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Review Tour: Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne

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Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon and iBooks 
READY TO RUN
I Do, I Don’t #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017
Loveswept

The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

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My Review

“Small towns were different. They could reach inside of you and demand everything.”

I love, love, love, loved this book. Did I mention that I loved this book? Ready to Run was such an incredible and fun read, it’s honestly one of the most fun I’ve had reading in a very long time. From the moment I read the synopsis and got my hands on this book, I just knew this was going to be a fun and different read. The story-line is totally unique and I loved the idea of having a runaway groom. It was so refreshing and different. The plot sucked me in and I devoured this book in just a few short hours.

Ready to Run is a fabulous read from beginning to end. From an original plot to the small town setting. To the broody lead male and scorching hot chemistry. To the sweet, sweet romance, entertaining banter and just the right mix of angst, this book is the perfect summer read.

Ready to Run is the first book in the exciting new series I Do, I Don’t from author Lauren Layne, and I can tell you that she definitely knocked it out of the park with this one. Simply put, this book was a really enjoyable read and I am super excited 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*

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in
2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s
written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York
Times
, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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Release Day Blitz wiht Review: Cockloft by K.C. Lynn

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Title: COCKLOFT
Author: KC Lynn
Release Date: August 18, 2017
TBR Link: Goodreads
Synopsis
Cockloft: A firefighter term used as a structural space above ceiling and below rafters, often connecting adjacent occupancies and permitting fire to spread laterally, often unseen.
Gabriel Martinez is the most arrogant and infuriating man I’ve ever met. He has a knee-weakening smirk that makes me want to kiss—no—slap it off his rude, sexy face. Judging by his ego, you’d think the hose in his pants is as big as the one on his fire truck. Not that I know anything about that nor do I want to. Nope, not at all. He’s already been forgotten like last season’s Michael Kors.
CeCe Kensington is as pretentious and spoiled as they come. The ridiculous purses she shoulders around are as big as her attitude. And don’t get me started on her mile-long legs or full, glossy lips that are meant to be wrapped around a guy’s… If she only knew the dirty things I think about doing to that sassy mouth of hers, she’d be hightailing it back to her side of town.
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When the beautiful boutique owner and sexy firefighter meet in the most unlikely situation, their two worlds collide, creating an explosion of misperceptions and combustible heat, trapping them in a fire they never saw coming. 


My Review

“It’s infuriating. Crazy. And, oh god, it’s the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.”

“His lips are like gasoline, setting my soul on fire one kiss at a time.”

“The magical bastard. How does one possess such control over another’s body without even touching them? It isn’t right.”

OMG! OMG! KC Lynn has done it again. Just when I thought I was never ever going to get out of my book funk, this little beauty landed on my kindle. And let me tell you, seeing this baby on my kindle was the like the cherry on a chocolate sundae. My day was brightened and my mind ready to devour this book.

And let me tell you, I did just that. I devoured this book in just four short hours. Four Hours! From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked into the story line. I immediately fell in love with the characters and could not get enough of the love/hate relationship that CeCe and Gabe had. Their banter and chemistry was off the charts. Their words and interactions calling to me, demanding that I give them my full attention and devour every word of their story. And devour it I did. From a fun and flirty story-line to an amazing opposites attract chemistry, I could not get enough. I mean this book had everything and more. I laughed. I got emotional. I swooned and fell head over heels in love.

Cockloft was just the story that I needed to pull me out of my book funk. From brilliant writing to fun characters to hotter than ever sexy good times to moments that left me with all the feels. Cockloft was the absolute perfect read to spend the day getting lost in. I absolutely loved it!

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

*****
About the Author
K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love for romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.
 
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Review: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life comes a novel about a young woman who reunites with a soulful artist after their magical one-night stand…only to be faced with an impossible decision.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink…and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

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My Review

“There aren’t enough stars up there to match the reasons why I love you.”

“I wanted to believe him. I wanted to believe the stranger I had met on the street hours before wasn’t just playing me. I wanted to believe he was falling for me.”

“He was baring it all for me and I was going to do the same for him, even though I knew it would break me into a million pieces.”

Every once in a while you come across a book that is truly epic and moving. The kind of book that will leave you with one hell of a book hangover.

Wish You Were Here is a truly special book that will take you on the most incredible journey of love, missed opportunities, self discovery, friendship and family. The journey that Charlotte, Adam and Seth go on is profound, emotional and at times conflicting. With elements of insta-love, a deep and unforgettable connection and a love that will last a lifetime, their story will captivate your heart and pull you emotions in many directions.

This story has left me speechless and at a loss for words at the moment. I have fallen so deeply in love with the characters, their story and their friendships. I know I that I have just experienced something so precious, that my mind is at a blank, trying desperately to put my thoughts and feelings into words.

Wish You Were Here is beautiful and heartbreaking. It is brilliantly written and is a story that I know will be staying with me for a long time to come. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2017.

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

Review Blitz: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase

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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

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My Review

“My gut is my best friend, my conscience, my most lethal asset.”

“He makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger–it’s a heady thing.”

“The Queen was right. Love isn’t a cure; it doesn’t magically solve every problem. But it makes solving those problems worth it. Love is our inspiration, our motivation….and our reward.”

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Did I ever love this book! Royally Endowed enchanted and captivated me. From swoon worthy moments to moments that just gave you all the feels, this book consumed my heart and was more than I could have ever imagined….

Told from dual points of view, Royally Endowed is the third book in the Royally Series and it follows the story of Ellie and Logan. For as long as Ellie can remember, she had her sights set on Logan. He was her fighter, her protector, he closest of friends. He is fierce and intense and everything that Ellie could ever want. But, Logan and Ellie could never be. Her attraction to Logan is forbidden as he is her bodyguard. Even knowing that they could never be more than friends, that doesn’t stop the pull Ellie feels for Logan. Ellie is young and doesn’t know where she sees herself in 5 years, but she does know one thing: she wants her own HEA….Logan has spent his life working hard and building the career and life he’s always dreamed. He is respected and hard working. You will never find a more loyal man. He has everything that he could possibly want…that is except for one thing; the woman that makes his heart sing. For years Logan has done his duty and watched over Ellie. But, as the years have gone by, his feelings have progressed. The pull is becoming too hard to fight. Logan knows that he and Ellie come from two different classes, but sometimes want and need are more important than logic. When it comes to love, there is a thin line between right and wrong, life and duty. Will Logan and Ellie get the happiness and life that they’ve always wanted?? There is only one way to find out…

Royally Endowed is by far and away my favorite story in this series to date. It’s no secret that over the course of this series, author Emma Chase has enraptured me with her smart writing and brilliant story-lines. The characters just call to you and before you know it, they consume every piece of your soul, making you fall desperately for them. And that most certainly is the case with Royally Endowed. I fell for this story straight away. I mean how can you go wrong with royalty and the hot bodyguard. Knowing just that little tidbit, you just know this story is going to be amazing and I promise you, it does not disappoint. Logan and Ellie’s story draws you in from the very first page and just utterly consumes you. Before you know it, you are blowing through the pages at a rapid pace. Ellie and Logan’s story pulled at my heart, while giving me all the feels. My emotions are all over the place in the best way possible and I seriously can’t get enough.

Royally Endowed was everything that I wanted and needed in Logan and Ellie’s story. It was full of angst and romance and swoon worthy moments. There was action and a bit of suspense. And just when I thought I couldn’t get enough, this story gave me a little bit more. I truly enjoyed everything about this story and couldn’t think of a better way to spend my day than getting lost in Ellie and Logan.

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

Ellie

But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.

Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.

My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.

There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.

“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”

And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.

I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.

Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”

There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.

And Logan’s watching me again.

Watching my mouth.

His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.

I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.

And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.

Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review: Beneath The Truth (Beneath #7) by Meghan March

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My Review

 “I would have given everything I owned to be able to see inside her head at that moment.”
“Whether she knew she was mine wasn’t the important point in my mind. It was inevitable.”
“I refuse to be anyone’s mistake. If anything, I’m a goddamned privilege.”
What an epic, epic conclusion to this series!
Beneath The Truth is the seventh and final book in the Beneath Series. Like all of the previous stories, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but it is an interconnected stand-alone, meaning there will be characters from the previous stories in this book.
Told from dual points of view, Beneath The Truth follows the story of Rhett and Ariel. From the moment I met these two, I was hooked. Their story hit the ground running and never had a dull moment. It is the ultimate friends to lovers romance with an exciting suspenseful twist. This story has so many twists and turns that you will be left guessing right until the very end.
Beneath The Truth is a thrilling, exciting and captivating read. The characters are real, raw and relateable. The connections are deep and intense. The romance is undeniable, epic and sexy as hell. Ariel is strong, smart, fierce and devoted. Rhett loves his family but struggles with issues from the past. Underneath it all, Rhett is a fierce and determined lover. He cares deeply for those in his life and is an alpha you won’t be able to say no to. Together these two are the ultimate package and their pull/their connection will keep you coming back for more.
I loved everything about Beneath The Truth. This story consumed me from page one and wild horses could not stop me from devouring each word. This story is incredibly well written and takes your emotions for one wild ride. Beneath The Truth is smart, sexy, thrilling and unforgettable. There is romance, family bonds and questions around every corner. I loved the action and the suspense kept me on my toes. I loved that the author kept me guessing right until the very end. Overall, a fabulous read and epic ending to this series.
 *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review Tour: Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

