Monday, August 20, 2018

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: BLOCK SHOT by Kennedy Ryan

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Block Shot, a standalone enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance from Kennedy Ryan is coming September 10th!


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Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: September 10th, 2018
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Photographer: Nikki Ormerod
Model: Arsenii Savitckii


JARED
If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat...
The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.
Her anger is...arousing.
Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,
gets me...well, you know.
If I had a dollar for every time she's put me in my place, I'd be an even richer man.
I'm a successful sports agent because I assume "no" means you'll think about it.
I'm sure what you meant to say is "Coming right up."
They say even rich men don't always get what they want,
but those men don't know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.
Take Banner. She assumes she's winning, but this game?
She doesn't even know how to play.
BANNER
If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I'd have exactly one dollar.
One night. One epic fail. One dollar...and I'm out.
I've moved on.
I've found success in a field ruled by men.
Anything they can do, I have done better.
They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.
And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?
Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.
I'll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.
Oh, I didn't say the struggle wasn't real.
But I've got that one dollar, and Jared won't have me.

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A Standalone FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA...

Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?
You don't.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold.

Now there's a new player in the game, August West. 
One of the NBA's brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden. 
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.
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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy's writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the SoulUSA Today and many othersThe founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline NewsMontel WilliamsNPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.




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Release Day + Book Review: HOLD YOU CLOSE by Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow


Title: Hold You Close 
Author: Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels 
Release Date: August 20th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 


From NYT Bestseller Corinne Michaels & USA Today Bestseller Melanie Harlow, comes a second chance standalone romance novel.

Ian Chase broke my heart at seventeen, and I’ve spent the last eighteen years hating him for it.
He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle—which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.
I’ve always loved to loathe him.
I never planned to need him.
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London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her.
Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids—until our lives are changed in one tragic moment.
Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.
My life is already upside-down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface.
Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.

 






Corinne Michaels is one of my favorite authors, it's no surprise. I can say I haven't read anything by Melanie Harlow but after reading this book, I will definitely be checking out some of her works. Because this book is perfection. From the first page, I was hooked and my heart was in pain. I was counting down the days until this book was in my hands and I can say, it totally didn't disappoint. 

Hold You Close follows the story of Ian and London. Ian is London's best friends big brother and she's been in love with him for as long as she could remember. But he thinks of her as his sisters pesky little friend. Though after one night, everything changes and it quickly goes from everything London has ever wanted, to her worst nightmare. 

Now eighteen years later, they hate each other and all they do is bicker. They aren't friends and London despises him. But when tragedy strikes their family they are forced to work together and put their differences aside, and help raise their godchildren. Something they never thought they would be doing. 

But it's hard to put their feelings aside and work, when they are so strong. But Ian knows he can never have her and shouldn't want her. This will test their limits and their boundaries beyond anything they would ever expect. 

This book is beyond beautiful and packs a punch of feels. I could have continued reading this book for as long as they kept writing. It's the perfect story. Filled with love, loss, life, and pain. I highly recommend reading this book and grabbing a glass of wine...because trust me, you will need it. 




USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she's not writing or reading, she's probably driving someone to the dance studio or laughing at bad lip reading videos. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of contemporary romance that's equal parts sexy and sweet. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman of Friedman Literary.





New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of ten romance novels. She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. 

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love. 




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Release Day + Review: BLIND KISS by Renée Carlino




Title: Blind Kiss 
Author: Renée Carlino 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: August 14th, 2018 


From the national bestselling author of Before We Were StrangersSwear on this Life, and Wish You Were Here comes a powerful story of two people who spend years denying their scientifically proven chemistry.

Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio—and she was a dancer on the rise. Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.

The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering. And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.

For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change—and it’s his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection.





Renée Carlino is one of my all time favorite authors. She never fails to deliver an epic punch of emotions. I always have some chocolate stashed somewhere or some wine, some tissues because I know I'm going to need some back up. But her words and her ability to tell a story always move me. She's one of the best contemporary romance authors there are. 

Blind Kiss follows the story of Penny and Gavin. Gah, can I just say that these two are a whirlwind of emotions. They gave me whiplash half of this book and had me yelling at how stupid they were. But I love to feel all the emotions while reading and this one definitely packs a punch. 

Penny meets Gavin in college during a test that her friend is doing. If you can really be attracted to someone with kissing them blindfolded and that's exactly what happens... they have a "blind kiss". Gavin and Penny become best friends almost instantly. Penny is too focused on her dancing and finals, she puts him in the friend zone. But their friendship is something special. They are always there for each other and love each other something fierce. Nobody really gets their friendship but they don't need people to understand it, they do. My heart aches for these characters and how the timing was never right for them to be more than just friends.

And now fourteen years later, they are still best friends but Penny is married and has a kid. And Gavin is moving to France. Their world is about to be rocked on it's axis and they aren't ready. Could Gavin and Penny finally face their feelings for each other or will the fear of getting hurt keep them apart? 

