Release Day Blitz with Review: It Happened on Love Street (Everland #1) by Lia Riley


Series: Everland, Georgia

On Sale: April 25, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .



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My Review

“If her fear was a storm, his voice was a life raft.”

It Happened on Love Street is an exciting new novel from author Lia Riley. Told from dual points of view, It Happened on Love Street follows the story of Rhett and Pepper. When Pepper first came to Georgia, she thought she was on the path to making all of her career dreams come true. Just put in her dues and the rest would follow. However, when she shows up for her first day, she finds her job gone and now she has no back up plan. Whatever is a city girl supposed to do? Pepper will have two choices: She can either find a way to make life in Georgia work or she can take the easy way out and return home. The one thing she never planned on was Rhett….Ever since Rhett was left at the alter, he’s remained under the radar. Rhett loathes being the center of attention and will do anything to stay out of the towns gossip. Of course, all that goes out the window when Rhett meets his new neighbor. The connection between the two of them is strong and maybe a fling is just what the two of them need…

It Happened on Love Street was a quick and enjoyable read. I thought it was very well written and entertaining. I thought the characters were cute and I loved the southern charm. Being from the South, I can’t help but get swept away in a sweet southern romance, and this one hit all the marks for me. It Happened on Love Street had just the right amount of southern charm, steamy moments and light drama.

It Happened on Love Street is a great start to the Everland Series and I look forward to checking out more from this series in the future!

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


“Here’s an idea.” He nudged his finger on hers. “Say we—and this is purely hypothetically—enjoyed the . . . ahem . . .pleasure of each other’s company in the privacy of ourhomes.”

“Hypothetically, kept it casual and under the radar?”

She nudged back. “When I leave, there’s no heartbreak, no drama, and no one is the wiser.”

“Interesting theory?” He reached out, his hand splaying her knee. “Or recipe for disaster?”

Tingles shot up her thigh. His skin was warm, those fingers very big and very male. “I have enough to worry about with my future. If you don’t need me for more than a little here and now? I might be persuaded. Hypothetically.”

He moved his hand from her knee to the back of her neck. The touch melted her faster than an ice cube in the July sun.

“What are you thinking?” she murmured.

His deep blue gaze locked on hers and there it came again, that curious sensation of floating and drowning. “That I’d like to hypothetically kiss you.”

There was a sudden roaring in her ears, a whoosh of blood. “Well, there’s only one way to test a hypothesis.”

Slowly, oh so slowly, he dipped forward. His lips didn’t settle on hers like she expected. Instead, he kissed the center of her forehead, softly, experimentally. A tremble rocked through him.

The evening air was sultry, no a hint of chill. The idea that she shook this steadfast man sent a shiver of need through the join of her thighs, a throbbing shudder that swelled to an ache as he peppered a light trail of kisses down her temple, and then moved lower. He took his sweet time on her cheeks, treating her as something to savor, a delicious dessert you didn’t want to wolf in one bite. Tension spread through her body, pulling tighter and tighter, her belly doing a fluttery dips and dives.

When he finally reached her lips, it seemed reasonable to expect that the kiss would be as soft as the others. Silly. Because Rhett was full of surprises. He didn’t hold back, his tongue was greedy, insistent, and hungry. Their teeth banged together. A chair tipped over. They crashed against a table leg, sent it screeching across the floor.

“In theory, you’re a good kisser,” she gasped, tracing her lower lip with her tongue. The skin was puffy, aching.

“Let me experiment a bit more. The initial results are promising.”




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Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as “refreshing” and RT Book Reviews calls her books “sizzling and heartfelt.” She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.














Review: Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan


In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

My Review

“She was my compass when I was lost without direction. She was the pull I always felt to come home but never had the balls to try, knowing that it might be too late. She was my biggest regret, but she will be my biggest accomplishment.”

“He’s stronger. I’m stronger. Together I just know we’ll be unbreakable.”

Lost Rider is the first book in the Coming Home Series by Harper Sloan. I have to say, I was pretty excited when I heard about this new series. I don’t read a ton of Cowboy stories, but as a fan of Harper Sloan’s, I just knew that I had to give it a try.

Lost Rider is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Leighton and Maverick. Leighton has been in love with Maverick for as long as she can remember. She always hoped that one day, Maverick would feel the same. But, as time went by, Maverick never saw what was standing in front of him. In the end, his actions hurt Leighton in ways he never expected…Maverick doesn’t mean to be a jerk. It’s just easier for him that way. He pushes away those who are close to him and would do anything to escape the pain of his home life. Now, many years later, fate will force Maverick to return home. Not only will Maverick have to confront the pains of his past, but he also must face the woman who he’s always wanted, but pushed away….

