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Release Boost: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

 Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
  Release Date: September 8, 2015

Blurb

“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

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Excerpt

Shutting the door, I walk up the slight incline behind Brody. He sits down at the top of the crest and pats the grassy spot beside him.

“You didn’t mention this part when you explained our date.”

“I can’t give away all my secrets now, can I?”

The grass is a thick blanket on the ground and when I stretch out flat, the rich, earthy scent of soil sweeps over me. My eyes lift to the sky and that’s when I get it. It’s perfectly clear and millions of stars are scattered diamonds twinkling above us—bright and magical.

“Besides,” Brody adds as he lies down beside me and sweeps out his arm, encompassing all of it. “How do you explain that?”

He’s right. You can’t. “It’s beautiful.”

“Is this what the stars are like for you back home?”

“No. Back home it’s different.”

“Different how?”

Homesickness swamps me. As beautiful as Texas is, it’s not Australia. Somehow the stars are always brighter where you belong. “Because there’s no place like home.”

“You’re wrong.”

I turn my head and stare at Brody. He’s not looking at me. His head is tilted toward the sky, eyes riveted on the beauty above him. My gaze follows the line of his profile. From the curl of his hair to the perfect line of his nose, down to the mouth I want kissing me right this very instant.

“Home’s not a place where you live. It’s a feeling.” His hand nudges my own. An invitation. I twine my fingers with his and he squeezes them lightly. “Whether it’s where you are, like the football field, or who you’re with.” Brody turns his head, looking at me when he says that. It’s comforting because it unites us somehow, like it’s slowly becoming us against the world. “You can be anywhere, Jordan. Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

My breath hitches from the beautiful simplicity of his words. Before I can talk myself out of it, I roll over and straddle him. My knees hug his hips, and he stares up at me from my seated position. My pulse pounds a heavy beat in the silence. Thump, thump, thump. It’s so loud in my ears I’m sure he can hear it.

“Show me,” I breathe. A gleam lights his dark eyes, and he sucks his lower lip inside his mouth. He knows what I’m asking, but I spell it out anyway. “Show me one of those wicked things.”

In a move that steals the air from my lungs, he takes both my hands and pulls me down against the broad width of his chest. I’m rolled over and underneath him before I can blink. The squirm in my hips is instinctive, the ache between my thighs relentless.

“Careful what you ask for,” Brody says roughly, every exquisite inch of his body pressing down on mine.

“Why?”

His lips curve. “Because when I give it to you, it won’t be enough.”

My fingers trail down the side of his face, grazing the firm jaw, cupping his cheek in my palm. Foreboding swamps me. I’m falling hard into uncharted territory, and all I see is a broken mess at the end. How is this going to end well for either of us?

“You’re an arrogant man, Brody Madden,” I whisper.

He brings his face to mine, so close I see the brilliant gold in his eyes, like flecks of light in the dark. “And you, Jordan Elliott, will be the woman who brings me to my knees,” he whispers against my lips.

“Show me,” I beg on a shaky breath.

Brody’s lashes lower and he presses a kiss to the corner of my mouth. I tilt my chin upwards, inviting more. Rather than take my lips like I ache for him to do, he shifts sideways and begins nipping at my jaw. His breath is a rasp when he reaches my earlobe, taking it between his teeth. A sharp pinch from his bite forces a whimper from my throat.

“More?” he asks, drawing back to look at me.

“Is that even a real question?”

Brody chuckles as I slide my hand up and around his nape, dragging his mouth down to mine. He groans and kisses me gently, once, and then twice.

“Brody,” I whisper, and he kisses me again, forcing my mouth open hard like he can’t hold himself in check anymore. My hair is loose and he fists chunks of it in both hands while his tongue rubs against mine, hot and aggressive. It’s almost too much, and when I jerk away I’m left gasping.

Brody doesn’t pause. He ducks his head to my neck, his tongue tasting its way down. He finds my pulse point and sucks. It’s fierce and my back arches involuntarily. His mouth shifts further down, moving on before he leaves a mark.

Sitting up, he takes the neckline of my dress in both hands. Five dainty buttons hold it together. A single wrench will rip the flimsy fabric in two. He pauses and looks at me, inhaling raggedly. “Jordan … I don’t want to ruin it.”

