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Release Blitz with Review: Someone Like You by Brittney Sahin

Title: Someone Like You
Author: Brittney Sahin
Release date: October 12, 2017
(Sub)genre: Contemporary
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He was a nameless guy in a bar—a man Grace couldn’t get out of her head…

A week later, she came home to find him sweaty and shirtless with a tape measure in hand, remodeling her loft. As a Parker-King, she’s not allowed to want someone like Noah Dalton. She’s sick of her life, though. Sick of the rules of being a Parker-King. She wants something more, even if it isn’t forever. Somewhere in history there was that one time where hot, no-strings-attached sex didn’t end badly, right? Finding comfort in the arms of a former SEAL is easy, not falling for one . . . not so much.

Noah left the military and moved to New York for one reason: his daughter. Not for some uptight businesswoman—a Manhattan elitist. So when Grace offers him the kind of relationship that no hot-blooded man can turn down, he should say no. And when her seemingly put-together life spins out of control, and his instincts to protect and save kick in, he should turn away. But he doesn’t.

Can two people from different worlds really live in the moment, knowing they’re on borrowed time, or is someone bound to get hurt?

My Review

“Sometimes what’s beneath the surface is worth getting to know.”

Someone Like You was the perfect book to spend the day getting lost in. Someone Like You is fun, entertaining and very well written.

Someone Like You follows the story of Noah and Grace. Noah and Grace couldn’t be more opposite, but you know the saying, opposites attract, and that certainly is the case in this book. When we first meet up with Noah, I was gutted by the things that were happening in his life. My heart ached for the way that Cindy treated him. I wanted to reach through my kindle and knock some sense into this woman. Flash forward to the future, Noah is trying to get used to a “normal” life, but for this SEAL, he is finding that hard to do. He finds himself living in New York to be closer to his daughter and has a new job working with his sister. The last thing he ever planned on was Grace. Grace is the total opposite of him. She’s rich, beautiful and totally out of his league. She should be off-limits, but Noah is powerless to fight the pull….Grace has her own demons she’s trying to battle; from an arranged marriage that she wants nothing to do with, to a vacation in Greece that she’d rather forget. Grace has a lot on her plate and the last thing she ever expected was Noah. Neither of them have much to offer to the other besides sex. Falling for each other isn’t an option, but soon enough the lines will become blurred….

Someone Like You was a really enjoyable read for me. I was pulled into Noah’s story from page one and was instantly hooked. I wanted to why Cindy was behaving the way that she was and I was desperate to know how Noah’s story would play out. Noah was the perfect man. He served in the military to provide for his family and did the best for them that he could. He is sexy, tough, determined and an overall great guy. He is someone you can’t help but want to get to know and be friends with. I think he was a wonderful match for Grace. He brought out things in her that she didn’t know existed. He made her believe in herself, taught her to fight for the things that mattered and gave her the strength to stand up for herself. Together these two made one hell of a team and they certainly burned up the pages together.

Someone Like You is a terrific read from beginning to end. I laughed. I swooned. I got angry. And I fell in love. This story hit all the marks for me and kept me begging for more. This is my first book by this author and I can not wait to read more from her in the future. I definitely recommend checking this book out.

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


“I live on a boat at the docks.”

Goose bumps cover my arms at his words. “I hate the water,” I say, without thinking first.

“Really?” He takes a swig of his beer as our eyes connect in the window. “Why?”

“Um.” Why did I have to open my mouth? I don’t tell people this about me. I always use excuses to back out of any plans that involve lakes, rivers, or oceans. I’m not supposed to have weaknesses. I’m a Parker-King.

“You’re afraid of water or…?” He’s giving me the chance to finish, to share, but I hesitate and take a couple of steps back.

“I don’t like the unknown,” I say softly. “I hate not being able to see what lies beneath the surface.”

It’s the truth. A watered-down version of the truth.

“Hmm.” His palm touches the window as his bottle rests against the side of his jeaned thigh. “Sometimes what’s beneath the surface is worth getting to know.”

