Friday, July 31, 2020

Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1) by Penny Reid: Blog Tour Review

Blurb:

Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged!
But all is not well in Green Valley. A chicken choker is on the loose, 61 dead birds most "fowl" need plucking, and no time remains for Jennifer and her devilish fiancé. Desperate to find a spare moment together, Jenn and Cletus’s attempts to reconnect are thwarted by one seemingly coincidental disaster after another. It’s not long before Cletus and Jenn see a pattern emerge and the truth becomes clear.
Sabotage!

Will an undercover mission unmask the culprit? Or are these love-birds totally plucked?

'Engagement and Espionage' is the first book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series, is a full-length cozy mystery, and is a spin-off of Penny Reid's Winston Brothers series. This novel is best read after 'Beard Science,' Winston Brothers #3.

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About Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she is not immersed in penning smart romances she works full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-7 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.




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Yvette's Review:

There aren’t many characters quite like Cletus Winston. The man is a fascinating combination of mischievous, blunt, intelligent, and calculated. Whether you’re getting to know him through his own book, Beard Science, or through his brief, but scene-stealing appearances in other books in Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers Series, Cletus Winston is one of the most unique and memorable characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. That’s why, when Penny Reid announced she’d be giving Cletus and his now-wife, Jenn, their own spin-off series, I was thrilled. I mean, Jenn and Cletus solving mysteries together? Who wouldn’t want to read about that?!

Taking place not long after the end of Beard Science, Engagement and Espionage follows Jenn and Cletus as they navigate balancing their new relationship with their busy schedules. Jenn’s personal life recently spiraled out of control with her parents’ impending divorce, and she’s left overwhelmed with the bakery’s everyday operations. As if that weren’t enough, all of her usual suppliers are under attack from an unknown assailant, and it’s becoming apparent that Jenn is being sabotaged. When the local authorities don’t make the case a priority, it’s up to Jenn and Cletus to do some investigating of their own.

With a cast of quirky, colorful characters, and an engaging storyline that has a bit of mystery and danger, Engagement and Espionage is a book that fans of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers Series are sure to love. Not only do we delve further into the relationship between Cletus and Jenn, but we get more insight into the complexities of their characters. What I found so amusing was that Cletus seems just as likely to commit a crime as he is to solve one, but Jenn is like his conscience, attempting (often futilely) to reason with him and dissuade some of his more diabolical schemes. But this book wouldn’t be quite so fun if Cletus tampered down his natural inclination to incite chaos, now would it?

Whether you’re excited for more of Jenn and Cletus, or whether you have a (slightly unhealthy) obsession with the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel like I do, Engagement and Espionage is an undeniably entertaining read. I for one can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Friday, July 3, 2020

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wild Highway (Runaway #2) by Devney Perry: Release Blitz Excerpt & Review

Blurb:

Gemma Lane built an empire. Not a small feat, considering her home as a teenager was a makeshift tent in a California junkyard. She’s dedicated her life to turning pennies into millions. She has power, fortune and prestige.

And she’s leaving it all behind.

Gemma is headed across the country in her best friend’s Cadillac when a detour in Montana reunites her with old acquaintances and a man who hasn’t changed. Easton Greer challenges her every word and tests her every limit because he doesn’t believe she’s really abandoned her riches. She ignores his snide remarks and muttered censure—until the day she’s ready to return to the wild highway, and Easton taunts her to stay.

She’ll prove to him she’s not just running back to her wealthy life, that she’s more than her money. She’ll unlock her guarded heart and hope that this time around, he’ll treasure the key.

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Excerpt:

I opened the door, a smile still on my face, and collided, headfirst, with a wall of muscle.

“Oh, sorry.” I looked up and my heart stopped.

The smell of leather and aftershave filled my nose. I looked up to see a pair of dark brown eyes hooded by long, onyx lashes. I took in the straight nose, the sharp jaw and strong chin. My gaze dropped to the full lips I’d tasted once, on a night eleven years ago.

I’d never seen a face as symmetrical and so beautifully masculine as Easton Greer’s.

Even when he scowled, like he was now, it was a wonder.

He’d gotten even more handsome. How was that possible? He’d transformed from a young man to just a man, man. Rugged and rough and sexy.

