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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Naughty New Year...Brazen Style Event Winners

There are many winners to announce but before we do so, we just wanted to take the time and say a SUPER BIG THANK YOU to all of the authors that participated. We loved sharing your special smexy scenes with everyone. A special thanks also goes out to the super awesome people at Entangled Publishing for helping make this event such a success. Thank you so very much. =)

Now, on to the winners!

ARC Review: Something Amazing by M. Clarke

Something Amazing by M. Clarke is a spin-off of her Something Great series, but it can be read as a standalone with interconnected characters. I have really enjoyed this series, so I was excited to see another book coming out. While it was nice to see familiar faces, I really loved Jax and Rachel's story and it might even be my favorite of them all. This one was really great, and I loved how sweet it was. 

When Rachel Miller decides to end her long distance relationship, she decides to take a trip to Kauai with her roommate and best friend Stacey. Not only is she going through the breakup, but she is also trying to decide if she should accept the job offer she got to work for Knight Fashion Magazine. Though the job would bring her closer to her sister in L.A., it would also take her away from her best friend and the life she is used to in NY. When she meets the sexy Jax while on vacation, things get even more confusing as she finds herself enjoying the time they spend together. The attraction between them is instant, and the more time they spend together the more she starts to develop real feelings for him. But Jax is holding things back from her, and with her vacation almost over she knows that another long distance relationship is the last thing she needs. But both Jax and Rachel find it hard to let go of one another and both hope to find a way to make it work. When the truth finally comes out about all that Jax hadn't told Rachel though, can their love find a way to survive all the obstacles they still have ahead of them?

I liked Jax a lot. He was sweet and sexy, and confident. He knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it. But what really got me with Jax was how much depth he had to him. He really opened up to Rachel about things that meant a lot to him, and I liked seeing him share those parts of himself with her. I wish that he had been more upfront about the bigger things in his life, but I also understood that he wanted to see how things would go for them first. It was hard for me to understand why he continued to keep it from her though as the story progressed and they grew closer to one another. I loved his connection with Rachel though, and it was clear that these two belonged together. Rachel was great most of the time, and I liked seeing her take some chances and push her limits a bit. I did think that she had a tendency to run scared a bit too many times though, and I was glad that Jax called her on it. He never let her hide, and I liked that. I thought that these two really did have a great connection, and the chemistry between them was clear.

Overall, this was a really great story and I loved Rachel and Jax together. I will say that besides Rachel's running scared annoying me, I also felt like there were a few other times that I didn't like how things were handled. I wish that Jax would have been a bit more understanding after the truth was revealed. I felt like Rachel had a lot to think about and they were some very big things, but when she didn't instantly change her life he gave up on them. I didn't care for that when it was his fault that she hadn't been aware of it all until it came out, and she didn't even get to hear it from him. I also found it a bit weird that the author shamelessly plugged another book of hers in this book. Not that its necessarily a bad thing, but it just really stood out to me and I didn't really like it. That being said though, I really did enjoy Rachel and Jax's story and it was definitely one of my favorites of this series. If you haven't read the Something Great Series by M. Clarke, I would definitely recommend you start at the beginning since the characters are interconnected and all the books are good but it isn't necessary to enjoy Something Amazing.

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Interview with Author S.K.Falls and Giveaway

Meet S.K. Falls, author of One Last Song.

2014 IPPY award-winning author S.K. Falls believes a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. When she isn't writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.

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Feature and Giveaway: Captivated by his Kiss Box Set by Cheryl Bolen, Bronwen Evans, Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd and Lauren Smith

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.

His Lordship’s Vow by Cheryl Bolen - The exceedingly plain spinster, Miss Jane Featherstone, helps the earl she loves woo an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow Lord Slade to his father.

To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans - Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It's rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist.

The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem - Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a job as a governess in a haunted house, and if that’s not trouble enough, her new employer is the one man she’d hoped never to meet again.

Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands, determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.

Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella – Desperation makes strange bedfellows, and when the only person left to turn to is a dissolute Rake, Miss Hero Appleby realizes she is about to forsake more than her reputation.

Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd – Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.

