Forever My Saint by Monica James ~ 5 Star Review!

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Volume Three
Monica James
Release date: September 19th
Series: All The Pretty Things Trilogy, Volume Three
Genre: Dark Romance
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All hope was lost until Zoey Hennessy walked back into my world, shaking it up beyond repair when she uttered two simple words.

He’s alive.

She speaks of her brother, my Saint, the man who lost everything to set me free.

I believed he was dead. I saw it with my own two eyes. But when Zoey proves he’s alive and being held captive by a monster, I know what I have to do.

It’s time I saved him.

The plan is dangerous, and there are no guarantees I will survive. But if this nightmare has taught me one thing, it’s that I don’t cower in fear. I am a woman hell-bent on getting back the man she loves, and nothing, no one will stand in my way.

However, what I uncover can only be described as hell on earth. The darkness has finally won, and Saint is lost to me forever.

Or so I thought.

Aleksei Popov is anything but a hero, yet in this story—he’s mine. Everything I believed in is about to be turned upside down, and with freedom within my grasp, I wonder how far I will go, and who I will sacrifice in order to set myself free.


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Feels 5
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

What a fucked up dark and twisted ride Monica James took us on with this trilogy! Here I was naively thinking nothing could top book two and I happily stand corrected. Monica James was like wait here while I adjust my crown and show you who rules when it comes to all things that will literally blow your damn mind! With Forever My Saint she cemented herself as forever one of my favorite go to authors. This trilogy was absolutely brilliant!!

“She is the one who brought down a kingdom, and now…it’s her turn to pay.”

Forever My Saint picks up right where Bad Saint left off and even though I could go on and on about the delicious, crazy, intense, dark, emotional roller coaster this was, I am going to try and keep it short. Honestly I thought I was somewhat prepared for this book after reading the first two but I wasn’t prepared or remotely ready for what I got so I don’t want to give anything away.

“Falling in love in the most dire of circumstances shouldn’t have happened, but it did.”

I love Willow. I loved how even though she was dealt this super shitty, fucked up hand she was still good. She had this fire inside of her and she loved hard. Saint…he was just an incredibly broken and beautiful soul. Yes, his hands were bathed in blood from all the sins of his past but he had to make choices, desperate choices for the ones he loved. He loved Willow with all that he is and he would do anything to keep her safe.

“When I think about losing Saint, my entire world crumbles, giving way to perpetual darkness.”

Then there’s my Alek. Yes, mine. A ruthless king brought to his knees by a woman he loved that just happened to love another. I feel like in this book we saw a whole other side of the man so many feared, he was not just the ruthless person we thought. Yes, he is a dangerous, crazy, twisted man but oh, how I loved him. There’s so much more to who Alek is and I for one can’t wait to read his story.

“It’ll be our time, whether in this lifetime or the one after that. I promise.”

This isn’t by any means an easy read. There’s so much violence and darkness but in between all the chaos there’s also this crazy, beautiful love story. I will admit that I know it ended the way it was supposed to…that it really needed to but I selfishly was hoping it ended the way I wanted it to. I loved and hated so many characters in this epic twisted tale but I loved one the most and can’t wait to see more of him. Monica James is a genius and this book was amazing!!

“After everything I’ve endured, I deserve my happily ever after.”

Stephanie (1)

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About Monica James

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Neat by Kandi Steiner ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Rival families. Deep secrets. Exact opposites who can’t help but cross all the lines. Neat will leave you thirsty for more Becker Brothers!” — bestselling author Staci Hart

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Neat, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Kandi Steiner is LIVE!

My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studioI’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.
But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.
And Logan’s will be, too.

Neat is a stand-alone book in the Becker Brothers Series.

➔ Small town

➔ Country

➔ Romeo & Juliet vibes

➔ Angst paradise

➔ Holiday romance

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Steam 3.5
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Oh boy, do I love me some Becker brothers and Kandi Steiner did not disappoint with the second book in this series. The Becker brothers have a reputation in their small town of Stratford, Tennessee where they are known for their insanely good looks and all the trouble that seems to follow the four brothers around. This was a great story with that small town vibe that I love, a super-hot guy that loved to read and watch random documentaries, a kick ass heroine and a forbidden romance. This is part of a series that can definitely be read as a stand-alone but in my opinion you’ll want to read them all so you don’t miss any of the back story or the other Becker Brothers.

