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Beautiful Burn by Adriane Leigh Pre-Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Title: Beautiful Burn

Author: Adriane Leigh

Genre: Steamy Student Teacher Romance

Release Date: January 13, 2015

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Blurb

I’ve broken him, bent him, and burned him, and each fevered moment was worth every ounce of pain.

Auburn Lawrence has loved her English teacher, Reed West, since she was fourteen. Through brainstorming stories, reading classic literature, and plenty of fiery banter, they’ve forged a bond that neither of them expected.

Propelled by a chance encounter after her graduation, they discover just how deep their connection runs, but love requires more than chemistry to flourish. They spend three electrifying summer months discovering each other under a veil of forbidden passion and desperate lust before they learn that the unattainable is often destined to remain exactly that.

By the time temperatures dip and snowflakes fly, their relationship will face a deep freeze that threatens to snap the bond they thought they shared, shattering their lives one secret at a time.

Intended for mature audiences.

 

 

 

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‘The Inspiration for Beautiful Burn

Beautiful Burn is actually a very personal story, one that’s been in my head for a while but I was very hesitant to write. I’m glad I was finally able to write it—I learned so much about myself, love, life, marriage.

Without revealing too much, the book deals with forbidden romance…the student/teacher taboo, and the repercussions of that forbidden love.

I love student/teacher stories and coupled with my tendency to crush on my English professors, it was a natural progression! Much of Beautiful Burn is taken directly from my life in some form or another, I just won’t say which parts 😉

 

 

 

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About the Author

Adriane Leigh

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Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.

 

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Fighting Words by Emily Eck Blog Tour & Giveaway

 

 

 

 

Book Title: Fighting Words

Author Name: Emily Eck

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Self published

Expected Date of Publication: December 15, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

**This is a standalone novel.**

Sara has lived most of her life in silence, her only outlet being family BBQs where she sings like an angel. When her wild, guitar playing cousin talks her into singing at a club, her world is turned upside down. She is forced to face a world she has spent most of her life avoiding and is crippled with fear. 

One set of dark, brooding eyes at a show in Cincinnati changes everything. Gio breaks Sara so he can rebuild her. He makes her feel alive in a way she’s never experienced. Unfortunately, he’s not what he seems and Sara isn’t sure she can forgive him. Though his intentions are good, she knows a relationship cannot be built on lies so she retreats back to her silent world.

When Hollywood comes knocking on Sara’s door, he’s the only one who stands a chance at convincing her to leave her silent life and move to LA. Gio is determined to make Sara trust and love him, but Sara is stubborn and scared, a combination that no one is sure she can overcome. 

*Warning* This book contains sex, backstage debauchery, and a good amount of barf bags. Recommended for readers over 18.

 

 

Josie's review

4.5 stars

 

Fight Words by Emily Eck is such an amazing read. After I read the synopsis I just couldn’t get my hands on this book fast enough. The author writes a beautiful touching story that tugged at my heart, and literally bough tears to my eyes several times while reading this book. The topic the author writes about is not fictional but a fact. That is what makes this read special. This is about accepting your limitations in life, living in fear but also fighting to be accepted.

 

Sara’s character is special, unique, amazing and strong. She has a speech impediment (stuttering) and throughout the years she has had to learn to live with the disorder and now as an adult trying to hide it from others. She comes from a large family and is able to hide her problem very well. Sara comes from a loving, supportive and protective family. Sara can sing, that is her outlet, she sings in band. She does not stutter when she performs and these are the times where she feels normal.

 

At one of her shows in Cincinnati, Sara meets a man named Gio. He is gorgeous, caring, loyal, and offers unwavering support for Sara, his song bird. Sara is talented, and has a talent for writing lyrics that suck the crowd in. She immediately feels comfortable with Gio and does not stutter when around him. You can see the attraction and beauty of their relationship throughout the story. He supports her and will do anything to help her shine.

 

 

“We can talk about whatever you want, or not talk about whatever you don’t want. WE can talk about the show or the weather for all I care; I just want to be here, with you. That’s it. You and me.”

“Thanks. It’s easy being with you and that’s not normal for me. I’m usually not this-comfortable with people, at least not people I just met. There’s something about you that makes me want to tell you everything and I don’t do that.”

