Storming the Castle by Arianna Hart #BlogTour #Review

Storming the Castle by Arianna Hart #BlogTour #Review

Storming the Castle by Arianna Hart #BlogTour #ReviewStorming the Castle by Arianna Hart
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 335
Format: eBook
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Sam Castleton has fame, houses all over the world, and one really big problem—he’s got an album due and he can’t write. All he wants is a quiet place to get his head straight. Dale, Georgia, seems like the perfect quiet spot to try to hear the music again and get some lyrics down on paper.
With her daughter’s paternal grandparents making a sudden appearance and the difficulties of running her own lodge and being a single mom, Faith Adams doesn’t have the time to worry about the mysterious stranger staying in one of her cottages, no matter how sexy he is.
Her newest guest may be surly, but his money is good, so she’s willing to overlook his surly nature. If only she could ignore the way he awakens a searing hunger in her…

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Review
Storming the Castle is book 3 in the Dale series by Arianna Hart but it can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Hart and I enjoyed it. It’s not what you would expect from a rocker romance and has a more down to earth feel to it.
Sam has basically been living out of a suitcase for the last couple of years. He is a little burnt out on the rock star life and needs some time to himself. He rents out a little bed and breakfast in Dale so that he can get some much needed alone time to clear his head and write for his album. The owner of the bed and breakfast is a single mom who enjoys the quiet life. Faith has worries of her own and tries not to worry about her surly guest.
Of course they have an intense chemistry that they try to ignore but in this sweet contemporary romance, there is bound to be a HEA. The characters are great and I really liked Faith’s daughter. I love stories that involve a single parent and this one even had the added drama of the paternal grandparents appearing. I’d recommend to anyone wanting to read a sweet romance.

About Arianna Hart

Arianna Hart enjoys spending time with her family, reading anything she can get her hands on, and of course writing! She'd love to spend her days on the beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, but until she wins the lottery she'll just have to settle for chasing her girls around the pool.

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King of Clubs by Sandra Owens #ReleaseBlitz

 Passions—and tempers—flare as one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.
 KING OF CLUBS
Aces & Eights #2
Sandra Owens
Releasing June 27, 2017
Montlake Romance

In the second novel in acclaimed author Sandra Owens’s Aces & Eights series, passions—and tempers—flare as one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.

Covert FBI agent Court Gentry loves his brothers, his job, and his Harley-Davidson. Once he loved a girl, too, but when she broke his heart, he put his emotions on lockdown…until she crosses his path again.
 
On vacation six years ago, free-spirited Lauren Montgomery fell hard for Court Gentry. She returned home happier than ever, only to descend into a spiral of abuse by her ex-husband, Stephan. When Stephan threatened to kill any man who touched her, Lauren cut Court from her life—but not from her heart.
When Lauren and Court reunite after her friend marries his brother, Court guards himself against the person who made him feel such intense passion and pain. Except the undeniable spark between them is impossible to contain and heating up fast. Six years ago, it was love. Now, it’s just lust. Keeping it merely physical is a foolproof plan…right?

When Stephan is released from prison, Lauren can’t outrun her past anymore, and Court vows to protect her. But with Lauren in imminent danger, Court must question his heart and risk his life to save the woman he never stopped loving.

best-selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the
beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll, Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.

The History of Hilary Hambrushina by Marnie Lamb #BlogTour #Review

The History of Hilary Hambrushina
Marnie Lamb
Publication date: May 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl named Kallie moves in next door. Kallie paints constellations on her ceiling, sleeps in a hammock, and enacts fantastical plays in front of cute boys on the beach. Yet despite Kallie’s lack of interest in being -cool, – Hilary and Kallie find themselves becoming friends. That summer friendship, however, is put to the test when school begins, reigniting Hilary’s obsession with climbing the social ladder. As Hilary discovers the dark side to popularity, she must decide who she wants to be before she loses everything.

