Wicked Games by Vivian Wood & Amelia Wilde ~ Release Blitz w/ Review, Playlist & Excerpt!

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Title: Wicked Games
Authors: Vivian Wood & Amelia Wilde
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 4, 2019 

BLURB

A secret society.
A forbidden crush.
And an unsolved murder…

Emily Danes expected the tough classes at Campbell College, one of the most exclusive and prestigious universities in the world. She expected the ivy-covered halls. She expected the money.

She didn’t see Wolf Astor coming.

Obscenely wealthy, socially connected, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous, he’s everything she ever dreamed of in a man.

He’s also a total prick.

But at a place like Campbell College, there’s no escape. Not from Wolf, and not from the secrets hidden behind the graceful facades of the campus.

With every day that passes, she’s drawn deeper into the underbelly of the wealthy and privileged at Campbell: a secret society known as the Skulls & Thorns.

And with a murderer loose on campus, she’s running out of time to escape.

 

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REVIEW

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Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

The blurb of this book really sucked me in. Promise me secret societies, suspense, hot guys and murder and I am all in. Emily worked her ass off to get into Campbell College and she certainly isn’t going to let Wolf in all his mysterious brooding hotness get in her way of doing what she came to Campbell for. A fresh start and to concentrate on her education. But Emily who is by nature curious is drawn into the mystery surrounding the death of a student that was part of the mysterious Skulls and Bones secret, yet not so secret, society on campus. They’re rich, elite and her new frenemy/these two are superhot for each other. Wolf just happens to be their golden boy leader.

“Alexander Astor, or Wolf, or whatever he is calling himself these days…he is a prick. He may be hot, but I’d do better staying away from guys like him. That much I am sure of.”

Wolf saw something he wasn’t supposed to and now everything he thought to be true feels like a lie buried under the mystery that is Skulls and Bones. His main focus this year? Find out who killed Asher and why. What was not supposed to be his main focus? Emily Danes, the fierce and beautiful pixie haired freshman he just can’t get off his mind.

“I knew there was something about her that called to me the first time I saw her.”

Can the two of them figure out who killed Asher or will the secrets surrounding his death stay within the walls of Rose House? Ok, so I really did enjoy Wolf and Emily’s relationship. They were sweet and definitely had some fantastic chemistry. I will say the first half of the book was a little slow going for me and I struggled with it at times. The second half was a lot better and I liked the whole mystery part but then that ending? Like what was that? It felt very rushed like the author just decided hey, this is it and I feel like it ended without some really important questions answered. It wasn’t really a cliffhanger as I really am not sure there are even more books. It was more of a I’ll just leave you half satisfied here. SO while the second half was better, I obviously was not a fan of the ending. I am interested in reading more from this duo in the future.

“The door of Rose House slams shut with all the finality of the gates of hell slamming shut behind a newly departed soul.”

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EXCERPT

Pulling my two heavy textbooks for this class out of the stack too, I arrange everything nicely. Just as I am getting my brand new pencils ready, I am startled by a loud bang. My desk mate drops his books on the countertop and sits down, looking at me askance.

I startle to realize that it’s the blond Greek god I ran from only yesterday. Tall and broad-shouldered, he wears his black denim and dark blue tee shirt incredibly well. He knows it too, judging by his posture. He perches on his stool and crosses his arms, expectant. Perfectly unkempt sandy blond hair, dark brows spread wide over the darkest blue eyes I’ve ever seen, a patrician nose, two incredible cheekbones, and the most expressive lips…

This guy is fucking hot, excuse my French.

Which are currently smirking at me. I knew hot guys back home in Prineville. Mostly I avoided them, truth be told. But this guy is on another level. He is so dazzling that he could work in television… and bad tv just so happens to be my weakness.

Being around this guy is enough to make me rethink the bright yellow tee shirt dress I am wearing. I want more than anything to tug the hem down and smooth my hands over my black tights, but I don’t.

