Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2016

Books Read: 
Love in the City by Zoe York
Second Chances by Emma Nichols
One More Shameless Night by Lili Valente
 
Snowfall and Secrets by Kierra Quinn
Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Brazilian Revenge by Carmen Falcone
 
Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London
Freeing Destiny by Faith Andrews
 
Just a Number by Fifi Flowers

Talon by Sybil Bartel
Unexpectedly Yours by Colleen Kwan
Beneath the Vine by Lillian Bryant
Tie Me Down Tight by Cathryn Fox
Loving the Odds by Stefanie London
An Unforgivable Love Story by B.L. Berry
 
Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts
The Bad Boy’s Temptation by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York (Audio)
 
Yes, Please by Willow Summers
Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane
Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble
Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
 
Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew
 
Flying Away by Caroline Gill
Promise by Dani Wyatt
 
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke
 
Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa
Reviews Written:
Reading Challenge Updates:
You can see my sign up post here.
2016 Choose Your Genre Challenge:
Paranormal
2. Flying Away by Caroline Gill
2/6 books
 
Mystery
2.
1/12 books
 
New Adult Romance
6. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew
6/25 books
 
2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
1/12 books
 
2016 New to You Challenge
14. Second Chances by Emma Nichols (new to me author)
15. One More Shameless Night by Lili Valente (new to me author)
16. Snowfall and Secrets by Kierra Quinn (new to me author)
17. Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (new to me author duo)
18. Brazilian Revenge by Carmen Falcone (new to me author)
19. Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London (new to me author)
20. Freeing Destiny by Faith Andrews (new to me author)
21. Just a Number by Fifi Flowers (new to me author)
22. Talon by Sybil Bartel (new to me author)
23. Unexpectedly Yours by Colleen Kwan (new to me author)
24. Beneath the Vine by Lillian Bryant (new to me author)
25. Tie Me Down Tight by Cathryn Fox (new to me author)
26. Loving the Odds by Stefanie London (new to me author)
27. An Unforgivable Love Story by B.L. Berry (new to me author)
28. Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts (new to me author)
29. The Bad Boy’s Temptation by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans (new to me author duo)
30. Yes, Please by Willow Summers (new to me author)
31. Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane (new to me author)
32. Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble (new to me author)
33. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew (new to me author)
34. Flying Away by Caroline Gill (new to me author)
35. Promise by Dani Wyatt (new to me author)
36. The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke (new to me author)
37. Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa (new to me author)
37/75 books
 
2016 Pages Read Challenge
March: 5,639 pages
Total so far: 10,399/52,000 pages
 
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
19. Love in the City by Zoe York
20. Second Chances by Emma Nichols
21. One More Shameless Night by Lili Valente
22. Snowfall and Secrets by Kierra Quinn
23. Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
24. Brazilian Revenge by Carmen Falcone
25. Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London
26. Freeing Destiny by Faith Andrews
27. Just a Number by Fifi Flowers
28. Talon by Sybil Bartel
29. Unexpectedly Yours by Colleen Kwan
30. Beneath the Vine by Lillian Bryant
31. Tie Me Down Tight by Cathryn Fox
32. Loving the Odds by Stefanie London
33. An Unforgivable Love Story by B.L. Berry
34. Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts
35. The Bad Boy’s Temptation by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
36. What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York
37. Yes, Please by Willow Summers
38. Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane
39. Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble
40. Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
41. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew
42. Flying Away by Caroline Gill
43. Promise by Dani Wyatt
44. The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke
45. Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa
45/100 books
 
12 Months Classics Challenge
January: A Classic You’ve Always Wanted to Read.
February: A Classic You’ve Dreaded Reading.
March: A Classic You’ve Been Recommended.
0/12 books
 
2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
2. What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York
2/48 books
 
2016 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
6. Talon by Sybil Bartel
7. The Bad Boy’s Temptation by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
8. Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
9. Promise by Dani Wyatt
9/15 books
 
