Like You by Rachel Leigh ~ Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Title: Like You
Series: Redwood High #2
Author: Rachel Leigh
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020

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Knox

I’ve got everything going for me—the grades, the scholarship, the goals. I’ve had it all planned out for years. Then she came along. On the outside she has it all together—on the inside she’s damaged goods. She needs me. I just have to decide if she’s worth everything I’m about to lose.

Claire

I came to this town to escape the claws of my past. A simple life in a small town—I just want to live under the radar and blend in. I was doing just that until Knox caught my eye. They say when you know, you know—that we can’t help who we fall in love with. The rules are pretty simple, so why am I breaking them all? I’m a teacher, and he’s my student—this can’t end well. More than just rules are going to be broken. I just hope his heart can be mended when it’s all said and done.

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Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

There is a whole lot jammed into this book for sure. Not sure where to begin first. This is a teacher/student romance and the teacher is not really a teacher. She is a woman on the run from her sex-trafficking, drug selling, abusive soon to be ex-husband. It’s a lot and she is only 23. She ends up getting a job and a place to live from an ally of hers. But it’s only two hours away from the ex which to me…made no sense. If you’re trying to hide, you change your name. You haul ass to another country from this madman. This was one of the many reasons this story was not believable for me.

Knox is an 18 year old stud. He is super smart, hot and all the rage. Of course, he falls for the hot teacher and as if she didn’t have enough to worry about, she gets wrapped up with him. Knox’s mom is the principal at his school. His 17 year old best friend Axel is super rich and runs an underground fight club.

The ex husband turns up like they always do. Knox and Axel get caught in the middle of all of the drama. I had to repeatedly remind my self that these two were only 17 and 18 years old. This story had so many moving parts. Each one more unbelievable than the next that I found myself skimming a whole lot of this book. It definitely wasn’t real life for high school kids. But if you love the angst, action and crazy times…you will LOVE this book. For me, I just couldn’t get into the complicated storyline going on.

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My heart is banging on the walls of my chest, as I stand here with my breasts and my ass hanging out of my silk nightgown. Knox watches me like he’s waiting for me to make a move and grab the blanket that lies at my feet. I look down at it, but I’m frozen in place.

I force myself not to look up. Not to look over at the perfectly sculpted body that stands just a few feet away from—more so, the bulge that’s growing in his boxers. I keep my head down, struggling to speak. “I…I’m sorry, I thought the house would be empty. If I had known you were staying here…”

“Don’t apologize,” he interrupts me. Walking over to my side, he bends over, reaching for the blanket. I can feel the burn of his eyes singe down my body, as he reaches for it, starting with my breasts and ending at my toes. He comes back up, and if my heavy breathing weren’t a big enough sign of my pent-up sexual deprivation, my trembling legs are.

With one hand, he swings the blanket over my shoulders and the scent of whiskey and sweet cinnamon rolls off of him. I can tell he’s had enough liquor to intoxicate us both, as he stumbles to the side. I place a helping hand on him to catch his fall, as he slowly lowers down to a sitting position on the all-white sofa. “Are you alright?”

“I’m golden. Feeling pretty damn good right about now.” His bloodshot eyes fight to stay open.

“You don’t look so good. Let me get you some water.” I attempt to walk away, but his hand on my wrist has me frozen once again. I look down at his fingers wrapped around me and feel enamored by his touch.

He’s a kid, Claire. Stop this. 

I’m not sure why Knox has this effect on me. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. It’s so wrong, but everything about being near him feels so right. He’s like a drug that I want to inhale, just to see how it makes me feel. It could destroy me—or, it can free me from myself.

He uses his grip on me to pull himself up. “Knox,” I mutter into the empty space between us.

He takes a step closer and leans in, his chest pressed against mine, as he whispers in my ear, “Don’t go.”

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Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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Title: Forever Only Once
Series: Promise Me #1
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.

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Overall Rating 3.5
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I wanted to love this book but something and I don’t know what didn’t mesh for me. It felt like there were pieces to a puzzle that were missing and I was left guessing and wanting more info on situations. Hazel is a math nerd and has had a rough past with a relationship. To the point the ex is a stage 5 clinger, stalker and has abused her. She has started her life over far away and has a small group of girl friends. They decide that they need men in their lives and make a “pact” to find a man for each one of them. Hazel, the most broken of the bunch, is the first one up. And it was at this point that I slightly lost interest.