 

 With the support of her family, Gio and friends Sara slowly begins to overcome her fear and slowly starts to come out of her shell. Only problem is, Gio is hiding a secret. One that might just set Sara back. He loves his Songbird and his reluctance to reveal his secret was for fear of losing her.

 

“Where did you come from?”

“My mom.”

“No, my darling songbird. I mean why did it take so long for me to find you? Where have you been hiding?”


I truly enjoyed the plot, it was refreshingly different and enjoyable. I loved reading and watching Sara overcome her impediment and face her fears. As I mentioned, I did cry at first but the more I read the more I sat up straighter and had a sense of overwhelming pride when it came to Sara. Everyone needs to pick this book up. It is not your usual rise to stardom read. It is better, deeper and has more meaning to it. You will appreciate and look at things in a different light.

 

“What if I fall?”

“I’ll catch you.”

“Really?”

“Of course. How could you think and different? I’ll always catch you, even when you don’t know you’re falling.”

 

 

 

 

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Who is Emily Eck?

 

 

 

Emily is a Midwestern Gal hailing from the United States, but could be anywhere as you read this. Currently residing in Mexico, adventure feeds her soul, and offers great writing material. She loves kids and working with kids, but can only handle caring for four-legged furry friends. A crazy dog and laid back cat have trained her to be their partner in life. After coming from a snowy climate, Emily and the animals are loving the sun Mexico has to offer each and every day. Vices include Swedish Fish, ignoring chores in favor of reading, and caring too much for people in her life. She chose to write this bio in third person as she is an Aries, and found writing in first person ended up with her writing an excessively long life story. Aries like to talk about themselves. It is something Emily is working on being more mindful of. You can contact her on any of the social media platforms below and she will respond, as her mom gave her the gift of gab.

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Unspoken Series Box Set by Gabbie S. Duran **$0.99 SALE **

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New Adult Contemporary Romance

Due to strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Unspoken Memories

 

She awoke with no memory of who she was, but one clue will lead her to him…

 

Abigail Adams had it all, she’s a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but of a total stranger.

 

When Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

 

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, keeping his heart guarded, but then Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer she is looking for. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her?

 

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open up her heart to a total stranger, or will she keep it guarded like he does?

 

Unspoken Promises

 

“I promise to never let go…”

 

That was Abigail’s unspoken promise to Matt the night she thought she found her happily ever after. But just as quickly, her promise will be put to the test as Matt’s past returns and threatens to tear them apart.

 

Abigail may be forced to walk away from the only place she now calls home, unless she can find the strength in her heart to stay and fight for Matt.

 

With every unspoken promise made to each other, can they learn to push beyond their past, or will they allow it to split them apart?

 

Unspoken Endings

Will the distance tear them apart?

 

With every difficulty Matt and Abigail have faced since the day they met, they’ve depended on their trust and love in each other to see them through. But what happens when absence becomes their biggest obstacle?

 

When Abigail follows her heart to pursue her career, she is forced to leave Matt behind. Confident that their love is strong enough to withstand the distance put between them, they believe they will soon come back to each other. But when a danger from their past threatens their future, Matt may just lose her forever.

 

Their love in one another will be put to the test, and only time will tell if they can truly find their unspoken ending.

 

Gabbie is a Southern California native, who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

 
 
 

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Unscripted by Christy Pastore **Josie’s Review**

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Title: Unscripted

Author: Christy Pastore

Date of Publication: December 9th 2014

 

 

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“His gaze on me was intense, I couldn’t look away. I felt as if I was revealing my entire soul to him in this moment.”

The range of emotions I had experienced with Ronan felt like a topsy-turvy spinning roller coaster. Suddenly I was awake for the first time in what felt like years. Every fiber of my being was filled with heated desire, passion, lust and fear, and all I wanted was more… more of everything, more of him. How had I just lived these past few years only going through the motions? But, as glorious as all of this was, was I kidding myself? Could it be real? Or just a moment in time – a few days of thrilling and scary excitement rolled into one? The moment before you hit that first big drop on your favorite coaster, you fall, and then it’s over.