“Gemma.” My name came out as a growl in his deep voice and I tore my gaze away from his mouth, taking a step back.

“Hi,” I breathed, the air heavy and thick.

He took a step away, then another, his glare unwavering.

Easton cast his scowl over his shoulder and spotted the Cadillac. “That yours?”

“Yes.”

“You’re staying here.” Not a question. An accusation. If he had it his way, I’d be uninvited.

I lifted my chin. “Yes, I came to see Katherine.”

His jaw ticked. “I thought we’d gotten rid of you years ago.”

Ouch. I guess he was still pissed about that whole sex in his room and waking up to find me gone.

But, good or bad, he hadn’t forgotten me.

About the Author:

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Review:

Having been blown away by Runaway Road, I was particularly excited to read Wild Highway, the second installment in Devney Perry’s Runaway Series. My eagerness was partly due to the fact that I will gladly devour anything Devney Perry writes, and partly because I’m more than a little obsessed with second chance romances. I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re often hopelessly romantic and gut-wrenchingly emotional, thanks to the already-established history between the main characters. In Wild Highway, former lovers are reunited and given another chance at happiness, but the journey to get there is riddled with roadblocks and potential heartache.

After selling her successful company and leaving behind her fast-paced, superficial life in Boston, Gemma Lane sets off to complete her friend, Londyn’s, mission to make a special delivery to an old friend in California. Much like Londyn, though, her road trip doesn’t go quite as planned. A whim finds Gemma stopping in Montana to visit Katherine, a friend that she left behind in search of a better life. Her effort to make amends also includes a meeting with her old flame, Easton Greer. Both the man and the ranch he runs hold memories that are dredged up upon her return, bringing their unfinished business and lingering feelings to the forefront of their tension-filled reunion.

For Gemma, the narrative is a journey of self-discovery and reconnecting with the wild, carefree person she used to be. Despite the initial resentment and animosity stewing between them, Easton is largely responsible for Gemma’s transformation from the polished workaholic of her adulthood to the happy, adventurous person she was when she first meet him. As Gemma chips away at the anger and bitterness that Easton held onto after she left, he’s busy stripping away the armor she’s built around herself as a result of her reluctance to trust others and display vulnerability. The process is painstaking, overwhelmingly emotional, and intensely poignant. The pain and anguish that’s evoked not just from dredging up Gemma’s past, but from the complicated relationship she has with Easton, wreaked havoc with my emotions, but I loved every single minute.

I could probably count on one hand the amount of authors whose books have made me cry, but something about Devney Perry’s writing resonates with me in a way that’s incredibly profound. The complexities of her characters and the intimate and passionate love stories she crafts have kept me captivated by her books, but she’s truly outdone herself with the Runaway Series. I gave Runaway Road 6 Stars because there wasn’t a single thing that could’ve made me love the book more. Wild Highway is just as amazing, if not more so, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give it 6 Stars as well.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 6 Stars

Sunday, June 21, 2020

This Time Tomorrow (Phenomenal Fate #2) by Tessa Bailey: ARC Review

Blurb:

Roksana, heiress to the vampire slayer throne, has performance anxiety.

She's supposed to kill Elias, but so far she's only succeeded in maxing out his credit card. Now her failure to stake the brooding vampire has sent her back to Moscow in disgrace to face her mother's wrath. Expecting punishment by death, she's given a rare reprieve. She now has three tasks to complete, the last of which is to finally kill Elias. She will not fail this time.

If only the memories of one magical evening--back when Elias was human--would stop holding her back. He claims to have forgotten that night. Why can't she?

Three years ago, Elias was a SWAT team member on a guys' weekend in Vegas. Playing poker and minding his own business, his life changed forever when a captivating blonde strolled past his table in a light-up bra. He followed Roksana as if compelled, his very bones demanding he do so, his soul resonating with the belief she would be important to him. Always. That turned out to be a vast understatement--and nothing has changed.

Roksana embarks on her mission, determined to win back her mother's approval, but when an astonishing truth emerges in the eleventh hour, will her stake pierce the very heart that beats in her honor? Or will love triumph over duty?

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About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.


