Blog Tour : The Scars I Bare (By the Bay #2) by J.L. Berg


The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg
Publication Date: March 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

tSIB Amazon

Every scar tells a story…
Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see.
Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.

Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.

Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.

Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?

Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?


Read Today!

Google Play:
Add to Goodreads:

My Review


Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

So many feels! JL Berg stole my heart with this book! This beautiful story is raw, honest, emotional and uplifting. The characters are the highlight of this book, they have been going through a lot. Their story felt raw and deeply moving. Both Cora and Dean are individuals with pasts that have scarred them. They are very good at hiding the struggles they face, they are vulnerable and yet so strong.

Cora is running from her past, she wants to start a new life as the only nurse on a picturesque and isolated island. She is used to stressful situations and she likes being far away from everything. Cora has lived in a land of make believe, to hide the painful reality of her conjugal life and protect her daughter and her parents. She is determined to fight back and make it on her own, with her extremely curious and observant daughter.

Dean survived a horrific accident. His family and friends have been incredibly supportive but for three years he has put life on hold, he is a broken man. Sparks fly between these two, they feel a connection that is beyond friendship. I liked that they both recognized something in one another that they could trust. Both characters are bruised and involved in their mutual healing and the growth that comes with it. The strength of these characters is definitely what stands out, they both have more to give and more to love.

This story of second chance was a true winner for me. The author writes from the heart, her words are strong, eloquent, her prose is beautiful and poignant. Her characters are so engaging, I just wanted to hug them! She definitely tugged at my heartstrings with this book.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

An advanced copy of this book was generously provided by the author and Social Butterfly PR.


By the time I arrived at the inn for dinner, I was a goddamn mess. Sweat was running down my back from the heat, even after changing my shirt twice. I’d changed my mind three times on whether to bring flowers for Cora, doubling back to the house at the last minute to grab them after I firmly decided to leave them at home.

When I finally arrived, I was a solid twenty minutes late and probably looked like a psychopath from all the sweat and the mangled flowers in my hand.

But all of this was forgotten the moment the door opened, and Cora greeted me.

“Jesus,” I cursed, giving her a once-over before she even had the chance to say hi. “You look insane.”

“Insane is good?” she asked, pink staining her cheeks.

I’d never seen her in anything beyond scrubs and shorts. Granted, this woman could wear a paper bag and be the hottest woman in the room. Tonight though, she’d dressed up, wearing a short, strappy number with tiny pink flowers dotting the fabric.

“Insane is really good,” I clarified.

TSIB-Teaser3 (1)

Meet J. L. Berg:

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!

I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!

Connect with J. L. Berg:



Release Blitz : Craft (The Gibson Boys #2) by Adriana Locke

RB Banner


Title: Craft

Series: The Gibson Boys #2

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 14, 2018


Craft Ebook CoverThey’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.




Free in Kindle Unlimited

My Review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I loved this sweet and entertaining story of two almost friends who become lovers. The author instantly sucked me in with witty, good-hearted banter and swoony moments that left me smiling. The hero, Lance Gibson, is an absolute sweetheart. He is a natural-born charmer, generous, kind and thoughtful. Definitely a great guy with a big heart, devoted to his job of history teacher.  And yet, his relationship with Mariah Malarkey is complicated, especially as she starts to fall for him, despite her best efforts not to. They are co-workers, Mariah being the high school librarian.

The banter between them was a refreshing part of the book.  And what started out as something fun morphed into something real. They are attracted to each other, but both have reasons to dismiss their feelings. Mariah is guarded, her difficult relationship with her mother has had a negative effect on her self-esteem. Her childhood wasn’t a happy one, she always felt second best. Mariah wants a family of her own and what she didn’t have growing up, unconditional affection and support. I loved that she refuses to compromise on what really matters to her. Even if they enjoy being together, it seems that they want different things.

Lance is convinced he can’t give Mariah what she needs in a relationship. He feels imperfect and doesn’t want to hurt her. I loved that he went through a journey of self-discovery, reflecting on what he really needs to be happy.

Both Lance and Mariah are relatable and likeable characters, I was rooting for them from the start. I liked the build-up of their romantic relationship, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable and everything about them worked.

