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Release Day Blitz and Review: The Road That Leads To Us ( Us #1) by Micalea Smeltzer

Title: The Road That Leads To Us

Series: Us Series (standalone)

Author: Micalea Smeltzer

 Release Date: October 27, 2015

Blurb

Things are about to get rocky for Dean Wentworth and Willow Wade.

Willow Wade is used to living in the spotlight, with her father a famous drummer in the band Willow Creek—her namesake—it’s been a lot to live up to and oftentimes she doesn’t feel she’s enough. But there has always been one person she could turn to.

Dean Wentworth knows a thing or two about how crippling a name can be. His family is worth billions after all. But Dean’s always been content to do his own thing. Play his guitar. Work on cars. And geek out to his various “nerdoms”.

But when Willow turns up unexpectedly, he realizes maybe there is more in life he wants.

Her. 

One trip will change their lives forever.

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My Review

“Sometimes the most important things stare us right in the face, waiting until the perfect moment to be noticed. This is our moment.”

The Road That Leads To Us was such a fun read. I am a sucker for a friends to lover’s romance and this one did not disappoint.

The Road That Leads To Us follows the story of Willow and Dean. Willow is at a crossroads in life and isn’t sure if the path that she’s on, is the right plan for her. So, she decides to go on a road trip. However, when her friends bail on her last minute, she ends up returning home, hoping for some clarity as to what move she should make next. Being back home reminds her of just how much she’s missed it and the people she’s left behind; especially when she runs into Dean. Dean and Willow have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They get and understand each other on such a deep level. Their reunion is just what Willow needed; especially when Dean suggests that the two of them go ahead with Willow’s plans for a road trip. Armed with a map and not much else to go on, these two are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime. What the two of them didn’t know, was that this road trip would change their lives in more ways than one…..

The Road That Leads To Us was such a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud so many times. I LOVED seeing Maddox as a father. He was so over the top and protective of Willow. I couldn’t get enough of it. He was the perfect dad! And I really loved spending some time with Maddox and Emma again. Their lives certainly have changed, but in a good way!

One of the things that I loved about this book was that it was really light on the drama. It was so refreshing to read a book where there wasn’t a ton of drama, pulling the characters apart. It was just a fun and entertaining road trip between two good friends. It really reminded me of what it was like to be at the age Willow was at. She had her whole future ahead of her; so many endless possibilities

I absolutely loved the connection between Willow and Dean. You could tell right away that the feelings they had for one another were real and genuine. They had excellent chemistry and shared a lot of sweet, romantic moments.

The Road That Leads To Us was a fantastic read, from start to finish. The story-line was entertaining and captivating. I loved that it was told from dual points of view. And let’s face it, I wasn’t really ready to say goodbye to the Willow Creek clan, so I was really happy to spend more time with them. Even though this is a stand-alone, it is a wonderful addition to the Willow Creek series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the US Series!

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


Excerpt

Those bitches were gonna die.

That was a horrible thing to say about my so-called ‘friends’—and I used the word friends loosely, because true friends wouldn’t ditch you the day of your scheduled road trip because they’d rather be sunbathing in the Hamptons.

The fucking Hamptons.

Ew.

I mean, how clichéd could you get.

This was why I hated rich people.

It also sucked that I was one of those rich people.

Well, I wasn’t, but my dad was.

So by extension so was I.

When you grew up with a rock star for a dad, cameras and eyes followed you everywhere. It was exhausting.

I couldn’t just be Willow.

I was Willow Wade.

The daughter of the famous drummer Maddox Wade.

People expected greatness from me.

I just wanted to graduate college without slitting my wrists.

Author Bio

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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Blog Tour and Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

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By: Lauren Layne  

Releasing August 25, 2015  

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In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

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My Review

Blurred Lines asks the age old question; Can I guy and girl really be friends? Parker and Ben meet their freshmen year in college and immediately hit it off. Six years later, their friendship is still going strong and the two of them are roommates. Everything is going great until Parker’s boyfriend dumps her. Parker knew things between her and her boyfriend weren’t quite right, but still this development surprises her. Parker now finds herself single for the first time in 5 years. She decides that the last things she wants is to jump into another relationship. So, Parker decides that she wants to take a play out of Ben’s book and just start having casual sex. And who better to be her wingman and to show her the ropes, but Ben! Only things aren’t working out quiet as what Parker was expecting, so a new game plan is order. What if she has casual sex with someone she knows and trusts? Sounds easy enough, right? What’s the worst that could happen? At first, the new arrangement with Ben and Parker is easy. They’re best friends, who just happen to be having mind blowing, earth shattering sex. But, what will happen when the lines start to blur? Will Ben and Parker take a chance on something amazing? What will happen when Parker’s ex decides he wants back in the picture? Will things ever go back to the way they were before after the dust settles?

