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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Gabrielle Kelly
Tangled in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Colleen C.
Highland Vixen by Mary Wine

**Monthly Newsletter Giveaway Winners**

Mystery Box of Books

All winners have been notified via email and are posted on the Rafflecopter form from that giveaway post. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Devil You Know by L.A. Fiore

With each new book I read from L.A. Fiore, I wonder what took me so long to read her books in the first place! I am becoming a huge fan of hers, and I absolutely love her emotional stories. Devil You Know is the first book in a new series from her, the Lost Boys series. This is a second chance romance, and one I would highly recommend. 

Damian's childhood was one of sadness and constantly feeling alone until he met Cam. The two formed a fast friendship and through Cam, Damian met Cam's twin sister Thea. Thea and Damian instantly clicked and things evolved from there. Soon friendship turned into more, but Damian enlisted and Thea went off to college. Life got in their way, but thirteen years later Damian returns home. Though both Thea and Damian have changed, their connection remains as strong as ever. But Damian is determined to keep Thea at arm's length, until Damian finds himself doing anything to keep Thea safe when she is threatened. Do Damian and Thea have a second chance at love together? Or will there be too much trying to keep them apart?

I loved these two. I felt so much for Damian, and I was so glad that he found Cam and Thea's family. He needed to feel and see love and support, and their family took him in as if he were their own. Even though Damian and Thea were young and in love, they encouraged each other to pursue their dreams even though that meant being away from one another. While it broke my heart at times, I loved that they wanted each other to live the lives they each dreamed of. Thea was easy to like and root for, and I felt for her just as much as I did Damian. These two lived a huge chunk of their lives apart from one another, and that was often sad and tough to get through. Yet I felt like these two were always meant to be together, and without everything that they had gone through they wouldn't have ended up where they did. 

There was so much chemistry and connection between them, that you just knew they had to find a way back to one another. There was so much more going on than you first might see, and I couldn't put this book down. It was emotional and intense, captivating the reader from the first word to the last. This book does have a good dose of angst, and I know that some readers might struggle a bit with that but trust me this one is worth the read. I honestly cannot recommend L.A. Fiore's books enough, and Devil You Know is another fantastic read from her. I am really looking forward to continuing this series and seeing what she has in store for us next.

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books Promotions**

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Guest Post with Author Sara Humphreys and Giveaway

Meet Sara Humphreys author of Undisovered.

Sara Humphreys is the award-winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, Untamed, won two PRISM awards: Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me. She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie, but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she's not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook.  For a full list of Sara's books and reading order, please visit

Friday, March 10, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

In Megan Frampton's most recent installment of The Dukes Behaving Badly series, an unexpected duchess proves that behaving badly isn't exclusive to the Dukedom.

The Unexpected Duchess

Archibald Salisbury, son of a viscount, war hero, and proficient in the proper ways of aristocratic society, has received orders for his most challenging mission: Genevieve, Duchess of Blakesley. How she inherited a duchy isn’t his problem. Turning her into a perfect duchess is. But how can he keep his mind on business when her beauty entices him toward pleasure?

It was impossible, unprecedented…and undeniably true. Genevieve is now a “duke”, or, rather, a duchess. So what is she to do when the ton eyes her every move, hoping she’ll make a mistake? Genevieve knows she has brains and has sometimes been told she has beauty, but, out of her depth, she calls on an expert. And what an expert, with shoulders broad enough to lean on, and a wit that matches her own. Archie is supposed to teach her to be a lady and run her estate, but what she really wants to do is unladylike—run into his arms.

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ARC Review: Catching Carly by Emma Hart

I couldn't wait to get my hands on Catching Carly after finishing Being Brooke by Emma Hart! Being Brooke is one of my favorite reads from Emma Hart, and I just loved it from start to finish. While Catching Carly is a standalone story, I highly recommend reading these in order if possible because they are so good and you get to know these characters a bit in the first book. 