She inadvertently meets Cross Brady…a charming and good looking guy. He is co-owner of a furniture business and is immediately attracted to Hazel. Because of this accidentally meeting he can’t get her out of his head. At the same time Hazel thinks (wayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooo mucchhhhhh) about if she could really put herself out there for another guy again. Ugh…it bothered me all of her back and forth. Anyway, Cross has some issues with his business partner and things escalate quickly between them. For me, their issues came out of left field and Cross doesn’t really respond like he should when he finds out what his partner is doing. He is more interested in Hazel. It just didn’t flow and make sense to me. Besides that, I didn’t really feel chemistry with these two and it left me wanting more. Hopefully, others enjoy this story and are excited for this new series.

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Like You Hurt by Kaydence Snow ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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 What kind of idiot gets on my bad side on his first day at my school? Hendrix Hawthorn is arrogant, cocky, infuriatingly attractive and clearly doesn’t realise I can make his life hell.

Which is exactly what I intend to do… until he shows up in the one place no one knows I go to – the one place that makes me feel alive. Now my reputation is in his hands, but I’ll be damned if I go down without a fight.

Hendrix

What kind of spoiled brat thinks I’ll just fall at her feet like the rest of these jerks? Donna Mead is a stone-cold bitch and I don’t want anything to do with her or her friends.

It’s bad enough I have to finish senior year at Fulton Academy – exactly the kind of place where I made the single biggest mistake of my life. I just want to keep my head down, get decent grades… until she shows up where she doesn’t belong. Now I can’t seem to stop myself from trying to prevent Donna from ruining her life like I did.

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This is the second book in the Devilbend Dynasty series and in this installment, we get all things Donna and Hendrix. We met Donna in the first book as Mena’s loyal, take no shit cousin. You could tell right away she had a story behind her, and I couldn’t wait to hear it. Hendrix is a new player in the game at Fulton Academy and thankfully we get a whole lot of him in this book.

Donna is the queen bee of the school. The girl who is picture perfect on the outside but in reality is barely keeping her head above water on the inside. She is used to always getting who and what she wants so when the new guy at school doesn’t bow down like a good boy she declares war.

“You try to be what everyone expects you to be, but deep down, even you must know you can’t control everything.”

Hendrix isn’t in the mood for anyone’s shit at Fulton Academy. All he wants is to escape his past and get through this year. But then Donna Mead steps in his path and his whole plan is shot to hell. She is wild and reckless and reminds him so much of himself. Or rather the person he used to be. He finds himself trying to help her as they play this crazy game of push and pull. She is everything he wants to avoid and he’s everything she hates but they can’t stay away from each other.

“Donna Mead was a fucking force of nature, and if I wasn’t careful, I had a feeling she would knock me to my knees like a goddamn landslide.”

I like that this book had a little bit of a twist on the whole enemies to lovers/bully romance. Donna was more the bully to Hendrix and she played the role well. I loved Hendrix and hated that he thought his past defined him but loved that he chose to help someone else. His past is so heartbreaking and I can only imagine how that would change someone. As much as I loved Hendrix, I really disliked Donna. I was looking forward to her story. I don’t know if it’s because the whole “dark” Donna was put out there so early but to me, it just wasn’t working. I loved how loyal she was to her family and friends but that’s the extent of my love for all things Donna. I just thought her story was a cluster fuck and try as I may, I just couldn’t with her. I did love Mena, Turner, Harlow and Amaya in this story and all the angst and drama we got along the way. Hendrix was for sure my favorite of them all. I liked this book but definitely is not my favorite in the series.

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Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan ~ Blog Tour w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Queen Move, an all-new passionate and unforgettable friends-to-lovers romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood,
the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Taken.

Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
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And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

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Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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I am a fan of Kennedy Ryan and that was the reason I chose to review this book. Plus the blurb looked interesting but this book was all over the place for me. Ezra and Kimba are friends since they were babies. They could not be closer unless they were actually related. They share so many things together growing up including their first kiss. Their connection was so strong and I knew how deep their feelings for each other ran even at such a young age.

