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Release Blitz & Review ~ Every Promise You Made

Title: Every Promise You Made
Series: Redeeming Love Series
Author: J.E. Parker
Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: May 24, 2018

Red Hatter Book Blog – “Their story is one of the most powerful and emotional stories I have ever read.”

Sheridan – “I think their story will stay with me forever!”

Jenn the Readaholic – “This book was absolutely fantastic.”

Christine Jalili – “This book completely gutted me but also left me feeling like they had so much love.”

Two shattered lives. One final vow. 
 
Hope
 
Growing up, I had everything.
A loving big brother, a great family and a happy life.
But then it all changed. Now, my entire world is shattered.
The only thing that still makes sense is how I feel about Evan.
I love him more than anything, but it’s not enough anymore.
I’m tired of chasing after him. Tired of being held at arm’s length.
I can’t live like this any longer.
Walking away will destroy me.
Yet what other choice do I have?
 
Evan
 
Growing up, my best friend’s sister was always around.
I took care of her, I protected her. She was my friend too.
Then one night she became more. So much more.
But then all hell broke loose.
I screwed up. I became the reason for her pain.
My mistake ruined everything.
Afraid of destroying what we have left, I keep her at arm’s length.
Fed up with my distance, she’s ready to end it all.
That can’t happen.
It’s time to face facts… Hope is mine.





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J.E. Parker is an American romance author who was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina. A southern belle at heart, she’s addicted to sweet tea, Cheerwine, and peach cobbler.
Not only is J.E. married to the man of her dreams (albeit a total pain in the rear), she’s also the mother of a herd of sweet (sometimes), and angelic (only when they’re sleeping) children. Despite their occasional demonic behavior and bottomless stomachs, J.E. loves her little tribe more than words could ever express.
On the weekends, you can find her sitting on the couch, cheering on (or cursing) her favorite football team, stuffing her face with junk food, and guzzling a bottle of cheap red wine.
When she’s not busy making sure her husband doesn’t burn the house down or acting as a referee for her fighting children, J.E. enjoys reading, writing (obviously), and listening to a wide variety of music.

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Review

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Wow, this book is deep! So many emotions and feels.

Every Promise You Made is the story of Evan Morgan and Hope Petersen, who have known each other forever. Evan and Ryker, Hope’s brother, have been best friends since kindergarten. They were inseparable. Ryker and Hope are extremely close, and Hope is always around. She’s always felt very close to Evan, and has been in love with him since she was 4.

Evan has been in love with Hope forever as well, but feels like he can’t act on it. The night before he leaves for the Marines, he finally kisses Hope and tells her that she’s his forever. Evan and Ryker had for Iraq where tragedy strikes, and it breaks both Hope and Evan.

Fast forward three years. Hope is now a social worker helping victims of domestic violence in Georgia. Evan lives there too, with Hope. He’s a security guard at the shelter she works at. Hope tries and tries to get close to Evan, but he constantly pushes her away. Until she tells him she’s done trying, and he decides it’s time to man up.

So, I didn’t read the first two books in this series (and I’m honestly kind of glad, because it sounds like they were rough [about abuse]). Not having read them, I wasn’t familiar with all of the characters, though the author did a very good job of filling us in. My biggest complaint, for lack of a better word, is there are SO many characters that it was often hard to keep up.

With that being said, the characters in this book were really great. Grandmama is particular was a hoot. Shelby was great, and the guys were too. I liked the characters, even when I had a hard time remembering who they were!

Back to the main characters – Evan and Hope. Evan was a very broken man. He felt a lot of guilt over what happened in Iraq, and struggled to overcome it. His growth over the story felt real and organic. He sought counseling. He tried to be a better man for Hope. He was a total alpha too, which I loved.

Hope was one strong woman. She spent her time helping women who had been abused, and really didn’t realize the impact she’d had on their lives. She became part of a big, extended family who loved her like she was born into it. And she never gave up on Evan, loving the big guy to the moon and back.

The last 10% of this book – wow. I teared up so many times during the ending. It was so beautifully written and hit you right in the feels. I loved how it ended, and will absolutely read the next book – who I think will be about Evan’s twin brother, Brantley.

While there were tears in this book, there were also quite a few laughs. It’s rare for an author to hit all the emotions, but Ms. Parker did just that. This is a really, really good book and I would recommend it.