“I was a player, a man destined to never settle down, to hop from bed to bed for as long as the girls in town would let me.”

Logan Becker is the lead tour guide at Scooter Distillery, a job he loves and has worked his ass off for. He loves working alongside two of his three brothers and has his sights set on a promotion. He’s pretty sure he is a shoe in until Mallory Scooter shows up for her first day of work. Mallory just happens to be the daughter of the owner and there’s a lot of bad blood between the two families. Logan is the one stuck training her and as soon as she walks in her first day he remembers why Mallory was more then just her last name.

“Perhaps what mattered most-was that I’d had a secret crush on Mallory Scooter since I was fourteen years old.”

The last place Mallory wants to be is at the Distillery but she made a deal with the devil AKA her father so she really has no choice because he is literally holding her dreams hostage as part of the deal. She’ll do her job and deal with it the best way she can. Hopefully she’ll have a little fun along the way that may come in the form of one Logan Becker. These two don’t get off to a good start and drive each other crazy but the underlying sexual tension was insane. I loved their banter. Where Logan was all serious, sexy and determined, Mallory was just a beautiful mess. Two opposites from families that hated each other so they had to keep their love quiet but we all know secrets don’t stay hidden forever. I loved Mallory and Logan so much and to me they were perfect together! I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for more in the series.

“Do you think there’s a universe that exists where you could be mine?”

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“So… I guess we should just be…” Logan swallowed. “Friends?”

The way he asked it, the way his eyebrows bent together, his lips flattening — I knew it was a hollow offer.

I nodded. “Sure. Of course.” A smile that felt like a wave of nausea found my lips. “Friends.”

Logan watched me, and I watched him, both of us waiting for something more. It seemed like there were a million unborn words between us, floating in the air, waiting for us to reach out and grab them and bring them to life. When a long moment of silence had passed, Logan bit the inside of his cheek, picking up his highlighter he’d abandoned on the desk when I’d walked in like he was ready to get back to work.

“But,” I said, and his eyes snapped to mine, the highlighter frozen over the page. “I mean… there’s another option, isn’t there?”

Logan dropped the highlighter, leaning back again. “There is?”

“I’m just saying,” I said, voice shakier than I wanted it to be in that moment. I took a sip of my coffee, shrugging. “What if we kept things low key… casual… just between us?” My eyes found his again. “It is what it is, and it’s not what it’s not. Right? No need for anyone to know.”

“Low key,” Logan repeated, like he was tasting the words, checking them for poison with his tongue. “So, friends… with benefits.”

I snorted. “If you want to be twenty-one about it, sure.”

Logan nodded, over and over, just a slight movement of his chin up and down as he considered it. I watched him as he stood, and I expected him to start pacing the office, but instead, he crossed it, closing his door and turning to face me.

His eyes swept over me, sparking a fire low in my stomach.

He wet his lips.

He took a step.

And then I was out of my chair, meeting him in the middle, the two of us crashing together like magnets.

His hands weaved into my hair when he captured my mouth with his own, both of us sighing on an inhale, moaning on the exhale, leaning into each other like we could somehow melt together completely. All the electricity I’d felt that night came back like a tidal wave, and I surrendered to the waves, letting them drown me. I wanted him to fill my lungs, to conquer every breath, to imprison me.

It was a kiss that told me we were both lying. We both wanted more.

But if it was a choice between this, or nothing at all?

There wasn’t a decision to make — not where I was concerned. It had already been made for us, without either of us having a say, without either of us having an ounce of control to throw this story in another direction.

We were inevitable, me and him.

And maybe we knew it from the start.

Logan backed me up to the desk, and when my ass hit it, I hiked both legs up, wrapping them around his waist and squeezing. He hissed, sucking my bottom lip between his teeth and releasing it with a pop, his hips rolling against mine. I broke the kiss to let out a gasp, and his mouth was on my neck in an instant, sucking and biting, my eyes rolling back at the contact.

