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Review: Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

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The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart. 

Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is still alive and strong, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

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MY REVIEW

“I snap, because I’m feeling like a fool right now. A sixteen-year-old pining fool. A fool still in love. But, I have to accept that all I’m in love with is a memory.”

Say You Still Love Me is a sweet, second chance romance. It’s a story of firsts and one unforgettable summer.

Say You Still Love Me follows the story of Piper and Kyle. When we first meet up with Piper, we see that she’s made quite a name for herself. She’s prepping to take over her father’s company and shares an amazing apartment with her two best friends. The downside, she’s working in a man’s world and has to try extra hard to prove that she’s got what it takes to get the job done. Piper’s life is filled with challenges, and little does she know that her world is about to get turned upside down one more time. A blast from her past just so happens to be the newest security guard of her office building. The boy who had all of her firsts and disappeared without another word. Now, she has to see him every single day. She’s got a lot of unanswered questions, but can’t get Kyle off of her mind. She’s determined to make him own up to his actions, but only time will tell if she can handle what Kyle has got to tell her….

Say You Still Love Me was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I loved getting swept up in Kyle and Piper’s story. I really enjoyed getting to see their past and seeing how Piper met her current roommates. Who would have known that one summer would not only break her heart, but provide her with long lasting friendships?

I really enjoyed the grown up version of Piper. While she still wanted to prove herself to her father and make him proud, she was much more mature and direct. She didn’t hold back on what she was thinking and wasn’t going to let anyone take advantage of her. And then we have Kyle. I absolutely adored him. He was the boy from the wrong side of town, who had a heart of gold. Even as an adult, his past still haunted him, but that didn’t stop him from trying to be what Piper deserved. Sure, he made some bad decisions, but when I finally got all the answers, I had a better understanding of why Kyle acted the way he did. He wasn’t perfect, and I think that made me love him even more.

As I previously stated, I really enjoyed getting to know Piper and Kyle. Not just as adults, but also as young adults. I loved seeing them fall for one another and then be reunited once again. The second time around, their story had more of a slow burn to it. Yes, they knew each other. Yes, the chemistry was still there. But, both of them were afraid to jump in with both feet and it really felt good watching them try to figure their feelings out.

Overall, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. It entertained me and had me devouring all the words. I loved the bad bad/wrong side of the tracks vibe. Piper and Kyle couldn’t have been more opposite, but somehow they just worked. The road to happily ever after for these two had quite a few bumps in the road, but I loved every single second of it. In the end, this story left me with a smile on my face and totally satisfied with the story of Piper & Kyle….

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

Cowboy in Colorado by Jasinda Wilder

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It should have been simple and straightforward—business, and nothing but business. A quick trip to Colorado to scout out a location for my newest real estate development acquisition. Fly in, drive to the location, talk the owners into selling, sign some papers, and go home.

A business trip like any other, something I’ve done hundreds of times without issue.

This time, however, I was waylaid. First by a runaway horse—and then by an angry, stormy pair of vivid blue eyes, a massive, mountainous set of brawny shoulders, a strong, powerful pair of hands, and a voice like thunder over the horizon.

Will is a man out of another era, a man of stillness and action in equal measure—a man in complete possession of himself and his world in a way I’ve never experienced. And suddenly, somehow, he comes to possess me, my mind, my heart, and and my body, in a way neither of us are ready for, and neither of us know how to resist.

What should have been a simple business deal quickly spirals out of control, becoming a struggle of life and death, a battle of hearts and passion…

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MY REVIEW

Cowboy in Colorado is the second book in the 50 States of Love Series, and is a total stand alone novel. Cowboy in Colorado follows the story of Brooklyn and Will. When we first meet up with Brooklyn, she is being groomed to take over her father’s company. Her father gives her a promotion and tells her that she needs to turn around their real estate devision. He wants something risky, something fresh, something no one has done before. When Brooklyn meets with her staff to come up with risky and bold ideas, a truly unique idea is born. And that is where Colorado comes into play. Brooklyn sets off to check out this old historical town and may soon find herself totally out of her league….Will is about as stubborn as they come. He doesn’t like change and has an arrogance about him that keeps everyone away. So, when city slicker Brooklyn comes into town, he can’t wait to make her return home; which is proving easier said than done. While Will could care less what Brooklyn has to say, he can’t deny the strange pull he has towards her. The stakes are high and the tension is explosive. If you want to know just how Brooklyn and Will’s story plays out, you need to pick up your copy of Cowboy in Colorado today!!

