Point of Return (Nordic Lords #1) by Stacey Lynn *Review and Excerpt*

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Point of Return (Nordic Lords #1)

By Stacey Lynn

Released on April 22, 2014

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Deceit.

Destruction.

Death.

Olivia Masters grew up familiar with all of them. The daughter of the President of the Nordic Lords Motorcycle Club, Olivia always knew she wanted nothing to do with any of it. Her plans were made to leave the town she grew up in as soon as she and her boyfriend, Daemon Knight, turned eighteen.

But then Olivia was shot. Her mother killed in front of her. Fleeing became her reality.

Forced to return to her hometown of Jasper Bay five years later, events beyond Olivia’s control put her directly back into the life she swore she’d never return to.

Her dad wants her back in the family. Daemon wants her in his bed.

But just as Olivia begins to accept her destiny, history finds a way to repeat itself.

This time, will Olivia be strong enough to fight for the family she once turned her back on? Or will she once again flee from the only life that has ever felt like home?

 

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Review

4 stars

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Ever since she returned to her hometown, Olivia has been trying to stay away from the world she grew up in. But fate is a wicked bitch and through circumstances she can’t help but be a part of she finds herself face to face with her past. She’s more than determined to keep her distance from Daemon, but after she finds herself in danger Daemon makes it impossible for her to run.

Daemon’s world came crumbling down on the same night he lost his father and his brother. The revenge he sought immediately after those events ended up costing him Olivia, but now that she has returned he’s not giving up until he has her where she belongs–at his side in the Nordic Lords Motorcycle Club.

I really liked the premise of this story and was looking forward to how it would all play out. Thankfully, Stacy Lynn did not disappoint in that regards. The world she created and the conflict that ensued were both intriguing and captivating.

I loved to see the different characters interact and learning their history and how they were all intertwined in some form or another. It laid a great foundation for further books in the series.

I admit that Olivia did not make the greatest impression on me in the beginning. I didn’t appreciated her using people to tamp down her loneliness, nor did I understand why she felt the need to run away in the first place. Yes, she went through a traumatic event but she wasn’t they only one affected that night. Plus, she was raised on that world and she should’ve known how the club and its members worked by then.

In any case, she did start to earn my trust as the story progressed. By the time she relented and accepted that she belonged with her father and Daemon, I had no problem with her.

I do have one complaint and it’s a huge one–lack of connection. I understand that Daemon and Olivia shared a connection when they were just teenagers and that was nice to know, but I would have loved to see how that connection had grown since the day they started interacting again. Sadly, I couldn’t see it. Other that the one event that changed their life, I couldn’t perceive their connection growing or deepening as the story presented itself. They had history, but their bond did not come across clearly to the page–at least not to me.

I do think that this was a great first book in a series. It introduced the key members of the club, which I’m sure they’ll play a bigger part in the stories to come and it laid out a dark and gritty MC world that has me intrigued. I will definitely be on the look out for future installments–especially Ryker’s story and Finn’s too.

All in all, a great start to a series.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

“C’mon, Liv,” I said, walking to her and standing right in between her legs. I looked down at her in amusement. She was almost right where I wanted her. “You’re too jaded for the straight life.”

I nudged the inside of her knee open a little wider with mine. She sat straight up and glared at me, but the heat was missing in her eyes.

“Well, whose fault is that?”

I wanted to ram my head into a wall. I was not having this same conversation again. “Already told you I wouldn’t change a thing about what I did, Liv. You might as well get over it now.”

“What if I can’t?”

I grinned and leaned over her so far she fell straight back onto my bed. Her hair fell from the ugly ass bird’s nest into a pile on my messy sheets. Best sight ever. “Can’t or won’t?”

She smirked and I leaned closer, my lips just inches from hers.

“You will. Because right now, Liv, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. And you’ve always known it. Now, you’re just done fightin’ it. And God, I want you here.”

My lips brushed against hers and she sucked in a quick breath. I wanted to push it but didn’t want to push her away. Not when I finally had her right where I wanted her. My hands on either side of her head, my body leaning over hers. All I’d have to do is crawl onto the bed, bend my knees and I could enter nirvana in seconds. I knew by her pulse and her breathing she was turned on.

She wanted me just as much as I wanted her. I could feel it seeping from her skin directly into mine. I flicked my tongue out, tasting her soft lips and when she moaned, I pressed against her further. My resolve to stay away completely flying out the damn window.

But then she stopped me. I felt her lips curl into a smile against mine, and I opened my eyes, staring directly into hers.

“What?”

“I pulled a gun on Finn today. And my dad.”

My head dropped to her neck as the laughter poured out of me. She really was coming back. I loved it. Fucking loved her own personal brand of craziness. The girl who wouldn’t kill a spider but had no problems pulling a gun on two men that scared the shit out of almost everyone they met. She had guts. “You’re fuckin’ crazy, princess.”

 

 

 

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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken *Review and Excerpt*

 

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The Bet (The Bet #1)
By Rachel Van Dyken

Releasing on April 29, 2014 (Forever Trade Paperback)
A New Adult Contemportary Romance
Published by Forever 

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“I have a proposition for you.” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. It’s been years since Kacey’s seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they’re engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis still being there. She calls him “Satan” for a reason: she’s never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis’s gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey’s more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake’s deal . . .