Zeke Elliott is the last person that Carly should be with, they have driven each other nuts for as long as they have known each other. Yet they can't help the attraction between them that leads to a night neither one of them can get out of their heads. But can Carly and Zeke set aside their differences long enough to explore the chemistry between them and see if there is a chance at something more? 

These two had so much chemistry and tension between them! They had such personality and I felt like while they seemed so different at first, that they actually had so much that made it easy to relate to one another. Zeke and Carly were hot together but it was so much more than that. They were really perfect for one another in a way that no one else would have been. 

I will admit that it took me awhile to get into this story and that I did have some times that I thought Carly got in the way of the story a bit. I understood some of where she was coming from, but at times she got on my nerves a bit. I still really enjoyed the story and Zeke and Carly together. While I didn't love this one as much as I did the first, I still recommend it and I think that readers will enjoy Carly and Zeke's story.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

ARC Review: Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg

I am such a fan of Kristy Bromberg's, and she has never disappointed me yet. Each new series and set of characters that she writes I find myself falling in love with, and that was definitely the case here. This is a standalone novella, though fans of Sweet Cheeks will recognize Ryder since he was introduced in that book. 

Ryder and Harper met in college and were rivals. They had a complicated relationship that was destroyed with a classroom competition. Harper moved forward and thirteen years go by before they meet up again. Harper and Ryder once again find themselves competing, though this time in a professional capacity. But will Harper find herself on top once again when Ryder is determined to be the one that comes out ahead this time around? 

The tension and heat between these two was fantastic! Their chemistry was clear right from the start and I couldn't get enough of them. The banter between them was entertaining and kept me captivated the entire way through. I really enjoyed reading this story and I definitely recommend this one! I am not usually a huge fan of novellas as I always want more, but Kristy did a great job here and this book was well worth the read! If you are looking for something quick and sexy with a great story, Sweet Rivalry is definitely worth checking out!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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ARC Review: American Prince by Sierra Simone

American Prince is at the top of my most anticipated books of 2017, with American King being right there as well. Sierra Simone is one of my favorite authors, and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen after finishing American Queen. This series is a trilogy that needs to be read in order. So if you haven't read American Queen yet, you definitely need to start there. 

American Prince picks up after the events of American Queen, and focuses much more on Embry than the first book did. We get to see him in both the past and present, allowing us to learn about his history and how he came to know and grow close to both Ash and Greer. While we had some idea from the first book, I loved really getting to explore what made Embry the man he was. This book really destroyed me at times for how Embry felt and saw himself, as though he felt like he didn't deserve happiness. He had finally got a taste of it with Ash and Greer, and you could see how much they both meant to him. 

I can't really go into much of this story without giving things away, and trust me you need you need to just experience this story without knowing anything going in. This book gave me all the feels, and I was on such an emotional roller coaster here. My heart soared for these characters as they found love and happiness that had them feeling complete after everything that they had been through, and then it broke for each of them as they continued to be dealt so much more than anyone should have to go through. I know that Sierra Simone will build us up again after breaking us down, but there were things here that had me so wrecked and others that had me wanting to commit murder. I know that American King will be another emotional ride, but I have faith that things will be put back together as only Sierra Simone can do. 

Only knowing the basics of Arthurian legend, I don't really know entirely how things will play out and I know that Sierra Simone will put her own unique spin on it. But I honestly can't wait to see what happens next. This series is one of my absolute favorites, and American Prince did not disappoint. Sierra Simone is a talented writer, captivating the reader from start to finish with her beautiful words. If you haven't started this series yet, you are missing out and you should definitely go get these books! American Queen and American Prince are must reads for me, and I will be counting the days until August when American King is scheduled to be released.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature: Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg

Ryder Rodgers had a plan.

He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.

Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.

When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.

The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ARC Review: One Wrong Choice by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine

I have loved the Cruel & Beautiful series from the start, and One Wrong Choice was on my list of most anticipated books this year! A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine make a fantastic writing team, and I figured this one was going to be yet another favorite of mine from this duo. Unfortunately, this book wasn't what I had been expecting at all. I have been trying to put into words for days how I feel about this one, but the only word I have been able to come up with is frustrating. Don't get me wrong, I think a lot of readers are going to love this one. But for me, there was a lot about this story and the characters that didn't work. 

