Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2016

Life has been super hectic lately with my job and raising a baby. I feel like I’m super behind on updating my posts. However, I have still been able to read a lot and write my reviews so I just need to remember that even though I feel overwhelmed I really am not behind. (other than my monthly updates lol)
Books Read: 
To Seduce a SEAL by
To Seduce a Seal by Sara Jane Stone
Never Tear Us Apart (Never Tear Us Apart, #1) by
Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy
Never Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart, #2) by
Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy
Wish (Indigo Ballet Series #1) by
Wish by Grier Cooper
HOPE: Indigo Ballet Series, book #2 by
Hope by Grier Cooper
How to Manage a Marquess (Spinster House #2) by
How to Manage a Marquess by Sally MacKenzie
The Rule Book2
The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
The Misbehaved Cover
The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne
LiesDarkness
Lies in the Darkness by Amanda J. Clay
His Undercover Princess by
His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn
Sleeping With the Opposition (Bad Boy Bosses, #3) by
Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi
Good Girl by Lauren Layne
FlyingBlind
Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill
Show Me, Sir by
Show Me, Sir by Sonni De Soto
Deep Dark by Laura Griffin
Owned by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott
The Wedding Wager by
The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo
 One Last Kiss by
One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield
Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons) by
Touched by Love by Melissa Foster
Closer To Sin by
Closer to Sin by Elizabeth Squire
Reviews Written:
Best Friends With The Billionaire by Coleen Kwan
Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi
Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill
One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield
Reading Challenge Updates:
You can see my sign up post here.
2016 Choose Your Genre Challenge:
Paranormal
3. Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill
3/6 books
 
Mystery
2.
1/12 books
 
New Adult Romance
9.
8/25 books
 
2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
2/12 books
 
2016 New to You Challenge
58. To Seduce a Seal by Sara Jane Stone (new to me author)
59. Wish by Grier Cooper (new to me author)
60. How to Manage a Marquess by Sally MacKenzie (new to me author)
61. The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne (new to me author)
62. Lies in the Darkness by Amanda J. Clay (new to me author)
63. His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn (new to me author)
64. Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi (new to me author)
65. Show Me, Sir by Sonni De Soto (new to me author)
66. Deep Dark by Laura Griffin (new to me author)
67. Owned by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott (new to me author duo)
68. The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo (new to me author)
69. One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield (new to me author)
70. Closer to Sin by Elizabeth Squire (new to me author)
70/100 books
 
2016 Pages Read Challenge
May: 5,548 pages
Total so far: 23,534/52,000 pages
 
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
76. To Seduce a Seal by Sara Jane Stone
77. Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy
78. Wish by Grier Cooper
79. Hope by Grier Cooper
80. Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy
81. How to Manage a Marquess by Sally MacKenzie
82. The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
83. The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne
84. Lies in the Darkness by Amanda J. Clay
85. His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn
86. Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi
87. Good Girl by Lauren Layne
88. Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill
89. Show Me, Sir by Sonni De Soto
90. Deep Dark by Laura Griffin
91. Owned by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott
92. The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo
93. One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield
94. Touched by Love by Melissa Foster
95. Closer to Sin by Elizabeth Squire
95/200 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.
April: A Classic You’ve Seen The Movie/Mini Series/TV Show.
May: An American Classic
0/12 books
 
2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
3.
2/48 books
 
2016 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
13. To Seduce a Seal by Sara Jane Stone
14. His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn
15. Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi
15/15 books
 
The Series That Never Ends 2016 Challenge
2.
1/10 books
 
2016 Literary Pickers Challenge
0/50 items
 
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
M: Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente
21/26 books

2016 Banned Books Challenge
1.
0/6 books

2016 Audiobooks Challenge
2.
1/10 audiobooks

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

Books Read: 
The Bad Boy’s Seduction by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
Explicit by Roxy Sloane
Love Me Never by Sarah Wolf
Hannah’s Story by Terra Kelly
Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon
Taken by Jessa Fox
Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
The Bad Boy’s Redemption by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg
Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
How I Ruined My Life by T.L. Bainter
Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan
Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
Annabella’s Oblivion by V.F. Mason
Jane’s Surrender by V.F. Mason
12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
Let Me by Cecy Robson
Scar Tissue by M.C. Domovitch
paper dolls
Paper Dolls by Hannah Peach
Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster
crazy
Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen
Magnificent Bastard Ebook Cover
Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente
After We Fall by Marquita Valentine
Shameless by Lex Martin
playing for keeps
Playing for Keeps by J.C. Grant
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Playing for Love by J.C. Grant
behind my mask
Behind My Mask by Holland Kohl
best friends
Best Friends With the Billionaire by Colleen Kwan
The Society by
The Society by Jodi Andrefski
Reviews Written:
Reading Challenge Updates:
You can see my sign up post here.
2016 Choose Your Genre Challenge:
Paranormal
3.
2/6 books
 
