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Thursday, April 20, 2017

RELEASE DAY BLITZ REVIEW: Revelry by Kandi Steiner

Title: Revelry
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: April 20, 2017
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From the bestselling author of Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey

Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.

She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.

Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.

Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.

He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.

Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.

I had just grabbed my oversized hat and slipped my sunglasses on when I spotted Anderson walking up the drive with a large trash bag slung over his shoulder. He wore a simple, black V-neck and distressed jeans, an outfit way too dark and hot for the heat. A light sheen of sweat gathered on his neck as he made his way toward my cabin, his eyes hidden behind all-black sunglasses.

"Change your mind?" I asked, not even fighting the grin on my face as I walked outside and leaned against the banister.

Anderson squinted up at me, his boots heavy as they hit each stair. "About?"

"Tubing?" I asked. That was why he was here, right?

"Oh." He shook his head as he hit the top stair, shrugging the bag off his shoulders to hold it by the neck in one fist. "No, I have somewhere to be..." His voice trailed off, and even through the tinted shades of his glasses I felt his eyes on my chest. I'd strapped on my favorite boho print bathing suit and paired it with a dainty gold chain that wrapped around my neck once before dipping between my chest and crossing over my ribs.

He sniffed, holding the bag out toward me. "I just came to drop these off. My clothes. Well, the ones that could probably use a little TLC."

My eyes lit up and I reached for the bag, but Anderson snatched it back, brows shooting up into his forehead.

"No frills, Wren."

I threw my hands up in surrender. "I promise."

He smirked, just slightly, and handed the bag over, tucking his hands in his front pockets.

"Are you sure you don't want to come?" I asked, peering into the bag at my project before setting it just inside the cabin and locking the door behind me.

"I can't," he said, lips pressed together. He was tense, the muscles on his forearms tight as he glanced around at pretty much everything but me.

I opened my mouth to ask why but was cut off by the sound of a truck flying into my drive, tires sliding against the gravel.

Tucker was in the driver's seat with Davie in the passenger. Sarah and Yvette sat in the back, laughing with their hands up as the truck skidded to a stop. They were both sprawled out on a pile of tubes, wearing bathing suit tops and tiny shorts.

All of their faces froze when they saw Anderson.

"Hey, you ready, Wren?" Tucker asked warily, his eyes moving from where Anderson stood in front of me, to me, and back again.

"Yeah, one sec!" I called back.

I turned to Anderson, but his eyes were hard on Tucker, jaw ticking under his skin. When he faced me once more, an anchor fell from my throat into the pit of my stomach, immobilizing me completely. Because even though I 'd tried to convince myself I was wrong, I recognized the look in his eyes.

Possession.

And when his nose flared and he took one big step toward me, our chests brushing, his hand reaching out to rest almost imperceptibly on my hip, the anchor in my stomach exploded into flames, burning a desire so fierce I inhaled a toxic breath and didn't let it go.

"Be careful, okay?" His eyes locked on mine just before he leaned in and swiftly kissed my cheek.

He turned on his heel and jogged down the stairs and past the truck. Sarah called his name, but he didn't acknowledge her, just kept his gaze forward until he'd disappeared from view.

And then everyone looked at me.



Sonja's Review


Revelry is the second book of Kandi Steiner's that I have had to give six stars and when I say I had to, I mean it. I thought about giving it five stars, but I just couldn't do it because it wasn't a high enough rating for this book. Revelry was absolutely outstanding and I wholeheartedly loved it! 

There were a few times when Wren frustrated me a little, but only because she didn't see her strength or how wonderful she is. She's warm and bright and fun. She's brave and determined and nothing and no one is going to stop her from going after her dreams and doing what makes her happy. Wren is so sweet and genuine and lovely that I just loved her. 

But oh my gosh, it was Anderson who completely stole the show. Oh, I just fell hard for that man! Sure, he's a gruff, grumpy guy at first, but he has that whole brooding-tortured-soul thing about him that it is impossible for me to resist. He has more than that side to him though, Anderson can be fun and playful too. He's also so sweet and kind and just a stand-up guy. Anderson one hundred percent stole my heart and I couldn't love him any more if I tried! 