My brow furrows. I glance to the hands poised on my dress. They’re tense, veins straining under his skin. My head is lost in a fog when my gaze returns to his face. “Ruin my dress?”

Brody groans, a deep sound of regret and frustration. “Us.”

“You don’t want to ruin us?”

He draws his hands away from the neckline of my dress. “No.”

“How would you do that?”

“I don’t know. I just get this feeling I’m going to.” He shifts away, moving off me and rolling to his back. I turn my head. Brody’s gaze is back on the stars. I watch his throat work as he swallows, the pulse in his neck pounding visibly. “All I’ve ever wanted is to be the best. Whatever it takes. I’ll do anything. That’s how I’ll ruin us, Jordan. How can something so sweet survive a sentiment so dark?”

I roll to my side, holding my head in my hand. Cupping his face with the other, I nudge gently until he’s looking at me. “I won’t let you.”

Brody’s voice is urgent, his eyes fierce. “Promise me.”

I can’t shake the apprehension. It’s set in my bones and when I speak it feels like a lie. “I promise.”

Author Bio

Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete.

She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.

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Review: Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey #4) by Sawyer Bennett

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The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel fromNew York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.


My Review

“For the first time in my life, I feel interest in something other than my career. I feel need. I feel happy. I feel cherished. I. Feel. Everything. And I don’t want to let it go.”

When we first met up with Ryker in Zack’s story, I have to tell you; he was someone I wanted to know more about. Ryker was a newly single father, just trying to get a handle on things. I couldn’t wait to finally hear his story…..

Ryker has everything going for him. He’s at the top of his game, and he’s an amazing dad to his two young daughters. However, thanks to his cheating ex-wife, he’s made some not so good decisions, which has everyone just waiting for him to mess up again. Things are about to be shaken up even more when his team announces that they’ve hired a female general manager. And let me tell you, this more than ruffles a few feathers. Gray has got her work cut out for her. Gray is not only beautiful, but super smart. But she’s living in a man’s world, trying to do a man’s job and a lot of people aren’t ok with that. In fact, one of her only supporters is Ryker. Ryker should be off limits, but there’s just something about him that just keeps pulling her in. Will Gray give into what she wants with Ryker? Or will they both learn the hard way that you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure?

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. I loved a good work place romance and this one did not disappoint. It had a really great forbidden quality to it. Ryker and Gray entering into a secret relationship because it would ruin both of their careers. I loved the chemistry between Ryker and Gray. It was hot and undeniable. I loved watching the two of them together and seeing how they would navigate this relationship that they were in.

Ryker was a quick and easy read for me. Sawyer Bennett once again delivers a perfectly balanced book that leaves me begging for more. It hit all the marks for me, giving me just the right mix of angst, romance, drama and scorching hot sexy times. The main characters are intriguing and easy to connect with. Their problems are those that real people face down everyday; making them even easier to relate to. The secondary characters are a joy as always. I can never say no to more Alex, Garrett or Zack. It’s impossible not to love those guys.

I honestly can’t say enough about this book or this series. I fell in love with this series when I first met Alex and kept coming back for more. Each book giving me more amazing stories and characters. As this series/this book comes to an end, my only complaint is that it’s over. However, these characters will live on, on my kindle forever. Fans of this series, I definitely recommend checking this one out and hope you fall in love with Ryker and Gray the way I did.

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

Release Day Blitz and Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
  Release Date: September 8, 2015
Blurb

“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

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My Review

“We all need the one person who sees us. The one who gives it to us straight and tells us it is. We need that one person who isn’t afraid to get in our face and scream back. That one person who won’t ever hesitate to call you on your shit because they love you. That one person who’ll be there no matter what. You’re that person.”

There’s absolutely nothing better than discovering a new author, only to have them completely knock you off your feet. This is my first book by author Kate McCarthy, but it won’t be my last. She has certainly made a fan out of me.

The End Game is one of those books that just completely takes you by surprise. I love a good sports romance, but this one has really stood out for me. From the moment I read the epilogue, I was hooked. I wanted to know more about Jordan and Brody. I had to know what happened and how they got to this point.

The End Game follows the story of Jordan and Brody. Their story is told from dual points of view. Jordan has flown all the way from Australia to Texas to pursue her dream of playing soccer. She lives and breathes the game. However, she is thrown a little off course when her professor asks her to help tutor another student who has dyslexia. At first she wants nothing more than to just do her work and make it through this tutoring session. However, the more time she spends with Brody, the more she realizes that Brody is not what he seems.

The End Game was an absolute fabulous read. I fell in love with the characters instantly. Jordan was feisty, driven, and full of determination. She was just what Brody needed. He needed someone who would support him, believe in him, give him the strength to do more and be more. Brody lived his whole life thinking that he wasn’t worthy, that he was nothing; a looser. Football became his saving grace, but at the same time it became his obsession. It became the thing that he was willing to fight for, that is until he met Jordan.

I absolutely loved Jordan and Brody together. They had excellent push and pull. Yes, they had a lot of things to figure out, but that’s the beauty of a relationship, figuring things out. You have to learn to make things work, lean on someone instead of pushing them away. I loved the slow burn of their relationship. It wasn’t something that they both jumped into. I loved getting to know them both and then seeing them finally get together.

The End Game had everything that I look for in a great read. It was well written and had a captivating plot. The characters were likable and easy to connect with. They were broken, real, and complex. I even loved the secondary characters. There is one in particular that I wouldn’t mind getting their own story in the future. Fingers crossed on that one. This book does deal with some difficult and at times heavy subject matter, but the author does an amazing job tackling those issues.

Overall, this was an excellent read. I loved everything about it. Brody and Jordan’s story took me on one emotional roller-coaster ride. Their story pulling me in and captivating me right until the very end. It had just the right amount of angst, romance, drama and of course, sports! I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.

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


Excerpt

Shutting the door, I walk up the slight incline behind Brody. He sits down at the top of the crest and pats the grassy spot beside him.

“You didn’t mention this part when you explained our date.”

“I can’t give away all my secrets now, can I?”

The grass is a thick blanket on the ground and when I stretch out flat, the rich, earthy scent of soil sweeps over me. My eyes lift to the sky and that’s when I get it. It’s perfectly clear and millions of stars are scattered diamonds twinkling above us—bright and magical.

“Besides,” Brody adds as he lies down beside me and sweeps out his arm, encompassing all of it. “How do you explain that?”

He’s right. You can’t. “It’s beautiful.”

“Is this what the stars are like for you back home?”

“No. Back home it’s different.”

“Different how?”

Homesickness swamps me. As beautiful as Texas is, it’s not Australia. Somehow the stars are always brighter where you belong. “Because there’s no place like home.”

“You’re wrong.”

I turn my head and stare at Brody. He’s not looking at me. His head is tilted toward the sky, eyes riveted on the beauty above him. My gaze follows the line of his profile. From the curl of his hair to the perfect line of his nose, down to the mouth I want kissing me right this very instant.

“Home’s not a place where you live. It’s a feeling.” His hand nudges my own. An invitation. I twine my fingers with his and he squeezes them lightly. “Whether it’s where you are, like the football field, or who you’re with.” Brody turns his head, looking at me when he says that. It’s comforting because it unites us somehow, like it’s slowly becoming us against the world. “You can be anywhere, Jordan. Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

My breath hitches from the beautiful simplicity of his words. Before I can talk myself out of it, I roll over and straddle him. My knees hug his hips, and he stares up at me from my seated position. My pulse pounds a heavy beat in the silence. Thump, thump, thump. It’s so loud in my ears I’m sure he can hear it.

“Show me,” I breathe. A gleam lights his dark eyes, and he sucks his lower lip inside his mouth. He knows what I’m asking, but I spell it out anyway. “Show me one of those wicked things.”

In a move that steals the air from my lungs, he takes both my hands and pulls me down against the broad width of his chest. I’m rolled over and underneath him before I can blink. The squirm in my hips is instinctive, the ache between my thighs relentless.

“Careful what you ask for,” Brody says roughly, every exquisite inch of his body pressing down on mine.

“Why?”