I am such a fan of friends to lovers romances and Blurred Lines does not disappoint. Blurred Lines is well written and pulls you in from the first page. I loved the friendship that Ben and Parker shared. Their friendship was easy and you could tell that they just really got each other. The two of them were like magnets, moving together so easily. Parker and Ben shared an amazing connection. You had to know that there was no way the two of them could hook up and keep things the way that they were. It was so much fun watching how things played out, seeing the lines blur, wondering how things would turn out.

Blurred Lines was a quick and easy read for me. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. The characters were fun and easy to connect with. The story made me laugh, smile, swoon and fall in love. Blurred Lines had just the right amount of angst and romance. It was just the read I was looking for. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves friends to lovers romances.

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


Excerpt 

My sophomore year of high school, I had a short-lived friendship with this girl named Korie Hamilton.

She was nice enough.

A little too much purple eyeliner, a few too many likes sprinkled throughout her constant chatter, but we had every class together our first semester, so we kind of became friends by default.

Anyway, Korie was forever yammering on and on about how her best friend on the entire planet was Stephen Daniels, a boy she’d known for all of four weeks before promoting him to BFF status.

Apparently it was, like, ohmigod, like, the best thing ever to have a guy she could talk to without complicating things with romantic entanglements.

Please.

Real best friends can generally go more than a couple hours without mentioning each other’s name, but Korie found a way to fit Stephen’s name into every other sentence.

Just friends my ass.

I guess technically they were platonic for a while. Stephen had

a girlfriend named Libby Tittles, or something unfortunate like that, and Korie had this on-again-off-again thing with her junior high boyfriend.

But anyone who’s ever seen a movie, or watched TV, or just had basic awareness of human interaction saw exactly where Korie and Stephen were heading: Humpville.

Even though Korie swore up and down that she didn’t like him like that, both of their significant others were long gone by Thanksgiving of sophomore year.

By Christmas vacation, Korie wasn’t uttering quite so many likes. Why? Because Stephen’s tongue was in her mouth before school, after school, and every freaking weekend.

But we all know how this ends, right? Just a few short months later, not only were Korie and Stephen no longer dating, they sure as hell weren’t best friends.

Their short-lived romance and ensuing breakup barely even registered a blip on the gossip chain, but I’d like to think it taught some of us high school girls a valuable lesson:

Guys and girls can’t be just friends. Or not best friends, anyway.

Shit gets too complicated.

But let’s fast-forward a few years, shall we?

I’m now twenty-four, and I have a public service announcement to make: I was wrong.

Guys and girls really can be best friends.

It is possible to have a platonic relationship with a guy where there are no romantic inklings, no sexual fantasies, and no naïve proclamations of I don’t like him like that in a torturous attempt to hide an agonizing unrequited love.

How do I know this? How do I know that a guy and a girl

can be best friends without romantic entanglements?

Well, let’s see, I’ve been on the female end of one such platonic relationship for six years now.

Six. Years.

!

True story:

Ben Olsen and I met the summer before our first year at University of Oregon during freshman orientation. We were assigned to the same group in one of those terrible ice-breaking activities where you have to put a sticky note on your head and guess what kind of safari animal you are, or something, and we just . . .

Clicked?

I don’t know why we clicked in the Hey, you’re cool but I have no interest in boning you kind of way, but we did.

Maybe it was because I was in stupid insta-love with another guy in our group. Or maybe because my ovaries were hyperaware that Ben’s ridiculous good looks would lead to heartbreak. But whatever the reason, we did the implausible.

We became best friends.

And, yes, every single one of my female friends has given me the exact same warnings I gave Korie Hamilton way back when: It won’t work.

My friends are split down the middle on how it will actually go down, but they’re all convinced that it will go down.

Half think that Ben and I are soulmates who are just biding our time until marriage and babies.

The other half think that we’re going to have too much to drink one night, have awful sex, and never speak again.

Ben and I proved them wrong when freshman year ended

and our friendship was still intact. Sophomore year? Repeat.

Junior year, we really upped our game. Not only were we closer than ever, but we became roommates. It happened sort of by accident when one of his housemates backed out at the last minute, and I belatedly realized I couldn’t bear one more year of dorm food, so I moved in. And it worked. So we did it again senior year.

Here we are, two years after graduation, still living together, although we’ve upgraded from crappy off-campus housing in Eugene to a slightly less crappy two-bedroom house in the Northwest neighborhood of Portland.

