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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rule: The Finale (Black Hearts Still Beat #3) by L.A. Cotton

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Yes, Black Hearts Still Beat #3.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Letting go of their fears.

Rafe Hunter thought he was destined for two things in life: playing guitar, and keeping his brother on the straight and narrow.

Until Eva.

She makes him want to be better. Makes him dream of life after the band. But Black Hearts Still Beat is all he’s ever known.

Rafe wants a future with Eva but when you’re choosing between your heart and head, fame or the future, nothing is ever simple.

Music saved them, but is it finally time for Rafe to let his heart rule? Or will love be the ultimate downfall of Eva and her Black Hearted boys?

๐ŸŽธ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ญ ๐ŸŽธ

Read the conclusion to Eva and Rafe's story today, and fall in love with Rafe Hunter and the boys from Black Hearts Still Beat.

๐ŸŽธ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜

#๐Ÿฏ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ

๐ŸŽง Audio coming soon

A new chapter in Rafe's and Eva's love story. 

Last book we were left hanging with Eva leaving and Rafe sort of choosing his brother and breaking her heart. But now he is back, he has made a choice to stay with her no matter what and from now one they are the only team that matters.

Still they are part of the tour and they have to find a way to keep everyone happy, specially Levi, and that won't be an easy feat.

Levi doesn't trust either of them anymore, and trust is everything for him, they will have to figure out how to earn it back.

They also continue to learn about each other and how to grow together; letting go of their fears will set them free.
Eva's career is taking off and that scares Rafe. 
Can they survive the pressure of the fame and the Crazy Die hearts ?

๐ŸŽธ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜

๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’

#๐Ÿญ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

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#๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ

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๐ŸŽธ ๐—”๐——๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—š๐—ข๐—ข๐——๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐——๐—ฆ

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott & Audrey Carlan

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: No.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject:Desperate times...

Love Under Quarantine, an all-new feel good strangers-to-lovers romance about finding love in the most unexpected ways from New York Times bestselling authors Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan, is out now!

While the world is ravaged by a global pandemic, hotshot NFL running back Evan Sparks is locked in his own personal hell. With a career-ending scandal on his back, Evan hides out in his best friend’s empty San Francisco home, the full city shutdown locking him in a lonely twenty-story apartment in the sky.

Romance writer Sadie Walsh is having the worst case of writer’s block ever…until the incredible, muscular stranger staying next door gets her muse going strong. The pair of loners, never expecting to find a friend in all the madness, meet each day out on their balconies like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

Each new day brings unique challenges for the pair as they navigate the unknown and find solace together. They quickly figure out that as long as they have one another, they can handle anything.

Even falling in love under quarantine.


Writing together for the first time, New York Times bestselling authors Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan team up to tell a story that not only is a beautiful escape during a trying time, but a true lesson on the power of humanity’s ability to survive. Through a sexy, hopeful, strangers-to-lovers romance, the authors prove with love, trust, and faith, we can conquer anything.

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I truly enjoyed the book, it’s a sweet neighbors, to friends, to lovers story during an extremely scary and strange time we are all going through.

Evan’s life had just exploded alongside the entire world. This quarantine might be just what he needs to take a break from real life and heal himself. Keeping his mind clear will help him find the mastermind behind his scandal and clean up his name.

His solitude retreat gets interrupted by this gorgeous creature living next door. She isn’t like anyone he has ever met and he can’t get enough.

Sadie is not a stranger to staying home isolated for days. Being a writer means days of self isolation and oddly hours of work.
Having lost her muse she is stuck, until she sees the perfect male specimen she has ever seen next to her balcony. From there on, words just fly out of her mind and the book is looking promising.

Meeting each other was not in their plans, neither was the great connection they made.

Not being able to touch, forced them to forge deeper connections and actually get to know one another. Falling in love so fast never made more sense.

Beautiful fun read!