He paused with his lips by my ear, breathing heavy. “I think this could work for me,” he whispered, running his tongue over my ear lobe. “This… friends agreement.” His hands squeezed where they held my hips, and the familiar pressure sent flashes of Saturday night barreling through my memory. I gasped, mouth still hanging open when he kissed my neck over to the opposite ear to whisper again. “What do you think?”

Against the voice inside me warning me not to, I ran my fingers through his hair, gripping those dark strands and pulling his lips back to mine.

That kiss was an answer.

That kiss was a lie.

And distantly, I realized that kiss might be the biggest mistake of my life.

About Kandi

Kandi Steiner

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

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

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

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Fake Date by Monica Murphy ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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“This book was like the best sort of dessert. I. Am. Addicted.” – #1 NYT bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

Fake Dating

Fake Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can’t stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

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Steam 3
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3

Sarah splits her time between caring for her younger siblings since her parents tragically died four years ago and working as a sales associate at Bliss, an upscale lingerie store. Part of her job is being a personal shopper and Jared Gaines is one client in particular that comes into the shop all too often to buy expensive lingerie for his so called long line of mistresses. He’s rude, arrogant, extremely wealthy and oh yeah to top it off he just so happens to be very sexy and demands to work with only Sarah when he comes in. Thing is Sarah can’t seem to fight off her attraction to Jared and he knows it.

“God, it’s so annoying how disgustingly attractive he is. And he knows it.”

Jared can’t get beautiful Sarah off his mind so he visits Bliss way more then he needs to and spends way too much on lingerie for the feisty girl who storms in his office demanding he take them back. He wants her but won’t admit it and she can’t keep her distance from him no matter how hard she tries. So what happens when he makes her an offer to be his fake date for a weekend with his family? Well, what else is a girl to do besides say yes and pack her bags for a weekend of endless possibilities and possible heartbreak.

“Maybe you need to hate fuck him and get it out of your system once and for all.”

I really like the whole hate to love you and fake dating books, but this one fell sort of short for me. I did like Sarah most of the time. She had a lot on her shoulders for a twenty something year old so she was more mature than I expected her to be and sometimes more mature than Jared. I had a love/hate thing going on with Jared. Parts of the book I loved him and the other parts I was like come on, this guy is driving me crazy and not in a good way. Plus he is supposed to be filthy rich but he is like I can’t rip her nightie I paid $400 for it. Dude, you have an ungodly amount of money, shred that damn nightie!! It was a tad annoying how often the price of things came up. I kinda wanted him to be an alpha asshole and be like I don’t care how much it costs and oh yeah, let me pay you ten thousand dollars to be my fake date for the weekend and I’ll be rude as I want to but the sex will be super hot. But unfortunately it was not meant to be in this book. Where are my hot sex scenes? I just felt there was a lot missing in the whole fake date part and I just didn’t connect with the characters. While I really liked the first book in this series, this one was just okay for me. I am looking forward to reading the next book because my favorite person in this book was Jared’s sister Candice so I am excited for her story!

“We are playing a game and I’m fairly certain…I will lose.”

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“Mr. Gaines,” I say, pasting on my best customer smile when he lifts his gaze to mine.

His dark brown eyes flash with an unfamiliar gleam and my breath catches in the back of my throat. “Back so soon, I see.”

“You know I can’t resist you, Miss Harrison.” His smile is slow. Wolfish, if that’s really

a thing. I read it in a romance novel once, thought it was kind of silly, but right now, it’s working for Jared.

His entire demeanor right now reminds me of a predatory creature. His face is all hard lines—stern, straight nose, granite jaw, sharp cheekbones, steely eyes. Yet his mouth, his lips are soft. Full. Lush.


Shaking my head at the wayward thought, I return his smile, trying my best to remain

polite. Professional.

“Is there anything in particular you’re looking for this afternoon?” I’m surprised by how steady my voice is, considering I feel like my insides are sloshing back and forth, like I’m on a boat in the middle of the ocean.

“You don’t have anything pulled aside for my appointment?” He raises a single brow, the expression on his face practically daring me to say no.

Well, guess what? I’m about to say it.

“No, I didn’t pull anything aside.” I shrug when he glares at me. “You never told me the nature of your visit.”