And yes. Still platonic as ever, with not so much as a hint of change in the air. I’m crazy in love with Lance Myers, my boyfriend of five years, and Ben . . .

Well, Ben’s on a rather awe-inspiring mission to seduce the entire female population in western Oregon.


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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Release Day Blitz and Review: Skyscrapers and Camelot (Renovate #1)by Mindy A. Carter

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Author: Mindy A. Carter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 3, 2015

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Synopsis

Keegan was my world since I was six years old. When he walked out of my life, I was certain I would never see him again. He broke my heart, but truthfully I only have myself to blame. Now I’m looking into his incredibly beautiful blue eyes. He came back into my life as quickly as he left. Both of us have changed over the years, but I can’t imagine living another day without him.

My name is Aimee, and this is the story of how I lost and found my best friend and love of my life. The journey may be tough but there is no denying that Keegan, and I were destined to be together. He rescued me the day we met and had always been my prince charming. One thing I’m sure of, I’m not letting my happily ever after get away this time.

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My Review

Skyscrapers & Camelot follows the story of Aimee and Keegan. Aimee and Keegan have been friends since they were six years old. Somewhere along the way, Aimee’s feelings for Keegan grew into more. On Keegan’s last night home before college, Aimee takes a chance and kisses Keegan. It was one of the best kisses of her life. Too bad that kiss changed everything. She never saw Keegan again after that night. Now years later, fate has brought the two of them back together….

Skyscrapers & Camelot is the debut novel for Mindy A. Carter. And let me tell you, this series is off to a fantastic start. From the moment I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I loved the idea of finding your soul mate at a young age, being separated for many years, and then fate bringing the two of you back together.

I really liked Aimee and Keegan. You could feel their connection and chemistry instantly. As soon as I saw the two of them together, I had to know more. I had to know why Keegan stayed away for so long. Aimee was so hurt by Keegan’s past actions. I was rooting hard for the two of them to be able to move forward. You could tell that Keegan really cared about Aimee. He just was afraid of the way things were changing. He made mistakes and now was his chance to right his wrongs. My only complaint about Aimee and Keegan as a couple, was that sometimes, I felt like their dialogue was a little on the cheesy side, maybe a little too sweet. That being said, there was enough swoon worthy moments between the two of them to balance things out.

Skyscrapers & Camelot has plenty of angst and drama. No good angsty romance would be complete without a little drama and a villain you just love to hate. The villain of this story, Gretchen. I didn’t like her from the moment her character was introduced. She was a pot-stirrer and you could tell she was going to try to get in between Keegan and Aimee. Let’s just say, she definitely kept things interesting.

I just adored Keegan’s brother Kaleb and Aimee’s best friend Reese. Not only were they awesome friends to Aimee. But they were honest and told Aimee how it was. They gave her the strength to stand up for herself. And I loved the relationship that Kaleb and Reese had. They were perfect for each other. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them in the next book, but I’m hoping that they maybe get their own novella.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a couple of spots where the story wasn’t as strong. I found myself really frustrated with Aimee and Keegan at times. I wish that Aimee would have confronted Keegan about Gretchen earlier on in the story. I felt like she let her get by with a little too much. I think this series is off to a great start. The story-line held my interest. I really enjoyed all the characters. There was plenty of angst and drama. There was no shortage of romance or swoony moments. I will warn you that it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and it’s a good one! I for one, will be counting down the days until Book 2 is released. I can not wait to find out what will happen next.

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


Excerpt

I close my eyes while he opens the door then slowly leads me into the space, the anticipation of what he’s going to show me making me feel like I’m floating on air.

We move around something, and then he lets go of my hand and walks away for a second, moving something around. Both of his hands then touch my hips, and I’m guided down to sit on his lap.

“Keegan,” I yelp, the action having surprised me.
“I’m going to count to five, Aimee, and then you can open those beautiful eyes.” His deep and commanding voice starts counting, “One … two … three … four … five.”

My eyes remain tightly shut as I feel his beating heart against my back, matching mine.

He laughs and puts both arms around me, holding me close with his chin on my shoulder, and I can feel his breath on my neck. I suddenly break out in goose bumps.

“It’s okay. Open them,” he whispers in my ear.

I slowly open my eyes, seeing we are sitting directly in front of his expansive window. The scene in front of me is one of beauty. I am facing the New York sky, the stars twinkling above and lights of different colors below us. I can see everything for miles, the entire city. It’s the most amazing view I have ever seen. The buildings and sky fit together like the perfect puzzle. The view at night is more glorious than I ever imagined, just as Keegan mentioned during his interview.

