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LIVE: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens **Jodie’s Review**

Furious Rush

 

Synopsis

 

For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she’s determined to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin and she can’t help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense – and strictly forbidden – attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can’t.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren’t their only obstacles . . .

 

 

 

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Jodie's review

4.5 stars

 

“Chase you or race you, huh?  Well then, get ready for the race of your life.”

 

S.C. Stephens stole my heart with Kellan and I can’t help but seem to not fall in love with every man she writes since. This book gave me the same feels, I was right back falling in love with a boy only this one played on a different stage.

 

“My Body was whispering dark and sinister thoughts to my brain.  Thoughts like Look at those lips.  Picture them all over your body.  What harm could it do?”

 

Ummm so yeah I thought those things and I was all I can ride a motorcycle and I totally can be Kenzie Cox!  But here’s the deal with her, Kenzie Cox was born into the world of racing.  The daughter to a father who is a racing legend and her goal is to be equal to him and make him proud.  Her mother passed away and this man was left raising daughters in a racing world.   Kenzie could definitely hold her own and was on her way to becoming a name on her own but then enter Hayden Hayes and the whole thing is flipped.  Hayden is the rival new racer who screams Mr Bad Boy and for her since they are on opposite teams, is completely off limits.  Hayden has his own rules and he does and gets what he wants.  However, when Hayden meets Kenzie he can’t help but be attracted to her. An attraction he needs to ignore but can’t.  Seriously I couldn’t ignore the heat and story between these two.  These two were dangerous together and their banter is completely what I missed in stories.  They can’t stay away from each and it’s something that even in their racing you can’t help but feel.  I don’t know how she did it but SC Stephens once again somehow created two characters with a realistic energy.  Their story completely plays out like a movie in your head and you can’t read the words fast enough to feed the reel.  You want for them, you cheer for them and you get pissed at them.  I loved the push and pull with characters.  However it is an easy story to read into and that’s the one thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars.  It’s predictable but the nice thing was I was still able to attach to them.  And I still wanted to race with them.

 

“Race me or Chase me, 43.  Let’s see what you’ve got.”

 

 

 

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About The Author

 

 

 

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S.C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who enjoys creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she likes spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

 

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LIVE: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena **Debbie’s Review**

The Couple Next Door

 

Synopsis

 

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

 

 

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Debbie's review

 

5 stars

5 Suspenseful Stars!!!

 

Hold on to your hats!!! You are in for one intense ride full of twists and turns!!!!

 

This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning till the end. I had so many theories running around in my head and the author kept throwing me all sorts of plot twists I kept second guessing everything I thought I knew.

 

This book is not what I usually read but boy oh boy I loved this book!!! What happens if your babysitter cancels and you are suppose to attend a childfree dinner party next door? That is what happens to Anne and Marco but Marco convinces Anne that they should just take the baby monitor and check on their six-month-old daughter every half hour and everything will be ok. Wrong!!!!! Do you really know your neighbors and do you really know your spouse. This is how this book starts off and the author did a fantastic job at keeping me guessing until the very end. I was glued to my kindle until I finished. I needed to know the truth and then the ending comes and OMG!!!!! Now I need to know what is going to happen now!!!!

 

Having finished this book days ago I still continue to think about this book and all that went down and still wonder what is going to happen. The author needs to write another book because there are so many things left to tell. When I got to the end and read how she left it I wanted to hunt her down and beat her with her own book. I need to know what happens now!!!!

 

I loved this book and if you are looking for a book full of suspense and lots of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the last page you might want to read this one.  You will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures #1) by Lisa Marie Perry **Josie’s Review**

Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures, #1)

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.

 

 

 

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Josie's review

 

4 stars

Where do I start with writing this review? The whole time I was reading this book I kept saying these two characters have a really unusual and awkward relationship.  This story had some really great moments. A virgin owning a sex store, a guilty pleasures bakery shop and girlfriends who open up about everything. Friends that laugh a lot, support each other and love to drink. I saw all myself and the girls our blog in these ladies and I just wanted more!  Meant To Be Mine was as very emotional and dare I say at times an upsetting story. However, this book was written in a way that I couldn’t put it down.

 

Sofia left the only home she knew promising never to come back. Until she’s has to.  Sofia has had a rough start in life and the things that are revealed about this woman as a child broke me.  The only place she felt love was with her Luz and a young boy named Burke.  Having friends and finding someone who wants to be around was new to her and she relished it.  But when she begins to feel more for Burke he breaks her heart.  I just loved this character, she was so strong, positive and inquisitive.  She never backed down and went through life with grace and laughter.  She picks up her life in New York where she is starting a new business. When she runs into Burke again she accepts being his friend and what wasn’t between them. Until he opens his mouth.

 

Burke was not your usual hero.  He is described as gorgeous in the story but I saw ugly.  Yeah it took me sometime to warm up to this one.  I found him to be cruel, callous and condescending.  He knew the reason Sophia had insecurities, heck he lived that part of her life with her but he still couldn’t stop being a douche.  OK moving forward, what I did like about this character was how the author gradually showed us who he truly was and the reason for his actions.  There is more to Burke than we get at first, a troubled man who only wants quick and easy.  Sophia reminds him of all the good in life but also all the bad that was kept hidden.

 

Sophia and Burke are just as explosive together as they are apart.  They gravitate to one another whether it’s intentional or not.  Their journey is a long one and volatile at times but also sweet.  Burke tries so hard to stay clear of her but he just can’t. Sophia has a hard time pushing away from the man that owns her heart.  I loved how slowly they both opened up to one another and explored.  And that exploring was so HOT!  Like melt your panties and get a drink hot and that wasn’t even sex. When these two finally get to that place, its fireworks! 

 

This is a love story about two sweet people with an ugly past.  Burke and Sophia have a complicated and messy relationships with the past, present and future making it harder but yet they share a love so deep and intense.  I can’t wait to read more of this series and see what else The Guilty Pleasures has to bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Lisa Marie Perry writes sizzling, smart contemporary romance fiction and encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America’s heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

She’s been told that she frowns too much, but she loves to laugh and appreciates pretty things, okay people and clever jokes.

 

 

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Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, Book #2) by Sawyer Bennett Release Tour

 

 

Title: Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, Book #2)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 16, 2016

 

 

Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, #2)

Synopsis

 

In the steamy and suspenseful sequel to Sugar Daddy (“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”—Lauren Blakely), a heartbreaking rift threatens to unravel a dangerous alliance . . . and a fragile new love.

After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?

Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.

Note: Sugar Rush ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story concludes in Sugar Free!

 

 

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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Weeds or Wishes by Morgan Reeves Blog Tour & Review

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Today we have the blog tour for Weeds or Wishes by Morgan Reeves!! We are so excited to share this with you!

 

 

 

Weeds or Wishes

About Weeds or Wishes

 

Sometimes the truth hurts more than the lie.

 

Samantha Townsend knows a thing or two about love. She’d had it not once, but twice, and watched it slip through her fingers both times. But she got through it. She was always the silver lining kind of girl. Life never gives you more than you can handle.

 

Right?

 

When Sammi moves back to her old town, she’s faced with the one who got away. The first love. The big love. Connor Moore was everything she’d ever wanted in a boy. And now that they’re all grown up, she’s finding that she loves the man even more.

 

But some secrets are so big they break lives. And some truths are so hard that they can’t be overcome. When the weight of their decisions makes itself known, Sammi and Connor will need to decide how far they’re willing to go to find their happily ever after.

 

If it even exists.

 

 

 

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Josie's review

 

4.5 stars

Morgan Reeves has done an amazing job in writing this very emotional, touching love story.  This author has a unique talent in writing details into her story line that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters experiencing the same things they are.  This story came at very emotional time in my life, a time that I was starting to lose hope but after reading this story my faith and hope was lifted.

 

This story is told in a unique and fitting way. Samantha’s POV is told in the present tense and we get Connor’s POV in the past tense.  The way this story unfolded was emotional and I felt like the author handled it in a suburb way.  Samantha is dealing with the loss of her mother, her ailing father and having to relocate but throughout all the changes in her life she rolls with punches.  She sees things for what they are and looks ahead.  She is loving, caring, loyal and gives her everything to those she cares about.  When she sees a childhood best friend, the boy who stole her heart and broke it after many years, she does not hold any grudges.

