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Release Blitz with Review: Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

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Junk Mail, a hilariously sexy standalone by New York Times bestselling author is live and available everywhere.

It all started with a sexy selfie. 🍆

A deliciously naughty, tell-everyone-you-know read!

About Junk Mail

It all started with a sexy selfie.

Texted to the wrong number.

Oops.

Not my finest moment—but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere—on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton , in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.

Beauty? Oh yeah.

And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge.

Let the games begin.

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MY REVIEW

“Ordinary is the last word I’d use to describe what just went down between the two of us. Not unless you tack an extra in front of it. Because, goddamn, Peyton is extraordinary in every possible way.”

Who would have known that a sexy text sent to the wrong person, would turn your entire world upside down, leaving you chasing the most epic love of all….

Words can not even begin to express how much I adored Peyton and Josh!! Their story hooked me from the very first page and I was honestly powerless in devouring it. I couldn’t put Junk Mail down. Junk Mail is everything that I’m looking for in an office style romantic comedy. The story-line was fresh and entertaining. I couldn’t help but laugh at the initial meeting between Peyton & Josh. Their start was definitely unconventional and once they realized who the other was, well, all bets were off. The pull between Peyton & Josh led to some fantastic will they/won’t they moments that just left me desperate for more. These two tried super hard to keep things strictly business, but their attraction would prove too hard to ignore…

Junk Mail was exactly the book I was looking for. It captivated me from the very first page and Josh totally stole my heart. From embarrassing moments to ones that had you laughing out loud. To moments of flirtation, undeniable chemistry, and steamy encounters. To men being men and not realizing that it’s the little details that matter and can lead to terrible miscommunication. This book had it all and had just the right amount of drama, steam, humor and angst. I even adored the side story of Gram & Duncan. Gram was a total hoot and I loved her meddling. I was happy to see her find some love as well.

Bottom line: I LOVED Junk Mail. I loved every single moment of this story from beginning to end. I laughed. I swooned. I got annoyed. And in the end, I was left with the biggest smile on my face. Junk Mail was the perfect read to spend my day getting lost in and is definitely a top read from this author.

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

 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras.

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Release Blitz with Review: Pieces of Us by A.L. Jackson

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A second chance stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart Series.

“I absolutely adored all of the sweet emotion, angst, and just all of the feelings “Pieces of Us” inspired. The characters and their growth had me hooked from the first page. Read it. You will not regret it.” ~NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Kylie Scott
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My loves!! PIECES OF US IS LIVE!!! I am so freaking excited, I can hardly stand it! This book is EVERYTHING!
âś“ Second-chance romance
âś“ Sexy AF hero
âś“ All the feels
DETAILS: 
TITLE: PIECES OF US
SERIES: A Confessions of the Heart Stand-Alone Novel 
RELEASE DATE: April 22nd, 2019
Maxon Chambers has a way of stealing all the attention.
All my affection, and all my dreams.
What I needed to remember was he’d stolen my good judgment and my virginity, too.
When he broke up with me, I ran across the country and swore I’d never return to Broadshire Rim.
But here I am, thirteen years later.
Maxon is all grown up.
Sexier than sin and more tempting than ever.
A detective on the Charleston force, he lives on the outside of safety, devoted to protecting the people of his city.
But with the way he’s looking at me now? I’m pretty sure what needs protecting is my heart.
Can we mend the pieces of us? Or will he leave my heart shattered forever . . .

MY REVIEW

“She was the kind of beauty that you couldn’t look away from. The kind that you got stuck on, wondering if you stared long enough, you could figure out if it was real.”

“My entire life had been nothing but a string of hurdles. No finish line in sight. Except for Izzy. She’d been my beginning. The girl had breathed her beauty and grace and goodness into my being. Made me think I could be something better. Saw me in a way I’d never seen myself.”

“He took a step forward, and I swore, I could feel the planets shift their orbit. Or maybe they’d shifted the second I’d crossed state lines. Our destinies had always felt dependent on the other, though I’d never imagined it’d twist our paths up quite like this. We had come alive in the other. A million mismatched pieces strewn between us that had magically fit.”

“There’s never been a single day in my life when I didn’t want you. We are endless.”

