A MONSTER LIKE ME by Pamela Sparkman

Heart of Darkness series #2

BEARD IN MIND by Penny Reid

Winston Brothers series #4

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT by Emma Scott

Companion to the Full Tilt series

THE HUNTING GROUNDS by Katee Robert

Hidden Sins series #2

UNWRITTEN by Jen Frederick

Woodlands series #5

Cross My Heart by L.H. Cosway

Hearts series #5.75

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow series #1

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Downed by Jen Frederick


Title: Downed
Series: Gridiron #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Release date: December 1, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis:

He’s the guy no one likes…

Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.





Well, well, well. Jen Frederick has made a believer out of me. If ever there was a character who was ripe for readers to hate, it was JR "Ace" Anderson. Lucy's childhood best friend is an all-around asshole and traitorous douche. He was a major user of women, and he stabbed Lucy in the back. Not to mention, he's not the most pleasant person. In fact, he's downright cold and selfish. At least, that was the consensus in the past. Could he be redeemed? The answer: absolutely, and with flying colors.

This is most definitely an opposites attract NA romance. These two are the epitome of wrong for each other in every way. She's bubbly, outgoing, and popular. He's a social pariah, angry, and rude. But when you think about what drives their personalities they have more in common than you would originally think. He has major "daddy issues", on one hand despising him and the other hand struggling not to follow in his parent's footsteps.

As much as she seems to have it all together, Bryant is also influenced by a family member. Her fear of getting hurt and taking her sister's tragic path pushes her to hold men at a distance and not allow them access to her heart. And she puts on a veneer of happiness and zen when in actuality she is still locked in memories of the past. Memories of what caused her sister's destruction.

I’ve laughed when I haven’t felt like laughing. My parents need to know I’m okay at all times, otherwise their fears and worries might devour them and send them back to the dark place we were all in three years ago.

It's her decision to make Ace her newest project that starts them on a crazy, whirlwind relationship that will have you wide-eyed at her audacity on more than on occasion. Their first brunch?? The poor boy didn't know what hit him. He was confused, frazzled, and had no idea how to take this southern hurricane with the impeccable manners.

For the greater good of womankind, Bryant makes it her mission to take on a guy she deems struggling and turn him into the perfect boyfriend material. Not for herself of course, but for others willing to reap the spoils of her hard work. I'm not going to lie, I had a fear in the beginning that after Ace started falling for her, her fake relationship goals would blow up in her face later. Thankfully, there was no drama connected to that. Actually, it resolved from a much different angle than I had anticipated. And I mean that in the best way.

In the beginning of the book, Bryant plainly holds the power. She's steering Ace where her vision for him will reach its end goal. But after a few highly provocative and passionate encounters with him, she's left shaken and unsteady. He grows in confidence as hers slips away, and this power struggle was absolutely necessary in my opinion. He helps her look inside herself, to see all the fears she was trying to suppress and makes her face them. In the end, they both grew and matured. Became more confident, strong individuals who fit each other more flawlessly than I ever would have imagined.

Once upon a time, I probably would’ve been a man who’d hurt her, but not anymore. Now I’m the one who’s going to love her.

I'll be the first person to admit that I had serious doubts as to whether or not I could ever like this hero, let alone love him. He didn't magically get a personality transplant overnight that's for sure. Or at all, and that's what I really appreciated. His transformation was gradual and very naturalistic. And even when he became a better man, he still retained some of his rough tendencies. But he was also caring, strong, determined, and protective towards her. If you have your doubts, cast them aside and give this a shot. I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

I had no idea I'd fall in love here at Southern. I hadn't come looking for it, that's for damn sure. But I don't regret it. All of the acts of my past—both good and bad—led me to her.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Major Love (Balls in Play #2) by Kate Stewart



Title: Major Love
Series: Balls in Play #2
Author: Kate Stewart
Release date: November 15, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

"I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember."

"It was a night I could never forget."

"When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered."

"I reminded him it wasn't."

"She was everything I was afraid of."

"He was everything I'd ever wanted."

"She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn't stay away from.

"He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way."

"And the sex . . ."

"Dear God, the sex . . ."

"I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn."

"I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping."

"And you kept it."

"Hell yes I did."

"Fuckin' A."

This is a SPORTS ROMANCE and can be read as a stand alone.


It was heaven. It was hell. It was Andrew Pracht, and I was addicted.

After reading and loving my first Kate Stewart book, Anything but Minor, I was thrilled that there would be a book for Rafe's friend Andy. Poor Andy had a sad case of unrequited love and I really wanted to see him end up with someone who would love and appreciate him. He's an all-around sweet guy-loving, smart, funny, and the best friend you could ask for.

He's that guy that doesn't run from commitment, he chases after it.
He isn't afraid of intimacy, he craves it.
He's a forever type of guy.

