Dec 6, 2018

{Cover + Blurb Reveal} THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen


THE
KISS THIEF
by L.J. Shen
Release Date: January 9th


Blurb

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.


{Release Day} Jock Rule by Sara Ney


Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.

He's a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.

The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she'd been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry "friends."

Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He's a goner.

Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.


 
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Dec 3, 2018

{Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway} Losing You by HB Jasick

Losing You

by HB Jasick
Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon
He was her happily ever after, until he wasn’t.

When Mathew left, he took every dream they ever had together with him. Devastated and alone, Tabitha is forced to abandon the future she’s always dreamed of having, with the only boy she’s ever loved. She never imagined that she would have to start over at nineteen, before her life really began. As she suffers from a broken heart, Tabby must now face a brand new future completely on her own.

She was his sister’s best friend.

Brandon has been in love with Tabby for as long as he can remember. He never stood a chance before, because she’s always been in love with someone else. He’s been stuck on the sidelines for years, but that’s all about to change. She may not realize it yet, but she needs him. And he’s always needed her.

Sometimes love isn’t a choice when fate decides.

EXCERPT

Mathew
First day of preschool

“Why can’t I stay home with you?” I whine at my mom from the back seat of her car.

“Because I said so, Matty.” Mom sounds annoyed, but I don’t care. I’m not happy either. She woke me up and made me change out of my Optimus Prime pajamas to put on itchy stiff clothes and shoes that make my feet heavy.

I always get pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast. Dad makes the best, but Mom’s are okay. I told her that, too, but she still made me eat cold cereal instead. She said we didn’t have time for pancakes, because I had to go to school. She never made me go to school before.

Mom says going to school is exciting. That I’m a big boy now. It doesn’t feel exciting, but rather like I’m being punished. Mom only tells me I’m being a big boy when she wants me to do something I don’t really want to do.

Mom pulls the car into a parking lot in front of a pink building with flowers painted all over it. I hate pink, and flowers are for girls. A big lady in a purple dress is standing outside the door. Her smile is too big for her face and her hair is short like my dad’s. Ladies aren’t supposed to have short hair. Short hair is for boys. I don’t like her. I don’t like pink buildings. I don’t like wearing heavy, clunky shoes with laces that keep coming untied and try to trip me. I want pancakes that have chocolate chips inside them. I want my Optimus Prime Pajamas. This is not exciting. This is punishment. Being a big boy sucks.

My mom opens her door and walks over to open mine. She starts to unbuckle my car seat. Big boys don’t sit in car seats. My butt still fits in my seat, which means my mom is wrong.

“Okay, Matty, it’s time to go in and meet your teacher, make new friends.” She helps me climb out of my seat, grabs my new backpack, and we walk up to the crazy purple lady with boy hair.

“Welcome! Welcome! Who do we have here?” The lady in the purple dress squats down and brings her face level with mine.

Her breath is hot on my face, and it smells bad.

I’m not staying.

I try to back away, but Mom tightens her grip on my hand and stops me from getting very far.

“This is Mathew. He’s a little nervous about his first day,” Mom lies with a laugh.

The lady laughs too, then turns her horrible breath back to me. “Hello, Mathew, my name is Mrs. Mitchy, and I think we are going to be the best of friends.”

I’d rather not do that at all.

Mom and Mrs. Mitchy talk for a really long time, then my mom leaves, and Mrs. Mitchy makes me follow her inside. The inside looks better than the outside does, but I’m still going to leave. The first chance I get, I’m making a run for it. The inside is every color, and there are toys everywhere. There are toys for both boys and girls. I was worried they were going to make me play with dolls, like my cousin Kailee always makes me do when we are at her house.

I spot some blocks in the corner, and some of the anger about my mom leaving me here evaporates. I walk over and play with the blocks. They are heavier than the blocks I have at my house, but they are bigger too. They are all the same boring color, not all the colors like mine are, but that’s okay.

“Wanna be my friend?”

A boy stands over me. I continue to play with my blocks and choose not to talk to him.