His lips curve. “Because when I give it to you, it won’t be enough.”

My fingers trail down the side of his face, grazing the firm jaw, cupping his cheek in my palm. Foreboding swamps me. I’m falling hard into uncharted territory, and all I see is a broken mess at the end. How is this going to end well for either of us?

“You’re an arrogant man, Brody Madden,” I whisper.

He brings his face to mine, so close I see the brilliant gold in his eyes, like flecks of light in the dark. “And you, Jordan Elliott, will be the woman who brings me to my knees,” he whispers against my lips.

“Show me,” I beg on a shaky breath.

Brody’s lashes lower and he presses a kiss to the corner of my mouth. I tilt my chin upwards, inviting more. Rather than take my lips like I ache for him to do, he shifts sideways and begins nipping at my jaw. His breath is a rasp when he reaches my earlobe, taking it between his teeth. A sharp pinch from his bite forces a whimper from my throat.

“More?” he asks, drawing back to look at me.

“Is that even a real question?”

Brody chuckles as I slide my hand up and around his nape, dragging his mouth down to mine. He groans and kisses me gently, once, and then twice.

“Brody,” I whisper, and he kisses me again, forcing my mouth open hard like he can’t hold himself in check anymore. My hair is loose and he fists chunks of it in both hands while his tongue rubs against mine, hot and aggressive. It’s almost too much, and when I jerk away I’m left gasping.

Brody doesn’t pause. He ducks his head to my neck, his tongue tasting its way down. He finds my pulse point and sucks. It’s fierce and my back arches involuntarily. His mouth shifts further down, moving on before he leaves a mark.

Sitting up, he takes the neckline of my dress in both hands. Five dainty buttons hold it together. A single wrench will rip the flimsy fabric in two. He pauses and looks at me, inhaling raggedly. “Jordan … I don’t want to ruin it.”

My brow furrows. I glance to the hands poised on my dress. They’re tense, veins straining under his skin. My head is lost in a fog when my gaze returns to his face. “Ruin my dress?”

Brody groans, a deep sound of regret and frustration. “Us.”

“You don’t want to ruin us?”

He draws his hands away from the neckline of my dress. “No.”

“How would you do that?”

“I don’t know. I just get this feeling I’m going to.” He shifts away, moving off me and rolling to his back. I turn my head. Brody’s gaze is back on the stars. I watch his throat work as he swallows, the pulse in his neck pounding visibly. “All I’ve ever wanted is to be the best. Whatever it takes. I’ll do anything. That’s how I’ll ruin us, Jordan. How can something so sweet survive a sentiment so dark?”

I roll to my side, holding my head in my hand. Cupping his face with the other, I nudge gently until he’s looking at me. “I won’t let you.”

Brody’s voice is urgent, his eyes fierce. “Promise me.”I can’t shake the apprehension. It’s set in my bones and when I speak it feels like a lie. “I promise.”

Author Bio
Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete.

She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.

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Review: Tough Love (Ultimate #3) by Lori Foster

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toughloveShe’s playing hard to get… to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Timesbestselling author Lori Foster…

Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she’s not above playing a little dirty. She’s wanted Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack’s past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he’s the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they’re much more than friends with benefits. He’s ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who’s tamed him for good?


My Review

Tough Love is the third book in the Ultimate series but can totally be read as a stand-alone.

Tough Love was a quick and easy read for me. I love a good MMA story, so when you throw in the promise of a good alpha male, I can’t resist picking it up. The synopsis is what really drew me into this story. It intrigued me, pulling together not only my love for MMA stories, but also adding in a friends with benefits plot; I knew I had to check it out.

I was captivated by Vanity and Stack from the moment I was introduced to them. The two of them had excellent chemistry. It just oozed off the pages. You knew when the two of them finally hooked up, that it would be explosive. And let me tell you, they did not disappoint.

Vanity was a very interesting character. She was super independent and had a good head on her shoulders. The only thing missing in her life was love. I was intrigued by how she interjected herself into Stack’s life and how many different ways she tried to hook up with him…Stack was very entertaining to watch. He was a total alpha male with a bad case of jealousy. That being said, he had a really sweet side that was just begging to come out. I really loved how the both of them said they wanted a friends with benefits relationship, but they both really wanted more.