This isn’t your typical Hollywood fairy tale where the typecast ordinary girl next door meets the famous handsome actor and they fall in love. Despite the emotional and physical scars that serve as reminders of Holliday Prescott’s past, she has evolved into a strong young woman. Ronan Connolly has loved and lost, but he’s never been in love. The weight of Hollywood’s expectations and the scripted games people play have left him bruised but not broken.

He’s always followed everyone else’s script and she wrote her own. That was until fate swept in with other plans.

MATURE CONTENT – This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen.

 

 

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3.5 stars

 

Unscripted by Christy Pastore

3.5 Stars

 

If you are a fan of instant lust and love and a rich alpha male this is your kind of book. Unscripted is a fast pace story that has a lot of revelations and a lot of paparazzi drama. Holliday and Roman have a chance meeting in a hotel lobby after Roman’s two daughters escape a sleeping nanny. Holliday and Roman are instantly attracted to one another, and their relationship takes off from there pretty fast.

 

 

Holliday’s character is naïve and at times I found her very annoying but when she needs to raise hell she does. She is hiding from a dark past that has traumatized her and gives her nightmares. It is hard for her to trust, and there is something about Roman that makes her feel safe, cherished and protected. Because of that she bares her past and soul to him. I loved how the author made her character strong and fierce and determined not to let her past stop her from find love and moving on, and she certainly won’t let her past be thrown in her face by Roman either.

 

 

Roman is an Irish Hollywood star. His past is shaded and his reluctance to reveal all to Holliday is a major issue. He is a single father, and travels a lot for movies. He also raises money to bring attention to major issues that affect everyday lives. He is a total dominant male, possessive and alpha when it comes to Holliday. He has major trust issues and is constantly questioning Holliday’s past and choice of friends. The one thing he is certain of is that Holliday came into his life for one reason and that is to be his.

 

“Some people come into your life as blessings, and others come in your life as lessons. You are both to me.”

You are mine, Holliday. You are mine. And I am yours.”

“Yes, I am yours and you are mine.”


I loved the secondary characters in the story. Holliday sister‘s Charlotte was her voice of reason and Blake Roman’s bodyguard who was always there to protect Roman and Holliday. The story itself goes quickly and there was little angst. The plot was different and flowed nicely. It is hard for me to connect with characters that have that instant love but because the author provided the past of the main characters I understood why the story went that way. This is the first in this series and I am anxious to see where the author will take this series.

 

 

 

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Christy Pastore

 

Writer Christy Pastore grew up in the lakeside community of Syracuse, Indiana writing short stories that usually involved characters who loved to travel, had a passion for fashion and were often times swept up in boy crazy crushes. Many of her first stores also dealt with coming of age situations with their best girlfriends.

Christy gave up reading books for several years, disillusioned with the annoying characters and predictable plot lines. Upon the recommendation of a friend, Christy picked up a much buzzed about popular romance novel which reminded her of why reading was such an enjoyable guilty pleasure.

Writing has been a constant in Christy’s life, leading her to create a popular fashion blog, Fashion Wrap Up. This endeavor allowed Christy to have the wonderful experience of working and collaborating with many talented models, designers, makeup artists and photographers in the Fashion Industry. While Pastore still writes about fashion and celebrity style in her spare time, her passion for story development, more specifically creative writing, publishing and content creation has taken her on a new journey and career path: Author.

Her debut novel, Fifteen Weekends will be out May 2014 just in time for you to add it to your summer reading list.

Additionally, Christy enjoys a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a warm cup of coffee, Gummi Bears, traveling and tweeting her thoughts on her favorite TV shows.

Christy and her husband Kevin currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri in the popular Italian Neighborhood, The Hill, with their two lovable dogs and cooler than cool cat.

 

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The Breaking Series by Juliana Haygert New Covers & Giveaway

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Breaking Free (The Breaking Series, #1)

(Previously titled BREAKING THE REINS)

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, domestic violence, sex scene
Word Count: 110,000
Release date: August/2013
Cover: Najla Qamber Designs 

 

Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

 

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

 

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

 

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

 

 

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Breaking Away (The Breaking Series, #2)

(Previously titled BREAKING FENCES)

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, bullying, sex scenes
Word Count: 95,000
Release date: June/2014
Cover: Najla Qamber Designs

 

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

 

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding. But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

 

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

 

** Companion novel of Breaking Free. Can be read out of order.**

 

 

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Breaking Through (The Breaking Series, #3)

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Warning: strong language, sex scene, mentions of rape and domestic violence
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Release date: June/2015
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From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it’s time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.
To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she’d like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.
As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept…and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

 

** Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read out of order.**

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Juliana

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting–but equally gratifying–life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Moto Boy and My Moto Boy (X-treme Skater Boys Book 3 & 4) by Kay Manis **Debbie’s Reviews**

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Welcome back Dana Di Grazio. You fell in love with her in SKATER BOY. Now it’s time to tell her story.

