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A Veil Of Vines by Tillie Cole Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
Caresa

As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.
Beth's Review
 5 stars
Tillie Cole has to be one of a few authors I don’t really hesitate to read her latest as I know I am guaranteed a great book.   But I must say, going into this one after reading the synopsis, this wasn’t my normal kind of read so I did go in with some apprehension of whether I would love it.  Well I must say I did have apprehension for the first portion of the book and i was a bit unsure of where this one was going to take me but once I met Archille I was a complete goner, I was head over heels in love with him and their story.

 

 

Caresa is a duchesa according to Italian royalty and heritage.  She lives with her family in New York but is now moving to Italy to marry the prince, soon to be King, Zeno to solidify their families and their wine business.   Being Italian royalty comes with it’s duties and expectations, ones Caresa doesn’t take lightly.  But all that changes for her the moment she meets Archille, the wine maker of Bella Collina Reserve, which is her absolute favorite wine.  She was determined that one day she would meet the maker of the wine, little did she know she would meet him on her fiance’s estate and that she would fall in love with him.

 

This is a story of soul mates, of split halves that were meant to be together, that were meant to come together to be truly whole.   The book was so beautifully written with so much love and emotion, I became totally engaged in their story and could not inhale it fast enough, but the more I inhaled it the more I wanted to slow down as I am now done, left with a book hangover and very sad that their story has come to an end.

 

I really loved how this one played out. I must say it started a bit slow for me with her traveling from NY to Italy for her arranged marriage and it was a bit before we got to really see the story start to take shape but once it did, I looked back and could see that the build up to that point was necessary.  The picture this author has created for us left very many vivid images in my mind, especially of Archille, who I will be definitely dreaming about for a while.  What truly is better than a rugged hot italian guy who is a master at making red wine.  And I must add, this author truly has me craving red wine with reading this book and I never drink, LOL.

 

I loved both of these characters so much.  Caresa was such a loving and caring person.  She was about to put her own life and happiness on hold all for her family just to marry a man she knew she would never love.  And seeing her with Archille, you truly couldn’t help but see that these two were meant to be together.  I love every scene these two were in together, you could totally feel the love and emotion coming off of the pages, even from the very first moment they met. I just knew their love would be epic.

 

Archille, what can I truly say to do this man justice.  He’s hot, and sexy and very rugged in his wine making ways.  But he too has an amazingly big heart, he loved Caresa with everything he had and would have done just about anything for her.  But I loved that when it came down to it, he put the timid and reclusive shy side of himself away and fought for his woman.  He truly is being added to my list of top BBF’s, how could he not, he’s Italian, he’s super sexy, he’s a master at making red wine, and he loves with every thing he is and has.

 

Tillie Cole has truly outdone herself with this one. The information and history of Italy and wine making was phenomenal.  Most times I am not a fan of this type added into stories but it was so well done and written into it that I absolutely loved it.  This book had an amazing story with some really great sweet and tender moments, some very off the charts hot and sexy ones but also some really great drama added that wasn’t overdone and some very emotional moments.  On top of all that it had a really great message regarding those that struggle to read and write like the rest of us but the way it was written into the story, it didn’t feel like this big public service announcement that usually happens when Authors write these types of things into their stories. 

 

Overall this was a phenomenal 5 star read that I am still reeling over and truly wish I was still burried into the Italian scenery of wineries and wine making.  This one will definitely be a top read for me this year.

 

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

 

Size Matters by Alison Bliss Release Week Blitz, Review & Giveaway

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Title: SIZE MATTERS

Author: Alison Bliss

Series: A Perfect Fit, #1

On Sale: November 29, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $5.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancée! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off. But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

 

 

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Leah Martin nearly choked on her beer.

“What do you mean just pick one?” Her eyes scanned the entire bar before settling back on her friend. “Pick one what?”

“A guy, of course.”

Yeah, because it was just that simple. For Valerie, maybe. Even though they were close in size, Valerie always wore her weight better and turned heads everywhere she went. It probably helped that she had expressive doe eyes, wavy platinum-blond hair, and looked more like a cutesy toy poodle any guy would give their right testicle to take for a walk.

“I hate to tell you this, Val, but that only applies to women who look like you.” If Leah had to classify herself in that same frame of reference, she’d accurately describe herself as a Bulldog. Not only did she have the breed’s innate stubborn streak, but she also had the matching broad shoulders, wide hips, large chest, and—if she didn’t lose a few pounds—probably the same short life span. “Hippy brunettes with body image issues and smudged eyeliner don’t get the luxury of just pick one.”