Overall, I thought this was an ok read. My only complaint was the pacing of the story. It started off really strong, pulling me into the story. But, then when I got to the middle, it started to slow down. For me, pacing is a big deal. When it’s too slow, I start to get sidetracked and loose interest. However, with this book, I am happy that I stuck with it. The pacing did pick back up and I found the rest of the story to be very enjoyable.

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

Review: Never Over You (Never Over You #3) by Ryleigh Andrews

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Strange how life deals the cards sometimes …

Life was perfect for Mia Devereux.

“You can always have me, Mia. I’m always yours. Forever, suga.”

She had everything she always wanted.

But maybe life wasn’t so perfect after all.

One event threatens her happily ever after.
Will Mia revert to her old ways of dealing with her pain?
Or will she fight?
Or will the hurt simply be too much to handle?

Can she get past the pain and recapture the life she so desperately wanted?


My Review

“I’m working on me…slow but sweetly.

I will find my way…slow but sweetly.

Baby, I’ll love you…slow but sweetly.

I’ll love you, my dear…endlessly.

Baby, please don’t turn away from me.

Remember I’ll love you…slow but sweetly.”

Wow! What an incredible read! Never Over You was a fantastic follow up to Still Into You and will leave you breathless. You won’t know whether you want to be happy, sad or mad; maybe a little of both…

Never Over You picks up right where the last book left off. Mia and Ethan are finally getting to start their forever, but life has other plans in store for them. Mia and Ethan’s relationship will be tested in ways neither of them ever thought possible. And when it’s all said and done, you’ll be wondering, Is love enough?

From the moment I started reading this book, I was hooked. I could not put it down. I devoured each word. I was hooked on Mia and Ethan. I wanted to see them happy and enjoying their happily ever after. However, their story had it’s fair share of ups and downs. The trials that Mia and Ethan faced were so relateable, so easy to understand. They both hurt each other badly. Some ways more obvious then the others. Their emotions so palpable, so consuming. My heart went out to the both of them as they tried to work past the pain and despair. I found myself cheering them on, wanting them to fight for their family, their love, their HEA. Their story filled me with so much love, hope, anger and frustration. There was a time I even felt like throwing my kindle-that’s how much their story effected me.

Never Over You was beautifully written and captivating. This is a story about forgiveness, hope, love, strength and facing your fears. It had just the right amount of angst, drama, romance and frustration. I’m sad that Mia and Ethan’s story is over, but couldn’t be happier with the way things turn out. I can not wait to read more from this author in the future.

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

Cover Reveal: Love Burns (Caged Love #2) by Mandi Beck

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Cover Photography and Design: Lauren Perry from Perrywinkle Photography

Expected Release Date: September 21, 2015

Synopsis

Love.

It’s my name. It’s what I fight for. It’s Frankie.

I’m a fighter. Trained to always keep my cover. To anticipate, see the next hit coming. I never expected her past to come at us swinging like it has.

I’m about to take on two of the most important fights of my life. My girl and the belt. I know that I can handle it. That I’ll never stop fighting. But, what do you do when your life, your love is threatened and you can’t take the hits – she has to? You shut your eyes and fucking pray like hell that she’s strong enough, fierce enough to come out on top.

I went to war for her. Now it’s her turn.

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Author Bio:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.
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Release Day Blitz: Revived (Revved #2) by Samantha Towle

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Happy Release Day to Samantha Towle and her new book REVIVED! This is Leandro’s story! Read a sneak peek below and make sure to enter the giveaway! Good luck!

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Synopsis

India Harris didn’t have the best start in life. Abandoned as a baby, she and her twin brother, Kit, spent their lives in foster care, only having each other to rely on. Then, at a young age, a relationship with the wrong man left India pregnant. Wanting to give her son the life she never had, she put herself through school and graduated with honors.

Now, at the age of thirty, she’s a highly respected therapist.

At the top of his game as a Formula One driver, Leandro Silva had everything—until an accident on the track left him staring death in the face. After enduring twelve months of physical therapy, Leandro is now physically able to race, but his mind is keeping him from the track. Frustrated and angry, Leandro’s days and nights are filled with limitless alcohol and faceless women.