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ARC Review – Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

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Title: Lauren Layne
Author: Hot Asset
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Congratulations, Ms. Layne. I’ve just read the best ARC from Netgalley yet!!

Ian Bradley is a rich man thanks to his skills as stock broker. He learns that he’s been accused on insider trading due to selling some stock before it lost millions. Ian steadfastly professes his innocence to the SEC agent sent to investigate his case – Lara McKenzie – to whom he is immediately attracted.

Lara is dedicated to doing her job by the book and leading a clean and thorough investigation.  Her dream job is to work for the FBI’s White Collar division and both her parents are FBI agents.  She comes to the offices where Ian works to begin her investigation and is met with resistance. That’s to be expected. What is not expected is her intense attraction to Ian.

I loved Ian – he had a rough childhood, went from foster home to foster home and stayed close to his last foster father, Dave. He had a very loyal group of friends, Matt and Kennedy – whom I both hope get their own books – and a great assistant named Kate. I loved Ian’s friends – especially Matt – he was really funny.

Lara is a great character as well. She is determined to do a good job, and by the book. She does her investigation, and things then spiral out of control. She uncovers things, and the drama happens (as it does in every romance). What doesn’t happen in every romance is how well the drama is handled – and in this book, it was handled very well and in a very believable manner.

The ending of this book was very satisfying, and I’m really hoping for at least two more books! I would recommend this one.

 

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Defending Her Dignity by Jade Webb

Title: Defending Her Dignity
Series: Renegade Love Bodyguard Series
Author: Jade Webb
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Men have never taken me seriously. At 5’5” on a good day, they can’t help but look straight through me, or worse: right at my rack. So I prove them wrong. Usually with a swift kick to their golden jewels that sends them straight to the floor. That’s what they get for messing with a captain from the Israeli Defense Forces.
When my cousin offers me a gig for a bodyguard position with one of the richest families in the country, I jump at the opportunity. But when I meet the client, Lawrence Monroe… it doesn’t go so well.
So I tell him to go screw himself and as I stumble out of the room, I find Isabel, his adorable daughter getting her butt kicked in Wii boxing. I offer to teach her a few tricks and then suddenly Lawrence has a change of heart. That same day I move into his McMansion, into a bedroom the size of my entire apartment. Except there’s one problem: while I think I’m being hired as a bodyguard, he thinks he’s hiring a nanny. Yeah, annoying. But for the sake of his blue-eyed baby girl (and a sizable paycheck), I play along.
And while at first, I just pegged Lawrence as an over-protective father, I am beginning to get the feeling that Isabel and I are being watched. All my instincts tell me to follow my gut, but how can I trust myself when every time I am within a 10 foot radius of Lawrence, my body betrays me and I feel inexplicably attracted to this devoted single dad. There is something between us, lingering just beneath the surface. But he is American royalty and I am only here until this threat is neutralized.
After all, I can’t let myself fall for him. I need to focus on protecting his daughter and deciding what kind of life I want for myself. No, falling for a man like Lawrence Monroe would cost me too much. I have to defend my dignity.


I can hear the sincerity in his voice as easily as I can see it in his eyes. I turn away from him and look out the window, before he can see the truth in my eyes, of how much I want him, and how much that scares me.

When I turn my head to look back at him, suddenly, the back of this car feels even smaller. Is he closer? Or am I imagining it? Has all the air escaped, or is it just that being this close to Lawrence addles all my senses?
I don’t know what it would take for me to give myself to Lawrence, to give in to this temptation. But I know he would take a piece of my heart with him. It would be inevitable. The question now was, did I want to risk the heartache to have this one night with him? To be able to experience what it would feel like to have him inside of me, and have his chest pressed against mine, and our heart beats furiously beating in our chests as we explored, dominated and made love to each other. Would I be able to give my body to him, without giving him my heart?
Any other man and I would have been able to easily that question. With Lawrence, I’m not sure I can separate the two. And still, it’s a risk I want to take. At least for tonight. So when I drag my eyes up to his, to find them looking down at me, I suck in my lower lip and close my eyes.
Just for tonight. Give in to him tonight. If it’s not meant to be, there will be a sign from the universe. 
When I open my eyes, I move my hand to cup his cheek. As my palm connects with his face, he inhales a sharp breath, as if my touch is enough to unsettle him the same way he has completely tilted my world off its axis. But tonight, I don’t want to overthink — don’t want to agonize whether he feels the same I want to do. In fact, tonight I don’t want to think at all, I just want to feel: Feel his lips on mine, his hands on my body.
“If we do this, it can only be tonight,” I tell him, still biting down on my lip hard enough now to draw blood.

 

I am a lover of romance novels that feature strong heroines who know that the loves that may come into their lives are always the icing, and never the cake.
I have loved romance novels since I was a teen, sneaking them into my Bible studies at my all-girls Catholic school. I love strong heroines who know that the men that may come into their lives are always the icing, and never the cake.
Thanks to my own marriage, I have learned that the challenges of life can only help to make love stronger and I am grateful to my partner for embodying all the magic that love can offer.
When I am not writing or dreaming up new love stories, I am working in a retirement community outside of Boston that provides me with enough writing material for ten lifetimes.
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Review

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

I haven’t read a book like this before – an Israeli woman who is a bodyguard agreeing to help out “American Royalty” as he’s having issues. Sounded interesting.

Yael (which I had no idea how to pronounce, btw) is a 24-year old former Israeli soldier who has moved to America to escape her controlling father. She has a hard time being taken seriously due to her size and the fact that she’s a woman. She is given an assignment to “nanny” for Lawrence Monroe’s daughter, who was approached at her school, in what Lawrence believes is an attempted abduction.

Yael has no interest in being a nanny, but wants to help Isabel, Lawrence’s daughter. She’s not impressed with Lawrence, having pegged him like most guys – someone who won’t take her seriously as a “bodyguard”. But when Lawrence sees Yael giving his daughter some self-defense lessons during a game of Wii Boxing, he changes his mind.

While I liked Lawrence, I didn’t love the story revolving his father and brother. In fact, his father was a pretty awful character. This storyline added to the drama of the book, but it was a little over the top and not entirely necessary.

Yael, while being a kick-ass soldier, is kind of a mess. She was raised by her father, who taught her to be a fighter and forgot to teach her how to be a person. She’s not girly at all and often feels out of place. She was really great with Isabel though, teaching her how to defend herself.

The ending was just ok. I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it. There was NO EPILOGUE, which irritated me to no end, so I have no closure.

Overall, this was a pretty good, fast read.

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Blog Tour & Review ~ An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight

An-Imperfect-Heart-BT-BannerAn Imperfect Heart, an all-new second chance romance from Amie Knight, is available NOW!

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The heart is exquisite.

You’ll never hear anyone wax poetic over an organ quite like they do the heart.

When you’re lost in the world? Follow your heart.

When your love for someone is unwavering, unparalleled and unprecedented? You give them your heart.

As a lead pediatric cardiac surgeon, I knew better than anyone that the heart is equally as powerful as it is delicate.

The heart giveth just as easily as it taketh away.

And until the day Kelly Potter darkened my doorway that was all just part of the job.

She rolled in like a slow evening storm, fierce and beautiful, fighting for the life of her unborn child.

It should have been business as usual.

I was a doctor.

Her child the patient.

But Kelly was more.

She was the one who got away.

I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

It didn’t matter what the rules were.

For once, I was listening to my heart.

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Excerpt:

“Jesus. You’re fucking gorgeous, you know that?” He ran a large hand from the spot right in the middle of my shoulder blades past the small of my back before landing on my ass where he squeezed hard enough to make me giggle.

“Less talking, more petting, Doctor,” I said through laughter.

“Not a doctor. Yet.” His voice was cocky, and it made me hot. “Still a ways to go before that happens.”

I could hear the smile in his voice even though I couldn’t see his face. I was lying on my stomach on top of his white plush down comforter naked as the day I was born. And not shy about it at all. He’d just laid his mouth, his tongue, his hands over every inch of this body several times and he’d seemed to enjoy every second of it.

I looked out the small window next to his bed while he was propped up on one hand beside me and using the other to rub every available surface of skin on my body he could find. It was phenomenal. I wanted to purr like a damn cat, but instead I stretched out further along his bed.

“I can’t believe you came home with me tonight,” he husked out.

I couldn’t believe it either. I wasn’t the type of girl who did one-night stands. I didn’t really have boyfriends, either. I was married to the music. Anthony Jackson wasn’t even really my type per se. I liked moody guys with tattoos and piercings. Boys with darker eyes and even darker souls. I was a walking cliché, but I liked the tortured musician types. After all, we were kindred spirits. Me and my hard, banging drums, them with their soft guitar riffs and raspy lyrical voices.

I rolled to my back and gazed up at Anthony. He waggled an eyebrow at me, and I bit my lip to hide my smile. He may not have been my type, but I was positive there wasn’t a girl out there who’d turn him down. Vivid and inquisitive green eyes stared down at me and God, I wanted him all over again.

And I’d had him plenty that night. We’d met at the club only hours ago. I was visiting my friend Ainsley in Columbia, South Carolina, and we’d run into Anthony and his college friends at a nightclub. Ainsley introduced him as an old friend. He’d come on strong. I’d come on even stronger. Hardly any alcohol in my system and yet I’d let him drag me back to his small apartment, between my legs aching with want. We’d barely made it through the door when he picked me up and placed me on the entry table and pushed his massive body between my thighs. Slick skin, hot hands, wet mouths. And the rest was history. Or maybe not.

No, Anthony Jackson wasn’t my type. He was everygirl’s type.

Chiseled to perfection face.

Wide smile complete with full pink lips and deep dimples.

Square jaw that somehow managed to be both soft and hard.

Blond hair that was so thick and shiny I wanted to ask him what shampoo he used.

Not a tattoo or piercing marred the bronzed skin of his muscular body.

For fuck’s sake, even the man’s cock was pure perfection. Thick and long and cut just as beautifully as the rest of him.

He was surprised I’d come home with him. I couldn’t believe it, either. I realized in that moment, him over me. Me under him. The sweat still glistening on our bodies. His ruggedly handsome good looks beaming down at me like the sun on a bright day. For the first time in my life, I’d had a man. An actual real man. Not boys playing men. No, Anthony was all fucking masculine beauty and he’d picked me at the bar. I was one lucky girl.

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About the Author:

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Review

4 out of 5 stars

An Imperfect Heart is the story of Kelly Potter, a 32-year old musician who finds out that she’s not only pregnant, but that her child has a heart condition.  She does research on that condition and discovers that the best doctor to handle her child’s complicated post-birth surgery is Dr. Anthony Jackson, a man who Kelly had an amazing night with ten years ago that ended abruptly when Anthony literally shut Kelly out with no explanation.

Anthony has never forgotten Kelly. Things ended badly the morning after their amazing night and he’s always regretted it. Imagine his surprise when Kelly shows up at his hospital asking him to perform the surgery for her daughter.

The only problem is Kelly has literally nothing. She has no money, no savings, no job. I found this part to be kind of annoying and ridiculous. How does a 32-year old woman have nothing to her name. She shows up to Anthony and he basically has to take her in, because she has been staying in a ratty hotel.

While I did like Kelly, I had a hard time with her hard-partying back story. I couldn’t relate to her at all in that regard, but once she found out she was pregnant, she completely changed her ways and was very devoted to finding the best care for her daughter.

And Anthony – there are no words to accurately describe what a wonderful character this man is. He is giving, caring, loving and pretty much every other ing word you can think of.  He didn’t waste any time helping Kelly, and the reason he was so mean on that day 10 years ago was completely not what I was expecting.

This book has a great epilogue and a wonderful ending. This was a really great read and I would recommend it.

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Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

rumor has itTitle: Rumor Has It
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Rumor Has It. The title of the book that has NOTHING to do with the story itself. There was no rumor floating around. I don’t really understand the title of this book. Sorry, I’ll jump down off my soap box.

Anyway, Catarina Everhart is a journalist. She’s been assigned a story to work with Barrett Fox, former NFL player and analyst who was fired from his job over an incredibly insensitive remark he was caught making on his mic. He’s looking to improve his image and agrees to “date” Catarina and write about it for an article.

Cat (I’m shortening because I don’t feel like spelling out every time:) is not very likable at the beginning of the story. She’s dating a guy named Northrop – they have been dating for 8 months and are in a “dry spell”. Who is in a dry spell after 8 months of dating and tolerates that? I really didn’t understand that part of the story AT ALL.

Barrett is much more likable, despite the stupid remark that got him fired. He was funny and sweet. Cat was more stuck up and judgmental. This is a SLOW burn for sure, but Cat did become more likable as the story progressed.

The synopsis is also very misleading. Barrett isn’t really a bad boy – he made a bad decision. I felt this was a little misleading. I didn’t really like the storyline surrounding his brother either.

The drama at the end was not very believable. And the way Cat reacted wasn’t either. I won’t spoil it, but if that had been done to me, I would have reacted very differently.

And, to top it off, there was no epilogue.

This book wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t great.

 

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Release Blitz & Review ~ I Dare You by Isla Madden-Mills

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Title: I DARE YOU
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Model: Travis S.
Photography: Wander Aguiar
Cover Designer:  Shanoff Designs
Release Date: April 29, 2018
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Blurb:

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU.

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.

Good girl.

Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.

Bad boy.

The most talented football player in the country.

Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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“Ilsa Madden-Mills scores BIG with this swoony, sexy, heartfelt and highly entertaining sports romance featuring two endearing opposites, who complement each other perfectly.” Mary at USA TODAY HEA

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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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Review

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I don’t generally read college romances, and to be honest, I didn’t realize this was one. Based on the description, I thought it was about an NFL player. It didn’t really matter, though, because this book was great!

Delaney is a nerd – she loves cats, Star Wars and books. She goes to a party with her roommate her freshman year of college and gets kissed by Maverick Monroe – star linebacker of the football team. Mav tells Delaney that legend has it you’ll never forget your first kiss at a college party – it’s legendary. They don’t forget each other.

Fast forward two years, and Delaney is fresh off a breakup with the teams kicker, Alex.  He cheated on her with the character that caused me NOT to give this book 5 stars – Martha/Muffin. She was a totally unbelievable character and unfortunately popped up throughout the entire book. She was truly awful and took away from the story, in my opinion.

Anyway, Delaney and Maverick meet up again, and Maverick has decided he’s not going to let Delaney get away again. He shows up places when she doesn’t expect it. He joins a salsa dancing class with her. He likes that she’s a nerd.

Maverick Monroe is an amazingly written character. Yes, he’s the star of the football team, but there is SO much more to him than just a typical jock. He was one of the most deeply rich characters I’ve read in a long time. He was sweet and kind and a devoted family person. I won’t give a lot away because Maverick’s backstory is both beautiful and heartbreaking, but this story is so worth the read.

While I adored Maverick, I liked Delaney. She had some pretty low self-esteem and it was hard for her to believe that Maverick would be interested in her.  She was funny and sweet, and I loved her by the end of the book, but it took a little while to warm up to her.

This is a really fast read – I read in one day, but it’s a really good story and I would highly recommend it.

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ARC Review ~ Catfished by Stella Bixby

Tcatfisheditle: Catfished
Author: Stella Bixby
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Rylie’s life has hit a serious snag. Cheated on, lied to, and suddenly homeless and unemployed, her entire world has capsized. All that’s left to do is cut line, start over, and move into her parents’ basement . . . temporarily.

Bring on the boomerang jokes.

The perfect solution to all of her problems could be a job as an urban park ranger⎯whatever that is. But finding a dead body stuck in a catfish trap on her first shift leaves her wondering if she’s waded in a little too deep.

If it wasn’t for the appearance of Luke Hannah⎯the lead investigator on the case and her first love⎯she may have cut her losses and returned to the help wanted ads. But now Rylie is determined to prove herself . . . in more ways than one.

When the authorities pin the murder on the wrong man, Rylie casts out to catch the real killer and clear the innocent man’s name⎯at the risk of losing her job or even becoming catfish bait herself.

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Catfished, the first book in the Rylie Cooper Mystery series, is a witty murder mystery baited with snarky humor and a hint of romance.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I often make the mistake of reading the reviews on goodreads before reading a book, and the reviews for this book are generally not good. It has a goodreads rating of 3.24. I generally won’t read a book unless it has a 3.75 rating or higher, but since I requested this book, I felt I had to give it a try.

Riley Cooper is a woman in her late 20’s who has moved back home with her parents because she’s discovered her boyfriend was cheating on her. She gets a job as a summer park ranger, thanks to her being a firefighter (not sure what one has to do with the other). It’s a pretty male dominated group of rangers, with the Rylie and two other females (3 out of 17 rangers were women).

Someone has been setting traps to catch catfish, and a local fisherman named Ronnie has caught himself a record catfish. People aren’t happy that this has happened, and Ronnie ends up dead (yes, because he caught a large catfish – huh?). Rylie and her supervisor Ben find the body in one of the traps. Rylie’s first love, Luke Hannah, is the detective called to the scene to find the killer.

There are so many issues with this book, I don’t even know where to start. First and foremost, I was BORED. This book is about finding the killer of a fisherman. A fisherman who was killed because he caught a big fish. It’s just so stupid.