The Duelist’s Seduction by Lauren Smith - Helen Banks, disguised as her twin brother, fights a duel against Gareth Fairfax but he has other ideas in mind of how to have Helen repay her debt starting with a sinful kiss and a wicked embrace...

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Forgiving Reed by C.A. Harms

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book. Forgiving Reed drew me in instantly with its gorgeous cover, and after reading the blurb I knew I had to read this book. I have really enjoyed the Scarred by Love series from C.A. Harms, so I figured that I would enjoy her Southern Boys series as well. Enjoy is an understatement, and I honestly couldn't put this book down. It was exactly what I was looking for, and had me very emotional. This book touched my heart, and it will be one that I know I will reread again in the future.

After losing the man she loves and the father of her baby, Kori heads home to get her life back on track with the support of her parents and best friend. She never planned to raise her baby alone, but now she is forced to learn as she goes while grieving the loss of Rhett's father Blake. When she comes face to face with the first boy to break her heart, she immediately wants nothing to do with him all the while feeling the attraction and pull she once did. But Kori knows letting Reed into her heart again affects more than just herself, and she isn't willing to go down that road again. Reed knows that he screwed up years ago with Kori, and he regrets the stupid choice he made when he was a teenager. He threw away the best thing that ever happened to him and lost his girl and best friend all at once. Now that Kori is back though, Reed is determined to show her the man he is now and that he will always be there for her and Rhett. But can Kori risk getting hurt again and let Reed have a chance to be a part of her and Rhett's lives?

I will be the first to say that Reed absolutely screwed up when they were teenagers. He made a really stupid decision and it ended up costing him. At first in this book he doesn't really come off as apologetic and seems to almost find his past actions to be inconsequential. But then we really get to see more of who he has become and how deeply everything has affected him. He quickly changed my opinion of him, and continued to prove that he was exactly what Kori and Rhett needed in their lives. He was sweet and kind, patient and understanding. The love he had for Kori and Rhett was unconditional, and he was so caring with them. He shared a special bond with Rhett and I loved how sensitive he was to always making sure that Rhett's father would have a presence in his life even if he wasn't physically there. Kori was struggling and was grieving, but she was so strong. This girl gave so much love and happiness to those around her and I loved that she was the rock her son needed. She never let him see her down, and she made his life her priority. She surrounded herself with positive influences and was able to give Rhett everything he needed and deserved. I don't know how she was able to be so strong in the face of all that she was going through, but I could not have admired her character more. The relationship between her and Reed was slow to build, and it felt so right. She had loved and lost twice before, and I was glad that she didn't jump into anything. Because it took time to develop, it felt so real and believable to me. It was exactly as it should have been, and I loved seeing their journey. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and thought that it was such a beautiful journey for all of the characters. This book was heartbreaking at times, and filled with hope at others. I felt every emotion these characters did, and their story really resonated with me. I just felt so invested in what happened to everyone in this book, and I wanted them all to find the love and peace that they deserved. I thought that C.A. Harms did a great job of tackling some really tough subjects, and I really felt as though she did everything justice. I definitely recommend this book to NA fans, but also to contemporary romance fans. I think that this is a story that everyone can find something to relate to, and it shows that no matter how bad life seems to get, that love will always find a way to help us heal.

**Review Copy Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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Guest Post with Author Jessica Peterson and Giveaway

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Feature and Giveaway: The Loving Daylights by Lynsay Sands

Shy Jane Spyrus loves gadgets. She can build anything B.L.I.S.S. needs in the international organization’s fight against crime-although its agents aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Some of them think her inventions are a little too . . . well, innovative. Like her shrink-wrap prophylactic constraints, or her spray-on truth serum.

Of course, you can’t use wacky inventions to fix all your problems; Jane knows that better than anyone. Her neighbor has been kidnapped, driving that point home. She will have to team up with another human being-and Abel Andretti arrives just in time. He will help Jane find her neighbor, stop a villain, and most of all he will show Jane to love the daylights out of something without batteries.

