The Mrs. Degree by Sara Ney ~ Release Blitz

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sara Ney comes a new series about strong, single girls falling in love: accidentally.

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Release Date: May 3

I never thought I would get pregnant in college.

When I did, I thought leaving Jack Jennings was doing him a giant favor—he had a bright future ahead of him as a football star—the last thing he needed was me and a baby standing in his way of his dreams.

Honestly? I figured he would eventually forget about me.

I would raise our child in secret and watch Jack on television, and the pain of what I’d done to him would heal.

The last person I expected to see on my brothers doorstep seven years later was Jack; obviously, or I wouldn’t have answered it.

A superstitious athlete, dreams were keeping him awake at night that were preventing him from excelling on the field—dreams he was hoping I could make…disappear.

He looked so good. So much older.

Kind. Handsome.

Turns out, he hadn’t forgotten about me either, and he hadn’t put our past behind him.

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Storyline 3.5
Steam 2
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

I have to say that this book had me excited by the blurb that I had read. But once I did get my hands on it, I was surprised that I couldn’t connect with the story. Penelope and Jack went to college together and dated. He had the opportunity to become a big NFL star and Penelope at the same time found out she was pregnant. She thought she did the honorable thing by completely ignoring him, cutting him off and blocking him. I hate this scenario in every book that authors do this in. It can only set up for a huge blowout once the father finds out. It’s now seven years later and Jack is in a slump. For some reason, he thinks seeing Penelope will help with his latest downward spiral. He is determined to find her and get her out of his mind. Once he does find her, not only does he get the shock of his life but feelings are clearly not done for the two of them. The way these two are brought back together left a lot to be desired. Once they found each other it did pick up a bit but I was still feeling down from the start. The sexy scenes could have been more frequent and a little bit steamier but that’s just my opinion. It was an ok book for me. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and see if things are different in other books.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 

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Meet Me at Midnight by Melissa Toppen ~ Release Blitz & Giveaway

Meet Me at Midnight by Melissa Toppen is LIVE!

Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Melissa Toppen
Release: April 29, 2022
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance


Meet me at midnight– whispered words from drunken lips.

Lips that I had spent years wanting to kiss.

Lips that I had dreamt about night after night, waking to wonder what if.

What if he noticed me?

What if he wanted me?

What if

But I quickly learned some things are better left to wonder.

Especially where Levi Mills is concerned.

He didn’t just steal my innocence that night.

He broke every part of me.

Dismantled me from the inside out until there was nothing left of the girl I used to be.

Years passed. Moments faded into the background. Until eventually he became nothing more than a distant memory- a dream that almost didn’t seem real.

But then suddenly he’s there, standing in front of me again like he never left. And in that one heartbeat, in that one breath, I relive it all over again. Every touch. Every word. Like frozen snippets of time suspended in front of my eyes.

And then he smiles that all too familiar smile, meet me at midnight moving soundlessly across his lips.

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Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Levi and Olive have been friends since the sixth grade when he saved her from a spitball rampage on the school bus. That’s when Olive’s obsession for Levi started. Throughout high school they ran in the same circles. Levi, one of the most popular guys at school, had an ever rotating list of girls on his arm and in his bed. Olive was secretly in love with him, but maybe her feelings weren’t as secret as she thought. Maybe she wasn’t the only one holding onto a secret that would change both their lives and destroy their friendship.

“He’s a drug I’ve needed to quit for some time now but one I never could seem to put down.”

Six years later and Levi is back in Warren, Rhode Island. He hasn’t seen or spoken to Olive since he disappeared without a goodbye. His mom is sick. There is a wedding and so many unresolved feelings between these two. Olive is angry and Levi wants forgiveness and maybe a second chance. But is Olive willing to give him what he so desperately wants after what happened when they met at midnight all those years ago?

“Please, O, I don’t know how to be here without you.”

Meet Me At Midnight is a second chance, friends to lovers story that was a pretty quick read. While I have really liked the other books I have read by this author, I unfortunately was not a huge fan of this one. Although Olive seemed to be the more mature and dependable one of the two, she still was a tad immature. Her obsession and constant back and forth didn’t really work well in my opinion. Levi was okay but how are you going to disappear for six years and then return with a bunch of random lame excuses to try and win back the one that got away. Make her swoon, Levi and earn that forgiveness. I like a little back and forth between characters but in this book it honestly bothered me. It was an okay read but I felt like there wasn’t a lot to grab onto with this story. It lost my attention a few times throughout the book. I do look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

“When he left, my world ended. When he came back, my world began to turn again.”


