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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ REVIEW: Bullies Like Me by Lindy Zart

Title: Bullies like Me
Genre: YA
Author: Lindy Zart
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If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.
Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.
Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.
Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.

Nick’s arm brushes against mine as we cross the street, and he flinches.
I grit my teeth, holding in my irritation until we reach the beginning of the path. Then I slam my hands on my hips and glare at him. “Okay, what is your deal? If you really didn’t want to be with me today, why didn’t you just say it?”
He opens his mouth.
My glower deepens.
“I don’t like being out in public. I don’t…like being around people,” he says after a pause. “I like to be alone.”
I throw my arms up in frustration. “Then why did you agree to this?”
Nick steps closer. “But I like to be with you more than I like to be alone, and even though I don’t like to be around people, I like to be around you—probably more than I should. How could I say no to being with you, even if it’s in a setting I despise?”
“That’s messed up,” I say, shaking my head, even as a warm glow fills my insides.
“I’m messed up.”
“You’re not, not really.”
He lowers his head, taking my hands in his. Examining them. It feels like fire and ice when we touch. Sparks and frost. “You have no idea, Alexis.” Nick threads our fingers together, lifting our hands between us, and looks at me.
“Tell me,” I whisper, feeling like I can’t breathe. My air is caught somewhere within the magnetic pull of blue-green seas. Who needs to breathe anyway?
“Someday,” he promises, and then, with our hands still entwined, he leans forward and kisses me.
His lips are soft, firm. Magic. Tasting of dreams and hope. And grief too. I’m kissing not only Nick, but his soul as well. I feel his heartbeat with my lips. I taste the feelings he has for me, and they are overwhelming. Catastrophically beautiful. The kiss lasts long enough to rearrange everything inside me, to steal my breath, to give it back. To let me know Nick has the power to ruin me. To let me know I’d probably let him.

Lia's Review

I honestly wasn't quite sure what I was getting into with this book by Lindy Zart. I knew the blurb appealed to me, but more importantly, I have teenage daughters and I guess I kind of wanted to be able to relate to something that's very prevalent in high school society. Bullying. Yes, it's always been around, but it seems this generation is much crueler, more vindictive. And with social media now, the attacks can come from anywhere and everywhere. 

Lindy has written a book of some of her personal experiences. It's some fact mixed with fiction. And it's quite possibly one of the most important books I've read this year. In fact teens and parents should make it a point to read this book. I don't want to go into too much detail about the story, that's the author's to tell. But read it. Especially if you're a parent. The story itself packs an emotional punch. But it's Lindy's note at the end that really got to me the most. Teach your children to be kind and empathetic. The world needs more kindness. 

~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars 

Author Bio:
USA Today bestselling author Lindy Zart writes in a multitude of fictional genres because, well, her brain requires it so she stays somewhat sane. She has been writing since she was a child, but luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. 

She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, pizza, peanut butter, and bloody marys.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Wicked Impulse by Chelle Bliss


Didn't read the previous ALFA P.I. books, but you're dying to read Bear's story? GREAT NEWS... YOU CAN! Wicked Impulse can be read as a standalone.




ALFA Private Investigations is a spin-off of the Men of Inked series, but can be read separately. **Includes a BONUS novella - Men of Inked Christmas**

There's only one thing worse than dating a friend's sister sleeping with his mother.

Fran DeLuca's known for her bossy, overbearing personality almost as much as for her love of nylon tracksuits. But when someone runs off with fifty thousand dollars, she becomes involved in an ALFA investigation and catches the eye of silver fox biker, Bear.

Bear North, ALFA's resident bad boy, has never thought of Fran as anything more than his buddy's mom. When she trades in her elastic pants and orthopedic tennis shoes for a pair of skintight jeans and high heels, he takes notice of the fifty-something MILF.

When the money trail leads closer to Fran than expected, Bear takes charge of the investigation and will do anything to protect her. Can Bear track a thief, claim Fran, and keep Morgan DeLuca in the dark long enough to solve the case?

