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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Outlaw by Katana Collins

Katana Collins is lucky enough to love her day job almost as much as she loves writing. She splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir and newborn portraits and writing steamy romances in a variety of genres -- paranormal, contemporary, new adult and suspense.

She lives in Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow lab puppy... oh yeah, there's a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.

Guest Post with Doe Deere

Doe Deere Is Sprinkling The Cosmetics Industry With Color

Doe Deere has made a successful makeup empire with her creative talents as well as her shrewd business sense. She came to love fashion and makeup at an early age. She realized then that there was a market for things related to fashion. She even sold temporary tattoos as a young girl and she would convince her friends to buy them so that they would be fresh and trendy. She later moved to the United States and began a career in music. She was able to further pursue her fashion interests as a musician. The two seemed to go hand in hand for her. She began to create her own cosmetics when she realized that she was going to have a very difficult time finding makeup that would be colorful enough to satisfy her taste for bright colors. 

Once she began selling her makeup products she quickly began making a name for herself. She named her Ebay store Lime Crime and the name has stuck since then. She even had a YouTube channel where she regularly gave makeup tutorials and created a very large fan base. Through a combination of creativity and marketing skill, she was able to build her brand into one of the fastest growing online companies in the country. Lime Crime has become a household name and is known for producing cruelty-free, high-quality makeup products. They have multiple lines of both eye and lips colors that have become incredibly popular. One of the most appealing aspects of Lime Crime cosmetics is that they come in every color of the rainbow. They have everything ranging between neutral to fluorescent colors and everything in between. Lime Crime is for the individual that is trying to make a statement through the use of color.

Doe Deere is very hands-on with the creation of her cosmetic products. Just as in the beginning of the company, she is in the lab helping to create new products. She even tests them on herself before she releases them to the public. Lime Crime cosmetics are also dermatologist tested. When she isn't in the lab, she can be found working with her corporate and marketing teams to create effective and eye-catching campaigns to reach her customers both new and loyal. In addition, she is a fan of helping female entrepreneurs to reach their business goals and mentors them in her spare time. She believes that if you are passionate and follow your dreams that you can achieve anything that you set out to do.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

ARC ReviewRipple Effect: Episode 2 by Keri Lake

I really really wasn't ready for this installment in this series. First, for anyone trying to join the party at this book, you can't. This book picks up right where episode 1 leaves off. If you haven't read the first book, don't read this one and don't read this review.

This book begins with Dylan waking up in Rip's house in full blown opioid withdrawal and ends with her vomiting violently. Everything that happens in between is equally jarring. Rip and Dylan both come from deep dark ugly places. As a result of all they have been through they are twisted in a way that makes them like puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly. In episode 2 we learn more about Dylan's horrible history of abuse but also how very strong she is. Dylan actually has no idea about the effect she has on Rip. The really interesting thing is that in book 1, Dylan was obsessed with Rip or at least the guy she saw every week at the diner. In book 2 the author reveals Rip's obsession with Dylan. Rip knows that wanting Dylan is a source of weakness but he really can't help himself. The connection between these two characters is electrifying and actually leaps off the pages.

I don't want to give too much away about this book. It's really short so you kind of just need to read it. I will say this, there is no sex (sort of) in book 1 but not the case here. This book turns into a hardcore erotic romance. And by hardcore I mean this book is dark dark. If you can't deal with taboo topics, you need to bypass this. There is child abuse, knife/blood play, questionable consent issues, violent sex etc. Look, just if you have ANY triggers, bypass this one.

If you can work through the darkness, OMG, this book is riveting. Like I could not put it down for one second after I started reading it. These are two of the most compelling characters I have ever read about. The writing is superior. You know how some books feel forced? Like you can almost hear the author trying to think of the words? That is NOT this book. The writing of this book is seamless. You are transported into the dark world of Rip and Dylan. I guarantee when you finish this, you'll be scrambling for the next book.

**ARC provided by Ardent PRose**

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ARC Review: Con Man by T. Torrest

I will be honest, I am still trying to get my thoughts together after reading Con Man by T. Torrest. The first thing I will say is that I have mixed feelings about this story. While it was a good story, it wasn't at all what I expected. The blurb and cover are what really sold me, but this book is not what the blurb would lead you to believe.

I really can't go into details of this story without spoiling it, so I will have to be a little vague. Lucas Taggart is a former geek that is now hot. He helps ugly ducklings gain confidence through an eight week program. The one thing he doesn't do is date his clients. But when he meets Ainsley Carrington, he is immediately drawn to her though she has signed up for his program. The problem is that Ainsley doesn't need it, and Lucas can't help but want her. Lucas finds himself needing some help, and luckily his friend Mia is there for him. 

I did like the characters here and I wanted to love their story. Unfortunately though, I felt completely mislead and that really made it tough to feel invested in the story or happy with the outcome. If I had known the way things were going, I feel like I could have felt entirely different and maybe even loved this book. That being said though, I really don't like it when authors completely mislead you with a blurb and then switch it up on you for shock value. While I am all for twists and turns, this wasn't just a case of being surprised by events of the story but it really felt like a bait and switch situation. I just couldn't get past that and it really soured me on the story altogether. Again, this wasn't a bad story. It just wasn't what it would have you believe at first and for me that was a huge issue. I do think that some readers will really like this one though, and for those that think that this one sounds good I would say to give it a shot. Just because I had some problems here with how things went down doesn't mean that it won't be one you love.

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books Promotions**

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Feature and Giveaway: Hard Justice by Lori Foster

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…

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