 

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4 stars

Kacey has been staying away from the man who broke her heart years ago. Friends since childhood, Kacey and Jake tried to be more, but it failed horribly and it broke their friendship. Jake, a kind-of-celebrity with a reputation as a player, needs to clean up his act and put a stop to all the gossip. His grand idea – to pretend to be engaged to Kacey, which his family loves.

Since Kacey lost her family she has stayed away from the Titus family, but has kept in touch with Jake’s grandmother and cares for her deeply. So when Jake uses her as a front to visit the family and announce their engagement she agrees. She knows that it would be hard to pretend to be with Jake, since she believes she still has feelings for him, but she wants to see the grandmother and please her in any way possible. She just hopes that Travis is nowhere near.

Kacey was a fun character to get to know. She gave as good as she got. Although she always had a crush on Jake, she also knew that he broke her heart and she wasn’t going to give him a second chance to do so. She was funny, smart and loved the Titus family as her own.

Jake was a jerk. Handsome and charming, but a jerk nonetheless. He cared about himself and although he did regret the way things had ended with Kacey, he continued to put her through difficult moments. I did glimpse another side of him, but with what was presented in this story he’s still not my favorite person.

And Travis. Travis, Travis Travis. How adorable was he? He had such a huge crush on Kacey that he still behaved like a child. You know the ones. The kind that likes to makes life hell for the girl they like. Yes, adorable. He was sweet and understanding. Funny and sarcastic and he loved Kacey since they were kids. There were times when he showed his soft side and then there were times I wanted to smack him upside the head for being clueless. But he became a mess when Kacey was around, which showed how insecure he was with making a move. He was sexy and handsome and adorably sweet. I loved him!

Rachel Van Dyken did a great job of bringing together all the elements necessary to make this a great read for me. It had humor and emotions, a crazy grandmother that had me laughing out loud, a family dynamic that seemed normal and two great characters that complemented each other. It also had honest and flirtatious banter and sizzling-hot chemistry that added to my enjoyment of the story.

All in all, The Bet was a sweet, fun and hot little read. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

* I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Travis sighed next to her. “You don’t need a man like Jake to give you what you want. Believe me. When you have the perfect house and tons of money, you still won’t be complete if the man you share it with is out paying whores to do things you would never do.”

“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Kacey joked.

“Kace! Jake isn’t worth it!”

“No.” She laughed. “I meant things that strippers do. Pretty sure I know how to please my man. I could drive circles around those girls. I just need the right guy.”

Travis tensed next to her. He cleared his throat and pushed away from the chair. He walked over to the counter and began cutting the pie.

What was his deal lately?

“Let me guess.” Kacey leaned over the counter. “Raspberry pie?”

“How’d you know?” He smirked. His voice was hoarse.

“It was the only pie your grandma taught you how to make, and if I remember correctly, you made it for your senior prom date.”

“Ugh.” Travis carefully cut it into eighths. “If I remember correctly, she spilled it on her dress and blamed me for making raspberries red.”

“She always was such a charmer. What was her name again?”

Travis chuckled. “Oh no you don’t. That’s just what I need. You digging up my past girlfriends and making fun of them. Besides, I don’t date girls anymore. I date women.” He eyed her up and down before slowly licking the fork.

Kacey averted her eyes, mainly because the picture of him licking that fork was so erotic she nearly jumped across the table and assaulted him. Apparently, this is what happens when you don’t have boyfriends and the closest relationship you’ve had in the past year has been with your e‑reader and a fictional duke named Henry.

“So . . .” Kacey nudged him a bit with her arm. “Women, hmm? What women are you dating? I don’t see any of them here for family dinner night.”

“There are no women.”

Kacey’s heart hammered in her chest.

“If you must know, there is one woman. One being the key word.”

She clenched her fist and cursed herself for bringing the subject up. “What’s her name?”

“Oh no you don’t!” Travis placed the knife on the plate and grabbed Kacey by the shoulders. “That’s just what I need, you stalking the one woman I’m interested in.”

Did he say he was interested in only one? Damn the man. Be unattractive! She wanted to yell. “C’mon, Trav, you know me. What harm could I possibly cause?”

“Junior year—” he began.

“Forget I asked.”

“Junior year.” He held his finger in the air as he was making his point. “Somehow you discovered I had a crush on Ashley Willis. I still don’t know how, considering I’m a guy and I don’t keep a diary.”

“No.” Kacey dipped a fork into the pie and licked the tangy berries off it. “But you did moan her name one time in your sleep. But carry on.”

He glared. “You told her.”

“Okay, Trav, come on. I did nothing of the sort. I merely hinted that you had a tiny bit of a crush on her.”

“Kace, making a poster with my face on it and heart stickers is a hell of a lot more than hinting. God, I don’t even think you know the meaning of the word discreet.”

“Do too!” she argued.

He walked around the table and pulled her into a tight headlock.

“Do not!” She fought against him but was helpless. “Do you give?” he whispered into her hair.

His hard-muscled chest was heaving behind her. Did she give? Oh God, what she

wouldn’t give for something, anything.

Ah! Red alert! What was she thinking? It’s Travis, Travis!