 

At first I did not like Connor.  He was very cold, aloft and mean at times.  This is where I felt getting the present and past in alternating POV’s worked.  Connor’s story unfolds slowly throughout the book which really helped to see why he is the way he is.  His story was moving, painful and a poignant.  I could feel just how much Samantha meant to him as the story develops and just how conflicted he was to turn away the love she offered.

 

Throughout their turbulent journey Samantha is strong. She is not the young girl he broke in the past.  They establish a friendship but you can clearly see their love throughout this process.  I loved that it was not a fast reunion in which all was forgiven. It is a slow build in which Connor’s secret is slowly revealed.  Secrets that change everything between them. We see a different Connor and Samantha emerge.

 

Once again the author brings two characters destined for each other and a story that left me believing that with love, support and positivity one can get through anything.  This is a journey that everyone should take. You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

About Morgan Reeves

Morgan Reeves is the author of the Never Ever After series. When she isn’t writing, Morgan chases around two energetic minions and tries to convince her loving husband that a miniature pig would make a great pet. She is also extremely fond of iced tea and hot coffee. You can find her books on all major retail sites, and she always loves to hear from readers so feel free to send her a message through Facebook at www.facebook.com/authormorganreeves. Morgan currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

 

 

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Blog Tour Schedule:

August 15th

Reese’s Reviews Excerpt

Socially Awkward Book Nerd Review

A Taste of Sin Excerpt

August 16th

Linz Reads Review

Ellesea Loves Reading Excerpt

What Is That Book About Excerpt

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions Excerpt

August 17th

Maari Loves Her Indies Excerpt

Happily Ever Chapter Excerpt

She’s a Lip Biter Review

August 18th

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings Review

Hello Beautiful Book Blog Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty Excerpt

Loves Great Reads Blog Excerpt

August 19th

Alpha Book Club Excerpt

Evermore Books Excerpt

The Phantom Paragrapher Review

Garcia Sisters’ Book Blog Review

August 20th

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog Excerpt

We Like It Big Book Blog Review

Ramblings From This Chick Excerpt

Lustful Literature Review

August 21st

Literary Dust Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog Excerpt

Booky Ramblings Of A Neurotic Mom Review

Not A Game by Cardeno C Book Tour, Review & Giveaway

Not a Game

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

 

 

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 He had chosen the bar because of its name: The Bookstore. It was clever and unusual and he had laughed internally at how happy his mother would be if he told her he was spending time at the Bookstore instead of in front of his computer. Oliver’s entire life, she had mourned the fact he wasn’t a reader, and even though he had now moved two thousand miles away from their home in Oklahoma City, she still sent him books she was sure he’d love. Maybe someday he’d open one of them.

For now, he glanced down at the only book he had read countless times and adjusted it at the edge of his table to make the spine as visible as possible. The title—Coding—wasn’t as clever as the bar name, but the information and the way it was phrased had clicked perfectly in Oliver’s brain when he was a college freshman. He had long since moved past the information inside, but the textbook was the closest thing he had to a security blanket, so he had held onto it through four years of progressively more complicated computer science classes, three dead-end computer repair and technical support jobs, and a move to Seattle to finally, finally, live his dream developing video games. When he had to pick a way to identify himself to the stranger who would guide him on the last phase of his journey toward living the life he had always wanted, the first thing that came to Oliver’s mind was the book that had started it all.

With the spine facing the bar and walkway and his glass empty, Oliver had nothing left to do but wait or get his phone out to play a quick turn on Clash of Clans. He reached into his pocket almost before his brain had formulated the thought. A quick glance at his screen confirmed it was still twenty minutes shy of eight o’clock. Oliver prided himself on timeliness, something his father had drummed into him since he was a boy, and after two months in Seattle, he hadn’t yet gotten a handle on how long it took to get anywhere, so he had erred on the side of caution and ended up arriving half an hour early.