The story includes the other members of the Gibson family, we get to see their love for each other, they are such an interesting and genuine bunch of characters with great family dynamics. Adriana Locke writes characters you want to sit down and spend some time with! I’m now  eagerly anticipating Machlan’s story. This book is the second in the Gibson Boys series, but can be read as a standalone.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

An ARC was generously provided.

Craft Teaser 6 


 #1 Crank





Free in Kindle Unlimited

Also available in Audio:

Craft Teaser 3

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana’s Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.









Facebook Group:

Goodreads Group:


Release Blitz : Blood and Roses (Tainted Hearts #3.5) by Lylah James

Title: Blood and Roses

Series: Tainted Hearts #3.5

Author: Lylah James

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Genre: Mafia Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 27, 2018



I was trapped. There was nothing left of me.
Then he came and wanted to make me his.
He saved me. He gave me a home, a family.
He made sweet love to me.
I was his Angel. He was my everything.
I thought we would live happily ever after, but there are no happy endings in the mafia life.
I found this out the hard way, as the blood flowed, red as roses…


Angel. The word meant nothing until I saw her.
I found her in a place worse than hell. She calls me her savior.
But I didn’t save her. I captured the pretty angel and made her mine.
Life was perfect. I had everything I wanted.
I was her salvation. She was my redemption.
Until I lost her.
Angels deserve happy endings, but monsters like me don’t.
My darkness became hers, and our happily-ever-after became tainted.

Purchase Links
Free in Kindle Unlimited

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Blood and Roses is the story of Lyov and Maria Ivanshov, Alessio ‘s parents and it proves to be as raw, gritty and captivating as the first books in the Tainted Hearts series. Lyov Ivanshov is the king of the Russian underworld, Lylah James did a great job of providing glimpses of Lyov’s conscience and humanity, while not taking away from the fact that he is a dangerous bad guy.

Maria was kidnapped and held prisoner by human traffickers. She was stripped of her dignity. She is a great character to read about. Stubborn, strong, trying to never let anything break her no matter what happened to her, she is emotionally numb and yet so resilient. Lyov is a powerful man, and he uses his power to make her his. I loved the take their relationship took. It was based on a deep emotional connection and a balance of power.

Maria is not gullible, she is well aware of who Lyov is, a cold-blooded killer. He never considers the consequences of his actions, only his personal profit. And yet, their connection is shifting the lines of his crime world. Their story revolves around the most devastatingly beautiful love. With Lyov, Maria found solace, safety and a family.

The writing in this book was just so enthralling, fascinating and simply addicting. Of course, I knew where the story was headed, there was no happy ending for Lyov and Maria. It was tragic and heartbreaking, but so worth the read!
This series has literally sucked me in and I can’t wait for more!

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
ARC generously provided by the author and Give Me Books PR


“I am a mad man, Maria. And you tested my patience today,” he hissed, his face coming so close to mine and I shivered in his hold.
My hand came up and gripped his wrist, not to dislodge his hold from my throat but to keep it there. His eyes flared dangerously and I knew I was playing with fire.
“I am sorry,” I whispered.
“No. I don’t think you are.”
Shock coursed through my body at his words and I flinched. The tears made another appearance. I tried to deny his claim but the look on his face stopped me.
“Stand up,” he ordered softly. But oh, it was every bit menacing.
My body was his, my mind was his…and I obeyed instantly. There was no hesitation. His grip released my throat and I stood up on shaking legs in front of Master.
“You broke my rules, Maria. The rules are there to protect you and you consciously went against me. I can’t keep you safe like this.”
My chin wobbled against the effort to keep my tears at bay. I was ashamed. Embarrassed. And wanted nothing more than for Lyov to just hold me.
But he was angry. I’d made him angry.
“You know what happens when you break one of my rules. You are aware of the consequences,” he continued in the same harsh, rough voice.
I nodded silently.
“Your words,” he demanded. Each word hit me like a harsh lash against my fragile skin. Lyov was brutal.
“Yes. I am aware of the consequences, Master.” Maybe…just maybe that was why I did it. 
He stared me down, his grey eyes icy. “Good. Undress then.”
I went to quickly do as I was told, gripping my nightgown and starting to pull it over my head but Lyov’s voice stopped me.
“Slowly, Maria. Undress slowly for me.”
His words sent a shiver down my body, all the way to my toes. My thighs clenched. Lyov sat back lazily and watched me intently. Without taking his eyes off me, he took a bottle of scotch from the small table beside him and poured some in a glass.
His head was cocked to the side as he brought the glass to his lips and sipped slowly. The darkness in his eyes didn’t disappear. It was still there and more. Intense. Furious. Dangerous.
There was a fiery need inside of me. My hands trembled as I brought them up to unbutton my nightgown. My fingers fumbled with the buttons and Lyov watched me with rapt attention, an eyebrow raised mockingly.
Finally, when all six buttons were open, I breathed out a sigh. My hands paused and my stomach clenched. Slowly, like Lyov wanted me to, I pushed the nightgown down my shoulders and then my arms before it pooled at my feet.
I was left with only my bra and panties. The cold air caressed me and goosebumps rose on my skin. I shivered even though Lyov’s heat was penetrating into my every pore.
His gaze was filled with danger, brutality…and need.
At the thought of Lyov being in complete control and seeing him exude dominance with just a mere glance, or just a simple word—it had my senses in override.