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ARC Review: Finding Gavin by C.A. Harms

I was so excited to get my hands on Finding Gavin after I read Forgiving Reed by C.A. Harms. While I wasn't sure what I would think of Maria or Gavin after how they both acted in Forgiving Reed, I loved that book so much that I really wanted to know them better and get more of these Southern Boys. I will say that after reading Finding Gavin, something happened that has never happened to me before with a series. For the first time, I honestly couldn't pick which book I liked more. When it comes to a series, there is always one that sticks out to me more than the others or one that I identify with certain characters more. But that didn't happen after reading these two books. I love them both so much, and I think that has everything to do with the fabulous writing of C.A. Harms. She has created such emotional and heartfelt stories that I just never want them to end.

Gavin made Maria no promises, and she wasn't expecting any even if she had been hoping for more. But with Gavin going through a rough divorce, Maria had no one to blame but herself for getting hurt. She never expected to fall for Gavin, but she couldn't stop herself. After a lifetime of rejection though, Maria is left broken hearted and even more discouraged than ever. But just when Maria believes that she has lost yet another chance at happiness, things change and Gavin finally starts to let Maria in. But just because they both want to face their feelings for one another and see where that leads them, doesn't mean that things will be easy. Gavin and Maria quickly find out that falling for someone means risking everything and having to fight for what you want. Can they have a shot at happiness together, or will there be too much for them to overcome?

I will be the first to admit that all through Forgiving Reed, I kind of thought that Gavin was a dog. He didn't treat Maria right, he seemed to be jerking her chain, and I didn't like the fact that he wasn't divorced and yet he was sleeping with Maria and Josie. But it was quickly revealed that we didn't know the entire story when it came to Gavin's past or present. He wasn't actually with Maria when he was with Josie, and things with his ex were beyond complicated. He really proved himself to me in this book though, and underneath it all he was so sweet and had so much love to give. He had a big heart and had been through so much, and his bitchy ex had done a lot of damage. But with Maria's love and kindness, he found that he was able to view things differently and I loved seeing him come around. Gavin more than made up for his bad behavior in this book and he was exactly what Maria needed, just as she was what he needed. Maria was also more than I had ever thought, and I loved seeing how much she kept hidden from most people but was able to share with Gavin. She was so much stronger than she showed, and had been through more than most would ever have guessed. She never let on just how much she had been hurting because of her father and brothers leaving her, but it was clear that she needed someone like Gavin to show her that she was worth being loved and that she deserved happiness. Gavin and Maria were perfect for one another, and I thought that they fit together so naturally. These two had it all, and I loved seeing their chemistry develop from the physical into a connection that no one could break.

Overall, I honestly loved this book just as much as the first and I cannot wait for more in this series. I can't say enough good things about these books other than that they are absolute must reads to me. They are beautiful and emotional, and have their ups and downs. But they always have the message of hope and love, and I really enjoy seeing how the characters are able to heal one another and open up in a way that makes them vulnerable. They support one another and the love they share is unconditional. I loved seeing more of Kori, Reed and Rhett, and I also really liked getting to meet Maria's brother Colt. He had his heart broken, and I can't wait to see the women who will be the one to help him heal. I know that C.A. Harms will give us another beautiful story with real and unique characters, and I am looking forward to getting to know Colt better. I think that these books really do have something for everyone and if you are looking for a heartfelt and beautiful journey with each book that this series is one that you won't want to miss!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

ARC Review: On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

I was really excited to read On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins after having read a few of her previous books. She always writes such emotional and heartfelt stories and I couldn't wait to get to know these characters better after reading the blurb. This book was everything that I was hoping for, and I really enjoyed reading about Beckett and Dax.

Having just returned from war, Jacob "Dax" Daxton is struggling with what comes next. He doesn't know what he wants to do or where he belongs, so when his best friend Chloe offers for him to move in with her he takes her up on it. Shortly after moving, Dax goes to get a tattoo and meets the sexy bearded tattoo artist Beckett Ridge, and they both feel an instant pull to one another. Both Dax and Beck are both dealing with new circumstances to their lives and know that a relationship is a bad idea with everything going on, yet they find themselves unable to stay away from one another. As they both deal with their pasts as well as their present obstacles, can they find a way to let each other in and have a chance at a future together?