The Series That Never Ends 2016 Challenge
1. What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York (Wardham #1)
1/10 books
 
2016 Literary Pickers Challenge
Older/Younger (5+ years age difference): Love in the City by Zoe York
Hand/Purse Mirror: Second Chances by Emma Nichols loc 152 of 2934
0/50 items
 
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
F-Freeing Destiny by Faith Andrews
J- Just a Number by Fifi Flowers
N- Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew
O- One More Shameless Night by Lili Valente
P- Promise by Dani Wyatt
R- Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts
U- Unexpectedly Yours by Colleen Kwan
W- Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London
19/26 books

2016 Banned Books Challenge
1.
0/6 books

2016 Audiobooks Challenge
1. What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York
1/10 audiobooks

Deviations by Anma Natsu #BookBlitz

Deviations by Anma Natsu
Publication date: February 14th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

“We’re just deviants, that’s all. You, me, Taka. We’re deliciously, wonderfully deviant.”

Scarred
Seventeen-year-old Miho has spent years struggling to deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident. Between the nightmares, PTSD, depression, and her parents’ abandonment, the burden of being the sole survivor has her near her breaking point. The darkness whispers to her, promises of release from the pain, from being a burden, if she is willing to give up.

Battered
While the girls love classmate Shinji’s blond hair and blue eyes, to his father it’s all the proof he needs that his wife was unfaithful. Unwanted and unloved, Shinji is used to his mother’s hatred, his brother’s indifference, and his father’s violence. Male or female, he doesn’t care; his regular string of sexual partners helps him temporarily forget that he will soon have to leave the only person he loves, if he can survive that long.

Controlled
As the first-born son, Shinji’s best friend Taka has known from birth that his future was not his own. He’ll go to the right schools, get the right grades, take over the family business, and produce a perfect heir with a perfect wife, just as his father dictates. Taka’s wants and desires are irrelevant; he can’t change his fate nor escape it, any more than he can protect the only person who keeps him sane.

Attracted
Drawn to one another like moths to a flame, the three find themselves torn between what society deems acceptable and a happiness they never dreamed existed.

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It’s funny how I never noticed till now. Miho, I mean. I’d talked to her a few times in the library, though only to exchange the usual greetings and perform book transactions. But we hadn’t really talked, not until Taka approached her. Then watching her, I realized she was like me. Her eyes had that same deadness to them. Did her preference for long clothes make it easier to cover bruises, like I had to? Was she always alone because it was easier—easier to hide the shame and the pain if you had no one around?

Now that I’d acknowledged it, I was hyperaware of it, looking for more clues. When she checked me out at the library, I thought I spotted a white scar on her wrist. I wanted to ask her, ask her about all of it, but that would have been crass. You never talk about that sort of thing in public, and not with strangers. We were still strangers, after all, even if we had the darkness in common.

After leaving the library, I’d taken the books to our hideout before heading back into town. I never took the books I got home out of fear something might happen to them. It was one thing when they were my own books, but letting my dad destroy other people’s property, much less community property, would be pretty crappy. So I kept them safe where only Taka and I could find them.

I was heading home when I spotted her walking across the river from me. I don’t think she saw me before that pack of girls surrounded her. It was clear they’d been lying in wait. I leaned on the rail and watched them with an odd sense of pride in Miho for not crying. She was used to it, like I was. People like us, we learn how to endure. Crying, appearing weak, it only gets them going worse, feeding on whatever it is inside them that makes them have to hurt others.

Miho only broke when they stole the scarf we’d picked out for her. That bothered me a little. Though I knew it was better not to interfere, I moved towards the bridge to cross to the other side.

I was halfway across when the scarf hit the river and Miho was left there to watch it float away. Only she didn’t. She dived into the water without hesitation. I ran, scared she would drown. All those heavy clothes could easily pull her under, but when I reached the bank I realized she was swimming. Her arms breached the water at her side before slicing back into the water above her head like a professional. The only difference was her legs stuck straight out behind her instead of kicking. Smart girl.

