Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2016

June was a crazy month. My baby is growing so fast and luckily her bedtime is at 9 so that means I get to do all my blogging stuff after she goes to bed. My work schedule is still crazy but that looks like it’s about to become more regular starting the middle of July so yay!

Books Read:
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Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
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A Common Scandal by Amanda Weaver
From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles, #0.5) by
From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne
Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles #1) by
Artificial by Jadah McCoy
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Forget Me Not by Allison Whitmore
Playing the Perfect Boyfriend (Gone Hollywood, #3) by
Playing the Perfect Boyfriend by Julie Particka
Wish List by Belinda Williams
1986 by Morgan Parker
Crazy Stupid Obsession (Crazy Stupid, #2) by
Crazy Stupid Obsession by Melissa Toppen
Engaging the Bachelor (Pulse, #1) by
Engaging the Bachelor by Cathryn Fox
Driven to Temptation by Melia Alexander
The Hang Up by Tawna Fenske
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Stranger in My House by Mari Manning
Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster
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The Billionaire Escape Plan by Ember Casey
Inseverable (Carolina Beach, #1) by
Inseverable by Cecy Robson
Learning Curves by
Learning Curves by Cathryn Fox
Dazed Bullet by Serena Kearney
The Promise by A.B. Michaels
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Angelfire by Hanna Peach
Angelstone by Hanna Peach
Angelsong (Dark Angel, #3) by
Angelsong by Hanna Peach
Dark Domination by Lili Valente (audio)
Deep Domination by Lili Valente (audio)
Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente (audio)
Reviews Written:
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Mystery
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4. Angelfire by Hanna Peach
5. Angelstone by Hanna Peach
6. Angelsong by Hanna Peach
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New Adult Romance
9. Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
10. The Billionaire Escape Plan by Ember Casey
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2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
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2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
2/12
2016 New to You Challenge
71. Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell (new to me author)
72. A Common Scandal by Amanda Weaver (new to me author)
73. Artificial by Jadah McCoy (new to me author)
74. Forget Me Not by Allison Whitmore (new to me author)
75. Playing the Perfect Boyfriend by Julie Particka (new to me author)
76. Wish List by Belinda Williams (new to me author)
77. 1986 by Morgan Parker (new to me author)
78. Driven to Temptation by Melia Alexander (new to me author)
79. The Hang Up by Tawna Fenske (new to me author)
80. Stranger in My House by Mari Manning (new to me author)
81. Dazed Bullet by Serena Kearney (new to me author)
82. The Promise by A.B. Michaels (new to me author)
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2016 Pages Read Challenge
June: 5,807 pages
Total: 29,341/52,000 pages
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
96. Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
97. A Common Scandal by Amanda Weaver
98. From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne
99. Artificial by Jadah McCoy

100. Forget Me Not by Allison Whitmore
101. Playing the Perfect Boyfriend by Julie Particka
102. Wish List by Belinda Williams
103. 1986 by Morgan Parker
104. Crazy Stupid Obsession by Melissa Toppen
105. Engaging the Bachelor by Cathryn Fox
106. Driven to Temptation by Melia Alexander
107. The Hang Up by Tawna Fenske
108. Stranger in My House by Mari Manning
109. Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster
110. The Billionaire Escape Plan by Ember Casey
111. Inseverable by Cecy Robson
112. Learning Curves by Cathryn Fox
113. Dazed Bullet by Serena Kearney
114. The Promise by A.B. Michaels
115. Angelfire by Hanna Peach
116. Angelstone by Hanna Peach
117. Angelsong by Hanna Peach
118. Deep Domination by Lili Valente
119. Dark Domination by Lili Valente
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The 12 Months Classics Challenge
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2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
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Mount TBR Reading Challenge
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2016 Bad Boys of Romance
15/25
The Series That Never Ends
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2016 Literary Pickers
16/50
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
21/26
2016 Banned Books Challenge
0/6
2016 Audiobook Challenge
2. Dark Domination by Lili Valente
3. Deep Domination by Lili Valente
4. Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente
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A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente #Review

