Friday, July 31, 2015

BLOG TOUR... The Pledge by Laura Ward and Christine Manzari


We're celebrating the release of THE PLEDGE by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari! 

Title: The Pledge
Author: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
Release date: July 27, 2015
Blurb:
Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.

Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.

When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?


This Book Nerd Says: 


"Fresh Start. New beginning. No one knows me here..." 

This book was definitely a sweet change of pace from the usual NA athlete stories that usually come along. It took me about seventy five pages to really hit my stride with this read but once I got to that point I didn't put it down until I was done with it. 
Both needing to reinvent themselves from the people they had been before college, both Alec and Taren have a unique history. 

Alec just wants to make his own choices and live his own life. 
This desire also means that he has to defy some heavy expectations from his father. 
His character was probably my second favorite thing about this book. Alec finding his backbone and true passion was a refreshing pleasure. I enjoyed how committed he was to his new lifestyle and how determined he was to protect it.  It was easy to sympathize with his feelings throughout the course of the story and my support of him never waned even as bumps in the relationship began to roll through. 

My favorite thing about this story would be the integration of the story of the the red string of fate. If you immediately think of the cover well then... BINGO! I thought this was a fabulously unique and sweet aha thread within the story of Alec and Taren. 
While others may not have understood their connection that red string of fate continued to intertwine their lives in all the unexpected places. This made THE PLEDGE stand out. 

I really enjoyed it and found it to be a pretty quick and easy read. The only reason that I'm holding back a slightly higher rating would be because I found Taren to be slightly less mature/rational in most of her decisions. I know, I know it's college and they're young characters... Maybe it was because of Alec's maturity but I expected more out of her. That being said when she jumps that gap and makes those better choices... I jumped the gap into liking her character even more. 
I am giving THE PLEDGE 3.5 Stars. 
I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series brings. If it's more characters like Alec... then I'm sure none of us will be disappointed. 



About the Authors:


Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.
Contact Laura at:
www.facebook.com/LauraWardAuthor
Twitter — @laurarosnerward
Instagram — _Laura_Ward
Email — laurawardauthor@yahoo.com



The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.




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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spotlight REVIEW... Pitching To Win by Carrie Aarons

What do you do when the town golden boy, who never noticed you in high school, decides to make a play for your heart?

For Minka Braxton, high school has been anything but easy. After a humiliating scandal sophomore year, she's avoided the social scene and anything having to do with boys, especially of the popular variety. But with senior year approaching, Minka decides it's time to take life back into her own hands. That is, until Owen Axel, the type of guy she's always avoided, decides he wants her in his hands.

Owen Axel is the definition of popular. Good looks, all-star worthy pitching arm and a former pro-athlete father make him Mitchum's town God. Returning from college for the summer, his plan is simple. Beach, booze, and beautiful girls. But one look at Minka Braxton and he knows what he wants. He just doesn't count on her not wanting him.

As the summer unfolds, both must decide how much to reveal, how deep they should fall, and what might happen if they strike out.




*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 

I wanted to give this recent read a bit of a spotlight review. I think it's fairly common knowledge that I love a good sports story, so I was definitely curious about this one. 

Minka knows all too well how it feels to be the ongoing joke among the popular crowd. After being the butt on a humiliating prank she avoids any time in the social limelight preferring to stay out the outskirts of all the activity. Her plan works relatively well until baseball star Owen Axel sets his eyes on her. 

I found this read to be pretty refreshing. 
I was wary of the drama level when I realized the one of the MCs was still a high school student, but Minka surprised me. I kept expecting out of proportion blowups but I was very pleased to see that the majority of the story felt extremely realistic. The progression of Minka and Owen's relationship was fitting to their situations in life and I enjoyed that it flowed pretty swiftly. 

It also touched on some topics that I enjoyed watching develop. These include Minka's self confidence, and both her and Owen's strained relationships with their respective parents. It's these relationships that made the book stand out for me. 