I stare out the window and off into the distance. The moon falls like a soft glow over the city—and I’d almost swear the light finds him too.

“But sometimes what’s beneath the surface is ugly,” he adds in a deep voice, emotion threading his words.

It’s hard for me to believe this tough guy has been hurt before, but there’s a definite pain there, and I don’t think it’s from his time in the military.

“Do you think it’s worth the risk, though?”

Noah takes a drink and turns to face me. “Sometimes.”

He angles his head and closes the small gap between us.

I feel awkward. I don’t know what to do with my hands or how to stand. These aren’t feelings I’m accustomed to. I’m self-assured and confident.

Except that when my life flashed before my eyes in that hotel in Athens, I realized I don’t have a damn clue who I am, only who I’ve been pretending to be for twenty-nine years.

“Were you a Marine?” I need to change the topic. I barely know this man, and somehow I think we just drifted into deep territory that neither of us was prepared for.

Noah scrubs a hand down his jaw. We’re standing in front of each other like two teenagers waiting for the other to make the first move. But that’s ridiculous, because we don’t know each other, and whatever I’m feeling for this guy is purely physical. And maybe he doesn’t even have any interest in me. Maybe he wasn’t lying when he said I wasn’t his type.

“I was a SEAL,” he says at last.

“Really?” A grin sneaks up on me. “You guys are kind of badass, or so I hear.”

His mouth broadens into a deep smile. “Only kind of?”

Part of me wants to slip my hands up his chest because that feels like the natural thing to do.

There’s this tight band of tension between us, and I take a breath and release it as I wait for that tension to snap.

Is he going to kiss me?

His eyes are on my lips, and I instinctively wet them. The muscles in my stomach tighten as I find my gaze steadying on his mouth. The dark scruff around his lips—he has that sexy kind of dangerous look…but I can tell this man is only dangerous because he’s forbidden.


Until You Were Gone, Chainsmokers

Castle on the Hill, Ed Sheeran

Stay with Alessia Cara, Zedd & Alessia Cara

Blue in Green, Miles Davis

Waves – Robin Schulz Edit, Mr. Probz/Robin Schulz

Everytime We Touch, David Guetta/Chris Willis

Someone Somewhere Tonight, Mark Bloomsteel

Slow Hands, Niall Horan

Something Just Like This – Alesso Remix, Chainsmokers

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Review Blitz: Dirty Little Promise (Forbidden Desires #2) by Kendall Ryan

Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he’s all wrong for her—yet the heart wants what it wants.

But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires will she lose herself completely?

Passion, drama and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell’s love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

This is book two in the series, following Dirty Little Secret.

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My Review

“This was no easy going relationship. It wasn’t a harmless crush. In many ways, it felt like life and death–like being with Gavin, choosing Gavin, would be a permanent decision.”

“Gavin had woven me into his web, had integrated himself into my life so completely, and I was held captive. Caught. Unable to walk away–or maybe I was just unwilling.”

“In that moment, her quiet gaze said more than a mouthful of words ever could. She accepted me just as I was.”

Yes!!!! How I have been waiting to get my hands on this book! Dirty Little Promise is the sexy and scintillating follow up to Dirty Little Secret. Kendall Ryan pulls out all the stops, leaving you breathless with anticipation and a story-line you won’t be able to walk away from. I promise you, this book is definitely worth the wait.

Dirty Little Promise picks up right where Dirty Little Secret left off and will take you on one exhilarating ride. This story is fast paced, captivating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you thought Gavin was a force to be reckoned with before, you haven’t seen anything yet. Gavin exudes power and danger. He is 100% sexy and will do anything for Emma. And Emma, she isn’t just a shy little librarian. She is Gavin’s equal in every way. She is strong and accepts Gavin for the man that he is. Together these two burn up the pages and will keep you begging for more.

Dirty Little Promise is the exciting and thrilling follow up to Dirty Little Secret. This book will answer all of your burning questions and I promise you, there is never a dull moment. From lies and betrayal and obstacles to overcome.To unbelievably sexy and swoon worthy moments. To shocking twists and unexpected danger…Dirty Little Promise has it all!