Overall, I thought this was a great start to this series. I thought that Maverick and Leighton’s story was really enjoyable. My heart went out to the both of them for all that they had been through and all the missed opportunities. I thought that Maverick and Leighton were easy to connect with and I loved the chemistry that they shared. I loved the push and pull between the two of them and I couldn’t wait for Maverick to get his head out of his ass and own up to his feelings in regards to Leighton.  I really liked Leighton and Maverick as a couple. I felt that despite the bumps in the road from the past, they really got each other. Not only did they steam up the pages with their passion, but they also challenged each other and were a great support to each other when needed.

For the most part, I think this story was pretty light on the drama. This is an honest to goodness sweet second chance romance. I loved the family element and am hopeful that Maverick’s siblings will get a chance to tell their stories.

Lost Rider is a great friends to lovers/second chance romance. I think this series is off to a really good start and I look forward to checking out more from this series in the future.

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


Release Blast with Review: Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4) by Lauren Layne

The City’s HOTTEST Cold War is here!
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing April 18th, 2017
Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in
this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling
author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

My Review

“I was wrong, I realize. First kisses aren’t always a disappointment. Sometimes they’re perfect right from the very start.”

“This man is raw and primal, his touch sure and possessive, as though every part of me is his and he’s always known.”

This book was such a fun, fun read. This book was everything that I wanted and needed in a Lauren Layne novel. From the witty and entertaining banter to the heartbreaking and romantic moments, this book had it all.

Walk of Shame is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Andrew and Georgie. They are the ultimate frienimies. Most days it seems these two can’t be around each other without engaging in intense verbal foreplay. To the outsider, it may seem like all they are doing is fighting. They are complete and 100% opposites. However the tension between the two of them is just explosive. They never stood a chance. Chemistry like the two of them share was meant to be explored. And the more the two of them fight it, the hotter they burn….

From the moment I picked up Walk of Shame I was hooked. I feel in love with Georgie’s smart mouth and personality instantly. While on the outside, she might seem like your average park avenue princess, there was so much more to her than what meets the eye. Beneath her happy exterior is a lonely woman who just wants to be loved and just wants to have the fairy tale ending in a world filled with frogs. And Andrew…He has burned by love in the past and maybe that’s why he is the hottest divorce attorney that NYC has ever seen. He knows what happens after you say I do and that has made him afraid to take the leap when it comes to love. But, when it comes to Georgie, all bets are off. She is unlike any woman that he has ever met. She is his total opposite in every possible way. She is ridiculous and challenges him every step of the way. And he just can’t get enough of her. He’s protective of her in a way he’s never been for a woman. He feels things that he doesn’t understand. He just has to be brave enough to take the leap.

I absolutely adored Georgie and Andrew together. Their banter was so entertaining. I loved seeing their characters develop and transition. They were the ultimate enemies to lovers. I loved seeing the two of them interact. It made it impossible for me to put this book down. I was left with no choice but to devour every second of their story.

Walk of Shame was a fantastic addition to the Love Unexpectedly Series. This book was just so much fun and a great book to spend the day getting lost in. The characters were a ton of fun and easy to connect with. Their story was not only entertaining, but was filled with just the right amount of romance, angst, drama and sexy good times. This story gave me so many feels and left me with the biggest smile on my face. I just loved it!! I definitely recommend checking this book out.

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

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
romantic comedies.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart
romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In
LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry
a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

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Review: Royal Affair (Royals in Exile #2) by Marquita Valentine

A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal.

Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North Carolina. But Brooks has never been afraid to get his hands dirty—until he meets a royal wallflower at a charity ball who makes him reconsider everything. Is Brooks feeling guilty because he knows all the sordid details of her family’s history? Or because he’s putting their relationship first, before his journalistic integrity?

As the “spare” twin, Princess Charlotte has always been the responsible one. So when her sister finally agrees to fulfill her duty as queen, Charlotte gives herself permission to break a few rules by flirting with the very off-limits CEO of Walker Media. Brooks is the worst sort of man to start an affair with, but Charlotte just can’t help it. The trouble is, since she’s no good at playing games, soon she’s tiara over heels in love. And when Brooks comes clean, Charlotte must decide whether his confession is worth a royal pardon.

