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Review: The Story of Us (Sweetbriar Cove #11) by Melody Grace

Discover the recipe for love in Sweetbriar Cove with this delectable new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!

Natalie Diaz believes that life is sweet. It’s why she’s leaving heartbreak behind to start a delicious new chapter: opening her dream candy store on Cape Cod. Goodbye, break-up blues, hello, handmade chocolate truffles! She’s determined to make her fresh start count, which means no drama, and definitely no distractions—especially not from the mouthwateringly-handsome stranger who keeps crossing her path…

Luke Kinsella wasn’t planning on falling head over heels the moment he stepped foot in Sweetbriar Cove. With his business on the rocks, love is the last thing on his mind, but one look at the mysterious brunette sends his pulse racing… And when he tries her sinfully-sweet candies, he knows one taste will never be enough. He’s used to women swooning into his arms, but Natalie is different. Sure, Luke’s smile makes her knees melt faster than chocolate in the midday sun, but she’s been hurt before. She’s determined to resist the heat burning between them and stay just friends. But as their connection deepens, their red-hot chemistry becomes impossible to ignore.

Can Natalie take a chance and trust her heart again? And when the past she’s been running from finally catches up with them both, will these two hearts find a way to build a new future together, or will their sugar rush bring them both crashing back down to earth?

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MY REVIEW

“He’d never believed in fate or destiny, but after that night, he couldn’t help feeling like they’d met for a reason. Their story was only just getting started…..”

The Story of Us is the 11th book in the Sweetbriar Cover Series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Natalie came to Sweetbriar Cove in the hopes of forgetting her past and starting over. With the little bit of inheritance she has, she opens the candy store of her dreams. She’s determined to go all in with this fresh start. She doesn’t want any drama or complications…..Natalie isn’t the only one seeking a fresh start in Sweetbriar Cove. Luke also has a past he can’t wait to move on from. The last thing he planned on was falling head over heels in love. But, the moment he set his eyes on Natalie, he felt a pull unlike any other. She’s different from the women he’s used to and that makes the pull even sweeter. Natalie tries to resist Luke, but the heat between them is too hot to ignore. Will Natalie take a chance and open her heart up to love again? Or will her past catch up to her and turn her world upside down? There’s only one way to find out…

The Story of Us is a fantastic addition to the Sweetbriar Cove Series. Natalie and Luke were so easy to fall in love with. Both of them had just come out of a relationship and looking for a fresh start. Their chemistry was sizzling and a force to be reckoned with. I loved how even though their attraction was fierce and instant, they took their time getting to know one another. Luke knew that Natalie had been hurt before and was willing to take things as slow as she needed them. I loved watching these two try to figure things out and see Natalie open up about her painful past.

Natalie and Luke’s road to happily ever after wasn’t always an easy one. Natalie understandably had some baggage that she had to deal with. And as with any story, the past always has a way of catching up with us. I loved seeing how strong Natalie had become over the course of her story. She had more strength than she ever thought possible and wasn’t about to let her past ruin her future.

The Story of Us is a wonderful second chance romance. It’s filled with lots of sweetness, steam and friendship. I love how tight knit the community of Sweetbriar Cove is. Once they let you in, you belong forever and the members of the community will make you feel like family and will have your back when you need it the most. The Story of Us hit all the marks for me. It did have a little more drama than some of the other books in this series. That being said, the drama was perfectly laid out and made me love these characters all the more for it.

The Story of Us captured my heart from beginning to end and was a fantastic story to spend my day getting lost in. I fell head over heels for Natalie and Luke and fell even deeper in love with Sweetbriar Cove.

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

Review: Renegade (Knights of Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author of the Knights of Fury MC series Chantal Fernando is back with trouble in the form of a renegade .

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.

Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.

Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.

Could she be more of a cliché?

Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.

MY REVIEW

“Our story isn’t starting off in the traditional sense…But no true love story ever is.”

When it comes to family, there’s nothing Isabella won’t do to for them. So, when her sister goes into labor, she’s headed for Vegas without another thought. However, getting to Vegas proves to be a problem. When Isabella’s car won’t start, she gets an offer from a biker that she can’t refuse. Isabella was only supposed to help her sister while in Vegas, not get tangled up with the sexy Renny. But, when Renny offers to show Isabella a good time in Vegas, she can’t bring herself to turn him down. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas…that is unless you find yourself married to a sexy biker! Isabella’s world is about to be turned upside down in more ways than one….

Renegade was a fun and sexy read. It wasn’t as crazy and intense as some of the other biker books I’ve read and I actually really enjoyed it. Yes, it had some craziness and drama, but as far as biker books go, this one was pretty tame. And like I said, I enjoyed it. It was a breath of fresh air. I loved seeing the softer side of the MC life and really getting that family feel and devotion.

As far as Renny & Isabella go, I loved the two of them together. They couldn’t be more opposite, but it totally worked for them. Isabella was hardworking and devoted to those important in her life. However, she could totally hang with bikers. She was tough and held her own and that made her a perfect match for Renny. Speaking of Renny, Renny was hotter than sin and a total biker bada**. He would do anything for his brothers. And when he set his sites on Isabella, all bets were off. Renny proved that you could be a bada** biker, yet have a heart of gold. He was totally smitten with Isabella and would stop at nothing to prove just how right for each other they were.

Renegade was well written and entertaining. The characters are likable and took me by surprise in the best way. This book might be tame compared to most biker books, but it still gave me what I was looking for without going over the top. When it was all said and done, I had a great time getting to know Renny & Isabella and The Knights of Fury MC. I’m really excited to see where this series is going to take us next!

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

Release Blitz with Review: His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, is available today! Find out more below and grab your copy now!

About HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS

I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.

Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.

And he wants me.

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MY REVIEW

“I don’t know how a soul finds its mate, why it seemed like mine had latched onto someone who was the least logical choice. All I know is it’s been eight years and I’m still not over my silly crush on Derek Knightly.”

“It’s his eyes. They’re the truest dark brown, a shade that doesn’t parade around with pomp and circumstance. There’s a quiet tug in their depths. Tell me your secrets and I’ll never tell a soul, they promise. And I listen. I down a truth serum each time our gazes meet.”

“You’re scared of real pain.” “The burning kind. The lie awake and worry kind. The can’t eat, can’t think, no life without you in it…kind.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I was so excited to hear that R.S. Grey had another book coming out. Her romantic comedies are some of the best. They are smartly written with quirky characters and storylines you can’t help but fall in love with. Her latest book, His Royal Highness hit each and every one of my marks, and was so worth waiting for…..

His Royal Highness follows the story of Derek and Whitney. Whitney has lived her life always feeling like second best, so it comes to no surprise that she should fall for the magic of the kingdom that Knightley Corporation created. It got her through some of the toughest times in her life, and when she became old enough, she was determined to work for the Knightley Corporation. What she didn’t plan on was having Derek Knightley as a mentor. He was everything, yet completely intimidating at the same time. Whitney would have done anything to get Derek to notice her. She developed quite the crush on Derek, but when she finally got the courage to do something about it, he disappeared. It will be eight years before Derek and Whitney are reunited. Whitney is not the same meek, timid girl that Derek once knew. She’s quite grown up and isn’t about to put her heart on the line again. Only, Derek didn’t get that memo. He’s captivated by Whitney and refuses to fight the pull he feels towards her. Fate has brought Derek and Whitney together again and only time will tell if these two characters will find their happily ever after….

His Royal Highness was a wonderful treat. This story intrigued me from the very first page. I loved how real and raw Whitney was written. In the beginning, Whitney was this young and shy girl. She was a bit immature at times, but it was perfect for the age of her character. I loved how relateable the author made this character. As someone in their 30’s, I can quite relate to being lost and a bit over my head as a young adult. I thought she was sweet and real and I just couldn’t wait to get to know her more. And then we have Derek. Derek is this sophisticated older man who’s got his stuff together. He’s confident and charming and completely intimidating. I loved watching his eyes open when it came to Whitney. He was so sweet and gentle with her; the perfect book boyfriend. Derek & Whitney had some amazing chemistry. Their back and forth led to some delicious will they/won’t they moments. The tension just oozes off of the pages, leaving readers dying for more. I absolutely loved watching these two try to navigate their way everything and couldn’t wait to see how their story would end.

His Royal Highness was the cherry on top, the most perfect read to spend my day getting lost in. I loved the magic of the Knightly Kingdom. The characters were real and easy to connect with. I laughed. I swooned. Most of all, I feel head over heels in love. His Royal Highness was totally magical and I loved getting swept up in Whitney & Derek’s story….

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

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Blog Tour with Review: The Fall of Legend (Legend Trilogy #1) by Meghan March

The Fall of Legend

Release Date: November 12, 2019


 

About The Fall of Legend:

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a new deliciously dangerous alpha hero in The Fall of Legend, the first book in the brand new and utterly addictive Legend trilogy.

We come from two different worlds.
I’m from the streets. She might as well live in an ivory tower.
I made my living with my fists. I doubt she could even throw a punch.
Our paths never should have crossed.
We never should have met.
That doesn’t change the facts.
I would sell my soul to taste those red lips.
Fight the devil himself to hear her laugh.
Burn in hell to have a single night.
Scarlett Priest shouldn’t even know men like me exist, but sometimes temptation is stronger than will.
If this is how I go down, it’ll be worth every second of the fall

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MY REVIEW

“Gabriel Legend doesn’t let anyone take something from him without a fight.”

“If this is what living feels like, what have I been doing every day before this?”

The much anticipated book, The Fall of Legend by Meghan March is finally here!! And let me tell you, this book was so worth the wait. I was swept off my feet and left breathless with anticipation.

The Fall of Legend had me hooked from the very first page. Gabe and Scarlett’s first encounter was anything but conventional. Scarlett should have ran the other way, but the pull from Gabe was impossible to ignore. The chemistry between them was instant and just oozed off of the pages. I loved their encounters and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Forget what you think you know about Scarlett and Gabe, I promise, there is more to the two of them than meets the eye….

The Fall of Legend was everything I hoped it would be and then some. There was amazing chemistry, smokin hot characters, and a thrilling plot. There were twists and moments that made me absolutely crazy. I was captivated and completely addicted. Once again, Meghan March stole my breath and left me on the edge of my seat, dying for more.

The Fall of Legend was thrilling, sexy and utterly captivating. The Legend Trilogy is off to one brilliant start and I can not wait to see where this series is going to take us next! All I can say is readers, we are in for one complicated and exciting ride. I for one can not wait to see what Meghan March has in store for us next…

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



 

About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Review: Trying to Score (Hot Jocks #3) by Kendall Ryan

 
TRYING TO SCORE 
By Kendall Ryan 
Release Day: November 12, 2019 

Teddy King excels at many things. Playing hockey. Check. Scoring on and off the ice. Check. Being stupidly attractive … Double check.

Despite his demanding schedule, he still finds time to annoy me. I knew him way back when. Before he was the guy everyone wanted a piece of, he was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners.

But secrets have a way of getting out, and a steamy encounter from our college days (that we probably shouldn’t have filmed) is about to cause a major scandal. Unless we can work together to stop it.

Teddy’s no stranger to hard work … but the thing he wants most?

Is me.

Note: This high-heat standalone is chock-full of scorching banter and steamy good times. He’s a testosterone-dripping hockey player who wants a second chance. She’s a tough as nails attorney intent on making partner. Frienemies to lovers. No cliffhanger. Enjoy!

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new stand-alone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!

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MY REVIEW

Trying to Score is a super cute addition to the Hot Jocks Series. Trying to Score follows the story of Teddy and Sara. Teddy loves playing hockey and is good at what he does. But, when a steamy secret is threatened to be exposed, Teddy turns to the one person he hopes can get him out of this mess. Sara is a hardworking, and takes no prisoners when it comes to her job. On the outside, it seems as though she can’t stand Teddy, but there’s more to these two than meets the eye. These two frenemies used to be anything but. Some things are better to remain in the past. But when it comes to Sara and Teddy, their burning hot chemistry refuses to buried. Will Sara be able to save Teddy from a major scandal? There’s only one way to find out….

Overall, I thought this book was a quick and easy read. Sara and Teddy were a lot of fun to get to know. Their chemistry was off the charts and I really enjoyed learning about their past. There was definitely more to these two than meets the eyes. They rocked an enemies to lovers vibe and tension between them was scorching. I loved how these two were thrown together because of scandal. It exposed thoughts and feelings that were long buried. I enjoyed watching the two of them try to figure things out and had so much fun just getting lost in their story.

Trying to Score is a super quick and sexy read. It’s a friends to enemies to lovers type story. The banter is fun and the tension oozes off the pages. I easily devoured Sara and Teddy’s story and think that it’s a great addition to this series. All in all, this was a great book to spend my day getting lost in.

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

About Kendall Ryan 
 
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three 
dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into 
several languages in countries around the world. 
 
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 
70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch 
Magazine. 
 
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Review: Insatiable (Cloverleigh Farms #3) by Melanie Harlow

I didn’t mean to see him naked–it was an accident.

It had to be, right?

Because Noah McCormick and I have never been anything more than friends. In all the years I’ve known him, he’s never once laid a finger on me. And even though he was a cute lifeguard at 16 and a hotter-than-hell sheriff’s deputy at 34, he’s always been that protective guy I could trust to keep his hands to himself. I never wanted to mess with that.

Until I walked in on him getting out of the shower and saw his hard, muscular body totally bare and dripping wet. At that moment I never wanted to mess with anything so badly in my entire life.

I should have covered my eyes. Said I was sorry. At the very least, I could have handed him a towel.

After all, I was only in town for a few days, and he was just doing me a favor by escorting me to my sister’s wedding. It wasn’t a real date.

But I didn’t apologize. And he didn’t cover up.

(Talk about a hot mess.)

After all those years of being just friends, suddenly we’re insatiable.

He’s made it clear he’s not interested in romance. Which is fine with me because I’ve got a plane ticket back to my real life at the end of the week.

It’s all in fun…or is it?

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MY REVIEW

“I want the chance to make you happy. I want to be the only one you’ll ever love. And I will fight like hell every single day of my life to deserve it.”

Insatiable is the third book in the Cloverleigh Farms Series and it follows the story of Noah and Meg. After a recent break up, Meg has even more of a reason to return home. Her sister is getting married and Meg needs to surround herself with those she loves. She’s ready for a break and to have some fun. Of course, returning home means running into her best friend Noah. He once saved her life and they’ve been fast friends ever since. Their friendship has survived many ups and downs and for the first time, they’re both very single. Both Noah and Meg have always wondered “What If”, but have never had the courage to take the plunge. He’s made it clear he’s not looking for love, but that doesn’t mean that these two friends can’t enjoy the finer benefits of their connection. It was supposed to just be fun. It was only supposed to last a week. However, the passion between these two burns brighter than ever. Will they take the plunge into something more or will they crash and burn before they even start?? There’s only one way to find out….

Insatiable pulled me in from the very first page. I fell in love with Meg and Noah instantly. I adored their friendship and just how they got each other. They’ve been there for one another through thick and thin. Each of them always had feelings for the other, but was afraid to do anything about it. I thought Noah and Meg had excellent push and pull and I loved all of the will they/won’t they moments. I couldn’t wait to see if these two would give into the tension that burned between and boy did these two ever burn up the pages together. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together. It was just so easy. Yes, Noah had his moments where he just drove me crazy. But, he had such a big heart and had some serious fears that he needed to work through. At the end of the day, he had a heart of gold, and just needed to take a leap.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great addition to the Cloverleigh Farms Series. I loved the characters and I loved the friends to lovers romance. This book was well written and entertaining. It was sexy, angsty and kept me glued to the pages. Insatiable was a great read from beginning to end and I had a fun time getting wrapped up in this story.

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

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

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

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

MY REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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