To me, there is nothing better then seeing a new book from A.L. Jackson hitting my kindle. I know right away that I am about to go on an amazing, incredible, beautiful journey. I know that the ride is going to play with my emotions and leaving hanging on every word. I know that every moment will pull at my heart and leave me aching for more. And Pieces of Us is the latest book by this author to capture my heart and find its way into my soul…

Pieces of Us is a beautifully written and all consuming second chance romance. It is the most epic kind of love story. It’s the kind of story that grabs you from the first page and that will have you hanging on every word. From the moment you meet the characters you are totally swept up in their story and you might as well cancel all of your plans for the day. You won’t want to put their story down and you’ll be dying to see just how their story will play out.

Maxson & Izzy’s road to happily ever after is not an easy one. It’s filled with pain and heartache. Maxon and Izzy will be tested in ways neither one of them ever expected. There is so much for them to move past and so much more to lose this time around. But, the love these two share is real and true and is the kind that’s worth fighting for. Sure both of them made mistakes and Maxon definitely had some demons plaguing him. But, if any couple deserved a second chance at love, it was these two. They fell in love at a young age and had a friendship that many could only wish for. I loved watching these two navigate their way through the past and journey towards their future.

Pieces of Us is the kind of story that just sweeps you up and knocks you off of your feet. It is a story of second chances and love. A story of forgiveness and moving on. Of accepting your faults and opening your heart. A story of taking chances and believing in yourself. A story that just captures you heart and leaves you begging for more. A story of just how complex and tough love can be. How it it can put you through the ringer and test you in ways you never saw coming. It can break you, yet make you even stronger because in the end, true love is always worth the pain, the fight, the heartache…

I loved every moment of this story from beginning to end. Maxon & Izzy stole my heart and took my emotions on a ride that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. A.L. Jackson has once again delivered a heartfelt and emotional romance that will stand the test of time….

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

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Ahhh I can’t wait for you to experience this story! I’m so insanely proud of it! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
xoxo ~
Amy

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, PIECES OF US, the third stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.
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Blog Tour with Review: When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

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April 9, 2019

Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction

Penguin/Berkley

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life–and heart–to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. 

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future–but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything–not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…

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Learn more about When We Left Cuba including downloading the book club guide and more at: http://www.chanelcleeton.com/when-we-left-cuba

Praise for When We Left Cuba:

A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly un-put-down-able. —PopSugar

A beautiful and utterly transporting novel. —Publisher’s Weekly

Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages…A thrilling, thought-provoking read! —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page.  Historic events, espionage, and a Kennedy-esque romance make this novel a rich read, but the addition of a formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable.  This is not just historical fiction, but also an unrequited love story for a country and a way of life, as well as a journey of self-discovery for a woman torn between love and the two countries she calls home. —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak. Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz’s story—one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery—astonishes and thrills. —Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece

Atmospheric and evocative, When We Left Cuba captivates with its compelling portrayals of the glamorous Cuban exile community and powerful forbidden love set against the dangerous intrigue of the Cold War. Unforgettable and unputdownable! —Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Dear Hamilton

By turns a captivating historical novel, a sweeping love story, and a daring tale of espionage—I absolutely adored this gem of a novel. —Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Oozing with atmosphere and intrigue, When We Left Cuba is an evocative, powerful and beautifully written historical novel which had me completely captivated from the first page to the last. Take a bow, Chanel Cleeton! —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

With a sure hand for historical detail, an impeccable eye for setting, and a heroine who grasps hold of your heart and never lets go, Chanel Cleeton has created another dazzlingly atmospheric and absorbing story of Cuba and its exiles. A beautiful and profoundly affecting novel from a writer whose work belongs on the shelves of every lover of historical fiction. —Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown

Powerful, emotional and oh so real. One woman’s fight to reclaim her own country, against all odds and no matter what the cost is intertwined with the real history of our lifetime and creates an unforgettable story. —Rhys Bowen, New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness mysteries.

