Tuesday, May 7, 2019

#Tour #NewRelease #Reviews PRETTY RECKLESS by L.J. Shen @jennw23 @lj_shen

Pretty Reckless, an all-new standalone high school, bully romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

We were supposed to be best friends

But turned out to be worst enemies…


They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.

I took her first kiss.

She took the only thing I loved.

I was poor.

She was rich.

The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.

Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.

Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.

Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.

There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.

Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.


Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.

But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.

The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.

In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.

Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.

Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.

His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.

Now? Now he is making me pay.


What can I say? LJ Shen never disappoints in her mastery of writing assholes and heartbreak. This story was an intricately spun web of misconceptions, spite, heavy angst and regrets. Just when you think a character can’t possibly dig themselves any deeper it just gets worse lol. 
The character chemistry was amazing in each relationship. 
The push and pull of our hero and heroine were everything I love and more. Hate and avoidance on the surface, but so much more deep down, which left them at odds within themselves. 
The mother-daughter relationship was so real and antagonistic that it was a tangible thing. Talk about a lash-out teen and a clueless mother! 
It would seem our fearsome and untouchable heroine is hit from all directions but will it take to truly break her down? How much can she endure? 

Highly recommend! 

* * *

Reckless in life, love, and happiness

I don't know whether I'm pissed at L.J. Shen or in love with her mind. I know I'm angry. I'm irrationally pissed that my Hotholes and their magic spouses aren't the perfect people I've made them out to be. Their "human-ness" causes me to lash out at the author. 

Daria is a hot f@cking mess. No way to hide that big bombshell. She is. She doesn't even know how to deal with it. I blame some one else and yet I want to shake the ever loving shit out of Daria. Anyone who has ever felt over looked by family can 100% empathize with the "spoiled princess" even if you are dirt poor. The intensity and emotional upheaval of this book still has me reeling. 

I want to simultaneously slap and hug everyone in this mess. But most of all, I want my perfect little happy. I wasn't sure I was going to get what I wanted. I don't know if you will because this book is a book divided. There are a whole lot of sides and more problems than one person should have to face. 

Pretty Reckless is an epic start to what promises to be a no holds barred series. If we thought the Hotholes were the stuff of dreams (and nightmares), think again. The Totholes are going to make us beg, plead, and bend to their will for their affection. One book at a time!

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

* * *

I have read the book twice already and it doesn't lessen the impact of the words in this story. 

Like me you may have an impression of Daria in your head. Prepare yourselves because I can guarantee she is not what you are expecting at all. Penn is her perfect foil, the ying to her yang. In each other they see something the other needs and craves. 

It was easy for me to relate to Daria. Her feelings and the way she expresses them could have been the soundtrack to my youth. The author wrote it perfectly. She portrayed those feelings of worthlessness, of never being enough, of not measuring up perfectly. 

Jamie is the dad I knew he would be, protective and loving to the max. Melody conflicted me, I got it I understood her but for reasons all to do with me and not spoiling the story I can't tell you. I still love her Jamie and Melody though. 

The whole book blew me away. Everything I've come to expect from this author was there. The sizzling sexual tension, the angst, the love and hate was amplified to another level. 

As someone who had read all Shen's books I'm in awe of her talent. I hate to use the word growth but its true, you can see how with each book how her writing has evolved.

* * *

Download your copy today for the special release week price of ONLY $2.99 or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!



“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team.

“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.”

“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.”

When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.

“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”

Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before.

His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty.

We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.

Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense.

“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”

“Not if I ruin you first.”

About LJ Shen:

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 people's’ 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.

Connect with L.J. Shen:

Stay up to date with L.J. Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

Monday, May 6, 2019

#NewRelease #Reviews BOYFRIEND BARGAIN by Ilsa Madden-Mills @jennw23 @ilsamaddenmills

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! 


Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.

If only he knew she was alive. 

Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.

Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.

But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.

Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?


There's nothing better than losing yourself between the pages of a good romantic book. Ilsa is an author who never disappoints me and is an automatic one click for me. 

