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Year In Review: My Top Reads of 2022!

Year In Review: My Top Reads of 2022!

2022 has been another crazy and stressful year that has thankfully left us with a lot of good reads and hope for 2023. Despite all of the challenges 2022 brought us, it has been one heck of a year for amazing reads. This year, I read over 362 books, discovered lots of “new to me” authors, and trying to narrow that list down was tough. I have just read so many amazing, life-changing, blow-me-away, knock-my-socks-off books. Amazingly enough, this year, I was able to keep my list at 14. These 14 books have given me all the feels. They’ve made me laugh, cry, swoon, and taken me on some of the best journeys.

I hope you enjoy my top 14 and the quotes I’ve pulled….

Juniper Hill by Devney Perry

“That was the problem with that line. Every time he was around, I wanted to cross it.”

Wright Rival by K.A. Linde

“I want all of your dates. Every single one of them.”

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

“People say you fall in love, but fall is such a sad word when you think about it. Falls are never good. You fall on the ground, you fall behind, you fall to your death. Whoever was the first person to say they fell in love must have already fallen out of it. Otherwise, they’d have called it something much better.”

Broken Crown by Rachel Van Dyken

“I’ll always love you, the best way I can, sometimes that means from a distance.”

Darling Venom by Parker S. Huntington

“She was broken. I was destroyed. This had disaster written all over it.”

Floored Karla Sorenson

“Don’t be so consumed with what you’re missing that you stop paying attention to what’s in front of you.”

Force by Cassandra Robbins

 “I’m going to take you to the edge it’s up to you if you see God!” 

Say It’s Forever by A.L. Jackson

“Sometimes the scariest journeys are the ones where the lost finally find the right path to lead them home.”

Second to None by K.A. Linde

“He wanted to be around me as much as I wanted to be around him. No matter the time or distance between us, the want was always there. It had always been there. And being around him again in this city made me want him more than ever.”

In Chaos We Reign by Amo Jones

“You can’t put time on a bond that burns endlessly.”

The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn

“You know, sometimes I think we get caught up in the idea that our jobs make or break us as humans, when that’s not the case at all. A job is a means to make money and provide for yourself. I think it’s the relationships we cultivate, the energy we put out into the world, that define us. You could be a billionaire with all the riches in the world, but that wouldn’t mean your life was truly rich.”

Mad Love by Hannah McBride

“This man was everything I’d ever wanted, and a lot I hadn’t dared hope for.”

Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

Maestro by Auden Dar

“Our love is like the stars we used to admire at night in Tanglewood. Even when they’re hidden, they’re still bright and constant.”

Release Tour and Review for The Broadway Series Relaunch by Allie York

Release Tour and Review for The Broadway Series Relaunch by Allie York

The Broadway Series is relaunching with new titles and gorgeous new covers! Allie York brings you five steamy, suspenseful romance reads with everything from single parents and secret admirers, to surprise babies and more – all in one heartwarming series.

Chance Blurb

Jovie

Between running a successful business and attempting to pen a best-selling novel, I don’t have the time or energy for the kind or romance I love to write about.

So, I let it fall to the wayside.

The thing is, life has a funny way of delivering what you need when you least expect it. And trust me, I was not expecting a poodle to be the one delivering a sexy Brit into my world.

Ewan

A tragic accident left me with time for only one woman in my life – my little sister, Amelia. Raising a teenager is enough work without adding in the hassle that comes with relationships.

But when my disobedient dog, Clark, crashes into a sexy dog trainer and practically bows at her feet, the attraction is immediate.

The chemistry between us is hard to fight and Jovie fits comfortably in my life with Amelia.

It’s all or nothing when someone else decides they want to change the game. Someone deadly, who has their sights set on what’s mine.

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My Review of Chance

This is my first book by Allie York and it certainly won’t be my last!

Between running her own business and attempting to write a best-selling novel, Jovie doesn’t have time for love. But when a chance encounter with a disobedient dog has Ewan crashing into her life, Jovie’s left wanting things she never anticipated.

I was pulled into Jovie and Ewan’s story from the very first page. The sparks between the two of them were instant and I loved the push and pull. Neither one of them was looking for a relationship, but fate had plans of its own. The road to happily ever after certainly wasn’t an easy one for these two. Jovie’s crazed client certainly stirred up trouble, keeping things interesting and leaving me on the edge of my seat as the story played out.

