Thursday, 12 April 2018

Endorsed by Marni Mann #bookreview #excerpt #teaser #romance

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Endorsed by Marni Mann Publication Date: April 5th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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My client’s younger sister is off-f***ing-limits.
Getting my first big client signed to the NFL was the second best moment of my life. Escorting his sister back to her hotel was the first. Imagining what she would feel like, look like, taste like—none of it was as good as the real thing.
If her brother found out, it would destroy my career, so I ended things between us.
Eight years later, the girl who got away still owns me.
First, I’ll make her forgive me, and then I’m going to make her mine.
He’s owned my body for far too long.
It’s been years since he touched me, and my skin still remembers every brush, stroke, and thrust. I want to forget how good it felt. Almost as much as I want to do it again.
We can’t finish what we started until I make my confession.
I have a secret—one that wasn’t mine to keep.
Before he can love me, he’ll have to find some way to forgive me.

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Excerpt:
When my hand wasn’t on the gearshift, it was on her thigh. Her skin was hot. Tight. But it didn’t give me the heat I was after, so I went to search for it, dragging my fingers higher on her leg. My thumb then dipped below the hem of her dress, tracing a small pattern over her flesh.
“Samantha, I need you to do something for me.”
She took a breath that ended with the softest moan. “Okay.”
“I need you to shift when I tell you to.”
“Why?”
“Because I need one hand on the steering wheel while the other is inside your cunt.”
“Jack…”
“Shift into third.”
She quickly reached across my arm, grabbing the gearstick and moving it like I’d asked her to.
My fingers climbed several inches higher, feeling the space widen as she spread her legs apart. “Now, go to second.” As I rose to the outside of her pussy, I expected to feel her panties.
There was nothing.
Just a bare pussy and a clit that needed me to rub it.
“Jesus,” I hissed. “Neutral. Shift right now.”
We were coming to a stop at the red light. Before the car completely slowed, my pointer finger traced around her entrance to wet the tip, and I slid right in.
“Oh my God,” she groaned. “Your hands.”
She’d missed them.
They’d missed her.
And she was about to get a hell of a lot more.

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About Marni:
Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Social Butterfly Pr
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part of a Standalone series


My Endorsed Review . . .

Endorsed is technically a standalone, but its also part of a world that belongs to world of Signed by Marni Mann.  Signed is about James & Brett.  James is up and coming celebrity and Brett is her agent.  In Endorsed, its in the same world, but this time around it evolves around Jack who is one of Brett's best friends and also business partner.  Where Brett's expertise is with movie stars, Jack's is sports.   Even though Endorsed belongs to the same world, Signed doesn't have to be read first.  However, it does help give some background to the friendship and the agency.

As Jack was first starting out, he signed up a new football superstar ' Shawn Cole'.   During the draft where Shawn gets signed he hooks up with Shawn's sister Samantha.   Immediately they hit it off, but no way will he mix business in pleasure.   This means he has his fun with Samantha but cuts her loose. 

Now many years later, their worlds collide again.   Now Samantha is independent and working for James as the interior designer and Jack is still Shawn's agent.   All these years Jack hasn't seen Samantha but that doesn't mean he didn't stop thinking about her. 

The moment he sees her, he wants what he let go all the years ago.   Samantha is torn but wants the same thing, but this time Samantha has a huge secret.

The secret was obvious to us but not to Jack right away.   Jack responded well to the truth.  At times I wanted to strangle Samantha with the way she handled things, but it didn't stop me from liking her and the story. 

Like Signed, Endorsed is more of a light hearted romance, but this time around it was also a second chance romance.   I liked it but I didn't love it.  It wasn't from the writing, as that was good, but there was just something about the story that didn't have a visceral impact.  For me, without this impact it makes the story a bit unforgettable sadly.     Even though I didn't love it, I'm still hooked to this series and I'll always love Marni Mann.  Which means I can't wait for the next book in this world plus anything Marni Mann really.

3 . 5 Sweet but a bit forgettable thumbs up! 

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Lauren













Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Torn by Alexis Noelle Release Blitz #deathstalkerMC #excerpt


Title: Torn
Series: Deathstalkers MC
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2018


Loyalty
That's what it's all about here.
I'd do anything for one of my brothers,
Even go with his old lady to a parent-teacher conference.
But when I see the sweet little number who's the teacher,
Suddenly, school's right up my alley.
She's innocent, naive, and sexy as Hell. 
Damn, I just want in her pants,
And to maybe teach her a thing or two.
And I'm not backing down,
I'll get to her.
But if she ever finds out the truth about our connection,
It'll sever the ties and ruin it all.
I'm just going to keep my mouth shut--
And all over her.