“My name is Steve. Do you like dinosaurs?” This kid is annoying.

“I like dinosaurs sometimes.”

His face splits into a grin and he sits down next to me. “Wanna play dinosaurs with me? You can be a T-rex, and I’ll be a raptor, because raptors are my favorites!”

“No.”

“Okay. Can I play blocks with you?”

“No,” I say again.

“Why not?” He frowns.

“Because I don’t want to be your friend, and I want you to go away.”

He scrunches up like he’s about to cry, but I don’t have to worry about if he’s gonna tell on me or not, because at that very moment I look up and see her.

Mrs. Mitchy is talking to a pretty lady with long brown hair in a white dress with blue flowers all over it. The pretty lady is smiling and hugging a little girl to her side. The little girl has beautiful brown hair like her mom. She’s in a fluffy pink dress, and she has matching pink bows in her hair. I guess pink isn’t so bad if she likes to wear it. She isn’t smiling like her mom. She’s hiding behind her mom’s dress. She looks like she wants to run away too.

I don’t want her to run away.

I stand up and leave the blocks and the annoying dinosaur boy. I walk up to the brown-haired girl and her mom. She sees me getting closer, because I can see her eyes pinned on me. She has pretty blue eyes. Blue is my favorite color. I walk all the way up to her, and she stops hiding behind her mom’s dress.

“Hi, my name is Mathew. What’s your name?”

She looks down and mumbles something I don’t hear. Her mom and Mrs. Mitchy stop talking and watch us.

“This is Tabitha,” her mom answers for her as she gently nudges her forward.

“Are you scared?” I ask her.

She shakes her head.

“Then why are you sad?”

“I don’t want my mommy to leave,” she whispers back but keeps her eyes cast down.

“My mom left me here too.”

She looks up. “She did?”

“Yep,” I say in my big boy voice. “Do you want to play blocks with me, Tabitha?”

She smiles and nods. I reach out and grab her hand in mine. Mrs. Mitchy and her mom are smiling down at us. Her mom’s eyes glisten with tears, but she’s smiling. Tabitha and I walk toward the blocks. Steve isn’t there anymore, and I’m glad because I don’t want to share her with anyone. I let go of her hand once we’re both sitting on the floor with the blocks

Preschool isn’t so bad now. I don’t even care my mom left, or that I had to eat cold cereal instead of pancakes. I don’t even care that Mrs. Mitchy has a boy haircut.

Because Tabitha is here, and I love Tabitha.

About HB Jasick


HERE ARE A FEW “FUN” FACTS ABOUT ME:

I live in Springfield, Missouri with my husband, and our two daughters. We have a cat that thinks she’s a dog, an obnoxious Cocker Spaniel named Freckles, and two fish. I actually like the fish.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and History Education, that I don’t actual use, because I prefer to substitute teach instead. I lead the Brownies to my daughters’ Girl Scout Troop , and I review books for my little tiny blog on the side.

I enjoy working out, when I can, which is not very often. I’m also determined to turn my house into my very own version of the library that Beast gave Belle, with bookshelves on every available wall.

My Favorite things include: movies, music, books, dachshunds, the color brown, LISTS, The Denver Broncos, sushi, coffee, Moscato d’Asti, and terrorizing all of my friends.

My favorite types of stories include Dark Romance, Psychological Thrillers, Dystopians, Horror, Suspense, Memoirs, and Historical Non-Fiction.

My Favorite Books: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy & Public Enemies by Brian Burrough

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Nov 30, 2018

{Review} Tragic by Devney Perry

Tragic (Lark Cove, #3)Tragic by Devney Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Enemies to Lovers
Tragic (Lark Cove, #3)
Tragic (Lark Cove, #3)
by Devney Perry

4.53 · 1,668 Ratings · 335 Reviews

BLURB:

Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.

Alone.

So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.

REVIEW:

Perry is one of my go to authors when I'm looking for sexy romance and a beautiful sometimes emotional story-line. The Lark Cove series has been fantastic, each character in this small town has so much growth, love and wonderful HEAs. But it takes a lot to get that happy ending, for this story was a heartbreaking one and I really had to hold back the tears.

