Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#NewRelease #Review THE QUEEN by Skye Warren @GiveMeBooksBlog @skye_warren






Title: The Queen
Series: The Masterpiece Duet #2
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017



Blurb

I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood's dark walls. For a breathless moment, it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I've always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city's throne.







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It's over but I don't want to let go of Damien and Penny this has been a fantastic series. 
Damien is the king of Tanglewood the master of all he surveys all except Penny that is. She doesn't know it but the reader quickly realises the hold and power that Penny has over him, we see Damien in a new light the more the story progresses. 
I don't think I've ever wanted a book couple to have sex as much as I wanted these two to get it on. However this one has a different feel to it so the lack of sex fits perfectly. The characters are playing a big game of cat and mouse not just Damien and Penny but also with Johnathan. All the gang are back but whether they can work together is open for debate.
I'm sorry that this series is over but I can't wait to see what the author thinks up next.




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Excerpt

I flinch, glad he can’t see me across two thousand miles. Even working in the kitchens most nights only covers my food, my textbooks. Not the tuition bill. “You’re the one who wanted him to work for you. You’re the one who made him the stake in our last game.”

“And you’re the one who lost,” he says lightly.

“Do you know where he is?”

“Of course. Like you said, he works for me. I would be a careless employer if I let my men go wandering off, gambling and racking up debt and questioning their loyalty to me.”

A shiver runs through me. “Then where is he?”

“He’s a grown-up, Penny. Like you are now. He’s responsible for himself. You only need to worry about your studies. I’m sure Algebraic Topology is taking up plenty of your focus.”

It’s one of my courses this semester. How does he know that?

“Stop playing with me.”

“Why should I?” he says with a soft laugh. “It’s so much fun.”

Frustration stings my eyes, hot and damp. I look up at the wide-open sky, willing myself not to cry. There are a million stars visible here, most of the land owned by Smith College or one of the other campuses. So much land, so much pride. There aren’t buildings climbing on top of other buildings, as if they might sink into the concrete ground if they don’t. There aren’t glass towers reaching to an endless black sky.

“I’m never coming back,” I say abruptly.

His laugh falls silent. “I know.”

“I hate it there. I hate Tanglewood and being powerless. And most of all I hate you.”

The last part is a lie, because I don’t hate him. I’m drawn to him; I’m repelled by him. It’s far too complex a relationship, an equation I’ve never been able to write. It makes me wonder if I’m lying about the other parts—if maybe some twisted part of me misses home.

If some twisted part of me misses being powerless, too.

“Ah, Penny,” he says, sounding infinitely weary. “I hate you too.”

The words shock me, but the hurt inside shocks me more. He shouldn’t be able to wound me. Three years away from home, growing up, growing strong. It should have been enough armor to protect against anything he could say to me. But the arrow sinks deep, proving that I’ll never be able to escape him.

“What did I do to you?” I ask, quiet, in a voice like I’m six years old again. Like I’m speaking to the wild boy I found by the lake, one I lured into my trailer like a wolf.

He answers the same way, a surly teenage boy, fierce and vulnerable at once. “You made me care. You made me want, when I needed to leave. You made me feel, when I would have preferred to die. You brought me back to life.”

And I condemned him to torture. That’s what happened when he sacrificed himself so that I could stay safe. Two children with so few choices. “I’m sorry,” I whisper.

“Don’t worry. I got my revenge, after all.”

My blood runs cold, almost subzero at the words. There’s only one person left in my sad little family. One person he could hurt. “Did you hurt him?”

“By giving him a job when he couldn’t hold one down? By paying him enough that his daughter could escape the city, could go to a fancy college instead of becoming a corner-store whore? Yes, I’ve been horrible to him. A monster.”

“Then why isn’t he answering his phone?”

In the pause I can picture him in a three-piece suit, reclining in one of his ridiculously expensive leather chairs. Some amber liquid in a crystal-cut glass. “Don’t come back,” he says, his voice grim. “You made it out of here. Let that be enough.”

A soft click ends the connection, leaving me bereft.

And more worried than before.


Something is happening in Tanglewood, something bad enough for my father not to call, something horrible enough that even Damon Scott has warned me away. I look up at the infinite stars, but they’re dimmer than before. The whole world muted. It wasn’t a new life that I found so far from home. It was a long dream, and now I’m painfully awake.




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 Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



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#NewRelease #Review FOUNDATIONS by Ivy Smoak @IvySmoakAuthor


Foundation is now live!

It's finally time to find out if Penny and James have a boy or a girl!

