Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes ~ Book Tour w/ Review



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Something inside me snapped.

“Chase, I need you. Please, come.”

Teagan’s words screamed from the screen of my phone. My heart started pounding and I started to sweat. I felt like I might pass out as I was sucked into a vortex of emotions and memories I’d tried desperately to forget.

Teagan Tessler was the love of my life. My professional soccer career was a big part of the future we planned to have together, but an offer with Arsenal, one of England’s premier soccer teams, sent me to London a year ahead of schedule. Just months after I left, Teagan betrayed me with my best friend without an explanation. I was completely and utterly destroyed.

Six years later, I can finally breathe again and my professional and personal life is in a good place; but, now this. I’d have to be insane to even consider ripping open those old wounds, but whatever she needed, it had to be huge.

The truth of my feelings resonated: I should shut off the phone and forget her forever, but my traitorous heart told me to get on a plane, no questions asked.

One decision can ruin your life… Maybe another one can save it.

From USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes, Trading Yesterday is a sexy roller coaster of emotion, ultimate loss, desperate longing, betrayal and forgiveness that will restore your faith in unconditional love. You’ll be left gasping for more! The Remembrance Trilogy readers will love this book.

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Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Teagan and Chase were young and madly in love. They were certain they would be together forever and had their whole future planned out. Chase was a professional soccer player and when the opportunity of a lifetime came along, Teagan made a choice that she truly thought was best for the person she loved most in life. But with one lie, one ultimate betrayal, she broke more than just her own heart.

“Chase, I need you. Please come.”

Six years passed since Chase last saw the love of his life, the women that had owned and then shattered his heart. But with one text he was headed towards Teagan and was completely unprepared for what awaited him when they came face to face again.

 “As the years passed, I got better at pushing the pain down and hiding it from others, but it was always there, eating away at my soul like a disease.”

Teagan has been keeping a secret, a huge one that she never wanted Chase to find out but now she has no choice. When they meet back up after six long years tension is super high but it’s also  so apparent that they still love each other very much. But once the secret is out can Chase possibly forgive her?

“ Tell me not to go, and I won’t go. You’re the most important thing to me.”

This was my first read by this Author. It was an emotional story with two people who were desperately in love and both only doing what they thought was best for the other. I liked the characters and the story but had a hard time feeling the connection between Teagan and Chase. It just wasn’t there for me as much as I wanted to be, so I did struggle in parts with this book. It was a good read overall and I did like it, I just didn’t love it. If you are in the mood for an emotional and heartfelt story this may be the one for you.



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USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes, writes HOT romance in New Adult, Adult Contemporary, and Erotica genres. Her books bring to life strong and sassy heroines & swoon-worthy, panty dropping alpha males! She is a master at making her readers FEEL as if they are living within the pages.
Kahlen has been on several bestseller lists including Barnes & Noble, Amazon Top 100 Paid at #2, Smashwords, Publisher’s Weekly, iBooks, and USA Today! She has won multiple awards for writing and has a BSBA in Marketing & Business Administration.
She is an avid reader, baker, roller skater and karaoke singing single mother of one daughter and two golden retrievers.
When she isn’t writing she loves interacting with her readers!
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Nightshade by Molly McAdams ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

Title: Nightshade
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: A Redemption Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense

She is chaos. She is poison. And she is the one thing I crave.

The heart-stopping final installment in New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Redemption series.

My life has never been my own. From the time I could walk, I was trained to be the mob’s hardened assassin. To be a monster. I’ve been told what to do, when to kill, and who to love. The minute I strayed, I lost everything.

Then I met Jessica.

She swept into my life like a storm of heartache, seduction, and intrigue. She’s everything I hate, but with one look, I can’t stay away. With one touch, she ignites a craving unlike anything I’ve ever known.

But her secrets threaten to destroy everything closest to me. Including her…

Together we’re poison. A destructive combination of darkness and chaos. And I want to savor every drop in my veins.