Also Available


Free in Kindle Unlimited


Free in Kindle Unlimited


Free in Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio

Lylah James lives somewhere in Canada. She is usually pretty busy but she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male.

Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.

Blog Tour : Nobody Does It Better (Masters and Mercenaries #15) by Lexi Blake

A spy who specializes in seduction

Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.

A leading man who doesn’t do romance

Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.

An ending neither could have expected

Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.


Amazon | iTunes | GooglePlay | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

This book had the most adrenaline pumping action and breath-stealing romance! I loved it. I found myself fascinated with the unique, flawless way this author weaves detailed backstories into her present day story. This book is the perfect quick read filled with action, suspense and romance. This is the kind of book where once you start, you won’t be able to stop. The chemistry between the two lead characters is sizzling – dark, private, wounded, megastar Joshua Hunt and smart, sassy, ex double agent Kayla Summers are intriguing heroes.

Kayla has been hired as Joshua’s bodyguard but she will offer him more than mere protection. Joshua is desperate for someone he can connect with. He needs to be in control at all time. As it happens, Kayla is a submissive with extensive bodyguard skills, but more importantly, she passes Joshua’s tests, he trusts her. A story that could prove his sexual proclivities would ruin his career.

Joshua is a tortured hero through and through. He has gone through plenty of rough patches during his childhood, he knows what desperation feels like. It is obvious that this character has overcome a lot, he can easily turn off his emotions, but not with Kayla. I loved Kayla, she is complex, smart, funny and yet she is damaged. Her dark and twisted side was intriguing. Not only did she show her vulnerability in times when all was left was fear, but she was also a strong, courageous woman.

I love Lexi Blake’s writing style. Her pacing is perfection, there is a lot of action, but there is also a lot of time spent digging into the characters’ personalities and learning about their backstory. Kayla and Josuha are wonderful characters, their chemistry is crackling with conflict and connection. I enjoyed their story from beginning to end.

ARC generously provided by the author and Inkslinger PR.


Her eyes came up, a flash of recognition there. “Yes?”

“Are you going to sign the contract or do you have more questions?”

She picked up the pen sitting on top of the contracts that would bind the two of them together for the next six months. They would reevaluate the relationship at that point in time, but for the next six months, she was his. His bodyguard. His submissive.

Bought and properly paid for. He would take care of her and she would give him what he needed.

She signed with a flourish and sat back, a gleam of curiosity in her eyes.

He was curious, too, and there was zero reason to not satisfy their curiosity. Hard and soft limits had been gone over. They would find their communication style as they went along. But first she should understand that he was in control.

“Come sit on my lap.”

She didn’t hesitate. She stood and turned, shifting so she could maneuver her way onto his lap.

Her weight came down on him and he wrapped an arm around her waist. Damn but she made him feel big. He’d seen her take out a man twice her size, but sitting here in his lap she felt small and vulnerable, and fuck but that did it for him.

He slid a hand along her knee, letting himself indulge in the silky-smooth feel of her skin against his palm. “Did you do as I asked?”

He was well aware his voice had gone husky, deeper than normal.

