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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ARC Review: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

I absolutely love Vi Keeland's books! She is a fantastic writer and her stories always draw me right in. For me Vi is an auto-buy, and her newest book Egomaniac did not disappoint! I enjoyed this one from start to finish, and I think readers are going to love this one! 

Emerie Rose gets the shock of her life when she realizes that the intruder in her brand new Park Avenue office is actually the rightful occupant. While he was on vacation Drew Jagger's office was leased to Emerie by a scammer who took off with her life savings. But Drew offers to let her answer his phones while his secretary is out in exchange for allowing her to stay until she finds a new space. They quickly realize that there is more between them than they ever could have expected, but can a divorce attorney and psychologist who helps others save their marriages possibly have a chance at a future together? 

I really liked these two. They were great together and despite their differences were exactly what the other needed. Emerie was a believer in love, committed to helping her patients put their relationships back together and make things work. She was a bit naive at first and I worried that I would have problems liking her, but that quickly changed. Drew was sexy and cynical, and he had every right to be after what he had seen and been through. I couldn't blame him for being scared and wanting nothing to do with marriage, yet I never stopped hoping that he would see that Emerie was different. These two were super hot together, and I loved everything about their growing connection. 

Overall this was a great story, and I liked it a lot. There was one thing that kept this one from being five stars for me, and that was Emerie and her indecisiveness when it came to a situation that I don't want to spoil for readers. I felt like at times she was too hung up on the past and was a bit blind to what was happening, though Drew had no problem telling her what was actually going on. I didn't understand the random thoughts that she would have pertaining to the situation, and I found that it just didn't jive with what was happening with Drew. It just didn't work for me when so much of the time it really seemed like she had moved forward with her life, and then there was a comment or thought out of nowhere that seemed to contradict that. I know that is all a little vague, but I don't want to give anything away for those that haven't read this one yet. Even with that criticism though, I still really enjoyed Drew and Emerie's story, and this one had so many great moments that I didn't want to put it down. It was sweet, sexy, funny and emotional, and I definitely recommend it for fans of contemporary romance. Vi Keeland is an author that I always look forward to, and I am already anxious to see what she has in store for readers next!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Guest Post with Author Teri Anne Stanley and Giveaway

Teri Anne Stanley has been writing since she learned to hold a crayon. Though her handwriting hasn’t improved, her spelling is a little better now. She spends her days as an evil genius’s sidekick in a research lab, and her nights weaving tales of heroic hunks and sassy, smart women. When she’s not at work, Teri, Mr. Stanley, and the Stanlettes enjoy spending time at their weekend estate, located in the thriving metropolis of Sugartit, between Beaverlick and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ARC Review: Blurry by Carina Adams

I will be honest and say that I didn't know how I was going to feel about this book before I started it, and while I was excited I was also a bit scared. If you haven't read Forever Red by Carina Adams, you may want to exit now as there will be some spoilers from that book. Having read and loved Forever Red and Out of the Blue (the previous books released in the Bama Boys series by Carina Adams), I was a huge Nate fan. So when I found out that Carina had written a story about Lia with someone else I just wasn't sure if I could connect or even like the story. Carina is such a talented writer though that I never should have worried about it. Blurry is the story of Lia and Craig, before Lia met Nate. 

Cecelia "Lia" Merrill was used to being on her own, lost and lonely she was determined to graduate and leave her tiny town behind her for good. But then she met coach Craig Knightly and everything changed. Craig almost had everything that he had ever dreamed of, but then Lia changed everything that he thought he knew. Soon an unexpected and forbidden friendship between them led to more, and both Lia and Craig knew that their lives would be forever changed in a situation where neither of them could come out a winner. 

Like I said, I was worried about being able to connect here, even though I had loved Lia before. I ended up really liking Craig though as well, and surprisingly I found myself liking these two together. Did I think that they belonged together in the long run? No I didn't, because I knew better and she always belonged with Nate. But that didn't stop me from rooting for these two here or enjoying their time together. For those that haven't read Forever Red, this one will probably be a completely different experience than for those that have read FR. I loved the fact that we got to know Lia better here though and see a bit more into her past than just some details we had been given previously. These two had a great connection and strong chemistry, and they needed each other at the time that they were together. Yet they also both were at a place where they couldn't be together long term, and I think that their time together made them into the people that they needed to be later on. 

I will say that I actually ended up feeling sorry for Craig here, and it broke my heart a bit to see him here knowing what was ahead for him. These two had genuine feelings for one another, yet Craig definitely was the one that I knew would wind up hurting the most. I felt for him even though he had messed things up with Lia to begin with, and I really just wanted him to be happy. It was easy to see how he as well as Mike and Nate could fall for Lia, and I was glad to get more of all these characters. This was an emotional read, and I really struggled knowing how everything would play out in the long run. But I am really glad that Carina Adams wrote this story and gave us more insight into these characters that I already knew and loved. I hope that Craig might one day get his own HEA as I think he truly deserves one. It was great to read about his HFN with Lia here though, and I think fans of this series will really enjoy getting more in this world.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild

Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…

When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

ARC Review: Full Package by Lauren Blakely

When Chase Summers becomes desperate after numerous available rentals slip through his fingers, thereby leaving him on the brink of being homeless, an intriguing opportunity arises. His best friend Josie Hammer happens to be in need of a roommate. Not only does she live close to Mercy Hospital where he works as an ER Surgeon, but she happens to be one of his favorite people. They get along very well. They see each other often already. Plus, Josie bakes him delectable treats all the time. So, how could this roommate situation become a problem?

Well, because his Josie is sexy as hell. Oh, and like I mentioned above, she can bake. We all know men love food. Plus, she’s sweet and funny. What’s not to love? Oh wait, love? Did I say love? You see, that’s what happens when two people who are already best friends are in close confines and have hot-as-sin chemistry. These two are so damn delicious and cute that I now have a sweet tooth of epic proportions. One page just wasn’t enough. One chapter wasn’t enough. You get the idea. I freaking loved this book!

Chase is hilarious and everything I love in a man. He is intelligent, capable, humorous, and sexy with off-the-charts charisma. Josie is just perfection as a female lead and I loved her dirty mouth and blunt honesty. Add in the pink highlights with a sweet as sugar attitude and I’d like to be her best friend. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two falling head over heels for one another as stubborn lovers until they finally took a full dose of common sense and acceptance as they came together. I smiled so much throughout this book and laughed out loud in wonder.

Lauren Blakely can turn a phrase and create magic with good feelings as you devour every funny and sexy moment throughout this book. I can’t say enough about what an enjoyable experience reading this story has been. Not to mention that I harbor a new love for Swedish Fish that before would have been considered unhealthy (because honestly, I could eat a whole bag at once), but now I think of them in a whole new way which may be indecent, and yet so much more fun (no, I am not kidding). See? Now you have to read it just to understand what I’m referring to *laughs*

Seriously though, you need this book. It is chock full of funny, sexy, sweet, and happily-ever-after. I loved every minute! Also, did I mention that there are recipes in this book? No? Well, there are! They are so cute! I just love the little insights into Josie’s mind, and I’m also very interested in baking her Seven Layers Bars now. Just a thought! Talk about a morsel of literary heaven. Don’t miss out y’all!

**ARC provided by Author**

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