Cowboy in Colorado was a terrific read from beginning to end. I thought the story was a lot of fun and totally entertaining. The characters were a riot and I enjoyed the antics of Will’s crazy horses. Cowboy in Colorado totally rocks the enemies to lovers/ opposites attract vibe. From the moment Will & Brooklyn meet up, you can feel the tension just oozing off the two of them. It was totally electric. Will is used to always getting his way and Brooklyn is one to never step down from a challenge. They had such great push and pull. I just couldn’t get enough. I found myself just devouring their story because I just had to know how it would turn out….

Cowboy in Colorado gave me everything I was looking for and then some. I loved getting swept up in Will and Brooklyn’s story. Will and Brooklyn kept me on my toes and left me breathless in anticiaption. If you’re looking for a quick read that is sexy with just the right amount of angst, then look no forward. Pick up your copy of Cowboy in Colorado today. I hope you’ll fall in love with Will and Brooklyn just as I have.

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

Review: Big Shot by Katy Evans

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“I need you back. Now.” —William Walker

I can’t believe I’m letting my ex-boss talk me into working for him again. He’s arrogant. Domineering. He gets under my skin in ways I don’t want to admit. When I quit, it felt great! But now, seeing the big, bad billionaire rendered helpless by a baby, I give in to his demand. And I’m worried it won’t be the last time… —India Crowley

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MY REVIEW

Big Shot is a fast paced enemies to lovers workplace romance. I was totally hooked from the very first page. It was impossible to not fall for India. India is hard working and good at what she does. While she makes good money, she can’t help but want more from her life. And it doesn’t help that her boss is a jerk with a capital J! William is arrogant and speaks first and thinks later. He’s used to having his way and never having anyone talk back. So, when India quits her job, it throws him totally for a loop. To make matters worse, William has just agreed to watch his baby niece for the next two weeks. He’s struggling to balance work and caring for his niece. He doesn’t know what to do, so ends up calling India and hopes that she will help him out one last time…

Overall, I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read. I am a sucker for enemies to lovers romances and could not wait to dive into this one. I will say that William and India’s story had a bit of an insta-love quality to it, but I kind of expected that since this was such a quick read. That being said, I did enjoy William & India. I loved their banter and the tension between the two of them. It was a lot of fun watching the two of them and seeing them try to make sense out of the chemistry between them.

Big Shot was a fun read, from beginning to end. I enjoyed the characters and their story-line and had a great time just getting lost in their story. Big Shot had some great tension and banter. I enjoyed the will they/won’t they moments. I loved the romance and sweet moments and the little drama in between. All in all, a fun read to spend your day getting lost in.

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

Review: Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart

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Staci Hart is wowing readers with a new series I can’t get enough of! Coming Up Roses is the first in the Bennet Brother’s series, a spin off of the Austen Series! Prepare yourself for rom-com gold with the perfect dose of heartfelt longing and emotion! Don’t miss out on this new release!

Coming Up Roses Bennet Brothers #1 Staci Hart

Everyone hates parts of their job.

Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.

But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.

Except for Luke Bennet.

The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. 

When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him. 

Almost.

He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet. Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

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MY REVIEW

“Be wild. Because life is lived in the moments you don’t see coming. Not in the comfort of predictability, but in the thrill of the unknown.”
“There was nothing in the world like adventure. There was nothing so sweet as discovery. The unknown, the new, only broadened our lives, made us better. Taught us. Made us more than we were. I sought it at every turn, craved it with every sunrise.”
“When I commit, I go all in, Tess,” “All in?” “All fucking in.”
“I was a fire that had burned to ash, leaving only dust and dying embers.”

Ever since I laid eyes on the cover of Coming Up Roses, I have been dying to get my hands on it. The colors just popped and drew my eyes to it. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but not only is this cover fantastic, the story inside is pretty amazing as well.

Coming Up Roses is the perfect summer read. It’s sweet and swoon-worthy with just the right amount of angst. The story is flawlessly written and completely captivating. The characters are real and easy to connect with. I loved the chemistry between Luke and Tess. They had an incredible pull and I just loved their banter. They totally nailed the enemies to lovers vibe. Although, I’m gonna be honest, it is so hard to hate on Luke. Sure, he isn’t perfect, but his heart is totally in the right place and you can tell that he’s trying to make up for his past mistakes. And Tess….well, she is just great. She’s got a fiery attitude and isn’t one to easily let go of grudges. She’s an amazing creator and is terrific at her job. And when she loves, this girl totally loves hard.