And time to get into James' head - several chapters are from James' perspective! If you fell in love with James and Penny, you will not want to miss this installment. Get ready for an emotional roller coaster. This is what readers are saying:

 

BLURB

Penny and James defied the odds. A professor and his student were never supposed to become husband and wife, let alone a father and a mother. The couple created a foundation in NYC that is held together with love, family, and friends. A foundation that they believed was impenetrable. 

But what happens when the life they know is threatened? If a struggle that should bring them closer together begins to tear them apart? All it takes is - One. Single. Slip. Foundations crumble. Will Penny and James continue to defy the odds?





WOW!! Just WOW!! 

I absolutely love this couple, Penny and James, and the trials and tribulations that they seem to always find themselves in. This story was like a slow moving storm, - not so slowly that the story didn't have me hooked - I could just see something was coming, and it wasn't going to be good. 
I knew that the shiz was going to hit the fan, but what actually happened caught me off guard! Totally! I'm left with shock, suspicion, and anxiety. All the feels. The next book can't come fast enough! 

Ms. Ivy really put me through the wringer in this book! I cannot wait for the next one! 

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There are some men who make you helpless.
You know the kind. They steal the breath from your lungs and make your heart beat a little faster with a single look. You can’t stop staring, but the moment they pin those gorgeous eyes on you, you’re done for.
The kind that’s too hard to resist.
This is a collection of men just like that. 
Handsome, confident and all for you.

These are the other authors involved with this collection, M. Never, L.J. Shen, K. Webster, Jade West, Isabella Starling, A. Zavarelli and K.L Kreig. 

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Drawn to Him website 
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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮
4.5 stars
Watch out or 9 months after reading this you might be naming your new bundle after one of these authors!!!!

Infatuation by Willow Winters
It wouldn't be Willow Winters without intrigue, questions, and an alpha with a past. I think she has the formula for guaranteed drool factor. Lust first, questions later, right? Instant infatuation...
I still have so many questions! Ahhh! Not only will you be drawn to him but without him...you feel adrift.

The Billionaire’s Beginning by M. Never
Talk about alpha...yummy! M. never knows all about the take charge alphas. Sigh, whether it's one or two, she makes you hopelessly star struck. Ty Winters is no exception. Hot billionaire and he won't take no for an answer...Yeah, just enjoy that thought. 
But has he met his match? 
Sexy, sweet and a lot of fun to read of course, it's only the beginning. (See that...beginning. Billionaire's Beginning...dang, tough crowd.)

Doctor Dreamy by L.J. Shen
Doctor Dreamy or Doctor Steamy....Hot damn. I feel like this doctor should come with a warning label. May cause spontaneous panty melting, hot flashes, and uncomfortable wetness. Yeah, I went there. You will too!!!

Malfeasance By K Webster
Hot and dreamy widower who fights for justice. Is the model parent and loves with his whole being. Looking to avoid being harassed by his best friends goes to a bar...
It sounds like a personal ad and if I weren't married and he weren't fictional, I would have applied. However, it seems Judge is going to be busy...very busy. 
It hella hot and all sorts of naughty. 
I also hear that Crybaby (available on K Webster's website) is Sophia's story. Snagged it myself just now.

Fifth Avenue Blues by Jade West
Where to start with the ultimate one who got away!?! Seriously hot model and the nerd that was once...
Jade West does dirty domineering men in a delicious way. Filthy talking, hair pulling hotness just oozes out of this story. 

Datenight by Isabella Starling
Talk about an eye opening start! Wow! As a newbie for Ms. Starling's work, I was very deer in headlights. It might just be this story but whoa! Once you get over the shock, you will be just as drawn to him as I was. Filthy minded, dirty talking...everything a naughty dirty little doll could hope for.

Bad Cop by A. Zavarelli
Studly veteran turned cop gets all the ladies a twitter. Young, old, single or not...they all seem to be interested in the Sheriff. Then there's her...
Bad blood makes for an interesting reunion.

One Night by K.L. Kreig
One night you will never forget. One man to compare them all to. One heartbreak. One coincidence. One shock that leads to everything. 
The sexy stranger. The new boss. Tension that's off the charts with attraction so hot that it bursts thermometers, One Needs get will rock your socks off.
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Infatuation by Willow Winters
I really enjoyed this story it's part love story part mystery part mysticism. Lila is a reporter who has been sent to interview Alec a secretive rich man who rules over an island. Lila doesn’t understand why but she is drawn to both him and the island, but will she stay or leave as planned. I'm hoping Willow is going to make this a full length novel because I need to more about the characters and the island.

Malfeasance by K Webster
If you like a story with an older man then you'll love The Judge he's everything I love with this genre. He meets Dorian when out with a friend, he's a widower with no interest in moving on but something about the younger woman calls to him. The sex is hot and steamy in this story that has an undercurrent of danger. Another great sexy short story. 