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Yvette's Review:

If you thought a relationship between a vampire and a human was forbidden, I’ve got two words: vampire slayer (think the badassessedness and snark of Buffy, but with a Russian accent). In Reborn Yesterday, Tessa Bailey teased us with the possibility of a romance between a certain brooding vampire and the tough-as-nails slayer he was oh-so-clearly pining over. In This Time Tomorrow, Elias and Roksana get their own story, and it’s everything you could want in a forbidden romance, with drama, conflict, and plenty of delicious sexual tension. If you thought Reborn Yesterday was sexy, swoon-worthy, and heartfelt, prepare yourself, because Tessa Bailey doesn’t pull any punches with This Time Tomorrow.

What I didn’t expect, but was pleasantly surprised to discover, was that there was so much more history between Roksana and Elias than I could’ve imagined just from reading Reborn Yesterday. Turns out there’s a reason not just for Roksana’s seemingly unprovoked hostility towards the hulking, growly vampire, but for Elias’s silent, yet palpable longing for the temperamental slayer. I won’t spoil anything by elaborating, but to say that they have unfinished business is a serious understatement. It’s this unfinished business that keeps drawing them together over the course of This Time Tomorrow, strengthening their already-intense connection.

What makes this pairing so interesting is that Roksana and Elias couldn’t be more different. Roksana is wild and impulsive, allowing every thought to pass from her brain to her mouth unfiltered, whereas Elias is gruff and more reserved, keeping his emotions closely guarded. Elias holds himself back, but Roksana slowly chips away at his restraint until his passion is unleashed with a single-minded determination (of course, a mysterious potion might have sped things up in that regard). Stark differences aside, these two have a raw, primal chemistry that becomes this pure, unadulterated need for each other. Roksana drives Elias to become this possessive, obsessive otherworldly creature. The transformation is indescribably sexy and exemplifies why I love paranormal romance so much. Their romance is quite simply transcendent.

A forbidden romance between a vampire and a slayer is undoubtedly a captivating premise, but it’s the emotional intimacy between Elias and Roksana as well as their scorching hot, downright dirty sexual connection that makes This Time Around such a memorable read. With the introduction of new conflicts and new characters, This Time Around delves further into the world of the supernatural, adding new elements of danger and suspense. The narrative also sets the stage for what’s coming next in the Phenomenal Fate Series, and I for one, can’t wait for Tucker’s story.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ARC Review

Blurb:

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

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About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Yvette's Review:

After the action-packed, revelatory final chapters of Storm and Fury, I was both excited and nervous to discover what would come next in the second installment in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger Series. Rage and Ruin picks up where Storm and Fury left off, leaving Trinity to deal with the fallout of her Protector, Misha’s, betrayal, as well as her newfound connection to Zayne. The threat of their previously unknown assailant, the Harbinger, is at the forefront of their daily lives and looming ever closer, but there’s still much Zayne and Trinity don’t know about who or what they could potentially come up against.

As Trinity’s new Protector, Zayne’s life is inextricably tied to hers. Armed with the knowledge that a mysterious enemy plans to bring forth the end of days, Zayne and Trinity are not only training for an imminent battle, but are busy attempting to piece together the missing puzzle pieces that would reveal the Harbinger’s plan. Throw in the unwelcome knowledge that the prospect of a romance between them is suddenly forbidden, and you have one seriously complicated situation.

After finishing Storm and Fury, I had so many questions. While Rage and Ruin answers some of those questions, even more questions took their place! To avoid spoilers, I won’t say more about the plot, but if, like me, you were hoping for progress on the romance front, Rage and Ruin doesn’t disappoint. Zayne and Trinity continue communicating via snarky, argumentative banter that’s rife with sarcasm and sexual tension. Sooo much sexual tension. As much as they try to fight their growing attraction, their budding romance is a constant source of angst and frustration. Their feelings for each other are like a roller coaster, with enough twists and turns and highs and lows to have my emotions spiraling out of control.

With a plot jam-packed with action, danger, and suspense, characters that make a lasting impression, no matter their level of importance, and a forbidden romance that’s a level of epic that only Jennifer L. Armentrout can deliver, Rage and Ruin is an unforgettable sequel to Storm and Fury. It might even be...dare I say it...better than its predecessor. And with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger ending that will leave you with the mother of all book hangovers, the author ensured Rage and Ruin is a book I’m not likely to stop thinking about any time soon.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dream Maker (Dream Team #1) by Kristen Ashley: ARC Review

Blurb:

Two broken hearts find love and healing in each other in this sexy contemporary romance spin-off from the New York Times bestselling author of the Rock Chick and Dream Man series.