He spent years as a catcher in the Minor Leagues, so why is it he can't seem to catch a break?

Andy meets April at Rafe and Alice's engagement party. He is disillusioned, wrecked, and completely lost. He's having to let go of his dreams of being with the woman that he loved and he's not handling it well. She's still coming to terms with breaking up with the man that she was in a very long and committed relationship with. Neither is in a very happy or healthy place, but there was something about Andy's raw honesty that she was desperately drawn to.

Even in his drunken, sometimes ridiculous state, he had these moments where he completely bared his soul to her and shared his regrets, his hopes, and things that he hid inside his heart. She never stood a chance. Before the night ended, she made him a promise. One that she would hold tight to as they got to know one another in the coming weeks.

The more she got to know him, the more she realized that her first impression of him was spot-on. He was everything she thought he was and more. And for the first time, she found someone who looked out for her interests and handled her with care. She was used to being the caregiver, the strong one, it was a revelation having someone who she could lean on.

Who makes sure you’re okay?” It was a punch straight to the gut. Andy grabbed the beer from me, set it beside us, and cupped my face in his hand. “How about I take care of you today?” I nodded as he slid his thumb along my cheek. “You deserve it.”

But she just wasted too many years of her life on a man who didn't deserve it. How could she possibly lay her heart on the line for a man who wasn't yet emotionally available? She needs to make the gamble of her life for Andy and she's determined to hold out for more than friendship. She wants it all. Their push and pull was amazing, the attraction that grew and multiplied was phenomenal and had a little bit of angst due to the fact that they couldn't give in to their physical desires. In the meantime? The humor, the heat, the sweetness was on overload and I completely fell for this adorable couple.

Admittedly, I did have a hard time in the beginning of the book trying to get engrossed. Though that could easily be a case of me-no-you. Andy was the perfect book boyfriend material, and April was brave, funny, and just the woman to fulfill his wish for a woman to spend the rest of his life cherishing. If you like rom-coms, this is a definite must read.

She’d clocked in the fastest and brazened her way throughout the whole of my heart. She’d come in with her threads and pieced me back together a better man. A man more capable of taking any hit that came my way.


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Release Boost: Major Love by Kate Stewart


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Title: Major Love
Series: Balls in Play #2
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: November 15th


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Synopsis:

"I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember."

"It was a night I could never forget."

"When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered."

"I reminded him it wasn't."

"She was everything I was afraid of."

"He was everything I'd ever wanted."

"She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn't stay away from.

"He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way."

"And the sex . . ."

"Dear God, the sex . . ."

"I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn."

"I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping."

"And you kept it."

"Hell yes I did."

"Fuckin' A."


This is a SPORTS ROMANCE and can be read as a stand alone.



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About the Author
Kate


A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 10 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie.

Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published several novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar, The Reluctant Romantics Series (The Fall, The Heart, The Mind) and The Balls in Play series (Anything but Minor and Major Love.)


Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with 'hard to get' happy endings because it's what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.


In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Release Blast: Consolation Prize by Linda Kage


What do you think? Should I give him a try?


CONSOLATION PRIZE
Forbidden Men #9
Linda Kage
Released Nov 17th, 2016


Don't you just hate it when someone destroys all your carefully made plans?

I mean, I had goals: college to graduate in one semester, a future I was working hard to reach, and an image of myself I wanted the world to see. My life was stacked into these precisely placed blocks. But then Colton Gamble came along and knocked them all askew.

I hated how he messed everything up, how he could hog all my attention whenever he was around, how he made my pulse quicken--but only because he ticked me off...not because I was attracted to him. Oh! And I hated how he knew how attractive he was too, the shallow, full of himself, doesn't take no for an answer, too-flirty, too cocky, extremely irritating jerk.

The boy had all the qualities that turned me off. Or so I thought.

One night he wasn't quite the brainless, over-confident jerk I usually took him for.

One night, he took care of me when I was at my lowest. He opened up to me and made me open up to him.

Now I'm learning maybe he's not what I first thought he was. And maybe I'M not what I first thought I was. Maybe it’s okay to rearrange a couple of my perfectly set blocks. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop worrying about what I’m afraid everyone else will think and finally reach for something I really want. It’s possible some of my plans need to be destroyed, and Colton Gamble is exactly the kind of mess I need in my life.

What do you think? Should I give him a try?

Desperately seeking your advice,
Julianna Radcliffe






Linda Kage grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.



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Title: On Thin Ice
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 7, 2016



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Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.

Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America's richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family's upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He's an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.

Camille Valon's life has taken place in the spotlight.

Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She's an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm's length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family's safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn't count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.

As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille's location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other's saving graces, if only they'd put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.

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AUTHOR BIO

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

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