“This is … just … no words, Keegan.” Although him sharing this with me makes me feel something in my heart, I can’t find the words to describe it.

He holds me a little tighter. “I know. You don’t have to say anything.”

“Thank you for showing this to me,” I whisper.

“You’re welcome,” He replies in another whisper.

“No, really, thank you. I could sit here all night, looking at this.” I tell him, imagining how beautiful this scene would be watching the sun rise. Of course, what would make it special is watching it together.

“I have actually looked out these windows and watched the city all night.”

“By yourself?” I ask.

“I’ve never shared this with anyone until now.”

“Really?”

“Yes. As if I would even want to be here with anyone else.”

I melt into him. How could this man be any more perfect?

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Mindy has been in love with love, as long as she can remember. As a child, you could find Mindy engrossed in fairytale books and dreaming of her happily ever after. She was lucky enough to find her prince charming and lives in Ohio with him and her four precocious children.

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Review: Unexpected by Lilly Avalon

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Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn’t get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.

An unlikely bond with her former best friend’s ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she’s been missing—what she’s been needing. Alina’s never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what’s on the other side?

Only one way to find out.

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My Review

“There’s something about sharing a sunset with someone you care about. It’s profoundly spiritual, as if it connects you to that person in a way nothing else can. It may have only lasted for a brief moment in the entire span of our lives, but it’s something I’ll always carry with me no matter what happens tomorrow.”

Unexpected was a sweet and enjoyable read. The story starts off with one heck of a bang. Alina is having the worst day of her life. Anything and everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong for her. It all starts with her boyfriend telling her that he wants to take a break. Then she wakes up to find that she has a flat tire. That flat tire makes her late for work. Being late for work, made her jerk of a boss give her shift to someone else, in turn causing her to quit. If that wasn’t bad enough, all Alina wants to do is go home and wash this awful day away. Lets just say things did not get better when she got home. With all the changes going on in Alina’s life, she’s left wondering who she is and why this is happening to her. If it wasn’t for her now ex-roommates ex-boyfriend, Ryan, Alina would have completely fallen apart. Alina and Ryan form a fast friendship. Ryan is just what Alina needs to help her find her way and get back on her feet. The two of them are attracted to each other, but are determined to keep things in the friend zone. However, the more time the two of them spend together, the more they realize they are destined to be more than friends. Will Alina and Ryan take the leap and see where things will go?

Unexpected is a fast paced, friends to lovers romance. I was already hooked just from reading the synopsis. I couldn’t wait to dive in and read more. I loved the was this story started out. I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out. I really enjoyed the friendship that Alina and Ryan shared. Their relationship had a slow burn to it. I thought they had great push and pull. Ryan was not only a really sweet guy and a great friend, but boy could he make your heart swoon. I just couldn’t wait for Alina and Ryan to give into their feelings and see where things would go.

Some of the issues I had  with this story was that I felt like it was a little too fast paced. I would have liked to slow down some of the moments, really get to know Ryan and Alina better as a couple. It just felt like once they finally took the plunge to see where things go, the story was on fast forward. My other issue was that I would have liked to have seen a little more drama between the ex’s, Drew and Victoria. Drew and Victoria wronged Alina and Ryan so badly. Don’t get me wrong, there was a little drama with them, but I wanted more. I wanted the two of them to get what was coming to them.

Even though I had some issues with the story, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a fast paced, sweet read that is light on the drama, then look no further. I think this author has a ton of potential and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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

Review: In Your Heart by Micaleah Smeltzer

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I thought I had found love.
I thought I had found my forever.
I’d never been more wrong in all my life.

Sadie Westbrook’s seemingly perfect life comes to a screeching halt when she catches her fiancé in bed with another woman. Suddenly, everything she believed in is tested and there’s only one person she can turn to—the guy who has been by her side ever since their best friend’s fell in love and became inseparable.

Ezra Collins—the bassist for the band Willow Creek—has only ever had one weakness, and her name is Sadie. When he receives a frantic call he rushes to her aid, helping to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life—even if that means letting Sadie live with him.

The close proximity tests the limits of their friendship and as the lines between friends and lovers blur they’ll have to decide if falling in love with your best friend is worth the risk of losing them.


My Review

“Life is a series of choices that we make, some of them are good, and some of them are not, but everything always works out in the end.”

In Your Heart follows the story of Ezra and Sadie. I don’t know about you guys, but I have been dying to get my hands on their story. And let me tell you, this was such an amazing story. Dare I say, one of my top reads of the year!