Evan "Evie" Gardiner has spent her whole life being the responsible one in her family, but enough is enough. It's time to pursue her own dreams. Evie's finally going to finish that engineering degree she's been working toward. But first she needs to come up with the money to pay for tuition. Working as a dancer at Smithie's club seems like the perfect solution to her problems . . . until her family lands in yet another scrape and comes to Evie for help. Only, this time, her family's recklessness is risking more than her dreams-it's endangering her life.

Daniel "Mag" Magnusson knows a thing or two about desperation and disappointment, but no one notices that his good looks and quick wit hide the painful memories that haunt him. When Evie's family puts her in danger, Mag insists on offering Evie his protection. He has the skills to guard Evie's life, but as they grow closer, Mag realizes he'll need to come face-to-face with his demons to prove himself as the man who will protect her heart.


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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Yvette's Review:

As a HUGE fan of both Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Series and her Dream Man Series, can I just say, OMG?!?! I will gladly read anything by KA but a spin-off of two of her series?! It really doesn’t get any better than that (or so I thought). After reading and loving Quiet Man, aka Lottie and Mo’s story, I knew that Lottie set her matchmaking sights on Mo’s commando friends and her fellow exotic dancers from Smithie’s. First up is Evie and Mag’s book, Dream Maker, which kicks off a brand new series with a fast-paced, action-packed, unforgettable romance.

Sparks flew the moment Evan “Evie” Gardiner and Daniel “Mag” Magnusson met up for their blind date, but their first meeting doesn’t quite go as planned. A mysterious text and a late-night rendezvous land Evie into some serious trouble courtesy of her deadbeat family members. Said trouble not only draws out Mag’s protective instincts and kicks their budding romance into warp speed, but assembles the combined forces of the Rock Chicks, Smithie’s girls, and a bevy of take-charge, no-nonsense Alpha males. To say there’s never a dull moment in Dream Maker would be an understatement...

With a storyline that's rife with drama, danger, and suspense, Dream Maker is a book that'll keep you on the proverbial edge of your seat and have your pulse racing in anticipation. It's the tight-knit connection between the extensive cast of characters that's the heart of the narrative. Between Mag and Evie's whirlwind romance and Evie's indoctrination into the Rock Chick crew and the newly-appointed Dream Team, I didn't know whether to swoon or dissolve in a puddle of mush (although there was a lot of both happening on my part).

In addition to creating the best Alpha males (seriously, each one is as good as or better than the last), Kristen Ashley writes stories that are intense, emotional, sexy, and entertaining. She has this indefinable ability to evoke a variety of emotions with her words. It's this ability that not only makes me excited for each new release, but has me revisiting her previous books countless times while I wait for a new book. Dream Maker is another must-read romance from Kristen Ashley and I'm looking forward to both the next book in the series and to reading Dream Maker again and again.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Huge Audio News from Lauren Blakely!!!


#1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely brings another exciting and sizzling audiobook to listeners in her upcoming title, A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR. Releasing in audio August 17th and eBook August 21st, Lauren is thrilled to share that her first M/M romance will be performed in duet narration by two of her go-to leading men and narrators—Shane East and Joe Arden! These fan favorites will be heading into the studio next week via zoom to give voice to the witty, sexy, alpha heroes in this irresistible romance. Want a sneak peek? Keep your eyes open and ears peeled to Lauren’s social media pages. And don’t miss the special sample of Joe and Shane narrating the scene where their characters meet! We have that for you below!

Inspired by these two narrators and her admiration for their work, Lauren was driven by a desire to hear two of her favorite male voices paired together. That wish led her to write a book for them that turned into an enticing, standalone romance featuring a witty British bartender, a cocky American hockey player and the five-day fling in London that they swear won’t turn into anything more since they live across an ocean from each other...

With a full supporting cast playing their friends and family, this amazing audiobook also includes ten narrators to give listeners more of what they’ve been asking for—another full cast audiobook from Lauren Blakely! Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Jakobi Diem, Vanessa Edwin, Stella Hunter, Zachary Webber, Emma Wilder and a special cameo from Sebastian York round out the cast to ensure a stunning experience for listeners. This passionate love story is just over 100,000 words, so get ready for a delicious, sexy-as-sin audiobook that will melt your heart and your earbuds! Check out all of the information about A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR below and prepare to root for two of your favorite men as you fall in love with them all over again.

