Dead of Night by Emily Goodwin ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

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Dead of Night by Emily Goodwin

Release Date: March 25th

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Dead of Night, an all-new standalone paranormal romance by Emily Goodwin

Never trust a vampire.

I might have learned that lesson the hard way. But when I find myself in a vampire-owned bar, I don’t have much of a choice. With vampires still trying to assimilate into mainstream society, I’ve done Lucas King a favor by stopping one of his patrons from draining a human dry in the basement of his bar. A favor he’d prefer to repay in bed than in kind.

Vampires and witches have had more than a jaded history, and when witches start showing up dead in surrounding covens, all signs point to something old and powerful. Something that knows the ways of the witches.

Something–or someone–like Lucas.

What’s worse than trusting a vampire? Falling in love with one.

Book one in the Dead of Night Series.

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Review

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Overall Rating-4.5/5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

I love reading all types of genres but am always on the look out for some good paranormal romance because how can you go wrong with powerful witches, ancient super hot vampires, magic daggers and dead bodies that just won’t stay buried? Well, if you ask me you just can’t, and we get all that and more in the first book in the Thorn Hill series by Emily Goodwin. I loved this book from start to finish and can’t wait for more.

Callie is a witch and a bad ass super powerful one at that. She splits her time between fighting evil and running a quaint little bookstore with her bestie who also has some pretty awesome PRN skills herself. There’s a big mystery in most of this book as to things that happened in Callie’s past and I was itching for that all to come out. Why did she leave home and could she possibly have more powers than the crazy powerful ones she already has? She is loyal and funny and will do anything for anyone. So when she happens upon a hipster bar one night for a drink and has to stop a Vampire from draining the blood from an unwilling human she doesn’t expect to meet Lucas.

“There’s a reason I left home and never went back.”

Lucas is a very powerful, very ancient and extremely sexy head Vampire and someone Callie never expected to meet. I mean after all, witches aren’t supposed to trust Vampires, right? But what happens when one starts to always be there? First they just won’t go away and then they are helping you resurrect the dead? Well, what’s a girl to do with all that except perhaps give in to all the smoldering hotness that is Lucas and perhaps start to fall for him? Sounds like a good plan to me.

“He’s all hardness and muscle with a face the gods themselves would be jealous of. And then our eyes meet and something indescribable passes through me.”

I love Lucas. He is all loyal and sexy and alpha wrapped up in a 1600 year old vamp. Then there’s Callie who is strong and awesome and her sense of humor is pretty spot on too. This book was such a great start to a new PRN series. It even had a good amount of humor in there along with some fantastic secondary characters. Can a witch and a vampire really be together? And what happens when the secrets from both their pasts don’t stay secret? It kept me interested from start to finish and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!

“And now I know for certain he feels the same emptiness inside. Only…I can’t imagine having to live with it for all eternity.”

stephanie

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Excerpt

Talking to Lucas is easy, and having him know and approve of my life as a witch is a game changer. But it’s more than just the convenience of going on a date with a guy I don’t have to lie to. There’s more to Lucas than he lets on. He’s a complicated man but I know one thing for certain: he might not care for many people, but he’s fierce when it comes to those he loves.

I finish my drink and set the empty glass down on a table and go back to the railing, looking out at the cityscape. Lucas steps in behind me, pressing my ass against his pelvis and resting his hands on my stomach. I’m right up against his cock, and while it’s not hard, I can still feel it through his pants.

My mouth goes dry and I have to remind myself how to breathe. We’re standing on the deck of a crowded boat, yet somehow everyone else fades from view. Gently, he brushes my hair away from my shoulder, bringing it around my neck and smoothing the ends out against my breast. His fingers deliberately graze over my nipple, and dammit, he gets a physical response out of me. Chills run down my spine and I lean back, needing to feel more of him against me. He brings his hand down over my breast, along my stomach, and inches it down to my thigh. Slowly, he moves his fingers, gathering the hem of my dress in his hand.

My heart flutters and speeds up. He brings his other hand down, running his fingers over my exposed flesh, dangerously close to my core. His lips press against my neck, gently kissing me.

And then he draws his fangs. I can feel the razor-sharp tips on my skin. My pulse bounds, echoing in my head. If I can hear it, he can.