Zach is the star hockey player on campus he's one step away from the big time. Sugar is an aspiring law student who needs his hell to get into the college of her dreams. 

This story is about so much more than sports. It touches on some very real life issues. Zach may come across as the typical cocky sports star however as the story develops we learn who he really is. Sugar was a fun character to read she's a delightful mix of fun vulnerable and determined. 

I adored Sugar and Zach as a couple. They have insane chemistry and witty banter. What I liked the most was the very real believable friendship they built.

Another well-written book with characters I believed in and a storyline I loved.

* * *

Ilsa Madden-Mills teased me for months. She dropped the Mic and told us she was writing a new sports romance. She released some teasers and eventually a blurb. But she held back, she taunted and teased us. She made us shiver in anticipation for the cover reveal! Now I have this gorgeous specimen on my kindle...

I couldn't hold out. I couldn't put him aside. So I jumped right in and I don't regret one second of it! Boyfriend Bargain is sexy and intense. It was emotional charged and deep. It's also fun and flirty. With an incredible cast of characters that leave stars in our eyes and future stories waiting to be written. Everyone is sure to find someone or something they need in what I hope is the start of a new series!

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

* * *

Friday, May 3, 2019

#NewRelease #Boost #Reviews FLUFFY by Julia Kent @GiveMeBooksPR @jkentauthor

Title: Fluffy
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019


An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.
The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day.
The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
Oh, man…
And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with a naked star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.
My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true.

I absolutely adored this book. Mallory and Will's story was so much fun to read. Mallory had a crush on Will in high school but nothing ever happened. The way they are reunited again is absolutely hilarious, I was rolling on the floor laughing. This was a fun book to read with two engaging characters, Will is a sweetheart and Mallory a ball of fun energy. The banter between them made the book easy to read and the chemistry gave the reader some hot scenes to read.

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
* * *


Lol. I had a ridiculously entertaining time reading Fluffy. I managed to get kicked out of bed for laughing, shushed at the YMCA lobby for cackling like a crone, and then profusely questioned by my children for my inability to talk during a laughing fit.

To say that awkward, innocence doused with more innuendo than my teen years is entertaining would be an understatement! Julia Kent may not have harmed any chickens in this book but I advise not drinking while reading- choking is a legit hazard. 

Fluffy is without a doubt highly recommended. But if you have zero sense of humor, a fake valley girl accent, and more extensions than natural hair- this may not be the book for you! 

Wildly inappropriate situations and woefully misinterpreted words make Fluffy the genuinely heartwarming story about a woman who mistakenly became a Fluffer. Clearly, Craigslist should not be the main source of employment searches. 

This one that never was story is all about a second chance...or really unrequited crush from long ago. Or is it about the dream guy. The football star? So many ways to try and explain away the funniest book I've read this year!

Be careful what you wish for.
Never let your phone run out of battery.
Always listen to your friends...But only when they have good advice!
Don't take your reunion too seriously.
Always be you.

reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

* * *

Purchase Links


“I can't tonight. I have a date,” I blurt out, remembering David. The dating app. The asshole who isn't an asshole.

Yet. I haven't met him, so that judgment remains withheld.

“A date?” Will asks, intrigued.

“Yes. A date. You know, that thing where you go out with someone who has no intention of really getting to know you and you spend the entire time eating bread that doesn’t taste as good as your date claims and trying to decide whether to initiate rescue-text sequences with your mom.”

“That’s your idea of a date?”

“That is my actual experience of every date I’ve had since college.”

“You’re dating the wrong guys.” He holds my gaze for just a little too long. I look away.

“I have to keep fishing in the pond if I ever want to catch a different one.”

“If that’s the way you talk to your dates, I am beginning to understand why they all turn out so badly.”



“Don’t accuse me of being a bad date. I’m a great date! I Google the guy in advance and read his LinkedIn profile. I make sure I don’t wear super-tall heels in case he lied about his height on his dating profile. I pretend to care about all his hobbies and don’t reveal that I’m secretly tallying all the micro-aggressions he’s sending my way during appetizers and wine. And if he makes it to dessert, well–” I falter.