   

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About A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR:

A passionate, utterly addictive standalone MM romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely performed with duet narration by Joe Arden and Shane East!

Every bartender should follow one simple rule—don't go home with the customers.

That’s been easy for me to stick to, until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar. This sexy athlete is too hard to resist, especially when he makes it clear how much he wants the “sarcastic, witty, hot AF” guy behind the bar—also known as me.

Still, I’m not keen on breaking my own rules since I know where that can lead—no place good.

But when that man makes his case with one bone-searing kiss on the streets of London, I throw resistance out the window.

What could go wrong with a hot, no-strings-attached fling before he leaves town in five days?

Trouble is, soon our nights together lead to days, to long conversations, to getting to know each other, and to something I never expected—falling ridiculously hard for a man who’s getting on a plane to America when I live a world away.

My life is here. His is there. And no amount of falling or feeling will change that one big problem.

Warning: contains hot hotel sex, loads of dirty talk, PDA all over London, and two sexy, witty, charming alpha heroes…

Performed with a full supporting cast including: Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Jakobi Diem, Vanessa Edwin, Stella Hunter, Zachary Webber, Emma Wilder and with a cameo from Sebastian York.

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About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT.  She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Hailing from London, Shane's Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list and is a favorite amongst romance’s top authors. He's a multi Audie Awards nominee, Earphones winner, and has been crowned romance narrator of the year by Audiofile Magazine, The Romantic Times and SOVAS. Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve even started a fan club called the Shaneiaks (on Facebook). And when not recording you can find him in the kitchen cooking up a storm.


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Joe Arden:

Joe Arden is one of the industry's most prolific narrators of Romance and Erotica. He has been nominated for multiple Audie and SOVAS Awards and has received AudioFile's Earphones award several times. When he isn't in the booth, Joe can be found training and fostering rescue pit bulls and restoring vintage motorcycles. He’s narrated in more than sixteen Lauren Blakely audiobooks.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: ARC Review

Blurb:

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

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About the Author:

Sarah Hogle is a stay-at-home mom who spends her free time planning weird pranks. Her dream is to live in a falling-apart castle in a forest that is probably cursed. You Deserve Each Other is her debut novel.





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A lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers rom-com about an engaged couple trying to force each other to end things? It’s definitely not a plot I’ve come across before, which is why I was so excited to read You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I devour rom-coms on a regular basis and it’s rare to find a book that makes me laugh aloud from start to finish, but You Deserve Each Other is hands down one of the funniest, most delightfully ridiculous books I’ve ever read.

Engaged couple, Naomi Westfield and Nicholas Rose, are stuck in a rut. After nearly two years together, their upcoming nuptials evoke a sense of impending doom rather than excitement. Neither are particularly satisfied with their lackluster romance, but they aren’t willing to end their engagement, which would mean being stuck with the bill for their rather pricey wedding. To avoid the expense, each is determined to make the other throw in the towel, using whatever nefarious means necessary...

Having read my fair share of second chance romances, I can honestly say that You Deserve Each Other is a unique, fresh take on the trope. An engaged couple falling back in love with each other isn’t a storyline I expected to come across, but the narrative compellingly combines dry humor and heartfelt sincerity in a way that makes you laugh uncontrollably even as it tugs on your heartstrings. The lingering feelings and unresolved issues between Naomi and Nicholas play out in a twisted game of one-uppance leading to increasingly hilarious results. The two engage in a type of psychological warfare, but the irony is that, the more they’re at each other’s throats, the more their shields are dropped, and they start to open up about where they went wrong.

It’s not often you get an evil mastermind for a heroine, but Naomi is truly one of a kind. Every unfiltered thought that passes through her mind and every harebrained scheme she concocts is pure genius, and I’m just happy to have gone along for the ride. With Naomi at the helm, You Deserve Each Other is such an outrageously silly story, that you can’t help but chuckle maniacally and get swept up in the absurdity of it all. The humor kept me glued to each page of the book, but it’s the romance at the heart of the story that had me so emotionally invested.