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The History of Hilary Hambrushina takes place the summer before Hilary starts junior high. It starts with her saying she is writing her memoir and it had a feel to it that it was written by someone of that age. It made it a little hard to read and this book is definitely geared toward the younger side of the young adult genre. I think it would have been better to put in the middle grade genre. It would be great for preteens to read as they struggle with starting a new school and popularity. I didn’t really get anything from it and was a little disappointed with it. It was good just not what I was expecting. I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned in this book and would recommend that girls read this before going to junior high.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Author Bio:

A Journey Prize nominee, Marnie Lamb earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Windsor. Her short stories have appeared in various Canadian literary journals. Her first novel, a YA book named The History of Hilary Hambrushina, is forthcoming from Iguana Books. When she is not writing fiction or running her freelance editing business, she can be found cooking recipes with eggplant or scouting out colourful fashions at the One of a Kind Show.

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The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Mila


 


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.
 
He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.
 
Although he said he’d stay, we both knew he wouldn’t. I had already survived one loss—I didn’t know if I’d survive another. 
Ames
 
She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I’d long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.
 
But it was only supposed to last three weeks.
 
“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.
 
I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn’t have a choice.
Review
This is one of the hardest reviews to write because after reading The Weight of Life I didn’t know how to accurately describe just how good this book is. Whitney Barbetti has such a way with words that I always have a terrible book hangover when I get done with one of her books and need a day or two to recover before I can even think about reading anything else.
Mila and Ames are two strangers who meet unconventionally but yet they have an established connection. The character development is phenomenal and you aren’t thrust into their world and forced to love them. The way it is written allows you to slowly get to know the characters and what is going on in their lives so that you naturally grow to love them. I didn’t want to put this book down nor did I want it to end. It truly reminded me why I love to read romance.
Rating: 5 stars
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Beware the Ranger by Debra Holt #ReleaseBlitz

Will they be able to lay the past to rest and rekindle their love from the ashes?
 BEWARE THE RANGER
In the Long Arms of the Lawman #1
Debra Holt
Releasing June 28, 2017
Tule Publishing

Twelve years ago, Kaitlyn Russell had a dream: living happily ever after with Clay Morgan. Except her grandmother had bigger plans for her beloved granddaughter and they didn’t include life in the small town of McKenna Springs as the wife of a young, poor deputy. Kaitlyn’s heart was broken when Clay and her grandmother convinced her to pursue her second love, Broadway stardom.

Texas Ranger Clay Morgan is a widower with a young son to raise. A dozen years before, he had to make the most difficult decision of his life when he agreed to let go of the only woman he’d ever loved so that she could pursue her dreams.
Now, fate and an old woman’s guilty conscience conspire to bring Clay and Kaitlyn back together once more. Will they be able to lay the past to rest and rekindle their love from the ashes?
 
Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra Holt grew up
among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

 

Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs… to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

Debra invites you to visit her website. She loves to hear from
other aspiring authors or readers via her email.

Rockstar by Stacey Kennedy #ReleaseBlitz

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty 
and a whole lot more complicated!
ROCK STAR
A Bad Boy Homecoming Novel
Stacey Kennedy
Releasing June 27, 2017

 

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school
reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.
 
Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.
Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #Review

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #Review

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #ReviewWhy I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson
Published by Entangled: Teen on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 287
Format: eBook
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Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Review

Harper has 537 rules for her life and believes all should be followed for everything to be perfect. Her rules cause a few fights with her twin brother, Cole and her nickname at school is “Harper the Hag”. When Sterling Lane enters her life, he is constantly breaking her rules. She is furious and wants to stay as far away from him as possible at all times. There’s just one problem. He is Cole’s roommate and the two of them quickly become friends. Will Harper be able to stay away from Sterling? Will he be able to show her that sometimes in order to really live you have to break your rules?

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I immediately had a dislike for Harper because she comes across as really uptight with all of her rules. If the character development hadn’t been excellent throughout, I don’t think I would have finished this book. As it is really well done, I ended up being okay with Harper by the end. I’ll admit I was rooting for Sterling the whole time with how he would rile Harper up. I could tell he would eventually win her over. This was a good YA romance.

About Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.