Scintillating…. An intriguing dive into the turbulent Cuban-American history of the 1960s, and the unorthodox choices made by a strong historical woman. —Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room

Rich in historic detail, When We Left Cuba has it all—the excitement of a page-turning thriller, the sizzle of a steamy romance and the elegant prose of a master storyteller. —Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

Cleeton draws you into the glamour, intrigue, and uncertainty of the Cuban exile community just after Castro’s coup through a heroine who could give Mata Hari a run for her money…. You’ll be rooting for Beatriz to change the course of history—and find her own hard-won happily ever after. —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife

With a richly imagined setting and a heroine worth rooting for from the start, When We Left Cuba is thrilling and romantic, and timely to boot. —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Met Jack

A compelling unputdownable story of love—for a man, for a country, for a past ripped away, and a future’s tenuous promise. When We Left Cuba swept me away. —Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach.

Electric and fierce. Beatriz Perez’s romance with a handsome, important senator will sweep you away, but it’s her profound loyalty to Cuba and her formidable determination to be her own woman despite life-and-death odds that will really hold you in thrall. —Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante

In a tale as tempestuous as Cuba itself, When We Left Cuba is the revolutionary story of one woman’s bold courage and her many sacrifices for her beloved country. An absolutely spectacular read! —Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of American Princess

Beatriz Perez’s brand of vintage-Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story. —Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott

My Review

“Is this love? Who has time to worry about such things? At the moment, it is everything, and that’s all that matters.”

“He kisses like a man living on borrowed time, as the though the coming war will steal his remaining days from him, and he knows it. He kisses without guilt or reservation, the legendary skills I’ve heard whispered about in power rooms clearly not exaggerated one bit.”

“In another life, we might have been magnificent together.”

Ever since finishing Next Year in Havana, I have been dying to get my hands on Beatriz’s story. And let me tell you, Chanel Cleeton does not disappoint. When We Left Cuba was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Filled with danger, suspense, romance and a thirst for vengeance, When We Left Cuba left no stone unturned and left me totally glued to the pages….

When We Left Cuba is Beatriz’s story. What I loved about her story was how rich in history it was and how the author mixed together Cuban & American history. You really got a feel for how much Beatriz loved her country and how she wanted to avenge her brother’s death. Beatriz’s involvement with the CIA kept me on pins and needles. She was no spy, but would do anything to reclaim the life she once had. What she didn’t plan on was falling in love along the way. Her love affair is one for the books, but is forbidden due to circumstances. Beatriz has some difficult choices ahead and I for one loved going along for the ride and seeing just how her story would play out.

When We Left Cuba is flawlessly written with an intriguing plot that will leave you utterly spellbound and glued to the pages. The writing captivating you from the very first page and will leave you feeling as though you are right inside the story experiencing everything along with the characters. When it comes to historical romance, this author is totally winning me over and is constantly leaving me dying for more.

Beatriz’s story is everything that I wanted it to be and then some. It’s a timeless love story filled with espionage, danger, family duty, vengeance and love when you least expect it. I loved every second of this book from beginning to end. When We Left Cuba was thrilling and exciting and just everything that I was hoping for. This is a wonderful book to curl up with and spend your day getting lost in….

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

Author Information:

Chanel Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card, Lilly Pulitzer palm tree necklace and earrings set, When We Left Cuba coffee mug, Besame cosmetics vintage-inspired lipstick, signed When We Left Cuba recipe cards, and signed When We Left Cuba bookmarks. The giveaway will run from April 7th-20th.

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Review: You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

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My Review

4.5 Unexpected Stars!!

“She sounds timeless. No showy vibrato, no American idol-worthy runs. Her voice is pure. Unadulterated. It’s the sound of sweet salvation.”

“I’ve kissed lots of girls. I’ve slept with a few of them. But I’ve never in my life kissed someone like this. Felt like this. Wanted like this. It’s as though we’re one person. Like my soul found its fucking other half and I don’t even know what to with that except I can’t ever stop this. I will die happily with her on my lips.”

“He’s more than just kissing in the dark and filled-out denim. He’s just as damaged as I am. He’s got heartache and grief and loneliness, and if I can’t survive him, he sure as hell can’t survive me.”

You’d Be Mine was such an unexpected surprise. I feel in love with this book from the very first page and quickly found myself addicted to Annie and Clay. Their story hit all the marks for me and left me hanging on every single word. Annie & Clay’s story might be young adult, but it still had a very real and raw quality to it. It’s a story that any age group can enjoy and relate to.