“Oh, shut up,” Valerie said, rolling her eyes. “Your eyeliner looks fine.”

Yep, that about sums it up. My eyeliner is the only thing that looks decent on me tonight.

The little black dress she wore was just that—too little—and was slowly squeezing the life out of her. Especially after packing on ten extra pounds in the last few months. The sheath of fabric clung to every curve, as well as every bulge. Thank God they lived in Texas instead of Alaska or an Eskimo might’ve mistaken her for a seal and tried to skin her.

“So what’s your pleasure?” Valerie asked, not giving up. “Plenty of gorgeous men in here tonight.”

“Sure, if I squint.”

“Okay, stop being negative. You’re gorgeous, and lots of men love curvy women. I should know. Now pick one.”

No point in arguing with her. Once Valerie set her mind to something, she didn’t stop until the mission was accomplished. But the only time Leah had ever had her pick of anything was when she stood in front of the doughnut case at work, deciding between a chocolate éclair or a cream cheese danish.

“How am I supposed to know who to pick? It’s not like they wear signs on their foreheads saying, ‘I dig fat chicks.’”

Valerie shot her an exasperated look. “We’ll just establish a baseline for the kind of guy you want.”

“The kind of guy I’d want wouldn’t be hanging out in a bar called Rusty’s Bucket. In fact, I wouldn’t be here either if you hadn’t forced me to come.”

“Leah, you got dumped. Happens to all of us sooner or later.” Valerie’s voice softened as she reached for Leah’s hand. “It sucks, I know. But you’re always at work or upstairs in your apartment, which means you never leave that damn building. It’s not healthy. You can’t hide out forever.”

“I’m not hiding. I’ve just…been busy. I never imagined I’d be this swamped only a month after grand opening, and I’ve had to put in a lot of extra hours.” Leah caught Valerie’s I’m-not-buying-it expression. “Come on, Val. The wedding is tomorrow night. Everything has to be perfect because…well, you know.”

Valerie rolled her eyes. “Why does it even matter?”

“Because my reputation is at stake. It’s my cake the happy couple will be stuffing into each other’s mouths. They can choke on it for all I care, but it’s going to be the tastiest damn wedding cake they’ve ever eaten while keeling over. Everything has to go as smoothly as possible, and I have a million things to do before tomorrow night. I still need to—”

Valerie raised her hand to stop her from continuing. “What you need is a break. Let’s find some guys to dance with and have a few hours of fun before you lock yourself up in the cave again. Just humor me, okay? Now, what would say your dream guy’s most attractive quality would be?”

Leah sighed. “A pulse.”

“No vampires. Check. What else?”

“I don’t know. This is stupid.” Leah caught the disappointment in Valerie’s eyes and groaned. “Okay, fine. I guess I’d want…”

Her gaze sifted through the crowd, landing on two men at the bar. While the one standing motioned to the bartender, the other rolled up the sleeves of his blue button-down shirt, drawing Leah’s attention to his tanned, muscular forearms. When he finished, he bumped his elbow against the other man’s ribs and said something that made them both laugh. The warm, amused smile he wore sent a zing of pleasure through Leah, like she’d been given a intravenous shot of serotonin. Him. I’d want him.

 

 

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THE A PERFECT FIT SERIES

 

Size Matters, #1

On The Plus Side, #2

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Debbie's review

 

5 stars

Loved this book!!!! From start to finish the author had me hooked. The banter and chemistry and one-liners between the two main characters was not only hot it was hysterical too. The relationship between Sam and Leah felt real and the things that came out of Sam’s mouth was brilliant. The author did a fantastic job with both of these characters. The secondary characters were great too. I loved Leah’s family and probably my favorite part of the book was when Sam met them and spends the weekend at her Grandparents house.

 

  “Sam shrugged. “Family or not, I still get paid for the work I do. Well, except for the things I do for your daughter. But she pays me in other ways, if you know what I mean.” He grinned, then waggled his brows suggestively.”

 

I am not a fan of third person because usually I have a hard time connecting with the characters but that was not the case with this one. The authors’ writing was so good it didn’t really seem like the story was being told in third person. I had no problem connecting with any of the characters.

