Review ~ Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

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The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

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 If there is anything Vi Keeland can do, it’s get a reader right in the feels. I was drawn to both characters. I especially loved how we were introduced to Caine (not sure if someone would call it a spoiler, so I’m staying safe an keeping quiet). The tension, though high and constant, never overwhelmed the story or the characters. It was just there, part of life that had to be dealt with. Then…Keeland ramps it up a trillion notches to kaboom and it. Was. Glorious. 

Caine is the sexy professor with one heck of a dirty mouth. Rachel is sweet, intelligent, full of heart, and (best of all) not afraid to call people on their…stuff 😉 Their combination is combustible. 

As with all Keeland books, this is a must read. Right now. Do not pause. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Just read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Review ~ Seducing Lola by Jessica Prince

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Seducing Lola
by Jessica Prince
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Another fab RomCom from Jessica Prince. 

While many romantic comedies cross the line between funny and ridiculous, Seducing Lola is not an over-the-top, Three Stoges read. Its humor is smart, contemporary, and well timed. The romance is thick, but not cheesy; like the perfect schmear of cream cheese on a fresh everything bagel. The characters are likeable and fun, while being real enough to want to go to coffee (or, ya know, a bar) with.

I loved the progression. I adored the plot. And, AND, when I got nervous about one character, Prince did the right thing and made them amazing. It was pleasantly surprising.

Overall, Seducing Lola is the perfect book for long-time RomCom lovers and newbies alike

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I’ve had my fair share of bad relationships. I’ve dated liars, cheaters, shoe fetishists, and everything in between. Sure, these experiences would make any woman cynical when it comes to dipping her toe back into the dating pool, but I used my past for good and made a career out of helping other women avoid going down the same paths I had.

And I was damn good at it.

Until a random act of fate set my life on a course I’d been avoiding for years, and put me in the crosshairs of a man that made me feel things I swore to never feel again.

Now I’m in his sights and it seems like he’ll stop at nothing to seduce the hell out of me. He might hold my career in the palm of his hands, but if Grayson Lockhart thinks he can blackmail me into submission with his sexy voice and sexy hands and sexy everything, then he’s…probably right.

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Prologue

If you’d have asked my twenty-year-old self what I saw in my future ten years down the road, I probably would’ve answered the same way as every other naïve co-ed living the college dream on Sorority Row.

I’d be married to the love of my life, raising our two perfect children in the suburbs—because the city is no place to bring up a family, obviously—and driving a top-of-the-line SUV that all the minivan moms would envy because I had way too much style to ever be caught dead driving a minivan.

Clearly, my twenty-year-old self was an idiot.

It was she who forgave—then was subsequently dumped by—my college sweetheart after finding him pile-driving my sorority sister from behind on the handmade quilt I’d spent countless hours creating out of his old high school football T-shirts as a birthday present. His brilliant excuse?

“You’re just not adventurous enough, Lola. She’s willing to try things in bed that you aren’t.”

Apparently refusing to allow him to film us having sex and entering it into a contest on a porn site was just too vanilla for him. Last I heard, he was making a killing on the amateur scene.

Unfortunately, my twenty-one and twenty-two-year-old selves weren’t all that smart either.

It was my twenty-one-year-old self who discovered I’d unwittingly been made a beard by Brad, the guy I had dated for six months, because his evangelical parents just “wouldn’t understand.”

BTW, Brad and Phillip’s wedding was a really lovely affair. He asked me to stand as his best woman—since he considered our relationship the reason he finally made his way out of the closet—but I turned down the honor, choosing instead to get annihilated on mojitos at the open bar.

My twenty-two-year-old self thought I had finally found a decent guy. That was until I came home to find him doing something I’ll never be able to unsee to a pair of Louboutins I’d spent the better part of a year saving up for.

The saddest part? I hadn’t even had a chance to wear them before his defilement. I didn’t have the heart to throw them in the trash, so I let him take them with him when I kicked his ass out.

I should’ve known better, honestly. It wasn’t like I’d grown up in a home with my very own personal June and Ward Cleaver. Oh no, my parents split when I was only six years old. And it was anything but amicable. My mom never kept her hatred for my father secret. And dear old Dad never hid the string of women he kept on tap, one for whatever mood he may’ve been in. It was shocking that I hadn’t grown bitter at an even younger age, having to deal with their drama, but I was in my early twenties and still a believer in happily ever afters.

Like I said, I was an idiot.

Now I know what you’re thinking. After three miserable failures, I was probably a jaded cynic who was convinced true love didn’t exist.