“Yes, Joshua.” She squirmed the tiniest bit, as though trying to find a comfortable position. It might be difficult for her because she was sitting right on his cock, and it was harder and thicker than he could ever remember it being.

“How can I trust you?” This was all part of the game he loved. Here he could let go and play out the darker of his impulses—to control, to take, to possess.

See. Want. Have.

“You’ll have to check,” she replied. “Though shouldn’t we go inside?”

He reached out and picked up his cell with his free hand, pushing one number and connecting to the security room. He put them on speaker. She needed to understand what she was up against in order for the game to be fair. “Landon?”

“This is Burke,” the deep voice replied. “Shane’s on patrol. What can I do for you?”

“Burke, I would like to fuck my submissive on the third-floor balcony. Is anyone watching us? Can you see any cameras pointed our way?”

A low, masculine chuckle came across the line. “No, Mr. Hunt. And given the angle relative to the beach, you should enjoy your evening without worry. The only peepers I would worry about would be your next-door neighbor, and Jared is out for the night.”

“I wouldn’t care if he wasn’t. Keep up the good work.” He hung up and his hand tightened. “I would prefer when we’re playing that you don’t question me like that. I know where I want to fuck you. I know when I want to fuck you, and I’m in charge. If I want you in the middle of a crowded freeway, your only response is a yes or a no. Not to question me.”

She seemed to relax back against him, as though she was giving up the struggle and choosing to submit. “Yes, Joshua. Yes, I understand, and yes to the sex. Please.”

He liked the breathy please and loved how she squirmed. Still, he wasn’t absolutely sure she’d obeyed him, and he was a man who required proof. He slid his hand up her thigh. “Spread your legs for me.”

Her knees fell apart, and he could feel the heat from her core. He slipped a hand up until he made contact with her softest skin. No panties. Nothing but wet heat waiting for him, and it was obvious the play had cranked her up, too. His free hand eased one button on her shirt free, and then another and another until he could move in like a soldier conquering territory. No bra. Her breasts were like the rest of her. Soft and delicate. One nipple rolled against his palm, hardening then and there.

“I can see you’ve been an obedient sub,” he said, his mouth against her ear. “You need to stay that way or there will be punishment. I’m not a sadist, Kayla. I truly don’t get off on your pain, but I will give it to you if you need it. I am a disciplinarian. I gain satisfaction from your obedience. In exchange, I’ll show you how good it can be to obey me.”

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


Blog Tour : The Cracks Duet by L.H. Cosway

We’re celebrating the release of the CRACKS DUET by L.H. Cosway! 


Title: A Crack In Everything and How The Light Gets In (Cracks Duet)

Age Group: Adult
Release Date: January 30 & February 6, 2018
A Crack In Everything  Goodreads
How The Light Gets In Goodreads

A Crack in Everything

Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.

It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

My Review

Rating : 5 out of 5 Stars

This book is beautifully written, I was drawn to the storyline as well as to the characters. I could not put it down. The story is set in Dublin. The protagonists, Evelyn and Dylan live in the same council estate, a place of concrete, dust and noise. Dylan is smart, interesting and attractive. Evelyn is stunned that he is going out of his way to be friends with her. She is not one of the popular girls and lives in her own little world. She has created her own garden on the roof of the council flat, to sate her need to be around nature, color and beauty. This hobby that involves growing flowers and plants is her passion. Her mother abandoned her and she lives with her aunt. They are not rich but they only allow positivity in their life.

Dylan is her exact opposite, he is preoccupied and has a lot of anger in him. He is determined to work his way up in society, make a difference. He has dreams of another, better life far from Dublin. He enjoys Evelyn’s positivity, her inner spirit and cheerfulness make him feel lighter.

I thought the characters were all portrayed realistically and I loved that they were complex. I was engaged the whole story and loved the poignant look into Evelyn and Dylan’s lives. Following their own paths, they are both making hard choices. I thought that the author captured their struggle quite well. The ending of the first part of the duet broke my heart, but I’m sure the author will mend it with the second part.

ARC generously provided by the author and WordSmith Publicity.

How the Light Gets in

He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.

We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought I’d see him again.

I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.

He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best life in the after.

And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.