He can feel it, too.

Deft fingers sweep across my clit, just barely touching it through the thin fabric of my panties. Everything inside me heats up, and if he pressed his fingers to me again, he’d feel just how wet he’s making me right now. I grip the railing, needing to hold onto it for support. Trailing kisses, he moves his lips down along my neck, fangs digging into but not breaking my skin with each and every kiss.

“Are you…are you hungry?” I ask, barely louder than a whisper. It doesn’t matter. Lucas can hear me. His mouth goes to my neck again, and his tongue lashes out, running along a vein. He pauses for a moment, and I know what he’s doing. He’s reading my heartbeat, finding the best place to bite me.

“When I do drink you, it won’t be like this,” he growls, lips brushing against me as he speaks. “I want to feel you squirming in my lap as I sink my fangs into your neck. Hear you moan as your blood pours into my mouth.”

I whimper, pressing my ass up against his cock, my entire body craving to feel it harden against me. Suddenly he pushes me away and spins me around so I’m facing him. I blink rapidly, trying to regain my composure. His hands land on my shoulders and he tips his head down, flashing his fangs.

“I’ll give you want you want, but not until I’ve gotten what I need.”

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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When We Fall by Olivia Rose ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

When We Fall by Olivia Rose
(Rocky Falls #1)
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Do you remember that moment?

That one moment.

The one when you changed.

People might say it was this or that, but deep down you know. You know exactly what that moment was. Even if you’re not ready to admit it to yourself. You know. I remember mine, it didn’t just change me. It changed everything.

Everyone thought Mason Knight would be the whirlwind that swept me away, my unexpected hero in a leather jacket. But no one could’ve seen it coming.

That moment woke me up and made me see that when we fall, sometimes we need help to get back up.

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Steam 1
Storyline 3
Overall Rating 3
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Reviewed by Stephanie

No matter how much she tried to fly under the radar, Erin Michaels has always stood out at Rocky Falls High School. Due to zero fault of her own, she unfortunately was the target of the resident mean girls and basically the talk of the town. Yet she is determined to finish out the year, graduate and get the hell out of dodge.

That is until new student Mason Knight moves to Rocky Falls and ends up as her chemistry partner. Not only is Mason super hot, he’s also taken an interest in Erin. She is weary at first, understandably so after all the crap she has had to put up with. Mason and Erin start spending more time together and he proves over and over that he is a good person when he sticks up for her against bullies and is there when she needs him.

“I understand. I understand all of it. Not being able to be who you are, what you are, because of the world around you. Because everyone else thinks you should be something or someone else.”

As Mason and Erin grow closer, she finally starts to open her heart and let herself feel the love she deserves. Mason is such a good guy and I loved how much he genuinely cared for Erin. On the other hand I wasn’t a huge fan of Erin. Her relationship with a so-called friend drove me insane, but I was happy when she finally stood up for herself with him. We also get a whole bunch of drama along with some crazy plot twists that I didn’t see coming in this book. This was a decent read but I struggled with the way it all wrapped up. Where some parts dragged a little the end parts were rushed a bit too much, and I was just not a fan of how it all ended. I do look forward to reading more form this Author.

“I know right then that when we fall, when life sends us a challenge, we’ll be right by each other’s side.”

stephanie

About Olivia Rose

 
Olivia Rose is the contemporary romance pen name for Sloane Murphy.
She lives in Peterborough, England, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for cheesy YA Films, cupcakes and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much hot chocolate, and watches an ungodly amount of Netflix. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the world with her husband and chocolate Labrador.

 

All We Were by Elisabeth Grace & Michelle Lynn ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

 

Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?

I’ve done things I can never undo.

No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.

As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.

Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.

He always puts my needs before his own.

Now it’s my turn to protect him.

None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.

He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.

The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.

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Feels 4
Steam 1
Storyline 3
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Jimmy and Lilah have been in each other’s lives just about as far back as they can remember. They have always looked out for each other growing up, though neither wanted to call the mountainside home. To them it was a place filled with horrible memories and a place where they both were forever changed by the hands of those that were supposed to protect them. So as soon as they were able they left together in search of a better life in Hollywood and far away from their dark past.

“It wasn’t hope that sprouted inside me when he said it that day – it was faith. And those are two very different things.”

