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.



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Storyline 3
Angst 2
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Overall Rating 3.5
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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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Can You Hear It by Casey Diam ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

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Can You Hear It

by Casey Diam
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Genres: Mature YA Sports Romance



Those were the root of all evil. One of those became the root of mine the day I lost the love of my life. My best friend. My lover.
Everyone disregarded it, saying, “Let’s face it, Averie, you have the rest of your life ahead of you.” They were wrong. James Lawrence was my ever after . . . until Ashton.
If only he didn’t come bearing his own brand of evil.
A secret.
The reason he wanted me to stay away.
I should have listened, and he should have tried harder, but both of us failed. And if we hadn’t, if he had told me when we first met, would it have altered the moment I realized that I was falling for him?
The slight variation in the air. The hitch in my breath. The lightness in my chest.
Impossible to know; I’d already fallen.
I was already ruined.

***A standalone sports romance that takes place in senior year high school. Due to explicit content, this book is suitable for 17+

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Feels 4
Steam 1
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Averie’s life as she knew it changed in an instant. One second she was watching her boyfriend doing what he loved…playing football and next a horrible tragedy struck. Now she is starting her senior year of high school in a new town, at a new school with all new people. Her Mom calls it a fresh start but to Averie who is drowning in sorrow and still feels so broken, nothing and no one can help. Not even the alcohol and drugs she turned to in order to numb the pain.

“In the next second…my life would change forever.”

Averie wasn’t exactly welcome with open arms at her new school, but she couldn’t care less what other people think of her. When the school’s star quarterback Ash strikes up a friendship with her, things get a little off track for Averie. She wants nothing to do with anything remotely football related but can’t help the feelings she starts to develop towards Ash or the attraction that’s so obviously there between the two even though they feel like she is betraying her past. But Ash has a secret. He knew who Averie was before she transferred to his school and she doesn’t realize it. He tries so hard to just be the friend she needs and help her heal but how is that possible when she is all he can think about and all he wants?

“The girl I’d had more wet dreams about than I could count was here. In my part of the city. In my school. In my world. When I couldn’t have her in it. She wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t ready for it.”

There was a ton of angst in this book and my emotions were all over the place. There was also your typical teenage drama and some really fantastic secondary characters. My heart broke so many times for Averie as she tried to navigate her new reality and heal. There’s so much I can say about Ash because he was amazing. He truly cares about Averie. He sees her drowning and wants so desperately to be the light at the end of her tunnel. I’m not sure what I expected out of him when I first met him and if being near him would help her heal but he went and proved himself over and over again. But when Averie discovers Ash is hiding a secret will it destroy what they have or will it help them both find what they didn’t even realize they were looking for?

“I wanted her to fall in love with me, but her heart belonged to someone else. Maybe it always would.”

I always love finding a new author I haven’t read before and falling in love with their stories. This was such a great book that dealt with some tough subjects especially for high school kids but the author did such a great job with it all. I loved Ash and Averie so much and am so excited that some of the secondary characters from this story are getting their own books! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

“I never though I could fall like this again, but there I was. With this guy. This athlete. This man. In love.”

Stephanie (1)

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About Casey Diam

Some years ago, Casey rediscovered her passion for writing and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her favorite genre is romance with a little angst, which is why she writes sexy, funny, sweet, and emotional stories that are a bit more in depth, but so much fun to read.

Casey has a ridiculously short attention span and loves her coffee and tea without sugar and milk. Apart from reading or writing, she loves to snowboard, even when she’s catching an edge and face-planting in the snow. She absolutely loves it!

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For more information on Casey and her books visit  https://www.caseydiam.com/

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Call of Night by Emily Goodwin ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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Call of Night, Book #3 in the paranormal romance Thorne Hill series by Emily Goodwin is LIVE!

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True love never dies.

Not even when those around me are trying to kill it. With vampire bounty hunters still out for me, having the Grand Coven accuse me of treason against witches is the last thing I need. No one should tell me who I can and cannot love.

Determined not to let anyone or anything get in our way, Lucas and I decide to lay low for a while and let everything blow over with my coven while Lucas hunts for the vampires who tried to kidnap me. But things, of course, don’t go according to plan, and when I stumble upon an ancient evil force hiding out in the underground of Chicago, we realize our forbidden romance is the least of our worries.

As we search for a way to defeat unbeatable odds, I start to discover that things aren’t what they seem…including my very existence.