If you’re looking for a love story that’s thoroughly entertaining, endlessly amusing, and will leave you with both a tear in your eye and a smile on your face, You Deserve Each Other is a must-read!

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ARC Review


Blurb:

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Yvette's Review:

If there are any authors that could get me to drop everything and read a secret book, it would be Jennifer L. Armentrout. Going in to From Blood and Ash, I had no idea what I was in for and, the more I read, the more I knew that the blurb in no way could've prepared me for what was to come. I'm going to be as vague as possible going forward (because: spoilers) but I will start by saying that this is Jennifer L. Armentrout's most jaw-dropping story to date. Packed with gasp-inducing revelations, pulse-pounding suspense, and nail-biting danger, From Blood and Ash is a high fantasy novel that's nothing short of epic.

With From Blood and Ash, Jennifer L. Armentrout crafts an intricate world of fantastical creatures and a rich, detailed history. As the Maiden awaiting her Ascension, our heroine, Poppy, is the hope of her kingdom. Veiled to conceal her identity and sheltered to protect her life, Poppy is this untouchable being, held to a higher standard and higher expectations because of who she is and what she represents. She’s fiercely independent, selflessly brave, and deceptively strong, but she's forced to hide these qualities by all but those closest to her. It isn't until she meets Hawke - a strikingly handsome, audaciously bold, and incorrigibly flirtatious new Royal Guard - that Poppy begins to voice some of the doubts that have been festering the closer she gets to her Ascension and indulge in her innermost feelings and desires.

Told through Poppy's point-of-view, From Ash and Blood is purposely mysterious, revealing bits and pieces of its mythology with each chapter. As a reader, becoming privy to each new truth revealed alongside Poppy makes the narrative that much more impactful. The storyline and these characters are not black and white, but more complex than you could possibly imagine. What Jennifer L. Armentrout does so brilliantly is create characters that are flawed, yet thoroughly compelling and endearing. But it wouldn't be a Jennifer L. Armentrout book without enough twists and turns to make you rethink everything you thought you knew.

With a deliciously slow-burning forbidden romance, characters that are multi-dimensional and completely riveting, and a narrative that’ll keep you on the proverbial edge of your seat from start to finish, From Blood and Ash is a must-read novel from Jennifer L. Armentrout. From what I could tell, this is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Beef Cake (Donner Bakery #4) by Jiffy Kate: Blog Tour Excerpt


Blurb:

If opposites do actually attract, then Gunnar Erickson and Frankie Reeves take the cake.

Frankie Reeves is complicated, even though she won’t admit it. She fills her days working as an ER nurse, taking care of her mom, and searching for the father she never knew. Anything else has no place in her perfectly compartmentalized, purposefully simple life. Attachments? No thank you. She has no time for that.

Gunnar Erickson recently moved to Green Valley to train at Viking MMA with his brother Cage. Being the youngest of the Erickson clan, he’s always felt like he has something to prove, and now that he’s finished with college, it’s his time to shine. But before he can step into the ring, a freak accident sends him to the ER and into the care of one Frankie Reeves.

While he’s immediately smitten, she pretends to be unfazed by this six-foot-three, two hundred and thirty-pound beefcake. Gunnar sets out to prove to Frankie that, not only does she like him more than she wants to admit, but he’s not the uneducated, brute she assumes he is. To Frankie, he’s the worst kind of complication, but that doesn’t make it easy to stay away.

‘Beef Cake’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #4 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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About Jiffy Kate:

Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They’re co-writing besties who share a brain. They also share a love of cute boys, stiff drinks, and fun times.

Together, they’ve written over twenty stories. Their first published book, Finding Focus, was released in November 2015. Since then, they’ve continued to write what they know–southern settings full of swoony heroes and strong heroines.



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“I wanted to see you,” I admit. There’s no sense in beating around the bush. If she doesn’t know I’m into her, then I really need to reevaluate my strategy, or up my game.

Opening the door, she turns her back to me and I see the way her shoulders lift then fall, and when she speaks, she sounds distracted. “Can you just—I can’t deal with this. I don’t have time to deal with you, okay? I'm not interested. Leave me alone.”

I feel my entire body deflate. She wants me to leave her alone, I’ll leave her alone. But since we’re here, talking, and this might be my last chance, a part of me I can’t ignore wants to make sure her disinterest isn’t because I’m a fighter.

