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Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.

Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.

But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.

Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming. 

MY REVIEW

“Gran used to say she saw the characters as fully fleshed-out people with complicated pasts, set on a collision course. She saw their flaws as something to overcome.”

Just when you think you have a grasp on the kind of love story a Rebecca Yarros novel can give you, she has to go and deliver The Things We Leave Unfinished. The Things We Leave Unfinished is a unique and intriguing romance that operates on two alternating timelines. The Things We Leave Unfinished is an unforgettable love story that will mesmerize readers right until the very end…

The Things We Leave Unfinished starts off in the present time with Georgia and Noah. Noah has been brought in to finish her great-grandmother’s last book. Georgia isn’t too thrilled about the idea but allows to let Noah work on it as long as he gives it the ending she wants. Naturally, the two of them butt heads over this, and Noah will try his hardest to get Georgia to see things his way….Timeline #2 is Scarlett’s real-life romance told through the pages of her manuscript and letters from her love…

Overall, I thought this was a truly beautiful and unique story. The story flowed well and sucks you in instantly. The characters are real, flawed, and perfectly imperfect. I will be the first to admit that it took some time for me to get used to the alternating timelines/stories, but once I got into it, I was hooked! I loved all the little touches and the love letters. It made this story feel real and like the readers are a part of it.

The Things We Leave Unfinished is a love story that transcends time and pages. It’s a story about the risks we’re willing to take for love. It’s a story about secrets hidden in the past and the mess that’s left behind. It’s a story about thinking you know all of the pieces to it, but finding yourself completely wrong. Most of all, it’s a story of love and second chances.

At the end of the day, this story that Rebecca Yarros has given us will take you on one incredible journey that is sure to deliver all the feels.

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

Review: Strong Enough (Meet Me In Montana #4) by Kelly Elliott

Review: Strong Enough (Meet Me In Montana #4) by Kelly Elliott

The fourth and final novel in New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott’s Meet Me in Montana series fires up the passion in a story about forgiveness and finding your soul mate.

Dirk Littlewood had the world at his feet and a life he claimed to love. He was a world-champion bull rider with plenty of women to keep his nights busy and make his inner loneliness nothing but a delusion.

Dirk’s life was exactly how he wanted it.

Until it wasn’t.

The moment Merit Eden showed back up in Hamilton, Montana, everything was turned upside down. Life changed immediately and then tragedy struck.

Merit was the only woman who could bring Dirk to his knees—and the only woman who could heal his broken past. If only he’d let her in, they could heal each other in the process.

The only thing left for Dirk to do was figure out how to not only forgive himself, but accept forgiveness from the only woman he had ever truly loved…if only he was strong enough to withstand the heartbreak.

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My Review

“The only thing I’ve ever wanted from you was you. This. Us.”

Holy Angst Alert!!! If you’re looking for a book filled with tension and all kinds of delicious angst, then look no further. Strong Enough is just the book you are looking for.

Strong Enough is the 4th book in the Meet Me In Montana Series and it is sure to take your heart and emotions on one heck of a ride. Strong Enough follows the story of Dirk and Merit. Dirk is on top of the world. He’s got a job he loves and is good at and women who just drop at his feet. But the status quo isn’t living up to the hype for him anymore. He’s tired and looking for a change. So, when Merit blows back into town, you can bet, she turned his whole world upside down. You see, Merit is the only woman who could bring Dirk to his knees. Only, when it comes to Merit, Dirk can’t stop making mistakes. He is the pure definition of “foot-in-mouth”. Will Dirk come to his senses and win over the girl of his dreams? There’s only one way to find out…..

Strong Enough is a fantastic read from beginning to end. Dirk and Merit gave my heart a run for its money and had my feels all over the place. Yes, these two made me absolutely batty at times. Many years ago, Dirk broke Merit’s heart and Merit has never been able to move past it. When fate reunites these two, the tension, chemistry, and love is still there. But, being able to forgive and forget, is a whole other story. The road to happily ever after isn’t an easy one for Merit and Dirk. In fact, Dirk is going to frustrate you so much, you’re going to wonder how he’s ever going to redeem himself??

Strong Enough is the kind of story that is going to capture your heart from the very beginning and will leave you hanging on each and every word. It is a story about first love and heartbreak. A story of pain and moving on. A story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Merit and Dirk’s story will take readers on an unforgettable ride and in the end, leave a satisfying smile on their faces…..

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

Blog Tour with Review: Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley

Blog Tour with Review: Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley

“Kristen Ashley captivates.” Publisher’s Weekly

Still Standing, an all-new emotional and fiery MC romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

When Clara Delany walks into the Aces High Motorcycle Club’s hangout, she’s hit rock bottom. She’s hiding her car from the repo man, she has less than two dollars in her bank account and the only employment she can get is delivering messages for a criminal.