In his head, his mother lectured him about playing on his phone when he should be paying attention to people, but he was twenty-eight years old, and she was too far away to see him, so he ignored her and tried to lose himself in a game. Besides, taking his mind off why he was in that bar would stop him from falling headfirst into an anxiety attack, and even his mother would agree that was a good thing in a social setting. Not that she would ever have the chance to know about his plans that evening, because, despite how close they were, this was one activity Oliver absolutely would not share with his family. Or anyone else for that matter.

Nerves rising, he scratched his upper back through his shirt with one hand and his thigh with the other. Recognizing what he was doing, he forced his hands away before he broke the skin. Hoping for a distraction, he jerked his gaze toward his pop when, suddenly, from the corner of his eye, he noticed someone moving in his direction. Instinctively, Oliver grabbed the glass and scrunched over it, using the act of sipping from a straw as a shield to keep himself from staring at people who inevitably didn’t notice him. But when the man didn’t veer away and instead came closer, Oliver glanced up and realized the stranger was looking right at his book. Which meant he was either coming to tease the chubby nerd for having a textbook at a bar on a Friday night or…

Oh my God. This is him. Oliver kept his head down but couldn’t stop himself from flicking his gaze back and forth between his still empty glass and the approaching man.

Older than Oliver, but not too old, broad shoulders, light eyes, short dark hair, and a sculpted face. The man stopped right next to the table, waited for Oliver to look up, and then said, “Interesting reading choice.” He tapped the top of the cover and tried to meet Oliver’s gaze.

Even though this was one situation where Oliver couldn’t be rejected or laughed at, he still struggled to speak to such a handsome man, and he definitely couldn’t make eye contact with him. And now that he was close enough for Oliver to see him clearly, he definitely knew that was true. He set his gaze on the man’s chin and took in his features.

The dark hair was brown but it had strands of chestnut at the top and flecks of silver in the sideburns, which extended to the bottom of his earlobe. The light eyes were green, a pale shade that still managed to look warm. And the broad shoulders topped a chest so muscular that it stretched the black T-shirt he wore underneath a well-fitted jacket. This guy was fantasy material, and Oliver couldn’t believe he had gotten so lucky.

“Is this book yours?”

“Yes,” Oliver said hoarsely and then cleared his throat. “It’s mine.”

The man’s forehead crinkled. He tilted his head to the side and stared at Oliver.

At first, the odd look discomforted him, but then Oliver remembered the social etiquette classes he had been forced to attend in middle school, and he realized where he had gone wrong.

“Please have a seat,” he said, raising his hand toward the empty chair across from him. Though his voice still shook more than he would have liked, it was a bolder invitation than he usually gave. Of course, usually men didn’t approach him, especially incredibly handsome men, and usually people didn’t want to hang out with him, and usually he didn’t look up escort services and set up a meeting. So today was anything but Oliver’s usual.

“Thanks.” The man pulled back the empty chair, sat, and then scooted it forward. “I’m Jaime.” He reached his hand out.

Oliver glanced down at the hand, blinked, and then remembered his manners. “I’m Oliver.” He wiped his sweaty palm on his jeans, took Jaime’s hand, and shook it. “Oliver Barnaby.”

Oh crap. Was giving his last name in this situation a bad idea? Oh well. If everything went as expected, Oliver would be spending time alone with this man, which would put him at more risk than sharing his name. He had made reservations at the hotel upstairs, which was expensive and not completely secure, but it had to be safer than bringing a stranger to his apartment.

“So, Oliver Barnaby.” Grinning, Jaime glanced at the book and arched his eyebrows. “What are you doing here with this?”

Straight to the point. In Jaime’s line of work, being direct made sense, but Oliver wasn’t skilled at holding an articulate conversation with a live human so he fidgeted in his seat. “Well, uh…” He gulped.

“Late night study session?” The comment was teasing, but the tone held no malice and Jaime’s expression, while most definitely amused, wasn’t cruel.

“Sorry. I’m being silly.” Oliver shook his head. “We both know why we’re here so—” He drew in a deep breath. “I’m not sure how much he told you.” He frowned and thought back to the brief phone call he’d had with the man from the ad. “Actually, I don’t remember how much detail I gave him other than saying I needed someone experienced.”

