Julius by Nicole Cyper ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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Title: Julius
Author: Nicole Cypher
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2020

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They say success is the best revenge.

I say it isn’t enough.

I’ve spent the last twenty years building my empire, but I’ll never forget the gutters I had to crawl through to get here. Or the enemy who made it that way. Kevin Cryson, the man who destroyed my life. It isn’t enough to build my own empire if I can’t crush his.

Luckily, I’ve found his weak spot. The perfect lure in the form of a brown-eyed devil with chestnut hair and a deviant smile. The princess he never should’ve let leave the castle.

They say revenge makes people bitter.

I’ve never tasted anything so sweet.

**Julius is complete story with a guaranteed HEA and NO cliffhanger. It is set in the same world as the interconnected standalone series Darker Places, but the series is not necessary to read in order to enjoy Julius. This book is a dark romance, and thus contains dark subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.**

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REVIEW

Feels 2
Steam 2
Storyline 3
Overall Rating 3
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Sometimes a little white light can change everything. Laney and Emma have spent most of their lives sheltered and constantly being watched by their seemingly overprotective family. When the girls decide to have some fun by sneaking into a club for Emma’s birthday, they don’t see what harm it can do…after all, no one will know. What is supposed to be a night of freedom for them turns into something out of the nightmares they have always been warned about.

“My world goes dark as soon as my head hits the ground.”

Julius has waited a long time to exact revenge on the man who took everything from him and his brother. His perfect plan is finally ready and it’ll be game, set, match. But the incompetent kidnapper he hired unzips the suitcase with the wrong girl in there. Julius planned, executed and waited for Kevin Cryson’s daughter to be at his mercy. The pawn that he would use to bring down their empire but his niece will have to do.

“Twenty years I’ve crawled my way through the gutters to get to this step. The first flick of the domino that will send my enemy’s empire to the ground, just as he made my own crumble.”

This story revolves around Jules thirst for revenge but sometimes the most careful laid plans can change when the unexpected is thrown in the mix. That unexpected comes in the form of Laney, the girl who was supposed to be a means to an end but somehow turned into much more along the way. Both of them are trying to find the truth buried beneath all the mystery surrounding their families. Laney is supposed to be Jules’ prisoner but her demons are calling to his and their relationship moves past revenge. Will that be enough for Jules…can he forget the sins of the past?

“There aren’t any take backs. There aren’t any safe words. It’s me handing him the power to do what he wants to me.”

This is my first book by this author and though it’s part of the Darker Places series it can be read as a stand alone. I love a good dark romance and the whole kidnap and revenge twist was a great added bonus. For me with dark romance, it’s the darker the better…give me the super twisted, I’ll gladly take it. While this story did promise us dark sadly for me, it just wasn’t there and didn’t work for me. It wasn’t very heavy and while I like the whole storyline there just wasn’t a lot to hold onto to. With the kidnap aspect, I need more of a buildup, more of a power play and this story just turned too quickly. Way too quickly. Jules was basically a kitten. I did however like his brother. There was a lot at the beginning surrounding revenge and Laney’s family and I felt like that all sort of got lost for a while. There were just a lot of holes and I had a hard time staying connected. It was an okay read but unfortunately not a favorite for me. I’m sure there will be others who will love it.

“I’m Lainey Miller, daughter of a crime lord. Heartache to my family. Lover of a sadist. And what I want is Julius.”

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Nicole Cypher is an author and avid reader of dark romance. She began her writing journey in college and hasn’t looked back since. In her books you can expect a yummy anti-hero, plenty of action, and a happy ending.

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Old Fashioned by Kandi Steiner ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

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Old Fashioned, the fourth and final installment in the Becker Brothers series by Kandi Steiner is LIVE!

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It’s a man’s world.

When I declared sports medicine as my major and every man narrowed their eyes, that saying proved true. It was true when my ex-husband decided I’d give up my career when our daughter was born. And again when I divorced the Chief of Police in our small town, and he made it painfully clear that I could leave him, but I would never be free.

