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BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN
Flight & Glory #3
Rebecca Yarros
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015
Entangled Embrace

Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.


Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.


Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.

 

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I shrieked as the mixer whirred a shrill pitch

and batter exploded, hitting the walls, the cabinets, my face…everything. I sputtered as some landed in my mouth, and slammed my hand against the lever to turn it off.

This was going to be a bitch to clean up.

“Are you okay?” Grayson ran in, hair damp from the shower. His eyes widened as he took in the state of his precious kitchen. “You weren’t kidding about the mess.”

“Oh this?” I smiled. “It’s a new aeration technique. I totally meant to do this.” My awesome excuse died as a glob of brownie mix fell off the tip of my nose.

“Is that so?” he asked, walking over to me slowly, consuming my vision. My breath hitched as he swiped his finger across my cheek, and then licked the brownie mix off the digit. Holy hot. “Hmm… I think there’s something to be said for this method. Maybe a little more air in the batter?”

My mouth popped open. “Are you making fun of me?”

He smirked, which must have had a direct link to my panties, because they unanimously voted to drop. Now. There was sexy, and there was Grayson’s tongue sweeping across his lower lip, which was a step beyond hedonistic. His eyes took on a mischievous glint but kept the same signature intensity that held me captive, unable to look anywhere else as he lowered his face toward mine. What…what was he

doing?

Do you even care? Nope. Not one bit.

“Maybe another taste to be sure?” he asked, his voice low as his lips skimmed across my jawline. “Mmm. Definitely more.” Shivers coursed down my body. Holy shit. His mouth was actually on me, and I was awake.

He flipped the switch on the mixer and chocolate flew.

“You did not!” I let my knees buckle so I slipped to the floor, leaving Grayson to be splattered by the flying confection.

“I most certainly did!” He lifted me up like I weighed nothing, and batter smacked the back of my tank top. “Man, you’re slippery.” He mock-dropped me.

I yelped, locking my ankles around his waist and my hands around his neck. He turned off the mixer and chuckled low in his throat. “You can laugh?” I asked, yanking my head back to look at him.

“I have been known to on occasion,” he answered, that stupid, crazy-sexy smirk in play despite the chocolate on his cheeks and forehead. How the hell could someone look so hot while literally dripping brownie batter?

“I like it,” I admitted.

His smirk disappeared, and his grip tightened on my bare thighs as his gaze dropped to my lips. They parted as if he’d freaking asked them to. We weren’t just stepping out of the friend-zone here, we were on a damn missile into let- me-jump-you-ville.

“I do, too,” he whispered.

 

 

Beth's Review

 

4.5 stars

 

 

What a great conclusion to a really fabulous series. I was first WOW’d by this series shortly after I decided to read the first book in this series, Full Measures, and was immediately hooked to all the characters and their stories. Upon reading both the second book, Eyes Turned Skyward and now the third, Beyond What is Given, I have to say to try to pick a favourite book out of these three would be extremely hard. Each story had their own story and I loved each of them.

 

Grayson Masters is currently living with his two good friends and classmates Josh and Jagger. He has agreed to allow Jagger’s friend Sam move in, not realizing until after she moved in that Sam is actually short for Samantha. At first he mistakes Sam for someone else so to say they don’t hit it off is a bit of an understatement, although upon meeting the chemistry between these two is instant.  Both Gray and Sam have a lot of baggage that they keep to themselves, not even letting those close to them know about it. But as they begin to become friends, they slowly open up to each other. Sam is trying to start over and start fresh after what has happened but s as her past keeps finding her, she struggles to move on. With Grayson helps she gets back on her two feet and slowly begins to heal. But Sam and Grey are going in different directions in less than 6 months and can she risk her heart be broken all over again and can she break down Grayson’s walls.

 

I really loved the dynamics between Gray and Sam, I loved Sam’s sassiness and loved that she gave it right back at Gray. I really liked that even though there is chemistry between them the instant they meet, they still didn’t really hit it off at first, and I really enjoyed how it took them letting their walls down just a bit for them to see they really had a lot in common. They both had their struggles, they were both a bit broken letting their past define them but together they created their future. The one thing that I truly enjoyed with these two was that first and foremost they were friends, there was always chemistry there but the friendship came first and was the most important and I think with all the baggage these two had, the reason the friendship was there was the reason they worked so well together.

 

The book definitely had me on an emotional roller coaster but I loved every minute of it. I even loved the parts that had me choking back tears, I felt so very connected to both of them and really felt their struggle and anguish with the situation that was facing both of them.   My heart was left broken for both of them with the decisions that faced them, I personally felt gutted, and I love when a book moves me like that to feel those emotions.   This book kept me engaged from the moment I picked it up, till the moment I let the last sentence of the epilogue, which I might add I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Overall, a fabulous book and an amazing series. This is the author’s debut series but it so beautifully written and the story and characters so well developed, I find myself impressed as for me, when reading, it truly felt like the author was a seasoned writer.  These books can be read as stand alones but to be truly enjoyed to the fullest, should definitely be read as a series. As a final thought, great stories, great characters, great writing… Rebecca Yarros is officially and permanently on my must read author list.

