Nov 16, 2021

{Release Blitz: Review + Excerpt} Knockout: a Small-Town, Enemies to Lovers

 

Title: Knockout
Series: Whiskey Dolls
Author: Jessica Prince
Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Enemies to Lovers
Knockout: a Small-Town, Enemies to Lovers Romance (Whiskey Dolls Book 2)
Knockout: a Small-Town, Enemies to Lovers Romance (Whiskey Dolls Book 2)
by Jessica Prince
4.45
 · 112 Ratings

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It wasn’t fair that the man I hated with a passion was so freaking gorgeous.

Things in Layla Fox’s life were going great. She had a fantastic job, amazing friends, and a killer apartment. There was just one tiny glitch in all that perfect. Her upstairs neighbor was the very definition of tall, dark, and handsome . . . and she hated the man with every cell in her body.  

Jude Kingsley was the most arrogant jerk she’d ever met, making the fact that she was attracted to him more than a little inconvenient.

When the two of them are forced together by Jude’s meddling grandmother, the bitter rivalry between the two feuding neighbors suddenly turns into something very different. And a raw, intense chemistry like theirs is bound to explode if they aren’t careful.

**Whiskey Dolls is a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances.**

REVIEW:

For the second installment in the Whiskey Dolls series, a spin off of the Hope Valley Series, Price give her readers a lot more humor and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

Knockout is 100% an enemies to lovers story pack with a punch. Layla has just move into the apartment of her dreams, being on the waiting list for month and finally she is moving in. However after a stolen parking spot turns into being enemies with her upstairs neighbor Jude, these two take to the extremes to make each others lives miserable. From taking laundry out of the washer before is clean and living it on the floor, to porn in the mail for all to see, these two will stop at nothing to get back at each other. Until a blind date with each other turns the tables and now Jude and Layla see the real person behind the pranks.

I loved this story so much, the pranks that these two do on each other had me cracking up and especially with the other residents in the building making bets on them was hilarious. Layla is a Whiskey Dolls girl and her friends know about her feud with her neighbor and are thrilled when they find out her blind date is actually him. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say I loved their banter and the realness when they finally have a conversation outside of the war they have going on.

As this is a romance story, the romance is fire, Jude is an alpha of all alphas and Layla gives him a heck of a challenge. They are a perfect part and know how to push buttons as well as have this smoking hot connection. There isn't a lot of secondary character time from the past book, which I didn't mind at all this time around, because Jude's Grandmother stole the show, she is 100% who I want to be when I get older. Let's just say this woman is someone who you don't want to mess with but will have your back no matter what as long as you are real with her.

In the end this is by far my favorite out of all the small town romances that Jessica Prince has written, I love them all but this one is my ultimate.

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The doors of the elevator slid open and the good mood I’d been in all day evaporated like a single drop of water falling onto desert sand.

“Of freaking course,” I grumbled sullenly as Jude Kingsley stepped into the elevator.

He returned my glare before stopping beside me and turned to face the front. “And I’d been having such a good day up to this point,” he muttered bitterly.

I let out a snort and fluttered my eyelashes. “What, did you pop a little kid’s balloon? Maybe cut in front of a pregnant lady in line at the coffee shop?” I snapped my fingers. “Oh, I know! You kicked a poor, innocent puppy on the sidewalk. That’s what had you so chipper, isn’t it?”

He gave me a smirk, and damn it, why did it have to look so good on him? The son of a bitch.

“I woke up happy,” he stated, and it would have been a lie if I claimed I didn’t find that admission somewhat intriguing.

Turning to face me, he took a step toward me, closing some of the distance between us. The move was unexpected, and my heartrate spiked at his closeness. The small elevator car suddenly felt even tinier, like the walls were closing in. The air was filled with his scent. Something like cedar and sun mixed with a spicy musk that reminded me of the outdoors. My chest stuttered on a choppy inhale when I tilted my head back to look up at him. In all the months we’d been enemies, this had to be the first time we’d been so close to each other.

With hardly any space between us, I was able to see that those midnight blue eyes of his also held flecks of golden honey. He blinked slowly as he stared down at me, those long, sooty lashes lying across his sharp cheekbones before he opened them again.

“I had the best dream last night.” He stopped, waiting for me to ask what he dreamed about, like he knew that statement and his proximity had left me way off-kilter, my curiosity piqued.

Stupid intuitive jerk.

Unable to help myself, I arched a questioning brow. “Oh?”

His voice dropped lower, taking on an almost velvety soft quality. “Yeah. You were in it, princess.”

My skin felt tingly, my mouth was Sahara dry. I didn’t feel like myself all of a sudden. It was almost as if he’d cast a spell, and I was just along for the ride, unable—or maybe unwilling at that point—to take control back. It was those eyes, man. Those freaking dark, alluring, sexy bedroom eyes. There wasn’t a woman in the world who’d be able to resist their power up close. Not even me.