I was torn between 3.5 stars and 4 stars for most of the the book. I settled on 3.5 stars and here's why. 
While most of the book is noticeably absent of the unneeded angst and conflict, there was some drama. It's not the drama that I minded. It might have been a little too perfect without any... BUT the drama that did come didn't sit well with me. I think it's just because I didn't find the reactions to the "revelation" fitting with the character. Maybe I just had a higher expectation from them at the point that it all went down - which could also be a compliment to how much I enjoyed the maturity (of Owen especially). 
That being said, I still really enjoyed it and would look forward to reading a continuation of the story. I felt like the author gave us a really good set up for future stories to come that would focus on Minka and Owen's friends. I definitely would follow this one to see what comes. 

I hope you give it a read, especially if you're in the mood for a sweet young love story with a swoon worthy baseball player! 
It's available for purchase now so you can one click this one right away. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TEASER TUESDAY... In The Dark (The Rules #2) by Monica Murphy





IN THE DARK (The Rules Series, Book 2) 
Coming August 25, 2015
Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?








ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
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REVIEW... HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.
 










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

This Book Nerd Says: 
This review will be spoiler free so no worries!
When I first found out that Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy were teaming up to write a book I probably squealed out loud. I am a huge fan of everything Sarina writes and Elle's Off Campus series is one of my favorites. You see I had very high expectations for this book. 
Sarina's THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR was my first (and only) m/m romance read before reading HIM. But I was instantly reminded of that same magic. 
Very quickly the story pulled me in and the story was so engrossing and addicting that I looked up and realized I had read the last page. 
The flow of the book was seamless and I was impressed that even having the knowledge that two people wrote the book, there was such a fluidity that I never felt the desire to even try and decipher who wrote what part. 
I loved how distinct the character's were. Jamie and Ryan stand apart in all the best ways. I loved Ryan's confidence at the same time I LOVED that his vulnerabilities seemed tied in with his relationship with Jamie. It made him so much more human and made the cocky (yes I know I said it) banter that much more adorable. 
Jamie on the other hand was the biggest surprise. His conflicts and emotions weren't exactly what I expected but they were probably my very favorite part of his character. Well on second thought, Jamie's family is in strong competition for that title of favorite. 
Individually Ryan and Jamie were great. But together... Perfection. 

And of course... I ended up getting all teary at the end but with these authors I'm not very surprised. 
HIM definitely didn't disappoint. 

I gave it 4.5 Stars!

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPOTLIGHT on Before & After by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are releasing teasers from 

BEFORE & AFTER by Nazarea Andrews. 

This book will be released this Thursday, July 30th and it is a New Adult contemporary romance.

 

Click here to ADD THE BOOK TO GOODREADS

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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?



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About The Author:

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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COVER REVEAL... Until I'm Yours (The Bennett Series Book 4) by Kennedy Ryan

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Release Date: February 2, 2016
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The official synopsis for UNTIL I'M YOURS is coming soon! What can we tell you now? This fourth installment of the Amazon Bestselling Bennett series follows the story of Sofie Baston, a woman who has always traded on her looks and status. She finally meets a man who wants more, but she's not sure there is any more to her than meets the eye. Trevor Bishop is the saint to Sofie's sinner, and for the first time in her life, she wonders if she's good enough. Scandal breathes new life into a past she hoped was long dead, threatening the things she never knew she wanted, but now can't imagine life without.


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Previous Books in the Bennett Series
When You Are Mine
 
LOVING YOU ALWAYS
 
BE MINE FOREVER







JustTinaAbout Kennedy Ryan          
I just can't write about myself in the third person for one more bio! I'm a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families with autism. That's me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you'll find a Southern girl who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing to be read list!  
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Friday, July 24, 2015

COVER REVEAL for BEREFT by Jennifer Foor

A NEW STANDALONE IN THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH SERIES RELEASING ON SEPTEMBER 21 







We'd been married seven years, and for the most part, I thought we were happy. Little did I know my other half wasn't. He'd been screwing around on me for the past six months. Now, on the verge of divorce, I've found myself in a conundrum.