A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente #ReviewA Love so Dangerous by Lili Valente
Published by Self Taught Ninja on August 29th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Warning: This is one dark, dangerous, dirty-talking, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. Are you ready?
I’ve got a big c*ck, a bigger bank account, and zero interest in Happily Ever After. I just want to feel alive, to look into a woman’s eyes and see something that’s going to keep my mind off all the shit I refuse to think about for an hour or two.
And then I meet her, a good girl with a body made for sin and ugly problems only a bad man can fix.
A bad man like me…
Gabe Alexander is the devil. Or an angel.
He’s a criminal hiding behind a millionaire dollar pedigree, but he also saved my life and my family. He’s the worst kind of bad news, but every time he touches me, and whispers filthy, beautiful things in my ear, all I want is more.
More of his kiss, his touch, and the dangerous, seductive things he makes me feel.
I don’t want to go bad, but the man makes it feel so damned good…
Warning Part the Second: A Love So Dangerous is the first in a three part series. It is a full-length novel that ends in a cliffhanger. It was formerly published as One Wild Night and This Wicked Rush by Jessie Evans.
Praise for the To the Bone series: 
"A steamy, high-octane love story that will have you wondering how far you'd go if you stopped playing by the rules." –NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
"WOW, just WOW! I'm screaming...right now because I need the next book, like yesterday...I am truly blown away." -Romance Readers Retreat Blog
“Well written with a heart breaking story, adorable and irresistible characters…the kind of books you do not forget and keep a paperback of, to re-read time after time!!!! I was crying like a baby or smiling like a lunatic!!!” –Moon Reviews 

“I loved it and you will too. I read the series twice in record time. I’m still thinking of it weeks later…[Lili Valente] is a story teller we romantics dream of.” -Books and Beyond Fifty Shades

Review
 Caitlyn is young and extremely stressed out. She dropped out of high school and is now raising her three younger brothers and 3-year-old niece since her mom and sister bailed and her dad is a drunk. She is about to lose it all too. On the night of her 20th birthday, she goes out dancing with her friend. She loses herself in the music and finds herself grinding on an old classmate, Gabe. Gabe comes from a very wealthy family and doesn’t really understand why Caitlyn “enables” her parents and sister. He decides that he wants to help her out and talks her into being Maid Marian to his Robin Hood. Things heat up between them fast but will it last?
I loved this book! I really feel for Caitlyn and how stressed out she is all the time. Raising 1 kid at the age of 20 is hard enough but 4 is tremendously difficult. When Gabe offers to help her out I wasn’t surprised at the form of the offer. He just had a bad boy vibe from the get go so his thievery fit. The reasons he was doing it was a little surprising though.
This book ends on a cliffhanger so I’m waiting in suspense for the next book. It’s been a while since I read a book with a cliffhanger that made me want to read the next book so I enjoyed that. I can’t wait to see what Lili Valente has in store for the characters next!
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Bedded Bliss by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott #BlogTour #Excerpt

A hot night in Vegas is just what the rockstar ordered… 
until someone ends up married.
 
 BEDDED BLISS by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott
Found in Oblivion #1
Releasing Aug 22nd, 2016 from Rainbow Rage Publishing
Michael Shawcross is living the dream, opening up for his idols,
Oblivion, on his band Warning Sign’s first tour. Until an overzealous fan goes too far and his hard-partying ways catch up to him in the form of an ultimatum from his manager, Lila Crandall.
Clean up your image—or else.

Single mom Chloe Adams is in Vegas for a rare girls’ night out. She wasn’t ever supposed to be attracted to another rockstar. In fact, she’s in rockstar rehab, and the cure for her addiction definitely isn’t a sexy, smart-assed guitarist with wicked fingers.

She never expects to accidentally end up his wife. Or to have her new husband suddenly decide that she’s the solution to all his problems. And surprise…he’s happy to show his appreciation in a number of interesting, inventive ways.

Pretending their marriage is real might just be the hottest proposition she’s ever been given.

But what happens when a lie becomes the truth?

 BEYOND OBLIVION – A Rockstar Romance full of sexy fun set within the world of our Lost in Oblivion series! You never know who you’ll see show up in the books. 
 
 
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn likes music and men, so she figured why not write about both? When she’s not writing, she’s screaming at men’s college basketball games on TV, playing her music too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.
USA Today bestselling author Taryn Elliott is obsessed with rock stars, men, and her unending playlists–maximizing these things seemed like a very good idea. When she’s not writing, she’s losing hours to hot men on TV, and/or a graphic design project. Multitasking is her middle name.
They decided to combine forces and found that hey…this writing deal is even more awesome when you collaborate with your best friend.
And so Lost in Oblivion was born.
 

Competing With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager #BlogTour #Review

Competing With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager #BlogTour #Review

Competing With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager #BlogTour #ReviewCompeting With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 232
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams-Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.

A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…

After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend-who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.