“Travis!” she screamed, totally unintentionally. He released her and winked.

“Come on. Let’s take the pie in before they think you stabbed me or something.”

“Close,” Kacey grumbled, though stabbing wasn’t necessarily what she had in mind. Rubbing his body down with berries and licking it off? Yes. Violence? Only that of a sexual nature.

She needed to trip and hit her head or something to shake Travis’s smile and scent out of it before she lost her mind.

“There you two are!” Grandma winked as they rejoined the family and began to enjoy the pie. “I thought maybe Travis was having an encounter in there with you, little girl.” Grandma winked again. Unfortunately, at that exact moment, Kacey, having taken a ginormous bite of pie, began to choke.

It worsened when Travis lifted his hands in the air and said, “I was trying to be discreet.”

Kacey glared.

His entire family laughed, and she kicked at him again under the table. He moved his foot in time and then stuck out his tongue like a two-year-old.

And really, maybe it was the sexual frustration, but she lunged for him, his chair tipped backward, and she straddled him, shoving pie into his beautiful face all the while screaming, “I’ll get you!”

In her mind, the family was cheering, when really everyone was completely silent.

Except Travis, who was yelling and cursing and spitting pie back out at her. Luckily, they had hardwood floors instead of carpeting.

Finally, when the pie was done, she wiped a berry off his face and licked her fingers. His eyes darkened, and for a minute it looked like he was going to kiss her.

He leaned forward and reached up behind her. And suddenly she had hot pie all over her face.

“I win, Kace,” he whispered huskily into her ear.

Yes, yes, you do.

 

About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

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It’s Complicated (Tucker Springs #7) by L.A. Witt *Review*

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It’s Complicated (Tucker Springs #7)

By L.A. Witt

Releasing on April 28th 2014

A M/M Contemporary Romance

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After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.

Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.

Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.

 

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4 stars

3.75 stars

The title certainly fits this story.

As he blurp states Brad and Jeff have been living apart ever since their latest break-up. However, they have decided to give it their all in their latest attempt to make their relationship work. Unfortunately, this time around they’re bound to face a huge obstacle that could make or break their relationship.

Phew! Now that was quite a read. From the emotions running rampant, the sizzling chemistry the MC’s shared coupled with the complexity of their latest situation, L.A. Witt certainly didn’t pull any punches when she decided to tell Brad and Jeff’s story.

Amongst the heartbreak there were many sweet moments, steamy encounters and frustrating events. I enjoyed it all, especially towards the second half of the story.

In the beginning, I did not like Jeff. To me, he wanted to have it all without giving anything in return while Brad continued to be understanding–fighting his conflicting emotions and facing uncertainty at every corner.

Thankfully, as the story progressed, Witt made sure that I could glimpse another side to Jeff. Slowly but surely he came to understand how important Brad was to him and how his absence would affect him if he didn’t give his all in the relationship.

Although I like my MCs to fight for their relationship, sometimes it came to be too much and I started to doubt that these two could work out their differences and get back together. Of course, it helped that their chemistry was amazing and that I loved watching them together. The hot factor was present in all its glory and helped to bring another facet of the connection Brad and Jeff shared, which ultimately helped to convince me to stick it out and continue to cheer for them.

As always, Witt’s writing was excellent. She brought about all the emotions one would expect from the situation Brad and Jeff found themselves in and paired it up with great interactions that at times were sweet and at other times were intense. I did feel that the conflict was resolved a bit too easily especially after taking into consideration all the heartbreak, confusion and uncertainty that Brad and Jeff went through in the time frame the story took place. However, I came to overlook it easily enough since the other elements in the story came together seamlessly when taking into consideration the story as a whole.

Keep in mind that although this is the seventh book in the Tucker Spring series, it can be read as a stand alone. But I recommend you don’t miss out on any of the books in this lovely series, especially since it includes an interesting cast of characters and diversity in their stories.

All in all, an intense, emotion-driven story of forgiveness, acceptance and starting anew.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter.

 

 

 

Other Books in the Tucker Springs universe

Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie SextonDirty Laundry (A Tucker Springs Novel) by Heidi CullinanCovet Thy Neighbor (A Tucker Springs Novel) by L.A. Witt

Never a Hero (A Tucker Springs Novel), by Marie SextonAfter the Fall (A Tucker Springs Novel), by L.A. Witt

Second Hand (Tucker Springs, #2) by Heidi Cullinan

Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs, #3) by Heidi Cullinan

Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs, #4) by L.A. Witt

Never a Hero (Tucker Springs, #5) by Marie Sexton

After the Fall (Tucker Springs, #6) by L.A. Witt

Blog Tour: Studio Orders (Gin & Jazz #5) by Morticia Knight *Excerpt*

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Studio Orders (Gin & Jazz #5)
By Morticia Knight

Released on April 3rd 2014

An M/M Historical Romance – 1920’s setting

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The head of Global Pictures Studios, Vincent Franklin, promised Jack Stone that he would take care of Jack’s loyal driver, Juan. But for a dominant man like Vincent, Juan’s natural submissiveness causes him to long for much more from the shy young man.