Wicked Impulse is book 3 in the ALFA PI series and includes a BONUS novella - Men of Inked Christmas.





Sonja's Review 

I was so excited when I found out that Wicked Impulse was going to be Bear's story! I've loved him from the start of this series and I was really hoping he would be next after Unlawful Desire and I'm so glad he was. Wicked Impulse was even better than I was hoping for and I absolutely loved it! 

I loved Franny - that woman is quite the character! She's strong and stubborn and she doesn't take any crap from anybody. She has a devious mind and is always up to something, but it comes from a place of love, so it all works out - although I would totally be okay without it coming from a love-filled place, being a little mischievously evil is good every once in awhile and Fran would definitely have that down. Fran is really just awesome, she's a bada*s and I completely loved her! 

I only fell even more in love with Bear, the better we got to know him! He's still a gruff-and-tough baddie, but there's so much more to him than that. He's so sweet with Fran and while he might not be a perfect gentleman in the bedroom, he treats her good and with respect. I don't want to spoil anything about Bear that you don't know, so that's all I'm going to say about him except that's he's the best and I loooooooved him! 

This is second book that I've read about an older couple in a series and I have to say - there just must be something in the air or the water when authors are writing about them because these characters become my favorites and the young ones take a backseat. Seriously, I loved reading about Bear and Fran! They're funny and made me laugh a lot, they made my heart ache and brought out the tears, and just because they're older, doesn't mean they can't get down and boy, do they ever! Wicked Impulse was sexy and full of passion, it was a little heartbreaking at times, but also heart melting at a lot of others. It was amazing and it's without a doubt my favorite in the ALFA Private Investigation series! 

Wicked Impulse can be read as a standalone, it's told from Bear and Fran's POV, and they do get their happy ending. 
~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars



Chelle currently lives near the Gulf of Mexico and is a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend.


Friday, December 16, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster

Whispers and the Roars
by K. Webster
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance

When my eyes are closed, the monster can’t ever see me.

When I sing a song in my head, the monster can’t ever hear me.
When I pretend my bedroom is a playground where I play hide and seek, the monster can’t ever find me.

The darkness should frighten me.
I should worry I’ll find more monsters…monsters scarier than him.
But I’m not afraid.

It’s safe here.

When I’m inside of my head…

He. Can’t. Ever. Touch. Me.

Whispers and the Roars is a dark romance. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. The abuse written in this story is graphic and not glossed over which could be upsetting to some. Proceed with caution. This story is NOT for everyone.


About K. Webster

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.


Sonja's Review

You remember that one commercial with that Beck guy (I can't remember his last name right now, so sue me) from Saturday Night Live and he's talking to a group of kids in a classroom about insurance or phones or wireless internet - whatever - and one of the little people asks him a question and he puts his hands up by his head and makes an explosion sound and says, "Mind blown!" Yeah, you remember that? Well, that is exactly what K. Webster did to my mind with this book - she utterly, completely, and totally blew my mind! I never saw it coming and I was just stunned. Whispers and the Roars was truly magnificent and it is without a doubt one of the best books I've read all year! 

Kady, Kady, Kady. I wasn't quite sure what to make of her at first and I didn't think she was the strongest heroine I've ever read about, but I still liked her. The more I got to know her though, the more she grew on me. Kady isn't the strongest in the beginning and if you like them strong, then I just want to say give Kady a chance - don't write her off because she will surprise you, she really is strong, and I did love her when all was said and done. 

And you couldn't question my love for Yeo. That man is incredible - truly he is! He's kind, compassionate, patient, thoughtful, and protective. Yeo is unflinchingly loyal, unquestionably devoted, and wholeheartedly in love with Kady. I can't tell you how amazing Yeo is here for more than one reason, but I'll just give you the main and that's because I can't do him the justice he deserves. I know you'll love Yeo though - he's impossible not to love! 