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores. When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

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All I Need Is You by Wendy S. Marcus Virtual Tour & Giveaway

 

 

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ALL I NEED IS YOU
Loving You #2
Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing Oct 6th, 2015
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Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr, this sexy yet sweet military romance reunites a headstrongdancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart.

As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a “Support Our Troops”  initiative—and exchanging dozens of “Read When You’re Alone” letters—Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they’re interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiancée.

Rory has fallen hard for Neve’s letters. When he finally meets her in person,
he has to have her, right then and there—until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he’s not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she’s already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he’s prepared to put
everything on the line for love.


 

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Need Is You
 
 
 

“Wendy S. Marcus has penned
a perfect romance in All I Need Is You, with a sexy dancer heroine, a hot
military hero with a sense of humor, and a story you won’t want to end.” 
—New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor

 

 

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Rory made it to Neve just as her right temple connected with the hard tile floor. “Shit.” He scooped her into his arms. “Neve. Baby. You okay?”

She didn’t respond.

Rory’s pulse pounded, his lungs went tight. Suddenly it wasn’t Neve in his arms—it was Ghost, a sneaky soldier nicknamed for his ability to slip in and out of places undetected, his body lifeless, his eyes locked in the stare of the dead. Rory shook his head trying to clear the disturbing image.

“Give her to me.” Nate squatted beside him, tried to take his sister.

“No.” Rory stood on shaky legs, carried Neve’s limp body to the sofa, and sat down, cradling her on his lap, concentrating on his breathing, focusing on Neve, on staying here in the present and not returning to the past. “Get me a cold wet cloth and a glass of water.” The cloth for her, the water for him.

Surprisingly, Nate did so without arguing. “You know, my buddy’s wife went through this same thing when she was pregnant,” Rory told Nate as he brushed some dark curls off of Neve’s beautiful but too damn pale face. “She couldn’t keep any food down, got weak and dehydrated, kept passing out. She had to be hospitalized for intravenous hydration.”

Nate ran back with the wet cloth and placed it on Neve’s forehead. “If she is pregnant I’m going to beat the crap out of you, you irresponsible asshole. You should have used protection.”

Rory had suggested it, had told Neve to wait. But while talking about trust and each of them having an experience they’d never had before, she’d slid down, taking him inside of her body, with no barrier between them, like he’d dreamt of and fantasized about so many times. So hot, so wet, so fucking amazing, he couldn’t muster the willpower to stop her. God help him, he’d had the best sex of his life that night. But afterward he’d started to wonder, What if? And when she wouldn’t give him a straight answer . . .

Nate knelt on the floor beside the couch, leaned in close to Neve, and said, “Come on, you pain in the ass. Wake up.” Then he kissed her forehead. “Shit.” He shot to his feet. “She’s burning up. We’ve got to get her to the hospital.”

Burning up? That’s when Rory noticed the heat radiating through her bathrobe.

“Come on.” Nate opened the door. “We’ll take my car.”

His police car.

Siren blaring, Nate drove like a maniac, navigating through heavy traffic like a pro, getting them to a hospital in less than ten minutes. All the while Rory held Neve on his lap in the backseat, cuddling her close, checking her pulse and shallow breathing, telling her she was going to be okay and they’d have her to the hospital soon, more to reassure himself than her, because she remained unresponsive for the entire trip.

Once they got to the Emergency Room, everything happened so fast. He carried Neve in through the electric doors. Nate yelled, “We need some help here,” and they were directed into a large room with three empty beds. He placed Neve on a stretcher to the right. Hospital staff, male and female, dressed in green or blue scrub uniforms, some with lab coats or colorful scrub jackets, hurried in, moving quickly and efficiently. Nate answered questions about Neve’s past medical history and gave the name of her general practitioner. A tall black woman called out orders.

Rory’s head spun from all the activity, the swarm of people he didn’t know, the unfamiliar sounds. On edge, his heart started to race. His hands grew damp. He wanted to leave, to run to someplace calmer . . . quieter . . . but couldn’t. Because Neve lay there, limp and silent, at the center of the mayhem, her head drooped to the side, eyes closed.

He pinched his ear. Touch seemed to help. Get control of yourself. You’re back in the States. Safe. Relax. Easier said than done, especially the first couple of weeks, sometimes months, after returning home from a combat deployment.

When he could finally get a word in, as he and Nate were being herded out into the hall, Rory made sure to mention, “She may be pregnant.” His son or daughter might, at this very second, be fighting for life, same as Neve. His heart squeezed at the thought. Please, God. Let them be okay.

Rory and Nate stood in the hallway outside of Neve’s room, quietly, idly, waiting. A security guard moseyed over, probably to ask them to move to the waiting room. Nate put his hand on his gun and gave the poor guy a look that had him returning to his post without uttering a single word. When the door opened, they braced for news. A woman came out carrying vials filled with blood and what looked like a urine sample, then hurried off without so much as glancing their way.