One Night by K.L. Kreig
Saine is lead singer in a band who plays in her brothers club, he's recent got a new business partner and when the two meet sparks fly. Bennett is fascinated by Saine, everything about her appeals to him, her looks, her voice and her smart mouth when she's arguing with him. Saine can't stand him but you can feel the attraction between them with every stolen look. Good story with a fabulous strong minded woman and a stubborn man. 
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This collection was absolutely perfect. I could not put it down for a single second. Each story is different, but circles around one specific theme. Undeniable connections, and being drawn to one person the characters should, or shouldn't, be drawn to. The stories are real, relatable, and so, so hot! I highly recommend this collection to all romance lovers that want something that grabs you and makes you fall in love with complex characters over and over again. Buy this Book! Read this book! I took the time to provide a review for each story written within. There are no spoilers. I have the title and author listed before each one, so if you just want to read about specific authors you can, but I suggest reading about them all. Every story was unbelievably fantastic. You don't have to read on, but I really hope you do! 

INFATUATION: Willow Winters  
This story was intense from the very beginning. Alec is brutally straightforward about the way he feels, and Lila is reluctant, but she can't deny the pull she feels. But she's leaving soon. Can she guard her heart, and let her body take control? This story has a "When in Rome" type of feel. I loved how, for the most part, I didn't know what was coming next. The twist at the end completely blew me away! This was my first read by this author, and I am excited to not make it my last. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

THE BILLIONAIRE'S BEGINNING: M. Never 
I liked Ty and Simone. He was cocky and spoiled, and she was damaged, insecure, and scared. They were both stubborn but one proves to be more stubborn than the other. Two rival families that used to be a team, three friends that hold nothing back, and a couple that shouldn't want each as much as they do. I wasn't sure about this story in the beginning, because billionaire stories are not reply my thing, but the author ultimately won me over with a story that sucks you in, and imagery that really paints a picture. This was another new author for me, and I will probably read more from them in the future. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DOCTOR DREAMY: LJ Shen 
HoLY HoTnESS! This story was intense and uncomfortably hot In all the right ways. Rhys and Savvy have undeniable and explosive chemistry. Every moment they face off is a moment where you swoon and almost faint from how perfect they are together. They were definitely drawn to each other. I wanted to live inside this story! LJ Shen is one hundred percent a part of my top five indie authors. She manages to make complete @$$HOLES completely irresistible and and loveable. Her book guys will ruin you for all other men...Real and imaginary. I loved this Tory so effing hard....OMG! I wish this story never ended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

MALFEASANCE: K Webster 
When I think of the sexiest type of man, a judge is surprisingly not even close to the list of professions I would pick from. That is, until I found Judge Max Rowe. Geez! This older gentleman can cause a girl to swoon. Max and Dorian are absolutely adorable. She's a lost princess, and he's her knight in shining armor! Obstacles that that threaten to tear them apart don't even stand a chance.this couple are unstoppable together, and their connection is just what they both needed. K Webster is another top five favorite author for me. Her stories are always unique, and they always open your eyes to experiences, and things, you never thought to see before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FIFTH AVENUE BLUES: Jade West 
This was probably the kinkiest story I have ever read. I'm pretty open minded, but even I got a little squeamish in places. That being said, the kinkiest was not what this story was about. This is a story of misunderstanding, and insecurity. Boy feels too dumb for girl, and girl feels not hot enough for boy, but they both feel the undeniable pull towards each other. Kyle and Emily need each other to overcome personal struggles that they each have. They are each other's healing balm, but can they convince themselves, and each other it's worth it? This story has probably the most satisfying happily ever after so far in this collection. Every girl, and even every guy, wants to feel good enough to snag someone they view as out of their league. This story makes that hope a reality. I was greatly satisfied by how this story ended up. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DATE NIGHT: Isabella Starling 
Twisted, intense, erotic, shameless, and so, so hot! This story has it all. Flynn and Cleo's relationship is not one, that I can honestly say, that I've heard of before. They find each other through a very unconventional and unique craving. Deceipt and insecurity, fear and catty wenches. This story was dark with tiny hints of light poking through. I loved Flynn and Cleo's unavoidable dynamic that draws them together. Their needs are what pulls them together. Their happy ending felt very well deserved, and perfect. This is another new to me author. I promise you all, it will not be my last. I am already warming up my twitchy stalker fingers, to charge forward, and hunt down all the other books this author has written. And, I loved this story so much that I don't even care how awkward, suggestive, or downright weird that last statement sounded. This was a great story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BAD COP: A Zavarelli 
Wait....I want more!! Justice and Ginger didn't even stand a chance. Even all the bad blood between them, and apart full of lies couldn't drive these two apart. Being from a small southern town, I could relate to all the small town politics that surrounded the characters in this story. This is a story about finding your place, and overcoming established perceptions. Nothing is never what it seems. I was constantly guessing, and always surprised by this couple and the way their story progressed. This is my first story by A. Zavarelli, and again, it won't be my last. It's always exciting when you find new talented authors that tell fantastic stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ONE NIGHT: KL Kreig 
Bennett and Saine are probably my favorite couple in this entire collection. I loved the love at first sight, but almost hate to lovers dynamic of this story. I loved the buttons being pushed, the twists and turns, and the background tidbits that tie everything all together in a neat little bow. The analogies used in the story were unique, and the story was refreshing. I want more! Bennett was everything, and Saine was everything I would want to be. I hadn't read anything by this author before, but soon I will be reading everything by her! This story was amazing in all the right and most perfect ways. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Reviewed by #TheUnratedBookshelf & Sweet Spot Sisterhood
Excerpt from Infatuation by Willow Winters

