Thursday, December 14, 2017

[New Release * Reviews] LOVE, LYRICS & LIES by LM Carr @LM_Carr @forewordpr @PinkInkDesigns

Cover Design: Cassy Roop @ Pink Ink Designs

Release Date: December 14, 2017

Living modestly in a quiet suburb with her grandmother, Caterina Ryan vows to have no connection with her former life in the spotlight. The door to her past has been locked and the key thrown away. When a home renovation project brings the irresistibly charming and gorgeous Mateo Cruz into her life, she finds herself drawn back to a dark place. A place where dreams were shattered and hearts betrayed. Encouraged to accept a “once in a lifetime” opportunity in the music industry, Mateo seeks to make a name for himself while remaining true to the woman he loves. Their shared love of music brings them closer than ever, but will the temptations of fame and fortune threaten to tear them apart?   
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Love, Lyrics & Lies is full. Full of love. With a great family (however small) and an amazing friend, love flows. And then there's the gorgeous guy from the truck... It's full of lyrics. Some heartfelt. Others are profound. But what takes the cake is the amount of life changing lies!
So many lies. Too many to wade through. Love is beautiful. Cracks in the new relationship were bound to happen. It's just that the lies...ripped open and gaping chest wound of hurt.

Hurt and in pain aren't generally a promoter for a forgiving situation. Lines are crossed. Tempers flair. In the end, it will all come out!!!
Cat will need to figure out just what she is willing to sacrifice and exactly what she will fight for.

3.5 Stars
Books with hot magicians there really is nothing I like better and throw in a promising storyline and I’m happy unfortunately for me parts of the story fell flat. 

Caterina has moved home to look after her Gram who’s been diagnosed with Dementia. This part of the story was written sensitively and in my experience was very true to life. Cat and Mateo meet when her gram tries to set her up with one of her builders. 
Cat is haunted by her past dealings in the music industry. I would have liked more to be made of this aspect of the story there wasn’t enough detail. 
Mateo’s character seemed to be split in two parts, the strong guy Cat meets and the idiot he turns into when offered his chance in the limelight. The situations he puts himself in, I just couldn’t believe he could be that naive he frustrated me beyond belief. Then there was the situation with her dad it was resolved too quickly for me again light on the detail. 

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L.M. Carr, author of the Giving Trilogy, the Stones Duet, and two sexy stand-alone novels, is a wife, a mom, an educator, a reader and a writer who lives in central Connecticut with her family. When she’s not sitting at her computer writing, she loves to get lost in a good book or spend time with family and friends. After self-publishing the trilogy in 2015, a suspenseful romance tale about Mia Delaney and the sexy, arrogant single father Adam Lawson, L.M. penned the Stones Duet in 2016. This spin-off from the trilogy chronicles the story of Army veteran Shane Davis. Left jaded and cynical after his time in the military, Shane moves to Boston and meets a girl who changes his perception on the world around him. In February 2017, From A Distance was released. An intricate and sexy romance about a motorcycle drag racer and his quest to hide secrets from a woman while the truth unravels before his eyes. Love Lyrics and Lies, an emotional and angst-filled romance about two people who share a love of music but struggle to balance fame and fortune while maintaining a relationship, will release in December 2017. Looking to expand beyond Contemporary Romance, L.M. is working on a new romantic comedy. L.M. Carr is a lover of "Happily Ever Afters" because the world is filled with enough sadness. Reading is an escape in which anything is possible. But like in reality, stories sometimes take you on a journey through Hell before you can reach Heaven. 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#Tour #Boost #Reviews #Giveaway THE SOUNDS OF SECRETS by Whitney Barbetti @GiveMeBooksBlog @barbetti

Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2017


I've been in love with him forever.

But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that some secrets may be too big to overcome.


The Sound of Secrets is starring friends from the authors previous novel, The Weight of Life. Lotte and Sam who were strong secondary characters take the lead in The Sounds of Secrets. (Be on the look out for other friends.)