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Overall Rating 3.5
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This is the third book in The Thorne Hill series and picks up right where we were left off with that cliffhanger at the end of the last book. Callie is once again in some serious trouble after she is accused of treason and has to face the charges brought against her. Yes, she knows she messed up with the ley line and yes, she may have fell in love with a sexy, super old, super powerful vampire. That’s definitely something the coven is not happy being it’s forbidden and all that jazz but she’s never been great at following the rules. Can she convince them that she is innocent without divulging all the other craziness that seems to be going on in her life?

This book again follows Callie and Lucas as they fight to prove their love and stay together while trying to clear Callie’s name with the coven, fight off body possessing demons, witch hunters, giant dog rat beats and the plague. Just to name a name a few things they have to deal with on any given day in this book. Lucas is completely devoted to Callie and will do anything to protect her and Callie is pretty badass and is willing to do anything to protect their love, but does their forbidden romance stand a chance with threats coming at them from all directions?

“Forever. Only…my forever will end. Lucas will live on past that. Alone. Forever.”

So this book had a lot going on, and I don’t necessarily mean that it’s a good thing. Honestly it was a little much for me and I ended up skimming parts. Yes, I love the whole witch and vampire forbidden romance and do enjoy both characters but there was so much thrown in the mix that kind of made it a clusterfuck. Then there were parts that were just too predictable. Yes, trouble follows Callie around but this much? All in one book? A bit of overkill. I was torn as part of me wanted to finish it and see where it would lead but part of me wanted to stop and just be done. I did finish and am glad I read it. There were some interesting twists towards the end, but alas we are left with another cliffhanger. Book three definitely wasn’t my favorite in the series so far but I have hopes for book four and hope that Callie and Lucas truly get to be together.

“For nearly two-thousand years I have lived in darkness. I let it consume me, fill me, until I swore that’s all I could have. And then I met you.”

Stephanie (1)

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I’m on my second glass of wine when Lucas pulls into the driveway. He parks his black Mercedes in the driveway and gets out, moving with vampire speed up to the front porch.

“What’s that smell?” he asks, making a face.

“Lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus oil.” I motion to the diffuser I have on the porch next to me. “It keeps mosquitoes away. You don’t like it?”

“It’s very strong.”

I look into my wine glass for bugs. I don’t see any, and I’m getting tipsy enough not to care as long as I drink them down fast enough. Finishing the last bit of wine, I set my glass down and get up. “Who has a stronger sense of smell: a vampire or a German Shepherd.”

“The dog, thankfully.”


“Yes, though really, I’m glad. The world smells enough as it is.”

“True, and I’m glad too because I do human things in the bathroom occasionally.”

Lucas laughs. “I know you’re alive, my love.” He picks me up and kisses me, pressing my back against the front door. I called him when the trial was over, letting him know to come over and not to worry about finding BBQ Callie in the yard. Then I hung up and started drinking away my problems.

It’s a terrible coping mechanism, and one that I started way too young. We all have our vices, and I know this will catch up to me sooner or later.

“How drunk do I have to be for you to get drunk too?”  I ask between kisses.

“It depends.” Lucas draws his fangs and grazes them over my flesh.

“On what?”

“On how much I take from you.” He stops kissing me and looks in my eyes. “I won’t take too much. I love you, Callie Martin, and I will never hurt you.”



“It’s my middle name. Callista Anne Martin.”

“Martin is your father’s last name.”

“I know.” I feel like I weigh nothing at all as Lucas easily holds me up. “But it’s mine too.”

“For now.” Lucas doesn’t give me a second to think. He kisses me hard again, tongue entering my mouth. Heat rushes through me and I don’t have time to process what he just said.

“Let’s go inside.” I grab the hem of his shirt and inch it up. No one from the coven has reason to go by my house tonight, and it’s far enough away from the road it would be impossible to sense that Lucas was a vampire even if someone did drive by. Still…fuck. I hate this.

Moving with vampire speed, Lucas carries me in and lays me down on the couch. I curl my legs up around him and we go right back to where we left off.

“I should…” I start, trailing off as Lucas bunches up my dress. “Put an extra—ohhh.” He slides his hand up my thigh and sweeps his fingers over my clit. “Wa..warding on…on…the house.”

“Are you expecting more demons?” His fingers slip under my panties. “I’ll kill them just for interrupting us.”

“Not demons, but witches.”

Lucas stops stroking me. “Why are you warding against witches?”

My eyes fall shut and suddenly I can’t breathe. Lucas moves off of me and I get up, going into the kitchen for more wine.

“I thought the trial went well.” Lucas watches me forgo a wine glass and put the bottle to my lips. “Yet you’re drinking like you want to forget something.”

About Emily

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

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Fallen Saint by Monica James ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

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Title: Fallen Saint
Trilogy: All The Pretty Things Trilogy #2
Author: Monica James
Genre: Crime Thriller
Release Date: July 14, 2019 



Just as this nightmare began, I once again find myself bound, destination unknown. However, this time, my kidnapper is the man who shattered my world beyond repair.

Aleksei Popov—Russia’s number one mobster, and the man I was sold to.

His intentions for me are clear—submit, obey him, and call him master—but I won’t surrender. I’m not like the other girls. Whether that’s a blessing or curse, I’ve yet to decide. The problem is, my disobedience intrigues my captor all the more.

When we arrive in Russia, the rules change.

Saint, the man who was once a sinner, is my only salvation. What was forbidden now gives me hope that there is light in the darkness. He will risk everything to set me free.

But behind these opulent walls, things aren’t what they seem, and when the fine line between pleasure and pain begins to blur, only one thing matters—saving my soul.

I will lie.



I was once an angel, but now… I’m a fallen saint, ready to inflict my own pain and burn this hellhole to the ground.

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Monica James went and did it again, Fallen Saint was amazing! I am totally wrecked after reading this book but in a good way, I think. What a total mind fuck and I loved every single minute of this dark, deliciously dirty, intense and crazy ass ride she is taking us on with this trilogy.

“I am fucking staggering through the darkest valley, but I am alone. No one is with me. There is no saving grace.”

This book picks up right where the first left off and I am going to try hard not to give too much away but now Willow sees her captor Saint as her only shred of hope once she is turned over to Alek the most powerful man in Russia. Alek now essentially owns her, or so it is supposed to go but Willow is fierce and she won’t submit that easily. Everyone has a part to play in this screwed up mess they are in and this is where things start to get more intense, yeah I didn’t think it was possible but Monica Murphy was like “Hey, I am I am going to take twisted and one up it here.” Anyways, Willow and Saint go from captor and captive to so much more as they fight to try and gain their freedom and be together. But Saint isn’t exactly well, a Saint and there are things that are expected of him as he is Alek’s right hand man. Also it’s not like he and Willow can just run off into the sunset together, this isn’t that kind of story so they don’t get that luxury. They both make choices to protect the ones they love, no matter what the cost.

“You know what I am. I never said I was the hero.”

So there’s Saint whom I love so much and is so damn sexy and intense and there’s Willow with her undeniable strength that helps her survive the nightmare she is living in and then there’s Alek. Ok so I totally intended to loathe this man, like screw him and his I own you shit. But something happened along the way and I’m not even sure at what point it was but girl you got me to love him too. Damn that man is powerful and sexy and dare I say sweet when it comes to Willow. This book was crazy intense and so good. The last few chapters were completely insane and I was like what the hell did I just read, and then that cliffhanger?!? Love a twisted tale? Pick up the first two books in this series now!! I can’t wait until September for the next one!

“Because…your demons dance with mine. They always have.”

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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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The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!




I was sixteen when I vowed I would never marry him.

We shook on it. Pinky swore. Even put it in writing and all but signed our names in blood.

It was the one and only thing we ever agreed on.

To the world, he’s Prince Ian, Duke of Montcroix, second in line to the Chamont throne. Panty-melting accent. Royal charm. Hypnotic presence. Blindingly gorgeous. Laundry list of women all over the world who would give their first born for the chance to marry him. Most eligible bachelor in the free world …

But to me, he’s nothing more than the son of my father’s best friend—the pesky blue-eyed boy who made it his mission to annoy the ever-loving hell out of me summer after summer as our families vacationed together, our parents oblivious to our mutual disdain as they joked about our “betrothal.”

He was also my first kiss.

And my first taste of heartbreak so cataclysmic it almost broke me.

I meant it with every fiber of my soul when I swore I’d never marry him.

But on the eve of my 24th birthday, His Royal Highness has the audacity to show up at my door after years of silence and make a demand will forever change the trajectory of our lives: “We have to break our pact.”