I tried to swallow past the cotton taking up residence in my throat and croaked, “What—what was your dream about?”

He started speaking in a tone that could only be described as intoxicating. “Well, you see, it was a beautiful, sunny day, and we were standing on the sidewalk outside the building. You were in these jeans that made your ass look incredible.” His tongue peeked out and swiped across his plump bottom lip. “I couldn’t stop staring. Then . . . ”

I was straight up enraptured at that moment.

Oh my God. What is happening right now? “Then what?”

“Then . . . you stepped off the curb and got hit by a bus.” It was like a bucket of ice water being dumped over my head. Whatever voodoo he was working broke right then, and I remembered instantly that I wanted this man to die by a thousand papercuts—preferable by my hand.





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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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Nov 10, 2021

{Release Blitz: Review} Claimed by the Cyborgs by Grace Goodwin

 

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Claimed by the Cyborgs by Grace Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Science Fiction Romance

THEME: Matched Mates

Claimed by the Cyborgs (Interstellar Brides: The Colony #9)

Claimed by the Cyborgs (Interstellar Brides: The Colony #9)
by Grace Goodwin
4.28
 · 25 Ratings

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Two honorable warriors with nothing left to lose...until they find her.

Prillon warrior Thomar Arcas is the royal heir to his ancestor’s legacy of dishonor, betrayal and death. When he was captured by the Hive, some on his home world cheered. Some sighed with relief. None shed a tear.

Thomar and his second, Varin, break free and destroy an enemy base, barely escaping with their lives. They transport to The Colony, the last refuge for contaminated males. Upon arrival they suffer in agony, their cyborg implants fighting for control of the powerful warriors.

Defeat is not in their blood. Not in their history. Not in their souls. Unable to sever their ties to the Hive integrations, they suffer relentless pain. Unwilling to force others to suffer, Thomar has chosen an honorable death over further disgrace; until they are matched to a human female from Earth who will do anything, and sacrifice anyone, to save them.

REVIEW:

Another fantastic edition to the Interstellar brides series, this is book nine in The Colony spin off. Grace Goodwin has created such a vast history in each book, she connects everything so well continuing with the Hive storyline as a threat and expanding and maybe resolving the ultimate enemy. I love that not only we get a ton of romance but the readers get a ton of action and suspense because of the dangerous intergalactic universe.

Claimed by the Cyborgs follows Danika, who has chosen to leave earth after being given a choice to leave of stay an an inmate after she took a life. But Danika is a survivor, she has been through hell and will do anything to make sure her younger brother can have a good life. Now she is sent to a planet known as The Colony and comes face to face with two men whom she couldn't dream up. As a interstellar bride she is mated to her perfect match and her perfect match is a Prillion Warrior who also will share his bride with his second in command. When Danika arrives she found out there is something very wrong and she may lose her mates before she can even know their names.

The romance as always is off the charts, Goodwin knows how to make her readers squirm and fan themselves for hours. The men are always protective and demanding, however they are devoted, loving and will do anything to keep their mate safe. I love how each alien race is so very different except for how much they love their mates, each love unconditionally and its very swoon worthy.

Th suspense was off the charts, a lot happens and more of the Hive story unfolds even more. I feel we are getting closer to answers and hopefully a resolution so that there could be some sort of peace. I can't wait to see what happens with the next bride.

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Oct 26, 2021

{Release Blitz: Review} Indigo Ridge by Devney Perry

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Indigo Ridge by Devney Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Strangers to Lovers
Indigo Ridge (The Edens, #1)
Indigo Ridge (The Edens, #1)
by Devney Perry
4.74
 · 237 Ratings

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Winslow Covington believes in life, liberty and the letter of the law. As Quincy, Montana's new chief of police, she's determined to prove herself to the community and show them she didn't earn her position because her grandfather is the mayor.

According to her pops, all she has to do is earn favor with the Edens. But winning over the town's founding family might have been easier if not for her one-night stand with their oldest son. In her defense, it was her first night in town and she didn't realize that the rugged and charming man who wooed her into bed was Quincy royalty.

Sleeping with Griffin Eden was a huge mistake, one she's trying to forget. He's insufferable, arrogant and keeps reminding everyone that she's an outsider. Winslow does her best to avoid Griffin, but when a woman is found dead on Eden property, the two of them have no choice but to cross paths.

As clues to the murderer lead to one of Quincy's own, Griffin realizes Winslow is more than he gave her credit for. Beautiful and intelligent, she proves hard to resist. For him. And the killer.

REVIEW:

Another fantastic story by the wonderful Devney Perry, the first book in the Eden's series starts off with a big mystery and some fantastic chemistry between the main duo. Perry always created a beautiful small towns, the town is its own character, has a unique persona and the author really makes it comes to life with details.