Landing the job as the new athletic trainer for Stratford’s high school team is my chance to start over. And walking into a male-dominated sport and staff, I’m ready for the challenge.

I’m not ready for Jordan Becker.

The head coach of our championship winning team is a Herculean force of nature—as severe as he is determined. His icy blue eyes and permanent scowl drive the women in this town mad, and his quiet power and undeniable command conjure respect from every man.

When I join his team, I expect the doubt and anticipate the fight from him. And I get them both.

I don’t expect to form a friendship.

And I never expect to fall for him.

My breath catches when those cool eyes fall to my lips. My body comes alive when his is near. And as those lines begin to blur, every warning bell sounds.

My job, my reputation are on the line.
And my ex is around every corner, waiting to remind me of his power.

It’s a man’s world, and if I want to survive, I can never fall in love with Jordan Becker.

Even if he falls in love with me first.

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Feels 4
Steam 2
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the final book in the Becker Brothers series and Kandi Steiner gave a fantastic send off to the characters we’ve grown to love. I was so excited for Jordan’s story since he was first introduced to us as the oldest of the Becker brothers. The silent protector, a man of few words but who loved his family something fierce. I will definitely miss all the Becker brothers and the amazing bond they shared but the author definitely saved the best for last with Old Fashioned. I absolutely adored Jordan and Sydney’s sweet love story and this was the perfect end to a great series.

“To the ones who won’t back down, who won’t go quietly, who won’t give up. To the fighters. This one’s for you.”

It’s football season in Stratford, Tennessee and the high school football team just got a new female athletic director. Jordan has his reservations about Sydney joining the coaching team and isn’t afraid to say so. After all there is a lot riding on this season and his team doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful new addition. Hell, neither does he and he can’t deny she is more than capable of doing her job. No matter how hard he tries to fight his attraction to her soon she’s all he can think about.

“If all we did was play it safe…would that really be living at all?”

Sydney recently went through a not so stellar divorce to a really crappy guy who is the chief of police. After everything she went through she finally gets the chance to have the career she’s always wanted as an athletic director. She knows she’ll take some slack in the male dominated career path in her small town. All she wants to do is take care of her daughter and do her job and do it well. She plans to show head Coach Jordan Becker that she has what it takes to make it in his world. She’s always known the eldest Becker brother but they didn’t always run in the same circle. It was hard not to be drawn to the gorgeous, quiet man and soon they were spending a lot of time together both on and off the field. Sparks were flying everywhere between these two but they had to keep their relationship private while Sydney tried to deal with her horrible ex and the judgments of some closed minded people in town. Jordan was there for her every step of the way and loved her and her daughter so much. I laughed, swooned and fell in love right along with these amazing characters.

“In the darkest hour of my life, I’d somehow managed to find love.”

I absolutely loved Sydney and Jordan together. He was so sweet, kind and such a good man. And Sydney so deserved a good man. Sydney was strong, resilient and an amazing Mom to Paige who is one of my favorite characters in this book . We also finally get the answers to all our questions about what really happened to the Becker’s dad and the mysterious fire at the distillery. There are so many other secrets that come to light in this book that gave it a lot of extras twists and turns. And as always I loved seeing all the other Becker brothers and their other halves. I will definitely miss this series and all of the Becker brothers but what a perfect way to say goodbye.

“We walked into our new life, hand in hand, heart in heart, soul in soul.”

Stephanie (1)

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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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All I Ask by Corinne Michaels ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Time comes a breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and starting over.

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All I Ask, a new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels is now LIVE!

Teagan Berkley is trying her best. A single mom raising a precocious teen, she may have given up on her dreams, but she’s accepted her life in her small beachside hometown. Now the one person who abandoned her when she needed him the most has returned, bringing back memories of what might have been.

Derek Hartz arrives in town with a teenage daughter – and he’s full of guilt over his failed marriage and the way he ended his friendship with Teagan. He’s determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust. Something he’s not convinced he deserves.

