The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.25 Star Review!

THE STRIKE OUT by Meghan Quinn 
Release Date: January 4th
Genre: Contemporary Romance


It started with one night out with the boys.

She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school.

I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges.

On paper we didn’t match.

Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.

She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me.

She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm.

But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.

I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time – just a good time.

She’s changed me.

But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.


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Steam 5
Storyline 4.25
Overall Rating 4.25
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Reviewed by Robin

Cute with a tiny side of angst. I was surprised by the tiny twist in this story but most of it focused on Holt’s pursuit of Harmony which was relentless with lots of sexual banter and bickering. Some of the craziness resulted in ridiculous ultimatums and then really steamy sex. Lots and lots of sex. Mmmmmm. I love the Brentwood Baseball team and probably will never get enough of the guys in the loft. This cute romance was very Hallmark-y and I loved Meghan’s joke regarding another book in this series.


USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.









The Villain by L.J. Shen ~ Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review & Excerpt!

“A love story with teeth and claws. I dare you not to fall in love with Cillian Fitzpatrick.” – USA Today bestselling author, Parker S. Huntington

The Villain, an all-new twisted modern day Greek tragedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

Cruel. Coldblooded. Hades in a Brioni suit.`
Cillian Fitzpatrick has been dubbed every wicked thing on planet earth.
To the media, he is The Villain.
To me, he is the man who (reluctantly) saved my life.
Now I need him to do me another, small solid.
Bail me out of the mess my husband got me into.
What’s a hundred grand to one of the wealthiest men in America, anyway?
Only Cillian doesn’t hand out free favors.
The price for the money, it turns out, is my freedom.
Now I’m the eldest Fitzpatrick brother’s little toy.
To play, to mold, to break.
Too bad Cillian forgot one, tiny detail.
Persephone wasn’t only the goddess of spring; she was also the queen of death.
He thinks I’ll buckle under the weight of his mind games.
He is about to find out the most lethal poison is also the sweetest.

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Feels 2
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Robin

Whoa! Cillian Fitzpatrick is in the house, taking names and kicking you-know-what all over the place! Persephone Penrose has been infatuated with the bad boy ever since she laid eyes on him. Even though Cillian acts like her existence offends him deep in his very soul. Every interaction…even to save his sister’s friend…pains Cillian. And that is what’s freaking amazing about this story! The undeniable chemistry between the two that Cillian FIGHTS tooth and nail. So unbelievably hot. I loved Persephone’s persistence and although she seemed like a pushover of a girl, she really had a backbone of steel buried in her romantic soul. She’s a great heroine who is genuinely pure and good. Such a direct contrast to the villain, Cillian, who is out for profit and expanding his family’s empire. I was glued to the pages while these two went back and forth. The twists, secrets and steamy scenes made this a book a roller coaster thrill ride for me and I’m kind of sad it’s done. BUT OH SO INTRIGUED for which of the Boston Belles stories we will have next!


I leaned against the doorframe, hands tucked in my front pockets, and observed. It took her three minutes to notice me. Another two to lift her jaw off the floor, straighten her spine, and turn scarlet. Our eyes met across the room, and that nagging murmur in my chest happened again.

Get that checked. If you drop dead from a heart attack at forty, you’ll have no one else to blame. She winced, looking like I physically slapped her.

“Mr. Fitzpatrick.”

“Miss Penrose.”

“Veitch,” she corrected, just to spite me.

“Not for long,” I noted dryly. “A word?”

“I know many. My favorite one right now is—leave.”

“You want to hear me out.” I cracked my knuckles. “Now say goodbye to your little friends.”

She looked back and forth between the kids and me, then turned and murmured something to the teacher next to her, and hurried my way, dunking her head down. “What are you doing here?”

She closed the door behind her, whisper-shouting.

I’ve been asking myself the same question since bailing on Keith and his snooze-fest speech. What the hell was I doing here?

About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Door of Bruises by Sierra Simone ~ Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review!

DOOR OF BRUISES (Thornchapel #4) by Sierra Simone
Release Date: November 30th
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Twelve years ago, our fates were sealed with a kiss.

We are all, for better or worse, doomed to love each other until death do us part. My heart belongs to Proserpina and St. Sebastian—even if he no longer wants it.  Even if she has left it behind to follow him.

