Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order….

Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.

Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one.

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Panty Scorching 3
Angst 0
tissues – 0
Storyline – 4
Value – 4.5
Overall – 4.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

Cara is the main character and on a journey of sorts. Her family has deteriorated rapidly over the past year and she has chosen to remove herself from it and regroup on her own. She is doing ok…barely. On the night of her best friend’s wedding, she has a one night stand with the holy hot as HELL best man and it’s a night she can not forget. Cue the plot – the hot, alpha best man left her a parting gift that night.

Braxton has had a hard life but by pure determination and help from a literal “guardian angel”, he is the hot owner of a chain of tattoo parlors, rich and one swoonworthy lead guy in this book for me. His life is moving along smoothly until Cara reappears almost two months later with a bomb to drop in his lap. Now while most guys would run for the hills, Braxton is the bomb!!! He embraces their new situation and is just the best freakin’ guy! Not to mention he has been dreaming of Cara since their one night stand and now that she is back, he goes way beyond the normal extremes to impress her. This guy may be one of my favs in a long, long time!!!!

I loved their chemistry. I loved his alpha tendencies and her witty one liners. I was rooting for them right from the start! Watching them get to know each other and fall for each other was super fun. Although short, it definitely packed a punch and left its mark with me and I was truly sad for it to be over Great beach read and highly recommend and look forward to more from this author.


Excerpt

I quickly take everything off and drape the paper sheet over my lap, leaving my socks on, and when I’m ready, the edges of the sheet tucked under my thighs and backside, Pam knocks on the door.

“Ready?” she calls as she’s already pushing open the door.

“Yup.” I sound like I’m about ready to croak, and Braxton’s deep, rumbling chuckle worsens my rattled nerves. He kissed me!

I raise my hand to my mouth and as my fingertips press my lips, they’re taken away, gripped in Braxton’s warm hold. He smiles down at me knowingly and I force my attention on Pam.

She pulls the internal monitor out of the drawer, along with a bottle of lubricant and a condom, and Braxton’s grip on my hand turns almost bone-crushing.

“Is that—”

“Yup.” I cut him off.

“Um.”

“Now you see why I wanted the external one,” I mutter quietly.

I can’t look at him. My cheeks are on fire, and for some absolutely insane reason, other parts of my body are warming and this should not be happening at my midwife’s office.

“So,” Pam says, turning around and back to business. Except it’s hard to take her seriously as she waves what looks like a massive vibrator in her hand. “We’re going to insert this inside of you.”

“Holy shit,” Braxton mutters. And God, kill me. Please kill me now.

If Pam hears him, she ignores him as she steps toward me, and pulls out a set of stirrups from beneath the table. “I’m going to need you to lie down, Cara, and spread your legs, and slip down to the edge of the bed for me.”

“I feel like I’ve heard this before,” I say, unable to stop myself. My filter has evaporated along with my self-respect and all of this is so absolutely humiliating.

Pam pauses, glances at me and then at Braxton and nods, understanding. But I swear, as her gaze sweeps down Braxton’s arms, even she blushes. Which is great . . . my midwife thinks my non-boyfriend baby daddy is hot.

“I feel like I’ve said this before,” Braxton says, and both of our eyes whip to him. My gracious. He’s smiling, shoulders shaking like he’s holding back the world’s most boisterous laugh, and it’s all I can do to not kill him while he’s standing there, glancing between the monitor-slash-vibrator and my spread legs and I can’t hold it in anymore.

“This is embarrassing.”

Pam is back to business, already spreading the condom over the phallic-shaped instrument, and then she drizzles on the lubricant.

Braxton’s breath brushes over my cheeks. His dark locks tickle my temple as he whispers, “I feel like I should be offering to help with this.”

“Shut up,” I grit, my stomach muscles clenching from trying not to die or laugh. “This isn’t funny.”

“Oh. This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, I’m not going to lie.”

My fingers squeeze his hand and Pam is in front of me. She holds a small black box in her other hand and the tip of the wand against my center. “I’ll go slow, and it might be cold, okay?”

“Yup.”

“Sweet Jesus,” Braxton whispers. “I don’t know whether to be terrified or turned on right now, Cara.”

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About the Author

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Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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Playing for Keeps by Samantha Lind ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

 

Title: Playing for Keeps
Series: Indianapolis Eagles #3
Author: Samantha Lind
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Release Date: June 14, 2018

Blurb

Friends
with benefits—it never works. Someone always ends up wanting more.
What happens when both want more, but neither will tell the other?