When they finally found a place to call home Jimmy became one of Hollywood’s up and coming actors and Lilah found herself with a prestigious modeling career. Their relationship however was super complicated and it was one of those on and off again things, but if it was up to Jimmy it would be on for good. Where Jimmy was able to put his past mostly behind him and move forward with his career, Lilah struggled to face her demons and when reminders of the past were too much, she turned to drugs and alcohol to numb her pain. And so began their constant cycle of Jimmy picking up Lilah and cleaning her off no matter what the cost. He vowed he would always be there for her and he proves it time and time again, hopeful that this time will be the last. That she will get help and let him love her the way she deserves to be loved.

“Don’t you see ? I’m broken. And if we’re together, really together…I’ll break you too.”

OK. I loved Jimmy and his unwavering devotion to Lilah because it was crystal clear how much he loved and worshiped her, but at times…well, really several times throughout the book I wanted to scream at him to just walk away before it breaks him. He was just so freaking nice that it sometimes drove me crazy. Lilah, well I honestly did not like her much at all. I will say after we learn some more about her past and why it drove her to make the choices she did my heart hurt for her and I went from straight loathing her to just disliking her. I wanted her to just stop with all the destruction and let the damn man that loves you help you. I found myself frustrated a lot during this book with all the up and downs, well mostly the downs. I am hoping in the next book I grow to like her more. I hope they move past all the pain and can find love. And then we get a big ass cliffhanger…I was like NO!! Thankfully we don’t have to wait all that long for book two.

“His heartbeat is music. His smell is home. His warmth is safety.”

stephanie

 

Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.

I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.

I mean, life is great.

Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.

If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.

There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace. Which means confronting her for the final time.

I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.

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ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

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ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.

She loves all thing romance and cries at happy endings!

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The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

 

The right words can save your life.

For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult… A soldier falls in love with his battle buddy’s sister through their letters and returns home from Afghanistan with a secret that could destroy their fragile relationship. Don’t miss THE LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yarros! Grab your copy today!

 

About THE LAST LETTER:

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the “last-letter” drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there were any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: Get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

 

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“A stunning, emotional romance.” – Jill Shalvis, NYT Bestselling Author

 

Review

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Steam 1
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Rebecca Yarros weaved an incredibly beautiful story of the bond of friendship, family, forgiveness and second chances in The Last Letter. The whole meaning behind The Last Letter is heartbreaking so I knew going in this one was going to be an emotional roller coaster.

Ryan and Beckett are best friends serving together in a special op division. Beckett is the quiet one, he has no family and no one to talk to outside their unit so Ryan takes it upon himself to ask his sister Ella to be pen pals with Beckett or Chaos as he is called. As Ella starts writing a reluctant Chaos finally reads the letters and they form a beautiful friendship that they both really needed.

“Those letters were the one thing I had just for me. The one place where I could be open and honest without judgment or expectation.”

When Ryan is killed in the line of duty his Last Letter is to his best friend Beckett asking him to go to Telluride and help his sister Ella. To be there for her and help her since he no longer can. Beckett being the loyal friend he is does exactly what Ryan’s letter asked.

“Somewhere between letter number one and letter number twenty-four, I’d fallen in love with her.”

When Beckett arrives in Telluride things don’t exactly go smoothly. Ella is angry her brother sent Beckett. She is a strong, independent mother and doesn’t need help from him, in her mind he will just end up leaving like everyone else always does. She soon starts to see Beckett is a man of his word and the friendship they formed changes into something more, and it’s a beautiful thing to see them both open up to one another the way they do. I loved Beckett and his fierce loyalty and kind heart. Thing is Beckett has a secret, a big one he is keeping from Ella and secrets don’t stay hidden forever. Can they find peace and forgiveness and the love they both so truly deserve?

“You gave me a glimpse of the life I never thought I could have.”

There were so many things I loved about this book. I loved how the author gave us Ella and Beckett’s letters throughout the book, just when we needed to see them the most. I loved their devotion and loyalty. My heart broke over and over again for Ella as she endured so much pain and loss. More than anyone should ever have to. That’s the one reason this book wasn’t a 5 star read for me. I feel like the Author just put so much into one book. Tragedy after tragedy and it was just too much in one story for me. I felt like it all just couldn’t fit in the pages. I am usually a huge crier and I did tear up at several points in this book but those last few chapters broke me. With that being said it was beautifully written with amazing characters.

