Release Blitz : Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

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WISH YOU WERE MINE by Tara Sivec (November 14, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99)

Five years.  I would have stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter.  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.

The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives.  Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together.  Cameron deserved better than me.  She deserved him.

But now that I am back, things are different.  I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again.  I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth.  And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.

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My Review

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

“Wish You Were Mine” is a beautiful story of friendship and love, with a prologue that had me in tears! For years, Aidan, Everett and Cameron were the Three Musketeers, living by the motto “all for one, one for all”. But things haven’t been the same since Everett accomplished what he had set out to do and became a doctor in poverty stricken countries with Doctors Without Borders. He hasn’t been home for more than four years and has lost touch with Cameron. But he has finally come home after Aidan’s death.

Cameron is angry and heartbroken, Everett left and never looked back. Despite his feelings of guilt, Everett knows the time has come to restore their friendship. His dreams took him away from Cameron, but she is very dear to him.

Everett first struck me as incredibly complicated and insecure, but he was also sweet, hot and honorable. Cameron was independent and stood up for herself. Despite Aiden’s efforts, she hasn’t figured out how to be happy since Everett left. She hates that she missed Everett so much and she is convinced he will eventually push her away again.

Emotional scars and life choices work against them but some things are just worth fighting for. Their bond hasn’t died in all those years, but now they’re adults and mature enough to be in a relationship built on mutual trust and respect.

Flawed, complex characters make this book an interesting and poignant read. It dragged in a few places but, for the most part, progressed to a satisfying conclusion. Even though it was not my favorite book by Tara Sivec, it was definitely worth the read.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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About the Author

SivecTHESTORYOFUSTaraTara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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Release Blitz : Seducing The Defendant (The Conflict of Interest #2) by Chantal Fernando

Title: Seducing the Defendant
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

MY REVIEW

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This story was intriguing and well written. It tells the story of Jaxon Bentley and Scarlett Reyes. Jaxon is a top flight criminal lawyer, who will do whatever it takes to win. He always goes above and beyond, giving each case his all. His life is turned upside down when he takes on the case of Scarlett Reyes. She is charged with the murder of her husband and the gun used to commit the crime was found in her home. Jaxon believes her to be innocent. Her husband was abusive and married her for her money, but she didn’t kill him.

Scarlett brings out Jaxon’s protective side and he intends to make sure the truth about her husband is revealed in court. Scarlett is a romantic at heart, but she is also a loner with no friends. Jaxon is her only ally, she feels safe and comfortable around him. This heroine has been going through a lot and I felt for her.

This story was suspenseful, well-written and I enjoyed the unexpected twists in the plot. But unfortunately, I could never connect with the characters, I never felt their emotions or their chemistry. The suspense managed to overshadow any semblance of romance that developed between them. Overall, this is a book I definitely don’t regret reading for its suspense driven plot.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

An advanced copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher and Give Me Books.

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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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Blog Tour : Prince Roman by C.D. Reiss

From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, comes the sexy and passionate title…PRINCE ROMAN, a new novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!

About PRINCE ROMAN:

Rules for my new job:
1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again).
2) Do not break Rule #1

I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.

He’s also in the office across the hall.

Two broken rules waiting to happen.
I can’t lose this job over some guy.
But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.

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MY REVIEW

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This novella was an easy read that had some drama but was still lighthearted. I like CD Reiss’s writing style and, as usual, it was on point. It’s a story about ambition and life priorities, with some intriguing legalese (lol), the hero being a hot shot lawyer. Roman Bianchi is a natural-born seducer, confident, ambitious and charismatic. He is a top-flight attorney with a perfect track record, hired to oversee an equal pay review.  I liked that this character was both fantasy material, and also very realistically flawed and vulnerable. The heroine, Raven Crosby, was smart and honorable, and a character I could easily empathize with.

I enjoyed the time they spent together and the way we got to see their relationship blossom. The chemistry between them is there from the beginning, but the circumstances are complicated. The heroes are good at their jobs and have interests and goals in life outside of the romantic. But their connection is real and choices need to be made.

Overall, this novella was a quick, cute and entertaining read set in the corporate world of Silicon Valley.

An advanced copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher and Inkslinger PR.

EXCERPT

If Raven Crosby hadn’t picked up some hacking tips from QI4, I’d eat my shoe.

She’d left as they were growing. Kept her stock options. That never happens. She was also still friendly with Taylor Harden, the hacker brain behind QI4’s quantum system.

I figured they’d parted on good terms. Maybe with something hanging over Taylor’s head.

My team ended up with a few folders on her. I told myself I was a lawyer. Collecting data on people was what I did for a living.

But this was different.

A week in, I was obsessed with her ebony hair and eyes. Lashes drawn on with black Sharpie. Her voice was hypnotic in meetings, and was only heard after long stretches of listening. The night before, she’d tipped her hand, showing me that she’d peeled the curtain back to get intel on me. I didn’t feel violated as much as vindicated. The attraction was mutual. She wouldn’t have done it for any other reason.

“I’ll be there at eight,” I said to my sister, Teagan. We had a dinner planned half an hour before, but I didn’t want to go. It wasn’t the rain that pounded on the windows. It wasn’t my sister. Teagan was fine, but the office was empty and Raven was right across the hall, working in the glow of a desk lamp.

“You better be,” she said. “I’m starving and I need to get drunk.”

“Get a head start at the bar.”

“I’m not going to sit at the end of the bar by myself with a drink. Do you even know what it’s like out there for a girl?”

I didn’t know firsthand, obviously, but I knew enough from her. Teagan was a career gamer and game designer. One of the best. She had a sweet, harmless face that made her approachable to even the most beta of betas. Regardless, even the betas tried to compete with her once they knew what she did. I was exhausted on her behalf.

Across the hall, Raven stood and clicked off her desk lamp.

“Leaving now,” I said, cutting the call. I grabbed my things and headed out, timing it perfectly so we met in the hall.

“Hi,” I said.

She nodded and gave me a non-committal smile. We spoke often, but never a word that didn’t have to do with the human resources software implementation and how it would protect Neuronet from liability.

“It’s raining,” I said. “You taking the elevator to the parking lot?”

The executive lot was underground, on the other side of campus. If you wanted to get there underground, without crossing the courtyard and getting rained on, you had to take the elevator.

“Yes.” She started down the hall and I followed.

“I’ll walk you.”

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C.D. Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to chop a cord of wood.

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Blog Tour : Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor #4) by Debbie Mason

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SUGARPLUM WAY by Debbie Mason

Part of the Harmony Harbor series

Published on October 31, 2017 by Forever.

Goodreads | Mass Market: $7.99 | eBook: $5.99 | ISBN: 9781538744154

“Heartfelt and delightful!” -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

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Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.

My Review

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This book had a great mix of holiday cheerfulness, warm family gathering, mystery and sweet romance. Julia Landon is the sweetheart of Harmony Harbor. She has accepted the role of the Gallaghers’ fairy godmother and has helped Aidan Gallagher’s three brothers, Finn, Griffin and Liam, find their soulmate. With Aidan, things are more complicated because she is emotionally involved. Under his grumpy, bossy façade, Aidan is a real softy. They shared a kiss under the mistletoe and she was bedazzled by his charm. He is her secret, forbidden crush.

Aidan’s priority is his daughter, Ella Rose. His relationship with his ex-wife is conflictual, but he is ready to fight for custody of his daughter. Although he isn’t immune to Julia, Aidan doesn’t trust her. Julia has her fair share of secrets, she has learned the hard way that when you keep secrets from the past, they always come back to haunt you. It’s time for her to move on with her own future. Of course, I was rooting for her to find love and feel worthy of it.

I would have liked to see a bit more passion, I thought that the romantic progress between Julia and Aidan was slightly pushed in the background at times. But the storyline and character development were strong.

Lots of secrets, a matchmaking ghost, friendship, romance and a bit of Holiday whimsy all made of “Sugarplum Way” an entertaining story. This book is the fourth installment in the Harmony Harbor series. Although it can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading the series in order.

An advanced copy was kindly provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Excerpt

Aidan smiled that slow, sexy smile of his just before he lifted his gun and fired. The glass shattered, and the. . .

A shrill beeping sound pulled Julia out of the story. Startled, she jumped. Her initial thought was that she’d put on the teapot and had forgotten to turn off the burner. She blinked and opened her eyes. She’d been trying to get deeper into her character’s point of view by typing with her eyes closed. It hadn’t worked as well as she’d hoped. But it had ensured that she didn’t see the smoke . . . Smoke! There was smoke filling her living room. Again.

Duckety, duck, duck, duck.

The annoying voice on the smoke detector bleated fire, fire.

“Julia, open the damn door!”