Richard Murphy has been in the NHL for fifteen years, playing the game he
loves. But with retirement looming in the next few years, he’s ready to settle
down and start a family. There’s only one woman he wants that with, but she’s
put him firmly into the friends—with
benefits
—category. Can he change her mind and heart, and prove to her he’s
playing for keeps?Madison O’Neal has been a lover of sports since she was young. She and her dad bonded
over them, both during and after her mother lost her battle with breast cancer.
Her love of sports led to a successful career as a sports agent. As much as she
loves her job, what she really wants is a family—and someone to call her own.
But the one man she’s head-over-heels in love with has her in the friends—with incredible benefits—category.

Can Madison and Richard find their way through the murky waters of friendship
and become the lovers they secretly want to be?

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Review

Panty Scorching – 1
Angst – 0
tissues – 0
Storyline – 3.5
Value – 3.5
Overall – 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

This was a super quick read and I have to admit I’m not disappointed it was fast. This was your typical best friends turn best friends with benefits scenario…yada, yada, yada.

Richard is a bald, hot hockey player and has an equally hot best friend Madison. They have been best friends with benefits for about seven years but their relationship has very clear set boundaries – almost robotic. Madison and Richard both have feeling for each other but both are too scared to speak to the other about it for fear that their friendship would be jeopardized. Until Madison’s friend pushes her in the direction to put herself out there to date and find her perfect match to start a life with. She does until Richard finds out and as you can suspect, jealousy rears its ugly head and he realizes he has to fess up to his feelings about Madison or risk losing her.

Due to the fact that this benefit relationship was going on for YEARS when these two finally do come together there was no passion, fire fireworks or chemistry. It just seemed like it was old hat but now they had an official title. This was just ehhh for me and a little too predictable.

 

 

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Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey, and listening to country music. 

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Tall, Dark and Charming by Erika Wild ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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Tall, Dark and Charming, an all-new sexy standalone from Erika Wilde, is now LIVE!

Blurb

Aiden Stone loves life as a bachelor and has no intentions of settling down anytime soon. He has a great job and a career he enjoys, and women adore him . . . except for Daisy Parker, who doesn’t seem fazed by his flirtatious attempts or the sexy smile that normally has panties dropping to the floor. She’s a tougher nut to crack, but the fact that she seems immune to his charm only fascinates him more . . . until one hot unexpected encounter with her blows his mind and gives them both more than just a night of pleasure. Because Daisy is now his baby momma, and his life is about to change in ways he’d never anticipated.

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Panty Scorching – 3
Angst – 1
tissues – 0
Storyline – 4
Value – 4
Overall – 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Ok, so the blurb really does wrap this book up in a great big bow and touches all the bases – Aiden is the proverbial bachelor. Super successful as well as hot and has no trouble getting women. His outlook on love is jaded so he has no plans on being in a relationship anytime soon.

Daisy is on her way up the workforce ladder and takes her job seriously. Due to her background growing up and a hugely unsuccessful relationship, she has no time for a man either. Work, work, work.

Daisy and Aiden are coworkers. AND they have the hots for each other…secretly.

Until the fated business trip where Daisy puts aside her starched suits and shows Aiden a thing or two but just until sun up! As the blurb states, that one crazy night has put them in a precarious situation – parenthood.

I will say that these two have so much chemistry its crazy and super hot. Aiden…yikes…the little things he does and says are swoon worthy! Their bond is getting stronger due to the pregnancy and the story is truly adorable. I loved the plot, the characters, the alpha male being brought to his knees and their love for each other. My ONLY GRIPE is no epilogue! I want an epilogue! LOL…it ends abruptly with no insight as to how their lives in the future pan out! UGH. Even though I would have liked (needed) to read what happens I still recommend reading this book – great beach read!

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Excerpt

“Enough about work.  I say we move on to other pleasures,” Aiden said with a flirtatious gleam in his eyes.  “What’ll you have to drink?  Your normal white wine spritzer?”

Yep, she really was totally predictable and boring, because that was always her go-to drink during their monthly mixers with clients, or when some of their co-workers went out after work for a cocktail, and he’d obviously noticed her light-weight choice.  Her limit was always one, and she was usually the first to leave those social gatherings, citing an early morning.

Predictable and boring had been her life for the past three years because it was a safe place to be, but tonight, being in a different city and away from her normal routine and weighty expectations prompted her to be daring.

“I think I’ll have a Moscow mule,” she said, stepping completely outside of her square little box.

He arched a dark brow, the amusement in his eyes warm and playful.  “Wow, walking on the wild side tonight, huh?”

She laughed, the sound huskier than she’d intended.  “Sure.  Why not.”