Then she was back at the bank and lying on top of me, both of us panting even though she’d done all the work. Her body was thin, but soft and warm. Her chest was small, a B cup at best, but more likely an A. Still, they felt nice. She felt nice.

About The Author

Anma Natsu is a Texas-based writer of stories that explore love in its various forms, including how it can be both good and bad parts of our lives, sometimes at the same time. Her not quite conventional stories span a range of genres but rarely follow the standard fare.

When she isn’t writing, writing, voraciously reading manga and light novels, playing too many video games, and hosting her own podcast, Anma works as a web developer and steals all the free time she can to snuggle with her sweetie and her pets.

You can find her online at AnmaNatsu.com. She’s also active on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads.

Find out about Anma’s upcoming works and get exclusive content by signing up for her mailing list at http://anmanatsu.com/subscribe

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Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew #BlogTour #Review

Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
eBook, 288 pages

She didn’t expect to fall for her best friend.
He was always waiting to catch her.

Corinne Bennett lives in the moment. Whether she’s skydiving out of an airplane, or setting off on the road to anywhere, she’s ready to dive into the next adventure. That is, if best friend and always-by-the-book Nicholas Kelley doesn’t put his foot down on her wild stunts first.

When Corinne gives in to her growing feelings for Nicholas the summer before their freshman year of college, she takes the ultimate risk, making this one adventure he has longed to explore with her.

But the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and most importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk.

Because when it comes to love, you never stop falling.

About the Author
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ashley Drew currently lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not going cross-eyed after writing for five hours straight, or burying her nose in a book, you’ll find her sprawled on her couch watching General Hospital, having alien conspiracy discussions with her husband over a bottle of bubbly, and dancing to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album with her daughter.
Review
Never Stop Falling is such a great book. It’s hard for me to put into words just how much I loved it. I was hooked from the very first sentence. I couldn’t put the book down and I actually fell asleep in the middle of a sentence one night while reading it because I was trying to stay awake to finish it!
Corinne and Nicholas have such a sweet story. I really enjoyed watching them try to figure out how to take that step from friends to being something more. They definitely had their share of ups and downs.
There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming and it made it that much better. I love a good friends-to-lovers story and this one was so good. The writing is great and I didn’t realize this was a debut novel until after I read it and went looking for more by Ashley Drew. I definitely can’t wait to read what she writes next!
Rating: 5 stars
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Flying Away by Caroline Gill #BlogTour #Review

Flying Away by Caroline Gill
The Flykeeper Chronicles #1
Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
eBook, 228 pages

When Iolani Bearse was five years old, she lost her father to war. When she was nine, her mother died in a freak car accident. When Lani was fourteen, eerie green lights invaded, tearing her from the only home she had left.

Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.

Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped

If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.

About the Author
Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.
Review
Lani has experienced a lot of tragedy in her life and that continues at the beginning of Flying Away. She has a weird connection with flies. Lani, her cousin, and her horse are living as runaways and she goes to Malcolm for help. They must find a way to survive.
This is a really strange story but it is also really captivating. The story line jumps around a lot and there is so much going on that at times I had trouble keeping up. However, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
Rating: 4 stars

Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach #CoverReveal

Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Romacdesigns
Release Date: April 24, 2016
My life comes down to this. Two faces. One choice.Salem is my twin sister. She loved me. She protected me. She forgave me, even after I failed her. I just got her back after searching for three long, lonely years.

Then there’s Clay. Sweet yet intense and nursing a dark past of his own, he’s all the redemption I don’t deserve. He wants to open me up and know the insides of my soul. I want to let him, but I’m scared he’ll run from what he finds.

But I can’t have them both.

My name is Aria. And today, I must choose. One of the two people I love has to die.