“You never make it to dessert, do you?” Will asks, eyebrows up. He drops them quickly, wincing.

“I–well–it’s not that I don’t. He doesn’t!”

“He ditches you?”

“No! No! It’s just that he always has a thing.”

“A thing?”

“A work emergency. Or a dog with a twisted bowel. Or a grandma in the ER.”

“How many guys used the twisted-canine-intestine thing?”

“Three.” I sit down and sag against his teenage desk, elbows sliding forward, fingers deep in my hair. “I looked it up. There’s an entire subreddit devoted to inventive ways to get out of a bad date.”

“And yet here you are.” He leans against the edge of his desk. “Trying again.”

“I’m a masochist.”

His eyes gleam. “Maybe you should start your dates with that line. ‘Hi. I’m Mallory Monahan. I’m a masochist.’ You’d definitely make it to dessert.”

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.

Author Links

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

#NewRelease #Reviews RELEASE by Lucia Franco @GiveMeBooksPR @lucia_franco_

Title: Release
Series: Off Balance #3
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Sports Romance/Forbidden Romance
Release Date: May 2, 2019


After Kova’s devastating betrayal, Adrianna must become her own champion and place her Olympic dream ahead of all else. In doing so, she ignores the warning signs as both the extreme training and unending heartbreak begin to take their toll.

There is no atoning for what Kova did. The vow he made cannot be undone. With boundaries set and lines clearly defined, Kova will now have to be the one to relinquish control in order to regain Adrianna’s trust.

Though the dynamics shift between coach and gymnast, nothing can prepare them for the agonizing truth that is to come. Fighting for a dream becomes only half the battle when Adrianna’s fate is sealed, leaving them both with their biggest challenge yet.

** Author note **

Much like a student-teacher novel, the Off Balance series is a highly forbidden romance story between a gymnast and a coach. If you find this genre of novels to be not to your liking in any way, shape, or form, this series is not for you.
This novel is purely fictional and does not reflect on real-life events. Gymnastics is a hands-on sport that involves many hours of close contact with an instructor. My main goal was to focus not only on the beauty of the sport in detail, but also what goes on behind closed doors and how working with a coach for nearly forty hours a week can evolve into something more. This story is meant to push you, to take you outside of your comfort zone. I hope you take the plunge with an open mind before making judgment.
The Off Balance series is intended only for readers 18 years of age and older. Reader discretion is advised.

Well worth the wait! Lucia continues to bring us another amazing book in the Off Balance series! If you love angst, heartache, and characters risking it all, then this book is for you! 

Adrianna continues to push herself through hell and back to get once step closer to the Olympic level in gymnastics. Her body is going through great physical and emotional stress with everything going on around her. How far will she push herself and at what risk? 

We finally learn some more backstory in regards to Kova. We learn more about his feelings and reasons for things he’s done. We learn that he is also struggling emotionally which I feel is very important to his character. 

I have to tell you, I’m super excited for the next book! I feel like their worlds are going to implode and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out. I can surmise what I think might happen and how characters will react but you just never know! Bring it, Lucia! 

* * *

It's Angst and a Forbidden Age Gap Romance mixed with Gymnastics in Lucia Franco's Release. It is the 3rd installment in her Off Balance Series. Lucia has a way with words. I read this book so fast it left me with the most amazing major book hangover. Whether you are Team Kova or Team Hayden it doesn't matter Release is a must read. 

Execution left Adrianna pissed at Kova because he neglected to mention a major development with his fiancĂ©e Katja. Honestly, I'd be pissed too, but anyway here we are back at World Cup with Adrianna training her ass off to accomplish her dreams of making it to the Olympics. As she gets closer to this goal she met with some unforeseen circumstances. This is where Franco gets you another cliffhanger. Well played Lucia, well played. 


reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

* * *

Purchase Links


Free in Kindle Unlimited

Also Available


Free in Kindle Unlimited


Free in Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

Author Links