Jenna's life is what anyone would think of as perfect. She is about to marry a handsome and rich man that cares about her and that her family approves of. But when Jenna met Brandon, everything he changed. Kenneth's opposite in every way, Brandon is tattooed and works as a mechanic, the kind of guy her mother would never accept. But as Kenneth is away a lot on business, the friendship between Brandon and Jenna grows, leaving her town with what choice is really the right one and which is actually the wrong choice that could ruin everything. 

Having read the previous books in the series, I was expecting to see the confident and sometimes feisty Jenna that I have come to know and love. Unfortunately that girl was nowhere to be found here. It really truly felt like she was someone entirely different here, completely hung up on what her mother thought she should do and refusing to think for herself. Her character here came off as weak, wishy washy and a complete flake at times. I wanted to shake her and tell her to stand up to her mother, and it got to be so frustrating throughout this story. Brandon was a character I loved and was rooting for from the start. I really felt bad for him, and honestly I thought he deserved so much better. We don't control who we fall in love with, and yet at times he let Jenna walk all over him and pull him back in every time he tried to break free. He was a great guy, worth of being truly happy and my heart ached for him at times. I did think that Jenna and Brandon's connection and chemistry were strong and easy to see, but the fact that she kept stringing him along all the while refusing to be with him because of circumstances left me with a bad taste in my mouth even though ultimately I wanted them together. 

Overall, I really feel like this book was so different from what I had been expecting. While I did expect some angst and the fact that Jenna was engaged to Kenneth, I really thought that the chemistry and connection she had with Brandon would have things quickly turning around for them so that they could face the world together. I knew taking on her mother and going against her wishes wouldn't be easy, but I really didn't expect the fact that Jenna would just kind of roll over and have the attitude about it all she did. Brandon truly deserved better, and this just didn't feel like it fit with this series or what I have come to know about these characters. I do still love A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine, but this wasn't the book I had been hoping for if I am truly honest. This series is fantastic, but sadly this book was my least favorite and had me disappointed in how they ended this series since this is the last book. It was great to see familiar faces here though, and I definitely recommend reading the previous books. I think that this is one worth reading if you are a fan of the series, and that there will be a lot of readers that love this one. For me though it just didn't live up to what I have come to know, love and expect from these two authors.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Can't Fight This Feeling by Miranda Liasson


Widowed psychologist Maggie McShae is ready to find someone who won’t make her heart beat fast, her knees grow weak, or make her feel hot and cold at the same time. No one she can really love, because love brings too much pain.

Drew Poulos, son of a billionaire, is hiding out in Mirror Lake, working at his brothers’ brandy company. He inspires those very feelings Maggie’s determined to avoid. The hunky businessman, who left his high society bride at the altar, is the last person she’d ever seriously date…but he might just be perfect for a fling…


Drew’s too heartbroken to ever trust any woman again, but the sexy psychologist is the perfect person to deflect his family’s attention as his brother marries the woman Drew once thought was his.

As sparks fly, two injured hearts might just find that true love can be even better the second time around…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ARC Review: Love Story by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is one of those authors that has been kind of hit and miss for me. While I have absolutely loved some of her books, others were just okay for me. Love Story had so much promise though, as the brother's best friend trope is one of my all time favorites! Unfortunately though, this one was just okay for me even though I desperately wanted to love it. 

Lucy Hawkins is ready to start her life and leave her hometown behind after getting a job offer on the other side of the country. But with that she quickly realizes that the car her family gave her to start the trip comes with a companion that she hadn't expected, her older brother's best friend. Reece Sullivan is also the guy that took her virginity before breaking her heart. Reece has put up walls to keep others out, especially after spending years caring for his sick father. But no matter how hard he tries to keep Lucy out, she has a way of getting under his skin. Can these two find a second chance at love together?