When we first meet up with Clay & Annie, I just knew their story was going to keep me on my toes. Clay is know as the bad boy of country music, but he needs to clean up his act and reputation. His record label is ready to leave him in the dust unless he can convince Annie to come along tour with him. Annie is a YouTube sensation and has been avoiding the spotlight since her parents passed away. Annie has her reservations and knows all the cons that come along with fame, but when it comes to Clay, she just can’t seem to tell him no. She decided to jump and see where this tour will take her…The one thing these two never planned on was the connection they would share. From the very beginning their fans were dying for the two of them to fall in love. But, a high profile relationship is the last thing Annie wants. She’s afraid of the wild ride associated with fame and the demons that haunt both herself & Clay. Will Annie take a chance not only on music, but on Clay? Will Clay prove that he is a risk worth taking? There’s only one way to find out….

You’d Be Mine is a fantastic debut novel by author Erin Hahn. The characters are fun and entertaining. They keep your eyes glued to the pages and just beg for their story to be told. I loved how real Clay & Annie were. They were both damaged and a little lost. There a lot of comparisons to June & Johnny Cash. Their relationship was amazing in the beginning. Their passion and chemistry, off the charts. But, in the end, the demons took over turning their once happily ever after to a wild and volatile situation. And I could totally see that comparison with Annie and Clay and it is told in a beautiful young adult way. I loved watching Clay and Annie together and seeing them navigate their way through the magic of music and fame; through all the ups and downs life threw at them. Even with all the demons these two had to fight against, I couldn’t stop myself from rooting for their happily ever after.

I enjoyed every moment of You’d Be Mine. From the great characters, to the entertaining plot, to the rock star romance and emotion throughout, this story is a must read for fans of music and young adult romance. You’d Be Mine is incredibly well written and has a wonderful flow to it. It blows my mind that this is Erin Hahn’s debut novel. She is definitely an author to keep an eye out for and I am super excited to read more from her in the future.

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

Review: Dangerous Beauty by J.T. Geissinger

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A strapping bodyguard and a mysterious beauty on the run cross paths and tempt danger in Cozumel…

For Nasir, former Special Ops military man and bodyguard, his new job seems like an easy-money gig: trail a Russian mobster’s runaway wife in Mexico, enjoy the sun, observe, and report. Just one rule: don’t get too close. But it’s all Naz can do not to watch the alluring dancer’s every move. A closer look is irresistible—especially when she’s in trouble.

Evalina escaped to the island getaway to live an untraceable life—as far away from the past as she can get. But Eva can’t ignore the dark, muscled stud who rescues her from a drug gang. He says he’s an ex-cop on vacation. When providence throws them together time and again, Eva thinks it’s all a beautiful coincidence. Now she’s giving in to a strange new sensation: trust.

But Naz has a mission to accomplish and a secret to keep. Eva has her share of secrets, too. And as the heat flares between them, Naz knows that trust could become the most dangerous impulse of all.

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MY REVIEW

“Making her smile is addictive. It gives me a hard, heady rush, like I’ve snorted cocaine.”

“Life is short, Naz, and full of pain. When I die, I don’t want to have any regrets.”

“This woman has no game. There are no pretenses. Everything she feels and thinks is written on her face and rings in her voice. She doesn’t hide anything. She doesn’t even try.”

“He’s gazing at me with so much tenderness it feels like a knife plunged into my heart. No man has ever looked at me like this before. Like I’m a treasure. Like I’m a prize. Like I’m the only thing that matters to him, or ever will.”

Addictive and all consuming are just a few words to describe Dangerous Beauty by J.T. Geissinger. Dangerous Beauty follows the story of Evalina and Naz. From the moment you dive into Eva & Naz’s story, you will find yourself utterly hooked. Eva is on the run from a life she never wants to be apart of. She just wants to be free and to find some happiness. Naz was hired to keep an eye on Evalina. But Naz has no clue what he’s gotten himself into. When it comes to Eva, he doesn’t have the full story. He knows he should stay away and that Eva is totally off-limits, but as time goes on and these two get closer, staying away proves to be harder than ever. From explosive chemsitry to some seriously dangerous situations, Eva & Naz’s world is about to be totally turned upside down. And all I can say is that you should sit back, grab some popcorn and just enjoy the ride….