Entering the last year of his contract, he knows he has to race again, or he’ll lose everything he spent his life working for. Forced into therapy to get his life back, Leandro finds himself in the office of Dr. India Harris.

Falling for his uptight therapist is not part of Leandro’s plan.

Having unethical feelings for her patient, the angry Brazilian race car driver, is not part of India’s plan.

But what if the wrong person is the only person who is right?

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ExcerptMy eyes move to the magazines on the table. A sports mag is peeking out from under the fashion mags. Leaning forward, I pull it out, instantly wishing I hadn’t.

On the cover of the magazine is a picture of me with the caption, What the Bad Side of Formula 1 Looks Like.

Nice.
So, now, I’m the bad side of Formula 1. Good to know.

I already know what the media say about me. How I’ve turned from a great racer into a drunk and a whore.

They’re not wrong on the whore part. Well, whore is a bit harsh. I don’t charge for my services. And I wouldn’t say I’m a drunk. I just like to drink—a lot.

I shouldn’t read the article. I know this, but the sadistic part of me has me turning those pages.

Finding the article, eyes scanning the text, I pick out the usual shit.

Why is Silva no longer racing? Physically, he’s healthy. Is it mental problems? Fear over racing because of his accident? Is that why he drinks—drowning his misery in alcohol? Such a shame to see a once great driver fall from grace so dramatically.

Frustration and rage grip my chest like a vise.

Fuck this. I don’t need this shit.

Even though I can’t race, it’s not like I actually need to.

I don’t need to race. I just need to drink and fuck. That’s all I need now. All I will ever need.

Liar.
I’m a liar and a chickenshit. And that’s why I’m sitting in the waiting room to see a therapist.

Maybe I am beyond help.

Tossing the magazine back onto the table, I get to my feet, ready to leave this place, just as the door opens, revealing the epitome of what I could really do with screwing right now.

My eyes trail up the tanned, toned legs to the fitted pencil skirt that I would happily hitch up to see the magnificent pussy that I bet lies beneath. A pale-pink blouse is tucked into that skirt, covering what looks like a fantastically sized pair of tits. Silky blonde hair sits on her shoulders. Hair that I would enjoy getting my hands all tangled in while I fuck those bright red lips of hers, enjoying seeing that lipstick smeared all over my cock.

My dick pulses in my jeans, more than ready to proposition her with the offer.

“Mr. Silva.” She steps forward. “I’m Dr. Harris. But please call me India.”

She’s Dr. Harris?

This hitch-your-skirt-up-and-let-me-fuck-you-right-now woman is my new therapist.

Well, that’s just fucking great. It’s not like I can bang my therapist.

I put my cock on hold and give her my best smile, the one that always has panties dropping to the floor, as I say, “And you can call me Leandro.”

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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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Release Day Blitz and Review: Fighting For Forever by J.B. Salsbury

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Title: Fighting for Forever
Series: Fighting #6
Author: JB Salsbury
 Release Date: June 23, 2015
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Slut. Hooker. Whore.

The taunts never bothered me. They only see what I allow them to see, and a Las Vegas stripper is the perfect cover. 

My life had direction. I had a mission—until the man I needed vanished and is presumed dead.

It’s time to move on—give up the dream for revenge—and no one shows me that more than the mop-headed fighter with eyes the color of the ocean.

If anyone can teach me just how sweet life can be, it’s him. But first, I’d have to let go.

Mase. Baywatch. Mayhem.

I’m known by many names, but there’s only one that stirs panic and worry in my gut every time I’m called it.

Brother.

I’ve bailed him out of trouble for years, so when he turns up in Vegas and asks for me, I’m prepared for the worst. And the worst is exactly what I get in the form of a lilac-eyed beauty named Trix.

She’s everything I hate about Vegas: a stripper, loose with her body and her morals. But there’s something about her, a complexity that she buries deep, and I’m determined to uncover it.

The deeper I go, the less I understand. When I finally learn the truth, we engage in a battle where life and death hang in the balance.