“Why not, indeed,” he murmured, looking at her as if he was seeing someone other than the reserved woman he’d worked with the past three years before motioning to the bartender.

“What can I get you two?” the older gentleman asked as he set a small square napkin on the counter in front of each of them.

“Two Moscow mules,” Aiden said, surprising Daisy by ordering one for himself.

“You like them, too?” she asked once the bartender left them to make their drinks.  With a mixture of vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, it was usually an acquired taste.

“Never had one,” he admitted, flashing her a dimpled grin that caused a warm tickle in her belly.  “But if you’re taking a walk on the wild side tonight, then I’m joining you.”

She rolled her eyes.  “Yeah, I’m such a rebel,” she scoffed, then shook her head at that absurd notion and laughed.  “Okay, let’s be real.  I’m so not rebellious.”

“I know, which is why I’m not letting you indulge alone,” he teased, leaning his forearm on the countertop. “You know what they say . . . friends don’t let friends get drunk alone.”

Her lips quirked at his explanation.  “Umm, can’t say I’ve ever heard that quote before.”

“Just go with it, Daisy,” he encouraged, swiveling his chair so that his body was turned toward her, though she remained sitting straight because if she did rotate her seat his way, his legs would end up bracketing hers.  “Besides, I don’t want to be the responsible sober one if you do something crazy, like dance on one of the tabletops.  I want to watch and cheer you on.”

Her cheeks warmed at the notion of doing something so impulsive, but mostly at the thought of Aiden encouraging her brazen behavior and having his eyes on her while she shimmied her body and tempted him to end her three year dry spell.  Yeah, as if that would ever happen.  Judging by the beautiful, sophisticated, svelte women she’d seen him with, she was so not his type.

“So, truthfully?” he said, his voice effectively snapping her out of her little fantasy, even though the residual scrape of her tight, hard nipples against the cups of her bra was distracting as hell.  “I’ve always been curious to know what a Moscow mule tasted like.”

“You didn’t have to order one,” she told him with a laugh.  “I would have given you a sip of mine.”

“Mmm . . . I don’t think I should be putting my lips on your lips,” he said, his voice dipping sensually low as his gaze skimmed across her mouth before lifting to her eyes again.  “Well, not technically, anyways, but if you shared, I might not be able to stop at one taste, and that wouldn’t be fair to you.”

Daisy’s pulse stuttered, then resumed at a faster, more arousing pace.  Oh.  My.  God.  Were they even talking about the Moscow mule anymore?  She was used to the occasional teasing exchange with Aiden at work where there were a dozen other people around so it never felt personal.  But now that it was just the two of them, without anyone else around to buffer his comments and the situation, she wasn’t sure what to make of this more intimate dialogue . . . except to admit that it was making her very aware of how much she missed this kind of connection with a man . . . especially the physical one.  And how much she liked Aiden’s attention.

The bartender delivered their drinks, and both she and Aiden picked up their highball glasses and took a sip of the Moscow mule.  The taste of vodka was strong, but the spicy ginger beer and lime gave it an interesting twist of flavor.  It took Aiden three sips, taken with a furrowed, uncertain brow, before he finally, slowly, nodded his head in approval.

“It’s definitely different, but I like the kick of spice.”  He shifted his gaze from the drink, to her.  “Who knew beneath those conservative suits you wear that you were a woman who liked a little spice in her life.”

His eyes twinkled mischievously, though there was something more heated simmering beneath the amber hue as he maintained eye contact with her.  As if he was testing just how far she’d allow this arousing banter between them to go.  If she’d play it off like she normally did, or if she’d dare to take a walk on the wild side, as he’d suggested earlier.

The thought was appealing, especially in a city and environment where no one knew them.  Deciding to just go with the flow of flirty conversation and enjoy the evening away from work, obligations, and responsibilities, she took another swallow of her drink and smiled at him.  “That’s because you’ve never seen me out of my business attire.” 

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Marek by Sawyer Bennett ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 22, 2018

Synopsis

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

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Review

Panty Scorching – 2
Angst – 1
tissues – 0
Storyline – 3.5
Value – 3.5
Overall – 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Netgalley
Reviewed by Ladyballs

I gotta tell ya I am a huge, huge fan of this series and could not wait to get my hands on this book!! I have loved all the books before and was ready to be lost in my own little world once I started and sadly, I just wasn’t. 😦

This one centers around Marek – who gets an anonymous email that his ex is getting married so what does he do? He crashes it!! Only he not only gets to be labeled as a wedding crasher but a Dad as well.