I don't want to give anything away, so I'm going to keep this part short and sweet. Bottom line - Whispers and the Roars was unexpected, surprising, and unlike anything I've read before. It was fascinating, intriguing, and full of heartache, twists and turns, beauty, and warmth. It was an extraordinary book, this book, and I loved it - simple as that - even though my feelings are a lot more complex than that. 

Whispers and the Roars is a standalone, it's told from Kady and Yeo's POV, and they do get their happy ending. 
~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ REVIEW: Checkmate: This is Love by Kennedy Fox

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Title: Checkmate: This Is Love
Series: Checkmate Duet #2
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release Date: December 13


The anticipated conclusion of The Checkmate Duet from a secret duo of bestselling authors! Checkmate: This is War is an enemies to lovers romance that will have you crying with laughter one moment and screaming in frustration the next... but you'll be begging to play the game with The King. 
Game on.

Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection.
She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits.
She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true.
And I want her.
If she were anyone else, I’d have made my move years ago, but considering she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s always been off-limits. Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence.
Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I’m more determined than ever to change her mind.
I’ll prove I’m done playing games.
But until then, we’ll continue to play by her rules.
Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet.
Checkmate, princess.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is Love is book in the Checkmate Duet. You must read This is War first.**

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About the Author
Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who share a love of You've Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren't bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that'll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Lia's Review

Kennedy Fox left me with a huge cliffhanger hangover at the end of This is War. Finally! I've gotten to read book two, and it's better than the first one.

Enemies to lovers is always a good trope, the fighting, the massive amounts of sexual tension. Those stories usually make for a damn good read. This secret author duo definitely nailed that. 

Some parts of This is Love were a wee bit slow moving for me, but when this story picked up, damn! It was like a rollercoaster ride. Fun and sexy with a perfect ending, this one gets 4.5 Stars from me.

~ Lia, 4.5 Stars

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: For Maggie's Sake by Lora Leigh

Title: For Maggie's Sake 
Author: Lora Leigh 
Publisher: SMP Romance 
Publication Date: December 13, 2016 

Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh's story For Maggie's Sake, previously published in the anthologies Real Men Do It Better and Taken, now exclusively in ebook format.

Maggie Chavez is in protective custody with a member of her former lover's SEAL team. Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information from him about a powerful drug lord and the deaths of some SEALs. He intends to seduce her and get the information before she can sell it back to the drug cartel. But the desire crackles between them and their attraction is undeniable. How can Joe use her and leave her, when all he wants is to hold her close and never let go?

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Lydia's Review

A woman scorned, abandoned and left to hang for her husband's bad deeds. The only man that can protect her is the man that once shattered her heart.

I loved Maggie hard! She was my favorite kind of heroine... she was a fighter and she handed the hero his a*s for breaking her heart two years ago. The hero was alpha to the core and the sexual tension was explosive.

I have to say - I devoured this book and while For Maggie's Sake was a shorter read - it quickly became one of my Lora Leigh favorites.

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

About the Author:
Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora's family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora's life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Heartbeats by Sarah O'Rourke


Heartbeats BY Sarah O'Rourke


He’ll fight her every step of the way. She’s fighting because there is no other way to keep him alive.

Alpha FBI agent Matteo Cassano gives the orders. He is not accustomed at all to following them. The control-freak legend of the FBI could have any woman he wants, and often had in the past. But when he meets the amazing, younger Brenna Langley, he might have finally found the woman that could change his entire life.

Brenna Langley is professional, focused, and determined to move ahead in her career at the FBI.  Having tried a few failed relationships, she had decided that romance would not be in the cards for her. That was, until Matt Cassano enters her orbit and she finds herself on a secret, covert mission to save the great man from himself. 

But what happens when these two determined personalities clash and the change is more than either one of them bargained for? And when Matt’s health becomes an issue, can the fledgling relationship survive?

STANDALONE. HEA. Romantica erotica.