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“Ella.” It was a plea to speak, to not speak. Hell, I didn’t know anymore.

“You don’t see me like that. I totally get it.” She reached for the TV remote.

“How exactly do I see you? Please, enlighten me.” I leaned forward, stealing the remote. She’d opened this box and had better well dish it.

She huffed in annoyance. “You see me as a mom. As Colt and Maisie’s mom. And of course you do, because that’s what I am. A mom with two kids.”

“Well, yeah,” I said. Her motherhood—that selfless devotion she had to her kids—was one of her most attractive attributes.

She rolled her eyes with a little sigh, and the metaphorical light bulb went off in my head.

“You don’t think I want you.”

She shot me a look that confirmed my guess and blushed the same crimson of her couch. “You know, you’re right. It’s late.” She faked a yawn. “Suuuuuuper late.”

“I want you.” Damn, it felt so good to say the words.

“Yeah, okay.” She gave me a goofy look and a thumbs-up. “Please don’t make me feel any more idiotic than I do right now.”

Yeah, enough of this bullshit.

I pounced in one smooth motion, taking her back to the couch, sliding over her as I gathered her wrists in one hand above her head and settled between her open thighs.

Home.

“Holy shit, you move fast.” There was no fear or rejection in her eyes, just surprise.

“Not in every arena,” I promised.

Her lips parted.

“Ella. I want you.”

“Beckett…you don’t have to.”

Yeah, that soft little sigh she did was going to be my undoing.

I let go of her wrists, letting my fingers trail down her arm until I had one hand weaving my fingers into the hair at the base of her scalp and the other at the curve in her waist.

“Feel this?” Then I slid forward, letting my dick stroke along the seam in her pajama pants hard enough for her to gasp at the contact. I couldn’t remember ever wanting to shred a piece of fabric so much in my life. “I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want you.”

I moved again, and her eyes slid shut as she let loose the sweetest moan.

My dick throbbed, knowing everything I’d fantasized about for the better part of the last eight months was one decision away.

“Beckett.” Her hands found my biceps, her nails digging in.

“Don’t ever think that I don’t want you, because if things were different, I would have already been inside you. I would know exactly how you feel, and what you sound like, look like, when you come. I’ve thought about it at least a hundred different ways, and believe me, I’ve got a great imagination.”

She rocked her hips against me, and I locked my jaw to keep from giving her exactly what her body was asking for. “Ella, you have to stop.”

“Why?” she asked, her lips dangerously close to mine. “What do you mean if things were different?” Her eyes flew wide. “Is this because I have kids?”

“What? No. Of course not. It’s because you’re Ryan’s little sister.” Before I could do any more damage, I got the hell off her and sat back on my side of the couch.

“Because…I’m Ryan’s little sister,” she repeated, scooting so she sat upright, facing me. “And you think he’d, what? Haunt you?”

Three things: The letter. The cancer. The lie.

I repeated those in my head until I was certain I could look at her and not drag her back under me.

“Beckett?”

“When I was growing up, if I wanted something, I took it. Immediately. I had sex at fourteen with a girl in my foster home of the moment. I opened Christmas presents early if I was lucky enough to get one, and it was usually from my social worker or some charity.”

“I don’t understand.” She wrapped her arms around her knees again.

“I took it immediately because I knew if I didn’t, chances were I wouldn’t get it. It was a now-or-never kind of thing—there weren’t second chances.”

“Okay.”

“I can’t touch you, can’t talk about it, because I’m afraid I’ll act on it.”

“And why does that matter if I want you to?”

“Because I won’t get a second chance. And I’m crap with people, with relationships. I’ve never had one that lasted more than a month. Never loved a woman I’ve slept with. And chances are I’d do something to screw this up, because it’s not just my dick that wants you, Ella.”

That O popped right back onto her face, and I closed my eyes to keep from lunging across the distance and kissing her. Knowing she’d let me—that she wanted it—sent my need from a bullet to a nuclear missile.