Yep! Years ago when Gracen broke up with him so he could pursue his career, she was actually pregnant. So now Marek is coming to terms with this fact he has a daughter and fights the feelings he still has for Gracen. While there were a few sex scenes, for some reason I just could not connect with these two being a couple and wasn’t feeling a strong chemistry between them at all!! And this made me sad!!! I love my steamy scenes.

I just felt like something was missing with this book. The storyline flowed but not well. Gracen and the reasons she stayed away were almost beat to death and again, the connection just wasn’t there as much as I would have hoped for. While this book didn’t rate up there for me, I am a huge fan of this series and look forward to reading more!!

christine

About Sawyer

Sawyer Bennett

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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El Pecador by M. Robinson ~ Release Blitz with 2 Raving Reviews, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON
COVER MODELS: ENRICO RAVENNA
COVER DESIGN: THE FINAL WRAP

 EL PECADOR (BOOK 2) IS LIVE & FREE ON KU! THE DUET IS COMPLETE!

SYNOPSIS

So here you are…
Turning the pages, opening the next chapters of my life—wanting to know the next truths of my sins. As if the first half of my life wasn’t enough.
You. Need. More.
You want my redemption.
My heart. My soul.
Your happily ever after…
You. Want. Answers.
And I will grant you the very first one you’re dying to know.

Why did I leave her?

So go ahead.
Turn the page.
I fucking dare you.

You just might not like the answer.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Panty Schorching- 5
Angst-5
Value-5
Overall Rating- 5
eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Jen

Wow! Did that just happen? Um… WHAT! Holy Smoking Sh@*&%balls! Those are just a FEW of the emotions that I had while reading El Pecador. This book takes you on one crazy emotional roller coaster!! A roller coaster that you do not want to get off or end! El Pecador brings the same high intensity and fast pace that we were given in El Santo but the twist and turns in the book keep you on the edge of your and makes it near to impossible to put your kindle down. I swear I could NOT put my kindle down while reading this book. It is that good!

El Pecador gives us the conclusion of Damien and Amira and boy is it epic! I do not want to give any spoilers away because everyone should read and experience this book without knowing what is going to happen. You don’t want it to be ruined! This book made me fall in love with Damien and Amira. Not to say I didn’t love them in the first book, but this book just had me falling hardcore for them. The passion they have for one another can be felt while reading the pages and that does not happen very often in books. I loved the way the story flowed and just absolutely everything about it. M. Robinson has such a way with words that her books truly come alive. The ending was epic as was the epilogue and in true M. Robinson fashion I am already biting my nails anticipating the release of Lost Boy! Throughout this duet and the good ol’ boys series Giselle has captured my attention and intrigued me so much. I cannot wait for Mason and Giselle’s story.

Do yourself the biggest favor and read this duet!

jen

Panty Scorching – 3
Angst – 4
tissues – 0
Storyline – 4
Value – 4
Overall – 4
Reviewed by Ladyballs

So I was anxious to see the conclusion to Damien and Amira’s story and although it took a while to come out, it was worth the ride. I honestly don’t want to give too much away because saying one thing is directly tied to another and that is tied to another. It was like peeling an onion with layers and layers all unfolding and connecting.

Damien, boy, do I love me some Damien, is just as broody and ruthless but you definitely see more of his heart in this book. After all this time obsessing about his time with Amira, he comes face to face with her in a way that is soul crushing to him and very unexpected as the reader. She is back and she is a badass and that is all I will say on that! It was such an emotional rollercoaster!

There are tons and I mean tons of twists and turns and I will say one thing I didn’t like about the book was that some scenes dragged on and almost seemed unnecessary. I will admit through those scenes I did skim a bit. However, You will be shocked at some of the truths that are revealed right before a huge bomb is dropped. WOW!!! This book has it all…angst, romance, love, sex, secrets, cloak and dagger…it was jam packed. While the book kept me entranced through most of it, I was also a little disappointed at the rather quick wrap up and ending of the book. If you have read the first book, then reading this one is a must as you need to see where Damien and Amira end up!

christine

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EXCERPT

 She couldn’t take it anymore and started pushing me to get free from my grasp. “Stop! I hate you, Damien! Do you hear me? I fucking hate you!” she yelled over and over again, aching to make herself and me believe it.

My heart broke.

My fingers twitched.

And tears threatened to surface.

However, I wouldn’t let up and just kept caressing her, kissing her, whispering that I loved her. Battling her hateful words with my loving ones. I could feel she was reaching her breaking point, as much as she could. Her wrist suddenly slipped through my grip and she shoved me with so much force that she was able to slap me across the face. Going full speed to do it again, but I intervened by grabbing her forearm, pinning her to the blanket. Locking down her petite frame with my flawed heart and beaten body.