Brushing a lingering kiss to the center of her now exposed porcelain skin, he lifted his eyes to hers and smiled wolfishly.  “I was just wondering if this couch is gonna provide enough room for me,” he replied as her ran two fingers down the center of her chest until they reached the clasp of her bra.

Her voice caught in her throat at his touch, and it was an effort to even get one word out. "Room to what, exactly?" she asked as her own fingers continued to release the buttons on his shirt. Feeling his lips moving against the fabric of her plain, serviceable lace bra, Bren finally freed that last button on his shirt, her sense of victory easily swallowed up in the sensations he was causing in her body. Burying her hands in the soft springy curls on his chest, she pushed the offending shirt off of his shoulders, her desire to see him too much to ignore.  “Whatcha think you’re gonna do here, Cassano?”

Catching her eyes with his, Matteo grinned against her pale flesh.  “Sweetheart, there’s no thinking to it.  I’ve imagined what I want to do to you a thousand times in a thousand different ways.  I know that I’m about to make those fantasies a reality.  I’m on the verge of devouring this beautiful body of yours.  I’m just curious as to where you’d rather serve me that meal.  Here or in a nice comfortable bed?  I’m good either place,” he returned huskily a scant moment before his teeth captured her nipple through the material of her bra.  Growling against her skin, he suddenly offered a great prayer of thanks to the brilliant genius who first imagined the possibilities of a bra with a front closing snap as his fingers quickly flicked open the clasp.

In one fell swoop, Bren felt her bra leave her body, the insubstantial material flying through the air.  If she wasn't mistaken,  she heard it land somewhere on the linoleum in the kitchen, and at some point later on she needed to remember to congratulate him on the distance he’d achieved. At this exact moment, however, that was the last thought on her mind as his wonderfully warm mouth suddenly found her waiting breast, engulfing it quickly in the fiery heat of his mouth.

As with any Sarah O'Rourke book that comes out, I'm excited to read it, but with Heartbeats I was even more excited than usual because while I one hundred percent love their Passion in Paradise series, I couldn't wait to see the new world they created! And it turned out even better than I expected it to be. Heartbeats was wonderful and I completely loved it!

Brenna is one determined woman! She's so fierce and invested in making sure Matteo gets healthy and stays that way. She's all stealthy, sneaky, crafty and covert - you can definitely tell she works for the FBI. Brenna is one h*ll of an amazing heroine and I positively loved her!

Matteo is stubborn, confident, controlling, dominant, and while he can be a grade A jerk sometimes, he really is sweet too. He's protective and possessive and once he decides that Brenna is his woman, he does everything he can to keep her and he never lets her go. Matteo really is awesome and I loved him so much too!

Heartbeats is definitely differently written than any Sarah O'Rourke book I've ever read and while I was enjoying reading it, it took a little longer to connect than it usually does, but when I connected, boy did I connect! It all changed when Heartbeats punched me in the gut and socked me in the heart, it made my eyes sting with tears and just made everything real to me and I couldn't get enough. It might have made my heart ache a little, but for the most part, I got such a big kick out of this book. It amused me, entertained me, and melted me - it was absolutely fantastic and I just loved it!

Heartbeats is a standalone, it's told from multiple points of view, and Matteo and Brenna get their HEA, and I really hope that we get to visit this world again - wink wink, hint hint!

~ Sonja, 5 Stars



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Sarah O'Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who bonded over their passion for romantic fiction and erotica. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, Kentucky, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia.  Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands...and writing about love in every way possible.

Inspired by their dog-eared copies of Gone with the Wind and their almost warped DVDs of Steel Magnolias, they love to write wildly intense romantic/erotica stories that have multiple characters, but they focus on one couple that will ALWAYS have a happy ending…eventually!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Dancer by Jamie Schlosser

DANCER by Jamie Schlosser
Series: The Good Guys; Book 2
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 8th, 2016



Technically, I’m not a stripper. As a cage dancer, I don’t take all my clothes off and no one gets to touch me. I’m just the eye-candy.