Dana Di Grazio is fearless and feisty, but struggling to find her purpose in life. Hiding behind a hardened exterior, she’s erected walls to protect herself from the devastating losses of her past. When thrust into the role of caretaker for pro motocross rider, Peter Fontenot, her fortitude is threatened and she fears he might be the one man to finally break down her walls.

When an unexpected accident forces X Games champion, Peter Fontenot to rely on a foul-mouthed, Italian spitfire, he’s surprised to find himself drawn to someone so crass and ill-suited. Suddenly, Peter must rethink the expectations of his well-planned life. Dana is the one thing he doesn’t want, but she may be the only thing he can’t live without.

Can the spark between two opposites create a lasting fire? Or will it detonate an explosion that leaves them both alone…forever.

NOTE: MOTO BOY is not a standalone book. Dana and Peter’s story concludes in MY MOTO BOY, book 4 in the X-Treme Boys Series, available now.

 

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ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE – The conclusion to MOTO BOY, Book 3 in the X-Treme Boys Series

Dana Di Grazio has overcome emotional and physical pain all her life. But when the man she’s finally given her heart to walks out of her life after learning all her secrets, she’s left feeling abandoned and alone, unworthy of love.

Professional motocross rider, Peter Fontenot is faced with a choice – stay with the one woman who’s captured his heart, or fulfill obligations from his past. When Dana’s life is threatened in unimaginable ways, will Peter be able reconcile his former self in order to save her? Can he show Dana that her life does have a purpose? Or will his declaration of love be too late?

Find out in this dramatic conclusion to Moto Boy, book 3 in the X-Treme Boys Series.

NOTE: MY MOTO BOY is not a standalone book. It is the conclusion to Dana and Peter’s story (MOTO BOY, Book 3 in the X-Treme Boys Series).

While not necessary, it is suggested you read SKATER BOY and MY SKATER BOY first (Books 1 & 2 in the series) in order to meet Dana Di Grazio.

 

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Moto Boy

4 stars

 

This is the third book in the series. This is Dana Di Grazio’s story and like the two previous books this one is going to take you on one emotional ride.

 

Loved Dana. Seriously, the girl had a mouth on her and was not afraid to tell it like it is. She had a rough childhood and it didn’t get much better as she entered adulthood. Because of that she kept her heart guarded. Dana didn’t believe she was capable of having a relationship with a man so settled for one-night stands. When she meets Peter she starts to realize that maybe deep down inside she wants more than just sex. She was finally able to see herself as possibly having a happily-ever-after if only she could let her guard down and let him in. The problem is that he wants things Dana can’t give him and that leads to the question. Is having each other enough or will obstacles that can’t be helped stand in their way?

 

“We were opposites in every way. I was crude. He was refined. I was carefree. He was uptight. Peter needed things I couldn’t give him, and I needed someone who would love me unconditionally, flaws and all. It was best to let him ride off into the sunset and never look back.”

 

I loved that this book’s main man was not your typical man-whore but a man with morals and beliefs. Peter Fontenot was definitely sex-on-a-stick but also a whole lot more. He wanted the house full of kids with the white picket fence. Peter’s childhood was not typical and left him feeling insecure in his own skin.

 

“I had a plan, and it didn’t involve a crass, rude, uncouth woman like Dana Di Grazio.”

 

“But crap it all if she didn’t have my dick standing at attention every time she opened her mouth and all I could think about was how good that mouth would feel wrapped around me.”

 

“I was a sexual amateur compared to her and she would eat me alive if I wasn’t careful.”

 

The chemistry between Dana and Peter was defiantly hot. They both were infuriating at times. I wanted to smack them both upside the head and yell at them to get with the program and get their head out of their ass!!