Instead I blush, fumbling to introduce myself. Sticking my hand straight out and tossing my messy blonde hair back, I try for an authoritative voice. “I’m Emily Danes.”

At the front of the classroom, the professor clears his throat, ready to start talking. My eyes dart to him, but then he reaches for his bunch of tissues again. Glancing back to my partner, I see him eye me up and down in a totally unsubtle way.

At last, he leans forward and shakes my hand. His skin against mine is hot. I bite my lip, refusing to let a little thing like instant animal attraction do me in.

“I’m Wolf,” he says, his voice low and gravelly. He looks me over once more. Then he arches a brow, his smirk deepening. “Did you find all of your panties last night?”

My cheeks instantly go the exact color of a ripe tomato. I lick my lips and frown. What am I supposed to say to that?

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 AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS

 Vivian Wood

Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass women who bring them to their knees.

Vivian’s lasting motto in romance is a quote from a favorite song: “Soulmates never die.”

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Amelia Wilde

Amelia Wilde knows what it’s like to be lovestruck, and she writes it into all of her books. Authoress of over sixteen spellbinding romances, she lives in the northern climes of Michigan. It’s very cold, but her sexy husband keeps her very warm.

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Bred by Ginger Scott ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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We’re celebrating BRED by Ginger Scott! BRED is a coming-of-age romance inspired by Great Expectations you won’t want to miss!

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Bred by Ginger Scott

Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release day: May 10, 2019
#Free with #KindleUnlimited

Blurb

A coming-of-age romance inspired by Great Expectations

My life was irrevocably changed the moment I stepped foot inside Elena Alderman’s grand front doors. A lifeless tomb on the edge of Chicago’s South Side, the Alderman home sat in one of the city’s oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods, and Elena Alderman was the queen.

She was also mad.

Not the kind of madness that’s readily apparent. No, her psychopathy was far more surgical—more…insidious. She was surrounded by beautiful things—most notably her grand piano and her adopted son, Henry.

I fell in love with both.

My gift blossomed when my fingers touched her black and white keys. But my life began when I became haunted by the boy. Henry Alderman was a handsome blend of arrogance and seduction, and as we grew up together, I found it more and more impossible to separate him from my thoughts. I envied his life. I imagined how my name—Lily—would look with his. I became his closest friend…and more. I gave him my kiss, locked away his secrets, and loved him even when it was hard to.


But we were just a game. Elena Alderman made the rules. And when she decided to change them, she broke everything.

Almost.

 

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Review

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Steam-0
Storyline-4
Overall Rating-3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

I have a very well loved copy of Dickens Great Expectations that I was gifted many years ago when I volunteered as a tween at a local hospital and to this day it remains one of my favorite books. I am always excited to read books inspired by classics because come on, who doesn’t love a classic? This book was very loosely based on Great Expectations, while there weren’t an overwhelming amount of similarities, I kind of didn’t mind because I loved that the author took it and made her own. She put some nice twists throughout the book that really fit and kept the story flowing smoothly.

Lily meets Henry when she goes with her aunt to apply for a job at the home of Elena Alderman, a very rich and powerful women who likes to play games with people’s emotions. Henry is Elena’s adopted son and they strike an interesting friendship when her aunt gets hired and Elena offers to help Lily with her piano lessons. Lily and Henry come from different worlds. The Aldermans live a life of abundance and privilege while Lily and her guardians struggle to make ends meet. Yet as the years go on Lily and Henry become closer, much to Elena’s dismay.

“A hypnotic gaze that stops my heart ever so briefly. It skips. I die, just for a breath. I die and I come back.”

Lily and Henry end up at the same elite boarding school and we follow them as they try and navigate through their teen years and feelings towards one another. Lily so obviously loved Henry and puts her heart out there time and time again for him. Henry was raised to guard his heart and to never love another, but how long can Elena be the puppet master pulling at strings with these two? Do they even stand a chance when someone is trying so hard to keep them apart? There is a lot of strength in both Lily and Henry as they try to figure out their place in between all the craziness that is thrown at them. Both started out pretty immature, but hey, they were super young but the growth they did together was tremendous and I loved that they had each other to help them through it all.