 


 

The loud crash jolts me out of bed and a few seconds later my mother comes running in the room. “Sweetheart you need to hide, there are people in the house.” Her voice is quiet but I can hear the fear in it. My stomach drops as my body freezes. “Now.” Her voice is a raised whisper. She points to my bedroom closet and I run trying to grab for her hand but she shoo’s me away. I open the door thanking God for once that my closet is such a disaster. I lay on the floor covering myself with any clothes I can. Mom quickly rushes over finishing the job for me. “No matter what, don’t make a sound.” She quietly shuts the door and I can hear my father’s voice downstairs. I can’t make out what he’s saying but he’s yelling at someone. There is a loud bang and my heart stops. That sounded like a gunshot but it couldn’t be, this can’t be happening right now. I lift on if the shirts just a little bit so I can see through the opening in between my door and the floor. I see mom working her way under my bed but I know I shove so much stuff under there, that there is probably no room. Heavy footsteps sound as my whole body goes rigid. The boots stop at the edge of my bed and I hear a stomach churning laugh before his hand appears and pulls my mother’s leg out from under the bed. I can hear her pleading with him to take whatever they want and go. I pray that he listens, and that whatever sound I heard my dad is still okay. He doesn’t say a word though. After a few more seconds another loud bang sounds and my mom falls to the floor. I clamp my hand over my mouth silently sobbing and praying that they don’t find me. My body is stiff from fear, and I’m scared to move because I don’t want him to find me. “Take anything that’s not nailed the fuck down but do it quick.” I hear him shout to whoever else must be in the house. He stands in my room for a minute before heading over to my dresser. “There ain’t much in here.” I hear the sound of my music box being picked up. My dad gave it to me on my last birthday. It crashes to the ground and I flinch from the noise. “All fucking junk.” The sound of the boots fades. I can hear crashing and things being thrown around as the men tear through my family home. My mom’s eyes are closed and I pray to god that she is just passed out. She can’t be gone. It feels like I sit in that closet for days listening to things banging and breaking. When the closet door opens, I scream.

 

Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.
She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.

 

 
 
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Surprise Cover Reveal! MOGUL by Katy Evans

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A brand new contemporary romance from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans is coming May 31st!

 

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Mogul
Author: Katy Evans
Release Date: May 31st

Synopsis

 

He's my most delicious secret.
The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening.
I didn't know anything about him, not even his name.
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked.
We met in room 301. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul.
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him.
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch.
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I'd ever find him.
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again.
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that's a deal breaker for me.
My Suit has a name.
Ian Ford.
And this is our story.

 

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Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

 

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg Blog Tour #bookreview #excerpt #teasers

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The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg Publication Date: March 12th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Every scar tells a story... Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see. Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.

Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.

Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.

Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?

Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?

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Excerpt:
By the time I arrived at the inn for dinner, I was a goddamn mess. Sweat was running down my back from the heat, even after changing my shirt twice. I’d changed my mind three times on whether to bring flowers for Cora, doubling back to the house at the last minute to grab them after I firmly decided to leave them at home.

When I finally arrived, I was a solid twenty minutes late and probably looked like a psychopath from all the sweat and the mangled flowers in my hand.  

But all of this was forgotten the moment the door opened, and Cora greeted me.  

“Jesus,” I cursed, giving her a once-over before she even had the chance to say hi. “You look insane.”  
“Insane is good?” she asked, pink staining her cheeks.  

I’d never seen her in anything beyond scrubs and shorts. Granted, this woman could wear a paper bag and be the hottest woman in the room. Tonight though, she’d dressed up, wearing a short, strappy number with tiny pink flowers dotting the fabric.  

“Insane is really good,” I clarified



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Meet J. L. Berg:
I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Social Butterfly PR
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 in an ongoing series but can be read as a Standalone


My The Scars I Bare Review . . .

We first meet Dean in The Choices I've Made.  Technically The Scars I Bare is the second book in this series but it is written that it could be read as a standalone.  However, reading The Choices I've Made helps to get the whole picture of what Dean had to go through and also the original meeting of Dean and Cora.  The Scars I Bare starts a couple years after the accident but coincides with Jake's return to Ocaracoke. 

In The Scars I Bare, Dean Sutherland is breathing and surviving each day but isn't truly living.   And Cora Carpenter is starting new in a new location, which is the island of Ocracoke, and also happens to be the home town of one of her past patients.

When Dean was recovering he fell for his nurse but found out she was married to someone else, so when he returned back to his home town he had left his heart behind with one special nurse. 

Cora and her genius daughter Lizzie are starting new, where Cora is working for the town doctor Jake whom also Dean's best friend.   Where they;re also living in Molly's bnb, and Molly also happens to be Jake's fiancee, Dean's ex and also Dean's best friend.

Cora needs a friend in this new town and Dean is the perfect person, and together they reconnect and help heal each other.

Finally, she took a deep breathe, lifted her chin, and said, "Wow, you're pretty messed up."
A smirk tugged at the corner of my mouth.  "Yeah, well, so are you I've gathered."
She joined me in a laugh.  "Want to come in for tea?"
"I thought you'd never ask."

J.L. Berg is one of my favorite authors as she always writes heartfelt stories which burrow deep into your heart.  In The Scars I Bare she writes another beautiful story about hope, love and second chances. 

One of my favorite parts is Cora's daughter Lizzie.  I adored her part genius and part sweet girl who just wants her mother happy.  This story had so much heart. I absolutely adored Dean and Cora together. They were perfect for one another.  They may have had a rough journey to get where they ended up, but so worth it in the end.

4 Second Chances thumbs up!

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Lauren