He glances about, making sure no one is around, I’d assume. And lucky for him, there’s no one in the store currently. It’s the middle of the week, early afternoon. We normally don’t get too many customers at this time.

We are the only two people in here. Even Marlo has disappeared.

“Perhaps you can show me some of your newer items,” he suggests.

“I can do that.” All new arrivals are at the front of the store, so we’re in the right spot. I lead him to a table showcasing our latest bra and panty design. “Celestial is the theme for spring into summer.”

I point to the bras made of thin, sheer netting and pink silk, tiny pale pink stars stitched in a scattered pattern across the tulle fabric. They leave nothing to the imagination, and the panties are the same.

“They hide nothing.” He holds up a pair of brief-cut panties, turning them this way and that. Every time he holds underwear in those big hands of his, I melt a little inside. I don’t know why he affects me like this.

“You’re right. They don’t,” I agree, grabbing a thong and flipping it over to the thin

string of lace that makes up the backside. “But they’re terribly sweet.”


I glance up to find him watching me. “Sweet yet sexy,” I counter, my cheeks going hot

from the way he’s studying me so carefully.

“You like the celestial theme?”

I nod. Press my lips together so I don’t say something I regret. Like, I love this theme, or Do you want me to model the panties for you?

Yeah. That’s a bad idea.

Meet Monica

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Cherry Beats by Vicki James ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review!


Cherry Beats
A Rockstar Romance
by Vicki James



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Bon Jovi.
Bryan Adams.
Presley West.
My favourite men of music.
Only one of them within reach.

The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.

Never screw your idols. That’s what they say, right? Well, I did, and I did it well. So well, I somehow managed to screw my own heart in the process.

He gave me one night to convince him to stay. In the end, I begged him to go.


But that’s the thing about rock stars: they do what they want, when they want, and forever didn’t end up being as long as I expected.

Presley was back, and with his face, voice, and music now everywhere I turned, I officially had nowhere left to run.

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Steam 4
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

It’s been a long time since I read a rock star romance and with Cherry Beats, Vicki James reminded me why I loved them so much. This story for me was like falling in love with your favorite song all over again. It’s full of all those things that make a rock star romance. The angst, drama, drugs, women, of course the music and oh let’s not forget the sex…oh damn the sex scenes were smoking hot. With an amazing hero and heroine and some pretty awesome secondary characters this book was so good and my emotions were all over the place. I laughed, I cried and oh boy did I swoon a whole hell of a lot.

“I had no idea boys like him existed before then. Or that I’d spend the next eight years wishing he could be mine.”

Tessa aka Cherry has been in love with Presley West since she was eleven years old when she watched him twirl a drumstick in his hand and proceed to transform into a rock god right before her eyes at the school talent show. From that moment on she was obsessed, well obsessed may be putting it mildly and for the next eight years she couldn’t let go of wanting him. They knew each other but in more of passing way. Until all those nights of banter, heavily laced with some off the charts sexual tension between them turned into a night that would finally make all her years of dreaming come true. A night that would change everything.

“You’re the only one who’s ever felt real.”

Presley West, oh how I loved him. He has the whole rock star god vibe on lockdown. The quiet bad boy that all the girls want but no matter how many women throw themselves at him he can’t get the beautiful red head from back home off his mind or out of his heart. Presley is a good example of the whole people only see what they want to see. They see him as a rock star, a man who has the world at his finger tips, but that’s not all he is. He sweet and lonely and wants a connection. So when he proposes to Cherry that they share more than just one night will she take a chance or is the rock star life not the life she planned and walk away, no matter what the cost?

“The thing is Presley…you were always meant to be a dream to me.”

I loved Presley and I loved how he showed over and over that he was so much more then some people gave him credit for. He was willing to put himself on the line for the people he cared about. He wasn’t perfect and had some serious baggage but it was awesome that Cherry loved him for him. Not for the rock god but for the man. And Cherry? Well she was amazing too. Determined and loyal and pretty damn awesome. This was a great read full of sex, drugs, rock and roll and a fantastic love story! Can’t wait to read more from this author.

“I fucking feel something. I feel everything.”