“Experienced?”

“Uh-huh. Because, uh.” He looked at Jaime’s handsome face and once again lost the power of speech.

He hadn’t thought through how the escort agency would interpret his request but now he realized they had taken it to mean Oliver wanted someone a bit older. As luck would have it, older men were very much Oliver’s type. Or they would be if he had a type. Someone probably needed to go on actual dates rather than just fantasize about them before he could say he had a type.

“Oliver?”

Oliver blinked.

“You were saying you needed someone experienced?”

“Right.” He bobbed his head. “See the thing is, I didn’t hire you for sex.”

There was no missing the shock that crossed Jaime’s face.

“That didn’t come out right.” Oliver quickly backtracked. The last thing he wanted was for Jaime to think he was being stiffed because then he’d get up and walk out and Oliver would have to start his search all over again. The odds of finding someone as attractive and nice as Jaime to teach him were so low they rounded to zero. “I know what escort means and I’m all set to pay you. I have the money.” He patted his pocket and said an internal thank-you for his new company’s generosity. “What I meant was that I don’t want to have sex with you.”

Jaime chuckled and arched his eyebrows, but he didn’t say anything.

“Ugh.” Oliver shook his head. “I didn’t mean that either.” He raised his hand and moved it up and down in Jaime’s direction. “Look at you. Obviously, I want to have sex with you. But it’s not about eating the meal, it’s about learning to fish, you know?”

“I think I’m getting the picture, but why don’t you fill in the details?” Jaime lowered his voice. “And try to keep the whole paying for sex thing out of it.” One side of his lips rose in a crooked smile. “We are in public after all and not everything is legal in Washington.”

Oh God. Oliver jerked his head from side to side, checking to see if anyone was close enough to hear him. The bar wasn’t big and there were a decent number of customers, so someone probably had. He leaned forward, his belly squishing against the table. “Do you think people will call the police? Should we leave?”

“No and”—Jaime’s smile shifted from amused to wicked—“eventually. But first, tell me about learning to fish.” Jaime settled into his chair and crossed his arms over his chest, his biceps giving the gray suede jacket a workout. “I assume we aren’t talking about the great outdoors, so what exactly are you hiring me to teach you?”

When he had come up with the idea to hire an escort, Oliver had focused on how much it would cost, where to do it, and what he’d be able to squeeze into one night. He had also spent a decent amount of time second-guessing his plan. But he had never considered how he would explain what he wanted to the man he paid to help him.

“Do you guys have like, uh, confidentiality requirements?” Oliver asked.

Jaime arched his eyebrows. “Confidentiality?”

“Yeah.” Oliver bobbed his head. “What I tell you has to stay between us, right?”

“Well.” Jaime’s mouth turned up at the corners and then he licked his lips, coughed, and said, “I’m not a psychiatrist or an attorney, so there’s not a licensing board out there keeping me honest, but I’ll give you my word to keep this just between us. How’s that?”

After considering the response and his alternatives for a couple of seconds, Oliver said, “That works.”

“Glad we got the preliminaries out of the way.” Jaime smiled. “Tell me what you need, Oliver.”

When he said Oliver’s name, Jaime’s voice dropped, going deeper and raspier. The tone sent a pang through Oliver’s gut and reminded him why this man got paid to do what he did. That made what Oliver had to say even more humiliating, but he didn’t want his life in Seattle to be like his life in Oklahoma, so he pushed through the shame and forced himself to speak.

“I’m pretty sure I’m bad in bed and I want help with that.” He bit his lip. “Real help. Not what people brag about online.” He had read endless blogs and subscribed to chat rooms, but loath as he was to admit it, the internet didn’t have all the answers.

Looking surprised, Jaime blinked a few times, cleared his throat, and then said, “Why do you think you’re bad in bed?”

That question was easy to answer. “My ex told me.”

The good-natured, amused expression disappeared from Jaime’s face. “Your ex sounds like a dick. Find someone else and forget about him.”

“That’s just it. I can’t find someone else.” Realizing he sounded whiney, Oliver took a moment to breathe. He sat up straight, rolled his neck, and then ruined his attempt at looking confident by slumping. “People never like me in real life. I’m twenty-eight and Ted was the only guy who’s ever been willing to sleep with me. That was four years ago.” His voice shook. “I need help.”

“Hey.” Jaime’s eyes softened, and he leaned forward, curling his hand around Oliver’s forearm. “It’s going to be okay. I promise.”

Jaime’s touch was ten times more potent than his voice, and suddenly, Oliver wanted to follow through on his plans for the night because of something entirely unrelated to learning and improving himself. He stayed perfectly still, letting the pleasurable feelings wash over him until Jaime removed his hand. And then the floodgates opened.

“I just moved to Seattle in August. Did I tell you that already? I want things to be different here. I got this great job making lots of money, and I have my own apartment, but that’s not enough. I’m going to join a gym so I can lose weight, because I know guys aren’t going to be interested in me like this.” He waved his hand up and down beside his too fat, too flabby body. “I’ll never be good-looking like you, but hopefully exercise will help, and I can diet too and then maybe someone will be interested, but then what? At some point we’ll end up in bed and then he’ll never want to see me again.” He took a deep breath, his heart racing. “That’s why I hired you. I need to get better, so if I actually find someone who’s interested, I can hold on to him.” He squeezed and released his hands and stared at Jaime, hoping he’d understand.

“All right,” Jaime said calmly. “I hear you and I’m not turning you down.” He looked at Oliver meaningfully, only continuing after Oliver nodded in understanding. “We can get out of here and do this, but before we do, I want you to know that not every guy is into gym bunnies or twinks. You’re really good-looking, Oliver.”

“You’re getting paid to say that,” Oliver mumbled, dropping his gaze from Jaime’s eyes. Even that part of him was attractive—layers of green far more interesting than Oliver’s own boring brown.

“No, I’m not.” Jaime’s jaw ticced as he spoke, and he sounded so firm that Oliver would have believed him if he hadn’t found the man through an escort ad.

“It’s fine,” Oliver said. “I’m past worrying about being pathetic for paying for sex.” He sighed and dragged his fingers through his hair, hoping he wasn’t making the too long strands stick out in weird directions. “Actually, it helps. I’d never have the nerve to talk to a guy like you in real life, even if it was just to answer a question about directions or something.” He rolled his eyes at his own shortcomings. “Knowing you can’t laugh at me or judge me or turn me down makes this better.” It made it possible. “That’s all I need. Don’t worry about the fake compliments.”

“It wasn’t fake.”

Of course it was. Oliver was good-looking in the same way the bar was a bookstore. But that didn’t matter and Jaime sounded angry, so Oliver stopped arguing and refocused the conversation on the reason they were both in the Bookstore that wasn’t actually a bookstore. “I reserved a room upstairs in the hotel.”

Jaime pulled his eyebrows together and narrowed his eyes and, for a horrible moment, Oliver was sure he had changed his mind and he was about to leave. Oliver was about to plead for another chance, but then Jaime’s face smoothed and he rose from his chair.

“Lead the way, Oliver. I’m looking forward to”—he dragged his gaze over Oliver’s body, his expression unlike any Oliver previously had seen directed at him—“fishing with you.”


 

 

Jen's review

 

4 stars

This story is filled with so many heart melting, swoon worthy moments. Definitely the perfect story if you are looking for something super sweet with no angst. Cardeno C. has once again brought us some lovable characters that were not only a pleasure to get to know but they really were ones that left me feeling good.

 

 

Oliver is looking for a fresh start. New job, new city, new apartment. The only thing missing is a boyfriend and he desperately wants to find love. Very self-conscious he decides to go to some pretty extreme measures that will help him achieve what he wants.  So what do you get when you get one very self-conscious man with not only body image issues, but who has a negative view on his abilities in the bedroom, and one night where he decides to take the first steps in changing things?  Well an accidental meeting of course with one very hot, sexy, older man.  Enter Jaime and well immediately their attraction is palpable and let me just say, this encounter totally set the stage for one very entertaining, hot and engaging story. 

