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

Feels 3
Steam 1
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
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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Excerpt

“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
Kindle eArc provided by Author
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
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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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“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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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
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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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Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

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Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine
Series: Kings of Castle Beach #2
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Growing up, Tate Prescott was just my older brother’s best friend, but over the years he became my first love… and my biggest secret.

Yes, you read that right…Tate Prescott, The Tate Prescott, Hollywood Superstar and now the most sought after movie director in the industry is mine. We’ve hidden our relationship from the world for so long that it’s become second nature. The last thing we wanted was a media frenzy to rain down on us.

But after my little brother drowned at sea and I became wrapped up in the guilt of knowing that his death was my fault, I shut down… and Tate left when I needed him the most.

Four months have passed since then, and now Tate’s back in town, demanding that I give him thirty days to make our relationship work.

All I want is to forget about the mistake we made the weekend my brother died.

Only Tate’s not so easily deterred and he’s not just some big talking man from Hollywood—he’s my husband, and he wants a second chance to prove to me that he can win back my heart.

I still want him. I still love him. But can I forgive him for abandoning me?

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Review

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Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the second book in the Kings of Castle series and though it says it can be read as a standalone, I kind of wish I read the first book because I felt a little lost and at times confused during this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I missed something in the first book or if it’s just the way the story played out for me.

Quinn’s Kings family just suffered a great tragedy and the person she should be able to lean on to help her navigate through her grief isn’t there for her. Nope he up and left for months when she needed him most. So Quinn is attempting to close her life off from the only man she ever loved and move on. Problem is Tate isn’t just some guy, he is her secret husband and when he shows back up in Castle Beach asking for a second chance what’s a girl to do?

“Don’t close yourself off to love. That would be denying yourself life.”

Tate Prescott Hollywood superstar turned famous producer knows he made a mistake when he left Quinn four months ago. But now he is back and wants thirty days to change her mind about ending their relationship, well marriage. He has loved her for as long as he can remember, she was his best friend’s sister-turned lover and they married in secret to keep her safe and out of the spotlight. Now Tate wants her back and will do anything to keep Quinn in his life.

“I’ll be your anchor in this storm called life.”

Ok, so I really loved Tate, he owned up to the fact that he made a huge mistake and over and over tried to prove his love for Quinn and win her back. He was sweet and tried to give her the space she needed but was always there waiting in the wings to show her his support. Now Quinn I really struggled with. I just couldn’t connect with her and at times she just drove me nuts. I liked the book, I just had a hard time through parts of it and with Quinn. I think I will go back and give the first book in the series a try.

stephanie

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Excerpt

“I’d rather you drop off the face of the earth. Oh wait, you already did that… At least we can agree you are a fool.”

Guilt surges, hitting me square in the chest. “I’m guilty, but I’d like the chance to tell you my side of the story.”

Those silver orbs of hers shift away, as if the memory of what I’d done hurts too much. “I don’t see why you can’t share on the way to town instead of at dinner tomorrow.”

“Because it’s going to take a hell of a lot longer than twenty minutes, Quinn, and you already agreed. Don’t go back on your word.”

“I’m a King. We don’t play those kind of bullshit games with people.”

I stride to my car, opening the passenger side door. “Grab your keys and whatever else, and get in.”

She stands there for a moment, a proud, gorgeous vision of a woman. My mouth goes dry. She radiates power and vulnerability, a true juxtaposition.

But that’s Quinn.

That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with her. It’s also why I can’t let her have the upper hand in this. “I want to renegotiate.”

“What?” she says, clearly annoyed. “You don’t want to have dinner with me?”

“Oh, I do, but I want it to be the first date of many for the next month.”

“The next month?”

My grip tightens on the steering wheel, and I force myself to loosen it. “I want your word now, Quinn. I want you to agree to give our marriage a shot over the next thirty days. I’m all in. I want you to be, too.”

“Just like that.” She snaps her fingers.