Tragic follows Piper, the assistant to Logan (Main Lead in Book 1) who has just moved to Lark Cove after finalizing her divorce and needing a fresh start. With the help of her boss and his wife, she finds a new house that needs a lot of love. But it comes with a not so keen on her moving in and making noise neighbor named Kaine. Kaine has a tragic past and his emotional state is mostly shown in anger, especially towards Piper, until the two clash and meet with smoking hot chemistry. The two have a lot of layers, both are going through a new life change and Kaine has been on one for years. Now together they are trying to find themselves and maybe, just maybe with each other.

Piper is a bundle of fun, I love her attitude and spunk, she's a great assistant for Logan and an even better friend to his wife. But she is also trying to escape her annoying ex who doesn't want their marriage to be over, even though he's the one at fault for ruining it. She sees something in Kaine that is broken, but she also sees a man who has a big heart, that makes beautiful things out of wood and also brings out a side of her she didn't know was missing.

Kaine is a broken man, having lost a wife and child in a tragic way, it was heartbreaking to read his story to see how his family was connected and how alone he was. I was so happy for him to find Piper, she woke him up, challenged him and brought out the man he use to be. There are many layers to Kaine some good some bad, Piper has to help him through it even if it breaks her heart or he hurts her.

Overall I loved this story, I read it in one sitting and just held my breath hoping these two could find a way to heal. Perry is a master at creating emotional stories but also has the ability to connect you to the characters and make you feel like your there. I can't wait for more, some new characters that I'm hoping she'll come back to in the future were introduced so I'll keep my fingers crossed they'll get their story too.



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Nov 29, 2018

{Audio Tour: Review} Captivated Audible Bethany-Kris / Daniel James



Captivated   Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Bethany-Kris (Author, Publisher), Daniel James Lewis (Narrator)Captivated Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Bethany-Kris (Author, Publisher), Daniel James Lewis by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Mafia / Erotica
Captivated   Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Bethany-Kris (Author, Publisher), Daniel James Lewis (Narrator)
Captivated Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Bethany-Kris (Author, Publisher), Daniel James Lewis (Narrator)
by Bethany-Kris4.29 · 541 Ratings · 133 Reviews

BLURB:

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

REVIEW:

After reading and loving Bethany-Kris' past mafia romances, I was excited to give one of her stories a try in audio. I love the world she has created, it's dark in the criminal world side, but it also it about family, love and being comfortable with the life of a family in the mob.

Captivated follows Liliana Marcello, she is the Marcello principessa, she is cherish and loved, and mostly kept out of the family business. But she isn't blind to the fact of what her family does, her father, her brothers and the people she's surrounded by and lives the life of Cosa Nostra family. She meets Joe Rossi a member of the Chicago Cosa Nostra, she is captivated by him and they have this connection. But Joe is closed up about why he's there, even though its obvious he's working on something with her family. But soon Joe realizes as he too figures out why his job of taking down two powerful people is more than what meets the eye and is also connected to Liliana.

Bethany-Kris is a master at writing mafia stories, each couple I have adored. They live a dangerous life and each have flaws but people who love them. Also each story, like this one show couple or characters from the past books so it always feels like your reading a continuous book. The romance as always is sexy and Joe is all alpha and knows how to make Liliana feel like a queen. Joe is complex, he is a made man, also known as The Shadow, like a hitman, he can slip in and out of the shadows and get the job down without notice. When Liliana's father hire's him, they want him for that specific reason.

The audio narration by Daniel James Lewis fit well with Joe's character, his slight accent mixed well with the mafia tone that I would look for. I couldn't quite put my finger on the accent but it worked for this story line. By the end of the book I felt Joe with Lewis' voice, he really brought him to life. There were a couple of words here and there that were pronounced strangely, but it didn't effect negatively on the story. I usually prefer a duo narration when it comes to romance books so that I can really separate the characters, so I do wish there were two narrators for this type of story.