As Teagan and Derek open up to each other-and confess their deepest secrets-it’s impossible for them to deny what’s always been between them. But just when their happily ever after is within reach, their complicated history surfaces again and threatens to keep them apart. Forever.

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Feels 4
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Corrine Michaels never disappoints and with All I Ask she gives us another beautiful story about first loves and second chances. In staying true to one of the things I have come to know and love about her books this one was full of emotion and I knew going in to have my box of tissues close by and my wine glass full. This book definitely had all the feels.

Teagan was the super popular girl in high school. The one dating the QB who just so happens to be a jerk but the whole town worships him. Derek is the shy kid who is a tad different and loves animals way more than the closed minded jerks he goes to school with. They live in the same small town and have gone to school together their whole lives but have never really talked. Teagan gets assigned to tutor Derek and the two quickly become friends…best friends who are barely away from each other all through the rest of high school and college. These two have this amazing bond and I loved their friendship so much. Somewhere along the way their feeling towards each other change and they fall in love. This beautiful crazy once in a lifetime love. Both of them are afraid to ruin their friendship so they keep their feelings hidden from each other.

“I love her and I will never tell her. Because she’s not mine. She’s someone else’s.”

Fast forward a few years and Teagan is standing beside Derek as he declares his love and marries someone else. Her heart is breaking because she is wishing it was her. My heart hurt for her as she stood there trying to hold herself together as she watched the man she has secretly loved for so long marry another women. Then my heart shattered when not too long after the wedding she gets a phone call that destroys her.

“No one knows that he’s the one I love. No one knows that I wish I was standing in her place, hearing him proclaim his love to me.”

Fast forward thirteen years and Teagan hasn’t seen or talked to Derek but now he’s back in town and it’s only a matter of time before she sees him. She definitely didn’t expect the first time they would come face to face to be in the principal’s office at her daughter’s school. It just so happens they both are single parents who are raising thirteen year old daughters who hate each other. While they are dealing with that they are also dealing with seeing each other again and all that was lost over the past thirteen years. There is so much hurt and so many words left unsaid between these two. But there is also this crazy, beautiful love. I felt so bad for Teagan because she didn’t do anything to deserve what happened to her. Losing her best friend…her person almost destroyed her. I wanted to blame it all on Derek but as the story goes on we learn about what they both went through. It was so hard to place blame on anyone. Sometimes bad stuff just happens to good people. But they are both wonderful parents who are just trying to figure it all out as they go and trying to navigate their feelings too. There is so much emotion in their story and I was pulling for them to make it the whole way through. I loved this second chance love story and how it shows us that sometimes even when you feel broken there can be such beauty in starting over. I loved Teagan and Derek’s story and always look forward to reading more from this Author.

“You’ve been the part of me that’s been missing.”

Stephanie (1)

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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller author. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

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The Sinner by Kelsey Clayton ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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“This DEVASTATINGLY BEAUTIFUL book was a storm that I never saw coming, but one that wrecked my heart and soul in the most wonderful of ways.” ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

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The Sinner by Kelsey Clayton is LIVE and FREE in KU!

When I was a kid, my best friend betrayed me in the worst way possible, ripping my family to shreds in the aftermath. She ruined my life in one fell swoop, and didn’t even have the heart to warn me.

Now, nearly a decade later, I’m back in the town I grew up in, determined to make her pay.

They say revenge is a dangerous game, but I’ve never been one to play it safe. There is nothing I’ll love more than to find her weakness and use it to destroy her. The lie she told all those years ago will be her undoing.

Savannah Montgomery may be queen of the rich and entitled, but she’s about to meet her match.

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

One of my favorite things about the book world is when I find an author I haven’t read before and fall in love with their writing, the characters and their story. Kelsey Clayton was quickly added to my go to Author list with the first book in her Haven Grace Prep series. This second chance, enemy -to-lovers, bully romance was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. And did you see that cover? It sure is getting hot in here.

Savannah attends the super exclusive Haven Grace Prep. She’s the captain of the cheerleaders and she and her friends rule the school. From the outside it looks like Sav has it all. The perfect life but unbeknownst to those closest to her that perfect life is an illusion. She has a secret she will do anything to keep. A secret that could destroy her. It’s her senior year and she’s almost out of the place that holds so many memories for her. She just has to keep it together and make it through these next few months. Julliard is so close she can almost taste it. She’s worked her ass off to get where she is and is determined to not let anything or anyone get in her way. But what she didn’t expect was for her whole plan to be shot to hell as soon as she looks into the dark blue eyes of Haven Grace’s new QB who also just so happens to be her childhood best friend.

“Today I kick my plan into action, and I need to be ready. She doesn’t what’s coming to her-which is exactly how I want it.”

Grayson hasn’t seen Sav in over eight years. Not since the day his whole world got turned upside down and his family had to leave town. Now he’s back as Haven Grace Preps new QB and he is ready to seek vengeance for his father. He wants to destroy the person responsible for shattering his family. His childhood best friend and the girl he once loved with all his heart, Savannah Montgomery. Sav has no idea why Grayson hates her so much. She has no idea what happened to the boy she loved who is now the bully standing before her threatening to expose her when he finds out her dark secret.

“There isn’t a single thing in my life you haven’t ruined. Broken everything that ever meant anything to me. Now, I won’t stop until I break you.”

Things get super complicated right away between Gray and Sav and they walk that very thin line between love and hate. Grayson is hell bent on destroying her and making her pay for what she did. He plans to shatter the perfect illusion she has built at Haven Grace Prep. He is also struggling with this crazy intense bond between them that’s been there since they were kids. There is this constant push and pull between them but the whole time you can just feel the unbreakable connection and love these two have for each other. It’s so heartbreaking and messy and insanely beautiful. But when dark secrets are exposed and the past comes crashing into the present they both discover everything is not always as it seems. Sometimes the truth can hurt more than the lie. Can love set them free?

“Our mouths mold together like they were meant for only this. Like everything was intended to come to this very moment. Like all my life this was where I belonged.”

I can’t express enough how much I absolutely loved these two characters. I wanted to hate Grayson but I just couldn’t. Once we find out all that’s behind his insatiable need for revenge we start to understand more of who he is and the hurt he has carried for years. He really is a sweet guy and I so desperately wanted these two to make it together and find the love they both deserved. They were young but their bond was so strong. Then there’s Sav. I adored her character. She was a super bitch when it came to some things at school but she had to be. It was all part of the web of secrets and lies. But she was amazing and strong and resilient. One of my favorite characters ever. She loved hard and my heart broke into a million pieces for her when we discover the extent of her secret. High school bully romances are one of my favorite genres and although sometimes lately the storylines seem repetitive, I usually don’t mind. I love them so much and always find myself going back for more. With this book the author gave us a unique storyline that set it apart from some others. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of bully romance and second chances. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

“We were always meant to be together. You may not believe that anymore, but that’s alright. I’ll believe in it enough for both of us.”

Stephanie (1)

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“You know, you might be lacking in male genitalia, but the guys’ bathroom is across the hall.”

He narrows his eyes on me, and I think I even see the corner of his mouth twitch—but that could be my mind playing tricks on me. “Funny, because the Savi I knew would turn bright red at the slightest mention of a dick.”

I cross my arms and lean back against the cool ceramic. “That girl is long gone.”

“So I’ve noticed.” He crosses the distance between us and reaches his hand out to brush the hair out of my face. “It’s a shame. She was my favorite.”

He’s so close that his scent overtakes my senses. The smell of smoke masked over by cologne, yet still him. I don’t dare to move as he brings his hand to the back of my neck and presses his forehead against mine. Even after all these years, he’s makes my whole body come alive. Every nerve ending concentrates on his touch. He remains still, his lips only millimeters from mine.

“Gray.” I whisper, but regret the nickname as soon as it comes out of my mouth.

He tenses instantly, and the energy in the room changes. His grip tightens as he pulls back, and the fire in his dark blue eyes sends fear straight through me.

“Don’t call me that,” he growls. “You don’t get to fucking call me that.”

My brows furrow. “What happened to you?”

The dark chuckle that comes from his mouth echoes around the small room. “Isn’t it obvious, Savannah?” My name is like poison on his tongue. “You happened to me. There isn’t a single thing in my life that you haven’t ruined. Broken everything that ever meant anything to me. Now, I won’t stop until I break you.”

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Kelsey Clayton is a 29-year-old mother of two from a small town in lower Delaware. Born and raised in New Jersey, she discovered her love for writing when she used it as a coping mechanism to get through hard times. Since then, she has been passionately writing novels that make people fall in love with the characters and the storylines. She writes from a mix of personal experiences and imagination. As an avid beach lover, her dream is to write an entire book with her feet in the sand.

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Dirty Prince by V. Darling ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Title: Dirty Prince
Series: Scarsdale Royals #1
Author: V. Darling
Genre: High School Bully Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2020

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There’s only one thing you need to know about Scarsdale High.
The Royals rule here.

We say when to jump and how high, and the rest follow like lemmings because to do otherwise is social suicide.

As cheer captain, I have everything I’ve ever wanted, including Scarsdale’s star quarterback, Navrin Fox.

There’s just one problem … his twin brother.

Lev Fox knows exactly how to push my buttons—he’s been doing it since childhood, after all—but when I give into my baser instincts and let the boy I hate best me in a battle of wills, it’s not only my reputation as Queen Bee on the line, it’s my heart too.

Secrets, betrayal, and lies—that’s what we Royals do best.
But no one ever said anything about love.

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

Oh my, oh my. I don’t even know where to begin with this review but what I do know is that I am officially out of my book slump!! And the first book in the Scarsdale Royals series sure didn’t gently pull me out of my slump. Oh no. It grabbed me by the hair, yanked me out and took me on one hell of a crazy and wild ride. V. Darling, where the hell have you been all of my book loving life? This book is so well written and chocked full of angst, drama, betrayal, bully romance and then topped off with a super hot love triangle. Oh yeah and there’s twins…gorgeous ones. Need I say more?

“He’ll throw me to the lions, feed me to the gators in the moat, and burn me at the stake before he’d ever kneel at my feet. And if I’m not careful, I’ll let him take my crown, because love makes fools of even the strongest queens.”

The Royals are the elite, the rich and entitled who rule the halls of Scarsdale High. And their Queen and King sit high on their thrones. Scout has been in love with Nav since she was eight years old and asked him to be her first kiss. Too bad his twin Lev was the one who stole that kiss. But they’ve come a long way from then and now Scout is the captain of the cheerleaders who walks the halls with her sexy quarterback boyfriend Nav at her side. Lev may have gotten her first kiss but Nav owns her heart.

“You think I haven’t seen the way you look at her?”
“And how do I look at her?”
“Like she’s yours, and I’m just borrowing her.”

Nav is the most popular boy in school. The king of the elite and Scout loves him and her crown but she can’t seem to get Lev off of her mind or keep him out of her bed. Lev is the definition of rich, hot and entitled bad boy. He spends most of his time in the pool house with random girls who will do anything for their chance with him but what he really wants is Scout by his side. But she belongs to his brother, right? Not as far as Lev is concerned. Scout and Lev have an insanely hot love/hate relationship that leans way over on the “I hate you but really just want to throw you down and take you right here” side. It’s crazy hot and the scenes between them are super intense. What happens when the Queen of the Royals lets the Dirty Prince have all her firsts? Some secrets don’t stay buried for long and when you betray those closest to you we see how easily a Kingdom can crumble.

“The Queen has fallen, taken off the board by a pawn, and now she’s nothing. Less than nothing. I’m just another stupid girl so blinded by power, by love, that I forgot to harden my heart. I forgot that to love is the be ruined, and now there’s no way to come back from it.”

