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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! The Hooker and the Hermit by L. H. Cosway & Penny Reid


The Hooker and the Hermit

by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

Publication Date: February 5, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance


The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

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Synopsis: New York’s Finest

February 14, 2015

LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months

ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League

International)? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the

lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? The one with the anger management issues and the body of a

gladiator and the face of a movie star? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy.

Well, I have a confession to make…


Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine

celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite,

anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but

actual reality? Not so much.


Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the

media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless

bad boy.

Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the

radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…


When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to

cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be

happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.

What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the

hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full

length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

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About L.H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial

Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life

include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course,


She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.


about penny reid


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever

works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also

occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy

traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married

and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block

carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m

intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their



Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Beautifully Insightful by K.C. Lynn

Blitz Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

Title: Beautifully Insightful

Author: K.C. Lynn

Genre: NA | Erotica Romance

Release Date:  January 16, 2015



EMILY MICHAELS ~ Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like you never fit in, or you weren’t good enough? This is how I have felt for as long as I can remember. 

I see the world differently than everyone else, I feel everything differently and I reflect on life differently. And being different in my world is not a good thing.

I live in a place that’s divided between the rich and the poor, the beautiful and the unbeautiful, the prestigious and the mediocre. I have always belonged in the first category, because my father was the Governor of Georgia. 

Growing up around people I could never relate with, my life had always been lonely, that was until my senior year when I met the one boy who would change my life forever. A boy who my parents would never approve of because he didn’t come from money or the same social class. He rode a motorcycle, had tattoos and was considered to be from the wrong side of the tracks. Yet he was still envied by many.

Ryder Jameson was someone who every guy feared, and one who every girl wanted to be touched by. He didn’t do attachments, or have friends… until me. And for the first time in my life I finally felt like I belonged. When I was with him, my different didn’t feel wrong or ugly. He made me feel beautiful- insightfully beautiful. Then one day my world came crashing down on me, and it would be six years before I’d once again see the boy I fell in love with.

RYDER JAMESON ~ After working my ass off I am given the opportunity of a lifetime, and if I pull it off I will be the youngest FBI agent to run one of the biggest undercover operations in history. Only the case that gets thrown in front of me leads me back to the one place I swore I would never return to, and to the only girl who’s ever mattered to me. 

Except Emily Michaels is not the same girl I left behind. She still looks the same, she’s still beautiful inside and out, but there’s one thing that’s very different about her, one very big thing, and it’s something I didn’t think was possible.

Ryder and I come from a world where politics separates us and wealth defines us, but even after all this time we will not let it divide us. 

Here is our story. 


A memory from the past~

A big smile spreads across my face as we walk up to a black motorcycle. “Are we going to ride this?” I ask hopefully.

“Yeah, this is the new bike I bought from Hector.”

“Eeeek!” I clap excitedly and Ryder chuckles at my obvious enthusiasm. I look down at my attire. “Er, I guess I’m not dressed great for it.”

A dirty grin tilts his sexy lips. “I like it better that way.” He winks suggestively and I feel my face heat. Sheesh, I really hate that. “Here.” He passes me his jacket but I push it back at him.

“No, no, I’ll be fine. It’s a warm night.”

He glares at me and thrusts the jacket my way again. “No, you won’t. Take the jacket.”

“Ryder, I’ll be fine.”

“Emily, would you not argue with me for once, and just take the fucking jacket.”

I roll my eyes then rip the stupid jacket from him. “Geez, you have a serious problem with being bossy,” I tell him as I put the damn coat on. Oh man, maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all, it smells really darn good, but there is no denying I look ridiculous in it. I throw my arms up showing him how long the sleeves are. “I look stupid!”

His eyes roam down my body, suddenly making me think I might not look like an idiot after all. Sitting on the bike sideways, he grabs the lapels of the jacket and pulls me between his legs. “You look fucking sexy in anything you wear, but especially my clothes. And you look as good now as you did six years ago when we left that beach party and I took you on my bike for the first time. Except back then your dress was yellow, not pink.”