Indigo Ridge follows Winslow, who has just taken the position of chief of police in Quincy. She is considered an outsider and is thought of as very young to be the chief. But also her grandfather is the mayor, so her welcome isn't as welcoming as she hoped. When she first comes to town she meets a stranger whom she falls in "bed" with that she finds out won't be a stranger for long. When a young girl is found dead near a well known cliff called Indigo Ridge, Winslow's gut is telling her something isn't right. She also has to deal with the fact that her stranger she had a one night stand with is actually Griffin Eden, from the well known Eden family and the girls death happens on the families land. The clash right off, until neither can seems to resist that spark. However Winslow just won't let go of that girls death, she doesn't think its suicide as well as she doesn't agree with the similar deaths that have come before this one. She may be putting herself more and more in danger,

Winslow is one of the toughest female leads I've read about in a long time. She has been through so much and still can do a tough job and deal will such sad situation with a straight head. She goes through her own journey in Quincy, finding her new path in her new home. Griffin has a lot on his shoulders, bearing the weight of responsibility for his whole family and their legacy. What he finds in Winslow is not something he thought he needed but when he does find it he doesn't want to let it go.

Overall this was a beautiful written suspense romance, with a ton of colorful side characters that I can't wait to see more of in the next installment.

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Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she's discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.

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Sep 28, 2021

{Release Blitz: Review} North by Vanessa Vale

When you least expect it, love points you in the right direction.

North by Vanessa Vale is now live!

North by Vanessa Vale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
GENRE: Romance Suspense
THEME: Rich Families 
North (Billionaire Ranch #1)
North (Billionaire Ranch #1)
by Vanessa Vale
4.4

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Everyone thinks I'm the disgraced cowboy.
That means my cover's working. The focus of my FBI investigation?
North Wainright.
One look at her and I'm f$cked.
I want her, and not behind bars.
The closer I get, the more I learn about the woman I've decided is mine.
When I find out what happened at Billionaire Ranch, I discover I'm not the only one hiding the truth. North also has secrets and they just might get her killed.
How can I save her when she finds out I'm the biggest lie of all?

Welcome to Billionaire Ranch, USA Today bestseller Vanessa Vale's new cowboy romance series. Where love points you in the right direction when you least expect it.

REVIEW:

I've been recommended Vanessa Vale multiple times and have heard really wonderful comments about her novels. I was going into North not knowing what to expect with this author and was excited to dig in.

North follows Jed an FBI agent who goes undercover in his hometown pretending that he was a disgraced agent and is now back working for a not so great person. His mission with the FBI is to get close to the new CEO that took over for the original person the FBI was investigating, Macon Wainright. However the new CEO is wainwrights daughters, someone is family knows as she dated his brother. North is cold right off, but Jed knows that there is something more going on in the company and in Norths family than meets the eye.

This story has a lot of twist and turns, its a who done it story line and it keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I was happy to say I didn't figure out who it was until it was reveled. The winner of this story was North, what she has gone through for her family and to just keep them safe will break the readers hearts. She may seem cold but she has the biggest heart of them all. She is a heck of a woman. My only issue was with Jed, I was never really able to connect with him, his persona was a little off putting and even though his character gets better near the end.

Overall I really enjoyed the Suspenful side and the family dynamic of the Wainright brothers with their sister, you can feel how much they cared for each other through all the suffering they had from their fathers cruelty. The romance is sexy, off the charts, even though Jed was not my favorite you can feel the intensity of his connection to North and vise versa. I look forward to trying more of Vales story and I'm hoping we get books on more of the Wainright brothers.

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Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances. With over one million books sold, Vanessa writes about unapologetic bad boys who don't just fall in love, they fall hard. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages in e-book, print, audio and even as an online game. When she's not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys and figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker. While she's not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

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Sep 23, 2021

{Cover Revea} Claimed by the Cyborgs by Grace Goodwin

 

Grace Goodwin has revealed the cover for Claimed by the Cyborgs!



Releasing October 28, 2021


Prillon warrior Thomar Arcas is the royal heir to his ancestor's legacy of dishonor, betrayal and death. When he was captured by the Hive, some on his home world cheered. Some sighed with relief. None shed a tear.

Thomar, along with his second, Varin, break free and destroy an enemy base, barely escaping with their lives. They transport to The Colony, the last refuge for contaminated males. Upon arrival they suffer in agony, their cyborg implants fighting for control of the powerful warriors.

Defeat is not in their blood. Not in their history. Not in their souls. Unable to sever their ties to the Hive implants, and suffering unrelenting pain, the warriors are about to choose an honorable death over further disgrace; until they are matched to a human female from Earth who very much needs their broken pieces to make herself whole. A female whom they crave with an intensity that just might pull them back from the brink of death.

Danika Gray left Earth to start a new life. With every touch, every kiss, every moment in their arms she finds herself closer to the paradise she seeks. But how can she free her new mates from endless torment? Fight an enemy she cannot see?

Love and passion are her only weapons. Lust. Desire. She must surrender everything she is—give in to their insatiable hunger—in order to save them.

Even that might not be enough...



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