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Okay, reposition feet hip-distance apart and centered on the mat. Inhale and let it all go on the exhale. I look over the balcony across the barren city and try to find perspective. What did the teacher say? Set your intention? My intention is to maintain a modicum of good health and to not go insane during self-isolation. Fingers crossed on both fronts. Getting some work done wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
“They locked down the fucking city, man!” The voice blocks me from finding my zen spot. Some big blond dude is pacing back and forth in the neighboring apartment. Guess we’ve all got to get our exercise one way or another. A nice quiet doctor owns the place, but he’s overseas right now. No idea who this guy is. The new cat sitter, maybe? If so, I hope Gloria housetrains him quickly because all of this shouty behavior is not okay. Not if I have to share a wall with him for the next few weeks.
My new neighbor’s voice lowers to a more tolerable level and I take a deep, calming breath before moving into my next pose. Much better. Despite having questionable balance and being new to this whole yoga thing, I’m not doing too badly. It’s weird how quiet the city is with everything on lockdown. Peaceful, almost.
“Two weeks! I’ll be stuck here for two weeks!” he rants once more.
Due to the architect’s penchant for floor to ceiling windows—perfect for letting in the light—I have quite the view of my new neighbor’s performance. Much angst. Such woe. Like we’re not all going to go stir crazy during lock in. Even if it has only just started. I for one can’t wait to see how many divorces and break-ups this causes. Call it morbid curiosity. Though, being a romance writer, my mind would be better served dwelling on the possibilities for true love in this situation.
A random casual hook-up turning into so much more due to weeks of forced interaction? Roommates bonding over newly revealed shared interests? Nuh. Roommates entering into a sex pact to stave off boredom! Now that could work. Broken beds and broken hearts. That’s how to get things done. With the requisite happy ever after at the end, of course.
“Excuse me!” he shouts, shoving a frustrated hand through his head of thick, wavy, dark blond hair. New phone call, I think. After all, you can’t yell at the same person all day long. How tedious would that be?
Call me distractible, but watching him is actually a hell of a lot more interesting than perfecting my Downward Dog or doing yet another inventory of my pantry. Damn Oreos. I could have sworn I had another package. Day one and I’m already out of my favorite snack. Just bring on the apocalypse already. Without Oreos my life is already functionally over.
“Are you kidding me!” The man sure has a set of lungs on him. Unfortunately, at this point, he about-faces and strides back into the apartment. Still yelling, of course, though I can’t quite make out what he’s saying.
On the plus side, in those blue jeans, his ass is a thing of wonder. Honest to God. In less pandemic-y times, I’d charge my friends a bottle of wine to come over and witness the beauty of that thing. So tight. So nice. I lick my lips. Impressively broad shoulders beneath his T-shirt too. When he paces back to the front of the apartment, I’m presented with a strong jawline, high forehead, and a nose that could be slightly crooked. At least, it will be in the book. Readers dig that shit. The hint of a complicated past with a dash of violence thrown in for good measure. Ideally, he’d have broken it defending a small child or rescuing puppies. A combination of the two, perhaps?
Yes, it’s a definite. Apart from the anger management issues, this guy is officially hot stuff. Not that I’m after an actual love interest. Just inspiration for the hero of my next book.
Which is when it hits me…big buff dude reveals surprisingly sensitive side to sexy single introverted neighbor during quarantine. Hmm. It has possibilities. I stop procrastinating and move onto the next pose, arms out in a T, legs wide, and a slow bend at the waist. I exhale, pondering the plot idea along with the thickness of his thighs. The way the denim lovingly embraces every inch of his musculature. It’s like it’s on a loop playing over and over in my head. Okay, maybe I’m a little sex starved. He can feature in my masturbatory fantasies as well. After all, he’s that kind of can-do, helpful guy. Or at least, he is in my mind. And that’s where the man will stay. At a safe and appropriate distance. For both the virus and my heart.

Meet the Authors

About Kylie Scott
Author-Kylie-Scott Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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About Audrey Carlan
image-assetAudrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times and International bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Audrey writes wicked hot love stories that have been translated in over thirty different languages across the globe. She is best known for the world-wide bestselling series Calendar Girl and Trinity.
She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters," or with her nose stuck in a steamy romance novel.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Rafe: An Arizona Vengeance Novella (Arizona Vengeance #6.5) by Sawyer Bennett

My Rating: 5 Stars

Series: Yes, Arizona Vengeance #6.5.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: It's always been her.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett comes a new story in her Arizona Vengeance series… I was living my dream until one phone call changed everything. As the second line center for the Arizona Vengeance, my mind has been on one thing—helping my team bring home a championship. But that all changed when I found out my dad had cancer and only months to live. In that moment, nothing mattered more than getting home to North Carolina to be by his side. That meant asking for the unthinkable—a trade to the Carolina Cold Fury. Now I’m home and when I’m not on the ice with my new team, I’m helping care for my dad. And in the midst of my grief, I find comfort from the one person I never expected. Calliope Ramirez stole my heart at a very young age. The beautiful, smart, headstrong girl next door, she was my first… everything. She has never forgiven me for leaving her, believing that I chose hockey over a future together. What she doesn’t understand is that every decision I made was for her, and I’ve never given up hope that one day we’d be together again. Watching my dad slip away is a harsh reminder of how short life can be, and having Calliope by my side makes me realize I was a damn fool before. That changes starting right now. Calliope Ramirez is mine and I’m not going to waste the second chance that I’ve been given. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

