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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: Respect by Jay Crownover

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.

Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.

He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.

He warned her over and over that he wasn't the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she'd given her heart so completely to both.

She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.

Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.

While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn't feel like surrender... but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It's a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.

She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She'd much rather go out and build her own.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: Cowboys Need Not Apply

No, prima donna ballerina Jessica Carmichael isn’t interested in the rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy she met in physical therapy. In fact, she’s actively uninterested in his cocky smile, and his go-with-the-flow attitude, and how his silly little bets make her work harder than ever to fix her knee. She’d like nothing more than to strangle him, if she wasn’t so busy thinking about kissing him.

Matt Walker's best hope of getting back in the saddle is charming Jessica into teaching him ballet. He needs to get back on the bronc…even if he has to get there in tights. Only the uptight ballerina lives in a completely different world, one he wouldn't touch with a ten-foot mechanical bull. But maybe the one thing she needs more than control is to lose control for once—with him.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

ARC Review: When Light Leads to You by C.R. Ellis
When Light Leads to You is the second book in the Forget Me Knot series by C.R. Ellis. This book is a standalone, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first in the series as it isn’t necessary to understand anything here. This is my first book by Ellis, and while the story did have promise, ultimately I struggled with it.

Jasmine has been in love with her best friend’s brother for as long as she can remember. However once upon a time when she thought things were finally changing between them, he broke her heart. She vowed to move on and never let anyone in again, preferring to keep things casual with guys. But when Dean moves back to town and takes the apartment across the hall from her, she finds it impossible to avoid him. Dean doesn’t know where things went wrong with Jasmine, but he is determined to get to the bottom of it, especially since the more he is around her the more he wants her for his own. But can he repair the damage he unknowingly caused years ago and show her that they belong together?

I will admit that a big part of my issues here was the fact that the characters were on the immature and dramatic size. Despite being adults and being successful in their chosen careers, living on their own and having been years out of school, these two reacted poorly the majority of the time. They overreacted and took things too far. They were judgmental and quick to cast blame without giving the other a chance to explain things. When the other would try, they wouldn’t listen. It got old very quickly and was unfortunately a deal breaker for me. When it kept going well after the turning point of the story, I just felt like I couldn’t be invested anymore. I kept reading to see how things played out but the damage was already done for me as a reader. I just couldn’t understand how things could be so “strong” between them, yet both of them continued to act the same way.

Overall, I think that there are a lot of readers that will enjoy this one and I recommend giving it a shot if it sounds like something you might enjoy. For me this was a miss, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. I think had I not been so frustrated with the characters that I would have enjoyed it a lot.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: As Dust Dances by Samantha Young

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

ARC Review: Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert

Wheels Up is the first book that I have ever read from Annabeth Albert, yet it is the fourth book in the Out of Uniform Series. This series is one that has been on my TBR for awhile, and I am so glad that I made the time to read this book. I really enjoyed it and immediately wanted to read the rest of the books in the series. 

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is no longer the playboy he used to be, settling into his leadership role on the way to more in his career. But he also keeps his private life a secret, preferring for his bisexuality and time spent on the hookup app Joe4Joe to remain his private business. But when his chat buddy pushes for an in person meeting, neither of them expect that they will soon be on the same SEAL team and forbidden to even be friends, let alone more. But as Wes and Dustin continue to grow closer through their chats and in person, neither can fight the attraction between them and the fact that they both want more despite all the reasons they can't be together. Can they figure out a way to be with one another? 

I really liked these two. It was obvious right away that they were good together and for one another. Their connection was strong and the chemistry between them smoking hot. Wes and Dustin's relationship was one that couldn't happen for so many reasons, and yet the entire time I was reading I just knew that there had to be a way because they belonged together. Each of them were easy to like and genuinely good guys. I loved their loyalty and the way that they were with those they cared about, especially Wes. His love for his family and sister was impossible not to fall for. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more in this series. This cast of characters was great, and I wanted to see how they all wound up where they were here. This is a complete standalone, but the characters are interconnected to the previous books. I think readers will enjoy this sexy and sweet M/M story as much as I did, and I am looking forward to reading more from Annabeth Albert.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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