She laid there beneath me, panting profusely, emotionally and physically consumed with tears cascading down the sides of her face. For a moment, I allowed her to take my breath away. In my eyes, she’d never looked so fucking beautiful.

So goddamn breathtaking.

So fucking mine…

I leaned forward and kissed away all her tears, tasting her nightmares, her memories, her love and hatred for me. Tenderly kissing my way to her lips while her body continued to shudder from my intense, overpowering love. Overwhelming her emotions and overriding her thoughts the way only I could ever do. Before another second slipped by, I kissed her for all the years I didn’t, for all the times I couldn’t, for all the moments I so desperately wanted to. Losing myself in her. Almost like I was trying to kiss the agony and pain I caused right out of her. Wanting to hold her tormented burdens, inflicted solely by my mistakes and regrets.

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M Robinson

USA Today Bestselling Author of El Pecador, El Santo, Ends Here, Road to Nowhere, El Diablo, The Good Ol’ Boys Standalone Series, The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, and Two Sides.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes, a Wheaton, and a Tabby cat.

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I Dare You by Shantel Tessier ~ Release Boost w/ Review & Excerpt

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Title: I Dare You
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Sports Romance/Suspense
Release Date: April 27, 2018

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What do you do when the devil has you in his sights?

You show him that you can play his game.

Austin Lowes is new to town. She’s running from a mom who hates her to her dad who cares nothing about her. Only a few months and she will be free, or at least, that’s what she hopes … until she meets him.

Cole Reynolds is the devil disguised as a man. He wants her fear, he wants her blood, and he wants her soul.

Just a little game, he says, I dare you.

Will Austin survive him, or will she lose herself and the game?

Secrets are revealed and justice will be served, but at what cost?

Who survives and who doesn’t?

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REVIEW

Panty Scorching – 3
Angst – 4
tissues – 0
Storyline – 4
Value – 4
Overall – 4.5
Reviewed by Ladyballs

What the hell did I just read??????? I totally mean that in the best way possible. I will say it started out a little rocky for me but once I got going, I literally was up until 3am reading this book until the end. I want to also state that this book has so many facets and twist and turns and plots and secrets that this is one of the few times I am truly at a loss at what I should write for my review. I just don’t know how to describe it!!! LOL…

The blurb of the book really encompasses what the book is about and I’ll try to build off of that. Austin lived with her mother (I use that word loosely) and her mother’s boyfriend and for reasons I won’t elaborate on, she gets sent to live with her father who also has no use for Austin. My heart hurt for Austin on more then one occasion seeing as how neither of her parents are qualified to raise a goldfish let alone a child.

Soon she stumbles not only upon a group of boys her age but their secret as well. The leader of this group is Cole who might be clinically labeled a psychotic nutjob. He immediately targets Austin and pulls her into their “group”. Things happen that make your head spin. You want to scream at Austin to run, go back to your mother but quickly realize that is just as a dangerous option as staying with her dad and dealing with Cole and his gang of criminals.

The things that these kids do and the intelligence level exceeds any average 17 or 18 year old I have ever come across but just adds to the suspense of this book. There is angst, mystery, secrets, violence, more secrets, murder, scheming and much more. Just when I thought things couldn’t get worse, they get more twisted and Austin finds herself thrust right in the middle of all this madness. Maybe she is just as twisted as this group.

I’m telling you, its a definite MUST read folks! You will not be disappointed!

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EXCERPT

AUSTIN

“Why am I here?” I ask, wanting to get this over with.

Cole takes the bottle from my hand and brings it to his lips, taking a big gulp. His Adam’s apple working as he swallows.

I cross my arms over my chest, trying to look unaffected. But I’m having trouble breathing.

“We’ve been thinking …” he says, rubbing his chin.

“We want you to be a part of our group,” Deke finishes his sentence.

I look among the five of them and start laughing nervously. “You’re joking, right?”

“Not one bit,” Deke says, shaking his head.

“No thanks,” I say and turn to the door. I twist the handle and start to pull it open, but a hand slaps on the door above my head, holding it shut.

I jump back to look at Cole. He leans against it casually, getting comfortable and blocking my only exit. “It wasn’t an offer, Austin.”

My eyes narrow on him. “What makes you think I want anything to do with you guys?”

“Deke,” Cole says, lifting the bottle to his lips again.

I spin around to see Deke step up to us, his phone in his hand facing Cole and me. A video plays, and it’s of me driving Cole’s car away from the warehouse after he stole the red car.

“How did you get that?” I demand.

He just chuckles, placing the phone in his pocket. “I don’t kiss and tell, baby.”