The Sounds of Secrets is a chance to grow. A chance to move on and yet...Lotte learns a lot about herself on this trip. Sam learns some interesting things as well. 

The sounds of their secrets pressing in on them all around. What would it be like to be free of the chains those secrets bind them in? 

Guess you should read it and find out. 

The Sounds has an intense vibe but didn't bring the same feels as the authors previous book. I didn't even need tissues. But it is still a compelling tale. 

reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood

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I really wanted to like this book after reading the synopsis it seemed like my kind of book but it just didn’t do it for me.

Lotte and Sam are flawed characters that I really wanted to delve into but they just ended up annoying the heck out of me. All the internal musings and back and forth just made the story drag for me. I kept waiting for one big thing to happen and despite the two possible chances of this they weren’t explored enough for me. 

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

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I was going to throw up from the nerves.
No, I told myself. No throwing up. Not when you’re expecting Sam to come into your room any second.
But the feeling was so strong. I popped a mint from my bedside table in my mouth, rolled it around my tongue a few times, but the urge was still there.
Oh, shit. Was this a mistake? Was inviting Sam into my room a big fat problem? I was leaving for America tomorrow.
The printed itinerary, neatly stacked on my chest of drawers laughed at me. What was I going to do? I couldn’t let Sam come up here.
My hands fisted in my hair as I berated myself for telling him to come. What was I thinking? I wasn’t some sexual nymph, skilled in the way Sam surely was. I wasn’t a virgin, but I hadn’t actually messed around with a bunch of guys.
I didn’t know what to do. 
I walked to the door, pressed my palm flat to it. I’d lock it. Then he couldn’t come in. He’d walk away, and we’d forget this ever happened.
Look how well that happened the last time you kissed him, my memory taunted me. Three years later, and you’re still wondering ‘what if.’
There was no reasonable escape from this situation. And, if there was, there was no escape that would make me not obsess over the ‘what if.’
It’d be okay, I told myself. Of course it would. Sex was nothing, right?
But I didn’t even believe my own thoughts. My nerves battled with my own desire. I couldn’t process a single thing.
I ran my fingers over my eyebrows or, what was left of them that wasn’t colored in, at least. I’d pulled so many out in the days leading up to the trip, needing some control over this impending trip.
I trailed my fingers to the sides of my face, tugging on my earlobes to ground me, and then, in tandem, I pulled out a hair with each hand. The immediate relief was nearly as intoxicating as the alcohol I’d consume in how it numbed my fears.
It would be okay.
I took in a cleansing breath, looking around my room for anything potentially embarrassing.
The blinds were open, so I closed them, leaving my room in soft, muted grays aside from the yellow lamp that lit up my dressing table.
My hand was on the back of the lamp to turn it off when my door creaked open.
Sam stood in the threshold, nearly taking up the entire space.
I switched the light off.
It was only a few loud heartbeats before he said, “Turn it back on.”
I hesitated.
I couldn’t see him, but I heard the creak on the floor by the door. “Turn it on, Lotte.”
Swallowing hard, I did.
The room was illuminated again in soft light, casting shadows into the angles of Sam’s face—making him look exactly as he was: dangerous.

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I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#Tour #Boost #Reviews SCARRED by Willow Winters @GiveMeBooksBlog @willowwintersbb

Title: Scarred
A #sinsandsecrets Series Novel
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 5, 2017


She made me a better man, but I still wasn’t good enough to keep her.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, with sleeve tattoos, ripped muscle and a cold-hearted stare, I am who I am.  The bad boy she knew to stay away from.
I knew we were never supposed to last.  But the way her lips tasted, the way her curves felt under my hands…  I couldn’t let go. I did everything I could to keep her.
I put on a ring on her finger and straightened out my life.  All for her.
I should’ve known better.
One mistake tore us apart and I don’t know what I can do to salvage what we once had.
I knew it wasn’t supposed to last, but if I could make her stay with me once...  I can do it again.
Watch me. I love my sweetheart; I’m not losing her again.

After the ending of Damaged left me with so many questions I couldn’t wait to get started with this book. 