Rory, sweat soaking through his shirt, checked his watch. Fifteen fucking minutes had gone by. He needed to know what was happening, something, anything. About Neve. About his baby. Damn the hospital staff, who knew they were out here, worried, waiting for any bit of news. Yet no one had the decency to come talk to them, to put their minds at ease. Enough. Rory took a step toward the room, only to be grabbed back by Nate. “Don’t.” As quick as he’d grabbed Rory, he released him. “Let them do their job.” He stood there stiff—his back against the wall, worry etched on his face—and crossed his arms back over his chest.

A minute or so later Nate pushed off the wall and started to walk. “Dr. Glassman.” He held out his hand to a tall, gray-haired, nicely dressed man walking toward them. When the doctor had finished putting on his white lab coat, he shook Nate’s hand.

“Happened to be on my way to the hospital to do rounds when I received your message.” He took his stethoscope, which he’d been holding in his hand, and wrapped it around the back of his neck. “What’s up with our girl?”

“She’s got a bad case of the flu. Said half the kids in her gymnastics studio are down with it,” Nate answered.

“It’s a pretty virulent strain this year.”

“And she may be pregnant,” Rory added, because if she was, the medical staff needed to avoid any testing or treatments that might harm the baby. His baby.

Dr. Glassman turned his gaze on Rory, looking him over. “And who might you be?”

Nate answered. “This is Rory McRoy, a friend of Neve’s.”

Damn right. A close friend, regardless of what Neve thought. Rory held out his hand, and Dr. Glassman shook it, his grip firm, confident. Rory liked that.

“Active duty?”

Rory nodded. “Got back from Afghanistan yesterday, sir.” Three days of travel, hours spent waiting around, no bed in sight. Then he’d been delayed on base, which caused him to miss his flights to New York. He’d spent last night in an airport hoping to fly stand-by.

“Thank you for your service, son.” The doctor turned toward Nate. “Tell me what happened today.”

Nate told him everything he’d observed from the time he arrived at Neve’s condo until their arrival at the hospital.

“When did her symptoms start?”

“She first mentioned them to me about a week ago, but I think she’d been feeling poorly prior to that.”

Dr. Glassman shook his head, a concerned expression on his face. “So soon after her procedure, she should have called me immediately. Where is she?” he asked with a sudden sense of urgency.

“Procedure?” Nate looked confused. “What procedure?”

Dr. Glassman looked up. “If she didn’t tell you, I’m not at liberty to discuss it. Not without a signed release giving me permission. I’ll have my secretary check to see if we have one. In the meantime I’ve got to speak with her ER attending right away.”

“She’s in there.” Nate pointed, and a few seconds later Dr. Glassman disappeared behind the door.

Procedure? The word pounded in Rory’s head. His chest tightened, his stomach cramped. Had there been a problem with her pregnancy? Had she gotten an abortion? At four months? No. With Neve’s history, she’d never intentionally kill their baby . . . would she?

 

 

 

Josie's review

 

3.5 stars

 

 

All I Need is You is the second book in the Loving You series. You do not need to read the first one, but the charters will play a role in this book. With that said, I am a Marine Mom and I love military romances. All I Need is You by Wendy S. Marcus gives readers insight on the downside of the military, such as PTSD and how much it does affect our soldiers. The author tells the story in dual POV’s.

 

 

What drew me into this story was the heavy topics Ms. Marcus touched on. PTSD, self-perception, attempted rape and women’s civil liberties. Neve loved her body and was very outgoing sexually. Her job and men only viewed her as a sexual object and not as anything more. What touched me about Neve was the more she was only looked upon as an object the more she started to believe it as well. It seems like its ok for a man to have several partners but women end up being labeled as easy or a slut. Neve has made mistakes in her past and when she finally meets Rory she thought things would change for her. A misunderstanding sends Neve running and Rory fighting to get the woman that saved him during some horrible times.

 

 

Rory’s character is to die for, I loved him. He was strong and determined to make things right. He was patient and took Neve anyway he could have her. Rory is also the perfect example of a real person. He was not a perfect character but he was just real. Sometime Rory would use Neve’s past against her and second guess her real intentions with men. When he dealt with his PTSD issues, Neve was there by his side and never faltered. There were many occasions he could not see just how much Neve changed with him.

 

 

Rory and Neve have a rough road ahead of them, both needing to let go of their pasts in order to move on with each other. I really enjoyed the second part of this book a great deal. We get some heart break, angst, drama and a woman determined not to be judged by her past. If you are looking for a book that deals with real life issues and two characters who are not perfect but real, this is the book for you.

 

 

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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/ emailing/ tweeting/ facebooking with her online friends.
 

 

 

 

 
 

The Allure of Dean Harper (Allure #2) by R.S. Grey Release Day Blitz & Review

 

 

Title: The Allure of Dean Harper (Allure #2)

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: Sept 28, 2015

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From: LilyNBlack@Gmail.com
To: JosephineKeller@VogueMagazine.com
Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

Good morning my dear, naive friend,

I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow.

Why?

Because you sent me to work for Dean Harper, aka a control freak in a tailor-made suit. Sure he owns the trendiest restaurants in NYC, but c’mon Jo, his ego makes Kanye West look like the Dalai Lama.

He’s the type of guy that only hears the word “no” when it’s followed by “don’t stop.”

Working for Dean Harper would be like selling my soul to the devil…and before you say anything, I don’t care if the devil has punch-you-in-the-gut brown eyes and an ass to match. My soul isn’t for sale.

Regretfully yours,
Lily

The Allure of Dean Harper is a full-length standalone romance with overlapping characters from The Allure of Julian Lefray. Both books can be read separately. Chronologically, The Allure of Julian Lefray happens first. 

 

 

 

 

Megan's review

 

5 stars

 

 

I needed this book at the exact moment I started reading it. I needed it to be exactly what it was. Entertaining! I needed a book that I enjoyed start to finish.

 

I loved being sucked in during the first chapter, the first couple paragraphs. Lily owned this story. I was an instant fan of hers and would follow her anywhere she decided to go. When a character can do that in an instant I know I will be a happy reader.

 

This was a fast read, not that it was short. I was just consumed by it. I guess I could have put it down and taken a step back, taken a little breather but I didn’t even realize I was already half way through the book. It’s a good and bad thing to be complaining about!!!!

 

It wasn’t the finest romantic set up, there wasn’t an instant, starry-eyed, dreamy love connection. There was passion, heat, wild, strong but none of it centered on a beating heart. What was given was perfect. You could feel that each character was their own true person. There was no overcompensation, no one twisted my arm in making me think they weren’t real. Their non-romantic interaction was just as impenetrable as I read.

 

“It’s easier when you aren’t around”

“Why? Because you’ve never been with a woman like me?”

“I’ve never wanted a woman like you.”

 

I enjoyed every fight, every argument. They didn’t have little spats. They were fire. They were a match. In mind and body. Both strong in everything but they had to find their way into the other. Neither one let the other take the reigns. They didn’t conform, they didn’t back down.

 

If only she and I could shut up for ten minutes, the sex would be the best of our lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War.

 

The moment when things became real for Dean happens to be my favorite part of the book. The words they shared prior to this and the top moment in his life weighed on his shoulders, when he got it. When that light went off. His family told him, asked him. He was tired of hearing it but when he got it. I felt it. There isn’t a quote I could share to help sum it up. (Obviously, I could but that would just spoil it) After reading the bickering back and forth and then living this moment, it’s just the feels. That gotcha feeling.

 

I read romance because I love the high feeling I get when the couple falls. No romance story is the same. This is Dean and Lilys, though, for me I could have more hearts and flowers, it’s not them. There was one small detail missing in these words, but none the less, the real meaning was proven and I LOVE L-O-V-E the fact that it was blatantly not there. It wasn’t them. It wasn’t Lily and Dean. This was so them and it came across so clear and clean (haha). I think this complete story represents THEM. That’s why it’s a 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things…everyday. 

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

 

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Danny Main by Lisa N. Paul Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Synopsis

A man walks into a bar…

That’s how all jokes start, but this isn’t a joke.

This is their story.

Their lust.
Their love.
Their loss.
Their life.

And all because, a man walked into bar.

****Interwoven characters –STANDALONE — Can be read as a series Prologue or an Epilogue Flashback.****

 

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Lisa N. Paul is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, reader, writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed comedian—just not always in that order. Ever since she was a little girl, she has devoured books. Falling in love with the Sweet Valley High series at a young age drew Lisa to series books and inspired her to write her own. Thursday Nights is the first book in her Charistown series.

When not writing, Lisa can be found eating french fries and Godiva raspberry truffles, or hanging out with her husband and two sons.

 

 

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LIVE: Blue by D.P. Denman **Jen’s 4.5 Star Review**

 

 

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Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor. 
 
He escaped a program designed to cure him. One that left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, he needed a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself. 

Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair battered his efforts to quiet the storm in a man he doubted he could tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past. 
 
With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue worked to rebuild his life with the help of a man who showed him sometimes trust is worth the risk.

Blue features one of the most popular characters from the Saving Liam saga! Destined for greatness, he reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy readers love.

 

 

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4.5 stars

 

I don’t remember hearing about Blue in the Saving Liam series but then I haven’t had the chance to read all of them yet. Nor do I know if within that series if the timeline is before or after this one but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where he comes into play in that series. I love this author’s writing style. I loved how D.P Denman creates stories where one character is so broken but with the help of someone who is truly patient and caring they slowly start to rebuild their lives. True to Saving Liam Blue is no different.