 

The book flowed perfectly and the writing was flawless. This book was funny and romantic with just the right amount of steaminess and it was completely realistic. You felt every feeling that Leah felt. It is not uncommon when people have insecurities about themselves to take things out of context and hear things one way when things are being said another. Leah has spent her life fighting the insecurities over her weight. Most of those insecurities are mainly due to her mother’s comments about her weight and that has made it hard for her as a person to feel good about herself.  So when Sam who is a hot and sexy man wants to spend time with her she has her doubts as to why.  Totally understandable and I love that Sam realized this and tried to protect her. It was just sometimes he meant one thing but when he opened his mouth it came out all wrong.

 

  “I cam to fill your hole.” She stopped laughing and blinked. “Excuse me?” Sonofabitch. Why’d I say it like that? He laid the section of sheetrock on the table and rapped on it with his knuckles. “The hole in your wall.”

 

I loved everything about this book and cannot wait for the next book in this series.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it’s no wonder she writes “girl books.” She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

 

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Surprise Release & Giveaway!! Home Tears by Tijan

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Title: Home Tears
Author: Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 2, 2016

 

 

Blurb
Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms.Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister.

There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same.

With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life.

Only this time, she may not survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Why’d you push me earlier?”“It’s not important.”

But it was. She felt it in her chest. It was so important, and she needed him to say it again. She was salivating for the chance. She wanted to reassure him, and this time she felt it in her heart. She knew she wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted him to see it in her eyes, that she meant every single word.

She whispered now, “Ask me. Ask me again.”

His eyes met hers, narrowing slightly. He was looking into her, reading her.

She was letting him. There was no wall, no hesitation this time. She wanted him to know her, not just her body. All of her. A second passed. He was still searching in her. Another second. More. He waited a full thirty before asking, his voice so soft and tender, “What would you do if you found out another person cared about you? If you mattered to one more person?”

“Nothing.” She was trying to convey her feelings through her eyes. She wanted him to know so badly. “I wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t walk. I wouldn’t hide. I’d do nothing except stand and embrace it.”

His eyes darkened, an emotion passed in them, one that had her heart beating so fast again. “Yeah?” He let go of her hand, but touched the side of her face. He held her in the palm of his hand, and his thumb rubbed over her cheek. It was like he was smoothing away any lingering worries she might have. “What if I was that person?”

She leaned toward him, her eyes going from his lips back to his gaze. Both were pulling her in, making her yearn for more. “Then I’d say, I feel the same.” Her breath held in her throat. They were talking in code, but it was out now. She was telling him how she felt, and a second later, his lips were on hers.

 

This. She turned, wound her arms around his neck. This was everything.

 

 

Author Bio
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
 
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Coming Home by Wendy Smith Release Blitz & Review

 

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Title: Coming Home
Series: Copper Creek #1
Author: Wendy Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2016

 

 

 

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Coming home is bittersweet for Adam Campbell. His mother has cancer, but for some reason doesn’t want him there. One of his brothers welcomes him home with open arms, another treats him like dirt.

Then there’s Lily, the girl who left Adam at the altar twelve years ago. The girl who broke his heart. Adam left and didn’t look back after that happened, but being home stirs up all those old feelings.

Secrets will be revealed, including the horrifying truth about why Lily stood him up, and that she didn’t abandon Adam. Adam abandoned her.

Coming Home is the first book in the Copper Creek series. Set in the fictional small New Zealand town of Copper Creek, the series will explore the dark secrets the town holds, including the secrets held tight by members of the Campbell family. This is not your everyday romance, but a twisty tale that takes turns no one will see coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.5 stars

Grab your tissues because you will need it!  This author touches on real life issues like bullying, abuse, poverty and children with special needs.  I was immediately drawn into this story and the well-developed characters.  There was never a moment with in this story that I felt disengaged or disconnected.  This book is emotional. There were parts where I cried, screamed and felt enraged but those moments were foreshadowed by the overwhelming sense of hope, love and second chances.

 

Adam is returning home after leaving 11 years and he’s trying to mend his broken heart.  Adams mother has cancer and the life he envisioned for himself is no longer an option.  I loved Adam. He was such a caring and loving character.  Even though his first and only love Lily broke his heart, it didn’t stop it from beating again with he runs into her and her son after 11 years.  I adored how the author didn’t make his character bitter or angry with Lily, yes he was hurt but all he wanted to do was hug her and help.

