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Thursday, November 8, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart


Title: Heartbreak Warfare
Authors: Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2018

Blurb

Briggs,

Remember when I said we couldn’t speak after parting ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.

I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

Before the war.
Before the ambush.
Before you.

But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

The truth is I’m lost without you.

I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

All my love,
Scottie 





Purchase Links

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Excerpt

“I need you to break my heart,” she declares, wringing her hands nervously. “Give me a reason to hate you, because wanting you this way is…it’s ruining me. It’s ruining my life.”

She is dead serious.

Lifting her chin, as if ready to take a blow, her turbulent eyes implore mine. “Tell me about them. Tell me about all of the women you’ve been with since Germany.”

“No.” I shake my head. “Hell no.”

“Oh, please, Briggs. How long did you wait? A few days?” She laughs sarcastically. “I bet you didn’t even make it a day.”

She’s coming out guns blazing, and I can see it’s physically killing her to do it.

“Are we playing the guessing game? Do I get to ask how many times you’ve fucked your husband?”

“Sure,” she says with a shrug. “We’ll trade. You go first.”

She’s bluffing, and I’m calling her on it.

“Don’t do this, Scottie. You don’t really want to hear about that.”

“Humor me, Briggs.” Her eyes plead with mine. “I need to hear this.”

“Fine. You want the truth?”

She nods.

“Complete honesty?”

Again, she bobs her head.

She stands stock-still as I pace the small room, feeling the blood begin to boil beneath my overheated skin.

Fuck it.

I stalk back toward her, stopping inches away. “You really want to know that there have been so many that I’ve lost count? How they’re all blondes with blue eyes? But the blue, it’s never right, and their smiles—all wrong.”

She swats at the fresh tears that trail down her cheeks as her lips begin to tremble. Reaching out, she places a hand on my chest, and I know that she must feel the way my heart is pounding against my rib cage, reaching for her. Always reaching for her.

I jerk myself away and brand that touch to memory.

In about forty-five seconds, my heart is going to implode. I start ticking them down.

“You want me to tell you all about how I have to drink myself stupid, till their faces blur enough that I can pretend…” I pause running a hand down my face. “So that I can pretend they’re you? You want to know how fucking miserable I am? How when I slide between their legs, I close my eyes, and it’s your face I see? How I’m always careful not to kiss them because their lips are all wrong. How every time I finish I want to fucking kill myself, because I can’t stand the pain of wanting the one woman I can never have.”

Thirty seconds.

 “Is that enough?” Her eyes snap to mine. “Hate me yet?”

Face crumbling, she gasps out a sob, wrapping her arms around her shoulders.

“Come on, Scottie. Let’s not kid ourselves. I’m still the same prick you hated when we met. Nothing’s changed. I think we’ve romanticized this situation long enough, don’t you?”

Taking another step away from her, I tilt my head. “You’re a housewife,” I say snidely. “Someone else’s wife and I’m a career soldier. This isn’t exactly ideal.”

She flinches visibly, and my heart bottoms out.

Fifteen.

I cut my hand through the air. “At the end of the day, this was nothing but a big mistake. And we never would have happened if—”

“Stop,” she cries out painfully, “stop, I’m good,” she whispers before rocketing toward the door just as I reach for her, my fingers curling in the space she just left. Handle in hand, she looks back at me with the sweep of her eyes until they meet mine. That’s how we started, and it’s only fitting it’s how we should end. For the moment, we’re right back there in the place we created, where we are perfect. Where our souls line up without any visible smudge on the seams. In a place where there is still so much love, so much that I can’t stop the tear that slides out before batting it away with the back of my hand.

An identical tear runs down her cheek. “Thank you.”

Three. Two. One.



Lia's Review

Holy moly! I just read the mother of all love triangles. I know they turn off a lot of readers, but they're one of my guiltiest pleasures. I adore them. I have to say it's been a long, long time since I've read one, but none, and I mean, not even Kellan Kyle, has affected me this way. 

I started this book this morning, minutes after I woke up. I read, and read, and read. I sat on my comfy couch and got nothing accomplished. My kids were in school, I had the whole house to myself, and this book freaking consumed me. I only stopped for bathroom breaks. 

This is bar none, the absolute best book I've read all year! I'm sure I've probably said that in previous reviews, and at the time it was true, but this book has ruined me for any other book I'm going to read after it. In fact, I feel sorry for the book I have to  review next. 

The writing by these two authors is superb. Heartbreak Warfare, in all its angsty, gut wrenching, beautiful glory laid bare my emotions. My chest hurt, I had goosebumps. Even after these authors completely wrecked me, I could not put this book down. 

This one will stay with me for quite a while. I'm in love with this story and these beautifully broken characters. I want more. 

~ 10 Stars!

Heather M. Orgeron

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.




Kate Stewart

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Title: I BET You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: New Adult Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: October 29, 2018

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love. 
Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback. 
The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.
Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him. 
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?

Find out in this all-new standalone novel…



"I Bet You is a charming, sexy, funny and downright swoony romance set amongst all of the delicious fun of college football in the South. It's damn good." Mary at USA Today HEA⁣ 
"You find me someone better that writes football players... I'll be waiting because you'll never find better than Ilsa." We Like Them Dark, Goodreads⁣
"I Bet You is enemies-to-lovers GOLD. I devoured this funny, feel-good perfection in ONE DAY!" Dylan Allen, Bestselling Author⁣

Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances. 
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. 
She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. 
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Lia's Review


Ilsa Madden-Mills is one of the best New Adult authors out there, which is why I really wish she would write faster. Her stories are full of hot and angsty goodness. 

I Bet You is the follow up book to I Dare You. It can totally stand alone, but I recommend reading the first one as well because it is so d*mn good. I already can't wait to get my hands on the next book. 

I loved the premise of the jock and the nerdy girl. The writing was fun, sweet and a bit quirky. While it was mostly predictable, it didn't make it any less enjoyable. I still kept flipping the pages to see how this unlikely pair would find their footing. 

All in all, this book was the perfect way to pass a chilly fall afternoon. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

Friday, October 26, 2018

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Necromancer's Bride by Brianna Hale

Title: The Necromancer's Bride
Author: Brianna Hale
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2018





When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.
The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments.

Warning: This story is a dark fantasy romance with scenes of non-consent and dubious consent. Additionally, Meremon is a necromancer and enjoys unusual things. Some sex scenes might be strange or creepy for some readers.

As always with Brianna Hale books, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after. THE NECROMANCER’S BRIDE is a novella of 16,000 words.



There’s nothing Brianna Hale likes more than a large, stern alpha male with a super-protective and caring streak, and when she’s not writing about them she can usually be found with a book, a cocktail, planning her next trip to a beautiful location or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.



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Sonja's Review


I love dark, paranormal, and out of the box books whether those three elements are separate or whether they are all combined into one story, so when I saw The Necromancer’s Bride, I was immediately intrigued by it. Taking that into consideration along with the fact that I’ve been meaning to read Brianna Hale for awhile, I decided to give this book a try. And t’s not a choice that I regret — The Necromancer’s Bride was interesting, unique, and I enjoyed reading it. 

Despite the hero being a necromancer and death as a result being a feature in this story, it didn’t really feel that dark to me. It was actually very sweet with some dirty goodness and a touch of heartache and longing thrown in. The Necromancer’s Bride is very fast read and if you love a Halloween tale, then this one is perfect for you as long as you’re willing to give it a chance and be open to all kinds of possibilities. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars