The Do-Over by Julie Richman ~Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review & Excerpt


The Do-Over, an all-new emotional, second chance STANDALONE romance by Julie A. Richman is now LIVE!!


~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with. ~

Wes Bergman was sex on a stick.

We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until . . . we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my

luck, that client’s CEO is none other than . . . Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most –

A Do-Over with Wes.

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Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 3
Overall Rating- 5
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Reviewed by Joanna

Have you ever read a story, and get sucked into it? You can’t stop reading it because you feel like you are in the story, and you have to see what happens next?

Well, that is what happened to me when I was reading this story.
I wanted to message the author, to let her know I was feeling queasy, because I knew something bad was going to follow the something good. I was right… I didn’t want to read on in the story, just was so afraid… but it was okay… survived it and so will you.

This is a wonderful story of second chances and the life that gets there.

Tara Collins takes a vacation on her own and meets Wes Bergman and his nasty sister. Wes was on this trip, because his sister’s boyfriend dumped her before the trip, and she wanted someone to join her.
Tara and Wes hit it off on the very first day, but he had a girlfriend, and his sister made sure to let Tara know about it.

“She’s an actress. She’s tall and blonde. She looks like Sharon Stone with long straight hair. And he’s crazy about her.”

Well, years have passed…Tara is now a mother of a 14 year old teen daughter, divorced, and trying to start her life again. Tara’s good friend Laynie told her to start a dating profile. Some of the dates she had were DUDS!

Wes and Tara’s paths cross once again… and they have a lot to go through.

I loved the family dynamic in this story and the friendships they all have. It is an inspiring story.

There is also a big part of the story that deals with breast cancer. Me… as an 8 year survivor, I appreciated the idea of bringing it to the forefront in the story… bringing the importance of early detection. But don’t get me wrong… it isn’t what the entire story is about.

Oh… and the HEAT the sexy scenes… get the fire extinguisher ready… it is HOT, HOT, HOT!


His hand slowly stroking up and down the outside of my thigh is what roused me from my dream state. It was so soft and tender that I was getting more and more turned on with every movement. With my eyes still closed, I enjoyed the sensation. It wasn’t until his lips started brushing my shoulder, that I was unable to stifle a moan, revealing that I was awake.

“Good morning,” his whisper was hoarse.

“Mmm, good morning.” I stretched my body against his and turned my head to see his face hovering over mine, before our lips met.

“Sleep good?”

“Surprisingly, I did. I was so exhausted. Sorry for passing out on you last night,” I apologized.

“I think we both passed out the moment our heads hit the pillows.” Wes’ hand had migrated from my thigh to my stomach, where he softly drew circles with his fingertips.

Rolling over to face him, I pushed my hair out of the way, silently praying my humidity enhanced curls didn’t make me look like a deranged housewife, scaring the erection right out of the man. Slinging a leg over his thigh, I instantly got my answer. The crazy morning coif was not a cock killer. Thank God!

“You’re a morning person, I see.” Hiding my smile was not a possibility.

“Yeah, I am,” Wes laughed, moving closer to me, his eyes filled with the unmistakable desire to become lovers, something I’d dreamed about on the deck of a windjammer long ago.

“You can wake me up like this anytime.” I needed to let him know it was okay. He’d said he’d take it as slow as I wanted it and what I wanted right now was a slow rhythm of him plowing into me. Hard.

“Are you hard to wake up?” He was pressed up against me.

“I think you’ll figure out the secrets to rousing me.”

“You’ve already figured out the secrets to arousing me.” His voice still had that sexy edge of morning roughness to it, making me want to skip all foreplay and have him inside me.

“I’ll bet you have a few more secrets I can discover,” I said against his lips, as I shifted the leg I had slung over him, pressing my heat and wetness against his already throbbing cock.

Wes groaned and I could feel his smile against my lips. “You know you’re going to make it impossible to make slow, sweet love to you.”

“Good, because I don’t want it slow and sweet.”

Wes flipped me onto my back, “I can easily accommodate your wishes. Are you on anything or do I need to…”

“We’re good,” I assured him.

“Yes, we are.” He kissed my neck, then swiftly pulled my tank top over my head tossing it to the floor. “We’re going to be really good together. Of that, I have no doubt.”

And I knew he was right. Being with this man had been so perfect from the night we met. We meshed with ease and the result was pure joy.

The warmth in his eyes and smile made my breath catch, and in that moment, I was flooded with overwhelming emotion at how much I wanted him. How much I’d always wanted him. It was more than lust, beyond the heat of the moment. Wes Bergman was the man I had always wanted, from the night we met. That was clear to me now.

“I vote we skip the foreplay.” I wriggled out of my underwear.

“You’re on.” His smile told me he was taking on the challenge.

“You’re in,” I gasped, my breath catching in my throat, surprised at the swiftness with which he filled my request.


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USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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The Knight by Skye Warren ~Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review


 Title: The Knight
Series: Endgame #2
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017




The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

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Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 2
Overall Rating- 5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Joanna

Skye Warren never disappoints me… well, sort of.

This is book 2 in her Endgame series. I either missed the part where there is multiple books in this series, or I was just so excited that she had a new story, and I ignored it… but there is still more to come.

Gabriel continues to play his “games” with Avery. There is more revenge being done in this story, and more SEXY stuff. Come on… you know what kind of “sexy” stuff I am talking about… It is Skye Warren, she always has SEXY! Which is why I love her stories.

More truths come out in this story, that you didn’t have the answers to in book 1, but I still have more questions, and can’t wait for the next story to see if those questions are answered. At the end of this book, Ms. Warren writes, “This book ends with Gabriel and Avery, but their story doesn’t end there.” And all I can say is…THANK GOD!! I want more of them and anything thing else she can come up with.

So yes, I give this story a 5 stars. The story of Gabriel and Avery continues and gets more mysterious and things get deeper. There are now more questions and more confusion on how things will end. So if you are looking for a HOT and STEAMY mysterious story, this book is for you!

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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The Pawn by Skye Warren ~Blog Tour w/ Review & Giveaway

The Pawn
by Skye Warren
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.



Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 2
Overall Rating- 5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Joanna

I want to say some DIRTY WORDS… but can’t, or it won’t get posted on social media. So I will just say I am sad that this is over… and I am left hanging until the next story comes out.

I didn’t know this was a 1 of 2 stories when I signed up to read it. I love the author, and usually sign up for anything she writes. Usually she writes the stories to where you don’t have to read the first one…to be able to read the next. Even though they are a series, the can still be left as a standalone. Well… let me tell you, there is more to come, and you are not going to want to miss it.

This is a story of Avery… she lost her mother when she was younger and was raised by her father. He is a very strong and influential business man. Avery has a great boyfriend, saving herself for marriage and he is willing to wait. He loves her that much. Justin wants to get into politics when he graduates, and wants Avery by his side.

Then, Avery’s world comes tumbling down. Her father is accused of criminal acts, was found guilty, and then beaten to a thread of his life. Avery is desperate, trying to take care of her father, paying all the bills, and trying to keep her family home.
She does something desperate and goes to seek help, from the man who hates her father the most…Gabriel Miller.

There is a history between Gabriel and Avery, but Avery isn’t aware of it, she just knows there is a pull towards him.

This is a HOT sexy story, but leaves you wanting and needing more.

I could not put it down. The way it is written, leaves you panting and pissed all at the same time.

Loved it, and hated it. LOL… but need and want more.


About Skye Warren

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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The Navy Seal’s Secret Baby: A Second Change Romance by LK Shaw ~ Release Blitz ~ 5 Star review


The Navy SEAL’s Secret Baby
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After kicking my cheating boyfriend to the curb, I was ready to drown my sorrows in a bottle of tequila. Then I saw him. What started out as a sexy flirtation turned into a night of red-hot passion. When I woke the next morning next to a naked man whose name I couldn’t remember, I did the only thing I could — I ran. 
When the beautiful, curvy blonde laid one on me, I couldn’t stop with one kiss. Before I knew it, we’d spent a mind-blowing night together. When I woke up alone, I did everything I could to find her, but the trail ran cold.


Two years later, we are unexpectedly reunited, and I discover the secret she’s kept from me.


I refuse to let her get away again. Not when she’s the mother of my child.





Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 1
Overall Rating- 5
Received an ARC for review
Reviewed by Joanna

This is a short novella with a lot in it. I hope that there will be a continuation to this story… because I want MORE!

This is a short story about Sofie and David. Sofie finds her boyfriend cheating on her and kicks him out. She needs to go out and forget about him…and she does something that she would not normally do… she drinks and meets someone and sleeps with him.
She is embarrassed by her behavior and does the “walk of shame” before he wakes up…and never sees him again.
Things happen and her life changes because of that one indiscretion of her. (Well, the title pretty much tell you what the life changing event was.) LOL
By a chance the run into each other again during a vacation.
Will she tell him about the baby? Will they be able to pick up where they left off?