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Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

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Mafia Vows by L. Steele ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

Sebastian Sovrano is ruthless, arrogant, and fixated on me….

Mafia Vows, an all-new enemies-to-lovers mafia romance full of steam from bestselling author L. Steele, is available now!

Sebastian ‘grumphole’ Sovrano is ruthless, arrogant, and fixated on me.

The first time we meet at a bar I dump my drink all over him.

He retaliates by following me into the ladies’ …

We seem to rub each other up the wrong way every time we are in the same room.

He’s arrogant, high-handed, full of himself, and…

So very appealing.

No way can I act on the attraction that sizzles between us, right?

But I need to get custody of my daughter,

And he promises to help me.

Provided I pose as his wife.

Only problem? I can’t resist his mean smirk, his wickedness that appeals to the darkness inside of me.

But when he discovers my secret, the tables are turned.

Now my fake husband is also my worst enemy…

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I was really excited to read this book when I saw the blurb. This book is part of a series and this one focused on Elsa and Sebastian. Elsa is a single mother whose ex is in a position of power. He holds their daughter’s custody over her head. I was not a fan of hers at all. Her character was all over the place and seemed unstable. Sebastian is part of a top mob family. I have read enough Mafia/Mob type books and I mean I watched Sopranos. This story seemed to me a watered down version but with a cute spin. Sort of like the bubble gum mafia. The things that were happening for me were not believable. The book flew by at a rapid pace, and I couldn’t sense any true development of the characters. The hero and heroine were set up in the beginning as being one way and it didn’t carry through. I skimmed a lot towards the end when I stopped connecting with the story. I hope the book is much better for you.


He holds out one of the tulip shaped glasses, and I snatch it from him. Before he’s raised his own glass, I’ve tossed mine back. The alcohol leaves a trail of heat in its wake. It hits my stomach, and a ball of heat radiates out from the point of contact. I cough as my eyes water. “Jesus, what is that? Paint remover?” I glance up through my spiky eyelashes to find him watching me with something like disdain.

          “What?” I sputter. “Never seen a grown woman act like a wuss?”

          He merely tosses his own drink back—the action is so elegant I want to lean in and follow his every move, with my tongue—then places it on the table with a controlled snap. The kind that manages to be authoritative and demanding. Bloody hell, how can one man convey all of that with such a small gesture?

          Out of the corner of my eye, I spot the bartender hurrying to refill his drink.

          Seb takes the glass from me, and his fingertips brush mine. A current of electricity shoots out from the point of contact. Oh, shit. Not good, not good. Don’t want to have this kind of a reaction to this man.

          “I’m not going to sleep with you. Even if you were the last man on earth,” I blurt out.

          A touch of humor sparks in his eyes.

          “We’ll see.” He tilts his head. “You’re a little thing, aren’t you?” He frowns, as if only now noticing my lack of height. Well, I’m five-feet-four-inches, which is pretty decent, or so I’d thought until I stood before this monster of a man.

          “You’re a big, mean alphahole, aren’t you?” I scoff.

           His jaw drops, but he recovers quickly; I’ll give him that much credit. “That’s not a word in the English language,” he says in a tone that could have chilled my grappa if I were still holding it in my hand, which I’m not. More’s the pity. I would have dumped it on him, just for the satisfaction of taking him by surprise again.

          “It is now,” I inform him, “and by the way, I may be small, but I pack a punch.”

          “Somehow I don’t doubt that.” He lowers his head until we share breath, then murmurs, “But whatever it is you’re offering, I’m not interested.”

           It’s my turn to gape. “What the—?” I sputter. “I’m not offering you anything. I’m not sure what makes you think—”

          He chuckles, the sound so deep, it seems to reach all the way to my toes.

