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Review: Shadows (Bayou Magic #1) by Kristen Proby

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans…

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.
I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.
They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.
Open myself up to Cassian.
If I do, it could spell his death.
But if I don’t, it’s mine.

MY REVIEW

“I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain.”

“This man doesn’t merely kiss and call it a day. No, he kisses like it’s his damn job. Like kissing me is the only thing in the world he can think about. As if he’s wanted to kiss me for decades.”

Shadows is a haunting and intriguing paranormal romance that will have leave you on the edge of your seat right until the very end…

Shadows is unlike anything I’ve read from author Kristen Proby before. From the moment I dove into Cash & Brielle’s story, I was hooked. I loved the New Orleans setting and all of the creepy elements the city alone adds to the story. Not only do you have the perfect setting, but when you add 3 unique sisters to the plot line, you are destined for a treat.

Now, I’m not going to go into a ton of details, because I want you to be just as surprised as I was. Shadows is a thrilling and creepy paranormal romance. You may think you know what you’re getting into when you pick this book up, but I promise you Kristen Proby has a lot surprises in store for you. The characters are complex, yet so easy to connect with. The paranormal story-line was intriguing and captivating. It was fresh and unique and kept me glued to the pages. The romance and chemistry between Brielle and Cash was intense and off the charts. Cash was the ultimate book boyfriend. He was supportive, protective and oh, so swoon worthy.

I loved everything about Shadows from beginning to end. This book is the perfect Halloween treat. It’s well written and consuming. It’s sexy and thrilling. It’s filled with mystery and suspense and things that go bump in the night. It will keep you on your toes and it will keep you guessing right until the very end.

Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic Series and I can not wait to see where this series is going to go next!!

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

Review: Kiss Me Again by Emma Hart

WANTED: ROOMMATE. Must be tidy, polite, and absolutely not my brother’s hot as sin best friend.

I have no idea why I said yes.

Maybe I’d had one too many wines. Maybe I’d done it accidentally. Maybe I’d been sleep-texting.

One thing I know for sure is this: I absolutely do not want Ethan Hawkins in my apartment, up in my business, taking over my space.

Yet he’s here. Moving his stuff into my spare bedroom. Sending a wave of panty-melting, musky man-scent my way every time he walks past me.

Here’s the thing.

We don’t get along—at all. We never have, and I don’t think we’re going to start now that we’re under one roof.

There’s also that little issue where I’m kinda, sorta, totally in love with him…

Uh-oh.

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MY REVIEW

“The best kiss of my life would go down in history as being with him. This would be the benchmark for which all other kisses would be held against. That was it, then. I was already ruined for all other men. Wonderful.”

“I wanted to go over there and wrap my arms around her. I wanted to hold her against me and press her face into my chest. To reach down and cup her chin and lift her face to mine, to whisper against her lips that I was sorry. So fucking sorry for making it awkward, for making her feel this way, for even a second.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been dying to get my hands on Ava’s story. It had all of my favorite troupes packed into one hilarious story. And let me tell you, Evan and Ava do not disappoint.

Kiss Me Again follows the story of Evan and Ava. Ava was desperately in need of a roommate. She was so desperate that she said yes to allowing her arch nemesis to move in. There’s only one problem with living with the person who drives you up the wall….Ava has had the biggest crush on Evan for as long as she can remember. However, she’s never done anything about it because not only is he her brother’s best friend, but also because they fight all the time. How they thought living together would be a good idea, I’ll never know. With tension and sparks flying all over the place, Kiss Me Again is a match made in romantic comedy heaven that will give you all the feels and leave you begging for more.

Emma Hart has completely knocked it out of the park with Kiss Me Again. The characters are fun and entertaining. Their story captivates you from the very first page and leaves you hanging on every word. Evan and Ava are a hilarious match. From entertaining banter to their revenge antics, I just couldn’t get enough of these two. I mean, when they say they’re going to war, they do not mess around. But, all that fiery tension is sure to lead to some pretty intense passion. Ava and Evan kept me on my toes and left me breathless in anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see how their story would come together.

Kiss Me Again is everything I could want from an Emma Hart romantic comedy. You have crazy fun characters that are easy to relate too and leave you in stitches as you read their story. Kiss Me Again made me laugh. It made swoon. It made me fall head over heels in love. It had the perfect balance of steam, angst and humor and in the end, I just couldn’t get enough of these characters and their story.

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

Release Blitz with Review: This Is Love (This Is #3) by Natasha Madison

From the best selling series, Something So comes the spin-off series This is…

Vivienne
Never fall in love.
That was my motto, and I was sticking to it.
Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again.
He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do.
One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. 
After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost myself in his arms. When I wasn’t paying attention, my guard slipped.
 
Mark
They call me Private Mark for a reason – my whole life is a secret. For two yeats, we danced around each other until I got her right where I wanted her…under me. 
Now that I had her, I wasn’t letting her go. I thought we were on the same page. I thought we were building something great. 
Boy, was I ever wrong.
I had no idea that while I was falling in love, she was trying to convince herself we were temporary.
She thought I’d walk away.
She was wrong.
Now it’s time to convince her she wants us too and to show her that the crazy, wild thing we have…
This Is Love.
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MY REVIEW

This Is Love is absolute perfection and is a story that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with all the feels.

From the moment I dove into Vivienne and Mark’s story, I was hooked. We see Vivienne not only get her heart broken, but her soul crushed. It’s that moment that changes her life forever. Her walls are sky high and no man is ever going to break through them. All is going to plan until she meets Mark. Even though Vivienne might not want to acknowlege it, Mark is a total game changer. He makes her feel things that terrify her and as much as she knows she should stay away, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards Mark…..When it comes to his life, they don’t call him Private Mark for nothing. Mark loves what he does, but when it comes to his personal life, all bets are off; that is the one thing he likes to keep just for himself. For the past couple of years, Mark has wanted nothing more than Vivienne. The pull between the two of them is just intense. Their chemistry is off the walls. But, for whatever reason, the timing was just off. So, when fate pushes Vivienne and Mark together again, all bets are off. Mark is determined to win Vivienne over if it’s the last thing he is ever going to do…..

This Is Love is all of that and a bag of chips. This story sucks you in from the very first page and holds you captive right until the very end. The characters are real and perfectly flawed. Vivienne is wounded and afraid to let any man get close to her. Mark is everything that should send her running, but instead is everything she’s ever wanted….if only she could take the leap. And Mark!!! Mark has such patience and determination. He’s got his heart set on Vivienne and isn’t about to go down without a fight. Sure, there are moments when it looks like all hope will be lost, but in the end, Mark shows that the love he has for Vivienne is the kind that is meant to last a lifetime. Anything worth having is worth all the obsticales along the way. And I for one could not help but root for Vivienne and Mark to get their happily ever after.

This Is Love was everything I have been looking for in romance, but never knew I needed. It had amazing characters and a captivating plot. It had heartbreak and romance. It steam and frustration. It had excellent push and pull & undenialbe chemistry. Yes, there was some angst. Yes, there was some drama. But, it was the perfect balance of all the things I want in a good love story and I just couldn’t get enough. Wild horses could not stop me from devouring this book and I just never wanted it to end. I fell head over heels for This Is Love and had the best time getting lost in Mark and Vivienne’s story…..

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

 
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Review: Black Sheep (Dirty Mafia Duet #1) by Meghan March

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About Black Sheep: From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a story of untold truths and one man’s redemption in the Dirty Mafia Duet. Every family has a black sheep. In the infamous Casso crime family, that black sheep is me—Cannon Freeman. Except I’m not a free man. I’ve never been free. Not since the day I was born. I owe my loyalty to my father, Dominic Casso, even if he won’t publicly acknowledge me as his blood. I’ve never had a reason to go against his wishes…until I met her. Drew Carson turned my world upside down when she walked into my club looking for a job. Now, my honor and my life are on the line. Going against my father’s wishes might buy me a bullet straight from his gun, but black sheep or not, it’s time to make my stand. She’s worth the fallout. Add to your Goodreads TBR:
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MY REVIEW

“You’ve just let a fox into the henhouse, Mr. Freeman. Thanks for the invite.” “Welcome to the world of being an illegitimate Casso. It’s a fucking blast.” “One day, I’m going to wake up next to you and see only you. It’s going to be the most beautiful sight of my life. “
Meghan March has killed me in the best way possible. Black Sheep is thrilling and sexy. It will have you feverishly turning the pages and holding your breath right until the very end. Nothing makes me more excited than hearing Meghan March has new series coming out. And when I stumbled across the synopsis for Black Sheep, I was not disappointed. This story captivated me from the very beginning and had me dying to see how the story would unfold. Cannon is the black sheep of his family, the illegitimate son to Dominic Casso. Cannon has always done as he’s told…that is until Drew. Drew is different from any woman Cannon has met. The sparks between them are instant and the tension just oozes off the pages. But, what you don’t know is that Drew’s got a secret. A secret that if found out, will only get her killed. The closer she gets to Cannon, the more she wants to put everything on the line. Will Drew be able to keep her secret? And will Cannon decide to fall in line?? There’s only one way to find out. Black Sheep is a thrilling and fast paced ride. The characters suck you into their story instantly and will leave you begging for more. From mystery to danger to steamy moments and secrets to a million and one questions, Black Sheep checked off all of my boxes. Cannon and Drew’s story will leave you breathless in anticipation and the ending will leave you dying for more. I loved every second of this book from beginning to end and can not wait to see just how Cannon and Drew’s story will play out.

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

About the author: Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero. Sign up for Meghan’s newsletter and receive exclusive content that she saves for her subscribers: http://meghanmarch.com/subscribe To get the inside scoop on a daily basis, search Meghan March’s Runaway Readers on Facebook and join the fun!

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Review: Love At First Sight (Southern Bride #1) by Kelly Elliott

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Love at First Sightby Kelly Elliott is now LIVE! The first book in the brand new series, Southern Bride. Each book in this series will be stand alone books. All based in small towns in Texas. Full of love, hope, and second chances!

From New York Times best selling author, Kelly Elliott, comes a new series her WANTED fans will adore. Filled with love, hope, and second chances, LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, is book one in the Southern Brides series. Each book in this series will be stand alone books.

Love at first sight.

That’s what it was when Rip Myers came up to me in kindergarten. From that point on, we were inseparable best friends.

When I work up the courage to tell Rip I love him, I am met with rejection. He tells me he treasures our friendship too much. That statement might as well be a knife to my heart.

I want to hold out hope that he’ll change his mind.

Instead, he moves on.

The only choice I have is to pretend that doesn’t slay me.

So, I say yes…to the man I love. But he isn’t the man I’ve been in love with nearly my entire life.

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MY REVIEW

“Sometimes you have to cut the strings to make room for what truly belongs to your heart.”

“Every time you looked into my eyes, I felt it deep within my soul.”

Love At First Sight is the first book in an exciting new series from author Kelly Elliott that delivers all the feels and will leave you breathless.

Love At First Sight follows the story of Rip and Chloe. From the moment I picked up this book, I was giddy with excitement. I was instantly hooked and could not wait to see what Chloe’s story would bring to the table. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. As someone who is a total sucker for friends to lovers romances, this one checked off all of my marks and completely exceeded my exceptions.

Chloe and Rip had a friendship that was built to stand the test of time. Over the years, there were so many times where they got close to becoming more, but let fear dictate their actions. Everyone and I mean everyone, knew these two belonged together and I couldn’t wait for these two to open their eyes and take the leap….

Love At First Sight has the ultimate push and pull. It has those will they/won’t they moments that just leave you breathless. Yes, Rip and Chloe had their frustrating moments…moments where you just wanted to yell at them and make them open their eyes. But, their journey to happily ever after was so worth it. Sure there were a couple bumps in the road along the way, but every romance has its obstacles. And I just loved watching these two try to figure things out…to finally fight for what’s important and never give up.

The love between Chloe and Rip was epic and unforgettable. Their story is exactly what I want from a romance novel. It’s filled with tension and love. It’s light on the drama, yet more than delivers on the angst. The story tugs at your heart and leaves you begging for more. And that just makes the steamy and swoon-worthy moments all that more worth it.

Love At First Sight is a fantastic start to the Southern Bride Series and I for one, can not wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. Kelly Elliott, you have blown me away, and I can’t wait for more!

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Release Blitz with Review: This Is Wild (This is #2) by Natasha Madison

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Zoe
When you grow up surrounded by hockey players you know one thing for sure, I was never going to settle down with one.

Heck, I didn’t even know what icing was. I was too busy climbing the corporate ladder, becoming one of the most successful realtors in New York City.

I wasn’t interested in dating or anything that got in my way.

First, he was my client and then he became my friend.

Viktor
My parents told me I skated before I walked.
When I was eighteen I was drafted into the N.H.L third overall, playing in Los Angeles—the city of dreams.
What more could I ask for? I played hard, but eventually, I partied even harder.

Five years later I was traded a week after I entered rehab.

There was no time for anything except my health and making sure I’d come out on top. I had to be better.
There wasn’t another option.

One of the rules of recovery was ‘don’t fall in love’ and I made it a top priority. She was off limits in every single way.

Until it was too late

One night, one decision, one act can derail everything.

When push comes to shove, I’m only certain that, This is Wild.

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MY REVIEW

“The house of cards is going to fall soon, and I don’t want you to get crushed by it.”

“One time. One kiss. And I know it’s a kiss that I’ll be looking for, for my whole life.”

This Is Wild is absolute perfection. I mean, this book slayed me in all the right ways. I’m talking cue the tears and hold my heartstrings because I just couldn’t get enough of this angsty story.

From the moment I started reading This Is Wild, I knew this book was going to be special. Viktor and Zoe captivated me instantly. Their story is real, raw and oh so satisfying. Zoe is the total package. She’s beautiful, smart and sassy. She has a huge and generous heart and doesn’t date hockey players. Then we have Viktor. Viktor was on top of the world in LA. Living the life and partying. Five years later, all that partying will catch up to him and before he knows it, he’ll find himself at rock bottom. His world has been turned upside down and changes will need to be made. He’s been offered a second chance. He’s just got to pull himself out of the dark and take it…..

This Is Wild is an emotional second chance romance. This emotional read will put your emotions through the paces and deliver all the feels. This story is intense at times and deals with some very real, very raw subject matter. Viktor’s fight is not for the faint of heart, and I couldn’t help but be in awe of his strength and determination. He wasn’t perfect, but was determined to become a better man. I loved the way he felt about Zoe. He liked her, but knew that his recovery needed to come first. He didn’t want to make promises that he couldn’t keep. The chemistry and pull between Viktor and Zoe was just everything. I loved watching their friendship develop and see their journey unfold.

This Is Wild is the kind of story that will leave you breathless and begging for more. Viktor and Zoe’s story is consuming and will have you devouring all of the words. This Is Wild was a wonderful book to spend my day getting swept up in. I loved every second of Viktor and Zoe’s story and I know that it’s one that will be staying with me…

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

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers
flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals.
You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or
possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her
characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
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Review: The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) by Jennifer L. Arementrout

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From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

MY REVIEW

“He kissed–God, he kissed like a man starving. He kissed as if he were going to devour me, and I wanted that. I needed it. It was all I could think about. Or maybe I wasn’t thinking at all. Instead, I was feeling. I was just letting myself feel.”

“Now, you’re seen, and you’re heard. You stand up for yourself. You’re living. They did take a lot from you, Brighton. Your mother. Your contentment. But it also seems like you gained a lot. Not from them, but from yourself.”

“You are my strength. My sun. You are my heart.”

Man, oh man, was it great to be back in this world again. The King picks up right where The Prince left off and there is never a dull moment. Yes, this book hits the ground running and just totally sucks you back in to The Wicked World. Now, don’t be fooled by the fact that this book is a novella because let me tell you, this little novella packs a punch. It will easily consume you and will leave you hanging on each and every word.

Since this book is a novella, I’m going to keep my review short and sweet and just say I LOVED this book!! I loved it. Within seconds of starting this story, everything from The Wicked Series came rushing back to me. I remembered why I originally fell in love with this series and all of the characters. The King is easily a novella that you can finish in just a few short hours.

The King is sexy and smartly written. The characters pull you into their story immediately. There is humor and angst. There is drama and moments that will leave you holding your breathe. There are moments where you’ll find yourself screaming at your kindle and ferociously flipping the pages to see how the story will play out. The King had it all and then some.

The King was a thrilling ride from beginning to end. From will they/won’t they moments, to lots of delicious tension & steam to danger around every turn…. I just couldn’t get enough. And with an ending I never saw coming, all I can say is when do we get our hands on the next book???!!

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