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Overall Rating-4
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This is the final book in the Redemption series by Molly McAdams but can totally be read as a stand-alone. I have read and loved several of this Author’s books before, but this was my first read in the Redemption series and though I didn’t feel lost at all not reading the other two, I am so wishing I would have started with book one. Mainly because I really loved the walk on the dark side she took with this one and I’m craving more. This story was super intense and twisted and just so good.

“Pray Nightshade doesn’t find you. He’ll slit your throat and bleed you dry.”

Kieran or Nightshade is a mix of dark, broody and mysterious. He is more or less a Mob death machine. Born and raised to be one hell of a weapon, his life was never his own and he was even told or trained who to love but after suffering a loss he completely retreats into the darkness that is Nightshade. Until one night he finds someone who makes him start to feel things he never thought possible.

“ Your chaos calms and frustrates me. And I crave it.”

Jessica or Chaos as Kieran calls her has not had an easy life, a lot of shitty things have happened to her, but she stayed strong because she had no other choice and that has made her a force to be reckoned with. But the darkness of her past is always there waiting so when she crosses paths with Kiernan she is drawn to him because she knows only he can understand her demons. The relationship between these two is off the charts, crazy intense and I really loved both these characters so much. Two tormented souls trying to find a glimmer of peace the only way they know how. There were so many crazy twists in this book and the suspense had me on edge the whole way through. Can Jessica and Kieran find their way out of the darkness, together? Nightshade was another great read by Molly McAdams.

“What if I was made for you and you were made for me.”


The muscles in Kieran’s jaw ticked, and the anger rolling off his body suddenly felt like a living thing. But his stare never wavered from mine as I soundlessly opened the knife at my side.

“Or did I hit a little too close for comfort last night?” I asked, my voice both seductive and mocking as I took another step closer to him and then another. “Could you just not satisfy her?”


My brows rose at the growl behind his demand. “Is that right?”

His eyes held so much warning as I took the last step to press my body against his.

My body trembled and begged to get closer still, but I forced myself not to move.

I hated him for the way he felt.

I hated him for the way my body craved more and betrayed me.

I hated him for everything he was and for making me want him in a way I’d never wanted a man.

I hated him.

“Who knew the mob’s feared assassin was lacking.”

One second I was in front of him, staring into those wild eyes, the next I was pressed face-first to the wall with Kieran’s hard body caging me against it. His strong hands were pinning mine to the wall. My knife was gone.

His chest moved roughly against my back, his breath made my hair dance along my cheek and lips, and I ached to push against where I could feel his hardened length in his jeans.

Oh God.

What is wrong with me?

I tried to force a wild laugh from my lungs.

I tried to taunt him.

But there was nothing.

“How long?” he demanded, his voice hoarse.

I curled my hands against the wall and shivered beneath him when his body moved closer and he pressed our hands harder to the wall.

“What?” I asked breathlessly.

“How long have you been watching us?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know?”

A huff tumbled from my lips when his mouth met my ear. The sound ended on a whimper when the movement forced my butt against his erection.

I needed the heavy, sickening feeling weighing my body down. I needed the disgust and hatred at having a man so close. I needed the reminder of who I was and why I did what I did.

But all I could smell was the subtle hint of his soap.

All I could see was his tattooed arms twisting over mine.

All I could feel was his lean muscles crowding around me in a way that felt so foreign and good.

And I wanted more . . .

Weak. So weak.

“How long?”

My body tensed.

If he had yelled the question, it might have been easier. But there was something truly terrifying in the soft tenor of his voice. And for the first time, I was afraid to be in the same room as him.

But I wasn’t scared for my life.

I was scared for my soul.

I slowly looked over my shoulder and forced myself to hold his disturbing stare. “Nearly half my life.”

A powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.

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A captivating romantic suspense that will keep you breathless until the last sentence.

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Hate to Love You by Tijan ~ Blog Tour w/ Review


Hate to Love You, an all-new standalone from New York Times Bestseller Tijan is available NOW!


Hate to Love You by Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 28th


Rule #1: No hot guys.

It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.

No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.

I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.