“And when I’d screw it up, because it would happen, trust me, it would hurt Colt and Maisie, too. You’d be on your own again, because there’s no chance you’d let me hang around and help you out like Ryan asked.”

“And there it is.”

“There it is. You’re Ryan’s little sister.”

“There were only five years between us. Not so little, you know.” She reached for the remote.

“I’m well aware.”

“So if Ryan were still alive…” She shot one last look at me.

I let everything slip for a millisecond, letting her see it all in my eyes, how badly I wanted her, and not just for her body. “Everything would be different.”

“Everything?”

“Everything but the way I feel about you, which he probably would have killed me for. Where does that leave us?”

“You mean besides me being a dried-up spinster and you being honor-bound to a ghost?”

“Something like that.”

She rolled her head along the back of the couch, muttering something that sounded like a curse word under her breath. Then she sat up straight and powered on the TV with a click of her thumb. “That leaves us choosing a movie on demand. Because I’m not letting you walk out that door right now.”

“You’re not?”

“Nope. You walk out now, you might get all weird about this and not come back. Honor is a fabulous thing, but sometimes pride can be a lot stronger, especially when you convince yourself it’s for the good of the other person.”

Damn, the woman knew me.

“So movie it is,” I agreed. “Just…stay on your side of the couch.”

“I wasn’t the one who crossed the center line,” she teased with a smile that got me hard all over again.

Movie chosen, we sat and watched, both of us stealing sideways glances. There was that saying…the horse out of the barn. Yeah, the horse was out of the barn, and it wasn’t going back in. Not no way. Not no how.

That horse was running amok and screwing with my carefully constructed control.

But I didn’t complain when she moved over. Or when she pressed against my side. Nope. I lifted my arm and savored the feel of her curves, her trust. Still didn’t complain when she lay down in my arms. Hell no, I held on and memorized every second.

 

 

“This story gripped me from start to finish. The Last Letter is poignant, heartfelt and utterly consuming. I loved it!” – Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author

 

“Hands down, the best book I’ve read all year.” – Fic Wishes

 

About Rebecca Yarros:

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for sixteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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What He Never Knew by Kandi Steiner ~ Release Blitz

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What He Never Knew, a standalone teacher/student romance in the What He Doesn’t Know series by bestselling author Kandi Steiner is live!

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I never learn my lesson.

And I always want what I can’t have.

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around.

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends.

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore.

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life.

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting.

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one.

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits.

This time, I’m staying away.

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 1
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the third book in the What He Doesn’t Know series by Kandi Steiner and even though this can technically read as a stand-alone as stated, I feel like if you don’t read the first two books you really will miss out on so much history that is important with some of the characters in this book. Plus I absolutely fell so deeply in love with the first two books in this series and though the Author gave them an ending I had hoped for my heart still ached for Reese and was hoping he would get his chance for his own HEA.

Sarah was on top of the world, doing what she loved. Studying piano at the college of her choice with dreams of one day playing at Carnegie Hall. When someone who she was supposed to be able to trust to help and guide her takes advantage of her in the most horrific way she is left a shell of the happy, vibrant and trusting person she once was.

“I couldn’t find salvation in it that day, and I hadn’t since.”

It’s been two years since Reese had his heart broken by the only woman he has ever loved, a woman who never belonged to him but that he wanted none the less. Trying to move on but afraid to let go until Reese agrees to take on Sarah as a new student. A student who shares his love of music and who he sees is just as broken as he is. A student he starts to feel something for even though he tells himself he shouldn’t.

“This was my curse-hurting anyone who ever dared to love me. Even when I didn’t mean to, I still did. I was better off alone, and I knew that now.”

Reese and Sarah are two beautifully broken souls drowning in the darkness until they start to see a glimpse of light in each other. Can they help each other heal and move on and will Reese finally get his happily ever after? I loved Reese and how he loved with his whole heart. How even though it broke him time and time again he tried to always do what was best for others no matter how much it hurt. Sarah was amazing and strong and even though she was shattered by someone close to her she was determined to heal and make her dreams come true. I loved these two characters and I know I am maybe in the minority here but I just didn’t love them together. I really wanted to, I really did. Although this story was beautifully written as were the previous books I’ve read from this author, sadly I had a hard time feeling the connection between Reese and Sarah and just didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. I do look forward to reading more from this author soon!