“This place is for secrets. And this shall be mine.”

This book started out a little slow. I think that was in part due to how young Lily and Henry were but it did pick up as we get further into it. I liked the dash of darkness in it and the book was a bit twisty and I enjoyed those aspects. I also loved to hate Elena, she was crazy as hell. There was a lot of drama, secrets and betrayal mixed in throughout the story and a good amount of angst. Overall it was a good read and a nice twist on Dickens classic, I enjoyed it.

“I also think maybe…maybe I’m a little in love with Henry Alderman.”

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Excerpt

A coming-of-age love story inspired by Great Expectations

(Copyright Ginger Scott, 2019)

 

“You know this stuff…” he starts, but I interrupt with an emphatic shake of my head. When his fingers splay out over my back I freeze. I follow the path my book takes back to the place it started in front of me as Henry slides it in place, flipping open to the chapter I’m trying to memorize. Knelt down next to me, he leans closer, resting his right arm next to my left one—we are touching.

I swallow. I’m going to fail. I cannot memorize something like the varied historical degrees of differences between a Protestant hell and a Lutheran one while the master of all hotness is sharing a desktop with me. My arm hairs are literally electric, standing up and reaching to plant themselves in his skin. I’ve gone completely primal—my body convinced that I am the gatherer in need of this hunter.

“Look,” he says, leaning in even closer and reaching to flip the pages. I barely register the movement of his thumb under a bold section of words. When his eyes catch mine still stuck on his face, I jump in my seat a little.

“Sorry,” I say, clearing my throat. “I’m just overwhelmed. Maybe a little slow, too, from being in here so long.”

It’s partly true, but I’m also just crushing. Crushing—that’s what Nicki calls it. She rolls her eyes every time she catches me doing it too, then labels it with that word. I crush in the dining area. I crush between classes when Henry pokes my arm with his index finger as we pass in the halls. I crush when I watch him sprint across the lawn every day at three in the afternoon, late for rowing. It’s literally become how I know it’s three o’clock! My body just instinctually glides toward my window at exactly 2:59. Pathetic!

At this point, we should just say that I’m crushed rather than crushing. Crushed and utterly destroyed of all pride.

I am gatherer.
“What you need to do is make up a rhyme. Something that will help you keep all of the key words in your brain so when it comes time to write them down in order, you’ll have them there.”

I draw in my lips and let the acid climb up my throat.

“I don’t even understand that. Ugg, I’m hopeless,” I say, letting my head fall flat against the book. I bounce my forehead there lightly while I eke out a desperate laugh at my own expense.

“You aren’t hopeless.” I feel the warm breath from his chuckle and smell the mint of his gum, and it’s intoxicating enough without his touch, so when the warm hand slides the hair from my cheek I go full hypnosis. His fingers trace my jaw, and my head lifts from the light pressure of his hold. For a moment, I believe in myself just because of the look in his eyes when our stares meet. He’s dead serious—and God, the way he’s looking at me, hair all tousled, smile soft and true, cheeks lifted as if they’re glad to see me.

Like a drunk, I lean closer, my lips parting and ready—my mind imagining everything I’m about to feel—Henry’s mouth on mine, the graze of teeth against my lips, us standing as his arms sweep around my back before his hands rush up my spine into my own messy hair.

None of that happens.

I get an inch away from his mouth, my eyelids fluttering with nerves and uncertainty whether they should close or remain open, and Henry turns a few inches to his left, stiffening and backing away just enough to keep me from making this worse—as if I can make this worse somehow. The rush of heat that coats me isn’t from passion—it’s from humiliation. My eyes remain open just long enough to see the movement in his neck as he clears his throat. His soft smile is replaced with a hard line, drawn under the pity that slants his eyes.

I think I understand hell a little better now. It helps that I’m in it.

“I’m just tired. I…” Why I try to speak, I don’t know.