In Your Heart starts out with one heck of a bang. Sadie comes home from work early to surprise her fiancee, only to find him having sex in their bed, with someone else. Her reaction to the situation was priceless. I knew, just from those first few pages, that this was going to be a great read! So, Sadie’s “reaction” to her fiancee cheating lands her temporarily in jail. And who does she call on for help, none other than Ezra. Ezra and Sadie have been best friends for years. That is until Sadie’s fiancee entered the picture and she turned their back on their friendship. Even when Sadie did that, Ezra was still there for her. He would always catch her when she falls…. Ezra’s only weakness in life, has been Sadie. Still that won’t stop him from being there for Sadie when she needs him, even letting her stay with him while she picks up the pieces of her life. There has always been an underlying attraction between Sadie and Ezra. Both too terrified of wrecking their friendship. But, now their new living arrangements will test their limits. Lines will be blurred. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? Will it be worth the risk in the end?

Sadie, may seem quiet and in her head sometimes, but she’s really stronger than she appears. She loves fiercely and with her whole heart. She has a great personality and I found her very easy connect with. Her only fault: she is so stubborn! Lucky for her, Ezra is the perfect match. Everything between the two of them just flows naturally. Ezra is the friend that anyone would want in their corner. He loves just as fiercely. He is protective over what’s his. You can always count on him. But, he too is stubborn and gets lost in his head. Maybe that’s why the two of them worked out so well, because they were so similar.

I love friends to lovers stories and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I loved that Sadie and Ezra both admitted their attraction to one another, but that they were just too afraid to ruin what they had. They both tried so hard to just be “friends”. You could really understand their struggle with taking things further. However, their attraction was so undeniable, so palpable, so real that you’d have to be blind to not see it. Their connection was just begging to be explored. Living together would prove to be the ultimate test for the two of them. Will they continue to fight what feels so right and what they both want? Or will they jump, take that risk and give into something that could be truly amazing??

I loved everything about In You Heart. From beginning to end, I was hooked. I was captivated by the characters and the story-line. I think I even fell more in the love with the characters from the first two books, if that were possible. I loved the feeling of family and the way that everyone interacted with each other. I just wanted to jump into the pages and be a part of their story. I was quickly reminded as to why this is one of my favorite series’. I honestly loved everything about this story. I laughed. I swooned. There were times I wanted to pull my hair in frustration. Moments where I held my breath waiting to see how things would turn out. I felt the angst and love as if it were my own.  And no great story would be complete without a few twists along the way!

In Your Heart is a fantastic addition to the Willow Creek Series and can be read as a stand-alone. However, as with any series that has characters that intertwine like this one, I do recommend reading the first two books first. Not only because they are great reads, but also so you can really get a feel for who Sadie and Ezra are. And to the fans of this series, you will not be disappointed with this installment!

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

Release Day Blitz and Review: Six Years by Stephanie Witter

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Title : Six YearsAuthor : Stephanie Witter

Book Cover : Jo Raven

Release Day : June 9thCategory and genre : New Adult Contemporary

RomanceNovel length : over 100.000 words.

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They hadn’t seen each other in six years.
She’d always had a crush on him.
He’d only ever seen her like a little sister.
And now…he’s back.
Brooklyn
 
I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams.
 
My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn’t help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was.
Having a six year age gap didn’t mean shit.
 
Nolan
 
Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn’t stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn’t forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.
 
Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn’t do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons.
 
Were there too many obstacles in the way?

Contemporary Romance standalone novel for readers over 18.

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My Review

Six Years follows the story of Brooklyn and Nolan. Brooklyn has always been in love with Nolan. But a relationship between the two of them could never be. Why you ask? Brooklyn is 6 years younger than Nolan. Brooklyn hasn’t seen Nolan since she was 12 years old. When he left down, not only did he leave Brooklyn behind, but he also broke her heart. Six years have passed and Brooklyn is no longer the little girl she once was. Life hasn’t been too kind to her.

Nolan couldn’t wait to leave town once he turned 18. Brooklyn was the only happy thing in his life, but he needed to get away. He needed to do more with his life. One of his biggest regrets will be that he not only left Brooklyn behind, but he didn’t stay in touch. Now, 6 years later, Nolan has returned home. He claims he’s there just to see his sick mother, but he also wants to find the girl he left behind. He wants to try to reclaim their friendship. But, has too much time passed to get back their friendship? Will Nolan finally open his eyes and see that Brooklyn is not a little girl anymore?