And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.


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Kennedy Clarke is ready to embark on her freshman year at Dulane University and her plan is simple. Put the past behind her and start over in a place where no one knows her, well almost no one. She has three rules she is bound and determined to live by. No hot guys. No Drama. And New Year, New Place, New Kennedy. But the moment she walks into her first class her first rule is totally shot to hell.

“He was model material, and it was so cliché, but of course, he was the school’s quarterback. Shay Fucking Coleman.”

Shay Coleman is the epitome of everything Kennedy hated. The hot quarterback that’s worshipped by everyone and who comes off as a cocky asshole before a word even leaves his mouth. But of course, it’s just Kennedy’s luck that she gets teamed up with his group for a class assignment. As much as Kennedy tries to deny it there is some pretty intense chemistry right off the bat between these two, and the more time they spend together the harder it gets to fight it. And so begins their love/hate relationship with a side of some pretty hot and heavy sex when they could pretend to halfway like each other.

“I had started college with the plan of befriending one, maybe two people, and I was going to study. There would be no boys, no gossiping, no cattiness. I wasn’t going to get involved in any drama, and fast-forward a few weeks, and I’m sleeping with the star quarterback.”

Soon though things started to change for these two and Kennedy sees that maybe she jumped ahead and misjudged Shay. Because let’s be honest, he is pretty freaking awesome. Hot, sweet and just an all-around good guy who genuinely cared about her. I loved his character so much. Kennedy having been burnt in the past kept her guard up and tried to resist her feelings. But in true Tijan fashion some crazy stuff starts happening and drama is coming their way at every turn. Something major happens and truly puts their feelings to the test. Where I really loved Shay I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of Kennedy but I was still rooting for them to make it through the shit storm that came their way. I am a huge Tijan fan and so look forward to her books coming out. There was the drama I always crave from her and some good characters, but I just wasn’t a fan of Kennedy and struggled with her character. I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.

“You can let me in..You’re in. You’re so far in that I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you.”



I was almost grinning from delight as I shoved open the back door. If I hit him, hey, all was fair in the war we were fighting of who could piss each other off the best.

It didn’t.

He was leaning against the wall, the back of his head resting on the brick, and he looked over to smirk at me. “I want to see your room.”

I thrust my hand out. “I’ll take those notes.”

That smirk just widened. He patted his bag and pushed off from the wall. “They’re in my email. I need to get on a computer.” He patted my arm and moved past me, heading inside. “I can use yours.”

“Hey!” I followed him in.

He was looking up the stairs. “Sabrina said you were on the fourth floor. You saw my place. I want to see yours. It’s only fair.”

He wasn’t waiting for my go-ahead. He was already up and rounding second floor to third. He’d be at my floor before I could get there. “Stop! I am not okay with this.”

He was at the third-floor door. He glanced down with that same goddamn smirk. “Better tell me which room or I’m going to hang out in the hallway.”

“Why are you always smirking? Is it permanently attached to your face?”

“What room, Clarke?” He was at my hallway door.

Fucking hell. I gritted my teeth. “Wait. Just wait. My door automatically locks.”

He’d opened the door but let it shut. Waiting as I covered the last set of stairs, I refused to let him see me panting. I stood there, purposely holding my breath until he narrowed his eyes and cocked his head to the side. “Breathe, Clarke. You’re going to pass out.”

I almost burped out the small pocket of air I’d been holding. “I hate you so much.”

“Yeah, yeah.” He waved that off. “We get it. Eternal damnation in hell, the whole shebang. Whatever.” He nodded to the door. “Stop stalling. I want to see your room.”

I was picturing pitchforks and fire. Maybe that was the burning smell he mentioned. It was hell, and all the fire in there. I yanked the door, glaring as I did. “Was this Sabrina’s idea?”

“Nope. All mine.” He was right behind me. I could feel his breathing. “She refused to tell me your room number, said I had to call.”

My eyes widened at the thought of him coming up by himself, strolling down the hallway, and then knocking on my door. Good Lordy gracious. Too many would’ve seen him at my door. I would’ve been the talk of the dorm.