“It’s fine.” His voice is laced with discomfort. In one blink I erased everything that was easy between us. All because of my damn fantasies.

Fine. That word—so short, so four-lettered. Such a lie. I ruined everything.

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About Ginger Scott

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, The Hail Mary, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You, A Girl Like Me, Memphis and Cry Baby.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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For Lila, Forever by Winter Renshaw ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

 

The words “For Lila, forever” adorned the front of the envelope in blue ink, the handwriting all too familiar. But it didn’t matter what it said. I didn’t have the heart to open it.

We couldn’t be together.

Not after everything …

Leaving Rose Crossing, Maine was one of the most painful moments of my life—or at least it was until the day I came face-to-face with Thayer Ainsworth again.

After a decade of searching, he’s found me, and he wants to know why I quit my housemaid job and left his family’s island estate without so much as a goodbye. But I’m bound by a devastating secret much bigger than the two of us, and telling him the truth has consequences.

Looking into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved, I tell him the only thing I’m allowed to: never contact me again. And when he’s gone, I sit down and finally open his letter.

Only it isn’t a letter at all.

It changes everything.

 

Review

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Storyline-3.5
Overall Rating-3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

After the untimely death of her Mom, Lila arrives at Rose Crossing Island in Maine to spend the summer working with her grandparents who are the island caretakers. Right away she is warned to steer clear of Mr. Bertram’s grandsons, Thayer and Westley and they both also receive that warning from their grandfather to leave Lila alone. It’s becomes a challenge for Lila rather quickly when Thayer, the oldest grandson takes an interest in her. The two become close quickly but have to hide their relationship from everyone, especially Howard Bertram who holds so much power and influence over his family. The two still manage to spend a magical summer together filled with laughter, young love and whispered promises.

“Nothing in my life has ever felt so right. The sunlight kisses her with its warmth. And I kiss her again. I’d live in this moment with Lila forever if I could.”

When Thayer returns to the island as soon as his school year ends he discovers Lila and her grandparents vanished. No letter and no idea why she left, Thayer is heartbroken and determined to find Lila, no matter what the cost.

“It doesn’t sound the same without her here. And it sure as hell doesn’t feel the same. I close my eyes and try to get some rest. I’ll look for Lila forever if I have to.”

This story takes us between past and present over a ten year time span. It’s filled with secrets, betrayal and an overwhelming sense of love. Thayer will never give up on finding Lila and once he finally does, she is determined to keep the secret she is bound by. But truths come to light and things aren’t always what they seem. What will happen once the real reason Lila left without so much as a goodbye comes out? I really liked Thayer and how even after all those years he never gave up on the promise he made to Lila, she was his one true love. My like for Lila kind of swayed at parts in the book. I loved how strong she was and I know she had the best intentions, sometimes it was just a little hard to see for a while. If you’re in the mood for a quick read and sweet love story, definitely check this one out.

“I see him. And I see us. And I see our entire life together.”

