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Review: Seeking Solace by Adrienne Dunning

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Sometimes running away is the first step in the right direction. Sarah Collier’s life has always been scripted for her, according to the expectations of her domineering, socially-connected Connecticut family. Everything always went as planned…until the unthinkable happened moments before walking down the aisle. On a whim, she does the first thing that comes to mind—she takes off on her honeymoon, alone. Sarah has never acted on spontaneity, so the impromptu trip may not be what Sarah thinks it will.

The quaint and rustic harbor village of North Berwick on Scotland’s East Lothian coast is typically devoid of tourists in the winter. So when an auburn-haired stranger who wanders into his pub on a cold, Sunday evening, Bretton Keith, self-assured and flirtatious pub owner that he is, sees an opportunity to break up the monotony of another village winter.
As Bretton comes to know, he finds it increasingly difficult to uphold his credo of never becoming attached. Can he forget the mistakes of the past and learn to trust another with his heart? Will Sarah, daring to think of her life in a different way, be brave enough to risk it on a man who was so hurt by another that he swore off ever falling in love again, or will the demands of her family prove too big an obstacle to overcome?

My Review

Seeking Solace was a quick and easy read for me. It follows the story of Sarah and Bretton. Sarah has always done what was expected her. Even going as far to marry someone she didn’t really love. However, fate intervenes at the last minute. Moments before she is supposed to walk down the alise, she finds out her fiancee isn’t coming. On a whim, she takes off to Scotland where she was supposed to be going on her honeymoon.

Bretton, is a self-assured and flirtatious pub owner. He’s tired of the monotony. He’s tired of never becoming attached. Meeting Sarah will make change his perspective and make him long for things he’s sworn he doesn’t want. Can Sarah make him forget the past and let him open up his heart again? Will Sarah be able to become her own person and do what she wants for a change? Will she risk everything for the man that she’s fallen in love with?

Overall I found this book to be an ok read. I loved the town and the scenery where the story took place. I liked the idea of the story. I liked how Sarah took a big risk and upon taking that risk, she found her self and became truly happy. I thought that Sarah and Bretton were a good match for each other. Sarah made Bretton open his eyes to the possibility of love and showed him that not all people will leave and break his heart.

I did have some issues with the pacing of the story. I would have liked to have seen Sarah and Bretton’s relationship develop a little more. I felt like certain things in the story happened a little too quickly.

Other than the pacing issue, I thought this book was a really sweet read. It had some angst, drama, and of course romance. Seeking Solace is Adrienne Dunning’s debut novel. I think this author has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Adrienne Dunning is simply a Southern gal who has fun playing poorly
at golf when she’s not crafting novels.
She loves all forms of expression—writing, dancing, cooking, talking—and does them frequently and with abandon.  She loves creating endearing and feisty characters full of humor and just a little awkwardness to keep them “real”.  Although a possible mystery series is under current exploration, her current works are primarily aligned with the contemporary romance/chick lit genres.  She is heavily active in her local NaNoWriMo chapter, and Seeking Solace, her debut novel releasing April 2015, is the resulting product of a NaNo project.  She lives in coastal North Carolina and uses that region as the setting for many of her stories.  
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Double Cover Reveal: Flawed Heart and Flawed Love (House Of Obsidian Series) by Bella Jewel

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Title: Flawed Heart
Series: House of Obsidian #1
Author: Bella Jewel
Cover Design: LM Creations
 Release Date: June 22, 2015
Blurb
This isn’t the man I married.
The man I married was strong, beautiful and pure.
The man I married cherished our lives together.
The man I married loved me.
This…this isn’t that man.
One night. One accident. It changes everything.
 
I wish I could tell you the exact moment he fell out of love with me.
I wish I could tell you there was hope. That I hung on. That I fought. 
I wish I could tell you that we fixed it.
That happily ever after was just out of our grips.
It wasn’t. I ran.
In the dead of the night, I packed my things and I left him.
Now I’m back.
He’s still the same man. A deadly underground fighter for the House Of Obsidian. He’s still dangerous. He’s still broken. I still love him.
This is the part where I’m supposed to turn back around and run…
But I don’t.
Title: Flawed Love
Series: House of Obsidian #2
Author: Bella Jewel
Cover Design: LM Creations
 Release Date: July 20, 2015
Blurb
We were born into the same crowd.