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Meet Vicki James

Vicki James is a pseudonym for Victoria L. James, taking her stories from heavy angst to heavy romance and bad boys you can’t help but fall in love with. She is, however, one and the same person so feel free to follow her on any of her platforms, be it Vicki James or Victoria L. James. Most importantly, enjoy the stories she tells, no matter what name she releases under.

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Alpha Bully by Renee Rose ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Excerpt

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USA Today bestselling author Renee Rose delivers on this intense bully romance with a paranormal twist.

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Her mom robbed my dad of his job. Destroyed his life.
Now I have to look at her every day.
The girl next door. A human. A hot little nerd.
She doesn’t belong here—not in Wolf Ridge,
not at our high school, definitely not in my life.
She doesn’t know what I am.
Which makes it all the easier to take revenge.
I will bring her to her knees. Pierce her heart.
Make her bleed. For me.
All for me.

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Overall Rating 3
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Bailey is the new girl in town. New house, new school and all new people. Unfortunately for her she moved right next door to Cole who of course just happens to be super hot but also seems to loathe her for no reason at all or at least not one that she knows of. Oh and he also is the King or maybe we should call him the Alpha of Wolf Ridge High and so his word is law and what is his new law you ask? For everyone to basically treat Bailey like shit.

“I give it another month and she’ll transfer to a school where her kind belong.”

Cole wants nothing more than to make the sexy girl next door pay for what her family did and so he does anything and everything in his power to make sure she knows she doesn’t belong at Wolfe Ridge High. The problem is he can’t help his growing attraction to her and when Bailey steps in and tries to help when she should be running the other way things quickly change. All the sudden it’s like cue the super hot sex scenes. These two start walking a fine line between love and hate and to add to that there’s the whole forbidden element going on here because Cole isn’t supposed to be with Bailey. And it’s not because of what her family did to his. Oh no it’s because she’s human, and he’s well, not.

“I’m going to give it to her every way I desire. And she’s going to love taking it.”

Bully romances are a slight obsession of mine. I love them and jump at the chance to read them whenever I find them. Plus this one had the whole paranormal element to it so the blurb pulled me in hook, line and sinker. Unfortunately it just wasn’t what I really hoped it would be. I wish the author gave us more on the paranormal side. I felt like it was just lightly sprinkled throughout the book and was really hoping it would be more of the story. It wasn’t a bad story per se, I just thought the paranormal part of it would set it apart from what I’m used to and it ended up kind of just blended in the mix. I will say though that the author can for sure write some steamy scenes and I did enjoy reading those. I do look forward to reading more from this author.

“For Cole. For me. For us. What can’t be.”

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It’s past midnight when I wake up. My window’s open, moonlight streaming in.

That wasn’t what woke me, though.

It wasn’t the pain of the beating, either. That’s already half-healed. By tomorrow it will be nothing.

That’s the thing about wolf discipline. It’s more about dominance and humiliation than actual pain. Casey and I aren’t in real danger.

But that doesn’t mean the shit doesn’t hurt.

I rub the stubble on my chin and blink into the darkness. There’s a tug on my wolf, pulling me to the window. And I know exactly what I’m going to see when I look out.

Even so, my heart stutters.

The little human is standing outside. Standing underneath my window, looking up.

Like she’s waiting for me and she knew I’d come. Prickles run across my skin.

She’s in the same dress she wore today⁠—another short one, blue and white stripes. She lost the Converse, though. She’s barefooted on the crushed granite. Which must hurt her tender human feet.

I’m in gym shorts. I pull on a black tank top as I stare down at her.

She’s standing there like a fucking tribute. A virginal offering.

She must really feel guilty.

I shove the window open and pop the screen out. It’s not the first time I’ve climbed out this window, but I try not to make it look too easy when I scale across the patio overhang and drop to the gravel in front of her. “Hey.”

She’s crying. Silent tears that streak down her pale cheeks. I wonder if she ever stopped. If she’s been leaking those salty tears since she saw the ugliness that is my dad shit-faced. The scent of her tears does something to me. Makes me itchy and raw, with the need to smash things with my fists.

“Stop it.” I sound menacing. I’m not sorry. She silently called me out here. She’s gonna get what she gets. I advance on her like a fucking predator.

She backs up. She must sense how dangerous I am right now. How unhinged.

“Was it because of me?”

Of course it was because of her. But I’m not going to say that. That shit isn’t her fault.

Instead, I growl, “Stop crying for me.”

Her big brown eyes are wide. I wonder how well she can see me in the dark. Not nearly as well as I can see her.

“Stop it,” I command. “I’m the one who got the beatdown.”

“Cole.” It’s a broken syllable. So much emotion packed into one sound. Apology. Pleading. Desperation, even.

My control snaps. I snatch her face up to mine with a hand behind her head and devour her mouth. It tastes like all the emotion I heard.

Except more.

I savor gratitude and soft, supple generosity. Pent up anger. Grief.


I scoop my forearm under her ass to pick her up and slam her back against the tan stucco of her house.

She opens her lips for me, lets me in. It’s not how I imagined it.

It’s better.

More raw. Sweeter, even though I’m fucking brutal with my attack. Her lips twist over mine with the same intensity, her nails claw into my bare shoulders. I shove the bulge of my cock in the cradle of her legs, even though I know it will probably scare the shit out of her.


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I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!


 I want you . . . even when I hate you.


I Hate You, an all-new enemies to lovers sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class.
He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Nerd girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life

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Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Blaze and Charisma had a thing…a three week “we’re not really dating but it’s definitely more than just fucking” sort of thing. Then Blaze goes and very publicly breaks things off with her at her own sorority’s party in front of like half the student population of Waylon University. Thankfully it was right before break and she has had three months to get over the gorgeous star wide receiver before she has to see him again. But that plan gets shot to hell because as soon as these two see each other again the sexual tension is so thick you could cut it with a big ol’ hatchet and so begins the push and pull that we see throughout a lot of the story.

“Ugh. He’s a sparkly, sexy unicorn. And everyone wants to ride him.”

Blaze thought ending things with Charisma was what he needed to do since he needs to stay focused on the bigger picture, the NFL draft. So why can’t he get the sexy, nerdy and outspoken girl out off his mind. His plan and hers to steer clear from one another is definitely not working out and soon they’re doing the friends with a whole lot of extra benefits thing. They both have feelings for each other but are unwilling to let go and see where this takes them. Will these two get past all the obstacles that stand in their way and be able to give love a chance?

“Wishes are really just fairy tales with happy endings. Guys like me, we don’t get those.”

I am a big fan of Ilsa Madden-Mills and have loved every book I have read of hers so far and I know I may be in the minority here, but I just didn’t love this one as much as the others. It was good but it just wasn’t great for me. I adored Blaze and so badly wanted him to feel love after all he went through. Also he was super sexy so that’s always a plus but I wasn’t a huge fan of Charisma and had a hard time feeling a connection between them. Not sure if I can pinpoint what it was about her but she kind of drove me nuts. I did love Vampire Bill though. He was one feisty bird. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

“Love hurts. I know it does. Love is opening yourself up like a book, letting someone see your secrets with every paragraph and page exposed, knowing that the person you’re showing it to can walk away any minute.”

Stephanie (1)



“Need some help?”

I’m on my tiptoes when the question comes, trying to reach a book on the top shelf in the bookstore at the student center.

My heart does a nosedive off a cliff as that familiar gruff voice washes over me, his accent a smooth drawl that’s reminiscent of hot summer nights and slow kisses—kisses we never had…well, except for that one time freshman year.

I ignore him and try to grab the book.

“You’re too short. Let me,” Blaze says, this time closer, his voice soft.

I ease back on my feet and whip around, internally wishing I’d worn something more I hate you and don’t you wish you still had me, but sadly, I’m not in my kickass shoes and itchy dress. Today it’s flat-soled red Converse, black joggers, and a Yankees sweatshirt. I blow at a piece of hair in my face. Shit.

Of course, he looks magnificent in a tight long-sleeved black shirt that clings to his broad chest and tapered jeans molded to those leg muscles. His face is unshaven, the darkness on his jawline adding a broody look.

Curse him and his hotness.

I stare at him a little too long, until I snap out of it.

“I don’t need help,” My voice is strangled as I move to brush past him—forget the textbooks—but he reaches out and takes my elbow.