 

Lily, God I just wanted to reach into my Kindle and hug the ever loving stuffing out that character.   She has suffered so much abuse not only at the hands of her mother but also by the people in her town.  This woman was not broken though she was strong, loving and loved her son fiercely.  Max is a child with special needs, they do not have much but the love they after for one another makes up for the other things.  Lily has always loved Adam but she’s confused and hurt by his disappearance. Max bought so much depth into this story, I fell in love him and kept wanting to read more about him.

 

This story was so different than what I expected. The relationship between Adam and Lily happens over time but during that time. I loved reading how Adam and Max formed  a connection and bond with one another.   Slowly the truth about what really happened between them 11 years ago comes to light and when Adam finally learns about the horrible truth he’s determined to right the wrongs of that fateful night.  Learning the truth about Lily broke me, I too wanted to jump right in to help right those wrongs.  

 

This story was remarkably writing and despite all the wrongs the author balances them off with the good that comes from it all.   I loved how the author focused on the couple and didn’t add unnecessary angst into this story. You will fall in love with this book and come out believing in love and the goodness in people.  This is the first book in this series and there are more stories to come and I can’t wait to read them all.  

 

 

 

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Wendy Smith published as Ariadne Wayne for 3 years before deciding she didn’t want to be someone else all the time. Heavily influenced by stories in the media, she decided to try something new, and the Copper Creek series was born. With lots of love and a touch of darkness, her stories will twist their way into your heart.

 

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Destiny on Ice by S.R. Grey Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Title: Destiny on Ice
Series: Boys of Winter #1
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 1, 2016
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Hot hockey superstar Brent Oliver has it all—good looks, charm, dozens of endorsement deals, and a spectacular career.Uh, nix that last one.

Brent has the talent and skill that should have his career soaring. But something is wrong. He’s lost his hockey mojo and can’t get it back.

Enter Aubrey Shelburne, life coach to the stars.

Aubrey’s worked with some difficult celebrities, but she’s never encountered a guy quite like Brent Oliver.

Or has she?

Seems a reckless night of partying, one that had Aubrey waking up in a strange man’s bed, is about to bite her in the ass. That is, if Brent doesn’t first.

Fighting an off-the-charts attraction, Aubrey and Brent must learn to work together. But it’s not an easy task when they’re at each other’s throats every minute.

Is this relationship a disaster in the making?

Or is it destiny?

Washboard abs and sex toy mishaps aside, Destiny on Ice is a fun and irreverent romp that’ll have you swooning on one page and laughing on the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whoa, wait! What am I thinking here? No lap dances and dates with Aubrey?

Never. Going. To. Happen.

“What’s up with you, Brent?” Nolan asks. “You’ve been weird since we left your house.”

We’re on the back patio of his house now, which is four doors down from my place. I’m still drinking, but much more slowly.

Setting my beer down on an outdoor iron table in front of me, I sigh. “I don’t know, man. I guess I feel kind of bad treating Aubrey the way I did.”

“What?” He makes a who-the-fuck-cares face. “You mean the life coach chick?”

“Yeah, the life coach chick.” I blow out a breath. “But she’s more than that. She’s a really great girl.”

Nolan knows me far too well. He senses where this is leading.

“Dude,” he begins, in full warning mode. “Don’t even think of going there.”

I play dumb. “What do you mean?”

“Oh, you know what I mean. Getting involved with that woman would be nothing but trouble. She was hired by the team to help you, which kind of makes her like your employee by default.”

“An employee I’d like to bang,” I admit.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”

I glare over at him from across the patio table. “Are you kidding? Of course you would.”

“Yeah, you’re probably right,” he concedes. “So maybe you should bang her. But real secretly. And just once. Get her out of your system before you fuck up your career.”

When he starts staring over at me, like he has more to say on the subject, I make an attempt to change the topic. I need to end this conversation about my life coach, who I already can’t get out of my goddamn mind.

In my most dickhead tone, I say, “Stop giving me your googly eyes, Solvenson. You know how it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when you do that.”

“Fuck off, Oliver,” Nolan volleys back, looking away as he takes a long pull from his beer. As he lowers his bottle, he adds, “I know what you’re doing, anyway.”

“Oh yeah, you do? Please tell me then, great sensei, what am I doing?”

“You’re deflecting. You’re trying to hide from the truth.”

“Which is?”

“You’re falling hard for your hot little life coach.”

Shit, I hate when he’s right.

 

 

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S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the brand new Boys of Winter hockey romance series, the popular Judge Me Not books, the Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 several times. She is also a #1 Bestselling Author on Barnes & Noble and a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes.