Frantically searching under the papers littering her desk for her cell phone, she ignored the voice. Though she was impressed. It was amazing how real Adrian sounded. Like he was right outside . . . Wait a minute. He was calling her name, not Gillian’s. Crap, it was Aidan. Double crap, she knew why he was here. She’d thought she’d have until morning to face him.

“Hang on! I—” She heard a loud bang at the same time she found her phone. “I’m coming!” she called, running to the outside entry door as she punched in the assigned number for the alarm company.

At the same time she realized there was no dial tone, Aidan kicked in her door. It bounced off the wall and the hulking shadow of a man filled the open doorway. If she hadn’t recognized his voice, she’d be terrified. Given the intimidating expression on his face, she wondered if maybe she should still be afraid.

Fire, the smoke detector bleated again. Right, fire, smoke. “Hurry, I need your phone!” She made grabby motions with her fingers.

He looked at her like she’d lost it and strode into the room. “Your alarm is connected to the station. They’ll be on their way. Where’s the fire? Do you have an extinguisher?”

“No, no, I don’t need the fire department. I need your phone.” She rushed forward. He didn’t seem to understand the urgency of the situation, and she began patting him down.

He reached in his pocket, punching in a code before handing her his phone. Of course his would be password protected.

“Thanks,” she said to his back as he prowled around her apartment, no doubt looking for the source of the smoke. “Um, I think my nachos are on fire.”

She made a face at his muttered, “You have got to be shitting me.” And then went to look up the alarm company’s number on her phone, only to realize she couldn’t access it because her cell was dead. “Duck.”

She raced to her desk searching for the alarm company’s business card while muttering to herself, “I need the number. Where would I put the number for the alarm company? Laptop. Of course.” Laptop, no! It was on and open for him to see. She slammed the lid shut at the same time the oven door bang closed.

Aidan strode from the kitchen wearing her burned oven mitt and carrying a charbroiled tray of smoking ash. “It’s usually on the unit,” he said dryly before heading out the door.

Which went to prove that the man didn’t miss a thing, even her half-whispered conversation with herself.

At the return of his heavy footsteps, she turned her back to her desk, attempting to use her body as a shield. Widening her stance and her arms, she wrapped her fingers around the edge of the desk and leaned back in hopes of concealing any evidence of her book from his all-seeing cop’s eyes.

He glanced at her and then did a double take. She thought she heard a muttered, “Jesus,” before he retrieved his phone from her hand and continued across the living room, dodging a basket of laundry, a box of decorations she’d yet to put up on the tree, and a half-eaten bowl of cereal.

Wondering what was with the double take, she looked around. She didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. Sure her place was a little messy, but he was a guy. He probably wouldn’t even notice. She thought of something he might notice and looked down.

Yep, that was probably the reason for the look. It was obvious she was cold, and her body-hugging black T-shirt read “Santa’s Favorite Ho” with the jolly old elf ho, ho, hoing, paired with black-and-white plaid flannel sleep pants.

When Aidan reached the other side of the living room, he placed the cell phone between his shoulder and ear and raised the window. “Yeah, it’s Aidan Gallagher. The call from 232 Main Street is a false alarm. That’s her. Five times, is that so? I’ll tell her, thanks.”

“It wasn’t five false alarms. It was four.” She faced her desk to quickly bury a paperback copy of Warrior’s Kiss and her contract for Warrior’s Touch under some paper and turn her notepad upside down while doing a visual search for any other incriminating evidence.

“Doesn’t matter. You still broke the record for false alarms in a six-week timeframe. Dispatch says Mrs. Rosenbloom had three.”

“Are they charging me?”

“No” He answered his ringing phone and then bowed his head. “Hello, Dad. Yes, she’s fine. Is that right? Nachos. No, smoke’s not too bad. Okay, I’ll do that. Don’t remind me,” he grumbled and then disconnected.

Whatever his dad said to Aidan didn’t improve his already not-so-happy mood. She really didn’t feel like talking about the suggestion she’d made to Harper and why. Fending off his probing questions would be difficult, and she wasn’t exactly equipped to handle him tonight. She was tired, and her throat had passed sore an hour before.

“I really appreciate you dropping by, but it’s late, and I have an early day.” She forced a smile and moved to see him . . . out her broken door. She barely managed to stifle an anguished moan. She couldn’t face the thought of dealing with repairing the door tonight.

He lifted his chin to the left of the kitchen. “Is that your bedroom?”