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“What are you doing in here?” he asks.
I rise from the bed and slide my hands in the back pockets of my cutoff shorts. “I just needed a minute to myself.”
He studies me.
“There are just so many people … everywhere …” I continue.
“Are you okay?” he asks.
I shrug. “I … don’t know how to answer that.”
“I’m sorry.” He lifts a hand. “That’s a horrible question and I shouldn’t have asked. Obviously you’re not okay. I mean. You’re okay. But you’ve been through a lot. And … I’m going to shut up now.”
He smiles his perfect, straight, bright white smile and it instantly makes me reciprocate, almost like I have no control over my facial expressions. But it doesn’t stick for long.
“How did you know I was here?” I ask.
“I saw you heading west after breakfast this morning. There’s really nothing on this side of the island except this cottage.”
“Oh. So you came looking for me? Like on purpose?”
He laughs under his breath, an easy, relaxed sort of chuff, like he finds my question adorable.
“I guess so,” he says. “Yeah. Guess I wanted to make sure you didn’t get lost or anything.”
“Appreciate it.” I don’t buy it for one second. “I should probably get back. It’s almost time to prep lunch.”
I squeeze through the doorway and make my way down the hall when I hear him say my name. Nothing else. Just … Lila. Turning back, I see he’s standing still, feet planted, in no rush to go anywhere.
“Yes?” I ask.
“If you ever want to talk …” he clears his throat. “I’m sure you miss your friends. And I know you’re going through a lot right now …”
There’s a gentleness about him, an easiness that I didn’t anticipate. It’s in the smoothness of his voice, the way his eyes crinkle when he smiles. He never talks about himself—even during meals. He’s always asking everyone else what they’re doing or what’s going on in their lives. And it’s plain to see he’s the clear favorite among the three grandchildren. He’s the apple of Howard Bertram’s eye.
And I get it.
So far … he seems like a nice guy—a good person.
I almost wish he wasn’t.
I almost wish he fulfilled every stereotype I conjured up about someone with his name and his background and his family and his privileges.
But now all I feel is guilt and an onset of extreme self-awareness, suddenly second-guessing the placement of my hands or the puffiness of my eyes.
“Does this house have a name?” I ask, changing the subject because I feel another wave of emotions about to wash over me when I think too hard about his unexpected kindness.
“What?”
“You know. Like your house is The Ainsworth,” I say. “And Grandma and Grandpa’s house is The Hilliard. What do you call this one?”
Thayer shrugs before shaking his head. “Nothing. I guess we mostly pretend it doesn’t exist.”
“That’s kind of … sad. Is it weird that I feel sorry for this place?” I half-laugh.
He smirks. “Yeah.”
His on-the-spot honesty makes me respect him that much more.
“Back home, my mom had this friend, and she was always talking about how everything had a soul. People, animals, plants, even inanimate objects. Mom said even if that isn’t true, it doesn’t hurt to treat everything with respect, like it has feelings. I thought they were out of their minds, but I guess a little bit of them rubbed off on me.”
“You think the house’s feelings are hurt?” He scratches at his temple.
“Maybe. Sort of. So what if I do?” I bite my lower lip for a flash of a second. I’m teasing, flirting, and I shouldn’t be.
He doesn’t say anything, which makes this moment as awkward and nerve-wracking as possible. I swear I hear my heart beating in my ears—that, or it’s the whoosh and crash of the ocean outside. I’m too distracted right now to differentiate.
My mom’s crazy friend always talked about auras. I never saw them, never believed in them, but she claimed mine was dark red, which meant I was self-sufficient and able to persevere anything.
She also told me that at my mother’s funeral, so she might have simply been trying to comfort me.
If Thayer had an aura, I bet it would be light blue. The color of the sky. Serene and calm.
“You want to name the house?” he asks.
“What?”
“This cottage.” He glances up at the ceiling. “Give it a name. It can be your house. What’s your last name?”
“Hilliard.” My mother gave me her last name on account of my father abandoning us early into her pregnancy. I never knew his name. Never saw a picture. Only heard a few details, like he was smart and charismatic and successful, but also self-centered and narcissistic. “So obviously there can’t be two Hilliard Cottages.”
“All right. Then we’ll just call it The Lila Cottage.”
I snicker. “That doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as The Ainsworth or The Caldecott.”
“You think?” he asks. “Nah. It sounds fine to me.”
“Would your grandfather be okay with you naming this place without his permission? I’m getting major control-freak vibes from him.”
Shit.
I need to shut my mouth before I get myself in trouble.
Sure, Thayer’s easy to talk to and he seems like a reasonable person, but I literally just insulted his grandfather—my boss.
My cheeks flush with a burning warmth and I glance down for a moment.
“He is absolutely a control freak, and we don’t have to tell him. It can just be our thing.”
Our thing.
So now we have a thing.
“I used to hide out in here when I was a kid,” he says, looking around. “Westley was always so clingy. Like a shadow. And Whitley was always whining about this or that. And sometimes I just needed space.”
“This is quite the hideaway for a kid. A whole house.”
“Yeah,” he says. “Anyway, if you need a hideaway of your own, you’ve found a good one. But I can’t say I won’t be using it too.”
“We should probably come up with a custody agreement of some kind.” I’m flirting. Again. But I can’t help myself. He’s so damn cute. “Maybe I get weekends? You can have holidays because I’ll likely be working those, so …”
He laughs at me and our gazes lock until our respective smiles fade. There’s a glimmer of something in his eyes … fascination maybe? Curiosity? I don’t know him well enough to tell, but he looks at me in a way that no one else ever has before.
Perhaps I’m a novelty to him.
Or maybe this is what he does. Charms you. Works you until you’re putty in his hands so he can use you until you’re all used up, and then he moves on to the next girl.
“I should probably get back to The Bertram,” I say. “I’m sure Grandma’s wondering where I am.”
“We’re going to watch a movie tonight,” he says. “At Westley and Whitley’s.”
AKA The Caldecott.
“You should come by,” he says.
Yesterday it was the bonfire.
Tonight it’s a movie.
I head to the door, the wood floorboards creaking beneath my quick, soft steps, but before I leave, I turn back to him. “You should probably stop inviting me to hang out.”