For reasons unknown, their parents who are also very close have a falling out and Ezra and his parents move away quickly. Time goes on and the two star crossed kids lose touch. Up until this point I was liking this book a lot. I saw where it was going…a HOT reunion!!! But as it flashes forward to present and their paths cross again. Sadly the book and storyline lost me.

Kimba has a job in the political arena and for ME, it was just too much political lingo and took away from the storyline. Especially with what is going on in today’s world, the last thing I want to read about is politics. Also the whole race/religion storyline was too much for me as well. I wanted a love story but not something that was so laced with a race/religion storyline. It was again too much for my personal preference. Lastly, the whole ex thing Ezra has going on with his baby momma was just a head shaking scenario as well. It was just so out of place and I found it far fetched and unbelievable. The mixture of these three things just took too much away from the start of such a great love story. I wanted to see more of their reconnection. Perhaps other people will enjoy the political and current events slant. I was hoping for an escape from reality. Hopefully others will love it.

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“You’re fucking brilliant.”

“Huh?” Ezra asks absentmindedly, paying more attention to the flame under his pan than to my compliment. “What’d you say?”

“I said you’re brilliant.” I hold up the iPad I’m using to read his manuscript. “Your book, the YLA story, is incredible, Ez.”

“Oh. Thanks.” He flashes me a smile and then goes back to his French toast. “The key to getting this right is the milk-to-bread ratio.”

I hop off the counter and walk over to stand beside him at the stove. “Would you forget about your French toast for a minute and listen to me?”

“But it’s stuffed French toast.” He takes the pan off the burner and pulls me into his arms. “And I could listen to you all day. What were you saying? Something about me being a handsome, sexy genius?”

“Um…those weren’t my exact words.” I laugh up at him.

“I could have sworn that’s what you said, and I’m never wrong.” He slides his hands over my ass in a pair of his boxer shorts. “Some even say I’m fucking brilliant.”

“They probably just like your big dick,” I whisper and blink up at him as innocently as I can manage.

“I get that a lot.” He drops a kiss on my head and turns back to his French toast. I lean down to rest an elbow on the counter and watch him work.

“A lot?” I ask teasingly. “Have there been a lot?”

He pauses mid-toast-flip and slants me a glance. “Are you asking how many people I’ve had sex with?”

“I mean, it’s none of my business. If you don’t want to—”

“Eight.”

Eight?

Lord above, only eight?!

“Oh.” I straighten and rest my hip against the counter. “What a, um, single-digit number that is.”

“What about you?”

What about me? I’m tabulating years of hook-ups, one-night stands, fuck bois and carrying the one.

“If you don’t want to,” he says, cracking an egg into a bowl, “it’s fine. I don’t care how many people—”

“I don’t know.”

He glances up from whisking eggs, a small frown puckering his dark brows. “You don’t know what?”

“My number. I don’t know how many people I’ve been with.”

He resumes whisking, his frown clearing. “Oh.”

The whisking eggs and whirring refrigerator are the only sounds in the kitchen. I’ve never been embarrassed by my choices. I enjoy sex. I’ve had it with a lot of people. People I really liked…or tolerated…but didn’t want to commit to. I’ve always been safe and never mean about it. I was upfront, and when someone wanted more, I let them know “more” wasn’t an option.

“I just never…” I cross my arms over my stomach, fold one bare foot over the other. “I haven’t been interested in committed relationships. There hasn’t been anyone I wanted that with.”

“Tru.” He stops whisking and gives me the full impact of his undivided attention. His eyes are placid blue. No shadows or undercurrents. “I don’t care.” Ezra pushes the bowl aside and faces me. “But there is something I feel like we should be clear on regarding how you’ve handled sex in the past.”

Here we go.

“You’ve never wanted to commit before,” he says.

“Right. I’ve never wanted any strings attached.”

“I know I said we could be just sex, no emotional attachments.” He shoves his hands in his pockets. “But I feel like I have to be honest with you. Having you back in my life has been…it’s been exactly what I need, and what I felt last night… I’ve never felt that way before.”

I’m not even sure my heart is beating, but it also feels like there’s a tumult in my chest. “What are you saying, Ez?”

His mouth flattens into a hard line and his jaw hardens to stone. “I want strings.”

“Y-you do?”