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 Prologue
In moments like these, everything slowed. Salem always joked that it was life’s way of making sure you didn’t miss the turning points, the important bits. As if gravity sank heavier and heavier with the weight of the moment until the world was too heavy to turn and everyone held their breath.
It certainly felt like that now. My next action, my next word, would change all of our lives.
“Aria,” Clay’s deep voice reached my ears. “Whatever happens…I love you.” The usual assuredness and authority was gone. Instead, strain and hurt had crumpled up and shoved into his throat. Choose me. Save me. Love me.
Before him my life had felt like a stack of old movies; frames missing or out of order, muted crackling sound, flickering and shuttering away, unloved and unseen in an old unused cinema.
Then I found him. Or he found me.
He created a warm shield around me where I could be safe. He coaxed away all my layers and shed all my masks and his love soaked right into my skin, right into the very soul of me. He pulled out the fossil buried inside that had been my heart and breathed life into me.
How could I give up the man I loved? The one who loved me with a fierce and unwavering passion, the man who made me feel like I could defeat demons as long as he was by my side.
Winking in the threads of sunlight piercing through the solemn gray clouds, seed fluff twirled about me like swirling, dancing couples. Spinning around like Salem and I used to do in our backyard, hands clasped together tightly, turning round and round, eyes to the sky, our twin voices giggling and floating into the air like dandelions.
She had been my shield before Clay.
“I’m nothing without you, Aria,” Salem’s voice trembled, desperation leaking into the breaths between her words. Choose me. Need me. Love me.
How could I end her? I just got her back. For so long we shared almost everything, and she protected me. Her whole life had been about protecting me. Because she loved me that much.
How could I turn against her, toss her away like an old broken toy?
But I had to choose.
I could see us now, the three of us making a chain like when I was a kid, folding pieces of colored paper into rectangles, cutting out an arm, a leg, and half a head, and unfurling my new patterns in the light to reveal a line of paper dolls. Clay, Salem and I − we were all just paper dolls in a paper chain, me in the middle, each end pulling tighter and tighter until something had to tear.
Even now as I stare between Clay and Salem, trying to digest our impossible situation, Hope is still there, that terrible pixie, fluttering on my shoulder, whispering.
Maybe it doesn’t have to end this way?
Fuck you, Hope. Here’s the truth.
Nobody is coming.
No one will save us.
And someone isn’t going to make it out of this forest today.
“Choose,” my sister screamed. “It’s either him or me.”
My fingers tightened around my gun in a reflex. This was it. I either ended her. Or destroyed Clay.
I squeezed my eyelids shut for a moment, just for a moment of peace. Just for an instant I could shut out the inevitable, and in this blessed darkness I believed I could conceive a way that both could exist in my life. A way that I could choose Salem and Clay.
You can’t have both.
You tried.
You.
Can’t.
Have.
Both.
Choose now.
But how?
What do you do when someone puts a gun to your head? Clay’s words came back to me, echoing as loud in my mind as if he had just spoken them. You refuse to bend. You push back. You find another way. You take that gun off him and put it back in his face. But you do not give in.
Find another way…
I knew what I had to do. A kind of peace settled on my skin, as delicate as gossamer, as light as silk.
I opened my eyes to a world of bright light until my vision adjusted. The torn and pained faces of the two people I loved came into focus. The only two people I’ve shared air with while we slept, the same two people I’d crawl into Hell to be with, and the only two people I would die for. I forced the ghost of a smile forward.
And turned the gun on myself.
Author Bio
Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.

Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland – everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She’s planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.

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Love Me Never by Sara Wolf #Excerpt

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Don’t miss today’s Excerpt Tour for Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1) by Sara Wolf, which releases on Tuesday, April 5, 2016!

“That’s n-not what I meant—” Kayla starts.

“And you seem exactly like the type of girl to stay with friends she hates. They probably hate you, too. It must be easy, hiding it behind all that booze and all those name brands.”