She ignored her inner hussy who yelled who needs a bed and suggested Julia throw herself on the floor at his feet. Her inner hussy was way more optimistic about their chances of getting lucky tonight.

“Yes, but I don’t see . . . What do you think you’re doing?” she said as he walked over and opened her bedroom door. Umm, more like shoved it open. The clothes that had been hanging over her door this morning had fallen off when she closed it, and she’d been running late.

“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what you said to Harper and why. You’re tired? Fine, you can talk to me from your bed while I fix your door.” He looked around her bedroom. “If we can find your bed.”

She grabbed a pink lacy bra off the doorknob and held it behind her back. “I’ve been busy. I haven’t had time to tidy up.”

“What, like in a year?”

“Very funny. I’m sure your room isn’t any better.”

“Sugarplum, my bedroom didn’t look this bad when I was a kid.”

She kind of liked that he called her sugarplum but could do without the sarcasm. She scooted past him to scoop up her bras and panties and any other embarrassing items that were lying on the floor . . . and on the bed . . . and on her dresser. And half sticking out of her nightstand drawer! As breezily as she could, she moved to the front of the nightstand in hopes of blocking his view. “It’s a little smoky in here. Maybe you should open that window too?”

She smiled. He sighed.

As soon as his back was turned, she thigh-checked the nightstand drawer closed. Only it didn’t close. Instead it acted like a rocket launcher, and her fluorescent pink vibrator sailed through the air to land with a splash in the goldfish bowl sitting on the bench at the end of her bed. Her mouth fell open, and then she covered it, releasing a muffled, “I’ve killed Eric and Ariel!”

Aidan looked from the fish bowl to her and started to laugh, a deep rumbly sound that she would have enjoyed if it wasn’t at her expense and if . . . “It’s not funny! My fish are drowning. Save them!”

That made him laugh harder, and his shoulders started to shake. “Death by vibrator. Not a bad way to go.”
“That’s a horrible thing to say, Aidan Gallagher.” She cautiously removed the vibrator from the water, her shoulders sagging in relief when Erik and Ariel swam to the surface. “And FYI, this is not a vibrator. It’s a personal massager.” She rubbed it against the back of her neck. “See, you should try it.”

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About the author:

Debbie Mason CREDIT Debbie MazzuraDebbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.

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Release Blitz : The Proposition (The Players #2) by Elizabeth Hayley

Professional hockey player Ben Williamson doesn’t quite know how he got himself into this situation; hiring someone to be his date to his brother’s wedding is way out of character for him. But with family pressuring him to settle down, going stag just isn’t an option. It would just be one more thing his polite, cultured family uses as ammo against him.

Ryan Cruz is having a bad day. Wait, make that a bad year. Broke, technically homeless, and living on a friend’s couch, she’s now also unemployed after her sharp tongue gets her fired from her job. So when a handsome stranger approaches her out of the blue with a proposition–he’ll pay her to be his date to his brother’s wedding for the weekend–accepting his offer is a no brainer. She needs the cash and figures it wouldn’t be in the best interest of a professional athlete to murder her.

What starts as a simple business arrangement soon becomes more as these opposites attract and get caught up in the wedding magic. Will Ben and Ryan be able to turn their relationship into something more? Or is love based on a proposition too much of an obstacle to overcome?

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Excerpt

Ryan heard a “Ben, go after her” from behind her as she hurried toward the door. She thought his mother had said it, but she couldn’t be sure. Her ears were too busy ringing with the force she was exerting to hold back her tears.

She’d made it to the driveway before she heard Ben call her name. She ignored him as she made her way to the rental car.

He caught up to her right as she reached it. “Ryan,” he breathed.

She turned toward him and held out her hand. “Keys.”

“What?” he asked, looking flustered.

“Give me the keys, Ben.”

“No, let me . . . let me take you back. We can talk and—”

“I have nothing to say to you. And I’m sure as hell not getting in a car with you.”

“Ryan, please let me explain.”

“You have. I got the message pretty clearly inside. Seems like everyone else did too. It was quite a show.”

Ben ran a hand over his head. “I didn’t mean to say that. It just came out. I was angry, and—”

“Jesus Christ, Ben! Stop. You’re not an eighteen-year-old kid anymore. You can’t use your anger as an excuse for saying shitty things. Besides, it’s not like you didn’t say anything that wasn’t true.” Ryan shrugged. “They know the truth about me, and I know where I stand with you. It was for the best.”

“That’s not . . . that’s not where you stand with me. You’re more than that.”