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Emilie and Julian’s fathers were best friends and their families spent their summers together growing up, but the two of them haven’t seen or spoken to each other in eight years. Not since the day he disappeared after breaking her sixteen year old heart. So why is Prince Julian, Duke of Montcroix, showing up in North Carolina at her doorstep at one in the morning asking to break the pact they made as kids all those summers ago?

“The man didn’t shatter my heart that summer, he obliterated it. It took me years to piece it back together and even then, it was never fully right after that. Never quite whole.”

Ok so Julian needs a wife asap so his Country’s monarch doesn’t fall apart. He wants Emilie to agree to pack up her life in North Carolina and fly to Montcroix to become the next Queen. I mean that’s not asking much from the girl who’s heart you broke, is it? Oh, did I forget to mention Julian is super hot and can any wife he wants but only wants Emilie? Her first reaction is a hell no. Can’t really blame the girl but then Julian sweetens the pot so to speak. She’s suddenly agreeing to the terms he lays out, changing her answer and finding herself on a plane headed into an unknown future.

“You’re the only one I trust. And the only one I want. And my people will adore you, just as I once did. Just as I still do.”

These two are dealing with some unresolved feelings and things are a little rough as Emilie gets accustomed to the royal lifestyle. But it becomes clear pretty quickly that they both still love each other after all these years but think they were betrayed by the other. When secrets are revealed and some drama is thrown in the mix, will there be a royal wedding or another broken heart?

“I loved her then. I love her still.”

I love the whole prince/princess falls in love with a non-royal type of book so this blurb really sucked me in and Winter Renshaw always delivers a great read. While this one was good, it wasn’t one of my favorites. I had a bit of a hard time feeling the connection between Julian and Emilie. Sometimes I just didn’t see it and I guess I wanted more drama. I love a good twist in a book but there was one during the second half that just didn’t make sense or fit and honestly sort of threw the whole book off for me a little. It was a quick read and was good but unfortunately not a favorite. I am looking forward to more books from this author in the future.

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“Ms. Belleseau,” he says before moving aside. “Welcome. Won’t you come in?”

Her eyes lift across the small space until they find mine, and her hands clasp in front of her waist. She’s in jean shorts, a white tank top, sandals, and a wildly colorful cardigan. Her long hair is piled on top of her head—hardly the look of a queen, but I like it nonetheless.

My all-American sweetheart …

“I’ll do it,” she says as Harrison locks the door behind her. Emelie takes a few more steps closer, until we’re only a few feet apart. “But I have terms and conditions.”

“Such as?”

“No sex,” she says.

I hide my disappointment with a smirk. “Glad we’re getting that one out of the way. What else?”

“No romance.”


“Limited public engagements,” she adds.

“I’m afraid that one isn’t up for negotiation,” I say. “But you’ll be pleased to know that we aren’t allowed to demonstrate any public displays of affection, so any and all public engagements will require nothing more than a smile, a curtsy, and a few kind words.”

“Fine.” Her arms fold across her chest, like she still isn’t comfortable with the idea of this arrangement. “You get me until my twenty-ninth birthday and not a day longer.”


“Oh. And I’m allowed to see my family at any chosen time, regardless of schedule or engagements,” she says.

I hesitate—logistics and all of that.

“That’s my non-negotiable,” she says. “My mother and my sisters are my everything. If I want to see them, you’re going to make it happen or the deal is off. And my friends too. I want my friends to be able to visit.”

That’s her non-negotiable? I figured it would’ve been the sex …

“All right,” I say. “Shall we pinky swear on this as we did with our last agreement?”

She fights a smile—a good sign—but her poker face returns in an instant, rendering her back to unreadable.

“You have my word if I have yours,” she says, not moving so much as an inch closer. Her chin lifts and her shoulders straighten as she looks me dead in the eye. I can’t tell if she’s feeling good about her decision or giving me her best poker face.

“Apparently pinky promises aren’t as binding as we thought now, are they?”

My joke falls on deaf ears. She isn’t amused.

Her arms lower to her sides, as though she’s feeling slightly less defensive than when she first walked in the door.

“You’re going to make an amazing queen, Emelie,” I say, envisioning her in my great-grandmother’s glimmering Belcast tiara. “Welcome to the royal family.”

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

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Save the Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance in a new series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

Caroline Abbott loves her job—helping engaged couples pick out the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their dream wedding. Working at Noteworthy means she has to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but Caroline’s always up for the challenge.