I found their relationship to be amazing. I loved how much they loved each other but they pushed all my buttons. Haha. I wanted them to be together so badly but I know sometimes life is hard and things don't always work out as planned. And Penny and Gavin find out the hard way, just how much life can push back. But what happens when they push back? 

I finished this book in one sitting. No matter what I did, I couldn't put this book down and couldn't stop thinking about them. Penny and Gavin overwhelmed my thoughts and I never wanted them to leave. I was captivated by this story up until the very last page. 




Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet puppy, John Snow Cash. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. 




Saturday, August 11, 2018

Book Review: RESPECT by Jay Crownover


   


 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jay Crownover, comes the next title in her The Breaking Point romantic suspense series, RESPECT. Don't miss the amazing excerpt below, and order your copy today!


Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.

Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.

He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.

He warned her over and over that he wasn't the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she'd given her heart so completely to both.

She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.

Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.

While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn't feel like surrender... but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It's a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.

She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She'd much rather go out and build her own.

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 ~Karsen~ I had no plans to leave the Point. It was ugly, mean, hard, and unforgiving, but these streets were home and I couldn't imagine being happy anywhere else. This place had long since made my hands and the edges of my soul dirty. It was something I would be hard-pressed to hide should I go anywhere else. I'd have to spend my days trying to camouflage the filth I was so familiar with. Here, no one looked twice at the pretty teenager with shadows in her eyes and blood on her hands. I was one of many. I wasn't interested in leaving behind my sister or her fiancé, Race. We were an odd, dysfunctional family, but we made it work. I didn't want to be too far away from my mother, who was living in a group home as she slowly, painfully tried to recover from her alcoholism and PTSD from an accident she caused that ended up taking the life of a young mother and her child. But more than anything, I absolutely didn't want to leave him. I couldn't imagine a day going by without catching a glimpse of Noah Booker. I mean, he was impossible to miss. Six-and-a-half-feet tall, body built like a professional athlete, dark and brooding with the prettiest gunmetal-gray eyes, he was the entirety of every one of my teenage fantasies. I barely noticed the jagged scar dividing one side of his face. White and raised, it cut one of his black eyebrows in half, slashed over a high cheekbone, and ended somewhere under the chiseled edge of his hard jaw. He never talked about it, but Race, Booker's boss, let it slip that Booker got the scar when he was locked up. Or maybe it wasn't as much of a slip-up as a thinly veiled warning. Race never kept it much of a secret that my infatuation with his massive, dangerous, ex-con enforcer made him extremely uncomfortable. He'd warned me over and over again that Booker wasn't for me. And he'd made it clear to the man who broke knees and smashed heads for a living that he was to stay as far away from me as possible. They called it puppy love. It wasn't. To me, it was a vicious kind of love, filled with teeth and claws that I could feel digging at my insides every single time someone patted me on the head and told me how young I was, how much life I had yet to live. This love was rabid, and I was tired of having it on a leash. I wanted to let it free, wanted to let it sink its razor-sharp fangs into the man who had awoken the primal need inside of me. It was only fair he felt the same kind of crushing bite and painful pressure around his heart that I did every single day. I was solely focused on getting to Booker. It barely registered I was done with high school and had new doors opening all around me. I couldn't care less about getting my hands on my diploma. A piece of paper with Karsen Carter written on it in pretty calligraphy meant exactly nothing to me. The only thing I was focused on was the fact I was finally old enough to make my own choices. And I'd always picked Booker. Over and over again he was my number one priority.

     


"I had no plans to leave the Point. It was ugly, mean, hard, and unforgiving, but these streets were home and I couldn't imagine being happy anywhere else. This place had long since made my hands and the edges of my soul dirty." 

Let me first say that The Breaking Point books are my favorite Jay Crownover books ever. I adore all of her books but The Breaking Point is my guilty pleasure. Honor is my favorite book of hers ever and one of my all time favorites in general, and if you haven't read I highly recommend reading. 

Respect is the third and last book in The Breaking Point series and gah, it was the most perfect way to end this series. These books are dirty, gritty, raw, and so beautiful. Jay knows how to write bad boys like nobody's business and she definitely didn't disappoint with Booker's and Karsen's story. 

"You can't have love without respect and you never respected me the way I respected you." 

Respect follows the story of Booker and Karsen. Karsen has always been in love with Booker. She's always known that he's the one for her but he's much older than her, and knows she would never be able to have him till she has legal. But when that time comes her heart gets broken and she agrees to leave the Point like her sister has always wanted. Now four years later, she's coming back for her sisters wedding and she isn't ready to see Booker again. It's the last thing she wants. 

"I could drown in her. The way she tasted. The way she sounded as I did my best to devour her." 

But Booker has different plans when it comes to Karsen. This book is a wild ride. Just strap in and get ready because this book is flipping' amazing. I was sad to see this series come to an end but it couldn't have ended in a better way. 

"She might be the princess of the Point, but she was the Queen, the undeniable ruler, of my crooked and shady heart." 

And don't miss the first titles in The Breaking Point series, HONOR and DIGNITY! Grab your copy today!

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   Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.      


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