My Review

Royal Affair is the second book in the Royals in Exile Series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Told from dual points of view, Royal Affair follows the story of Brooks and Charlotte. All her life, Charlotte has been the wallflower and the “forgotten twin”. She’s always been quiet and responsible. There is only one thing Charlotte has truly wanted for herself and that is Brooks. However, Brooks is completely off limits. He is the wrong type of man for Charlotte, but that makes him oh so right….Brooks is one heck of a journalist. He always seeks the truth and will do anything to get it. He’s been fascinated by the Sinclair family for quite some time. There is just something about their lives that draws him in and he’s quickly finding Charlotte hard to resist. She is everything he could possibly want, but the last thing that he needs. Will Brooks be able to separate his job and his feelings? Will Charlotte finally have the relationship she’s always dreamed of? Will Charlotte and Brooks’ duties keep them from finding their happily ever after?? You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out.

Royal Affair is a fantastic addition to The Royals in Exile Series. This story was fast paced and a ton of fun. I am just a sucker for royal reads and this one was just so much fun. I loved getting lost in Charlotte and Brooks’ story. I appreciated where Charlotte was coming from and found her easy to connect with. Brooks is supposed to be the villain of the story, and despite that, I found myself really liking him. I got him. I understood why he was the way that he is and I understood his need for the truth. He is the type of character that you know is bad for you, but at the same time, he is oh so right and you just can’t wait for him to step up and prove that he is the right guy. Together, I thought that Brooks and Charlotte were a great pair. They had wonderful chemistry and just really got each other. They balanced one another really well despite their social differences and I just really looked forward to seeing their story play out.

Overall, I thought Royal Affair was a fantastic read. It’s a story that you can easily finish in one sitting. The characters are a lot of fun and the story will leave you with a smile on your face. I look forward to seeing where this series will go next.

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


Review Blitz: Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott


twistFrom New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second sizzling stand-alone novel in the Dive Bar series!

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they’re emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets…except the one that really matters.
When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it’s always better with a twist.

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My Review

“The whole world seemed to have emptied out. There was just me, that voice, and the storm.”

What a fun, fun read!

When we first start Twist, we meet up with Alex. Alex has decided to throw caution to the wind and meet up with the man she has been writing to for the past few months. Little did she know that when she was set to meet “Eric”, her whole world was about to be turned upside down. It turns out that she hasn’t been talking to Eric this whole time. She’s really been talking to his brother, Joe….Alex is everything that Joe could possibly want in a woman. She is smart, funny, good at her job and she has a huge heart. When he first started writing to Alex, he only meant to have a few innocent conversations. He never imagined how far things could possibly go or that he would ever meet Alex in real life. Now that Alex knows the truth, Joe will stop at nothing to prove that he isn’t a bad guy. He’ll do anything to win Alex over and get her friendship back. Will Alex forgive Joe for his well intended lies or are some lies, no matter how innocent, too hard to move past???

Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar Series, but can be read as a stand alone novel. This book is fast paced and entertaining. I was sucked into Alex’s story right from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I thought Alex’s character was a lot of fun. She was easy to connect with and had some issues and personal insecurities that she had to overcome. Alex didn’t forgive easily, but once she let you in, you were in. She was an amazing friend and made me laugh so many times. She’s never really known love, but when she does care about someone, she certainly gives it her all. As for Joe…Joe. Joe. Joe. He had to know that something could go wrong with his conversations with Alex. However, at the end of the day, he had an error in judgement and worked hard to get Alex’s forgiveness. Joe was in no way perfect. In fact, he screws up a lot while on his journey to finding happiness. Even with all of his mistakes, Joe is a terrific guy. He is a wonderful friend, loyal to those in his inner circle and the kind of guy that you’d want to have your back. Together, these two make an unforgettable team and boy do they ever steam up the pages together.

Twist was a terrific read, from beginning to end. The characters were a lot of fun and easy to connect with. I loved getting to catch up with some old friends and getting to know some new ones. The story-line was fun and engaging. I didn’t want to put this book down. In fact, I finished it in just a few short hours. Twist hit all the marks for me and had just the right mix of drama, laughter, angst, romance and sexy good times. And in the end, I was left with all the feels and a big smile on my face. I look forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series.

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


kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/



Review: Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets #3) by Stacey Kennedy


As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.

Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.