 

“God, his scent was divine, a sensual mix of the outdoors, hickory smoke and honey. What the fuck kind of combination is that? Sounds like an ad for barbecue sauce. Well, he was definitely a condiment I’d love to dip myself into.”

 

 The story will draw you in and it is will take you on a ride full of all kinds of emotions. I am looking forward to the next one because I need to know what happens!

 

 

 

My Moto Boy

4.5 stars

 

This is the conclusion to Moto Boy and let me start off by saying Author Kay Manis KNOCKED THIS ONE OUT OF THE BALL PARK!!!!!

 

What a fantastic second part to Dana and Peter’s story!

 

Dana has overcome serious emotional and physical pain in her life. After Dana gets up the courage to tell Peter her secrets and confesses her love for him, Peter walks out on her. Dana is left feeling abandoned, alone and like she will never be truly loved.

 

This book had my emotions all over the place. Just when I thought I knew where this book was headed the author hit me with a plot twist that had my stomach in knots.

 

Kay Manis threw a few curve balls in this one that I did not see coming.

 

The chemistry and relationship between Dana and Peter was fan-flipping-tastic! Peter will definitely melt your panties right off of you in this one.

 

“Creating life starts in your heart, not in your uterus.”

 

“I said I was right where I needed to be, with you, and I meant it, Dolly.

 

Dana was a typical smart ass; but you got to love her spirit. The secondary characters were hysterical at times and added a great addition to this story.

 

“My knees grew weak as my eyes closed, imagining Peter completely naked underneath me as I rode him like a prized bull.”

 

This book took me on one emotional roller coaster ride and I loved absolutely every minute of it. The epilogue was perfect and left me all warm and fuzzy inside. I loved how this book showed you that two opposites could not only get together and fall in love, but also help each other heal.

 

“Completely different in so many ways, but when brought together by fate, a unique fit, unlike any other two people on earth.”

 

“Our journey had been long and trying at times, but there was no denying the fact that we belonged together.”

 

 

 

**X-TREME BOYS SERIES READING LIST**

SKATER BOY, Book 1
MY SKATER BOY, Book 2
(Hindley and Rory – Books 1 & 2 complete their story)

MOTO BOY, Book 3
MY MOTO BOY, Book 4
(Dana and Peter – Books 3 & 4 complete their story)

 

 

 

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Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named “Tiny.” When not writing or researching you’ll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping.

Kay’s biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she’s done that for you then she says she’ll always consider herself a success.

 

 

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Loving You Is Easy by Wendy Marcus Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway

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Loving You is Easy
By: Wendy S. Marcus

Releasing December 9th, 2014

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She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

 

 

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Josie's review

 

4 stars

 

 

LOVING YOU IS EASY is a delightful, heart felt story about inner strength and new beginnings. I am a mother of a Marine and I love to read novels having to do with service men. The author writes Brooke and Shane’s story in a way that as reader I felt every emotion they went through. I really love how the author starts their story off by introducing us to the main characters through their first letters to each other. I was an emotional mess in parts throughout the story. I laughed and cried while reading the soldiers journey’s to fit into a world after fighting a war. The open communication the characters had with one another while Shane was away was brilliant. I thought this is how they survive out there, by reading, finding hope and a purpose to come back from being out there because of a letter.

 

I absolutely loved Brooke’s character. She is the daughter of a politician and comes from a very well off family. She was completely kind hearted, selfless and loyal to all she loves.   Being in the political spotlight and a teacher in school she always lives inside the box. Throughout her correspondence with Shane their bond began to grow strong. So much so that while he was on leave they decided to meet in person. Brooke never thought he would betray her but after she gives him a gift that is only meant for him things take a bad turn. She is under constant scrutiny and false accusations with the bulling that is going on all over social media. Despite the roller coaster and Shane’s mood swings, Brooke held firm in her belief that she deserved to be treated well and cherished.

 

“How could you let this happen? I trusted you, I’ve written to you several times a week for months. We’ve talked on the phone. I’ve sent you care packages, you betrayed me.”

“I don’t need you to take care of me. I’m here to take care of you. To do whatever I can to help, to explain what happened. To apologize. I am so sorry.”