Juan is devastated when his only friend, film star Jack Stone, leaves Hollywood for good. Lonely most of his life, the shy young man has dreamt of love, only to have his heart broken

repeatedly. Before he left, Jack made certain that Juan would be taken care of by asking his ex-boss, studio chief Vincent Franklin, to hire him on.

Vincent Franklin is an incredibly controlled and meticulous man. Not given to emotional outbursts and unnecessary flights of fancy, his temperament is ideal for the stressful and demanding job as head of Global Pictures Studio. He leads a carefully concealed private life, his only social outlet being the sadomasochism club to which he belongs. When Jack introduces him to his handsome chauffeur Juan, he is struck by how naturally submissive Juan is. He wonders…

Soon, Juan is falling for the elegant, older man that is his new boss. He’s also thrilled when Vincent asks him to be his personal valet. But there are things that Vincent demands of a lover that Juan knows nothing about. Things that could make him run away from the man who would do anything to protect and care for him.

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Excerpt

Vincent entered the room.

“Good morning, Juan. Everything is ready I see.” He froze in mid-gait, staring intently at Juan. “I approve the removal of the moustache, much better.”

Juan had to work extra hard to contain his excitement and remain still.

His boss continued, “Why don’t you serve yourself some breakfast and join me at the table.”

Without waiting to see if Juan would obey him, he walked over to the coffee set and poured himself a cup.

Don’t argue. Don’t question.

He hesitated only in the slightest, then followed Vincent’s orders. He tried to control the shaking of his hand as he poured his own drink. It wasn’t working, and a bit of the hot liquid sloshed into the saucer. Muttering, he set it down to clean up the mess. In his peripheral vision, he became aware of Vincent’s gaze on him. He swallowed, horribly embarrassed.

“You will become accustomed to our arrangement in time, Juan. You needn’t be concerned around me. You please me very much.”

As soon as Vincent had said that, he took his cup and the bowl of cereal he had prepared, leisurely walking to the dining table to begin his breakfast. On weakened knees, Juan took his own cup and newly cleaned saucer and did the same. Vincent glanced up from the spoon he was about to place in his mouth, then set it down.

“Juan. Please get yourself something to eat. This will be a difficult day and you need your strength.”

He didn’t want to disobey, but the words flew out before he could stop them.

“That’s all right, sir, I’m fine.”

He was certain he had cringed almost as soon as he’d said it.

“Are you questioning me?”

 

About the Author

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on the Gin & Jazz series about the glitz and glamour of 1920’s Hollywood and additional installments of the Uniform Encounters series.

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Cover Reveal: Because of Jade (A Vasquez and James Novel) by Lou Sylvre *Giveaway*

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Title: Because of Jade (A Vasquez and James Novel)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

 

Synopsis

Luki Vasquez receives the news he’s still cancer free after five years, and he wants to celebrate with his whole family. He and his husband, Sonny James, take a road trip south, intending to gather at the home of his nephew Josh, Josh’s wife Ruthie, and Jade–a little girl who was still in the womb when she and her mother helped Luki beat lung cancer.

Halfway to their destination, Luki learns Josh and Ruthie have met a tragic death. The horrible news lays Luki low, but he pulls himself together in time to be the family’s rock and see to the dreaded business of tying up loose ends. The most important business is Jade, and when Luki and Sonny head home, they take Jade with them.

Luki and Sonny must combat self-doubt and fear and help each other learn to parent an unexpected child—and they must also nourish the love that has kept them whole for the past ten years. A relative’s

spurious claim to Jade threatens the new family, and even if they prevail in court, they could lose their little girl unless they can rescue Jade from evil hands and true peril.

 

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About the Author

Lou Sylvre hails from southern California but now lives and writes on the rainy side of Washington State. When she’s not writing, she’s reading fiction from nearly every genre, romance in all its tints and shades, and the occasional book about history, physics, or police procedure. Not zombies, though. Her personal assistant is Boudreau, a large cat who never outgrew his kitten meow. She plays guitar (mostly where people can’t hear her) and she loves to sing. She’s usually smiling and laughs too much, some say. She also loves her family, her friends, the aforementioned Boudreau, a Chihuahua named Joe, and (in random order) coffee, chocolate, sunshine, and wild roses.

Visit her at http://www.sylvre.com or contact her at lou.sylvre@gmail.com.

 

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The Reminingtons Series by Melissa Foster *Series Review*

 

Flames of Love is book three of the Remingtons novels and the newest addition to the Love in Bloom series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book steamy contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

 

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Flames of Love (The Reminingtons, #3)

by New York Times Bestselling Author

Melissa Foster

An New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

Released on March 26, 2014

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As one of New York’s Finest, firefighter Cash Ryder is always prepared. When a woman’s car skids off the side of a mountain during a snowstorm, he’s there to rescue her. Cash is totally focused on the woman’s well-being, but within minutes of getting her to safety, he realizes that he’s nowhere near prepared for the heat that rolls off of sensual, smart-mouthed, and stubborn Siena Remington.

As a model, Siena Remington has dated some of the wealthiest, most handsome men in the industry, and she’s made peace with the idea that most men are just looking for eye candy and they wouldn’t know how to romance a woman to save their lives. When she’s rescued by a tall, handsome stranger, she thinks that maybe, just maybe, she’s found her own real-life romantic fairy tale—until he opens his mouth and everything that comes out is gruff, ornery, and aggravatingly sexy.