Coming Up Roses was just the story I was hoping it would be. I loved getting swept up in Tess and Luke’s story. The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for them. There was definitely a few bumps along the way. But, in the end, I found myself hopelessly addicted to these two and couldn’t help but root for them to fight for their happily ever after.

Coming Up Roses was a terrific read to spend my day getting lost in. I loved the story-line and I enjoyed getting to know these characters. This story had just the right amount of angst, drama, steam and romance. All in all, another fantastic read from author Staci Hart.

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

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review: Two Hearts (Sweetbriar Cover #10/Kinsella Family #1) by Melody Grace

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TWO HEARTS
(Kinsella Family #1)
July 30th – all platforms

Discover summer love in Sweetbriar Cove with the new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!

Alice Evans wants to shake things up. Two years after tragedy first brought her back to Cape Cod, she’s still going through the motions, stuck in the same old routine. She’s looking for something to get her heart racing… Something, or someone — like the handsome stranger who comes roaring into town on a classic motorcycle, turning heads and sending the summer temperatures soaring.

Jackson Kinsella isn’t looking to be tied down. A world-class photographer, he’s just in town visiting his grandfather and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the mysterious brunette he meets on the Fourth of July won’t let his mind rest, and the sparks between them are anything but relaxing…

The connection between them is immediate, and soon, their romance is heating up Sweetbriar Cove. But can Alice find the strength to start over? And will Jackson’s restless spirit keep him from true love?

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Sweetbriar Cove Series:

1. Meant to Be

2. All for You

3. The Only One

4. I’m Yours

5. Holiday Kisses

6. No Ordinary Love

7. Wildest Dreams

8. This Kiss

9. Always Be Mine

10. Two Hearts (Kinsella Family #1)

11. The Story of Us (Kinsella Family #2) – November 2019

12. Back to You (Kinsella Family #3) – March 2020

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MY REVIEW

While Two Hearts is the 10th book in the Sweetbriar Cove Series, it kicks off the start to the brand new Kinsella Family Series.

Two Hearts follows the story of Alice and Jackson. 2 years ago, Alice found herself back in Cape Cod. Ever since returning home, she’s been in a rut. She’s looking to shake things up and take chances. She longs to feel her heart race. So, when fate brings Jackson into her life with his good looks and motorcycle, this might just be the chance Alice was looking for…..When it comes to photography, Jackson loves the chase and loves getting that shot. So when his grandfather has a stroke, this gives Jackson a chance to get a little rest and relaxation. The one thing he didn’t plan on was Alice. Alice makes him question everything he’s ever known. He wants to take things one day a time and see where the chips lie. He’s not looking to be tied down, but if there ever was a woman that could make him change his mind…well, that woman might just be Alice….

Two Hearts was a sweet and sexy small town romance. There is just something about these towns and the characters that Melody Grace writes that makes you just want to slow down and get lost in the moment. And I for one, totally got lost in the moment. I was hooked on Alice and Jackson from their very first encounter. Their chemistry was instant and I loved watching their story develop. Both characters were at different points of their life, yet somehow they just clicked. They were everything the other person was looking for. However, fear can often rule peoples lives and cause them to make terrible decisions. And when those moments happen, you have to decide whether the risk is worth the leap?

Alice and Jackson’s story captivated me from the very first page. I loved getting to know them and I loved getting to hang out with some familiar faces. I think Two Hearts is a great start to the Kinsella Series and a wonderful addition to the overall Sweetbriar Cove one. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. The small town is filled with lots of charm and makes you just want to slow down and enjoy the simple things. There’s romance and light drama. Steam and unforgettable friendships. Two Hearts has something for everyone and will leave you with a smile on your face.

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

Blog Tour: Making Up by Helena Hunting

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A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

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Making Up is a laugh out loud romantic comedy. Told from dual points of view, Making Up follows the story of Griffin and Cosy. Cosy has a some what unconventional job, yet she’s really good at it. If you’re feeling awkward, she knows just how to put you at ease. So, when Griffin walks into her store, for the first time ever, she’s knocked off her feet. He overwhelms her, but that won’t stop her from doing her job. Griffin is in Vegas for business and somehow got the short end of the stick and was stuck having to get gag gifts for his friends’ bachelor party. He’s in way over his head and that’s where Cosy comes into play. Not only is she charming, but she helps him get all the items on his list. Cosy thinks this will be the last she’ll ever see of Griffin, but she couldn’t be more wrong. Griffin is drawn to Cosy in a way he can’t explain or understand. He’ll do anything to get her to take a chance….

Making Up is a hilarious and awkward read…and I mean awkward in the best possible way. Cosy and Griffin couldn’t be more opposite from one another, but neither can deny the pull they feel. Cosy is young and a total free spirit. But don’t let her age fool you, she is a lot wiser than one might expect. And then you’ve got Griffin. He’s older, more mature and is used to getting his way. He makes Cosy feel like a million bucks and will stop at nothing to make her his.

Overall, I thought this book was a really fun read. I loved the awkward moments and the sexy ones too. It’s impossible to not fall head over heels for Cosy and Griffin. These two are just so much fun and I loved getting swept up in their story. Sure the road to happily ever after was filled with some bumps and drama, but what good romance isn’t. At the end of the day, this book had me in stitches with laughter and left me with a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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

Excerpt

We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.

And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth, wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.

Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.

Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”

“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the credit card draw.

“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in for a kiss.

I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his face.

His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.

Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.

“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”

His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.

“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else. Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my pants, but not after date number one.

“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”

“Normalish?”

“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.

Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”

“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”

“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

Helena Hunting Q&A MAKING UP

  1. What inspired you to write Making Up?

I’d introduced Griffin in the previous Shacking Up Series novels, Shacking Up and Hooking Up—he was a bit of a mystery for readers because he was talked about, but not really present. I had a very clear picture in my mind of who he was, and the kind of woman who would end up being the perfect fit for him, and it was not his fiancé from the previous books.

  1. Introduce us to your main characters!

Griffin Mills is the oldest of the three Mills brothers. At thirty-three he’s had several very long term relationships and was formerly engaged, but that relationship went up in flames. He’s gorgeous, smart, loves the numbers side of the family business he’s part of—a chain of hotels he’s set to inherit with his brothers. Also, he’s a little awkward, which I love, because there’s nothing quite like a hot guy who doesn’t have all the lines and fumbles a bit when he’s dealing with someone he’s attracted to. It makes for some hilarious banter with his love interest, Cosy Felton. Our heroine is a twenty-two year old who has been a bit of a nomad for most of her life, but is finally finishing school and happens to work at an Adult Toy Store part time. It’s definitely not her favourite job, but it pays the bills. She’s sassy, not much of a planner and definitely more than Griffin bargained for.

  1. Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?

Just keep writing. Every day put words on the page and surround yourself with positive people who are there to support you. Ask questions, join book groups, be an avid reader and an observer.

  1. How is Making Up different from your other books?

Making Up has a trope I’ve never really explored or played around with before, so it was a lot of fun to write. While I’ve written age gaps before, it hasn’t been a key part of the storyline, or had a significant impact on how the characters perceive the relationship. Griffin and Cosy are from two very different worlds and balancing their expectations and insecurities was one of my favourite parts of writing their story. Making Up has my signature quirky, sassy heroines and I love writing heroes that are sexy, yet a little awkward. While it’s a light read, there’s some drama, and some heavy baggage, which I think grounds the story and balances out the hilarity.

  1. I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

I’ve been so lucky to read so many amazing books this year but I’m going to go with Broken Knight by LJ Shen which releases this August. I love YA/NA romance and angst, and she knows how to deliver both flawlessly.

  1. Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?

We all need a little escape from our own realities once in a while and Making Up is a fun, sexy romance that’s perfect for the summer. Also, Griffin is hot, and not particularly suave at times. I think we can all appreciate a guy who doesn’t have all the lines, especially if he looks like he should.

  1. A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters from Making Up. Which actors/actresses make the cut?

This is always a fun question and I’ll be 100% honest, I never actually look at actors prior to writing a story because I generally have a picture of the character in my head. But, I went on a Pinterest mission and Alex Morgan (she’s a soccer player, not an actress) would make a fabulous Cosy if she suddenly switched career paths. Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) is super sassy, and could definitely play up the humor in this story, so she would be a legitimate actress choice. Gabriel Macht has a great smolder and can rock a seriously sexy suit, so I think he’d be great as Griffin.

  1. Favorite quote or scene you wrote in Making Up?

Making Up is definitely a rom-com with some incredibly hilarious moments, but Griffin has some heavy baggage, which means there are also serious moments, and this is one of my favourites: “Talk to me. Fall apart on me. Show me your weakness so I can give you my strength.”