Delphine’s fled back home, and Becket’s holy calling is in peril.

And now only Rebecca and I remain at Thornchapel to face the unknown.

The door is open. The door that shouldn’t exist; the door that people have died to close. I don’t feel like the lord of the manor…I don’t feel like a king or a wild god. I am a friend and a boyfriend and a brother—and a failure at being all of these things. But the door doesn’t care about my guilt. It only cares about the sacrifice I’ll make to close it.

As the bruising dark of Samhain approaches, so does the fate of our circle, of Thornchapel and the village and the valley beyond it. And I must don the crown, because one thing is still true, even if I must face it alone.

Here at Thornchapel, the kings must go to the door.

Here at Thornchapel, all kings must die.

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Steam 4
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
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I am at a total loss on how I feel right now. I feel like I need to go to a funeral because this series is over. But I want to celebrate because all the questions I’ve had are finally answered. Once again Sierra spins her magic like it’s effortless and has me completely captivated. I lost track of time. I didn’t eat. I didn’t do laundry. I did cook but I read while cooking and stuff may or may not have burnt…whoops. Anyway…this is a must read series. It’s not a speed read. You can’t and will not skim because if you do you’ll miss something vital. You have to savor this series like the delicacy it is. The amount of research and time Sierra put into every ritual must have been insane because I felt like I was watching it live in person. All the good things! So sad this series has come to a close though. The ending was not what I was expecting!

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Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Little Lies by Helena Hunting ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

 “H. Hunting pens a heartbreaking tale that leaves readers absolutely breathless from beginning to end. One of her best books yet!”
– Stacey Lynn, author

Little Lies, an all-new, angsty and emotional new adult romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting is out now!

I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.

I never loved you.

I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down.
Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.

I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.

Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.

Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.

I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again.

But I don’t want to save her anymore.
I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.

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Steam 4.5
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
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You want some angst…do you? Here it is all wrapped up in a nice little lavender bow. So many times I wanted to smack Kodiak upside the head and throw my kindle across the room. I’ve always loved childhood friends to lovers stories but throw in my favorite hockey players ever? I devoured this book based on whose children these young adults were alone. Lavender was an introverted kid with anxiety. She was protected by her family and friends but now she’s off to college. Not alone. She has two brothers and cousins to watch over her. I LOVED how Lavender was starting to show some inner strength…resilience. She has grown so much from when her family felt the need to shelter her from the big, bad world of bullies and social anxiety. Kodiak is that studly hockey player that we all know and love. For some reason, he and Lavender have grown apart and he wants to keep it that way. So much push and pull between these two and their backstory was addictive. I was craving to understand the source of their conflict…so good! So fun to see that Violet stays true to form but is also Lavender’s rock. I am really needing more, more, more of the Pucked kids!


The front door swings open, and the never-ending nightmare that is this day smacks me in the face like a long-expired sausage. Kodiak stands in the doorway wearing only a pair of swim shorts, wet hair sticking out all over the place, water dripping on the damn floor. But God, is he ever glorious. Muscle layered over muscle, thick biceps flexing as he holds the doorjamb, a mischievous grin popping the dimple in his left cheek.

My heart seizes and gallops. I miss this version of him: the one that smiles and doesn’t hate me.

He ruins everything a moment later by bellowing, “Who’s fucking in the driveway?”

His gaze moves to Dylan, who looks as horrified as I feel, but as it shifts to me, his smile drops and my stomach tightens.

“You should really go,” I tell Dylan.

“I’ll see you around.” He disappears into his car and barely has the door closed before he’s backing out of the driveway and screeching down the street.

I adjust my backpack on my shoulder and head for the house, steeling my spine and my nerves because Kodiak is still standing in the middle of the doorway, his face a mask of indifference. I try to brush by him, but he stays where he is, making it impossible.

I sigh, exhausted beyond belief. I just want to go upstairs and have a good, cathartic cry. I try to mirror his apathy. “Can you move so I can get into my house?”

His brow furrows as his eyes move over my face. He lifts his hand, like maybe he’s thinking about touching me. There’s no way I can handle that. I jerk back and swat his hand away. “What are you doing?”

