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Review: Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she’s in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn’t work out.

And after one fantastic night with my good friend Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What’s a few thousand miles when love’s involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods.

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My Review

“I’m the guy who’s fit, successful, baggage-fucking-free, and–wait for it–ready to settle down. Just call me a four-leaf clover.”

Hard Wood is another terrific romantic comedy from author Lauren Blakely. From the moment you dive into Patrick and Mia’s story you are sucked in. Their story is smartly written and entertaining. The chemistry between Patrick and Mia is just amazing. You can feel the sparks between the two of them no matter how much they try to fight it. From their entertaining banter and innocent flirtations, I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out for the two of them.

One of the things I really loved about this story is how it is written from the male point of view. I loved getting to see the inside of Patrick’s head and I think the author did a brilliant job with it. I also really enjoyed the way that the author incorporated a few chapters from Patrick’s cat Zeus. That’s right. I said it. His cat. Zeus was just as funny and entertaining and will keep you begging for more.

Hard Wood was a totally entertaining read. I loved getting lost in the characters and in the pages of their story. I really enjoyed this story-line and couldn’t have asked for a better friends to lovers romance. The forbidden aspect to the story didn’t hurt either!

I laughed. I swooned. I fell in love. I couldn’t get enough of the will they/won’t they moments and I loved the passion between Patrick and Mia. This book was a lot of fun for me and I enjoyed spending the day with these characters.

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

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Review Tour: Eternal (Carolina Beach #2) by Cecy Robson

We are excited to celebrate the release of Cecy Robson’s ETERNAL: A Carolina Beach Novel. Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and three runners-up will win a digital copy of book #1 in the series, INSEVERABLE.

ETERNAL: A Carolina Beach Novel by Cecy Robson, tells the story of what happens when all is lost and then you find the one. Neither Luci nor Landon planned on each other, and they definitely didn’t plan on love in this New Year’s Eve, one-night stand romance. Fans of FLIRTING WITH FIRE by Kate Meader and HOT SHOT by Kristen Callihan won’t be able to put down this emotional and heartfelt read.

Title:  Eternal: A Carolina Beach Novel

Author: Cecy Robson

Release Date: October 24, 2017

Publisher: Cecy Robson, LLC

Series: Carolina Beach #2

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 366

Format: Print & Digital

After months of bad luck and even worse men, Luciana Diaz just wants to crawl under the covers and forget the year ever happened. Her friend has other plans, convincing Luci to attend a New Year’s Eve party on the affluent shores of Kiawah Island.

Luci never expected to have fun. She also never expected to wake up with a man she just met, or for this man to be the new attorney at her firm.

Landon Summers is done with drama. After an ugly separation and even worse divorce, he has no desire to jump into another relationship.

When his sister Trinity drags him to a New Year’s Eve party, he doesn’t plan to stay long. One drink, a few hellos, and he’s out. Until he meets Luci, the first person in months to draw his smile and incite his passion.

Neither Luci nor Landon planned on each other, and they definitely didn’t plan on love. But the New Year means a fresh start, and eternal possibilities neither could deny .

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My Review

“Her entire face is brighter than a collection of stars on a warm summer night and her smile is as brilliant as the moon itself.”

Eternal was a fun and enjoyable read. I found this story to be very well written and it captivated me. The characters won me over from the very first page. Luci and Landon led complicated lives and had been burned by one form of love or another over the years. The last thing either one of them was looking for was romance. But, as the saying goes, you often find love when you’re not looking for it. And when it comes to Landon and Luci, I couldn’t help but root for these two to find their happily ever after. Yes, their connection was instant and intense, but at the same time, it had a slow burn that just kept you begging for more. The push and pull between the two of them and that undeniable chemistry…Ugh! I just couldn’t get enough. Landon was the absolute best book boyfriend. He was sexy, understanding, hard working, determined and incredibly swoon worthy. And Luci didn’t have one mean bone in her body. She was just the sweetest thing and wanted nothing more than to have the love she’s always wanted. I fell in love with Luci and Landon instantly and their story warmed my heart.

Overall, I thought Eternal was a great read. It checked off all my boxes for a sweet and sexy romance. There was some drama, but not very much. Just a straight forward, make you feel good, warm your heart kind of romance. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is my first book by this author and I can not wait to discover more of her books in the future.

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

 

About Cecy Robson

CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

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Review: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan

On sale: October 17, 2017 | Forever | Trade Paperback: $14.99 | eBook: $4.99

“Heartbreaking…inspiring, uplifting and raw…” ― RT Book Reviews, A 5-star Gold Pick

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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My Review

“The force of our connection shocked me, as if he had reached out and touched me in some way I didn’t understand, and certainly never experienced before.”

“It was too much. This. And him. And it was worthless because I couldn’t help him. He needed someone warm and caring, someone who would nurture him and piece together the broken parts, someone who would look in his eyes and be his calming spirit. I was not that girl. I couldn’t even begin to piece together all my broken parts as I’d lost them long ago.”

“He wanted to give me the peace of this moment, the…poetry of this place, the romance, the scents and the sounds and the serene beauty all around us. He wanted to give me love. And, God, I wanted to take it, I was just so scared to reach out and grab it. Still so fearful it would be taken away. And if it was, I would never be able to go on. I would never recover.”

True to Mia Sheridan fashion, Most of All You takes you on a heartbreaking and difficult journey. You know from the very first page, that this book is going to take your emotions on an intense ride and that the road to happily ever after won’t be an easy one.

Told from dual points of view, Most of All You follows the story of Gabriel and Crystal. They are brought together in the most unlikely of situations. They are opposite in every possible way, yet are both broken, lost and trying to escape their pasts. Their story is highly addictive and compelling; you won’t be able to put it down. The chemistry between Gabriel and Crystal is beautiful and intense. You can’t help but root for these two characters as they try to navigate their way through life.

Most of All You is a well written and completely unforgettable. This is a story of defying the odds and overcoming your fears. It is a story of letting go of the past and finding the strength to stand on your own. It is a story of pain and heartache and forgiveness. And in the end, it is a story of unforgettable and true love. It is a love story that will give you all the feels and is a tale that only Mia Sheridan could write.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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Release Blitz with Review: The Hipster Chronicles by Faith Andrews

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Release Date: October 12, 2017

Synopsis

Four unlikely couples, one fascinating neighborhood.

There must be something in the whiskey here in Williamsburg, Brooklyn because love is in the air, and the New York City summer heat isn’t the only thing making these sexy hipsters sizzle.

A barista, a tattoo artist, a musician, and a baker. Lumbersexual beards, steampunk ink, acoustic guitars, and lip-smacking sweet treats. Unbutton your cardigan, pull up your suspenders and prepare to experience the trendy world of these eclectic characters as they stumble into love, one culture-infused tale at a time.

And just when you think all’s kosher under the bright city lights, hold on to your aviators while these close-knit, quirky twosomes reveal a few surprises you won’t soon forget at an end of summer rooftop shindig.

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My Review

“It was the kind of kiss that turned your brain into mush, causing you to forget that you were in public.”

The Hipster Chronicles is one of a kind collection of four unlikely couples in one hip and trendy neighborhood. Set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, these unlikely couples come together to tell their stories. Their stories are fresh, fun and flirty. The characters are cool, trendy and just scream for their stories to be told. Each couple has their own unique story and I loved how their stories and friendships were all interconnected and came full circle in the end.

The Hipster Chronicles is a quick and short read, but don’t let that fool you. The stories are fun and full of heart and will keep you begging for more.

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Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the laptop, creating her next colorful daydream. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.

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Release Day Blitz with Review: The Wilde Touch by Stoni Alexander

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THE WILDE TOUCH

Book Two of The Touch Series

by Stoni Alexander

 

~ SYNOPSIS ~

Looks can be deceiving…

Emmy-winning journalist Alexandra Reed returns to the DC area with two goals in mind—care for her ailing mom and steer clear of devastatingly handsome Crockett Wilde. But the man who stole her heart, then broke it, is impossible to avoid. As her life spins out of control, she finds pleasure in her secret escape—a sex-play club. And that’s where things really heat up…

Tech CEO Crockett Wilde is at the top of his game, but beneath his calm surface lies a raging volcano. When he finds the monster who abducted his sister, he’ll unleash a decade of pain. The one person who can subdue his demons—beautiful, headstrong Alexandra—wants nothing to do with him. Yet, he’s determined to set the record straight and not let the love of his life get away.

As Alexandra follows a trail of suspicious incidents at the kink club, Crockett seizes the opportunity to prove he’s not the bad guy she believes him to be. Together they unmask an underworld of evil. But their lives change in unimaginable ways the moment she goes missing.

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My Review

“Why did all the roads always lead to this one man?”

The Wilde Touch is sexy, thrilling and intriguing. Told from dual points of view, The Wilde Touch follows the story of Alexandra and Crockett. Once upon a time, Alexandra and Crockett shared an amazing connection, some may have even called it love. But, falling in love only ended up with Alexandra getting her heart broken. Afraid to give her heart to anyone or share an intimate connection, Alexandra resorts to adult clubs to spend her time with masked partners. What she never planned on was running into Crockett. After all these years, their connection is still as strong as ever. Their chemistry is scorching and leads to some wild and sinful nights…. When things at the club don’t sit right with Alexandra, her and Crockett team up to find out what’s going on. Will Alexandra and Crockett finally give a real relationship a go? Will Alexandra trust her heart again? Will the two of them find the answers about the club they are so desperately seeking? There is only one way to find out….

Overall, I enjoyed The Wilde Touch. This story pulled me in right away and really grabbed my interest. I was intrigued by the characters and their story. I had a lot of questions that I couldn’t wait to find out the answers to. I loved Alexandra and Crockett together. The chemistry between the two of them was very palpable and I enjoyed learning about their pasts. The sexual tension between the two of them was so intense, I couldn’t help but root for them to overcome their history together.

The Wilde Touch wasn’t all sexy good times. This story had some really great twists along the way. The danger and intrigue really captivated me. I loved the mystery surrounding the story and I thought the author did a really great job weaving the web of suspense and keeping you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure things out.

The Wilde Touch is the second book in the Touch Series and is the second book by author Stoni Alexander. I thought this story was a lot of fun and it certainly kept me entertained. This is my first book by this author and I’m excited to check out more from her in the future.

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

~ EXCERPT ~

As Colton set the champagne on the island, Crockett said hello to the kitchen staff. Movement on the screened porch caught his eye. Alexandra and Colton’s fiancée rose from the sofa and hugged. Though the women had been sitting in the dark, he recognized Alex right away.

   And he couldn’t look away.

   “How long has it been since you’ve seen Alexandra?” Colton asked.

   “Eleven years. She’d just graduated high school.”

   The two women scooted inside. “Too cold.” Brigit’s teeth chattered and Colton pulled her close.

   Crockett had liked Brigit immediately. Petite, blonde and crazy smart, she was Colton’s equal in every way that mattered. But more than that, she made him happy.

   Alexandra’s eyes grew wide. “Crockett.” Her blue lips quivered.

   Blood pounded through his veins. She’s gorgeous. Large, caramel eyes blinked up at him. Dark brown hair flowed over her bare shoulders. Her elegant red holiday dress showed off her womanly curves, but her breathtaking beauty captured his heart.

   “Hello, Goth Girl.” As they stared into each other’s eyes, he felt like he’d come home. And eleven long years compressed into mere minutes. He remembered how her eyes sparkled when she smiled at him, or that her sweet kisses could soothe his karate injuries. And how she’d undo him with her passion.

   He smiled. Her gaze slid from his eyes to his mouth, then back into his eyes. The corners of her lips lifted. Then, a flash of anger shadowed her pretty face.

   She flicked her head and squared her shoulders. Alexandra Mitus in defense mode. His heart tightened. That rigid posture had been his last image of her. Goddammit. She’s still pissed at me.

   “Thanks for talking, Brigit,” she said, her attention still fastened on Crockett. “Excuse me, I’m going to check on Mom.” She walked away. Before vanishing around the corner, she glanced back at him.

   He grinned. Not that pissed.

***

Safely out of view, Alexandra heaved in a shaky breath while trying to appear nonchalant. But she was on fire. Crockett Wilde had shorted her mind. She hated the power he had over her. Always had. My god, he’s gorgeous.

   From the moment she’d laid eyes on him, at fourteen, he’d rocked her world. The summer after she’d graduated high school, they’d fallen crazy in love, or so she’d thought.

   Seeing him now had awakened the best memories and the worst feelings. Clearly, time had been good to Crockett Wilde. Gangly no more, his massive, sculpted body was eye candy for her lonely soul. She’d always found him handsome, but when he’d pinned her with those baby blues she knew she was in trouble. His chiseled cheekbones and strong jawline made looking away impossible. Like years ago, his undeniably sexy accent wove a ribbon around her heart.

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Stoni Alexander writes erotic romance about tortured alpha males and independent, strong-willed heroines. In a previous life, she ventured into acting, appearing in numerous television, film and stage productions before transitioning to a successful career in business. Stoni spent her childhood moving around like a gypsy and appreciates her deep-seated roots in the DC Metro area. She’s married to the love of her life, is an über-proud football mom, and dreams of the day when her muse will inspire her at will.

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Release Day Blitz with Review: Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James

In Nashville the stars shine a little brighter, songs sound a little sweeter, and love lasts a lifetime.

Young, rich, and better looking than a man has a right to be, successful songwriter Brad “Hitman” Maxwell was once Nashville’s biggest celebrity. Then a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal caused his light to go out. Now, instead of pouring his soul into song, he pours beers at Words & Music. His bar is the perfect escape–a place to forget his past–until the night she takes the stage…

Savannah Wolf used to dream of becoming Nashville’s hottest star. Now, as a young single mom, she dreams of a steady income and being home to tuck her daughter into bed. So when Brad Maxwell offers her the gig of a lifetime–playing as the headliner at Words & Music–Savannah discovers the best of both worlds. And she refuses to ruin this opportunity by falling for her sexy boss. Except that Brad suddenly starts writing music again… music inspired by her.

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Unexpected. Sweet. Sexy. Down Right Heartwarming. Those are the words that I’d choose to describe Can’t Walk Away.

Can’t Walk Away follows the story of Brad and Savannah. Once upon a time, Brad was one of Nashville’s biggest stars. That was until life threw him an unexpected curve ball, taking all if his passion with him. Now instead of writing and singing music, he finds himself tending bar, trying to escape the pain of the past. All is going the way that Brad has planned…that is until Brad meets Savannah…Savannah always dreamed of singing for a crowd, but being a single mom has kept that one dream out of her reach. So, when Brad offers Savannah her golden opportunity, she can’t help but jump at the chance. The only problem, her scorching hot chemistry with Brad. She tells herself not to fall for him, but that might just prove to be easier said than done….

Overall, I thought Can’t Walk Away was a quick and easy read. I thought the characters were likable and couldn’t wait to get into their story. I loved the pull between Brad and Savannah. Brad had the worst reputation, but you could tell that there was more to this bad boy than meets the eye, he’s just got to open his heart and mind to it. I liked that Brad took things slow with Savannah. Yes, their pull was undeniable, but I enjoyed seeing these two get to know one another and ease their way into something more.

Can’t Walk Away was unexpected in the best way. This story is well written and is one that you can easily finish in just one sitting. I thought this story had just the right mix of sweet and sexy with a little drama along the way. This is my first book by this author, and I look forward to checking more of her books in the future.

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Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis and is a high school psychology teacher.  She owns a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoys spending time at Hoosier Park racetrack.  She has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions.

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Blog Tour with Review: Thrill of Love (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD #6) by Melissa Foster

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Fate brings Ty and Aiyla together, but will tragedy tear them apart?
THRILL OF LOVE
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD #6
Melissa Foster
Releasing Oct 4, 2017
World Literary Press

Fall in love with Ty Braden, a world-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer. He’s about to take on his toughest assignment yet–winning the heart of the one that got away.

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his—and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn’t imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she’d worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all.

My Review

“I knew you were different the first day we met. What I had before you was not a good thing. Maybe I thought it was at the time, or for some of that time, but nothing compares to what we have when we were together. You and I had a great thing, Aiyla, and that’s what I want. I want you.”

“There was something magnetic about him. He seemed to always be in motion, even when he was still. Like his mind was whirring and it created an energy around him, calling out to her and drawing her in.”

Thrill of Love is the 6th story in the Love in Bloom: Bradens at Peaceful Harbor Series and follows the story of Ty and Ayila. Their story is exciting, and thrilling with just the right amount of sexy.

Ty is mysterious and the man you never thought would fall in love. He is known around the world for his exciting adventures and his excellent photography. He has everything he could possibly want in life. The only thing he is missing is the one who got away…Ty never believed in second dates or fate until he met Ayila. Ayila was strong, funny and just so full of life. He couldn’t help but gravitate towards her. They end up spending five amazing nights and days together and in the end, decide to leave things up to fate. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be….Now months later, fate has once again brought Ayila and Ty together and this time Ty will not let anything stand in the way of getting the woman he wants..

Thrill of Love was a really exciting read. I fell in love with Ty and Ayila from the very beginning. From the moment you meet these two you can tell that they have a deep connection. I loved Ty’s determination to win Ayila over. He knew that he had something amazing with her and refused to miss another opportunity with her. Ty was sweet and sexy, alpha when necessary and totally swoon worthy. And Ayila…boy she is one determined lady. She is stubborn and refuses to quit anything that she starts. She’s used to doing it all on her own and finds it hard to admit defeat. She is funny, dedicated and loves with everything that she has. She accepts Ty for who he is and for who he was in the past. Together, these two make an amazing team and there is nothing that they can’t overcome together.

Thrill of Love is a beautiful story of love, family and friendship. This story is filled with laughs, sexy good times and obstacles our couple must overcome. This story does deal with some tough subject matter and I appreciated how real and courageous our characters were. How the situation could happen to anyone and the courage it takes to stick things out when things get scary or rough.

Overall, I think this story is a beautiful addition to this series. I was glued to the pages and couldn’t get enough of Ty and Ayila. Thrill of Love was a thrilling read and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us next.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


 

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