My Review

“Something carnal rises within me, something I can’t control. It’s here beauty. It’s the perfection of the way she sounds, the scent of her, the feel of her…”

“Sometimes life happens, and reckless or not, you just gotta roll with it.”

This is one of those series that I just can not help but fall in love with. With each book, I find myself even more addicted to the character and their stories.

Restrained Under His Duty is the third book in the Dirty Little Secrets Series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Restrained Under His Duty follows the story of Ryder and Hadley. Hadley has wanted Ryder for as long as she can remember. Even back when they were little kids, she knew that one day Ryder would be the man that she married. But there is just one problem. Ryder is her father’s bodyguard. Despite the intense attraction that they feel for one another, nothing can ever come of it. Ryder is everything that Hadley could ever want in a man and his rejection sends her to dangerous places to fulfill her needs…Ryder takes his security job very seriously. So, when a compromising photo of Hadley comes to light, he’ll do anything to protect her. However, this photo and the situation Hadley is in is bringing to light all the feelings he keeps at bay. He wants Hadley more than his next breath, but she is forbidden. And when Hadley gets put in danger, he wants nothing more to protect and possess her…

Restrained Under His Duty was a fabulous read. In fact, I think it’s my favorite of the series so far. I fell in love with the story-line and the forbidden aspect right away. From the moment we first see Hadley and Ryder together, there is some serious sexual tension. Add in some blackmail, a sex tape, and some government corruption and you’ve got yourself one thrilling read. This book had it all. From mystery to suspense to danger and unexpected twists. To delicious sexual tension and unforgettable sexy encounters. This book had it all. I loved every single moment of this story from beginning to end and enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along with our main characters.

Restrained Under His Duty was a thrilling and exciting read. It is a wonderful addition to this series and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this series will go next.

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


Review: Fighting for Love (Boston Love #2) by Kelly Elliott


Finn Ward has two passions: being a firefighter and being single. Although his parents are constantly nagging him to settle down, Finn just wants to enjoy himself while he’s young. Then, at a union meeting, he meets a gorgeous lawyer with a dazzling smile—and suddenly, settling down doesn’t sound so bad.

Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore. But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss.

Their relationship turns both of their lives upside-down. Rory tames Finn’s wild ways, while he shows her that life can’t be all work and no play. But it’ll take some serious determination to keep their love secret—and real courage to admit the truth.

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My Review

“Finn Ward was my weakness. A desire burning so deep inside of me it was hard to ignore. He was the wrong I knew deep in my heart was my right.”

“I need your touch like the desert needs water.”

Fighting For Love is the second book in the Boston Love Series and follows the story of Finn and Rory. From the moment we meet Finn, he appears to be your typical single playboy. The only thing he loves more than being single is his job as a firefighter. Little did he know that when he met Rory, his life was going to be turned upside down. Suddenly his priorities in life didn’t matter. He finally understood what his friends and family were always talking about. He finally found someone who knocked him on his ass and gave him something worth fighting for…..Ever since Rory graduated from Law School, she’s been trying to make a name for herself; something that has been challenging since she works at her mother’s law firm. Her entire life, Rory has always done what is expected of her and never questioned anything. All of that goes out the window when she meets Finn. Finn is everything that she could possibly want in a guy. But there’s one big, glaring problem: He works for her father and her father doesn’t want her having anything to do with firemen….However staying away from Finn proves to be even harder than Rory could imagine. Their chemistry is intense and undeniable. Will Finn and Rory take a chance and explore the sparks between them or will they let others opinions put out their fire??

Fighting For Love was a fantastic love story. Finn and Rory pulled me in from page one and I honestly could not get enough of the two of them together. The pull between the two of them was so strong, it had me turning the pages furiously to see what would happen next. And let me tell you, these two do not disappoint. Finn took me by such surprise. He was romantic. He was caring. He was alpha. He was utterly swoon-worthy. He pulled out all of the stops when it came to Rory. And Rory…She had a good heart. She loved with everything that she had. She tried to see the good in everyone, but had insecurities just like everyone else. Together, I think Finn and Rory made an excellent team. They just balanced each other out so well and just made you want to cheer for them to find happiness.

 The road to happily ever after was not an easy one for Finn and Rory. There were quite a few obstacles and insecurities to overcome. These two really had to fight for what they wanted and that made me appreciate their story even more.

Overall, Fighting for Love was a really great read. I think the title of this book suits the story perfectly and really rings home that anything and I mean anything worth having, is worth fighting for; no matter how tough the fight. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end and can not wait to see where this series will go next!

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