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#Coyer Summer Reading List | Readathon #1

It’s time for the first readathon of #Coyer Summer Reading List!! This one is a week long and you can only read books from your list that are e-books. I hope to read at least 5 books. You can see my list for this challenge here. I will be updating this each day so I can keep up with books read and pages read each day.

Sunday, June 25th
Books Read: The Billionaire’s Dance by Melody Anne-done
Pages Read: 296
Monday, June 26th
Books Read: The Billionaire Falls by Melody Anne
Pages Read: 68
Tuesday, June 27th
Books Read: The Billionaire Falls by Melody Anne
Pages Read: 73
Wednesday, June 28th
Books Read: The Billionaire Falls by Melody Anne-done
  The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal by Melody Anne
Pages Read:199
Thursday, June 29th
Books Read: The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal by Melody Anne
Pages Read: 48
Friday, June 30th
Books Read: The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal by Melody Anne-done
Pages Read: 96
Saturday, July 1st
Books Read: Blackmailing the Billionaire by Melody Anne
Pages Read: 74
Sunday, July 2nd
Books Read: Blackmailing the Billionaire by Melody Anne- done
Pages Read: 164
Results
# Books Read: 4
# Pages Read: 1,018

Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson #BookBlitz

Something Beautiful
Amanda Gernentz Hanson
Published by: Pen Name Publishing
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.

However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are.

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Chapter 1—Now
October 2014

“Fresh off of her book tour, I have here an advocate who is actively involved in fighting inequality in her daily life. I give you, Cordelia Quinn!” The rally organizer steps aside, and I can finally see the crowd. I wave, and the rally organizer gives me a dazzling smile before she continues. “Cordelia Quinn is the bestselling author of The Yellow Wood, a coming-of-age story about a boy and a girl who are best friends as children but choose different paths as adults and then come together later in life. She is also an award-winning screenwriter and one of the most outspoken LGBTQ allies in publishing. Please join me in welcoming her to the podium!” The crowd breaks into thunderous applause that echoes through the cold air, and a smile pulls at the corners of my mouth.

I can’t lie—I’m nervous. I’m not good at hiding my emotions, so I’m afraid that people might be able to tell. I hate crowds, and I hate public speaking. I’ve managed to avoid it ever since I spoke at high school graduation.

“Hello, Topeka,” I begin. My voice is shaking. God, I hope no one notices.

The crowd is rumbling below me, waiting for me to say something good. I’m not even sure I have anything good to say. I’m so bad at this. But I’ve learned that being honest is usually the best way to go, so I decide to veer away from my prepared speech and try for candor.

“I’m going to admit something to you,” I say, gripping the sides of the podium to keep my hands from trembling. I can’t be trusted to hold papers or they’ll be shaking so much that I can’t read them. “I’m not a fan of public speaking, and I don’t usually speak at rallies like this one. But this issue… it’s really important to me. Those of you who have read my book know that. So, when my publicist asked me to come here and talk to you, I couldn’t really turn her down.”

The crowd cheers, and I smile and take a deep breath. With each breath, I feel more at ease, more comfortable speaking up here in front of everyone. I close my eyes for a second, trying to center myself. I see my children’s faces, and my grin widens.

“Honestly, I don’t have a lot to say,” I continue, gaining confidence. “I believe in equality. I believe in love. And I believe that the government should not tell us who we are allowed to love and marry.” At this, all I can think about are the people I left at home—the people who I love, the person I married. I’m lucky. I’ve never had to fight for those rights. “The politicians who are fighting against marriage equality are all active in their conservative churches—well, ladies and gentlemen, I find two issues with that. First, this country was founded on the separation of church and state—it’s in the First Amendment of the Constitution. What ever happened to that?”

I’m on a roll now. My hands have stopped shaking and everything.

“And second, marriage isn’t just about love. Anyone who has made that kind of commitment to someone can tell you that. There are legal rights that come with marriage that should be available to everyone, no matter who they love!”

I can’t help it. I start looking for him. He’s here. I can feel it.

And then I see him, and my face breaks open into the giddy sort of smile I wish I could contain. I knew he’d come. We’ve been apart for weeks now while I’ve been on my book tour, and I’ve missed him so much. Almost as much as I’ve missed the kids. God, I wish they were here with me.