My heart turns over in my chest at his words. The night he talks about is a night I have never forgotten, and clearly he hasn’t either. The fact that he remembers it so vividly, right down to what I wore, repairs a small part of my scarred heart. “I can’t believe you remember what I wore that night,” I whisper.

“Baby, there isn’t a second of our time together that I don’t remember. You, Emily, are not someone I could ever forget.”

I stare at him speechless, a sudden storm of emotions roiling inside of me. Then why? I want to scream. Why did you leave me? He stares back at me, his gaze intense as if he knows what I’m thinking. I consider asking him, right here, right now, but as I dig for courage he ends up breaking the moment by grabbing his helmet and putting it on my head. It’s probably better. I will ask him eventually. I will. But maybe not tonight. For tonight- I want to forget about all the bad, forget about what took him from me and just be in a place that I haven’t been for six years, a place that only Ryder and I create.

“Lift your chin.” I do as he asks. After he tightens the straps, he straddles the bike, and oh boy does he look good on it. Heat pools low in my tummy when I think about what we did on his bike back in high school, or rather, what he did to me…

I suddenly notice he’s watching me with an arrogant smirk. “This is one of those times, Emily, when I know exactly what you’re thinking. It’s written all over your pretty, flushed face.”


“If you want to go for a ride on this bike I suggest you get your sexy ass on the back of it before I change my mind and end up taking you for a ride right here.”

Oh god, just the thought of riding him instead of the bike has an ache starting between my legs. I scoff, hoping to hide his affect on me. “Settle down, Jameson. I was just noticing how completely awkward you look on the bike is all.”

He bursts out laughing, and it’s so infectious I can’t stop from laughing with him; we both know I’m full of it. “You are the shittiest liar.”

“I know,” I agree with a giggle, not bothering to deny it. I get on behind him and wrap my arms around his waist, bringing my front flush against his hard, warm back. My smile dies and my heart flutters at the familiar feeling of being this close to him again. It’s a feeling I didn’t think I would get to experience again.



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My Review

Wow! What an amazing story! I am full of so many emotions right now and at a complete loss for words………

Beautifully Insightful is a standalone novel and is told from dual pov’s. This book follows the story of Emily and Ryder. Emily had always seen the world differently from everyone else. She’s never really fit in and has always been told to not be an embarrassment, that she’s not good enough. Being different is not really an option for the world that she is apart of. Sheltered all her life, Emily makes a big decision to go to public school for her last year of high school.  She just wants to fade into the background, that is until she meets Ryder……..

Ryder is the exact definition of bad boy: tattoos, motorcycle and lives on the wrong side of town. But, there is so much more to Ryder than what meets the eye. Emily sees things in Ryder that most people don’t. She makes Ryder want things that he’s never wanted before and Ryder gives her the one thing that she’s always wanted to be beautiful. Everything was perfect until one day, everything changed…….. 

Now 6 years later, Ryder is faced with the opportunity of a lifetime and it will bring him back to the one place he swore he’d never return and to the only woman he ever loved. Only, 6 years is a long time and things change, people change.  Will Ryder be able to do his job and win back the love of his life?? Or has too much time gone by???

Beautifully Insightful captivated me from the very first page. The writing pulls you in and gives you no other option than to devour this book. The characters are very real and easy to connect with. I fell in love with Emily and Ryder immediately. They showed me that there’s so much more to beauty than what’s on the outside. That appearances aren’t everything. Their path to HEA was definitely not an easy one. There were so many obstacles that they had to overcome, but it was so worth it in the end. 

Beautifully Insightful is one of those books that will stick with you for a long time. It deals with some very, very tough issues. It is action packed, filled with lots of twists and turns, WTF moments and some revelations that I didn’t want to believe.  And let me tell you, the last few chapters of this book had me on the edge of my seat, freaking out, wondering what would happen next! 