He's half my age, with a body that won't quit. I keep telling myself it's payback, but who am I kidding? Instead of getting even, I've now made things irreparable. I have a choice to make, and it's going to be a lot harder than I imagined.

Give in to Temptation
Fulfill your deepest Desires











Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart. 





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW... Unexpected by Lilly Avalon

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

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

Only one way to find out.

*Unexpected is a standalone new adult novel*






*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 

"Not every story ends the same. Some of them have a twist. Some things in life are unexpected..."

I was pleased to give this one a read when the author asked me to. I found this to be a quick kinda sorta friends to lovers story. I have to add the kinda sorta because while I genuinely appreciated the fact that both Ryan and Alina realized that they should be friends before attempting any relationship, the progression of their friendship was laced with a physical attraction, flirtation, and much sexual tension. 
My favorite part of this story was without a doubt Ryan. I'm pretty sure ever girl would love to have a friend like him. His character was refreshingly positive and mature, it balanced out everything else that I wasn't quite sure about. He definitely has some book boyfriend material qualities going on. 
Sometimes on the weekends I love to find one of those made for tv sugar coated love stories on and I indulge in the cheesiness of it all. I say that because that's the same pleasure I got in reading UNEXPECTED.  
Now I mentioned that this was a quick read and I meant it. Everything seems to happen really fast (probably because the story is a shorter read) and I felt like I was left wanting a bit more at the end. BUT I will say that there wasn't any unnecessary drama, and it was a HAE with no cliffhanger. 
So if it sounds like what you're in the mood for make sure you add it to your TBR and click it out later!

I am giving UNEXPECTED 3 Stars!


Monday, July 20, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW... Wild Nights by Karen Erickson



Join us in celebrating the final book in the Vegas Nights series with the release of WILD NIGHTS by Karen Erickson!

WILD NIGHTS (Vegas Nights Series #3) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance
Blurb:
A guy of her own? She’s not holding her breath—until he steals it away.
Vegas Nights, Book 3

Natalie’s girls-only weekend in Vegas is shot to hell, thanks to her friends ditching her for very sexy, very famous guys. Not that she blames them. She knows what lonely feels like. A nurse’s long hours leave little time for a social life.

Then she collides with and spills her drink all over a very fine, very exposed male chest. A chest belonging to Noah Wilde, lead singer for the infamous Wilde & Wicked rock band. Thankfully, he’s merely amused as she tries to take care of the mess she made.

Noah sure would like to make a mess of the gorgeous, petite lady with luminous blue eyes. There’s no resisting the urge to tempt her along for an adventurous night of gambling, drinking, eating, and sin.

But during the harsh light of day, Noah has a change of heart. Not about the fact he likes Natalie—a lot. He’s not sure he wants to drag this sweet lady through his sordid life. Even though sparing her could cost them both a chance at forever.

Warning: Contains a nurse who thought she knew all there was to know about anatomy, and a rock god who’s about to show her a few spots she missed. To say they both hit the jackpot would be an understatement.




*I received a copy of this book in exchange for participation in the blog tour and an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says: 
This has been such a fun steamy series to indulge in. Picking up right where the other books have left us, Wild Nights gives us the story of Natalie and how she falls into the path of notorious rocker bad boy Noah Wilde. 
This story is another quick read so this review will be somewhat shorter and as always spoiler free. I've said in my reviews of the preceding books that I didn't think that any of the other couples were going to top Regan and Declan for me. Now I still maintain that Regan and Declan are my fave from this series but Natalie and Noah come pretty dang close. 
I really enjoyed Natalie's quirkiness. It gave the story a fun lighthearted layer to balance out the hot and steamy scenes. But she wasn't just all funny quirks... there was a real sense of emotion that we get to see about Natalie right from the beginning. 