 

 

Shane is a protective, kind hearted but quick to act out kind of character. His life was altered after his team were attacked while he was overseas Afghanistan. He never thought a fellow brother would betray him by using a gift that was only meant for him to publically humiliate the woman who gave a purpose to keep going. He has to make things right for Brooke. Needs to keep her safe until everything is cleared up but his PTSD and his insecurities turn out to be the real threat for Brooke. Instead of seeing what was right in front him, Shane constantly pushed Brooke away. I felt his inner turmoil. It was hard reading about his nightmares from that awful day in Afghanistan that took the lives of many.

 

 

“I want to bury myself inside of you over and over again until you’re all I can think about, all I can feel. And I won’t be gentle. I’ll take you hard and fast, I’ll pound myself inside you until I’m too spent too t continue, until I crash into a deep, sated sleep that will finish this shitty day.”

“I know you are hurting, let me help you. I’m not easily breakable. You don’t have to be gentle with me.”

 

 

There are so many strong side characters that played a part in making this book enjoyable. I really enjoyed meeting some of Brooke’s supporters. They all supported and offered her advice when needed. The author did an amazing job with dealing with the after effects of war, a relationship and finding a love that overlooks your defects.

 

 

 

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Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.

 

 

 

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Title: Lost

Author: Sarah Ann Walker

Genre: Adult, Dark Romance

Release Date: October 31, 2014

 

Cover Designer: James Freeburg

 

 

 

 

My name is Sophie Morley, and this is my story of loss.
I used to be mature, professional, and stable. I used to have friends and colleagues who respected me. I used to be someone I respected. I knew the life I wanted, and I lived within my forever plans. I was everything I thought I should be.
Then I met the man of my dreams, and everything changed in me. Everything I was and everything I was to become changed with his love. And I’ve never regretted one single moment of the life we shared.
My name is Sophie Morley,
and I am lost.

 

 

 

Tara's review

4.5 stars

 

 
Ya know that feeling when you get off a rollercoaster, where your head is a little fuzzy, your heart is fluttering and your cheeks hurt because you couldn’t stop smiling? Yup that is exactly how I felt after reading this book.

 

“I feel like I’m still inside you. But you’re the one deep inside me, Sophie”

 

I am going to be honest, the first portion of the book I was really confused, I couldn’t wrap my head around Peter’s behavior, and why Sophie would put up with his wishy washy ways.

 

 

This was definitely the type of book where I did not see the end coming, not even once did the way it turned out cross my mind. I absolutely loved this aspect of the book.

 

It was a really original storyline, and the ending made this book awesome for me.

 

I have read two other books by this author and both were fantastic, and this one did not disappoint. Do yourself a favor and grab this book, it’s a great read!

 

And I’m strong enough to hold you up when you need to be held”

 

**This book contains sensitive situations including attempted suicide, if you are easily affected by this subject matter, proceed with caution**

 

 

 

 

 

“Kiss me Sophie like you mean it. Don’t think, and don’t talk. Be with me like we both need, and just kiss me,” he breathed quietly.

And in that moment between us, after all the words and emotions, the starts and stops, the insecurities and fears, I knew our reality. I knew we were officially beginning the greatest love story of my life.

In that powerful, charged moment between us I knew without a doubt that I would love him forever.

So I kissed him.

“I have to go. I’m sorry. I love you, Sophie,” he said as he kissed my head and quickly walked away from me.

“What? Why?!” I croaked through the sudden tightness in my throat.

“The way I feel about you ties me in knots and makes me afraid of everything. I’m afraid you’ll leave me, and I’m afraid you’ll be taken away. I know you love me and I feel the same, but I have to go now. I know something bad is going to happen to you if you stay.”

When he took his coat from the closet and walked to the front door, he paused for only a second. One second in which I had had the perfect words. I wished I could have said something to make him stay. I wished I could have said something. But I was stuck in a spinning, shaking, shocked world of total disbelief.

And I had no words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Walker is a Scottish Canadian who was raised in Canada, where she attended McMaster University as an English major. In 2002 Sarah met and married her American husband and they chose to remain in Canada together where they raise their son.
In the summer of 2012, during a manic two week period Sarah was transformed into the main character of ‘I am HER…’ released November 2012. The sequel ‘THIS is me…’ followed in November 2013. In May 2014 Sarah released the dark ‘My Dear Stranger’, followed by LOST in November 2014.
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Crush (A Bayonet Scars Novel) by JC Emery Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Synopsis

 

Young love is always perfect. Until it’s not.