Overall, I though Six Years was an ok read. I was in the mood for a really angsty read and this sounded like it was going to be the perfect read for me. It had a nice angsty start to it. Brooklyn all grown up, being a changed woman thanks to the life she’s been dealt. Seeing Nolan after all that time. The angst of their separation. The push and pull. Nolan coming to grips that Brooklyn isn’t a little girl anymore.

The things that I had a hard time with were some of the descriptions, especially with the sex scenes. There are certain words or phrases that frustrate me when they are used. I know that I am probably in the minority here, but it just didn’t work for me. I also found myself frustrated with Nolan a lot. I get and totally understand the internal struggles that he had and the issues he had to come to grips with. However, I felt like he was leading Brooklyn on. In the end, I was just left wanting more.

All that being said, I still found this to be an ok read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Even though Six Years wasn’t a grand slam for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out.

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


Short Excerpt:

“I won’t push you away.”
His Adam’s apple jumped once and a smile brightened his face. My eyes landed on his pierced lower lip and a wave of lust punched me low in my belly. I cleared my throat, feeling uncomfortable with the pictures my brain conjured.
He came closer, erasing the little space separating us. I could feel the washed away denim of his blue jeans and his firm thigh underneath against my bare leg. I wanted to close my eyes and revel in his presence, in the feel of his body against me, but I didn’t. I kept my eyes open as he leaned into me and wrapped his arms around me. The lean muscles in his arms flexed, his bare and hot skin brushing mine. I felt naked in my tank top as his bare arms were doing things to me I never thought possible.
“Relax, Brooklyn. It’s just me,” he said in my ear, his thin lips and loop tracing the words against the sensitive skin of my ear. I never realized before how an ear could be so erogenous. I couldn’t believe it. I was in Nolan’s arms six years after he left. He was here, in my bedroom.
I took a deep breath and the smell of his clean clothes and the scent that was only him, assaulted me. I was taken back to six years ago, before I had to face the loneliness that was my life. Before I lost my best friend. But right now, I wanted to stay in his arms without thinking about his departure or the future. I wrapped my arms around his narrow waist and balled his t-shirt in my fists.
He relaxed against me and ran a hand up and down my back, avoiding the small of my back that was bared by my tank top which had ridden up. “It feels different,” he said, pulling away. He nibbled on the loop in his lower lip.
I nodded and smiled weakly. Losing the heat and weight of his arms around me made me feel depressed. I missed that kind of attention, of touch. Mike and all the guys before him never hugged me just because they cared about me. If they hugged me it was with the purpose to have me naked minutes later and while I was all for it, it was also difficult when you had nobody to give you a real, warm hug. I’d forgotten what comfort felt like.
“It’s different. We’re both adults now.”


About the author:
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.


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Review: Truth In Watercolors (Truth #2) by Kimberly Rose

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Truth, I hide.

Truth, you seek.

Truth, I confess.

Truth, you leave.

She never meant to let anyone in, least of all him. Now that she has, she is forever changed. Capri sees her life one way. Dull. She’s learned to dim and fade into the world around her. Until the day she agreed to more time with him.

Shrouding himself in a carefully constructed shield of humor and vibrant charm, Wes has effectively kept everyone out for most of his life. He’s successfully hidden the truth about who he really is, but then she agreed to more time with him.

Lines become crossed and reconstructed. Secrets are revealed, and infatuation is born. Will their connection be enough to paint themselves new, or will the truths of their lives be too stained to overcome.


My Review

“Life was a spectrum, and we swirled somewhere amidst its colors. We flowed, and we tumbled. We connected, and we drifted apart. We diluted, and we saturated. The only thing that was certain was we didn’t know where tomorrow would take us, regardless of what we had planned. The only thing that was promised was that we wouldn’t regret a moment of it if we lived it passionately.” 

This book…..wow! I am kind of blown away right now. There is really nothing better than when you read a book by an author that is new to you and they just knock your socks off.

Truth In Watercolors was such an amazing read for me. It was beautifully written and heartwarming. I devoured each word and every moment. I didn’t want to put this book down. This book was exactly the kind of read I was looking for. It made me laugh, swoon, and put tears in my eyes. It frustrated me and made me fall in love. The emotions and the connection between Wes and Capri…so real, so palpable. I loved the push and pull. The angst. The anticipation of will they finally get together…Ugh! I just loved it.

Capri. I loved her character so much. She was strong, funny, and sassy. She saw things in life differently from others and I admired her outlook. She was a great friend and never backed down from a challenge, especially from Wes. She didn’t have the best luck in the love department, but I think that she was always holding out. Waiting for Wes, whether she was aware of that or not.