So we know that Kat and Evan’s marriage is in serious trouble but what had he done to put such strain on their relationship. 

Evan although with the best of intentions completely alienated his wife at times so much so that I wanted to slap him silly at times. I really wanted Kat to show more of a backbone at times and not give into him so easily.

This was a story that kept me engaged throughout, it kept me guessing trying to negotiate my way through the clues and red herrings. It’s been quite a ride over the space of the two books.

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

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The haunting poetry in these books makes it so hard not to become emotionally invested. (I totally was.)

Evan and Kat break before our very eyes and all we can do is hold on. Hold on to hope, hold on to love, and hold on to our hopelessly romantic hearts. It isn't easy.

So many things happen that will lead you astray. You will fight it. You will justify it. You will deny. But in the end, you will be content. Evan and Kat need this. Whether it's make or break, they need this time.

It hurts. Their hearts, my heart, and according to Willow Winters, her heart too. "You're the reason my heart is scarred." Powerful words that evoke so many different emotions. This book is almost like a room of fun house mirrors. Not in a weird and creepy way, but in the sense that there are so many ways of looking at something and never quite seeing it all. So many ways to feel a certain line out of context but in context it evokes a more substantial feeling. I'm not sure you are still reading this because most people think I am cuckoo but sometimes a book's "feels" speak to us more than the words.

As a reader, we judge books. We decide how we feel about them. But when books make us their puppets...those are my favorites. I love when the book leads you around and makes you follow their directions. Willow Winters is definitely my puppet master today.

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Damn me for what I’ve done,
Hate me for the lie.
Let the web weave and thread,
But don’t let what we have die.

I know it in my blood,
She’s mine to keep and hold.
I’ll stop fighting only once,
When I’m dead and cold.

The piles of dirt are getting larger. The metal shovels pierce the frozen soil. The sound cuts through my bones, one and then another and another.
It’s been constant as I stand here, helpless. I’ve never been colder, the wind and bitter snow beseiging my body, but I still don’t move.
I can’t take my eyes from the two graves.
The shovels spill the dirt, the piles mounting as my eyes drift to the tombstones.
The first my father, a man who died before his time. A death of tragedy.
And then to my wife’s. My love’s. Gone before her time. No one believes me. He put her there. James killed her.
My eyes pop open wide when I hear Kat whisper, “It’s all your fault.”

I wake up breathless, my heart pounding and I swear I can feel Kat’s hot breath on my neck even though I’m alone. My eyes dart around the room as I slowly lift my body into a sitting position on the bed.
Just a terror. The same as last night.
I’m quick to grab the video monitor for the security system from the nightstand and flick the button on to bring it to life. I had it installed after the break-in.
It’s only when I see Kat in our bed, that my heart starts to calm, and my heated skin seems to succumb to the chill of reality.
She’s okay.
I close my eyes and when I open them, it’s an image of her rolling over in bed. To my side. My fingers brush the glass where she is. I’ll be there soon. I’ll be with her and it’ll all be over. I won’t let her down.

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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

#Tour #Reviews BEHIND THE BARS by Brittainy C. Cherry @BrittainyCherry @jennw23


Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

Behind the Bars Wrap

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops. 

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen. 

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness. 

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find. 

And in a flash, she was gone. 

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated. 


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her. 

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again. 

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops. 

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

How often do we start a book and say "just a few pages before bed"? When was the last time you forgot to stop reading and go to bed?

Tonight, technically it's morning now. Last night. Last night, I started Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry. Now hours later and not even a potty break to slow me down, I am wrecked. I am completely and totally strung out in all the best ways. Ms. Cherry is one of those authors that must contemplate maximum damage. I swear she sits in her office chair (it looks surprisingly like the bad guy from the cartoon version of Inspector Gadget) stroking a cat, contemplating the worst was to destroy a person from the inside. I say this in a loving way because I'm a tad bitter.