Fighting could kill us both, but if we win, forever is the prize.

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“Every time, from our first kiss until now, my body has been yours. My heart, mind. God, Mase, its like my very soul has belonged to you since day one”

Fighting For Forever follows the story of Trix and Mason. People only see what they want to see. On the outside, they see Trix as nothing more than a stripper and nothing more. She’s been called every name in the book. What they don’t know is that Trix is on a mission. A mission to find out the truth of what happened to her sister, hoping that one day, she’ll have peace.  

“Information is a powerful thing, especially when it brings vindication.”

Trix never felt bad about her life choices or wanted more for her self, than finding her sister’s killer, until she met Mason. Mason is the opposite of everything she knows. He shows her what it’s like to be wanted, needed. He makes her question the life she’s chosen…. Mason is fiercely protective over those in his life. However, the biggest thorn in his side, is his brother. He’s bailed his brother out of trouble so many times. No matter what he does, his brother doesn’t learn his lesson. When Mason’s brother calls on him one more time for help, that causes Trix to crash into his life. Even though she is quite possibly the most beautiful woman that Mason has ever seen, she is the epitome of everything he hates about Vegas. As much as he tries to fight it, there is just something about this woman that draws him in, causing him to fall farther than he’s ever fallen before…

When I read the blurb for this story, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I ended up with was a well written story that completely captivated me. Fighting For Forever pulled me in from the very first page. It started off with such a bang. I had to know more. I wanted Trix to find answers.

Trix was such a fascinating character. I loved that Trix wasn’t ashamed of her choices. Yeah, her job wasn’t the best and she used her body to get answers. But, she did what she had to do. This was a woman who is strong and independent. She loves her family and has had a tough life. She’ll do whatever it takes to get the answers that she needs and find peace.

Mason was such a strong, fierce character. He was someone you could count on and who was always there for his brother, no matter how many mistakes he made. He wasn’t the biggest fan of Trix when he first met her. I’d say it was even safe to think he hated her. But, as time went on and fate kept intervening, these two were destined to be a part of each other’s life. I loved watching the two of them together. They had such great passion, fight and their chemistry…..let’s just say I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together.

Fighting The Fall was a quick and easy read for me and takes you on one heck of a ride. The characters are entertaining and there is never a dull moment with the story-line. This story is hot, suspenseful, and captivating. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see how it will all play out. Fighting For Forever is a great addition to JB Salsbury’s Fighting Series.

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

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JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
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Review: Zack (Cold Fury Hockey #3) by Sawyer Bennett

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Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.


My Review

Ever since I finished Garrett’s book, I have been on pins and needles waiting for Zack’s story. Zack is still dealing with the aftermath of the car accident that left him as a single father and the injuries he sustained that put his career on hold. Zack has just been trying to hold it together. His grief getting the better of him and making him unable to move forward. He is a shell of a man: sad, cold, angry. Now he finds himself cleared from his injuries and will be returning to work soon. Only problem, he’s got to find someone to help with his son, Ben. But, the new nanny may turn out to be more than he bargained for. There’s just something about Kate. She can’t help but make you smile. She’s not the typical woman that Zack would be drawn to. Kate always keeps herself hidden and doesn’t realize just how special she really is. And who knew, hiding under all the baggy clothes and nerdy glasses, was a total knockout.  Kate might be there to just take care of Zack’s son, but she might just be able to bring Zack back to life as well.

Zack’s story was just heartbreaking. Zack is struggling to move on. He’s consumed with guilt over loosing Gina, Ben’s mom. Zack loved Gina, but he was always holding back, unable to give her the one thing that she really wanted. And that issue helped play a big part in his grief over loosing her. It’s tough and Zack’s struggle is very real. Kate is the first person in months that is able to make him feel something. She makes him feel alive and wanted. But his guilt and anger consumes him. It makes his attraction a difficult pill to swallow.

Kate. I just adored her. She has the best personality. So bright, so cheery. She was amazing with Zack’s son. They shared an instant connection. Not only did she brighten up Ben’s life, but she brought light into Zack’s too. Kate is the total opposite of what Zack is used to and might be just what he needs. The attraction between the two of them was so palpable, so hot. You could almost feel the pages melting with tension. I loved the push and pull between them. The will they, won’t they. Will they open their eyes and hearts to more? Zack frustrated me at times because of how he treated Kate, but realistically, he’s just a broken man, grieving, trying to do the best that he can and is terrified of letting anyone get close again.

