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Review and Excerpt Tour: Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

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“Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I’m Noely Clark, your host: and I’m in the market for love…”

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.

Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check.

I signed up immediately.

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I’ve found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .

I’m in big trouble.

Good Morning Malibu,
I’m Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock

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My Review

“All I want is someone amusing who can laugh with me, a man who can also connect with me on an intellectual level. If he happens to be handsome, with big hands, impeccable style, and a deep voice that can rock my socks off in bed, then hey, I’ll take it.”

“I want to know what he tastes like. What the scruff on his jaw feels like under my fingers, caressing the soft skin on my cheek. I want to tangle my fingers into his short hair, to grip tightly onto his neck, and not release him until I’m fully sated by his mouth.”

“How do you explain to someone that deep in your soul, you know you’re meant to be with someone? Like our meeting was kismet? Like the roller coaster of our lives came to a conversation point, at a time we weren’t ready for, but a time when we needed it the most.”

Yes! Yes! Yes!! So much love for this book! Three Blind Dates is refreshing, fun and one entertaining read. When I first came across the synopsis of this book, I just knew I had to get my hands on it and boy am I ever glad I did. This book was absolutely everything and is definitely one that I can see myself reading over and over again.

Three Blind Dates follows the story of Noely. Noely is the girl everyone can relate to. She’s smart. She’s dedicated. She’s hardworking. But, when it comes to love, she can’t help but strike out. Finding the man of her dreams seems impossible until she hears about Going in Blind. Going in Blind is all the rage and the app that swears it will find you love…Going in Blind seems like the perfect setup and once Noely starts going on dates, all bets are off. Noely is in for the adventure of a lifetime with three amazing matches. Will Noley finally find Mr. Right or will she once again strike out in love?? There is only one way to find out…

Three Blind Dates is such an amazing read. I was sucked into the story from the very first page and could not get enough of it. I was totally, completely, 100% captivated by this book. I couldn’t put it down. I fell head over heels for Noely and couldn’t wait to see how her story would play out. Like I previously stated, she is the girl that everyone can relate to and understand. She is a hopeless romantic and I honestly couldn’t wait to see if she found true love. I loved the three men that Noely was set up with. Each one was swoon worthy, but flawed in their own ways. I absolutely adored them, but there was one guy that stood out that definitely had me hoping things would go his way.

I am a sucker for romance and happy endings. And this book just hit all the marks and left me with all the feels. From fun and entertaining characters to swoon worthy “You’ve Got Mail” references. To men that made me want to pull my hair out, to a romance that was made in the stars. This book had it all and I fell head over heels for it. I loved everything about it and can not wait for more. Three Blind Dates kicks off an exciting start to the Dating By Numbers Series and I can’t wait to read more.

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

EXCERPT

I didn’t realize how close I was to the restaurant because I’m ten minutes early. Does that make me seem desperate? No, I chastise myself. It shows that I respect the other person’s time . . . right?

God, dating is the worst. There are so many unspoken rules you have to follow to not look desperate, or to not look like a psycho, or a creep, or horny, or—

“Can I help you, miss?”

Straightening up, I turn toward the hostess stand, which is a beautifully carved piece of wood. Standing behind it is an exotic, tall woman with long black hair, stunning grey eyes, and a massive engagement ring on her hand. Please tell me she got that rock from dating someone in this program.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that happiness for my life is dependent on getting married, but to see a success story in the flesh—particularly for me—would be encouraging.

“Hi, yes, I’m Noely Clark. I have a date at seven tonight with”—I lean forward, feeling silly and whisper—“with WindsorKnot.”

Her smile is kind and reassuring, making me feel a little calmer. “Yes, Miss Clark, I have you here for seven. You’re date hasn’t arrived yet, so can I show you to the bar for a drink while you wait?”

“That would be lovely, thank you.”

With my clutch tucked under my arm, I follow tall, dark, and beautiful to the bar where a very handsome Asian man is standing with a towel draped over his shoulder and a bright grin on his face. He’s wearing a button-up shirt with rolled sleeves, a brown vest covering his chest, which totally channels his inner Justin Timberlake.

“Danny, this is Miss Clark. She has a reservation at seven. Would you be so kind to make her whatever drink she would like?”

“Of course.” He winks at the hostess who presses her warm hand on my arm.