Revelry was full of everything. It made my heart ache, made me cover my mouth and gasp, made my eyes sting with both sad and happy tears, and it made me laugh and smile. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and full of so much wisdom and depth and lessons. Revelry was magical, heartwarming, incredible, and deserving of every star that I gave it! 

Revelry is a standalone, it's told from Anderson and Wren's POV, and they do get their happily-ever-after - the ending was just perfect! 
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

REVIEW TOUR: Razr by Larissa Ione

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione, comes RAZR, a passionate and spellbinding novella from the Demonica Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

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About RAZR:

New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione returns to the Demonica Underworld…

A fallen angel with a secret.

An otherworldly elf with an insatiable hunger she doesn’t understand.

An enchanted gem.

Meet mortal enemies Razr and Jedda…and the priceless diamond that threatens to destroy them both even as it bonds them together with sizzling passion.

Welcome back to the Demonica Underworld, where enemies find love…if they’re strong enough to survive.


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Sonja's Review


I fell in love with the Demonica series with the first book from it that I read and each new book only makes me fall for it deeper! Razr was no exception and it was even better and so much more than I was expecting. It was utterly fantastic and I positively loved it! 

I loved Jedda not long after I met her and I liked her the more we saw of her. She's smart and sassy, strong and fierce, and kind and warm. She made me laugh and had me woohoo-ing and nodding in respect. Jedda is seriously awesome and I loved getting to meet her! 

I couldn't remember Razr, but after reading this, I'm so glad he got his story told. Razr is a great guy - he's serious and honorable, but playful and sweet too. He's dominant and possessive and he'll break your heart, but he'll also put it back together. It wasn't hard at all to fall for Razr - he's wonderful! 

Razr is funny and sexy and full of action, but it was so much more than that too. It was exciting, entertaining, and fascinating. I don't know if it was completely new or just new-to-me, but the Demonica world just got a little bigger and it was enchanting, magical, and beautiful. I absolutely loved Razr and I can't wait until the next book! 

Razr is a standalone, it's told from Razr and Jedda's POV, and they do get a happy ending. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars


EXCERPT: 
Shivering, she went back inside and fetched the med kit from the bathroom. Razr was still passed out cold, so gently and carefully she stripped off his slacks.
He didn’t wear underwear. Oh, my.
Her mouth went as dry as the sand forest in her elven homeland as she took in his magnificent body. Everything began to burn, parts of her she’d all but forgotten she had in the five years since she’d last been with a man. The fallen angel was about as perfect as anything she’d ever seen. Made sense, she supposed—she’d never thought angels would be anything less than perfection. But seeing one naked and up close? No one could blame her for wanting to take pictures and post to all her friends on Instagram, right?
Cursing her ethics, she arranged him on his belly to allow access to his shredded back. Shame at the fact that she’d just ogled him shrank her skin. Gods, he must have been in so much pain. She’d nearly passed out herself during the beating, unable to stomach the sight of muscle and bone exposed by the deep lacerations.
Making matters worse, Shrike had reveled in the gore, growing angrier with each strike, as if he’d been taking some deep inner pain out on Razr. When it was over, he’d thrown down the cat and fled the office without a word, leaving her to gather Razr’s unconscious body and find her way out of the castle.
At least the wounds had stopped bleeding and were already starting to heal. Still, this was one of the times she wished she’d chosen the garnet Gem of Enoch instead of the diamond. Jedda and her sisters hadn’t known what power each of the gems had possessed at the time they’d chosen and assimilated them, but neither Jedda nor Reina had been completely happy with the outcomes. Manda had embraced the killing power of her stone, but Reina had no desire to heal and had been furious. And while Jedda’s gem had given her an ability to violently repel demons that she actually used sometimes, being able to help now and then would have been cool too.
Very carefully, she cleaned Razr’s wounds and applied bandages, each one drawing an elven curse from her. Such a perfect body, torn to shreds on a regular basis. He had no scars—at least, none that were visible. She’d heard there were species of demons that could see scars no one else could, and she wondered what one of those demons would see if they looked at Razr.
Jedda saw a very fit, very toned male.