My eyes narrow on him calling me baby. I turn back to face Cole. “You’re blackmailing me. Again.”

He shrugs carelessly. “You can call it whatever you want.”

“I’m calling it what it is,” I snap. “You know damn well that I had no idea what you had planned.”

He pushes off the wall and leans down, his face inches from mine. I can smell the cinnamon on his lips and can’t help the shudder that runs through me. “I dare you to prove it.”

“You son of a—”

“In order to join,” Deke interrupts me, “you have to pass a test.” He crosses his arms over his broad chest.

“I’m not interested …”

“Initiation,” he corrects himself.

“I don’t want to be involved with whatever fucked-up shit you guys are in.” How many different ways do I have to say it?

“Let her out,” Kellan says, but no one listens to him.

Deke continues. “You have to fuck one of us while we all watch.”

My heart starts to pound at his words. And my eyes widen when he takes a step toward me.

This is a joke. It has to be.

He arches a brow in challenge when I just stand there staring at him. “You want me, baby? I’m ready.” He licks his lips as his blue eyes settle on my legs. Then he reaches down to his jeans and unbuttons them.

He’s serious! My eyes immediately shoot to Cole.

His eyes hold their usual anger as they glare down at me, but a slow, devious smile spreads across his face, and the guys start laughing. “Well, there’s your answer, man,” one of them calls out from behind me.

My jaw tightens. “I don’t want to …”

“Leave us,” Cole orders, interrupting me. And like the trained sheep they are, they all walk out. I can still hear their laughter as they walk down the hall, the door slowly shutting behind them.

I plop down on one of the lounge chairs, trying to slow my racing heart. “You can’t force my hand, Cole. Not with this.”

He walks over to where I sit. Reaching out, he runs his busted knuckles along my cheek. I swat his hand away, afraid of what will come out of my mouth if he touches me.

His hand grips my hair and yanks me to stand. I cry out as he shoves my back

against the closed door. He towers over me, pushing his body into mine. I’m panting while he holds me still. He dips his head to whisper in my ear. “Are you a virgin, Austin?”

“No,” I growl. My hands come up to push him off me, but he grabs them and pins them above my head. I whimper, and my thighs tighten.

“That’s a shame.” He sighs, and his breath skims across my skin making me shudder. “I like to take pretty, innocent things and destroy them.”

“You’re sick,” I say, panting.

He chuckles but doesn’t deny it. “But that doesn’t make you want me any less. I saw the way you stared at me in the car. The way you licked your lips when I thought about kissing you. The way you whispered my name. How you stared at me when I got out of the pool. And let’s not forget the way you allowed me to touch you last night. Tell me, were you disappointed when I didn’t throw you on the bed and fuck you right then?” I moan. “I bet you’re wet right now.”

“Cole,” I growl his name, not wanting him to see how right he is.

But he ignores my warning. “You wore red for me again, sweetheart. You wanted my attention, and you got it. Now what are you gonna do with it?”

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Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Excerpt

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU is LIVE!

Synopsis

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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Review

Panty Scorching – 3
Angst – 3
Tissues – 0
Storyline – 4
Value – 4
Overall – 4
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

First off, the blurb on this book is not quite what happens. Not sure how it doesn’t match but it doesn’t in my mind.

Delaney is a nerdy but kinda hot, girl next door chick. She meets the top dog football player and player in every sense of the word, Maverick, at a bonfire at college. Long story short, they kiss and poof..he’s gone. Delaney starts dating another football player, Alex, who is a dog. Once Maverick finds out that Delaney and Alex are on the outs he makes his move in more ways then one. What Delaney doesn’t know is that Maverick had feelings for her while she was dating Alex. He regrets not making his move and just hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind.

Delaney is heartbroken and is just not ready to date, let alone another football player. Maverick is relentless and I love him!!!! He comes from humble beginnings and is dealing with major family issues. I don’t want to elaborate too much but they play a major role in his life. He has lots on his plate but finds room to badger Delaney to be his “friend”. I love his humor and love his perseverance to win the girl even more. They just don’t make guys like Maverick nowadays!!

It’s so heartwarming to watch these two slowly fall harder and harder for each other. It’s such a feel good book but definitely has some angsty moments as well as some steamy scenes. You need to put this down as a must read!

christine

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Prologue

Freshman year

Delaney

Welcome to Magnolia, Mississippi, where locusts are as big as your hand and iced tea comes with a double helping of sugar.

It’s also home to the best damn annual bonfire party at prestigious Waylon University, which is currently happening right now in the middle of a cotton field.

But…

I shouldn’t even be at this party.