Wes…. Oh, Wes. What can I say about him? First off, he is an amazing friend. Always wanting to stand up for Capri and protect her. He’s a ladies man, but there is so much more to Wes than what everyone gets to see. There’s a sweeter, kinder side to him. He’s had a hard life, bounced around from different foster homes. Never having anyone stick around for the long haul. Always feeling like he wasn’t good enough and didn’t deserve to be loved. I just wanted to hug him and tell him that he was enough and he does deserve to be happy and loved.

I am a big fan of friends to lovers romances and an even bigger fan of characters that are broken or that have real struggles. I was completely captivated by Wes and Capri’s story. I felt a real connection to the two of them, to their journey to HEA. This is definitely one of those books that I can see staying with me for a long time. The writing is beautiful and the story-line captivating. I can not wait to read more from Kimberly Rose in the future!

* I received an ARC copy of this book via the author, in exchange for an honest review*

Relase Day Blitz and Review: Just Say When by Kaylee Ryan

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 Title: Just Say When 
Author: Kaylee Ryan 
  Release Date: May 12, 2015
Synopsis

Saving myself for marriage, not hardly.

Saving myself for someone who will make my heart race, most definitely.

In theory it’s a good plan, however even the best-laid plans fall through. Seeing him, being around him, alerts all my senses and I dream about being his, wrapping myself in his arms and never letting go. The only problem – he sees me as his sister.

My name’s Ava Evans and I’m in love with my older brother’s best friend, Nate Garrison. 



Burying myself in work for the past two years, avoiding any thought of her, has worked, until now. She’s everywhere, in my dreams, in my gym, and in my heart. I’m not sure when I fell in love with Ava Evans, but I am completely in love with my best friends baby sister.

At first she was too young for me and that made it easy to stay away. Now, it’s a struggle to keep my distance.

How am I supposed to resist her when I can’t escape her? If he ever found out, it would ruin our friendship. Even with that knowledge all she would have to do is… 

Just Say When.
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My Review

Just Say When follows the story of Ava and Nate. Ava has been in love with Nate for as long as she can remember. The problem: Nate is her older brother’s best friend. Nate and Brody are as close as friends can get, practically brothers. For years, Ava has longed for Nate, but has kept her feelings hidden. Now, years later, Ava runs into Nate again. Ava had hoped that her feelings had dulled with time, but is quick to see that her feelings haven’t changed. In fact, the pull that she feels for him is even stronger…..Nate has always had a thing for Ava. But, she was forbidden or off limits to him because of his friendship with Brody. Now that Ava has come back into Nate’s life, he finds it difficult to hide his feelings. The two of them are desperately trying to deny what everyone can clearly see. Both afraid to let the other know how they feel. However, the more they try to fight it, the stronger the pull, the deeper the attraction. Until one day, they both decide that can’t, no they won’t fight it anymore. They have to find out if there is more there than just an attraction. Now, that their feelings are out there, there is only one obstacle left in their way: Brody. Ava and Nate want to be together, but want to have Brody’s blessing. This will prove to be the ultimate test. Is their love strong enough to face down Ava’s brother? When the time comes will Nate be forced to choose between his best friend or the woman he loves?

I just adored Just Say When. The story was sweet, really well written and had a great flow to it. The characters were fun and enjoyable; even the secondary ones. There wasn’t one person that I didn’t want to know about. I loved Ava and Nate together. I loved the push and pull between them. I felt their chemistry instantly and the incredible bond they shared. Friends for a lifetime, that shared a love that grew into something more, something incredible, something infinite.

Just Say When was a quick read for me and is one of those stories that will leave you with a smile on your face. If you’re looking for a sweet romance that will make you swoon and is light on the drama, than look no further.

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


Excerpt

I reach the table just in time to watch as Kara pulls Ava to the dance floor. They stop right at the edge as if they cannot wait a second longer to move to the beat. We watch them in silence, enjoying the show they’re putting on. That is until two guys join them. At first, it looks innocent enough, but when the one closest to Ava puts his hands on her, I know I have to squash this.

“We can’t let them have all the fun.” I motion to the dance floor. I’m pissed off this guy is mauling her, and I’m pissed off at Zach. I can’t believe he let his groupies pull him away from Ava. He doesn’t deserve her.

Tanner grins. “You don’t have to tell me twice.” He places his now empty water bottle on the table and heads straight for Kara.

I’m hot on his heels. I stop in front of Ava and she smiles hesitantly just as the song changes to “Talk Dirty.” The guy who was trying to make his move on her is no longer touching her, which is in his best interest. Ava seems nervous as to where she should touch me. This is new for us. I take her hands and rest them on my shoulders as I move my hips to the beat. I keep an eye on the jackass to make sure he knows she’s unavailable. I don’t want him touching her again.