In the end this was a great listen, I enjoyed the story and really got sucked into the world with Lewis' narration.


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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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Nov 28, 2018

{Blog Tour: Review + Promo} Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling



Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Motorcycle Club / Erotic
Good Gone Bad (The Fallen Men, #3)
Good Gone Bad (The Fallen Men, #3)
by Giana Darling
4.56
 · 414 Ratings · 243 Reviews

BLURB:
They say one action doesn’t define you.

I killed a man. Stabbed him in the neck and licked the blood off my lips after I did it.

Still, one action doesn’t define you.

I could have called anyone. My father, the Prez of The Fallen MC, our family lawyer, my best friend, Lila, or my brother, King.

I didn’t.

Instead, I called Lionel Danner, the police officer renowned for taking down the Nightstalkers MC. The man who had been my father’s arch nemesis for decades. The man who hated everything I stood for. A man who had disappeared from my life without explanation three years ago.

I called him.

And maybe one action doesn’t define you, but killing a bad man and calling in the good changed my life and it sure as hell changed his.

The third book in the Fallen Men Series. A standalone featuring Harleigh Rose and Officer Lionel Danner.

REVIEW:

Step aside Daddy Zeus, Dirty Danner has taken over as my favorite of the Fallen Men. I like each one in there own way bit Lion is my guy!

Good Gone Bad follows Harleigh Rose, who has just got into a bad situation with her boyfriend. The one person she knew she could go to besides her family is Lionel Danner, a cop and the man who would do anything for her. Everything takes a sudden turn when Harleigh has to deal with the backlash of what happened with her boyfriend with the M.C. family they are associated with. They are nothing like her father M.C. and when she learns Danner is involved in taking them down, she decides to do the same. But as things get more dangerous and their relationship takes a new step, they must sacrifice what makes them happy to keep each other safe.

Harleigh Rose would be my bestie if she were real, she is a strong young women, someone who grew up in the outlaw world but her family and friends all have a good heart. She is in the medical field and smart, as much as she is sassy. She loves hard and good, would do anything for people she loves. Saying this it puts her in some tough situation with her family and the love of her life Danner aka Lion. I felt for her, I can imagine being stuck as she was in so many situation, she was brave in so many parts of this book.

Danner "Lion" is all alpha and all about doing the job in taking down the Berserkers M.C. They were not a club that cared about women, about life, about anything but themselves, especially their president. But Lion wasn't expecting his Rose to get involved and help the police in taking them down. But with Harleigh now a claimed Oldlady with the VP who also has his secrets and his deep cover pretending to be a member now, he has a lot on his plate. His connection with Harleigh is intense, they have history and I loved reading about their past and how they grew into what they have now.

Overall this was my favorite out of the three stories, I loved catching up with the rest of the couples too. The story is intense, suspenseful, sexy and I was holding my breath at many points. Darling write these characters with so much thought and really pulls you in with her words. I so look forward to the next book, especially with the shock at the end.


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Author Lee Piper - “So yeah, Good Gone Bad is hot AF. But it’s also more than that. It’s layered, multifaceted, and above all, beautifully written.”
Musings of the Modern Belle - “Good Gone Bad is not just a super steamy romance, it is not just a suspenseful story about taking down a corrupt MC, it is a reflection of how humans aren’t just good or bad. It is a look at how we are both, how we can find our match in another, someone who just inherently gets you. It is about living wild and free while still having limits and being able to surrender and submit for those you love. It is an epic ride I implore you to take. Giana and Danner and Rosie won’t let you down.”
Author R. Scarlett - “I am so so in love with this book and Giana's talent for creating addicting stories and beautiful complex characters.”










Giana Darling is a Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently travels Europe with her best friend, an overstuffed suitcase and a mission to eat and drink as much French, Italian and Greek food as possible. While lounging on white beaches, drinking sangria on patios and sleeping in villas, she is hard at work on Cosima Lombardi’s dark romance, The Enslaved Duet, coming summer 2018!






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