All because of a man. Therefore, she’s sworn off them.

And then she meets West “Buck” Hardy, president of the Aces High MC.

Buck also meets her, and the minute he does, he makes it clear (to everyone but Clara) that they’re starting something. Since Clara doesn’t get that message, she decides to leave Buck and sort out her life in order to come back to him clean.

She’s not gone but hours before life hits Clara with another blow. Which means Buck and his boys have to ride in and save the day. After that, Buck makes no bones about where they stand.

But does he?

Welcome to the first novel in the Wild West MC series which will tell the stories of the brothers of the Aces High MC, the Resurrection MC, and the Chaos MC…and the women who love them.

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MY REVIEW

“You stake a claim, you stake it because you want what you’re claimin’. Then you keep hold, no matter what you gotta do to keep it. I claimed you and I’m keeping hold.”

“We can’t do anything about those pages that were already written, baby. But we’re past those. Now we’re writing it new. You with me?”

4.5, You With Me, Stars!

Still Standing is the exciting first book in the Wild West MC Series from Kristen Ashely and it follows the story of Buck and Clara. Clara’s life has been anything but wonderful and when she thought she finally had something good, her world got turned upside down. Her current situation is anything but a dream and she finds herself living in the bad part of town, delivering messages for the wrong kind of man. And that’s how she finds herself tanged up Buck. You see, Clara is supposed to deliver a message to Buck, but once these two meet, all bets are off and Buck isn’t about to let Clara walk out of his life….

Still Standing was a thrilling and exciting read. I was hooked on Clara and Buck from their first interaction and couldn’t help but just devour this book. I loved Clara’s innocence, yet how brave she could be when she needed to. She was a terrific friend and had a big heart. Sure she didn’t always make the best decisions, but she’d give you the shirt off her back if she could. And then you’ve got Buck. Buck is the rough, tough president of the Aces High MC. His family and his brothers mean everything to him. He’s rough around the edges and doesn’t play games. He’s got a unique sweetness to him and isn’t the kind of man to give up easily. Buck and Clara are about as opposite as they could possibly be but are the couple you can’t help but find yourself rooting for.

Still Standing was a lot of fun to read and get swept up in. It definitely was rocking some serious Motorcycle Man vibes. From the awesome crew that was the Aces High MC, to badass biker babe makeovers and all kinds of drama, this book hit all the marks I was looking for in a KA novel. Yes, there were some frustrating moments and communication issues, but they always found a way to work past it and fight for what they wanted.

Still Standing kicks off the Wild West Series to one heck of a start. I’m already addicted to the players in this series and can not wait for more.

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

Excerpt

“Babe,” he growled.

A warning.

Definitely.

I’d gone too far.

I also didn’t care.

“Okay, so then does Tia have to sleep with one, or, say, all of your boys?”

“Don’t do that shit. You know that’s not what I’m talkin’ about.”

“So maybe you’ll explain what you’re talking about.”

“I would, you shut your trap.”

I shut my trap and stared at his shadowed head.

He stared at mine.

Then he muttered, “Christ, need my head examined.”

“You could get off me,” I reminded him.

“Is this shuttin’ your trap?”

I shut my trap again.

“You take of care my house and my business as well as me.”

“What does that mean?”

“That means you move outta the apartment before they kick your ass out. You move into my house. You keep it clean. You keep me fed, that is, when I’m not feedin’ you, and I like to cook, so mostly, I’ll be feedin’ you. You come to work with me and take care of the office, and you go home with me.”

Wow.

Was he serious?

That sounded like…it sounded like…

My God, it didn’t sound like a sex-for-safety arrangement.

It sounded like a relationship.

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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Review: The Love Hack by Lauren Helms

Review: The Love Hack by Lauren Helms

Zella
This year is all about discovering who I really am. A road trip to a place seven hundred miles away, might not seem like much, but to me it means freedom. I set out looking for adventure, I never expected Ryker would help me find it.

Ryker
I’m no prince charming, but I may just be her knight in shining armor. First, captivated by her ridiculously long blonde hair, I soon find out there is so much more to Zella then her hypnotizing locks. Turns out those hacking skills I’ve been practicing are about to come in handy.

A straight-laced good girl meets a bad boy is this modern fairy-tale retelling full of first love, music, a road trip vacation, and just a little illegal hacking.

Note: this book was previously published as Innocent Princess. The Love Hack features the same loveable charters and the same wonderful story.

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MY REVIEW

4.5, I want it all, Stars!

“I fell for you the moment you showed up in my tower.”

If you’re a fan of modern fairytale re-tellings, you are not going to want to miss The Love Hack. The Love Hack is a sweet, and fun take on Rapunzel that will leave readers with a huge smile on their faces.