Larissa Ione’s RAZR – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

April 12th
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Rebels – Review & Excerpt

April 13th
Calling All Bookaholics – Review & Excerpt
GraveTells – Excerpt
Smut Book Jukie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 14th
Milky Way of Books – Review
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
The Ordinary Housewife Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 15th
danielriding.com – Excerpt
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt

April 16th
I Smell Sheep – Review & Excerpt
Shelf_life – Review & Excerpt
The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 17th
Bobo's Book Bank – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

April 18th
Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
Under the Covers – Review & Excerpt

April 19th
A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia – Review & Excerpt
Dirty Girl Romance – Review
Rambling Reads – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

April 20th
Adria's Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt
Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 21st
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt

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About Larissa Ione:
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Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.  

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Friday, April 14, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield

Hate 2 Lovers
by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
2 Lovers Series #2 (May be read as standalone)
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy


She hates him and his big head.
He likes her and her big t*ts.

She hates him because she somehow ends up naked every time she sees him.
He likes her because she somehow ends up naked every time he sees her.

She hates him because the big oaf knocked her up with his kid.
He likes her because she’s carrying his child.

She hates the way he gets inside her head.
He likes the way she lets him see glimpses of her heart.

Andie: I hate you.
Roman: I know…but I’m going to change that.

***This is book two in the series. It is best if you read book one first to fully understand this couple’s story.***



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It’s the start of nothing good.
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number.
And he replied.
Him: Show me a picture.
Him: Tell me your name.
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger?

It’s the start of everything right.
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong.
And she made me laugh again.
Her: You’re probably a creeper.
Her: Possibly a stalker.
Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine?

Him: Take a chance with me.
Her: This is crazy.
Him: I need to see you.
Her: What are we doing?
Him: We’re about to find out.

Her: PHOTO ATTACHED
Him: PHOTO ATTACHED


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. You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads! Website: www.authorkwebster.com Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bllgoP

About J.D. Hollyfield

Author JD Hollyfield
Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero… J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.



Sonja's Review


I don't know how or why Ms. Webster and Ms. Hollyfield decided to pen this series together, but I'm so glad that they did! Text 2 Lovers was amazing and they struck gold again with Hate 2 Lovers. It was beyond fabulous and I wholeheartedly loved it! 

Andie made me laugh a lot in Text 2 Lovers and in this book as well. She has absolutely no filter and says whatever's in her head, she's snarky and sassy and FIERCE! I probably shouldn't find it amusing, but whenever she gets violent, I just love it and it makes me chuckle and "Oooooh!" every time. We always see Andie as the strong, tough girl, but we definitely get to see her softer side too, but if you like her crazy, feisty side, don't worry because you'll get plenty of that too. I just loved Andie - she's awesome! 

I didn't know if it would happen, but I think it's safe to say that Roman is probably my favorite out of the Holloway brothers, but they're really both wonderful. Roman completely stole my heart - he's so growly and possessive, he's determined and never gives up, and he is totally in love with Andie. He's thoughtful and sweet and I wish I had my own Roman because he was just the best! 

I love me a good love/hate romance and that was just one of the reasons I couldn't wait to read Hate 2 Lovers! I knew it was going to be a hit and that it would get a lot of laughs out of me, but I didn't expect it to be doing that before I even started reading the story, but alas, Ms. Webster and Ms. Hollyfield accomplished that. Hate 2 Lovers was more than a funny RomCom though, it broke my heart, brought both the happy-and-sad tears to my eyes, and it was beautiful, sweet, and heartwarming. Hate 2 Lovers was just marvelous and I'm so excited for the next book, but let's be honest, I would be for any book this duo comes up with and I truly hope that they stay a duo forever because I can't get enough! 