  1. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved to write, but finding time was a challenge during university and then afterward I was building a career and we renovated a house down to the studs—which takes up a lot of time and doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for putting down words (but it was an amazing experience). When I gave birth to my daughter she struggled to sleep—or rather stay asleep—and that meant I spent a lot of time awake in the middle of the night. So I started writing again during those late nights, and finally penned my first full novel.

  1. What is a typical writing day like?

I usually start with a run and then copious amounts of coffee while I manage the administrative side of things—ie emails, social media posts etc. But when I sit down to write I have a playlist I put on repeat, more coffee, sparking water (so I can stay hydrated) and my cat Pumpkin generally lies on top of my closed laptop and supervises me for the day.

  1. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

I listen to the same playlist while I write a novel. So if it takes me two months, then I listen to the same set of songs for two full months. I’ve destroyed A LOT of albums for my husband over the past several years. I just need the background noise, and listening to the radio or unfamiliar songs can be distracting.

  1. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

I’ve only been in the industry for five years and there has been so much change, learning to adjust and adapt and just staying true to your personal goal is really the most important thing I’ve learned. I think when you start out there are just so many unknowns, and taking risks can be scary, but if you don’t take those risks, it’s hard to grow as an author.

  1. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?

I have one more book in The Shacking Up Series, HANDLE WITH CARE, which releases at the end of August! Griffin’s cousin and best friend, Lincoln Moorehead, is the hero and if you didn’t know, he is also Armstrong’s brother. Lincoln is the polar opposite of Armstrong so it was so fun to write. I can’t wait for people to meet Griffin and Cosy and Lincoln and Wren.

  1. How can readers connect with you online?

They can connect with me all over social media!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Review: Adore Me (Austin Singles #3) by Kelly Elliott

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From bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the third book in her new series, the Austin Singles.

Morgan Barrett is of f limits.

Why?

She’s my best friend’s sister and insists that she isn’t interested in a relationship.

That didn’t stop us from sharing one incredibly passionate night together. However, one night was not enough for either of us.

I want more.

She needs more.

When we give in to the temptation, something amazing happens. But can we keep the past from destroying the future we both desire?

MY REVIEW

“I ignored the way my body, mind, and even heart screamed that tonight would never be enough. The way I was feeling was unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and I wasn’t sure one night with Blake could soothe my desire for him.”

“I’m sort of feeling like I’m floating on a raft, lost and confused. I feel guilty for wanting you the way I do, but I also feel like this is something I’ve been searching for my entire life.”

“From the moment I saw you, I haven’t been able to catch my goddamn breath.”

“I don’t need saving. I don’t need a prince on a white steed to swoop in and protect me. I need someone to take my hand and be there with me as I figure things out. I need someone who wants to run away with me from time to time just to be alone together. I need you.”

Adore Me is the third book in the Austin Singles Series and follows the story of Morgan and Blake. Their story is one of my favorite troupes, best friends sister. I love the touch of taboo and tension those kind of stories have, and Adore Me does not disappoint.

From the moment I picked up Adore Me, I was intrigued by Morgan and Blake. The tension between the two of them was absolutely delicious and I just could not wait to see where their story would go. The road to happily ever after for these two was not an easy one. It was riddled with lots of ups and downs and drama along the way. Blake was far from perfect and was quick to make some mistakes. I liked how open and honest Blake & Morgan were with one another. They worked through their issues and tried super hard to put their demons to rest.

Adore Me was a quick and easy read that left me devouring all the words. I loved the push and pull and the touches of angst. I loved the sexy and steamy moment between Blake & Morgan. And I adored watching Blake fight for the woman he wanted. All in all, a sweet romance that delivered everything I was looking for with a few little twists along the way.

All that being said, I did have one issue with this book and it is the reason I can’t rate this book more than 4 stars. My issue was with the drama. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love drama and conflict within a story as long as it makes sense and adds to the story. And in my opinion, this story could have easily been wrapped up at the 60% or so mark. This is where my issue comes into play. At 65% or so, we are introduced to a character named Jarod. Now, here me out. I do see and understand why he was introduced and how he connects with the story, but honestly, I could have done without him. Again, I get why he was added, but I honestly feel like what he brought to the story was totally unnecessary and could have been done with out. His presence just really turned me off and is something I really struggled with because I was so in love with this story.

Overall, I found Adore Me to be a great romance. I loved the characters and enjoyed getting swept up in their story. I did have some issues with some of the drama that was added to the story, but in the end I fell head over heels in love with Adore Me and was left with a big smile on my face.

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