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Review: The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes… 

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

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MY REVIEW

What can I say?! This book was a lot of fun. Ever since I finished The Chase, I’ve been dying to get my hands on the next Briar U story and man was it worth the wait. This book hit all the marks that I was looking for in a sports romance. We’ve got hotter than hot hockey players, amazing chemistry, a fun story-line filled with lots of heart and characters that just leave you begging for more. The Risk was all that and a bag of chips and was totally worth waiting for.

The Risk is the second book in the Briar U Series and it follows the story of Brenna and Jake. Brenna is one tough chick–damsel in distress she is not. Not only is Brenna a force to be reckoned with but she knows her hockey and she is hot stuff. Brenna is far from perfect, but has worked hard to make positive changes in her life. The last thing Brenna needs is Jake messing up her life and telling her what to do….Jake plays for the rival hockey team and let me tell you, he is all of that and then some. He’s arrogant and has ever right to be that way. And while Brenna can’t stand Jake, fate has other plans for these two. They are constantly put in each others paths and their chemistry is off the charts, undeniable. For the first time, Jake wants more than the status quo, if only he can get Brenna on board. The road to happily ever after for Brenna and Jake won’t be an easy one. Loyalties will be tested and the stakes will be higher than ever. If you want to see how Jake & Brenna’s story plays out, grab your copy of The Risk today!

Bottom line, The Risk was a ton of fun. The characters hooked me instantly and I’ve gotta say, I really enjoyed watching their story play out. I loved that their schools were rivals, so it added a bit of a forbidden flare to it. I loved the give and take between Brenna & Jake. Their chemistry was scorching hot and their banter was a total riot. I never knew what they were gonna say or what was going to happen next between these two. I loved that they kept me on my toes and that their relationship held such a realness to it. Both characters having to take a risk on one another. Whether it be because of a painful past or because they weren’t ready for the distractions a real relationship would bring. I loved watching these two go through the motions, watching them fall in love and fall apart, watching them decide if what they had was worth the risk or if it was time to let go. The Risk put my emotions through the ringer and I loved every single second of it. It had just the right amount of angst, drama, sexy good times and humor.

If you’re looking for a fun and sexy sports romance that’s filled with a lot of heart, then look no further. Give The Risk a try. I hope you’ll fall in love with these characters and their story just as I have.

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

Blog Tour with Review: Luck of the Devil (Forge Trilogy #2) by Meghan March

Release Date: February 12, 2019

New York Times bestselling author Meghan March continues the story of ruthless, calculating billionaire Jericho Forge in Luck of the Devil.

My poker face has always been my greatest asset, along with my grit and determination. I was beholden to no one. Asked permission for nothing.

Then Jericho Forge took my life by storm.

I traded my freedom for something infinitely more precious, but I didn’t realize Forge was holding an unbeatable hand.

Now, all I have to do is survive the high-stakes game my life has become—with my heart intact.

But not falling in love with Forge will take the luck of the devil.

Luck of the Devil is the second book of the Forge Trilogy and should be read following Deal with the Devil. The Forge Trilogy concludes in Heart of the Devil.

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MY REVIEW

“All I’ve ever wanted is a life that couldn’t be ripped away from me at any given moment.”

“I want to slay fucking dragons for this woman–even if I was one of them.”

“When you find a woman who gives you a reason to wake up in the morning that’s more than just making more money you’ll never be able to spend–you fucking hold on to her with both hands.”

“You’re not a means to an end anymore. You’re inside me. In my head. In the blood running through my fucking veins.” “If you go, you take all that with you, along with my fucking sanity.”

Oh, man!! Talk about a thrilling ride!! I don’t know about you guys, but ever since I finished Deal with the Devil, I have been dying and I mean dying to know what happens next and let me tell you, Luck of the Devil does not disappoint!

Luck of the Devil picks up right where the last book left off and leaves no stone unturned. Questions will be answered and loyalties will be tested. The passion between Forge and India burns brighter than ever. I loved all the ups and downs. The building of trust and the walls breaking down. I loved those moments of where I thought everything was looking on the up and up and then getting my mind totally blown. The pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together with one delicious twist after another. All leaving my mind scrambling to try to figure out what exactly is going on. I was on pins and needles, not able to turn the pages fast enough and loving every single second.