“Okay. Fine. But do you mind if I ask why?” I get the feeling she has her guard up all the time. I get it, I do. She’s a beautiful woman, but it’s got to be exhausting. Somehow, I’d still like to prove that it’s not necessary with me.

She slowly turns back around. “Why what?” It’s obvious she’s trying to avoid answering, so I spell it out for her.

“Why aren’t you interested?” I ask, keeping it casual and relaxed as I take a step back until my back is flush with the side of the truck. I don’t want her to feel threatened or pressured, but I do want her to talk. So, I’m hoping if I give her a little space, she’ll open up.

“You can be honest, it’s cool.” I shrug. “I’m just looking for some constructive feedback here. So, do you not find me attractive?” I ask, unable to keep from smiling. “Or are you just not into blondes? Or muscles?” I continue, trying a more playful approach, and it works. The side of her mouth pulls as she fights back a smile, her cheeks heating.

“I—you know I find you attractive,” she mumbles reluctantly, the stain on her cheeks warming to red.

I nearly sigh in relief but stop myself, because this means her disinterest has its root in my fear. “Frankie,” I continue softly, “is it because I’m a fighter?”

Her gaze cuts to mine and she presses her lips together, and that’s all the answer I need. My stomach drops.

We stand there like that, watching each other, and she sways toward me, her eyes conflicted.

“Listen,” I tell her, sighing, putting my hands in my pockets. “Go on one date with me, pretend I’m a lawyer, a doctor—”

She snorts, rolling her eyes. “I wouldn’t go on a date with a doctor either.”

“Fine, pretend I’m a window washer.”

Now her lips twist to the side to hide a new smile.

“I promise I won’t talk about MMA or cage fighting. Just one date. If you’re still not interested, I’ll leave you alone. And I’ll leave you alone now if that’s really what you want. All I’m asking for is a chance . . .  and a date.”

She eyes me and I can tell she’s giving it some thought, which is hopeful.

Patiently, I wait for the final verdict, hoping it’s not a no.

“You’re incredibly persistent.” Still struggling with her smile, she sighs in mock exasperation.

Am I proud of the fact I’ve convinced her to give me a shot in such a short time? Yes. And no. Yes, because I set out to do something and nothing makes me happier than accomplishing a goal. No, because I hate that I had to do it in the first place. I’ve never had to convince someone to talk to me or go out with me. But her misconceptions about me based on what I do don’t sit right.

Thumbing my bottom lip, I give her a smirk. “I’ve been told my persistence is an attractive quality.”

She finally—fucking finally—fully smiles, and it’s everything. The sun, the moon, the stars. I swear it just lit up this dark-as-fuck parking lot. “Is that so?” Her tone is different. She’s losing the chill and I’m thinking there might be a warm, soft center under that thick layer of ice.

And, fuck if I don’t want to find out.

“Tomorrow morning,” she announces, interrupting the fantasy of her curves under my hands.

Wait. What?

“Morning?” I ask, not sure I heard her correctly. With the blood leaving my brain and flowing to my dick, it’s possible I wasn’t paying attention.

Crossing her arms, she copies my stance, leaning against her car. “Yes, tomorrow morning. Daisy’s Nut House. If we’re doing this, we’re doing it on my terms, and I’m busy. That’s my only offer. Take it or leave it.”

I get the feeling she thinks her offer is going to scare me off or change my mind, but she’s badly mistaken. “Tomorrow morning,” I confirm. “What time?” She could tell me two o’clock on the moon and I’d make that shit happen.

“Seven.”

Again, the quirk of her head tells me it’s a challenge. One I gladly accept.

“I’ll be there at six thirty,” I counter.

There’s an air of skepticism whirling around, but I’ll be happy to see her look of surprise when I’m sitting in the parking lot of Daisy’s Nut House tomorrow morning when she arrives. Shit, I might drive over there now and sleep in the truck, just to make sure I’m early.

Her laugh, although disbelieving, is music to my ears. It might also be my new favorite sound.


Shaking her head, she gets into her car without another word and I stay put, watching her buckle up and drive off. I’m pretty sure she stops and looks back at me before turning out on the street. Could be my wishful thinking, but I’m going to roll with it.

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