I will admit that my biggest issue here was Lucy and Reece. These two were immature and acted so childish at times. While I love some good banter, this was more like juvenile bickering and it honestly drove me nuts! There was so much push and pull, that I had a really tough time getting into the story or caring about the characters. I didn't dislike them, but I didn't feel as though I could relate to them and I wasn't invested in their story. While they did have chemistry and it was clear there were feelings between them, they just irritated me too much to ever really get behind their story. 

Overall, this one was just okay and wasn't quite what I had been expecting. I really did want to love this one, and I know that Lauren Layne has a lot of talent. Love Story just didn't do it for me though, and I just couldn't get past the immaturity and constant push and pull. I know this won't be the last I read from Lauren Layne, and like I said I really have enjoyed much of what I have read from her. If this one sounds like something you might like, I recommend giving it a shot.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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Feature and Giveaway: Crave Me by Cecy Robson

RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Crave Me, it’s time for the sole sister in the family to discover love.

Wren O’Brien isn’t your typical female. As the only girl from a loud Irish family with seven siblings, she prefers fast cars to lip gloss and bad boys to good men. It’s the reason she’s nursing a wounded soul and keeping her distance from a dangerous ex.

Evan Jonah is running an empire and just moved from the lavish thoroughfares of London to the gritty streets of Philadelphia. When he walks into the nearest dealership, he’s expecting to find a reliable vehicle to handle the brutal winters, not a sexy female car rep with killer legs.

Wren doesn’t know why “Hotness in a Suit” asked her out. She doesn’t expect a great time or a night of passion that knocks her on her ass. But that’s exactly what Evan shows her.

She also never counted on how hard and fast she’d fall. But men like Evan—good men with even better hearts—don’t desire tough-talking Philly girls for long.

Evan has never met a woman like Wren. But he’s up for the challenge and ready to prove her wrong.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

ARC Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Let me start by saying this is a review I never wanted to have to write. I have been a huge fan of Rachel Van Dyken's for a very long time, and for the most part I love her books. But occasionally she writes some that just don't work for me, and unfortunately Cheater was one that didn't. I still love her and am a huge fan, this just wasn't the book for me. 

On the night before his wedding Lucas Thorn was caught in an incident that changed his life and reputation forever. Branded a cheater after being caught in another woman's bed, Lucas decided to own his new reputation. Now he has a different girl for every day of the week (except Sundays of course!) and he doesn't do any kind of commitment. But when Avery Black goes to work for him, he finds himself wanting more. Avery hasn't been able to forgive Lucas though since he betrayed her family and ruined everything, but she quickly learns that she just might want more than revenge when it comes to Lucas. 

I have to admit that a huge part of my issue here were the characters. They were immature and over the top, something that I have had problems with from RVD before. Sometimes her humor just doesn't click with me and gets a bit too much, and that was definitely the case here. While there were a few things I found funny, for the most part it just felt so forced and didn't do anything for me. Lucas also continued to act as though nothing had changed and I wasn't okay with that when there were feelings being developed. I understand his reputation was the main point of the book, but he continued to have all these girls that he was with right in front of Avery. Once feelings start to develop or return, that is the kind of thing that ruins a book for me...especially considering that she worked for him and she had to manage his "other" calendar. Because of all that it just made it hard to really believe in any kind of connection between these characters.

Besides the character issues, I felt like the story itself was just a bit too over the top and unbelievable as well. Like the humor, there were so many things that just didn't sit right for me and I found it hard to actually believe that they were possible. Lucas was engaged to his high school sweetheart, Kayla who also happened to be Avery's sister, and the night before he was to marry her he was found drunk in bed with their other sister Brooke all the while he hadn't actually loved Kayla but was in love with just didn't work. I thought maybe I could find something that would change my mind about these two and their relationship as I read, but honestly I just didn't see it and couldn't get past all the issues I had with the story. For me, Cheater was too contrived and immature for me to ever get into and unfortunately I was disappointed with this one. It won't be the last I read from Rachel Van Dyken though as I do love a lot of her stories. If it sounds like one you might like, give it a go but be prepared for the over the top and immature characters and humor.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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