This series is off to one heck of a start and I can’t wait to see what adventure is in store for us next in the Broadway series.

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

Change Blurb

Lydia

Raising Ollie alone hasn’t been an easy task but there was no other option. Thirteen years ago, I let his father walk away – without knowing the truth.

I always thought it was for the best. Maintaining the secret about Ollie’s true parentage seems like the right thing to do.

But a chance run in with Jacob stirs up all the emotions I thought I’d left in the past and sends my world crashing down around us.

I’m forced to come clean and share my son with a man I never thought I’d see again.

I didn’t think we’d have forever…


Jacob

My life is nothing like I planned.

As if the death of my mother wasn’t enough, I managed to lose my wife and the roof over my head in one fell swoop. But, my ex’s infidelity isn’t the end of the lies. Returning to my hometown brings a whole new set of obstacles, including a son I never knew I had.

While Lydia’s world is tumbling, I’m realizing this could be my chance at the family I never knew I was missing.

Everything threatens to tear us apart.

I’m fighting for my family, while Lydia is battling her heart.

It’s a vicious game of tug-of-war because life and emotions are never simple. But, we could have had forever, can I convince her we could have it again?

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My Review of Change

“All the stuff I never knew I wanted was locked away in that house…”

Oh, man! I thought the first book in this series kept me on my toes, but boy was I in for a real treat with the second book in this series.

Book 2 follows the story of Jacob and Lydia. Their relationship starts off with a bit of an unconventional start. It was supposed to be a summer of fun. No promises. No falling in love. But, life had other plans in store for these two. When Jacob leaves for the job of his dreams, Lydia’s world gets turned upside down in the most unexpected way. It will be 12 years before these two former flames are reunited and once Jacob discovers what he’s missed out on, he’s a man on a mission who will do anything to get Lydia back.

I absolutely loved Jacob and Lydia’s story. It was consuming and entertaining at the same time. It checked off some of my favorite tropes: taboo/forbidden elements, second-chance romance, and surprise baby. The characters were relatable and intriguing. The plot was well-paced and kept me sucked in the entire time. I adored Jacob and Lydia as a couple. Sure they had their imperfections and didn’t always communicate best, but I think that’s what made them so real and relatable. Their road to happily ever after was filled with many obstacles for them to overcome and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey.

Another great read from Allie York. I can’t wait to start book 3.

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

Chase Blurb

Harriet

In less than a week, I’ve found myself homeless and alone.

What else is a girl to do when life keeps kicking me down? The only thing I know how.

Start over.

With a couple of bags and a scrap of paper, I put myself on a bus and set off across the country to the one friend I know I can turn to.

I had no intention of falling in love.

Then I found a notebook.

Briggs

I’ve always been the underdog. Coming into this world four minutes behind my twin brother Beck has never bothered me. Being burned, both literally and figuratively by Beck is a different story though.

With a failed engagement, a sick mother and a party-boy brother, most of my life is a blur.

Until I see her.

But lots of words and a dark cloud from her past threaten to tear it all apart.

Will she be able to see past the secrets to find who truly admirers her?

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My Review of Chase

This is the third book in the Broadway Series but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. Book 3 follows the story of Harriet and Briggs. Harriet will capture readers’ hearts instantly with her tough life and free spirit. Everything that could go wrong for Harriet does, and just when she thinks life is going to give her a break, it throws more obstacles her way. Briggs’ life has been anything but easy. He always seems to be in competition with his unworthy brother. I couldn’t help but root for Briggs to find some form of happiness.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. I liked Briggs and Harriet together. I thought they had wonderful chemistry and they definitely had me rooting for them. I loved that their story kept me on my toes not only in the romance department, but it also had its fair share of mystery and intrigue. All in all a great addition to this series.

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

Choose Blurb

Cori

Single mom, fearless, perpetually loveless.

With an ex-husband in prison and a feisty daughter to raise on my own, there was no time for anything else.

Sure, I may have needed a lot of things, but a man was not one of them. In fact, a man was the reason for every bit of misery in my life.

But, when a new girl joins my daughter Axel’s ballet class, with the company of her tall, tatted, sexy and very single dad, my ideas about men start to shift. Getting to know Griffin and his daughter, Celia, makes it harder to ignore not trying my hand at love again.