The Love Hack follows the story of Zella & Ryker. Zella is the good girl who’s life has been totally sheltered. Now that she’s away at college, Zella is determined to live and experience everything that life has to give. And when she meets Ryker all bets are off. Ryker is a total bad boy hacker. He’s the complete opposite of Zella in every way. But, when Zella needs help, Ryker is right there to save the day. What started off as a quest to find answers, turned into the road trip of a lifetime. A road trip, a biker bar, and a bucket list…what could possibly go wrong??

The Love Hack is a super fun and entertaining read. Ryker and Zella were easy to connect with and root for. I loved how sweet and innocent Zella was. She always saw things in a positive way and wasn’t afraid to take risks. And then we’ve got Ryker, the hacker with a heart of gold. Yes, he’s a bad boy, there is more to him than meets the eye. He’s unbelievably sweet and cares for Zella more than he wants to admit. The chemistry between Zella and Ryker was real and instant. While they might seem like an unlikely pair, I for one, couldn’t help but root for the two of them.

The Love Hack captured my interest from the very first page and is definitely the kind of story you can finish in a single sitting. This story is well written and I could easily visualize everything that was happening. With a smartly written heroine, witty humor, and oh, so sweet romance, author Lauren Helms nailed it with her modern re-telling of Rapunzel. This story hit all the marks and had just a dash of drama to balance things out.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance with light drama, look no further. The Love Hack is just the book you’ve been waiting for.

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

Review: The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan

Review: The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan

The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan

Release Day: October 13, 2020

I’m not boyfriend material.

If a trail of broken hearts and a piss-poor record of failed relationships have taught me anything, it’s this. My buddies are happy to give me shit about my latest breakup from here to next Sunday. Thanks, but I’d rather have a root canal.

And a vasectomy.

At the same time.

Relief comes in an unlikely package—the gorgeous and feisty Maren. She just so happens to be my best friend’s sister, so that’s not awkward at all.

But I’m a man on a mission, and Maren is down to teach me all the ways I’ve been failing as a boyfriend. Apparently, there are many. And it’s all very informative—until I start to catch feelings.

Now it’s not just my reputation on the line, but my heart too.

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MY REVIEW

The Boyfriend Effect is the first book in an all-new series and follows the story of Maren and Hayes. Hayes loves women. In fact, some would call him a serial monogamous. He’s not afraid to put his heart on the line, but is always falling for the wrong women. So, when his last relationship goes south, Hayes decides to try a new approach, he’s going to swear off women! That’s where Maren comes in to play. Maren has always had more than friendly feelings for Hayes. But since Hayes is her brother’s best friend, that puts him strictly off-limits. Too bad fate had other plans in mind for these two. Life keeps throwing these two together and limits will be put to the test. Will Hayes stay true to his plan and be able to stay away from Maren? There’s only one way to find out….

The Boyfriend Effect was a fantastic read from beginning to end. It was so easy to fall in love with Hayes and Maren. Hayes is the perfect guy and is looking for his forever in all the wrong places. He’s the kind of guy you can count on to have your back in any situation. And then we’ve got Maren. Maren has the best personality and is like sunshine on a cloudy day. She’s had a crush on Hayes for far too long and is afraid he’ll never clue in.

I have to say, I loved the push and pull between Maren and Hayes. Their chemistry just oozed off the pages and add the forbidden factor to their story, I just couldn’t get enough. Seriously, not only had these two been friends forever, but they knew each other and trusted one another. All of this leads to some pretty amazing will they/won’t they moments and I found myself glued to the pages.

There is so much to love about The Boyfriend Effect. I could just spend all day gushing about it. It’s the perfect brother’s best friend romance. The characters are fun, entertaining, and easy to relate to. This story had the perfect balance of romance, drama, and steam. The secondary characters are a riot and I’m dying for all of their stories to be told.

If you’re looking for a fun and sexy read filled with a lot of heart, then look no further. Grab your copy of The Boyfriend Effect today!  I hope you’ll fall head over heels for Hayes and Maren just as I have.

*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 3 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 100 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.

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Release Blitz with Review: Pride and Papercuts (The Austens #5) by Staci Hart

Release Blitz with Review: Pride and Papercuts (The Austens #5) by Staci Hart

The Austen series is coming to an end. The final book in the series is LIVE! I’m so excited to read Pride & Papercuts, a modern love story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice! Have you grabbed your copy yet?

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Hate is a strong word.

Depending on the company, loathe is a good substitute. Abhor might be a little fancy, but it gets the job done. But the word that really sums up how I feel about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate.

He doesn’t seem to think much of me either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on me, he sets out to oppose me. Everything about him is imposing, as if he consumes the nearby air to power the rise and fall of his broad chest, and it’s clear he resents my presence on his advertising team. Every idea I have is shot down. Every olive branch I offer is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes.

In return, I light him up with my words.