I shuddered, unlocked, and entered my room.


About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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When It’s Real by Erin Watt ~ Release Blitz w/Review

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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt. 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…

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Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

When I heard the fantastic writing duo Erin Watt was coming out with another book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I absolutely loved The Royals and needed more of their combined writing genius. With When It’s Real we get a quick and easy read. The angst and drama were definitely on the lower side of the scale in this book but the characters and writing were both just as easy to love.

Oakley Ford is a teen pop icon with a bad boy image that’s definitely not doing him any good lately. Needing an image change pronto his PR team comes up with an idea for him to have a fake girlfriend. But even with basically his pick of any girl he wants, the idea is for him to date a normal girl. One untouched by the spotlight and with no hidden agenda. Oakley is not a fan of the idea but his desperation to salvage his career has him on board.

“ This proposition is insane. I mean, who pays such an obscene amount of money to some random girl to pretend to be a pop star’s girlfriend for a year?”  

Enter so called normal girl Vaughn Bennett. Vaughn had a family tragedy a few years back and now her and her sister are helping raise her twin brothers and money is tight. So when the opportunity to pretend to be a pop-stars girlfriend for a boatload of money basically falls into her lap what’s a girl to do?  And so begins the year long “job”.

 “This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets.”

 Oakley and Vaughn most definitely didn’t hit it off right away. I love how Vaughn wasn’t all star-stuck around Oak and was just staying true to herself and I have to say I really liked her character. Oak was thrown for a loop when Vaughn treated him, well like he was normal. His character took a little while to grow on me but I ended up really liking him. He was just not used to people not wanting something from him so relationships were hard. But as things progressed and feelings started to change it was sweet to watch them slowly fall for each other. If you are in the mood for a quick and sweet read this is the one for you.

“ There aren’t any cameras here, this isn’t for show.”     


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Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun—and sometimes crazy—ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox:

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One Wrong Choice by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine ~Blog Tour w/ Review


One Wrong Choice by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
Release Date: March 1st
Genre: Contemporary Romance


You are cordially invited to witness the union of Jenna and Kenneth…

Isn’t it every woman’s dream to marry the perfect guy?

Mr. Tall, Dark, Rich, and Handsome, the one who waits for me at the altar, is that man.

It’s what my family wants.

For a long time, it was what I thought I wanted, too.

Then I met Brandon, a ruggedly handsome guy with inked up sleeves, who turns my dreams into flames of heat.

What kind of person am I—an engaged woman constantly fantasizing and lusting over her best friend?

When Kenneth is away, Brandon fills all my dangerous desires, even though we haven’t so much as kissed.

I’m torn between doing the right thing, and following my heart.

If I make one wrong choice, I risk losing it all.


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Overall Rating-3/3.5
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One Wrong Choice is the final installment in the Cruel and Beautiful series by Authors A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine but can be read as a standalone. It is my first read by these Authors and though I liked this book I didn’t love it. It was a good storyline and has some interesting twists and turns that kept me interested , but I think what I had the hardest time with was the pace was too slow at times and I was just left wanting more. Also I had a hard time with Jenna for some reason the connection between her and Brandon didn’t work for me, no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t feel that spark between them. Now Brandon on the other hand, I loved his character. He saved this book for me. From the get go he was so likable and that just progressed as the story went on.

Jenna is stuck in a relationship with a man she doesn’t love. Ever the people pleaser she finds herself bound to become a society wife all to appease her Mother and Kenneth. Though what she fiercely wants more than anything is independence and a chance to live the life that she chooses.

“ In his eyes, I see the fate that I’d been dealt. Even though I’m not in love with him, the love I do have will have to be enough.”

On the way to work one day Jenna’s car starts acting up so she stops at local garage to have someone take a look. Enter Brandon. The two of them very quickly form a friendship after Brandon finds himself uncharacteristically offering to fix Jenna’s car for her free of charge and Jenna decides to invite him to dinner as a sort of payback. The attraction is there from the start and both are dancing around it until Jenna drops the bomb that she has a boyfriend.