 

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A Family For Christmas – Jay Northcote

 
 
 
Author: Jay Northcote
 
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Release: November 18
 
Length: 45,000 words
 
 
 

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Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.

Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.

Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it.

It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.

 

 


 

 

 

Jen's review

 

4 stars

This wonderful, heartwarming story will surely get you into the Christmas spirit. Friendship, longing and loneliness are just a few things that we are witnesses to. What came through the most within this story was the strong sense of love, family and acceptance. Not just within the main characters but amongst all the secondary ones as well.  A definite feel good story with some tantalizing moments. Hot, sweet, humorous and next to no angst. Just a perfect winter story to curl up on a cold day with.

 

We follow Rudy and Zac’s journey as strangers working in the same office to having a budding relationship. Rudy is shy, awkward at times and definitely swooning over one very sexy broody, quite co -worker.  Zac’s been hurt, has had a rough life, doesn’t get close to people and very anti-social. It’s better that way at least in his mind until one drunken night and an offer he can’t refuse changes everything.

 

He didn’t want to feel like this. Wanting things only led to disappointment because people always let you down.

 

I absolutely loved getting to know Zack and Rudy. Once they get together the pages heat up. Their connection and desire for one another is intense. I loved how inexperienced Rudy was and how unsure Zac was. It just made some of the tender moments shared between them that much hotter and meaningful. 

 

Being that this is a holiday story, there is no question that Jay Northecote won’t leave you feeling anything but good. A definite must read for anyone looking for something to get them into holiday spirit.

 

 


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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

 

 

 

Love Amplified (Heavy Influence, #3) By Ann Marie Frohoff Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Love Amplified (Heavy Influence, #3)
By: Ann Marie Frohoff
Publisher AMF Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Pages: 176

Jake Masters is on the rise, sober and inspired. His solo music career has taken off and he’s packed away his ugly skeletons – so he thought.

When a tropical rendezvous with Alyssa turns into an unexpected life-altering reunion, they must decide what’s more important – their happily ever after or doing the right thing.
Can it be both?
 

 

 

 

 

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Alyssa

There are things you can’t un-see…things that remain like thick burn scars,
always there to remind you of a fire you couldn’t run away from. Living in the same town as my rock star ex-boyfriend was one of them. Jake Masters, the love of my life and the torment of my existence had moved back from New York City, unexpectedly, and I had spotted him in the most unbelievable way.

Standing in the middle of the Manhattan Beach Pier the ocean waves crashed
against the pier piling, matching the pounding of my heart. My emotions churned like the blue water bubbling beneath me. I felt the heat of emotion rising up my neck. I kept blinking, not believing what I was seeing. I looked back at Nathan, who’d always been there for me during my darkest of days with Jake in high school. My friend Nathan, who became my boyfriend, back to friend, then turned fiancé. He was talking on his cell phone. He’d answered a call from his hospital intern program, stalling our all too serious marriage conversation.

Waiting for him to get off the phone I had leaned against the pier’s railing,
looking out over the sand. It was a warm spring Monday afternoon and there were more people on the beach than usual, too many kids ran around at the shoreline and I thought it must have been a school holiday.

That’s when I saw him – Jake. My hands trembled instantly and my legs grew
wobbly. I took in a deep breath to get a hold of myself. His shirtless back faced me. There was no mistaking him. The tattoo dedicated to me, angled over his left bicep and down his shoulder blade, taunted me. It was as if it were alive, its strands of hair waving back and forth as he dug in the sand next to a little boy and a woman with long black hair. I could see them clearly as I stood above them on the pier. They were building a sand castle. I turned away unable to believe it. I leaned my back against the railing, watching Nathan as he slowly walked toward me.

My handsome Nathan…maybe not mine anymore. I didn’t deserve him. I never
did. This was a sign. My heart would always belong to Jake. No man deserves a woman who would always pine for someone else.

What was I seeing?
I didn’t want to turn back to get another glimpse, but I had no control. I casually
glanced over my shoulder. Now I could hear their laughter as if they were the only ones on the beach and it shredded me to my core. Nathan finally made it to my side and I watched him as he rubbed his jaw, despondent. He’d flown in that morning, just to see me and to give me an ultimatum.

“Alyssa if we’re not gonna set a date this has to end…” – that’s what he’d said
right before his phone rang. I still couldn’t believe he took the call, maybe because he wanted me to suffer. I’d dragged our engagement out long enough. I looked back over my shoulder again. Seeing Jake play happy family made my stomach turn.