“Enjoy, Miss Clark. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. My name is Veronica, this is Danny, and we will be happy to serve you in any way.” With a parting grin, she moves back to her hostess spot.

Well, she’s nice.

“Miss Clark, please take a seat. What would you like?”

My tight, formfitting red dress makes my hop onto the bar stool a difficult task, but with a pleading prayer to the dress gods and a swift jump, I situate myself, only breaking a minor sweat.

I let out a sigh of relief and place my hands on the bar in front of me, scanning the glitzy bottles of “muscle relaxant.” “Hmm . . . how about a Moscow Mule?”

“Coming right up.” He gets to work and I watch as he magically floats around the bar, pulling the ingredients. “We recently bought new copper mugs, and I’ve been dying to use them.”

“Yeah? Am I the first?”

Winking, he says, “You are.”

If I didn’t know any better, I would say Danny is a bit of a flirt. Either that or he’s super friendly. Or simply made to be a bartender.

From beneath the bar, Danny pulls out a shiny, hammered-copper mug, and I’m instantly taken by the design. So sleek, just like its surroundings. The restaurant, with its white exposed brick, natural wood features, electric colors, and stone tabletops, is sexy, yet inviting. The friendly waitstaff is an absolute bonus. Every table is cornered off in its own spot, never getting too close to the other tables around it, and the mood lighting is on point with dim Edison bulb lights hanging from the ceiling and tabletop candles. I’m feeling the mood.

Despite the welcoming atmosphere, I can’t help but feel nervous, even after my brief exchange with WindsorKnot. There’s something to say about a blind date: the anticipation, the unknown, the knowledge that you’re having dinner with someone to possibly form a romantic relationship. It’s intimidating, but exhilarating all at the same time.

Could this be the last time I ever go on a first date? Will he like me? Will he want to get to know me?

Butterflies float around in my stomach and my cheeks heat as Danny places a napkin in front of me, topped by my drink with a lime slice on the side.

“Here you go, Miss Clark. Please enjoy.”

I smile politely. “Thank you.” When I take a sip, I’m instantly assaulted by the ginger-lime combination. Perfect. “This is fantastic.”

“Good.” Danny winks again and like an old-time bartender, starts drying a tumbler with the towel hanging over his shoulder. Eyeing me for a second, he asks, “A little nervous?”

After taking a sip from my drink, I lick my lips and nod. “Just a little.” I scrunch my nose, squinting ever so slightly. “Is it obvious?”

“Nah, you look pretty chill compared to a lot of blind daters I see come through the door.”

“Oh, I’m sure you see a lot of different reactions to these dates.” I lean forward, the cold wood of the bar cooling my sweaty hands, and whisper, “Any good stories you can tell me?”

Danny chuckles quietly and leans forward himself, taking a look from side to side before answering. “Plenty, but looks like your date just arrived.”

My date just arrived?

The temperature in the room seems to go up a thousand degrees as my body seizes and my shoulders tense. “Oh God, can you see him? Is he hot? What does he look like? Should I turn around? No, I shouldn’t, he would know I was checking him out.” Whispering a little louder, I ask again, “Just tell me, is he cute?”

Danny’s eyes scan over my head and his smile stretches across his face. “That’s for you to judge, not me.” Damn you, Danny.

Oh Christ, I’m not ready.

That’s right, I’m not freaking ready for this.

I get it, I know I said I was ready, that I wanted to do this, that I was all-in, that I wanted to find my soul mate, but now that I’m here, seconds from meeting “the one,” I’m pretty sure I’m going to throw up. Yep, I’m going to throw up. I can feel it rising.

Oh God, I’m going to retch all over him, right on his shoes. I know it. It’s bound to happen.

“Relax, you’re going to have fun,” Danny whispers before he turns to the bottles behind him.

As if the light hairs on my arm can sense it, they stand at attention as the sound of faint footsteps come closer.

Click, click, click. The cement floor leaves zero room for sneaking up on anyone.

Don’t throw up, don’t throw up. Think compliments, think pleasantries, think—

“Hello.”

Smooth molasses drips over my shoulders as the most velvet of voices I’ve ever heard echoes behind me, pulling me away from the death grip on my copper mug and turning me in my seat to face one of the most handsome and polished men I’ve ever seen.

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Release Blitz with Review: The Thing About Love by Kim Karr

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The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn’t my cup of tea.

I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 9 – 5 hours. And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.)

Tall, dark, and handsome doesn’t change the fact that he’s arrogant, cocky, and rude.

Not that I care, but he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no.

Turns out no isn’t an option.

I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn’t have a choice. He looks at our situation like he’s stuck with me, but in reality I’m stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)

When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I’m in trouble.

He isn’t supposed to make my heart pound.

I’m not supposed to make him look twice.

And we aren’t supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.)

Falling for him is definitely a mistake.

Here’s the thing…

Jake is unavailable, and I know it.
Just not in the way you might think.

I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

My Review

“Someday, Jake, love will find you. And when it does, you won’t have a choice but to accept it.”

“Suddenly all those cliches I’d made fun of seemed so real. The earth shifted. The ground moved under my feet. I was on cloud nine.”

“What was this between us? We hardly knew each other. We were both at crossroads in our life. And yet, knowing that didn’t seem to change this chemical reaction between us. It should have. It should have been a warning. I didn’t understand it. All I did know was that I wanted to be with him as well. I wanted to touch him. To feel him. Every beautiful inch of him. For as long as I could.”

When I think of romance, this is exactly what I want. I want a story that makes me feel. A story that makes me swoon. A story that pulls emotions out of me and turns my world upside down. And for me, The Thing About Love was exactly what my heart was looking for. This book…It just consumed me from the moment I picked it. From the moment I started reading this book, I just had a feeling it was going to be a special and unique read…And boy was I ever right! The Thing About Love is a beautiful and expected read. I had no idea what my heart would be in store for when I picked up this book and I’ll be the first to tell you, there is nothing I loved more than when a book surprises me. And let me tell you, this book surprised me in the best, best way.

From the moment I met Jules and Jake, I was hooked. The banter and chemistry between the two of them was just explosive. Jake is the sexy, broody, successful doctor. He’s been dealt some pretty tough cards in his life, but nothing means more to him than family. So, when his sister is determined to make him a part of her wedding planning, he’ll do anything to make her happy….And that’s where Jules comes in to play. There is nothing more that Jules loves than planning peoples special days. She is the kind of girl that you just can’t help but fall in love with. She’s smart, beautiful, kind, a bit clumsy, but has a huge heart. She loves love, but sucks when it comes to her own relationships. The last thing Jules ever planned on was Jake. Like I said, their chemistry is explosive and just oozes off the pages. They challenge and push one another. You could tell that these two were meant to be; that fate had brought them together. But, that their course must play out and that they must find their way in order to be happy…

The Thing About Love is a beautiful, honest and heartwarming love story that just captured my heart. From entertaining banter and delicious humor. To sexy good times and swoon worthy moments. To moments that just pulled at your heart and put tears in your eyes. This book hit all the marks for me. The characters are real, raw and easy to connect with. Their story is beautiful and intense at the same time. You will be glued to the pages and hit with a ton of emotions just as I was.

The Thing About Love is so much more than a love story. It is a story of family. A story of hope. It is a story of loss and letting go of the guilt that consumes you. It is a story of finding peace and living. But, most of all, it is a story about taking chances and holding on to love with everything you’ve got. This series is off to one heck of a start 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*

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About the Author:

Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim’s oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn’t need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented–a Kindle.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Top Reads of 2017

2017 has been one heck of a year for amazing reads. This year, I read over 400 books 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. So, this year, I decided to do a top 20. These 20 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 20 and the quotes I’ve pulled….

Amy’s Top 20 of 2017

I lift my head to his, forehead to forehead, mouth to mouth, and soul to soul, and beg him for what I need. “Just please stay.” Please stay…even if my heart is scarred and my soul is dirty. Please stay…because I’ll never survive it if you leave me again. He’s the creation and the rapture. Every good and bad thing all wrapped up into one. An now, after all these years, he may just be my resurrection.

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“Back there, she looked at me like she didn’t hate me. Like I wasn’t total shit. Like I wasn’t nothing. Like I was somebody. Somebody she respected. And fuck, it was her, wasn’t it. Her opinion mattered. Fucking hell, why did it have to be her? Of all the people that could matter to me it was her, even now, eight years later.”

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“For the briefest second, he wasn’t some rich tycoon about to strip and devour me but a sweet seducer drowning beneath his own untruths. That was the problem with being guarded. People with lies could never make friends. But people with trust cold never make enemies. Both were weak.”

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“Life is short, so short, so precious, every minute, every day. Don’t let the people you love, the people who make you happy, the people who bring you joy — don’t let them go. Hang on to them, even when it hurts. When it seems impossible. Hold on to the things that breathe life into you. Listen to your soul and honor what it tells you. Live. Fight for what you love. Because one day, you’ll be where I am, and in that moment I want you to look back gladly, with no regrets.”

“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”

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“There’s never been a choice. And I know it must be hard for you to believe in my love after everything I’ve done that’s hurt you, but it’s true. God, it’s true. And if you’ll give me another chance to prove it to you, I’ll do anything. Anything.”

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“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“My rage had become a living thing inside my chest, an echoing heartbeat that soothed me to sleep and stirred me to waking.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

“You and this city helped wake me up—helped bring me back to life.” His eyes flickered as I smiled up at him. “I will fight with everything I have, too, Rhys. Everything.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

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“Whether it was playing the drums or strumming the guitar, he always took me to a sacred place with him. A place he never shared with anyone else but me.”

“The taste of her burns within my blood, reminding me of our past. One we shared. One I lost. And everything I want to take back.”

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“Maybe somewhere, underneath the glitter and the desperation, there was still a little of the person I used to be.” 

“Lust is a dangerous thing. It can seduce your mind and lead it blindfolded to the cliff that will be its demise. Nathan takes me to that cliff, my body bending and molding beneath his, my heart coming up for air in between soft caresses with his mouth…”

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“I’m sorry I fell in love with you but I’m more sorry that you fell in love with me, because there’s no happy ending to this fairy tale. There’s only a means to an end. When that ending comes, you’ll be the only one I’ll ever regret meeting.”

“We’re more than people in love. We’re souls entwined for eternity.”

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“It was as if, in that moment, the world didn’t make sense anymore–everything was upside down and inside out.”

“It’s a choice–to wallow in despair or to acknowledge what can still bring happiness to my life. And I’m choosing to live despite the heartache.”

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

“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.”

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“Fate and destiny had held enough power over Janie for this lifetime, and she was done waiting for the sky to fall.”

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“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.”

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“I feared having my heart broken again. And somehow, instinctually, I just knew that giving Aidan even a little of me and having him reject it it would hurt more than any other man’s rejection.”

“Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the messiest.”

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“All moments matter. We just rarely know how important they are until the chance to act on them has already passed.”

“In my experience, joy is a choice. Life is rough. Don’t expect it not to be. But if aren’t laughin’, we’re crying. Choose to laugh. Choose what brings you joy. And when you choose you path, it may not always be the easiest one, but it’ll always be the right one.”

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“I don’t want to be typical to her. I wanted to be all that she could ever want and more. I wanted to be her everything, like she quickly and without my knowledge became mine.”

“She tried damn hard to feign indifference, to look at me with empty eyes, but she needs to realize I can see right through her. Right into her clear blues. And somewhere in that caged-up, closed-off heart of hers, she knows. There’s more going on here than either of us has admitted.”

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“I could not dream a better you.”  Oh my God.  Oh… my… God.  Did he just say that?  I stared into his warm eyes.  He just said that.  And that was so sweet, so unexpected but so welcome, my breath arrested and all I could do was continue staring at him.  He wasn’t done. “A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.” 

“You don’t have to have had something to want it or need it but when you have something you liked… very much… and it is taken away, and you want it back, it can become a hunger.” 

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“Life isn’t supposed to be safe.” “If it was, they wouldn’t call it living. They’d just call it existing. And you’ve existed long enough, baby girl. It’s time to live.”

“I think I knew, even then, that the greatest adventure of my life was about to begin.”

“He kissed me like it was a privilege, like he didn’t want to rush it, like we had forever.”

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“You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”

“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”

“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”

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“Trust me child, it doesn’t matter what size, shape or form they come it, you give a good man your love and care, he’ll lay waste to the world to keep you by his side.” 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my list. I would love to for you to drop me a line and let me know what some of your favorite reads have been for 2017…

Review Blitz: Sinful Empire by Meghan March

The Mount Trilogy concludes with Sinful Empire!

What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.

It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.

I want something more.

She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.

Nothing will keep us apart.

Not her. Not my enemies. No one.

Her debt will only be paid one way—with her heart.

Sinful Empire is the third and final book in the Mount Trilogy.

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My Review

“When Lachlan Mount says to do something like your life depends on it, it actually might.”

“Life is a chess game,Kiera. Every single fucking day, you make moves that determine your future.”

“I don’t need a goddamned hero, Lachlan. I need a man who isn’t afraid to stand up for the people who can’t defend themselves. You call it whatever you want, but I call it justice and honor.”

Now that was one hell of a good read. One of the best books/series by this author to date! Sinful Empire not only keeps you on your toes, but leaves you breathless waiting to see what will happen next. Sinful Empire picks up right where the last book left off and it totally hits the ground running . This book leaves no stone unturned and will answer all of your burning questions.

Sinful Empire captured me from the very beginning and had me utterly hooked. I could not put this book down. I wanted to cancel all my plans for the day and just read this book. This book is brilliantly written and has so many delicious twists and turns. I have grown to love and care for these characters over the last few books, and I promise you, Mount and Kiera do no disappoint. From banter that only these two can deliver to sinfully sexy moments to moments that just made you swoon; Mount and Kiera totally stepped up their game in this final chapter of their story.

There is so much I want to tell you about this book, but I’m not gonna. I want you to experience and enjoy this book without spoilers, just as I did. That being said, I will tell you that when you pick up this book, be prepared. You are about to go on one crazy, thrilling and exhilarating ride.  There is danger and suspense. There is a romance that could only be Mount and Kiera’s. There are lots of unexpected twists and crazy turns. This book will turn you inside out and keep you begging for more. I loved every single moment of this story and my only complaint is that it’s over. Meghan March totally knocked it out of the park with this book and I can not wait to see what adventure she has in store for us next!

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

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*

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The Mount Trilogy continues with

Defiant Queen…

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.

I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?

They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.

But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.

I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.

I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.

But he has other plans . . .

Defiant Queen is the second book of the Mount Trilogy. Mount and Keira’s story concludes in Sinful Empire.

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Blog Tour with Review: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

My Review

“You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”

“Jazz is….um, jazz is the reminder that when I’m alone, I’m not really alone.” “That’s what soul is to me.” “It’s my best friend when everything else in the world is just an acquaintance.”

“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”

“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”

There are books you read and then there are books you live. You breathe them. You consume them. Devour them. Lose sleep over them. Completely and totally relate to them. They change your world and they blow your mind. That is what this book is. It is pure magic. It is everything and more. It is unexpected and beautiful. It touches every part of your heart and awakens your soul. This is a story that must be lived; that must be experienced.

It’s only fitting that I would kick off December by reading a book by one of my go to authors and let me tell you, this book is powerful. The messages throughout are strong and the story-line is life changing. This story is not an easy one. It is going to pull at your heart. It is going to put tears in your eyes. Your heart will ache as you experience this story along with the characters, but I promise you, I promise you, the journey is so incredibly worth it.

Behind The Bars isn’t just a love story, it is so much more. It is a story of hope and the strength of love. It is a story of grief and heartache. It is a story of strength and never giving up. It is story of finding yourself again after the darkness takes over. And finally, it is an incredible love story that will make your heart flutter and hope for happily ever afters. The characters in this story experience things that no one should ever have to. They are broken, but not defeated. They are filled with so much hope and have so much to give. They have so much to overcome and they are flawed in the best of ways. You can’t help but ache and root for Elliott and Jasmine…

Behind The Bars is such powerful and moving read. The writing is just phenomenal. This writer doesn’t just make you feel her books. She makes you live them, experience them and breathe them. She makes you connect with the stories and characters in ways that you never thought were possible. And I have to tell you, this book was written with so much heart and soul. I just loved each and every swoon worthy, heart fluttering, heartbreaking, painful, and devastating moment. And in the end, I was left with the happiest of tears and the fullest of hearts. Behind The Bars has left my emotions a mess in the best possible way. It gave me all the feels and I couldn’t possibly ask for more. This story is one that will touch everyone’s life and will take you on the most amazing journey.

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

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.
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Blog Tour with Review: Only for You (Sugar Lake #2) by Melissa Foster

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. 
Hers could be right next door…
ONLY FOR YOU
Sugar Lake #2
Melissa Foster
Releasing Dec 5, 2017
Montlake

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. Hers could be right next door…

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

**ONLY FOR YOU is published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it HERE, or order the paperback.

My Review

“She was torture and pleasure, sweet and sinful, and he never wanted to let her go.”

“His mouth was like an ocean of heat and desire, and she wanted to sail away to the far reaches of the world and disappear into it.”

“You came out of nowhere, and suddenly you’re all that I see.”

This book was absolute perfection. Sweet, swoon-worthy with just the right amount of angst. Only For You had me hooked from the very first page. Bridgette and Bodhi were impossible to not fall for. There is nothing I love more than a romance that hits you when you’re least expecting it and it turns your whole world upside down.

I admired Bridgette for doing it all on her own and being the best mom she could be to her son Louie. She was hard-working and so loving, but just needed to remember how to live and how to a woman again. Bodhi was just the distraction she needed. The sparks between the two of them were immediate, but Bodhi’s walls were higher than ever. He never wanted to let anyone in and never wanted to make promises he couldn’t keep. However, Bridgette might just be the one to make him break all of his rules…..

Only For You was a terrific read from beginning to end. Bodhi and Bridgette’s story captivated me and made me fall in love. I devoured this book in just one sitting and couldn’t help but fall in love with this story. Only For You is incredibly well written and is filled with lots of heart. I loved Bodhi’s rough exterior and seeing him break down his walls. I loved seeing Bridgette come alive again and take a second chance on love.

Only For You hit all the marks for me. This story made me laugh. It made me swoon. It pulled at my heart. And most of all, it made me fall in love.

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

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Review and Excerpt Tour: Undone (Unknown #3) by Wendy Higgins

From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!

About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

Excerpt from UNKNOWN, book 1: Amber and Rylen

I sat outside on the old tire swing, lost in thought until late in the night, determined to see them come home. At nearly two my eyes were drooping from boredom. I was just about to go inside when I saw headlights crest over the hill at the top of our street. My stomach wobbled and I held the tire tighter. I’d probably be covered in dirt and black marks, but I didn’t care.

I didn’t recognize the sporty coup that pulled up or the girl in the driver’s seat. I stayed very still until I realized it was Tater in the front with her, and Rylen in the back. Rylen got out and Tater proceeded to swallow the girl’s face. Actually, I couldn’t really tell, but that’s what it looked like from far away. Rylen came straight toward me.

“Saw you when we pulled up,” he said, leaning against the tree. I could smell beer on him. “What are you doing out here in the dark all by yourself?”

“Waiting for you,” I said. The words sent a tremor of nerves through me like roller skates on rough pavement.

A sly grin pulled the side of his mouth upward and he shoved his hands in his pockets. “We’re big boys. You don’t need to wait up for us.”

“Maybe I just wanted to see you again.”

He cocked his head at me, as if trying to study my face in the dark.

The door of the car closed and tires crunched in the driveway as the girl reversed. Tater came loping over and I gritted my teeth in irritation.

“What are you still doing up?” he slurred. “Dontcha got school ‘omorrow?”

“It’s summer, duh,” I said. “And you’re trashed. You should go drink some water and go to bed.”

“Imma eat everything in the fridge first,” Tater said with a big smile. He patted both of my cheeks and squeezed them in his fingers, pinching me. I could smell hard liquor on his breath. “Aw, my wittle sissy.”

“Stop it.” I pulled back, laughing at his stupidness. He grabbed the tire and gave me a hard swing, making me squeal as I flew high. And to my joy he walked toward the house, and Rylen stayed.

When I started to slow, Rylen pushed off from the tree and his hot hands touched my back, gently pushing me. I swung like that for five minutes in the silence of night, looking forward to each downward swoop when his hands would touch me to push me upward again. Then he grasped the tire with a jolt to stop it, and spun it so that I was facing him. He stood close. His eyes glistened in the moonlight, slightly unfocused. I wondered how much he’d had to drink.

“It’s weird to see you all grown up,” he said softly.

My stomach did that truffle-shuffle thing as my brain searched for a response and found nothing.

“You know,” he said, “when you were little I used to pretend you were Krystal.” Oh my God…his little sister who he lost. I held my breath as he kept talking. “I used to get mad at my mom for making me take Krystal everywhere I went, like I was her constant babysitter or something. I’d get mad at my mom and take it out on Krystal. I was mean as shit to her.”

“Rylen…” He’d definitely had a lot to drink. He never let himself talk about his past or his feelings. “You were just a boy.”

He shook his head. “Doesn’t matter. And no matter how mean I was, she still stuck to me like a puppy. Loyal.”

I swallowed hard. “I’m sure she knew you loved her.”

He didn’t say anything for a minute, just stared off toward his darkened house. “I just always wanted to do right by you.”

“You have,” I whispered. But I’m not your sister, I wanted to say.

He stepped even closer, enough for us to really see each other’s eyes in the starlight. “There’s so much shit out there in the world. So much fucking evil. There’s times where I’m submersed in it and I start to wonder what the point is—of life—of everything. And then I get a letter from you and it’s like…you’re this beam of light shining from across the world. Like a piece of gold, making me remember the good that’s out there. The things that are worth fighting for.”

He thinks of me like gold? Swallow. Breathe. Do not cry. What do I even say to that?

“If I’m gold, Ry, you’re like…titanium. Stronger than you think.”

My words made him rock back slightly on his heels and he grasped the tire to pull himself forward and study my eyes. When I kept my gaze steadily on his, letting him know I was completely serious, he shook his head in wonder and let out a huff of disbelief. I reached out and touched his chest, gently at first, and then fisting his shirt in my palm, pulling him gently toward me. He stared into my eyes as I urged him closer. He wet his lips and my heart pounded a steady rhythm, chanting finally, finally, finally.

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About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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My Review

“Those you bond with during times of tragedy become part of you.”

The much anticipated conclusion to the Unknown Series is finally here and boy was it ever worth the wait. Undone is thrilling, heart-pounding and will keep you on the edge of your seat. So, sit back, settle in and enjoy the ride…

Picking up right where the last book left off, Undone totally hits the ground running. When we last left off, Remy and Tater found themselves amongst the enemy and must do whatever is necessary to survive…Meanwhile Amber, Rylen and friends are more determined than ever to take back Earth. They know that the fight won’t be easy and the outcome is terrifying, but humanity can’t end like this. Together they will all be in for the fight of their life. Just how far will one go to save the world?? There is only one way to find out…

Undone was a fantastic read, from beginning to end. This story captivated, thrilled me and answered all of my burning questions. I found the plot of this story to be so intriguing. I loved the dystopian world that Wendy Higgins created and loved getting to learn more about those who have invaded earth.

I loved all of the twists and moments that made me hold my breath. I loved being on the edge of my seat and being breathless with anticipation of how things will play out. I loved the sweet and swoon-worthy moments, in a world of despair. I loved the sense of hope despite the danger that lurked around every corner. Wendy Higgins totally knocked it out of the park with this final installment to the Unknown Series!

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

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Wendy Higgins’s Unknown Trilogy Series Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

December 6th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Candace Reads – Review & Excerpt

Literary Dust – Review

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

December 7th

By Valia Lind – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review

T & G Book Boutique – Review

YA Fantasy Worlds – Review & Excerpt

December 8th

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Sister Sister Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review & Excerpt

December 9th

Amy’s Review Obsession – Review & Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Le Journal de Cacahuète – Excerpt

Rad Babes Read – Review

December 10th

Ceres Books World – Review

Julalicious Book Paradise – Review & Excerpt

Quesarasera Book Blog – Review

The Wandering Bookaholic – Review

December 11th

Forget the Housework, I’m Reading… – Review

Lovely reads publishing – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Two Chicks on Books – Excerpt

Words We Love By – Excerpt

December 12th

Binding Addiction – Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt

Moonlighting Scrivener – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

December 13th

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Pretty Little Book Blog – Review

The Book Maven – Review

December 14th

Books Make Me Happy – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt

The Book Addict’s Reviews – Review

The Bookish Introvert – Review

December 15th

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Novelgrounds – Review

PBC – Excerpt

Sharing Inspired Kreations – Review & Excerpt

The Butterfly Reader – Review & Excerpt

About Wendy Higgins:

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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