His fingers are a hot brand on my skin—it’s the first time we’ve touched in three months—and I pull away. A tremble starts in my legs. How dare he?It was one thing to see him in a social setting and pretend I was fine, but when we’re face to face without people watching… “Don’t put your hands on me. I’m not your hookup anymore, football player.”

His face reddens, and he drops his arms. “I didn’t mean—” he stops, not finishing as he studies my face.

I wonder what he sees. You know what he sees, Charisma—someone who wasn’t up to his usual standards.

Everything I didn’t say last night rushes out. “Didn’t mean to what? Dump me in the middle of my own sorority’s party in front of all my friends and half of campus? And you know, that’s totally fine. We both knew I wasn’t enough to keep your attention.”

His jaw clenches and he frowns, his brow furrowing. “I didn’t plan for things to happen that way.”

“How did you want to break up with me? Over candlelight? A text would have worked just fine,” I bite out.

The silence builds between us, and he watches me intently, as if trying to figure me out. He starts at my hair and works his way down to my feet, then comes back to my face. Just when I think I might combust from the intensity of his eyes, he looks away.

“What?” I cock my hip. “You look like you want to say something.”

He taps his hand against his leg. Ice-blue eyes, ones I used to stare into and get butterflies from, glitter down at me. “You just can’t handle that ended things, sweetheart.”

“Not your sweetheart.”

“Never were.”

Shit…shit…my heart feels like an anvil just landed on it, heavy and hard, and I can’t breathe for a second at his words, part of me pissed, the other part devastated. I wanted to be his sweetheart, I did, but he…

You’re not my type.

“Thanks for the reminder,” I say quietly, my anger folding away piece by piece and slipping into that horrible self-pity I despise.

He closes his eyes and scrubs his face with those talented hands, strong and big and capable, skillful with a football.

He steps in front of me, much like he did last night, and I tilt my head back to take him in. At my height of five feet, three inches, it’s hard to glare at a guy who towers over you and not look ridiculous, but I manage—until his eyes flicker with lingering emotion.

I dart my eyes around the store, searching for a way out, but I’m stuck between him and a bookshelf. “You’re blocking my path.” I focus on his legs. No sexiness there—well, except for the tight muscles under that denim.

“This is what I know,” he says in a low voice, ignoring my statement. “You told me we were just messing around. You set all the rules. Isn’t that how you operate? So why does me ending things with you even matter?”

“You never asked for more. You could have.” The revealing words fall around us, tinged with hurt, and I want to pull them back.

The silence between us crackles, yet I’m aware of other people around us. There are a few girls on another aisle, and I glance over as one of them pulls out her phone. No doubt she’s taking a picture of him. Part of me retreats, anxious she’ll get me in that photo—a girl who clearly doesn’t belong. He doesn’t notice. Everyone knows who he is, and they’re probably wondering why he’s talking to me.

“No, I didn’t,” he finally says, the words taut as if pulled from him unwillingly. He taps his leg, his tell that he’s anxious or angry. We weren’t together long, but every moment we spent together, I studied him like a wine connoisseur given a glass of rare cabernet. I know what makes him laugh, usually random things that make no sense. I know that groan he makes deep in this throat when he slides inside me, like he’s home. I know the feel of his hand when he cups my face and stares at me, a hesitant expression on his face—

“You can’t even look at me anymore. I wonder why,” he says, his voice a challenge.

Steeling myself, I face those baby blues. “You know why. I wish we’d never met up last fall. I wish you’d never flirted with me. I wish I’d never fucked you that first time in the library—”

“Same page. Same fucking page, Charisma.” And then he’s walking away, broad shoulders swaying as he stalks down the aisle…

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Ilsa Madden Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

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

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The Truth About Us by R.C. Stephens ~ Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!


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Griffin Campbell was the typical bad boy. My father warned me not to get too close. But he’s handsome as hell with eyes the color of the ocean, and he’s fiercely loyal and loves unconditionally. I couldn’t stay away when he was the only boy to ever claim my heart. I gave him all my firsts . . . and he left me behind.

Ten years later, he’s returned home offering answers as to why he left because he wants me back—only I’m not the broken-hearted teenager he once fell for. His pretty eyes and killer muscles aren’t enough to mend the hurt that rages inside me.