Dirty Little Promise was everything that I wanted and then some. It was the perfect conclusion to Emma and Gavin’s story and I couldn’t help but devour every single word. The Forbidden Desires Series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series’ and I look forward to seeing where this author will take us next.

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

The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and loneliness like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

We make excuses. We blame our sorrow. We promise each other it will never happen again.

But it does.

And when our secret threatens to destroy his family and my reputation, we’ll have to decide what’s more important—loyalty or love?



My Review

“All I could think was he wants me, he wants me, he wants me. Enough to walk here in the dark. Enough to ask for another chance. Enough to admit he’d made a mistake and couldn’t stop thinking about me. All my walls fell.”

“I’ve always wanted you. From the moment I saw you, only I was too chicken shit to do anything about it. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it. I just knew you were the most perfect girl I’d ever met, and I would have done anything to be with you.”

“Tell me you feel nothing for me, Hannah, and I’ll go. Tell me you could never be happy with me. Tell me I could never be what you want.”

Oh, man! When I first read the synopsis of this book, I just knew it was going to be a tough one. A story that was going to consume my every thought and burn its way into my soul. A story of complicated second chances and a romance that withstands a lifetime.  From This Moment was all of that and so much more.

From the moment I started reading this book, I was consumed. My heart ached for the loss that Hannah had experienced. I can not even begin to imagine the pain and heartache of losing your husband, only to have his twin brother to return to town. Seeing each other is unavoidable and in an effort to move on and get past her grief, Hannah agrees to let herself and her daughter spend some time with Wes. Only being around Wes stirred up feelings that Hannah long forgot about. Slowly, Wes was bringing Hannah back to life and before you know it, Wes and Hannah had developed a beautiful connection that just had to be explored… Now, I know that Hannah and Wes’ situation is pretty unique and is a bit taboo, but I promise if you give it a chance, you will see just how wonderfully this story actually works.

I really enjoyed Hannah and Wes together. I thought they shared a really beautiful and honest connection with each other. You could tell that their feelings were real and genuine. I loved seeing their devotion and love for one another. Their journey to happily ever after was not an easy one. They had many obstacles standing in their way that they had to overcome and I couldn’t help but root for these two to find some happiness.

From This Moment is a beautiful and unique second chance romance. It is incredibly well written and consuming. This story is totally easy to lose yourself in. The plot was intriguing and had me glued to the pages. I loved the characters and found them very easy to connect with. This book entertained me, played with my emotions and left me with a big smile on my face. I honestly couldn’t get enough. I thought this book was a terrific read and would definitely recommend checking it out.

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

Review: Bourbon Sins (Bourbon 1) by Meghan Quinn

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On the streets of New Orleans, sins are committed every night.

My name is Jett Colby and I save tarnished souls.

In the downtown, under the glittery lights of Bourbon Street, I found her in cheap lingerie, flaunting her body for callous men and money.

From the lace of her cheap lingerie, to her garter belt, I knew she had to be saved.
She had to be mine.

Broke and destitute with no way of out, she had no choice but to come to me and into my club.

She had no other choice but to become a Jett Girl.

But see, that’s the thing about this city; you might think that under the dazzling lights and illusion of salvation, she’s the one that needed saving.

When the glitter fades and the dirt is washed away, the one worth saving just might be me.


My Review

“I needed the control, it was the only thing that held me together, that kept me from crumbling to my knees. Control over everything, because without control, you lose the best things in your life, the best people.”

“She makes me lose sight of everything I ever believed in. She makes me think there is a possiblity of a future. She brings up feelings I never wanted to explore again and didn’t ever plan on exploring again.”

Hot. Sexy. Thrilling. Totally Unexpected.

Bourbon Sins hooked me and intrigued me from the very first page. There was just something about these characters and their story that drew me in and I couldn’t look away. I couldn’t put this book down. I read this book in one sitting and could not get enough.