If only my head and my heart can see that we are worth it.

Griffin

Single dad, inked, badass.

Believe me when I tell you, no one was more surprised than me to find out that I had a kid – a daughter. Five years old when some social worker dropped her in my lap. My life was literally flipped upside down. Instead of late nights with loose women, I found myself home in time for bedtime stories and a house filled with more pink stuff than I could ever imagine.

With my priorities now firmly shifted from fun to family, falling for Cori is easy. Especially when her own daughter, Axel, breaks through Celia’s hard shell.

Now if I could just convince Griffin that one family together is better than two apart.

I’ve got my work cut out for me since we’re all a little tattered & bruised.

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My Review of Choose

Book 4 is by far and away my favorite book in this series so far. From the moment you meet Cori and Griffin, you will be immediately captivated by their story. Cori is a single mom with her own share of baggage, just trying to do the best for her daughter. Finding love was the last thing on her mind until Griffin walked into her life. Griffin is best known for his playboy ways, but when he finds out he’s got a daughter he never knew about, he does a complete 360. He would move heaven and earth for his daughter. This former playboy is in for quite the journey and when he sets his sights on Cori, all bets are off.

I absolutely loved Cori and Griffin’s story. I knew one day, Griffin would meet a girl who would turn his world upside down and I am so happy that day has finally come. Cori and Griffin had some insane chemistry that just oozed off of the pages. Both of them had their own share of baggage and obstacles to overcome, but their journey was so worth it. I loved every second of this story from the plot to the romance to the twist that kept me on my toes. My only complaint is that this story came to an end.

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

Cherish Blurb

Meredith

Okay, maybe running away from my family and moving cross country with my boyfriend was a bad idea. A really bad idea.

For two years I let a man dull my shine and to leave me beaten and broken until I couldn’t take any more.

With a new life growing inside me, I know it’s time for me to go back home, even if my family never forgives me for the hurt I have caused.

The last thing I’m looking for is for someone to save, especially when I’m trying to save myself.

But something about Beck pulls me in.

Beck

I’m a horrible person. I know it and so does everyone else.

Everyday it gets harder to dull the pain and forget the past.

After waking up in a seedy hotel with a woman I don’t even recognize, I’m sure my life isn’t even worth it any more.

I’m just about to end it all when my salvation stumbles into my lap.

Meredith has every reason to push me away. But, I’m determined to prove to her (and myself) that I am the better man.

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My Review of Cherish

I can’t believe I’ve finally reached the end of the Broadway Series! It’s been such a fun and wild ride and book 5 doesn’t disappoint.

Meredith returns home after a long two years away when life has thrown her more than she can handle. The last thing she expected was to fall, literally into the hands of another man. Meredith’s life is more complicated than anyone could imagine and when Beck enters the picture, it’s game over. Will Beck turn out to be the knight in shining armor Meredith never saw coming? There’s only one way to find out…

Now I’ll be honest, getting to know Beck from the previous stories, I wasn’t 100% sure about him or whether or not his character could be redeemed, and boy was I glad to be proven wrong. I loved seeing Beck’s world get knocked off its axis. Not only did meeting Meredith change his ways for the better, but it also opened his eyes to a future he never knew he wanted. Meredith certainly wasn’t without her faults. She had her own past and mistakes to make up for and despite the warnings, she heard about Beck, the moment she met him it was like all the stars aligned and I was excited to see how their story would play out.

All in all, I think book 5 is an excellent addition to this series. This story was well-written and entertaining. I thought Meredith and Beck made the perfect match and loved their instant chemistry. Their story was filled with its share of ups and downs, but the journey was worth it in the end. I’m so glad that this author decided to write Beck’s story.

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

Excerpt from Chance, book one in The Broadway Series

Copyright 2022 Allie York

We hadn’t even made it to the mailbox before the leash was pulled from my hand and the hard plastic was bouncing behind him as he bolted down the street. I growled a series of curses worthy of making a sailor blush and took off in a run after him, screaming his name. Once I caught him, his slow painful death was inevitable. I would kill him and relish every second of it. I lost sight of him as I rounded a corner and skidded to a halt, nearly tripping over a crack in the sidewalk. I spotted him as he ran full-force into someone walking their dog and panicked. It wouldn’t be the first person my idiot dog leveled on a walk.