The past is the past-or so they say…

Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe-especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.

Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?

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Review
Hadley has moved to a new town and things are going pretty good. She has new friends, gets to see her aunt more, and even has a boyfriend, Nick. Hadley and Nick’s relationship isn’t perfect but they started off as friends so it’s easy for them to talk to one another. Nick is a popular guy with several girls vying for his attention including Simone, a former TV star. Hadley feels like she can’t compete with Simone and when Simone gets her way, can Nick convince Hadley it didn’t mean anything?
This is the first book by Krysten Lindsay Hager that I have read and I was impressed. Every situation in this book felt real and could have happened in real life. The characters are extremely relatable especially Hadley. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from Ms. Hager.

About Krysten Lindsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has worked as a journalist and humor essayist. She is the author of the LANDRY's TRUE COLORS SERIES and the STAR SERIES. TRUE COLORS was her debut novel and the first book in the LANDRY'S TRUE COLORS series. BEST FRIENDS...FOREVER? (Book 2) was #1 in Amazon's hot new releases in teen & young adult values and virtues fiction and #1 in Amazon's hot new release in children's books on values. Landry in Like (Book 3) was #3 in Amazon's Hot New Releases for Girls & Women. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on the talk show Living Dayton. Check out her YA novel, NEXT DOOR TO A STAR (book 1 in the STAR SERIES) and COMPETING WITH THE STAR: Book 2 in the STAR SERIES. You can follow her at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com.

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Breaking Through by Juliana Haygert #BookBlitz

Breaking Through
Juliana Haygert
(Breaking #3)
Publication date: August 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it’s time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.

To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she’d like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.

As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept…and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.

Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read as a standalone. Genre: NA contemporary romance. Warning: strong language, sex scene, mentions of rape and domestic violence.

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in North Carolina and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy #Review #Giveaway

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy #Review #GiveawayDaring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Published by Entangled Crush on August 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Truth or Dare was never this much fun...
Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.
Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.
Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will meltyour heart.

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Review
Annie is kind of loner who wants to use her experience at summer camp as a sort of coming out. She wants to reinvent herself and be whoever she wants to be. She wants to win the attention of the hottest guy at camp but she has a hard time figuring out how to do that when they are never around each other. Jake is a counselor at the summer camp and has been put on a strict no-fraternizing-with-the-campers order. A game of truth or dare puts him in jeopardy of getting in major trouble when he is roped into not only teaching Annie how to swim but how to snag the guy she wants.
Daring the Bad Boy is spectacular. Monica Murphy always delivers excellent books no matter the genre. The situations that come up in this book are ones that happen in real life and I love when contemporary books reflect that. I never had the opportunity to go to summer camp when I was younger but after reading this book, I wish I was young enough to go now! I love that the book is told in dual POV so we get both Annie and Jake’s perspectives.
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The Templar’s Falter by Holly Blackstone #BookBlitz

The Templars Falter
Holly Blackstone
(The Void Chronicles, #3)
Publication date: July 23rd 2016
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy

Julianna Foss, full fledged Templar, finds herself in an impossible situation.

The High Templar and Julianna’s lover, Tristan, seemed about to commit himself to their relationship when he became entranced with Iris, the lone survivor of the attack on Hayden’s Gate. The thrall he and many of the other Templars are under is unnatural and Julianna is at a loss as to how to break the spell until Prior Basil asks for her help. It seems that Tristan and his lieutenant Tor have taken deathly ill, and the High Templar’s death would practically assure the Void dragon Dryx succeeds in enslaving the land.

She is forced to confront Lucas, the captured necromancer, and ask his assistance in understanding the source of Iris’ power – but it will come at a price, as Lucas grows increasingly possessive and entranced by Julianna, the first female Templar in hundreds of years.

Julianna succeeds in destroying Iris, but in some ways it is a Pyrrhic victory. Iris really is Reena, sister to the head necromancer Vaux, and that means Julianna has a price on her head. Vaux is ruthless and bloodthirsty, and will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his little sister.

So begins a chain of events that leaves Julianna on the outside once more, confused by her attraction to Lucas, who should be her enemy, and her wounded love for the Tristan. She is further alienated by the secrets she carries, and the terrible knowledge that has been revealed to her about VoidCleaver, the godsword she wields. Basil and Tristan are convinced that she is the Deorwyn, a woman prophecy claimed would help rid the world of Dryx, but she chafes under this new expectation

Julianna is stressed beyond endurance – she carries the fate of the world on her shoulders, will it prove to be too much for her?