Bourbon Sins is thrilling, sexy and totally captivating. It will play with your emotions and frustrate you. It will turn you inside out and tug at your heart. There was so much delicious angst…my angsty heart couldn’t get enough. And those sex scenes…Yowza! There certainly melted the pages.

Bourbon Sins was a totally unexpected and captivating read. I am utterly hooked on these characters and can not wait to see how their story is going to play out.

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

Release Blitz with Review: Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean

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Logan – A Preston Brothers Novel #2

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day: October 1, 2017





As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.

Through his teens, he became the bad boy.

Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.


High school dropout, Logan Preston is a 

good-for-nothing stoner.

A black sheep.

A disappointment.

The worst Preston Punk of the lot.

At least that’s how everyone in his small town 

makes him feel.

But Logan Preston has secrets.

Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.

He wears cockiness as a mask.

Arrogance as his armor.

Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:

What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?

My Review

“There’s something strange about our connection, about the softness mixed with strength.”

“I am lost. I am high, floating. I am low, beneath the earth’s surface. I am night. She is day. I am darkness. She is light.”

“I made you a penny. It’s not a lucky penny. It’s a penny filled with hope. My hope. You + Me.”

“I don’t see anyone but you. Even in my lowest, darkest moments, Aubrey, I only see you.”

Devastating. Emotional. Heartbreaking. Logan is a beautiful story of strength, love and hope. If ever I need a reminder as to why I love Jay McLean’s writing so much, this book is that reminder.

Logan is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Logan and Aubrey. From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked into Logan’s story. I wanted to know more about the boy who was always getting into trouble and whose life was utter chaos.

Logan’s story is not an easy one. It is a story of darkness, hurt and despair. It is a story of love and lightness and second chances. It is a story of the chaos and the secrets that we sometimes hold onto. It is a story of reaching those unimaginable moments, the moments of hopelessness and rockbottomness. It is a story of finding hope and strength when you need it the most. It is a story of the strongest love and faith in someone. A love that can withstand anything thrown at them. A determination to find a happy ending. This book is all of that and so much more.

It is a story that will rock you to your core. It will devastate you one minute and give you hope the next. You will be laughing your ass off one moment and have tears in your eyes the next. Your heart will soar, it will swoon and by the end, I hope you will love Logan and Aubrey’s story just as much as I did.

Logan is a beautiful and unexpected story. It is emotional. It is consuming. The journey is not easy, but I wouldn’t change a single thing. Once again, Jay McLean has obliterated my expectations and taken my breath away. An amazing addition to the Preston Brothers Series.

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

More Than Forever (More Than #4):
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  She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
 Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
 Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix. 


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Review: From Darkness (Hearts and Arrows #3) by Staci Hart

Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.

I never wanted to leave her. But I had no choice.

I’ve spent the last three years raising my daughter and wishing for things I couldn’t have. When I came back to New York, I thought I could find my way back to her. But that path was lost, grown over and hidden from everyone, especially me.

Her obsession over her best friend’s death is dangerous, and the man she’s after could put her life at stake. She’ll never let it go, not until he’s behind bars or dead.

She just doesn’t realize it might not be him who pays in the end.

If only she’d let me help her. If only she’d let me in. When she sets her mind to something, that’s it. But there’s an exception to every rule, and I plan to be the exception to this one.

And I’ll protect her until my very last breath, whether she wants me or not.

My Review

“How do you find happiness after so much hurt?”

“She didn’t know how to want, how to give, how to love or how she could live up to anyone’s expectations. She hadn’t known how to answer him. She couldn’t say the words she he wanted to hear because she didn’t know if they were true.”

“There were no more questions. There was no more wondering. There was only the two of them, their broken hearts mending with every beat, every breath.”

“She’d been a fool to deny him. But she’d never deny him another thing.Not as long as he loved her.”

When it comes to storytelling, Staci Hart always keeps me on my toes. From dark and intense to second chance romances that burrow into you heart. To stories that make you feel EVERTHING. There is absolutely nothing that Staci Hart can write, that I won’t pick up.