I took off as fast as I could, yelling at him, only to find the woman holding his leash with a very pissed off expression. I let her place the leash in my hand, doubling over to catch my breath and being assaulted by my own stupid animal. Her sheepdog stood still by her side in statuesque annoyance. I apologized, asking if he had knocked her over, to which she responded with a curt, “No.” The woman held out a card. Fantastic. My horrid beast had run into a dog trainer. A very lovely dog trainer.

About Allie York

I’m a mom, wife, and dog groomer by day. At night I write contemporary romance. I love funny dog videos, I read naughty books, and drink too much coffee.

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Blog Tour with Review: Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn

Blog Tour with Review: Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

UNTYING THE KNOT, a brand new steamy, witty, emotional romance full of heart and humor from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, is Now Available in all formats! Dive into this romantic comedy sure to keep you on your toes. One-click your copy today!

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A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after the happily ever after.

Ryot Bisley is my husband.

Yes, the former third baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City. That Ryot Bisley.

The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use as a blanket.

The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.

The third time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.

So when he was called up to the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the way down the aisle.

Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr. Frowny Face is back.

He’s so focused on trying to build a life after baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.

Problem is…my husband refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in.

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MY REVIEW

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

Untying the Knot left me an emotional, exhausted mess. This story really put me through the wringer with all of its angst and feels. Wild horses couldn’t have stopped me from devouring each second of this story. Untying the Knot is real, honest, and messy. Its utter perfection will consume you and leave you gasping for more.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was consumed. I was completely lost in Ryot and Myla’s story. Ryot and Myla were the dream team. Their banter and chemistry was contagious. They fought hard to be together through all the curveballs life kept throwing at them. But, somewhere along the way, life happened. They both lost their way and before they knew it, they were in for the fight of their lives.

I loved everything about this book from beginning to end. When I say Ryot and Myla’s story consumed me, I mean it CONSUMED me. I was addicted and couldn’t get enough. From the banter and chemistry to the hate and disappointment. To the moments that tugged on my heart and left me ugly-crying. This book had it all and was everything I never knew I needed. Ryot and Myla’s story was real, honest, and at times hard and I think that’s why I loved it so much. The journey wasn’t easy, but boy was it an incredible one.

Untying the Knot is hands down one of my favorite reads for 2022 and is probably one of my top reads from this author. If you’re looking for a book that will hit you with all the feels and isn’t afraid to hold back, you won’t want to miss Untying the Knot.

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

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer Armentrout

Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer Armentrout

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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MY REVIEW

“For the first time in my life, I felt like I was more than a destiny I’d never agreed to. More than the embers I carried within me. I felt like…more.”

You know you’ve read a good book when it leaves you absolutely speechless and that’s what this book has done to me.

Picking up where A Shadow in the Ember left off, we are faced with the truth about Sera’s plan and the fallout it leaves behind. Even after shattering the trust between herself and Nyktos, Sera remains determined to destroy Kolis at any cost. Nyktos has a plan, but in order for it to work he must find a way to work with Sera. The last thing these two need is to acknowledge the passion that burns between them. Bound by destiny and duty, Nyktos and Sera’s story takes readers on an unforgettable journey…

A Light in the Flame is brilliantly written and will capture your attention from the very first page. Nyktos and Sera’s story absolutely consumed me. The push and pull, the undeniable connection…Ugh! I just couldn’t get enough. You knew these two characters were meant to be, it was only a matter of time before they weren’t able to deny it anymore. I live for those moments.

A Light in the Flame is filled with romance and betrayal, revelations, and crazy twists all leading up to an unforgettable ending that will leave you begging for the next book. I lived for all of the angsty and heart-pounding action. The sense of duty, fate, and destiny had me devouring each and every word. A Light in the Flame is a fantastic addition to the Flesh and Fire series and I can not wait to see how things play out in the next book.

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

Review: Wicked by Amo Jones

Review: Wicked by Amo Jones

I remember the day he walked through our front door, bloodied and broken with the kind of torment that breeds, but never dies. Papa had one rule for him. Stay away from his daughter.

He didn’t.

Years later, he crashes back into my life and tears down all of the walls I built up around myself. We’re both hiding secrets, but when the mafia world collides with the MC world, the shrapnel could destroy everyone around us.

Now the president of the Chicago chapter, not even I was prepared for his return. He’s going to see that I’m no longer the precious princess of the Cosa Nostra, and I won’t play his games anymore.

He’ll play mine.

This is a story about two souls destined to be together, but who are trapped in bodies that hate each other. It’s what happens when you both let love kill you.

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MY REVIEW

“She stared at me from across the room. It was the exact reason why I loved her. She was reckless with her need for me. She didn’t give a fuck who was watching. I felt it, she sure as fuck felt it, and I’m one thousand percent everyone in this goddamn room felt it.”

“Love was a distraction to destruction. Nothing more, and nothing less.”

“Because with Wicked, he needs to own you. All of you. Every animalistic tendency that man has comes out to play with you when he’s fucking you. He fucks to own you, not sleep with you.”

After weeks of teasing, Wicked is finally here! And let me tell you, this book is twisted and boundary-pushing. It makes you question everything and leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more…

One thing I can count on with an Amo Jones book is that she’s going to pull out all the stops and test every single one of my boundaries and Wicked is no exception. Wicked is intense from the very first page and will keep you captivated the entire time. This story hits the ground running and had my head spinning, not knowing which way was up or which was down. The romance, web of lies, betrayal, and twists kept me on my toes the entire time. And just when I thought I knew the direction this story was going to take, the carpet was pulled out from under me, and I fell further into the rabbit hole.

Wicked is probably one of Amo Jones’ darkest books yet and isn’t for the faint of hearts. Wicked is brilliantly written and completely consuming. This is the kind of book that you’re going to hate one minute and love the very next. The chemistry between Wicked and Ruby is explosive and will leave you all twisted up in knots. If you’re looking for a hearts and flowers type of read, Wicked is not for you. But, if you love dark and twisted tales, go into this story blind. Heed the warnings. Trust the process, and enjoy because you are about to be taken on a crazy, wild ride.

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

Review: The Revenge (The Insiders Trilogy #3) by Tijan

Review: The Revenge (The Insiders Trilogy #3) by Tijan

The Revenge is the taut, edgy, sexy, explosive conclusion to The Insiders trilogy by New York Times and USA Today bestseller Tijan!

Bailey and Kash were used to living in the shadows. Now they are thrust into the public eye. Together, they can do anything, but undeniable danger and seemingly insurmountable challenges threaten the love and passion that binds them.

1. Bailey is reeling from the greatest loss she has ever suffered.

2. Enemies are closing in.

3. Even bigger secrets and twists are coming to light.

Win or lose, for Bailey and Kash, everything is on the line.

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MY REVIEW

Finally! The epic conclusion we’ve been waiting for. I have been hooked on Kash and Bailey since the very first book and have immensely enjoyed their journey. And let me tell you, The Revenge is everything fans of The Insiders series have been waiting for.

The Revenge picks up right where the doozy of a cliffhanger from The Damaged left off and this book leaves no stone unturned. If you had questions, you better sit down and buckle in because you are not ready for the answers. This book had so many twists and turns it left my head spinning. I was kept on my toes and left to roll with the punches. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

Kash and Bailey once again stepped up to the plate and showed, us readers, why we should root for them. Their loyalty and love for one another continues to knock my socks off and I know there is no storm these two can not weather.

There is so much I wish I could say right now, but I’m keeping my lips sealed. All I can tell you is to get ready. You thought the other books in this series were intense, but you haven’t seen anything yet. The Revenge pulls out all of the stops and leaves readers with the most satisfying and well-deserved ending. I loved everything about this book from beginning to end and look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us readers next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via St. Martins Press and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: Resisting the Grump by Ashley Munoz

Blog Tour with Review: Resisting the Grump by Ashley Munoz
Once upon a time he broke me, and for that, I refuse to fall for him again.

Resisting the Grump, an all-new small-town romantic comedy full of heat and humor from bestselling author Ashley Munoz is available now!

Stalking the town recluse wasn’t exactly wise.

Davis was five years older than me…antisocial and temperamental. And there was the little fact that he didn’t know I existed.
Still, I gave him my heart, and he crushed it.

So I picked up the pieces and ran away to New York City. I had a plan that kept my heart intact for four years.
But one phone call changed everything.

Returning home meant facing the past…and the man who ruined me.
I had hoped that the mountain had swallowed him whole. Alas, as I set out to help my parents, I discover he’s not only alive and well, but that they apparently love the jerk.

He has no idea that we have a past, which is both a relief and salt in the wound.
I promise myself I’ll ignore how his eyes linger on me, or the way his touch feels like a live wire, and I’ll remember that once upon a time he broke me and for that I refuse to fall for him again.
But I can’t control that he seems to be falling for me this time.

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MY REVIEW

“Peace was like concrete, filling in all of the fissures and cracks that now outlined my life.”

“I felt like I was spinning in place, like my entire universe had turned upside down.”

“When the rain fell hard, in heavy beats against the earth, I fell for Davis in ways I’d never recover from. I’d tie this feeling to the crushed one I had carried for so many years, and I’d make a solid chain, tie it around my neck, and drown.”

Resisting the Grump is a sexy, all-consuming romance filled with the most delicious angst that will tug at your heartstrings, leaving you breathless right until the very end…

Resisting the Grump follows the story of Raelyn and Davis. From a very young age, Raelynn has had her eyes on Davis. It was a simple, innocent, unrequited crush that was never meant to go anywhere, but that didn’t stop Raelyn for taking a chance, only to end up with her heart broken. In desperate need of escape, Raelyn flees town hoping that college and a change of scenery will mend her heart. Her plan worked well for a few years until a phone call has Raelyn rushing home. Raelyn will now be forced to not only return home but face the man who destroyed her heart….

Resisting the Grump consumed me from the very first page. My heart ached for Raelyn and the hurt she experienced as a young girl, falling hard and fast for someone who didn’t know she even existed. Unrequited love is never easy and while this story might have started out a bit unconventional, there was no way I was prepared for the journey this story was going to take me on.

I adored Raelyn and Davis. Raelyn was the bright spot on any dark day. She had a big heart and always had the best of intentions even if her actions weren’t always the best. And then we have Davis, her complete opposite. He was the broody, grump of a man with the whole world on his shoulders. He seemed destined to be alone in the dark until his sights got set on Raelyn. I loved how easy it was for Raelyn and Davis to be together. They had the best chemistry and just fit. Raelyn tried her hardest to resist Davis, especially given her past crush, but Davis is not the kind of man that takes no for an answer, he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it.

In the end, this story took me on one emotional journey. I loved the angst and heartache, the push and pull, the revelations of secrets, sinfully hot moments, and everything in between. This story kept me on my toes and consumed me from beginning to end.

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

Excerpt

“Can I kiss you, Rae?” he whispered, moving along my skin.
Shaking my head, my throat bobbed. “No.”
“You don’t seem like the kind of girl who likes to be asked, so I’m just going to do it.”
“Try it and see what happens,” I smiled wickedly.
He stared at me, a tiny smile lifting in the corner of his mouth. “You can’t resist me forever.”
“Watch me.” I glared defiantly, hating that he’d called out something that simmered so close to my core.
His body pressed against mine for a second longer then it vanished. “I think I’ll kiss you when you’re least expecting it. Maybe in church or something.”
“Why bother with this ruse? I overheard you talking that night in the garage. I know my dad asked you to place the order, and I know you think I’m too much work to befriend.” My palms went flat against the brick, so I could somehow find balance.
His stormy glare cut through me, as if I were a cold stick of butter and he was the searing knife, just pulled from the fire.
“You misheard…or at least misunderstood.”
Tilting my head, I asked, “Did he tell you to place the order and lie to me?”
Without a single hitch in his voice, or flicker in his gaze, he answered. “Yes.”
“Then I don’t know what’s left to—”
His grip returned to my waist as his body pressed into mine, pushing me tighter against the brick at my back.
“You misunderstood…I don’t want to be your friend, Rae, and you are a lot of work, but if you haven’t noticed, work doesn’t scare me off. I like work. I like trouble. You’re a fucking delicious mixture of both, and please understand me when I say this”—he lowered his head, his lips just barely a breath away from mine—“I like kissing you.”

About Ashley
Ashley resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her four children and her husband. She loves coffee, reading fantasy, and writing about people who kiss and cuss.

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Release Blitz with Review: Resisting the Grump by Ashley Munoz

Release Blitz with Review: Resisting the Grump by Ashley Munoz

Ashley Munoz, brings a deliciously fun small-town romance, full of hilarious antics and a grumpy recluse-with no idea he has to not only win the girl but redeem himself in the process.

Stalking the town recluse wasn’t exactly wise.

Davis was five years older than me…antisocial and temperamental. And there was the little fact that he didn’t know I existed.

Still, I gave him my heart, and he crushed it.

So I picked up the pieces and ran away to New York City. I had a plan that would keep my heart intact for years.

But one phone call changed everything.

Returning home meant facing the past…and the man who ruined me.

I had hoped that the mountain had swallowed him whole.

But, as I set out to help my parents, I discover he’s not only alive and well, but that they apparently love the jerk.

He has no idea that we have a past, which is both a relief and salt in the wound.

I promise myself I’ll ignore how his eyes linger on me, or how his touch feels like a live wire, and I’ll remember that once upon a time he broke me, and for that, I refuse to fall for him again.

But I can’t control that he seems to be falling for me this time.

Download your copy today!

Read FREE in Kindle Unlimited

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3OYL7uu

Amazon Worldwide: https://mybook.to/resistingthegrump

Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3PRw86q

MY REVIEW

“Peace was like concrete, filling in all of the fissures and cracks that now outlined my life.”

“I felt like I was spinning in place, like my entire universe had turned upside down.”

“When the rain fell hard, in heavy beats against the earth, I fell for Davis in ways I’d never recover from. I’d tie this feeling to the crushed one I had carried for so many years, and I’d make a solid chain, tie it around my neck, and drown.”

Resisting the Grump is a sexy, all-consuming romance filled with the most delicious angst that will tug at your heartstrings, leaving you breathless right until the very end…

Resisting the Grump follows the story of Raelyn and Davis. From a very young age, Raelynn has had her eyes on Davis. It was a simple, innocent, unrequited crush that was never meant to go anywhere, but that didn’t stop Raelyn for taking a chance, only to end up with her heart broken. In desperate need of escape, Raelyn flees town hoping that college and a change of scenery will mend her heart. Her plan worked well for a few years until a phone call has Raelyn rushing home. Raelyn will now be forced to not only return home but face the man who destroyed her heart….

Resisting the Grump consumed me from the very first page. My heart ached for Raelyn and the hurt she experienced as a young girl, falling hard and fast for someone who didn’t know she even existed. Unrequited love is never easy and while this story might have started out a bit unconventional, there was no way I was prepared for the journey this story was going to take me on.

I adored Raelyn and Davis. Raelyn was the bright spot on any dark day. She had a big heart and always had the best of intentions even if her actions weren’t always the best. And then we have Davis, her complete opposite. He was the broody, grump of a man with the whole world on his shoulders. He seemed destined to be alone in the dark until his sights got set on Raelyn. I loved how easy it was for Raelyn and Davis to be together. They had the best chemistry and just fit. Raelyn tried her hardest to resist Davis, especially given her past crush, but Davis is not the kind of man that takes no for an answer, he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it.

In the end, this story took me on one emotional journey. I loved the angst and heartache, the push and pull, the revelations of secrets, sinfully hot moments, and everything in between. This story kept me on my toes and consumed me from beginning to end.

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

About Ashley

Ashley resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her four children and her husband. She loves coffee, reading fantasy, and writing about people who kiss and cuss.

Connect with Ashley

Website: https://www.ashleymunozbooks.com/

Facebook: https://bit.ly/3MOeXAW

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JatpXh

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3MMhvzz

Instagram: https://bit.ly/3F9k1gS

TikTok: https://bit.ly/3ON2lfg

Release Blitz with Review: Second to None by K.A. Linde

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SECOND TO NONE

K.A. Linde

Release Date: August 30

First love can’t come second.

A stand alone second chance grumpy sunshine romance about Josie & Maddox by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Maddox Nelson is the only boy I’ve ever loved.

And the only one to break my heart.

I thought I was over that long ago. After drowning the heartbreak in two failed marriages, I should want safe and easy, and Maddox is nothing but complicated.

Now that I’m back home in Savannah, I can’t deny the pull toward him. He’s the grumpy to my sunshine, the introvert to my extrovert, the uncompromising to my go with the flow. But years of friendship, love, and tangled lust binds us together in the city where it all began.