“Your lip is bleeding.”

“Don’t act like you actually give a shit, Kodiak.”

“Tell me what happened.” His voice is low and soft, and for whatever reason, that makes me even angrier, so I lash out, wanting to wound him the way he keeps wounding me.

“You, Kodiak. You happened, and you ruined my goddamn life. Now get the hell out of my way.” I elbow past him, almost tripping over several sets of running shoes.

I head straight for my bedroom and lock the door behind me. I slide down the wall until my butt hits the floor and close my eyes, taking deep breaths.

I imagined the concern in his voice.

I imagined the pain that sat heavy behind his eyes.

We see what we want to, not the truth, especially when it hurts.

About Helena Hunting

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 

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Reclaim by Aly Martinez ~ Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review & Excerpt!

Reclaim, an all-new intense and heart-wrenching romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is available now!

Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.

My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.

My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.

Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.

It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged. 

A friend who was always waiting for me. 

A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.

He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.

Choices. Everyone makes them.

But mine would ruin us all.

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This book is probably one of the easiest five star reads I’ve had in A LONG TIMEEEE! Aly nailed it. This book broke my heart into tiny pieces and put it back together again. Some parts were absolutely gut wrenching and other parts were so sweet I thought I may get a cavity. Lol. But Aly has a unique way with words that kept me sucked into this story from beginning to the end. I’ve never been more emotional after a reading a book that I was after finishing Reclaim. It was amazing!


He wedged his large body beside me in the bed. On his side, he draped one arm across my middle, curling his other under his head.

I watched him out of the corner of my eye, completely unsure if I was supposed to cuddle into him or what the hell we were doing.

“This okay?” he asked. “You comfortable?”

I was a lot of things. Confused. Lost. Overwhelmed by guilt. 

But because it was Camden, comfortable was one of those things too. 

As an answer, I rolled toward him and buried my face in his broad chest. 

His whole body sagged as he began stroking the back of my hair. “Nora. Nora. Nora.” 

In a way, Camden and I were strangers, but as his heart played in my ear, I felt two puzzle pieces clicking into place. A calm washed over me. The dark cloud of my betrayals still existed outside of Camden’s embrace; it just didn’t seem so ominous anymore. He knew all the dirty and broken parts of me and still came back, holding me as though he could keep me together. 

Sliding an arm around his back, I curled in close, shifting to tangle my legs with his. “I’m tired, Cam.” 

“I know,” he whispered, hugging me tight. 

“No, you don’t. Nobody understands. I’m a disease who infects everyone who gets close to me.” My breathing shuddered. “It hurts. Everything hurts.”

“Do you remember our first summer together when a grasshopper got into the container where we held the extra worms? You screamed so loud when you opened that thing and it came flying out like a bat out of hell. It got on your shirt and then hung on for dear life. With all the racket you were making, the damn thing had to have been terrified, but he never jumped off. I had to peel it off your shirt, one leg at a time.” 

I gagged at the memory. “Thanks for reminding me of that. Awesome timing.” 

He chuckled and pressed his lips to the top of my head. “I’m the grasshopper clinging to your shirt, Nora.” 

Now, if that wasn’t some good old classic Camden Cole rambling, I had no idea what was.

I tilted my head back, resting my chin on his pec, and peered up at him. “You do realize I have no idea what you’re talking about, right?”

My cold, hollow chest filled with a warmth I hadn’t felt in years when he grinned down at me. 

“I genuinely thought you’d find your way back to me. A phone call. A visit. Anything. But as time passed and I got older, I realized I fell in love with a girl who had no idea how to be loved.”

My stomach wrenched, and emotion made my vision swim. “Camden, I—” 

“No, just let me talk. Hear me out.” He tucked a stray hair behind my ear and let his thumb linger at my cheek, sweeping back and forth. “I know you love me, Nora. It’s flashed in your eyes every time you’ve seen me since we were kids. It’s like every light in the house suddenly comes on, but it terrifies you, so you spend the whole time we’re together running around, turning them all off, convincing yourself that you don’t deserve for people to love you back. But we still do it. Joe loves you. Thea loves you. Ramsey loves you. I’ll always love you.”

About Aly Martinez

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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