“ We come from different worlds. There’s never been a shot in the dark that she and I could have more then a friendship.”

The two continue their friendship for years unbeknownst to Jenna’s now fiance but things basically soon become strained because both have feelings for one another and though Brandon isn’t afraid to admit his Jenna is too afraid to admit hers. It becomes a push and pull with these two mixed with a whole lot of drama. But when something happens and Jenna is finally given the chance to choose her own path will she make the right choice?

“ We were never a wrong choice. We were the only one.”


Meet A.M. Hargrove:

One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

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Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

In her early years, she and her best friend would tell each other stories over the phone when they were bored. They called them their “soap operas” and generally revolved around whatever boy they liked at the time.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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A THOUSAND LETTERS by Staci Hart ~Blog Tour w/ 5 Star Review


“Lyrical, heartbreaking, and emotionally intense, A THOUSAND LETTERS is a beautiful portrait of an undying love that deserves a second chance.”

Melanie Harlow, USA Today Bestselling Author

A Thousand Letters, an all-new emotional standalone by Staci Hart is LIVE!!!


Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*


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The blurb for this book is what drew me in and then there’s the beautiful cover and the fact that the story is inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. So yeah I had high hopes for this book and Staci Hart did not disappoint. Her lyrical writing style in this story paired with unforgettable characters grabs hold and takes us on a journey filled with loss, regret and at last forgiveness.

Elliot and Wade met and fell in love very young. Elliot was only seventeen years old when Wade was set to leave for the army. Plans had been made and both of them were set on following them so their time apart would not be too long. But Wade not wanting to be away from her any longer than necessary suddenly changed those plans and Elliot made a heartbreaking decision, one she has regretted every day for seven years.

“ The boy who I walked away from lived on in the wreckage of my heart, and I never stopped wishing things had been different.”

Now after seven years Wade is back because his father who is more like a father to Elliot then her own is dying. They both know they will see each other but neither is even remotely prepared for the onslaught of emotions that surface when they do. So many questions left unanswered, so many letters left unread.

“ It didn’t matter that I wished I hadn’t gone silent. Because by the time I realized my mistake, it was too big, the distance too far, the wrongs I’d done too deep and wide to breech.”

Seven years can change a person in so many ways. Elliot could still see the boy she had loved hidden behind the eyes of a broken man and he was angry and bitter towards her. Wade had never stopped loving her but he was closed off and was so afraid to take a chance to tell her how he felt. There is so much history there with these two characters and with that so much heartache of all the time they lost. The road back to each other is not an easy one and honestly it’s painful to read in parts because my heart hurt for these two characters I had grown to love so much. Wade with his quite protectiveness and Elliot with her fierce love and devotion for all those she held dear to her. If you are looking for a beautifully written second chance love story then I would highly recommend A Thousand Letters.

“ Hold onto the things that breathe life into you. Listen to your soul and honor what it tells you. Live. Fight for what you love.”



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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt


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Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills is NOW LIVE!
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51wzx3s49l-_sy346_A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills…

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses and dreamy football players…



Max stalked over to the barrier that divided the stands from the football field and jumped it. The fans went nuts as he brushed past them, some not even realizing it until he was down the aisle. The Jumbotron followed him.

“Good Lordy, what’s he doing?” Mimi asked, clutching at her chest.

“I don’t know,” I said rather weakly, taking the chance to study him the closer he came. He was beautiful, his shoulders impossibly broad. To add to the distraction, his helmet was in his hand and all that dark brown hair was flowing around his chiseled features as if he had a fan in his face. My Viking.

“He’s coming over here,” Mimi commented.

He was. But why?

I stopped breathing . . .right when he came to a halt in front of me and knelt down on one knee.

Eyes the color of a wild ocean gazed at me.

He took my left hand in his right one.

“Max,” I breathed, my heart fluttering.

He gazed up at me. “Sunny Blaine, will you marry me?”