When heat flies between us, he makes it clear that we already had our chance. Both of us should move on.

Except I’m no longer okay with that idea.

I’ll prove to him that I come second to none.

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MY REVIEW

“He wanted to be around me as much as I wanted to be around him. No matter the time or distance between us, the want was always there. It had always been there. And being around him again in this city made me want him more than ever.”

“Kissing Maddox was effortless, like breathing.”

“With those three words, I belonged to him. I always had, but we’d sealed it. There was nowhere else I wanted to be.”

OMG! This book had me twisted up in the most delicious knots. Filled with angst, longing, and a lifetime of will they/won’t they get their stuff figured out, this book not only delivered but exceeded my expectations.

Maddox and Josie’s story is messy, frustrating, and oh, so complicated. Their story begins in high school, where the attraction has always been there, but a promise between friends keeps them apart. As time goes on, the timing never seemed to be right between them. There was always something or someone, or even themselves sabotaging their efforts.

Josie is so complex, driven, and passionate about the things/people she loves. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but her heart is in the right place and I loved seeing her character grow and mature. At first glance, Maddox seems to be her complete opposite with his grumpy, broody attitude, but there is more to this talented artist than meets the eye. He might be a complete introvert, but he is exactly what Josie needs. Together these two had phenomenal chemistry. I loved all the will they/won’t they moments. The poor timing and ups and downs, and all the obstacles in between made for some delicious angst that just tugged at my heartstrings and left me all twisted, in the best possible way.

Second to None is the perfect grumpy sunshine, second chance romance. The characters are complicated and real. You can’t help but lose yourself in the story and the characters from the moment you pick this book up. I personally couldn’t put this book down once I started and boy did this book take me on the best journey ever. This book is angst. This book is real romance. I loved every single moment and never wanted it to end.

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

Meet K.A. Linde:

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

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Review: In Chaos We Reign by Amo Jones

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I was the trick that they could never play.
She was the greatest game of all…

There was elegance that comes from being carved from the ashes of all the darkness that surrounds you in the world. You start as dust, and you end as dust. At least that’s what I always thought. Crowned Princess Mayhem all my life became old fast, and I found myself forging my iron crown with the blood of our enemies.

To The Brothers of Kiznitch, I was nothing but a little brat that always got my way. I was the sister none of them asked for, but they’d find themselves needing. He was no different. Loving Keaton Cicero was never going to be easy. There was evil within him that would never be accepted.

They thought their over-protectiveness had kept me safe all these years, but they were wrong. Everything they thought they knew, was about to burn around them. I wasn’t someone who needed protecting…

They were.

In Chaos We Reign can be read as a stand-alone, but it is recommended to read In Silence She Screams first to better understand some story points.

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MY REVIEW

“A killer’s love is as violent as the art in which they take lives.”

“You can’t put time on a bond that burns endlessly.”

👏👏 Bravo, Amo Jones, Bravo. Amo Jones has completely outdone herself. I’m exhausted and my mind is still processing the crazy and twisted ride I just experienced. I didn’t just devour this book, I inhaled it. It was heart-pounding and absolutely brilliant. Fans of this series, you are in for one heck of a crazy, yet satisfying ride…

Here we are again back in the world of Midnight Mayhem and as we dive into Cartier and Keaton’s story, we are once again asked to trust the process, and trust the journey. Every moment, every twist, and every turn has been building toward this story. It should come as no surprise that this journey is going to be a crazy one filled with so many twists and turns it will leave your head spinning and your jaw clenched as you try to unravel the web this author has created.

In Chaos We Reign took on me on the best possible journey, leaving me exhausted and completely turned inside out. It is a brilliantly written and masterfully crafted story that will take readers on a bent and twisted ride that will keep them on their toes, on the edge of their seats, and leave them devouring every word. This story is filled with danger, intrigue, and betrayal. It’s filled with shocking twists and unexpected turns and a love so powerful that nothing can stand in the way of it.

In Chaos We Reign isn’t just a story. It’s an experience. It’s something that will burrow its way into you and will leave you thinking about it long after you’ve reached “The End”. And as we close this chapter on the Midnight Mayhem series, I am so happy to have discovered this series and fallen in love with these characters. I can’t wait to see what twisted tale Amo Jones has in store for us readers next!

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