I loved Dax and Beck. Beck was sexy and loyal, and I loved how absolutely caring and sweet he was. He took care of his family first and always made sure that he did what he could to provide for them and give them everything possible. He was so loving with his sister and niece, and he immediately took to Dax the same way. He was supportive and encouraging, and the only one who could calm Dax when he was having an attack. Dax was struggling with so much, and yet he was so open to possibility and the chance at a future that he never predicted. I loved seeing him let not only Beck in, but also Beck's niece Violet. Dax and Violet had such a great connection, and they were beyond adorable. I also really loved his love and connection with his service dog Tonka. He wasn't afraid to take help when needed, and I was so glad that he could lean on those around him. Dax and Beck had great chemistry, and I could see the attraction between them. But what was so great about these two to me was the fact that they were healing each other and building more than just a relationship. They were building a family and a support system that is so rare. These two brought so many people together and were proof that family goes beyond blood.

Overall, I really loved these two and their story is one that will stick with me. I did get a little frustrated that Beck tried to push Dax away several times, but luckily Dax wasn't having it! He never let Beck walk away, and was always there to show him what they had together. I will say that I have come to know and expect that a Melissa Collins book will run me through an emotional wringer. On Solid Ground was no exception, and this one had me experiencing all the feels. But that is exactly why I love Melissa's books so much, and why they always stick with me. I was instantly invested in Dax and Beck's story, and I loved every minute of their journey even if it was making me laugh or making me cry. If you are a fan of Melissa Collins or Male/Male books, then I definitely recommend reading On Solid Ground. If you are new to the author or genre, I think this is a great book to give a shot. I look forward to seeing what else Melissa Collins comes up with in the future.

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Guest Post with Author Chelsea Fine and Giveaway

Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She's ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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Guest Post with Author Jess Michaels

Meet Jess Michaels, author of The Other Duke.

Jess Michaels writes erotic historical romance set in the Regency period. She lives in Tucson, AZ where she hangs out with her awesome husband and does geeky things in the desert.

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ARC Review: Blindsided by Emma Hart

Blindsided is the first book in Emma Hart's new By His Game series, with each book being a standalone story. I have really loved everything that I have read by her, so I couldn't wait to read about her newest couple. Especially since I am a huge sports romance fan, and the hero is a football player. That being said, this book was not my favorite of hers. While I liked it and it was a good read, I did have some problems with this book.

Leah Veronica is the daughter of Hollywood's It girl, and does her best to avoid being in the spotlight. Corey Jackson is the It guy of football as the quarterback for the L.A. Vipers. When they meet, sparks immediately fly between them. While Corey wants nothing more than to get Leah in his bed, she is not going to be just another one night stand for him. But the harder Corey tries, the more Leah seems to be resistant to the idea. Soon Corey will do anything to make her his, and he begins to realize that Leah is more than just the next girl he wants in his bed. But can he convince her to give them a real shot when all she knows is the reputation he has in the media? And what happens when Leah's identity as the new It girl in the fashion world is leaked after she worked so hard to keep it a secret?

I had a few issues with both Corey and Leah. Corey was a bit of a jerk for a good chunk of this book, and he was beyond cocky. He was completely arrogant and not in a so confident its hot kind of way. The kind that makes you want to tell him where he can shove it. He was also really possessive. He just met her and barely knows her, and yet he is all about claiming her as his. It might have been better had he worked up to that, but it was instant. Which was also confusing considering the fact that he kept saying he just wanted to have sex with her to get it out of his system. So which is it, is she his or does he just want to hit it and quit it? Leah also had some things about her that annoyed me. She constantly pushed him away and wanted him to work for it, but then she would easily give in when he got physical with her. She also repeatedly told him to leave her alone or go away and then was upset and even mad at him for listening to her. I wanted her to make up her mind and stick to it. I just never really felt the connection develop between these two with all the push and pull, though I did feel like they were good for one another. But I would have liked to see something actually happen to make them closer rather than just the constant back and forth.

