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Release Week Blitz with Review: One Week to the Wedding: A Women’s Fiction Novel (Misty Point #1) by Olivia Miles

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ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING: An unforgettable story of love, betrayal, and sisterhood

Author: Olivia Miles

Series: Misty Point, #1

On Sale: June 13, 2017

Publisher: Forever

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Sometimes the road to happily ever after takes a few wrong turns…

Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory. Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.

Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.

With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again.

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One Week to the Wedding is the first and exciting new novel from author Olivia Miles. This book is fun and light and has just the right amount of drama. I enjoyed Kate from the moment I met her. I thought she was an amazing friend and loved that she helped plan her bff’s wedding despite having her own personal reservations when it comes to tying the knot. Be a wedding planner is no easy feat when it comes to her jilted heart, but if anyone can do it, it’s Kate….Charlotte knows she messed up. She hurt her sister in a way that no sister ever should. She’ll do anything to get Kate to forgive her, even if that means she’s go to return home. Will Kate be able to move on from the past and heal her wounded heart? Will Kate learn the power of true love, forgiveness and family? You’ll just have to read this book for yourself to find out.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read.  I thought this book was written and paced very well. The characters were likable and easy to relate to. They kept me intrigued and had me wanting to learn more. I loved the setting and idea of this story. There is nothing like a jilted woman finding love again!

I think this story was a great and sweet second chance romance. It is a great story of second chances; not just in love, but also family. I think this story had just the right amount of drama and romance. Overall, I think this series is off to a good start and I look forward to seeing where it will go next.

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

EXCERPT

Alec was leaning against the pole of a street light when Kate approached. Dressed in khaki shorts and a crisp white t-shirt that accentuated every curve of his thick biceps, Kate’s resolve since her conversation with Elizabeth had already weakened and she found herself fighting off the urge to run her hands over that rippled chest–

And that was officially crazy talk.

It had just been too long since she’d touched a man, that was all. It was a natural reaction that surely anyone would have to someone of the opposite sex after all this time. Especially one who looked like Alec.

“Hey!” He flashed her a big grin as she closed the distance between them.

She brightened at the sight of his friendly smile, wishing the response wasn’t so automatic. “Hey.”

Alec gestured to the bistro. “It’s full, but the wait should only be a few minutes.”

“I don’t mind,” Kate said, glancing at the customers who had filled the stretch of sidewalk tables. It was a romantic restaurant, one of the best in Misty Point, but she knew better than to assume this was why Alec had chosen it. He was visiting town, it was close to his hotel, and from an outsider’s point of view it probably just looked like a nice place to eat. Besides, he was probably used to picking the finest options. It was surely nothing more than that.’

And she shouldn’t wish it to be.

Just thinking of how betrayed her friend would feel to know that Kate was siding with the enemy was enough to make her come up with an excuse and leave. Going through with this dinner at this cozy little spot would make her the worst kind of friend there was. She knew too many people like this already, and she didn’t want to follow in their example.

She stole a glance at him, taking in the strong width of his back as he casually studied the menu outside the restaurant, his hands thrust in his pockets, his hair wavy and dark and just begging for her to tangle her fingers through…Stop it!

She opened her mouth, knowing she had to say something, but not knowing quite what, when she saw him. Jake. He was coming around the corner, laughing that laugh, smiling that smile, without a care in the world. He was rounding the bend, coming in her direction. She watched in frozen horror, not knowing whether to hide or run. Her mind ran rampant with every worst case scenario. Was he coming to the restaurant? Would he speak to her? What would she say?

What was he even doing here? He was supposed to be gone, long gone.

And then she remembered. The phone calls. Charlotte. Panicking, she darted her gaze, searching for her sister, not knowing what she would say if she saw her.

“Alec.” Her voice locked in her throat, coming out strained and forced.

He turned to face her, his eyes growing wide at the sight of her. “Are you okay?”

“I need you to do me a favor,” she whispered urgently. Her heart was pounding as her eyes zipped from Alec to Jake and back again.

He hadn’t noticed her. Not yet. But he would. And soon.