Who were they? That’s probably his new girlfriend – I thought, wondering whom
the kid was. Would Jake date someone with a kid? – Obviously. I felt the life rush out of me like the air in a punctured balloon as memories flooded through my mind, lingering on the things that caused our complete and final breakup. What the hell did I expect? Of course he’d move on with his life. I ended it so harshly and heartlessly, but he deserved my cold shoulder. He’d been sleeping with his deceased best friend’s wife, more than once. He was on drugs and not the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I remembered the pain and hurt in Jake’s eyes when I threw the ring he’d given me, our promise of forever, in his face as if it happened yesterday.

I never looked back.
Nathan tucked his phone back in his pocket and I launched off of the railing,
grabbing him by the arm leading him away. I didn’t want him to see what and whom I was staring at. His face was still serious and his green eyes more somber. I knew the end was near, but not in the way I’d expected.

“Everything ok, with work?” I linked my arm through his. He sighed and pulled away from me. “Aly, what’s it gonna be?” I stopped to face him. “You want an answer now?” “Alyssa, you’re graduating. I…” He hung his head and my heartbeat was in my ears. “I met someone, Alyssa, and I’m interested in taking her out. If you’re not going to marry me…we both need to move on with our lives.”

The ringing in my ears made me dizzy. I watched Nathan’s face as he eagerly
looked at me for a response and all I kept hearing in my mind was – “…I met
someone…” “Nathan,” I crossed my arms, trying to figure out how I was feeling. I was both hurt and not surprised. “What you’re saying doesn’t make sense…” “Yes, it does…it came out wrong, Alyssa, I love you.” He was flustered and it made me feel worse about everything. “It’s about you not wanting to commit to a life with me…” he gulped, searching my eyes, “and I met someone in my program. I spend a
lot of time with her. She enjoys my company…and she made a comment that if I wasn’t engaged, she’d ask me out. It was a simple, flirtatious comment, yes, but it got me to thinking…since you won’t commit to a wedding date.”

Sadness and guilt gutted me. 

“Nathan you knew…” “I know.” He interrupted, frustrated. “I’ve grown tired of hoping you’ll come around, Alyssa. I’m ready to start my life with someone. I know we’re young but I wanna build a life with someone from nothing and I wanted that to be you.”

Alyssa. He never calls me Alyssa.

“You don’t even wear the ring I gave you.” He continued. “I should have known
when you stopped wearing it.” His arms flew up in indignation. “I want you to be happy. I want to be happy. I thought I could be something better in your life. I thought I could show you the love you deserve, show you how a man is supposed to treat a woman.” “Nathan, if this is about Jake…”

“That’s part of it.” He said loudly, drawing a bit of attention to us. “I wouldn’t marry him either.” I practically shouted, blurting out more than I wanted, “he asked me several times, too.” I felt heavy like I could collapse from emotional weight.
He looked confused. I’d never shared this information with him.

“Really.” He laughed to himself, almost mockingly. He turned away and his arms
flew out again as he paced back to me sarcastically saying, “I suppose that makes me feel slightly better.”

This was a side of Nathan I’d not seen before and I ignored his biting contention,
saying.

 “I’m just fucked up, what can I say.”

 

 

   

 

 

Josie's review

 

4.5 stars

I fell in love with Jake and Aly and have followed their journey ever since reading First Kiss.  This is a bittersweet review since this is the last book for these characters (I think we might see them again in the future).   I love that I fell in love with this YA romance because of this authors unique writing style. The drama was intense, real and brutal.  If you followed this series you know that Jake and Aly’s love story is not a pretty one. They go through some harsh times and in this book their journey ends.  I’m not sure what I expected when I started this book honestly because after the last book I was prepared for the worst. Let me say this author fooled me big time.

 

We pick up years after the colossal heart wrenching break up between Jake and Aly.  We see so much growth in both these characters.  Aly has finally found her place in the world behind the shadows of Jake.  She managed to find her way in life and is settling down and ready to take on the world.  Jake too has grown, having to basically start over in life alone.  He’s accepted how his actions caused pain and destroyed those he loved. 