Ryan laughed humorlessly. “No, I’m not. I’m not even that actually. All I am is an out-of-work waitress who was desperate enough to let some guy think she was an escort.”

The startled look on Ben’s face would’ve been comical if it wasn’t for the fact that Ryan was pretty sure she’d never laugh for real ever again. “Wait, you’re not an escort?”

“Well, I mean, I guess I am now. Thanks for that resume builder, by the way. But before I met you? No. I was just some girl trying to figure out how she was going to make ends meet after I quit waitressing at a crappy strip club. And then you barged into my life and offered me a better alternative. So I took it.” Ryan had managed to keep her emotions in check, but time was running out on that. “But now it’s over. So give me the keys.”

After a moment’s hesitation, Ben pulled the keys out of his pocket, but he toyed with them instead of handing them over. “I don’t want it to be over,” he said softly.

“Well, it really doesn’t matter what you want. There’s no coming back from that. We both know it.”

“I don’t know that.”

She sighed. “Then I guess you never really knew me at all.”

My Review

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read. The characters are well rounded and the story is sweet, cute and emotional.  Ben and Ryan are together for all the wrong reasons and you want them to stay together for all the right reasons.

Ben Williamson is a famous hockey player looking to hire an escort to bring to his brother’s wedding, Ryan Cruz is a down-on-her-luck waitress. Each character has a problem requiring a quick fix, Ben needs a date to withstand a few days with his nosy, pretentious family and Ryan needs money. Ben trusts Ryan to keep their arrangement quiet, although he has a lot more to lose than her.

I loved watching these two characters fall for each other. Although they try to cover what happens between them as an arrangement, they can’t deny the attraction they are feeling. Ben isn’t comfortable in his own skin and he has a long standing feud with his brother. He is impulsive and tends to do things without thinking about the consequences. It took Ryan’s free spirit, selflessness and affection to break through his walls and show him that he deserves love and needs to free himself from the past.

This book is the second standalone in The Players series, it is well written and the development of the characters is interesting. Although the plot was predictable, the ending was satisfying. I’ll definitely be reading more books from these authors in the future.

An advanced copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands’ chagrin).

They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

Elizabeth Hayley’s writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”

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Blog Tour : Holding Onto Forever (Beaumont Series – Next Generation #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

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Title: Holding Onto Forever

Series: The Beaumont Series – Next Generation #1

Author: Heidi McLaughlin

Release: October 12, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:

The road for Noah Westbury has been carved out for him, long before he knew who his father was.  Making sure he worked hard to deserve the opportunities provided to him, Noah is exactly where he dreamed of being – starting QB for Portland Pioneers. Together with a Victoria Secret’s model girlfriend by his side, life couldn’t get much better. Except for the fact that standing in his path is Peyton Powell-James, his life-long friend and the one woman he can never have.

Peyton Powell-James always knew her future would be in football and dreams of having a successful sports journalism career once she graduates college. After being given an assignment to cover a professional game from the sidelines, Peyton believes that everything is going to plan, until one fateful night changes her life.

Harsh reality sets in for Noah and Peyton. One could lose everything, while the other one struggles to keep the families together.

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“Heidi McLaughlin delivers a breathtaking addition to the Beaumont series. Holding Onto Forever is everything you want it to be and so much more. I fell in love all over again.” USA Today Bestselling Author, K.L. Grayson

“Holding Onto Forever is emotional, riveting, and completely captivating. Noah Westbury will steal your heart and never give it back.” NYT Bestselling Author, S Moose

“A rollercoaster of emotions. McLaughlin takes you on a journey of two hearts that are destined to be together.” NYT Bestselling Author, Kaylee Ryan

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My Review

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Tragedy strikes when a truck hits the car Peyton Powell-James was in. The book follows her in the hospital having an out of body experience and witnessing the effect the accident has on the lives of her family and friends. The “Beaumont ” families are all gathered for her, hoping she’ll wake up.

The story then follows the Westbury and Powell-James families after Peyton awakes from the coma. Noah Westbury almost lost the love of his life. He has made his own path and is a famous starting quarterback in the NFL. For years, he has been hoping that Peyton would eventually tell him that she wants more than friendship with him. But she never did. And he could never bring himself to put the pressure of a long distance relationship on her. After the accident, Noah wants to make up for lost time and show Peyton how he truly feels about her.