Kayla’s tears overflow onto her cheeks. Jack sighs.

“You’re so spineless you collapse into tears the second anyone says the truth?”

My heart’s thumping in my chest. My fists squeeze so tight I can’t feel my fingers. His cruelty leaves a bitter taste in my mouth—it’s a lot like someone I used to know.

Someone who ruined my life forever.

I shove aside the red-faced boy who tries to hit on me again and launch myself through the crowd. Kayla isn’t my friend. No one here is. But she’s been four seconds of nice to me—true nice, not Avery’s sugary poison of inviting-me-to-this-weird-test-party nice. And four seconds is more than I ever thought I’d get. It’s the most I’ve had in a long time. Jack’s lip quirks up in a sneer. Say it. Say one more thing, pretty boy. I dare you to.

“You’re pathetic,” he says.

That’s the first time I punch Jack Hunter’s face.

And as my knuckles connect with his stupid high cheekbones and he staggers back with a furious blizzard brewing in his icy eyes, I somehow get the feeling it won’t be the last.

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About Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1):

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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Previously published as Savage Delight, this fully revised and updated edition is full of hilarity, drama, and heartbreak.

Forget Me Always coming November 1, 2016, but stay tuned for reveals of the synopsis and exclusive excerpts!

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Previously published as Brutal Previous, this fully revised and updated edition is full of emotion, healing, and love.

Remember Me Forever coming May 2, 2017, but stay tuned for reveals of the synopsis and exclusive excerpts!

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Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious, #3)

About the Author:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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Cuff Me by Lauren Layne #BlogTour #Review #Excerpt

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 CUFF ME by Lauren Layne
New York’s Finest #3
Releasing on March 29th, 2016 from Forever: Grand Central
Vincent knows he’s not the most charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to talking, and he sure as hell isn’t about to give into his mother’s insistence that he ‘settle down with a nice girl.’ Luckily, Vincent’s gig as one of the NYPD’s top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner, Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.
After six years of working the homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
Now the bureau’s most antagonistic set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7 in the suspect’s territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . .
and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill’s falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?

Lauren Layne is excellent at writing steamy contemporary romance and Cuff Me is no different. She doesn’t always take the most direct route to get a couple together and I think that is part of the reason why I enjoy her books so much.
Vincent and Jill are partners so they spend an extreme amount of time together while on the job. It took more than six years for them to realize the romance that was blooming between them. The slow-burn that lead to their relationship is one that I truly enjoy.
The characters are extremely likable. I love how bubbly Jill is! The way this romance came about just made it that much more interesting. I can’t wait to see what Lauren Layne has in store for the rest of this series.
Rating: 4.5 stars
 Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

One never really realized how much New York City got under your skin until you left it for a while.

It was like one minute New York was your adopted home—a little bit intense, a lot scary.

And the next, you were holding your breath as your plane landed, your entire body on edge with the anticipation of being home again.

Jill Henley smiled as the plane touched down, her eyes closing just for a moment at the realization that she’d be sleeping in her own bed tonight. Going back to her job tomorrow. Eating at her favorite gyros place tomorrow.

But none of that—not the city, nor her pillow-top bed, nor the really freaking amazing gyros—were as important as who awaited her.

The Morettis.

Jill loved her mother desperately—it was the reason she’d spent the past three months in Florida taking care of her.

But the Moretti family had become every bit as much family to Jill as her own mom.

She couldn’t wait to see them again.

All of them.

Okay, so maybe there was one Moretti in particular whom she was especially excited to see.

Not that the excitement was mutual.

As she walked through JFK toward baggage claim, she couldn’t figure out for the life of her why she was even the tiniest bit disappointed about the fact that Vincent Moretti wouldn’t be the one picking her up from the airport.

She hadn’t even asked him. He might have said yes. Maybe. But it would have been done with a grunt and a grumble, and probably a lecture about how his workload was double because his partner had “up and ditched him.”