 

Jake has never accepted loosing Aly and we see him trying to move on but a one chance sighting only assures him that he can’t let her go.  Aly is stronger in this book than we’ve ever seen her before.  She has been hurt so deeply that she’s not able to forgive or even move on in love.  What’s unique about this book is even while Jake and Aly are apart as a reader I could feel the connection and love between them deeply.  Jake is on a journey to make things right with Aly even when her trust in their relationship and him are weak.

 

As usual the author does not deliver all hearts and flowers in this journey. Yes it’s sweet but she throws in enough drama to keep readers on their toes.  Jake and Aly are trying to rebuild their relationship when a huge twist of fate comes charging in.  I wasn’t sure how things would work out but we see a different Jake and Aly.  Yes there are moments of doubt but with the doubt came reflection and we see them work together as a unit.  They both have gone through so much.  The author truly did an amazing job in this book and I think Jake and Aly might have more to say in the future.  Dare I hope for a novella in the future, ohhhh and then there’s Kai and Grace hmmmm?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Marie (“Annie”) Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally. After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. 
Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Title: Home Tears
Author: Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 2016

 

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Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms.Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister.There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same.

With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life.

Only this time, she may not survive.

 

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“Why’d you push me earlier?”“It’s not important.”

But it was. She felt it in her chest. It was so important, and she needed him to say it again. She was salivating for the chance. She wanted to reassure him, and this time she felt it in her heart. She knew she wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted him to see it in her eyes, that she meant every single word.

She whispered now, “Ask me. Ask me again.”

His eyes met hers, narrowing slightly. He was looking into her, reading her.

She was letting him. There was no wall, no hesitation this time. She wanted him to know her, not just her body. All of her. A second passed. He was still searching in her. Another second. More. He waited a full thirty before asking, his voice so soft and tender, “What would you do if you found out another person cared about you? If you mattered to one more person?”

“Nothing.” She was trying to convey her feelings through her eyes. She wanted him to know so badly. “I wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t walk. I wouldn’t hide. I’d do nothing except stand and embrace it.”

His eyes darkened, an emotion passed in them, one that had her heart beating so fast again. “Yeah?” He let go of her hand, but touched the side of her face. He held her in the palm of his hand, and his thumb rubbed over her cheek. It was like he was smoothing away any lingering worries she might have. “What if I was that person?”

She leaned toward him, her eyes going from his lips back to his gaze. Both were pulling her in, making her yearn for more. “Then I’d say, I feel the same.” Her breath held in her throat. They were talking in code, but it was out now. She was telling him how she felt, and a second later, his lips were on hers.

 

This. She turned, wound her arms around his neck. This was everything.

 

Author Bio
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
 
To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/ 
 
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Title: The Silver Swan
Series: The Elite Kings Club #1
Author: Amo Jones
Genre: Romance
Cover Design: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Release Date: March 7, 2017

 

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Madison Montgomery comes from money and power, but when someone close to her commits the ultimate crime, Madison must live with her tainted name for the rest of her life.When she begins Riverside Preparatory Academy, the private school her father has swept her into in The Hamptons, she hopes for a fresh start.What she wasn’t hoping for was the pack of bad boys who run the school; ten, to be exact. When Madison gains the attention of their leader, Bishop Vincent Hayes, a whole new world that she didn’t think existed is exposed to her. A whole world that starts and ends with The Elite Kings Club and these boys, are about to flip her world upside down.

Secrets are overflowing and family lies are about to be exposed. Is there more to Madison Montgomery than even she knows?

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“Nate?” I whisper. “Maybe I took a wrong turn.”
Silence.
“Nate!” I yell down the phone. “This isn’t funny.”
“I’m not laughing, sis. Keep going, we can see your headlights.” What am I doing? I’m basically relying on the fact that Nate and I had bonded a little and that both our parents are together. I’m not sure those facts are worth my life. No, he wouldn’t. I’m just being paranoid. The only time, except for school, where I didn’t bring my fucking pistol either. I sag in defeat. My dad will not be impressed with my not carrying, and my mom will no doubt be screaming at me from the other side about how these are the reasons why she and my dad educated me so much on firearms. I’ve failed as a fucking daughter. I shuffle up in my seat.
“Nate, I don’t fucking see anything up here but ja—OMG!” I slam on the breaks, all four tires locking up in a skid. I squeeze the steering wheel tightly, banging down the locks on the doors. “Nate!” I yell into the phone.
Silence.
Slowly, I look up out the front windscreen, the thick dust from my tires interrupting the loose gravel still floating in the air and that’s when I see it again.
Ten men.
Ten dark hoodies covering their faces.
Ten—“Nate..” understanding sets in. Ten.
Slamming the gear into reverse, I’m just about to floor it backwards—to hell with anything or anyone behind me—when my driver’s window smashes into a million pieces, the tiny shards of glass falling onto my lap. I scream, my hands coming up to shield my face just as an arm slips inside and pops up the lock.
A deep menacing chuckle breathes over the back of my neck just as a leather gloved hand wraps around my mouth and pulls me out of the car. “Hello Madison. You don’t know us, but we know you. We want to play a game. Here’s what happens if you lose…”
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Amo is a full-time writer from New Zealand who loves long romantic walks to the wine cellar.