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Dark Night by Emily Goodwin ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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Dark of Night by Emily Goodwin

Release Date: April 22nd, 2019

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Dark of Night, a sexy and exciting paranormal romance in the Thorne Hill series by New York Times bestselling author Emily Goodwin.

Everything has a cost.

I never thought the cost of falling in love could be my life. But when the Vampire Council gets reports of increased magical activity in the surrounding areas, they give the order for vampires to kill any witches they come across. I trust Lucas to never hurt me, but he’s not the only vampire in my life, and let’s just say the others aren’t my biggest fans.

While I’m busy trying not to become vampire chow, something dark and powerful is surrounding Thorne Hill, infecting everything—and everyone—that gets in its path. If the darkness gets to the Ley line, then the whole town is doomed.

I won’t go down without a fight, but how can I fight something I can’t even see?

Book two in the Thorne Hill series

(2 book series)

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Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Book two in the Thorne Hill series picks up right where we were left with that huge cliffhanger at the end of book one. Lucas and Callie are busy fighting zombies and demons and whatever else is thrown at them or summoned from the dead. Basically just the typical happenings in Thorne Hill when these two are involved.

In Dark of Night we do get a lot more answers to questions surrounding Callie’s past and why her relationship with her family is the way it is. I will say her so called father and brother are by far my least favorite characters. I’d take the super decayed attic zombie over either of them.

Callie and Lucas are super hot and heavy in this book and are totally in love. And for some reason they felt the need to constantly remind us about it over and over again. Yeah, I know I should give them a break and let them be all lovely dovey, but it grated on my nerves a bit. I honestly found myself skimming through some of those pages as it was a bit overkill for me. Moving on. Callie is still trying to figure out all her powers and why she is different from other witches and Lucas always has her back, because he is great like that. They make a pretty bad ass evil fighting team.

“I’m a witch and you’re a vampire, but I swear to the heavens above we were meant to be.”

Evil is still lurking near the Ley line and trying to go after the witches, so Callie and her friends and Lucas are always prepared to fight. Lucas will do anything to protect the one he loves, but how far is he willing to go and what happens when they break a rule of the Coven? Can they stay together when their relationship is forbidden by some of those closest to them?

“He’s a vampire, I’m human. He won’t age. I’ll get old. He’ll live forever. I’ll die. We love each other, but is love enough?”

This was a really good read, I just personally liked the pace and storyline a bit better in the first book. This one does end on a huge cliffhanger and I was like no, don’t go and do this to me again, Emily Goodwin! Hopefully we won’t have that long to wait for the next book because I need some answers and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Excerpt

I swallow hard, well aware that Lucas can hear my heart start to race. Inhaling deep, I rest my head against his chest.

“I’ll tell you,” I whisper. “I want you to know. Just don’t…don’t judge me for it.”

