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Review and Excerpt Tour: The Beauty of Us (Fusion #4) by Kristen Proby

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From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, releasing August 22, 2017! Grab your copy today and get to know Trevor and Riley!

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

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My Review

“Are your knees feeling weak?” “They always feel weak when I’m with you.”

“When you smile at me, it’s like a light has been turned on in a dark room.” “I’d do anything for that smile.”

From sassy and strong women to swoon worthy alpha males, The Beauty of Us is amazing story.

Told from dual points of view, The Beauty of Us follows the story of Trevor and Riley. Riley couldn’t be more thrilled over the possiblity of Seduction being featured on TV. It will be hard work and will turn everyone’s life upside down, but she just can’t turn down the opportunity of a lifetime. What she didn’t plan on was Trevor. Riley had just decided to swear off men, when Trevor appeared and turned her world upside down. Men like him are few and far between and even though Trevor is only in town for a short while, Riley can’t stay away….When Trevor originally lands in Portland, he had every intention on just keeping things all about business…that was until he met Riley. He knew he should stay away, but can’t fight the pull he feels towards her….

The Beauty of Us is a fabulous addition to the Fusion Series. I thought this book was incredibly well written and loved the story-line. The characters were fun and easy to connect with. I loved Riley as a lead. On the outside, she is strong and independent with a sassy mouth to boot. But, on the inside, she wants what every woman wants. She want to be loved and cherished and taken care of. The problem is all the men in Portland are a disgrace. But, Trevor was about to prove that there are still some good men out there. Trevor is thoughtful and pays attention. He’s hardworking and determined. And in the bedroom, he is a total alpha. He is the perfect mix of sweet and seduction. Sure, Trevor is not perfect. In fact, he had a few moments where I wanted to slap him silly, but I liked the fact that he wasn’t 100% perfect. It just drew me to him even more. The connection these two shared was just beautiful and I couldn’t get enough of Trevor’s devotion and affection for Riley. Together, these two make a scorching hot pair with chemistry that demands to be explored.

The Beauty of Us was a terrific read from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters and the story from the very first page and could not stop myself from devouring Trevor and Riley’s story. It was sweet, sinful and downright swoon worthy. The Beauty of Us had just the right amount of friendship, drama, steam and romance. A very enjoyable read that leaves you begging for more.

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

EXCERPT

~TREVOR~

“You don’t need me,” I reply, and smile. “But I’ll be around for a while, just in case.”

“Just in case I slip and fall back into the online dating?”

“That, or if you just want to have dinner, or chat. And I think we should watch a marathon of Star Wars. Your lack of knowledge is cause for concern.”

“It’s kind of a guy thing,” she says.

“I know many women who like Star Wars.”

“Well, I would watch one or two.”

“You need to see them all to understand what’s happening.”

“That’s a lot of hours of my life that I’ll never get back,” she says with a frown. “Aren’t there CliffsNotes somewhere? A speedy way to get caught up?”

“No,” I reply, and fist my hands in my lap so I don’t reach out and tuck her hair behind her ear.

Or yank her against me so I can kiss the fuck out of her.

“Are you okay?” she asks.

“Are you always this observant?”

“I’m an overthinker,” she says. “So yeah, I’m an observer.”

“I’ve been labeled an overthinker too,” I say with a grin.

“Would you say it’s an accurate assessment?”

“Oh yeah,” I say with a nod, and stand to clear our plates away. She stands to help. “I’ve got this.”

“No way, you cooked, so I’ll help clean.”

She walks ahead of me, her empty glass in one hand and her plate in the other. “Do you use the dishwasher, or do you wash by hand?”

“There are people who still wash by hand?”

“I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never seen them in the wild,” she says, and smiles up at me when I join her. “So I guess that means we use the dishwasher?”

“Yes.” She rinses and I load, and a few short minutes later, we’re done.

“Well, I suppose I should go,” she says, and checks the time on her phone. “Oh, Cami texted. I guess I should reply so she doesn’t think you killed me after the entrée.”