“Absolutely.” I sneak a glance at her. She’s regarding me with anger, confusion, and another emotion that I’m certain is hope contorting her face. “I dare you to take me on.”

Her lips purse, brows rising. “I dare you to win me back. If you don’t, you’ll sign the divorce papers.”

“Challenge accepted. “At the next light, we shake hands.

About the Author

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
Series: Forever Yours Book 1
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Synopsis

I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.

Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.

By text message.

Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…

We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.

This time, I’m going to make her mine.

Forever.

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Review

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Reviewed by Stephanie

I loved Amanda and Tuttle in Monica Murphy’s friends series. They were one of those couples I was rooting for to go the long haul. Fast forward six years and oh boy, a lot can change in all that time. They are off pursuing their dreams, separately. Amanda or Mandy is in the physical therapy field, and Tuttle is the starting quarterback for the best team in the NFL. So they are both on the paths they always dreamed of, but something is missing in each of their lives. They both still think of one another and when Tuttle gives an interview about the one that got away and Amanda reaches out. They are suddenly face to face after six long years.

“This is, after all, the girl who held my nineteen year old heart in her hands. And crushed it.”

When they meet up it’s like nothing has changed, yet everything has. They are both older and wiser and so many years have gone by. I swear the chemistry and the sparks were there as soon as they looked at each other. So yeah, obviously the attraction is there but after all these years could it still be something more?

“Can we really pick up where we left off? Or are there too many years and too much distance between us.”

I loved Amanda and Tuttle when they were Amanda and Tuttle six years ago and I love them now. Yes, I wanted to shake them at times and tell Amanda to wake the hell up but I was totally rooting for them still. Tuttle is a charmer and so sweet. He knows what he wants and lets no obstacle deter him. Amanda knows she made a mistake but can she get past that? If you are in the mood for a great second chance love story you should definitely pick this one up!

“I lean in and kiss her gently, communicating with my lips what I can’t say with words. Take a chance on me. Take a chance on us.”

stephanie

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Excerpt

Jordan

Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.

Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?

I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.

“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.

Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.

Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…

She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.

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Meet Monica

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

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

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Crew by Tijan ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

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Title: Crew (Crew Series #1)
Author: Tijan
Release Date: August 26, 2018

Synopsis

To survive where I live, you have two options.

You can be a Normal—a cheerleader, jock, member of the debate team, or on the yearbook committee. You pretend everything is normal.

Or you can be crew.
You insult us? We hurt you.
You hurt us? We really hurt you.
And if you f*ck with us, we will end you.

My name is Bren.
I’m the only female in the Wolf Crew—the best, fiercest, and most dangerous crew there is—and we have a rule: There’s no falling in love.

Well… too late.

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Review

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Overall Rating-5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

I loved everything about this book. Everything. The blurb, the cover, the first sentence that just grabs you and yanks you right in to a world that only Tijan can give us. I have loved and reread so many of her books countless times and this one is at the top of that list. Gah, this book was just so damn good. Full of amazing characters, a shitload of drama and everything and anything else we have come to love about a Tijan book.

“Even though we look like the bad guys right now, things aren’t always as they seem.”

A crew is family, a loyal trusted few that would do anything for you and The Wolf Crew is the most respected and feared of them all. Bren is the only female in her crew and so she is sort of a legend for it. She is by far one of my favorite characters ever. Strong, fierce and loyal she was willing to do anything to protect those she held closest to her heart. The crew has rules, but what happens when one of those rules are broken and there’s no going back?

There were so many amazing characters in this book that I fell in love with, some a bit more then others. I loved the crew. I loved the drama, the craziness, the loyalty, the love and the angst. I just loved this whole book. I can’t say much more about it as I am determined to keep this a spoiler free review. I highly recommend you just grab it and read it ASAP. I cannot wait until the next ones comes out!!

“This. This is what set us apart. This made us stupid, but it made us dangerous too. And though we shouldn’t-we knew we shouldn’t-we loved it. We hungered for it.”

stephanie

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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