Another problem I had with this book was Leah's secret. I felt like it was pretty anticlimactic. Corey said she was pretty much hiding in plain sight, and he was absolutely right. It just felt like she used it as a crutch to push him away and I didn't think it was nearly as big of a deal as she made it out to be. But the worst thing about it was how she handled things when the truth was revealed. She treated Corey so horribly that I lost so much respect for her. She wouldn't give him a chance to explain after she immediately assumed the worst about him. It really bothered me considering the fact that both Corey and her friend Cole had just been victims of hacking and had their secrets/private details exposed by complete strangers. Why didn't she ever consider that the same might have happened to her and at least allowed Corey a chance to talk to her. Then Corey gets his sister to try and prove to Leah that he wasn't involved and he doesn't even really get mad that she accused him of leaking it or the fact that she didn't allow him to explain. It honestly didn't work for me at all, and it really felt forced. As though the author was trying to inject more drama and conflict into the story. While it sounds like I didn't like this book, I actually did. Despite those issues, I did think that this book had its enjoyable moments. I really loved the secondary characters and enjoyed seeing them interact with both Corey and Leah. I am excited to see more of them as the series progresses. I just wish that we had been given more of Corey and Leah's relationship actually happening rather than them just fighting things and the constant push and pull. For me while Emma Hart's writing was good, the story just fell flat compared to previous books I have read of her. If you are looking for hot football hero and a feisty heroine, you might give this one a shot.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Final Call by Emma Hart

Final Call is the second book in the Call series by Emma Hart and is not a standalone. This book should only be read after Late Call and is the continuing story of Aaron and Dayton. I couldn't wait to get more of these two after the ending of the first book, and I really enjoyed their story. I was really happy with how things turned out for these two, and I thought that Emma Hart did a great job writing the conclusion for these two.

After the events of Late Call, Aaron will do anything to get Dayton back. He will stop at nothing to convince her that their love is worth giving another chance. While Dayton agrees to take things slowly, she knows that she can't make any huge decisions until she has enough time to really think things over. Dayton and Aaron begin to find their way back to one another and start looking towards the future, when suddenly another curve-ball is thrown their way. But this time Dayton is the one with the secret and it could destroy everything they have both been working for.

Dayton and Aaron have never had an easy go of it, and this book was no exception. Just when things are starting to get back on track, yet another obstacles appears for them. While I didn't agree with Dayton's keeping Aaron from finding out for so long, I did see why she did it. These two love each other so much that they would do just about anything to protect one another. But they both have gone about it the wrong way, and they always find out in the end that they are stronger together than apart. I was really glad to see them figure that out this time around. Dayton had some big life changes to consider, and I was glad that she did things the way she needed to. She wasn't afraid to push against Aaron when he needed it and I liked that. But I also loved the fact that when Aaron would do something to make her mad that she would get over it pretty quickly and realize that he was often time doing what she needed or wanted but didn't take or ask for. Aaron and Dayton knew each other so well at this point, and yet there were always things that they were still discovering about one another. They seemed so real to me because of that, and I thought that their relationship was so believable.

Overall, these two continued to have the chemistry and emotional connection that I loved so much from the first book. They were more than perfect for one another, and the love and undeniable connection they shared was obvious. I enjoyed seeing them face new obstacles and I thought that this book was a great conclusion to their story. While it was a great ending and the story was perfectly satisfying, I am really excited to read His Call and get some of Aaron's POV. I feel like that was really the only thing missing from this series, and I am excited to see his thoughts as well as Dayton's. I am also really excited to read the spin-off from this series featuring Dayton's best friend Liv and Aaron's cousin Tyler. I loved Tyler in this book, and I can't wait to get more of these two. I definitely recommend this series, and I am becoming more of a fan with each new story I read from Emma Hart. I am looking forward to more from her in the future.

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Review: Where We Belong by K.L. Grayson

Where We Belong is K.L. Grayson's first book and is also the first in her A Touch of Fate Series. I knew after reading the blurb for this book that I had to get my hands on this one. I really needed to know Harley's story and I am glad that I read this one. While there are a few things I had issues with, I absolutely couldn't put this one down and I stayed up extra late just to finish it. I am looking forward to getting more about the characters in this series and can't wait to see what the author has in store for them.

