Saturday, April 30, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW... Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee + GIVEAWAY!




One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?


DOING IT OVER
Most Likely To Series, Book One
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
April 19, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle


Praise for Doing It Over
“The romance between fiercely independent Melanie and charming Wyatt heats up even as outsiders threaten to derail their newfound happiness. This novel will hook readers with its warm, inviting characters and the promise for similar future installments.” –Publishers Weekly
“This brand-new trilogy, Most Likely To, based on yearbook superlatives, kicks off with a novel that will encourage you to root for the incredibly likable Melanie. Her friends are hilarious and readers will swoon over Wyatt, who is charming and strong. Even Melanie’s daughter, Hope, is a hoot! This romance is jam-packed with animated characters, and Bybee displays her creative writing talent wonderfully.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars



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This Book Nerd Says: 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This was a story that was chock full of action from beginning to end. The prologue set up the book nicely introducing a core set of characters that I'm assuming we'll see more of in the rest of the series. 


When the story really picks up we meet Melanie as a single mom hoping to catch a break as she returns home for a class reunion. I really enjoyed the premise of the story and found that I loved the tie in with the name of series (which becomes apparent right away in the prologue). Before she even makes it across the town line she crosses path with Wyatt. 


Wyatt is what I like to describe as deliciously alpha. He isn't arrogant or controlling... rather I found him to be direct in his pursuit, emotionally steady, and a mature leading man. Wyatt proves to be a safe haven in the turbulence that is Mel's life. Besides, I'm a sucker for a guy falling for a kid that isn't his bio-kid --- so yeah. Me=Wyatt's fan. 

I thought the story had real 4 star potential for me but as I read I felt like the intro to supporting characters and their voices clouded my focus a bit more than I would like. I realize that it does serve to set up interest in their future storylines but for me personally it got to be a little much all in one book. However the twist that came along towards the end was definitely a bit of surprise to me and I think it did serve as a good test of Wyatt and Melanie's emerging relationship. 

Overall I'd give this book a very solid three stars and would note that I definitely would check out the future books in the series to see what may come up in the rest of the class.






About The Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California. 
 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

RELEASE BOOST.... Shameless by Lex Martin









Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 26, 2016



Blurb

Brady…
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…
When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.


Shameless is an adult contemporary romance/spinoff featuring a character from The Dearest Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.







Purchase Links

Last chance to get your copy for only 99c!!!

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL






Also Available


The Dearest Series Boxed Set is FREE on KU for a limited time. Get all three Dearest Series books, including Dearest Clementine, Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline, as well as Dearest Series bonus scenes and the first chapter of Shameless.



Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL




Author Bio

Lex writes adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

REVIEW TOUR... Let Me by Cecy Robson


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LET ME
The O'Brien Family Series Book Two
Cecy Robson
Releasing April 19th, 2016


Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her master’s degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts. 





**ARC received in exchange for an honest review **

This Book Nerd Says: 

This was very much an anticipated read for me. I read the first book in the O'Brien series, ONCE KISSED, and fell head over heels in love with the O'Brien boys. Having said that, I found that Let Me stood on its own as a pretty solid standalone read so if you are thinking about jumping into this one first, have no worries.

Finn and Sol's story is a pretty heavy one on both of their individual sides. This story deals with more than one serious topics and I found that it treated them very respectfully. There was far less fluff in this story, but I feel that it was equal parts heart warming and heart wrenching. Told in dual POVs we get a pretty solid picture of the characters lives and struggles as they come together to great a haven of sorts from all the going ons in their lives.

My favorite part of the story was Finn. I'm a sucker for the beautiful strong guy with the emotional bruises from the past. His sensitivity was so close to the surface of his character yet too far from easy discovery. His journey is what kept me turning page after page. He lived up to my expectation of what I'd get from another O'Brien boy.

I did find a little bit more drama in the last half of the book than I felt necessary. I think that Finn and Sol had enough going on in their love story without adding the extra so for me personally it was a little bit of an interest drop.
But it all came together with a beautiful ending and one that got me excited for what's next in this series.

I'm giving it 3.75 stars
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Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.


Looking for more of the O'Brien Family?
Pick up the Two RITA Finalists
ONCE PURE & ONCE KISSED

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLAST... Shameless by Lex Martin + Giveaway!!




Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 26, 2016



Blurb

Brady…
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…
When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.


Shameless is an adult contemporary romance/spinoff featuring a character from The Dearest Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.







Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL






Also Available


The Dearest Series Boxed Set is FREE on KU for a limited time. Get all three Dearest Series books, including Dearest Clementine, Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline, as well as Dearest Series bonus scenes and the first chapter of Shameless.



Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL




Author Bio

Lex writes adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.


Author Links

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Triple Threat COVER REVEAL... True North Series by Sarina Bowen

Sharing these drop dead GORGEOUS covers from Sarina Bowen's upcoming TRUE NORTH series. 

Bittersweet is the first book and is coming soon! Check them out and add them to your TBR!












BITTERSWEET
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago. 
At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.



Monday, April 18, 2016

COVER REVEAL... Shameless by Lex Martin




Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photography: Perrywinkle Photography
 Release Date: April 26, 2016



Blurb

Brady…
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…
When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.






Shameless is an adult contemporary romance/spinoff featuring a character from The Dearest Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone. Shameless is on SALE for 99 cents only during the pre-order, which is available now.




Pre-order Links

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL





Also Available


The Dearest Series Boxed Set just went live and is FREE on KU for a limited time. Get all three Dearest Series books, including Dearest Clementine, Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline, as well as Dearest Series bonus scenes and the first chapter of Shameless.



Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL




Author Bio

Lex writes adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.


Author Links

Friday, April 15, 2016

REVIEW TOUR.... Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan

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When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted

Slow_amazongreen eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.

Greyson can't deny that he'd like his own private show, but there's not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault... and he agreed with every single word. He couldn't do anything to help her then, but he can now.

Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.

He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he's dreamed about so often.

Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.

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EXCERPT:
 It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface. Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression. She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts. “Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple. “I know that.” My voice was sure and confident. “Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman. Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months. This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure. I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I'd ever met. And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat. She didn't say anything. But she opened the door wider. With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.    


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says: 

Slow and steady wins the race. 
A smooth read and sweet second chance story, Slow & Steady was a fantastic way to introduce myself to Kendall Ryan as an author. Greyson Archer kicks off the story with a phenomenal presence. His voice is strong and his character was solidly introduced making it easy to walk into this read as a standalone. 

Greyson is the type of alpha male character I appreciate. He isn't overbearing, possessive or temperamentally irrational. He is a mature man who carries the painful memories of loss into his present. His character is consistent and his actions always appropriate. 
And of course I can't ever resist a sweetheart of a man who falls in love with a child that's not his biologically. 

I'm going to say that Greyson is my favorite thing about this book (in case you couldn't tell or anything lol). 

The story moves along swiftly  but gives the relationship between Greyson and Finley room to grow appropriately. Some action along the way was a bit predictable was still pleasant to add some texture to the sweetness. 

Finley is a strong single mom who vows to take care of her daughter no matter the sacrifice or the struggle. Her history with Greyson makes her more than hesitant to take any of his help, and I honestly didn't blame her completely. Watching her finally give into the pull she feels toward Greyson is a relief however. 

I truly enjoyed this read and give it a whole hearted 3.5 Stars and recommendation for a sweet standalone with a tied up happily ever after. Plus we get a promising set up for the next story in the series. 
Check it out and let me know how you like it! 


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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras
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