 

PTSD is a serious issue and this author really shows us how deeply it ran with Blue. A traumatic turn of events really shook him to his core and changed everything in his life. I love that Blue’s torment and recovery weren’t romanticized. I felt his pain, anger, his discomfort and the challenges he faced after the ordeal he was put through.

 

“He feared touch. He couldn’t stand to be that close, to have hands on his body, the press of muscle against him,”

 

Brady, man what a breath of fresh air. This man is truly a hero. He’s one of the biggest reason why Blue survived and flourished though everything. This selfless man who only had Blue’s best interests at heart was so kind, caring and yes patient. He never pushed Blue do anything he couldn’t handle and was always conscious about not going too fast to soon. His only intentions were what Blue needed or would need and how he could help him. His love that grew from caring for this broken man was really something else. Takes a really big person to give everything and not expect anything in return as long as it gives that person room to heal with a sense of safety and self-worth. Ultimately hoping that someday that person may not feel so broken and have a happiness once again. Brady was truly just an inspiring man. If we had more people like that in our world it would be a better place.

 

“He was the wall of granite he’d promise to be, solid, sturdy, and patient.”

 

I won’t go into detail about the story because the emotional journey you take with Blue and Brady should be experienced without spoilers. This book was written beautifully and sometimes the issues at hand are hard to read through. This is a remarkable book about a lost, broken man finding happiness with the help of an amazing man and his equally amazing house keeper. I do have say that I really loved the secondary characters that Blue befriends on his way to rock stardom. Scubba was another man that I found a joy to meet. His own life experiences and his craft also helped to mold Blue into the man he is today.

 

If you are a fan of this author’s writing or are looking for a story with some real life depth to it where the journey back to happiness is slow and not sugar coated than this is definitely one you’ll want to pick up. I can’t wait to go back into the Saving Liam series now and pick up where I left off before.

 

 

 

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Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense, but resolve in endings that make people want to read the book all over again. She lives among the moss and trees of the Pacific Northwest with a rambunctious pair of fur babies.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist with a special focus on the thousands of rejected and abandoned kids who end up on the street every year. To support the cause, 25% of the royalties from every book go to LGBT charities.

 

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Title: The Marine in Unit A
Series: A Mockingbird Place Novella
Author: Kris Cook
Genre: M/M Romance
Published: September 15, 2015

 

 

 

 

The man who has been more of a dad to me than my biological father is dead. 
He rescued me from the streets six years ago—a runaway teenage boy, escaping a family who thought I was an abomination. 
Now what do I do? I have no one. 
My life might look great from the outside. I’m in college. I have my own apartment. I have lots of friends. 
But I’m dying on the inside. 
I feel so alone. Lost. Hopeless. 
I’m not the kind of person to wallow in self-pity. I need a distraction. 
The guy moving into Unit A may be just what I need to take my mind off of losing my dad. 

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21-year old Oliver Lancaster is attracted to 22-year old Adam Stockton, the former-Marine moving into Unit A. But attraction for the closeted man morphs quickly into something deeper, something meaningful, something that terrifies Oliver. What will happen if Adam learns about the secret from his past? 

Warning: contains skinny dipping, two hot men kissing, and sexual situations taking place in a 10-unit Mediterranean complex filled with college-aged hotties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Loved this book! Very touching love story and has me wanting to know more about the residents at Mockingbird Place.” ~ The Smut-Brarians

“It is well written, and you can feel the intensity of the words and the emotions of the characters in the book.” ~ Bloggin’ With M.Brennan

“A very nice read that I totally enjoyed. I will read more by this author especially this series.” ~ Inked Rainbow Reads

 

 

The Marine in Unit A Mockingbird Place 
© 2015 Kris Cook

 