Alec rolled his eyes in a joking way. “Do the best man duties ever end?  What do you need me to do now? Arrange flowers? Frost the cake? Oh…I know. Kiss the bride?”

“No. Kiss me.” She blinked, shocked by her own words. It was rash, impulsive, and desperate. She was probably sending him all the wrong messages. But she didn’t even care.

For once, she wasn’t thinking about the ripple effect of her actions. Or what she would say in five minutes. All she could think about was the here and now. And that if she didn’t have time to run and hide from the people who had publicly humiliated her, the most she could do was prove to Jake—and Charlotte–that was over it. That they hadn’t hurt her. That she was just fine.

Alec’s eyes flashed as the smile vanished from his face, replaced with a look of surprise. “What?”

“Kiss me,” she repeated breathlessly, her mind racing. She hadn’t even contemplated the thought that he might turn her down, laugh in her face, storm off. It would make it all worse–seal her humiliation. “I need you to kiss me. Right now.”

Alec’s expression was frozen and for a moment Kate was struck with the horrifying thought that he would drag this out, or turn it into a joke. She didn’t have time for that. But then his brows lifted and his lips curled into a devilish grin. “If you insist,” he murmured, reaching down to scoop his arms around her waist in one smooth effort.

His kiss was anything but shy as he pressed his lips to hers, pulling her so close to his chest she could feel the heat of his body through his shirt.

Her knees went a little weak as she let herself go, and for a moment, she wasn’t even thinking of Jake or Charlotte at all. She wasn’t thinking of the hurt, the pain, or what would happen next, when they broke apart. She wasn’t thinking of anything

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THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN, #2

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Olivia Miles writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories. She lives just outside Chicago with her husband, young daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

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Release Blitz with Review: Maybe This Love (Colorado Ice #2) by Jennifer Snow

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Title: Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow

Series: Colorado Ice #2

On Sale: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Formats: Mass Market

Price: $7.99 (mass market)

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THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills—on and off the ice—and he’s not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it’s time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer—fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn’t need anyone derailing her career—or her dreams of starting a family—least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he’s unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he’s the real deal. She’s slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change—or if he’s just playing the game.


My Review

Maybe This Love is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Ben and Olivia. Ben is at the top of his game and enjoying the good life. However when a night in Vegas, doesn’t quite stay in Vegas, Ben finds himself in need of a lawyer ASAP. So, while his personal life is getting sorted out, Ben only has one thing to do: Lie low and keep his head in the game. But, when Ben meets Olivia, that will prove to be easier said than done….Olivia has her eyes on the prize. Her focus in on her exciting career and starting a family of her own. She’s at a point in her life where distractions are not welcome. So, when Ben tries to pursue Olivia, the poor guy doesn’t stand a chance. He’s got the worst reputation and Olivia isn’t falling for his game. However, the more time Olivia spends with Ben, the more she starts to realize that everything isn’t what it seems. Will Olivia be willing to take a chance on Ben? Has Ben truly changed his ways? There is only one way to find out….

Maybe This Love is a fun and entertaining read. This is the type of book that you can easily spend the afternoon getting lost in. The characters are easy to connect with and have an easy banter. I enjoyed the push and pull between Olivia and Ben was excited to see how their story would unfold. Maybe This Love had the perfect balance of sweet romance, steamy moments and a little bit of drama along the way.

Overall, I thought this book was a pretty solid read. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

“Relax,” he said smoothly, his gaze locked on hers, his expression soft, unfazed—the look of a man not dancing with the lawyer who could ruin his life or at least playoff season. She had to learn this guy’s secret, because there was no way he was this unaffected. Yet, his hands weren’t sweating the ways hers threatened to, and the only heartbeat she could hear thundering was her own.

She forced a slow and what she hoped was unobvious breath. “I am relaxed. I’m not the one who should be worried.”

The palm of his hand spread across the exposed flesh of her back and she prayed the tingling sensation in her spine didn’t result in goose bumps. “So you’re saying I should be?” he asked, turning them in rotation to the steady beat. Despite her resistance to this dance, her hips betrayed her by swaying in sync with his, and her feet kept time with his every step. He led with a silent authority that she was forced to follow. And for the first time in her life, she wasn’t hating giving up control.

“I think so, yes. My client is…”

He brought their joined hands between them and placed a finger to her lips.

Her heart all but stopped.

“Why don’t we save the shop talk for the courtroom? Let’s just enjoy this dance.”

She swallowed hard, but nodded. Dancing in silence, she could do that.

Unfortunately, Ben seemed eager to chat. “How long have you been practicing law?”

He expected her to remember stats as his hand on her back dipped slightly lower, his hold drawing her even closer? It had been far too long since she’d been enveloped in the arms of a man who felt and smelled so strong, so confident…How long would it be again if she went ahead with her plans for a baby? She pushed the thought aside when he stared at her, still waiting for an answer. “Twelve years,” she said, cutting out her time as a junior lawyer and intern, so as not to age herself. She knew from his online Wikipedia page that he was thirty-four, two years younger than she.

“Do you love what you do?” he asked.

“If I say no will I get the inspirational ‘do what you love and it will never feel like work’ speech?”

Is that a no?”

She shook her head. “Actually, I really do enjoy my job.” She couldn’t say watching families get ripped apart by bitter divorces was something she loved without sounding like a sociopath, but she enjoyed her career.

“Can I ask why only professional athlete divorces?”

“I was dumped by a jock,” she said.

Ben laughed. “So one guy ruined it for us all, huh?”

She nodded then shook her head. “No. Everyday cases—with normal, everyday husbands and wives—just seemed a little too…real,” she said.

His blue eyes burned into her and his grip tightened on her hand. “So, guys like me aren’t real?”

She swallowed hard. He felt real…He felt more than real—he felt amazing. His arm wrapped around her felt deceivingly safe and his hand holding hers felt warm and secure. God, she could see herself giving in to these painfully real feelings…“You’re probably one of the more real ones,” she said, hoping he didn’t detect the slight quiver in her voice.

He nodded slowly as though unsure whether her words were a compliment. “Have you ever been married?” he asked, rotating them in time to the music.

“That’s crossing a line into personal.”

“Kids?”

“That’s less personal?” She raised an eyebrow.

He smiled. “Guarded much?”

The effect of his smile from a safe distance was knee-weakening. This close, it was downright dangerous. She quickly averted her gaze to the other couples on the floor. “How long is this song anyway?” She felt trapped the way she had in tenth grade when Robbie Gropes-a-Lot Harris had tricked her into dancing with him at the winter formal to “November Rain”—the full eleven-minute extended version. Except Ben’s breath smelled minty fresh and not like tacos, and his arm draped across her lower back made every fiber in her being spring to life, making her want to flee for a completely different reason than the one Robbie had evoked.

“Do I make you uncomfortable?”

Damn right. And it should be her making him uncomfortable. There needed to be a power shift between them and fast. “Of course not.”

He pulled her closer. “You make me uncomfortable,” he murmured, his expression suddenly serious. Every inch of her body was pressed to his and she could barely catch a breath. Dancing was a really bad idea—a torturously bad idea. Being in his arms reminded her of all of the things she’d sacrificed for her career, of all the things she’d told herself she didn’t need…

“G-good,” she said, her voice cracking. “As I said, my client…”

“I don’t mean the divorce case. I mean you.” He touched her cheek and her skin burned. Thank God he was holding her so tightly because she couldn’t trust her legs.

Their stare locked and held for what could have been a lifetime, as everything seemed still and quiet around them.

Still and quiet.

The song had ended.

She yanked her hand free of his and stumbled away from him, inhaling a gulp of air into her deprived lungs. “Well, dance is over. I’ll…uh…see you.”

He nodded, the charming polite smile back on his face and for a second she wondered if she’d imagined the intensity in his gaze seconds before. “Goodnight, Olivia.”

Olivia.

Her own name sounded foreign coming from him. She longed to hear the sound again, and she was an idiot for wanting something so dangerous. The NHL’s biggest playboy had just worked his charm on her, and she’d lost all common sense.

She turned and headed straight for the table, leaving him on the dance floor.