“It was a feeling, a hope that should gave died in both of us long ago, but was reborn the minute we found each other.”

stephanie

About Kandi

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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Thinking About You by Monica Murphy ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt!

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Thinking About You by Monica Murphy

Release Date: January 9th

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Thinking About You, a standalone contemporary romance in the Forever Series by New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

One minute I’m minding my own business at a party and the next I meet this woman who blows my mind. She’s beautiful. Smart. Funny. A little shy. I’m immediately drawn to her. We make an instant connection.

The problem?

Lady Susanna Sumner lives in London.

I live in California

I play professional football.

She works part-time at an art gallery and lives off her family’s money.

Her family is nobility. I come from a single mom who always scraped to get by.

Susanna and I should have nothing in common. But when we’re together, it’s…

Electric.

What are we supposed to do? Can we really make this work? I can’t give up my career. And I can’t ask her to move to California for me. All I know is, I want her in my life.

Desperately.

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Review

Feels 1
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

We got to meet Cannon in Murphy’s previous books, but that small taste of the sexy footballer just wasn’t enough and I was so excited to hear he was finally going to be in the spotlight. Thinking about you is all about Cannon and his Lady Susanna. Cannon is with his football team in London where they are set to play an exhibition game. In honor of that game they are attending a party where Cannon is crawling out of his skin because he is so uncomfortable there. That is until he meets Lady Susanna and things start to get a lot more interesting.

“You keep looking at me like that and I swear I’ll pop a tent right here in the bar.”

Pretty soon clothes are flying off and what was supposed to be a one nighter for these two turns into four hot days together. They may be polar opposites in some ways but do have a lot of things in common, one of them being their rapidly growing feelings towards one another that neither seen coming. Problem is Cannon is about to head back to the States and Susanna is staying in London. Can a relationship happen for these two when they live on opposite sides of the world? Or are four unforgettable nights all that they will be left with?

“I’m leaving tomorrow. I won’t ever see her again. There’s no reason for me to. Or is there?”

While this was a pretty good read, it just wasn’t all I was hoping for. I loved Cannon and all his sweetness and dirty talking.I also liked Susanna, well for the most part. I did find myself getting annoyed with her at times and I’m not even quite sure why. Sometimes the insta-love works but for me I struggled with it a little in this book. I liked the banter between Cannon and Susanna and I love how much they cared for each other. I am looking forward to the next book in the Forever Yours series.

stephanie

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Excerpt

“I’m thinking about how beautiful you are,” I answer Susanna truthfully. She really is stunning, in that classic, elegant way some women are. She’s just very…refined? Is that the right word? Her cheekbones and jaw are sharp, her nose is straight, her blue eyes are extra bright and her full lips are the color of a classic red rose.

Her cheeks are the color of pink roses, thanks to the compliment I just gave her.

“Thank you. That’s very sweet of you to say,” she murmurs, casting her gaze downward for a brief moment before she lifts her head. “I can’t believe we’re here. Together.”

“Why do you say that?” I feel the same way, but want to hear her reasoning first before I make any confessions.

“You’re not my type,” she blurts, covering her mouth after the words escape for a brief moment before slowly dropping her hand. “Not that there’s anything wrong with you.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Gee, thanks.”

Her cheeks turn redder. “Oh goodness, I’m not trying to insult you, I just—I’m making a mess of this, and I apologize. What I meant to say is…” She takes a deep breath, exhaling loudly before she continues. “You’re not the type of man I normally date, but there’s something good to be said in that.”

She’s not the type I normally go for either, that’s for damn sure. She’s too prim, too proper, too sweet. “Like what?”

“There’s nothing wrong with trying something a little different sometimes. Clearly who I’ve been dating in the past hasn’t worked, since I’m still single,” she says with a self-depreciating laugh.

“I thought Dickie was your ex-boyfriend,” I point out with a wince. That is the damn worst name on the planet, I swear.

“Oh, it was never too serious with Dickie.” She waves a hand. Laughs again. “That was a long time ago, though.”

“How long?”

“I don’t know. Six months? Nine?” She tilts her head, as if she’s quietly counting back the months. “Eight months, actually. During the winter. He told me I was a bright light on a cold, dreary day once. That was nice.”