Well, you’d only be half right. See, I believed in love, sure… as long as it was happening to anyone other than me. I’d been the fateful target of that bastard Cupid’s stupid-ass arrow three times already; I had no desire to go for a fourth. I wasn’t anti-relationship when it came to other people. To each their own and all that jazz. And I didn’t hate men. I just didn’t believe they were of any use to me for anything other than a few hours of fun that eventually led to a—hopeful—mutual release before I sent them on their way.

I learned from my mistakes, grown wise as the years passed. I knew exactly what I wanted out of my life, and believe me, there wasn’t a shitty picket fence in sight. If the suburbs were for families, then the city was exactly where I was meant to be. I was a successful, accomplished thirty-two-year-old woman who’d gotten where I was in life by hard work, perseverance, and the cluelessness of women all around the world.

My name was known in households all throughout Washington State. I, along with my two best friends, hosted Seattle’s most successful female-based talk radio show, aptly titled Girl Talk. I’d managed to make more money in the past ten years by offering relationship advice to helpless women than I’d ever know what to do with.

It was safe to say the rose-colored glasses were off. I lived in the real world where men cheated and women drowned their sorrows in vats of Ben & Jerry’s.

Sure, I wasn’t living the future I saw for myself when I was twenty, but then again, at twenty, I still thought Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were meant to be, that Wedding Crashers was cinematic brilliance, and that the whole Tom Cruise/Oprah couch jumping “I’m in love with Katie Holmes” thing was actually romantic. What the hell did I know back then?

A lot had changed over the years. And as I gazed out the floor-to-ceiling windows of my penthouse apartment, overlooking the Puget Sound, I could honestly say without a shred of doubt that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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Where the Hell Have I Been?

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Hey guys! It’s been a while, and I’m sorry-ish. I needed a break from blogging. I needed a break from books, in a way. I was having a hard time getting into a storyline. Favorite authors could barely pull me from my slump. 

It was awful. 

I felt like something was wrong with me. How could the one thing I always counted on no longer fulfill me? I still can’t answer that question. But I will be back from my hiatus and you will get the lowdown on some fab books. They’re out there.

We still have people like Chelle Bliss, Nina Levine, LB Simmons, LB Dunbar, Mariana Zapata, Ginger Scott, and a bucket load of others with books out there. 

Next week, people. I’m back in action.

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Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love.

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Review ~ Buns, Alice Clayton

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Like most books by Clayton, there is a lovely shade of humor throughout Buns, and, like most books by Clayton, there is also a lot of romance and hot sex. So yeah…it’s a win.

First and foremost, I have to say I freaking LOVED Clara. Determined, intelligent, flawed…she’s fantastic. I was able to connect with her immediately and we became besties by The End. I just understood her in a way you hope to when reading. I got her. And that’s a great feeling. Like you’re not alone, ya know?

Now, as for Archie, I dug the man. A touch stuffy and set on tradition, I really enjoyed seeing the many sides of Mr. Bryant. He is a fab character that tests boundaries, takes chances, and makes you think.

 

buns.jpgClara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Review ~ The Butterfly Project, Emma Scott

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Emma Scott is my go-to author for emotionally poignant, utterly romantic, heartbreaking romances. I have never been disappointed after finishing a book from Scott, and I doubt I ever will. I adore stories with realistic characters – flawed individuals who are seeking a better version of themselves – and The Butterfly Project delivers that and so much more.

TBP is most definitely a romance, but there is SO much more to it than that. Self-acceptance and forgiveness are front and center, giving depth and heart to every event. While there were times I did pause reading, it was because I wasn’t in the mood for a fantastic book with heart. I wanted something either crazy or light, and I didn’t want my mood to hinder my appreciation for TBP.

So I paused.

Then, I came back when I was ready. And I am so glad I did that. I absolutely recommend The Butterfly Project (and everything else written by the author).

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“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

Review ~ Too Hard Too Forget, Tessa Bailey

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To be honest, I had trouble with this one. The writing was good, the characters were okay, but at the end of the day, I just could not get into the story. I never connected with the characters. And I think part of that is the issue of why Elliott couldn’t accept his feelings for Peggy. Imagine this…

You’re reading along, enjoying some angst, a little heat, and things really start to pick up. Now, take a bible and slap yourself across the face with it and stare at a picture of Jesus. While I appreciate that this is what was going through Elliott’s mind, I didn’t appreciate it in my own. I like a good Christian romance. I like a down-and-dirty romance. I do not like having a scene come to a screeching halt because of a character’s issues. A sudden stop is one thing, a total derailment is another. And the number of times I was derailed just killed the flow of the book for me.

Now, don’t go gettin’ all Negative Nancy on me, the story is interesting, and there are some super heartwarming moments. I liked the journey the H&h were taken on.

Overall, this is not a book I would jump up and down for you to read, but I wouldn’t rip the book outta your hands, either.

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This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.