 

 
I loved that these characters had some significant differences between them and the premise kept me smiling all the way through. It’s always great when an author creates a character with some imperfections. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder and everyone’s tastes are different.  Cardeno C. has perfectly showcased that rock hard bodies isn’t everyone’s forte.  I loved that where Jaime was confident, Oliver was timid. And I really loved that Oliver’s flaws were turn on’s for Jaime.

 

 

If you are looking for a super sexy read with little to no conflict, where the characters keep you invested and wanting more then this is definitely one you’ll want to pick up. It’s filled with sweetness and so many tender moments that you definitely won’t be sorry. I am really looking forward to the next book and am hoping it will be Jack’s story because I really want to see him get his HEA.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COVER REVEAL: Outsider (Exodus End #2) by Olivia Cunning

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Outsider Release Date

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September 27, 2016

 

 

 

Outsider Blurb

 

Reagan Elliot should be living her dream…

 

She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.

 

She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.

 

But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

 

Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?

 

Outsider is the second book in the Exodus End World Tour series. It’s also the sequel to Double Time, the fifth book in the Sinners on Tour series.

 

 

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Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. 

 

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EXCERPT REVEAL: Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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The sun shone into the room, and it took me a few moments to realize where I was. I didn’t recognize the king-size bed, or the black sheets, but then Caden walked past the open door and all the memories flooded into place.

I slept at his place.

I glanced around the bed… I slept in his bed!

“Your alarm’s about to go off in ten minutes,” Caden called from the doorway. He had a cup of coffee in hand and wore only jeans.

I tried to keep my eyes front and center, but I lost. The tattoos were a nice little zig-zag pattern, pulling my gaze down, all the way down. Caden’s slow, smooth chuckle told me he knew what I’d just done. My cheeks only warmed a little.

I shot him a look, falling back to the pillow. “I feel like this should be the first skip day of my school career.”

“You’ve never skipped before?”

I shook my head, rolling it side to side on the pillow. “Am I missing out? Should I embrace my inner deviant?”

He smirked. “You can skip a class for any reason in the world. It’s your life.”

I sat up, eyeing that coffee. “You were supposed to be the bad influence.”

His eyebrow lifted. “I’m not selling it enough?” He lifted his cup. “You want some coffee?”

“I’m wondering if today is the day I try coffee too.”

“You’ve never had coffee?”

“I’m beginning to think I’m lame.” I thought about it. “Really lame.”

“You slept at some guy’s house last night. Think of it that way.” His smirk was back. “Not so lame now.”

I could do one better. “I slept at a fraternity house.”

And you drank beer.”

“It was the second night in a row that I drank beer.”

“See? Not so lame after all.”

“You’re right.” I sat up. “I’m halfway to total badass.”

He grinned. “We cuddled last night, and you could think of it as dry humping. You almost got some last night.”

Except I hadn’t, and we were in the friend zone. Why were my hands curling around the covers into tight balls? I glanced down and forced them to loosen, then shrugged, trying to be the nonchalant badass I was.

“You carried me to bed. Almost the same thing.”

Suddenly, the joking was gone, and his eyes burned. I could feel his heat from across the room, and my body reacted, instantly warming even before he said a word.

“Nothing’s the same as sliding inside,” he murmured after a moment. “The feel of being in there, feeling that clench around you, knowing you can push as deep as you want, as hard or gently as you want. Nope. I’ve gotta step off the joke train for a moment here. Nothing is remotely the same as that feeling.”

Fuck. My pulse spiked.

He tossed me a look. “Maybe I’ll cop a feel the next time.”

I pretended to groan. “One more notch on my badass peg. You better cop a feel next time.”

“Is that all I am to you? A notch on the bedpost? I feel so used, Stoltz.”

Okay. My last name. We were back on familiar ground here. But my grin was still a little shaky.

“Get used to it, Banks. I’m only disguised as this plain Jane. Inside there’s a wild woman just waiting to be let loose.”

He didn’t reply.

He stared at me for a few more seconds, then straightened from the doorway. “There’s nothing plain about you, Summer.”

 

 

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I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell in love with the anti-stepbrother instead?

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He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

 

 

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tijan bioI didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

 

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All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause **Josie’s Review**

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Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?

In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.