For some godforsaken reason, jealousy rises within me, making me clench my fists in my lap. “I guess he’s a goddamned poet.”

I would never think to say something like that to a woman. I’m not one to say a bunch of flowery nonsense to get between a woman’s legs. I’m a little more direct.

She seems startled by my response. “Oh, he wasn’t a poet. Not at all. That was probably the nicest thing he ever said to me while we dated.”

Huh. Well, I guess that makes me feel a little better, but not much.

And why the hell do I care what her ex-boyfriend said to her? This is a one-shot deal. I’ll take her to dinner, hopefully kiss her a little bit in the back of an Uber, maybe even feel her up a little bit too, and then we’re done. I’ll play my game tomorrow, we’ll win because that’s what we do, and then head back home.

End of story.

The server returns to the table with our drinks, making an elaborate show of popping the cork on the bottle of Veuve Clicquot before pouring us each a glass. I didn’t want any champagne, but when Susanna lifts her glass toward me in a toast, I grab mine and clink our glasses together.

“To new friends,” she says, smiling prettily.

“New friends,” I agree, downing most of the champagne in one swallow.

About 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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Website: http://monicamurphyauthor.com
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As You Were by Lee Piper ~ Blog Tour w/ Review, Trailer & Giveaway!

Today we have the blog tour for AS YOU WERE by Lee Piper! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: AS YOU WERE
Author: Lee Piper
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About As You Were

They say love is beautiful.

They lie.

Love is a dark, broken man with whiskey-colored eyes. Love is knowing he will never return my feelings. It is the final chord of a guitar riff as it bleeds into silence.

Love is Zeke Danton.

I convinced myself I needed him. I thought there was no one better to record my debut album with…

I was wrong.

Encased in layers of ice, he wears his pain like a protective shield.

Wanting what I can’t have might ruin me. But so help me, I crave his destruction.

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Review

Feels 2
Storyline 4
Steam 3
Overall 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

This book is the second stand alone in the Rising Star series by Lee Piper and my first read from this author. In this book we get Zeke and Willow’s story and I really loved these two together. The author sure knows how to pull you in with her amazing characters and I had a lot of love for the secondary characters as well. I will for sure be going back and reading Shiloh and Reid’s story asap because holy hell those two are smoking hot! I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud several times, loved the angst that was thrown in the mix along with hot alpha males and loved the bond these characters all had. Not to mention I am always game for a good Rock Star romance.

“Love is a dark, broken man with whiskey colored eyes. Love is knowing he will never return my feelings. It is the final chord of a guitar riff as it bleeds into silence.”

Willow’s band recently won a competition and as a result they get to work with the hottest music producer in the industry, Zeke Danton. When I say hot I don’t mean just his talent, this man is a can I have a tissue to wipe the drool off my chin kind of hot. The chemistry between Willow and Zeke is crazy intense right from the get go. Thing is Zeke is not only talented and sexy as hell but he is moody, and all over the place. Willow knows she should stay away but with a man like Zeke sometimes that’s just not possible, no matter how much you think your heart may be broken in the process.

“I see you. I want you. Open up to me.”

I loved these two characters and how even though they were each others opposite in so many ways they just fit together so well. Willow was all sunshine and boldness and beauty while Zeke was all sexy, broody alpha male with some serious trust issues. They had to navigate through some pretty bumpy roads to be together. From crazy ass exes to career choices but these two had each others back and I was hoping their love for each other would see them through. I truly enjoyed Willow and Zeke’s story and can’t wait to read more from this author.

“Give me your storm, Zeke. All of it. Don’t tame the chaos. Don’t suppress who you are.”

stephanie

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About Lee Piper

Lee Piper is a lover of books. She often juggles reading seven novels at a time for the sheer joy of it. When not writing, she is either reading, at the beach, or eating her body weight in chocolate.

Lee Piper’s debut novel, Rock My World became a bestseller and was a Raven Award finalist for Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Cover. Her second novel, Rock My Body, was voted Best Book by LASR Readers and was a finalist in the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. Lie to Me, Book #1 in the Rising Star series was reached number seventy-eight in the 2018 Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award.

Lee Piper lives in South Australia, with her drummer husband, cheeky daughters, and neurotic dog.

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