From Darkness is the third book in the Hearts & Arrows Series and follows the story of Jon and Josie. From the moment I got my hands on this book, I was beyond intrigued. I mean, mythology with a bit of a modern twist? You can totally count me in! And what I got was a brilliantly written and spellbinding story. The plot is clever and creative. It is unique and will keep you on your toes.

From Darkness is dark, intense and mysterious. At the same time it is captivating and heartbreaking. Our lead characters have been hurt deeply. Decisions have been made and a ton of baggage is left behind. That being said, our characters are strong and determined. Jon will do anything to get Josie to look at him again; to get that love back that they once shared. And Josie…She wants nothing more than to have Jon in her arms, but the pain of the past is real and deep. She has a lot to overcome and a lot to move past. But, believe me when I tell you, the connection and passion between Jon and Josie is strong, it is intense and it is totally undeniable. This couple is one that I could not help but root for…

But, that’s not all there is to From Darkness. Nope, From Darkness also has the mythology presence. And I gotta tell you, what Staci Hart does with mythology is something I’ve never seen before. She somehow incorporates the two into one seamless and flawless story. She writes gods that are completely relateable and who struggle just as the mortals they play with. I love that element to the story and think that it really does make this story fresh and unique.

Overall, From Darkness was a fabulous read. It intrigued me, frustrated me, captivated me and had me rooting for our main characters. The story-line is fresh and entertaining. The writing is flawless and brilliant. Staci Hart takes mythology and second chance romance to a whole other level that leaves me breathless and begging for more. I am beyond excited to what adventure Staci Hart has lined up for us next.

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

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Author Bio:

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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Paper Fools (Hearts & Arrows #1)

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Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.

She’s everything I want, and she can never be mine.

I thought my heart was too mangled to love.

I thought my soul was too sullied to touch something so pure.

I thought I knew myself. But the truth is that it’s all a lie, and she’s the only one who can save me from myself.

But I don’t deserve her.

And she can never be mine, no matter how much I need her.

Shift (Hearts & Arrows #2)

Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.

Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars.

It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. My prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her.

And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her.

Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall.

I will catch her.

This time, I won’t let go.

Review: Running Into Love (Fluke My Life) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Fawn Callaghan has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.

Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?


My Review

“I don’t want to let you go.” he says, and I know in that moment I could get lost in him. 

“No one has ever kissed me the way he does. No one has ever made me feel the way he does–like he’s marking me, claiming me as his.”

“I’ve never felt the need to possess someone the way I feel the need to own you.”

“Love is just a word unless there is action behind it.”

Aurora Rose Reynolds is my go-to when it comes to insta-love and hotter than hot alpha males.  Her stories are full of heart. They keep me on my toes with a dash of suspense. And the romances are totally unforgettable….

Running Into Love follows the story of Levi and Fawn. These two had me hooked from page one. I knew from their very first encounter that their story was going to be incredible. Fawn is smart, free spirited, clumsy, and has no clue how beautiful she is. She’s amazing, but has met one too many frogs that have her wanting to give up on love. However, a chance encounter with Levi will have her second guessing everything…Levi is the hot detective who just moved in next door. Let me tell you, Levi is a man that knows exactly what he wants. He plays the game and isn’t afraid of chasing the clueless girl. Levi is everything you could want in an alpha; sexy, smart, determined. He even has a swoon worthy sweet side. He is the absolute perfect match for a girl like Fawn…Fawn may have been in over head with Levi, but I gotta tell you, I just couldn’t get enough of these two. The chemistry between Fawn and Levi was off the charts, their banter was entertaining as hell and I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next between the two of them.

Running Into Love is the perfect insta-love romance. The story-line and characters are so much fun. Fawn and Levi’s story is filled with so much heart and is really well written.  This book made me laugh, smirk, and shake my head. It made me swoon, and fall in love. The dash of suspense and mystery kept me on my toes and kept me coming back for more. I enjoyed every moment of this story and can not wait to see who this author has me falling in love with next.

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