His father: a useless drunk. My mother: a psycho junkie.

We lived across the road from each other.

We became best friends when I was only ten.

He became my sole reason for breathing.

Seven years later, he forgot about me.



I don’t know the exact moment he changed.

Suddenly I was just the girl next door, and he no longer cared.

He didn’t want to be in my life. He didn’t want to help.

He ran off the rails, tossing me aside.

I no longer mattered. Nothing we shared did.

The next thing I knew – he was gone.


Ten years and I didn’t see or hear from him.

Then came the call I’d be waiting for – he was back in town.

Only the man I remembered is not him.

This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful.

He also doesn’t remember me.


I let him believe I’m just a girl that walked into his bar.

I let him believe I’m just a friend.

I let him use me on the cold, dark nights.

I let him believe I’m incapable of love, just like he is.

I just let the secret go on and on.

But all secrets have an end, don’t they?

Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Cover Reveal: Lust (The Allure Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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We are so excited for this Cover Reveal (and the book!) for Alyssa Rose Ivy’s LUST!! LUST is a New Adult Paranormal Romance releasing July 16, 2015 and the second novel in her The Allure Chronicles Series!

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Cover design and photography by Mae I Design.

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Lust (The Allure Chronicles #2)

After years of searching Daisy and Owen have finally found each other, only to face the threat of being forced apart. If they are unable to stop Daisy from becoming an Allure, she will forever lose the ability to love.

Desperate to stop the change before time runs out, they must decide what price they are willing to pay to save their love.

And don’t miss LURE, the first book in The Allure Chronicles and SEDUCTION’S KISS, a prequel novella:

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About LURE:

There’s danger in the beauty…

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That’s how long it had been since I’d seen my winged hero— not that I’d been counting. I’d suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn’t crazy and knew he didn’t exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.
Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier… thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

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*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAlyssa Rose Ivy Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

 

 

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Cover Reveal and Scavenger Hunt: Dare To Run (The Sons of Steel Row #1) by Jen McLaughlin

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Today we are celebrating the release of the DARE TO RUN cover! DARE TO RUN is a gritty, super sexy, adult title coming out on February 2, 2016 from Jen McLaughlin and published by Penguin (NAL Signet). To celebrate, we are having a scavenger hunt! There are 8 clues scattered around groups of bloggers hosting this feature. All you have to do is find all 8 clues and figure out the scrambled word.

To make it easy for you, we will tell you where you can find Clue #1.

Just go to this article on DARE TO RUN, found at USA Today HEA!

In order to find the groups of bloggers posting, go to Jen McLaughlin’s blog and she will have the lists so you can check out each group and find the remaining 7 clues.

 

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DARE TO RUN Summary:

The New York times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

 

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and 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.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Cover Reveal: Sacrifice by Adriana Locke

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 Title: Sacrifice
 Author: Adriana Locke
Cover Design: K23 Design
 Release Date: July 13, 2015
Blurb

 My life changed forever the night my husband died. 

I was left with a shattered heart, a heap of bills, and our daughter, EVERLEIGH. I don’t want to rely on anyone, least of all CREW GENTRY. He’s my first love and the man who almost destroyed me, the man who has let me down every time I’ve needed him. 

But when tragedy strikes a second time, Crew just might be my only hope. 

My life changed forever the night my brother died. 

I was left with a guilty conscience, a pile of mistakes, and little else. I take care of JULIA GENTRY, my brother’s widow and the love of my life, and their daughter. I know she doesn’t want my help, but she gets it anyway. I owe her that. When another disaster hits, I’m given the opportunity to make things right. I’m taking it. I’m willing to sacrifice it all.

 

Excerpt  

“She’s been missing him a lot lately.”

Julia’s voice is barely a whisper and my chest constricts. Our conversations don’t normally make it to discussing Gage unless we’re already arguing. The fact that she just brought it up shocks me and I’m not comfortable with it. I don’t know how to take it. I feel my jaw pulse with frustration and scramble to change the subject again. “Why is it so chilly in here?”

Her smile disappears and she tugs her sweatshirt nervously. “I didn’t know it was.”