If you haven’t read anything by this author, this is a great story to start with. Just know, most of her stories are full length, and don’t want you wanting more…like this story does.

I want to know how much further the relationship can go between Sofie and David.
This story has so much in it for just being a novella… and I hope the author continues this storyline so I will know what happens with these two.

Secrets of Submission is a HEA book in the Secrets series.

Collecting the Pieces by L.A Fiore ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review & Giveaway



At fifteen I fell in love. His name was Jake Stephens and he took the abandoned, lonely girl I had been and made me whole. His love was a pure and unconditional love that made every day better than the last…a fairy tale of my very own.

But this story isn’t about Jake. It’s about Abel Madden; the man I meet after the fairy tale goes to hell. A cocky, arrogant man who says what he wants, does as he pleases, and makes no excuses for it. He irritates me—downright pisses me off at times—but he also brings me back to life.

My name is Sidney Ellis and this is my story of finding love twice—the first when I needed it most and the second when I never saw it coming.

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Panty Scorching- 4
Angst- 3
Overall Rating- 5
Received an ARC for review
Reviewed by JoannaThis is such a beautiful story.It starts off with a story of Sidney living in the “system”. By the age of ten, she is taken in with a foster family. She had hopes that she would finally find a family and be happy. Little did she know, her foster parents only took her in for the money, they didn’t care. Thankfully there was a foster brother, Conner, who made it better for her. They got along well and grew up to be great siblings.
In high school Sidney meets Jake and they begin to date. Jake know about the life Sidney is living, and invites her to his house for the holidays, and Sidney is welcomed.

I don’t want to tell to much more about the story… afraid to give up to much of what happens.

I do want to tell you that there are two wonderful men in this story. You have Jake, and then you will also get to meet Abel. Both completely different from each other, but they both help Sidney “Collect the Pieces” of herself. So beautiful.

Just know… there are tears. Yes, you will probably cry, but then you will be happy again… and then you will be sad…and then happy. LOL In other words, hold on…you will be on an emotional rollercoaster, but is will be SO worth it.

So well written… I couldn’t put it down.



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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.
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Wicked Little Words by Stevie J. Cole & BT Urruela ~Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review

wlw-blogtour_banner“With American Psycho vibes and characters that will
haunt you, Wicked Little Words does not disappoint.” – #1 New York Times
Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

WickedLittleWordsNOW LIVE!


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Edwin Allen Mercer
I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross
All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.
After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction…

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Panty Scorching – 3
Storyline -5
Angst – 4
Tissues -1
Value -5
Overall Rating – 5++
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Reviewed by Joanna

What the heck did I just read?

I need to first start off by saying… this is not my normal read. Yes, I am more known or reading the Dark and Dirty and the Erotic, but I thought hey… It is Stevie J. Cole and BT Urruela, I had to read it. AND I AM SO GLAD I DID!

Now, how to write a review without ruining it… hhhmmm

This is a story about an author, Ethan Allen Mercer, who writes murder mysteries and he is looking for a co-writer to collaborate with him. So he starts a contest with the colleges to have their creative writing classes write a short story to be considered for the position.

So Miranda Cross enters, and the story she writes is one messed up story, and EA Mercer is intrigued. They meet and it was an awkward meeting and Miranda wasn’t sure if she got the job or not, but then gets a notice that she got it, and starts to work with Ethan.

Then… there is a HOT homicide detective working on some current murders that are happening in the town. He is just as messed up as Ethan and Miranda, but he catches the eye of Miranda and they have a drink together. There is a little bit of a “love triangle” even though Miranda has no idea that Ethan has feelings for her.

Things get weird and Miranda gets some strange, creepy feeling about Ethan.

Let me tell you, this is where I have to stop with my review… because it is just a f’d up story, and at times I think…. Should I be worried about the two authors writing this? I mean it is amazingly written and when you get into this story, you don’t want to put it down, because I am like… NO what happens next???

I have never read anything so well written…and so screwed up all in the same time, and there wasn’t much sex in it at all…so you know it had to be good to keep my attention. LOL

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7736491Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

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BT Urruela is a combat wounded amputee, Purple Heart recipient, contemporary author who has written both independent and traditionally published books.  He is a RARE under 40 award recipient, Rockwood Summit High School and Rockwood School District Hall of Fame inductee, Co-founder and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, Ambassador for Tampa Sports Academy, People Magazine Tribute for Heroes winner, Cover Model, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist.