It’s mostly for Greeks and jocks and popular people, yet here I am, a mere freshman, hanging out with my bubbly redheaded roommate, Skye.

“See?” she says as we take in the bonfire. “Isn’t this better than watching cat videos on a Saturday night? What do you want to do first?”

I sigh, feeling nervous. Ever since I moved here from North Carolina, I’ve been pushing myself to try new things. Might as well put a crazy college party on that list. “Let’s get a drink.”

She claps and excitedly replies, “Done. Alcohol at two o’clock.” We weave through the crowd, headed in that direction, and eventually we reach the bar, which is really just a long collapsible table someone set up. On top are various bottles of alcohol, and I grab the Fireball to pour shots. I’ve just tossed mine back and set down my cup when a prickling sensation washes over me, giving me goose bumps.

My gaze moves across the crowd, stopping on a tall guy with dark blond hair, broad shoulders, and a cocky smile. Aha. He’s been staring at me, and now that he’s caught, he raises his glass as a half-grin crosses his face.

I blush wildly as I adjust my black cat-eye glasses. I’m not used to such blatant male attention.

Skye—who’s followed the trajectory of my gaze—spits out part of her drink. “Oh my God, do you know who that is?”

“Obviously I should,” I say dryly.

Her mouth flops open. “You really need to get out more.”

My eyes drift back to him but keep moving as if I’m not staring. “So who is Mr. Hottie McParty Pants?”

“If you don’t know him, you don’t deserve to know. But, he’s H-O-T—like Chris Hemsworth hot. I dare you to flirt with him.” She wiggles her eyebrows at me, knowing full well that for some reason, I can’t resist a dare. Normally rather reserved, a dare gives me permission to be someone I’m not.

So does Fireball. I sling back another shot.

“I’ll bring you a donut every day for a week if you flirt with him,” she adds, watching me.

My ears perk up. “The ones with edible glitter?”

She nods, and I toss a quick glance back to him. Our eyes collide again, and a zing of connection fires between us. He has a strong, handsome face and a stance that has masculine written all over it. A smile tips up his full sensuous lips, and—

Two brunettes—twins, no less—approach him, one on either side, and wrap their arms around his waist. He smiles down at them. Oh. Well then.

I turn back to Skye and frown. “Player. Not interested.”

She waves her hands in my face. “He likes you—I saw it on his face.”

I snort. “Probably gas pains. Your dare is not accepted.”

We hear our names being called from the other side of the party and turn to take in the helmet-haired Martha approaching us, which is taking some time due to the fact that she’s wearing stilettos and a slinky halter dress. She carefully picks her way through the crowd, nudging people out of her way—sometimes rudely—as she focuses on us. Great.

“Incoming mean girl,” I mutter under my breath.

Like us, Martha Burrows is a freshman and lives on our floor. Rather full of herself, she announced within a week of meeting us that she’d no longer answer to anything but Muffin, a nickname she’d given herself.

She eyes us both, a look of superiority on her pretty face. “I didn’t know you two were invited to this little shindig. Obviously, I know all the right people, so I’m always invited.” Her gaze zeroes in on my outfit and she rears back. “What on earth are you wearing, Nerd Girl?”

“Clothes.” I stiffen at her name for me as I tug on my fitted Star Wars shirt and the pleated red miniskirt I made from a man’s shirt. My long pale blonde hair is up in curled pigtails, and I went a bit heavy-handed with the shimmery eye shadow and red lipstick. It’s not your typical look for WU—which is anything monogrammed—but I’m learning to ignore the raised eyebrows.

Skye, the peacemaker among us three, clears her throat and nods her head at the guy who’s been staring. “Delaney has an admirer, but she doesn’t know who he is.”

Martha-Muffin follows Skye’s gaze, eyeballing the mystery man over my shoulder. She gives me an exasperated look. “That’s Maverick Monroe, you idiot. He’s the biggest football star in Mississippi and the freshman recruit of the year. Word is, though, girls like you aren’t his type—not at all.” Her hand flicks a stiff honey-colored curl over her shoulder.

My teeth grind together. “Martha, if you think I care what you think about me and whether or not a quasi-famous football player is interested in me, then you are confused.”

Her lips tighten. “It’s Muffin now, and why do you have to use such big words? What does quasi even mean?” is her cutting reply.

Skye’s eyes get as big as saucers, and I assume it’s because Martha-Muffin and I are about to finally have it out. I can’t stand her, and she can’t stand me. We just…clash.

But that isn’t what has Skye in such a titter.

She points over my shoulder, and I get it.

It’s the person standing behind me, the one I can’t see. I feel a nervous sneeze coming on and—thank God—I somehow push it down.