She smirks and types on her phone, then turns it off and looks up at me.

“Thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome.”

“I’ll see you tomorrow morning.”

Unfortunately, it won’t be in my bed.

“You will.”

“Okay.” She gathers her back, notepad and pen, and walks to the door. “Sleep well tonight.”

I grin and congratulate myself for not dragging my fingertips down her cheek.

You sleep well tonight, Riley.”

“Okay. Bye.”

She leaves and I close the door, letting out a slow breath. Jesus, she’s sexy and funny and smart as fuck.

And I’m not going to touch her while I’m here.

How the fuck am I going to do that?

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Kristen Proby’s THE BEAUTY OF US – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 14th

A Fortress of Books – Excerpt

Books and Boys Book Blog – Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

Melissa’s Book Obsession – Review

Romance as a first language – Review & Excerpt

Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt

August 15th

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

Logan’s sports book section – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Once upon a romance – Review

Shannon Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

August 16th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Excerpt

Naughty and Nice Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

She Hearts Books – Review & Excerpt

The Butterfly Reads – Review & Excerpt

August 17th

Aaly and The Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Loving Fairy – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Krista’s Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

August 18th

2OCC Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Gi’s Spot Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review

TrashyBibloBlog – Review & Excerpt

August 19th

Bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

My Girlfriend’s Couch – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Rainy Days and Pajamas – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

August 20th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Review

Nightbird Novels – Excerpt

Smutty Book Friends – Review & Excerpt

We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

August 21st

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review & Excerpt

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review& Excerpt

The SmutBrarians – Review

August 22nd

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Feel The Book – Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Reading and funny – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt

August 23rd

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

Marieke’s Books – Review & Excerpt

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review

August 24th

a small girl, her man and her books – Review

Beneath The Covers Blog – Excerpt

Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Review

The bookworms obsession – Review

August 25th

BFF Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Pervy Ladies Books – Review & Excerpt

Queenzany – Review & Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

August 26th

Blushing babes are up all night – Review

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

G& T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Naughty Girls and Their Books – Review & Excerpt

Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty 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 Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Review: Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie

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Book One in Clara Kensie’s YA paranormal thriller Deception So series, Deception So Deadly was originally published as the Run to You serial parts 1 – 3, and is the winner of the prestigious RITA© Award for Best First Book.

RUN. It’s all sixteen-year-old Tessa Carson has ever known. Hunted by a telepathic killer, Tessa and her family have fled home after home, hiding behind aliases to survive. Her scars are more than just physical, and as the only one in her family without a psychic ability, she lives a life of secrets, lies, and fear.

After the Carsons flee to a new hideout and take on new identities yet again, Tessa meets confident, carefree Tristan Walker. Their attraction burns fierce, but she runs from him too, knowing their love can never be true when she can’t even tell him her real name.

But Tristan has secrets as well—secrets that will either save Tessa, or destroy her. The only way Tessa can save her family—and uncover the real reason they’ve been hunted all these years—is to forget everything she’s learned from a lifetime of running away, and run straight into danger head-on.

Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be first love.

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My Review

I first picked up this book/serial series back when it came out in 2014 and I remember totally falling in love with it. It was the first of its kind and I thought it was so unique. I couldn’t get enough and certainly couldn’t wait for the next episode. So, imagine my surprise when I heard that these serials were going to be re-released with a new title and a new series. It’s been many years since I’ve read this books, but I couldn’t wait to dive in and re-read it again.

From the moment I picked up Deception So Deadly, I was once again hooked. I immediately remembered why I fell in love with this series to begin with. From the brilliant storytelling to the writing that captivated my heart and begged me to keep reading; I couldn’t get enough. It was everything I wanted in a  YA paranormal romance. With suspense around every corner, not knowing who you can trust and surprising twists; this book had my heart racing and I couldn’t help but devour each page. I had to know what would happen next and how Tessa’s story would play out.

For me, It was wonderful to revisit this story and this world that author Clara Kensie has created. It was like coming home in the best possible way. I look forward to revisiting this series again when Deception So Dark re-releases next year. If you haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, I highly recommend picking this one up.