 

Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy’s girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She’s funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne’s been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.

 

Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.

 

Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn’t screw it up.

 

Love is never more powerful than the first time.

 

 

 

Josie's review

 

4 stars

 

 

Crush is the 4th book in the Bayonet series, and I love how the author is going about this series and leading up to the final show down with the Mancuso’s. This story is detailed. The author gives readers a count down or a timeline if you will to the take down of the Italian mob, the Mancuso’s, as well as their hunt for Alex and her brother. I enjoyed this story a lot more because not only is it about club drama but it’s also about an innocent crush that turns into a full blown love affair. Crush’s story is about Jeremy and Cheyenee. Both whom have been raised around the Forsaken MC and are familiar with the going on’s of the club.

 

 

We first met Jeremy in the 2nd book. He’s Nicole’s little brother. Jeremy has always wanted to have a bike of his own and prospect for the Forsaken MC’s. The MC life is all he has known. He knows he is not good at school and the only way to get ahead in life is to wear the patch of the Forsaken. Jeremy wants to be a part of a family, the brotherhood, to feel belonged too, a place where he is accepted. The author lets people see the inner battle Jeremy goes through while he is prospecting for the MC, the things he must do, the many hang-around’s and Lost girls, as well as the time and sacrifice he must put in. He is asked to watch over Cheyenne, the girl he has crushed on over the years. Little does he know his choice in life will not only lead him directly to Cheyenne but also might be their end.

 

 

Cheyenne is the daughter of the Forsaken’s Sargent-at-Arms. She is sheltered from a lot of the club life and is treated like a princess. She is popular at school and dates the jocks or popular boys. She is always protected and has someone form the club watching out for her, but the one boy she crushes on doesn’t seem to be interested in her. Cheyenne is inexperienced and doesn’t understand how things are for Jeremy.

 

 

Jeremy and Cheyenne eventually go out on their first date and it only ends in catastrophe. Where the two just go their own ways. Cheyenne makes the mistake of running to her daddy when things go wrong. She also starts texting and having somewhat of a relationship with another biker, Daniel. IF you know anything about this MC, that is a big no-no. This upsets Jeremy and he does not want to be a part of it. Things are hard for him. Prospecting for an MC is hard. You can’t show weakness and you have to constantly drop what you are doing when the club asks something from you. On his 18th birthday the club decides to throw him a birthday party and they give him a “Lost Girl” as a gift. Cheyenne is not supposed to go to these events but when she sneaks into the club and witnesses Jeremy with the lost girl she seeks comfort in Daniel. Only to witness Daniel in the same act. Cheyenne is hurt, angry and wants nothing to do with bikers. I found myself mad at both characters in this story at times. They made several mistakes during times because of the age. They came across as immature at times and I just wanted to shake them. There is no denying the two are meant for each other but Cheyenne’s father and the club will be a major factor in their future. Things are strained for the couple and when they finally hash things outs, Cheyenne’s life is put in danger. Jeremy needs to make a decision either his cut or Cheyenne’s safety. Will Jeremy let Cheyenne go to ensure her safety and his status in the club? Will the Mancuso’s destroy the club and finally take Alex and Michael? The final days of the Mancuso Family are coming to an end and the Forsaken MC is faced with more danger and violence. Who will come out on top? We will find out soon!!!

 

 

 

 

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“You’re throwing your future away for a boy who isn’t going to give a shit in six months. You want me to stop getting in your business, then you need to start making better choices.”

“You’re wrong,” I say through falling tears. “He loves me.”

“I’ll bet he thinks he does,” he says. “But you’re going to school. Holly has worked too hard to keep you on track for your education for you to throw it away because you want some asshole’s attention. As it is, you had to get your GED because you couldn’t get your ass to class.”

“It’s not like that,” I wail. I don’t even bother to wipe the tears away. Every word he says is meaner than the last. They slam into my gut and practically pierce my heart one after the other.