 

 

 

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4 stars

All Shook Up was an enjoyable, funny and interesting read.  It was different from my usual read but I couldn’t put it down.  I loved the added humor and the mystery surrounding the search for Natalie’s birth mother.  The story is told in Natalie’s POV and her character is quirky, beautiful, odd and lovable.  My only downside to this book was we didn’t get the male leads POV. I really would have like to be in Casey’s head.

 

Natalie is adopted and volunteers at a thrift shop. It is here that a garbage bag is dropped off and inside letters and a picture of a woman identical to Natalie is found.  I loved this woman’s character her intense and curious need to find her mother.  She knew that her adopted parents were wonderful parents to her, but it was that need to know where she came from that made her search.  Her family was the best they supported her decision, curiosity and her quest.  She goes in search of the person who dropped off the items and comes face to face with Casey, the multitalented and gorgeous stranger.  Together the former a friendship and go in search for answers.

 

The development and growth of Casey and Natalie’s relationship was one that was not rushed.  I loved how the author took the time to show readers the growth of the characters not only together but also separately.  Casey is up front with Natalie and lets her know he doesn’t do relationships.  Right from the start as a reader you can tell these characters are soul mates. They share the same sense of humor and immediately have a connection.  The journey to find her mother is not as easy as they hoped as well as the journey in their relationship.  When being best friends is no longer an option, will Casey want more?  Will Natalie be OK with just being Casey’s friend or will she walk away before she gets hurt?  This is a light a fast paced read with moments that will have you completely invested. I’m glad I got a chance to read this even though the book has very little drama but it was worth it.

 

 

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I was born and raised in Canada, and live with my husband and two children. I’ve been a nurse since 2009. I’m also a book reviewer for Chicklit Club.

 

I love thrift shops, musty old books stores, and have a rather serious Starbucks addiction. 

 

On any given day, you can find me repurposing old junk, spending time at the my local library (I’d seriously live there if they’d let me), playing with my kids, or curling up somewhere with a book. 

 

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Ravage (Scarred Souls #3) by Tillie Cole **Jen’s Review**

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Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

 

 

 

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4.5 stars

This author is just simply brilliant. It really doesn’t matter what she writes there is no doubt that her characters and story telling will captivate. Ravage’s powerfully charged words almost brought me to my breaking point with its raw, intensely filled scenes and nail biting moments.  I honestly was not prepared for everything that we got and honestly that’s saying something considering I didn’t think it was possible for Tillie to go any darker. But she did and holy hell, what a heartbreaking, tantalizing and consuming story. This story is a not one you want to go into unless you have read the others first, so if you have not started this series then you are truly missing out on one of the most amazing series written.

 

I am certainly not going to be giving you a break down on what happens. I will say that 194’s journey isn’t that much different from Luka or Zaal’s but I will say that his story is no less heartbreaking. As the others are, this book is raw and it was pretty angsty. My stomach was in knots the whole time reading this story and I wasn’t joking it almost brought me to my breaking point. I had to walk away and take a few breathers but I think that’s mostly because my mind was racing and coming up with all sorts of sick things that could happen to these characters.  Not to say that there wasn’t some pretty twisted things that happened because there were. Ravage is definitely not an easy story to read.

 

“I became a ghost in the night. I became the deliverer of death. I was torture. I was pain. I was the fucking nightmare that no one ever saw coming…
… until it was too late.”

 

Tillie had this uncanny ability to come up with some pretty unique characters and story lines.  Even though you have a pretty good idea from the other books of the kinds of horrors this man has lived through there is always something different about each one of them.  I will say even though I grew to like 194 he wasn’t my favourite of the bunch.  He was special in his own right but I just felt like my heart stings tugged a little harder for the other men.

 

I really enjoyed meeting Zoya. She was fierce and so strong. I loved that she is such a tough cookie and how much she stood her ground on her convictions.  This is one character that I really admired. She looked beyond the physical and saw what was deep inside. And best of all this woman didn’t crack under pressure.

 

I am so glad that this series is not over yet. I really need to see justice served and only in the way that the Volkov Bratva and Kostava clan can bring.  I can’t wait for the next book.

 

 

About Tillie Cole

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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