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Saturday, February 24, 2018

ARC Review: Taken by Rebecca Brooke

Taken is the third standalone story in Rebecca Brooke's Traded series. Each book can be read on it's own, but I definitely recommend reading this series from the start as it is fantastic! I have really enjoyed them all, and if you are a fan of mafia romance stories this series is one I think you'll enjoy as well. Rebecca Brooke was a new author to me when I started this series, but she has become one that I really look forward to now. 

I don't really want to go into the story here and I don't want to spoil anything, but this is Brock and Amber's story. Both Brock and Amber would do whatever it takes to put their family first, even if that means sacrificing themselves. But when circumstances change everything for them, they find themselves unsure of what to do and questioning everything. 

Taken is a bit darker than the first two books, yet it definitely fit in well in the series. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, anxious to find out how things would play out and what would happen next. I liked the characters and found myself immediately invested in this story. Each of the characters was deep and well thought out and I loved getting to know them and all that was beneath the surface. 

Overall, this was a great story and Rebecca Brooke wrote another captivating story in this world that I can't seem to get enough of. I honestly love every minute spent reading these stories and I never want it to end. The Traded series is what introduced me to Rebecca Brooke, but her writing is what has really made me a fan of hers. I can't wait for more from her and will be waiting to see what she writes next!

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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Friday, February 23, 2018

ARC Review: Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken

I have been waiting for Eulogy since I finished Enrage. The Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken is one that has to be read in order. Though you could try and read some of these books as standalones, I definitely wouldn't recommend it. Each book follows the events of what has already happened in the series and continues to build on the story, and readers not having read the previous books could be lost and have trouble understanding. This series is one of my all time favorites and the books are fantastic, so I definitely think they are worth reading from the start for those that haven't read them yet. 

I won't go into much of the story here, because I don't want to spoil anything and for those that have read this series, should be pretty up to date on what has happened. This book is Chase Abandonato's story, and he is a very different guy than he once was. I have loved Chase from the very beginning, and honestly if I had to pick a favorite character he would probably be it. My heart absolutely broke for him and all that he had been through and it was honestly hard to get through at times because I just love his character so much! 

Seeing Chase experience all that he did, and seeing what it turned him into was really emotional for me. I felt this book so much more than most of the previous books, and I loved it even when it was difficult to process everything that was happening. While I know some will be upset with the direction this series has taken, I honestly love it. Rachel Van Dyken has written a series that is unpredictable and raw, and I love that I never know what will happen next. While that can be scary at times, I have to say that after reading this book, I noticed so much more than I ever did before and I feel like my eyes have been opened to so much that I missed previously. Knowing what I know now after finishing Eulogy, I really believe that Rachel Van Dyken has taken this series and the characters exactly where they are meant to be. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it. This series is a must read for me and is one that I will never stop recommending it because I really believe that it is one not to be missed!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Devil in Tartan by Julia London

Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.

Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

ARC Review: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

I couldn't wait to get my hands on Gentleman Nine, and Penelope Ward definitely didn't disappoint here! I am a huge fan of her books and this one was everything that I had hoped for. Penelope is one of a few authors that I don't even need to read a blurb for, because if it has her name on it I am going to read it and Gentleman Nine was one I loved from start to finish. 

Channing and Amber knew each other while growing up, but the one thing that neither ever knew about was how the other felt anything for them beyond friendship. Channing and his best friend Rory had a deal that they wouldn't make a move on Amber because they both had feelings for her, but when Channing went off to school everything changed. So when Rory breaks up with Amber and breaks her heart and Channing finds himself needing a place to stay while he is temporarily in town for his job, he never expects to find her message to an escort on her computer. But Channing isn't about to let her get hurt again and finds himself responding to Amber. When she shows up to meet Gentleman Nine, her escort, she never expects to find Channing instead. Can he convince her to give him a shot instead of an escort though, and what does that mean for their future? 

I absolutely loved these two. They had so much history and I loved how connected they were. Their friendship might have had times when they weren't as close as others, and yet they were always there for one another and had so much between them. I really felt for both of them and I was invested in them right away. I was so glad that they were able to finally learn the truth about their feelings and everything that had happened, when for so long they never knew just how much the other felt. They had a great connection and friendship, and their chemistry was so strong. I really felt the emotional ties and feelings between them, and it was clear that they were attracted to everything about the other one. 

Overall, I have loved every book that Penelope Ward has written and Gentleman Nine was no exception. This story was captivating, with the characters being real and easy to relate to. I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to Penelope's books, but I have read and loved everything that she has written, and she is one of those authors that I always recommend to fans of contemporary romance. If you like genuine characters, emotional and heartfelt stories that are unexpected and captivating, you have to read Penelope Ward's books. I am already anxious for more from her and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: One More Promise by Samantha Chase

Dylan Anders is making amends

…to his family
…to the public
…to the woman who just walked into his life

Paige Walters must learn to forgive

…her busy father
…her bossy sister
…and the wonderful man she horribly misjudged

Ambitious Paige Walters is ecstatic when she's hired to recruit musicians for a literacy campaign—it's her chance to prove she's got the chops to make it in the family business. When Dylan steps in, she immediately dislikes him and vows not to let the fallen idol screw it up. But as the work brings Paige and Dylan closer together, their attraction grows…and so do their challenges…

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