He needs to stop before his words split me in two. Maybe if he knew the reason I missed so many classes he would understand. Maybe then he wouldn’t look so disgusted with me. No, then I’d have to deal with the entire club’s disapproval.

“I was eighteen once,” he says. “It’s always like that. He wanted your pussy, and now that he’s got it, he’s going to leave you behind. He’s Forsaken now, Chey. He won’t be faithful.” Dad’s words have fallen to a whisper. His shoulders have dropped and the intensity of the moment has passed. He just looks pained.

Good. Misery loves company.

“I’m not going to leave him no matter what you say,” I mutter through a series of hiccups.

“You don’t get it. It’s painful thinking about going away, and I won’t do it to him or to me. I love him, sometimes so much it hurts. It feels like it’s crushing me from the inside out.”

 

 

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Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.

 

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Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

 

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With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

 

 

 

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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.

 

 

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Twisted Desire by Laura Dunaway **Josie’s 4 Star Review**

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She woke in the dark. The sharp surge and sway of her world the only hints she has of her surroundings.

Penelope Santoro is alone, trapped in an empty room of what could only be a boat in the middle of a rough ocean. With no recollection of how she got there, and no escape in sight, she’s quickly losing hope that she will ever find her way home.

Tag Reynolds is detached. His life depends upon it. But when the beautiful daughter of one of his biggest rivals winds up in his care, his entire world shifts. Drawn to her innocence, he desperately fights the feelings he can’t have…feelings that could destroy everything he’s worked for.

Penny is nothing more than a pawn in a deadly game — a game that Tag cannot afford to lose. Can he save her without compromising his position, or will they become victims of their twisted desire?

 

 

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4 stars

 

 

 

After I read the synopsis of Twisted Desire I thought yay a dark read! This was a bit lighter than my usual dark reads but it was filled with twist and turns, suspense and danger and a touch of obsession. I thought that I would end up having a love/hate relationship with Tag but I was surprised to find myself loving him. This book was far from what I expected. The plot was intriguing and I was captivated from the start to the very end. The character development and the overall plot pulled me in and held my attention. I really did not know what is going on. I love a storyline that gives me a little of everything. Love, danger, passion, suspense and the unknown. The author delivered in this book.

 

Penny wakes up after going to celebrate her friend’s birthday on a dark and cold floor. She has no reallocation of how she got there. Penny is unaware of the danger she is in and is confused. The only thing Penny knows is that she is being held captive and Tag who is one of her captors is there to keep her safe. Penny is drawn to Tag and knows that he is the only one she can trust to get her out of the hell she is in.

 

Tag is working for Roman, the head of the cartel. He is hard and tough, but something about Penny touches him and brings out a softer side to him. He leads a dangerous life. He knows that he must do whatever Roman asks in order to stay alive and keep Penny safe. He has only one goal and that is to make it to the head of the cartel empire. Nothing has ever gotten in his way, until Penny comes along. He feels the needs to touch, hold and keep everyone away from her.

 

“Penny Santaro, whether you believe it or not, you’re a gift to me, one that I’ll always cherish, one I’ve never regret.”

“I’m breaking all kinds of rules even talking like this, let alone what happened earlier, but I don’t give a rat’s ass. I’ve never felt this was about anyone before, and to be honest, it scares the shit out of me. You, Penny Santaro, you are a gift from heaven.”

“I don’t know what to say, I feel things that score me, especially with being kidnapped and kept on this boat, having no idea why. The last thing I’d ever expect would be to fall for the guy assigned to watch over me, but it happened, and I’m not sure what to do with it.”

 

As I mentioned in the start of my review the author adds several twist into the story that I had no idea how things were going to turn out. This story offers so much to us readers. An impossible love amongst total chaos. Tag and Penny will draw strength and love from another while trying to find a way to make it out alive and together. I loved reading how a hardened criminal fell under the spell of his captive and found redemption, meaning and purpose. Will Tag and Penny make it out alive? Will tag be able to keep her safe from the evil that is lurking? Will they find their happily ever after? This is one you really want to pick up and experience.

 

 

 

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Laura Dunaway has been married to her prince for 18 years and together they are raising three amazing kids. While she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn’t until a few years ago that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing and publishing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, her first book, Distorted, was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she’d written The End. Discovering Lucy is her second book and she is currently at work on her third.

 

 

 

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