—all before we even met.

The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.

Yet, you know what they say about opposites.

When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.


Graham: What are you wearing, Soraya?

Soraya: Are you serious right now?

Graham: You ruined my day. You owe me.

Soraya: I don’t owe you anything, you fucking perv.

Graham: This from the woman who sent me a shot of her cleavage. Nice tits, by the way. They’re so big, at first, I thought it was a picture of an ass.

Soraya: You’re the ass.

Graham: Show me your face.

Soraya: Why?

Graham: Because I want to see if it matches your personality.

Soraya: Which would mean what?

Graham: Well, that wouldn’t bode well for you.

Soraya: You won’t ever see my face.

Graham: Probably better off. So, give me a hint about what you’re wearing.

Soraya: It’s red.

Graham: So you haven’t changed out of that dress?

Soraya: No, I’m naked with dye dripping down my body and my tongue is throbbing thanks to you.

That was an odd thing to say.

Graham: That’s an interesting visual.

Soraya: You are seriously crazy, dude.

Graham: I AM a little crazy, actually. I probably need my head checked because I’ve been fantasizing about a headless person all day.

Soraya: Well, the naked pic ain’t gonna happen.

Graham: How about I go first?

About the Authors:

Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway- THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US (The Fine Art of Pretending, #2) by Rachel Harris


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Rachel Harris's THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from readers everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for her sweet romances, Rachel's THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Justin and Peyton’s story is sure to put a smile on your face and keep you turning pages long into the night!

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One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

When I first read "The Fine Art of Pretending" Justin was a character I desperately wanted to know about. If I didn't love the male lead so much already, I would have voted for Justin to win the girl of that book. Alas, I'm so happy that he didn't. Peyton. There's not much to say except I completely adored her. She was sweet yet strong, and she's the only girl to have Justin's heart. 

But Justin did a big no-no push Peyton away - now it's years later, senior year, no less - and the two are paired up for a class project. Justin feels like it's his chance to finally make things right but Peyton isn't having any of it. I liked the fact that we got to see Peyton and Justin fall in love in there freshman year. I only had one tiny problem. 

I hated the fact that Justin waited so damn long to make things right. No matter what his reasons were, he should have explained things sooner. It's like we're expected to believe he's in love with this one girl but since he's too scared to do anything about it, he goes and hooks up with anyone with a vagina. Not cool. I understand the why but I still think it's a lame excuse. 

Other than that, I adored the story. Justin is just as swoonworthy as I remembered him to be. He's sweet, attentive, and I think once we get passed the fact that he's a manwhore, he's actually a decent guy. Overall, I fully and wholeheartedly recommend these books to everyone. Rachel Harris truly knows how to hit the spot when it comes to contemporary romance.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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About Rachel Harris: New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!    

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: Will You Won't You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: April 19, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 Stars

 Marjorie Plum isn't your average washed up prom queen. After all, her New York City prep school had no royal court. Yet, ten years after high school graduation, she is stuck in the past and aching for that metaphorical tiara.

When her life takes an unexpected turn, she is forced to start over, moving into a tiny box of an apartment in Brooklyn with a musician roommate who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama. Desperate to pay rent, she starts tutoring a precocious 11-year-old girl, who becomes the unknowing Ghost of Marjorie Past. So begins a bumpy journey to adulthood, during which she learns about herself from the most unlikely sources: a rekindled childhood love, a grumpy (but strangely intriguing) new boss, even her tutee.

In Nora Zelevansky's charming second novel, Will You Won't You Want Me?, Marjorie soon realizes only she can decide: who is the real Marjorie Plum?

I think every book you read comes into your life for different reasons at different times. When a book just doesn't do it for you, maybe it's just not the time for the story inside to 'speak' to you. Maybe this doesn't describe you at all and you just read to, well, read. But me, I'm one hundred percent an emotional reader. I feel deeply and at times it can be annoying. This is one of those times that a book jumped up out of the pages and spoke to me; I felt eerily connected to Majorie and the story she had to tell us.

Down on her luck, Marjorie is stuck at a crossroads of sorts. She's lost her job, her best friend, and she has no where to live. Hitting rock bottom means there's only one way to go - up. It doesn't help any when you're somewhat stuck in the past. How does one ever expect to grow up, so to speak, when they can't help but think about how it used to be. That's what WYWYWM? is all about - learning to let go and move forward. No matter how scary it may be.