She had to pull it together, but she also had to admit the unfortunate truth. Never before had she been tempted to kiss the enemy.

Excerpted from MAYBE THIS LOVE by Jennifer Snow. Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Snow. Reprinted with permission of Forever. All rights reserved.

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Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.

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Blog Tour with Review: Plus One by Missy Blake

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Today we’re having the blog tour for Plus One by M.N. Forgy writing as Missy Blake. I am so excited to bring you this sexy contemporary romance! Check it out and be sure to get your copy today!

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Title: Plus One

Author: M.N. Forgy writing as Missy Blake

Genre: Romantic Comedy

About Plus One:

No feelings.

No lies of calling the next day, and no empty promises of not banging anyone’s mother.

If I could act like I’ve never met a set of twins I screwed on the same night, thinking they were the same person, then I could do this.

It was the perfect set up for a fake relationship and it was simple.

We faked our smiles, we faked our laughs; hell, we even faked our love. It wasn’t real.

But that kiss was anything but fake, and the orgasm was anything but pretend.

Somehow my plus one had become more, and now I’m standing here with my underwear around my ankles wondering what in the hell to do next.

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Plus One was a  really cute story. From the moment I met Rae, I liked her. She was easy to relate to and connect with. She did have some bitchy moments, but overall, was a pretty cool chick. When we first meet up with Rae, she’s had her heart broken on her wedding day. She runs into Max in an attempt to flee her devastating situation and he gives her the courage to get past her heartbreak. Now, a year later, Rae is partying it up like a teenager. She is living her life the way she wants and doesn’t want to have any regrets. The only problem, her family is desperate for her to move on. Max was devastated when he found out his fiancee cheated on him, so like Rae, he’s just been living it up for the past year. The last thing he expected was to run into Rae again. Even more unexpected to find himself in a “made up” relationship with her. What seemed like a good idea to get their families off their backs, quickly becomes confused. Lines become blurred and feelings come into  play. Will Rae and Max get the happily ever after that they deserve? There is only one way to find out.

Overall, I found Plus One to be a fun and entertaining read. The characters were easy to connect with and had me wanting to know more. I felt terrible for our main characters and found myself rooting for them to find their happily ever after. I thought that Rae and Max had great chemistry and I liked the pull they had towards each other.

Plus One is a great fake relationship/second chance romance and just an overall cute read.

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

About Missy Blake:

Bestselling author M.N. Forgy known for her suspense gritty romances has decided to take a walk on a different side of things writing under pen name Missy

Missy Blake is the perfect outlet to express her sassy, funny, romantic side of M.N. Forgy.

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Review: The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy

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Title: THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE

Author: Jen Gilroy

Series: Firefly Lake, #1

On Sale: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Forever

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In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional second chance love story about redemption and finding your way home, the first in a new series by debut author Jen Gilroy.

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven . . . but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

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The Cottage at Firefly Lake is the debut novel of author Jen Gilroy. Told from dual points of view, The Cottage at Firefly Lake follows the story of Charlotte and Sean. Charlotte wanted nothing more than to travel the world and leave home. However leaving home meant leaving Sean behind. Charlotte was madly in love with Sean, so leaving him behind was the last thing she ever wanted. But, sometimes, things happen for a reason. Despite her decisions, Charlotte has tried her best to enjoy her life and leave her past behind her. However, fate has decided to make these ex-lovers cross paths again. When Charlotte is forced to return home, she is flooded with the past and memories she has fought to forget. She is in no way prepared to see Sean again. So much time has passed, but a love like theirs can never be buried. When the truth comes out as to why Charlotte really left home, will Sean be able to forgive and forget? Or is too late for second chances? There’s only one way to find out…

The Cottage at Firefly Lake is a wonderful debut novel. I love second chance romances and this one pulled me in from the very beginning. From the moment I met Charlotte and Sean, I was desperate to figure out why Charlotte was left behind. I was intrigued by their circumstances and couldn’t wait to read more. I thought Charlotte and Sean had an excellent pull and I really enjoyed watching them try to figure things out.

As far as debut novels go, I think this one is well written and has a ton of potential. This book was sweet with just the right amount of drama and romance. I look forward to reading more from this series and this author.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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EXCERPT

“Do you still want to sell the cottage?” He took a shallow breath and leaned forward. Which was a mistake because now he was in touching and tasting distance of her.

“Of course.” Charlie looked down, but not before Sean caught the flicker of uncertainty in her eyes. “But my mom loved Firefly Lake. Maybe we can come up with a better option, one that won’t change everything she loved. What do you think?”

Sean’s breathing sped up. By working with her and Mia, he might be able to protect Carmichael’s. Protect his family, his community, and his way of life. But he’d also have to spend more time with Charlie. “I guess I could talk to the chamber of commerce and the Rotary Club.”

“You’re president of the Firefly Lake Rotary Club.” Charlie’s eyes twinkled. “I saw a picture in Nick’s office of the two of you at some Rotary dinner. You have influence.”

“Maybe I do, but why should I use it to help you and your sister?”

“This isn’t about helping us. It’s about Carmichael’s and Firefly Lake, and this whole special area.” Her eyes were wise, seeing through him like always. Seeing what mattered to him.

“I’ll think about it.” His gaze locked with hers and something sizzled between them. The heat that had always been there—but had deepened because they weren’t the kids they’d been.

“We don’t have anything against you.” She took a business card from the holder on the desk and traced the letters of his name. “But Mia. . . she’s dealing with . . .some stuff . . . She’s the only family I’ve got.”

Sean knew all about family loyalty. How it could suffocate you and force you into choices you didn’t want to make. “What kind of stuff?”

“I can’t . . . ” She swallowed, and a pulse worked in her jaw. “A Tat Chee development would hurt a lot of people. Mom wouldn’t have wanted something that hurt people who were her friends. Hurt the place she never forgot. Mia and I don’t want that either.”

“It has nothing to do with you and me?” Sean looked into her face, the girl he’d loved still there beneath the woman she’d become.

“Of course not.” Charlie’s voice trembled.

“Deny it all you want, but we’re still hooked together.” He gave a harsh laugh. “Beyond trying to get it out of our systems, I don’t know what the hell we can do about it.”

Charlie came around the desk. She licked her lips and his body leaped. “Even if there is still something between us, we can’t do anything about it.”

“Starting something again would be a bad idea.” Sean pushed the words out, over the tightness in his chest.

“A very bad idea.” Her voice was a sensual caress.

“What if we can’t help it?” He stood and shoved the chair away, sending it crashing into the wall to overturn. He reached for her, and the shock of her warm, bare skin jolted through him.

“I shouldn’t . . . ” But even as she spoke, she leaned into him, soft, like the Charlie he remembered. Her head fit into the curve of his shoulder like it belonged there.

“Me neither.” He dipped his head and brushed his mouth against her neck, peaches and her scent greeting him. The one he could have picked out blindfolded even after all these years.

“Your mom told me to stay away from you.” She angled her neck toward his mouth.

“I told her to butt out.” He licked the sensitive cord in her neck, and she gasped.

“You did?” She whimpered as he intensified the caress.

He drew back. “You and me, we’re none of her business.”

“There isn’t a you and me. There can’t be. I’m only here for just over two more weeks.” Her words came out in a breathy moan. “Whatever this is, it can’t go anywhere. I don’t want anyone to get hurt.” Her small hands were gentle on his forearms. That gentleness was a side of her she didn’t let many people see.

“I know the rules.” He pulled her close again…

THE FIREFLY LAKE SERIES

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SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE, #2

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Jen Gilroy grew up under the big sky of western Canada. After many years in England, she now lives in a small town in eastern Ontario where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She’s worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write contemporary romance to bring readers’ hearts home.

A small-town girl at heart, Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband, Tech Guy, is her real-life romance hero, and her daughter, English Rose, teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

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Review and Promo Tour: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.
And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.
Yes, God as in God.

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When I first heard about Lucian Divine, I was so captivated by the cover. It intrigued me and the synopsis made me want to know more…..

Lucian Divine is so different from the other books that I’ve read by this author. It’s a contemporary romance with a sort of paranormal twist. I loved that this author was brave and took a risk writing something that was out of her norm. I enjoyed the story-line and have to admit that I am quite the fan of angel type stories. Lucian Divine is a fun and unique story. The writing is smart and really makes you think.

I adored Lucian and fell in love with almost instantly. I thought that he was quite easy to connect with and I appreciated his struggles. I was curious to see how everything would play out with Evey. I thought Evey was a lot of fun and I couldn’t wait for her to meet Mr. Right. I loved her reaction to Lucian and the connection that they shared. Their banter was entertaining and kept me coming back for more. And I totally loved the forbidden aspect to their relationship.

Overall, I thought this book was a pretty good read. I loved the characters, their story and their journey. My only complaint was that I felt that there were a few elements of the story that were rushed and didn’t quite work for me. And those issues are what is keeping me from giving this book four stars. That being said,  I am really glad that I checked out this book and went on this journey with Lucian and Evey.

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

 

Renee-121Renée 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 USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. 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. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

Review: Intended for Bristol (Second Chances #8) by L.P. Dover

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Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. When he’s traded away, his new teammates in California don’t waste any time making his life miserable. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more.

Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.


My Review

Told from dual points of view, Intended for Bristol follows the story of Jaxson and Bristol. Jaxson has made a lot of mistakes in his life. He’s made enemies out of his teammates and has the title of the NFL’s most hated player. However, there is more to Jaxson than meets the eye and it’s just going to take the right woman for everyone to see just how amazing and different Jaxson really is….Bristol doesn’t play games and doesn’t like football players. Burned from the past, Bristol avoids football at all costs. She had no idea that meeting Jaxson was about to turn her entire world upside down.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. It was a super quick read. One that you can easily finish in just a few hours. I liked Jaxson and Bristol right away. Jaxson was so cocky, I couldn’t wait for the right woman to walk into his life and make him fall. I thought that Bristol was a great match for him. She was a no nonsense type of girl, who wasn’t about to waste her time on a player. She was smart and when she loved, she loved with everything that she had. She made Jaxson open his eyes and see that there is more to life than silly rivals and that love can bring out sides of you that you don’t even know exists.

There were a few bumps along the way, but honestly, this was an en enjoyable read for me. Bristol and Jaxson’s story captured my interest and had me turning the pages quickly, to see how things were going to turn out. I loved that this wasn’t just a sports romance, but it was also a story of redemption.

Intended for Bristol was a quick and easy read for me. It was a nice second chance/sports romance. I think it had a nice balance of drama and romance. I loved that there was also some suspense and a really great, unexpected twist.

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

Release Blitz with Review: Epic Love (Epic Fail #3) by Trudy Stiles

Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: Sept 19, 2016

HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a STANDALONE novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

  

My Review

Epic Love is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Heath and Noelle. This book starts off with one heartbreaking beginning and pulls you in instantly. This story follows both Heath and Noelle in the present and past tense. Ever since Noelle moved next door, the two have been inseparable. However, Noelle was harboring a dark secret. Heath would do anything to protect Noelle. But, Noelle would never tell her secret. Despite all that, Noelle and Heath’s relationship grew in ways that neither of them ever expected. The love they shared was epic, until one day, Noelle disappeared…Heath had no way of knowing that 12 years later, one phone call would forever change his world….

Overall, I thought this was a good book. It was a quick and easy read for me. Heath and Noelle’s story took me on a very emotional and intense ride. Noelle just broke my heart. Her story was intense and not at all easy. I felt bad for all that she had endured and wished that she would tell someone what was happening with her. I adored Heath. He was such an amazing friend to Noelle. And when things progressed with him and Noelle, he loved her with all that he had. He was protective and would have given anything to help her. He was devastated when Noelle disappeared. And when life threw him a second chance, there was no way he was going to let i slip from his fingers again.

Epic Love is my first book by this author and I look 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*

“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.
“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”
Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.
“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”
“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.
“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”
She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.
She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.
Her smile is weak and full of pain.
A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.
Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including “Dear Emily,” “Dear Tabitha,” and “Dear Juliet.” “Epic Sins” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.