It’s not as if he can dismiss me, since I work for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, he’s forced to tolerate me, which seems the closest we’ll ever be to friends. Fine by me.

I can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy.

But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, I won’t be able to hate him at all. I might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.

MY REVIEW

“You drive me insane. You’ve invaded me, invaded my work, my mind, my life, and I’m unable to be rational or patient where you’re concerned. Do you have any idea how little control I have when you’re near me? Against my will, against my reason, against my character, I am explicitly desperate fro you. And you can’t even see past your pride.”

Pride and Prejudice is without a doubt, one of my most beloved and cherished reads. So, when I heard that Staci Hart was going to put her special spin on it and re-tell it, in the only way she can, I just knew I had to read it. And I have to tell you, Staci Hart does not disappoint.

Pride and Papercuts sucks you in from the very first page and leaves you gasping for more. Liam and Lainey captivated me instantly and I couldn’t help but devour their story. I could see and picture their story so clearly. The fight and the pull. The need and want despite their stature. The truths that their prejudice wouldn’t allow them to see. Ugh! I could just gush about their perfection all day.

Lainey was perfection. She was loyal and stubborn to a fault. She thought she knew everything when it came to Liam, but she couldn’t have been more wrong. And Liam. Liam Darcy, there are no words to describe your perfection. You were everything I wanted Mr. Darcy to be and then some. You captured my heart and left me a swoony mess. I loved every moment of yours and Lainey’s story, from beginning to end….

Pride and Papercuts is a fantastic modern take on a beloved classic. Lainey was the perfect Elizabeth Bennett and Liam was the perfect Mr. Darcy. Staci Hart’s writing is vivid and impeccable. The characters and their story so easy to see, so easy to connect with, so easy to fall head over heels in love with.

When it’s all said I done, I couldn’t be happier with the story this author has given us. I loved every moment of this story and couldn’t be happier with this authors take on a beloved classic!

*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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Blog Tour with Review: Imagine With Me (With Me in Seattle #15) by Kristen Proby

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Imagine With Me by Kristen Proby is now live! 

From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes an all new novel in her beloved With Me In Seattle series! Shawn O’Callaghan loves his job as a screenwriter almost as much as he loves his family. But this latest project could quite possibly test his patience beyond anything he’s ever had to endure. Generally unflappable, the author he’s thrown into the trenches with pushes every button he has. Sometimes twice. And it doesn’t help that he can’t stop thinking about her in ways that are anything but professional. But how can he help it? The brunette is gorgeous beyond reason–and utterly infuriating. Bestselling author Lexi Perry is finally about to leave her mark on the world; after all, seeing her dark and dangerous words brought to life is a dream come true. Until she meets the man who is supposed to make that happen. From the minute they laid eyes on each other, it was clear there would be tension, but she had no idea how much until they got down to business. He obviously doesn’t understand her vision. Though she’s having trouble lately too, given all she can picture is what he looks like under his clothes and imagining what it would sound like if he talked dirty to her in that sexy Irish lilt of his. If they can find a way to meet in the middle, this movie could be one for the ages. As could their love.

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MY REVIEW

Imagine With Me is the 15th book in the beloved With Me In Seattle Series and it follows the story of Lexi and Shawn. Bestselling author Lexi Perry’s dreams are about to come true. One of her beloved books is being made into a film. With her head in the clouds, anything is possible….that is until she meets Shawn. Shawn rubbed Lexi the wrong way after their first encounter, leaving her dreading having to work with him. They butt heads at every turn and the idea of them coming to a compromise seems nearly impossible. And it doesn’t help that these two are undeniably attracted to one another. Will Lexi and Shawn find a way to get along? Will all the delicious tension between them lead to something more? There’s only one way to find out…. Every time I dive back into the world that author Kristen Proby has created with the With Me In Seattle Series, it feels like I’ve come home. I’m immediately sucked into the world that she has created and feel this undeniable pull to the characters. And let me tell you, Imagine With Me does not disappoint. From the moment I met Lexi and Shawn, I had to know more. These two had so much chemistry, I’m surprised my kindle didn’t burst into flames. Sure, they butted heads and were stubborn as ever. But all that complication led to some serious tension. And I for one, couldn’t wait to see how it all played out. Lexi was a fabulous character. As someone who is a total introvert, I found Lexi easy to relate to. Trust me, given the choice, I’d rather be hanging out at home, instead of being surrounded by a bunch of strangers. Lexi is extremely passionate about the stories she writes and has a clear vision in her head. It isn’t easy for her to give up control and to just relax, but if anyone can pull her out of her shell, it’s Shawn. Speaking of Shawn, I liked him right off the bat. He has a good heart and family means the world to him. He too is passionate about his craft and is used to getting his way. Lexi was the perfect match for him. She wasn’t afraid to tell him no and wasn’t afraid to stick to her guns about the things that truly mattered. I loved watching these two try to navigate their way to a happily ever after. Neither one of them was perfect, but that just made me love them more. Imagine With Me is absolutely everything that I was hoping for and then some. I fell in love with the characters and their story instantly. I love, love, loved all of the secondary characters and am hoping that we will see more of Shawn’s siblings in the future because there is just one story I am DYING for! Imagine With Me is well-paced and entertaining. This story is filled with lots of passion and tension. There’s drama, but nothing over the top. There’s romance and just the right amount of angst and steam. All in all, a perfect read to spend your day getting lost in. I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us readers next!