Hate 2 Lovers is the second book in the 2 Lovers argues and about a different couple, but understanding Roman and Andie will be a lot easier if you read Text 2 Lovers, so I'm recommending that you read it first because of that and also just because it's totally worth the read! It's told from Roman and Andie's POV and their happily-ever-after ending melted my heart and put a huge smile on my face! 
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

RELEASE TOUR REVIEW: Target by L.P. Dover

Title - Target: A Circle of Justice Novel
Author - LP Dover
Genre - Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date - April 4, 2017 Cover Designed By - Mae I Design and Photography
An assassin . . . that’s what I am.
I’m Wade Chandler by day and a killer at night. I get the job done no matter the cost. Not only do I hunt people for the FBI, but I’m also the owner of Chandler Enterprises, one of the top companies in the southeast.
When Brina Carmichael – daughter of the former president – wants my business advice, it’s hard to resist her long legs and seductive smile. One thing leads to another and now I’m in too deep.
I can’t let her know what I am, but I’ve never wanted a woman the way I want her.
However, harboring secrets comes at a price and I have a feeling she’s keeping some of her own. Especially, when my next mission leads me straight to her. Turns out she’s not who I thought she was. 


Standing at the receptionist’s desk, I waited to hear the verdict. Would Wade see me or not? When I heard his answer, I breathed a sigh of relief. I didn’t want my stupidity to ruin my shop’s chances at success. 
The receptionist smiled up at me. “You can go back now, Ms. Carmichael. His office is the last one on the right.” 
“Thank you,” I replied with a smile of my own. 
Pulse pounding in my ears, I walked down the hall to Wade’s office. I had a folder of my designs tucked under my arm. Hopefully, it’d be enough to persuade him. Taking a deep breath, I knocked on his door. 
“Come in,” he called out, his voice making me shiver. 
I hated how this man made me feel like that. It’d been over a week and I could still feel the way he touched every square inch of my body. I wasn’t a needy woman, but he made me want more. This is business, nothing more. 
Head held high, I opened the door. Wade was at his desk, leaning back in his chair, all cool and confident, dressed in his expensive suit with his brown hair perfectly coifed. Definitely not a bundle of nerves, like I was. “Mr. Chandler, it’s good to see you again.” 
His brows lifted. “Likewise. Although I’d probably believe it more if you hadn’t run out on me the last time.” 
And there it was. 
Biting my lip, I shut the door. I couldn’t tell if he was angry, or didn’t care. “Thought I’d save you the trouble,” I confessed. “We both had a little too much to drink that night. And let’s face it, it was either going to be me or you. And I prefer not to be the one left behind.” 
“Neither do I,” he said in all seriousness. “So, what brings you here?”






New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols. Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.



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Sonja's Review


I was excited for Wade's story pretty much from the moment I met him and as soon as I found out that Target was going to be his book, I couldn't wait to read it! It was even better than I was expecting and blew me out of the water. I just completely loved this amazing book! 

For awhile there, I wasn't sure if I would be able to choose a favorite between Wade and Brina because they're both just - wow! Brina put up a good fight, but I have to say that I loved Wade a little bit more. Brina is seriously wonderful though and I did love the heck out her. She's such a bada*s, she's strong and tough, independent and she can definitely take care of herself. She's sweet, warm, and protective too. Brina is the total package and I know you'll love her! 

And just like I know you'll love Brina, I know without a doubt, you will love Wade! He's so sexy and confident and just as kicka*s as Brina. He's deliciously possessive, heartache-ingly sweet, and heartwarmingly protective. Wade is wholly devoted to Brina and he would do absolutely anything for her. He stole my heart from the very beginning and I couldn't love him any more if I tried! 

Target was totally beyond thrilling - it was full of suspense, heat, action, and passion. It made me laugh, stung my eyes with tears, and just completely sucked me in. It was epic and there were times when I couldn't tear myself away. It is for sure my favorite in the series so far and I can't wait to read the next Circle of Justice book! 

Target can be read as a standalone, it's told from Wade and Brina's POV, and they get their happily-ever-after.
~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars