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Throw Back Thursday…..Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley

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“Wherever you are, however you got there, if it’s good, you’re meant to be there either because you earned it or life led you there and you were smart enough to hold on.” 

“There are very few, very fuckin’ few people, Kia, who get what’s precious in this world. They work their asses off for pure shit and think they’d fight and die to keep it. You don’t fight and die for shit. You fight and die for things that matter. You are the first woman I’ve met outside a life that leads you to understand that shit who gets that. And straight up, baby, you gotta know, I like that a fuckuva lot.” 

“You got one life, never use it just to breathe.” 

“There were smiles, chin jerks, head nods, handshakes and so much hot guy hormone floating in the air around them it was a wonder every female in a two block radius didn’t instantly become pregnant.” 

“I know you’re freaked, I know you’re scared and I know you can come up with a million reasons that you’re not ready, all of which will be excuses. But now that I know exactly what’s behind those shields you got up… you gotta know that knowin’ that makes me no less into you… In fact, it makes me more into you… And you’ll learn, because I’ll prove it to you, I’ll never hurt you.” 

“Right now, this is what we are. Right now, this is working. Right now, there’s no chance this is gonna end and we’re gonna be over. So right now and for the foreseeable future, you… are… mine.” 

After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then out-of-the-blue she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband.

He’s sitting at a table right next to hers. And she catches his eye.

Terrified of the interest Sam shows in her, Kia finds the courage to go out with him. Not long after, she shares her dark secrets and Sam shares that he’ll stop at nothing to gain her trust. 

As Sam leads Kia to heaven, Kia realizes that Sam is living his own hell. But although he gives her beauty and she gives him everything, he withholds his trust.

Even with all the beauty Sam shows her, Kia wants it all. But Sam forces Kia to make a heartbreaking decision and only she can decide. It’s all or nothing.

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Blog Tour with Review: Luke’s Absolution (The Colloway Brothers #3) by K.L. Kreig

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Luke’s Absolution by K.L. Kreig is LIVE! Sinners Welcomed.



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Demons. Regrets. Absolution.

Luke has lived on the wrong side of the law since he was seventeen. His hands are stained and his soul is black, but the worst sin he’s committed is falling in love with his brother’s girl. Then he met her. Addy Monroe is pure, innocent and stubborn as an ox. Even though he doesn’t deserve her, Luke will stop at nothing to have her. But just when happiness is within his grasp fate rips her away, reminding him once again that there is no absolution for sinners. Will Luke be able to let color fill his blackened soul?

From the first time Addy saw Luke Colloway over ten years ago she wanted him. Addy has been attracted to rough, crude, inked bad boys with a bike planted securely between their thighs and wicked promises falling from their lips her entire life. Every one of them has let her down. Every one of them has broken her heart. Every one of them has put her second. She’s never going to let that happen again. When Luke promises her a future, will Addy let him in only to have her heart broken again?

Book 3 in a 4 book series. Each book features a different brother and each can be read as a STANDALONE. To get the full Colloway Brother experience, however, it’s most enjoyable to read in order.

***Mature readers only, 18+. Features alpha men with foul language and penchant for hot sex.


My Review

“I feel like I’m diving head first into the shallow end of the pool. There are warning signs posted everywhere, but I ignore them, taking the dangerous plunge anyway, praying I don’t hit bottom, ending up paralyzed.”

“Riding the rails of hope is like being on a rollercoaster. The g-force is intoxicating for those few short seconds; then the ride is over and the rush is left behind on the ground far below. Each time you ride it, the thrill is short lived, but damn it…you’re addicted now and you want to do it over and over again just to get that heady feeling one more time. Luke is hope. Luke is my rollercoaster. One I’ll surely crash and burn.”

Broken Characters: Check. Sexy, Determined Alpha Male: Check. Friends to Lovers Story-line: Check, Check! Luke’s Absolution checked all my boxes for a great read and then some. Luke’s Absolution is the third book in the Colloway Brothers series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

From the moment I picked up Luke and Addy’s story, I was hooked. Luke has a lot of demons and regrets in his life. His slate is anything but clean. He thought he knew everything he wanted out of life, until he met Addy. Addy is sweet, innocent and has the worst stubborn streak. He knows that he’s wrong for her and will taint her, but he can’t help but be drawn to her. And even though he knows he’ll never be what she deserves, he will stop at nothing to make her his….Addy has been in love with Luke for as long as she can remember. But, Addy has been burned so many times in her life. She wants a man to put her first for once. So, even though she’s been in love with Luke for as long as she can remember, Luke is a bad boy and she’s not ready to let this bad boy have her heart. What she didn’t count on was Luke’s stubbornness and determination. Will Luke be able to wear Addy down and make her take a chance on what she’s always wanted? Will Luke find peace and get the HEA he’s always needed?

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It pulled me in from the very beginning. It was so easy to fall in love with Luke. He’s damaged and broken and 100% alpha male. I couldn’t help but find myself rooting for him to get the girl. I loved how determined he was and how he never gave up on Addy; no matter how many times she tried to push him away. And Addy…I just loved her. I found her very easy to connect with. I loved how stubborn she was and how she didn’t just give into Luke. I appreciated that she made him prove to her that she was the one he truly wanted. I loved the chemistry that these two shared. Their connection was not only instant, but it was scorching. Their push and pull was so strong. I couldn’t wait for these two to give into the passion they shared and let me tell you, it was so worth the wait.

Luke’s Absolution is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I have to tell you, I can not wait to read more! She has given me a wonderful read with intriguing characters. This story and the characters are impossible to not fall in love with. And by the time you finish, the only complaint that you will have is that the story is over.

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

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About the Author:

I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).


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Blog Tour and Review: Bleeding Love (Hope Town #2) by Harper Sloane

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Meet Liam & Megan in the newest stand alone

in the Hope Town Series by Harper Sloan!


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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00005]I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day. 

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.

Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.

He’s on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.

*Bleeding Love is the second book in the Hope Town series. It will follow Liam and Megan. Each book in the series is a HEA and can be read as a standalone.*

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My Review

“I want you, darlin’, to feel. That feeling your body gets when it’s sparking at every nerve. When your skin feels tight and your stomach drops. When you don’t know if your heart is beating in your chest or coming through your throat. I want you to feel the wind in your hair, pulse racing, wild, free as a bird, stomach-dropping rush. I want you to feel.” I pause, bringing my lips to hers in a soft, eyes-open kiss, “everything.” 

Bleeding Love is a beautiful, emotional story. Bleeding Love follows the story of Liam and Megan. Megan has been living in the dark since she lost her husband. She uses her pain and grief as a shield to protect herself and not let anyone get close to her. She never wants to experience the pain of loss again. The only light in her life is her daughter Molly. Molly gives her a reason to live and to try to move on. Little did she know that when she met Liam, he was going to turn her world upside down. Little by little, Liam is chipping away at the walls that Megan has built. Most of the time, she doesn’t know if she wants to kiss him or slap him. But, there is just something about Liam. He makes her feel. He makes her remember what it is to be alive…Liam is a strong, determined man. He’s known since the moment he laid eyes on Megan that she was his. “I’m counting, Megan, because I want you more than I’ve wanted anything in my life and that frustrates the shit out of me because you either can’t or won’t see it. I need you to see it, baby. I need you to see.” He was so sure of things that he wasn’t going to let Megan’s fears get in the way. He was going to show her just how great life could be. He is going to break down those walls and if she’s willing to give him her heart, he will never let it hurt again…“My hold never wavers as I make true to my promise and take every single pain filled tear, every ghost of her past that comes shaking from the force of her cries, and I pull that pain deep inside and lock it tight so that it can never hurt her again.”

Bleeding Love is an amazing, captivating story. It is a story of love, loss, finding the strength to let go, move on and taking that second chance at life and love. I loved everything about this story; from the plot to the characters to everything in between. The story was riveting. I couldn’t put it down until I absorbed every last word. It was so easy to get caught up in Megan and Liam’s story.

Liam: I loved his strength and determination. He was a true alpha male. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and worked hard to make Megan “see” things. He brought Megan back to life. Gave her another reason to live. I loved that  Liam wasn’t afraid of all the baggage that Megan had. That he loved Molly as his own and would protect her with his life.

Megan: Her pain. Her loss. All so palpable. Her emotions, so easy to understand and relate to. She was an amazing mother to Molly, but really let fear rule her life. Her journey is not an easy one. She has so much to let go of and so much to overcome, but in the end, it’s so worth it.

I loved the connection between Liam and Megan. It was so strong, so beautiful. It was everything. Not only were they great friends, but their chemistry…The chemistry between the two of them just exploded from the pages. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them. I couldn’t wait for Megan to “see”.

“A love worth having, is worth fighting for.” -This is one of my favorite quotes from this book. I think it really sums everything up. This book will make you feel. You will feel EVERYTHING. You will laugh. You will cry. You will swoon. You will smile. You will find hope. You will learn to let go. And most importantly, you will fall in love…………

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

Excerpt #1 

His mouth leaves mine and with his hand still on my leg, he demands, “Dig your heels in deep, baby.”

I give him what he wants, but not because he told me to.  I give him what he wants because when his hand leaves my leg and pushes into the mattress, bringing his body up he goes even deeper into my body and those heels push hard.

Just as he demanded earlier, my hands go to his shoulders on my own accord and as he takes my body hard, my nails dig in with my heels still pushing hard against the small of his back.  Our eyes never leave each other’s probing gaze.  Never once do I take my eyes away from his, so full of lust that I know there isn’t an ounce of control left in his body.

He drops his head and I lift up to meet him in a kiss so sweet it doesn’t match the powerful way that he’s taking my body.  A kiss that gives me more than

words ever could at this moment.  His hips slow and as his tongue rolls against mine, his hips start to take me in slow, deep rolls.  He doesn’t pull back, just rocks his hips against mine.

I push up and cry out when he slips even deeper.

His lips come from mine and his hooded eyes open a sliver.  “Feels like heaven,” he says softly.  “Everything, darlin’.  Feels like everything.”bleeding love teaser 2

About the Author:

harpersloanHarper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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