I absolutely loved the first book in Scarsdale Royals series. Every crazy, intense, twisted word had me devouring the pages. I also loved both Fox brothers. I haven’t read a love triangle this good in a long time and was honestly so torn on who I hoped Scout would end up with. Nav was so sweet and loved Scout so much. As much as I loved the steamy parts with Scout and Lev, I also found myself cringing at times because I loved Nav. But then I also loved Lev. He had loved Scout forever and had to throw the whole I hate you vibe out there to protect his heart and try and stay away from his brother’s girl. This is the girl who in his mind belonged to him first. Scout took me a little while to love because at times I wanted to throat punch some sense into her…but she grew on me. The secrets, betrayals and lies run deep in this book. Will the Queen get her crown back and if she does what brother will rule by her side? I loved this book and these characters. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us in the next book in the Scarsdale Royal Series!

“Her kisses belong to me. All of her kisses. Forever. Scout Taylor is mine.”

Stephanie (1)

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“You’re sick. You know that?” But even as I say it, I know we’re both infected, tainted, ailing from the same illness, and neither one of us will do anything to cure it. There is no cure for a love as vicious and cruel as this. There’s only embracing what we are, what we have, and what we’ll do to one another. What we’ll do to see each other fall.

“I want you to leave me alone.” I pant as his hands work my pussy faster and his cock pumps into my ass harder.

“I don’t think that’s true,” he whispers.

I gasp, struggling for breath as I climb closer to climax. “I hate you so much it hurts.”

“I know.” He bites down on my shoulder. The way a beast might bite the neck of his consort as he fucks her and claims her as his.

I always thought of Lev as a big bad wolf so in love with his own solitude—angry and untouchable—but he’s not. He’s a fox, sly and cunning, determined to shred, and tear until there is nothing left.

He groans as he spills inside me, and the sensations push me over the edge. My body clenches tight around him, riding him, milking him, and all the while he fucks me harder through my orgasm.

When the only sound in the room is our labored breaths, and the sweat cools on our bodies, he releases my shoulder and smiles. “The feeling is fucking mutual, Cub.”

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That One Summer by Karen Erickson ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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The girl next door never looked so good…

Cameron McKenzie knows he’s damaged goods. It’s the reason he’s stayed away from Lone Pine Lake–from just about everyone but his sister Jane. By default, that often meant her pesky, crushing best friend Chloe Dawson, too.

But when he sees Chloe at Jane’s wedding, he sees something new in her. Something unexpected.

Chloe has always thought Cam hung the moon. She’s even let herself dream of a future with the brooding bad boy in her heart of hearts. After one explosive kiss, it’s time to make her move. The guy who always leaves might be tempted to stay by a no-strings offer of a summer romance.

No strings is exactly what Cameron needs to explore these confusing feelings about the beautiful girl next door. He knows he’s not worthy of their hometown’s resident good girl. But this good girl’s ready for an adventure…one that just might end up lasting a lifetime.

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Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the second book in the Lone Pine Lake series by Karen Erickson. I had no idea going in that there was a book before this but didn’t feel like I was missing any bits and pieces. I’d say this quick, light and sweet read that can be read as stand alone.

Cameron McKenzie high tailed it out of his small home town as soon as he could and has avoided coming home ever since. Now he’s back in town for his sister Jane’s wedding and everything in Lone Pine Lake is just as he remembers it. Well, almost everything.

“She was off limits. Untouchable. Forbidden.”

Chloe Dawson isn’t the same girl who used to follow Cam around crushing on him since they were kids. Cam can’t help notice what a beautiful women she’s become as soon as he sees her at his sister’s wedding. He can barely keep his eyes off the women who he always thought of as his sister’s pesky friend. Now he can only think of what it would be like to kiss her and he does just that and sparks are flying everywhere. Thing is…Cam doesn’t do girlfriends and Chloe seems like the kind of girl that wants a white picket fence and the promise of forever. But she takes Cam by surprise when she offers him a deal he may not be able to refuse. Only what happens when the deal you thought you wanted turns into something more?

“No expectations, no commitment. Just some…fun to fill our summer days…and nights.”