At an early age, he began writing short stories having been inspired by reading books authored by RL Stein. His maternal grandmother’s bookshelf was filled with literature that inspired his young mind and cultivated his vivid imagination.

Upon graduation from high school, his desire to have a 20-year military career was cut drastically short by an improvised explosive device. Taking the life of his commander, and leaving the remaining four-team members badly wounded.

After careful consideration and multiple surgeries, he along with the guidance of his doctors made the decision to amputate. It was the only surgery he ever left with a smile on his face, as if a weight had been lifted. He struggled for two more years through 4-5 hours of physical therapy a day, five days a week to get adapted to his new prosthetic. He medically retired from the Army with high hopes. His focus on restoring his physical shape being the most eminent battle caused him to neglect his psychological state.

Meeting people was difficult and there were very few options for veterans to utilize that would stimulate friendship, and ultimately, allow communication barriers to be breached. After moving to Tampa, Florida, he co-founded the veteran community sports nonprofit, VETSports, with two other combat wounded veterans. It was their mission to change the way veterans transitioned back to civilian life through organized team sports, community involvement, and leadership opportunities.

After being invited to attend a photoshoot with acclaimed photographer Michael Stokes, he flew to California in December of 2014, with incredible excitement. His photos were so widely publicized that he soon gained exposure to the literary world like he had always dreamed of. That opportunity launched him into his present writing career. He co-wrote the novel ‘A Lover’s Lament with author KL Grayson. The following year he released first solo novel, ‘Into the Nothing’ and will be releasing Wicked Little Words with author Stevie J. Cole. He is now writing full-time.

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Secrets of Desire by L.K. Shaw ~5 Star Review

 Secrets of Desire is NOW AVAILABLE!


When secrets surface…

Bridget Carter seems to have the perfect life. She’s happily single and has a career she loves as a fashion designer at a local boutique. She enjoys playing at Club Eden and bounces from one Dominant to another. She’s not looking for love, even though she’s more than intrigued by Connor Black. When a secret from Bridget’s past surfaces, Bridget and Connor are forced to work together to protect an innocent.

The battle begins…

Scarred inside and out, Connor Black fights to protect those who can’t protect themselves. He also hides behind a mask of confidence. Battling against his own insecurities, he secretly envies the boldness Bridget exudes. He watches her with a look of longing he thinks he’s kept hidden. And when Bridget comes to him for help, he realizes he can no longer keep his desire secret. But an enemy is ready to strike and Connor must battle his inner demons to protect the people he is coming to love.


Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 2
Overall Rating- 5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Joanna

First let me say that this is “Book 2” but it can definitely be read as a standalone. I had not read book 1 and loved this story.

This is a story about Bridget Carter and Conner Black.
Bridget knew Conner from a BDSM club called Eden. They had never been together, but she was very aware of him, and come to find out, he was very aware of her.
Bridget had a child at the age of 16 and gave him up for adoption. She begins to get phone calls from a boy, his name is Alex and is now 14, who is needing her help.

“I think you’re my mother. Please, help me.”

Bridget goes to Conner for help. She figured since he owns Blacklight Securities, he would be a great person to help her find out where this boy is and what is happening to make him call her.

So now that they are working together, and getting to know each other, things change between them personally. They begin to play at the Club.

“It was a zing I had never felt before with any other Dom, and it left me slightly unnerved.”

There is some darkness behind Conner, and you need to find out what makes him sexy.. and what makes him tick.

I loved how the story just seemed to flow… before I knew it, it was over. It kept my interest as to what was going to happen next, and the scenes between Bridget and Conner were super HOT.

So that is where I am going to leave you in this review… if you want to read a story with a good plot, super sexy scenes and some suspense, this story is for you!


About The Author

LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and writer/social media addict by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. It wasn’t until within the last seven or eight years she tried her hand at contemporary romances. Some of her favorite historical romance authors include Christi Caldwell, Courtney Milan, Mary Balogh, and Tessa Dare. Some of her favorite contemporary romance authors include Julia Sykes, Ella Dominguez, Skye Callahan, and Meghan March.

She initially began writing in November 2015 as part of National Novel Writing Month, when, suddenly, the story became something more than just writing on a whim. The vision for the story snowballed and, before she knew it, she began taking steps toward publishing. Each book in her first series feature Romantic Suspense and BDSM combined.

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