This book will make you laugh, frustrate you, shock you and fall in love.  Ryder is not only swoon worthy, but a total alpha male and the chemistry that Ryder and Emily share is off the charts. I enjoyed everything about this book and it is definitely one of my top reads of the year so far!!

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

About The Author

K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love of romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.

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Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Falling For Jillian by Kristen Proby

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?


“Okay, plug them in.”

I run to the porch and plug in the lights, then run back into the front yard to see them.

“Oh, they’re so pretty!”

“Thank God they all work,” he says as he tosses the black shoe down to the ground and then moves carefully down to the ladder. “It would be a bitch to have to take them back down.”

“I checked them,” I assure him, and when his foot finally lands safely on the snow and he turns to me, I hit him on the arm. “You shouldn’t have done that! You took ten years off my life!”

I throw my arms around his torso and squeeze him tightly, then back away.

“No, you shouldn’t have been on that ladder. If I catch you on one again, I’ll spank your ass until it glows.”

My jaw drops as I gaze up into his frustrated face. For once in my life, I’m speechless. I scowl as I pull myself together and clench my fists. “You wouldn’t dare . . .”

“Put yourself in danger again and see if I don’t,” he replies calmly and crosses his arms over his chest.

“Did you come here to bully me?”

He sighs and pulls his beanie off his head, pushing his fingers through the messy brown strands. I want to sink my fingers in that thick, dark hair.

“No. I came because you won’t answer your fucking phone so I can apologize for the other night.”

“I don’t want your apology,” I reply and throw the extra lights and staple gun back into the tote and turn away, but he catches my arm and turns me back to him, takes the tote, and sets it down.

“I’m going to give it anyway.” His jaw is firm. “I had no right to kiss you like that in the parking lot for everyone to see.”

I jerk back, mortified. “You’re apologizing for kissing me?”



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My Review

Another amazing book by Kristen Proby! Seriously, I love the characters she writes and she never disappoints me! This story is told from dual pov’s and can be read as a standalone.

Falling for Jillian follows the story of Jillian and Zach. Jillian has just moved back home after ending her marriage. She’s trying desperately to move on with her life. However, moving on isn’t easy, especially when she finds out that not only has her ex remarried, but also gotten his new wife pregnant; something Jillian has struggled with for years. All she wants is to find that spark, that connection that everyone deserves….

Zach is everything that Jillian wants. But, a misunderstanding is keeping the two of them apart. And that’s not the only thing, both of them have baggage and are afraid of letting anyone get close…….Zach is a war veteran and is struggling with PTSD. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s having to undo all the damage his ex has done to their son. The last thing he expected was to fall for Jillian. Only,Jillian is exactly what Zach and his son need. But when another misunderstanding happens, it all blows up in Zach’s face. Zach has been hurt and lied to before. Will he able to move forward and put his fears behind him? Or will he be too late and loose the love of his life???

I loved, loved Falling for Jillian. I’ve been waiting for Jillian and Zach’s story for a while now and I was not disappointed. I was pulled into their story right away. I’ve been needing some answers since we first met them in Loving Cara and was so happy to finally get them. 

Falling for Jillian is a great book about family, and finding love again. Kristen Proby gave me everything that I was looking for: great writing, angst, romance, steam, great chemistry and a HOT alpha male. One of the things I love about these books is that the romance is sweet. There’s some angst, but not too much. It’s always just the right balance.

Overall, I found this book to be really enjoyable. I think the story wrapped up pretty nicely and I couldn’t be happier with the way things ended. I would love for there to be another book in this series, but if not, I’m ok with that too. If you are a fan of this series or Kristen Proby’s books, you will be disappointed. It’s a fantastic read and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

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

And don’t forget to read the first book in the Love Under the Big Sky Series… 



About Kristen Proby:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.



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Book Review: Erased by K.Webster and Elle Christensen

Joss Parker’s life is a fairytale come true. She’s a concert pianist in New York who lives with her longtime boyfriend and is close with her fiercely protective father—until one fateful night when she is taken in the middle of the night.