“You’re very handsome, Mr. Kulls.” I finally give in to a bit of my desire, and pick up the glass of wine, holding on to it for support in this decision.
His grin widens and he leans forward just slightly to say, “Alec, Lila. My name is Alec to you.” He pauses for a moment, then flashes me a smirk and adds, “Unless of course you’d like to scream 'Mr. Kulls' in bed?”
My face heats instantly as he rises from his seat to attend to the beeping oven and he's quick to say, “I do believe Alec may be easier.”
The sweet wine touches my lips and the taste is delicious, but I can’t think of anything other than this man on top of me, making me scream as he thrusts inside of me repeatedly.
“I think you’ve maybe thought a little too far ahead, Mr.- Alec,” I’m quick to correct myself. I watch as he works in the oven, turning the chicken breasts and then setting the tongs back down on the counter before coming back to his seat.


“Mmm, that could be,” he says picking up his glass, but not sitting. I cross my ankles and turn in my seat to face him.
“This isn’t very professional,” I tell him with a serious look, or at least the most serious I can manage. He shrugs his shoulders and then takes a sip from his glass.
“Do you want it to be?” he asks and then adds, “That’s fine if you do. I understand the attraction may only be on my end.”
My heart thumps hard in my chest. I don’t think this man knows how to be subtle. He’s honest and to the point. But I admire that.
“It’s definitely not just one-sided,” I admit, and then bite my tongue. I'm thinking I should add that this is dangerous for me. I could lose my job. More than that though, this man could crush me. I’ve never had a one-night stand because I know I don’t really do casual. I’ve been wined and dined and then thrown away before. It hurts too much.
I don’t recover easily, and I prefer to avoid relationships. But it’s been so long since I’ve been touched.


Alec’s deep voice rumbles, “That’s good to know.” I don’t think a man has ever looked at me with the same level of desire. It’s tempting and frightening all the same.
“So, tomorrow?” he asks me, and my brow furrows with confusion.
“Tomorrow?” I repeat.
He smiles at me, and the smell of his cologne, or maybe his natural scent hits me with a powerful force that makes me lean in closer to him.
“Would you like to go out with me tomorrow?” he asks.
His gray eyes swirl with a mixture of desire and something else--a desperate need. I nod my head slowly and say, “I’d love to.” 

Monday, September 18, 2017

[Cover Reveal] SCANDALOUS by LJ Shen @lj_shen @jennw23

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is coming September 29th!

Scandalous
by 
LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

#CoverReveal #TBR #ComingSoon SOLACE by S.L. Scott @slscottauthor



Title: Solace
Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2017



Synopsis

He puts the Bad in bad boy.

She puts the Sweet in sweetheart.

When a hired gun burns out from the life he’s been living, he returns to the small country town where rumors run rampant and everyone goes to church on Sunday.

With sins and secrets trailing Jason Koster home, he is searching for redemption in hopes of living a life less complicated. He didn’t expect to find the only girl he ever loved now a recently single woman running her family farm.

Delilah Noelle never needed much, but she wanted Jason Koster—one-time love of her life. When misunderstandings tear the former beauty queen and quarterback apart, can a second chance heal their broken hearts?

Will the years and circumstances that have passed be too much to bridge the distance to a future together?


Solace is a heartwarming small-town romance with plenty of action and swoons that will have this hometown hero vying for the affections of his high school sweetheart.



Cover Photography: Lindee Robinson Photography
Models: Alexis Susalla and AC Parker
Front Cover Design: Okay Creations



 


ABOUT S.L. SCOTT
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.

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