As I make eye contact with him, an idea strikes. I decide to roll with it. “I’m very pleased to tell you that the person who inspired my book is with us tonight. I’d like to call him up here, so that you can meet the first man I ever loved—Declan MacLeod. Come up here, Dec!”

People turn to look at him as he shakes his head and starts moving toward me. I can nearly feel my body vibrating. I can’t wait to be next to him again, to feel his warm hand in mine. My smile is so big it feels like it’s going to split my face in two.

“I’m going to kill you,” he whispers in my ear as he wraps his arms around me. I want him to hold me forever, to never let go of me, to keep me safe and warm wrapped in his strong arms. But we’re in front of all of these people. He has to let go.

“No, you’re not,” I murmur back. “You’re better at this stuff than I am. Tell them something. Anything.” He starts chewing on his bottom lip as he thinks, and I throw him a sharp look. I’ve been on him about that since high school, but he always slips back into the old habit when we’re apart.

He makes his way to the podium and clears his throat. “Hello,” he starts as he waves at the crowd. “I had no idea that I was going to be speaking here tonight, so I apologize if what I say doesn’t make any sense.” He takes a deep breath and glances back at me. “As Cordelia mentioned, I’m Declan MacLeod. I grew up across the street from her in Hamden, Connecticut. Now, I spend most of my time in New York, performing on Broadway.”
The crowd is hypnotized, and I don’t blame them. I’ve been told that, together, Dec and I are hypnotic. We have an energy. I’m not sure I agree—I think he’s the one who radiates energy and charisma, whose skin feels electrifying, no matter how many times I touch it.

As I watch him look out into the crowd, I know one thing—he’s everything. He’s my reason, my why. He’s it for me. I’d be nothing without him.

Author Bio:

Amanda Gernentz Hanson has been writing stories since the third grade, when she entered a five-page story about talking dogs into a local youth arts contest. She is an instructional designer by day and an everything else by night. Amanda is a proud Latina who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hope College and her Master’s degree in Technical Communication from Minnesota State University. You can find her on the internet at browneyedtwentysomething.com, diverseladybookproject.tumblr.com, and on Twitter and Instagram @amandamariegh. If you see her in the wild, she probably has a book in her purse.

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Grunt by Kailee Reese Samuels #BlogTour #Review

Grunt by Kailee Reese Samuels #BlogTour #Review

Grunt by Kailee Reese Samuels #BlogTour #ReviewGrunt by Kailee Reese Samuels
on May 30th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 266
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Six days.
No one thought I could last Here in the cell—I now call home They didn’t know I grew up in the prison of my crime family’s dream.
Six weeks.
No one thought I could withstand The loss, the drugs, the torture They didn’t know how much I would enjoy their game.
Six months.
No one thought I could survive Their puppet and prey—but I like to play—Hard. And I don’t lose.
They picked the wrong guy. Their so-called ‘grunt’ would fight to get home and take revenge. I vowed to come back—for her—for Kaci. But everything changed.
My maniacal mind wrapped with a pretty mug, I am an unforgiving bastard, tough—tougher than they ever imagined.
And I will never – ever – break.

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Review
Grunt is book 3 in the SOS series and really should be read in order. I have read the first book, The Initiation, but I have not read the second, Tea for Two. I was a little lost at the beginning but I think I figured it all out or at least as much as I could. I’ve also read Juliet by this author that features the main character, Sal Raniero, and it left me with so many questions about Sal and who he is as a person. We finally get the answers to those in Grunt. Kailee Reese Samuels writes in a way that really keeps you guessing as to where she is going but once you get there it was worth it. I was seriously talking out loud to myself at some points in the book and my husband was looking at me like I was crazy. (He still hasn’t gotten used to the way I read lol) There were a couple of time I literally had to put the book down because I was trying to wrap my mind around what had just happened. This is definitely a series I’d highly recommend. I know I will reading Tea for Two soon so I can see what I missed!

About Kailee Reese Samuels

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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