The second big issue is the fact that the men Rylie work with treat her like she’s a piece of meat.  Her married co-worker Antonio hits on her relentlessly. She’s constantly winked at. It’s creepy.

Third, the mystery was so poorly written. By the time the killer was revealed, I’d completely lost interest in the story. I didn’t care who it was, mainly because the killer murdered a man over a fish.

Fourth, there was no closure with Rylie and Luke. There was a lot of tip-toeing around their “will they/won’t they” but no closure. There was also no epilogue, and I know there will be another book, but I have zero interest in reading it, so I’m checking out.

Overall, the story was just not at all believable.  Luke and Rylie also had zero chemistry, and despite the fact that it creeped her out that Antonio hit on her, she found him attractive (again, huh?)

This is not a good book. I would not recommend it.

 

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ARCs

ARC Review – On the Line by Liz Lincoln

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Title: On the Line
Author: Liz Lincoln
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Is this man: A) a super-hot NFL player, B) the guy you’re sexting, or C) your new boss?

If you’re Carrie Herron, the answer is all of the above. First Carrie starts exchanging steamy text messages with the sexy single dad she meets in line at the grocery store. Then she lands a job—and a bedroom—as the live-in nanny for the daughter of the Milwaukee Dragons’ newest star. But when Carrie shows up for work and realizes that they’re actually the same guy, she has no choice but to try to keep things professional. After all, Seth Chamberlain is her boss now. Her chiseled, charismatic, oh-so-tempting boss. . . .

After getting traded from Houston to Milwaukee, Seth’s having a tough time keeping his head in the game, let alone setting up his daughter in a brand-new city. So if the only nanny his daughter will tolerate while he’s on the road is the gorgeous, cosplay-loving redhead he’s had his eye on, well, so be it. Surely he can resist Carrie until football season is over. But with her knowing glances and kissable lips driving him wild, Seth must decide whether he’s ready to put everything on the line.

Review

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I’m always a sucker for a single dad romance. Add to that the single dad is a football player and I’m sold.  This book had both.

Seth Chamberlain is a football player with a 12-year old daughter. He’s recently been traded to Milwaukee from Houston, where his family lives. His daughter is non to happy about the move – but his life is made easier when he hires Carrie Heron to be his nanny.

Turns out he’s met Carrie – at the grocery store, when Seth was buying the wrong feminine hygiene products for his daughter. Carrie had forgotten her wallet and Seth paid for her groceries, and as a thank you, she helped him get the right products. They exchanged numbers and starting texting each other.

Once Carrie starts working for Seth, they decide they have to put their feelings aside for the sake of his daughter, Maddie. Carrie and Maddie are both big into comic books, which play a big role in this book.

This book is told in the third person, and it was often hard to tell who was talking/thinking. I very much prefer books told in the first person, so that was a strike. Carrie and Seth’s relationship moved very slowly. Very. There was a lot of drama with Maddie, but that felt realistic. I have a twelve year old boy and there is a lot drama.

The last ten percent kind of sucked, and didn’t paint Seth in a great light. And there WAS NO EPILOGUE! I hate that so much!

Overall, this book was ok. Just ok.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Surface by Anna Brooks

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Title: Surface
Series: Guarding Her #1
Author: Anna Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: April 11, 2018

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35116490-surface

Blurb:

She was off limits. Too young. The boss’s daughter. Forbidden.

I knew it all along, but it didn’t change the absolute possession I felt when it came to her… nothing would change how I felt about her.

So I did what I had to; I waited until the time was right to make her mine, only to find out there is one thing that could ruin it all.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H59esx
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Praise for Surface:

Read.Review.Repeat Blog – “This is my first Anna Brooks book and once I started, I couldn’t stop reading! I was sucked in to the story.”

Fallon Howell – “My heart!!! Royce just stole it.”

Jolene St. Germain Triggs – “This was just a super great book and wonderful start to a new series.”

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Author Bio:

Anna began writing when she thought the world would want to hear her sick lyrics through song. Since then, she’s realized her childhood dream wasn’t so far-fetched, just misguided. Now she writes romance with real emotions and happy endings. If Anna isn’t writing or reading, she can be found by a space heater painting her nails and drinking a ridiculous amount of Diet Dr Pepper. She also likes to hang out with her husband and two boys. If it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t ever leave the house. Anna was born in Wisconsin but now lives in the Evergreen State.