Thrown together during an annual firehouse calendar photo shoot, the passion between Cash and Siena sizzles, and neither one knows how to control the flames. After an evening of verbal sparring followed by a sinfully sensual night, their

darkest secrets are revealed—and so is Cash’s warm, romantic heart. But Siena’s secret might be too much for big, strong, always-prepared Cash to handle—and Siena is forced to choose between a man who’s everything she’s ever dreamed of and an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Stroke of Love (The Remingtons, #2)
Released on  March 3, 2014

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Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he’s always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.

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Game of Love (The Remingtons, #1)
Release February 17, 2014

 

Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the U.S. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.

A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge or are they destined to be apart forever?

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Series Review

4 stars
3.75

Game of Love

This is the first book I’ve read by Melissa Foster and I can say that I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

What initially drew me into this story was the fact that Dex was a sexy geek. For some reason I’m always intrigued by this type of ‘hero’. Thankfully, Melissa Foster did not disappoint in her portrayal of Dex. He was sweet, nerdy and sexy as hell. His only flaw was his insecurity in regards to Ellie, but that was something I came to overlook easily once I got a clearer picture of his relationship with her. He really gave his all when it came to her and who can resist that?

I admit that I was a bit reluctant when it came to Ellie. She was flighty and indecisive and her whiplash-inducing thoughts didn’t make it any easier for me to connect to her fully. I understood where she was coming from, but I think she made herself too much of a victim. However, Melissa Foster did such a great job in bringing Ellie’s past story and her emotions to the page that in the end she won me over and had me cheering her on.

My only complaint and for me it is a big factor in a romance was that I didn’t really get a sense of a connection between Dex and Ellie. I would have loved to has seen more of the development of that connection instead of having it be told that it was there. Yes, there were glimpses here and there of how that connection developed in the past and it did strengthened as the story progressed, but I prefer to experience it first hand.

Other than that little tidbit I found that the story was intriguing, romantic and sexy.

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Sage is a well-established artist with lots of money. He has a great heart and a willingness to help other that was truly admirable. So of course I was ready to delve into his story. It helped that he was sexy and handsome too!

he was paired with Kate. She was feisty and intriguing. She was also devoted to her work and determined not to be seduced by any of the ‘celebrities’ that volunteered. I liked that she was attracted to Sage but kept her wits about her. I especially enjoyed watching her as she learned that Sage was nothing like what she had assumed he was like. She was so strong and independent that it was interesting to see how her emotions became conflicted as the story progressed simply because of Sage.

I was curious about Sage from reading Game of Love and I had such great expectations about Sage’s story. Unfortunately, the story didn’t work for me as well as I had hoped. The story as a whole was not bad, but there was a major element that kept me from enjoying it thoroughly.

My major complaint with this story would have to be that the story dragged in places–a lot! Although the story recounted much of their ‘courting’ it also included a lot of things I thought were unnecessary to tell Sage and Kate’s story. I loved the concept though and enjoyed a lot of the content in regards to the work they were doing, but there were times where I felt bored. I even skimmed and I am not a skimmer!

What truly kept me on board was Sage and Kate’s blossoming relationship and their struggle to come to terms with what was developing between them and how they were going to face their reality once their time in the jungle was up.

In terms of their connection I was glad that I got to see it grow and develop as the story progressed. I admit that there were times where I wanted to shake some sense into them, but in the end it was those moments when they fought their attraction and hesitated about what they were feeling that ultimately made their story worthwhile. It helped that they had great chemistry. It was a treat to see how affected they were by the other and the conflicted emotions their situation brought about.

All in all, a sweet romantic read.

Flames of Love

This is my favorite book in The Remingtons series thus far.

I loved Cash. What’s not to love?! A sexy, alpha-male fireman with a good heart and a protective streak a mile-wide! I had to love him!

But what made it even better was that he was paired up with a feisty model who gave as good as she got and wouldn’t back down from anything Cash threw at her. I admired her dedication to her job and the way she went about analyzing the prod and con of her career versus what was developing between her and Cash.

Needless to say that their chemistry was amazing. Even from that first meeting where they got on each other’s nerves you could feel the undercurrent of attraction between them. This was made even more apparent when they met again.

What I enjoyed the most out of this story was the fact that the conflict brought about lots of conflicting emotions from the characters but it never felt angsty. Actually, it felt real. They each struggled with coming to terms with their attraction for each other and when their emotions came into play they didn’t hesitate to analyze and take into consideration what it meant to truly be together.

All in all, a fantastic read where opposites individuals find common ground in the connection that developed between them and the love that had blossomed as a result of that connection.

*I received copies of this titles in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of The Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) by Anne Tenino *Review and Outtake*

As you may or may not know, Poster Boy is the fifth in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, and (at least as far as I’m able to be sure about such things) the last TAG book. No, no, don’t be sad, be happy—we’re gonna go out in style!

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Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5)
by Anne Tenino
Released on April 21st 2014

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It’s all fun and games until someone puts his heart out.

When Jock meets sexy grad student Toby at a frat party, things finally start looking up. After having been outed to his hockey team and then changing schools, he figures he’s due something good—like the sex he missed out on in the closet. Toby seems like a great place to start, and their night together is an awesome introduction to the fine art of hooking up.