And I can feel their eyes on me. I know they’re watching, but I don’t do this for them.

This is my time.

My life may not have turned out the way I thought it would, but I’m not complaining. From 9pm to 1am several days a week I get paid to feel sexy, to feel desired, to do what I love.

I always knew I wanted to be a dancer—I just didn’t realize I’d be doing it in a cage.

Erectile dysfunction—two words that can cause a collective cringe from men everywhere. The doctors can call it ‘performance anxiety’ all they want, but that’s just a fancy way of saying my dick doesn’t work.

Just when I start to think there’s no hope for me, I see her. She’s gorgeous, sexy, and goofy as f*ck. She also looks really familiar but I can’t put my finger on it.

When I find out who she really is, my world is turned upside-down and everything seems to fall into place.

She’s not gonna make it easy for me, but I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. She’s convinced I won’t stick around.

I’ll prove her wrong.
I’ll show her I’m one of the good guys.

*Although Dancer is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.


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My attention was snagged by a girl in the cage on the opposite side of the room because a guy had approached her. He tried to stick his hand through the bars, obviously intent on copping a feel. A bouncer quickly intervened, steering the intoxicated man over to a less crowded area.

Through body language and hand gestures, I could tell the bulky security guard was explaining that touching the girls was against the rules.

Drunk Dude huffed, gave the dancer one last lingering look, then staggered over to the bar.

My eyes trailed back over to the girl who was still moving around as though nothing happened and, suddenly, I couldn’t look away. I was captivated.

Not because she was hot—and she was hot—but because she was smiling. A big, genuine smile.

Her movements kept in time with the peppy beat of ‘Vacation’ by the Go-Go’s as she started hopping around.

Her big ‘80s-styled hair flew through the air as she spastically tilted her head from side to side. The long chocolate strands whipped around the confines of the cage and I swear I could see her laughing.

She was having fun. She loved this.

The jean shorts she had on were so short that I could see her ass cheeks hanging out of the bottom and my eyes traveled down her toned legs, then back up. Her waist was tiny and she had an hourglass shape with full breasts, which were jiggling with her every move.

This was entertainment.

Not only was this girl gorgeous and sexy—she was also goofy as fuck. She did some sort of head-banging move before twirling around like a ballerina.

She was still grinning and her chest shook with giggles. I could almost imagine what it would sound like to hear her laugh.

And as I watched, I found myself laughing along.
I felt a familiar tightness in my jeans and was beyond shocked when I glanced down to find myself stiff as a board.

Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-everafters. 



I'd never read Ms. Schlosser before, but as soon as I read the synopsis for Dancer - I had to read it! It sounded intriguing, amusing, and just like it would be a good book. And boy, was it ever! It was absolutely fantastic and I positively loved it! 

There was a few times when Ellie gave Colton a hard time where I wanted to take her aside and give her a talking to, but for the most part and even during those talking-to times, I really liked Ellie. She's sweet and responsible and all down to earth. She's gentle and sassy and silly and funny too. Ellie is a terrific heroine and I loved her!

While I loved Ellie, it was without a doubt Colton who took the prize - I swear that man is perfect! He's sweet and thoughtful, caring and patient and understanding. You never have to question the way he feels about Ellie, he's protective, he would do anything for her, and he's determined to do everything within his power to keep them together. Colton's not afraid of hard work and he never gives up. He is just so wonderful and I fell head over heels for him! 

Dancer did everything for me. It made me laugh, made me cry, choked me up, and made me sigh. It was sexy and beautiful, a little ridiculous, the good kind of ridiculous, though, and entertaining. It did everything to my heart from making it ache to melting it, squeezing it, and warming it. Dancer was beyond excellent and I loved it super lightning eight one zero eight! 

Dancer is the second in The Good Guys series, but it can be read as a standalone, it's told from Colton and Ellie's POV, and their happily-ever-after had me grinning and smiling like a fool! 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars