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Review: Inescapable Fate by Hanleigh Bradley

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When Georgia Kentley breaks up with her long-term boyfriend Darren over Christmas, she really can’t wait to return to work on the 27th of December.

The excitement dies when she meets her new boss, Walker Trent. DCI Trent is a misogynistic pain in the arse. Being a young police officer, Georgia has met her fair share of men who don’t understand that she can hold her own. Every single time she has proven them wrong.

Will she be able to prove to Walker Trent just how capable she is or will she get herself into a heap of trouble, danger and chaos? And when chaos ensues who will be there to save her?

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My Review

One of the things that first drew me to this book was the cover. There was just something about it that called to me and made me want to seek out the synopsis for it. And once I read the synopsis, I was hooked. I knew I just had to check this book and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Inescapable Fate follows the story of Trent and Georgia. When Georgia’s boyfriend breaks up with her on Christmas Day, it totally turns her world upside down. No one saw it coming and no one was more surprised by it than Georgia. She needs a distraction and can not wait to lose herself in her work. However, when her new boss enters the scene, her drive to return to work leaves. Trent is difficult and doesn’t think that Georgia can hack it. And that just makes Georgia want to prove him wrong….

Inescapable Fate is a quick and easy read. It is fast paced and the plot is intriguing. I loved getting to know the characters and I loved the way that Georgia’s co-workers supported her and wanted to protect her. I wasn’t a total fan of Trent in the beginning, but he did win me over in the end. I loved watching him discover just how amazing Georgia was and just how well she could hold her own. I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Georgia and Trent. They had a great pull and certainly burned up the pages together.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. I devoured it in just one sitting. I can not wait to get my hands on the next book and see how things play out for Georgia and Trent.

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

Review: Never Been Good (Bad Boys Gone Good #2) by Christi Barth

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Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.

Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.

Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.

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My Review

“People are often more than just what they look like.”

Never Been Good is the second book in the Bad Boys Gone Good Series. Never Been Good follows the story of Flynn and Sierra and can totally be read as a stand-alone novel.

Flynn is still reeling from having his world turned upside down. He’s kinda sorta a bad guy, but mostly a good guy. Sure his past wasn’t on the up and up, what with his connections to the mob and all. But, he ran his own business and did what he could to keep his family out of it…..that is until it all went wrong. Flynn now finds himself stuck in a life he never wanted or planned for. The only highlight to his life now is Sierra. Sierra is mysterious in her own way. Quiet, secretive and keeps to herself. She too is on the run and wants nothing more than to forget her past. The last thing she needs is the sexy, brooding bartender, Flynn. Flynn pushes all her buttons and reminds Sierra of how good it is to live. Sierra can’t afford to let her guard down, but Flynn doesn’t make it easy for her. Soon, Sierra will see that behind this bad boy exterior is a man with a heart of gold. The chemistry between Flynn and Sierra is intense and impossible to ignore. Will these two give in to the passion that is between them? Or will their secrets and pasts catch up to them and ruin everything?? There’s only one way to find out….

Never Been Good is my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Never Been Good is the perfect book to curl up with and just spend the day getting lost in. It’s the perfect mix of sexy and sweet with a bit of suspense too. The characters are intriguing and have excellent chemistry. They pull you into the story immediately and make you want to learn more about them. I loved getting to know Flynn and Sierra. They were so similar and I think that is part of what made them work so well together. They had secrets and had told so many lies to protect their pasts. They were both hesitant to get involved with someone, but recognized that their connection was too strong to ignore. I really enjoyed seeing their story come together and found myself rooting for these two to find their happily ever after.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. From secrets and lies to sexy and sweet with a little drama in between, this book has a little something for everyone. As I previously stated, this is my first book by this author 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*

 

Blog Tour with Review: Risen (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibson

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Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.

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My Review

“I Surrender to the music. I become the notes drifting from my fingers, filling the cabin and spilling out into the night. It’s only in this moment, alone in the darkness inside my head, that I finally feel safe. “

“The answers we seek might be the only things that can save us now.”

Risen follows the story of Charlie and Sebastian. Charlie has always wanted more out of her life. She is bored with the status quo and wants nothing more than to venture out into the world. That is until one day, Charlie’s whole world is turned upside down. Charlie is suddenly thrown into a world that she never knew existed. Sebastian promises to give Charlie answers, but Charlie isn’t too sure if Sebastian can be trusted. You see, Sebastian is a vampire and only time will tell if he is on the right side of the vampire war…

Risen was a quick and easy read for me. The story hit the ground running and captivated me from the very first page. I thought the story-line was fresh and intriguing. I wanted to know more and needed answers to all my burning questions. I liked learning about the different vampire clans and what started the war. I thought this book had a lot of action and it kept me on my toes. And while there was some romance, it was definitely the slow burn kind and not the main focus of the story. My only issue with the book was the ending. I felt like it ended rather abruptly and left a lot of issues unresolved. It wasn’t your typical cliffhanger ending.

Overall, I thought this book was a fun read. It was a different take on vampires with a slow burning romance. I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered when the next book comes out. This is my first novel by Cole Gibson and I look forward to checking out more of her work in the future.

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

Excerpt from Risen:

“Don’t say it like that, Charlie. I wanted to protect you.” She tugs on the edge of my cardigan, pulling me toward her. “I love you. You’re the most important thing in my life, do you understand?”

There’s a desperation in her eyes that tightens my throat. Swallowing hard, I nod.

She lets go of me with a sigh. “Maybe I took it too far.” She sweeps her dreadlocks over her shoulder and twists them tightly. “All I’ve ever wanted was to keep you safe.”

Safe. The world spirals, cold and slippery, down my spine. “What are you so afraid of?”

She opens her mouth only to shut it again.

Jax growls.

We turn as he claws at the door.

“The only thing there is to be afraid of,” she whispers. “The monsters.”

About Cole Gibsen:


Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way. www.colegibsen.com

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Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

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From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades. 

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

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My Review

“Life tosses you things you’re not expecting. This won’t be the first big hurdle in your life. What you have to learn is that you’re strong enough to live anyway.”

“Life had dealt me some difficult cards, but I was going to find my own path now.”

As She Fades is a consuming and completely unexpected love story. Imagine having everything you want at your fingertips. All your hopes and dreams are about to come true, until one fateful moment. One moment that will forever change your life as you know it. What you know and what you think you wanted are suddenly different. How do you accept this new truth? How can you move on???

As She Fades sucked me in from the very first page. I was intrigued by Vale’s story and was in awe of her devotion to Crawford. She was selfless and stood by his side waiting for him to wake up despite how dire things were looking. However, this devotion came at a cost. Vale forgot how to live and was stuck. The last thing she ever planned on was meeting Slate. Slate is her total opposite in every way. And as much as she should stay away, she can’t help but feel the pull towards him. As their friendship progresses, Vale starts to see the things that she is missing out on and remembers what it’s like to live. And just when you have an idea of where things will go for Vale and Slate, the rug will be pulled out from them, giving way to one of the craziest twists I have ever read…

As She Fades is fresh and has a very unique story-line with a Wizard of Oz quality to it. Vale’s story is consuming and will pull at your heart. It will have you wondering what is right and what is wrong? What is real? What you would do if you were in her place? Her story is one of moving on and self discovery. It is a story of finding love in a most unexpected place.

I couldn’t get enough of Vale and Slate together. Their friendship was so real and honest. They knew the score from the very beginning and seeing them both change was pretty special. Their pull to each other was undeniable and had me aching for more.

My only complaint was the ending. I was left wanting more. I was longing for an epilogue or maybe just one more chapter to Slate and Vale’s story. I mean, after all the ups and downs, after all they went through…I just feel like there needed to be more.

Overall, I thought As She Fades is a very good story. I fell in love at page one. I loved the characters and the story. I was utterly consumed and could not put this book down. It was a great read to spend the day getting lost in.

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

Review: The Last King (The Kings #1) by Katee Robert

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Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in Texas. But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert introduces a red-hot new series.

THE MAN SHE HATES TO LOVE

Beckett King just inherited his father’s fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he’s going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they’ve been rivals for years, there’s no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

The rebel. That’s how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he’s absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can’t help wondering if it’s a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she’d mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.

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My Review

Fabulous start to this series! The Last King is well written and will captivate you from the very first page. The characters will make you devour each word and leave you begging for more.

From secrets to family drama, to undeniable chemistry and some seriously hot moments, this book hits all the marks! The Last King is the first book in an exciting and thrilling new series from author Katee Robert and I for one can not wait to see where this series will go next!

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

Release Blitz with Review: Come A Little Closer by Kim Karr

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What happens when bad meets good? Get ready to find out. Only this time the bad isn’t who you think it is. It was a one-night stand, until she forced him to change the rules.

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I haven’t always been this bad…

Up until recently, I was the kind of girl who wore white cotton panties and bent at the knees rather than the waist.

Pomp and circumstance changed all that.

Jaxson Cassidy was my first taste of bad, and I liked it more than I should have. Just not in the way I was meant to. I couldn’t help myself though. I found him irresistible. That sexy grin, those skilled fingers, and that dirty, dirty mouth were a lethal combination.

I wasn’t supposed to want him. I wasn’t supposed to let him put his hands on me. I wasn’t supposed to do a lot of things…but I did.

He wants to keep me close.
I should push him away.

He says he can help me.
I’m not so sure.

For some reason, he thinks there’s good left in me.
What if he’s wrong?

Everyone knows a good boy can’t turn a bad girl around.
Everyone knows it’s always the other way.
Everyone…except him.

Portrait of a romantic, young couple

My Review

“This guy was everything. Rogue. Raw. Savage. And yet refined. He belonged on the runway. His eyes. Those abs. That scruff. He was so delicious.”

“A freak of nature that was truly beautiful. Rainbows were meant to symbolize all things good…Hope. Dreams. Serendipity. What a cruel joke. Every single one of those things seemed so very far out of my reach.”

“I hadn’t felt anything like this, ever. This was sex between strangers. Sex between two lost souls. Sex. Raw. Savage. Real. Uninhibited. It was what I needed, and what he needed, too….at least for the moment.”

“My wrist laid upright and in the moonlight I could see the ink on it. The rainbow. The sliver of hope. I always clung to, and I knew right here I always would. Hope. No one would ever take it from me.”

What a crazy, crazy, thrilling ride. Kim Karr has taken my emotions on one thrilling and suspenseful ride that kept me on my toes right until the very end….

Come A Little Closer follows the story of Jaxson and Sadie. On the run since the age of 17, Sadie has been trying to do the best with the cards that life has thrown at her. Her life is in shambles and just when things couldn’t possibly get worst, life throws another obstacle at her. Riddled with guilt, she does the unthinkable. But, what she never planned on was Jaxson. He is everything that she shouldn’t want, but can’t stay away from. Life has thrown these two together for the craziest reasons. Their romance should never have been, but proves impossible to let go of…

Come A Little Closer is a fast paced and thrilling romance. I was intrigued by Sadie from the moment I met her. I felt sorry for her and couldn’t imagine what she was feeling. She captivated me with the choices she made and how far she was willing to go to make things right. She wasn’t all bad, but she wasn’t all good either. She was just lost, damaged, and desperately trying to make things right. Jaxson just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time. Reeling from seeing his ex get married, he was completely lost. And when he met Sadie, somehow everything just clicked and felt right. Their chemistry was dangerous filled with an intense desire that couldn’t be controlled. They were both a little bad mixed with goodness. Their romance shouldn’t have happened and it was definitely one messy ride to happily ever after, but their story was one that I could not put down.

Overall, I thought this book was a really enjoyable read. One that you can easily finish in just one sitting. I loved reading Jaxson’s story and seeing all the crazy turns it took. His story kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t believe all the crazy twists and couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together in the end. Come A Little Closer is not just filled with suspense. It’s got plenty of action, just the right amount of angst, loads of drama, scorching hot & steamy moments that will just keep you begging for more.

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

Portrait of a romantic, young couple

About the Author:

Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic * Beach Lover * Yoga Beginner

Kim Karr is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life and creating romances that are page worthy. Her stories are raw, real, and explosive. Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel. And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy. From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire to the Football Player. From the witty damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered businesswoman to the boutique owner. No two storylines are ever alike. If Kim’s not writing, you can find her wandering through antique stores with her husband, trying out new fitness classes with her sons, venturing out to new coffee shops with her daughter, or with her nose stuck in a book.

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Review: The Loving Touch (The Touch #3) by Stoni Alexander

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Taylor Hathaway–Mitus Conglomerate’s sweet, timid event planner–has always played it safe. But when forced into the spotlight at a DC fundraiser and auctioned off to a gorgeous stranger from out of town, she makes a bold choice. No strings. No regrets. And very little sleep…

Hospitality Magnate Jagger Loving–sexy, bad boy of Loving Resorts–offers everything from exotic to erotic at his luxurious, couples-only properties. Days before the launch of his first US-based hotel, a sudden setback throws his world into chaos and the grand opening promises to be a colossal flop. In walks his short-term fix…the strikingly beautiful Taylor Hathaway. But he knows her as Raven. And that’s not all he remembers about her.

Thrust together, they can’t deny their powerful attraction. While Jagger is forced to confront past sins to save his empire, Taylor must conquer a lifetime of insecurities to ensure he succeeds. Everything hinges on trust…and the obstacles each must overcome to prove their love is eternal.

***Author’s Note*** THE LOVING TOUCH, Book Three of The Touch Series, is a Novella.

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My Review

The Loving Touch might be a novella, but boy does this story pack a punch! The Loving Touch follows the story of Taylor and Jagger. Taylor is sweet, shy and has always played things the safe way. So, when she’s forced into a fundraiser and auctioned off to a handsome stranger, she decides to make a bold choice and step out of her comfort zone…Jagger is sin on a stick. He is a total bad boy. And when our bad boy meets Taylor, his whole world is knocked off its axis. Will Jagger and Taylor give into to their intense chemistry?? There is only one way to find out…

The Loving Touch is a fabulous addition to The Touch Series. And just like the previous books in this series, I was sucked into the story right away. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and couldn’t wait to see how things would play out. Taylor and Jagger had amazing chemistry that just oozed off the pages! I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together!!

Since The Loving Touch is a novella, there isn’t too much I can say about it because I don’t want to spoil it for you. What I can tell you is that this book is entertaining and sexy. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, if you wish. The Loving Touch checked off all the marks for me and I enjoyed spending the day getting lost in Jagger and Taylor’s story! Overall, a very enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what this author will have in store for us next!

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