Dangerous Beauty is a fabulous read from beginning to end. This story pretty much hits the ground running and will have you devouring each word. This story is fresh. It’s entertaining and filled with wonderful characters. I loved that Naz & Eva had instant chemistry, but they didn’t act on it straight away. I liked seeing Naz fight with what was right and what was wrong. And at the same time, I enjoyed seeing Eva come into her own. She was brave, full of life and wasn’t about to return to her old life for anything. She didn’t trust many people and boy did she ever have her reasons. Together, I think these two were an excellent match. Their banter was off the charts and I enjoyed the humor they tried to inject in those super serious moments.

Dangerous Beauty is fun, addictive and will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the very end. I loved the characters and enjoyed reading their story. The action and suspense kept me on my toes and had me dying to see how this story was going to play out. I enjoyed the connection that Naz & Eva shared. It was a lot of fun watching them navigate their way through all the lies, and betray to see if what they had was strong enough to make it past the cards they had been dealt. I easily devoured this book in a single sitting. My only complaint is that the story is over!! The ending took me totally by surprise and has me just dying to see what happens next. My fingers are crossed that it won’t be too long of wait to see just how Naz & Eva’s story will end….

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

Blog Tour with Review: Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Leigh

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CRUEL SANCTUARY (WAGES OF SIN #1) BY TARA LEIGH
Release Date: March 25th
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, Mae

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MY REVIEW

“Damon King is like the boogeyman of Manhattan. No one I know has met him and yet everyone I know is scared of him. He’s the name your mind conjures when you find yourself in a dark alley, or when you’re already lost and your vision is obscured by steam from a subway grate.”

“I am a monarch. A general. A dictator–and not the benevolent kind. I wasn’t born to the crown. Nevertheless, I wear it well. Aislinn Granville is more than just a tribute from one of my subjects. She is a trophy. A prize. A woman worthy of becoming the Crown Jewel of an empire. My empire.”

“I’ve spent my whole life following rules, walking a straight line with only the slightest, smallest deviations before quickly returning to my narrow path. Until tonight. I’m trapped here, in this room, by this man. And yet I’ve never felt more free.”

“Life always comes down to the details. A single forgotten instruction can lead to the failure of the most carefully crafted plan. But well-executed moments elevate an event into an experience. A memory that stands out from the rest.”

I’m not gonna lie, I was super excited to hear that author Tara Leigh was going to dive into the dark romance genre. And let me tell you, I was definitely impressed. Cruel Sanctuary had just the right amount of dark without being too dark. It was sexy. It was downright sinful. And the added suspense element will keep you glued to the pages.

From the moment we are introduced to Damon & Aislinn, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by these two. There’s no love lost between Aislinn and her father, but that doesn’t stop her from working with him. In some ways, I think she’s hoping that one day he will see HER and not what she can do for his political career. Aislinn is smart and fiesty and is about to give Damon a total run for his money. She’s different from most of the people he knows and once Damon sets his sights on something, well, let’s just say Aislinn doesn’t stand a chance….Damon King is feared by all that know him; even his name insights fear. When Damon sets out to protect Aislinn, all bets are off. Damon King is a force to be reckoned with. 100% Alpha and is one to not be trifled with. His darkness is alluring and Aislinn brings a light to him that he never thought was possible. Will Damon be able to complete his task and eliminate the danger facing Aislinn?? There’s only one way to find out…..

Cruel Sanctuary hits the ground running and is a terrific start to The Wages of Sin Duet. I was instantly intrigued by the characters and glued to their story. From secrets to lies to passion and delicious tension, it’s anyones guess how this story will go. The suspense and danger will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering how this story is going to play out. I had a lot of fun getting lost in Cruel Sanctuary. It had just the right amount of darkness I was looking for and an ending that will leave you begging to get the next book in your hands….

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

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Blurb:
They say New York City is the Devil’s Playground.
They’re wrong.
This city belongs to me.
And so does Aislinn Granville.