“How can you possibly not know?” I start to the thermostat across the room when she clears her throat.

“The heater isn’t working right. I asked Lane to come by and look at it earlier this week.”

“And he hasn’t been here yet?” I shoot her a look and she shakes her head. “He’ll be here tonight.” I dig my cell outta my pocket.

“Crew, don’t. Please. The last time you called my landlord he was a complete jerk to me for a couple of months. I just got on good terms with him again.”

I scroll through my contacts list, looking for his name.

“Crew …” I know her doe-eyes are pleading with me. I also know if I look up at her, I’ll be somewhat inclined to give in. So I don’t.

Author Bio
Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

Adriana resides in the Midwest with her family. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. She loves to be outside in the sunshine and always has a piece of candy in her pocket.

Her first novel, The Exception, was released in 2014. The followup, The Perception, was released in March 2015. Both books follow the same characters, but can be read as standalone novels.

Sacrifice, a novel unrelated to the others, will go live on July 13, 2015.

Please contact Adriana at www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers.

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Review: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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theconsequencesoflovingcoltonMy name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. His fault. Not mine.

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man.

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison.

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to.

Damn cookie.


My Review

I’d rather fight with you, bicker with you, every damn day of my life than having nothing at all. I’m selfish enough to want any piece of you – even if it’s the bad, the ugly, the ridiculous. So even if you hated me, I’d still die a happy man – because I’d still be on your mind.”

The Consequence of Loving Colton follows the story of Colton and Milo. Milo has been in love with Colton for as long as she can remember. The problem you ask, well besides being her brother’s best friend, he’s only ever seen Milo as a little sister. Never for the woman that she is. Now, Milo is all grown up and has come home for her brother’s wedding. She has made a pact with herself that she will get through this weekend and not let Colton effect her….yeah, right, like that’s going to happen. The minute she sees him, everything comes rushing back. Little does Milo know that Colton does have feelings for her. He was just to scared to act on them or admit that he has them. No one could be prepared for how this weekend would play out: secrets, pretend boyfriend, kisses, declarations of love, people getting punched, and what would a wedding be without an over the top, in need of sex, Grandma. What could possibly go wrong??

Oh my gosh! I loved this book. I loved every single thing about it. My face hurts from laughing so much! I haven’t had a book make me laugh like this in such a long time, especially with lines like this: “I wasn’t one of those girls who got tiny hunger pangs when it was time to eat, then took a few sips of water, burped, wiped my mouth, and announced I was full. Hell, no. Carbs. Give. Me. Carbs. Give me protein. Give me chocolate and I’ll be your best friend.”  I knew from the very first page that I was going to love this book and I did. I was a goner. I was hooked. I could not put this book down.

The Consequence of Loving Colton is one read that is not to be missed. It was a great romantic comedy. I laughed so much, it brought tears to my eyes. Not only was this book funny, but it also had just the right amount of steam and angst. The characters were so entertaining. I couldn’t get enough of them. You just never knew what was going to come out of their mouths next. And I have to say that Max and Grandma were hilarious.

This was such a great book! Definitely one of the funniest that I’ve read so far this year. It is a great friends to lovers romantic comedy. The writing is fantastic and captivating. The story will keep you hooked until the very end and trust me, with this story, there is never a dull moment. This book will make you laugh, smile, swoon, shake your head and ultimately fall in love.

*I received an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cover Reveal: My Serenity by M. Clarke

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my serenity full contactMeet Seth & Josefina in this second-chance romance releasing July 16th!

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When tragedy strikes, Seth Stewart is forced to return home after the death of his beloved father. The unexpected detour forces him to oversee the family’s auto shop and restaurant business, and Seth must kiss the prestigious internship goodbye after his first year at Berkeley Business School. When he collides with his first crush after his arrival, Seth wonders what possibly could have happened to Josefina Anders.

Josefina has hidden many secrets she is too ashamed to share with anyone, especially Seth. When they cross paths again, the urge to relive their past lingers in her mind even though she knows he couldn’t accept her sketchy past. Things get even more complicated when her mother returns, as well as her overly possessive ex, who decides to crash into her fragile existence all over again.

Will Seth’s connection for Josefina be strong enough to see past her secrets, or will he realize he can’t rekindle an old flame?

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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-

Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

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