In a desperate attempt to access a program that could be a threat to national security, her ability to play the piano is threatened. Her world comes crashing down when her father puts his need to protect a program over his own daughter.

At the last minute, Joss finds herself whisked away by an unlikely ally. 

She later lands in the protective custody of none other than small-town bad boy and bar owner Derek Slade. Slade is entrusted to look after Joss and see to it that she hides behind her new persona, Jill, so that bad people don’t find her ever again.

Joss has been erased. Joss is now Jill.

As Joss trades her blond locks for Jill’s mahogany ones, she also takes on the strength of her new persona. Jill is someone who doesn’t put up with crap. Jill doesn’t trust easily. Jill must protect the broken heart of Joss.

Joss and Slade battle an intense attraction, but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Behind Slade’s silver eyes are mysteries he’s unwilling to share. Slade knows better than to get involved with Joss, yet he finds it nearly impossible to push her away. 

What happens when Slade crosses the line of protector? Can he protect her when the evils of both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

My Review

An amazing debut novel by author Elle Christensen! When I heard that K. Webster and Elle Christensen were teaming up to write a novel, I was super excited. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and I was not disappointed!!

Erased follows the story of Joss and Derek. Joss’s life seems perfect, a dream come true. She has her dream job, boyfriend and protective father. Everything is perfect until one night. This one night, her entire life will change. She will find that people are not who they seem to be. Someone she’s known and trusted her entire life wants access to a program and Joss is the key to getting that program. But, her father isn’t willing to give up the information needed and at the last minute, Joss is saved by an unlikely person…..Joss finds herself in a small town with Derek Slade. Slade’s job is give Joss a new life and keep her safe. Joss no longer exists. Joss has now become Jill…..As Joss starts her life over as Jill, she’s suddenly taking charge of things. She’s stronger, feistier, and doesn’t put up with anything. She doesn’t trust anyone and will protect her heart at all costs. The last thing Joss ever planned on, was falling for her protector, Slade.  Their attraction is instant and intense. But, Slade has secrets and the lines of protector become blurred. Will they give into their attraction? What will happen when the past catches up with the both of them??

I was hooked on Erased from the very first page. The plot and  writing kept me completely captivated. I got lost in the suspense and the mystery of the story. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The characters were easy to connect with and had scorching chemistry. I couldn’t get enough of Joss and Derek. I loved the push and pull of their relationship and watching them try to fight their attraction! Derek was the perfect dirty talking bad boy. Let’s just say, the two of them together: SCORCHING!!

“I just want to stay here forever, block out the real world and fuse our bodies together, living as one, making up for those jagged pieces we are on our own”

Erased was a quick and easy read for me. It was impossible to put down. I devoured this book in about 4 hours!! It had it all for me: angst, action, romance, suspense, and lots of sexy times.  This is one of those books that once I was finished, I immediately wanted to read it over again. That’s how much I enjoyed it. Erased is the debut novel by Elle Christensen and  adding K. Webster into the mix, makes for one exciting read! Elle Christensen is definitely an author to watch out for. 

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

Blog Tour and Review: Lies Unspoken by Lisa De Jong

Meet Lila & Blake in this unexpected love story! 




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RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2014

I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy. 

My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel. 

And then there’s my new boss, Pierce–successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me? 

I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should.

I thought I knew him.
I didn’t. 
The way he kissed me.
The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin.
I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.


Without warning, his lips crash into mine. At first I fight it, pushing hard against his chest, but he tastes like whiskey. Woodsy and smoky like a campfire, matching the intensity of his kiss. He melts away my anger with his mouth, leaving days’ worth of unrealized sexual tension in its wake.

He tastes.

I lean into him.

He sucks.

My knees go weak.

He isn’t something I wanted. Not three weeks ago. Not even three minutes ago. But as his hands slide up my back, coming up to circle my neck, I’m drowning in want. He tilts my head back to allow himself better access. My tongue tangles with his. Never in a million years did I envision this … how much pleasure I would feel from a simple touch. I guess sometimes we have to have our desires at our fingertips to realize their true depth.