When she’s not creating magic, you can usually find her relaxing in front of the television watching the latest episode of Supernatural or Vikings. (This will be updated as she finds new television shows with hot actors.)

She’s the proud mother of four little critters who are the reason she breathes, but also the reason she drinks.

She’s the wife-to-be to the love of her life. She says wife-to-be because she scares him a little, and he still hasn’t decided whether he wants to wed her or not. Such an exciting relationship.

She loves meeting new people and believes the world needs more kindness.

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Title: Evading Fate
Series: Hidden Scars #3
Author: A.M. Myers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21

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Fate.
I’ve been running from it most of my life – doing everything I can to avoid the future it had dictated for me. If I had learned one thing from the hell I went through as a child, it was that I never wanted to go back. Until I ran into someone who was running from her destiny just as hard as I was.
And it just so happens that she’s one of my best friends.
One night, emboldened by alcohol, she does something that has me questioning everything and it doesn’t take me long to realize that maybe instead of running away from something, I’ve been racing to her all along. But there is fear in her eyes and I know that her fate won’t be so easily shaken.
Will I ever be able to work past her fear to show her everything we could be? Or am I destined for the same kind of desolate life I’ve been fleeing from since I was a kid?

 

 

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4 stars
I am a lover of friends to lover stories so when I read the synopsis for this one and couldn’t wait to check it  out.  I have not read anything by this author yet but was very much looking forward to checking her work out as I love finding new authors to read.

 

Addy dreams of finding the love her mother and father shared but knows she will never be able to have it.  Trey didn’t have a great childhood but was very lucky to be taken in by the Harringtons after his mother’s death.  Trey is trying to move on from his past while Addy is trying to avoid her future.  These two have become good friends after the rest of their group have now seemed to find love.  Trey and Addy have become that go to person for each other but after one night of drunkenness and a simple kiss all that changes and lines have been crossed.  They try to go back over the line but now that they have unleashed those feelings, they can’t seem to put them away.  But Addy is determined to not let her walls down and truly let Trey in, after seeing what has happened to her mother, she doesn’t want to do that to Trey or anyone else.

 

Evading Fate is the third story in the Hidden Scars series and it states it can be read as a stand alone.  It was an enjoyable read and I agree that it can be read without reading the first two but I do feel I would have enjoyed this one much more had I first read the stories of the other characters we see in this one.  I enjoyed the dynamic the author build between Addy and Trey and really liked how she played out and built up the friendship to be more.  This one was definitely filled with many emotional moments with some drama added in on the side.  Both Addy and Trey have had moments in their life that have been trying for them.  They are still trying to deal with them now and I think the connection they shared and their friendship truly helped them deal with it all.  I also enjoyed that after their first kiss that the author didn’t rush fully into things changing with them and loved that there was some buildup of their friendship becoming more.

 

I really loved Trey’s character.  He was hot and sexy with a bit of alpha in him but he was loving and caring.  He didn’t have a great start to life with his mother being addicted to drugs and his father an alcoholic showing up every so often to lay a beating on both him and his mother, but he became determined when given a second chance with the Harringtons to not become anything like his parents.  I also loved how understanding he was.  He recognized that she needed to open up to him on her terms and he waited with such great patience.

 

Overall this was an enjoyable read that had some great hot and sexy parts but also some sweet and very emotional parts.  This may have been my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.

 

 

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A.M. Myers currently lives in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and their two children. She has been writing since the moment she learned how to and even had a poem published in the sixth grade but the idea of writing an entire book always seemed like a daunting task until this story got stuck in her head and just wouldn’t leave her alone. And now, she can’t imagine ever stopping. A.M. writes gripping romantic suspense novels that will have you on the edge of your seat until the end.

When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out with her kids or pursuing other artistic ventures, such as photography or painting.

 

 

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