Jun 20, 2018

{Review + Giveaway} Acquainted by London Miller


Acquainted by London Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME:Mafia, Crime, Mature
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They met under summer showers …
Vera Markovic only wanted a vacation away from New York where everyone knows her as a Russian Mafiya printsessa of the Markovic Bratva. She didn’t expect to find something worth remembering. And definitely not a man like Alfie Shelby.
They fell in love when the leaves changed colors …
As New York City’s notorious fixer, Alfie Shelby always gets what he wants—and when he sets his eyes on Vera, he’ll do anything to keep her … even if she’s not sure she wants to be kept.
And they nearly lost it all when the snow started to fall …
She wants nothing to do with a gangster.
A life of crime is all he knows.
But neither can deny what they have, even when forces beyond their control try to keep them apart.

REVIEW

This was my first introduction to London Miller and it was a fantastic one, I’ve been really digging into Mafia romances and this one was a sexy, suspenseful story that is near the top of my favorites for this genre.

Acquainted follows Vera Markovic, the Markovic name being very well known because of her father, making her a mafia “princess.” However Vera is not fond of her fathers life and wants nothing to do with that side of her family, especially him. She is an independent strong willed woman, while on a forced vacation she meets an unexpected man, Alfie. All she knows about him is that he’s their on business and they hit I off with sparks and sexiness. When Vera gets back to London, the two run into each other again and neither can really keep their distance. However Alfie knows exactly who Vera is but he cant seem to stay away from her.

I loved that while Vera wanted to be away from the Mafia life, Alfie was fully in it because of his position as being the go to guy to getting whatever a criminal needed, he would get it. He wasn’t a “good” guy to say the least but he was the perfect guy for Vera. Their romance is smoking hot, they have their ups and downs especially since Vera doesn’t know he knows who she is.

In the end of really enjoyed this book, I feel there is so much more that could be done with this couple and of course the fantastic secondary characters…cough…Lachlan…cough. Pretty please! Anywho this book had it all family drama, hot romance, a tough as nails female lead, an alpha hero who knows what he wants and crazy mafia life suspense.



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With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.
She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.

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Jun 18, 2018

{Release Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway} ACQUAINTED by London Miller




ACQUAINTED
by London Miller

Publication Date: June 18, 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mafia, Organized Crime, Romance

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They met under summer showers …

Vera Markovic only wanted a vacation away from New York where everyone knows her as a Russian Mafiya printsessa of the Markovic Bratva. She didn’t expect to find something worth remembering. And definitely not a man like Alfie Shelby.

They fell in love when the leaves changed colors …

As New York City’s notorious fixer, Alfie Shelby always gets what he wants—and when he sets his eyes on Vera, he’ll do anything to keep her … even if she’s not sure she wants to be kept.

And they nearly lost it all when the snow started to fall …

She wants nothing to do with a gangster.

A life of crime is all he knows.

But neither can deny what they have, even when forces beyond their control try to keep them apart.

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EXCERPT


Trying to do anything to her hair that wasn't throwing it up into a messy, but stylish bun was out of the question. The humidity already had strands sticking to the back of her neck, and had she actually bothered with curling it, Vera was sure they would have fallen by now.


Not that it mattered much. She was supposed to be here on vacation—a time for her to relax and enjoy herself without care of anything else.


Which was why, despite the allure of a new project calling her name, she had left her villa and walked over to the bar where more than a dozen people already littered the floor and drinks were being passed all around.


After a minute of careful shuffling and quiet apologies, she made it to the bar, waiting until the bartender looked in her direction before she lifted her hand to signal she was ready to order.


A woman wearing a sheer dress that showed more than it covered stumbled off her stool, her date quickly moving after her. Glancing in their direction to make sure they weren't returning, Vera claimed one of the empty seats.


Nearly to the second she sat, a figure moved from her peripheral and sat across from her, his smile wide and his eyes a little feverish.


Already drunk, if she had to guess.


The worst kind of men in a bar.


"You've got a great pair of legs on you," he said with obvious approval as he blatantly looked down at her legs and lingered there.


Even if she had ignored the fact that she could smell the liquor on him, he wasn't helping his case by being utterly clueless.


“Ne trat’te svoye vremya—Don't even waste your time," she told him in Russian, hoping he would get the hint and just move away, but it was clear her not speaking English didn't mean a thing to him.


If anything, his smile grew a little wider.


"You," he said a little louder, stressing the word, as if if he spoke louder, she would understand him better. "have nice—" then he pointed at her legs.


Vera rolled her eyes and turned in her seat, electing to ignore him. Hoping that if she pretended he didn't exist for long enough, then he would just go away.


The bartender finally reached her, a customary smile curling his lips. "What can I get you?" he asked.


"Sex on the beach," she answered, not bothering to even look at her unwelcome guest as his brow furrowed at her speaking English.


Idiot.


It was another few minutes of him stumbling over his words and blatantly eyeing her before she finally had her drink in hand and she could at least have this going for her if she would have to suffer through him not having a clue.


Her gaze moved around the bar, over the dancing couples of the floor, people seated at tables and enjoying food, but in her casual observance, that's when she noticed him.


Even in the sea of people all around, it was impossible not to notice him. He stood out amongst the vacationers wearing khaki shorts and bikinis, already three sheets to the wind. Instead, he was in a pair of dark wash jeans, tailored to his muscular thighs, and a plain white T-shirt that did nothing to hide the muscles beneath it.


His attire might have been casual, but there was nothing about the man that seemed remotely casual at all.


And he was watching her.


She had thought, as she lifted her drink, tucking the straw between her lips, that he would look away once he noticed her attention on him. That he would be embarrassed to be caught staring as most men were, but he didn't blink, or avert his gaze. A corner of his mouth tugged up into a slight, but arrogant smile.


He wanted her to know she had his attention.


Vera found herself smiling despite herself.


There were usually two type of men that wanted her attention. Businessmen who wanted her to heed to them—for her to be a pet of some sort. Smile when she was spoken to and be glorified arm candy.


Then there were the thrill seekers who thought that because her last name was Markovic that they would earn themselves some sort of prestige.


She doubted very much this man was the second considering he couldn't possibly know who she was or even where she was from—and she was sure he wasn't a part of her father's organization because he was just a little too scruffy—but if he was the first ... he would learn all too quickly that she wasn't any man's pet.


The man he was seated with, with sandy blond hair that was styled in that way that seemed to be in at the moment, was still speaking to him, but realized all too quickly that he no longer had the man's attention. A fact that was solidified when he stood and threw back his drink before he left the private area where they were sitting to walk over to her.


She had every opportunity to get up and leave if she wanted to. But as he crossed the floor, people moving out of his way without him having to utter a single word, she remained where she sat, curiosity thrumming through her.


Vera couldn't remember the last time she felt a thrill quite like this—and before he had even spoken a word to her. But there was just something about him that commanded attention.


The way he seemed to own the room. How broad his shoulders were. The unruly beard that she was now wondering how it would feel.


Lust, she thought a moment later. This was what lust at first sight felt like.


She counted down the seconds as his long-legged stride ate up the distance between them until he was suddenly there, right beside her, and she could smell the woodsy aroma of the cologne he wore that only added to his appeal.


"Is he bothering you, luv?" he asked, with a cant of his head in the direction of the man who hadn't known how to take no for an answer.


That accent—rough around the edges, lilting around the L's. That would have been enough for her to entertain him for more than a few minutes, but that, as well as the rest of him ... he had her full attention.


"Listen, man—"


"Why don't you fuck on off, yeah?" her stranger—her stranger?—said, hardly looking away from her. As though she were the only one worthy of his attention.


"Who the hell do you—" the man started, but hesitated when he got to his feet and realized just who he was up against.


He might have been tall, was even lean a bit, but he had nothing on her stranger. The man had a solid fifty pounds on him, if not more, and there was a hardness to him that said he really didn't want to pick a fight with him.


Whatever he thought to say, he swallowed it back down and quickly made his exit without looking at either of them.


A smile fought its way onto her face. "I could have taken care of him, you know."


"Oh, that wasn't for you, luv," he said as he took the man's vacated seat. "That was entirely for me. I wanted your attention and now I have it."


He'd had her attention long before now, but she didn't bother telling him that. "And you are?"


He extended his hand in her direction, wrapping his much bigger one around hers, then closing tight. She didn't think her hand had ever felt more smaller than it did now. "Alfie Shelby."


Alfie.


How ridiculous that she even liked his name. "Vera Markovic."


His expression didn't change when she said her name, merely kept that same casual interest that had been there since he was across the room. That managed to make her relax further. He didn't know who she was, or where she had come from.


She liked it that way.


"It's a pleasure, Vera," he said as he lifted her hand and briefly kissed the back of her knuckles.


It was such a contradiction—the hard man on the exterior compared to the gentleman like qualities he possessed. She couldn't say she didn't like it.


"Are you here alone?" he asked a second later.


"Smart girls know not to answer that," she answered with another sip of her drink, gently extracting her hand. Curious or not, gorgeous or not, she wasn't a fool. And she knew all too well the kinds of men that were in the world.


If he was offended, Alfie didn't show it. Instead, his smile grew a touch. "Fair enough."


His gaze left her for a moment as he signaled for the bartender who, despite already serving one customer, came right over. It made her wonder just who he was.


As he ordered—a rum and coke for himself, another of whatever she was drinking—Vera looked him over. It was second nature to look for tattoos that symbolized a life of crime. She could read any of them as well as any man in her father's organization.


It had become common practice for her when she realized her father had men trail her on occasion.


But beyond a British flag that was tattooed over his heart, she didn't see anything that would tie him back to her father, or any family that she knew of.


Another point in his favor.


As the bartender scurried away to fulfill their drink order, Alfie looked at her again. "D'you want to go out with me?"


Her brows shot up in surprise. "You don't waste any time, do you?"


"Not when I know what I want," he returned easily.


Confidently.


But she couldn't say she minded.


"Okay," she answered before she could talk herself out of it.


"Yeah?"


"Yes. I'm free tomorrow."


"Six tomorrow then, luv?"


"I'm in twenty-six."


He nodded once and moved back to his feet just as the bartender was setting their drinks on the bar between them.


She expected him to walk away, not that he had her affirmation, but he stepped closer to her, making her look up at him, but Alfie merely leaned in close enough to press his lips against her jaw then said, "Sweet dreams, Vera," before he was grabbing his drink and walking back to his booth.


Vera wasn't often intrigued by men enough to agree to a date within five minutes of learning their name, but Alfie ... she was almost sure he would be impossible to say no to.

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With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.

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Jun 15, 2018

{Cover Reveal} The Wife Arrangement by Penny Wylder



The Wife Arrangement by Penny Wylder
Release Date: July 11th
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I never wanted a wife. Until I met her.
All my life I've been a lone-wolf. My favorite things are fast cars and a glass of brandy after a long day.
Things were perfect. Until my father reminded me he controls my inheritance.
If I don't bring a wife to the next family vacation, he's cutting me off.
I hate having my hand forced...
But I've got a plan.
I asked my assistant to find me the most non-wife-material girl he can dig up.
Once I parade her in front of my father, he'll be begging me to divorce her.
I'll keep my inheritance without having to change my life for anyone.
It seemed so easy.
Then I met her.
She's everything I never knew I wanted.
And when she finds out I picked her because I thought she'd never fit into my world...
It'll break her heart.
This novel contains a hot alpha billionaire who NEEDS a wife. He won't rest until she's locked down with his ring on her finger. NO cheating, lots of kindle-melting actions, and always a happily ever after!

About the Author
A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Penny Wylder writes what you'd expect-- wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they're a little dirty, so if you're looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!


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Jun 14, 2018

{Excerpt Reveal} MISTER TONIGHT by Kendall Ryan


From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a standalone romance about a swoony single dad and the new neighbor he falls for.

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was THAT girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth with her two best friends—the ones who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I meant the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, and handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I'd had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I'm not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like French fries, so there's that.

He took me home and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life, well until it came to a screeching, and rather unwelcome halt.

There's nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking:

"What are you doing to my daddy?"

Just kill me now…... or so I thought.

Come to find out the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.


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Casual flings didn’t tend to handle the whole single-dad thing well. Single moms, on the other hand, fucking loved it. The idea of a man devoted to his kid had them panting for days. But casual, no-strings hookups? To them, me being a dad screamed one of two things: I was either an irresponsible asshole who couldn’t properly wrap it up, or I was a total commitment addict trying to lure them in with my adorable four-year-old child in need of a new mama. Either way, it usually didn’t go over well. But so far, Kate was handling it fine.

Then she crossed the room toward me, and a single thought pervaded my brain.

Fuck, she’s sexy.

All those curves and her throaty laugh, coupled with her confidence? I was a total sucker for a confident woman who knew what she wanted.

“Happy birthday,” I whispered, placing my hands on her waist and drawing her in close.

Just because this would most likely be a one-time thing didn’t mean I wanted to rush through it. Quite the opposite, actually. I wanted to savor and enjoy every minute of this. Starting with the perfect kiss.

“It’s almost midnight,” she murmured, her lips just inches from mine.

Placing one hand on her cheek, I guided her mouth to mine, sealing my lips over hers in a slow, soft kiss.

She responded perfectly, opening her mouth in a silent invitation for my tongue to slide against hers. My hands found those curves wrapped under that black fuck-me dress I’d been admiring, and God, she felt even better under my palms than I could have imagined. Soft and warm and so inviting.

I pressed one more slow kiss to her lips and pulled back to study her reaction. I rarely did this kind of thing. Having her here was surreal . . . and really fucking turning me on, knowing what was probably about to happen.

“Can I get you something to drink?” I asked, slipping my hand around her waist. If she’d changed her mind or wanted to slow things down, I wanted her to know that was fine too.

“I can think of other things I’d rather be doing with my mouth,” she replied, her voice low and sultry as she ran her fingertips over my chest.

God, I love a woman who knows what she wants.



A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Jun 8, 2018

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Cozen by Bethany-Kris




CozenCozen by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Mafia, Suspense
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Cozen
by Bethany-Kris

4.58 · 102 Ratings · 70 Reviews

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coz-en (kuz-uhn)
verb
1. trick or deceive.
• obtain by deception.

She was named most appropriately.

Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.

She has never failed.

A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.

Nothing is ever that easy.

Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.

The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.

But at what cost?

REVIEW:

Bethany-Kris is becoming one of my new favorite authors with the Mafia romance theme. I love her shocking twist and the romance is always smoking hot. Cozen was a little different than the focus of the mafia life, but stayed in the world that she normally focuses on. This time the reader is pulled into the world from an outsiders perspective, a thief and a bodyguard. I loved it!

Cozen follows a well known thief named Cozen, she is an expert and getting in and out without notice, that no one would ever pin the theft on her because she is either unseen or so far into the world that she wouldn't even be considered a suspect. She gets hired by a very well known and dangerous family, the elder of the family wants a ring back that was taken from them when a daughter of the family passed away and it was left with the husband. However the husband and now target is very closely protected and has a name for himself. Cozen has to get close to him, seduce him into having her around and try to find the ring and bring it back. However her target is protected by someone who makes Cozen lose track of her main goal, she's never had a distraction and Sargon the bodyguard is way more than she bargained for.

This was such a good story, the tension between the family and the target is obviously intense and what makes matter worse is that the target is mocking the family, knowing what he has. Cozen wants this to be officially her last job, with the amount of money they will pay her she can be done. Cozen meets her targets guard who reads her too well for her liking. Its an interesting game between the two and Cozen falls more and more for Sargon, but he doesn't know her true intentions and the jealousy with her is off the charts.

In the end I was surprised by the shocking twist, it was very unexpected and seriously perfect. I was so not ready for what happened but loved how it all cam together. I cant wait for more stories from Bethany-Kris, she's a fantastic writer and knows how to connect you to this world and her characters with ease.



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Jun 7, 2018

{Review} Rogue Royalty by Meghan March

Rogue Royalty: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel (Savage Trilogy Book 3)Rogue Royalty: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel by Meghan March
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemeporary
THEME: Romance, Suspense, Mature
RECEIVED: Bought
Rogue Royalty: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel (Savage Trilogy Book 3)
Rogue Royalty: An Anti-Heroes Collection Novel (Savage Trilogy Book 3)
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4.41
 · 2,229 Ratings · 398 Reviews

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Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable.

I don’t recognize what my life has become. I can’t tell where the lies end and the truth begins anymore.

He came into my world and urged me out of my safe little corner.

All my dreams are coming true except the one thing I want most—my own happy ending.

But I’ll fight for it.

For now.

For always.

REVIEW:
My Gosh! Way to end an epic series!! So much love for Meghan March and the way she built this fantastic world based in New Orleans. I love every character, every dramatic moment, every suspenseful occurrence and the romance, oh man the romance is so hot!

The last book ended with an insane shocker, I had no idea what was happening but I knew it was going to be heartbreaking. It definitely was and now Temperance is dealing with the aftermath of the two most important mean in her life have left her with. She is broken, hurt and feeling betrayed, the one man that she knows, knows what happened Mount, isn't talking. The love of her life is gone and left her with everything he had. Her brother, left her even more broken and lost.

Rogue Royalty follows Temperance's journey into finding herself and putting back the pieces, lots of shocking things happen that I don't want to give away. But I was both happy and shocked at the middle and ending of this book. I figured out who was behind everything before Temperance, but it took me a while and boy was I surprised! Again I love everything about March's writing, the city itself is its own character, it so alive and refreshing. The characters, are all flawed and all completely lovable because I want to protect and help them whenever something happened in the story.



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Jun 6, 2018

{Review} Piece of Work by Staci Hart

Piece of WorkPiece of Work by Staci Hart
GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Mature Romance, Art, Drama
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Piece of Work
Piece of Work
by Staci Hart

3.97 · 993 Ratings · 

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart, too.

REVIEW:
This is my first book by Staci Hart and I really enjoyed the concept of the romance, especially the lead female being a smart as heck, beautiful tall Asian girl. She rocked it, totally nerd power.

The beginning was great, I loved watching Rin’s growth, she seriously was the whole story, her confidence, her smart and devotion to her work. She was awesome. Starting off as an awkward but hard-working intern, she may not of had a great idea of fashion sense, but she knew her art and will do anything to prove herself. She it dealt with one blow after another, not only is her boss a total B-word, but the head of her department Court treats her as just another intern, until of course she proves herself valuable and shows that she can handle a challenge.

The chemistry between Rin and Court is off the charts hot, I love the boss and employee forbidden relationship. But what I loved even more is that just couldn’t resist each other, their smarty brains just fit perfectly. I liked that they brought out a strength in both when it came to work. However, I felt the Court was more immature than Rin when it came to making good relationship decisions. He was insensitive to her when it was about risking their jobs, he became selfish, and he knew it.

In the end I loved how it all come together, how Rin found her true self. My big issue was the middle of the book, it felt off, a little slow, and something just didn’t keep me connected to the characters and their journey as much as I would of liked. But again this was totally Rin’s story and she was absolutely the star.



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