A husky voice reaches my ears. “Quasi means seemingly or supposedly. What she means is I’m probably not a famous football player but rather one that’s been highly touted but is without merit.”

Oh, shit. The voice is rich and smooth with just enough southern drawl to make a girl swoon. He also sounds halfway intelligent.

I turn around slowly. Mr. Tall, Blond, and Football is right in front of me wearing a cocky smile.

How in the hell did he get over here so fast?

You know that moment when everything stops and the next breath you take is the first one of the rest of your life? That’s what it feels like as Maverick Monroe stares at me with his piercing blue eyes.

I glance down and take in the sculpted chest and hard biceps.

I look back up and see a chiseled jawline that’s defined and lined with a slight scruff. I see the thin pink scar that slices through his left eyebrow, and it does nothing to detract from his appeal.

He’s perfection.

He’s air.

Which I desperately need right now, because I can’t breathe.

He smirks, as if reading my mind, and I scramble to pull myself together. Someone calls his name—it’s a girl’s voice, probably one of those twins—but he doesn’t budge.

His eyes rove over my skirt, glasses, and lips. “The question is…do you even know what makes a good football player?”

“Nice hands?”

His lips twitch. “Hardly.”

“A tight end?” I smirk, feeling sassy…which is weird. I don’t know who I am right now, but it’s like my mouth has a life of its own, saying things I normally wouldn’t.

Martha-Muffin chokes on her drink at my remark and Skye watches me with glee, clearly excited that I have the attention of someone who is apparently very important at Waylon.

I put my hand on my hip. “The question is…why do I need to know?”

“You don’t. All you need to know is I’m the best.”

I suck in a little breath at his arrogance.

A guy walks past us and claps him on the shoulder. “Badass game last week, Mav. Rock on.”

“Thanks, man.” Maverick acknowledges the compliment and lifts his chin, his eyes never straying from mine.

“What position do you play?” I ask. “Quarterback?”

He smirks. “Middle linebacker—defense.”

“Sounds fancy.”

He laughs.

Skye, who’s been eavesdropping unabashedly, sighs with a dreamy expression on her face. “His stats are the best in the country.” She clears her throat. “I-I only know that because my brother is a huge fan, I swear.”

“Hi, Maverick,” Martha-Muffin says as she edges closer to him, nudging me out of the way with her sharp shoulders. “Remember me?”

He focuses on her. “No.”

She glowers. “I was in your dorm room with your roommate last week. You said hello to me.”

He shrugs. “A lot of girls come through. I can’t remember them all.”

Oh. My. God. He is arrogant, but I like how he just shut her down.

Martha-Muffin’s face reddens and she mutters something under her breath, flips around, and flounces off. Good riddance.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see Skye is drifting away too, giving me a thumbs-up.

Whatever. I am not going to flirt with this guy…am I?

He’s definitely got something about him, something that makes my body buzz. I tilt my chin up, taking in how tall he is. He has to be at least six-four.

His gaze drifts over my face. “You know there’s a legend here at Waylon about our famous bonfire party?”

“Oh?”

He smiles, a flash of white on his handsome face. “Legend says the first person you kiss at the party is the one you’ll never forget. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.”

“Sounds like hocus-pocus.”

He lifts that mesmerizing left eyebrow. “I like to believe in legends—after all, I am one.”

I smirk. “Probably a game made up by some frat-boy-slash-jock wanting to kiss all the girls.”

He pauses for a moment as if thinking, and then he steps in closer, so close that I can see the varying shades of blue around his pupils. “May I?”

My heart does somersaults.

“May you what?” I ask, my voice low, but I know what he wants. My body is already leaning toward him, wanting it too.

“This.” He kisses me, an almost imperceptible touch as he brushes his full lips against mine. The contact of our mouths is electric, sparks of fire skating along my skin.

As if from a distance, I hear someone calling his name. It’s a female, and she’s pissed.

It’s one of the twins probably.

And I’m jealous.

But, I don’t look. We pull away, and I stare at him as he stares right back. A stillness settles over the party, although I don’t think anything’s actually changed. The music is still playing. People are still talking. Beers are being passed around.

Yet…

We’re connected.

Two stars in the black velvet sky.

Two ships passing in the night.

Oh, fuck, stop the nonsense, I tell myself.

“What was that?” I ask, my voice breathless.

“That’s your first kiss of the bonfire. Now you’ll never forget me.”

And then, before I can think of a reply, he’s gone.

I watch him go back to the twins, frustration coiling inside of me as I exhale.

It would be two years before I kissed him again.

About the Author

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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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