Jolie Bryant was my best friend’s little sister. She’s sexy as hell, sweet as sin, and very forbidden—my favorite memory and my biggest regret.

I should stay away. I’m harboring secrets that will shatter her world.

The thing about secrets is that they always find a way to come out. I just hope that when mine do, she won’t turn away from me . . .

I want my second chance with the only girl I’ve ever loved, but it seems that fate has other plans.









Panty Scorching 2
Storyline 3
Angst 2
Tissues 0
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Growing up Jolie was Griff’s best friend’s little sister so she was supposed to be off limits but the heart can’t help who it wants. These two fell in love between secret rendezvous and years spent getting to know each other. Even though they were teens, they had to keep their love hidden because Jolie’s brother and her judgmental and horrible Dad thought less of Griff. These two thought they’d be together forever but after one special night Griff was gone. He vanished from Jolie’s life without even saying goodbye and she was left heartbroken.

“He’s vanished from my life and I don’t understand why.”

Ten years later Jolie returns home and she’s definitely not the same girl Griffin left behind without an explanation. They say you never forget your first love and as much as he tried to move on, Griff can’t let go of Jolie. They are thrown together this time because of a family tragedy and Griff sees this as his chance to be with the only girl he has ever loved. He wants her back but she is still holding onto the pain of being abandoned ten years ago. Seeing each other brings up so many feeling she thought were buried and long forgotten. When Griff reveals the truth of why he left, will she be able to forgive him and give their love a second chance or are some things unforgivable?

“What happened to you Griffin Campbell? What made you run?”

I love a good second chance romance and this one had the whole I fell in love with my best friend’s sister too so I was definitely looking forward to reading it. It was a slow burn lead up for sure and it took me a while to get through some parts because honestly there was just a lot going on. I was having a little bit of a hard time connecting to the characters. There was a good amount of drama, angst and some twists I didn’t see coming thrown in there and it was a good read overall. I just think for me it would have been a better read had I had an easier time feeling the connection between Jolie and Griff. I do think a lot of people will love this book and I look forward to seeing more from this new to me author.

“It’s been a decade since I’ve seen her and still my heart beats for this woman. Why did I stay away so long?”

Stephanie (1)



 I throw my head back, laughing and happy that playful Jojo is back. “I remember the first time we kissed,” I say, looking into her eyes. She swallows. Her earlier playfulness falls away and is replaced with a serious, heated stare. “I remember the first time we danced.” My finger caresses the bare skin of her shoulder, and her green eyes go from shining emerald to a dark forest green.

“Griff,” she whispers a warning.

“I want to kiss you so bad.” My voice is gruff and filled with a need that far outweighs any craving for gelato. I don’t wait for her answer because the way she watches me has me undone.

My lips press to hers slowly, a soft caress, a begging for permission. Her fingers come up and rake through my hair, tugging me closer. My tongue peeks from my mouth, begging entrance to hers as she opens willingly.

The kiss is slow and testing at first. I’m scared of pushing too hard and having her pull away. She says she doesn’t want more, but the chemistry between us beats alive and strong. Her taste sets my body on fire as a million memories come crashing through my mind. Electricity sparks inside me, making me feel alive for the first time in what feels like forever. And now, with a simple kiss, I have come undone. My lonely heart beats in time with hers. My thumb brushes over the pulse point in her neck, and it thumps wild like mine.

“Jolie,” I say her name like a prayer.

“What are we doing?” she murmurs into my mouth.

“What feels right,” I answer into hers. Primal instinct begs me to take her on this kitchen counter and make her mine. My fingers pull at her scalp and she moans into my mouth, and my hard-on pulses to her sweet noises. The kiss intensifies until we are both breathless and panting when suddenly, she pulls away from me, pressing her hands to my shoulders.



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 R.C. Stephens is a top 100 Amazon best selling author. She has written ten romance novels and plans to continue to write many more.

When she isn’t in her writing cave she is raising three lovely children with her adoring husband.

Her books are filled with humor, heartbreak, emotion and true love.

Born and raised in Toronto, she loves the winter, but Spring and Fall are her favorite seasons.

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