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

Excerpt

“What do you do, Lexi?”

“I’m a writer.”

Archer lifts a brow and turns to the man next to him. “Oh? Shawn’s also a writer. What do you write?”

“Novels,” I say and turn to the screenwriter, but he holds up a hand, stopping me.

“I’m not here to entertain any new projects tonight,” Shawn says, immediately cutting me off.

He thinks I’m trying to network with him? To get him to read something I’ve written and further my career?

Well, screw him.

My face goes from friendly to cold in a heartbeat. Luke sighs.

This is a fantastic way to start this working relationship.

“That’s convenient,” I say, ice dripping from every damn word. “I’m not here to pitch a project to you, Mr. O’Callaghan. I know who you are, but it’s not terribly important to me. I do fine all on my own. Have a good night, gentlemen.”

I give a curt nod and turn away, my heels clicking on the hardwood floor as I make a hasty retreat.

I want to get out of here.

The audacity! What a jerk. I was already nervous about being here. Now, I get the disappointment of knowing I have to work with a conceited ass who’s clearly completely full of himself.

“Lexi.”

I don’t turn around.

“Lexi.”

A hand lightly latches on to my elbow, and I turn to find Shawn staring down at me, his mouth set in a grim line.

“I owe you an apology. I didn’t know you were Nora, the author I’ll be working with over the next few weeks.”

“If you’d known, you would have been polite?”

He winces. “Again, I apologize. It’s been a shit day, and I was trying to avoid work talk. Not my finest moment.”

“No.” I glance down at the elbow he’s still holding hostage. He lets go. “It wasn’t. Have a good evening, Mr. O’Callaghan. I’ll see you on Monday.”

“Lexi—”

But I don’t turn back. I know I’ll have cooled down by the time I see Shawn again. I won’t be embarrassed. My feet won’t be killing me.

For now, I want to hide.

I’m so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t find it with a map.

Meet Kristen

Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series. Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.

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Review Tour: The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry

Title – The Wreckage of Us

Author – Brittainy Cherry

Release Date – September 8, 2020

Publisher – Montlake

Never in a million years did I think it would be Ian Parker who saved me…

I know I should stay away from Ian Parker.

But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any.

Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.

We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up.

Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested.

Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true.

Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.

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MY REVIEW

“The music felt realer with her help, it felt authentic. It felt as if Hazel Stone was the missing piece to my dream coming true. She was the muse I’d been praying for, and I hoped she’d keep helping me co-write songs that would change my life.”

“I’d give you every lyric that was inside of me to make your dreams come true, Ian.”

“I’m fighting for you whether you like it or not, Hazel Stone. Our love song isn’t over. We’re just getting to the chours, and I’m going to sing for you, for us, until forever.”

“He was it for me. He was the hook, the bridge, and the melody.”

4.5, You are my melody, Stars!!

Brittainy C. Cherry has done it again!! She’s brought beauty and passion to another unforgettable romance! There is seriously nothing this author can’t write that I won’t pick up. The Wreckage of Us takes you on an unforgettable journey of love and sacrifice. It’s a story that will be staying with readers long after it ends….

The Wreckage of Us captivates you from the very first page. From the moment I met Hazel, my heart broke for this poor misunderstood girl. Life has been anything but kind to her and she’s doing all she can to keep her head above water. She just needs one person to take a chance, even if that means she has to work with her enemy. On the outside, Ian’s life looks perfect. He’s got a great job, the perfect setup and he’s part of a band. But, when Hazel shows up to work on his family’s farm, he’s not having it. Hazel represents all the bad in his life that he tries to keep at bay. He’s tough on Hazel but quickly realizes that everything isn’t as it seems and that maybe, just maybe he’s misjudged, Hazel. Life has a funny way of putting people together when they need them the most. Hazel and Ian have a lot more in common than either one of them could have imagined. Will Hazel and Ian’s friendship turn into more? When life throws more curveballs at them than anyone should have to handle, will they make it out on the other side? Or will their lives be turned into wreckage? There’s only one way to find out….