How the Light Gets In is Book #2 and the concluding installment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

My Review

 Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars

Flawed, complex characters make this book a captivating and poignant read.

The story takes place 11 years later, in New York. Dylan and Evelyn have become virtual strangers, even though they are now living in the same city. Evelyn has followed Dylan’s brilliant career from afar. His success makes her feel like a failure. The choices she has made have taken a toll on her life. She has changed and has become world-weary, dark even. She hasn’t figured out how to be happy since Dylan left. Her acts of self-preservation ended up pushing him further away from her.

But Dylan has found his way back to her.  Their bond hasn’t died in all those years and he is convinced that some things are just worth fighting for. He has achieved everything he has set out to in his professional life, but what he really wants is a second chance with Evelyn.

In this book, Dylan is the perfect hero, Evelyn less so. She’s definitely hard to understand, sometimes even making me frustrated at her. Dylan is persistent and she can’t resist his tenderness and the deep emotions he awakens. He’s very much a sexy alpha hero, but he’s also incredibly sweet, tender and thoughtful.  I adored him.

The Cracks Duet is a romance that is beautiful, poignant and takes readers on an emotional journey. Evelyn and Dylan’s road to love was not an easy one, but their happy ending was just perfect.

ARC generously provided by the author and WordSmith Publicity.



About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Social Media Links:FB:





Blog Tour : Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Set in the heart of New Orleans MOONLIGHT SINS, the first book in the all-new de Vincent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, invites readers to enter the world the de Vincent family.

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she had her heart and confidence shattered by her manipulative ex-husband. For the first time in her life, she’s making major changes– new job, new town and a new opportunity to forget the past. But starting over in the Louisiana bayou isn’t exactly what she thought it would be…

Lucien de Vincent – the wildest, most unpredictable brother – is having a bad week. His father has been found dead in the most suspicious circumstances. His older brother is bribing the police to avoid a scandal. And the more he spends time with, Julia the new nurse taking care of his troubled sister, the more he can’t imagine being without her. Lucien may be the unrepentant bachelor of the family but there’s something about Julia that makes him want to lay himself bare. But family secrets are starting to emerge. And the past could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to. Plus, he’s her employer. But his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much to deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

About the Book

Moonlight Sins
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

de Vincent Series #1

Contemporary Romance

Avon Books

Publication Date
January 30, 2018

Amazon  |  Avon Romance  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Google Play  |  iBooks

My Review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Addictive and thrilling, this book is a spectacular blend of mystery, deceit, dark secrets and sultry romance. I was really mesmerized by the storytelling. This book is the first in a new trilogy featuring the de Vincent brothers. The de Vincent clan is considered American royalty, the brothers are worth billions and live in a mansion said to be haunted, near New Orleans. The family has long been said to be under a curse, dooming its feminine members to early deaths.

Lucian de Vincent is the youngest brother. He seemingly has it all, but the reality is different. He was cut out of the family business by his father. His two older brothers have just inherited the family’s business empire, after their father was found dead under suspicious circumstances.

The heroine, Julie Hughes, is a nurse, competent and dedicated to her job. She feels the need for something in her life to change and she has decided to take a nursing job a thousand miles away from her hometown. She has been hired to care for Lucian’s twin sister Madeline, who disappeared, was presumed dead and suddenly reappeared ten years later, in a very fragile mental and physical state.

Meeting Lucian will change her life. He is a devil may care playboy, charming, intense and devious in his teasing. He is trouble, she is way out of her league with him and taking risks is usually not her style, but she is drawn to him. Julia wants to discover the true person that has been hiding under a careless façade. From their initial meeting you could feel the electricity pinging off the pages between them.

The thrill and suspense really drew me, I liked that the book kept me guessing. Not everything was as it seemed. The author has woven an intricate plot, filled with mystery and page scorching heat. The characters were easy to fall in love with, and I loved the way the author described the sultry, seductive atmosphere of New Orleans. “Moonlight Sins” was a compelling read and an amazing start to an exciting new series! I highly recommend it!

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

ARC generously provided by the publisher and Pure Textuality PR.

Moonlight Sins Promo Graphic 3


“I want to know about you,” he spoke before she could, and then shifted closer, his knee pressed into her thigh once more. “I have questions. I’m made of them.”

She gave a little laugh as she shook her head. “There’s nothing more to know about me than what you already know.”

“There’s literally everything to know about you,” he insisted. “Where did you go to school?

What really made you take a job like this one where you leave everything behind?”

“I went to Shippensburg University. You’ve probably never heard of it.” Like she’d ever answer that last question. Finishing off her tea, she smiled faintly. “It’s really late and I do need to get to sleep. Thank you for the tea. I think it will work.”

“But I haven’t asked you the most important question.”

Slipping off the stool, she let her hair fall forward, past her breasts. “And what is that?”

“How can you be here and be the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen?”

Julia’s head swung to his so fast she thought her it would fall right off her shoulders.

Everything about the tone of his voice and the slightly wide eyes of his said he was being genuine, but he couldn’t be serious.

Her gaze sharpened. Was he drinking something harder than chamomile? Because there was no way in the world that he truly believed that she was the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen.

The question burned to the tip of her tongue. If he thought she was so beautiful then why did he walk away from her that night in her apartment? She swallowed the question so she didn’t have to swallow her pride.

At the end of the day, she knew who Lucian was.

He was the kind of guy who couldn’t go a weekend without getting laid. They existed. She’d met a few while in college and when she did her stint at the hospital. They weren’t exactly particular when it came to who’d they be with. Pretty much came down to whoever was available at the time.

Which meant she wasn’t going to be impressed with stray compliments that were tossed out as often as the trash was.

Lucian leaned and then spoke in a low voice, “There is another reason why I didn’t tell you who I was.”

The change of subject rattled her and she whispered back. “Why?”

He tilted his head so his mouth was directly above her ear. “Because I knew the moment you’d figured out who I was, you wouldn’t have let me come back to your apartment.”

Exhaling roughly, Julia knew she needed to pull away and stop this conversation. That was the professional and mature thing to do, but she didn’t move. She was frozen on her stool, her heart thumping in her chest.

He wasn’t done yet. “I knew that if you realized who I was, you would’ve never let me get my hand between those pretty thighs of yours and I would’ve never known how soft and slick you felt against my fingers.”

A bolt of red-hot lust blasted through her veins as heat poured into her very core. Those words created a storm inside her. A tremble rocked her body.

“So, yeah, that’s another reason why I didn’t say who I was.” His lips brushed the lobe of her ear, sending an illicit shiver across her skin.

Pulse pounding, she drew back. She felt unsteady as Lucian straightened on his chair, and she felt so close—too close to do something irrevocably reckless. Like hopping off her stool and into his lap.

“You’re not supposed to bring that up,” she reminded him. “You promised.”

He tilted his head to the side. “I didn’t promise that.”

She opened her mouth.

“I didn’t,” he insisted, and when she dragged the conversation back through her thoughts, she realized he was right. He hadn’t.

Her eyes narrowed. “Even so, it would be the appropriate thing for you to do.”

“And I think you already know how I feel about doing the appropriate thing.”

She shook her head. It was way past time to end this conversation. “Thank you for the tea, Lucian, but—” A gasp cut her off.

Lucian rose and was in front of her so quickly that she was startled. “Say it again.”

Confusion swamped her. “Say what?”

“My name.”

They were close, and he towered over her by a good foot. Julia reached out, gripping the edge of the island. “Why?”

“Because I asked?” he offered, his lips curving up at the corners. “And because I like the way it sounds coming from your lips.”

Her heart did a weird little jump. She had no idea how to respond to that request. None whatsoever.

But then he moved. He reached into the small place between them, catching the piece of her hair that had fallen across her cheek. Before she could move away, the back of his hand dragged across her cheek as he tucked the hair behind her ear. Her stupid, stupid body immediately responded once more.

Moonlight Sins Promo Graphic 2

Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of MOONLIGHT SINS, we’re giving away a paperback copy of TILL DEATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 2/12/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including the Wait for You, Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin Teen and writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. Jennifer is also the founder of Apollycon, a yearly reader event that brings in over 1400 readers and authors together each year. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Loki and Diesel.