When his lips leave mine, his hands stay. We went from one extreme to another so quickly … I’m not sure what will happen when he pushes the brakes. His face is close, like he wants to kiss me again, but his hands fall away from me instead.


One step back.


Another step.

“Let me—”

Another step. His back hits my bedroom wall.

“Do that again.”

As he exits the room, I’m left wondering what the heck just happened. That kiss took all the cells in my brain and tangled them. I never imagined this, and I hate to admit it but I liked it. 

My Review

Since I finished this book, I’ve been trying to find the words to write this review. This book brought out feelings in me that I haven’t experienced while reading in a long time. This is my first book by Lisa De Jong and I am totally kicking myself for waiting so long to read her books. 

Lies Unspoken follows the story of Lila and Blake. After going through a tough and devastating break up, Lila decides it’s time for a change in scenery. She goes to Chicago to pursue her dreams and is lucky enough to be able to sublet her best friends apartment for a while. Little does she know that she will have a roommate. A roommate who will completely challenge her. Blake is the epitome of bad boy. Everything about him screams that Lila should stay away, but staying away is always harder than one thinks. They try and boy do they ever try to deny the chemistry that is between them, but that denial is not in the cards for them. Add in the sexy CEO who is waiting, just waiting for the right moment to make his move and you have the recipe for an amazing book.

I’ve been on an angsty read kick lately and this book didn’t disappoint at ALL! I fell in love with Lila and Blake instantly. Blake was a jerk; a broody artist with a ton of secrets. I wanted to hate Blake! God I really wanted to, he was such an ass at times! But then I was given  these moments, these swoon worthy moments and little glimpses as to who Blake is and why Blake is the way that he is and it  made me forget why I wanted to hate him.

“He’s going to be my vice and virture all in one-my wrongdoing and my good deed”

And the chemistry……Holy Heck!! The chemistry between Lila and Blake was scorching. The more they tried to fight and deny their feelings, the more I knew this was going to be explosive! 

“I’m left wondering what the heck just happened. That kiss took all the cells in my brain and tangled them. I never imagined this,, and I hate to admit it but I liked it’

I enjoyed every minute, every push and pull of Lila and Blake’s relationship. I found myself rooting desperately for them to find a way to make this thing that they had work!

Lies Unspoken is one of those books that once you read the first page, you will be sucked in. I know I was. It was impossible for me to put this book down. I just devoured every single word.

Lies Unspoken is sexy, full of angst, heartbreak, lies and misunderstandings. This book will take you on one heck of an emotional roller-coaster ride and will leave you with a brutal cliffhanger ending! There is a silver lining here and that is that the wait for book 2 isn’t too long. Book 2 comes out in March and I CAN NOT wait to get my hands on that book!! Lies Unspoken is definitely one of my top reads of 2014!

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


About the Author:

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

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Christmas Giveaway Week – DAY SIX!

Neanderthal Seeks Human & Neanderthal Marries Human E-Books by Penny Reid

This year I have come across SO MANY amazing books and authors. My Kindle library is growing on a daily basis and I spend way too much time thinking and discussing all things books, but I have some firm favourites in there… So when it came to picking some goodies to giveaway for our Christmas Giveaway Week I knew I had to giveaway something from Penny Reid.

This year for me has been the year all about Penny. I am absolutely and utterly obsessed with her writing. My name is Charmaine and I am officially a fan-girl. So, I want to spread my love of all things Smart-Romance with all of you and give you the chance to get the very first two books in her ah-mazing Knitting in the City series. This is where it all started for me and I’m hoping it will be the same for you… because there are some heart exploding, jelly leg creating, mega swoon-worthy stories (and men) to be had.

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

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Tis the season to be jolly! And jolly we are here at OUaBB, as it’s our very first Christmas as a blog! All three of us are big Christmas season fans, so we really wanted to try and bring a lot of Christmas cheer to all of our lovely readers… Which means it’s giveaway time!