 Now lets talk about Noah... 
Gorgeous Rocker. Check. 
Reformed Bad Boy with a filthy mouth. Check. 
Swoon-inducing Romantic Gestures.  Check. 

A Wild Night with Noah Wilde. CHECK PLEASE!

I definitely thought this was a fitting conclusion to such a great summer fun series. It's a definite fun escape so if you haven't checked out the other books, jump on that. 

I'm giving WILD NIGHTS 3 STARS!






Where it all started!

WICKED WEEKEND (Vegas Nights Series #.5) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance
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Blurb:
What happens in Vegas…could be a fantasy come true.
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Between nursing school and starting their careers, Reagan, Andrea, and Natalie have had no time for dating. After saving up for a special vacation, they’re on their way to Vegas for a long-awaited weekend of fun, sun, gambling and partying.

When their luggage goes missing, an impromptu shopping trip leads them to James, who makes them an unusual offer—to be part of the female scenery at his boss’s upcoming party. Not just any scenery, but women who are pretty in a real way, not the nipped, tucked and dyed Hollywood version.

Accept a “private party” invitation from a complete stranger? These ladies weren’t born yesterday. Yet before “no thanks” crosses their lips, Reagan discovers who James’s boss really is: Declan Carter, an actor she’s crushed on for, well, forever. Now she’s determined to be the eye candy who catches Declan’s eye. No matter what it takes…

RECKLESS NIGHTS (Vegas Nights Series #1) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes dream crushes do come true.
Vegas Nights, Book 1

Reagan can’t believe her luck—and not in a good way. One minute she’s hanging out with her friends at an exclusive party in Las Vegas. The next, she’s attracted the attention of a famous actor. Not just any actor. Declan Carter, the man on which she used to—okay, might still—have a fangirl crush. Whose blue eyes leave her embarrassingly tongue tied.

All Declan wants is to meet a nice, normal woman who won’t use him as a stepping stone to fame. Something about Reagan tells him she could be that rare woman, and he follows his instinct to invite her back to his suite—where they proceed to have wild monkey sex. All. Night. Long.

What was supposed to be one night of no-regrets sex stretches out into a blissful weekend of two people who can’t get enough of each other. But when the glamour of Sin City wears off, they’re standing on the edge of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn a weekend fling into something lasting. Will they take the jump?

ENDLESS NIGHTS (Vegas Nights Series #2) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance
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Blurb:
The sex is crazy good. Is it crazier to want something more?
Vegas Nights, Book 2

Andrea and her two best friends have shed their nurses scrubs for a long-awaited weekend in Las Vegas, and nothing—flight delays, lost luggage, or the slightly weird guy with the sketchy invite to an exclusive bash—is going to stop their fun.

Within minutes of arriving at the opulent party, she’s deep in conversation with gorgeous, funny Luke Nelson, wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. For some crazy reason, he can’t seem to keep his eyes—or hands—off her.

Luke isn’t looking for a hookup, he just wants to relax…until he gets one look at the classy brunette in the barely-there dress. One minute they’re talking, the next they’re all over each other in a dark corner. It’s like he’s an addict and she’s the fix he’s been searching for all his life.

One night of hot sex isn’t nearly enough. But after a weekend spent never more than a few inches apart, the time is quickly approaching when they’ll have to make a long-distance relationship work—or break it off.

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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read - sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she's a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Friday, July 17, 2015

SPOTLIGHT on LAGUNA NIGHTS by Kaira Rouda



We're celebrating a hot, new series with the release of LAGUNA NIGHTS (Laguna Nights Series, 1) by Kaira Rouda! 