“I helped you bury the same body twice. And I didn’t judge you then.”

I laugh, but it’s too high-pitched compared to my normal laugh. I’m nervous, and it’s obvious. “Well, don’t think differently of me then. Specifically, don’t pity me. I can’t stand when people do.”

“I won’t,” he promises. “And if you’re not ready to talk, I can wait. I’ve waited over a thousand years for you, what’s a few more months?”

“I love you.” I tip my head up, looking into his deep blue eyes. “You know that, right?”

“You could prove it with sex.”

This time when I laugh it’s the real thing. Lucas has that way about him. He calms my nerves. Makes me feel safe. Wanted. Loved. He’s everything I could ever want in a partner.

“Now I’m thinking about you naked.” I wiggle my eyebrows. “Do you have to go back to the bar tonight?” Proving my love to him just might take all night. We’re good like that.

“Not tonight.” In one swift movement, he stands and puts me on the desk. “Tonight, I’m all yours.” He pulls the tie on my robe and moves between my legs. I lean back, propping myself up on my elbows. Heat floods through me just by seeing the look in Lucas’s eyes, the one that lets me know he’s going to devour me, drinking from me and fucking me so hard I’m still going to feel it in the morning.

I wrap my legs around him, bringing him closer. Feeling his big cock harden against me always turns me on. Knowing he’s getting hard for me…that I’m the one he wants…

Fangs drawn, he kisses me hard before moving his mouth to my neck. His fangs graze over my skin, causing a shiver to make its way through me. My mouth falls open as a soft moan escapes my lips. My eyes close, and I slide my hands up his back, fingers digging into my skin.

He retracts his fangs and sucks at the skin on my neck, knowing what that sensation does to me. I rake my nails up his back, pressing hard. Even if I were to tear open his skin, he’d heal in seconds.

He pushes me back, sliding the robe down over one shoulder. I bring my arms back, and let the robe slip off. Lucas looks me over and draws his fangs again. He dives back on me with a growl, one hand going to the back of my head, bunching up my hair in his fist. His other hand lands on my thigh and slowly slides up toward my core.

About Emily

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

Connect with Emily

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All We Were by Elisabeth Grace & Michelle Lynn ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

 

Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?

I’ve done things I can never undo.

No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.

As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.

Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.

He always puts my needs before his own.

Now it’s my turn to protect him.

None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.

He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.

The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.

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REVIEW

Feels 4
Steam 1
Storyline 3
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Jimmy and Lilah have been in each other’s lives just about as far back as they can remember. They have always looked out for each other growing up, though neither wanted to call the mountainside home. To them it was a place filled with horrible memories and a place where they both were forever changed by the hands of those that were supposed to protect them. So as soon as they were able they left together in search of a better life in Hollywood and far away from their dark past.

“It wasn’t hope that sprouted inside me when he said it that day – it was faith. And those are two very different things.”

When they finally found a place to call home Jimmy became one of Hollywood’s up and coming actors and Lilah found herself with a prestigious modeling career. Their relationship however was super complicated and it was one of those on and off again things, but if it was up to Jimmy it would be on for good. Where Jimmy was able to put his past mostly behind him and move forward with his career, Lilah struggled to face her demons and when reminders of the past were too much, she turned to drugs and alcohol to numb her pain. And so began their constant cycle of Jimmy picking up Lilah and cleaning her off no matter what the cost. He vowed he would always be there for her and he proves it time and time again, hopeful that this time will be the last. That she will get help and let him love her the way she deserves to be loved.

“Don’t you see ? I’m broken. And if we’re together, really together…I’ll break you too.”

OK. I loved Jimmy and his unwavering devotion to Lilah because it was crystal clear how much he loved and worshiped her, but at times…well, really several times throughout the book I wanted to scream at him to just walk away before it breaks him. He was just so freaking nice that it sometimes drove me crazy. Lilah, well I honestly did not like her much at all. I will say after we learn some more about her past and why it drove her to make the choices she did my heart hurt for her and I went from straight loathing her to just disliking her. I wanted her to just stop with all the destruction and let the damn man that loves you help you. I found myself frustrated a lot during this book with all the up and downs, well mostly the downs. I am hoping in the next book I grow to like her more. I hope they move past all the pain and can find love. And then we get a big ass cliffhanger…I was like NO!! Thankfully we don’t have to wait all that long for book two.