The Wreckage of Us is a fantastic read from beginning to end. As I previously stated, I was sucked into Hazel and Ian’s story instantly. These two characters were so alike. Life had dealt both of them some pretty crappy cards and it was up to them to make the most of it. One of the things I loved was the slow-burning connection between Ian and Hazel. I am not gonna lie, I was not a fan of Ian in the beginning. He was such a jerk, and even knowing that he had his reasons for his actions. I’m happy to say, he did win me over in the end. And Hazel…How could you not fall in love with Hazel? She had the biggest, most beautiful heart. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do or sacrifice for the ones she loved. Together, Hazel and Ian were the absolute perfect match. She was the missing piece he was searching for. His muse. His everything. They were made for each other. Two lost and kindred souls that had finally found their way home and would stop at nothing to find their happily ever after.

The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Hazel and Ian, but it was so worth the journey. I loved every bump in the road. Every sacrifice. Every moment that ripped out my heart and each moment that left me begging for more. Brittainy C. Cherry has a way with words unlike any other author I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been reading. Her words are everything and The Wreckage of Us is just the latest example of just how amazing her words are.

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

EXCERPT

A typical Eres Saturday night.

I wandered the ranch with a notebook and pen in my hand. I kept scribbling down lyrics and crossing them out before trying again to create something better, stronger—realer. I kept drumming my fingers against each other, trying to unlock the pieces that I was missing. As I paced back and forth, a voice broke me away from my mind.

“It’s the words.”

I looked up to see Hazel sitting in the rocking chair that Big Paw built for my mother years ago. I used to sit in Mom’s lap as she’d read me stories before bedtime all those years back.

There’d been times I thought about getting rid of the chair in order to forget that memory, but I hadn’t found the strength to let go just yet.

“What do you mean it’s the words?” I asked, walking up the steps of the porch. I leaned against the railing facing her.

She blinked and tilted her head in my direction. “Your words are trash.”

“What?”

“The lyrics to your songs, they are complete garbage, filled with clichés and bubblegum. Don’t get me wrong, the music style and tempos are brilliant. And even though it pains me to admit, your voice is so solid and soulful that you could be a star in a heartbeat. But your lyrics? They are pig shit.”

“I think the saying is horseshit.”

“After spending weeks in a pig pen, pig shit seems to truly sum up my feelings about your music. But my gosh, your voice. It’s a good voice.”

I tried to push off her insult, and tried to ignore her compliment, too. But it was hard. I had an ego that was easy to bruise, and Hazel was swinging her punches while also speaking words of praise. It was as if every bruise she made, she quickly covered with a Bandaid.

Insult, compliment, insult, compliment. Wash, rinse, repeat.

“Everyone else seemed to enjoy it,” I replied, tense with my words.

“Yeah, well, everyone else are morons who are drunk off their minds.”

“Oh? And you think you could do better?”

She laughed. “Without a doubt.” “Okay, Hazel Stone, master of lyrics, give me something to go with.”

She gestured toward the other rocker beside her—the one Dad used to sit in.

I sat down.

She pressed her lips together. “Okay. Give me one of your songs. One that you know is crap but are pretending isn’t crap.”

“They aren’t—”

“Lying isn’t going to get us far tonight, Ian.”

I narrowed my eyes and murmured a curse word before I began flipping through my notebook to find a song for Hazel to magically make better. “Fine. We can do Possibilities.”

“Hmm… What is it about?”

“A new relationship forming. I want to showcase those beginning feelings, you know? The fears and excitements. The nerves. The unknown. The—”

“First chapters of love,” she finished my thoughts.

“Yes, that.”

She took the pencil from behind my ear and took the notebook from my grip. “May I?”

“Please. Go for it.”

She began scribbling, crossing things out, adding things in, doing whatever came to her mind. She worked like a manwoman, falling into a world of creativity that I didn’t think she’d held inside of her. The only thing I knew about Hazel Stone was where she came from, and the clothes she wore. I hadn’t known anything else, but now she was pouring herself out on the page, and I couldn’t wait to see what the hell she was scribbling.

She took a breath and handed the notebook back to me. “If you hate it, no harm, no foul,” she said.

My eyes darted over the words. “It’s possible this is forever ours. It’s possible we’ll reach the stars. We’ll fight for this, we’ll make it real. Is it possible, possible, to show you how I feel?

“Shit.” I blew out a breath of air. “Hazel…that’s… It’s like you crawled into my head and read the thoughts I couldn’t decipher. That’s the chorus. That’s it.”

Interview with Brittiany Cherry

The Wreckage of Us takes place in the inauspicious town of Eres, Nebraska. Not exactly a place where happily-ever-afters are made. What made you choose this setting?

I wanted to tell a story about a small town that was overlooked by the world as a whole. Most people would overlook a town like Eres, Nebraska, but there are still people who are living, who are loving, and who are struggling in these small towns. I wanted to show their stories, and how even though the rest of the world may not see them, that they still matter. They deserve their happily ever afters just as much as the rest of the world.