Review: The Only One (Sweetbriar Cove #3) by Melody Grace

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Brooke Delancey is looking for a fresh start. She’s packed up her heartbreak and traded her old life for a new beginning, managing the prettiest hotel on Cape Cod. She swears this time will be different: no drama, no distractions, and definitely no heart-stopping kisses with a handsome stranger. Which is exactly what she finds the night she meets Riley Ford.

Riley is gorgeous, charming… and intrigued by the buttoned-up blonde whose kisses are anything but restrained. He knows a thing or two about starting over, and he’s convinced a little fun is exactly what Brooke needs to put the past behind her. And he knows exactly the man for the job…

With a tempting offer like that, Brooke can’t help but try another kiss – or two, or three. But as the chemistry gets hotter, and their connection deepens, Brooke and Riley will discover that building a new future means reckoning with the past.

Can two unlikely hearts take a chance on a new tomorrow? Or will their sparks burn out with the end of summer in Sweetbriar Cove? Find out in the sweet and sexy new read from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!


My Review

“It’s not rational.” “There’s no pro/con list, or reasons why. It’s elemental. Just simple chemistry in the end.”

“What was it about this woman that sent him from zero to totally distracted in just one breath?”

Told from dual points of view, The Only One is the third book in the Sweetbriar Cove Series and it follows the story of Riley and Brooke. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but Riley’s story is one that I have been waiting impatiently for. And boy does Riley’s story ever deliver!!

On the surface, Riley is this chill, laid back ladies man. He lives his life as a bartender and doesn’t have a care in the world, other than who he’s taking home the next night. Everything changes the moment Riley meets Brooke. He recognizes the need for a fresh start and the need to blow off some steam. And if anyone can show Brooke a good time, it’s Riley….After having her heart destroyed, Brooke wants nothing more than to start over and focus on her career. She doesn’t have any room for distractions and is determined to stay away from all men. However, she wasn’t counting on Riley. The connection and chemistry between the two of them is knock you on your ass intense and no matter how hard Brooke tries to fight, she can’t resist the pull of Riley…

The Only One was just the read I was looking for. It gave me everything and I mean everything that I wanted and needed in a Melody Grace novel. The characters were fun and easy to relate to. You couldn’t help but want to know more about these characters and find out what makes them tick. I loved the ease and flow of Riley and Brooke’s relationship. The push and pull between the two of them was very palpable and the tension just burned up the pages. I loved Riley’s determination and enjoyed seeing him fall and try to woo Brooke. Brooke was very easy to connect with and was the type of girl that you couldn’t help but root for. I loved seeing Riley and Brooke together. Aside from their amazing chemistry, their relationship just felt really easy and real. I just couldn’t get enough of these two together.

The Only One is a fantastic addition to the Sweetbriar Cove Series. It was everything I wanted in a second chance romance with the perfect mix of romance, drama and sexy good times. The Only One is the perfect blend of sweet, and sexy with the alpha goodness I have come to know and love from this author. This is the perfect summer read to spend the day getting lost in.

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

 

Review: Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . .

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My Review

“There ain’t nothing convenient about a mating.” “Possession is too tame of a word to describe what mating with me would carry with it.”

“Her limbs tinged with life–with energy. Every mating was primal, but mating with an alpha, an alpha shifter, took it to another level. She wanted this. For now, for today, she became lost in it.”

As a fan of the Dark Protectors Series, I have been dying and I mean dying to get my hands on the Realm Enforcers Series. Now, I should tell you that I have not read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, but when I read the synopsis for Wicked Kiss, I just knew I had to dive in and read this book!!

One of the things that I really loved about this book was that despite the fact that I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, was that I could jump right in and read this book as though it was a stand-alone. Wicked Bite was very easy for me to read and I couldn’t help but devoured every single word. The world that this author has created is not only captivating, but is utterly consuming. The characters grab you from the very first page and will have you begging and pleading for more. I just loved it!

Wicked Bite has it all. From a fascinating and entertaining story-line, to strong and determined characters. To sexier than hell chemistry and exciting twists. To action and danger that only Rebecca Zanetti can deliver. This book does not disappoint and will have you blowing through the pages to see how the story will play out. I loved every second of this story and can not wait to dive into not only the previous books in this series, but I am also super excited to see where this series will go from here!

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

Release Blitz with Review: Wrecked by JB Salsbury

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: WRECKED

Author: JB Salsbury

On Sale:  July 18, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $13.99 USD

eBook: $3.99 USD

Audio: $24.98 USD

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When Sawyer’s sister died, she had one wish: that Sawyer live life to the fullest. Now Sawyer is giving into her fate with the flip of a coin – heads or tails? Searching for her flight at the airport, Sawyer bumps into a handsome stranger…and suddenly fate doesn’t seem so scary.

Aden Colt is ticking time bomb. After leaving the Marines, unpredictable flashbacks, a hair-trigger temper, and paranoia make adjusting to civilian life hell. But he can’t seem to keep his distance from Sawyer. Even the best intentions can’t rid a soul of its scars, and between the two of them, Sawyer and Aden have more than their share of wounds…

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My Review

“Life is beautiful and terrifying.”

“His other hand comes up to cup my jaw and the touch is so innocent yet conveys a feeling of being cherished. Protected. Like I”m something valuable and breakable.”

“I’m drowning in her. In her touch, her effect, the way she looks at me as if she sees past the darkness in my soul to the man that I was meant to be. The honorable man I was before. God, how I want to be that man again.”

“I’ve let one too many suns set on my feelings for Celia without telling her what she mans to me, how she calms the war in my soul and silences the screams.”

Fate. Love. Family. Heartbreak. Just how far would you go in the name of love? Sawyer and Celia are twins, but couldn’t be more opposite. Fate can sometimes be a cruel bitch and Sawyer is about to learn just how cruel she can be. With Celia on her deathbed, she has only one wish; she wants Sawyer to pack up her things and give her friends the illusion that all is well with Celia, that Celia is just embarking on another adventure. Sounds easy enough. But for Sawyer, the task is harder than she ever imagined. How can she pretend to be her fearless sister? With Celia’s coin in her hand, Sawyer must allow fate to decide her actions and maybe just maybe she’ll find a little bit of peace and happiness….Aden hasn’t been quite right since the war. His PTSD has taken over his life leaving him to drown his sorrows in alcohol and women. He never saw Sawyer coming. She makes him want to be the man that he used to be. She makes him want to be so much more. Aden tries to stay away, but the pull is just too hard to ignore. Will Sawyer finally get out and enjoy life? Will Sawyer and Aden find their happily ever after? Will Sawyer’s truth destroy everything with Aden?? You’re just going to have to pick up this book and find out for yourself….

Overall, I really enjoyed Wrecked. I found Sawyer and Aden’s story to be compelling and wasn’t able to put it down. Their story is one that just pulls you in from the very beginning and has you devouring each page to see what will happen next. I really liked the idea of this story; honoring a dying woman’s last wish. You knew that nothing good was going to come from Sawyer pretending to be her sister, but how could she not do what her sister asked of her. There was so much good in Sawyer. She was patient and kind. She had so many fears, but overcame them in the name of her sister. Aden was a wonderful surprise. He was dark, moody and mysterious. He was broken and damaged from the cruel ways of war. He had so many demons of his own to battle and it was a joy watching him overcome those demons.

Wrecked is a complex and beautiful story. It is heartbreaking in the best possible way. This is a story of family and the love of sisters. It is a story of taking risks and chances. It is a story of finding yourself and heartache. It is a story of second chances–not just in love, but with life. This is a story of loss and finding love in the most unexpected places.

I will warn you that Wrecked does deal with some pretty serious and intense subject matter. I applaud the author for the way she handled these situations and how she stayed true to these damaged characters.

Wrecked took me by surprise in the best possible way. It was an emotional and beautiful journey. And I just enjoyed every single moment.

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

EXCERPT

Oh no, fuck no!

I thought he was kidding. I should’ve known better. Aden’s intentions with me since I stupidly boarded this boat have been my torment for his enjoyment. He loved watching me squirm over the bait tank and when I proved I wouldn’t shy away from a challenge, he pulled out the big guns. From his flirty smiles to his teasing touches, he’s discovered my weaknesses and is exploiting them for his own entertainment.

Now this? Raw fish probably still warm from fighting for its life.

And now I’m God knows how many feet above water sitting on a two-seater bench held up by rusty ladders and staring down a piece of glistening pink meat.

“You have to eat it, it’s a rite of passage.” He offers the meat to my lips and I quickly turn my face away.

“I’m really not hungry.” As if the idea isn’t enough to turn my stomach, watching him clean the fish before sectioning off enough for lunch wasn’t much of an appetite builder.

“Of course you are.” He brings the piece to his own mouth and takes a bite, closing his eyes with a moan as he chews.

I feel a rush of bile hit my throat, or maybe it’s beer, either way it’s warm and it burns. “That’s disgusting.”

“You’re telling me you don’t like sushi?”

My eyes widen. Sawyer would say she’s never had sushi. But Celia’s a different story. She ate a live cricket in the eighth grade on a dare. She didn’t even flinch. “I like sushi, just not directly from the…um…source.”

“Doesn’t get fresher than this.” He takes another bite and I can’t deny that his response to eating it does give it some appeal.

“I think I need soy sauce or that green stuff.” What’s it called?

“Just try it.”

“I really don’t want to.”

“Oh come on.” He smiles in that cute crooked way that makes my heart dip and dive. “Live a little.”

I chew the inside of my mouth debating the cost/benefit of taking a bite of this fresh-out-of-the-ocean fish. On one hand, I’ll impress Aden. That in and of itself is worth the ick factor. But what if I throw up all over his boat? Is the chance of impressing him worth totally humiliating myself? I groan when I realize what I’m doing, exactly what I swore I wouldn’t do. I’m making an internal pros and cons list. I close my eyes and steel my resolve and my spine. Don’t think, just decide. I pop open my eyes followed by my mouth.

“Yeah?” He stares at my parted lips.

I nod, hoping he’ll hurry before I change my mind.

Lifting the rose-colored flesh forward, he places it between my teeth. It’s a small bite so I close my lips around his fingers expecting him to pull away…but he doesn’t. For a moment I’m suspended in his gaze, totally stuck while his hot fingers rest between my lips. This should be grossing me out; after all, I watched him gut this fish with his bare hands and to wash off all the blood he merely dipped them into the ocean. But all the thoughts of raw fish and a stranger’s finger do nothing to stave off the warmth blooming in my belly. My tongue pulls the meat deeper into my mouth, brushing against the rough pad of his forefinger. He bites his lip but finally drops his hand.

He watches intently while I chew and swallow.

“How was it?” His voice is low and gruff.

Lost in the heated moment, I barely tasted it. “Good.”

His hand cups the back of my head and he pulls me toward him, stopping just short of our lips touching. “I can’t fucking take this anymore.” His breath is sawing in and out, bursting against my mouth with impatience. “Let me.” It’s a demand, not a question.

A kiss. I don’t need to channel Celia or flip a coin…I know what I want.

I lick my lips and close the slight distance between us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona

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Review: Black by KL Grayson

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Family.
Everyone has one.
Some are close.
Some are dysfunctional.
Some are simply gone.

Nine-year-old Shae Black entered the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her father, mob boss Luca DiMarco. New name. New identity. And a ready-made family that had no idea who she really was.

Fourteen years later, a letter from a ghost thrusts Shae back into the life she was forced to leave behind. As secrets unravel, revealing unexpected truths, Shae sees an opportunity to avenge her father’s death by destroying patriarch Sal Ambrosi, the man responsible for her father’s murder. Getting to the heart of the family will be difficult, but nothing and no one is going to stop her—not even the heirs to the Ambrosi family empire.

She’s prepared for the two brothers, Dante and Rex, to put up a fight, but she isn’t at all prepared for the danger they will bring to her life and her heart.

One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.

All in the name of family.

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My Review

“For just one night, I want to let go. I want to explore these crazy feelings rolling around inside of me without fear of repercussions.”

“I want tonight to be burned into your memory. I want to consume every one of your senses, own every sigh. I want to ruin you Shae, bring you pleasure you never thought possible. I’m going to make it impossible for any man to ever live up to what happens between us tonight.”

“She glances up at me, and I feel like she’s looking straight into my soul, seeing all the secrets I’ve got tucked away, and choosing me regardless”

“You own every inch of my heart, Shae Black, and every piece of my soul.”

Black is the exciting, thrilling and sexy new read from author K.L. Grayson. Black hits the ground running and never looks back! This story is told from dual points of view and is excellently paced. From the moment you pick this book up, you will be sucked into the mystery of this story and will be left dying for more.

Black was totally unexpected and has completely blown my mind. This book has it all. From an intriguing and mysterious story line to sexy, sinful characters that should come with their own warning label, to mind blowing secrets and unexpected twists and turns; this book had it all.

I know I haven’t really told you much about this book, but all I can say is that Black is going to take you on one really exciting ride. The characters are just amazing and have such explosive chemistry. You will be kept guessing and holding your breath the entire time! If you are looking for a sexy read, with some great twists, then look no further. I definitely recommend checking this book out.

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

Review: Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille

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Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in the city of sin, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart–until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants, but his mysterious temptress has slipped away.

For two years police detective Gabrielle Fawkes has lived for revenge. But a night of indulgence with a sexy stranger changes everything. Powerful, charming, and deliciously dangerous Luca, has his own private reasons for offering to help her pursue the drug lord who killed her husband. There’s a lot Luca isn’t telling her and the more she finds out the less she wants to know.

When Gabrielle becomes the target of the drug lord she has vowed to hunt down, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in a mobster’s hands. To save her, Luca must break his Mafia ties–or risk losing Gabrielle forever.


My Review

Ugh! This was such a great read! Luca is dark, thrilling, gritty and sexy as hell. It was everything that I could possibly want in a mafia style book.

Told from multiple points of view, Luca follows the story of Luca and Gabrielle. Ever since her husband was murdered, Gabrielle has had a thirst for revenge. It’s all she’s lived and breathed. What she never planned on was Luca. You see Gabrielle doesn’t date, but meeting the charming and sexy Luca has her questioning everything. He turns her inside out in the most delicious way. But Luca harbors some very dangerous secrets. You see, there is more to Luca than meets the eye. He is ruthless and takes what he wants. These two couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. Will Gabrielle get the revenge she’s always wanted? Will she be able to handle Luca’s secrets? How much will Luca be willing to sacrifice in the name of love? You’ll just have to check this book out for yourself to find those answers and more….

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was pulled in from page one and couldn’t help but be intrigued by Luca and Gabrielle. They made the most unlikely pair and I think that was part of what drew me to them. I mean Gabrielle is a cop and Luca is a Crime Boss. Any type of relationship between the two of them should be forbidden and doomed from the start. But, just being around these two, you could just feel the sparks between them. You knew that what they had needed to be desperately explored. A fire like theirs would not just fizzle out. So, if they wanted to be together, they would have to defy all the odds. Luca fought to be with Gabrielle. His loyalty and family values tested. And Gabrielle, her thirst for justice put her in more danger than she could ever imagine. With danger lurking around all the corners, lines will be blurred and crossed, and the most surprising twists will stop you in your tracks.

Luca was a thrilling and exciting addition to Ruin & Revenge Series. It has just the right mix of action, danger, mystery, suspense, sexy good times, romance and of course some crazy twists and turns. I really enjoyed spending my afternoon getting lost in this mafia romance and look forward to seeing what lies ahead next in the Ruin & Revenge Series.

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