*Contains explicit depictions of warfare and sex and is intended for adults.

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Julianna threads her way through the corridors until she stands in front of a large door. The sentries look at her a moment, then at one another and open the portal for her and once she is inside, they close it.

Lucas is kneeling near the centre of the cage, his hands and arms bound together, his body bare except for the cloth that covers his sex. I am sure he has hidden his clothes somewhere handy for future use, she thinks as she scans the room briefly before resting her gaze on him.

“Ser Foss”, he says coolly, but his eyes betray the lust he is trying to contain.

“Lucas”, she answers and squats down, pushing her scabbard out of the way.

They stare at each other a moment and then he stands, forcing her to stand once more.

“Are we playing a game, Lucas?”

“I know why you are here.”

“Do you?”

“Yes, I believe I do. The High Templar is ill, and you want my help restoring your former lover to his old glory.”

She sighs, and rubs the heel of her hand against her forehead. “I don’t know what the future has in store for any of us, Lucas, but I know he has been afflicted by something horrible, and I believe he will die – and soon – if nothing is done.”

“I have no reason to help him.”

Julianna quickly erects a ward to ensure privacy. “Do you have any reason to help me?”

“To aid you in this defeats my purpose, my desires. You KNOW this, Julianna.” He looks at her hotly.

“Why are you still here? You could have left last night; I’m sure those clothes are secreted away somewhere.”

“My reasons for remaining are my own.”

“Lucas – I just want to know if my thinking is sound; is it so much to ask that you help me with that?”

“You know what you ask of me!”

“What do you want from me, Lucas? Do you think that allowing him to die will endear you to me? I defended you to the Prior and Calix; we all know Iris is behind this but lack proof. I can take care of her but I want to know what she used on Tristan and Tor; what can we do to unmake that sorcery?”

“I will extract payment from you for this. Is that understood?”

“Yes, Lucas.” She doesn’t hesitate, despite the ominous tone to his voice.

“There is only one thing that can cure their illness – a life.”

“What?” Julianna blanches.

“The magic is strong in their bodies – too potent for most people to combat; only perhaps a few might have a chance, myself included. The quickest and swiftest way to stop the illness from progressing is to end the life of the one who begat it; the sorcery is tied to her power and life force.”
“Iris’ life is forfeit then – so be it.”

“You do not realise what you will unleash once you kill her; it will pave the way for other… difficulties, other challenges. Her death will not go un-avenged; it may be – will be – a terrible price to pay.”

“If Tristan dies the Order will falter; there is no choice to be made. Whatever happens in the future we will deal with it then.”
“I warn you again – the cost may be great.” Lucas’ brow furrows. “I can feel Fate move beneath our feet. Julianna! I…”, he shakes his head. “I do not advise it.”

“I take that responsibility.” As she says it, Lucas’ shoulders slump and Julianna feels as if something has passed in front of her.

“I will pray to the gods for you, for mercy. Go then, hatch your plan”, Lucas says and walks towards the bars of the cage. “As for you, love – I will see you again very, very soon.” He casts one more hungry look at her before turning and walking to the far side of his enclosure. Julianna stares at his muscular back for a moment, watches him breathe, and then removes the ward and stalks from the room.

 

Author Bio:

Holly was born in New Jersey and moved to the Pacific Northwest at the age of eighteen. She’s always loved writing and expressing herself and scrupulously kept a journal at a young age. She started her first book around the age of eight, although she never completed it, and in high school was co-editor of her school’s literary magazine. She enjoys blogging, reading, and writing poetry and novels. Although an American, Holly is fascinated with British and Scottish history and culture; this interest is reflected in her choice to often use British spellings for words because she likes them better.

Holly likes exploring how a character’s personality changes and adapts as they are introduced to new experiences that are challenging. She also enjoys creating worlds and tales that are deep and complex and are driven by a solid story, yet have intense erotic elements.

Much to her chagrin, Holly has many interests and has a hard time keeping up with them all. She enjoys cooking and has made wine with friends; she likes gardening, drawing, reading, video and board games, dancing, eighties music and yoga, to name a few of her more regular preoccupations.

She welcomes comments and questions at her website: http://www.hollyblackstone.com

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Working For the Billionaire’s Club by Sky Corgan #BookBlitz

Working for The Billionaires Club
Sky Corgan
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Now enlisting volunteers! Looking for ten super-rich men willing to please some lucky ladies for a good cause.

Requirements: You must make at least a billion dollars annually. You must be hot as hell. You must be a stud in the bedroom.