“I want strings.” He links our fingers, strokes his thumb across my palm. “Ropes, if necessary. I want anything that keeps you with me and me with you and tells everyone else don’t even think about it.”

I’m stunned and incredibly turned on, but that doesn’t take much where Ezra’s concerned.

“You…you do?” I ask faintly…again.

“I wouldn’t do well sharing you.”

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RITA® Award Winner, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts

Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour and many others. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but has a special passion for raising Autism awareness.The co-founder of LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable book auction, she has appeared on Headline News, The Montel Williams Show, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for ASD families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Like You Care by Kaydence Snow ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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I am nothing.

Nobody.

I’d rather be invisible than deal with what happens on the days my classmates decide to acknowledge my existence.

But then Turner Hall shows up – all cool confidence and witty banter – and all of a sudden I don’t want to be invisible any more. I want to be seen.

I want him to see me.

I’m not who he thinks I am but I’m starting to suspect he’s not all he says he is either.

Just my luck that he starts to make friends with my tormentors. How am I supposed to tell him who I really am? How am I supposed to show him my true face? What if the boy I’m falling in love with decides I’m nothing too?

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Overall Rating 3.5
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Like You Care is book one in the new YA series, Devilbend Dynasty by Kaydence Snow. I love a good Bully romance and equally love finding a new author to read so I was super excited to check this one out.

Mena sort of lives in two realities. In one she is safe and accepted with her cousins and their friends. She’s not looked at or ridiculed for being different. She’s comfortable being herself. In the other, she wants nothing more than to disappear. To make it through her senior year and get away from the daily hell that is her high school. Unfortunately for her, the assholes at her school want nothing more than to constantly beat her down and bully her. They were brutal…insanely brutal. So Mena finds the best defense against these totally crazy bullies is to keep her head down and keep to herself. But everyone deserves that someone who shows them know they deserve more. That someone for Mena comes unexpectedly when a new boy moves next door.

“I wanted so badly to show him who I really was. I wanted to show them all the truth. I wanted to run away and never see any of them again.”

Turner is Mena’s new neighbor and the two strike up a quick and deep friendship talking across their balconies that soon escalates into something more. I actually loved the way they met and that they bonded so quickly being there for each other without actually ever meeting face to face. Mena knows who Turner is since they go to the same school. He of course gets pulled right in with the popular kids AKA her tormentors. But he has no idea who she is and she’ll do anything to keep her real identity hidden from the boy she’s falling I love with. What happens when her two realities collide and her secret comes out? Is Turner really the sweet guy she’s gotten to know over their late night talks or will he look at her like all the others do?

“I want you to know I’m going to fight for you. I know you need to think about all of this, but I can’t lose you. You’re the best fucking thing that’s happened to me in a long time.”

This book was a little hard for me to rate. So I absolutely loved Turner. He was one of a kind. I get that Mena was afraid to show him who she really was for fear of losing him, but I wish she would have given him more credit then she did. He was one of the good guys. Truthfully Mena annoyed the shit out of me so many times in this book. I hated the way the assholes at her school treated her, but I felt like she was all over the place. I so wanted her to just stand up for herself. I did like her a lot better in the last half of the book, but I loved Turner in all of it. Then we get this super weird totally random twist in the book that had me confused. It just didn’t fit and I felt like we needed more of that story but it was just skated over. Maybe we will get more info in the next book but it was out of place in this one and interrupted the flow for me. I am all for twists and turns but wasn’t a fan of this one. Needless to say, I liked the first half of the book a lot better than the second. I am looking forward to reading more of this series to see where it takes us. I hope we get a lot more of Turner!

“The world is a shitty place, but you make me happy. I love you.”

Stephanie (1)

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ABOUT KAYDENCE SNOW

Kaydence Snow

Kaydence Snow has lived all over the world but ended up settled in Melbourne, Australia. She lives near the beach with her husband and a beagle that has about as much attitude as her human.

She draws inspiration from her own overthinking, sometimes frightening imagination, and everything that makes life interesting – complicated relationships, unexpected twists, new experiences and good food and coffee. Life is not worth living without good food and coffee!

She believes sarcasm is the highest form of wit and has the vocabulary of a highly educated, well-read sailor. When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, planning when she can write next, or reading other people’s writing, she loves to travel and learn new things.

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