I enjoyed going on this wonderful and witty adventure into Marjorie's life - it was both fun and at times bittersweet. To find one's true self is not easy feat...sometimes it takes a lot of fails in order to get it right. I think that's why I was able to connect with the main character so much. Life can be so damn grueling but when things are good, you're able to appreciate the bad that much more. I also enjoyed the romance of the story. I don't feel it took overtook the story.

It didn't need to. Zelevansky writes a captivating and mesmerizing story full of hope, love, and a surprisingly refreshing heroine to look up to. Overall, this is one book you should definitely put on your list of books to read next. The characters are well developed, real, one hundred percent authentic. I can't wait to read more from the author!  

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:
NORA ZELEVANSKY is the author of Will You Won't You Want Me? and Semi-Charmed Life. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, T Magazine (The New York Times), Town & Country, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, among others. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: DIRTY (Dive Bar, #1) by Kylie Scott

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC from publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

We met Vaughn back in the Stagedive series; his band went on tour with Stagedive but unfortunately, ended up disbanding. Which brings us to the first book in Kylie Scott's brand new series - Dirty - and boy is it ever! We meet Lydia, on her wedding day. It's supposed to be a happy and unforgettable time because that's exactly what it is. Unforgettable. See, Lydia finds out something about her husband to be right before she's supposed to say I do.

Her fiancé, Chris, let's just say he has taste in someone that's NOT Lydia. Lydia freaks out and runs away as fast as she can from the horror she's just had to witness. Upon climbing a huge fence and breaking and entering in the next door neighbor's house, Lydia finds herself hiding out in said neighbor's bathtub. Then the unthinkable happens. While Lydia is crying her eyes out in the tub, in walks a sexy man with a huge...voice; as he yells and wonders why there's a woman in his tub.

There starts the beginning of the end. The two never stood a chance because sparks flew of the page and you just knew that being together is inevitable. I must say, I enjoyed this very much. The easy banter and no bullshit between Vaughn and Lydia was refreshing. I loved how witty the two were and it was hard not to take an immediate liking to them. I can't tell you how excited I was when I heard that Scott would be writing another series, set in the same world as Stagedive.

I loved those books hard. Especially Mal. And there may or may not be a cameo appearance from our favorite blond haired drummer... My lips are sealed. Overall, I think this a promising start to a wonderful new series. I look forward to getting to know more of the Dive Bar family. Scott has set it up to where she can play into so many storylines! Gah...I can hardly wait. 

Buy the know you want to!!

About the Author:
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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Blog Tour Excerpt + Giveaway- A BETTER MAN by Candis Terry

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Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1
Candis Terry
Releasing March 29th, 2016
Avon Romance

In Candis Terry’s first novel in her Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, the handsome Kincade brothers convene to rescue their legacy-but the last thing they expect to find is love….

Sooner or later…

Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Creek for the NHL, but his sports career has overshadowed everything else-a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now his little sister Nicki is flunking out of school, and only one teacher can help Jordan save her-the shy but incredibly sexy Lucy Diamond, the same girl whose heart he broke years ago. But he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only Lucy would give him the time of day.

Love has a way of catching up with you.

Lucy has no intention of drowning in Jordan’s deep blue gaze again, even if he seems to have turned over a new leaf. Still, his devotion to his sister is impossible to ignore. As they team up to salvage Nicki’s future, Lucy soon discovers that Jordan’s sweet caresses and lingering kisses might just be everything she needs.

Today, she was a different person. Stronger because of the things she’d lived through. Smarter because she’d found a way to survive and come out the other side in a happy place. She knew exactly where she belonged, and that was teaching and helping students like Nicki. Which was why, right now, she was going to pull on her big girl panties and face the boy who had disappointed her head on.

Lucy managed to pull herself together as Jordan removed his sunglasses and slid them to the top of his head. His smile lifted a masculine pair of lips that somehow managed to look cruel and sexy at the same time.

The boy had turned into a man times ten.

Tall and broad shouldered, his chest looked a mile wide. Judging by the smooth ripples beneath his snug shirt he was packing muscle, not pounds. Jeans, worn and frayed at the stress points, accented his long muscular legs and trim waist. His longish nearly black hair gleamed beneath the overhead lights. And his sharp blue eyes focused intently on her. 
It was all she could do to keep her heart at a normal pace and her legs solidly beneath her. If ever a man could be described as delicious, Jordan Kincade would be a menu’s specialty of the day.

Too bad he was such a jerk.

“Ms. Diamond?” He came forward and stretched out his very large hand. “Jordan Kincade.”

And clearly he didn’t remember her.

Lucy smiled as a funny little tickle moved through her chest. Maybe this was going to be fun after all. Rarely was she ever given the upper hand or the opportunity to have even the slightest edge.

When he moved closer his warm palm engulfed hers and her triumph died with a sizzle.

Close up she got a better look. She inhaled his sexy scent of worn leather and warm man. Every square inch of her female DNA perked up like it was party time. She hated to disappoint the little darlings but today was all about helping someone else.

“Please.” She kept the handshake brief and formal before she disengaged and motioned toward the chair in front of her desk. “Have a seat.”

He glanced at the standard school chair with a you’ve got to be kidding me lift of his brows. When he sat down, the orange plastic chair creaked and seemed ridiculously small beneath the scope of his height and muscles.

Lucy took her own seat and noticed that the difference in chairs made her tower over him and seemingly give her another advantage. But when he leaned back and crossed an ankle over a knee, he appeared completely comfortable.

So much for one-upmanship.

“I apologize if I seemed taken aback just now.” She opened the folder and pulled out Nicole’s progress report as well as several exams and the few assignments Nicole had actually turned in. Late, of course, but complete nonetheless. “I expected your brother Ryan.”

“He had business at the vineyard and sends his regrets.” 

She couldn’t help notice how very deep and smooth his voice had become. Like hot buttered rum on a cold winter night. He had the kind of voice a woman could imagine whispering sweet nothings in her ear while he caressed her in places that tingled beneath his touch.

“I understand.” Snapping out of the fantasy, she imagined the enormous scope of duties Ryan Kincade must need to tend to after the death of their parents. Her heart sank a little further for the family. Especially for Nicole, who was so young and really needed the love and guidance of her mom and dad. “I hope you’ll accept my condolences. And I sincerely apologize for having you come down at this sorrowful time to deal with what might seem insignificant but—”

“Anything regarding my sister is important, Ms. Diamond. Now more than ever.” His brows dipped in a no nonsense fashion. “So don’t judge me when you don’t even know me.”

Oh, she knew him.

Knew he was the type who’d make a promise then shatter it without ever looking back.

But that was then, and this was now.

“My apologies, Mr. Kincade. That was certainly not my intent.”

His piercing eyes perused her face for a long, uncomfortable moment and she had to admit that the look did something funny to the beat of her heart.

Especially when with a slight tilt of his head he asked, “Why do you look so familiar?”

“Do I?” That erratic heartbeat kicked up another notch as she let go a chuckle to cover up what was really going on inside. “People say that all the time. I guess I just have one of those faces.”
She pushed Nicole’s schoolwork in his direction. “If you’ll take a look at these projects, you’ll see that even though she didn’t complete the assignment exactly as it was defined, Nicole has an enormous gift.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s a lie.”

“Excuse me?” Irritated, Lucy’s gaze shot up to the slight smile curling his lips. “How can you say that without even reading anything? I guarantee your sister has a multitude of talent.”

“I’m not talking about my sister’s work. I’m talking about you just having one of those faces.” He uncrossed his long, muscular legs and leaned forward without even looking at the papers she’d put in front of him. “So now I’m wondering why you sidestepped my question.”

Good God the man was intense. There was something in the combination of that nearly black hair that fell over his ears and his nape in perfect waves and those deep blue eyes that seemed almost otherworldly. She could imagine how he’d intimidate an opponent on the ice.

And it had nothing to do with his size.

But as far as admitting who she really was? Not going to happen. No need to dredge up a bad memory when all she really wanted was to help his sister.

“I apologize.” Her heart beat erratically as she avoided the intensity of his gaze. “But I would like to stick to the subject of your sister’s grades—or lack thereof—that may prevent her from graduating with the rest of her class. I genuinely care about her which is why I noticed a problem way before the loss of your parents.”

“And now you won’t even look at me,” he said. “Why is that?”

As he leaned in, his intoxicating scent came with him. Normally such things didn’t affect her. Well, at least not with her colleagues who tended to wear either too much aftershave or worse, too much body odor. Jordan wore his masculine scent like a sexual promise and Lucy swore he should come with a warning label.

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Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.
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