          “Jerk,” I snarl. “Stop laughing at me. I don’t know who you think you are, but—”

          “I have to admit, your response was most satisfying.” He smirks. And damn it, that shouldn’t be so hot. And I shouldn’t still be staring at that beautiful face of his. But honestly, while I’ve only heard of men being referred to as fallen angels before, now I get where the phrase comes from. If that description fits anyone, it’s this larger-than-life guy who’s looking at me like he’s the most superior thing ever to have walked this planet.

          “Only because you caught me by surprise.” I poke my finger in his chest. “I’ll have you know, normally, I am far cooler and more collected.”

          “No doubt, it’s my presence that unnerves you,” he drawls.           “It’s your presence that makes me want to leave this bar,” I retort.

          “No one’s stopping you.” He raises his hand in a dismissive gesture, much like the one I used on him earlier. “In fact, I’ll give you a drink to go.” He jerks his chin at the bartender.

          For the second time in a few minutes, I gape at him.

          “And I thought Italian men were such charmers.”

          “Only with the right kind of women,” he shoots back.

          “Which I am not—when it comes to you— thank god.” I pretend to wipe my forehead. “I wouldn’t be interested in you if you were the last man on this planet.”

          He yawns. “I believe you already mentioned that. Are you done with your childish tantrum?”

          I resist the urge to stamp my foot; that would only confirm his misogynistic remark, and I am not going to validate his misplaced perception.

          “I’ll have a beer,” I say in a casual voice.

          “Eh?” A line appears between his eyebrows, marring the expanse of that gorgeous forehead.

          “A beer.” I stab my thumb over my shoulder. “Tell him I want a beer to go.”

          “Instead of grappa?” He wrinkles his nose like I’ve suddenly developed a bad smell.

          Not that I didn’t like the taste of it, but there’s a reason I’m asking for beer. “In fact, make it a pint. You know us Brits; we never settle for anything less.”

          He shoots me a look filled with disgust.

          “There, there, it can’t be all that bad.” I pat his chest. The heat of his body instantly soaks through his shirt to bleed into my skin. I shiver. To say the man is ripped is an understatement. I mean, I have touched walls which were less firm. Okay, maybe a tad exaggerated on my part, or not. I swear, the man must spend all of his spare time working out.

          He glances down at where my hand seems to have developed a relationship with the front of his shirt.

          “Oops, sorry.” Not. I lower my hand to my side.

          “Your hair…” He points to where I have piled my hair on my head. Half of it has come undone, and strands now hang about my face. The curse of having thick hair. Not to mention, the humidity in this establishment pretty much means my hair is frizzy and escaping from its messy bun.

          “What of my hair?” I scowl.

          “I’ve seen bird’s nests that are tidier.”

          “Such sweet compliments. Keep that up, and I’ll be sure you have a crush on me.”

          He smirks.

          I glower up at him.

          The skin around his eyes creases. Then he reaches over and tucks a strand of hair behind my ear. Tendrils of loathing—it has to be loathing—shiver out from where his fingertips brushed my earlobe.

          Someone clears their throat. That’s when I realize Theresa is standing beside us.

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L. Steele loves to tame alphaholes. She writes romance stories with possessive growly men who meet their match in sassy, curvy, spitfire women 🙂 She also writes dark sexy paranormal romance as NY Times bestseller Laxmi Hariharan.

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Down and Dirty by Mari Carr ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

But Jess isn’t willing to get hurt again . . . no matter how persuasive, how determined, how deliciously possessive her new roommates are.

Down and Dirty, an all-new slow burn sexy heroes romance and the first book in the Italian Stallion Series from New York Times bestselling author Mari Carr is available now!

What happens when a down-on-her-luck single mom meets not one, but two sexy saviors? Roommates with twice the benefits.

Jess has one goal in life—protect her son. But when an overcrowded shelter puts her and Jasper out on the street in the dead of winter, she fears she’s going to fail that mission. Help comes in the form of confirmed bachelors, Tony Moretti and Dr. Rhys Beaumont.

Tony and Rhys share the same motto—work hard, play harder. But when fate drops a homeless waitress and her young son on their doorstep, their wild and free lifestyle takes a sharp turn. Their desire to help her is only surpassed by their desire to claim her, share her, make her theirs.