You see,...insert your name..., I know the author can write. I know that she makes the pages emote. I know that Ms. Cherry can actually make the screen of your Kindle or Nook, your paperback, or an audio book bleed heartache, agony, and despair. I felt the effects with her other books. I honestly am not sure which killed me more Behind the Bars or The Air He Breathes. It's not even close to the same story but the way it twisted me up inside...I am no longer sure Tristan is alone as my favorite character. I'm pretty sure a gangly teenage boy stole my heart on a street corner years after I thought Tristan had stolen sole ownership. 

As a tragic hero, Eli takes the cake. Or is the phrase "he's the frosting on the cake?" One small, bullied boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders saw something in the eyes of the pretty popular girl. One connection. Just one connection and everything was...different. 

There's so much I want to say! Let me start by saying some of the most gut wrenching heartbreaking quotes are my favorite. While other simple ones caused me to break down. Behind the Bars had me going from perky excited healthy person to a mouth breathing, nostrils that were clogged from crying too much, too hard. I had multiple lumps in my throat and had to fight my sobs on more than one occasion. It is BEAUTIFUL. 


Behind the Bars has many meanings in the book and each one is deep and might bring up a fresh batch of tears. But don't let my waterworks try and talk you out of this epic read. Mouth breathing, eye squinting, and nervously reading as fast as my brain could process, I devoured this book. 

You will swoon. You will despair. You will learn some truths...Behind the Bars. The profound title still has my girly self in a tizzy. 

Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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As soon as I started reading I knew this book was going to be an emotional rollercoaster. This was a story I savoured and took my time with it really is that good. 

Of the two main characters Elliott and Jasmine I’m really not sure who I liked the most. When we first met them it took me back to my school days. I’m sure I’m not the only person who will be able to relate to the socially awkward and shy Elliott. The saying ‘old soul in a young body’ fits him perfectly, when we see him come alive through his music it is truly beautiful. 

Jasmine is a young woman who looks like she has it all but underneath her pain is like a festering wound. Struggling under the weight of a parents ambition, Jasmine is a people pleaser who only wants to be loved. 

This story is written beautifully, the way the author pulls you in by her words is breathtaking. Several times I walked away because I was there feeling every harsh word, feeling every conflicting emotion and feeling the gentle stirrings of first love. I’ve read books where the characters are described as soul mates and not felt it but this book these characters truly are the only one for each other. 

This is one of my favourite books this year and as an introduction to a new to me author it couldn’t have been better.

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked. “I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly. “What? How? Why?” He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.” “What was it?” “It doesn’t matter.” “Eli,” I started. He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.” I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth. Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.” I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.” “I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.” He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him. And there it was. So small, so tiny, so real. Love. It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it. I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to. I knew Elliott Adams was love. And I was falling into him so fast.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

#Tour #Review BOTTOM LINE by Chelsea Camaron @EJBookPromos @ChelseaCamaron

Title: Bottom Line
Series: Devil's Due MC #6
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2017

Beaten at the hands of his peers, he knows judgment. The domino effect of one person's crime going unpunished never heals. 

He's no saint. 
Mitchell "Trapper" Gates fears nothing. He begs for death and relishes life on the edge. 
He's also not afraid to call himself a sinner. 
Trapper knows what it is to be violated and what it feels like to deliver a death blow. He knows love and he knows pain. 
However, one person knows his every secret. 
When Avery has waited long enough, can Trapper see beyond their past and into their future? Or is he too late?
Love, hate, anger, and passion collide as the time comes and the devil demands his due.

5 of 5 stars

I’m going to respect the author's request and keep this spoiler free so it will be short and vague.

I’ve really enjoyed this series from the conflict and pain to the loving and healing but this book was EPIC just fantastic.

I’ve been waiting for Trapper’s story, I fell headlong in love with him. His past has made him tough and uncompromising and the reader gets a front row seat to his pain.

Sit back and buckle up for one last emotional ride with this crazy gang of nomads.

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

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Twinsie Talks - "I have WAITED and WAITED for this book. OMG the secrets that are spilled. The story of Trapper and Avery is something I never saw coming."
Spunky-n-Sassy - "Never ever have I read a book this perfect."

Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.