We couldn’t settle on just one giveaway. Oh no… We each wanted to play Santa Claus and hand out a BUNCH of pressies. So for the next week we are going to have a new competition every day with a ton of fun prizes! We’re talking E-books, paperback books, delicious (New Zealand) food related items and Amazon vouchers. We’re talking something for everyone.

Just call it our Christmas Giveaway Week!

And because it’s Christmas we’re going to make entering as easy as possible for you guys. So keep an eye out on our blog & social media sites and make sure you enter! We would love nothing more than to give you a gift for Christmas!

You may enter as many competitions as you like. We’ll post the winners as we go, as well as a full and final list of these lucky people at the end of the 7 days. Every day will have a new competition that will run for 24 hours. These competitions are run by Once Upon a Book Blog alone and this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon or any other businesses or individuals mentioned in the course of our Christmas Giveaway Week. We will use Rafflecopter to run and draw our prizes so each winner is selected randomly. Once the Christmas Giveaway Week is completed and the final list of winners is up we will give you 48 hours to contact us about your prize. Please note if you win a physical prize, due to postage times you may not receive this until the new year (Two of us live in New Zealand and international post over the holidays moves at a snails pace!) If you have any questions or comments please contact us on

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Book Review – Elite (Citizen Saga #1) by Nicola Claire

ARC kindly received from author in return for an honest review

Have you been a model Citizen today?

Selena Carstairs has been raised an Elite. She lives the life of privileged luxury, never wanting for anything. Respected. Admired. Honoured.

But life is not what it seems…

The island of Wánměi has a strict set of rules. Be a model Citizen and all will be rewarded. Disobey the law and the consequences are dire. For Selena, the urge to defy is in her blood. Out of boredom? Or something else? But she never knew just what penalty she’d have to pay for her latest stunt.

Trent Masters is a Citizen, born and bred. The leader of a small group of revolutionaries desperately trying to free their beloved city of Wánměi. He knows a world exists beyond the island’s borders. He knows a life exists without the heavy handed manipulation and tight fisted control of those in charge.

What he didn’t know was that an Elite would have more chance of challenging the Overseers who control Wánměi than a rebel ever could. And he certainly wasn’t expecting her to capture his heart as stealthily as she moves under the darkness of a hot and humid night.

Citizen versus Elite. The battle has begun.

Here at OUaBB we don’t get enough opportunities to read New Zealand authors. I have a few on my TBR, but I have to admit it’s been a while… So how excited was I when I got the opportunity to read this book! It’s the first in a series and while is definitely still in my range of genre loves, is almost a little on the outer edges. So… I thought I’d take a risk and read something different. The risk DEFINITELY paid off, Nicola Claire can count on herself having a new fan!

Selena on the surface has everything anyone could ever want, money, status and connections. A life that could be led in luxurious ignorance, a life that many would call her crazy for questioning. But there’s something that just will not let her accept the status quo. Something that has her out there risking more than she realizes for reasons that not even she understands quite yet. We’re catapulted into this CRAZY dystopian world with Selena taking her defiance to a whole new level, straight away it’s suspense building, heart stopping action. We aren’t given the whole story, we don’t exactly know what this world is or who Selena is… All of this information slowly begins to unravel after the event that threw us so completely into this story. It’s this technique, the fast paced action mixed perfectly with the storytelling, which really had me enthralled.

The repetitive question ‘Have you been a model citizen today’ gives you a pretty good idea of what world you’ve stepped into. Controlling society is everything. Humans are sheep. Everybody lives by the rules, everybody is ruled by fear. In this world computers will keep you in line, artificial intelligence will make sure you are doing what you’re supposed to be doing, where you’re supposed to be, with who you’re supposed to be doing it with. This is not a world with impulse, freedom or choice. The whole idea of it is such a complete mindf***!