She is a pampered politician’s daughter.
A decorative ornament,
raised to smile and nod and do what she’s told.

Except… she doesn’t. Not with me. Ever.

In this city full of thugs and thieves, I’ve kept Aislinn safe.
From my enemies.
From me.

Until now.

Excerpt:
“Put me down.” I keep my cool, making the demand as stiffly as if I’m asking him to pass the salt.

But my show of composure crumbles as he angles his head to look at me. Barely an inch separates the tips of our noses. I stare, entranced by the fine scar that marks his left eyebrow. I want to kiss it.

“Or what?”

“Hmmm?”

One corner of his mouth tics up, his eyes flicking away from mine. “You look damn good in my arms.”

I follow his stare and am met by our reflection in the bathroom mirror. I blink, taking in the sight of my naked body held against King’s broad chest, the tanned, inked forearms I’d practically drooled over earlier now wrapped around my back and behind my knees.

I am naked. King is dressed.

There is something indecently erotic about our image. I look like the heroine of an old Harlequin novel—a down on her luck maid or secretary about to be ravished by her big, bad boss. A powerless woman soon to be stripped of her virtue.

I know what it’s like when a man overpowers a woman. When he uses force to take what’s not his. To hurt and abuse and terrorize.

And I know that this isn’t that.

It may not look like it, but I have the power in this situation. Damon King came to me. First at my apartment and now in his. He broke down two doors tonight.

I may be naked, but the only reason he’s touching me is because he knows I want him to.

Emboldened, I look away from our reflection and directly into King’s eyes again. Leaning in, I brush the tip of my nose against his. “Kiss me.”

I’ve barely pushed the words out when his lips are on mine. The taste of him is an explosion inside my mouth. Smooth and potent, but with a hint of mint. As if he swilled some of that Balvenie from his bar and then sucked on a peppermint candy.

He kisses like a conqueror. Stealing my breath along with the last of my reservations.

He kisses like a king. Staking his claim, demanding his due.

About the Author:
Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.

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Review: Play Me by Kelly Elliott & Kristin Mayer

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She has a head for business and a body for sin.

He is a coach who knows how to use his equipment.

Neither is looking for love.

Should be easy, right?

Wrong.

This might be the most important game Kendall Wales and Hunter Owens have ever played where everything is on the line.

With one wrong play, they could lose it all.

Hopefully, the game clock doesn’t reach zero before it’s too late.

*A stand alone novel that combines Kelly Elliott’s The Playbook and Kristin Mayer’s Trust Me. 

MY REVIEW

“I didn’t want to move. I wanted to live out the rest of my life inside this woman.”

“I had never felt so connected to someone. It was as if we’d become one person.”

“Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you while trusting them not to.”

“Life isn’t some damn movie you play a part in. There are no guarantees.”

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kelly Elliott’s writing. So, when I heard that she was co-writing a book with author Kristin Mayer, I just knew I had to check it out. And let me tell you, these two do not disappoint. Their writing is flawless and captivating. The story they’ve written not only sucks you in, but leaves you hanging on to every last word.

Play Me was everything that I wanted and was looking for in this collaboration. The chemistry between Hunter & Kendall was explosive and their banter kept me on my toes. These two were like dynamite and I just couldn’t wait to see where their next interaction would take us.

I absolutely adored Kendall. She was strong, independent and totally career minded. She worked hard and wasn’t afraid to prove that she belonged in a man’s world. And then we have Hunter. He’s a former football coach that is content spending his days working on his ranch. That seems to be working well for him until Kendall shows up and makes him an offer he can’t possibly refuse….

What else can I tell you about Play Me other than I loved it?! From start to finish, I was completely captivated. The characters stole my heart instantly and I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for their story. From flawless writing and an entertaining plot to fun characters and a love worth fighting for, this book totally hit all of the marks. Hunter stole my heart with his swoon worthy words and his devotion to Kendall. And I loved seeing Kendall grow as a character and take risks and live the life she was always meant to live. Other than some minor drama, Play Me is a straight up beautiful romance that is destined to steal your heart. I loved everything about this story and this collaboration. I can’t wait to see what goodness this partnership will bring us readers next.

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