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And she has done it again!
Sawyer always creates these amazing characters that even though they might have absolutely ruined things, they learn from that and become even more amazing!

The puppy love they shared was beautiful and they thought they could be together forever; but life turns out to be harsher than they thought and Rafe has to make a heartbreaking decision that destroys them.

Years have passed and Calli's heart is still not healed, Rafe broke her when he left her without explanation, and now that he is back, the wound is reopened.

He is home, and heartbroken and she wants to stay away but how can she leave him alone in his time of need. Is there still some love left for him in her heart?

Rafe's situation in not a happy one, going back home to prepare to say goodbye to his dad is one of the hardest things he has done so far in life. Calli being there... he is not sure if it's gonna make it better or worse, it's always been her and he has no idea how to win her back.

Is real love something that last forever and can withstand all things? 

Can a broken heart heal, open up again and love even more than before? 

Will she be able to risk her heart again for the person who broke her in the first place?

Calliope understands things better now and maybe that will make her strong enough to decide to accept him back into her life.

People make mistakes, the important thing is what they learn from it and how they grow form the experience, Rafe is a changed man and he is ready to get his girl back.

We are beyond excited to celebrate this release from Sawyer Bennett with you today by participating in the blog tour! RAFE is part of her Arizona Vengeance series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now

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“Each time I read a new book in this series, I have a new favourite, they just keep getting better and better. This was an entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.” ~ Erin, MI Bookshelf

"Is it weird that I want to give this book a standing ovation? It was perfectly done. So beautifully written and so emotionally fulfilling. It was absolutely everything I was hoping for and my heart is overflowing with feels." ~ Shelly, Bookgasms Book Blog

"This series is by far eclipsing any other I have read by this author. This is the story of Dax and Regan. Brother's best friend, friends to lovers, hockey romance, and just a great read about two people who deserve to be happy together. " ~ Suzi, Obsessive Reading Disorder

“The writing was observantly insightful and sneakily emotive. . . . The storylines were briskly paced, well plotted, written with my favorite dual POV, and kept me continually entertained with a pleasantly engaging romance while also tickling my curiosity as I waited for the looming threat to arise.”—Books and Bindings

“Add together an incredibly sexy story and a swoon-worthy hero with the intensity of a hockey player and you have an absolute winner. Sawyer Bennett has long been an instant one-click author for me, and Erik’s story is a fantastic addition to the Arizona Vengeance series.”—Stacey Lynn, author of Knocked Up

“Forbidden fruit always tastes better! With the kick off of a new hockey series, Sawyer Bennett introduces us to the Arizona Vengeance team and brings us Bishop’s story. The characters are quick to grab attention, and keep us entertained throughout.”—Thoughts of a Blonde



Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both. Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe. 

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Provoke (Seaside Pictures #3.7) by Rachel Van Dyken

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Yes, Seaside Pictures #3.7.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Freeing his music again.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Seaside Pictures series…

The music industry called me a savant at age sixteen when I uploaded my first video and gained instant fame. And then Drew Amherst of Adrenaline became my mentor, and my career took off.

Everything was great.

Until tragedy struck, and I wondered if I’d ever be able to perform again. I fought back, but all it took was a falling light to bring it all back to the fore. So, I walked away. Because I knew it wasn’t just stage fright. It was so much more.

The only problem?

Drew and the guys are counting on me. If I can’t combat the crippling anxiety threatening to kill me, I might lose more than I ever dreamed of.

Enter Piper Rayne, life coach, with her bullshit about empowerment, rainbows, and butterflies. She smiles all the damn time, and I'm ninety-nine percent sure there’s not a problem she can’t solve.

Until me.

She was given twenty-one days to fix me. To make me see what’s important. What’s real. The problem is, all I can see now is her. The sexy woman who pushes me. Provokes me.

Only time will tell if she’s able to do her job—and I can make her mine.