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image001In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

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My Review

“I feel him all the way to my bones with this kiss. He’s branding himself into my very soul, and I know without a shadow of a doubt I will always feel him there.”

“If she forgot how to love me, I’ll remind her. Whatever it takes. No more regrets.”

“It doesn’t matter that there is still so much unknown between us because of the years that have passed. What matters is what I’m feeling. Accepted. Wanted. Whole. Because of him.”

“Always knew it would be a wild and unpredictable ride with you, Grease.”

Boy, oh boy, what a great second chance romance. Kiss My Boots is the latest installment of the Coming Home Series and it follows the story of Quinn and Tate. When Tate left Quinn nearly 9 years ago, he didn’t only break her heart, but shattered her faith in love and men. So, she’s just been living life her own way; focusing on work and never getting attached. Little did she know that Tate was about to blow back into town and shake things up again…..There’s only one place where Tate ever felt like he truly belonged and that was in Texas with the woman who captured his heart. But, life had other plans and stole Tate away from Quinn. Over the years, his love for her never went away and if anything, it only grew stronger. Now, the time has come for Tate to return home, to start over and win back the woman he did wrong. And this time, he wouldn’t be letting her go without a fight…..

Kiss My Boots is a delicious and swoon worthy read. From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked on Quinn and Tate’s story. Quinn is a total badass and a woman after my own heart. She is strong, fierce and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She is protective of her heart and doesn’t let anyone get too close to her. And Tate…Tate is one delicious man. He is all that and a bag of chips. He is sexy, swoon-worthy and isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. He is 100% devoted to Quinn and is ready to show her just the kind of man that he can be.

Kiss My Boots is a story of a young love that marks your soul. The kind of story that just can’t help, but root for the characters to not only find their happily ever after, but to fight to hold on to it. It is also a story of forgiveness and fresh starts. With real characters that are easy to connect with and a swoon worthy story-line, Kiss My Boots is one book that is not to be missed.

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

harper1Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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Review: Sin (Vegas Nights #1) by Emma Hart

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Damien Fox lived up to his name.
Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.
One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox…

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)

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My Review

“Emotion was easy to hold on to. It gripped hold of you like an icy winter, clinging until it was forced out by something stronger–something warmer.”

“He was Heaven and Hell and all the sins in between. This kiss wasn’t just a sin, and neither was he. It was the sin. He was the ultimate sin.”

“Fools rushed in. Fools fell in love. Fools kept the scars. I did’t want to be a fool. Not for him. Not for anyone.”

Emma Hart is the queen at delivering sexy, swoon worthy and unforgettable romances. Her characters are relateable and easy to get lost in. They burrow themselves deep inside of you and make it so you can’t put their story down. So with each new book, each new character and each new story-line I set the bar high. And with SIN, the bar was set high and blown to smithereens. Emma Hart took my expectations and threw them out the window. Damien Fox was everything that I wanted in a lead male. Sexy. Smart. Addictive. Determined. 100% alpha male. He was utter perfection. He never saw Dahlia Lloyd coming. She was the perfect match. She challenged him with her sassy banter and sexy mind. She had confidence that he’s never seen in a woman and he’ll be damned if he can’t have his way…

SIN is all that and then some. It is smartly written, sexy and entertaining as hell. Dahlia and Damien’s story hooked me from the very beginning and had me devouring the pages as quickly as humanly possible. I couldn’t get enough of these two. Their banter was off the charts and kept me begging for more. The steamy, sexy moments were hotter than hot in a way that only Emma Hart can deliver. And the sass had me laughing my ass off.

SIN hit all the marks for me and is one exciting beginning to a sexy new series. I loved every single moment of this story and can not wait to read more!

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