Besides, it made more sense for Elena to pick her up anyway.

Not only was Elena her best friend, but Elena was an attorney at a fancy-pants law firm, with access to a company car that was a hell of a lot nicer than Vin’s car and didn’t smell like old coffee.

Plus, Jill had news.

Big news.

The biggest.

The kind of news that female friends squealed over in the appropriate, gushing manner.

So why was she so nervous?

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Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble #BlogTour #Review

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HER ONE TRUE LOVE by Rachel Brimble
Released March 15th, 2016 by Lyrical Press
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She Can’t Forget Him…
Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few
steps behind…
He Can’t Let Her Go…
 Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits–including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?…
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town
near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses,
she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books
published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.
 
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and
Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. 
 
When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her
readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
 
Jane loves Matthew but he decides to lead a life where he chooses duty over love. Jane is devastated when Matthew marries another woman. The other woman has an affair that leads to scandal for Matthew. Naturally, Matthew decides to try to win Jane back.
There are some sweet passion filled moments that were really nice. I always enjoy that type of passion in historical romances. I enjoyed reading a story that was a little different that what I normally read in that Jane and Matthew aren’t together and don’t pursue a relationship the entire book. It was a nice change and I would definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 4 stars

Weekly Book Recap #43

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Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts

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Maybe Yes by Ella Miles #BookBlitz

Maybe Yes
Ella Miles
(Maybe, #1)
Publication date: March 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Her future is already set, all she has to do is marry a complete stranger.

Kinsley Felton has everything. Money, a loving family, and a modeling career. She graduates from Yale in just days, but unlike a typical college student she doesn’t have to spend hours looking for a job when she graduates. Kinsley will inherit the multi-billion dollar gaming and hospitality company her great-grandfather started. The only problem is she has to do everything her family asks for in order to get that money. That includes marrying a man of her family’s choosing. That’s not a problem since Kinsley has been following her family’s orders all her life. Until a phone call from her grandfather changes everything.

Will she marry the man her family chooses or will she decide her own future?

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EXCERPT:

I just don’t know what I want.

I think of everything I’ve been told I want—money, clothes, a modeling career, an acting career, and an intelligent husband who will run the company in order to give me even more money. But not one of those things has ever made me happy. I try to think about things that have made me happy—my family and Scarlett. But that leaves me with fewer answers.

I know what I don’t want.

I don’t want a modeling career.

I don’t want an acting career.

I don’t want to marry a complete stranger.

I try to think of my happiest memory with my dad. It was on my eighteenth birthday. It coincided with my high school graduation. He took me to a casino in California, one I could legally gamble at. He taught me how to play blackjack and how to count cards. We won—a lot. It wasn’t the winning that made it fun. It was learning something from my father. It was the confidence he displayed in me when he gave me high amounts of money to place a bet that I would win because I was capable. It was one of the only times I felt he was proud of me for something other than my looks.

The line I will never forget my father saying to me is, “No one would ever suspect you of counting cards. You’re too pretty.”

It was that day that I learned that my beauty was a weapon that could be used to my advantage. I just have never learned how to harness it.

I head to my room to grab my shoes and purse to head to a casino, to find a happy memory…because, tomorrow, I’ll meet the man I’m going to marry. Tomorrow, I’ll have to face the fact that I don’t get to decide my own future, but I don’t have to today. I still have a chance to make today better. I was wrong. Today isn’t the worst day of my life. Tomorrow probably will be, so I’m going to make the most of my last night of freedom.

 

Author Bio:

Ella Miles writes sexy romance with strong females that could kick your butt if you piss them off, which they often do to the men that fall for them. She’s currently living her own happily ever after near the Rocky Mountains with her high school sweetheart husband. Her heart is also taken by her goofy two year old black lab that is scared of everything, including her own shadow. Ella is the author of the Aligned series. Get a free book by visiting her website. Or by stalking her on Twitter or Facebook.

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