Mystery
2.
1/12 books
 
New Adult Romance
7. Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen
8. Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach
8/25 books
 
2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
Dirty Talking: Explicit by Roxy Sloane
2/12 books
 
2016 New to You Challenge
38. Explicit by Roxy Sloane (new to me author)
39. Love Me Never by Sara Wolf (new to me author)
40. Hannah’s Story by Terra Kelly (new to me author)
41. Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon (new to me author)
42. Taken by Jessa Fox (new to me author)
43. Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (new to me author)
44.Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg (new to me author)
45. Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley (new to me author)
46. How I Ruined My Life by T.L. Bainter (new to me author)
47. Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan (new to me author)
48. Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke (new to me author)
49. 12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla (new to me author)
50. Scar Tissue by M.C. Domovitch (new to me author)
51. Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach (new to me author)
52. Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster (new to me author)
53. After We Fall by Marquita Valentine (new to me author)
54. Playing for Keeps by J.C. Grant (new to me author)
55. Behind My Mask by Holland Kohl (new to me author)
56. The Society by Jodie Andrefski (new to me author)
57. Let Me by Cecy Robson (new to me author)
57/75 books
 
2016 Pages Read Challenge
April: 7,587 pages
Total so far: 17,986/52,000 pages
 
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
46. The Bad Boy’s Seduction by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
47. Explicit by Roxy Sloane
48. Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
49. Hannah’s Story by Terra Kelly
50. Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon
51. Taken by Jessa Fox
52. Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
53. The Bad Boy’s Redemption by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
54. Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg
55. Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
56. How I Ruined My Life by T.L. Bainter
57. Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan
58. Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
59. The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
60. 12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
61. Scar Tissue by M.C. Domovitch
62. Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen
63. Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach
64. Let Me by Cecy Robson
65. Annabella’s Oblivion by V.F. Mason
66. Jane’s Surrender by V.F. Mason
67. Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster
68. Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente
69. After We Fall by Marquita Valentine
70. Shameless by Lex Martin
71. Playing for Keeps by J.C. Grant
72. Playing for Love by J.C. Grant
73. Behind My Mask by Holland Kohl
74. Best Friends With the Billionaire by Coleen Kwan
75. The Society by Jodie Andrefski
63/100 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.
April: A Classic You’ve Seen The Movie/Mini Series/TV Show.
0/12 books
 
2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
3.
2/48 books
 
2016 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
10. The Bad Boy’s Seduction by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
11. Explicit by Roxy Sloane
12. The Bad Boy’s Redemption by Lili Valente and Jessie Evans
13. Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen
13/15 books
 
The Series That Never Ends 2016 Challenge
2.
1/10 books
 
2016 Literary Pickers Challenge
0/50 items
 
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
E-Explicit by Roxy Sloane
M- Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente
21/26 books

2016 Banned Books Challenge
1.
0/6 books

2016 Audiobooks Challenge
2.
1/10 audiobooks

May Clean Sweep Arc Challenge

The May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge is hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kristin @ Addicted to Happily Ever After.

Official Rules

  • Link-up
  • Add button to your blog (optional)
  • ARC’s must be read between May 1st, 2016 and May 31st, 2016
  • Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
  • Post start-up post with goals (can be posted at start event) Be sure to link back to hosts.
  • Tweet using hashtag #CleanSweepARC
  • You do not have to post review on blog during the month of May. Just give a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review. Please friend us on Goodreads, so we can see your shelves: Kimba and Kristin
  • Twitter Party Wednesday May 18th at 7:30 pm (EST)#CleanSweepARC
  • Participate in at least one challenge.
  • Earn extra entries by participating in the 24 hour ARC read-a-thon Saturday May 21, 2016 #CleanSweepThon
  • The Participant Giveaway will include entries for books read (1 book entry a day allowed on giveaway), posting about challenge, start up/results post (can be combined), having button on your sidebar, participation in Twitter party, Read-a-thon participation, entering challenges and for following hosts.
  • Grand Prize- One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible credit, novel or gift card) valued at up to 20.00 US dollars. Open internationally.
  • Entry form for Participant Giveaway will post on May 1st and participant giveaway will close on June 3, 2016.

Goals

My goal is to read 20 ARCs. I have a ton of ARCs to read and hope to get quite a few knocked out during this challenge. Here are the ones I hope to get to plus a few in case I get to more:

Progress: 1/20 (5%)

  1. Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy
  2. How to Manage a Marquess
  3. His Undercover Princess
  4. Sleeping With the Opposition
  5. Text Me, Maybe
  6. Choices by Michelle Lynn
  7. Bound to You
  8. The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
  9. The Debt
  10. Lies in the Darkness
  11. The Bad Boy’s Baby
  12. The Wedding Wager
  13. Fooling Around
  14. A Most Delicate Pursuit
  15. Spy Fall
  16. Good Girl by Lauren Layne
  17. Deep Dark
  18. Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett
  19. Reason to Believe
  20. Flying Blind by Caroline
  21. Owned
  22. Touched by Love by Melissa Foster
  23. Show Me, Sir
  24. A Common Scandal
  25. On Her Six
  26. Bound to serve
  27. To Love a Libertine
  28. The Hang Up
  29. Burnout
  30. Edge of Chaos
  31. The Misbehaved
  32. One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield
  33. Closer to Sin
  34. Play Your Heart Out
  35. To Seduce a Seal by Sara Jane Stone
  36. Wish by Grier Cooper
  37. Hope by Grier Cooper
  38. Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield

Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
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.

  AMAZON US / UK / CA

 Excerpt

 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.
 Review
From the time I first read the blurb for Paper Dolls, I have been anxious to read it. It did not disappoint! I was hooked from the very beginning and it was super hard for me to put it down when I had to go to work.
Aria searched for her sister for three years with no clues other than a single piece of paper. She is about to give up when Salem just reappears in her life. While she was searching for Salem, Aria begins to fall for Clay. Clay has secrets of his own and is very evasive. Between that and when Salem returns with no explanation as to where she has been or why, you are left wondering what the heck is going on. Then Aria must make a choice between Clay and Salem.
This book had so many twists and turns it basically gave you whiplash. The suspense was killer and I wanted to know what was happening so badly! Hanna Peach crafted a brilliant story and can’t wait to see what comes next.
Rating: 5 stars
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.

To WIN a copy of her next release go to www.hannapeach.com/subscribe.

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Let Me by Cecy Robson #BlogTour #Review

Enter to Win a Cecy Robson Prize Pack!
LET ME by Cecy Robson
The O’Brien Family Series Book Two
Releasing April 19th, 2016
Once he was broken beyond repair.
Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.
Sol is working toward her master’s degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.
Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts. 
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Review
This is the first book I have read by Cecy Robson but I can guarantee it will not be my last. Let Me reminds us that we all have a past. That past may not be pretty and it may be difficult to overcome but everyone has one.
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It’s always hard to resist a book that has a hot guy on the cover! After reading the description I knew it was something I would definitely want to read. Finn is an MMA fighter with a dark past. He was sexually abused as a child and has never really dealt with all the scars that left on him. He fights to let off the anger and pain but it becomes too much and he is sent to counseling. There he meets Sol who has a dark past as well.
This book is so emotional. The author does a great job of creating a story that really flows while including family together, passion, romance, and tough situations. I really enjoyed this book and now I will have to read the rest of this series for sure.
Rating: 4.5 stars
 
Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist
for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
 
Looking for more of the O’Brien Family?
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ONCE PURE & ONCE KISSED

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla #BlogTour #Review

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
Published by Limitless Publishing on April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
eBook, 150 pages
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…
It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.
Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…
Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.
With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?
When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?
Review
12 Hours in Paradise is more than I expected it to be. I was worried that from the description and the title it was going to feel rushed. However, it surprised me and flowed really well at a good pace.
This story shows that it is possible to fall in love in a short amount of time and that there is no time limit on love. The story is set in Hawaii and while I have never actually been there, it feels like I have. The way the author describes everything makes it easy to picture myself there. I look forward to reading more by Kathryn Berla.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Author links:

The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine #Review

The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
Kingston Ale House #1
Published by Entangled: Select Contemporary on April 18th 2016
eBook, 189 pages
How far will one man go for the woman he’s loved since high school?

Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler’s best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they’ve had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.

But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he’s ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he’s been by her side all along.

Review
The One That Got Away is a great friends to lovers story. Jamie and Brynn are afraid to cross the line from friends to lovers. They don’t want their relationship to fall apart. Brynn kisses Jamie putting their friendship to the test. They decide to just forget about it and move on as just friends. But when you have feelings for your best friend, it’s hard to just put them aside and forget about them. Jamie and Brynn learn this. Their timing is just horrible as is their communication skills! However, this is a sweet story and I look forward to more.
Rating: 4 stars

 

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg #BlogTour #Review

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg
Published by Entangled: Bliss on July 13, 2014
eBook, 166 pages
***This is a Red-Hot Bliss Title! As such, it contains sexual content***

Conflict of interest is an understatement…

Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up…until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.

Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded…and then he meets Cass’s daughter.

Review
Her Secret, His Surprise is such a great read! I really enjoyed the story. I love books that contain children and I loved the element of surprise in this one with the pregnancy that Cass hid.
Cass meets Logan while she’s on a business trip. She’s always been a little reckless and she figured why not have a bit of fun with him. Then she gets pregnant. She thought Logan was out of her life forever until he shows up again and ends up working as her assistant. Of course she has no idea he’s working undercover. And Logan has no idea that Cass has a secret from him either!
Olivia was such an awesome little girl! Cass probably should have tried harder to find Logan after she found out she was pregnant but as a single mom myself I can definitely understand why she didn’t. I can’t wait to read more of Paula Altenburg’s work!
Rating: 5 stars

Hannah’s Story by Terra Kelly #Review

Hannah’s Story: A Second Chance by Terra Kelly
Published March 27th 2016
eBook, 183 pages

Looking back one last time at the home that used to hold everything she loved, Hannah Blaine turned back towards the road. Her lucky cowboy boots made impressions in the dirt path with each step. After 15 years with the only man she ever loved, it was time to go back home to Louisville. She hoped heading back to where her life began would help ease the pain from that horrific day. Hannah’s heart was, and always would be, with her husband.

Hollis Ackers could care less about women. Hell, he didn’t care about anyone. When his mother, the only woman he ever loved, died, he became numb inside. Motorcycles became his life, and the Louisville Biker Group was the perfect stand-in family.

When miss country-girl-in-her-cute-ass-cowboy-boots spills coffee on him it shouldn’t mean a thing. Or will it?

When two people who lost the will to love meet, what will happen? Can new love really heal all the pain?

** For 18 and older only, mature content. **

Review
**I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Hannah’s Story is an emotional read filled with hope and second chances. Hannah and Hollis have both experienced loss. They both have lost the will to love. But when they meet, it sparks something inside of them that they thought was gone forever.
Terra Kelly did an amazing job with Hannah’s Story. This is the first book of hers I have read and I must say that I was very impressed. The story is so realistic and had me thinking “What if I lost everything like that?” It was very thought provoking! I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Kelly’s work.
Rating: 5 stars

Taken by Jessa Fox #Review

Taken by Jessa Fox
Published February 5th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance
eBook, 35 pages
Since the moment Chase and Evan spotted Shay, they knew they had to have her. They are best friends, closer, brothers really. They do everything together including women, and they always get what they want.

Once they set their plan she doesn’t stand a chance. She will be theirs, point blank. Period.

There’s no way she’s getting away from what they have in store, and whether she likes it or not, she will be owned by them both.

Review
** I received a copy for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
The story starts with Shay being abducted by Chase and Evan. However, things are not what they seem. The first part of this book was pretty rapey and I didn’t like that. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to finish it but since it was short I figured I could give it a chance. I was disappointed in the sex scenes in this book. They just seemed too stale.
The main thing that bothered me about this book was the writing itself. The tense kept changing between present and past and it was hard to keep up with what was happening. There was just some bad writing going on. I did want to know more about the characters at the end though.
Rating: 3 stars