So while the world is robotic and controlled, the main characters in this story are anything but. Selena and Trent are both fiery emotive characters. I absolutely LOVED Trent. Getting into his mind and watching the story unravel in his eyes as well as Selina’s was exactly what the story needed. He had a serious amount of heart, which I love to see in any leading man situation, but especially in leading men like him, seemingly gruff and lives for the cause. The storyline between Trent and Selina really did hold so much of the charm of this book for me. I’m always a sucker for a killer human aspect and these two had the chemistry that nailed it.

This book gives you everything yet leaves you wanting so much more. Every time you feel like something has been resolved you realize there is still so much more to come. I loved that it’s set up this very detailed world and this storyline for the series and it has a firm direction. I LOVED that there was obviously a cliffhanger element but I didn’t feel like throwing my kindle at the wall in impatient frustration. I love that I’ve found a new series obsession, something a little out of my norm that I can’t wait to follow on into book 2 & 3. If you’re looking for a book to mix up your usual reading list then I seriously recommend this to you. I’m positive you’ll be like me and won’t be able to put it down!

Elite (Citizen Saga, Book 1)

By Nicola Claire

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Book Review – Scenes from the City (Knitting in the City #4.5) by Penny Reid

ARC Kindly provided by Penny Reid in exchange for an honest review

What makes Penny Reid such a darn awesome author? The fact that she creates delicious sinful treats for her readers such as this collection of Knitting in the City short stories. I LOVE a good novella accompaniment to a series and Penny Reid has well and truly delivered.

I really struggle to pick my favourite couples from this series, so I can’t tell you how grateful I am that this book checks in with everyone we’ve read about so far. It really felt like the gift that kept on giving. Each scene packed a punch. Don’t for one second think that short means light on story or detail, each character’s scene was just right, from quirky and random, to heartfelt and sweet and everything in between. When Penny Reid writes she tells the story that the characters need her to tell, which makes her hit the mark Every. Single. Time.

This little book is broken up into 5 parts. There’s the quirky mixed with steamy in Janie & Quinn’s storyline, their honeymoon in fact. Since it’s been a while since I’ve read their 2 books it was nice to remind myself why they were the couple that made me obsessed with this series.

The second is Elizabeth and Nico… Oh my goodness what I wouldn’t give to have that kind of homecoming after a horrible day, these two set each other on fire whether they’re being intense or sweet. Then we move onto Sandra & Alex, this one had me giggling almost the whole way through. I love these two, the things that they get up to! This story just goes to show there really is someone out there for everyone.

The fourth scene is Ashley & Drew, I have SUCH a soft spot for these two. They made my heart explode in Beauty and the Mustache so I was elated to get more of them. I would’ve taken any glimpse into their lives but this beautiful short little story about their reunion threatened to make me have a case of exploding heart all over again. I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of them.

Finally we begin the story of Fiona & Greg. This story was the longest of the five stories and for good reason. We haven’t had the Fiona & Greg book yet, (Happily Ever Ninja) it’s due 2015. Of course I was always going to read it, because I’m an obsessed fan-girl reader of this series… But after this, I am even more impatient to devour their story. The scene is set, their background has been laid bare, the chemistry is brewing and by the end all I wanted was more. It was a very smart move to introduce us to them in this format. I’m already so invested in their story, I am definitely going to be re-reading this little introduction before I dive into their full length book.

So there you have it. Christmas has come early in the form of a Penny Reid novella. A 5+ star read for me and a necessity if you are a Knitting in the City series fan. Seriously. Just go and get the book before it disappears. (December 15th) You’ll miss out on the amazingness if you don’t and nobody likes to miss out!


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Today is extra super duper special here at OUaBB… Because our very own Kristal is celebrating her birthday!!! We want to take this opportunity to wish her a VERY happy birthday and hope that not only does she get beyond spoilt but she also gets to eat every delicious food that she can think of!

Kristal makes this blog what it is, she devotes so much time and energy into our mutual love of reading and blogging and we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing without her… She’s also the very best friend that anyone can ask for and we can’t tell you how much we both love her so please join us in celebrating this fab lady!