Harley Thompson has been in love with her best friend Tyson Grawe for years, but has never told him how she feels. When Ty informs her that he is moving away after the graduate from college, she finally tells him how she feels but he walks away from her. To make matters worse, she also went through something horrible right after Ty left her. Now five years later, her life is completely different and although it has been tough she wouldn't change a thing. She leans on her friends and is finally to a good place again until Ty suddenly walks back into her life. Ty knows that he made a mistake years ago walking away from Harley and their friendship, but he is back and is determined to have a second chance with her. But will Ty and Harley be able to leave the past behind them and move forward, or will there have been too much time and distance for them to overcome?

I was really frustrated with Ty for most of this book if i'm honest. He had some really wonderful moments and I would fall for him. He had missed so much of Harley's life and knew that he made a mistake, and yet his actions were still awful. He made assumptions and was extremely judgmental, and I just didn't understand why he wouldn't talk to her. I don't know how he expected to have everything figured out without having talked to her for five years, but at his age he should have been able to have an honest conversation with her regardless of how painful it might have been for him to hear certain things. Because of his actions, he hurt Harley more than once and it really pissed me off. Harley was strong. She had been through so much and had come out with such a great outlook on life. I am not sure that I would have been able to pull things together the way she did, but I admired her character so much for it. I loved her friendships with Quinn and Levi, and I thought that they were exactly the support system she needed. I will say that while I really wanted Ty to come groveling back to her, I also kind of hoped that Harley and Levi would take things beyond friendship. The worse Ty's actions got, the more I felt that way. I thought that they had a lot of history and I love a best friends to lovers story, but I just felt like Ty kept screwing things up and didn't really make up for it.

Because of everything that happened with Ty, I think I loved Levi that much more. Which is why I was extremely disappointed that he all but disappeared for most of the second half of this book. For the special relationship he had with Harley and Max, it felt really unbelievable that he would not be around much after Ty was in the picture. Especially considering that he wasn't an ex-boyfriend, but rather just a really great friend who had always been there for Harley. It just didn't work for me and felt unrealistic. I also felt like beyond just bringing in Levi to drop him, that the author did that with a few other things as well. Another being whatever was going on between Quinn and Mason. It was brought up and then never revisited. I am not sure if she was trying to lay groundwork for the next book(s) in this series, but I wondered why it was even brought up if it was just going to be left hanging. Another problem I had with the story was the ending and the resolution to the conflict/big secret. It felt like there was so much build up from the very beginning of this story, and the secret that was never revealed (though it was obvious to me and I had it figured out very early on) until the very end. Then once everything is out and things start to get interesting and resolved, it's over. I wanted more. It was rushed and abrupt, and it all felt very anticlimactic. All that being said, I honestly couldn't put this book down and I loved most of the characters. Max, Harley, and Levi were my absolute favorites, and I really liked Quinn as well. Ty did have his good moments though, and I was glad that he finally started to get his head on straight. While I am curious to know more of the situation with Quinn, I have to say I am dying to get my hands on Levi's story. He really stole the show for me with this book, and I desperately wanted more which is why I was so sad that he disappeared from this story. I really hope that K.L. Grayson gives us his story and soon, because he is fantastic. Even with all my criticisms, I would still recommend this book. It dealt with a lot of touchy subjects, and yet I thought that Grayson did a great job of giving us a beautiful story that did the characters and situation justice. I am looking forward to more from her in the future.

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Guest Post with Author Sherri Browning and Giveaway

Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut.

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Feature and Giveaway: Deadly Force by Misty Evans

Some secrets can kill…

NSA agent Bianca Marx is determined to save her marriage, even if it kills her…which it just might do since she knows a secret about her estranged husband’s last mission that has put a target on her back. A highly-skilled assassin is hot on her trail and the only man who can keep her safe doesn’t want anything to do with her.
She’ll be dead in 24 hours…unless he can save her.

After his marriage failed, Navy SEAL Callan Reese threw himself into his work. On his last black ops mission, three of his men—three good men who counted on him—were killed. Now PTSD and a military investigation have sidelined him…until Bianca shows up. She claims someone high up in the US government wants her dead, and the assassin after her is also after him.