I stay behind as everyone says their goodbyes to him. I’m not ready to leave.
He hugs Martha and Sarah last. They wave to me, and then walk out.
When Adam shuts the door, I ask him, “How about another beer? There’s three left.”
“Actually, I’m hungry. Are you?”
“Starving.”
He walks into the kitchen and holds up a grocery bag. “You like ramen noodles? I’m not much of a cook and I figured it might be too late to go out by the time I finished. I was right, even with all the help of our wonderful neighbors and you.”
This will be our first meal together. “Noodles and beer? Sounds perfect.”
Adam laughs. “I even got cupcakes for dessert. Now all we need to do is find a pot in one of these boxes so we can boil the noodles.”
A few minutes later, our dinner is ready to eat.
He looks in several boxes. “I found forks but no plates or bowls. Oh, well. I guess we’ll have to eat out of the pot. And since my dining room table is loaded with boxes and my new sofa won’t be delivered until tomorrow, we’ll have to sit on the floor.” He walks into the living room, carrying a couple of forks and our pot of noodles.
I plop down in the same place I sat in before everyone else arrived. “It’ll be like an indoor picnic.”
He laughs, sits down next to me and then scoots even closer. So close my heart skips a beat.
Adam holds the pot out for me. “You take the first bite.”
Heat rushes through me as I twirl my fork in the pot. I wonder if he realizes how intimate this feels. Was my first instinct about him right? Is he gay? I’m confused. I’m not about to bring up that subject now, especially remembering how he acted when I mentioned the gay strip club. Right now I must be patient with him. I like Adam. If he isn’t gay, I hope we can at least be friends. But if he is…well, that is a different story.
As I taste the noodles, his eyes are fixed on me. “How did I do, Oliver?”
“Delicious.” I haven’t eaten ramen noodles in a very long time. Malcolm was an excellent cook and taught me everything he knew about the kitchen. We always ate like kings. “It has a flavor I can’t quite figure out.”
Laughing, Adam places his arm around me. “It’s beer. I’m no chef and I don’t have any spices except salt and pepper, but I thought if I poured some of my beer in the pot it might make our noodles taste better.”
“It does taste great. Good idea.”
“Really? You’re not just saying that, are you?”
“Yes. Really.” I smile at his enthusiasm. I’ve witnessed a sliver of his dark side when he adamantly stated he wasn’t gay. But now, he seems completely relaxed and open. This seems to be another side to his personality. How many sides does he have? Adam is still a mystery to me.
We polish off the entire pot of noodles quickly.
“I guess we were hungry.” He finishes his beer and remains next to me. “Ready for dessert?”
I would much rather taste his lips, but for now, I will settle for a cupcake. “I would love dessert.”
He jumps to his feet, collecting our two forks and the empty pot, and returns to the kitchen.
Again, I notice his slight limp. I really wish I knew what happened to him. But if I say something it might end the evening, and I don’t want it to end. We’ve only had a little time alone together. I want more, but feel if I stay much longer, I will screw things up.
He brings the cupcakes on a napkin. “There’s a chocolate and a vanilla. Which one do you want?”
I look into his dark eyes, wondering what it would be like to hold him close. “Chocolate, please.”
“That’s my favorite, too.” He sits down even closer to me than before, the sides of our legs touching with only the fabric of our jeans keeping our skin apart.
My heart begins to race. “How about we cut the cupcakes in two, Adam, and split them? That way we both get a taste of our favorite.”
He laughs in such a way I can’t help but smile. It’s hearty and warm. “Oliver, you’re a genius.”
He takes a bite of his chocolate slice and closes his eyes. “Mmm.”
I can’t help but stare at the drop of icing that is on his thick lips. When his tongue appears and sweeps it into his mouth, I think I’m going to pass out. He is the hottest guy I’ve ever met. I need to get control of myself or my excitement will get the better of me.
Adam’s eyes pop open. “What are you waiting for? It’s delicious.”
I take a bite of mine. In the sexiest voice I can muster, I say, “It is so delicious—sweet, moist, and creamy.”
“You should be the bakery’s spokesperson. Have you ever thought about doing commercials?”
So much for trying to sound sexy, but I’m not ready to give up. Not yet. “No, I never have.”
“You should consider it. You’ve got a great voice.”
“Thanks. This has been a blast, Adam.”
“A blast?” He grins again. “I’m glad but I feel like I’ve taken advantage of you. This has been a lot of work.”
Please take advantage of me. “Next time I want to cook dinner for you.”
“That would be great. I’ll bring a six-pack or a bottle of wine. But don’t think you have to top my meal.” He grins, holding up his remaining cupcake half. “This is five-star dining at its best.”
“Yes, it is. And the company can’t be beat.” Despite how much I want to stay, I wrap up the remainder of my dessert in the napkin. “It’s late. I better go.”
A flash of disappointment appears on his face and then quickly vanishes. He gets up on his feet. “Thanks, buddy. Without your help and all the other neighbors pitching in, I wouldn’t have been able to get the truck unloaded.” He holds out his hand in the universal gesture of friendship.
Is this all we are ever going to be? Just friends?
I can’t resist testing the water, just a little. “Come on, buddy. We’ve shared noodles. We’re friends who deserve a hug.” I pull him in and he doesn’t resist.
It still doesn’t confirm my suspicions about him, but it does give me a reason to hope.

 

 


Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris’s total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was “My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn’t it about time? I’ve been out since I was twenty-five.” A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer’s favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris’ influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Last year, Kris married the love of his life Stephen. 

 

 

Ryker (Steele Brothers #1) by Cheryl Douglas Review Tour

 

 

Title: Ryker
Series: Steele Brothers #1
Author: Cheryl Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10, 2015

 

 

 

Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He’s still her best friend and the father of her children. But when weeks turn into months without intimacy, she realizes she’s too young to feel so old. She wants to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker fell in love with twenty years ago. And there’s only one way to do that… by asking him to move out.


Ryker’s blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he has no choice. She seems happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knows if he doesn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it will be too late to save his marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie's review

 

3.5 stars

 

 

This is a book that I think most women will be able to relate to in one way or another. The story had some raw and emotional moments that I could totally understand where Mac was coming from. That is not to say there weren’t parts that made me angry. Several times I felt like Mac was sending Ryker mixed signals. I got that she had self esteem issues and felt like her life was not what she envisioned it to be, but a few times I felt like if only they had communicated better it would not have gone so far that she felt she had no other choice than to possibly end the marriage.

 

“I could hear the disbelief in my husband’s voice. After seventeen years of marriage, almost twenty years together, he couldn’t believe I was asking him to walk away.”

“He was still my best friend, the father of my two children. That’s what made this so painful. I didn’t dislike him. I didn’t resent him. I just… didn’t really know him anymore. Or myself for that matter.”

 

“We were just friends, and I wanted more. I wanted passion. I wanted someone to find me appealing again, to look at me the way Ryker used to.”

 

I really enjoyed this story and devoured it in one sitting. This is a book that will make you stop and reevaluate your relationship. The story flowed extremely well and all the characters in this one just worked well to make the story seem very believable. I loved the chemistry between Mac and Ryker and the author did a fantastic job at building that chemistry. I loved Ryker’s brothers and really hope to see more books about them in the future. If you are looking for a book that will make you stop and think about your marriage than this one you should defiantly read.

 

 

 

 

 

“This story sucked me in and didn’t let go. I was hooked from the first heartbreaking scene and after real life intervened, I was anxious to get back to this story. I had to see what happened. I needed to see Ryker and Mackenzie and their boys happy.” ~ A is for Alpha B is for Books

 

“This was so far up my street I could have been neighbours!!! Holy Moly what an absolute stonker… loved it! It took me just one chapter to fall head over heels for this book and one day to finish what is one of the most realistically pitched stories that I have engaged with for a while.” ~ Books Laid Bare

 

“Wow! What a way to start a book off —the moment I read that sentence, geez the prologue, I was hooked! Hooked in the sense that I finished this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Smut- Brarians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back! 

I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber. 

It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’ 

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me. 

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.

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A troubled Scottish rugby player who doesn’t play by the rules.
A vivacious man-eater who’s given up on love.
When it comes to Lachlan and Kayla, opposites don’t just attract – they explode.

Kayla Moore has always been comfortable with her feisty, maneating reputation. At least it was fine until she hit her thirties and saw her best friends Stephanie and Nicola settle down with Linden and Bram McGregor, leaving Kayla to be the odd one out. Tired of being the third wheel with nothing but one-night stands and dead-end dates in San Francisco, Kayla decides to take a vow of celibacy and put men on the backburner.

That is until she lays her eyes on Linden and Bram’s cousin, hot Scot Lachlan McGregor. Lachlan is her sexual fantasy come to life – tall, tatted, and built like a Mack truck. With a steely gaze and successful rugby career back in Edinburgh, he’s the kind of man that makes her want to throw her vow right out the window. But Lachlan’s quiet and intense demeanor makes him a hard man to get to know, let alone get close to.

It isn’t until the two of them are thrown together one long, unforgettable night that Kayla realizes there is so much more to this brooding macho man than what meets the eye. But even with sparks flying between the two, Lachlan can’t stay in America forever. Now, Kayla has to decide whether to uproot her whole life and chance it all on someone she barely knows or risk getting burned once again.
Sometimes love is a game that just needs to be played.

 

 

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle , on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

 

 

 

Complicate Me by M. Robinson Blog Tour

 

 

 
BLOG TOUR
Title: Complicate Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)
Author: Best Selling Author M. ROBINSON
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 14th
Cover Design: Rebecca Marie at The Final Wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A decision.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.
Pretending was better than knowing the truth…
I. Ruined. Us.
I had her.
I lost her.
I love her.
All I did was complicate us.

 

 

 

 

 

 Jodie's review

5 stars

“It was too much. It was too real. It overwhelmed me and consumed me. It hurt me and slayed me. Like a giant blade was driven directly into my heart.”

All that and more was this book! Do you remember the first time you gave your heart away? Do you remember the pain, the excitement, the butterflies? THAT’S WHAT THIS BOOK BRINGS BACK!!!  Alex and Lucas bring you right back to that first love and they make you fall even harder then when you fell the first time by yourself.   Alex and Lucas are best friends that have been together since birth because their parents are connected! In fact there is whole group of boys but Alex is the girl, their Half-Pint.

 

“One day you won’t be our Half-Pint. Let’s keep you just the way you are for as long as we can, huh?“

 

Alex has a piece of each of their hearts.  However, the bond between her and Lucas is something that completely melts you.  They have a connection that scares parents and makes friends jealous.   The love that has the ability to hurt you the most.

“I don’t want either of you to settle down until you know what else life has to offer, and if one day you find your way back to each other then you know… You know it’s for sure.  There will be no doubts and no regrets.”

How do you walk away from your soul?  This book takes you  on the journey of how you do just that.  I loved how this story was written.   I loved growing with these characters.  This book hits your every emotion  and makes you remember every heart break, every first kiss, everything you wish…

 

“I wanted that feeling to stay forever. I wanted to bundle up whatever emotion coursed through me, and that stare that was just for me… Bring it home with me, and bottle it up, where I could cherish it and relive it whenever I wanted to.”