Luck of the Devil is a fabulous read from beginning to end. It’s filled with passion, lust, action and lots of exciting twists. For every answer, I’m left with a million more questions and I for one, can not wait to get all the answers. Once again, Meghan March has given me a fantastic read that has left me begging and pleading for more. I can not wait to see what this author has in store for us next in Heart of the Devil. I can only assume that we are in for another crazy and thrilling treat. In the mean time, all I can say is sit back and enjoy the latest installment in The Forge Trilogy. I hope you’ll enjoy every second as much as I did…..

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

All about Meghan March

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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Release Blitz with Review: Waiting For Willa by Kristen Proby

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Waiting for Willa, the newest installment in the beloved Big Sky Series by

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby is

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Max Hull left Cunningham Falls a long time ago. Thanks to his killer instincts and business smarts, he’s come back to town richer than anyone’s wildest imagination. Now he’s closer to his family, living in his dream home, and at the top of his career—it sure looks like he has it all.

All but one thing. And she’s not interested.

Willa Monroe and Max were childhood sweethearts. She daydreamed about their wedding day and named their children, but Max’s dreams were bigger than her. After high school, he left her behind without another word. Now, Willa is a single mother and a successful business owner, and the heartbreak of losing Max was a very long time ago.

She’s moved on.

But when he walks into her shop and back into her life, suddenly it feels like no time has passed at all. He’s as handsome as ever, and more charming than she remembered. Once he makes friends with her son and turns his attention on her, how long will she be able to resist him?

And does she really want to? Sometimes you do get a second chance at first love.

MY REVIEW

4 Sweet and Swoon-Worthy Stars!

Waiting for Willa had my heart from the very first page. From the moment I read the prologue, I found myself near tears and heartbroken. I knew Willa’s story was going to be a special one and I couldn’t wait to explore it further.

Waiting for Willa follows the story of Willa and Max. Willa and Max were childhood sweethearts and had the kind of love that dreams were made of. However, life took them down two very different paths and tore them apart. While Willa may have moved on, she never forgot her first love. Now, many years have passed and fate has decided to intervene and reunite these two former lovers. Willa is not the same girl Max knew. She’s a single mom and business owner now. But, when Max walks back into Willa’s life, all bets are off. Time may have passed, but their fire still burns hotter than ever. Will Willa and Max get their second chance at love? There’s only one way to find out…..

Is there anything that author Kristen Proby can’t write?? When it comes to sweet and sexy romance with an alpha flare there is no other author that I would turn to other than Kristen Proby. Her stories are so well written, so full of heart. And Waiting for Willa is just the latest novel of hers to capture my heart. Waiting for Willa sucked me in from the very first page and left me hanging on each word. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Willa’s strength, determination and heart. And Max…Max wasn’t perfect. He made mistakes, but he owned up to them. He loved big and he loved hard and wasn’t afraid to love everything that came along with Willa. Together, these two just made the perfect match. They interacted with one another like magnets. They just couldn’t stay away.

Waiting for Willa is a beautifully written second chance romance and a great addition to the Big Sky Series. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end and loved seeing Willa and Max fight for what they both wanted. Willa and Max’s story captured my heart and left me with a huge smile on my face.

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

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About Kristen:

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Review: Crazy, Beautiful Love by K.L. Grayson

There’s a fine line between love and hate… 

Tess Walker is game for anything—except world-renowned photographer Beau Allen, the guy who inadvertently sent her life into a downward spiral. It has taken Tess years to find herself and become a person she can be proud of. Now Beau is back and making a play for her heart…a play she’s not sure she wants him to make. The more he pushes, the more her walls crumble, and Tess soon discovers that his sweet kisses and even sweeter words might be just what she’s been looking for in life.

And Tess Walker hates Beau Allen… 

Beau Allen has it all: loving family, plentiful friends, and a job that sends him all over the world. What he doesn’t have is a home—or a reason to make one. Living out of a suitcase isn’t ideal, but he’s perfectly content. That is, until a beautiful woman barrels her way into his life and has him second-guessing everything. Tess is nothing like the women he’s used to and everything like the woman he wants. Grounded, strong, funny, sweet, and sexy. Did he mention sexy? Her curves make it hard for him to think, and his life’s mission soon becomes making her laugh and sigh and moan, because he really likes it when she moans. But Beau isn’t used to sticking around. Still, he’s hoping she’ll give him a reason to stay.

Doesn’t she? 

MY REVIEW

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing that K.L. Grayson has a new book coming out. Her words and beautiful storytelling have a way of captivating me and leaving me begging for more all at the same time. So, of course, when I heard Crazy, Beautiful Love was coming out, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Crazy, Beautiful Love follows the story of Tess and Beau. Tess’s life has been anything but easy. Unbeknownst to him, Beau contributed to Tess’s downfall. But, Tess has been working hard to change her ways and become a better person. All is going well until Beau comes back into town. Despite her dislike for Beau, Tess can’t deny the pull she feels toward him. Little by little, Beau tries to break down Tess’s sky high walls. Soon both Tess and Beau discover there’s more to each other than meets the eye. Will their connection be enough to show these two what they’ve been missing? There’s only one way to find out….

Overall, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. It had just the right sweet and swoon-worthiness that I was looking for. I loved the enemies to lovers/frienemies to lovers vibe that this story gave off. I found the characters to be a lot of fun and enjoyed that they kept me on my toes. I loved the chemistry between Beau and Tess. Tess was really sassy and I couldn’t wait to see what she would say to Beau next. And Beau was straight up swoon city, right out of the gate. He pushed. She pulled. And in the end, I couldn’t get enough of these two together.

Crazy, Beautiful Love is just that; a crazy beautiful story. I loved the romance. I loved the pull. I loved the swoon. I enjoyed that there wasn’t really any angst or over the top drama. It was just a straight up sweet romance that will give you all the feels and leave you with a smile on your face.

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

Review Blitz: Hollywood Playboy by Natasha Madison

Jessica

An entertainment journalist was the last thing I thought I would be doing.

I thought once I got my degree, I would be reporting on stories that made a difference, but now all I do is report on who broke up with who and who is dating who.

I was over it.

Then I got my next assignment.

He’s Hollywood’s bad boy.

He works hard, and he plays even harder.

He’s rude, he’s condescending, and he’s made it known he doesn’t want me on the tour.

With one month on the road with him, two things might happen

One, I may never work in this industry again.

Two, I may just be like everyone else and fall for Hollywood’s Playboy.

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MY REVIEW

“I kiss her with everything I have to give. I kiss her knowing this kiss will change everything. I kiss her knowing this first kiss beats out every kiss I’ve ever had. The need, the want, and the wait have all led to this moment, and I would imprint on this memory forever.”

“How can I let you be when I can’t breathe without you? How can I let you be when half of my soul is missing when I’m not near you? Tell me how, Jessica, and I’ll leave you and never come back.”

Hollywood Playboy was the absolute best book to spend my day getting lost in. From enemies to lovers to an unforgettable love story, Hollywood Playboy hits all the marks and will keep you begging for more.

From the moment I dove into Hollywood Playboy, I just knew this book was going to be a fun ride. I mean, from the moment you are introduced to Jessica and Tyler, their disdain for one another is completely palpable. You’re left wondering why the heck these two hate each other so much and wondering where all this delicious tension will lead. You see, Jessica is amazing at her job. She’s not afraid to ask the hard questions and isn’t afraid to run those intriguing celebrity stories. But, when it comes to Tyler, all bets are off. He’s Hollywood’s playboy and a total jerk. She doesn’t like him and he doesn’t like her. But, when Jessica’s next assignment finds herself and 9 other journalists on the road with Tyler, her sanity will be put to the test…..Can Jessica and Tyler find a way to get along or will they both end up ruining their careers???

Hollywood Playboy had me hooked from beginning to end. Jessica and Tyler’s story was incredibly well written. The story-line so real and raw. You could tell that a lot of research went into the story. I personally felt every emotion right alongside the characters. I felt like I was right there with them on the red carpet or sitting with them in the rooms during their interviews. Jessica and Tyler’s story played out like a movie I couldn’t help but watch. I couldn’t help but fall in love with these two as I desperately hung on each word, waiting to see how their story would play out.

Hollywood Playboy has totally blown me away. I loved characters and their story. I enjoyed this author’s take on a celebrity/enemies to lovers romance. I loved the passion and chemistry between Tyler and Jessica. I loved their push and pull. I even loved their initial disdain for one another. I loved the angst and the drama. I loved all the real and honest moments that kept me glued to the pages. This story was not only refreshing, but kept me on my toes in the best possible way.

Hollywood Playboy is a fantastic and I mean fantastic read. It gave me all the feels and left me with the biggest smile on my face. Hollywood Playboy kicks off the Hollywood Royalty Series in the best possible way and I can not wait to read more.

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

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
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Release Blitz with Review: Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart

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One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters…

Catastrophe Queen, an all-new hilarious office romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!

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It’s not you. It’s me.

No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.

Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!

Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.

Ahem.

On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.

Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.

Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.

Or is it?

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MY REVIEW

“There were three things I needed to be written on a t-shirt for every stranger who passed me in the street. Red was my nail color. Dry shampoo was the greatest invention since humans evolved. I was without a doubt, the biggest walking disaster since…well humans evolved.”

Catastrophe Queen is the latest laugh out loud romantic comedy from author Emma Hart. This book will have you laughing so hard, your sides will hurt. From OMG, I can’t believe that happened moments to a sweet, sweet slow burn, Catastrophe Queen hit all the marks and kept me begging for more.

From the moment I picked up Catastrophe Queen, I was hooked. Mallory was the hottest of hot messes. She seriously needed to be wrapped in bubble tape to prevent herself from getting hurt. She is a total klutz, but she totally owns it. Aside from being a klutz, Mallory is quirky and has a ton of sass. I loved seeing her interact with people and couldn’t wait to see how she would handle the situations she was presented with. And then we have Cameron….Cameron is too much for his own good. It should be a crime to have a boss that looks as good as he does. But, Cameron isn’t perfect. He has a little crazy in his life and quirks of his own. His assistants don’t stand a chance and usually get fired before they can make it through the first day. Together, these two were the perfect match. Yes, they were total opposites. Yes, Mallory was a hot mess. But, some how these two just got each other. I loved their banter and interactions. The slow burn of their romance was absolute perfection and their dates were totally entertaining. Mallory and Cameron certainly kept me on my toes and brought tears to my eyes from laughing so much. I just couldn’t get enough of their story.

Overall, Catastrophe Queen was a super fun and entertaining read. From a fun plot to crazy family members, to a walking disaster and sweet office romance; this book hit all the marks for me. I seriously haven’t laughed this much while reading in a long time. Mallory & Cameron’s story had me smirking, smiling and falling head over heels. If you’re looking for a book that is a fun read with some great romance and zero drama, then look no further, Catastrophe Queen is just the read you’ve been waiting for.

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

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About Emma Hart

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.

She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.

Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.

Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.

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Review: Mixtape: A Love Song Anthology

What’s more romantic than a love song? A mixtape full of them.

Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors have curated an anthology of brand-new, standalone stories inspired by love songs, featuring a foreword written by NYT bestselling author Laurelin Paige. Press PLAY on this limited-edition collection that’s guaranteed to make you swoon.

***MIXTAPE PLAYLIST***

Elle Kennedy: “Always On My Mind” – Willie Nelson
KL Kreig: “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb
Leslie McAdam: “Think I’m in Love” – Beck
Lynda Aicher: “Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran
Mara White: “All I Want To Do” – Heart
Marni Mann: “S+M” – Rihanna
Nikki Sloane: “Say It First” – Sam Smith
Rebecca Shea: “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
Saffron A. Kent: “Guys My Age” – Hey Violet
Sierra Simone: “Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley
Veronica Larsen: “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
Xio Axelrod: “Toothpaste Kisses” – The Maccabees

MY REVIEW

Wild Pitch by Rebecca Shea

“We needed to grow up. We needed to live our dreams without sacrificing them for one another.”

Wild Pitch is a fun little short story from author Rebecca Shea. I loved getting to know Mateo and Mia. They were friends who were destined to become more, but life had other plans for them. It would be four years before these two would be reunited again. There is some hurt that needs to be dealt with, but the sparks between these two still burn hotter than ever….So while Mateo and Mia’s story might be super short, it still gives you the sweet and sexy you know and love from this author. I for one would love to see more of these two in the future.

Your Everything by K.L. Kreig

“My small fry is here. It’s dangerous, this feeling rippling through me. It’s a catastrophe, sure as a category five hurricane gathering force in the Atlantic, about to make landfall. Maverick. My Achilles heel.”

“I want to capture this. I want to freeze time. I want to hold her and never let go. I want it all in this moment and I want nothing, save her.”

Your everything is a super quick and fun little tease. If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Swan Affair from author K.L. Kreig, then you are in for quite a treat. Your Everything might be a short story, but I promise it packs a punch. We get to meet Maverick, Killian and Kael. We get to learn their history and are given a small taste of what’s yet to come. This story is sexy and the intrigue will have you begging for more.

*I was provided an ARC copy of these two short stories in exchange for an honest review*