Toby’s heart takes a bruising after the near-perfect experience with Jock leads to . . . nothing. He’s been left on the outside as his friends pair up into blissful coupledom, and he’s in danger of never completing (or starting) his thesis. Can’t something go right?

Then Toby’s coerced into chaperoning a Theta Alpha Gamma trip to France. Not that he’s complaining. What better place to finish his thesis and get over that frat boy? Except Jock’s outing is leaked to the press, making him an unwilling gay rights martyr, and he decides France is a great escape, too. It’s a break from reality for both guys, but they soon find their connection is as real as it gets.

 

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4 stars

Rumor is that this is the last book in the Theta Alpha Gamma series and if so, I’m sad to have it end. But what a way to go–I loved it!

There were many things I was curious about when I finished Good Boy, the previous book in the series. I wanted to know more about Jock and was looking forward to who was going to be paired up next. However, I didn’t think Jock’s story would be the next one nor that he would be paired with Toby, so you could say that I was surprised when I found out it was.

Once again, Anne Tenino didn’t disappoint. She brought about her trademark humor laced with sweet and tender moments and a cast of characters straight out of a loony bin. I admit that the frat boys and their antics came to be too much at times, but in the big scheme of things it fit.

I loved Toby. I appreciated the fact that I got to see another side of him. Truthfully, my first impression of him was not the best. I thought he lacked depth, but Anne Tenino made sure to prove me wrong with every turn of the page (or tap of the tablet!). His personality, his actions and his sweet side coupled with the emotions that Jock’s struggles brought about more than made up for some of the confusion I felt over the events that took place in Provence.

Now Jock was a whole other matter altogether. For the first-half of the story, I could not stand him. I understood his need to explore his sexuality and his fears over being ‘out’ in the open, but some of his thoughts were too much for me to accept. Thankfully,  Anne Tenino brought about some of his best traits to the surface. If not for that, I don’t think my enjoyment and acceptance of this pairing would have been was it was.

As for a connection, I have to say that it was slow in coming. At least for me it was. Sure, they had great chemistry but it it wasn’t enough for me to put my reservations aside. It wasn’t until well past the half-way mark, once they were in Provence, that I got to see the potential for their connection to grow. And grow it did! It was a treat to see Jock and Toby growing as individuals. I enjoyed watching how Jock came to accept not only his sexuality as a whole, but the emotions, needs and desires Toby brought out in him. Likewise, I loved how Toby stood for what he wanted–personally and romantically.

As a follower of the series, I have to say that this particular story should not be read as a stand alone. Although it focuses mainly on Jock and Toby’s story, some of the content deals with events that happened before. So I encourage you to at least read the previous installment, that way you get to experience first-hand what the frat boys are going through, plus you’ll get to meet the different characters which will help you understand why they are a special bunch.

All in all, a funny, sweet yet at times exasperating read.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Outtake

If you’ve been following along on the tour, you’ll notice the first two cut scenes are from the party where Toby and Jock first meet. This outtake is from the next morning, when Toby wakes up, hungover, on Brad and Sebastian’s couch, instead of working on his thesis. We cut it because it really wasn’t necessary to the plot. I just like writing hangover scenes . . .

Toby was awakened by someone tap-dancing on his skull. “Oh God, make it stop,” he moaned.

It stopped. “Well, good morning,” Sebastian said, his mocking grin evident in his tone.

“Fuck off,” Toby muttered. He summoned up the energy to crack open one eye, hissing when the light stabbed him, but blinking until he could focus on Sebastian in the armchair next to the couch, laptop resting on his thighs, steaming mug on the table next to him.

“I slept well, thank you,” Sebastian continued. “And you?”

God, was that drool under his cheek? Blech. Toby shifted, rolling carefully off his stomach and onto his side. Why did the sun pick today to shine so brightly? It was freaking January. “I’m not sure you can call what I did ‘sleeping.’” His skin crawled with that fine film of filth that came from sweating like an inebriated pig while passed out. He could feel it seeping into his pores and beginning to circulate through his veins. “I need a shower. And possibly a blood transfusion.”

Sebastian lifted one brow. “I can help you with the shower, but you’ll have to find your own blood. There’s coffee though.” He took his mug and raised it as if toasting Toby, then sipped.

Coffee was probably a horrible idea. “I need more sleep. I mean real sleep.”

“Go lay down on the extra bed. I promise to forbid Brad from starting the washing machine until you’ve slept off your bender.”

Before he could puzzle out the link between sleeplessness and laundry, the tapping that had awakened Toby started up again. He craned his head to see Sebastian typing on his computer.

“Don’t you have an office to do that in?” The guy would be far less aggravating a couple of rooms away. Or in another house. I could go back to my place.

“I thought you’d want to move into the spare room, and I didn’t want to disturb you, so I came out here instead.” Sebastian glanced at him and went back to whatever he was doing on his computer.

That little closet off the laundry room. He’d forgotten they had a bed in there. “That would be more believable if I was actually in the spare room.”

“Maybe you should go lie down in there,” Brad said, walking in with a mug in each hand. “I brought you coffee. You take it black, right?”