 

I cried with this book, I was pissed at this book and this book got me rereading things days after I finished. It completely has a piece of me and now I am beyond ready for Jacob’s and Lily’s story!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My brown eyed girl sat on our blankets with her arms wrapped around her knees, hiding her face. The tiny frame that I adored so much shook uncontrollably, only heightening the deepest sobbing that escalated with each passing second. It was such an intimate moment, not to be shared with anyone, especially me. Alex didn’t cry. I watched her bawl for the first time in my life. I had never seen anyone cry like that before, and it shook me to my core, slicing me whole, and making me feel like I was dying. Carving a memory that I would take to my grave.
There was no going back…
No erasing.
No do overs.
No deleting.
What I witnessed tonight would be my purgatory; I would now close my eyes and forever see her falling apart in front of me. Shattering before my very own eyes and I found it hard to breathe.
Hard to move.
My feet were glued to the goddamn floor as she continued to weep, sob, bawl, violently sucking in air that wasn’t available. I accepted it all; each tear that fell from her face becoming pieces of me. Circulating through my veins and blood, it flowed endlessly, a river of her sadness and sorrow and of my broken promises. No beginning or ending to her cries, just an infinite current, flooding the hole
where my heart should be. The shadow of her trembling petite body reflected off
the walls, leaving a trail of regrets in its wake.
Mine.
Hers.
Ours.
Growing up in a small town you overheard a lot of things. People talking, stories told, town gossip. You listened a lot. You learned a lot. Tourists, townies, friends, and especially family all shared wisdom and advice that you think you will never need.
Bunch of bullshit.
They say you have that one moment in life where things could have been different, that one moment that changes the course of your life or the direction you could have taken. That one moment that could forever change you and everything you wanted to be true,
everything you wanted to believe.
One simple decision could
alter your entire future.
My entire world.
I would forever remember this moment for the rest of my life. This is the moment that changed everything. This is the moment where I took another direction, another road that led me to my own demise. My own regrets. I should have walked in there. I should have apologized. I should have begged for her forgiveness. I should have promised that I would never hurt her again. I should have done whatever it took to make her look at me the way she had our entire lives.
But I didn’t…
I did none of those things…
Not one.
Nothing was said between us.
No words.
No actions.
I was a coward and couldn’t do it. I couldn’t see her like that. I couldn’t look into her eyes and know that I had hurt her. That I had disappointed her. That I ruined her love and lost her respect for me.
The boy who promised he would never hurt her.
The boy who swore he would always protect her.
The boy who vowed he would never let anything happen to her.
That same boy was me.
I was the reason she was bawling.
I was the reason she was hurt.
I was the reason she was broken.
She knew the truth. It had finally caught up to me… I shattered her illusion that I was hers. I ruined the one good thing I had in my life. The girl that owned my heart was bleeding out for me in a way that I had never seen before. The house was no longer our safe place.
I had brought my hurricane with me…
I couldn’t risk the possibility of losing her permanently if I walked in there and admitted my truths. She wouldn’t love me anymore, she wouldn’t look at me the same anymore, and she wouldn’t be mine anymore.
My brown eyed girl.
The girl that I had loved all of my life.
The same girl that I would
love for the rest of my life.
Alexandra.
I gave her the only comfort I could in her moment of despair. I turned around and left. I walked down the stairs and got into my truck. I turned the engine on and drove my sorry ass home. I took a shower and never once looked at myself in the mirror. I pretended that nothing changed. That I didn’t cause her pain, and that she didn’t know the truth. That I didn’t see her sobbing and that she wasn’t even bawling to begin with. That we were still just best friends, and that she was
my girl and I was her boy.
My Half-Pint and her Bo.
It was better than knowing…

I ruined us.

 

 

 

 

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Best Selling Author M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.
 
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.
 
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

 

 

 

 

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Seduction and Surrender 

 

(The Billionaire’s Temptation, #1)
by Cali MacKay

 

 

 

 

He wants what she’s cooking…

She’s not willing to share.

Landlord and billionaire Quinn Ryker has the one thing that Emma Sparrow wants–the renewal to the lease on her restaurant. But he’s not going to give it up that easily–not without first turning up the heat between them. And after just one taste, Quinn wants a hell of a lot more.

Emma’s poured her heart, soul, and every last penny into The Port Bistro, only to have Quinn hold her lease hostage and put those who rely on her at risk. Emma will do anything to save her restaurant, but it turns out there’s more on the line when negotiating matters involving one’s body, heart, and soul.

Someone may very well get burned…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cali MacKay is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives in New England with her husband, two girls and their crazy mutt. When not tapping away on her laptop and getting her characters into trouble, she can be found designing book covers for other authors, wrangling her girls, and splicing DNA.She’s also a decent potter, adventurous cook, and horrible gardener. For more information, please go to http://calimackay.com

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