“His heartbeat is music. His smell is home. His warmth is safety.”

stephanie

 

Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.

I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.

I mean, life is great.

Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.

If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.

There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace. Which means confronting her for the final time.

I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.

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ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

For more of the lowdown feel free to visit her author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.com

ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.

She loves all thing romance and cries at happy endings!

Visit her at www.michellelynnbooks.com

 

What He Never Knew by Kandi Steiner ~ Release Blitz

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What He Never Knew, a standalone teacher/student romance in the What He Doesn’t Know series by bestselling author Kandi Steiner is live!

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I never learn my lesson.

And I always want what I can’t have.

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around.

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends.

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore.

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life.

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting.

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one.

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits.

This time, I’m staying away.

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 1
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the third book in the What He Doesn’t Know series by Kandi Steiner and even though this can technically read as a stand-alone as stated, I feel like if you don’t read the first two books you really will miss out on so much history that is important with some of the characters in this book. Plus I absolutely fell so deeply in love with the first two books in this series and though the Author gave them an ending I had hoped for my heart still ached for Reese and was hoping he would get his chance for his own HEA.

Sarah was on top of the world, doing what she loved. Studying piano at the college of her choice with dreams of one day playing at Carnegie Hall. When someone who she was supposed to be able to trust to help and guide her takes advantage of her in the most horrific way she is left a shell of the happy, vibrant and trusting person she once was.

“I couldn’t find salvation in it that day, and I hadn’t since.”

It’s been two years since Reese had his heart broken by the only woman he has ever loved, a woman who never belonged to him but that he wanted none the less. Trying to move on but afraid to let go until Reese agrees to take on Sarah as a new student. A student who shares his love of music and who he sees is just as broken as he is. A student he starts to feel something for even though he tells himself he shouldn’t.

“This was my curse-hurting anyone who ever dared to love me. Even when I didn’t mean to, I still did. I was better off alone, and I knew that now.”

Reese and Sarah are two beautifully broken souls drowning in the darkness until they start to see a glimpse of light in each other. Can they help each other heal and move on and will Reese finally get his happily ever after? I loved Reese and how he loved with his whole heart. How even though it broke him time and time again he tried to always do what was best for others no matter how much it hurt. Sarah was amazing and strong and even though she was shattered by someone close to her she was determined to heal and make her dreams come true. I loved these two characters and I know I am maybe in the minority here but I just didn’t love them together. I really wanted to, I really did. Although this story was beautifully written as were the previous books I’ve read from this author, sadly I had a hard time feeling the connection between Reese and Sarah and just didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. I do look forward to reading more from this author soon!

“It was a feeling, a hope that should gave died in both of us long ago, but was reborn the minute we found each other.”

stephanie

About Kandi

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

Today we have the blog tour for Cora Reilly’s Only Work, No Play! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!!

Title: Only Work, No Play
Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: Sports Romance

Synopsis

After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.
Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.
Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.
As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.
But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.

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Review

Feels 0
Storyline 3.5
Steam 1
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

This story was an easy read about a hot, rich, sports guy who runs from commitment, finds a girl who he never would have looked twice at and wants to make her his. Naturally, he doesn’t come to that conclusion right away. There are a lot of mean things said, hurt feelings and then feeble attempts to apologize. Nothing was really different in there in the category of sports star commit-a-phobe finally finds “the one”.

I didn’t feel a strong connection between the characters and Xavier was too obnoxious for me while Evie was quite annoying at times. The sex scenes weren’t too steamy as you would expect from a shy, nerdy girl who has never made it passed kissing. For me, it was just an ok read.

christine

 

 

About Cora Reilly

Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.

Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.

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