Hazel, your heroine, is newly eighteen when her criminal step-father throws her out of the house. She literally has nothing when the story begins—not even her mother’s support. What choices does Hazel make? Do you agree with them?

Hazel chooses to find a job in order to help her mother from a distance. I think she acts on impulse, not exactly thinking things through. She doesn’t get the opportunity to think far into the future, she only has right in that moment. Second by second. I do agree with her choices in a way, since she isn’t harming anyone with these choices. She is just doing her best to make it to the next day.

Forget about healing, Hazel is in survival mode. What keeps her going?

Her twisted love and care for her mother is keeping her going—along with her unborn sister. She knew what it was like to grow up in her household, and she wouldn’t want her little sister to go through those same kind of struggles. So, that pushes Hazel to keep moving forward and fighting for her family.

Your hero is a very interesting mix of both the town’s “golden boy” as well as the town’s “bad boy”. Ian is…complicated. How did you get to know him? How does Hazel get to know him?

I believe Hazel and I both got to know Ian the same way—piece by piece. He has a wall of protection up from the world due to the trauma he experienced as a child. Being abandoned by his parents really did a number on Ian’s trust. Yet, the beautiful thing about Ian is when he loves, he loves fully. He does everything he can to make sure those he loves are taken care of. Once his pieces are discovered, he makes a beautiful complete puzzle.

Music is Ian’s whole life. He sees it as his escape, a way out of the stifling Eres, Nebraska. However, he struggles with his emotions and allowing himself to really feel the music he is making. What needs to change for him? 

He needs to tap into his darkest struggles. He has to go to the edge of his anger, his hurts, and express those feelings on the page in front of him. Ian holds so much in that it becomes a creative block in a way. Once he starts breaking those walls down—with the help of Hazel—he discovers his real creativity. He finds his voice, he finds his songs. He finds himself.

Hazel and Ian are an unlikely pair. They really get on each other’s nerves and they want different things out of life. Yet despite their differences, they find a connection. What is the spark that brings them together?

I think it’s loneliness. They grew up without having the true love of their parents. And in the town of Eres, drugs are a big issue. Those drugs affected both of their parents lives in different ways, but it’s a connecting factor for them both. They are able to connect with one another because they both know what it’s like to hurt so deeply and dream of a parent’s love.

The theme of “impossible love” runs through your novels. Two people that can’t possibly make it work realize that they don’t want anyone else but each other. What excites you about these types of stories.

I think there’s something so exciting about a love worth fighting for. When the passion is given from not only one side of the equation, but both the hero and heroine know the feelings they have run deep. Sure, there are struggles, like there are in everyday life, but they know they wouldn’t want to struggle with anyone else in the world. They fight for their happily ever after, no matter what. And that, in my mind, is what makes the impossible love become possible and true. That’s what gives us the happily ever afters that we as readers crave.

Currently our country and the world are going through unprecedented crisis. The arts have become so important for people to feel a sense of normalcy. As a writer, how do you hope your story affects your readers?

I hope my stories give my readers hope. I hope it reminds them that even throughout the storms, the sun will always shine once the clouds move to the side. There’s beauty in the storms, too, if you are willing to look hard enough. There are lessons of self that can be learned, and I think my characters discover that from time to time. I just hope to showcase that this is still a time to believe in happily ever afters, and that the world’s story as a whole, is far from over. We still have so much beauty to still discover. We still have so much light to find. And those facts alone, give me hope, and I hope my stories do the same for readers. I hope I give them light.

How has our current situation affected projects you are working on now? (Any spoilers you can tell us about what is up next for you?)

I’m finding myself more forgiving of my writing pace! I fell off for a while, and found it hard to be creative, but now that I am in a groove, I am finding writing fun again. It’s my great escape from the issues around me. Words save me day in and day out, and I’m thankful for that. Up next for me is my second book in my Compass series, which is entitled Eastern Lights. It’s my first ever romantic comedy, that is filled with so much heart. I think readers are going to love getting to know Connor and Aaliyah’s story!

About the Author

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and a minor in creative writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly, of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in. Cherry lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.

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Review: Feels Like Home (Southern Bride #5) by Kelly Elliott

Anson Meyer is world-renowned for his record-breaking country songs, his devilishly good looks, and his really short temper. So after a heated altercation with a reporter, one that puts him in a pretty negative light in the music industry, Anson is temporarily kicked out of Nashville by his agent and sent back to his hometown of Comfort, Texas, to “cool down” and “figure out where he sees his career going.”

When Anson shows up in Comfort, though, he quickly realizes that not everyone is ready to welcome home the bad boy of country music. Especially the woman he is still in love with who served as the inspiration behind all those hit songs. Brystol makes it clear to Anson with one good hit to his nose that she is the last person in town who is happy he is back — and, surprise, she isn’t the only person not holding up a welcome home sign. There are countless others…and he soon realizes that he has got some fence-mending to do all on his own.

What Anson wasn’t expecting to find was a sense of peace and belonging that he hadn’t felt in a very long time. He also stumbled upon the best parts of his past life that he hadn’t realized he missed when he left to pursue his dreams of becoming a singer. And, more importantly, the love he had for Brystol Overmann that burned even brighter than ever before.

Anson soon finds himself needing to make one of the biggest, life-changing decisions of his entire career.

Choose staying home or going back to Nashville.

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MY REVIEW

“A woman needs to know she’s worth the fight.”

Feels Like Home is the 5th book in the Southern Bride Series and it follows the story of Brystol & Anson. Bristol and Anson were the dream couple. They were so in love and thought nothing could ever shake them. If only these two had any idea just how their love was going to be tested. Brystol and Anson both had big dreams, but somewhere along the way, their dreams didn’t line up. A last-minute decision will turn Brystol and Anson’s entire world upside down. Years later, Brystol and Anson have done their best to move and make their dreams come true. And when fate decides to reunite these two former lovers, only time will tell if the past can be forgiven and if home is truly where the heart is….

Kelly Elliott is quickly becoming my go-to when it comes to small-town romances and southern charm. No one writes second chance romances quite the way she does. Readers will fall positively in love with Feels Like Home.

Feels Like Home sucks you in from the very first page. I swooned hard over Brystol and Anson’s relationship and was heartbroken when they drifted apart. Brystol is the kind of girl that you can’t help but connect with. She loves big, and loves hard. She wears her heart on her shoulder, yet knows how to hold a grudge. And Anson….Well, Anson isn’t perfect. He did some pretty dumb things but never forgot about the one who got away. He would do anything to right all the wrongs of the past. He just needs a moment, one chance to make up for his wrongs…

Together Anson and Brystol steamed up the pages. While their hearts might have been broken, their chemistry was never too far behind. Both of them had so much growing to do, but if they could learn to be honest, own up to their mistakes, they could have a second chance on something truly wonderful. And that is why I found myself rooting for their happily ever after. I saw something in these two that was worth fighting for and I couldn’t wait to see if they would find their way back to one another.

Feels Like Home is a heartwarming second chance romance that will give you all the feels and will keep you coming back for more. This book has the right balance of heart and soul, drama and romance and all the small town feels. I loved every second of this story from beginning to end and had the best time falling in love with Brystol and Anson. Kelly Elliott is the queen of southern charm and romance and I’m excited to see what romance she’s got up her sleeves for readers next!

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

Release Blitz with Review: The Trouble With Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey

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CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!

I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.

Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.

Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.

YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?

KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.

CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.

By the way, he’s called Logan.

Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum dum da-dum.

YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.

KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.

THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet.

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MY REVIEW

“It’s like she’s the best TV show I’ve ever watched and I have to know what happens next.”

The Trouble With Quarterbacks is a fun and entertaining read from author R.S. Grey. This book has so much sass and swoon, it will leave you with a ridiculous smile on your face!

The Trouble With Quarterbacks follows the story of Candace & Logan. Candace is a jack of all trades; preschool teacher by day, waitress by night. She works hard and is pretty happy with the status quo, even if it leaves her lacking in the romance department. But, when she meets one of her student’s uncles, all bets are off. Candace’s perfect little life is turned upside down in the best way possible…

The Trouble With Quarterbacks is an absolute fun read. I fell in love with Candace and her quirkiness instantly. I loved her dry British humor and sass. She was a total riot and she made my face hurt from laughing so much. That being said, she was also very real, told you like it was, and was just so easy to relate to. And then we’ve got Logan. He is an absolute SWOON! He’s famous but doesn’t let it go to his head. He’s reserved and private when it comes to his love life. But, don’t let that fool you. This sexy football player isn’t afraid to go after what he wants and what he wants is Candace. Together, these two were a lot of fun. You could feel their chemistry oozing off of the pages and it left me dying for their next interaction. I loved all the little will they/won’t they moments and the steamy ones in between.

The Trouble With Quarterbacks was a perfect read and I can’t say enough about it. The characters pull you into their story and leave you begging for more. The secondary characters are just as much fun and add so much to the story. I loved the friendships between Candace and her roommates and how they just got her and didn’t judge her. As I stated before, Logan was the perfect boyfriend. He was swoon-worthy, romantic, and just a total surprise.

The Trouble With Quarterbacks knocked me off my feet in the best possible way. It was hilarious. It was swoon-worthy. There was some angst and some perfectly blended, yet light drama. But, most of all, there was a romance that had you rooting for the characters to find their way to a happily ever after. I loved every single moment of this story, from beginning to end, and had an absolutely fabulous time getting swept up in Logan & Candace’s story.

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

About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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