Job duties: Treat our clients like the queens they are. Fulfill their every fantasy while they enjoy their stay at our state of the art resort. You’ll have access to all of our amenities and fantasy rooms so that you can create the best experience for our clients.

The Billionaires Club is a non-profit organization. Clients pay good money for your time, and all proceeds go to a charity of their choice.

Do something great for your community and have some fun in the process. Join The Billionaires Club!

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Sky Corgan is a USA Today Best-Selling author. When she’s not typing away at the next steamy romance series, she’s busy planning for future vacations.

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Mr. Corporate by J.A. Huss #BookBlitz

Mr. Corporate
J.A. Huss
(Mister #3)
Publication date: August 17th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.
I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.
I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.
I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.
I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.
You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business.

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EXCERPT

Weston takes off his tie and begins unbuttoning his shirt. My eyes open a little wider. I watch every move. The way his fingers flip each button loose. The way his tanned and muscular chest flashes me as the shirt comes apart. That stupid Corporate grin on his face.

I sigh with frustration just as he takes the whole thing off and starts going for his belt.

Will Weston Conrad strip naked to swim?

Oh, yeah. You bet your ass he will. I called him Naked Man back when we were together. He has a thing for it.

“Come on, Tori. Let’s swim. You don’t need a suit. I’ve seen your goods.”

“First of all,” I say, crossing my arms and maintaining eye contact as the pants come down, “I’m not ‘goods.’ Second of all, I’m not giving you the pleasure of seeing me naked after you’ve been such an asshole.”

“When was I an asshole?”

He’s kidding, right? “All the time.”

“I’m just truthful, Victoria. You just can’t handle the truth.”

“I’m tired of fighting—” But I stop talking. Because yeah, he still looks amazing in those black boxer briefs he’s partial to.

“Did you miss him?” West asks.

“Who?” I say, forcing myself to look up at his face.

“Naked Man?”

I almost laugh, but catch myself just in time. “Weston—” But before I can get anything else out, he’s crossing the floor, I’m backing up, my hands are up, warning him to stay away, and I bump into the couch and fall back.

He stops in front of me, his goddamned bulge staring me in the face.

At least he’s not hard.

Ooops. Spoke too soon.

“Weston, stop it.”

“Come on,” he says, extending his hand. “We’re going to the beach.”

“I’m not getting naked with you.”

“I don’t need you naked. Your fucking skirt is so short you could wade in up to your thighs.” He shakes his hand at me, urging. “Come on.”

I close my eyes so I can stop staring at the bulge, stop imagining his hard cock and all the ways I’ve been intimate with it in the past, and take his hand, letting him pull me to my feet. His arm slips around my back and he pulls me into his chest. God, I can feel his fucking dick against my hips.

“Victoria,” he says in my ear. “You’ve missed me,” he says, switching to the other one.

I wait for what comes next. It’s a thing he always did with me when I was on the verge of something. Panic, or sadness, or whatever comes with all the things we went through.

He would stand behind me, both hands squeezing my shoulders. His mouth would go to work on my earlobe, and my neck, and my mouth. Then his fingers would dip down into my bra to squeeze my breasts and pinch my nipples.

We’d always have sex after that. Always. It drove me crazy.

But before I can say anything—No, we’re not doing that, or, Back off, mister, I’m not yours—he backs away and he’s heading for the door, tugging me along.

I sigh, missing his attention so much in that unused moment.

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JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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Discover the man behind the music…Boone Stryker
 
 CHASED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #3
Releasing Aug 17th, 2016 from World Literary Press

Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don’t. When she’s awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America’s hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she’s beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft—but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he’s just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker’s private world. He’s coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he’s not likely to change—until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet—Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they’re trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

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Trish is an actress who takes her job very seriously and is excited to land a job staring alongside America’s hottest rocker, Boone. When she sees Boone’s party lifestyle up-close and he begins slacking on his role, she is not happy at all. The director decides to send them to the next location for 10 days before everyone else in the hopes that they can work things out and get back on track. There Trish sees the real Boone and sparks fly. Will their connection last when the real world returns?
I really enjoyed this book. Melissa Foster is one of my favorite authors because she can tell a story that keeps you coming back for more. It’s been that way with this whole series so far. I loved when the sparks started flying between Trish and Boone. I enjoy rocker romances but I don’t like that most of them involve another girl trying to come in between the main characters. Chased by Love did not have this and it made it that much better! I would definitely recommend this book!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling
and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 

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