TITLE: Laguna Nights (Laguna Nights, 1)
AUTHOR: Kaira Rouda
Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover designer: Okay Creations
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Blurb:
Madison Alcott left her Laguna Beach childhood in the past as soon as she could, never imagining she’d be forced to return. Caring for her ill mother and holding down a high-pressure position at the best resort in town, Madison’s life is as good as it could ever be in Laguna Beach. And blissfully, nobody knows her as Holly anymore, the name she used on television. Everything changes when her high school boyfriend appears in the lobby. He was the reason she’d left Laguna in the first place when he humiliated her on national television.

Josh Welsh’s star has been dimming ever since he shot to fame as the high school heartthrob on the reality TV series Laguna Nights. Hoping to reignite his career, he agreed to host a travel show, with the first episode shooting in his old hometown of Laguna Beach. Of all the negative scenarios associated with filming in Laguna, Josh hadn’t calculated a run-in with Madison, or that the same deep connection he felt for her in high school would still be there.

Madison and Josh’s reality TV relationship exploded years ago but when the new series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present.
















About the Author:

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Three more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.







She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.
Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and
on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books.
For more about Kaira and her books, please visit wwww.KairaRouda.com.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

REVIEW... Just A Little Kiss by Renita Pizzitola

In the sizzling new novel of Renita Pizzitola’s Crush series, Felicity knows that “Summer Boys” are only good for one thing. But what if hooking up with the right guy could lead to a fresh start?

Like most of the residents of her dead-end beach town, Felicity Daniels doesn’t know what she wants from her future. Instead of college, she’s waiting tables at the local grille where she’s more likely to run into the guy who was the love of her life—until one decision changed everything. Now as this year’s tourist season kicks in to high gear, Felicity realizes that whatever she wants isn't going to be found here.

Mason Hayes is the quintessential Summer Boy: hot, impulsive, and born without strings attached. While in town helping with the family fishing charter, he plans to have a little fun—and hopefully get over a certain girl. He’s never had a long-term relationship, but when he meets Felicity, he wonders if he’s found the girl who could change that.

With her heart still in repair, Felicity’s happy to have a distraction like Mason, but her best friend thinks he could also be her ticket out of this town. What’s the harm in using him to escape more than just her boredom? After all, he is just a Summer Boy, and they never stick around. But after one kiss, Felicity wonders if only one summer with Mason will ever really be enough.


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*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This Book Nerd Says: 

I was very pleased to get a chance to read and review this book as an ARC especially since I had read and loved the first two books in the series (Just A Little Crush and Just A Little Flirt). Now in all honesty after the first two books I wasn't so sure that I liked Mason. This book definitely changed my opinion though. I can say without pause or hesitation that Mason is my favorite part of this book from start to finish. His character brought the humor, sincerity,  romantic gestures that I didn't even see coming, and maybe cause I wasn't comparing him to Ryder for the first time- he brought the sexy. 
I went from not sure if I liked him to kinda sorta definitely loving him. 

There was only one thing that kept this from being a four star book for me. Unfortunately it was kind of a biggie... Felicity. 
Getting to know her situation made me feel for her. She's recovering from a broken heart, which is hard to do in a town full of people who all seem to know her business or make it their business to "protect" her. She knows she doesn't want to stay there forever, she knows she wants more... but that's where her certainty kind of ends. As much as I felt for her situation, her character did a little too much wishy-washy wobbling for my liking. 

Maybe that made me appreciate Mason's character more, his patience for her seemed rather endless and even when it seemed like he'd reach his limits... I didn't blame him at all. 

Beyond Mason, I really enjoyed the background story between the secondary characters. At the end I wished we'd gotten something (a sign of resolution, closure...hope for progression) more about them. Isla seems to be the friend we all love to have and I wanted more of her. Then there's Mason's cousin Colby who gave me the impression that his story had a lot more going on then we got to see. I'm not sure if there's another coming story in this series but I'd love to see it focus on them. 

All in all, it was a fun read and I gave it 3.5 stars!

It releases next month so make sure you add it to your TBR!