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Rating

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

surfaceSurface is book 1 in the Royal Ace Security series. Paisley is a college student living in New York, while her family is in California. While out doing photography (which is her major), she is attacked by a crack head and ends up in the hospital. Imagine her shock when she wakes up and finds her longtime crush, Royce, in her hospital room.

Paisley first met Royce when she was 14 and he was 21. Paisley felt she was meant to be with Royce, despite their age difference. Royce works for Paisley’s adopted father, Erik, as a security guard. He is Paisley’s guard dog and bodyguard, and while Paisley hates her constant protection, she loves the fact that it is Royce is her bodyguard. But when Paisley is a senior in high school, Royce finally gives in and kisses Paisley, then suddenly disappears. For 3 years.

Back to the present, once Paisley gets over her shock of seeing Royce, she has to deal with the fact that she’s been attacked. It makes her yearn for California.

I can’t give too much away without spoiling the story, but my biggest complaint about this book would be this: things happen to Paisley and she quickly gives up her dream of being a photographer to be with Royce. She’s 19 or 20 years old and her parents allowed it. I get that she’s an adult, but they didn’t say anything about it. As a parent, I would tell my child to chase your dream and focus on the relationship later. I found this disappointing. My second complaint would be there is a lot of time jumping in this book. It was hard to keep up with where we were in time.

Royce is a typical alpha male. I liked is character and he grew emotionally over the course of the book. Paisley was a tough chick and seemed much older than she was. Her father, Erik, was pretty over the top protective. I liked Polly, Paisley’s adoptive mother.

There were two side stories that weren’t really necessary to the book; one was a friend of Paisley and one was a homeless girl Paisley and Royce befriended. They added drama but were boring sub-plots in my opinion.

Overall, this was a pretty good book and I would recommend it.

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Fixed Infatuation by Stacy Borel

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Title: Fixed Infatuation
Author: Stacy Borel
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Enticing Journey Promotions

Goodreads Summary

Molly Hartford was a writer with big dreams, and even bigger aspirations. She had no idea how far out of her depth she was about to be, when she bought a dilapidated house in the Washington Peninsula. It was in desperate need of some help, but she was fully convinced that she could do majority of the work herself. A few self-help videos, and maybe a class at a hardware store — she’d have this in the bag.
Easy peasy.
Before she even signed the papers, she noticed her sexy neighbor, Blake Whitmore. He was a general contractor with his own business and an eye for detail. Painting walls, repairing cabinets and caulking bathtubs were among his many specialties. Blake was dead set on showing her she had no business remodeling a home.
Playful flirting, sexual innuendos, and physical attraction are all part of the job… right?
Except they both may find out that things aren’t all fun and games when walls come down, and layers are scraped away. Relationships are built on solid ground, but not when foundations are full of cracks and there’s so much more hiding underneath.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Enticing Journey Promotions for an honest review.

THIS BOOK HAD NO EPILOGUE! I HATE WHEN ROMANCE NOVELS DON’T HAVE AN EPILOGUE!!!!!

Molly Hartford has recently lost the only family she had left and decides to move across the country to Seattle, by herself, where she doesn’t know a soul. She decides to buy a fixer-upper and watch You Tube videos to teach herself how to do things. I’m sure you can imagine how this goes.

Directly across the street from Molly’s new house is general contractor Blake Whitmore. Blake is a hardened man, having suffered a tragedy in his youth that broke his family apart.  When he realizes what Molly is trying to do (fixing the house up by herself), he tries go to all alpha and step in, but Molly is determined to do the work herself.

They butt heads quite a bit, and Blake can be very demanding and a cocky jerk, but they eventually become friends; thanks in most part of Molly’s editor Sandra, who visits for a few weeks after Molly buys the house.

To be honest, this book was just ok. It was incredibly rushed, and lacked character development. Blake’s backstory was pretty heartbreaking, but there wasn’t a lot of closure around it (Blake and his brother didn’t get along, but they plot line wasn’t really pursued at all). There also wasn’t a lot of background about Molly and why she would choose to upend her life and move across the country.

For a slow burn romance, this book moved at breakneck speed.  The ending was ridiculously rushed and didn’t feel believable at all. The way Blake acted at the end of the book made him less likable and I didn’t like how quick Molly was to forgive.

I appreciate the opportunity to have an ARC of this book, but this book just wasn’t for me.

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