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Monday, April 23, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

ARC Review: The Maiden by Celia Aaron

The Maiden is the first book I have ever read by Celia Aaron, but as soon as I read the blurb for this series I knew I had to read it. I was drawn in right from the start and couldn’t put this book down! I am addicted, and I can’t wait for more!! 

I will warn readers that this book will definitely have some triggers for some, so please proceed with caution if that could apply to you. The Maiden is the first book in the Cloister series, and it does end with a cliffhanger. I think it is definitely worth the read though, and i’m already anxious for more. 

She was looking for answers when she joined the Cloister, but she had no idea just what all was hidden behind the facade they project. Now that she is in, she has been given a protector, Adam, one of the Prophet’s sons. But she soon realizes that while her protector is supposed to help guide and protect her from the evil in the world, the evil she actually needs protection from is inside The Cloister. She finds herself drawn to Adam, even though she knows she should stay away from him as much as possible. But if Adam finds out the real reason she is there, everything she has worked for could be for nothing. 

I loved the dynamic between Adam and Delilah. They were both drawn to one another, though they each knew that they shouldn’t be for so many reasons. They couldn’t help what they felt for one another though, and as the more they were around each other the more they began to realize that they had no choice in the matter and that it was dangerous and could be their undoing. The chemistry between them was off the charts, and I couldn’t get enough. While I knew deep down that I shouldn’t want them to be together, I was just like them and unable to fight it as I felt like they were supposed to be together. There was something about each of them that just worked with the other, and it was as if they were always supposed to find one another. 

I will say that there were some rough parts to get through, and that is where it could have some triggers for readers. There were so many things that happened with the maidens and I felt for them. I can’t even imagine being put through what they were, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. Delilah has such a strength to her that I cannot wait to see what happens next! The end of this book left me hungry for more and I cannot wait for the next in this series, The Prophet. I might have been new to Celia Aaron before this book, but I am a huge fan now and can’t wait to go back and read more from her. The Prophet and The Church can’t get here fast enough, The Maiden is a must read!

**ARC Provided by IndieSage PR**

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Blind Date with a Book Event with Stina Lindenblatt

Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blind Date with an Book Event with Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Monday, April 16, 2018

ARC Review: My Unexpected Love by Heidi McLaughlin

My Unexpected Love is the second book in the Beaumont Next Generation series by Heidi McLaughlin. While this could technically be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Holding Onto Forever before this one as I think it will help the reader really understand the characters better here. That being said, it isn’t necessary to read it or the Beaumont series to enjoy this one. 

This is Elle James and Ben Miller’s story. They have been best friends since they met in high school, and Ben has been in love with her just as long. While he has loved her, they have only ever been friends. But after a tragic accident in which she almost lost her sister, Elle hasn’t been the same. Struggling to cope and move forward with her life, Elle turns to parties and alcohol and Ben finds himself unable to help her. So when he gets the chance to head to New York for an opportunity, he realizes that it’s a chance for a new start. 

I will admit that I struggled with Elle here. I found it hard to relate to her, and honestly I found it hard to understand her. I do see how almost losing her sister would be a life changing event that would be cause for some of what she was going through, but honestly that only goes so far with me. She was very self absorbed and it didn’t get much better as the story went on. I felt so badly for Ben an all that he went through with her, trying over and over. He was fantastic. He deserved better than what Elle put him through. If there was one really high point for me in this story, it was absolutely Ben. 

Overall, I liked how things ended here and Ben is worth the read. I just wish that I had been better able to relate to Elle. It was great to see familiar faces though and I love the Beaumont world that Heidi McLaughlin has created. I think fans of this world will enjoy My Unexpected Love and should give this one a shot. While this wasn’t my favorite of Heidi’s, it was worth the read and I always look forward to Heidi’s books.

**ARC Provided by Buoni Amici Press**

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Blind Date with a Book Event with Robin Bielman

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to frequent coffee shops, take hikes with her hubby, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty, dog Harry. She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. To keep in touch sign up for her newsletter on her website at

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Jen McLaughlin

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Sara Jane Stone

Sara Jane Stone lives near New York's Hudson River with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, a lazy Burmese cat, and a very active dog. When she is not finger painting with the kids, she loves writing sexy stories, staying up past her bedtime reading red-hot romance, and chatting with her readers on Facebook.

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ARC Review: Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Both of them are amazingly talented writers on their own, but together they are magic! It always feels like their stories are so smooth and flow effortlessly, as though they were always meant to write together, and that was definitely the case with Rebel Heir. I loved seeing them do something different together than what they had done with their previous releases, and I think that this series is one that readers will love just like I already do. While this is the first book in the duet and it does have a cliffhanger, I really believe it is worth reading right away. 

Gia and Rush’s story was addictive and once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Gia is staying in the Hamptons while trying to write her book, but when she needs inspiration and money she ends up taking over a friend’s shift at the popular bar, The Heights. The only problem is, she quickly finds herself drawn to the owner and unable to fight the attraction between them. While Rush doesn’t do relationships or commitment, they soon realize that things aren’t always able to be controlled. Though they have no business getting involved, neither one expected for things to go the way they do. 

I loved Rush and Gia. I was instantly invested in them and found myself captivated with their story. The banter and chemistry was fantastic, something I always know will be off the charts with Vi and Penelope’s books. I really felt the connection between these two growing, and it was so much fun to read about. The first half of this book was just amazing, and the whole time I kept telling myself to brace for what I knew had to be coming since this one ends with a cliffhanger. Honestly though, I wouldn’t change anything. I am already on pins and needles waiting for Rebel Heart. 

If you haven’t read anything by these two before, you definitely need to check them out. I have read and loved everything I could get my hands on of theirs, and they never disappoint. That being said though, they just seem to get better with each new book and Rebel Heir could definitely be at the top of my favorites list from them. This book is a must read, and Rebel Heart can’t get here soon enough!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with A.J. Pine

A teen librarian by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s the author of the If Only series (Entangled Embrace), the Only You series (Berkley/Intermix), the Kingston Ale House series (Entangled Select), and the upcoming Crossroads Vineyard series (Forever Romance). When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might indulge in a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. She hails from the far off galaxy of the Chicago suburbs.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Blind Date with a Book Event with Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

You can find links for all her online homes at

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