I loved Zack’s story. I was completely lost in the pages and devoured each line. I was hooked on the characters and loved spending more time with old friends. This book had everything that I was looking for in a great Sawyer Bennett read. Once again, Sawyer Bennett has set up the next story perfectly. I am dying to know more about Ryker and can’t want to get my hands on his story.

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

Cover Reveal: Revived (Revved #2) by Samantha Towle

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Synopsis

India Harris didn’t have the best start in life. Abandoned as a baby, she and her twin brother, Kit, spent their lives in foster care, only having each other to rely on. Then, at a young age, a relationship with the wrong man left India pregnant. Wanting to give her son the life she never had, she put herself through school and graduated with honors.

Now, at the age of thirty, she’s a highly respected therapist.

At the top of his game as a Formula One driver, Leandro Silva had everything—until an accident on the track left him staring death in the face. After enduring twelve months of physical therapy, Leandro is now physically able to race, but his mind is keeping him from the track. Frustrated and angry, Leandro’s days and nights are filled with limitless alcohol and faceless women.

Entering the last year of his contract, he knows he has to race again, or he’ll lose everything he spent his life working for. Forced into therapy to get his life back, Leandro finds himself in the office of Dr. India Harris.

Falling for his uptight therapist is not part of Leandro’s plan.

Having unethical feelings for her patient, the angry Brazilian race car driver, is not part of India’s plan.

But what if the wrong person is the only person who is right?

 

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Excerpt

Leandro

My eyes move to the magazines on the table. There’s a sports mag peeking out from under the fashion mags.

Leaning forward, I pull it out, instantly wishing I hadn’t.

Top of the magazine is a picture of me, with the caption ‘What the bad side of Formula 1 looks like’.

Nice.

So, now I’m the bad side of F1. Good to know.

I already know what the media say about me. How I’ve turned from a great racer into a drunk, and a whore.

They’re not wrong on the whore part – well, whore is a bit harsh, I don’t charge for my services. And I wouldn’t say I’m a drunk. I just like to drink, a lot.

I shouldn’t read the article, I know this, but the sadistic part of me has me turning those pages.

Finding the article, eyes scanning the text, I pick out the usual shit.

Why is Silva no longer racing? Physically he’s healthy. Is it mental problems? Fear over racing because of his accident. Is that why he drinks – drowning his misery in alcohol? Such a shame to see, a once great driver, fall from grace so dramatically.

Frustration and rage grip my chest like a vice.

Fuck this. I don’t need this shit.

Even though I can’t race, it’s not like I actually need to.

I don’t need to race. I just need to drink and fuck. That’s all I need now. All I’ll ever need.

Liar.

I am a liar, and a chicken shit. And that’s why I’m sitting in the waiting room of a therapist.

Maybe I’m beyond help.

Tossing the magazine back on the table, I get to my feet ready to leave this place, just as the door opens, revealing the epitome of what I could really do with screwing right now.

My eyes trail up the toned, tanned legs, to the fitted pencil skirt that I would happily hitch up to see the magnificent pussy that I bet lies beneath. A pale pink blouse is tucked into that skirt, covering what look like a fantastically sized pair of tits. Silky blonde hair sits on her shoulders. Hair that I would enjoy getting my hands all tangled in, while I fuck those bright red lips of hers, enjoying seeing that lipstick smeared all over my cock.

My dick pulses in my jeans, more than ready to proposition her with the offer.

“Mr. Silva.” She steps forward. “I’m Dr. Harris. But please call me India.”

She’s Dr. Harris?

This, hitch-your-skirt-up-and-let-me-fuck-you-right-now, woman is my new therapist.

Well that’s just fucking great. It’s not like I can bang my therapist.
I put my cock on hold, and giving her my best smile, the one that always has panties dropping to the floor, I say, “And you can call me Leandro.”

AboutTheAuthor

samantha towle

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit…

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