I enjoyed reading this story, but to be honest, the misunderstanding trope the author used is not a favorite of mine. Noah and Peyton’s problems and struggles were frustrating at times. They are based on issues of miscommunication that could be resolved with an open-hearted discussion.  The author also added some eye rolling OW drama that I found totally unnecessary.

This story of second chance was sweet, romantic and rich with family reunion and friendship. Picking up this book was like being reunited with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I was not happy with some plot points, but overall, I enjoyed this book and felt that the ending was satisfying.

ARC generously provided by the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions

Excerpt:

Kyle Zimmerman, one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the league, and Chicago’s most eligible bachelor is holding my hand as he guides me to his car. The schoolgirl in me is trying not to let his presence affect me, at least not on the outside. On the inside, though, I’m all a ball of nerves mixed with excitement.  Who would’ve thought a simple assignment would turn into a date? Not me. Not in a million years, but here I am, being helped into his car and anxiously waiting for him to get behind the steering wheel.

And once he does, the sweet scent of his cologne fills the small space. I find myself leaning a bit closer to him so I can inhale deeply without looking like a creeper. Kyle smiles. It’s an ear-to-ear grin with a slight chuckle. I’ve been caught, but he doesn’t seem to care. He leans forward, pulling himself away from me. It’s probably best. We’ve just met and if he kissed me now, I don’t know what I would do.

“Tell me about yourself, Peyton.”

“I’m majoring in broadcast journalism. I love football. I’m a twin.”

“Is your twin as pretty as you?”

“Prettier,” I tell him.

“Impossible,” he replies, never breaking eye contact with me. “What do you know about me?”

“Everything, yet nothing. Your rookie year, you sat on the bench but started your second year. You threw sixteen touchdowns, eleven interceptions and accumulated 3,440 yards. Your completion rate was fifty-eight percent. This year, you’re pushing seventy percent and in line to win the league MVP. You’ve thrown for almost 4,500 yards, twenty-five touchdowns and four interceptions.”

Kyle’s eyes widen as his mouth drops open. “Wow, you had to go and bring up my first year, huh?”

I shrug. “You asked, but …”

Author Bio:

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.

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Blog Tour : The Perfect Gentleman by Delaney Foster

Today we have the blog tour for The Perfect Gentleman by Delaney Foster! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: The Perfect Gentleman

Author: Delaney Foster

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover designer: Kovers by Kari
Model: Dusty Griffin
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About The Perfect Gentleman:

For Nathan Alexander it’s not an option. It’s a way of life.

As an attorney he defends the defenseless. But when the suit comes off and the gloves go on, his passion is teaching others how to defend themselves.

His life was purposefully methodical. Completely under control. Just the way he likes it.

Until Emma McClain walks in his gym. Battered. Broken. And utterly breathtaking.

 

After his last relationship, Alex swore he’d never give another woman the power to hurt him. But with her unforgettable smile and killer legs, Emma has him fighting for control.

Little does he know she is fighting for her life.

Will he be able to save her before it’s too late? Or will an unexpected revelation cost them both the ultimate price?

 

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My REVIEW

Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This book covers the serious matter of spousal abuse and was incredibly suspenseful at times. Emma’s husband is a sociopath and has trapped her in an abusive relationship. She is used to hiding her feelings, pretending everything in her life is perfect. She is usually able to mitigate her husband’s anger, but she lives in fear of his violent reactions.

After a chance encounter, Alex, a successful attorney, can’t forget Emma. He is the opposite of Emma’s husband, he is kind, attentive and gentle. He seemingly has it all. He lives his life in boardrooms and boxing rings, teaching self-defense and kickboxing classes. His relationship with Emma is refreshing and engaging, their story unfolds at a perfect pace. But Emma is in danger, her husband is becoming increasingly violent.  Alex comes to her rescue and literally sweeps her off her feet. This book was well-written with an intriguing and fast paced plot. The ending seemed a bit rushed but I definitely look forward to reading more books from this author.

ARC generously provided by the author and Inkslinger PR.

 

About the Author:

Delaney Foster is a Louisiana native, not far from New Orleans, where eating, drinking, and dancing are pretty much a requirement for citizenship. She loves all things romance, a good glass of wine, and Saturdays at the baseball park. She definitely believes leggings are pants and is a bit of a book whore. It all started with Jane Austen and her Darcy and has evolved to the likes of Ella Frank, Mia Sheridan, and Colleen Hoover. Just to name a few. In her love stories you will find sexy, alpha males and the strong women who love them.

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