The stadium went wild. In a daze, I looked up at the Jumbotron and felt like I was watching this happen to someone else. Camera phones flashed all around us.

My first clear thought was I’ll kill him.

Aloud, nothing came out but a faint wheeze. Clearly someone had stuffed a giant wad of cotton in my mouth. Clearly I needed something a lot stiffer to drink than this Diet Coke. Clearly my fake boyfriend was afreaking raving lunatic.

He sat his helmet on the ground next to my feet, reached inside it and pulled out a small black box.

No, no, no!

The box opened, and my stomach churned at the sight of the large round solitaire diamond ring that was nestled on the black silk. I blinked repeatedly to clear my vision.

With deft fingers, Max eased it out of the lining and slipped it on my left hand.

I stared down at it. Then back at him.

I was going to murder the hottest quarterback in the country.

Kiss her, Kiss her, the crowd chanted.

We were the focal point of the entire world.

Max stood and tugged me up with him until we were standing. He slid his hand around my neck and pulled his face to mine. The sky was blotted out as he kissed me.

But I hadn’t said yes!

I wouldn’t say yes.

Not to a fake engagement.

The applause of the stadium was deafening. And his kiss—it was deadly. Despite my rage, my body craved him. His lips were hot, so hot, and my tongue met his with a vengeance. We kissed hard, and I nipped at him, my teeth scraping across his lips. But the only one who’d end up bleeding in this scenario was me.

He eased back to take me in, and with a final look at my face he gave a thumbs-up sign to the entire stadium. They went nuts, chanting his name.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear, letting his hand trail down my arm as he stepped back from me. He walked away backward, eyes on me the entire time. The announcers for the game told everyone who might have missed it that Max Kent had just asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she’d said yes. More cheers came as they replayed him on his knee in front of me with a giant YES written across the top.

I plopped back down in my seat. Frozen.

“. . . did you see her face? Shocked . . .”

“. . . most romantic thing in football . . .”

“. . . luckiest girl in the world . . .”

My face went hot. Even my ears burned. I wanted to crawl under a seat.


What a lie.

The half ended and our offense came out to the field, snapped the ball, and Max threw it straight to Tate who ran it in for another touchdown. My chest constricted and anger churned in my gut.

I didn’t care who won.

I hated football right now.

Most of all, I hated Max Kent, and I was going to make him pay.


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Overall Rating-3.5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Stephanie

I am a huge Ilsa Madden-Mills fan and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The blurb grabbed my attention right away, and hello hot cover! All that hair…ah my fingers were itching to throw it up in a man bun. Fake Fiancee was a quick, light read with an extra side of steamy thrown in.

Desperate to get out of her home town of Snowden and away from her father, Sunny “borrows” her Fathers car and heads down the highway with no intention of looking back. But when one wrong turn sends her plunging into the icy cold water and thinks this is for sure the end for her, when she is suddenly pulled to safety by a sexy stranger.

“ God had been using his A game when he’d created my hero.”

Fast forward three years and Sunny is attending Leland University and her neighbor just so happens to be none other than Max Kent the football teams super sexy quarterback. After Sunny finds herself at his door one morning when one of his groupies smashes her car he offers her a ride to class. The chemistry between these two is instantaneous and off the charts. But Sunny does date jocks and Max’s main focus is football.

“ And so it begins. The football player and I were finally going to meet. I was going to murder him.”

Trying to push their insane sexual chemistry aside Sunny and Max quickly become great friends. Max comes up with this crazy idea. Sunny works her ass off to make ends meet and he is hoping for a Heisman nod so he needs to keep the crazy groupies away and his image squeaky clean. So what better solution then to pay her to pretend to be in a relationship with him. Three months and then back to being just friends. Sounds simple enough, right? Well between rides to school, coffee dates and tutoring sessions things start to shift and then what happens when what’s supposed to be a fake agreement now seems all so real?

“ You make me into the person I’ve always wanted to be.”



About The Author

ilsa-madden-bioWall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education. When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.

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