I pull her tight little body close to mine, not caring that this is Ava Mae, my best friend’s little sister. She’s forbidden, but for tonight, for this time in which I actually have her in my arms, I don’t let it stop me. Instead, I pull her close and pretend she’s mine.

Ava rocks her hips against mine and I tighten my grip. Her big brown eyes find mine and her stare is intense. If I didn’t know better, I would think that she wants me just as fiercely as I want her. Pulling her as close as I can get her, I bury my face in her neck and match the rhythm of her hips as they grind against mine. I wish like hell she were mine.


Author Bio

Kaylee Ryan has had a passion for reading since she was a little girl. That passion
has slowly led to spinning romantic tales, and a one-click addiction. When she
doesn’t have her nose stuck in her kindle or fingers glued to the keyboard, you
can find Kaylee hanging out with friends and family. She loves all genres of
music, and enjoys scrapbooking. She lives in Ohio with her husband (her real life
happily ever after) and their rambunctious little boy.

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Review: Wait For Me by Eleanor Green

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Cooper Sterling has been in love with Briley Sheffield since fifth grade, when he asked her to marry him on wide-ruled paper crafted into the fold-and-tuck square.

But life isn’t that neat and tidy.

Years later, defending Briley from an attack lands Cooper in prison, powerless to protect her and unable to convince her to wait for him.

When a failed engagement opens up the possibility of a relationship with Cooper, a mysterious envelope threatens to slam shut every door in Briley’s path. Now she must choose . . . risk the stability of friendship she has with Cooper, or put everything on hold and solve the mysteries of her family secrets.

Wait For Me is book 1 of a 2-book series, but can be read as a standalone.


My Review

Wait For Me follows the story of Briley and Cooper. Briley and Cooper have been best friends since they were younger. Somewhere along the way their feelings for one another changed, but both were too afraid to risk taking it to the next level. Cooper has always felt protective of Briley. Little did Cooper know that, that protectiveness would one day cost him. Cooper finds himself in jail, in an impossible situation…Briley’s life has had some ups and downs, but the one thing that has always remained is her friendship with Cooper. After she calls off her engagement, she finds that she needs Cooper more than ever..

Wait For Me was such a refreshing story. I love, love, love the friends to lovers story-line. This is my first book by Eleanor Green and I have to tell you, she has made a fan out of me. The story is well-written and was a quick read for me. I devoured it in one day. I was captivated by Briley and her relationship with Cooper. Their friendship so strong. You could tell the depth of their feelings for one another. The two of them have gone through so much. Each, their own demons to battle. I wanted Cooper and Briley to be together so badly. I had moments where I wanted to yell at Briley, force her to see what was in front of her.

I loved everything about this book. The characters were very enjoyable, easy to connect with. There was steam, some mystery, intrigue, angst and of course romance. This was such a beautiful story of friendship and love. My only complaint is that the story is over! I can’t wait for more Briley and Cooper!

*I received an ARC copy of this book via the author, in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: One Song Away by Molli Moran

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn’t have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees…on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren’t really dating. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep…and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?

My Review

One Song Away was such a refreshing change of pace for me. This book follows the story of Sophie-Claire, a struggling song writer. When life throws too many things her way, she ends up doing something she never thought she would: move back home. She soon realizes that even though her life isn’t going as planned, this time around, she’s got to try to make it on her own. The last thing she was looking for was a relationship. Sophie-Claire runs into Jake and her whole world is turned upside down. Jake and Sophie-Claire have always been friends, but Sophie-Claire has had deeper feelings. She has been in love with Jake her entire life. When an opportunity presents itself, Sophie-Claire will find herself in a fake relationship with Jake. But, the more time they spend together, the more it starts to feel real. Sophie-Claire will soon find that she doesn’t know what’s real or fake anymore. Will Sophie-Claire finally get what’s she’s always wanted with Jake or will this be another missed opportunity?

One Song Away is one of those books that reminds me why I love the NA genre. This book was so fun and light-hearted. I really enjoyed the whole idea of old friends pretend to be in a relationship, but suddenly realize they are no longer pretending. I loved the writing style. I found myself laughing so many times. Sophie-Claire was so awkward at times, but easy to relate to. And Jake he was so sweet, and  totally swoon worthy. I loved the way they interacted with one another and was cheering them on the whole time, hoping they would turn this fake relationship into something real.

One Song Away was a quick, but enjoyable read. I got lost in the story-line and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This book had the perfect amount of angst and romance. And I truly enjoyed the friends to lovers story-line. This is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

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

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