The couple that spies together, dies together…

On the run from the very government they serve, Bianca and Cal only have each other. When they uncover a deadly scandal threatening the nation, they’ll have one chance to save the day…and one last chance at love.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

I had heard so many great things about Archer's Voice before starting that I was a little hesitant to actually begin. I was worried that it had been over-hyped, but boy was I wrong. This book was amazing, and I loved it from start to finish. I have never read a book similar to this one, and Archer Hale is one of a kind. He is at the top of my all time favorite book boyfriends ever list now, and I could not get enough of him!

Bree Prescott arrives in the small town of Pelion, Maine looking for a place to get away from awhile. She doesn't have plans for how long she will stay, but she ends up renting a cabin and makes friends with her neighbor. When she heads into town for some supplies and to see about getting a job, she runs across a scruffy stranger who helps her after her bag of items falls to the ground. She tries to talk to him, but he walks away without a word. Suddenly curious about him, she begins to ask around town about him and finds out that Archer Hale lives an isolated life on the edge of town after experiencing a tragedy years before. Bree sets out to become friends with him, and along the way they find themselves healing from their pasts together. Though they are able to begin healing and find themselves falling for one another, old insecurities and new worries threaten to stand in the way of a future together.

I loved Archer. I feel as though there really aren't enough words to really do his character justice. He was sweet and thoughtful after you get to know him, though he starts off as a bit rude and gruff. As you get to know more about him though, you see that he has every reason to act the way he does. He had been treated horribly after suffering through more than anyone should ever have to go through, and I felt so badly for him. But Bree saw through his exterior and was able to show him that love can heal anything. She was patient and kind with him, and I was so glad that she never gave up on him. In a lot of ways Archer had the mindset of a child, and Bree always saw the best in him and encouraged him to be himself no matter what. She helped him when he needed it, and let him do things his own way when that was best for him. These two were beyond perfect for one another, and there really was no one else that would have ever been good enough for either of them. They belonged together, and that was clear from the start. I loved seeing them get to know one another and explore the chemistry between them, all while falling head over heals for one another. 

Overall, I really cannot begin to give all the reasons to read this book. It was fantastic. It was the first book that I have read by Mia Sheridan, but it definitely won't be the last. This book not only lived up to all the hype, but far exceeded any expectations I had going in. I highly recommend this story, and cannot wait to go back and read it again. Archer's Voice is by far one of the best books that I have read, and it was such a beautiful story of loss and healing, and how with true love we can overcome anything. I look forward to reading more from Mia Sheridan, and I know that Archer and Bree will stay with me forever.

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ARC Review: The Other Duke by Jess Michaels

I was drawn to this story line because I wanted to see how Jess Michaels would bring together Serafina McPhee and Raphael “Rafe” Flynn. I have always heard of this author but never read anything by her. I liked the plot that she lined up. Serafina is forced into an arranged marriage by her father. Although it has been a long engagement to the Duke of Hartholm they have finally set a wedding day. Serfina is not in love with the Duke of Hartholm. Besides the fact that they were not in love he is a pretty despicable man. When, days away from his wedding, he dies his inheritance, title, fiancĂ©e go to his cousin Rafe.
Rafe is a good guy. He never wanted to be Duke nor did he want the responsibility that went with this title. He realizes that he has to meet Serafina and intends to break off the engagement but her father made sure that the agreement was airtight and there is no way out of it. When Serafina and Rafe meet they realize that they have to complete their duties but they will each live their own lives once they have met the obligation of producing an heir.

I liked both Rafe and Serafina. They were both likeable characters and the author threw in a big secret that Serafina carried that absolutely blindsided me. I did not see it coming! Although I enjoyed seeing Rafe and Serafina fall in love there was no big “wow” factor for me. I thought they made a great couple but aside from their arranged marriage and her big secret their relationship goes pretty straightforward. The biggest challenge they encounter is when Serafina thinks that Rafe has taken up with his old mistress.

This was a cute story and I’m certain that Michaels’ fans will enjoy it. The scenes were interesting and so were the characters. Both came into the marriage with a sense of duty but it quickly turned into something else. I enjoyed this book and plan to read more by Michales.

**ARC provided by Author**

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