This was a sweet, light romantic read. More so on the light part. I enjoyed Cam and Chloe in their own ways. Cam wasn’t the runaway from anything and everything because he couldn’t make a commitment bad boy everyone made him out to be. He really was a good guy underneath it all and Chloe saw that good in him even when Cam didn’t see it himself. Chloe was sweet…the town princess. Everyone loved her and despite trying not to, Cam did too. They were good together and I loved that they found their happily ever after. It was an okay read. I just found parts of the book immature for the ages they are and losing interest in parts. Also part of me not loving the book might be because the romance and steam were way over on the light side of things. But it was a cute and quick read and if you’re in the mood for something not too heavy this book might be for you!

“I love you. And I want the entire damn town to know it.”

Stephanie (1)

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Brix by Brooke O’Brien ~ Release Blitz w/ Review, Trailer & Giveaway!

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Brix Ward is a Grade A prick.

He’s arrogant, spoiled, and self-centered. As the lead singer of A Rebels Havoc, he’s used to women falling over themselves for a chance to tame the wild bad boy.

Except for me.

I still remember the boy I grew up with. The one who went out of his way to make my life a living hell. I did my best to avoid him at all costs.

Imagine my surprise when our parents announced they had eloped, then left me to live with my new stepbrother. Alone.

Now, no matter what I do, there’s no escaping him. He’s always there, tempting me, provoking me. Every moment of every day. The more we’re around each other, the more the heat between us begins to rise.

If he thinks he can hurt me again, he’s dead wrong.

I won’t let him be the one to destroy me, even if it breaks my heart.

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Feels 3
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Enemies to lovers, a sexy rock star and a forbidden stepbrother romance to top to it off. We get the promise of that and so much more in the first book in A Rebel’s Havoc series by Brooke O’Brien.

“There’s a fine line between love and hate, and it’s about to be set on fire.”

Ivy needs money for school so to save up she heads to a place she’d rather not for the summer…home. While she is excited to see her Mom and her bestie, she’s not all that excited to be back in the town she grew up in. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, right? And that’s how unfortunately within the first few hours of being home she runs into the one person she dreaded seeing most. The bane of her very existence…Brix Ward.

“To say I hated Brix Ward would be a mild understatement. If he were to go up in flames standing in front of me, I wouldn’t bother to offer him the glass of water in my hand.”

Brix doesn’t recognize Ivy at first but she knows right off the bat that the super sexy lead singer of A Rebel’s Havoc is still the same entitled jackass he’s always been. He thinks he can have any girl he wants bent over and ready with one of his signature sexy smiles but Ivy refuses to be another notch on his bed post. What happens when they discover they will be living under the same roof and with Ivy’s new job be seeing a lot more of each other? Their “I love to hate you but really want you” relationship starts to get a little intense and a whole lot of steamy. Is it possible for bad boy Brix to really change his ways for Ivy or will the secret he is keeping from her ruin their chance at love?

“I’ll never let him see me broken. He doesn’t deserve to know he got through to me.”

I loved the whole idea of this book. I am a sucker for an enemies to lover read and the fact that we also got a sexy rock star and a stepbrother romance all tied up in a pretty package pulled me right in. That cover…yes, please. I liked most of this book but sadly I just didn’t love it. I think it’s that I need a little more of the enemy part in my books. Ivy was a good character but she gave in to Brix so easily and he shed his bad boy persona just as quickly. I felt it was missing a lot of that much needed build up that I have come to love in these types of stories. The whole push and pull of the enemies to lovers. It just escalated too quickly for me so I felt disconnected from the characters and the story. I did however love some of the secondary characters and hope Ivy’s BFF gets her own book next. I am looking forward to seeing how this series plays out so I will definitely be reading more.

“I think you were meant to come into my life.”

Stephanie (1)

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Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series and the Tattered Heart duet. Her upcoming release, BRIX, a stepbrother/bully romance, is set to release on February 28th, 2020.

Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

Brooke believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate or by going on a long drive with the windows down and the music turned up! She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family and friends, watching Hawkeye football or NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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