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So... I love the Book, Braden and Piper story was hot from the start and super fun to read!

I had a little cringe moment when she risked her career in such a dumb way, I mean I get it, he is hot, but this was her life! She was super successful and she threw everything away for some guy she barely knew. 
That being said, and given that this is fiction, I'm completely down for the couple! They made sense, they probably should have held off until the end of her contract, or she could have resigned before she decided to make out with him publicly; but other than that, nothing wrong with getting some ;)

Braden was not okay, he had suffered something that was making it possible to perform and do what he loved. Someone had ruined that for him and he needed all the help he could get to get back out there.

Mixing therapy with sex seems like the worse idea, but it kind of worked out for them, thrusting her helped him trust himself again.

A beautiful and steamy story.


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Wild for You (Hot Jocks #6) by Kendall Ryan

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Yes, Hot Jocks #6
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: He has to keep her safe.

He’s growly. Grumpy. Stubborn.

And now, my new roommate.

Walking away from my disastrous last relationship was an easy decision, but moving in with a friend-of-a-friend hockey star who’s rarely home? Not quite as simple, because Grant makes me feel all kinds of things I’m not prepared for.

Protected. Desired. Unsteady.

She’s beautiful. Smart. Tempting.

And a little fragile.

I’ve never been anyone’s knight in shining armor, but when Ana needed a place to stay, it was easy to offer her a room with me.

Not so simple, though, is keeping my hands—or my mouth—to myself. And the night she crawls into my bed and shares her body with me? Heaven.

But she’s not looking for a relationship, and to my surprise, I find myself pissed off by that idea.

They say my heart is broken, that I’ll never settle down. I used to think that was true. Now, though? Hell, your guess is as good as mine.

First, she took my bed.
Then she took my heart.
Then she took my everything.

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new standalone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is for you! Each book can be read as a complete standalone.

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Anna and Grant's story didn't disappoint!

He has been elusive since the beginning of the series, no one is good enough to generate a reaction or affect the strong stubborn captain in any way; that is until Anna is in need.

For some reason, her being mistreated by his teammate, activates his protection mode and he is not ready to let her go just yet.

A gentleman he assist her in every way he can, and gives her a safe place to stay until this is all over. But now that he has her closer and he has gotten to really know her, he is not willing to just let her slip through his fingers.

Anna is in hell, but she doesn't even realize it, until someone as good as Grant shows her what being treated right feels like. She has been in this abusive relationship for so long she doesn't even notice how bad it has gotten.

The book shines a little light in what people suffering for domestic violence go through; how the circle of violence drags you in so deep that you don't know where up- down, good or bad are. I praise the author for reminding us that this situations do exist and all we have to do is ask for help.

That being said, Grant is godsend in this situation, he is a gentleman with a hero complex and not in a bad way. He is used to taking care of people, saving them and always putting them first.

This is exactly what Anna needs, but slowly she realizes that she can't seem to be able to live without him, walking away doesn't seem like an option anymore. 

Maybe her savior will be much more than that. 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles #3) by Shelly Laurenston

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, Honey Badger Chronicles #3.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: A cat to tame the psychopath.
She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZรฉ Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .

Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zรฉ has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zรฉ is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

I LOVED IT! I was so excited to read Max's story.

She has always been the hardcore one, the one who isn't scared of anything and doesn't get attached to anyone. 
Up until now, everyone thought she was a psychopath for sure, until she saw Zeze; or better said, she smelled him and couldn't get enough of him.

Max didn't understand why, but the clueless cat caught her attention at once, and she couldn't leave him behind.
She didn't get attached, she didn't find people interesting at all; but there was something about the cat that she couldn't ignore.

Zeze had no clue what was going on, ever since the crazy small woman got in their van things went from bad to insanity. He knew she was bad news and he needed to stay away, but there was just something irresistible about her.

From the moment Ze woke up at the MacKilligan's house I couldn't stop laughing; him and the cabinet just cracked me up. Also the way the author starts showing how his personality resembles the one of a cat was hilarious! I liked him A LOT.

The fact that Max decided she was gonna help him shocked everyone, even her. Ze had just something about him; like the way he was so straight forward with Max, no nonsense allowed.

One of my favorite parts about this series is how the author manages to make these mythical characters relatable and oh so human. Every issue they encounter, every fear the face, and fight they have, makes us feel them like humans with a little twist.

Awesome book!


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