Author Links

website facebook twitter goodreads Amazon icon

This promotion is brought to you by Pure Textuality PR.
PTPR New Logo - Email 2

Review Blitz : When the Stars Come Out (Cottonbloom #5) by Laura Trentham

Review Tour

When the Stars Come Out

A Cottonbloom Novel

By Laura Trentham

when the stars come out cover


A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past—and find reason to stay forever in Laura Trentham’s When the Stars Come Out. . .

Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .

Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?


My Review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I was so happy to be back in Cottonbloom! Laura Trentham’s writing is fantastic, her characters are vibrant and easy to love. The three Abbott brothers are all yummy hero material! In this book, we get to know Jackson, the quieter brother.

Willa Brown’s life has not been easy. She is on her own, living in a trailer park. In Cottonbloom, she has found a place to settle and a job. Willa is a mechanic and an invaluable asset to the Abbott’s business, she is darn good at her job. Her job is crucial to her, without the Abbott, she would be alone. The brothers help her recover a sense of safety, they are friendly, decent and kind.

From the start, Willa has had a crush on Jackson, but she can’t afford to want more than friendship with him. She avoids emotional entanglements and is used to moving on if she becomes attached.
But as she finds herself getting invested in the town of Cottombloom and as her feelings for Jackson continue to deepen, Willa finds the idea of growing roots doesn’t make her panic as it used to. It was wonderful to see her slowly relax into her relationship with Jackson.

These two are pretty cute together, the chemistry between them sparked and sizzled. Jackson melted my heart, he has issues with feeling abandoned, being a kid when their mother decided to leave. He is set on never opening himself up enough to allow anyone in. He’s got a lot of issues he needs to deal with, but he can’t afford to lose Willa. He is willing to do whatever it takes to earn her trust and help her, even though she sends him mixed signals. There is a definite connection that both Willa and Jackson are unable to ignore and I enjoyed watching their relationship evolve.

“When The Stars Come Out” is a charming, sweet story of new love and of what it means to finally find one’s home and family. The cast of secondary characters add depth and warmth to the story, I enjoyed the cameo appearances of the Fournette brothers. I’ll be looking forward to returning to Cottonbloom and I can’t wait for Mack’s story!

Thank you for visiting and happy reading!

ARC generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

not a car - Social Media



Willa glanced down and back up at Jackson through her lashes. The gentle, flirtatious look hit him like a punch. This time his heart kicked like he might require someone to call 911. “Do I clean up good?”

He knew what she wanted to hear and later, in the dark solitude of his bed, he’d tell her and, even better, show her. But, for now, he tempered his response, hoping to get a rise out of her. “Not bad.”

She stepped forward and punched his arm. It might have stung if she hadn’t tipped to the side as her fist made contact. Her eyes popped wide and a little huff escaped. With reaction times honed on the racetrack, he wrapped his arm around her waist, bringing her flush with his body.

“You sure you know how to operate those shoes?” This time he couldn’t keep the smile off his face.

“They don’t require a license. And I was doing fine until you showed up.”

Her admission made him feel slightly better. He wasn’t the only one who was off balance. Her body notched into his perfectly with the added inches the heels lent her. His focus dropped from her sparking eyes to her mouth. Maybe he’d kiss the gloss off them right now. His lips hovered an inch from hers. So close he could feel the ramp-up of her breathing. Or was that his breathing spinning out of control?

 Book Links








Praise for When the Stars Come Out

“The fifth installment in the Cottonbloom series, following Leave the Light On (2017) is hot and sweet, and readers will cheer for Willa and Jackson. Fans of Kristan Higgins and Susan Mallery will love the immersive world that Trentham has created in Cottonbloom, a small southern town divided by the Mississippi River.” Booklist

“When the Stars Come Out is a tender and sexy small-town tale of blossoming love.” BookPage

Returning to Cottonbloom has never been sweeter, When The Stars Come Out is pure literary magic, it’s sure to have readers mesmerized from start to finish!! Red’s Romance Reviews, 5 stars

 Author Bio

Laura Trentahm IIAn award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.

When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

Social Media Links


Or join my reader group:



Sign up for my newsletter:

Follow me on Bookbub for new release or sale announcements:


Enter to win the first four (4) books in the Cottonbloom series!

Kiss Me That Way, Book 1

Then He Kissed Me, Book 2

Till I Kissed You, Book 3

Leave the Night On, Book 4