Until one particular bridezilla walks into the stationery store who’s fiancé happens to be the boy Caroline shared her first kiss with. Alexander Wilder is all grown up now, helping run his family’s successful luxury hotel chain, and is somehow even better looking than she remembers.

When Caroline just happens to catch Alex’s fiancée half naked with another man well, of course she has to tell Alex. Of course, he breaks off his engagement.

And of course, the ex-bridezilla has gone completely bonkers.

At least Caroline has her friends to save her from crazy ex-fiancées. But she also has the sudden interest of…Alex? Caroline knows they share a connection, but is he on the rebound? Or after seeing her all these years later, does he really want something more?

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Caroline works in an upscale stationary store that specializes in all things wedding related. So when a bridezilla comes in with her workaholic “I’d rather be on my phone than looking at save the date cards” fiancé Caroline realizes she knows him. Yes, he is the same hot stranger she bumped into at her favorite coffee shop and sort of flirted with that same morning but that’s not it. He also happens to be her childhood crush and the boy she shared her first kiss with.

“His voice is deep. Rich. His face…vaguely familiar?”

Alex definitely didn’t expect to run into Caroline, his old best friend’s little sister who also happens to be his first kiss. Yet here she was helping him and his fiancé prep for a wedding he really has no interest in. But what happens when Caroline sees his fiancé Tiffany with another man and he is suddenly no longer engaged? Does that mean it’s suddenly ok for him to act on the feelings he has towards Caroline? She is asking herself the same questions since as soon as these two meet up after all those years apart sparks are flying everywhere. Their connection is almost instant and I love how they just fit together, like it was always supposed to be this way. But is it too soon after his broken engagement and is there a reason Caroline shouldn’t trust Alex or will they take a chance at love?

“I want to take a chance on you, Caroline.”

I really enjoyed Caroline and Alex’s journey and there were also some great secondary characters that I have the suspicion may just get their own stories, or at least I hope. So if you’re in the mood for a cute and quick summer read this might be the book for you.

“This is going to be the start of something good, Caroline. I can feel it.”

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I head straight for the pickup counter, where I see my skinny vanilla latte waiting for me, my name written on the side of the cup in Stella’s familiar scrawl. Without hesitation I grab it, inhaling deeply before I take a sip. Just a tiny sip so I can savor it. I close my eyes for a second, maybe two, and when I open them, I find a guy standing there.

Watching me.

And he’s not just any guy. He’s cute. Wait, no. Not cute. He’s…hot. Dark hair. Blue eyes. Wearing a suit that fits him perfectly. I know just from looking at the fabric that it’s custom. Expensive.

He’s smiling at me. And I’m scowling at him in return because the caffeine hasn’t quite hit my bloodstream yet, so I’m not on top of my game.

“You looked like you were having a moment.” His voice is deep. Rich. His face…vaguely familiar?

I stand a little straighter. Take another sip of my coffee as I contemplate the man in front of me, because for some reason I still can’t come up with anything to say.

Listen, I always have something to say. But this guy. This gorgeous, well-dressed maybe-stranger, is leaving me a little…



“That moment you were just having. With your coffee,” he continues, gesturing at the cup I’m clutching in both of my hands, like it’s my baby. Which this morning—every morning—it is.

“She loves coffee,” Stella says from behind me.

Glancing over my shoulder, I give her a look, one that says shush.

“I can see that.” The amusement in his voice is obvious. He thinks it’s funny. The sacred moment I was having with my latte made him smile.

I wouldn’t mind coming up with other ways to make him smile.

Whoa. Where did that thought come from?

“What I want to know is, how did you get such special treatment?”

I blink at him like I’m an uncomprehending idiot. “Excuse me?”

“Well, I’ve been here for the last fifteen minutes. First, standing in line.” He gestures at the line of customers that trails out the door. “And now, waiting for my order.”

Guilt fills me. Just a tiny bit. Sweet Dreams Café is the most popular bakery and coffee shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea. All the tourists love it. All the locals love it too. It’s been in Stella’s family for generations.

“Yet you skip past the line, walk straight in here and grab your ready-made drink within a few seconds of your arrival. Do you have a Fast Pass?” A brow lifts, and I’m hit with a quiver. Like Cupid just drew back his bow and shot that arrow right in my heart.

Or perhaps that arrow struck me in, ahem, other places.

Who knew a brow lift could be so sexy?

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 Harper Collins/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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