When Tony and Rhys offer Jess a place to stay and security, there’s no denying the chemistry between the three of them. All she has to do is let them in. But Jess isn’t willing to get hurt again . . . no matter how persuasive, how determined, how deliciously possessive her new roommates are.

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Storyline 3.5
Steam 3.5
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I am torn on this book! Part of me likes it and part of me wants to roll my eyes. It’s the first book in a series based on how many characters are introduced. However, this book is about a single mom, who lives very far from home. Her family disowned her and her young son. She has held crap jobs, gets evicted and is living in her car. This storyline was good up until she makes her next move.

While working at a diner, one of her regulars leaves a business card that she takes and puts in her wallet. While in her car freezing one night, she decides to go to the address on the card. Her customer and his roommate find her the next morning close to freezing. And here where the author lost me…two smoke show professionals that live together just happen to stumble upon her outside. They become super alpha over her telling her what to do. Both start to have feelings and are drawn to her. She has no clue who these guys are other than they eat at her diner one day a week. She moves in with her kid until she can get on her feet? It was just all too fast and felt forced. There were only a few sexy scenes. Also, these two guys were not interested in each other and had never shared a woman before. But it was no big deal to them.

I’m not a fan of insta-love books. Unfortunately this book fell in that category for me. It felt like the story was rushed and seemed unrealistic to me. It kept me interested because I felt like if I kept going it might pick up. But there were other characters that kept in interesting.

About Mari Carr

Virginia native Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research. She has over a hundred published works, including her popular Wild Irish and Compass books, along with the Trinity Masters series she writes with Lila Dubois.

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Sweet Devil by Becker Gray ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

Sweet Devil by Becker Gray is now live!

People like to say the devil made them do it. And they would be right. I can bend anyone to my will. After all, I am the devil of Pembroke Prep. Only one person dares defy me. The one person I’ve ever wanted to be an angel for. But she despises me almost as much as I crave her. Serafina van Doren is the one temptation I can’t indulge, not with the secrets that I keep. But with the clock running out maybe it’s time to tempt her to the dark side.

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The last book in the Pembroke Prep series belongs to the devil and his queen. Rhys and Serafina have had this whole I hate to love you thing going on since the beginning of the series. I was dying to know where the author was going to lead us. There was a ton of push and pull in this book and even more secrets. These two definitely walked the very thin line between love and hate and sometimes it seemed like the latter would win out. Will the devil of the hellfire club get his queen or is she untouchable? Get ready for a wild ride with the last book in the series.

“If anyone was a fallen angel, it was Rhys Hunington, the devil of Pembroke Prep.”

Serafina VanDoren is the Queen of Pembroke. It seems she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Expectations from school and her parents coming at her non-stop. She just wants to make it through the school year and graduate without any complications. Unfortunately someone else has a bit of a different plan. For the last four years she hasn’t been able to get the devil of Pembroke out of her head and their relationship starts to change from hate to something more…much more.

“I see you. The real you. The girl who would be queen. The girl who cries herself to sleep at night.”

Rhys Hunington has always been the dark and mysterious one of the Hellfire club, many call him the devil of pembroke. To Serafina he was the bane of her existence but also the guy she felt this connection to. Rhys knew how he felt about Sera the first moment he saw her. He stayed hidden in the shadows and played a dangerous game until the rules changed.

“Because if loving her was the only gift I would allow myself, then god dammit, I was going to do it thoroughly. I was going to love every hidden corner of her. Even the corners she hid from herself.”

We see a whole different side of Rhys in this book…a much softer side. Once these two get done with their I hate to love you dance things start to change quickly. I really enjoyed the growth for both characters. Sera allowing herself to break out of the box she was constantly stuffed in her whole life. She finally saw that she was more than just a last name. Rhys is laying all his shit bare and allowing himself to finally love the girl. There were some parts of this story that I definitely didn’t see coming. Secrets revealed and a dark twisted turn. I really wanted to love this series but honestly struggled a bit through the whole thing. The ending of this particular book felt super rushed, but I did like the way it all wrapped up. I liked this series. I sadly didn’t love it as much as I wanted to.

“Some power in the universe had decided to give the devil his piece of heaven. My first. My last. My Serafina.”

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Becker Gray is the brainchild of two best friends who love rich boys in peacoats.  The Hellfire Club is their first series together. 

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