Toby struggled up, giving himself a second once he’d reached a semi-vertical state. A little dizzy, and yes a headache, but the coffee smelled good. “Thank you. Why is it you two are trying so hard to get me into the spare room?”

The both looked at him blankly, then Sebastian shrugged and Brad handed Toby one of the cups of coffee. “Guess we thought you’d appreciate it.”

He cradled the cup between his hands and eyed Sebastian. “Why is your office in the laundry room if you have a second bedroom?”

Sebastian took a sip of his coffee then smiled over the rim of the mug at his boyfriend. “Brad wanted us to have a place for guests to sleep.”

Toby got caught up in watching what was going on between Brad and Sebastian, which consisted of them gazing sentimentally at each other. Soft eyes and soft expressions and whatever else went along with being in love.

He tore his eyes away from them and focused on his coffee, nearly burying his face in the mug, sipping repeatedly even though it was too hot. He never should have passed out here. These two would rather be alone. They probably wanted him to go to the spare room so they could have sex all over the couch. Or cuddle.

Yeah, he really should go back to his place, the apartment he shared with Larry the Breeder, who he was utterly sick of. Larry always wanted to socialize, but he was as annoying as shit. Toby spent most of his time there barricaded in his room, avoiding his roommate.

So, go home and seal himself in his room, or stay here and seal himself in Sebastian’s spare room? They were probably about to start urging him to go lay down in there again.

“I need to check my email, babe,” Brad said, against all of Toby’s expectations.

“I thought you already did.”

“Yeah, but there’s that shit going on at TAG. Told Kyle I’d check it later.”

“Oh my. A fratbro emergency. Quick, to the beermobile!”

Brad snorted, but Sebastian ignored him—he usually did when Toby got snarky about the frat. “Let me finish this and you can use the computer,” he said to his boyfriend.

Okay his outburst had been uncalled for. “What are you working on?” Toby asked Sebastian, jumping on the subject change.

Sebastian dipped his chin and looked at Toby over the top of his glasses. “What you should be working on.”

If only brooding about one’s work counted, he’d be nearly done. He drained the rest of his mug. “Maybe I will take a shower.” He felt the need for a good cleansing.

“Towels are in the bathroom,” Brad called from the kitchen.

Sebastian simply tilted his chin down in acquiescence, although Toby also suspected it was to hide his expression, and continued typing industriously on his computer.

Smug, overachieving bastard.

 

 

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About the Author

Raised on a steady diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino was—famously—the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. However, other than occasionally stealing Ken1’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her site. http://annetenino.com

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Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin *Review and Excerpt*

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Title: Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

Author: Lex Martin

Release Date: April 18, 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

 

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4 stars

Awesome story!

I loved it all–from the emotions both characters brought about to the sweetness of the romance all the way through the funny moments and flirtatious banter.

Lex Martin captured my attention instantly. She had me grinning from the moment Clementine and Gavin and anticipating when they would get together. Their connection was evident but developed slowly. Through some entertaining dialogue and funny moments, Lex Martin brought their connection to the surface and strengthened it the more time Gavin and Clementine spent together.

I loved that their romance was not rushed. The pace worked well with the characters and the underlying conflict that was taking place. Their story felt believable and I could not put it down.

It helped that the main characters were complex and intriguing. They had different personalities but complimented each other well by bringing the best out of the other. Gavin’s flirtatious comments and laid back personality worked well with Clementine who had withdrawn into herself in the last  years. Their interactions flowed easily through the page and only worked to deepened the connection that was already growing between them.

Of course, Gavin and Clementine’s chemistry worked well too. Although they each held back and started more as friends, their attraction was always under the surface of their interactions. I liked the fact that they had their doubts, but enjoyed it very much when they gave in to what the other was making them feel. I only wish I could have experienced some of the story through Gavin’s eyes. He was a great character and I bet that his POV would have made this an even better story for me. However, the author did a great job of bringing forth his emotions and his character’s personality to the page in a way that I felt that I could connect to him just as much as I did Clementine.

The introduction of the secondary characters added to the story too. They each brought something different to the story whenever they interacted with either Gavin or Clementine. I’m especially curious about Clementine’s brother Jax. He was so very different from his sister, but something tells me that he has more layers to him that what was let on in this story.

With a bit of emotion, an abundance of chemistry and a great cast of characters, Dearest Clementine was a wonderful first book in a series. I can’t wait to read more!

All in all, a fantastic romantic read.

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Excerpt

The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.

“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.

He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.

“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.

His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious?

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—“

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”

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Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

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Choosing You (The Jade Series #1) by Allie Everhart *Review*

 

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Choosing You (The Jade Series #1)
by Allie Everhart

Released on September 23rd 2013

A New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

 

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Review

4 stars

When Jade moved to start her freshman year at college she intended to keep to herself and focus on her studies–just like she’s always done. But what she was not counting on was on a persistent yet sweet, sexy guy to befriend her.

Garret is not like most guys at Moorhurst, at least not on the inside. He pretends and behaves as expected by peers, but he doesn’t believe in all the things the people in his social circle do. Jade is a breath of fresh air with her prickly personality, her insults and her indifference and he can’t seem to stay away.

“I like that you ignore me, making me work my ass off to chase you down. I like that you don’t care what people think, including me.”

This story was not at all what I expected to be. It was different from most of the stories I’ve read in the genre, but to my surprise it was those unique elements that made it such an enjoyable read for me.

The premise was intriguing and the characters real. I enjoyed Garret the most. Although he was a bit cagey in regards to his life, as the story progressed and he opened up to Jade, I recognized that he was the perfect half for Jade. Sometimes he brought about the worst in Jade, but ultimately it was his persistence that allowed her to lower some of her walls and his presence and friendship that brought about some of her growth as an individual.

“He made me feel wanted and needed and not at all alone. I don’t understand how someone can affect me that way, but I don’t want that someone to go away.”

I enjoyed the fact that their attraction was ever-present and that their connection ran deeper than that. The bond that grew between them strengthened with each interaction they exchanged. It was a treat to see them enjoying each other’s company. They bantered and exchanged meaningful dialogue all the while fighting their mutual attraction and deepening the connection that brought them together initially.

I did find that the pace dragged in places and that Jade was a difficult character to connect to, but Allie Everhart did a wonderful job in bringing about Jade’s best traits to the surface along with her conflicting emotions in a way that made helped me see her in a different light. In the end, I was cheering her on, admiring her strength of character and her tenacity at sticking to what she believed in. And Garret? Well, I had no problem with him. His caring and funny side was what kept me interested in the outcome of the story along with the anticipation of knowing how he would break through Jade’s hard exterior.

I admit that I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but Jade’s mother’s past played an intriguing part in Jade’s story so I’m looking forward to reading more to see what truly happened, what role Garret’s family will play in their relationship and how many obstacles they will have to face before finally achieving their happily ever after.

All in a ll, a great start to a series that brought together two individuals that although from different worlds managed to find some common ground and form a bond that only continued to grow with each moment spent together. Only time will tell what will happen next and I can’t wait to dive into the next chapter of Jade and Garret’s story.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.

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Series description

The Jade Series is a New Adult Romance that follows the relationship of Jade and Garret in their first year of college. In Choosing You, (book 1), Jade and Garret meet on Jade’s first night at Moorhurst College and despite their strong attraction to each other, they’re not allowed to date because of the strict rules that control Garret’s life. In Knowing You, (book 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (book 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (book 4), in which a new challenge emerges for Garret that could interfere with the future he wants with Jade. Originally, book 4 was the end of the series, but fans wanted to read more about Jade and Garret, so Allie is now in the process of writing Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series releasing later this spring!

 

Getting by ~ A Knight’s Tale I by Claudia Y. Burgoa *Excerpt*

 

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Title: Getting by ~ A Knight’s Tale I

Author: Claudia Y. Burgoa

Publication date: February 18th 2014

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

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When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

 

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“You sure about being here?” She nodded, answering my question. Then I slipped one of the migraine pills in her hand and opened a bottle of water. I noticed that Mom and Dad had walked over to Gaby, who waited for them on the corner of the street. After gulping her medicine and water, she handed the bottle over to me. “Text me if you need me to pick you up earlier, Pretty Girl.” She nodded again and I kissed her temples. “Liam, can you walk her to the shop, please?”

Mitch couldn’t hold his tongue any longer, and spoke up, saying, “What was that about?” I glared at him. “Mom being too quiet is scary, right? You want to throw her at her own game? Am I next to be extremely nice with Emma, as if she was my girl?” I grinned, he got me. “Pointers for it to work. Try to change your concerned look, stop drooling and perhaps Mom might believe you.” I narrowed my eyes. “Yeah, it was that obvious since we hit the hotel restaurant at eight this morning, Jay. You were too couple-like. Let’s run you through the breakfast highlights.

“You spotted the girl and ran to her whispering in her ear, giving her a stupid smile I’ve never seen you wear before.” I smirked, remembering the fork, and snorted. Ignoring me, he continued, “At breakfast you two were sitting too close for comfort. Not even Mom and Dad were that close. The best part wasn’t the medicine errand you ran for her. No.” No? I put a hand on the back of my neck and continued listening to the play by play that made me look like a moron in love. “The freaky part, where everyone dropped their jaw at the table, was when Emma reached toward your plate and grabbed strips of your bacon.” I shrugged, what was wrong with it? “Not once, but several times. No one is allowed to touch your food, Jake. Ever since we were little, you hated it. Yet, Emma touched your food, and while she was doing it,

you were a millimeter from kissing her. You two are too comfortable with each other, and the daunting part, Jake, is that the two of you fit so well that you don’t realize how wrong everything looked for the ones that don’t know about your relationship.”

“Or for the ones that know you two broke up,” Liam added. I didn’t notice when he came back. “The parental units are suspicious, Jake. Come clean and put some space between you and Emma before Mom chooses the wedding location and makes Dad buy the two of you a house next door to theirs.”

“Did you have to deal with the TMI all the time, Li?” Mitch shivered after Liam nodded with a blank stare. “I never checked to see if the girl I slept with used the pill or not. Add to that the hot factor that she carries condoms in her magic bag.”

“It’s different when you’re with a girl for more than one n—” I rubbed the back of my neck. “Can we not talk about my girl?” I gulped after uttering the last two words and began to think about some form of rehabilitation to move on.

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Claudia

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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